Award Winning Tri-Copters

Award Winning Design • Unparalleled Utility

The SwitchBlade-Elite is easy to fly, feature rich and reliable.

Created without Preconceptions

The SwitchBlade was created when we took a fully objective look at what makes a great drone. Without any preconceptions about the number of rotors, the best materials or the shape, we researched, built and tested design after design. The clear winner after that exhaustive process was a tri-rotor design with an innovative pivoting rear yaw-mechanism. Fly a SwitchBlade next to any other drone and the differences in speed, power, stability and flight characteristics are clear. We’ve created something truly amazing.

What's Included:

  • SwitchBlade-Elite Tricopter (Ready-to-Fly)
  • Graupner MZ-18 Transmitter
  • (1) 13,000 mAh 6S Lithium Polymer Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Tablet with mission planning software
  • Telemetry radio for drone / tablet data link
  • Waterproof Pelican Transport Case

Price: Starting at $9,450
Flight Time: Up to 30 minutes
Speed: Over 100 kph (62 mph)
Payload: Over 2.3 kg (5 lb)
Battery: (1) 13,000 mAh 6s LiPo
Designed and Built in the USA
Case to Flight Time: Under 2 Minutes / Battery Swap Time: Under 15 Seconds


Stabilize is the closest to a manual flight mode the SwitchBlade is capable of. Using all of its sensors (minus the GPS) it will keep the aircraft steady, smooth and a pleasure to fly. Stabilize is a fantastic mode for casual and/or aggressive free flight!

Return to Launch

What happens if the battery reaches critical levels mid flight? What if you lose sight of the drone while flying manually? Not to fear! Just flip the Return to Launch switch and the SwitchBlade will return to its launch location automatically.

Position Hold

The SwitchBlade will hover in any place you want it to, regardless of wind or outside influences, with the flip of a switch.

Autonomous Flight

Easily fly a pre-planned route with simple waypoints. Using a wide range of available Mission Planning softwares, your flight plan can be created from start to finish on smart phones, tablets or a PC. Make quick changes or trace new routes in a matter of seconds. Excellent for border security, research and inspection.

First Person View

Want to see what your drone sees? Easy. With the optional first person view kit, you’ll have live video transmitted from your drone to you with only a 3 ms delay (imperceptible to human vision).

Out of Battery Protection

If your SwitchBlade gets critically low on power, you’ll receive an alarm on any telemetry connected device. Not to fear though, your SwitchBlade won’t simply fall out of the sky. The SwitchBlade will execute a controlled descent and land at its current position, protecting your investment with Vision Aerial.

Lost Link Protection

In the event of a loss of connection with the controller, the SwitchBlade will fly back to its launch location, deploy its landing gear and execute a controlled landing. If at anytime during this process the controller re-establishes its connection, simply toggle the flight mode switch to any mode you desire and retake control!


Carbon Fiber Arms & Empenage / Aircraft Aluminum Frame & Hardware / Polycarbonate Body
Motors: 1125 W, 360 kv
Propellers: 18.5 in Carbon Fiber, Folding and Precision Balanced
PixHawk Flight Controller
Flight Dimensions: 862 mm diameter
Storage Dimensions: 723 x 190 x 130 mm
Transmitter: Graupner MZ-18
Case Dimensions: 120 x 42 x 23 cm (47 x 17 x 9 in)
Aircraft Weight (No Battery): 2.7 kg (5.95 lb)


Flight Battery: 12,000 mAh 6s Lithium Polymer Battery
Battery Charger: 6A AC/DC

Flight Operations

Manual Flight Range: 4 km (2.5 mi)
Autonomous Flight Range: Over 16 km (10 mi)
Max Operational Wind Speed: 48 kph (30 mph)
Max Operational Altitude: 4500 m (14,800 ft) Above Sea Level
Operational Temperature Range: -5ºC to 38ºC (-23° F to 100° F)
GPS Accuracy: Within ±2.5 Meters (8 Feet), Typically Less than ±1 Meter
Position Hold Accuracy: ±2.5 Meters (8 Feet), Typically Less than ±1 Meter
Live First Person Video Range: Up to 8 km (5 mi) (Optional Feature, Topography May Impact Range)


Max Payload: 2.3 kg (5 lb)
Payload Mounting: 45 mm Threaded Mounts (Optional: 16 mm  x 50 mm Carbon Fiber Rail Mounts)
Center of Gravity: Adjustable Using Battery


Export Classification: Contact us
Shipping Weight: 10 kg (22 lb)
Fleet Pricing Available

Built for Professionals

When you’ve got a job that requires fast deployment, easy flight and unprecedented transportability and payloads up to 2.3kg (5 lbs), the SwitchBlade is the best choice. We made sure of it.

Whether in a car, on an ATV or on foot, the SwitchBlade is light and folds up small so you’ll never be unprepared. When you need to fly, you can go from case to in the air in under 2 minutes.

The SwitchBlade was built to be the ultimate light-duty professional drone. Fly it today and you’ll see the difference.

Easy and Accurate Flight

You don’t need another distraction posing as revolutionary technology. The SwitchBlade is the go-to drone platform for inspection, mapping, agriculture and more.

Feature Rich

With all the features you expect and more, you’ll be able to fly faster with more confidence. We enable huge increases in efficiency and accuracy at a small price point.

Check out some of the applications we support.

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From case to flight in under 2 minute.

Over 100 kph (62 mph) Top Speed

Up to 30 Minute Flight Times

Capable of Handling 55 kph (34 mph) Winds

Precision GPS Accuracy

Autonomous Mission Ready

Up to 4 km (2.5 mi) Manual Flight Range

Collapsible for headache-free transportation.

Over 2.3 kg (5 lb) Payload Capacity

Stabilized Imaging Payloads Available

Weather Resistant Design

Extremely Competitive Pricing

Collapsible Design For Easy Transport

Live Video Capable

Here’s What our Customers Say

In a world of quad-rotor drones, why is the SwitchBlade a tri-rotor?

We tested dozens of configurations before choosing the SwitchBlade’s design and it’s by far the best option. Here’s why:


Better aerodynamics and a high power-to-weight ratio means that the SwitchBlade is fast. You’ll be able to keep up with virtually any action shot with a top speed of over 100 kph (62 mph).


With an articulating rear rotor, the SwitchBlade has substantially better yaw authority than a quad-copter can achieve. What does this mean for you? Make faster turns more precisely and easily complete your mission.

Flight Dynamics

Maintain orientation at a distance and enjoy airplane-inspired, precisely tuned flight dynamics. Banked turns, low passes, chases and other common maneuvers feel natural and intuitive. You’ll be able to concentrate on your job, not on flying the drone, like never before.

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