Horizon Hobby leadership and employees put our vision into action with these values as our guide.
We are honest, trustworthy and fair. We do the right thing and deliver what we promise.
We are humble and treat others the way we should like to be treated.
We are driven to succeed - embracing change, acting with urgency and taking appropriate risk. We develop ourselves personally and professionally.
We are committed to our customers, to our partners and to quality and safety. We are empowered and personally accountable for achieving our goals.
We achieve results through inclusion and collaboration. We debate our differences and then fully support and execute our decisions.
We work hard and work to win, but we also enjoy the journey and help others do the same.
From the beginning, the people of Horizon have always tried to treat each
customer, each supplier and each other with the utmost respect, as we would
like to be treated ourselves. This simple Golden Rule, along with our ability
to innovate and adapt, are the key reasons we remain successful today.
Founder, Rick Stephens, along with a handful of his family and industry
professionals, opened Horizon Hobby in October of 1985. Their "can do" attitude
and exceptional care for the customer quickly made Horizon one of the most
popular wholesale RC distributors in North America.
A second distribution center is opened in Paso Robles, California, allowing
Horizon to service retailers west of the Rockies more quickly and efficiently.
Horizon purchases Hobby Dynamics and gains exclusive distribution rights to several premier RC brands. At the same time it begins development of its own RC brands.
With the Internet and e-commerce creating new ways to reach hobby consumers,
Horizon acquires catalog retailer, Indy RC, and the Consumer Division is born.
It single-handedly launched the teach-yourself-to-fly category. Advanced technology and design set the stage for the many innovations in flight control to come.
The Paso Robles distribution center is moved to a larger facility in Ontario,
California to better serve our customers and help support the explosive growth
of our proprietary products.
The first Hangar 9 Readey-to-Fly and one of the must successful RC trainers of all time. Thousands of pilots earned their wings with this first of a kind trainer.
Arguably the most successful vehicle in the company history, it offered entry-level buyers the ability to buy a hobby-quality product at a toy-store price point. Alone, it created the market for replacement and upgrade parts.
The first Spektrum™ computer radio that combined the pioneering DSM® 2.4GHz surface technology built-in with versatile 3-channel control and great programming features.
No-pins, no-interference, no glitches. This sport park flyer system utilized patented DualLink™ technology to create secure, reliable, robust 2.4GHz DSM link for aircraft.
Horizon Hobby employees become the owners with the introduction of the Employee
Stock Ownership Plan.
One of the most successful platforms in 1/8-scale racing history. Has earned TLR drivers dozens of national and international titles as well as numerous industry awards.
The flagship beginner-friendly coaxial helicopter. It defined the category by combining flight stability with Spektrum™ 2.4GHz radio control.
The first radio featuring DSM2® technology, it provides an impenetrable radio link immune to every known type of RC interference. Because it operates at 1024-bit resolution, it provides the kind of locked-in response that gives pilots the feeling of being more connected to their models than ever before.
Ever since the introduction of the world's first 2.4GHz racing system, tens of thousands of racers have won at every level in every category. A passion for innovation and fun has led to some of the most progressive advancements in the hobby industry including DSM, AS3X, AVC, and SAFE.
The all-in-one package that championed large backyards as ideal flying fields, it featured Spektrum 2.4GHz technology and gentle flying characteristics.
Spektrum AirWare™ firmware in this radio was developed exclusively by our team of RC experts from the ground up. It includes every programming function an expert pilot could want, including real-time telemetry, but you don't have to be an expert to use it.
A combination of Spektrum™ technology, brushless power and officially-licensed good looks, this catamaran set the stage for Pro Boat racing dominance.
The first 1/5-scale Ready-to-Run and an icon of the 1/5-scale racing scene, it was the 2012 Car Action magazine Truck of the Year.
Marked the revival of Team Losi as a racing-focused brand. Has won dozens of national and international titles as well numerous industry awards.
The world's first airplane with SAFE® Technology and, at the time, the most intelligent RC airplane ever offered by Horizon Hobby.
Possessing a number of class-leading features, the centerpiece is the incredibly advanced voice alert system that delivers new ways to make the RC experience simpler, safer and, most of all, more fun.
The first monster truck and short course truck designed specifically for the beginner market, these products introduced hobby-grade radio control vehicles at a price anyone interested in the hobby could afford.
Set the standard for ultra-micro quad value, precision, and performance. Also, the first quadcopter to feature SAFE® Technology.
Horizon Hobby begins a new chapter with new ownership led by CEO Joe Ambrose and a group of investors.
This new ownership structure positions Horizon for future growth while keeping the values and culture the company was founded on intact.
The most important innovation in the teach-yourself-to-fly experience, the multiple flight modes and revolutionary Panic Mode allowed millions of first time pilots to fly an RC aircraft for the first time on the first try.
Driving faster with more control is the RC driver's dream and this innovative technology makes it happen in real time. Millions of drivers could now take powerful racing rigs and have success on the track and in the backyard.
The first ultra-micro First Person View (FPV) quadcopters anyone could fly that included everthing needed in one box for under $200. Additionally, the first Horizon products to combine SAFE® stability with Spektrum™ FPV technology.