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The DX8 offers pilots control and comfort like no other 8 channel radio, built from the ground up for ease of use and optimize ergonomics.

DX8 8CH Transmitter with AR8000/TM1000: No Servos



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Spektrum AirWare™ Software. Remarkably Easy to Use.

The powerful Spektrum AirWare software in the DX8 was developed exclusively by a team of RC experts from the ground up. It includes every programming function an expert pilot could want, but you don't have to be an expert to use it. The intuitive Simple Scroll™ interface lets you "roll and click" your way between menus with ease. And all the information is presented in crisp, clear detail on a big, backlit LCD screen.


  • 9 wing types: Normal, Dual Aileron, Flaperon, 1 Aileron + 1 Flap, 1 Aileron + 2 Flap, 2 Aileron + 1 Flap, 2 Aileron + 2 Flap, Elevon, Elevon-B
  • 5 tail types: Normal, V-Tail, Dual Elevator + 1 Rudder, Dual Rudder + 1 Elevator, Dual Rudder + Dual Elevator
  • 3-position flap with elevator compensation
  • Adjustable flap speed
  • Programmable aileron differential/li>
  • 5-point graphic throttle curve
  • Aileron rudder mixes
  • Elevator/flap mixes
  • 6 programmable mixes


  • Governor programming
  • Active governor trim
  • Active gyro trim
  • 5-point graphic throttle and pitch curves
  • Swashplate timing
  • 6 swashplate types: 1 Servo Normal, 2 Servos 180°, 3 Servos 90°, 3 Servos 120°, 3 Servos 135°, 3 Servos 140°
  • Electronic E-ring


  • 4 flight modes
  • 4 wing types: 1 Aileron, 2 Aileron, 2 Aileron + 1 Flap, 2 Aileron + 2 Flap
  • 3 tail types: Normal, V-Tail A, V-Tail B
  • Motor control assignment
  • Camber system
  • Camber presets
  • Flap-to-elevator curve mix
  • Aileron-to-flap mix
  • Aileron-to-rudder mix
  • Elevator-to-flap mix
  • 2 free programmable mixes
  • Independent aileron trim per flight mode

Built-In Telemetry. Fly Smarter with Vital Model Feedback.

The DX8's built-in telemetry feature gives you vital, real-time information about what's happening with your model in flight; information that can prevent crashes and maximize performance. The telemetry data appears in an easy-to-read format on the large backlit LCD screen so you can reference it at a glance. You can also have the DX8 alert you with an audio or vibe alarm whenever any telemetry values exceed limits you define. The DX8 will initially be able to track four key safety and performance factors:

Battery Voltage

Never again will you have to wonder whether or not you have enough voltage to keep flying. Being able to monitor voltage will also help you detect a worn out battery pack before it prematurely ends your flight. The telemetry module is plugged into the receiver and will automatically relay receiver voltage. A separate sensor for tracking main battery voltage in electric aircraft will be included.


Is there enough airflow reaching an electric motor? Is my battery getting too hot? With the DX8, you will get real-time answers and be able to take action well before damage occurs. One temperature sensor is included.

Signal Quality

The telemetry module will keep tabs on the quality of the signal coming to the receiver and send this information back to the DX8 where it is represented on the LCD screen using a familiar "signal bar" scale.


Pilots can use the RPM telemetry data to check the effectiveness of new mixture settings, new battery packs, or perhaps a new propeller/motor combination. The RPM sensor is sold separately.

*full-range telemetry module included with DX8 system

Spektrum Data Interface. Share. Expand. Save.

Beyond new software and telemetry, the DX8 is also the first Spektrum radio to introduce the Spektrum Data Interface™. The SDI is designed for use with standard SD memory cards and adds a whole new level of flexibility and ease-of-use. With the SDI, you will be able to:

Share Model Setups

Share setups with other DX8 owners at the field or transfer them from your SD card to your PC and attach them to an e-mail. This makes it easy to gain from the experience of others or help others succeed.

Save More Models to Memory

The DX8 has enough on-board memory for up to 30 models before you even need to think about using the SDI. But with the SDI, memory for thousands of models could be stored on the SD card or transferred to a PC hard drive for backup.

Stay Up to Date

With the Spektrum Data Interface, you won't have to send your DX8 into a service center to get the latest Spektrum AirWare enhancements. You can download them onto your SD card and upload them to the DX8 yourself.

Superior Ergonomics. Made to Fit the Way You Fly.

The DX8's weight distribution and ergonomics have been optimized to fit the way you fly. The result is a sense of balance and comfort that perfectly complements the speed and precision of DSM2 technology. Some of the more notable features include:

  • Comfortable, no-slip rubber grips
  • Adjustable stick length and tension
  • Smooth, quad-bearing gimbals
  • User-adjustable mode configurations (1, 2, 3 or 4)
  • User-assigned switch functions
  • Easy-to-read backlit screen
  • Intuitive SimpleScroll programming interface

Key Features

  • High-speed 11ms frame rate with 2048 resolution
  • 30-model internal memory
  • Large 128 x 64 backlit screen
  • Includes TM1000 full-range telemetry module providing real-time flight log data, receiver voltage, flight pack voltage, RPM and temperature
  • Includes AR8000 8-channel high-speed receiver
  • Includes 2000mAh NiMH battery pack
  • Includes SD card for Spektrum™ Data Interface
  • Includes global 12V charger with adapters for international use
  • Includes Spektrum neckstrap
  • 4 user-selectable control modes (modes 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  • Spektrum Data Interface for expanded model memory, model sharing and firmware updates
  • Exclusive Spektrum AirWare™ software
  • SimpleScroll™ programming interface for easy menu navigation
  • Electronic E-ring electronically prevents overdriving the cyclic servos
  • 5-point graphic tail curve
  • 5-point graphic throttle and pitch curve
  • Active gain and governor trim allows in-flight adjustment
  • Swashplate timing
  • Telemetry alerts (vibe and audible)
  • 6 swashplate types
  • 3-position flap switch with flap delay and elevator compensation programming
  • 8 wing types and 5 tail types
  • Language select (English, Italian, French, Spanish or German)
  • User-assigned switch function
  • Programmable throttle cut
  • Refined ergonomics with no-slip comfort grips
  • Programmable timer with throttle timer startup
  • Quad bearing gimbals

Product Specifications

# of Channels:
Programming Features:
Airplane and Heli
Model Memory:
Selectable 1, 2, 3 or 4


The DX8 is the most advanced 8-channel system you will find anywhere. Its next-generation Spektrum™ AirWare™ software, built-in telemetry, Spektrum Data Interface and superior ergonomics will completely revolutionize how you fly. And it’s the only 8-channel that gives you these advanced capabilities, plus the proven speed and precision of Spektrum 2.4GHz DSMX® control.


Spektrum AirWare Software
Spektrum AirWare is software developed exclusively by Spektrum from the ground up. It has all the programming functions an expert airplane or heli pilot could want, but you don’t have to be an expert to use them.

Built-In Telemetry
The built-in telemetry feature on the DX8 gives you the ability to receive real-time information on things like your model’s battery voltage, signal quality, engine or motor temperature and more. And it will all appear right on the big, backlit DX8 display so you can see it at a glance. (Telemetry module required, not included)

Superior Ergonomics
The weight distribution and ergonomics of the DX8 provide a sense of balance and comfort that perfectly complements the speed and precision of its DSMX technology. You really do have to feel it to believe it. Some of the more impressive ergonomic features are those usually only available on much more expensive transmitters.

Spektrum Data Interface
With the Spektrum Data Interface you can use a standard SD* card to share model setups with other DX8 owners, store extra model memory and stay up to date with the latest software releases.

The DX8 features ModelMatch™ technology that prevents operating a model using the wrong model memory. This feature can prevent stripped servo gears, broken linkages and even a crash due to attempting to operate a model using the wrong memory.

Always purchase products from a Horizon Hobby, Inc. authorized dealer to ensure authentic high-quality Spektrum product. Horizon Hobby, Inc. disclaims all support and warranty with regards, but not limited to, compatibility and performance of counterfeit products or products claiming compatibility with DSM2, DSMX or Spektrum.

The DX8 transmitter is not compatible with the Spektrum AR6000/BR6000 receiver.

Attention: Horizon Hobby has confirmed that all Spektrum Products being sold by KoKo Technology are counterfeit.  We consider it a danger to use these products, waive all liability and will not support any warranty or service in regards to them.

This product is not intended for use by children under 14 years of age without direct adult supervision.

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DSMX transmitters operating in DSM2 mode

The Spektrum Team has been investigating sporadic reports from DSMX transmitter owners using their products in DSM2 mode. We have discovered that in some rare instances, DSMX equipped transmitters with the Product ID (PID) within this bulletin, may have a backwards compatibility issue that could cause a "hold" with the following superseded DSM2 receivers: AR500, AR6100, AR6100E, AR6110, AR6110E, AR6200 and AR6300.
Note: This bulletin does not apply to DSM2 only transmitters.

If you have a DSMX transmitter with one of the following PIDs, please complete the Transmitter Service Request Form to receive a prepaid shipping label to send your transmitter to Horizon Hobby for a free firmware update.

  • Click HERE to complete the Transmitter Service Request Form. Only one form is needed per customer (even with multiple transmitters) please check all boxes that apply and make comments in the Notes field).
  • Horizon will pay for ground shipping within the United States and Canada.
  • If you purchased your product outside the US and Canada, contact your local retailer or distributor. A list of International distributors may be found HERE.
  • If you have further questions in the United States, please call Horizon Hobby Product Support at 877-504-0233.

The PID is located in the battery compartment of your transmitter.

Transmitters with affected PIDs may be found in the following products:

Blade mCP X RTF (BLH3500), E-flite Apprentice 15e RTF (EFL2725), Hangar 9 Alpha 40 DSM2 RTF (HAN4400) ,Hangar 9 P-51 Mustang MkII PTS RTF (HAN4425), Hobbyzone Super Cub DSM RTF (HBZ7400), ParkZone Radian RTF (PKZ4700), ParkZone P-51D BL DSM RTF (PKZ2200), ParkZone F4U Corsair RTF (PKZ4600), Phoenix R/C Pro Simulator 3.0 with DX5e (RTM30R5510/RTM30R55101).

PID's beginning with one of the following prefixes: HS, HH, HT, HE, HA

PID's beginning with one of the following prefixes: HS, HH, HT, HE, HA, HO, HM, HR

PID's beginning with the following prefix: HA

PID's beginning with the following prefix: TM


Click Here to see Frequently Asked Questions about the DSM2 mode Bulletin

We apologize for this inconvenience. Horizon disclaims all liability and warranties for any consumer failing to act upon this product bulletin. Always check your transmitter and equipment prior to each flight.

While adjusting a servo's Travel Adjust value in the Servo Setup screen, if the clear button is depressed, both the value and the channel's reversing will reset to their default values of 100% and normal.

This reset could cause an unsafe condition if unnoticed, particularly if the channel has been reversed on the throttle.

Click Here to register your DX8 and download the latest updates

Recently, the Horizon Hobby Service Center has received a small number of reports from customers claiming un-commanded servo movements and loss of RF link during the activation of the vibrator motor in some DX8’s from the initial shipment.
Horizon requests that all DX8 customers with the Product ID (PID) HS008X or HS009X found in the battery compartment carefully check their radios to determine if their transmitter has this issue prior to flying.


  Date Code Location

Transmitters with a PID other than HS008X or HS009X are not affected by this bulletin.

If you have a DX8 with the affected PID, please perform the following test.

  • Step 1: If your model is electric, unplug motor leads from ESC for safety.
  • Step 2: In the function list, select Timer Screen and set a 0:10s Count Down timer to Tone/Vibe.
  • Step 3: With model powered on and connection established, activate timer and observe servos for un-commanded movement and receiver for loss of RF link.

Should you find that your transmitter is affected by this issue, please contact your nearest Spektrum authorized service center to arrange for a free upgrade to your DX8 performed by a Horizon Hobby authorized Technician.

  • Click here to complete the Spektrum DX8 Return Request form.
  • You may also e-mail the Horizon Hobby Product Support team. Please type "DX8 Return Request Form" in the subject line.
    Please include your shipping address, daytime phone number, and PID code from your Spektrum DX8 transmitter. Click here to e-mail Product Support.
  • Horizon will pay for all ground shipping.
  • If you have further questions, please call Horizon Hobby Product Support at
  • Consumers outside the US and Canada should contact their local retailer or distributor. A list of International distributors may be found at: www.spektrumrc.com/StoreLocator.
  • As with all RC aircraft, please check your transmitter and equipment prior to each flight.
  • Horizon Hobby and the Spektrum team apologize for this inconvenience.

    Technical Notes

    All Spektrum AR8000 remote receivers are compatible running DSMX and DSM2, in order to identify those remote receivers please reference the PID number located on the receiver case.

    Here is a link to an image showing you how to identify the PID: http://www.horizonhobby.com/ProdInfo/Gallery/SPM_remotePID.jpg


    - 8 wing types: normal, dual aileron, flaperon, 1 aileron 1 flap, 1 ailerons 2 flaps, 2 ailerons, 2 flaps, elevon
    - 5 tail types: normal, V-tail, dual elevator, dual rudder, dual elevator/rudder
    - 3-position flaps with elevator compensation and adjustable flap speed
    - Differential
    - 5-point throttle curve
    - Aileron-to-rudder mixing
    - 6 programmable mixes

    - Governor programming
    - Active governor trim
    - Active gyro trim
    - 5-point throttle curve
    - Cyclic/rudder-to-throttle mixing
    - Swashplate mixing
    - Electronic E-ring

    Common Features Airplane & Helicopter
    - 30-model on-board memory
    - Active servo monitor
    - Telemetry audio and vibe alerts
    - Dual rate
    - Exponential
    - Active range test
    - User-adjustable control modes
    - User-defined switch assignment
    - Channel renaming
    - Selectable trim steps
    - Throttle cut
    - Timer throttle or switch start
    - Servo reverse
    - Sub-trim
    - Travel adjust
    - Servo monitor
    - Range check


    1 Authorized Warranty Period (One Year)

    What this Warranty Covers:
    Horizon Hobby, Inc., (Horizon) warrants to the original purchaser that the product purchased (the "Product") will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 1 years from the date of purchase.

    2 Authorized Limited Warranty & Limits of Liability International

    What is Not Covered
    This warranty is not transferable and does not cover (i) cosmetic damage, (ii) damage due to acts of God, accident, misuse, abuse, negligence, commercial use, or due to improper use, installation, operation or maintenance, (iii) modification of or to any part of the Product, (iv) attempted service by anyone other than a Horizon Hobby authorized service center, (v) Product not purchased from an authorized Horizon dealer, or (vi) Product not compliant with applicable technical regulations.


    Purchaser’s Remedy
    Horizon’s sole obligation and purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy shall be that Horizon will, at its option, either (i) service, or (ii) replace, any Product determined by Horizon to be defective. Horizon reserves the right to inspect any and all Product(s) involved in a warranty claim. Service or replacement decisions are at the sole discretion of Horizon. Proof of purchase is required for all warranty claims. SERVICE OR REPLACEMENT AS PROVIDED UNDER THIS WARRANTY IS THE PURCHASER’S SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY.

    Limitation of Liability
    HORIZON SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOSS OF PROFITS OR PRODUCTION OR COMMERCIAL LOSS IN ANY WAY, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH CLAIM IS BASED IN CONTRACT, WARRANTY, TORT, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY OR ANY OTHER THEORY OF LIABILITY, EVEN IF HORIZON HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Further, in no event shall the liability of Horizon exceed the individual price of the Product on which liability is asserted. As Horizon has no control over use, setup, final assembly, modification or misuse, no liability shall be assumed nor accepted for any resulting damage or injury. By the act of use, setup or assembly, the user accepts all resulting liability. If you as the purchaser or user are not prepared to accept the liability associated with the use of the Product, purchaser is advised to return the Product immediately in new and unused condition to the place of purchase.

    These terms are governed by Illinois law (without regard to conflict of law principals). This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state. Horizon reserves the right to change or modify this warranty at any time without notice.


    Questions, Assistance, and Services
    Your local hobby store and/or place of purchase cannot provide warranty support or service. Once assembly, setup or use of the Product has been started, you must contact your local distributor or Horizon directly. This will enable Horizon to better answer your questions and service you in the event that you may need any assistance. For questions or assistance, please visit our website at www.horizonhobby.com, submit a Product Support Inquiry, or call 877.504.0233 toll free to speak to a Product Support representative.

    Inspection or Services
    If this Product needs to be inspected or serviced and is compliant in the country you live and use the Product in, please use the Horizon Online Service Request submission process found on our website or call Horizon to obtain a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. Pack the Product securely using a shipping carton. Please note that original boxes may be included, but are not designed to withstand the rigors of shipping without additional protection. Ship via a carrier that provides tracking and insurance for lost or damaged parcels, as Horizon is not responsible for merchandise until it arrives and is accepted at our facility. An Online Service Request is available at http://www.horizonhobby.com/content/_service-center_render-service-center. If you do not have internet access, please contact Horizon Product Support to obtain a RMA number along with instructions for submitting your product for service. When calling Horizon, you will be asked to provide your complete name, street address, email address and phone number where you can be reached during business hours. When sending product into Horizon, please include your RMA number, a list of the included items, and a brief summary of the problem. A copy of your original sales receipt must be included for warranty consideration. Be sure your name, address, and RMA number are clearly written on the outside of the shipping carton.
    NOTICE: Do not ship LiPo batteries to Horizon. If you have any issue with a LiPo battery, please contact the appropriate Horizon Product Support office.

    Warranty Requirements
    For Warranty consideration, you must include your original sales receipt verifying the proof-of-purchase date. Provided warranty conditions have been met, your Product will be serviced or replaced free of charge. Service or replacement decisions are at the sole discretion of Horizon.

    Non-Warranty Service
    Should your service not be covered by warranty, service will be completed and payment will be required without notification or estimate of the expense unless the expense exceeds 50% of the retail purchase cost. By submitting the item for service you are agreeing to payment of the service without notification. Service estimates are available upon request. You must include this request with your item submitted for service. Non-warranty service estimates will be billed a minimum of ½ hour of labor. In addition you will be billed for return freight. Horizon accepts money orders and cashier’s checks, as well as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards. By submitting any item to Horizon for service, you are agreeing to Horizon’s Terms and Conditions found on our website http://www.horizonhobby.com/content/_service-center_render-service-center.

    ATTENTION: Horizon service is limited to Product compliant in the country of use and ownership. If received, a non-compliant Product will not be serviced. Further, the sender will be responsible for arranging return shipment of the un-serviced Product, through a carrier of the sender’s choice and at the sender’s expense. Horizon will hold non-compliant Product for a period of 60 days from notification, after which it will be discarded.

    United States:
    Electronics and engines requiring inspection or repair should be shipped to the following address:

    Horizon Service Center
    4105 Fieldstone Road
    Champaign, Illinois 61822

    All other Products requiring warranty inspection or repair should be shipped to the following address:

    Horizon Product Support
    4105 Fieldstone Road
    Champaign, Illinois 61822

    Please call 877-504-0233 or e-mail us at productsupport@horizonhobby.com with any questions or concerns regarding this product or warranty.

    United Kingdom:
    Electronics and engines requiring inspection or repair should be shipped to the following address:

    Horizon Hobby Limited 
    Units 1-4 Ployters Rd
    Staple Tye
    Harlow, Essex
    CM18 7NS
    United Kingdom

    Please call +44 (0) 1279 641 097 or e-mail us at sales@horizonhobby.co.uk with any questions or concerns regarding this product or warranty.

    Electronics and engines requiring inspection or repair should be shipped to the following address:

    Horizon Technischer Service
    Christian-Junge-Strasse 1
    25337 Elmshorn

    Please call +(0) 49 4121 2655 100 or e-mail us at
    service@horizonhobby.de with any questions or concerns regarding this product or warranty.

    Electronics and engines requiring inspection or repair should be shipped to the following address:

    Horizon Hobby SAS
    11 Rue Georges Charpak
    77127 LIEUSAINT

    Please call +33 (0) 1 60 18 34 90 or e-mail us at
    infofrance@horizonhobby.com with any questions or concerns regarding this product or warranty.

    China:                                                                                           Electronics and engines requiring inspection or repair should be shipped to the following address:

    Horizon Hobby – China
    Room 506, No. 97 Changshou Rd.
    Shanghai, China 200060

    Please call +86 (021) 5180 9868 or email us at info@horizonhobby.com.cn with any questions or concerns regarding this product or warranty.



    Modified: 11/13/2012

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