Have you ever flown a Walkera Dragonfly? At the time, the Dragonfly was one of the most popular RC (radio control) helicopters on the market. It was able to perform aerial tricks like no other. For the quality, performance and price this was indeed an awesome unit.
The Walkera Dragonfly hasn’t rolled off the assembly line for a couple of years now and some would like Walkera to bring it back; or at least a new version of it. When it was being released, it came with the latest in technology. Although there wasn’t anything too fancy about the packaging, it was what it did that was most liked.
Made from super strong carbon fibers, the aerodynamics of the Dragonfly allowed the pilot to perform tricks such as rolling and yawning, suspended in air or even flying backwards. If a real life version could do it, the Dragonfly could do it too.
Although the full length was 2 foot while the width was a full 6.4 inches, this chopper could be flown indoors or out. The last Dragonfly off of the assembly line was an improved version which allowed the ease of flight by anyone from a newbie to an experienced pilot. The stability was excellent for this model and the improved mixer/gyro controls certainly helped.
What else was improved on the last model? An ingenious design allowed the blades to “pop off” if an accident or a heavy landing was necessary. The battery support was also improved and could be adjusted to improve flight balance. It came preassembled with a 4-channel transmitter, an 8.4V NiMH rechargeable battery and a 120V quick charge battery charger.
The servo mounts were prepositioned for an easy set up and the main and tail rotors were powerful enough to allow longer flight time. The transmitter provided a super anti-interfacing capacity which made each flight safe as well as reliable. Another cool feature the anti-interfacing was that the Walkera Dragonfly has an auto-pilot function so if the transmitter went down, you could still operate the helicopter to get it safely to the ground.
The batteries lasted up to 15 minutes which is a long flight time, depending upon how you piloted. The hardest part was waiting for the battery to be charged. Some of the wiser pilots purchased an extra battery to be charging while the heli was in flight to make the most of the afternoon outside.
The transmitter had a FM (frequency modulation) mode and received power from a 9.6-12V battery or eight AA batteries which of course weren’t included. The working currency was approximately 180 mA. A cool feature was that you could interface the Walkera Dragonfly with your computer and have a simulator ready and available to practice with.
Without its battery, the Dragonfly only weighed 10 ounces. The main rotor measured at 20 inches while the tail rotor measured at 6 inches. Not being too big, it could be flown indoors if there was substantial space available. By the way the transmitter had 2 modes, one for lefties and one for righties.
Although the canopy was white with some simple with a classic light blue and red tagged on, the maneuvers that the Dragonfly was able to do was amazing. You may still be able to find some flying around the Internet. If you do find a Walkera Dragon fly in excellent condition, you just may want to take it out for a test flight and see what we’ve been talking about.