Saskatoon. Maybe I'll get a better feeling and possibly a deal.
> On Fri, 26 Jan 2001 08:55:40 -0800, "James Cox"
> Well... That is interesting. I hope that the 2oz micro RX was a typo.
> That is *really* heavy for a micro RX. I am currently using the Hitec
> Micro 555 (which is not that small) and it weights in at .8oz. I just
> ordered a GWS Micro RX which is about the size of a penny and weights
> in at .2 oz.
> DraganFly seems to mark up there stuff pretty good. I don't blame
> them because i bet research on this thing took a good bit. To give
> you an example they quoted me $100 for a similar weight micro RX as
> the GWS but I found this one for under $30.
> You know, it may be possible that they are now shipping the kit with
> the Carbon Fiber frame. When I talked to them about that frame they
> said they would have to charge about $100 more for the kit with that
> frame. Hopefully they are because I really want to see it and get it.
> >Thanks Kenny for the update and the information. I'm going to do a
> >more research into the Draganflyer and I'll watch Ebay.
> >By the way, these are the questions I posed in the email I wrote and the
> >response I got from Draganfly (The original email response has been
> >to remove the reams of advertising at the end of the message):
> >A few questions on the Draganflyer:
> >1. Approximately how long will it fly for before running out of charge?
> >- Flight times are approx. 5 minutes.
> >2. How long does it take to charge?
> >- Takes 45 minutes to charger the battery pack.
> >3. Do you have to purchase the Draganfly transmitter and receiver or can
> >hook up another Tx/Rx system such as a JR or Futaba? How many channels
> >- Any Futaba compliant 4 channel radio system will work. We recommend
> >ours as we use a 2 ounce micro receiver to reduce the weight and increase
> >the flying times and handling response.
> >4. What is the cost without the Tx/Rx?
> >- With out the radio system, the Draganflyer is $497.00 USD plus
> >5. Does the Rx run off of the same batteries as the motors do?
> >- The receiver is powered by the same battery pack as the circuit board
> >Thank you.
> >Peter - Customer Service & Tech Support.
> >> On Thu, 25 Jan 2001 15:16:48 -0800, "James Cox"
> >> You can find them on ebay from Dragan fly for $396. They usually go
> >> with only one bid. I don't know who quoted you but they qouted me
> >> $396...
> >> Also the only reason it flyies for such a short time is that the
> >> battery pack is made up of 600KE sells. If you made a 10 cell 1400AE
> >> pack it would last a lot longer. I believe those are the cells that
> >> dragan fly said they used. Check though because they are a little
> >> heaver.
> >> >Kenny,
> >> >I just got a quote today for the Draganflyer without the receiver or
> >> >transmitter for $497.00 USD plus shipping.
> >> >I would probably get one of these if only it flew for longer than 5
> >> >James.
> >> >> The thing is pretty cool. The stock frame was way to fragile
> >> >> I called DraganFly and they said they should have a carbon fiber
> >> >> out in a month or so. I made my own frame out of carbon fiber kite
> >> >> spars. I think it came out a little heavier but it will do until
> >> >> new frame is developed.
> >> >> I get a little less flight time because my frame is a little
> >> >> I am going to mess around making it a little lighter but when they
> >> >> have their CF frame out (which they say will look even cooler)I
> >> >> definately buy it.
> >> >> You know that you don't have to buy the hole thing from them right?
> >> >> You can everything minus the RX/TX and battery charger for $397.
> >> >> Also if you get it tell them to make the pack a 10 cell pack instead
> >> >> of 8 (if you can charge up to 10 cells) That is the max it will
> >> >> handle and it performs much better. Well at least for me it does.
> >> >> live in Colorado Springs at an elevation over 6500 feet so 8 cells
> >> >> does not do much at all.
> >> >> Let me know if you get one,
> >> >> Kenny
> >> >> >how do you like your draganfly? i was just about to order one what
> >> >> >coincidence you made a post about it. eren
> >> >> >>I have a question about the Ikarus Piccolo. A couple of weeks ago
> >> >> >>got into RC helicopters (sort of) with the DraganFly II.
> >> >> >>For those that are not familiar with this here is a link that
> >> >> >>what it is. It is basically a four rotor helicopter. You can get
> >> >> >>the details at the website.
> >> >> >>http://www.draganfly.com/products_4eh.html
> >> >> >>I have learned to fly the thing (I am still working on forward
> >> >> >>and orientation.
> >> >> >>I am posting to see how similar the flying skills would be of the
> >> >> >>Piccolo to the DraganFly? I think that both deal with altitude by
> >> >> >>throttle management.
> >> >> >>With the Draganfly to control pitch the front or rear rotor slows
> >> >> >>respectively. The same with the right and left rotors for roll.
> >> >> >>The web site explains all this.
> >> >> >>Thanks for your information.
> >> >> >>(oh, I am just a consumer and not associated with DraganFly
> >> >> >>Innovations at all.)
> >> >> >>Kenny