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FAQ

My dragonfly won't fly straight when I am flying it indoors! ...

Your problem might be due to indoor sources of air currents keeping the dragonfly from flying straight. Try turning off fans and closing air conditioning vents. If there are open windows, try closing them to avoid creating drafts.

My dragonfly won't fly straight when I am flying it outdoors! ...

You might be flying the dragonfly in conditions that are too windy... Try to find a location that is sheltered from the wind, such as between buildings or in a walled-off courtyard. For optimal operation, avoid flying the dragonfly in wind speeds higher than 4 mph (1.75 km/h).

The tail rotor on my dragonfly keeps spinning, and I can't stop it! ...

You have probably turned the trim dial. The trim dial controls the rotor speed. Adjust the trim by slowly turning the trim dial on the controller until the rotor stops spinning.

My dragonfly stops working when it gets farther away. ...

Your dragonfly is most likely out of range for the controller. The recommended range for controlling your dragonfly is 50 feet (15 meters) or less from the controller. To fully take advantage of the flight control, make sure the antenna on the controller is fully extended.

My dragonfly won't stay up, even after charging ...

The batteries in the controller might be getting weak, in which case, you will need to change the batteries. The batteries in the controller will usually last about ten flight-recharge cycles. You should always turn the controller and the dragonfly off when not in use. Note that as you use the dragonfly, the battery strength in the dragonfly will get diminish and the play time will shorten over time.

My FlyTech Dragonfly repeatedly climbs and then dives... How do I fix this?

This behavior is called "porpoising". This can be caused by flying the dragonfly in conditions that are too windy, or by using too much power. To avoid this behavior when flying outdoors, keep the dragonfly turning in gentle circles. If you continually fly the dragonfly in a straight line, it will cause it to porpoise. When flying the dragonfly indoors, attach the tail ribbon (included in the package) to make it more stable.

My FlyTech Dragonfly always turns towards the right/left... What's wrong?

Before flying the dragonfly, make sure that the tail rotor is not spinning. If the tail rotor is spinning, adjust the trim dial on the remote controller until the rotor stops spinning. If adjusting the trim dial does not fix the problem, try swapping the right and left wings on the dragonfly. The wingtips should "droop" about the same amount. If the problem persists, replace one of the wings on the dragonfly using one from the spare wing sets (included in the package).

When I charge dragonfly, the eyes just keep blinking and never turn off... What's wrong?

Make sure the dragonfly off before placing it on the charger. Connect the dragonfly to the charger using the built-in connector on the remote controller, and then turn on the remote controller. The eyes on the dragonfly will pulse until it is done charging. If the pulsing never stops, you might need to change the batteries in your remote controller. In this case, replace the old batteries with fresh batteries.

Where is the spare propeller?

The spare propeller is packaged in the bag containing the antenna. We recommend you tape it to the card holding the ribbon for future use.

The instruction manual says not to fly the dragonfly in winds faster than 4mph (6km/h)... How can I tell how fast the winds are moving outside?

Ideally to fly the dragonfly outdoors, wind conditions should be very calm (under 4mph (6km/h)).A simple way to determine how fast the winds are moving is to use the Beaufort scale. Winds under 4mph (6km/h) is Force 1 on the Beaufort scale, meaning you will be able to see wind motion in smoke. After launching the dragonfly, keep it in a gentle turn so that as it climbs, it does not get too far away from you. If the dragonfly goes beyond the control range, the wings will stop flapping and it will begin to glide downward. Move closer to the dragonfly to regain control.

My FlyTech Dragonfly doesn't stay in the air and randomly dives into the ground when I am trying to fly it... What can I do to fix this?

Check to see if the dragonfly's wing rods are properly inserted into their sockets. Over time, they might begin to slide out of the socket mounts when flying. In this case, just firmly push them back into the socket mounts and your dragonfly should be as good as new.

I seem to have had a mishap with the antenna on my remote controller and broke it... What can I do?

For optimal performance, we recommend that you fully extend the antenna on your remote controller. However, to avoid bending or breaking it, avoid running with the remote controller and/or keep the antenna extended at only 1/3 (one-third) of the full length. If you wish to order a replacement antenna, visit the Wowwee store at www.wowweestore.com.

I seem to have broken a part off my FlyTech Dragonfly... Where can I purchase replacement or spare parts?

You can order replacement or spare parts from the WowWee Online Store . Refer to the store inventory for available parts. Note that by opening up or modifying your robot, you will void any warranty applicable to your product.

Tips and tricks

 

  • When launching the dragonfly, hold it level by the middle of the body and gently push it forward as you would with a paper airplane, while holding the left stick (throttle control) at about half-power. If it starts to fly upwards, release some of the power so that it stays level.
  • Avoid making turns while the nose is pointed upwards, or the dragonfly will dive-bomb.
  • Smaller spaces are recommended for more expert fliers.
  • You can attach the stabilizing ribbon included in the FlyTech Dragonfly package and use it as a training aid, especially when in small spaces, by helping restrict flying speed.
  • When flying the dragonfly outdoors, take note that the calmest times of the day are usually at dawn and at dusk. If it is a bit windy outdoors, avoid flying the dragonfly at wind speeds higher than 4 mph (1.75 km/h).
  • When launching the dragonfly from the ground, make sure it is on a smooth and flat surface that is long enough to allow it room to take off (for example, a hallway).

Beginner mode

 

  • Circles Left/Right – Fly in a clockwise or counter-clockwise circular motion.
  • Figure-8s – Fly the dragonfly in a motion that resembles the number 8.
  • Ground Takeoff – Start with the FlyTech Dragonfly on the ground, on a smooth surface, and then give the dragonfly enough power to lift itself off from the ground.
  • Zero-power launch – With the wings in a closed position, give the dragonfly a firm, level launch. It should climb slightly, and at the apex of the climb, apply approximately 60% power to begin flying away from the launch.
  • Backflip Launch – Start by holding the dragonfly by the tail, with the head pointing towards the ground. Toss the dragonfly upwards while flicking your wrist. The dragonfly will backflip once, and just as it becomes level, apply power to make it fly forward and away from the launch.
  • Touch-n-go – This needs a large smooth surface like the floor or table. From normal level flight, reduce power so dragonfly sinks slowly. As it approaches the surface of the table (about 1 foot away/30 cm) quickly increase power so that the dragonfly touches its legs briefly, then continues flying.

Expert mode

 

  • Spiral Dive – (needs a high ceiling or outdoors) Take the FlyTech Dragonfly up to approximately 20 or 30 feet (6 to 9 metres) in altitude. When flying straight and level, drop power to zero while holding full right or left turn. The dragonfly will go into a helicopter-like spin. To recover, release the turn input and give full power to the wings. It will stop turning and pull out into level flight.