Here’s the Draganflyer X4-ES Drone User Manual for you to check out.
Here’s the full instructions manual for Draganflyer X4-ES Drone.
Draganflyer X4-ES Setup:
- X4-ES Helicopter Setup
Building and testing your aeroplane was a lot of fun. We’ll go over the procedures needed to put the aircraft together in order to launch it in this part.
Due to the fact that the aircraft can be outfitted with various payload packages, please see the specific payload manual for information on the payload setup and how to make the most of it.
Attaching the different payloads is easy—just twist and lock with the fast-release system.
- Extend helicopter booms
First, extend the helicopter booms and snap them into place. The front booms will “pass-through” the back clips when they open up.
Booms should be brought forward until they are firmly snapped into place in front. When all four booms are extended, the rear booms will “lock” into the rear clips, and the frame is prepared for the following stage.
- Extend Landing Gear
There are a number of helicopter systems available, but we believe it would be difficult to find an aircraft where such care and thought went into designing a light and incredibly sturdy airframe.
Simply pull the landing gear down and twist it forward until you feel and hear it lock into place.
Pulling down on the leg will cause the spring to revolve, retracting the landing gear so that it is parallel to the helicopter boom.
- Install Rotor Blades
- Remove Canopy
You really want to do this right or you can damage the canopy. The canopy removal process is as simple as 1, 2, 3. Position your hands as shown.
Using one finger pull the latch pin forward, then start to lift using the carbon fibre tabs, and rotate the canopy while sliding it back and off the aircraft.
- Install Flight Battery
The main power source for the Draganflyer X4-ES is a detachable, rechargeable lithium-polymer battery. We took considerable care to create a battery system that was reliable, strong, and designed to offer the best flight performance.
For this battery, the Draganflyer X4-ES helicopter system has been specifically created and modified. If you don’t use Draganflyer X4-ES batteries with this aircraft, your warranty will be null and invalid.
- Install Canopy
The canopy installation procedure is done in reverse. The canopy should first be inserted through the aircraft’s rear slot. align the canopy pin with the helicopter latch assembly by bringing the canopy’s front forward.
- Helicopter assembled
The helicopter is now completely put together and prepared for takeoff. Even if you have completed our flying training programme, we advise that you fly in extremely weak winds and without a payload for your first few flights in order to test the system and reacquaint yourself with the aircraft.
- Install helicopter payload system
For the Draganflyer X4-ES system, Draganfly offers a variety of payload options, each of which has a simple rapid release method.
All electrical connections go through the fast release, doing away with tangled cords and the chance of accidentally forgetting to attach something before takeoff.
Battery Safety and Charging:
- Battery Charging System
A full charging kit for the Draganflyer X4-ES system is included with your purchase. the X4-ES system’s controller and helicopter batteries.
The system for charging has been created with convenience, portability, safety, and ease of use in mind to keep your charged and operating systems.
- Setup and Operation
Your charger can be powered from a 110-240 volt AC wall outlet or an 11-18 volt DC power source such as a car battery.
If using an AC wall outlet, remove the cable from the case, connect it to the power input of the charger, and plug the cable into an AC outlet.
- Charging helicopter batteries
- Charging the Handheld Controller batteries
Your system comes with a regular handheld controller and a portable Ground Control System (GCS). The normal handheld controller is powered by a 3 Cell LiPo battery, whereas the GCS is powered by a smaller capacity 4 Cell LiPo battery.
These batteries can be charged in the same manner as your helicopter’s battery. When charging the standard controller, the connections using the balancer cable and main power charge connector are identical, but you must constantly keep this in mind.
Ready for flight:
- Understand the environment
- The helicopter and wind
- GPS position hold and wind
There may be times when you wish to manually drive the helicopter to maintain the mentioned motionless hover while you’re out taking pictures or performing a mission.
The majority of the time, however, you will manually fly the aircraft into the target location and, if there are sufficient GPS satellites, switch the aircraft into a GPS position hold and allow the autopilot take over.
The helicopter will keep its heading, altitude, and location autonomously. Even if the aircraft is on a GPS position hold, you can still manoeuvre it to change direction or reposition it.
It is obvious that the GPS position hold feature’s main advantage is to significantly reduce the pilot’s input in maintaining a hover position.
This allows the pilot to concentrate more on taking the ideal shot, seeking a location, or carrying out the operation.
- Forward flight & ballooning
The helicopter tends to balloon (rise or fall) upon coming to an abrupt stop because it flies most of the time in altitude hold mode. Nothing is faulty or wrong; the only reason altitude is controlled by the aircraft’s barometric sensor is that.
- Extreme temperature conditions
The Draganflyer systems have undergone extensive testing in situations of intense heat for years of operation, not just a few weeks or months.
Even if the aircraft operate effectively in these challenging circumstances, exceptional situations call for special safety measures. The safety of the pilot, crew, and mission supporters comes first and foremost.
It is crucial to pre-flight the Draganfly helicopter to ensure that it is airworthy, much like with a real aircraft. As seen below, we advise a static on-the-ground pre-flight.
Once you’ve taken off, we advise a second flight check in a hover to ensure the aircraft and systems are operating as intended.
If you have any reason to believe there may be a problem, you should either abort the flight or cancel the mission.
- Pre-flight system checks
As previously said, it’s crucial to pre-fly your aircraft before each flight. Even between flights, it’s vital to follow the brief but crucial system pre-flight protocol.
Never take anything for granted since you almost always get into trouble the day you “think” things is fine.
- Documentation and observers
It’s crucial to continue flying and improve your flying abilities after completing your flight training. In other cases, people who only had one helicopter system returned for the training of two, three, or four pilots.
Over time, it becomes apparent that one or two individuals serve as the principal pilots while the others are rarely able to fly. They quickly lose their skills and confidence because they don’t fly frequently.
If purchasing numerous Draganfly systems is beyond of your price range, another option is to complement the helicopter system with a less expensive aircraft, such as the “Lil’ Draganflyer” that comes with your purchase.
- Training course
- Flight exercise #1 – practice hover
- Flight exercise #2 – practice roll
- Flight exercise #3 – practice pitch
- Flight exercise #3 – practice pitch & roll
- Flight exercise #4 – practice combined pitch & roll
- Flight exercise #5 – 90 degrees out
- Flight exercise #6 – nose in
- Flight exercise #7 – combined skills
- Getting ready
- Let’s do some real flying
You should practice taking off and landing with your helicopter in the beginning by going through flight drills.
Before thinking about flying higher or farther away, you need to feel comfortable taking off and landing if you can’t or are extremely frightened about it.
So let’s assume for the time being that you can successfully complete all of the flight exercises and effortlessly take off and land in a variety of climatic circumstances.
- Aggressive flying skills
After several weeks or months of practising, you gain confidence and start to execute control inputs automatically rather than having to think about them first.
When you “keep ahead” of the aeroplane by instinctive reflex reflexes, you’re prepared to use more aggressive flying techniques.
Aircraft technical data:
As opposed to a traditional style helicopter with servo linkages, gears, drive shafts, clutch, rotor head, swash plate, tail rotor, and pitch change mechanisms, the Draganflyer X4-ES has a direct drive system that requires no maintenance.
- Every Flying Session
- Every 3 months
- Every Year or 300 flight hours
- Every 600 flight hours
Jon is a passionate photographer and videographer who has been flying DJI drones for over 5 years. He loves the freedom and creativity that comes with capturing aerial footage and the unique perspective it provides. Jon is always on the lookout for new locations to explore and capture with his DJI drones. His favorite DJI drone is the Mavic 2 Pro, which he uses to capture stunning 4K footage with its Hasselblad camera. Jon is always eager to share his knowledge and experience with other drone enthusiasts and is a member of several online drone communities. When he’s not flying his DJI drone, Jon enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with his family.