Parrot Swing + Flypad
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- Dual Flight mode (Quad/Plane): designed for aerial acrobatics and high-speed racing with friends
- Achieve speeds up to 19mph in plane mode
- Unique acrobatics such as loops, 180 degree turns, barrel rolls
- Increase piloting range with the included Parrot Flypad (works with or without smartphone)
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The stability of a quadcopter, the power of a plane
Parrot Swing is the first Minidrone that takes off and lands like a drone, and flies like a plane. It's also equipped with autopilot and a vertical take-off and landing mode. Pilot your Swing like a pro with the new Parrot Flypad controller and watch it soar through the air at speeds up to 19 mph!
Dual Piloting Mode
Parrot Swing’s unique X shape provides you with two drones in one. Pilot in either Quadcopter mode or Plane mode. The advanced flight controller and reliable sensors help Swing fly like forward like a plane with a vertical take-off and landing. Sturdy and easy to grasp, nothing can stop you!
Acrobatics in Flight
In Quadcopter mode, piloting Swing is simple and intuitive. The autopilot functionality ensures that that it will stay stable and hover, even if you let go of the controls.
In Plane Mode, race around corners with high speed turns and maneuvers. You can also enjoy limitless thrills with in flight acrobatics: flips, dives, loops and many more!
Challenge your friends to a race and take off at speeds up to 19 mph! To gain speed, tilt your Parrot Swing forward and watch it zoom away! The more you lean, the faster you go.
You can also activate Boost Mode for an extra dose of power mid-race. At these speeds, you’ll soar across the finish line with ease.
Parrot Flypad allows you to customize your piloting controls for the Parrot Swing minidrone, and extends your flight range to up to 196 ft.
Mount your smartphone to the Flypad using the included phone stand, and monitor both battery power and flight time on your screen.
You can also use your smartphone to connect to the controller and customize your settings to match your piloting preferences.
Download, and You're Ready to Have Fun
FreeFlight Mini’s easy-to-use interface makes piloting simple, even for beginner pilots. The app connects to your Minidrone via Bluetooth Low Energy.
Once connected, select your preferred piloting method and take-off. You can pilot using virtual joysticks in Joypad mode (default setting), or by tilting your smartphone/tablet in the direction you want your drone to go in Accelerometer mode.
Tips for getting started
- Before takeoff, be sure to update your Swing's software and fully charge its battery. For double the flight time and twice the fun, pick up an extra battery with your purchase.
- If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support team.
Parrot Swing + Flypad
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My first impressions when opening the box was pleasant as the drone is packaged very well. The possibility of receiving a damaged drone from shipping will be very rare. The package comes with both the drone, and the fly pad. The fly pad is built very well, it feels like an Xbox One controller and seems to match the quality of one too. It comes with a mount that you can attach to the controller so that you can mount your phone. With the phone mounted to the controller, you get details about your flight such as such as time and battery life. You simply pair your drone and fly pad to your phone via Bluetooth and the free flight Parrot app. Of course, you always have the option to fly via your phone if you choose not to use the fly pad. The Parrot Swing itself is very light and very delicate feeling. I was a little concerned about its ability to handle the occasional crash. Otherwise, it seems that it is built well. It has a camera and some sensors on the bottom to help it take off, land, and sustain positioning when you choose to let it hover. It also has a power button on the side.
Before flying the drone, be sure to get the firmware update. You can easily do this through the free flight app via Bluetooth. It only takes a couple minutes. Then you are ready to fly. The first flight went well, I just flew around in drone mode to get use to the controls. This thing is very impressive for lift off, maintaining its position, and landing. When you first take off, you literally push one button and nothing else. The drone will maintain its initial take off altitude and positioning with zero input from the user. It is very similar to the GPS enabled drones. It will even fight wind automatically to maintain position. It really works well. The battery lasts about 6 minutes give or take 30 seconds, so there is a pretty good amount of flight time for a charge.
first time I put it into plane mode, was the first time that I had an issue, and it was frustrating. I went to a big, open parking lot with very few trees in the area. In fact, the closest tree was about 30 feet away. I took the drone to about 15 feet in altitude and threw it into plane mode. As soon as I did that, I had no way to control the drone. It flew straight into the tree at about 15 feet up and got stuck. I was rescued by a neighborhood kid walking his dog. Like a ninja squirrel, he climbed the tree and got my drone. I looked up the issue and found that it is common, and the only fix is to do a hard reset to the drone by holding the power button. After the hard reset, everything worked great. The drone is super easy to fly and can do little stunts with the new firmware update. Later that day I took it out front of my house to show the neighborhood kids. Took it to a safe altitude, and started flying. Went into plane mode, and yet again, right into a tree… same day, same scenario, was once again saved by the tree climbing kids. My lesson was learned, hard reset the drone before every flight. It sucks, but it is effective. I also ran in into issues with the flight pad and my phone switching priority mid-flight. Meaning the fly pad would stop working and my phone would take over, then it would switch back, even though I selected the option to only use the fly pad. It has only happened once.
Other than those minor issues, the drone works great and I am super happy with the purchase. I bought some aftermarket batteries with a charger from Keenstone for about $25. They exceed the flight time of the provided Parrot battery by about 20 or 30 seconds. The only small issue is that the batteries fit tight compared to the Parrot issued battery. Parrot Minidrone battery,Keenstone 3PCS 3.7V 650mAh 20C Li-po Battery w/3-Port Charger for Jumping Sumo,Swing,Mambo,Rolling Spider, Air Night Airborne Cargo,Jumping Race,Jumping Night,Hydrofoil Drone
UPDATE (12/13/17): I have put another hour of fly time in now and haven't had any of the issues mentioned earlier. I drive to the park by my house to fly because it is a huge open space. I forgot my fly pad one session and had no choice but to use my phone. It worked great, I was able to enjoy the flights just fine. Though, I still like the fly pad more. Now that I haven't had issues, I am bumping this review to 5 stars. This thing is a blast to fly!
UPDATE: Seller was very nice and called me! Made sure I got a Parrot battery asap. It arrived by mail very quickly.
Love flying the Swing. I now have 3 of them, because it's so much fun flying together at the park. The Swing is a surprisingly well designed drone with intelligent features we didn't expect.
Make sure you UPDATE your firmware in the drone, and RE-PAIR it with the Flypad, EVEN if it seems to work. Otherwise, when you tilt into any of the 3 levels of horizontal flight, you may completely lose control of the drone. So, if you don't heed my advice, at least test it by going into 1st level horizontal flight at 3ft altitude, so you have a chance to chase it and keep it from flying away without control.
I cannot stress how important this is.
Now the not so good. There are some issue and glitches with the software. If you customize the buttons and then attempt to fly the swing only using you flypad (not paired to phone), it will get stuck in plane mode as soon as you press one of the L2 or R2 keys and it will go forward until either you catch it or it hits something. If you perform a hard reset, then you can fly it with your fly pad, but as soon as you try to customize the controls, the problem will reappear. This issue dont happen if you fly with you flypad paired with your phone (which is cumbersome) or with your smart phone only (which sucks). I have also experienced some mid flight disconnects where the quad just reverts back to quad mode and just stands there until it regains connection. It has happened while it is fairly close to me so I can rule it that I flew it out of range.
It also doesn't like wind too much, but thats expected with such a light quad, so no points deducted for that.
I emailed parrot about these issues but in the end they couldn't give me any solution to the problem, so I gave up flying it without the phone paired to the flypad. Its a super fun and unique little quad though, but parrot needs to fix those software issues in a firmare upgrade. I would give it a solid 5 stars if it wasn't for these bugs. If they sort them out, I will come back and update my rating.
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FOLLOW UP as of 4th march
I have now flown the Swing about 20 times and great fun it is. I am getting between 6 to 8 minutes fly time which is OK. One thing you must do is fly with your smartphone in the loop as mine lost control with the flypad when in plane mode and flew off and I had to run, but when the smartphone and app are in three loop and you get disconnected from the flypad the drone returns to Quadcopter mode and hovers so no flyaways. The range when flown like above is 30 to 50 Meters which in my opinion is plenty. DON'T RISK FLYING JUST WITH THE FLYPAD YOU WILL LOOSE IT.
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