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E-Flite Draco 2.0m with Smart BNF (E-Flite EFL12550 | EFL12550)
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By most estimates, preparation and constructing the full-size DRACO must have taken years. Entrepreneur Mike Patey — whose extraordinary drive and Back to Work™ principles have inspired countless individuals — accomplished it in simply over 5 months! Mike began with a Wilga 2000, changing its Lycoming O-540 piston engine with a Pratt & Whitney PT6A-28 turboprop boasting about twice the power at half the weight. Many additional modifications followed before Mike proudly revealed his "ultimate bush plane". It might go to the very same locations as a Carbon Cub, however also climb twice as fast; reach altitudes up to 28,000 feet; and cruise cross-country at 180 MPH while bring four individuals plus gear. Changes from the Wilga were so comprehensive that the FAA authorized Mike's redesign as a speculative exhibition airplane. The DRACO 2.0m is similarly distinct and astonishing — and it's also one of the most highly-engineered, detailed and feature-rich E-flite® airplane yet!

Video Introduction



The ultimate bush plane for an unmatched STOL, scale and beyond flying experience

The only officially-licensed scale replica of the one-of-a-kind DRACO by Mike Patey

Among the most highly-engineered, detailed and feature-rich E-flite® airplane to date

Extra Scale details including an abundance of molded-in surface features, steps, antennas, wingtip skids, and a lot more

Functional Extra Scale features including certified KING shocks on the primary gear and tail wheel, leading-edge slats, slotted flaps, and more

17 overall LEDs including navigation, landing, down, tail beacon, reversing and other lights with adjustable light controller

Clear windshield and windows plus an in-depth cockpit with backlit cockpit console and pilot figure

Factory-installed, high-power 4S- to 6S-compatible brushless motor with large size 4-blade prop

Fits batteries from 4000–7000mAh to offer a wide range of efficiency and flight times up to 10–15+ minutes

100-amp Spektrum™ Bird™ Smart ESC provides real-time battery voltage, current draw, motor RPM, and other information through compatible receivers and transmitters

Optional-use motor reversing for special ground handling and other capabilities with compatible 7+ channel transmitters

Spektrum AR637TA receiver with full-range telemetry and industry-leading DSMX® innovation

Easy to fly with ingenious and optional-use SAFE® Select flight envelope defense

The unequaled stability and locked-in feel of unique AS3X® innovation

6 factory-installed metal-geared servos with internal, ball-link equipped linkages

Large and practical, magnetically-secured top hatch with large battery compartment

Shock-equipped and steerable tailwheel for enhanced forward and reverse ground handling

Scale-like articulated and shock-absorbing primary landing gear with extra-large tundra-style tires

Customized and fully-molded carbon fiber gear to handle brief takeoffs from and landings on a range of surface areas

Two-piece wing with quarter-turn thumbscrews plus V2 hands-free servo connection system for fast and easy assembly/disassembly

Durable, fully-molded EPO airframe with carbon fiber and wood reinforcement throughout

Factory-applied paint plus decal finish looks great and conserves time

Easy final assembly in less time than it requires to charge a battery

Influenced by the amazing ingenuity and effort Mike Patey put into constructing the full-sized airplane, E-flite® offers the only officially-licensed scale replica of the ultimate bush plane! The fantastic DRACO 2.0m is among the most highly-engineered, detailed and feature-rich RC designs ever produced. Beyond its intricate design and the accurate shape of its fully-molded, lightweight and durable EPO airframe with a factory-applied finish, it also features an abundance of Extra Scale details including a range of surface features, steps, antennas, wingtip "stinger" skids, and a lot more. The clear windshield and windows offer an exceptional view of the detailed cockpit with pilot figure and backlit cockpit console. Functional Extra Scale features consist of licensed, scale-like KING shocks on the primary gear and tail wheel, leading-edge slats, slotted flaps and more. There are also a total of 17 LEDs throughout the airframe — with a custom controller that allows you to select strong, strobing and other light combination alternatives from your transmitter. Large, tundra-style tires on the customized carbon fiber primary gear soak up bumps and offer outstanding prop clearance, while the shock-absorbing and steerable tailwheel offers enhanced ground handling — even when taxiing cab backward with the optional-use motor reversing (compatible Smart receiver and 7+ channel transmitter required for reversing).

Factory-installed, metal-geared servos with ball-link equipped and internal linkages deliver crisp, precise control. The high-power brushless outrunner motor can drive the scale 4-blade propeller with a wide range of 4000–7000mAh batteries, from a FOUR pack for sluggish and smooth scale flight to SIX power for better-than-scale vertical efficiency. It's also equipped with a 100-amp Spektrum™ Bird™ Smart ESC, and the BNF® Fundamental variation includes an AR637TA Smart receiver that delivers full-range telemetry including real-time battery voltage, current, motor RPM, ESC temperature level, and more to compatible AirWare™ equipped transmitters. And even with its massive size and feature-packed design, the DRACO 2.0m can be flight-ready in less time than it requires to charge a battery! No tools are required for field assembly/disassembly since the two-piece wing is secured with quarter-turn thumbscrews. Most importantly, if you've mastered flying at least a couple of previous RC airplane you can fly the DRACO 2.0m effectively, particularly when benefiting from the BNF® Fundamental variation's unique AS3X® and optional-use SAFE® Select innovations. And everything amounts to offer an unmatched STOL (Brief Remove and Landing), scale and beyond flying experience unlike any other!

The Plug-N-Play® (PNP) variation lets knowledgeable modelers select and use their own transmitter, receiver, battery and battery charger. The Bind-N-Fly® (BNF) Fundamental variation includes a Spektrum receiver equipped with AS3X and optional-use SAFE Select innovations so intermediate to knowledgeable modelers can use their own transmitter, battery and battery charger. An ULTIMATE Combo including the BNF Fundamental variation airplane, a Spektrum transmitter, Smart battery, Smart battery charger, the special tools and glue you require for assembly – plus a copy of RealFlight Fitness instructor Edition RC Flight Simulator – is also available and conserves you more than $70 compared to buying all of the products separately.

Are you brand-new to flying RC (Radio Controlled) airplane? If you are, we advise discovering to fly with one of our purpose-built fitness instructor airplane such as the HobbyZone® Carbon Cub S 2. Based on the Carbon Cub flown by Mike's better half, Chandra Patey, it's equipped with unique and ingenious SAFE innovation that makes it possible for nearly anybody to find out to fly effectively! The Ready-To-Fly (RTF) variation includes whatever required to fly in one box and is the best choice if you're a new RC pilot.


Mike Patey was born in Gresham, Oregon along with his twin brother Mark, numbers 5 and 6 in an 11 kid family. Maturing in a low-income family, they were 15 when they launched their very first service together, Deck-It, constructing decks for their neighbors in Orem, Utah. Before they finished high school they had actually built it into a business with almost 200 employees. Their hard work and drive led them to create additional companies, effectively constructing and selling every one. Today, both continue using their enthusiasm for work to their own companies, Mark with Best Pulls, and Mike with EcoVap.

Mike is wed to his better half Chandra and they have four kids. Mike's air travel journey started in a 1971 Cessna 172L in 2002 when both Mike and Mark had actually independently decided to pursue air travel. In a strange "twin moment", on the very same day both had actually participated in airshows in various states and been inspired to pursue their pilot's license without the other knowing. When they shared their choice by phone, they were so blown away at the coincidence of the entire thing that Mark right away purchased an utilized 172, and the rest is history.

Mike continues his enthusiasm of flying and air travel while balancing family, work, and community. "Our parents taught us that if you are blessed with a skill or financial resources you need to give to others or you don't deserve it in the first place. We were raised dirt poor however our parents provided anything we had in excess to somebody who had less than us." Mike continues to offer his time, skills, and energy to search and rescue missions for local police, as well as constructing the air travel community through his YouTube channel where he shares his enthusiasm. He is incredibly providing of his time and knowledge too, often taking time far from his builds for visitors though he really simply wants to get "back to work", an expression that has actually ended up being a tagline for his channel. "Back to Work means to get after something. I use it for my life in basic. It implies offer your all, enjoy the procedure, and work hard." A mantra Mike genuinely lives by.

Mike holds several world speed records and has plans to break those records once again. From drag cars to hill reaches planes, Mike has actually constantly been driven to race things. He likes to build larger, more powerful, and faster airplane, innovating originalities and making them truths in his builds. Mike's interest is infectious, often seen talking with fellow pilots and giggling over originalities or theories to improve styles, he is a huge possession to basic air travel and has actually inspired many to pursue their dreams of flight by earning their personal pilot's license.

Learn more about, connect with, and follow Mike Patey utilizing these links:

Mike Patey Website

Mike Patey YouTube

Mike Patey Facebook

Mike Patey Instagram

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Exclusive Technologies (BNF® just)

Exclusive Technologies (BNF® Basic only)
The DRACO 2.0m is equipped with unique Spektrum™ AS3X® and SAFE® Select innovations. AS3X works behind the scenes to smooth out the effects of wind and turbulence to deliver a locked-in feel that makes it appear like you're flying an even larger airplane. Optional-use SAFE Select offers pitch and bank angle limitations along with automated self-leveling that can be switched on and off at the flip of a switch! And if you don't wish to enable the SAFE Select features, just bind the receiver generally and just AS3X will be active.

Smart Innovation

Smart Technology
The unique Spektrum™ Bird™ Smart ESC provides a range of real-time power system related telemetry information including motor RPM, current draw, general flight battery voltage and more through compatible receivers (including the AR637TA installed in the BNF® Fundamental variation) and Spektrum AirWare™ equipped transmitters (including the DX6e and 8e, DX6 G2/G3 and 8 G2, the DX9, the NX6, 8 and 10, the iX12, iX20 and others) while you fly. It will even show private cell voltages, temperature level of the flight pack and other information when utilizing Spektrum Smart LiPo batteries. Plus, optional-use motor reversing deals special ground handling and other capabilities (compatible Smart receiver and 7+ channel transmitter required for reversing).

Versatile Power System

Versatile Power System
The factory-installed Spektrum™ Bird™ 100-amp Smart ESC and high-power brushless outrunner motor can drive the large-diameter four-blade propeller with a wide range of batteries. Install a FOUR battery for sluggish and smooth scale flying, a 5S battery for added power, or a SIX battery to deliver better-than-scale vertical efficiency. Most importantly you can set up a 4000mAh battery to keep the weight and wing loading down, a 5000mAh battery for a great balance of efficiency and handling, or up to a 7000mAh battery to accomplish long flight times up to 10-15+ minutes.

Extra Scale Particulars

Extra Scale Details
The DRACO 2.0m features an abundance of Extra Scale details including molded-in panel lines, hatches and other surface features, steps, antennas, wingtip skids, and a lot more. A clear windshield and windows plus an in-depth cockpit with backlit cockpit console and pilot figure add to the amazing scale appearance.

Functional Scale Functions

Functional Scale Features
Accredited, scale-like KING shocks on the primary gear and tail wheel, leading-edge slats, slotted flaps and more are practical Extra Scale features that take your experience to another level.

LED Lights

LED Lights
There are a total of 17 LEDs throughout the airframe to replicate navigation, landing, down, tail beacon, reversing and other lights. They're linked to a custom light controller with various settings you can manage from the transmitter to select which lights turn on and off with various functions, radiance strong, strobe and more.

Capable Gear

Capable Gear
Like the full-blown DRACO, the articulated and shock-absorbing primary gear is equipped with extra-large, tundra-style tires to soak up the bumps of rough surface areas and offer outstanding prop clearance. It's also customized from fully-molded carbon fiber to handle brief takeoffs from and landings on a range of surface areas. The shock-equipped and steerable tailwheel offers outstanding ground handling, whether moving forward or when utilizing the optional-use motor reversing to taxi backward too.

Durable Precision

Durable Precision
Building with fully-molded EPO material makes it possible to duplicate the complex details and shapes of the full-blown DRACO in a light-weight yet durable type. The outcome is an outstanding scale appearance that's easy to preserve and delivers the best possible flight experience, plus the factory-installed metal-geared servos with ball-link equipped, internal linkages deliver crisp and precise control.

Added Convenience

Added Convenience
The two-piece wing is secured with distinct, quarter-turn thumbscrews so no tools are required for field assembly/disassembly, and along with the V2 hands-free servo connection system, makes storage and transport as easy and practical as possible. Most importantly, you can have the DRACO 2.0m all set to fly in less time than it requires to charge a battery!

Factory Completed

Factory Finished
The factory-applied paint and decal finish conserves you time and makes for a scale replica you'll be happy to show off everywhere you go.

SAFE technology

Bind-N-Fly Completion Level Advantage
Already own a Spektrum™ transmitter? Bind-N-Fly (BNF) airplane make entering the air quickly and with the best control experience possible easier than ever. They come out of package with the power system, servos and a Spektrum 2.4GHz receiver installed so all you require to do is bind the receiver to a compatible transmitter, finish any final assembly, and fly!

This Bind-N-Fly Basic model is equipped with a Spektrum 2.4GHz DSMX® receiver including AS3X (Synthetic Stabilization–3-aXis) innovation that works behind the scenes to smooth out the effects of wind and turbulence. The outcome is a heightened sense of stability and accuracy that makes you feel like you're flying a much larger, expertly tuned aircraft.

If this is your {very first|very first} model of its type, or you desire an additional margin of security while familiarizing yourself with the airplane, you can enable the optional-use SAFE® Select flight envelope defense innovation built into the receiver. No programming is required. Just change up the binding sequence as directed in the manual.

With SAFE Select allowed, you get:

Pitch and Bank Angle Limits
These envelope limits keep the airplane from rolling or pitching upside down. They also prevent excessive climb or dive angles.

Automatic Self-Leveling
The airplane immediately returns to and holds level flight when the sticks are launched and in the center position. It's also practical for keeping the wings level throughout takeoffs/launches and landings.

Easy Switch Project—No Complex Shows Required
The basic treatment for appointing a transmitter switch to turn SAFE Select features on and off does not require any intricate programming and takes simply a couple of seconds.

If you don't wish to enable the SAFE Select features, simply bind the receiver generally and it will work like a basic AS3X receiver.



Approximate Assembly Time: Less than 1 Hour

Battery: Sold Separately

Charger: Sold Separately

Conclusion Level: Bind-N-Fly Basic

Flaps: Yes

Product: EPO

Minimum Required Radio: 6-channel

Power Type: Electric

Item Length: 53" (1346 mm)

Item Weight: 10.0 lbs (4535 g) with SIX 5000mAh 30C battery; 8.5 lbs (3855 g) without battery

Propeller Size: 14.5 x 9 4-blade

Radio: Sold Separately

Receiver: Included

Recommended Motor Battery: 4S 14.8V to SIX 22.2V 4000-7000mAh LiPo (sold separately)

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Servos: Included

Skill Level: Level 2

Speed Control: Consisted Of

Innovation : AS3X and SAFE

Wingspan: 77.7" (1974 mm)
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