Daedalus Flight is a new ‘pre-release’ version of the Daedalus wallet. Specially created for ada holders who want to help us test new Daedalus wallet features.
It is important to note that while we have done our best to ensure that flight releases are as safe as possible, we cannot guarantee they will always be stable or reliable.
Furthermore, in terms of core functionality, Flight releases are still working on mainnet, and therefore, you will be transacting with real ada. Transactions made using Daedalus Flight will be real ada transactions.
We recommend using Daedalus Flight only to more technically competent members of our community who are familiar with Daedalus and other crypto wallets.
Daedalus 1.0.0-FC1 is the first Flight candidate in a series of Daedalus 1.0.0 Flight candidate releases, which will help us test the software and fix potential issues until we get to a fully stable build which will be released to all Daedalus users as Daedalus 1.0.0, the first Byron Reboot Daedalus release.
Learn more about Daedalus Flight
Daedalus Flight 1.0.0-FC1 is bundled with the latest versions of the Cardano Node and Cardano Wallet, providing access to the newest version of the core Cardano network functionality (“Byron reboot”). This completely new codebase provides numerous performance, reliability, security and other under-the-hood advantages that will enable the rapid development of important and exciting new Cardano features such as staking delegation and smart contracts.
In addition, Daedalus Flight provides a number of important new features.
Support for Yoroi wallets, transaction filtering function for transaction history, mandatory spending passwords, redesigned and faster wallet restoration with support for parallel wallet restoration, and a resync wallet function.
Daedalus Flight 1.0.0-FC1
Release date: 31 March 2020
Flight theme and Flight instruction screen
Daedalus Flight comes with a single user interface theme to visually differentiate it from the production version of Daedalus. This theme is fixed and cannot be changed.
Instructions about using Daedalus Flight are available on all screens via the yellow Cardano icon in the bottom-left corner of the interface.
Yoroi wallet support
Yoroi wallets can now be restored and used within Daedalus Flight. Wallets can be kept in both Daedalus and Yoroi and used at the same time. If you want to use your wallet in both Daedalus and Yoroi, your wallets will remain in sync since funds are stored on the blockchain and wallets just provide a view for that data.
Faster wallet restoration with parallel wallet restoration
The wallet restoration process in Daedalus Flight has been completely redesigned to support a larger number of wallets. Wallet restoration now has multiple steps to simplify the restoration process and entering wallet recovery phrases and configuring wallet names and spending passwords are now discrete steps in the wallet restoration process. This is to make it clear that the only piece of information needed to restore a wallet is the wallet recovery phrase. During each wallet restoration, a new wallet name and spending password can be set.
Wallet restoration is now also significantly faster and supports the parallel restoration of multiple wallets. Wallet restoration now takes around 15 minutes instead of two hours, depending on network conditions.
Warning about making mainnet transactions
Although Daedalus Flight candidates are designed to test new functionality, they run on the Cardano mainnet and use mainnet ada. Transactions made using Flight candidates will be real ada transactions. For this reason, the transaction confirmation screen now includes a warning to remind users that they are spending real ada, and transactions cannot be submitted without ticking a checkbox to confirm consent to the transfer of real funds.
Daedalus Flight now has a transaction filtering feature, enabling users to filter their transactions by transaction type (ada received or ada sent), date, and ada amount. The ‘All transactions’ button will autocomplete the filter form with a date range that starts from the oldest transaction in the wallet and ends with the most recent, as well as an amount range that covers the smallest and largest values from historical transactions.
Resyncing wallet with the blockchain
A new option in the wallet settings enables users to initiate wallet resynchronization with the blockchain. If users are experiencing serious issues, resynchronizing with the blockchain can often help resolve them. With this new option, it is no longer necessary to delete a wallet and then restore it manually in order to resynchronize with the blockchain.
Unified look and feel for notifications
All notifications in Daedalus Flight have a unified look and feel. They are displayed in the same place in the top part of the screen and are always displayed on top of other user interface elements.
Improved system menu with keyboard shortcuts
The Daedalus system menu has been reorganized into Daedalus, Edit, View, and Help categories. Keyboard shortcuts have also been added for commonly used operations.
Mandatory spending passwords
Spending passwords are now mandatory for all wallets.
New Daedalus Flight Update Mechanism
Daedalus Flight introduces a new update mechanism. Users will be notified of new releases of Daedalus Flight via the Newsfeed as they become available, and will be able to download and install these releases as they prefer.
Possible Network Disconnection on Windows
On a Windows computer, Daedalus Flight may lose connection to the Cardano network if the internet connection is lost (such as by removing the network cable), or if the WiFi network is changed while Daedalus is running. This issue can be resolved by opening ‘Daedalus Diagnostics’ from the Help menu (or by clicking on any of the status icons on the loading screen) and clicking on ‘Restart Cardano node’.
Unexpectedly slow synchronization speeds
Daedalus Flight offers synchronization speeds that are generally much faster than previous versions of Daedalus. However, since this is a pre-release build, some users may experience unexpected variations in synchronization speeds when starting Daedalus Flight for the first time. If this happens, you can reset the connection by opening ‘Daedalus Diagnostics’ from the Help menu (or by clicking on any of the status icons on the loading screen) and clicking on ‘Restart Cardano node’. This should be done sparingly: repeated node restarts are unlikely to improve synchronization speeds.