As we prepare for our first FT Aviator shipments, we thought it might be helpful to pen a short primer on how you’ll work with the Fluidity app to command the sky! We’ve designed the interface to be familiar for veteran DJI pilots, while also providing some smart insights-at-a-glance unique to the FT Aviator drone controller.
First, a bit of good news: you’ll just need our one app to command your entire DJI drone fleet, rather than having to remember and select the appropriate apps for the aircraft being flown, e.g., Go, Go 4 or Pilot. With your FT Aviator powered up, the app will search and find your unique device, and configure it accordingly.
Second, in full transparency, I’m a recovered PC user, so my comments and photos below reflect iOS/Apple. The Android user experience closely mirrors what you’ll see below.
Opening the App:
Opening our app without any of your gear turned on looks like the above. You can see that your smartphone is powered on with the icon highlighted in blue, and that you have 58% battery capacity remaining. You’re gonna need to turn some other stuff on before you fly anywhere… Let’s start with your FT Aviator.
Powering On, Searching For & Connecting the FT Aviator:
Like most DJI products, a “double press” on the FT Aviator’s power button will bring it to life. Remember, just like DJI its one short press and then a long hold until the lights come on. A single short tap on the power button will display your remaining battery percentage, but won’t turn on the device.
Tap the “Click to Connect” icon on the app, then hit “Search,” and your FT Aviator will pop up, indicating its superlative signal strength as well as the fact that it’s an excellent product!
Tap the link to your FT Aviator (this one has the catchy name “FTAviatorBB3DE”), and the reassuring screen below appears – the blue icon highlights indicate your FT Aviator is connected and smartphone is on:
We won’t get into the weeds of app functionality here, but if you hit the “hamburger” icon in the upper left, you can see your firmware and app version along with other nerdly details. In the upper right hand corner you can set your RTH (Return To Home) altitude and make other related selections. But let’s go fly…
Powering On the DJI Radio and Drone:
With your smartphone plugged via USB into your DJI radio, and the drone and radio powered on, you’ll be able to see the overall health of your system. If there were any power or signal strength issues you would be alerted to it. When all icons are highlighted blue, All Systems are Go!
A single tap on the “Go Fly” button opens the primary flight page below.
Much of this critical flight display will look familiar to DJI pilots, including the live video feed and the small icons up top: radio signal strength, flight mode (“Opti” shown here), GPS (only 4 satellites showing so far), and now down to 53% battery capacity on my drone. We’ve also added your FT Aviator battery capacity, designed to last for much more than a very long day of flying (> 5 hours by spec).
Right below those icons you’ll see camera settings, and the camera tilt sensitivity (1 is the slowest tilt rate, and probably the best for most cinematographic applications). You can adjust the tilt sensitivity either through the app within the FT Aviator settings menu, or via the hardware scroll wheel on the top of the Aviator. You can also see that I need to reinsert an SD card into this drone. If only I could remember where I left it…
On the left-hand side of the screen there’s a launch icon, a grayed out landing icon (as my Phantom 4 isn’t in the air yet), and a situational awareness map in the lower left. I can toggle between my DJI radio and my FT Aviator (the “F” logo), and also select the FT Aviator systems menu – but we’ll leave that detail for another day and another tutorial.
Again, not to get too much into the weeds right now, but there are plenty of camera options available to you off of the main flight screen. Several of these features can be toggled “on-the-fly” via the scroll wheel on the base unit of the FT Aviator. We’ll be sharing instructional videos in the future that will show you how to access these important features without having to stop your flight out to your scene, saving precious time and battery life…
Bye for now…!