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Ordering the FT Aviator
Click on the Shop button at the top right of the Fluidity website or click below to go directly to the Fluidity store:
Here, you can order the FT Aviator.
By pre-ordering the FT Aviator now you’ll be able to own one of the very first and coolest controllers off the assembly line, at a discounted price.
Yes! You asked, and we listened. After careful review of the regulatory landscape we will be able to offer international shipping to select countries with shipments starting in April of 2019.
In addition to the US, we will also ship to:
1/23/2019 Update: We expect the FT Aviator to begin shipping within the United States end of Q1 2019. For those orders outside the United States, shipping is expected at the end of May 2019.
We will be shipping via FedEx SmartPost throughout the United States.
International orders will be shipped via United States Postal Service (USPS) First Class Package International.
Upon delivery, these fee’s will be collected from you directly by your local customs agency or the USPS on their behalf.
Fluidity allows for 10-day returns if the product is unopened. In addition, Fluidity Technologies Inc. provides a limited warranty.
This limited warranty applies to Fluidity controllers and covers the original purchaser only and lasts for one year (“Warranty Period”), beginning from the purchase date. The limited warranty covers defects in manufacture and materials, not consequential and incidental damages, or from accident, neglect, modification, abuse or misuse of the product.
Further detail in regard to warranty will be provided when the product is shipped.
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The expected retail price will be $449 per unit for the US market.
The FT Aviator comes with an internal, rechargeable LiPo battery. Estimated battery life on a single charge is 5 hours. The FT Aviator can also be operated while it is charging.
Operational & Technical Specs
The FT Aviator is currently compatible with the Phantom 3 and 4, the Mavic series, Inspire 1 and 2, and the Matrice series. We will continue to work on compatibility with other DJI models as our technology and the DJI Air Force grows.
The FT Aviator is not currently compatible with other makes and models of drones, but we are actively working on integration of a transmitter that would allow for command and control of FPV racing drones and other DIY hobbyist drones.
We plan to be compatible with other makes and models in the future, but for our product launch we are focusing on the current DJI line of aircraft.
We’ll be shipping with a smartphone holder. We have prototyped compatibility with tablets, and we’ll be conducting additional testing in the coming weeks. We are targeting the release of a tablet holder by the end of the first quarter of 2019.
Unfortunately, our FT Aviator output is Bluetooth so we are not compatible with Crystal Sky at this time.
Yes and no: the FT Aviator will control the Phantom 4 Pro and the Phantom 4 Advanced that do not have an integrated monitor. If you have the integrated high luminance display (the “+” versions of the Phantom 4), unfortunately these devices have an embedded Android device that currently make them incompatible with the FT Aviator.
No. The FT Aviator is not designed to be water resistant, and that’s not good flying weather anyway!
The FT Aviator reduces pilot workload by putting the primary flight controls in a single hand. The base is optimized for improved access to camera control, typically held comfortably in the non-dominant hand, and features a 1/4-20 mount for a tripod. An old fashioned two-thumbed gaming controller requires iteration, thought and practice. With the FT Aviator, even a first-time drone pilot can do a perfect Figure 8 or an inward-facing, ascending spiral within 5 minutes of a brief introduction. There are other cool features incorporated into the controller to provide situational awareness cues, improve safety and improve upon the camera control features of a typical radio. The FT Aviator also gives tactile feedback when inputting a command, and also when not, which can be just as important. Learn more about how to fly with the FT Aviator here.
The FT Aviator is compatible with iOS 9.0 and later, as well as Android 4.4 and later.
The app will be free to download in both Google Play and iTunes app store.
No, the FT Aviator works in concert with your DJI radio, preserving the transmission of high-quality video data. We have developed our FT Nav app through DJI’s software developer kit, catered to the unique features of our system, so the basic look and feel will be very familiar to DJI pilots.
Flying with the FT Aviator
For commercial drone operators, the FT Aviator will open up capabilities that might otherwise require a second video operator. You’ll not only be able to adjust your FT Aviator’s responsiveness on the fly (in order to speed to the scene quickly and then slow rates for a detailed inspection, for example), you’ll have more capacity to focus on the job you’re out there to do, rather than how you’re going to get to your target. Additionally, given the ease of piloting with the FT Aviator, you’ll need less proficiency training to stay current, and enterprise clients should be able to onboard new pilots with less initial training time.
The FT Aviator is ideal for you too! Instead of having to concentrate on two independent joysticks on a conventional drone radio, you’ll be able to maneuver your aircraft with ease and precision with a couple minutes of practice. By simply thinking of your thumb tip as the nose of your drone, you’ll be able to climb, pitch, yaw and roll with the best, and you’ll be able to capture stunning imagery by accessing key features right from our controller.
We’ve not forgotten about our left-handed friends! With the FT Aviator you simply install the smartphone holder onto the right side of the base unit, pivot the smartphone clamp 180 degrees and you’re ready to fly!
One of the main reasons we ran a Kickstarter campaign was to get early customer feedback on our product and messaging. We will continue to refine both with the feedback we’ve received. What we’ve done is put flight control in a single hand – rather than two thumbs. Your non-dominant hand is then freed up to access improved camera controls. Flight becomes almost a subconscious activity, allowing you to really focus on what you’re doing with your drone, rather than the mechanics of how you’re going to get there. See more about how it works by clicking the link below: