FT Aviator Drone Controller
With the single-handed FT Aviator drone controller, command the sky with more precision and control than previously possible. Pilots can pick up the FT Aviator and fly right out of the box – professionals and hobbyists alike.
Plug and play
The FT Aviator is a durable, premium grade, quick-to-assemble single-handed drone flight controller consisting of a joystick, a base and a smartphone holder.
Freedom to move
The FT Aviator single-handed controller precisely enables the four degrees of freedom of flight applicable to drones: forward and backward (X-axis), left and right (Y-axis), up and down (Z-axis) and turning left and right (Yaw)
Focus on what matters
The FT Aviator reduces the “cognitive workload” for drone pilots with its single-handed controller and natural and cognitive translation of hand-to-device movement, allowing focus on the image capture, and not the mechanics of how to get there.
Fly like a pro
With a single-handed controller, the FT Aviator is not prone to cross-coupling, or inadvertent movements, enabling precision flight.
Situational display indicators so you always know your drone's location and orientation
Keep it safe
A capacitive dead-man sensor is located in the upper joystick grip, adjusted so that inadvertent stick movements won’t result in unintended drone motion.
Know where you are
This unique controller always provides visual and real-time critical situational awareness cues, guiding safe maneuvering of a drone in the event a pilot momentarily loses sight of it.
"Feel" the input
The advanced “return to zero” anti-drift capabilities and tactile feedback when commanding a motion (or not) prevents inadvertent motion inputs in other degrees of freedom.
Control your camera like never before
The controller has dedicated buttons to slow the rates of tilt control to get smoother video sequences, as well as other commonly accessed camera functions, without having to dive into multiple layers of the app
Fly with DJI
The FT Aviator leverages the native DJI transmitter-receiver radio, which is considered very secure, with frequency hopping and other security measures.
Current compatibility includes Mavic Series, Phantom 3 & 4, Inspire 1 & 2, and Matrice Series. We will continue to work on compatibility with other DJI models as our technology and the DJI Air Force grows.
Mavic Pro Platinum
Phantom 4 Pro v2.0
Phantom 4 Pro
Phantom 4 Advanced
Phantom 3 SE
Phantom 4 RTK
Matrice 200 Series
Matrice 600 Pro
How FT Aviator works with DJI
- Bluetooth connection from FT Aviator to the smartphone app, with return telemetry for display, LED status lights, etc.
- Wired smartphone app connection to the DJI radio (Micro-USB, Lightning, USB C), with return video and telemetry.
- Radio transmission of command and control from DJI radio to drone, with return data telemetry.
FT Aviator Tech Specs
FT Aviator Schematics
Design & engineering
Prototyping is the most fun part of the innovation process, and usually involves cobbling together duct tape, balsa wood and spare parts! In the case of our first pre-FT Aviator models – cleverly named “v1” and “v2” – we had a good idea of the general shape and basic mechanical features we wanted, so we churned out dozens of 3-D prints to get to the refined form factor and functionality we have now. We teamed with brilliant engineers at Motivo Engineering, Spark Aerial and Innovate, LLC to apply a lot of human factors know-how, and to dial in all of our advanced features into the product.