- "Flying is for droids."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
Pilot droids were droids used to pilot capital ships and light freighters. Unlike astromech droids, which were mostly concerned with repair and hyperspace navigation for ships without navigation computers, pilot droids were used primarily to fly vessels in normal space.
During the Clone Wars, the Confederacy of Independent Systems made extensive use of pilot battle droids originally developed by the Trade Federation. In addition to flying spacecraft, some of these pilot droids were used as part of CIS boarding parties or to pilot ground vehicles. Confederacy leader, Count Dooku, utilized an FA-4 pilot droid to pilot his personal Punworcca 116-class interstellar sloop.
The FA-4 was a wheeled pilot droid manufactured by the SoroSuub Corporation. On Coruscant and other developed planets, pilot droids often worked in partnership with FA-5 valet droids, which escorted passengers to and from Sorosuub airspeeders.
Later, both the Galactic Empire and the Alliance to Restore the Republic used pilot droids. Unlike the pilot droids of the Clone Wars, these droids were unarmed and not designed for combat operations. The Alliance found them too expensive to purchase, though they gladly accepted donated droids or droids stolen from the Empire. B1 droid pilots were kept in production for years to come as well due to their low price, reliability and small size.
Behind the scenesEdit
In Star Wars: Battlefront, the OOM pilot droid is shown as a OOM-series battle droid with no markings, while the Demolitions battle droid is shown as a pilot with blue markings. In Star Wars: Battlefront II Pilot Droids could only be used in Space Battles.
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