- "Flying is for droids."
- ―Obi-Wan Kenobi
Pilot droids were fifth-degree 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. While primarily fifth-degree droids, some pilot droids were considered second-degree droids, such as the RX-Series pilot droid.
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 such as the V1 pilot droid. 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.
Behind the scenes
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.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic
- Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
- Jedi Quest: The Way of the Apprentice
- Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Dooku Captured"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Monster"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Witches of the Mist"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Escape from Kadavo"
- Star Wars: Obsession
- Labyrinth of Evil
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Dark Times 5
- Star Wars: Battlefront
- Star Wars: Battlefront II
- Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu (First appearance)
- Death Star (Mentioned only)
- "A Certain Point of View" – Star Wars Adventure Journal 8
- Blood Ties: Boba Fett is Dead 3
- Ewoks—"Battle for the Sunstar"
- (As "piloting droid")
- (Mentioned only)
- Star Tours
- Before the Storm
- Vision of the Future
- Vision of the Future unabridged audiobook
- The New Jedi Order: Star by Star
- The New Jedi Order: Ylesia
- Legacy of the Force: Fury
- Legacy (2006) 26
- The Rebel Alliance Sourcebook (As "Pilot Droid")
- The Rebel Alliance Sourcebook, Second Edition (As "Pilot Droid")
- "The History of R-Series Astromech Droids" – Star Wars Adventure Journal 7
- "Cracken's Rebel Field Guide: Slicing Aids" – Star Wars Adventure Journal 10
- Shadows of the Empire Planets Guide
- Cynabar's Fantastic Technology: Droids
- Star Wars Episode I: Jedi Power Battles: Prima's Official Strategy Guide
- Star Wars Battlefront: Prima Official Game Guide
- Star Wars Battlefront II: Prima Official Game Guide
- Star Wars: Episode I Insider's Guide
- Star Wars: Episode I The Visual Dictionary
- The New Essential Guide to Droids
- The Clone Wars Campaign Guide
- Legacy Era Campaign Guide
- Scum and Villainy
- Star Wars Character Encyclopedia
- Enter the Unknown
- Far Horizons
- Strongholds of Resistance