Flite Test Aura 5 Lite Gyro System

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At Flite Test we believe every aircraft has unique characteristics and we want every pilot to be able to fully experience them! The 6 Axis FT Aura 5 Lite board was created through a special collaboration between Flite Test and Flex Innovations to make a stabilization system that is flexible and does not eliminate the personality of the aircraft but enables you to get the most out of it no matter what your skill level is. For pilots that have experience with stabilization in their aircraft, the benefits of the FT Aura 5 Lite may be obvious, but to someone who is new to the concept, here’s what you can expect:

Easy configuration, powerful features, flexible design and simple set up - This stabilization system can be taken out of the packaging, and installed directly into an aircraft without advanced configuration. Multiple profiles come pre-installed on the board with a generic Sport profile ready for most aircraft. Simply plug your servo leads into the appropriate ports and mount the control board in the proper orientation indicated on the included Quick Start Guide. Using the two buttons on the control board, you can easily navigate basic features like servo reversing, gyro testing and even aircraft configuration (conventional, elevons, etc). Beginner Assist modes can even be activated without connecting the board to the Aura Config Tool.
    
Smooth Flight Experience - On a windy day or in less than ideal weather, stabilization helps to react to forces on control surfaces that are not being input by the pilot. This gives you an experience of more control and authority over your aircraft.

Clean Responses - The Aura is designed to enhance the pilot’s experience, while not interfering with the pilot’s control. Your aircraft will fly as if it were bigger, and in less wind, even though it is as agile as you want it to be.

Programming and Mixing - All the power of your mixing, subtrims, wing configuration and even differential thrust is contained within the board on your aircraft which makes it so even the most simple transmitters can fly an advanced configuration. It may seem intimidating but all of these features are configured through the Aura Config Tool. The configuration is as simple or as complex as you would like it to be based on your needs.

Small Hardware Size - It was important that the size of the stabilization board would be able to fit in even the smallest aircraft. With a 33x28mm footprint and weighing only 5 grams this control board is designed to fit in sub 250g micros all the way up to giant scale aircraft. (See notes below) Even with the small size, the FT Aura 5 Lite can control up to 5 outputs based on the configuration you need.

Flexibility - The FT Aura 5 like other Aura systems is capable of flying any protocol, such as Futaba, Spektrum, FrSky, Hitec, Graupner, etc. With multiple ports for a serial connection, many receiver brands can connect with just a single cable. (DSM2/DSMX Satellites, Futaba S.Bus, or SRXL (Spektrum, JR Mode B, Jeti UDI 12, Jeti ExBusand Graupner SumD)

Beginner Friendly Features
Launch Assist- This mode makes launching or taking off your model a breeze! Launch Assist helps the pilot concentrate on flying their airplane rather than the concerns of poor technique when taking off or hand launching. The default climb rate of launch assist can also be modified within the Aura Config Tool to allow for shallow or steep climbs based on your preference. Launch Assist established a fixed climb rate while keeping the wings level and instantly return control to the pilot once elevator or aileron inputs are made on the transmitter. Launch assist is enabled by default.

Level Assist- This feature helps bring the aircraft back to a level position when the pilot is not actively giving input. A lot of work has been done with this tune to make sure it doesn’t feel unnatural or mechanical. Rather the pilot will feel like they are flying a well designed trainer that will smoothly correct to a level attitude. The speed and behavior of level assist can also be adjusted from it’s default in the Aura Config Tool. Level assist is disabled in the default setup.

Bank Limit Assist- Something we have found while training new pilots is the tendency to over correct a mistake which turns into an unrecoverable situation for the pilot’s skill level. Bank Limit Assist keeps the pilot from crossing a threshold while still enabling them to feel in control of the airplane. For pilots that fly in smaller areas, the default Bank Limit Assist can be adjusted easily in the Aura Config Tool. Bank assist is disabled by default.

Easy Profile Loading For Endless Possibilities:
Aircraft Profiles - One of the features we are most excited about is the ability to easily load a profile for a specific aircraft model. While the FT Aura 5 Lite will work it’s magic on any aircraft, having specific tunes, mixes and custom settings for specific airplanes will make this system shine even more. We anticipate providing easy configuration profiles for Flite Test aircraft but are also excited to empower our talented community to create and share custom profiles of their favorite model of any kind or brand. These profiles will be hosted online in a manner that is easy to find, search and share new profiles. The Aura Config Tool , a free Windows Application, can be used to fine-tune and perfect your model. It’s been designed with the Pilot’s ease of use in mind. With the ‘New Config File Wizard’ and example Aura Config Files available for download, you’ll be able to quickly setup the Aura specifically for your aircraft.

Flex Innovations is known for its world class gyro stabilization systems, but is also known for easy programmability backed by a deep feature set for advanced users. Flite Test’s goal was to combine our vision of making a board that not only gives a great flight experience but can help new pilots through our 6 axis modes. Level assist, launch assist and bank assist are all created to not remove the disciplines of flight but to give peace of mind and the best experience possible from wheels up to wheels down. The FT Aura 5 Lite is a great introduction to more advanced flight control systems. Starting with this board will help you understand the characteristics and features that we have come to love and you will be able to continue to grow with the Aura brand as your needs become more complex.

Features:

  • Enhanced Stability and Control for all types of Fixed Wing Aircraft
  • Connects easily to receivers or satellites from all major radio brands
  • Custom tuning through Windows PC, Laptop, Tablet or onboard through Quick Change Mode
  • 3+ Flight Modes allow precise or aggressive settings to be selected in the same flight
  • All flight modes are selectable with gyros “on” or “off”
  • 3 Axis Gyro modes for Precision and 3D Aerobatics. Gyro can be turned on and off and ships in "Gyro Off" mode
  • 6 Axis Sensor and powerful 32-bit processor for Beginner Assist Features
  • Quick Trim feature allows simplified storage of trim offsets inside of Aura for optimum flight performance
  • 24 Channel internal architecture makes Aura powerful and allows the user to setup an incredible variety of control solutions
  • The Aura 5 also supports Jeti ExBus and the manufacturer owns the code so new features such as SRXL2 and other new protocols can be added in the future
Ports:
  • Five Servo Ports can be individually configured as (PWM) Inputs or Outputs
  • Dedicated port for Genuine Spektrum DSM® Satellites
  • Dedicated input port for single wire digital connection via S.Bus® (Futaba®) or SRXL (Spektrum®, JR® Mode B, Graupner SumD) or analog PPM stream
  • Micro USB Port for loading model programs, user programming, and firmware updates (Cable Included)

Includes:

  •  (1) Aura Lite Stabilization Board
  •  (1) USB programming cable
  •  (1) Male to Male Servo lead
  •  (2) Adhesive foam mounting pads

 Special considerations for use with giant-scale airplanes (80-inch span for monoplanes and 60-inch span for biplanes)  

  • A serial receiver (like SRXL on the AR8010T, or a Futaba SBUS RX) must be used
  • The A5 must be ‘properly’ mounted for giant scale use. This means not just taped down, but secured with a Velcro strap around the Aura, and using the 3d-printed ‘platform’ for the Aura
  • Power consumption must be considered. Each servo connector is typically only good for about 3A continuous. On giant scale aircraft some high-power servos can exceed 3A for a single servo. The Aura 5 will need to be supplied with ‘adequate’ power for the entire system

 

This product was added to our catalog on February 20, 2020

Verified Owner
Wednesday, Apr 22 2020 (3 months ago)
Flite Test Aura 5 Lite Gyro System
This was my 1st ever build and I've never flown before. I don't have a club around me so no help there learning to fly. After watching hours for Flight Test on YouTube, I finally gave in and bought a plane.

It was a no brainer to go with the Aura. I think it came out to be 50 or 60 bucks more than a regular cheap receiver. It was a little confusing for a beginner to deal with a satellite receiver but I figured that out. That's right, I went back to YouTube.

It couldn't have been easier to setup in my Simple Cub. I did have to go back and forth between 3 different build/setup videos but I found all the info I needed. Binded to my brand new DX6e on the 1st try.

Never having flown before, I was a little nervous. I checked my C.R.A.P. set the throttle, and gave the plane a toss and off it went. Had a great flight in slightly windy condition. The Aura worked great and gave me the confidence to fly. Crashed on the landing but I think that's to be expected.
Verified Owner
Monday, May 11 2020 (2 months ago)
Flite Test Aura 5 Lite Gyro System
Very good solution.
Easy to install,
I run it with my FlySky I6x and IA6B - it does work!
Verified Owner
Monday, Mar 9 2020 (4 months ago)
Flite Test Aura 5 Lite Gyro System
I preordered this as soon as it was announced and received it about a week later. I think this little thing is AWESOME. I've only used it in a Freewing Mirage 2000, which is a delta-wing, elevons with rudder - so it's a pretty simple setup. Flying that jet without any stabilization is exciting, but with the FT Aura 5 Lite it is far more ENJOYABLE. I won't go so far as to say "relaxing" - it is an 80mm jet after all - but you don't have to worry so much about over-rolling, dropping a wingtip when you pull up too hard and too slow; it's just a bit more manageable in all corners of the envelope, and that to me makes for a more enjoyable flight.

Also, don't be intimidated by the Config Tool - it is very easy to set up your own airframe config, just take your time. Also: SAVE the default config when you load it up the first time, that way you can restore it if you don't like what you've done.

I can't wait to try it in more planes!
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Apr 21 2020 (3 months ago)
Flite Test Aura 5 Lite Gyro System
This is an awesome product it's been in my nitro and big 6s trainer. Yes you can run crossfire on this board you must set your rx to output sbus but other than that it works out just fine! Easier to set up then just about anything out there very little needed to tune the board in and get it running. Only thing to watch out for I had an issue where I needed to reverse the elevator on the radio because even reversing the gyro and control surfaces as recommend in the manual it was still backwards, sonthats something to keep an eye on when setting up this unit
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Mar 10 2020 (4 months ago)
Flite Test Aura 5 Lite Gyro System
I put this stabilizer in a 38in 11oz foamy, test flew the plane in 8mph winds and was very impressed with the results. In the (safe) mode, reminded me of way my Timber flies in Safe mode. I will be ordering more Aura 5's and putting them in a few more of my planes. By the way; I'm using a Lemon DSMX Remote Receiver. Very easy to set up.
Verified Owner
Saturday, Jul 11 2020 (3 days ago)
Flite Test Aura 5 Lite Gyro System
Right now I have been trying to set up my Aura 5 for a week. Still not working: The Aura5 shipped to me set for AETR. I had to switch my mixer page on the Taranis X7 to match. That switch worked but the failsafe mode was set to full throttle. The motor went full throttle with signal loss. Nothing I tried could control the failsafe. I bought the Aura 5 because it says no computer needed to operate. I finally hooked the Aura 5 to a computer and reset it the the Flight Test 1.13 settings. Right now I have the Aura 5 working, however, the flight modes do not switch when the SB switch is moved. The Aura 5 stays in 6 axis mode. Support has been sporadic at this point.
Verified Owner
Saturday, Jun 20 2020 (3 weeks ago)
Flite Test Aura 5 Lite Gyro System
FT Aura 5 mounted in Foam Wing Spektrum DSMX satellite. I found the manual to be lacking enough info to feel confident with set up but after viewing the videos for wing set up, I was able to quickly set up, switch to elevon and reverse as needed. I used the no computer set up then plugged in to use the configuration tool to see how the set up looked in the file. I made no changes then flew today - great results and feels good in 3 axis mode. First flight no gyro, trimmed then did the trim button thing in the aura to set and clear radio settings. Second flight 6 axis mode then repeated trim setting as recommended in the video, will need to do some tweaks as this mode seemed to fight me and turns seemed limited like safe mode. Third flight was 3 axis and after all the trims were set in the aura, flew great and smooth. Next two flights I tried out the Launch Assist mode which worried me at first. On the bench I tested the Launch Assist and it could not get a return to normal no matter what I tried with throttle, elevator and aileron stick inputs - had to power down the reboot to clear. Well decided to go for it and wow it works as advertised - great to use for self launch of wing with pusher prop.

Long review but pleased with the flight results and ready to buy more of these - manual could use some work to explain steps better but keep putting videos out as that was my path to success.
Verified Owner
Saturday, Jun 20 2020 (3 weeks ago)
Flite Test Aura 5 Lite Gyro System
This is very well made. I love using this. Makes it so easy to fly. Making it programmable was an excellent idea as well. Thank you Flite Test!
Verified Owner
Friday, Jun 19 2020 (4 weeks ago)
Flite Test Aura 5 Lite Gyro System
The aura 5 isn't compatible with my Hitec Optima 6 system. It has a telemetry receiver, but will not link up.I wish you guys would be more compressive on what systems are compatible, the instructions are kind of sketchy,it says its compatible with hitec,but it doesn't list which hitec systems.
Verified Owner
Friday, Jun 19 2020 (4 weeks ago)
Flite Test Aura 5 Lite Gyro System
This is the first gyro system I've used that didn't need PIDs and rates adjusted to get a stable level flight. I fly at a location prone to variable winds gusting over 20mph. I installed it in a Strix Nano Goblin. Originally I used a FrSky S6R, followed the recommended PID and Rate setting. My clubs airfield is located on a dairy farm, near the coastline. The S6R didn't work well. There was so much oscillation the Nano Goblin flew like a wild bird no matter how the PIDs and rates were set. So I wasn't sure what to expect from the Aura 5 Lite. The ReMaiden with the Flite Test Aura 5 Lite can be seen here:

https://youtu.be/Trc8uzfV5MU
Nice ReMaiden, and I didn't have to adjust PIDs or Rates to get a "locked-in" stable flight. The Nano Goblin was flying like a much larger model aircraft.

The following day I drove up to the field again with my wife and I brought several airplanes including the Nano Goblin.
The wind was supposed to be 10mph - 20mph with gusts to 25mph. I figured it would be a perfect test. My wife shot the FOV video.
I figured a pure FOV video with view of the windsock and the Nano Goblin will show how stable it is..

https://youtu.be/BrTJ9c8UMuQ

Awesome! It's locked in and I didn't even need to adjust PIDs or Rates. Great job!
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Jun 16 2020 (4 weeks ago)
Flite Test Aura 5 Lite Gyro System
This is a good flight controller that works well for my skill level which is moving from BNFs to PNPs and just starting to tweak flight parameters.

Highly Recommended

These Aura5 FT flight controllers have been a great way to make the transition to PNPs.
Binding to a remote Spektrum Rx was quick and easy.
Mounting (I used the little 3D printed base) was also quick and easy.
Setup (without a PC connection) has been easy following the FT youtube videos. But without the videos I'd of had a hard time figuring it out.
I also had to do a Vtail setup and used the Aura Config tool to set up that kind of tail, and it worked just fine.

Pluses:
The 3 stock flight modes: no gyro, gyro, flight assist help give me flexibility of maidening with flight assist on, checking out basic flight and then moving off the flight assist to either gyro or no gyro. As I get better with Aura I will be able to tweak these.
Aura Config tool seems to work (as far as I've used it), and has setup options beyond my skillset.
Launch assist is a good tool for launching (wings and such with no landing gear)
The 3D printed base works well. I used the screw down version (there is a clip in as well) and glue the base down and then screw the Aura in. I can move an Aura around easily (between planes) if needed, and the base is securely mounted, usually with hot glue around the edges)
TwistedHobbys sells a combo Rx/FC for $67.00 Not a bad deal, maybe there are better prices, but this works for me.

Minuses:
Aura Documentation and Videos could be better and more plentiful. But FT has been putting out new ones (flite test tech) and those have really helped. But there could always be more.
Switch position for modes is not my 1st choice. Flight assist is in the middle of the 3 position switch. I generally like that to be at the upper end of the switch. Not sure if that can be changed or not.

Cheers
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Jun 10 2020 (5 weeks ago)
Flite Test Aura 5 Lite Gyro System
Yes, it's worth it; every cent. I was using the orange stabilizer with custom firmware for the longest time. It work well enough in light wind on my crack MXS foamy, yes a kind of flappy foam. This stabilizer is night and day difference. Just finished a flight in moderately blustery wind and it was like I was flying in basically still wind and a much bigger model; not a foamy. I enjoyed every second of the flight and then some. This flight included a seriously out of balance cheap prop which this stabilizer filtered out with no problem (but do yourself a favor and balance the prop, it's better for everything all around). The Aura tool gives amazing control over internal mixing and gain control through it's own channel or use increasing throttle to dumb down the gain a bit; it's all there and easy to understand. It even has safe mode if you want that. I'll be buying more so I can enjoy flying instead of just flying to fight the conditions. Hey, you can even do that if you want with a flight mode where you turn off the gyros.
Verified Owner
Thursday, Jul 9 2020 (5 days ago)
Flite Test Aura 5 Lite Gyro System
Was led to believe this was compatible with DSMX receivers but it's not. Was going to use this Aura 5 in my Eflite Sukohi gen 1 "green color plane" because I took out the stock garbage pre programmed AR636x receiver and replaced it with a OrangeRX R618XL 6ch. The Aura 5 doesn't work with that. Ok, so I figured I'd try it with a spare new in box spektrum AR620 6ch receiver and it's a no go with that too. What a dissapointment and a waste of $50. I should have just bought a $30 admiral receiver with stabilization. Unless you have a higher dollar receiver with a mini port B DSMX satellite RX cable on your receiver don't bother buying the Aura 5. I'm kinda disappointed with the flitetest videos too as they were misleading.
Verified Owner
Sunday, Jun 14 2020 (4 weeks ago)
Flite Test Aura 5 Lite Gyro System
Product Delivery is Awful -- Product NOT delivered at all!

Don't purchase if you don't want to spend money for nothing!

I ordered this product in May 7, 2020. They claimed to have attempted delivery on June 2, 2020, but I did not receive any text or call. I have emailed FliteTest twice as the product is being held at a post office but I do not know which one but I have received no reply after TWO weeks.

I will update this comment if FliteTest addresses this issue.