How to Connect Your DJI Avata to DJI FPV Remote Controller 2?

RCHobby Lab’s Author: Kristen Ward
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Reviewed by Daniel Henderson

The DJI Avata drone offers an immersive FPV flying experience thanks to its compact body and unique camera view. While the drone comes with the DJI Motion controller, you can fly a regular FPV remote controller like the DJI FPV Remote Controller 2.

In this detailed guide, we’ll talk about the DJI Avata, specifically how to use it with a remote controller and how to get it connected.

Let’s get started!

Choose compatible FPV remotes for the DJI Avata

The Avata is compatible with the DJI FPV Remote Controller 2. This is the same remote that is bundled with the DJI FPV drone.

The Avata will not work with the older DJI FPV Remote Controller that comes with the DJI FPV goggles and air unit. So, if you don’t already have the FPV Remote Controller 2, you’ll need to purchase one separately.

DJI Remote Controller 2 provides manual control over the drone and has a host of buttons and switches to control flight. It connects to the drone and FPV goggles wirelessly, giving you an immersive flying experience.

Designed with ergonomics in mind, the FPV Remote 2 is comfortable for longer flights. The joysticks provide granular control over yaw, pitch, roll, and throttle.

So, if you want to fly your Avata in manual mode instead of just using the motion controller, the FPV Remote Controller 2 is currently the only compatible option.

Update DJI FPV remote firmware

If you purchased the FPV Remote Controller 2 separately, you’ll need to update its firmware before it can connect to the Avata drone.

The remote must be updated to firmware version or later. Without the firmware update, it won’t be able to bind with the drone.

You cannot update the firmware using just the DJI Fly app. Instead, you’ll need to use the DJI Assistant 2 for FPV Series software on a Windows PC or Mac.

Download DJI Assistant 2 for FPV

First, head to the official DJI website and download the DJI Assistant 2 for FPV Series. Make sure you choose the correct version for your computer.

The DJI Assistant 2 software lets you update firmware, configure settings, and run diagnostics for FPV aircraft and devices. It’s a robust tool designed specifically for DJI’s FPV lineup.

Once downloaded, install DJI Assistant 2 on your computer.

download DJI Assistant 2 app
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Connect remote controller to DJI Assistant 2

With the software installed, power on your FPV Remote Controller 2. Connect your remote controller to your computer using a USB-C cable.

The remote controller should now be detected by DJI Assistant 2. You may need to turn on the USB Data Connection on the remote if it’s not connecting automatically. In DJI Assistant 2, you’ll see your remote controller’s connection status, current firmware version, and available firmware updates.

Update to latest firmware

If the “Upgrade” button is available, it means your FPV Remote 2 is not yet on the latest firmware version required to work with the Avata. Go ahead and click Upgrade to update to the newest firmware.

The firmware update will take several minutes to complete. Do not disconnect the remote during the update process. Wait for the update to finish.

Once done, you can close DJI Assistant 2 and disconnect your remote controller. It should now be ready to bind with the Avata drone.

Bind the remote controller, FPV goggles, and Avata drone

With remote controller firmware updated, it’s time to bind everything together. The binding process links the remote, FPV goggles, and drone so they can communicate during flight.

Here are the steps to bind your gear:

  1. Power on the Avata drone and allow it to initialize fully until the LEDs become solid.
  2. Power on your FPV goggles and allow them to boot up.
  3. Power on the FPV Remote Controller 2.
  4. Press and hold the power button on the back of the drone for 5-10 seconds until it starts beeping rapidly.
  5. While still holding the drone’s power button, press and hold the power button on your remote controller until it starts beeping as well.
  6. Finally, press and hold the bind button on your FPV goggles until they, too, start beeping.
  7. After a few seconds, all devices will connect, and the beeping will stop. The remote and drone status LEDs will become solid to indicate binding is complete.

And that’s it! Your Avata, remote controller, and FPV goggles are now bound together. The remote controller should be able to control the drone.

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Flying the Avata drone with the FPV remote controller

With everything bound, you can start flying your Avata drone in manual mode with the remote controller.

Make sure to first change the flight mode to Manual in the DJI Fly app. You can switch between the motion controller and FPV remote even after binding them to the drone.

To fly in manual mode:

  • The left joystick controls throttle and ascent/descent.
  • The right joystick controls yaw (left/right orientation) and pitch (forward/backward tilt).
  • The switches/dials on the remote work just like on the DJI FPV drone, allowing you to adjust camera tilt, record videos, etc.
  • You’ll get a real-time FPV view through the goggles as you fly.

It may take some practice to get used to manually controlling the Avata compared to the automatic flight with the motion controller. But the experience is much more immersive with an FPV remote.

You’ll be able to execute faster maneuvers, fly at higher speeds, and dive through tighter spaces. Just be sure to start slow and fly safely until you get the hang of it.

And remember, you can always switch back to the motion controller by changing the flight mode in DJI Fly. The drone will remember both the motion controller and FPV remote bindings.

Tips for flying the Avata drone with FPV remote

Here are some valuable tips to help you master flying the Avata drone with the FPV remote controller:

  • Practice hovering first – Get comfortable maintaining a steady hover before trying any forward flight. Slowly make minor throttle and orientation adjustments to hold position.
  • Fly in wide open spaces – Don’t attempt to fly through tight gaps or indoor spaces until you’ve practiced controlling the Avata in open areas.
  • Start with Smooth mode – Enable this flight mode in DJI Fly for your first few flights. It will limit the drone’s maximum speed and sensitivity for easier control.
  • Keep the drone close – Don’t fly too far away as you’re still learning the controls. It’s harder to orient yourself the farther the drone gets. Stay within 100 feet.
  • Watch your altitude – It’s easy to lose track of how high you are when flying FPV. Keep an eye on the radar in DJI Fly to avoid ascending too high.
  • Land safely – Don’t just cut the motors mid-flight! Get above even ground and gently descend straight down to land smoothly.
  • Take breaks – Flying FPV can be disorienting. Take short breaks every 5-10 minutes when starting out to avoid motion sickness.

Troubleshooting DJI Avata and FPV remote controller issues

If you’re unable to connect your Avata drone with the FPV remote controller, here are some troubleshooting tips:

Remote controller won’t update firmware

  • Check USB cable – Try a different USB-C cable in case the current one is defective. Make sure to plug directly into your computer’s USB port, not a hub.
  • Reinstall DJI Assistant 2 – If the firmware update fails repeatedly, uninstall and reinstall the DJI Assistant 2 software. Reboot your computer after reinstalling.
  • Contact DJI support – If you still can’t update the firmware, reach out to DJI support for further troubleshooting.

Remote controller won’t bind to drone

  • Reboot devices – Power cycle the drone, remote, and FPV goggles. Then, retry the binding process.
  • Check distances – Make sure all devices are within 1-2 feet during binding. Keep the drone away from metal objects.
  • Visually confirm binding – After initiating binding, check that the drone, remote, and goggles are rapidly beeping and their status lights are flashing.
  • Retry binding – Even if it fails the first time, run through the binding steps again. Binding can take a few tries to succeed.
  • Reset remote controller – Go into DJI Fly settings, select the remote controller, and choose “Reset to Factory Defaults” if binding repeatedly fails.

Low battery levels

One prevalent issue with the linking process is a drained battery. If either the DJI Avata or the Controller 2 is running low on power, they may struggle to establish a connection. So, ensure both devices are charged to at least 50% before attempting to pair.

While it might seem like a no-brainer to use a fully charged battery when trying to connect, life’s unexpected moments can catch anyone off guard. Additionally, the issue might not even be the battery’s charge. Double-check that the battery is securely inserted into its slot to ensure a solid connection. Getting the battery snugly into the DJI Avata’s power slot does require a bit of a push, so don’t be shy about it.

Video feed issues

  • Rebind – If the FPV video feed is glitchy or drops out, re-do the binding process to reset the transmission connection.
  • Adjust frequency – Try manually setting the transmission frequency to an alternate channel if you experience interference.
  • Check goggle antenna – Make sure the FPV goggles antenna is screwed in entirely and positioned vertically.
  • Update firmware – Install the latest firmware updates for the drone, remote controller, and FPV goggles.


Final Words

FPV opens up a whole new way to fly and experience the DJI Avata drone. Using the DJI FPV Remote Controller 2 allows you to take full manual control for faster flight, tighter moves, and a truly immersive view.

Just be sure to update the remote firmware via DJI Assistant 2 before binding everything together. Take it slow as you learn to fly manually. And make use of options like Smooth mode when starting out.

Have you flown your Avata drone with the FPV remote? Share your experience and tips in the comments below! I hope you found this guide helpful in getting it connected and flying in manual mode.

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Written By Kristen Ward

My name is Kristen R. Ward. I’m an adventure Filmmaker and I run a production company based out of New York. FPV drones are integral to my business. I'll be teaching you everything I've learned over the years creating videos for clients.

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