For routine flights, where dangers are minimal and complications unlikely, an organic, sentient pilot is not always necessary. In cases such as these, it makes sense for many corporations to eschew the costs associated with rotating pilots, and utilise the services of a reliable third-degree droid. This is exactly the situation that the FA-4 pilot droid was designed for. A simply constructed torso, which is essentially a metal box housing the droid’s power axis and logic processing module, is connected to a triangular base platform. The base houses dual treads that allow the droid a surprising degree of mobility on smooth surfaces. The droid has two spindly manipulator arms which it uses to interface with the ship's controls, and a roughly ovoid head with narrow photoreceptors sitting on a thin extensible neck.
The FA-4 pilot is capable of a reasonable degree of dexterity at the controls of virtually any class of ship and can execute quite complex flight patterns, as long as no obstacles materialise unexpectedly. However, the lack of creative thought prevents the droid from being much of an asset in conflict situations. The droid surpasses its organic counterparts, however, in absolute confidentiality. Its integrated privacy buffer enables the memory banks to be wiped by verbal command should one wish their travels or conversations to remain a secret.