FREEFLY ALTA 8 UAS with Futaba 14SGH Controller

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FREEFLY ALTA 8 UAS with Futaba 14SGH Controller
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FREEFLY Alta 8 Overview

The FREEFLY ALTA 8 UAS Bundle includes the ALTA 8 UAS and Futaba 14SGH 14-Channel 2.4 GHz Computer Radio System.

FREEFLY ALTA 8 UAS for Aerial Cinematography

The ALTA 8 from Freefly is an octo-rotor configuration UAS for aerial cinematography. Designed to work in conjunction with a MoVI gimbal (available separately), the ALTA 8 will support payloads up to 20 pounds, making it ideal for today's lightweight cinema cameras. The ALTA 8 allows the gimbal can be mounted above, as well as below, the aircraft, enabling "sky view" shots.

For fast setup and breakdown, the ALTA 8 employs Freefly's Toad in the Hole (TITH) quick release gimbal attachment mechanism. For extra portability, the prop arms retract and props fold in half for a smaller footprint that is easier to transport.


Efficient Design

18-inch props, optimized propulsion system, and a lightweight carbon fiber frame together allow flight times comparable to quadcopters while being able to carry the weight of a cinema camera and gimbal.

Flight Time

The ALTA 8 supports flights of over 15 minutes when using two 16 Ah batteries with a payload of 15 lb.

SYNAPSE Intelligent Flight Control System

Precise Positioning

By fusing GPS data with the IMU and Barometer, the ALTA 8 is able to hold position even in difficult weather conditions. For industrial users, this gives the ability to execute complex flight paths while keeping pilot fatigue low.

Velocity Clamps

The SYNAPSE features velocity control with an adjustable real time speed limit. This means pilots can alter the vertical and ground velocities to ensure precise, repeatable camera moves.

Height Hold

The SYNAPSE flight controller takes readings from accelerometers, barometer, and GPS and fuses them together to create high-bandwidth height-control flight mode. This feature is designed to give filmmakers a "dolly in the sky."

Return to Home

Alta 8's return-home function features a "safe height" parameter. With this set, on return home the aircraft will fly at a fixed elevation to avoid collision with obstacles below the pre-defined limit.

Automatic Data Logging

The ALTA 8 allows you to monitor and analyze performance and health using Freefly's proprietary high-speed data logging via microSD card. Data can be inspected using Freefly's data viewer application.



Functions accessible through the app include:
  • Flight Pack Voltage
  • Satellite Count
  • Flight Mode
  • Attitude
  • Pilot Checklists
  • Vibration Levels
  • Height
  • Temperature

Works with MoVI Gimbals

Top Mount Camera Option

In addition to traditional bottom ("Ground View") mounting, the ALTA 8 supports mounting the gimbal on top of the aircraft ("Sky View"). This enables capturing distinct camera angles from beneath an elevated subject.

Quick Release Gimbal Attachment

The Alta 8 supports Freefly's Toad in the Hole (TITH) mounting system, the same mount found on MoVI gimbal. This reduces setup and breakdown time, and makes switching between "Ground View" and "Sky View" modes easy.

Note: MoVI gimbal available separately.

Air System Design

Folding Frame

The frame and propellers fold for a footprint that is 50% of the Alta 8's size in operational configuration. This makes it easy to pack up and carry along, even to remote locations.

Vibration Isolation System

A vibration-isolation system rejects high-frequency disturbances, adding further image stability on top of what the gimbal provides.

Weather Resistant

The ALTA 8 features a lightweight molded plastic enclosure to cover the flight control and power distribution board to protect them from the elements.

Receiver Mounting Bay

The ALTA 8 provides two fully enclosed receiver mounting bays to keep these sensitive components protected and dry.

Silent Drive

The ALTA 8 utilizes sinusoidal drive motor controls, and the motors are custom tuned to match the F45 flight controller, with optimizations for speed, reliability, and robustness. The motor drives are constantly monitoring a variety of parameters and reporting status to the SYNAPSE.

Required for Completion

    The ALTA 8 comes as an ARF (almost ready-to-fly) bundle. It features a hard transit case, Quick-release top handle, and inverted landing gear for top-mounting the gimbal. In addition to these included items, typical use cases may require the following:
    MoVI gimbal
    Transmitter (radio controller) and compatible receiver
    At least two flight batteries
    Aero Landing Gear (lower landing gear for flying a MoVI in the bottom mount configuration)
    An FPV system
    UPC: 635414907852

    Futaba 14SGH 14-Channel 2.4 GHz Computer Radio System

    The heli-optimized 14SGH 14-Channel 2.4 GHz Computer Radio System from Futaba is a transmitter (radio controller) that can be programmed to control a multitude of RC aircraft, including fixed-wind planes, helicopters and multi-rotors, and gilders. It can also be used with certain production equipment, such as video stabilizer gimbals, that have compatible receivers. The transmitter features 14-channels and supports receivers with the FASSTest, FASST, and S-FHSS protocols. The "H" in the model number indicates that the throttle gimbal is smooth rather than ratcheted, which is considered the preferred arrangement by many heli fliers.

    The programmable computer is able to store settings for up to 30 models internally, and this memory can be expanded using an SD or SDHC card up to 32GB in capacity. To access the menu to change settings or view data from the aircraft (where supported) there is a 1.8 x 3" back-lit LCD screen. The transmitter is configured for Mode 2. Mode two is the most common in the U.S., however users in other countries may be accustomed to a different Mode. In Mode 2, roll and pitch are controlled with the pilot's right hand while yaw and throttle are controlled with the pilot's left hand.

    Free user-updatable software - simply load the update on an SD card
    10-character user naming and 10-character model naming
    SensorTouch programming technology
    Rubber grips on the sides and back
    Eye-socket for lanyard designed to provide perfect balancing


    Left and right assignable slider switches
    Two assignable rotary knobs
    Six assignable three-position switches
    One assignable momentary two-position switch
    One assignable two-position switch
    Wide top switch spacing
    Adjustable stick tension
    Dual ball bearing gimbals
    Four vibration warning types
    Home/Exit; User Menu/Servo Monitor buttons
    Audio earphone jack for telemetry alarms
    User stick calibration
    Trainer system


    Servo speed adjust
    Five programmable mixes
    V-tail, Ailvator, winglet, motor mixing
    Trim mix
    Logic switch (condition switch only)
    Internal programmer for S.Bus servos
    Servo monitor (neutral and moving tests)
    Integral timer with two count up/countdown timers
    Quick model select function

    Airplane Features

    Flap setting menu
    Differential ailerons
    Five-point throttle and pitch curves
    Idle down


    • Seven different wing types
    • Three different tail types
    • Two different rudder types

    Supported Mixing:

    • Aileron to camber flap mixing
    • Aileron to brake flap mixing
    • Aileron to rudder mixing
    • Rudder to aileron mixing
    • Rudder to elevator mixing
    • Camber mixing
    • Elevator to camber mixing
    • Camber flap to elevator mixing
    • Snap roll mixing
    • Airbrake mixing
    • V-Tail mixing
    • Ailvator
    • Winglet
    • Motor mixing
    • Fuel mixture mixing
    • Gyro mixing

    Helicopter Features

    Six swash plate types
    Five-point throttle and pitch curves
    High/low pitch settings
    Throttle hold
    Swash AFR
    Swash settings: mixing rate, linkage compensation, and speed compensation
    Electronic swash ring
    Throttle cut

    Supported Mixing:

    • Swash mix
    • Throttle mix
    • Pitch to rudder mixing
    • Fuel mixture mixing
    • Gyro mixing with Flybarless support
    • Governor mixing (700 to 3500 rpm)

    Glider Features

    Flap setting menu
    Differential ailerons


    • 11 different wing types
    • Three different tail types
    • Two different rudder types

    Supported Mixing:

    • Aileron to camber flap mixing
    • Aileron to brake flap mixing
    • Aileron to rudder mixing
    • Rudder to aileron mixing
    • Rudder to elevator mixing
    • Camber mixing
    • Elevator to camber mixing
    • Camber flap to elevator mixing
    • Butterfly mixing
    • Butterfly to elevator mixing

    FREEFLY ALTA 8 UAS for Aerial Cinematography Specs

    Payload CapacityUp to 20.0 lb / 9.1 kg
    Specific Power145 W/kg
    Thrust Ratio1.85:1
    Payload MountingMounting Locations: Bottom and top mount
    Mounting System: Freefly Toad in the Hole, (TITH) Quick Release
    FPV Camera Mount: Between Booms 8 & 1
    FPV Transmitter Mount: Boom 2
    Isolation SystemVibration Isolation System: Silicone O-Rings
    Soft / Light Payloads: Red O-Rings
    Medium / Medium Payloads: Teal O-Rings
    Stiff / Heavy Payloads: Black O-Rings
    Lighting and IndicationStatus Light: 1 W red, 1 W white LEDs
    Orientation Lights: 3 W RGB LED
    Orientation Light Color Options: Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, White
    ModelFreefly F45
    TypeDirect Drive 3-Phase PMAC Outrunner
    Max Continuous Power Output350 W
    Max Instantaneous Peak Power950 W
    Maximum RPM6300 rpm (flat rated)
    Motor Velocity Constant384 Kv
    ESCModel: Freefly Silent-Drive Sine Wave ESC
    Flight Controller
    ModelFreefly SYNAPSE flight controller
    Number of ChannelsTransmitter must support more than 5 channels
    Supported RadiosFutaba S.Bus & S.Bus2
    DSM2 (Spektrum/JR)
    PPM Invert
    PPM Graupner
    Supported Telemetry SystemsFutaba w/ built-in voltage sense port
    ConnectivityInputs: DSMX, DSM2, S.Bus, S.Bus2, PPM, FPV SD
    Flight ModesManual
    Height Mode
    Position Mode
    GPS SupportGNSS: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
    Installed TransceiversWi-Fi
    Data Logging Rate25 Hz
    FPV and Monitoring
    Supported FPV TransmittersSkyzone
    Fat Shark

    Note: NTSC and PAL FPV devices supported
    Supported FPV CamerasReady Made RC
    OSD SupportDepends on installed telemetry system (available separately)
    ModelFreefly ALTA
    Type18 x 6 folding
    Configuration4 x CW and 4 x CCW propellers
    MaterialCarbon fiber with balsa core
    Flight Battery Requirements
    Voltage6S / 22.2V
    Maximum Battery Size9.44 x 7 x 3.14" / 240 x 180 x 80 mm
    Battery Quantity2 battery packs (parallel)
    Connector2 x EC5 (parallel)
    Discharge RatePer Pack: 250 A / 500 A peak (or better)
    DimensionsUnfolded Diameter: 52.16" / 1325 mm (does not include Props)
    Folded Diameter: 25.98" / 660 mm (does not include Props)
    Height to base of Toad in The Hole (TITH): 10.35" / 263 mm
    WeightMaximum Gross for Takeoff: 40 lb /18.1 kg
    Maximum Useful Load: 26.4 lb / 12 kg
    Maximum Payload: 20.0 lb / 9.1 kg
    Typical Standard Empty Weight: 13.6 lb / 6.2 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)67 x 33 x 23"

    Futaba 14SGH 14-Channel 2.4 GHz Computer Radio System Specs

    ModulationFASSTest, FASST, S-FHSS
    Band2.4 GHz
    Number of ChannelsProportional: 12
    Switched: 2
    Computer RadioYes
    Model Memory30
    NamingUser Naming: 10-character
    Model Naming: 10-character
    ProgrammingAirplane, helicopter, glider
    ModesModes 2
    Expansion StorageSD/SDHC memory cards from 32 MB to 32 GB
    TypeBack-lit LCD
    Size1.8 x 3" / 4.4 x 7.6 cm
    Resolution128 x 64
    Battery Type6V 1800 mAh NiMH battery pack
    DimensionsNot specified by manufacturer
    WeightNot specified by manufacturer
    ModulationFASSTest 2.4 GHz system, S.Bus system
    AntennaDual antenna diversity
    Power Requirements3.7 to 7.4 VDC battery or regulated output from ESC or other aircraft-based source

    Note: When using ESC's, make sure that the regulated output capacity meets your usage application
    Dimensions1 x 1.7 x 0.6" / 24.9 x 47.3 x 14.3 mm
    Weight0.4 oz
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight4.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.45 x 10.2 x 4.9"

    FREEFLY Alta 8 Reviews

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    How far is the range?

    How far is the range?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    According to Freefly the ALTA is compatible with a variety of radio control systems on the market. They recommend the Futaba 14SG transmitter with dual R7008SB receivers. They offer the ALTA configured with this radio system as an option. The Futaba 14SG is a 2.4Ghz radio with an approximate range of 1-2 miles depending on ambient conditions and the local RF environment.
    Answered by: Joseph
    Date published: 2019-05-24


    How far will it go
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Here are the basic specifications you can use to calculate the distance range for this drone. As you see, it will leave be out of sight very quickly.Technical:Freefly Alta 8MoVi M15 GimbalMax Payload 12kgFlight Time 8 to 14minTop Speed Approx 35mphMax Weight 20kgMax Altitude 400ftMax Wind speed 16mph
    Answered by: Mark S.
    Date published: 2018-08-26

    Why would I pay 18 grand for a drone that can ...

    Why would I pay 18 grand for a drone that can take video? Please tell me what makes it worthy to that price.
    Asked by: Austin
    Austin is a bot. Surprised B&H let this question get online.
    Answered by: Todd
    Date published: 2021-05-28

    What kind of camera should I use with it, and ...

    What kind of camera should I use with it, and what kind of mounting would I need?
    Asked by: Sean
    The FREEFLY Alta 8 accepts a twenty-pound payload, working with RED, ARRI and other professional cinema cameras.
    Answered by: Whitney H
    Date published: 2021-03-02


    Does it come with a camera
    Asked by: Anonymous
    No . A camera is not included.
    Answered by: Mark S.
    Date published: 2020-02-24

    Why would I pay 18 thousand dollars on a ...

    Why would I pay 18 thousand dollars on a propelled toy that takes video?? Seriously, I could make that myself for way less of that price. Please explain.
    Asked by: Austin
    Austin, move one to the toy drone page. This is B&H Photo for professionals only!
    Answered by: Todd
    Date published: 2021-05-28
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