UAV Glossary

Drone Reference


ANO – Air Navigation Order
ANSP – Air Navigation Service Provider
AOA – Aircraft Operating Authority
ARTF – Almost Ready To Fly. Drones supplied in near complete status but which require further assembly to make them airworthy.
ATC – Air Traffic Control
ATM – Air Traffic Management
ATS – Air Traffic Service
ATSU – Air Traffic Service Unit

BMFA – British Model Flying Association
BNUCTM – Basic National UAS Certificate. A qualification for piloting UAS of >20kg and <150kg. Administered by EuroUSC.
BNUC-STM – Basic National UAS Certificate, small systems. A qualification for piloting UAS of <20kg. See also RPQ-s, Administered by EuroUSC.
BRS – Ballistic Recovery Systems
BVLOS – Beyond Visual Line of Sight

CAA – Civil Aviation Authority
CAP 722. Name of the CAA document which describes the guidelines for the safe operation of UAS in the UK
CFT – Certificate for Flight Trials
CPL – Commercial Pilot Licence
CRM – Crew Resource Management

DA – Danger Area
DAP – Directorate of Airspace Policy

EASA – European Aviation Safety Agency
ERF – Emergency Restriction of Flying
EVLOS – Extended Visual Line of Sight

FISO – Flight Information Service Officer
FMC – Flight Management Computer
Fixed-wing. Conventional aircraft that have fixed wings to generate lift as opposed to rotary wing aircraft that generate lift from one or more rotors powering wings that turn in the horizontal plane.
FOP – Flight Operations Policy
FPV – First Person View. FPV drones are those which can supply real time video footage back to the pilot who operates the aircraft using a monitor video goggles displaying the drone’s camera view.
FRTOL – Flight Radio Telephony Operators’ Licence

GCS – Ground Control Station
GPS – Global Positioning System

HALE – High Altitude Long Endurance
Helicam – Another word to describe rotary driven UAVs equipped with a camera
Hexacopters. Drones with six rotors.

ICAO – International Civil Aviation Organisation
IFR – Instrument Flight Rules

JAA – Joint Aviation Authority

Light UAS Scheme™ – EuroUSC’s initiative which integrates EuroUSC’s Assessment, Accreditation and Assurance services under one umbrella
Light UAV Systems. CAA term for drones that weigh 150kg or less.

MAA – Military Aviation Authority
MALE – Medium Altitude Long Endurance
MoD – Ministry of Defence
MOR – Mandatory Occurrence Reporting
MRP – MAA Regulatory Publication(s)
MTOM – Maximum Take-off Mass

NAA – National Aviation Authority

Octocopters. Drones with eight rotors.

Quadcopters/Quadricopters. Drones with four rotors.

RPQ-s – Remote Pilot Qualification – small. An entry level certificate for piloting drones weighing less than 20kg. Administered by Resource UAS.
RTF – Ready To Fly. Drones so described should be ready for use with little or no assembly required.
Rotary-wing. Rotary wing aircraft that generate lift using one or more rotors powering wings that turn in the horizontal plane e.g. helicopters, gyrocopters, and multi rotor drones.
RPA – Remotely Piloted Aircraft
RPAS – Remotely Piloted Aircraft System
RPS – Remote Pilot Station
RTF – Radiotelephony

SARPs – Standards and Recommended Practices
SRG – Safety Regulation Group
SSR – Secondary Surveillance Radar
STUAV – Small Tactical UAV
SUA – Small Unmanned Aircraft
SUSA – Small Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft

TCAS – Traffic Collision Avoidance System
TDA – Temporary Danger Area
Telemetry – Collecting measurements and other data and sending it to a receiving station.
Tricopter – Drone with three rotors

UIR – Upper Flight Information Region
UAS – Unmanned Aerial Systems. UAVs and their associated equipment e.g. ground stations, control devices, cameras etc.
UAV – Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. An aircraft that has no human pilot and which is controlled either by pre programming or flown remotely by a pilot situated on the ground. Aerial may be substituted with air, airborne, or a autonomous. Commonly referred to as drones.
UA – Unmanned Aircraft

VFR – Visual Flight Rules
VLOS – Visual Line of Sight

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