Basic Drone Vocabulary DroneX
Terms in this set (22)
Above Ground Level (AGL)
Refers to the altitude at which an aircraft, including a drone, is flying.
In the context of FAA pilot certification, an airman is any person, regardless of sex or gender, who has met the requirements to certified to perform a particular role.
AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics)
A nonprofit organization devoted to the safe operation of model aircraft, including radio controlled aircraft such as drones.
A device used for measuring wind speed.
Air Traffic Control
A permission granted by the FAA that allows an aircraft operator to deviate from a specific regulation. This permission is typically allowed for a specific operation, or for a limited number of operations, and for specific periods of time.
Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA)
An approval made by the FAA based on a request made for relief from the requirements of a current regulation.
Refers to defined areas of airspace where the FAA controls or limits air traffic activity. The FAA divides US airspace into six general classes (Class A, B, C, D, E, and F) that extend from 60,000 feet above sea level down to the surface.
Also called a control station (CS) or flight controller, this is an interface used to control the flight of a drone.
A generic term for any aircraft or rotorcraft that is designed to be operated remotely and without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.
A permission granted by the FAA that allows a person or an organization ignore a specific rule or regulation issued by the FAA.
FAA (Federal Aviation Administration)
The part of the executive branch of the US federal government that is responsible for regulating civil aviation activities in the US.
Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs)
The portion of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), specifically Title 14, which contains 68 different parts.
FPV (First-Person View)
A method used to control a radio-controlled vehicle by allowing the operator to see what is happening from the point of view of the vehicle. This is typically done using either by looking at a screen or by using a wearable viewer.
A situation involving either interruption or loss of the link between the UAS and the controller, or an unwillingness or inability of remote pilot in command to control the aircraft, that results in the drone not operating in a predictable or planned manner.
The acronym, which is commonly pronounced as fizz-dough, stands for Flight Standards District Office, a field office of the FAA that performs a variety of services for the aviation community, including enforcing regulations.
A software feature that uses GPS or some other navigational system to define a virtual geographical barrier.
A camera mount commonly used on drones that allow the camera to maintain a steady attitude even as the drone rolls, pitches, or yaws.
An acronym for Geographic Information System. This is a is a system used to collect, store, transform, analyze, manage, and display spatial or geographic data.
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
A space-based navigation system that uses a network of satellites to broadcast radio frequency signals that allow a potentially unlimited number of electronic receivers to determine their location, altitude, and speed with high levels of accuracy and precision.
Global Positioning System (GPS)
A satellite-based navigational system, that provides location information anywhere on Earth.
A global navigation satellite system (GNSS), developed by the Russian government, that has capabilities similar to the GPS system.
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