Drone Terminology Glossary – Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Initialisms

In this section, we aim to collate all the different drone terminology phrases, abbreviations, acronyms and just general jargon that surrounds the use of drones. If you use or are aware of any that we have missed out, please email us at the bottom of the page and we will get the page updated. If we all work together we can create a definitive online resource, for use by all.

AAIB

Air Accident Investigation Board

AGL

Above Ground Level

AMSL

Above Mean Sea Level

ANO

Air Navigation Order

ARPAS-UK

Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems UK

ATC

Air Traffic Control

ATTI

Attitude Mode – drones maintain set altitude but are still able to navigate around

ATZ

Air Traffic Zone

BMFA

British Model Flying Association

BNUC-S

Basic National Unmanned Aircraft Certificate (Euro UAS NQE)

BVLOS

Beyond Visual Line of Sight

CAA

Civil Aviation Authority

CAP

Civil Aviation Publication

DEM

Digital Elevation Model

DSM

Digital Surface Model

DTM

Digital Terrain Model

ELOS

Extended Line of Site

FPV

First Person View

GIS

Geographic Information Systems

GPS

Global Positioning System

iOSD

Intelligent On Screen Display

MOAT

Maximum Outside Air Temperature

MOR

Mandatory Occurrence Reports

MTOM

Maximum Take Off Mass

NAA

National Aviation Authority

NATS

formerly National Air Traffic Services and commonly referred to as NATS

NQE

National Qualified Entity

PIC

Pilot in Command

PfCO

Permission for Commercial Operations

PFAW

Permission for Aerial Work

PPE

Personal Protective Equipment

RPAS

Remotely Piloted Aircraft System

RPQ

Remote Pilot Qualification

SRG

Safety Regulation Group

SUA

Small Unmanned Aircraft

SUAS

Small Unmanned Aircraft System

UAV

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

UAS

Unmanned Aircraft System

VLOS

Visual Line of Sight