What is a PfCO? What is BVLOS? Who are the CAA?
We have put together a quick guide to acronyms and terms within the drone industry.
We hope you find it useful.
Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems.
A trade association and professional body which supports and acts on behalf of the remotely piloted aircraft community.
British FPV Racing Association
Promotes interest and participation in the sport of Radio Controlled FPV Model Racing in Britain
British Model Flying Association
Civil Aviation Authority
UK specialist aviation regulator whose role is to ensure the aviation industry meets the highest safety standards.
Department for Transport
National strategy for transport including setting national aviation policy, working with airlines, airports, the Civil Aviation Authority and NATS (the UK’s air traffic service)
Federal Aviation Administration
United States official body for aviation
First Person View (FPV)
FPV flying is flying a model aircraft (or “drone”) using a small video camera mounted on the aircraft and video goggles to see the view from the camera.
First Person View UK
An association of hobbyist radio control drone (or unmanned/ model aircraft) pilots.
Global Positioning System
A U.S-owned utility that provides users with positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services.
Irish Aviation Authority
Regulating civil aviation in Ireland
Micro Air Vehicle.
National Air Traffic Service
Working on critical issues such as environment and data use for the global aviation industry
Permission for Aerial Work (PFAW)
No longer in use - now replaced by PfCO
Permission for Commercial Operations.
Operators must have this to legally operate a drone commercially in UK airspace. The PfCO replaced the Permission for Aerial Work (PFAW)
The use of radio signals to remotely control a device
Return to Home
A systems function to return a drone back to base using GPS when its battery is low, for example.
Remotely Piloted Aircraft
Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
Ready to Fly
Search and Rescue
Single Lens Reflex
A type of camera sometimes attached to a drone
Standard Operating Procedures
Small Unmanned Aircraft System
UAVs weighting less than 25Kg
Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Search With Aerial RC Multorotor
A global network of search and rescue volunteers using drones to search for missing persons
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (see also sUAS)
According to the CAA, the term Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) is generally used to describe the entire operating equipment including the aircraft, the control station from where the aircraft is operated and the wireless data link
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (see also sUAV)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Association
USA based organisation providing information, tools, and resources to engage and inform with the aim of helping sUAS businesses to succeed.
Visual Line of Sight
The airborne craft must be able to be clearly seen by the person flying it at all times.
Beyond Visual Line of Sight
Special permission is required to operate BVLOS.