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Drone jargon unpacked


The world of drones and aviation comes along with a wide range of terminology commonly referred to simply with acronyms. Below we have unpacked some of the most common that you may encounter.

Term Meaning
AGL Above Ground Level
ARN Aviation Reference Number
AROC Aeronautical radio operator’s certificate
ATSB Australian Transport Safety Bureau
BOM Bureau of Meteorology
BVLOS Beyond Visual Line of Sight
CASA Civil Aviation Safety Authority
CASR Civil Aviation Safety Regulations
EVLOS Extended Visual Line of Sight
FPV First person view
HLS Helicopter landing site
JSA Job safety analysis
PIC Pilot in Command
PPE Personal protective equipment
RePL Remote Pilot Licence
ReOC Remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate
RPA Remotely piloted aircraft
RPS Remote Pilot Station
SWMS Safe Work Method Statement
UAS Unmanned Aerial System
UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
VFR Visual flight rules
VLOS Visual Line of Sight
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