When studying this subject, one frequently encounters a variety of acronyms. The following short list may help to clarify some of those most frequently encountered.
French speaking: drones
US and UK: UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems)
International and other National Aviation Agencies: RPAS
Internet references: UAV and drones
MAV: Micro Aerial Vehicles
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Unmanned Air Vehicle
Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle
Unmanned Aerospace Vehicle
Uninhabited Aircraft Vehicle
Unmanned Airborne Vehicle
Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle
Upper Atmosphere Vehicle
UAVS: Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle System
RPAS: Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
UA: Unmanned Aircraft
UTM: Unmanned traffic management
Business Applications of Drone Technology: Innovation and the Use of Unmanned Aircraft
Table of Contents
Selected Book Titles
Representative Journal Articles
Conferences, Papers, Proceedings
Drone Use Outside the U.S.
LC Subject Headings
Image (left): Drone Co-habitation Services operates a Phantom 3 commercial multi-rotor unmanned aircraft.
Photograph by Dominic Hart.
Courtesy of NASA.
MEDIA ADVISORY M16-120, October 13, 2016