AACU = Acronyms & Abbreviations Commonly Used

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  1. LuvMyTJ

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    Many people have asked for it, and many people have answered them. Here is a list of terms used in the RC hobby. I gathered these from too many post to give credit to all the people who helped create this, but you know who you are.
    Smash that 'like' button if this helped you! ;)

    *Please message me to add any relevant ones I missed.

    AC = Aircraft

    AGL = Above Ground Level

    AMA = Academy of Model Aeronautics

    AMSL = Above Mean Sea Level

    ARTF = Almost ready to fly

    ASL = Above Sea Level

    ATTI = Attitude

    AUW = All Up Weight

    BNF = Bind n Fly (transmitter)

    BTU= Blue Tooth Unit

    BLOS = Beyond line of sight

    BMFA - British Model Flying Association

    Cal= Calibration

    CA = Collision Avoidance

    CAA = Civil Aviation Authority (UK Regulator)

    CAAS = Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (Singapore Regulator)

    CL = Course Lock
    CL - Control Line

    CSC combination stick command

    DJI = Da-Jiang Innovation

    ESC= electronic speed controller

    FAA = Federal Aviation Administration (US Regulator)

    FF - Free Flight

    FPV = first person view

    FRZ - Flight Restricted Zone

    FS = Failsafe

    GHz = Giga-hertz

    GPS = Global Positioning System

    HL = Home Lock

    IR = Internal Resistance

    IOC = Intelligent Orientation Control

    IMU - Inertial Measurement Unit

    LHCP = Left Hand Circular Polarized

    LiPo = Lithium-Polymer (battery)

    LOS = Line of sight

    MC = Main controller

    NAS - National Airspace System

    NFZ - No Fly Zone

    MHz = Mega-hertz

    MSL = Mean Sea Level

    Nicad = Nickle Cadmium

    NOTAM = Notice to Airmen

    OA = Obstacle Avoidance

    OP = Original Poster

    POI = Point of Interest

    RC = Remote Control

    RHCP = Right Hand Circular Polarized

    RTF = Ready to fly

    RTH = Return To Home

    RTM = Read The Manual

    Rx = Receiver

    SFOC = Special Flight Operation Certificates

    SFRA - Special Flight Rules Area

    SOC = State Of Charge

    SUA = Small Unmanned Aircraft (What the CAA call what we fly)

    SUSA = Small Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft (What the CAA call what we fly)

    sUAS = Small unmanned aircraft system (what the FAA calls what we fly)

    TCCA = Transport Canada Civil Aviation

    TFR = Temporary Flight Restriction

    Tx = Transmitter

    UAV = Unmanned aerial vehicle

    VLOS = Visual line of sight

    VRS = Vortex Ring State

    VTx - Video Transmitter

    VRx - Video Receiver

    VPS = Visual Positioning System
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