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AACU = Acronyms & Abbreviations Commonly Used

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May 27, 2017
Live From New York!
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.
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*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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