Quadcopter and Drone terminology can be a bit confusing, especially with all of the acronyms. Our Quadcopter Terminology Guide below will help define many of the terms commonly used with both quadcopters and drones in general.
A device that measures acceleration forces in a specific direction. Used to help stabilize quadcopters, often under windy conditions.
The controller is the handheld device used by the drone pilot to control the , , and of the quadcopter. Controllers are also called Transmitters. Here’s a photo of a higher end controller:
An unmanned aircraft that is guided remotely by a pilot. For military use, these aircraft have weapons and/or surveillance gear. For personal use, these aircraft often have HD cameras. The term is popular in the media. These aircraft are in many cases .
- First Person View
Short for First Person View, this technology allows the pilot to see through the eyes of the camera on the drone in real time.
A specialized mount for a camera, which have the ability to swerve and tilt using servos. This allows the camera to stay in the same position, regardless of the drones movement, making for a very still and smooth looking image.
Provides the angular velocity around 3 axes of space in degrees. Assists with keeping a quadcopter level and facing the same direction.
Flight term used to describe the angle of flight along an axis. Controls which end of the quadcopter that moves higher.
A type of helicopter that uses four rotors instead of one. Currently the most popular form of
- Ready To Fly
Refers to drones or quadcopters that have everything you need, “in the box”, to start flying. This generally includes: The Rechargeable batteries Instruction manual Controllers require batteries, and are generally not included in the box.
Flight term for rotation along an axis. Provides a side to side motion.
Controls the speed of the rotors. Provides lift and descent.
Flight term used to describe the rotation of a drone around it’s center axis. Controls which direction the quadcopter is facing.