Like any hobby or technology, there's a whole lot of lingo
and abbreviations that come with the territory. Here are some of the ones
you'll come across the most:
(RTF): A drone that requires little to no assembly and is ready
to fly out of the box.
(ARTF or ARF): These drones may require some minor assembly and
additional equipment such as a receiver (Rx) and radio transmitter (Tx)
aka a radio controller.
(BNF): BNF models are essentially RTF drones with a receiver, but
not a radio controller (you must buy it separately). But you can then use
that controller to pilot other BNF aircraft, saving you some money if you
decide to grow your RC aircraft collection.
view (FPV): The video feed direct from a camera on the drone. It
can be used for framing your photos or videos as well as piloting. With
drone racing, pilots usually wear FPV goggles for an immersive experience.
(RTH): A safety feature that allows the drone to autonomously fly
back to the pilot's location or starting point.
- Gimbal: A
mechanical camera stabilization system that lets you get smooth video and
sharp photos even with fast movements or in high winds.
mode: Intended for beginner pilots, using this mode means the
drone will always travel forward, backward, left or right when moving your
remote's stick in those directions, regardless of which way the front of
the drone is pointed.
me: A feature that allows a drone to automatically follow a
subject, typically using a GPS signal from a mobile device, remote control
or a beacon attached to the subject being tracked.
motor: Though more expensive than their brushed counterparts,
brushless motors are more efficient, last longer and are quieter.