The Difference between UAV and UAS

Working in the aviation or aeronautical sector means you have to be familiar with certain terminology. Some common items that you’re likely to encounter are the terms UAV and UAS. The former stands for Unmanned Aerial or Vehicle while the latter refers to an Unmanned Aerial System. Both have very distinct and separate definitions despite the fact that they are often quoted interchangeably. Read on below to learn more about the difference between the two.

UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle refers to the aircraft vessel itself, which is often used to fly around and collect data and photo/video documentation of a location and/or event. As you might have guessed already, a drone is classified as a UAV, since it is remote control operated and frequently used for aerial surveying. In addition to aerial surveying, UAVs have also been used to accomplish a diverse variety of tasks including transporting cargo, search & rescue operations, and they’ve even been used in racing competitions.

UAS - Unmanned Aerial System

The Unmanned Aerial System refers to the entire operating system, including the vehicle itself, the ground control system, GPS, camera, etc. Used by drone hobbyists, wildlife photographers, videographers, military personnel and more, UASs are used to capture footage from difficult to capture heights. Depending on the skill of the operator, the results can be very insightful. But before anyone can jump into operating a drone, they would, according to FAA policies, be required to obtain certification. For any of your UAV or UAS needs, consult the team at Aviation Store Online where we offer expert knowledge on all things aviation and have a vast inventory of UAS parts and more.

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October 12, 2022

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