An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone, is an aircraft without any human pilot, crew, or passengers on board. A UAV is an unmanned aerial vehicle. They can fly remotely, for example, with a remote control or tablet, or independently. So is the UAV a drone? Basically, it is.
The two terms are often used interchangeably. UAVs are the acronym for any unmanned aerial vehicle. Unmanned aerial vehicles are remotely piloted without requiring a human on board the aircraft to fly. Autonomous drones, however, are a type of UAV, but they are not remotely piloted by a human.
Instead, autonomous drones are flown through an integrated set of sensors, a computer and an autopilot. Autonomous drones essentially operate without human intervention, including takeoff, flight and landing. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) reduces the definition of a drone only to aircraft that can fly autonomously or remotely. While the terms “UAV” and “drone” are used interchangeably in virtually all articles, websites and news, we must make a distinction in the sense that not all drones are unmanned aerial vehicles.
On the other hand, we can safely assume that all unmanned aerial vehicles are drones. UAV is the acronym for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Currently, when browsing the Internet in search of related items, UAV is the most common term. This designation is used to define the flying object used for civil recreational and professional applications.
Even if it seems that a common agreement has been reached online, aviation agencies in many countries have decided to opt for a different term than the current UAV. A UAS or unmanned aircraft systems includes not only the UAV or the drone, but also the person on the ground who controls the flight and the installed system that connects both. This UAS terminology is also used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA, United States), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Association (UAVSA).