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1.2 Definitions and Acronyms

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1) REMOTE PILOT IN-COMMAND (Remote PIC or Remote Pilot): The individual who holds a remote pilot certificate with an sUAS rating and has the final authority and responsibility for the operation and safety of an sUAS operation conducted under Part 107.

2) THE PERSON MANIPULATING THE CONTROLS: An individual other than the remote pilot in-command (PIC) who is controlling the flight of an sUAS under the supervision of the remote PIC.

3) CONTROL STATION (CS): An Interface used by the remote pilot in-command or the person manipulating the controls to control the flight path of a small unmanned aircraft.

4) VISUAL OBSERVER (VO): An individual acting as a flight crew member who assists the small UAS remote PIC and the person manipulating the controls to see and avoid other air traffic or objects aloft or on the ground.

5) VISUAL LINE OF SIGHT (VLOS): An sUAS flown within VLOS (visual line of sight) of the individual operating the aircraft.

6) SEE & AVOID: Yield the right of way to all other aircrafts (Manned or unmanned) and avoid other potential hazards that may affect the remote pilot in-command’s operation of the aircraft.

7) SMALL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT (UA): a UA weighing less than 55 lbs, including everything that is onboard or attached to the aircraft, and can be flown without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.

8) SMALL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM (sUAS): a small unmanned aircraft and its associated components (including communication links and the components that control the small UA) that are required for the safe and efficient operation  of the small UA in the NAS (National Airspace System).

9) UNMANNED AIRCRAFT (UA): An aircraft operated without the possibility of direct human intervention within or on the aircraft.

10) MODEL AIRCRAFT: A small UA that is capable of sustained flight, flown within visual line of sight (VLOS) or the person operating the UA, and flown for hobby or recreational purposes.

11) PUBLIC AIRCRAFT: An aircraft used, owned, or leased (when longer than 90 continuous days) by the U.S Government.

12) AERONAUTICAL DECISION MAKING (ADM): it is the Remote PIC’s responsibility to utilize and manage a variety of different resources effectively to ensure that flight(s) are conducted safely.

13) CREW RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (CRM): it is the Remote PIC’s responsibility to ensure communication procedures are in place, and crewmembers understand and know their roles in the sUAS operation.

14) SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (SMS): Organizational Safe Flight Practice Policies and Procedures. A systematic approach mitigating if not eliminating risk involved in the operations of an sUAS.