Think of an aeroplane without a pilot in it. Aha; a pilotless aircraft – pilotless in the ense that the pilot is not in the craft but controlling it remotely. Like that remote controlled toy plane you have seen or played with? That’s a drone. Normal aircraft have a pilot on board to fly it. Drones are controlled remotely. See? You got it easy. You’re smarter than you thought.
The technical terms for drones are:
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
- Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)
Uses Of Drones
While security situations, like what is going on with Boko Haram in Nigeria, may warrant the use of drones for military purposes, drones are also used for other purposes, including agriculture, mining, sports, movie production, search and rescue, scientific exploration and the like.
So, when next you hear or read the word drone – and sometimes the word is used wrongly – you know what to look for: if it has a pilot in it, it isn’t a drone.