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Remotely piloted aircraft or UAV?

Remotely piloted aircraft, looking at Google Trends statistics, is the best known term compared to the acronym UAV which means the same thing and generally indicates a drone.

Let’s see instead the meaning and for what purposes the Italians use it in their research.

Google search

Google as we know is the most used search engine. There are millions of queries that the powerful Mountain View engine processes every day and to which it provides results. Italy is no exception and hundreds of thousands of web droners use it.

Remote piloted aircraft

The term remotely piloted aircraft is used in all Italian regions mainly to identify information pages related to drones for recreational or professional use and only to a minimum extent to find news related to topics on military drones or events in which drones are protagonists in broad sense.

The graph extracted from Google trends is very indicative:

Aeromobile Pilotagggio Remoto Search - UAV search
earch distribution map with keyword “Remotely piloted aircraft” – Data taken from Google Trends on 4mydrone queries

Trentino Alto Adige is in the lead as a volume of searches with the remotely piloted aircraft key, while Campania is the last in terms of search volumes.

Tabella Aeromobile Pilotaggio Remoto Serach
Aircraft Table Remote Pilot Search – 4mydrone processing

Remotely piloted aircraft Vs APR (italian shortcut for UAV)

The comparison, in terms of search volumes, between the terms remotely piloted aircraft (blue) and APR (red) at the Italian level is interesting.

Aeromobile Pilotaggio Remoto - Remoted Remote piloted aircraft
Fixed term distribution Remote piloted aircraft in Italy – Data taken from Google Trends on 4mydrone queries
Apr as shortuct of UAV in italian
Distribution of APR term use in Italy – Data taken from Google Trends on 4mydrone queries

The term remotely piloted aircraft is more used than the term APR, as shown in the graph below:

 Graph for Remote piloting aircraft Vs APR
Search volumes “Remote piloting aircraft Vs APR” – Data taken from Google Trends on 4mydrone queries

The detailed analysis between the use of the two terms shows instead that Basilicata is the region where the term APR is used more frequently (and therefore volume), compared to other regions, while in Molise and Valle d’Aosta the acronym APR is completely unused.

table of Aeromobile Pilotaggio Remoto Vs Apr search
Table% search with keywords “Remote piloted aircraft” Vs “APR” by region – 4mydrone processing

But what the italians are looking for?

Regardless of the use of the term used, the spontaneous question that arises is the following: but what is the purpose of the research?

It is easy to say: information on drones-UAVs. More precisely, related research, i.e. those deriving from research using the term remotely piloted aircraft as the main chaive, lead to research on drones, generic or specific, with a distribution of this type in terms of volumes:

Deatiled search table on drones
Search terms by keyword Remotely piloted aircraft – 4mydrone processing

In the rest of the world

Given that remotely piloted aircraft and apr are two purely “Italian” terms. If we examine the use of the term unmanned aerial veichle closer as meaning and the related synonym UAV, in the States, we can see that between the two terms there is a greater propensity overseas to use the synonym as a research element. the term UAV (red) is greater than the use of the term Unamanned aerial veichle (blue).

Unmanned Aerial Veichle Vs Uav
UAV Vs Unammed Aerial Veichle keyword usage chart – Data taken from Google Trends on 4mydrone queries

Unlike what has been observed for Italy, UAVs in the USA are used not to obtain direct or indirect research to acquire information on drones, but instead the intent is to understand what uav means.

Uav Sub Search
UAV related searches – Data taken from Google Trends on 4mydrone queries

Viceversa analyzing the term drone instead (blue), we see that in the USA it is mainly used for the search for information on drones in a general sense (models, types, etc.) and is much more used than the term UAV (red).

Drone Vs Uav
Keyword research volume chart “drone” vs “UAV” – Data taken from Google Trends on 4mydrone queries

In other words, Americans use the term drone to get to the point, while Italians prefer to use more complex phrases. This singular fact probably derives from the greater wealth of terms of our language than the Anglo-Saxon one, together with the richer way of expressing Italian.

The search for information on drones

As we know, searching for information on the web can sometimes be very expensive and often can not lead to the desired result, given that most of the links are sponsored and Google’s classification methods really leave something to be desired beyond the amazing positioning algorithms . It is therefore essential to quickly reach the goal of knowing how to search, using the right search keys. But this is now a concept that can be said to be outdated, thanks to dedicated sites whether they are portals or marketplaces.

Dedicated sites – 4mydrone

In fact, there are sites where you can find information, perhaps partial on what interests you. Except for the 4mydrone site, on the other hand, it brought together everything related to drones and their ecosystems in one place and accompanied it with articles and practical guides on how to navigate the world of drones, apps, palyoloads etc.

For those interested in deepening the topic of drones and related synonyms, we recommend reading the blog article “Meaning SAPR, APR, UAV, UAS, sUAS“. For those who are looking for detailed information on drones we strongly recommend that you visit the 4mydrone.com website.


Note relating to the images: The images of the graphs, territorial and otherwise, showed in the article were produced through the use of Google Trends through specific searches (queries) carried out by 4mydrone. The data refer to the publication date of the article and may no longer be current. The use of the images showed has the exclusive purpose of a better understanding of the contents of the article. The summary tables are produced by elaborations of 4mydrone. The featured image is taken from pixabay.com – free for commercial use and the author is Lee Rosario.

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Last Updated on/Ultimo aggiornamento – 23/04/2020

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