Every time you take your first steps into a hobby, whether it’s flying a drone, fishing, or riding a bike, you’re constantly exposed to slang words used by the community. Not knowing the terminology complicates the path of a beginner. This article will focus on three terms denoting the type of equipment in which drones can be sold: RTF, BNF and ARF.
What is RTF bundle?
When it comes to buying a quadcopter, you will notice that the same model can be sold in different configurations and, accordingly, at different prices. The most common configurations are RTF and BNF.
RTF (Ready to fly) — means that the drone is assembled and the user does not need to purchase anything additional. That is, the equipment is complete and the drone can fly immediately after purchase. It remains only to charge the battery and install the rotors. The presence of a controller (control panel) in the RTF set is the main difference from other sets. If you are a beginner, the RTF package is what you need.
What is the BNF package?
BNF (Bind and fly) — means that the drone is fully assembled, and has a signal receiver coming from the remote control, but the remote control itself is not included in the package. This kit is suitable for those who already have a controller that suits them completely. The main thing is that the controller’s signal transmission protocol matches the protocol of the receiver on the drone. If you are reading this article, then most likely you do not have suitable control equipment. So, we have analyzed the two most popular configurations in which UAVs are most often sold.
What is the ARF package?
If you are one of those people who likes to get to the bottom of things and do everything by hand, then the ARF equipment is perfect for you.
ARF (Almost ready to fly / Almost ready to fly) — the kit may or may not have a remote control and a receiver, so you should first familiarize yourself with the contents of the kit. Since the drone comes completely disassembled, you will need to assemble it yourself. This kit is suitable for advanced UAV users and requires soldering skills.
Summing up, we can say that:
- RTF the kit is suitable for people who are just starting their journey in an unmanned hobby, this is the easiest option to immediately start flying.
- BNF for experienced users who have already found a suitable controller for themselves and are looking for a drone for it.
- ARF equipment is more for enthusiasts and DIY enthusiasts.