Welcome to UAViators

UAViators (pronounced You-Aviators)

"Humanitarian organizations should engage in initiatives like the Humanitarian UAV Network."
          - United Nations (OCHA) Policy Brief 

Our Mission: to promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs for data collection, payload delivery and communication services in a wide range of humanitarian and development settingsWe do this by developing and championing international guidelines for the responsible use of UAVs. We actively promote operational safety and document lessons learned and best practices. We never self-deploy. We only mobilize at the request of established humanitarian & development groups. We actively promote community engagement and educate new UAV operators. We convene Experts Meetings and facilitate information sharing, coordination and learning across all our efforts. Our pilot roster includes 300+ UAV pilots. And our partnership with Air-Vid gives us access to an additional 600+ vetted pilots in 60+ countries.

Our objectives are thus five-fold: establish clear standards for the responsible use of UAVs; document lessons learned and best practices; provide hands-on UAV training; inform UAV deployments; and catalyze research & information sharing. To pursue these objectives, we co-organized the first ever Humanitarian UAV Experts Meeting at the UN Secretariat and will be holding this meeting again in 2015. We are also teaching the first ever UAV training course in Europe and the US for humanitarian and development professionals. In addition, we recently convened a high-level policy forum supported by the Rockefeller Foundation to further develop our international guidelines. For more information, please see Executive Summary (PDF). 

To get started:

  1. Please sign up (the private site has member-only features).
  2. Complete your profile and Start Here to make the most of your membership.
  3. Join ongoing conversations by adding yourself to the Email-List.
  4. Post insights, questions and announcements to the Forum.
  5. Read, improve and share our Code of Conduct and Best Practices Guide.
  6. If you're a pilot, please join the Rapid Response Roster here.

New! Founder Patrick Meier's new book, Digital Humanitarians, has already been endorsed by Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, United Nations, Red Cross, Work Bank and more. The book features members of UAViators in action. UAViators was launched by QCRI.

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Professional UAV Training for Humanitarian & Development Practitioners - Registration Open

The Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) is proud to partner with Unmanned Experts (UMEX) to offer another hands-on dedicated course on UAV missions for humanitarian and development professionals. The mission of UAViators is to promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs in a wide range of humanitarian and development settings. Offering and co-teaching hands-on training courses in partnership with leading UAV experts is integral to furthering this mission. Unmanned Experts is a team…

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Use of UAVs around migration?

Hi, Does anyone have examples of use of UAVs to identify or monitor movement of people, specifically focused on (anti)human trafficking? We've noticed it is proposed/getting underway in Brazil but a colleague is looking for other examples. I know I have seen some things on monitoring of IDPs, not sure about the trafficking angel but I am sure there must be something out there. Thanks,Katie

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