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UAViators (pronounced You-Aviators)

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

Our Mission is to bridge humanitarian and UAV communities internationally. We do this by supporting a global volunteer network of professional, civilian and responsible hobbyist UAV pilots who facilitate information sharing, coordination and operational safety in support of a broad range of humanitarian efforts. Thanks to our collaboration with Air-Vid, we have access to an additional 500 vetted pilots in 50 countries. We actively promote community engagement and are being pro-active in educating new civilian pilots rather than waiting for mistakes to be made. Our objectives are thus four-fold: provide coordination support, facilitate information sharing, enable safe UAV operations and establish clear standards for humanitarian use. Our proposed strategy for 2014-2015 is available here.

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. If you're a pilot, please fill this out to join the Rapid Response Roster.
  4. To request or share aerial imagery of disaster areas, go to Ops.
  5. Join ongoing conversations by adding yourself to the List-Serve.
  6. Read the Code of Conduct.

Problems signing in? Please contact Patrick Meier.

Global Forum

UN Experts Meeting on Humanitarian UAVs

The Humanitarian UAV Network and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) are co-organizing the first ever “Experts Meeting on Humanitarian UAVs” next month at UN Headquarters in New York. This full-day strategy meeting, which is co-sponsored by the ICT for Peace Foundation (ICT4Peace), will bring together leading UAV experts (including several members of the UAViators Advisory Board such as DJI) with seasoned humanitarian professionals from OCHA, UNICEF,…

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UN (OCHA) Policy Brief on Humanitarian UAVs

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN/OCHA) has just published an important policy document on UAVs in humanitarian response. This must-read Policy Brief endorses the Humanitarian UAV Network: "As with information technologies, the use of UAVs is driven by hobbyists and technical experts, many of whom will be interested in supporting humanitarian response. Humanitarian organizations should engage in initiatives like the Humanitarian UAV Network, that aim to…

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Video: Humanitarian UAV Network

I recently gave a webinar presentation on the Humanitarian UAV Network for the Engineers for Change (E4C). The YouTube video of this presentation is available here and below (click). The talk highlights recent uses of UAVs in humanitarian settings along with flagship projects spearheaded by the Humanitarian UAV Network. I welcome any feedback/questions that members of this network may have. Thank you!

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Mathew Harwood, Magellan Spec and Darryl Hill joined Humanitarian UAV Network
6 hours ago
Whitney Grespin, Eric Nitschke and Martin Noblecourt joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Monday
Martin Noblecourt is now a member of Research Team
Monday
Martin Noblecourt is now a member of Humanitarian Team
Monday
Charles P Devaney and Andres Amaya Diaz joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Sunday
Andrew Walko and Drew Holland joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Saturday
Drew Holland updated their profile
Saturday
David D. Roebke updated their profile
Saturday
Andrew Jawitz updated their profile photo
Friday
Andrew Jawitz is now a member of Humanitarian UAV Network
Friday
James Hodges is now a member of Policy Team
Oct 16
James Hodges is now a member of Flight Team
Oct 16
James Hodges is now a member of Technology Team
Oct 16
James Hodges is now a member of Research Team
Oct 16
James Hodges is now a member of Humanitarian Team
Oct 16
James Hodges is now a member of Camera Team
Oct 16
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