Welcome to UAViators

UAViators (You-Aviators)

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

With over 2,700 members in 120+ countries, our mission is to promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs for data collection and cargo delivery 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 aid and development partners. We actively promote community engagement & educate UAV operators. We convene Experts Meetings and facilitate information sharing, coordination and learning across all our efforts. Our pilot roster includes 400+ UAV pilots in 60+ countries.

Our objectives are thus five-fold: establish clear standards for the responsible use of UAVs and provide up-to-date regulatory information; document lessons learned and best practices; provide hands-on UAV training; inform UAV deployments after disasters; and catalyze research & information sharing. To pursue these objectives, we co-organized the first ever Humanitarian UAV Experts Meeting at the UN Secretariat and held this meeting again in 2015 at MIT. We taught the first ever Humanitarian UAV training courses in Europethe US and Asia for humanitarian and development professionals. In addition, we convened a high-level policy forum supported by the Rockefeller Foundation to further develop our international code of conduct. We also joined the Drones in Humanitarian Action research program in 2015. In 2016, we launched WeRobotics to provide professional training and aerial technologies directly to local partners in developing countries.

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 announcements to the Forum. Use the email-list instead if you're looking for input.
  5. Read, improve and share our Code of Conduct and Best Practices Guide.
  6. If you're a pilot, please join the Pilot Roster here.

New! Founder Patrick Meier's new TEDx talk on Humanitarian UAVs. See also his book, Digital Humanitarians, which has been praised by experts at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, United Nations, Red Cross, Work Bank and more. The book features members of UAViators in action.

Global Forum

Cargo Drones Deliver in Amazon Rainforest

WeRobotics recently teamed up with the Peruvian Ministry of Health and local doctors to carry out the first ever cargo drone deliveries in the Amazon Rainforest. The detailed report of the project is now available along with video documentaries and many photos documenting the unique effort: http://werobotics.org/blog/2017/02/13/cargo-drones-amazon-rainforest

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Feb 14
Eric Hanscom replied to Eric Hanscom's discussion The Ladder Side of Drones
"Wow, thanks for the offer! I will send over the files. I really appreciate it (and, the monks get their heads shaved as part of becoming a monk). If you see the young man in the brown shirt in the first video, he was considering becoming a monk. In…"
Feb 14
Vladimir Vilde replied to Eric Hanscom's discussion The Ladder Side of Drones
"Well hopefully they don't have hair then!
We can make a 3D model for you if you want. It's easier with image and drone setup for that, but the results remains impressive from images even collected from video.
Well if fact it's even possible to do ni…"
Feb 14
Eric Hanscom replied to Eric Hanscom's discussion The Ladder Side of Drones
"No, 3D modeling is waaayyyyy out of my league, but an excellent idea. We just took stills and videos of the roof, then download them onto a computer watched the monks tear out their hair looking at all the holes in the roof. (Actually, monks don't h…"
Feb 14