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UAViators (You-Aviators)

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

With over 2,500 members in 80+ 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 Nepal 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

The Most Comprehensive Study on Drones in Humanitarian Action

In August 2015, the Swiss humanitarian organization FSD kindly hired me as a consultant to work on the EU-funded Drones in Humanitarian Action program. I had the pleasure of working closely with FSD and team during the past 16 months. Today represents the exciting culmination of a lot of hard work by many dedicated individuals. Today we’re launching our comprehensive report on “Drones in Humanitarian Action: A Guide to the Use of Airborne Systems in Humanitarian Crises.” More here.

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Help us spread the word: Drones in Humanitarian Action - A guide on the use of air-borne systems in humanitarian crises

Dear all,  We are about to launch a publication "Drones in humanitarian action- A guide to air-borne systems in humanitarian crises". Below is a little teaser video. Please help us spread the word! If you are interested to receive an email with the publication once it is available after December 2nd, you can sign up to the mailing list here: https://goo.gl/forms/uAHubw15fWSqBM8h1  Drones, also known as remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) are becoming increasingly common in the skies. With…

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Repost: Collection of 14 Humanitarian Case Studies

(Reposting in the global forum as this was previously posted in a wrong forum. Thanks for pointing this out) As many of you are probably aware, FSD, CartONG and the Zoi Environment Network are currently finalising a report on the use of drones in humanitarian crises. As part of that report, we have created 14 case studies - many of them with the help of people from the UAViators network, for which we are extremely grateful.  Since we won't be publishing any new case studies before the final…

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New Zealand - Earthquake - November 2016

Dear All, feel free to use the UAViators Ops page and email-list to coordinate any UAV efforts in response to the earthquakes in New Zealand. As always, if you are responding, please be sure to follow the Humanitarian UAV Code of Conduct and keep these Best Practices in mind as well.

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Leah Hanrahan is now a member of Humanitarian UAV Network
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Kimberley Owczarzak and jean-pierre Wack joined Humanitarian UAV Network
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Bill VanGlahn, Craig Young, Christopher Dyson and 1 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
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Stephen Chege, Jen Mulik and Graeme Kobayashi joined Humanitarian UAV Network
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Charles Robinson updated their profile
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Graeme Kobayashi is now a member of Humanitarian Team
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Graeme Kobayashi is now a member of Flight Team
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Patrick Meier posted a discussion
In August 2015, the Swiss humanitarian organization FSD kindly hired me as a consultant to work on the EU-funded Drones in Humanitarian Action program. I had the pleasure of working closely with FSD and team during the past 16 months. Today represen…
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