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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

Colorado Looking to Introduce Troublesome Legislation

We're all here to make the most of this technology for humanitarian purposes, and we must remember that the wide-use of this technology is causing some to reach the wrong conclusions as to how to integrate the technology into society.  Last week I went to Denver to sit in on a feedback session with a district representative that had drafted some proposed legislation (attached) at the behest of one (yes, one) of her constituents.  The motivation came when an ex-husband used a drone to "spy" on…

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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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Debra Cleghorn, Nicole Blanch, Chris Bell and 1 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
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Nicole Blanch and Chris Bell joined Humanitarian Team
yesterday
Chris Bell is now a member of Research Team
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Chris Bell is now a member of Imagery Team
yesterday
Shashish Maharjan is now a member of Camera Team
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Shashish Maharjan, Katja Lindskov and Moine Frederic joined Humanitarian UAV Network
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FlyMotion Media updated their profile
Wednesday
FlyMotion Media is now a member of Humanitarian Team
Wednesday
FlyMotion Media is now a member of Flight Team
Wednesday
FlyMotion Media is now a member of Camera Team
Wednesday
FlyMotion Media is now a member of Imagery Team
Wednesday
FlyMotion Media is now a member of Technology Team
Wednesday
FlyMotion Media, Michael Padilla Pagan Payano, Reisacher Charles and 2 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Wednesday
Jessie Mooberry, Nath Sudswong, Mark de Blois and 2 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Tuesday
Nath Sudswong is now a member of Technology Team
Tuesday
Akash Goel, Robert Zlotnicki and Suhaib joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Sunday
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