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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 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 
700 vetted pilots in 60+ 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

Launching Humanitarian UAV Course for Humanitarian Professionals

Humanitarian UAV Network Launches Course with VIVES While UAVs are increasingly used in response to humanitarian disasters across the globe, there is still no dedicated training or certification program specifically geared towards international humanitarian organizations. To this end, VIVES University College and the Humanitarian UAV Network have partnered to offer a specialized training course on the use of UAVs in humanitarian settings. VIVES has extensive expertise in providing specialized…

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1 Reply · Reply by Baas Brimer Dec 3

Software for UAVs and Aerial Imagery

Hello everyone, I'm proud to announce that the UAViators research team has another open document available for your viewing, as Patrick mentions in his blog. We have compiled a list of more than 30 common software platforms used to operate UAVs and analyze resulting aerial imagery. We carried out this research to provide humanitarian organizations with a single repository where they can review existing software platforms (including free & open source solutions) for their humanitarian UAV…

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5 Replies · Reply by EYE Remote Solutions SA Nov 24

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Rachael is now a member of Humanitarian UAV Network
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Bill Christie updated their profile
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Bill Christie and Molly Hornby joined Humanitarian UAV Network
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Haris B. and EYE Remote Solutions SA joined Flight Team
Monday
Haris B. and EYE Remote Solutions SA joined Imagery Team
Monday
Haris B. is now a member of Technology Team
Monday
Haris B. is now a member of Research Team
Monday
Haris B. updated their profile
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Haris B. updated their profile photo
Monday
Katie is now a member of Humanitarian UAV Network
Monday
Patrick Meier posted a discussion
The Experts Meeting Summary Report is now available here (PDF) and also here as an open, editable Google Doc for comments/questions. This meeting, which was the first of it's kind at the UN, was co-organized by the Humanitarian UAV Network and the U…
Monday
J. Henry is now a member of Humanitarian UAV Network
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Dr Andrew E Heaton is now a member of Flight Team
Dec 12
Dr Andrew E Heaton is now a member of Technology Team
Dec 12
Dr Andrew E Heaton is now a member of Research Team
Dec 12
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