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UAViators (pronounced You-Aviators)

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

With well over 2,400 members in 80+ countries, our mission is to promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs for data collection, cargo delivery and communication services 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 humanitarian & development partners. We actively promote community engagement and 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 and our partnership with Air-Vid gives us access to 600+ vetted 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 also 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 guidelines

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 insights, questions and announcements to the Forum.
  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 book, Digital Humanitarians, has already been endorsed by Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, United Nations, Red Cross, Work Bank and more. The book features members of UAViators in action. UAViators was originally launched at QCRI.

Global Forum

Aerial footage of affected towns in Italy?

Hi all — I'm wondering if any of you have any prior footage of any of the villages affected (Accumoli, Amatrice, Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto), by this morning's earthquake in Italy. I'm a graphics editor at The New York Times and we're looking to do before and after comparisons. Let me know.  Thanks so much,Larry 212-556-1411

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4 Replies · Reply by Alberto Lizzi on Thursday

What would you like to see in a Content Management System for UAV work?

Hi all! I'm a developer and I work for a media non-profit. I've been considering building a lightweight open source CMS (think, Wordpress, Drupal, Django, etc.) specifically to manage data from UAVs. I've tried several flight logbooks but they either seemed bloated or not geared towards UAVs specifically, and definitely not in the non-profit spirit. For this reason, and in case it can help too anyone considering the same idea, I'd love to hear what kind of data, reports, etc. do you need the…

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Invitation: GeOnG 2016 - October 17-19, Chambéry, France

Dear UAViators, I hope this message finds you well (and sorry for the potential cross-posting). As you might have already heard, CartONG, the French NGO dedicated to the use of mapping and information management for humanitarian purposes, is hosting for the fifth time the GeOnG, Europe’s biggest independent conference on Geographic Information services to the Humanitarian and Development sector. This year’s edition is going to take place in the French city of Chambéry (1h from Geneva), on…

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UAV Business

Hello All, So for a while I have had an idea for a business that combines both my degree which is emergency management and Uavs. Basically i want input and ideas on how to put my ideas into a business plan and to market this idea to obtain customers who would be interested in using this service i offer and to obtain funding Basically what the business would do is have two types of drones one fixed wing and one quad copter both with camera systems that can be deployed and piloted to any…

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1 Reply · Reply by Justin Grabenbauer Jul 4

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Renan Davila Puente updated their profile photo
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Renan Davila Puente updated their profile
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Renan Davila Puente is now a member of Humanitarian UAV Network
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Kayla Stankevitz is now a member of Research Team
Friday
MOHAMED SHEHA and Arun Shankar Narayanan joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Friday
Jongmoo Choi is now a member of Imagery Team
Thursday
Jongmoo Choi and Cheryll joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Thursday
Alberto Lizzi replied to Larry Buchanan's discussion Aerial footage of affected towns in Italy?
"Hi Larry, not sure this helps but the Italian news is using pictures to show the before and after comparison:
(news video) http://video.sky.it/news/cronaca/nei_luoghi_del_sisma_il_confronto_...
(stills) http://tg24.sky.it/tg24/cronaca/photogallery…"
Thursday
Steve Galvin updated their profile photo
Thursday
Steve Galvin is now a member of Flight Team
Thursday
william Reinckens replied to Larry Buchanan's discussion Aerial footage of affected towns in Italy?
"http://www.casaitalianaschool.org/ or the US embassy in Rome (Cultural) section -- try to speak with the FSN (Foreign Service National, who does media outreach. Good Luck, Bill retired Press Officer, US Depatment of State"
Thursday
Zack Temer is now a member of Humanitarian UAV Network
Wednesday
Larry Buchanan replied to Larry Buchanan's discussion Aerial footage of affected towns in Italy?
"thank you mauricio!"
Wednesday
Mauricio Edgardo Tapia Orellana replied to Larry Buchanan's discussion Aerial footage of affected towns in Italy?
"Larry in twitter @stgoflynglabs, one comparation of Amatrice Italy. Bless !!"
Wednesday
Larry Buchanan posted a discussion
Hi all — I'm wondering if any of you have any prior footage of any of the villages affected (Accumoli, Amatrice, Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto), by this morning's earthquake in Italy. I'm a graphics editor at The New York Times and we're…
Wednesday
Markus Thalhamer and Ruediger Schwabel are now friends
Wednesday
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