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. Our pilot roster includes 300+ UAV pilots. And thanks to our collaboration with Air-Vid, we have access to an additional 600+ 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. See Executive Summary (PDF). UAViators was launched by QCRI.

In 2014, we co-organized the first ever Humanitarian UAV Experts Meeting at the UN Secretariat. We will be holding this meeting again in 2015 along with the first ever training and certification course on Humanitarian UAVs for established humanitarian professionals. In addition, we will be convening a high-level policy forum supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.

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 find a pilot or request/share aerial imagery of disaster areas, go to Ops.
  5. Join ongoing conversations by adding yourself to the Email-List.
  6. Read the Code of Conduct.

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.

Global Forum

Drone's Specifications

Hey Guys, I'm from Brazil and I study the use of UAV's in Humanitarian Relief. I'm doing a research about what is the area that a drone can fly in its medium altitude and with 100% of charge? Can you help me with some papers, articles, conference papers or internet links? Thank you so much! Raissa

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New Payload UAV Team created

The use of UAVs for payload transportation in humanitarian settings is inevitable. To this end, UAViators has just created a dedicated page for a UAV Payload Team, please see link below. The individual UAViators Teams have not yet been fully leveraged since the network initially focused on other key priorities. This year, we plan on making a push on the Teams front. So we invite you to use these individual Team pages to self-organize and drive conversations & collaborations forward. The next…

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Nepal - Earthquake - April 2015

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM UN/OCHA: "OCHA would prefer that all the UAV operators coordinate their efforts. With UAViators (Humanitarian UAV Network) in place, OCHA suggest that they all connect to UAViators and share their activities so everyone knows what is being worked on." It is the responsibility of each individual team to secure all the official government permits to operate legally. Click here for link to Nepal Civil Aviation Authority / CAA (Ministry of Aviation). According to Shyam Kishor…

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The Use of UAVs for Peacekeeping in Conflict Zones

Helena Puig and I just co-authored an in-depth study on the use of unarmed UAVs for peacekeeping in conflict zones. About 70% of humanitarian crises have a conflict angle to them. We cannot ignore these and focus on just 30% of crises simply because those are easier to respond to. At the same time, the use of unarmed UAVs in conflict zones bring a host of major challenges. This paper aims to unpack these challenges and offer initial recommendations on how to best manage said challenges. We…

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Bert Rijk is now a member of Payload Team
3 hours ago
Bert Rijk replied to Raissa Zurli Bittencourt Bravo's discussion Drone's Specifications
"Great specs of Delair! Would like to see this in action.

Our senseFly eBee, on paper, can do up to 12 km2, but I would say that with real conditions, 2 km2 is possible per flight of 40 minutes at 10 cm resolution."
3 hours ago
Bert Rijk replied to Patrick Meier's discussion Required Licenses in Legal Team
"They are trying to get a uniform EU RPAS regulation, but I don't think this will happen this year. They have started the procedures, but each country is a lot different from others. For example, in the Netherlands there's an enormously busy airspace…"
3 hours ago
Vincent Graf, Bert Rijk and Matthew Twyford joined Humanitarian UAV Network
16 hours ago
Marcia Byrom Hartwell, Nicole Lee, Ben Mawhinney and 3 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Ben Mawhinney updated their profile
Patrick Meier replied to Raissa Zurli Bittencourt Bravo's discussion Drone's Specifications
"Hi Raissa, the answer to your question will depend on the specs of the UAV, e.g., speed. The new Delair Tech fixed wing UAV coming out this summer can capture about 50km2 in 2.5 hours capturing resolution of 10cm. Hope this helps!"
Patrick Meier replied to Paul Vermeulen's discussion Training for humanitarian actors in Humanitarian Team
"Hi Paul,
Thanks for joining and for your interest in the training. Yes, we provided dedicated training on Humanitarian UAVs:
Launching Humanitarian UAV Course for Humanitarian Professionals
Please contact me at patrick@iRevolutions.org for more info…"
Jon Thompson is now a member of Payload Team
Christian Kohler, Nate McPherson and Jon Thompson joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Žygimantas Jasiulionis is now a member of Humanitarian UAV Network
Aaron Rudric M. Ventura, Shepherd Eaton, Chris Huston and 3 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Tomas Martini, Simon opper and Daniel Li joined Humanitarian UAV Network
May 22
Matthew Lloyd is now a member of Payload Team
May 21
Matthew Lloyd replied to Patrick Meier's discussion Payloads - SkyLife Packs? in Payload Team
"There are some good ideas here but I would like to know more about the:  payload weight, aircraft airspeed and drop height, and effect of wind on dispersion.  The payload weight will determine whether the packs contribute something worth having or m…"
May 21
Howard Staats and VegasFlyer747 joined Humanitarian UAV Network
May 21