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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

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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Video: Humanitarian UAV Network

I recently gave a webinar presentation on the Humanitarian UAV Network for the Engineers for Change (E4C). The YouTube video of this presentation is available here and below (click). The talk highlights recent uses of UAVs in humanitarian settings along with flagship projects spearheaded by the Humanitarian UAV Network. I welcome any feedback/questions that members of this network may have. Thank you!

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#dronesfordevelopment

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak is researching the use of drones (UAVs) with cameras for participatory community mapping in remote and isolated indigenous communities in the highlands of central Borneo.  There are several potential applications: claiming land rights; agricultural planning; rainforest surveillance; tourism planning; watershed protection. This is a sample of a mosaic of 55 photos stitched together.

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Vayu, humanitarian UAV manufacturer, is hiring

Vayu designs and builds UAVs for last mile healthcare supply chain management and post-disaster aid delivery. We are based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; have a team in India, and teams under development in Brazil and Kenya. Our UAV is designed for autonomous long-distance package delivery with vertical take off and landing capabilities; and a range of 60 kilometers and payload of 2 kilograms. Later this year and in 2015, we will test our proof-of-concept in a series of pilot studies, ranging…

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Mihail Oprescu is now a member of Flight Team
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Mihail Oprescu and Jimmi Lutete Larsen joined Humanitarian UAV Network
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Rafael Zurli Bittencourt Bravo is now a member of Humanitarian UAV Network
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Tun Ladoni, Oscar Lee, Martino Montagna and 4 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Tuesday
Ari Saaski posted a photo in Flight Team
South East Sumba. Mapping possible farming area.
Tuesday
Ari Saaski is now a member of Flight Team
Tuesday
Manu Wild, Jeremy Wilkins and Ari Saaski joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Monday
Mike Norton-Griffiths and Tommaso Francesco Villa joined Humanitarian UAV Network
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alvin bernardino updated their profile
Sep 13
Patrick Meier and David Rhodes are now friends
Sep 13
Patrick Meier posted a discussion
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 informatio…
Sep 13
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