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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. 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

Humanitarian UAV Policy Forum 2015

The Humanitarian UAV Network is organizing the first ever 3-day Humanitarian UAV Policy Forum in July. The Forum, which is kindly supported and hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation, will include participants from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), World Food Program (WFP), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), European Union Humanitarian Aid Organization (ECHO) and…

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UAViators Travel & Law Wiki Update

Hi all, Since we had to lock down the travel & law wiki due to spam, it has seen a number of important content updates. In particular, we recently updated and created new pages for many countries thanks to information provided by World of Drones. We invite everyone to read the wiki and participate in updating it. You can find the wiki by clicking "Laws" on the top bar of this site. Alternatively you can go to this link: wiki.uaviators.org. If you want to edit the pages, please create a profile…

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Review: The First Ever Course on Humanitarian UAVs

The Humanitarian UAV Network promotes the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs in a wide range of humanitarian settings. To this end, the Network’s mission includes training the first generation of Humanitarian UAV experts. This explains why I teamed up with VIVES Aeronautics College last year to create and launch the first ever UAV training specifically geared towards established humanitarian organizations. The 3-day, intensive and hands-on training took place this month in Belgium and…

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Humanitarian UAV Missions: Towards Best Practices

The purpose of this handbook is to promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs in a wide range of humanitarian settings. The handbook draws on lessons learned during recent humanitarian UAV missions in Vanuatu (March-April 2015) and Nepal (April-May 2015) as well as earlier UAV missions in both Haiti and the Philippines. The handbook takes the form of an operational checklist divided into Pre-flight, In-flight and Post-flight sections. The best practices documented in each section…

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John Van Beers replied to John Van Beers's discussion How do we get started? in Flight Team
"On the topic of training and certification, has anyone had any experience with this aside from uaviators.org's seminar? I so wish it could come to NY (hint hint)."
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John Van Beers replied to John Van Beers's discussion How do we get started? in Flight Team
"Thanks for the response, Patrick. Yes, I've found a few training/certification sites, but the best looks to be Auburn's program since they are officially the first FAA authorized flight school in the US (https://cws.auburn.edu/ovpr/Announcement/Deta…"
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The Humanitarian UAV Network is organizing the first ever 3-day Humanitarian UAV Policy Forum in July. The Forum, which is kindly supported and hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation, will include participants from the United Nations Office for the Co…
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Patrick Meier replied to John Van Beers's discussion How do we get started? in Flight Team
"Hi John, thanks for joining and posting. Yes, getting trained/certified is recommended since humanitarian organizations will prefer working with trained/certified teams. You'll note from the main forum of this website that UAViators recently ran a 3…"
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Aurelien Guth, Cam Cummings, Michael Lafrinere and 3 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
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John Van Beers posted a discussion in Flight Team
Hopefully I'm not the only person who has this question and hopefully there are others in the "Flight Team" group who already have real experience and can help us get started. So, how do we get actually get started? I have a TBS Discovery and have b…
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