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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 
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. See Executive Summary (PDF). UAViators is an initiative launched & spearheaded 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 List-Serve.
  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

RESTful Service for UAS Imagery

Does a public RESTful interface exist where UAV imagery can be pushed to and other organizations can pull from an end-point? I think it is great that UAV imagery is becoming a powerful tool for HADR applications. I think it would be really cool / useful of a service which just streams UAV imagery data and allows anyone to access it via a standard interface (JSON?). The Crisis Maps are a great way to view the data, but what if I want the raw imagery or an easy way to feed the imagery into a…

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Sense and Avoid

Sense and Avoid (SAA) is a safety-critical and operational component to operating UASs. Regulatory organizations such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) mandate the use of manned collision avoidance systems to maintain an acceptable level of safety. It consists of sensor(s) to identify other intruder aircraft and an aircraft avoidance algorithm to recommend actions to avoid the intruders and prevent an imminent mid-air…

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Humanitarian items

Hi, Regarding delivery drones, I'm trying to determine what goods can be delivered via UAV in the context of either post-disasters situations and/or everyday healthcare supply chain delivery. Assuming VTOL and reverse logistics. For example: vaccines, blood samples for testing, medicine, as well as --  Liver paracentesis kit stethoscope with audio recorder to send back for expert diagnosis C-section kit Liver paracentesis kit Trauma kit Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Assume a 2kg…

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Tyler Nash and Aerial Photography Drone joined Humanitarian UAV Network
yesterday
Bob Gillan is now a member of Humanitarian UAV Network
Tuesday
Mischa Shattuck, Eric Hanscom, John Mills and 6 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Monday
Matthew Cornick and Andrew Weinert are now friends
Monday
Daryl Wilding-McBride updated their profile
Monday
Daryl Wilding-McBride is now a member of Imagery Team
Monday
Daryl Wilding-McBride is now a member of Flight Team
Monday
Valter Golfieri and Brian Fishman joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Saturday
Andrew Weinert replied to Daniel Pepper's discussion Humanitarian items
"Can you please elaborate? Do you have a computer model or set of rules you can share or open source? Anything to start moving towards a "Operating Drones for HADR" cheat sheet or book for dummied."
Saturday
Daniel Pepper replied to Daniel Pepper's discussion Humanitarian items
"agreed. and yes."
Saturday
Augusto H. Segovia Castillo updated their profile photo
Mar 20
Andrew Weinert posted discussions
Mar 20
Andrew Weinert replied to Patrick Meier's discussion Humanitarian UAV Panel at DroneApps Conference & Expo 2015
"Would you have any interest in having someone speak about UAS airspace integration from aviation safety, international regulations, and an operations perspectives?"
Mar 20
Andrew Weinert replied to Daniel Pepper's discussion Humanitarian items
"Have you considered weather and environmental effects and how to prioritize logistics? For example, if you can predict the weather will limit UAS flight in the future, what supplies do you send? Do you risk transporting a high value item if the weat…"
Mar 20
Dronodromo, Art Rodriguez and Andrew Weinert joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Mar 20
Daniel Pepper replied to Daniel Pepper's discussion Humanitarian items
"Hi Daniel,

What if you could guarantee safe landing zones for the UAVs?

Best,
Daniel"
Mar 20
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