Welcome to UAViators

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

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

Humanitarian Code of Conduct on UAVs

Dear All, As a growing and professional community of practice, we each have a responsibility to ensure that UAVs are used safely and effectively in humanitarian efforts. This explains why the Humanitarian UAV Network spearheaded the development of the International Humanitarian UAV Code of Conduct. We launched this initiative in early 2014 using an open, multi-stakeholder approach. The Code of Conduct has seen been revised extensively (most recently in Q1 of 2016) in close collaboration with…

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Experts Meeting: Cargo Drones in Humanitarian Action (Updated)

I co-organized a 2-day Experts Meeting in the UK this week focusing on Cargo Drones in Humanitarian Action. The event was co-organized with WeRobotics, FSD and the University of Sheffield with generous support from DG/ECHO. Speakers and participants included: World Food Program (WFP), World Health Organization (WHO), Doctors without Borders (MSF), World Bank Group, USAID, UN Department of Field Support, UN Air Transport Unit, Mercy Corps, Medair, Global Humanitarian Lab, Airbus, Zipline,…

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9 Replies · Reply by Patrick Meier Jun 23

Trilateral UK publication on Ethics and Data Protection

Linked below is a new publication by Rachel L. Finn and David Wright entitled "Privacy, data protection and ethics for civil drone practice: A survey of industry, regulators and civil society organisations". This article presents results of a survey of primarily, although not exclusively, European drone industry representatives, regulators and civil society organisations that examined privacy, data protection and ethics with respect to civil drone operations. The article provides snapshot…

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Rachel Powers published an article in Cargo Team (UPDWG)
UPDWG was envisioned and initiated by a group of like-minded organizations interested in growing a shared knowledge base around the use of UAVs for payload delivery. Please find here the original March 2016 concept note that shaped the group's missi…
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Judin Narlely, Keith Gravlee and Jeroen Speelman joined Humanitarian UAV Network
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Karl Mason updated their profile
Peter Tatham is now a member of Cargo Team (UPDWG)
Jul 19
Olivier Defawe posted a discussion in Cargo Team (UPDWG)
On Tuesday, July 26 at 8:00am PDT the HERMES modeling team will be presenting their work on modeling UAV for vaccine transport in Mozambique. Please join us on WebEx to take part in this presentation and discussion. Details on how to join the call a…
Jul 18
Risdi is now a member of Humanitarian UAV Network
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Samuel Nario and Abigail Murray joined Humanitarian UAV Network
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KAMAL SHAHI is now a member of Imagery Team
Jul 15
Lorene Yokoyama Becker, Scott Carmichael and Boris Doynov joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Jul 13
Bridget Joyner updated their profile
Jul 12
Bridget Joyner is now a member of Legal Team
Jul 12
Bridget Joyner is now a member of Policy Team
Jul 12
Bridget Joyner and Justin Grabenbauer joined Imagery Team
Jul 12
Bridget Joyner is now a member of Research Team
Jul 12
Ravi Dhungel and Josh Sperling joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Jul 12