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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. 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

Update from Humanitarian UAV Mission in Vanuatu

Dear All, here are 40+ pictures (with commentary) from the ongoing efforts in response to Cyclone Pam. This World Bank initiative is being guided in direct collaboration with the Government of Vanuatu. I'm proud to report that the two professional & certified UAV teams contracted by the World Bank were on the UAViators Roster of Pilots. http://iRevolution.net/2015/03/29/pictures-uav-mission-cyclone-pam

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3 Replies · Reply by Ged Griffin 7 hours ago

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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1 Reply · Reply by Ged Griffin 7 hours ago

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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Ged Griffin replied to Andrew Weinert's discussion RESTful Service for UAS Imagery
"Andrew whilst I think this is a good idea there might be a number of civil liberty/privacy and homeland security concerns. It would be great if crisis maps or OSM supported the conversion of UAV imagery into orthorectified 3d imagery using softwar…"
7 hours ago
Ged Griffin replied to Patrick Meier's discussion Update from Humanitarian UAV Mission in Vanuatu
"Thanks for sharing this experience I think it demonstrates the potential value of UAV technology for disaster management and I suspect that it will help generate more interest in Roboticists Without Borders. It would be great to learn more about…"
7 hours ago
Rebecca Chestnutt, Michael Nauta and John Graham joined Humanitarian UAV Network
13 hours ago
Andrew Weinert replied to Patrick Meier's discussion Update from Humanitarian UAV Mission in Vanuatu
"Any details on how the photos were shared with other relief efforts or Public Safety?"
yesterday
Ryan Nolin, Szilard Fulop, Jude Villacruz and 1 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
yesterday
Matthew Lloyd replied to Patrick Meier's discussion Update from Humanitarian UAV Mission in Vanuatu
"Very very interesting. What ground support do you require? Shelter from the rain? AC power? Liquid fuel? Food? Accommodation?"
Monday
Patrick Meier posted a discussion
Dear All, here are 40+ pictures (with commentary) from the ongoing efforts in response to Cyclone Pam. This World Bank initiative is being guided in direct collaboration with the Government of Vanuatu. I'm proud to report that the two professional &…
Sunday
Nathanael Hunt posted a discussion in Technology Team
Hi guys, I'm a student from Melbourne, Australia, developing (as the title says) a humanitarian drone. I'd love to be able to speak to someone with first hand field experience about the needs and challenges faced in these situations. Would anyone be…
Sunday
Nathanael Hunt is now a member of Technology Team
Sunday
Nathanael Hunt is now a member of Research Team
Sunday
Patrick Meier replied to Patrick Meier's discussion Ops Page for Cyclone Pam Created
"All updates being posted on this page and corresponding Google Spreadsheet. Thank you."
Saturday
Nathanael Hunt, Angel, xavier michel and 4 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Friday
Tyler Nash and Aerial Photography Drone joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Mar 25
Bob Gillan is now a member of Humanitarian UAV Network
Mar 24
Mischa Shattuck, Eric Hanscom, John Mills and 6 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Mar 23
Matthew Cornick and Andrew Weinert are now friends
Mar 23
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