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: to promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs for data collection, payload 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 300+ UAV pilots. And our partnership with Air-Vid gives us access to an additional 600+ vetted pilots in 60+ countries. UAViators was launched by QCRI.

Our objectives are thus five-fold: establish clear standards for the responsible use of UAVs; document lessons learned and best practices; provide hands-on UAV training; inform UAV deployments; and catalyze research & information sharing. To pursue these objectives, we co-organized the first ever Humanitarian UAV Experts Meeting at the UN Secretariat and will be holding this meeting again in 2015. We are also teaching the first ever UAV training courses in Europethe US and Nepal for humanitarian and development professionals. In addition, we recently convened a high-level policy forum supported by the Rockefeller Foundation to further develop our international guidelines. For more information, please see Executive Summary (PDF). 

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 Rapid Response 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 launched by QCRI.

Global Forum

Small UAVs for flood management

Small UAVs for flooding: history, recommendations, missions, and the future Posted by Dr. Robin Murphy on October 6th, 2015 at 8:10 am CDT http://crasar.org/2015/10/06/small-uavs-for-flooding-history-recommendations-missions-and-the-future Our thoughts go out to South Carolina and their extreme flooding. We’ve participated in 3 floods, numerous flood exercises, and two summer institutes on flooding. This blog is divided into 4 sections with some information that we hope may be of use:…

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Initiative to Consolidate Existing Knowledge on the Use of Drones in Humanitarian Settings.

Dear all,  We have launched a collaboration between FSD, the Humanitarian UAV Network, CartONG and Zoi Environment Network with the help of EU Humanitarian Aid (DG ECHO) to consolidate knowledge and experiences on the use of drones in the humanitarian context. This effort will be ongoing until the end of January 2017. More information can be found here.  We will be looking into social, technical and regulatory aspects of the use of drones in humanitarian settings, with a particular focus on…

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Humanitarian UAV Training in Nepal

Update: We just completed the UAV Training & Mission, here's the summary. In 2014, the Humanitarian UAV Network partnered with Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL) to launch a UAV Innovation Lab in Nepal, one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Alas, while we spent a year applying for grants, none were successful. In May 2015, however, a month after the tragic earthquakes, UAViators and KLL secured seed funding to set up this unique Lab. The purpose of the Lab, which I've been referring…

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5 Replies · Reply by Patrick Meier on Wednesday


Hamady C. replied to Patrick Meier's discussion Professional UAV Training for Humanitarian & Development Practitioners - Registration Open
"This is absolutly awesome, I am thrilled and cannot wait to attend this training!

I would love to have recommandations on the an affordable hotel or inn in the vicinity of the training campus.

Thank you"
6 hours ago
Mike Emptage is now a member of Payload Team
18 hours ago
Mike Emptage and Antonina Cieszczyk joined Humanitarian UAV Network
John Robinette, ADETUNJI OLUWASEGUN ADESANYA and Whitney "Whit" Johnson joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Patrick Meier replied to Patrick Meier's discussion Humanitarian UAV Training in Nepal
"Our UAV Mission to Nepal was just featured in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2015/10/07/in-ne..."
Olivier Defawe updated their profile
Gonzalo Bacigalupe updated their profile
Gonzalo Bacigalupe updated their profile photo
Gonzalo Bacigalupe, Jason Schwartz, Jennifer Fluder and 2 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Patrick Meier posted a discussion
Small UAVs for flooding: history, recommendations, missions, and the future
Posted by Dr. Robin Murphy on October 6th, 2015 at 8:10 am CDT

Our th…
Frank A Geisel, Jay Cox-Chapman, Gemma Corsi and 3 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Prashanna Maharjan is now a member of Flight Team
Siddharth Shivalkar is now a member of Flight Team
Oct 2
Siddharth Shivalkar and David Gutiiérrez joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Oct 2
Ranjith GEORGE updated their profile
Oct 2
Patrick Meier posted a discussion
UAViators is proud to be on the judging panel of the 2015 International Humanitarian UAV Awards.
Check out this video on the awards and learn more at UAVHA.com
Oct 2