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).

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 request or 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

Major Problems using UAVs for humanitarian work

Hi EveryoneI'm at student in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in UAS. I am interested in the development of UAVs for humanitarian efforts, and wondering if anyone could provide insight into your own experiences. What have been your biggest challenges? What technological developments do you believe to be most essential for humanitarian UAVs? What does UAV legislation look like in your area?Thanks for your help! I'm hoping to do my masters thesis in developing UAVs for humanitarian efforts,…

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2 Replies · Reply by Sierra Adibi Feb 13

NZ Positioning Itself to be UAV Friendly

On 16 Jan I attended a Royal Aeronautical Society (NZ Branch) symposium on UAV/RPAS.  The main item that I learnt was that the NZ government aims to work through our Airways Corporation and Civil Aviation Authority to make NZ more UAV friendly.  This is still a work in progress but the rules will be very simple: 1.  Under 25 Kg 2.  Not above 400' 3.  Not within 4Km of an airfield NZ wishes to encourage innovation and development in this field, albeit with a commercial rather than humanitarian…

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