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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: to promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs in a wide range of humanitarian settings. We connect humanitarian and UAV communities internationally and support a global volunteer network of professional, civilian and responsible hobbyist UAV pilots who facilitate information sharing, coordination and operational safety across a broad range of humanitarian efforts. Our pilot roster includes 300+ UAV pilots. And thanks to our collaboration with Air-Vid, we have access to an additional 600+ 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 was launched 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 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. Join ongoing conversations by adding yourself to the Email-List.
  4. If you're a pilot, please fill this out to join the Rapid Response Roster.
  5. To find a pilot or request/share aerial imagery of disaster areas, go to Ops.
  6. Join ongoing conversations by adding yourself to the Email-List.
  7. Read and comment on the Code of Conduct and Towards Best Practices.


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

Drones and Aerial Observation - Primer on Humanitarian Drones from New America

Hello UAViators, for the past six months myself and my New America colleague Konstantin Kakaes have been working on a primer to humanitarian drones, focusing on how UAVs can be used to secure property rights and to further related areas of global development.  Intended to be a resource for people new to UAV technology, chapters in this book include an overview of UAV mapping, how drones can be used for disaster response (penned by Patrick Meier), how UAVs can be used for conservation work, case…

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Perception of Unmanned Aviation Terms - Survey

Hi all, We here at the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Civic Drone Centre (www.civicdronecentre.org) are conducting some research into the perception of different terms in unmanned aviation. We would be grateful if you could take the time to fill out our survey - www.surveymonkey.com/r/unmanned. We are not just aiming at those who build or fly or the humanitarian use of drones/UAVs - but everyone - so feel free to share the link with friends, family, co-workers, anyone, and…

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Developing Guidelines for Humanitarian UAV Missions

The Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators) recently organized a 3-day Policy Forum on Humanitarian UAVs. The mission of UAViators is to promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs in a wide range of humanitarian settings. The Forum, the first of it’s kind, was generously sponsored and hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation at their conference center in Bellagio, Italy. UAViators brought together a cross-section of experts from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs…

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King's College London Research - The Future of Drones in Humanitarian Relief

I'm currently undertaking a peace of academic research as part of my MSc in Disaster Adaptation & Development at King’s College London. The title of the research is The Future of Drones in Humanitarian Relief – Examining the barriers to adoption within the context of a socio-technological system (STS).  The research aims, through participatory research, to identify the extent of accepted uses of UAVs for Humanitarian relief; examine the perceived barriers to the adoption of UAVs for use within…

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Patrick Meier replied to Richard Davill's discussion King's College London Research - The Future of Drones in Humanitarian Relief
"No worries, and thanks for posting to the Forum. For the email-list, have a look at the text below "Welcome to UAViators" on the home page, you'll see a list titled "To get started", and item #3 includes link to the email list."
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Richard Davill replied to Richard Davill's discussion King's College London Research - The Future of Drones in Humanitarian Relief
"Hi Patrick, thanks for the response, I apologies if this is a stupid question, but where could I find the UAViators email list?"
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Faine Greenwood posted a discussion
Hello UAViators, for the past six months myself and my New America colleague Konstantin Kakaes have been working on a primer to humanitarian drones, focusing on how UAVs can be used to secure property rights and to further related areas of global de…
Tuesday
Faine Greenwood and Eric John Escasio are now friends
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Patrick Meier replied to Dr Andrew E Heaton's discussion Perception of Unmanned Aviation Terms - Survey
"Thanks Andrew, I would recommend sharing this via the UAViators email list."
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Patrick Meier replied to Richard Davill's discussion King's College London Research - The Future of Drones in Humanitarian Relief
"Thanks Richard, I would recommend sharing this via the UAViators email list."
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