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. 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 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:
- Please sign up (the private site has member-only features).
- Complete your profile and Start Here to make the most of your membership.
- If you're a pilot, please fill this out to join the Rapid Response Roster.
- To find a pilot or request/share aerial imagery of disaster areas, go to Ops.
- Join ongoing conversations by adding yourself to the Email-List.
- 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.