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UAViators (pronounced You-Aviators)

"Humanitarian organizations should engage in initiatives like the Humanitarian UAV Network."
          - United Nations (OCHA) Policy Brief 

With well over 2,000 members in 80+ countries, our mission is to promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs for data collection, cargo 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 400+ UAV pilots and our partnership with Air-Vid gives us access to 600+ vetted pilots in 60+ countries.

Our objectives are thus five-fold: establish clear standards for the responsible use of UAVs and provide up-to-date regulatory information; document lessons learned and best practices; provide hands-on UAV training; inform UAV deployments after disasters; and catalyze research & information sharing. To pursue these objectives, we co-organized the first ever Humanitarian UAV Experts Meeting at the UN Secretariat and held this meeting again in 2015 at MIT. We also taught the first ever Humanitarian UAV training courses in Europethe US and Nepal for humanitarian and development professionals. In addition, we convened a high-level policy forum supported by the Rockefeller Foundation to further develop our international guidelines

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 originally launched at QCRI.

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Ayuda Pilotos Voluntarios Ecuador - Sudamérica / Pilots Volunteers Help Ecuador - South America

En la siguiente URL los pilotos voluntarios de aviones no tripulados Ecuatorianos pueden observar el código de conducta (Español) que rige la ayuda humanitaria a través del uso de aviones no tripulados. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HDORpKazL5rbezRYMajBosJeocnZj6YBLUevrHTUm0s/edit?ts=562b668b En Ecuador, el Tte. Giovanni Zamora Orbe Jefe de Operaciones de Bomberos de la ciudad de Imbabura - Ecuador, esta realizando una solicitud de pilotos voluntarios, existen los permisos…

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1 Reply · Reply by Patrick Meier Apr 19

Myanmar Earthquake

I was deeply saddened to hear that a magnitude 6.9 earthquake strike Myanmar yesterday night. It was reported that the tremor was so great that it was felt at Nepal, India and China. Do UAViators have any thoughts on what operations are happening right now to relief the disaster strike area? Is UAV being deployed at the moment to help mapping and surveillance of the area? 

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1 Reply · Reply by Patrick Meier Apr 14

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Rodrigo Escobar, Sharon Rabinovich, Alan Steel and 9 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
4 hours ago
Mike Harrington updated their profile
22 hours ago
Mike Harrington replied to Patrick Meier's discussion Ecuador - Earthquake - April 2016
"Is the imagery up on OAM yet? I didn't see any thing but sat imagery."
22 hours ago
Chip chipman replied to Patrick Meier's discussion Ecuador - Earthquake - April 2016
"Chip Chipman, chipc4@gmail.com, inspire 1, phantom 4, 1 1/2 years experience"
Friday
Benoit Duverneuil and Austin Dillman are now friends
Thursday
Cesar Ivan Alvarez Mendoza updated their profile
Thursday
Mearon Okonsky and Benoit Duverneuil are now friends
Thursday
Benoit Duverneuil replied to Patrick Meier's discussion Ecuador - Earthquake - April 2016
"@Austin I should have that sometimes by EOD. I'll keep you posted. Thanks a lot for your help!"
Thursday
Austin Dillman replied to Patrick Meier's discussion Ecuador - Earthquake - April 2016
"@Benoit Perfect! If you can have the pilot upload the footage somewhere and share it with us, we can process the video remotely and send the results to you and others here. Thank you"
Thursday
Benoit Duverneuil updated their profile
Thursday
Benoit Duverneuil replied to Patrick Meier's discussion Ecuador - Earthquake - April 2016
"@Austin We have a pilot on its way to Portoviejo. He should bring us back such video footage. We would be interested in testing your technology.
Thank you!"
Thursday
jose rodrigo torres martinez and David McCreary joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Thursday
Bruce Chambers, Carlos Augusto Capra Rubetti, David M Garrett and 10 more joined Humanitarian UAV Network
Wednesday
Austin Dillman replied to Patrick Meier's discussion Ecuador - Earthquake - April 2016
"Is anyone capturing video? If so, we can help with mapping even if the video doesn't contain metadata. We would need video that's shot NADIR (directly overhead of the scene, looking down). We can process video and build maps within minutes to a few…"
Wednesday
Patrick Meier replied to Patrick Meier's discussion Ecuador - Earthquake - April 2016
"@Benoit, great, I'll connect you to OAM via email, thank you"
Wednesday
Benoit Duverneuil replied to Patrick Meier's discussion Ecuador - Earthquake - April 2016
"We can use OpenAerialMap. Never used it before but we can certainly give it a try."
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