Aeryon Wins AUVSI XCELLENCE Award for its Humanitarian Assistance Efforts Using Drones

SkyRanger drones provided critical aerial intelligence for first responders in the wake of Hurricane Irma and other natural disasters.

May 3, 2018

DENVER – May 3, 2018 – The Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) has awarded Aeryon Labs an AUVSI XCELLENCE Award for Aeryon’s humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts.

The AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards honor innovators in the unmanned systems industry with a demonstrated commitment to advancing technology, leading and promoting safe operations, and developing programs that use unmanned systems to improve the human condition.

“The unmanned systems industry is innovating at an incredible rate and creating tremendous benefits for our economy, lifestyle and society,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “The XCELLENCE awards give us a chance to recognize the companies and individuals who are propelling the industry into the future.”

Most recently, Aeryon deployed SkyRanger drones and two expert pilots to help support the disaster recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in 2017. Starting in the Dutch territory of Sint Maarten, Aeryon partnered with the relief organization GlobalMedic to provide aerial intelligence to first responders and international disaster relief teams on the ground.

SkyRanger was used to gather aerial intelligence and reconnaissance, enabling rapid determination of how and where to help the people who need it the most. SkyRanger is built for reliable operations in extreme conditions like high winds and torrential rain, making it an ideal aerial asset for disaster response efforts.

In addition to search and rescue operations, SkyRanger drones were used to create detailed 2D and 3D maps of the affected areas, so that first responders could prioritize resources and coordinate the most effective response. In areas where the majority of the buildings were destroyed, these maps provided valuable information that will aid in the rebuilding efforts.

Aeryon has deployed SkyRangers and pilots in response to several disasters around the globe including a major earthquake in Nepal, landslides in Columbia and tornadoes in Oklahoma.

“Aeryon is committed not only to building the most advanced and reliable small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, but also to using our UAS technology to support humanitarian efforts that assist those in need,” said Bill McHale, CEO of Aeryon Labs. “We value our partnership with GlobalMedic, an organization that has helped countless people during the harshest of times. I would like to take this opportunity to give back to GlobalMedic for all they have done.”

Aeryon will donate the award money it received as part of the AUVSI XCELLENCE Award to GlobalMedic to support their efforts saving lives in the wake of disasters, both at home and abroad.

About Aeryon
Aeryon Labs, Inc. is a leading provider of high-performance drones and software solutions for military, public safety, and commercial customers around the globe. Aeryon’s battle-tested Unmanned Aircraft Systems set the standard for real-time, secure, aerial intelligence across a wide range of mission-critical applications from clandestine tactical missions, to search and rescue operations, to commercial inspections and more. Aeryon drones are deployed with over 20 militaries and in use with customers in over 30 countries. Learn more about Aeryon UAS on the SkyRanger aircraft page

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) — the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics — represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets. For more information, visit

About GlobalMedic
GlobalMedic is a registered Canadian charity that runs capacity building programs and provides disaster relief services to large-scale catastrophes around the world.

GlobalMedic has responded to 190 disasters in 67 countries, including earthquakes in Ecuador, Haiti, Japan and Nepal; tsunamis in Japan and Sri Lanka; typhoons in the Philippines and Taiwan; hurricanes in Grenada and Guatemala; cyclones in India, Myanmar and Vanuatu; floods in Bangladesh, Mexico and Pakistan; drought and famine in Kenya and Mauritania; epidemics in Liberia and Sierra Leone; and complex emergencies in Gaza, Iraq, Mali, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen.

GlobalMedic has been using innovative UAV technology to save lives since 2014. UAVs helped us respond to Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines, the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, the 2016 earthquake in Ecuador, and the 2017 landslides in Colombia and hurricanes in the Carribean. Imagery captured by our UAVs identified the most vulnerable and affected communities, allowing our teams to deliver aid where it was needed most. Through these responses, GlobalMedic is emerging as a leader in the operation of UAVs in disaster zones. To learn more or donate visit