The families of the two missing Maui woman are now turning to drone technology to look for their loved ones. But if some lawmakers have their way, those high tech eyes in the sky will be grounded.
Blimp Drone Operations (E Blimp), Schmidt Ocean Institute Student Cruise One, Hawaii, Feb. 21, 2014.
Diamond Head Lighthouse (Feb. 21, 2014) by Videoworkz Hawaii.
Drone’s Eye View of a UH Baseball Game (Kristopher Schlund)
From Videoworkz Hawaii, Created using a Folding 550 quad. NAZA V2 with GPS, Sunny Sky 980kv 2212 v2 motors, 30amp Rctimer Simonk escs. Spektrum radio. 3 axis Alexmos 2.2b firmware brushless gimbal board with follow mode wuth Hero3 black edition.
Enthusiasts want lawmakers to exempt hobbyists from a bill that would restrict drone use to law enforcement agencies. “Flying model aircraft is nothing new. The reason why it is gaining popularity today is that its price point dropped and more people who can now afford it,” said Eric Ryan. Ryan also fears what the restrictions will do for those eyeing it for commercial use.
The Senate Judiciary Committee today broadened a bill to regulate remote controlled aerial vehicles, commonly called drones. Senate Bill 2608 originally sought to restrict the use of the machines to law enforcement only. But it was amended to include other uses.