Hurricane Iselle Damage in Puna on the Big Island, captured by Prime Footage of Hilo. #OperationPuna
Drones may be useful to farmers for monitoring their crops and livestock; also to governments trying to access damage after a natural disaster, or to make it possible for photographers to get incredible video of big wave surfing, but they can also be noisy and invasive pests. Like so many other emerging technologies, unmanned aircraft operations are proliferating faster than officials can regulate them. Nowadays, drones are capable of taking professional-quality photos, as well as video, and can be purchased online for less than $300.
Photo courtesy Mauricio Lima.