Commercial drone use in Hawaii starting to take off

Recreational operators don’t need an exemption, but one is required if money is exchanged or the drone use is done on behalf of a business.

“Someone did get dinged with a $10,000 fine for commercially operating an unmanned aerial system,” said Andrew Richard Hara, CEO of Ena Media Hawaii. “The FAA has been retroactively searching even YouTube for videos that are being propagated.”