Civil Geeks: New Rules Open Hawaii’s Skies To Commercial Drones

Commonly referred to as drones to the chagrin of many experts, unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, certainly have captured the imagination of the public, whether as revolutionary tools that can transform whole industries or as nefarious agents of surveillance. But while they have been getting easier to buy or even build, it has been difficult to use them for more than recreation.

The new rules, referred to as Part 107 of the nation’s federal aviation regulations, are poised to change that.