As lava flies, nonemergency aircraft and drones are grounded temporarily
The temporary flight restriction includes drones, and was imposed so that nonessential flights don’t impede or endanger flights by emergency responders that include Hawaii County Fire Department helicopters tracking and assessing eruption activity.
Team of UH-Hilo researchers and its drone assist in mapping lava flow
Since early September, UH-Hilo’s Spatial Data Analysis and Visualization Laboratory has worked in partnership with Civil Defense and the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, outfitted with a high-resolution camera to map the flow.
Drone video of the Puna lava flow, captured Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.