Short test flight of a Phantom 3 4K courtesy Paul Lawler over Mililani Town.
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.
Clear and present drone threat countered by fast-moving DroneShield
DroneShield patrolled the Hawaii Ironman World Championship, an annual triathlon event that is due to return to Hawaii in October this year.
University of Hawaii launches “drone boot camp”
So you bought a drone for yourself or for your child because it is one of the hottest items on the tech scene and seemed cool to fly one. But you didn’t know about all the are rules and regulations governing unmanned aircraft. If this is you, consider attending the first University of Hawaiʻi drone boot camp.
The camp is a chance to learn from experts best practices for flying drones including safety issues and legal guidelines. The event is scheduled for March 30, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. in Les Murakami Stadium on the UH Mānoa campus.
It’s been talked about it for years, but this could be the summer the city’s fleet of drones takes to the sky. Drones are already being used to monitor the beaches following a shark attack or shark sighting in California. In Australia, lifeguards have added a mega phone to give audible warnings.
Tracking rising sea levels with drones at UH-Hilo
The University of Hawaii at Hilo is employing drones to track the impact of rising sea levels on Hawaii Island shores. Ryan Perroy, assistant professor of geography and environmental science, said the unmanned aerial vehicles are being used to get a bird’s-eye view and create three-dimensional images of shorelines at Hapuna Beach, Kapoho and Honolii.
Drones are increasingly popular in Hawaii, and some people want to reign in how and where the unmanned aircraft can be used. A bill — HB314 — would ban using drones to collect personal information and stop them from flying over schools, hospitals, churches or police stations without consent. That bill will be in the House Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection on Tuesday.
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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.
Hawaii set to take off as FAA drone testing site
A FAA drone testing program that lawmakers say could bring high tech jobs to Hawaii is finally getting the funding it needs. The governor recently approved $135,000 to hire a chief operating officer for the program.
Police drone use would be banned by proposed Hawaii law
Hawaii lawmakers have introduced a bill that would ban police from using drones to gather evidence without a warrant. The bill would make exceptions for emergencies such as searches and rescues, hostage situations and when there’s an immediate danger to someone.