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.
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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Scientists Use Drones To Study Whales, Dolphins Off Hawaii For The First Time
Instead of the usual small survey boats, researchers worked off of a large ship and used a hexacopter drone to photograph the whales and dolphins — something that has not been employed before in this region. The leader of NOAA’s expedition Erin Oleson explained that using drones allowed researchers to get better images of groups of whales since they were not disturbed by an approaching boat.
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.
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Drone Aircraft Help Save Taxpayer Dollars in Hawaii
In Hawaii, agencies and researchers are integrating drones into their work to not only save taxpayers money but also limit accidents on the job. Drones are giving federal government researchers the ability to model beach erosion along an entire stretch of shoreline in minutes.
Civil Bytes: That’s Not a Drone, That’s a Researcher – Civil Beat
For the average consumer, drones are just expensive toys for snowboarders and techies. But for businesses, researchers and government agencies, especially in Hawaii, they’re the latest tool to help them work in faster, safer and cheaper ways. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or quad copters, or remote-controlled planes or whatever you want to call them, are being used in Hawaii for some very interesting and cutting-edge tasks, from letting University of Hawaii researchers cheaply calculate rainfall runoff rates to helping the Honolulu Fire Department quickly identify smoldering hot spots during brush fires.
Ryan Salcedo has announced the formation of the Hawaii Drone Club, chartered under the Academy of Model Aeronotics (AMA Charter #5239), with the mission: “Promote responsible, productive and fun use of unmanned systems across the Hawaiian Islands.” Primary activities will be education, advocacy, assistance and fellowship.
For more information, visit HawaiiDroneClub.org, or visit the club’s page on Facebook.