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.

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.

Report via the Associated Press. Track HB314 and submit testimony online:

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.

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Civil Bytes: That’s Not a Drone, That’s a Researcher – Civil Beat

Civil Bytes: That’s Not a Drone, That’s a Researcher – Civil Beat

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, or visit the club’s page on Facebook.