It’s important for drone operators to be aware of the newest Hawaii drone laws before flying drones in the state.
To fly a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) recreationally or commercially in Hawaii, you must follow the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) regulations for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Moreover, you also need to comply with Hawaii state drone laws and local laws regarding UAVs.
Besides, there are some restrictions for flying drones in Hawaii. The state has passed drone laws in Hawaii that need to be followed so you can avoid penalties. Read on to know more about them.
The Hawaiian legislature passed these drone regulations that apply throughout the state of Hawaii.
Here are statewide rules regarding drone usage in Hawaii formulated by Hawaii DOT and the Hawaii State Legislature.
This bill prohibits the use of unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones on, in, or near state marine waters.
This rule forbids drone operators to launch or land any UAS within Hawaii state parks. It also encourages citizens to contact law enforcement officials if they see any pilot violating the law.
This rule establishes a Chief Operations Officer position at the Hawaii Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) testing facility. It also institutionalized an Advisory Board to develop plans, manage funds, and oversight for the UAS testing facility.
You must comply with the usual Federal drone law that applies to all of the states within the United States. On top of that, you must be aware of any local Hawaii drone regulations that you may have to abide by when flying drones in Hawaii.
Local drone laws in Hawaii refer to rules and policies that govern the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) within specific regions, cities, or counties within the state of Hawaii.
This law prohibits the use of drones for personal purposes. However, it allows Commercial UAS operations in Waimea Valley after getting permission from the Department.
This rule restricts the operations of aeronautical drones and marine drones for recreational purposes. However, the UAS operators can submit the request to the Harbor Master for commercial drone operations over any State of Hawaii DOT-Harbor property or waters 14 days prior to the intended operations.
Here is an outline of some other latest Hawaii drone rules.
In security-sensitive locations, no one is permitted to fly drones close to, on, or over any of the government and military facilities located in Hawaii.
The Big Island of Hawaii contains a number of places that are off-limits, including airports, state parks, and volcano zones. This implies that finding a location on the Big Island to fly your drone can be very challenging.
Operating an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), including drones, from or on land and water administered by the National Park System within the boundaries of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park without written approval from the superintendent is illegal.
For more information on Hawaii filming and photography permit contact both the State and County of Hawai’i film offices when filming in the islands through the following links:
Note: The information on this page is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for legal advice. For more information on Hawaii drone laws and regulations, visit the official websites of the respective departments or consult an attorney.
Yes, you’re allowed to fly drones in Hawaii recreationally or commercially. However, you must follow local laws and rules and FAA regulations regarding drone usage.
In an unintentional first infraction, the FAA may order the suspension of your UAS Airman certificate and may ask for remedial training but the enforcement division has the authority to impose fines.
But in case of more egregious crimes, you may face harsh consequences. So it’s better to always obtain a permit before flying a drone in public places like parks, airports, and beaches and always follow federal laws for better and safe flying.
No, it is not permitted to fly a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) in Hawaii’s state parks except for the designated parks. The reason for this rule is because UAVs can disturb the balance and tranquility of the wildlife living in the parks.
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