Hawaii Drone Laws (2019) How can I use my drone in Hawaii?

Hawaii Drone Laws

Img 1: Aerial Photography In Hawaii

  1. General Hawaii Drone Laws
  2. Drone Permits In Hawaii
  3. Brining Your Drone On Airplanes Guide
  4. Buying Drones In Hawaii
  5. Drone Travel Guide Articles
  6. Contact Information For Questions

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General Vatican City Drone Laws

Drone use is allowed in Hawaii following the same FFA (Federal Aviation Authority) regulations as the rest of the US country. Operators must ensure that they follow the following drone laws when flying in Hawaii,

  • Register your drone under FAA Part 107 Regulations
  • Do not fly your drone over people or large crowds
  • Respect others privacy when flying your drone
  • Do not fly your drone over airports or in areas were aircraft are operating
  • You must fly during daylight hours and only fly in good weather conditions
  • Do not fly your drone in sensitive areas including government or military facilities. Use of drones or camera drones in these areas are prohibited

Can I use my drone throughout the territory of Hawaii?

Drone use is generally alright as long as the drone pilot agrees to respect the above rules,  however it is necessary to know  if you´re  allowed to fly in each place of your interest;

 -BIG Island; the presence of airports, protected natural points and the volcano zones made it a place with different restricted areas, take your precautions.
-Kilauea Volcano : restricted area is approved to authorized professional, commercial and military pilots only.
-Waikiki ; designated as a very populated area.
Places with restricted national park areas: 
  Great places to fly as examples:
- Hanauma Bay
- Magic Island
- Makapu'u Beach
- Maunalua Bay
- Sandy Beach
- Kualoa Regional Park
- Laie Point
- Sunset Beach
Don't forget to be inform if you wish to fly with the greatest security in Hawaii!

Permit Needed For Recreational Drone Use?

A drone permit is not required for recreational drone use.  If you are a foreign operator you need to register with the FAA

Please adhere to the above General Hawaii Drone Laws however when flying your drone. (What Is Recreational Drone Use?)

Permit Needed For Commercial Drone Use?

Remote Pilot Certificate is required for every professional /commercial drone use in Hawaii.Click here to purchase a permit, or contact the local aviation authority. (What Is Commercial Drone Use?)

Bringing Your Drone On Airplanes Guide

For a detailed guide to bringing your drone on airplanes click here. All drones should be brought on carry on luggage if possible. This is because according to the Montreal Convention, airlines are only liable for losses up to ~$1,000 USD. When traveling internationally, theft and lost luggage can be common issues, particularly if your flight has many connections. If your drone is worth more than $1,000 USD and you cannot bring it onto the plane you should consider shipping it with DHL, Fedex, or UPS instead and fully insure the shipment.

You should NOT place drone batteries in your checked baggage. All drone batteries should be placed in a Medium Size Lipo Battery Bag like the one shown here in the link and brought onto the plane in your carry on bag. Lithium-ion batteries are considered ""dangerous goods"" by airlines and rules surrounding these batteries on planes are EXTREMELY strict due to multiple incidents of these batteries catching fire. Failure to properly pack lithium-ion batteries in a bag such as the one shown in the link above can result in the airline seizing them, you getting fined, or being denied boarding.

Here is some video footage shot by Sawyerhartman when flying a drone in Hawaii.

Buying Drones In Hawaii

Read all of our Hawaii Drone Laws, and now looking for drones, parts, accessories, or something else? Read our guide for Buying Drones In Hawaii. It includes information on drones for sale in Hawaii, import taxes, payment options, and shipping.

Drone Travel Guide

Hawaii drone laws are up to date as of July, 2019. Please email [email protected] , or click “leave a message” at the bottom right of the screen if you have any questions or comments.