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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,
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.
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?)
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.
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