Bill to outlaw drones in Hawaii failsUPDATED 7:55 PM HST Mar 19, 2014Video Transcript
Whether it's over a neighborhood park, the beach or above YOUR home, drones will keep flying in Hawaii ... at least for now. A bill that sought to regulate the use of unmanned aerial aircraft has been set aside by the state House. KITV4's Andrew Pereira has details all new at 6... 06 51 "DRONE BUZZING" The drone business is buzzing... PAULA FARM: "IT'S GROWN ABOUT 75 PERCENT SINCE LAST CHRISTMAS, AND THAT'S A LOT; IT'S REALLY FAST." Hobbietat in Kaimuki sells almost every type of drone imaginable. But it's the all-seeing electronic eyes attached to the unmanned aerial vehicles that has raised privacy concerns. PAULA FARM: "I'M NOT REAL SURE WHAT THE SOLUTION IS, BUT IT PROBABLY HAS TO BE LOOKED AT BECAUSE OF THE QUOTE BAD PEOPLE THAT CAN MAKE IT BAD." However a legislative solution will have to wait till next year. A bill that would've outlawed the use of drones by anyone but law enforcement failed to get a hearing before the House Transportation Committee. Chairman Ryan Yamane heard an earful from drone users like cinematographer Eric Sterman, who shot this incredible video of Pipeline. REP. RYAN YAMANE: "EVERYBODY IS USING IT FOR DIFFERENT REASONS AND SO IT IS KEY THAT BEFORE WE MOVE ANY LEGISLATION FORWARD, THAT WE DON'T NEGATIVELY IMPACT ALL THE VALUE THAT IT'S GOING THROUGH NOW." But not everyone agrees. "We urge the Committees to recognize the need for privacy protections that keep pace with quickly advancing technologies," wrote the ACLU of Hawaii. Yamane says there's still plenty to be determined about drones... Air space above 400 feet is controlled by the Federal Aviation Administration, but below that, well that's a grey area. REP. RYAN YAMANE: "AND IF THEY'RE FLYING OVER AND THEY'RE TAKING PICTURES, THE QUESTION HAS BEEN ONGOING AS WHO OWNS THAT, RIGHT? WHO OWNS ABOVE YOUR HOME?" For now, lawmakers have said, keep 'em flying. PAULA FARM: "IF YOU'RE USING IT IN THE RIGHT MANNER, IN THE RIGHT STATE OF MIND THEN I DON'T SEE A HARM TO IT." Only one drone bill remains alive at the state Capitol. That bill creates a chief operating officer position to oversee a drone test range as well as an advisory board to manage test site operations.