Proposal could ban dronesUPDATED 7:07 PM HST Feb 18, 2014Video Transcript
Popular, innovative ... ILLEGAL? Those drones that are getting more and more popular could be BANNED in Hawaii.. For everyone except police! KITV4's Catherine Cruz shows us... That proposal drew several drone users to the capitol today. 12-19 23 44-110 112 159 Call it a drone or a model aircraft. It's not hard to see why Estin Ma loves to fly it. Ma built the device from a kit. It got him thinking bigger! - 21: 47 -21:51 -"I decided hey there is something here. I am going to become an electical engineer and now I am back in school" He and others want lawmakers to exempt hobbiests from a bill that would restrict drone use to law enforcement agencies. Ryan says lots of people already have them. - Travis Ryan 2: 43- 2:51 - "It's nothing new. The reason why its gaining popularity today is that its price point dropped and more people who can now afford it," Ryan also fears what the restrictions will do for those eyeing it for commercial use. - Travis Ryan :42 - :48 -"I am a local entrepeneur researching model aircraft for improving logistics and sensing" North shore resident Eric Sterman was stunned when his surf video of pipeline using a drone saw three and a half million hits in a month. - PHONER Eric Sterman 49:46 49:57 - "As for the commerical part there is a huge industry for that .There is no limit to how far you can go with that but techically you are not supposed to which is kind of a bummer but its because there is no regulations on that yet." - Cruz upper 26 :45 26:53 -"As you can see the possibilites are endless and alot of folks worry that these new rules will put an end will put an end to something that is just getting off the ground" - Estin MA 22: 11 - 22:19 - "There's opportunity For the bill the way it is written now It kills that dream completely" And while these enthusiasts agree some regulations is necessary-- they hope the proposed restrictions will weigh what's possible with this technology for on the up and coming generation. - MA 22-37- 22:42 - "If drones are the future and you ban them you take away their future and tools for learning." - MA 22; 46- 22: 57 -"You could compare it to robotics its a gateway One day you are building your DIY kits and thenext day you are doing main frames for heco. It's always a possibility," - Senator Clayton Hee 538- 5: 58 -"There is no turning back on technology like this. So it's more a matter of going forward with some type of regulatory process so there is some type of guarantee that people's privacies are not being violated," The senate committee passed the bill with amendments. Hee says the bill is now headed for a floor vote.