Proposals could improve drone use
Saturday’s editorial proposing a measured, phased approach to regulating drones in Hawaii, referring to current House Bill 314, was a good summary of the complexities of the “drone ecosystem” complicating regulation (“Move carefully to regulate drones,” Star-Advertiser, Our View, Feb. 11).
The editorial failed to mention House Bill 1478, Senate Bill 1296 and Senate Bill 563, which if enacted would provide the majority of the information needed to proceed in that measured, phased approach.
HB 1478 and SB 1296 would create operating manuals, limits and constraints for drones employed by government, public agencies, schools and business, while holding community involvement exercises with those agencies to verify safe, conforming drone use, demonstrating value-added services to the public. SB 563 takes a very creative step forward, calling for a Drone Volunteer Corps, to take advantage of civilian drones in a vetted, controlled way in times of need. Community involvement, transparency and value are the way forward; these bills provide that.