FAA Signs Off on Hawaiian University’s UAV Use

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH-Hilo) a certificate of authorization to use an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

Researchers at UH-Hilo will use a UAV to examine wiliwili trees on the Big Island, according to an article by the Hawaii Tribune-Herald. The university, in conjunction with the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, will conduct data analysis on the ‘struggling species.’

The project still needs a permit from Hawaii Experimental Tropical Forest, an organization that supports research and education on conservation and management of the biological diversity of tropical forests.

Read the full Hawaii Tribune-Herald article here.


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