FAA PART 107 TEST PREP CLASS October 10, 2017 17:02 1 Comment

Aloha Everyone,

We are going to start up the blog again with small FYI and info you and as always support for all of your drone needs.

Lately, I have seen a number of FB posts arguing what is considered to be commercial operations. What is really funny is that 3+ years ago that understanding of what is and what is not was the dividing line for the need for an FAA 333 exemption. Fast forward to 2017 and we are still seeing new people try to argue this issue. Some think that you have to be paid directly, some think you can fly under hobbyist rules for one part of the flight and 107 rules for another so you can do a job without a waiver. And still others have tried to argue that they only charge for photo and video editing and not the flying. Guess what? Wrong, wrong, wrong.

The FAA has been very clear on commercial operations and it is more than just getting paid directly by a client. If you shoot pictures and put them on your website to promote your business, that's commercial operations. If you use a drone internally for company use (i.e. roof survey, solar inspections etc) that is also commercial operations.

The point is that you are better off being on the right side of the rules and regulations for commercial operations. Insurance does not cover unlicensed operators who cause an accident. If the FAA were to investigate fines and possible denial of getting a Part 107 license is a possibility. Worst case a lawsuit by an injured party.

We have been offering an FAA Part 107 Test Prep Class that goes beyond the exam. We want to help develop a professional community that is respected and properly compensated for the work we do. If you are interested in our Part 107 Test Prep Class you can sign up below for our next one in November.

Feel free to email or call us anytime.

Drone Services Hawaii Partners with Propeller Drone Data October 27, 2015 09:51

The biggest issue with collecting of drone data is, "what do I do with it now?" Propeller is a new cloud based software tool that has a wide variety of tool sets for consumers to utilize in the processing of information that is usable and accessible all while managing storage and pay per use credit system without the burden of software licensing and training. Drone Services Hawaii is proud to partner with Propeller in offering this tool set to the public.

Platform Features:

In browser viewing of Orthophotos and terrain, in 3D, streamed on demand
Interactive volumetric measurements, both absolute as well as relative measurements between sequential data sets.
KML/GeoJSON/SHP/Contour linework superimposed on imagery
Unlimited users and usage of the platform - no "per seat licensing", no monthly usage cap.
Downloadable formats for use in traditional desktop software packages (AutoDesk, Surpac etc)
Formats and resolutions are specified before flight and can include; DXF, FBX, JPG, TIF, KML, KMZ, LAS/LAZ/PLY/ASCII (raw point clouds). More available on request
Ability to brand the platform with the logo and color palette of your business, including a custom login portal and domain address.
Powerful high-resolution tool for asset inspection
Fortnightly updates to platform with upgrades, fixes and new features
24-hour turnaround from data being received to live on platform

If you are interested in using and purchasing block credits then visit us at and look for Propeller Drone Data Platform on the top bar.


Hawaii Drone Professionals Meeting September 25, 2015 20:52

26 Sept 2015 Drone Services Hawaii will host the first Hawaii Drone Professionals Meeting at the Treetops in Manoa. 

The intent of the meeting is to bring together a community for the future of Hawaii and build a high-tech industry right here in Hawaii. It's a first start but the future is so bright for the state.

Biggest Little Airshow 2015 August 09, 2015 12:52

Come visit us at Ford Island Pacific Aviation Museum 15 and 16 Aug 2015.

We will be selling and taking orders during this fun weekend event.

Come by and say "Aloha"


Phantom 3 Arrival July 15, 2015 07:42

Our latest huge shipment of Phantom 3 Professional and Advanced arrive Friday. While our even BIGGER battery order will be here by mid next week.

If you have any questions please email us on our contact page or call

GEEK MEET 2015 July 11, 2015 12:17

Come on down to Geek Meet in Honolulu HI at Kapiolani Park from 9-3 on 12 July and come say Aloha!!