FAA downs Honolulu UAV plan

The US state of Hawaii has invested $75,000 in an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) to conduct surveillance over Honolulu Harbour, but has been ordered not to fly it.

The Federal Aviation Administration has refused to give the state permission to fly the device over the harbour in airspace which is adjacent to the Honolulu International Airport and Hickam Air Force Base,according to the Hawaii Reporter.

The state apparently acquired the UAV in November 2010 before checking with the FAA that it could fly the aircraft, and only sought permission after media enquiries were made over whether a certificate of authorisation had been secured.


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