Coast Guard Auxiliary Air Program in Hawaii

Interested in Aviation? Own a private airplane, or want to someday? Want to serve your country and your community, by augmenting the United States Coast Guard’s aviation program? If so, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Air Program in Hawaii, known as AUXAIR, could be a meaningful and challenging way to improve your skills, gain […]

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Kahului Approach and Departure

Over the past decade Maui has become increasingly busy as an international airport that is frequented by airlines from Asia, the entire continental US, and from Canada. In addition, Kahului airport is a general aviation hub for private jet traffic and for helicopter excursions around the island and to Molokai.  Integrating general aviation traffic with […]

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Read the NOTAMs

Digging through pages of runway NOTAMs before each flight is arguably as exciting as reading the yellow pages. However, unless you have your personal dispatcher to brief you about pertinent facts and factoids you need to extract potentially relevant information. In Honolulu we always seem to deal with taxiway and occasional runway closures because of […]

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Kona Wind Procedures at PHNL

Fall and spring seasons in Hawaii bring with them characteristic wind shifts, aka “Kona conditions” which not only test your ability to handle cross-winds but cause implementation of necessary departure and arrival procedures that we rarely practice. The use of runways 22 and 26 creates issues that stem principally from the proximity of mountains just […]

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Wrong Surface Landings Video from the FAA

Airport geometry, communication and expectation bias are among the most common wrong surface landing precursors: Parallel and offset parallel runway configurations such as HNL runways 4L & 4R contribute to more wrong surface landings than any other configuration Pilots incorrectly proceed to the runway they typically utilize or expect, vs. the one actually assigned by […]

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Kona Weather Season is upon us

Fall and winter season in Hawai’i brings with it frequent cold fronts (aka ‘shear lines’) that approach the islands from the north-west. Passage of a front is accompanied by characteristic wind shifts to the south and eventually, west, which can put your airmanship to the test. When was the last time you have practiced cross-wind […]

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Line Up And Wait procedures at HNL

Please see the attached letter to Airmen on changes to the Line Up And Wait procedures at the Honolulu Airport. As you may have noticed, only one aircraft will be given instructions to LUAW on runway 4L; when 4R is in use, no aircraft will be held short of 4L, since most aircraft would still […]

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New limits on the Freeway Arrival @HNL

As of last week, the Honolulu Control Facility has put into place limits on the “Freeway” arrival into HNL. These limits are designed to reduce the number of crossings of runway 8L by VFR pilots on a downwind leg to 4R. HCF believes this creates a safety issue during Air Carrier arrivals to runway 8L. […]

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