Time to Stand Down: COVID-19 in the Cockpit

I am reproducing here a section of an editorial written by Bob Meder, chairman of the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI): “Last week in this space, I suggested Covid-19 safe practices in the flight instruction environment. I wrote that in the optimistic hope that it would be sufficient. It’s not. With the guidance of […]

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No One Can Explain Why Planes Stay in the Air

If you are a flight instructor or just the explainer in your family you may have struggled with illuminating your students, family, or passengers of why airplanes fly. You may have used one of the commonly used theories like the Bernoulli principle, which explains how low pressure is created above a cambered airfoil but fails […]

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Second DOTA meeting with Honolulu South Ramp Tenants – concerning the future of South Ramp utilization

DOTA invited stakeholder groups to a meeting on January 28, 2020, to discuss utilization of the south ramp of Honolulu airport and redevelopment and future assignment of space. The consultants contracted by the DOT presented a conceptual “preferred alternative” to the current utilization to accommodate the projected growth of general aviation (part 135 and part […]

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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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