Is It Safe?

by Bruce Mayes The title of this narrative is taken from the 1976 thriller movie Marathon Man starring Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier where Hoffman’s character is abducted from his apartment by muggers, and Olivier’s character tortures him using a dental probe on a cavity in his tooth and repeatedly asking “Is it safe?” (to retrieve […]

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AOPA Visit to Hawaii

  Melissa McCaffrey, the AOPA regional representative for the Western US, made a short visit to Hawaii to meet with AOPA Airport Support Network individuals and the GACH Board of Directors to ascertain the state of Hawaii aviation—boy did she get a ear full.  For several hours we discussed the DOTA issuance of criminal citations […]

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Winds Aloft: Sources of Information

The Summer 2016 newsletter article on trade wind inversions referenced the weather balloons we launch twice a day from Lihue and Hilo, which measure winds aloft in addition to temperature and moisture.  In this article we’ll look at two additional sources of wind information:  radar wind observations and the automated winds aloft forecasts.

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Summer 2016 GACH News

Aloha Fellow Pilots and Aviation Supporters, Your GACH Board of Directors has been very busy since our last newsletter.  GACH has significantly increased our exposure within the Airports Division (DOTA) and Hawaii Legislature. Our first big effort in April was to have our first-ever Hawaii Aviation Days down at the State Capitol in sponsorship with […]

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SAFETY – AN ATTITUDE

by Bruce Mayes The old adage, “Safety is an attitude” is more than a cliché.  Throughout the aviation industry everyone from every walk of life is trying hard to make the movement of people and goods by air as safe as humanly possible.  However, not everyone has an attitude which fosters safety, others beat the […]

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2016 GACH Membership renewals

Aloha Members! It’s time once again for us to ask you to support GACH by renewing your membership. This process is easier than ever using our new website “store”; all you need to do is click on the membership item you wish to order on the right side of this page (e.g. the Individual Membership […]

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Trade Wind Inversions

In the Winter 2014 newsletter, I talked about trade winds and briefly touched on trade wind inversions.  Inversions have a big impact on the weather we see in Hawaii, and knowing more about them may be of interest to pilots. What Is An Inversion? Temperature normally decreases with height in the atmosphere.  (The higher you […]

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