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 landings with or without an instructor? Do you know the cross-wind limits of your aircraft, and what are your own limits?
This is also an appropriate time to review the VFR departure and approach procedures for PHNL in Kona conditions. Remember that the only instrument approach procedure available during Kona conditions is the LDA RWY 22/26 approach, which puts both VFR and IFR traffic in proximity of each other – and close to the mountains. Be weary of marginal conditions and mountain obscuration since an offshore arrival is out of the question under these conditions. Expect delays both during departure and arrival, and familiarize your self with the taxi procedures to runways 22 and 26 from the south ramp (PHNL airport diagram).