The State of Hawaii has Class A airspace

As of 2019, all airspace above the Hawaii Islands, as with the rest of the United States, is covered by Class A airspace above 18,000 feet MSL. Here’s a diagram of the airspace changes, which took effect in 2019. You’ll also note that the Class E boundary of 5500 MSL present on previous Honolulu Sectional […]

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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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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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Hawaii Airport Rent Increases

Those of you who are hangar or tie down tenants likely received a letter from DOT-A announcing new rent increases. These revised increases represent the outcome of meetings between GACH leadership and the DOT-A property management people, including the appraisers working for the state. The originally proposed increases were substantial, the revised increases generally much […]

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