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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Rep. Hanabusa visits the HNL South Ramp

We had a very informative visit to HNL Airport south ramp with Rep Hanabusa and her staff showing them the condition of facilities at HNL and talked story of the current challenges facing GA in Hawaii. Thanks to Pacific Air Charters, Pat McNamee and Lucy Morris; Goldwings, Lia Hunt-Young; Bill Melohn, USCG-Aux; Pat Rhodes, East-West […]

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