Fate of the decriminalization legislation

The GACH-sponsored SB1163 to decriminalize minor violations at State airports, was NOT supported by senior legislative leadership during the final non testimony, conference committee meeting on April 28, 2017. The exact details of why this measure failed is being investigated by GACH and the findings will be shared as soon as possible for consideration by […]

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Runway Incursions Status

Meetings on HNL runway incursions occurred April 12. The HNL runway incursions (RIs) are trending down with HNL first place in the nation going to either number 4 or 5 (this is good). This year so far it appears that there were a total of 21 RIs (14 PDs, 6 OIs—read tower, and 2 vehicles […]

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Hawaii Airport Construction Projects status

State DOTA briefed on April 12, 2017 the following airport projects throughout the State.  Please remember the dates may slip do to various reasons: HNL    Work on TW L&G Widening project for RW8L starts May 8 and is three phases (west end, east end and middle).  When the west end work is being done, […]

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Runway Safety Planning at Honolulu Airport

A two plus year study was concluded April 11, 2017 on how to change the geometry at Honolulu Airport in order to reduce runway incursions and to generally improve efficiency at the airport. The implementation of the plan needs to be approved and funded by the FAA and will take over 21 years to fully […]

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Please fly considerately in the Waipio area

There is increasing sensitivity to aircraft sound in several communities on Oahu, particularly the Waipio area north of the H1/H2 Interchange and the Village Park area between Waipio and Kunia Road.  When maneuvering in the South Practice Area, please remain west of Kunia Road to avoid maneuvering over the residential areas.  When transitioning to/from HNL, […]

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Winter 2017 Newsletter

By Rob MooreAloha Fellow Pilots, Mechanics and Aviation Enthusiasts,I know it seems like I keep saying this but the past quarter has been VERY active.  It started with the meeting with Ross Higashi, Deputy Director of Transportation, where he announced a significant airport facility rate increase.  In subsequent discussions with Ross after he announced the […]

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“SYSTEM FAILURE”

by Bruce Mayes The Error Chain as described by James Reason is deeply rooted in aviation doctrine today.  The “Swiss Cheese” model is part of every course in aviation safety and repeated hundreds of times before a pilot receives his/her Commercial Certificate.  So rather than repeat the concept, it might be good to examine the […]

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Other Sources of Weather Information

One of the reasons I like staffing a NOAA/National Weather Service booth at aviation-related events (such as the recent Hawaii Aviation Day at the Hawaii State Capitol) is because of the questions that pilots ask.  If one person asks a question, chances are there are others out there wondering the same thing.  This article will […]

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