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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New limits on the Freeway Arrival @HNL

As of last week, the Honolulu Control Facility has put into place limits on the “Freeway” arrival into HNL. These limits are designed to reduce the number of crossings of runway 8L by VFR pilots on a downwind leg to 4R. HCF believes this creates a safety issue during Air Carrier arrivals to runway 8L. […]

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Completed: taxiway marking changes at HNL

This project is now complete. Runway 4L & 4R are re-opened. Please watch the latest video from the FAA that describes the changes, and the safety concerns operating at HNL. FAA Safety Video As many local pilots know, the Runway Safety Areas for these two runways have overlaped in the area between the two runways, […]

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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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Proposed change to HNL VFR arrival routes

The Honolulu Control Facility has created a working group to consider changes to VFR arrival procedures at HNL. Their primary goal is to minimize the potential for conflicts between 8L air carrier arrivals and VFR overfly operations for runway 4R. The proposal calls for vectoring VFR aircraft inbound from the East over Koko Head offshore […]

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