FAA Safety Seminar Thursday October 21: Obstacle Departure Procedures could get you slightly killed

Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODPs) are a critical component of an IFR flight when and where published. These procedures are intended to safely guide your aircraft’s transition from the departure runway into the en route phase of flight based upon obstruction factors and the climb gradient required to clear those obstacles. It is the obligation and responsibility […]

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What You Need To Fly A Drone In Hawaii, September 2021

[Disclaimer: the author is not a lawyer, and may have left something out, or gotten something wrong, or missed a change and reported something out-of-date. But compared to almost everything else in your search results, he’s really really close…] Prologue Last Thursday, shortly after sunrise, I stood in my front yard, watching my drone hovering […]

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More Runway Incursions at HNL

Following a year of significantly lower numbers of runway incursions at HNL, there were SEVEN incursions just in the last quarter. In contrast to the historic rate of only one or two per quarter. Most RIs occurred after  a correct pilot readback -or even multiple correct readbacks- and several had a CFI aboard. This RI spike included […]

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Transient Parking @HNL

DOT-A is in the process of designating a number of spots on the South Ramp as Transient Parking. These are primarily for our neighbor island visitors, but any aircraft with a state of Hawaii registration sticker can park in one of these spots on an available basis without specifically requesting them from Ramp Control.  

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Aviate. Navigate. COMMUNICATE!

Memorial Day weekend rewarded the State with gorgeous weather conditions: light winds and a stable atmosphere. It seemed like everyone with access to a boat or an airplane was out there on the water or in the air. Honolulu had to switch runways to suit the south-southwesterly sea breezes and not everyone had memorized the […]

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Traffic Jams over the H1/H2 Interchange

The return of visitors to the islands and the associated increased frequency of arrivals of carriers has seen a return of traffic congestion of VFR airplanes approaching Honolulu. At the same time, pilot training has picked up again leading to occasional traffic backup for the NORTH SIX arrival. Increased Pearl Harbor helicopter tours add to […]

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Maui and Lanai NDBs

Subject: Proposed Decommissioning of Valley Island NDB Cancellation: 05/07/2021 1200 (UTC)   The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is conducting an aeronautical study of a proposal to decommission the Valley Island Non-directional Beacon (NDB) (VYI), Kahului, Hawaii. The FAA is proposing to decommission VYI due to the increased cost and difficulty in maintaining the equipment. Removal of VYI […]

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OGG Runway Closures

Please frequently review all OGG NOTAMS, as the following schedules are subject to change.  There will be OGG Runway Closures over the next several months in preparation for the Runway 02/20 reconstruction. Runway 05/23 will be closed between Mondays to Thursdays (07:30-17:30 HST) for a three week period scheduled to start 19 April and to end 10 May 2021. […]

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48-hour no fly/no safety related duty interval after use of COVID-19 Vaccines by Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers

The COVID-19 public health emergency has driven extraordinary global efforts to develop an effective and safe vaccine. Some of the vaccines in clinical testing are using novel technology, such as messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA). The vaccines produced by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson have been made available to the American public under an Emergency Use […]

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