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  1. Hello,

    I am a PPL SEL (VFR), but have not flown for years. I have been visiting Hawaii for many years and have been seriously thinking about moving to Oahu or Big Island in the next year or so and getting back into flying. I have primarily flown a Archers and Arrows in the SF Bay Area. Does anyone think that the Archer will be too underpowered for flying in the Hawaii heat – climb, roll etc I have pulled all my old manuals out to look at the charts, but I would rather hear from someone who knows first hand. Thanks in advance, I really appreciate it.

    • Hi Brian,

      Many Hawaii pilots fly the Archer and related ships. Your concern about density altitude is well taken, but most airfields are at sea level and even at a density altitude of ~ 2500 ft your T/O and landing performance is still acceptable given the field lengths, trade wind patterns, and absence of obstacles in the departure path for most airports (this of course, changes case-by case!). You will find that most FBO’s have C172s and comparable Piper models for rent.


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