Letter from GACH to DOTA director Higashi

GACH members, please see the following letter we have sent to Ross Higashi at DOTA regarding the planned hangar and tie down increases. Feel free to add your comments, or better, contact your state representative and senator and let them know how you feel about this proposed action.


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  1. Anyone is welcome to use all or some of this letter. What is important is to write a letter to DOTA to what your opinion is regarding the rate increases. Please info GACH on your letter so we can track

  2. Thanks for sharing. I plan to do my part and write letters as well.
    Can you kindly share mailing address/contact information for Ford Fuchigami who makes the final say in these matters of Hanger appraisals and costs.
    I think it important for him to be the recipient.

  3. Address for Ford Fuchigami
    Director, DOT
    Room 509
    869 Punchbowl Street
    Honolulu, HI 96813

    VM 808-587-2150

    Address for FAA-ADO
    Ron Simpson
    FAA Airport District Office Hawaii
    POB 50244
    Honolulu, HI 96850

    VM 8089-312-6028

    Please info GACH by email (info@gach.us.com or mail to POB 75623, Kapolei, HI 96707


  4. AOPA Mass Email to Hawaii:
    Dear xxx,

    My name is Melissa McCaffrey and I am the Western Pacific Region Manager for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). My areas of responsibility include issues important to our members in Hawaii, California, Nevada and Arizona.

    I would like to take a few moments to introduce you to our Airport Support Network (ASN) volunteers in Hawaii and to also give you an update on some of the issues we are trying to address for our AOPA members, like you.

    The most recent addition to our ASN volunteer team is Mr. Bill Melohn. Bill will serve at Honolulu International. I encourage you to reach out to Bill, thank him for standing up to volunteer, and express any questions or concerns you may have. We also want to thank Mr. Hank Bruckner for all the work he has done over the years serving as the previous ASN Volunteer at HNL. Thank you Hank!

    And if you didn’t know, AOPA has 9 ASN Volunteers in Hawaii.

    Bill Melohn- Honolulu International (HNL)
    Roger Cable- Lihue- (LIH)
    Richard Daley- Port Allen (PAK)
    Timothy Gaffney- Waimea-Kohala (MUE)
    Evelyn Greene- Kalaeloa (JRF)
    Joseph Kiefer- Molokai (MKK)
    Robert Moore- Kalaupapa (LUP)
    William Phillips- Hilo International (ITO)
    Henry Voris- Kahului (OGG)
    You may contact the volunteer for your airport by clicking here MY ASN VOLUNTEER

    We know many of you may have received notices from DoTA regarding a public meeting to announce an increase in lease rates. Be assured we are watching this issue very closely and intend to discuss the matter further with DoTA and the FAA.

    In addition, we intend to pursue several other issues including but not limited to the issuance of criminal citations at airports, efforts to remove general aviation from HNL, runway incursions at HNL, and the non-aeronautical use of T-hangars.

    I will be in Hawaii from time to time and look forward to meeting you. Please know that we will work as hard as we can to protect your freedom to fly and will keep you updated on our progress. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me or your local ASN volunteer and thank you for being an AOPA member!

    Melissa McCaffrey
    Regional Manager
    Western Pacific Region
    If you would rather not receive future communications from AOPA, let us know by clicking here.
    AOPA, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, MD 21701 United States

  5. As an AOPA member and the owner of aircraft based in Hawaii, I think the AOPA as well as local groups need to step up their efforts. There is clearly an orchestrated effort by DOT Airports to drive small aircraft out of the system. Since virtually all the airports in the state are owned by the state, there are no alternatives, so the state airports operate as a monopoly.

    We have seen drastic increases in hangar rents, many additional requirements for lessees to add to the burden, including separate Federal discharge permits for runoff, direct payment of property tax, distributed electrical costs, restricted use (only 1 aircraft per hangar regardless of room) with an associated rejection of state registrations if you do put an additional aircraft in the hangar, etc etc etc etc.

    My reading of chapter 18 and the associated Federal Register readily available on line, indicates that the fees should be historical cost based and that the DOT Airports seem to be ignoring the FAA Regulations for aeronautical use of public airports. Many aircraft have already been driven out of hangar space into the salty corrosive environment at the airport by DOT actions.

    I also wonder about Kapalua airport which is designated private by the Feds due to use restrictions, yet it is I think, publicly funded by the State, but reserved for use by only a couple of commercial carriers. How can a private use airport be publicly funded by the state.

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