No One Can Explain Why Planes Stay in the Air

If you are a flight instructor or just the explainer in your family you may have struggled with illuminating your students, family, or passengers of why airplanes fly. You may have used one of the commonly used theories like the Bernoulli principle, which explains how low pressure is created above a cambered airfoil but fails […]

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Second DOTA meeting with Honolulu South Ramp Tenants – concerning the future of South Ramp utilization

DOTA invited stakeholder groups to a meeting on January 28, 2020, to discuss utilization of the south ramp of Honolulu airport and redevelopment and future assignment of space. The consultants contracted by the DOT presented a conceptual “preferred alternative” to the current utilization to accommodate the projected growth of general aviation (part 135 and part […]

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The State of Hawaii has (some) Class A airspace

UPDATE: Although Class A airspace was created above the area surrounding the Hawaiian Islands, due to a last minute change, the area directly above the contiguous major islands of the state (shown in white in the diagram below) is NOT included in this Class A airspace; which currently remains Class G above 18,000 feet. As […]

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Coast Guard Auxiliary Air Program in Hawaii

Interested in Aviation? Own a private airplane, or want to someday? Want to serve your country and your community, by augmenting the United States Coast Guard’s aviation program? If so, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Air Program in Hawaii, known as AUXAIR, could be a meaningful and challenging way to improve your skills, gain […]

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Read the NOTAMs

Digging through pages of runway NOTAMs before each flight is arguably as exciting as reading the yellow pages. However, unless you have your personal dispatcher to brief you about pertinent facts and factoids you need to extract potentially relevant information. In Honolulu we always seem to deal with taxiway and occasional runway closures because of […]

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Kona Wind Procedures at PHNL

Fall and spring seasons in Hawaii bring with them characteristic wind shifts, aka “Kona conditions” which not only test your ability to handle cross-winds but cause implementation of necessary departure and arrival procedures that we rarely practice. The use of runways 22 and 26 creates issues that stem principally from the proximity of mountains just […]

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Wrong Surface Landings Video from the FAA

Airport geometry, communication and expectation bias are among the most common wrong surface landing precursors: Parallel and offset parallel runway configurations such as HNL runways 4L & 4R contribute to more wrong surface landings than any other configuration Pilots incorrectly proceed to the runway they typically utilize or expect, vs. the one actually assigned by […]

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