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 at 2000′ to make a straight in approach to runway 4R. This would replace the current Freeway VFR arrival during sunrise to sunset operations. After sunset, when air carriers move to runway 4R, the Freeway VFR arrival would be used, but would now lead to vectors for landing on runway 8L. These arrivals would be requested on 124.8.
Both the VFR Kona arrival and the VFR North arrival would remain unchanged.
An additional VFR arrival would be coordinated between JRF and HCF to permit VFR departures from JRF over the water to join the 4R final.
VFR Arrivals from NORBY or JULLE would be vectored for an “off shore” arrival as is presently done on pilot request. Arrivals from NORBY would use 124.8, and from JULLE the 119.1 frequency.
Any changes to arrival procedures would likely be implemented later this year.
The FAA is taking formalized input on this proposal from all stakeholders. GACH is prepared to accept your comments and pass them onto the FAA, or you may choose to provide input to the FAA Safety Risk Management panel directly. Please add your comments to this post for others to see, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you wish to provide in person comments to the SRM panel directly, please contact email@example.com to get the teleconference information.
We’d appreciate all comments be submitted by August 25th. The SRM panel will be on Tuesday August 29th.
Any changes to arrival procedures would likely be implemented in mid-2018.VFR Arrival Flow