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GA Flying in Hawaii

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I am unsure why but the islands have always had a special place in my heart. I have always enjoyed flying the islands since I started flight swimming as a young kid.

Would love to organize a group specific to flying general aviation/smaller aircraft around Hawaii... anyone interested? I have a Discord group made but wanted to gauge interest first.

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Have flown GA there IRL and am not sure why you would want to go there. Your choices are limited to flying around the island clockwise or counterclockwise  - and there's only a handful of airports on each island. Anything else is 2,500 miles away - and I think IRL ferry flights to/from the mainland are pretty dicey! It's true that the scenery is pretty impressive but the simulators won't do it justice...

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Hey Martin,

I think the simplicity of it all is what I enjoy. The airspace is not complex, the airfields are simple to get in and out of, and the flights do not take a long time to complete (depending on what route you want to fly). The stretch of airspace between Maui and Honolulu is one of the busiest in the world!

I don't think simulators ever do scenery justice. Hopefully FS2020 solves that 🙂

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On 5/9/2020 at 11:41 AM, Grant Williams said:

The airspace is not complex, the airfields are simple to get in and out of, and the flights do not take a long time to complete (depending on what route you want to fly).

All of what was said here is extremely true. From first-hand experience of controlling the region; the airspace is extremely simple, and non-congested. There is only two fields that have a large amount of departure and arrival procedures, and those are Honolulu and Kahului; which receive a good amount of IFR traffic per month. I believe that both the Honolulu CF airspace, and Anchorage ARTCC airspace do need to see some more activity, and with time we do seek to increase our numbers, and provide a great quality of controlling in the Islands and up North. (don't forget about Guam... never...)


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