Bob – For the HICoP Board
December 28, 2020
THE HAWAII TOUR COPTER TORTURE MUST STOP NOW!
Aloha FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator Raquel Girvin and FAA Western-Pacific Regional Deputy Administrator Tamara SwannAloha All,
“One helicopter tour company, Paradise Helicopters, reported a substantial increase in bookings as a result of the eruption and following months of limited business due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The company had booked all of its aircraft and pilots on Monday and conducted nine flights – a number not seen since the pandemic began. Before March, Paradise Helicopters flew as many as 40 flights a day, said Bronsten Kossow, the company’s operations manager.”
HICoP, on October 4, 2016, met with tour copter operators Paradise, Blue Hawaiian, Sunshine and Safari. Paradise owner Calvin Dorn was at that meeting.
The HICoP Board members described in detail and with videos the totally unnecessary incessant tour copter noise nuisance pollution debacle disaster torture that the tour copter operations cause to the people on the ground in Hawaii, the most tour copter impacted State in the Nation..
The HICoP Board specifically informed Calvin Dorn that his tour copter operations were the worst, since he operated noisier copters and flew them lower and directly over occupied properties, our homes.
This meeting was over 4 years ago and nothing meaningful changed for relief, it is business as usual.
Does anyone still expect that the Hawaii Tour Copter Operators will voluntarily stop the Torture? Does anyone still expect that Paradise Calvin Dorn will voluntarily stop the Torture?
And HANSTF, having already heard at 4 different hearings, September 22/24, 2020, December 1/3, 2020 the pleadings of those impacted by the tour copter torture, has taken NO meaningful action, except schedule a meeting for January 9, 2021. HANSTF wanted to assure that the tour copter torture continued through the December 2020 COVID stressed Holidays, with Aloha?
FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator Raquel Girvin and FAA Western-Pacific Regional Deputy Administrator Tamara Swann attended these hearings, and the FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator held hearings at Hilo Airport on March 30, 2017 and Nani Mau in Hilo on August 16, 2018.
The FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator has totally ignored the people of Hawaii being tortured by the totally unnecessary tour copter noise nuisance pollution. PATHETIC AND UNCONSCIONABLE!
Does the FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator think that if they totally ignore the tour copter torture as they have done for almost 4 years since the first hearing, that the tortured on the ground will go away?
Let us assure you FAA Western-Pacific Regional Administrator Raquel Girvin and FAA Western-Pacific Regional Deputy Administrator Tamara Swann ignoring this will not be the solution, any more than ignoring ATMPs for 20 years, 2 decades, was the solution. You know what happened there. Is the Court ordered 2 year deadline to implement 23 ATMPs the way the FAA prefers to operate, ignore it and see if anyone sues, then operate under Court orders and deadlines?
We demand you address this Hawaii tour copter torture atrocity NOW!
Time is of the essence!
HICoP, as stated previously, is ready, willing and able to meet with you ASAP, to formulate a meaningful solution.
For the HICoP Board
Rangers cite dozens at site of Hawaiian volcano
HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER HONOLULU –
Park rangers have cited dozens of people who have gathered at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to witness an ongoing eruption of the Kilauea volcano.
The rangers said those cited had ventured into dangerous areas to take photos and videos of the volcano eruption that had created a lake of lava in its crater that was 554 feet deep on Thursday.
‘All it takes is a slight change in wind direction and these offenders could inhale a fatal dose of volcanic gas,’ said Chief Ranger Jack Corrao. ‘One misstep on a crumbling cliff edge and they could plunge into the vast pit of molten rock or to the crater floor. We want to keep the park open so everyone can safely experience this beautiful new eruption, but when visitors enter closed areas, rangers must concentrate on these few individuals. This puts our staff in hazardous situations.’
The eruption was contained in an area of the park that has been closed since 2007, and where there are dangerous levels of volcanic gas, rockfalls, explosions and volcanic glass particulates, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.
Fines for violating national park rules start at $150, said Jessica Ferracane, a spokeswoman for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The fines increase after multiple violations and can lead to being expelled from the park.
Ferracane had told The Associated Press that a crowd of cars had lined up at the park entrance to catch a glimpse of the eruption, which began Dec.20.
One helicopter tour company, Paradise Helicopters, reported a substantial increase in bookings as a result of the eruption and following months of limited business due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The company had booked all of its aircraft and pilots on Monday and conducted nine flights – a number not seen since the pandemic began. Before March, Paradise Helicopters flew as many as 40 flights a day, said Bronsten Kossow, the company’s operations manager.
It’s the first time the Hawaiian volcano has erupted since 2018. The two years of relative silence came after more than three decades of constant eruption from 1983 to 2018. Roughly 700 houses were destroyed during an eruption in 2018.
A gas plume rises near active fissures in the crater of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. Park rangers have cited dozens of people for getting too close.
M. Patrick/U.S. Geological Survey via AP