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Aloha,
If community engagement by the Hawaii Air Tour & Safety Task Force was more robust, these would be the questions I’d like answered:
Is it legal for State and Federal administrators to participate in an unregistered Political Action Committee’s lobbying efforts?
Whatever happened to the FAA’s new Hawaii Air Tour Operators Manual that was undergoing revisions? Will the new plan change the regulations enough to require an Environmental Impact Statement? When do we get to see this document that has been under in-house review seemingly forever?
The recently shut down Hawaii Helicopter Association’s complaint website stated that details of nuisance events are “logged into our noise complaint management system database to be reviewed, analyzed, mapped, and reported to HHA operators and pilots. This data will also be used to work collaboratively with communities throughout the State of Hawaii to perpetuate the enjoyment of its residents.” What did the mapping of this data reveal?
Are the over 52,000 yearly air tours currently allowed by Interim Operating Agreements with Hawai`i Volcanoes and Haleakala National Parks reasonable considering the Hawaii State Tourism Authority’s new push for lower impact tourism?
Last Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. a Paradise/Tropical Bell 407 flew over the homes of Kaimu at under 1000 feet heading away from the airport and into a bank of rainstorms predicted by the National Weather Service’s Aviation Forecast and easily visible on any doppler map. His ADS-
B Out transmitter was turned off. How can air tour operators possibly claim to be concerned with safety when they allow these blatant violations to continue?
Would task force members please make the time to answer these questions?
Sincerely, John Carse

Post Author: HANSTF