April 25, 2014
By Benét J. Wilson
OpenAirplane has made it easier for pilots who want to fly in Hawaii: Under a new partnership with Barber’s Point Aviation Services, pilots can access the FBO's aircraft for rental and use on the island of Oahu using OpenAirplane’s Universal Pilot Checkout system.
The Universal Pilot Checkout system allows aircraft owners, fixed-base operators, flying clubs, and flight schools across the United States to easily verify a pilot's qualifications in different models of aircraft. Pilots now have access to aircraft across the country without the need for local checkouts.
Barbers Point Aviation Services is a Cessna Pilot Center, located at Kalaeloa Airport (John Rodgers Field), previously Barbers Point Naval Air Station, and will offer a Cessna 172 and a Cessna 150 for use within the OpenAirplane network.
“We’re excited to finally be flying in the islands,” said Rod Rakic, co-founder of OpenAirplane, in a press release. “Hawaii has been one of the top destinations our community has been asking for since we launched. Having flown from Barber's Point, I can tell you it’s definitely a peak experience, and a bucket list-worthy place to fly for any pilot.”
The OpenAirplane network now includes 55 locations across the United States, offering more than 180 aircraft for rent. More than 6,700 pilots have already signed up to fly with OpenAirplane.
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
The Upwind Summer Scholarship Program, which gives high school students a chance to earn their private pilot certificate in the summer between their junior and senior year, is accepting applications for its 2015 scholarship.
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