Since 2013, Honolulu International Airport (HNL) has had the unfortunate distinction of being ranked #1 for runway incursions in the U.S. Recently, AOPA along with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Business Association (NBAA), the general aviation council of Hawaii (GACH) and others took action to address the problem.
HNL is one of the busiest airports in the world. It is a commercial passenger and shipping airport, a General Aviation (GA) airport serving active flight schools, helicopter schools, is a favorite destination for local and transient GA pilots, and has joint military operations with Hickam Air Force Base. HNL averages 780 operations per day. With such diverse aircraft in use all in one location, GA pilots are in a great position to do their part to reduce the rate of incursions.
AOPA reached out to our network of pilots in Hawaii and encouraged them to attend a local FAA safety seminar where the runway incursion video below was shown, and was met with a positive response. In the seminar, they addressed issues that can lead to incursions at HNL, educated participants about the layout of the airport and its hot spots, and stressed the importance of pilots familiarizing themselves with the HNL airfield as part of their pre-flight planning. Additionally, the FAA encouraged pilots to utilize the handout that AOPA played an active role in developing, which was made into a kneeboard size for quick reference during operations. AOPA hopes that pilots will spend time watching the short video above, print out the knee board sized reference sheet and familiarize themselves with the information provided on this page prior to their next flight to or from HNL. We, as a general aviation community can help HNL become a safer place for all.