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Honolulu demands vigilanceHonolulu demands vigilance

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Honolulu International Airport is a very busy gateway to paradise. A unique layout and diverse mix of operations—780 per day, including general aviation, military jets, and airline flights—contribute to the airport’s unfortunate distinction of leading the nation in runway incursions. Vigilant, well-informed pilots can prevent such potential disasters, and AOPA has joined the FAA and many other aviation groups in a collaboration to provide pilots the insight and knowledge needed to operate safely and efficiently at one of the world’s most complex airports.

The parallel 4/22 runways are areas of particular concern detailed in a video that shows viewers the airport’s hot spots, where conflicts and incursions most often occur, and the reasons why attention to detail is at a premium. Produced by the FAA in conjunction with AOPA, the National Business Aviation Association, the General Aviation Council of Hawaii, and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the video details the challenges of operating at what Richard Wayne, air traffic control operations manager, said is “without a doubt one of the most complex” airports a pilot will encounter.

Traffic landing on the 4/22 runways that need to cross the adjacent runway must remain on the runway until cleared to cross one of the connecting taxiways to avoid encroaching on the runway safety area of the adjacent runway. That’s just one of the complicating factors at the airport, and AOPA has posted resources for pilots, including a kneeboard-formatted document that includes the airport diagram and useful information about local procedures. AOPA worked with local pilots and the FAA to produce the materials that aim to help pilots operate safely at Honolulu, and encourages pilots to review the materials.

As local controllers note in the video, the airport can be a confusing place to operate, and if a pilot is ever in doubt about instructions, taxi routes, or procedures, it is always better to ask the controller for clarification than to guess.

Jim Moore

Jim Moore

Editor-Web
Editor-Web Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
Topics: Advocacy, Safety and Education, Travel

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