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.
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.