The FAA has issued two Letters to Airmen rescinding flight procedures changes in Hawaii that were scheduled to go into effect Nov. 10 with the latest release of the Pacific Chart Supplement.
However, both letters advise pilots flying aircraft with a true airspeed less than 180 knots to voluntarily file flight plans when flying between the big and small islands to “reduce potential intercept by Air Defense fighter aircraft." As depicted in the supplement, the small islands are encompassed by an “inner boundary” air defense identification zone, with the big island of Hawaii in the “outer boundary.”
“We appreciate the FAA’s quick response to correct this error in the Pacific Chart Supplement,” said Nobuyo Sakata, AOPA director of aviation security.
The FAA has acknowledged to AOPA that such a change in flight procedures would require rulemaking. The Letters to Airmen are valid until Nov. 9, 2018.