Las Vegas and Grand Canyon air-tour operator Maverick Helicopters announced yesterday that it will expand its operations to Maui, Hawaii, with Airbus EC-130s beginning in the spring. “I’m thrilled to see the company expand, and even more excited to become part of the Hawaiian tourism community,” said Maverick CEO Greg Rochna. Maverick operates a fleet of 40 EC130s.
U.S. aviation services provider Castle & Cooke has been an ABACE exhibitor since 2012, explaining the role of a fixed-base operator (FBO) to show attendees who might not be familiar with the fueling and ground-handling services such a company provides to private aviation. As the company returns to the Shanghai show for the third time, it is providing a translator (Booth H431) to more fully answer attendee questions.
A Cessna 208 Grand Caravan operated by Makani Kai Air crashed after the engine quit shortly after takeoff from Kalaupapa Airport, Hawaii, on December 11. One person died after the aircraft impacted the water. The injuries of the remaining eight people, one of whom was the pilot, were not reported. The aircraft was destined for Honolulu International Airport at the time of the accident.
Bradley Pacific has become the leading FBO chain in Hawaii, uplifting an astounding one million gallons of jet-A daily to a mix of business jets and airliners. It also has the only Corporate Aircraft Association-preferred FBOs in the state, which puts it in the top echelon of business aviation service facilities.
Timothy Hershman, a Kona, Hawaii, resident, was indicted by a federal grand jury last week for falsely reporting a potential hijacking aboard an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 en route to Seattle from Kona. Hershman called the FBI office in Honolulu January 17 and reported a hijacker might be aboard the aircraft, which caused the Oregon Air National Guard to scramble two F-16s to escort the aircraft to a safe arrival at Seattle, where the hoax was discovered.
America’s Aloha State learned recently that flying around Hawaiian airports means connecting with the FAA at some point. As part of a $1.4 million federal grant to upgrade Honolulu port security, the state’s transportation department purchased an unmmaned aircraft with HD cameras to track activity on the ground.
Bradley Pacific Aviation has opened a new FBO at Kona International Airport in Hawaii. The 4,000-sq-ft (372-sq-m) facility is conveniently located just off the main taxiway. Bradley Pacific is part of the Ross Aviation group (ABACE Booth H413) and it operates six FBOs across Hawaii’s islands.
Flight planning provider Universal Weather and Aviation (Booth H608) has named 12-year company veteran Charlie Mularski as its new regional vice president for the Asia Pacific region, as part of the company’s continuing efforts to provide region-specific products and raise its service levels within th
Lately, I find myself growing tired of memorials, most recently the one that fills the empty hole in the ground where the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers once stood, which its creators hope will, in some way, fill the empty holes in the hearts of so many.
Cessna 208B, Molokai, Hawaii, Oct. 15, 2009–The Grand Caravan was substantially damaged when its tail struck the ground during passenger loading operations. The aircraft was operating under Part 135 at the time of the incident. In a report to the Safety Board, Mokulele Airlines stated that the second-in-command pilot noted a load manifest discrepancy after the five passengers were loaded.
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