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Old 01-29-2009, 10:55 AM
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Default BIg Island RV'ers?

Any on this forum here located on the Big Island? I've done the 172 tour around Maui/ Molaki, but haven't done any flying around the Big Island and would love to hook up with an RV'er.


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Old 01-29-2009, 01:51 PM
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Default Aloha, Rick

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Originally Posted by rjsflyer View Post
I've done some flying with an instructor on Maui a couple of times. It's a heck of a lot cheaper that getting a tour on a helicopter and more fun since you get to fly (even though not an RV). On Maui, it's always very windy, 15 to 25 mph winds most of the time, so it is best to get with an instructor. There are reporting procedures in place for flying around the islands. I'm sure that you could find the same kind of deal with a plane and instructor on the Big Island.
When I was on Maui in May 2006, I hooked up with RV-6A builder and pilot Greg Grigson who was living on Oahu at the time and he graciously flew over to Maui, picked me up, and gave me an RV tour of Maui. I don't know if Greg is still living in Hawaii, as he said he was getting ready to move to New Mexico. Anyway, here's some of the pics I took.
Maui from an RV
( Shameless plug-I own a condo on Maui that I rent out if anyone is planning a vacation there. Email me for details.)
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:07 PM
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Greg is now living in New Mexico (1 year) and his RV6A is there also..(shipped).. He flew over to St. John's one morning not too long ago for a get together & lunch.. His 6A is really nice and must have been a project to disassemble, ship it and reassemble it here... He's a great guy and I hope we get together more..
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Old 02-14-2009, 10:01 AM
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Default Any RVer's in Hawaii update ?

Looks like Greg has moved back to the mainland.

Anyone know if there are any other RV'rs based on the islands ?
I'll be sun'n and fun'n in Honolulu at the Outrigger Wakiki from Thursday the 19th thru Tuesday the 24th.

Would love to catch an RV ride if possible.
Dave "WS" Rogers
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Old 12-23-2021, 12:31 AM
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Resurrecting an old thread. Same deal, going to Oahu Dec 31 - Jan 5 (corona willing), looking for any RV, or heck, even any GA connections. Lived there for 8 years until 2014, so I am familiar with the islands, but that was before my flying days. I would love to fly with someone, willing to do my “pro rata” share , or I can trade some dual given (CFI). If flying is out, would still like to grab coffee or something and talk GA in Hawaii. I fly an RV-6, or a Warrior, can get by in a Cessna.
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Old 12-23-2021, 08:11 AM
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A couple of years ago my wife and I did a helicopter tour of Oahu in a Hugh's 500D. We had a forced landing (a story in and of itself) at a high school soccer field at Kaneohe and while waiting for the company mechanic to show up, the pilot and I had a nice conversation about aviation in Hawaii. His massively sucks, mainly from a cost standpoint, from a regulation standpoint, from a crowded-skies standpoint, and from the generally draconian attitude of the Hawaiian government toward non-tourist aviation.

I go to Hawaii, various islands, for a week or 10 days every year and have done so for more than decade. For me, it defines the phrase "nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there". And over the last few years as the "what can we do to squeeze one more tourist in here?" mentality exacerbates, the crowds and traffic have just made the place intolerable (to me...) and I don't really care to even visit there anymore, let alone fly around there. I did enjoy Oahu when we were there, but we stayed on the much-less-crowded North Shore. The traffic around Honolulu was brutal though...enough to keep me from going back.

Yes, I'm a curmudgeon. We're going again this year because my wife likes the place and we're going again with a group of friends.)
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Old 01-11-2022, 11:41 AM
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Default Field Report

So I went to O'ahu last week to visit friends and family, and happy to report that there is indeed a pretty good representation of Van's aircraft there. I went down to PHNL, on the Lagoon Drive side, and snooped around. Moore Air seemed like a good possibility for renting a plane based on their website, but they are defunct.

So I ended up at Pacific Flight Academy, which among their fleet has 2 RV-12 S-LSAs. I talked with the owners a bit, and they also have a 1991 RV-6(A?) kit at around the FFWD/finish kit stage that they hope to complete, either with a Honda conversion or O-320 FP (I recommended the O-320 route to get up and flying quicker).

I ended up flying their Vashon Ranger R-7 halfway around the island and back, and we landed in the heaviest rain I have ever flown in, short approach, 8kt quartering tailwind into PHNL, but it was good fun. The CFI I flew with was a local guy, and we hit it off, and he handled the comms (there are specific VFR departures out of HNL due to mountains and traffic), but otherwise I could fly wherever I wanted. He recommended getting checked out on their Cherokee 140, since they don't really use it for training, and you can take it overnight inter-island. The rates weren't terrible, and I got way more for my money than a 15 min helicopter tour.

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