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Mayor Kim’s Letter to HICOP Board – RE: Helicopter Tours

Dear Mr. Ernst & HICOP Board:
RE: Helicopter Tours

In our meeting, I clearly indicated how I will proceed.

  • Request a meeting with Helicopter Tour Industry to begin dialogue with industry.
  • Request organization of a program by industry to address concerns.
  • Plan working group meeting of community and industry to see if any anything can be addressed together.

Meeting of first two bullets have been completed and waiting for report.

I was not aware that at this time a definitive position was established by HICOP and believed that the desire was to see if the whole issue can be discussed to work out acceptable solutions. Your correspondence indicate otherwise. If I am incorrect, please correct me.

I truly feel that at this time an effort should be made to address the problem by coming together for open dialogue, regardless of past attempts. As you know, the authority of this issues is with the FAA.

Sincerely,
Harry Kim
Mayor

TODAY – Meeting Regarding Commercial Air Tour Noise Issues in East Hawaii

A meeting regarding commercial air tour noise issues in East Hawaii is being held today, Thursday, March 30, 2017, 1:00 – 3:30 pm at the Hilo Airport Conference Room 216 (above Blue Hawaiian offices, main terminal).

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Park Service (NPS) work together to address noise associated with air tours operations over national parks, including Haleakala National Park and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Recently, concerns have been raised about noise from helicopter operations in Hawai’i outside of park boundaries, particularly on the Big Island. FAA and NPS are visiting Hawai’i to better identify specific concerns with helicopter operations within and outside of national parks.

These meetings are an informal opportunity to share information and perspectives on helicopter operations, including safety, economic and noise impacts. Please note that these are not public hearings and are not associated with previous planning exercises for air tour management plans at national parks.

Following a welcome and introductions by FAA & NPS and comments from representatives of the Hawaii congressional delegation, state and local governments, other participants will be invited to share their concerns and views with the federal agencies.

We ask that all participants afford one another respect and the opportunity to be heard without interruption or debate. In order to make sure that each interested attendee has an opportunity to be heard, we may need to establish a designated time allotment that will be determined based on the number of participants in attendance.

While the agencies may have follow up questions for stakeholders regarding their specific comments or concerns, the main purpose of the meetings is to allow the agencies to listen to the views of different stakeholders.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Announces September Flight Plans

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park announces the following upcoming flight plans for September 2016:

  • September 6 and 8, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to shuttle equipment and camp supplies from Mauna Ulu to Nāpau campsite for resource surveys
  • September 6, between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. for invasive mullein survey and control on Mauna Loa between 7,000- and 9,000-ft. elevation
  • September 7, between 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., Mauna Loa Road to the Mauna Loa and Red Hill cabins between 6,000- and 13,250-ft. elevation, for maintenance on the structures
  • September 7 and 22, time TBD, to haul out old fence material from Mauna Loa along the boundary of Kapapala and Ka‘ū Forest Reserve
  • September 15 and 16, between 6 a.m. and noon, for helicopter training in the Kahuku Unit between 2,500- and 6,000-ft. elevation
  • September 21, from 10 a.m. to noon, aircraft inspection and flight near the summit of Kīlauea

In addition, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory may conduct flight operations over Kīlauea and Mauna Loa to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation.

The park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors. Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather.

Management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities.

Public Meetings on Preliminary Alternatives for the Development of an Air Tour Management Plan for Volcanoes National Park

Public Meeting/Notice of Availability, Review, and Comment on Preliminary Alternatives for the Development of an Air Tour Management Plan for Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HI

Me, Howard Dicus, His wife and Hawaii News Now Camerman get ready for a helicopter tour

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting, request for comments, and availability of preliminary alternatives.

SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of preliminary air tour alternatives and announces meetings hosted by the National Park Service, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the FAA’s Air Tour Management Program. The purpose of the meetings is to introduce proposed alternatives to the public which contain routes and altitudes used by air tour operators when providing air tours of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The meetings provide an opportunity for the public to review and comment onalternatives.

DATES: Comment Period:Comments must be received on or before June 6, 2011.

Meetings: The meetings will be held at the following locations, dates, and times:

  • Volcano, Hawaii Monday, April 18, 2011, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Klauea Visitor Center, 1 Crater Rim Drive, Pahoa, Hawaii.
  • Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 5-7 p.m. Pahoa Community Center, 15-2910 Puna Rd.
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 5-7 p.m. Na’alehu Community Center, 95-5635 Mamalahoa Highway.

More information here: Public Meeting and Comment on Preliminary Alternatives for the Development of an Air Tour Management Plan for Volcanoes National Park