Imagine flying over an active volcano and seeing lava flowing into the ocean, or flying past the beautiful valleys and hundreds of waterfalls along the Hamakua Coast, sights most people may never see! Your friends will be amazed at the stories you'll tell them!
We offer a nicely restored and updated Cessna 172C complete with headsets, life vests and a four-man life raft for over water flights. You can fly with our Certified Flight Instructor who is familiar with Hawaiian airspace and Island Traffic Advisory reporting points (and their pronunciations!)
Visiting pilots will require a checkout flight to include an orientation around the volcano and lava flows, which will take about an hour. There is generally a lot of helicopter and airplane traffic in a very small area around the volcano and lava. We use a traffic reporting frequency for collision avoidance, and you need to be shown the landmarks that are called out so as not to become a hazard to yourself and everyone else in the area.
Due to occasional quickly changing weather, winds, mountains and other factors, certificated pilots with under 500 hours and/or no current Instrument Rating should seriously consider having our instructor accompany them on all flights.
All airplanes have weight limits, and ours has a maximum takeoff weight of 2,250 pounds and empty weight of 1419 pounds. With full fuel (39 gallons useable, or 234 pounds) , you and everyone else on board will need to weigh a total of not more than 570 pounds. With half fuel, the total can be 684 pounds, which still gives two hours of flight time with a half hour reserve.
All you need to bring are your driver's license, pilot certificate, medical certificate or proof of Basic Med, and your logbook. While our airplane is insured, we highly recommend obtaining renter's insurance.