After 50 years of membership in COPA I continue to be delighted with the breadth of its geographic coverage. I particularly enjoyed Lowell Breckon?s account of his December 2007 flying out of Kahului, Maui as well as Ron Dixon's letter recounting his not-so-pleasant experience flying out of Honolulu.
Having lived in and flown around the Hawaiian islands since I retired 10 years ago I can appreciate both viewpoints. My Cessna 172 is based in Hilo on the Big Island. Cross country flights often involve unpredicted and rapidly changing weather, heavy turbulence, high mountain terrain, long flights over open water and of late, astronomical fuel prices.
The rewards in terms of spectacular scenery and island hospitality still make it all worthwhile.
DR. PAUL RAMBAUT