Aloha GACH members,
Summer time is here and the flying weather never better. Hopefully in the coming weeks Hawaii will be blessed with the arrival of the ultimate experimental airplane, Solar Impulse 2. The crew of this phenomenal machine is trying to be the first to fly around the world solely on solar power. It is a most fragile, electric, multiengine motor glider. At some point once the weather window from Japan to Hawaii is adequate, this machine will fly 4-5 days straight to Kalaeloa, JRF, where a near circus like portable hangar and support detachment will arrive to make presentations to Hawaii legislators, educators and the general public all in support of clean technologies. You can follow the story at www.solarimpulse.com. To witness the historical arrival and departure will require a trip to the airport at night as the aircraft only takes off and lands in the calmest of winds which occur only at night here. The website should provide all of the info on viewing times etc., and you can follow the flights live via their dedicated YouTube channel. Best of luck to the Solar Impulse team and malama pono!
You win some and you lose some. We didn’t outright win any of our battles in the legislature this year but through the efforts of an extreme few, GACH continued to press home the importance of GA to Hawaii. To those who spoke up and tried valiantly to meet the extremely tight timelines set by the legislature let me express a most sincere mahalo nui loa. Efforts continue to educate State and Federal officials on the issues impacting GA in Hawaii, stay tuned in, as the 2016 legislation session will be upon us before you know it. The JRF hangar development plan makes its rollout to the public even as this newsletter is being written. We hope to see some HNL faces as well as the JRF crowd on June 25, 2015 from 1700 - 1900 in the Airport Conference Center, HNL Interisland Terminal 7th floor (mauka entrance) for this next meeting.
Want to volunteer? At least 2 seats on the GACH board of directors are going to be open this November. Go ahead and put your hat in the ring to help make the organization be all that it can be. Ev and I are getting ready for a busy year as we prep for our next duty station change and so will not have the time to be President and Secretary after November. Please seriously consider stepping up and helping GACH out.
Our next GACH event will be in Hana on Saturday June 20th.
Cheers, tailwinds and we’ll see you in Hana!
Harry Greene, GACH President