Kauai is the deadliest place in Hawaii for fatal helicopter crashes nearly all of which are flights operated by tour companies with a total of 26 people killed since Jan. 1, 2000.
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Now that’s more like it, tgi. Readers and visitors to Kauai were due a comprehensive and clear-eyed assessment on the safety of the tour helicopter industry on Kauai. Mahalo to Bill Buley—and to Allan Parachini for thoughtfully illuminating recent history and for clarifying the roles of NTSB and the FAA. Kudos to Ed Case for calling out the need for better oversight. These air tours have provided me with some truly memorable experiences. But I have stopped recommending them until they can find their way to a new paradigm of safety for passengers, and consideration for the tranquility of the island.
I don’t care what they say…I’m still not going…!
Kauai is the deadliest of All the 400+ u.s. military outpost on the planet. This publishing like many many others by “longtime Allan” and TGI Bill Buley, continuing to publish the “side track” of this incident as well as all the others that includes “guilty stolen mailbox” hui and every other of americas slave driver characters, killing us softly with their songs and dances. It is unfortunate that some peoples are not paying attention. Aloha still may save the planet from its current demise, DEW strikes Calif, Australia, amazon, and all the “unknown” that has brought killing machines out to play, performing such evil, that I have no doubts about Facts and GAME OVER u.s. military complex OCCUPIERS. Begone Satans regime!
Please ban all recreational, tourist oriented helicopter flights! Peace and quiet loving residents hate them (and that’s most of uis!). One death is too many!
A ban on such things would require a major change in Federal law that would impact the whole nation and start a huge legal fight at the national level and affect billions of dollars of business. There’s no chance of that happening…
Ed Case is clueless!!!
. We should all bring our flyboys home, stop fighting Trump’s wars (like the one he’s starting with Iran) and make them tour pilots on Hawaii! Much safer! Hey Ed, do you know how many tourists fly annually on Kauai? 5 companies x 5 helicopters x 3 flights x 6 passengers x 365 days. And how many die? A heli crash is “spectacular” and right when public opinion is skewed and vulnerable you like to bark about it. And do you know how many people die in traffic every day, we dont even have decent bicycle lanes here on Kauai, so we have to drive the car. Do something about that first, reduce traffic on all islands, fix local obesity, reduce rental cost, fix the schools and you sir learn Hawaiian. You were born here and all you know is mahalo. But definitely shut your face about helicopters, because you don’t know a thing about aviation. Even the FAA is tired of your opinions, saying that the Hawaiian skies are already extremely tightly regulated. You have more important things to do! You dont deserve to be a Democrat, best to quit your day job and please find something else to do!
It is time we shut this man up. He’s always trying to go after sightseeing helicopters in the state. He’s the type of opportunist politician that tries to get more folks to vote for him when the helicopter wreckage is still on fire so to speak. He did the same after that R44 went down on Oahu. In reality he’s been complaining for years about helicopters flying over his fancy house and selfishly trying to use his political leverage to alter the tour routes. He does not care at all about the dead, only about himself. I have 2 brothers who are helicopter pilots, one flies the Chinook in Afghanistan, the other is a tour pilot on Kauai and used to fly a blackhawk in the service. I’m a million times more worried about the younger one crashing because he finds bullet holes during his preflight all the time. He says this local coward of a politician only shouts when trauma is fresh
I agree that the helicopter industry here on Kauai seems to treat the airspace above our small island as their “private” playground. I was told that none of the tour operators are allowed to lift off before 8am or so from the airport, but it sure seems as though they bend that time frame,especially when the Thursday NCL ship arrives! I have heard them go by my place in Puhi as early as 730am.!
Besides noise pollution& excessive fuel usage…what does the helicopter industry do to benefit the folks who live below their flight path? And what does it do for the community as a whole to offset their “pollution”?
I was told there was a local number that can be called if an airspace “violation” occurs, can anyone verify that? I, for one, am “tired” of all the flyovers that plague our island on a daily basis,unless the weather is bad.Fine them, tax them or restrict them for the sake of our community’s peace & quiet that we all try to enjoy Aloha !
And now for a little perspective, almost 400 people have drown on Kauai during the same period