HVNP Notice of November Flight Operations

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has announced the following upcoming flight plans for November:

  • Nov. 5 & 7, from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., to shuttle crew between Highway 11 near mile marker 42 and Kamo‘oali‘i, below 500-ft. elevation, for ungulate survey and control work.
  • Nov. 7, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., to shuttle fence materials and crews between Mauna Loa Road and the Kapāpala boundary fence above 6,000-ft. elevation.
  • Nov. 8, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., to shuttle crew from Highway 11 near mile marker 42 to Kuee grasslands for survey and control of invasive fountain grass.
  • Nov. 13 and 15, between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., to fly supplies and crews for petrel monitoring between Mauna Loa around 9,000-ft. elevation and the rainshed at Kīlauea summit.
  • Nov. 14, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., departing from the rainshed at Kīlauea for invasive faya tree surveys in upper Kahuku Mauka and East Units, above 5,000-ft. elevation.
  • Nov. 14, between 10 a.m. and noon, to conduct surveys for Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death in Kahuku Unit, between 2,000- and 5,000-ft. elevation.
  • Nov. 14, between noon and 3 p.m., to shuttle fence materials along the park boundary between the upper Kahuku former paddocks area and the Ka‘ū Forest Reserve between 3,000- and 5,000-ft. elevation.

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

Park officials say HVNP 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.

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