Some flights canceled ahead of Pres. Trump's arrival
Federal Aviation Administration flight restrictions due to Pres. Donald Trump's stopover in Hawaii on Friday has forced some companies to cancel flights.
HONOLULU - Federal Aviation Administration flight restrictions due to Pres. Donald Trump's stopover in Hawaii on Friday has forced some companies to cancel flights.
The no-fly zone affects general aviation aircraft and flight schools along Lagoon Drive. The federal restrictions are in place from 12:30 p.m. Nov. 3 through 8 a.m. Nov. 4.
"It kicks in just at 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon and goes to 8 p.m. Saturday," P.J. O'Reiley, Makani Kai Helicopters said. "It hasn't been too bad. We have to comply with the temporary restrictions. It just means canceling about a dozen helicopter tours and about 15 inter-island flights."
Across the way, Island Seaplanes got the word of the restrictions earlier this week and managed to rebook its customers.
The company calls this grounding a blip, compared to what they saw during President Obama's first holiday home. That lasted not days, but weeks.
"When President Obama was here the first year, we were shut down for the three weeks he was here," Debbie Magie, Island Seaplane Service said.
The company said it has been able to accommodate students pilots who have flown in to get their certification without too much hassle. It says weddings will still go as planned.