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Question : I live across from Straub Hospital. At about 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24, right over Makiki where a lot of small planes and helicopters come from the airport, I saw three paragliders, not hang gliders, flying around. Full Story
enufalready

Wailuku, HI

#1 Jun 13, 2009
Interesting information ... a word of caution to any paraglider thinking of flying over East Honolulu, Kahala, Kaimuki: don't do it; the entire area is habitually overflown by military helicopters that routinely cruise at altitudes below the required 1000 feet and often in groups. Their regular violations of the flight rules have created a dangerous situation for everyone living in this area and have turned what was once a peaceful place to live into an incredibly noisy zone.
Lway

Columbia, MO

#2 Jun 13, 2009
Enuf, try living on Kaneohe Bay Drive. I did, from 1967 to 1987. The dishes and glasses would rattle in the cabinets as we danced to the sound of F-16's,revving their engines. AT 11 at night!!!!!!
Stumpy

Kaneohe, HI

#3 Jun 13, 2009
enufalready wrote:
Interesting information ... a word of caution to any paraglider thinking of flying over East Honolulu, Kahala, Kaimuki: don't do it; the entire area is habitually overflown by military helicopters that routinely cruise at altitudes below the required 1000 feet and often in groups. Their regular violations of the flight rules have created a dangerous situation for everyone living in this area and have turned what was once a peaceful place to live into an incredibly noisy zone.
Bull. Hate military much? The helicopters can't fly that low because of all the hot air coming up from the snobs in the area. Go beat your maid.
enufalready

Wailuku, HI

#4 Jun 14, 2009
Stumpy wrote:
<quoted text> Bull. Hate military much? The helicopters can't fly that low because of all the hot air coming up from the snobs in the area. Go beat your maid.
Typical ... can't discuss the issue, attack someone. The helicopters operated by the military are the largest and the loudest, but there are smaller ones that may be private, which are also noisy. The notion that only wealthy people live east of McCully is inaccurate. Why must citizens capitulate to noisy, dangerous overflights by massive choppers when the helicopters could travel over the ocean in a much quieter, safer manner?
Stumpy

Kaneohe, HI

#5 Jun 14, 2009
Those "large, loud military helicopters" have a mission to perform, and if it entails flying over "your" precious area, then tough on you. In return, you get to live free and whine at tea about the military that is protecting your lifestyle. Why did you insist on buying under the flight path anyways, those choppers have been flying that route since at least the sixties. You think they are just flying that route just for fun, to bother you, or maybe you would like to consider there is a sound reason for their doing what they do.

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