February HVNP Flight Operations Schedule
Helicopter operations during the month of February within Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park have been announced. The operations will be conducted for various tasks and on different days.
Below, you will find the upcoming flight dates, times, and their purposes:
Feb. 4, between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., for faya tree surveys between 4,000- and 6,500-ft. elevation.
Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 for fountain grass monitoring and control from Ka‘aha to the Great Crack, between sea level and 3,000-ft. elevation.
Feb. 9, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., to haul out fencing material and equipment from Kahuku-Kapāpala boundary between 7,000-and 9,000-ft. elevation
Feb. 16 and 17, between 8 a.m. and noon, for mullein surveys on Mauna Loa between 6,000-and 8,500-ft. elevation
Feb. 17, between noon and 1 p.m., fpr short haul recertification flight training at Escape Road, near the Mauna Ulu parking lot
Feb. 18, 19, and 29, between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m., to shuttle crew, camp supplies, fencing material, and equipment to Mauna Loa at about 9,000-ft. elevation
Park management requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity and conduct search-and-rescue missions, as well as law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and maintaining backcountry facilities.