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Notice of Flight Operations October 2020

October 1, 2020, 7:30 AM HST
* Updated September 30, 9:48 PM
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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has announced flight plans for October 2020.

October 6, between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., to survey for invasive faya tree in west Kahuku Unit between 6,000- and 8,500-ft. elevation.

October 8, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., to transport eight sling loads of trail maintenance gear from Nāpau to Mauna Ulu landing area, between 2,800- to 3,800-ft. elevation.

October 13, between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m., for invasive tree survey and control in Ka‘ū desert from the coast to 3,000-ft. elevation.

October 13 and October 15, between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., for petrel monitoring from Mauna Loa Road at 5,500-ft. elevation to the petrel colony between 8,000- and 9,000-ft. elevation.

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October 20, between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., for ungulate surveys in the Kahuku Unit between 4,000- and 6,500-ft. elevation.

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October 21, between 8 a.m. and noon, for invasive banana poka surveys and control on Mauna Loa Road between 5,000- and 6,400-ft. elevation.

October 22, between 8 a.m. and noon, for invasive guinea grass surveys and control along Keauhou Trail, from the coast to 2,000-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.

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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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