Whoa Aloha, we’re here and settling in for a big sleep. After all we’ve been not only awake, but seriously focused for the whole of three of the last 5 nights without any daytime sleeping either.Anyhow, it turns out we’re also boarded and may not budge until we install a portable HF radio in ZU-TAF. (That applies even if one wants to fly VFR over the ocean below the 5 500ft class A airspace floor!)
The people in Hawaii have been incredibly warm and hospitable – thanks to Chelsea, Jan and AirService Hawaii. Then the FAA are addressing our violation in failing to have an HF radio and in entering the Oakland Oceanic class A airspace without constant 2 way communication.
We have to say that while serious and chiding, their attitude is very clearly directed towards achieving the ultimate objective of safety, and they’re going about it as professionally and co-operatively as could be imagined. We’ve got a hired car, we’re on the beachfront in Waikiki and before bed we’ll be sure to sink some beers and a good pasta. Photos and updates soon. Thanks again for the great support. J and J
Below is the mp3 clips of ZU-TAF talking to Honolulu ATC on arrival:
* Thanks goes to liveATC.net for making the mp3 clips available