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June 2023 Notice of Flight Operations

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Date: June 1, 2023
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018

HAWAII NATIONAL PARK, Hawaiʻi – Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park announces flight operations for June 2023: 

June 21 between 9 a.m. and noon for sling loads of fence replacement along the Kapāpala Ranch and park boundary around 4,000-ft. elevation.

June 29 from 6:15 a.m. to noon, for ʻuaʻu (Hawaiian petrel) monitoring on Mauna Loa between 4,000- and 9,000-ft. elevation. 

In addition, the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (USGS HVO) will conduct several low-level helicopter flights in June at Kīlauea caldera and Mauna Loa: 

June 2 between 7 a.m. and noon, multiple flights are planned by USGS HVO to study rock exposures within Halemaʻumaʻu, to collect data from GPS stations on Kīlauea caldera floor around 4,000-ft. elevation, and to survey GPS benchmarks on Mauna Loa between 5,200- and 12,700-ft elevation. 

June 8 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. multiple flights are planned by USGS HVO to retrieve temporary seismic instruments in areas west of Kīlauea Crater and south to Hilina Pali Road. 

The USGS may conduct additional flight operations over Kīlauea and Mauna Loa to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation. 

The park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors. 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.


Last updated: June 1, 2023

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