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This is a collection of my blog entries and experiences with flying, and learning to fly. Something I had been wanting to do for quite a while.
You can find all the pictures I've taken here, and read below for my experience.
Specifically, I have a page for my Trips to Oshkosh, the mecca for pilots

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2010/09/06 Flight Around Hawaii's Maui, Molokai, and Lanai
π 2010-09-06 00:00 in Flying

(If you do not see any track on the map, click on '07 Day 05: Maui Flight' in the upper right corner twice).

As part of our vacation in Maui, I figured a good way to have another view of everything we visited, and a peek at what we couldn't visit like the neighbouring islands). It was nice to see the coastlines we had driven on, and especially the long sliding sands trail that we didn't hike all the way to the end :)
You can see many more pictures of our Maui Trip here.

Just like Hawaii last year, it made sense to rent a plane with a CFI and just do the scenic flight without the need to be checked out. On Maui, Maui Aviators was the place to go for renting a GA aircraft with a CFI if you don't get checked out. At a few times, it was also nice to hand out the controls to the CFI and let him fly while I was too busy taking pictures of a waterfall while we were in a steep turn close to the rocks :)



The flight started with the north of Maui, and its crappy one lane dirt road :)


the 'fun' one lane dirt road full of blind turns portion of Hwy 340
the 'fun' one lane dirt road full of blind turns portion of Hwy 340



We then flew towards Molokai Island:

Molokai waterfalls
Molokai waterfalls

Molokai's Kalaupapa Airport
Molokai's Kalaupapa Airport

Molokai Leper Colony
Molokai Leper Colony


Molokai Airport
Molokai Airport

Molokai reef
Molokai reef




After that, we headed for the coast of Lanai:

The non pretty side of Lanai
The non pretty side of Lanai




Before heading back towards the main island of Maui on the Lahaina side:

Lahaina
Lahaina

Jet Skis
Jet Skis






and transitionned to the other half of Maui, starting with the Kihei coast:

North Kihei
North Kihei

South Kihei
South Kihei

Kamaole Beach Park
Kamaole Beach Park

South Kihei Boat Ramp we go diving from
South Kihei Boat Ramp we go diving from


Wailea
Wailea

Wailea
Wailea

Makena
Makena

Little Beach, just north of Big Beach
Little Beach, just north of Big Beach

Big Beach
Big Beach




We then did a little side step to Molokini which has such incredibly clear waters and good diving:

Molokini
Molokini





and back to South Maui:

Big Beach
Big Beach

The other 'fun' dirt road, south Maui. At least this one is a 2 way road
The other 'fun' dirt road, south Maui. At least this one is a 2 way road



We then 'climbed' to the top Haleakala a bit quicker than it takes to drive and hike :) and had a look at

The observatories at the top of Haleakala
The observatories at the top of Haleakala

Sliding Sands Trail
Sliding Sands Trail



The Pu'uo we spent 1H to hike down to
The Pu'uo we spent 1H to hike down to


The ambitious hiker can actually hike all the way down to the beach from 10,000ft
The ambitious hiker can actually hike all the way down to the beach from 10,000ft



After that, we flew from South Maui (through the seven sacred pools), to West Maui/Hana, and Hana Airport (including the trike from Hand Gliding Maui), and back to Kahului:


yes, they have nice waterfalls
yes, they have nice waterfalls

The big waterfall is the end of Pipiwai trail
The big waterfall is the end of Pipiwai trail

Seven Sacred Pools
Seven Sacred Pools

Hamoa Beach south of Hana
Hamoa Beach south of Hana

Hana's Red Sand Beach
Hana's Red Sand Beach

Luana Spa where we stayed in Hana
Luana Spa where we stayed in Hana

Hana Airport with its Hand Gliding Trike Base
Hana Airport with its Hand Gliding Trike Base



The Winding Road to Hana
The Winding Road to Hana

More Wining Road to Hana
More Wining Road to Hana

Back to Kahului Airport
Back to Kahului Airport


The flight was just around 3H, a good way to see Maui and the nearby islands.


If you wish, here is a link to a big georeferenced map of the Maui Flight (you can turn on display of other gps tracks by clicking on their name in the upper right corner twice).


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