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Come Fly Away

Director of operations Pat McNamee shows line service technician Preston Kaluhiwa an aircraft’s cockpit.

By Elima Pangorang

Pacific Air Charters treats customers to a grand view of the scenic Hawaiian Islands with air tours and privately chartered flights.

Take to the skies and discover a different way to explore the islands with Pacific Air Charters. Established in 2003, the company offers visitors and kamaaina air tour and private charter flight services with availability 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pacific Air Charters office manager Mieko Takada shared possibilities are abound for customers who need traveling services whether touring or booking a private charter.

“You might think only visitors use our charter flights, but we are grateful that many locals use our services also,” said Takada. “We help local families with pet moves from one island to another where many dogs sit in our seat (just) as customers.” She also adds that Pacific Air is especially active during the Molokai Hoe canoe races transporting paddlers and other event travelers.

The company offers air tours statewide.

“With charter flights, customers don’t have to check in two hours prior, wait in line and go through security,” Takada mentioned. “We are ready when (customers) are and we can arrange a limousine or rent a car waiting at the destination at planeside.”

As for touring the islands, sightseers can hop in a single engine Cessna 172 aircraft for up to three passengers, or twin-engine aircrafts, the Aztec for four to five riders and a Chieftain for six to nine passengers. Takada said that tours are a customer favorite since Hawaii’s natural scenery is taken in from a grand perspective.

“We share beautiful photos of Hawaii from the sky — circle rainbows, waterfalls, mountains, etc. — We never take it for granted!”

The staff at Pacific Air surely has what may be referred to as an “unconventional” job since not many people get to call the skies their place of work. However, above it all, two things remain constant, shared Takada. “In this aviation business, safety is always our No. 1 priority, and providing superior service is our goal.”

When new employees get hired at Pacific Air there are a few extra steps to take since the business is located inside the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. These include passing a stringent background check in order to retain an AOA (airport operations area) badge as well as be able to meet TSA requirements.

As for Pacific Air itself, training begins on day one and, depending on which position an individual fills, requires specific training classes to meet both Pacific Air company policy and FAA regulations. Takada stressed that one of the most vital skills candidates must have is communication.

All in all, she emphasized the exceptional opportunity of being a Pacific Air employee. “Not only do we provide unique attraction and travel convenience to our visitors from all over the world, we are proud to employ young employees with a promising future in aviation to work alongside our very qualified and experienced pilots who have flown fighter planes in the military and (commercially with) major airlines. It’s a great opportunity for our young members to fly along senior pilots.”

What’s more, Pacific Air offers flight training services for aspiring fliers in order to open up opportunity for youth aviators to become pilots without leaving Hawaii, especially since many locals leave to go to mainland aviation schools. Employees also enjoy the benefit of renting the company’s aircrafts at discounted employee rates if they are learning how to fly on their own time.

“Most of our employees are born to fly or born to work in the aviation industry,” Takada concluded, “so a love for flying is our common quality that we share.”

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THE 411

COMPANY: Pacific Air Charters

LOCATION: 90 Nakolo Place, Ste. 210, Honolulu

PHONE: 839-3559

WEBSITE: PacificAirCharters.com

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS: Pat McNamee

EMPLOYEES: 14

BENEFITS: Flight benefit ts include discounted employee rates on rental aircraft.

PHOTOS COURTESY PACIFIC AIR CHARTERS