Barbers Point Flight SchoolPHJR
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Barbers Point Flight School welcomes you to beautiful Kapolei, Hawaii!

BPFS is conveniently located just outside of Honolulu International Airspace at the John Rodgers Field (JRF) in Kalaeloa, previously the Barbers Point Naval Air Station.

Our rates are very competitive and we offer a 24 hour a day open door policy and provide a hospitable environment for friends and family. Call us today and we will be happy to give you a tour of our school and facilities.

-Pick up available to and from Waikiki for $120.00. Cab will cost $225.00 or more depending on traffic.
-David Clark headset rentals for $2.50 each
-Beverage vending machine available.
-Restroom facility available. Television, Lounge and Briefing Room is available
-Computer/Printer available.

CFI Rate: $40.00/hr
CFI Ground Rate: $40.00/hr
Aircraft Rental Sales Tax: 4.71%
Flight Instruction Sales Tax: 4.71%
Misc. Items Sales Tax: 4.71%

Flying on the Hawaiian without the hassle and expense of a local checkout is an amazing experience. It is also something that requires careful preparation.

Get started by downloading and reviewing the. Hawaii Airports and Flying Safety Guide.

The Guide is published by the State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation Airports Division, in the interest of flight safety and the promotion of aviation in the Hawaiian Islands. In it you will find useful information, including a list of airport facilities, airfield diagrams, operating procedures, traffic patterns, weather and other pertinent data.

In fact, if you fly with an iPad, we recommend you save it to your device to keep it handy even when offline.

Local Procedures Briefing


Operator Procedures

Fueling Aircraft

Aircraft should be parked at operator owned fuel site approx. 500 yards directly north of aircraft parking. See line service personnel when attaining aircraft binder and keys for specific instructions. Fuel card located in aircraft glove compartment.

Access to Aircraft

During business hours: Park vehicle at the base of the Kalaeloa Air Traffic Control Tower and proceed to ATC lobby. Sign in with security and inform them you are going to the Barbers Point Flight School (BPFS). You will be given instructions to the school. School is directly outside of the ATC building approx. 100 yards away. Personnel will direct you to the aircraft hangar.

After business hours: Go to main desk. Same as above FBO and Flight School is 24 hours

Returning the Aircraft

During business hours: Park aircraft exactly as previous. Don’t forget to chock and tie down. Return binder and keys to hangar. Personnel will assist with return to ATC lobby and onto parking lot. After business hours: Same as above – FBO and Flight School is 24 hours

Getting Reimbursed if You Buy Fuel Elsewhere

Ensure receipt is furnished to personnel upon arrival back at PHJR. Reimbursement will be paid in “cash” and “in-full”.

Mechanical Problems at Another Airport

Call the Flight School at 808-354-0175 and inform personnel. If unable to make contact, call 808-375-9244 for immediate direct service.

Securing Aircraft

Secure aircraft with two (2) furnished tie downs and nose wheel chocks.

Local Airspace Considerations

Standard Departure Procedures

Normal departure is on runway 4L with a left turn toward the northwest for local area flying. Be prepared to depart to the south on 22R with a right turn toward the northwest. Flight School will be available for questions or to assist renters with airspace requirements.

Best Way to Get Flight Following

Pick up flight following with Honolulu HCF.

Local reporting points

For flying around the island and immediately after departing PHJR, reporting points for a north shore departure are Harbor View, Wheeler AFB for overfly, north shore CTAF, Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station when five miles from and past (see published preferred routing in AFD), approaching Cocohead and then with Honolulu ATC while transitioning back to PHJR on Oahu’s south shore. Route can be reversed and reporting will happen at Harbor View when leaving PHJR airspace and then immediately to Honolulu ATC for south shore transition. All else is in reverse. When arriving back at PHJR, final reporting point will be the Quarry located about 4 miles to the northwest of PHJR.

Typical TFR considerations

TFR for Presidential visits are always a concern and are usually in effect between 20 December thru the first week in January. During these times, rental routes are VERY restricted. Call well ahead during these timeframes to allow for Secret Service “vetting”. Be prepared to furnish Name, DOB and Social Security Number.

Routine radio positions reports

While flying the islands it is best to stay with flight following if not on a flight plan. Interisland flying does not require a flight plan but it is highly recommended when going overwater. Normal position reports occur approx. every 10 minutes.

IFR Flights

All IFR flights will require a 30 minute block of instruction with a Barbers Point Flight School flight instructor.

Local Airfield Operations

Taxiway/runway incursion hotspots

LAHSO operations sometimes in effect at Honolulu

Taxiing to the runways

When departing parking area at PHJR, use Bravo 4 to Bravo to 4L. O,r use Charlie 2 to Charlie to 4L.

Run up area

Conduct your runups facing north (most days) and on the wide open ramp apron prior to entering Bravo 4 or Charlie 2.

What does the tower want you to do before you call ready for takeoff?

-Standard stuff. Be very familiar with the route you are taking while on the ground and have your clearance. Let the tower know you are a first timer out of PHJR.

-Controllers are friendly and recognize that PHJR is primarily a training airfield and the majority of landings daily are from non-tenants of the field. Be up front but be prepared for changes.

-The US Coast Guard operates out of PHJR and usually use Runway 4R but traffic patterns are often changed for inbound touch and goer’s. Your left hand traffic pattern over the ground departing the left runway could easily become right hand traffic over the water from the left runway.

-Be prepared to sometimes extend the upwind for arriving traffic but ensure you do not go past or overfly Fort Weaver Road. Ensure PHJR will call your turn (crosswind) before accepting the clearance.

Traffic pattern altitudes

PHJR – 800 feet MSL PHNL – 800 feet MSL Dillingham Airfield – 800 feet MSL. Glider flying area so ensure you land on the “numbers” (Caution do not land in displaced section of Runway 8).

Airport restrictions

Airport hours of operation are 0600 to 2200 daily. CTAF outside of those hours. General Aviation aircraft have complete priority at this airfield. Heavy military aircraft will be told to go around before you so try to accommodate other large aircraft (rarely) when able.

Local Flight Planning Tips

Local Hazards

-Honolulu Class B Airspace is very nearby to PHJR’s Class D Airspace so pay close attention to your radial crossings and DME when departing PHJR over the water. You can easily “bust” Class B if you are not on your “A game”. -Winds at PHJR (John Rodgers Field) are usually blowing to about 10 knots and very often increases quickly because of our proximity to the ocean (less than one mile).

-Airport markings are not the best so be familiar with both Bravo and Charlie taxiways

-There is “Restricted Airspace” approx. 12 miles to the NNW of PHJR when transitioning near Schofield Barracks Army Base due to live firing munitions. Be sure to remain clear when transitioning to and from the north shore of Oahu.

-Photo taking is “sensitive” while overflying Pearl Harbor


-There are obvious mountainous obstacles and terrain all over Oahu but nothing requiring non standard climb gradients. Mountainous areas are beautiful and should be enjoyed but minimum flight levels above the ground should always be 1500 feet to allow for contingencies.

-There is parachute activities that go on daily at Dillingham Airfield on the north shore and pilots should be cognizant of this while conducting landings at this airfield. All CTAF operations and jumpers are always on frequency broadcasting their estimated jump times five minutes prior and always when “jumpers away.”

Nearby special use airspace

Oahu’s north shore is the home of the Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station and there is a published “Preferred Routing” in the AFD (Airport Facilities Directory). Not flying the PPR will get you in trouble.

How to identify boundaries of overlying or nearby airspace

Use of DME and crossing radials is essential to remain clear of Class B when departing PHJR to the south. Personal navigation support will increase your chances of not having to make a phone call to Honolulu upon their request.

Air carrier arrival paths to be avoided

-Most importantly and directly over PHJR is Honolulu International’s main arrival corridor to Runway 8L (PHNL). Below 3,000 feet MSL is always where pilots need to remain unless talking with Honolulu Approach and flying the ILS or visual to 8L

-Do not overfly Fort Weaver Road when departing the “four’s” (Runway 4L/4R). This will put you in the Class B.

-Do not overly the Campbell Industrial Area directly south and in the immediate vicinity of PHJR.

-Keep tight patterns while at PHJR to avoid the industrial areas, Fort Weaver Road and the local Kapolei High School

Local terrain considerations

Consider flying safely over the water at all times while paying special attention to actions upon becoming a glider

Best airports to visit in the area

-Honolulu International is busy

-Lihue Airport on Kauai offers a beautiful approach to a runway

-Maui Airport offers you a challenging but beautiful approach into Kahului Airport between the 6,500 foot west Maui mountains and the 10,000 foot Haleakala. You will be landing into a venturi!

-Kona offers a long and easy approach into the airport that was built on a lava field.

-Hilo Airport will likely offer you a very beautiful arrival along the Hamakua Coast (north shore of the Big Island) but keep in mind Hilo averages more than 200 inches of rain per year and is basically an overcast rainforest most of the time; it has received as much as 450 inches of rain. Honolulu is closer to 30 inches (averaging just over 20) and is actually quite dry in comparison

The best airport will likely be the island you choose to visit immediately after your arrival. BPFS staff will help you plan your visits and will be happy to assist in your planning.

Best sights to see nearby from the air

-Kauai’s “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” is co-located with Mount Waiale’ale, the “wettest” spot on earth receiving over 600 inches of rain per year. The approach over the canyon from the south will take you directly to Kauai’s Na’pali Coast which is probably the most beautiful coast in the islands. Hamakua on the Big Island and Molokai’s north shore come in pretty close too.

-Molokai is also a nearby island with a nice coast to fly around and a feature to fly over on the east side called “Elephant Rock”. The north coast of Molokai also is home to Kalaupapa (previously the predominant Leper Colony in the Hawaiian Islands).

Approximate flight times to islands are as follows:

PHJR – Molokai (.7 )

PHJR – Lihue (.9)

PHJR – Maui (1.1)

PHJR – Kona (2.1)

PHJR – Hilo (2.4)

Unique weather challenges/microclimates

-Aside from visual approaches, PHJR only has one (1) VOR, non-precision approach procedure. Weather is nice here 330 days out of the year and when it goes down, it doesn’t stay down for long.

-Lots of convection during summer because of PHJR’s expansive concrete footprint and air is usually unstable and a little challenging during afternoon hours.

Restrictions which apply to any nearby national parks

-See AFD for Pearl Harbor

-See AFD for the Volcano National Park on the Big Island

Jan. 24, 2014, 6:07 p.m.

Barbers Point Flight School is rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from 12 reviews.
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91-1259 Midway Road, Hangar 110
Kapolei, HI 96707
Barbers Point Flight School

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