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Bali Hai Helicopter Tours Bell 206B, Kalaheo, Hawaii. Operational Factors Scott Erickson. Company information. Family owned Two helicopters, two pilots 4,500 to 8,500 passengers annually. Company Facilities. Maintenance practices. Numerous discrepancies

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Bali hai helicopter tours bell 206b kalaheo hawaii

Bali Hai Helicopter Tours Bell 206B, Kalaheo, Hawaii

Operational Factors Scott Erickson


Company information

Company information

  • Family owned

  • Two helicopters, two pilots

  • 4,500 to 8,500 passengers annually


Company facilities

Company Facilities


Maintenance practices

Maintenance practices

  • Numerous discrepancies

  • After accident, FAA revoked mechanic’s certificate, fined company

  • No requirement for FAA review of company’s maintenance practices


Faa oversight of part 91

FAA Oversight of Part 91

  • Tours under 25-mile, nonstop sightseeing exception

  • No required FAA surveillance

  • Safety issues unidentified and uncorrected


Honolulu fsdo

Honolulu FSDO

  • Geographical Surveillance Unit (GSU) formed in 1995

  • Chronic staffing issues

  • GSU disbanded in 2003


Continued oversight concerns

Continued Oversight Concerns

  • 1995 NTSB Special Investigation Report (SIR) of air tour industry

  • 2003 FAA issued notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM)

  • February 8, 2007, FAA issued final rule and Part 136 air tour safety standards

  • Part 91 tour operations allowed


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