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Blake Gingerich (Certified Flight Instructor)

Blake Gingerich has just recently joined our Tropicbird team of instructors.

Cessna182-F (N3187U)

1963 C-182-F newly overhauled engine (300hrs SMOH)
Nice new paint job and full...
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Momo Vuyisich/Album

We took a 10 day trip to the Hawaii's Big Island in mid-January. The day after we arrived, we rented a Cessna 182 and had an instructor (Isaac) with us to fly to other Hawaiian islands. I did almost all the flying, navigating (no GPS, all VOR and visual), and radio work, but Isaac helped me when I wanted to take photos or when I could not pronounce a Hawaiian place name. We were in the air for 3.5 hours, and stopped at Hana airport on the lush east side of Maui for a little break. Grace took most of the photos.

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Welcome to our Flight School !

Take the controls and throttle up! Explore the beauty and splendor of flying in the Hawaiian Islands. Take up the challenge and learn to fly in one of the most perfect places on earth to fly, where the weather is consistently mild year round. If you are visiting the Islands, take our Island Adventure Flying Course, and learn from a very experienced local instructor just what it takes to be an island pilot. Finish what you started years ago and earn those wings. Fly high above the Kona coast on the Big Island and melt into the Hawaiian sunset!

Tropicbird Flight Service was created to provide local residents and visitors with top quality flight training. Our instructors and mechanics are professionals with many years of experience and are long-term residents of the islands. At Tropicbird Flight Service, we love what we do and consider it a privilege to live and fly here. Whether you are pursuing a career in aviation or just want the challenge of earning your wings, this is an awesome place to do it and great people to do it with.

Record your flights with Tropicbird's new NFlight Video Camera System

Available to all pilots flying with Tropicbird.

NFlight Cam


Whales on Final Approach!


Touch and Go Upolu Point HI

Take a spin around the wind swept North shore of the Big Island of Hawaii. Check out the beautiful deep blue ocean colors.

Below, you will see videos of how magnificent it is to be a pilot in Hawaii. This video was filmed by one of our local pilots while flying in one of our airplanes near the valleys.