HVNP announces October flight operations

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will conduct a range of flight operations this month.

The next operation is slated for 9 to 10 a.m. Oct. 14 for crew support sling loads in the Olaʻa Tract, between 3,500 feet and 4,500 feet elevation.

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On Oct. 25, from 7 to 10 a.m., flights will take place for vegetation monitoring project support in the Olaʻa Tract, also between 3,500 feet and 4,500 feet elevation.

Two days later, from 7 to 9 a.m. Oct. 27, flights will take place between 6,000 feet and 9,000 feet elevation on Mauna Loa for Hawaiian petrel monitoring.

On Oct. 29, between 7 and 10 a.m., flights will occur for vegetation monitoring project support in the Olaʻa Tract, between

3,500 feet and 4,500 feet elevation.

In addition, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory may conduct flight operations over Kilauea and Mauna Loa to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation.

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Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather.

The National Park Service said that management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities.

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