Essential Scuba Diving Equipment

Airline executive David “Dave” Pflieger enjoys spending his days off participating in outdoor activities, such as tennis and golf. Dave Pflieger also travels and scuba dives.


When it comes to scuba diving, a person must obtain the proper equipment to ensure a safe and fun experience. The following are standard scuba diving equipment to purchase or rent before a dive.

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Image Source: Pixabay1. A mask. Providing the necessary air space to focus vision, a mask must be fitted to each individual diver.

2. A snorkel. This piece of equipment is vital on the surface of the water. It allows a person to breathe without using and wasting tank air.

3. A pair of fins. Fins ease movement underwater by covering a larger surface area with each stroke of the leg.

4. Scuba cylinder and valves. Made of aluminum or steel, container stores the all-important high-pressure air breathed during a dive. The valve controls air flow.

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5. A regulator. Controlling air flow, a regulator sends air to a diver when inhaling and preserves air when it is not needed.

6. A buoyancy control device. Sold in a back-mount or jacket style, the device can be inflated or deflated, as necessary, to adjust buoyancy in the water.

Fiji Airways’ Current Success Began with 2013 Rebranding

fiji-airways-logo-01Fiscal year 2014 was a huge success for the Fiji Airways Group, which posted record operating profits of $60.8 million on $770 million in revenue for the year. A twofold increase over the group’s previous operating profit record that wasset in 2005, the $60.8 million figure represents the dividends of a year marked by a 4.5 percent increase in passengers, a 2 percent decrease in unit cost, and an 8.2 percent increase in load factor. This success can be directly attributed to to the airline’s turnaround, revitalization, and rebranding effort that was launched and completed under the leadership of Dave Pflieger, the company’s CEO and Managing Director from 2010 to late 2013.

fiji airwaysA struggling airline operating as Air Pacific Ltd., Fiji’s national airline was in dire need of a turnaround as it entered the second decade of the 21st century. Pflieger’s strategy for success revolved around fixing the airline’s operational, customer service, and financial performance and enhancing Fiji’s international status as a tourist destination. Rebranding the airline under its previous moniker, Fiji Airways, was a key component of that strategy. The turnaround was a success, as this past year’s financial results have shown. The year 2014 represented a record-breaking one for the company, which has garnered accolades from the Fijian attorney general, who greeted the latest profit report as a “wonderful day for Fiji” and a “historic achievement.”

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Essential Packing Tips For Travel to Hawaii

Hawaiian Dress Code
The hardest part of any vacation tends to be when packing for one. Packing sounds like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! In this article, I wanted to share my best wellness and packing tips to help prepare you for your next trip to Hawaii. “Hawaiian Dress Code”: Most places use “Resort Wear” as standard dress code throughout Hawaii. For men, this includes dress-shorts or khaki trousers and a collared shirt. For women, this includes casual skirts, maxi dresses, capri pants, dress shorts, rompers, etc.

What to Bring: A General Packing Checklist

  1. Shorts & T-shirts for daytime wear.
  2. Bathing suit & cover-up (most resorts request that you cover up in lobbies and common areas other than the pool and beach).
  3. Flip-Flops or other water shoes.
  4. Long trousers, for Hawaii activities (like horseback riding, zip lining, hiking over lava, ATV tours, etc).
  5. Sunglasses.
  6. Sunscreen & lip balm with high SPF (WebMD recommends looking for a sunscreen that contains any of the following: ecamsule, avobenzone, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, sulisobenzone, or zinc oxide).
  7. Hawaii travel map and/or guidebook: Oahu Vacation GuideMaui Vacation GuideKauai Vacation GuideHawaii: The Big Island, Vacation Guide.
  8. Cameras, batteries, and/or other charging devices.
  9. Binoculars and a lightweight backpack.
  10. Personal medicine prescriptions and first aid kit  (“Suggestions for medical supplies you may need on your Hawaii vacation”).
  11. Rain jacket/poncho and hat/visor.
  12. Light sweater – especially if you are staying in any of the uplands/upcountry areas like, Koele, Lanai City, Kula, Volcano and Waimea.

If you plan to hike:

  1. Mosquito repellent.
  2. Hiking shoes or sneakers.
  3. Camelback/water bottle.
  4. Quick-dry clothing.
  5. Some energy bars for fuel.

If you plan to visit high elevation zones:

  1. Thermal underwear.
  2. Windproof gloves.
  3. Windproof jacket.
  4. Winter hat, headband, or earmuffs (guided tours to Haleakala or Mauna Kea will most likely provide a parka & gloves).

Lava in HawaiiIf you plan to watch lava flow:

  1. Hiking shoes & hiking poles.
  2. Hiking pants.
  3. Flashlight.
  4. Gloves.

See more advice for seeing lava activity in Hawaii.

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How to Have a Budget Friendly Honolulu Vacation


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When you’re spending time in Honolulu there are literally hundreds of activities tourists and locals alike can enjoy, but some of those things are going to be a little easier on your wallet than others. For the traveler in search of a budget friendly, authentic Hawaii experience, here’s a collection of tips and suggestions on where to stay, how to get around, what to do, and where to eat.


First, you need to get there.


One way to make your trip a little easier to plan is to look for a package deal, which includes flights, hotel options, and car rentals with pick up right at the Honolulu International Airport.

Most people also want to drop in on a few other islands during their visit. For quick and easy island hopping, book your flights with Island Air. Flights between Hawaii’s most popular islands start at just $59.


Once you’re there, you’ll need a place to stay.


Aqua Resorts is a popular hotel chain with more than 10 unique hotels in Honolulu. Their Aqua Palms Waikiki is just one block from Waikiki Beach. The Ala Moana Beach Park, Ala Moana Center, and Downtown Hawaii are all within walking distance, and The Hawaii Convention Center is a short drive away. They frequently run sales and promotions, so keep an eye on their website for relevant specials.

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Airbnb is a great option for those who would rather experience the island from a local home or apartment. They have plenty of listings for unique rooms, condos, and even entire homes hosted directly by local residents. Each one has it’s own charm, and you’ll feel more like you’re really living in Hawaii as you enjoy your stay.

The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani is a great family friendly option, complete with a gym, a pool, free parking, free kids meals, and most importantly: beach front views. It’s located just a few blocks away from the Waikiki Aquarium and Honolulu Zoo, both fun activities for the kids. They often offer package deals and seasonal promotions on the Family Offers section of their site, so make sure to check that before you book.

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Tripadvisor is a great resource for comparing hotels (as well as for natural sites, activities, restaurants, and more.) They’re also a great resource for package deals since they partner with Island Air. Their site will let you filter by whatever you want, so you can find what you’re looking for without having to skim through a million options. You can add your own reviews to help fellow travelers.

Yelp is something you’ve probably used already when you’re exploring new places. It’s great for candid reviews of hotels, from real guests who have stayed there. It’s also useful for finding restaurants and activities. Like Tripadvisor, you can add your own reviews to help future travelers.


Once you’ve arrived and settled into your rental, you’ll need a way to get around.

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Car rentals are super easy to book through IslandAir. You can usually get them included in your package deal and pick it up right from the airport.


Bike rentals are a fun way to get around without needing to worry about parking. You can pick them up right from Waikiki Bike Rental. They’ve even got surfboard racks and GoPro cameras available, so you can ride and record your latest surfing adventure.


Public transit is available via the bus system for just $2.50 a ride. You can check out the routes, stops, and up to date schedules here.


Once you’re mobile, you’ll want to explore.


Manoa Falls is a stunning natural waterfall you’ll come to after a beautiful 1.5 mile hike through the rainforest. It’s a beginner level hike that the whole family should be able to keep up with. There are tons of beautiful views along the way with lots of opportunities for taking some impressive photos.

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`Iolani Palace was built in 1882 by the last King of Hawaii, King David Kalakaua. You can learn about its rich cultural history during a guided tour or just explore the grounds on your own. Though it once served as a palace for the king, it has since been turned into a museum.

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Diamond Head is a breathtaking hike along the ridge of Hawaii’s iconic 300,000 year old volcanic crater. This trail has some of the best views you can see on the island, so bring a camera.

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Hanauma Bay is where you’ll want to go for the best snorkeling. There’s a beautiful reef full of thousands of species to discover. You’ll have the chance to swim alongside turtles, Humuhumunukunukuapuaa (the state fish of Hawaii), milletseed butterfly fish, yellow tangs, trumpet fish, angelfish, and so much more.

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Pearl Harbor has memorials and a museum that are definitely worth seeing. If you arrive early enough in the morning you get free parking, not to mention you’ll beat the crowds. Admission is free and includes a viewing of an informative video, plus the chance to visit several historically significant sites, including the USS Arizona memorial and the USS Bowfin submarine.


After all this excitement, you’ll probably be hungry.


Duke’s Waikiki, as you could guess, is located on Waikiki Beach. It’s well priced and great spot for good fruity cocktails paired with a casual meal. There are two dining areas: the Barefoot Bar and the Dining Room. Both have fresh seafood, great burgers, and are family friendly.


12th Ave Grill is a great family-owned restaurant with delicious American style cuisine. It’s perfect for families, and it recently won an award from Honolulu Magazine for the best restaurant of 2015.

Haleiwa Joe’s is about an hour drive north of Waikiki in the town of Haleiwa. This beachfront spot has live music and entertainment most nights, so be sure to check their schedule to decide what night you want to go.

Tiki’s Grill & Bar is another great beachfront spot for cocktails–especially their Mai Tai–and fresh local food. They have a great lineup of local bands and hula dancers that perform regularly, so again, make sure to check the schedule to decide when you want to go.


Highway Inn has been serving authentic Hawaiian cuisine since 1947. Their friendly staff is more than helpful in teaching you about what their dishes are and what to order. This is a great place to get a taste of the best of local cuisine.

Wailo Shave Ice has been a staple of the area since 1940. There are literally thousands of flavor combinations, and they’re a great treat after a day on the beach.

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There are plenty of moreamazing activities and delicious restaurants you can check out in Honolulu that are not mentioned here, and it would be impossible to get to them all, but this is a great place to start. The best way to discover more of the island is to get yourself out there and talk with fellow travelers and locals. If you open yourself up to the amazing experiences Honolulu has to offer, you’ll be sure to make memories that last a lifetime.


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Island Air’s Corporate Responsibility Program

Dave Pflieger Island Air CSRDave Pflieger has always remained deeply concerned with the social and ethical impact of his professional pursuits. Corporate responsibility and fostering strong community relations have always been paramount in Pflieger’s conception of proper business practices. In accordance with these beliefs, Pflieger has participated in, and spearheaded, a number of philanthropic endeavors in an effort to give back to the communities in which he works. While working with Fiji Airways, Pflieger and his team decided they wanted to focus all of their philanthropic effort on extending educational opportunities to underprivileged children in this distant pacific island. Pflieger’s foundations raised over $100,000 to help student purchase materials, and pay tuition. Speaking of this charitable accomplishment, Pflieger said,  “As Fiji’s national airline, we view it as one of our responsibilities to assist local communities – especially in their time of need following the recent floods in Western and Northern Fiji,”

Pflieger is now focusing his efforts on Hawaii, and has taken part in many philanthropic activities to give back to this vibrant community. Along with Island Air, Pflieger supports a number of charitable organizations throughout the state, and has exemplified a clear commitment to fostering community growth and wellbeing. The Island Air Corporate Giving Program has become well ingrained in the state of Hawaii, and has supported a number of venerable institutions to ensure the efficacy of their efforts. These institutions include The University of Hawaii Athletics, Bishop Museum, XTERRA, Best Buddies, Special Olympics Hawaii, and Susan G Komen Hawaii.

This support shows a passion for maintenance of Hawaii’s spirited local culture through their backing of financial ethical, athletic, health and wellness, history and culture, mentorship and friendship, and women’s health initiatives. These organizations have made massive strides in Hawaii and have worked to ameliorate myriad social, economic, and community issues currently affecting the country’s 50th state. Island Air seeks not only to bring visitors to this beautiful island paradise, but to improve the living conditions for those who live there permanently. Of course, this is a symbiotic relationship, as a thriving Hawaii may prove more attractive to tourists or potential residents/tax payers. Pflieger’s work in Hawaii has been invaluable to the community, and has proven his commitment to philanthropy in the many realms in which he works. Though an undisputed leader in industry, Pflieger has proven himself a leader in the world of corporate responsibility and ethical behavior. He has shown that profit is not always the only goal of a corporation, and has illustrated the massive positive influence corporate philanthropic support can have over a marginalized or otherwise disadvantaged community.


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Essential Packing Tips For Travel to Hawaii

The hardest part of any vacation tends to be when packing for one.  Packing sounds like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! In this article, I wanted to share my best wellness and packing tips to help prepare you for your next trip to Hawaii. Hawaiian Dress Code

“Hawaiian Dress Code”: Most places use “Resort Wear” as standard dress code throughout Hawaii.   For men, this includes dress-shorts or khaki trousers and a collared shirt.  And, for women, this includes casual skirts, maxi dresses, capri pants, dress shorts, rompers, etc.

What to Bring: A General Packing Checklist:

  • →Shorts & T-shirts for daytime wear,Hawaii shirt
  • →Bathing suit & cover-up (most resorts request that you cover up in lobbies and common areas other than the pool and beach),
  • →Flip-Flops or other water shoes,
  • →Long trousers, for Hawaii activities (like horseback riding, zip lining, hiking over lava, ATV tours, etc.),
  • →Sunglasses,
  • →Sunscreen & Lip balm with high SPF (WebMD recommends looking for a sunscreen that contains any of the following: ecamsule, avobenzone, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, sulisobenzone, or zinc oxide.) ›Here are some examples.
  • →Hawaii travel map and/or guidebook,
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  • →Cameras, batteries, and/or other charging devices,
  • →Binoculars and a lightweight backpack
  • →Personal medicine prescriptions/ first aid kit  (“Suggestions for medical supplies you may need on your Hawaii vacation”),
  • →Rain jacket/ poncho, and Hat/visor,
  • →Light sweater—especially if you are staying in any of the uplands/upcountry areas like, Koele, Lanai City, Kula, Volcano and Waimea.

If you plan TO HIKE bring: Hiking in Hawaii

  • Mosquito repellent,
  • Hiking shoes or sneakers,
  • Camelback/water bottle,
  • Quick-dry clothing,
  • Some energy bars for fuel.


  • Thermal underwear,
  • Windproof gloves,
  • Windproof jacket,
  • Winter hat, headband, or earmuffs. (guided tours to Haleakala or Mauna Kea will most likely provide a parka & gloves)







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Silver Airways and Alaska Airlines Join in Partnership

David, or Dave, Pflieger has worked in the commercial airline industry since 1998, having overseen operations at several major airlines, including Delta and Virgin America, throughout his career. Dave Pflieger, former president, was one of the leaders at Silver Airways, an airline based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In October 2014, the rapidly expanding Silver Airways joined in its ninth airline partnership with Alaska Airlines.

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The contract between the Alaska Airlines and Silver Airways allows travelers to fly through Alaska Airlines’ own port cities as well as locations serviced by Silver Airways in Florida and the Bahamas, opening a larger number of travel opportunities with the two on both sides of the country. The partnership also simplifies transfers between the two airlines, making luggage pickup easy with just one check-in and baggage check necessary.

Silver Airways currently maintains similar partnerships with several other airlines, including Delta, JetBlue, American Airlines, and U.S. Airways, in addition to a handful of international partners.

Silver Airways’ New International Maintenance Headquarters in Orlando


The Facility

Recently, the airline previewed a new international maintenance headquarters at Orlando International Airport, built through a $3.5 million public transportation joint participation agreement between the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and the Florida Department of Transportation, as well as funding from Silver Airways. The new facility will open up 200 jobs in the Orlando area. A 38,000-square-foot space, it has the capability of housing three or four aircraft in addition to office spaces and repair and overhaul areas.


The Future

A long-term lease between the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and Silver Airways guarantees the space to the airline for the coming three decades. This commitment to Orlando will boost tourism and transportation in Florida for years to come. Recently, Silver Airways also announced new intrastate destinations and more frequent flights to better facilitate travel.

Island Air Lends Support to the Fight Against Breast Cancer

susan g komen hawaiiDave Pflieger has held a number of executive roles in the aviation industry since 2002, most recently joining Island Air as the president and CEO as of September 2014. Shortly after his appointment, Dave Pflieger was instrumental in leading the company’s involvement in Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This past October, Island Air joined the Susan G. Komen Hawaii affiliate in its efforts to provide screening and essential treatments for breast cancer. Island Air, which provides more than 250 weekly interisland flights between Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Lanai, sponsored flight fees for patients receiving treatment for breast cancer, incurring no cost to families or the nonprofit.

Up to 75 percent of the nonprofit’s income goes directly to supporting community education and treatment programs for medically underserved women, but the travel costs associated with flying to Oahu for repeated screenings and treatments represent a significant barrier to individuals in economically disadvantaged communities. By partnering with the charity, Island Air continues to lend its support to Hawaii locals in their fight against cancer.

Packing for a Fiji Vacation

With an aviation career spanning over 20 years, David (Dave) Pflieger is the president and CEO of Hawaii Island Air. Dave Pflieger was previously an instrumental player in the launch of Air Pacific (now Fiji Airways), an airline operating out of Fiji. Travel to Fiji can be exciting, but it is important to know how to pack for such a trip to get the most out of the experience. The following are some tips:

Fiji has a very warm climate, so bringing mostly light layers is usually sufficient. During the time spent at a resort, swimsuits and shorts are an acceptable and practical form of dress, but while venturing into Fijian villages, it is necessary to dress more modestly. It is also recommended that travelers wear cotton clothing as well as any clothing that shields and provides protection from the sun, which can be intense in this region. When packing, travelers should also bear in mind that while nights are typically warm, it can be beneficial to have a light extra layer on hand. The occasional downpour that may occur also calls for having adequate waterproof clothing on hand.

Over-the-counter medications and simple first-aid items are also important items to pack, since it can be difficult in the region’s remote areas to find the most basic medical supplies. Having pain medication, band-aids, and other rudimentary supplies can potentially mean the difference between enjoying the trip or suffering unnecessarily from a minor ailment for lack of access to adequate treatment. Other useful items include plastic bags for containing valuables in and around water, a day pack for carrying daily necessities around, and a flashlight.