Island Air Introduces Youth to Aviation Careers

IslandAirExplorersIsland Air recently launched its 2016 Explorers Program with an opening orientation event drawing students from high schools and colleges throughout Oahu. Only 15 applicants will be accepted into the program, which offers a unique opportunity for young people to learn about jobs in the aviation industry.

Since Explorers was founded, 106 students have completed the 10-week course, and many have returned to the airline for internships and full-time jobs. The program became an official Boy Scouts of America Explorer Post in 2009. This year, it will offer students the same training in cockpit procedures that Island Air pilots receive. Students will look at visual displays of aircraft taxi, takeoff, landing, and approaches as they happen. The group will also practice reviewing checklists during different phases of flight operations.


The program is designed to expose youth between 14 and 20 years of age to careers in aviation, including airport operations and management, aircraft mechanics, and in-flight service. Weekly sessions will include visits from organizations such as Air Traffic Control, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Transportation Security Administration.


Island Air Achieves On-Time Performance in October 2015

Island Air logo 2012Island Air posted strong on-time numbers in October 2015 for its scheduled flights between Maui, Oahu, and Lanai. With 710 completed flights, Island Air fulfilled over 99 percent of its scheduled flights. The airline also completed 86.2 percent of its flights on time, defined by the U.S. Department of Transportation as those arriving within 14 minutes of the scheduled arrival time.

david pfliegerAccording to Island Air CEO Dave Pflieger, the October 2015 numbers are a reflection of the operational improvements made by the company in previous months. Looking forward, Island Air plans to release all flight performance data, enabling customers to gauge the efforts of the airline for themselves. Island Air also encourages customers to provide both positive and negative feedback in order to help the airline build a strong foundation in terms of flight performance and customer satisfaction.

To learn more about flight performance at Island Air or to book affordable inter-island travel within Hawaii, visit