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The Aloha Chapter 99s present

Inspiring Hawaii's Future of Flight
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This all-day, home-grown aviation event will be an impactful and educational expo focused on fostering the next generation of pilots in Hawaii. Whether you have just started dreaming about taking your career to the skies, or you are a thousand hours deep into your time building adventure, this event has something to offer all aviators! 

The aim of this event is 3-fold:

1. To offer a place for aspiring pilots to learn how to get started in aviation and to learn what it takes to become a professional pilot. Attend our morning flight training networking session to mingle with flight instructors, local flight schools and aviation scholarship board members.

2. To provide student and current pilots an opportunity to attend education sessions from experts in their aviation related fields, such as Air Traffic Controllers, the US Coast Guard, Meteorologists, Designated Pilot Examiners, and more. Earn FAA Wings credits from our safety related education sessions. Attendance in each session will enter you for a chance to win one of the following prizes:6 discovery flights, AOPA Swag Bag, Sporty's PPL Ground School Course, and 1 year of ForeFlight Pro Plus Subscription 

3. To provide an opportunity for those pilots ready to start, or further, their careers with a networking/recruiting event from all Hawaii based part 135 and 121 employers. Bring your resume, smile, and your A-Game to mingle at our afternoon recruiting networking session to talk directly with employers of your dream Hawaii based company!



Intro to Flight Training - 9am

Are you brand new to aviation? Want to know how to get started and what it takes to become a pilot? Join us for our Intro to Flight Training session presented by the Aloha Chapter 99s. 

Checkride for Success - 10am

Join Designated Pilot Examiner Michelle Petrina as she walks you through how to skillfully prepare to pass your practical exam with grace and ease. Michelle has been flying for 36 years and has been conducting checkrides for the FAA since 2008. As an Aloha Chapter 99 herself, Michelle has spent time in the islands achieving her rotorcraft ratings through Mauna Loa Helicopters as well as giving practical exams throughout the beautiful Aloha State.

Resume Workshop - 11am

Presented by Hawaiian Airlines, learn how to craft a professional pilot resume. A lot goes into applying for jobs in this competitive industry and Hawaiian Airlines is here to help you create an appealing resume that will help to move your application on to an interview.  

HI's Weather Patterns & Tools - 1pm

Presented by National Weather Service Meteorologists working here in Hawaii, learn about the weather patterns and aviation hazards to look for here in Hawaii, as well as the tools and services available to you when preparing for a flight. NOAA's Hawaii-based Matthew Foster will walk you through the latest weather technology and answer your weather related questions.

Air Traffic Control - 2pm

Presented by Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) from the Honolulu Control Facility (HCF). Hear about how you can help keep the skies safe when utilizing ATC services. This Honolulu-based team will provide an overview of basic air traffic knowledge, what it entails to work an airborne flight under ATC and the latest safety concerns and hot topics to enhance your communications and flight procedures while operating in the Hawaiian Islands. 

Post-Ditching Safety Tips - 3pm

Presented by the US Coast Guard, they'll cover survival, egress, EPIRB/ELT, flotation devices, light sources, etc & how the Coast Guard will respond once an aircraft has ditched & is in need of rescue.


Hawaii Aviation Expo
Hawaii Aviation Expo
Aug 10, 2024, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM HST
Terminal 1 Conference Rooms HNL Airport,
Terminal 1, 300 Rodgers Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96819, USA

All ticket sales are final, no refunds. $40 at the door, $30 presale online.

Ticket includes:
Unlimited re-entry and exit on the day of the event, August 10th, 2024 - 9am to 5pm, complimentary lunch available between 12pm and 1pm provided by Hawaiian Airlines, and an Aloha Chapter 99s sticker.

Shirt and shoes required for entry. Respectful participation required, the Aloha Chapter 99s reserve the right to refuse entry and/or participation should disorderly conduct present a hindrance to other's ability to participate. 


What is the Hawaii Aviation Expo?

The Hawaii Aviation Expo is a 3 in 1: job fair, aviation educational workshop, and flight training networking event. It will feature booths and representatives from flight schools and businesses across the island, and offers safety lectures from aviation professionals in all aviation industries. This event will help new, aspiring aviators find their start on their aviation journey and aid current professionals in furthering their careers!

When is the Hawaii Aviation Expo?

Saturday, August 10, 2024 
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Check in begins at 8:30am and ends at 4pm.

Where is the Hawaii Aviation Expo being held?

Honolulu Airport Conference Center. HNL Airport, Terminal 1, 7th Floor. Entrance is through the Mauka Doors.
   300 Rodgers Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96819

What is the event schedule?

There are 2 rooms that will offer simultaneous events:
- The first room will hold our educational series of 6 classes throughout the day. Hear from professionals in their fields, earn some FAA WINGS credits, and have a chance to win prizes like discovery flights, swag, Foreflight subscriptions, and more!
In the second room, we will offer two networking sessions. From 9am to 12pm, a session designed for new and low time pilots to mingle with flight schools in Hawaii, scholarship opportunities, and CFIs. The afternoon session from 2pm to 5pm is designed for pilots looking to take their careers to the next level which changes to mingle from local Part 135 and 121 employers.

What are the different educational sessions?

9am- Intro to Flight Training

10am- Checkride for Success

11am- Resume Workshop

1pm- HI's Weather Patterns & Tools

2pm- Air Traffic Control

3pm- Post-Ditching Safety Tips

What companies will be at the networking sessions?

9am to 12pm
AAUW - Tweet Coleman Scholarship
Belle Air Pacific 
George’s Aviation
HCC - Aeronautics Maintenance Technology
Mauna Loa Aero
Mauna Loa Helicopters
Pacific Flight Academy
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

US Coast Guard

2pm to 5pm

Hawaiian Airlines

Asia Pacific Airlines

Air Traffic Control

Aloha Air Cargo

Corporate Air (Fedex Feeder)

Hawaii Fire Department

Lanai Air (Western Aircraft)

Mokulele Airlines

How do I get FAA WINGS credits for attending?

If you attend ANY of our 3 after-lunch sessions by the HNL Air Traffic Control, NOAA, and/or Coast Guard, you are eligible to receive wings credit. Must have a FAASTeam Account. Sign up and read more about how the WINGS credits work “HERE!”  

Does it cost to attend the Hawaii Aviation Expo?

Yes. Tickets are $30 when purchased online before the event. Tickets can be purchased “HERE.” Space is limited and likely to sell out, so we recommend purchasing in advance. However, if there are still tickets remaining, we will be selling tickets at the door for $40. Tickets are non-refundable and day of ticket sales will be cash, checks, or Venmo only. If you would like to attend and the price is a concern, we are offering a limited number of scholarships to attend. Should you like to apply for a scholarship, please email our Hawaii Aviation Expo Scholarship Application to Aloha Chapter Scholarship Chairman, Tanya Rames, Scholarships are offered by selection from our committee, with a limited number available. Please submit your application by July 15th, 2024.

Where can I buy tickets for the Hawaii Aviation Expo?

You may buy tickets on our website HERE or at the door on the day of the event if there are still tickets available. Tickets are $30 when purchased online before the event or $40 at the door. Day of ticket sales will be cash, check or venmo only. All ticket sales are non-refundable.

I purchased a ticket and now I can’t attend. Can I get a refund or transfer my ticket to someone else?

We cannot offer refunds, however you can transfer your ticket to someone else. Please send an email to and state the name the ticket was purchased under and the name you’d like to transfer it to. We will respond to confirm the transfer.

What if I am only interested in a particular education session or networking session, do I need to attend the entire day?

No. Our event is designed for you to attend whatever is of value and interest to you. You will receive a wristband upon check in that will allow you to come and go as you please. You may attend as little or as much as you desire of the day’s offerings.

Where can I park at the event?

Parking is available at the Terminal 1 (Inter-island) Parking Garage. With validation from us, received at the check-in table, parking will cost $3.50 upon exit of the garage. For a comprehensive look at parking and costs, please visit the airport’s guide “HERE.”


How do I get to the Terminal 1 Conference room?

At the Terminal 1 (Inter-island) Parking Garage or International Parking Garage, park on floors 4, 5, or 6 and take the Mountain Side(North) Elevator to the 7th floor. Upon reaching the 7th floor, turn right to enter the lobby.

Terminal 1 / International Parking Garage to HNL Conference Center Directions
HNL Conference Center Directions

Who can attend the Hawaii Aviation Expo?

All are welcome to attend; bring your family, friends, and anyone who you think may be interested in the aviation industry!

What is the dress code for the Hawaii Aviation Expo?

There is no mandatory dress code beyond that attendees wear shirts and shoes, however if you plan to network, it is recommended you dress in business casual or business attire. Dress to impress, as they say!

The event is sold out for 2024, do you have a waiting list?

Due to the limited space available, we are only able to offer ticket sales to capacity of the event space. 

Can I volunteer for the Hawaii Aviation Expo?

Yes! Volunteers are needed for set-up, breakdown, our check-in/swag table (someone with no desire to participate in the event), and audio/visual tech. Please email us at with your availability if interested.

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