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TropicBird Flight Service

Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
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Tom M wrote a review Mar 2021
Camano Island, Washington36 contributions35 helpful votes
While flying into Kona for a short vacation, I noticed a small, remote airstrip at the very north end of the island, set amid beautiful, majestic cliffs and dramatic shorelines. I pointed out to my wife, and as a private pilot, mentioned how I would love to land there and fly that shoreline in a GA aircraft. She thought it was a great idea, so we googled airplane rentals in Kona once we landed, and I found Tropicbird. Not only did they have great reviews, but they offered a flight experience in a DA20, which is the same aircraft I had learned to fly in a decade earlier, so there was also a sentimental tug. I called and spoke with Mike who owns Tropicbird. Great guy, we chatted and I booked a flight with one of his CFI’s, Mitch, a couple days after we arrived. The aircraft was in great shape, very professional operation, and pre-briefing with local knowledge and rules was excellent. The flight was a lifetime memory, we flew it just as I had hoped and planned, did a touch and go at UPP (Upolu airport), outstanding experience!! If you’re a pilot, this is a great adventure!!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Parchambault wrote a review Jun 2019
Tokyo, Japan36 contributions18 helpful votes
We really enjoyed flying with Mike on his Cessna C182. As a pilot for his professionalism and as tourist for his deep knowledge and sharing of the island history and geography. He makes it easy going and comfortable for first time flyer. My friend’s teen wanted to start flying after this flight...
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Date of experience: June 2019
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jaatman wrote a review Jul 2018
Fountain Hills, Arizona96 contributions33 helpful votes
This is my second time to fly with TropicBird. Your host, Mike Lauro, is the consummate aviation enthusiast and the office shows it. I flew the 172 with Eric on this trip with my friend Scott in the back seat. Eric skillfully provided great coaching on Island flying and helped navigate the weather so we could see the volcano, Waipio Valley, and the resort areas on the west side. As we approached the airport at Upolu Point (at the north end of the island) Eric suggested landing there. Full stop landing and taxi back. Strong easterly winds made for quick takeoff to resume our flight to Kona. Wrapped up the morning with a couple of landings at Kona. Great flying for me and a plane load of pictures for Scott. Highly recommended for current aviators even if you’re a bit rusty. Also a great experience for those who want to try their hand at flying.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Julie S wrote a review Nov 2017
St. Petersburg, Florida50 contributions13 helpful votes
We had wanted to see lava flows but weather was not conducive to that itinerary. Mike took us on a tour that was interesting and allowed us to see the spectacular north side of the island. Highly recommend, we felt safe and valued Mike’s commentary about local history and lore.
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Date of experience: November 2017
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Maccisco G wrote a review Jul 2017
Geneva, Switzerland116 contributions42 helpful votes
Travelling with the kids to Hawaii, I was trying to rent a Cessna with a safety pilot to fly over the Big Island of Hawaii. Surfing on the web, I found Tropicbird wich offers a "Island Adventure Flying Course". This course is awesom and so interesting. You learn a lot on the do's and don't on island flying, the specific weather conditions on Hawaii and the main wind conditions on the islands. We then made a fantastic flight around the island with a unique view of the volcanos and lava, also the lava flow going into the ocean. Michael Lauro is great professionnal, very experienced and knowlegeable. Thank you Mike for this great experience !
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Date of experience: July 2017
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