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Sunshine Helicopters Hana / Haleakala Tour


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Product Name Price Qty
FX STAR Open Seating Hana / Haleakala Tour - Adult
$260.00
Whisper STAR Open Seating Hana / Haleakala Tour - Adult
$310.00
FX STAR First Class Hana / Haleakala Tour - Adult
$335.00
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Whisper STAR First Class Hana / Haleakala Tour - Adult
$385.00
FX STAR Open Seating Hana / Haleakala Tour - Child

Regular Price: $260.00

Special Price: $225.00

Whisper STAR Open Seating Hana / Haleakala Tour - Child (0-12 yrs old)
$310.00
FX STAR First Class Hana / Haleakala Tour - Child
$335.00
Whisper STAR First Class Hana / Haleakala Tour - Child (0-12 yrs old)
$385.00

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Activity Overview

This excursion offers generous views of Haleakala's magnificent crater, travel through Maui's most remote areas with views of Hana Town, the Seven Pools, fabulous coastline waterfalls and world famous Ho'okipa windsurfing beach on the return. Whale watching in season

Flights available throughout the day

* Duration: 25 - 35 minutes
* Exact flight time provided in confirmation email.

Sunshine Helicopters Hana and Haleakala Flight

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How many people can a helicopter hold? How is the seating done? Can I sit up front?
Sunshine’s fleet of Astar helicopters seat (accommodate) six passengers plus your pilot. The weight & balance of the helicopter is computer generated and insures proper seat assignment. This system is used to equally distribute the weight, ensuring the pilot a level and safe flying platform. Both fore/aft and lateral balance are considered along with overall total weight of the helicopter. There are two seats to the left of the pilot and four seats directly behind. Our helicopters are made for touring, so each seat provides an excellent view for all passengers. Special requests for certain seats will be granted if allowed by our weight and balance system. Safety is Sunshine’s #1 concern.

2. Do you have a set schedule? What’s the best time to fly?
No, we do not have a set schedule. Tours are established solely upon your request of tour area, day and time. We will fly any tour anytime at your request, weather permitting. We suggest you book (reserve) your flight in advance to ensure availability. All of our tours afford an excellent view, and any flight time whether morning or afternoon should be fantastic.

3. What’s the best tour?
Each of Sunshine’s tours highlights particular areas of interest. Within these areas are many points of interest. We find our guests enjoy each of our offered tours. Repeat flyers generally choose an alternate tour, however sometimes passengers take the same tour over and over again. Also, each pilot choreographs his own music, narration and scenic sights so no flights are the same. Please select the tour that meets your flight-seeing desires.

4. Can we bring a camera? Best camera lens?
Cameras are permitted on board and recommended. We have found through guest comments that a 35mm with ASA 400 or higher with a wide-angle lens works good. Our tours offer some of the most unique photo-taking opportunities anywhere on the planet. We have disposable cameras for sale in our logo shop. Your pilot will create a video of your actual flight utilizing our five-camera system which includes a cabin camera, side and nose cameras and a unique tail camera. (Sold separately)

5. Does the wind affect the helicopter?
Helicopters unlike planes have no fixed wings. The main rotors act as a gyro and stabilize the helicopter in gusty conditions. If wind and gust are such that it will cause an uncomfortable flight, tours will be canceled. Your safety and comfort are our #1 concern.

6. What should I wear? Why do you recommend dark clothes? Will I be comfortable?
Clothing should be comfortable and casual. Dark shirts or tops are recommended for photo taking. Bright colored clothing may put a reflective glare on the helicopter plexiglass windows and reflect in your photos. Dark clothing helps to eliminate the reflection. Our climate control system keeps our helicopters at a comfortable temperature for the entire flight.

7. Do people get sick? Should I take Dramamine?
Although most of our guests enjoy our flights with no discomfort at all, some guests are prone to motion sickness. If this applies to you, we would recommend taking Dramamine or a similar product. As with all medicines, consult with your doctor before use. All of our flights are sightseeing tours and our pilots take pride in providing the smoothest, safest, and most enjoyable tours available. Helicopters have “Aloha” bags on board if needed.

8. How long has Sunshine been in business?
Sunshine’s first tours were flown by Ross using a four-passenger turbine powered Bell Jet Ranger in 1985 on the island of Maui. By 1988 Sunshine was operating three Bell Jet Rangers and one six-passenger Astar. In 1998 we expanded operations to the Kona side of the Big Island and shortly thereafter to Hilo. Today we operate seven six-passenger Astars.

9. Are there restrooms on the helicopter?
No, helicopters are not equipped with restrooms. We do provide restroom facilities at each of our departure/landing sites.

10. How experienced are your pilots?
Sunshine is proud to provide our guests with some of the most experienced pilots in the islands. Each of our pilots receives extensive company and factory training. To find out more about our pilots and training standards go to (About Us/pilots) & (other links/T.O.P.S.)

11. Am I guaranteed to see everything in your tour description?
Tour descriptions are based on what sites have been most requested in the area to be toured. Every attempt will be made by our pilots to cover each site described or requested by you, weather permitting. Pilots will adjust their flight path for wind and weather. We have many alternate sites to recommend. You will have the very best helicopter tour of Hawaii! Again, your safety and comfort are our #1 concern.

12. Will I see lava?
Active lava viewing is available on the Big Island tours only. Lava is regularly seen on our flights over Volcanoes National Park.

Flights available throughout the day
Check-in 45 minutes prior to departure
Exact flight time provided in confirmation email.

Meet Sunshine Helicopters Pilots

Ross Scott Sunshines Helicopters Pilot Name: Ross Scott
Position: Pilot - President
Flight Hours: 16,000+
Paul Morris Sunshine Helicopters Pilot Name: Paul Morris
Position: Pilot/
Director of Operations
Flight Hours: 19,000+
Fred Adlard Sunshines Helicopters Pilot Name: Fred Adlard
Position: Pilot Suprvisor
Flight Hours: 19,000+
Bogart L. Kealoha Sunshine Helicopters Pilot Name: Bogart L. Kealoha
Position: Pilot
Flight Hours: 22,500+
Bruce Needham Sunshine Helicopters Pilot Name: Bruce Needham
Position: Pilot / Island Manager
Flight Hours: 20,500+
Martin Adams Sunshine Helicopters Pilot Name: Martin Adams
Position: Chief Pilot
Flight Hours: 21,500+
Jedreck Squyres Sunshine Helicopters Pilot Name: Jedreck Squyres
Position: Pilot
Flight Hours: 6,000+
Joseph K. Song Sunshine Helicopters Pilot Name: Joseph K. Song
Position: Pilot
Flight Hours: 35,500+
Grant Phillips Sunshine Helicopters Pilot Name: Grant Phillips
Position: Pilot
Flight Hours: 2,500+
Chris Currier Sunshine Helicopters Pilot Name: Chris Currier
Position: Pilot
Flight Hours: 3,500+
Keith Benedick Sunshine Helicopters Pilot Name: Keith Benedick
Position: Pilot
Flight Hours: 8,500+
Justin Fisher Sunshine Helicopters Pilot Name: Justin Fisher
Position: Pilot
Flight Hours: 2,000+

Hana / Haleakala Tours (Area 2 on the map)

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Whisper STAR - EC 130 B4

Whisper Astar Sunshine Helicopter

The EC 130 B4 Whisper STAR is the ultimate in sightseeing helicopters. More interior room, more visibility with added plexiglass and elevated rear seats. Sunshine customizes the standard factory interior with business and first class seating to further enhance passenger comfort and visibility. Soar in the state-of-the-art Whisper STAR and experience the superb quiet and ultra smooth most advanced technological sightseeing helicopter ever!

Whisper STAR First Class Seating:

The three front seat configuration is replaced with two front seats. Passengers enjoy “First Class” seating next to pilot, with extra arm and leg room. Maximum combined weight for two passengers: 490 lbs.

Whisper STAR Open Seating:

Up to six-passengers, seat assignment determined by weight and balance.
Video of your flight available:
* A DVD of your actual flight narrated and orchestrated by your pilot with our exclusive state-of-the-art system is available for $49.95.

ASTAR - 350 BA

Astar Sunshine Helicopter

The industry standard “Black Beauty" has all forward facing customized bench style seats giving excellent visibility. Sunshine has flown over 850,000 satisfied passengers in our “Black Beauties” since 1985.  Recently upgraded in 2008 to the all new ASTAR 350FX,  the “FX” carries more weight, flies faster, is quieter and more fuel efficient. The increased capacity allows the FX to have “First Class” seating.  The conversion from AS350BA to AS350FX is provided by Heli-Lynx Helicopter Service of Canada and approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Ross Scott, President says “the FX is the most environmentally friendly helicopter we operate with a lower noise footprint and 25% less fuel burn. It raises the bar for green helicopter air touring in Hawaii.”

FX Open Seating:  Industry standard six-passengers, seat assignment determined by weight and balance.

FX First Class Seating:  Passengers enjoy “First Class” seating next to pilot, with extra arm and leg room. Maximum combined weight for two passengers: 400 lbs.
Video of your flight available:
* A DVD of your actual flight narrated and orchestrated by your pilot with our exclusive state-of-the-art system is available for $49.95.

David Clark Company quality head-sets

Sunshine Helicopters uses David Clark Company aviation quality stereo headsets with left and right volume controls. David Clark headsets are specifically designed to provide hearing protection for pilots while also providing clear, isolated reception and crisp transmission at normal voice levels in a noisy aircraft. When used in the very quiet cabin of our A-Star helicopters you have the best noise attenuating aviation headsets available anywhere. We have found these headsets to have excellent performance with very low maintenance. For your comfort our David Clark headsets feature new flo-fit get ear seals (the finest Available) with soft, double knit, 100% cotton ear seal covers designed for hot, humid weather. With the super-soft, foam filled head pad and the comfort of our air-conditioned cabin there is no equal.

"Since 1935 David Clark Company has been dedicated to the development of products calling for unsurpassed excellence in quality, design and performance. As the industry leader in virtually every niche market we serve, we are dedicated to maintaining the high standards that our Company founders established. We have earned a reputation for excellence; we intend to keep it and to continue deserving the confidence of our customers."

Robert Vincent, President, David Clark Company, Inc.

All Flights Include:

* Ground briefing
* Personally narrated tour
* Air-conditioning
* Complimentary coffee
* Choreographed CD music through rich stereophonic headsets with volume control.
** The pilot-narrated video of your actual flight is available to purchase on DVD.

Sunshine Helicopters Maui accredited T.O.P.S.

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