AFTER AN ACCIDENT EARLIER THIS MONTH. ON SEPTEMBER 2ND, A FIREFIGHTER CONDUCTING THE CHOPPER’S PILOT WAS GROUNDED PENDING WITH ONLY TWO CERTIFIED PILOTS TO FLY THE DOING TO ANSWERS, ALEXANDER? JOE, HFD TELLS ME IT’S HELICOPTER OPERATIONS BUT THE DEPARTMENT WANTS TO HAVE A STAFF OF CERTIFIED PILOTS READY TO FILL IN AT A For the next three months, the honolulu fire department will be expanding its helicopter training program, hoping to have more certified pilots on staff. Earlier this month, HFD had to ground one of its senior So now there are only 2 pilots to cover emergencies that are full-time helicopter training instructor to spend the next over 23 thousand dollars .. And is a retired flight instructor equipment, and operations. continued training with fire fighting personnel.” as for now, even with only two pilots HFD says it’s response to emergency situations is still as effective qualified pilots available to provide emergency response service for the City and FOR WHEN THE GROUNDED PILOT WILL RETURN. THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TELLS ME IF BOTH PILOTS WERE UNABLE TO WORK, THEY COULD UTILIZE POLICE HELICOPTERS IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. ALEXANDER ZANNES KHON 2 NEWS.