Posted on April 24, 2014 · Posted in Press Releases


For immediate release: OpenAirplane today announced a new partnership with Barber’s Point Aviation Services (BPAS) to provide Hawaii-based and visiting pilots easier access to aircraft for rental and use on the island of Oahu, through its proprietary Universal Pilot Checkout (UPC) system.

The OpenAirplane UPC allows aircraft owners, fixed-base operators, flying clubs, and flight schools around the country to easily verify a pilot’s qualifications in different models of aircraft. Pilots gain access to planes around the U.S. without the need for local checkouts.

“We’re excited to finally be flying in the islands,” said Rod Rakic, co-founder of OpenAirplane. “Hawaii has been one of the top destinations our community has been asking for since we launched. Having flown from Barber’s Point, I can tell you it’s definitely a peak experience, and a bucket list-worthy place to fly for any pilot.”

Barbers Point Aviation Services is a Cessna Pilot Center, located on John Rodgers Field (PHJR) at Kalaeloa Airport, previously Barbers Point Naval Air Station, and will offer both a Cessna 172 Skyhawk and a Cessna 150 for use within this network.

“Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on earth to fly, and here at BPAS we make it easy for pilots to enjoy the island,” comments Regi Perry, owner of BPAS and Barber’s Point Flight School (BPFS). “We’re looking forward to extending our brand of service with aloha to more pilots visiting us from around the world. OpenAirplane helps us to offer a great new experience to our customers.”

The OpenAirplane network now includes 55 locations across the U.S. offering over 180 aircraft for rent. More than 6,700 pilots have already signed up to fly with OpenAirplane.



Launched in June of 2012 and based in Chicago, Illinois, OpenAirplane makes it simple to find, book, fly, and pay for aircraft rental online or with a mobile device. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of pilots, owners, flight schools, FBOs and flying clubs, OpenAirplane is the easiest way for operators to get better utilization of their aircraft and for the community to make flying more valuable for everyone.
Barbers Point Aviation Services (BPAS) was founded in 2011 by Reginald Perry. Based at Kalaeloa Airport, the former historic Barbers Point Naval Air Station in Kapolei, Hawaii, and operating the only private flight school in west Oahu, a fixed base operation, and doing air tours of the island, BPAS provides handling, fueling and other services to military and commercial flights in the Pacific rim.

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