If you become lost during a cross-country flight in Hawaii, use your radio
to quickly obtain assistance from radar controllers. One of the biggest
complaints voiced by controllers who have worked such emergencies is that
often a pilot will wait until his fuel is low before calling for assistance.
The controller can usually identify the plane and give vectors to the
nearest airport, but if the plane runs out of fuel enroute, it's going
to have to ditch anyway. When calling for assistance, you may choose to
use the appropriate frequency for Honolulu Center (see Appendix of book)
or emergency frequency 121.5. A transponder squawk of 7700 will help to
alert ground personnel of your troubles.
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