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Hawaii aviation firms want payment for Obama visit

March 2, 2010

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HONOLULU—Owners of several aviation firms in Hawaii say they want the federal government to compensate them for lost business during President Barack Obama's two-week holiday visit to Oahu in December.

A temporary no-fly zone was in effect over parts of the island while Obama and his family were in a rented Kailua home.

The zone barred flight operations inside a 10-mile area centered on Kailua. That put a crimp on air tours, flight instruction and other small-airplane operations in the area.

The Oahu Aviation Initiative, a coalition of 20 firms, said Monday it wants compensation for $200,000 in lost business.

The firms also want to meet with government officials to prevent a repeat of those losses during future Obama visits.

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Information from: KHON-TV, http://khon.com