Go Fly Stories
Our founder and primary pilot, Nick Moran, was recently interviewed for an episode of Hawaii’s Best Travel podcast.
Listen as Nick chats about taking visitors up on their first discovery flight, photographing whales and waterfalls, and life on the beautiful island of Maui.
Our instructors answer your questions about becoming a helicopter pilot.
We took professional travel photographer and filmmaker Matt Pierce for a private, doors-off photography flight around Maui. Here’s a video of his experience.
Photography didn’t find its way into Nick Moran’s life until a few years after he and his wife, Magen, moved in 2010 from the Pacific Northwest to Maui.
“After the move, I worked first as a kitesurfing/standup paddle instructor while accumulating enough flight time to get a full-time pilot job,” he says.
“I’d earned my helicopter flight instructor certificate right before we moved to Hawaii.
“My dad was in the Navy and I flew airplanes growing up, so aviation is in my blood.”
“When asked if I needed to bring anything specific along with me for our photography flight, Nick Moran responded, ‘Wear a pair of closed-toe shoes, and just be ready for adventure.’
“With those being the only two requirements, along with an eagerness to snap some awesome aerial photos, I was more than ready for my flight with Go Fly Maui.”
Nick Moran likes the wind. Growing up in Washington, he learned to fly fixed-wing aircraft at 15 and earned his certificate at 17 at Glacier Aviation in Olympia.
Working at the Bremerton naval base as an ordnance mechanic, Moran longed for a more active lifestyle, so he and wife, Magen, pulled stakes and moved to New Zealand to kite surf.
They were instructors in both kite surfing and paddle boarding and “had a blast” but eventually wanted to return to the States. They chose Maui, known for its trade winds and Kona winds.
Go Fly Maui recently had the privilege of taking professional photographer Michael Gilbert for a flight.
With his 35-150mm F/2.8-4 VC zoom model A043 in tow, the flight included a stunning, doors-off visit to “The Wall of Tears” deep in Mauna Kahalawai, also known as the West Maui Mountains, near the summit of Pu’u Kukui.
Ride along with Michael in this video from high-performance camera lens manufacturer Tamron.