FAA Adds Special Flight Rules for Hudson Transit

 - November 17, 2009, 8:57 AM

New FAA regulations take effect on Thursday to separate air traffic in the Hudson River VFR corridor on the west side of Manhattan in New York City. These regulations are a result of the August 8 midair between a Piper Lance and a tour helicopter. Pilots flying through the corridor must fly at no more than 140 knots; turn on anti-collision and position/nav lights; announce their position on specified frequencies; carry current charts and be familiar with them; and report aircraft type, position, direction and altitude at charted mandatory reporting points while flying along the New Jersey shore southbound and along the Manhattan shore flying northbound. Transiting pilots must fly between 1,000 and 1,300 feet, while local traffic will remain below 1,000 feet. According to the FAA, part of the new rule incorporates a 2006 Notam restricting fixed-wing operations in the exclusion zone over the East River (a result of the Oct. 11, 2006, Cory Lidle crash). The FAA is planning seminars for local pilot groups and it has also developed an online training program.