FAA Adds Special Flight Rules for Hudson
New FAA regulations took effect last month to separate air traffic in the Hudson River VFR corridor on the west side of Manhattan. 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 140 knots or less; 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.