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HANGAR TALK
HAI President Matt Zuccaro Testifies
Before Congress On Hudson River Airspace
Helicopter Association International
(HAI) President Matt Zuccaro testified be-
Zuccaro pointed out that no single recommendation
fore the U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on Transportation and Infra-
is a silver bullet, but together, each of these
structure’s Aviation Subcommittee on
recommendations offered would make a real
Wednesday, September 16, concerning
the Hudson River airspace and manage-
difference towards enhancing safety.
ment of uncontrolled airspace corridors.
The hearing was prompted by the mid-air the past 26 years, the FAA would elimi- liports, which he believes will reduce fre-
collision over the Hudson River of a heli- nate any ambiguity, and would standard- quency congestion and enhance pilot
copter and a Piper PA-32R-300 airplane ize procedures within the airspace. He communication capability. Zuccaro
in August, resulting in the deaths of all went on to say that the FAA's proposal to pointed out that no single recommenda-
nine people onboard both aircraft. establish three tiers of airspace would en- tion is a silver bullet, but together, each of
Zuccaro testified to his activities as a hance separation of transiting aircraft, and these recommendations offered would
member of the recently convened FAA agreed that the FAA's recommendation to make a real difference towards enhanc-
N.Y. Airspace Task Force, and provided standardize the floor of the Class B con- ing safety. Zuccaro also testified that
an overview of the safety of helicopter op- trolled airspace at 1,300 feet, would sim- training is the cornerstone to any effort
erations, along with his past experience of plify the airspace structure. to reduce accidents and improve safety,
almost 30 years as a pilot and executive Zuccaro concurred on the need to stan- and said that HAI looked forward to
manager for flight operations within the dardize procedures for fixed-wing aircraft working with the Subcommittee and other
N.Y. Class B airspace, as well as his ser- entering the Hudson River Exclusion, and interested parties to ensure the highest
vice on a number of study groups involv- to standardize the three aeronautical maps level of safety within the New York Class
ing this airspace. He stated that, by which relate to this airspace, as well as B excluded airspace, and similar such en-
making mandatory the existing voluntary the reallocation of the available Unicom vironments throughout the National Air-
practices, which have been used safely for frequencies utilized at New York City he- space System.

12 ROTORCRAFT PROFESSIONAL • September 2009
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