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ON FINAL APPR O A CH

Federal Aviation Administration

Plan To Enhance Safety for New York Airspace

THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION

(FAA) is planning to modify the airspace over the Hudson River by revising proce- dures to create safe, dedicated operating corridors for all the aircraft that fly at lower altitudes around Manhattan. “The New York Airspace Task Force chartered on August 14 developed a com- prehensive series of recommendations that we plan to implement as quickly as possi- ble,” said FAA Administrator Randy Bab- bitt. “These steps will significantly enhance safety in this busy area and create crystal-clear rules for all of the pilots who operate there.”

The safety enhancements would re- structure the airspace, mandate pilot op- erating rules, create a new entry point into the Hudson River airspace from Teter-

boro, standardize New York area charts and de- velop new training for pi- lots, air traffic controllers and businesses that oper- ate helicopters and aircraft in the area.

One of the most signif- icant changes, if adopted, would divide the airspace into altitude corridors that separate aircraft flying over the river from those

operating to and from local heliports or seaplane bases.

Specifically, this new exclusionary zone would be comprised of three components: It would establish a uniform “floor” for the Class B airspace over the Hudson River

at 1,300 feet, which would also serve as the “ceiling” for the exclusionary zone. Between 1,300-2,000 feet, it would re- quire aircraft to operate in the Class B airspace under visual flight rules but un- der positive air traffic control, and to

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