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communicate on the appropriate air traf- fic frequency.

Between 1,000-1,300 feet, it would re-

quire aircraft using VFR to use a common radio frequency for the Hudson River. Aircraft operating below 1,000 feet would use the same radio frequency. New pilot operating practices would re- quire pilots to use specific radio frequen- cies for the Hudson River and the East River, would set speeds at 140 knots or less, and would require pilots to turn on anti-collision devices, position or naviga- tion equipment and landing lights. They would also require pilots to announce when they enter the area and to report their aircraft description, location, direc- tion and altitude.

Existing common practices that take pi- lots along the west shore of the river when they are southbound and along the east shore when they are northbound would become mandatory. In addition, pilots would be required to have charts available and to be familiar with the airspace rules. The FAA also intends to propose stan- dardized procedures for fixed-wing air- craft leaving Teterboro to enter the Class B airspace over the Hudson River or the exclusionary zone. If an aircraft plans to enter the Class B airspace, Teterboro con- trollers would request approval from Newark before the aircraft takes off and be authorized to climb the aircraft to 1,500 feet. A special route would direct aircraft that want to enter the VFR exclusionary zone over the George Washington Bridge. The FAA expects to complete and pub- lish any changes in time to have them in effect by November 19, so that they can be incorporated on new, standardized aeronautical charts that will replace exist- ing charts. The charts will highlight the Class B VFR corridor, encouraging more pilots to exercise the option to fly over the Hudson River under air traffic control, in- stead of entering the congested exclusion- ary zone. Finally, the FAA intends to develop training programs specifically tailored for pilots, air traffic controllers and fixed-base operators to increase awareness of the op- tions available in the Hudson River air- space, and better develop plans that enhance safety for the intended flight. “We have reinforced how important it is to follow the recommended procedures and maintain professional conduct until we put • August 2009


the new mandatory measures in place,’’ said Administrator Babbitt. “These new safety steps incorporate the collective ex- perience of pilots who fly in that airspace as well as our own air traffic controllers and the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. We all want the skies over New York to be as safe as they can be.” The FAA chartered the New York Air-

space Task Force on August 14 and pro- posed actions based on the group's August 28 report. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued independent recommendations on August 27 that were not used in the development of the task force's safety enhancements. The FAA's proposed actions meet or exceed the NTSB's recommendations. ❚ Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52
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