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Ban Sought on Manhattan Helo Flights

By James T. McKenna | June 5, 2007

A New York congressman wants to re-introduce legislation blocking helicopters from flying over Manhattan. Rep. Anthony Weiner, a Democrat who represents the neighboring boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, first proposed the bill in 2004. He’s reviving it in the wake of the NTSB’s findings on the October 2006 crash of a Cirrus SR-20 into a Manhattan apartment building. The crash killed the pilot, New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, and his instructor. The NTSB recommended the FAA permanently ban VFR flight of fixed-wing, non-amphibious aircraft in the New York East River Class B exclusion area. Weiner wants additional steps taken, specifically: requiring all helicopter flights to remain over water except for landings and takeoffs from a heliport; requiring all helicopters passengers and baggage to be screened by Transportation Security Administration, and requiring helicopters to remain in contact with the FAA regardless of altitude. Weiner’s bill would exempt police, medical, and other authorized helicopter traffic. For related news

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