Trump shuts down Hudson River traffic

1109_trump_tfr_16x9The morning after Donald Trump was declared president-elect, the US Secret Service has requested a temporary flight restriction over his Manhattan residence, restricting access to the popular Hudson River Corridor, reports general aviation industry group AOPA.

The 2-nautical-mile radius GA no-fly zone extends from the surface up to 2,999 feet agl and is scheduled to be in effect through his inauguration January 20, 2017.

The corridor gives pilots a breathtaking view of the New York City skyline and also bustles with helicopter activity from companies offering sightseeing flights and business flights between helipads in the city.

Aircraft arriving or departing West 30th Street Heliport (KJRA), Lincoln Tunnel Airport (6NJ5), East 34th Street Heliport (6N5), Palisades Medical Center Airport (07NJ), and New York Skyports Inc. Seaplane Base (6N7) will be permitted.

Military, law enforcement, and firefighting operations as well as medevac/air ambulance flights on active missions or “operations deemed for safety or emergency reasons” also will be permitted.

Aircraft approved to fly in the TFR must maintain two-way communications with air traffic control and squawk a discrete ATC-assigned transponder code.

AOPA said it would keep members apprised of the mitigation efforts and final resolution. “In the meantime, pilots flying in the New York City area should check notams before every flight to stay up to date on the TFRs and comply with their procedures,” it said.

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