For Immediate Release

October 13, 2006
Contact: Laura Brown
Phone: (202) 267-3455

WASHINGTON, DC – After a review of operations and procedures in the Visual Flight Rules Corridor over the East River in New York City, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that it is excluding fixed-wing aircraft from the corridor for safety considerations, unless they obtain authorization from and are being controlled by air traffic control.

The announcement, which came in the form of a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), noted that the restriction is effective immediately and will remain in place pending further review of current guidelines by the FAA and its government and industry partners.

Seaplanes operating in and out of the New York Skyports Seaplane Base will continue to be permitted to operate in the corridor, which extends from the southwestern tip of Governor’s Island to the North tip of Roosevelt Island, below an altitude of 1,100 feet. Helicopter operations in the East River corridor are not affected by this change.