We earlier noted that the City’s Economic Development Corporation and Saker Aviation, the operator of the Downtown Heliport, have begun to enforce the rules agreed to last April to prevent tourist helicopters from overflying Brooklyn Heights or Brooklyn Bridge Park. These rules are now being given teeth through the imposition of fines on pilots who violate them.
The Brooklyn Paper: A Manhattan heliport operator has started enforcing the “No chopper” zone above Brooklyn Heights — and two tour pilots have already gotten slapped with $100 fines.
The unlucky flyboys allegedly violated a city flight plan redrawn in August to keep tourist hell-icopters from hovering over our scenic waterfront.
According to the Brooklyn Paper article, the fines will rise to $500 per violation next month, and $1,000 in May and thereafter.