Electeds Ask de Blasio and FAA to Ban Non-Essential Helicopter Flights

We previously noted that three Congressional Representatives, including Nydia Velazquez, who represents Brooklyn Heights, co-sponsored a bill introduced in Congress that would effectively ban all non-essential helicopter flights, including tourist and commuter flights, over all boroughs of New York City. AM New York reports that these same Representatives, along with three others, all from the New York City area, have written to Mayor Bill de Blasio asking him to ban such non-essential flights

because of the risk to New Yorkers’ quality of life, health and safety, saying they’d already written to him about the impact of helicopters several times over the course of his administration.

The AM New York story also notes that these Representatives had earlier written to the Federal Aviation Administration, asking it to use its authority to ban such flights.

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  • Roberto Gautier

    Will a ban by DiBlasio of “non-essential” helicopter traffic and a cancellation of NYC’s heliport concession affect the new app-based helicopter taxi businesses of Uber, Blade and others?
    With a ban, DiBlasio could distinguish himself from our previous mayor who piloted his own helicopter in our skies.

  • Cranberry Beret

    Don’t hold your breath waiting for DiBlasio to distinguish himself on any topic

  • Reggie

    My guess is that a ban by the city (as opposed to some new federal law) would simply be the closure of the EDC-run heliports. If you have nowhere to land, it doesn’t matter who is flying and for what reason.