Should one accident change the rules?
Don’t ban Hudson River Flights
“Congratulations to you guys for all the great coverage you’ve provided of Saturday’s disaster – I’ve really enjoyed it and found it very informative. I thought you might be interested in this post from Miles O’Brien, a former CNN anchor who primarily writes about aviation now, and says that Saturday’s crash is not an occasion for greater restrictions on civil aviation over the Hudson River:”
Those of us who fly through this airspace are responsible for seeing and avoiding each other. There are no air traffic controllers serving as traffic cops here.
And before you get yourself all spun up about this (I am talkin’ to you Sen. Schumer!), before this tragic crash there has never been a mid air collision like this in New York City.
Over the years, many thousands of airplane and helicopters have successfully and safely plied their way through this corridor of airspace wherein the responsibility for collision avoidance rests entirely in the cockpit.
And the real truth is it makes flying in the New York City airspace safer – because all the aircraft who fly in this zone are not taxing already maxed out air traffic controllers.
If tour helicopters had to check in with ATC every time they alighted with a load of tourists, the system would bog down in a hurry.
It is NOT the Wild West up there – as one congressional staffer suggests. Not by a long shot. There are rules that pilots follow and the safety record speaks for itself.– Miles O’Brien