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Can you fly over the Hudson River?

Can you fly over the Hudson River?

The Hudson River SFRA is designed to keep private planes below commercial airspace, at an altitude of around 1,000 ft. (Class Bravo airspace begins at 1,300 ft and helicopters stay at 800 ft or below.). Aircraft must stay over the water.

Which of the following operations in an airplane is prohibited in the East River exclusion?

The correct answer is A. Section 93.353 prohibits pilots of fixed wing aircraft from operating in the East River Exclusion unless authorized by ATC.

Does the Hudson River go to Canada?

Here the river has an elevation of 200 feet (61 m). Just south in Fort Edward, the river reaches its confluence with the Champlain Canal, which historically provided boat traffic between New York City and Montreal and the rest of Eastern Canada via the Hudson, Lake Champlain and the Saint Lawrence Seaway.

How are VFR corridors depicted?

VFR Flyways are depicted on the reverse side of some of the VFR Terminal Area Charts (TAC), commonly referred to as Class B airspace charts. Eventually all TACs will include a VFR Flyway Planning Chart. These charts identify VFR flyways designed to help VFR pilots avoid major controlled traffic flows.

What is the highest altitude you can fly VFR?

500 feet
An aircraft must maintain an altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure.

What is so bad about the Hudson River?

Other ongoing pollution problems affecting the river include: accidental sewage discharges, urban runoff, heavy metals, furans, dioxin, pesticides, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Numerous factories that once lined the Hudson River poured garbage and industrial waste directly into the river.

Is it safe to fly on the Hudson River?

This group of pages discusses rules, regulations and best practices for flying light aircraft on the popular sightseeing route of the Hudson River, passing through the metropolitan New York City area. The instructions are intentionally verbose and try to include all of the things a prudent pilot should know about before flying in the area.

What to do when flying the Hudson River corridor?

When flying the area, act like a sightseer, not a stalker. The vague government directives to not “loiter” over certain areas such as landmarks, etc. are sensible if only to not cause the uninitiated to seek out even more restrictive regulations. And the reality is “bad” behavior in this area very well could result in an intercept.

Which is the other side of the Hudson River?

On the other side of the river is Dutchess County/Poughkeepsie, (POU) airport. Continuing south down the Hudson, you’ll pass the restricted area over West Point Military Academy (R-5206) which may or may not be active depending on when you pop over.

Where are the parking lots on the Hudson River?

There’s a couple of parking lots on the New Jersey side of the river. Basically, you’re probably going in the water if you have a power plant failure or you’re going to bend metal in the few poor land based spots where you could even think about trying to settle in.

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