New York TFR “Reasonable”


After about 36 hours of defending general aviation in the wake of the Cory Lidle crash on Wednesday, AOPA President Phil Boyer found something good to say about the FAA’s imposition of flight restrictions in the narrow East River VFR corridor from which Lidle and his instructor Tyler Stanger strayed when Lidle’s Cirrus SR20 hit an apartment building. “Considering all of the possible overreactions to the Lidle accident being demanded by some, the FAA’s safety response is reasonable,” AOPA President Phil Boyer said in a statement. “This provides some breathing room while the NTSB gathers the facts and arrives at an accident cause determination.”

The TFR doesn’t ban light aircraft from the Hudson River corridor or the East River. It requires those flying fixed-wing land aircraft to contact La Guardia tower (126.05) for authorization to enter the corridor and to remain under active control while in that area. (The corridor previously had its own self-announce frequency.) Seaplanes landing and taking off from the Skyports Inc. New York base are exempt, as are helicopters. And while Boyer seems hopeful the restrictions may be relaxed after the investigation reveals more details about the cause of the crash, the TFR itself offers no such optimism.