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FAA, Secret Service restore access to Hudson River Corridor

Editor's note: This story was updated Nov. 15 to reflect the FAA's latest TFR change that restores access to the Hudson River Corridor.

The morning after Donald Trump was elected president, the U.S. Secret Service requested a temporary flight restriction over his Manhattan residence, restricting access to the popular Hudson River Corridor.

The FAA has resized the TFR over president-elect Donald Trump's New York City residence to allow access to the Hudson River Corridor.

AOPA immediately began working with the FAA to restore access to the corridor while still providing the increased security needed for Trump. Just over 24 hours after the 2-nautical-mile-radius GA no-fly zone was issued, the FAA and Secret Service reached an agreement to amend the TFR and restore partial access to the corridor. Now the FAA has issued a smaller TFR over Trump's residence to completely open the Hudson River Corridor. 

The FAA has been working daily to gradually restore access to the corridor, from opening the west side to opening both sides with those flying on the east side having to maintain two-way communication with ATC and squawk a discrete transponder code. Now that a smaller 1-nautical-mile-radius TFR has been put in place, the corridor is completely reopened to allow pilots to fly along the New York City skyline like they did previously. The TFR extends from the surface up to 2,999 feet agl and is scheduled to be in effect through Trump’s inauguration Jan. 20, 2017.

“AOPA appreciates the quick action of the FAA and Secret Service to restore access to the Hudson River while still maintaining Trump’s security,” said Nobuyo Sakata, AOPA director of aviation security.

The corridor gives pilots a breathtaking view of the skyline and bustles with helicopter activity from companies offering sightseeing flights and business flights between helipads in the city. Pilots should check notams for the area before every flight.

Alyssa J. Miller
Alyssa J. Miller
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
Topics: Security, Airspace

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