Liberty Helicopter News & Events


New York City Economic Development Corporation Releases New York City Helicopter Sightseeing Plan

Plan initiates a comprehensive solution to mitigate the impact of helicopter tours on surrounding neighborhoods while maintaining the important industry.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in cooperation with the five helicopter tour operators out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport (DMH) and the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC), announce d the release of the New York City Helicopter Sightseeing Plan today. The plan is a comprehensive package that includes the elimination of short tours, elimination of sightseeing tours over both Central Park and the Empire State Building, elimination of sightseeing flights over Brooklyn, the adoption of improved sightseeing tour routes, and an enhanced 311 protocol and data gathering system.Over the last two weeks, NYCEDC has been working closely with the Eastern Region Helicopter Council and the tour operators to develop a plan in response to the concerns of the local community and elected officials regarding the impact of helicopter sightseeing flights from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport have on surrounding neighborhoods. To address these concerns the New York City Helicopter Sightseeing Plan includes the following elements:

Elimination of short tours: The air tour operators have agreed to eliminate “short tour” flights. These flights, lasting four to eight minutes, represent approximately 15-20% of sightseeing flights at DMH. Short tours are also concentrated over New York Harbor and because of their brevity and flight path are major contributors to helicopter noise in the Brooklyn Heights area. These flights have been eliminated as of today.

Elimination of sightseeing tours over Central Park: Tours over Central Park have been eliminated.Elimination of sightseeing tours over the Empire State Building: Tours over the Empire State Building have been eliminated.

Elimination of sightseeing flights over Brooklyn: No sightseeing flights will be allowed to fly over Brooklyn.Adoption of improved sightseeing tour routes: Starting immediately, all air tour operators will follow either of the two agreed upon tours. All sightseeing helicopters will depart and approach the heliport from the south, maximizing aircraft distances from the Brooklyn Bridge Park. Helicopters will then follow the center of the Hudson River north to either 79th Street, or Yankee Stadium, before returning south center-west of the Hudson. All flights will transit the Hudson at 1,500 feet or above thereby mitigating noise heard from lower altitude flights.

Enhanced 311 protocol and data gathering: Currently, helicopter complaints to 311 are directed to NYCEDC. This process will be streamlined by having 311 representatives input the noise complaints, which will improve NYCEDC’s ability to track complaints and allow it to report data on noise complaints more effectively. Customers will also be able to use 311Online to file these complaints. Additionally, NYCEDC will establish a task force, along with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), FAA and the ERHC to develop a noise monitoring system in the Brooklyn Heights area and in other impacted communities.

In addition to the above plan, the installation of a fuel tank at heliport will reduce the number of operations by 10%. On a daily basis, over 35 operations are associated to fuel trips. The fuel tank is safe and FDNY, NYPD Counterterrorism, Marine One and Secret Service have evaluated the designs plans for the installation of the fuel tank and approved its location and operation.

The creation of this plan has been agreed upon by the Eastern Region Helicopter Council and the five tour operators at Downtown Manhattan Heliport and is subject to a letter of agreement (LOA) signed with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) This plan will be administered and enforced by NYCEDC. There will be penalties for non-compliance up to and including the revocation of a tour company’s permit to operate from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport. The plan will be reviewed in October to determine its effectiveness

08September customers choose Liberty Helicopters as one of the 25 top tours of 2009!!!

Its official... Liberty Helicopters Big Apple tour is voted one of the top 25 sighseeing tours in the United States for 2009. Viator polls its worldwide customer base every year on their favorite tours and travel destinations.

The Big Apple is ranked 21 most favorite sightseeing tours in all of the United States. "We are indeed very proud and pleased with our ranking and we will continue to strive to maintain the safest and most pleasurable experience possible for our valued customer."


Liberty Helicopters: Leaders in Enviro-Friendly Fly Neighborly Policy.

Liberty Helicopters’ Chief Pilot Paul Tramontana chairs the committee for the Helicopter Association Internationals “Fly Neighborly Program”. The “Fly Neighborly Program” is a voluntary noise reduction program implemented worldwide by local helicopter operators, large and small. The program promotes the operation of helicopters in such a way as to minimize the noise impact to the community and the environment through their “Fly Neighborly Guide.”

The guide educates pilots, operators and managers on the best practices, procedures and concepts that are out there today, to help abate the noise signature of the helicopter. Every year the HAI and ERHC has a Fly Neighborly Award (Agusta Community Service Award) of which Liberty Helicopters has been a past recipient.

For more information on this program please visit


Liberty Helicopters: A Company of Giving

At Liberty Helicopters we are committed to excellence in service and providing our customer with the safest and most enjoyable experience possible. In conjunction with this we think that it is equally important to be socially and environmentally responsible. Serving our community we believe is an integral part of running a successful business and is part of our responsibility as concerned citizens. Through the years we have supported and participated in many charitable organizations and events that we feel have the most impact on the wellness and betterment of our community and in turn the world at large. The following is a sampling of areas that we are in support of:

  • Education: The education of our children to promote a brighter future
  • Health and Human Services: Finding cures for disease and illness and the promotion of healthy living.
  • Civic and Community: Donating to the local charities that our customers and employees support.
  • Environmental Conservation: The protection and preservation of our natural resources.
  • Arts and Culture: The development and promotion of the arts and cultural events in NYC

We realize there are many worthy charitable events, functions and causes in the world today. We wish we could participate in all of them... unfortunately we cannot. However, we are always willing to hear about your cause or event so that we can determine if we can participate in some way.

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Friends of Hudson River Park Announces Agreement on Ending Tourist Flights at 30th Street Heliport by April 2010

After April 1st, 2010, 30th Street Heliport to be Used Only for Commercial, Government or Emergency Take‐offs and Landings

Friends of Hudson River Park (FOHRP) announced that they had reached an agreement with the Hudson River Park Trust, Air Pegasus Heliport, Inc. and Liberty Helicopters, Inc. to end tourist flights at the 30th Street Heliport by April 2010.

“This is an historic day for Hudson River Park,” said FOHRP Co‐Chair Douglas Durst.

“Reducing the number of helicopter flights in the Park will greatly improve the experience of those who use the Park, and this agreement is an important milestone towards the Parks completion. I wish to thank all those who worked to forge this agreement including Hudson River Park Trust, Liberty Helicopters, Inc., Air Pegasus Heliport, Inc. and especially our counsels Daniel Alterman and Arlene Boop, and former Friends President Al Butzel.”

“I congratulate the Friends and the Heliport Operators on their ability to reach a sensible and well crafted solution,” said Diana Taylor, Chair of the Hudson River Park Trust Board of Directors. “With this mutually beneficial settlement of a very thorny and complicated issue, I believe this is truly a case of being handed lemons and making lemonade. We preserve the most essential business, governmental and emergency needs for a west side heliport while turning the facility itself into a friendlier neighbor to the park.

Friends of Hudson River Park, a not‐for‐profit 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1999 is the only community‐based organization exclusively dedicated to the creation and preservation of the entire Hudson River Park for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Its mission is to support and maintain the park as a world‐class park for everyone, and represents thousands of supporting organizations and individuals who share its goals.


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