Bill de Blasio supports ban on commercial helicopter flights over Manhattan

Guarantee you this won’t be one perk hizzoner gives up for his “public service.”

From NY Post: Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday sided with a trio of New York City lawmakers seeking to ban commercial helicopters from flying in the Big Apple, saying “there should be no non-essential flights over Manhattan.”

De Blasio, during his weekly appearance on WNYC radio, said he’s yet to review the specifics of a bill that Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Carolyn Maloney and Nydia Velazquez plan to unveil Saturday to ban all tourist and ride-sharing helicopters from flying in city airspace.

But he pointedly said he has “no use” for tourist flights and that the “only helicopters that should be going over Manhattan” are “uniformed services” and other “essential” public services.

“There is too much noise in this city,” de Blasio added. “Helicopters are very disruptive and people are worried about the safety issues.”

Hizzoner also said he doesn’t think “it’s important to have ride-share helicopters” in the city.

However, he did say he believes there are some private uses of helicopters that are “appropriate.”

The proposed ban would apply to all sightseeing chopper rides as well as Uber, Blade and other flight-hailing services. Exceptions would be made for police, medical, emergency and disaster relief efforts. News-gathering outlets could also still fly.

The legislation comes after a sightseeing helicopter crashed into the East River on March 11, 2018, killing five passengers. Then in June, a helicopter made a crash landing on a Midtown skyscraper, killing the pilot, Tim McCormack.


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9 months ago

Too much noise… so close your mouth… take the subway pleb

9 months ago

He needs to take a “hike” on a never ending trail.

9 months ago

When you vote for a totalitarian, don’t be surprised when tyranny breaks out.

Jackie Puppet
9 months ago

Oh yes, I’m sure Manhattanites are just clamoring for a commercial-helo-ban! 🙄

Steven Broiles
9 months ago

Believe it or not, a broken clock is right twice a day. Helicopters require inspection and maintenance every day they are used. In addition to this, they create enormous amounts of noise. Did you know that hot air balloons are illegal to fly in NYC airspace? Yes, in part because they can interfere with radio transmissions.

So Kudos to Kaiser Wilhelm for getting one right. (Sure took him long enough!)

9 months ago
Reply to  Steven Broiles

Steven, I think you hit it right on this. When I heard of Uber offering flight sharing, it sent me a chill.

9 months ago

I can’t stand when local news choppers fly low overhead (checking traffic mostly) and rattle my windows. And the local hospital just put in a helipad, but having spent the better part of the past two months there with my father who’s been treated for lymphoma and other things, I can tell you there aren’t many life flights coming in there. So I contacted the local FAA office about it and was told there are no regulations for choppers, only for planes, and that I could file a complaint but I’d have to be able to get out and record… Read more »

9 months ago

Maybe he has a point but what difference does it make? I can’t believe he loses sleep stressing about noise levels in NYC. Just more meaningless posturing by the Worst Mayor in the Universe