New York City Bans Doors-Off Helicopter Tours, but There’s a Major Loophole
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) announced Wednesday an amendment that bans doors-off helicopter tourism from operating out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport (DMH).
Formerly, DMH was the only heliport in the city where tourists flights were allowed to take off. The new policy comes about one month after a doors-off helicopter crashed into the East River, killing all five passengers on board. Before the amendment, there were no doors-off helicopter flights operated out of DMH — the policy will ensure that practices “will be codified as permanent policy,” according to a press release from NYCEDC.
The flight that crashed into the East River on March 11 was owned by Liberty Helicopters and operated by New Jersey-based FlyNYON. Following the fatal flight, a city-wide ban on doors-off helicopter tourism was put in effect. The FAA temporarily banned “doors-off helicopter flights that involved restraints that can not be released quickly in an emergency.”
“It is our hope that by officially banning doors-off helicopter flights out of New York City, we will help improve air safety within the five boroughs,” said NYCEDC President James Patchett. “We are thankful for the leadership and advocacy of the City Council on this important issue.”
The new policy, however, only pertains to helicopters in New York City and the five boroughs. Helicopters that take off outside of the city, like FlyNYON in New Jersey, can still fly with tourists in a doors-off helicopter — NYCEDC has no jurisdiction outside of the city limits. FlyNYON confirmed earlier today that they are still operating under normal circumstances and are still offering doors-off tours into New York City.
“By calling for today’s hearing of the Committee on Economic Development, we were hopeful that immediate positive safety changes would occur for helicopter aviation in the city,” said Council Member Paul Vallone, chair of the NYC Economic Development Committee. “This agreement is very welcomed news and takes a huge step in the right direction.”
Welcome to The Points Guy!
WELCOME OFFER: 80,000 Points
TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,650
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners
*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.
- Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,000 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. Plus earn up to $50 in statement credits towards grocery store purchases within your first year of account opening.
- Earn 2X points on dining including eligible delivery services, takeout and dining out and travel. Plus, earn 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,000 toward travel.
- With Pay Yourself Back℠, your points are worth 25% more during the current offer when you redeem them for statement credits against existing purchases in select, rotating categories.
- Get unlimited deliveries with a $0 delivery fee and reduced service fees on eligible orders over $12 for a minimum of one year with DashPass, DoorDash's subscription service. Activate by 12/31/21.
- Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more.
- Get up to $60 back on an eligible Peloton Digital or All-Access Membership through 12/31/2021, and get full access to their workout library through the Peloton app, including cardio, running, strength, yoga, and more. Take classes using a phone, tablet, or TV. No fitness equipment is required.