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Safety Recommendation A-10-124
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Synopsis: This report addresses the accident involving the August 8, 2009, accident involving a Piper PA-32R-300 airplane, N71MC, and a Eurocopter AS350BA helicopter, N401LH, operated by Liberty Helicopters, which collided over the Hudson River near Hoboken, New Jersey. The pilot and two passengers aboard the airplane and the pilot and five passengers aboard the helicopter were killed, and both aircraft received substantial damage from the impact. The airplane flight was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91, and the helicopter flight was operating under the provisions of 14 CFR Parts 135 and 136. No flight plans were filed or were required for either flight, and visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The safety issues discussed in this report address changes within the recently designated special flight rules area (SFRA) surrounding the Hudson River corridor, vertical separation among aircraft operating in the Hudson River SFRA, the see-and-avoid concept, and helicopter electronic traffic advisory systems.
Recommendation: TO THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: Redefine the boundaries of the East River common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) so that the Downtown Manhattan Heliport will be located in the area that uses the Hudson River CTAF.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Hoboken, NJ, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: ERA09MA447AB
Accident Reports: Midair Collision Over Hudson River, Piper PA-32R-300, N71MC, and Eurocopter AS350BA, N401LH
Report #: AAR-10-05
Accident Date: 8/8/2009
Issue Date: 10/18/2010
Date Closed: 11/12/2014
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s): Procedures

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 11/12/2014
Response: We have reviewed the 10th edition of the New York Helicopter Route Raster Chart, which was published in May 2013, showing the Downtown Manhattan Heliport CTAF assigned to the Hudson River CTAF. This revision satisfies Safety Recommendation A 10-124, which is classified CLOSED—ACCEPTABLE ACTION.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 8/29/2014
Response: -From Michael P. Huerta, Administrator: The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Air Traffic Organization published the 10th edition of the New York Helicopter Route Raster Chart, which became effective in May 2013. This chart shows the reassig1m1ent of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport CTAF from the East River CTAF to the Hudson River CTAF. You may examine this latest edition of the chart at the following Web site: http://aerochart.faa.gov/he1i_files/New York_Heli.zip I believe that the FAA has effectively addressed this recommendation and consider our actions completed.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 4/3/2013
Response: We are encouraged by the FAA’s efforts thus far to notify the helicopter community of the changes to the CTAF boundaries. Pending our review of the revised New York helicopter en route chart once it becomes available, Safety Recommendation A-10-124 remains classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/18/2013
Response: -From Michael P. Huerta, Administrator: As previously stated, the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Air Traffic Organization (ATO) reassigned the Downtown Manhattan Heliport CTAF from the East River CTAF to the Hudson River CTAF. However, Helicopter Route Chart (HRC) series are not printed on a regular basis. The next printing of the New York HRC is being held until a court case, which is unrelated to this specific issue, is resolved. In order for the FAA to keep products up-to-date in between print editions of the HRC, safety-critical data changes appear every 56 days in the back of the Airport/Facility Directory, which is in the Aeronautical Chart Bulletin section. AlO updated the New York HRC via the Airports/Facility Directory on May 5, 2011, which can be found at: http://aeronav.faa.gov/pdfs/ne_ 186_15NOV20l2.pdf. I will keep the Board informed of the FAA's progress on this recommendation and provide an update by December 31, 2013.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/11/2012
Response: The FAA indicated that the Downtown Manhattan Heliport CTAF had been changed from the East River CTAF to the Hudson River CTAF and that the helicopter community was notified of this change. We point out that the New York helicopter enroute chart published on the FAA’s website does not reflect this change. We are aware that helicopter enroute charts are not revised on a regular schedule; however, FAA staff has confirmed that it plans to include this change in the next helicopter revision cycle. Accordingly, pending our review of the revised New York helicopter enroute chart, Safety Recommendation A-10-124 remains classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/4/2012
Response: -From Michael P. Huerta, Acting Administrator: As stated in our July 8, 2011, letter to the Board, the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Air Traffic Organization changed the Downtown Manhattan Heliport CTAF from the East River CTAF (123.075 MHz) to the Hudson River CTAF (123.05 MHz). All associated charts (enclosed) have been updated and local heliports have been advised. I believe that the FAA has effectively addressed this recommendation, and I consider our actions complete. Attachment: letter from Andrew Schwartz, First Deputy Commissioner of New York City Small Business Services to the Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau dated February 1, 2011: In accordance with FCC rule section, g721S(c); the Department of Small Business Services supports the application of FirstFlight Heliports, LLC d/b/a Saker Aviation .Services ("Saker Aviation") for Unicorn frequency 123.05 MHz for the above- referenced location. We believe that granting the application so as to allow Saker Aviation to operate said frequency at said location would be in the public interest and would be consistent with public convenience and necessity. Thank you for your consideration.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 10/19/2011
Response: On February 9, 2011, the FAA activated a notice to airmen (NOTAM) alerting pilots that the Downtown Manhattan Heliport CTAF had been changed from the East River CTAF to the Hudson River CTAF. The NOTAM will remain effective until the information is published on the appropriate charts and letters of agreements. Pending publication of the information from the NOTAM, Safety Recommendation A-10-124 remains classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 7/8/2011
Response: CC# 201100280: - From J. Randolph Babbitt, Administrator: The Air Traffic Organization (ATO) has changed the Downtown Manhattan Heliport CTAF from the East River CTAF to the Hudson River CTAF. The Downtown Manhattan Heliport has a current notice to airman (NOTAM), activated on February 9, 2011, alerting pilots to the change. This NOTAM will be effective until the information is published on the appropriate charts and letters of agreements. I will keep the Board informed of the FAA's progress and provide an updated response to this safety recommendation by March 2012.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 6/7/2011
Response: CC#201100040: The NTSB notes that the FAA plans to conduct an analysis of the area surrounding the Downtown Manhattan Heliport that will encompass frequency boundary, traffic volume and direction, and appropriate spectrum analysis. Pending our receipt and review of the FAA’s analysis, Safety Recommendation A-10-124 is classified OPEN—ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/3/2011
Response: CC# 201100040: - From J. Randolph Babbitt, Administrator: The Air Traffic Organization (ATO) will conduct an analysis of the area surrounding the Downtown Manhattan Heliport. This analysis will include frequency boundary, traffic volume and direction, and appropriate spectrum analysis. I will keep the Board informed of the FAA's progress and provide an updated response to this safety recommendation by April 2011.