West 30th Street Heliport

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West 30th Street Heliport
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IATA: JRAICAO: KJRAFAA LID: JRA
Summary
Airport type Public
Owner Hudson River Park Trust
Operator Abigail Trenk, Brian Tolbert
Serves New York City
Location New York City, New York
Elevation AMSL 7 ft / 2.1 m
Coordinates 40°45′17″N 74°00′25″W / 40.754626°N 74.006808°W / 40.754626; -74.006808Coordinates: 40°45′17″N 74°00′25″W / 40.754626°N 74.006808°W / 40.754626; -74.006808
Helipads
Number Length Surface
ft m
1 44 13.4 Asphalt
2 44 13.4 Asphalt
3 44 13.4 Asphalt
4 44 13.4 Asphalt
5 37 11.3 Asphalt
6 37 11.3 Asphalt
7 37 11.3 Asphalt
8 44 13.4 Asphalt
5 37 11.3 Asphalt
10 37 11.3 Asphalt
11 37 11.3 Asphalt
Source: Airnav: [1]

The West 30th Street Heliport (IATA: JRAICAO: KJRAFAA LID: JRA) is a heliport on the west side of Manhattan in New York City. The original heliport opened with two landing pads on September 26, 1956 and in December New York Airways began scheduled passenger flights, the first airline flights to Manhattan.[2]

Operations[edit]

Since this is a heliport and not an airport, there are no Instrument Procedures. Boating traffic in the Hudson River requires care in the approach to the heliport's landing pad.

Tourist flights out of the 30th Street Heliport are scheduled to move to Downtown Manhattan Heliport on March 31, 2010 and the heliport itself is scheduled to relocate by on December 31, 2012 as a result of a court agreement between helicopter operators and Friends of Hudson River Park who took action to enforce the Hudson River Park Act which banned tourism flights from that location.[3]

Statistics[edit]

73% of the flights are air taxi, 16% general aviation, 10% commercial, and less than 1% military.[1]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On June 25, 1968, a Brantly 305 on a sightseeing flight crashed into the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from the West 30th Street Heliport. The pilot and all five passengers were rescued. [4]
  • On December 31, 1997, an Aérospatiale AS-355 returning from a sightseeing flight crashed into a building at the West 30th Street Heliport. Eight people were injured in the accident.[5]
  • On July 7, 2007, a Eurocopter EC130 B4 returning to the West 30th Street Heliport from a sightseeing flight had an engine malfunction and made a controlled landing in the Hudson River, deploying its emergency pontoons. The pilot and seven passengers were rescued from private boats. [6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b AirNav: JRA - West 30th Street Heliport
  2. ^ "Heliport to Open Sept. 26". New York Times. 1956-08-27. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  3. ^ Friedman, Marcy. "Settlement Agreement". US Supreme Court. Retrieved 2009-08-09. [dead link]
  4. ^ "POLICE RESCUE 6 IN COPTER CRASH; Swim Out to Get Pilot and Passengers in Hudson". New York Times. 1968-06-26. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  5. ^ Rohde, David (1998-01-01). "Eight Injured as Helicopter Hits Building". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  6. ^ Fernandez, Manny (2007-07-08). "Copter Crashes in Hudson, but No One Is Hurt". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 

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