FAA Cans Navy Flight in Jittery NYC's Airspace

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2009 2:27 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The Federal Aviation Administration scrapped a Navy flight today that would have brought an anti-sub patrol plane into New York’s airspace, Bloomberg reports. The announcement came 30 minutes after a city email said the aircraft would be flying up and down the Hudson River. “I don’t know who is making the assumption they were going to fly up and down the Hudson,” a Navy spokesman said.

“It has nothing to do with trying to fly by the Statue of Liberty or anything,” said the spokesman from the Naval Air Station in Brunswick, Maine. “We have done it many times before, it is part of our pilots’ training up here.” The missions are designed to introduce pilots to congested airspace and transferring between air-traffic-control regions.