FAA to modify airspace rules over Hudson River
(AP) - The Federal Aviation Administration says itwill change rules governing the airspace over the Hudson River inNew York City in the wake of a deadly crash last month.
The Aug. 8 collision between a small plane and a tour helicopterkilled nine people and focused attention on the Hudson Rivercorridor, which is used by numerous small aircraft.
The new rules include requiring pilots to tune their radios tospecific frequencies and restricting speeds to 140 knots or less.
Aircraft flying between 1,000 and 1,300 feet would use the sameradio frequency as those flying below 1,000 feet. Last month'scrash occurred at about 1,100 feet, a space between the lower levelwhere visual flight rules apply and the higher altitude where airtraffic controllers guide pilots.