The City developed the permitted tour flight routes from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport (DMH) by way of the NYC Helicopter Sightseeing Plan.
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) developed the plan in cooperation with the Helicopter Tourism and Jobs Council and local tour operators. This plan addresses concerns from the local community and elected officials about the impact of helicopter sightseeing flights from the DMH on surrounding neighborhoods.
The NYCEDC tracks tourist helicopters that originate out of the DMH for compliance with the plan but doesn't address concerns from tour flights that come from locations outside of New York City. The City does not have the authority to regulate tour flights that originate outside of NYC.
Hours of Operation
Tourist helicopters departing from City heliports may operate Monday to Saturday, 9 AM to 7 PM.
Tour or sightseeing flights are defined as Point A to Point A. These flights may originate from a number of airports, heliports, or helipads around the tri-state area for the purpose of viewing the city skyline.
Only one heliport in NYC, the Downtown Manhattan Heliport (DMH), is permitted to allow tour flights from its facilities. All sightseeing helicopters must depart and approach the DMH from the south, maximizing aircraft distances from Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Helicopters will then follow the center of the Hudson River north to either 79th Street, or Yankee Stadium, before returning south center-west of the Hudson River.
All flights will fly over the Hudson River at 1,500 feet or above to reduce noise, barring any Federal Aviation Administration restrictions.
Tour flights that originate outside of the DMH or outside of NYC are not required to follow the approved tour flight routes and may legally fly over land.