Flying through the Hudson Exclusion and NYC
As many readers know, my husband is a pilot. While I haven’t mentioned it much recently, we go on shorter, private, flights together. No, we don’t own an airplane but since my husband has his General Aviation license, we are able to rent certain aircraft as well.
So with that, last weekend we decided to go flying!
My husband and I have flown several times together. He flies, I take photos and hope I don’t puke (which yes, has happened). Sometimes, we just fly down to on our favorite restaurants: Georges Place in Cape May. Other times, we fly to North Jersey like Pompton Plains. Last weekend, we decided to do a flight from Berlin, NJ to Oxford, CT. It was our longest private flight together.
While planning the trip, we ran into a few Snafus. President Trump was in Northern NJ which puts flight restrictions into the air. There are certain places you can’t fly as well as other places you must fly at a certain altitude. Depending on who is in town, it can shut down a lot of private flying. Since Trump frequently visits Bedminster, NJ it has shut down a lot of weekend flights.
If you break any of the rules that are put in place, your plane can be escorted out by an F-16 or shot down. Last weekend, most of Western NJ was shut down but we were able to find a cut through to CT by way of the Hudson. There were plenty of military aircraft patrolling NYC.
As we flew up, it was neat to be able to fly over Mcguire AFB and see all of the planes lined up. While they look tiny, I can assure you they are not.
Comparison: standing in front of a single engine of one of those planes last year.
After that, we headed right up to Northern, NY and to NYC. I didn’t expect how close we would be able to get to the buildings. It was incredible and truly breath taking.
It eventually led to a selfie next to the new World Trade Center Building.
After that, we headed up to Oxford, CT. We chose the airport because we knew there was a nice restaurant there and we could grab a bite to eat and fly back!
The trip back was just as beautiful. The sun was slowly setting, so we were able to see a gorgeous sunset along the Hudson.
Jersey City Area:
The total flying time was about 3 hours and it went perfectly. We had a great time flying and saw a lot of great views.
Questions for you:
Have you ever flown in a small aircraft?
Have you been to NYC?