Southern California Rotorcraft Association

Eastern Regional Helicopter Council: North Shore Route

From: Eastern Region Helicopter Council
Date: August 6, 2012 8:37:41 AM PDT
Subject: FAR 93.101 ‐ Mandatory Helicopter Route ‐ Long Island New York

Starting today, August 6, the North Shore Route is mandatory for all helicopter transiting along the north shore of Long Island. The FAA mandate requires pilots to maintain an altitude of at least 2,500 feet. The FAA has developed a training capsule describing the route, altitudes and exceptions to the rule and that the course should be available on the FAASTeam website. It is imperative that our members and pilots who use this route send the ERHC suggestions, comments and especially “real world” situations when following this route to include, near misses, unavailable ATC, and deviations from the route. This information will be put in a database and sent to the FAA and NTSB on a monthly basis. As of today all of the ERHC’s voluntary Long Island dispersal routes and transitions are no longer applicable. The ERHC does not feel comfortable with mixing voluntary with mandatory routes. Please send Lauren all of your comments at We will also discuss this issue at length at the ERHC Annual Meeting September 14‐16.

Here’s a link to the final rule that created this requirement:

The training video can be found at:


1. The authority citation for part 93 continues to read as follows:
Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40106, 40109, 40113, 44502, 44514, 44701, 44715, 44719, 46301.

2. Amend part 93 by adding subpart H to read as follows:
Subpart H‐Mandatory Use of the New York North Shore Helicopter Route

93.101 Applicability.

93.103 Helicopter operations.

Subpart H‐Mandatory Use of the New York North Shore Helicopter Route

§ 93.101 Applicability.

This subpart prescribes a special air traffic rule for civil helicopters operating VFR along the North Shore, Long Island, New York, between August 6, 2012 and August 6, 2014.

§ 93.103 Helicopter operations.

(a) Unless otherwise authorized, each person piloting a helicopter along Long Island, New York’s northern shoreline between the VPLYD waypoint and Orient Point, shall utilize the North Shore Helicopter route and altitude, as published.

(b) Pilots may deviate from the route and altitude requirements of paragraph (a) when necessary for safety, weather conditions or transitioning to or from a destination or point of landing.

Jeffery Smith
Eastern Region Helicopter Council