Downtown Manhattan Heliport
|Operator||Saker Aviation Services|
|Serves||New York City|
|Elevation AMSL||7 ft / 2 m|
The Downtown Manhattan Heliport (IATA: JRB, ICAO: KJRB, FAA LID: JRB), also known as the Downtown Manhattan/Wall St. Heliport, is a helicopter landing platform at Pier 6 in the East River in Manhattan, New York.
Downtown Manhattan Heliport opened on December 8, 1960, supplementing the existing heliport at West 30th Street which opened in 1956. During the 1960s and 1970s New York Airways provided scheduled service from the heliport to the city's major airports. Scheduled passenger service was discontinued in the mid-1980s. In 2006 US Helicopter resumed scheduled passenger service with hourly flights to John F. Kennedy International Airport until November 2009 as US Helicopter ceased all services.
Much of the heliport's traffic is generated by Wall Street and the lower Manhattan financial district; top business executives and time-sensitive document deliveries often use the heliport. The heliport is also the normal landing spot for the President of the United States on visits to New York. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg frequently used the heliport to fly between Bloomberg L.P. headquarters and Johns Hopkins University when he was chairman of both institutions.
The Downtown Manhattan Heliport is a public heliport operated by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) with charter service to Newark Liberty International Airport, Teterboro Airport, Morristown Municipal Airport, and other New York-area airports. Public sightseeing and VIP flights are also common.
Facilities and aircraft
The heliport covers an area of 2 acres (0.81 ha) at an elevation of 7 feet (2.1 m) above mean sea level. It has one helipad designated H1 with a 62 ft × 62 ft (19 m × 19 m) concrete surface. For the 12-month period ending December 30, 2003, the airport had 10,002 aircraft operations, an average of 27 per day: 90% general aviation and 10% military.
According to New York City Economic Development Corporation estimates, there were over 56,000 sightseeing tourist helicopter trips in 2014 operating from the Downtown Manhattan Heliport. This excludes helicopters used by the police and hospitals, or even private business and leisure charters. In 2014, nontourist flights accounted for merely 1,936 of the 58,021 flights taking off from the downtown heliport.
- FAA Airport Master Record for JRB (PDF), effective 2008-04-10
- Downtown Manhattan Heliport, official web site
- "Heliport at Battery Approved by City; Will Open in 1961". The New York Times. May 28, 1960. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- "Port Agency Opens 2d Heliport, Linking Downtown to Airfields". The New York Times. December 9, 1960. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- Adrian Benepe and Merritt Birnbaum (January 30, 2016). "A Plague of Helicopters Is Ruining New York". The New York Times.
- Airport information for KJRB at AirNav
- Accident history for JRB at Aviation Safety Network