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Editor’s note: Today we are kicking off our latest series, called simply the “Friday photo.” Each week we’ll share a great photo taken from the cockpit – one that shares the joy, beauty or fun of flying. If you’d like to join in, send your photo and description (using the format below) to: [email protected]

SS Ian Seager NYC

The view: Manhattan from the New York SFRA

The pilot: Ian Seager

The airplane: Super Decathlon

The mission: Ticking items off the bucket list after Oshkosh

The memory: This route passes through the middle of New York’s class B airspace. It has Newark and Teterboro less than 5nm to the west and La Guardia and JFK just to the east. These four airports have 11 runways, 22 departure procedures, 25 arrival procedures and 98 instrument approaches between them. There’s at least three heliports serving tourist flights and a seaplane base on the East River and fourteen years ago, almost 3,000 people died at the hands of terrorists flying airliners. Yet it is still possible for me to fly an aeroplane up and down the river with the minimum of fuss and without a word to ATC. For someone who usually flies in the UK that’s Truly Awesome.

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