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The view: Flying north along the Hudson River VFR corridor in New York City at 1,000 feet. The Statue of Liberty is out of view just off the left wing tip and Manhattan is lit up in all its nighttime glory to the right. The Freedom Tower is clearly visible, with the top of the building stretching well over 700 feet above us.
The pilot: Joseph Perrone
The airplane: 1977 Grumman Tiger AA5B
The mission: Taking my sister and her husband, who were visiting from Arizona, for their first small airplane ride to give them a spectacular view.
The memory: My sister and her husband were visiting for a short trip and we started talking about airplanes. It was evening but the weather was perfect and the next two days looked terrible so we spontaneously decided to go right then and there. They had a phenomenal time and were enchanted by the beauty of NYC at night. It was my first time through the VFR corridor at night as well, and the views didn’t disappoint. The air was calm, air traffic was light, and ATC to and from the Hudson River were polite and helpful as ever.
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