We firmly deny the allegation that anyone at FlyNYON did not heed issues raised by pilots at Liberty Helicopter and that we failed to respond to safety concerns. FlyNYON takes great pride in the safety of our operation. We trusted the pilots, the aircraft and the operation sufficiently to put our own staff and families on doors- off flights regularly.
Confidentiality obligations associated with our involvement with the NTSB’s investigation preclude us from responding to the allegations directly. What we can say is:
The FAA completed a site inspection of a Liberty Helicopter operated flight with FlyNYON passengers prior to the accident on October 31, 2017. Inspectors observed the harness and tethering process and continued to permit their use on Liberty and FlyNYON operated flights without issue.
The FAA is very specific about the duties and responsibilities of the Pilot in Command of an aircraft and if these handful of Liberty pilots had issues that they deemed detrimental to the safety of the operation they should have ceased operations and addressed the issue with Liberty management.
The investigation is ongoing and we trust that the NTSB Safety Process will uncover all of the causes of this tragic accident. In the meantime, we will continue working closely with the authorities to assist in the investigation.