Schumer: FAA Will Grant Permit to String Tightrope by Helicopter Across Niagara Falls

June 11, 2012 Updated Jun 11, 2012 at 3:50 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Schumer: FAA Will Grant Permit to String Tightrope by Helicopter Across Niagara Falls

June 11, 2012 Updated Jun 11, 2012 at 3:50 PM EDT

(WKBW release) Monday, U. S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Federal Aviation Administration has granted a critical permit to allow Haverfield Aviation to use a helicopter to string a special tightrope from the Canadian side of Niagara Falls to the American side, just in time for Nik Wallenda’s historic walk across the Falls on Friday.

According to a news release from Schumer's office:

Last week, Schumer’s office received news that the rigging company needed a special FAA permit in order to proceed with pulling a special tightrope across the Falls, which would then be attached to a 7.5 ton metal cable and strung across the expanse. Schumer’s office registered concerns with the FAA that this permit must be issued soon or it could push back the planned tightrope walk. Today’s news means that Nik Wallenda’s tightrope will be ready for the ground-breaking walk on Friday.

“As Nik Wallenda prepares for his historic walk across Niagara Falls, nothing should stand in his way,” said Schumer. “That’s why I made contact with the Federal Aviation Administration upon learning of the pending permit that is needed in order to string Nik Wallenda’s two-inch tightrope across Niagara Falls by helicopter, and conveyed the urgency of getting this done quickly. I am pleased with today’s announcement that the FAA has acted quickly to approve this critical permit, which will allow Nik Wallenda’s historic walk to move forward as planned. Wallenda will still take to the skies over Niagara on Friday, which is going to be a major tourism event in Niagara Falls and great news for local businesses.”