Tight Rope Walk Hits Snag

June 6, 2012 Updated Jun 6, 2012 at 6:35 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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June 6, 2012 Updated Jun 6, 2012 at 6:35 PM EDT


(Niagara Falls, N.Y.) When Nik Wallenda starts his walk across the face of the Horseshoe Falls on a tightrope, thousands will be holding their breath.

Anxiety for the June 15th event is already building, especially since Wallenda's plans to have a helicopter help fly the tightrope across the border have now hit a snag.

The helicopter company that Wallenda planned to use to help string the tightrope failed to get the proper permits from the Ferderal Aviation Administration.

Wallenda's team is now looking to hire a different helicopter company, and they are also in talks with the Maid of the Mist.

Company president, Christopher Glynn, issued the following statement:

"A member of Nik's team called us Tuesday, asking if we could assist. We are interested in seeing what we can do. We'll talk again today about the logistics involved. The parks commissions in Canada and the United States, as well as a number of other government agencies in both countries, would have to approve any plan, and we'll work with them to see if we can use our boats in support of this project."

Nik Wallenda's spokesperson, C. Winston Simone, says they have several ideas for getting the cable across the Niagara Gorge, and everything will proceed on schedule.

"All on time. All good," says Simone.

Nik Wallenda is scheduled to return to Niagara Falls on Wednesday June 13th after appearing on ABC's Good Morning America.