The Mustang Island Escort is scheduled to fly to Long Islanders for the first time this week, and it’s going to do so by helicopter, according to a helicopter operator.
John W. Baugh, a former helicopter pilot who runs the helicopter service out of Rockville, Maryland, said the plane will be flying from Rockville to the island of Long Island.
He said the helicopter will land in Rockville on Saturday.
“We’re in the final stages of the planning process to fly the helicopter to Long island for the week and that is to be determined,” Baugh said in a statement.
“We are in final discussions with the FAA to determine the route, time, and landing locations for the helicopter.”
Baugh said the pilot will be operating the aircraft with a crew of two.
He also said the flight is scheduled for a day and a half.
Baugh added that there will be no fuel aboard the helicopter.
He did not provide any details about the flight, but the aircraft was built in the late 1980s.
Long Island residents have complained about the helicopter since at least 2008, when an owner of a helicopter owned by Baugh complained to the FAA that the aircraft would not land.
The owner said the aircraft flew on for two hours before a crew member landed and the helicopter was towed away.
In the last three years, the aircraft has been flown to at least six locations in the United States, including several times on the Long Island Expressway.
The aircraft also has been used to ferry small boats, as well as the U.S. Marine Corps.