The soon to be President of the United States has been given permission for the duration of the remainder of his time as President-Elect and his time in the Oval Office to land a helicopter at his Mar-A-Lago estate by the Town of Palm Beach, which will ease potential traffic in the area resulting from motorcades transporting the President from Palm Beach Airport to his estate.
In a unanimous vote in a meeting held by the Town of Palm beach on Tuesday, January 9th, 2016. The town voted to allow president elect Donald Trump an exception to the towns long standing rule of not allowing any residents to land helicopters at residential properties in the area. The town put the exemption in place immediately following Tuesday’s meeting, covering the remaining few days that Mr. Trump is still president elect, giving him permission if he chooses to spend his final week before becoming the 45th President of the United States, to land one of his three Sikorsky S-76B at his weekend home Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach.
Although the exception ruling made by the Town of Palm Beach does not specify a particular aircraft, it is assumed that once Mr. Trump assumes the Oval Office on January 20th, 2017, that the familiar sight of Mr. Trump exiting his Sikorsky S-76 or Boeing 757 emblazoned with the signature gold “T,” will transition to a slightly larger aircraft that will land at President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate, being that of the iconic Sikorsky VH-3D known as Marine One.
The Sikorsky VH-3D, flown by the elite Marine pilots of HMX-1, is responsible for the helicopter transportation of every sitting U.S President while in office. The transportation of sitting U.S Presidents as a mode of transportation was initially put in place by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who commissioned the very first helicopter to fly a President of the United States. The first flight occurring on July 12, 1957, using a U.S Air Force Bell H-13j, departing the South Lawn of the White House destined for Camp David.
Collective Magazine has reached out to the Trump organization to obtain further information on any plans once the President-Elect transitions to the Oval Office, if there is need for construction of a purpose built helipad for Marine One due to the significant weight difference between the VH-3D and S-76 and is awaiting clarification. Stay tuned for updates to this story.