Today while EWR was closed for a security alert, @NYCAviation tweeted about this exchange between a Sikorsky Helicopters pilot really, really wanting to land at EWR even though radar services were not available and the controller was ordering him to remain clear of class B airspace.
@NYCAviation thought the controller responded with "knock yourself out" after the last snippet where the pilot says "Mark the tape," but I couldn't find that last comeback in the recording.
This all happened over several minutes in between other arrivals and departures, condensed here for easy listening.
UPDATE: I took another listen and found the final missing tower instruction, and added it to the file. Please download the file in post #3 below.
I'd like to take issue with a couple of things about this post. When I saw "Sikorsky pilot", I naturally assumed it was a pilot employed by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. This is not the case, nor is it the case that the pilot was from "Sikorsky Helicopters", a company which does not exist. This was a pilot employed by a sub-company D/B/A follows:
Sikorsky Fractional Sales Inc
and Associated Aircraft Group Inc.
You would not say "a Boeing pilot went around at JFK today", you'd say "a 744 pilot went around" or even "a Boeing 744 pilot...". Notice the distinction and what it conveys to the reader?
Also, although Sikorsky makes the S-76, neither them nor UTC (parent company) were operating this flight in this helicopter. So, in this case it would be more accurate to refer to "a (Sikorsky) S-76 operated by AAG" rather than "Sikorsky Helicopters" or Sikorsky Aircraft or UTC. Again, see the distinction?
True, this is a company owned by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp, but the employees are NOT Sikorsky Employees, but employees of AAG. This is where the concept and sometimes confusion about "wholly owned subsidiaries" arises and it's an easy thing to overlook. I'm not trying to be difficult, but I do want to make the record clear just who these pilots were working for and where their paycheck comes from. Thanks