Confusion Triggers ASRS Report at TEB
According to an Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) report (ACN 983575), the captain of a Gulfstream IV, while departing Teterboro’s runway 24 under strong, gusty winds, misinterpreted an ATC clearance flying the Ruddy 3 departure. A climb restriction for the standard instrument departure (SID) demands aircraft level off at 1,500 feet until passing WENTZ and then climb to 2,000 feet.
“It was very busy at TEB,” the pilot stated. “We were cleared to 2,000 ft. and set that in the altitude alerter. We climbed in turbulence directly to 2,000 feet, without stopping at 1,500 ft. This is very confusing. But the bottom line is the crew made the error. We won’t make that mistake again though.” Luckily no other aircraft were nearby.