Will ’Voluntary’ Efforts by TEB Users Be Enough?

 - December 15, 2006, 9:35 AM

Six weeks after the Teterboro Airport Industry Working Group, a cooperative effort between airport users and neighboring residents, reached agreement on several voluntary measures aimed at reducing noise and improving safety at the New Jersey airport, Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.) called a town meeting to discuss how the measures are working. Airport authorities said that nighttime flights have declined by 14 percent and Stage 2 jet flights have declined by 19 percent versus the same period last year. However, New Jersey’s Bergen Record quoted several residents who were dissatisfied with those results. The Record also reported that Rothman said he would consider whether the voluntary restraints could become law. Meanwhile, the National Air Transportation Association, whose president, Jim Coyne, co-chairs the group along with Joseph Fazio of Atlantic Aviation, said more than 50 people attended the meeting and described it as a “spirited, constructive dialogue as to how the airport’s users and tenants could work better with the community in addressing its concerns about safety, noise and the environment.”