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Quiet fliers lauded by TEB officials

 - October 20, 2009, 10:05 AM

Teterboro Airport (TEB) presented 29 “Good Neighbor Awards” here yesterday to airport tenants and users who recorded a minimum of 100 operations per year while practicing “quiet flying” at the facility operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

To qualify for an award, operators must adhere to TEB’s voluntary restraints regarding late-night and Stage 2 jet operations and not have received any violations or warnings under the airport’s mandatory noise rules. This year’s ceremony recognized recipients for 2008.

Teterboro launched the Good Neighbor Awards in 2004 and the program has become part of the Teterboro Airport Industry Working Group, which was formed in 2006 to improve safety and security as well as reduce noise at the airport. In addition to voluntary restraints against operating Stage 2 jets into the airport, it includes voluntarily not operating any nonessential aircraft between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Tenants must be based at TEB for the entire award year and itinerant operators must have 100 or more movements for the award year. None of the operators’ aircraft may exceed applicable TEB noise limits for the entire award year. Lowest average sound is calculated for operators with jet aircraft fleets from data obtained at the six permanent remote monitoring sites surrounding TEB.

The working group includes aviation trade groups, TEB FBOs and major operators such as NetJets. The group is co-chaired by NATA president James Coyne and Joseph Fazio, general manager of Atlantic Aviation at TEB.

During the first five years of the program, TEB presented a total of 23 Good Neighbor Awards to 17 different companies. For 2008, 25 new operators received awards.

“It’s a great pleasure for us to present these awards to the growing number of aircraft operators that fully comply with our noise-abatement initiatives,” said Gabriel Andino, TEB’s noise abatement manager. “The criteria for these awards are quite challenging and we are thrilled to have so many operators doing their best to fly quiet.”