The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia yesterday granted a petition by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to order a stay of the FAA’s plans to auction takeoff and landing slots at Newark Liberty International Airport and New York JFK and La Guardia Airports.
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Cessna 172 and Dassault Falcon 200, Teterboro, N.J., July 9, 2008–The NTSB blamed the Teterboro Airport (TEB) runway incursion on the ground controller’s failure to instruct the pilot of the Cessna 172 that was taxiing in after landing to hold short of Runway 24, on which the Falcon had been cleared for takeoff by the tower controller.
The Department of Transportation has announced it will press forward with plans to auction takeoff and landing slots at the three major New York-area airports, despite a GAO opinion that the department did not have the authority to do so. The announcement drew condemnation from the Air Transport Association, which called the idea ill-conceived and predicted that it would result in a costly legal battle.
Elmira/Corning, N.Y.-based FirstFlight assumed operational control of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport on November 1. The heliport, located at Pier 6 on the East River in Lower Manhattan, is a primary source of helicopter service for corporate and tourism traffic, while also offering scheduled service to John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty International Airports.
The Department of Transportation is pressing forward with plans to auction takeoff and landing slots at the three major New York-area airports, despite a GAO opinion that the department did not have the authority to do so. The DOT’s announcement drew immediate condemnation from the Air Transport Association (ATA), which called the idea ill-conceived and said that it will result in a lengthy and costly legal challenge.
For the first time ever an NBAA Convention site has been chosen as the venue for Teterboro Airport to hand out its annual Good Neighbor Awards recognizing business jet operators who fly in such a way as to avoid noise-sensitive areas around the bustling New Jersey airport.
In response to the FAA’s decision last week to reduce the number of hourly slots available for general aviation operators at New York La Guardia Airport (LGA) from six to three, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen maintains that the FAA is emphasizing operational limitations at the airport instead of focusing on measures to increase capacity there.
The comment period closed last month on an FAA notice of proposed policy making on airport weight-bearing restrictions (www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html “search line” number 15495). The proposal drew most of its response from those opposed to the FAA setting such standards.
A story in The Bergen Record, a Northern New Jersey newspaper, opened a floodgate of protests from residents of communities surrounding Teterboro Airport. It reported that the FAA had posted a notice in the Federal Register to the effect that it was calling into question the action of some airports banning aircraft above certain weights from landing at their facilities.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is making a highly public issue of battling the FAA’s proposed policy on defining airport weight-bearing capability in its efforts to keep the FAA from forcing Teterboro to accept “large planes." Local politicians, including New Jersey Governor James McGreevy, have joined the Port Authority in condemning the FAA.