The Challenger crash at Teterboro on February 2 brought out the usual airport opponents. For many years, local officials, activists and residents in areas around the airport have been trying to restrain airport growth. Only 12 miles from Manhattan, TEB is one of the country’s busiest general aviation airports, with 202,720 operations last year.
Busy isn’t an adequate description of life at Teterboro and Van Nuys Airports on a Friday evening the week before Thanksgiving or Christmas. Airplanes idling on the ramp, backed up on the taxiways, as pilots and passengers chafe at the delay.
Last month, the FAA approved a $500,000 grant for preliminary engineering work on installing safety barriers at the end of Teterboro (N.J.) Airport’s Runway 1, which ends 300 feet from a multilane commuter highway. The grant comes as a direct result of the February 2 accident in which a Challenger overran the runway following an aborted takeoff, crossed the highway (seriously injuring a motorist) and crashed into a warehouse.
Learjets and Challengers have a Teterboro (TEB) maintenance option as Bombardier is now offering drop-in and line service support at the repair station that has previously been dedicated to the Flexjet fractional fleet. The company cited the desire to increase its service and maintenance capacity throughout its domestic service center network.
U.S. Customs has opened a second facility at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB). Pilots have a choice of using either the north or south complex, and any of the five FBOs on the airport can advise which facility would likely provide the fastest turnaround at any given time. According to NBAA, the Teterboro Users’ Group (TUG), led by Becton Dickinson chief pilot Pete Bellini, was instrumental in seeing this project completed.
When a Challenger 600 operated by Platinum Jet Management overran the runway during an aborted takeoff at Teterboro Airport in February, crossed a busy highway and crashed into a warehouse, there was a collective sigh of relief when all eight passengers and the crew emerged with non-life-threatening injuries.
At a February meeting of the Teterboro Users Group (TUG), held just a couple of weeks after the Challenger 600 accident at the New Jersey airport, safety issues were the chief items on the agenda. The association briefed members on runway incursions and departure procedures and the steps the airport is taking to address those issues.
Landing fees are scheduled to increase January 1 at Teterboro Airport, ostensibly due to higher operating, capital and safety improvement spending at the airport next year and beyond. Planned expenditures include those for pavement overlay and installation of edge lighting, construction of three taxiways, improvement to airfield drainage systems, new aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles and additional Port Authority police.
A November 27 town meeting about the effect of voluntary operational restrictions at Teterboro Airport raised questions about how long the cooperative spirit would last between the airport’s neighbors and users.
After a second taxiing incident damaged the EMAS arrestor bed at the end of New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport Runway 6, the airport installed delineators to mark the bed. The EMAS, made of porous concrete by ESCO’s Engineered Material Arresting System Division, is marked with yellow chevrons per FAA guidance, but on October 25 a Challenger and on December 6 a Learjet taxied into the EMAS, both at night.