The business aviation forum held on June 10 at Teterboro Airport was NBAA’s largest and most successful regional exhibition to date, according to the organizers. Some 1,900 people registered to attend the event, which showcased 90 exhibitors and more than 30 aircraft on the static display, including Embraer’s new Phenom 300 and a Beechjet fitted out with the interior for the Nextant 400Next.
Like many EBACE exhibitors, Morristown Municipal Airport (Booth No. 454) is here at EBACE encouraging aircraft operators traveling to the U.S. to try a different airport instead of the higher-profile ports of entry (POE). Morristown is a New Jersey suburb west of New York City, and its airport features a 5,999-foot ILS-served main runway, control tower, fire-and-rescue operation and a U.S.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has updated its online Teterboro Airport training tool, which covers critical safety information for pilots operating from the busy airport. The tool includes graphical presentations of runway incursion hot spots, scenarios for common pilot errors, aircraft lighting configurations and takeoff procedures.
FlightSafety International has promoted Scott Hunter to director of maintenance training sales. “Our customers will appreciate and benefit from Scott’s experience, in-depth understanding of aircraft maintenance training and commitment to excellence in customer service,” said Mike Lee, director of maintenance training business development. Hunter replaces Doug Bowen, who has been named director of maintenance training services.
The trial of Michael and Paul Brassington, John Kimberling, Brien McKenzie and pilot Francis Vieira, executives and employees of now defunct Platinum Jet Management, has been rescheduled for May 11 to give both sides more time to prepare.
The FAA’s January 2010 Business Jet Report shows total business jet operations worldwide down 19.6 percent last year compared with 2008. Total operations climbed from nearly four million per year in 2001 to a peak of more than 4.8 million in 2007, then dropped to less than 4.3 million in 2008 and 3.5 million last year. In the U.S., the top five destinations are Teterboro, Dulles, Westchester County, Dallas Love Field and Houston Hobby.
According to the Teterboro Users Group (Tug), aircraft movements at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport in November came in at 12,834, a 3.8-percent year-over-year increase and the first rise in traffic noted at the field in more than 12 months. Total jet movements were 10,033, up 3.4 percent, while dispensed fuel rose 6.7 percent, to 3.1 million gallons.
Building on the success of its Teterboro (N.J.) flight-crew briefing module, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is developing a similar module for Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
The alphabet organizations that champion the cause of aviation to elected officials and government agencies can’t do it all alone. That was the message at a recent Westchester Aviation Association (WAA) meeting held at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y.
The Teterboro Airport Industry Working Group sent a letter to the FAA requesting increased priority from the agency for building a new ATC tower at the busy airport. “The current control tower at TEB was constructed in the early 1970s as a temporary facility and does not provide controllers an unobstructed view of vital areas of the field,” according to the group.