Word spread quickly throughout the business aviation community when an ad on the eBay auction Web site appeared on November 19 offering Millville Jet Center in New Jersey for sale at $2.5 million. By the end of the day the ad had been withdrawn, but according to Millville president Cliff Russell, “It generated a lot of telephone calls.” Russell said his maintenance business is down 30 to 40 percent from last year.
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.
Pilots can earn double Avtrip points from Avfuel’s new dealer, Big Sky Aviation. The company operates two FBOs at airports in Millville and Cape May, N.J. The double Avtrip points are available until October 22.
The DOT’s plan to auction a single round-trip slot at Newark Liberty International Airport on September 3 sets a perilous precedent U.S. regional airlines can ill afford to let stand, according to Regional Airline Association (RAA) president Roger Cohen.
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.
As of mid-August, 79 people from 31 Part 91 flight departments had participated in several Transportation Security Administration Access Certificate (TSAAC) training sessions at two New York metropolitan airports: Westchester County (HPN) and Morristown (MMU).
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.
Dassault Falcon Jet officials broke ground last month on a 32,200-sq-ft building complex across the street from the company’s Teterboro, N.J. headquarters that will serve as a base for the flight-operations department and the Falcon demonstration fleet. The hangar, accounting for 22,500 sq ft of the project, will be able to accommodate up to six Falcons, including the new Falcon 7X.
Indigo, the provider of “regular and frequent” business jet service between Chicago Midway Airport and Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, suspended flights early last month, three months after a relaunch of operations on March 3.
“We fell short on the equity side,” said Indigo chairman and CEO Peter Pappas, by way of a terse explanation. “For the time being, we’re going to focus on our charter and corporate business.”
A comprehensive pilot training and briefing system is available online (www.airportflightcrewbriefing.com/Teterboro) to help pilots prepare for flights into and out of Teterboro Airport. The briefing was produced by NATA’s Safety 1st program and Avstar Media and funded by an FAA grant.