Readington Township in New Jersey is pursuing a novel method of claiming a local, privately owned airport. If the town fathers should succeed, thousands of privately owned airports throughout the U.S., including much needed relievers, could be in jeopardy.
An online poll in New Jersey Monthly magazine has apparently launched the pilots’ jungle telegraph into action. The question posed on the magazine’s Web site reads, “Despite increased air and noise pollution, should small airports such as Teterboro make efforts to renovate and expand if it will bring more money to the local economy?” At press time, 7,753 people had answered, with “yes” votes carrying a 98-percent majority.
It started several years ago when Boeing began selling its BBJ in numbers that the airline manufacturer never expected (25 in the first year, 82 overall since its inception in 1996). Though bizliners are not a new concept, the BBJ stirred some issues that were mostly dormant at North American airports.
In response to a recent spate of aviation safety reports (ASRs) filed by pilots, New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB) could be in danger of losing one of its departure routes, according to Bill Mack, managing director of the Teterboro Users Group, an advocacy association of airport users and operators. It seems that some pilots departing from Teterboro are not maintaining adequate separation from airliners arriving at Newark.
For fans of vintage military tin, the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey will hold its annual Wings and Wheels Expo of historic aircraft and vintage automobiles at Teterboro Airport on September 15 and 16. Among the historic aircraft scheduled to be there is a Douglas C-54 (shown here), a veteran of the Berlin Airlift. Guests will also be able to purchase flights on the Michigan-based B-17G Yankee Lady.
Piaggio Avanti, Teterboro, N.J., June 17, 2007 – The pilot of a fractional Avanti, cleared to take off from Runway 24 at Teterboro Airport, averted a collision with a Cirrus SR22, cleared to take off on the intersecting Runway 19, when the Avanti pilot saw the Cirrus taking off and on an apparent collision course.
It’s too soon to know the fate of the so-called user-fee bills working their way through the sausage-making legislative apparatus in Washington, D.C., but the senate’s FAA reauthorization legislation includes a stipulation that would allow the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to impose weight restrictions at Teterboro Airport, and the FAA would not be able to prevent such a move.
At the culmination of two days of intense activity, the Senate purged from its new version of the FAA’s funding bill an amendment that would have stricken the $25 per flight “Air Traffic Modernization” fee. The amendment, introduced by Sens. John Sununu (R-N.H.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), failed by only one vote in the executive mark-up session of the commerce committee.
In a bid to cut traffic at Teterboro Airport, N.J., airport operator The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is proposing a four-pronged assault that would ban Stage 2 aircraft, ban the Federal Reserve from flying checks at night, ban aircraft with an mtow of more than 80,000 pounds (20,000 less than the current limit) and raise landing fees. The move comes hot on the heels of victory in the U.S.