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.
In its announcement last week that more ESCO Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) beds have been authorized for installation at Kennedy, Newark and Teterboro Airports, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey declared that the EMAS already in place for Runway 6 at Teterboro had “safely stopped” one aircraft overrun a week after it was installed. That’s not accurate. Rather, in the Oct.
Mercer County, N.J., executive Brian Hughes has announced plans to release tail numbers of aircraft that operate at Trenton Mercer Airport between midnight and 6 a.m., a voluntary curfew period, to anyone who calls the airport, gives the time of the operation and asks for the tail number. Aircraft operating during curfew hours are not violating any laws and cannot be fined.
How will business aviation operations in the New York City area be affected by the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the end of next month in these security-conscious times? That was a headline topic at the May meeting of the Teterboro Users and Operators Association (TUG), which stays on top of issues affecting those who do business at the New Jersey airport.
Ronson Aviation has announced plans for a new hangar and office complex to complement its existing 52,200-sq-ft facility at the Trenton Mercer Airport (TTN), N.J. Louis Aronson II, president and CEO, said, “We are pleased that despite a challenging economy, Ronson Aviation continues to enjoy steady growth from corporations and private pilots who appreciate the convenience and efficiency offered by our Trenton, New Jersey location.”
Boeing’s efforts to gain access to Teterboro Airport (TEB), N.J., for its BBJ have been rebuffed, at least for this legislative year. Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), backed by Sens.
Interest continues to grow in the formation of regional scheduler and dispatcher groups under the NBAA umbrella. Schedulers and dispatchers in New England and eastern New York are interested in forming a regional S&D group. Those interested should contact Amy Roy at firstname.lastname@example.org or NBAA Northeast Regional Representative Dean Saucier at dsaucier@ nbaa.org.
As the cold weather settles into the Northeast, construction is advancing well on Million Air Teterboro’s new terminal/hangar complex. Founded in 1958, the FBO recently recast the charter arm of its business as Meridian Air Charter, which will also operate from the new facility.