Could Another NYC-Area Airport Be In The Offing?
By ANN Senior Editor Pete Combs
NBAA is on the job.
That's the word from Senior Vice President for Operations Steve
Brown, who's closely monitoring the situation at Teterboro
"The FAA will take a data-driven approach," Brown
told ANN in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. "Sure, there have
been incidents at TEB, but over the past five-to-ten year period,
Teterboro has done pretty well" on safety issues, he
Brown said his organization has been in close contact with the
Port Authority over the past several months, working on many of the
issues that surfaced Tuesday.
"We've been discussing with the Port Authority plans to help
pilots fly friendly and quiet," he said.
So if the NBAA has been working closely with the authority, then
why the Tuesday pronouncement?
"We were not at all caught off-guard. Elected officials in New
Jersey are searching for possible avenues of intervention. They're
concerned about what's happened in the last couple of months. But
we're in the aviation industry and we understand the statistics,"
"We're engaging on all fronts. Absolutely," he told ANN. "We're
talking about safety issues, more lighting and more runway
markings. These discussions are very productive."
Brown said the item that caught his attention in ANN's article
on the Teterboro issue Tuesday was the Port Authority's mention of
a possible fourth airport in the New York City area.
"New York doesn't have the capacity at those [other three]
airports," he said. "[A fourth airport] would be welcome by
Of course there's land to buy and zoning decisions to be made,
in the single most populous market in America. But that's another