Nightime Ops For All Planes Also Prohibited
"Get rid of the noisy jets!" That's what state officials and
residents living near Teterboro Airport have been saying for over a
year... and that's what users of the airport agreed to
Operators based at the busy New Jersey airport pledged to limit
night flights and ban the loudest Stage 2 aircraft. All this, to
placate nearby homeowners amid fears they might seek to close the
National Air Transportation Association president James Coyne
brokered the agreement following a spate of recent accidents at the
New Jersey airport. In one of the worst...a corporate jet ran off the runway in
February 2005, crossing a highway before slamming into
a warehouse. More than 20 people were injured, many of which were
Local officials lobbied the FAA following that accident looking
to impose restrictions on the number and types of aircraft. The FAA
denied the request, because Teterboro accepted $15 million in
federal funds -- and federally-funded airports aren't allowed to
place restrictions on the public's use.
Denied by the FAA, local authorities and politicians approached
local users of the airport to make a voluntary agreement on
"We knew that if we continued to anger the community, especially
with these terrible accidents," Coyne told the New York Times, "the
public may decide they don’t want this airport."
The voluntary agreement bans Stage 2 aircraft -- currently
accounting for five percent of operations at Teterboro -- and all
operations between 11:00 pm and 6:00 am, with the exception of
essential operations such as air ambulance landings.
But you can't please all the people, all the time... as already,
residents living around nearby Morristown Airport -- 16 miles
distant -- are voicing concern that Wednesday's agreement will
increase traffic there.
Officials there say they believe the agreement to be illegal...
for the same reasons the FAA denied the city's original