Nov. 19, 2014

Plans to keep traffic moving during the winter and reduce noise over the surrounding community were the highlights of Teterboro Airport’s (TEB) recent chief pilots webinar.

During snowstorms, officials at the New Jersey airport plan to give first priority to keeping Runway 6/24 open and clearing enough taxiways so that aircraft can reach the FBOs from that runway. After that, the focus will be on plowing Runway 1/19 and the remaining taxiways, explained John Kastens, Teterboro’s operations manager.

When snow and freezing rain require deicing, pilots should contact the tower before deicing to determine conditions at their destination, advised Larry Brady, Teterboro’s tower specialist. He also recommended that pilots call for taxi clearance only after deicing is completed.

To lessen noise over Hackensack University Medical Center, which is located northwest of the airport, the FAA is creating a new visual approach, which is expected to be published by the middle of 2015. Landmarks and major roadways that will help pilots avoid overflying towns will be used to define the route.

Teterboro also maintains a voluntary flying curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. to reduce noise. However, for aircraft that must fly during these hours, airport officials recommend that pilots request the preferred runway. Departing aircraft should use Runway 19, and arriving aircraft should use Runway 1 because their headings are above industrial areas. Teterboro noise limits are 80 decibels for Runway 24 from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m.; 90 decibels for Runway 24 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and 95 decibels anytime on all other runways.

The Dalton Visual Departure also reduces noise and delays. Pilots are encouraged to use this procedure, which permits pilots to depart Teterboro VFR, then pick up their IFR routing in the air. The procedure must be requested by the pilot, according to Gary Palm, Teterboro’s air traffic manager.

“The Dalton Visual Departure really assists operators in and out of Teterboro,” said Dean Saucier, NBAA’s Northeast regional representative. “While Teterboro departures are complex, they can be successfully completed with proper briefings, correct flight management system inputs, understanding controller instructions and attention to detail.”

Read more about the Dalton Visual Departure. (PDF)

Ralph Tamburro, the project manager for delay reduction programs at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which has jurisdiction over Teterboro Airport, said that while improvements at nearby Kennedy and LaGuardia airports will close runways there next year, “there are no major construction projects for 2015 at Teterboro.”

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