May 13, 2004 — A proposed 400-foot Ferris wheel less than two and a half miles from New Jersey's Teterboro Airport (TEB) would create an air navigation hazard that could severely diminish the busy airport's usefulness, AOPA told the FAA. The agency has extended the period for submitting comments through next Friday, May 21, 2004.
The oversized carnival ride would exceed by well over 100 feet obstructions standards set in two different Federal Aviation Regulations and would require changes to instrument approach and departure procedures into Teterboro under another regulation.
"The airspace around Teterboro Airport is some of the most congested in the world," wrote AOPA. "Due to the close proximity of four of the country's busiest airports and the very busy VFR corridors that are nearby, it is very difficult to develop new procedures that will not have a significant impact on other operations in the area.
AOPA told the FAA that the agency needs to look seriously at the consequences of the Ferris wheel on the National Airspace System in total. Teterboro plays a major role in the airport system for the entire New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. The 800 operations a day at Teterboro could conceivably end up at other already-at-capacity airports in the area if they were not able to operate safely or efficiently at Teterboro.
"Airspace is a finite and diminishing natural resource, and we appreciate the demands being placed on all airspace users," AOPA concluded. "However, for these interests to exist in harmony, each must understand the impact of its activities on the entire airspace system."