The FAA - not the state - is responsible for overseeing the safety of the aviation system. That's what AOPA told the New Jersey Senate Legislative Oversight Committee, which heard a plan Monday from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to increase landing fees and limit the number of flights into Teterboro Airport, a vital reliever airport for the New York area, in an attempt to enhance safety at the airport.
"We are working to remind the New Jersey legislature and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that the National Airspace System is regulated by the FAA," said Roger Cohen, AOPA vice president of regional affairs. "AOPA's primary concern is that members continue to have efficient and affordable access to Teterboro and other airports in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area."
Anthony Coscia, the chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, also proposed creating 300 feet of frangible foam/concrete runoff areas, reducing aircraft weight limits at the airport to 80,000 pounds, and banning flight operations between midnight and 6 a.m.
AOPA reminded the legislature that the FAA has maintained an exceptionally safe and efficient air transportation network.
"As the New Jersey General Assembly reviews issues at Teterboro Airport, AOPA strongly encourages the committee to also recognize the role the airport serves in the area transportation system and its critical role in the economic and social health of New Jersey communities and the entire region," Cohen wrote in a letter to the committee.
AOPA offered to assist the assembly as it seeks to define the value and role of the airport.
June 22, 2005