AOPA is encouraging pilots who use New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport to help test a visual approach procedure designed to reduce noise near a Hackensack hospital.
Testing will begin April 4 for the Teterboro Runway 19 Quiet Visual Approach. The procedure was designed with FAA and user collaboration to avoid flight in close proximity to the Hackensack University Medical Center.
The FAA gave a briefing about the new procedure on March 9 during a session of its National Customer Forum, in which AOPA participates. The procedure, which would place traffic about 1.5 miles west of the medical center, passed flight inspection in February and will be published on March 31.
“AOPA encourages operators to try the new procedure, as it may reduce the noise impact on the hospital,” said Rune Duke, AOPA director of airspace and air traffic. Pilots flying into Teterboro Airport may be offered the new procedure by air traffic control, or may request it, he added.
The test results will “assist in the noise analysis in conjunction with additional environmental review to determine if the proposed procedure can be charted permanently,” the FAA said.
AOPA remains involved in the flight procedure process.