Welcome to the Teterboro Users Group (TUG) website, a single source for all of Teterboro Airport’s users to find helpful information pertaining to airport operations and procedures, businesses on the field and their services, TUG meetings and initiatives, and associated meeting notes and presentations from our speakers. As we continue to develop this site, please check back frequently for updates and new features. As always, we value your input and welcome your participation.
PANYNJ Publishes COVID-19 Service Resumption Document
The PANYNJ, with the support of the CDC, State of NJ, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Teterboro’s FBOs and TUG, has crafted a superb document to provide users and operators with general guidance, international arrival information, protocols, best practices and additional user requested information. To view this comprehensive document, click: TEB – GUIDANCE, BEST PRACTICES, PROTOCOLS, CUSTOMER REQUESTS – 5-26-2020
FAA Publishes 2 New KTEB IAPs and a Redesigned ILS – Effective May 21, 2020
Updated May 22, 2020
The long-awaited RNAV (GPS) Y RWY 19 and RNAV (GPS) RWY 24, as well as a redesigned ILS RWY 19, are now available in Chart and Navigation Databases, effective May 21, 2020.
All of these procedures include RNAV transitions, and the RNAV (GPS) Y RWY 19 and ILS RWY 19 offer the same minima. The RNAV (GPS) Y RWY 19 is essentially an overlay to the ILS that eliminates the latter procedure’s glide slope perturbation issue. Both the RNAV (GPS) Y and redesigned ILS RWY 19 feature the same Missed Approach Procedure. For all of these reasons, we are advocating in favor of the RNAV (GPS) Y RWY 19 as the primary IAP when KTEB operates on a southerly flow.
Please note that if you accept a clearance to fly the ILS RWY 19, the procedure now requires RNAV 1-GPS due to the new Missed Approach Procedure.
As the RNAV (GPS) RWY 24 will require Air Traffic Controller training in the Sim Lab, now restricted due to COVID-19, it’s unclear when this procedure will first be utilized.
We’ve posted extracts (Not For Navigation) from the FAA’s Terminal Procedures Publication below so that users can begin to familiarize themselves with these new IAPs.
The RNAV (GPS) X RWY 19 is another IAP under development and features an offset final approach course, but is expected to be published in 2021 due to delays in Environmental Assessment.
A representative from NY TRACON will discuss these new procedures during our upcoming TUG WebEx Meeting, scheduled for June 17 at 1000. TUG will publish the WebEx invitation, details and full agenda at our earliest opportunity.
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Teterboro Airport COVID-19 Meeting – May 26th
The Teterboro Airport COVID-19 WebEx meeting was conducted on Tuesday, May 26th. The following are highlights from the meeting:
Teterboro Airport has developed a COVID-19 Service Resumption document that covers General Guidance, International Arrivals, Protocols, Best Practices, and Customer Requests. This document contains a consolidated list of best practices that incorporates published CDC, State, and local guidance as well as information gleaned from one-on-one meetings with all the airport FBOs and operational stakeholders. Click here to see the document. Although the document is very thorough, it is highly recommended that all operators call their FBO of choice to learn more details about their distinct COVID procedures.
On a positive trend, the airport is pleased to be able to state that there have been no new reported positive COVID Teterboro personnel cases since May 1st. Out of the 16 people working at Teterboro Airport across all agencies and businesses who’ve tested positive, 11 have since returned to work.
June 1st marks the beginning of the hurricane season. A review of the airport’s hurricane response plan is underway and the airport anticipates supporting stakeholder conferences, everridge messages and the activation of the emergency operations center (EOC) if required. Airport operators and stakeholders are encouraged to take a close look at their hurricane response plans and update them as necessary to address the unique challenges COVID-19 issues pose.
SFAR Provides Regulatory Relief for GA Operators Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
NBAA published a press release announcing the availability of the SFAR containing regulatory relief for GA operators amid the COVID-19 pandemic, relief for which NBAA advocated vigorously. The press release contains a link to the final SFAR to be published in the Federal Register in the near future.
NBAA will provide opportunities for clarification and more information in the near future. As a brief overview, the SFAR contains relief in the following areas:
Relief from Certain Training, Recency, Testing and Checking Requirements
- Part 61
- Second-in-Command Qualifications (§61.55)
- Flight Review (§61.56)
- Recent Flight Experience: Pilot in Command (§61.57)
- Pilot-in-Command Proficiency Check: Operation of an Aircraft That Requires More Than One Pilot Flight Crewmember or is Turbojet-Powered (§61.58)
- Part 91, Subpart K Flight Crewmember Requirements (§§91.1065, 91.1067, 91.1069, 91.1071, 91.1073, 91.1089, 91.1091, 91.1093, 91.1095, 91.1099, 91.1107)
- Mitsubishi MU-2B Series Special Training, Experience, and Operating Requirements (Part 91, §§91.1703, 91.1705, 91.1715)
- Part 107 Aeronautical Knowledge Recency (§107.65)
- Part 125 Flight Crewmember Requirements (§§125.285, 125.287, 125.289, 125.291, 125.293)
- Robinson R-22/R-44 Special Training and Experience Requirements (SFAR 73)
Relief from Certain Duration and Renewal Requirements
- Part 61
- Medical Certificates: Requirement and Duration (§61.23)
- Prerequisites for Practical Tests (§61.39)
- Renewal Requirements for Flight Instructor Certification (§61.197)
- Relief for U.S. Military and Civilian Personnel Who are Assigned Outside the United States in Support of U.S. Armed Forces Operations (SFAR 100-2)
- Part 63
- Certificates and Ratings Required (§63.3)
- Knowledge Requirements (§63.35)
- Part 65
- Dispatcher Knowledge Requirements (§65.55)
- Eligibility requirements: General (§65.71)
- Inspection authorization: Renewal (§65.93)
- Military riggers or former military riggers: Special certification rule (§65.117)
- Part 141
- Requirements for a Pilot School Certificate (§141.5)
- Renewal of Certificates and Ratings (§141.27)
Other Relief for Special Flight Permits (§21.197)
YouTube Recordings of Flight Safety Foundation Virtual Business Aviation Safety Summit Held on April 29-30
TUG is Pleased to Welcome Patty Salvato as AvPORTS’ New Administrative Assistant – Port Authority Support
AvPORTS has announced that Patty Salvato will succeed Terri Lee as the new Administrative Assistant – Port Authority Support. We’re delighted to welcome Patty, and look forward to a long, warm and professional working relationship. Please join us in offering our heartiest congratulations to Patty on her new role. AvPORTS has released the following statement in announcing her appointment:
“Patricia Salvato will join the Teterboro Airport Manager’s Office in the role of Administrative Assistant – PA Support starting May 4th. She will replace Terri Lee who has retired. Patricia started at Teterboro Airport in 2010 working as an Assistant Contract Specialist in the Resident Engineer’s office eventually working her way up to the role of Senior Contract Specialist. She has enjoyed working at Teterboro, has made a lot of friends along the way, and is looking forward to continuing her career at TEB. Her career has been varied with experience in different areas including working several years as a high school teacher, a few more years as a benefits coordinator and had a stint in publishing prior to taking on the position at the Resident Engineer’s Office. She is a wife and mother whose main hobby is gardening. Patricia is looking forward to working with Maria, Scott and Rick in the Manager’s Office and all the TEB stakeholders.”
Terri Lee Retires from AvPORTS after 19 Years of Dedicated Service
After 19 years of exceptional service, Terri Lee retired on Friday, April 17, and will move with her husband to Florida. To her colleagues and all who had the pleasure of interacting with her, she was a steady, warm, highly competent, abundantly helpful and simply delightful presence. We’ll miss her dearly, and ask you to join us in expressing our sincere gratitude for a job well done!
AvPORTS released the following statement in honor of her retirement:
“Terri Lee, the Administrative Assistant for the Airport Manager and office staff at Teterboro Airport, retired from this position after nineteen years of exemplary service on April 17, 2020. During her tenure, Terri worked for four Airport Managers and supported multiple other staff members and departments. At times you would think she was the administrative assistant for all the 90 Moonachie Avenue office building. She distributed mail and packages and directed people throughout the building. She was dedicated to her job, her faith, and family, always sharing stories and pictures of her children and especially her grandchildren. She showed longstanding respect to all the Teterboro Airport businesses and their leadership and always had a welcomed treat in her candy dish for those that stopped in the office. We congratulate Terri on her retirement and wish her the very best.”
The COVID-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges for business and general aviation (GA) – now is the time to tell Congress we need additional relief.
While the CARES Act provided tax relief to commercial aviation, non-commercial GA operators (i.e., FAR Part 91), were not included in the aviation-specific provisions. As Congress considers a fourth relief package, NBAA is joining with the entire GA community to request a temporary fuel tax suspension for non-commercial operators, and we need your support.
With our operations down more than 60-percent, the fuel tax suspension will provide a critical incentive as our country begins to recover from this crisis. This temporary relief from fuel taxes, until Jan. 1, 2021, will help reduce operating costs, provide longer-term relief, and is consistent with the policy for commercial aviation.
Please take a moment now to Contact Congress today and explain that fuel tax relief will help GA small businesses recover.
View of Jet Aviation from Taxiway J – April 17, 2020:
NJ Executive Order 122 Requires Crew and Passengers to Wear Cloth Face Coverings When Transiting the FBO
Pursuant to NJ Governor Phillip D. Murphy’s Executive Order 122, which took effect at 8:00 pm on April 10, crew and passengers must wear protective face coverings when Transiting the FBO:
“1. Where an essential retail business is permitted to maintain in-person operations pursuant to Executive Order No. 107 (2020) and any subsequent Administrative Orders, such business must adopt policies that include, at minimum, the following requirements:” …
… “k. Require workers and customers to wear cloth face coverings while on the premises, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age, and require workers to wear gloves when in contact with customers or goods. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings and gloves for their employees. If a customer refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons and if such covering cannot be provided to the individual by the business at the point of entry, then the business must decline entry to the individual, unless the business is providing medication, medical supplies, or food, in which case the business policy should provide alternate methods of pickup and/or delivery of such goods. Nothing in the stated policy should prevent workers or customers from wearing a surgical-grade mask or other more protective face covering if the individual is already in possession of such equipment, or if the business is otherwise required to provide such worker with more protective equipment due to the nature of the work involved. Where an individual declines to wear a face covering on store premises due to a medical condition that inhibits such usage, neither the essential retail business nor its staff shall require the individual to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition.”
Video: Empowering and Protecting Your Family During the COVID-19 Pandemic
A NYC Doctor demystifies COVID-19 and provides excellent guidance in in this 57-minute Vimeo video: https://vimeo.com/399733860
ICAO COVID 19 Airport Status
Click here to view ICAO’s COVID 19 Airport Status tool.
FAA’s COVID-19 Exemption Allows Pilots to Fly With Expired Medical Certificates
Courtesy of NBAA:
The FAA is allowing pilots to continue to fly if their airmen medical certificates expire between March 31 and June 30 to reduce the burden on the country’s healthcare system during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and limit the potential spread of the virus across the pilot community.
This temporary exemption applies to all pilot flight crewmembers and flight engineers who lose their medical certificate solely because it expires between March 31 and June 30. Pilots and flight engineers holding an unexpired medical certificate before March 31 are not exempted and all standard prohibitions for medical deficiency still apply.
“The FAA has determined that those persons subject to this temporary measure may operate beyond the validity period of their medical certificate during the effective period of this accommodation without creating a risk to aviation safety,” says the agency in its notice.
“It is not in the public interest at this time to maintain the requirement of an FAA medical examination, which is a non-emergency medical service, in order for pilots and flight engineers with expiring medical certificates to obtain new medical certificates,” the FAA adds.
“NBAA is grateful to the FAA for working with us to keep the country’s medical resources focused where they are most needed and ensure that business aviation can keep providing essential humanitarian services without any negative effect to the safety of pilots or the National Airspace System,” said NBAA Director, Flight Operations and Regulations Brian Koester, CAM.
“Many pilots are facing difficulty renewing their medical certificates as medical facilities are reducing or eliminating non-essential visits, and the risk of pilots contracting and spreading COVID-19 is growing daily, especially for those in the pilot community who are at higher risk from this pandemic,” said Koester. “We commend the FAA for recognizing that this unprecedented situation required prompt and decisive action and we recommend operators contact their insurance underwriter to ensure coverage before flying under this provision,”.
The FAA said it will reevaluate its temporary exemption as circumstances unfold and may determine that an extension or other action is required.
Notes from NBAA Webinar: Cleaning & Disinfecting Aircraft Amid COVID-19
Please note that these notes may contain errors, and products mentioned herein do not constitute endorsement.
March 28, 2020
PANYNJ Operational Telcon Notes – Mar 24
As of 1400 local time, operations at Teterboro remain normal, albeit with an approximately 75% reduction in traffic and business. FBOs on the field remain open with full passenger handling services and fueling capabilities. ATC COVID-19 contingency procedures have been established should a staff member test positive for the coronavirus.
Updates will be provided every Tuesday, or more frequently as necessary.
National Airspace System Status
For the latest information, click here: https://www.fly.faa.gov/ois/
Teterboro Airport Manager’s Meeting Minutes – March 11, 2020
Click on the following link to view these meeting minutes: TNMIN-MAR 20_Rev#1_FINAL
Please note that with respect to Teterboro ATCT COVID-19 contingency planning, were the Tower to become unstaffed, the airport would revert to an uncontrolled status with IFR operations permitted under the control of NY TRACON.
Note also that the publication date for the RNAV (GPS) X & Y Rwy 19 and RNAV (GPS) 24 IAPs have been delayed until May or June due to requests by the NJ Historic Preservation Office for a significant amount of information within the scope of the Environmental Assessment.
KTEB COVID-19 Operational Update – Mar 17, 2020
PANYNJ reports that as of 14:30 on 17 March 2020, the airport and FBOs are operating normally, with jet fuel, aircraft servicing and passenger handling readily available.
Teterboro Airport’s businesses and personnel are complying with all applicable recommendations and requirements to limit the spread of coronavirus. However, Bergen County Executive Order 2020-1B, which imposes a series of broad restrictions on businesses and services, is not applicable to Teterboro Airport operations.
PANYNJ is making every effort to provide accurate and timely information to the airport community during this highly complex, dynamic and developing situation.
With respect to international arrivals, on March 13, the Department of Homeland Security outlined a new process for Americans returning from certain European countries, China and Iran:
Please click on the following U.S. Department of State links for the latest air travel information:
The US extended its inbound travel restrictions on Mar 14, to include the UK and Ireland in the list of countries. So now, entry will be denied to any foreign nationals who have been in these countries within the past 14 days: the UK, Ireland, all 26 Schengen countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland), China, and Iran. The rule does not apply to US residents, or foreign flight crew travelling on a C-1, D, or C-1/D visa. Read the statement in full.
All flights from these countries are being re-routed through 11 airports: KJFK/New York, KEWR/Newark, KATL/Atlanta, KORD/Chicago, KSFO/San Francisco, KSEA/Seattle, KLAX/Los Angeles, PNHL/Honolulu, KDFW/Dallas, KDTW/Detroit, and KIAD/Washington.
TUG Meeting POSTPONED until June 17, 2020
Out of an abundance of caution and consistent with current public health recommendations aimed at curtailing the spread of the coronavirus, we’ve postponed our TUG Meeting, originally scheduled for March 18, 2020, until June 17, 2020.
Rest assured that TUG will remain active throughout this period in advancing the interests of our members and constituents.
The June 17 meeting program will remain:
Our agenda is as follows:
- NY TRACONSupport TENY, Airspace Planning and ProceduresCraig R Esslinger will discuss Traffic Management hot topics, to include increasing use of the RNAV (GPS) X Rwy 6, compliance with the RUUDY 6 RNAV SID, and pending publication of the RNAV (GPS) X and Y Rwy 19 and RNAV (GPS) Rwy 24. https://www.faa.gov
- PANYNJ Delay Reduction Program Manager Ralph Tamburro will discuss delay mitigations strategies associated with the upcoming Rwy 6-24 rehab project.http://www.panynj.gov
- Saab Sensis Program Manager Adam Mackenzie will discuss the advantages of his company’s solution(s) that utilize(s) ADS-B Out data to manage traffic at the four PANYNJ airports as one integrated unit for the purpose of mitigating delays. https://saab.com/saab-sensis/
- ATH Group representatives will present the advantages of their Attila Process, which utilizes Required Time of Arrival (RTA) to make small/timely corrections to each aircraft’s speed as necessary to drive the overall traffic situation to a more optimal solution. https://www.athgrp.com/attila.html
- NBAADirector Air Traffic Services and InfrastructureHeidi Williams will discuss developments and implications associated with the FAA NOTAM Modernization programhttps://nbaa.org
- Maria Sheridan, PANYNJKTEB Airport Manager and Scott Marsh, KTEB Manager Airport Operations and Security will provide an Airport Operations update, with particular emphasis on the Rwy 6-24 rehab project, as well as an update of airport recommendations and strategies for dealing with the coronavirus. http://www.panynj.gov/airports/teterboro.html
- Gary Palm, FAA KTEB ATCT Manager will present Tower Topics, to include a discussion of the upcoming release of the RNAV (GPS) X and Y Rwy 19 and RNAV (GPS) Rwy 24 IAPs. https://www.faa.gov
Our complimentary continental breakfast and luncheon will be catered by Prova Restaurant.http://www.provanow.com
Please make every effort to attend and invite others from your organizations. All are welcome!
KTEB Runway and Airport Closure Schedule
Please note that there is an airport closure scheduled for 18 April 2020, from 0700L – 1100L for maintenance work within the runways intersection, in preparation for the airports annual FAA inspection.
NY TRACON LETTER TO AIRMEN re: KTEB RNAV (GPS) X Rwy 6
Please see the following N90 LTA.
Note also when executing this approach that the Missed Approach Point is JEBUV, which is located 1.1 nm prior to the runway threshold on the 063 final approach course. Upon reaching JEBUV, the FMS will no longer provide lateral and vertical guidance to the runway.
Lessons Learned: Non-Precision Approaches
A business jet crew on arrival to KTEB prepared to fly the ILS Rwy 19. Upon retrieval of the most recent ATIS, however, they learned that the G/S was OTS. The crew then briefed the LOC Rwy 19 approach, and confirmed that the avionics were properly configured for the localizer only. Consistent with best practices for a stabilized approach, they planned to execute a Continuous Descent Final Approach (CDFA), and so calculated a Derived Decision Altitude (DDA) of 630’ (50’ above MDA). The crew used APP mode to capture the localizer and Path/Vertical Speed mode to initiate the descent. During the final approach segment, they learned that the preceding aircraft had executed a Missed Approach. At their DDA of 630’, the crew hadn’t visually acquired the runway environment, and similarly executed a Missed Approach. Pursuant to their interpretation of the published procedure, they began an immediate climbing right turn to a 205 heading, and noticed that the flight guidance was inconsistent with their lateral track. The FMS did not appear to have sequenced to the Missed Approach Segment as expected. Consequently, the crew manually flew the Missed Approach procedure. Once established on the published 278 course to MORNS, they manually sequenced the FMS direct to MORNS.
The crew then elected to conduct a second approach, but this time chose to perform a “Dive & Drive” as opposed to a CDFA. Prior to reaching the Missed Approach Point, they visually acquired the runway environment and made a normal descent to landing.
The crew subsequently forwarded the following observations, and requested comment:
– The missed approach point for this procedure is not co-located with the runway end.
– The FMS coding, however, takes you all the way to the runway end.
– “Dive & Drive” generated a successful result, whereas CDFA did not.
TUG forwarded the crew’s narrative to NBAA’s Access Committee for review and comment.
For reference, here is the FAA chart:
The review revealed that the FMS behaved correctly. However, the crew did not follow the published Missed Approach procedure. Upon reaching the DDA of 630’ on a CDFA Localizer only approach, they had not reached the published LOC Missed Approach Point of I-TJL 1.9D, 0.8 NM from the runway threshold as depicted in the profile view:
In order to maintain safe clearance from the WABC antenna just west of the Final Approach Course, it’s necessary to continue straight ahead until passing the I-TJL 1.9D MAP before commencing the turn to heading 205. The aircraft is protected in the same way if the pilot flies the ILS 19 to the published DA of 307’.
ARINC 424 FMS coding conventions have indeed created inconsistencies. TERPS & PANS-OPS utilize specific methodologies that are independent of ARINC 424, and mis-matches occasionally occur. Let’s further explore this example using the Garmin 750:
As is typical of ILS approaches, RW19 is coded as the Missed Approach Point, followed by a straight climb to 409’, and then direct to TROVA. Although inconsistent with the published procedure specification of an immediate right turn to heading 205, once the aircraft has passed the RW19 MAP and climbed above 409’ MSL, the FMS should sequence Direct to TROVA as depicted below:
Since the airplane on the Missed Approach is already at least 630’ (LOC Rwy 19 DDA), the CA (Course to Altitude) leg’s 409’ altitude constraint is already satisfied. Therefore, after passing the RW19 MAP waypoint, the FMS should cycle immediately to the second part of the Missed Approach: the DF (Direct to Fix) leg to TROVA. In other words, the flight guidance should initiate a turn to TROVA after passing the RW19 MAP waypoint.
There is indeed an inconsistency between the ARINC 424 coding and the published procedure: The published MAP for the ILS or LOC Rwy 19 approach is not the RW19 threshold waypoint as coded in the NDB (Navigation Data Base). However, this is standard ARINC coding practice for conventional procedures. Although ARINC 424 specifications exist for moving a MAP from the runway threshold, thereby creating a “MAP” waypoint, no such coding was defined for this procedure.
Even considering this inconsistency, TERPS standards have removed the use of the word “immediate” on departures and approaches. When flying the ILS Rwy 19 approach, executing a Missed Approach at the 307’ DA will result in the aircraft reaching 409’ MSL at approximately the point where the RW19 MAP sequences. The FMS and Flight Director would then command a direct-to TROVA leg, making it highly improbable that any loss of obstacle clearance or traffic separation could occur during this interval.
As to the question of CDFA vs. “Dive & Drive”, operational experts fully support CDFA and stabilized approaches as a best practice. However, Flight Procedures in OKC develop NPAs (Non-Precision Approaches) with the intent that the aircraft is level at MDA with enough time to visually acquire the runway environment (approach lights, runway, etc.), and then make a normal descent to the runway. A level segment at MDA gives the pilot the opportunity not afforded by the visibility minima and DDA on a CDFA NPA. In other words, it makes a missed approach more likely. Pick your poison: Risk of unstable approach vs. higher risk of a missed approach. And there are times, like a circling approach where “dive and drive” is appropriate.
- Pursuant to AIM 5-4-21, be sure not to initiate the Missed Approach turn prior to the Missed Approach Point.
- Review the Missed Approach legs. Note where the Missed Approach is coded to begin (e.g., RW19, MAP24, etc.). That’s where the FMS will sequence to the coded Missed Approach Segment.
- Note the leg type of the first segment of the Missed Approach. Is it a VA-DF or CA-DF leg? NDB coding does not always match the published procedure.
- CDFA vs. “Dive & Drive” each offer advantages and disadvantages. Determine which is best for the specific operation, and realize that your decision does not alleviate all risks. You may be trading one risk for another.
2019 Novel Coronavirus: Interim Health Guidance from the FAA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Air Carriers and Crews with a Nexus of Operations to China
Please click on the following link to read this Safety Alert For Operators (SAFO): SAFO20001 Coronavirus
KTEB RNAV (GPS) X Rwy 6
MITIGATIONS IN PLACE FOR EWR AND TEB ARRIVALS DURING 1800-2100Z HOUR.
FACILITIES AND STAKEHOLDERS ADVISED TO EXPECT RNAV X APPROACH TO TEB RWY 06
FOR OPERATIONAL NECCESSITY AT EWR DUE TO WIND GUSTS. NO OTHER CHANGES AT
FAA Releases Teterboro Runway Safety Video
Click on the following link to view this excellent and helpful information:
TUG Vice President Transition
TUG’s Board of Directors has unanimously elected Board Member Joe Dickinson to succeed outgoing Vice-President Carlos Correa, who will continue to serve as a Board Member. We’re tremendously grateful for Carlos’ contributions, operational and management experience and leadership, under which we’ve continued to expand our outreach and enhance our internal processes. Carlos will remain active in our activities, while continuing to fulfill his responsibilities as a Dassault Falcon Jet Demonstration Pilot/Safety Officer.
Joe Dickinson, a former Navy pilot and current international G650 Captain/Safety Officer, also offers a tremendous depth and breadth of experience, from which we’ll all benefit. His passion for safety and “can-do” approach to problem solving will be invaluable.
Please join me in congratulating both of these fine gentlemen for their commitment, contribution and spirit of volunteerism.
TUG 2019: The Year in Review
The Teterboro Users Group has remained proactive throughout 2019 in serving the interests of the airport and business aviation communities. Our meetings continue to be a nexus of Operations, Regulatory, Advocacy and Industry professionals. And our meeting programs, designed to serve an educational purpose in the furtherance of operational safety and efficiency, have featured a “Who’s Who” of industry movers and shakers:
- NBAA: President Ed Bolen, Vice President Government Affairs Christa Lucas, Director – Air Traffic Services Heidi Williams, Manager – Air Traffic Services Dean Snell, Director, Airports and Ground Infrastructure Alex Gertsen, NE Regional Rep Brittany Davies.
- PANYNJ: Teterboro Airport Manager Maria Sheridan and her predecessor Renee Spann, Teterboro Manager Airport Operations and Security Scott Marsh, Delay Reduction Program Manager Ralph Tamburro
- FAA: District Manager of Operations Eric Saldana, NY TRACON N90 Airspace and Procedures Specialists Ed Sosa, Neal Burke and Craig Esslinger, NY ARTCC Traffic Management Support Specialist Bob Ocon, KTEB ATCT Manager Gary Palm and Staff Specialist Larry Brady
- Collins Aerospace Flight Operations Trainer (Avionics) Christian Renneissen: Domestic Enroute CPDLC
- Captain/Consultant/Retired Controller and TUG Board Member Pete Elmore: Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)
- Code7700.com publisher, noted aviation author, former USAF pilot, and active business aviation Captain James Albright: how aviators (pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, dispatchers, anyone who deals with airplanes) can effectively deal with change
- General Aviation Issues Analysis Team (GA-IAT) Tri-Chairmen Eric Chang (MITRE), Chad Brewer (FAA) and Jens Hennig (GAMA): TCAS study designed to identify airborne hot spots and recommend mitigation strategies in an effort to enhance safety
- IBAC, Operations Manager, IS-BAO Programme, Katherine Hilst: 2019 protocol improvements, the “6 Steps to Registration” initiative, IBAC’s advocacy work with ICAO including international operations, updates for auditor standardization and information about the “progressive stage 3” option
- Business Aviation Safety Consortium (BASC) founder Rick Malczynski: collaborative, progressive and operationally focused approach to SMS and continuous improvement
- PlotNG software developer and pilot Don Argintar: fully compliant, zero-manual entry, electronic oceanic plotting software
- Jersey Ridge Soaring owners Brenda and Kevin Martin: interaction of gliders and IFR traffic in the MUGZY area
In addition to our regularly scheduled meetings, TUG collaborated extensively with the General Aviation Issues Analysis Team in the furtherance of MITRE’s study to identify Teterboro’s Airborne Hot Spots and develop mitigation strategies, meeting first on July 31 at MITRE’s headquarters in McLean, VA, and subsequently co-hosting two WebEx meetings for the business aviation community on Aug 26 and Sept 3.
We’ve continued to coordinate with and support the mission of OpsGroup to educate the business aviation community, particularly with respect to the unique considerations associated with bizav operations at Teterboro Airport. Most recently, we contributed to Mike Kraft’s OpsGroup article “Escape From New York: How To Get In & Out of Teterboro”, and have twice briefed the OpsGroup community via Member Chats.
We’ve advocated in favor of a Class D transition along the ILS 19 final approach course to facilitate communication and traffic awareness in this congested airspace, and generated and disseminated original content in the form of charted briefing materials with recommended VFR routings.
We’ve further extended our outreach to the Blairstown soaring community to develop awareness and mitigation strategies with respect to the interaction of gliders and business aviation traffic on the LVZ4 STAR in the vicinity of MUGZY intersection.
We’ve supported the development of RNAV(GPS) approaches to Rwys 19 and 24, currently scheduled for publication early in 2020.
Most of all, we’ve continued to cultivate productive working relationships with airport, regulatory and industry decision makers to facilitate operational, procedural and infrastructure enhancement for the benefit of our collective stakeholders.
None of this would possible without your steadfast support and participation in our programs and activities. We’re honored to serve as the voice of Teterboro’s business aviation community, and look forward to continued progress in 2020.
We wish you, your families, colleagues and organizations a happy holiday season, and a safe and prosperous New Year!
Dec 18 TUG Meeting, featuring NBAA President Ed Bolen and VP Gov’t Affairs Christa Lucas, attracted 50 participants.
Photo above (L to R): TUG VP Carlos Correa, NBAA Northeast Regional Representative Brittany Davies, PANYN Teterboro Airport Manager Maria Sheridan, NBAA President Ed Bolen, TUG Board Member Jim Dramis, TUG Treasurer Lisa Sasse, TUG President Dave Belastock, TUG Board Member Joe Dickinson and NBAA VP Government Affairs Christa Lucas.
Our agenda was as follows:
- PANYNJ Teterboro Airport Manager Maria Sheridan and Manager Airport Operations and Security Scott Marsh provided an Airport Operations update, with particular emphasis on airport construction projects that will necessitate runway and airport closures. http://www.panynj.gov/airports/teterboro.htm
- FAA KTEB ATCT Manager Gary Palm presented Tower Topics, including a reminder regarding AZEZU route options. https://www.faa.gov
- FAA Traffic Management Support Specialist Bob Ocon discussed the advantages of filing AZEZU routes to mitigate departure delays.
- NBAA President Ed Bolen and VP Government Affairs Christa Lucas provided an update regarding the latest developments affecting business aviation operators, including ADS-B Privacy and legislative affairs. https://nbaa.org
- General Aviation Issues Analysis Team (GA-IAT) Tri-Chairmen Eric Chang (MITRE), Chad Brewer (FAA) and Jens Hennig (GAMA) provided a progress report of the TCAS study designed to identify airborne hot spots and recommend mitigation strategies in an effort to enhance safety.
- Brenda and Kevin Martin, owners of Jersey Ridge Soaring at Blairstown Airport (1N7), engaged in a discussion of the interaction of gliders and IFR traffic in the MUGZY area. As aviation safety advocates, Brenda and Kevin brought representatives from other local soaring organizations. Since we frequently share the same airspace, we all benefit from heightened awareness of one another’s operational considerations. http://www.jerseyridgesoaring.com
- Rick Malczynski, founder of the Business Aviation Safety Consortium (BASC), presented his organization’s unique collaborative, progressive and operationally focused approach to SMS and continuous improvement. Rick formed BASC in 2016 as an alternative program to meet ICAO’s Safety Management System and Operational requirements. As a former Naval Aviator, Part 91 pilot, accredited IS-BAO Auditor, and current Part 121 pilot, Rick saw an opportunity to develop a hands-on program that would realize immense value for flight departments. http://aviationconsortium.com/
- Don Argintar, pilot and software developer, introduced plotNG, a fully compliant, zero-manual entry, electronic oceanic plotting software service. The presentation included a brief regulatory overview followed by a demonstration of plotNG. Using plotNG is quite simple: after you receive a flight plan from your provider, forward that email to plotNG. plotNG sends back an email containing attachments that you directly load into ForeFlight, including your route with all crossing restrictions, current worldwide track messages, ETPs, contingencies, 10 minute checks, manual re-route tools, document management, and more. Typical turn around time is under a minute! https://fly.plotng.com
Our complimentary continental breakfast and luncheon was catered by Berry Creek Cafe. http://berrycreekcafe.net
TUG Reaches Out to Local GA Community to Enhance Safety in our Shared Airspace
TUG Board Member Jim Dramis and VP Carlos Correa will be visiting area flight schools and FBOs on both sides of the Hudson River to disseminate the following graphic and to heighten awareness of the areas in which our respective communities operate in closest proximity. This information is also of value to business aviation operators. Special thanks to Jim Dramis for creating this graphical representation!
CBP Rolls Out Simplified Teterboro Notification Procedure – Nov 4, 2019
Customs and Border Protection has rolled out a new email address for notification of arriving flights. In lieu of faxing Gen Dec details, CBP prefers that operators send the information to the following email address:
After vetting the flight, CBP will send a confirmation email back to the operator. If you don’t hear back from them within 30-60 mins, then call to confirm at 201-288-8799. KTEB Customs hours are 0730-2330 lcl, with landing to occur no later than 2300.
27 People participated in our Sept 18 TUG Meeting
Our agenda was as follows:
- PANYNJ Teterboro Airport Manager Maria Sheridan introduced herself to our members. A graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Maria comes to us from Morristown Airport (MMU), where she started as an Operations Coordinator and worked her way up through roles of ever-increasing responsibility to her most recent position as Senior Director for Government Affairs and Business Development. http://www.panynj.gov/airports/teterboro.htm
- PANYNJ Teterboro Manager Airport Operations and Security Scott Marsh provided an Airport Operations update, with particular emphasis on airport construction projects that will necessitate runway and airport closures. http://www.panynj.gov/airports/teterboro.html
- NBAA NE Regional Rep Brittany Davies and Director, Airports and Ground Infrastructure Alex Gertsen provided an update regarding regulatory and operational issues applicable to Teterboro Airport. http://www.nbaa.org
- Code7700.com publisher, noted aviation author, former USAF pilot, and active business aviation Captain, James Albright delivered a compelling presentation on how aviators (pilots, mechanics, flight attendants, dispatchers, anyone who deals with airplanes) can effectively deal with change. James linked each one of these philosophies with an airplane he’s flown during his 40-year aviation career, providing a short story about the airplane, the strategy for dealing with change, followed with a tie in to the present.
- IBAC, Operations Manager, IS-BAO Programme, Katherine Hilst highlighted the 2019 protocol improvements, the “6 Steps to Registration” initiative, IBAC’s advocacy work with ICAO including international operations, updates for auditor standardization and information about the “progressive stage 3” option. IS-BAO Programme Newsletters
Maria Sheridan Appointed As New Teterboro Airport Manager
Please see the attached memo from Mr. Doug Stearns, Interim GM, NJ Airports. We look forward to collaborating with Maria in support of our mutual objectives.
“New Jersey Airports Announcement
Teterboro Airport Manager
I am very pleased to announce that Maria Sheridan will be joining the Port Authority as New Jersey Airports’ next Teterboro Airport Manager, following Renee Spann, who retired after 30-years of distinguished service with the agency.
Maria is a seasoned General Aviation airport management professional with more than 26-years in the aviation industry. A graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Maria comes to us from Morristown Airport (MMU), where she started as an Operations Coordinator and worked her way up through roles of ever-increasing responsibility to her most recent position as Senior Director for Government Affairs and Business Development. Along the way, she worked in a broad range of airport disciplines, including environmental and safety compliance, noise abatement, ARFF and incident command, and has overseen Airport Operations, Security, and Government Affairs at the manager and director levels.
Some of you may already know Maria from her active involvement in AAAE’s Northeast Chapter, where she held the office of President in 2018. She has also been very active in other aviation industry and civic organizations, including, among many other roles, serving on the Executive Committee of the Morristown Aircraft Rescue Service continuously since 1994, serving repeatedly over several years as Chairperson for the Morris County Economic Development Corporation, and serving for four years as Vice Chair and Acting Chair of the New Jersey Aviation Association.
Maria’s first day at Teterboro will be on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Before going to TEB, she will report to EWR Building 1, where we will provide her with an overview of TEB Properties, Construction and Finance matters, introduce her to our EWR team, and explain to her other EWR, TEB, and Aviation Department matters as well as basic Port Authority administrative instructions. Maria can be reached at (201) 807-4019 and email@example.com.
Please join me in welcoming Maria to Teterboro Airport and the New Jersey Airports family!
Interim General Manager
New Jersey Airports”
TUG Meets with MITRE, FAA and GAMA to Identify TEB Airborne Hot Spots
TUG President Dave Belastock with GAMA VP of Operations Jens Hennig
On Wednesday, July 31, TUG’s Dave Belastock and Joe Dickinson met with Jens Hennig (GAMA), Chad Brewer and Angel Luna (FAA), and MITRE Corporation’s Eric Chang and Stan Roessner at MITRE’s offices in McLean, VA to review data from the General Aviation Issues Analysis Team’s (GA-IAT) TCAS study designed to identify airborne hot spots and recommend mitigations strategies in an effort to enhance safety. The product of this meeting will be a series of public WebEx conferences to be held in late August or early September to present the data to our constituents and solicit their input. We’ll advise you of the exact date(s) and details as soon as they’re available. In the meantime, please find the meeting notes below:
Attendees: Eric Chang (MITRE), Stan Roessner (MITRE), Jens Hennig (GAMA), Chad Brewer (FAA), Angel Luna (FAA), Joe Dickinson via web conferencing (TUG), Dave Belastock (TUG)
Location: MITRE offices in McLean, VA
GA TCAS – TEB
ASIAS briefing (Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing)
Data from May 2015-April 2018
Study focused on GA community
GA-IAT (General Aviation Issues Analysis Team) looked at TCAS RA events with a general aviation focus: BFI, TEB and VNY, which represent top 3 for GA ASAP reports of TCAS RAs. Validate study results with operational experience.
Output will be a report proposing mitigation’s will be provided to support CAST (Commercial Aviation Safety Team) and GAJSC (Gen Av Joint Steering Committee).
Methodology: Use characterization of hotspots to find other hotspots, looking for similarities to share best practices and to scope mitigation. Look for differences to find outliers.
Data sources: TCAS simulator (can run radar data through this simulator), ADS-B, FOQA (only GA ASIAS, which is limited in number), ASAP reports, ATSAP, MOR (Mandatory Occurrence Reports).
TEB Study encompasses FOQA, surveillance event and safety report data gathered during a 3-year window.
TEB summary: intruder is most likely to be below, crossing traffic and VFR; intruder is most likely to be going somewhere other than TEB. Most events have an intruder 500’ below with a wide range of lateral spacing. South hotspot more frequently involves opposite direction intruder traffic, e.g. MMU operations.
Typical separation at Closest Point of Approach (CPA) for intruder aircraft is 500’ below.
GA ASIAS Program – 1996 TWA 800 and ValuJet 592. High fatality rate in Commercial Aviation gave rise to Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST). FAA and industry working together using data driven methodology to reduce fatal accident rate by 80%. Parallel effort in GA: GAJSC (General Aviation Joint Steering Committee) initially experienced less success, and ultimately adopted data driven approach.
Two paths: reactive (accident investigation and analysis) and proactive (FOQA, FDM).
ASIAS (Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing) – began in 2007. Diverse Data: safety reports, aircraft data, ATC safety reports, radar, weather, etc. Governed by formal principles: data used solely for advancement of safety, entirely voluntary sharing of safety-sensitive data, data are de-identified, transparency, collaborative governance. Commercial side and GA (GA-IAT). Mitigation decisions are made by the GAJSC. 45 Commercial Operators, 96 GA Operators, industry partners, 10 flight training institutions. GA: FDM/FOQA. MITRE is trusted 3rd party that administers data. Data is aggregated for sole purposes of advancing safety. Data fusion takes de-identified FOQA and ASAP data and merges these for analysis. Circle of safety results in sharing data with stakeholders: FAA, industry, operators. Because MITRE is FFRDC (Federally Funded Research and Development Center), it is not subject to FOIA (Freedom of Information Act).
National General Aviation Flight Information Database (NGAFID) provides vehicle for GA operators not participation in FOQA FDM to participate in ASIAS.
GA FDM Process – Data Analysis of Turn-to-Final (overshoot and undershoot).
For business aviation community – Airport Safety Events Metrics Overview (ASEMO).
RUUDY 6: AAUP (Attention All Users Page) moving in fits and starts.
Rwy 19 GS perturbation: what can be done? RNAV (GPS) 19 overlay to ILS 19, slated for publication in December 2019.
June 19 TUG Meeting: Domestic Enroute CPDLC, and UPRT
- Collins Aerospace Sr. Flight Operations Trainer (Avionics) Christian Renneissen regarding the FAA’s rollout of Domestic Enroute CPDLC: “As the FAA continues to implement US domestic cockpit data link using FANS CPDLC, the industry is about to experience seamless cockpit connectivity from departure through the enroute phase of the flight over the continental US.” ARINC’s NextGen briefing reflected on existing systems and reviewed aircraft and operator capabilities as well as regulatory requirements. Click on the following link to view this highly informative presentation: Collins TUG Handout
- TUG Board Member, Captain/Consultant/Retired Controller Pete Elmore delivered an excellent presentation on Upset Recovery and Prevention Training. We’ll post this presentation as soon as possible.
TUG Honors TEB Tower Staff Specialist Larry Brady
Teterboro Air Traffic Control Staff Specialist Larry Brady will retire on July 31, 2019. Larry has been a steadfast participant in our TUG Meetings, delivering presentations on winter operations, local Air Traffic Control issues and procedures. Larry’s been the source of daily communiques regarding traffic and weather conditions, runway and taxiway closures, and other matters of operational importance. We’ll miss his warmth, candor, and sincere desire to foster and maintain communications between Air Traffic Control and the operator community, and wish him every happiness as he begins this next chapter of his life.
During our June 19 TUG Meeting, in honor of his exemplary career, TUG President Dave Belastock presented Larry with a plaque that read: “To Teterboro Tower Staff Specialist Larry Brady in Recognition of his Many Years of Extraordinary Service and Accomplishments in Enhancing the Safety and Efficiency of Flight and Ground Operations. With Sincere Gratitude from the Teterboro Users Group.”
Teterboro Airport Chief Pilot Webinar Presentations
On May 29, PANYNJ Acting Manager Teterboro Airport Scott Marsh hosted the Spring Chief Pilot Webinar. You can view the presentations by clicking on the following link: TETERBORO AIRPORT – CHIEF PILOT MEETING 2019 Spring 5-29-2019
Glider Activity Near MUGZY on LVZ4 STAR
The following letter, disseminated by EJM to their pilots in 2013, remains relevant to this day. We thank EJM for their permission to post the information herein.
NY TRACON Expresses Gratitude to TUG
During the Federal Government shutdown, NY TRACON’s Air Traffic Controllers maintained the highest levels of professionalism and safety handling air traffic in our complex airspace, even though they were not being paid to do so. The Teterboro Users Group demonstrated our support and gratitude to these fine professionals by treating the Liberty Sector Controllers to a pizza dinner one evening during shift change. In response, we received the following expression of gratitude:
We thank our members for their support during this challenging time.
NTSB Releases Video Animation of Teterboro Learjet 35 Accident
Click on the following link to view this animation: https://youtu.be/67Yw87l3Atw
TUG Meetings To Be Held Quarterly
- March 20
- June 19
- September 18
- December 18
Flight Safety Foundation Releases “Controlled Rest on the Flight Deck”
Flight Safety Foundation has published on its website a document by the industry’s Fatigue Countermeasures Working Group that details the best practices for implementation of a policy allowing for controlled rest (CR) on the flight deck. Click on the following link to visit the FSF website and view the study:
TUG Awarded NJAA Excellence in Business Aviation Award
On October 9, the New Jersey Aviation Association honored TUG with the Excellence in Business Aviation Award at their annual luncheon to be held at the TPC Jasna Polana in Princeton, NJ. In announcing the award, NJAA Chairman Webster B. Todd, Jr wrote, in part:
“The Board of Directors of the New Jersey Aviation Association is pleased to advise you that the Teterboro Users Group was unanimously nominated to receive the 2018 Excellence in Business Aviation Award. TUG’s efforts in enhancing the safety, efficiency and infrastructure at Teterboro Airport are exemplary.
TUG represents all facets of experienced aviation experts including Fixed Base Operators, airport users, tenants as well as local and national industry associations. The monthly meetings that are open to all encourage communication and keep everyone abreast of what is happening at Teterboro as well as the industry.”
We’re grateful to be recognized with this prestigious award, and committed as always to representing the interests of our constituents in achieving our mutual objectives.
Use NASS App and AZEZU Route Playbook to Minimize Departure Delays
During our most recent TUG Meeting, the FAA delivered a briefing on the AZEZU route playbook. You can find the briefing on our Meetings page.
Here is the link to the AZEZU Route Playbook:
You may also find helpful the National Airspace System Status (NASS) app, which you can locate on Google’s Play Store or Apple’s App Store by searching for “ATCSCC”. The following are direct links.
NASS App website link:
TUG Honored with Award during the Teterboro Airport Community Benefit Fund Awards Luncheon
FAA Issues Notice Re: RUUDY 6 Pilot Deviations
Teterboro Airport SID Deviations
Notice Number: NOTC7799
The Ruudy Six departure continues to incur both lateral, but in particular, vertical pilot deviations. Due to the proximity of Newark and other area airports it is imperative to follow the RNAV(RNP1) departure procedure to Performance Based Navigation (PBN) standards. Do not drift left off course to avoid noise monitors. Do not climb above 1500 until passing Wentz intersection. There is only 1000 feet of separation with overhead traffic at Wentz. When issued the clearance to “climb via the SID” all altitude restrictions must be complied with as depicted on the chart.
Attached are excerpts from the Aeronautical Information Manual and the Controllers handbook explaining the Climb Via procedure. An expanded explanation is in chapter 4 and 5 of the AIM.
Further information can be found on the Teterboro Users Group website http://teterborousersgroup.org and in KTEB Notice to Airmen (Letters to Airmen section)