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June 19 TUG GoToMeeting Attracts 47 Participants

Our 2nd Quarter TUG GoToMeeting attracted 47 participants, and featured highly participatory and operational discussions regarding Teterboro ground and flight operations with a focus on Pilot/Controller communications. You’ll find our agenda below, and our meeting minutes and presentations on our Meetings page. Special Thanks to NATCA Runway Safety Representatives Bridget Singratanakul and Carlos Wyre, Teterboro ATCT Manager Matt Petersen, ATH Group President Michael Baiada, NBAA Regional Rep Brittany Davies, TEB Noise Office Manager Gabe Andino and PANYNJ’s Scott Marsh and Ralph Tamburro.

Our next meeting will take place on September 18, so please mark your calendars.

AGENDA

  • Scott MarshPANYNJ Acting Airport Manager and Manager Airport Operations and Security, will provide an Airport Operations update, to include ongoing and planned infrastructure enhancements. PANYNJ
  • Matthew Petersen, FAA Acting KTEB ATCT Manager, will provide an update regarding construction of the new Air Traffic Control Tower, possible deployment of a ground surveillance radar system through the Surveillance Awareness Initiative (SAI), 2024 SWAP, and efforts to combat ramp congestion through flight crew reservations with FBOs. FAA
  • Gabe Andino, Avports, Manager Noise Abate and Environmental Compliance, will share a Noise Office update. Teterboro Airport Noise Office
  • Bridget Singratanakul, NATCA National Runway Safety Representative, and Carlos Wyre, KTEB FAA Air Traffic Controller, will review top focus areas to prevent a runway incursion, and what Air Traffic Control would like you to know about flying in and out of Teterboro Airport. NATCA and FAA.
  • Brittany Davies, NBAA Northeast Regional Director, will provide a legislative affairs update. NBAA
  • Ralph Tamburro, PANYNJ Airport Delay Reduction Program Manager, and Michael Baiada, ATH Group President, will review the successful completion of the TEB GreenLandings Initiative Phase I (data collection) and introduce Phase 2, which adds dynamic, real-time passive landing queue information on the GreenLandings website. PANYNJ and ATH Group

PANYNJ Appoints Richard Gail KTEB ARFF Battalion Chief

On behalf of Deputy Chief Thomas Wieczerzak, Commanding Officer EWR & TEB Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF), please see attached Staff Announcement for Richard Gail, Battalion Chief – Teterboro Airport.

Richard Gail KTEB ARFF Battalion Chief Announcement

Instrument Approach Operations with a Visual Guidance Fix (VGF) and an Extended Visual Segment.

The FAA has issued InFO 24005 providing information regarding these procedures. Click here to read.

Reuters Reports FAA to Relocate EWR Area Airspace Control to PHL.

Click here to link to the article.

KTEB Proposed WENTZ 1 RNAV SID FAA Comment Period Open

TUG has for quite some time worked collaboratively with the FAA to develop a KTEB Rwy 24 SID that offers greater clarity, improved procedural simplicity, and lower susceptibility to error than the current RUUDY 6 SID. We expect this process to culminate in the July 11 publication of the WENTZ 1 RNAV SID, with the RUUDY 6 expected to sunset on September 5, 2024. The most significant enhancement involves a Top Altitude of 1500’.

While these dates remain targets, the FAA has published comprehensive information regarding this proposed procedure on their Instrument Flight Procedures (IFP) Gateway: FAA IFP Gateway KTEB WENTZ1. The comment period will end on April 5.

TUG expresses our sincere gratitude to the FAA and those individuals directly involved in the development of this proposed procedure.

We’ll be sure to share any additional information as it becomes available. In the meantime, here’s the proposed SID, not to be used for navigation:

New ILS Z or LOC Z RWY 6 IAP

The ILS or LOC Rwy 6 has been replaced with the ILS Z or LOC Z RWY 6. Please note the new elements/requirements and differences from the old IAP, to include:

  • PBN box specifies GPS required
  • All fixes replaced with waypoints
  • New waypoints/procedural requirements: MALCN (SBJ transition), LEESY (at or above 1700’), TEBLE (Missed Approach), UBUCK (Missed Approach)

The following charts (new and old) are for reference and not for navigation:

Pilot Errors Prompt FAA Alert on CPDLC Procedures

The FAA’s newly published Safety Alert for Pilots (SAFO) 23005 is directed at those who use controller-pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) to ensure that all parts of a clearance are appropriately loaded into the flight management system before departing. It also helps to ensure that the proper clearance is followed.

The document reminds operators that certain clearances require the flight crew to manually input standard instrument departures (SIDs) into the FMS each time a revised UM79 partial reroute message is received (cleared to XXX waypoint via other waypoints en route). In some instances, pilots have misinterpreted UM79to mean they were cleared to fly directly to the waypoint. A direct clearance would be a UM74 message.

According to the alert, 20 recorded aircraft deviations at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (KTEB) in 2022 have drawn attention to potential CPDLC and UM79 issues. In these incidents, aircraft departed TEB and flew directly into the arrival corridor of Newark Airport (KEWR). Controllers had to “quickly identify and coordinate” with New York and Newark controllers to issue a turn to avoid traffic. “The FAA determined that the probable cause of these events was due to the SID clearance not being manually reloaded in the FMS after receiving a UM79,” the FAA said.

Honeywell Publishes RNAV H Rwy 1 Guided Visual for RNP-AR Customers

In September 2021, Honeywell reached out to TUG to discuss the possibility of developing a procedure that would provide lateral and vertical guidance using RF legs to aircraft cleared for the ILS Z 6 Circle Rwy 1. Thus began an extensive collaboration through all stages of development involving TUG’s subject matter expertise and coordination with Honeywell, FAA, PANYNJ, NBAA and training providers that’s culminated in Honeywell’s publication of the RNAV H Rwy 1 for its RNP-AR Customers. Aviation International News’ (AIN) Matt Thurber has written an excellent article describing this procedure: KTEB Hosts Honeywell’s First Guided Visual Approach.

We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to Honeywell’s Senior Manager, Flight Technical Services Jim Johnson for his leadership, and all of the aforementioned stakeholders, including those of Teterboro’s users who participated in the evaluation flights, for their assistance in making this procedure a reality.

TUG will continue to work with avionics OEMs, training providers, FAA, PANYNJ, NBAA, the user community and indeed all stakeholders to continue the process of developing additional procedures, including IAPs, that increase the safety of flight operations at Teterboro Airport.

Feb 22, 2023 Update: Honeywell Publishes VFR Waypoints to Assist Pilots in Navigating KTEB ILS 6 Circle Rwy 1

The FAA recently approved two new VFR waypoints that will assist pilots in visually executing the circling portion of the KTEB ILS 6 Circle Rwy 1. These waypoints are intended to be drawn from FMS databases to enhance pilot situational awareness.

Honeywell agreed to a TUG request to publish these VFR waypoints in all generic Business and General Aviation NavDBs that include KTEB, and will do so beginning with cycle 2303. Although the effective date for this cycle is March 23, the fact that NavDBs contain two cycles of data means that customers will see these VFR waypoints as soon as they load the next update, which will be posted on March 15.

TUG will continue to encourage other FMS OEMs to include these VFR waypoints in their NavDBs at their earliest opportunity.

The waypoints are:

VPEZA (404827.35N/0740449.37W), located .5 nm SW of MetLife Stadium

VPDAU (404912.97N/0740342.22W), located .5 nm east of the Race Track

The bearing/distance from TORBY to VPEZA are: 097.39° / 2.38 NM;

The bearing/distance from VPEZA to VPDAU are 060.19° / 1.14 NM; and 

The bearing from VPDAU to RWY 1 is 015.21° / 1.23 NM

Please see the attached graphics to help familiarize yourself with these waypoints.

RUUDY 6 SID Compliance – Please Take Note!

A recent increase in RUUDY 6 pilot deviations, as well as a Rwy 19 missed approach pilot deviation, prompted the FAA to issue the following two Letters to Airmen. The Teterboro Users Group published and disseminated RUUDY 6 guidance material on May 5, 2018, and are re-posting the information below. Since the RUUDY 6 is the primary SID issued to flight crews departing KTEB Rwy 24, please carefully review the text and graphics specified on the Jeppesen and/or U.S. Government charts, and brief the lateral and vertical modes, ASEL selection, automation management and crew coordination requirements necessary to comply with all published lateral and vertical provisions of the procedure.

Technique for How to Fly the RUUDY 6

Our own Captain Jim Dramis has written an excellent article regarding his technique recommendations for how to fly the RUUDY 6 SID. You can download the article via our Operations > Airspace & Procedures tab: https://teterborousersgroup.org/operations/airspace/

CPDLC DCL Alert

We’ve come to understand that there exists a restriction in the practical application of CPDLC DCL within the U.S. NAS. This restriction is specific to the FAA Data Comm system, and therefore impacts all users and all FMS regardless of OEM.

When issued a CPDLC DCL other than “Cleared As Filed”, the clearance will include a loadable route (“Push to Load”), which the crew must Insert and Activate. This loaded route will NOT contain the assigned SID. If the Runway and SID had been previously loaded into the FMS, this action may retain the Runway and associated performance information but will drop the SID and its associated waypoint list segments and constraints. Consequently, the crew will need to reinsert and activate the SID for which they’ve been cleared.

The FAA and its industry partners are exploring options that may allow the DCL system to incorporate the SID into the loadable clearance. In the meantime, crews are encouraged to comply with SOPs and remain vigilant in verifying that the FMS is properly programmed with the cleared flight segments, as well as altitude and speed constraints, and that the appropriate level of automation (flight guidance, autoflight, autothrottles) and crew coordination is briefed and implemented.

TUG Urges Operators to Make KTEB FBO Reservations

TUG strongly encourages operators to make reservations with FBOs in an effort to prevent gridlock, which has occurred several times in recent days. Some operators have failed to make reservations at all. Others who’ve been informed by FBOs of ramp constraints have represented that they’re “just a drop and go,” only to leave the aircraft and return the following day. The result has been gridlock on ramps and taxiways that have precipitated ground delay programs elsewhere in the NAS.

Please make every effort to share your arrival information in advance with the FBO of your choosing so as to enable better allocation of limited ramp space and avoid unnecessary delays for all of KTEB’s operators.

Did you know?

Your membership dues enable TUG to finance the Teterboro ATIS landline. Plug the following telephone number into your mobile phone and you'll always have the Teterboro ATIS at your finger tips: 201-288-1690.