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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.

NBAA Call to Action: Urge Congress to pass FAA Reauthorization Bill

NBAA is encouraging members and others across the business aviation community to add their names to a letter to congressional leaders by 3:00 p.m. ET, Tuesday, May 7, through the association’s Voter Voice resource, demonstrating to Congress that their voting constituents recognize the urgent need to secure FAA reauthorization.  Please ask your groups, friends, and industry networks to urge Congress to pass the FAA Reauthorization Bill containing many provisions advanced by NBAA. 

Westchester Aviation Association Announces 8th Annual Safety Day – June 11, 2024

Westchester Aviation Association Announces Its Program For The Eighth Annual Safety Day

Predictive Safety:  Are We Doing As Well As We Think?

June 11, 2024

            Purchase, New York  –The Westchester Aviation Association has announced its program for its Eighth Annual Safety Day, to be held on June 11, 2024, entitled,  Predictive Safety:  Are We Doing As Well As We Think?.  The event will be held one day prior to the NBAA Regional event at Westchester County Airport.  It is directed toward turbine and turboprop Part 91 and charter operators, their flight crews, maintainers, schedulers/dispatchers and entire aviation operations.

            A signature topic for Safety Days in prior years in our coverage of mental wellness in the aviation departure.  WAA expands on that this year, with the Federal Air Surgeon, Dr. Susan Northrup, being an invited speaker, along with Dr Quay Snyder of Aviation Medicine Advisory Service.  Dr. Snyder is co-chair of the Mental Health & Aviation Medical Clearances

Aviation Rulemaking Committee that this month issued its 24 recommendations to FAA about mental health issues and medical certifications.

            Other topics for this Safety Day are similarly engaging and current:  Integrity In The Aviation Department with Chris Lutat of Convergent Performance; the implementation of the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) in Part 91 departments together with risk assessments and claims experience featuring Steve Bruneau (Polaris Aero), Sarah Zimmerman (Safety Manager for a major Part 91 flight department), Deborah Fitzmaurice (Marsh McLennan) and Colin Bruno (Global Aerospace); and FlightSafety International (Richard Meikle) will present on safety trends in circling approaches, as well as preventing the normalization of deviance by all aviation department members.

“The WAA has designed a stellar program for corporate and charter operators at our airport, in the NY Metro area and beyond” said WAA Chair Greg Keshishian.  “We are building on our history of success with our Safety Days, and listen carefully to our WAA member flight departments in choosing subjects and speakers that are relevant, poignant and challenging for our audience”, Keshishian said.

            In addition to the substantive program, WAA will also present its Bill Weaver Aviation Scholarship winners in an award ceremony.  These scholarships are provided through the generosity of Academy of Aviation and Tradewind.  

            Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) credit is available through the good offices of the National Business Aircraft Association.

There will be ample opportunity for participants to network, with breakfast and lunch being served and breaks provided.  Corporate Aviation Management (CAM) credit for our day has been requested of NBAA that runs the CAM program.

Registration for this event is now open at https://westchesteraviation.org/SafetyDay24  .  With limited space available, early registration is advised.

            This is a full day event, which will be held at Whitby Castle, 330 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY.

            WAA recognizes the sponsors of this event, including Global Aerospace, Solairus, NetJets, Sky Harbour and Flying Zebra, that with public spirit support Safety Day.

            The Westchester Aviation Association is an over 40 year old not for profit organization that represents all of the facets of General Aviation at the Westchester County Airport.  Its mission includes safety education within the aviation community, as well as promoting aviation education and understanding on the part of government authorities and the public.

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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:

38th Annual Teterboro Airport Community Benefit Fund Scholarship Golf Classic

The 38th Annual Scholarship Golf Classic organized by the Teterboro Airport Community Benefit Fund is scheduled for May 20, 2024. This exciting event will take place at the Basking Ridge Country Club. located at 185 Madisonville Rd, Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920.

Background: Our nonprofit, the Teterboro Airport Community Benefit Fund, has been dedicated to empowering local students in their pursuit of higher education. Through our scholarship program, we’ve helped 268 high school graduates achieve their dreams in aviation and related fields of study.

How You Can Make a Difference: Your support can directly impact the lives of talented students. By participating in our golf classic or making a donation, you contribute to their educational journey.

Get Involved:

  1. Register for the Golf Classic: Join us on the greens for a day of fun and purpose.
  2. Make a Donation: If you can’t attend the event, consider making a direct contribution to our scholarship fund.
  3. Spread the Word: Share this opportunity with friends, family, and colleagues who believe in education and community impact.

Contact Us: For registration, sponsorship, or any inquiries, please reach out to our office at Tel: (201) 288-6073 or visit 38th Annual Scholarship Golf Classic (veoci.com).

Your generosity fuels our mission, and we’re grateful for your continued support. Together, we can empower the next generation of leaders.

Thank you for being a catalyst for positive change!

Warm regards,

Teterboro Airport Community Benefit Fund

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.