TUG DECEMBER NEWSLETTER
The December TUG meeting went very well. As promised the meeting started promptly at 9:30 and adjourned at 13:00. There were three major topics covered at the meeting and one surprise visitor. Nice to see Tony Scenna, CP, Jet Aviation, Jim Chistiansen, VP, Net Jets and Doug Olsen, CP, Sony Flt Ops.
Dan Dunn, Manager, Verizon Flight Ops. Presented an overview of the policies and procedures for noise abatement at Teterboro. All were requested to be a good neighbor and fly quietly. The voluntary curfew was discussed and Lanny Rider commented that the curfew was being observed by all concerned. Lanny noted the exceptions, notably the medical emergency and organ donor flights. Any flight not observing the curfew will receive a letter from Lanny requesting the reason for non-compliance.
Joseph Ritorto, Managing Director, First Aviation. Gave the members an overview of the various Teterboro initiatives under consideration at CETF. A discussion of the new tower for Teterboro was discussed and updated.
Pat Bonner, Operations Mgr, PANYNJ, Updated the status of the high radius turn- offs, taxiway construction and amazing flash torch lighting. By the time your read this the lead in lights taxiway edge lights and the wig wag lighting should be operational.
Angelo Sorrentino, Manager, TEB ATCT and Larry Brady Staff Administrator, addressed the comments regarding the recent de-icing program initiation. Larry suggested that some tweaking was being done to the procedure to address the suggestions received. Once an FBO advises the Tower that an aircraft is being de-iced, the program is activated and in affect for ALL aircraft.
(Notes from the October Newsletter)
Prior to being de-iced the pilot and aircraft must have:
1. An IFR clearance.
2. All passengers and crew are readily available to board.
3. All baggage is loaded and aircraft fueled.
4. Aircraft is in a ready to taxi: status.
When above items are completed:
1. The pilot will advise his FBOs De-icing Boss of his status and is ready to be de-iced.
2. The de-icing boss will then contact TEBT and advise the next aircraft to be de-iced or if no de-icing is necessary ready to start engines, with aircraft N number or call sign and when they will be ready to taxi.
3. TEBT (after verifying that the route/destination is good to go) will advise the De-icing Boss if the time is good or will issue the next BEST available time. (Impact of field conditions, demand or other restrictions will influence the time calculation.
4. The De-icing Boss will acknowledge the new be ready to taxi time and comply.
5. If the De-icing Boss cannot comply with the agreed ready to taxi time he will advise TEBT ASAP so an adjustment can be made.
6. The De-icing Boss will advise the pilot to contact TEB Ground Control when ready to taxi.
After receiving their clearance, Pilots are requested not to contact TEBT until instructed to by the De-icing Boss.
Leo Prusak, Manager, NY Area Control Towers. Leo as you can guess was our surprise guest. Leo has held various air traffic staff positions in the New York Region. He was Chairman of the CETF committee for many years. Came to Teterboro as our Tower Chief. Later became manager of the LGA tower. Leo is now the Manager of all New York Area Towers. Congratulations Leo well deserved!!!
Leo referred to Teterboro as the premier corporate airport in the US and a valuable reliever airport. TUG was a major partner in the initiatives for the airport along with Lanny Rider, PANYNJ and the AVPORT Group. Leo advised all parties to keep up the initiatives and suggestions for improvement and importantly stay involved in the process.
Advisories and comments from Tom White, Jo Damato, Larry Brady:
From Tom White, Traffic Manager, NY TRACON,
Thanks for the opportunity to speak at the recent TUG meeting. For the upcoming NY to FL travel season, all of the current information for traveling between NY and FLA will be sent to you / TUG from Jo Damato. This will allow us to establish an effective communications network for all area GA operators.
FROM Jo Damato, NBAA GA Help Desk:
During the winter months – specifically on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and days associated with holidays – the increased volume of general aviation traffic to and from the Florida terminals and the New York metropolitan area results in departure and en route delays to all National Airspace System (NAS) operators. Operators should be aware of and apply the following best practices and also review the attached recommended or anticipated routes to help mitigate delays on Florida and New York departures while effectively managing enroute volume.
NBAA operators have an advantage in the NAS in that many NBAA member aircraft are RVSM-equipped allowing unrestricted use of the off-shore A761/R511 Radar Routes to travel up and down the East Coast between the NY and Florida areas. Operators are encouraged to file these routes between the specified city pairs whenever peak volume periods exist.
During other, non-peak times operators should file preferred routes but indicate “offshore capable” in the Remarks Section of the flight plan. This will allow ATC to move operators to this route instead of experiencing long departure delays. Operators utilizing these routes will be exempt from or experience minimal traffic management initiatives such as miles in trail and ground stops.
Operators should file flight plans on anticipated high-volume days as soon as possible and no less than 3 hours in advance where possible to assist ATC in anticipating the extra volume to make effective and appropriate traffic management decisions.
FROM LARRY BRADY, TEB ATCT STAFF:
That was great news in the opening of the second customs facility. However, I can not stress enough the negative impact on this facility after an a/c clears customs and then needs to reposition from one end of the field to the other. I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news but during a multi- taxi, evening operation, when a repro is required opposite the flow, a delay can be expected. It would probably be a better position to take as a general rule during peak traffic hours to request the customs that is closest to their FBO. (i.e. Jet Aviation based a/c to the south ramp customs and all the rest to the north ramp customs) Please help us help the user. Together we can make this a better Teterboro.
NOTE: The next TUG Meeting is scheduled for January 15th, 2004. Please mark your calendar NOW and plan to attend or send your delegate.
Thanks for your participation and continuing support!
President Peter Bellini
TUG Vice Pres Skip Keeler
TUG Senior Advisor Joseph Ritorto
Managing Director Bill Mack