In what was hailed as a “giant first step” in reopening Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) to general aviation, a Hawker 1000 operated by New World Jet for Jet Aviation landed at dawn on October 18 after flying to the nation’s capital from Teterboro Airport (TEB) in New Jersey.
The FAA has appealed an NTSB administrative law judge’s decision in favor of Darby Aviation on its appeal following the March 23 FAA emergency suspension of its Part 135 certificate. The NTSB last month was scheduled to either affirm or reverse the judge’s decision.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the FAA are considering a proposal to expand noise-abatement procedures at Teterboro Airport (TEB). Currently, Runway 24 has published noise-abatement procedures. The new proposal would implement similar noise-abatement procedures for aircraft departing from the other three TEB runways.
The crash landing of the Merlin twin turboprop at Teterboro Airport, N.J., on May 31 followed a flight in which the pilot had aborted his first takeoff at Nantucket Memorial Airport, Mass.
Part 135 operations are the subject of FAA Notice 8400.83 focusing on clarifying the responsibility for operational control during air-taxi operations and spelling out the limitations of using doing-business-as (DBA) names. The FAA’s director of flight standards sent the June 10 notice to all Part 135 principal operations inspectors, providing them new, more stringent guidance on issuing DBA name authorizations.
The FAA has rejected all four proposals the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) made to limit traffic at Teterboro Airport (TEB). Anthony Coscia, PANYNJ chairman, made the recommendations at a hearing of the senate legislative oversight committee on June 20.
The battle continues at Teterboro Airport, where the FAA has vetoed plans by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey that would restrict aircraft using Teterboro Airport to those weighing 80,000 pounds or less (20,000 pounds lower than the current limit), impose higher landing fees and ban overnight check-sourier flights.
The FAA has hit Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based charter operator Platinum Jet with civil penalties totaling more than $1.86 million for violations involving 49 passenger-carrying flights.
The agency became aware of the violations during its investigation of a February 2 accident at Teterboro Airport in which a Challenger 600 operated by Platinum Jet crashed into a building after an aborted takeoff.
Last month we reported that, in the fallout from the February 2 Challenger overrun at Teterboro (TEB), the FAA levied a fine of almost $2 million against Platinum Jet and its principal officer and owner. I requested a copy of the action so that I could review it myself.