Family Assistance Plan
In December of 2018, TEB implemented the airport’s first ever Victim and Family Assistance Plan to support victims and families impacted by a crisis or accident. The Plan, which was developed as a voluntary measure, addresses establishment of a Passenger Gathering Area (PGA) on the airport, and a Friends and Family Reception Area (FFRA)/Family Assistance Center (FAC) at an offsite location. Operations created multiple “go boxes” full of supplies to support the above temporary facilities.
Various department managers and other stakeholders participated in the Family Assistance Plan Tabletop Exercise and identified lessons learned to improve and refine the Family Assistance Plan
Full Scale Emergency Exercise
On June 1, 2019 TEB conducted a Full-Scale Emergency Exercise responding to a simulated aircraft accident occurring on the airfield. Participants included Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) and Police units along with mutual aid fire, police and EMS units from several nearby municipalities. Avports’ Airport Operations and Maintenance staff were on hand to help coordinate the activity.
The exercise involved a scenario where an aircraft landing on Runway 1 runs off the runway and impacts the Airport Operations building at Hangar 1. A Mobile Aircraft Fire Trainer was brought on site to provide a live fire simulation as part of the exercise. Firefighters also simulated passenger extraction from an aircraft. Fire and rescue subject matter experts from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) were on hand to provide valuable feedback to airport first responders
Conducting an emergency exercise of this type enables the airport to test its response capabilities as well as ensure that all parties involved can properly coordinate an efficient and effective response to an emergency situation.
Airport Construction Activity
Construction season is ramping up at TEB as a number of major projects are underway. The airport is nearing completion of repairing the airfield lighting infrastructure damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The final portion of work involves replacement of electrical circuits for all runway and taxiway lights. Work on this project, performed primarily at night and early mornings, will continue throughout the summer with an expected completion in November 2019.
TEB will be removing a long-time runway incursion risk with the removal of Taxiway B on the northern end of the airport. A new taxiway, Taxiway V, will be installed in its place. Taxiway V will increase aircraft safety and improve airport efficiency by allowing aircraft landing on Runway 6 to exit the runway environment more quickly. Removal of the Taxiway B is now complete and construction of the new Taxiway V is currently underway, with an expected completion date of November 2019.
In addition to this, three other taxiways at the airport will be repaved.
Teterboro Airport Community Benefit Fund
Since 1986, the Teterboro Airport Community Benefit Fund Golf Classic has enabled the TEB airport community to award scholarships to local high school graduates aspiring to pursue higher education in aviation or related fields of study. Scholarship recipients for the 2019 school year were recognized at the annual luncheon held at the Hasbrouck Heights Holiday Inn on June 3. The 2019 Golf Classic will take place September 23 at the Forsgate Country Club.
Quality Management System
The ISO 9001 quality management standard provides a framework ensure that services provided consistently meet customer requirements and that quality is continuously improved. The Avports’ team at TEB has maintained an ISO certification since 2000, recently achieving an upgrade to ISO 9001:2015. On March 6, 2019, Avports underwent an annual surveillance audit that found no non-conformities within the Quality Management System at TEB. The Avports team also received positive feedback from the auditor for excellence maintaining quality objectives, minimizing risk and effective operational planning.