5/24/2021 - FAA Begins Air Traffic Controller Training for New Teterboro Airport Flight Pattern

FAA Begins Air Traffic Controller Training for New Teterboro Airport Flight Pattern

Delayed by COVID-19, Training is Final Step in Hackensack’s Long Fight for Public Safety & Quality of Life

 

Earlier this week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) informed city officials they have now begun training air traffic controllers on the long-anticipated alternate flight pattern to Teterboro airport that the City Council and local residents have been fighting for over a decade. This new flight pattern will direct Teterboro Airport flight traffic over Route 17 rather than over Prospect Avenue and other residential areas in Hackensack, which poses a direct threat to both public safety and quality of life. 

 

Mayor John Labrosse said, “This is a big win for Hackensack. The new flight pattern will dramatically improve the quality of life for all of our residents. We would not have been able to do this without the diligent efforts of Deputy Mayor Canestrino and the tireless support from hundreds of our residents.”

 

The FAA published the alternative flight path in December 2020 after years of negotiations between the Teterboro Airport Noise Abatement Advisory Committee (TANAAC) and the FAA, multiple environmental research and safety studies, and hundreds of registered noise complaints from Hackensack residents. However, the FAA had delayed the implementation of the plan due to COVID-19 restrictions.

 

“The noise pollution and danger from low-flying planes traveling over Hackensack University Medical Center and high-rise apartment buildings on Prospect Avenue has long plagued city residents”, said Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino. Canestrino, who has represented the city in meetings between the TANAAC and the FAA added, “We’ve never given up on this and have been looking forward to this day for years. The city is grateful for our working partnership with the FAA and the hard work of the Teterboro Airport Noise Abatement Advisory Committee and the hundreds of residents who have spoken out to make this plan finally come to fruition.”  

 

The FAA will begin training air traffic controllers on the new flight plan this week. City officials were told it will take approximately 45 days to train all of the necessary personnel. More information about the flight plan is available on the city website at http://www.hackensack.org/Teterboro.