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[Teterboro Airport Index]

The Record, Monday, March 26, 2001: Your Views Section

Response to: ("Why we shouldn’t restrict Teterboro air traffic," Other Views,  by Tom Carver, March 16
Tom Carver is president of the New Jersey Aviation Association, which is made up of pilots, aircraft owners and operators, airport vendors, and aviation manufacturers.

‘Bergen doesn’t need Teterboro Airport’

#1 By Richard Carbonaro, Wood-Ridge, March 16 –

The writer is a Wood-Ridge borough councilman.

#2 By Christine Lozier, Hackensack, March 16

#3 By Clifford and Valerie Haymes, Hackensack, March 18


#1

Thomas Carver’s comments ("Why we shouldn’t restrict Teterboro air traffic," Other Views, March 16) reek of the usual "this is a great thing to have in your backyard" attitude so prevalent among those who have a financial gain from Teterboro Airport. However, there are some flagrant errors in his views.

He states this facility if funded by tolls and landing fees, at no cost to the general public. The Port Authority is raising the tolls to cross their bridges and tunnels, and $92 million of these funds are slated for improvements to Teterboro. Where do these tolls come from? From ordinary commuters, some of whom cannot sleep due to noise from overhead jets and who are being deprived of the peaceful enjoyment of their homes.

He says we should put up with the inconvenience since the benefits far outweigh the hardship. Benefits to whom? Corporate millionaires who deem that their comfort and pampered lifestyles are more important than our health and quality of life? Overpaid sports teams and movie stars who could not bear to put up with having to wait in line like the ordinary taxpayers?

Can Carver really believe that without Teterboro Airport, this part of Bergen County would become an economically depressed area? Bergen County does not need Teterboro Airport.

By Richard Carbonaro, Wood-Ridge, March 16 –
The writer is a Wood-Ridge borough councilman.

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#2

I must disagree with Thomas Carver’s comments on "artificial restraints, imposed by residents" ("Why we shouldn’t restrict Teterboro air traffic," Other Views, March 16).

Flights are vectored in over Hackensack University Hospital and Medical Center. They are flying below minimum altitude in a densely populated residential area in violation of federal aviation rules.

Also, Teterboro is only a Class D airport and cannot be compared with Newark or Kennedy airports, which are Class B airspace and in industrial areas. These airports also obey noise abatement polices, and Teterboro seems to have no policy whatsoever.

By Christine Lozier, Hackensack, March 16

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#3

Regarding Tom Carver’s "Why we shouldn’t restrict Teterboro air traffic" (Other Views, March 16):

This small, non-commercial airport has already experienced an increase of 60 percent in jet flight operations since 1995. If more air t5raffic is restricted at Teterboro, why does Carver bring up only Newark as an alternative? Do the Morristown and Caldwell airports handle 500 flights daily as Teterboro does?

As far as an economic advantage, how many Bergen County residents are actually employed by Teterboro Airport? We seriously doubt that if Teterboro were to restrict further air traffic, the Bergen County area would become a "virtual commercial wasteland."

By Clifford and Valerie Haymes, Hackensack, March 18

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