The Port Authority and Teterboro Airport have taken an active role in the community, developing a series of programs aimed at being a good neighbor.
Teterboro Airport is one of a handful of airports with an enforceable and stringent noise limitation program. Teterboro Airport’s program became effective in 1987, three years before the 1990 Aircraft Noise and Capacity Act. This act severely limits an airport’s ability to restrict aircraft based solely on subjective noise criteria.
Under Teterboro’s program, if an aircraft receives three noise violations within a two-year period, it is prohibited from using Teterboro. When the permanent noise monitoring system was installed, a unique committee, the Teterboro Aircraft Noise Abatement Advisory Committee (TANAAC), consisting of the airport operator, federal, state and local elected officials, FAA representatives and airport users, was formed to oversee noise abatement. This group has served as an example for other airports to follow, proving that airports can co-exist and be sensitive to the needs of their surrounding neighborhoods.
Since 1983, nearly $400 million in federal and Port Authority funds have been committed to soundproofing 77 schools in communities surrounding Port Authority airports. As part of this voluntary program, the Port Authority has committed the funding and scheduled soundproofing measures for six schools near Teterboro Airport: H. P. Becton High School, Bergen County Vocational School, Jackson Avenue School, Memorial School, St. Francis School and Sylvan School.
Teterboro sponsors an annual 5K "Runway" Run to benefit the Bergen County United Way. Local baseball, softball and soccer leagues are also supported by the airport and its employees through on-site playing fields.
The airport community also sponsors an annual Golf Scholarship Tournament to raise funds for local high school seniors to use towards their continuing education in the fields of aviation and aerospace, engineering, environmental studies, mathematics, physics, chemistry and science.
Each year on Earth Day, the airport community reaches out in some fashion to the neighboring towns to help plant trees, clean up roadside trash and waste, provide recycling opportunities, and promote green practices. For more information or to suggest ideas for the future, please contact the Airport Manager’s Office.
In early May of each year, Teterboro Airport hosts its annual "Career and Education Expo" for the communities in and around Teterboro Airport and Bergen County. The Expo is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about aviation-related careers. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spearheads the Expo with the assistance of the aircraft operators and tenants of Teterboro Airport, North Jersey Ninety Nines (organization of women pilots), federal agencies, private pilots, and a host of other businesses, organizations and countless volunteers. The program consists of exhibits, demonstrations, flight simulations, tours, static aircraft displays and a lunchtime program. This event is open to students in grades seven and eight. For information on future Career Expos, please contact Donna Massett at 973 961-6063.