...And Who's Really In Charge?
The bottom line, for now, is that you can't bring a BBJ -- or a heavier aircraft -- into TEB. Whether the political pendulum will swing back in the direction of reversing or diluting this ban is something else again. One thing for sure, however, is that Congress' recent action to approve Rep. Rothman's amendment will further erode the FAA's ability to establish national standards for airports and reasonable, rational access to them. These combine with the growing plethora of state and local laws designed regulating aviation operations and aviation security to make business aviation more complicated, more costly and more challenging than ever before. The state and local efforts to regulate aviation also make the FAA even less relevant than it has become in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. And there's no end in sight.