North winds and Teterboro’s ILS Runway 6
NORTH WINDS CAN QUICKLY TURN TETERBORO’S ILS RUNWAY 6 INTO A CHALLENGING CIRCLING APPROACH
Teterboro is one of the busiest business aviation airports in the United States, handling 178,000 takeoffs and landings annually, many on IFR flight plans. Most runways offer a straight-in approach, except Runway 1. KTEB’s proximity to nearby Newark Liberty means the best approach available to Runway 1 is the ILS Runway 6, circle to land Runway 1.
Circling approaches can be challenging, as a Learjet 35A crew tragically learned in May. They failed to begin the circling maneuver early enough, and the aircraft crashed near the approach end of Runway 1. Obstacles, such as a tower nearly 700 feet high sitting just east of the final approach fix, where jet aircraft often begin the circling maneuver, add to the pressure of this approach at KTEB.
Navigating to PATRN during a missed approach can be confusing if the pilot is not prepared because the intersection can be identified by any of four different VORs.
Solberg VOR (SBJ) is a common feeder route to this approach when it’s tied to the JAIKE THREE (RNAV) arrival. The pilot is expected to remain at 2,100 feet msl until crossing SBJ VOR and then descend to 2,000 feet msl until reaching VINGS intersection.
The pilot is required to cross DANDY intersection at the mandatory 1,500 feet msl altitude.
A pilot crossing VINGS should plan that they will not remain at 2,000 feet msl until glideslope interception. On a missed approach, the aircraft should climb to 1,000 feet msl before turning left to intercept the 335 radial of the KTEB VOR, and then to PATRN (unless otherwise vectored by ATC).
Aircraft on the approach must descend to 1,500 feet msl before reaching DANDY and then descend no lower than 1,300 feet msl until the LOM, where glideslope interception should occur.
When circling to land, note 2 indicates maneuvering northwest of the airport is not authorized. Circling to Runways 1, 24 or 19 would be east of the Runway 6 final approach course.