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Teterboro Airport showcases best of private

Steve Hockstein/For the Star LedgerJim Simpson, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation, makes remarks while surveying corporate aircraft at the National Business Aviation Association's annual conference and forum at Teterboro Airport on June 7.

TETERBORO State Transportation Commissioner and jet rated pilot Jim Simpson was like a kid in a candy store.

Simpson, who used to fly his own planes on business trips, was at a National Business Aviation Association conference at Teterboro Airport June 7, roaming the tarmac amid dozens of gleaming new corporate and personal aircraft.

"No pictures of me boarding a private jet with a woman who's not my wife," joked Simpson, who followed a high heeled aviation executive up the stairs of a $56 million Gulfstream G550, before ducking into the plane's roomy wood and leather trimmed cabin.

The state Department of Transportation has jurisdiction over 44 small airports and 4,700 private aircraft in New Jersey, and Simpson was among several government and industry officials who addressed the June 7 gathering, emphasizing the key role of general aviation in the broader economy.

"It really helped me build my business," said Simpson, who learned to fly and bought a prop plane and a twin engine jet to shuttle between United Van Lines franchises he ran before getting into government. "I gave up golf for flying, I love flying that much."

Steve Hockstein/For the Star LedgerAttendees survey the offerings such as the Citation C13, at the National Business Aviation Association's annual conference and van cleef perlee ring knock off forum at Teterboro Airport on June 7.

"Flying is hours of boredom, punctuated by moments of stark terror," said Simpson, who counts comedy as yet another passion. "For those of you who don't fly, it's better to be down here and wishing you were up there, than up there and wishing you were down here."

Teterboro alone supports 15,000 jobs and $1.8 billion in annual economic activity in the region, according to the NBAA. Dassault Falcon, whose $52 million 7X competes with the G550, has its Western Hemisphere headquarters at Teterboro and employs 450 sales and service workers in New Jersey, said Paul Florek, a company vice president.

Just 10 miles from Manhattan, Teterboro is a favorite landing strip for business executives, dignitaries and wealthy individuals traveling in and out of the New York region.

"It's a high concentration of wealthy individuals," Florek said. Kennedy International, LaGuardia, and a fourth commercial airport in Rockland County, Stewart Airport.

Nationwide, Baer said, each general aviation aircraft in service generates $1 million in economic activity and five jobs.

Steve Hockstein/For the Star LedgerSue and Hugh Rooney of Air Bound Aviation in Fairfield get a gander at a shiny new Cirrus SR22 at the National Business Aviation Association's annual conference and forum at Teterboro Airport on June 7.

Yesterday's event drew 2,400 aviation professionals and jet shoppers, a record number of attendees for a regional NBAA conference, the group said. Copies of Business Aviation Insider, Professional Pilot and other trade publications were laid out near the registration desk inside a sprawling hangar. The conference's 130 exhibitors included PNC Aviation Finance, FlightDocs ("Exceptionally Efficient. Extra Secure."), and Winslow Liferaft Co. A large banner hung over the area where Simpson and van cleef engagement ring knock off other officials spoke read, "No plane, no gain."

Outside, 35 prototype and demonstration aircraft were on display, accompanied by test pilots and other company representatives smiling behind aviator sunglasses. Models ranged from the Cirrus SR 22T, a four seater with its own parachute that the Duluth, Minn., company sells for about $350,000, to the big Embraer Lineage 1000, knock off van cleef perlee ring a private version of the Brazilian manufacturer's Embraer 190 regional airliner, which, like the Gulfstream and the Dassault, is also priced in the $50 million plus range.

Mark Bennett, a regional sales rep for Eclipse Aerospace, stood by a sleek looking Total Eclipse, an updated version of the twin engine, five or six seat Eclipse 500, painted in metallic silver and priced at $2.15 million. Bennett said the Total Eclipse weighs in at a mere 6,000 pounds, not quite lighter than air, but not much heavier than some SUVs.

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