"Xanadu" park developers want 400-foot wheel near Rutherford
Bill Leavens, AOPA's Eastern Regional Rep, wants pilots to
comment on what appears to be one of the crazier things that
developers have tried to pull off near an airport in recent
The developers of the proposed 'Xanadu' entertainment complex in
the East Rutherford, NJ meadowlands immediately south of Teterboro
Airport want to build a Ferris Wheel more than 400 feet
To put this into perspective, the image you see here is that of
the 396-foot Tempozan ferris wheel in Osaka, Japan.
The proposed structure will exceed obstruction standards
for the glide slope for TEB runway 1 by encroaching more than 100
feet into the navigable airspace 11,000 feet south of the
runway. The structure will also penetrate the VFR
Traffic Pattern Airspace climb/descent area by 66 feet for category
C and D aircraft.
The comment period for this study closes on May
5. Comments should be made on Aeronautical Study
FAA Eastern Region,
Attn: Robert P. Alexander, Specialist
1 Aviation Plaza - AEA - 520
Jamaica, NY 11434.