DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration

Caldwell Tower
31 Wright Way Suite #1
Fairfield, NJ 07004-4809

Issued: 02/10/2017 1600 (UTC) Effective: 02/11/2017 1200 (UTC)
Caldwell Tower Letter to Airmen: LTA-CDW-5

Subject: Voluntary Noise Abatement Program

Cancellation: 02/01/2019 1200 (UTC)

The Essex County Airport Management, with the cooperation of Airport Fixed Base Operators and Flight Schools, has developed the voluntary noise abatement procedure described. Participation by pilots is voluntary, but requested as part of maintaining good community relations. It is not intended that the pilot’s use of the full certified capability of the aircraft be restricted. Also, this procedure does not limit a pilot's use of instrument procedures or any other such factors.  The safety aspects of aircraft operations for pilots and aircraft operators remain unaffected as addressed by and not limited to applicable FAR’s, flight and operation manuals and other advisory material.                            

Runway Selection during Control Tower Operation. The Control Tower will make and advertise runway selection(s). Generally, Runway 10/28 operations will be avoided after sunset and turbojet aircraft will be restricted to Runway 4/22. 

Runway Selection during Non-Towered operations. Select Runway 4 or Runway 22 unless:

  1.  the crosswind component Runway 4/22 is greater than 12 knots
  2.  use of another runway is operationally required
  3. Pilot-in-Command determines it is necessary for the purpose of the flight
  4. Breaking action on another runway is or is expected to be better
  5. A pilot report (PIREP) of wind shear for Runway 4/22 is received
  6. Thunderstorm(s) or other hazardous weather exists within 5 miles of the airport that precludes the use of Runway 4/22.

Local (pattern work) OperationsSuspended Monday–Saturday 0400–1200Z, and from 0400Z Saturday until 1500Z Sunday.

Helicopters:  Follow the routes described in the New York Helicopter Route Chart and, when feasible, cross the airport boundary at or above 700 feet MSL (500 AGL). 

Fixed –Wing (VFR only) Operations. The operations described in this section are also presented graphically for Runways 4 and 10 in Attachment 1 and Runways 22 and 28 in Attachment 2: 

  1.  Fixed–wing VFR acft departure Rwy 04 - from departure end rwy heading for 1 mile then if remaining in the pat turn to crosswind, if departing pat continue straight out or exit with a 45º left turn after reaching pat alt.
  2. Fixed–wing VFR acft departure Rwy 10 from departure end turn left heading 080º until 900´ MSL then if remaining in the pat turn to crosswind, if departing pat continue straight out or exit with a 45º left turn after reaching pat alt.
  3. Fixed–wing VFR acft departure Rwy 22 from departure end turn right heading 230º until 900´ MSL then if remaining in the pat turn to crosswind, if departing pat continue straight out or exit with a 45º rgt turn after reaching pat alt.
  4. Fixed–wing VFR acft departure Rwy 28 from departure end rwy heading for 1 mile then if remaining in the pat turn to crosswind, if departing pat continue straight out or exit with a 45º right turn after reaching pat alt.

NOTE: Pilots be alert- Several Teterboro (TEB) airport approaches transit Essex County Airport Class DELTA airspace, with traffic generally passing north of CDW airport and descending from 3000 to 2000 MSL. Other traffic concerns are associated with Morristown Runway 23 operations and are contained in a separate Letter to Airmen (LTA).


Curtis L. Brewington
Air Traffic Manager, Caldwell Tower