Small New Jersey airport ready to take on Teterboro

An underutilized but capable airport near Toms River, N.J., may become the next business aviation airport serving New York City, as Teterboro (TEB) and Morristown (MMU) approach capacity.

The Robert J Miller Airpark (MJX), about 75 miles south of the city, currently is the base for five business jets, but Tim and Len Boyd, whose Ocean Aire operates the airport for owner Ocean County, have plans to take significantly more pressure than that off of Teterboro and Morristown.

Those plans include two large, new hangars with doors high enough to accommodate Gulfstream-Vs. The first, currently under construction, is scheduled for completion by summer’s end. “As soon as that hangar fills up, we will start work on the second,” Tim Boyd said.

The single, 5,949-foot runway at MJX is on a 389-acre airport built in 1968. Ocean County wants to add a 3,950-foot crosswind runway, which has been approved for funding by the FAA but waits Pinelands Commission clearance. As part of New Jersey’s historic Pine Barrens, the land around MJX falls under the jurisdiction of the state commission, whose job is to protect and preserve it. The county also has plans for a new terminal building.

Being surrounded by county-owned land which cannot be developed means there is no noise problem, Boyd points out. Teterboro and Morristown both have significant noise restrictions. Business pilots also may like the fact that traffic at Toms River is controlled from nearby McGuire Air Force Base, not the heavily-worked New York Center, where delays are frequent.

In addition to its two large hangars, Ocean Aire has plans to add 10 to 12 T-hangars to the existing 44, “and more if there is still a demand,” Boyd said. Currently, 116 aircraft are based at the airport.

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