NJ Conference focuses on aviation’s economic impact

Huntley Lawrence, general manager of New Jersey airports for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, discusses Newark Airport from a balcony on the original terminal building overlooking the ramp on the north end of the field with well-known aviation journalist Jack Elliott.


The 17th Annual New Jersey State Aviation Conference, held May 4, focused on the economic impact of aviation, as well as how to navigate the regulatory maze if you violate a TFR.

New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner James Simpson delivered a keynote address on aviation economics and the role general aviation plays in the state’s development efforts. “Aviation funding is the smallest funding that we do in the state, but vitally important,” he said, noting that only $5 million to $7 million is spent on aviation out of the NJDOT’s $5 billion annual capital budget.

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