Safety and Security
The New Jersey Department of
Transportation (NJDOT) is dedicated
to preventing air accidents
and incidents and providing secure
air facilities at New Jersey's
public use airports through safety
and security measures.
Safety covers aircraft accidents and
aircraft incidents and their reporting.
refers to the guidelines or best practices for general aviation. The "two-lock"
system implemented at New Jersey's public use airports is a part of
the state's security plan.
An aircraft accident
is an occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft between the
time people board the aircraft with the intention of flight and the time
they have all disembarked, during which any person suffers death or serious
injury or the aircraft received substantial damage.
An aircraft incident
is an occurrence - other than an accident - associated with the operations
of an aircraft that directly affects or could affect the safety of operations.
All forced landings in New Jersey are considered incidents.
Report for accidents and incidents
An operator of an aircraft or anyone
observing an aircraft accident
with knowledge that an aircraft
accident has just occurred must
immediately notify NJDOT's
Division of Aeronautics through
the New Jersey State Police at
609.882.2000, and/or an Aeronautics'
Investigator at 609.530.2900
and include this information:
- location of accident with reference to some easily defined geographical
- aircraft registration number, type and nationality
- pilot's name; owner's name
- date, time of accident
- number of persons onboard
- number killed; those seriously injured and types of injuries
- the departure/intended landing points of the aircraft
- the nature of the accident, weather and aircraft damage
If an aircraft incident occurs,
notify an NJDOT Aeronautics'
Investigator at 609.530.2900
To assist in reporting an accident
or an incident, please refer
to the Aircraft Accident Procedures Manual. In addition, the reporting forms
are available online.
If an airport is experiencing
operational safety and/or damage
issues as a result of wildlife
activity, contact the United
States Department of Agriculture's
Animal and Plant Health Inspection
Service (USDA APHIS) Wildlife
New Jersey Wildlife Services
140-C Locust Grove Road
Pittstown, NJ 08867
908.735.5654 or 1.866.4USDAWS
All wildlife strike incidents
should be reported to the Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA)
Security measures at New Jersey's public use airports provide protection
for passengers and aircraft. The level of security may vary from airport
to airport depending upon the location. New Jersey mandates a two-lock system at its airports. For more information, there is a Two-Lock System Frequently Asked Questions section.
Association of State Aviation
Officials (NASAO) recommends
that federal authorities implement
a process of categorizing airports
and that minimum security
standards be adopted for each
category. A full report on
general aviation security
Aviation Security (pdf
471k), will help
ensure safe and secure operations
for the public and airport
Additionally, a later report
of the General Aviation Airport
Security Working Group to the
Aviation Security Advisory Committee
(ASAC) - Report
of the Aviation Advisory Committee
Working Group on General Aviation
Airports Security (pdf
300k) - reflects a consensus
achieved among the aviation
community that each airport or
landing area has its own requirements.
Key findings of the report involve:
- pilots and passengers
- securing aircraft
- airports and facilities
- security plans and communications
- specialty operations
Security regulations, amendments
The amendments below refer to the Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force.
The two-lock system is one part of these four
- All aircraft parked or stored for more than 24 hours must be secured
by a two-lock system. [N.J.A.C. 16:54-5.1]
- Hangar doors must have working locking devices and be closed and locked
when they are unattended. [N.J.A.C. 16:54-5.1]
- Permanent signs providing emergency contact phone numbers in the immediate
vicinity or auto parking areas, main terminal and primary fueling point
must be posted. [N.J.A.C. 16:54-9.1]
- Communications equipment provided by the Division of Aeronautics for
emergency notification by the Division or law enforcement agencies must
be available. [N.J.A.C. 16:54-9.1]