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FAA Orders Total Ban on Residential TTF Operations

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November 18, 2009 — On September 30, 2009, the FAA issued Order 5190.6B that contained a new FAA policy banning through-the-fence (TTF) residential operations. Page 12-7 of the order clearly states this new policy: “Under no circumstances is the FAA to support any ‘through-the-fence’ agreement associated with residential use…” Two weeks later, on October 15, 2009, the FAA presented a draft TTF policy memorandum to several associations for comment, including EAA. The draft policy titled, “Through-the-Fence and On-Airport Residential Access to Federally Obligated Airports,” mirrors the FAA policy as presented in FAA Order 5190.6B, and EAA is asking members to post their comments about this important policy to a thread created at Oshkosh365.

Through-the-fence operations are those where the owner of a public airport permits access to the public landing area by residential homeowners and/or commercial operators offering an aeronautical activity, or by aircraft based on land adjacent to, but not a part of, the airport property. Some common types of commercial through-the-fence agreements are for free-lance flight instruction, aircraft maintenance, aircraft restoration, and aircraft hangars.

EAA is asking members who have real-world experience in through-the-fence operations to review this FAA draft policy and provide feedback and constructive comments here on Oshkosh365. Your comments will form the basis of those EAA will submit to the FAA in hopes of revising the newly created FAA through-the-fence policy, which affects all public airports that have received federal funds for airport improvements and other reasons.

This new draft policy does not apply to airparks, through-the-fence, or on-airport residential/hanger properties located on private airports, nor does it apply to public airports that are not bound by federal funding obligations.

Please post your comments to Oshkosh365 no later than December 14, 2009.

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