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Working Group Focuses on Preserving Residential ‘Through-The-Fence’ Agreements

Through the fence group
Members of a working group addressing adjacent airport residential through-the-fence agreements include (l to r) John Horn, Robert Henle, Jon Barber, Gary Van Horn, and Dr. Brent Blue. At far right is Randy Hansen, EAA government relations director.

March 23, 2010 — EAA and key industry leaders are leading an effort to develop a process for the FAA to continue allowing adjacent airport residential through-the-fence (TTF) agreements at the nation’s public-use airports. The group was formed in response to FAA Order 5190.6B, issued on September 30, 2009, which contained a new key policy statement: “Under no circumstances is the FAA to support any “through-the-fence” agreement associated with residential use…”

Residential TTF operations have been one of the key components of successful general aviation public-use operations since the first public airport was established. They are a vital component of approved aeronautical activities that occur daily on airports. Access fees paid by TTF property owners make several public-use airports economically self-sufficient. The property owners themselves contribute untold hours assisting airport management in maintaining a safe airport environment. And by living in homes adjacent to the airport, owners provide additional security though neighborhood airport watch programs.

Working group members at Oshkosh last week included John Horn, of Independence, Oregon; Robert Henley, of Payson, Arizona; Jon Barber; Payson, Arizona; Gary Van Horn, of Independence, Oregon; and Dr. Brent Blue, of Driggs, Wyoming.

“Having the working group here for its first meeting provided the members an opportunity to develop a solution that may allow the FAA to continue accepting residential TTF operations,” said Randy Hansen, EAA government relations director. “The initial draft developed by the working group will go a long way toward reaching a viable solution for the FAA, airport managers, and the TTF property owners.”

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