FAA: Existing TTF Agreements May be Allowed, But Not New Ones
September 1, 2010 — People with existing residential through-the-fence agreements at public-use airports will be allowed to continue with those agreements…provided they meet certain requirements, the FAA announced at a meeting in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, September 1. At the meeting, attended by EAA’s Randy Hansen and Doug Macnair and other association representatives, the FAA said it expects to publish a new TTF policy in the coming days, but revealed that current agreements can continue provided they meet safety, airport revenue, airspace, and land use criteria.
However, FAA said it would not allow any new TTF agreements. Further analysis of the new draft policy will have to wait until it is published in the Federal Register, which FAA officials said would occur in the coming days, according to Hansen. There will be a 45-day public comment period.
“We appreciate the fact that the FAA took eight months to study this issue and came up with a revised policy to what they originally proposed,” Hansen said. The original proposal was sharply criticized by EAA and other organizations and individuals because it purported to flat-out end all TTF agreements.
In a letter late last year to Charles Erhard, FAA’s manager of airport compliance and field operations, EAA wrote, “The prior FAA policy, which allowed adjacent residential property through-the-fence agreements on a case-by-case basis based on the economic and operational needs of the public airport, and when safety, security, and equitable compensation issues were addressed, must be continued.”