FAA Outlines Residential Through-the-fence Policy

AINalerts » July 18, 2013
July 18, 2013, 1:35 PM

The FAA has issued a final policy statement that permits general aviation airports to enter into residential through-the-fence (RTTF) agreements with property owners or associations representing property owners. To gain access, the property owner is required to pay access charges; bear the cost of building and maintaining the infrastructure necessary to provide access to the airfield; maintain the property for residential, noncommercial use for the duration of the agreement; prohibit airport access from other adjacent or nearby properties; and prohibit any refueling on the property.

The FAA clarified that sponsors of commercial service airports are not permitted to enter into RTTF arrangements. However, the sponsors of GA airports may enter into such an arrangement if the airport sponsor complies with certain requirements contained in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

In late 2009, the FAA released draft guidance that stated there were no forms of acceptable RTTF agreement because they violated federal grant assurances signed by the airport owner in return for federal funds for airport development. Representative Sam Graves (R-Mo.), a co-chairman of the House GA caucus, included a provision in last year’s FAA reauthorization bill requiring the FAA to honor RTTF agreements.

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on July 22, 2013 - 2:43pm


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on July 22, 2013 - 8:23pm

At Last - sensible & rational from Washington, DC

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on July 22, 2013 - 8:55pm

I was at a state wide aviation group annual convention a few years ago and this snotty little skinny brat from the Chicago Great Lakes region stated during a panel interview round table that you were welcome to submit a TTF agreement for your GA airport but HE would make the terms so restrictive that no body would ever agree to it.

I hope that smart a$$ choked when he read this.
And THANK YOU, Sam Graves!

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Michael H Heaton
on July 23, 2013 - 1:22pm

Great, so is there an A/C or other guidance for those contemplating such an arrangement?.

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