FAA "Through The Fence" Policy Advances
The FAA on Friday released a proposed final policy (PDF) to address "through-the-fence" situations, where airplane owners who live adjacent to an airport are able to park their aircraft at home and access the field through a gate. The FAA had moved to stop all such access several years ago, and various interest groups have been working since then to forge a compromise. The agency is asking for public comment on the proposal. Bill Dunn, AOPA's vice president of airport advocacy, said the proposal contains "no surprises." The policy is open for comments for 30 days. AOPA said its staff will analyze the proposal and submit comments to the FAA.
An interim FAA policy was published last year, which requires airports involved in TTF agreements to develop a plan that outlines how they will meet federal standards for security, safety, sustainability and nondiscriminatory airport rates. No new agreements will be approved, the FAA said. A final policy is not expected until next year.