Letter from FAA on thru-the-fence

We received a copy of a letter sent to Living With Your Plane subscriber Brent Blue from Catherine Lang, Acting Associate Administrator for Airports at the FAA. The letter is in response to Mr. Blue’s August 4 letter to Administrator Babbitt. In my opinion, this letter presents a clear look at the rationale (however flawed […]

We received a copy of a letter sent to Living With Your Plane subscriber Brent Blue from Catherine Lang, Acting Associate Administrator for Airports at the FAA. The letter is in response to Mr. Blue’s August 4 letter to Administrator Babbitt. In my opinion, this letter presents a clear look at the rationale (however flawed it may be) of the FAA’s stance on thru-the-fence (ttf) agreements. Click here to download the letter. We’ll have more on this in the coming days and weeks. As always, please post your comments and experiences below.

2 comments

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  2. Mack McKinney

    FAA’s letter to Brent Blue is disingenuous. It is nothing new and gives the impression that the FAA is willing to reconsider its position. But there is absolutely no evidence of any such change of heart. Lang’s letter basically says “We [the FAA] told everyone not to build houses near airports; TTF RAs are no different from any other subdivisions; and the FAA will not force airport operators to terminate agreements, we are just going to deny all improvement money if those agreements are NOT terminated.” The “case-by-case” comment, while slightly encouraging, is then dashed entirely by the next statement that the FAA will “prepare guidance that will be uniform among its regions”. That is ominous-sounding to me. Either the FAA backs away from its opposition to TTF RAs, or it doesn’t. And if it doesn’t, this whole thing is headed to court, the FAA will prevail in the end and only the lawyers will be winners. Has anyone talked to the GA caucus in Congress about this?

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