A new organization, ThoughTheFence.org (TTF), used the AOPA Aviation Summit to announce its’ formation on Thursday. The organization has been formed by pilots to fight the FAA’s prohibition of hangar homes at publicly funded airports.
“The FAA’s Airport Compliance Manual (ACM), dated September 30, 2009, clearly labels all hangar homes as incompatible adjacent airport land use,” stated Brent Blue, one of the organizers of TTF. “The FAA’s reasoning is based on noise” and the noise complaints are based on anecdotal information. “They do not have any data,” stated Blue, who is submitting a Freedom of Information Act request to secure any data, or lack thereof, the FAA has. “This stealth directive was released two months after Babbitt stated at EAA AirVenture that these situations would be evaluated on an individual basis and now they come out with a wholesale directive,” Blue emphasized.
“It is really frustrating that the FAA did not take any public comment or input on the topic,” Blue said. The Airport Compliance Manual states what airports must do to receive and keep Airport Improvement Grant monies.
FAA Administrator, Randy Babbitt, when asked about this issue at the AOPA Aviation Summit, only responded that the FAA is waiting to hear from the alphabet groups on their thoughts on the subject.
“Hangar residences improved airport security by having people around the airport 24/7 plus increases the economic vitality of the airport” Blue remarked at the Summit while handing out TTF buttons which display “Stop the FAA insanity” on the top. “Why the FAA thinks hangar homes near airports should be considered the same as non aviation related homes near airports is beyond rational thought.”
The new organization can be reached and comments placed on its blog at www.throughthefence.org.