The (Boulder, Colo.) Daily Camera is reporting that a 50-year-old agreement that allows, “direct and perpetual access to the (Boulder) airport” from an adjoining residential property is creating problems. The FAA states the “through-the-fence agreement” is in violation of federal rules and is threatening to withhold federal AIP funds.
Barry Barnow, owner of both the property in question and Boulder Valley Aviation, see it differently. He wants to build a home and 2,000-square-foot hangar that will make for quick access to the airport. Nothing more, nothing less.
The story cites a similar situation happening in Scappoose, Oregon (click here for story). Perhaps the most troubling aspect of this can be found in the comment area of the Boulder story (scroll to the bottom). The perception of aviation is bad.