Residential Through-the-Fence Agreement Moves Ahead

FAA seeks comments on final proposal.

The FAA has issued a proposed final policy rule dealing with residential "through-the-fence" agreements for aircraft owners who live next to an airport and bring their airplanes from "hangar homes" onto airport property.

The FAA had sought to eliminate such access on security and safety grounds, but the agency agreed to revisit the policy after objections from several aviation interest groups. An interim agreement published last year requires airports that have through-the-fence agreements with aircraft owners to develop plans outlining how they will comply with federal security, safety, and sustainability guidelines.

At this point, it appears as though the FAA will allow through-the-fence agreements to continue at non-commercial airports, but there would also be plenty of new red tape to cut through.

The FAA has given until Aug. 29 to comment on the proposal.