The FAA has defined Through-the-Fence (TTF) operations as those activities permitted by an airport sponsor through an agreement that permits access to the public landing area by independent entities or operators offering an aeronautical activity or to owners of aircraft based on land adjacent to, but not part of, the airport property. TTF operations occur at general aviation and commercial service airports and can be residential, commercial, or non-commercial activities.Recently released interim guidance from the FAA and long-standing policy discourages TTF activities. However, TTF activities occur due to local pressures on airports, old agreements or practices in place, various interpretations of the guidance, aeronautical land constraints, and even economic advantages for airports that don’t have other options available to them. Research is needed to help guide those airports that currently have TTF agreements and/or have no other options but to pursue TTF activities.
The objectives of this research are to (1) produce a guidebook to help airport sponsors effectively manage Through-the-Fence (TTF) operations and relationships with stakeholders and (2) provide educational tools and/or materials that airport sponsors can use to help all stakeholders understand TTF operations.
The Guidebook should include, at a minimum, topics in the following areas:
- · Financial
- · Operational including physical access
- · Safety and security
- · Regulatory compliance and legal issues
- · Agreement structures
- · Airport planning and development
- · Assessment of when TTF is appropriate and when it may not be
- · Examples of lessons learned
- · Sample documents