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Residential Through the Fence Hearing Webcast Wednesday

September 21, 2010 — The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a hearing Wednesday, September 22 on the Through the Fence (TTF) issue, beginning at 10 a.m. EDT and it will be available live on the House website—click on the Live Webcast link on the left side of the committee’s web page.

The TTF issue surfaced in September 2009 when, within the updated FAA Airport Compliance Manual, Order 5190.6B, the FAA Airports Division issued an outright ban on all adjacent residential Through-the-Fence (rTTF) operations at all public-use airports in the U.S. EAA fought back by submitting comments to that Order and additional comments to a follow-on FAA Guidance memorandum. Those efforts bore fruit, as earlier this month the FAA issued a draft revision to their adjacent residential TTF policy, which proposes to allow existing TTF residential operations to continue if specific standards can be met. However, the draft revision continues to ban any new residential TTF operations. EAA is currently studying that document and will submit comments by October 25, 2010.

Set to testify Wednesday in favor of the rTTF agreements are Brent Blue, EAA and Vintage Lifetime member and founder of ThroughTheFence.org, and Mitch Swecker, airports manager for the Oregon Department of Aviation.

After the hearing concludes, EAA is looking for your feedback and reaction to the residential TTF debate by sending an e-mail to govt@eaa.org or posting your thoughts to the residential TTF discussion board in Oshkosh 365.

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