Guidebook for Managing Through-the-Fence (TTF) Operations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has defined Through-the-Fence (TTF) operations are 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 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.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-12

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Performing Organizations:

    Mead & Hunt, Incorporated

    Lansing, MI  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Ward, Stephanie

  • Start Date: 20120730
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140131
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37883

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01545925
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-12
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 27 2014 1:01AM