Mon, Nov 09, 2009
A new organization, ThroughTheFence.org (TTF),
has sprung into action in order to fight the FAA's prohibition of
hangar homes at publically funded airports.
"The FAA's Airport Compliance Manual (ACM), dated September 30,
2009, clearly labels all hangar homes as incompatible adjacent
airport land use" stated Brent Blue, one of the organizers of TTF.
"The FAA's reasoning is based on noise," and the noise complaints
are based on (anecdotal) information. "They do not have any data,"
stated Blue, who is submitting a Freedom of Information Act request
to secure any data, or lack thereof, the FAA has.
"This stealth directive was released two months after Babbitt
stated at EAA AirVenture that these situations would be evaluated
on an individual basis and now they come out with a wholesale
directive," Blue emphasized.
"It is really frustrating that the FAA did not take any public
comment or input on the topic," Blue said -- which addresses hangar
homes in Chapter 20 of the ACM. The full Airport Compliance Manual
can be accessed at
and states what airports must do to receive and keep Airport
Improvement Grant monies.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, when asked about this issue at
the recent AOPA Summit, only responded that the FAA is waiting to
hear from the alphabet groups on their thoughts on the subject.
FAA Administrator Randy
"Hangar residences improved airport security by having people
around the airport 24/7 plus increases the economic vitality of the
airport," Blue remarked. "Why the FAA thinks hangar homes near
airports should be considered the same as non aviation related
homes near airports is beyond rational thought."
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