FAA Documents and Responses

Comment to FAA's Charles Erhard's Compliance Letter


From: J. Schofield
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Sent: Sun, Dec 20, 2009 9:25 pm
Subject: Through the Fence Compliance
Dear Mr. Erhard:

The definition of "Administration" is "the management of public or business affairs."  In the case of the Federal Aviation Administration, may I revise that to "the sensible management of public or business affairs."

The present, and for that matter, the past seventeen years to my personal knowledge, the Federal Aviation Administration's position has been the dismemberment and neutering of the Through the Fence rights of off-airport entities.  That position is counterproductive to sensible, logical business practices as it applies to hundreds of airports in the United States.


Letter to Randy Babbitt, Director of the FAA from Jerry and Peggy Schofield - August, 31 2009

Dear Sir:

This company is one of the largest privately owned, “off-site,” T-hangar facilities in the United States.  This letter additionally speaks for other “off-airport” businesses and over 100 homeowners directly involved with Through the Fence issues at KEIK, Erie Municipal Airport, Erie, Colorado and addresses the unjustifiable position of the FAA.

What is the problem?  Simply stated, the Federal Aviation Administration’s inane  “Through the Fence” policy!  The Federal Aviation Administration’s imbedded policy against any TTF agreement has been advocated aggressively at every FAA Airport Management Conference that I have attended over the past ten years. When queried at your presentation in Oshkosh, it was evident that your reply that “the matter would be best addressed by assigning the concerns to those directly involved at the FAA” (sic) was not well received.  You are delegating the possibility of remedial actions of the present totally unacceptable policy to those who advocate, incite local governments to aggressive moves against “off-airport” entities and threaten Towns and Cities with withdrawal of AIP Funds if they do not comply.    Do you honestly believe that those who are directly involved in the perpetuation of the problem, will address the inequity and absurdity of the FAA approach.  If you do not become personally involved, it will be “business as usual.”

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