Nevada County Airport

Gary Rudolph's Comments Pertaining to the FAA's draft TTF:

After 22 yrs of TTF operation I feel that security is enhanced by those members with TTF.   We are fulltime residents and therefore have fulltime security at our airport.  We have never had any security problems at Nevada County Airpark.  All airport fences join existing hangers which makes it literally impossible to access the airport except over the top of the hanger.  It seems to me that a 20 ft high hanger would be more difficult to penetrate than a 6 ft high fence.   At our particular airport it seems that if it isn't broken don't fix it.  As an alternative, a fence could be brought to the edge of a hanger and the only way through would be pedestrian access through the hanger.  We have three carded access gates at this airport and if need be a carded gate adjacent to the hanger would be preferable to no access at all; however, that seems meaningless.   It would be interesting to know how many challenges (if any) there have been at these kinds of airports.  The problems with security or stolen aircraft would be just as prevalent from private airports as they would be from government-funded airports.  It doesn't make sense that government-funded airports should be treated differently than any accessible airport.

Gary Rudolph

Bruce Marlow Describes the Effect of New Proposed TTF Rules on Nevada County Airport

Good Morning Gentlemen,

We hope all is well at AOPA. As you know I am the ASN Representative for AOPA at the Nevada County Airport (KGOO). There are 11 residences on the Nevada County Airport, including the Marlow family. These residents support the successful operation and safety of the airport. Every airport is extremely unique. At the Nevada County Airport the residents are a core of the airport community, who are members of the EAA that meets every month at the Marlow Hanger and members of the Golden Empire Flying Association (GEFA). Every two years GEFA, with the support of EAA, run the Nevada County AirFest. This is a community AirFest supporting a stronger connection with the local community. The AirFest is very successful and known as one of the best small air events in California. The core support of the AirFest is provided by the through the fence (TTF) residents. As you see from the attached Loma Rica map that the residences at Nevada County Airport are not within the impact zone. During any aircraft incident, the TTF residents are the first on scene and many of the residents are qualified first responders. TTF residents do not complain about noise, do not operate any commercial airport related businesses or access the airport for any commercial operations. Residents at KGOO are very compatible with Nevada County Airport operations providing:

1)        Additional security (24/7)
2)        Monthly access fees
3)        Utilization of on field FBO’s for Maintenance and Flight Training
4)        Fuel Purchases
5)        Ground Support, First Responders, Eyes and ears of Airport
6)        Snow plowing, Grounds Maintenance

It is not completely clear what is driving the new proposed FAA rules reguarding TTF access. There are many homes across America that border Airport property. Such is the case with the Nevada County Airport. These residential properties have been in existence as long at the airport has been in operation. The pilots and their families who live on the airport work diligently to make sure that our airport is well protected and well supported. A non pilot living on these properties would be a very large threat to the existence of the airport. KGOO is an operating base for Cal Fire. Assuredly, non pilot residents would complain about all airport noise and risk airport closure. There is an increase in safety and security risk with residential property boarding an airport that is occupied by non pilot residents.

Eliminating the access to the TTF residences at the Nevada County Airport provides absolutely no benefit to the Nevada County Airport in anyway. Eliminating the access will become complicated, cause many challenges that will risk additional financial burden to the airport and Nevada County along with increased risk of airport closure.

We are looking for professional support and guidance from AOPA.

Please let us know who will be our AOPA contact on this very important issue.


Bruce Marlow
Regional Manager

2002 California Airport Land Use Planning Handbook Safety Areas

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