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.
2002 California Airport Land Use Planning Handbook Safety Areas