Included in the FAA reauthorization bill introduced last week is language created by Representative Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) offering protection to residential through-the-fence agreements.
Both the Senate and House bills forbid the FAA from stating that an airport is “in violation of a grant assurance…solely because the sponsor enters into an agreement that grants to a person that owns residential real property to adjacent to the airport access to the airfield….”
“This insertion of the RTTF language into the reauthorization bill will hopefully end the FAA’s factually unsupported and misguided attempt to ban residential through the fence activity,” stated Brent Blue, organizer of ThroughTheFence.org, a website for dissemination of information about this issue. “We owe a great deal of thanks to Congressman Graves and Senator Wyden for helping stop the FAA illogical stance.”
The FAA reauthorization bill is expected to pass this year after many temporary extensions because most of the controversial provisions have been removed from this year’s language, Blue added.