Research Paper: Through the Fence Operations and Public Use Airports

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Florida Institute of Technology
College of Aeronautics
AVM 4701 – Airport Management
Fall 2012

Part A – Academic Research

Through-The-Fence Operations and Public Use Airports

Airport Safety Management System (SMS)

Runway Incursions and Runway Incursion Avoidance System

Team Members:| Katelyn BobalikCraig Winans|
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Table of Contents
Introduction3
1.1 Through-The-Fence Operations at Public Use Airports3
1.2 Issues Associated with Through-the-Fence Operations4
1.3 FAA Rulings on Through-the-Fence Operations5
2.1 Airport Safety Management Systems (SMS)7
2.2 Components of Airport Safety Management Systems7
2.3 Results of Studies Conducted Post Implementation of SMS8
3.1 Runway Incursions and Runway Incursion Avoidance Systems10
3.2 Examples of Runway Incursions with Proposed Mitigation Techniques10
Conclusion11
Works Cited13

Introduction
Throughout the duration of this course it has become clear to everyone involved that the position of Airport Manager required great flexibility and innovation due to the complex variety of issues and tasks associated with the job. The Aviation Industry is a very dynamic environment with changes occurring frequently, and new technologies and methods of operation being perfected and offered to the Airport Manager. In order to utilize these technologies, it is necessary for an Airport Manager to always be researching and learning about growing opportunities within the field of Aviation. Three topics that garner particular interest in the Aviation industry consist of through-the-fence operations at public use airports, airport safety management systems, and runway incursion avoidance systems. An Airport Manager who understands these concepts and is able to utilize them operates at a great advantage over the uninformed. Thus, comprehension and research into these subjects is beneficial to the Airport Manager, the Airport Environment, and the Aviation Industry as a whole. 1.1 Through-The-Fence Operations at Public Use Airports

One controversial issue currently being discussed by professional aviation organizations such as the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA,) the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE,) and federal agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA,) is that of through-the-fence operations at public use airports. The American Association of Airport Executives in a May 2001 briefing addressed the issue of through-the-fence operations, and defined it as “the use of airport facilities by either aircraft owners or businesses without actually renting or owning property on the airport.” (American Association of Airport Executives, 2001) These aircraft owners or businesses manage to avoid paying applicable fees and charges to the airport, but still manage to make use of the land by operating “through-the-fence.” For example, hangaring an aircraft on private property adjacent to the airport and accessing it through a connected taxiway, an aircraft mechanic that may conduct maintenance off property, or free-lance flight instructing. Melbourne International Airport is an example of an airport with through-the-fence operations because it offers services to free-lance instructors that operate out of the fixed-base operator (FBO) Atlantic Jet Center on airport property. 1.2 Issues Associated with Through-the-Fence Operations

Through-the-fence operations at public use airports have caused a variety of issues to come to light: the primary one being that the airport is being cheated out of useful and necessary revenue. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association made public their condemnation of through-the-fence operations by publishing the statement: “The lease of airport property produces revenue that is needed for operating, maintaining and improving the airport. Individuals and businesses that are granted access to the airport from off airport property do not contribute to the...
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