165ACRP Report 114: Guidebook for Through-The-Fence Operations GOVERNMENTAL/MILITARY TTF OPERATIONS AIRPORT BACKGROUND Cherry Capital Airport (Airport), an airport in Traverse City, Michigan, is owned by the Northwestern Regional Airport Commission (Commission). The Grand Traverse region is the world`s largest producer of sour cherries with over three million sour cherries in the region`s commercial orchards – hence the airport`s name, Cherry Capital Airport. The airport has three FTT companies; one with the U.S. Coast Guard, one with the Northwestern Michigan College (College) Aviation Program (both under TTF government/military activities) and a third with a local television station that falls under the non-commercial aviation business TTF. During its existence, the airport has benefited from a mix of use by supporting commercial and military operations at different times and, more recently, a combination of these uses with commercial passenger traffic, coast guard search and rescue operations and training provided by the college. Currently, the airport hosts a number of aviation uses, including three commercial airlines (American, Delta and United), a number of general aviation tenants, including private general aviation and corporate services aircraft, charter companies and maintenance facilities, and a number of food business operators. The airport is considered by the FAA to be a primary airport of NPIAS and covers approximately 1,026 hectares, on which are two runways (6500 feet long and 150 feet wide and 5,378 feet long and 150 feet wide). About 78 planes and six helicopters are stationed at the airport, with a total of about 84,880 planes in 2012. TTF PROPERTY CONTEXT As noted above, the airport has two FTT operations that can be considered government/military FTT activities. The first of these is the United States Coast Guard, which operates a helicopter air station performing search and rescue missions for marine transportation on Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and Lake Huron. The coast guard is located on the north side of the Air Force and has a ramp of about 400,000 square meters, with a hangar housing aircraft (Eurocopter MH-65 Dolphin helicopter). Several smaller support vessels are also on the ground, north of the hangar. Air access to the Coast Guard ramp is provided by a special taxilan connected to the parallel runway adjacent to Runway 10/28.
While helicopters often travel by Rolla to and from the coast guard, coastguard planes occasionally take the rolling route to reach the site. Since the air station is a military establishment, access to the FTT is strictly controlled by the coast guard and secured in front of the public. The second public/military use of TTF is the University Aviation Program which conducts pilot training at the airport. The College operates 14 aircraft, including eight Cessna 172s (one with retractable transmission), two Cessna 152s, one Decathlon, one Super Cub seaplane and two Piper Aztecs. This college is also located on the north side of the aircraft and includes a hangar with classrooms as well as a tarmac and ashore parking. Airport security rules and FTT access are controlled by the college as a result of a cooperative and supportive relationship between the college and the airport….