Author Archives: Steven M. Taber

FAA Whiffs Again on “CatEx2,” Proposes Underwhelming Replacement to NAC’s “Net Noise Reduction.”

After the Congress put an aviation industry-friendly categorical exclusion into the FAA Reauthorization of 2012, the FAA could not figure out how to implement the provision that stated that in order for it to use the categorical exclusion, there had … Continue reading

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Aircraft Noise Regulation Must Be Revised to Protect the Public Health and Welfare

On February 6, 2015, an aviation industry trade group published a letter (http://bit.ly/1zLsrzR ) it had sent to the Secretary of Transportation and the FAA Administrator regarding, among other things, the recent events in Phoenix and exhorted the FAA in … Continue reading

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FAA Announces New Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulations

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced on a Sunday, February 15, 2015, conference call that the FAA would publish its long-awaited proposed regulations for commercial use of small drones. Copy of NPRM: http://1.usa.gov/1yGVSD5 Copy of … Continue reading

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Judge Dismisses the City of Santa Monica’s Action Regarding the Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

Judge John F. Walter of the Central District of California granted the Federal Aviation Administration’s Motion to Dismiss the City of Santa Monica’s lawsuit regarding whether the City had to continue to operate the airport as an airport.  (Download a … Continue reading

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Aviation/Airport Stories We Are Following for the Week of September 9 – 13, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013 Sequester and Budget Cuts Loom Over Aviation. With the end of the fiscal year approaching (Sept 30), and no new budget for DOT in sight stories are beginning to appear concerning the effects of the sequester … Continue reading

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Aviation/Airport Stories We Are Following for the Week of August 19 – 23, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013. More Fallout and Analysis of the AMR/US Airways Merger Antitrust Lawsuit. First the fallout: Teamsters, seeking to organize employees of American Airlines drop their effort blaming the lawsuit.  http://bit.ly/16CDUZU At the same time US Airways CEO … Continue reading

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AMR/US Airways Antitrust Lawsuit Continues To Dominate Aviation Headlines

Top stories in Aviation and Airport News for August 15, 2013. AMR/US Airways Antitrust Suit Continues to be Aviation’s Top Story Everybody has an opinion as to what happened and why the DOJ filed its antitrust lawsuit and what it … Continue reading

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