Author Archives: Steven M. Taber

D.C. Circuit Says No to Georgetown Residents

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decides that the Georgetown Neighborhood Associations did not file their Petition for Review within the 60-day limit mandated by 49 U.S.C. 46110. Therefore, their petition regarding the increase in noise over Georgetown … Continue reading

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Airport Noise Increases Risk of Heart Disease, New Study Shows

A new study recently published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine found that people living under flight routes and close to airports are at an increased risk of hypertension. http://bit.ly/2soF8Ze Specifically, the study concluded that “long-term exposure to aircraft noise, particularly … Continue reading

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Homeland Security Says No Ban on Carried-On Large Electronics from Europe – Yet

Yesterday, May 30, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement (http://bit.ly/2sexo9A) after a conference call with European Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc to discuss aviation security. The statement concluded that the Department of Homeland … Continue reading

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D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Says FAA Drone Registration Rules Do Not Apply to “Model Aircraft”

On May 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its opinion in the case Taylor v. Huerta, Case No. 15-1495. The court concluded that the drone registration rules that the Federal Aviation Administration promulgated … Continue reading

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Mercatus Center’s Noise Complaint Report Is Illogical and Unreasonable

The Mercatus Center of George Mason University published a report entitled “Airport Noise NIMBYism: An Empirical Investigation” (http://bit.ly/2eNayTd) that comes to the conclusion that a small but vocal minority is affecting aviation noise policy. They come to this conclusion based … Continue reading

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New Study Says “Concentrations” of Noise Complaints Skew Aviation Noise Policy

Using what they call “high concentrations” of noise complaints from a few individuals as a jumping off point, Eli Dourado and Raymond Russell of George Mason University’s Mercatus Institute conclude that “[i]t would be a mistake to allow the preferences … Continue reading

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Court Overturns Aircraft Noise Small Claims Lawsuit Against San Mateo County

After enduring aircraft flying over his home at all hours, Adam Ullman, a resident of unincorporated Menlo Park, California, filed a Smalls Claims action against the County of San Mateo, the owner of the nearby San Carlos Airport for creating … Continue reading

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