Category Archives: Aircraft

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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Drones Figure Prominently in New FAA Reauthorization Bill

The newly announced H.R. 4441, the “Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthroization Act of 2016” (#AIRR) contained a lengthy section relating to “unmanned aircraft systems,” or drones, as most people know them.  Most of the legislation concerned codifying existing law.  That … Continue reading

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Los Angeles City Attorney Files First Criminal Charges Against Drone Operator; Raises Questions of Federal Pre-Emption

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer filed criminal charges against two men for flying drones in the vicinity of a hospital and police heliports. They will be the first to face criminal charges under Los Angeles’ new drone restrictions, and … Continue reading

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FAA Fails to Address Crucial Problems In Implementing “CatEx2”

On August 3, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration published its Final Notice to Announce Implementation of Section 213(c)(2) CATEX and Disposition of Public Comments in the Federal Register. http://1.usa.gov/1Kc2Eql.  This Categorical Exclusion was included in the FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act … Continue reading

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FAA is serious when it comes to enforcing hazardous materials regulations

Are you shipping hazardous materials by air?  Are you sure you are not?  Ever since ValuJet Flight 592 crashed in the Florida Everglades due to a fire in the cargo hold caused by a chemical oxygen generator, the The Federal Aviation … Continue reading

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