Category Archives: Aviation

Some Things Do Not Change: Aviation Groups Object to Protecting Public Health Through Enforceable Noise Standards

Some things never change. The airport and airline groups lobbying Congress that a new, beautiful, noise-free future is “just around the corner” so there is no need for enforceable noise standards. http://bit.ly/2MuInpd In 1972 during the Senate debate on the … Continue reading

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D.C. Circuit Schedules Oral Argument in SoCal Metroplex Matter

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit scheduled oral argument for the Southern California Metroplex case (Donald Vaughn v. FAA, No. 16-1377 and consolidated cases) for October 18, 2018, at 9:30a at the E. Barrett Prettyman … 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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Congress Rolls Out FAA Short Term Extension Bill

On Wednesday, July 6, 2016, Sen. John #Thune (R-SD) announced that the House and Senate negotiators had finally reached a deal for a short-term extension of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (#FAA) reauthorization. Although the bill itself has not yet been … Continue reading

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DOT Inspector General Takes Some Shots at FAA

The Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General was busy this week, particularly with respect to issues relating to the #FAA. On Wednesday, Matthew E. Hampton Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits, gave testimony regarding #FAA’s air traffic controller … Continue reading

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Open Letter Regarding the Need for Enforceable Aviation Noise Standards in AIRR

February 23, 2016 Open Letter to: Members of the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Members of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Members of the Quiet Skies Caucus Re:      The Need for Enforceable Noise Standards to be Included in the … Continue reading

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Debate on Privatizing Air traffic Control Rachets Up After DOT Inspector General Issues Report.

One of the U.S House leadership’s goals for the upcoming Federal Aviation Administration re-authorization is to privatize the nation’s Air Traffic Control system.  http://bit.ly/1QroLOx Although this idea has been kicked around before (see Has The Time Come to Privatize Air Traffic Control?), … Continue reading

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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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