Category Archives: Congress

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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Congress, in Passing the Noise Control Act of 1972, Wanted FAA to Develop Enforceable Standards and Airports to Develop Programs to Protect the Public Health and Welfare

The debates and legislative history of the Noise Control Act of 1972 evidence a desire on the part of Congress to set noise standards in the “airport environment” which must be met “in order to protect the public health and … Continue reading

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The FAA Has Failed to Live Up to Goals of Noise Control Act of 1972.

On October 18, 1972, in the Senate debate concerning the Noise Control Act of 1972, then-Senator John V. Tunney of California stated the purpose of the Noise Control Act: Both the Senate and the House were most concerned with the problem … Continue reading

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Arizona Sens McCain and Flake Introduce Bill Establishing an Airspace Management Advisory Committee

Last Thursday, February 25, 2016, Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake introduced a bill (S.2585) that would establish an Airspace Management Advisory Committee. This Committee would review and provide comments on proposals that would change “regulations, policies, or guidance … 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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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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Drones in the News This Week

Regulation of drones by the FAA tops the coverage of drone activity this week. Appearing before the House Subcommittee on Aviation, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whittaker said that the FAA will finalize its small drone (under 55 lbs) rule sometime in … Continue reading

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