Category Archives: Environmental

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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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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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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ICAO Says It Is Making Progress on New Aircraft CO2 and Noise Standards

The International Civil Aviation Organization’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection issued a press release on February 14, 2013, stating that it has “made important progress” on the aircraft certification procedures for a new CO2 standard for craft as well as … Continue reading

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FAA’s DNL Noise Standards Allow Significant Health Risks to Communities Surrounding Airports

The Federal Aviation Administration last reviewed the technical bases for its noise policies in 1992.  The “day-night average sound level” (DNL), which is used by the FAA for establishing the “threshold of significant impact” under NEPA and the levels below … Continue reading

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Aviation Industry Pressure Succeeds: EU to Consider Suspending Airline Emissions Charge

On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, EU officials seemed to have bowed to the pressure exerted by China, India and the United States regarding the European Trading System (ETS) which would require airlines that fly to and from Europe to purchase … Continue reading

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Third Circuit Ruling in Tinicum Township v. DOT Reveals Futility of Relying Solely on NEPA as a Method of Attacking Airport Expansion

  On July 6, 2012, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit denied Tinicum Township, Pennsylvania’s Petition for Review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of the expansion of Philadelphia International Airport. The western edge of PHL is … Continue reading

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