Category Archives: Regulatory

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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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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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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Drones Once Again Top Aviation News

Sen Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said that he would introduce a bill that would force drone manufacturers to implement technology that would keep “unmanned aerial vehicles” (#UAV) or “unmanned aerial systems” (#UAS) or “drones” as everyone else calls them away from … 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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