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FAA Heads Toward Development of Supersonic Flight Regulations

As a growing number of manufacturers explore the potential market for supersonic aircraft, including business aviation applications, the FAA recently announced two upcoming notices of proposed rule making (NPRMs) to help develop this emerging industry sector.

“The U.S. Department of Transportation and the FAA are committed toward the safe and environmentally-sound research and development of supersonic aircraft,” FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell said earlier this month. “We are confident in the next generation of aviation pioneers who want to open new opportunities for business, economic and aviation growth.”

Several challenges must be addressed before supersonic aircraft become commonplace, including concerns with fuel efficiency and environmental impact. However, noise has been the overwhelming factor hindering such designs, both when operating near airports and particularly the sonic booms that occur as aircraft pass through the sound barrier. READ MORE (NBAA)