Congress Asked To Ban Stage 1 and 2 Bizjets

 - March 29, 2007, 11:51 AM

A group of airports, local governments and residents has requested that Congress order the complete phase-out of all Stage 1 and Stage 2 aircraft regardless of weight. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) has submitted such legislation. Morristown, N.J.-based “Sound Initiative: A Coalition for Quieter Skies” wants lawmakers to include in new FAA reauthorization legislation a ban on civil subsonic turbojets weighing 75,000 pounds or less from any airport in the contiguous 48 states unless they comply with Stage 3 or Stage 4 noise levels. The provision would go into effect three years after passage. Robert Bogan, deputy director of Morristown Municipal Airport, told the House aviation subcommittee yesterday that only one operator based at Morristown Airport has not voluntarily met Stage 3, but non-compliant transient aircraft continue to generate noise complaints from the surrounding communities. As of last year, the FAA listed about 1,330 Stage 1 and Stage 2 aircraft operating in the U.S., he said. They constitute about 13.5 percent of jet aircraft that weigh less than 75,000 pounds.