Naples (Fla.) Airport Authority (NAA) said it will appeal the FAA’s ruling last month against the airport’s ban on Stage 2 aircraft operations. With the FAA action, Naples is now restricted from receiving federal funding and from collecting airline passenger facility charges.
A noise-compatibility program has been proposed for Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Westmoreland County, Pa. The FAA is scheduled to approve or disapprove the plan on or before June 22. The plan is being developed under Part 150 and comments may be submitted until February 24. For more information, contact James Byers at the FAA in Camp Hill, Pa. Call (717) 730-2833.
A ban enacted in September by the southern California coastal city of Huntington Beach on all aerial advertising flights in its airspace, which could have had profound implications for general aviation, has been repealed before being enforced. The law, believed to be the first attempt by a local jurisdiction in the continental U.S. to regulate airspace use, was rescinded in a secret city council session in November.
Noise is everywhere–annoying, tiring and sometimes painful. Since the early days of aviation, when a roaring, clattering engine sat on a wooden frame close to the pilot, and the wind whistled through the wire bracing like a banshee chorus, engineers have sought to make the process of manned flight less noisy. And they have succeeded, to a degree.
A proposed noise-compatibility program for Philadelphia International Airport has been sent to the FAA for review. The program, being formulated under FAR Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or disapproved no later than May 20. Comments may be submitted until January 30. For more information, contact the FAA’s James Byers at (717) 730-2833.
Former General Aviation Manufacturers Association president Ed Stimpson, now U.S. ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), warned that a “fundamental philosophical difference” between the U.S. and Europe over how to reduce aviation emissions will present a major challenge to U.S. representatives in the coming months.
Those among the 100 or so who came to a September 29 informational meeting in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Grand Canyon overflight issues, hosted by the National Park Service (NPS) and the FAA, expecting to hear of a breakthrough in a 17-year deadlock over aircraft noise left disappointed.
The story that tells the economic fortunes of smaller metropolitan airfields in Europe is very much a tale of several cities. Many find themselves in a veritable “Catch-22”–they can expand their operations as long as arriving and departing aircraft meet local neighborhood rules. But increased services aggravate negative public perception of the noise they generate.
U.S. and European Union officials are making last-ditch efforts to negotiate a settlement to their long-running dispute over hush kits bringing Stage 2 aircraft into compliance with current Stage 3 noise limits. Both sides want the deeply divisive matter resolved at the September 25 meeting in Montreal of the International Civil Aviation Organization assembly.
NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) are mulling their next move after a surprise loss in their lawsuit against the Naples (Fla.) Airport Authority over its ban of Stage 2 jets at Naples Municipal Airport (APN).