Supersonic flight gets one step closer with FAA proposal

April 1, 2020
Fans of supersonic flights will rejoice at news indicating that commercial supersonic flights are on their way back, reports Jay Singh for Simple Flying.

WASHINGTON - Fans of supersonic flights will rejoice at news indicating that commercial supersonic flights are on their way back. On March 30th, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a release of proposed standards for noise certifications that apply to new supersonic aircraft, reports Jay Singh for Simple FlyingContinue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

April 1, 2020- The FAA aims to update its regulations on supersonic commercial aircraft as the agency does not have any standards for faster-than-sound commercial craft except for the legendary Concorde

The FAA says, "This proposed rule would 1) amend the applicability of part 36 to include new supersonic airplanes for which type certification is requested after a final rule takes effect, 2) revise the definition of supersonic airplane to include newly certificated airplanes but exclude the 1 Section 181, Public Law 115-254, FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (October 5, 2018). 3) provide noise certification reference procedures to be used for all supersonic airplanes, and 4) establish noise limits for takeoff and landing that would apply to Supersonic Level 1 (SSL1) airplanes, as defined in the proposed regulation. The proposed standards include noise limits that are quieter than the Stage 4 limits at which most of the current subsonic jet fleet operates, though louder than the current certification level of Stage 5 for the same aircraft weights. The proposed standards would allow Variable Noise Reduction Systems (VNRS) to be used for noise certification testing, and if used for certification, would require the system to be activated during normal operations."

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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