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FAA Announces Final Rule to Facilitate the Reintroduction of Civil Supersonic Flight


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WASHINGTON, DC — Today the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a final rule (PDF) to facilitate the safe development of civil supersonic aircraft. The rule streamlines and clarifies procedures to obtain FAA approval for supersonic flight testing in the United States.

“Today’s action is a significant step toward reintroducing civil supersonic flight and demonstrates the Department’s commitment to safe innovation,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

This rule will help ensure that companies developing these aircraft clearly understand the process for gaining FAA approval to conduct flight testing, which is a key step in ultimately bringing their products to market.

“The FAA supports the new development of supersonic aircraft as long as safety parameters are followed,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “The testing of supersonic aircraft at Mach 1 will only be conducted following consideration of any impact to the environment.”

The Department and the FAA anticipate taking additional regulatory actions to enable the development of supersonic aircraft.

https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=25581

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On 1/13/2021 at 12:14 AM, Harry said:

WASHINGTON, DC — Today the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a final rule (PDF) to facilitate the safe development of civil supersonic aircraft. The rule streamlines and clarifies procedures to obtain FAA approval for supersonic flight testing in the United States.

“Today’s action is a significant step toward reintroducing civil supersonic flight and demonstrates the Department’s commitment to safe innovation,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

This rule will help ensure that companies developing these aircraft clearly understand the process for gaining FAA approval to conduct flight testing, which is a key step in ultimately bringing their products to market.

“The FAA supports the new development of supersonic aircraft as long as safety parameters are followed,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “The testing of supersonic aircraft at Mach 1 will only be conducted following consideration of any impact to the environment.”

The Department and the FAA anticipate taking additional regulatory actions to enable the development of supersonic aircraft.

https://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=25581

Great.

Based on the last time civil supersonic flight was attempted, I don't see any airlines or aircraft manufacturers chomping at the bit to give it another go.

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On 1/14/2021 at 4:14 PM, Lex said:

Great.

Based on the last time civil supersonic flight was attempted, I don't see any airlines or aircraft manufacturers chomping at the bit to give it another go.

If they can get alt fuel efficient enough to make subsonic flight viable to knock 8 hour trips to 4 or 5 hours, or make the Kangaroo run not need three crews, it'll be worth it.

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