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FAA to Update Procedure on Supersonic Flight Test Permits

Jeff Brody

The Federal Aviation Administration intends to modify regulations on the attainment of permission for supersonic flight tests in a proposed rulemaking. Dan Elwell, acting administrator at FAA, said in a statement published Monday that the agency will establish an updated process and provide information to companies in securing approval for flight demonstrations. 

The agency noted it has partnered with the Department of Transportation to propose new policies in noise certification and special flight authorization for supersonic aircraft units. In addition, the proposed rules will not override existing regulations that prohibit flight speeds beyond Mach 1.

“The U.S. Department of Transportation and the FAA are committed toward the safe and environmentally-sound research and development of supersonic aircraft,” said Elwell.

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