FAA Proposes New Noise Standards By 2006

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In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published Monday, the FAA proposed that Stage 4 noise standards for all new designs for transport category aircraft and subsonic jets should take effect as of Jan. 1, 2006. "This noise standard would ensure that the latest available noise reduction technology is incorporated into new aircraft designs," the NPRM says. The Stage 4 standard is intended to provide uniform noise certification standards for Stage 4 airplanes certificated in the United States and those airplanes that meet the new International Civil Aviation Organization Annex 16 Chapter 4 noise standard, the FAA said. The FAA also offered reassurance that the adoption of a new noise standard for new aircraft designs is not intended to signal the start of any rulemaking or other proceeding aimed at phasing out the production or operation of current aircraft models. Currently, the FAA has no operational restrictions on Stage 3 airplanes, and the FAA has no plan to impose such restrictions. Send your comments on or before March 1, 2004.