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The FAA insists only the eardrums of airport neighbors, and not the flying public, manufacturers or aircraft modifiers, will be affected by the rule. "The FAA believes that this proposed rule would impose minimal, if any, costs on supplemental type certificate applicants and would impose no cost on type certificate applicants, because airplanes in current production already meet the proposed noise standards," the NPRM reads. Industry officials seem to agree. Lancair has certifications pending but spokesman Mark Cahill said the company long ago adopted the European noise standards as a marketing consideration. Likewise, Liberty Aerospace spokesman Mike Fabianac said the XL2, which was just certified last Thursday, easily meets the proposed standards. General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) spokeswoman Shelly Simi told AVweb her group was aware of the NPRM and is now reviewing it. She said GAMA will likely have comments to submit regarding the new rule.