U.S. issues standard to facilitate development of civil supersonic aircraft.

This Wednesday the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a regulation to facilitate the safe development of supersonic civil aircraft. The rule simplifies and clarifies procedures for obtaining FAA approval for supersonic flight testing in the United States.

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“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.

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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.”

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