In Support of Repealing the Ban on Civil Supersonic Flight
Yesterday, the Committee for Justice joined the Niskanen Center, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), Competitive Enterprise Institute, the R Street Institute, and TechFreedom in calling on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to overturn the ban on supersonic flight.
Fifty years after the Concorde's maiden flight, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Act of 2018 gives Congress the opportunity to revive supersonic transportation by requiring the FAA to develop reasonable noise standards that would be informed by noise levels tolerated for non-aviation.
As the letter notes,
Additional advancements in materials science, aerospace design, and noise abatement technologies have also made it possible to substantially mitigate the noise created by sonic booms — so much so that to a person on the ground, an overhead sonic boom could one day soon "sound about as loud as a lawn mower or motorcycle, and only last about half a second.”
This must remain a key priority of the FAA Reauthorization Act. Civil supersonic flight — and the thousands of American jobs that come with it — can be restored by Congress.