By Jonathan Petree

LUDDITES BEWARE: advances in modern technology may warrant the reevaluation of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations that practically serve only to impede the technological growth within, and the subsequent evolution of, the aerospace industry. Our capacity to tear through the skies at supersonic speed has existed since the 1940s. To put that in perspective, supersonic flight technology emerged alongside feats of the era such as: seventeen-cent gallons of gas, Ferrari’s first sports car, and the invention of both Tupperware and Velcro. In the following seventy years, supersonic flight technology impacted the aerospace industry at an ironically languid pace. Several factors account for the apparent grounding of our supersonic capabilities, including health and safety risks, economic viability, and the sonic boom. Additionally, in March 1973, the FAA enacted regulation that effectively prohibits civil supersonic flight within the United States.

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Recommended Citation
Jonathan Petree, Here Comes the Boom: Reevaluating the Merits of FAA Prohibition on Civil Supersonic Flight, 83 J. Air L. & Com. 679 (2018)