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Civil Aviation

Review of Special Flight Authorization Procedures for Civil Supersonic Aircraft and Developmental Trends of New Noise Standards


Yoshihiro Fujimaki

After the end of the Concorde's flight operations in 2003, and the existing problems of fuel inefficiency and noise complaints, supersonic flight for commercial aircraft seemed like a pipe dream. However, with new technology and the start of several recent development projects, the possibility of their return has increased. This new excitement, too, has meant that existing standards and procedures have needed a relook, which is discussed in this report.

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