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Revision of FAA Order 1050.1 — Docket is open through Sept. 30, 2013
FAA Order 1050.1, "Environmental Impact: Policies and Procedures" was last revised June 8, 2004 (Order 1050.1E). The FAA announced new revisions in the Federal Register Aug. 14, 2013. The deadline for public comments is Sept. 30, 2013 (see Federal Register notice for details on how to comment). These revisions include relieving the FAA of evaluating the noise impacts of certain kinds of flight traffic patterns at major commercial airports.

Notice of Revision (Federal Register Aug. 14, 2013).

Hearing: Aviation and the Environment: Noise — completed
The House Subcommittee on Aviation conducted a hearing on October 24, 2007. The docket remained open for comments until Nov. 7. See Hearing: Aviation and the Environment: Noise.

Summary of Hearing Subject Matter (Oct. 23, 2007)
Government Accountability Office (GAO) Testimony (Report GAO-08-216T) (link to GAO website)

Revision of FAA Order 5050.4 — completed
The FAA published official notice of its revision of Order 5050.4, "NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act] Implementing Procedures for Airport Actions." This order supplements FAA Order 1050.1, "Environmental Impact: Policies and Procedures", which was recently revised (Order 1050.1E, June 8, 2004).  Order 1050.1 is generally superior authority to Order 5050.4, but the two should be consulted together. The notice in the Federal Register describes what the FAA believes are the most important changes in the order.  These changes are enumerated and described in the order in which they appear in the document, not in order of importance. Deadline for public comment was Feb. 16, 2005.

FAA Order 5050.4B (April 2006)
Notice of Revision (Federal Register Dec. 16, 2004).

Stage 4 Aircraft Noise Standards (Docket 16526) — completed
The FAA was successful in putting pressure on the rest of the world to accept the U.S. government's plan for stage-4 aircraft noise standards at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The FAA has issued a "notice of proposed rule making" to implement the ICAO standards in the U.S. This stage-4 noise standards would apply to any person submitting an application for a new airplane type design on and after January 1, 2006. These standards are extended to aircraft above 12,500 pounds. However, earlier standards (stage 3) exempted aircraft below 75,000 pounds, i.e., most corporate private jets, many of which are classified as stage 2 (very noisy because of primitive noise-suppression technology). Deadline for comments was March 4, 2004.

Notice of Proposed Rule -- Stage 4 Aircraft Noise Standards (68 Federal Register 67330, Dec. 1, 2003)
Public comments (Department of Transportation Docket Management System)

Proposed Policy: Weight-Based Restrictions at Airports (Docket FAA-2003-15495) — still open? (no notice of a final policy statement has been identified)
The FAA wants to effectively remove the ability of airports to determine what size aircraft to allow on their runways. The effect of this policy, if adopted, will be to prevent airport owners from conrolling airport growth, and giving the FAA complete power to permit unconstrained growth in air traffic capacity. Small airports that now accommodate only single-engine aircraft could be forced into building runways that accomodate larger, heavier aircraft. Deadline for comments was August 15, 2003. More than 1,500 comments were submitted.

Proposed Policy: Weight-Based Restrictions at Airports

FAA Noise Abatement Policy (Docket 30109) — still open? (no notice of a final policy statement has been identified)
In 2000 the FAA drafted changes to its 1976 "Aviation Noise Abatement Policy." This is the major political document on aircraft noise. Deadline for public comments was October 23, 2000.

Draft Aviation Noise Abatement Policy 2000 (Federal Register July 14, 2000, 65 FR 43802).

Comments submitted by the following organizations or individuals:

Comments of Citizens League for Airport Safety & Serenity
Comments of Homeowners of Encino, Inc.
Comments of the Noise Pollution Clearinghouse (link to NPC website)
Comments of Save Our Heritage
Comments of Sierra Club
Comments of U.S. Citizens Aviation Watch Association
Comments of Leonard Kranser
Comments of Howard Beckman
Comments of Citizens for a Sound Economy Foundation (link to CSEF website)

FAA Regulations Overhaul (Docket FAA-2000-7623) — completed
The FAA requested public comment on what FAA regulations should be revised, eliminated, or simplified.

Disposition of Comments on Existing Regulations (Jan. 31, 2002, 67 Federal Register 4680).
Request for Comments on FAA Regulations (July 7, 2000) Deadline for public comments was October 11, 2000.

Study of Nonmilitary Helicopter Noise (Docket 30086) — completed
The FAA reauthorization bill of 2000 required the FAA to report to the Congress on the effects of nonmilitary helicopter noise in densely populated areas in the U.S. and ways of reducing that noise.

Nonmilitary Helicopter Urban Noise Study (Final report, Dec. 2004) (link to FAA website)
FAA request for comments (June 16, 2000)

[Updated Aug. 27, 2013]