American Jurisprudence
American Law Reports
Corpus Juris Secundum
West Digests
Law Reviews
Other Publications
Seminars, Symposia

Revised November 19, 2017

American Jurisprudence

See Aviation (8 Am Jur 2d), especially:

Airport or landing field as nuisance, ss. 71-75
Control of aircraft noise and sonic boom, s. 20
Federal assistance under Airport and Airway Development Act, s. 63
Flight over land as taking or damaging thereof without compensation, s. 7
Injunctive relief, s. 5 (cf. ss. 73-74)

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American Law Reports

Airport operations or flight of aircraft as constituting taking or damaging of property, 22 ALR4th 863

Airport operations or flight of aircraft as nuisance, 79 ALR3d 253

Airport operator's rights and remedies as to uses of adjoining land interfering with aircraft operations, 25 ALR2d 1454

Inverse condemnation state court class actions, 49 ALR4th 618 (see ss. 3, 4, 6, and 7 on airports and aircraft)

Liability of vendor or real estate broker for failure to disclose information concerning off-site conditions affecting value of property, 41 ALR5th 157

Modern status of rules as to balance of convenience or social utility as affecting relief from nuisance, 40 ALR3d 601

Negligence in operation of airplane on take-off, 74 ALR2d 615

Nuisance as entitling owner or occupant of real estate to recover damages for personal inconvenience, discomfort, annoyance, anguish, or sickness, distinct from, or in addition to, damages for depreciation in value of real property or its use, 25 ALR5th 568

Strict liability, in absence of statute, for injury or damage occurring on the ground caused by ascent, descent, or flight of aircraft, 73 ALR4th 416

Theories as to the ownership of the air and legal incidents thereof, 69 ALR 316, 83 ALR 333, 99 ALR 173 (these articles have historical value)

Validity of municipal regulation of aircraft flight patterns or altitudes, 36 ALR3d 1314

Validity under federal constitution of federal, state, or local anti-noise laws and regulations, 36 L.Ed.2d 1042 (ss. 3-4)

Zoning regulations limiting use of property near airport as taking of property, 18 ALR4th 542

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Corpus Juris Secundum

See Aeronautics and Aerospace (2A C.J.S.), especially:

Abatement and injunction, s. 72
Air traffic control. ss. 80-86
Airport as nuisance, s. 70
Duties and liabilities arising generally from operation of aircraft, ss. 136-178
Remedies for wrongful maintenance and operation, s. 71
State and municipal regulation, s. 20

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RS2d Torts

Intrusions upon, beneath, and above surface of the earth, s. 159

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West Digests

AVIATION (Topic 48B)

I. Control and Regulation in General
(A) In General
4 Flying over another's land
5--- Trespass or nuisance, flying as
6--- Remedies
7Power to regulate
8Statutes and constitutional provisions
9Local regulations

(B) Administrative Regulation
32Statutes and constitutional provisions
33Rules and regulations

V. Airports and Services
212Statutes and constitutional provisions
216Airport as nuisance
218Remedies for wrongful maintenance and operation
219--- Abatement and injunction
220--- Pleading
221--- Evidence
224Regulation and use in general
232Injuries from operation and maintenance of airports in general


IV. Remedies of Owners of Property:
Inverse Condemnation
271 Recovery of damages
272 Injunction
273 --- Grounds of relief in general
274 --- Restraining taking of or injury to property

NUISANCE (Topic 279)

I. Private Nuisance
(C) Abatement and Injury
19 Nuisances subject to abatement or injury
32 Pleading
33 Evidence
35 Relief awarded
36 Judgement or decree, and enforcement thereof in general
37 Mode and extent of abatement

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Law Reviews

Of particular interest are: ABA Air and Space Lawyer, American Bar Association; Annals of Air and Space Law, McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law;
Journal of Air Law and Commerce
, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University.


Pilsk, W. Eric. "Airport Noise Litigation in the 21st Century: A Survey of Current Issues." 11 Issues Aviation L. & Pol. 371 (Spring 2012).
Bedell, Richard J., Jr. "A Fresh Look at Federal Preemption in the Context of Aviation." 5 Issues Aviation L. & Pol. (Spring 2006).


Andrus, Katherine. "A Distant Rumble: Low Frequency Noise in Airport Environs." 17 Air Space Lawyer 12-___ (2003).

Berger, Jeffrey A. "Phoenix Grounded: The Impact of the Supreme Court's Changing Preemption Doctrine on State and Local Impediments to Airport Expansion." 97 Nw. U. L. Rev. 941 (2003).


Dempsey, Paul. "Local Airport Regulation: The Constitutional Tension Between Police Power, Preemption, and Takings." 11 Penn State Environ. L. Rev. 1-43 (2002).

Kirsch, Peter; and Daniel Reiner. "The Airport Noise Act: Safe Harbor or Procedural Hurdle?" 16 Air Space Lawyer 14-___ (2002).


Baliles, Gerald L. "Aircraft Noise: Removing a Barrier to Aviation Growth." 66(4) J. Air Law Comm. 1333-1342 (2001).

Berg, David. "Proprietor's Rights: A Debate -- Preemption and Proprietary Powers: A Limited Exception." 15 Air Space Lawyer 4-7 (Spring 2001).

Johnson, Tim. "Reducing Aircraft Noise: A European Perspective." Issues Aviation L. & Pol. (Autumn 2001).

Nuesch, Pablo. "Proprietor's Rights: A Debate -- Rights as a Tool for Airport Management." 15 Air Space Lawyer 4, 8-10 (Spring 2001).


Claes, Benedicte A. "Aircraft Noise Regulation in the European Union: The Hushkit Problem." 65 J. Air Law Comm. 329-382 (2000).

Gilbreath, Robert B.; and Paul C. Watler. "Perimeter Rules, Proprietary Powers, and the Airline Deregulation Act: A Tale of Two Cities and Two Airports." 66 J. Air Law Comm. 223 (2000).

Zambrano, Luis. "Balancing Rights of Landowners with the Needs of Airports: The Continuing Battle over Noise." 65 J. Air Law Comm. 445-497 (2000).


Busey, G. Brian; Patricia Hahn, and Brett Halter. "Aircraft Noise Regulation: It's a New Millenium." 14 Air Space Lawyer 9-___ (1999).

Falzone, Kristin L. "Airport Noise Pollution: Is There a Solution in Sight?" 26 Boston Coll. Environ. Law Rev. 769-807 (1999). [Link is to PDF file within this website.]


Geisler, Markus. "Night Operations of Chapter 3 Aircraft in Germany." 12 Air Space Lawyer 10-___ (1998).

Rowley, Christopher R. Comment: "Financing Airport Capital Development: The Aviation Industry's Greatest Challenge." 63 J. Air Law Comm. 3:605-631 (1998).

Tuegel, Donald W. "Airport Expansions: The Need for a Greater Federal Role." 54 Wash. U. J. Urban Contemp. Law 291-319 (1998).


Petkoff, George. "Recent Developments in Aviation Law." 63 J. Air Law Comm. 1:67-166 (1997). (See "Airports", p. 156 et seq.)


Jones, Carol A.; Theodore D. Tomasi; and Stephanie W. Fluke. "Public and Private Claims in Natural Resource Damage Assessments." 20 Harv. Environ. Law Rev. 111-163 (1996). (Discusses the economics of loss in property value due to environmental damage.)

Lane, Ann E. "Scenic Air Tours over Our National Parks: Exploitation of Our National Resources or Environmental Solution?" 62 J. Air Law Comm. 2:523-558 (1996).

Magee, Steven. "Protecting Land Around Our Airports: Avoiding Regulatory Taking Claims by Comprehensive Planning and Zoning." 62 J. Air Law Comm. 1:243-277 (1996).

Sechen, R.N. "Relevance and Admissibility of Evidence of Environmental Contamination in an Eminent Domain Valuation Trial." 25 Stet. Law Rev. 823-834 (1996).


Kenney, Stephen. "Recent Developments in Aviation Law." 61 J. Air Law Comm. 3-161 (1995).

"Knowledge Element in Environmental Crimes." 25 Environ. Law Rptr. 10:10525 (1995).


"Federal and State Coordination: Aviation Noise Policy and Regulation" [Project: Federal and State Coordination: A Survey of Administrative Law Schemes]. 46 Admin. Law Rev. 4:413-427 (1994).

Hamilton, J.S. "Allocation of Airspace As a Scarce Natural Resource." 22 Transp. Law J. 251-290 (1994).

Hartman, Clay. "Business As Usual: The Weaknesses of the National Environmental Policy Act." 59 J. Air Law Comm. 709-761 (1994).

Jenkins, John J. Jr. [Comment] "Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990: Has Congress Finally Solved the Aircraft Noise Problem?" 59 J. Air Law Comm. 1023-1055 (1994).

Stukenborg, C. "Proper Role of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Environmental Conflicts." 19 U. Dayton Law Rev. 1305-1339 (1994).


Burd, William G.; and Madelyn Lozano. "Experts: Is the End Near for Their Use?" 59 J. Air Law Comm. 77-111 (1993).

Cole, Troy J. "Zoning Control of Airport Expansion by Host Cities and the Battle over Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport." 59 J. Air Law Comm. 193-237 (1993).

"Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority v. Citizens for the Abatement of Aircraft Noise, Inc." 27 New Engl. Law Rev. 1135-___ (1993).

"Natural Resource Damages: The New Frontier of Environmental Litigation." 34 S. Tex. Law Rev. 521-___ (1993).

O'Reilly, Terry. "Ethics and Experts." 59 J. Air Law Comm. 113-136 (1993).


Ghandhi, P.R. "Exemplary Damages in Public Nuisance." 136 Solic. J. 1198-1199 (1992).

Marchese, C.S. "Dormant Commerce Clause and Airport Noise: A Case for Narrow Judicial Review." 44 Baylor Law Rev. 645-709 (1992).

Neuhoff, Ted Jr. "Obstacles to Increasing Airspace: Jumping through Environmental Law Hoops." 58 J. Air Law Comm. 221-266 (1992).

Quah, E.; and J. Chun. "The Law and Economics of Noise Nuisance: The Singapore Experience." 4 J. Environ. Law 203-219 (1992).

Shapiro, Sidney. "Lessons from a Public Policy Failure: EPA and Noise Abatement." 19 Ecology L.Q. 1-61 (1992).

Tsilas, Vicky. [Note] "An Analysis of the Phase-Out Provisions of the Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990." 4 Fordham Env. Law J. 83-___ (1992).


Pennington, William. "Airport Restrictions: A Dilemma of Federal Preemption and Proprietary Control." 56 J. Air Law Comm. 805-845 (1991).

Stein, Pamela. "The Price of Success: Mitigation and Litigation in Airport Growth." 57 J. Air Law Comm. 513-556 (1991).


Creswell, Lyn Lloyd. "Airport Policy in the United States: The Need for Accountability, Planning, and Leadership." 19 Transp. L. J. 1-___ (1990).


Schlesinger, Gale. "Airport Noise: The Proprietor's Dilemma." 16 Transp. L.J. 333-342 (1988).


Berger, M.M. "Airport Noise in the 1980s: It's Time for Airport Operators to Acknowledge the Injury They Inflict on Neighbors." Inst. on Plan. Zoning & Eminent Domain (Southwestern Legal Fdn.) 10.1-.62 (1987).

Blackman, L.L.; and R.P. Freeman. "The Environmental Consequences of Municipal Airports: A Subject of Federal Mandate?" 53 J. Air Law Comm. 375-400 (1987).

Gesualdi, James F. "Gonna Fly Now: All the Noise About the Airport Access Problem." 16 Hofstra Law Rev. 213-285 (1987).


McMurry, Robert J.; and Stephen D. Ramsey. "Environmental Crime: The Use of Criminal Sanctions in Enforcing Environmental Laws." 19 Loyola of LA Law Rev. 1133-1169 (1986).

Rockett, Robert J. Comment, "Airport Noise: Did the Airport Safety and Noise Abatement Act of 1979 Solve the Problem?" 52 J. Air Law Comm. 499-527 (winter 1986)

Schoen, Jeffrey. Comment: "Airport Noise: How State and Local Governments Can Protect Airports from Urban Encroachment." 1986 Ariz. St. Law J. 309-336 (1986).


Bennett, Ricarda L. "Airport Noise Litigation: Case Law Review." 47 J. Air Law Comm. 449-494 (1982).

Helms, J. Lynn. "Noise Pollution and Airport Regulation." 47 J. Air Law Comm. 405-412 (1982).

Pavlicek, Michael J. "O'Hare International Airport: Impervious to Proposed State Efforts to Limit Airport Noise." 47 J. Air Law Comm. 413-448 (1982).


Landreth, Kathryn. Comment, "The 1980 Airport Noise Act: Noise Abatement or Just More Noise?" 14 U.C. Davis L.R. 1049-1079 (1981). The author reviews judicial, legislative, and regulatory responses to aircraft noise. She examines in detail the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act (Public Law 96-193) and concludes that the Act's proposed solutions as well as its funding are deficient.

Werlich, John M.; and Richard P. Krinsky. "The Aviation Noise Abatement Controversy: Magnificent Laws, Noisy Machines, and the Legal Liability Shuffle." 15 Loyola of LA Law Rev. 69-102 (1981). The authors review federal aviation noise legislation and its implementation by the FAA, analyze the judicial decisions that discuss the imposition of liability for aircraft noise, and offer two alternative approaches that would more equitably apportion liability.

Bell, Robert B., and Lisa M. "Airport Noise: Legal Developments and Economic Alternatives." 8 Ecol. Law Q. 607 (1980).


"Local Airport Proprietors May Impose Noise Requirements for Aircraft Provided the Regulations Are Reasonable and Nondiscriminatory." 10 Case West. Reserve J. Int. Law 223-228 (winter 1978).

"An Airport's Reasonable Nondiscriminatory Noise Level Regulations Are Not Preempted by Federal Law." 18 Va. J. Int. Law 569-579 (1978).

"Concorde (British Airways Bd. v. Port Authority of NY & NJ) and Local Control of Airport Noise: Federal Preemption?" 13 New Engl. Law Rev. 473-503 (winter 1978).

Morris, Christina. [Comment] "Noise Pollution: Attempted Federal Control of Airplane Noise." 18 Nat. Resources J. 621-638 (July 1978).

Nierenberg, R.A. "Incentives versus Regulation: The Case for Airport Noise Charges." 2 GMU Law Rev. 167-208 (winter 1978).


Auerbach, Laurence J. "Aviation Noise Abatement Policy: The Limits on Federal Intervention." Urban Lawyer 9(3):559-570 (summer 1977).

Boyer, John R. Jr. Comment, "Reflections on the Economic Implication of Current Noise Abatement Financing Proposals." 43 J. Air Law Comm. 847-873 (1977).

Donin, Robert B. "British Airways v. Port Authority: Its Impact on Aircraft Noise Regulation." 43 J. Air Law Comm. 691-730 (1977).

"Legal and Institutional Framework for an Airport Noise-compatibility Land Use Program." 10 U. Mich. J. Law Reform 447-475 (spring 1977).

Muss, Joshua A. Comment, "Aircraft Noise: Federal Preemption of Local Control, Concorde and Other Recent Cases." 43 J. Air Law Comm. 753-798 (1977).

North, Mairin K. Comment, "Current State of the Law in Aircraft Noise Pollution Control." 43 J. Air Law Comm. 799-822 (1977).

Whitcomb, W. Phillip. Comment, "Impact of Federal Noise Abatement Policy on Aircraft Financing." 43 J. Air Law Comm. 823-846 (1977).


Blitch, Stephen G. "Airport Noise and Intergovernmental Conflict: A Case Study in Land Use Parochialism." 5 Ecol. Law Q. 669-705 (1976).

Katz, Judith. Note, "Federal Preemption of Local Airport Noise Regulation." 25 Cath. U. Law Rev. 580-600 (1976).

Warren, Mary Lee. "Airport Noise Regulation: Burbank, Aaron, and Air Transport." 8 Transp. L.J. 403-425 (1976).


[Note] "Constitutional Aspects of the Airport Noise Problem in Georgia." 10 Ga. Law Rev. 218-242 (1975).

Fulton, Angus Bane. "Airport Noise Pollution: A Remedy for the Adjacent Landowner." 36 Mont. Law Rev. 311-319 (summer 1975).

Goldstein, Marcia C. "Aircraft Noise Abatement: Is There Room for Local Regulation? (Note)." 60 Cornell Law Rev. 269-298 (Jan. 1975).

Jensen, Walter; Duke N. Stern; and Edward Mazze. "New Efforts Toward a Quieter Environment: The Noise Control Act of 1972." 13 Amer. Bus. Law J. 45-63 (1975).

[Note] "Shifting Aircraft Noise Liability to the Federal Government." 61 Va. Law Rev. 1299-1337 (Oct. 1975).


Deits, John F. "Noise Control in Oregon: Government Regulation and Private Remedies." 10 Willamette Law J. 198-216 (spring 1974).

"Environmental Law -- Aircraft Noise Regulation -- Federal Preemption." 20 N.Y. Law Forum 165-176 (summer 1974).

[Note] "Federal Preemption in Airport Noise Abatement Regulation: Allocation of Federal and State Power." 26 Maine Law Rev. 321-344 (1974).

[Note] "Federal Regulation under Federal Aviation Act and Noise Control Act Preempts the Field of Airport and Aircraft Noise Control Rendering Local Airport Curfews Invalid." 22 Univ. Kan. Law Rev. 319-336 (winter 1974).

Jablonski, Barbara H. "Federal Preemption and Airport Noise Control." 8 Urban Law Ann. 229-239 (1974).

Kalsi, S.S. "Aircraft Noise Abatement via Annex 16 of the Chicago Convention -- A Viable Alternative." 9 Tex. Int. Law. J. 1-18 (winter 1974).

Lynagh, Peter. "Noise Pollution at Airports -- A Serious Problem in the Seventies." 6 Transp. Law J. 31-42 (1974).

Seamans, Susan G. "[Environmental Law] The Noise Control Act of 1972." 27 Okla. Law Rev. 55-62 (1974).

Sparks, Robert A. [Case Note] "The Federal Aviation Administration, Monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency, Has Full Control over Aviation Noise ...." 40 J. Air Law 341-349 (spring 1974).

Strauss, David. [Case Note] "Federal Regulation of Aircraft Noise under Federal Aviation Act Precludes Local Police Power Noise Restrictions (City of Burbank v. Lockheed Air Terminal)." 15 Boston Coll. Ind. & Com. Law Rev. 848-862 (April 1974).

"Use of Local Police Powers to Impose Curfews on Air Flights Is Preempted by the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 As Amended by the Noise Control Act of 1972." 5 Rutgers Camden Law J. 566-584 (spring 1974).


"Airport Cases: A Need for National Uniform Legislation." 8 New Engl. Law Rev. 305-___ (spring 1973).

Bainer, Roland C. [Comment] "Governmental Nuisance Liability: An Inadequate Remedy for Aircraft Noise." 9 Cal. W. Law Rev. 310-325 (winter 1973).

Dworkin, M.L. "Planning for Airports in Urban Environments -- A Survey of the Problem and Its Possible Solutions." 5 Transp. Law J. 183-214 (July 1973), 5 Urban Law 472-503 (summer 1973).

Lesser, J. "Dilemma of Airport Zoning -- The Constitutionality of Police Power Regulation v. the Necesssity of Eminent Domain Acquisition." 1973 Planning, Zoning & Eminent Dom. Inst. (Southwest Legal Fdn.) 117- (1973).

[Note] "Noise Control Act of 1972 -- Congress Acts to Fill the Gap in Environmental Legislation." 58 Minn. Law Rev. 273-306 (1973).

Rossi, Vincent J., Jr. [Note] "Inverse Condemnation and Nuisance: Alternative Remedies for Airport Noise Damage." 24 Syracuse Law Rev. 793-809 (1973).

Russell, James. "Recent Developments in Inverse Condemnation of Air Space [Compensation for Airport Interference with Rights of Adjacent Landowners]." 39 J. Air Law Comm. 81-101 (1973).

"Torts -- Nuisance Actions Against Municipal Airports -- Nestle v. City of Santa Monica." 48 Wash. Law Rev. 904-921 (Aug. 1973).


"Airport Noise: An Inadequate Judicial Response." 4 Conn. Law Rev. 634-___ (spring 1972).

Baxter, William; and Lilian Altree. "Legal Aspects of Airport Noise." 15 J. Law & Econ. 1-113 (April 1972).

Berger, Michael. "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Planes Are Flying." 4 Urban Lawyer 1-___ (winter 1972).

Cohen, Joseph L.; and Leonard Sharon. "Noise and the Law: A Survey." 11 Duquesne Law Rev. 133-163 (1972).

Goldstein, S. "Aircraft Noise and the Selection of Airport Sites." 43 Penn. BA Qtly. 229-___ (Jan. 1972), 4 Urban Lawyer 548-___ (summer 1972).

Silverman, H.W.; and J.D. Evans. "Aeronautical Noise in Canada." 10 Osgoode Hall Law J. 607-___ (Dec. 1972).

Stein, Michael. [Note] "The Effect of the Federal Preemption of Noise Control and Air Pollution on Local Initiative: Can Prometheus Be Unbound?" 38 J. Air Law Comm. 427-436 (1972).

Vittek, Joseph R. Jr. "Airport Noise Control -- Can Communities Live without It? Can Airlines Live with It?" 38 J. Air Law Comm. 473-518 (1972).


[Comment] "Airport Noise Cases: Condemnation by Nuisance and Beyond." 7 Wake Forest Law Rev. 271-___ (March 1971).

Boetter, Arthur H., Jr. "[Comment] Chicago's Third Municipal Airport -- A Proposed Course of Action for Its Prevention." 21 De Paul Law Rev. 207-233 (autumn 1971).

Doyle, J. Timothy. [Comment] "We May Yet Have a Quiet Environment: The New California Airport Noise Regulations." 12 Santa Clara Law 79-106 (1971).

Fadem, Jerold; and Michael Berger. "A Noisy Airport Is a Damned Nuisance!" 3 Southwestern Law Rev. 39-87 (1971).

"Federal v. State Control of Aeronautical Noise Pollution." 5 Suffolk U. Law Rev. 1093-___ (spring 1971).

Mason, Michael. "A Brief Survey of Airport Noise and the Law." 6 Linc. Law Rev. 99-___ (June 1971).

"Symposium: Airports in the Urban Setting." 3 Urban Lawyer 175-___ (spring 1971).


"Aircraft Noise Abatement: Local versus National Control." 1970 Law & Soc. Order 678-___ (1970).

Berger, Michael M. "Nobody Loves an Airport." 43 So. Cal. Law Rev. 631-789 (1970). (This article was originally a Master of Law thesis; it is a major work, comprehensively covering the legal issues on airport noise.)

Hatfield, M.O. "Noise, The Gathering Crisis." 1 Environ. Law 33-43 (spring 1970).

Hildebrand, James L. "Noise Pollution: An Introduction to the Problem and an Outline for Future Legal Research." 70 Columbia Law Rev. 652-692 (1970).

Hood, William Jr. Comment, "The Jet-Set and the Law: A Summary of Recent Developments in Noise Law As It Relates to Airport and Aircraft Operations in California." 1 Pac. Law J. 581-609 (1970).

Larsen, Paul B. "Improving the Airport Environment: Effect of the 1969 FAA Regulations on Noise." 55 Iowa Law Rev. 808-828 (Apr. 1970).


Alekshun, Joseph J. Jr. "Aircraft Noise Law: A Technical Perspective." 55 A.B.A.J. 740-745 (1969).

Kramon, James M. "Noise Control: Traditional Remedies and a Proposal for Federal Action." 7 Harv. J. Legis. 533-___ (1969).

Malley, Michael J. "The Supersonic Transport's Sonic Boom Cost: A Common Law Approach." 37 Geo. Wash. Law Rev. 683-718 (1969).


Kettelson. "Inverse Condemnation of Air Easements." 3 Real Prop., Prob. Tr. J. 97-___ (1968).


Stoebuck, William B. "Condemnation by Nuisance: The Airport Cases in Retrospect and Prospect." 71 Dick. Law Rev. 207-239 (1967).


[Note] "Airplane Noise, Property Rights, and the Constitution." 65 Columbia Law Rev. 1428-1447 (Dec. 1965).

Spater, George A. "Noise and the Law." 63 Mich. Law Rev. 1373-1410 (1965).

Tondel, Lyman M. Jr. "Noise Litigation at Public Airports." Proceedings of ABA Section of Insurance, Negligence, and Compensation, 1965, reprinted in 32 J. Air Law Comm. 387-467 (1966).


Gelder, John W. Comment, "Air Law -- The Federal Aviation Act of 1958." 57 Mich. L. Rev. 1214-1227 (1959).


Harvey, William B. "Landowners' Rights in the Air Age: The Airport Dilemma." 56 Mich. L. Rev. 1313-1332 (1958).


Childs, Randolph W. "The Law of Nuisances Applied to Airports." 4 Air Law Rev. 132-___ (1933).

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Other Publications


"Sovereign Immunity for Public Airport Operations." Transportation Research Board, Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), Legal Research Digest 24 (2015). (Available at ACRP Publications.) -- This report examines the doctrine of sovereign immunity as it applies to public airports owned and operated by units of local government or regional governmental authorities. It summarizes the extent of sovereign immunity granted to airports from state to state.


"The Role of the Airport Sponsor in Airport Planning and Environmental Reviews of Proposed Development Projects Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and State Mini-NEPA Laws." Transportation Research Board, Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), Legal Research Digest 22 (2014). (Available at ACRP Publications.) -- This report summarizes relevant federal and state environmental review statutes and regulations, the different stages of the NEPA environmental review and actions, “special-purpose” environmental laws, and the roles and responsibilities of the var...


"Compilation of DOT and FAA Airport Legal Determinations and Opinion Letters Through December 2012." Transportation Research Board, Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), Legal Research Digest 21 (2013). (Available at ACRP Publications.) -- This report updates and supersedes ACRP Legal Research Digest 4, "Compilation of DOT and FAA Airport Legal Determinations and Opinion Letters Through December 31, 2007" (2008).


"Index and Digest of Decisions: Compilation of Airport Law Resources." Transportation Research Board, Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), Legal Research Digest 13 (2012). (Available at ACRP Publications.) -- This report provides a list of judicial decisions with summaries of relevant holdings and links to source documents. It complements ACRP Legal Research Digest 21, "Compilation of DOT and FAA Airport Legal Determinations and Opinion Letters Through December 2012" (2013).


"Analysis of Federal Laws, Regulations, and Case Law Regarding Airport Proprietary Rights." Transportation Research Board, Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), Legal Research Digest 10 (2010). (Available at ACRP Publications.) -- This report explores the "proprietary rights," including regulation of noise, enjoyed by airports owned by government entities. It examines relevant statutes, regulations, and judicial decisions that define the scope of these rights.

"Case Studies on Community Challenges to Airport Development." Transportation Research Board, Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), Legal Research Digest 9 (2010). (Available at ACRP Publications.) -- This report explores judicial decisions related to challenges to airport expansion and development. It examines the basis, defense strategies, and outcomes of cases, and summarizes the results of a survey of airports regarding litigation strategies.


"Airport Governance and Ownership," Transportation Research Board, Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), Legal Research Digest 7 (2009). (Available at ACRP Publications.) -- This report defines what airport governance includes; describes the advantages and disadvantages of the various governance structures; analyzes a number of instances where airports were transferred from one form of governance to another.

Cheek, William. "Responsibility for Implementation and Enforcement of Airport Land-use Zoning Restrictions." Transportation Research Board, Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), Legal Research Digest 5 (2009). (Available at ACRP Publications.)


"Compilation of Airport Law Resources." Transportation Research Board, Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), Legal Research Digest 1 (2008). (Available at ACRP Publications.) -- This report identifies federal resources for conducting research on airport law topics and monitoring developments in airport law.

"Compilation of DOT and FAA Airport Legal Determinations and Opinion Letters Through December 31, 2007." Transportation Research Board, Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), Legal Research Digest 4 (2008). (Available at ACRP Publications.) -- Updated and superseded by ACRP Legal Research Digest 21, "Compilation of DOT and FAA Airport Legal Determinations and Opinion Letters Through December 2012" (2013).


Ellett, E. Tazwell. "The Federal Government's Role in Airport Capacity, Access, and Noise Matters." Fed. B. News J. 36:81 (Feb. 1989).


Dankert, T.M. "Liability for Noise When There Is No Taking." Legal News Feb. 1985.


Waggoner, Diane. "Noise Suits on Airport Paying Off." Nat. L.J. Mar. 1, 1982, p.11.


Burke, "Legal Roar over Jet Noise." Nat. L.J., Dec. 1, 1980, p. 1.


Beck, David J. "The Role of the Expert Witness in Environmental Litigation." Litigation 3(3):38- (spring 1977).

Fisk, Mary. "Aircraft Noise: The Dulles Litigants." Trial 13(9):26- (Sept. 1977).

O'Donnel, Capt. John J. "Aircraft Noise: The Pilot's Perspective." Trial 13(9):37- (Sept. 1977).

Yost, Nicholas C. "Aircraft Noise: Liability and Regulation." Trial 13(9):34- (Sept. 1977).


Warren, Mary Lee. "Airport Noise Regulation: Burbank, Aaron, and Air Transport." Environ. Affairs 5(1):97- (winter 1976)


Russell, James H. "Aircraft/Airport Noise: Current Legal Remedies and Future Alternatives." 42 Insur. Counsel J. 92-105 (Jan. 1975).


Legal and Institutional Analysis of Aircraft Noise and Apportionment of Authority between Federal, State, and Local Government. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (July 1973).


Zimmerman, J. "Future Aircraft Noise in the Vicinity of Airports." Airport Forum No. 3 p. 38 (1971).


Hildebrand, James L., ed. Noise Pollution and the Law. (1970)

Sullivan, Roger M. "Avigation Easements." Law Notes for the Young Lawyer 7(1):26 (October 1970).


Stewart. "Noise: A Jet-Age Health Hazard." Trial, Feb.-Mar. 1969 [Stewart was U.S. Surgeon General at time of writing]


Stephen, John E. "Legal and Related Aspects of Aircraft Noise Regulation." U.S. Government Printing Office (1967).

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Seminars and Symposia


Annual Air Law Symposium -- Sponsored by the Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University. The symposium website includes papers from past symposia.



Land Use Regulation Considerations for Real Estate Transactions Involving Civil Airports and Surrounding Developments, Law 331, Real Estate Transactions, Gonzaga University Law School, Richard Glover, Nov. 22, 1994.


Symposium: Environmental Regulation and the U.S. Economy. Nat. Resources J. 21:441- (July 1981).


Symposium: Airports in the Urban Setting. Urban Lawyer 3:175- (spring 1971).

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