Supersonic Passenger Flights Near Takeoff
|Source: NASA Supersonic Concept|
Flying Beyond the Speed of Sound
At the Paris Air Show, FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell said the United States is changing the regulations to enable testing and the reintroduction of supersonic flights for passengers. This is a major milestone for the return of civilian supersonic flights in the United States.
New Generations of SST
For the flying public and aviation enthusiasts, this is exciting news because there are many innovative supersonic aircraft projects well underway. Companies like Boom Technologies and Aerion, as well as NASA, are working on next generation SST aircraft to replace the Concorde which ended flights in 2003. The FAA's plans will give these companies a more efficient process to make SST travel a reality again. Elwell added the FAA and US Department of Transportation are committed to safe and environmentally sound R&D of supersonic aircraft.