FAA recently issued its final rule covering Stage 4 noise compliance for new aircraft, rejecting criticism that the noise restrictions are too limited. The new rule closely follows the ICAO Chapter 4 standards, and will apply to aircraft manufactured after Jan. 1, 2006, but manufacturers can voluntarily comply before then. FAA has no plans to phase out Stage 3 aircraft. There were 71 comments submitted following the publication of a draft rule, FAA said. Some suggested that the ...

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