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FAA Propose New Rules To Help Supersonic Flight

U.S. startups Aerion, Boom Supersonic and Spike Aerospace are working to reintroduce supersonic passenger travel

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FILE - Daniel Elwell, acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, testifies during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 15, 2019. VOA

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday it is moving to rewrite testing rules to allow for the eventual return of civil supersonic air travel.

At an event in Paris on Monday, Acting FAA Administrator Dan Elwell said the agency is working to “enable the return of civil supersonic travel, while ensuring the environmental impacts are understood and properly addressed.”

Later this week, the FAA will issue a proposed rule for “special flight authorization for supersonic aircraft,” Elwell said. This is the first step toward revising the FAA’s 45-year-old rules governing supersonic transport.

U.S. startups Aerion, Boom Supersonic and Spike Aerospace are working to reintroduce supersonic passenger travel for the first time since the Anglo-French Concorde retired in 2003.

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday it is moving to rewrite testing rules to allow for the eventual return of civil supersonic air travel. Pixabay

The rule “modifies and clarifies existing regulatory procedures for a more efficient way to obtain FAA approval to test supersonic aircraft.”

The rule “will provide a streamlined, clear line of sight on how to gain approval to conduct flight testing. This is a necessary, key step for further research and development in an emerging segment — and ultimately bring their aircraft to market,” Elwell added in remarks provided by the FAA.

According to a draft of the FAA proposal reviewed by Reuters, the agency said the proposed updates “are intended to support the growth of the civil supersonic industry” and will “provide increased clarity and information to applications as to the requirements for special flight authorizations to test supersonic aircraft.”

In February, Boeing said it had made a significant investment in supersonic business jet developer Aerion, as the world’s biggest planemaker looks to tap into rising demand for high-end aircraft that can reduce travel time.

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Boeing will provide engineering, manufacturing and flight testing services for Aerion’s $120 million supersonic business jet, which is slated for its first flight in 2023.

Congress last year approved legislation directing the FAA to issue proposed rules setting noise standards for landing and takeoff, and noise test requirements for civil supersonic aircraft by March 2020, and modernizing the application process by December 2019.

Next generation supersonic jets, while quieter and more fuel efficient than the Concorde, have difficulty meeting existing noise levels and carbon emissions standards for conventional planes due to engine constraints and higher fuel burn. (VOA)

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Micro-blogging Site Twitter Updates Rules for Users to Understand Them Better

According to Harvey, the company’s focus remains on keeping everyone safe and supporting a healthier public conversation on Twitter

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FILE - A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

In order to help people understand what is acceptable on the platform and what is not, micro-blogging site Twitter on Friday refreshed, simplified and reorganised its rules and regulations.

The company has divided and specified rules under three high level categories — safety, privacy and authenticity. In addition, the platform has also detailed other subjects concerning including election integrity, platform manipulation and spam.

“We’re refreshing rule pages to have more information, including examples, step-by-step instructions about how to report, and details on what happens when we take action,” Del Harvey, Vice President, Trust and Safety, Twitter wrote in a blog-post.

The company says in 280 characters or less, each rule clearly describes exactly what is not allowed on Twitter.

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The logo for Twitter is displayed above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. VOA

Each of the three high level categories would redirect users to separate pages that details rules with scenarios where a user could violate the app policies.

With this step, the company aims to help people easily understand what is and is not allowed on the service.

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“As part of our continued push towards more transparency across every aspect of Twitter, we’re working to make sure every rule has its own help page with more detailed information and relevant resources, with abuse and harassment, hateful conduct, suicide or self-harm, and copyright being next on our list to update,” Harvey said.

According to Harvey, the company’s focus remains on keeping everyone safe and supporting a healthier public conversation on Twitter. (IANS)