With its first flight targeted for later this year, NASA’s X-59 supersonic aircraft – part of the Low Boom Flight Demonstrator (LBFD) project under the agency’s Quesst mission – will soon demonstrate a host of technologies aimed at reducing the perceived sound level on the ground from an aircraft flying faster than the speed of sound. “We really hope to show that there is a [sound] level that is acceptable to the general public for supersonic flight over land,” says NASA’s Project Manager Cathy Bahm. “I really do think that’s a big step to opening up the supersonic market.”
In this episode of NBAA’s “Flight Plan,” host Rob Finfrock speaks with:
Cathy Bahm, LBFD deputy project manager, NASA
Lori Ozoroski, project manager, NASA Commercial Supersonic Technology Project
Part 135 and 91K operators may be eligible for a temporary exemption from certain requirements of the FAA's Pilot Records Database program, after NBAA raised concerns with the agency that the database’s electronic transmission function isn’t expected to be fully operational until later this year. Listen to learn how to apply for an exemption.
An FAA/industry committee, the Space Collaborative Decision Making Space Operations Committee has
launched to consider ways to mitigate the impact of space operations on the National Airspace System
and integrate these operations in a safe, efficient manner.