A review of decisions in lawsuits concerning the exercise of regulatory powers over aircraft noise is presented. Decisions resulting from a series of court tests have failed to provide unequivocal guidelines for the extent to which a municipality can control runway use, flight paths over densely populated areas, or operational procedures. A municipal proprietor can monitor airport noise but cannot sanction excessive noise emissions. The principal basis for past decisions has been pre-emption of control over airspace by the federal government. It is recommended that the legality of municipal regulations for noise control be established in the future by determination of the presence or absence of conflict with federal regulations. Alternatively, it has been suggested that new federal regulations be developed with participation of the airport operator in the preparation of noise profiles and constraints for each airport.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Environmental Affairs, Incorporated

    Boston College Law School
    Brighton, MA  United States  02135
  • Authors:
    • Wanen, M L
  • Publication Date: 1976-12

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 97-120
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00155454
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM