House Passes Graves’ Bill to Incentivize Timely Airport Project Construction & Cost Savings

Press Release Washington, D.C. – A bill introduced by Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06) to ensure that Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds can be used by airports to incentivize the early completion of critical runway and airport projects was approved by the House of Representatives today. North Missouri airports depend on AIP funding to make needed improvements. The

Congressional Quiet Skies Caucus Letter To FAA Administrator Steve Dickson re DNL65

Currently, FAA law has extremely complicated rules for establishing a noise boundary around airports. (A noise boundary is a geographic area inside which there is a certain acceptable noise level.) This is referred to as the DNL65. and it has several major flaws. The FAA Reauthorization Act Of 2018 attempted to address these flaws in several ways. This letter, from a caucus of Congressmen engaged on airport community issues complains to the Administrator that the spirit of the law is not being adhered to and demands that he make attempts to put his agency into compliance.

The language is fairly technical, however there are a couple of basic points they raise: First, that the noise boundary be determined by actual noise measurements (currently the noise boundaries are ‘modeled’ and those calculations often do not reflect in any way the lived experience for residents.) Second, that the ‘acceptable’ noise level of sixty five decibels (hence DNL65) has been determined to be far too high to conform with current understandings of healthy living.

NEPA Forty Most Asked Questions

1. Range of Alternatives. 2. Alternatives Outside the Capability of Applicant or Jurisdiction of Agency. 3. No-Action Alternative. 4. Agency’s Preferred Alternative. 5. Proposed Action v. Preferred Alternative. 6. Environmentally Preferable Alternative. 7. Difference Between Sections of EIS on Alternatives and Environmental Consequences. 8. Early Application of NEPA. 9. Applicant Who Needs Other Permits. 10.


Title 14: Aeronautics and Space PART 161—NOTICE AND APPROVAL OF AIRPORT NOISE AND ACCESS RESTRICTIONS Contents Subpart A—General Provisions §161.1   Purpose. §161.3   Applicability. §161.5   Definitions. §161.7   Limitations. §161.9   Designation of noise description methods. §161.11   Identification of land uses in airport noise study area. Subpart B—Agreements §161.101   Scope. §161.103   Notice of the proposed restriction. §161.105   Requirements for new entrants. §161.107   Implementation of the restriction. §161.109   Notice of