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Concorde-style supersonic flight across US could be legal by next year, says Boom CEO



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Added 11-13-17 04:02:01am EST - “The company confirms its supersonic plane is on track for 2023 and will be U.S. built.” - Cnbc.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Cnbc.com: “Concorde-style supersonic flight across US could be legal by next year, says Boom CEO”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Boom Supersonic is developing a 55-seat plane which it claims will be able to more than halve the flight time from San Francisco to Washington DC to just two-and-a-half hours. The company is aiming for commercial entry by 2023.

One stumbling block to trans-American routes is federal sonic boom regulation which has prevented supersonic travel over U.S. skies since 1973.

Speaking at the Dubai Airshow Monday, Boom Chief Executive Blake Scholl said that could soon change as laws set out by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are currently up for renegotiation.

"Both the House and Senate versions of the FAA re-authorization bill have very positive language on supersonics. The senate bill in particular would repeal the speed limit," Scholl added.

Scholl said the bill would definitely address the issue of sonic booms overland but predicting the timeline was tricky.

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