FAA Updates

Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program

The Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) program is an effort by FAA to accelerate development and commercial deployment of environmentally promising aircraft technologies, such as reduction in aircraft noise, emissions, and alternative fuels.  This program ran from 2010 to 2015 and the green technologies developed during this time have matured and will begin full-scale ground and flight testing sometime this year.  The application of these green technologies are expected to reduce U.S. fleet-wide fuel burn by 2% from 2025 to 2050 and carbon monoxide in the amount equivalent to taking 1.7 million cars off the road over this 25-year period.  With the success of the initial CLEEN program, the FAA has now advanced to a second phase, CLEEN II, which is planned to run from 2015 to 2020 to continue developing green technologies.  Click here for a detailed fact sheet from the FAA's website.

Drone Rules

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its rejection of pre-emptive state and local ordinances for drones.  However, the FAA acknowledged the importance of cities to reasonably regulate drone flights within their jurisdictions.  A number of cities in California adopted their own local regulations for drone flights, with the most comprehensive and restrictive in the State being the City of Los Angeles.  Click here for an article released by CA Cities Advocate.

Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition (LAAHNC)
Currently, there are no regulations mandating helicopters to maintain a minimum distance from the shoreline.  The Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition (LAAHNC) submitted petitions to the FAA, which included minimum distance from the shoreline and minimum altitudes.  Many cities, including RPV, submitted letters in support of these petitions.  However, the FAA dismissed these petitions and implemented a voluntary shoreline route that encourages helicopter pilots to fly at a minimum of 750 feet offshore.  The LAAHNC issued the following press release on March 26, 2018: