The legal, policy, and regulatory environment may present challenges for certifying and authorizing some technologies due to novel features and combinations of features that could be found in novel aircraft designs. While this is not an exhaustive list, some of these could include distributed electric propulsion/tilt-wing propulsion, vertical take-off and land, autonomy hardware and software, optionally piloted configurations,... more »
The Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program rules set for th in 49 CFR Part 23 prohibits airport sponsors from entering into long-term, exclusive (LTE) agreements for concessions, except under very limited conditions and only with pre-review and approval from the FAA Office of Civil Rights. The DOT published the final rule in the Federal Register on June 20, 2012, but according to one compliance... more »
COVID-19 has grounded aircraft all around the country exceeding the gate and "regular" parking capacity of several airports. Airport operators and flight operators have coordinated for parking these overflow aircraft in non-traditional configuration (i.e., denser parking configuration than the default layout) and on unusual areas of the airfield (e.g., taxiways, runways, decommissioned pavement). At many airports, portions... more »
This research would review legal precedence associated with on-airport homeless populations.