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Can the research be performed with a reasonable expenditure of time and effort? Meeting some challenges, such as reducing airport noise exposure in adjacent communities, will require much research over a long period of time. Broad problem areas, such as airport noise, may be a general category of cooperative research. However, the key to retaining the interest and participation of airport operators in the research is to focus on finding timely and practical solutions to well-defined problems—for instance, guidelines for retrofitting homes for noise abatement.

While these are the most obvious effects of FAA’s regulation of air traffic on airports, they are by no means the only ones. Perhaps the most controversial effects are those derived from FAA’s exclusive control over aircraft operations. In particular, the regulation of aircraft noise—often a major concern of communities—is largely a federal responsibility. FAA has maintained, and Congress and courts have affirmed, that state and local governments cannot create laws and ordinances that restrict operations of aircraft into or out of airports.

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