Why DC Circ. Said Airport Noise Critics Are Out Of Luck

By Paul Kiernan (April 6, 2018, 12:16 PM EDT) -- Once the airplane leaves the gate, it's too late to try to get on board. And once the Federal Aviation Administration issues a record of decision about new departure procedures, you have only a short time to petition for review.

As a recent U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision[1] explains, people unhappy with the new departure routes from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport may be justifiably upset with the lack of timely notice, but that will not bring the final agency action back to the gate.

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