Concorde style supersonic flight across US could be legal by next year


“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.

“When will that happen? Probably early next year,” he said. “That is the current timeline, but it’s Congress, right?”

Scholl claimed the impact of a sonic boom on people on the ground had been greatly exaggerated and that stories of broken windows were not based on reality.

The chief executive also revealed that the main production site for the new plane would be based in the United States, although a satellite facility may also be needed elsewhere.

Scholl said Boom is aiming for entry into the market by 2023 and is looking for a site big enough to produce 100 planes a year.

So far there has been 76 pre-orders including 10 options to buy from Virgin Atlantic.