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D.C. Circuit Upholds the Naples Authority Ban on Stage 2 Aircraft

On June 3, 2005, the D.C. Circuit upheld the Naples Airport Authority ban on stage 2 aircraft. The Appellate Court reversed the FAA decision that the ban was unreasonable. The D.C. Circuit found that the FAA did not have evidence to rebut the Naples Airport Authority's conclusion that the ban on stage 2 aircraft was justified. The FAA had argued that the stage 2 ban was illegal and had withheld the Airport Authority's grant funding on that basis.