The problem of aircraft noise is reaching critical proportions, with the ever-increasing number of jets and the coming introduction of the 747 and SST. The communities surrounding airports are becoming more and more intolerant of this noise. Although engineering technology will solve some of the problem with advances in engine design, the final solution rests with the federal government. Only on the federal level can effective noise standards be promulgated and applied to all aircraft through the certification process. This solution is discussed in detail.