Here's the poop (links where available):
- In response to a  request for public comments designed to "weed out unnecessary and burdensome government regulations, which impose needless costs on consumers and substantially impede economic growth,"...the FAA received more than 300 comments.
- In January 1994, the FAA published a request for public comments.... [It] received more than 400 comments from 184 commenters.
- In August 1995, the FAA published its proposed plan for periodic regulatory reviews for comment.
- In May 1997, the FAA published its first request for comments under the three-year review program. The agency received 82 comments.
- In July 2000, the FAA began the second round of regulatory review under the three-year program. Some 476 comments were received and published.
- In February 2004, the FAA began its third round of regulatory reviews. It received 97 comments from 30 different commenters and
published results of the review in June 2007.
Don't misunderstand -- I'm not suggesting the FAA is always right; I'm just trying to close this loop and demonstrate this is not the first time the agency has asked the public to suggest outmoded rules.