General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994

Section 231(a)(2) of the Clean Air Act

Section 9514 of title 10, United States Code

Sections 5 and 6 of the Aviation Medical Assistance Act of 1998

Sections 1 and 2 of the Act of March 30, 1920

Sections 31 and 38 of title 18, United States Code

Section 5 of the Airport Security Improvement Act of 2000

Section 9 of the National Transportation Safety Board Amendments Act

of 2000

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The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is pleased to publish the latest version of the Compilation of Selected Aviation Laws. The compilation was first published in 1983 and has been revised periodically since then. The last revision was published in April 1997.

The laws included in this compilation reflect the variety of issues with which the Committee has dealt since receiving jurisdiction over civil aviation in 1975. While most of the economic aspects of the airline industry were deregulated in 1978, safety, security, and capacity enhancement continue to be important issues for the Committee and its Aviation Subcommittee. The United States has achieved a remarkably safe system. The laws contained in this compilation are designed to ensure that the safety record is maintained and that airport and airway capacity keeps pace with the increasing demand for air travel.

This compilation includes all the significant changes to aviation laws since the last one was published. It incorporates changes made in both the 105th and 106th Congress ending in December 2000. The highlight, of course, was the passage of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century, often known as AIR 21. That legislation unlocked the Airport and Airway Trust Fund so that the taxes that passengers, airlines, and pilots pay into the trust fund can actually be spent on aviation infrastructure improvements

During the 105th Congress, the Aviation Subcommittee under the leadership of Chairman John J. Duncan, Jr. and ranking Democratic member William O. Lipinski held 32 days of hearings on the following topics:

• Proposals to establish user fees for Federal Aviation Ad

ministration Services. February 5 and 13, 1997. Publica

tion 105–2.
• Requiring the installation of Traffic Alert and Collision

Avoidance System on cargo aircraft. February 26, 1997.
Publication 105–5. This was addressed in section 502 of

AIR 21.
• Coopers and Lybrand independent financial assessment

of the FAA. March 20, 1997. Publication 105-13.
• Reauthorization of the war risk insurance program. May

1, 1997. Publication 105–20. This was reauthorized in

section 711 of AIR 21.
• One year after the Valujet crash–FAA responses to haz-

ardous materials and cargo fire prevention issues. May
15, 1997. Publication 105–22.


• Medical kits on commercial airlines. May 21, 1997. Pub

lication 105–23. This was addressed in Public Law 105–

170. • Grounding of Great Lakes Aviation. June 5, 1997. Publi

cation 105–26. • International aviation bilateral agreements and code

sharing relationships, focusing on Japan. June 12, 1997.

Publication 105-28. • Market-based solutions to air service problems in me

dium-sized communities. June 25,1997. Publication 105–

30. This was addressed in subtitle A of title II of AIR 21. • Status of the investigation of the crash of TWA 800 and

the Death on the High Seas Act as it relates to aviation accidents. July 10, 1997. Publication 105–33. This was

addressed in section 404 of AIR 21. • Aviation relations between the United States and

France. July 31, 1997. Publication 105–35. • H.R. 991 (applying the Railway Labor Act to pilots en

gaged in flight operations outside the United States).

September 9, 1997. Publication 105–37. • H.R. 1454 (Community Flight Safety Act) relating to the

closure of flight service stations. September 30, 1997.

Publication 105–38. • Allegations of cost overruns and delays in the FAA's

Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). October 1,

1997. Publication 105–39. • H.R. 145 (restricting the use of foreign repair stations by

U.S. Airlines). October 9, 1997. Publication 105–41. This

should be addressed as result of section 734 of AIR 21. • Allegations of sexual harassment at the FAA. October

23, 1997. Publication 105–42. • Increasing number of mishaps on our nations runways.

November 13, 1997. Publication 105–47. This was ad

dressed in section 121 of AIR 21. • National park overflights. November 17, 1997. Publica

tion 105–48. This was addressed in title VIII of Air 21. • Issues related to stolen airline ticket stock from travel

agents. February 26, 1998. Publication 105–53. This was

addressed in a ĞAO report in July 1999. • FAA's modernization programs, focusing on the Stand

ard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS).

March 5, 1998. Publication 105–56. • Reauthorization of the FAA and the Airport Improve

ment Program (AIP) in light of the recommendations of the National Civil

Civil Aviation Review Commission (NCARC), focusing on the passenger facility charge (PFC) (March 12); on the FAA and the NCARC (March 18); on airports (March 19); and on airport users (March 25). March 12, 18, 19, and 25, 1998. Publication 105–57. These issues were addressed in AIR 21. Impact of recent alliances, international agreements, Department of Transportation (DOT) actions, and pending legislation on air fares, air service, and competition in the airline industry (including H.R. 2748, H.R. 3160,

H.R. 3179, and H.R. 3312). April 23 and 30, 1998. Publi-
cation 105–64. This was addressed in public law 105–

277 (see pages 609 and 611 of House report 105–825).
• Status of security efforts, focusing on the National Safe

Skies Alliance and on passenger profiling criteria. May
14, 1998. Publication 105-68. This was addressed in sec-

tion 134 of AIR 21.
• Problem of passenger interference with flight crews, and

on H.R. 3064 (Carry-on Baggage Reduction Act). June
11, 1998. Publication 105–73. This was addressed in sec-

tion 511 of AIR 21.
• H.R. 3741 (Aviation Bilateral Accountability Act); the

African aviation initiative of the Secretary of Transpor-
tation, and the European Commission's preliminary posi-
tion on two transatlantic alliances. July 30, 1998. Publi-

cation 105–78. • H.R. 1846 (relating to the FAA's emergency revocation of

FAA licenses). August 6, 1998. Publication 105–80. This

was addressed in section 716 of AIR 21.
• Issues of concern to the travel agent community, focus-

ing on H.R. 3704 (Consumer Access to Travel Informa-
tion Act); section 10 of H.R. 3160 (Airline Competition
and Lower Fares Act); the contention of unfair competi-
tive practices by airlines through the Scheduled Airline
Traffic Office (SATO); and commission overrides. Sep-
tember 10, 1998. Publication 105-82. Some of these may

be addressed as a result of section 228 of AIR 21. As a result of these hearings, the Subcommittee took the following actions:

• Approved H.R. 2005 (McDade), amending the Death on

the High Seas Act so that it would not apply to aviation
accidents. The Committee approved this bill on July 23,
1997 (H. Rept. 105–201). The House passed it by voice

vote on July 28, 1997.
• Approved H.R. 2036 (Shuster), extending the war risk

insurance program until September 30, 2002. The Com-
mittee approved this bill on July 23, 1997 (H. Rept. 105–
244). The House considered it on September 29 and No-
vember 13, 1997. A version extending the program until
December 31, 1998 was ultimately enacted. Public Law

105–137, 111 Stat. 2640 (December 2, 1997).
• Approved H.R. 2476 (Underwood), requiring foreign air-

lines to develop a family assistance program. The Com-
mittee approved this bill on October 29, 1997 (H. Rept.
105_371). The House passed it by voice vote on Novem-
ber 9, 1997 and it became Public Law 105–148, 111 Stat.

2681 (December 16, 1997).
• Approved H.R. 2626 (Duncan), clarifying provisions of

the Pilot Records Improvement Act. The Committee ap-
proved this bill on October 29, 1997 (H. Rept. 105–372).
The House passed it by voice vote on November 9, 1997
and it became Public Law 105–142, 111 Stat. 2650 (De-
cember 5, 1997).

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