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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
Selected subject index
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
Avoidance System on cargo aircraft. February 26, 1997.
of the FAA. March 20, 1997. Publication 105-13.
1, 1997. Publication 105–20. This was reauthorized in
section 711 of AIR 21.
ardous materials and cargo fire prevention issues. May
• 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-
277 (see pages 609 and 611 of House report 105–825).
Skies Alliance and on passenger profiling criteria. May
tion 134 of AIR 21.
on H.R. 3064 (Carry-on Baggage Reduction Act). June
tion 511 of AIR 21.
African aviation initiative of the Secretary of Transpor-
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.
ing on H.R. 3704 (Consumer Access to Travel Informa-
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
vote on July 28, 1997.
insurance program until September 30, 2002. The Com-
105–137, 111 Stat. 2640 (December 2, 1997).
lines to develop a family assistance program. The Com-
2681 (December 16, 1997).
the Pilot Records Improvement Act. The Committee ap-