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SEC. 304. (49 U.S.C. 44505 note) PILOT PROGRAM TO PERMIT COST.
SHARING OF AIR TRAFFIC MODERNIZATION PROJECTS. (a) PURPOSE.—It is the purpose of this section to improve aviation safety and enhance mobility of the Nation's air transportation system by encouraging non-Federal investment on a pilot program basis in critical air traffic control facilities and equipment.
(b) IN GENERAL. Subject to the requirements of this section, the Secretary shall carry out a pilot program under which the Secretary may make grants to project sponsors for not more than 10 eligible projects.
(c) FEDERAL SHARE.--The Federal share of the cost of an eligible project carried out under the program shall not exceed 33 percent. The non-Federal share of the cost of an eligible project shall be provided from non-Federal sources, including revenues collected pursuant to section 40117 of title 49, United States Code.
(d) LIMITATION ON GRANT AMOUNTS.-No eligible project may receive more than $15,000,000 under the program.
(e) FUNDING.—The Secretary shall use amounts appropriated under section 48101(a) of title 49, United States Code, for fiscal years 2001 through 2003 to carry out the program.
(f) DEFINITIONS.—In this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) ELIGIBLE PROJECT.—The term “eligible project” means a project relating to the Nation's air traffic control system that
certified or approved by the Administrator and that promotes safety, efficiency, or mobility. Such projects may include
(A) airport-specific air traffic facilities and equipment, including local area augmentation systems, instrument landings systems, weather and wind shear detection equipment, lighting improvements, and control towers;
(B) automation tools to effect improvements in airport capacity, including passive final approach spacing tools and traffic management advisory equipment; and
(C) facilities and equipment that enhance airspace control procedures, including consolidation of terminal radar control facilities and equipment, or assist in en route surveillance, including oceanic and offshore flight tracking.
(2) PROJECT SPONSOR.—The term "project sponsor" means a public-use airport or a joint venture between a public-use airport and one or more air carriers.
(g) TRANSFERS OF EQUIPMENT.-Notwithstanding any other provision of law, project sponsors may transfer, without consideration, to the Federal Aviation Administration, facilities, equipment, and automation tools, the purchase of which was assisted by a grant made under this section. The Administration shall accept such facilities, equipment, and automation tools, which shall thereafter be operated and maintained by the Administration in accordance with criteria of the Administration.
(h) GUIDELINES.-Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall issue advisory guidelines on the implementation of the program.
TITLE VI-TRANSFER OF AERONAUTICAL CHARTING ACTIVITY
SEC. 607. [49 U.S.C. 44721 note] PROCUREMENT OF PRIVATE ENTER
PRISE MAPPING, CHARTING, AND GEOGRAPHIC INFORMA
TION SYSTEMS. The Administrator shall consider procuring mapping, charting, and geographic information systems necessary to carry out the duties of the Administrator under title 49, United States Code, from private enterprises, if the Administrator determines that such procurement furthers the mission of the Federal Aviation Administration and is cost effective.
(c) (49 U.S.C. 41705 note] ESTABLISHMENT OF HIGHER INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS.—The Secretary shall work with appropriate international organizations and the aviation authorities of other nations to bring about the establishment of higher standards for accommodating handicapped passengers in air transportation, particularly with respect to foreign air carriers that code-share with air carriers.
SEC. 726. (49 U.S.C. 47508 note] STANDARDS FOR AIRCRAFT AND AIR
CRAFT ENGINES TO REDUCE NOISE LEVELS. (a) DEVELOPMENT OF NEW STANDARDS.—The Secretary shall continue to work to develop through the International Civil Aviation Organization new performance standards for aircraft and aircraft engines that will lead to a further reduction in aircraft noise levels.
(b) GOALS TO BE CONSIDERED IN DEVELOPING NEW STANDARDS.—In negotiating standards under subsection (a), the Secretary shall give high priority to developing standards that
(1) are performance based and can be achieved by use of a full range of certifiable noise reduction technologies;
(2) protect the useful economic value of existing Stage 3 aircraft in the United States fleet;
(3) ensure that United States air carriers and aircraft engine and hushkit manufacturers are not competitively disadvantaged;
(4) use dynamic economic modeling capable of determining impacts on all aircraft in service in the United States fleet; and
(5) continue the use of a balanced approach to address aircraft environmental issues, taking into account aircraft technology, land use planning, economic feasibility, and airspace operational improvements.
(C) ANNUAL REPORT.-Not later than July 1, 2000, and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall transmit to Congress a report regarding the application of new standards or technologies to reduce aircraft noise levels.
SEC. 732. [49 U.S.C. 44701 note) REGULATION OF ALASKA GUIDE PI.
LOTS. (a) IN GENERAL.—Beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, flight operations conducted by Alaska guide pilots shall be regulated under the general operating and flight rules contained in part 91 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations. (b) RULEMAKING PROCEEDING.
(1) IN GENERAL.- The Administrator shall conduct a rulemaking proceeding and issue a final rule to modify the general operating and flight rules referred to in subsection (a) by establishing special rules applicable to the flight operations conducted by Alaska guide pilots.
(2) CONTENTS OF RULES.-A final rule issued by the Administrator under paragraph (1) shall require Alaska guide pilots
(A) to operate aircraft inspected no less often than after 125 hours of flight time;
(B) to participate in an annual flight_review, as described in section 61.56 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations;
(C) to have at least 500 hours of flight time as a pilot;
(D) to have a commercial rating, as described in subpart F of part 61 of such title;
(E) to hold at least a second-class medical certificate, as described in subpart C of part 67 of such title;
(F) to hold a current letter of authorization issued by the Administrator; and
(G) to take such other actions as the Administrator determines necessary for safety.
(3) CONSIDERATION.—In making a determination to impose a requirement under paragraph (2)(G), the Administrator shall take into account the unique conditions associated with air travel in the State of Alaskā to ensure that such requirements are not unduly burdensome.
(c) DEFINITIONS.—In this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) LETTER OF AUTHORIZATION.—The term "letter of authorization” means a letter issued by the Administrator once every 5 years to an Alaska guide pilot certifying that the pilot is in compliance with general operating and flight rules applicable to the pilot. In the case of a multi-pilot operation, at the election of the operating entity, a letter of authorization may be issued by the Administrator to the entity or to each Alaska guide pilot employed by the entity.
(2) ALASKA GUIDE PILOT.—The term “Alaska guide pilot” means a pilot who—
(A) conducts aircraft operations over or within the State of Alaska;
(B) operates single engine, fixed-wing aircraft on floats, wheels, or skis, providing commercial hunting, fishing, or other guide services and
related accommodations in the form of camps or lodges; and
(C) transports clients by such aircraft incidental to
hunting, fishing, or other guide services. SEC. 737. (49 U.S.C. 47106 note) COMPLIANCE WITH REQUIREMENTS.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, in order to avoid unnecessary duplication of expense and effort, the Secretary may authorize the use, in whole or in part, of a completed environmental assessment or environmental impact study for new construction projects on the air operations area of an airport, if the completed assessment or study was for a project at the airport that is substantially similar in nature to the new project. Any such authorized use shall meet all requirements of Federal law for the completion of such an assessment or study.
SEC. 740. (10 U.S.C. 2576 note) AUTHORITY TO SELL AIRCRAFT AND
AIRCRAFT PARTS FOR USE IN RESPONDING TO OIL
(1) SALE OF AIRCRAFT AND AIRCRAFT PARTS.-Notwithstanding subchapter II of chapter 5 of title 40, United States Code, and subject to subsections (b) and (c), the Secretary of Defense may sell aircraft and aircraft parts referred to in paragraph (2) to a person or entity that provides oil spill response services (including the application of oil dispersants by air) pursuant to an oil spill response plan that has been approved by the Secretary of the Department in which the Coast Guard is operating.
(2) AIRCRAFT AND AIRCRAFT PARTS THAT MAY BE SOLD.The aircraft and aircraft parts that may be sold under paragraph (1) are aircraft and aircraft parts of the Department of Defense that are determined by the Secretary of Defense to be
(A) excess to the needs of the Department; and
(B) acceptable for commercial sale. (b) CONDITIONS OF SALE.-Aircraft and aircraft parts sold under subsection (a)
(1) shall have as their primary purpose usage for oil spill spotting, observation, and dispersant delivery and may not have any secondary purpose that would interfere with oil spill response efforts under an oil spill response plan; and
(2) may not be flown outside of or removed from the United States except for the purpose of fulfilling an international agreement to assist in oil spill dispersing efforts, for immediate response efforts for an oil spill outside United States waters that has the potential to threaten United States waters, or for other purposes that are jointly approved by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security.
(c) CERTIFICATION OF PERSONS AND ENTITIES.—The Secretary of Defense may sell aircraft and aircraft parts to a person or entity under subsection (a) only if the Secretary of Homeland Security certifies to the Secretary of Defense, in writing, before the sale, that the person or entity is capable of meeting the terms and conditions of a contract to deliver oil spill dispersants by air, and that the overall system to be employed by that person or entity for the delivery and application of oil spill dispersants has been sufficiently tested to ensure that the person or entity is capable of being included in an oil spill response plan that has been approved by the Secretary of the Department in which the Coast Guard is operating (d) REGULATIONS.—
(1) ISSUANCE.-As soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Administrator of General Services, shall prescribe regulations relating to the sale of aircraft and aircraft parts under this section. (2) CONTENTS.The regulations shall
(A) ensure that the sale of the aircraft and aircraft parts is made at a fair market value, as determined by the Secretary of Defense, and, to the extent practicable, on a competitive basis;
(B) require a certification by the purchaser that the aircraft and aircraft parts will be used only in accordance with the conditions set forth in subsection (b);
(C) establish appropriate means of verifying and enforcing the use of the aircraft and aircraft parts by the purchaser and other operators in accordance with the conditions set forth in subsection (b) or pursuant to subsection (e); and
(D) ensure, to the maximum extent practicable, that the Secretary of Defense consults with the Administrator of General Services and with the heads of appropriate departments and agencies of the Federal Government regarding alternative requirements for such aircraft and aircraft parts before the sale of such aircraft and aircraft
parts under this section. (e) ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS.—The Secretary of Defense may require such other terms and conditions in connection with each sale of aircraft and aircraft parts under this section as the Secretary considers appropriate for such sale. Such terms and conditions shall meet the requirements of regulations prescribed under subsection (d).
(f) REPORT.-Not later than March 31, 2006, the Secretary of Defense shall transmit to the Committees on Armed Services and Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committees on National Security and Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives a report on the Secretary's exercise of authority under this section. The report shall set forth
(1) the number and types of aircraft sold under the authority, and the terms and conditions under which the aircraft were sold;
(2) the persons or entities to which the aircraft were sold; and
(3) an accounting of the current use of the aircraft sold.