Federal - HR 4441

Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act of 2016

Introduced

February 3, 2016

Description

A bill to transfer operation of air traffic services currently provided by the Federal Aviation Administration to a separate not-for-profit corporate entity, to reauthorize and streamline programs of the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes.

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  • Feb. 12, 2016 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Denham, (R-Calif.)Sessions, P. (R-Texas)
    Hanna, (R-N.Y.)Walters, (R-Calif.)
  • Feb. 11, 2016 — Transportation & Infrastructure Committee vote: FAA Reauthorization-Vote to Report
    Ordered reported favorably to the full House 32-26.

  • Feb. 11, 2016 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Manager's Amendment
      Bill Shuster, R-Pa. —

    Manager's amendment that would limit use of unmanned aerial vehicles near amusement parks and facilities, exempt Alaska air taxis from certain fees and make other changes to FAA regulations.

    Manager's amendment that would limit use of unmanned aerial vehicles near amusement parks and facilities, exempt Alaska air taxis from certain fees and make other changes to FAA regulations.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Passenger Facility Charge Revenue
      Bill Shuster, R-Pa. —

    Amendment that would clarify use of revenue from passenger facility charge at certain regional airports. It would allow the Transportation secretary to authorize a local airport to use a passenger facility charge to pay for an eligible construction project at an airport if that authority runs another airport where a $2 passenger facility fee took effect after the 2012 FAA reauthorization was enacted.

    Amendment that would clarify use of revenue from passenger facility charge at certain regional airports. It would allow the Transportation secretary to authorize a local airport to use a passenger facility charge to pay for an eligible construction project at an airport if that authority runs another airport where a $2 passenger facility fee took effect after the 2012 FAA reauthorization was enacted.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Airport and Airway Trust Fund Off Budget
      DeFazio, D-Ore. —

    Amendment that would exempt Airport and Airway Trust Fund from budget sequestration and order the FAA to make substantial changes in its personnel management system.

    Amendment that would exempt Airport and Airway Trust Fund from budget sequestration and order the FAA to make substantial changes in its personnel management system.

    Rejected 25-34.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — ATC Corporation Board Compensation
      John Duncan, R-Tenn. —

    Amendment that would require compensation of the members of the ATC Corporation board to be set in the corporation's bylaws and included in an annual financial report made publicly available.

    Amendment that would require compensation of the members of the ATC Corporation board to be set in the corporation's bylaws and included in an annual financial report made publicly available.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Electronic Cigarettes Ban
      Norton, D-D.C. —

    Amendment that would ban the use of electronic cigarettes on passenger flights.

    Amendment that would ban the use of electronic cigarettes on passenger flights.

    Adopted 33-26.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Cockpit Display
      Mica, R-Fla. —

    Amendment that would expand the definition of advanced cockpit technology to include synthetic vision systems and enhanced vision systems.

    Amendment that would expand the definition of advanced cockpit technology to include synthetic vision systems and enhanced vision systems.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Air Traffic Controllers' Annuities
      Mica, R-Fla. —

    Amendment that would require notification of air traffic controller annuitants of changes in benefits.

    Amendment that would require notification of air traffic controller annuitants of changes in benefits.

    Withdrawn.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Simulated Suborbital Flights
      Mica, R-Fla. —

    Amendment that would require licensing of experimental aircraft to provide simulated suborbital flight profiles for commercial space flights.

    Amendment that would require licensing of experimental aircraft to provide simulated suborbital flight profiles for commercial space flights.

    Withdrawn.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Family Travel Policies
      Nadler, D-N.Y. —

    Amendment that would require the Transportation secretary to issue regulations directing airlines to establish policies allowing family members to sit together on flights.

    Amendment that would require the Transportation secretary to issue regulations directing airlines to establish policies allowing family members to sit together on flights.

    Rejected 28-31.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Airport Improvement Funding Increase
      Barletta, R-Pa. —

    Amendment that would increase funding for the Airport Improvement Program by $1 billion over six years.

    Amendment that would increase funding for the Airport Improvement Program by $1 billion over six years.

    Adopted 47-12.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Passenger Facility Charge
      E. Johnson, D-Texas —

    Amendment that would allow airports to increase the Passenger Facility Charge from $4.50 to as much as $6.47 and allow the amount of the charge to be increased annually in line with increases in the Consumer Price Index.

    Amendment that would allow airports to increase the Passenger Facility Charge from $4.50 to as much as $6.47 and allow the amount of the charge to be increased annually in line with increases in the Consumer Price Index.

    Withdrawn.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Reagan National Airport Flights
    Farenthold, R-Texas —

    Amendment that would repeal the 1,250-mile limit on the length of nonstop flights to the Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.

    Amendment that would repeal the 1,250-mile limit on the length of nonstop flights to the Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.

    Withdrawn.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Reagan National Airport Nonstop Flights
      Farenthold, R-Texas —

    Amendment that would increase the limit on the length of nonstop flights to the Reagan National Airport from 1,250 miles to 1,425 miles.

    Amendment that would increase the limit on the length of nonstop flights to the Reagan National Airport from 1,250 miles to 1,425 miles.

    Withdrawn.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Flight Attendant Rest Periods
      Capuano, D-Mass. —

    Amendment that would require the Transportation secretary, within 30 days of the bill's enactment, to modify FAA rules on flight attendant duty to increase the mandatory rest period from 8 hours to 10 hours. It also would require air carriers to submit to the FAA administrator a fatigue risk management plans for flight attendants. It also would require carriers to update those plans every two years.

    Amendment that would require the Transportation secretary, within 30 days of the bill's enactment, to modify FAA rules on flight attendant duty to increase the mandatory rest period from 8 hours to 10 hours. It also would require air carriers to submit to the FAA administrator a fatigue risk management plans for flight attendants. It also would require carriers to update those plans every two years.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — ATC Corporate Board
    B. Gibbs, R-Ohio —

    Amendment that would require a representative of airport owners and operators to be on the board of the Air Traffic Control Corporation and rotate every two years.

    Amendment that would require a representative of airport owners and operators to be on the board of the Air Traffic Control Corporation and rotate every two years.

    Rejected by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Truckers' Rest Breaks
      Napolitano, D-Calif. —

    Amendment that would strike a provision to invalidate California's ;regulation requiring meal and rest breaks for truck drivers.

    Amendment that would strike a provision to invalidate California's ;regulation requiring meal and rest breaks for truck drivers.

    Rejected 27-31.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Congressional Approval of FAA Regulations
      Ribble, R-Wis. —

    Amendment that would require congressional approval of any FAA rule with an economic impact of $100 million or more.

    Amendment that would require congressional approval of any FAA rule with an economic impact of $100 million or more.

    Adopted 25-34.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Airport Improvement Projects
      D. Lipinski, D-Ill. —

    Amendment that would apply the same procurement standards to projects funded by the Airport Improvement Program and those funded by the Passenger Facility Charge.

    Amendment that would apply the same procurement standards to projects funded by the Airport Improvement Program and those funded by the Passenger Facility Charge.

    Withdrawn.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Prevailing Wage Rule
      Perry, R-Pa. —

    Amendment that would increase the project cost threshold for application of the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rule from $2,000 to $150,000 on airport development projects.

    Amendment that would increase the project cost threshold for application of the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage rule from $2,000 to $150,000 on airport development projects.

    Rejected 22-37.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reuthorization — Minimum Seat Size
      Cohen, D-Tenn. —

    Amendment that would require the Transportation secretary to establish minimum dimensions for seats on commercial aircraft to ensure passengers' health and safety.

    Amendment that would require the Transportation secretary to establish minimum dimensions for seats on commercial aircraft to ensure passengers' health and safety.

    Rejected 26-33.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Micro Unmanned Aircraft
      R. Davis, R-Ill. —

    Amendment that would create a classification of unmanned aircraft systems weighing no more 4.4 pounds that would be exempt from certain operation standards.

    Amendment that would create a classification of unmanned aircraft systems weighing no more 4.4 pounds that would be exempt from certain operation standards.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — En Bloc Amendments
      Adopt, en bloc, amendments by:* John Garamendi, D- Calif., that would add gate agents and ticket agents to the categories of airline employees protected from assault or intimidation which interferes with the performance of their duties.* Ryan A. Costello, R- Pa., amendment that would define "excessive tarmac delay" as three hours for a domestic flight and four hours for an international flight. When there is an excessive tarmac delay, passengers would have the option to deplane an aircraft and return to the airport terminal. * Mark Sanford, R- S.C., that would recognize community-based organizations as sponsors of hobby and recreational model aircraft flights not subject to certain FAA regulations.* Bob Gibbs, R- Ohio, that would clarify that permits for operations of unmanned aircraft systems can be granted to operators who do not have liability insurance.* Cresent Hardy, R- Nev., that would clarify that the FAA shall encourage use of its unmanned aircraft test ranges by aircraft equipped with beyond line-of-sight systems.* Cheri Bustos, D- Ill., that would expand veteran preference for jobs in airport development projects to include veterans who served in Afghanistan after 2014.* Elizabeth Esty, D- Conn., that would urge the aviation industry encourage women to pursue a career in aviation.* Barbara Comstock, R- Va., that would require the Transportation secretary to make a final investment decision by September 2016 for the implementation of a reduced oceanic separation system for transoceanic flights.* Garrett Graves, R- La., that would increase funding to $6 million for small community air service.* Julia Brownley, D- Calif., to increase civil penalties for violations of rules against drone operations in fire fighting airspace.* Ryan A. Costello, R- Pa., that would require emergency medical kits for children on commercial flights.* Rick Crawford, R- Ark., that would clarify the definition of a tower base or footing when determining the height of airport towers covered by FAA marking regulations. Adopt, en bloc, amendments by: * John Garamendi, D- Calif., that would add gate agents and ticket agents to the categories of airline employees protected from assault or intimidation which interferes with the performance of their duties. * Ryan A. Costello, R- Pa., amendment that would define "excessive tarmac delay" as three hours for a domestic flight and four hours for an international flight. When there is an excessive tarmac delay, passengers would have the option to deplane an aircraft and return to the airport terminal. * Mark Sanford, R- S.C., that would recognize community-based organizations as sponsors of hobby and recreational model aircraft flights not subject to certain FAA regulations. * Bob Gibbs, R- Ohio, that would clarify that permits for operations of unmanned aircraft systems can be granted to operators who do not have liability insurance. * Cresent Hardy, R- Nev., that would clarify that the FAA shall encourage use of its unmanned aircraft test ranges by aircraft equipped with beyond line-of-sight systems. * Cheri Bustos, D- Ill., that would expand veteran preference for jobs in airport development projects to include veterans who served in Afghanistan after 2014. * Elizabeth Esty, D- Conn., that would urge the aviation industry encourage women to pursue a career in aviation. * Barbara Comstock, R- Va., that would require the Transportation secretary to make a final investment decision by September 2016 for the implementation of a reduced oceanic separation system for transoceanic flights. * Garrett Graves, R- La., that would increase funding to $6 million for small community air service. * Julia Brownley, D- Calif., to increase civil penalties for violations of rules against drone operations in fire fighting airspace. * Ryan A. Costello, R- Pa., that would require emergency medical kits for children on commercial flights. * Rick Crawford, R- Ark., that would clarify the definition of a tower base or footing when determining the height of airport towers covered by FAA marking regulations. Adopted (en bloc) by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Secondary Cockpit Barriers
      Carson, D-Ind. —

    Amendment that would require installation of secondary cockpit barriers on commercial aircraft no later than one year after the bill's enactment.

    Amendment that would require installation of secondary cockpit barriers on commercial aircraft no later than one year after the bill's enactment.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Private Plane Ride Sharing
      Sanford, R-S.C. —

    Amendment that would allow pilots of private aircraft to advertise ride-sharing flights in which pilots split the cost of operating the aircraft with passengers.

    Amendment that would allow pilots of private aircraft to advertise ride-sharing flights in which pilots split the cost of operating the aircraft with passengers.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Airplane Evacuation Tests
      Hahn, D-Calif. —

    Amendment that would require air carriers to conduct emergency evacuation tests on airplanes with a seat pitch of 28 inches.

    Amendment that would require air carriers to conduct emergency evacuation tests on airplanes with a seat pitch of 28 inches.

    Rejected 26-33.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — National Security Matters
      Rokita, R-Ind. —

    Amendment that would require unanimous votes by the board of the new air traffic control corporation on matters pertaining to access to airspace, on fees and charges for use of airspace and temporary changes in access to airspace due to national security reasons. It also would require that compensation be paid to any entity or aviation industry segment adversely affected by temporary changes in access to airspace due to national security reasons.

    Amendment that would require unanimous votes by the board of the new air traffic control corporation on matters pertaining to access to airspace, on fees and charges for use of airspace and temporary changes in access to airspace due to national security reasons. It also would require that compensation be paid to any entity or aviation industry segment adversely affected by temporary changes in access to airspace due to national security reasons.

    Rejected 27-32.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Airport Tax Revenue
      Cohen, D-Tenn. —

    Amendment that would require that revenue derived from taxes imposed at airports be used exclusively for airport improvements.

    Amendment that would require that revenue derived from taxes imposed at airports be used exclusively for airport improvements.

    Withdrawn.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Human Trafficking
      Brownley, D-Calif. —

    Amendment that would require air carriers to train ticket counter agents, gate agents and other employees to recognize and respond to potential human trafficking victims.

    Amendment that would require air carriers to train ticket counter agents, gate agents and other employees to recognize and respond to potential human trafficking victims.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — ATC Fee Schedule
      Babin, R-Texas —

    Amendment that would block fees imposed by the board of the Air Traffic Control Corporation from going into effect if Congress passes, and the president signs, a joint resolution disapproving the fee schedule.

    Amendment that would block fees imposed by the board of the Air Traffic Control Corporation from going into effect if Congress passes, and the president signs, a joint resolution disapproving the fee schedule.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Lithium Ion Batteries
      DeFazio, D-Ore. —

    Amendment that would allow the FAA to regulate the transport of lithium ion batteries on aircraft.

    Amendment that would allow the FAA to regulate the transport of lithium ion batteries on aircraft.

    Rejected 25-33.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Unmanned Aircraft Registration
      Garamendi, D-Calif. —

    Amendment that would require the FAA to implement a point-of-sale registration system for unmanned aircraft systems.

    Amendment that would require the FAA to implement a point-of-sale registration system for unmanned aircraft systems.

    Rejected by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — DC Heliport Operations
      Norton, D-D.C. —

    Amendment that would require the FAA administrator to issue regulations to re-open commercial helicopter operations within the Washington, D.C. restricted flight zone.

    Amendment that would require the FAA administrator to issue regulations to re-open commercial helicopter operations within the Washington, D.C. restricted flight zone.

    Rejected by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Mosquito Eradication
      Curbelo, R-Fla. —

    Amendment that would exempt public unmanned aircraft systems used in mosquito eradication from line of sight requirements.

    Amendment that would exempt public unmanned aircraft systems used in mosquito eradication from line of sight requirements.

    Withdrawn.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Space Launch Facilities Insurance Requirements
      Comstock, R-Va. —

    Amendment that would allow the FAA to issue or update insurance requirements for commercial space launch facilities.

    Amendment that would allow the FAA to issue or update insurance requirements for commercial space launch facilities.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Family Leave Parity For Railroad Workers
      Capuano, D-Mass. —

    Amendment that would apply provisions of the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act to railroad workers.

    Amendment that would apply provisions of the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act to railroad workers.

    Withdrawn.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Refugee Transport
      Farenthold, R-Texas —

    Amendment that would ban air carriers from transporting refugees into the United States for three years after the bill's enactment.

    Amendment that would ban air carriers from transporting refugees into the United States for three years after the bill's enactment.

    Rejected by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — State And Local Taxes
      Napolitano, D-Calif. —

    Amendment that would clarify that although aviation fuel excise tax revenue must be spent on airports, state and local governments can spend their general sales tax revenues as they choose.

    Amendment that would clarify that although aviation fuel excise tax revenue must be spent on airports, state and local governments can spend their general sales tax revenues as they choose.

    Rejected by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — ATC Corporation Board
      B. Gibbs, R-Ohio —

    Amendment that would require that an individual appointed by the shared aircraft industry serve on the nominating membership of the ATC Corporation.

    Amendment that would require that an individual appointed by the shared aircraft industry serve on the nominating membership of the ATC Corporation.

    Withdrawn.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — State Standards For Airport Construction
      D. Lipinski, D-Ill. —

    Amendment that would allow state standards to be used in the construction of runways and other airport infrastructure.

    Amendment that would allow state standards to be used in the construction of runways and other airport infrastructure.

    Withdrawn.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Height Of Structures Near Airports
      Cohen, D-Tenn. —

    Amendment that would require the FAA to go through the rulemaking process and do a cost-benefit analysis on its rules regarding the height of structures such as microwave towers and wind turbines built near airports which create a safety risk.

    Amendment that would require the FAA to go through the rulemaking process and do a cost-benefit analysis on its rules regarding the height of structures such as microwave towers and wind turbines built near airports which create a safety risk.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Zero-Emission Airport Vehicles
      Sanford, R-S.C. —

    Amendment that would repeal a zero-emission airport vehicle and infrastructure pilot program that was created in 2012.

    Amendment that would repeal a zero-emission airport vehicle and infrastructure pilot program that was created in 2012.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Consumer Complaint Hotline
      Hahn, D-Calif. —

    Amendment that would require airlines to display the Transportation Department's consumer complaint hotline telephone number in a prominent place on their website's homepage.

    Amendment that would require airlines to display the Transportation Department's consumer complaint hotline telephone number in a prominent place on their website's homepage.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Complaint Process For ATC Board Decisions
      Rokita, R-Ind. —

    Amendment that would allow an individual, company or representative of an aviation segment to file a complaint with an administrative law judge in cases where the board of the ATC Corporation denies access to airspace. The burden of proof would be on the board. Compensation and damages would be awarded if the judge rules in favor of the complainant.

    Amendment that would allow an individual, company or representative of an aviation segment to file a complaint with an administrative law judge in cases where the board of the ATC Corporation denies access to airspace. The burden of proof would be on the board. Compensation and damages would be awarded if the judge rules in favor of the complainant.

    Withdrawn.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Unmanned Aircraft Commercial Cargo Flights
      Perry, R-Pa. —

    Amendment that would require the Transportation secretary, not later than one year after the bill's enactment, to issue a final rule authorizing the carrying of cargo by small unmanned aircraft systems.

    Amendment that would require the Transportation secretary, not later than one year after the bill's enactment, to issue a final rule authorizing the carrying of cargo by small unmanned aircraft systems.

    Adopted 36-22.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — FAA Property Transfer
      DeFazio, D-Ore. —

    Amendment that would require the ATC Corporation to pay the federal government fair market value for FAA property, facilities and assets that are transferred to it.

    Amendment that would require the ATC Corporation to pay the federal government fair market value for FAA property, facilities and assets that are transferred to it.

    Rejected 24-34.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — UAS Manufacturers' Representative
      Sanford, R-S.C. —

    Amendment that would require a representative of the unmanned aerial systems industry to be a member of the ATC Cporation's advisory board.

    Amendment that would require a representative of the unmanned aerial systems industry to be a member of the ATC Cporation's advisory board.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Aircraft Lavatories
      D. Lipinski, D-Ill. —

    Amendment that would prohibit airlines from charging passengers a fee for the use of aircraft lavatories and prohibit airlines from charging a change fee if a passenger switches to different flight because the aircraft lacked an adequate number of functioning lavatories at the time of boarding.

    Amendment that would prohibit airlines from charging passengers a fee for the use of aircraft lavatories and prohibit airlines from charging a change fee if a passenger switches to different flight because the aircraft lacked an adequate number of functioning lavatories at the time of boarding.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — FAA Procurement Report
      D. Lipinski, D-Ill. —

    Amendment that would require the FAA administrator to submit an annual report to Congress on FAA purchases of materials and supplies manufactured by companies outside the United States.

    Amendment that would require the FAA administrator to submit an annual report to Congress on FAA purchases of materials and supplies manufactured by companies outside the United States.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Buy America Waivers
      D. Lipinski, D-Ill. —

    Amendment that would require the Transportation secretary to publish an explanation of waivers granted from the Buy America rules in the Airport Improvement Program.

    Amendment that would require the Transportation secretary to publish an explanation of waivers granted from the Buy America rules in the Airport Improvement Program.

    Withdrawn.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Late Bags
      D. Lipinski, D-Ill. —

    Amendment that would require airlines to deliver late passenger luggage within 12 hours.

    Amendment that would require airlines to deliver late passenger luggage within 12 hours.

    Withdrawn.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Disclosure Of Base Airfare, Taxes And Fees
      Curbelo, R-Fla. —

    Amendment that would allow airlines to advertise a base airfare as well as the government taxes and fees that are part of the total cost of each passenger ticket.

    Amendment that would allow airlines to advertise a base airfare as well as the government taxes and fees that are part of the total cost of each passenger ticket.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Drone Use For Insurance Surveys
      Curbelo, R-Fla. —

    Amendment that would suspend certain restrictions on use of unmanned aircraft systems, allowing them to be used for insurance purposes in areas hit by natural disasters such as hurricanes.

    Amendment that would suspend certain restrictions on use of unmanned aircraft systems, allowing them to be used for insurance purposes in areas hit by natural disasters such as hurricanes.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Consumer Protection Advisory Committee
      Ribble, R-Wis. —

    Amendment that would add a representative of independent distributors of travel to a Department of Transportation advisory board on consumer protection.

    Amendment that would add a representative of independent distributors of travel to a Department of Transportation advisory board on consumer protection.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reuthorization — Climate Change
      Huffman, D-Calif. —

    Amendment that would direct the FAA administrator to exercise leadership in establishing an international approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes.

    Amendment that would direct the FAA administrator to exercise leadership in establishing an international approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes.

    Rejected 28-30.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Regional Airports
      Nolan, D-Minn. —

    Amendment that would allow state departments of transportation to carry out certain construction projects at regional airports if they are in compliance with FAA regulations.

    Amendment that would allow state departments of transportation to carry out certain construction projects at regional airports if they are in compliance with FAA regulations.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Reflective Paint On Runway Lines
      Barletta, R-Pa. —

    Amendment that would require a study of the durability of certain types of glass beads in reflective paint on lines on airport runways.

    Amendment that would require a study of the durability of certain types of glass beads in reflective paint on lines on airport runways.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Airport Modernization Funds
      Webster, R-Fla. —

    Amendment that would streamline the application process for airport modernization projects using money from the Passenger Facility Charge.

    Amendment that would streamline the application process for airport modernization projects using money from the Passenger Facility Charge.

    Adopted 55-3.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Charter Airline Pilots Fatigue Study
      Costello, R-Pa. —

    Amendment that would require a study of fatigue and rest period rules for pilots of Part 135 charter aircraft.

    Amendment that would require a study of fatigue and rest period rules for pilots of Part 135 charter aircraft.

    Withdrawn.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Pilots Unions
    B. Gibbs, R-Ohio —

    Amendment that would require rotating membership of individuals appointed by airline pilots unions to serve on the Nominating Membership of the ATC Corporation.

    Amendment that would require rotating membership of individuals appointed by airline pilots unions to serve on the Nominating Membership of the ATC Corporation.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — En Bloc Amendments
      S. Graves, R-Mo. — Adopt, en bloc, amendments by:* Todd Rokita, R-Ind., that would require the FAA to have a sufficient number of pilot examiners in all regions of the country to perform check rides and re-certifications in a timely manner and ensure that the process does not disadvantage experienced pilots.* Rokita, that would require that the FAA Oklahoma City aircraft registry office remain open during any government shutdown.* Rokita, that would require the FAA administrator to report on the sufficiency of inspectors in its natural resource programs.* Sam Graves, R- Mo., that would require the nominating membership of the Air Traffic Control Corporation to include an individual appointed by organizations representing the general aviation aircraft industry and an individual appointed by the aerospace manufacturers organization.* Graves, that would require the ATC Corporation to submit biennial reports to Congress on the state of air traffic control services including information on access to airports and services for all users, including rural access. Adopt, en bloc, amendments by: * Todd Rokita, R-Ind., that would require the FAA to have a sufficient number of pilot examiners in all regions of the country to perform check rides and re-certifications in a timely manner and ensure that the process does not disadvantage experienced pilots. * Rokita, that would require that the FAA Oklahoma City aircraft registry office remain open during any government shutdown. * Rokita, that would require the FAA administrator to report on the sufficiency of inspectors in its natural resource programs. * Sam Graves, R- Mo., that would require the nominating membership of the Air Traffic Control Corporation to include an individual appointed by organizations representing the general aviation aircraft industry and an individual appointed by the aerospace manufacturers organization. * Graves, that would require the ATC Corporation to submit biennial reports to Congress on the state of air traffic control services including information on access to airports and services for all users, including rural access. Adopted (en bloc) by voice vote.

    Feb. 11, 2016 — Committee Vote: FAA Reauthorization — Vote to Report

    Authorize spending for seven years, from fiscal 2016 through fiscal 2022, for Federal Aviation Administration programs.

    The bill would authorize $25 billion for airport planning and development and noise compatibility.

    It would authorize $13.4 billion fiscal 2016 through fiscal 2022 for FAA operations, $32.5 billion from fiscal 2016 through fiscal 2019 for FAA salaries, operations, and maintenance.

    The bill would create a not-for-profit corporate entity called the ATC Corporation to handle the operation of air traffic control services.

    Under the bill, the ATC would take over air traffic control operations from the FAA beginning Oct. 1, 2019.

    The debt issued by the corporation would not have an implied or explicit Federal guarantee.

    The ATC Corporation would be required to publish an annual report containing its financial and operational performance information.

    The ATC Corporation would be run by a board composed of:

    • A chief executive officer.
    • Two directors appointed by the Transportation secretary.
    • Four directors nominated by a nominating member appointed by the organization representing major air carriers.
    • Two directors nominated by a nominating member appointed by the organization representing noncommercial owners and recreational operators of general aviation aircraft.
    • One director nominated by a nominating member appointed by the air traffic controllers union.
    • One director nominated by a nominating member appointed by the largest airline pilots union.

    The bill would empower the corporation to collect charges and fees for air traffic services.

    It also would require the FAA administrator to establish risk-based procedures for issuing permits for operation of unmanned aircraft systems by private individuals or companies.

    The bill also would set requirements for the operation of public unmanned aircraft systems by government agencies.

    The measure also would:

    • Require the FAA administrator to establish performance objectives for certification of aircraft.
    • Require airlines to refund fees for bags delayed more than 24 hours on domestic flights.
    • Ban the use of cell phones for in-flight voice communications on passenger flights.
    • Require large and medium airports to provide rooms in every terminal for nursing mothers.
    • Require airlines to notify families, before tickets are booked, if family members are assigned separated seats.
    • Continue to allow shipment of lithium ion batteries but encourage training programs at foreign locations from which cargo shipments of lithium ion batteries originate for manufacturers and shippers.
    • Preempt meal and rest break laws set by some states for truck drivers.

    As amended, the bill would:

    • Require that the ATC Corporation's annual report disclose the compensation of the CEO, each director on the board and the officers of the corporation.
    • Allow a congressional vote of disapproval of fees imposed by the ATC Corporation.
    • Require secondary cockpit barriers on new commercial passenger aircraft.
    • Require a minimum of 10-hour rest periods for flight attendants.
    • Ban the use of electronic cigarettes or devices that deliver nicotine or other substances in the form of a vapor on passenger flights.
    • Create a classification of "micro UAS" unmanned aircraft systems weighing no more 4.4 pounds that would be exempt from certain operation and airworthiness standards.
    • Require the Transportation secretary to issue a final rule authorizing the carrying of cargo by small unmanned aircraft systems.

    Authorize spending for seven years, from fiscal 2016 through fiscal 2022, for Federal Aviation Administration programs.

    The bill would authorize $25 billion for airport planning and development and noise compatibility.

    It would authorize $13.4 billion fiscal 2016 through fiscal 2022 for FAA operations, $32.5 billion from fiscal 2016 through fiscal 2019 for FAA salaries, operations, and maintenance.

    The bill would create a not-for-profit corporate entity called the ATC Corporation to handle the operation of air traffic control services.

    Under the bill, the ATC would take over air traffic control operations from the FAA beginning Oct. 1, 2019.

    The debt issued by the corporation would not have an implied or explicit Federal guarantee.

    The ATC Corporation would be required to publish an annual report containing its financial and operational performance information.

    The ATC Corporation would be run by a board composed of:

    • A chief executive officer.
    • Two directors appointed by the Transportation secretary.
    • Four directors nominated by a nominating member appointed by the organization representing major air carriers.
    • Two directors nominated by a nominating member appointed by the organization representing noncommercial owners and recreational operators of general aviation aircraft.
    • One director nominated by a nominating member appointed by the air traffic controllers union.
    • One director nominated by a nominating member appointed by the largest airline pilots union.
    • The bill would empower the corporation to collect charges and fees for air traffic services.

      It also would require the FAA administrator to establish risk-based procedures for issuing permits for operation of unmanned aircraft systems by private individuals or companies.

      The bill also would set requirements for the operation of public unmanned aircraft systems by government agencies.

      The measure also would:

    • Require the FAA administrator to establish performance objectives for certification of aircraft.
    • Require airlines to refund fees for bags delayed more than 24 hours on domestic flights.
    • Ban the use of cell phones for in-flight voice communications on passenger flights.
    • Require large and medium airports to provide rooms in every terminal for nursing mothers.
    • Require airlines to notify families, before tickets are booked, if family members are assigned separated seats.
    • Continue to allow shipment of lithium ion batteries but encourage training programs at foreign locations from which cargo shipments of lithium ion batteries originate for manufacturers and shippers.
    • Preempt meal and rest break laws set by some states for truck drivers.
    • As amended, the bill would:

    • Require that the ATC Corporation's annual report disclose the compensation of the CEO, each director on the board and the officers of the corporation.
    • Allow a congressional vote of disapproval of fees imposed by the ATC Corporation.
    • Require secondary cockpit barriers on new commercial passenger aircraft.
    • Require a minimum of 10-hour rest periods for flight attendants.
    • Ban the use of electronic cigarettes or devices that deliver nicotine or other substances in the form of a vapor on passenger flights.
    • Create a classification of "micro UAS" unmanned aircraft systems weighing no more 4.4 pounds that would be exempt from certain operation and airworthiness standards.
    • Require the Transportation secretary to issue a final rule authorizing the carrying of cargo by small unmanned aircraft systems.
    • Ordered reported favorably to the full House 32-26.

  • Feb. 10, 2016 — Full committee hearing held by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

  • Feb. 3, 2016 — Original cosponsor(s): 1

    LoBiondo, (R-N.J.)
  • Feb. 3, 2016 — Read twice and referred to: House Transportation and Infrastructure.Congressional Record p. H566