S. 1994 (104th): Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 1996

Jul 26, 1996 (104th Congress, 1995–1996)
Died (Reported by Committee)
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H.R. 3539 (same title)
Signed by the President — Oct 09, 1996

Larry Pressler
Senator from South Dakota
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Last Updated
Jul 26, 1996
116 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 3539 (identical)

Signed by the President
Oct 09, 1996

H.R. 3037 (Related)
Rural Air Service Survival Act

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Mar 06, 1996


This bill was introduced on June 13, 1996, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Reported by Committee Jun 13, 1996
Introduced Jul 26, 1996
Full Title

An original bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to reauthorize programs of the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes.


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Title I - Reauthorization of FAA Programs Title II: Airport Improvement Program Modifications Title III: Extension of Airport and Airway Trust Fund Expenditure Authority Title IV: Miscellaneous Provisions Title V: Commercial Space Transportation Title VI: Air Traffic Management System Performance Improvement Act Subtitle A: General Provisions Subtitle B: Federal Aviation Administration Streamlining Programs Subtitle C: System to Fund Certain Federal Aviation Administration Functions Title VII: Pilot Records Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 1996
Title I - Reauthorization of FAA Programs
Amends the Airport and Airway Improvement Act of 1982 to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) through FY 1997.
Section 101 -
Makes permanent the limitation on funds that may be appropriated out of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund for airport improvement projects.
Section 102 -
Authorizes appropriations for FY 1997 for: (1) improvements to air navigation facilities; (2) research and development; and (3) airport planning and development programs. Decreases the FY 1996 appropriation for airport planning and development programs.
Section 105 -
Authorizes the Administrator of the FAA to transfer budget authority derived from trust funds among appropriations authorized for air navigation facilities and research and development.
Title II - Airport Improvement Program Modifications
Amends Federal aviation law to direct the Administrator to prescribe regulations to carry out up to ten pavement maintenance pilot projects to preserve and extend the useful life of airport runways, taxiways, and aprons.
Section 202 -
Sets forth on a sliding scale specified maximum percentages of airport planning and development grants that may be made available for projects at primary airports that have not less than .25 percent of the total passenger boardings in the United States.
Section 204 -
Reduces from 15 to ten at any time the number of current or former military airports that may receive airport improvement grant funds. Extends the authority for such grants through FY 1997.
Section 206 -
Makes it a condition for approval of a grant application for an airport development project that the airport owner or operator makes assurances that it will permit, to the maximum extent practicable, intercity buses or other modes of transportation to have access to the airport.
Title III - Extension of Airport and Airway Trust Fund Expenditure Authority
Amends the Internal Revenue Code to extend the expenditure authority of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund through FY 1997.
Title IV - Miscellaneous Provisions
Authorizes the Administrator, in carrying out various aviation programs, to purchase housing units outside the United States.
Section 403 -
Prohibits both the Administrator, and any agency receiving information from the Administrator, from disclosing voluntarily provided safety or security related information in certain circumstances.
Section 404 -
Authorizes the Administrator to require by regulation an employment investigation (including criminal history record check in certain circumstances) for employees who will be responsible for screening airline passengers and property.
Section 405 -
Requires the FAA Administrator, in amending title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, in a manner affecting intrastate aviation in Alaska, to: (1) consider the extent to which Alaska is not served by transportation modes other than aviation; and (2) establish appropriate regulatory distinctions.
Section 406 -
Expresses the sense of the Senate that there should be an immediate 18-month reinstatement of the aviation excise taxes to provide short-term funding for the FAA.
Section 407 -
Authorizes appropriations to the FAA for the purpose of addressing State-specific aviation safety problems identified by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
Section 408 -
Expresses the sense of the Senate that the exemption from certain excise taxes for emergency medical air transportation by helicopter should include emergency medical air transportation by fixed-wing aircraft.
Title V - Commercial Space Transportation
Amends Federal law to include reentry vehicles and launch and reentry operations within the scope of commercial space launch activities.
Title VI - Air Traffic Management System Performance Improvement Act
Air Traffic Management System Performance Improvement Act of 1996 -
Subtitle A - General Provisions
Amends the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 to delineate the powers and duties of the Administrator and the Secretary of Transportation with respect to the FAA.
Section 624 -
Authorizes the Administrator to issue, rescind, and revise regulations as necessary to carry out the FAA functions.
Prohibits the Administrator, without prior approval of the Secretary, from issuing a proposed or final regulation that is significant or is likely to result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $50 million or more in any year.
Requires the Administrator to review any unusually burdensome regulations, which would result in the annual expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $25 million or more (adjusted annually for inflation) in any year.
Section 625 -
Authorizes the Administrator to utilize personnel of other Federal agencies.
Section 630 -
Directs the Administrator to establish the Federal Aviation Management Advisory Council which shall: (1) provide advice and counsel to the Administrator on issues which affect or are affected by the Administrator's operations; and (2) function as an oversight resource for management, policy, spending, and regulatory matters.
Section 631 -
Requires the Administrator, in order to protect the public health and welfare from aircraft engine emissions, to prescribe air pollutant emission standards for aircraft engines.
Section 632 -
Directs the Secretary to conduct, and submit to a specified congressional committee, a rural air fare study.
Subtitle B - Federal Aviation Administration Streamlining Programs
Directs the FAA to employ outside experts to provide an independent evaluation of the effectiveness of its acquisition management system.
Section 652 -
Requires the Administrator to terminate air traffic control modernization programs funded under the Facilities and Equipment account, and to consider the termination of substantial acquisitions, that fail to meet specified established project criteria.
Section 653 -
Requires the Administrator to negotiate with the bargaining representatives of FAA employees in developing and making changes to the FAA personnel management system.
Subtitle C - System to Fund Certain Federal Aviation Administration Functions
Directs the Administrator to establish a schedule of new fees, and a collection process for such fees, for various FAA services.
Section 674 -
Directs the Administrator to provide for an independent assessment of the financial requirements of the FAA through 2002. Requires the Secretary to establish a task force to report on: (1) the FAA's budgetary requirements through FY 2002; and (2) recommendations to the Congress on ways the FAA can reduce costs, raise revenue, and accelerate modernization efforts.
Section 675 -
Sets forth congressional procedures for consideration of FAA funding proposals.
Section 677 -
Requires the multiyear appropriation (for not less than three years) of funds for Trust Fund activities.
Section 678 -
Rural Air Service Survival Act - Authorizes the availability of a specified amount of user fees collected under this Act for each fiscal year to carry out the essential air service program.
Authorizes the Secretary to require an eligible public agency that controls a commercial service airport to provide for basic essential (small community) air service matching funds of up to ten percent for any payments it receives under this Act. Transfers the essential air service program from the Secretary to the FAA Administrator.
Title VII - Pilot Records
Pilot Records Improvement Act of 1996 - Amends Federal aviation law to require air carriers to request and receive a pilot applicant's record for the previous five years with respect to: (1) current airman certificate, including any summaries of legal enforcement actions; (2) employment; and (3) motor vehicle driving record.
Section 702 -
Prohibits any Federal or State court action for defamation or invasion of privacy against any carrier or person with respect to the furnishing or use of such records according to the requirements of this Act.
Section 703 -
Directs the Administrator to appoint a task force to study the development of standards and criteria for: (1) preemployment screening of pilots; and (2) pilot training facilities.

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