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Text of the Airplane Emergency Locator Act

This bill was introduced on January 6, 1999, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jan 6, 1999 (Introduced).

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HR 267 IH

106th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 267

To amend title 49, United States Code, relating to the installation of emergency locator transmitters on aircraft.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 6, 1999

Mr. SHAYS (for himself, Mr. GEJDENSON, Mrs. JOHNSON of Connecticut, Ms. DELAURO, Mr. MALONEY of Connecticut, Mr. LARSON, and Mr. NEAL of Massachusetts) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure


A BILL

To amend title 49, United States Code, relating to the installation of emergency locator transmitters on aircraft.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Airplane Emergency Locator Act’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    Congress makes the following findings:

      (1) On December 24, 1996, a plane piloted by Johan Schwartz and Patrick Hayes disappeared near Lebanon, New Hampshire.

      (2) An extensive search was conducted by the States of New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, New York, Maine, and Massachusetts, in cooperation with the Federal Government, in an unsuccessful effort to locate the plane and any survivors.

      (3) The plane was not required under law to carry an emergency locator transmitter.

      (4) Emergency locator transmitters have been found to be very helpful in locating downed aircraft and saving lives.

SEC. 3. AIRPLANE EMERGENCY LOCATORS.

    (a) REQUIREMENT- Section 44712(b) of title 49, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

    ‘(b) NONAPPLICATION- Subsection (a) does not apply to aircraft when used in--

      ‘(1) scheduled flights by scheduled air carriers holding certificates issued by the Secretary of Transportation under subpart II of this part;

      ‘(2) training operations conducted entirely within a 50-mile radius of the airport from which the training operations begin;

      ‘(3) flight operations related to the design and testing, manufacture, preparation, and delivery of aircraft;

      ‘(4) showing compliance with regulations;

      ‘(5) an exhibition or air racing; or

      ‘(6) the aerial application of a substance for an agricultural purpose.’.

    (b) COMPLIANCE- Section 44712 is amended by redesignating subsection (c) as subsection (d) and by inserting after subsection (b) the following:

    ‘(c) COMPLIANCE- An aircraft is deemed to meet the requirement of subsection (a) if it is equipped with an emergency locator transmitter that transmits on the 121.5/243 megahertz frequency or the 406 megahertz frequency, or with other equipment approved by the Secretary for meeting the requirement of subsection (a).’.

    (c) EFFECTIVE DATE; REGULATIONS-

      (1) REGULATIONS- The Secretary of Transportation shall promulgate regulations to carry out section 44712(b) of title 49, United States Code, as amended by this section not later than January 1, 2002.

      (2) EFFECTIVE DATE- Except as provided in paragraph (1), the amendments made by this section shall take effect on January 1, 2002.