H.R. 3371 (111th): Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act of 2009

Introduced:
Jul 29, 2009 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Status:
Died (Passed House)
Sponsor
Jerry Costello
Representative for Illinois's 12th congressional district
Party
Democrat
Text
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Last Updated
Oct 15, 2009
Length
52 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 1586 (Related)
FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act

Signed by the President
Aug 10, 2010

H.R. 5900 (Related)
Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Administration Extension Act of 2010

Signed by the President
Aug 01, 2010

 
Status

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on October 14, 2009 but was never passed by the Senate.

Progress
Introduced Jul 29, 2009
Referred to Committee Jul 29, 2009
Reported by Committee Jul 30, 2009
Passed House Oct 14, 2009
 
Full Title

To amend title 49, United States Code, to improve airline safety and pilot training, and for other purposes.

Summary

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Votes
On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended
Oct 14, 2009 3:44 p.m.
Passed 409/11

 
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Library of Congress Summary

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10/14/2009--Passed House amended.
Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act of 2009 -
Section 3 -
Requires the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish the FAA Task Force on Air Carrier Safety and Pilot Training to evaluate and report to specified congressional committees on best practices in the air carrier industry.
Section 4 -
Directs the FAA Administrator to conduct a rulemaking proceeding to require air carriers to: (1) provide flight crewmembers with ground training and flight training or flight simulator training to recognize and avoid or recover from a stall or an upset of an aircraft; and (2) establish remedial training programs for flight crewmembers who have demonstrated performance deficiencies or experienced failures in the training environment.
Requires the FAA Administrator to: (1) convene a multidisciplinary panel of specialists to study and report on methods to increase the familiarity of flight crewmembers with stick pusher systems and certain weather events; and (2) report panel findings to specified congressional committees and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), as well as implement panel recommendations with respect to stick pusher systems.
Section 5 -
Requires the Secretary of Transportation to report annually to Congress and the NTSB on NTSB air carrier safety recommendations made to and adopted or refused by the Secretary.
Section 6 -
Directs the FAA Administrator to establish an electronic pilot records database of pertinent information in FAA, air carrier, and other records (including the National Driver Register) that an air carrier shall access and evaluate before allowing an individual to begin service as a pilot.
Delineates requirements regarding:
(1) records updating;
(2) pilot access to records, and the right to review and correct inaccuracies found in them;
(3) protection of, and electronic access to, records; and
(4) air carrier refusal to hire if the pilot does not give consent to an air carrier to receive a record.
Authorizes expenditures for FY2010-FY2012.
Section 7 -
Requires the FAA Administrator to:
(1) issue a specified final rule regarding flight crewmembers and aircraft dispatchers training programs;
(2) convene a multidisciplinary expert panel to assess and make recommendations on best methods and optimal time needed for flight crewmembers of commercial and of commuter or on-demand air carriers to master aircraft systems and certain air maneuvers as well as length of time between training courses; and
(3) report to specified congressional committees and the NTSB on panel findings.
Section 8 -
Requires the Inspector General (IG) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) to review and report to the FAA Administrator on FAA aviation safety inspectors and operational research analysts. Requires the FAA Administrator to report to specified congressional committees on any recommended policy changes of the IG the FAA Administrator intends to adopt and implement.
Section 9 -
Directs the FAA Administrator to conduct a rulemaking proceeding to require commercial air carriers to: (1) establish flight crewmember mentoring programs; and (2) develop methods for ensuring that flight crewmembers have proper qualifications and experience.
Section 11 -
Directs the FAA Administrator to conduct a rulemaking proceeding to modify minimum federal requirements for the issuance of airline transport pilot certificates. Requires a pilot to have at least 1,500 flight hours to qualify for a certificate.
Section 12 -
Directs the Comptroller General to study and report to Congress on flight schools, flight education, and academic training requirements for pilot certification.
Section 13 -
Requires the FAA Administrator to report to specified congressional committees on certain voluntary safety programs.
Section 14 -
Directs the FAA Administrator to develop and submit to specified congressional committees a plan to facilitate the establishment of an aviation safety action program (ASAP) and a flight operational quality assurance (FOQA) program by all commercial air carriers.
Section 15 -
Directs the FAA Administrator to conduct a rulemaking proceeding to require commercial air carriers implement a safety management system.
Section 16 -
Treats as an unfair or deceptive trade practice for any ticket agent, air carrier, foreign air carrier, or other person to sell tickets for a flight on an air carrier without disclosing the name of the air carrier providing each flight segment before the purchase of the ticket.
Section 17 -
Requires the FAA Administrator to issue regulations to: (1) limit the number of flight and duty time hours allowed for pilots to address pilot fatigue problems; as well as (2) require commercial air carriers to develop for FAA approval fatigue risk management plans. Requires such plans be updated and approved biennially.
Requires each commercial air carrier to submit to the Administrator for review and approval a fatigue risk management plan.
Provides civil penalties for violations of such regulations.
Requires the FAA Administrator to enter into appropriate arrangements with the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a study the effects of commuting on pilot fatigue.
Authorizes appropriations.
Section 18 -
Directs the FAA Administrator to study and report to specified congressional committees on aviation industry best practices with regard to flight crewmember pairing and crew resource management techniques.

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