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H.R. 1262: Notice to Airmen Improvement Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 23, 2021 (Introduced).


I

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1262

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 23, 2021

(for himself and Mr. DeSaulnier) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To establish a task force on improvements for certain notices to airmen, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Notice to Airmen Improvement Act of 2021.

2.

FAA Task Force on NOTAM Improvement

(a)

Establishment

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall establish a task force to be known as the FAA Task Force on NOTAM Improvement (in this section referred to as the Task Force).

(b)

Composition

The Task Force shall consist of members appointed by the Administrator, including at least one member of each of the following:

(1)

Air carrier representatives.

(2)

Labor union representatives.

(3)

General and business aviation representatives.

(4)

Aviation safety experts with knowledge of NOTAMs.

(5)

Human factors experts.

(c)

Duties

The duties of the Task Force shall include—

(1)

reviewing existing methods for presenting NOTAMs and flight operations information to pilots;

(2)

reviewing regulations and policies relating to NOTAMs, including their content and presentation to pilots;

(3)

evaluating and determining best practices to organize, prioritize, and present flight operations information in a manner that optimizes pilot review and retention of relevant information; and

(4)

providing recommendations for—

(A)

improving the presentation of NOTAM information in a manner that prioritizes or highlights the most important information, and optimizes pilot review and retention of relevant information;

(B)

ways to ensure that NOTAMs are complete, accurate, and contain the proper information;

(C)

any best practices that the FAA should consider to improve the accuracy and understandability of NOTAMs and the display of flight operations information; and

(D)

ways to work with air carriers, other airspace users, and aviation service providers to implement solutions that are aligned with the recommendations under this paragraph.

(d)

Report

Not later than 1 year after the date of the establishment of the Task Force, the Task Force shall submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate a report detailing—

(1)

the results of the reviews and evaluations of the Task Force under paragraphs (1) through (3) of subsection (c);

(2)

the best practices identified and recommendations provided by the Task Force under subsection (c)(4);

(3)

any recommendations of the Task Force for additional regulatory or policy actions to improve the presentation of NOTAMs; and

(4)

the degree to which implementing the recommendations of the Task Force described under paragraph (2) will address National Transportation Safety Board Safety Recommendation A–18–024.

(e)

Applicable law

The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the Task Force.

(f)

Sunset

The Task Force shall terminate on the later of—

(1)

the date on which the Task Force submits the report required under subsection (d); or

(2)

the date that is 18 months after the date on which the Task Force is established under subsection (a).

(g)

Authority

The Administrator shall have the authority to carry out the recommendations of the Task Force detailed in the report required under subsection (d).

(h)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

FAA

The term FAA means the Federal Aviation Administration.

(2)

NOTAM

The term NOTAM means notices to airmen required by international or domestic regulation or law, as described in the order issued by the FAA on December 11, 2018, titled Notices to Airmen (NOTAM).