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S. 1124: Flight Sharing Freedom Act


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 14, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1124

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 14, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To amend title 49, United States Code, to add a definition for the term common carrier, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Flight Sharing Freedom Act.

2.

Definitions

Section 40102(a) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

(48)

common carrier means a service provided by a person that meets the following elements:

(A)

holding out of a willingness to;

(B)

transport persons or property;

(C)

from place to place;

(D)

for compensation; and

(E)

without refusal unless authorized by law.

In applying subparagraph (D), the term compensation requires the intent to pursue monetary profit but does not include flights in which the pilot and passengers share aircraft operating expenses or the pilot receives any benefit.

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3.

Regulations

Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation shall issue or revise regulations to comply with this Act and to ensure that a person who holds a pilot certificate may communicate with the public, in any manner the person determines appropriate, to facilitate an aircraft flight for which the pilot and passengers share aircraft operating expenses in accordance with section 61.113(c) of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulation) and that such flight-sharing operations under section 61.113(c) of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulation) shall not be deemed a common carrier, as defined in paragraph (48) of section 40102(a) of title 49, United States Code, or a commercial operation requiring a certificate under part 119 or 135 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulation).