Text: S.1170 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (06/03/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1170


To improve aviation safety in Alaska, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 3, 2009

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


A BILL

To improve aviation safety in Alaska, and for other purposes.

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 “Alaska Omnibus Aviation Improvement Act”.

SEC. 2. Iditarod Air Force.

(a) Rulemaking.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall promulgate regulations that exempt Iditarod Air Force pilots, for at least 5 years beginning on the date on which such regulations are promulgated, from the provisions of sections 61.113(a) and 119.21(a)(1) of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, to allow such pilots to accept nonmonetary compensation for costs directly related to flying in support of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.

(b) Considerations.—In promulgating regulations under subsection (a), the Administrator shall consider—

(1) the unique nature of the race and its operation;

(2) the necessity of safe and efficient air transport;

(3) the public interest served;

(4) the appropriate level of safety;

(5) the availability of cost-effective commercial substitutes;

(6) the inapplicability of many provisions under part 135 of title 14, United States Code, to the activities described in subsection (a); and

(7) limitations that the Administrator determines to be necessary for the safety of the pilots and passengers.

SEC. 3. Alaska Flight Service Stations.

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall develop, implement, and submit to Congress a plan for the future of flight service stations in Alaska that includes—

(1) the establishment of a formal training and hiring program for flight service specialists; and

(2) a schedule for necessary inspection, upgrades, and modernization of stations and equipment.

SEC. 4. Medallion Foundation.

Section 106(k)(2) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(H) Such sums as may be necessary for fiscal years 2009 through 2012, to carry out the Medallion Program in Alaska.”.

SEC. 5. Alaska Aviation Safety Project.

Section 106(k)(2)(F) of title 49, United States Code, is amended by striking “2004 through 2007” and inserting “2009 through 2012”.

SEC. 6. Authorization of trainee positions.

Grant amounts received by airports located in Alaska under the Airport Improvement Program, authorized under chapter 471 of title 49, United States Code, may be used for trainee positions in the same manner as such positions are authorized for Federal-aid highway projects under section 230.111 of title 23, Code of Federal Regulations (or successor regulations).