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Titles (21)

Short Titles

Short Titles - Senate

Short Titles as Reported to Senate

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017

Short Titles as Reported to Senate for portions of this bill
  • Commercial Balloon Pilot Safety Act of 2017
  • Drone Operator Safety Act
  • FLIGHT Act of 2017
  • Fairness for Pilots Act
  • Forward Looking Investment in General Aviation, Hangars, and Tarmacs Act of 2017
  • Next Gen Accountability Act
  • Saracini Aviation Safety Act of 2017
  • TICKETS Act
  • Transparency Improvements and Compensation to Keep Every Ticketholder Safe Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017

Short Titles as Introduced for portions of this bill
  • Commercial Balloon Pilot Safety Act of 2017
  • Drone Operator Safety Act
  • FLIGHT Act of 2017
  • Fairness for Pilots Act
  • Forward Looking Investment in General Aviation, Hangars, and Tarmacs Act of 2017
  • NextGen Accountability Act
  • Saracini Aviation Safety Act of 2017
  • TICKETS Act
  • Transparency Improvements and Compensation to Keep Every Ticketholder Safe Act of 2017

Official Titles

Official Titles - Senate

Official Titles as Introduced

A bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (2)

Date Actions Overview
05/09/2018Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Thune with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 115-243. Supplemental views filed.
06/22/2017Introduced in Senate

All Actions (4)

Date All Actions
05/09/2018Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 407.
Action By: Senate
05/09/2018Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Thune with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 115-243. Supplemental views filed.
06/29/2017Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
06/22/2017Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Action By: Senate

Cosponsors (3)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Nelson, Bill [D-FL]* 06/22/2017
Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO]* 06/22/2017
Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA]* 06/22/2017

Committees (1)

Committees, subcommittees and links to reports associated with this bill are listed here, as well as the nature and date of committee activity and Congressional report number.

Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation06/22/2017 Referred to
06/29/2017 Markup by
05/09/2018 Reported by S. Rept. 115-243

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Latest Summary (1)

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Introduced in Senate (06/22/2017)

Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017

This bill reauthorizes through FY2021 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and specified FAA programs.

The bill revises requirements for the airport improvement program and pilot program for passenger facility charges at nonhub airports.

Forward Looking Investment in General Aviation, Hangars, and Tarmacs Act of 2017 or the FLIGHT Act of 2017

The Department of Transportation (DOT) shall implement an expedited and coordinated environmental review process for general aviation airport construction or improvement projects.

DOT shall establish a public-private partnership program for building or improving hangars, businesses, or other facilities at:

  • general aviation airports, and
  • privately owned airports for public use that do not have scheduled air service.

The Government Accountability Office shall review privacy issues and concerns associated with the operation of unmanned aircraft (drones) in the national airspace system.

The FAA shall establish a process for the acceptance of risk-based, consensus safety standards for the safe integration of small drones into such system.

DOT shall issue guidance for the operation of public drones.

The FAA shall develop a plan for the deployment of technologies to detect and mitigate potential airspace safety threats posed by drones.

Drone Operator Safety Act

The bill amends the federal criminal code to make it a crime to operate a drone that knowingly or recklessly interferes with or disrupts the operation of an aircraft carrying one or more occupants in U.S. airspace.

DOT shall establish a Safety Oversight and Certification Advisory Committee.

The FAA shall take specified actions to improve airline passenger safety.

Commercial Balloon Pilot Safety Act of 2017

The bill directs the FAA to revise federal regulations to apply medical certificate of physical fitness requirements that are applicable to pilot flight crewmembers to operators of air balloons.

Fairness for Pilots Act

The bill amends the Pilot's Bill of Rights to revise the authorization for appeal to a federal court by a substantially affected individual from a decision of the National Transportation Safety Board to uphold an adverse FAA order or final decision. The bill specifies the suspension or revocation of an airman certificate as the punitive civil action which may be appealed.

A U.S. district court shall review de novo an FAA denial, suspension, or revocation of an airman certificate.

The bill prescribes certain requirements with respect to improving passenger air service.

Transparency Improvements and Compensation to Keep Every Ticketholder Safe Act of 2017 or the TICKETS Act

The bill prescribes requirements to prohibit an air carrier from denying an air passenger from boarding a flight without the consent of the passenger cleared to board such flight unless such passenger presents a safety, security, or health risk, to oneself or others, or engages in obscene, disruptive, or unlawful behavior.

The bill reauthorizes through FY2021 the essential air service program and the small community air service development program.

NextGen Accountability Act

The bill amends the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 to direct the FAA to establish annual NextGen (i.e., Next Generation Air Transportation System) performance goals for each of the national airspace system performance metrics to meet identified performance metric baselines with respect to NextGen projects.

Saracini Aviation Safety Act of 2017

The FAA shall issue an order requiring the installation of a secondary cockpit barrier on each new aircraft that is manufactured for delivery to a U.S. passenger air carrier.