Committee on Rules

June 14, 1999 (3:00 p.m.)


(in alphabetical order)

15. Andrews: Waives any matching fund airports are currently required to supply when receiving a grant from the FAA if they enter into an agreement with FEMA or a state or local emergency response agency to allow their airport to be run by that agency in a time of emergency.

25. Archer: Extends the general expenditure authority and purposes of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund through FY 2004. Late.

2. Crowley: Delays implementation of the lifting of the High Density Rule (limiting the number of slots) at LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport until the reorganization of the New York area air-space by the FAA, up until January 1, 2005.

4. Crowley: Requires the FAA Administrator to conduct a study and report back to Congress not later than December 31, 1999, on the economic impact of lifting the High Density Rule at HDR airports.

5. Crowley: Allows federal grants for soundproofing projects in cities with a High Density Rule airport to cover projects for private residences and apartment buildings.

6. Crowley/Ford: Authorizes $50 million in Federal funding for 100 percent coverage of soundproofing of apartment buildings, private residences, schools, churches, synagogues, community centers and senior centers.

3. Crowley/Ford/Weiner: Expresses the sense of the Congress regarding increased air travel and aircraft and airport noise.

1. Crowley/Maloney (NY): Retains the High Density Rule at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

24. Dingell: Extends consumer protections for airline passengers.

12. Graham: Strikes section 105 (which allows the increase in the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC)).

18. Hyde/Morella: Strikes section 201 (which eliminates the slot restrictions at O'Hare, LaGuardia, and Kennedy airports and allows for slot increases at Reagan National airport).

17. Hyde/Morella/Weiner/Crowley: Directs the Secretary of Transportation to establish a noise-monitoring program using state of the art equipment capable of identifying individual aircraft and the noise levels it creates. Such monitoring will take place 24 hours a day and penalties will be imposed for violations of specified noise levels. All fines collected will go towards noise mitigation.

19. Jackson/Hyde: Diverts 50 percent of the future Passenger Facilities Charges (PFCs) collected by Chicago's airports from the Chicago Airport Authority to he Illinois Department of Transportation.

7. Meeks (NY): Exempts (as of March 2000) from the High Density Rule slot restriction at JFK International Airport, any carrier the would provide non-stop regional jet air transportation between JFK and an underserved airport.

8. Meeks (NY): Permits (as of March 2000) no more than 3 slot exemptions for any carrier that would provide non-stop air transportation using stage 3 aircraft at JFK Airport. The Secretary may grant an exemption for air service between JFK and any airport (other than an underserved airport) only after all applications for exemptions for airservice between JFK and an underserved airport have been granted

9. Meeks (NY): Reduces (as of March 2005) the number of restricted hours of operation at JFK Airport from 5 to 2 hours (3p.m. to 5 p.m.).

10. Meeks (NY): Begins (as of March 2010), a ten-year, three-stage phase our of the High Density Rule at JFK Airport.

11. Meeks (NY): Provides $100 million to the operator of each high density airport in each of fiscal years 2000, 2001, 2004, and 2008, for air safety enhancement projects, noise abatement projects, aviation education and training programs, and various other projects. The airport operator may designate the projects and program that the grant, but may only designate projects and programs that the airport operator determines are necessary to accommodate an increase in the number of flights at the airport as a result of enactment and implementation of AIR21.

16. Moran (VA): Conditions new air service at Reagan National, JFK, LaGuardia, and O'Hare airports on Department of Transportation approval of an airport noise reduction program that must include local public input and can include restrictions on the use of aircraft originally built for stage II compliance.

23. Morella: Requires the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) regarding the changes in the slot rule at high density airports (Ronald Reagan Washington National, O'Hare, LaGuardia, and Kennedy Airports), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would be required to review and approve the EIS.

13. Salmon: Directs the FAA Administrator to conduct a study on recent changes in the flight patterns of aircraft using Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, Arizona, and the effects of such changes on the noise in contours in the Phoenix region.

21. Shays: Establishes a commission on helicopter noise reduction which will: 1) complete a one year study on the effects on helicopter noise on individuals and develop guidelines for the reduction of helicopter noise and 2) study the possible implementation of a staged noise reduction system for helicopters similar to the stage 2 and stage 3 system in place for aircraft.

20. Shuster: Manager's amendment (includes 40 specific provisions). Eliminates all slot restrictions at O'Hare Airport on March 1, 2002 and at LaGuardia and Kennedy Airports on January 1, 2007, but makes additional slots available for new airlines; makes intermodal connections, including capital equipment, eligible for AIP grants; amends section 508 to add the additional penalty on unruly passengers of a ban for 1 year from flying; allows the sale of Blue Ash Airport; adds language to the definition of public aircraft; allows surplus military aircraft to be sold and used for emergency oil dispersing services; prohibits landfills within 6 miles of a small airport; adds a new purpose for which noise money can be spent; allows an AIP grant to an airport to buy land for noise mitigation purposes even when military aircraft cause the noise; requires foreign airlines to comply with the prohibition on discrimination against the handicap only when that is consistent with our international obligations; permits U.S. based computer reservation systems to file unfair competition complaints against foreigners; requires that methodologies used to assess air tour noise in any unit of the National Park System (including the Grand Canyon) shall be based on reliable scientific methods; increases the number of state block grant states from 9 to 10; clarifies that the discretionary budget authority and outlays from the aviation trust fund that are moved off budget are removed from the discretionary budget caps for FY 2001 and 2002; makes the loan guarantee program in section 211 subject to appropriation; and includes several other small provisions.

26. Shuster: Blanket second degree amendment to an amendment.

27. Shuster: Blanket second degree amendment to the Young (FL)/Kasich/Obey/Spratt amendment.

14. Weiner/Crowley/Shays: Expedites the implementation of stage-4 compliant aircraft, by establishing minimum standards for stage-4 levels no later than December 31, 2001, which shall be phased in over 10 years. The amendment also removes the noise level exemption for supersonic civil transport aircraft.

22. Young (FL)/Kasich/Obey/Spratt: Strikes section 103(b) (authorization of appropriations from the Trust Fund) and strikes titles IX and X (Truth in Budgeting and Aviation Spending Guarantee) of the bill.

* Summaries derived from information submitted by the amendment sponsors.