House passes penalties for aiming lasers at aircraft

March 2, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Posted in Aviation Law Current Event | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: AOPA

A bill that would make it a crime to aim laser pointers at aircraft has passed the House and moves to the Senate, where similar legislation has been included as an amendment to the FAA authorization bill.

The House bill, titled the Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act of 2011, passed Feb. 28 on a voice vote after being reported out by the House Judiciary Committee on Jan. 26. Sponsored by Rep. Dan Lungren (R- Calif.), the bill makes it a crime punishable by fines, up to five years in prison, or both to aim a laser pointer at an aircraft. [Full story]

Russia and Israel looking toward joint development of communication satellites

March 2, 2011 at 11:15 am | Posted in Telecommunications | 1 Comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Space Mart

Russia and Israel have set up a joint group that would focus on the development of communications satellites, local media reported Friday. Russia has governmental permission to sign an intergovernmental agreement however the  Israeli Space Agency is looking to postpone the framework agreement that was anticipated to be signed on March 27. [Full story]

Peru studies proposals to purchase satellite

March 2, 2011 at 11:09 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Andina.com

Lima, Feb. 25 (ANDINA). Defense Minister Jaime Thorne said Peru is currently evaluating proposals to purchase a satellite through a government-to-government mechanism. He also indicated that the purchase agreement may be with a “friendly country.”

H.R. 842: To allow mandatory nighttime curfews at certain airports, and for other purposes

March 2, 2011 at 9:50 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

H.R. 842: To allow mandatory nighttime curfews at certain airports, and for other purposes was introduced on February 28, 2011 by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA29):

HR 842 IH

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 842

To allow mandatory nighttime curfews at certain airports, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 28, 2011

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

A BILL

To allow mandatory nighttime curfews at certain airports, 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 `Valley-Wide Noise Relief Act of 2011′.

SEC. 2. MANDATORY NIGHTTIME CURFEWS.

(a) In General- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, including any written assurances under section 47107 of title 49, United States Code, an airport sponsor may not be prohibited from, or interfered with, implementing any of the following:

(1) A total mandatory nighttime curfew for an airport of the sponsor that is described in paragraph (1) of subsection (b).

(2) A partial mandatory nighttime curfew for an airport of the sponsor that is described in paragraph (2) of subsection (b).

(b) Covered Airports-

(1) PARAGRAPH (1) AIRPORTS- An airport described in this paragraph is an airport that–

(A) had a voluntary curfew in effect for certain aircraft on November 5, 1990; and

(B) was created by an intergovernmental agreement established pursuant to a State statute enacted before November 5, 1990, that, along with the statute, imposes obligations with respect to noise mitigation.

(2) PARAGRAPH (2) AIRPORTS- An airport described in this paragraph is an airport that–

(A) had a partial curfew in effect prior to November 5, 1990;

(B) operates under the supervision of a board of airport commissioners that, on January 1, 2010, oversaw operation of 3 or more airports, at least 2 of which have airport operating certificates pursuant to part 139 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations; and

(C) on January 1, 2010, failed to comply with a cumulative noise standard established by a State law for airports in that State.

(c) Notice Requirements-

(1) IN GENERAL- At least 90 days before implementing a curfew under subsection (a), an airport sponsor shall provide to airport users and other interested parties reasonable notice of–

(A) the terms of the curfew; and

(B) the penalties for violating the curfew.

(2) REASONABLE NOTICE- An airport sponsor shall be treated as satisfying the requirement of providing reasonable notice under paragraph (1) if the sponsor–

(A) includes the terms of the curfew and penalties for violating the curfew on the Internet Web site of the sponsor for the applicable airport; and

(B) provides the terms of the curfew and penalties for violating the curfew to tenants of the sponsor who operate aircraft at the airport, either at their leasehold or the address provided to the airport sponsor for the receipt of notices under their lease.

(d) Definitions- In this section, the following definitions apply:

(1) TOTAL MANDATORY NIGHTTIME CURFEW- The term `total mandatory nighttime curfew’ means a prohibition on all aircraft operations at an airport each night during the 9-hour period beginning at 10 p.m.

(2) PARTIAL MANDATORY NIGHTTIME CURFEW- The term `partial mandatory nighttime curfew’ means a prohibition on certain aircraft operations at an airport each night for not longer than the 9-hour period beginning at 10 p.m.

H.R. 827: To amend title 49, United States Code, to allow for additional flights beyond the perimeter restriction applicable to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and for other purposes

March 2, 2011 at 9:46 am | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

H.R. 827: To amend title 49, United States Code, to allow for additional flights beyond the perimeter restriction applicable to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and for other purposes was introduced on February 28, 2011 by Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ5):

HR 827 IH

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 827

To amend title 49, United States Code, to allow for additional flights beyond the perimeter restriction applicable to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 28, 2011

Mr. SCHWEIKERT (for himself, Mr. PASTOR of Arizona, Mr. ISSA, Mr. FILNER, Mr. FLAKE, Mr. WATT, Mr. DANIEL E. LUNGREN of California, Mr. GOSAR, Ms. BERKLEY, and Mr. QUAYLE) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To amend title 49, United States Code, to allow for additional flights beyond the perimeter restriction applicable to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, 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. EXTENDING LENGTH OF FLIGHTS FROM RONALD REAGAN WASHINGTON NATIONAL AIRPORT.

Section 41718 of title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

`(g) Use of Airport Slots for Beyond Perimeter Flights- Notwithstanding section 49109 or any other provision of law, any air carrier that holds or operates air carrier slots at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport as of January 1, 2011, pursuant to subparts K and S of part 93 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, which are being used as of that date for scheduled service between that airport and a large hub airport may use such slots for service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and any airport located outside of the perimeter restriction described in section 49109, except that an air carrier may not use multi-aisle or widebody aircraft to provide the service authorized by this subsection.’.

H. Res. 109: Providing amounts for the expenses of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in the One Hundred Twelfth Congress

March 2, 2011 at 9:13 am | Posted in Space Law | Leave a comment

by P.J. Blount with the blog faculty

H. Res. 109: Providing amounts for the expenses of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in the One Hundred Twelfth Congress was introduced on February 28, 2011 by Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX4):

HRES 109 IH

112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 109

Providing amounts for the expenses of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in the One Hundred Twelfth Congress.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 28, 2011

Mr. HALL (for himself and Ms. EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON of Texas) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration

RESOLUTION

Providing amounts for the expenses of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in the One Hundred Twelfth Congress.

Resolved,

SECTION 1. AMOUNTS FOR EOMMITTEE EXPENSES.

For the expenses of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology (hereafter in this resolution referred to as the `Committee’), including the expenses of all staff salaries, there shall be paid, out of the applicable accounts of the House of Representatives for committee salaries and expenses, not more than $13,346,273 for the One Hundred Twelfth Congress.

SEC. 2. SESSION LIMITATIONS.

Of the amount specified in section 1–

(1) not more than $6,685,636 shall be available for expenses incurred during the period beginning at noon on January 3, 2011, and ending immediately before noon on January 3, 2012; and

(2) not more than $6,660,637 shall be available for expenses incurred during the period beginning at noon on January 3, 2012, and ending immediately before noon on January 3, 2013.

SEC. 3. VOUCHERS.

Payments under this resolution shall be made on vouchers authorized by the Committee, signed by the Chairman of the Committee, and approved in the manner directed by the Committee on House Administration.

SEC. 4. REGULATIONS.

Amounts made available under this resolution shall be expended in accordance with regulations prescribed by the Committee on House Administration.

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