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S.223 FAA Sneaky Drone Act Sect. 320

09 Feb

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S.223 FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act

Sponsor

Senator John Rockefeller
Committee – House Homeland Security

SEC. 320. UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEMS.

(a) IN GENERAL- Within 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall develop a plan to accelerate the integration of unmanned aerial systems into the National Airspace System that–

(1) creates a pilot project to integrate such vehicles into the National Airspace System at 4 test sites in the National Airspace System by 2012;

(2) creates a safe, non-exclusionary airspace designation for cooperative manned and unmanned flight operations in the National Airspace System;

(3) establishes a process to develop–

(A) air traffic requirements for all unmanned aerial systems at the test sites; and

(B) certification and flight standards for nonmilitary unmanned aerial systems at the test sites;

(4) dedicates funding for unmanned aerial systems research and development relating to–

(A) air traffic requirements; and

(B) certification and flight standards for nonmilitary unmanned aerial systems in the National Airspace System;

(5) encourages leveraging and coordination of such research and development activities with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Defense;

(6) addresses both military and nonmilitary unmanned aerial system operations;

(7) ensures that the unmanned aircraft systems integration plan is incorporated in the Administration’s NextGen Air Transportation System implementation plan; and

(8) provides for integration into the National Airspace System of safety standards and navigation procedures validated–

(A) under the pilot project created pursuant to paragraph (1); or

(B) through other related research and development activities carried out pursuant to paragraph (4).

(b) Selection of Test Sites-

(1) INCREASED NUMBER OF TEST SITES; DEADLINE FOR PILOT PROJECT- Notwithstanding subsection (a)(1), the plan developed under subsection (a) shall include a pilot project to integrate unmanned aerial systems into the National Airspace System at 6 test sites in the National Airspace System by December 31, 2012.

(2) TEST SITE CRITERIA- The Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall take into consideration geographical and climate diversity and appropriate facilities in determining where the test sites to be established under the pilot project required by subsection (a)(1) are to be located.

(c) Certification and Flight Standards for Military Unmanned Aerial Systems- The Secretary of Defense shall establish a process to develop certification and flight standards for military unmanned aerial systems at the test sites referred to in subsection (a)(1).

(d) Certification Process- The Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall expedite the approval process for requests for certificates of authorization at test sites referred to in subsection (a)(1).

(e) Report on Systems and Detection Techniques- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall submit to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives a report describing and assessing the progress being made in establishing special use airspace to fill the immediate need of the Department of Defense to develop detection techniques for small unmanned aerial vehicles and to validate sensor integration and operation of unmanned aerial systems.

Interests that support this bill:

Electronics manufacturing & services (close)
Air transport
Aircraft manufacturers
Manufacturing unions
Consumer groups

Political Donations to Senators Who Voted From Above Interests
Name Amount Received Vote
Sen. Roy Blunt [R, MO] $46,000 Aye
Sen. Patty Murray [D, WA] $40,650 Aye
Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV] $39,400 Aye
Sen. Mark Kirk [R, IL] $30,000 Aye
Sen. Charles Schumer [D, NY] $29,600 Aye
Sen. Barbara Boxer [D, CA] $28,250 Aye
Sen. John Isakson [R, GA] $28,000 Aye
Sen. Robert Portman [R, OH] $23,050 Aye
Sen. Richard Burr [R, NC] $21,500 Aye
Sen. Daniel Inouye [D, HI] $17,600 Aye

Specific Organizations Supporting S.223

Air Transport Association
Flyer’s Rights
National Electrical Manufacturers Association
Aerospace Industries Association
Public Citizen
Consumer Federation of America
National Consumers League
U.S. Public Interest Research Group
Aviation Consumer Action Project
FlyersRights.org
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Votes by Senator
Name Voted
Sen. Daniel Akaka [D, HI] Aye
Sen. Lamar Alexander [R, TN] Aye
Sen. Kelly Ayotte [R, NH] Aye
Sen. John Barrasso [R, WY] Aye
Sen. Max Baucus [D, MT] Aye
Sen. Mark Begich [D, AK] Aye
Sen. Michael Bennet [D, CO] Aye
Sen. Jeff Bingaman [D, NM] Aye
Sen. Richard Blumenthal [D, CT] Aye
Sen. Roy Blunt [R, MO] Aye
Sen. John Boozman [R, AR] Aye
Sen. Barbara Boxer [D, CA] Aye
Sen. Scott Brown [R, MA] Aye
Sen. Sherrod Brown [D, OH] Aye
Sen. Richard Burr [R, NC] Aye
Sen. Maria Cantwell [D, WA] Aye
Sen. Benjamin Cardin [D, MD] Aye
Sen. Thomas Carper [D, DE] Aye
Sen. Robert Casey [D, PA] Aye
Sen. Saxby Chambliss [R, GA] Aye
Sen. Daniel Coats [R, IN] Aye
Sen. Thomas Coburn [R, OK] Aye
Sen. Thad Cochran [R, MS] Aye
Sen. Susan Collins [R, ME] Aye
Sen. Kent Conrad [D, ND] Aye
Sen. Chris Coons [D, DE] Abstain
Sen. Bob Corker [R, TN] Abstain
Sen. John Cornyn [R, TX] Aye
Sen. Michael Crapo [R, ID] Nay
Sen. Jim DeMint [R, SC] Nay
Sen. Richard Durbin [D, IL] Aye
Sen. John Ensign [R, NV] Aye
Sen. Michael Enzi [R, WY] Aye
Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D, CA] Aye
Sen. Al Franken [D, MN] Aye
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand [D, NY] Aye
Sen. Lindsey Graham [R, SC] Aye
Sen. Charles Grassley [R, IA] Aye
Sen. Kay Hagan [D, NC] Aye
Sen. Thomas Harkin [D, IA] Aye
Sen. Orrin Hatch [R, UT] Aye
Sen. John Hoeven [R, ND] Aye
Sen. Kay Hutchison [R, TX] Aye
Sen. James Inhofe [R, OK] Aye
Sen. Daniel Inouye [D, HI] Aye
Sen. John Isakson [R, GA] Aye
Sen. Mike Johanns [R, NE] Aye
Sen. Ron Johnson [R, WI] Nay
Sen. Tim Johnson [D, SD] Aye
Sen. John Kerry [D, MA] Abstain
Sen. Mark Kirk [R, IL] Aye
Sen. Amy Klobuchar [D, MN] Aye
Sen. Herbert Kohl [D, WI] Aye
Sen. Jon Kyl [R, AZ] Aye
Sen. Mary Landrieu [D, LA] Aye
Sen. Frank Lautenberg [D, NJ] Aye
Sen. Patrick Leahy [D, VT] Aye
Sen. Mike Lee [R, UT] Nay
Sen. Carl Levin [D, MI] Aye
Sen. Joseph Lieberman [I, CT] Aye
Sen. Richard Lugar [R, IN] Aye
Sen. Joe Manchin [D, WV] Aye
Sen. John McCain [R, AZ] Abstain
Sen. Claire McCaskill [D, MO] Aye
Sen. Mitch McConnell [R, KY] Aye
Sen. Robert Menéndez [D, NJ] Aye
Sen. Jeff Merkley [D, OR] Aye
Sen. Barbara Mikulski [D, MD] Aye
Sen. Jerry Moran [R, KS] Aye
Sen. Lisa Murkowski [R, AK] Aye
Sen. Patty Murray [D, WA] Aye
Sen. Bill Nelson [D, FL] Aye
Sen. Ben Nelson [D, NE] Aye
Sen. Rand Paul [R, KY] Nay
Sen. Robert Portman [R, OH] Aye
Sen. Mark Pryor [D, AR] Aye
Sen. John Reed [D, RI] Aye
Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV] Aye
Sen. James Risch [R, ID] Nay
Sen. Pat Roberts [R, KS] Aye
Sen. John Rockefeller [D, WV] Aye
Sen. Marco Rubio [R, FL] Aye
Sen. Bernard Sanders [I, VT] Abstain
Sen. Charles Schumer [D, NY] Aye
Sen. Jefferson Sessions [R, AL] Aye
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen [D, NH] Aye
Sen. Richard Shelby [R, AL] Aye
Sen. Olympia Snowe [R, ME] Aye
Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D, MI] Aye
Sen. Jon Tester [D, MT] Aye
Sen. John Thune [R, SD] Aye
Sen. Patrick Toomey [R, PA] Nay
Sen. Mark Udall [D, CO] Aye
Sen. Tom Udall [D, NM] Aye
Sen. David Vitter [R, LA] Nay
Sen. Mark Warner [D, VA] Aye
Sen. Jim Webb [D, VA] Aye
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse [D, RI] Aye
Sen. Roger Wicker [R, MS] Aye
Sen. Ron Wyden [D, OR] Aye

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Note: All other provisions in this bill relate directly to FAA operations and are non threatening.

What our intel on this section of the bill S.223 has interestingly pointed out is the position of this section within the overall bill and it’s some 1213 sections. Cleverly hidden amongst a sea of boredom that will undoubtedly be ignored by anyone that tries to read this thing and stay awake. Our recommendation is to make sure that does not happen.

It should also be noted that this provision of the bill only applies to the 4 test sites to be determined within the next 360 days by the FAA and does not apply to the entire country. This bill does not authorize any provision by anyone in Government the authorization to overfly US airspace with unmanned vehicles.

The House bill H.R.658 which was passed and sent to the Senate reads the same as the Senate version except for index’s.

Specific Organizations Supporting H.R.658

National Electrical Manufacturers Association
Aerospace Industries Association
Air Transport Association
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Associated General Contractors of America
American Council of Engineering Companies
National Association of Manufacturers
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Institute of Architects
American Association of Airport Executives
National Association of State Aviation Officials
Aeronautical Repair Station Association
U.S. Travel Association
Airport Consultants Council
International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers
American Road and Transportation Builders Association
Air Line Pilots Association
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
General Aviation Manufacturers Association

Interests that oppose this bill:

Building trades unions
Manufacturing unions
Communications & hi-tech unions
IBEW (Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers)
Railroad unions
Teamsters union
Transportation unions
Federal employees unions
Teachers unions
Food service & related unions
Commercial service unions

Top recipients for ALL opposing interest groups
Name Amount Received Vote On Passage
Rep. William Owens [D, NY-23] $620,624 Nay
Rep. Michael Capuano [D, MA-8] $240,785 Nay
Rep. Michael Michaud [D, ME-2] $221,555 Nay
Rep. Judy Chu [D, CA-32] $204,500 Nay
Rep. Joe Donnelly [D, IN-2] $201,890 Nay
Rep. John Garamendi [D, CA-10] $201,250 Nay
Rep. Nancy Pelosi [D, CA-8] $161,500 Nay
Rep. George Miller [D, CA-7] $155,400 Nay
Rep. James Clyburn [D, SC-6] $147,500 Nay
Rep. Mark Critz [D, PA-12] $147,360 Nay

Specific Organizations Opposing H.R.658

Communications Workers of America
Association of Flight Attendants
National Education Association
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
United Transportation Union
Amalgamated Transit Union
Association of Professional Flight Attendants
American Federation of Government Employees
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen
Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association
United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
UNITE HERE
Service Employees Local 32BJ-National Conference of Fireman and Oilers
American Train Dispatchers Association

Top recipients for ALL supporting interest groups
Name Amount Received Vote On Passage
Rep. John Mica [R, FL-7] $133,163 Aye
Rep. Jerry Costello [D, IL-12] $101,850 Nay
Rep. Charles Dent [R, PA-15] $89,400 Aye
Rep. Thomas Petri [R, WI-6] $89,300 Aye
Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D, IL-3] $86,650 Nay
Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D, OR-3] $85,300 Nay
Rep. James Clyburn [D, SC-6] $82,650 Nay
Rep. Timothy Bishop [D, NY-1] $81,850 Nay
Rep. Shelley Berkley [D, NV-1] $79,240 Nay
Rep. Steny Hoyer [D, MD-5] $79,000 Nay

Specific Organizations Supporting H.R.658

National Electrical Manufacturers Association
Aerospace Industries Association
Air Transport Association
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
Associated General Contractors of America
American Council of Engineering Companies
National Association of Manufacturers
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Institute of Architects
American Association of Airport Executives
National Association of State Aviation Officials
Aeronautical Repair Station Association
U.S. Travel Association
Airport Consultants Council
International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers
American Road and Transportation Builders Association
Air Line Pilots Association
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
General Aviation Manufacturers Association

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So there you have it. Total transparency of the Resolution and the Bill. It is clearly obvious to all Ships Analysts of this project that the supporting groups did not see the Drone Provision or cared very much about freedom and privacy. It is the Captains consensus that a proper education of the Drone Provision should be implemented.

Current Status of Bill
Final Markup in Senate

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