VISION 100 – CENTURY OF AVIATION REAUTHORIZATION ACT
SEC. 709. <<NOTE: 49 USC 40101 note.>> AIR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM
JOINT PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.
(1) The Secretary of Transportation shall establish in the Federal Aviation Administration a joint planning and development office to manage work related to the Next Generation Air Transportation System. The office shall be known as the Next Generation Air Transportation System Joint Planning and Development Office (in this section referred to as the "Office").
(2) The responsibilities of the Office shall include-
(3) The Office shall operate in conjunction with relevant programs in the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security. The Secretary of Transportation may request assistance from staff from those Departments and other Federal agencies.
(4) In developing and carrying out its plans, the Office shall consult with the public and ensure the participation of experts from the private sector including representatives of commercial aviation, general aviation, aviation labor groups, aviation research and development entities, aircraft and air traffic control suppliers, and the space industry.
(B) Integrated Plan.--The integrated plan shall be designed to ensure that the Next Generation Air Transportation System meets air transportation safety, security, mobility, efficiency, and capacity needs beyond those currently included in the Federal Aviation Administration's operational evolution plan and accomplishes the goals under subsection
(C). The integrated plan shall include-
(D) Goals.--The Next Generation Air Transportation System shall-
(1) improve the level of safety, security, efficiency, quality, and affordability of the National Airspace System and aviation services;
(2) take advantage of data from emerging ground-based and space-based communications, navigation, and surveillance technologies;
(3) integrate data streams from multiple agencies and sources to enable situational awareness and seamless global operations for all appropriate users of the system, including users responsible for civil aviation, homeland security, and national security;
(4) leverage investments in civil aviation, homeland security, and national security and build upon current air traffic management and infrastructure initiatives to meet system performance requirements for all system users;
(5) be scalable to accommodate and encourage substantial growth in domestic and international transportation and anticipate and accommodate continuing technology upgrades and advances;
(6) accommodate a wide range of aircraft operations, including airlines, air taxis, helicopters, general aviation,and unmanned aerial vehicles; and
(7) take into consideration, to the greatest extent practicable, design of airport approach and departure flight paths to reduce exposure of noise and emissions pollution on affected residents.
(E) Reports.--The <<NOTE: Deadlines.>> Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall transmit to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation in the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Science in the House of Representatives-
(E) appropriated to the Office $50,000,000 for each of the fiscal yearsAuthorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be 2004 through 2010.
SECTION 710. <<NOTE: 49 USC 40101 note.>> NEXT GENERATION AIR TRANSPORTATION SENIOR POLICY COMMITTEE.
(a) In General.--The <<NOTE: Establishment.>> Secretary of Transportation shall establish a senior policy committee to work with the Next Generation Air Transportation System Joint Planning and Development Office. The senior policy committee shall be chaired by the Secretary.
(b) Membership.--In addition to the Secretary, the senior policy committee shall be composed of-
(c) Function.--The senior policy committee shall-
(d) Consultation.--In carrying out its functions under this section, the senior policy committee shall consult with, and ensure participation by, the private sector (including representatives of general aviation, commercial aviation, aviation labor, and the space industry), members of the public, and other interested parties and may do so through a special advisory committee composed of such representatives.