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SA 4633. Ms. CANTWELL submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill H.R. 2881, to amend title 49, United States Code, to authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2008 through 2011, to improve aviation safety and capacity, to provide stable funding for the national aviation system, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

On page 124, strike lines 1 through 13, and insert the following:
SEC. 511. ACCELERATION OF DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF REQUIRED NAVIGATION PERFORMANCE PROCEDURES.
(a) In General.--The Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall set a target of implementing at least 200 Required Navigation Performance (RNP) procedures for each of the fiscal years 2009 through 2012.
(b) Development of Standards and Guidance.--Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall develop standards and issue guidance under sections 91, 121, 135, and 129 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, to accelerate and streamline the development and implementation of RNP procedures.
(c) Demonstration Project.--The Administrator shall authorize an air carrier to demonstrate the benefits of implementing RNP procedures in gate-to-gate operations through a project that includes not fewer than 75 daily flights between 2 airports which are more than 275 miles apart.
(d) Use of Third Parties.--The Administrator is authorized to provide third parties the ability to design, flight check, and implement RNP procedures.
(e) Protection of Proprietary Data.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Administrator shall not require the disclosure of proprietary data used in the development, implementation, or maintenance of RNP procedures, except as required for flight safety.
(f) Report.--Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator 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 that describes the progress made by the Federal Aviation Administration in implementing subsection (b).


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Apr 30, 2008.)