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February 16, 2011, 7:00 pm ET - Amendment SA 53 proposed by Senator Hutchison for Senator Murkowski.
February 16, 2011, 7:00 pm ET - Amendment SA 53 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

Full Text of this Amendment

SA 53. Ms. MURKOWSKI (for herself and Mr. Begich) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by her to the bill S. 223, to modernize the air traffic control system, improve the safety, reliability, and availability of transportation by air in the United States, provide modernization of the air traffic control system, reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:


On page 208, between lines 19 and 20, insert the following:
(c) Implementation of NTSB Safety Recommendations.--
(1) INSPECTION.--As part of the annual inspection of general aviation aircraft, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (referred to in this section as the "Administrator") shall require a detailed inspection of each emergency locator transmitter (referred to in this section as "ELT") installed in general aviation aircraft operating in the United States to ensure that each ELT is mounted and retained in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications.
(2) MOUNTING AND RETENTION.--
(A) IN GENERAL.--Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall determine if the ELT mounting requirements and retention tests specified by Technical Standard Orders C91a and C126 are adequate to assess retention capabilities in ELT designs.
(B) REVISION.--Based on the results of the determination conducted under subparagraph (A), the Administrator shall make any necessary revisions to the requirements and tests referred to in subparagraph (A) to ensure that emergency locator transmitters are properly retained in the event of an airplane accident.
(3) REPORT.--Upon the completion of the revisions required under paragraph (2)(B), the Administrator shall submit a report on the implementation of this subsection to--
(A) the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate; and
(B) the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives.


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Feb 7, 2011.)