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SA 108. Mr. COCHRAN submitted an amendment intended to be proposed to amendment SA 32 proposed by Mr. ENSIGN (for himself, Mr. CONRAD, and Mr. HOEVEN) 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:

In lieu of the matter proposed to be inserted, insert the following:
(3) establishes a process to develop--
(A) air traffic requirements or 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 civilian unmanned aerial system operations;
(7) ensures 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 projects created pursuant to paragraph (1); or
(B) through other related research and development activities carried out pursuant to paragraph (4).
(b) Test Site Criteria.--The Administrator shall take into consideration geographical and climate diversity in determining where the test sites to be established under the pilot project required by subsection (a)(1) are to be located.
(c) Certification Process.--The Administrator shall expedite the approval process for Certificate of Authorization (COA) requests at test sites referred to in subsection (a)(1).
(d) Systems and Detection Techniques.--Within 6 months after the date of 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 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 validate sensor integration and operation of unmanned aerial systems
(e) 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 relevant test sites referred to in subsection (a)(1).
(f) Centers of Excellence for Unmanned Aerial Systems.--Within 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall designate a coalition of institutions to assist with integration matters described in subsection (a) as a Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aerial Systems. When establishing a new Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aerial Systems, the Administrator shall consult with the Secretary of Defense to ensure the Center of Excellence enhances existing efforts
of Department of Defense Centers of Excellence regarding unmanned aerial systems.
(g) Modification of Requirements on Pilot Project.--Notwithstanding subsection (a)(1) the number of test sites for the pilot project under that subsection shall be 6 test sites, and such pilot project shall be created by not later than December 31, 2012.


(As printed in the Congressional Record for the Senate on Feb 17, 2011.)