10 U.S. Code § 2640 - Charter air transportation of members of the armed forces
(1) The Secretary of Defense may not enter into a contract with an air carrier for the charter air transportation of members of the armed forces unless the air carrier—
(A) meets, at a minimum, the safety standards established by the Secretary of Transportation under chapter 447 of title 49;
(B) has at least 12 months of experience operating services in air transportation that are substantially equivalent to the service sought by the Department of Defense; and
(b) Inspections.— The Secretary shall provide for inspections of each air carrier that contracts with the Department of Defense for the charter air transportation of members of the armed forces. The inspections shall be conducted in accordance with standards established by the Secretary, after consultation with the Secretary of Transportation, and shall include, at a minimum, the following:
(3) A preflight safety inspection of each aircraft conducted at any time during the operation of, but not more than 72 hours before, each internationally scheduled charter mission departing the United States.
(4) A preflight safety inspection of each aircraft used for domestic charter missions conducted to the greatest extent practical.
(c) Commercial Airlift Review Board.— The Secretary shall establish a Commercial Airlift Review Board within the Department of Defense. The Board shall consist of personnel from the Department of Defense and other Government personnel as may be appropriate. The duties of the Board shall be—
(1) to make recommendations to the Secretary on suspension and reinstatement of air carriers under subsection (d);
(d) Suspension and Reinstatement.—
(1) The Secretary shall establish guidelines for the suspension of air carriers under contract with the Department of Defense for the charter air transportation of members of the armed forces and for the reinstatement of air carriers that have been so suspended. The guidelines—
(A) shall require the immediate determination of whether to suspend an air carrier if an aircraft of the air carrier is involved in a fatal accident; and
(2) The Commercial Airlift Review Board shall make recommendations to the Secretary on suspension and reinstatement under this subsection.
(e) Authority To Leave Unsafe Aircraft.— A representative of the Military Airlift Command, the Military Traffic Management Command, or such other agency as may be designated by the Secretary of Defense (or if there is no such representative reasonably available, the senior officer on board a chartered aircraft) may order members of the armed forces to leave a chartered aircraft if the representative (or officer) determines that a condition exists on the aircraft which may endanger the safety of the members.
(f) FAA Information.— The Secretary shall request the Secretary of Transportation to provide to the Secretary a report on each inspection performed by Federal Aviation Administration personnel, and the status of corrective actions taken, on each aircraft of an air carrier under contract with the Department of Defense for the charter air transportation of members of the armed forces.
(g) Waiver.— After considering recommendations by the Commercial Airlift Review Board, the Secretary may waive any provision of this section in an emergency.
(h) Authority To Protect Safety-Related Information Voluntarily Provided by an Air Carrier.—
(1) Subject to paragraph (2), the Secretary of Defense may (notwithstanding any other provision of law) withhold from public disclosure safety-related information that is provided to the Secretary voluntarily by an air carrier for the purposes of this section.
(2) Information may be withheld under paragraph (1) from public disclosure only if the Secretary determines that—
(A) the disclosure of the information would inhibit an air carrier from voluntarily providing, in the future, safety-related information for the purposes of this section or for other air safety purposes involving the Department of Defense or another Federal agency; and
(3) If the Secretary provides to the head of another agency safety-related information described in paragraph (1) with respect to which the Secretary has made a determination described in paragraph (2), the head of that agency shall (notwithstanding any other provision of law) withhold the information from public disclosure unless the disclosure is specifically authorized by the Secretary.
(i) Regulations.— The Secretary shall prescribe regulations to carry out this section, including requirements and identification of inspecting personnel with respect to preflight safety inspections required by subsection (b)(3).
(j) Definitions.— In this section:
(1) The terms “air carrier”, “aircraft”, “air transportation”, and “charter air transportation” have the meanings given such terms by section 40102 (a) of title 49.
Source(Added Pub. L. 99–661, div. A, title XII, § 1204(a)(1),Nov. 14, 1986, 100 Stat. 3969; amended Pub. L. 103–272, § 5(b)(1),July 5, 1994, 108 Stat. 1373; Pub. L. 105–85, div. A, title X, § 1075(a),Nov. 18, 1997, 111 Stat. 1911.)
1997—Subsecs. (h) to (j). Pub. L. 105–85added subsec. (h) and redesignated former subsecs. (h) and (i) as (i) and (j), respectively.
1994—Subsecs. (a)(1)(A), (d)(1)(B)(i). Pub. L. 103–272, § 5(b)(1)(A), substituted “chapter 447 of title 49” for “title VI of the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 (49 App. U.S.C. 1421 et seq.)”.
Subsec. (i)(1). Pub. L. 103–272, § 5(b)(1)(B), substituted “section 40102 (a) of title 49” for “sections 101 (3), 101 (5), 101 (10), and 101 (15), respectively, of the Federal Aviation Act of 1958 (49 App. U.S.C. 1301(3), 1301(5), 1301(10), and 1301(15))”.
Effective Date of 1997 Amendment
Pub. L. 105–85, div. A, title X, § 1075(b),Nov. 18, 1997, 111 Stat. 1911, provided that: “Subsection (h) ofsection 2640 of title 10, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), shall apply with respect to requests for information made on or after the date of the enactment of this Act [Nov. 18, 1997].”
Pub. L. 99–661, div. A, title XII, § 1204(c),Nov. 14, 1986, 100 Stat. 3971, provided that: “Section 2640 of title 10, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), shall apply only to contracts which are entered into on or after the date on which the regulations required by subsection (b) are prescribed [set out below].”
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