49 U.S. Code § 47521. Findings
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Congress finds that—
community noise concerns have led to uncoordinated and inconsistent restrictions on aviation that could impede the national air transportation system;
local interest in aviation noise management shall be considered in determining the national interest;
community concerns can be alleviated through the use of new technology aircraft and the use of revenues, including those available from passenger facility charges, for noise management;
revenues controlled by the United States Government can help resolve noise problems and carry with them a responsibility to the national airport system;
revenues derived from a passenger facility charge may be applied to noise management and increased airport capacity; and
a precondition to the establishment and collection of a passenger facility charge is the prescribing by the Secretary of Transportation of a regulation establishing procedures for reviewing airport noise and access restrictions on operations of stage 2 and stage 3 aircraft.
2012—Par. (5). Pub. L. 112–95, § 111(c)(2)(B), substituted “charges” for “fees”.
Pars. (7), (8). Pub. L. 112–95, § 111(c)(2)(A)(vi), substituted “charge” for “fee”.
Authorization of Certain Flights by Stage 2 Aircraft
“(a) In General.—Notwithstanding chapter 475 of title 49, United States Code, not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act [Oct. 5, 2018], the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall initiate a pilot program to permit an operator of a stage 2 aircraft to operate that aircraft in nonrevenue service into not more than 4 medium hub airports or nonhub airports if—
“(1) the airport—
is certified under part 139 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations;
“(B) has a runway that—
is longer than 8,000 feet and not less than 200 feet wide; and
is load bearing with a pavement classification number of not less than 38; and
has a maintenance facility with a maintenance certificate issued under part 145 of such title; and
the operator of the stage 2 aircraft operates not more than 10 flights per month using that aircraft.
“(b) Termination.—The pilot program shall terminate on the earlier of—
the date that is 10 years after the date of the enactment of this Act [Oct. 5, 2018]; or
the date on which the Administrator determines that no stage 2 aircraft remain in service.
“(c) Definitions.—In this section:
“(1) Medium hub airport; nonhub airport.—
“(2) Stage 2 aircraft.—
The term ‘stage 2 aircraft’ has the meaning given the term ‘stage 2 airplane’ in section 91.851 of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act [Oct. 5, 2018]).”