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State Department: Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine

Source – U.S. State Department:

Crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 17, 2014
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We are horrified by the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. There are no words adequate to express our condolences to the families of the nearly 300 victims. We offer our sympathies and support to the Governments of Malaysia and the Netherlands at this difficult time, as well as to all those whose citizens may have been on board. We are reviewing whether any American citizens were aboard the flight. The United States Government remains prepared to assist with a credible, international investigation any way we can, and we will continue to be in touch with all relevant partners as we seek the facts of what happened today.

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H.R. 5119: To authorize the Secretary of the Air Force to modernize C-130 aircraft using alternative communication, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management program kits and to ensure that such aircraft meet applicable regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration

H.R. 5119: To authorize the Secretary of the Air Force to modernize C-130 aircraft using alternative communication, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management program kits and to ensure that such aircraft meet applicable regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration was introduced on July 16, 2014 by Rep. John Carney:

H.R.5119 — To authorize the Secretary of the Air Force to modernize C-130 aircraft using alternative communication, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management program kits and to ensure… (Introduced in House – IH)

HR 5119 IH

113th CONGRESS
2d Session

H. R. 5119
To authorize the Secretary of the Air Force to modernize C-130 aircraft using alternative communication, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management program kits and to ensure that such aircraft meet applicable regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 16, 2014

Mr. CARNEY (for himself and Mrs. LUMMIS) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services

A BILL
To authorize the Secretary of the Air Force to modernize C-130 aircraft using alternative communication, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management program kits and to ensure that such aircraft meet applicable regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. C-130 FLEET MODERNIZATION.

(a) In General- For purposes of modernizing the C-130 fleet, the Secretary of the Air Force may install alternative communication, navigation, surveillance, and air traffic management program kits in lieu of C-130 avionics modernization program kits if the Secretary determines, on a case-by-case basis, that such alternative program is appropriate and notifies the congressional defense committees (as defined in section 101(a)(16) of title 10, United States Code) of such determination.
(b) Compatibility With FAA Regulations- The Secretary shall ensure that all C-130 aircraft are capable of meeting applicable regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration by January 1, 2020.

S. 2614: A bill to amend certain provisions of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012

S. 2614: A bill to amend certain provisions of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 was introduced on July 16, 2014 by Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe:

S.2614 — To amend certain provisions of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. (Introduced in Senate – IS)

S 2614 IS

113th CONGRESS
2d Session

S. 2614
To amend certain provisions of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 16, 2014

Mr. INHOFE (for himself and Mr. BROWN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL
To amend certain provisions of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. ROLLOVER OF AMOUNTS RECEIVED IN AIRLINE CARRIER BANKRUPTCY.

(a) Extension of Time To File Claim for Refund- Section 1106(a)(3) of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (26 U.S.C. 408 note) is amended by striking `2013′ and inserting `2015′.
(b) Definitions and Special Rules- Section 1106(c) of such Act is amended–
(1) in paragraph (1)(A)(i), by inserting `or filed on November 29, 2011,’ after `2007,’; and
(2) in paragraph (2)(B)–
(A) by striking `terminated or’ and inserting `terminated,’; and
(B) by inserting `, or was frozen effective November 1, 2012′ after `Pension Protection Act of 2006′.

ITU to assist in real-time monitoring of flight data

Source – ITU:

ITU to assist in real-time monitoring of flight data
ITU Membership calls for development of standards for aviation cloud
Geneva, 25 June 2014 – ITU has established a new Focus Group on Aviation Applications of Cloud Computing for Flight Data Monitoring. The group will study the requirements for the telecommunication standards to enable an ‘aviation cloud’ for real-time monitoring of flight data, including those for the protection, security and ownership of flight data and the technical mechanisms and policies to govern access to these data.
The formation of the Focus Group comes in response to the call from the Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Malaysia, Mr Ahmad Shabery Cheek in March 2014 urging ITU to develop leading edge standards to facilitate the transmission of flight data in real-time. Subsequently, an “Expert Dialogue on Real-time Monitoring of Flight Data, including the Black Box – the Need for International Standards in the Age of Cloud Computing and Big Data”, held in Kuala Lumpur, 26-27 May 2014 with the participation of airlines, aviation bodies, avionics and ICT companies, service providers, civil aviation authorities, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other international organizations, issued a communiqué outlining a roadmap for the way forward.
Participation in the Focus Group will be open to all interests, including non-members of ITU, and it will work in close collaboration with ICAO, ICT solution providers, aircraft manufacturers, airlines and other standardization expert groups.
ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré said that the call from Minister Shabery for an international effort to find solutions to monitor flight data in real time has been given top priority by ITU and its Membership.
“ITU has a long history of developing international telecommunication and ICT standards, policies and regulations and is offering to bring this competence to assist aviation,” said Malcolm Johnson, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau. “I applaud our membership for the urgency with which it is addressing this issue by responding so quickly to Malaysia’s call for ITU action.”
The new Focus Group will study advances in cloud computing and data analytics to develop use cases for the application of state-of-the-art data analytics and data mining techniques in real-time. It will develop technical reports to provide the foundation for standards-based aviation clouds. In close collaboration with ICAO, the envisioned reports will address questions surrounding the type of data to be transmitted and the periodicity and reliability of its transmission, as well as the mechanisms to enable data security and privacy and the prevention of data misuse. The reports will be the basis for the development of telecommunications standards providing security and providing interoperable and secure aviation cloud systems.
Note to the editor: ITU-T Focus Groups are formed in response to immediate ICT standardization demands, charged with laying the foundation for subsequent standardization work in membership-driven ITU-T Study Groups. Focus Groups are open to organizations outside ITU’s membership and they are afforded greater flexibility in their chosen deliverables and working methods.

FAA Seeks Public Comment on Movie/TV UAS Exemptions

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FAA Seeks Public Comment on Movie/TV UAS Exemptions
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FAA Seeks Public Comment on Movie/TV UAS ExemptionsJune 25–Recently, seven aerial photo and video production companies asked the FAA for regulatory exemptions that would allow the film and television industry to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with FAA approval for the first time. >See FAA Press Release
Because these requests may set a precedent for future commercial UAS exemptions, the agency is asking the public to weigh in on whether to grant them.
The FAA today published a brief summary of the (PDF)petition from Astraeus Aerial in the Federal Register. The agency opted to ask for comments only on the Astraeus petition because that company’s request came in first, and the petitions from the other six companies ask for identical exemptions.
Interested parties will have 20 days to send in comments. The FAA will consider the comments and respond to them when drafting the final decision on all seven exemption requests.
The agency expects to publish a broad proposed rule for small UAS (under 55 pounds) later this year. But the rulemaking process can be lengthy, so the FAA has been working for several months to implement the provisions of Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 and move forward with UAS integration before proposing the small UAS rule.
Other companies have filed for exemptions to perform precision agriculture, aerial surveying and flare stack inspections.

S. 2438: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015

S. 2438: Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 was introduced on June 5, 2014 by Sen. Patty Murray. The table of contents includes:

Beginning
TITLE I
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Office of the Secretary
national infrastructure investments
financial management capital
cyber security initiatives
office of civil rights
transportation planning, research, and development
working capital fund
minority business resource center program
minority business outreach
payments to air carriers
administrative provisions–office of the secretary of transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
operations
facilities and equipment
research, engineering, and development
grants-in-aid for airports
(airport and airway trust fund)
(rescission)
administrative provisions–federal aviation administration . . .

H.R. 4812: Honor Flight Act

H.R. 4812: Honor Flight Act was introduced on June 11, 2014 by Rep. Cedric Richmond:

H.R.4812 — Honor Flight Act (Introduced in House – IH)

HR 4812 IH

113th CONGRESS
2d Session

H. R. 4812
To amend title 49, United States Code, to require the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration to establish a process for providing expedited and dignified passenger screening services for veterans traveling to visit war memorials built and dedicated to honor their service, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 9, 2014

Mr. RICHMOND (for himself, Mr. HUDSON, and Mr. PALAZZO) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

A BILL
To amend title 49, United States Code, to require the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration to establish a process for providing expedited and dignified passenger screening services for veterans traveling to visit war memorials built and dedicated to honor their service, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Honor Flight Act’.
SEC. 2. HONOR FLIGHT PROGRAM.

Title 49, United States Code, is amended by adding after section 44927 the following new section:
`Sec. 44928. Honor Flight Program

`The Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration shall establish, in collaboration with the Honor Flight Network or other not-for-profit organization that honors veterans, a process for providing expedited and dignified passenger screening services for veterans traveling on an Honor Flight Network private charter, or such other not-for-profit organization that honors veterans, to visit war memorials built and dedicated to honor the service of such veterans.’.

H.R. 4803: TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2014

H.R. 4803: TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2014 was introduced on June 5, 2014 by Rep. Marshall “Mark” Sanford:

H.R.4803 — TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2014 (Introduced in House – IH)

HR 4803 IH

113th CONGRESS
2d Session

H. R. 4803
To require the Transportation Security Administration to conform to existing Federal law and regulations regarding criminal investigator positions, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 5, 2014

Mr. SANFORD (for himself and Mr. HUDSON) (all by request): introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security

A BILL
To require the Transportation Security Administration to conform to existing Federal law and regulations regarding criminal investigator positions, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `TSA Office of Inspection Accountability Act of 2014′.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

Congress makes the following findings:
(1) Consistent with Federal law and regulations, for law enforcement officers to qualify for premium pay as criminal investigators, the officers must, in general, spend on average at least 50 percent of their time investigating, apprehending, or detaining individuals suspected or convicted of offenses against the criminal laws of the United States.
(2) According to the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS IG), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does not ensure that its cadre of criminal investigators in the Office of Inspection are meeting this requirement, even though they are considered law enforcement officers under TSA policy and receive premium pay.
(3) Instead, TSA criminal investigators in the Office of Inspection primarily monitor the results of criminal investigations conducted by other agencies, investigate administrative cases of TSA employee misconduct, and carry out inspections, covert tests, and internal reviews, which the DHS IG asserts could be performed by employees other than criminal investigators at a lower cost.
(4) The premium pay and other benefits afforded to TSA criminal investigators in the Office of Inspection who are incorrectly classified as such will cost the taxpayer as much as $17,000,000 over 5 years if TSA fails to make any changes to the number of criminal investigators in the Office of Inspection, according to the DHS IG.
(5) This may be a conservative estimate, as it accounts for the cost of Law Enforcement Availability Pay, but not the costs of law enforcement training, statutory early retirement benefits, police vehicles, and weapons.
SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

In this Act:
(1) ADMINISTRATION- The term `Administration’ means the Transportation Security Administration.
(2) ASSISTANT SECRETARY- The term `Assistant Secretary’ means the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security (Transportation Security) of the Department of Homeland Security.
(3) INSPECTOR GENERAL- The term `Inspector General’ means the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security
SEC. 4. INSPECTOR GENERAL REVIEW.

(a) Review- Not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Inspector General shall analyze the data and methods that the Assistant Secretary uses to identify employees of the Administration who meet the requirements of sections 8331(20), 8401(17) and 5545a of title 5, United States Code, and provide the relevant findings to the Assistant Secretary, including a finding on whether the data and methods are adequate and valid.
(b) Prohibition on Hiring- If the Inspector General finds that such data and methods are inadequate or invalid, the Administration may not hire any new employee to work in the Office of Inspection of the Administration until–
(1) the Assistant Secretary makes a certification described in section 5 to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate; and
(2) the Inspector General submits to such Committees a finding, not later than 30 days after the Assistant Secretary makes such certification, that the Assistant Secretary utilized adequate and valid data and methods to make such certification.
SEC. 5. TSA OFFICE OF INSPECTION WORKFORCE CERTIFICATION.

(a) Certification to Congress- The Assistant Secretary shall, by not later than 90 days after the date the Inspector General provides its findings to the Assistant Secretary under section 4(a), document and certify in writing to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate that only those employees of the Administration who meet the requirements of sections 8331(20), 8401(17), and 5545a of title 5, United States Code, are classified as criminal investigators and are receiving premium pay and other benefits associated with such classification.
(b) Employee Reclassification- The Assistant Secretary shall reclassify criminal investigator positions in the Office of Inspection as noncriminal investigator positions or non-law enforcement positions if the individuals in those positions do not, or are not expected to, spend an average of at least 50 percent of their time performing criminal investigative duties.
(c) Projected Cost Savings-
(1) IN GENERAL- The Assistant Secretary shall estimate the total long-term cost savings to the Federal Government resulting from the implementation of subsection (b), and provide such estimate to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate by not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.
(2) CONTENTS- Such estimate shall identify savings associated with the positions reclassified under subsection (b) and include, among other factors the Assistant Secretary considers appropriate, savings from–
(A) law enforcement training;
(B) early retirement benefits;
(C) law enforcement availability pay; and
(D) weapons, vehicles, and communications devices.