H.R. 6007, To amend title 49, United States Code, to include consideration of certain impacts on commercial space launch and reentry activities in navigable airspace analysis, and for other purposes

H.R. 6007

To amend title 49, United States Code, to include consideration of certain impacts on commercial space launch and reentry activities in navigable airspace analysis, and for other purposes

Date
September 20, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

On­­­­ Tuesday, September 20, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 6007, to amend title 49, United States Code, to include consideration of certain impacts on commercial space launch and reentry activities in navigable airspace analysis, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 6007 was introduced on September 13, 2016, by Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Bill Summary

H.R. 6007 provides the Secretary of Transportation the authority to conduct an aeronautical study on the extent a new or altered structure would adversely impact space navigation facilities and equipment. The study would examine the impact on arrival and departure procedures, the impact on existing and planned public-use airport and aeronautical facilities, and the cumulative impact of the structure. The legislation would also require the study to examine the impact on launch and reentry vehicles arriving or departing from a launch or reentry site.

Background

Federal Regulation Title 14 Part 77 established standards and notification requirements for objects affecting navigable airspace. Notification of construction allows the Federal Aviation Administration to identify potential aeronautical hazards in advance to prevent or minimize the adverse impacts to the safe and efficient use of navigable airspace.[1] Under current Federal law, the Secretary of Transportation can decide to conduct an impact study on the effects a new or altered structure could have on the obstruction of navigable airspace or on any interference with air navigation facilities and equipment.[2]  H.R. 6007 gives the Secretary the authority to conduct an aeronautical study to determine a proposed structure’s impact on space navigation facilities and equipment as well.

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[1] See http://www.faa.gov/airports/engineering/airspace_analysis/
[2] See 49 USC 44718

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate is currently unavailable.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.