Vision 100–Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act
SEC. 814. FLIGHT ATTENDANT CERTIFICATION.
(a) IN GENERAL- Chapter 447 is further amended by adding at the end the
`Sec. 44728. Flight attendant certification
`(a) CERTIFICATE REQUIRED-
`(1) IN GENERAL- No person may serve as a flight attendant aboard an
aircraft of an air carrier unless that person holds a certificate of
demonstrated proficiency from the Administrator of the Federal Aviation
Administration. Upon the request of the Administrator or an authorized
representative of the National Transportation Safety Board or another
Federal agency, a person who holds such a certificate shall present the
certificate for inspection within a reasonable period of time after the date
of the request.
`(2) SPECIAL RULE FOR CURRENT FLIGHT ATTENDANTS- An individual serving
as a flight attendant on the effective date of this section may continue to
serve aboard an aircraft as a flight attendant until completion by that
individual of the required recurrent or requalification training and
subsequent certification under this section.
`(3) TREATMENT OF FLIGHT ATTENDANT AFTER NOTIFICATION- On the date that
the Administrator is notified by an air carrier that an individual has the
demonstrated proficiency to be a flight attendant, the individual shall be
treated for purposes of this section as holding a certificate issued under
`(b) ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE- The Administrator shall issue a certificate
of demonstrated proficiency under this section to an individual after the
Administrator is notified by the air carrier that the individual has
successfully completed all the training requirements for flight attendants
approved by the Administrator.
`(c) DESIGNATION OF PERSON TO DETERMINE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF TRAINING-
In accordance with part 183 of chapter 14, Code of Federal Regulation, the
director of operations of an air carrier is designated to determine that an
individual has successfully completed the training requirements approved by
the Administrator for such individual to serve as a flight attendant.
`(d) SPECIFICATIONS RELATING TO CERTIFICATES- Each certificate issued
under this section shall–
`(1) be numbered and recorded by the Administrator;
`(2) contain the name, address, and description of the individual to
whom the certificate is issued;
`(3) is similar in size and appearance to certificates issued to airmen;
`(4) contain the airplane group for which the certificate is issued; and
`(5) be issued not later than 120 days after the Administrator receives
notification from the air carrier of demonstrated proficiency and, in the
case of an individual serving as flight attendant on the effective date of
this section, not later than 1 year after such effective date.
`(e) APPROVAL OF TRAINING PROGRAMS- Air carrier flight attendant training
programs shall be subject to approval by the Administrator. All flight
attendant training programs approved by the Administrator in the 1-year
period ending on the date of enactment of this section shall be treated as
providing a demonstrated proficiency for purposes of meeting the
certification requirements of this section.
`(f) FLIGHT ATTENDANT DEFINED- In this section, the term `flight
attendant’ means an individual working as a flight attendant in the cabin of
an aircraft that has 20 or more seats and is being used by an air carrier to
provide air transportation.’.
(b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- The analysis for chapter 447 is further amended
by adding at the end the following:
`44728. Flight attendant certification.’.
(c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by subsections (a) and (b) shall
take effect on the 365th day following the date of enactment of this Act.
SEC. 815. AIR QUALITY IN AIRCRAFT CABINS.
(a) IN GENERAL- The Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration
shall undertake the studies and analysis called for in the report of the
National Research Council entitled `The Airliner Cabin Environment and the
Health of Passengers and Crew’.
(b) REQUIRED ACTIVITIES- In carrying out this section, the Administrator,
at a minimum, shall–
(1) conduct surveillance to monitor ozone in the cabin on a
representative number of flights and aircraft to determine compliance with
existing Federal Aviation Regulations for ozone;
(2) collect pesticide exposure data to determine exposures of passengers
(3) analyze samples of residue from aircraft ventilation ducts and
filters after air quality incidents to identify the contaminants to which
passengers and crew were exposed;
(4) analyze and study cabin air pressure and altitude; and
(5) establish an air quality incident reporting system.
(c) REPORT- Not later than 30 months after the date of enactment of this
Act, the Administrator shall transmit to Congress a report on the findings
of the Administrator under this section.