May 20, 2003, Introduced by Reps. Ehardt, Acciavatti, Brandenburg, Amos and Robertson and referred to the Committee on Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security.

























                                                                                 A bill to amend 1945 PA 327, entitled                                             


    "Aeronautics code of the state of Michigan,"                                


    by amending section 85 (MCL 259.85), as amended by 2002 PA 258;             


    and to repeal acts and parts of acts.                                       


                THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:                      


1       Sec. 85.  (1) A person shall not operate a flight school in                 


2   this state unless the person holds an annual license issued by              


3   the commission.                                                             


4       (2) Upon receipt of an application and a $25.00 license fee                 


5   from a flight school, the commission shall review the                       


6   qualifications of the applicant.                                            


7       (3) Unless surrendered, suspended, or revoked before this                   


8   date, a flight school license expires 1 year from date of                   


9   issuance or upon the sale or transfer by the owner of property,             


10  equipment, or franchise of the flight school.                               



1       (4) The annual flight school license renewal fee is $10.00                  


2   and is payable from the original date of issuance.  An applicant            


3   shall file an initial application and pay the initial application           


4   fee if a license is not renewed before its expiration.                      


5       (5) A change in the name of the flight school, without change               


6   in ownership, does not void a current license if the owner of the           


7   flight school notifies the commission in writing within 15 days             


8   of the change.  Upon receipt of notification under this                     


9   subsection, the commission shall issue a license under the new              


10  name with the same expiration date as the license previously                


11  issued.                                                                     


12      (6) A flight school operating facilities at more than 1                     


13  aeronautical facility shall obtain a license for each location.             


14      (7) The flight school license shall be posted in the                        


15  principal office of the flight school where it may be readily               


16  observed by the general public.                                             


17      (8) A flight school shall at all times conduct itself in                    


18  accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws and           


19  statutes.                                                                   


20      (9) A flight school shall be operated from an airport                       


21  properly licensed by the commission.                                        


22      (10) A flight school operator shall obtain from the airport                 


23  manager a written agreement to operate commercially from the                


24  airport at which the flight school is based.                                


25      (11) Each flight school student shall be advised in writing                 


26  at the time of enrollment of the type and amount of insurance               


27  coverage provided for each aircraft used by the flight school.              


1       (12) A flight school shall provide a suitable space of                      


2   permanent nature that is properly heated, lighted, and ventilated           


3   to accommodate flight school students and to house adequate                 


4   equipment necessary to properly conduct business matters and to             


5   prepare and preserve business records.  The facilities described            


6   in this subsection shall be located at the licensed airport                 


7   site.                                                                       


8       (13) Each aircraft to be used for purposes of flight                        


9   instruction at a flight school shall comply with all of the                 


10  following:                                                                  


11      (a) Possess a valid airworthiness certificate issued by the                 


12  federal aviation administration.                                            


13      (b) Be properly registered with the commission.                             


14      (c) Have the equipment and performance characteristics                      


15  appropriate to the curriculum and to the airport to be used.                


16      (14) All aircraft used in any flight school operation shall                 


17  be operated in accordance with federal aviation administration              


18  maintenance regulations and standards.  Adequate records shall be           


19  kept by the school to demonstrate performance of all required               


20  items of maintenance.  The maintenance status of each aircraft,             


21  including discrepancies, shall be displayed by the school in a              


22  manner adequate to determine compliance.                                    


23      (15) A flight school shall have a flight instructor available               


24  to dispatch and supervise each student pilot solo flight.                   


25      (16) A flight school shall have a written curriculum,                       


26  including lesson plans, adequate to properly qualify the student            


27  to complete the particular course for the certificate or rating             


1   sought.  A flight school shall also include lessons pertaining to           


2   Michigan laws relating to aviation and this act.                            


3       (17) A flight school shall make available to students current               


4   texts and reference material pertaining to the certificate or               


5   rating sought.                                                              


6       (18) A flight school shall provide adequate instruction to                  


7   properly qualify a student completing its courses for the                   


8   appropriate federal aviation administration examination covering            


9   the grade of certificate or rating sought.                                  


10      (19) A flight school shall maintain training records adequate               


11  to show each student's progress and level of completion relative            


12  to the course of instruction in which the student is enrolled.              


13  These records shall be made available for inspection by any                 


14  authorized representative of the commission.                                


15      (20) A copy of the airport and flight school regulations                    


16  shall be made available to the students enrolled in the school              


17  for information and guidance.                                               


18      (21) A flight school shall designate a practice area.                       


19      (22) A flight school or its representatives and instructors                 


20  shall not make false claims of any kind pertaining to either                


21  flight training or employment following flight training.  Only a            


22  licensed flight school may advertise flight instruction.                    


23      (23) A flight school accepting prepayment equal to or in                    


24  excess of $1,000.00 shall file with the commission a corporate              


25  surety bond payable to the state of Michigan in the sum of                  


26  $5,000.00 conditioned on the faithful performance of all                    


27  contracts and agreements with students made by the flight school            


1   or its agent.  The aggregate liability for the surety for all               


2   breaches of conditions of the bond shall not exceed the principal           


3   sum of $5,000.00.  The surety of any bond may cancel the bond               


4   upon giving 60 days' notice in writing to the commission and the            


5   flight school.  If a bond is canceled in compliance with this               


6   subsection, the surety is relieved of liability for any breach of           


7   conditions occurring after the effective date of cancellation.              


8       (24)  Beginning the effective date of the amendatory act that               


9   added this subsection, a flight school shall request from the               


10  criminal records division of the department of state police a               


11  criminal history check and criminal records check through the               


12  federal bureau of investigation on any applicant for training at            


13  the flight school in the manner provided for under section 85a.             


14  The applicant shall cooperate with the flight school in                     


15  completing the criminal history check and criminal records check            


16  through the federal bureau of investigation.  A flight school               


17  shall not enroll or shall terminate the enrollment of an                    


18  applicant if any of the following occurred to the applicant                 


19  within the preceding 7 years:                                               


20      (a) Was convicted of a violent or other felony.                             


21      (b) Was incarcerated for a violent or other felony                          


22  conviction.                                                                 


23      (c) Was on probation or parole for a violent or other felony                


24  conviction.  A flight school shall implement a security program,            


25  acceptable to the commission, designed to limit aircraft                    


26  accessibility and ensure the security of those aircraft on the              


27  ground that are used by the flight school.                                  


1       (25) The security program described in subsection (24) shall                


2   include 1 or more of the following:                                         


3       (a) Procedures for positive identification of a student pilot               


4   or renter pilot as a precondition to allowing access to                     


5   aircraft.                                                                   


6       (b) Procedures for control of aircraft ignition keys that                   


7   prevent operation of an aircraft by a student pilot that is not             


8   in the presence of or under the authorization of a flight                   


9   instructor or other authorized individual.                                  


10      (c) Instructional procedures that ensure close student pilot                


11  supervision.                                                                


12      (26) The security program described in subsection (24) shall                


13  include both of the following:                                              


14      (a) Instructional materials that identify and offer examples                


15  of types of suspicious activity at or in proximity to an airport            


16  and that advise students and renter pilots of the means to report           


17  such activity to local law enforcement officials and appropriate            


18  federal authorities.                                                        


19      (b) The prominent display of signs requesting pilots to                     


20  report suspicious activity at or in proximity to an airport.  The           


21  signs must provide telephone numbers of local law enforcement               


22  officials and appropriate federal authorities.                              


23      (27)  (25)  The requirements for a flight school set out in                 


24  this section are conditions of the license.  Failure to comply              


25  with any of these requirements is grounds for revocation of a               


26  flight school's license.                                                    


27      (28)  (26)  A person who violates this section is guilty of a               


1   misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 90 days,           


2   or a fine of not less than $100.00 or more than $500.00, or both,           


3   together with costs of the prosecution.                                     


4       (27) As used in this section, "violent or other felony"                     


5   means a violation of a penal law of this state, another state, or           


6   the United States for which the offender, upon conviction, may be           


7   punished by death or imprisonment for more than 1 year or an                


8   offense expressly designated by law to be a felony.                         


9       Enacting section 1.  Section 85a of the aeronautics code of                 


10  the state of Michigan, 1945 PA 327, MCL 259.85a, is repealed.