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PUBLIC LAW 102-581—OCT. 31, 1992 106 STAT. 4873 Sec. 203. Hazards to safe and efficient air commerce. Sec. 204. National commission to promote a strong and competitive airline industry. Sec. 205. Strengthening of competition. Sec. 206. Slot rule effective date. Sec. 207. Emergency vision equipment. Sec. 208. Technical amendments to civil penalties. TITLE m—RESEARCH. ENGINEERING, AND DEVELOPMENT Sec. 301. Short title. Sec. 302. Aviation research authorization of appropriations. Sec. 303. Deicine study. Sec. 304. Aircrait noise research program. Sec. 305. Use of domestic producw. TITLE IV—AVIATION INSURANCE Sec. 401. Insurance for departments and agencies of the United States. Sec. 402. Extension of program. Sec. 403. Administration at aviation insurance program. Sec. 404. Continuation of aviation insurance laws. TITLE V—EXTENSION OF AIRPORT AND AIRWAY TRUST FUND Sec. 501. Extension of Airport and Airway Trust Fund. Sec. 502. Clarification of trust fund revenues. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. 49 USC app. /-« i:J1.1.i. 2201 note. Congress nnds that— (1) the Nation's aviation system must be part of an intermodal transportation system consisting of hubs and interconnections with other forms of transportation that will move people and goods in the fastest, most efficient manner; (2) our Nation's airports are our interconnections with the global economy; expanded flight capacity and greatly improved ground access for passengers and cargo are essential to our Nation's ability to compete in the international marketplace; (3) without significant additional financial resources, the Nation's airports will l>e imable to accommodate fully the growing aviation and ground traffic demands of the 1990's; (4) 27 of the Nation's top 100 airports are now unacceptably congested and the resulting delays in flights are costing our economy billions of dollars a year in lost productivity and undermining the Nation's ability to compete in the global economy; (5) unless the capacity of our airports is increased substantially, the problem of flight delays will escalate dramatically and, by the year 2000, 40 major airports will be congested and incurring more than 20,000 hours of flight delay a year; (6) the Nation must undertake an airport improvement and development program costing at least $7,000,000,000 a year over the next decade just to prevent the problem of airport delay from growing worse in the 21st century; (7) neither state, local, nor Federal Government can independently finance the needed airport and intermodal development and there must be a combined effort relying on all levels of government; (8) both the Federal airport improvement program and local passenger facility charge programs are essential to funding the development, as part of an intermodal transportation system, of airports (including necessary ground access eligible for funding under such programs) which meet our Nation's needs; (9) the Nation's air traffic control system must be modernized with the highest advanced technology to enable it to con-