US Department of Transportation

Compilation of Selected Aviation Laws

As Amended Through January 1, 2013

The PDF* file available for download here contains the current statutory text (as of 01/01/2013) of selected aviation laws of the United States, principally portions of title 49, United States Code, and related tax (and Trust Fund) provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (title 26, United States Code).

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Searchable Text and Bookmarks: This PDF file is so-called "smart PDF," meaning that you can open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader and search for a word or short phrase. It contains "bookmarks" for each chapter (or other division) of titles 49, 26, and 51 in the complilation.

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Corrections: Since the compilation was first published as of April 1, 2012, updates and corrections have been made to the following sections:

Analysis for chapter 1 -- print page 2 for the updated text.

102(e) -- print page 3 for the updated text.
106(b) & (d) -- print page 4 for the updated text.

Analysis for chapter 3 -- print page 21 for the updated text.

304 -- print pages 23-24 for updated text.
40125(d) -- print page 52 for the updated text.
40128(b)(1)(C) -- print page 54 for the updated text.
44703(d)(2) -- print page 128 for the updated text.
44709(d)(3) -- print page 136 for the updated text.
44710(d)(1) -- print page 137 for the updated text.

Analysis for chapter 449 -- print page 153 for the updated text.

44901(d) -- print pages 154-155 for the updated text.
44903(m) -- print page 164 for the updated text. [new correction]
44945 -- print page 190 for the updated text.
46301(a)(5)(A)(i) -- print page 200 for the corrected text.
46314(b) & (c) -- print page 206 for the corrected text.
47124(b)(3)(D) -- print page 241 for the corrected text.
49106(c) -- print pages 274-275 for the corrected text.

Future Amendments: Until this Compilation is updated again, you can access a handy, up-to-date listing of all recent amendments to current law, sorted by US Code title and section number. These classification tables are maintained by the Office of Law Revision Counsel, and they are quickly updated following new enactments. The text of recently enacted laws may be found through the Library of Congress Thomas web site.

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Compilation Contents
Subject Coverage
Department of Transportation Subtitle I of title 49, United States Code (partial)
Aviation Programs Subtitle VII of title 49, United States Code
Commercial Space Transportation Subtitle V of title 51, United States Code
Tax provisions relating to air transportation Secs. 4041, 4081, 4261-4263, 4271, 4272, 4281, 4282, 4291, 4293, 7275 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986
Airport and Airway Trust Fund Secs. 9500, 9502, 9503, 9601, 9602 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986
"the Wright Amendment" Section 29 of the International Air Transportation Competition Act of 1979