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PUBLIC LAW 85-133-AUG. 14, 1957
Public Law 85-133 AN ACT To provide for the development and modernization of the national system of navigation and ti-affic (;ontrol facilities to serve present and future needs of civil and military aviation, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the nited assemblei United States of America in Congress assembled,, That this Act may be cited as the Airways Modernization Act of 1957.
August 14, 1957 [S. 1856]
AIRWAYS MODERNIZATION BOARD
SEC. 2. (a) There is hereby established the Airways Modernization Board, hereinafter referred to as the "Board." The Board shall consist of three members: A Chairman of the Board, hereinafter referred to as the "Chairman,"' who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and who shall receive compensation at the rate of $20,500 per annum, the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Commerce. Either of the said Secretaries may designate an officer of his Department to act in his stead as a member of the Board with respect to any matter or matters. All actions of the Board except those relating to transfers of functions as provided in section 4 of this Act shall be by affirmative vote of a majority of its members. (b) The Board shall develop, modify, test, and evaluate systems, procedures, facilities, and devices, as well as define the performance characteristics thereof, to meet the needs for safe and efficient navigation and traffic control of all civil and military aviation except for those needs of military agencies which are peculiar to air warfare and primarily of military concern, and select such systems, procedures, facilities, and devices as will best serve such needs and will promote maximum coordination of air traffic control and air defense systems. When there is any substantial question as to whether a matter is of primary concern to the military, the Board is authorized and directed to determine whether it or the appropriate military agency shall have responsibility. Technical information concerning any research and development projects of the military agencies which have potential application to the needs of, or possible conflict with, the common system shall be furnished to the Board to the maximum extent necessary to insure that common system application potential is properly considered and future potential conflicts with the common system are eliminated. (c) The Board, before selecting any system, procedure, facility, or device, is directed to effect coordination with the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Federal Communications Commission in order to assure that full consideration is given to all of the statutory responsibilities of the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Federal Communications Commission. (d) The Board is also authorized— (1) subject to the civil-service and classification laws, to select, employ, appoint, and fix the compensation of such officers, employees, attorneys, and agents as shall be necessary to carry out the provisions of this Act, and to define their authority and duties; (2) to appoint such advisory committees as shall be appropriate for the purposes of consultation and advice to the Board in performance of its functions hereunder and to obtain services as authorized by section 15 of the Act of August 2, 1946 (5 U.S.C. 55 (a)), at rates not to exceed $100 per diem for individuals. 84352 O - 5 8 - 2 5
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