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Document Number: 2016-10523
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 75-26-05 for Bell Helicopter Textron (Bell) Model 204B, 205A-1 and 212 helicopters. AD 75-26-05 currently requires removing and visually inspecting each main rotor (M/R) blade and, depending on the inspection's outcome, repairing or replacing the M/R blades. This proposed AD would require more frequent inspections of certain M/R blades and would also apply to Model 205A helicopters. This proposed AD would have no requirement that helicopter blades be removed to conduct the initial visual inspections. These proposed actions are intended to detect a crack and prevent failure of an M/R blade and subsequent loss of helicopter control.
Document Number: 2016-10442
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-05
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Through this Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPR), the Board is proposing to establish new regulations requiring all Class I railroads and the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office (CTCO), through its Class I members, to report certain service performance metrics on a weekly basis.
Document Number: 2016-10299
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-05
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
The geometric design standards for projects on the National Highway System (NHS) are incorporated by reference in FHWA regulations in 23 CFR 625 and apply regardless of funding source. These design standards are comprehensive in nature, covering a multitude of design characteristics, while allowing flexibility in application. Exceptions may be approved on a project basis for designs that do not conform to the minimum or limiting criteria set forth in the standards, policies, and standard specifications. The FHWA is updating its 1985 policy regarding controlling criteria for design, applicable to projects on the NHS, to reduce the number of controlling criteria from 13 to 10, and to apply only 2 of those criteria to low speed roadways. The FHWA is also issuing guidance to clarify when design exceptions are needed and the documentation that is expected to support such requests. The FHWA's guidance memorandum, which is available in the docket (FHWA-2015-0020), transmits this policy to FHWA field offices.
Document Number: 2016-10285
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH (Airbus Helicopters) Model MBB-BK 117A-3, MBB-BK 117A-4, MBB-BK 117B-1, MBB-BK 117B-2, and MBB-BK 117C-1 helicopters. This proposed AD would require removing adhesive seals from the exterior and interior door jettisoning system on the left and right sliding doors. This proposed AD is prompted by reports that the adhesive seal prevented the doors from jettisoning properly. The proposed actions are intended to remove the adhesive seal to allow the doors to jettison properly so occupants can exit the helicopter during an emergency.
Document Number: 2016-10440
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (Gulfstream) Model GVII-G500 airplane. This airplane will have a novel or unusual design feature associated with side-facing seats. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. These special conditions contain the additional safety standards the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards.
Document Number: 2016-10416
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-04
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler) has requested a five-year exemption for one of its employees from the Federal requirement to hold a U.S. commercial driver's license (CDL). Mr. Henning Oeltjenbruns, general manager of the Daimler Truck Plant in Cleveland, NC, holds a valid German commercial license and wants to test drive Daimler vehicles on U.S. roads to better understand product requirements in ``real world'' environments, and verify results. Daimler believes the requirements for a German commercial license ensure that operation under the exemption will likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption.
Document Number: 2016-10415
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-04
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler) has requested a five-year exemption for one of its employees from the Federal requirement to hold a U.S. commercial driver's license (CDL). Mr. Sebastian Boehm, a project engineer, holds a valid German commercial license and wants to test drive Daimler vehicles on U.S. roads to better understand product requirements in ``real world'' environments, and verify results. Daimler believes the requirements for a German commercial license ensure that operation under the exemption will likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption.
Document Number: 2016-10350
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-04
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces receipt by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a petition for a decision that model year (MY) 2008 Aston Martin Vantage V8 passenger cars (PC) that were not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS), are eligible for importation into the United States because they are substantially similar to vehicles that were originally manufactured for sale in the United States and that were certified by their manufacturer as complying with the safety standards (the U.S.-certified version of the 2008 Aston Martin Vantage V8 PC) and they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
Document Number: 2016-10349
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-04
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces receipt by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of a petition for a decision that model year (MY) 2009 Mercedes-Benz G Class Long Wheelbase (LWB) (463 Chassis) multipurpose vehicles (MPVs) that were not originally manufactured to comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS), are eligible for importation into the United States because they are substantially similar to vehicles that were originally manufactured for sale in the United States and that were certified by their manufacturer as complying with the safety standards (the U.S.- certified version of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz G Class LWB MPV) and they are capable of being readily altered to conform to the standards.
Document Number: 2016-10279
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Turbomeca S.A. Astazou XIV B and H turboshaft engines. This AD requires a one-time inspection of the front surface of the 3rd stage turbine for a groove. This AD was prompted by a report of a crack on the 3rd stage turbine wheel. We are issuing this AD to prevent cracks in the 3rd stage turbine wheel, failure of the engine, in-flight shutdown, and loss of control of the helicopter.
Document Number: 2016-10179
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action modifies Class D airspace, Class E surface area airspace, Class E surface area airspace designated as an extension, and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Walla Walla Regional Airport, Walla Walla, WA. After a review of the airspace, the FAA found it necessary to amend the airspace areas for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations for arriving and departing aircraft at the airport. This action also updates the geographic coordinates of Walla Walla Regional Airport in the respective Class D and E airspace areas above.
Document Number: 2016-10160
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 717-200 airplanes. This AD was prompted by multiple reports of the vertical stabilizer leading edge showing signs of fastener distress. This AD requires a detailed inspection for any distress of the vertical stabilizer leading edge skin, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This AD also requires, for certain airplanes, repetitive detailed inspections of the spar cap for any loose and missing fasteners, repetitive eddy current testing high frequency (ETHF) and radiographic testing (RT) inspections of the spar cap for any crack, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct any crack in the vertical stabilizer leading edge and front spar cap, which may result in the structure becoming unable to support limit load, and may lead to the loss of the vertical stabilizer.
Document Number: 2016-10158
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747-8 series airplanes. This AD requires a detailed inspection for correct installation of the flex hose clamp of the occupant backup air supply and a general visual inspection for damage of the flex hose, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This AD was prompted by a report indicating that flex hoses of the occupant backup air supply were found disconnected from the adjacent fiberglass duct on two airplanes. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct an incorrect clamp installation on the inboard end of the flex hose, which allows the flex hose to slowly become disconnected from the adjacent fiberglass duct, and damage to the hose. This condition, in conjunction with a cargo fire event, can potentially lead to decreased airflow to the main deck, possibly resulting in smoke and/ or toxic fumes penetrating into the main deck passenger compartment, which could result in injury to the passengers or cabin crew.
Document Number: 2016-09801
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 777 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. This proposed AD would require modifying the fuel quantity indicating system (FQIS) to prevent development of an ignition source inside the center fuel tank due to electrical fault conditions. This proposed AD would also provide alternative actions for cargo airplanes. We are proposing this AD to prevent ignition sources inside the center fuel tank, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane.
Document Number: 2016-09795
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Model 767 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. This proposed AD would require modifying the fuel quantity indicating system (FQIS) to prevent development of an ignition source inside the center fuel tank due to electrical fault conditions. This proposed AD would also provide optional actions for cargo airplanes. We are proposing this AD to prevent ignition sources inside the center fuel tank, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane.
Document Number: 2016-08956
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2004-19-11 for certain Airbus Model A320 series airplanes. AD 2004-19-11 required modification of the inner rear spar web of the wing, cold expansion of the attachment holes of the forward pintle fitting and the actuating cylinder anchorage of the main landing gear (MLG), repetitive ultrasonic inspections for cracking of the rear spar of the wing, and corrective action if necessary. AD 2004-19-11 also provided optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections. This new AD retains the requirements of AD 2004-19-11, and requires the previously optional terminating action. This AD was prompted by a determination that the previously optional terminating action is necessary to address the unsafe condition. We are issuing this AD to prevent fatigue cracking of the inner rear spar, which may lead to reduced structural integrity of the wing and the MLG.
Document Number: 2016-08532
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A320-214, -232, and -233 airplanes; and Airbus Model A321- 211 and -231 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of incorrect installation of jiffy joint connectors on cables connected to certain passenger service units (PSUs), which could cause the passenger oxygen container to malfunction if the connector becomes disengaged during flight due to vibration. This AD requires identification of the affected PSUs, and depending on findings, doing applicable related investigative and corrective actions. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the door of the passenger oxygen container to open in the event of airplane decompression, resulting in lack of oxygen supply and consequent injury to occupants.
Document Number: 2016-10347
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew a previously approved information collection. Wildlife strike data are collected to develop standards and monitor hazards to aviation.
Document Number: 2016-10346
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew a previously approved information collection. The FAA assesses the information collected and issues operations specifications to foreign air carriers. These operations specifications assure the foreign air carrier's ability to navigate and communicate safely within the U.S. National Airspace System.
Document Number: 2016-10344
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew a currently approved information collection. The information collected is used to evaluate the qualifications of applicants for a variety of positions within the FAA.
Document Number: 2016-10334
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to amend its ``Notice of Policy Regarding the Eligibility of Airport Ground Access Transportation Projects for Funding Under the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Program,'' \1\ regarding the requirements for PFC funding of on-airport, rail access projects.
Document Number: 2016-10326
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Pursuant to the Federal Pipeline Safety Laws, PHMSA is publishing this notice of a special permit request we have received from TransMontaigne Operating Company L.P. (TOC), a hazardous liquid pipeline operator, seeking relief from compliance with certain requirements in the Federal pipeline safety regulations. This notice seeks public comments on this request, including comments on any safety or environmental impacts. At the conclusion of the 30-day comment period, PHMSA will evaluate the request and determine whether to grant or deny a special permit.
Document Number: 2016-10320
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $8 Million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 and FY 2016 research funds, for a new program to demonstrate and evaluate innovative approaches to integrated ``Mobility on Demand'' (MOD) solutions within a public transportation framework. The MOD Sandbox Demonstration Program is intended to provide a platform where integrated MOD concepts and solutions are supported and demonstrated through local partnerships in a real-world setting. FTA will fund project teams to adopt innovative business models to deliver high quality, seamless and equitable mobility options for all travelers. The MOD Sandbox further emphasizes FTA's interest in transit and mobility innovation, and builds upon FTA's recent XPEDITE Innovation initiative, which sought industry input through an online dialogue on transit innovation, particularly technology trends that increase public transportation efficiency, effectiveness and enhance the quality of customer travel. This notice also includes: (1) Reference to a number of areas for demonstrations of particular interest to FTA (to be used to guide but not limit innovative proposal concepts), (2) criteria that the FTA will use to identify projects for funding, and (3) the process for applying for the funding. This announcement is available on the FTA Web site at: http:// www.fta.dot.gov. A synopsis of this funding opportunity will be posted in the FIND module of the government-wide electronic grants Web site at http://www.GRANTS.GOV. FTA will announce final selections on the FTA Web site and may also announce selections in the Federal Register.
Document Number: 2016-10317
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Under with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and its implementing regulations, FRA seeks renewal of six currently-approved information collection activities. Before submitting these information collection requirements (ICRs) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewed approval, FRA is soliciting public comment on specific aspects of the activities identified in this notice.
Document Number: 2016-10296
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
The FHWA invited public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of a new information collection that is summarized below under supplementary information. The FHWA also invites public comments on the design of the survey instrument and questions for the National Transportation Performance Management (TPM) Review Survey. A document containing the draft survey and survey design report is available at http:// www.fhwa.dot.gov/tpm/engage/docs/questions.pdf. FHWA has received a request to extend the comment period in order to provide more time to evaluate the proposed revisions. FHWA is extending the comment period to May 31, 2016. We published a Federal Register Notice with a 60-day public comment period on this information collection on June 23, 2015. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Document Number: 2016-10284
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces actions taken by the FHWA and other Federal agencies that are final within the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). The actions relate to the I-5 interchange with NW., 319th Street/La Center Road (La Center Interchange Improvements) Project in the State of Washington. The action by FHWA is the Record of Decision (ROD) that selects improvements to the I-5 La Center Interchange as traffic mitigation measures for construction of the Cowlitz Reservation Development. The Cowlitz Reservation Development was the subject of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) ROD of April 2013. Actions by other Federal agencies include issuing amendments to previously issued permits.
Document Number: 2016-10178
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Arkansas International Airport, Blytheville, AR; Blytheville Municipal Airport, Blytheville, AR; Frank Federer Memorial Airport, Brinkley, AR; Clarksville Municipal Airport, Clarksville, AR; and J. Lynn Helms Sevier County Airport, De Queen, AR. Decommissioning of non-directional radio beacons (NDBs), cancellation of NDB approaches, and implementation of area navigation (RNAV) procedures have made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the above airports. This action would also update the name of Arkansas International Airport, and the geographic coordinates for Arkansas International Airport, Blytheville Municipal Airport, and Clarksville Municipal Airport, to coincide with the FAAs aeronautical database.
Document Number: 2016-10177
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Vigil I. Grissom Municipal Airport, Bedford, IN; Goshen Municipal Airport, Goshen, IN; Putnam County Airport, Greencastle, IN; Huntingburg Airport, Huntingburg, IN; North Vernon Airport, North Vernon, IN; Jasper County Airport, Rensselaer, IN; Perry County Municipal Airport, Tell City, IN; and Daviess County Airport, Washington, IN. This action also proposes to remove Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at O'Neal Airport, Vincennes, IN. Decommissioning of non- directional radio beacons (NDB), cancellation of NDB approaches, implementation of area navigation (RNAV) procedures, and closure of O'Neal Airport, have made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the above airports. This action also would update the geographic coordinates of Goshen Municipal Airport, Putnam County Airport, North Vernon Airport, Jasper County Airport, and Perry County Municipal Airport to coincide with the FAAs aeronautical database.
Document Number: 2016-10176
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to remove Class E surface area airspace at Alliance Municipal Airport, Alliance, NE; and modify Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Albion Municipal Airport, Albion, NE; Alliance Municipal Airport, Alliance, NE; Quinn Field, Gothenburg, NE; Brewster Field Airport, Holdrege, NE; Imperial Municipal Airport, Imperial, NE; Jim Kelly Field, Lexington, NE; and Millard Airport, Omaha, NE. Decommissioning of non-directional radio beacons (NDB), cancellation of NDB approaches, and implementation of area navigation (RNAV) procedures have made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the above airports. This action would also update the geographic coordinates for Quinn Field, Imperial Municipal Airport, and Jim Kelly Field to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database.
Document Number: 2016-10175
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Hutchinson Municipal Airport- Butler Field, Hutchinson, MN; Jackson Municipal Airport, Jackson, MN; Pipestone Municipal Airport, Pipestone, MN; Richard B. Helgeson Airport, Two Harbors, MN; and Waseca Municipal Airport, Waseca, MN. Decommissioning of the non-directional radio beacon (NDB), cancellation of NDB approaches, and implementation of area navigation (RNAV) procedures have made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the above airports. This action would also update the geographic coordinates at Hutchinson Municipal-Butler Field, Jackson Municipal Airport, Pipestone Municipal Airport, and Richard B. Helgeson Airport, to coincide with the FAAs aeronautical database.
Document Number: 2016-10174
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Gratiot Community Airport, Alma, MI; Antrim County Airport, Bellaire, MI; Wexford County Airport, Cadillac, MI; Drummond Island Airport, Drummond Island, MI; Charles C. Zettel Memorial Airport, Gladwin, MI; Park Township Airport and West Michigan Regional Airport, Holland, MI; and Three Rivers Municipal Dr. Haines Airport, Three Rivers, MI. Decommissioning of non-directional radio beacons (NDB), cancellation of NDB approaches, or implementation of area navigation (RNAV) procedures have made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the above airports. This action would also update the geographic coordinates of Three Rivers Municipal Dr. Haines Airport, and the name change of West Michigan Regional Airport (formerly Tulip City Airport) to coincide with the FAAs aeronautical database.
Document Number: 2016-10124
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2008-19- 08, for all Dassault Aviation Model Falcon 10 airplanes. AD 2008-19-08 currently requires repetitive replacement of the flexible hoses installed in the wing (slat) anti-icing system with new hoses. Since we issued AD 2008-19-08, additional reports were received of collapse of the flexible hoses installed in the slat anti-icing systems on airplanes equipped with new, improved hoses. This proposed AD would require reducing the life limit of these flexible hoses, which would reduce the repetitive replacement intervals. We are proposing this AD to prevent collapse of the flexible hoses in the slat anti-icing system, which could lead to insufficient anti-icing capability and, if icing is encountered in this situation, could result in reduced controllability of the airplane.
Document Number: 2016-10009
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This amendment adopts miscellaneous amendments to the required IFR (instrument flight rules) altitudes and changeover points for certain Federal airways, jet routes, or direct routes for which a minimum or maximum en route authorized IFR altitude is prescribed. This regulatory action is needed because of changes occurring in the National Airspace System. These changes are designed to provide for the safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace under instrument conditions in the affected areas.
Document Number: 2016-09794
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747-400, 747-400D, and 747-400F series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. This proposed AD would require modifying the fuel quantity indicating system (FQIS) to prevent development of an ignition source inside the center fuel tank due to electrical fault conditions. This proposed AD would also provide alternative actions for cargo airplanes. We are proposing this AD to prevent ignition sources inside the center fuel tank, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane.
Document Number: 2016-09793
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. This proposed AD would require modifying the fuel quantity indicating system (FQIS) to prevent development of an ignition source inside the center fuel tank due to electrical fault conditions. This proposed AD would also provide alternative actions for cargo airplanes. We are proposing this AD to prevent ignition sources inside the center fuel tank, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane.
Document Number: 2016-09792
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called Model A300- 600 series airplanes), and Model A310 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. This proposed AD would require modifying the fuel quantity indicating system (FQIS) to prevent development of an ignition source inside the center fuel tank due to electrical fault conditions. This proposed AD would also provide alternative actions for cargo airplanes. We are proposing this AD to prevent ignition sources inside the center fuel tank, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane.
Document Number: 2016-09789
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A318, A319, and A320 series airplanes; Model A330- 200, -200 Freighter, and -300 series airplanes; and Model A340-200, - 300, -500, and -600 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. This proposed AD would require modifying the fuel quantity indicating system (FQIS) to prevent development of an ignition source inside the center fuel tank due to electrical fault conditions. This proposed AD would also provide alternative actions for cargo airplanes. We are proposing this AD to prevent ignition sources inside the center fuel tank, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane.
Document Number: 2016-10307
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary
The Department of Transportation (``Department'' or ``DOT'') announces the appointment of members to the Advisory Committee on Accessible Air Transportation (ACCESS Advisory Committee). The ACCESS Advisory Committee was established to negotiate and develop a proposed rule concerning accommodations for air travelers with disabilities addressing inflight entertainment (IFE), accessible lavatory on new single-aisle aircraft, and service animals. Additionally, DOT announces that the first meeting of the ACCESS Advisory Committee will be held on May 17 and 18, 2016. The meeting is open to the public for its entirety.
Document Number: 2016-10277
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Through this Notice, FRA announces its intent to jointly prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) with the New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJ TRANSIT) for the Hudson Tunnel Project (the Proposed Action or the Project) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Proposed Action is intended to preserve the current functionality of the Northeast Corridor's (NEC) Hudson River rail crossing between New Jersey and New York and strengthen the resilience of the NEC. The Project would consist of construction of a new rail tunnel beneath the Hudson River, including railroad infrastructure in New Jersey and New York connecting the new rail tunnel to the existing NEC, and rehabilitation of the existing NEC tunnel beneath the Hudson River, referred to as the North River Tunnel. The EIS will evaluate the potential environmental impacts of a reasonable range of alternatives, including the No Action (No Build) Alternative. As appropriate, FRA and NJ TRANSIT will coordinate with the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), as owner of the North River Tunnel, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) on the EIS. FRA invites the public and all interested parties to provide comments on the scope of the EIS, including the proposed purpose and need, the Proposed Action and alternatives to be considered in the EIS, potential environmental impacts of concern and methodologies to be used in the EIS, the approach for public and agency involvement, and any other particular concerns about the potential impacts of the Proposed Action.
Document Number: 2016-10214
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice provides information regarding FHWA's finding that a Buy America waiver is appropriate for the use of non-domestic motor and machinery brakes for Southern Boulevard (SR 80) Bascule Bridge Replacement project that meet AASHTO Moveable Highway Bridge Design specifications (MHBDS) 5.5, 5.6, 6.7.13 in the State of Florida.
Document Number: 2016-10201
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Before a federal agency may collect certain information from the public, the agency must receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (``OMB''). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), before seeking OMB approval, federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatements of previously approved collections. In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice describes one collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.
Document Number: 2016-10200
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 21 individuals for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons. The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement in one eye. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.
Document Number: 2016-10193
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice of its intent to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of the Rail Depreciation Studies. This information collection is described in detail below. Comments are requested concerning: (1) The accuracy of the Board's burden estimates; (2) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; (3) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, when appropriate; and (4) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Board, including whether the collection has practical utility. Submitted comments will be summarized and included in the Board's request for OMB approval.
Document Number: 2016-10192
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice of its intent to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of the process for filing Arbitration Option Notices. This information collection is described in detail below. Comments are requested concerning: (1) The accuracy of the Board's burden estimates; (2) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; (3) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, when appropriate; and (4) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Board, including whether the collection has practical utility. Submitted comments will be summarized and included in the Board's request for OMB approval.
Document Number: 2016-10191
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice of its intent to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for an extension of the system diagram maps, described below. Comments are requested concerning: (1) The accuracy of the Board's burden estimates; (2) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; (3) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, when appropriate; and (4) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Board, including whether the collection has practical utility. Submitted comments will be summarized and included in the Board's request for OMB approval.
Document Number: 2016-10190
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3501-3521 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice of its intent to seek from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) an extension of the information collections required under 49 U.S.C. 11301 and 49 CFR 1177 (rail or water carrier equipment liens (recordations)), under 49 U.S.C. 13702(b) and 49 CFR 1312 (water carrier tariffs), and under 49 U.S.C. 10709(d) and 49 CFR 1313 (rail agricultural contract summaries). The information collections are described in more detail below. Comments are requested concerning: (1) The accuracy of the Board's burden estimates; (2) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; (3) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology when appropriate; and (4) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Board, including whether the collection has practical utility. Submitted comments will be summarized and included in the Board's request for OMB approval.
Document Number: 2016-10117
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A318-111 and -112 airplanes; Model A319-111, -112, -113, - 114, and -115 airplanes; Model A320-211, -212, and -214 airplanes; and Model A321-111, -112, -211, -212, and -213 airplanes. This AD was prompted by the results of an evaluation by the design approval holder (DAH). During a residual fatigue test, the forward engine mount failed prior to reaching the threshold/interval for the detailed inspections of the forward engine mounts specified in the airworthiness limitations. This AD requires repetitive detailed inspections of the right and left forward engine mounts, and corrective action if necessary. These inspections are required by AD 2015-05-02. This AD reduces the compliance times for those inspections. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking in the forward engine mounts. Such cracking could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane and could lead to in-flight loss of an engine, possibly resulting in reduced controllability of the airplane.
Document Number: 2016-10116
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a malfunctioning No. 2 engine intake heater with corrosion on the thermostats and the fuselage skin where the thermostats made contact with the aircraft fuselage skin. This proposed AD would require a general visual inspection for corrosion of the thermostats' mounting surfaces and fuselage skin surface, corrective actions if necessary, and relocating the existing thermostats. We are proposing this AD to prevent corrosion within the thermostats that may cause the switch mechanism to seize in the open position and prevent the activation of the associated engine air intake heater. An inactive engine air intake heater could lead to an engine failure.
Document Number: 2016-10011
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action withdraws the NPRM published in the Federal Register on June 24, 2015, proposing to amend Class D and Class E airspace and remove Class E airspace in the Columbus, OH, area. The FAA has determined that withdrawal of that NPRM is warranted as a second NPRM for the same airspace action was issued in July 2015.
Document Number: 2016-09800
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 2000, FALCON 2000EX, MYSTERE-FALCON 900, and FALCON 900EX airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of a co- pilot sliding aft on his seat during take-off at rotation. This AD requires replacement of certain springs installed on the pilot and co- pilot seats. We are issuing this AD to prevent fatigue wear, which, if not corrected, could cause the seat to slide and the pilot or co-pilot to lose contact with the controls, leading to an inadvertent input on the flight control commands during take-off or climb, possibly resulting in loss of control of the airplane.
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