Special Conditions: Model C-27J Airplane; Class E Cargo Compartment Lavatory, 54762-54763 [E9-25495]

Download as PDF 54762 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 204 / Friday, October 23, 2009 / Proposed Rules necessary and appropriate to carry out its fiduciary responsibilities with respect to the effective oversight of the management of the Bank and such other duties and obligations as may be imposed by applicable laws, provided the board of directors of a Bank shall hold a minimum of six in-person meetings in any year. § 1261.27 Site of board of directors and committee meetings. Meetings of a Bank’s board of directors and committees thereof usually should be held within the district served by the Bank. No meetings of a Bank’s board of directors and committees thereof may be held in any location that is not within the United States, including its possessions and territories. Dated: October 18, 2009. Edward J. DeMarco, Acting Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency. [FR Doc. E9–25577 Filed 10–22–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8070–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 25 [Docket No. NM417; Notice No. 25–09–12– SC] Special Conditions: Model C–27J Airplane; Class E Cargo Compartment Lavatory CPrice-Sewell on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with PROPOSALS AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed special conditions. SUMMARY: This action proposes special conditions for the Alenia Model C–27J airplane. This airplane has novel or unusual design features when compared to the state of technology described in the airworthiness standards for transport-category airplanes. These design features include a lavatory in the Class E cargo compartment. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for these design features. These proposed special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards. We have issued additional special conditions for other novel or unusual design features of the C–27J. DATES: We must receive your comments by November 23, 2009. VerDate Nov<24>2008 13:36 Oct 22, 2009 Jkt 220001 You must mail two copies of your comments to: Federal Aviation Administration, Transport Airplane Directorate, Attn: Rules Docket (ANM– 113), Docket No. NM417, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356. You may deliver two copies to the Transport Airplane Directorate at the above address. You must mark your comments: Docket No. NM417. You can inspect comments in the Rules Docket weekdays, except Federal holidays, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Groves, FAA, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1503, facsimile (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Comments Invited We invite interested people to take part in this rulemaking by sending written comments, data, or views. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the special conditions, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. We ask that you send us two copies of written comments. We will file in the docket all comments we receive, as well as a report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerning these special conditions. You can inspect the docket before and after the comment closing date. If you wish to review the docket in person, go to the address in the ADDRESSES section of this preamble between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. We will consider all comments we receive on or before the closing date for comments. We will consider comments filed late if it is possible to do so without incurring expense or delay. We may change these special conditions based on the comments we receive. If you want the FAA to acknowledge receipt of your comments on this proposal, include with your comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the docket number appears. We will stamp the date on the postcard and mail it back to you. Background On March 27, 2006, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) forwarded to the FAA an application from Alenia Aeronautica of Torino, Italy, for U.S. type certification of a twin-engine, commercial transport PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 designated as the Model C–27J. The C–27J is a twin-turbopropeller, cargotransport aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight of 30,500 kilograms. Type Certification Basis Under the provisions of Section 21.17 of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulation (14 CFR) and the bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Italy, Alenia Aeronautica must show that the C–27J meets the applicable provisions of 14 CFR part 25, as amended by Amendments 25–1 through 25–87. Alenia also elects to comply with Amendment 25–122, effective September 5, 2007, for 14 CFR 25.1317. If the Administrator finds that existing airworthiness regulations do not adequately or appropriately address safety standards for the C–27J due to a novel or unusual design feature, we prescribe special conditions under provisions of 14 CFR 21.16. In addition to the applicable airworthiness regulations and special conditions, the C–27J must comply with the fuel-vent and exhaust-emission requirements of 14 CFR part 34 and the noise-certification requirements of 14 CFR part 36, and the FAA must issue a finding of regulatory adequacy under § 611 of Public Law 92–574, the ‘‘Noise Control Act of 1972.’’ The FAA issues special conditions, as defined in 14 CFR 11.19, in accordance with § 11.38, and they become part of the type-certification basis under § 21.17(a)(2). Special conditions are initially applicable to the model for which they are issued. Should the type certificate for that model be amended later to include any other model that incorporates the same or similar novel or unusual design feature, the special conditions also apply to the other model under § 21.101. Novel or Unusual Design Features The C–27J incorporates a lavatory into the Class E cargo compartment, which is considered a novel or unusual design feature in a cargo compartment. In developing the airworthiness requirements for cargo compartments, the FAA did not envision that a lavatory would be installed inside a Class E cargo compartment. Lavatories, including the one proposed for the C– 27J, typically contain electrical systems, which could serve as ignition sources for a fire, and an oxygen supply system, which could intensify the growth and size of a fire. Therefore, consideration must be given to a means to control the possibility of the: E:\FR\FM\23OCP1.SGM 23OCP1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 204 / Friday, October 23, 2009 / Proposed Rules • Electrical system in the lavatory initiating a fire in the cargo compartment, and • Oxygen-supply system in the lavatory fueling a fire in the cargo compartment. The existing airworthiness regulations do not adequately or appropriately address safety standards for these design features. These proposed special conditions for the C–27J contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards. CPrice-Sewell on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with PROPOSALS Discussion Specific regulations governing Class E cargo compartments: (a) Section 25.855, the materialstandards and design considerations for cargo-compartment interiors; the statement that each cargo compartment must meet one of the Class requirements of § 25.857; and the flight testing which must be conducted for certification. (b) Section 25.857, the standards for the various classes of transport-category airplane-cargo compartments. (c) Section 25.858, design and certification requirements for cargo- or baggage-compartment fire or smokedetection systems, and a standard that fire be detected and indicated to the crew less than one minute after inception. Specific regulations governing lavatory installations, regardless of location: (d) Section 25.783, requirements to preclude anyone from becoming trapped inside the lavatory. (e) Section 25.791, lavatory placarding requirements. (f) Section 25.853, interior materialtest standards, smoking-prohibition requirements, ashtray requirements, and waste-receptacle design-and-material standards. (g) Section 25.854, lavatory smokedetector and fire-extinguisher requirements. In developing the airworthiness requirements for cargo compartments, the FAA did not envision that a lavatory would be installed in a Class E cargo compartment. Therefore, special conditions must be established to provide a means to control the possibility of the: • Electrical system in the lavatory initiating a fire in the cargo compartment, and • Oxygen-supply system in the lavatory fueling a fire in the cargo compartment. VerDate Nov<24>2008 13:36 Oct 22, 2009 Jkt 220001 Applicability As discussed above, these proposed special conditions are applicable to the C–27J. Should Alenia apply at a later date for a change to the type certificate to include another model incorporating the same or similar novel or unusual design features, these proposed special conditions apply to that model as well under § 21.101. 54763 Issued in Renton, Washington, on October 8, 2009. Jeffrey E. Duven, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E9–25495 Filed 10–22–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Conclusion This action affects only certain novel or unusual design features of the Alenia C–27J. It is not a rule of general applicability, and it affects only the applicant that applied to the FAA for approval of these features on the airplane. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 25 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2009–0750; Airspace Docket No. 09–AEA–16] Establishment of Class D and E Airspace and Modification of Class E Airspace; State College, PA Aircraft, Aviation safety, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. The authority citation for these special conditions is as follows: AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701, 44702, 44704. SUMMARY: This action proposes to establish Class D and E airspace and modify existing Class E airspace at State College, PA. The University Park Airport is building a new air traffic control tower and the FAA is directed by law to establish and/or modify controlled surface airspace for the support of air traffic operations. This action would enhance the safety and airspace management around University Park Airport, State College, PA. DATES: 0901 UTC. Comments must be received on or before December 7, 2009. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this rule to: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey, SE., Washington, DC 20590–0001; Telephone: 1–800–647– 5527; Fax: 202–493–2251. You must identify the Docket Number FAA–2009– 0750; Airspace Docket No. 09–AEA–16, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit and review received comments through the Internet at https://www.regulations.gov. You may review the public docket containing the rule, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office of the Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, Room 210, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337. The Proposed Special Conditions Accordingly, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes the following special conditions as part of the typecertification basis for the C–27J. 1. Control of electrical power to the lavatory located in the Class E cargo compartment: A means must be provided to shut off electrical power to the lavatory should smoke or fire be detected anywhere in the Class E cargo compartment, including in the lavatory. Two types of shut-off systems meet this requirement: • A manual system, with an airplaneflight-manual (AFM) procedure to instruct the flight crew on where and how to shut off the power, or • An automatic system that shuts off power to the lavatory following a lavatory or cargo-compartment smokedetector alarm. 2. Control of the oxygen-deliverysystem flow to the lavatory and cargo compartment: A means must be provided to shut off oxygen flow to the lavatory should smoke or fire be detected anywhere in the Class E cargo compartment, including in the lavatory. Two types of shut-off systems meet this requirement: • A manual system, with an AFM procedure to instruct the flight crew on where and how to shut off the oxygen flow, or • An automatic system that shuts off oxygen flow to the lavatory following a lavatory or cargo-compartment smokedetector alarm. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\23OCP1.SGM 23OCP1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 25

[Docket No. NM417; Notice No. 25-09-12-SC]


Special Conditions: Model C-27J Airplane; Class E Cargo 
Compartment Lavatory

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed special conditions.

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SUMMARY: This action proposes special conditions for the Alenia Model 
C-27J airplane. This airplane has novel or unusual design features when 
compared to the state of technology described in the airworthiness 
standards for transport-category airplanes. These design features 
include a lavatory in the Class E cargo compartment. The applicable 
airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety 
standards for these design features. These proposed special conditions 
contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator 
considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that 
established by the existing airworthiness standards. We have issued 
additional special conditions for other novel or unusual design 
features of the C-27J.

DATES: We must receive your comments by November 23, 2009.

ADDRESSES: You must mail two copies of your comments to: Federal 
Aviation Administration, Transport Airplane Directorate, Attn: Rules 
Docket (ANM-113), Docket No. NM417, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, 
Washington 98057-3356. You may deliver two copies to the Transport 
Airplane Directorate at the above address. You must mark your comments: 
Docket No. NM417. You can inspect comments in the Rules Docket 
weekdays, except Federal holidays, between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Groves, FAA, International Branch, 
ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; 
telephone (425) 227-1503, facsimile (425) 227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    We invite interested people to take part in this rulemaking by 
sending written comments, data, or views. The most helpful comments 
reference a specific portion of the special conditions, explain the 
reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. We ask 
that you send us two copies of written comments.
    We will file in the docket all comments we receive, as well as a 
report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel 
concerning these special conditions. You can inspect the docket before 
and after the comment closing date. If you wish to review the docket in 
person, go to the address in the ADDRESSES section of this preamble 
between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays.
    We will consider all comments we receive on or before the closing 
date for comments. We will consider comments filed late if it is 
possible to do so without incurring expense or delay. We may change 
these special conditions based on the comments we receive.
    If you want the FAA to acknowledge receipt of your comments on this 
proposal, include with your comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard 
on which the docket number appears. We will stamp the date on the 
postcard and mail it back to you.

Background

    On March 27, 2006, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) 
forwarded to the FAA an application from Alenia Aeronautica of Torino, 
Italy, for U.S. type certification of a twin-engine, commercial 
transport designated as the Model C-27J. The C-27J is a twin-
turbopropeller, cargo-transport aircraft with a maximum takeoff weight 
of 30,500 kilograms.

Type Certification Basis

    Under the provisions of Section 21.17 of Title 14 Code of Federal 
Regulation (14 CFR) and the bilateral agreement between the U.S. and 
Italy, Alenia Aeronautica must show that the C-27J meets the applicable 
provisions of 14 CFR part 25, as amended by Amendments 25-1 through 25-
87. Alenia also elects to comply with Amendment 25-122, effective 
September 5, 2007, for 14 CFR 25.1317.
    If the Administrator finds that existing airworthiness regulations 
do not adequately or appropriately address safety standards for the C-
27J due to a novel or unusual design feature, we prescribe special 
conditions under provisions of 14 CFR 21.16.
    In addition to the applicable airworthiness regulations and special 
conditions, the C-27J must comply with the fuel-vent and exhaust-
emission requirements of 14 CFR part 34 and the noise-certification 
requirements of 14 CFR part 36, and the FAA must issue a finding of 
regulatory adequacy under Sec.  611 of Public Law 92-574, the ``Noise 
Control Act of 1972.''
    The FAA issues special conditions, as defined in 14 CFR 11.19, in 
accordance with Sec.  11.38, and they become part of the type-
certification basis under Sec.  21.17(a)(2).
    Special conditions are initially applicable to the model for which 
they are issued. Should the type certificate for that model be amended 
later to include any other model that incorporates the same or similar 
novel or unusual design feature, the special conditions also apply to 
the other model under Sec.  21.101.

Novel or Unusual Design Features

    The C-27J incorporates a lavatory into the Class E cargo 
compartment, which is considered a novel or unusual design feature in a 
cargo compartment. In developing the airworthiness requirements for 
cargo compartments, the FAA did not envision that a lavatory would be 
installed inside a Class E cargo compartment. Lavatories, including the 
one proposed for the C-27J, typically contain electrical systems, which 
could serve as ignition sources for a fire, and an oxygen supply 
system, which could intensify the growth and size of a fire. Therefore, 
consideration must be given to a means to control the possibility of 
the:

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     Electrical system in the lavatory initiating a fire in the 
cargo compartment, and
     Oxygen-supply system in the lavatory fueling a fire in the 
cargo compartment.
    The existing airworthiness regulations do not adequately or 
appropriately address safety standards for these design features. These 
proposed special conditions for the C-27J contain the additional safety 
standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a 
level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing 
airworthiness standards.

Discussion

    Specific regulations governing Class E cargo compartments:
    (a) Section 25.855, the material-standards and design 
considerations for cargo-compartment interiors; the statement that each 
cargo compartment must meet one of the Class requirements of Sec.  
25.857; and the flight testing which must be conducted for 
certification.
    (b) Section 25.857, the standards for the various classes of 
transport-category airplane-cargo compartments.
    (c) Section 25.858, design and certification requirements for 
cargo- or baggage-compartment fire or smoke-detection systems, and a 
standard that fire be detected and indicated to the crew less than one 
minute after inception.
    Specific regulations governing lavatory installations, regardless 
of location:
    (d) Section 25.783, requirements to preclude anyone from becoming 
trapped inside the lavatory.
    (e) Section 25.791, lavatory placarding requirements.
    (f) Section 25.853, interior material-test standards, smoking-
prohibition requirements, ashtray requirements, and waste-receptacle 
design-and-material standards.
    (g) Section 25.854, lavatory smoke-detector and fire-extinguisher 
requirements.
    In developing the airworthiness requirements for cargo 
compartments, the FAA did not envision that a lavatory would be 
installed in a Class E cargo compartment. Therefore, special conditions 
must be established to provide a means to control the possibility of 
the:
     Electrical system in the lavatory initiating a fire in the 
cargo compartment, and
     Oxygen-supply system in the lavatory fueling a fire in the 
cargo compartment.

Applicability

    As discussed above, these proposed special conditions are 
applicable to the C-27J. Should Alenia apply at a later date for a 
change to the type certificate to include another model incorporating 
the same or similar novel or unusual design features, these proposed 
special conditions apply to that model as well under Sec.  21.101.

Conclusion

    This action affects only certain novel or unusual design features 
of the Alenia C-27J. It is not a rule of general applicability, and it 
affects only the applicant that applied to the FAA for approval of 
these features on the airplane.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 25

    Aircraft, Aviation safety, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements.

    The authority citation for these special conditions is as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701, 44702, 44704.

The Proposed Special Conditions

    Accordingly, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation 
Administration (FAA) proposes the following special conditions as part 
of the type-certification basis for the C-27J.
    1. Control of electrical power to the lavatory located in the Class 
E cargo compartment:
    A means must be provided to shut off electrical power to the 
lavatory should smoke or fire be detected anywhere in the Class E cargo 
compartment, including in the lavatory. Two types of shut-off systems 
meet this requirement:
     A manual system, with an airplane-flight-manual (AFM) 
procedure to instruct the flight crew on where and how to shut off the 
power, or
     An automatic system that shuts off power to the lavatory 
following a lavatory or cargo-compartment smoke-detector alarm.
    2. Control of the oxygen-delivery-system flow to the lavatory and 
cargo compartment:
    A means must be provided to shut off oxygen flow to the lavatory 
should smoke or fire be detected anywhere in the Class E cargo 
compartment, including in the lavatory. Two types of shut-off systems 
meet this requirement:
     A manual system, with an AFM procedure to instruct the 
flight crew on where and how to shut off the oxygen flow, or
     An automatic system that shuts off oxygen flow to the 
lavatory following a lavatory or cargo-compartment smoke-detector 
alarm.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on October 8, 2009.
Jeffrey E. Duven,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. E9-25495 Filed 10-22-09; 8:45 am]
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