Office of Commercial Space Transportation Notice of Intent To Publish Current and Future Launch, Site, and Reentry Licenses and Permits and Their Orders Online, 52732-52733 [2011-21423]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 52732 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 163 / Tuesday, August 23, 2011 / Notices The key reason for this request is to enable consumers to file their complaints to the Department using an on-line form. If the information collection form is not available, the Department may receive fewer complaints from consumers. The lack of information could inhibit the Departments’ ability to improve airline consumer satisfaction, effectively investigate individual complaints against an air carrier, and/or determine patterns and practices that may develop with an air carrier’s services in violation of our rules. The information collection also furthers the objectives of 49 U.S.C. 41712, 40101, 40127, 41702, and 41705 to protect consumers from unfair or deceptive practices, to protect the civil rights of air travelers, and to ensure safe and adequate service in air transportation. Filing a complaint using a web-based form is voluntary and minimizes the burden on the public. Consumers can also choose to file a complaint with the Department by sending a letter using regular mail or by phone message. The type of information requested on the online form includes complainant’s name, address, daytime phone number (including area code) and e-mail address, name of the airline or company about which she/he is complaining, flight date, flight number, and origin and destination cities of complainant’s trip. A consumer may also use the form to give a description of a specific problem or to ask for air-travel related information from the ACPD. The Department has limited its informational request to only that information necessary to meet its program and administrative monitoring and enforcement requirements. Respondents: Consumers that Choose to File an On-Line Complaint with the Aviation Consumer Protection Division. Estimated Number of Respondents: 12,899 (based on CY 2010 data). Estimated Total Burden on Respondents: 3224.75 (hours), 193,485 (minutes). The information collection is available for inspection in regulations.gov, as noted in the ADDRESSES section of this document. Comments are Invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Department’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:33 Aug 22, 2011 Jkt 223001 All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record on the docket. Issued in Washington, DC on August 17, 2011. Patricia Lawton, DOT PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–21370 Filed 8–22–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–9X–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration [Docket No. 2011–0435] Office of Commercial Space Transportation Notice of Intent To Publish Current and Future Launch, Site, and Reentry Licenses and Permits and Their Orders Online Federal Aviation Administration, DOT. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is changing the way the Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) makes its permits, licenses, and all accompanying orders (authorizations) available to the public. The FAA intends to post all current and future authorizations online on the AST Web site 1 beginning on October 24, 2011. The FAA will not publish license or permit applications or evaluations. The FAA has determined that posting authorizations online will allow it to more effectively and efficiently inform the public of its commercial space transportation permit and license determinations. DATES: Please submit any comments on or before September 22, 2011. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but assurance of consideration cannot be given except as to comments received on or before this date. ADDRESSES: Send comments identified by Docket No. 2011–0435 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically. SUMMARY: 1 The AST website address is http://faa.gov/go/ ast. The FAA proposes to post launch, reentry and site licenses in the Commercial Space Data—Active Licenses section at http://www.faa.gov/about/ office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/launch_data/ current_licenses/. The FAA proposes to post permits in the Commercial Space Data—Active Permits section at http://www.faa.gov/about/ office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/launch_data/ current_permits/. PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M–30; U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room W12–140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket Operations in Room W12–140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202–493–2251. Privacy: The FAA will post all comments it receives, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information the commenter provides. Using the search function of the docket Web site, anyone can find and read the electronic form of all comments received into any FAA dockets, including the name of the individual sending the comment (or signing the comment for an association, business, labor union, etc.). DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement can be found in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477–19478), as well as at http://DocketsInfo.dot.gov. Docket: Background documents or comments received may be read at http://www.regulations.gov at any time. Follow the online instructions for accessing the docket or Docket Operations in Room W12–140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical questions concerning this notice contact Charles P. Brinkman, Licensing Program Lead, Commercial Space Transportation—Licensing and Evaluation Division, Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267–7715; e-mail: phil.brinkman@faa.gov. For legal questions concerning this notice contact Laura Montgomery, Senior Attorney for Commercial Space Transportation, AGC–200, Office of the Chief Counsel, Regulations Division, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267–3150; e-mail: laura.montgomery@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary of Transportation has the authority to issue commercial space transportation permits and licenses for commercial launch, reentry, and launch and reentry site operations. 51 U.S.C. E:\FR\FM\23AUN1.SGM 23AUN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 163 / Tuesday, August 23, 2011 / Notices 50901(b)(3). A license is required to launch a launch vehicle, reenter a reentry vehicle, or operate a launch or reentry site within the United States or by a U.S. citizen. 51 U.S.C. 50904(a)(1)– (4). The FAA issues permits for the launch of reusable suborbital rockets pursuant to the requirements of 51 U.S.C. 50906. Title 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(2) applies to final authorizations the FAA issues to an applicant, and the FAA should therefore make authorizations ‘‘available for public inspection, and copying.’’ 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(2). In compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act, as well as recent guidance from the White House, the FAA is planning to post all current and future authorizations online in order to increase agency efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency. The FAA receives Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for authorizations, and publishing this information online would save the agency both the time and resources used to process and respond to these FOIA requests. The President’s recent memorandum on regulatory compliance encourages agencies to make readily accessible to the public information concerning their regulatory compliance and enforcement activities. Presidential Memoranda— Regulatory Compliance (January 18, 2011); available at http:// www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/ 2011/01/18/presidential-memorandaregulatory-compliance. Publishing authorizations online furthers the FAA’s goal of transparency, openness, and public access by making it easier and faster for the public to obtain information regarding AST licensing and permit activities. Information contained in authorizations is typically not confidential. Typical information provided in a launch license or permit and any accompanying orders includes the specific types of vehicles the authorization applies to, the launch location, and the amount of liability and government property insurance the FAA requires the authorized entity to maintain. Launch licenses also include the term of the license, the authorized azimuths of the launch vehicle, and any type of payload. In some cases, such as a Pegasus launch or a launch under a permit, the launch license will define when flight begins. Insurance information has historically been published on the FAA website. Information including the launch area and the date and time of the launch is VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:33 Aug 22, 2011 Jkt 223001 provided in publicly available notices to airmen and mariners.2 Information in a site license includes the site location, site activities, type of launch vehicle authorized for the site, and the term of the license. Information provided in a reentry license includes the term of the license, the term of insurance coverage, and the nominal reentry locations. The insurance information is publicly available, now on the FAA’s Web site, and the nominal reentry area locations are publicly available in notices to airmen and mariners. Notices to airmen and mariners are publicly available documents, but they do not provide the same information contained in a license. A notice to airmen and mariners will contain coordinates for an area to alert airmen and mariners of hazards during a specified time period for safety reasons. For reentry, this area is calculated based on the reentry vehicle’s possible impact points. While launch locations are generally well-known because launches occur from established launch pads, reentry locations may be the result of an operator’s own calculations and decisions. Notices to airmen that restrict air traffic during a reentry do not provide the nominal reentry points that the FAA currently includes in the operator’s license. Therefore, operators may have concerns about reverse engineering using the reentry data provided in licenses. While the FAA will continue to include nominal and contingency reentry points in authorizations, operators will have the opportunity to request that the information be redacted from online publication if they consider it confidential. If an operator makes such a request, the FAA will examine the operator’s rationale and make a determination regarding whether or not the information is confidential. Most licenses and permits do not contain confidential information or data. However, for those occasions where specific license terms or conditions reflect circumstances unique to a particular operator, there are protections available under the statute and regulations. Applicants for a license can protect trade secrets or proprietary commercial or financial data by requesting in writing that the information be treated as confidential at the time it is submitted. 14 CFR 413.9(a). Information or data the applicant wishes to protect must be 2 Notices to airmen and mariners are publicly available on the FAA Web site for two months after their effective date at: http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/ list.html. PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52733 clearly marked with an identifying legend, or cover sheet containing an identifying legend. 14 CFR 413.9(b). The FOIA exempts from mandatory disclosure trade secrets and privileged or confidential commercial or financial information. 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4). Information that ‘‘is designated as confidential by the person or head of the executive agency providing the information’’ or that qualifies for an exemption under FOIA can be disclosed by the Secretary of Transportation, an officer or employee of the United States Government, or a person making a contract with the Secretary under section 50906(b) of this title ‘‘if the Secretary decides that the withholding of the information or data is contrary to the public or national interest.’’ 51 U.S.C. 50916; 14 CFR 413.9(d). In some cases, licenses contain specific terms and conditions tailored for a particular licensee. Even so, terms and conditions typically do not contain confidential information, and the FAA will publish these terms and conditions online. The terms may have a useful effect that others may want to be aware of. In the event that the terms and conditions contain confidential information, the licensee can follow the procedures to protect confidential information described above. The FAA will be providing the public with potentially useful information by making this information more readily available through online publication. Before implementing this new policy, the FAA requests comment from the public, and is providing a period of 30 days for comment. Issued in Washington, DC, on August 5, 2011. George C. Nield, Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation. [FR Doc. 2011–21423 Filed 8–22–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Notice of Intent To Rule on Change in Use of Aeronautical Property at Bowling Green—Warren County Regional Airport, Bowling Green, KY Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Request for public comment. 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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 163 (Tuesday, August 23, 2011)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

[Docket No. 2011-0435]


Office of Commercial Space Transportation Notice of Intent To 
Publish Current and Future Launch, Site, and Reentry Licenses and 
Permits and Their Orders Online

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is changing the way 
the Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) makes its permits, 
licenses, and all accompanying orders (authorizations) available to the 
public. The FAA intends to post all current and future authorizations 
online on the AST Web site \1\ beginning on October 24, 2011. The FAA 
will not publish license or permit applications or evaluations. The FAA 
has determined that posting authorizations online will allow it to more 
effectively and efficiently inform the public of its commercial space 
transportation permit and license determinations.
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    \1\ The AST website address is http://faa.gov/go/ast. The FAA 
proposes to post launch, reentry and site licenses in the Commercial 
Space Data--Active Licenses section at http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/launch_data/current_licenses/. The FAA proposes to post permits in the Commercial Space 
Data--Active Permits section at http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ast/launch_data/current_permits/.

DATES: Please submit any comments on or before September 22, 2011. 
Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical 
to do so, but assurance of consideration cannot be given except as to 
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comments received on or before this date.

ADDRESSES: Send comments identified by Docket No. 2011-0435 using any 
of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for sending your 
comments electronically.
     Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M-30; U.S. 
Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Room 
W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket 
Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 
New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202-493-2251.
    Privacy: The FAA will post all comments it receives, without 
change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal 
information the commenter provides. Using the search function of the 
docket Web site, anyone can find and read the electronic form of all 
comments received into any FAA dockets, including the name of the 
individual sending the comment (or signing the comment for an 
association, business, labor union, etc.). DOT's complete Privacy Act 
Statement can be found in the Federal Register published on April 11, 
2000 (65 FR 19477-19478), as well as at http://DocketsInfo.dot.gov.
    Docket: Background documents or comments received may be read at 
http://www.regulations.gov at any time. Follow the online instructions 
for accessing the docket or Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of the 
West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, 
DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical questions concerning 
this notice contact Charles P. Brinkman, Licensing Program Lead, 
Commercial Space Transportation--Licensing and Evaluation Division, 
Office of Commercial Space Transportation, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; 
telephone (202) 267-7715; e-mail: phil.brinkman@faa.gov. For legal 
questions concerning this notice contact Laura Montgomery, Senior 
Attorney for Commercial Space Transportation, AGC-200, Office of the 
Chief Counsel, Regulations Division, Federal Aviation Administration, 
800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 
267-3150; e-mail: laura.montgomery@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    The Secretary of Transportation has the authority to issue 
commercial space transportation permits and licenses for commercial 
launch, reentry, and launch and reentry site operations. 51 U.S.C.

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50901(b)(3). A license is required to launch a launch vehicle, reenter 
a reentry vehicle, or operate a launch or reentry site within the 
United States or by a U.S. citizen. 51 U.S.C. 50904(a)(1)-(4). The FAA 
issues permits for the launch of reusable suborbital rockets pursuant 
to the requirements of 51 U.S.C. 50906. Title 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(2) 
applies to final authorizations the FAA issues to an applicant, and the 
FAA should therefore make authorizations ``available for public 
inspection, and copying.'' 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(2).
    In compliance with the Administrative Procedure Act, as well as 
recent guidance from the White House, the FAA is planning to post all 
current and future authorizations online in order to increase agency 
efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency. The FAA receives Freedom 
of Information Act (FOIA) requests for authorizations, and publishing 
this information online would save the agency both the time and 
resources used to process and respond to these FOIA requests. The 
President's recent memorandum on regulatory compliance encourages 
agencies to make readily accessible to the public information 
concerning their regulatory compliance and enforcement activities. 
Presidential Memoranda--Regulatory Compliance (January 18, 2011); 
available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/01/18/presidential-memoranda-regulatory-compliance. Publishing authorizations 
online furthers the FAA's goal of transparency, openness, and public 
access by making it easier and faster for the public to obtain 
information regarding AST licensing and permit activities.
    Information contained in authorizations is typically not 
confidential. Typical information provided in a launch license or 
permit and any accompanying orders includes the specific types of 
vehicles the authorization applies to, the launch location, and the 
amount of liability and government property insurance the FAA requires 
the authorized entity to maintain. Launch licenses also include the 
term of the license, the authorized azimuths of the launch vehicle, and 
any type of payload. In some cases, such as a Pegasus launch or a 
launch under a permit, the launch license will define when flight 
begins. Insurance information has historically been published on the 
FAA website. Information including the launch area and the date and 
time of the launch is provided in publicly available notices to airmen 
and mariners.\2\
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    \2\ Notices to airmen and mariners are publicly available on the 
FAA Web site for two months after their effective date at: http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html.
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    Information in a site license includes the site location, site 
activities, type of launch vehicle authorized for the site, and the 
term of the license.
    Information provided in a reentry license includes the term of the 
license, the term of insurance coverage, and the nominal reentry 
locations. The insurance information is publicly available, now on the 
FAA's Web site, and the nominal reentry area locations are publicly 
available in notices to airmen and mariners.
    Notices to airmen and mariners are publicly available documents, 
but they do not provide the same information contained in a license. A 
notice to airmen and mariners will contain coordinates for an area to 
alert airmen and mariners of hazards during a specified time period for 
safety reasons. For reentry, this area is calculated based on the 
reentry vehicle's possible impact points. While launch locations are 
generally well-known because launches occur from established launch 
pads, reentry locations may be the result of an operator's own 
calculations and decisions. Notices to airmen that restrict air traffic 
during a reentry do not provide the nominal reentry points that the FAA 
currently includes in the operator's license. Therefore, operators may 
have concerns about reverse engineering using the reentry data provided 
in licenses. While the FAA will continue to include nominal and 
contingency reentry points in authorizations, operators will have the 
opportunity to request that the information be redacted from online 
publication if they consider it confidential. If an operator makes such 
a request, the FAA will examine the operator's rationale and make a 
determination regarding whether or not the information is confidential.
    Most licenses and permits do not contain confidential information 
or data. However, for those occasions where specific license terms or 
conditions reflect circumstances unique to a particular operator, there 
are protections available under the statute and regulations. Applicants 
for a license can protect trade secrets or proprietary commercial or 
financial data by requesting in writing that the information be treated 
as confidential at the time it is submitted. 14 CFR 413.9(a). 
Information or data the applicant wishes to protect must be clearly 
marked with an identifying legend, or cover sheet containing an 
identifying legend. 14 CFR 413.9(b).
    The FOIA exempts from mandatory disclosure trade secrets and 
privileged or confidential commercial or financial information. 5 
U.S.C. 552(b)(4). Information that ``is designated as confidential by 
the person or head of the executive agency providing the information'' 
or that qualifies for an exemption under FOIA can be disclosed by the 
Secretary of Transportation, an officer or employee of the United 
States Government, or a person making a contract with the Secretary 
under section 50906(b) of this title ``if the Secretary decides that 
the withholding of the information or data is contrary to the public or 
national interest.'' 51 U.S.C. 50916; 14 CFR 413.9(d).
    In some cases, licenses contain specific terms and conditions 
tailored for a particular licensee. Even so, terms and conditions 
typically do not contain confidential information, and the FAA will 
publish these terms and conditions online. The terms may have a useful 
effect that others may want to be aware of. In the event that the terms 
and conditions contain confidential information, the licensee can 
follow the procedures to protect confidential information described 
above. The FAA will be providing the public with potentially useful 
information by making this information more readily available through 
online publication.
    Before implementing this new policy, the FAA requests comment from 
the public, and is providing a period of 30 days for comment.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 5, 2011.
George C. Nield,
Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation.
[FR Doc. 2011-21423 Filed 8-22-11; 8:45 am]
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