Aviation Training Device Credit for Pilot Certification; Withdrawal, 2001-2002 [2015-00553]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 10 / Thursday, January 15, 2015 / Rules and Regulations months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, modify the air data probes and sensors, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 700–30–021, Revision 01, dated November 21, 2012. (i) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (g) or (h) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Bombardier Service Bulletin 700–30–021, dated August 28, 2012, which is not incorporated by reference in this AD. (j) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, New York Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), ANE–170, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. 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(2) Contacting the Manufacturer: As of the effective date of this AD, for any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, New York ACO, ANE–170, Engine and Propeller Directorate, FAA; or Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA); or Bombardier, Inc.’s TCCA Design Approval Organization (DAO). If approved by the DAO, the approval must include the DAOauthorized signature. rljohnson on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with RULES (k) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF–2012–32, dated December 13, 2012, for related information. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0582-0002. (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (l)(4) and (l)(5) of this AD. (l) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise. VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:52 Jan 14, 2015 Jkt 235001 (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on April 1, 2014 (79 FR 10331, February 25, 2014). (i) Bombardier Service Bulletin 700–30– 021, Revision 01, dated November 21, 2012. (ii) Reserved. (4) For service information identified in ˆ this AD, contact Bombardier, Inc., 400 Cote´ Vertu Road West, Dorval, Quebec H4S 1Y9, Canada; telephone 514–855–5000; fax 514– 855–7401; email thd.crj@ aero.bombardier.com; Internet http:// www.bombardier.com. (5) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. (6) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Renton, Washington, on December 22, 2014. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2014–30919 Filed 1–14–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Parts 61 and 141 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0987; Amdt. Nos. 61–133, 141–18] RIN 2120–AK62 Aviation Training Device Credit for Pilot Certification; Withdrawal Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Direct final rule; withdrawal. AGENCY: The FAA is withdrawing a direct final rule regarding aviation training devices published December 3, 2014. That rule would have relieved burdens on pilots seeking to obtain aeronautical experience for an instrument rating by increasing the allowed use of aviation training devices. The FAA received adverse comments to the direct final rule and, thus, is withdrawing the direct final rule. DATES: The direct final rule published on December 3, 2014 at 79 FR 71634 is withdrawn, effective January 15, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical questions concerning this action, contact Marcel Bernard, Airmen Certification and Training Branch, Flight Standards Service, AFS–810, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 2001 Federal Aviation Administration, 55 M Street SE., 8th floor, Washington, DC 20003–3522; telephone (202) 385–9616; email marcel.bernard@faa.gov. For legal questions concerning this action, contact Anne Moore, International Law, Legislation, and Regulations Division, Office of the Chief Counsel, AGC–200, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267–8018; email anne.moore@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On December 3, 2014, the FAA published a direct final rule regarding use of aviation training devices (ATDs). The direct final rule would have increased the maximum time that may be credited in an ATD toward the instrument time requirements for an instrument rating under § 61.65(i). The direct final rule would have permitted a person to credit a maximum of 20 hours of instrument time in an approved ATD toward the requirements for an instrument rating under that section. The direct final rule would have also amended appendix C to part 141 to increase the limit on the amount of training hours that may be accomplished in an ATD in an approved course for an instrument rating. With this direct final rule, an ATD would have been permitted to be used for no more than 40 percent of the total flight training hour requirements for an instrument rating. Finally, the direct final rule would have revised § 61.65(i)(4) to eliminate the requirement that pilots accomplishing instrument time in an ATD wear a view-limiting device. Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule The FAA is withdrawing the direct final rule because the agency received adverse comments to the rule. The agency is obligated by § 11.13 to withdraw a direct final rule if the agency receives any adverse comments. One commenter raised concerns regarding the effectiveness of ATDs for training, suggesting that these devices do not provide appropriate sensory cues or provide a realistic environment. Another commenter believed that the increases in time/percentage of training contained in the direct final rule were too great. As a result of this withdrawal, the current regulations remain in effect, which provides that no applicant for an instrument rating under part 61 may credit more than 10 hours of instrument time in an ATD toward the minimum aeronautical experience requirements E:\FR\FM\15JAR1.SGM 15JAR1 2002 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 10 / Thursday, January 15, 2015 / Rules and Regulations required to take the practical test for an instrument rating. In addition, no graduate of a training program approved under appendix C to part 141 may credit more than 10% of the required coursework in ATDs (unless that program has been approved in accordance with § 141.55(d) or (e)). The FAA notes that the regulations do not place a limit on the amount of time that a person may train in an ATD. Rather, the regulations place a limit on the amount of time in an ATD that may be credited toward the minimum aeronautical experience requirements for an instrument rating. Operators may continue to use these devices to improve pilot proficiency and potentially reduce the overall time required in an aircraft. In addition, those devices that were issued an LOA that terminated on January 1, 2015, may continue to use the device for pilot proficiency and training. However, any time logged in such a device could not be used to meet any aeronautical experience requirements of part 61, or any of the flight training coursework requirements of part 141. Conclusion Withdrawal of Amendment Nos. 61– 133 and 141–18 does not preclude the FAA from issuing rulemaking on the subject in the future; nor does it commit the agency to any future course of action. The agency will make any future necessary changes to the Code of Federal Regulations through a notice of proposed rulemaking with opportunity for public comment. Therefore, the FAA withdraws Amendment Nos. 61–133 and 141–18 published at 79 FR 71634, December 3, 2014. Issued under authority provided by 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 44701(a)(5), and 44703 in Washington, DC, on January 9, 2015. Michael P. Huerta, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2015–00553 Filed 1–14–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 97 rljohnson on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with RULES [Docket No. 30993; Amdt. No. 3622] Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:52 Jan 14, 2015 Jkt 235001 ACTION: Final rule. This rule amends, suspends, or revokes Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) and associated Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures for operations at certain airports. These regulatory actions are needed because of the adoption of new or revised criteria, or because of changes occurring in the National Airspace System, such as the commissioning of new navigational facilities, adding new obstacles, or changing air traffic requirements. These changes are designed to provide safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace and to promote safe flight operations under instrument flight rules at the affected airports. DATES: This rule is effective January 15, 2015. The compliance date for each SIAP, associated Takeoff Minimums, and ODP is specified in the amendatory provisions. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the regulations is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of January 15, 2015. ADDRESSES: Availability of matter incorporated by reference in the amendment is as follows: For Examination— 1. FAA Rules Docket, FAA Headquarters Building, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; 2. The FAA Regional Office of the region in which the affected airport is located; 3. The National Flight Procedures Office, 6500 South MacArthur Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73169 or, 4. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/ federal_register/code_of_federal_ regulations/ibr_locations.html. Availability—All SIAPs are available online free of charge. Visit nfdc.faa.gov to register. Additionally, individual SIAP and Takeoff Minimums and ODP copies may be obtained from: 1. FAA Public Inquiry Center (APA– 200), FAA Headquarters Building, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; or 2. The FAA Regional Office of the region in which the affected airport is located. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard A. Dunham III, Flight Procedure Standards Branch (AFS–420) Flight Technologies and Programs Division, Flight Standards Service, Federal PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Aviation Administration, Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, 6500 South MacArthur Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73169 (Mail Address: P.O. Box 25082 Oklahoma City, OK 73125) telephone: (405) 954–4164. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This rule amends Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 97 (14 CFR part 97) by amending the referenced SIAPs. The complete regulatory description of each SIAP is listed on the appropriate FAA Form 8260, as modified by the National Flight Data Center (FDC)/Permanent Notice to Airmen (P–NOTAM), and is incorporated by reference in the amendment under 5 U.S.C. 552(a), 1 CFR part 51, and § 97.20 of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The large number of SIAPs, their complex nature, and the need for a special format make their verbatim publication in the Federal Register expensive and impractical. Further, airmen do not use the regulatory text of the SIAPs, but refer to their graphic depiction on charts printed by publishers of aeronautical materials. Thus, the advantages of incorporation by reference are realized and publication of the complete description of each SIAP contained in FAA form documents is unnecessary. This amendment provides the affected CFRs and specifies the types of SIAP and the corresponding effective dates. This amendment also identifies the airport and its location, the procedure and the amendment number. The Rule This amendment to 14 CFR part 97 is effective upon publication of each separate SIAP as amended in the transmittal. For safety and timeliness of change considerations, this amendment incorporates only specific changes contained for each SIAP as modified by FDC/P–NOTAMs. The SIAPs, as modified by FDC P–NOTAM, and contained in this amendment are based on the criteria contained in the U.S. Standard for Terminal Instrument Procedures (TERPS). In developing these changes to SIAPs, the TERPS criteria were applied only to specific conditions existing at the affected airports. All SIAP amendments in this rule have been previously issued by the FAA in a FDC NOTAM as an emergency action of immediate flight safety relating directly to published aeronautical charts. The circumstances which created the need for all these SIAP amendments requires making them effective in less than 30 days. Because of the close and immediate relationship between these SIAPs and E:\FR\FM\15JAR1.SGM 15JAR1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 10 (Thursday, January 15, 2015)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Parts 61 and 141

[Docket No. FAA-2014-0987; Amdt. Nos. 61-133, 141-18]
RIN 2120-AK62


Aviation Training Device Credit for Pilot Certification; 
Withdrawal

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Direct final rule; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is withdrawing a direct final rule regarding aviation 
training devices published December 3, 2014. That rule would have 
relieved burdens on pilots seeking to obtain aeronautical experience 
for an instrument rating by increasing the allowed use of aviation 
training devices. The FAA received adverse comments to the direct final 
rule and, thus, is withdrawing the direct final rule.

DATES: The direct final rule published on December 3, 2014 at 79 FR 
71634 is withdrawn, effective January 15, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical questions concerning 
this action, contact Marcel Bernard, Airmen Certification and Training 
Branch, Flight Standards Service, AFS-810, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 55 M Street SE., 8th floor, Washington, DC 20003-3522; 
telephone (202) 385-9616; email marcel.bernard@faa.gov.
    For legal questions concerning this action, contact Anne Moore, 
International Law, Legislation, and Regulations Division, Office of the 
Chief Counsel, AGC-200, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267-
8018; email anne.moore@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On December 3, 2014, the FAA published a direct final rule 
regarding use of aviation training devices (ATDs). The direct final 
rule would have increased the maximum time that may be credited in an 
ATD toward the instrument time requirements for an instrument rating 
under Sec.  61.65(i). The direct final rule would have permitted a 
person to credit a maximum of 20 hours of instrument time in an 
approved ATD toward the requirements for an instrument rating under 
that section.
    The direct final rule would have also amended appendix C to part 
141 to increase the limit on the amount of training hours that may be 
accomplished in an ATD in an approved course for an instrument rating. 
With this direct final rule, an ATD would have been permitted to be 
used for no more than 40 percent of the total flight training hour 
requirements for an instrument rating.
    Finally, the direct final rule would have revised Sec.  61.65(i)(4) 
to eliminate the requirement that pilots accomplishing instrument time 
in an ATD wear a view-limiting device.

Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule

    The FAA is withdrawing the direct final rule because the agency 
received adverse comments to the rule. The agency is obligated by Sec.  
11.13 to withdraw a direct final rule if the agency receives any 
adverse comments. One commenter raised concerns regarding the 
effectiveness of ATDs for training, suggesting that these devices do 
not provide appropriate sensory cues or provide a realistic 
environment. Another commenter believed that the increases in time/
percentage of training contained in the direct final rule were too 
great.
    As a result of this withdrawal, the current regulations remain in 
effect, which provides that no applicant for an instrument rating under 
part 61 may credit more than 10 hours of instrument time in an ATD 
toward the minimum aeronautical experience requirements

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required to take the practical test for an instrument rating. In 
addition, no graduate of a training program approved under appendix C 
to part 141 may credit more than 10% of the required coursework in ATDs 
(unless that program has been approved in accordance with Sec.  
141.55(d) or (e)).
    The FAA notes that the regulations do not place a limit on the 
amount of time that a person may train in an ATD. Rather, the 
regulations place a limit on the amount of time in an ATD that may be 
credited toward the minimum aeronautical experience requirements for an 
instrument rating. Operators may continue to use these devices to 
improve pilot proficiency and potentially reduce the overall time 
required in an aircraft. In addition, those devices that were issued an 
LOA that terminated on January 1, 2015, may continue to use the device 
for pilot proficiency and training. However, any time logged in such a 
device could not be used to meet any aeronautical experience 
requirements of part 61, or any of the flight training coursework 
requirements of part 141.

Conclusion

    Withdrawal of Amendment Nos. 61-133 and 141-18 does not preclude 
the FAA from issuing rulemaking on the subject in the future; nor does 
it commit the agency to any future course of action. The agency will 
make any future necessary changes to the Code of Federal Regulations 
through a notice of proposed rulemaking with opportunity for public 
comment.
    Therefore, the FAA withdraws Amendment Nos. 61-133 and 141-18 
published at 79 FR 71634, December 3, 2014.

    Issued under authority provided by 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 
44701(a)(5), and 44703 in Washington, DC, on January 9, 2015.
Michael P. Huerta,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2015-00553 Filed 1-14-15; 8:45 am]
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