Sunshine Act Meetings; Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors, 22611 [2015-09462]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 77 / Wednesday, April 22, 2015 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES natural quiet, as described in this notice and in the response to the previous comment. QT aircraft must adhere to the current route structure defined for air tour operations; no new areas of the Grand Canyon will be opened to air tours under this incentive. The agencies do not anticipate a significant increase in the number of air tours operated in the winter months when tour demand is low. The incentive should increase the proportion of QT aircraft used for air tours in the Dragon and Zuni Point corridors and decrease the number of louder non-QT aircraft. Air tour operators that convert or have converted to QT for the seasonal relief are anticipated to continue to operate those quieter fleets during the summer season. Seasonal relief allows air tour operators to save allocations that would have been used in the first quarter of the year and to use them during times of year when air tour demand is higher; therefore, there may be increases in the number of air tour flights at other times of year above the number that has been allowed under the allocation system. If an increase in the number of flights rises to the level that results in a cumulative increase in noise, the seasonal relief incentive will be modified to reduce noise or will be discontinued. Comment: Commenters suggest agencies mandate one ‘‘quiet day’’ per month. FAA and NPS Response: This suggestion would presumably involve a prohibition on air tours for one day each month, which is outside the scope of approved measures currently in place at the park and is not a QT incentive. Comment: One commenter called for assurance that incentives will not degrade substantial restoration of natural quiet. FAA and NPS Response: The agencies will ensure that this incentive does not diminish substantial restoration of natural quiet as required by NPATMA. Impact on air tour operations Comment: Commenters representing recreational and environmental interests suggest this is an attempt to increase number of operations by labeling them as quieter. The air tour interests express concern that operators who have already converted to QT may not see a permanent increase in their allocations. Commenters representing recreational and environmental interests noted that they expected to see flights shift from peak to off-peak as part of a QT incentive. One commenter expressed the view that the seasonal relief incentive will result in vigorous marketing of air tours in January through March. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:00 Apr 21, 2015 Jkt 235001 FAA and NPS Response: Currently, air tour operators can use allocations at any time throughout the year based on the demand for air tours and individual business decisions. This incentive does not change that situation. The demand for air tours is expected to remain highest in the peak season. Comment: Commenters representing recreational and environmental interests advocated a cap on operations. FAA and NPS Response: Rather than imposing a numerical cap, the statutory noise conditions effectively provide a limit. Comment: Commenters asserted that more frequent flights will produce more air emissions. FAA and NPS Response: FAA and NPS air quality specialists do not expect air tours to significantly affect air quality in national parks. V. Implementation Steps The FAA and the NPS will use the quarterly reports that are currently required to be submitted by the operators to determine the number of QT flights flown during the first quarter that will not count against their annual allocations. The FAA will implement the incentive by amending the operations specifications of commercial air tour operators holding allocations in the Dragon and Zuni Point corridors to allow them to conduct air tours with QT aircraft without using an allocation for such tours in the specified seasonal time periods. The FAA and the NPS will cooperatively ensure that the statutory conditions protecting the park are met. VI. Environmental Considerations This action involving the FAA’s amendment of operations specifications is categorically excluded from more detailed environmental review because it would not have a significant effect on the environment. The FAA and the NPS have designed this incentive to ensure compliance with the statutory conditions that the cumulative impact of QT operating without allocations does not increase noise and that the incentive does not diminish the statutory mandate to achieve the substantial restoration of natural quiet at the park. PO 00000 22611 Issued in Hawthorne, CA, on March 19, 2015. Glen A. Martin, Regional Administrator, Western-Pacific Region, Federal Aviation Administration. Issued in Lakewood, CO, on March 23, 2015. Sue E. Masica, Regional Director, Intermountain Region, National Park Service. [FR Doc. 2015–09380 Filed 4–21–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Sunshine Act Meetings; Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors Meeting. AGENCY: The meeting will be held on May 7, 2015, from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time. PLACE: This meeting will be open to the public via conference call. Any interested person may call 1–877–422– 1931, passcode 2855443940, to listen and participate in this meeting. STATUS: Open to the public. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: The Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors (the Board) will continue its work in developing and implementing the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and Agreement and to that end, may consider matters properly before the Board. TIME AND DATE: Mr. Avelino Gutierrez, Chair, Unified Carrier Registration Board of Directors at (505) 827–4565. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Issued on: April 17, 2015. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy. 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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 77 (Wednesday, April 22, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Page 22611]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-09462]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration


Sunshine Act Meetings; Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of 
Directors

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors 
Meeting.

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TIME AND DATE: The meeting will be held on May 7, 2015, from 12:00 Noon 
to 3:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.

PLACE: This meeting will be open to the public via conference call. Any 
interested person may call 1-877-422-1931, passcode 2855443940, to 
listen and participate in this meeting.

STATUS: Open to the public.

MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: The Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board 
of Directors (the Board) will continue its work in developing and 
implementing the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and Agreement and to 
that end, may consider matters properly before the Board.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Avelino Gutierrez, Chair, Unified 
Carrier Registration Board of Directors at (505) 827-4565.

    Issued on: April 17, 2015.
Larry W. Minor,
Associate Administrator for Policy.
[FR Doc. 2015-09462 Filed 4-20-15; 4:15 pm]
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