Helicopter Air Ambulance, Commercial Helicopter, and Part 91 Helicopter Operations; Technical Amendment, 1188-1189 [2018-00285]

Download as PDF 1188 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 7 / Wednesday, January 10, 2018 / Rules and Regulations Required Simulated instrument conditions * [FR Doc. 2018–00225 Filed 1–9–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 135 jstallworth on DSKBBY8HB2PROD with RULES Training device Waiver provisions of § 121.441(d) .................... *B .................... .................... .................... .................... *P .................... .................... .................... * * The FAA is correcting a final rule published on February 21, 2014. In that rule, the FAA amended its regulations to improve safety in helicopter air ambulance and commercial helicopter operations. This document removes an incorrect crossreference and makes corresponding revisions. SUMMARY: Effective January 10, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: RIN 2120–AJ53 Helicopter Air Ambulance, Commercial Helicopter, and Part 91 Helicopter Operations; Technical Amendment Brian Verna, Aircraft Maintenance Division, Avionics Branch, AFS–360, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267–1710; email brian.verna@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT. AGENCY: Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 * * Good Cause for Immediate Adoption Without Prior Notice Final rule; technical amendment. ACTION: DATES: [Docket No. FAA–2010–0982; Amdt. No. 135–138] 15:18 Jan 09, 2018 Nonvisual simulator * Issued under the authority of 49 U.S.C. 106(f) and (g) in Washington, DC on January 3, 2018. Lirio Liu, Director, Office of Rulemaking. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Visual simulator .................... 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Furthermore, any additional delay in making the regulations correct would be contrary to the public interest. Accordingly, the FAA finds that (i) public comment on these standards prior to promulgation is unnecessary, and (ii) good cause exists to make this rule effective in less than 30 days. Background On February 21, 2014, the FAA published a final rule entitled, ‘‘Helicopter Air Ambulance, Commercial Helicopter, and Part 91 Helicopter Operations’’ (79 FR 9932). In that final rule the FAA created provisions directed primarily toward helicopter air ambulance operations and all commercial helicopter operations conducted under part 135. The rule added § 135.168(c) which states, ‘‘[t]he equipment required by this section must be maintained in accordance with § 135.419.’’ Section 135.419 outlines inspection, not maintenance, requirements making the cross reference to § 135.419 incorrect. Technical Amendment This technical amendment addresses this incorrect reference to inspection requirements. Maintenance and inspection requirements for part 135 operators are currently described in part 135 Subpart J. Accordingly, the FAA is removing the current text of § 135.168 (c) to avoid potential confusion from redundant regulatory text. This technical amendment also removes the reference to § 135.168(c) from § 135.168(b). Finally, the FAA removes the effective date for § 135.168(b) because that date has passed, and the paragraph currently is effective. Executive Order 13771, Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs This technical amendment is not an E.O. 13771 regulatory action because this technical amendment is not significant under E.O. 12866. jstallworth on DSKBBY8HB2PROD with RULES List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 135 Air taxis, Aircraft, Aviation safety. The Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends chapter I of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations as follows: 15:18 Jan 09, 2018 Jkt 244001 1. The authority citation for part 135 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g), 41706, 40113, 44701–44702, 44705, 44709, 44711– 44713, 44715–44717, 44722, 44730, 45101– 45105; Pub. L. 112–95, 126 Stat. 58 (49 U.S.C. 44730). 2. Amend § 135.168 by revising paragraph (b) introductory text and removing and reserving paragraph (c). The revision reads as follows: ■ § 135.168. Emergency equipment. Overwater rotorcraft operations. * * * * * (b) Required equipment. Except when authorized by the certificate holder’s operations specifications, or when necessary only for takeoff or landing, no person may operate a rotorcraft beyond autorotational distance from the shoreline unless it carries: * * * * * Issued under authority of 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g), 44701(a), and 44730 in Washington, DC. Lirio Liu, Director, Office of Rulemaking. [FR Doc. 2018–00285 Filed 1–9–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P POSTAL SERVICE 39 CFR Part 113 Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail (Publication 52); Incorporation by Reference Postal ServiceTM. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The Postal Service announces the issuance of Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail (Publication 52) dated August 2017, and its incorporation by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. DATES: This final rule is effective on January 10, 2018. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 135

[Docket No. FAA-2010-0982; Amdt. No. 135-138]
RIN 2120-AJ53


Helicopter Air Ambulance, Commercial Helicopter, and Part 91 
Helicopter Operations; Technical Amendment

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; technical amendment.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is correcting a final rule published on February 21, 
2014. In that rule, the FAA amended its regulations to improve safety 
in helicopter air ambulance and commercial helicopter operations. This 
document removes an incorrect cross-reference and makes corresponding 
revisions.

DATES: Effective January 10, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Verna, Aircraft Maintenance 
Division, Avionics Branch, AFS-360, Federal Aviation Administration, 
800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267-
1710; email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Good Cause for Immediate Adoption Without Prior Notice

    Section 553(b)(3)(B) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 
U.S.C. 551 et seq.) authorizes agencies to dispense with notice and 
comment procedures for rules when the agency for ``good cause'' finds 
that those procedures are ``impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to 
the public interest.'' Under this section, an agency, upon finding good 
cause, may issue a final rule without seeking comment prior to the 
rulemaking.
    Section 553(d)(3) of the Administrative Procedure Act requires that 
agencies publish a rule not less than 30 days before its effective 
date, except as otherwise provided by the agency for good cause found 
and published with the rule.
    This document is correcting an error in 14 CFR 135.168. These 
corrections will not impose any additional

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restrictions on the persons affected by these regulations. Furthermore, 
any additional delay in making the regulations correct would be 
contrary to the public interest. Accordingly, the FAA finds that (i) 
public comment on these standards prior to promulgation is unnecessary, 
and (ii) good cause exists to make this rule effective in less than 30 
days.

Background

    On February 21, 2014, the FAA published a final rule entitled, 
``Helicopter Air Ambulance, Commercial Helicopter, and Part 91 
Helicopter Operations'' (79 FR 9932). In that final rule the FAA 
created provisions directed primarily toward helicopter air ambulance 
operations and all commercial helicopter operations conducted under 
part 135.
    The rule added Sec.  135.168(c) which states, ``[t]he equipment 
required by this section must be maintained in accordance with Sec.  
135.419.'' Section 135.419 outlines inspection, not maintenance, 
requirements making the cross reference to Sec.  135.419 incorrect.

Technical Amendment

    This technical amendment addresses this incorrect reference to 
inspection requirements. Maintenance and inspection requirements for 
part 135 operators are currently described in part 135 Subpart J. 
Accordingly, the FAA is removing the current text of Sec.  135.168 (c) 
to avoid potential confusion from redundant regulatory text.
    This technical amendment also removes the reference to Sec.  
135.168(c) from Sec.  135.168(b). Finally, the FAA removes the 
effective date for Sec.  135.168(b) because that date has passed, and 
the paragraph currently is effective.

Executive Order Determinations

Executive Order 13771, Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory 
Costs

    This technical amendment is not an E.O. 13771 regulatory action 
because this technical amendment is not significant under E.O. 12866.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 135

    Air taxis, Aircraft, Aviation safety.

The Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration amends chapter I of title 14, Code of Federal 
Regulations as follows:

PART 135--OPERATING REQUIREMENTS: COMMUTER AND ON-DEMAND OPERATIONS 
AND RULES GOVERNING PERSONS ON BOARD SUCH AIRCRAFT

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1. The authority citation for part 135 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g), 41706, 40113, 44701-44702, 
44705, 44709, 44711-44713, 44715-44717, 44722, 44730, 45101-45105; 
Pub. L. 112-95, 126 Stat. 58 (49 U.S.C. 44730).


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2. Amend Sec.  135.168 by revising paragraph (b) introductory text and 
removing and reserving paragraph (c).
    The revision reads as follows:


Sec.  135.168.  Emergency equipment. Overwater rotorcraft operations.

* * * * *
    (b) Required equipment. Except when authorized by the certificate 
holder's operations specifications, or when necessary only for takeoff 
or landing, no person may operate a rotorcraft beyond autorotational 
distance from the shoreline unless it carries:
* * * * *

    Issued under authority of 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g), 44701(a), 
and 44730 in Washington, DC.
Lirio Liu,
Director, Office of Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2018-00285 Filed 1-9-18; 8:45 am]
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