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Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Application for an Exemption From K & L Trucking
Document Number: 2024-07892
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-15
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requests public comment on an exemption application to allow K & L Trucking (K & L) to transport metal coils using a single two-ply nylon- Kevlar tie down strap to secure its metal coils for transport to a metal coil carrier affixed to the bed of its trucks/trailers as an alternative to the requirements in current regulations. K & L states that its method of securing steel coils is a safe alternative to the method required in the FMCSRs for the short distance that each load is transported. K & L believes the exemption would maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection: Generic Clearance of Customer Satisfaction Surveys
Document Number: 2024-07891
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-15
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. In order to work continuously to ensure that our programs are effective and meet our customers' needs, FMCSA requests approval to renew an ICR titled, "Generic Clearance of Customer Satisfaction Surveys." This ICR allows FMCSA to continue collecting feedback on our service delivery. By feedback, we mean information that provides useful insights on perceptions and opinions but are not statistical surveys that yield quantitative results that can be generalized to the population of study.
Pipeline Safety: Meeting of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2024-07888
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-04-15
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On February 20, 2024, PHMSA published a Federal Register notice titled: "Pipeline Safety: Meeting of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee," which provided an opportunity for public comment by April 29, 2024, on the proceedings of the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee (GPAC) meeting related to the notices of proposed rulemakings (NPRMs) titled "Gas Pipeline Leak Detection and Repair" (LDAR) and "Class Location Change Requirements" (Class Location). PHMSA received a request to extend the comment period for stakeholders to have more time to provide comments on the topics of discussion. PHMSA is denying the request to extend the comment period for the GPAC proceedings related to the LDAR NPRM, but PHMSA is granting the request to extend the comment period for the GPAC proceedings related to the Class Location NPRM to August 27, 2024.
Commercial Driver's License: State of Hawaii Department of Transportation; Application for Exemption
Document Number: 2024-07901
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-15
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces the Hawaii Department of Transportation's (HDOT) requests for an exemption on behalf of the Hawaii Department of Education's (DOE) Transportation Services Branch and independent schools statewide to allow Class A or B commercial driver's license (CDL) holders with a passenger (P) endorsement to operate a school bus without holding a school bus (S) endorsement, and to allow the use of motorcoaches and vans to transport students to/from a central location to school daily. HDOT states that except for the S endorsement training requirements, all other Federal and State training requirements will be completed before drivers start transporting students in motorcoaches. HDOT believes an exemption will provide a temporary resolution to its school bus driver shortage while drivers complete the S endorsement training. FMCSA requests public comment on the applicant's request for exemption.
National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2024-07837
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-15
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a meeting of the National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council (NEMSAC).
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2024-07709
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-15
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
FHWA, in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), is issuing this Notice of Intent (NOI) to solicit comment and advise the public, agencies, and stakeholders that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared to study potential improvements to the Highway 252 (Hwy 252) corridor in Hennepin County from Highway 610 (Hwy 610) to the Hwy 252/Interstate 94 (I-94)/Interstate 694 (I-694) interchange, and the I-94 corridor from the Hwy 252/I-94/I-694 interchange to North Fourth Street and North Third Street in downtown Minneapolis. This notice also requests identification of potential alternatives, information, and analyses relevant to the proposed action. Persons or agencies who may be affected by the proposed Hwy 252/I-94 Project (Project) are encouraged to comment on the information in this NOI. All comments received in response to this NOI document will be considered and any information presented herein, including the preliminary alternatives and identified impacts, may be revised in consideration of the comments.
Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards; FMVSS No. 305a Electric-Powered Vehicles: Electric Powertrain Integrity Global Technical Regulation No. 20, Incorporation by Reference
Document Number: 2024-07646
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-04-15
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Consistent with a Global Technical Regulation on electric vehicle safety, NHTSA proposes to establish Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 305a to replace FMVSS No. 305, "Electric- powered vehicles: Electrolyte spillage and electrical shock protection." Among other improvements, FMVSS No. 305a would apply to light and heavy vehicles and would have performance and risk mitigation requirements for the propulsion battery. Relating to a National Transportation Safety Board recommendation, FMVSS No. 305a would also require manufacturers to submit standardized emergency response information for inclusion on NHTSA's website that would assist first and second responders handling electric vehicles.
Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity (ACTE); Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2024-07774
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-12
Agency: Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary
DOT OST announces a meeting of ACTE, which will take place via Zoom Webinar.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Request for Comment; First Responder Incident Advanced Reporting Program
Document Number: 2024-07824
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-12
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), this notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) summarized below will be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. First Responder Incident Advanced Reporting Program (FRIAR) in which first responders (e.g., law enforcement, fire department, and emergency medical services) may submit information about fatalities, injuries, or crashes that may have been caused due to a motor vehicle or equipment defect. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following information collection was published on June 12, 2023. No comments were received.
Release of Waybill Data
Document Number: 2024-07820
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-12
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Request for Information on Goals, Criteria, Thresholds, and Measurable Data Sources for Designating the National Multimodal Freight Network
Document Number: 2024-07810
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-12
Agency: Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT or Department) DOT is seeking information from the public, and in particular multimodal freight system users, transportation providers, metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, ports, airports, railroads, freight forwarders, brokers, other supply chain logisticians, scholars, and States on the best approach to identify critical freight facilities and corridors that will make up a National Multimodal Freight Network (NMFN) that is vital to achieving the national multimodal freight policy goals of the United States. DOT is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) to solicit input on how to prioritize the statutory goals of, and the statutory factors for designating, the NMFN, as well as measurable thresholds, criteria, and data sources for designating the NMFN. Informed by comments received in response to this RFI, DOT will draft a proposed network map to be published for public comment in the Late Spring of 2024 and provide an opportunity for States to provide input to submit additions to the network. After the final, subsequent comment period, DOT will review and approve additional designations for the NMFN by States and designate the final NMFN by December of 2024.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of a New Approval of Information Collection: Certificates of Waivers
Document Number: 2024-07793
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval a new information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on June 12, 2023. The FAA proposes collecting information related to requests for certificate of waivers made to operate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in deviation from the normal operating rules. The list of rules subject to waiver requests is found in the Code of Federal Regulations. The FAA will use the collected information to make determinations whether to authorize or deny the requested operation of UAS. The proposed information collection is necessary to issue such authorizations or denials consistent with the FAA's mandate to ensure safe and efficient use of national airspace.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2024-07562
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-04-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747-400F series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report that cap seals were not applied to certain fasteners in the fuel tanks during production. This proposed AD would require applying cap seals to certain fastener collars inside the fuel tanks. The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters
Document Number: 2024-07489
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-04-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2021-22-05, which applies to all Leonardo S.p.a. (Leonardo) Model A119 and AW119 MKII helicopters. AD 2021-22-05 requires repetitively inspecting certain torque tube assemblies for any deficiency and corrective action if necessary, and replacing any affected part with a serviceable part, which is terminating action for the repetitive inspections. AD 2021-22-05 was prompted by reports of abnormal play on the collective torque tube on two Leonardo Model AW119 MKII helicopters, which were due to an erroneous manufacturing process. Since the FAA issued AD 2021-22-05, it was discovered that additional torque tube assemblies are subject to the unsafe condition. This proposed AD would retain certain requirements specified in AD 2021-22- 05, reduce the applicability to include helicopters with only affected part-numbered collective torque tube assemblies, reduce the inspection intervals, and remove the previously approved terminating action as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is proposed for incorporation by reference. The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans
Document Number: 2024-07514
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-11
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is publishing a final rule for Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans (PTASP). This final rule includes requirements for Agency Safety Plans (ASP), Safety Committees, cooperation with frontline transit worker representatives in the development of ASPs, safety risk reduction programs, safety performance targets, de-escalation training for certain transit workers, and addressing infectious diseases through the Safety Management System (SMS) process. This final rule also finalizes revisions to the regulation to coordinate and align with other FTA programs and safety rulemakings.
Hazardous Materials: Information Collection Activities
Document Number: 2024-07617
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-10
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces that the Information Collection Requests (ICRs) discussed below will be forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal and extension. These ICRs describe the nature of the information collections and their expected burdens. A Federal Register notice and request for comments with a 60-day comment period on these ICRs was published in the Federal Register on January18, 2024 [89 FR 3494] under Docket No. 2024-0001 (Notice No. 2024-01). PHMSA received a comment from the National Propane Gas Association in support of the burden estimates for the three OMB control numbers outlined in the 60-day notice.
Renewal Package From the State of California to the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program and Proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Assigning Environmental Responsibilities to the State
Document Number: 2024-07615
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces that FRA has received and reviewed a renewal package from the State of California (State) acting through the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and California High- Speed Rail Authority (Authority) requesting renewed participation in the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program (Program). Under the Program, FRA may assign, and the State may assume, responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and all or part of FRA's responsibilities for environmental review, consultation, or other actions required under any Federal environmental laws with respect to one or more railroad projects within the State. FRA has determined the renewal package to be complete, and developed a draft renewal MOU with CalSTA and the Authority outlining how the State will implement the Program with FRA oversight. The public is invited to comment on the State's request, including its renewal package and the proposed renewal MOU, which includes the proposed assignments and assumptions of environmental review, consultation, and other activities.
Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District's Request To Amend Its Positive Train Control Safety Plan and Positive Train Control System
Document Number: 2024-07610
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-10
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides the public with notice that, on March 29, 2024, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICD) submitted a request for amendment (RFA) to its FRA-approved Positive Train Control Safety Plan (PTCSP). As this RFA involves a request for FRA's approval of a proposed material modification to an FRA-certified positive train control (PTC) system related to the design and implementation of a new Back Office Server, FRA is publishing this notice and inviting public comment on the railroad's RFA to its PTCSP.
Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters
Document Number: 2024-07487
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-04-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Leonardo S.p.a. Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. This proposed AD was prompted by multiple reports of cracks found on tail rotor (TR) damper bracket assemblies. This proposed AD would require accomplishing repetitive detailed visual inspections (DVIs) of certain part-numbered TR damper bracket assemblies for corrosion and cracks and, depending on the results, taking corrective action. This proposed AD would also prohibit installing an affected TR damper bracket assembly unless it is new. These actions are specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is proposed for incorporation by reference. The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
National Public Transportation Safety Plan
Document Number: 2024-07392
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-10
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has placed into the docket and on its website the final National Public Transportation Safety Plan (National Safety Plan) that is intended to guide the national effort to manage safety risk in our nation's public transportation systems. The updated National Safety Plan establishes performance measures for Public Transportation Agency Safety Plans (PTASP), including measures for safety risk reduction programs, to improve the safety of public transportation systems that receive FTA Federal financial assistance. Transit agencies will set performance targets based on the measures in order to monitor and assess the safety performance of their public transportation systems.
Hazardous Materials: Harmonization With International Standards
Document Number: 2024-06956
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-10
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is amending the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) to maintain alignment with international regulations and standards by adopting various amendments, including changes to proper shipping names, hazard classes, packing groups, special provisions, packaging authorizations, air transport quantity limitations, and vessel stowage requirements. PHMSA is also withdrawing the unpublished November 28, 2022, Notice of Enforcement Policy Regarding International Standards on the use of select updated international standards in complying with the HMR during the pendency of this rulemaking.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes
Document Number: 2024-07574
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-04-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus SAS Model A350-941 and -1041 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports that certain engine bleed air system (EBAS) T- Ducts may not conform to the type design due to a quality escape not detected during the manufacturing process on Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-75, Trent XWB-84, and Trent XWB-97 engines. This proposed AD would require replacement of affected EBAS T-Ducts and limit the installation of affected parts under certain conditions, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is proposed for incorporation by reference (IBR). The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Renewal Package From the State of Arizona to the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program and Proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Assigning Federal Highway Administration's Environmental Review Responsibilities to the State
Document Number: 2024-07568
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-10
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces that FHWA has received and reviewed a renewal package from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) requesting renewed participation in the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program (Program). This Program allows FHWA to assign, and States to assume, responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and all or part of FHWA's responsibilities for environmental review, consultation, or other actions required under any Federal environmental law with respect to one or more Federal highway projects within the State. The FHWA determined the renewal package to be complete and developed a draft renewal MOU with ADOT outlining how the State will implement the Program with FHWA oversight. The public is invited to comment on ADOT's renewal package, which includes the draft renewal MOU that describes the proposed assignments and assumptions of environmental review, consultation, and other activities.
Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Aviation Airplanes
Document Number: 2024-07563
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-04-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a determination that certain left-hand (LH) and right- hand (RH) pylon bleed air leak detectors (BALDs) might be defective, due to incorrect manufacturing processes and incomplete acceptance test procedures. This proposed AD would require a one-time operational check of affected parts and, depending on findings, accomplishment of applicable corrective action, and would limit the installation of affected parts under certain conditions, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is proposed for incorporation by reference (IBR). The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
Document Number: 2024-07585
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-10
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to deny the applications from two individuals treated with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) who requested an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) prohibiting operation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in interstate commerce by persons with a current clinical diagnosis of myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, coronary insufficiency, thrombosis, or any other cardiovascular disease of a variety known to be accompanied by syncope (transient loss of consciousness), dyspnea (shortness of breath), collapse, or congestive heart failure.
Notice of Meeting; Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2024-07533
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a meeting of the COMSTAC.
Walkersville Southern Railroad, Inc.-Discontinuance of Service Exemption-in Frederick County, Md.; Correction
Document Number: 2024-07601
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-10
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters
Document Number: 2024-07342
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Leonardo S.p.a Model AW169 helicopters. This AD was prompted by a determination that new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. This AD requires revising the airworthiness limitations section (ALS) of the existing helicopter maintenance manual or instructions for continued airworthiness (ICA) for your helicopter and the existing approved maintenance or inspection program for your helicopter, as applicable, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Various Airplanes and Helicopters
Document Number: 2024-07394
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-04-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2021-07-13, which applies to certain Pacific Scientific Company rotary buckle assemblies (buckles). AD 2021-07-13 requires inspecting each buckle including its buckle handle vane, and depending on the results, removing the buckle from service and installing an airworthy buckle. AD 2021-07-13 also prohibits installing affected buckles. Since the FAA issued AD 2021-07-13, the manufacturer published an updated service bulletin, which revises the applicability based on date of manufacture of the affected buckles. This proposed AD would retain certain requirements of AD 2021-07-13. This proposed AD would also reduce the applicability to plastic buckles manufactured on or before May 31, 2007, or any buckle assembly whose date of manufacture cannot be determined. Additionally, this proposed AD would require performing corrective actions by complying with certain portions of the updated service bulletin. The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; MHI RJ Aviation ULC (Type Certificate Previously Held by Bombardier, Inc.) Airplanes
Document Number: 2024-07390
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all MHI RJ Aviation ULC Model CL-600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes. This AD was prompted by a determination that new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. This AD requires revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations, as specified in a Transport Canada AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; MHI RJ Aviation ULC (Type Certificate Previously Held by Bombardier, Inc.) Airplanes
Document Number: 2024-07374
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-04-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain MHI RJ Aviation ULC Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a determination that the overhead bin attachment could fail under certain conditions. This proposed AD would require replacing existing overhead bin hook assemblies and support tubes with a different type, as specified in a Transport Canada AD, which is proposed for incorporation by reference (IBR). The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Aviation Airplanes
Document Number: 2024-07373
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2024-04-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a determination that non-conforming washers may have been installed in production on engine 1 and 3 forward yokes. This proposed AD would require a one-time inspection for non-conforming washers and, depending on findings, related investigative and corrective actions, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is proposed for incorporation by reference (IBR). The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.a. Helicopters
Document Number: 2024-07343
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Leonardo S.p.a. Model AW189 helicopters. This AD was prompted by a determination that new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. This AD requires revising the airworthiness limitations section (ALS) of the existing helicopter maintenance manual or instructions for continued airworthiness (ICA) for your helicopter and the existing approved maintenance or inspection program for your helicopter, as applicable, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2024-07441
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. Model DA 62 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report that certain revisions of the airplane maintenance manual (AMM) specified incorrect torque values for the horizontal stabilizer attachment bolts. This AD requires reviewing the airplane maintenance records to determine the torque values for the horizontal stabilizer attachment bolts and torquing the horizontal stabilizer attachment bolts to the correct torque value if necessary. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG Engines
Document Number: 2024-07433
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (RRD) Model RB211-524H-36 and RB211-524H-T-36 engines. This AD was prompted by reports of engine surges and a subsequent investigation which found that the surges may have been caused by material loss on the high-pressure compressor (HPC) stage 1 and stage 2 rotor path liners. This AD requires borescope inspections (BSIs) of the HPC stage 1 and stage 2 rotor path liners for material loss, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Train Crew Size Safety Requirements
Document Number: 2024-06625
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-09
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is establishing minimum safety requirements for the size of train crews depending on the type of operation. This final rule requires railroad operations to have a minimum of two crewmembers except for certain identified one-person train crew operations that do not pose significant safety risks to railroad employees, the public, or the environment. This final rule includes requirements for railroads seeking to continue certain existing one-person train crew operations and a special approval process for railroads seeking to initiate certain new one-person train crew operations. This final rule also requires each railroad receiving special approval for a one-person train crew operation to submit to FRA an annual report summarizing the safety of the operation.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Implementation Modifications
Document Number: 2024-05583
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-09
Agency: Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT or Department) is amending its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) program regulations. The DBE and ACDBE programs are designed to allow small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals to compete fairly for DOT funded contracts let by State and local transportation agencies and in airport concession opportunities. The final rule improves program implementation in major areas, including by updating the personal net worth and program size thresholds for inflation; modernizing rules for counting of material suppliers; incorporating procedural flexibilities enacted during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; adding elements to foster greater usage of DBEs and ACDBEs with concurrent, proactive monitoring and oversight; updating certification provisions with less prescriptive rules that give certifiers flexibility when determining eligibility; revising the interstate certification process to provide for reciprocity among certifiers; and making technical corrections to commonly misinterpreted rules.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of a Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Identification of Foreign-Registered Civil Unmanned Aircraft Operating in the United States
Document Number: 2024-07475
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on November 6, 2023. The collection involves identifying information regarding foreign-registered civil unmanned aircraft operated in the airspace of the United States. The information to be collected will be used to associate a foreign- registered unmanned aircraft operating in the United States with Remote Identification to the unmanned aircraft operator.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Hearing
Document Number: 2024-07386
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-08
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 28 individuals from the hearing requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these hard of hearing and deaf individuals to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
Document Number: 2024-07385
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-08
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for six individuals from the requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) that interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers have "no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of epilepsy or any other condition which is likely to cause loss of consciousness or any loss of ability to control a CMV." The exemptions enable these individuals who have had one or more seizures and are taking anti-seizure medication to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Airworthiness Directives; General Electric Company Engines, and Various Restricted Category Rotorcraft
Document Number: 2024-07438
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-08
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2024-05- 51, which applied to certain General Electric Company (GE) Model CT7- 2E1, CT7-2F1, CT7-8A, CT7-8E, and CT7-8F5 engines, and various restricted category helicopters with GE Model T700-GE-700, -701A, - 701C, -701D/CC, -701D, -401, -401C, CT7-2D, or CT7-2D1 engines installed. AD 2024-05-51 required a phase array ultrasonic inspection of the torque reference tube magnetic insert braze joint of the power turbine (PT) drive shaft assembly for inadequate braze coverage, and repair or replacement of the PT drive shaft assembly if necessary. This AD was prompted by at least four reports of failures of the torque reference tube magnetic insert braze joint of the PT drive shaft assembly within the last several months. This AD retains the requirements of AD 2024-05-51 and expands the applicability to include a PT drive shaft assembly part number that was inadvertently omitted. The FAA previously sent an emergency AD to all known U.S. owners and operators of these engines and helicopters and is now issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2024-07242
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-08
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule amends, suspends, or removes 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 for the safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace and to promote safe flight operations under instrument flight rules at the affected airports.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2024-07241
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-08
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule establishes, amends, suspends, or removes Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPS) and associated Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure procedures (ODPs) 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.
Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace; Lewisburg, WV
Document Number: 2024-07245
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-08
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class D airspace, Class E airspace designated as an extension to a Class D surface area, and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface area for Greenbrier Valley Airport, Lewisburg, WV, as the BUSHI non-directional beacon (NDB) is removed from the airspace descriptions. This action amends verbiage in the descriptions, as well as adding additional extensions to the northeast and southwest of the airport.
Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace; Wallops Island, VA
Document Number: 2024-07243
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-08
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class D airspace, Class E surface airspace, and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface for Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, VA. This action eliminates the Snow Hill VORTAC from the airspace descriptions for this airport, as well as updating the airport name, geographic coordinates, and description headers.
Notice of Availability of Proposed Policy Guidance for the Capital Investment Grants Program
Document Number: 2024-07218
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-05
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) invites public comment on revisions to the agency's policy guidance for the Capital Investment Grants (CIG) program. These revisions are intended to amend FTA's CIG Policy Guidance last published in January 2023 and are a comprehensive update of the CIG Policy Guidance for notice and comment, incorporating feedback FTA received in response to its Request for Information published in the Federal Register in July 2021. The proposed guidance has been placed in the docket and posted on the FTA website. This policy guidance continues to complement FTA's regulations that govern the CIG program. FTA is also posing questions concerning the CIG New Starts and Small Starts Land Use and Economic Development Project Justification Criteria.
Savage Tooele Railroad Company-Construction and Operation Exemption-Line of Railroad in Tooele County, Utah
Document Number: 2024-07255
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-05
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Accepted Means of Compliance for Small Unmanned Aircraft Category 2 and Category 3 Operations Over Human Beings; Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (VT MAAP)
Document Number: 2024-07267
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces the acceptance of a means of compliance with FAA regulations for small unmanned aircraft (sUA) Category 2 and Category 3 operations over human beings. The Administrator finds that VT MAAP's "Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People," version 2.0, dated January 18, 2024, provides an acceptable means, but not the only means, of showing compliance with FAA regulations.
Accepted Means of Compliance for Small Unmanned Aircraft Category 2 and Category 3 Operations Over Human Beings; Aerial Vehicle Safety Solutions Inc. (AVSS)
Document Number: 2024-07266
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-04-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces the acceptance of a means of compliance with FAA regulations for small unmanned aircraft (sUA) Category 2 and Category 3 operations over human beings. The Administrator finds that AVSS's means of compliance for small unmanned aircraft, revision 5.0, dated January 10, 2024, provides an acceptable means, but not the only means, of showing compliance with FAA regulations.
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