Department of Transportation February 15, 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Operating Limitations at Chicago O'Hare International Airport
Document Number: 05-2927
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA has issued an order to show cause, which solicits the views of interested persons on the FAA's tentative determination to extend until October 31 an August 18, 2004, order limiting the number of scheduled aircraft arrivals at O'Hare International Airport during peak operating hours. The order to show cause also invites written views on whether the FAA should allocate any unused capacity while the extended order is in effect and, if so, how the FAA should allocate any such unused capacity. The text of the order to show cause is set forth in this notice.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A310 Series Airplanes
Document Number: 05-2886
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A310 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require measuring the clearance between the compensator and the guide assembly of probe no. 1 on the outboard fuel tanks, and performing corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD is prompted by the results of fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. We are proposing this AD to prevent interference between the compensator and the guide assembly of probe no. 1, which could create an ignition source that could result in a fire or explosion.
Regulatory Flexibility Act Section 610 and Plain Language Reviews
Document Number: 05-2873
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Department of Transportation, Research and Special Programs Administration
RSPA requests comments on the economic impact of its regulations on small entities. As required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act and as published in DOT's Semi-Annual Regulatory Agenda, we are analyzing the rules applicable to general shipment and packaging requirements for shippers to identify requirements that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. We also request comments on ways to make these regulations easier to read and understand.
Aviation Proceedings, Agreements Filed the Week Ending January 28, 2005
Document Number: 05-2862
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Transportation
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) Airplanes
Document Number: 05-2841
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes. This proposed AD would require installing additional shielding of the hydraulic lines in the wing box area. This proposed AD is prompted by the determination that the additional hydraulic line shields will protect the lines from possible impact by tire debris if the tire tread fails. We are proposing this AD to prevent damage to the hydraulic lines and subsequent leakage from the two hydraulic systems, which could result in loss of braking capability on the affected side of the airplane, asymmetrical braking, and reduced directional controlparticularly during a rejected takeoff.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 757-200 and -300 Series Airplanes and Model 767 Series Airplanes
Document Number: 05-2840
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 757-200 and -300 series airplanes and Model 767 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require replacing the existing operational software of the Pegasus flight management computer (FMC) system with new, improved operational software. This proposed AD is prompted by reports of ``old'' or expired air traffic control (ATC) clearance messages being displayed on the control display unit (CDU) of the FMC system during subsequent flights. We are proposing this AD to prevent display of ``old'' or expired clearance messages on the CDU of subsequent flights, which could result in the airplane entering unauthorized airspace or following a flight path that does not provide minimum separation requirements between aircraft, and a consequent near miss or a mid-air collision.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 767 Series Airplanes
Document Number: 05-2839
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 767 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require an inspection of each main tank fuel boost pump for the presence of a pump shaft flame arrestor, and if the flame arrestor is missing, replacement of that pump with a pump having a pump shaft flame arrestor. This proposed AD would also require repetitive measurements of the flame arrestor's position in the pump, and corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD is prompted by reports that certain fuel boost pumps may not have flame arrestors installed in the pump shaft. We have also received reports that the pin that holds the flame arrestor in place can break due to metal fatigue. We are proposing this AD to prevent the possible migration of a flame from a main tank fuel boost pump inlet to the vapor space of that fuel tank, and consequent ignition of fuel vapors, which could result in a fire or explosion should the pump inlets become uncovered.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 777-200 and -300 Series Airplanes
Document Number: 05-2838
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 777-200 and -300 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require inspecting the valve control and indication wire bundles of the fuel system of the wing rear spar for discrepancies, and corrective action if necessary. This proposed AD is prompted by reports of six incidents of the wire bundles chafing against the rear spar stiffeners outside the fuel tank. We are proposing this AD to prevent this chafing, which could result in wire damage leading to a short circuit, subsequent ignition of flammable vapors, and possible uncontrollable fire during fueling or flight.
Airworthiness Directives; McDonnell Douglas Model MD-11 and -11F Airplanes; Model DC-10-10 and DC-10-10F Airplanes; Model DC-10-15 Airplanes; Model DC-10-30 and DC-10-30F (KC-10A and KDC-10) Airplanes; Model DC-10-40 and DC-10-40F Airplanes; and Model MD-10-10F and MD-10-30F Airplanes
Document Number: 05-2837
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain McDonnell Douglas Model MD-11 and -11F airplanes. The existing AD currently requires a one-time inspection to detect loose preload-indicating (PLI) washers or cracked or corroded nuts of the lower bolts of the inboard flap outboard hinge, and replacement with new parts if necessary. This proposed AD would require replacement with new, improved parts of the inboard flap, outboard hinge, forward attach bracket, and lower attach bolt assemblies. This proposed AD also would add certain other McDonnell Douglas transport category airplanes and require an inspection for certain parts, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD is prompted by a report indicating that the left-hand inboard flap outboard hinge pulled away from the wing structure. We are proposing this AD to prevent loose PLI washers or cracked or corroded nuts of the lower bolts of the inboard flap outboard hinge, which could result in separation of the inboard flap outboard hinge from the wing structure and consequent reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500, Series Airplanes
Document Number: 05-2836
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require an inspection for chafing of certain wire bundles located above the center fuel tank, corrective actions if necessary, and replacement of wire bundle clamps with new clamps. This proposed AD is prompted by the results of fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. We are proposing this AD to prevent chafed wire bundles near the center fuel tank, which could cause electrical arcing through the tank wall and ignition of fuel vapor in the fuel tank, and result in a fuel tank explosion.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 727 Airplanes, Equipped With An Auxiliary Fuel Tank Having a Fuel Pump Installed
Document Number: 05-2835
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Boeing Model 727 airplanes equipped with an auxiliary fuel tank having a fuel pump installed. This proposed AD would require revising the airplane flight manual to include limitations on operating the fuel pumps for the auxiliary fuel tank. This proposed AD is prompted by a design review of the fuel pump installation, which revealed a potential unsafe condition related to the auxiliary fuel tank(s). We are proposing this AD to prevent dry operation of the fuel pumps for the auxiliary fuel tank, which could create a potential ignition source inside the auxiliary fuel tank that could result in a fire or explosion of the auxiliary fuel tank.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 Series Airplanes
Document Number: 05-2834
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections of the stiffeners at left buttock line (LBL) and right buttock line (RBL) 6.15 for cracks; and replacement of both stiffeners with new, improved stiffeners if any stiffener is found cracked. This proposed AD would also allow replacement of both stiffeners at LBL and RBL 6.15 with new, improved stiffeners, which terminates the repetitive inspections. This proposed AD is prompted by reports of cracks in the stiffeners at LBL and RBL 6.15 on the rear spar of the wing center section. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracks in the stiffeners at LBL and RBL 6.15, which could result in damage to the keel beam structure and consequently reduce the capability of the airplane to sustain flight loads.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 767 Series Airplanes
Document Number: 05-2833
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 767 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require replacing hinge assemblies with new hinge assemblies in the outboard overhead stowage bins and reworking hinge assemblies in the outboard overhead stowage bins that are adjacent to curtain tracks. This proposed AD is prompted by reports of hinge assemblies of outboard overhead stowage bins breaking or the stowage bin doors not latching properly. We are proposing this AD to prevent the outboard overhead stowage bins opening during flight and releasing baggage, and consequently cause passenger injury and blockage of the aisles during emergency egress.
Airworthiness Directives; Dornier Model 328-300 Series Airplanes
Document Number: 05-2828
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dornier Model 328-300 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require installing a drain hole in the lower skin of the left- and right-hand elevator horns. This proposed AD is prompted by reports of water found in the elevator assembly. We are proposing this AD to prevent water or ice accumulating in the elevator assembly, which could result in possible corrosion that reduces the structural integrity of the flight control surface, or in an unbalanced flight control surface. These conditions could result in reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 737-300, -400, -500, -600, -700, -700C, -800 and -900 Series Airplanes
Document Number: 05-2827
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-300, -400, -500, -600, -700, -700C, -800 and -900 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require installing an updated version of the operational program software (OPS) in the flight management computers (FMCs), and doing other specified actions. This proposed AD would also require reinstalling software, if necessary. This proposed AD is prompted by one operator reporting FMC map shifts on several Model 737-400 series airplanes with dual FMCs, using OPS version U10.4A. We are proposing this AD to prevent the FMC from displaying the incorrect actual navigation performance value to the flightcrew, which could prevent adequate alerting of a potential navigation error. This condition could result in a near miss with other airplanes or terrain, or collision if other warning systems also fail.
Organization and Delegation of Powers and Duties; Office of Intelligence, Security, and Emergency Response
Document Number: 05-2803
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Department of Transportation
The Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) renames the Office of Intelligence and Security as the Office of Intelligence, Security, and Emergency Response. The Secretary rescinds the currently delegated authority of the Administrator, Research and Special Programs Administration, to perform functions related to emergency preparedness and response vested in the Secretary and delegates the authority to the Director of Intelligence, Security, and Emergency Response in the Office of the Secretary.
Standard Airworthiness Certification of New Aircraft
Document Number: 05-2799
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA seeks public comments on a proposal to amend the regulations for issuing a standard airworthiness certificate to certain new aircraft manufactured in the United States. The proposal addresses a concern that under the current regulations, certain new aircraft are eligible for a standard airworthiness certificate without meeting the requirements of a type certificate and without having been manufactured under an FAA production approval. The intended effect of this proposal is to ensure that new aircraft manufactured in the United States that receive a standard airworthiness certificate are type certificated and manufactured under an FAA production approval. The FAA also proposes to incorporate requirements contained in laws recently passed by Congress. A holder of a type certificate or supplemental type certificate who allows another person to use the certificate would have to provide written permission to that person. In addition, any person who manufactures an aircraft, aircraft engine, or propeller based on a type certificate would have to either hold the type certificate or have a licensing agreement from the holder. The proposal would also prohibit a person from altering an aircraft based on a supplemental type certificate (STC) unless the owner or operator either holds the STC or has written permission from the holder. Additionally, it would require the owner or operator of an aircraft that has been altered based on written permission to use a supplemental type certificate to retain that permission and transfer it at the time the aircraft is sold.
Special Conditions: Boeing Model 747-100/200B/200F/200C/SR/SP/100B/300/ 100B SUD/400/400D/400F Airplanes; Flammability Reduction Means (Fuel Tank Inerting)
Document Number: 05-2752
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-02-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Boeing Model 747- 100/200B/200F/200C/SR/SP/100B/300/100B SUD/400/400D/400F series airplanes. These airplanes, as modified by Boeing Commercial Airplanes, include a new flammability reduction means that uses a nitrogen generation system to reduce the oxygen content in the center wing fuel tank so that exposure to a combustible mixture of fuel and air is substantially minimized. This system is intended to reduce the average flammability exposure of the fleet of airplanes with the system installed to a level equivalent to 3 percent of the airplane operating time. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for the design and installation of this system. These special conditions contain the additional safety standards the Administrator considers necessary to ensure an acceptable level of safety for the installation of the system and to define performance objectives the system must achieve to be considered an acceptable means for minimizing development of flammable vapors in the fuel tank installation.