Notice of Request for Extension of a Previously Approved Collection
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Department of Transportation's (DOT) intention to request extension of a previously approved information collection.
Environmental Impact Statement: City of San Diego, CA
The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public that an environmental impact statement will be prepared for a proposed highway project in the City of San Diego, California.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, -500 Series Airplanes
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 a one-time inspection for scribe lines and cracks in the fuselage skin at certain lap joints, butt joints, external repair doublers, and other areas; and related investigative/corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD is prompted by reports of fuselage skin cracks adjacent to the skin lap joints on airplanes that had scribe lines. Scribe line damage can also occur at many other locations, including butt joints, external doublers, door scuff plates, the wing-to-body fairing, and areas of the fuselage where decals have been applied or removed. We are proposing this AD to prevent rapid decompression of the airplane due to fatigue cracks resulting from scribe lines on pressurized fuselage structure.
Limitations on the Issuance of Commercial Driver's Licenses With a Hazardous Materials Endorsement
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) prohibit States from issuing, renewing, transferring or upgrading a commercial driver's license (CDL) with a hazardous materials endorsement unless the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has first conducted a security threat assessment of the applicant and determined the applicant does not pose a security risk warranting denial of the hazardous materials endorsement. The FMCSRs currently provide a specific date on which States become subject to the new requirement. This interim final rule amends the FMCSRs to cross-reference the TSA's compliance date as the date when FMCSA's companion requirements also become applicable. Consistent with TSA regulations, FMCSA also reduces the amount of advance notice that States must provide to drivers that a security threat assessment will be performed when they renew a hazardous materials endorsement. This rule is being issued as an IFR because it relates back to an existing substantive IFR published on May 5, 2003. This IFR will be subsumed into that rulemaking when it is finalized. All outstanding comments on these issues will be addressed in that final document.
Rail Fixed Guideway Systems; State Safety Oversight
The Federal Transit Administration is revising its rule on state safety oversight of rail fixed guideway systems not regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Since January 26, 1996, when the rule took effect, the agency has gained experience and insight concerning the benefits of and recommended practices for implementing state safety oversight requirements. This final rule revises the State Safety Oversight rule and adds clarifying sections, further specification concerning what the state must require to monitor safety and security of non-FRA rail systems, and incorporates into the body of the regulation material previously incorporated by reference. The revised part should be easier to understand and ensure greater compliance of the State oversight agencies, and enhance the safety and security of the rail systems governed by this part.
Policy on Substantiation of Secondary Composite Structures
This notice announces the issuance of a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) policy to provide some guidelines for certifying secondary structures made from composite materials. This notice is necessary to advise the public, especially manufacturers of normal, utility, and acrobatic category airplanes, and commuter category airplanes and their suppliers, that the FAA has adopted a policy on composite applications that range from secondary structures to non- structural parts such as interiors.
Revision of VOR Federal Airway 208
This action modifies Federal Airway 208 (V-208) by changing the originating point of the airway from the Santa Catalina, CA, Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) to the Ventura, CA, VORTAC. This modification extends V-208 by incorporating a route segment that air traffic control (ATC) frequently assigns to aircraft arriving in the Los Angeles, CA, terminal area. This action will enhance air safety, simplify routings, and reduce controller workload in the Southern California area.
Airworthiness Directives; McDonnell Douglas Model DC-9-81 (MD-81), DC-9-82 (MD-82), DC-9-83 (MD-83), DC-9-87 (MD-87), and MD-88 Airplanes
This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-9-81 (MD-81), DC-9-82 (MD-82), DC-9-83 (MD-83), DC-9-87 (MD-87), MD-88, and MD-90-30 airplanes. The existing AD currently requires repetitive inspections to detect cracking of the main landing gear (MLG) shock strut pistons, and replacement of a cracked piston with a new or serviceable part. This amendment removes certain airplanes but requires that the existing inspections, and corrective actions if necessary, be accomplished on additional MLG shock strut pistons. This amendment also requires replacing the MLG shock strut pistons with new improved parts, which would terminate the repetitive inspections. The actions specified by this AD are intended to prevent fatigue cracking of the MLG pistons, which could result in failure of the pistons and consequent damage to the airplane structure or injury to airplane occupants. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe condition.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 737-300, -400, and -500 Series Airplanes Modified in Accordance With Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) ST00127BO
The FAA is correcting a typographical error in an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that was published in the Federal Register on March 14, 2005 (70 FR 12401). The error resulted in specifying a non-existing part number. This AD applies to Boeing Model 737-300, - 400, and -500 series airplanes modified in accordance with STC ST00127BO. This AD requires installation of bonding straps to the safe side harnesses of the digital transient suppression device of the fuel quantity indicating system.
Revisions to Cockpit Voice Recorder and Digital Flight Data Recorder Regulations
This action extends the comment period for an NPRM published on February 28, 2005. In that document, the FAA proposed to amend the cockpit voice recorder and digital flight data recorder regulations for certain air carriers, operators, and aircraft manufacturers. This extension is a result of a request from the Aerospace Industries Association to extend the comment period for the NPRM.
Petitions for Exemption; Dispositions of Petitions Issued
Pursuant to FAA's rulemaking provisions governing the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for exemption, part 11 of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), this notice contains the disposition of certain petitions previously received. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of FAA's regulatory activities. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of any petition or its final disposition.
Petitions for Exemption; Summary of Petitions Received
Pursuant to FAA's rulemaking provisions governing the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for exemption part 11 of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), this notice contains a summary of certain petitions seeking relief from specified requirements of 14 CFR. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of FAA's regulatory activities. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of any petition or its final disposition.
Reports, Forms, and Recordkeeping Requirements
Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatement of previously approved collections. This document describes collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.
Pyrotechnic Signaling Device Requirements
On December 27, 2004, the FAA published a direct final rule to remove the requirement for a pyrotechnic signaling device required for aircraft operated for hire over water and beyond power off gliding distance from shore for air carriers operating under part 121 unless it is a part of a required life raft. All other operators continue to be required to have onboard one pyrotechnic signaling device if they operate aircraft for hire over water and beyond power off gliding distance from shore. The rule was effective February 7, 2005.
Airworthiness Directives; PZL-Swidnik S.A. Models PW-5 “Smyk” and PW-6U Gliders
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain PZL-Swidnik S.A. (PZL-Swidnik) Models PW-5 ``Smyk'' and PW- 6U gliders. This proposed AD would require you to inspect for the minimum dimension of the left side aileron, right side aileron, and airbrake push-rod ends for certain Model PW-5 ``Smyk'' gliders; inspect for the minimum dimension of the aileron, airbrake, and elevator control push-rod ends for certain Model PW-6U gliders; and replace any push-rod end that does not meet the minimum dimension. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the airworthiness authority for Poland. We are issuing this proposed AD to detect and replace any push-rod end that does not meet the minimum dimension, which could result in failure of the control system. This failure could lead to loss of control of the glider.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900 Series Airplanes
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require replacing brackets that hold the P5 panel to the airplane structure, the standby compass bracket assembly, the generator drive and standby power module, and the air conditioning module. This proposed AD also would require, among other actions, inspecting for wire length and for damage of the connectors and the wire bundles, and doing applicable corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD is prompted by an electrical burning smell in the flight compartment. We are proposing this AD to prevent wire bundles from contacting the overhead dripshield panel and modules in the P5 overhead panel, which could result in electrical arcing and shorting of the electrical connector and consequent loss of several critical systems essential for safe flight.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Previously Approved Collection
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Department of Transportation's (DOT) intention to request extension of a previously approved information collection.
Motor Vehicles; Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Report
In accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct) (42 U.S.C. 13211-13219) as amended by the Energy Conservation Reauthorization Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 105-388), and Executive Order (EO) 13149, ``Greening the Government Through Federal Fleet and Transportation Efficiency,'' the Department of Transportation's FY 2004 annual alternative fuel vehicle report is available on the Department of Transportation Web site: http://isddc.dot.gov/OLPFiles/OST/ 011928.pdf. The report is also available at: http://isddc.dot.gov, follow the search instructions to search for ``DOT FY04 AFV.''
Proposed Establishment of Class D Airspace; Pascagoula, MS
This notice proposes to establish Class D airspace at Pascgoula, MS. A federal contract tower with a weather reporting system is being constructed at the Trent Lott International Airport. Therefore, the airport will meet criteria for Class D airspace. Class D surface area airspace is required when the control tower is open to contain Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) and other Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action would establish Class D airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 2,500 feet MSL within a 4.1mile radius of the airport.
Notice of Intent To Rule on Application To Impose the Revenue From a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) at Arcata Airport, Arcata/Eureka, CA, and Use the PFC Revenue at Arcata, Murray Field, Dinsmore, Garberville, and Kneeland Airports
The FAA proposes to rule and invites public comment on the application to impose and use the revenue from a PFC at Arcata Airport, under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 40117 and Part 158 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR Part 158).
Onboard Recording of Data Communications in Crash Survivable Memory
This notice announces the availability of, and requests comment on, a draft advisory circular (AC) on aircraft data link recording systems in crash survivable memory. The AC offers one way to achieve minimum acceptable recording system performance and design approval objectives alluded to as part of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), Docket Number FAA-2005-20245 on cockpit voice recorders and digital flight data recorders.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Sutton, WV
This notice proposes to establish Class E airspace area at Sutton, WV. The development of a Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) based on area navigation (RNAV) to serve flights into Braxton County Airport, Sutton, WV under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) has made this proposal necessary. Controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) is needed to contain aircraft executing the approach. The area would be depicted on aeronautical charts for pilot reference.
Use of Locomotive Horns at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings
On December 18, 2003, FRA published an interim final rule that required that the locomotive horn be sounded while trains approach and enter public highway-rail grade crossings. The interim final rule contained an exception to the above requirement in circumstances in which there is not a significant risk of loss of life or serious personal injury, use of the locomotive horn is impractical, or safety measures fully compensate for the absence of the warning provided by the locomotive horn. Communities that qualify for this exception may create ``quiet zones'' within which locomotive horns would not be routinely sounded. The final rule issued today amends certain provisions of the interim final rule to facilitate the development of quiet zones, while balancing the needs of railroads, States and local communities.
Airworthiness Directives; Raytheon Model Hawker 800XP Airplanes
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Raytheon Model Hawker 800XP airplanes. This AD requires inspecting to detect damage of certain wiring in the flight compartment, performing corrective actions if necessary, modifying certain wiring connections, and revising the airplane flight manual. This AD is prompted by reports of miswiring in the power distribution system. We are issuing this AD to ensure that the flightcrew is aware of the source of battery power for certain equipment, and to prevent damage to wiring and surrounding equipment that could result in smoke or fire on the airplane.
Environmental Impact Statement for the South Capitol Street Roadway Improvement and Bridge Replacement Project
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in coordination with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) in Washington, DC is issuing this notice to advise agencies and the public that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to assess the impacts of potential effects of proposed transportation improvements in the South Capitol Street Corridor is being prepared.
Airworthiness Directives; Dornier Model 328-300 Series Airplanes
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dornier Model 328-300 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require modifying the electrical wiring of the fuel pumps; installing insulation at the flow control and shut-off valves, and other components of the environmental control system; installing markings at fuel wiring harnesses; replacing the wiring harness of the auxiliary fuel system with a new wiring harness; and installing insulated couplings in the fuel system; as applicable. This proposed AD also would require revising the Airworthiness Limitations section of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to incorporate new inspections of the fuel tank system. This proposed AD is prompted by the results of fuel system reviews conducted by the airplane manufacturer. We are proposing this AD to reduce the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Dornier Model 328-100 Series Airplanes
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Dornier Model 328-100 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require modifying the electrical wiring of the fuel pumps; installing insulation at the hand flow control and shut-off valves, and other components of the environmental control system; and installing markings at fuel wiring harnesses. This proposed AD also would require revising the Airworthiness Limitations section of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to incorporate new inspections of the fuel tank system. This proposed AD is prompted by the results of fuel system reviews conducted by the airplane manufacturer. We are proposing this AD to reduce the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane.
Security Considerations on the Flightdeck of Transport Category Airplanes
Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the agency has published six amendments and has held one public meeting on standards for reinforcing flightdeck doors. The FAA sought public comments for each amendment, but all six were effective immediately on publication. The agency disposed of some comments that related specifically to the reinforced door requirements in later amendments. This action disposes of the remaining comments.
Acceptable Methods of Compliance With § 25.562(c)(5) for Front Row Passenger Seats
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces the availability of proposed policy on Acceptable Methods of Compliance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 25.562(c)(5) for Front Row Passenger Seats.
Modification of Class E Airspace; Columbus, NE
This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations, part 71 (14 CFR 71) by revising Class E airspace areas at Columbus, NE. A review of the Class E airspace surface area and the Class E airspace area extending upward from 700 feet above ground level (AGL) at Columbus, NE reveals neither area complies with criteria for extensions nor reflects the current Airport reference point (ARP) for the Columbus Municipal Airport. Also, the legal descriptions of both areas are not in proper format. These airspace areas and their legal descriptions are modified to conform to the criteria in FAA Orders.
Proposed Advisory Circular 23-13A, Fatigue, Fail-Safe, and Damage Tolerance Evaluation of Metallic Structure for Part 23 Airplanes
This notice announces the availability of and requests comments on a proposed advisory circular, Advisory Circular (AC) 23- 13A, Fatigue, Fail-Safe, and Damage Tolerance Evaluation of Metallic Structure for part 23 Airplanes. The AC provides information and guidance on acceptable means, but not the only means of compliance with Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 23, applicable to fatigue, fail-safe, and damage tolerance evaluations of metallic structure in normal, utility, aerobatic, and commuter category airplanes. The proposed AC is a significant revision to the existing AC 23-13, incorporating a reader friendly question and answer format, updated guidance based on recent policy documents, and updated flight load spectra. The proposed AC also provides information on approval of continued operational flight with known cracks in the structure of small airplanes. Finally, it consolidates existing policy documents, and certain technical reports, into a single document. This notice is necessary to give all interested people an opportunity to present their views on the proposed AC.
Public Notice for Waiver of Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport Kalamazoo, MI
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a proposal to change a portion of the airport from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use and to authorize the sale of the airport property. The proposal consists of 2 parcels of land totaling approximately 6.13 acres. Current use and present condition is as an overflow parking area for car rental vehicles on the southern portion of subject parcels. The northern portion of subject parcels is vacant, unimproved land. The land was not acquired with federal funds. There are no impacts to the airport by allowing the airport to dispose of the property. The proposal concerns selling the land to a corporation that will construct a commercial office building on the site. Approval does not constitute a commitment by the FAA to financially assist in the disposal of the subject airport property nor a determination of eligibility for grant-in-aid funding from the FAA. The disposition of proceeds from the disposal of the airport property will be in accordance FAA's Policy and Procedures Concerning the Use of Airport Revenue, published in the Federal Register on February 16, 1999. In accordance with section 47107(h) of title 49, United States Code, this notice is required to be published in the Federal Register 30 days before modifying the land-use assurance that requires the property to be used for an aeronautical purpose.
Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
FRA announces the next meeting of the RSAC, a Federal Advisory Committee that develops railroad safety regulations through a consensus process. The RSAC briefing topics may include a State of Safety Report; recent safety advisories; the Rail Integrity Task Force; implementation of the final rule on Performance Standards for Processor-Based Signal and Train Control Systems; and an update on other regulatory activity. Status reports will be given on the Roadway Worker Working Group, and other active working groups. The Event Recorder Working Group will report recommendations for a final rule, which the Committee will be asked to vote on by mail ballot following the meeting. The Committee will be asked to vote on (1) the Passenger Safety Working Group Emergency Preparedness recommendations for a proposed amendments to passenger safety regulations and (2) the Cab Working Conditions Occupational Noise Exposure recommendations for final rule. The Committee may be asked to adopt a task on revision of FRA rules governing railroad operating rules and practices.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 747 Series Airplanes
The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all Boeing Model 747 series airplanes. The existing AD currently requires repetitive inspections for cracking of the top and side panel webs and panel stiffeners of the nose wheel well (NWW), and corrective actions if necessary. This new AD expands the area of inspection, adds a new ``secondary'' inspection if certain cracking is found, and reduces the intervals for the repetitive inspections. This AD is prompted by a report of an in-flight decompression of a Model 747-100 series airplane that had accumulated 27,241 total flight cycles. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracks in the top and side panel webs and stiffeners of the NWW, which could compromise the structural integrity of the NWW and could lead to the rapid decompression of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Cessna Model 750 Airplanes
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Model 750 airplanes. The AD requires repetitive inspections for clearance and chafing of an auxiliary power unit (APU) fuel tube assembly in the tail cone area of the airplane, and corrective actions if necessary. For certain airplanes, this AD also requires replacing the APU fuel line. This AD is prompted by reports of chafed APU fuel tubes leaking into the tail cone area due to interference between the fuel tube assembly and elevator flight control cables, hydraulic lines, and high-temperature bleed air couplings. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct this interference, which could result in chafing, fuel leaking into an area where ignition sources are present, and possible fire in an area without fire detection or extinguishing provisions.
Airworthiness Directives; BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model Avro 146-RJ Series Airplanes
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model Avro 146-RJ series airplanes. This AD requires an inspection of the Thales Avionics distance bearing indicator (DBI) to determine part number (P/N) and serial number (S/N), and replacement of the affected DBI with a new or modified DBI. This AD is prompted by a report of defective electrical insulators in DBIs. We are issuing this AD to prevent a short circuit in the DBI due to defective electrical insulation, which could potentially cause a loss of primary navigation instruments (such as airspeed indicator, altimeter, and global positioning system (GPS) information).
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 707 Airplanes and Model 720 and 720B Series Airplanes
The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Boeing Model 707 airplanes and Model 720 and 720B series airplanes. That AD currently requires a preventive modification of the front spar fitting on the outboard engine nacelle. This new AD removes the requirement to do this preventive modification, and requires repetitive inspections for cracking of the front spar fitting of the inboard and outboard nacelle struts, and replacement of any cracked fitting with a new fitting. This AD also applies to more airplanes. This AD is prompted by a report indicating that a crack was found in a front spar fitting that had been replaced as part of the modification required by the existing AD. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct this cracking, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the engine nacelle, and consequent separation of an engine from the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; LET a.s. Model Blanik L-13 AC Sailplanes
The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all LET a.s. (formerly LET n.p.) (LET) Model Blanik L-13 AC sailplanes. This AD requires you to replace the original control bridge with the new strengthened control column mounting bridge. This AD is the result of a report of one case of cracks in the attachment of control levers on the control bridge. We are issuing this AD to correct cracks in the bedding of the front and rear control levers, which could result in failure of the control bridge for the sailplane. This failure could lead to loss of sailplane control.
Airworthiness Directives; Cessna Model 650 Airplanes
This document revises an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Cessna Model 650 airplanes, that would have required repetitive replacement of the horizontal stabilizer primary trim actuator assembly (HSTA) with a repaired assembly. This new action revises the proposed rule by removing the requirement for repetitive replacement of the HSTA; adding a requirement to inspect to determine the part number of the actuator control unit (ACU) and replace the ACU with a new, improved ACU if necessary; and adding a requirement to revise the Limitations section of the airplane flight manual. This new action also revises the applicability to include all Model 650 airplanes. The actions specified by this new proposed AD are intended to prevent uncommanded movement of the horizontal stabilizer, which could result in reduced controllability of the airplane. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe condition.
Airworthiness Directives; McDonnell Douglas Model DC-10-10, DC-10-10F, DC-10-15, DC-10-30, DC-10-30F (KC-10A and KDC-10), DC-10-40, DC-10-40F, MD-10-10F, MD-10-30F, MD-11, and MD-11F Airplanes
This document revises an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-10-10, DC-10-10F, DC-10-15, DC-10-30, DC-10-30F (KC-10A and KDC-10), DC-10-40, DC-10-40F, MD-10-10F, MD-10-30F, MD-11, and MD-11F airplanes, that would have required repetitive operation of the exterior emergency door handle of the forward passenger door to determine if binding exists in the exterior emergency control handle mechanism, and corrective action, if necessary. This new action revises the proposed rule by requiring revised procedures for the operational test. The actions specified by this new proposed AD are intended to prevent failure of the forward passenger doors to operate properly in an emergency condition, which could delay an emergency evacuation and possibly result in injury to passengers and flightcrew. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe condition.