Department of Transportation March 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Special Conditions: Aviation Technology Group (ATG), Inc., Javelin Model 100 Series Airplane; Flight Performance, Flight Characteristics, and Operating Limitations
Document Number: E7-5951
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These amended special conditions are issued for the Aviation Technology Group (ATG), Inc., Javelin Model 100 Series airplane. This is an amendment to special condition 23-195-SC, which was published on February 1, 2007 (72 FR 4618), for certain novel or unusual design features associated with engine location, certain performance, flight characteristics and operating limitations. The original final special conditions were more generic and contained requirement language that was not necessary for jet airplanes. This amendment also corrects several references to part 23 sections to be consistent with these special conditions. This airplane will have a novel or unusual design feature(s) associated with engine location, certain performance, flight characteristics and operating limitations necessary for this type of airplane. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. These special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to airworthiness standards applicable to these airplanes.
Receipt of Petition for Rulemaking Classification of Polyurethane Foam and Certain Finished Products Containing Polyurethane Foam as Hazardous Materials
Document Number: E7-5948
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-30
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This Notice solicits comments on the merits of a petition for rulemaking filed by the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM). The NASFM petitioned PHMSA to classify Polyurethane Foam and certain finished products containing Polyurethane Foam (PU) as hazardous materials in transportation in commerce, as a matter of safety for emergency responders and the public.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 747 and 767 Airplanes
Document Number: E7-5928
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747 and 767 airplanes. The original NPRM would have required reworking the electrical bonding between the airplane structure and the pump housing of the outboard boost pumps in the main fuel tank of certain Boeing Model 747 airplanes, and between the airplane structure and the pump housing of the override/jettison pumps in the left and right wing center auxiliary fuel tanks of certain Boeing Model 767 airplanes. The original NPRM would also have required related investigative actions and corrective actions if necessary. The original NPRM resulted from fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. This action revises the original NPRM by adding an inspection requirement for certain Model 747 airplanes, and by specifying cold-working the fastener holes for certain other Model 747 airplanes. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM to prevent insufficient electrical bonding, which could result in a potential of ignition sources inside the fuel tanks, and which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model EMB-135 Airplanes and Model EMB-145, -145ER, -145MR, -145LR, -145XR, -145MP, and -145EP Airplanes
Document Number: E7-5911
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is revising an earlier NPRM for certain EMBRAER Model EMB-135 airplanes and Model EMB-145, -145ER, -145MR, -145LR, -145XR, - 145MP, and -145EP airplanes. The original NPRM would have required replacing the metallic tubes enclosing the vent and pilot valve wires in the left- and right-hand wing fuel tanks with non-conductive hoses. The original NPRM resulted from fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. This action revises the original NPRM by adding airplanes to the applicability. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM to prevent an ignition source inside the fuel tank that could ignite fuel vapor and cause a fuel tank explosion and loss of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, -243, -301, -321, -322, -323, -341, -342, and -343 Airplanes; and Model A340-200 and -300 Series Airplanes
Document Number: E7-5909
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as keel beam rupture, which affects the structural integrity of the area. The proposed AD would require actions that are intended to address the unsafe condition described in the MCAI.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330 Airplanes; and Model A340-200 and -300 Airplanes
Document Number: E7-5908
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800 and -900 Series Airplanes
Document Number: E7-5907
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
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 an inspection of the fillet sealant at the inboard and outboard sides of the receptacles in the wheel wells of the main landing gear, and related investigative/ corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD results from reports of in-production airplanes with missing or insufficient fillet sealant around the receptacles at the disconnect bracket. We are proposing this AD to prevent corrosion damage due to missing or insufficient fillet sealant. Such corrosion could result in insufficient electrical bonding between the connectors and the disconnect bracket, and consequent loss of the shielding that protects the wire bundles from lightning, electromagnetic interference (EMI), and high intensity radiated field (HIRF). Loss of lightning, EMI, and HIRF protection at those receptacles could cause failure of multiple electrical systems and subsequent loss of several critical control systems that are necessary for safe flight. In addition, a lightning strike could cause arcing in the fuel tank; this potential ignition source, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane.
Notice To Rescind a Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS): State Route 357 From Existing State Route 357 West of the Tri-Cities Airport to the U.S. 11E/19E U.S. 19E Intersection Near Bluff City, Sullivan County, TN
Document Number: E7-5891
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-30
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is issuing this notice to advise the public that the Notice of Intent published on December 7, 2005 to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed extension of State Route 357 in Sullivan County, Tennessee, is being rescinded.
Public-Private Partnership Pilot Program
Document Number: E7-5880
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-30
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
FTA is extending the date by which it indicated it would respond to comments received on the establishment and implementation of the Public-Private Partnership Pilot Program.
Clean Fuels Grant Program
Document Number: E7-5879
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-30
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
On June 9, 1998, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) was enacted requiring the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to establish the Clean Fuels Formula Grant Program (the program). The program was developed to assist non-attainment and maintenance areas in achieving or maintaining the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone and carbon monoxide (CO). Additionally, the program supports emerging clean fuel and advanced propulsion technologies for transit buses and markets for those technologies. Although the program was authorized as a formula grant program from its inception, Congress did not fund the program. The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) changed the grant program from a formula-based to a discretionary grant program. The program, however, retains its initial purpose. FTA is publishing this final rule to revise the existing regulations to reflect the amendments made by SAFETEA-LU.
Proposed Establishment of Class D and E Airspace; Aguadilla, PR
Document Number: 07-1545
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice proposes to establish Class D and E4 airspace at Aguadilla, PR. A Federal contract tower with a weather reporting system is being constructed at Rafael Hernandez Airport. Therefore, the airport will meet criteria for Class D and E4 airspace Class D and E4 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 and E4 airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 2,700 feet MSL within a 4.5-mile radius of the airport and within 2.4 miles each side of the Borinquen VORTAC 257[deg] radial extending from the 4.5 mile radius to 7 miles west of the VORTAC.
Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the Development and Extension of Runway 9R/27L and other Associated Airport Projects at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Notice of Public Hearing Date, Time, and Location
Document Number: 07-1523
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this Notice of Availability to advise the public that a Draft EIS will be available for public review beginning March 30, 2007. The document was prepared pursuant to a proposal presented to the FAA by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, the owner and operator of FLL and identified in the Draft EIS as the Airport Sponsor, for environmental review. The FAA prepared this Draft EIS to analyze and disclose potential environmental impacts related to possible Federal actions at FLL. Numerous Federal actions would be necessary if airfield development were to be implemented. Proposed improvements include Runway 9R/27L development and extension and other airfield projects (see below). The Draft EIS presents the purpose and need for the proposed Federal action, analysis of reasonable alternatives, including the No Action alternative, discussion of impacts for each reasonable alternative, and supporting appendices. The FAA will consider all information contained in this Draft EIS and additional information that may be provided during the public comment period before issuing a Final EIS and Agency decision regarding the possible alternatives and Federal actions. The Airport Sponsor proposes to develop and extend Runway 9R/27L to an overall length of 8,000 feet and width of 150 feet (the reconstructed runway would be equipped with an Engineered Materials Arresting System (EMAS) at both runway ends); elevate Runway 9R end and Runway 27L end to provide 34.74 feet of vertical clearance over the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway; construct a new full-length parallel taxiway 75 feet wide on the north side of Runway 9R/27L with separation of 400 feet from 9R/27L; construct an outer dual parallel taxiway to be used as a temporary runway during the construction of permanent Runway 9R/27L; construct a connecting taxiway from the proposed full-length parallel taxiway to existing Taxiway E; construct a Category I Instrument Landing System (ILS) for landings on Runways 9R and 27L that includes a Medium Intensity Approach Light System with runway alignment indicator lights (MALSR), localizer, and glideslope. The Airport Sponsor also proposes to decommission Runway 13/31 and redevelop terminal gate facilities. Connected actions associated with the Airport Sponsor's proposal include closure of Airport Perimeter Road located within the approach to Runway 9R; relocation of ASR-9; acquisition of all, or a portion, of the Wyndham Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel to the extent the existing structure was within the Proposed Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) for extended Runway 9R/27L; partial displacement of the Jet Center facilities; and full displacement of the Gulfstream Airways aircraft maintenance facilities for potential use of a taxiway as a temporary runway during construction. Public Comment and Information Workshop/Public Hearing: The public comment period on the Draft EIS will start March 30, 2007 and will end on May 14, 2007. A Public Information Workshop and Public Hearing will be held on May 1, 2007 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316; Telephone: (954) 765-5900. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to afford the public and other interested parties the opportunity to comment on the economic, social, and environmental effects of the location and location's consistency with the objectives of any planning that the community has carried out. The Public Information Workshop will be held in Ballroom D from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Public Hearing will be held in Ballroom A beginning at 6 p.m. and conclude when the last registered speaker submits comments for the record. For those unable to attend the Public Hearing, the public will be able to submit written comments or register to give oral comments to a court reporter between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Public Information Workshop. Oral Comments will be limited to 3 minutes. Comments can only be accepted with the full name and address of the individual commenting. Mail and fax comments are to be submitted to Ms. Virginia Lane of the FAA, at the address shown in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. E-mail comments should be sent to FLL- EIScomments@landrum-brown.com). All comments must be postmarked, faxed or e-mailed by no later than midnight, Monday, May 14, 2007. The Draft EIS may be reviewed for comment during regular business hours at the following locations: 1. Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (Telephone: 954-357-7000). 2. Broward County LibraryMain Branch, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (Telephone: 954-354-7444). 3. Broward County LibraryFort Lauderdale Branch, 1300 E. Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 (Telephone: 954-765-4263). 4. Broward County LibraryHollywood Branch, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL 33304 (Telephone: 954-926-2430). 5. Broward County LibraryDania Beach DeMaio Branch, 255 E. Dania Beach Boulevard, Dania Beach, FL 33004 (Telephone: 954-926-2420). 6. Broward County LibraryDavie/Cooper City Branch, 4600 SW 82nd Avenue, Davie, FL 33328 (Telephone: 954-680-0050). 7. Broward County LibraryLauderhill Town Centre, 6399 W. Oakland Park Boulevard, Lauderhill, FL 33313 (Telephone: 954-497-1630). 8. Broward County LibraryStirling Road Branch, 3151 Stirling Road, Hollywood, FL 33021 (Telephone: 954-985-2689). 9. Broward County LibraryPembroke Pines/Walter C. Young Branch, 955 NW 129th Avenue, Pembroke Pines, FL 33025 (Telephone: 954-437- 2635). 10. Broward County LibraryWest Regional Branch, 8601 W. Boulevard, Plantation, FL 33324 (Telephone: 954-831-3300). 11. Broward County LibrarySunrise Dan Pearl Branch, 10500 W. Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise, FL 33351 (Telephone: 954-749-2521). 12. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Public Outreach Trailer, Broward County Aviation Department, 550 Northwest 10th Street, Dania Beach, FL 33315 (Telephone: 954-359-6977). 13. Broward County Administration Office, Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 409, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (Telephone: 954-357-7000). 14. Broward County Aviation Department, 320 Terminal Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315 (Telephone: 954-359-6118). A CD version of the Draft EIS document will also be available at the following public locations. Broward County will be providing an electronic copy of the Draft EIS on the Broward County Web site at http://www.broward.org/airport/. 15. City of Lauderhill, Lauderhill City Hall, 2000 City Hall Drive, Lauderhill, FL 33313 (Telephone: 954-739-0100). 16. City of Pembroke Pines, Pembroke Pines City Hall, 10100 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL 33025 (Telephone: 954-431-4500). 17. City of Cooper City, Cooper City Hall, 9090 S.W. 50th Place, Cooper City, FL 33328 (Telephone: 954-434-4300). 18. City of Sunrise, 10770 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Sunrise FL 33351 (Telephone: 954-741-2580). 19. City of Fort Lauderdale, 100 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 (Telephone: 954-761-5000). 20. City of Plantation, Plantation City Hall, 400 N.W. 73rd Avenue, Plantation, FL 33317 (Telephone: 954-797-2221). 21. City of Hollywood, Hollywood City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, FL 33020 (Telephone: 954-921-3473). 22. City of Dania Beach, Dania Beach City Hall, 100 W. Dania Beach Boulevard, Dania Beach, FL 33004 (Telephone: 954-924-3600). 23. Town of Davie, Davie Town Hall, 6591 SW., 45th Street, Davie, FL 33314 (Telephone: 954-797-1000).
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce Corporation AE 3007A and AE 3007C Series Turbofan Engines
Document Number: E7-5775
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce Corporation (RRC) AE 3007A and AE 3007C series turbofan engines. That AD currently prohibits any flight following a ground engine start where the engine oil temperature is below 32 [deg]F (0 [deg]C), unless certain preflight operational procedures are followed. This proposed AD would also require those actions, and would also require a terminating action. This proposed AD would supersede the compliance requirements of AD 99-02-51 and all related alternative methods of compliance (AMOCs). This proposed AD results from design improvements to components in the accessory gearbox air turbine starter mounting pad. We are proposing this AD to prevent an in-flight engine shutdown due to loss of engine oil from the starter shaft seal.
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E7-5747
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E7-5746
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Elderly Individuals and Individuals With Disabilities, Job Access and Reverse Commute, and New Freedom Programs: Final Circulars
Document Number: E7-5734
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-29
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has placed in the docket and on its website final guidance in the form of circulars to assist grantees in implementing the Elderly Individuals and Individuals with Disabilities (Section 5310), Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC), and New Freedom Programs.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier Model DHC-8-100, DHC-8-200, and DHC-8-300 Series Airplanes
Document Number: E7-5668
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model DHC-8-100, DHC-8-200, and DHC-8-300 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require, for certain airplanes, modification of the upper bearing of the main landing gear (MLG) shock strut. This proposed AD would also require, for certain airplanes, revising the DHC-8 Maintenance Program Manual to include the MLG shock strut servicing task. This proposed AD results from reports of over-extension of the MLG shock strut piston, which allows the torque links to go over-center and rest on the piston. We are proposing this AD to prevent loss in shock absorption during touchdown and failure of the shock strut housing, which could result in a subsequent loss of directional control.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 747 Airplanes
Document Number: E7-5667
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Boeing Model 747 series airplanes. The existing AD requires a one-time inspection of the potable water and drain lines in the cargo compartments for indications of overheating of the heater tape, exposed foam insulation, missing or damaged protective tape, or debris around the potable water fill and drain lines; and corrective action, if necessary. This proposed AD would require that the inspection of the water and drain lines be repetitively performed, using new service information, until new ribbon heaters are installed, which would terminate the repetitive inspections. This AD would also remove certain airplanes from the applicability. This proposed AD results from a report of a fire in the aft cargo compartment started by a potable water line heater tape. We are proposing this AD to prevent overheating of the heater tape on potable water fill and drain lines, which could ignite accumulated debris or contaminants on or near the potable water fill and drain lines, resulting in a fire in the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A319-100 and A320-200 Series Airplanes
Document Number: E7-5666
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is revising an earlier NPRM for an airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Airbus Model A319-100 and A320- 200 series airplanes. The original NPRM would have required repetitive inspections of the wing-tank fuel pumps, canisters, and wing fuel tanks for detached identification labels, and corrective action if necessary. The original NPRM resulted from several incidents of detached plastic identification labels found floating in the wing fuel tanks. This action revises the original NPRM by expanding the applicability and mandating modification of the fuel strainers at the fuel pump and suction bypass intakes. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM to prevent plastic identification labels being ingested into the fuel pumps and consequently entering the engine fuel feed system, which could result in an engine shutdown.
Adjustment of Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold
Document Number: E7-5617
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-29
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with 49 CFR part 222, appendix D, FRA is updating the Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold (NSRT). This action is needed to ensure that the public has the proper threshold of permissible risk for calculating quiet zones established in relationship to the NSRT. This is the first update to the NSRT since the final rule entitled ``Use of Locomotive Horns at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings'' was published on April 27, 2005 (70 FR 21844). This notice increases the Nationwide Significant Risk Threshold (NSRT) from 17,030 to 19,047.
CSX Transportation, Inc.-Abandonment Exemption-in Manatee County, FL
Document Number: E7-5472
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-29
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Availability of Non-Exclusive, Exclusive, or Partially Exclusive Licensing of U.S. Patent Concerning a Multiple Pass Faraday Rotation Amplifier
Document Number: C7-1276
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-29
Agency: Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation, Department of the Army, Army Department
FAA Civil Penalty Adjudication Web Site
Document Number: 07-1524
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA has a Web site that provides access to many documents relating to the agency's administrative adjudication of civil penalty cases. Currently, the address provided in the regulations for the civil penalty adjudication Web site is incorrect. In this rulemaking, we are amending the regulations to substitute the correct Web site address.
Use of Foreign-Flag Anchor Handling Vessels in the Beaufort Sea or Chukchi Sea Adjacent to Alaska
Document Number: E7-5716
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-28
Agency: Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation
As authorized by Pub. L. 109-347, the Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to make determinations permitting the use of foreign-flag anchor handling vessels in certain cases (and for a limited period of time) if no U.S.-flag vessels are found to be suitable and reasonably available. A request for such a determination has been received by MARAD. If MARAD determines that U.S.-flag vessels are not suitable and reasonably available for the proposed service, a determination will be granted allowing for the conditional use of these vessels, within a set time frame. Those interested in providing the names of suitable and available vessels for the proposed service should refer to the docket number, and identify the U.S.-flag vessels available. A brief description of the proposed service of the vessels is listed below. A copy of the request may be accessed at http://dms.dot.gov under DOT docket number MARAD-2007-27710.
Petitions for Exemption; Summary of Petitions Received
Document Number: E7-5681
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
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.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330 and A340 Airplanes
Document Number: E7-5656
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all Airbus Model A330-200, A330-300, A340-200, and A340-300 series airplanes; and Model A340-541 and A340- 642 airplanes. The existing AD currently requires operators to revise the Airworthiness Limitations section (ALS) of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA) to incorporate new information. This information includes, for all affected airplanes, decreased life limit values for certain components; and for Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes, new inspections, compliance times, and new repetitive intervals to detect fatigue cracking, accidental damage, or corrosion in certain structures. This proposed AD would revise the ALS, for all affected airplanes, by adding new Airworthiness Limitations Items (ALIs) to incorporate service life limits for certain items and inspections to detect fatigue cracking, accidental damage or corrosion in certain structures, in accordance with the revised ALS of the ICA. This proposed AD results from the issuance of new and more restrictive service life limits and structural inspections based on fatigue testing and in-service findings. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking, accidental damage, or corrosion in principal structural elements, and to prevent failure of certain life-limited parts, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 and Avro 146-RJ Airplanes
Document Number: E7-5650
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:
Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
Document Number: E7-5622
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice announces that the Information Collection Requirements (ICRs) abstracted below have been forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The ICRs describes the nature of the information collections and their expected burdens. The Federal Register notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collections of information was published on January 17, 2007 (72 FR 2084).
Petition for Waiver of Compliance
Document Number: E7-5620
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice of Informal Safety Inquiry
Document Number: E7-5614
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-28
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
FRA is conducting an informal safety inquiry and technical conference to explore the safety implications associated with the use of a variety of safety-relevant technologies that while possibly providing significant efficiencies, may not be designed with failsafe characteristics. Such technologies might range from power-assisted switches historically used in yard operations being used on main tracks, switch position detection and indication in dark territory, to train-pacing software designed for fuel savings. FRA seeks to gain a better perspective on the use of such technology and the safety concerns that may be presented.
Aviation Proceedings, Agreements Filed the Week Ending March 16, 2007
Document Number: E7-5593
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-28
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Transportation
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 747 Airplanes
Document Number: E7-5557
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747 airplanes. This AD requires repetitive tests to detect hot air leaking from the trim air diffuser ducts or sidewall riser duct assemblies (collectively referred to in this AD as ``TADDs''), related investigative actions, and corrective actions if necessary. This AD also provides an optional terminating action for the repetitive tests. This AD results from reports of sealant deteriorating on the outside of the center wing fuel tank and analysis that sealant may deteriorate inside the tank due to excess heat from leaking TADDs. We are issuing this AD to prevent leakage of fuel or fuel vapors into areas where ignition sources may be present, which could result in a fire or explosion.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 737-300, -400, -500, -600, -700, -800 and -900 Series Airplanes; and Model 757-200 and -300 Series Airplanes
Document Number: E7-5556
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-300, -400, -500, -600, -700, -800 and -900 series airplanes; and Model 757-200 and -300 series airplanes. This AD requires modifying the activation mechanism in the chemical oxygen generator of each passenger service unit (PSU). This AD results from several reports indicating that some chemical oxygen generators failed to activate during in-flight decompression events. These failures were due to fracture of components between the passenger oxygen mask and the release pin in the oxygen generator. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the activation mechanism in the chemical oxygen generator, which could result in the unavailability of supplemental oxygen and possible incapacitation of passengers and cabin crew during an in- flight decompression.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R Series Airplanes, and Model C4-605R Variant F Airplanes (Collectively Called A300-600 Series Airplanes)
Document Number: E7-5555
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A300-600 airplanes. This AD requires an inspection to determine if certain spoiler actuators having certain part numbers are installed, and eventual replacement of all affected actuators. This AD results from failure of a distribution block, which was detected during fatigue qualification tests of certain spoiler actuators. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the distribution block, which could result in leakage of the hydraulic fluid that supplies those actuators. This failure could cause failure of one of the three spoiler actuators and the associated hydraulic circuits, which could result in loss of those hydraulic circuits and consequent reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; McDonnell Douglas Model MD-11 and -11F Airplanes
Document Number: E7-5554
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all McDonnell Douglas Model MD-11 and -11F airplanes. This AD requires revising the maintenance inspection program that provides for inspection of principal structural elements (PSEs) and replacement of safe-life parts, to incorporate a new revision to the MD-11 Airworthiness Limitations Instructions. The revision reduces inspection intervals for fatigue cracking of certain PSEs, and expands the inspection area for a certain other PSE. This AD results from a revised damage tolerance analysis. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of certain PSEs, which could adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane.
Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in Indiana
Document Number: E7-5595
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-27
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces action taken by the FHWA and Other Federal Agencies that are final within the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). The actions relate to a proposed highway project, U.S. 31 Plymouth to South Bend, Indiana, in the Counties of Marshall and St. Joseph, State of Indiana. This action is the Record of Decision issued by FHWA for the U.S. 31 Plymouth to South Bend Project.
Notice of Intent To Rule on Request To Release Airport Property at the Pierce County Airport/Thun Field, Puyallup, WA
Document Number: 07-1482
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to rule and invite public comment on the release of land at Pierce County Airport/Thun Field under the provisions of Section 125 of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21).
Advisory Guidance; Transportation of Batteries and Battery-Powered Devices by Airline Passengers and Crew Members
Document Number: E7-5562
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-26
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is issuing this advisory to inform the traveling public and airline employees about the importance of properly packing and handling batteries and battery-powered devices when they are carried aboard aircraft. Thousands of batteries and battery-powered devices are safely carried aboard passenger aircraft each day, but several recent incidents involving batteries in checked or carry-on baggage illustrate the risks of overheating and fire that can occur when the regulations are not followed. Federal regulations require that electrical storage batteries or battery-powered devices carried aboard passenger aircraft be properly packaged or protected to avoid short- circuiting or overheating. In this safety advisory, we suggest various practical measures for complying with the regulations and minimizing transportation risks. Recommended practices include keeping batteries installed in electronic devices; packing spare batteries in carry-on baggage; keeping spare batteries in their original retail packaging; separating batteries from other metallic objects such as keys, coins and jewelry by packing individual batteries in a sturdy plastic bag; securely packing battery-powered equipment in a manner to prevent accidental activation; and ensuring batteries are undamaged and purchased from reputable sources.
Special Conditions: Boeing Model 737-900ER series airplanes; Interaction of Systems and Structures
Document Number: E7-5508
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-03-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This special condition is issued for the Boeing Model 737- 900ER airplane. This airplane will have a novel or unusual design feature(s) associated with the interaction of systems and structures. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. This special condition contains the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards.
Petitions for Exemption; Summary of Petitions Received
Document Number: E7-5495
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specific requirements of 14 CFR. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of the 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 the petition or its final disposition.
National Transit Database: Amendment To Reporting Requirements and Non-Substantive Technical Changes
Document Number: E7-5417
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-03-26
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on proposed changes to the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA) National Transit Database (NTD) Uniform System of Accounts and Reporting System. The proposed changes will require recipients of formula grants for other than urbanized areas (Nonurbanized Area Formula Grants) to report annual transit data to the NTD. As mandated by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), this proposed rule will also require the annual reporting of rural transit data as a condition for receiving grant awards under the Nonurbanized Area Formula Program. Currently, FTA requires recipients of FTA Urbanized Area Formula Grants to provide an annual report to the Secretary of Transportation via the NTD using a uniform system of accounts and reporting system. This proposed rule will not affect existing mandatory reporting requirements for recipients of Urbanized Area Formula grants. In addition, this proposed rule makes non-substantive changes, technical corrections, and conforming amendments to 49 CFR part 630, ``Uniform System of Accounts and Reporting System.'' Technical corrections and conforming amendments are needed to update the regulation and make certain provisions clearer. These changes will have no substantive effect on the regulated public.
Notice of Request for the Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: E7-5416
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-26
Agency: Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend the following currently approved information collection:
Petitions for Exemption; Summary of Petitions Received
Document Number: E7-5397
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of petitions seeking relief from specific requirements of 14 CFR. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of the 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 the petition or its final disposition.
Petitions for Exemption; Summary of Petitions Received
Document Number: 07-1475
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specific requirements of 14 CFR. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of the 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 the petition or its final disposition.
Notice of Public Availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD) for the Evaluation of Environmental Impacts Associated With Proposed Rehabilitation of Runway 3R-21L at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) located in Romulus, Detroit
Document Number: 07-1473
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is making available the EA and FONSI/ROD for the evaluation of environmental impacts associated with proposed rehabilitation of Runway 3R-21L at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, FAA Orders 1050.1E, ``Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures'' and FAA Order 5050.4B, ``NEPA Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions''.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision From the Office of Management and Budget of a Currently Approved Information Collection Activity, Request for Comments; Notice of Proposed Construction or Alteration, Notice of Actual Construction or Alteration, Project Status Report
Document Number: 07-1472
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-03-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve a current information collection. 49 U.S.C. Section 44718 states that the Secretary of Transportation shall require notice of structures that may affect navigable airspace, air commerce, or air capacity.