Department of Transportation March 28, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments for a New Information Collection
Document Number: 2016-06958
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-28
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
The FHWA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval for a new information collection, which is summarized below under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. We published a Federal Register Notice with a 60-day public comment period on this information collection on January 21, 2016. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Review of Commodity, Boxcar, and Trailer-on-Flatcar/Container-on-Flatcar (TOFC/COFC) Exemptions
Document Number: 2016-06956
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-28
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
The Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) seeks public comment on its proposal to revoke the existing class exemptions for crushed or broken stone or rip rap; hydraulic cement; and coke produced from coal, primary iron or steel products, and iron or steel scrap, wastes or tailings. The Board also invites interested parties to file, during the comment period for these proposed rules, comments regarding the possible revocation of other commodity class exemptions.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2016-06955
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-28
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 22 individuals for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons. The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement in one eye. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.
Commercial Driver's License Standards: Application for Exemption; Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler)
Document Number: 2016-06953
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-28
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces that Daimler Trucks North America (Daimler) has requested a renewal of an exemption for one commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver from the Federal requirement to hold a U.S. commercial driver's license (CDL). Daimler requests a five-year exemption for Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, head of the Daimler Trucks and Bus Division, who will test drive CMVs for Daimler within the United States. Dr. Bernhard holds a valid German commercial license and wants to test drive Daimler vehicles on U.S. roads to better understand product requirements in ``real world'' environments, and verify results. Daimler believes the requirements for a German commercial license ensure that operation under the exemption will likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be obtained in the absence of the exemption.
Hours of Service of Drivers: American Trucking Associations (ATA); Denial of Application for Exemption
Document Number: 2016-06951
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-28
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its denial of the application of ATA for an exemption from the 14-hour provision of the Agency's hours-of-service regulations to enable certain drivers to exclude waiting time from their calculations of on-duty time. Currently, only specially trained drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) that are specially constructed to service oil and natural gas extraction sites may employ this provision. ATA proposed that FMCSA issue a limited 2-year exemption to permit exclusion of such waiting time by drivers of CMVs who are exclusively engaged in servicing oil and natural gas extraction sites and have the opportunity to obtain rest while waiting at such sites. FMCSA concluded that ATA did not demonstrate how the CMV operations under such an exemption would achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level of safety obtained in the absence of the exemption.
Proposed Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace; Charlottesville, VA
Document Number: 2016-06845
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E Airspace Designated as an Extension to a Class D at Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, Charlottesville, VA, as the Azalea Park Non-Directional Radio Beacon (NDB) has been decommissioned requiring airspace reconfiguration at the airport. Also, the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) part time status would be removed from this airspace. This action also would update the geographic coordinates of the above airport and the University of Virginia Medical Center Heliport in Class D and E airspace listed in this proposal. This action would enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations in the area.
Proposed Revocation of Class D Airspace; North, SC
Document Number: 2016-06842
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to remove Class D Airspace at North, SC, as the North Air Force Auxiliary Field Air Traffic Control Tower is no longer staffed, and controlled airspace is no longer required. This action would enhance the safety and airspace management in North, SC.
Proposed Establishment of Class D and E Airspace; Brookshire, TX
Document Number: 2016-06839
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class D and Class E airspace at Brookshire, TX. The establishment of an airport traffic control tower has made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations within the airspace at Houston Executive Airport.
Proposed Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace and Revocation of Class E Airspace; Roswell, NM
Document Number: 2016-06836
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify Class D airspace, Class E surface area airspace, and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Roswell, NM. This action is necessary due to advances Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities and implementation of area navigation (RNAV) procedures at Roswell International Air Center, Roswell, NM. Additionally, this proposal would remove Class E airspace designated as an extension at Roswell International Air Center. This action would also update the name and geographic coordinates of the airport to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database.
Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace; Minot, ND
Document Number: 2016-06835
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action further corrects a final rule published in the Federal Register of February 4, 2016, and corrected in the Federal Register of March 3, 2016, amending the Class D and E airspace areas at Minot International Airport, Minot, ND. This correction adds part-time Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) language inadvertently removed to the Class E surface area description, and removes duplicative Class E extension airspace boundary information language from the Class E surface area description.
Proposed Amendment of Class C Airspace; Syracuse Hancock International Airport, NY
Document Number: 2016-06833
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify the Syracuse Hancock International Airport Class C airspace area by removing a cutout from the surface area that was put in place to accommodate operations at an airport that is now permanently closed.
Airworthiness Directives; Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-06818
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Models PC-12, PC-12/45, PC-12/47, and PC- 12/47E airplanes. 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 incorrect installation instructions of the torlon plates in the airplane maintenance manual resulting in the incorrect installation of the torlon plates in the forward wing-to-fuselage attachment. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Various Aircraft Equipped With BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG 912 A Series Engine
Document Number: 2016-06279
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for various aircraft equipped with a BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG (formerly Rotax Aircraft Engines) 912 A series engine. 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 a design change of the engine cylinder head temperature sensor without a concurrent revision of the engine model designation, the engine part number, or the cockpit indication to the pilot. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-04966
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. The NPRM proposed to require installing an automatic shutoff system for the center and auxiliary tank fuel boost pumps, as applicable; installing a placard in the airplane flight deck if necessary; replacing the P5-2 fuel system module assembly; installing the ``uncommanded ON'' (UCO) protection system for the fuel boost pumps; revising the airplane flight manual to advise the flightcrew of certain operating restrictions for airplanes equipped with an automatic shutoff system; and revising the maintenance program by incorporating new airworthiness limitations for fuel tank systems to satisfy Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 88 requirements. The NPRM was prompted by fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. This action revises the NPRM by proposing to require updated or additional actions that are necessary for certain airplane configurations. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM (SNPRM) to prevent operation of the center and auxiliary tank fuel boost pumps with continuous low pressure, which could lead to friction sparks or overheating in the fuel pump inlet that could create a potential ignition source inside the center and auxiliary fuel tanks. These conditions, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane. Since these actions impose an additional burden over that proposed in the NPRM, we are reopening the comment period to allow the public the chance to comment on these proposed changes.