Department of Transportation December 13, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Waiver Request for Aquaculture Support Operations for the 2017 Calendar Year: M/V COLBY PERCE and M/V RONJA CARRIER
Document Number: 2016-29894
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation
Pursuant to a delegation of authority from the Secretary of Transportation, the Maritime Administrator is authorized to issue waivers allowing documented vessels with only registry endorsements or foreign flag vessels to be used in operations that treat aquaculture fish or protect aquaculture fish from disease, parasitic infestation, or other threats to their health when suitable vessels of the United States are not available that could perform those services. A request for such a waiver has been received by the Maritime Administration (MARAD). This notice is being published to solicit comments intended to assist MARAD in determining whether a suitable vessel of the United States is available that could perform the required services. If no suitable U.S.-flag vessel is available, the Maritime Administrator may issue a waiver necessary to comply with USCG Aquaculture Support regulations. A brief description of the proposed aquaculture support service is listed in the Supplementary Information section below.
Pipeline Safety: High Consequence Area Identification Methods for Gas Transmission Pipelines
Document Number: 2016-29880
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is issuing this advisory bulletin to remind gas transmission pipeline operators of certain previously issued guidance and provide operators with additional guidance for the identification of High Consequence Areas (HCAs) along pipeline right-of-ways. This advisory bulletin provides suggestions for accurately mapping and integrating HCA data, documenting how mapping systems are used, periodically verifying and updating their mapping systems, utilizing buffer zones (tolerances) to provide additional protection around the calculated potential impact radius (PIR) along their pipelines, and ensuring the accuracy of class locations. The bulletin emphasizes that HCA identification relies on pipeline-specific information regarding the location, size, and operating characteristics of the line, as well as the identification of structures, specified sites, and their intended usage along the pipeline right-of-way.
Notice of Funding Availability for the Small Business Transportation Resource Center Program
Document Number: 2016-29836
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary of Transportation
The Department of Transportation (DOT), Office of the Secretary (OST), Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) announces the opportunity for business centered community-based organizations, transportation-related trade associations, colleges and universities, community colleges, or chambers of commerce, registered with the Internal Revenue Service as 501 C(6) or 501 C(3) tax-exempt organizations, to compete for participation in OSDBU's Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) program in the Northwest Region (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington).
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2016-29833
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 100 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these individuals to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce without meeting the vision requirement in one eye.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2016-29832
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 87 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these individuals to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce without meeting the vision requirement in one eye.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2016-29826
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew exemptions for 91 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The exemptions enable these individuals to continue to operate CMVs in interstate commerce without meeting the vision requirement in one eye.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus
Document Number: 2016-29825
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 43 individuals for exemption from the prohibition against persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals with ITDM to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.
Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision
Document Number: 2016-29824
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to exempt 18 individuals from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). 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. The Agency has concluded that granting these exemptions will provide a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level of safety maintained without the exemptions for these CMV drivers.
Buy America Waiver Notification
Document Number: 2016-29820
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice provides information regarding FHWA's finding that a Buy America waiver is appropriate for the use of non-domestic iron and steel components of trunnion bearings for emergency repair of Willow Avenue Lift Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio.
National Standards for Traffic Control Devices; the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways; Request for Information Related to Use of Clearview Font
Document Number: 2016-29819
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Highway Administration, Department of Transportation
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways (MUTCD) is incorporated by reference in regulation, approved by FHWA, and recognized as the national standard for traffic control devices used on all streets, highways, bikeways, and private roads open to public travel. This document is a Request for Information (RFI) related to the use of the Clearview letter style on highway signs.
Hazardous Materials: Use of DOT Specification 39 Cylinders for Liquefied Flammable Compressed Gas
Document Number: 2016-29813
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
PHMSA is issuing this safety advisory notice to inform offerors and users of DOT Specification 39 (DOT-39) cylinders that DOT- 39 cylinders with an internal volume exceeding 75 cubic inches (in\3\) (1.23 L) should not be filled with liquefied flammable compressed gas. PHMSA maintains filling or transporting DOT-39 cylinders with an internal volume exceeding 75 in\3\ (1.23 L) is not safe.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; Drone Seed, Co.
Document Number: 2016-29780
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition 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 the petition or its final disposition.
Public Notice for Waiver of Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance
Document Number: 2016-29773
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is considering a proposal to change 162.71 acres of airport land from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use and to authorize the sale of airport property located at the former Bowman Municipal Airport, BPP, Bowman, ND. The aforementioned land is not needed for aeronautical use because the new Bowman Regional Airport, BWW, Bowman, ND is open and available for public aeronautical use. The former Bowman Airport BPP site is located one mile west of the City of Bowman, ND and parallel to the north of U.S. Highway 12. The airport's prior aeronautical use was for general aviation and recreational flying. The proposed non-aeronautical use of the property will be converted to industrial use by the local economic development group.
Airport Privatization Pilot Program: Preliminary Application for Westchester County Airport, White Plains, NY
Document Number: 2016-29772
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA has completed its review of the Westchester County Airport (HPN) preliminary application for participation in the Airport Privatization Pilot Program. The preliminary application is accepted for review, with a filing date of November 4, 2016. The County of Westchester, the airport sponsor, may select a private operator, negotiate an agreement and submit a final application to the FAA for exemption under the pilot program.
Special Conditions: DAHER-SOCATA, Model TBM 700; Inflatable Four-Point Restraint Safety Belt With an Integrated Airbag Device
Document Number: 2016-29769
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the installation of an inflatable four-point restraint safety belt with an integrated airbag device at the pilot and copilot seats on the DAHER-SOCATA, Model TBM 700 airplane. These airplanes, as modified by the installation of these inflatable safety belts, will have novel and unusual design features associated with the upper-torso restraint portions of the four-point safety belts, which contain an integrated airbag device. 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 that established by the existing airworthiness standards.
Twenty Seventh RTCA SC-225 Rechargeable Lithium Batteries and Battery Systems Plenary
Document Number: 2016-29760
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of Twenty Seventh RTCA SC-225 Rechargeable Lithium Batteries and Battery Systems Plenary.
Twenty Sixth RTCA SC-214 Standards for Air Traffic Data Communications Services Plenary
Document Number: 2016-29759
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of Twenty Sixth RTCA SC-214 Standards for Air Traffic Data Communications Services Plenary.
Proposed Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace; Elmira, NY
Document Number: 2016-29632
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E Airspace designated as an extension to a Class D surface area at Elmira/Corning Regional Airport, Elmira, NY, as the ERINN Outer Marker has been decommissioned, requiring airspace reconfiguration at the airport. This action also would eliminate the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) part time status of this Class E Airspace area. Additionally, this action would update the geographic coordinates of the airport for the Class D and Class E airspace areas listed in this proposal, and would enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations.
Revisions to Operational Requirements for the Use of Enhanced Flight Vision Systems (EFVS) and to Pilot Compartment View Requirements for Vision Systems
Document Number: 2016-28714
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Prior to this final rule, persons could only use an Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) in lieu of natural vision to descend below the decision altitude, decision height, or minimum descent altitude (DA/DH or MDA) down to 100 feet above the touchdown zone elevation (TDZE) using certain straight-in landing instrument approach procedures (IAPs). This final rule permits operators to use an EFVS in lieu of natural vision to continue descending from 100 feet above the TDZE to the runway and to land on certain straight-in IAPs under instrument flight rules (IFR). This final rule also revises and relocates the regulations that permit operators to use an EFVS in lieu of natural vision to descend to 100 feet above the TDZE using certain straight-in IAPs. Additionally, this final rule addresses provisions that permit operators who conduct EFVS operations under parts 121, 125, or 135 to use EFVS-equipped aircraft to dispatch, release, or takeoff under IFR, and revises the regulations for those operators to initiate and continue an approach, when the destination airport weather is below authorized visibility minimums for the runway of intended landing. This final rule establishes pilot training and recent flight experience requirements for operators who use EFVS in lieu of natural vision to descend below the DA/DH or MDA. EFVS-equipped aircraft conducting operations to touchdown and rollout are required to meet additional airworthiness requirements. This final rule also revises pilot compartment view certification requirements for vision systems using a transparent display surface located in the pilot's outside field of view. The final rule takes advantage of advanced vision capabilities, thereby achieving the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) goals of increasing access, efficiency, and throughput at many airports when low visibility is the limiting factor. Additionally, it enables EFVS operations in reduced visibilities on a greater number of approach procedure types while maintaining an equivalent level of safety.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-28622
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier proposal to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014-16-02 for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600- 1A11 (CL-600) airplanes. This action revises the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) by reducing the compliance time to modify the thrust reversers, and adding new modification procedures. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. Since these actions impose an additional burden over those proposed in the NPRM, we are reopening the comment period to allow the public the chance to comment on these proposed changes.
Airworthiness Directives; BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-28060
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier proposal to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2011-24-06. AD 2011-24-06 applies to all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model Bae 146-100A, -200A, and -300A airplanes; and Model Avro 146-RJ70A, 146-RJ85A, and 146-RJ100A airplanes. This action revises the NPRM by adding airplanes to the applicability. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. Since these actions impose an additional burden over those proposed in the NPRM, we are reopening the comment period to allow the public the chance to comment on these proposed changes.