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

Sunshine Act Meetings; Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors
Document Number: 2016-31551
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
The Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors (the Board) will continue its work in developing and implementing the Unified Carrier Registration Plan and Agreement and to that end, may consider matters properly before the Board.
Ford Motor Company, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential Noncompliance
Document Number: 2016-31405
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Ford Motor Company (Ford), has determined that certain model year (MY) 2015-2017 Ford F-150 and Ford F-Super Duty pickup trucks do not fully comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 202a, Head Restraints. Ford filed a noncompliance information report dated October 18, 2016. Ford also petitioned NHTSA on November 17, 2016, for a decision that the subject noncompliance is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety.
Reports, Forms and Record Keeping Requirements
Document Number: 2016-31333
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from the public, the agency must receive approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), before seeking OMB approval, Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of information, including extensions and reinstatements of previously approved collections. In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice describes one collection of information for which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval, relating to confidential business information.
Agency Request for Renewal of a Previously Approved Information Collection: Requirements for Establishing U.S. Citizenship-46 CFR 355
Document Number: 2016-31330
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation (DOT) invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13.
Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards; Credits
Document Number: 2016-31140
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice partially grants a petition for rulemaking submitted by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers (hereinafter collectively referred to as ``Petitioners'') on June 20, 2016, to consider amending various aspects of the light vehicle Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations. The Petitioners requested that NHTSA issue a direct final rule to implement the requested changes, but NHTSA believes that the issues and questions raised by the Petitioners are worthy of notice and comment. NHTSA will address the changes requested in the Petition in the course of the rulemaking proceeding, in accordance with statutory criteria.
Civil Penalties
Document Number: 2016-31136
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On July 5, 2016, NHTSA published an interim final rule updating the maximum civil penalty amounts for violations of statutes and regulations administered by NHTSA, pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. This decision responds to a petition for partial reconsideration of that interim final rule. After carefully considering the issues raised, the Agency grants some aspects of the petition, and denies other aspects. This decision amends the relevant regulatory text accordingly. This decision also responds to a petition for rulemaking on a similar topic.
Amendment of Class E Airspace, Kahului, HI
Document Number: 2016-30655
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action modifies Class E airspace designated as an extension to a Class C surface area, and modifies Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Kahului Airport, Kahului, HI. Due to changes to the available instrument flight procedures since the last airspace review and advances in Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping accuracy, modifications are necessary to ensure the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Amendment of Class E Airspace, Blue Mesa, CO
Document Number: 2016-30651
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E en route domestic airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface near the Blue Mesa VHF Omni-Directional Radio Range/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/ DME), Blue Mesa, CO. The FAA has transitioned to a more accurate method of measuring, publishing, and charting airspace areas that has revealed some small areas of uncharted uncontrolled airspace. The FAA found modification of these areas of uncontrolled airspace necessary to ensure the safety of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations and the efficient use of navigable airspace, including point-to-point off-airway clearances, and aircraft vectoring services.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Cedar City, UT
Document Number: 2016-30649
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends the legal descriptions for Class E surface airspace and Class E airspace upward from 700 feet above the surface to correct the airport name for Cedar City Regional Airport (formerly Cedar City Municipal Airport), Cedar City, UT, and amends the airport reference point (ARP) geographic coordinates to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database. This action also changes the name of the VHF Omnidirectional Range Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) noted in the Class E surface area airspace legal description to the Enoch VOR/ DME (formerly Cedar City VOR/DME). These changes do not affect the charted boundaries or operating requirements of the airspace.
Establishment of Class E Airspace, Healy, AK
Document Number: 2016-30648
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Healy River Airport, Healy, AK, to support the development of Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations under standard instrument approach and departure procedures at the airport, and for the safety and management of controlled airspace within the National Airspace System.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-30611
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A330-200, A330-200 Freighter, A330-300, A340-500, and A340-600 series airplanes; and A340-313 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by the discovery of Tartaric Sulfuric Anodizing (TSA)/Chromic Acid Anodizing (CAA) surface treatment in certain bulk cargo door frame holes of certain airplanes. This proposed AD would require inspection of the fuselage bulk cargo door frames at specific locations, and corrective action if necessary. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-30610
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2013-19- 09 and AD 2014-25-51, for all Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. AD 2013-19-09 currently requires replacing Angle of Attack (AOA) sensor conic plates with AOA sensor flat plates. AD 2014- 25-51 currently requires revising the airplane flight manual (AFM) to advise the flightcrew of emergency procedures for abnormal Alpha Protection (Alpha Prot). Since we issued AD 2013-19-09 and AD 2014-25- 51, we have received a report indicating that certain AOA sensors appear to have a greater susceptibility to adverse environmental conditions. This proposed AD would require replacing certain AOA sensors; and doing a detailed inspection and a functional heating test for discrepancies on certain AOA sensors, and replacing the affected AOA sensors. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-30419
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 787-8 and 787-9 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by wire harness chafing on the electro-mechanical actuators (EMAs) for certain spoilers due to insufficient separation with adjacent structure. This proposed AD would require replacement of affected EMAs. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; M7 Aerospace LLC Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-30292
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain M7 Aerospace LLC Models SA226-T, SA226-AT, SA226-T(B), SA226- TC, SA227-AC (C-26A), SA227-AT, SA227-BC (C-26A), SA227-CC, SA227-DC (C-26B), and SA227-TT airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by detachment of the power lever linkage to the TPE331 engine propeller pitch control. This proposed AD would require installing a secondary retention device and repetitively inspecting the propeller pitch control for proper torque, with corrections as necessary. We are proposing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Document Number: 2016-30282
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-12-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are publishing a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-92A helicopters, which was sent previously to all known U.S. owners and operators of these helicopters. This AD requires inspecting certain bearings. This AD is prompted by a report of a failed bearing. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.