Department of Transportation November 16, 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Intent of Waiver With Respect to Land
Document Number: 2017-24867
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is considering a proposal to change a 29.429-acre portion of airport land from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use and to authorize the sale of airport property located at Aurora Municipal Airport, Sugar Grove, IL. The subject portion of airport property considered for release from obligation to be maintained for aeronautical use and sale includes a 26.67-acre portion of Parcel 33, a 0.69-acre portion of Parcel 10, and a 2.069-acre portion of Parcel 11 that are located in the northwest quadrant of the airport along Wheeler Road and currently not being used directly for aeronautical purposes. Currently, ownership of the property provides for protection of FAR Part 77 surfaces and compatible land use which would continue to be protected with deed restrictions required in the transfer of land ownership. The change from aeronautical to non-aeronautical use would allow for the more efficient use of existing airport property. The aforementioned land is not needed for aeronautical use.
Airworthiness Criteria: Special Class Airworthiness Criteria for the FlightScan Corporation Camcopter S-100
Document Number: 2017-24866
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-11-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA announces the availability of and requests comments on proposed airworthiness criteria for the Unmanned Aircraft System, FlightScan Corporation, Camcopter S-100. This document provides proposed policy for airworthiness criteria to address the designation of applicable regulations and other criteria for special classes of aircraft. In addition to the proposed airworthiness criteria presented in this document, we are also referencing operational considerations that have been used to support the development of the airworthiness criteria. We consider these proposed criteria to be interim because we anticipate the evolution of new operational criteria will necessitate additional airworthiness criteria in order to allow for the operation of the Camcopter S-100 in the National Airspace System. When those additional operational criteria are further established, we will again provide public notice of proposed policy with additional airworthiness criteria along with changes incorporated to these criteria based on the public comments received.
Notice of Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB
Document Number: 2017-24834
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-16
Agency: Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, as amended, this notice announces the Department of Transportation's (Department) intention to reinstate an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number for the collection and posting of certain aviation consumer protection-related information from U.S. carriers and foreign carriers. On April 25, 2011, the DOT issued a final rule that, among other things, extended existing consumer protection requirements that previously applied only to U.S. carriers to foreign carriers and required that certain U.S. and foreign air carriers report tarmac delay information to the DOT for passenger operations that experience a tarmac delay time of 3 hours or more at a U.S. airport (See, DOT-OST- 2010-0140). This request seeks to reinstate the control number that is associated with the information collection requirements in that rule, OMB Control Number 2105-0561. In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), this notice also announces that the request for reinstatement of an OMB Control Number for the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comments. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following information collection was published on May 22, 2017 (82 FR 97 at 23486).
Mazda Motor Corporation, Receipt of Petition for Determination of Inconsequentiality of Takata's Defect Information Report Filing Under NHTSA Campaign Number 17E-034 for PSDI-5 Desiccated Driver Air Bag Inflators and Decision Denying Request for Deferral of Determination
Document Number: 2017-24833
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-16
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On July 10, 2017, Takata Corporation (``Takata'') filed a defect information report (``DIR'') in which it determined that a safety-related defect exists in certain phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate (``PSAN'') driver-side airbag inflators that it manufactured with a calcium sulfate desiccant, including inflators that it supplied to Ford Motor Company (``Ford''), Mazda North American Operations (``Mazda''), and Nissan North America Inc. (``Nissan'') for use in certain vehicles. Mazda's vehicles identified by Takata's DIR were designed by Ford and were built on the same platform and using the same airbag inflators as the affected Ford vehicles. Mazda has petitioned the Agencyin part through a purported joint petition with Ford (see DOCKET NO. NHTSA-2017-0093)for a decision that because analysis of inflators installed in certain Ford vehicles does not demonstrate propellant-tablet density degradation or increased inflation pressure, and because there are design differences between the inflators installed in Ford and Mazda vehicles and an inflator variant installed in Nissan vehicles, the equipment defect determined to exist by Takata is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety in the Mazda vehicles affected by Takata's DIR. Mazda requests relief from its notification and remedy obligations under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 and its applicable regulations, and further requests that the Agency defer a decision on the petition until March 31, 2018 to allow Ford to complete certain analysis and testing.
Ford Motor Company, Receipt of Petition for Inconsequentiality and Decision Denying Request for Deferral of Determination
Document Number: 2017-24829
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-16
Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
On July 10, 2017, Takata Corporation (``Takata'') filed a defect information report (``DIR'') in which it determined that a safety-related defect exists in certain phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate (``PSAN'') driver-side airbag inflators that it manufactured with a calcium sulfate desiccant, including inflators that it supplied to Ford Motor Company (``Ford''), Mazda North American Operations (``Mazda''), and Nissan North America Inc. (``Nissan'') for use in certain vehicles. Ford has petitioned the Agency for a decision that, because analysis of inflators installed in certain Ford vehicles does not demonstrate propellant-tablet density degradation or increased inflation pressure, and because there are design differences between the inflators installed in Ford vehicles and an inflator variant installed in Nissan vehicles, the equipment defect determined to exist by Takata is inconsequential as it relates to motor vehicle safety in the Ford vehicles affected by Takata's DIR. Ford requests relief from its notification and remedy obligations under the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 and its applicable regulations, and further requests that the Agency allow Ford until March 31, 2018 to complete certain analysis and testing before the Agency decides on the petition.
Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Exemption Renewal for Ford Motor Company
Document Number: 2017-24826
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-11-16
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces its decision to renew for a period of 5 years Ford Motor Company's (Ford) current exemption allowing motor carriers to operate Ford's Transit-based commercial motor vehicles (CMV) that do not meet the exhaust system location requirements in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). The FMCSRs require (1) the exhaust system of a bus powered by a gasoline engine to discharge to the atmosphere at or within 6 inches forward of the rearmost part of the bus and (2) the exhaust system of every truck and truck tractor to discharge to the atmosphere at a location to the rear of the cab or, if the exhaust projects above the cab, at a location near the rear of the cab. Although the Ford Transit does not meet these requirements, it has undergone performance-based testing that demonstrates that the exhaust system achieves a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained by complying with the regulation. Ford performed carbon monoxide (CO) concentration tests, which used CO monitors at various locations within the vehicle to measure the concentration of CO ingress into the occupant compartment (from the vehicles' own powertrain and exhaust system), under various driving conditions including idle and top speed. The tests showed that the resulting CO concentration is below every threshold used by Federal Agencies. The Agency has concluded that granting this exemption renewal will maintain a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety provided by the rule restricting the location of exhaust systems on CMVs to ensure that exhaust fumes will not affect the driver's alertness or health or the health of passengers.
Special Conditions: General Electric Company, GE9X Engine Models; Endurance Test Special Conditions
Document Number: 2017-24812
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-11-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the General Electric Company turbofan engine models GE9X-105B1A, -105B1A1, -105B1A2, - 105B1A3, -102B1A, -102B1A1, -102B1A2, -102B1A3, and -93B1A. In these special conditions, the engine models will be referred to as ``GE9X.'' The engines will have novel or unusual design features associated with the engine design. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for these design features. 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.