Department of Transportation December 20, 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment on the Release of Deed Restrictions at the Yellowstone Airport, West Yellowstone, MT
Document Number: 2017-27420
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is considering a request from the State of Montana to release certain deed restrictions at the Yellowstone Airport, MT.
CSX Transportation, Inc.-Abandonment Exemption-in Greenbrier County, W. Va.
Document Number: 2017-27419
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-12-20
Agency: Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation
Hours of Service; Electronic Logging Devices; Limited 90-Day Waiver for the Transportation of Agricultural Commodities
Document Number: 2017-27311
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-12-20
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA grants a limited 90-day waiver from the Federal hours- of-service (HOS) regulations pertaining to electronic logging devices (ELDs) for the transportation of agricultural commodities as defined in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). The Agency takes this action in response to a waiver request from the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) on behalf of eight organizations representing transporters of livestock and other agricultural commodities, as defined in the FMCSRs. The Agency has determined that the waiver is in the public interest and would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved absent such exemption, based on the terms and conditions imposed. The waiver will also through notice and public comment, provide FMCSA with time to consider certain exemption applications from segments of the agricultural industry concerning the use of ELDs to document drivers' hours of service and clarify applicability of the requirements and the need for certain carriers to begin using ELDs by the December 18, 2017, deadline.
Hours of Service of Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles; Proposed Regulatory Guidance Concerning the Transportation of Agricultural Commodities
Document Number: 2017-27310
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-12-20
Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Department of Transportation
FMCSA announces regulatory guidance to clarify the applicability of the ``Agricultural commodity'' exception to the ``Hours of Service of Drivers'' regulations, and requests public comments. This regulatory guidance is being proposed to ensure consistent understanding and application of the exception by motor carriers and State officials enforcing hours of service rules identical to or compatible with FMCSA's requirements.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters (Previously Eurocopter France)
Document Number: 2017-27274
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-12-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2009-25-07 for Airbus Helicopters Model EC120B helicopters. AD 2009-25-07 required amending the rotorcraft flight manual supplement (RFMS) and pre-flight checking the emergency flotation gear before each flight over water. Since we issued AD 2009-25-07, Airbus Helicopters developed a terminating action and identified an additional part- numbered emergency floatation gear part with the unsafe condition. This new AD retains the requirements of AD 2009-25-07, expands the applicability, and adds a terminating action for the repetitive inspections. The actions of this AD are intended to correct an unsafe condition on these helicopters.
Training, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees
Document Number: 2017-27272
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-12-20
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration, Department of Transportation
In response to a petition for reconsideration of a final rule, FRA proposes to amend its regulations (Training, Qualification, and Oversight for Safety-Related Railroad Employees) by delaying certain implementation dates an additional year. FRA previously delayed the regulations' implementation dates for one year in a final rule published May 3, 2017 (May 2017 Final Rule).
Airworthiness Directives; The Enstrom Helicopter Corporation Helicopters
Document Number: 2017-27268
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-12-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the Enstrom Helicopter Corporation (Enstrom) Model F-28, F-28A, F-28C, F- 28C-2, F-28C-2R, F-28F, F-28F-R, TH-28, 280, 280C, 280F, 280FX, 480, and 480B helicopters. This AD requires inspecting certain rod end bearing assemblies. This AD is prompted by an accident. The actions of this AD are intended to prevent an unsafe condition on these helicopters.
Airworthiness Directives; Agusta S.p.A. Helicopters
Document Number: 2017-27263
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-12-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2011-27-08 for Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A109S and AW109SP helicopters. AD 2011-27- 08 required repetitively inspecting each elevator assembly for a crack. This new AD retains the initial inspection interval and adds a repetitive borescope inspection. This AD is prompted by the discovery of another crack on an elevator assembly since AD 2011-27-08 was issued. The actions of this AD are intended to prevent an unsafe condition on these helicopters.
Change to Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast Services
Document Number: 2017-27202
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-12-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action announces changes in ADS-B services, including Traffic Information ServiceBroadcast (TIS-B), for a small number of aircraft. The FAA is implementing a filter for certain ADS-B equipped aircraft broadcasting erroneous or improper information when the broadcast information could affect the safe provision of air traffic services. Any aircraft subject to the filter will not have its ADS-B information sent to an air traffic control (ATC) facility nor will the aircraft be a client for TIS-B services. Affected aircraft will continue to receive ATC services within radar coverage using secondary radar information.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2017-27169
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-12-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 757-200 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report indicating that the main cargo door (MCD) forward-most cam latch on the forward center cam latch pair broke during flight. This AD requires repetitive inspections for discrepancies of cam latches, latch pins, and latch pin cross bolts of the MCD; replacement of all alloy steel latch pin cross bolts with corrosion-resistant steel (CRES) latch pin cross bolts of the MCD; and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.