Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement and DOT Section 4(f)/303(c) Evaluation for a Proposed Replacement Airport for the City of St. George, UT and Notice of Public Hearing Date, Time, and Location
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is issuing this Notice of Availability to advise the public that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) containing a DOT Section 4(f)/303(c) evaluation will be available for public review beginning September 9, 2005. The DEIS details the proposed development of a replacement airport and related facilities for the city of St. George, Utah and addresses the environmental impacts associated with its development. The DEIS presents the purpose and need for the proposed project, a comprehensive analysis of the alternatives to the proposed project, and potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed development of the proposed replacement airport. The City of St. George, operator of the existing St. George Municipal Airport, has submitted an Airport Layout Plan, as revised, for approval. The DEIS assesses the potential impacts that may result from the development of a replacement airport with a 9,3000-foot Runway 01/19 and all support facilities (i.e., taxiways and associated lighting and NAVAIDS). This DEIS also assesses the federal action regarding installation of navigational aids, airspace use, approach and departure procedures, and associated terminal and landside projects. One historic site, the Little Black Mountain Petroglyph site, would potentially be affected. This document also assesses the potential noise impact on Zion National Park, Little Black Mountain Petroglyph site, and 42 other potentially noise sensitive properties in the vicinity. Public Comment and Information Meeting/Public Hearing: The public comment period on the DEIS and associated studies will start September 9, 2005 and will end on November 8, 2005. A Public Information Meeting and Public Hearing will be held on October 19, 2005 at The Dixie Center, 1835 Convention Center Drive, St. George, UT 84790. The Public Information Meeting will begin at 3 p.m. (MST) and will last until 7 p.m. (MST). The Public Hearing will be conducted concurrently with an information workshop. The public will be afforded the opportunity to present oral testimony and/or written testimony pertinent to the subject of the hearing. Testimony from an elected official, group or agency representative will be limited to 5 minutes. All others will be given 3 minutes. Forms for providing written comments will also be available at the Public Hearing. Comments received via fax or e-mail can only be accepted with the full name and address of the individual commenting. All comments are to be submitted to Mr. David Field of the FAA, at the address shown below, and the comments must be postmarked and email/fax must be sent by no later than midnight (MST), Tuesday, November 8, 2005. The DEIS may be reviewed for comment during regular business hours until November 8, 2005 at the following locations: 1. Cedar City Library, 303 North 100 East, Cedar City, UT 84720. 2. Hurricane Valley Branch, 36 South 300 West, Hurricane, UT 84737. 3. Santa Clara Branch, 1099 North Lava flow Drive, St. George, UT 84770. 4. Springdale Branch, 898 Zion Park Blvd, Spingdale, UT 84767-0509. 5. Washington County, 50 South Main, St. George, UT 84770. A limited number of copies of the DEIS and related documents will also be available for review by appointment only at the following FAA or City of St. George offices: 1. FAA, Northwest Mountain Region Office, 1601 Lind Avenue, S.W., Suite 315, Renton, WA 98055, (425) 227-2610. 2. FAA, Denver Airports District Office, 26805 East 68th Avenue, Suite 224, Denver, CO 80249, (303) 342-1254. 3. St. George Municipal Building, 175 East 200 North, St. George, UT 84770, (435) 634-5800. 4. St. George Airport, 620 S. Airport Road, St. George, UT 84770, (435) 634-5822. An electronic copy of the DEIS is available on the project Web site and can be accessed at http://www.airportsites.net/sgu-eis.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 767-200 and -300 Series Airplanes
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 767-200 and -300 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require replacing the placards on certain stowage bins with new placards, installing partial dividers in certain other stowage bins, and installing straps on stowage bins containing life rafts. For certain airplanes, this proposed AD would also require related concurrent actions. This proposed AD results from test data indicating that outboard overhead stowage bins are unable to withstand the 4.5g down-load standard intended to protect passengers during flight turbulence or a hard landing. We are proposing this AD to prevent the stowage bins from opening during flight turbulence or a hard landing, which could result in the contents of the stowage bins falling onto the passenger seats below and injuring passengers, or blocking the aisles, impeding the evacuation of passengers in an emergency.
Petitions for Exemption; Summary of Petitions Received
Pursuant to FAA's rulemaking provisions governing the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for exemption part 11 of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), this notice contains a summary of certain petitions seeking relief from specified requirements of 14 CFR, dispositions of certain petitions previously received, and corrections. 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 any petition or its final disposition.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 757-200 and -300 Series Airplanes and Model 767 Series Airplanes
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 757-200 and -300 series airplanes and Model 767 series airplanes. This AD requires replacing the existing operational software of the Pegasus flight management computer (FMC) system with new, improved operational software. This AD results from reports of ``old'' or expired air traffic control (ATC) clearance messages being displayed on the control display unit (CDU) of the FMC system during subsequent flights. We are issuing this AD to prevent display of ``old'' or expired ATC clearance messages on the CDU of subsequent flights, which could result in the airplane entering unauthorized airspace or following a flight path that does not provide minimum separation requirements between aircraft, and a consequent near miss or a mid-air collision.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A340-200 and A340-300 Series Airplanes
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A340-200 and A340-300 series airplanes. This AD requires a one-time inspection for discrepancies of the spotfacing for the pylon-to-engine attachment bolts on the pyramid forward fitting of the engine pylon, and repair if necessary. This AD results from a report that, during a routine inspection, it was found that the diameter of the spotfacings was too small for two of the pylon-to- engine attachment bolts on the pyramid forward fitting. We are issuing this AD to prevent reduced structural integrity of the pylon-to-engine attachment bolts on the pyramid forward fitting, which could result in separation of an engine from the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Israel Aircraft Industries, Ltd., Model 1124 and 1124A Airplanes
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Israel Aircraft Industries, Ltd., Model 1124 and 1124A airplanes. This AD requires a one-time inspection for chafing of the electrical bundles in the overhead circuit breaker panel, and for adequate clearance between the fuselage frame and adjacent structures; and repair and rework if necessary. This AD results from reports of fire and smoke occurring in the passenger cabin. This AD also requires certain preventive actions. We are issuing this AD to prevent chafing of the electrical bundles in the overhead circuit breaker panel, which could result in a short circuit and consequent fire and smoke in the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Model Falcon 2000EX Airplanes
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dassault Model Falcon 2000EX airplanes. This AD requires revising the airplane flight manual (AFM) to extend runway length limits for takeoff and landing. This AD also provides for an optional terminating action for the AFM revision. This AD results from an event in which braking efficiency was temporarily lost during landing, but was recovered after the flightcrew fully released and then reapplied the brakes. We are issuing this AD to prevent a runway overrun in the event of loss of braking function, which could result in injury to passengers or flightcrew and damage to the airplane.