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Airworthiness Directives; Teledyne Continental Motors (TCM) and Rolls-Royce Motors Ltd. (R-RM) Series Reciprocating Engines
Document Number: 2011-32252
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain TCM and R-RM series reciprocating engines. That AD currently requires replacement of certain magnetos if they fall within the specified serial number (S/N) range, inspection of the removed magneto to verify that the stop pin is still in place, and, if the stop pin is not in place, inspection of the engine gear train, crankcase, and accessory case. This new AD corrects the range of S/Ns affected, requires the same replacement and inspections, and adds R-RM C-125, C- 145, O-300, IO-360, TSIO-360, and LTSIO-520-AE series reciprocating engines to the applicability. This AD was prompted by our awareness of an error in the previous AD applicability in the range of magneto S/Ns affected and of the need to include certain engines made by R-RM, under license of TCM. We are issuing this AD to prevent engine failure and loss of control of the airplane due to migration of the magneto impulse coupling stop pin out of the magneto frame and into the gear train of the engine.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Hugo, CO
Document Number: 2011-32450
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Hugo, CO. Decommissioning of the Hugo Tactical Air Navigation System (TACAN) has made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations in the vicinity of the Hugo Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Radio Range/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME). This action also would make a minor adjustment to the geographic coordinates of the VOR/DME and make a correction to the regulatory text.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-32387
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 767 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of cracks of the underwing longeron fittings in the wing center section which could result in loss of the primary load path between the fuselage and the wing box, and consequent catastrophic damage to the wing box and failure of the wing. This proposed AD would require repetitive high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspections of the underwing longeron fitting for cracking, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Establishment of Class D and E Airspace and Amendment of Class E; Brooksville, FL
Document Number: 2011-32037
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class D and E airspace and amends existing Class E airspace at Brooksville, FL, to accommodate a new air traffic control tower at Hernando County Airport This action enhances the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations for standard instrument approach procedures at the airport. This action also makes a minor adjustment to the geographic coordinates of the airport.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-32021
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes, Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes, and Model A340-500 and -600 series airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-32019
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-300 series airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:
Airworthiness Directives; Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. Airplanes Equipped With Pratt & Whitney Canada, Corp. PW610F-A Engines
Document Number: 2011-31795
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. Model EA500 airplanes equipped with Pratt & Whitney Canada, Corp. (P&WC) Model PW610F-A engines. The existing AD currently requires incorporating an operating limitation of a maximum operating altitude of 30,000 feet into Section 2, Limitations, of the airplane flight manual (AFM). Since we issued that AD, P&WC has developed a design change for the combustion chamber liner assembly. This new AD retains the requirements of the current AD, clarifies the engine applicability, and allows the option of incorporating the design change to terminate the current operating limitation and restore the original certificated maximum operating altitude of 41,000 feet. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Learjet Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-30999
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Learjet Inc. Model 45 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of the potential for fatigue cracking of the end cap of the main landing gear (MLG) prior to the published life limitation. This AD requires revising the maintenance program to incorporate life limits for the MLG actuator end cap. We are issuing this AD to prevent fatigue cracking of the end cap of the MLG, which could result in the failure of the MLG actuator upon landing, and failure of the MLG to extend or retract during flight.
Pilot, Flight Instructor, and Pilot School Certification; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2011-32333
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is correcting a final rule published on August 21, 2009 (74 FR 42500). In that rule, the FAA amended its regulations to revise the training, qualification, certification, and operating requirements for pilots, flight instructors, ground instructors, and pilot schools. This document corrects an error in the codified text of that document to permit a person serving as an examiner and administering a practical test for the issuance of a sport pilot certificate in a light-sport aircraft other than a glider or balloon to hold either a medical certificate or a U.S. driver's license. The FAA is also clarifying the regulatory text related to when an instrument proficiency check is required to act as pilot in command under IFR or in weather conditions less than the minimums prescribed for VFR. Finally, this document corrects one section of the final rule to clarify the FAA's original intent with regard to the use of flight simulation training devices for training and testing when seeking to add a type rating to an existing pilot certificate or obtain a type rating concurrently with a pilot certificate.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2011-32259
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-16
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.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2011-32248
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-16
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.
Access to Aircraft Situation Display to Industry (ASDI) and National Airspace System Status Information (NASSI) Data
Document Number: 2011-32237
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
As a result of recent legislation, the FAA has begun the process of amending the circumstances in which aircraft owners or operators can limit the dissemination of their aircraft data via the FAA's ASDI program. This Notice describes the immediate changes that the FAA has implemented. In a future Notice, the FAA will propose specific procedures by which owners or operators who want the FAA to block their aircraft data can express their preference regarding the FAA's release of that information via ASDI. At that time, the FAA will invite comments on the FAA's proposed procedures. In the interim, any aircraft that the FAA previously blocked under the Certified Security Concerns program published on June 3, 2011, will remain blocked. The FAA will address the future procedures concerning the blocking of those aircraft in its upcoming proposed and final procedures. In addition, the FAA is now accepting and implementing all direct requests of aircraft owners or operators to block their aircraft data from public display of ASDI and NASSI information.
Noise Exposure Map Notice; Martin County Airport, Stuart, FL
Document Number: 2011-32213
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its determination that the Noise Exposure Maps submitted by the Martin County Board of County Commissioners for Martin County Airport under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 47501 et. Seq (Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act) and 14 CFR part 150 are in compliance with applicable requirements.
Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee; Public Teleconference
Document Number: 2011-32212
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Pursuant to Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 5 U.S.C. App. 2), notice is hereby given of a teleconference of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). The teleconference will take place on Thursday, January 5, 2012, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Individuals who plan to participate should contact Susan Lender, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), (the Contact Person listed below) by phone or email for the teleconference call in number. The proposed agenda for this teleconference is to review and accept a report providing input to the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs. This report summarizes industry input to the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPOUS). COMSTAC members will receive a copy of the final report on approximately January 3, 2012. Members of the public may request a copy from Susan Lender, DFO (the Contact Person listed below). Interested members of the public may submit relevant written statements for the COMSTAC members to consider under the advisory process. Statements may concern the issues and agenda items mentioned above or additional issues that may be relevant for the U.S. commercial space transportation industry. Interested parties wishing to submit written statements should contact Susan Lender, DFO, (the Contact Person listed below) in writing (mail or email) by December 29, 2011, so that the information can be made available to COMSTAC members for their review and consideration before the January 5, 2012, teleconference. Written statements should be supplied in the following formats: One hard copy with original signature or one electronic copy via email. An agenda will be posted on the FAA Web site at http://www.faa.gov/ go/ast. Individuals who plan to participate and need special assistance should inform the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Anaktuvuk Pass, AK
Document Number: 2011-32210
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action revises Class E airspace at Anaktuvuk Pass Airport, Anaktuvuk Pass, AK. The creation of two standard instrument approach procedures at the airport has made this action necessary to enhance safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations. This action also adjusts the geographic coordinates of the airport.
Proposed Modification of Class E Airspace; Douglas, AZ
Document Number: 2011-32209
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify Class E airspace at Bisbee Douglas International Airport, Douglas, AZ. Decommissioning of the Cochise Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Radio Range Tactical Air Navigational Aid (VORTAC) has made this action necessary for the safety and management of aircraft operations at the airport. This action would also adjust the geographic coordinates of the airport.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, and -300ER Series Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-31893
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Model 777-200, -300, and -300ER series airplanes. That AD currently requires installing Teflon sleeving under the clamps of certain wire bundles routed along the fuel tank boundary structure, and cap sealing certain penetrating fasteners of the main and center fuel tanks. This AD expands the applicability in the existing AD. This AD was prompted by fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer, which determined that electrical arcing on the fuel tank boundary structure or inside the fuel tanks could result in a fire or explosion. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-32077
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 777 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by four reports of retaining cross bolt hardware not fully engaged into the fuse pins of the forward trunnion lower housing of the main landing gear (MLG), which could result in an incorrect MLG emergency landing break-away sequence. This proposed AD would require a detailed inspection of the fuse pin cross bolts and fuse pins of the left and right MLG forward trunnion lower housing to verify that the cross bolts are correctly installed and that there are no missing fuse pins, and replacement of the fuse pins if necessary. We are proposing this AD to prevent an incorrect emergency landing MLG break-away sequence, which could result in puncturing of the wing box and consequent fuel leaks and an airplane fire. Failure of the fuse pins could also result in a premature landing gear collapse causing a runway excursion during take- off or landing.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-32076
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A319 series airplanes, Model A320-211, -212, -214, -231, -232, and -233 airplanes, and Model A321 series airplanes that would supersede an existing AD. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:
Modification of Class E Airspace; The Dalles, OR
Document Number: 2011-32043
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action modifies Class E airspace at The Dalles, OR. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate aircraft using Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at Columbia Gorge Regional/The Dalles Municipal Airport. This action also changes the airport name. This improves the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Proposed Provision of Navigation Services for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) Transition to Performance-Based Navigation (PBN)
Document Number: 2011-31451
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks comments on a proposed transition of the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS) navigation infrastructure to enable performance-based navigation (PBN) as part of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The FAA plans to transition from defining airways, routes and procedures using VHF Omni-directional Range (VOR) and other legacy navigation aids (NAVAIDs) \1\ towards a NAS based on Area Navigation (RNAV) everywhere and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) where beneficial. Such capabilities will be enabled largely by the Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). The FAA plans to retain an optimized network of Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) stations and a minimum operational network (MON) of VOR stations to ensure safety and continuous operations for high and low altitude en route airspace over the conterminous US (CONUS) and terminal operations at the Core 30 airports.\2\ The FAA is also conducting research on Alternate Positioning, Navigation and Timing (APNT) solutions that would enable further reduction of VORs below the MON.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Columbia, SC, and Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Pelion, SC
Document Number: 2011-32041
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E Airspace at Columbia, SC by removing Corporate Airport from the airspace designation, and would establish Class E Airspace at Pelion, SC, using the new airport name, as new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures have been developed at Lexington County Airport at Pelion. This action would enhance the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action also would update the geographic coordinates of the airport.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Pelion, SC
Document Number: 2011-32039
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
A notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2011 amending Class E airspace at Lexington County Airport at Pelion, Pelion, SC, is being withdrawn. Upon review, the FAA found that controlled airspace already exists for this airport under a different city designator and airport name, and substantial corrections would need to be made. In the interest of clarity, a new proposal amending existing airspace and establishing airspace with the new information will be submitted under a separate rulemaking.
Notice of Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Approvals and Disapprovals
Document Number: 2011-31986
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA publishes a monthly notice, as appropriate, of PFC approvals and disapprovals under the provisions of the Aviation Safety and Capacity Expansion Act of 1990 (Title IX of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990) (Pub. L. 101-508) and Part 158 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR Part 158). This notice is published pursuant to paragraph d of Sec. 158.29.
Amendment of Class D and E Airspace; North Philadelphia, PA
Document Number: 2011-31854
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class D and Class E airspace at Northeast Philadelphia Airport, North Philadelphia, PA, due to the closing of Willow Grove Naval Air Station and Warminster Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC). This action also corrects a typographic error in the regulatory text for the Class E airspace radius and ceiling level, and adjusts the geographic coordinates of the airport. This action enhances the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations in the North Philadelphia, PA, airspace area.
Notice to Manufacturers of Airport Lighting and Navigation Aid Equipment
Document Number: 2011-31993
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Projects funded under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) must meet the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 50101, Buy American Preferences. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering issuing waivers to foreign manufacturers of certain airport lighting and navigation aid equipment that is lit with Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting. This notice requests information from manufacturers of systems meeting the technical requirements to determine whether a waiver to the Buy American Preferences should be issued.
Clarification of Policy Regarding Designated Aircraft Dispatcher Examiners; Reopening of Comment Period
Document Number: 2011-31976
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action reopens the comment period for guidance material that was published for comment in the Federal Register on November 8, 2011. In that document, the FAA clarifies guidance to employees on the responsibilities, qualifications, and oversight of designated aircraft dispatcher examiners. The comment period closed on December 8, 2011. This reopening is a result of a request for extension of the comment period.
Advisory Circular for Stall and Stick Pusher Training
Document Number: 2011-31971
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the availability of a proposed Advisory Circular, regarding stall and stick pusher training for transport category airplanes for comment. This Advisory Circular provides guidance to training providers on stall event and stick pusher demonstration training, including recommendations and best practices for academic training, job performance training, and instructor training.
Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Canada Turboprop Engines
Document Number: 2011-31868
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-15AG, -27, -28, -34, -34AG, -34B, and -36 series turboprop engines. This AD requires the removal of certain affected part manufacturer approval (PMA) replacement Timken Alcor Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (TAATI) first stage reduction sun gears and/or the interacting planetary gear sets from the propeller reduction gearbox assembly. This AD was prompted by a failure report of a certain TAATI PMA sun gear, installed since December 22, 2008. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the sun gear, which will result in an engine in- flight shut down, possible uncontained engine failure, aircraft damage, and serious injuries.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Piseco, NY
Document Number: 2011-31857
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E Airspace at Piseco, NY, to accommodate new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at Piseco Airport. This action would enhance the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Amendment to and Establishment of Restricted Areas; Warren Grove, NJ
Document Number: 2011-31853
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes two new restricted areas at the Warren Grove Range, NJ. In addition, the using agency for all Warren Grove restricted areas is updated to reflect the current organization tasked with that responsibility. The FAA is taking this action to provide the airspace needed for realistic military training so that aircrews can acquire and maintain proficiency in high altitude weapons employment and other modern tactics.
Amendment of Class C Airspace; Palm Beach International Airport, FL
Document Number: 2011-31847
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action modifies the Palm Beach International Airport, FL, Class C airspace area by raising the floor of Class C airspace over Palm Beach County Park Airport. The FAA is taking this action to enhance safety and increase the efficiency of air traffic operations in the Palm Beach, FL, terminal area.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Decatur, IL
Document Number: 2011-31845
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Decatur, IL. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Decatur Airport. The geographic coordinates of the airport also would be adjusted. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations for SIAPs at the airport.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Omaha, NE
Document Number: 2011-31844
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Omaha, NE. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Eppley Airfield. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations for SIAPs at the airport.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Omaha, NE
Document Number: 2011-31843
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Omaha, NE. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Eppley Airfield. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations for SIAPs at the airport.
Airworthiness Directives; Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines
Document Number: 2011-31798
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to Turbomeca S.A. Arrius 2F turboshaft engines with P3 air pipe (first section) part number (P/N) 0 319 71 918 0, installed. The existing AD currently requires inspections of the P3 air pipe (first section) and right-hand (RH) rear half-wall for proper clearance, and readjustment of the pipe if necessary. Since we issued that AD, Turbomeca S.A. has redesigned the RH rear half-wall to ensure sufficient clearance between the P3 air pipe (first section) and RH rear half-wall. This proposed AD would require the same inspections for installed engines, eliminate readjusting of the P3 air pipe (first section), require replacement of the RH rear half-wall under certain conditions, and adding an optional terminating action. We are proposing this AD to prevent an uncommanded power loss to flight idle, which could result in an emergency autorotation landing or accident.
Airworthiness Directives; Turbomeca Arriel 1 Series Turboshaft Engines
Document Number: 2011-31797
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD was prompted by Turbomeca restoring all or part of the life limits of the affected discs, and European Aviation Safety Agency's (EASA) issuance of AD 2010-0101R2, dated March 24, 2011, to do the same. Turbomeca has introduced a reinforced eddy- current inspection (ECI) which, combined with a revised analysis, allows the life limit of the affected discs to be extended. We are issuing this revision to prevent failure of the gas generator (GG) second stage turbine disc which could result in the release of high energy debris and damage to the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Continental Motors, Inc. (CMI) Reciprocating Engines
Document Number: 2011-31794
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Continental Motors, Inc. (CMI) models TSIO-520, TSIO-550-K, TSIOF-550K, and IO-550-N series reciprocating engines. This emergency AD was sent previously to all known U.S. owners and operators of these engines. This AD requires replacing affected CMI starter adapters with starter adapters eligible for installation. This AD was prompted by 5 reports received of fractures in starter adapter shaft gears in certain part number (P/N) CMI starter adapters. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the starter adapter gear shaft, leading to an inoperable oil scavenge pump and engine in-flight shutdown.
Airworthiness Directives; Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A. Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-31623
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A. Model P-180 airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as the baggage door lockpins not engaging properly and the baggage door open light illuminating when the baggage door is not open, which could lead to the pilot disregarding a valid warning. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-31418
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company 757-200, 757-200PF, 757-200CB, 757-300, 767- 200, 767-300, and 767-300F series airplanes. That AD currently requires revising the Limitations section of the airplane flight manual (AFM) to advise the flightcrew of procedures to follow to ensure that a fuel filter impending bypass condition due to gross fuel contamination is detected in a timely manner. This new AD requires installing new operating program software (OPS) (Version 7) of the engine indication and crew alerting system (EICAS) in the EICAS computers. This AD also requires various concurrent actions. This AD also retains the existing AD provision that relieves certain airplanes (those equipped with certain EICAS OPS versions) from the requirements. Accomplishment of the new actions terminates the requirements of the existing AD. This AD was prompted by an error in the EICAS OPS. The error prevents the display of an advisory message to the flightcrew of a left engine fuel filter contamination and imminent bypass condition, which may indicate an imminent multiple engine thrust loss or engine malfunction event due to fuel contamination. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-31314
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model 4101 airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-31269
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model MD-11 and MD-11F airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report that the rub strips attached to the horizontal stabilizer front spar access door location were manufactured improperly using anodized aluminum. This AD requires replacing the anodized rub strips with new alodined rub strips to prevent inadequate electrical bonding between the rub strips and the fuel access door, which can contribute to possible ignition of flammable fuel vapor in the tail fuel tank as a result of a lightning strike. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Apical Industries, Inc., (Apical) Emergency Float Kits
Document Number: 2011-30925
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the Apical emergency float kits installed on certain model helicopters under supplemental type certificates. This AD requires adding placards on each side of the fuselage to identify the location and operation of the liferaft external inflation handle. This AD also requires replacing each liferaft operation placard to state that external liferafts are installed. This amendment is prompted by a report of a helicopter that crashed into the water, and the pilot did not deploy the floats and liferafts. Two external T-handles were available for deployment of the liferafts but were not used by the passengers because they were unaware of their location. The actions specified by this AD are intended to prevent helicopter occupants from further injury due to unnecessary exposure to harsh water conditions and to aid in deploying liferafts when liferafts are available on the helicopter and can be activated after a water landing.
Airworthiness Directives; 328 Support Services GmbH Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-31739
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 328 Support Services GmbH (Type Certificate previously held by AvCraft Aerospace GmbH; Fairchild Dornier GmbH; Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH) Model 328-100 and -300 airplanes that would supersede an existing AD. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-31738
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 777-200 and -300 series airplanes equipped with Rolls-Royce RB211 Trent 800 engines. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of events related to thermal damage of the thrust reverser (T/R) inner wall on Rolls-Royce RB211 Trent 800 engines. This proposed AD would require replacing the bleed valve parts and tubing with new parts and tubing on the left and right engines. Additionally, this proposed AD would require installing Aero-Engine database (AEDB) software in the airplane information management system (AIMS) hardware. We are proposing this AD to eliminate T/R thermal damage caused by excessive heat downstream of the 8th stage IP8 exhaust ports, which could result in T/R structural failure. This failure could result in large pieces of the T/R or adjacent components departing the airplane. A separated T/R piece could result in a rejected takeoff (RTO) and cause asymmetric thrust and consequent loss of control of the airplane during reverse thrust operations. Separated components could also cause structural damage to the airplane, damage to other airplanes, or injury to people on the ground.
Airworthiness Directives; International Aero Engines Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2011-31663
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500-A1, V2522-A5, V2524-A5, V2525- D5, V2527-A5, V2527E-A5, V2527M-A5, V2528-D5, V2530-A5, and V2533-A5 turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by three reports of high- pressure turbine (HPT) case burn-through events, numerous reports of loss of stage 1 blade outer air seal segments, and HPT case bulging. This AD requires initial and repetitive 360 degree borescope inspections of HPT stage 1 blade outer air seal segments for evidence of certain distress conditions. This AD also requires incorporation of improved durability stage 1 blade outer air seal segments at the next exposure to the HPT module subassembly as terminating action to the repetitive inspections. We are issuing this AD to prevent HPT case burn-through, uncontrolled under-cowl engine fire, and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Corp. (PW) JT9D-7R4H1 Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2011-31342
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all PW JT9D-7R4H1 turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks in five high-pressure compressor (HPC) shafts. This AD requires removing certain HPC shafts before their certified life limits and establishes a new, lower life-limit for these parts. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2011-31217
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule establishes, amends, suspends, or revokes Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) and associated Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures for operations at certain airports. These regulatory actions are needed because of the adoption of new or revised criteria, or because of changes occurring in the National Airspace System, such as the commissioning of new navigational facilities, adding new obstacles, or changing air traffic requirements. These changes are designed to provide safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace and to promote safe flight operations under instrument flight rules at the affected airports.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2011-31215
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule establishes, amends, suspends, or revokes Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) and associated Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures for operations at certain airports. These regulatory actions are needed because of the adoption of new or revised criteria, or because of changes occurring in the National Airspace System, such as the commissioning of new navigational facilities, adding new obstacles, or changing air traffic requirements. These changes are designed to provide safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace and to promote safe flight operations under instrument flight rules at the affected airports.
Amendment of Federal Airways; Alaska
Document Number: 2011-31461
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action announces the effective date of a final rule published in the Federal Register of April 28, 2011 that amends Federal airways in Alaska. The FAA subsequently published a rule in the Federal Register of June 16, 2011 that delayed the effective date until further notice. An amendment, published in the Federal Register of October 20, 2011, further modified the rule. This action is the result of satisfactory flight inspections for the Federal airways affected by the relocation of the Anchorage VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR).