Federal Aviation Administration January 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-1197
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of a fire which started in the vicinity of an electrical panel that was fed by oxygen escaping from a damaged third crew person oxygen line that occurred while the airplane was on the ground. This proposed AD would require replacing and changing the routing of the flexible oxygen hose of the third crew person oxygen line and modifying the entrance compartment assembly. We are proposing this AD to prevent the possibility of damage to the third crew person oxygen line and an oxygen-fed fire in the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; BRP-POWERTRAIN GMBH & CO KG Rotax Reciprocating Engines
Document Number: 2012-1133
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for BRP POWERTRAIN GMBH & CO KG Rotax 914 F2, 914 F3, and 914 F4 reciprocating engines. 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 isolated manufacturing deviations reportedly found on the threads of a certain batch of fuel pressure regulators, part number (P/N) 887130, installed on Rotax 914 F series engines, which could result in fuel leakage during engine operation. We are issuing this AD to prevent fuel leaks, which could result in an in-flight fire and damage to the aircraft.
Airworthiness Directives; General Electric Company Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-1132
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CF34-10E series turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by a report of heavy wear found on the seating surface of the center vent duct (CVD) (commonly referred to as center vent tube) support ring and on the inside diameter of the fan drive shaft at the mating location. This AD requires removing from service all CVD support assemblies and any fan drive shaft on the affected engines if wear is found on either the CVD support ring or the fan drive shaft. We are issuing this AD to prevent fan drive shaft failure, leading to uncontained engine failure and damage to the airplane.
Release of Airport Property: Fort Myers International Airport, Fort Myers, FL
Document Number: 2012-1064
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA hereby provides notice of intent to release certain airport properties 0.55 acres at the Fort Myers International Airport, Fort Myers, FL from the conditions, reservations, and restrictions as contained in all grant agreements between the FAA and the Lee County Port Authority. The release of property will allow the Lee County Port Authority, owner of Fort Myers International Airport, to dispose of the property for other than aeronautical purposes. The property is located north of Daniels Parkway and Chana Court, near the intersection of Chamberlin Parkway, in Fort Myers, Florida. The parcels are currently designated as non-aeronautical use. The property will be released of its federal obligations to transfer ownership to Lee County. The release of the airport properties will facilitate the construction of a new direct interchange access to the airport from Interstate 75. Lee County will also transfer ownership of 1.93 acres of property north of Daniels Parkway and Chana Court to be used for drainage for the airport access road. The airport parcels to be released have an appraised Fair Market Value of $41,622. The value of the parcel to be received is $5,000, and the value of the proposed airport access improvement is estimated to be $500,620. Documents reflecting the Sponsor's request are available, by appointment only, for inspection at the Fort Myers International Airport and the FAA Airports District Office.
Release of Airport Property: Page Field, Fort Myers, FL
Document Number: 2012-1053
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA hereby provides notice of intent to release certain airport properties 1.52 acres at Page Field, Fort Myers, FL from the conditions, release certain properties from all terms, conditions, reservations and restrictions of a Quitclaim Deed agreement, dated June 4, 1947, between the subject airport and the Federal Aviation Administration. The release of property will allow the Lee County Port Authority, owner of Page Field, to dispose of the property for other than aeronautical purposes. The property is located in the southwest corner of airport property, north of South Road, in Lee County, Florida. The parcel is currently designated as non-aeronautical use. The property will be released of its federal obligations to sell the property at Fair Market Value to Lee County for municipal purposes. The appraised Fair Market Value of the parcel is $64,628. Documents reflecting the Sponsor's request are available, by appointment only, for inspection at the Lee County Port Authority Offices at Fort Myers International Airport and the FAA Airports District Office.
IFR Altitudes; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2012-1046
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This amendment adopts miscellaneous amendments to the required IFR (instrument flight rules) altitudes and changeover points for certain Federal airways, jet routes, or direct routes for which a minimum or maximum en route authorized IFR altitude is prescribed. This regulatory action is needed because of changes occurring in the National Airspace System. These changes are designed to provide for the safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace under instrument conditions in the affected areas.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-1131
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A310 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of an electrical arc and hydraulic haze in the wheel bay of the left-hand main landing gear (MLG) possibly resulting from chafing between the hydraulic high pressure hose and electrical wiring of the green electrical motor pump (EMP). This proposed AD would require prohibiting in-flight use of the green EMPs; revising the airplane flight manual (AFM) limitations section; installing a placard in the cockpit overhead panel; doing a one-time general visual inspection for correct condition and installation of hydraulic pressure hoses, electrical conduits, feeder cables, and associated clamping devices; and corrective action if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct chafing of hydraulic pressure hoses and electrical wiring of the green EMPs, which in combination with a system failure, could cause an uncontrolled and undetected fire in the MLG bay.
Airworthiness Directives; Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines
Document Number: 2012-1129
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Turbomeca S.A. Arriel 2B and 2B1 turboshaft engines. This proposed AD was prompted by the discovery of non-conformities of certain power turbine (PT) blade fir-tree roots. This proposed AD would require removing the affected PT blades from service on or before reaching a new reduced life limit for those certain PT blades. We are proposing this AD to prevent PT blade rupture, which could result in an uncommanded in-flight engine shutdown, forced autorotation landing, or accident.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc (RR) Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-1128
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for all RR RB211-Trent 553-61, 553A2-61, 556-61, 556A2-61, 556B- 61, 556B2-61, 560-61, 560A2-61, 768-60, 772-60, 772B-60, 875-17, 877- 17, 884-17, 884B-17, 892-17, 892B-17, and 895-17 turbofan engines. That NPRM proposed to supersede an existing AD that requires inspecting the intermediate-pressure (IP) compressor rotor shaft rear balance land for cracks, which could lead to engine failure. This action revises that NPRM by changing the optional terminating action for RB211-Trent 700 and RB211-Trent 800 engines to mandatory terminating action. Since these actions impose an additional burden over that proposed in the NPRM, we are reopening the comment period to allow the public the chance to comment on these proposed changes.
Airworthiness Directives; Agusta S.p.A. Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-1121
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters with a certain generator control unit (GCU). This proposed AD was prompted by laboratory tests which revealed a potential fault in the overvoltage protection on a certain part-numbered GCU. This proposed AD would require replacing each affected GCU with an airworthy GCU. In addition, any affected GCU is not approved for installation on any helicopter. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the overvoltage protection of the GCU, degraded performance of the electrical power generation and distribution systems, a fire, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Membership in the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group Aviation Rulemaking Committee
Document Number: 2012-1051
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
By Federal Register notice (See 76 FR 65319; October 20, 2011) the National Park Service (NPS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) invited interested persons to apply to fill a vacant position on the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). That previous notice invited interested persons to apply to fill the vacancy representing Native American tribal concerns due to the incumbent member's completion of a three- year term appointment on April 2, 2012. This notice informs the public of the person selected to fill the vacancy on the NPOAG ARC.
Twentieth Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 203, Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Document Number: 2012-1049
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the twentieth meeting of RTCA Special Committee 203, Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Twenty-Eighth Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 206: Aeronautical Information and Meteorological Data Link Services
Document Number: 2012-1048
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the twenty-eighth meeting of RTCA Special Committee 206: Aeronautical Information and Meteorological Data Link Services
Release of Airport Property: Tampa International Airport, Tampa, FL
Document Number: 2012-1047
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA hereby provides notice of intent to release certain airport properties, approximately 3.407 acres, at the Tampa International Airport, Tampa, FL from the conditions, reservations, and restrictions as contained in federal grant assurances. The release of property will allow the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority to dispose of the property for other than aeronautical purposes. The property is located southwest corner airport property, adjacent to Highway 60. The parcel is currently designated as non-aeronautical use. The property will be released of its federal obligations to grant a perpetual utlility easement to the Tampa Electric Company (TECO) for relocation of transmission lines serving the Skyway Substation located off airport. The fair market value of the parcel has been determined by appraisal to be $695,000. Documents reflecting the Sponsor's request are available, by appointment only, for inspection at the Tampa International Airport and the FAA Airports District Office.
Airworthiness Directives; Glasflugel Gliders
Document Number: 2012-928
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Glasflugel Models Standard Libelle-201B, Club Libelle 205, Mosquito, and Kestrel gliders. 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 corrosion damage to the elevator control rod that could lead to failure of the elevator control rod, possibly resulting in loss of control of the glider. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-859
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain The Boeing Company Model 737-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. The existing AD currently requires repetitive inspections for cracking of the crown area of the fuselage skin, and corrective actions if necessary. Since we issued that AD, we received additional reports of cracking at the horizontal chem-mill steps away from the lap joints over the entire crown area, and vertical chem-mill cracks adjacent to the butt joints. This proposed AD would add repetitive inspections for cracking using different inspection methods and would inspect additional areas, and corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD would also require additional repairs to previously repaired areas and repetitive inspections for loose fasteners and replacement if necessary in certain previously repaired areas. This proposed AD would also reduce certain compliance times and extend certain other compliance times. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the fuselage skin, which could cause the fuselage skin to fracture and fail, and result in rapid decompression of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-858
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 717-200 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of cracks found on the center section ribs of the horizontal stabilizers. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections for cracking of the aft face of the left and right rib hinge bearing lugs of the center section of the horizontal stabilizer; and crack measurement, repairs, and installation of a new center section rib if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracks in the left and right bearing lugs of the rib hinge spreading at the same time, which could result in failure of both hinge bearing lugs. Failure of the hinge bearing lugs could result in the inability of the horizontal stabilizer to sustain flight loads and therefore reduce the controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-857
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702); CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705); CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900); and CL-600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of deformation of the pressure regulator on the oxygen cylinder, which was attributed to batches of raw material that did not meet required tensile strength. This proposed AD would require an inspection to determine if certain oxygen pressure regulators are installed, and replacement of oxygen cylinder and regulator assemblies (CRAs) containing pressure regulators that do not meet required material properties. We are proposing this AD to prevent elongation of the pressure regulator neck, which could result in rupture of the oxygen cylinder, and in the case of cabin depressurization, oxygen would not be available when required.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-856
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 777 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports that escape slides/rafts did not deploy due to galvanic corrosion of the door-mounted slide/raft packboard release mechanisms. This proposed AD would require doing a general visual inspection of the housing assembly of the packboard release mechanism to determine if its surface treatment has been sealed, and if unsealed, replacing the housing assembly with a new or serviceable housing assembly. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct corrosion of the packboard release mechanisms, which could interfere with escape slide/raft deployment, prohibit doors from opening in the armed mode, and cause consequent delay and injury during evacuation of passengers and crew from the cabin in the event of an emergency.
Airworthiness Directives; Cessna Aircraft Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-855
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company Model 560XL airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of wheel inserts becoming loose and damaging brake assemblies on Model 560XL airplanes. This proposed AD would require an inspection of the torque lug and surrounding components (wheel base, side rim, lock ring) for damage (such as corrosion, cracks, dents, bent areas, damaged or missing paint or primer, or wear on the metal), and of the bearing cup for corrosion, turned cup, or clearance that exceeds limits, and repair as applicable; measuring the torque lugs for width and replacing screws and inserts with new, improved screws and inserts; and re-identifying the wheel assemblies. We are proposing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-854
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by chafing on high pressure fuel lines due to improper installation of an expandable pin on the lower cowl assembly. This proposed AD would require installing spring clips and repositioning the lanyard attachment points at the forward end and the forward firefloor of the lower cowl. We are proposing this AD to prevent chafing of the high pressure fuel lines, which if not corrected, could cause fuel leakage in a fire zone.
Air Traffic Procedures Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2012-802
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public that a meeting of the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Procedures Advisory Committee (ATPAC) will be held to review present air traffic control procedures and practices for standardization, revision, clarification, and upgrading of terminology and procedures.
Public Notice for Waiver of Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance; Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids, MI
Document Number: 2012-800
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a proposal to change a portion of the airport from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use and to authorize the lease of the airport property. The proposal consists of 2 parcels of land with the lease portion totaling approximately 5.4 acres. Current use and present condition is partially developed land compatible with local commercial/ industrial zoning classification. The land was acquired under the FAA Project Numbers 9-20-072-6001, 3-26-0039-02, and 3-26-0055-44208. There are no impacts to the airport by allowing the airport to lease the property, since the land is no longer needed for aeronautical use. Subject land will provide for the development and expansion of the west Michigan Aviation Academy (WMAA); and through its lease would result in generating a predictable long-term revenue stream for the airport. Approval does not constitute a commitment by the FAA to financially assist in the disposal of the subject airport property nor a determination of eligibility for grant-in-aid funding from the FAA. The disposition of proceeds from the lease of the airport property will be in accordance FAA's Policy and Procedures Concerning the Use of Airport Revenue, published in the Federal Register on February 16, 1999. In accordance with section 47107(h) of title 49, United States Code, this notice is required to be published in the Federal Register 30 days before modifying the land-use assurance that requires the property to be used for an aeronautical purpose.
Special Conditions: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, Model GVI Airplane; Rechargeable Lithium Batteries and Rechargeable Lithium-Battery Systems
Document Number: 2012-798
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (GAC) Model GVI airplane. This airplane will have a novel or unusual design feature associated with the installation of rechargeable lithium batteries and rechargeable lithium-battery systems. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. 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.
Public Notice for Waiver of Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance; Willow Run Airport; Detroit, MI
Document Number: 2012-796
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a proposal to authorize the release of approximately 29.5 acres of airport property for sale. The land consists of portions of the original airport parcels. These parcels were acquired by the Wayne County Road Commissioners of Wayne County, Michigan, its successors and assigns (Wayne County Airport Authority) from the U.S. Government, General Services Administration without federal participation. This property was previously released for non-aeronautical use. There are no requirements to retain the land for airport use. There are no impacts to the airport by allowing the Wayne County Airport Authority to sell the property. The land is not needed for aeronautical use. Approval does not constitute a commitment by the FAA to financially assist in the sale of the subject airport property nor a determination of eligibility for grant-in-aid funding from the FAA. The disposition of proceeds from the sale of the airport property will be in accordance with FAA's Policy and Procedures Concerning the Use of Airport Revenue, published in the Federal Register on February 16, 1999. In accordance with section 47107(h) of title 49, United States Code, this notice is required to be published in the Federal Register 30 days before modifying the land-use assurance that requires the property to be used for an aeronautical purpose.
Airworthiness Directives; Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Models 1900, 1900C, and 1900D Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-604
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Models 1900, 1900C, and 1900D airplanes. This emergency AD was sent previously to all known U.S. owners and operators of these airplanes. This AD requires inspecting the elevator bob-weight and attaching linkage for correct installation and for damage or deformation to the weight and/or weight bracket with corrective action as necessary. This AD was prompted by reports of the elevator bob-weight (stabilizer weight) traveling past its stop bolt, which allowed the attaching linkage to move over-center, resulting in reduced nose down elevator control, which could result in loss of control of the airplane. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct conditions that could result in reduced nose down elevator control and loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-468
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for The Boeing Company Model 767 airplanes. This AD requires installing new panel assemblies in the main equipment center or on the forward cargo compartment sidewall and removing certain relays from some panels in the main equipment center. This AD also requires revising the maintenance program to incorporate Airworthiness Limitations (AWLs) No. 28-AWL-27 and No. 28-AWL-28. This AD also includes an alternative location for the installation of the new panel assemblies for airplanes that have the optional water system drain plumbing and changing the interconnecting wiring between the P141 panel and the P36 and P37 panels. For airplanes with a deactivated center fuel tank, this AD also requires an alternative functional test for the left and right override/jettison pumps. We are issuing this AD to prevent possible sources of ignition in a fuel tank caused by electrical fault or uncommanded dry operation of the main tank boost pumps and center auxiliary tank override and jettison pumps. This AD was prompted by fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. An ignition source in the fuel tank could result in a fire or an explosion and consequent loss of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-746
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Models PC-6, PC-6-H1, PC-6-H2, PC-6/350, PC-6/ 350-H1, PC-6/350-H2, PC-6/A, PC-6/A-H1, PC-6/A-H2, PC-6/B-H2, PC-6/B1- H2, PC-6/B2-H2, PC-6/B2-H4, PC-6/C-H2, and PC-6/C1-H2 airplanes. 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 loose elevator and rudder hinge bolts caused by incorrect torquing and locking of the bolts could lead to in-flight failure of the elevator or rudder attachment. If not corrected, this failure could result in loss of control of the airplane. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Sailplanes
Document Number: 2012-745
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier NPRM for DG Flugzeugbau GmbH DG-500 Elan series sailplanes and Models DG-500M and DG-500MB powered sailplanes. 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 incorrect re-installation of the rear cockpit securing rope for the headrest of the rear seat during maintenance, which could cause the rear seat to interfere with the control stick of the sailplane. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Gliders
Document Number: 2012-744
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Models DG-500 Elan Orion, DG-500 Elan Trainer, DG-500/ 20 Elan, DG-500/22 Elan, DG-500M, and DG-500MB gliders. 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 damage to the bulkhead of the glider's center of gravity (CG) tow hook that, if not detected and corrected, may lead to failure of the fiberglass structure during a winch launch. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Eighteenth Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 216: Aeronautical Systems Security (Joint Meeting With EUROCAE WG-72)
Document Number: 2012-544
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the eighteenth meeting of RTCA Special Committee 216: Aeronautical Systems Security (Joint meeting with EUROCAE WG-72).
Eleventh Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 224, Airport Security Access Control Systems
Document Number: 2012-543
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the eleventh meeting of RTCA Special Committee 224, Airport Security Access Control Systems.
Seventeenth Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 213, Enhanced Flight Vision/Synthetic Vision Systems (EFVS/SVS)
Document Number: 2012-541
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the seventeenth meeting of RTCA Special Committee 213, Enhanced Flight Vision/Synthetic Vision Systems (EFVS/SVS).
Fifth Meeting: RTCA, Next Gen Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2012-540
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the fifth meeting of RTCA, NextGen Advisory Committee.
Special Conditions: Pratt and Whitney Canada Model PW210S Turboshaft Engine
Document Number: C1-2011-14113
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2012-611
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR). The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of the 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.
Airworthiness Directives; Agusta S.p.A. Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-367
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A109, A109A, A109A II, A109C, A109K2, A109E, A109S, and A119 helicopters. This proposed AD is prompted by a mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) AD issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community. The MCAI AD states that a Model A109E helicopter has experienced a failure of the tail rotor pitch control link assembly caused by a production defect. The proposed actions are intended to prevent failure of a tail rotor pitch control link and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Harmonization of Airworthiness Standards for Transport Category Airplanes-Landing Gear Retracting Mechanisms and Pilot Compartment View
Document Number: 2012-360
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration amends the airworthiness standards for transport category airplanes on landing gear retracting mechanisms and the pilot compartment view. For the landing gear retracting mechanism, this rulemaking adopts the 1-g stall speed as a reference stall speed instead of the minimum speed obtained in a stalling maneuver and adds an additional requirement to keep the landing gear and doors in the correct retracted position in flight. For the pilot compartment view, this rulemaking revises the requirements for pilot compartment view in precipitation conditions. This action eliminates regulatory differences between the airworthiness standards of the U.S. and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), without affecting current industry design practices.
Authorization To Use Lower Than Standard Takeoff, Approach and Landing Minimums at Military and Foreign Airports
Document Number: 2012-356
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This rulemaking would allow qualified operators to conduct lower than standard instrument flight rules (IFR) airport operations at military airports or outside the United States when authorized to do so by their operations specifications. This action is necessary because the current regulatory section limits certain operators to a takeoff minimum visibility of 1 mile, and a landing minimum visibility of \1/2\ mile when conducting IFR operations at those airports, even when the operator has demonstrated the ability to safely conduct operations in lower visibility. The intended effect of this final rule is to bring the identified regulatory section into alignment with other sections of the regulations that currently permit lower than standard IFR operations at domestic civilian, foreign, and military airports when authorized to do so.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2012-355
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-11
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.
Special Conditions: The Boeing Company, Model 767-300; Seats With Inflatable Lapbelts
Document Number: 2012-350
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Boeing Model 767- 300 series airplanes. These airplanes will have a novel or unusual design feature associated with seats with inflatable lapbelts. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. 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.
Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELTs)
Document Number: 2012-300
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the FAA's intent to cancel TSO-C91a, Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) Equipment. The effect of the cancelled TSO will result in no new TSO-C91a design or production approvals. However, cancellation will not affect production according to an existing TSO authorization (TSOA). Articles produced under an existing TSOA can still be installed according to existing airworthiness approvals and applications for new airworthiness approvals will still be processed. This action does not impact operation of TSO-C91a ELTs, and these ELTs will continue to satisfy the 14 Code of Federal Regulation (14 CFR) Sec. 91.207 ELT equipage requirement.
Proposed Establishment of Restricted Areas R-5402, R-5403A, R-5403B, R-5403C, R-5403D, R-5403E, R-5403F; Devils Lake, ND
Document Number: 2012-284
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action extends the comment period for an NPRM that was published on November 28, 2011. In that document, the FAA proposed to establish restricted area airspace within the Devils Lake East Military Operations Area (MOA), overlying Camp Grafton Range, in the vicinity of Devils Lake, ND. This extension is a result of a request from the North Dakota Aviation Council (NDAC), representing eight member groups including the Airport Association of North Dakota, North Dakota Business Aviation Association, North Dakota Pilots Association, North Dakota Professional Aviation Mechanics Association, and North Dakota Flying Farmers, to extend the comment period to the proposal.
Notice of Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Approvals and Disapprovals
Document Number: 2012-240
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-11
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.
Airworthiness Directives; Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH Gliders
Document Number: 2012-208
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH Model Discus 2cT gliders. 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 small cracks which have been found on engine pylons in the area of the lower engine support that have not been detected during the standard daily inspection. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to an engine pylon failure resulting in loss of control of the glider. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Various Aircraft Equipped With Rotax Aircraft Engines 912 A Series Engine
Document Number: 2012-202
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for various aircraft equipped with Rotax Aircraft Engines 912 A series engine. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as a deviation in the manufacturing process of certain part number 888164 crankshafts that may cause cracks on the surface of the crankshaft on the power take off side, which could lead to failure of the crankshaft support bearing and possibly result in an in-flight engine shutdown and forced landing. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Socata Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-122
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Socata Model TBM 700 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 installation of the wrong (switched) aileron control cables in the wing. This unsafe condition could lead to restricted movement of the aileron, resulting in reduced control of the airplane. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Order Limiting Scheduled Operations at Newark Liberty International Airport
Document Number: 2012-253
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action grants with conditions a request by Airlines for America (A4A) for a waiver of the slot usage requirement for operating authorizations (slots) at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) due to construction at the airport during the summer 2012 and winter 2012-13 scheduling seasons.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Willcox, AZ and Revocation of Class E Airspace; Cochise, AZ
Document Number: 2012-247
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify Class E airspace at Willcox, AZ and remove Class E airspace at Cochise, AZ. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate aircraft using Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at Cochise County Airport, Willcox, AZ. This action also proposes to remove the airspace designated as Cochise, AZ and combine it with Cochise County Airport, Willcox, AZ. Decommissioning of the Cochise VHF Omni-Directional Radio Range Tactical Air Navigation Aid (VORTAC) has made this action necessary for the safety and management of aircraft operations at the airport.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Springfield, CO
Document Number: 2012-244
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Springfield Municipal Airport, Springfield, CO. Decommissioning of the Tobe Tactical Air Navigation System (TACAN) has made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.