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

High Density Traffic Airports; Notice of Determination Regarding Low Demand Periods at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Document Number: 2012-7742
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action announces an FAA determination that 10 p.m. to 10:59 p.m. no longer is a low demand period at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). As a result of this determination, the FAA will allocate available slots in that period on a temporary basis subject to recall, and the FAA may conduct a lottery in the future to allocate available slots in that period.
Notice of Public Availability of the final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD) Signed March 20, 2012, for the Evaluation of the Potential Environmental Impacts Associated With the Dual Track Airport Project for the Brookings Regional Airport in Brookings, SD
Document Number: 2012-7741
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA has issued the final EA and FONSI/ROD for the Dual Track Airport Project for Brookings Regional Airport. The EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, FAA Orders 1050.1E, ``Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures'' and FAA Order 5050.4B, ``NEPA Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions''.
Deadline for Notification of Intent To Use the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Primary, Cargo, and Nonprimary Entitlement Funds for Fiscal Year 2012
Document Number: 2012-7734
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces May 1, 2012, as the deadline for each airport sponsor to notify the FAA whether or not it will use its fiscal year 2012 entitlement funds available under Section 47105(f) of Title 49, United States Code, to accomplish Airport Improvement Program (AIP)-eligible projects that the sponsor previously identified through the Airports Capital Improvement Plan (ACIP) process during the preceding year. This notice must address all entitlement funds apportioned for fiscal year 2012. After Friday, August 10, 2012, the FAA will carry over all remaining entitlement funds, and the funds will not be available again until at least the beginning of fiscal year 2013. This notification requirement does not apply to non- primary airports covered by the block-grant program.
Special Conditions: Airbus, A350-900 Series Airplane; Crew Rest Compartments
Document Number: 2012-7732
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes special conditions for Airbus A350-900 series airplanes. These airplanes will have novel or unusual design features associated with two separate Crew Rest Compartments: a Flight Crew Rest Compartment (FCRC) intended to be occupied by flight crew members only, and a Cabin Crew Rest Compartment (CCRC) intended to be occupied by cabin crew members. Both types of Crew Rest Compartments (CRC) are installed in the overhead area with access from the main deck. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. These proposed 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.
Notice of Schedule Information Submission Deadline for O'Hare International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport for the Winter 2012-2013 Scheduling Season
Document Number: 2012-7724
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Under this notice, the FAA announces the submission deadline of May 10, 2012, for Winter 2012-2013 flight schedules at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in accordance with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Worldwide Slot Guidelines. The deadline coincides with the schedule submission deadline for the IATA Slot Conference for the Winter 2012-2013 scheduling season.
Airworthiness Directives; Goodrich Evacuation Systems Approved Under Technical Standard Order (TSO) TSO-C69b and Installed on Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-7409
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Goodrich Evacuation Systems approved under TSO TSO-C69b and installed on Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes, Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes, and Model A340-500 and -600 series airplanes. That AD currently requires inspecting to determine the part number of the pressure relief valves on the affected Goodrich evacuation systems, and corrective action if necessary. This new AD requires inspecting to determine the part number of the pressure relief valves on the affected Goodrich evacuation systems and replacing certain pressure relief valves, and adds airplanes to the applicability. This AD was prompted by reports that during workshop testing, certain pressure relief valves, which were required by the existing AD, did not seal and allowed the pressure in certain slides/ rafts to fall below the minimum raft mode pressure for the unit. We are issuing this AD to prevent loss of pressure in the escape slides/rafts after an emergency evacuation, which could result in inadequate buoyancy to support the raft's passenger capacity during ditching and increase the chance for injury to raft passengers.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-7374
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A340-500 and Model -600 series airplanes. This AD requires performing repetitive high frequency eddy current inspections of the external radius on upper horizontal cruciform fitting at frame (FR) 47 on the left- and right-hand sides for cracks, and repairing the cracks if necessary. This AD was prompted by reports that during fatigue testing, damages occurred in the external radius on the upper horizontal cruciform fitting at FR47 on the left- and right-hand sides. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking, which could adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; DASSAULT AVIATION Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-7372
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all DASSAULT AVIATION Model MYSTERE-FALCON 900 airplanes. This AD was prompted by multiple reports of fuel leakage from a defective fuel high-level sensor located in the wing front spar. This AD requires inspecting to determine fuel quantity sensors part numbers and replacing of certain fuel quantity sensors with new fuel quantity sensors. We are issuing this AD to prevent internal fuel leakage with significant fuel vapors, which could result in a fire hazard.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-7008
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330-200, A330-300, A340-500, and A340-600 series airplanes. This AD requires a detailed inspection for cracked and missing nuts, and replacement of cracked or missing nuts with new nuts having the same part number. This AD was prompted by reports of cracked nuts detected during production. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracked or missing nuts, and replace all affected nuts in multiple locations (including fuel tank areas) that could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-7007
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A321-131, -211, -212, and -231 airplanes. This AD requires a rotating probe inspection for cracking of the lower panel bore holes of the center wing box (CWB), and corrective actions if necessary. This AD was prompted by reports of incorrect installation of rib pads of the lower aft panel of the CWB due to poor clamping during drilling, and reports that metal chips trapped between panels and stiffeners could impact the fatigue life of CWB panels. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking and damage in the bore holes of the rib pads of the lower forward and aft panels of the CWB which could result in reduced structural integrity of the wings.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-7004
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A340-600 series airplanes. This AD requires a detailed inspection for abnormalities of the ball lock retainer on the off-wing ramp slides; for closure of the soft cover; for full engagement of the slide release pin; for broken, missing, and improper placement of the safety tie thread on the slide release pin; and for proper functioning of the vent valve; and replacement of the off-wing ramp slides if necessary. This AD was prompted by reports of in-flight loss of the blow-out panel and the slide unit from a right-hand off-wing ramp- slide. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct abnormalities of the ball lock retainer, if the soft cover is open, if the slide pin release is not engaged or the safety tie thread is missing, broken, or improperly placed and the vent valve is not functioning properly, which could result in in-flight loss of the off-wing ramp slide.
Airworthiness Directives; DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Gliders
Document Number: 2012-7002
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting 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 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 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 AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-6999
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting 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 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 loose elevator and rudder hinge bolts caused by incorrect torquing and locking of the bolts, which could lead to in-flight failure of the elevator or rudder attachment. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Marion, AL
Document Number: 2012-6841
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E Airspace at Marion, AL, to accommodate the new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures serving Vaiden Field. This action enhances the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations within the National Airspace System.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-7542
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (BHTC) Model 407 helicopters. This proposed AD is prompted by a review of the tailboom-attachment installation, which revealed that the torque value of the bolts specified in the BHTC Model 407 Maintenance Manual and applied during manufacturing was incorrect and exceeded the torque range recommended for the bolts. This proposed AD would require you to replace tailboom- attachment hardware (attachment hardware), and perform initial and recurring determinations of the torque on the nuts of the tailboom-attachment bolts (bolts) at all four attachment locations. The actions required by this proposed AD are intended to prevent an over-torque of a bolt, bolt failure, loss of the tailboom, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-7541
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-76C helicopters. This proposed AD is prompted by a bird-strike to the windshield that resulted in unintended movement of the engine control levers from the forward position and towards the flight-idle position, which reduced power on both engines. These actions are intended to prevent unintended movement of the ECLs, resulting in main rotor speed decay and subsequent loss of control of the aircraft.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-7540
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model SA.315B Alouette III, SE.3160 Alouette III, SA.316B Alouette III, SA.316C Alouette III, SA.319B Alouette III, SA 3180-Alouette Astazou, SA 318B-Alouette Astazou, and SA 318C-Alouette Astazou helicopters. This proposed AD was prompted by incorrect positioning of the roller drive pocket recesses on the tail rotor drive shaft free-wheel cage, which caused a pilot to experience a heavy jerk in the yaw control during in-flight autorotation training. This condition, if not corrected, could lead to a temporary loss of tail rotor drive and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-7538
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France Model SA341G helicopters. This proposed AD is prompted by an analysis and tests performed by the manufacturer that indicate that the life limit of the rotating star should be 12,000 hours time-in-service (TIS). The proposed actions are intended to prevent failure of the rotating star and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; MD Helicopters, Inc.
Document Number: 2012-7535
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) Model MD900 helicopters. The existing AD requires a visual inspection, and if necessary, an eddy current inspection of the main rotor lower hub assembly (lower hub) for a crack. If a crack exists, the AD requires replacing the lower hub with an airworthy lower hub before further flight. Because that AD was immediately effective, we did not include in its requirements certain long-term actions that did not necessitate adoption prior to public comment. This proposed AD would require those long-term actions. This proposed AD would require the same inspections as the existing AD but would also require recurring inspections and replacing the lower hub with an airworthy lower hub. We are proposing this AD to detect a crack in the lower hub and prevent failure of the lower hub and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-7386
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain The Boeing Company Model DC-10-10, DC-10- 10F, DC-10-15, DC-10-30, DC-10-30F (KC-10A and KDC-10), DC-10-40, DC- 10-40F, MD-10-10F, and MD-10-30F airplanes. The existing AD currently requires installing or replacing with improved parts, as applicable, the bonding straps between the metallic frame of the fillet and the wing leading edge ribs, on both the left and right sides of the airplane. The existing AD also requires, for certain airplanes, repositioning or replacing two bonding straps, doing a bonding- resistance check and an inspection to determine correct installation of certain bonding straps, and applicable corrective actions. Since we issued that AD, we have determined that additional actions are necessary to address the identified unsafe condition. This proposed AD would add airplanes to the applicability and retain the requirements of the existing AD. This proposed AD would also require, depending on the airplane configuration, installing new braided bonding straps, inspecting to determine if a certain strap is installed and replacing with or installing a braided bonding strap if necessary, measuring the electrical resistance of the bonding straps, verifying that brackets have an acceptable fillet seal, and corrective actions if necessary. We are proposing this AD to reduce the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks in the event of a severe lightning strike, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2012-7221
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-28
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: 2012-7220
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-28
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.
Airworthiness Directives; Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-7361
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Fokker Services B.V. Model F.28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a design review which revealed the absence of electrical insulation material between a wing or integral center wing tank (ICWT) fuel quantity indication system (FQIS) probe and the bottom of the tank structure. This condition, if not corrected, could, under certain conditions, result in an ignition source in the tank vapor space, which could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane. This proposed AD would require, for all airplanes, applying sealant below the FQIS probes in the wing tanks; and for certain airplanes, applying sealant below the FQIS probes in the ICWT. This proposed AD would also require revising the aircraft maintenance program by revising the fuel airworthiness limitations and incorporating critical design configuration control limitations (CDCCLs). We are proposing this AD to prevent an ignition source in the tank vapor space, which could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc., Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-7357
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc., Model DHC-8-400, -401, and -402 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of cracking of certain fuel access panels of the outer wing. This proposed AD would require an external inspection, and if necessary an internal inspection, to determine if certain fuel access panels are installed, and replacement if necessary; optional repetitive inspections for cracking of the fuel access panels, and replacement if necessary, would defer the internal inspection; and eventual replacement of affected fuel access panels with new panels. We are proposing this AD to prevent cracking of fuel access panels, which could result in arcing and ignition of fuel vapor in the outer wing fuel tank during a lightning strike.
Air Traffic Noise, Fuel Burn, and Emissions Modeling Using the Aviation Environmental Design Tool Version 2a
Document Number: 2012-7354
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This document provides a statement of FAA policy concerning the required use of the Aviation Environmental Design Tool version 2a (AEDT 2a) to analyze noise, fuel burn, and emissions for FAA air traffic airspace and procedure actions where the study area is larger than the immediate vicinity of an airport, incorporates more than one airport, or includes actions above 3,000 feet above ground level (AGL). The policy statement is intended to ensure consistency and quality of analysis performed to assess noise, fuel burn, and emissions impacts of such actions under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) Sec. Sec. 4321 et seq.
Amendment of Restricted Areas R-5801 and R-5803; Chambersburg, PA
Document Number: 2012-7311
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action makes a minor editorial change to the time of designation for restricted areas R-5801 and R-5803, Chambersburg, PA, to remove the abbreviation ``EST.'' This amendment does not change the dimensions of, or activities conducted within, the restricted areas.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-7283
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 747-100, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400F, and 747SR series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of broken and damaged latch pin retention bolts of the main deck side cargo door (MDSCD), latch pin migration, and broken latch pin fittings. This proposed AD would require various repetitive inspections of the MDSCD latch pin fittings, measuring the latch pin, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary; and modifying the latch pin fittings and installing new latch pins and latch pin fasteners. We are proposing this AD to prevent loss of the cargo door and rapid depressurization of the airplane.
Special Conditions: Dassault Aviation, Model Falcon 7X Airplanes; Seats With Inflatable Shoulder Straps
Document Number: 2012-7280
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Dassault Aviation Model Falcon 7X airplane. This airplane will have a novel or unusual design feature associated with seats with inflatable shoulder straps. 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.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Lamar, CO
Document Number: 2012-7231
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace at Lamar Municipal Airport, Lamar, CO. Decommissioning of the Lamar Tactical Air Navigation System (TACAN) has made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action also adjusts the geographic coordinates of the airport.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Piseco, NY
Document Number: 2012-7230
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes 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 enhances the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action also makes a minor adjustment to the geographic coordinates of the airport.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: C1-2012-5859
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Special Conditions: Airbus, A350-900 Series Airplane; Passenger Seats With Non-Traditional, Large, Non-Metallic Panels
Document Number: 2012-7235
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Airbus A350-900 series airplane. These airplanes will have a novel or unusual design feature(s) associated with seats that include non-traditional, large, non-metallic panels that would affect survivability during a post-crash fire event. 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; Jackson Municipal Airport, Jackson, MN
Document Number: 2012-7233
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a proposal to authorize the release of 18 acres of the airport property at the Jackson Municipal Airport, Jackson MN. The City is proposing a land swap to exchange this 18 acre parcel for another parcel of 24.72 acres. The acreage being released is not needed for aeronautical use as currently identified on the Airport Layout Plan. The acreage comprising this parcel was originally acquired in 1976 with an Airport Development Aid Program (ADAP) grant (76-5-27-0045-01). In exchange for the 18 acres the airport will receive a new parcel of land in the approach to the crosswind runway 4/22. The appraised fair market value of the proposed release parcel is $130,500, the fair market value of the proposed acquire parcel is $165,000. The FAA approved a Categorical Exclusion for environmental requirements on May 13, 2010. 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 disposal 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.
Proposed Modification of Class D and Class E Airspace and Revocation of Class E Airspace; Bellingham, WA
Document Number: 2012-7232
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify Class D and Class E airspace at Bellingham, WA, to accommodate aircraft departing and arriving under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) at Bellingham International Airport. This action also would remove Class E airspace designated as an extension to a Class D or E surface area at Bellingham International Airport. This action, initiated by the biennial review of the Bellingham airspace area, would enhance the safety and management of aircraft operations at the airport.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Hastings, NE
Document Number: 2012-7104
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace at Hastings, NE. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at Hastings Municipal Airport. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Memphis, TN
Document Number: 2012-7103
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E Airspace at Memphis, TN, as the West Memphis Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) has been decommissioned and new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures have been developed at Memphis International Airport. This action also would remove West Memphis Municipal Airport, West Memphis, TN from the existing airspace surrounding Memphis International Airport, Memphis, TN. This action would enhance the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; West Memphis, AR
Document Number: 2012-7096
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at West Memphis, AR. Separation of existing Class E airspace surrounding West Memphis Municipal Airport from the Class E airspace of Memphis International Airport, Memphis, TN, has made this action necessary to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Special Conditions: XtremeAir GmbH, XA42; Acrobatic Category Aerodynamic Stability
Document Number: 2012-6837
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the XtremeAir GmbH XA42 airplane. The XA42 airplane has a novel or unusual design feature associated with its static stability. This airplane can perform at the highest level of aerobatic competition. To be competitive, the aircraft was designed with positive and, at some points, neutral stability within its flight envelope. Its lateral and directional axes are also decoupled from each other providing more precise maneuvering. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for these design features. These special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards. These special conditions are only applicable to aircraft certified solely in the acrobatic category.
Government/Industry Aeronautical Charting Forum Meeting: Correction
Document Number: 2012-7058
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This Notice is a correction to a document published by the same title on March 7, 2012 (FR Doc. 2012-5923), page 13683. In that document the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION was inadvertently left out. This notice announces the bi-annual meeting of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aeronautical Charting Forum (ACF) to discuss informational content and design of aeronautical charts and related products, as well as instrument flight procedures development policy and design criteria.
Airworthiness Directives; Burkhart GROB Luft- und Raumfahrt GmbH Powered Sailplanes
Document Number: 2012-7012
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Burkhart GROB Luft- und Raumfahrt GmbH Models GROB G 109 and GROB G 109B 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 excessive corrosion on the nose plate in the vertical stabilizer, which could cause the vertical stabilizer nose plate to fail. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Division Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-6996
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Pratt & Whitney PW4050, PW4052, PW4056, PW4060, PW4060A, PW4060C, PW4062, PW4062A, PW4152, PW4156, PW4156A, PW4158, PW4160, PW4460, PW4462, and PW4650 turbofan engines, including models with any dash number suffix. This AD was prompted by reports of five engine in-flight shutdowns and seven unplanned engine removals. This AD requires inspections, cleaning, and engine modifications to address coking in the No. 4 bearing compartment and in the oil pressure and scavenge tubes. We are issuing this AD to prevent an engine fire, a fractured fan drive shaft, and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-6995
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Rolls-Royce Deutschland (RRD) Models Tay 611-8 and Tay 611-8C turbofan engines. This AD requires replacement of the high-pressure (HP) turbine spanner retaining nut. This AD was prompted by the discovery that certain HP turbine spanner retaining nuts were improperly heat treated after application of silver plating. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the HP turbine stage 2 disc, uncontained engine failure, and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Division Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-6965
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Pratt & Whitney PW4052, PW4152, PW4056, PW4156A, PW4060, PW4060A, PW4060C, PW4062, PW4062A, PW4158, PW4460, PW4462, PW4164, PW4164C, PW4164C/B, PW4168, and PW4168A turbofan engines with certain high- pressure turbine (HPT) stage 1 front hubs installed. This proposed AD was prompted by Pratt & Whitney's updated low-cycle-fatigue analysis that indicated certain HPT stage 1 front hubs could initiate a crack prior to the published life limit. This proposed AD would require removing the affected HPT stage 1 front hubs from service using a drawdown plan. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the HPT stage 1 front hub, which could lead to an uncontained engine failure and damage to the airplane.
Special Conditions: Boeing Model 787 Series Airplanes; Single-place Side-facing Seats With Inflatable Lapbelts
Document Number: 2012-6957
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Boeing Model 787 series airplanes. These airplanes have a novel or unusual design feature associated with single-place side-facing 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.
Special Conditions: Embraer S.A., Model EMB 505; Inflatable Side-Facing Seat Three-Point Restraint Safety Belt With an Integrated Airbag Device in the Side-Facing Divan Aft Position
Document Number: 2012-6956
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the installation of an inflatable three-point restraint safety belt with an integrated airbag device at the aft position in two-place side-facing divan seats on the Embraer S.A. aircraft model EMB-505. These airplanes, as modified by the installation of these inflatable safety belts, will have novel and unusual design features associated with the upper-torso restraint portions of the three-point safety belts, which contain an integrated airbag device. 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.
Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney (PW)Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-6952
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for PW JT9D-7R4G2 and -7R4H1 turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by the determination that a new lower life limit for high-pressure turbine (HPT) 1st stage air seals, part number (P/N) 735907, is necessary. This AD establishes a new lower life limit for HPT 1st stage air seals, P/N 735907, and requires removing them from service using a drawdown schedule. We are issuing this AD to prevent critical life-limited rotating engine part failure and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-6778
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A340-211, -212, -311, and -312 airplanes. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking at the fastener hole area just above stringer 28, of both left- and right-hand fuselage frame 39.1, and repair if necessary. This AD was prompted by a determination that certain airplanes were not included in a certain airworthiness limitation item (ALI) task (inspections for cracking of the fuselage frame 39.1) and that the inspections must be done to address the identified unsafe condition. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking in the fuselage that could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-6530
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of the inability to open the airstair door while on the ground, because the airstair door seal did not deflate, which prevented the airstair door from opening. This AD requires changing the wiring that controls the pneumatic shut-off valve. We are issuing this AD to prevent the airstair door seal from not deflating, which could result in the airstair door not opening and could impede evacuation in the event of an emergency.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-6805
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-100, DHC-8-200, and DHC-8-300 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of hydraulic accumulator screw cap or end cap failure. This proposed AD would require replacing the affected parking brake accumulator. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the parking brake accumulator screw caps or end caps, which could result in loss of the number 2 hydraulic system and damage to airplane structures, and could potentially have an adverse effect on the controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-6804
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Fokker Services B.V. Model F.27 Mark 050 airplanes, and Model F.28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of loose nuts on contactors in the electrical power center (EPC), and in some cases, burned contactors. This proposed AD would require inspecting and, if necessary, adjusting, the torque values of nuts on circuit breakers, contactors and terminal blocks of the EPC and battery relay panel. This proposed AD would also require inspecting to determine if certain parts are installed, and installing the parts if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct loose nuts, which could result in arcing and potentially an onboard fire, possibly resulting in damage to the airplane and injury to occupants or maintenance personnel.