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

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Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-6772
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 Airbus Model A318-112, and -121; A319-111, -112, -115, -132, and -133; A320-214, -232, and -233; and A321-211, -212, -213, and -231 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports that some nuts installed on the wing, including on primary structural elements, were found cracked. This proposed AD would require inspecting to determine if certain nuts are installed or cracked, and replacing the affected nuts if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct missing and cracked nuts, which could result in the structural integrity of the airplane wings being impaired.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-6769
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 CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702) airplanes, Model CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705) airplanes, and Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of a bleed air leak from the high pressure ducts which was not immediately detected by the bleed leak detection system. This proposed AD would require installing new sensing elements in the main landing gear wheel well and the overwing area, protective blankets on the upper surface of the wing box and fuel tubes, and protective shields on the rudder quadrant support-beam in the aft equipment compartment. We are proposing this AD to prevent an undetected bleed air leak which can cause loss of rudder control, can lead to degradation of structural integrity, and could be a potential heat source that can lead to fuel being ignited.
Revocation of Multiple Domestic, Alaskan, and Hawaiian Compulsory Reporting Points
Document Number: 2012-6744
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action removes twenty-two Domestic, Alaskan, and Hawaiian compulsory reporting points previously removed from service and taken out of the FAA aeronautical database. The FAA is removing these Part 71 outdated compulsory reporting points since they are no longer valid, to be consistent with the FAA's aeronautical database. This will avoid confusion and eliminate safety issues with existing fixes using the same fix name elsewhere within the National Airspace System (NAS).
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-6531
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-21
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 reports of difficulties in opening the airstair door. This AD requires inspecting the structure and gearbox drain paths for blockages by sealant, and removing any blockages. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct drain paths blocked by sealant, resulting in an airstair door that is unable to be opened, which could hinder evacuation in the event of an emergency.
Airworthiness Directives; Cessna Aircraft Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-6522
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company Model 560XL airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of jammed or stiff rudder control due to water freezing on the rudder bias cables and pulleys of the stinger. This AD requires modification of the drain installation of the tailcone stinger on the aft canted bulkhead, inspections for drain holes in the forward and aft frames, and modification of the drain holes. We are issuing this AD to prevent ice accumulation on the cables and pulleys of the stinger, which could result in jamming of the rudder and consequent reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-6520
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes, and Model C4-605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called A300-600 series airplanes), and Model A310 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of a crack in the selector valve pipe of the forward cargo door located in the avionics bay opposite the line replaceable unit racking. This AD requires replacing a certain aluminum high pressure pipe with a new corrosion resistant stainless steel pipe. We are issuing this AD to prevent cracking in the selector valve pipe of the forward cargo door which could impact the 90 VU avionics line replaceable unit, and could result in multiple computer failures, affecting flight safety.
Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-6504
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for all Pratt & Whitney (PW) JT9D series turbofan engines. That AD currently requires revisions to the Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) of the manufacturer's Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA) to include required enhanced inspection of selected critical life-limited parts at each piece-part opportunity. This new AD requires additional revisions to the JT9D series engines ALS sections of the manufacturer's ICA. This AD was prompted by the need to require enhanced inspection of selected critical life-limited parts of JT9D series engines. We are issuing this AD to prevent critical life-limited rotating engine part failure, which could result in an uncontained engine failure and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Alpha Aviation Concept Limited (Type Certificate Previously Held by Alpha Aviation Design Limited) Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-6440
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Alpha Aviation Concept Limited Model R2160 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 oil lines fitted to affected aircraft are not fire resistant. 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: 2012-6470
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. That NPRM proposed to require inspections for cracking and corrosion under the number 3 very high frequency (VHF) antenna, and corrective actions if necessary; and, for certain airplanes, replacing bonded skin panels with solid skin panels if not previously accomplished. That NPRM was prompted by reports of cracks in the skin and surrounding structure under the number 3 VHF antenna on the lower external surface of the airplane at buttock line 0.0, aft of the main landing gear wheel well. This action revises that NPRM by adding an optional preventive modification, which would terminate the inspection requirements for certain airplanes; changing certain repairs; and adding inspections. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM to detect and correct cracks and corrosion of the skin and surrounding structure under the number 3 VHF antenna, which could result in separation of the antenna from the airplane, and rapid depressurization of the airplane. Since these actions impose an additional burden over that proposed in the original NPRM, we are reopening the comment period to allow the public the chance to comment on these proposed changes.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-6468
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, - 900 and -900ER series airplanes. That NPRM proposed to require modifying the fluid drain path in the wing leading edge area, forward of the wing front spar, and doing all applicable related investigative and corrective actions. That NPRM was prompted by a report of leaking fuel from the wing leading edge area at the inboard end of the number 5 leading edge slat. This action revises that NPRM by including installing new seal disks on the latches in the fuel shutoff valve access door as part of the modification and by specifying that certain inspections are detailed inspections. This action also revises the applicability to include additional airplanes. We are proposing this AD to prevent flammable fluids from accumulating in the wing leading edge, and draining inboard and onto the engine exhaust nozzle, which could result in a fire. 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; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-6465
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A318, A319, and A320 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of unsuccessful slide deployments during scheduled deployment tests, and failed functional tests of the release travel of the slide release mechanism. This proposed AD would require inspecting the off-wing slide release cables on the left- and right- hand sides to determine whether a certain part number is installed, and replacement if necessary. We are proposing this AD to prevent non- availability of left- or right-hand off-wing exit slides that could impair emergency evacuation of the passengers and flightcrew, and could result in personal injuries.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-6461
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330-200 and -200 freighter series airplanes; and Model A340-200, -300, -500, and -600 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. This proposed AD would require modification of the control circuit for the fuel pumps for the center fuel tanks for certain airplanes, and center and rear fuel tanks for certain other airplanes. We are proposing this AD to prevent the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane.
Modification of Class E Airspace; Sheridan, WY
Document Number: 2012-6341
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace at Sheridan County Airport, Sheridan, WY. Decommissioning of the Sheridan Tactical Air Navigation System (TACAN) has made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Notice of Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Approvals and Disapprovals
Document Number: 2012-6315
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-16
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. In February 2012,there were six applications approved. Additionally, 11 approved amendments to previously approved applications are listed. PFC Applications Approved
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2012-6010
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-16
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: 2012-6006
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-16
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.
Public Meeting: U.S. Registration of Aircraft in the Name of Owner Trustees
Document Number: 2012-6146
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, on the Notice of Proposed Policy Clarification Regarding the Registration of Aircraft to U.S. Citizen Trustees in Situations Involving Non-U.S. Citizen Trustors and Beneficiaries. During the meeting, the FAA will be seeking further views from the public with respect to the use of owner trusts to register aircraft for the benefit of beneficiaries that are neither U.S. citizens nor resident aliens. The comment period for the policy clarification notice is extended until July 6, 2012.
Public Notice for Waiver of Aeronautical Land-use Assurance; Seymour (Freeman) Municipal Airport, Seymour, IN
Document Number: 2012-6012
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a proposal to change a portion of airport land from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use at the Seymour (Freeman) Field Municipal Airport in Seymour, Indiana. The proposal consists of 871 acres located outside of the fenced in portion of airport property. This land is currently being farmed. The entire 871 acres is part of Quitclaim Deed from the United States Department of Defense in 1941. It is the intent of the Seymour Airport Authority, as owner and operator of Seymour (Freeman) Municipal Airport (SER) to lease or sell the entire 871 acres as an industrial park. This notice announces that the FAA is considering the release of the subject airport property at Seymour (Freeman) Municipal Airport, from all federal land covenants. Approval does not constitute a commitment by the FAA to financially assist in disposal of the subject airport property nor a determination that all measures covered by the program are eligible for grant-in-aid funding from the FAA. 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.
Notice of Availability and Request for Comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Launch and Reentry of SpaceShipTwo Reusable Suborbital Rockets at the Mojave Air and Space Port
Document Number: 2012-6000
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, 42 United States Code Sec. 4321-4347 (as amended), Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) NEPA implementing regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508), and FAA Order 1050.1E, Change 1, the FAA is announcing the availability of and requesting comments on the Draft EA for the Launch and Reentry of SpaceShipTwo Reusable Suborbital Rockets at the Mojave Air and Space Port. The Draft EA was prepared to analyze the potential environmental impacts of issuing experimental permits and/or launch licenses to operate SpaceShipTwo Reusable Suborbital Rockets and WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California. Under the Proposed Action, the FAA would issue experimental permits and/or launch licenses to multiple operators for the operation of SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo at the Mojave Air and Space Port. Both WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo would be piloted during operations. The Mojave Air and Space Port comprises an area of approximately 3,000 acres in Kern County, California, and is east of the unincorporated town of Mojave. The Draft EA addresses the potential environmental impacts of implementing the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative of not issuing an experimental permit and/or launch license for the operation of SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo at the Mojave Air and Space Port. The FAA has posted the Draft EA on the FAA/AST Web site at http:// www.faa.gov/about/officeorg/headquartersoffices/ast/environme ntal/ review/permits/. A paper copy of the Draft EA may be reviewed for comment during regular business hours at the following locations:
Public Meeting With Interested Persons To Discuss the Proposed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Draft Technical Standard Order (TSO)-C199 Establishing the Minimum Performance Standard (MPS) for Low Powered Surveillance Equipment (LPSE)
Document Number: 2012-5926
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be holding a public meeting to discuss issuing a new Technical Standard Order (TSO). This TSO will define a minimum performance standard (MPS) for avionic surveillance equipment, for aircraft that are currently exempt from using ATC transponder and altitude reporting equipment or automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B Out) equipment as defined in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Sec. Sec. 91.215 and 91.225. Meeting Dates and Location:
Airworthiness Directives; Burl A. Rogers (Type Certificate Previously Held by William Brad Mitchell and Aeronca, Inc.) Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-5864
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Burl A. Rogers (type certificate previously held by William Brad Mitchell and Aeronca, Inc.) Models 15AC and S15AC airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of intergranular exfoliation and corrosion of the upper and/or lower wing main spar cap angles found on the affected airplanes. This AD requires repetitive inspections of the upper and lower main wing spar cap angles for cracks and/or corrosion and installing inspection access panels. This AD also requires replacing the wing spar cap angles if moderate or severe corrosion is found and applying corrosion inhibitor. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-5859
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding two existing airworthiness directives (AD). One existing AD is for Airbus Model A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes without Airbus modification 26017. That AD currently requires replacing the flight warning computers (FWCs). The other existing AD is for Airbus Model A320 and A321 series airplanes on which Airbus modification 24612 or Airbus Service Bulletin A320-31-1080 has not been accomplished. That existing AD currently requires revising the limitations section of the airplane flight manual. This new AD requires replacing both FWC units with certain FWC units. This AD was prompted by in-service events of thrust lever mismanagement and a manufacturer analysis on the failure to follow procedure or heed existing cockpit cues. The analysis of the thrust lever management issue showed two categories of scenarios that could lead to thrust asymmetry during landing, with controllability and deceleration consequences. We are issuing this AD to prevent thrust asymmetry conditions which could result in loss of control of the airplane during landing.
Notice of Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Approvals and Disapprovals
Document Number: 2012-5826
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-12
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.
Eleventh Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 217, Joint With EUROCAE Working Group-44, Terrain and Airport Mapping Databases
Document Number: 2012-5808
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-12
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 217, Joint with EUROCAE Working Group44, Terrain and Airport Mapping Databases.
Notice to Manufacturers of Alternative Fuel Vans
Document Number: 2012-5806
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-12
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 alternative fuel vans. This notice requests information from manufacturers of alternative fuel vans meeting Vehicle 1 Category requirements established in the Voluntary Airport Low Emission Program (VALE) to determine whether a waiver to the Buy American Preferences should be issued.
Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc. (Type Certificate Previously Held by The New Piper Aircraft Inc.) Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-5801
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. (type certificate previously held by The New Piper Aircraft Inc.) Models PA-31T and PA- 31T1 airplanes. The existing AD currently requires correcting a model identification error on the aircraft data plate. Since we issued that AD, we have become aware that some owner/operators of the affected airplanes modified the aircraft data plate in error because of confusion in the serial number applicability. Because of the confusion, the manufacturer has issued new service information to clarify affected airplane serial numbers. This proposed AD would require determining the airplane model based on the serial number and modifying the aircraft data plate to properly identify the airplane model. This proposed AD would also require doing a detailed search for all applicable airworthiness related documents that apply to any airplane that has an incorrectly marked data plate and take necessary corrective actions based on the search findings. We are proposing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; SOCATA Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-5794
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for SOCATA Model TBM 700 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 installation of an incorrect part number during overhaul of the nose landing gear. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Honeywell International, Inc. Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-5790
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Honeywell International, Inc. ALF502L-2C; ALF502R-3; ALF502R-3A; ALF502R-5; LF507-1F; and LF507-1H turbofan engines. This proposed AD was prompted by two reports of engines experiencing uncontained release of low-pressure (LP) turbine blades. This proposed AD would require operational checks of the engine overspeed trip system. We are proposing this AD to prevent LP turbine overspeed leading to uncontained release of the LP turbine blades and damage to the airplane.
Unmanned Aircraft System Test Sites
Document Number: 2012-5735
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA intends to identify six test ranges/sites to integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). This pilot project is in direct response to a Congressional mandate. The FAA believes that designation of such UAS test sites will assist in the effort to safely and efficiently integrate UAS into the NAS and solicits feedback on this issue. This feedback will be utilized to help develop UAS test site requirements, designation standards, and oversight activity.
IFR Altitudes; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2012-5719
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-09
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.
Space Transportation Infrastructure Matching Grants Program
Document Number: 2012-5706
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice solicits Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 grant proposals to continue the development of a Commercial Space Transportation infrastructure system that supports the National Space Policy and Congressional intent. Begun in 2010, the program supports the Commercial Space Transportation industry by identification, prioritization, and funding for Commercial Space Transportation infrastructure projects. This program has been previously referred to as the Commercial Space Transportation Grants Program. The FAA/AST intends to continue funding the Space Transportation Infrastructure Matching Grants Program for FY 2012. However, funding has not been determined at this time. In order for the FAA/AST to swiftly execute grant awards within FY 2012, should funding be available, the FAA/AST is requesting grant applications at this time. The FAA/AST intends to receive, process, and evaluate the applications in a timely manner, and in accordance with the notional schedule listed below, so should there be available funding, the recipients will already be selected and the awards can be made within FY 2012. There remains the possibility that no funds will be available in FY 2012 for the Space Transportation Infrastructure Matching Grants Program. If no funds are available, no grant applications submitted in response to this Notice will be approved and funded. This Notice will be the only solicitation made for FY 2012 projects and proposals. The FAA/AST will review and evaluate all applications for a grant received by the deadline, pursuant to 51 U.S.C. Chapter 511. The FAA/AST may make one or more grant awards based upon its evaluations of the submissions. All grants awarded under the Space Transportation Infrastructure Matching Grants Program are discretionary awards. Projects to be funded under the Space Transportation Infrastructure Matching Grants Program must carry out commercial space transportation infrastructure development, as defined in 51 U.S.C. 51101.
Amendment of Class C Airspace; Springfield, MO; Lincoln, NE; Grand Rapids, MI
Document Number: 2012-5704
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action corrects the Class C airspace designation for Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids, MI, published in the Federal Register of February 6, 2012, to include the city name.
Approval of Noise Compatibility Program for W.K. Airport, Battle Creek, MI
Document Number: 2012-5701
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its findings on the noise compatibility program submitted by the City of Battle Creek, Michigan, under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 47501 et seq. (formerly the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act, hereinafter referred to as ``the Act'') and 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 150 (hereinafter referred to as ``Part 150''). On November 1, 2011, the FAA determined that the noise exposure maps submitted by the City of Battle Creek, Michigan, under Part 150 were in compliance with applicable requirements. On February 16, 2012, the FAA approved the W.K. Kellogg Airport noise compatibility program. All of the recommendations of the program were approved. No program elements relating to new or revised flight procedures for noise abatement were proposed by the airport operator.
Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2012-5690
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-5620
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Eurocopter France Model AS350 helicopters. This proposed AD is prompted by an in-flight fire caused by ignition of hydraulic fluid leaking from a damaged forward (pitch) servo-control hydraulic hose. The proposed actions are intended to prevent the forward servo-control hydraulic hoses from becoming damaged and leaking hydraulic fluid that could ignite in flight, which can result in loss of main rotor control, power loss, structural damage, propagation of fire, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Notice of Intent To Discontinue Use of Paper Applications for Airman Medical Certification
Document Number: 2012-5655
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-08
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration is providing public notice regarding its intent to discontinue use of the paper version of FAA Form 8500-8, the application form used to apply for FAA medical certification. Maintaining FAA Form 8500-8 for applicants to complete manually is burdensome not only in terms of the cost involved, but also in terms of the complex logistics and use of Agency resources involved. This burden becomes all the more compounded when the form must be revised, reprinted, and redistributed (worldwide). The FAA launched an on-line FAA Form 8500-8 application known as ``FAA MedXpress'' beginning in 2007. Since 2007, ``FAA MedXpress'' has evolved considerably, streamlining FAA medical certification into a much more efficient and seamless process, thereby rendering the paper process both redundant and obsolete. Discontinuing print of FAA Form 8500-8 will save considerable resources and improve the efficiency of the airman medical certification process.
Airworthiness Directives; Spectrolab Nightsun XP Searchlight
Document Number: 2012-5621
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-08
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for a certain Spectrolab Nightsun XP Searchlight Assembly (searchlight) installed on, but not limited to, Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model AB139 and Model AW139 helicopters, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-92A helicopters, and Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (Eurocopter) Model EC135 and Model MBB-BK 117 C-2 helicopters. This proposed AD would require, before further flight, inserting information into the Normal Procedures section of the Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM), a daily check of the searchlight, and at a specified time interval or if you find certain conditions, modifying any affected searchlight gimbal assembly. This proposed AD is prompted by a report of a searchlight vibrating and an investigation that revealed that the gimbal azimuth top nut was loose. A loose nut, if not detected and corrected, could result in a gap between the rubber edging of the top shroud and the gimbal frame, leading to degredation of pointing accuracy and stability performance of the searchlight, and excessive vibration. If the nut were to entirely disengage, the searchlight could disconnect partially or totally from the helicopter, resulting in damage to the helicopter and injury to persons on the ground.
Airworthiness Directives; Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE) Reciprocating Engines
Document Number: 2012-5372
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-5371
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc (RR) Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-5370
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Government/Industry Aeronautical Charting Forum Meeting
Document Number: 2012-5293
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2012-5406
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-06
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: 2012-5404
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-06
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: 2012-5403
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-03-06
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.
Airworthiness Directives; BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-5380
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED Model BAe 146 and Avro 146-RJ airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of a crack found on the left-hand sidewall well on the nose landing gear (NLG). This proposed AD would require performing a repetitive high frequency eddy current inspection of the stiffeners on the left-hand sidewall on the NLG gear bay for cracks, and repair or replace the sidewall if necessary. Replacing the sidewall with a certain sidewall part number constitutes a terminating action for the repetitive inspections. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct failure of the sidewall, which could result in consequent in-flight rapid decompression of the cabin and injury to the passengers.
Airworthiness Directives; BAE SYSTEMS (Operations) Limited Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-5379
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-03-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all BAE SYSTEMS (Operations) Limited Model 4101 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of cracking found in the wing rear spar. This proposed AD would require a one-time detailed inspection for cracks, corrosion, and other defects of the rear face of the wing rear spar, and repair if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracking in the rear spar, which could propagate to a critical length, possibly affecting the structural integrity of the area and resulting in a fuel tank rupture, with consequent damage to the airplane and possible injury to its occupants.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Springfield, TN
Document Number: 2012-5123
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E Airspace in the Springfield, TN area. Aydelotte Airport has been abandoned and controlled airspace is no longer needed. Airspace reconfiguration is necessary for the continued safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations within the Springfield, TN airspace area. This action also makes a minor adjustment to the geographic coordinates of the Springfield Robertson County Airport.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-4805
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of the air-driven generator (ADG) failing to provide power during operational/function checks due to wires in the ADG power feeder cables being damaged. The damage was due to galvanic corrosion and inadequate silver-plating. This AD requires replacing ADG power feeder cables. We are issuing this AD to prevent galvanic corrosion on ADG power feeder cables, which could result in damage to the cable and consequently the cable may not be able to provide emergency electrical power to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-4520
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400D, 747-400F, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes. This AD requires inspections for scribe lines in affected lap and butt splices, wing-to-body fairing locations, and external repair and cutout reinforcement areas; and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This AD was prompted by reports of scribe lines found at lap joints and butt joints, around external doublers and antennas, and at locations where external decals had been cut. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct scribe lines, which can develop into fatigue cracks in the skin and cause sudden decompression of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-4494
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-03-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Model DHC-8-102, -103, and -106 airplanes and Model DHC-8-200, -300, and -400 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of cracking of the DHC-8 Series 100 rudder actuator mounting bracket. This AD requires modifying the mounting adapters of the power control unit (PCU). We are issuing this AD to prevent loss of both rudder PCU actuators which could result in free play of the rudder control surface and loss of controllability of the airplane.