Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Reidsville, GA, and Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Vidalia, GA
This action proposes to establish Class E Airspace at Reidsville, GA. Separation of existing Class E airspace surrounding Swinton Smith Field at Reidsville Municipal Airport, Reidsville, GA, from the Class E airspace of Vidalia Regional Airport, Vidalia, GA, has made this action necessary to enhance the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action also would change the names of both airports and update the airport's geographic coordinates.
Notice of Intent To Rule on Request To Release Airport Property at Portland-Hillsboro Airport, Hillsboro, OR
The FAA proposes to rule and invites public comment on the release of land at PortlandHillsboro Airport under the provisions of Section 125 of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21), now 49 U.S.C. 47107(h)(2). The FAA is considering a proposal to change a portion of the airport from aeronautical use to nonaeronautical use and to authorize the sale and/or conversion of the airport property. The proposal consists of two parcels of land containing a total of approximately 3.21 acres located in the southeast portion of the airport southeast of Cornell Rd. The FAA may approve the request, in whole or in part, no later than August 6, 2012.
Notice of Release From Federal Grant Assurance Obligations at Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fresno, CA
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes to rule and invites public comment on the application for a release of approximately 13.35 acres of airport property at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT), Fresno, California from all conditions contained in the Grant Assurances since the parcels of land is not needed for airport purposes. The land is located approximately 5,000 feet from the end of runway 11L in the northwest corner of the airport property. The property will be sold for its fair market value to the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District and the proceeds deposited in the airport account. The Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District will continue use of the property as storm water detention basin. The detention basin usage will keep the property vacant and compatible with the airport to ensure it does not interfere with the airport or its operation, as well as continuing to serve the interest of civil aviation.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; La Belle, FL
This action proposes to establish Class E Airspace at La Belle, FL, to accommodate the Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at La Belle Municipal Airport. This action would enhance the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Circle Town, MT
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at Circle Town County Airport, Circle Town, MT, to accommodate aircraft using new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at the airport. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at Circle Town County Airport.
Proposed Legal Interpretation
On June 1, 2012 at 77 FR 32441, the FAA published a proposed legal interpretation in which the agency considered clarifying prior legal interpretations regarding pilot in command discretion under 14 CFR 121.547(a)(3) and (a)(4). The agency inadvertently assigned an incorrect docket number to the proposed legal interpretation. This document corrects the docket number. Any comments submitted to docket number FAA-2011-0045 regarding the proposed legal interpretation published at 77 FR 32441 will be moved to the correct docket, FAA-2012- 0670.
Airworthiness Standards: Aircraft Engines; Technical Amendment
This amendment clarifies aircraft engine vibration test requirements in the airworthiness standards. The clarification is in response to inquiries from applicants requesting FAA engine type certifications and aftermarket certifications, such as supplemental type certificates, parts manufacturing approvals, and repairs. We are revising the regulations to clarify that ``engine surveys'' require an engine test. The change is not substantive in nature, and will not impose any additional burden on any person.
Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Canada Turboprop Engines
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW118, PW118A, PW118B, PW119B, PW119C, PW120, PW120A, PW121, PW121A, PW123, PW123B, PW123C, PW123D, PW123E, PW123AF, PW124B, PW125B, PW126A, PW127, PW127E, PW127F, PW127G, and PW127M turboprop engines. This AD requires initial and repetitive inspections of certain serial numbers (S/Ns) of propeller shafts for cracks and removal from service if found cracked. This AD was prompted by reports of two propeller shafts found cracked at time of inspection during maintenance. We are issuing this AD to detect propeller shaft cracks, which could cause failure of the shaft, propeller release, and loss of control of the airplane.