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

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Modification of VOR Federal Airways V-10, V-12, and V-508 in the Vicinity of Olathe, KS
Document Number: 2012-17510
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action modifies three VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways V-10, V-12, and V-508 in the vicinity of Olathe, KS. The FAA is taking this action to adjust the airway route structure due to the planned decommissioning of the Johnson County VOR navigation aid located on Johnson County Executive Airport, Olathe, KS. The establishment of the WETZL fix is canceled due to lack of extended service volume, and replaced with the existing DODSN fix, thereby making a one-degree correction to the Napoleon, MO, radial in the V-10 and V-12 airway descriptions. This action also removes the reference to the decommissioning of the Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) portion of the Johnson County VOR/DME navigation aid, as it remains in service.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2012-17289
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-20
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; MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-17616
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for MDHI Model 500N, 600N, and MD900 helicopters to require determining the cure date for each NOTAR fan blade tension-torsion strap (T-T strap), establishing a calendar-time retirement life for certain T-T straps, reducing the retirement life of certain T-T straps, marking each T-T strap with the expiration date, creating a component record card for each T-T strap, and revising the airworthiness limitations section of the maintenance manual to reflect the changes to the retirement life. This proposal is prompted by a report from the T-T strap manufacturer that, over a period of time, moisture may reduce the strength of a T-T strap. The proposed actions are intended to prevent failure of a T-T strap, loss of directional control and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Suspected Unapproved Parts Notification
Document Number: 2012-17614
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on May 9, 2012, vol. 77, no. 90, page 27271. The information collected on the FAA Form 8120-11 is used by those who wish to report suspected unapproved parts to the FAA for review.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Damage Tolerance and Fatigue Evaluation of Composite Rotorcraft Structures
Document Number: 2012-17613
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. To obtain type certification of a rotorcraft, an applicant must show that the rotorcraft complies with specific certification requirements. To show compliance, the applicant must submit substantiating data.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Commercial Air Tour Operator Reports
Document Number: 2012-17612
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew for three-year clearance an information collection that has been granted emergency clearance. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on May 9, 2012, vol. 77, no. 90, page 27271-27272. The commercial air tour operational data provided to the FAA and NPS will be used by the agencies as background information useful in the development of air tour management plans and voluntary agreements for purposes of meeting the mandate of the National Parks Air Tour Management Act (NPATMA) of 2000.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-17608
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-19
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 reports that airplanes with a Class C cargo (baggage) compartment have liners that do not meet flammability requirements. This proposed AD would require replacing the existing cargo compartment liners with liners that comply. We are proposing this AD to prevent inadequate fire protection in the cargo compartment and consequent uncontrolled fire.
Airworthiness Directives; Honeywell International, Inc. Global Navigation Satellite Sensor Units
Document Number: 2012-17592
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain aircraft equipped with Honeywell International, Inc. Model KGS200 Mercury\2\ wide area augmentation system (WAAS) global navigation satellite sensor units (GNSSU). This AD requires you cease all localizer performance (LP), localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV), and satellite based augmentation system (SBAS) lateral navigation/vertical navigation (LNAV/VNAV) approaches until a software problem is corrected. This AD was prompted by a report and follow-up investigation of a software problem that occurred during flight test trials of SBAS-capable aircraft using a similar Honeywell global positioning system (GPS) sensor and the same software as the Model KGS200 Mercury\2\ GNSSU. A software problem occurred that could result in misleading information during LP, LPV, or SBAS LNAV/VNAV approaches. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-17589
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Piper Aircraft, Inc. (type certificate previously held by The New Piper Aircraft Inc.) Models PA-18 and PA-19 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by incidents of inadvertent magneto switch shut off in flight. This proposed AD would require moving all magneto switches that are now or are at any time located on the left cabin panel, adjacent to the front seat, to the instrument panel. We are proposing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A.
Document Number: 2012-17582
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to rescind Airworthiness Directive (AD) 200-07-11 for all Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A Model P-180 airplanes. That AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the airworthiness authority for Italy. We issued that AD to prevent the brake hydraulic fluid from leaking because of the brake assembly rods contacting the brake valve tubing, which could result in the inability to adequately stop the airplane during ground operations. Since we issued that AD, we have determined this is no longer an unsafe condition and that regularly scheduled annual inspections address this subject.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-17561
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting an airworthiness directive (AD) superseding an existing airworthiness directive for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) Model 407 and 427 helicopters. The existing AD requires inspecting certain hydraulic servo actuators (servo) to determine whether the shaft turns independently of the nut or the clevis assembly, and additional actions based upon the inspection's outcome. The AD also requires reidentifying the servo. Since we issued that AD, Bell has learned that additional servos may need repair or removal. This AD expands the scope of the current AD to include inspections for all servos, and requires that servos meeting inspection requirements be marked with the letter ``V'' after the part number on the data plate. The actions are intended to detect any loose or misaligned parts in the servo that could lead to failure of the servo and subsequent loss of helicopter control.
Revocation of Class E Airspace; Lloydsville, PA, and Amendment of Class D and E Airspace; Latrobe, PA
Document Number: 2012-17469
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action removes Class E airspace listed at Lloydsville, PA, for Latrobe Hospital Heliport (old name), and incorporates Excela Health Latrobe Hospital Heliport (new name) onto Class E airspace at Latrobe, PA. Also, this action amends Class D and E airspace at Latrobe, PA, as new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures have been developed at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport. The geographic coordinates for both the heliport and the airport are updated. This action enhances the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations in the Latrobe, PA, area. This action also recognizes the airport name change to Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.
Amendment of Jet Routes and VOR Federal Airways; Northeastern United States
Document Number: 2012-17406
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends the descriptions of 14 Jet Routes and 9 VOR Federal airways in the northeastern United States to reflect route changes made in Canadian airspace as part of Canada's Windsor-Toronto- Montreal airway project.
Amendment of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes in the Vicinity of Vero Beach, FL
Document Number: 2012-17399
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends the legal descriptions of Jet Routes J-45 and J-79, and VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) Federal airways V-3, V-51, V-159, V-225, V-295 and V-537, in the vicinity of Vero Beach, FL. The FAA is taking this action because the name of the Vero Beach, FL, VOR Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) facility, which is included in the descriptions of the above routes, is being changed to the Treasure VORTAC.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; West Memphis, AR
Document Number: 2012-17362
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes 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.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Grinnell, IA
Document Number: 2012-17287
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace at Grinnell Regional Airport, Grinnell, IA, by removing reference to the Grinnell NDB from the legal description, and amends the geographic coordinates of the airport. The Grinnell NDB has been decommissioned and is not needed as part of the airspace description. This action does not change the boundaries or operating requirements of the airspace.
Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-17001
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for all Pratt & Whitney Division PW4074 and PW4077 turbofan engines. That AD currently requires removing the 15th stage high-pressure compressor (HPC) disk within 12,000 cycles since new (CSN) or using a drawdown removal plan for disks that exceed 12,000 CSN. This new AD requires the same actions and clarifies that 15th stage HPC disks that have accumulated more than 9,865 CSN require a borescope inspection (BSI) or eddy current inspection (ECI) of the disk outer rim front rail for cracks prior to accumulating 12,000 CSN. This AD was prompted by a request from an operator that we clarify our inspection schedule for 15th stage HPC disks that have accumulated more than 9,865, but less than 12,000 CSN, on the effective date of the AD. We are issuing this AD to prevent cracks from propagating into the disk bolt holes, which could result in a failure of the 15th stage HPC disk, uncontained engine failure, and damage to the airplane.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Wilkes-Barre, PA
Document Number: 2012-17500
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E Airspace at Wilkes- Barre, PA, creating controlled airspace to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at Wilkes-Barre Wyoming Valley Airport. This action would enhance the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action would also recognize the name change of Hanover Township Fire Station 5 Heliport.
Airworthiness Directives; PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-17103
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. Models PC 12, PC 12/45, PC 12/47, and PC 12/47E airplanes that would supersede an existing AD. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as a need to incorporate new revisions into the Limitations section, Chapter 4, of the FAA-approved maintenance program (e.g., maintenance manual). The limitations were revised to include an inspection of the wing main spar fastener holes at rib 6 for cracks. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Cessna Aircraft Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-17395
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company Model 750 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of loss of displayed airspeed. This proposed AD would require inspecting certain logic modules to determine if certain cabin altitude/pitot static heater module assemblies are installed and replacing those assemblies with a new assembly; and revising the Non- Normal Procedures Section of the airplane flight manual (AFM) to include procedures for resetting the pitot switch in the event of pitot heater failure and for total loss of airspeed indication. We are proposing this AD to prevent the loss of all displayed airspeed, which could result in reduced ability to control the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-17393
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes. That NPRM proposed to require performing repetitive operational tests of the engine fuel suction feed of the fuel system, and other related testing if necessary. That NPRM was prompted by reports of two in-service occurrences on Model 737-400 airplanes of total loss of boost pump pressure of the fuel feed system, followed by loss of fuel system suction feed capability on one engine, and in- flight shutdown of the engine. This action revises that NPRM by proposing to require repetitive operational tests, and corrective actions if necessary. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM to detect and correct loss of the engine fuel suction feed capability of the fuel system, which in the event of total loss of the fuel boost pumps could result in dual engine flameout, inability to restart the engines, and consequent forced landing of the airplane. Since these actions impose an additional burden over that proposed in the previous 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: 2012-17391
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-17
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, and -900 series airplanes. That NPRM proposed to require inspecting the orientation of both sides of the coil cord connector keyways of the number 2 windows on the flight deck; re-clocking the connector keyways to 12 o'clock, if necessary; and replacing the coil cord assemblies on both number 2 windows on the flight deck. That NPRM was prompted by reports of arcing and smoke at the left number 2 window in the flight deck. This action revises that NPRM by changing the keyway position of certain receptacle connectors and adding airplanes to the applicability. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM (SNPRM) to prevent arcing, smoke, and fire in the flight deck, which could lead to injuries to or incapacitation of the flightcrew. 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.
Petition for Exemption; Reopening of Comment Period
Document Number: 2012-17370
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action reopens the comment period for a petition for exemption that was published on May 24, 2012. The relief sought in the petition for exemption would permit ICON Aircraft to incorporate a Spin-Resistant Airframe (SRA) in the ICON A5 at a weight above the current Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) definition. Independent Aircraft Inc. has requested a reopening of the comment period to allow additional time to address issues associated with an increase in weight of the ICON A5.
Bleed Air Cleaning and Monitoring Equipment and Technology
Document Number: 2012-17368
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA seeks information from industry developers, manufacturers, and the public related to effective air cleaning technology and sensor technology for the engine and auxiliary power unit bleed air supplied to the passenger cabin and flight deck of a pressurized aircraft. The information obtained will inform the agency of potential research and development plans.
Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment on Surplus Property Release at Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport, Trenton, ME
Document Number: 2012-17290
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the provisions of Title 49, U.S.C. Section 47153(d), notice is being given that the FAA is considering a request from Hancock County, Maine to waive the surplus property requirements for 0.77 acres of airport property located at Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport, Trenton, Maine.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Deer Lodge, MT
Document Number: 2012-17282
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at Deer Lodge-City-County Airport, Deer Lodge, MT. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate aircraft using new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at Deer Lodge-City-County Airport, Deer Lodge, MT. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of aircraft operations at the airport.
Airworthiness Directives; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-16944
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-92A helicopters. This AD requires inspecting the main gearbox (MGB) for a crack. This AD is prompted by a crack in the cored passage of the MGB housing, which may be indicated by oil on the housing. These actions are intended to detect a crack in the MGB housing, which could result in loss of oil, failure of the MGB, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; PZL Swidnik S.A. Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-16939
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the PZL Swidnik S.A. (PZL) Model PZL W-3A helicopter with a certain generator air outlet collector (collector) installed. This AD requires modifying the generator air outlet collector attachments (collector attachments). This AD is prompted by an incident where cyclic control stick movement was restricted due to rotation of a loose collector, resulting in locking of the longitudinal control system hydraulic actuator fork end. These actions are intended to prevent rotation of the collector, which could lead to restricted cyclic control stick movement, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-16933
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 767-200 and -300 series airplanes. That AD currently requires replacement of the existing deactivation pin, aft cascade pin bushing, and pin insert on each thrust reverser half with new, improved components. This new AD requires a dye penetrant inspection for cracking of the rivet holes of the bushing plate and repair or replacement, if necessary; and for certain airplanes, replacing the existing bushing with a new bushing and deactivation pin, and installing a new or serviceable stowage bracket for the deactivation pins on all airplanes powered by Pratt & Whitney JT9D series engines. This AD was prompted by reports that certain airplanes require installation of a new bushing and deactivation pin with increased load carrying capability and all airplanes powered by Pratt & Whitney JT9D series engines require installation of a new bracket for stowing the deactivation pin. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the thrust reverser deactivation pins, which could fail to prevent a deployment of a deactivated thrust reverser in flight and consequent reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-16885
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A318, A319, and A320 series airplanes. This 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 AD requires 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 issuing 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; Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-16637
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Model G-IV, GIV-X, GV, and GV-SP airplanes. This AD requires measuring to determine paint thickness on the flight control surfaces and corrective actions if necessary, and revising the Airplane Flight Manual (AFM). This AD was prompted by reports of failure to inspect or document the paint thickness on flight controls (ailerons, rudder, elevator), potentially having a negative impact on the flutter characteristics of the airplane. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct paint thickness on flight controls, which could result in loss of control of the airplane due to flutter.
Notice of Record of Decision on the Final Environmental Impact Statement that Evaluated the Proposed Airfield Improvement Project at Palm Beach International Airport, Palm Beach County, FL
Document Number: 2012-17280
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice of availability to advise the public and interested parties that it has issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Airfield Improvement Project (AIP) at Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA). The ROD contains the FAA's Findings, Conditions of Approval, and Final Decision and Order with regard to the unconditional Airport Layout Plan (ALP) approval of the Near-Term AIP. This unconditional ALP approval will allow Palm Beach Countythe Airport Sponsorto proceed with the development of the Near-Term AIP pending the receipt of all State of Florida and local government approvals and funding. The ROD also discloses that the FAA has determined that the Long-Term AIP (the Runway 10R/28L airfield capacity enhancement project and its connected actions) are not ripe for decision at this time. The ROD grants only conditional ALP approval of the Long-Term AIP. This conditional ALP approval of the Long-Term AIP does not grant the Airport Sponsor the Federal approvals needed to construct the Long-Term AIP at this time.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2012-16491
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-16
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: 2012-16431
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-16
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.
Proposed Technical Standard Order (TSO)-C126b, 406 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT) and Notice of Intent To Withdraw TSO Authorizations (TSOA) for TSO-C91a, Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) Equipment, and TSO-C126/C126a, 406 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT)
Document Number: 2012-17115
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the availability of proposed TSO-C126b and the FAA's intent to withdraw TSO authorizations (TSOA) issued for the manufacture of automatic fixed (AF) and automatic portable (AP) ELTs under TSO-C91a, TSO-C126, and TSO-C126a which incorporate hook and loop fasteners in their design. This proposed action would affect ELT manufacturers. The FAA is not proposing requiring actions on previously installed ELTs. The FAA is taking this action based on its determination that hook and loop fasteners are not an acceptable means of compliance to meet the mounting and retention requirements of current TSOs for ELTs. The FAA is requesting comment on proposed TSO- C126b and the FAA's proposal to withdraw certain other ELT TSOAs.
Modification of Class E Airspace; Plentywood, MT
Document Number: 2012-16946
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action modifies Class E airspace at Plentywood Sher-Wood Airport, Plentywood, MT. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate aircraft using Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at Plentywood Sher-Wood Airport. This improves 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.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Fort Garland, CO
Document Number: 2012-16948
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at Trinchera Ranch Airstrip Airport, Fort Garland, CO. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate aircraft using new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at Trinchera Ranch Airstrip Airport. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of aircraft operations at the airport.
Public Notice for Waiver for Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance at Tulsa International Airport, Tulsa, OK
Document Number: 2012-16863
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-12
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 nonaeronautical use and to authorize the conversion of the airport property. The proposal consists of two parcels of land containing a total of approximately 120.46 acres located to the northeast and southeast of the intersection of East 36th Street North and North Mingo Road. These parcels were originally acquired under the following grants: Airport Development Aid Program (ADAP) No. 6-40-0099-15 in 1978; Federal Aid to Airports Program (FAAP) Nos. 9-34-032-C312 in 1962 and 9-34-032-C514 in 1964; portions of these parcels were acquired with non-grant funds. The land comprising these parcels is outside the forecasted need for aviation development and, thus, is no longer needed for indirect or direct aeronautical use. In addition, these parcels have no access to the airfield. The Airport wishes to develop this land for compatible commercial, nonaeronautical use. The income from the conversion of these parcels will benefit the aviation community by reinvestment in the airport. Approval does not constitute a commitment by the FAA to financially assist in the conversion of the subject airport property nor a determination of eligibility for grant-in-aid funding from the FAA. The disposition of proceeds from the conversion 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; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-16333
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-12
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 was prompted by several reports of electrical arcs at terminal ``A'' of the electrically heated flight deck window 1. This AD requires repetitive inspections for damage of the electrical connections at terminal ``A'' of the left and right flight deck window 1, and corrective actions if necessary. This AD also allows for replacing a flight deck window 1 with a new improved flight deck window 1 equipped with different electrical connections, which would terminate the repetitive inspections for that window. We are issuing this AD to prevent smoke and fire in the cockpit, which could lead to loss of visibility, and injuries to or incapacitation of the flight crew.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-15893
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, -300ER, and 777F series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report indicating that a fire originated near the first officer's area, which caused extensive damage to the flight deck. This AD requires replacing the low-pressure oxygen hoses with non-conductive low-pressure oxygen hoses in the flight compartment. We are issuing this AD to prevent electrical current from passing through the low-pressure oxygen hose internal anti-collapse spring, which can cause the low-pressure oxygen hose to melt or burn, and a consequent oxygen-fed fire in the flight compartment.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-16970
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A318 series airplanes, Airbus Model A319 series airplanes, Airbus Model A320 series airplanes, and Airbus Model A321 series airplanes. That NPRM proposed an inspection to determine if certain angle of attack (AOA) probes are installed, and replacing the affected AOA probe if necessary. That NPRM was prompted by reports of oil residue between the stator and the rotor parts of the position resolvers of the AOA vane, which was a result of incorrect removal of the machining oil during the manufacturing process of the AOA resolvers. This action revises that NPRM by including an inspection to determine if certain other AOA probes are installed, and replacing the affected probes. We are proposing this AD to prevent erroneous AOA information and consequent delayed or non-activation of the AOA protection systems which, during flight at a high angle of attack, could result in reduced control of the airplane. 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: 2012-16966
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A330-200 freighter series airplanes; Model A330-200 and - 300 series airplanes; and Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of ram air turbine (RAT) pump failure. This proposed AD would require inspecting the RAT pump anti- stall valve for correct setting, re-identifying the RAT pump, performing a functional ground test of the RAT, and replacing the RAT pump or the RAT assembly with a serviceable part if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct malfunction of the RAT pump, which could lead to in-flight loss of the RAT-pump pressurization, possibly resulting in reduced control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-16963
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model DC-10-10 and MD-10-10F airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report that the safe life limit on certain main landing gear (MLG) upper torque link bolts is reduced significantly due to incorrect fabrication. This proposed AD would require replacing certain MLG upper torque link bolts with a new or serviceable part. We are proposing this AD to prevent damage to the MLG and consequent damage to airplane structure, which could adversely affect the airplane's continued safe flight and landing.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-16962
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747-400, and -400F series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by multiple reports of integrated display unit (IDU) malfunctions and mode control panel (MCP) malfunctions. This proposed AD would require installing new software, replacing the duct assembly with a new duct assembly, making wiring changes, and routing certain wire bundles. We are proposing this AD to prevent IDU malfunctions, which could affect the ability of the flight crew to read primary displays for airplane attitude, altitude, or airspeed, and consequently reduce the ability of the flight crew to maintain control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-16960
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-11
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, Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes, and Model CL-600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report that certain wing-to-fuselage attachment nuts do not conform to the certification design requirements for dual locking features. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections to determine that cotter pins are installed at affected wing-to- fuselage attachment joints and replacement if necessary. We are proposing this AD to prevent loss of wing-to-fuselage attachment joints, which could result in the loss of the wing.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Dillon, MT
Document Number: 2012-16865
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing a SNPRM for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published on March 15, 2012, in order to elicit comments addressing the proposed amendment to create Class E surface airspace and further expand the previous proposed amendment of Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Dillon Airport, Dillon, MT, to accommodate aircraft using new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures. The original NPRM only proposed an amendment of Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface.
Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Division Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-16857
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt 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 proposed AD was prompted by 16 reports of damaged or failed 3rd stage low-pressure turbine (LPT) duct segments. This proposed AD would require removing from service certain part numbers (P/Ns) of 3rd stage LPT duct segments. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the 3rd stage LPT duct segments, which could lead to LPT rotor damage, uncontained engine failure, and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-16856
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-07-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-524G2-19; RB211-524G2-T-19; RB211-524G3-19; RB211-524G3-T-19; RB211-524H2-19; RB211-524H2-T-19; RB211-524H-36; RB211-524H-T-36; RB211-535E4-37; RB211-535E4-B-37; RB211-535E4-B-75; and RB211-535E4-C-37 turbofan engines. This proposed AD was prompted by an investigation by RR concluding that certain intermediate-pressure (IP) turbine discs produced before 1997 by a certain supplier may contain steel inclusions. This proposed AD would require removal of the affected IP turbine discs to inspect them for steel inclusions, and removal from service if the discs fail the inspection. This proposed AD would also require removal from service of some IP turbine discs at reduced life limits. We are proposing this AD to prevent uncontained IP turbine disc failure, engine failure, and damage to the airplane.
Flightcrew Member Duty and Rest Requirements; OMB Approval of Information Collection
Document Number: 2012-16021
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-07-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This document notifies the public of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB's) approval of the information collection requirement contained in the FAA's final rule, ``Flightcrew Member Duty and Rest Requirements,'' which was published on January 4, 2012.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2012-16844
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-07-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action reopens the comment period for a Petition for Exemption that was published on June 12, 2012. The petition for exemption from Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), if granted, would allow AOPA and EAA members to conduct certain operations of aircraft without having to hold an FAA-issued medical certificate.