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Airworthiness Directives; DASSUALT AVIATION Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-24392
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-10-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all DASSAULT AVIATION Model MYSTERE-FALCON 50 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a manufacturer revision to the airplane maintenance manual (AMM) that introduces new or more restrictive maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations. This proposed AD would revise the maintenance program to incorporate new or revised maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations. We are proposing this AD to prevent reduced structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23800
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of a flightcrew not receiving an aural warning during a lack of cabin pressurization event. This AD requires incorporating design changes to improve the reliability of the cabin altitude warning system by installing a redundant cabin altitude pressure switch, replacing the aural warning module (AWM) with a new or reworked AWM, and changing certain wire bundles or connecting certain previously capped and stowed wires as necessary. For certain airplanes, this AD also requires prior or concurrent incorporation of related design changes by modifying the instrument panels, installing light assemblies, modifying the wire bundles, and installing a new circuit breaker, as necessary. We are issuing this AD to prevent the loss of cabin altitude warning, which could delay flightcrew recognition of a lack of cabin pressurization, and could result in incapacitation of the flightcrew due to hypoxia (a lack of oxygen in the body), and consequent loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney (P&W) Division Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-23791
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain P&W PW4000 series turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by reports of 3rd and 4th stage vane fractures in the low-pressure turbine (LPT) of certain PW4000-94'' and PW4000-100'' turbofan engines. This AD requires dimensional inspections of LPT 3rd stage vanes and the rear turbine case, inspection of LPT 4th stage vanes at the next LPT overhaul and removal of vanes with non-conforming airfoil fillet radii and vanes with more than one strip and recoat repair. This AD also requires disassembly and reassembly of the 2nd stage high-pressure turbine (HPT) rotor and 3rd stage LPT rotor at the next HPT and LPT overhauls. We are issuing this AD to prevent 3rd and 4th stage vane fractures in the LPT, damage to the LPT rotor, uncontained engine failure, and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23790
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain of The Boeing Company Model 777 airplanes. This AD was prompted by heat damage and cracks at the pivot joint location of the main landing gear (MLG) inner cylinder/truck beam. This AD requires repetitive lubrication of the MLG pivot joints; repetitive detailed inspections of the outer diameter chrome on the center axles of the MLG for chicken- wire cracks, corrosion, and chrome plate distress; repetitive magnetic particle inspections of the outer diameter chrome on the center axles of the MLG for cracks; and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking in the MLG center axle and shock strut inner cylinder lugs (pivot joint), which could result in fracture of the MLG pivot joint components and consequent collapse of the MLG.
Public Notice For Waiver of Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance; Former Willmar Municipal Airport, Willmar, MN
Document Number: 2012-24273
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a proposal to authorize the release of 138.33 acres of airport property at the former Willmar Municipal Airport, Willmar, MN. The land will be used for an industrial park. The FAA issued a Categorical Exclusion on August 8, 2012. The City of Willmar built a new airport in 2006, therefore the acreage being released is not needed for aeronautical use. The 138.33 acres are on the east side of the former Willmar Municipal Airport, more specifically west of County Road 5 and north of Willmar Avenue SW. The acreage was originally acquired with City of Willmar funds. There are no impacts to the airport by allowing the airport to dispose of the property. The fair market value of this land is $729,100 and will be applied to the new Willmar Municipal Airport for operating and maintaining the airport. Approval does not constitute a commitment by the FAA to financially assist in the disposal of the subject airport property nor a determination of eligibility for grant-in-aid funding from the FAA. 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Certification Procedures for Products and Parts
Document Number: 2012-24271
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-02
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. 14 CFR part 21 prescribes certification standards for aircraft, aircraft engines, propellers appliances and parts. The information collected is used to determine compliance and applicant eligibility. The respondents are aircraft parts designers, manufacturers, and aircraft owners.
Airworthiness Directives; Cessna Aircraft Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-24207
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-10-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 172R, 172S, 182S, 182T, T182T, 206H, and T206H airplanes. The existing AD currently requires an inspection of the engine oil pressure switch and, if applicable, replacement of the engine oil pressure switch. Since we issued that AD, we have received new reports of internal failure of the engine oil pressure switch, which could result in complete loss of engine oil with consequent partial or complete loss of engine power or fire. This proposed AD would increase the applicability of the AD and place a life-limit of 3,000 hours time-in-service on the engine oil pressure switch, requiring replacement when the engine oil pressure switch reaches its life limit. We are proposing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Application for Employment With the Federal Aviation Administration
Document Number: 2012-24190
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-02
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 information collected will be used to evaluate the qualifications of applicants for a variety of positions within the FAA.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) Program
Document Number: 2012-24188
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-02
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. Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) is a program for the routine collection and analysis of digital flight data from airline operations, including but not limited to digital flight data currently collected pursuant to existing regulatory provisions. The FAA requires certificate holders who voluntarily establish approved FOQA programs to periodically provide aggregate trend analysis information from such programs to the FAA.
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: 2012-24187
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-02
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 July 19, 2012, vol. 77, no. 139, page 42547-42548. To obtain type certification of a rotorcraft, applicants must submit substantiating data to show that the rotorcraft complies with specific certification requirements.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-24175
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-10-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. The existing AD currently requires one-time and repetitive inspections of specific areas and, when necessary, corrective actions for those rudders where production rework has been identified. Since we issued that AD, we have determined that additional inspections and corrective actions are necessary to address the identified unsafe condition, and that additional airplanes with certain rudders are subject to the identified unsafe condition. This proposed AD would add airplanes with certain rudders to the AD applicability; change an inspection type for certain reinforced rudder areas; require pre-inspections and repairs if needed; and require permanent restoration of vacuum loss holes. This proposed AD would also require additional inspections for certain rudders and repair if needed; and require replacement of certain rudders with new rudders. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct extended de-bonding, which might degrade the structural integrity of the rudder. The loss of the rudder leads to degradation of the handling qualities and reduces the controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-24174
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-10-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of engine fire/overheat detector assemblies advance pneumatic detectors (APDs) failing to reset after activation due to permanent deformation of the detector switch diaphragm after being exposed to high temperatures. This proposed AD would require replacing all three APDs with new detector assemblies. We are proposing this AD to prevent a continued engine fire indication in the cockpit after the actual fire has been extinguished, which is misleading and may influence the pilot to conduct a potentially hazardous ``off-airport'' landing.
Airworthiness Directives; Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-24173
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-10-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems Model SAAB 2000 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of chafing on the bottom panel of the center cabin. This proposed AD would require doing a general visual inspection to determine if certain fasteners are installed, and related investigative and corrective actions. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct any chafing on the bottom panel of the center cabin, which could affect the structural integrity of the affected wing-to- fuselage connection.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-24172
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-10-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes, and Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes. The existing AD currently requires repetitive inspections to detect discrepancies of the transfer tubes and the collar of the ball nut of the trimmable horizontal stabilizer actuator (THSA), and corrective action if necessary; repetitive inspections for discrepancies of the ball screw assembly, and corrective action if necessary; repetitive greasing of the THSA ball nut, and replacement of the THSA if necessary; and modification or replacement (as applicable) of the ball nut assembly, which would end certain repetitive inspections. Since we issued that AD, we have determined the repetitive inspections of the ball screw assembly (and corrective action if necessary) and repetitive greasing is needed for additional THSA nuts. This proposed AD would remove certain inspections, revise certain actions, and add airplanes to the applicability. We are proposing this AD to prevent degraded operation of the THSA, which could result in reduced controllability of the airplane.
Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meeting on Transport Airplane and Engine Issues
Document Number: 2012-24203
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a public meeting of the FAA's Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) to discuss transport airplane and engine (TAE) issues. It also withdraws the notice entitled, ``Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meeting on Transport Airplane and Engine Issues'', published on September 26, 2012.
Airworthiness Directives; Cessna Aircraft Company Airplanes; Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
Document Number: 2012-24129
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-10-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces the availability of and request for comments on the Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis for the previously published proposed airworthiness directive (AD) on Cessna Aircraft Company 310, 320, 340, 401, 402, 411, 414, and 421 airplanes regarding the installation of placards requiring flight limitations in icing conditions.
Schedule of Charges Outside the United States
Document Number: 2012-23954
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is announcing the availability of Advisory Circular (AC) 187-1F which transmits an updated schedule of charges for services of FAA Flight Standards Aviation Safety Inspectors outside the United States. The advisory circular has been updated in accordance with the procedures listed in 14 CFR Part 187, Appendix A.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2012-23557
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-01
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: 2012-23554
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-01
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; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23393
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A340-500 and -600 series airplanes. This AD requires repetitive inspections for corrosion of the drag stay lower arm assembly of the nose landing gear (NLG), and replacement if necessary. This AD also requires eventual replacement of the drag stay lower arm assembly of the NLG with an improved assembly having corrosion protection, which terminates the repetitive inspections required by this AD. This AD was prompted by findings of corrosion traces in the lugs and on the bearing outer surface of the NLG during routine maintenance checks. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the drag stay lower arm, which could result in NLG collapse and consequent reduced controllability of the airplane during takeoff.
Airworthiness Directives; Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23052
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding two existing airworthiness directives (ADs) for certain Fokker Services B.V. Model F.28 Mark 0100 airplanes. The first existing AD currently requires removing the actuator from the fuel-balance transfer-valve (FBTV) and installing a locking device on the FBTV. The second existing AD currently requires inspecting to verify that the position indicator of the FBTV is in the closed position and deactivating the fuel-balance transfer-system. This new AD requires installing an FBTV locking device. This AD was prompted by reports that the FBTV was inadvertently reactivated after required de- activation measures were undone. We are issuing this AD to prevent fuel starvation and a consequent double-engine flameout, possibly resulting in a forced landing, damage to the airplane, and injury to occupants.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23049
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model DC-10-10, DC-10-10F, DC-10-15, DC- 10-30, DC-10-30F (KC-10A and KDC-10), DC-10-40, DC-10-40F, MD-10-10F, and MD-10-30F airplanes. That AD currently requires installing or replacing with improved parts, as applicable, the bonding straps between the metallic frame of the fillet and the wing leading edge ribs, on both the left and right sides of the airplane; and for certain airplanes, repositioning or replacing two bonding straps, doing a bonding-resistance check and an inspection to determine correct installation of certain bonding straps, and applicable corrective actions. This new AD adds airplanes to the applicability and, depending on the airplane configuration, requires installing new braided bonding straps, inspecting to determine if a certain strap is installed and replacing with or installing a braided bonding strap if necessary, measuring the electrical resistance of the bonding straps, verifying that brackets have an acceptable fillet seal, and doing corrective actions if necessary. This AD was prompted by fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer, and our determination that additional actions are necessary to address the identified unsafe condition. We are issuing this AD to reduce the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks in the event of a severe lightning strike, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Goldsboro, NC
Document Number: 2012-23876
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E Airspace in the Goldsboro, NC area, to accommodate new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at Mount Olive Municipal Airport. Airspace reconfiguration is necessary for the continued safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations within the Goldsboro, NC, airspace area. This action also would update the geographic coordinates of Mount Olive Municipal Airport and the Seymour Johnson TACAN.
Proposed Amendment of Class D and E Airspace; Tri-Cities, TN; Revocation of Class E Airspace; Tri-City, TN
Document Number: 2012-23867
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking would rename the city designator listed under the title in the preamble and regulatory text for Tri-Cities Regional Airport, and establish Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Hawkins County Airport, Rogersville, TN, and Virginia Highlands Airport, Abington, VA. The Tri-Cities Class D airspace description would be amended to better describe the controlled airspace area. In an NPRM published in the Federal Register on April 10, 2012, the FAA proposed to amend existing controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Tri-Cities Airport, Blountville, TN, that included the airports mentioned above. The FAA has reassessed the proposal and finds that separation of existing Class E airspace surrounding Virginia Highlands Airport, Abingdon, VA, and Hawkins County Airport, Rogersville, TN, from the Class E airspace area of Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Tri-Cities, TN, is necessary to further the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations in the Tri- Cities, TN area.
Environmental Impact Statement; Taos Regional Airport, Taos, NM
Document Number: 2012-23830
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public that we have prepared a Record of Decision (ROD) for the ``Taos Regional Airport, Airport Layout Plan Improvements'' Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Town of Taos, owner and operator of Taos Regional Airport located in Taos, New Mexico, has requested the FAA to approve revisions to its Airport Layout Plan (ALP) to reflect and allow construction of a new runway and other associated airport projects; the Town is requesting Federal funding for the project. This ROD sets forth FAA's final determination and environmental approvals for the federal actions necessary to implement the proposed airport improvements under Alternative 2D, the FAA's selected alternative, and the Airport Sponsor to proceed with processing an application for federal funding.
Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meeting on Transport Airplane and Engine Issues
Document Number: 2012-23709
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a public meeting of the FAA's Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) to discuss transport airplane and engine (TAE) issues.
Airworthiness Directives; Cessna Aircraft Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23639
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company Model 500, 501, 550, 551, S550, 560, 560XL, and 650 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by multiple reports of smoke and/or fire in the tailcone caused by sparking due to excessive wear of the brushes in the air conditioning (A/C) motor. This proposed AD would require an inspection to determine the accumulated hours on certain A/C drive motor assemblies; repetitive replacement of the brushes in the drive motor assembly, or as an option to the brush replacement, deactivation of the air conditioner; and return of replaced brushes to Cessna. We are proposing this AD to prevent the brushes in the A/C motor from wearing down beyond their limits, which could result in the rivet in the brush contacting the commutator causing sparks and consequent fire and/or smoke in the tailcone with no means to detect or extinguish the fire and/or smoke.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23638
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called A300-600 series airplanes); and Model A310 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of cracking through the honeycomb core closed with phenolic resin. This condition could result in extended debonding and could adversely affect the structural integrity of the rudder. This proposed AD would require inspecting to determine the serial number of a certain rudder and replacing the rudder with a new or serviceable rudder if necessary. We are proposing this AD to prevent extended de-bonding, which could result in loss of the rudder and consequent reduced controllability of the airplane.
Notice of Intent To Rule on Request To Release Airport Property at the St. George Airport, St. George, UT
Document Number: 2012-23556
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to rule and invite public comment on the release of land at St. George 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).
Special Conditions: Embraer S.A. Model EMB-550 Airplanes, Sudden Engine Stoppage
Document Number: 2012-23536
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes special conditions for the Embraer Model EMB-550 airplane. This airplane will have a novel or unusual design feature associated with the effects of sudden engine stoppage upon the airframe. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. These proposed special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-23460
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model AS332C, AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters. This proposed AD is prompted by reports of electro-valve power supply disruptions while a helicopter is on the ground, causing the landing gear to retract and the helicopter nose to drop. This results in damage to the forward section of the helicopter's bottom structure. This proposed AD would require modifying the main landing gear control panel (control panel) 33G, connector 100G, and wiring. It also would require tests to ensure that these modifications function correctly. We propose this AD to prevent an uncommanded landing gear retraction that would cause the helicopter nose to drop and hit the ground while the rotor blades are spinning.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-23448
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model EC 155B, EC155B1, SA-365N1, AS- 365N2 and AS 365 N3 helicopters to require visually inspecting the tail rotor hub (TRH) for a crack and removing the TRH if a crack exists. This AD is prompted by reports of cracks on two TRHs. These actions are intended to prevent the tail rotor from jamming, which could lead to reduced or loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-23444
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter Model SA-365N1, AS-365N2, and AS365N3 helicopters. This proposed AD would revise the Limitations section of the Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) to prohibit flight in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) or night visual flight rules (VFR) for each helicopter with a vertical gyro unit GV76-1 installed upon a non-reinforced shelf in the rear cargo compartment. Also, this proposed AD would require modifying the GV76-1 vertical gyro unit shelf and testing for correct function of the navigation systems. This proposed AD is prompted by flight crew reports of deviations between the displayed attitude on the attitude display screen and the independent electromechanical standby attitude indicator. The proposed actions are intended to prevent an undetected flight display error of a slow drift in the roll axis, disorientation of the pilot, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Document Number: 2012-23457
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (Bell), Model 412 and 412EP helicopters. This proposed AD is prompted by reports of cracking in the swashplate outer ring assemblies (outer ring). This AD would establish a lower life limit on certain outer rings, requiring a revision of the retirement life on the components' history card or equivalent record, and a revision of the maintenance manual or Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA). This proposal also would prohibit installing these outer rings on any helicopter. The proposed actions are intended to prevent failure of an outer ring because of cracking, which could lead to the loss of main rotor (M/R) blade pitch control and subsequent loss of helicopter control.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-23442
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for all Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-Trent 875-17, RB211-Trent 877-17, RB211-Trent 884-17, RB211-Trent 884B-17, RB211-Trent 892-17, RB211- Trent 892B-17, and RB211-Trent 895-17 turbofan engines. That AD currently requires initial and repetitive ultrasonic inspections (UIs) of certain low-pressure (LP) compressor blades identified by serial number (S/N). This new AD requires the same actions but expands the population of blades. This AD was prompted by the need to add the inspections of the LP compressor blades listed by S/N in Appendices 3H through 3L of RR plc Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. RB.211-72-AG244, Revision 4, dated December 22, 2011. We are issuing this AD to prevent multiple LP compressor blades from failing due to blade root cracks, which could lead to uncontained engine failure and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23434
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a new revision to the airworthiness limitations of the maintenance planning data document. This proposed AD would require revising the maintenance program to update inspection requirements to detect fatigue cracking of principal structural elements (PSEs). We are proposing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of various PSEs, which could adversely affect the structural integrity of these airplanes.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23433
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-24
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 series airplanes, Model A330-300 series airplanes, Model A340-200 series airplanes, and Model A340-300 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of an in-flight turn back after the nose landing gear (NLG) did not retract after take-off. This proposed AD would require repetitive overhaul of the NLG retraction actuator. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the retraction actuator, which could cause collapse of the NLG after touchdown and possible injury to flightcrew and passengers.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23432
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to 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. The existing AD currently requires repetitive inspections of the rudder travel limiter (RTL) return springs and primary actuator, and corrective actions if necessary. Since we issued that AD, terminating action has been developed which eliminates the need for the repetitive inspections. This proposed AD would require replacing certain RTL return springs, including doing related investigative and corrective actions, if necessary; and would also revise the applicability. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the RTL, which would permit an increase of rudder authority beyond normal structural limits and consequently affect the controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23431
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A300 B4-601, B4-603, B4-620, B4-605R, and B4-622R airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report that the door frame shells of passenger doors 2 and 4 may not have sufficient structural strength to enable the airplane to operate safely. This proposed AD would require reinforcing of the door frame shells of passenger doors 2 and 4 on both sides of the fuselage. We are proposing this AD to prevent structural failure of the door frame shells, which could result in in-flight decompression of the airplane and consequent injury to passengers.
Airworthiness Directives; Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23277
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) all Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model EMB-135 airplanes, and Model EMB-145, -145ER, -145MR, -145LR, -145MP, and -145EP airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of a lightning strike hitting an airplane tail boom causing certain rear bulkhead parts to jam an elevator control rod. This AD requires installing or reworking, as applicable, metallic diverters and aluminum sheets; modifying the light assembly on the tail boom rear movable fairing; and replacing the hood assembly with a new hood assembly and rerouting its electrical harness. We are issuing this AD to prevent lightning strikes from causing certain parts to contact the airplane pitch control system, which could reduce airplane controllability.
Airworthiness Directives; Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23055
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Fokker Services B.V. Model F.28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of burned contacts in a certain production break plug and its corresponding receptacle. This AD requires modifying galley power supply wiring by disconnecting it from the affected plug/ receptacle and reconnecting the power supply wiring through splices. We are issuing this AD to prevent a high electrical load, which might lead to overheating of the galley power supply wiring and/or the electrical connector and consequent smoke or fire in the galley area, which could result in damage to the airplane and injury to occupants.
Airworthiness Directives; General Electric Company Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-23443
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company GEnx-1B54, GEnx-1B58, GEnx-1B64, GEnx-1B67, GEnx-1B70, GEnx-1B54/P1, GEnx-1B58/P1, GEnx-1B64/P1, GEnx-1B67/P1, GEnx-1B70/P1, GEnx-1B70/72/P1, GEnx-1B70/75/P1, GEnx-1B74/75/P1, GEnx-1B75/P1, GEnx- 2B67, and GEnx-2B67B turbofan engines. This AD requires initial and repetitive ultrasonic inspections (UI) of certain part number (P/N) fan mid shafts (FMS) for cracks. This AD was prompted by a report of an FMS failure and a report of a crack found in another FMS. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the FMS resulting in one or more engine failure(s) and possible loss of the airplane.
Office of Commercial Space Transportation Safety Approval Performance Criteria
Document Number: 2012-23360
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA issued NASTAR a safety approval, subject to the provisions of Title 51 U.S.C. Subtitle V, ch. 509, and the orders, rules and regulations issued under it. Pursuant to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 414.35, this Notice publishes the criteria that were used to evaluate the safety approval application.
Notice of Submission Deadline for Schedule Information for O'Hare International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport for the Summer 2013 Scheduling Season
Document Number: 2012-23278
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Under this notice, the FAA announces the submission deadline of October 11, 2012, for Summer 2013 flight schedules at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) in accordance with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Worldwide Slot Guidelines. The deadline coincides with the schedule submission deadline for the IATA Slots Conference for the Summer 2013 scheduling season.
Notice of Request To Release Airport Property
Document Number: 2012-23275
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-09-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to rule and invites public comment on the release of land at the Meade Municipal Airport (MEJ), Meade, Kansas, under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 47107(h)(2).
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23218
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all The Boeing Company Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER series airplanes. The existing AD currently requires repetitive inspections of the aft attach lugs of the elevator tab control mechanisms, and replacement of any discrepant elevator tab control mechanism. Since we issued that AD, Boeing has developed a modification of the aft attach lugs of the elevator tab control mechanisms, which will adequately address the unsafe condition. This proposed AD would require replacing the left and right elevator tab control mechanisms with elevator tab control mechanisms that have the modified attach lugs, which would terminate the existing requirements. We are proposing this AD to prevent discrepancies in the aft attach lugs of the elevator tab control mechanism, which could result in severe elevator and tab vibration. Consequent structural failure of the elevator or horizontal stabilizer could result in loss of structural integrity and aircraft control.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23217
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A330-300 series airplanes and Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports that, during a flight test, several spoiler servo-controls (SSCs) did not remain locked in the retracted position (hydraulic locking function) after manual depressurization of the corresponding hydraulic circuit. Loss of that locking functionwhich is ensured by a blocking valvewas caused by an internal leak from a sheared seal on the blocking valve. This proposed AD would require inspecting to determine if certain SSCs are installed, performing an operational test of any affected SSC, and replacing if necessary. We are proposing this AD to prevent loss of the hydraulic locking function during take-off and go-around phases, which, in combination with malfunction of one engine, could result in reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23150
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-300, 737-400, 737-500, and 757-200 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of damage caused by electrical arcing to the wires that connect seat electronics boxes (SEBs). This proposed AD would require installing a new relay and doing certain wiring changes of the entertainment control switch if necessary. We are proposing this AD to prevent power from being supplied to passenger seats when the entertainment control switch is in the OFF position, which could cause an electrical shock hazard resulting in serious or fatal injury to maintenance personnel.
Airworthiness Directives; Gulfstream Aerospace LP (Type Certificate Previously Held by Israel Aircraft Industries, Ltd.) Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23149
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Gulfstream Aerospace LP (Type Certificate Previously Held by Israel Aircraft Industries, Ltd.) Model Gulfstream G150 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a review that determined that the runway slope and anti-ice corrections to V1 and take-off distances in the Gulfstream G150 Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) were presented in a non-conservative manner. This proposed AD would require revising the performance section of the AFM to include procedures to advise the flightcrew of certain runway slope and anti-ice corrections and take- off distance values. We are proposing this AD to prevent the use of published non-conservative data, which could result in the inability to meet the required take-off performance, with consequent hazard to safe operation during performance-limited take-off operations.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23148
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of chafing damage to a wire bundle that was arcing to hydraulic tubing and caused by insufficient separation between the wire bundle and the hydraulic tubing in the main landing gear (MLG) wheel well. This proposed AD would require an inspection for damage of wire bundles and hydraulic tubing on the right side of the forward bulkhead of the MLG wheel well; installation of new clamps; and corrective actions, as applicable. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct possible damage caused by insufficient separation between the wire bundles and hydraulic tubing to prevent electrical arcing in a flammable fluid leakage zone, which could lead to a wheel well fire.