Federal Aviation Administration February 2018 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

IFR Altitudes; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2018-04082
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This amendment adopts miscellaneous amendments to the required IFR (instrument flight rules) altitudes and changeover points for certain Federal airways, jet routes, or direct routes for which a minimum or maximum en route authorized IFR altitude is prescribed. This regulatory action is needed because of changes occurring in the National Airspace System. These changes are designed to provide for the safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace under instrument conditions in the affected areas.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; British Embassy Defense Staff
Document Number: 2018-04054
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of Federal Aviation Regulations. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, the FAA's exemption process. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.
Notice of Relocation; Change of Physical Address for the Federal Aviation Administration Northwest Mountain Regional Office
Document Number: 2018-04022
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA announces the relocation of the FAA Northwest Mountain Regional Office, which issues airworthiness directives (ADs) for transport category airplanes.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Flint, MI, and Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Owosso, MI
Document Number: 2018-03958
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Bishop International Airport, Flint, MI, and establish separate Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Owosso Community Airport, Owosso, MI. The FAA is proposing this action due to the closure of the Athelone Williams Memorial Airport, Davison, MI, which is included in the Flint, MI, airspace description, and the cancellation of the instrument approach procedures at the Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc, MI, also included in the Flint, MI, airspace description, and to update the Bishop International Airport airspace and the Owosso Community Airport airspace to comply with FAA Order 7400.2L, Procedures for Handling Airspace Matters. The geographic coordinates of the Bishop International Airport and Prices Airport, Linden, MI, would also be updated to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database.
Airworthiness Directives; AgustaWestland S.p.A. Helicopters
Document Number: 2018-03930
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain AgustaWestland S.p.A. (AgustaWestland) Model AW189 helicopters. This AD requires replacing the seal and filler wedges of all emergency exit windows. This AD was prompted by a report that some windows were improperly glued when installed. The actions of this AD are intended to correct an unsafe condition on these products.
Notice of Intent of Waiver With Respect to Land; Indianapolis International Airport, Indianapolis, Indiana
Document Number: 2018-03957
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is considering a proposal to change 1.451 acres of airport land from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use and to authorize the sale of airport property located at Indianapolis International Airport, Indianapolis, IN. The aforementioned land is not needed for aeronautical use. The future use of the property is for commercial and industrial development. There are no impacts to the airport by allowing the Indianapolis Airport Authority to dispose of the property.
Noise Exposure Map Notice for Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Fresno, California
Document Number: 2018-03955
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its determination that the noise exposure maps submitted by the City of Fresno for Fresno Yosemite International Airport under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 47501 et seq. (Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act) and 14 CFR part 150 are in compliance with applicable requirements.
Notice of Intent To Rule on Request To Release Airport Property at the Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Document Number: 2018-03954
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to rule and invite public comment on the release of land for non-aeronautical purposes at the Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Notice of Intent To Release Certain Properties From All Terms, Conditions, Reservations and Restrictions of a Quitclaim Deed Agreement Between City of Leesburg and the Federal Aviation Administration for the Leesburg International Airport, Leesburg, FL
Document Number: 2018-03953
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA hereby provides notice of intent to release certain airport properties 7.28 acres at the Leesburg International Airport, Leesburg, FL from the conditions, reservations, and restrictions as contained in a Quitclaim Deed agreement between the FAA and the City of Leesburg, dated March 23, 1948. The release of property will allow the City of Leesburg to dispose of the property for other than aeronautical purposes. The property is located north of the airport, across U.S. Highway 441. The parcel is currently designated Non Aeronautical Use. The property will be released of its federal obligations for Commercial Use. The fair market value of this parcel has been determined to be $2,200,000. Documents reflecting the Sponsor's request are available, by appointment only, for inspection at the Leesburg International Airport and the FAA Airports District Office.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2018-03600
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by an evaluation by the design approval holder (DAH) indicating that the gore web lap splices of the aft pressure bulkhead are subject to widespread fatigue damage (WFD). This AD requires repetitive inspections of the gore webs, gore web lap splices, and repair webs, as applicable, of the aft pressure bulkhead, and applicable on-condition actions. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2018-03528
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule establishes, amends, suspends, or removes Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) and associated Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODPs) 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: 2018-03527
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule amends, suspends, or removes 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 for the 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: 2018-03495
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A319-112, A319-115, A320-214, A320-232, and A321-211 airplanes. This AD was prompted by in-service experience and further analysis, which showed that the galley 5 without kick-load retainers, was unable to withstand the expected loading during several flight phases or in case of emergency landing. This AD requires modification of galley 5 trolley compartments by adding kick-load retainers. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes
Document Number: 2018-03430
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2012-22-15, which applied to all Fokker Services B.V. Model F28 Mark 0070 and Mark 0100 airplanes. AD 2012-22-15 required revising the maintenance program to incorporate the limitations, tasks, thresholds, and intervals specified in certain revised Fokker maintenance review board (MRB) documents. This new AD requires revising the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations. This AD was prompted by new and more restrictive airworthiness limitations. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2018-03712
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, and -300ER series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports that additional areas of Boeing Material Specification (BMS) 8-39 flexible urethane foam were found during a routine inspection. This proposed AD would require an inspection for foam insulation on the dripshield above the overhead panel support structure and replacement if necessary. For certain airplanes, this proposed AD would also require replacement of foam insulation on the overhead panel support structure. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Proposed Amendment of Class D Airspace and Class E Airspace; Biloxi, MS, and Gulfport, MS
Document Number: 2018-03660
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class D airspace, Class E surface airspace, Class E airspace designated as an extension (by removing NOTAM part-time status), and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Keesler Air Force Base (AFB), Biloxi, MS, and Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, (formerly Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport), Gulfport, MS. The geographic coordinates for these airports and the Keesler TACAN navigation aid would be adjusted in the associated Class D and E airspace to match the FAA's aeronautical database. Also, an editorial change would be made to the Class E extension airspace legal descriptions replacing ``Airport/ Facility Directory'' with the term ``Chart Supplement'' for these airports. This action would enhance the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at these airports.
Proposed Revocation of Class E Airspace; Crows Landing, CA
Document Number: 2018-03659
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to remove Class E airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface at Crows Landing Airport, Crows Landing, CA. This airspace is wholly contained within the Sacramento en route airspace area and duplication is not necessary.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Greenville, NC
Document Number: 2018-03657
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E surface airspace at Greenville, NC, by removing Pitt County Memorial Hospital Heliport from the Class E surface area airspace associated with Pitt-Greenville Airport. Helicopters departing from the heliport must now receive clearance. Consequently, the cut out from Class E surface airspace is no longer required. Controlled airspace is necessary for the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action also updates the geographic coordinates of the airport under Class E surface airspace and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface of the earth, to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database.
Proposed Amendment of Class D Airspace and Class E Airspace; Erie, PA
Document Number: 2018-03655
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class D airspace, Class E surface airspace, and Class E airspace designated as an extension to a Class D surface area, by updating the name to Erie International Airport/Tom Ridge Field, Erie, PA. This action also proposes to amend Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface in Erie, PA, by updating the name to St. Vincent Health Center Heliport. This action also would update the geographic coordinates of the airport and heliport, and would replace the outdated term ``Airport/Facility Directory'' with the term ``Chart Supplement'' in the legal descriptions of associated Class D and E airspace to match the FAA's aeronautical database.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2018-03599
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2016-12- 09, for certain Airbus Model A330-200, -200 Freighter, and -300 series airplanes; and Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes. AD 2016-12-09 requires removing fasteners, doing a rototest inspection of fastener holes, installing new fasteners, oversizing the holes and doing rototest inspections for cracks if necessary, and repairing any cracking that was found. Since we issued AD 2016-12-09, an evaluation by the design approval holder (DAH) indicates that certain fastener holes are subject to widespread fatigue damage (WFD). This proposed AD would add airplanes to the effectivity, add repetitive inspections of the fastener holes at frame (FR) 40, and, for certain airplanes, require a modification, which terminates the inspections. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Safety Assurance System External Portal
Document Number: 2018-03763
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-23
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 for a new information collection. The collection involves an internet based tool, the Safety Assurance System (SAS) External Portal. The SAS External Portal is used by the FAA's Office of Flight Standards to conduct initial certification, routine surveillance, and certificate management for applicants and certificate holders. The information to be collected will be used to better facilitate efficient certification, surveillance and certificate management activities.
Seventy Second RTCA SC-135 Environmental Testing Plenary Meeting
Document Number: 2018-03731
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of Seventy Second RTCA SC-135 Environmental Testing Plenary Meeting.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2018-03598
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for The Boeing Company Model 787 series airplanes powered by Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of failures of the inner fixed structure (IFS) forward upper fire seal and damage to thermal insulation blankets in the forward upper area of the thrust reverser (TR). This proposed AD would require an inspection to determine the part number of the IFS forward upper fire seal, and applicable on-condition actions. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc., Airplanes
Document Number: 2018-03438
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc., Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702), CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705), CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900), and CL-600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes. This AD was prompted by several incidents of electrical shorting and sparks caused by de-icing fluid leaks between flight deck windshields and side windows. This AD requires water spray tests and general visual inspections for water in the flight deck compartment, and water removal and sealant application if necessary. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes
Document Number: 2018-03437
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Fokker Services B.V. Model F28 Mark 0100 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report that a jammed control cable prevented the full extension of the nose landing gear (LG). This AD requires a general visual inspection of the LG handle teleflex cable conduit connector for the presence of a grease nipple, a maintenance records check of affected airplanes, a detailed inspection for corrosion and damage of the LG handle teleflex cable, and corrective actions if necessary. This AD also requires revising the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2018-03434
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2012-12-05, which applied to all The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, - 300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. AD 2012-12-05 required repetitive inspections for cracking under the stop fittings and intercostal flanges and for cracking of the intercostal web, attachment clips, stringer splice channels, frame, reinforcement angle, shear web, frame outer chord and inner chord; a one-time inspection to detect missing fasteners; repetitive inspections of the cargo barrier net fitting for cracking; repetitive inspections for cracking of the stringer S-15L aft intercostal; and repair or corrective action if necessary. For certain airplanes, this AD adds new repetitive inspections of certain areas of the frame inner chord, and applicable on-condition actions. This AD was prompted by reports of additional cracking in locations not covered by the inspections in AD 2012-12-05. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2018-03429
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 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 a report of incidents involving fatigue cracking in transport category airplanes that are approaching or have exceeded their design service objective and a structural reevaluation by the manufacturer that identified additional structural elements that qualify as structural significant items (SSIs). This AD requires revising the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to include inspections that will give no less than the required damage tolerance rating (DTR) for certain SSI, performing repetitive inspections to detect cracks of all SSIs, and repairing cracked structures if necessary. Additionally, this AD requires all cracks involving an SSI or related structure in close vicinity to the SSI to be reported to Boeing. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Public Notice for Waiver of Aeronautical Land Use Assurance; Great Falls International Airport, Great Falls, MT
Document Number: 2018-03658
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-22
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice is being given that the FAA is considering a proposal from the Great Falls International Airport Authority to change certain portions of the airport from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use at the Great Falls International Airport, Great Falls, MT. The proposal consists of 5 acres of surplus property shown on the Airport's Exhibit ``A'' as the portion of Parcel 4 east of the airport's access road.
Public Notice for Waiver of Aeronautical Land Use Assurance; Great Falls International Airport, Great Falls, MT
Document Number: 2018-03656
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-22
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Notice is being given that the FAA is considering a proposal from the Great Falls International Airport Authority to change certain portions of the airport from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use at the Great Falls International Airport, Great Falls, MT. The proposal consists of 2.99 acres acquired with an Airport Improvement Program grant shown on the Airport's Exhibit ``A'' as Parcel 15.
Notice of Intent of Waiver With Respect to Land; Akron-Canton Airport, North Canton, OH
Document Number: 2018-03654
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-22
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; Donaldson Aerospace & Defense
Document Number: 2018-03620
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-22
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of Federal Aviation Regulations. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, the FAA's exemption process. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; Corvus Airlines, Inc.
Document Number: 2018-03619
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-22
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of Federal Aviation Regulations. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, the FAA's exemption process. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.
Special Conditions: SWS Certification Services, Ltd., Boeing Model 747-8 Airplanes; Installation of an Overhead Passenger-Sleeping Compartment in the Main Deck
Document Number: 2018-03587
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-22
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes special conditions for the Boeing Model 747-8 airplane. This airplane, as modified by SWS Certification Services, Ltd. (SWS), will have a novel or unusual design feature when compared to the state of technology envisioned in the airworthiness standards for transport-category airplanes. This design feature is the installation of an overhead passenger-sleeping compartment in the main deck. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. These proposed special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards.
Airworthiness Directives; AgustaWestland S.p.A. Helicopters
Document Number: 2018-03494
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for AgustaWestland S.p.A. (AgustaWestland) Model AW189 helicopters. This proposed AD would require inspecting the tail gearbox (TGB) fitting for a crack. This proposed AD is prompted by a report of a crack on a TGB fitting that was found during a scheduled inspection. The actions of this proposed AD are intended to prevent an unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2018-03433
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, -500 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of cracking in certain flanges, and the adjacent web, of the wing outboard flap track at certain positions. This proposed AD would require an inspection to determine the part number of the wing outboard flap track assembly; repetitive inspections of each affected wing outboard flap track for discrepancies, and applicable on-condition actions; and repetitive overhaul of each wing outboard flap track. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Proposed Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace, and Removal of Class E Airspace; Lompoc, CA
Document Number: 2018-03415
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class D airspace, Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface, and remove Class E airspace designated as an extension at Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB), Lompoc, CA. This action also proposes to modify Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Lompoc Airport, Lompoc, CA, by enlarging the airspace and removing the part- time Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) status. This action would also amend the geographic coordinates of the airports to match the FAA's aeronautical database. This action is necessary for the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at these airports. An editorial change would be made removing the city associated with the airport name in the airspace designator for Vandenberg AFB, as well as removing exclusionary language from the description. Additionally, this action would replace the outdated term ``Airport/Facility Directory'' with the term ``Chart Supplement''.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Kamuela, HI
Document Number: 2018-03411
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E surface area airspace and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Waimea-Kohala Airport, Kamuela, HI. The part-time Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) status would be removed from Class E surface area airspace, references to the Kamuela VOR/DME would be removed from all associated Class E airspace areas, and airspace boundaries would be modified to only that area necessary to contain instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at the airport. Airspace redesign is necessary as the FAA transitions from ground-based to satellite-based navigation for the safety and management of the national airspace system. Also, an editorial change would be made removing the airport name and replacing it with the city in the airspace designators for the above airspace areas.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Hanford, CA
Document Number: 2018-03409
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Hanford Municipal Airport, Hanford, CA, by enlarging the airspace to accommodate area navigation (RNAV) procedures at the airport, removing the Visalia VHF omnidirectional range/distance measuring equipment (VOR/DME) from the airspace description, and amending the geographic coordinates of the airport. This action also removes Blair Airport from the airport description as the airport no longer exists. This action is necessary for the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Proposed Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace; Aurora, OR
Document Number: 2018-03408
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class D airspace, Class E surface area airspace, and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface, at Aurora State Airport, Aurora, OR. After a biennial review the FAA found modification necessary to accommodate airspace redesign for the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at the airport. Additionally, an editorial change would be made removing the city associated with the airport name in the airspace designations. Also, this proposal would make an editorial change to the Class D airspace legal description replacing Airport/Facility Directory with the term Chart Supplement.
Proposed Revocation of Class E Airspace; Sunol, CA
Document Number: 2018-03406
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to remove Class E airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface at Sunol, CA. This airspace is wholly contained within the Sacramento en route airspace area and duplication is not necessary.
Proposed Removal of Class E Airspace; Mercury, NV
Document Number: 2018-03405
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to remove Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Desert Rock Airport, Mercury, NV. This airspace is not required, as there are no instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Establishment of Class E Airspace, Rangely, CO
Document Number: 2018-03401
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface, at Rangely Airport, Rangely, CO, to accommodate new area navigation (RNAV) procedures at the airport. This action ensures the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations within the National Airspace System.
FAA Approval of Noise Compatibility Program for Hawthorne Municipal Airport, Hawthorne, California
Document Number: 2018-03425
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its findings on the noise compatibility program submitted by the City of Hawthorne, California. On April 11, 2014, the FAA determined that the noise exposure maps submitted by the City of Hawthorne were in compliance with applicable requirements. On December 18, 2017, the FAA approved the Hawthorne Municipal Airport Noise Compatibility Program. All 11 of the recommendations of the program were approved. No program elements relating to new or revised flight procedures for noise abatement were proposed by the airport operator.
Public Notice for Waiver of Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance; Stevens Point Municipal Airport Stevens Point, WI
Document Number: 2018-03423
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is considering a proposal to change 47.634 acres known as Parcels 55 and 57 of airport land from aeronautical use to non- aeronautical use and to authorize the sale of airport property located at Stevens Point Municipal Airport, Stevens Point, WI. The aforementioned land is not needed for aeronautical use. The 47.634 acres of airport property stretches along the entire North East quadrant of the airport property. Starting at the far north edge where the property meets State Highway 66, around to the northeast corner of the Runway 30 Runway Protection Zone. This property does not currently serve an aeronautical purpose. Portions of this property are currently not being used for any purpose and portions along the East edge are being used as an access road for the Izaak Walton League and as part of the Green Circle Trail system. If the airport receives permission from the FAA to release the property from aeronautical obligations, it intends on transferring this property to the community for continued use. The continued use of the land as access and trail will only occur once the relocation of the access and recreational trail has happened.
Office of Commercial Space Transportation: Millennium Engineering and Integration Company Safety Approval Performance Criteria
Document Number: 2018-03399
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This is notification of criteria used to evaluate the Millennium Engineering and Integration Company (MEI) safety approval application. This Notice publishes the criteria that the FAA used to evaluate the safety approval application pursuant to FAA regulations. Background: MEI applied for, and received, a safety approval for its ability to provide its Flight Analyst Workstation (FAWS) as a component of the process to build flight rules, generate the Mission Data Load (MDL), and verify the MDL prior to loading it onto a launch vehicle's autonomous flight safety unit (AFSU). The FAA issued MEI the 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. This Notice is published pursuant to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR 414.35). MEI may offer FAWS as a component of the process of generating and verifying MDLs for AFSUs to a prospective launch or reentry operator to meet the applicable requirements of 14 CFR 417.123(b), (d), and (e), and Sec. 417.309(h). Criteria Used To Evaluate Safety Approval Application: The performance criteria used to evaluate the FAWS as a component of the process of generating and verifying MDLs for AFSUs included the following FAA regulations, NASA standard, U.S. Air Force manuals or instructions, industry standard, and MEI-developed standards: 14 CFR 417.309(h) Flight Safety System AnalysisSoftware and Firmware and 14 CFR 417.123 Computing Systems and Software. NASA-STD-8719.13C Software Safety Standard. AFSPCMAN 91-710 (v1) Range Safety Policies and Procedures, AFSPCMAN 91-710 (v2) Range Safety User Requirements Manual, Volume 2Flight Safety Requirements, AFSPCMAN 91-712 Launch Safety Software and Computing System Requirements, and 45 SWI 91-701 45th Space Wing Launch Safety Software Management. CMMI-Dev (ML3) Capability Maturity Model Integration. MEI-000071 Configuration Management, MEI-000120 Requirements Development and Management, MEI-000124 Technical Solution, MEI-000149 Agile Software Development Process, and MEI-000125 Verification and Validation.
Sixth Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) Meeting
Document Number: 2018-03373
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-02-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the Sixth DAC Meeting.
Airworthiness Directives; Viking Air Limited Airplanes
Document Number: 2018-03329
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Viking Air Limited Models DHC-6-1, DHC-6-100, DHC-6-200, DHC-6-300, and DHC-6- 400 airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and address an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as aileron cable wear; fouling at the wing root rib, fuselage skin, and wing root rib fairlead; and/or fraying of the cable from the root rib fairlead. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2018-03212
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2017-07- 07, for certain Airbus Model A330-200, A330-300, A340-200, and A340-300 series airplanes. AD 2017-07-07 requires repetitive inspections of certain fastener holes, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. Since we issued AD 2017-07-07, we have determined that certain other airplanes could also be affected by the unsafe condition specified in AD 2017-07-07. This proposed AD would retain the requirements of AD 2017-07-07 and expand the applicability. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2018-03213
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2018-02-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 757 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of bolt rotation in the engine drag fitting joint and fasteners heads; an inspection of the fastener holes revealed that cracks were found in the skin on two airplanes. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections for skin cracking and shim migration at the upper link drag fittings, diagonal brace cracking, and fastener looseness; and applicable on-condition actions. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2018-03185
Type: Rule
Date: 2018-02-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A320-271N, A321-271N, and A321-272N airplanes. This AD requires de-pairing certain International Aero Engines (IAE) engines in order to continue to operate affected airplanes and discontinuing extended operations (ETOPS) for airplanes with at least one affected engine. This AD was prompted by reports of two engine in-flight shutdowns (IFSDs) and two rejected takeoffs. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.