Antidrug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Programs for Personnel Engaged in Specified Aviation Activities
This final rule amends the FAA regulations governing drug and alcohol testing to clarify that each person who performs a safety- sensitive function for a regulated employer by contract, including by subcontract at any tier, is subject to testing. These amendments are necessary because in the 1990s, the FAA issued conflicting guidance about which contractors were subject to drug and alcohol testing. This action also rescinds all prior guidance on the subject of testing contractors.
Federal Register Dispositions of Petitions for Exemption
This final rule amends FAA regulations dealing with how the FAA notifies petitioners of its decisions on petitions for exemption. This rule change eliminates the requirement for the FAA to publish dispositions of petitions for exemption in the Federal Register. This change is intended to streamline our process and will save the agency the cost of publication. Publishing dispositions in the Federal Register is unnecessary because petitioners are notified in writing of FAA's decision and the decision is placed in the public docket, which is internet accessible and searchable.
Lightning Direct Effects Compliance
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces the availability of proposed policy on Lightning Direct Effects Compliance. The proposed policy would accept SAE International Aerospace Recommended Practice 5577 as a means of compliance with the Lightning Direct Effects requirements.
Special Conditions: Boeing Model 747-400 Airplane; Large Non-Structural Glass in the Passenger Compartment
These special conditions are issued for a Boeing Model 747-400 airplane modified by Lufthansa Technik AG. This airplane will have a novel or unusual design feature associated with the installation of large non-structural glass items in the cabin area of an executive interior occupied by passengers and crew. The installation of these items in a passenger compartment, which can be occupied during taxi, takeoff, and landing, is a novel or unusual design feature with respect to the material used. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. These 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. Effective Date: January 3, 2006.