Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, Weather Takeoff Minimums; Miscellaneous Amendments
This amendment establishes, amends, suspends, or revokes Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) and/or Weather Takeoff Minimums 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, addition of new obstacles, or changes in 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; Miscellaneous Amendments
This amendment amends Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) for operations at certain airports. These regulatory actions are needed because of changes occurring in the National Airspace System, such as the commissioning of new navigational facilities, addition of new obstacles, or changes in 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; Boeing Model 747SP, 747SR, 747-100, -100B, -100B SUD, -200B, -200C, -200F, and -300 Series Airplanes
This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to all Boeing Model 747SP, 747SR, 747-100, -100B, -100B SUD, -200B, -200C, -200F, and -300 series airplanes, that requires modification of the escape slide/raft pack assembly and cable release sliders, as applicable. The actions specified by this AD are intended to prevent improper deployment of the escape slide/raft or blockage of the passenger/crew doors in the event of an emergency evacuation, which could result in injury to passengers or crewmembers. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe condition.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Models RB211 Trent 768-60, Trent 772-60, and Trent 772B-60 Turbofan Engines
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce plc (RR) models RB211 Trent 768-60, Trent 772-60, and Trent 772B-60 turbofan engines. This AD requires initial and repetitive borescope inspections of the high pressure-intermediate pressure (HP- IP) turbine bearing internal oil vent tube, scavenge tube, and tube heat shields for wear and cracking, and removing tubes from service if found with any cracks beyond serviceable limits. This AD also requires installation of a new or modified HP-IP turbine bearings support as terminating action for the repetitive borescope inspections. This AD results from two reports of RR RB211 Trent 700 series engines found with the HP-IP internal oil vent tube and scavenge tube fretted by damaged heat shields on the tubes. We are issuing this AD to prevent oil ejecting from the HP-IP turbine bearings chamber and igniting. Burning oil can cause the intermediate pressure (IP) shaft to fracture, the IP turbine to overspeed, and possible uncontained failure of the engine.
Airworthiness Directives; MT-Propeller Entwicklung GmbH Propellers
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain MT-Propeller Entwicklung GmbH variable pitch and fixed pitch propellers with serial numbers (SNs) below 95000, which have not been overhauled since April 1994. This AD requires overhauling the propeller blades of these propellers within 30 days after the effective date of the AD. This AD also requires performing initial and repetitive visual inspections of affected propeller blades. This AD also requires removing all propeller blades from service with damaged erosion sheath bonding or loose erosion sheaths and installing any missing or damaged polyurethane protective strips. This AD results from reports of stainless steel leading edge erosion sheaths separating from propeller blades and reports of propeller blades with damaged or missing polyurethane protective strips (PU-protection tape) due to insufficient inspection procedures in older MT-Propeller Entwicklung GmbH Operation & Installation Manuals. We are issuing this AD to prevent erosion sheath separation leading to damage of the airplane.
Proposed Revision of Class E Airspace; Big Lake, AK
This action proposes to revise Class E airspace at Big Lake, AK. Two Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) are being produced, and one SIAP is being revised for the Big Lake Airport. Adoption of this proposal would result in revision of Class E airspace upward from 700 feet (ft.) above the surface at Big Lake, AK.
Fifth Meeting, RTCA Special Committee 204: 406 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitters
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of RTCA Special Committee 204: 406 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitters.
Fourth Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 206: Aeronautical Information Services Data Link
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of RTCA Special Committee 206: Aeronautical Information Services Data Link.
RTCA Special Committee 159: Global Positioning System (GPS)
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of RTCA Special Committee 159: Global Positioning System.
Public Notice for a Change in Use of Aeronautical Property at Pease International Tradeport, Portsmouth, NH
The FAA is requesting public comment on the Pease Development Authority's request to dispose of approx. 69 acres of Airport property. The property is located on the North end of the Tradeport along Arboretum Drive and is known as the Newington Town Forest. The vacant land is on the National Register of Historic Places and cannot be developed. The land will be deeded to the Town of Newington, New Hampshire for continued use as the Town Forest. The property was acquired from the United States of America via Quitclaim Deed dated October 15, 2003. The disposition of proceeds from the disposal of 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 15, 1999.
Revision of Class E Airspace; Sand Point, AK
This action modifies Class E airspace at Sand Point, AK to provide adequate controlled airspace to contain aircraft executing three new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs), one revised SIAP, and a revised Departure Procedure (DP). This rule results in revised Class E airspace upward from 700 feet (ft.) and 1,200 ft. above the surface at Sand Point, AK.
Change Notice for RTCA Program Management Committee
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of the RTCA Program Management Committee.
Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Working Group-Meeting Notice
Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 5 U.S.C. App. 2), and 5 U.S.C. 552b (c), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Risk Management Working Group of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). The meeting agenda will include a briefing by a representative from The Aerospace Corporation on the issue of indemnification for commercial launch activities, and will take place on Monday, March 20, 2006, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at FAA Headquarters, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591.
Airworthiness Directives; General Electric Company CF34 Series Turbofan Engines
The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CF34-1A, -3A, -3A1, -3A2, -3B, and -3B1 turbofan engines. That AD currently requires a onetime inspection, and if necessary replacing certain fan disks for electrical arc-out indications. That AD also reduces the life limit of certain fan disks. This AD requires the same actions and adds one disk part number (P/N) and serial number (SN) to the affected fan disks. This AD results from an error in the first part number and serial number listed in Table 1 of the original AD. We are issuing this AD to prevent rupture of the fan disk due to cracks that initiate at an electrical arc-out, which could result in an uncontained failure of the engine.
Process for Requesting Waiver of Mandatory Separation Age for Certain Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control Specialists
On January 7, 2005, the FAA published Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 103 establishing the procedures and some standards by which an air traffic controller in a flight service station, enroute or terminal facility, or at the David J. Hurley Air Traffic Control System Command Center may request a waiver of the mandatory separation age. The FAA requested comments on the SFAR. This action confirms that SFAR No. 103 remains in effect as adopted and disposes of the comments.
Notice of Availability of Draft Advisory Circulars, Other Policy Documents and Proposed Technical Standard Orders
The FAA's Aircraft Certification Service publishes proposed nonregulatory documents that are available for public comment on the Internet at http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/draftdocs/.
Notice of Approval of Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on a Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA); Quad City International Airport; Moline, IL
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is issuing this notice to advise the public of the approval of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on an Environmental Assessment for proposed Federal actions at Quad City International Airport, Moline, Illinois. The FONSI specifies that the proposed federal actions and local development projects are consistent with existing environmental policies and objectives as set forth in the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 and will not significantly affect the quality of the environment. A description of the proposed Federal actions is: (a) To issue an environmental finding to allow approval of the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) for the development items listed below; (b) approval of the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) for the development items listed below; and (c) establish eligibility of the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County to compete for Federal funding for the development projects depicted on the Airport Layout Plan. The specific items in the local airport development project include: Construction, lighting and marking of a 500 foot long by 150 foot wide extension to Runway 5 that includes grading and drainage; Construction, lighting and marking of parallel and connecting taxiways to the Runway 5 extension; Construction of Taxiway Q; Widening of Taxiway F; Expansion of the General Aviation Ramp; Installation of a CAT II/III ILS to Runway 9 that includes an Approach Lighting System with sequenced Flashing Lights (ALSF-2), Touchdown Zone Lighting (TDZL) and Runway Centerline Lighting; Creation of a Standard CAT II/III Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) for Runway 9; Installation of a Mid-Field Runway Visual Range (RVR) Sensor; Relocation of the Runway 5 Visual Approach Decent Indicator (VADI); Construction of detention areas to mitigate approximately 0.6 acres of potential floodplain encroachment; and Approval of the Quad City International Airport's Layout Plan (ALP). Copies of the environmental decision and the Final EA are available for public information review during regular business hours at the following locations: 1. Quad City International Airport, 2200 69th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265. 2. Division of Aeronautics-Illinois Department of Transportation, One Langhorne Bond Drive, Capital Airport, Springfield, IL 62707. 3. Chicago Airport District Office, Room 320, Federal Aviation Administration, 2300 East Devon Avenue, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018.
Notice of Intent to Request Amendment From the Office of Management and Budget of a Currently Approved Information Collection Activity, Request for Comments; Outsource Maintenance Providers Quarterly Utilization Report
The FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve an amendment of a current information collection. The amendment is to add air agencies to the list of respondents. The data from this report will be used to assist the principal maintenance or avionics inspector in revising the annual FAA surveillance requirements of the leading contract maintenance providers to the air operators and air agencies.
Approval of Noise Compatibility Program; Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field, Boise, ID
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its findings on the noise compatibility program submitted by the Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field under the provisions of Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C.), the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act, hereinafter referred to as ``the Act,'' and Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 150. These findings are made in recognition of the description of federal and nonfederal responsibilities in Senate Report No. 96-52 (1980). On August 23, 2005, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) determined that the noise exposure maps submitted by the Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field under Part 150 were in compliance with applicable requirements. On February 8, 2006, the FAA approved the Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field noise compatibility program. Thirty of thirty-two recommendations of the program were approved.
Noise Exposure Map Notice; Receipt of Noise Compatibility Program and Request for Review; St. Lucie County International Airport; Fort Pierce, FL
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its determination that the noise exposure maps submitted by St. Lucie County for St. Lucie County 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. The FAA also announces that it is reviewing a proposed noise compatibility program that was submitted for St. Lucie County International under part 150 in conjunction with the noise exposure map, and that this program will be approved or disapproved on or before August 22, 2006.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 747-200F, 747-200C, 747-400, 747-400D, and 747-400F Series Airplanes
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 747-200F, 747-200C, 747-400, 747-400D, and 747-400F series airplanes. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking of certain fuselage internal structure, and repair if necessary. This AD results from fatigue tests and analysis that identified areas of the fuselage where fatigue cracks can occur. We are issuing this AD to prevent loss of the structural integrity of the fuselage, which could result in rapid depressurization of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Sicma Aero Seat; Third Occupant Seat Assemblies, 133 Series
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Sicma Aero Seat third occupant seat assemblies, 133 Series. This proposed AD would require visually inspecting the installation of the two headrest bushings and installing Mecanindus pins to secure the bushings. This proposed AD results from Sicma's determination that missing or incorrectly secured bushings could loosen and cause disengagement of the headrest from the seat during a high-energy stop of the airplane, possibly injuring the seat occupant. We are proposing this AD to prevent disengagement of the headrest from the seat during a high-energy stop of the airplane that could injure the seat occupant.
Modification of Class E Airspace; Scott City Municipal Airport, KS
This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations, part 71 (14 CFR 71) by revising the Class E airspace area at Scott City, KS. A review of the controlled airspace at Scott City, KS revealed that the area does not comply with the criteria for 700 feet above ground level (AGL) airspace required for diverse departures and does not reflect the current Scott City, KS Municipal Airport airport reference point (ARP). This action increases the radius of the existing controlled airspace at Scott City, KS and corrects the ARP in the legal description.
Amendments to Colored Federal Airways; AK
This action revokes Colored Federal Airway B-12, modifies three Colored Federal Airways B-4, R-50 and G-7, and establishes Colored Federal Airway R-4 in Alaska. These amendments remove all airways and routes off the Bishop, AK, Nondirectional Radio Beacon (NDB) in preparation for the NDB's eventual decommissioning from the National Airspace System (NAS).
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc RB211 Trent 500, 700 and 800 Series Turbofan Engines
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211 Trent 500, 700, and 800 series turbofan engines. This AD requires inspecting all engines to determine those that are equipped with a suspect oil filler cap assembly. This AD also requires, within seven days of the effective date of this AD, an initial and repetitive check of oil cap security following oil servicing of multiple-engine airplanes having more than one suspect oil filler cap assembly installed. Finally, this AD requires replacing affected oil filler cap assemblies. This AD results from four in- service oil loss events since March 2005, following failures to properly install the oil tank filler cap after oil servicing. We are issuing this AD to prevent oil loss that could result in multiple engine in-flight shutdowns during a flight.