Federal Aviation Administration April 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 757-200 and -300 Series Airplanes
Document Number: 06-3377
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 757-200 and -300 series airplanes. This AD requires replacing certain electrical panels with certain new panels. This AD results from a report of some loose wire terminations in the P50 panel that caused intermittent indications in the flight deck. We are issuing this AD to prevent intermittent indications in the flight deck, incorrect circuitry operation in the panels, and airplane system malfunctions that may adversely affect the alternate flaps, alternate gear extension, and fire extinguishing.
Special Conditions: Airbus Model A380-800 Airplane; Dynamic Braking, Interaction of Systems And Structures, Limit Pilot Forces, Side Stick Controllers, Dive Speed Definition, Electronic Flight Control System-Lateral-Directional Stability, Longitudinal Stability, And Low Energy Awareness, Electronic Flight Control System-Control Surface Awareness, Electronic Flight Control System-Flight Characteristics Compliance Via the Handling Qualities Rating Method, Flight Envelope Protection-General Limiting Requirements, Flight Envelope Protection-Normal Load Factor (G) Limiting, Flight Envelope Protection-High Speed Limiting, Flight Envelope Protection-Pitch And Roll Limiting, Flight Envelope Protection-High Incidence Protection and Alpha-Floor Systems, High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF) Protection, and Operation Without Normal Electrical Power
Document Number: 06-3359
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These Special Conditions are issued for the Airbus A380-800 airplane. This airplane will have novel or unusual design features when compared to the state of technology envisioned in the airworthiness standards for transport category airplanes. These design features include side stick controllers, a body landing gear in addition to conventional wing and nose landing gears, electronic flight control systems, and flight envelope protection. These Special Conditions also pertain to the effects of such novel or unusual design features, such as their effects on the structural performance of the airplane. Finally, the Special Conditions pertain to the effects of certain conditions on these novel or unusual design features, such as the effects of high intensity radiated fields (HIRF) or of operation without normal electrical power. Additional Special Conditions will be issued for other novel or unusual design features of the Airbus A380- 800 airplanes. A list is provided in the section of this document entitled ``Discussion of Novel or Unusual Design Features.''
Petitions for Exemption; Summary of Petitions Received
Document Number: E6-5210
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Pursuant to FAA's rulemaking provisions governing the application, processing, and disposition of petitions for exemption part 11 of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), this notice contains a summary of certain petitions seeking relief from specified requirements of 14 CFR. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of FAA's regulatory activities. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of any petition or its final disposition.
Airworthiness Directives; BURKHART GROB LUFT-UND-RAUMFAHRT GmbH & Co. KG, Model G 103 C Twin III SL Sailplanes
Document Number: 06-3351
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) that supersedes AD 97-24-09, which applies to certain BURKHART GROB LUFT- UND-RAUMFAHRT GmbH & Co. KG (Grob) Model G 103 C Twin III SL sailplanes. AD 97-24-09 currently requires repetitively inspecting the propeller bearing and upper pulley wheel for increased play and, if increased play is found, modifying the propeller bearing and pulley wheel. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the airworthiness authority for Germany. Consequently, this AD requires you to modify the propeller bearing and upper pulley wheel by installing a new securing plate and tightening the grooved nut to the new torque values. We are issuing this AD to prevent loss of the sailplane propeller caused by increased play in the current design propeller bearing and upper pulley wheel. This could result in loss of control of the sailplane.
Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Working Group-Meeting Notice
Document Number: E6-5052
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
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 telephone conference for the Launch Operations and Support Working Group of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). The agenda will include a report by the Working Group Chairperson, discussions on the commercial space launch programs for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other updates on working group activities, and will take place on Tuesday, April 18, 2006, from 4 p.m. until 5:55 p.m., eastern daylight time. For the call-in telephone number and the passcode, contact the Contact Person listed below.
Notice of Availability of Draft Advisory Circulars, Other Policy Documents and Proposed Technical Standard Orders
Document Number: 06-3360
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA's Aircraft Certification Service publishes proposed non-regulatory documents that are available for public comment on the Internet at http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/draftdocs/.
Airworthiness Directives; Aerospatiale Model ATR42 Airplanes and Model ATR72 Airplanes
Document Number: 06-3199
Type: Unknown
Date: 2006-04-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Aerospatiale Model ATR42 airplanes and Model ATR72 airplanes. This AD requires installing protective ramps on trim panel 110VU; and inspecting the protective guard of the standby pitch trim switch to determine if it is missing, damaged, or ineffective, and doing the corrective action if necessary. This AD results from a finding that the protective guard of the standby pitch trim switch, which is installed on the center pedestal, could be damaged or missing. We are issuing this AD to prevent inadvertent activation of the standby pitch trim, which could result in pitch trim runaway and consequent reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model EMB-120, -120ER, -120FC, -120QC, and -120RT Airplanes
Document Number: 06-3198
Type: Unknown
Date: 2006-04-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model EMB-120, -120ER, -120FC, -120QC, and -120RT airplanes. This AD requires a one- time inspection of the interior of the internal elevator torque tube of each elevator control surface for oxidation and corrosion, and corrective actions. This AD results from corrosion in torque tubes of the elevators found during scheduled maintenance. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct corrosion in the torque tubes of the elevators, which could lead to an unbalanced elevator and result in reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 727, 727C, 727-100, 727-100C, and 727-200 Series Airplanes
Document Number: 06-3197
Type: Unknown
Date: 2006-04-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing transport category airplanes. This AD requires determining if the terminal fittings of the spars of the wings are made of 7079 aluminum alloy material. For any positive finding, the AD requires doing repetitive inspections for cracks and corrosion of all exposed surfaces of the terminal fitting bores; doing repetitive inspections for cracks, corrosion, and other surface defects, of all exposed surfaces, including the flanges, of the terminal fitting; applying corrosion inhibiting compound to the terminal fittings; and repairing or replacing any cracked, corroded, or defective part with a new part. This AD also provides for an optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections. This AD results from reports of cracking of the terminal fittings of the spars of the wings. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct stress-corrosion cracking of the terminal fittings, which could result in the failure of one of the terminal fitting connections. Such a failure, combined with a similar failure of one of the other three terminal fittings, could result in the inability of the airplane structure to carry fail-safe loads, which could result in loss of structural integrity of the wing attachment points.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier Model DHC-8-400 Series Airplanes
Document Number: 06-3196
Type: Unknown
Date: 2006-04-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes. This AD requires replacing all domed anchor nuts at all attachment locations of the upper fuel access panels of the center wing in the wet bay location with new nuts. This AD results from reported cases of corroded dome anchor nuts at the attachment locations of the upper surface of the fuel access panel of the center wing. We are issuing this AD to prevent corrosion or perforation of domed anchor nuts, which could result in arcing and ignition of fuel vapor in the center wing fuel tank during a lightning strike and consequent explosion of the fuel tank.
Airworthiness directives: Boeing
Document Number: 06-3194
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Proposed Modification of Offshore Airspace Area: Control 1487L; AK
Document Number: E6-4973
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify the Control 1487L offshore airspace area in the vicinity of the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport, Sitka, AK; Merle K. Mudhole Smith Airport, Cordova, AK; and Middleton Island Airport, Middleton Island, AK, by lowering the affected airspace floors associated within Control 1487L. The FAA is proposing these actions to provide additional controlled airspace for the safety of aircraft executing instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at the Sitka Rocky Gutierrez, Merle K. Mudhole, and Middleton Island Airports.
Special Conditions: Cessna Model 510 Series Airplane Special Conditions for Flight Performance, Flight Characteristics, and Operating Limitations
Document Number: 06-3294
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Cessna Model 510 series airplane. This airplane will have a novel or unusual design feature(s) associated with engine location, certain performance, flight characteristics and operating limitations necessary for this type of airplane. 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 airworthiness standards applicable to these airplanes.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Ridgeway, PA
Document Number: 06-3293
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice proposes to establish Class E airspace at Ridgeway Landing Zone, Ridgeway, Pennsylvania. The development of an Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) and Helicopter RNAV (GPS) 100 approach for the Ridgeway Landing Zone to serve flights operating into the airport during Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) conditions makes this action necessary. Controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) is needed to contain aircraft executing an approach. The area would be depicted on aeronautical charts for pilot reference.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Jersey Shores Airport, PA
Document Number: 06-3292
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice proposes to establish Class E airspace at Jersey Shores Airport (P96), Jersey Shores, Pennsylvania. The development of an Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) and Helicopter RNAV (GPS) 074 approach for the Jersey Shores Airport to serve flights operating into the airport during Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) conditions makes this action necessary. Controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) is needed to contain aircraft executing an approach. The area would be depicted on aeronautical charts for pilot reference.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Nessmuk Helipad, PA
Document Number: 06-3291
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice proposes to establish Class E airspace at Nessmuk Helipad, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. The development of an Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) and Helicopter RNAV (GPS) 080 approach for the Nessmuk Helipad to serve flights operating into the airport during Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) conditions makes this action necessary. Controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) is needed to contain aircraft executing an approach. The area would be depicted on aeronautical charts for pilot reference.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes Barre, PA
Document Number: 06-3290
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice proposes to establish Class E airspace at Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. The development of an Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) and Helicopter RNAV (GPS) 188 approach for the Wyoming Valley Medical Center to serve flights operating into the airport during Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) conditions makes this action necessary. Controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) is needed to contain aircraft executing an approach. The area would be depicted on aeronautical charts for pilot reference.
Receipt of Noise Compatibility Program and Request for Review; Columbia Metropolitan Airport, Columbia, SC
Document Number: 06-3289
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces that it is reviewing a proposed noise compatibility program that was submitted for Columbia Metropolitan Airport under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 47501 et seq. (the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act hereinafter referred to as ``the Act'') and 14 CFR part 150 by the Richland- Lexington Airport District. This program was submitted subsequent to a determination by FAA that the associated noise exposure maps submitted under 14 CFR part 150 for Columbia Metropolitan Airport were in compliance with applicable requirements effective July 29, 2005. The proposed noise compatibility program will be approved or disapproved on or before September 18, 2006.
Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment on Surplus Property Release at Augusta Regional Airport, Augusta, GA
Document Number: 06-3288
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the provisions of Title 49, U.S.C. 47153(c), notice is being given that the FAA is considering a request from the Augusta Aviation Commission and the Augusta Regional Airport to waive the requirement that a 4.31-acre parcel of surplus property, located at the Augusta Regional Airport, be used for aeronautical purposes.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, Weather Takeoff Minimums; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 06-3186
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
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.
Airworthiness Directives; BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 Airplanes
Document Number: E6-4927
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is revising an earlier NPRM for an airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 airplanes. The original NPRM would have required repetitive inspections to measure the depth of chafing or scoring in the skin along the full length of the wing-to-fuselage fairing from forward to aft ends at the contact between the seal and fuselage, and related investigative/corrective actions if necessary. The original NPRM resulted from a report of chafing in this area. This action revises the original NPRM by removing certain credit for prior accomplishment of proposed requirements. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM to detect and correct such chafing or scoring, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the fuselage.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 727 Airplanes
Document Number: E6-4924
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 727 airplanes. This proposed AD would require repetitive measurements of the freeplay of the left and right outboard aileron balance tabs and of the upper and lower rudder tabs, and related investigative/corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD also would require repetitive lubrication of the hinge bearings and rod end bearings of the aileron balance tabs. This proposed AD results from reports of freeplay-induced vibration of the outboard aileron balance tab and rudder tab. We are proposing this AD to prevent excessive vibration of the airframe during flight, which could result in divergent flutter and loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives: Rolls-Royce Deutschland (RRD) (Formerly Rolls-Royce plc) Tay 650-15 Series Turbofan Engines
Document Number: E6-4923
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action withdraws a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). That NPRM proposed a new airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain RRD Tay 650-15 series turbofan engines. That proposed action would have required initial and repetitive inspections of the high pressure compressor (HPC) shaft and high pressure turbine (HPT) shaft for spline flank wear. Since we issued that NPRM, the Luftfahrt- Bundesamt (LBA), which is the airworthiness authority for Germany, notified us that the spline flank wear inspections are now downgraded by RRD from ``mandatory'' to ``recommended''. Accordingly, we withdraw the proposed rule.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Model RB211 Trent 892, 884, 877, 875, and 892B Series Turbofan Engines
Document Number: E6-4922
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to rescind an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce plc (RR) Model RB211 Trent 892, 884, 877, 875, and 892B series turbofan engines. That AD currently requires inspecting and replacing certain angle gearbox and intermediate gearbox hardware, and on-going repetitive inspections of the magnetic chip detectors. This action would rescind all the requirements of AD 97-06- 13, Amendment 39-9970, Docket No. 97-ANE-09. This proposed rescission results from the FAA determining that the inspections and replacements required by that AD are no longer required to correct an unsafe condition. Operators should, however, incorporate those inspections and replacements into their normal maintenance practices.
Proposed Revision of Class E Airspace; Huslia, AK
Document Number: E6-4896
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to revise Class E airspace at Huslia, AK. One Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) is being produced, and two SIAPs are being revised for the Huslia Airport. Adoption of this proposal would result in revision of Class E airspace upward from 700 feet (ft.) and 1,200 ft. above the surface at Huslia, AK.
Antidrug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Programs for Personnel Engaged in Specified Aviation Activities
Document Number: 06-3277
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is delaying the compliance date for the final rule clarifying that contractors, including subcontractors at any tier, must be subject to drug and alcohol testing. This action is necessary because it has come to our attention that some original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and other entities may be confused regarding whether they are performing maintenance or preventive maintenance duties subject to drug and alcohol testing, or manufacturing duties not subject to testing. The effective date of April 10, 2006, will remain the same, but this action extends the compliance date until October 10, 2006, which gives OEMs and others sufficient time to determine what work is subject to drug and alcohol testing.
Airworthiness Directives; Turbomeca Makila 1 A2 Turboshaft Engines
Document Number: 06-3253
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Turbomeca Makila 1 A2 turboshaft engines. This AD requires upgrading the software version of the digital electronic control. This AD results from Turbomeca determining that Makila 1 A2 turboshaft engines with software version 9 installed in the digital electronic control unit (DECU), under certain conditions, could experience a free turbine overspeed and uncontained failure. We are issuing this AD to prevent overspeed and uncontained failure of the free turbine and damage to the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; The Cessna Aircraft Company Models 208 and 208B Airplanes
Document Number: 06-3252
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This document makes a correction to Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2006-06-06, which published in the Federal Register on March 16, 2006 (71 FR 13533), and applies to all The Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 208 and 208B airplanes. AD 2006-06-06 requires you to incorporate information into the applicable section of the Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) and Pilots Operating Handbook (POH) and requires installation of placards. Current language in paragraph (f)(3) of AD 2006-06-06 regarding the placard requirement inadvertently states: ``You may insert a copy of this AD into the appropriate sections of the POH to comply with this action.'' This does not meet the intent of the AD. This document corrects that paragraph by removing the language referenced above.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Valdez Pioneer Field, AK
Document Number: 06-3250
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action revises Class E airspace at Valdez Pioneer Field, AK to provide adequate controlled airspace to contain aircraft executing two new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs), and one revised SIAP. This rule results in revised Class E airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet (ft.) above the surface at Valdez Pioneer Field, AK.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Minchumina, AK
Document Number: 06-3249
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E airspace at Minchumina, AK to provide adequate controlled airspace to contain aircraft executing two new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs), and one revised SIAP. This rule results in new Class E airspace established upward from 700 feet (ft.) above the surface at Minchumina, AK.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Cold Bay, AK
Document Number: 06-3248
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action revises Class E airspace at Cold Bay, AK to provide adequate controlled airspace to contain aircraft executing two new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs), and seven revised SIAPs. This rule results in revised Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet (ft.) and 1,200 ft. above the surface at Cold Bay, AK.
Notice Before Waiver With Respect to land at Hamilton Municipal Airport, Hamilton, NY
Document Number: 06-3247
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is publishing notice of the proposed release of approximately 3.0 acres of land located at Hamilton Municipal Airport, to allow its sale for non-aviation development. The parcel was part of the airport property acquired with federal funding support under the Airport Improvement Program. The Village of Hamilton proposes to sell the land to a developer who will develop it as a Medical office Building. FAA's action is to release the land from a deem provision requiring aeronautical use of the property. The Village of Hamilton has stated that it has no aeronautical use for the parcel now or in the near future according to the Hamilton Municipal Airport Layout Plan. The Fair Market Value of the land will be paid to the Village of Hamilton to be used for the capital development of Hamilton Municipal Airport. Any comments the agency receives will be considered as a part of the decision.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; St. Paul Island, AK
Document Number: 06-3246
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action revises Class E airspace at St. Paul Island, AK to provide adequate controlled airspace to contain aircraft executing one new Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP), and five revised SIAPs. This rule results in revised Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet (ft.) and 1,200 ft. above the surface at St. Paul Island, AK.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 06-3187
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
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; Bombardier Model DHC-8-100, DHC-8-200, and DHC-8-300 Series Airplanes
Document Number: E6-4841
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier Model DHC-8-100, DHC-8-200, and DHC-8-300 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections of the fluorescent light tube assemblies of the cabin, lavatory, and sidewall, and corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD would also provide for optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections. This proposed AD results from reports of overheating due to arcing between the fluorescent tube pins and the lamp holder contacts. The tubes had not been properly seated during installation. We are proposing this AD to prevent fumes, traces of visible smoke, and fire at the fluorescent light tube assembly.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 757 Airplanes
Document Number: E6-4827
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 757 airplanes. The original NPRM would have required, for certain airplanes, reworking the spar bonding path and reapplying sealant; and, for certain other airplanes, testing the electrical bond between the engine fuel feed hose and the wing front spar and, if applicable, reworking the spar bonding path and reapplying sealant. The original NPRM also would have required, for all airplanes, an inspection to ensure the electrical bonding jumper is installed between the engine fuel feed tube and the adjacent wing station. The original NPRM resulted from fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. This action revises the original NPRM by requiring operators that may have installed an incorrect O-ring to install the correct part and do a re-test. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM to prevent arcing or sparking at the interface between the bulkhead fittings of the engine fuel feed tube and the front spar during a lightning strike, which could provide a possible ignition source for the fuel vapor inside the fuel tank and result in a fuel tank explosion.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A300 B2 and A300 B4 Series Airplanes; 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 A310-200 and -300 Series Airplanes
Document Number: E6-4825
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus airplanes identified above. This proposed AD would require improving the routing of certain electrical wire bundles in certain airplane zones, as applicable to the airplane model. This proposed AD results from fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. We are proposing this AD to reduce the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Thrush Aircraft, Inc. Model 600 S2D and S2R (S-2R) Series Airplanes
Document Number: 06-3162
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede AD 2003-07-01, which applies to certain Thrush Aircraft, Inc. Model 600 S2D and S2R (S-2R) series airplanes (type certificate previously held by Quality Aerospace, Inc. and Ayres Corporation). AD 2003-07-01 currently requires you to repetitively inspect the \1/4\- inch and \5/16\-inch bolt hole areas on the lower wing spar caps for fatigue cracking; replace or repair any lower wing spar cap where fatigue cracking is found; and report any fatigue cracking found. This AD is the result of the analysis of data from 112 cracks found in the last 8 years on similar design Model 600 S2D and S2R (S-2R) series airplanes, and FAA's determination that an immediate initial inspection and more frequent repetitive inspections are necessary to address the unsafe condition for certain airplanes. Consequently, this AD would require you to increase the frequency of the repetitive inspections on Groups 1, 2, 3, and 6 airplanes; and decrease the hours time-in-service (TIS) for the initial inspection on Group 2 airplanes. We are issuing this AD to prevent lower wing spar cap failure caused by undetected fatigue cracks. Such failure could result in loss of a wing with consequent loss of airplane control.
Membership in the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group Aviation Rulemaking Committee
Document Number: E6-4793
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The National Park Service (NPS) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as required by the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000, established the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG) in March 2001. The NPOAG was formed to provide continuing advice and counsel with respect to commercial air tour operations over and near national parks. This notice informs the public of six vacancies (due to completion of membership on October 9, 2006), on the NPOAG (now the NPOAG Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC)) for members representing general aviation (one vacancy), commercial air tour operators (two vacancies), environmental concerns (two vacancies) and Native American tribes (one vacancy), and invites interested persons to apply to fill the vacancies.
Fire Penetration Resistance of Thermal Acoustic Insulation Installed on Transport Category Airplanes
Document Number: E6-4791
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to extend, by 12 months, the date for operators to comply with the fire penetration resistance requirements of thermal/acoustic insulation used in transport category airplanes manufactured after September 2, 2007. This extension is from September 2, 2007 to September 2, 2008. This action is necessary to allow airframe manufacturers enough time, after getting an acceptable certification test facility, to select and certificate appropriate installations.
Reduction of Fuel Tank Flammability in Transport Category Airplanes
Document Number: E6-4790
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the availability of and request for comments on the following documents: ``Peer Review of Sandia National Laboratories `Assessment of Preventing Ignition Sources With SFAR 88 Airworthiness Directives'.'' FAA Disposition of ``Peer Review of Sandia National Laboratories `Assessment of Preventing Ignition Sources With SFAR 88 Airworthiness Directives'.'' ``Peer Review Document DOT/FAA/AR-05/8 Fuel Tank Flammability Assessment Method User's Manual.'' FAA Disposition of ``Peer Review Document DOT/FAA/AR-05/8 Fuel Tank Flammability Assessment Method User's Manual.''
High Altitude Cabin Decompression Interim Policy (Reference Amendment 25-87)
Document Number: 06-3174
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces the availability of final policy that provides FAA certification policy on the compliance issues associated with high altitude flight.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 727 Airplanes
Document Number: 06-3065
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-03
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Boeing Model 727 airplanes. That AD currently requires repetitive visual inspections for cracking of the forward entry doorway forward frame and repair if necessary. That AD also provides an optional modification that constitutes terminating action. This new AD requires adding new post-repair and post- modification inspections for previously repaired or modified airplanes, mandating the optional modification, and adding airplanes to the applicability of the AD. This AD results from reports of cracking of the forward entry doorway forward frame of airplanes previously modified. We are issuing this AD to prevent the loss of the structural integrity of the forward entry doorway due to cracking of the frame at Body Station 303.9, and consequent cracking of the fuselage skin and rapid decompression of the airplane.