Special Requirements for Private Use Transport Category Airplanes
This proposal would amend the airworthiness standards for transport category airplanes by adding new cabin interior criteria for operators of private use airplanes. These standards may be used instead of the specific requirements that affect transport category airplanes operated by air carriers. The proposed standards would supplement the requirements for operation under the air traffic and general operating rules. This proposal is intended to provide alternative criteria for transport category airplanes that are operated for private use while continuing to provide an acceptable level of safety for those operations.
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.
Noise Compatibility Program Notice; Laredo International Airport; Laredo, TX
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its findings on the noise compatibility program submitted by the City of Laredo under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. (the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act, hereinafter referred to as ``the Act'') and 14 CFR part 150. These findings are made in recognition of the description of Federal and nonfederal responsibilities in Senate Report No. 96-52 (1980). On September 22, 2005, the FAA determined that the noise exposure maps submitted by the City of Laredo under Part 150 were in compliance with applicable requirements. On June 22, 2007, the FAA approved the Laredo International Airport noise compatibility program. Most 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.
Noise Compatibility Program Notice; Shreveport Regional Airport, Shreveport, LA
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its findings on the noise compatibility program submitted by the Shreveport Regional Airport Authority under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. (the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act, hereinafter referred to as ``the Act'') and 14 CFR Part 150. These findings are made in recognition of the description of Federal and nonfederal responsibilities in Senate Report No. 96-52 (1980). On January 12, 2007 the FAA determined that the noise exposure maps submitted by the Shreveport Regional Airport under Part 150 were in compliance with applicable requirements. On May 24, 2007, the FAA approved the Shreveport Regional Airport noise compatibility program. Four of the six recommendations of the program were approved in full, one was approved in part, and one was disapproved.
Public Notice for waiver of Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance; Evansville Regional Airport, Evansville, IN
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a proposal to change a portion of the airport from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use and to authorize the lease of the airport property. The 97.10-acre parcel is located in the northeast quadrant of the airport. Currently, the land is not being used for aeronautical purposes. The land was acquired under FAA FAAP Project Nos. 9-12-023- C309 and FAAP 9-12-023-C510. There are no adverse impacts to the airport by allowing the airport to lease the property; and the associated fair market rental income will significantly increase the airport's available operational budget. Approval does not constitute a commitment by the FAA to financially assist in the lease of the subject airport property nor a determination of eligibility for grant-in-aid funding from the FAA. The disposition of proceeds from the lease of the 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 16, 1999. In accordance with section 47107(h) of title 49, United States Code, this notice is required to be published in the Federal Register 30 days before modifying the land-use assurance that requires the property to be used for an aeronautical purpose.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Model AS355E, F, F1, F2, and N Helicopters
This document proposes superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Eurocopter France (ECF) helicopters. That AD currently requires certain checks of the magnetic chip detector plug (chip detector) and the main gearbox (MGB) oil-sight glass, certain inspections of the lubrication pump (pump), and replacing the MGB and the pump with an airworthy MGB and pump, if necessary. Also, the AD requires that before an MGB or pump with any hours time-in- service (TIS) can be installed, it must meet the AD requirements. This action would retain those requirements but would add all serial- numbered pumps to the applicability. This proposal is prompted by additional cases of MGB lubrication pump deterioration and a further investigation that determined that all serial-numbered pumps might be affected. The actions specified by the proposed AD are intended to detect sludge on the chip detector and dark oil in the MGB, to prevent failure of the MGB pump, seizure of the MGB, loss of drive to an engine and main rotor, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited Model 206A and 206B Helicopters
This document proposes adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (BHTC) Model 206A and 206B helicopters, serial numbers (S/N) 0004 through 3906, with two- piece vertical stabilizer (fin) supports (fin supports) installed. This proposal would require inserting a revision into the applicable maintenance manual, verifying the torque on the fin support attachment hardware, inspecting the fin support bracket and vertical fin for paint or gaps, and inspecting the fin support bracket for cracking, and if a crack is found, replacing the two-piece vertical fin support with a one-piece casting support. This proposal is prompted by an accident in which the fin supports failed. The actions specified by this proposed AD are intended to detect improper torque of the fin support attachment hardware, gaps between the fin support bracket and the doubler, painted mating surfaces of the fin supports, vertical fin, and vertical fin inserts (fin inserts), and cracking in the fin supports, to prevent the vertical fin from rotating into the tail rotor, separation of the tail rotor, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Trimble or FreeFlight Systems 2101 I/O Approach Plus Global Positioning System (GPS) Navigation Systems
This document proposes adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the Trimble or FreeFlight Systems 2101 I/O Approach Plus global positioning system (GPS) navigation system (2101 I/O Approach Plus system). The AD would require a software upgrade for this system. This proposal is prompted by an incident that led to the discovery of several annunciation errors with the 2101 I/O Approach Plus system. The actions specified by the proposed AD are intended to prevent a pilot from making an unsafe decision based on erroneous information provided by the 2101 I/O Approach Plus system, which could result in loss of control of the aircraft.