Federal Aviation Administration October 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Petitions for Exemption; Summary of Petitions Received
Document Number: E7-21426
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
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; PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. Model PC-12, PC-12/45, and PC-12/47 Airplanes
Document Number: E7-21421
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:
Airworthiness Directives; REIMS AVIATION S.A. Model F406 Airplanes
Document Number: E7-21400
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: E7-21134
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This Rule establishes, amends, suspends, or revokes 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 safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace and to promote safe flight operations under instrument flight rules at the affected airports.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Scottsboro, AL
Document Number: 07-5353
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace at Scottsboro, AL, to accommodate a new Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) that has been developed for Scottsboro MunicipalWord Field Airport. Additional controlled airspace is necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at Scottsboro MunicipalWord Field Airport.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier Model DHC-8-400 Series Airplanes
Document Number: E7-21178
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-30
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 an inspection to detect discrepancies of the main landing gear (MLG) system, an inspection of the jam nut of the retract actuator of the MLGs to ensure the wire lock is in place and the nut is secured, an inspection of the retract actuator for any signs of corrosion or wear, and applicable related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This AD also requires submitting an inspection report to Bombardier. This AD results from two reports of collapse of MLGs within a few days of each other. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct potential failure of major components of the MLG assembly and attachments, which could result in the possible collapse of a MLG and consequent damage to the airplane and injury to people or damage to property on the ground.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Springfield, CO
Document Number: E7-21133
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action will establish Class E surface airspace at Springfield, CO. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate aircraft using a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) at Springfield Municipal Airport. This action will enhance the safety of Instrument Flight rules (IFR) aircraft operations at Springfield Municipal Airport, Springfield, CO. Additionally this action also corrects the geographic location of Springfield Municipal Airport, CO.
Amendment to Class E Airspace; Du Bois, PA
Document Number: 07-5329
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace at Du Bois, PA to provide adequate airspace for a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Special Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) that has been developed to serve the Du Bois Regional Medical Center, Du Bois, PA.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Williamsport, PA
Document Number: 07-5328
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E Airspace at Williamsport, PA, to provide adequate airspace for a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Special Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) that has been developed to serve the Williamsport Hospital (66PA), Williamsport, PA.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; St. Marys, PA
Document Number: 07-5327
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E Airspace at St. Marys, PA to provide adequate airspace for a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Special Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) that has been developed to serve the Elk Regional Medical Center (7PS9), St. Marys, PA.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Tappahannock, VA
Document Number: 07-5326
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E Airspace at Tappahannock- Essex County Airport, Tappahannock, VA (KXSA) to accommodate newly developed Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) that serve Tappahannock-Essex County Airport, Tappahannock, VA.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; State College, PA
Document Number: 07-5325
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E Airspace at State College, PA to provide adequate airspace for a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Special Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) that has been developed to serve the Centre Community Hospital (PS57), State College, PA.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Muncy, PA
Document Number: 07-5324
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E Airspace at Muncy, PA, to provide adequate airspace for a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Special Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) that has been developed to serve the Muncy Valley Hospital (7PS5), Muncy, PA.
Special Conditions: Boeing Model 777 Series Airplanes; Seats With Non-Traditional, Large, Non-Metallic Panels
Document Number: E7-21248
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes special conditions for Boeing Model 777 series airplanes. These airplanes will have a novel or unusual design feature(s) associated with seats that include non-traditional, large, non-metallic panels that would affect survivability during a post-crash fire event. 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.
Special Conditions: Boeing Model 787 Series Airplanes; Seats With Non-Traditional, Large, Non-Metallic Panels
Document Number: E7-21243
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes special conditions for Boeing Model 787 series airplanes. These airplanes will have a novel or unusual design feature(s) associated with seats that include non-traditional, large, non-metallic panels that would affect survivability during a post-crash fire event. 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.
Special Conditions: Boeing Model 767 Series Airplanes; Seats With Non-Traditional, Large, Non-Metallic Panels
Document Number: E7-21240
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes special conditions for Boeing Model 767 series airplanes. These airplanes will have a novel or unusual design feature(s) associated with seats that include non-traditional, large, non-metallic panels that would affect survivability during a post-crash fire event. 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.
Special Conditions: Boeing Model 747 Series Airplanes; Seats With Non-Traditional, Large, Non-Metallic Panels
Document Number: E7-21236
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes special conditions for Boeing Model 747 series airplanes. These airplanes will have a novel or unusual design feature(s) associated with seats that include non-traditional, large, non-metallic panels that would affect survivability during a post-crash fire event. 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.
Agency Information Collection Activity Seeking OMB Approval
Document Number: 07-5363
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of a new information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on July 9, 2007, vol. 72, no. 130, page 37305. This project involves collecting data from individual applicants who have recently taken, for the first time, and passed an oral and/or practical Airframe and/or Powerplant (A and/or P) Mechanic Certification test.
Agency Information Collection Activity Seeking OMB Approval
Document Number: 07-5362
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Information, Federal Aviation Administration
The FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) approval of a new information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on July 3, 2007, vol. 72, no. 127, page 36542-36543. The FAA issues Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins (SAIBs to alert, educate, and make recommendations to the aviation community and individual aircraft owners and operators about ways to improve the safety of a product.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision From the Office of Management and Budget of a Currently Approved Information Collection Activity, Request for Comments; FAA Form 1200-5, NAS Data Release Request
Document Number: 07-5361
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve a current information collection. This information enables the FAA to evaluate the validity of the user's request for National Airspace Data (NAS) data from FAA systems and equipment.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision From the Office of Management and Budget of a Currently Approved Information Collection Activity, Request for Comments; Criteria for Internet Communications of Aviation Weather, Notam, and Aeronautical Data
Document Number: 07-5360
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve a current information collection. An Advisory Circular (AC) establishes criteria for Qualified Internet Communications Providers (QICP), who provide access to aviation weather, Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), and aeronautical data via the Public Internet.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision From the Office of Management and Budget of a Currently Approved Information Collection Activity, Request for Comments; Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 71
Document Number: 07-5359
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve a current information collection. SFAR 71 requires that part 121 and 135 air tour operators verbally brief passengers on safety, particularly related to overwater operations before each air tour flight.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision From the Office of Management and Budget of a Currently Approved Information Collection Activity, Request for Comments; Commuter Operations and General Certification and Operations Requirements
Document Number: 07-5358
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve a current information collection. The FAA will use the information collected to ensure compliance and adherence to FAR Part 135 and 121 regulations.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision From the Office of Management and Budget of a Currently Approved Information Collection Activity, Request for Comments; Flight Engineers and Flight Navigators
Document Number: 07-5357
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve a current information collection. Information collected is used to determine certification eligibility of Flight Engineers and Flight Navigators.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision From the Office of Management and Budget of a Currently Approved Information Collection Activity, Request for Comments; Aviation Maintenance Technical Schools
Document Number: 07-5356
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve a current information collection. The information collected is needed to determine applicant eligibility and compliance for certification of civil aviation mechanic and operation of aviation mechanic school.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision From the Office of Management and Budget of a Currently Approved Information Collection Activity, Request for Comments; Medical Standards and Certification
Document Number: 07-5355
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve a current information collection. The DOT/FAA certification program is implemented by Title 14 CFR parts 61 and 67. The Parts prescribes minimum airman medical standards, and duration of a medical certificate.
Notice of Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Approvals and Disapprovals
Document Number: 07-5352
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA publishes a monthly notice, as appropriate, of PFC approvals and disapprovals under the provisions of the Aviation Safety and Capacity Expansion Act of 1990 (Title IX of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990) (Pub. L. 101-508) and Part 158 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR Part 158). This notice is published pursuant to paragraph d of Sec. 158.29.
Notice of Intent To Rule on Request To Release Airport Property at Seattle Tacoma International Airport, Seattle, WA
Document Number: 07-5323
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to rule and invite public comment on the release of land at Seattle Tacoma International Airport under the provisions of Section 125 of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21).
Membership Availability in the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group Aviation Rulemaking Committee-Representatives of Environmental Concerns
Document Number: 07-5322
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-29
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 two vacancies (due to completion of membership on May 30, 2008), on the NPOAG (now the NPOAG Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC)) for representatives of environmental concerns and invites interested persons to apply to fill the vacancies.
Notice of Intent To Rule on Request To Release Airport Property at Klamath Falls Airport, Klamath Falls, OR
Document Number: 07-5321
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to rule and invites public comment on the release of land at Klamath Falls Airport under the provisions of Section 125 of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21), now 49 U.S.C. 47107(h)(2).
Fifteenth Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 207/Airport Security Access Control Systems
Document Number: 07-5320
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of RTCA Special Committee 207, Airport Security Access Control Systems.
Agency Information Collection Activity Seeking OMB Approval
Document Number: 07-5319
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) revision of a current information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on August 15, 2007, vol. 72, no. 157, page 45864. 49 U.S.C. Sections 44702 and 44703 authorizes the issuances of airman certificates. FAR Part 65 prescribes requirements for mechanics, repairman, parachute riggers, and inspection authorizations.
Agency Information Collection Activity Seeking OMB Approval
Document Number: 07-5318
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) revision of a current information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on August 15, 2007, vol. 72, no. 157, page 45863. The FAA needs this information to allocate slots and maintain accurate record of slot transfers at the High Density Traffic Airports.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Aguadilla, PR
Document Number: 07-5264
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This document amends the Class E2 and E5 airspace at Aguadilla, PR. This action corrects the geographical position coordinates for the Rafael Hernandez Airport.
Airworthiness Directives; Cessna Aircraft Company Models 525, 525A, and 525B Airplanes
Document Number: E7-21127
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 525, 525A, and 525B airplanes. This proposed AD would require you to inspect the lower wing skin structure, forward wing spar, lower fuselage skin, fairings, and the external fairing frames for corrosion; repair any damage found; apply a corrosion inhibitive sealant to the fuselage fairings before reinstalling; and disable the cockpit mounted pilot relief tube. This proposed AD results from leaking of the cockpit mounted pilot relief tube, which caused corrosion of the airplane structure. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct any damage from corrosion of the airplane structure. Corrosion of the airplane structure could cause structural degradation and lead to structural failure of the airplane with consequent loss of control.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: E7-21124
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition 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 the petition or its final disposition.
Petitions for Exemption; Summary of Petitions Received
Document Number: E7-21108
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
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.
Executive Committee of the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee; Meeting
Document Number: E7-21107
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: E7-21105
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition 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 the petition or its final disposition.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211 Trent 768-60, 772-60, 772B-60, and 772C-60 Turbofan Engines
Document Number: E7-20913
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) provided by the aviation authority for the United Kingdom to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI states the following:
Modification of Class D Airspace; Castle Airport, Atwater, CA
Document Number: 07-5262
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule modifies Class D airspace at Castle Airport, Atwater, CA. This action lowers the ceiling of the Atwater, Castle Class D airspace to below 2.000 feet mean sea level (MSL), changes the southern boundary of the airspace and add an extension to the north. FAA is taking this action to provide controlled airspace for the safety of aircraft executing Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) and other Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at Castle Airport. Except for editorial changes, this rule is the same as the Notice of Proposed Rule Making.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. Model 205A, 205A-1, 205B, 212, 412, 412CF, and 412EP Helicopters
Document Number: 07-5186
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-10-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (Bell) Helicopters. That AD currently requires inspecting each affected tail rotor blade (blade) forward tip weight retention block (tip block) and the aft tip closure (tip closure) for adhesive bond voids, and removing any blade with an excessive void from service. That AD also requires modifying certain blades by installing shear pins and tip closure rivets. This amendment contains the same requirements but expands the applicability to include other part and serial-numbered blades. This AD also clarifies the requirement to re-identify the modified blade by adding ``FM'' after the part number and also requires dynamically balancing the tail rotor. The existing AD was prompted by five occurrences of missing tip blocks or tip closures resulting in minor to substantial damage. This amendment was prompted by the determination that the AD should apply to other affected part and serial-numbered blades. The actions specified by this AD are intended to prevent loss of a tip block or tip closure, loss of a blade and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model ERJ 170 Airplanes and Model ERJ 190 Airplanes
Document Number: E7-21008
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier NPRM for the products listed above. This action revises the earlier NPRM by expanding the scope. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus A318, A319, A320, and A321 Series Airplanes
Document Number: E7-21006
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:
Airworthiness Directives; Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model ERJ 170 and ERJ 190 Airplanes
Document Number: E7-21005
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:
Airworthiness Directives; Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model EMB-135BJ, -135ER, -135KE, -135KL, -135LR, -145, -145ER, -145MR, -145LR, -145XR, -145MP, and -145EP Airplanes
Document Number: E7-21002
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:
Airworthiness Directives; Various Transport Category Airplanes Equipped With Auxiliary Fuel Tanks Installed in Accordance With Certain Supplemental Type Certificates
Document Number: E7-21001
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for various transport category airplanes. This proposed AD would require deactivation of Rogerson Aircraft Corporation auxiliary fuel tanks. This proposed AD results from fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer, which identified potential unsafe conditions for which the manufacturer has not provided corrective actions. We are proposing this AD to prevent 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; General Electric Company CF6-50, -80A1/A3, and -80C2A Series Turbofan Engines
Document Number: E7-21000
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CF6-50, -80A1/A3, and -80C2A series turbofan engines, installed on Airbus A300 and A310 series airplanes. That AD currently requires initial and repetitive inspections and checks of the thrust reverser actuation systems. This proposed AD would require revised inspection thresholds and intervals, and would require the same actions and additional inspections of the thrust reverser actuation system locking features. This proposed AD results from refined safety analyses performed on the thrust reverser systems by GE and Airbus. We are proposing this AD to prevent inadvertent in-flight thrust reverser deployment, which can result in loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc RB211 Series Turbofan Engines
Document Number: E7-20999
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-10-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-535E4-37, RB211-535E4-B- 37, and RB211-535E4-B-75 series turbofan engines. That AD requires initial and repetitive ultrasonic inspections of installed low pressure compressor (LPC) fan blade roots on-wing and during overhaul, and relubrication according to accumulated life cycles. That AD also introduces an alternative technique to ultrasonically inspect installed fan blades on-wing using a surface wave ultrasonic probe. Also, that AD introduces application of Metco 58 blade root coating as an optional terminating action. This proposed AD would require the same actions but would add compliance paragraphs to relax the compliance schedule for repetitive inspections for RB211-535E4 engines operating in flight profiles A and B, if certain requirements are met. This proposed AD results from RR issuing Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) No. RB.211-72- C879, Revision 5. That MSB introduces a relaxed repetitive compliance schedule for RB211-535E4 engines operating in flight profiles A and B, if certain requirements are met. We are proposing this AD to detect cracks in LPC fan blade roots, which if not detected, could lead to uncontained multiple fan blade failure, and damage to the airplane.
Notice of Airport Level Designation for John F. Kennedy International Airport for the Summer 2008 Scheduling Season
Document Number: 07-5269
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-10-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Under this notice, the FAA announces that New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) has been designated a Level 3 Coordinated Airport for the summer 2008 scheduling season in accordance with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Worldwide Scheduling Guidelines. This notice supercedes the September 24, 2007, notice that designated JFK a Level 2 Schedules Facilitated Airport. 72 FR 54317. Based on a recently completed capacity analysis, a review of last summer's demand, the projections for summer 2008, and the agency's decision to seek voluntary schedule reductions from domestic air carriers, the FAA has determined that a Level 3 airport declaration is warranted. The primary coordination constraint is runway/air traffic control capacity. JFK is experiencing increased congestion and delay. Comparing the period of October 2006 through July 2007 to the same period in the previous year, the average daily operations at JFK increased 23 percent; the average daily arrivals with delays greater than one hour increased 114 percent; and on-time gate arrivals within 15 minutes of scheduled time decreased from 69.7 percent to 61.2 percent. The average taxi-out delay increased 19 percent from 30 to almost 36 minutes. On- time departures within 15 minutes of scheduled time declined from 74.7 percent to 65.2 percent. Much of this delay is attributed to volume and is not likely to be entirely mitigated by short-term air traffic control procedural enhancements, airport or airspace efficiency gains, or airport infrastructure changes. For example, from February 2007 through July 2007, JFK's average airport capacity was 81 operations per hour while demand during the busiest hour, 4 p.m., was over 110 scheduled arrivals and departures during summer 2007. Adjacent hours had fewer scheduled flights but still above the average hourly capacity rate. Under a preliminary review of the schedule submissions for summer 2008, the FAA notes that there are proposed schedule increases by domestic carriers and foreign flag carriers. These proposed schedules will result in a significant increase of operations at JFK. While JFK has available capacity for additional flights during some periods of the day, certain hours are currently beyond capacity and would get only worse if the schedules were implemented as proposed. Thus, based on the level of congestion experienced this past summer season, the planned increases for next summer, and the decision to seek voluntary reductions of existing schedules from domestic operators through a scheduling reduction meeting,\1\ an immediate Level 3 designation is warranted.