Federal Aviation Administration April 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Flight Simulation Training Device Initial and Continuing Qualification and Use
Document Number: E8-9209
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This document announces the availability of the final rule entitled Flight Simulation Training Device Initial and Continuing Qualification and Use, which went on public inspection at the Office of the Federal Register April 30, 2008, and will be published in the Federal Register on May 9, 2008.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Dover-Foxcroft, ME
Document Number: E8-9043
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration published in the Federal Register of February 21, 2008 (73 FR 9448), a document establishing Class E airspace at Dover-Foxcroft, ME. This action confirms the effective date of a direct final rule that establishes Class E Airspace at Dover-Foxcroft, ME to support a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Special Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) that has been developed for medical flight operations into the Mayo Regional Hospital Heliport and technically corrects the omission of the word ``heliport'' from the name of Mayo Regional Hospital Heliport.
Establishment and Removal of Class E Airspace; Centre, AL
Document Number: E8-9039
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E airspace at Centre-Piedmont Cherokee County Airport, (PYP), Centre, AL and removes Class E airspace at Centre Municipal Airport, Centre, AL, (C22). The operating status of the airport will include Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Bridgton, ME
Document Number: E8-9038
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action confirms the effective date of a direct final rule published in the Federal Register (73 FR 9440) that establishes Class E Airspace at Bridgton, ME to support a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Special Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) that has been developed for medical flight operations into the Bridgton Hospital.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Rumford, ME
Document Number: E8-9037
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action confirms the effective date of a direct final rule published in the Federal Register (73 FR 9185) that establishes Class E Airspace at Rumford, ME, to support a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Special Instrument Approach Procedure (LAP) that has been developed for medical flight operations into the Rumford Community Hospital.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Carrabassett, ME
Document Number: E8-9035
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action confirms the effective date of a direct final rule published in the Federal Register (73 FR 9447) that establishes Class E Airspace at Carrabassett, ME to support a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Special Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) that has been developed for medical flight operations into the Sugarloaf Regional Airport.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Stonington, ME
Document Number: E8-9033
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action confirms the effective date of a direct final rule published in the Federal Register (73 FR 9450) that establishes Class E Airspace at Stonington, ME to support a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Special Instrument Approach Procedure (IAP) that has been developed for medical flight operations into Stonington Municipal Airport.
Airworthiness Directives; Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model EMB-135 Airplanes, and Model EMB-145, -145ER, -145MR, -145LR, -145XR, -145MP, and -145EP Airplanes
Document Number: E8-9315
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-29
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 Airplanes
Document Number: E8-9313
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-29
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:
Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment on Airport Property Release at Griffin-Spalding County Airport, Griffin, GA
Document Number: E8-9272
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the provisions of Title 49, U.S.C. Section 47153 (c), notice is being given that the FAA is considering a request from the City of Griffin to waive the requirement that approximately .649acres of aeronautical property, located at the Griffin-Spalding County Airport, be used for aeronautical purposes.
Proposed Establishment of Low Altitude Area Navigation Routes (T-Routes); Southwest Oregon
Document Number: E8-9245
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish a low altitude Area Navigation (RNAV) route, designated T-276 in the Southwest Oregon. T- routes are low altitude Air Traffic Service (ATS) routes, based on RNAV, for use by aircraft having instrument flight rules (IFR)-approved Global Positioning System (GPS)/Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) equipment. The FAA is proposing this action to reduce controller workload, enhance safety and improve the efficient use of the navigable airspace in the Portland, OR, terminal area.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 737 Airplanes
Document Number: E8-9193
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737 airplanes. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections, lubrications, and repetitive repairs/overhauls of the ball nut and ballscrew and attachment (Gimbal) fittings for the trim actuator of the horizontal stabilizer; various installation(s); and corrective actions if necessary; as applicable. This proposed AD results from a report of extensive corrosion of a ballscrew used in the drive mechanism of the horizontal stabilizer trim actuator (HSTA). We are proposing this AD to prevent an undetected failure of the primary load path for the ballscrew in the drive mechanism of the HSTA and subsequent wear and failure of the secondary load path, which could lead to loss of control of the horizontal stabilizer and consequent loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400D, 747-400F, and 747SR Series Airplanes
Document Number: E8-9122
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Boeing Model 747 series airplanes. The existing AD currently requires repetitive inspections for cracking and corrosion of all exposed surfaces of the carriage spindles (including the inner bore and aft links) of the trailing edge flaps, and additional inspection and corrective action if necessary. The existing AD also requires repetitive overhaul of the carriage spindle and aft link, which terminates the repetitive inspections. This proposed AD would add a repetitive inspection to detect broken parts, and revise the overhaul threshold and repetitive intervals. This proposed AD results from analysis that showed additional inspections should be done to prevent the loss of a flap, and that the flight-hour- based interval should be revised to a flight-cycle-based interval, because the greatest loads on the spindles happen during takeoff and landing. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct failed carriage spindles or aft links for the inboard or outboard trailing edge flaps. Such failure could cause the flap to depart the airplane, reducing the flightcrew's ability to maintain the safe flight and landing of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Air Tractor, Inc. Models AT-300, AT-301, AT-302, AT-400, and AT-400A Airplanes
Document Number: E8-9058
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede AD 2003-06-01, which applies to all Air Tractor, Inc. (Air Tractor) Models AT-300, AT-301, AT-302, and AT-400A airplanes that have aluminum spar caps; certain Air Tractor Models AT-400 airplanes that have aluminum spar caps; and all Models AT-300 and AT-301 airplanes that have aluminum spar caps and are or have been converted to turbine power. AD 2003-06-01 requires replacing the wing spar lower caps at a specified safe life limit; allows extending the safe life limit on certain airplanes if a wing lower spar cap splice rework is done; allows a limited time of continued operation beyond the safe life limit provided parts are ordered, the replacement is scheduled, and repetitive inspections reveal no cracks; and requires a report of any cracks found during any inspection to the FAA. This AD results from a recent report of cracks found on a Model AT-301 airplane at hours below the modification time specified in AD 2003-06-01. Consequently, this AD retains the wing spar lower cap replacement and reporting requirements from AD 2003-06-01 and adds a repetitive eddy-current inspection. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracks in the wing centerline splice joint. If not detected and corrected, these cracks could result in the wing separating from the airplane during flight.
Airworthiness Directives; DORNIER LUFTFAHRT GmbH Models 228-200, 228-201, 228-202, and 228-212 Airplanes
Document Number: E8-9055
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-28
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) issued 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; Saab Model SAAB-Fairchild SF340A (SAAB/SF340A) and SAAB 340B Airplanes
Document Number: E8-8663
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-28
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) 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; Agusta S.p.A. Model A109A, A109A II, and A109C Helicopters
Document Number: E8-8640
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) model helicopters. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Technical Agent for Italy, with which we have a bilateral agreement, states in the MCAI:
Airworthiness Directives; MD Helicopters, Inc. Model MD900 Series Helicopters
Document Number: E8-8638
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) Model MD900 series helicopters that requires modifying the pilot and co-pilot dual-control directional pedal assemblies, or the pilot single-control directional pedal assembly (directional control pedal assembly). This amendment is prompted by an accident which has been attributed to loss of directional control due to failure of the welds in the directional control pedal assembly. The actions specified by this AD are intended to prevent fatigue cracking in the welds that connect the directional control pedal to the pedal shaft, resulting in loss of directional control and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Notice of Availability of Draft Advisory Circulars, Other Policy Documents and Proposed Technical Standard Orders
Document Number: E8-8583
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA's Aviation Safety, an organization responsible for the certification, production approval, and continued airworthiness of aircraft, and certification of pilots, mechanics, and others in safety related positions, publishes proposed non-regulatory documents that are available for public comment on the Internet at http://www.faa.gov/ aircraft/draftdocs/.
Petitions for Exemption; Summary of Petitions Received
Document Number: E8-9061
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-25
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.
Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee Meeting on Transport Airplane and Engine Issues
Document Number: E8-9060
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a public meeting (teleconference) of the FAA's Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) to discuss transport airplane and engine (TAE) issues.
RTCA Special Committee 217/EUROCAE Working Group 44: Airport Mapping Databases First Joint Meeting
Document Number: E8-9044
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of RTCA Special Committee 217/EUROCAE Working Group 44: Airport Mapping Databases.
RTCA Government/Industry Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee
Document Number: E8-9030
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of RTCA Government/Industry Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee.
Special Conditions; Embraer S.A. EMB-500; Protection of Systems for High Intensity Radiated Fields (HIRF)
Document Number: E8-9024
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued to Embraer S.A., for a type certificate for the EMB-500 airplane. This airplane will have novel and unusual design features when compared to the state of technology envisaged in the applicable airworthiness standards. These novel and unusual design features include the installation of electronic flight instrument system (EFIS) displays, Model G1000 manufactured by Garmin, for which the applicable regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate airworthiness standards for the protection of these systems from the effects of high intensity radiated fields (HIRF). These special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to the airworthiness standards applicable to these airplanes.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 737-300, -400, and -500 Series Airplanes
Document Number: E8-8913
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all Boeing Model 737-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. The existing AD currently requires repetitive inspections for discrepancies of the fuselage skin under the dorsal fin assembly, and repairing if necessary. This proposed AD would require an inspection for any chafing or crack in the fuselage skin and abrasion resistant coating at the dorsal fin landing, an inspection for damage to the dorsal fin seals, attach clip, and seal retainer, and other specified and corrective actions as necessary. The new proposed requirements would end the need for the existing repetitive inspections. This proposed AD results from a report of an 18-inch crack found in the fuselage skin area under the blade seals of the nose cap of the dorsal fin due to previous wear damage, and additional reports of fuselage skin wear. We are proposing this AD to prevent discrepancies of the fuselage skin, which could result in fatigue cracking due to cabin pressurization and consequent rapid in-flight decompression of the airplane fuselage.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and 900ER Series Airplanes
Document Number: E8-8911
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and 900ER series airplanes. This proposed AD would require replacing the pushrods for the left and right elevator tab control mechanisms with new, improved pushrods. This proposed AD results from a report of a rod end fracture on a rudder Power Control Unit (PCU) control rod, which is similar to the ones used for the elevator tab pushrods. Analysis revealed that the fractured rod end had an incorrect hardness, which had probably occurred during the manufacture of the control rod. We are proposing this AD to prevent fracture of the elevator tab pushrod ends, which could result in excessive in-flight vibrations of the elevator tab, possible loss of the elevator tab, and consequent loss of controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) Model 230 Helicopters
Document Number: E8-8755
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for BHTC Model 230 helicopters. 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 aviation authority of Canada, with which we have a bilateral agreement, states in the MCAI:
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Model 222, 222B, 222U, 230, and 430 Helicopters
Document Number: E8-8754
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This document proposes superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) Model 222, 222B, 222U, 230, and 430 helicopters. That AD currently requires visually inspecting the main rotor hydraulic actuator support (support) to verify the presence of all dowel pins and sealant between the support and transmission and verifying the proper torque of each attaching nut (nut). This action would require the same actions as the existing AD but would also require the repetitive actions at intervals not to exceed 600 hours time-in-service (TIS) or 12 months, whichever occurs first. This proposal is prompted by the discovery that the 12- month compliance requirement was correctly included in the Emergency AD (EAD) that we issued but was inadvertently omitted when we published the Final rule; request for comments following the issuance of the EAD. The actions specified by the proposed AD are intended to prevent failure of the support and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; APEX Aircraft Model CAP 10 B Airplanes
Document Number: E8-8752
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-23
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:
Public Notice for a Change in Use of Aeronautical Property at Barnes Municipal Airport, Westfield, MA
Document Number: E8-8738
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is requesting public comment on the City of Westfield, Massachusetts request to change a portion (14.99 acres) of Airport property from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use. The property is located off of Falcon Drive in Westfield, Massachusetts and is identified by the City Assessors Office as Map 72R, Parcel 63. Upon disposition the property will be used for construction of a stormwater detention basin associated with the construction of a Target Distribution Center. The property was acquired under ADAP Project No. 7-25-0053-02. 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 16, 1999.
Agency Information Collection Activity Seeking OMB Approval
Document Number: E8-8737
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-23
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 December 6, 2007, vol. 72, no. 234, pages 68947-68948. 14 CFR part 17 sets forth procedures for filing solicitation protests and contract claims in the FAA's Office of Dispute Resolution for Acquisition.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision From the Office of Management and Budget of a Currently Approved Information Collection Activity, Request for Comments; General Operating and Flight Rules-FAR 91
Document Number: E8-8731
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-23
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. Part A of Subtitle VII of the Revised Title 49 U.S.C. authorizes the issuance of regulations governing the use of navigable airspace. Information is collected to determine compliance with Federal regulations.
Agency Information Collection Activity Seeking OMB Approval
Document Number: E8-8729
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-23
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 December 6, 2007, vol. 72, no. 234, page 68947. The information collected is from airmen and is used to determine compliance with FAA regulations regarding second-in-command certification for the operation of aircraft.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Salyer Farms, CA
Document Number: E8-8727
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify Class E airspace at Salyer Farms, CA. The El Rico Airport mentioned in the published description has been abandoned, making it necessary to realign the Class E airspace area at Salyer Farms Airport. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of aircraft operations at Salyer Farms Airport, Salyer Farms, CA.
Notice of Intent To Request Revision From the Office of Management and Budget of a Currently Approved Information Collection Activity, Request for Comments; Safety Improvements Report Accident Prevention Counselor Activity Reports
Document Number: E8-8726
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-23
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. Accident Prevention Counselor Activity Reports are used by counselors to advise the FAA of Accident Prevention Program accomplishments.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Carson City, NV
Document Number: E8-8725
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at Carson City, NV. The establishment of an Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) at Carson City Airport, Carson City, NV, has made this proposal necessary. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of aircraft operations at Carson City Airport, Carson City, NV.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 757 Airplanes and Model 767-200, 767-300, and 767-300F Series Airplanes
Document Number: E8-8653
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 757 airplanes and Model 767-200, 767-300, and 767-300F series airplanes. This AD requires revising the Limitations section of the airplane flight manual to advise the flight crew of procedures to follow to ensure that a fuel filter impending bypass condition due to gross fuel contamination is detected in a timely manner. This AD was prompted by an error in the operating program software (OPS) of the engine indication and crew alerting system (EICAS). The error prevents the display of an advisory message to the flight crew of a left engine fuel filter contamination and imminent bypass condition, which may indicate an imminent multiple engine thrust loss or engine malfunction event due to fuel contamination. We are issuing this AD to prevent malfunction and thrust loss on both engines, which could result in a forced off-airport landing.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Winona, MS
Document Number: E8-8578
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E airspace at Winona, MS. An Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) Runways (RWY) 03-21 has been developed for Winona-Montgomery County Airport and as a result, controlled airspace extending upward from 700 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) is needed to contain the SIAP and for Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at Winona-Montgomery County Airport. The operating status of the airport will change from Visual Flight Rules (VFR) to include IFA operations concurrent with the publication of the SIAP.
Airworthiness Directives; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Model S-61A, D, E, L, N, NM, R, and V; Croman Corporation Model SH-3H, Carson Helicopters, Inc. Model S-61L; Glacier Helicopter Model CH-3E; Robinson AirCrane, Inc. Model CH-3E, CH-3C, HH-3C and HH-3E; and Siller Helicopters Model CH-3E and SH-3A Helicopters
Document Number: E8-8642
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-22
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This amendment proposes superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S- 61A, D, E, L, N, NM, R, and V helicopters. The existing AD currently requires determining whether the main rotor shaft (MRS) was used in repetitive external lift (REL) operations. The existing AD also requires a nondestructive inspection (NDI) for cracks, replacing any unairworthy MRS with an airworthy MRS, appropriately marking the MRS, making a logbook entry, and establishing retirement lives for each REL MRS. This proposed AD would contain some of the same requirements but would determine new retirement lives for each MRS. The REL retirement life would be based on hours time-in-service (TIS) or lift cycles, whichever occurs first. The Non-REL retirement life would be reduced and would only be based on hours TIS. This proposed AD would also require the operator to remove from service any MRS with oversized dowel pin bores. Also, certain restricted category models that were inadvertently omitted in the current AD would be added to the applicability. This proposed AD is prompted by the manufacturer's reevaluation of the retirement life for the MRS based on torque, ground-air-ground (GAG) cycle, and fatigue testing. The actions specified by the proposed AD are intended to prevent MRS structural failure, loss of power to the main rotor, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Model AS332 C, L, L1, and L2 Helicopters
Document Number: E8-8641
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-22
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Eurocopter France (ECF) model helicopters. 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 aviation authority of France, with which we have a bilateral agreement, states in the MCAI:
Notice Before Waiver With Respect to Land at Lonesome Pine Airport, Wise, VA
Document Number: E8-8580
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-22
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is publishing notice of proposed release of approximately 27.07 acres of land at the Lonesome Pine Airport, Wise, Virginia to Wise County (Portions of Property Map Parcels 4, 5, 6). The release of land will provide a location for a regional business & technology park and an emergency services training facility. Releasing the land does not adversely impact the Airport and the land is not needed for airport development as shown on the Airport Layout Plan. Fair Market Value of the land has been assessed and will be provided to The Cumberlands Airport Commission for Airport and Commission development expenses.
Airworthiness Directives; McDonnell Douglas Model DC-8-31, DC-8-32, DC-8-33, DC-8-41, DC-8-42, and DC-8-43 Airplanes; Model DC-8-50 Series Airplanes; Model DC-8F-54 and DC-8F-55 Airplanes; Model DC-8-60 Series Airplanes; Model DC-8-60F Series Airplanes; Model DC-8-70 Series Airplanes; and Model DC-8-70F Series Airplanes
Document Number: E8-8532
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-22
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all McDonnell Douglas airplanes identified above. This AD requires revising the FAA-approved maintenance program to incorporate new airworthiness limitations for fuel tank systems to satisfy Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 88 requirements. This AD results from a design review of the fuel tank systems. We are issuing this AD to prevent the potential for ignition sources inside fuel tanks caused by latent failures, alterations, repairs, or maintenance actions, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 747-400 Series Airplanes
Document Number: E8-8531
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-22
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Boeing Model 747-400 series airplanes. That AD currently requires inspecting the support bracket of the crew oxygen cylinder installation to determine the manufacturing date marked on the support, and performing corrective action if necessary. This new AD retains all the requirements of the existing AD and expands the applicability of the existing AD to include certain airplanes that are not on the U.S. Register. This AD results from a report indicating that certain oxygen cylinder supports may not have been properly heat- treated. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the oxygen cylinder support under the most critical flight load conditions, which could cause the oxygen cylinder to come loose and leak oxygen. Leakage of oxygen could result in oxygen being unavailable for the flightcrew or could result in a fire hazard in the vicinity of the leakage.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 747 Airplanes
Document Number: E8-8530
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-22
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747 airplanes. This AD requires inspecting the trunnion fork assembly of the wing landing gears to determine the part number and serial number and to determine the category of the trunnion fork assemblies. For certain airplanes, this AD also requires, if necessary, various inspections to detect discrepancies of the trunnion fork assemblies, related investigative/corrective actions, and a terminating action. This AD results from a report of a fractured trunnion fork assembly. We are issuing this AD to prevent a fractured trunnion fork assembly, which could result in the collapse of a wing landing gear on the ground and possible damage to hydraulic equipment and the aileron and spoiler cables. Such damage could result in reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Alpha Aviation Design Limited (Type Certificate No. A48EU Previously Held by APEX Aircraft and AVIONS PIERRE ROBIN) Model R2160 Airplanes
Document Number: E8-8509
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-22
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) issued 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:
Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee-Closed Session
Document Number: E8-8587
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-04-21
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 special closed session of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). The special closed session will be an administrative session for the Committee members to review the provisions of the COMSTAC Charter; the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA); 41 CFR parts 101-6 and 102-3; and the Department of Transportation and FAA Orders concerning advisory committee management. The meeting will take place on Thursday, May 15, 2008, at FAA Headquarters Building, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, in the Bessie Coleman Conference Center, from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m.
Special Conditions: Embraer S.A., Model ERJ 190-100 ECJ Airplane; Flight-Accessible Class C Cargo Compartment
Document Number: E8-8582
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes special conditions for the Embraer S.A. Model ERJ 190-100 ECJ airplane. This airplane will have novel or unusual design features associated with access during flight of the main deck Class C cargo compartment. 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.
Revision of Restricted Area 2204; Oliktok Point, AK
Document Number: E8-8579
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action changes the using agency of Restricted Area 2204 (R-2204), Oliktok Point, AK, from ``Department of Energy, Sandia National Labs/National Nuclear Security Administration, Albuquerque, NM'' to ``Department of Energy, Office of Science, Washington, DC.'' The FAA is taking this action in response to a request from the United States (U.S.) Department of Energy to reflect an administrative change of responsibility for the restricted area. This action also revises R-2204, by subdividing the area to create R- 2204 High and R-2204 Low. The overall dimensions of R-2204 will remain the same; however, establishing of R-2204 High and R-2204 Low will enable the Department of Energy to activate only that portion of the airspace that is actually needed to contain their operations.
Special Conditions: Embraer S.A., Model ERJ 190-100 ECJ Airplane; Fire Protection
Document Number: E8-8577
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-04-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes special conditions for the Embraer S.A. Model ERJ 190-100 ECJ airplane which has a novel and unusual design feature, in that it features multiple electrical/electronic equipment bays that are located throughout the airplane. 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. Additional special conditions will be issued for other novel or unusual design features of the Embraer S.A. Model ERJ 190-100 ECJ airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; APEX Aircraft Model CAP 10B Airplanes
Document Number: E8-8360
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-04-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued 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: