Airport Privatization Pilot Program
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) received the final application from the City of Chicago for the participation of Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) in the Airport Privatization Pilot Program and has determined that the final application is substantially complete and accepted for review. The FAA is seeking information and comments from interested parties on the final application. In furtherance of this effort, a public meeting will be held Saturday, November 8, 2008. Title 49 U.S.C. section 47134 establishes an airport privatization pilot program and authorizes the Department of Transportation to grant exemptions from certain Federal statutory and regulatory requirements for up to five airport privatization projects. The application procedures require the FAA to publish a notice of receipt of the final application in the Federal Register and accept public comment on the final application for a period of 60 days.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Model EC 155B and EC155B1 Helicopters
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model EC 155B and EC155B1 helicopters that would supersede an existing AD. The airworthiness authority of France has issued a mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) AD that requires a 50 percent reduction in the life of each affected main rotor blade (blade). The MCAI also requires, for each affected blade, initial and repetitive inspections for correct alignment of the tip cap, correct tenon filler wedge (wedge) position, a crack in the tenon, and erosion in a specified zone in the end of the leading edge. Also, the MCAI requires measuring the vertical clearance between each blade assembly and a straight edge at the blade-to-tip cap junction and replacing any blade that has a cracked tenon. This proposal contains those same requirements as described in the MCAI and requires replacing any blade with a measured vertical clearance exceeding a certain limit. A misalignment, crack, or erosion in a blade could lead to failure of the blade and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Approval of Noise Compatibility Program for McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, NV
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its findings on the noise compatibility program submitted by Clark County, Nevada 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 July 10, 2007 (72 FR 40357), the FAA determined that the noise exposure maps submitted by Clark County under Part 150 were in compliance with applicable requirements. On September 18, 2008, the FAA approved the McCarran International Airport noise compatibility program. All of the recommendations of the program were approved. One Noise Abatement Measure relating to new or revised flight procedures for noise abatement was proposed by the airport operator.
Approval of Noise Compatibility Program for Meadows Field Airport, Bakersfield, CA
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its findings on the noise compatibility program submitted by County of Kern, Department of Airports under the provisions of Title I of the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act, as amended, (Public Law 96- 193) (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. 9652 (1980). On January 16, 2008, the FAA determined that the noise exposure maps submitted by County of Kern, Department of Airports under Part 150 were in compliance with applicable requirements.