Federal Aviation Administration March 2009 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (RRD) BR700-715A1-30, BR700-715B1-30, and BR700-715C1-30 Turbofan Engines
Document Number: E9-6226
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-23
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; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Model 427 Helicopters
Document Number: E9-6225
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) Model 427 helicopters. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by the aviation authority of Canada to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. Transport Canada, the aviation authority of Canada, with which we have a bilateral agreement, states that it has been determined that the existing hardware connecting the vertical fin to the tail rotor gearbox needs to be upgraded, to prevent the vertical fin from becoming loose.
Airworthiness Directives; Agusta S.p.A. Model A109E, A109S, A119, and AW119MKII Helicopters
Document Number: E9-6224
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A109E, A109S, A119, and AW119MKII 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 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Technical Agent for the aviation authority of Italy, with which we have a bilateral agreement, has issued an MCAI AD which states that two cases of cracks on a certain cargo hook lever (lever) have been reported by the manufacturer of the cargo hook. This lever is a critical structural component of the cargo hook, and a crack could result in inadvertent loss of the cargo hook load. The proposed AD
Airworthiness Directives; McDonnell Douglas Model MD-90-30 Airplanes
Document Number: E9-6218
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all McDonnell Douglas Model MD-90-30 airplanes. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections for cracks of the upper aft skin panels on the horizontal stabilizer, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD results from a report of cracks found in the aft skin panels on the upper right side of the horizontal stabilizer at the aft inboard corner. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracks in the fail-safe structure that may not be able to sustain limit load, which could result in the loss of overall structural integrity of the horizontal stabilizer.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900 Series Airplanes
Document Number: E9-6217
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800 and -900 series airplanes. The original NPRM would have required sealing the fasteners on the front and rear spars inside the main fuel tank and on the lower panel of the center fuel tank, inspecting the wire bundle support installation in the equipment cooling system bays to identify the type of clamp installed and determine whether the Teflon sleeve is installed, and doing related corrective actions if necessary. We subsequently issued a supplemental NPRM to revise the compliance time for the corrective actions specified in the original NPRM. This action resulted from a design review of fuel tank systems. This second supplemental revises the original NPRM by clarifying the applicability of certain actions for certain airplanes. We are proposing this second supplemental NPRM to prevent arcing at certain fuel tank fasteners in the event of a lightning strike or fault current event, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane.
Waterbury-Oxford Airport, Oxford, CT; FAA Approval of Noise Compatibility Program
Document Number: E9-6171
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its findings on the noise compatibility program submitted by the Connecticut Department of Transportation under the provisions of Title I of the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act of 1979 (Pub. L. 96- 193) and 14 CFR Part 150. These findings are made in recognition of the description of Federal and non-federal responsibilities in Senate Report No. 96-52 (1980). On November 6, 2008, the FAA determined that the noise exposure maps submitted by the Connecticut Department of Transportation under Part 150 were in compliance with applicable requirements. On January 14, 2009, the Manager, Airports Division, New England Region, approved the Waterbury-Oxford Airport noise compatibility program. All 12 of the proposed program elements were approved.
RTCA Government/Industry Air Traffic Management Advisory Committee
Document Number: E9-6176
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-20
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.
Fourth Plenary Meeting, NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force
Document Number: E9-6172
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of the NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force.
Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) for the Replacement of Runway 10R/28L, Development of a New Passenger Terminal, and Other Associated Airport Projects at Port Columbus International Airport (CMH)
Document Number: E9-6169
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this Notice of Availability to advise the public that a Final EIS will be available for public review beginning March 20, 2009. The document was prepared pursuant to major environmental directives to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (Pub. L. 91-190); Section 106 consultation for impacts to historic structures, as identified in 36 CFR Section 800.8, Coordination with the National Environmental Policy Act; U.S. Department of Transportation Section 303(c), formerly referred to as Section 4(f); and other applicable Federal and State environmental laws, regulations, and Executive Orders. The Final EIS was prepared in response to a proposal presented to the FAA by the Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA), the owner and operator of CMH and identified in the Final EIS as the Airport Sponsor, for environmental review. The FAA prepared this Final EIS to analyze and disclose potential environmental impacts related to possible future Federal Actions at CMH. Numerous Federal actions would be necessary if airfield development were to be implemented. Proposed improvements include replacement of Runway 10R/28L, development of a new passenger terminal, and other airfield projects (see below). The Final EIS presents the purpose and need for the proposed Federal action, analysis of reasonable alternatives, including the No Action Alternative, discussion of impacts for each reasonable alternative, the selection of the FAA's preferred alternative, proposed mitigation, and supporting appendices. The FAA will consider all information contained in the Final EIS and additional information that may be provided during the public comment period before issuing the Agency's Final Decision. The Airport Sponsor proposes to replace existing Runway 10R/28L at CMH, approximately 700 feet south of the existing Runway 10R/28L; to develop new terminal facilities in the midfield area; to provide ancillary facilities in support of the replacement runway and midfield terminal; and to implement noise abatement air traffic procedures developed for the replacement runway. The replacement runway would be 10,113 feet long. This length would maintain CMH's ability to accommodate current and projected airport operations. Existing Runway 10R/28L would be decommissioned as a runway and converted to a taxiway upon commissioning of the replacement runway. In addition, a south taxiway and north parallel taxiway to proposed Runway 10R/28L would be constructed. To meet future aircraft parking and passenger processing requirements, new midfield terminal facilities are needed. The Final EIS assesses a development envelope that is defined as an area large enough to encompass Phase I and II of the CRAA terminal development program. The Final EIS discusses the number of gates, approximate square footage, approximate curb frontage, and the number of passengers that the terminal would accommodate. Ancillary facilities in support of the replacement runway and midfield terminal would be constructed. The facilities include roadway relocations and construction; parking improvements; property acquisition; and relocation of residences, as necessary. The CRAA prepared a 14 CFR Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study Update (Part 150 Update) to address the current and future noise conditions. The Part 150 Update includes an analysis of the potential noise and land use impacts resulting from the proposed development of relocating Runway 10R/28L to the south, as well as possible mitigation options. The noise abatement air traffic options recommended through the Part 150 Update are included in the Final EIS as part of the proposed project. In addition, land use mitigation CRAA recommended in the Part 150 Update is included in the Final EIS as mitigation for the impacts resulting from the proposed project. The FAA issued its Record of Availability on May 19, 2008 and its approval of the Noise Compatibility Program on May 19, 2008 [FR Doc. E8-12591 Filed 6-6-08: 8:45 am]. Public Comment: The public comment period on the Final EIS starts on March 20, 2009 and closes on April 20, 2009. Comments can only be accepted with the full name and address of the individual commenting. Mail and fax comments are to be submitted to Ms. Katherine S. Delaney of the FAA, at the address shown in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. E-mailed comments should be sent to cmheis@faa.gov. All comments must be postmarked or faxed no later than midnight, April 20, 2009. The Final EIS may be reviewed for comment during regular business hours at the following locations: 1. Federal Aviation Administration, Detroit Airports District Office, 11677 S. Wayne Road, Suite 107, Romulus, MI 48174 (Phone: 734- 229-2900). 2. Columbus Regional Airport Authority, Port Columbus International Airport, Administrative Offices, 4600 International Gateway, Columbus, OH 43219 (Phone: 614-239-4063). 3. City of Gahanna, 200 South Hamilton Road, Gahanna, OH 43230 (Phone: 614-342-4000). 4. City of Whitehall, 360 South Yearling Road, Whitehall, OH 43213 (Phone: 614-338-3106). 5. Jefferson Township, 6545 Havens Road, Blacklick, OH 43004 (Phone: 614-855-4260). 6. City of Bexley, 2242 East Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209 (Phone: 614-327-6200). 7. City of Reynoldsburg, 7232 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 (Phone: 614-322-6800). 8. Columbus Metropolitan Library, Main Branch, 96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215 (Phone: 614-645-2275). 9. Columbus Metropolitan Library, Gahanna Branch, 310 Granville Street, Gahanna, OH 43230 (Phone: 614-645-2275). 10. Columbus Metropolitan Library, Shepard Branch, 790 North Nelson Road, Columbus, OH 43219 (Phone: 614-645-2275). 11. Columbus Metropolitan Library, Linden Branch, 2432 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH 43211 (Phone: 614-645-2275). 12. Columbus Metropolitan Library, Whitehall Branch, 4371 East Broad Street, Whitehall, OH 43213 (Phone: 614-645-2275). 13. Columbus Metropolitan Library, Reynoldsburg Branch, 1402 Brice Road, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 (Phone: 614-645-2275). 14. Bexley Public Library, 2411 East Main Street, Bexley, OH 43209 (Phone: 614-231-2793). 15. CMH EIS Web site, http://www.airportsites.net/cmh-eis.
Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program
Document Number: E9-5868
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is proposing that information provided to the Agency to populate its Wildlife Hazard Database be designated by an FAA order as protected from public disclosure in accordance with the provisions of 14 CFR part 193. Under 49 U.S.C. 40123, the FAA is required to protect the information from disclosure to the public, including disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) or other laws, following the issuance of such order. The designation is intended to encourage continued voluntary reporting of wildlife hazard data.
Airworthiness Directives; Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Models DA 40 and DA 40F Airplanes
Document Number: E9-5764
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above that would supersede an existing AD. 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:
Modification of Class D Airspace; MacDill AFB, FL
Document Number: E9-5750
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action confirms the effective date of the direct final rule published in the Federal Register (73 FR 60622) that modifies Class D Airspace at MacDill AFB, FL to reflect the times when the controlled airspace is effective due to the fact that MacDill AFB Air Traffic Control Tower no longer operates on a full time basis.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: E9-5663
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This 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.
Receipt of Noise Compatibility Program and Request for Review; Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Detroit, MI
Document Number: E9-5674
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-17
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 Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 47504 et. seq (the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act, hereinafter referred to as ``the Act'') and 14 CFR part 150 by Wayne County Airport Authority. This program was submitted subsequent to a determination by FAA that associated noise exposure maps submitted under 14 CFR part 150 for Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport were in compliance with applicable requirements, effective March 7, 2006 and was published in the Federal Register on March 21, 2006. The proposed noise compatibility program will be approved or disapproved on or before August 29, 2009.
Fourth Plenary Meeting, NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force
Document Number: E9-5666
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of the NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: E9-5661
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-17
Agency: Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration
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.
Airworthiness Directives; General Electric Company CF6-80C2 Series Turbofan Engines
Document Number: E9-5575
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CF6-80C2 series turbofan engines with certain thrust reverser ballscrew gearbox assembly adjustable-length end actuators installed. This proposed AD would require initial visual inspections and repetitive replacements of the \3/8\-inch rod-ends installed on the thrust reverser ballscrew gearbox assembly adjustable- length end actuators, along with optional terminating action to those repetitive replacements. This proposed AD would also require initial visual inspections and replacements, if necessary, of the other hardware connecting the thrust reverser transcowls to the engine. This proposed AD results from reports of four failures of rod-ends on certain thrust reverser ballscrew gearbox assembly adjustable-length end actuators, leading to partial or complete separation of the transcowl from the engine and airplane during thrust reversal. We are proposing this AD to prevent loss of thrust control, asymmetric thrust, increased stopping distance, and possibly hazardous debris on the runway, which could result in unsafe landings.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A321-131 Airplanes
Document Number: E9-5009
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A321-131 airplanes. This AD requires repetitive ultrasonic inspections to detect cracks in the wing inner rear spars at the attachment holes of the Main Landing Gear (MLG) forward pintle fitting, the actuator cylinder anchorage fitting, and rib 5 fitting; and repair of the sealant or repair of any crack. This AD results from a finding that certain A321-131 airplanes may not reach the design life goal due to differences in thickness of the inner rear spars and that fatigue cracks may develop on inner rear spars starting from the fastener holes for the attachment of gear rib 5, the forward pintle fitting, and the actuating cylinder anchorage on these airplanes. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct such fatigue cracks, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Fokker Model F.27 Mark 050 Airplanes
Document Number: E9-5007
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Fokker Model F.27 Mark 050 airplanes. This AD requires measuring the length of the extended portion of the sliding member of the main landing gear, performing an inspection for the presence of lockwiring, and doing corrective actions if necessary. This AD results from a report that the sliding member of the main landing gear has been overextended after landing. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct improper installation of the lockwire on the two lockbolts that hold the sliding member end stop, which could result in structural damage of the main gear and loss of control of the airplane during the landing roll, due to main landing gear overextension.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747SR, and 747SP Series Airplanes
Document Number: E9-4973
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747- 200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes. This AD requires inspecting for skin cracks at the shear tie end fastener locations of the fuselage frames, and repairing cracks if necessary. This AD results from a wide-spread fatigue damage assessment of Model 747 airplanes. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracks in the fuselage skin that can propagate and grow, resulting in a loss of structural integrity and a sudden decompression of the airplane during flight.
Airworthiness Directives; Viking Air Limited Model DHC-7 Airplanes
Document Number: E9-4970
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-16
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; Eurocopter France Model EC 155B and EC155B1 Helicopters
Document Number: E9-4953
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model EC 155B and EC155B1 helicopters. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community. The MCAI states that ``the Airworthiness Directive (AD) is prompted by the discovery of a short circuit evidence in hoist connector ``24 Delta'' even though the hoist was removed from the rotorcraft. The short circuit generated sufficient heat to ignite the paint on the cooler support cowling near the hoist cut-off connector ``24 Delta.'' This condition, if not corrected, could result in a fire in this area which could propagate to surrounding zones.'' This AD requires actions that are intended to address this unsafe condition.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. Model 412, 412CF, and 412EP Helicopters
Document Number: E9-4950
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. (Bell) model helicopters. This action requires reidentifying a certain part-numbered main rotor yoke (yoke) based on whether it was ever installed on a Model 412CF helicopter or on a Model 412 or 412EP helicopter with a slope landing kit. This AD also requires reducing the retirement life of the reidentified yokes from 5,000 hours time-in-service (TIS) to 4,500 hours TIS. Also, this AD requires recording the reidentified yoke part number (P/N) and the reduced retirement life on the component history card or equivalent record. This amendment is prompted by fatigue analysis that shows that the retirement life should be reduced on certain yokes. The actions specified in this AD are intended to prevent fatigue cracking of a yoke, failure of a yoke, 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
Document Number: E9-4942
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This amendment adopts 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) that requires a software upgrade for this system. This amendment 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 this 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.
Airworthiness Directives; Agusta S.p.A. Model AB139 and AW139 Helicopters
Document Number: E9-4941
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Agusta S.p.A. Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community. The MCAI states: ``Operators had reported a number of occurrences of in-flight losses of cockpit door windows, both left and right side. This condition, if not corrected, could result in damage to critical components.'' The actions specified by this AD are intended to require that cockpit door windows (windows) be replaced with re-designed windows to prevent a window from separating from the helicopter, contacting the tailboom or tail rotor, resulting in loss of control of the helicopter.
Land Release for Princeton Airport
Document Number: E9-5395
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration is requesting public comment on Princeton Airport (39N), Princeton, New Jersey, notice of proposed release from aeronautical use of approximately 7.2 acres of airport property, to allow for non-aeronautical development. The parcel is located on the southeast corner of Princeton Airport. The tract currently consists of 7.2 acres of land and it is currently vacant. The requested release is for the purpose of permitting the airport owner to sell and convey title of 7.2 Acres for use as a medical office building. Documents reflecting the Sponsor's request are available, by appointment only, for inspection at the Airport Manager's office and the FAA New York Airport District Office.
Qualification, Service, and Use of Crewmembers and Aircraft Dispatchers
Document Number: E9-5362
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA announces a public meeting on its proposal, published January 12, 2009, to amend the regulations for crewmember and aircraft dispatcher training programs in domestic, flag, and supplemental operations. The FAA has received requests from stakeholders for meetings during the comment period to clarify the proposal and respond to questions. In response to those requests, the FAA is holding a public meeting during the comment period. The purpose of the public meeting is to give an opportunity to those who may be most affected by the proposed rule to ask questions and seek information from the FAA regarding the intent of the proposal.
Third Plenary Meeting, NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force
Document Number: E9-5284
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of the NextGen Mid-Term Implementation Task Force.
Modification of Class D and E Airspace, Removal of Class E Airspace; Aguadilla, PR
Document Number: E9-5282
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action modifies Class D Airspace, modifies Class E airspace designated as an extension to Class D surface area and removes Class E airspace designated as surface area for an airport at Aguadilla, PR. The Rafael Hernandez Airport Air Traffic Control Tower will now operate on a full-time basis, thus the associated controlled airspace is being modified and removed to reflect the change. This action enhances the National Airspace System by providing controlled airspace in the vicinity of Aguadilla, PR.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Kona, HI
Document Number: E9-5280
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at Kona International Airport at Keahole, Kona, HI. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate aircraft utilizing the Kona International Airport at Keahole when the Air Traffic Control Tower is non operational. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of aircraft operations at Kona International Airport at Keahole, Kona, HI.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Waverly, OH
Document Number: E9-5279
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Waverly, OH. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) at Pike County Airport, Waverly, OH, and would update the geographic coordinates for the airport. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft operations at Pike County Airport.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) Airplanes
Document Number: E9-5290
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-11
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) 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: * * * * * The Bombardier CL-600-2B19 airplanes have had a history of flap failures at various positions for several years. Flap failure may result in a significant increase in required landing distances and higher fuel consumption than planned during a diversion. * * *
Airworthiness Directives; Cessna Aircraft Company Models 208 and 208B Airplanes
Document Number: E9-4828
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 208 and 208B airplanes. This AD requires you to modify the aileron carry-through cable attachment to the aileron upper quadrant with parts of improved design. This AD results from reports of a ``catch'' in the aileron control system when the control yoke is turned. We are issuing this AD to prevent the cable attach fitting on the aileron upper quadrant assembly from rotating and possibly contacting or interfering with the aileron lower quadrant assembly, which could result in limited roll control and reduced handling capabilities.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 737-300, -400, and -500 Series Airplanes
Document Number: E9-4734
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. This AD requires repetitive high frequency eddy current inspections for cracking of the 1.04-inch nominal diameter wire penetration hole in the frame and frame reinforcement, between stringers S-20 and S-21, on both the left and right sides of the airplane, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This AD results from reports of cracking in the frame, or in the frame and frame reinforcement, common to the 1.04-inch nominal diameter wire penetration hole intended for wire routing. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking in the fuselage frames and frame reinforcements, which could reduce the structural capability of the frames to sustain limit loads, and result in cracking in the fuselage skin and subsequent rapid depressurization of the airplane.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: E9-4498
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-11
Agency: Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration
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.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: E9-4496
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This 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.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330-200, A330-300, A340-200, and A340-300 Series Airplanes
Document Number: E9-5062
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-10
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: * * * * * [B]ogie beam internal paint has been degraded, leading to a loss of cadmium plating and thus allowing development of corrosion pitting. If not corrected, this situation under higher speed could result in the aircraft departing the runway or in the bogie [beam] detaching from the aircraft or [main landing] gear collapses, which would constitute an unsafe condition. * * * * * The proposed AD would require actions that are intended to address the unsafe condition described in the MCAI.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900 and -900ER Series Airplanes
Document Number: E9-5015
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900 and -900ER series airplanes. This proposed AD would require repetitive testing of the rudder pedal forces or repetitive detailed inspections of the inner spring of the rudder feel and centering unit, and corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD also requires replacement of the spring assembly in the rudder feel and centering unit, which terminates the repetitive tests or inspections. This proposed AD results from reports of low rudder pedal forces that were caused by a broken inner spring in the rudder feel and centering unit; a broken inner spring in conjunction with a broken outer spring would significantly reduce rudder pedal forces. We are proposing this AD to prevent reduced rudder pedal forces, which could result in increased potential for pilot- induced oscillations and reduce the ability of the flightcrew to maintain the safe flight and landing of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; McDonnell Douglas Model MD-90-30 Airplanes
Document Number: E9-5014
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain McDonnell Douglas Model MD-90-30 airplanes. This proposed AD would require installing fuses and wire protection in certain wing and fuel tank spars. This proposed AD results from fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. We are proposing this AD to prevent possible damage to the fuel level float or pressure switch wires. Such damage could become a potential ignition source inside the fuel tank, and, combined with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc. PA-23, PA-31, and PA-42 Series Airplanes
Document Number: E9-4987
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. (Piper) PA-23 series airplanes and all PA- 31 and PA-42 series airplanes. This proposed AD would establish life limits for safety-critical nose baggage door components. This proposed AD would also require you to replace those safety-critical nose baggage door components and repetitively inspect and lubricate the nose baggage door latching mechanism and lock assembly. This proposed AD results from several incidents and accidents, including fatal accidents, where the nose baggage door opening in flight was listed as a causal factor. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct worn, corroded, or non- conforming nose baggage door components, which could result in the nose baggage door opening in flight. The door opening in flight could significantly affect the handling and performance of the aircraft. It could also allow baggage to be ejected from the nose baggage compartment and strike the propeller. This failure could lead to loss of control.
Notice of Intent To Rule on Request To Release Airport Property at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Baton Rouge, LA
Document Number: E9-4955
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to rule and invites public comment on the release of surplus property land at the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport under the provisions of Title 49, U.S.C. Section 47153(c).
Change of Using Agency for Restricted Area 6320; Matagorda, TX
Document Number: E9-4948
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action changes the using agency of R-6320, Matagorda, TX, from United States Customs Service'' to ``Continental North American Aerospace Defense Command Region (CONR).'' The FAA is taking this action in response to a request from the United States Air Force (USAF), supported by United States Customs and Border Protection (legacy United States Customs Service), to reflect an administrative change of responsibility for the restricted area. There are no changes to the boundaries; designated altitudes; time of designation; or activities conducted within the affected restricted area.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330 Airplanes, and Model A340-200 and A340-300 Series Airplanes
Document Number: E9-4649
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Airbus Model A330, A340-200, and A340- 300 series airplanes. That AD currently requires repetitive inspections of a certain bracket that attaches the flight deck instrument panel to the airplane structure; related investigative and corrective actions if necessary; and replacement of the existing bracket with a titanium- reinforced bracket, which ends the repetitive inspections in the existing AD. This new AD adds requirements only for airplanes on which the existing bracket was replaced with a titanium-reinforced bracket in accordance with the existing AD. The additional requirement is a one- time inspection to determine if certain fasteners are broken or cracked, and corrective actions if necessary. This AD results from a report that incorrect torque values could damage the bracket. We are issuing this AD to prevent a cracked bracket. Failure of this bracket, combined with failure of the horizontal beam, could result in collapse of the left part of the flight deck instrument panel, and consequent reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. Models PC-12, PC-12/45, PC-12/47, and PC-12/47E Airplanes
Document Number: E9-4437
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-03-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above that will supersede an existing AD. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the 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 AB139 and AW139 Helicopters
Document Number: E9-4943
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model AB139 and AW139 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 Italy, with which we have a bilateral agreement, states in the MCAI that during the installation of a fire extinguisher bottle on a new helicopter, it was found that the electrical receptacle/ connectors on the bottle which commands the firing of the extinguishing agent were swapped between engines No. 1 and No. 2. This condition could affect helicopters already in service and fire extinguisher bottles of the same part number in stock as spare parts. If not corrected, an improperly wired fire extinguishing bottle might cause the extinguishing agent to be discharged toward the unselected engine when the system is activated, rather than toward the engine with the fire. The proposed AD would require determining if each engine has the proper outlet end on the electrical receptacle/connector that attaches the firing cartridge to the fire extinguisher bottle, and if not, replacing the fire extinguisher bottle. The proposed AD is intended to prevent the fire extinguishing agent from not discharging toward the engine with the fire, which could result in loss of the helicopter due to an engine fire.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Mount Sterling, IL
Document Number: E9-4937
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Mount Sterling, IL. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) at Mount Sterling Municipal Airport, Mount Sterling, IL. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft operations at Mount Sterling Municipal Airport.
Air Traffic Procedures Advisory Committee
Document Number: E9-4899
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-03-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public that a meeting of the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Procedures Advisory Committee (ATPAC) will be held to review present air traffic control procedures and practices for standardization, revision, clarification, and upgrading of terminology and procedures.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Cleveland, OH
Document Number: E9-4895
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Cleveland, OH. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) at Lorain County Regional Airport, Lorain, OH. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft operations at Lorain County Regional Airport.
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 737-600, -700, and -800 Series Airplanes
Document Number: E9-4732
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700, and -800 series airplanes. The original NPRM would have required an inspection of the free flange of the lower stringers of the wing center section for drill starts, and applicable related investigative and corrective actions. The original NPRM resulted from drill starts being found on the free flange of the lower stringers of the wing center section during a quality assurance inspection at the final assembly plant. This action revises the original NPRM by expanding the inspection area to include the free flange, the vertical web, and the fillet radius between the vertical web and the free flange. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM to prevent cracks from propagating from drill starts in the free flange, vertical web, and radius between the free flange and vertical web of the lower stringers of the wing center section lower stringers, which could cause a loss of structural integrity of the wing center section and may result in a fuel leak.
Airworthiness Directives; Fokker Model F.28 Mark 0100 Airplanes
Document Number: E9-4731
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-03-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Fokker Model F.28 Mark 0100 airplanes. The existing AD currently requires revisions to the airplane flight manual (AFM) to include procedures to prohibit use of reverse engine thrust power settings between idle and emergency maximum and to prohibit stabilized engine operation in a certain engine speed range on the ground. This proposed AD would continue to require revising the AFM to include certain procedures. This proposed AD would also require removing the normal maximum (second) detent for the reverse-thrust control. In addition, this proposed AD would require revising the AFM to prohibit use of reverse thrust in flight and to limit operation of Max Reverse thrust. This proposed AD results from issuance of mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. We are proposing this AD to prevent inadvertent operation in the prohibited stabilized engine speed range on the ground, which could result in uncontained engine fan blade failure due to high cycle fatigue cracking.