Federal Aviation Administration January 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Raton, NM
Document Number: 2011-2113
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Raton, NM. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Raton Municipal Airport/Crews Field. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations for SIAPs at the airport.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Carrizo Springs, Glass Ranch Airport, TX
Document Number: 2011-2111
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace for the Carrizo Springs, Glass Ranch Airport, TX, airspace area. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Faith Ranch Airport, Carrizo Springs, TX. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Terre Haute, IN
Document Number: 2011-2110
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Terre Haute, IN. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Union Hospital Heliport. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the heliport. This action also would change the name of Hulman Regional Airport and amend the geographic coordinates.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Bedford, IN
Document Number: 2011-2071
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Bedford, IN. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Bedford Medical Center Heliport. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Indianapolis Executive Airport, IN
Document Number: 2011-2069
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace for the Indianapolis Executive Airport, Indianapolis, IN airspace area. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) for the Clarian North Medical Center Heliport, Carmel, IN, and the Methodist Hospital of Indiana Heliport, Indianapolis, IN. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Cable Union, WI
Document Number: 2011-2067
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Cable Union, WI. Decommissioning of the Seely non-directional beacon (NDB) at Cable Union Airport, Cable Union, WI, has made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Safety Management System for Part 121 Certificate Holders; Extension of Comment Period
Document Number: 2011-2049
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action extends the comment period for an NPRM that was published on November 5, 2010. In that document, the FAA proposed to require each certificate holder operating under 14 CFR part 121 to develop and implement a safety management system (SMS) to improve its aviation related activities. Several trade and membership organizations representing various aviation industry segments have requested that the FAA extend the comment period closing date to allow time to adequately analyze the NPRM and prepare comments.
Airworthiness Directives; Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model EMB-500 Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-2007
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:
Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7, -7A, -7B, -9, -9A, -11, -15, -15A, -17, -17A, -17R, and -17AR Series Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2011-1869
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Pratt & Whitney (PW) JT8D-1, -1A, -1B, -7, -7A, -7B, -9, -9A, -11, -15, -15A, -17, -17A, -17R, and -17AR series turbofan engines. That AD currently requires revisions to the engine manufacturer's time limits section (TLS) to include enhanced inspection of selected critical life- limited parts at each piece-part opportunity. This AD modifies the TLS of the manufacturer's engine manual and an air carrier's approved continuous airworthiness maintenance program to incorporate additional inspection requirements and reduce the model applicability. This AD was prompted by PW developing, and the FAA approving, improved inspection procedures for the critical life-limited parts. The mandatory inspections are needed to identify those critical rotating parts with conditions which, if allowed to continue in service, could result in uncontained failures. We are issuing this AD to prevent critical life- limited rotating engine part failure, which could result in an uncontained engine failure and damage to the airplane.
Establishment of Low Altitude Area Navigation Routes (T-281, T-283, T-285, T-286, and T-288); Nebraska and South Dakota
Document Number: 2011-1800
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes five low altitude Area Navigation (RNAV) routes, designated T-281, T-283, T-285, T-286, and T-288, over Nebraska and South Dakota; controlled by Denver Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) and Minneapolis ARTCC. T-routes are low altitude Air Traffic Service routes, based on RNAV, for use by aircraft that have instrument flight rules (IFR) approved Global Positioning System (GPS)/Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) equipment. This action enhances safety and improves the efficient use of the navigable airspace within Denver and Minneapolis ARTCC airspace.
Special Conditions: TTF Aerospace, LLC, Modification to Boeing Model 767-300 Series Airplanes; Pilot Lower Lobe Crew Rest Module
Document Number: 2011-1730
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Boeing Model 767- 300 series airplane. This airplane, as modified by TTF Aerospace, LLC, will have a novel or unusual design features associated with the pilot lower lobe crew rest module (CRM). The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. These 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.
Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee-Public Teleconference
Document Number: 2011-1769
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-27
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), notice is hereby given of a teleconference of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). The teleconference will take place on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, starting at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Individuals who plan to participate should contact Susan Lender, DFO, (the Contact Person listed below) by phone or e-mail for the teleconference call in number. The proposed agenda for this teleconference is to continue the discussion started during the January 20, 2011, teleconference. This discussion concerns the structure of the COMSTAC working groups and the organization of the COMSTAC meetings themselves. Interested members of the public may submit relevant written statements for the COMSTAC members to consider under the advisory process. Statements may concern the issues and agenda items mentioned above or additional issues that may be relevant for the U.S. commercial space transportation industry. Interested parties wishing to submit written statements should contact Susan Lender, DFO, (the Contact Person listed below) in writing (mail or e-mail) by February 11, 2011, so that the information can be made available to COMSTAC members for their review and consideration before the February 157, 2011, teleconference. Written statements should be supplied in the following formats: One hard copy with original signature or one electronic copy via e-mail. An agenda will be posted on the FAA Web site at http://www.faa.gov/ go/ast. Individuals who plan to participate and need special assistance should inform the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.
Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee-Public Teleconference
Document Number: 2011-1549
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-26
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), notice is hereby given of a teleconference of the Space Transportation Operations Working Group (STOWG) of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). The teleconference will take place on Thursday, February 17, 2011, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Individuals who plan to participate should contact Susan Lender, DFO, (the Contact Person listed below) by phone or e-mail for the teleconference call in number. The proposed agenda for this teleconference is to continue the discussion started during the October 6, 2010, working group meeting, and continued during the December 8, 2010, teleconference. This discussion will center on the orbital debris questions asked by the FAA; it will also include a look at responses to the Concept of Operation for Global Space Vehicle Debris Threat Management report. Interested members of the public may submit relevant written statements for the COMSTAC working group members to consider under the advisory process. Statements may concern the issues and agenda items mentioned above or additional issues that may be relevant for the U.S. commercial space transportation industry. Interested parties wishing to submit written statements should contact Susan Lender, DFO, (the Contact Person listed below) in writing (mail or e-mail) by February 11, 2011, so that the information can be made available to COMSTAC members for their review and consideration before the February 17, 2011, teleconference. Written statements should be supplied in the following formats: One hard copy with original signature or one electronic copy via e-mail. An agenda will be posted on the FAA Web site at http://www.faa.gov/ go/ast. Individuals who plan to participate and need special assistance should inform the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection(s): NAS Data Release Request
Document Number: 2011-1546
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on September 22, 2010, vol. 75, no. 183, page 57828. The information enables the FAA to evaluate the validity of the user's request for National Airspace (NAS) data from FAA systems and equipment.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900 Series Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-1438
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD would require an inspection of the orientation of both sides of the coil cord connector keyways of the number 2 windows on the flight deck, re-clocking the connector keyways to 12 o'clock if necessary; and replacing the coil cord assemblies on both number 2 windows on the flight deck. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of arcing and smoke at the number 2 window in the flight deck. We are proposing this AD to prevent arcing, smoke, and fire in the flight deck, which could lead to injuries to or incapacitation of the flight crew.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Model 727 Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-464
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD requires inspections for scribe lines in the fuselage skin at skin lap joints and butt joints, the skin at certain external approved repairs, the skin around external features such as antennas, and the skin at decals and fairings; and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This AD was prompted by reports of scribe lines found at skin lap joints and butt joints, around external repairs and antennas, and at locations where external decals had been cut. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct scribe lines, which can develop into fatigue cracks in the skin and cause rapid decompression of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Model 767-300 Series Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-462
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracks in the fuselage skin and backup structure at the lower VHF antenna cutout at station 1197 + 99 between stringers 39 left and 39 right, and corrective actions if necessary. Certain repairs terminate certain inspection requirements. This AD was prompted by reports of cracking found in the section 46 fuselage lower skin around the periphery of the VHF antenna baseplate at station 1197 + 99. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracks in the fuselage skin and internal backup structure, which could result in rapid decompression of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; SOCATA Model TBM 700 Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-370
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-25
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:
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702), CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705), and CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-1440
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A300 and A310 Series Airplanes, and Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R Series Airplanes, and Model C4-605R Variant F Airplanes (Collectively Called A300-600 Series Airplanes)
Document Number: 2011-1439
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above that would supersede three existing ADs. 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 Intent To Rule on Application 10-06-C-00-BOS To Impose and Use the Revenue From a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) at General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, East Boston, MA
Document Number: 2011-1411
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This document requests public comment on the supplementary material provided by the applicant, Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), in response to the FAA's requests for clarification of its application to impose and use a PFC at General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, East Boston, Massachusetts. The FAA received additional documentation and information in support of Massport's PFC application, received April 15, 2010. The FAA is soliciting public comment on this supplementary material. Once received and following the FAA's review of any comments submitted pursuant to this notice, a Final Agency Decision is anticipated either approving or disapproving the application, in whole or in part, within 60 days of the date of this Notice. The ruling will be issued under the provisions of the 49 U.S.C. 40117 and 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 158 (14 CFR part 158).
Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee-Closed Session
Document Number: 2011-1410
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-25
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 Title 41 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 102-3.160, 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 structure of COMSTAC's public meetings and discuss if the current structure is the most desirable arrangement of activities. The meeting will take place on Thursday, February 10, 2010, at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW., Washington, DC 20001, from 8 a.m. until 8:45 a.m.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330-200 Series Airplanes; Model A330-300 Series Airplanes; Model A340-200 Series Airplanes; and Model A340-300 Series Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-1225
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-25
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; Aircraft Industries a.s. Model L 23 Super Blanik Sailplanes
Document Number: 2011-1137
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-25
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 the aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2011-815
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-24
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.
Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment on Surplus Property Release at Brunswick-Golden Isles Airport, Brunswick, GA
Document Number: 2011-1161
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-24
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 Glynn county Airport Commission to waive the requirement that a 16.84- acre parcel of surplus property, located on Glynn County Airport owned and operated land adjacent to, but separated by a public roadway, Brunswick-Golden Isles Airport, be used for aeronautical purposes.
Airworthiness Directives; PIAGGIO AERO INDUSTRIES S.p.A Model PIAGGIO P-180 Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-1136
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This emergency AD was sent previously to all known U.S. owners and operators of these airplanes. This AD supersedes Emergency AD 2011-01-51, requires an immediate functional test of the fuselage drain holes, and requires sending a report of the results to the FAA. This AD also allows, with noted exceptions, for the return/ position of the airplane to a home base, hangar, maintenance facility, etc. This AD was prompted by reports of water accumulation in the belly of the fuselage that froze and caused the flight controls to jam. We are issuing this AD to prevent water or fluid from accumulating in the belly of the fuselage and freezing when the aircraft reaches and holds altitudes where the temperature is below the freezing point. This condition could cause the flight controls to jam with consequent loss of control.
Fifty-Third Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 186: Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)
Document Number: 2011-1269
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of RTCA Special Committee 186: Automatic Dependent SurveillanceBroadcast (ADS-B).
Fourth Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 224: Airport Security Access Control Systems
Document Number: 2011-1268
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of RTCA Special Committee 224: Airport Security Access Control Systems.
Second Meeting RTCA NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC)
Document Number: 2011-1267
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of RTCA NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC).
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 Series Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-1226
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. This proposed AD would result in all airplanes having new relays with a ground fault interrupter (GFI) feature. This proposed AD would require, depending on airplane configuration, doing certain wiring changes, replacing the fuel pump power control relays for the main, center and auxiliary tanks, as applicable, with new relays having a GFI feature, performing certain bonding resistance measurements, and modifying relay module assemblies. The proposed AD also would require revising the maintenance program to incorporate Airworthiness Limitations (AWLs) 28-AWL-23 (for Model 737-100, 737-200, and 737-200C series airplanes), and 28-AWL-22 (for Model 737-300, 737-400, and 737- 500 series airplanes). This proposed AD results from fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. We are proposing this AD to prevent damage to the fuel pumps caused by electrical arcing that could introduce an ignition source in the fuel tank, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; REIMS AVIATION S.A. Model F406 Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-1221
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-21
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:
Crew Resource Management Training for Crewmembers in Part 135 Operations
Document Number: 2011-1211
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This final rule requires all certificate holders conducting operations under part 135 to include in their training programs crew resource management training for crewmembers, including pilots and flight attendants. This final rule is needed to ensure that crewmembers in part 135 operations receive training in the use of crew resource management principles, as appropriate for their operation. This final rule responds to National Transportation Safety Board recommendations, addresses a recommendation from the Part 125/135 Aviation Rulemaking Committee, and codifies current FAA guidance. The intended effect of this final rule is to reduce the frequency and severity of errors that are crew based, which will reduce the frequency of accidents and incidents within the scope of part 135 operations.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2011-1193
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of 14 CFR. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of FAA's regulatory activities. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2011-1192
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of 14 CFR. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of FAA's regulatory activities. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Model 777-200 and -300 Series Airplanes Equipped with Rolls-Royce RB211 Trent 800 Engines
Document Number: 2011-1121
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Model 777-200 and -300 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections of all thrust reverser (T/R) structure and sealant for degradation, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD results from reports of thrust reverser events related to thermal damage of the thrust reverser inner wall. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct a degraded T/R inner wall panel, which could lead to failure of a T/R and adjacent components and their consequent separation from the airplane, which could result in a rejected takeoff (RTO) and cause asymmetric thrust and consequent loss of control of the airplane during reverse thrust operation. If a T/R inner wall overheats, separated components could cause structural damage to the airplane, damage to other airplanes, or possible injury to people on the ground.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Model 777-200 and -300 Series Airplanes Equipped With Pratt and Whitney Engines
Document Number: 2011-1119
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Model 777-200 and -300 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections for hydraulic fluid contamination of the interior of the strut disconnect assembly; repetitive inspections for discrepancies of the interior of the strut disconnect assembly, if necessary; repetitive inspections of the exterior of the strut disconnect assembly for cracks, if necessary; and corrective action if necessary. This proposed AD also provides an optional terminating action for the inspections. This proposed AD results from reports of system disconnect boxes that have been contaminated with hydraulic fluid and, in one incident, led to subsequent cracking of titanium parts in the system disconnect assembly. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct hydraulic fluid contamination, which can cause cracking of titanium parts in the system disconnect assembly, resulting in compromise of the engine firewall. A cracked firewall can allow fire in the engine area to enter the strut and can lead to an uncontained engine strut fire if flammable fluid is present. Cracking of the disconnect box may also reduce the effectiveness of the fire extinguishing system in the engine compartment and could contribute to an uncontained engine fire. In addition, a cracked disconnect box can leak flammable fluids into the engine core, which can initiate an engine fire, and lead to one or both fire conditions discussed above.
Airworthiness Directives; Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems Model SAAB 340A (SAAB/SF340A) and SAAB 340B Airplanes Modified in Accordance With Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) ST00224WI-D, ST00146WI-D, or SA984GL-D
Document Number: 2011-1118
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems Model SAAB 340A (SAAB/ SF340A) and SAAB 340B airplanes. The first supplemental NPRM would have required inspecting the fuselage surface for corrosion and cracking behind the external adapter plate of the antennae installation, and repair if necessary. The first supplemental NPRM resulted from a report of a crack found behind the external adapter plate of the antennae during inspection. Similar cracking was found on two additional airplanes, and extensive corrosion was found on one airplane. This action revises the first supplemental NPRM by correcting an STC number, which would expand the applicability of the first supplemental NPRM. We are proposing this second supplemental NPRM to detect and correct corrosion and cracking behind the external adapter plate of the antennae of certain damage- tolerant structure, which could result in reduced structural integrity and consequent rapid depressurization of the airplane.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Kahului, HI
Document Number: 2011-1082
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at Kahului Airport, Kahului, HI. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate aircraft using the Instrument Landing System (ILS) standard instrument approach procedures at Kahului Airport, Kahului, HI. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of aircraft operations at the airport.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Taylor, AZ
Document Number: 2011-1079
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify Class E airspace at Taylor Airport, Taylor, AZ. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate aircraft using the CAMBO One Departure Area Navigation (RNAV) out of Taylor Airport. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of aircraft operations at Taylor Airport, Taylor, AZ.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; West Yellowstone, MT
Document Number: 2011-1076
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify Class E airspace at Yellowstone Airport, West Yellowstone, MT, to accommodate aircraft using the Instrument Landing System (ILS) Localizer (LOC) standard instrument approach procedures at Yellowstone Airport, West Yellowstone, MT. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of aircraft operations at Yellowstone Airport.
Public Notice for Waiver of Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance Viroqua Municipal Airport; Viroqua, WI
Document Number: 2011-1072
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a proposal to authorize the release of 0.93 acres of the airport property at the Viroqua Municipal Airport, Viroqua, WI. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is seeking airport property for right of way along U.S. Highway 14/61. The FAA issued a categorical exclusion on December 23, 2010. The acreage being released is not needed for aeronautical use as currently identified on the Airport Layout Plan. The acreage comprising this parcel was originally acquired with local funds by the City of Viroqua. The airport will receive the appraised fair market value of $495,909 for the land. Approval does not constitute a commitment by the FAA to financially assist in the disposal of the subject airport property nor a determination of eligibility for grant-in-aid funding from the FAA. The disposition of proceeds from the disposal of the airport property will be in accordance with FAA's Policy and Procedures Concerning the Use of Airport Revenue, published in the Federal Register on February 16, 1999. In accordance with section 47107(h) of title 49, United States Code, this notice is required to be published in the Federal Register 30 days before modifying the land-use assurance that requires the property to be used for an aeronautical purpose.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Port Clarence, AK
Document Number: 2011-944
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action changes the effective date for the establishment of Class E airspace at Port Clarence Coast Guard Station (CGS) Airport, Port Clarence, AK. The charting of this airspace has been delayed; therefore the effective date of the establishment of the Class E airspace area also must be delayed. A minor correction to a geographic coordinate also will be made.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Model 777 Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-1017
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD would require revising the maintenance program to update inspection requirements to detect fatigue cracking of principal structural elements (PSEs). This proposed AD was prompted by a new revision to the airworthiness limitations of the maintenance planning document. We are proposing this AD to ensure that fatigue cracking of various PSEs is detected and corrected; such fatigue cracking could adversely affect the structural integrity of these airplanes.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Model 757 Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-879
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Model 757 airplanes. The existing AD currently requires inspecting certain power feeder wire bundles for damage, inspecting the support clamps for these wire bundles to determine whether the clamps are properly installed, and performing corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD would require additional inspections for certain airplanes. This proposed AD results from a report that a power feeder wire bundle chafed against the number six auxiliary slat track, causing electrical wires in the bundle to arc, which damaged both the auxiliary slat track and power feeder wires. We are proposing this AD to prevent arcing that could be a possible ignition source for leaked flammable fluids, which could result in a fire. Arcing could also result in a loss of power from the generator connected to the power feeder wire bundle, and consequent loss of systems, which could reduce controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, and -300ER Series Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-876
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD would require installing foreign object debris (FOD) rubber shields over the primary and secondary external power connectors for certain airplanes, and wrapping fire-resistant silicone tape around the hydraulic tube for certain other airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of a fire in the main equipment center due to failure of an external power connector, which caused high-temperature arcing and subsequent splatter of molten copper on an adjacent hydraulic tube, creating a hole in the tube and spraying hydraulic fluid into the power connector, resulting in a fire. In addition there were several reports of overheating or arcing of external power connectors, and one report of a fire due to arcing caused by FOD. We are proposing this AD to prevent FOD from entering the primary and secondary external power connectors, which could result in overheating or arcing and consequent fire in the main equipment center.
Safe, Efficient Use and Preservation of the Navigable Airspace; Correction
Document Number: 2011-863
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is correcting the regulation addressing the effective date of FAA determinations issued under 14 CFR part 77. The FAA amended this regulation by final rule published on July 21, 2010. The purpose of the final rule was to update the regulations governing objects that may affect the navigable airspace, to incorporate case law and legislative action, and to simplify the rule language. In one section of the regulations, we inadvertently state that the effective date of all determinations is 40 days from the date of issuance. However, only FAA determinations subject to the discretionary review process are effective 40 days from the date of issuance. All other FAA determinations are effective upon issuance. This document corrects that error.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER Series Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-862
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER series airplanes. This proposed AD would require inspecting to determine the clearance and any wire bundle damage between wire bundle W443 and the left forward rudder quadrant, followed by adjusting the minimum clearance between the wire bundle and the left forward rudder quadrant, and repairing any wire bundle damage. This proposed AD results from reports of contact between wire bundle W443 and the left forward rudder quadrant. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct contact between the wire bundle and the left forward rudder quadrant. Damage to the wire bundle could result in uncommanded stabilizer trim and autopilot disconnects due to shorted wires from contact between the wire bundle and the left forward rudder quadrant, potentially affecting the capability of the flight crew during high work load and consequently reducing control of the airplane. Restricted free movement of the rudder quadrant at full right rudder travel would reduce controllability of the airplane.
Revocation and Establishment of Compulsory Reporting Points; Alaska
Document Number: 2011-827
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action removes and establishes high altitude Alaskan compulsory reporting points in the vicinity of the United States (U.S.) and Canadian border. Specifically, the FAA is removing BORAN and establishing the TOVAD reporting point.
Amendment of Jet Route J-93; CA
Document Number: 2011-826
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Jet Route J-93 in California between the Julian VHF Omnidrectional Radio Range Tactical Air Navigation Aid (VORTAC), and the ASUTA intersection on the United States/Mexican border. The FAA is realigning the jet route due to the relocation of the Penasco VOR, located in Mexico. This action ensures the efficient use of our National Airspace System.