Federal Aviation Administration March 18, 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

RTCA Government/Industry NextGen Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2011-6525
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the renewal of the RTCA Charter (FAA Order 1110.77T) for two years, effective April 2, 2011. The administrator is the sponsor of the committee. The objective of the advisory committee is to seek solutions to issues and challenges involving air transportation concepts, requirements, operational capabilities, and the associated use of technology and related considerations to aeronautical operations that impact the future Air Traffic Management System. RTCA provides the following two categories of recommendations to the FAA: Broad gauged policy and investment priority recommendations used by FAA when considering policy and program decisions; and minimum performance standards, reports, and guidance documents used by the FAA in regulatory decisions and rulemaking. Government regulatory and procurement practices reference or use RTCA standards (with or without change). The Secretary of Transportation has determined that that information and use of committee are necessary in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the FAA by law.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Lancaster, NH
Document Number: 2011-6355
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E Airspace at Lancaster, NH, to accommodate a new Area Navigation Global Positioning System RNAV special Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) serving the Weeks Medical Center Heliport. This action enhances the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations within the National Airspace System.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Colebrook, NH
Document Number: 2011-6354
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E Airspace at Colebrook, NH, to accommodate a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) special Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) serving the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital Heliport. This action enhances the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations within the National Airspace System.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Wolfeboro, NH
Document Number: 2011-6353
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E Airspace at Wolfeboro, NH, to accommodate a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) special Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) serving Huggins Hospital Heliport. This action enhances the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations within the National Airspace System.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Newport, VT
Document Number: 2011-6352
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace at Newport, Vermont. The Newport Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) has been decommissioned and new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) have been developed for Newport State Airport. This action enhances the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Waynesboro, VA
Document Number: 2011-6351
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to Amend Class E Airspace at Waynesboro, VA, to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) developed for Eagle's Nest Airport. This action would enhance the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Modification of Class E Airspace; Bryce Canyon, UT
Document Number: 2011-6350
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action will modify Class E airspace at Bryce Canyon, UT. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate aircraft using Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at Bryce Canyon Airport. This will improve the safety of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft executing RNAV GPS standard instrument approach procedures at Bryce Canyon Airport.
Airport Improvement Program (AIP): Interim Policy Regarding Access to Airports From Residential Property
Document Number: 2011-6346
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action adopts an interim policy amending and clarifying FAA policy concerning through-the-fence access to a federally-obligated airport from an adjacent or nearby property, when that property is used as a residence, and permits continuation of existing access subject to certain standards. This action also modifies sponsor grant assurance 5, Preserving Rights and Powers, to prohibit new residential through-the- fence access to a federally-obligated airport. Prior FAA policy discouraged through-the-fence access to a federally-obligated airport from an off-airport residence. Owners of properties used both as a residence and for the storage of personal aircraft, sometimes called ``hangar homes,'' had urged the agency to permit an exception to the through-the-fence policy for residents who own aircraft. At this time, the FAA is adopting an interim policy. The policy review conducted in 2010 highlighted a number of differences among the airports identified as having residential through-the-fence arrangements. As a result, the FAA believes it will take more time and more detailed information to better understand these arrangements and how they impact each airport sponsor's ability to comply with its grant assurances. However, the agency also acknowledges that interested stakeholders have a more immediate need for resolution. The goal of the interim policy is to strike a careful balance by accommodating residential through-the-fence access where it already exists. To date, the FAA has not been able to clearly define the specific criteria or requirements that would allow airport sponsors to enter into new residential through-the-fence arrangements while ensuring ongoing compliance with their grant obligations. Therefore, the interim policy requires airports with existing residential through-the-fence arrangements to develop access plans outlining how the airport sponsor meets certain standards for control of airport operations and development and for self-sustaining and nondiscriminatory airport rates. In adopting this interim policy, the FAA is announcing its intent to initiate another policy review of residential through-the-fence access to federally-obligated airports in 2014. This timeframe will give the FAA the experience it needs in reviewing residential through- the-fence arrangements via the access plans and understanding how to mitigate the real and potential adverse effects of these arrangements. Additionally, it will allow the agency to complete a separate, ongoing general aviation airport study that is analyzing the federally assisted general aviation airport system. The interim policy adopts the changes proposed to sponsor grant assurance 5, Preserving Rights and Powers, to prohibit new residential through-the-fence access to a federally-obligated airport. However, it is the agency's intent to reconsider this change as part of the policy review that will be conducted in 2014. In the interest of obtaining all available information relevant to the review, the FAA invites any person who would be interested in a specific approval of new residential through-the-fence access at a federally-obligated airport to contact the FAA Airport Compliance Division to discuss the particular circumstances so this can be considered in our 2014 review.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Brunswick, ME
Document Number: 2011-6343
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E Airspace at Brunswick, ME, to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures developed for Brunswick Executive Airport. This action would enhance the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Special Conditions: Boeing Model 747-8 Series Airplanes; Stairway Between the Main Deck and Upper Deck
Document Number: 2011-6340
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice proposes special conditions for the Boeing Model 747-8 airplane. This airplane will have novel or unusual design features when compared to the state of technology envisioned in the airworthiness standards for transport category airplanes. These design features include a stairway between the main deck and upper deck. These proposed special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards. Additional special conditions will be issued for other novel or unusual design features of the Boeing 747-8 airplanes.
Special Conditions: Gulfstream Model GVI Airplane; Electronic Flight Control System Mode Annunciation.
Document Number: 2011-6333
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Gulfstream GVI airplane. This airplane will have novel or unusual design features when compared to the state of technology envisioned in the airworthiness standards for transport category airplanes. These design features include an electronic flight control system. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for these design features. 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.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Kenbridge, VA
Document Number: 2011-6330
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E Airspace at Kenbridge, VA, to accommodate the additional airspace needed for the Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) developed for Lunenburg County Airport. This action would enhance the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Staunton, VA
Document Number: 2011-6328
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, Staunton, VA. The Bridgewater Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) has been decommissioned and new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures have been developed for the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Commercial Space Transportation Grants Program
Document Number: 2011-6325
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice solicits Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 grant proposals to continue the development of a Commercial Space Transportation infrastructure system, which supports the National Space Policy and Congressional intent. Begun in 2010, the program supports the Commercial Space Transportation industry by identification, prioritization, and funding for Commercial Space Transportation infrastructure projects. It must be noted that with the FY 2011 Congressional appropriation not yet enacted, the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) does not currently have funding for the Commercial Space Transportation Grants Program. Should there be an appropriation for the Commercial Space Transportation Grants Program; the FAA/AST intends to swiftly execute grant awards within FY 2011. To facilitate this, the FAA/AST is requesting grant applications at this time. The FAA/AST intends to receive, process, and evaluate the applications in a timely manner, and in accordance with the notional schedule listed below, so should there be an appropriation, the recipients will already be selected and the awards can be made within FY 2011. There remains the possibility that no funds will be appropriated in FY 2011 for the Commercial Space Transportation Grants Program. If no funds are appropriated, no grant applications submitted in response to this Notice will be approved and funded. Due to time constraints, this Notice will be the only solicitation made for FY 2011 projects and proposals. The FAA/AST will review and evaluate all applications for a grant received by the deadline, pursuant to 49 United States Code (U.S.C.) Chapter 703 (to be recodified at 51 U.S.C. Chapter 511). The FAA/AST may make one or more grant awards based upon its evaluations of the submissions. All grants awarded under the Commercial Space Transportation Grants Program are discretionary awards. Projects to be funded under the Commercial Space Transportation Grants Program must carry out commercial space transportation infrastructure development, as defined in 49 U.S.C. 70301 (to be recodified as 51 U.S.C. 51101).
Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee-Public Teleconference
Document Number: 2011-6324
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-03-18
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 Tuesday, April 5, 2011, starting at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight 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 review the issues discussed at the February 17, 2011, STOWG teleconference. These issues include Orbital Debris and the costs of compliance with orbital debris standards, the Concept of Operations draft report on reentry debris, Space Operations framework, and the International Code of Conduct being drafted by the European Union. The working group will also finalize plans for the May Working Group meetings to be held in Washington, DC. 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 March 30, 2011, so that the information can be made available to COMSTAC members for their review and consideration before the April 5, 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.
Special Conditions: Boeing Model 747-8 Airplanes, Systems and Data Networks Security-Isolation or Protection From Unauthorized Passenger Domain Systems Access
Document Number: 2011-6323
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for Boeing Model 747-8 airplanes. This airplane will have novel or unusual design features associated with connectivity of the passenger domain computer systems to the airplane critical systems and data networks. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for these design features. 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.
Airworthiness Directives; General Electric Company CF6-45 and CF6-50 Series Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2011-6300
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) CF6-45 and CF6-50 series turbofan engines. That AD currently requires replacing certain forward and aft centerbodies of the long fixed core exhaust nozzle (LFCEN) assembly. This AD adds certain new forward and aft centerbody part numbers (P/Ns) to the list requiring replacement. This AD was prompted by the discovery of more LFCEN forward and aft centerbody P/Ns that require replacement. We are issuing this AD to prevent the forward and aft centerbody of the LFCEN assembly from separating from the engine, causing damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-Trent 900 Series Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2011-6154
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-03-18
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: