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Public Notice for Waiver of Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance; Austin Straubel International Airport, Green Bay, WI
Document Number: 2011-31459
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-08
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a proposal to authorize the release of 3.3334 acres of airport property at the Austin Straubel International Airport, Green Bay, WI. Brown County, as sponsor of the airport, is seeking to release from compliance with grant assurances two parcels of airport property identified as Parcel nos. 98 and 107, totaling 3.3334 acres. These parcels are located alongside each other in the extreme northwest corner of the airport in the vicinity of the intersection of Pine Tree Road and State Highway 172. Proposed use of the land to be released is construction of a new fire station by the neighboring Village of Hobart to house its emergency response vehicles. The proposed fire station would be located adjacent to the existing village hall. The 3.334 acres would be provided to the Village of Hobart in exchange for the village vacating 2 parcels of road and road right-of- way totaling 9.367 acres located on, or adjacent to, Austin Straubel International Airport. One parcel contains a roadway section located within the airport security perimeter fence on West Adam Drive and Lonesome Road. The second parcel is a short section of Cyrus Road, located immediately to the south of Runway 36 and within the runway protection zone, but outside of the airport property boundary. The value to the airport of exchanging airport property for the road and road right-of-way rests with the fact that the Village of Hobart could otherwise mandate the airport to keep the surfaces open and require installation of a fence around the road right-of-ways at an estimated cost to the airport of over $200,000. An additional benefit to the airport of acquiring this 9.367 acres of village-owned property in exchange for the 3.3334 acres of airport-owned property is that this action would provide the airport with a contiguous, airside property boundary. A categorical exclusion for this land release action was prepared by Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation-Bureau of Aeronautics, and issued by FAA on November 15, 2011. The airport sponsor purchased the two parcels by voluntary acquisition on June 24, 1998 (Parcel No. 98) and November 1, 2002 (Parcel No. 107). No Federal or State of Wisconsin funds were utilized in the acquisition process. The aforementioned land is not needed for aeronautical use, as shown on the Airport Layout Plan, conditionally approved on May 16, 2011. There are no impacts to the airport by allowing the airport to dispose of the property. 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.
Interference With a Crewmember via Laser
Document Number: 2011-31446
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-08
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
On June 1, 2011, the Assistant Chief Counsel for Regulations, Federal Aviation Administration (``FAA''), issued an interpretation of 14 CFR 91.11. Section 91.11 provides that ``[n]o person may assault, threaten, intimidate, or interfere with a crewmember in the performance of the crewmember's duties aboard an aircraft being operated.'' The FAA is aware of an increasing number of incidents involving the use of lasers being directed toward aircraft operating on the ground or in the air. Such conduct has the potential to adversely affect safety by interfering with flight crewmembers in the performance of their duties. The FAA considers a situation in which a laser beam is aimed at an aircraft by a person on the ground or from any other location including from another aircraft so that it interferes with a crewmember in the performance of the crewmember's duties as a violation of 14 CFR 91.11.
Airworthiness Directives; BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co. KG Reciprocating Engines
Document Number: 2011-31501
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for BRP- Powertrain GmbH & Co. KG Rotax 912 F2, 912 F3, 912 F4, 912 S2, 912 S3, 912 S4, 914 F2, 914 F3, and 914 F4 reciprocating engines. 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:
Notification for Airborne Wind Energy Systems (AWES)
Document Number: 2011-31430
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA seeks comments on revising its policy regarding the application of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 77, ``Safe, Efficient Use and Preservation of the Navigable Airspace,'' to airborne wind energy systems (AWES). In addition, this notice requests information from airborne wind energy system developers and the public related to these systems so that the FAA can comprehensively analyze the AWES and their integration into the National Airspace System (NAS).
Airworthiness Directives; DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Sailplanes
Document Number: 2011-31425
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-07
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Models DG-500 Elan Orion sailplanes and DG-500M and DG-500MB powered sailplanes. 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 incorrect re-installation of the rear cockpit securing rope for the headrest of the rear seat during maintenance, which could cause the rear seat to interfere with the control stick of the sailplane. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-31312
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 777 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of corrosion damage on the outer diameter chrome surface of the horizontal stabilizer pivot pins. Micro cracks in the chrome plating of the pivot pin, some of which extended into the base metal, were also reported. This condition, if not corrected, could result in a fractured horizontal stabilizer pivot pin, which may cause excessive horizontal stabilizer freeplay and structural damage significant enough to result in loss of control of the airplane. This proposed AD would require replacing the existing horizontal stabilizer pivot pins with new or reworked pivot pins having improved corrosion resistance, doing repetitive inspections after installing the pivot pins, and doing corrective actions if necessary. We are proposing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH Helicopters
Document Number: 2011-31254
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH Model BO-105A, BO-105C, BO-105LS A-1, BO- 105LS A-3, and BO-105S helicopters. This proposed AD would require inspecting certain main rotor blades for debonding of the erosion protective shell. If the erosion protective shell is debonded, you would be required to replace the main rotor blade with an airworthy main rotor blade. This proposed AD is prompted by the results of an inspection on a BO-105 helicopter where debonding was discovered on a main rotor blade erosion protective shell, and it was determined that the debonding was due to incorrect installation of the erosion protective shell. Subsequently, an incident occurred where a BO-105 helicopter lost its main rotor blade erosion protective shell during flight. The actions specified by this proposed AD are intended to detect debonding of the main rotor blade erosion protective shell which could lead to an unbalanced main rotor, high vibrations, damage to the tail boom or tail rotor, and loss of control of the helicopter.
Proposed Modification of Area Navigation Route T-288; WY
Document Number: 2011-31223
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify low altitude area navigation (RNAV) route T-288 by extending the route westward from the Rapid City, SD, VORTAC to the Gillette, WY, VOR/DME. The proposed extension would enhance efficiency and safety of the National Airspace System (NAS) by supplementing the existing VOR Federal airway structure in that area.
Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Division (PW) PW4000 Series Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2011-31177
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-06
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain PW4000 turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by an updated low-cycle fatigue (LCF) life analysis performed by PW. This AD requires removing certain part number (P/N) high-pressure turbine (HPT) stage 1 and HPT stage 2 airseals and HPT stage 1 airseal rings before their published life limit and establishes a new lower life limit for these parts. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of these parts, which could lead to an uncontained engine failure and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Model EC 120B Helicopters
Document Number: 2011-30939
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the Eurocopter France Model EC 120B helicopters. This AD requires modifying the pilot cyclic control friction device by replacing a certain thrust washer with two thrust washers. This AD is prompted by an incident in which the pilot encountered a sudden restriction of the cyclic control movement during flight. The actions specified by this AD are intended to prevent jamming of a pilot cyclic control stick and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Fatigue Tolerance Evaluation of Metallic Structures
Document Number: 2011-30941
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule amends the airworthiness standards for fatigue tolerance evaluation (FTE) of transport category rotorcraft metallic structures. This revises the FTE safety requirements to address advances in structural fatigue substantiation technology for metallic structures. This provides an increased level of safety by avoiding or reducing the likelihood of the catastrophic fatigue failure of a metallic structure. These increased safety requirements will help ensure that should serious accidental damage occur during manufacturing or within the operational life of the rotorcraft, the remaining structure could withstand, without failure, any fatigue loads that are likely to occur, until the damage is detected or the part is replaced. Besides improving the safety standards for FTE of all principal structural elements (PSEs), the amendment is harmonized with international standards.
Establishment of Class D and E Airspace; Frederick, MD
Document Number: 2011-30940
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class D and E airspace at Frederick, MD, to accommodate new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) at Frederick Municipal Airport. This action enhances the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations for SIAPs at the airport.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Emmonak, AK
Document Number: 2011-30893
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action modifies Class E airspace at Emmonak, AK. The revision of two standard instrument approach procedures at the Emmonak Airport has made this action necessary to enhance safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Mercury, NV
Document Number: 2011-30884
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace at Mercury, Desert Rock Airport, Mercury, NV. Decommissioning of the Mercury Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) at Mercury, Desert Rock Airport has made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action also makes a minor adjustment to the geographic coordinates in the regulatory text.
Airworthiness Directives; Quest Aircraft Design, LLC Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-30881
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Quest Aircraft Design, LLC (Quest) Model Kodiak 100 airplanes. This AD requires you to inspect the torque of the inertial particle separator (IPS) bolts; correct the torque, if necessary; replace the IPS bolts with new IPS bolts within a certain time; and install safety wire around the new IPS bolts. This AD was prompted by five instances where a loose IPS bolt was found on the right-hand side of the engine bypass door attachment. This condition, if not corrected, could lead to an inoperable bypass door, which could result in engine inlet icing with consequent loss of engine power and forced landing. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Olathe, KS
Document Number: 2011-30530
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action removes Class E airspace designated as an extension to Class D, and amends Class E airspace for Olathe, KS. Decommissioning of the Johnson County VHF Omnidirectional Range/ Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME) at Johnson County Executive Airport, Olathe, KS, has made this action necessary to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Stuart, IA
Document Number: 2011-30529
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E airspace for Stuart, IA, to accommodate new COPTER area navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at the City of Stuart Helistop. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the heliport.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Centerville, IA
Document Number: 2011-30527
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace for Centerville, IA. Decommissioning of the Centerville non-directional beacon (NDB) and cancellation of the NDB approach, at Centerville Municipal Airport, as well as the addition of a new COPTER area navigation (RNAV) SIAP at Mercy Medical Center-Centerville Heliport, has made this action necessary to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations within the National Airspace System. The geographic coordinates of Centerville Municipal Airport are being updated also.
Certification of Part 23 Turbofan- and Turbojet-Powered Airplanes and Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2011-30412
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action enhances safety by amending the applicable standards for part 23 turbofan- and turbojet-powered airplaneswhich are commonly referred to as ``part 23 jets,'' or ``jets''as well as turbopropeller-driven and reciprocating-engine airplanes, to reflect the current needs of industry, accommodate future trends, address emerging technologies, and provide for future airplane operations. This action is necessary to eliminate the current workload of processing exemptions, special conditions, and equivalent level of safety findings necessary to certificate jets. The effect of the changes will: Enhance safety by requiring additional battery endurance requirements; increase the climb gradient performance for certain part 23 airplanes; standardize and simplify the certification of jets; clarify areas of frequent non-standardization and misinterpretation, particularly for electronic equipment and system certification; and codify existing certification requirements in special conditions for jets that incorporate new technologies.
Harmonization of Various Airworthiness Standards for Transport Category Airplanes-Flight Rules
Document Number: 2011-30954
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule amends the regulations governing various airworthiness standards for transport category airplanes. This action harmonizes the requirements for takeoff speeds, static lateral-directional stability, speed increase and recovery characteristics, and the stall warning margin for the landing configuration in icing conditions with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification standards.
Critical Parts for Airplane Propellers
Document Number: 2011-30952
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-12-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes to amend the airworthiness standards for airplane propellers. This action would define what a propeller critical part is, require the identification of propeller critical parts by the manufacturer, and establish engineering, manufacture, and maintenance processes for those parts. The intended effect of this proposal is to ensure the continued airworthiness of propeller critical parts by requiring a system of processes to identify and manage these parts throughout their service life. Adopting this proposal would eliminate regulatory differences between part 35 and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) propeller critical parts requirements, thereby simplifying airworthiness approvals for exports.
Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Percentage Rates of Covered Aviation Employees for the Period of January 1, 2012, Through December 31, 2012
Document Number: 2011-30950
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA has determined that the minimum random drug and alcohol testing percentage rates for the period January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012, will remain at 25 percent of safety- sensitive employees for random drug testing and 10 percent of safety- sensitive employees for random alcohol testing.
Damage Tolerance and Fatigue Evaluation of Composite Rotorcraft Structures
Document Number: 2011-30945
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule revises airworthiness standards for type certification requirements of normal and transport category rotorcraft. The amendment requires evaluation of fatigue and residual static strength of composite rotorcraft structures using a damage tolerance evaluation, or a fatigue evaluation if the applicant establishes that a damage tolerance evaluation is impractical. The amendment addresses advances in composite structures technology and provides internationally harmonized standards.
RTCA Program Management Committee
Document Number: 2011-30892
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of RTCA Program Management Committee
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: New England Region Aviation Expo Database
Document Number: 2011-30891
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-01
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 23, 2011, vol. 76, no. 185, page 59186. The New England Region Aviation Expo database performs conference registration and helps plan the logistics and non-pilot courses for the expo.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Aircraft Registration Renewal
Document Number: 2011-30888
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-01
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 23, 2011, vol. 76, no. 185, page 59185. Aircraft owners are required to complete the Aircraft Registration Renewal to verify the registration information and renew registration triennially. The information collected on an Aircraft Re- Registration Application, AC Form 8050-1A will be used by the FAA to verify and update aircraft registration information collected for an aircraft when it was first registered.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Use of Certain Personal Oxygen Concentrator (POC) Devices on Board Aircraft
Document Number: 2011-30887
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-01
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 23, 2011, vol. 76, no. 185, page 59184-59185. A Special Federal Aviation Regulation requires passengers who intend to use an approved POC to present a physician statement before boarding. The flight crew must then inform the pilot-in-command that a POC is on board.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Notice of Landing Area Proposal
Document Number: 2011-30886
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-01
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 23, 2011, vol. 76, no. 185, pages 59185-59186. FAA Form 7480-1 (Notice of Landing Area Proposal) is used to collect information about any construction, alteration, or change to the status or use of an airport.
Release of Airport Property, Martin County Airport, Stuart, FL
Document Number: 2011-30885
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA hereby proposes to rule and invites public comment on its intent to release certain obligated properties, namely approximately 200 acres at the Martin County Airport, Stuart, FL, from the conditions, reservations, and restrictions as contained in a Surplus Property Agreement between the FAA and the Martin County, dated July 1, 1947, and in accordance with the provisions of Title 49 U.S.C. 47153(c). In anticipation and consideration of its request for a release, Martin County contracted for the installation of Engineered Materials Arresting Systems (EMAS) on Runway 12-30 at the Martin County Airport. The County also advised that its release request is designed to clarify the airport property and to correct ambiguities in title records since portions of the property contemplated by its release requested have been transferred over a number of years to a number of private and public parties. The release of the airport premises thus allows for the FAA and Martin County to establish a reliable and accurate boundary of obligated airport property. The property to be released includes parcels occupied by portions of the Martin County Golf Course, the YMCA, residential developments, a drainage area, and vacant lands. These parcels are currently designated as non-aeronautical use. The County accommodated the installation EMAS on Runway 12-30, enhancing safety for aeronautical users without impacting useable runway length in consideration of its request that a portion of the airport property be released of its federal obligations. The release of the nearly 200 acres also allows the FAA and the airport sponsor to establish and agree upon the boundary of airport property obligated through the Surplus Property Act of 1944. Additionally, the release will not prevent accomplishing the purpose for which the property was made subject to the terms, conditions, reservations, or restrictions, and will advance the interests of the United States in civil aviation. The FAA has preliminarily determined that the request to release property at the Martin County Airport submitted by the County met the procedural requirements of the Federal Aviation Regulations, 14 CFR part 155. Documents reflecting the Sponsor's request are available, by appointment only, for inspection at the Martin County Airport and the FAA Airports District Office.
Public Notice for Waiver of Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance at Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport, Auburn, ME
Document Number: 2011-30883
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-12-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is considering a proposal to change a portion of the airport from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use and to authorize the sale and/or conversion of airport property. The proposal consists of converting 4.1 acres of an 8.5 acre parcel to non-aeronautical use. This 8.5 acre residential property was acquired under grant 3-23- 0002-019-2010 for airport development purposes and to ensure compatible land-use. The portion of the property to be designated as non- aeronautical use will likely be leased as aviation compatible light industrial, retail, or mixed use development. The remaining 4.4 acres will remain aeronautical use and be used for airport development. There are no impacts to the airport by allowing the change in use of the parcel in question as it is not needed for aeronautical purposes. 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.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Model 737-200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 Series Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-30608
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Model 737-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. That AD currently requires repetitive external non-destructive inspections to detect cracks in the fuselage skin along the chem-mill step at stringers S-1 and S-2 right, between station (STA) 827 and STA 847, and repair if necessary. This new AD adds inspections for cracking in additional fuselage crown skin locations, and repair if necessary. This new AD also reduces the inspection thresholds for certain airplanes, extends certain repetitive inspection intervals, and adds airplanes to the applicability of the existing AD. This AD was prompted by reports of additional crack findings of the fuselage crown skin at the chem- milled steps. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the fuselage skin panels at the chem-milled steps, which could result in sudden fracture and failure of the fuselage skin panels, and consequent rapid decompression of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-30232
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-12-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-201 and -202 airplanes with FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) ST00753NY (Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) STC SA97-106) installed. 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; Learjet Inc. Model 60 Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-30822
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Learjet Inc. Model 60 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by two incidents of swapped fire extinguishing wires. This proposed AD would require inspecting the electrical leads routed to the fire extinguishing containers for proper identification and missing labels, and to ensure the electrical leads are connected to the correct squibs; and corrective actions if necessary. We are proposing this AD to prevent the extinguishing agent of the fire extinguishing container from being delivered to the wrong engine in the event of an engine fire, and a consequent uncontrolled fire.
Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-30821
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Company Model 777-200, -200LR, and -300ER series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report from the manufacturer indicating that the lowered ceiling support structure of Section 41, in airplanes incorporating the overhead space utilization (OSU) option, was found to be under-strength when subjected to a 9.0 g forward load. This proposed AD would require installing new structural members in and new tie rod(s) and attach fittings on the left and right sides of the lowered ceiling support structure. We are proposing this AD to prevent the forward lowered ceiling panels and support structure from becoming dislodged during an occurrence of a 9.0 g forward load and consequent injury to personnel or interference with an emergency evacuation.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Carroll, IA
Document Number: 2011-30580
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace for Carroll, IA. Decommissioning of the Carroll non-directional beacon (NDB) at Arthur N. Neu Airport, Carroll, IA, has made this action necessary to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport.
Airworthiness Directives; Honeywell International Inc. Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2011-30575
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Honeywell International Inc. ALF502L-2C, ALF502R-3, ALF502R-3A, ALF502R-5, LF507-1F, and LF507-IH turbofan engines. This AD requires removing from service certain second stage high pressure compressor (HPC2) discs. This AD was prompted by a report of cracks found in an HPC2 disc during routine inspection. We are issuing this AD to prevent the affected discs from fracturing before reaching the currently published life limit. A disc fracture could result in an uncontained failure of the disc and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Turbomeca S.A. Arriel 2B Turboshaft Engines
Document Number: 2011-30574
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
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:
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Nashville, AR
Document Number: 2011-30570
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E airspace for Nashville, AR, to accommodate new Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at Howard County Airport. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Danville Airport, PA
Document Number: 2011-30535
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E airspace at Danville, PA, to accommodate new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at Danville Airport. This action enhances the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action also corrects the airspace designation and makes a minor adjustment to the geographic coordinates of the airport.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Winters, TX
Document Number: 2011-30533
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace for Winters, TX. Decommissioning of the Winters non-directional beacon (NDB) and cancellation of the NDB Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) at Winters Municipal Airport, Winters, TX, as well as the addition of new area navigation (RNAV) SIAPs, has made this action necessary to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Alice, TX
Document Number: 2011-30532
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace for the Alice, TX, area. Cancellation of all standard instrument approach procedures at Old Hoppe Place Airport, Agua Dulce, TX, has made this action necessary to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations in the Alice, TX, area. Also, the geographic coordinates for the remaining airports and a navigation aid are updated.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Ardmore, OK
Document Number: 2011-30531
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace for Ardmore, OK. Decommissioning of the Arbuckle non-directional beacon (NDB) and cancellation of the NDB Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) at Ardmore Municipal Airport, Ardmore, OK, as well as the addition of new area navigation (RNAV) SIAPs, has made this action necessary to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport. This action also updates the geographic coordinates of the airport.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-30229
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes. 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; Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Model GV and GV-SP Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-29806
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Model GV and GV-SP airplanes. This AD was prompted by notification from the airplane manufacturer that the third fire extinguisher bottle is mounted in a small-fragment impact zone. This AD requires inspecting to determine whether a third Halon fire extinguisher bottle is installed in the auxiliary power unit (APU) fragment impact zone, revising the limitations section of the airplane flight manual to add restrictions for APU usage for certain airplanes having a third fire extinguisher bottle, and removing the third fire extinguisher bottle from certain airplanes. We are issuing this AD to prevent penetration of the bottle by fragments released due to a failure of the APU rotor system. The bottle could rupture and cause substantial damage to primary airframe structure and primary flight controls.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-29805
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes. 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; BAE SYSTEMS (Operations) Limited Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-29804
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all BAE SYSTEMS (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146- 100A, -200A, and -300A airplanes; and Model Avro 146-RJ70A, 146-RJ85A, and 146-RJ100A airplanes. 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; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-29803
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Airbus Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, -243, -301, -302, -303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -342, and -343 airplanes; and Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes. 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; McDonnell Douglas Corporation Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-29801
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-11-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Model DC-10-10, DC-10-10F, and MD-10-10F airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of three instances of fuel leaks in the lower cap splice of the wing rear spar at station Xors=409. Investigation revealed the fuel leak was due to a crack in the lower cap. If not corrected, this condition could result in fuel leaks or cracking of the lower wing skin and structure, causing possible inability of the structure to sustain the limit load and adversely affecting the structural integrity of the airplane. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking on the lower cap of the rear spar of the left and right wings between stations Xors=417 and the outboard edge of the lower cap splice of the wing rear spar at station Xors=400; temporary and permanent repairs if necessary; and repetitive inspections of repaired areas, and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 Series Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-30603
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede two existing airworthiness directives (AD) that apply to Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. The first existing AD currently requires, for certain airplanes, repetitive inspections of the Station (STA) 348.2 frame to detect cracking under the stop fittings and intercostal flanges at stringers S-14L, S-15L, and S-16L, and corrective action if necessary. The second existing AD currently requires repetitive inspections to detect cracking of the intercostal webs, attachment clips, and stringer splice channels, and corrective action if necessary. Since we issued those ADs, we have received reports of cracking of the STA 348.2 frame above the two outboard fasteners attaching the frame inner chord and door stop fittings, and in the outboard chord at stringer S-16L. We have also received reports of missing fasteners in the STA 348.2 frame inner chord. This proposed AD would require additional airplanes to do the inspection for cracking under the stop fittings; extend the repetitive interval for certain airplanes; add a one-time inspection to detect missing fasteners; and update or add certain inspection and repair instructions. This proposed AD would also require, for certain airplanes, repetitive inspections of the cargo barrier net fitting for cracking and repair if necessary. This proposed AD would also add, for certain airplanes, repetitive inspections for cracking of the S-15L aft intercostal, and repair if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the intercostals on the forward and aft sides of the forward entry door cutout, which could result in loss of the forward entry door and rapid decompression of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2011-30582
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-11-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 707-100 long body, -200, -100B long body, and -100B short body series airplanes; Model 707-300, -300B, - 300C, and -400 series airplanes; and Model 720 and 720B series airplanes. For certain airplanes, this proposed AD would require using redefined flight cycle counts, determining the type of material of the horizontal stabilizer, rear spar, upper chords, and lower chords on the inboard and outboard ends of the rear spar; repetitively inspecting for cracking of the horizontal stabilizer components; and repairing or replacing the chord, or modification of chord segments made from 7079 aluminum, if necessary. For all airplanes, this proposed AD would require inspecting certain structurally significant items, and repairing discrepancies if necessary. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of stress corrosion cracking in the chord segments made from 7079 aluminum in the horizontal stabilizer rear spar, and fatigue cracking in the chord segments made from 7075 aluminum. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct stress corrosion and/or fatigue cracking in the horizontal stabilizer, which could compromise the structural integrity of the stabilizer.