Federal Aviation Administration January 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Tobe, CO
Document Number: 2012-2088
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Tobe, CO. Decommissioning of the Tobe Tactical Air Navigation System (TACAN) has made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations in the vicinity of the Tobe Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Radio Range/Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/DME).
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Red Cloud, NE
Document Number: 2012-2087
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at Red Cloud, NE. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Red Cloud Municipal Airport. 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; Baraboo, WI
Document Number: 2012-2085
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Baraboo, WI. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Reedsburg Municipal Airport. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations for SIAPs at the airport. The airport's geographic coordinates also would be adjusted.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; New Philadelphia, OH
Document Number: 2012-2083
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at New Philadelphia, OH. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Harry Clever Field. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations for SIAPs at the airport. Also, the geographic coordinates of the airport would be amended.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Branson West, MO
Document Number: 2012-2080
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at Branson West, MO. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Branson West Municipal Emerson Field Airport. 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; Maryville, MO
Document Number: 2012-2078
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Maryville, MO. Decommissioning of the Emville non-directional beacon (NDB) at Northwest Missouri Regional Airport, Maryville, MO, has made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at Northwest Missouri Regional Airport. The airport's geographic coordinates also would be adjusted.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Monahans, TX
Document Number: 2012-2077
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Monahans, TX. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) at Roy Hurd Memorial Airport. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations for SIAPs at the airport. The airport's geographic coordinates also would be adjusted.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Eldon, MO
Document Number: 2012-2057
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at Eldon, MO. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Eldon Model Airpark. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations for SIAPs at the airport.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Houston, MO
Document Number: 2012-2051
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at Houston, MO. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Houston Memorial Airport. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations for SIAPs at the airport.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Pender, NE
Document Number: 2012-2050
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at Pender, NE. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Pender Municipal Airport. 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; Leesville, LA
Document Number: 2012-2049
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Leesville, LA. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Leesville Airport. 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; Springhill, LA
Document Number: 2012-2046
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to amend Class E airspace at Springhill, LA. Decommissioning of the Springhill non-directional beacon (NDB) at Springhill Airport, Springhill, LA, has made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at Springhill Airport. The geographic coordinates of the airport also would be amended.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Freer, TX
Document Number: 2012-2020
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at Freer, TX. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Seven C's Ranch Airport. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations for SIAPs at the airport.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-1993
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-400, -401, and -402 airplanes. This AD requires an inspection of a certain alternating current (AC) power wire bundle for damage, and repair if necessary. Additionally, this AD requires segregating the wire bundle into two wire bundles and installing Teflon tubing. This AD was prompted by multiple reports of the loss of certain AC systems caused by a burnt AC power wire bundle. We are issuing this AD to prevent the loss of ice protection systems for the angle of attack vanes, pitot probes, engine inlets, and windshields, and consequent loss of or misleading airspeed indication and increased workload for the flight crew, which could lead to loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-1991
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is correcting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that was published in the Federal Register. That NPRM applies to certain Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Models PC-6, PC-6-H1, PC-6-H2, PC-6/350, PC-6/350-H1, PC-6/350-H2, PC-6/A, PC-6/A-H1, PC-6/A-H2, PC-6/B-H2, PC- 6/B1-H2, PC-6/B2-H2, PC-6/B2-H4, PC-6/C-H2, and PC-6/C1-H2 airplanes. The Docket Number in the heading, in the Supplementary Information section, and in the Part 39Airworthiness Directive section is incorrect. This document corrects that error. In all other respects, the original document remains the same.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-535 Series Turbofan Engine
Document Number: 2012-1954
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for all RR RB211-535E4-37, -535E4-B-37, -535E4-B-75, and -535E4-C-37 turbofan engines. That AD currently requires performing initial and repetitive visual and fluorescent penetrant inspections (FPI) of the low-pressure (LP) turbine stage 1, 2, and 3 discs to detect cracks in the discs. This new AD continues to require those inspections and changes the definition of a shop visit to be less restrictive. This AD was prompted by our finding that the definition of shop visit in the existing AD was too restrictive. We are issuing this AD to revise the definition of shop visit and to detect cracks in the LP turbine stage 1, 2, and 3 discs, which could result in an uncontained release of LP turbine blades and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; General Electric Company Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-1953
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding two existing airworthiness directives (ADs) for General Electric Company (GE) CF6-45 and CF6-50 series turbofan engines with certain low-pressure turbine (LPT) rotor stage 3 disks installed. The existing ADs currently require inspections of high- pressure turbine (HPT) and LPT rotors, engine checks, and vibration surveys. This new AD retains the requirements of the two ADs being superseded, adds an optional LPT rotor stage 3 disk removal after a failed HPT blade borescope inspection (BSI) or a failed engine core vibration survey, establishes a new lower life limit for the affected LPT rotor stage 3 disks, and requires removing these disks from service at times determined by a drawdown plan. This AD was prompted by the determination that a new lower life limit for the LPT rotor stage 3 disks is necessary. 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.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Rockingham, NC
Document Number: 2012-1820
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E Airspace at Rockingham, NC. The Roscoe Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) has been decommissioned and new Standard Instrument Approaches have been developed for Richmond County Airport. This action also updates the airport's geographic coordinates and notes the name change to Richmond County Airport. This action enhances the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Approval of Noise Compatibility Program for Kona International Airport at Keahole, Keahole, North Kona, HI
Document Number: 2012-1805
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FM) announces its findings on the noise compatibility program submitted by the Hawaii State Department of Transportation, Airports Division (DOT-A) under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 47501 et seq. (formerly the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act, hereinafter referred to as ``the Act'') and 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 150 (hereinafter referred to as ``Part 150'') On January 12, 2010, the FM determined that the noise exposure maps submitted by the DOT-A under Part 150 were in compliance with applicable requirements. On April 20, 2011 the FAA approved the Kona International Airport at Keahole noise compatibility program. All of the recommendations of the program were approved. No program elements relating to new or revised flight procedures for noise abatement were proposed.
Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment on Surplus Property Release at Laurinburg-Maxton Airport, Maxton, NC
Document Number: 2012-1803
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the provisions of Title 49, U.S.C. 47153(c), notice is being given that the FAA is considering a request from the Laurinburg- Maxton Airport Commission to waive the requirement that approximately 322.24 acres of airport property, located at the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport, be used for aeronautical purposes.
Amendment of Class D Airspace; Altus AFB, OK
Document Number: 2012-1800
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class D airspace for Altus AFB, OK. Procedural changes implemented to enhance safety for aircraft operating in the vicinity of Altus/Quartz Mountain Regional Airport, Altus, OK, has made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at Altus AFB.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Portsmouth, OH
Document Number: 2012-1793
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace for Portsmouth, OH. Decommissioning of the Portsmouth non-directional beacon (NDB) at Greater Portsmouth Regional Airport has made this action necessary to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport. The geographic coordinates of the airport also are updated.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Greenfield, IA
Document Number: 2012-1791
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace for Greenfield, IA. Decommissioning of the Greenfield non-directional beacon (NDB) at Greenfield Municipal Airport, 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; Rugby, ND
Document Number: 2012-1786
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace for Rugby, ND. Decommissioning of the Rugby non-directional beacon (NDB) at Rugby Municipal Airport has made this action necessary to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport.
Release of Airport Property: Orlando Executive Airport, Orlando, FL
Document Number: 2012-1850
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA hereby provides notice of intent to release certain airport properties 12.4 acres at the Orlando Executive Airport, Orlando, FL from the conditions, release certain properties from all terms, conditions, reservations and restrictions of a Quitclaim Deed agreement, dated August 9, 1961, between the subject airport and the Federal Aviation Administration. The release of property will allow the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority to dispose of the property for municipal purposes. The property is located south-southwest portion of airport property, adjacent to State Road 408, in Orange County, Florida. The parcels are currently designated as non-aeronautical use. The property will be released of its federal obligations for Fair Market Value. The fair market value of the parcels is estimated to be $2,243,160. Documents reflecting the Sponsor's request are available, by appointment only, for inspection at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Offices at the Orlando International Airport and the FAA Airports District Office.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Operating Requirements: Domestic, Flag and Supplemental Operations
Document Number: 2012-1848
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-27
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 November 22, 2011, vol. 76, no. 225, page 72237-72238. 14 CFR Part 121 prescribes the requirements governing air carrier operations. The information collected is used to determine air operators' compliance with the minimum safety standards and the applicants' eligibility for air operations certification.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Procedures for Non-Federal Navigation Facilities
Document Number: 2012-1845
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-27
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 November 22, 2011, vol. 76, no. 225, page 72238. Non- Federal navigation facilities are electrical/electronic aids to air navigation which are purchased, installed, operated, and maintained by an entity other than the FAA and are available for use by the flying public.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Report of Inspections Required by Airworthiness Directives
Document Number: 2012-1843
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-27
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 November 22, 2011, vol. 76, no. 225, page 72237. Airworthiness Directives are regulations issued to require correct corrective action to correct unsafe conditions in aircraft, engines, propellers, and appliances. Reports of inspections are often needed when emergency corrective action is taken to determine if the action was adequate to correct the unsafe condition. The respondents are aircraft owners and operators.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: ACSEP Evaluation Customer Feedback Report
Document Number: 2012-1842
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-27
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 November 22, 2011, vol. 76, no. 225, pages 72236-72237. The information is collected from holders of FAA production approvals and selected suppliers to obtain their input on how well the agency is performing the administration and conduct of the Aircraft Certification Systems Evaluation Program (ACSEP).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Commercial Air Tour Limitations in the Grand Canyon National Park Special Flight Rules Area
Document Number: 2012-1841
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-27
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 November 22, 2011, vol. 76, no. 225, page 72239-72240. The FAA uses the information gathered from Grand Canyon National Park air tour operators to monitor their compliance with the Federal regulations.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Certification of Repair Stations
Document Number: 2012-1839
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-27
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 November 22, 2011, vol. 76, no. 225, page 72240. Information is collected from applicants who wish to obtain repair station certification. Applicants must submit FAA form 8310-3 to the appropriate FAA flight standards district office for review.
FAA-Approved Portable Oxygen Concentrators; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2012-1830
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is amending regulations relating to operating rules for FAA approved portable oxygen concentrators (POC) onboard aircraft. This document updates the names of two manufacturers of approved POCs listed in the Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR).
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2012-1829
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-27
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; Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH Reciprocating Engines
Document Number: 2012-1607
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE) TAE 125-02-99 and TAE 125-02-114 reciprocating engines. This AD was prompted by in-flight engine shutdown incidents reported on airplanes equipped with TAE 125 engines. We are issuing this AD to prevent in- flight engine shutdown, which could result in loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-838
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Model 767-200 and 767-300 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of water accumulation in the forward lower lobe of the forward cargo compartment. This AD requires installing cargo bulkhead supports, ceiling supports, a secondary dam support, drainage tubing, and ceiling panels to the forward lower lobe in the forward cargo compartment. We are issuing this AD to prevent water from accumulating in the forward lower lobe of the forward cargo compartment and entering the adjacent electronic equipment bay, which could result in an electrical short and the potential loss of several functions essential for safe flight.
Revision of Compulsory Reporting Points; Alaska
Document Number: 2012-1394
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action revises the published description of two low altitude Alaskan compulsory reporting points; one in the vicinity of Homer and the other in the vicinity of Kenai. Specifically, the FAA is revising the description of CLAMS and SKILA to address recent technical adjustments to their actual locations.
Airworthiness Directives; 328 Support Services GmbH Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-1126
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 328 Support Services GmbH (Type Certificate previously held by AvCraft Aerospace GmbH; Fairchild Dornier GmbH; Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH) Model 328-100 and 328-300 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a manufacturer safety analyses review on flight control which resulted in recommendations for reduced repetitive inspection intervals for the flight controls certification maintenance requirements (CMR) of the tab-to-actuator linkage. This AD requires revising the airplane maintenance program by incorporating certain CMR tasks. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of these components or their constituent parts which could lead to reduced control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-1125
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 757-200, -200CB, and -300 series airplanes with off-wing escape slide systems installed. This AD was prompted by reports of in-flight loss of the off-wing escape slide. This AD requires modifying the door latch fittings and witness mark placards of the off-wing escape slide systems; and for certain airplanes, replacing the bearings and lockbase retainer in the door latch assembly, relocating and adjusting the sensor target and the sensor proximity switch, and testing to ensure positive door locking and corrective action if necessary. For certain airplanes, this AD would also require installing a bumper assembly and placards. We are issuing this AD to prevent the in-flight loss of the off-wing escape slide, which could result in the unavailability of the escape slide during an emergency evacuation. Additionally, the departed slide could cause damage to the fuselage, wing, flaps, or stabilizer, which could degrade flight control.
Airworthiness Directives; Cirrus Design Corporation Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-1122
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cirrus Design Corporation (Cirrus) Model SR22T airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of partial loss of engine power due to a dislodged rubber gasket/seal being ingested into the turbocharger. This AD requires inspection and modification of the air box flange welds and slots and installation of induction system air box seals as applicable. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Agusta S.p.A. Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-366
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) model A109S and AW109SP helicopters. This AD is prompted by a fatigue crack found in the left elevator assembly along the riveting of the upper skin to the fourth rib on an Agusta A109S helicopter. These actions are intended to detect a crack, which could lead to a failure of the elevator, reduced maneuverability of the helicopter, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France (ECF) Model AS350B, B1, B2, B3, BA, and D; and AS355E, F, F1, F2, and N Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-365
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified ECF model helicopters. This AD results from a mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) AD issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union. The MCAI AD states that some cracks have been discovered in the spar of the upper fin on Model AS355N helicopters. Due to the fin design similarity between AS350 and AS355 helicopters, this AD action applies to both helicopter models. Modifying the upper and lower fin attachment is intended to prevent failure of a spar, loss of a fin, a separated fin hitting a rotor, and subsequent loss of control of a helicopter.
Amendment of Restricted Areas R-3704A and R-3704B; Fort Knox, KY
Document Number: 2012-1397
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action makes several editorial corrections to the descriptions of restricted areas R-3704A and R-3704B, Fort Knox, KY.
Proposed Modification, Revocation and Establishment of Air Traffic Service Routes; Windsor Locks Area; CT
Document Number: 2012-1395
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify four VOR Federal airways, revoke one VOR Federal airway, and establish three area navigation (RNAV) routes in the vicinity of Windsor Locks, CT. The FAA is proposing this action to adjust the airway route structure due to the planned decommissioning of the Bradley VHF omnirange/tactical air navigation (VORTAC) aid located on Bradley International Airport property, Windsor Locks, CT.
Receipt of Noise Compatibility Program and Request for Review for Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia, PA
Document Number: 2012-1206
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces that it is reviewing a proposed noise compatibility program that was submitted for Philadelphia International Airport under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 47504 (the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act, hereinafter referred to as ``the Act'') and 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 150 (hereinafter referred to as ``Part 150'') by the City of Philadelphia. This program was submitted subsequent to a determination by FAA that associated noise exposure maps submitted under Part 150 for Philadelphia International Airport were in compliance with applicable requirements, effective June 1, 2010, and published in the Federal Register at 75 FR 44046 (July 27, 2010). The proposed noise compatibility program will be approved or disapproved on or before July 17, 2012.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2012-804
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule establishes, amends, suspends, or revokes Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) and associated Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures for operations at certain airports. These regulatory actions are needed because of the adoption of new or revised criteria, or because of changes occurring in the National Airspace System, such as the commissioning of new navigational facilities, adding new obstacles, or changing air traffic requirements. These changes are designed to provide safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace and to promote safe flight operations under instrument flight rules at the affected airports.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2012-803
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-01-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This rule establishes, amends, suspends, or revokes Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) and associated Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures for operations at certain airports. These regulatory actions are needed because of the adoption of new or revised criteria, or because of changes occurring in the National Airspace System, such as the commissioning of new navigational facilities, adding new obstacles, or changing air traffic requirements. These changes are designed to provide safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace and to promote safe flight operations under instrument flight rules at the affected airports.
Airborne Radar Altimeter Equipment (For Air Carrier Aircraft)
Document Number: 2012-1243
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-01-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the FAA's intent to cancel TSO-C67, Airborne Radar Altimeter Equipment (For Air Carrier Aircraft). The effect of the cancelled TSO will result in no new TSO-C67 design or production approvals. However, cancellation will not affect any current production of an existing TSO authorization (TSOA). Articles produced under an existing TSOA can still be installed per the existing airworthiness approvals, and all applications for new airworthiness approvals will still be processed.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-1210
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by test reports showing that failure of a retract port flexible hose of a main landing gear (MLG) retraction actuator could cause excessive hydraulic fluid leakage. This proposed AD would require a detailed inspection for defects and damage of the retract port flexible hose on the left and right MLG retraction actuator, and replacement of the flexible hose if needed. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct defects and damage of the retract port flexible hose which could lead to an undamped extension of the MLG and could result in MLG structural failure, leading to an unsafe asymmetric landing configuration.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Grasonville, MD
Document Number: 2012-1203
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E Airspace at Grasonville, MD, to accommodate a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) special Standard Instrument Approach Procedure (SIAP) serving Queen Anne E.R. Heliport. This action would enhance the safety and airspace management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations within the National Airspace System.
Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-1202
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-01-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Model 767-200 and -300 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of fatigue cracking on the lower main sill inner chord of the hatch opening of the overwing emergency exit. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections for cracking, corrosion damage, and any other irregularity of the lower main sill inner chord and surrounding structure, and repair if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking on the lower main sill inner chord of the hatch opening of the overwing emergency exit, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the hatch opening of the overwing emergency exit and consequent rapid decompression of the airplane.