Federal Aviation Administration October 10, 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Voluntary Licensing of Amateur Rocket Operations; Correction; Delay of Effective Date
Document Number: 2012-25021
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action delays the effective date for a direct final rule that was published on August 22, 2012. In that rule, the FAA amends the scope of its regulations to allow launch operators that conduct certain amateur rocket launches an opportunity to voluntarily apply for a commercial space transportation license or experimental permit. The FAA has received several adverse comments to this rule, and delays the effective date to allow time for adequate analysis and a final determination. This document also corrects the regulatory identification number on the original publication.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-24809
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-10-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede two existing airworthiness directives (AD) that apply to certain The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, - 200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. The existing AD, for certain Model 737-100, -200, and -200C series airplanes currently requires repetitive inspections of the aft end of each inboard flap track of the wing outboard flap, and corrective actions, if necessary. The existing AD, for certain Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes requires repetitive inspections for cracks in the upper flange of the inboard track at the rear spar attachments of each outboard flap, and corrective action, if necessary. That AD also requires, for certain airplanes, repetitive inspections for discrepancies of the rear spar attachments and cracks in the upper flange of the inboard track at the rear spar attachment of each outboard flap, and eventual rework of the flap track assembly and rear spar attachments, including replacement of the flap track with a new track, if necessary. Since we issued those ADs, we have received reports that the work sequence and procedures used during track installation could also cause loose or cracked tracks. This proposed AD would require an inspection for damage and stop-drill repairs along the flap track; an inspection for damage, cracking, and stop-drill repairs along the track webs; and an inspection for damage of the flap track web and flanges, and corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD would also require, for certain airplanes, an inspection for signs of movement between the tapered shim and anti-fret strip, installation of the anti-fret strip, and corrosion of the tapered shim and anti-fret strip; an inspection for signs of movement, cracks and corrosion where the track is attached to the wing rear spar; an inspection for cracking of the outboard edge of the track; an inspection for cracking of the inner edge of the track; and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD would also require repetitive overhauls of the flap track and repetitive post-overhaul inspections and corrective actions if necessary; an inspection to determine the part number of the flap track assembly, and replacement of affected parts if necessary; and would also add airplanes to the applicability. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracking and damage in the flap track, which could cause loss of the outboard trailing edge flap and consequent reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; DASSAULT AVIATION Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-24808
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-10-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain DASSAULT AVIATION Model FALCON 2000, FALCON 2000EX, MYSTERE- FALCON 900 and FALCON 900EX airplanes; and all Model MYSTERE-FALCON 50 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports that collapse of the main landing gear (MLG) could cause wing tank structure failure, which could result in fuel spillage and consequent fire hazard. This proposed AD would require modification of the wing fuel tanks in the area of the wheel well. We are proposing this AD to prevent fuel spillage in the event of a MLG collapse, and consequent fire hazard.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-24807
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-10-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 727 airplanes; Model 737-100, -200, and -200C series airplanes; and Model 747-100, -100B, -100B SUD, -200B, -200C, -200F, -300, -400, -400D, -400F, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of an activation of the control column shaker during takeoff. This proposed AD would require performing a general visual inspection to determine if a certain angle of attack (AOA) sensor with a paddle type vane is installed, and, for affected sensors, performing an operational test of the stall warning system, and replacing the AOA sensor with a new sensor if necessary. We are proposing this AD to prevent erroneous activation of the control column shaker during takeoff, which could result in runway overrun, failure to clear terrain or obstacles after takeoff, or reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-24805
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-10-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Model 737-200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. That proposed AD would have superseded an existing AD that applies to certain The Boeing Company Model 737-200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. The existing AD currently requires repetitive inspections to find fatigue cracking of certain upper and lower skin panels of the fuselage, and follow-on and corrective actions if necessary. The existing AD also includes a terminating action for the repetitive inspections of certain modified or repaired areas only. That NPRM proposed to add new inspections for cracking of the fuselage skin along certain chem-milled lines, and corrective actions if necessary. That NPRM also proposed to reduce certain thresholds and intervals required by the existing AD. This action revises that NPRM by reducing the proposed repetitive inspection intervals. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the skin panels, which could result in sudden fracture and failure of the skin panels of the fuselage, and consequent rapid decompression of the airplane. Since these actions impose an additional burden over that proposed in the previous NPRM, we are reopening the comment period to allow the public the chance to comment on these proposed changes.
Notice of Intent To Rule on Request To Release Airport Property at the McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport, Jackson, TN
Document Number: 2012-24679
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration is requesting public comment on the release of land at the McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport, in the city of Jackson, TN. This property, approximately 4.0 acres, will change to a non-aeronautical use. This action is taken under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. Section 47107(h)(2) requiring public notice before a waiver of property designated to be used for an aeronautical purpose is granted.
Notice of Intent To Rule on Request To Release Airport Property at the Smyrna-Rutherford County Airport, Smyrna, TN
Document Number: 2012-24662
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration is requesting public comment on the release of land at the Smyrna-Rutherford County Airport, Smyrna, Tennessee. This property, approximately 166 acres on the east side of the airport, and 56 acres on the west side of the airport will change to a non-aeronautical use. This action is taken under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. Section 47107(h)(2) requiring public notice before a waiver of property used for an aeronautical purpose is granted.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-24523
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-10
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 was prompted by reports of chafing between the wire harness along the wing leading edge and the inboard end rib of the wing leading edge due to insufficient clearance. This AD requires inspecting the wire harness along the leading edge for chafing damage, and repair if necessary; and relocating and installing new anchor nuts. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct chafing damage to the wire harness along the wing leading edge, which if not corrected, could lead to the loss of the airframe de-icing system, and could become a possible ignition source causing fire.