Federal Aviation Administration October 23, 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Airworthiness Directives; Gulfstream Aerospace LP (Type Certificate Previously Held by Israel Aircraft Industries, Ltd.) Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-26080
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-10-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA withdraws a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that proposed a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Gulfstream Aerospace LP (Type Certificate previously held by Israel Aircraft Industries, Ltd.) Model Galaxy and Gulfstream 200 airplanes. The proposed AD would have required determining the lengths of the wear indicating pins of all brake assemblies, shortening the pin if the wear indicating pin is too long, inspecting for normal brake wear, and replacing brakes with new brakes if necessary. Since the issuance of the NPRM, the FAA has received new data that indicates the actions addressing this unsafe condition have been accomplished on the worldwide fleet. Accordingly, the proposed AD is withdrawn.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-26078
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-10-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A318, A319, and A320 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer, which revealed that certain fuel pumps under certain conditions can create an ignition source in the fuel tank. This proposed AD would require modification of the center tank fuel pump control circuit by installation of ground fault interrupters (GFIs). This proposed AD would also require either replacement of the GFI or deactivation of the associated fuel pump following failure of any post-modification operational test of the GFI. We are proposing this AD to prevent the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Lindstrand Hot Air Balloons Ltd Appliances
Document Number: 2012-26064
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-10-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Lindstrand Hot Air Balloons Ltd female ACME threaded hose connectors, part numbers HS6139 and HS6144, installed on balloons. 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 insufficient tightness of the threaded hose connector in the assembly area that could result in fuel leakage. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Modification of Class E Airspace; Wolf Point, MT
Document Number: 2012-26043
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action modifies Class E airspace at Wolf Point, MT. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate aircraft using Nondirectional Radio Beacon (NDB) standard instrument approach procedures at L M Clayton Airport, Wolf Point, MT. This improves the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation, Notice of ANILCA Title XI evaluation, and Notice of Public Comment Period and Schedule of Public Information Meeting and Public Hearing for the DEIS for Proposed Runway Safety Area Improvements at the Kodiak Airport, Kodiak, AK
Document Number: 2012-26041
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR Part 1500-1508) the Federal Aviation Administration is issuing this notice to advise the public that a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for proposed Runway Safety Area improvements at the Kodiak Airport (ADQ) has been prepared and is available for public review and comment. Included in the DEIS is a draft evaluation pursuant to Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 (recodified at 49 U.S.C. Sec. 303(c)). Written requests for the DEIS and written comments on the DEIS can be submitted to the individual listed in the section, FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. A public hearing will be held on December 6, 2012. The public comment period will commence on October 19, 2012 and will close on December 18, 2012. Public Comment and Information Meetings/Public Hearings: The start of the public comment period on the DEIS will be October 19, 2012 and will end on December 18, 2012. One combined public information meeting and public hearing will be held on December 6, 2012. The public information meeting on Thursday, December 6, 2012 will begin at 5:00 p.m. (ADT) and will last until 6:00 p.m. (ADT). The public hearing on that date will begin after the public information meeting, at 6:00 p.m. (ADT) and will last until 8:00 p.m. (ADT). The location for the Public Information Meeting/Public Hearing is the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center, 211 East Rezanof Drive, Kodiak AK 99615.
Sixteenth Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 224, Airport Security Access Control Systems
Document Number: 2012-26033
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the sixteenth meeting of the RTCA Special Committee 224, Airport Security Access Control Systems.
Notice of Intent To Rule on Request To Release Airport Property at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Seattle, Washington
Document Number: 2012-26005
Type: Notice
Date: 2012-10-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to rule and invite public comment on the release of land at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport under the provisions of Section 125 of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21), now 49 U.S.C. 47107(h)(2).
Airworthiness Directives; Agusta S.p.A. Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-25896
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A109S helicopters to require modifying the electrical power distribution system to carry a higher electrical load. This AD was prompted by an electrical failure on an Agusta Model A109E helicopter that resulted from ``inadequate functioning of the 35 amperes (amps) BATT BUS circuit breaker.'' The actions of this AD are intended to require modifying the electrical power distribution system to prevent failure of the circuit breaker, loss of electrical power to instruments powered by the ``BATT BUS'' system, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters
Document Number: 2012-25894
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model EC225 helicopters with certain epicyclic modules installed. This AD requires inspecting the epicyclic module for the presence of a through-hole upstream of the magnetic plug. This AD is prompted by a report of a missing through-hole between the integrated collector and the magnetic plug, which would prevent the flow of chips from the integrated collector to the magnetic plug. This could result in the chip-detector system failing to detect deterioration of the main rotor mast lift bearing (lift bearing). These actions are intended to detect a missing through-hole and prevent lift bearing failure and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-25782
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, and - 900 series airplanes. That AD currently requires installing and testing an updated version of the operational program software (OPS) of the flight control computers (FCCs). This new AD requires an inspection for part numbers of the operational program software of the flight control computers, and corrective actions if necessary. This AD was prompted by reports of undetected erroneous output from a single radio altimeter channel, which resulted in premature autothrottle retard during approach. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct an unsafe condition associated with erroneous output from a radio altimeter channel, which could result in premature autothrottle landing flare retard and the loss of automatic speed control, and consequent loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-25675
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A300 series airplanes; Model A310 series airplanes; and Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called Model A300-600 series airplanes). This AD was prompted by reports of cracked fuel pump canister hoods located in fuel tanks. This AD requires replacing any cracked hood halves of fuel pump canisters. We are issuing this AD to prevent any detached canister hood fragments/debris from being ingested into the fuel feed system, and becoming a potential source of ignition with consequent fire or explosion.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-25674
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747- 200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of two in-service occurrences on Model 737-400 airplanes of total loss of boost pump pressure of the fuel feed system, followed by loss of fuel system suction feed capability on one engine, and in-flight shutdown of the engine. This AD requires repetitive operational tests, and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct loss of the engine fuel suction feed capability of the fuel system, which, in the event of total loss of the fuel boost pumps, could result in dual engine flameout, inability to restart the engines, and consequent forced landing of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-25672
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 767-200, -300, -300F, and -400ER series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a design review following a ground fire incident and reports of flammable fluid leaks from the wing leading edge area onto the engine exhaust area. This AD requires modification of the fluid drain path in the leading edge area of the wing. We are issuing this AD to prevent flammable fluid from leaking onto the engine exhaust nozzle, which could result in a fire.
Airworthiness Directives; Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-25670
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Model C90GTi (King Air) airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of incorrect gauge wires used in certain wiring bundles for the cockpit electrical power for backlighting and instrument panel components. This AD requires replacing incorrect gauge wires in certain electrical power wiring bundles, inspecting associated wiring bundles and components for heat damage, and taking all necessary corrective actions. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-25664
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Model G58 airplanes. This AD was prompted by notification from Hawker Beechcraft Corporation that certain affected aircraft were produced with the incorrect gauge wiring installed. This AD requires replacement of the incorrect gauge wiring with the correct wiring required by type design and the aircraft's circuit protection. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; MD Helicopters, Inc.
Document Number: 2012-25387
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-10-23
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede an existing airworthiness directive for MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), Model MD900 helicopters. The existing AD requires a visual inspection, and if necessary, an eddy current inspection of the main rotor lower hub assembly (lower hub) for a crack. If a crack exists, the AD requires replacing the lower hub with an airworthy lower hub before further flight. Because that AD was immediately effective, we declined to require certain long-term actions prior to public comment. This superseding AD will require the same inspections as the existing AD but will also require long-term recurring inspections and replacing the lower hub with an airworthy lower hub. We are issuing this AD to detect a crack in the lower hub and prevent failure of the lower hub and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.