Federal Aviation Administration April 16, 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-08909
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede two existing airworthiness directives (ADs) that apply to certain Airbus Model A330-200, A330-200 Freighter, A300-300, A340-200, A340-300, A340-500, and A340-600 series airplanes. One existing AD currently requires revising the airplane flight manual (AFM) to include appropriate operational procedures to prevent the air data inertial reference unit (ADIRU) from providing erroneous data to other airplane systems. The other existing AD currently requires revising the AFM to provide appropriate operational procedures to prevent the airplane flight directors (FDs), autopilot (AP), and auto- thrust re-engagement in the event of airspeed sources providing similar but erroneous data. Since we issued that AD, we have determined that new software standards for the flight control primary computers (FCPCs) are necessary to inhibit autopilot re-engagement under unreliable airspeed conditions. This proposed AD would require that operators modify or replace all three FCPCs with new software standards. This proposed AD would also remove certain airplanes from the applicability. We are proposing this AD to prevent autopilot engagement under unreliable airspeed conditions, which could result in reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-08908
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. The existing AD currently requires repetitive inspections for cracking in and around the upper and lower hinge cutouts of the forward entry and forward galley service doorways, and corrective actions if necessary. Since we issued that AD, we have received multiple reports of cracks in the skin and/or bear strap at the forward galley service doorway hinge cutouts, and multiple reports of cracking under the repairs installed at the hinge cutouts. This proposed AD would reduce the inspection threshold for cracking in and around the galley service doorway hinge cutouts, add inspections of certain repaired structure at the forward entry and galley service doorway upper and lower hinge cutouts, expand the inspection area at the forward entry and galley service doorway upper and lower hinge cutouts, and remove certain airplanes from the applicability. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct such cracking, which could result in rapid decompression of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-08904
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain The Boeing Company Model 747-400 and -400D series airplanes. The existing AD currently requires repetitive inspections to detect cracks in the floor panel attachment fastener holes of the Section 41 upper deck floor beam upper chords, and corrective actions if necessary; and repetitive post-repair and post- modification inspections, and corrective actions if necessary. Since we issued that AD, an evaluation by the design approval holder (DAH) indicated that certain upper chords of the upper deck floor beam are subject to widespread fatigue damage (WFD). A replacement was developed to support the airplane's limit of validity (LOV) of the engineering data that support the established structural maintenance program. This proposed AD would add repetitive inspections of Section 44 upper deck floor beam upper chords, and corrective actions if necessary; repetitive post-repair and post-modification inspections, and corrective actions if necessary; and replacing the upper deck floor beam upper chords. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking in certain upper chords of the upper deck floor beam, which could become large and cause the floor beams to become severed and result in rapid decompression or reduced controllability of the airplane.
Public Notice for Waiver of Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance
Document Number: 2013-08828
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a proposal to change a portion of airport land from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use and to authorize the sale of airport property located at Oceana County Airport, Shelby, Michigan. The proposal consists of 1.82 acres of airport property for which the current use and present condition is the Oceana County Animal Shelter.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; St. Helena, CA
Document Number: 2013-08826
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action changes the name of the heliport listed in the Class E airspace for St. Helena, CA. St. Helena Fire Department Heliport has been changed to Napa County Fire Department Heliport, St. Helena, CA. This action does not change the boundaries of the airspace.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Astoria, OR
Document Number: 2013-08825
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action modifies Class E airspace at Astoria Regional Airport, Astoria, OR, to accommodate aircraft using Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at the airport. This improves the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Public Notice for Waiver of Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance
Document Number: 2013-08822
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-16
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 at the Freeman Municipal Airport in Seymour, Indiana. The proposal consists of approximately 2.14 acres located outside the fenced in portion of airport property. The property contains a single building that is currently unoccupied, but has been used for residential and business purposes in the past. It is the intent of the Seymour Airport Authority, as owner and operator of the Freeman Municipal Airport (SER) to sell the entire 2.14 acres, including the building. The land is not needed for aeronautical use, and will be sold for use as an aviation related business office.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Omak, WA
Document Number: 2013-08814
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace at Omak Airport, Omak, WA. Decommissioning of the Nondirectional Radio Beacon (NDB) has made this action necessary. This action also makes a minor change to the legal description in reference to the Class E airspace extending upward from 4,500 feet Mean Sea Level (MSL). This improves the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Modification of Class E Airspace; Lakeview, OR
Document Number: 2013-08812
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action modifies Class E airspace at Lakeview, OR, to accommodate aircraft using Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at Lakeview County Airport. This improves the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action also corrects the airport name.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Reno, NV
Document Number: 2013-08810
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace at Reno/Tahoe International Airport, Reno, NV. Decommissioning of the Compass Locator at the Instrument Landing System Middle Marker (LMM) and the Middle Marker (MM) has made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action also adjusts the geographic coordinates of the airport.