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Agency Information Collection Activities; Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Bird/Other Wildlife Strike Report
Document Number: 2013-09232
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-19
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. Wildlife strike data are collected to develop standards and monitor hazards to aviation.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out Performance Requirements To Support Air Traffic Control (ATC) Service
Document Number: 2013-09231
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-19
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 final rule titled ``Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Equipage Mandate To Support Air Traffic Control Service'' (75 FR 30160) requires performance requirements for certain avionics equipment on aircraft operating in specified classes of airspace within the United States National Airspace System. The rule facilitates the use of ADS-B for aircraft surveillance by FAA air traffic controllers to accommodate the expected increase in demand for air transportation.
Office of Commercial Space Transportation; Notice of Availability and Request for Comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the SpaceX Texas Launch Site
Document Number: 2013-09161
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA; 42 United States Code [U.S.C.] 4321 et seq.), Council on Environmental Quality NEPA implementing regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations parts 1500 to 1508), and FAA Order 1050.1E, Change 1, the FAA, Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) is announcing the availability of and requesting comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the SpaceX Texas Launch Site (Draft EIS). This Draft EIS is also submitted for review pursuant to the following public law requirements: Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act (49 U.S.C. Section 303); Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470); Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management; DOT Order 5650.2, Floodplain Management and Protection; Executive Order 11990, Protection of Wetlands; and DOT Order 5660.1A, Preservation of the Nation's Wetlands. An electronic version of the Draft EIS is available on the FAA/AST Web site: http://www.faa.gov/about/officeorg/headquartersoffices/ ast/environmental/nepadocs/review/documentsprogress/spacextex as launchsiteenvironmentalimpactstatement/. In addition, copies of the Draft EIS were sent to persons and agencies on the distribution list (found in Chapter 11 of the Draft EIS). A paper copy and an electronic version of the Draft EIS may be reviewed during regular business hours at the following Brownsville locations: Brownsville Public Library Main Branch, 2600 Central Blvd. Southmost Branch Library, 4320 Southmost Blvd. University of Texas at Brownsville, Oliveira Library, 80 Fort Brown St. The FAA will hold a public hearing to solicit comments from the public concerning the scope and content of the Draft EIS. May 7, 2013, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the International Technology, Education, and Commerce (ITEC) Center, located at 301 Mexico Boulevard, Suite G-1, Brownsville, TX 78520. The public hearing will include a poster information session from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., FAA presentation from 6:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., followed by a public statement period in which members of the public may provide up to a 3-minute statement. The FAA will transcribe all oral comments. All comments received during the comment period will be given equal weight and be taken into consideration in the preparation of the Final EIS.
Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Aviation Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-09108
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes. This AD requires revising the aircraft flight manual (AFM); performing operational tests of the oxygen mask oxygen assembly; and replacing affected stowage boxes, which terminates the AFM revision and operational tests. This AD was prompted by failure of the flight crew oxygen supply due to a potentially defective flight crew mask oxygen assembly. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure to supply oxygen upon demand to the flight crew in flight in ``100%'' and ``Emergency'' modes, which, in an emergency, may result in incapacitation of the flight crew.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-08905
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-600 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of early fatigue cracks at chem-mill areas on the crown skin panels. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking of the fuselage skin at certain locations at chem-mill areas, and repair if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the skin panel at the specified chem-mill step locations, which could result in rapid decompression of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-08742
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all The Boeing Company Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, and -300ER series airplanes. That AD currently requires repetitive inspections for cracking of the elevator actuator fittings. This new AD requires, for previously modified airplanes, repetitive inspections for movement of the fittings or fastener heads, and eventual replacement of certain bolts (including related investigative and corrective actions if necessary). For all airplanes, this replacement, with corrected torque values, would terminate the requirements of the existing AD. This new AD also removes certain airplanes from the applicability. This AD was prompted by the manufacturer's development of a modification that was approved as an optional terminating action to the existing AD's required repetitive inspections. We have been advised that the modification procedures include certain incorrect torque values. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct a cracked actuator fitting or incorrectly installed bolts to the actuator fitting, which could lead to the elevator becoming detached and unrestrained, and a consequent unacceptable flutter condition and loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-08459
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting an airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model AS332C, AS332L, and AS332L1 helicopters and superseding an AD for Model AS332L2 and EC225LP helicopters. This AD requires inspecting the chip detector and modifying the chip collector, both installed on the main gearbox (MGB). This AD is prompted by an investigation which showed a failure within the epicyclic reduction gear module (epicyclic module) resulted in the rupture of the MGB case and separation of the main rotor head of a Model AS332L2 helicopter. These actions are intended to prevent failure of the MGB and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Notice of Release From Federal Surplus Property and Grant Assurance Obligations at Oroville Municipal Airport (OVE), Oroville, California
Document Number: 2013-09141
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes to rule and invites public comment on the application for a release of approximately 6.50 acres of airport property at the Oroville Municipal Airport (OVE), Oroville, California from all conditions contained in the Surplus Property Deed and Grant Assurances because the parcel of land is not needed for airport purposes. The land requested to be released is located outside of the airport fence along the southern boundary of the airport. The release will allow the City of Oroville (City) to sell the property at its fair market value, thereby benefiting the Airport and serving the interest of civil aviation. The City is also requesting a land-use change for approximately 13.62 acres of land adjacent to the 6.50 acres so it may be leased at its fair market value for non-aeronautical purposes to earn revenue for the airport. The proposed use will be compatible with the airport and will not interfere with the airport or its operation.
Aircraft Access to SWIM Working Group Meeting
Document Number: 2013-09137
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-08907
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, -300ER, and 777F series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report that during a test of the oxygen system, an operator found that the passenger oxygen masks did not properly flow oxygen, and that a loud noise occurred in the overhead area, which was caused by the flex line separating from the hard line due to a missing clamshell coupler. This AD requires, for certain airplanes, performing a detailed inspection of certain areas of the airplane oxygen system to ensure clamshell couplers are installed and fully latched, and corrective actions if necessary. For all airplanes, this AD requires performing and meeting the requirements of the low pressure leak test. We are issuing this AD to prevent the oxygen system flex line from separating from the hard line, which could cause an oxygen leak and a drop in the oxygen system pressure, resulting in improper flow of oxygen through the passenger masks and injury to passengers if emergency oxygen is needed.
Airworthiness Directives; Grob-Werke Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-08771
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Grob- Werke Model G115EG airplanes. 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 cracks in the elevator trim tab arms on several Grob G 115 airplanes, which could result in failure of the part and consequent loss of control. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-08763
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (ECF) Model AS332C, L, and L1 helicopters to require an initial and repetitive inspections of the outer skin, butt strap, and fuselage frame for a crack and modification of the helicopter. This AD was prompted by an AD issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, which states that a crack was discovered in a fuselage frame during a daily check. The actions of this AD are intended to detect a crack, to prevent loss of airframe structural integrity and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-08762
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Model 430 helicopters, which requires replacing certain components of the air data system. This AD was prompted by the discovery of incorrect indicated airspeed when the helicopter was tested to the cold temperature limits (-40 degrees centigrade) required for Category A operations. The actions of this AD are intended to correct the published Vne and to correct the indicated airspeed.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-08741
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330-200, A330-300, A340-200 and A340-300 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report that revealed the wheel axles of the main landing gear (MLG) were machined with a radius as small as 0.4 millimeters. This AD requires replacing the wheel axle of the MLG with a serviceable part. We are issuing this AD to prevent fatigue of the wheel axle of the MLG, which could adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-09008
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A, CL-601-3R, and CL-604 Variants) airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of airspeed mismatch between the pilot and co-pilot's airspeed indicators, which occurred during or after heavy rain. This proposed AD would require, for certain airplanes, inspecting for drain bottles having certain part numbers, and replacing affected drain bottles. This proposed AD would require, for certain other airplanes, replacing drain bottles. We are proposing this AD to prevent pitot static tubing from becoming blocked by water, which if not corrected, could lead to erroneous airspeed and altitude indications, and consequent loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-09006
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747-200B, 747-200F, 747-300, 747SP, 747-400, and 747-400F series airplanes equipped with Rolls-Royce RB211- 524 engines; and certain Model 767-300 series airplanes equipped with Rolls-Royce RB211-524 engines. This proposed AD was prompted by multiple reports of uncommanded thrust reverser unlock events. This proposed AD would require replacing certain relays and relay sockets, and doing wiring changes. For certain airplanes, this proposed AD would also require installing new relay panels, and removing and installing certain components. Additionally, this proposed AD would require, for certain airplanes, accomplishing concurrent actions, which include installing an additional locking system on the thrust reversers, installing an additional locking gearbox on each engine and modifying system wiring for in-flight fault indications of the thrust reverser system, and installing a second locking gearbox system on the thrust reversers. We are proposing this AD to prevent an uncommanded thrust reverser deployment during takeoff or in-flight resulting in decreased airplane control and performance, possible runway excursions, and failure to climb.
Notice of Intent To Rule on Request To Lease Airport Property for Non-Aeronautical Purpose at the Bradford Regional Airport, Lewis Run, PA
Document Number: 2013-08953
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to rule and invite public comment on the lease of land for non-aeronautical purpose at the Bradford Regional Airport, Lewis Run, Pennsylvania under the provision 49 U.P.C. 47125(a).
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.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-08768
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain The Boeing Company Model 757 series airplanes equipped with Rolls-Royce RB211 engines. The existing AD currently requires modification of the nacelle strut and wing structure; for certain airplanes, repetitive detailed inspections of certain aft bulkhead fasteners for loose or missing fasteners, and corrective action if necessary. For certain other airplanes, the existing AD requires a one-time detailed inspection of the middle gusset of the inboard side load fitting for proper alignment, and realignment if necessary; a one-time eddy current inspection of certain fastener holes for cracking, and repair if necessary; a detailed inspection of certain fasteners for loose or missing fasteners; and replacement with new fasteners if necessary. Since we issued that AD, a compliance time error was discovered, which could allow an airplane to exceed the acceptable compliance time for addressing the unsafe condition. This proposed AD would specify a maximum compliance time limit. We are proposing this AD to prevent fatigue cracking in primary strut structure and consequent reduced structural integrity of the strut.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-08760
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (Eurocopter) Model EC135 P1, EC135 P2, EC135 P2+, EC135 T1, EC135 T2, EC135 T2+, and MBB-BK 117 C-2 helicopters with a certain external mounted hoist system (hoist) with boom support assembly (boom) installed. This proposed AD would require inspecting the boom for a crack and, if a crack exists, replacing the boom with an airworthy boom. This proposed AD is prompted by cracks found on the boom during a pre-flight check of a hoist on an MBB-BK 117 C-2 helicopter. The proposed actions are intended to detect a crack and prevent failure of the boom, loss of the boom and attached loads, and subsequent loss of helicopter control.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-08758
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model EC120B and EC130B4 helicopters with certain emergency flotation gear (float) installed. This proposed AD would require inspecting the float for chafing of the fabric covering and adding protectors to the float installation to prevent contact between the float and the protruding sections of the installation. This proposed AD is prompted by a report of a float that would not inflate during overhaul because one of the float compartments was punctured due to chafing. The proposed actions are intended to prevent failure of float and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter during an emergency water landing.
Modification of Area Navigation (RNAV) Route T-266; AK
Document Number: 2013-08599
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action modifies low-altitude RNAV route T-266 in the state of Alaska by removing two non-directional beacons (NDB) as the navigation signal source for segments of the route and replacing them with RNAV waypoints. This action enhances the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System (NAS).
Establishment of Area Navigation (RNAV) Routes; OR
Document Number: 2013-08591
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes two new low-altitude RNAV routes, designated T-302 and T-304, in the state of Oregon. The routes replace segments of an existing VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airway that will be removed due to the planned decommissioning of the Portland, OR, VOR/DME in 2013. This action advances the implementation of RNAV in the National Airspace System (NAS) and provides continued en route navigation guidance in the affected airspace.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-08570
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. That AD currently requires installing spacer assemblies at the attachment points of the YZ-latches of the cargo loading system (CLS) in the forward and aft cargo compartments, as applicable. This new AD also requires modifying the attachment points of fixed YZ-latches of the CLS lower deck cargo holds on those airplanes on which one or both lower deck cargo holds have not been modified, which terminates the existing requirements. This AD was prompted by results from tests that have shown that the attachment points of the YZ-latches of the cargo loading system (CLS) fail under maximum loads and reports that installation has been applied only on one of the lower deck cargo holds, instead of on both forward and aft cargo holds, and that some airplanes could have installed the affected YZ-latches through the instructions of the cargo conversion manual. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the attachment points of the YZ-latches, which could result in unrestrained cargo causing damage to the fire protection system, hydraulic system, electrical wiring, or other equipment located in the forward and aft cargo compartments. This damage could adversely affect the continued safe flight of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG Rotax Reciprocating Engines
Document Number: 2013-08460
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain 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 requires a one-time visual inspection for excessive oil deposits or carbon deposits on the No. 2 and No. 3 spark plug center and grounding electrodes, and if found, replacement of the cylinder head before further flight. This AD was prompted by a report of certain No. 2 and No. 3 cylinder heads not manufactured to proper specification. We are issuing this AD to prevent excessive oil consumption, which could result in an in-flight engine shutdown, forced landing, and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; International Aero Engines AG Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2013-08448
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain International Aero Engines AG (IAE), V2525-D5 and V2528-D5 turbofan engines, with a certain No. 4 bearing internal scavenge tube and a certain No. 4 bearing external scavenge tube installed. This AD was prompted by a report of an engine under-cowl fire and commanded in- flight shutdown. This AD would require replacement of certain part number (P/N) No. 4 bearing internal scavenge tubes, and alignment checks of certain P/N No. 4 bearing external scavenge tubes. We are issuing this AD to prevent engine fire and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2013-08445
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-Trent 970-84, RB211-Trent 970B-84, RB211- Trent 972-84, RB211-Trent 972B-84, RB211-Trent 977-84, RB211-Trent 977B-84, and RB211-Trent 980-84 turbofan engines. This AD requires inspection of the intermediate pressure compressor rear stub shaft (IPC RSS) piston ring. This AD was prompted by the failure of an oil pump drive shear neck due to a piston ring seal that was not seated properly in the IPC RSS groove. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the oil pump drive shear neck, which could result in loss of oil pressure in one or more engines and reduced control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-08346
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, and -300ER series airplanes. That AD currently requires inspecting for scribe lines in the skin along lap joints, butt joints, certain external doublers, and the large cargo door hinges, and doing related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This new AD adds an inspection for scribe lines where external decals have been applied or removed across lap joints, large cargo door hinges, and external doublers, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This AD was prompted by a determination that scribe lines could occur where external decals are installed or removed across lap joints, large cargo door hinges, or external doublers. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct scribe lines, which can develop into fatigue cracks in the skin. Undetected fatigue cracks can grow and cause sudden decompression of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-08193
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of an incorrect procedure used to apply the wear and corrosion protective surface coating to attach pins of the horizontal stabilizer rear spar. This AD requires inspecting to determine the part number of the attach pins of the horizontal stabilizer rear spar, and replacing certain attach pins with new, improved attach pins. We are issuing this AD to prevent premature failure of the attach pins, which could cause reduced structural integrity of the horizontal stabilizer to fuselage attachment, resulting in loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-08192
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-700, -700C, -800, and -900ER series airplanes, Model 747-400F series airplanes, and Model 767-200 and -300 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports indicating that certain crew oxygen mask stowage box units were possibly delivered with a burr in the inlet fitting. The burr might break loose during test or operation, and might pose an ignition source or cause an inlet valve to jam. This final rule adds a step to identify and label certain crew oxygen mask stowage box units that have already been inspected and reworked by the supplier, and allows operators to install new or serviceable crew oxygen mask stowage box units, and requires a general visual inspection for affected serial numbers of the crew oxygen mask stowage box units, and replacement or re-identification as necessary. We are issuing this AD to prevent an ignition source, which could result in an oxygen-fed fire; or an inlet valve jam in a crew oxygen mask stowage box unit, which could result in restricted flow of oxygen.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-08191
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 757 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports that inspections of the wing center section revealed defective, misapplied, or missing secondary fuel vapor barriers on the center fuel tank. This AD requires inspecting for discrepancies and insufficient coverage of the secondary fuel barrier, determining the thickness of the secondary fuel barrier, and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct defective surfaces and insufficient thickness of the secondary fuel barrier, which could allow fuel leaks or fumes into the pressurized cabin, and allow fuel or fuel vapors to come in contact with an ignition source, which could result in a fire or an explosion.
Airworthiness Directives; Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-07500
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Models DA 42, DA 42 M-NG, and DA 42NG airplanes. 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 overextension of the main landing gear (MLG) shock absorber that could lead to the MLG jamming in the gear bay and result in damage to the aircraft or occupant injury. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of New Approval of Information Collection: Critical Parts for Airplane Propellers
Document Number: 2013-08623
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-12
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 for a new information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on January 28, 2013, vol. 78, no. 18, pages 5859-5860. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is amending the airworthiness standards for airplane propellers. This action will 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. These processes will be required to be recorded and maintained within company manuals. The intended effect of this rule 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 rule will eliminate regulatory differences between part 35 and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) propeller critical parts requirements, thereby simplifying airworthiness approvals for exports.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of New Approval of Information Collection: Safety Awareness, Feedback, and Evaluation (SAFE) Program
Document Number: 2013-08622
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-12
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 for a new information collection. The information collected will be used by FAA Flight Standards Service to improve the quality and delivery of the services and products provided to their stakeholders.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-08610
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747-400 and -400F series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of cracks on airplanes prior to line number 1308 in the forward and aft inner chords of the station (STA) 2598 bulkhead, and the bulkhead upper and lower webs. This proposed AD would require, as applicable, repetitive high frequency eddy current (HFEC) and low frequency eddy current (LFEC) inspections for cracks in the splice fitting, support frame, forward and aft inner chords, floor support, bulkhead upper web on the upper left and right side of the bulkhead, and the bulkhead lower web on the lower left side of the bulkhead and repair if necessary; and repetitive post-repair inspections and repair if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracks in the splice fitting, support frame, floor support, forward and aft inner chords, and the bulkhead upper and lower webs of the body station, which could adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane.
Amendment of Restricted Area R-6601; Fort A.P. Hill, VA
Document Number: 2013-08582
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-04-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action expands the vertical limits and time of designation of restricted area R-6601, Fort A.P. Hill, VA. The U.S. Army requested this action to provide the additional airspace needed to conduct training in high-angle weapons systems employment.
Request To Release Airport Property at the Oakley Municipal Airport (OEL), Oakley, Kansas
Document Number: 2013-08553
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to rule and invites public comment on the release of land at the Oakley Municipal Airport (OEL), Oakley, Kansas, under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 47107(h)(2).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Aeronautical Chart Point of Sale Survey
Document Number: 2013-08551
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-12
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 for 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 30, 2012, vol. 77, no. 231, pages 71472-71473. Aeronautical Chart Point of Sale Survey data will be used by the Federal Aviation Administration to measure management objectives and analyze customer feedback for ISO-9001.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Reduction of Fuel Tank Flammability on Transport Category Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-08549
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-12
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 January 28, 2013, vol. 78, no. 18, page 5860. The FAA's Fuel Tank Flammability rule requires manufacturers to report to the FAA every six months for up to 5 years after the flammability reduction system is incorporated into the fleet. The data is needed to assure system performance meets that predicted at the time of certification.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Certificated Training Centers-Simulator Rule
Document Number: 2013-08548
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-04-12
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 December 7, 2012, vol. 77, no. 236, page 73113-73114. To determine regulatory compliance, there is a need for airmen to maintain records of certain training and recency of experience; a training center has to maintain records of student's training, employee qualification and training, and training program approvals.
Proposed Amendment of VOR Federal Airway V-537; GA
Document Number: 2013-08546
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-04-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This SNPRM amends a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published on October 15, 2012 which proposed to amend VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) Federal airway V-537 in Georgia. This SNPRM proposes to remove an additional segment of the airway due to navigation aid coverage limitations.