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Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-12076
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes; Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes; and Model A340-541 and -642 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of wing tip brakes (WTBs) losing their braking function in service due to heavy wear on the brake discs. WTBs are designed to stop and hold the mechanical transmission of slats and flaps in certain failure cases. This proposed AD would require repetitive operational tests of certain WTB pressure-off-brakes (POBs) for performance on the flap and slat systems, and replacement of any affected WTB with a new or serviceable part if the test fails. This proposed AD would also require eventual replacement of all affected WTBs with a new part, which would terminate the repetitive tests. We are proposing this AD to prevent loss of the WTB braking function, and consequent inability of the flap or slat system to be stopped and held in position during operation, which could result in loss of control of the airplane.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2013-12024
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR). The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of the 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.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2013-12023
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-21
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 the 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.
Modification and Revocation of Air Traffic Service Routes; Jackson, MS
Document Number: 2013-11972
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action modifies two jet routes and seven VOR Federal airways; and removes two VOR Federal airways in the vicinity of Jackson, MS. The FAA is taking this action due to the scheduled decommissioning of the Jackson, MS, VORTAC, and the commissioning of the Magnolia, MS, VORTAC.
Establishment of Area Navigation (RNAV) Routes; Washington, DC
Document Number: 2013-11969
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes five new RNAV routes in support of the Washington, DC, Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in a Metroplex project. The routes increase National Airspace System (NAS) efficiency and allow easier transition into the high altitude structure for departures from the Washington, DC Metropolitan area airports.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Representatives of the Administrator
Document Number: 2013-11991
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
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 collection of information is for the purpose of obtaining essential information concerning the applicant's professional and personal qualifications. The FAA uses the information provided to screen and select designees who act as representatives of the FAA Administrator in performing various certification and examination functions under Title VI of Federal Aviation Act.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Human Space Flight Requirements for Crew and Space Flight Participants
Document Number: 2013-11964
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
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 FAA uses the information collected related to public safety to ensure that a launch or reentry operation involving a human on board a vehicle will meet the risk criteria and requirements with regard to ensuring public safety.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Noise Certification Standards for Subsonic Jet Airplanes and Subsonic Transport Category Large Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-11962
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
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 information collected is needed for applicants' noise certification compliance reports in order to demonstrate compliance with 14 CFR Part 36.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Aviation Medical Examiner Program
Document Number: 2013-11960
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
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. This collection is necessary in order to determine applicants' qualifications for certification as Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Application
Document Number: 2013-11959
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
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. This program requires public agencies and certain members of the aviation industry to prepare and submit applications and reports to the FAA. Through this program the FAA provides additional funding for airport development which is needed now and in the future.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Anti-Drug Program for Personnel Engaged in Specified Aviation Activities
Document Number: 2013-11958
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
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. Information is collected to determine program compliance or non-compliance of regulated aviation employers, oversight planning, to determine who must provide annual Management Information System testing information, and to communicate with entities subject to the program regulations.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2013-11956
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR). The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, this aspect of the 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.
Availability of Noise Compatibility Program for Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago, Illinois
Document Number: 2013-11931
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA announces its determination that the noise exposure maps submitted by the City of Chicago Department of Aviation for Chicago Midway International Airport 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 CFR Part 150 (hereinafter referred to as ``Part 150'') are in compliance with applicable requirements. The FAA also announces that it is reviewing a proposed noise compatibility program that was submitted for Chicago Midway International Airport under Part 150 in conjunction with the noise exposure map, and that this program will be approved or disapproved on or before November 18, 2013.
Office of Commercial Space Transportation; Notice of Availability of a Record of Decision (ROD) To Issue a Reentry License to Lockheed Martin Corporation for the Reentry of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) From Earth Orbit to a Location in the Pacific Ocean
Document Number: 2013-11929
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA; 42 United States Code 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, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, the FAA is announcing the availability of the ROD to issue a reentry license to Lockheed Martin Corporation for the reentry of the Orion MPCV from Earth orbit to a location in the Pacific Ocean.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-11913
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A330-200 Freighter, A330-200 and -300, and A340-200 and - 300 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of cracked adjacent frame forks of a forward cargo door. This proposed AD would require repetitive detailed inspections for cracks and sheared, loose, or missing rivets of the forward cargo door and, for certain airplanes, of the aft cargo door, and repair if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracked or ruptured cargo door frames, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the forward or aft cargo door.
Special Conditions: Cessna Aircraft Company, Model J182T; Diesel Cycle Engine Installation
Document Number: 2013-11731
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Model J182T airplane. This airplane will have a novel or unusual design feature(s) associated with the installation of an aircraft diesel engine (ADE). The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. These special conditions contain the additional safety standards that the Administrator considers necessary to establish a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards.
Ninth Meeting: RTCA Next Gen Advisory Committee (NAC)
Document Number: 2013-11730
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the ninth meeting of the RTCA NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC).
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company
Document Number: 2013-11694
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. This proposed AD would require, depending on airplane configuration, replacing fuel pump power control relays with new relays having a ground fault interrupter (GFI) feature, installing ground studs and a bonding jumper, doing certain bonding resistance measurements, and changing the GFI relay position. This proposed AD would also require revising the maintenance program to incorporate certain airworthiness limitations. We are proposing this AD to prevent damage to the fuel pumps caused by electrical arcing that could introduce an ignition source in the fuel tank, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-11687
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747- 200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400D, 747-400F, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of a disbonded doubler and a skin crack in section 41 of the fuselage, and multiple reports of cracked or missing fastener heads. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections for cracking of the fuselage skin, discrepant fasteners, and for disbonds at the doublers; and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. For certain airplanes, this proposed AD would also require a terminating repair for repair doublers. We are proposing this AD to prevent rapid decompression and loss of structural integrity of the airplane due to such disbonding and subsequent cracking of the skin panels.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-11387
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 757-200 and -200PF series airplanes. That AD currently requires modifying the nacelle strut and wing structure, and repairing any damage found during the modification. This new AD specifies a maximum compliance time limit that overrides the optional threshold formula results. This AD was prompted by reports indicating that the actual operational loads applied to the nacelle are higher than the analytical loads that were used during the initial design. Subsequent analysis and service history, which includes numerous reports of fatigue cracking on certain strut and wing structure, indicated that fatigue cracking can occur on the primary strut structure before an airplane reaches its design service objective. We are issuing this AD to prevent fatigue cracking in primary strut structure and consequent reduced structural integrity of the strut.
Airworthiness Directives; Spectrolab Nightsun XP Searchlight
Document Number: 2013-11383
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for a certain Spectrolab Nightsun XP Searchlight Assembly (searchlight) installed on, but not limited to Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model AB139 and Model AW139 helicopters, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-92A helicopters, and Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (Eurocopter) Model EC135 and Model MBB-BK 117 C-2 helicopters. This AD requires, before further flight, inserting information into the Normal Procedures section of the Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM), a daily check of the searchlight, and at a specified time interval or if certain conditions are found, modifying any affected searchlight gimbal assembly. This AD was prompted by a report of a searchlight vibrating and an investigation that revealed that the gimbal azimuth top nut was loose. A loose nut, if not detected and corrected, could result in a gap between the rubber edging of the top shroud and the gimbal frame, leading to degradation of pointing accuracy and stability performance of the searchlight and excessive vibration. If the nut were to entirely disengage, the searchlight could disconnect partially or totally from the helicopter, resulting in damage to the helicopter and injury to persons on the ground. The actions of this AD are intended to ensure that the searchlight remains firmly attached to the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Agusta S.p.A. Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-10903
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A119 and AW119 MKII helicopters. The existing AD currently requires inspecting the pilot and copilot engine rotary variable differential transformer (RVDT) control box assemblies to determine if the control gear locking pin is in its proper position. Since we issued that AD, Agusta has developed a terminating action for this inspection. This AD requires the same actions as the existing AD as well as modifying the RVDT control box assemblies. The actions of this AD are intended to prevent failure of an RVDT control box assembly, loss of manual control of the engine throttle, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Slingsby Sailplanes Ltd. Sailplanes
Document Number: 2013-10794
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for all Slingsby Sailplanes Ltd. Models Dart T.51, Dart T.51/17, and Dart T.51/17R sailplanes equipped with aluminum alloy spar booms. 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 an incident of glue joint failure on a starboard wing caused by water entering the area of the airbrake box that resulted in delamination and corrosion in the area of the aluminum alloy spar booms and the wing attach fittings. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Hawker Beechcraft Corporation
Document Number: 2013-11535
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) Models 58, 58TC, 58P, 95C55, E55, and 56TC airplanes. That NPRM proposed requiring inspections of elevator balance weights and replacement of defective elevator balance weights. That NPRM was prompted by reports of elevator balance weights becoming loose or failing because the balance weight material was under strength and did not meet material specifications. This action revises that NPRM to prohibit the installation of designated spare parts and to clarify applicability. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM to correct the unsafe condition on these products. Since these actions impose an additional burden over that proposed in the NPRM, we are reopening the comment period to allow the public the chance to comment on these proposed changes.
Operating Limitations at New York LaGuardia Airport
Document Number: 2013-11490
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends the Order Limiting Operations at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA) that published on December 27, 2006, and was amended on November 8, 2007, August 19, 2008, October 7, 2009, April 4, 2011, and May 23, 2012. The Order remains effective until the final Rule on Slot Management and Transparency for LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport becomes effective but not later than October 24, 2014.
Operating Limitations at Newark Liberty International Airport
Document Number: 2013-11489
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends the Order Limiting Operations at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) that published on May 21, 2008, and was amended on October 7, 2009, and April 4, 2011. The Order remains effective until the final Rule on Slot Management and Transparency for LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport becomes effective but not later than October 24, 2014.
Operating Limitations at John F. Kennedy International Airport
Document Number: 2013-11467
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends the Order Limiting Operations at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) that published on January 18, 2008, and was amended on February 14, 2008, October 7, 2009, and April 4, 2011. The Order remains effective until the final Rule on Slot Management and Transparency for LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Newark Liberty International Airport becomes effective but not later than October 24, 2014.
Office of Commercial Space Transportation; Safety Approval Performance Criteria
Document Number: 2013-11438
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA issued BST a safety approval, subject to the provisions of Title 51 U.S.C Subtitle V, ch. 509, and the orders, rules and regulations issued under it. Pursuant to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Sec. 414.35, this Notice publishes the criteria that were used to evaluate the safety approval application. Background: BST applied for, and received, a safety approval for its ability to provide as a service, scenario based physiology training, which includes hypobaric chamber training. BST may offer its scenario based physiology altitude training as a service to a prospective launch and reentry operator to meet the applicable crew and participant training requirements of 14 CFR 460.5 and 14 CFR 460.51. Criteria Used To Evaluate Safety Approval Application: The performance criteria for this safety approval include 14 CFR 61.31(g) for additional training required for operating pressurized aircraft capable of operating at high altitudes. These criteria are FAA regulations, which are acceptable technical criteria for reviewing a safety approval application per 14 CFR 414.19(a)(1). The FAA's evaluation included assessment of BST's scenario based physiology training lesson plan and objectives, which include classroom and hypobaric chamber training for crew and space flight participants to experience and demonstrate knowledge of the following through testing: Understand fundamental principles of the atmosphere and how it relates to the human body. Understand the fundamentals of respiratory physiology and how it relates to hypoxia. Show competence in the identification of the many different symptoms and physical signs of hypoxia. Show advanced competence in the phenomena of neurological impairment (time of useful consciousness) due to hypoxia. Understand the effects of prolonged oxygen use. Understand the difference between decompression illness and hypoxia. Demonstrate using different scenarios the difference between slow decompression and rapid decompression. Identify personal symptoms of hypoxia and demonstrate donning of oxygen mask and ability to perform within a hypobaric chamber.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-11382
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-14
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 reports of excessive wear on the lower latch surface of the main landing gear (MLG) up-lock hook. This proposed AD would require revising the maintenance program. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct up-lock hooks worn beyond the wear limit, which could prevent the successful extension of the MLG using the primary landing gear extension system, which in combination with an alternate extension system failure could result in the inability to extend the MLG.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-11381
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Airbus Model A318-111 and -112 airplanes, Model A319 series airplanes, Model A320 series airplanes, and Model A321 series airplanes. The existing AD currently requires repetitive inspections of the 80VU rack lower lateral fittings for damage; repetitive inspections of the 80VU rack lower central support for cracking; and corrective action if necessary. That existing AD also specifies optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections. Since we issued that AD, we have received reports of worn lower lateral fittings of the 80VU rack. This proposed AD would reduce the inspection compliance time, add an inspection of the upper fittings and shelves of the 80VU rack, and add airplanes to the applicability. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct damage or cracking of the 80VU fittings and supports, which could lead to possible disconnection of the cable harnesses to one or more computers and, if occurring during a critical phase of flight, could result in reduced control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-11380
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A300 series airplanes; 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 proposed AD was prompted by a report that cracking was found in area 2 of the frame base fittings between frame 41 and frame 46. This proposed AD would require a check of maintenance records to determine if certain repairs were done in area 1 of the frame brace fittings, and, for affected airplanes, a detailed inspection for cracking in area 2 of the frame base fittings between frame 41 and frame 46, and repair if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracking in area 2 of the frame base fittings between frame 41 and frame 46, which could adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2013-11337
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all Rolls-Royce plc (RR) model RB211 Trent 553-61, 553A2-61, 556-61, 556A2-61, 556B-61, 556B2-61, 560-61, and 560A2-61; and RB211 Trent 768-60, 772-60, and 772B-60; and RB211-Trent 875-17, 877-17, 884-17, 884B-17, 892-17, 892B-17, and 895-17; and RB211-524G2- T-19, -524G3-T-19, -524H-T-36, and -524H2-T-19 turbofan engines that have a high-pressure (HP) compressor stage 1 to 4 rotor disc installed, with a certain part number (P/N) installed. The existing AD requires repetitive inspections of the axial dovetail slots, and follow-on corrective action depending on findings. This proposed AD expands the population of affected parts. This proposed AD also changes, for the purposes of this AD, the definition of ``engine shop visit.'' We are proposing this AD to detect cracks in the HP compressor stage 1 and 2 disc posts, which could result in failure of the disc post and HP compressor blades, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2013-11327
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-14
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: 2013-11325
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-14
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.
Amendment of Class D Airspace; El Monte, CA
Document Number: 2013-11182
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class D airspace at El Monte Airport, El Monte, CA. This action, initiated by the FAA's biennial review of the El Monte Airspace area, creates additional Class D airspace to accommodate aircraft departures and arrivals. This improves the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-10659
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of two in-service incidents where the left main landing gear (MLG) failed to extend. This AD requires installing stopper plates on the aft uplock frames in the MLG bay adjacent to the right and left MLG uplock assemblies. We are issuing this AD to prevent incorrect installation of the upper bolt in the MLG uplock assembly, which could prevent the MLG from extending and could adversely affect the safe landing of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-10657
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 737-300, -400, and -500 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 of the engine fuel suction feed of the fuel system, 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; Twin Commander Aircraft LLC Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-10498
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Twin Commander Aircraft LLC Models 690, 690A, and 690B airplanes. This AD requires inspection for cracking of the outer fuselage attachments, the lower wing main spar, the vertical channels, the upper picture window channels, aft cabin pressure web, external wing to fuselage fillets, and fasteners; repair or replacement of damaged parts as necessary; and modification of the structure with reinforced parts. This AD was prompted by cracks found in the upper picture window frame channels, left- and right-hand wing main spar frame support channels, and aft pressure bulkhead web. This condition, if not corrected, could result in structural failure of the airplane. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Model Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-11240
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Model 206A, 206B, 206L, 206L-1, 206L-3, 206L-4, 222, 222B, 222U, 230, 407, 427, and 430 helicopters. This proposed AD would require inspecting each bearing to determine if it has been properly staked and replacing the bearing or assembly if it has not been staked properly. This proposed AD is prompted by bearings not being staked as required and migrating out of their proper position, which may limit the functionality of the affected part. The proposed actions are intended to prevent failure of a bearing and the assembly in which it is installed and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; MD Helicopters Inc. Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-11237
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-13
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for MD Helicopters Inc. (MDHI) Model 369A, 369D, 369E, 369H, 369HE, 369HM, 369HS, 369F and 369FF helicopters with certain MDHI or Helicopter Technology Company (HTC) tail rotor blades installed. The existing AD currently requires reducing the retirement life of each tail rotor blade (blade), performing a one-time visual inspection of each blade's pitch horn (pitch horn) for a crack or corrosion, and replacing any cracked blade or any blade that has exceeded its retirement life with an airworthy blade. The AD also requires reporting information to the FAA within 24 hours following the one-time inspection. Since we issued that AD, an accident in England prompted an investigation that showed corrosion on the blade's pitch horn that had not been detected under the paint. This proposed AD would retain some of the requirements in the existing AD but would require paint removal for all pitch horn inspections, inspecting for pitting and the shot peen surface's condition in addition to cracks and corrosion, and would add certain part-numbered blades to the applicability. The proposed actions are intended to prevent a pitch horn from cracking, leading to vibration, loss of tail rotor pitch control, and subsequent loss of tail rotor and helicopter control.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of New Approval of Information Collection: Aircraft Situational Display to Industry (ASDI) Block Requests
Document Number: 2013-11187
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-10
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. A Federal Register Notice for proposed process for limiting aircraft data displayed via ASDI, with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on May 9, 2012, vol. 77, no. 90, pages 27269-27271. The collected information will be used by the National Air Space Data Release Office to block aircraft flight data as requested by any interested aircraft owner or operator.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-11169
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702), CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705), and CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report that traces of oil could be found in the crew oxygen system due to the use of incorrect pressure testing procedures during manufacturing. This proposed AD would require cleaning the crew oxygen system. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct oil contaminants, which could cause an ignition and result in a fire in the oxygen system.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-11168
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 757 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of fractured rudder pedal pushrod connecting bolts in a rudder pedal assembly. This proposed AD would require repetitive replacements of the rudder pedal pushrod connecting bolts and repetitive inspections of the rudder pedal assembly bolt holes in each of the captain and the first officer rudder pedal assemblies, and if necessary, repair or replacement of worn rudder pedal assemblies. We are proposing this AD to prevent fracture of the rudder pedal pushrod connecting bolts during pedal use, which could result in a large involuntary input to the rudder, nose-wheel steering, and braking systems, leading to a runway excursion.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-11067
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702) airplanes, Model CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705) airplanes, and Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of corrosion of the components of the main landing gear (MLG) retraction actuator found in service; the corrosion was found at the interface of the rod end and the piston, and at the bracket and related pins. This proposed AD would require inspection of the MLG retraction actuator components; corrective actions if necessary; and, for certain retraction actuators, installation of a new jam nut. We are proposing this AD to prevent disconnection of the MLG retraction actuator, which could result in extension of the MLG without damping, and consequent structural damage and collapse of the MLG during landing.
Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-11063
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-05-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 777-200 and -300 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of smoke or flames in the passenger cabin of various transport category airplanes related to the wiring for the passenger cabin in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, cabin lighting, and passenger seats. This proposed AD would require installing wiring and changing certain electrical load management system (ELMS) panels and other concurrent requirements to ensure the flightcrew is able to turn off electrical power to the IFE systems and other non-essential electrical systems through a switch in the flight compartment in the event of smoke or flames. In the event of smoke or flames in the airplane flight deck or passenger cabin, the flightcrew's inability to turn off electrical power to the IFE system and other non-essential electrical systems could result in the inability to control smoke or flames in the airplane flight deck or passenger cabin during a non-normal or emergency situation, and consequent loss of control of the airplane.
Notice of Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) Approvals and Disapprovals
Document Number: 2013-11054
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA publishes a monthly notice, as appropriate, of PFC approvals and disapprovals under the provisions of the Aviation Safety and Capacity Expansion Act of 1990 (Title IX of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990) (Pub. L. 101-508) and Part 158 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR Part 158). This notice is published pursuant to paragraph d of Sec. 158.29.
Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment on Surplus Property Release at Tupelo Regional Airport, Tupelo, Mississippi
Document Number: 2013-10509
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-05-10
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Under the provisions of Title 49, U.S.C. Section 47153(c), notice is being given that the FAA is considering a request from the Tupelo Airport Authority to waive the requirement that a 1.78-acre parcel of surplus property, located at the Tupelo Regional Airport, be used for aeronautical purposes.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Kingston, NY
Document Number: 2013-10815
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E Airspace at Kingston, NY, creating controlled airspace to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at Kingston-Ulster Airport. This action enhances the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action also updates the geographic coordinates of the airport.
Modification of Class B Airspace; Philadelphia, PA
Document Number: 2013-10811
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action modifies the Philadelphia, PA, Class B airspace area to ensure the containment of large turbine-powered aircraft within Class B airspace, reduce controller workload, and reduce the potential for midair collision in the Philadelphia terminal area.
Modification of Class C Airspace; Nashville International Airport; TN
Document Number: 2013-10810
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-05-09
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action modifies the Nashville International Airport, TN, Class C airspace area by removing a cutout from the surface area that was put in place to accommodate operations at an airport that is now permanently closed. The FAA is taking this action to ensure the safe and efficient operations at Nashville International Airport.