Federal Aviation Administration June 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Environmental Impact Statement: T.F. Green Airport, Warwick, Rhode Island
Document Number: 2013-15472
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public that a Written Re-Evaluation and Record of Decision (ROD) for an Environmental Impact Statement has been prepared for Theodore Francis Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Captiva, FL
Document Number: 2013-15287
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action changes the effective date of a final rule, published in the Federal Register on June 6, 2013, establishing controlled airspace at Upper Captiva Island Heliport, Captiva, FL, to allow additional time for en route charting.
Airworthiness Directives; Various Helicopter Models
Document Number: 2013-14842
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are publishing a new airworthiness directive (AD) for various model helicopters with certain part-numbered and serial- numbered Goodrich externally-mounted hoists installed. This AD requires performing a cable conditioning lift and a load inspection test, deactivating or replacing any hoist that fails the load inspection test, and recording the results of the load inspection test. This AD is prompted by a report of a failure of the overload clutch resulting in an in-flight failure of a hoist containing a dummy load during a maintenance flight. These actions are intended to detect conditions that may result in failure of the hoist and injury to persons being lifted.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-14826
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France Model EC 155B, EC155B1, SA-366G1, SA-365N, SA-365N1, AS-365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters, which requires modifying the fuel tank draining system. This AD is prompted by a closed fuel tank drain that, in the event of a fuel leak, could result in fuel accumulating in an area containing electrical equipment. The actions are intended to prevent accumulation of fuel in an area with electrical equipment or another ignition source, which may lead to a fire.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-14430
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of chafing found on the main landing gear (MLG) yoke. The chafing was attributed to contact between the nacelle fire detection wires and the MLG yoke. This AD requires inspections of the nacelle fire detection wires and the MLG yoke for damage; replacing nacelle fire detection wires, if necessary; repairing the MLG yoke, if necessary; and installing brackets and associated hardware to secure the fire detection wires. We are issuing this AD to prevent chafing between the nacelle fire detection wires and the MLG yoke. Chafing could lead to cracking and subsequent failure of the MLG yoke, which could adversely affect the safe landing of the airplane. In addition, chafing of the nacelle fire detection wires could cause them to fail and prevent the detection of a fire in the nacelle assembly.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-15425
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of cracks in stringer splices at body station STA 360 and STA 908, between stringer (S) S-10L and S-10R; cracks in butt straps between S-5L and S- 3L, and S-3R and S-5R; vertical chem-mill fuselage skin cracks at certain butt joints; and an instance of cracking that occurred in all those three structural elements on one airplane. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections for any cracking of stringer splices and butt straps, and related corrective and investigative actions if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracking in the three structural elements, which could result in the airplane not being able to sustain limit load requirements and possibly result in uncontrolled decompression.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Aviation Research Grants Program
Document Number: 2013-15323
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-27
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 Aviation Research and Development Grants Program establishes uniform policies and procedures for the award and administration of research grants to colleges, universities, not for profit organizations, and profit organizations for security research. The collection of data is required from prospective grantees in order to adhere to applicable statutes and OMB circulars.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Competition Plans, Passenger Facility Charges
Document Number: 2013-15322
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-27
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. Title 49, United States Code, Sections 40117 (k) and 47106 (f) require that a covered airport submit a written competition plan to the Secretary/Administrator in order to receive approval to impose a Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) or to receive a grant under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Service Difficulty Report
Document Number: 2013-15319
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-27
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 collection involves requirements for operators and repair stations to report any malfunctions and defects to the Administrator.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Selmer, TN
Document Number: 2013-15286
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E Airspace at Selmer, TN, as the Sibley Non-Directional Beacon (NDB) has been decommissioned and new standard instrument approach procedures developed for Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at Robert Sibley Airport. This enhances the safety and management of aircraft operations at the airport. This action also updates the geographic coordinates of the airport.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Live Oak, FL
Document Number: 2013-15284
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E Airspace in the Live Oak, FL area, as new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) have been developed at Suwannee County Airport. Airspace reconfiguration is necessary for the continued safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations within the Live Oak, FL, airspace area. This action also updates the geographic coordinates of Suwannee Hospital Emergency Heliport and Suwannee County Airport.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-15179
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 747SP series airplanes, and certain The Boeing Company Model 747-100B SUD and 747-300 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by an evaluation by the design approval holder indicating that the fuselage skin just above certain lap splice locations is subject to widespread fatigue damage. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking of the fuselage skin above certain lap splice locations, and repair if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the fuselage skin, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane and sudden loss of cabin pressure.
Airworthiness Directives; Cessna Aircraft Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-14995
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding AD 2000-04-01 that applies to certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 172R, 172S, 182S, 182T, T182T, 206H, and T206H airplanes. AD 2000-04-01 currently requires an inspection of the engine oil pressure switch and, if applicable, replacement of the engine oil pressure switch. This AD increases the applicability of the AD, places a life-limit of 3,000 hours time-in- service on the engine oil pressure switch, and requires replacement when the engine oil pressure switch reaches its life limit. This AD was prompted by new reports of internal failure of the engine oil pressure switch, which could result in complete loss of engine oil with consequent partial or complete loss of engine power or fire. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; B-N Group Ltd. Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-14979
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all B-N Group Ltd. Models BN-2, BN-2A, BN2A MK. III, BN2A MK. III-2, BN2A MK. III-3, BN-2A-2, BN-2A-20, BN-2A-21, BN-2A-26, BN-2A-27, BN-2A-3, BN-2A- 6, BN-2A-8, BN-2A-9, BN-2B-20, BN-2B-21, BN-2B-26, BN-2B-27, BN-2T, and BN-2T-4R 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 inadequate sealing of the fuel filler cap (fuel tank cap) and the fuel filler receptacle (fuel tank opening), which could lead to contaminated fuel and result in in-flight shutdown of the engine. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-14857
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-27
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) Model 407 helicopters with certain tailboom assemblies installed. This AD requires, at specified intervals, inspecting the tailboom assembly for a crack, loose rivet, or other damage. This AD was prompted by a stress analysis of the tailboom skin that revealed that high-stress-concentration areas are susceptible to skin cracking. This condition, if not detected, could result in a crack in the tailboom assembly, failure of the tailboom, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Safe Disposition of Life-Limited Aircraft Parts
Document Number: 2013-15315
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-26
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 involves response to the Wendall H. Ford Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century which requires that all persons who remove any life-limited aircraft part have a method to prevent the installation of that part after it has reached its life limit.
Proposed Establishment, Modification and Cancellation of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes; Northeast United States
Document Number: 2013-15283
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify two jet routes, six VOR Federal airways, and three area navigation routes; to establish six area navigation (RNAV) routes; and to cancel two VOR Federal airways in the northeast United States. The FAA is proposing this action due to the scheduled decommissioning of the Lake Henry, PA, VHF Omnidirectional Range/Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) facility which provides navigation guidance for portions of the affected routes. This action would enhance the safety and efficient management of aircraft within the National Airspace System.
Amendment of Class D Airspace; El Monte, CA
Document Number: 2013-15137
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action corrects a final rule published in the Federal Register of May 14, 2013, that amends Class D airspace at El Monte Airport, El Monte, CA. In that rule, the legal description references the airport bearing incorrectly.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Port Townsend, WA
Document Number: 2013-15135
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E airspace at Jefferson County International Airport, Port Townsend, WA, to accommodate aircraft using a new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at Jefferson County International Airport. This improves the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Airworthiness Directives; General Electric Company Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2013-15001
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-26
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all General Electric Company (GE) GE90-110B1 and GE90-115B turbofan engines. This emergency AD was sent previously to all known U.S. owners and operators of these engines. This AD prohibits operation of an airplane with affected transfer gearbox assemblies (TGBs) installed on both engines five days after the effective date of this AD. This AD was prompted by reports of two failures of TGBs which resulted in in-flight shutdowns (IFSDs). We are issuing this AD to prevent additional IFSDs of one or more engines, loss of thrust control, and damage to the airplane.
First Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 228-Minimum Operational Performance Standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
Document Number: 2013-15139
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of RTCA Special Committee 228Minimum Operational Performance Standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Thirteenth Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 225, Rechargeable Lithium Battery and Battery Systems-Small and Medium Size
Document Number: 2013-15138
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the twelfth meeting of the RTCA Special Committee 225, Rechargeable Lithium Battery and Battery SystemsSmall and Medium Size.
Seventh Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 226, Audio Systems and Equipment
Document Number: 2013-15136
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the sixth meeting of the RTCA Special Committee 226, Audio Systems and Equipment
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment
Document Number: 2013-15134
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes to fund, construct, operate, and maintain a replacement aerial tramway (ATRAM) system on South Franklin Mountain, El Paso, Texas. The purpose of the proposed project is the replacement of the existing ATRAM with a modern ATRAM system. The FAA needs to continue the safe and reliable transport of FAA maintenance personnel to service communication facilities located at the top of South Franklin Mountain. The FAA's preferred alternative is to construct, operate, and maintain a replacement ATRAM at a location adjacent to the existing ATRAM system at South Franklin Mountain, El Paso, Texas. The FAA has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) in conformance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and FAA Order 1050.1E, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures. The DEA analyzes the potential environmental impacts that may result from construction and operation of the proposed replacement ATRAM system at the proposed site, as well as the no action alternative (i.e., not constructing and operating the replacement ATRAM).
Proposed Amendment of Class D Airspace; Santa Monica, CA
Document Number: 2013-15133
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This SNPRM would further modify the Class D airspace area at Santa Monica Municipal Airport, Santa Monica, CA. In a NPRM published in the Federal Register of October, 27, 2011, the FAA proposed to create additional Class D airspace at Santa Monica Municipal Airport. The FAA has reassessed the proposal and finds that further enlargement of the airspace area is necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations in the Santa Monica, CA, area. The geographic coordinates of the airport also would be adjusted.
Public Notice for Waiver of Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance
Document Number: 2013-15130
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is considering a proposal to change a 0.747-acre portion of airport land from aeronautical use to non-aeronautical use and to authorize the sale of airport property located at Morris Municipal Airport, Morris, Illinois. The subject portion of airport property considered for release from obligation to be maintained for aeronautical use and sale includes a 0.346-acre portion of Parcel G (110.55 total acres) and 0.401-acre portion of Parcel C2 (73.27 total acres) that are located in the west quadrant of the airport along Illinois Route 47 and currently not being used directly for aeronautical purposes. Currently, ownership of the property provides for protection of FAR Part 77 surfaces and compatible land use which would continue to be protected with deed restrictions required in the transfer of land ownership. The change from aeronautical to non-aeronautical use would allow for the widening of Route 47 which is directly adjacent to the airport. The aforementioned land is not needed for aeronautical use.
Airworthiness Criteria: Proposed Airship Design Criteria for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Model LMZ1M Airship
Document Number: 2013-15056
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the availability of and requests comments on the proposed design criteria for the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics model LMZ1M airship. On March 12, 2012 Lockheed Martin Aeronautics submitted an application for type certification for the model LMZ1M. The LMZ1M is a manned cargo lifting hybrid airship incorporating a number of advanced features. The Hybrid Certification Criteria (HCC) for Transport Category Hybrid Airships, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Document Number 1008D0122 Rev. C dated January 31, 2013 was specifically developed for the LMZ1M.
Special Conditions: Cessna Aircraft Company, Model J182T; Electronic Engine Control System Installation
Document Number: 2013-13841
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-25
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 electronic engine control. 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.
Harmonization of Airworthiness Standards-Gust and Maneuver Load Requirements
Document Number: C1-2013-12445
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Airworthiness Directives; Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-14967
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Models PC-6, PC-6-H1, PC-6-H2, PC-6/350, PC- 6/350-H1, PC-6/350-H2, PC-6/A, PC-6/A-H1, PC-6/A-H2, PC-6/B-H2, PC-6/ B1-H2, PC-6/B2-H2, PC-6/B2-H4, PC-6/C-H2, and PC-6/C1-H2 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 failure to inspect and maintain stabilizer-trim attachment components and the flap actuator could result in loss of control. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2013-14922
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Rolls-Royce plc (RR) model RB211 Trent 768-60, 772-60, and 772B-60 turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by low-pressure (LP) compressor blade partial airfoil release events. This AD requires a one-time ultrasonic inspection of LP compressor blades that had accumulated more than 2,500 flight cycles (FC) since new. We are issuing this AD to prevent LP compressor blade airfoil separations, engine damage, and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-14864
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330-200, -200 Freighter, and -300 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report that a certain wire harness located in the tail cone has wiring of a narrower gauge than design requires. This proposed AD would require replacing the affected wire harness. We are proposing this AD to prevent damage to the affected wiring, which could create an ignition source in an area that might contain fuel vapors, possibly resulting in an uncontrolled fire and subsequent loss of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-14861
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA withdraws a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that proposed to rescind an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain The Boeing Company Model 767-200, -300, -300F, and - 400ER series airplanes. The proposed AD action would have rescinded the existing AD, which requires an inspection to determine if certain motor operated valve (MOV) actuators for the fuel tanks are installed, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. Since the proposed AD action was issued, we have determined that the proposed AD action does not adequately address the safety concerns. Accordingly, the proposed AD action is withdrawn.
Space Transportation Infrastructure Matching (STIM) Grants Program
Document Number: 2013-14859
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) will not solicit or award grants under the STIM program this fiscal year.
Standard Instrument Approach Procedures, and Takeoff Minimums and Obstacle Departure Procedures; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2013-14742
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-21
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: 2013-14740
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-21
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.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-14698
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. That AD currently requires one-time and repetitive inspections of specific areas and, when necessary, corrective actions for those rudders where production rework has been identified. This new AD adds airplanes with certain rudders to the AD applicability; changes an inspection type for certain reinforced rudder areas; requires pre- inspections and repairs if needed; and requires permanent restoration of vacuum loss holes. This AD also requires additional inspections for certain rudders and repair if needed, and requires replacement of certain rudders with new rudders. This AD was prompted by reports of surface defects on rudders that were the result of debonding between the skin and honeycomb core. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct extended de-bonding, which might degrade the structural integrity of the rudder. The loss of the rudder leads to degradation of the handling qualities and reduces the controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Cessna Aircraft Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-14689
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) (previously COLUMBIA or LANCAIR) Models LC40-550FG, LC41-550FG, and LC42-550FG airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports that during maximum braking, if the brakes lock up and a skid occurs, a severe oscillatory yawing motion or ``wheel walk'' may develop, which could result in further significant structural damage to the airplane. This AD requires insertions into the pilot's operating handbook (POH) and the airplane maintenance manuals (AMM) regarding proper use of the brakes and inspection of the aft fuselage. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-13473
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (Eurocopter) Model BO-105A, BO-105C, BO- 105S, BO-105LS A-1, BO-105LS A-3, EC135 P1, EC135 P2, EC135 P2+, EC135 T1, EC135 T2, EC135 T2+, MBB-BK 117 A-1, MBB-BK 117 A-3, MBB-BK 117 A- 4, MBB-BK 117 B-1, MBB-BK 117 B-2, MBB-BK 117 C-1, and MBB-BK 117 C-2 helicopters with certain part-numbered cantilever assemblies, cyclic stick locking devices, or cyclic stick holder assemblies installed. This AD requires modifying and identifying the cyclic stick cantilever or lock. This AD was prompted by pilots inadvertently taking off with the cyclic locked. The actions of this AD are intended to prevent a pilot taking off with the cyclic in the locked position, which could result in loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (Bell) Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-14704
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Model 206L, L-1, L-3, and L-4 helicopters. This proposed AD would require measuring each main rotor (M/R) blade spar space to determine whether it is oversized and reidentifying the blade and reducing the life limit of the blade if the spar spacer is oversized. This proposed AD is prompted by the manufacture of certain main rotor blades with an oversized spar spacer and the determination to reduce the life limits of those main rotor blades. The proposed actions are intended to prevent failure of a M/R blade and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-14703
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model AS350B, AS350BA, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350C, AS350D, AS350D1, AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, and AS355NP helicopters with sliding doors, except those with modification AL.4262. This proposed AD would require removing from service certain part-numbered nuts and washers from the lower ball- joint bolt. This proposed AD is prompted by a report of a sliding door detaching from the helicopter in flight. The proposed actions are intended to prevent loss of the lower ball-joint nut, which could lead to loss of the sliding door and damage to the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-14701
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model AS332C, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2, and EC225LP helicopters. This proposed AD would require visually inspecting each jettisonable emergency exit window panel (window) for sealant, and removing any sealant that exists in the window's extruded sections. This proposed AD is prompted by jettison tests during routine maintenance inspections that showed the windows failed to jettison. The proposed actions are intended to prevent failure of the windows to jettison, so helicopter occupants can exit the aircraft during an emergency.
Airworthiness Directives; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-14699
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Sikorsky Model S-76A, B, and C helicopters to require certain inspections of each spindle cuff assembly or blade fold cuff assembly for a crack. If there is a crack, this proposed AD would require replacing the cracked part. If there is no crack, this AD would require applying white paint to the inspection area to enhance the existing inspection procedure. This proposed AD is prompted by the discovery of cracks in the spindle cuffs. The proposed actions are intended to prevent failure of a spindle cuff assembly or blade fold cuff assembly, loss of a rotor blade, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (ECD) Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-14697
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for ECD Model BO105C (C-2 and CB-2 Variants) and BO105S (CS-2 and CBS-2 Variants) helicopters with a certain third stage turbine wheel installed. This proposed AD would require installing a placard on the instrument panel and revising the limitations section of the rotorcraft flight manual (RFM). This proposed AD is prompted by several incidents of third stage engine turbine wheel failures, which were caused by excessive vibrations at certain engine speeds during steady-state operations. The proposed actions are intended to alert pilots to avoid certain engine speeds during steady-state operations, prevent failure of the third stage engine turbine, engine power loss, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Agusta S.p.A. (Type Certificate Currently Held by AgustaWestland S.p.A) (Agusta) Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-14694
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Agusta Model A109A, A109AII, and A109C helicopters with a certain third stage turbine wheel installed. This proposed AD would require installing a placard on the instrument panel and revising the limitations section of the rotorcraft flight manual (RFM). This proposed AD is prompted by several incidents of third stage engine turbine wheel failures, which were caused by excessive vibrations at certain engine speeds during steady-state operations. The proposed actions are intended to alert pilots to avoid certain engine speeds during steady-state operations, prevent failure of the third stage engine turbine, engine power loss, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) Model Helicopters
Document Number: 2013-14693
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-06-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Model 206L-4 and 407 helicopters. This proposed AD would require replacing or reworking certain aft bearing caps. This proposed AD is prompted by the manufacture of certain freewheel aft bearing caps without a lubrication channel to allow oil flow into the aft bearing support assembly. The proposed actions are intended to prevent failure of the freewheel unit and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Modification of VOR Federal Airway V-537, GA
Document Number: 2013-14660
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action modifies VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) Federal airway V-537 in Georgia due to the scheduled decommissioning of the Moultrie, GA, VOR/DME navigation aid which currently forms a point along the route.
Establishment of Area Navigation (RNAV) Routes; Washington, DC
Document Number: 2013-14658
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action corrects a final rule published by the FAA in the Federal Register on May 21, 2013, that establishes five RNAV routes in support of the Washington, DC, Optimization of Airspace and Procedures in a Metroplex project. This correction changes the name of one waypoint (WP) in the legal descriptions of RNAV routes T-291 and T-295.
Amendment of VOR Federal Airways V-55 and V-169 in Eastern North Dakota
Document Number: 2013-14657
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-06-20
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airways V-55 and V-169 in eastern North Dakota. The FAA is taking this action to amend the airway descriptions contained in Part 71 by removing reference to special use airspace (SUA) exclusionary language no longer needed.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2013-14582
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-06-19
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 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.