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

Airworthiness Directives; Maule Aerospace Technology, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-29682
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising Airworthiness Directive (AD) 98-15-18 that applies to certain Maule Aerospace Technology, Inc. Models M-4, M-5, M- 6, M-7, MT-7, MX-7, MXT-7, and M-8 airplanes that are equipped with rear wing lift struts, part number (P/N) 2079E, and/or front wing lift struts, P/N 2080E. AD 98-15-18 required repetitively inspecting certain wing lift struts for internal corrosion and replacing of any wing lift strut where corrosion was found. Since we issued AD 98-15-18, we were informed by the manufacturer that Model MXT-7-420 airplanes are no longer in existence, are no longer type certificated, and should be removed from the Applicability section. We were also informed that paragraph (b) in AD 98-15-18 had been misinterpreted and caused confusion. This AD removes Model MXT-7-420 airplanes from the Applicability section and clarifies the intent of the language in paragraph (b) of AD 98-15-18. This AD also retains all other requirements of AD 98-15-18. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-29679
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising Airworthiness Directive (AD) 99-26-19 that applies to certain The New Piper Aircraft, Inc. Model J-2 airplanes equipped with wing lift struts. AD 99-26-19 required repetitively inspecting the wing lift struts for dents and corrosion; repetitively inspecting the wing lift strut forks for cracks; replacing any dented or corroded wing lift strut; replacing any cracked wing lift strut fork; and repetitively replacing the wing lift strut forks at specified times for certain airplanes. AD 99-26-19 also required incorporating a ``NO STEP'' placard on the wing lift strut. Since we issued AD 99-26- 19, we were informed that paragraph (c) had been misinterpreted and caused confusion. This AD clarifies the intent of the language in paragraph (c) of AD 99-26-19 and retains all other requirements of AD 99-26-19. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Gainesville, TX
Document Number: 2013-29325
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace at Gainesville, TX. Decommissioning of the Gainesville non-directional beacon (NDB) at Gainesville Municipal Airport has made reconfiguration necessary for standard instrument approach procedures and for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Chariton, IA
Document Number: 2013-29323
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace at Chariton, IA. Decommissioning of the Chariton non-directional beacon (NDB) at Chariton Municipal Airport has made reconfiguration necessary for standard instrument approach procedures and for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Chatom, AL
Document Number: 2013-29321
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E Airspace at Chatom, AL, to accommodate the Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at Roy Wilcox Airport. This action enhances the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. Geographic coordinates are also updated.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Donlin Creek, AK
Document Number: 2013-29319
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E airspace at Donlin Creek, AK, to accommodate new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at Donlin Creek Airport. This improves the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Revocation of Class E Airspace; Danville, IL
Document Number: 2013-29318
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action removes Class E airspace at Danville, IL. The FAA has determined that, because of changes in the composition of flight operations at Vermilion Regional Airport, a Class E surface area is no longer needed to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Loup City, NE
Document Number: 2013-29316
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E airspace at Loup City, NE. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at Loup City Municipal Airport. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport.
Airworthiness Directives; General Electric Company Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2013-29055
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for General Electric Company (GE) GE90-110B1 and GE90-115B turbofan engines with certain high pressure compressor (HPC) rotor stage 2-5 spools installed. This AD requires removing these spools from service at times determined by a drawdown plan. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks in HPC rotor stage 2-5 spool aft spacer arms. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of a critical life-limited rotating engine part, which could result in an uncontained engine failure and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-29051
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747-200B, -200C, -200F, -300, and 747SR series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks of both lower chords and web on certain outboard struts. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking of the lower spar chords and web, web lower spar chord modification, which includes inspections for cracking of the lower spar chords, and repetitive post modification inspections for cracking of the lower spar web and chord; and applicable corrective actions. We are issuing this AD to prevent cracked chords and web on certain outboard struts, which, if the chord severs, could result in reduced structural integrity of the diagonal brace load path and of the strut-to-wing attachment, and consequent separation of a strut and engine from the airplane during flight.
Airworthiness Directives; EADS CASA (Type Certificate Previously Held by Construcciones Aeronáuticas, S.A.) Airplanes
Document Number: 2013-29050
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain EADS CASA (Type Certificate Previously Held by Construcciones Aeron[aacute]uticas, S.A.) Model C-212-CB, C-212-CC, C-212-CD, C-212- CE, and C-212-DF airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of the propeller pitch control (PPC) lever becoming disconnected from the engine due to a missing bolt. This AD requires modifying the PPC lever attachment system. We are issuing this AD to prevent PPC shaft disconnection, which could lead to a loss of propeller pitch control, possibly resulting in uncommanded change to the engine power settings and consequent reduced controllability of the airplane.