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Airworthiness Directives; Various Aircraft Equipped With Wing Lift Struts
Document Number: 2014-30722
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 99-01-05 R1, which applies to certain aircraft equipped with wing lift struts. AD 99-01-05 R1 currently requires repetitively inspecting the wing lift struts for corrosion; repetitively inspecting the wing lift strut forks for cracks; replacing any corroded wing lift strut; replacing any cracked wing lift strut fork; and repetitively replacing the wing lift strut forks at a specified time for certain airplanes. Since we issued AD 99-01-05 R1, we have determined that additional airplane models should be added to the Applicability section. This proposed AD would retain all requirements of the existing AD. We are proposing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; British Aerospace Regional Aircraft Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-30631
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for British Aerospace Regional Aircraft Model Jetstream Series 3101 and Jetstream Model 3201 airplanes that would supersede AD 2014-06-03. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated 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 stress corrosion cracking of the main landing gear spigot housing. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Special Conditions: Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Model MBB-BK117D-2 Helicopters; Use of 30-Minute Power Rating
Document Number: 2014-30562
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Airbus Helicopters Deutschland GmbH Model MBB-BK117 D-2 helicopter. This model helicopter will have the novel or unusual design feature of a 30-minute power rating, generally intended to be used for hovering at increased power for search and rescue missions. 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.
Office of Commercial Space Transportation; Notice of Availability and Request for Comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Houston Spaceport, City of Houston, Harris County, Texas
Document Number: 2014-30558
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-31
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 and requesting comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Houston Spaceport (Draft EA).
Sixty-Second Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 186, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)
Document Number: 2014-30551
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the sixty second meeting of the RTCA Special Committee 186, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B).
Thirtieth Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 224, Airport Security Access Control Systems
Document Number: 2014-30548
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the thirtieth meeting of the RTCA Special Committee 224, Airport Security Access Control Systems.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2014-30635
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-30
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.
Consensus Standards, Inspection and Maintenance of Aircraft Electrical Wiring Systems
Document Number: 2014-30563
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the availability of two revised consensus standards relating to inspection and maintenance of aircraft electrical wiring systems. ASTM International Committee F39 on Aircraft Systems developed the revised standards with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) participation. The consensus standards provide acceptable methods and procedures for inspection and maintenance of electrical wiring systems for normal, utility, acrobatic, and commuter category airplanes. By this notice, the FAA finds the revised standards as acceptable means of compliance to 14 CFR part 23 sections concerning electrical wiring systems.
Prohibition Against Certain Flights Within the Damascus (OSTT) Flight Information Region (FIR)
Document Number: 2014-30377
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action prohibits certain flight operations in the Damascus (OSTT) Flight Information Region (FIR) by all U.S. air carriers; U.S. commercial operators; persons exercising the privileges of a U.S. airman certificate, except when such persons are operating a U.S.-registered aircraft for a foreign air carrier; and operators of U.S.-registered civil aircraft, except when such operators are foreign air carriers. The FAA previously prohibited such flight operations in a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) 4/4936, which was issued on August 18, 2014, and absent this rule, would have remained in effect until December 31, 2014. This Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) adopts the prohibitions currently in effect via the NOTAM, and requires compliance with the prohibitions for 2 years from the date of publication of this final rule, unless the FAA determines that it is necessary to amend or rescind this rule based on the situation in the region. The FAA finds that this action is necessary to address a potential hazard to persons and aircraft engaged in such flight operations.
Prohibition Against Certain Flights in the Simferopol (UKFV) and Dnipropetrovsk (UKDV) Flight Information Regions (FIRs)
Document Number: 2014-30365
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) No. 113, ``Prohibition Against Certain Flights in the Simferopol (UKFV) Flight Information Region (FIR),'' which prohibited certain flight operations in a portion of the Simferopol (UKFV) FIR by all U.S. air carriers; U.S. commercial operators; persons exercising the privileges of a U.S. airman certificate, except when such persons are operating a U.S.-registered aircraft for a foreign air carrier; and operators of U.S.-registered civil aircraft, except when such operators are foreign air carriers. This action expands the area in which flight operations by persons subject to SFAR No. 113 are prohibited, to include all of the Simferopol (UKFV) FIR, as well as the entire Dnipropetrovsk (UKDV) FIR. The FAA finds this action to be necessary to prevent a potential hazard to persons and aircraft engaged in such flight operations.
Notice of a Land Release Affecting Federal Grant Assurance Obligations at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona
Document Number: 2014-30361
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes to rule and invites public comment on the application for a land release of approximately 60 acres of airport property at Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Pima County, Arizona from the aeronautical use provisions of the Grant Agreement Assurances since the land is not needed for airport purposes. The property will be used by Pima County, Arizona to relocate an existing roadway that is too close to United States Air Force Plant Number 4, a military ordnance manufacturing facility. The proposed land release will allow the relocated public roadway to comply with the military safety separation standards from the ordnance facility. The airport will be compensated for the fair market value of the land. The use of the land for a roadway represents a compatible land use that will not interfere with the airport or its operation, thereby protecting the interests of civil aviation.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-30271
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 767 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports that six fasteners may not have been installed in the left and right stringer 37 (S-37) between body station (BS) 428 and 431 lap splices on certain airplanes. This proposed AD would require a general visual inspection of S-37 lap splices for missing fasteners; and all applicable related investigative and corrective actions. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct missing fasteners, which could result in cracks in the fuselage skin that could adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-30270
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-29
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, A330-300, A340-200, A340- 300, A340-500, and A340-600 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of skin disbonding on a composite side panel of a rudder installed on an A310 airplane. This proposed AD would require a review of the maintenance records of the rudder to determine if any composite side shell panel repair has been done; a thermography inspection limited to the repair areas or complete side shells, as applicable, to identify possible in-service rudder repairs, damages, or fluid ingress; and applicable related investigative and corrective actions. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct the rudder skin disbonding, which could affect the structural integrity of the rudder, and could result in reduced controllability of the airplane.
Elimination of the Air Traffic Control Tower Operator Certificate for Controllers Who Hold a Federal Aviation Administration Credential With a Tower Rating; Correction
Document Number: 2014-30269
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is correcting a final rule with request for comments, published on December 16, 2014 (79 FR 74607). In that final rule, the FAA amended its regulations to eliminate the requirement for an air traffic control tower operator to hold a control tower operator certificate if the individual also holds a Federal Aviation Administration Credential with a tower rating (FAA Credential). In that document, the FAA inadvertently made an error in the part heading for 14 CFR part 65. This document corrects that error.
Clarification of Policy Regarding Designated Aircraft Dispatcher Examiners
Document Number: 2014-30230
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces a revision to policy contained in FAA Order 8900.1, regarding the qualification, authority, and limitations of Designated Aircraft Dispatcher Examiners (DADEs). This policy revision will be published in 8900.1, Volume 3, chapter 13, sections 1 through 4, and Volume 5, Chapter 5, Section 10. This policy provides guidance to FAA employees on the responsibilities, qualifications, and oversight of DADEs under 14 CFR part 183. Under this revision, the FAA is clarifying its policy regarding the qualifications, privileges, and limitations of these designees, in addition to establishing guidelines for DADEs when testing applicants for an Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate.
Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Division Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2014-30283
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is correcting an airworthiness directive (AD) that published in the Federal Register. That AD applies to all Pratt & Whitney Division (PW) PW4074, PW4074D, PW4077, PW4077D, PW4084D, PW4090, and PW4090-3 turbofan engine models with certain second-stage high-pressure turbine (HPT) air seals installed. The time required to perform the initial eddy current inspection (ECI) in the Compliance section is incorrect. This document corrects that error. In all other respects, the original document remains the same.
Membership in the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group Aviation Rulemaking Committee
Document Number: 2014-30263
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Park Service (NPS) are inviting interested persons to apply to fill two existing openings and one upcoming opening on the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). The two existing openings represent environmental concerns and the upcoming opening represents Native American interests. Selected members will each serve 3-year terms.
Twenty Seventh Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 213, Enhanced Flight Vision Systems/Synthetic Vision Systems (EFVS/SVS)
Document Number: 2014-30262
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the twenty seventh meeting of the RTCA Special Committee 213, Enhanced Flight Vision Systems/Synthetic Vision Systems (EFVS/SVS).
Seventeenth Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 222, AMS(R)S
Document Number: 2014-30260
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the seventeenth meeting of the RTCA Special Committee 222, Inmarsat AMS(R)S. The purpose of this meeting is threefold. First, we will consider the draft Change 4 to DO-210D. The draft will be submitted to the workspace no later than close of business Eastern time on January 12. Second, we will consider a work plan to progress development of Iridium NEXT material for DO-343, as approved by the PMC on December 16, 2014. Third, we will consider a work plan to progress cooperation with Eurocae WG-82, as approved by the PMC on December 16, 2014.
Establishment of Policy Regarding Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Courses
Document Number: 2014-30221
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice announces the availability of additional supporting documents and an extension of the comment period for the proposed policy applicable to Aircraft Dispatcher Certification Courses, which was published in this docket on October 22, 2014.
Airworthiness Directives; International Aero Engines AG Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2014-30194
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2012-09- 09 that applies to all International Aero Engines AG (IAE) V2500-A1, V2525-D5, and V2528-D5 turbofan engines, and certain serial numbers (S/ Ns) of IAE V2522-A5, V2524-A5, V2527-A5, V2527E-A5, V2527M-A5, V2530- A5, and V2533-A5 turbofan engines. AD 2012-09-09 currently requires cleaning, eddy current inspection (ECI) or fluorescent penetrant inspection (FPI), and initial and repetitive ultrasonic inspections (USIs) of certain high-pressure compressor (HPC) stage 3 to 8 drums, as well as replacement of the drum attachment nuts. Since we issued AD 2012-09-09, we discovered that additional attachment nuts for certain HPC stage 3 to 8 drums are affected. This proposed AD would expand the affected population for initial and repetitive USIs of the HPC stage 3 to 8 drum, revise the inspection intervals, require removal of the affected attachment nuts and any HPC stage 3 to 8 drum found cracked, and require a mandatory terminating action. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the HPC stage 3 to 8 drum, which could result in uncontained drum failure, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-30132
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400D, and 747SR series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of a cracked reveal made from a casting found within a group of airplanes that should have machined reveals made only from 6061 aluminum. This AD requires an inspection to determine the material of the number 3 main entry door (MED) corner reveal, repetitive inspections of certain reveals for cracking, and corrective action if necessary. This AD also requires repetitive inspections for cracking of 6061 machined aluminum one-piece corner reveals, and replacement with 6061 machined aluminum two-piece corner reveals if necessary, which terminates certain repetitive inspections. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the lower forward corner reveal of the number 3 MEDs, which could lead to the door escape slide departing the airplane when the door is opened and the slide is deployed, and consequent injuries to passengers and crew using the door escape slide during an emergency evacuation.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-30131
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 97-11-07 and AD 99-18-23, which apply to all The Boeing Company Model MD-90-30 airplanes. AD 97-11-07 and AD 99-18-23 required revising the Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to incorporate certain compliance times for principal structural element (PSE) inspections and replacement times for safe-life limited parts. This new AD also requires revising the maintenance or inspection program to incorporate a new PSE requirement for the rear spar caps of the horizontal stabilizer and its associated inspections, which would terminate certain inspections of the horizontal stabilizer rear spar. This AD was prompted by an analysis of data that identified a need to introduce a new PSE requirement for the rear spar caps of the horizontal stabilizer. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of PSEs and certain safe-life limited parts, which could adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Alpha Aviation Concept Limited Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-29833
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Alpha Aviation Concept Limited Model R2160 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 paint adherence defects inside the engine air intake box and cohesion defects inside the laminated ducting from the filter to the air intake box. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Notice of Submission Deadline To Amend Slot Records for LaGuardia Airport
Document Number: 2014-29710
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Under this notice, the FAA announces the submission deadline of January 5, 2015, for requests to amend slot records (adjust slot times and arrival/departure designations) at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA).
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2014-29614
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-18
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.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received
Document Number: 2014-29613
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-18
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.
Special Conditions: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-76D Helicopter, Search and Rescue (SAR) Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) Installation
Document Number: 2014-29594
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Sikorsky Model S- 76D helicopter. This model of helicopter, as modified by Sikorsky, will have novel or unusual design features associated with installing an optional SAR AFCS. The applicable airworthiness standards do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. These special conditions contain the additional safety standards the Administrator considers necessary to show a level of safety equivalent to that established by the existing airworthiness standards.
Transport Airplane Fuel Tank and System Lightning Protection
Document Number: 2014-29385
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to amend certain airworthiness regulations for transport category airplanes regarding lightning protection of fuel tanks and systems. This action would establish design requirements for both normal conditions and possible failures of fuel tank structure and systems that could lead to fuel tank explosions, add new maintenance requirements related to lightning protection features, and impose specific requirements for airworthiness limitations in the instructions for continued airworthiness. We would create performance-based standards for prevention of catastrophic fuel vapor ignition caused by lightning by regulating the risk due to both ignition sources and fuel tank flammability. This change would allow designers to take advantage of flammability reduction technologies whose effectiveness was not foreseen when earlier revisions to these rules were written. This change would also relieve some of the administrative burdens created by the current regulations. These proposed amendments are based on recommendations from the Large Airplane Fuel System Lightning Protection Aviation Rulemaking Committee (Lightning ARC).
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-29484
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747-8 and 747-8F airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by an analysis, which determined that in a limited flight envelope with specific conditions, divergent flutter could occur during a high g-load maneuver in combination with certain system failures. This proposed AD would require replacing the lateral control electronic (LCE) modules, replacing the inboard elevator power control packages (PCPs), installing new external compensators for the PCPs, and revising the maintenance or inspection program. We are proposing this AD to prevent certain system failures from resulting in divergent flutter, and subsequent loss of continued safe flight and landing.
Public Notice for Waiver for Aeronautical Land-Use Assurance at New Braunfels Regional Airport, New Braunfels, TX
Document Number: 2014-29269
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-12-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is considering a proposal to change a portion of the airport from aeronautical use to nonaeronautical use and to authorize the conversion of the airport property. The proposal consists of one parcel of land containing a total of approximately 3.09 acres located on the east side of the airport, along FM 758. The parcel was originally acquired as federal surplus property in 1969. The land comprising this parcel is outside the forecasted need for aviation development and, thus, is no longer needed for indirect or direct aeronautical use. The airport wishes to develop this land for compatible commercial, nonaeronautical use. The income from the conversion of this parcel will benefit the aviation community by reinvestment in the airport. Approval does not constitute a commitment by the FAA to financially assist in the conversion of the subject airport property nor a determination of eligibility for grant-in-aid funding from the FAA. The disposition of proceeds from the conversion of the airport property will be in accordance with FAA's Policy and Procedures Concerning the Use of Airport Revenue, published in the Federal Register on February 16, 1999. In accordance with Section 47107(h) of Title 49, United States Code, this notice is required to be published in the Federal Register 30 days before modifying the land-use assurance that requires the property to be used for an aeronautical purpose.
Elimination of the Air Traffic Control Tower Operator Certificate for Controllers Who Hold a Federal Aviation Administration Credential With a Tower Rating
Document Number: 2014-29386
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This rulemaking eliminates the requirement for an air traffic control tower operator to hold a control tower operator certificate if the individual also holds a Federal Aviation Administration Credential with a tower rating (FAA Credential). The requirement to hold both the control tower operator certificate and the FAA Credential is redundant since the underlying requirements for the FAA Credential encompass those of the control tower operator certificate. This action will reduce the FAA's burden of administering redundant programs for those individuals who hold an FAA Credential.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-29228
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A300 series airplanes; Airbus 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); and Airbus Model A310 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of early ruptures on the levers of the nose landing gear (NLG) sequence valve. This AD requires a one-time inspection for damage of the landing gear sequence valve levers and pin shearing indicating areas on the NLG and the main landing gears (MLGs); and depending on findings, replacing the sequence valve and lever, or doing a one-time inspection to detect interference between control rods and sequence valves and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct interference between a landing gear leg and door, which could result in failure of that landing gear to extend and could damage the airplane and injure occupants.
Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Aviation Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-29225
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 2000 and FALCON 2000EX airplanes. This AD was prompted by a design review, which revealed that the forward servicing compartment (FSC) is configured with tie-down points. This AD requires inspecting the FSC for installed tie-down points, and removing those tie-down points. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct installed tie-down points, which could lead to inadvertent use of the FSC as a cargo compartment, which could result in damage to the structure of the airplane or potential risk of fire.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-29190
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of fatigue cracking in the skin assembly and bear strap of the aft lower corner of the forward airstair stowage doorway. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking of the skin assembly and bear strap of the forward airstair stowage doorway; post-repair and post-modification inspections for certain airplanes; and related investigative and corrective actions, if necessary. This AD also provides optional terminating actions for certain inspections. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking, which could result in rapid loss of cabin pressure.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-29174
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A320-211, -212, -214, -231, -232, and -233 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of cracking at the splice plate of the frame (FR) 47 butt joint crossing area found during full-scale fatigue testing. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking of both sides of the splice plate of that frame butt joint crossing area, and corrective action if necessary. This AD also provides for an optional modification, which terminates the repetitive inspections. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the splice plate of the FR 47 butt joint crossing area, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Hazen, NV
Document Number: 2014-29270
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at the Hazen VHF Omni-Directional Radio Range Tactical Air Navigation Aid (VORTAC), Hazen, NV, to facilitate vectoring of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft under control of Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of aircraft operations within the National Airspace System.
Amendment of Restricted Area Boundary Descriptions; Cape Canaveral, FL
Document Number: 2014-29268
Type: Unknown
Date: 2014-12-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action makes minor adjustments to the boundary descriptions of restricted areas R-2932, R-2933, R-2934 and R-2935 at Cape Canaveral, FL. The changes are required based on more accurate digital plotting of points that revealed minor mismatches between adjacent boundaries. The R-2933 description is also amended to remove exclusionary wording that no longer applies.
Airworthiness Directives; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Type Certificate Previously Held by Schweizer Aircraft Corporation) Helicopters
Document Number: 2014-29260
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (type certificate previously held by Schweizer Aircraft) (Sikorsky) Model 269D and Model 269D Configuration A helicopters. This proposed AD would require reducing the life limit of the ring gear carrier assembly. This proposed AD is prompted by cracks in the ring gear carrier assembly. The proposed actions are intended to reduce the life of the ring gear carrier assembly to prevent failure of the main rotor transmission, loss of engine power to the main rotor, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-29234
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain the Boeing Company Model 737-700, -800, and -900ER series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of troughs in the skin along the chem-mill pocket edges of certain fuselage crown skin panel assemblies. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections to detect cracking in the crown skin panel assembly. This proposed AD would also provide optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracking from troughs in the chem-mill pocket edges, which could lead to rapid decompression of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-29233
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A319 and A320 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report that fatigue cracking could appear at certain fastener locations in the longeron area below the emergency exit cut- outs. This proposed AD is intended to complete certain mandated programs intended to support the airplane reaching its limit of validity (LOV) of the engineering data that support the established structural maintenance program. This proposed AD would require modification of eight fastener locations in the longeron area below the emergency exit cut-outs on the left-hand (LH) and right-hand (RH) sides. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracking at certain fastener locations in the longeron area below the emergency exit cut-outs, which could lead to failure of the fasteners and reduced structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-29232
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2013-14- 05, which applies to certain The Boeing Company Model 747-400 and 747- 400F series airplanes. AD 2013-14-05 currently requires repetitive inspections of the longeron extension fittings for cracking, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. AD 2013-14- 05 also provides optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections. Since we issued AD 2013-14-05, we determined that more work is necessary on airplanes on which a terminating action (permanent repair, longeron extension fitting replacement, or modification) was accomplished. This proposed AD would continue to require the requirements of AD 2013-14-05, and would add new repetitive high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspections of any modified, repaired, or replaced longeron extension fitting for cracking, and applicable related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracks in the longeron extension fittings, which can become large and adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Maxwell, CA
Document Number: 2014-29185
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at the Maxwell VHF Omni-Directional Radio Range Tactical Air Navigation Aid (VORTAC), Maxwell, CA, to facilitate vectoring of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft under control of Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of aircraft operations within the National Airspace System.
Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Coaldale, NV
Document Number: 2014-29184
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-12-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at the Coaldale VHF Omni-Directional Radio Range Tactical Air Navigation Aid (VORTAC), Coaldale, NV, to facilitate vectoring of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft under control of Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of aircraft operations within the National Airspace System.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-28926
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports from multiple operators that have found fatigue cracking in the corners of the forward galley service doorway. This AD requires repetitive inspections for any cracking of the skin and bear strap doublers in the corners of the forward galley service doorway, and corrective action if necessary. This AD also provides optional terminating actions for certain repetitive inspections. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking, which could result in rapid loss of cabin pressure.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-28924
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-12
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 issuance of revised certification maintenance requirements for the horizontal stabilizer trim actuator (HSTA). This AD requires revising the maintenance or inspection program. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct premature wear and cracking of the HSTAs, which could result in reduced structural integrity and reduced control of the airplane due to the failure of system components.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-28923
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2010-13-04 for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes. AD 2010-13- 04 required modifying the nose landing gear (NLG) trailing arm. This new AD requires installing a new pivot pin retention mechanism. This new AD also adds airplanes to the applicability. This AD was prompted by a report of several missing or damaged pivot pin retention bolts. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the pivot pin retention bolt, which could result in a loss of directional control or loss of a NLG tire during take-off or landing.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-28916
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 777 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of corroded, migrated, or broken spring pins of the girt bar floor fitting; in one case the broken pins prevented a door escape slide from deploying during a maintenance test. This AD requires replacing the existing spring pins at each passenger entry door at both girt bar floor fittings with new spring pins. We are issuing this AD to prevent broken or migrated spring pins of the girt bar floor fittings, which could result in improper deployment of the escape slide/raft and consequent delay and injury during evacuation of passengers and crew from the cabin in the event of an emergency.
Airworthiness Directives; Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Helicopters
Document Number: 2014-28913
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2008-14-02 for Agusta Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. AD 2008-14-02 required inspecting the fuselage frame to detect fatigue cracks which could lead to structural failure and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. Since we issued AD 2008-14-02, Agusta developed a frame reinforcement modification, which supports extending the interval for inspecting the fuselage frame for a fatigue crack. This new AD requires inspecting the fuselage frame for a crack and reduces the applicability from AD 2008- 14-02 to exclude helicopters with the frame reinforcement modification. The actions of this AD are intended to detect a fatigue crack that could result in failure of the fuselage frame and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Pilatus Aircraft Limited Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-28730
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-12-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an airworthiness directive (AD) 2013-11-08 for Pilatus Aircraft Limited 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 a need to incorporate new revisions into the aircraft maintenance manual or in the limitations document of the FAA-approved maintenance program. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.