The Extension of the Expiration Date of the New York North Shore Helicopter Route
The action amends the expiration date of the final rule requiring pilots flying civil helicopters under Visual Flight Rules to use the New York North Shore Helicopter Route when operating along the north shore of Long Island, New York. The current rule expires on August 6, 2014. The FAA finds it necessary to extend this rule for an additional two years to preserve the current operating environment in order to determine whether the mandatory use of this route should be made permanent. The FAA will conduct notice and comment rulemaking on the permanent use of this route. A limited extension of the current rule provides needed time to conduct the appropriate analysis to assess the rule's impact and proper rulemaking procedures.
Airworthiness Directives; Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH Airplanes
We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2006-11-19 for Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH Model Dornier 228-100, 228-101, 228-200, 228- 201, 228-202, and 228-212 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 chafed or damaged wiring on the flight deck overhead panels (5VE and 6VE). We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 727-100 series airplanes. This 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. For certain airplanes, this AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking in stringers or frames until modification, and repair if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking in stringers or frames originating at or near stringer-to-frame attachment fastener holes, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane, and decompression of the cabin.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) Helicopters
We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2003-05-03 for Bell Model 407 helicopters. AD 2003-05-03 required preflight checking and repetitively inspecting for a crack in certain tailbooms that have been redesigned, replacing the tailboom if there is a crack, modifying and re-identifying certain tailbooms, installing an improved horizontal stabilizer assembly, and assigning a 5,000 hour time-in-service (TIS) limit. This new AD retains the requirements of AD 2003-05-03 and requires additional inspection requirements. This AD was prompted by additional reports of cracked tailboom skins. The actions in this AD are intended to prevent separation of the tailboom and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.