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Airworthiness Directives; Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd. Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-18260
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd. Models FA-200-160, FA-200-180, and FA-200-180AO 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 deterioration of brake performance due to seal defects caused by deterioration due to age of the O-rings of the brake master cylinder. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters (Previously Eurocopter France)
Document Number: 2014-18247
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are publishing a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Helicopters Model EC130B4 and EC130T2 helicopters, which was sent previously to all known U.S. owners and operators of these helicopters. This AD requires repetitively inspecting the Fenestron to tailboom junction frame (junction frame) for a crack. This AD is prompted by reports of a crack propagating through the junction frame on two EC130B4 helicopters. These actions are intended to detect a crack and to prevent failure of the junction frame, which could result in loss of the Fenestron and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; MD Helicopters, Inc., Helicopters
Document Number: 2014-18163
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), Model MD900 helicopters. This AD requires an eddy current inspection of the main rotor upper hub assembly (upper hub) for a crack and replacing the upper hub with an airworthy upper hub before further flight if there is a crack. This AD is prompted by a report of cracks on an upper hub at the blade attach holes. The actions specified by this AD are intended to detect a crack in the upper hub to prevent failure of the upper hub and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Mooney International Corporation Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-18016
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Mooney International Corporation Models M20C, M20E, M20M, M20R, and M20TN airplanes. This AD requires inspection of the outer empennage attach fittings for correct thickness with replacement as necessary. This AD was prompted by discovery of empennage attach fittings (Lugs) that do not meet the approved design dimensional requirements, which could result in possible reduction in fatigue or static strength and/or corrosion. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17922
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 89-12-10, for certain The Boeing Company Model 747 airplanes. AD 89-12-10 required replacement of certain underwing fuel tank access doors with stronger, fire-resistant doors. This new AD requires inspecting certain fuel tank access doors for installation of impact-resistant doors, and stencils and index markers; corrective actions if necessary; revising the maintenance program to incorporate certain new airworthiness limitations; and adding airplanes to the applicability. This AD was prompted by a report of a standard access door installed instead of an impact-resistant access door and stencils missing from some impact- resistant access doors and adjacent wing skin. We are issuing this AD to prevent foreign object penetration of the fuel tank, which could cause a fuel leak near an ignition source (e.g., hot brakes or engine exhaust nozzle), consequently leading to a fuel-fed fire.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17548
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900 and -900ER series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of incorrectly installed bolts common to the rear spar termination fitting on the horizontal stabilizer. This AD requires inspecting for a serial number that starts with the letters ``SAIC'' on the left- and right-side horizontal stabilizer identification plate; inspecting for correct bolt protrusion and chamfer of the bolts of the rear spar termination fitting of the horizontal stabilizer, if necessary; inspecting to determine if certain bolts are installed, if necessary; and doing related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to prevent loss of structural integrity of the horizontal stabilizer attachment and loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17315
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems Model SAAB 2000 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of rudder pedal restriction which was the result of water leakage at the inlet tubing of an in-line heater in the lower part of the forward fuselage. This AD requires deactivating the potable water system, or alternatively filling and activating the potable water system. We are issuing this AD to prevent rudder pedal restriction due to the pitch control mechanism becoming frozen as the result of water spray, which could prevent disconnection and normal pitch control, and consequently result in reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-16706
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-05
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of silicon particles inside the oxygen generator manifolds, which had chafed from the mask hoses during installation onto the generator outlets. This AD requires identifying the part number and serial number of each passenger oxygen container, replacing the oxygen generator manifold of any affected oxygen container with a serviceable manifold, and performing an operational check of the manual mask release, and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct non-serviceable oxygen generator manifolds, which could reduce or block the oxygen supply and result in injury to passengers when oxygen supply is needed.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-18401
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-08-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-1A11 (CL-600), CL-600-2A12 (CL- 601), and CL-600-2B16 (CL-601-3A, CL-601-3R, and CL-604 Variants) airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a determination that the forward lugs of the flap hinge box might not conform to engineering drawings, which could result in premature fatigue cracking. This proposed AD would require revising the maintenance or inspection program to include new airworthiness limitations tasks; and measuring the forward lug edge distance of each flap hinge box, and inspecting for cracking and damage (i.e., deformation or bearing failure) of the forward lug edge of each flap hinge box, and repair if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct non-conforming flap hinge box forward lugs, which could result in failure of the lugs and detachment of the flap hinge box and consequent detachment of the flap surface.
Airworthiness Directives; Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-18373
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-08-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Fokker Services B.V. Model F.28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of two cases of heavy (hard to move) aileron control caused by aileron cables stuck in a clump of ice in the wheel bay. This proposed AD would require installing drain tubes on the center wing rear spar. We are proposing this AD to prevent accumulated water near or on the aileron control cables, which could freeze and result in reduced control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-18367
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-08-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report indicating that inboard and outboard hydraulic lines of the brakes were found connected to the incorrect ports on the swivel assembly of the main landing gear (MLG). This proposed AD would require modifying the MLG by installing a new bracket on the left and right lower aft-wing planks. We are proposing this AD to prevent incorrect installation of the brake hydraulic lines, which could cause the brakes and the anti-skid system to operate incorrectly, and cause catastrophic failure of the airplane during a high-speed rejected takeoff.
Airworthiness Directives; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Helicopters
Document Number: 2014-17923
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-92A helicopter. This AD requires revising the Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) to include the appropriate operating limitations for performing Class D external load- combination operations. This AD was prompted by an inaccurate RFM provision, which was approved without appropriate limitations for this model helicopter for carrying Class D external rotorcraft-load combinations, including human external cargo (HEC). The actions are intended to require appropriate operating limitations to allow operators to perform Class D external load-combination operations, including HEC, in this model helicopter that now meets the Category A performance standard.
Special Conditions: Airbus Model A350-900 Series Airplane; Electronic Flight-Control System (EFCS) To Limit Pitch and Roll
Document Number: 2014-18176
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Airbus Model A350- 900 airplane. This airplane will have a novel or unusual design feature associated with the electronic flight-control system (EFCS) that limits pitch- and roll-attitude functions. 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.
Special Conditions: Airbus Model A350-900 Airplane; Control-Surface Awareness and Mode Annunciation
Document Number: 2014-18175
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for Airbus Model A350-900 airplanes. These airplanes have a novel or unusual design feature associated with control-surface awareness and mode annunciation provided by the electronic flight-control system. 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.
Airworthiness Directives; Pacific Aerospace Limited Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-18144
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-08-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Pacific Aerospace Limited Model 750XL airplanes that would supersede AD 2014-04-03. 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 broken control column attachment bolts failing in service. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace; Hartford, CT
Document Number: 2014-18067
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class D and Class E Airspace at Hartford, CT, by updating the geographic coordinates of Hartford-Brainard Airport. This action does not change the boundaries or operating requirements of the airspace.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17996
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2003-18-10 for certain The Boeing Company Model 767 airplanes. AD 2003-18-10 required revising the Airworthiness Limitations Section of the maintenance planning data (MPD) document. This new AD also requires revising the maintenance program to incorporate an additional limitation, which terminates the existing requirements; and adds airplanes to the applicability. This AD was prompted by a re-evaluation of certain doors and flaps based on their fatigue-critical nature. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the principal structural elements (PSEs), which could adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Beechcraft Corporation Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17921
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Beechcraft Corporation (Type Certificate Previously Held by Hawker Beechcraft Corporation; Raytheon Aircraft Company; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Inc. Ltd.) Model MU-300 airplanes, and Beechcraft Corporation (Type Certificate Previously Held by Hawker Beechcraft Corporation; Raytheon Aircraft Company; Beech Aircraft Corporation) Model 400, 400A, and 400T airplanes. This AD was prompted by multiple reports of fatigue cracking in the horizontal stabilizer ribs. This AD requires repetitive inspections of the horizontal stabilizer rib assemblies for cracking, and replacement if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct such cracking, which could result in the failure of the horizontal stabilizer and loss of pitch control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17782
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A319-111, -112, -115, -132, and -133 airplanes; Model A320-214, -232, and -233 airplanes; and Model A321-211, -231, and -232 airplanes. This AD requires a detailed inspection for missing fasteners on the frame between certain stringers; for certain airplanes, a rototest inspection of the fastener holes for cracking; and corrective actions if necessary. This AD was prompted by a report that when the cabin lining was removed during a cabin conversion it was discovered that fasteners were missing on the frame. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct missing fasteners which, if not corrected, could affect the structural integrity of the airframe and could result in rapid decompression.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17468
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A330-200 Freighter, A330-200 and -300, and A340-200, -300, -500, and -600 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reassessment of an unsafe condition related to MZ-type spoiler servo-controls (SSCs) that did not remain locked in the retracted position (hydraulic locking function) after manual depressurization of the corresponding hydraulic circuit. This reassessment resulted in the determination that performing repetitive operational tests of all SSC types is necessary. This AD requires repetitive operational tests of the hydraulic locking function on each SSC installed on the blue or yellow hydraulic circuits, and replacing any affected SSC with a serviceable SSC. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct loss of the hydraulic locking function during take-off, which, in combination with one inoperative engine, could result in reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17467
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702) airplanes, Model CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705) airplanes, Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes, and Model CL- 600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes. This AD was prompted by two in-service reports of fracture of the rudder pedal tubes installed on the pilot-side rudder bar assembly. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking and damage of the pilot-side rudder pedal tubes, and corrective action if necessary. This AD also provides optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracked and damaged pilot-side rudder pedal tubes, which could result in loss of function of the pilot's rudder pedal during flight, takeoff, or landing, and could result in reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Beechcraft Corporation (Type Certificate Previously Held by Hawker Beechcraft Corporation; Raytheon Aircraft Company) Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17325
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-08-01
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Beechcraft Corporation (Type Certificate Previously Held by Hawker Beechcraft Corporation; Raytheon Aircraft Company) Model Hawker 800XP, 850XP, and 900XP airplanes. This AD was prompted by a design review that revealed there were no instructions to apply sealant to structural components in the fuel tank during the winglet installation process. This AD requires an inspection for the presence of sealant on doubler plate edges, doubler plate rivets, and adjacent skin in the fuel vent surge tanks; and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct missing sealant, which, during a lightning strike, could result in a potential source of ignition in a fuel tank and consequent explosion or fire and subsequent in-flight breakup of the airplane.
Special Conditions: SNECMA, Silvercrest-2 SC-2D; Rated 10-Minute One Engine Inoperative Takeoff Thrust at High Ambient Temperature
Document Number: 2014-18074
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes special conditions for the SNECMA, Silvercrest-2 SC-2D engine model. This engine will have a novel or unusual design featurean additional takeoff rating that increases the exhaust gas temperature (EGT) limit to maintain takeoff thrust in certain high ambient temperature conditions with one engine inoperative (OEI) for a maximum of 10 minutes. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. The proposed 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Use of Certain Personal Oxygen Concentrator (POC) Devices on Board Aircraft
Document Number: 2014-18062
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-31
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. A Special Federal Aviation Regulation requires passengers who intend to use an approved POC to present a physician statement before boarding. The flight crew must then inform the pilot-in-command that a POC is on board.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Notice of Landing Area Proposal
Document Number: 2014-18060
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-31
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. FAA Form 7480-1 (Notice of Landing Area Proposal) is used to collect information about any construction, alteration, or change to the status or use of an airport.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17910
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) airplanes. This AD requires revising the airplane flight manual to incorporate temporary revisions that introduce additional limitations for operation of taxi and landing lights. This AD was prompted by a determination that there is a potential for fuel leakage from auxiliary power unit (APU) boost pump component installations in the right-hand landing lights compartment. We are issuing this AD to advise the flightcrew of the limitations for taxi lights and landing lights to prevent heat generated by the taxi lights and landing lights on the ground reaching the auto-ignition temperature of the fuel, which could potentially ignite any fuel or fumes present in the right-hand landing lights compartment.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Needles, CA
Document Number: 2014-17803
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E airspace at the Needles VHF Omni-Directional Radio Range Tactical Air Navigation Aid (VORTAC), Needles, CA, to facilitate vectoring of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) aircraft under control of Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). This improves the safety and management of IFR operations within the National Airspace System.
Interest in Restructure of Rotorcraft Airworthiness Standards
Document Number: 2014-16999
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-31
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice disposes of public comments received by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in response to a Federal Register notice published on February 22, 2013, requesting comments on a potential restructuring of the rotorcraft airworthiness standards of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 27 (normal category rotorcraft) and 29 (transport category rotorcraft). Specifically, the agency sought comments on the necessity of updates to parts 27 and 29, including whether to change the existing weight- and seat-based applicability standards for normal and transport rotorcraft. Based on the comments received, the FAA is terminating this docket. Commenters indicated a substantial interest in revising or restructuring the certification standards for parts 27 and 29, and the FAA's Rotorcraft Directorate will begin establishing the appropriate forums to involve interested parties.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17930
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2012-09- 07, for certain Airbus Model A319-111, -112, and -132 airplanes; Model A320-111, -211, -212, -214 and -232 airplanes; and Model A321-111, - 211, -212, and -231 airplanes. AD 2012-09-07 currently requires performing an electrical bonding test between the gravity fill re-fuel adaptor and the top skin panels on the left-hand and right-hand wings, and if necessary performing a general visual inspection for corrosion of the component interface and adjacent area, and repairing the gravity fuel adaptor if any corrosion is found. Since we issued AD 2012-09-07, we have determined that more airplanes are subject to the identified unsafe condition due to the installation of an incorrect repair intended to address the identified unsafe condition. This proposed AD would add airplanes to the applicability in AD 2012-09-07, and would require inspecting those airplanes to determine if a repair was done, and doing the electrical bonding test and corrective action if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct corrosion and improper bonding, which, in combination with a lightning strike in this area, could create a source of ignition in a fuel tank, resulting in a fire or explosion, and consequent loss of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters (Previously Eurocopter France) Helicopters
Document Number: 2014-17928
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2010-21- 07 for Eurocopter France (now Airbus Helicopters) Model AS350B3 and EC130B4 helicopters. AD 2010-21-07 currently requires inspecting the pilot's and co-pilot's throttle twist for proper operation of the contactors. This proposed AD would retain the requirements of AD 2010- 21-07, include additional inspection procedures, and revise the inspection interval. These proposed actions are intended to prevent unintended touchdown during a practice autorotation at a flight-idle power setting, damage to the helicopter, and injury to occupants.
Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada
Document Number: 2014-17925
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-30
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) Model 430 helicopters to require inspecting the tail rotor control tube assembly (control tube) and either repairing or replacing the control tube. This proposed AD is prompted by two reports of failure of the control tube bonded clevis. The proposed actions are intended to prevent failure of a control tube bonded clevis, which could lead to failure of the control tube and subsequent loss of helicopter control.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: FAA Safety Briefing Readership Survey
Document Number: 2014-17827
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-29
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 Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on May 12, 2014, vol. 79, no. 91, page 27030-27031. The survey will help the editors learn more about the target audience and how they elect to improve their safety skills/practices, and what they need to know to improve their safety skills/practices. With this information, the editors can craft FAA Safety Briefing content targeted to its audience to help accomplish the FAA and Department of Transportation's mission of improving safety.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: AST Collection of Voluntary Lessons Learned From External Sources
Document Number: 2014-17826
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-29
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 Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on May 2, 2014, vol. 79, no. 85, pages 25170-25171. The FAA/ AST will collect lessons learned from members of the commercial space industry in order to carry out the safety responsibilities in 49 U.S.C. Chapter 701 Section 70103(c).
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Commercial Air Tour Limitations in the Grand Canyon National Park Special Flight Rules Area
Document Number: 2014-17823
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-29
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 Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on May 2, 2014, vol. 79, no. 85, page 25171. The FAA uses the information gathered from Grand Canyon National Park air tour operators to monitor their compliance with the Federal regulations.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of a New Approval of Information Collection: Helicopter Air Ambulance Operator Reports
Document Number: 2014-17821
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for a new information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on August 12, 2013, vol. 78, no. 155, pages 48925-48926. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 included a mandate to begin collection of operational data from Air Ambulance operators. The Act mandates that not later than 2 years after the date of enactment, and annually thereafter, the Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate, a report containing a summary of the data collected. The FAA received a total of 17 responses to the request for public comment. Based on the comments, the FAA has made adjustments in the reporting requirements, frequency of reporting and the format for submission. Specifically, the linkage among the registration number, time of day, flight time, IFR flight time, and base has been removed. Reporting requirements have changed from a ``per flight'' basis to an aggregate basis. Additionally, the reporting requirement has been reduced from a quarterly report to an annual report.
Eleventh Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 227, Standards of Navigation Performance
Document Number: 2014-17820
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the eleventh meeting of the RTCA Special Committee 227, Standards of Navigation Performance.
Sixty-Fourth Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 135, Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment
Document Number: 2014-17819
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the Sixty-Fourth meeting of the RTCA Special Committee 135, Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment.
Twenty First Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 217-Aeronautical Databases Joint with EUROCAE WG-44-Aeronautical Databases
Document Number: 2014-17818
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of RTCA Special Committee 217Aeronautical Databases being held jointly with EUROCAE WG-44Aeronautical Databases.
38th Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 206, Aeronautical Information and Meteorological Data Link Services
Document Number: 2014-17817
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the thirty-eighth meeting of the RTCA Special Committee 206, Aeronautical Information and Meteorological Data Link Services.
Seventeenth Meeting: RTCA Special Committee 225, Rechargeable Lithium Battery and Battery Systems
Document Number: 2014-17816
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-29
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 225, Rechargeable Lithium Battery and Battery Systems.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17781
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2012-19- 11, which applies to certain The Boeing Company Model 737 airplanes. AD 2012-19-11 currently requires incorporating design changes to improve the reliability of the cabin altitude warning system by installing a redundant cabin altitude pressure switch, replacing the aural warning module (AWM) with a new or reworked AWM, and changing certain wire bundles or connecting certain previously capped and stowed wires as necessary. For certain airplanes, AD 2012-19-11 also requires prior or concurrent incorporation of related design changes by modifying the instrument panels, installing light assemblies, modifying the wire bundles, and installing a new circuit breaker, as necessary. Since we issued AD 2012-19-11, we have determined that certain airplanes were not included in the requirement to incorporate related design changes. This proposed AD would add, for certain airplanes, a requirement to incorporate related design changes. This proposed AD also, for certain airplanes, no longer gives credit for accomplishing certain previous actions. We are proposing this AD to prevent the loss of cabin altitude warning, which could delay flightcrew recognition of a lack of cabin pressurization, and could result in incapacitation of the flightcrew due to hypoxia (a lack of oxygen in the body), and consequent loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17780
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2014-07-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2007-13- 05, which applies to all The Boeing Company Model 777 airplanes. AD 2007-13-05 currently requires repetitive measurements of the freeplay of the right and left elevators, rudder, and rudder tab, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. Since we issued AD 2007-13-05, the manufacturer determined that the procedure for the rudder freeplay inspection does not properly detect excessive freeplay in the rudder control load loop. This proposed AD would require repetitive freeplay inspections and lubrication of the right and left elevators, rudder, and rudder tab; and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct flutter, which can cause damage to the control surface structure and consequent loss of control of the airplane.
Notice of Submission Deadline To Amend Slot Records for LaGuardia Airport
Document Number: 2014-17662
Type: Notice
Date: 2014-07-29
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Under this notice, the FAA announces the submission deadline of August 12, 2014, for requests to amend slot records (adjust slot times and arrival/departure designations) at New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA).
Departing IFR/VFR When Weather Reporting Is Not Available
Document Number: 2014-17729
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action will permit the pilot in command of a helicopter air ambulance to assess the weather at a departure point where current weather observations are not available and allow the pilot to depart if the observed ceiling and visibility is greater than certain weather minimums. This action will allow a pilot to utilize the minimum takeoff visibilities depicted in a published obstacle departure procedure, or in the absence of such a procedure, when the pilot observed ceiling and visibility is greater than the minimum ceiling and visibility limitations required by specific helicopter air ambulance rules. This change to the current regulation will permit helicopter air ambulance flights to enter the National Airspace System under Instrument Flight Rules when visibilities and ceilings are below Visual Flight Rules, thus increasing the safety of the flight.
Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Aviation Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17465
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of a crew alerting system message caused by an inversion of the wiring in the slats control manifold (SCM). This AD requires an operational test of the SCM, and replacing the affected SCM with a serviceable SCM if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct inversion of the wiring in the SCM, which could lead to a commanded retraction of the median and outboard slats in flight, and result in reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17316
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-102, -103, -106, -201, -202, -301, -311, and -315 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of a fractured wing-to-fuselage strut attachment joint bolt. This AD requires a torque check of all wing-to-fuselage strut attachment joint bolts, and repair or replacement if necessary. For certain airplanes, this AD also requires a detailed inspection for corrosion, damage, and wear of each wing-to-fuselage strut attachment joint bolt and associated hardware, and replacement if necessary; and a borescope inspection for corrosion and damage of the bore hole and barrel nut threads, and repair or replacement if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fractured strut attachment joint bolts, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the wing-to-fuselage strut attachment joint and subsequent loss of the wing.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17313
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A310-304, -322, -324, and -325 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of insufficient clearance between the fuel quantity indicator (FQI) probes and the adjacent structure and metallic components in the wing fuel tanks. This AD requires a one-time detailed visual inspection for sufficient clearance between FQI probes on both the left-hand side and right-hand side of the trim horizontal stabilizer and the adjacent structure and metallic components in the fuel tanks, and modification if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct insufficient clearance, which could lead to electrical arcing in a fuel tank during a lightning strike, which could result in ignition and consequent fire or explosion in the fuel tank.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17312
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-300, 747-400, and 747-400D series airplanes. This AD was prompted by an evaluation by the design approval holder (DAH) indicating that the upper deck tension ties are subject to widespread fatigue damage (WFD). This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking in the upper deck tension ties, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary; tension tie replacement; and post-replacement repetitive inspections for cracking in the upper deck tension ties, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the upper deck tension ties. Severed or disconnected tension ties at multiple locations could result in rapid decompression and loss of structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-17297
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-28
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Fokker Services B.V. Model F.28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports that the bracket of the rod in the carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) main landing gear (MLG) outboard door had detached. In addition, we received reports of broken recessed heads on titanium attachment bolts of the operating rod brackets on the modified CFRP MLG outboard doors. This AD requires a detailed inspection of the CFRP MLG outboard door for play or cracks in the recessed countersunk heads of the operating rod bracket attachment bolts; replacement of the bolt if necessary; and, for certain airplanes, modification of the CFRP MLG outboard doors and attachment to the MLG. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct the affected MLG from moving to the down and locked position, which could result in MLG collapse during landing or roll- out, and consequent damage to the airplane and injury to passengers.
Special Conditions: Airbus Model A350-900 Airplanes; Lateral-Trim Function Through Differential Flap Setting
Document Number: 2014-17578
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-07-25
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for Airbus Model A350-900 airplanes. These airplanes will have a novel or unusual design feature associated with a lateral-trim function that deploys flaps asymmetrically for airplane lateral-trim control. This function replaces the traditional method of providing airplane lateral trim over a small range through flap and aileron mechanical rigging. 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.