Federal Aviation Administration September 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Proposed Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace; Salem, OR
Document Number: 2015-23508
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify Class D airspace, Class E surface area airspace, and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at McNary Field, Salem, OR. After further review, the FAA found some airspace unnecessary for Standard Instrument Approach Procedures for Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee; Open Meeting
Document Number: 2015-23512
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Pursuant to Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 5 U.S.C. App. 2), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC). The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesday, October 21, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the National Transportation Safety Board Conference Center, 429 L'Enfant Plaza SW., Washington, DC 20594. This will be the 61st meeting of the COMSTAC. The proposed schedule for the COMSTAC working group meetings on October 20 is below:
Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee-New Task
Document Number: 2015-23433
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA assigned the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC) a new task to provide recommendations on how the agency can utilize external training providers for its new-hire air traffic controller training program. The ongoing modernization of the air traffic control system, NextGen, will continually introduce advanced tools and procedures to enhance the safety and efficiency of the National Airspace System. Controllers will continue to need to know basic air traffic control skills but will also need to understand how to operate in the future operational environment. The FAA seeks to transform the air traffic controller training structure by shifting the Agency's focus from basic air traffic control qualification training to training the certified controller work force on advanced NextGen tools and procedures. This would mirror the changes that were required in the pilot community. The Agency is exploring alternative options to utilize external training provider capabilities that would expose prospective air traffic controllers to the profession. It would also provide a level of training commensurate to the current Air Traffic Basic Qualification Training, before or during the FAA controller hiring process. This notice informs the public of the new ARAC activity and solicits membership for the new Air Traffic Controller Basic Qualification Training Working Group.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-23420
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) that proposed to supersede AD 2006-22-15 for all The Boeing Company Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747- 200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400D, 747-400F, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes. AD 2006-22-15 requires repetitive inspections for cracking of certain panel webs and stiffeners of the nose wheel well (NWW), and corrective actions if necessary; and replacement of certain panels with new panels, which terminates the repetitive inspections. The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposed to reduce a compliance time and add certain inspections and applicable repair. The NPRM was prompted by reports of fatigue cracking in the panel webs and stiffeners of the NWW found prior to the inspection threshold of AD 2006-22-15. This action revises the NPRM by specifying a repetitive inspection interval for a certain NWW area inspection. We are proposing this SNPRM to prevent fatigue cracking of the NWW side and top panels, which could result in a NWW depressurization event severe enough to reduce the structural integrity of the fuselage. Since these actions impose an additional burden over that proposed in the NPRM, we are reopening the comment period to allow the public the chance to comment on these proposed changes.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-23409
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes; Model A330-200 Freighter series airplanes; and Model A340-200, -300, -500, and -600 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of chafed wiring at the upper left corner of the cockpit door. The affected wire bundle was not grounded on the cockpit door frame. This proposed AD would require modifying the cockpit door frame structure, installing bonding-leads to the upper cockpit door frame, and modifying the upper cockpit door plate cover. We are proposing this AD to prevent electrical shock injury to persons contacting the cockpit door.
Airworthiness Directives; Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-23408
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Fokker Services B.V. Model F.27 Mark 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, and 700 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a design review conducted by Fokker Services B.V. that indicated no controlled bonding provisions were present on many critical locations outside the fuel tank or connected to the fuel tank wall. This proposed AD would require installing the additional bonding provisions, and revising the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, by incorporating fuel airworthiness limitation items and critical design configuration control limitations. We are proposing this AD to prevent an ignition source in the fuel tank vapor space, which could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-23328
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014-14- 06 for all Airbus Model A318-111 and -112 airplanes; Model A319-111, - 112, -113, -114, and -115 airplanes; Model A320-111, -211, -212, and - 214 airplanes; and Model A321-111, -112, -211, -212, and -213 airplanes. AD 2014-14-06 currently requires inspecting the aft engine mount retainers for surface finish, cracks, and failure, and replacement if necessary. Since we issued AD 2014-14-06, inspection results have shown that the main cause of crack initiation remains the vibration dynamic effect that affects both retainers, either with ``dull'' or ``bright'' surface finishes. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections for damage, cracks, broken, and missing aft engine mount retainers, and replacement if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct failure of retainer brackets of the aft engine mount and consequent loss of the locking feature of the nuts of the inner and outer pins; loss of the pins will result in the aft mount engine link no longer being secured to the aft engine mount.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Tracy, CA
Document Number: 2015-23271
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action corrects an error in a final rule published in the Federal Register of August 31, 2015, by amending the geographic coordinates of Tracy Municipal Airport, Tracy, CA, in Class E airspace. This does not affect the boundaries or operating requirements of the airspace.
Discontinuation of Airport Advisory Service in the Contiguous United States, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii
Document Number: 2015-21784
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action discontinues the availability Airport Advisory services within the contiguous United States, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii. The FAA is taking this action because the frequency of Remote Airport Advisories service use at the 19 locations within the contiguous United States, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii, no longer justifies the continuation of the service due to the lack of productivity.
IFR Altitudes; Miscellaneous Amendments
Document Number: 2015-23265
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This amendment adopts miscellaneous amendments to the required IFR (instrument flight rules) altitudes and changeover points for certain Federal airways, jet routes, or direct routes for which a minimum or maximum en route authorized IFR altitude is prescribed. This regulatory action is needed because of changes occurring in the National Airspace System. These changes are designed to provide for the safe and efficient use of the navigable airspace under instrument conditions in the affected areas.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Human Response to Aviation Noise in Protected Natural Areas Survey
Document Number: 2015-23192
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-16
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 June 22, 2015. This research is important for establishing the scientific basis for air tour management policy decisions in the National Parks as mandated by the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments; Revision of an Existing Information Collection: Medical Standards and Certification
Document Number: 2015-23191
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the FAA invites public comments about our intention to request OMB approval to revise an existing information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on June 22, 2015. The information collected is used to determine if applicants are medically qualified to perform the duties associated with the class of airman medical certificate sought. The FAA intends to revise the information it is collecting via FAA form 8500-8, in part, to respond to recommendations made in an April 2014 General Services Administration report entitled ``FAA Should Improve Usability of its Online Application System and Clarity of the Pilot's Medical Form.'' This change will have a negligible effect on the estimated time to complete form 8500-8.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Flight Plans
Document Number: 2015-23190
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-16
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. Flight plan information is used to govern the flight of aircraft for the protection and identification of aircraft, property, and persons on the ground. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on June 22, 2015. A comment was received suggesting that the original effective date of October 1, 2015 for the removal of form 7233-1 from public use is too soon to acclimate respondents to the process change. FAA has revised the effective date to October 1, 2016 for the civilian burden for flight plan information, both domestic and international to be collected via form 7233-4, FAA International Flight Plan.
Office of Hazardous Materials Safety
Document Number: 2015-23188
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
In preparation for the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel (DGP) meeting to be held October 19-October 30, 2015, in Montreal, Canada, the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Office of Hazardous Materials Safety and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) Office of Hazardous Materials Safety announce a public meeting.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-23121
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-16
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 latently failed fuel shutoff valves discovered during fuel filter replacement. This AD requires revising the maintenance or inspection program to include a new airworthiness limitation. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct latent failures of the fuel shutoff valve to the engine, which could result in the inability to shut off fuel to the engine and, in case of certain engine fires, an uncontrollable fire that could lead to wing failure.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company
Document Number: 2015-23120
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 757 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of latently failed fuel shutoff valves discovered during fuel filter replacement. This AD requires revising the maintenance or inspection program to include new airworthiness limitations. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct latent failures of the fuel shutoff valve to the engine and auxiliary power unit (APU), which could result in the inability to shut off fuel to the engine and APU and, in case of certain fires, an uncontrollable fire that could lead to structural failure.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-23119
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 767 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of latently failed fuel shutoff valves discovered during fuel filter replacement. This AD requires revising the maintenance or inspection program to include new airworthiness limitations. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct latent failures of the fuel shutoff valve to the engine and auxiliary power unit (APU), which could result in the inability to shut off fuel to the engine and APU and, in case of certain fires, an uncontrollable fire that could lead to structural failure.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-23117
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-16
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 latently failed fuel shutoff valves discovered during fuel filter replacement. This AD requires revising the maintenance or inspection program to include new airworthiness limitations. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct latent failures of the fuel shutoff valve to the engine, which could result in the inability to shut off fuel to the engine and, in case of certain engine fires, an uncontrollable fire that could lead to wing failure.
Special Conditions: Bombardier Aerospace Inc. Model BD-500-1A10 and BD-500-1A11 Airplanes; Flight-Envelope Protection, High Incidence Protection Function
Document Number: 2015-23101
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Bombardier Aerospace Inc. Model BD-500-1A10 and -A11 airplanes. These airplanes will have a novel or unusual design feature when compared to the state of technology and design envisioned in the airworthiness standards for transport-category airplanes. This design feature is a high incidence protection system that limits the angle of attack at which the airplane can be flown during normal low-speed operation. 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: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Model GVII-G500 Airplanes; Limit Engine Torque Loads
Document Number: 2015-23100
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Gulfstream Model GVII-G500 airplane. These airplanes have a novel or unusual design feature as compared to the state of technology envisioned in the airworthiness standards for transport category airplanes. This design feature includes engine size and the potential torque loads imposed by sudden engine stoppage. 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: Dassault Aviation Model Falcon 5X Airplane, Pilot-Compartment View Through Hydrophobic Windshield Coatings in Lieu of Windshield Wipers
Document Number: 2015-23099
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Dassault Model Falcon 5X airplane. This airplane will have a novel or unusual design feature when compared to the state of technology envisioned in the airworthiness standards for transport-category airplanes. This design feature is hydrophobic windshield coatings in lieu of windshield wipers. 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.
Proposed Revocation and Establishment of Class E Airspace; Bowman, ND
Document Number: 2015-22972
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at Bowman, ND. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at Bowman Regional Airport, for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations. Class E airspace would be removed at Bowman Municipal Airport, Bowman, ND, due to closure of the air traffic control tower.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-22926
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 747-400F series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by an analysis of the production methods used to increase fatigue resistance of the upper closure fittings at the nose cargo door portal's C-3 frame, which indicated that cracking could start too early to be caught in a timely manner by the inspection or maintenance program. This proposed AD would require inspections of the upper closure fitting and connected strap and doubler at the nose cargo door portal for cracking, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct such cracking, which could result in sudden decompression and loss of the airplane's structural integrity.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-22924
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 97-07-14, for certain Airbus Model A320-111, -211, and -231 airplanes. AD 97-07-14 required modification of an area on the front spar of the wing center section by installing shims and new fasteners to reinforce pressure floor fittings. This new AD continues to require modifying the rib flange on the front spar of the wing center section by installing shims and new fasteners to reinforce pressure floor fittings; and requires repetitive high frequency eddy current inspections for cracking of the radius of the rib flanges and vertical stiffener at frame 36, a rototest inspection for cracking of the fastener holes of the rib flanges, repair if needed, and adding additional airplanes to the applicability. This AD was prompted by the need for repetitive inspections on airplanes on which the modification of the rib flange on the front spar of the wing center section has been done. We are issuing this AD to prevent fatigue cracking on the rib flange area of the front spar of the wing center section, which can reduce the structural integrity of fuselage frame 36 and the wing center section.
Airworthiness Directives; CFM International S.A. Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2015-22598
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain CFM International S.A. (CFM) CFM56-7B and CFM56-3 turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by a report of an uncommanded in-flight shutdown (IFSD) on a CFM CFM56-7B engine following rupture of the 73-tooth gearshaft located in the engine accessory gearbox (AGB). This AD requires AGB/transfer gearbox (TGB) magnetic chip detector (MCD) inspection of the affected gearshafts until removal. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of certain engine AGB gearshafts, which could lead to failure of one or more engines, loss of thrust control, and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2015-21458
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211 Trent 768-60, 772-60, and 772B-60 turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by fuel leaks caused by damage to the fan case low-pressure (LP) fuel tube. This AD requires inspection of the fan case LP fuel tubes and associated clips and the fuel oil heat exchanger (FOHE) mounts and associated hardware. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the fan case LP fuel tube, which could lead to an in-flight engine shutdown, loss of thrust control, and damage to the airplane.
Sixteenth Meeting: NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC)
Document Number: 2015-23071
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the sixteenth NextGen Advisory Committee meeting.
Proposed Amendment of Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes; Northeast United States
Document Number: 2015-22876
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify jet routes J-6, J-97, and J- 222, and VOR Federal airways V-196, and V-489, in the northeastern United States due to the planned decommissioning of the Plattsburgh, NY, VORTAC facility.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-22724
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2012-12- 04, which applies to certain The Boeing Company Model 737-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. AD 2012-12-04 currently requires repetitive external detailed inspections and nondestructive inspections to detect cracks in the fuselage skin along the chem-mill steps at stringers S-1 and S-2R, between station (STA) 400 and STA 460, and repair if necessary. Since we issued AD 2012-12-04, we have determined that, for certain airplanes, the skin pockets adjacent to the Air Traffic Control (ATC) antenna are susceptible to widespread fatigue damage. This proposed AD would require a preventive modification of the fuselage skin at crown stringers S-1 and S-2R. This proposed AD would reduce inspection thresholds and repetitive intervals for certain airplanes. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the fuselage skin panels at the chem-mill steps, which could result in sudden fracture and failure of the fuselage skin panels, and consequent rapid decompression of the airplane.
Farm Credit Administration Board; Sunshine Act; Regular Meeting
Document Number: 2015-22548
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration
Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the Government in the Sunshine Act, of the regular meeting of the Farm Credit Administration Board (Board). Dates and Time: The regular meeting of the Board will be held at the offices of the Farm Credit Administration in McLean, Virginia, on September 10, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until such time as the Board concludes its business.