Federal Aviation Administration October 19, 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-26603
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330-200, A330-200 Freighter, A330-300, A340-200, A340- 300, A340-500, and A340-600 series airplanes. This AD requires a detailed inspection of the girt installation of each escape slide and slide raft, and corrective action if necessary. This AD was prompted by a report of incorrect installation of the girt panel on passenger doors and an incorrectly installed quick release (girt) bar into the girt panel of the slide raft. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct incorrect girt installation of the escape slide and slide raft, which could prevent slide deployment during an emergency, and result in reduced evacuation capacity from the airplane and possible injury to occupants.
Proposed Establishment of and Modification to Restricted Areas; Fort Sill, OK
Document Number: 2015-26499
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to establish 2 new restricted areas (R- 5601G and R-5601H) to expand the special use airspace (SUA) complex located at Fort Sill, OK, to provide additional maneuvering airspace for current and planned training activities determined to be hazardous to non-participating aircraft. Specifically, the proposed restricted areas would provide participating fighter or bomber aircraft with laser-firing and maneuvering airspace when training at the Falcon Bombing Range contained in R-5601C, at the West Range Target Area contained in R-5601B, or at the East Range Target Area contained in R- 5601A. In addition, the using agency for all Fort Sill restricted areas would be updated to reflect the current organization tasked with that responsibility. The U.S. Army requested that the FAA take this action to allow realistic training on current tactics developed and refined during recent combat operations for employing hazardous targeting laser systems and weapons capabilities at longer ranges from the target area.
Airworthiness Directives; CFM International S.A. Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2015-26345
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
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 certain CFM International S.A. (CFM) CFM56-7B and CFM56-3 turbofan engines. Four headings in the Compliance section are incorrect. This document corrects the errors. In all other respects, the original document remains the same.
Amendment of Class E Airspace for the Following Louisiana Towns: Jonesboro, LA and Winnfield, LA
Document Number: 2015-26277
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace at Jonesboro Airport, Jonesboro, LA, and David G. Joyce Airport, Winnfield, LA. Decommissioning of the non-directional radio beacons (NDB) and/or cancellation of NDB approaches due to advances in Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities has made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the above airports.
Amendment of Class E Airspace for the Following Nebraska Towns: Albion, NE; Bassett, NE; Lexington, NE
Document Number: 2015-26275
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace at Albion Municipal Airport, Albion, NE; Rock County Airport, Bassett, NE; and Jim Kelly Field Airport, Lexington, NE. Decommissioning of the non-directional radio beacons (NDBs) and/or cancellation of NDB approaches due to advances in Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities has made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the above airports. Also, the geographic coordinates are being updated for Rock County Airport and Jim Kelly Field Airport.
Amendment of Class E Airspace for the Following Missouri Towns: Chillicothe, MO; Cuba, MO; Farmington, MO; Lamar, MO; Mountain View, MO; Nevada, MO; and Poplar Bluff, MO
Document Number: 2015-26273
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace at Chillicothe Municipal Airport, Chillicothe, MO; Cuba Municipal Airport, Cuba, MO; Farmington Regional Airport, Farmington, MO; Lamar Municipal Airport, Lamar, MO; Mountain View Airport, Mountain View, MO; Nevada Municipal Airport, Nevada, MO; and Poplar Bluff Municipal Airport, Poplar Bluff, MO. Decommissioning of the non-directional radio beacons (NDB) and/or cancellation of NDB approaches due to advances in Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities has made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the above airports. Geographic coordinates are also adjusted at Chillicothe Municipal Airport, Chillicothe, MO; Lamar Municipal Airport, Lamar, MO; and Nevada Municipal Airport, Nevada, MO.
Amendment of Class E Airspace; Tekamah, Nebraska
Document Number: 2015-26272
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action amends Class E airspace at Tekamah Municipal Airport, Tekamah, NE. A Class E extension is no longer required due to the decommissioning of the Tekamah VHF Omni-directional radio range (VOR) facility and its associated standard instrument approach procedures (SIAPs). This enhances the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-26230
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. Model PA-46-500TP airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of the wing upper skin joints being manufactured without sealant, which allows water to enter and stay in sealed, bonded stringers. This proposed AD would require inspecting the upper wing surface for sealant; inspecting the wing stringers for water intrusion; inspecting for deformation and corrosion if evidence of water intrusion exists; and taking corrective actions as necessary. We are proposing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters (previously Eurocopter France)
Document Number: 2015-26229
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2010-23- 02 for Eurocopter France (now Airbus Helicopters) Model SA-365N, SA- 365N1, AS-365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters. AD 2010-23-02 currently requires amending the Limitations section of the Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) to limit the never-exceed velocity (VNE) to 150 Knots Indicated Air Speed (KIAS) and to add a 1,500 ft/minute rate of descent (R/D) limitation beyond 140 KIAS. Since we issued AD 2010-23-02, a design change designated as modification (MOD) 0755B28 improved the dynamic behavior of the horizontal stabilizer such that AD actions are not required. This proposed AD would retain the requirements of AD 2010-23-01 and revise the applicability to exclude helicopters with MOD 0755B28. These proposed actions are intended to exclude certain helicopters from the applicability and restrict the VNE on other helicopters to prevent failure of the horizontal stabilizer and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-26223
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A320-214, -232, and -233 airplanes; and Airbus Model A321-211 and -231 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of incorrect installation of jiffy joint connectors on cables connected to certain passenger service units (PSU), which could cause the passenger oxygen container to malfunction if the connector becomes disengaged during flight due to vibration. This proposed AD would require identification of the affected PSUs, and depending on findings, doing applicable related investigative and corrective actions. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the door of the passenger oxygen container to open in the event of airplane decompression, resulting in lack of oxygen supply and consequent injury to occupants.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-26222
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014-17- 51, for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 airplanes. AD 2014- 17-51 currently requires inspecting the inboard flap fasteners of the hinge-box forward fitting at Wing Station (WS) 76.50 and WS 127.25 to determine the orientation and condition of the fasteners, as applicable, and replacement or repetitive inspections of the fasteners if necessary. AD 2014-17-51 also provides for optional terminating action for the requirements of that AD. Since we issued AD 2014-17-51, we have determined that additional action is necessary. This proposed AD would also require accomplishment of the previously optional terminating action. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct incorrectly oriented or fractured fasteners, which could result in premature failure of the fasteners attaching the inboard flap hinge-box forward fitting; failure of the fasteners could lead to the detachment of the flap hinge box and the flap surface, and consequent loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-26221
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 787-8 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of wire chafing caused by a certain left wing spoiler actuator wire not having enough separation from a certain bracket when the spoiler is in the deployed position. This proposed AD would require measuring the separation between a certain electro- mechanical actuator wire of the left wing, spoiler 4, and the support bracket of the flap variable camber trim unit, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct wire chafing, which could result in an electrical short and potential fire in a flammable fluid leakage zone, and possible loss of several functions essential for safe flight.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-26220
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A318; A319; A320; and A321 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of premature aging of certain passenger chemical oxygen generators that resulted in the generators failing to activate. This proposed AD would require an inspection to determine if certain passenger chemical oxygen generators are installed and replacement of affected passenger chemical oxygen generators. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the passenger chemical oxygen generator to activate and consequently not deliver oxygen during an emergency, possibly resulting in injury to the airplane occupants.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-26219
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2010-08-08, which applied to certain Airbus Model A330-243, -341, -342, and -343 airplanes. AD 2010-08-08 required deactivating the water scavenge automatic operation and revising the Limitations section of the airplane flight manual (AFM). We are also removing AD 2011-06-04, which applied to certain Airbus Model A330-243F airplanes. AD 2011-06-04 required revising the Limitations section of the AFM. We issued ADs 2010-08-08 and 2011-06-04 to prevent fuel flow restriction, caused by ice, resulting in a possible engine surge or stall condition, and the engine being unable to provide the commanded thrust. Since we issued AD 2010-08-08 and AD 2011-06-04, we received new data indicating that the water scavenge system (WSS) operation does not induce any risk of fuel feed system (including the engine) blockage by ice on the pipework or pump inlets. We have also determined that the risk of fuel flow restriction by ice at the fuel oil heat exchanger (FOHE) interface on airplanes equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines is now addressed by a redesigned FOHE, which incorporates enhanced anti-icing and de- icing performance.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2015-26217
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-400, -401, and -402 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of chafing damage due to insufficient clearance on the main landing gear (MLG) stabilizer brace, the nacelle A-frame structure, and the adjacent electrical wiring harnesses. An insufficient fillet radius may also exist on certain airplanes. This proposed AD would require, depending on airplane configuration, an inspection of the nacelle A-frame structure for insufficient fillet radius; an inspection for cracking of affected structure, and rework or repair if necessary, and rework of the nacelle A-frame structure; repetitive inspections of the nacelle A-frame structure and the MLG stabilizer brace for insufficient clearance and damage, and repair if necessary, and rework of the nacelle A-frame structure, which would terminate the repetitive inspections; installation of new stop brackets and a shim on each MLG stabilizer brace assembly; and rework of the electrical wiring harnesses in the nacelle area. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct chafing damage and subsequent premature cracking and fracture of the nacelle A- frame structure, which could result in failure of the MLG stabilizer brace and loss of the MLG down-lock indication, which could adversely affect the safe landing of the airplane.
Revocation of Class D Airspace; Springfield, OH
Document Number: 2015-26179
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action removes Class D airspace at Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport, Springfield, OH. The closure of the air traffic control tower has necessitated the need to remove the Class D airspace area at the airport.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Tomah, WI
Document Number: 2015-26178
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E airspace at Tomah, WI. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at Bloyer Field Airport. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.
Establishment of Class E Airspace; Hart/Shelby, MI
Document Number: 2015-26177
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-10-19
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E airspace at Hart/Shelby, MI. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) at Oceana County Airport. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.