Federal Aviation Administration March 8, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee; Meeting
Document Number: 2016-05081
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-08
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of a meeting of the ARAC.
Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace; Salem, OR
Document Number: 2016-05060
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-08
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action modifies 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 during Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action brings the controlled airspace into compliance with current FAA requirements, and adds to the safety and management of IFR operations at the airport.
Establishment of Class E Airspace, South Bend, WA
Document Number: 2016-05059
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-08
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action establishes Class E airspace at Willapa Harbor Heliport, South Bend, WA, to accommodate new standard instrument approach and departure procedures developed at the heliport. Controlled airspace is necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the heliport.
Airworthiness Directives; BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-04932
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-08
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2011-24- 06, for all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model Avro 146-RJ series airplanes. AD 2011-24-06 currently requires revising the maintenance program to incorporate life limits for certain items, adding new and more restrictive inspections to detect fatigue cracking in certain structures, and adding fuel system critical design configuration control limitations (CDCCLs) to prevent ignition sources in the fuel tanks. AD 2011-24-06 also currently requires modifying the main fittings of the main landing gear (MLG) and revising the maintenance program to incorporate new life limits on MLG up-locks and door up- locks and other MLG components. Since we issued AD 2011-24-06, we have determined that new or revised structural inspection requirements are necessary. This proposed AD would require revising the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or revised structural inspection requirements. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of certain structural elements, which could adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-04931
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-08
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 767-200 and -300 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by an evaluation by the design approval holder (DAH) indicating that the aft pressure bulkhead web to pressure chord joint is subject to widespread fatigue damage (WFD). This proposed AD would require repetitive high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspections of the aft pressure bulkhead web, at fasteners common to the bulkhead web and pressure chord, around the entire circumference of the pressure chord for any crack, and repair of cracks. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracks in the aft pressure bulkhead web. Such cracking could result in the loss of structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-04682
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-08
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 777 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of latently failed fuel shutoff valves discovered during fuel filter replacement. This proposed AD would require doing an inspection to identify the part number of the engine fuel spar motor- operated valve (MOV) actuators; replacing certain MOV actuators with new MOV actuators on both airline information management system (AIMS) V1 and V2 equipped airplanes, or installing a newer software version on AIMS V2 equipped airplanes. We are proposing this AD to prevent latent failure of the fuel shutoff valve to the engine. This valve failure, if not prevented, could result in the inability to terminate fuel flow to the engine, which in case of an engine fire, could lead to wing failure.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-04681
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-08
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for certain 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. The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposed to require replacing the wire bundles inside the electrical conduit of the forward and aft boost pumps of the numbers 1 and 4 main fuel tanks with new, improved wire bundles inserted into conduit liners. The NPRM was prompted by several reports of chafing of the wire bundles inside the electrical conduit of the forward and aft boost pumps of the numbers 1 and 4 main fuel tanks due to high vibration. These wire bundles can chafe through the wire sleeving into the insulation, exposing the wire conductors. This action revises the NPRM by adding a revision to the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to include critical design configuration control limitations (CDCCL) for the fuel boost pump wiring. We are proposing this SNPRM to prevent chafing of the wire bundles and subsequent arcing between the wiring and the electrical conduit creating an ignition source in the fuel tanks, which could result in a fire and consequent fuel tank explosion. 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.