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

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Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-06247
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-21
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014-13- 12, for all Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. AD 2014-13-12 currently 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 doing corrective actions if necessary. Since we issued AD 2014-13-12, we have determined that affected containers have not only been marked with company name B/E Aerospace, as was specified, but also, for a brief period, with the former company name DAe Systems. This proposed AD would retain the requirements of AD 2014-13-12, and require replacing the oxygen generator manifold of any affected DAe oxygen container with a serviceable manifold. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct nonserviceable oxygen generator manifolds, which could reduce or block the oxygen supply and result in injury to passengers when oxygen supply is needed.
Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. Turboprop Engines
Document Number: 2016-06124
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) PT6A-60AG, -65AG, -67AF, and -67AG turboprop engines. This AD requires removing Woodward fuel control units (FCUs) and installing an FCU that is eligible for installation. This AD was prompted by incidents of corrosion and perforation of the two-ply Cu-Be bellows in Woodward FCUs. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the Woodward FCU and engine, in-flight shutdown, and loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG Reciprocating Engines
Document Number: 2016-06118
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co KG Rotax 912 F2, 912 F3, 912 F4, 912 S2, 912 S3, 912 S4, 914 F2, 914 F3, and 914 F4 reciprocating engines. This proposed AD was prompted by a design change introduced by the manufacturer that relocated the engine cylinder head temperature sensor to a different location and converted it to a coolant temperature sensor. This proposed AD would require re-identification of the engine model and concurrent modification of the aircraft to indicate the maximum coolant temperature limit. We are proposing this AD to prevent exceeding engine coolant temperature limits, which could result in loss of engine coolant, damage to the engine, and loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-06117
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for The Boeing Company Model 787-8 and 787-9 airplanes powered by GE GEnx engines. This AD requires revising the airplane flight manual to provide the flight crew a new fan ice removal procedure to reduce the likelihood of engine damage due to fan ice shedding. This AD also requires, for certain airplanes, reworking the fan stator module assembly on GE GEnx-1B Performance Improvement Program (PIP) 2 engines. This AD was prompted by a recent engine fan blade rub event that caused an in-flight non-restartable power loss. We are issuing this AD to prevent reduced fan tip clearance, which could result in engine damage and a possible in-flight non-restartable power loss of one or both engines.
Special Conditions: Cirrus Design Corporation, Model SF50; Whole Airplane Parachute Recovery System
Document Number: 2016-06072
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes special conditions for the Cirrus Design Corporation (Cirrus), model SF50 airplane. This airplane will have a novel or unusual design feature(s) associated with a whole airplane parachute recovery system. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for this design feature. These 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.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-06001
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (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 required 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. This new AD reduces a compliance time and adds certain inspections and an applicable repair. This AD was prompted by multiple reports of fatigue cracking in the NWW top panel and side panel webs and stiffeners. We are issuing this AD 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.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-05900
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-18
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 fire and smoke at the engine aft pylon area resulting from fuel leakage caused by a damaged O-ring in the fuel coupling attached to the wing front spar. This AD requires applying sealant to fill the gap between the lower wing panels adjacent to the strut aft vapor barrier. We are issuing this AD to prevent fire and smoke at the engine aft pylon area in the event of a fuel leak, which could cause personal injury during ground operations. A fire spreading back and up to the aft fairing pylon can result in an uncontrolled fire in the strut and ignite the fuel tank.
Airworthiness Directives; Quest Aircraft Design, LLC Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-05898
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Quest Aircraft Design, LLC Model KODIAK 100 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of limited control yoke movement of the elevator control system due to cushion edging jammed in the elevator control anti-rotation guide slot. This AD requires repetitively inspecting the elevator control system cushion edging for proper condition; replacing the cushion edging; and at a specified time terminating the repetitive inspections by installing wear pads on the elevator bearing assemblies. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-05842
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of cracking at certain fastener locations in the window corners of the window belt area. This AD requires repetitive high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspections for fatigue cracking in certain fastener locations in the window corners of the window belt area, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This AD also provides an optional preventive modification that terminates the inspections at the modified location. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking around fastener locations that could cause multiple window corner skin cracks, which could result in rapid decompression and loss of structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-05700
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A319-131, -132, and -133 airplanes; Model A320-232 and - 233 airplanes; and Model A321-131, -231, and -232 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of forward engine mount attachment pins that were manufactured from discrepant raw material. This AD requires identification and replacement of affected forward engine mount attachment pins. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of a forward engine mount attachment pin, possible loss of an engine in-flight, and consequent reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-05249
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-18
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2012-15-13, for certain The Boeing Company Model 747-100B SUD, 747-300, 747-400, and 747-400D series airplanes; and Model 747-200B series airplanes having a stretched upper deck. AD 2012-15-13 required inspections for cracking and discrepancies of certain fasteners; modification of the frame-to-tension-tie joints; repetitive post-modification inspections; related investigative and corrective actions if necessary; and repetitive inspections for cracking in the tension tie channels, and repair if necessary. For certain airplanes, AD 2012-15-13 also required an inspection to determine if the angle is installed correctly, and re- installation if necessary; and an inspection at the fastener locations where the tension tie previously attached to the frame prior to certain modifications, and repair if necessary. This new AD adds a new inspection for cracking in the tension tie channels and post- modification inspections of the modified tension ties for cracking, and repair if necessary. This AD was prompted by an evaluation indicated that the upper deck is subject to widespread fatigue damage (WFD). We are issuing this AD to prevent fatigue cracking of the tension ties, shear webs, and frames of the upper deck, which could result in rapid decompression and reduced structural integrity of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines
Document Number: 2016-06000
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2006-23-17 for certain Turbomeca S.A. Turmo IV A and IV C turboshaft engines. AD 2006- 23-17 required repetitive inspections of the centrifugal compressor intake wheel (inducer) blades for cracks and corrosion, replacement of parts that fail inspection, and replacement of the TU 197 standard centrifugal compressor. This AD requires the same inspections, but at revised intervals, adds the replacement of the TU 215 standard centrifugal compressor, and requires replacement of parts that fail inspection. This AD was prompted by a centrifugal compressor inducer blade loss. This AD was also prompted by a Turbomeca S.A. review of the engine service experience and their determination that more frequent borescope inspections (BSIs) are required on engines not modified to the TU 191, TU 197, or TU 224 standard. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the centrifugal compressor inducer, which could lead to an uncontained blade release, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-05831
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for The Boeing Company Model 777-200 and -300 series airplanes equipped with Rolls-Royce Model Trent 800 engines. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of damage to the upper bifurcation forward fire seal and seal deflector, and localized damage to the insulation blanket installed just aft of the fire seal. This proposed AD would require installing serviceable thrust reverser (T/R) halves on the left and right engines. We are proposing this AD to prevent a breach in the engine firewall due to a failed upper bifurcation forward fire seal. A breach could delay or prevent the fire detection and suppression system from functioning properly, and could result in an increased risk of a fire, prolonged burning, and breach of the fire zone; and could allow fire to reach unprotected areas of the engine, the strut, and wing after engine shutdown. Also, fan air bypassing the fire seal could cause localized damage to the T/R insulation blanket installed just aft of the fire seal, which could allow limited thermal degradation of the thrust reverser inner wall. This could aggravate existing damage and cause the thrust reverser's inner wall to fail.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-05830
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-17
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2003-25- 07 for certain Airbus Model A319 and A320 series airplanes; and AD 2005-13-39 for certain Airbus Model A321 series airplanes. AD 2003-25- 07 currently requires a revision to the airplane flight manual (AFM) and replacement of both elevator aileron computers (ELACs) having L80 standards with new ELACs having L81 standards. AD 2005-13-39 currently requires a revision to the AFM, replacement of existing ELACs with ELACs having either L83 or L91 standards, as applicable; and a concurrent action. Since we issued AD 2003-25-07 and AD 2005-13-39, we have determined that new ELAC standards must be incorporated. The ELAC standards have been upgraded to version L97+, which implements enhanced angle-of-attack (AOA) monitoring to better detect AOA blockage, including multiple AOA blockages. This proposed AD would require replacing existing ELACs with new ELACs having L97+ standards or revising the software in an existing ELAC to the L97+ standards, as applicable, which would terminate the requirements of AD 2003-25-07 and AD 2005-13-39. This proposed AD would also add Airbus Model A318 series airplanes to the applicability. We are proposing this AD to prevent inadvertent activation of the AOA protections. Inadvertent activation of the AOA protections could result in a continuous nose down pitch rate that could result in reduced controllability of the airplane.
Special Conditions: JAMCO America, Inc., Boeing Model 777-300ER, Dynamic Test Requirements for Single-Occupant Oblique (Side-Facing) Seats With Inflatable Restraints
Document Number: 2016-05995
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
These special conditions are issued for the Boeing Model 777- 300ER airplane. This airplane, as modified by JAMCO America, Inc. (JAMCO), will have a novel or unusual design feature associated with side-facing, oblique seats equipped with inflatable restraints. The applicable airworthiness regulations do not contain adequate or appropriate safety standards for occupants of seats installed at an angle of greater than 18 degrees, but substantially less than 90 degrees, to the centerline of the airplane, nor for airbag devices. 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.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Certificated Training Centers-Simulator Rule
Document Number: 2016-05939
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
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 a currently approved information collection. To determine regulatory compliance, there is a need for airmen to maintain records of certain training and recency of experience; a training center has to maintain records of student's training, employee qualification and training, and training program approvals.
Office of Commercial Space Transportation; Notice of Availability of the FAA's Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for NASA's Final Supplemental Environmental Assessment for the Antares 200 Configuration Expendable Launch Vehicle at Wallops Flight Facility (SEA)
Document Number: 2016-05938
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA; 42 United States Code 4321 et seq.), Council on Environmental Quality NEPA implementing regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations parts 1500 to 1508), and FAA Order 1050.1E, Change 1, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, the FAA is announcing the availability of the FAA's FONSI for the SEA.
Thirteenth Meeting: RTCA Tactical Operations Committee (TOC)
Document Number: 2016-05937
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the Thirteenth RTCA Tactical Operations Committee (TOC) meeting.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway
Document Number: 2016-05865
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, the FAA's exemption process. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; Boeing Military Aircraft, Vertical Lift Division
Document Number: 2016-05864
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, the FAA's exemption process. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.
Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; Federal Express Corporation
Document Number: 2016-05863
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, the FAA's exemption process. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.
Air Carrier Contract Maintenance Requirements
Document Number: 2016-05862
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
On March 4, 2015, the FAA published a final rule entitled ``Air Carrier Contract Maintenance Requirements'' which will result in new information collection requirements. This technical amendment updates the FAA's list of OMB control numbers to display the control number associated with the approved information collection activities in the ``Air Carrier Contract Maintenance Requirements'' final rule.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Airport Grants Program
Document Number: 2016-05828
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
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 revise an information collection. The FAA collects data from airport sponsors and planning agencies to determine eligibility, and to ensure proper use of Federal Funds and project accomplishment for the Airports Grants Program.
Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Notice of Proposed Construction or Alteration, Notice of Actual Construction or Alteration, Project Status Report
Document Number: 2016-05826
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
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 revise an information collection. The FAA is developing an information system to collect certain frequency information currently being collected on form 7460-1, and to revise form 7460-1 to remove frequency information requests.
Petition of the Aircraft Owner and Pilots Association (AOPA) To Amend FAA Policy Concerning Flying Club Operations at Federally Obligated Airports
Document Number: 2016-05833
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The policy statement clarifies the FAA's policy interpretation regarding the operation of flying clubs at federally-obligated airports. Specifically, this policy statement amends FAA Order 5190.6B, Airport Compliance Requirements, Section 10.6 Flying Clubs to allow the clubs to compensate instructors and mechanics who are club members for services rendered to the Club. This policy statement also amends the FAA's definition of flying clubs.
Eighteenth Meeting: RTCA Special Committee (223) Internet Protocol Suite (IPS)
Document Number: 2016-05822
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the Eighteenth RTCA Special Committee 223 Meeting.
Airworthiness Directives; Honeywell International Inc. Turboprop and Turboshaft Engines
Document Number: 2016-05704
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell) TPE331 model turboprop engines and TSE331-3U model turboshaft engines. This proposed AD was prompted by the discovery of cracks in a 2nd stage compressor impeller during a routine shop visit. This proposed AD would require removal of the 2nd stage compressor impeller. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the compressor impeller, uncontained part release, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Engine Alliance Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2016-05702
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Engine Alliance (EA) GP7270 turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by reports of the installation of non-conforming honeycomb cartridges in the high-pressure compressor (HPC) adjacent to the HPC rotor stage 2 to 5 spool and stage 7 to 9 spool. This AD requires removal and replacement of the affected HPC rotor stage 2 to 5 and stage 7 to 9 spools and adjacent honeycomb cartridges. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the HPC rotor stage 2 to 5 and stage 7 to 9 spools, which could lead to uncontained engine failure and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2016-05701
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2015-04-03 that applies to certain Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211 Trent 768-60, 772- 60, and 772B-60 turbofan engines. AD 2015-04-03 required inspection of the sealing sleeve on the high-pressure/intermediate-pressure (HP/IP) turbine support internal oil feed tube and removal of those sealing sleeves affected by AD 2015-04-03. This AD requires removal of either the affected sealing sleeve only or both the affected sealing sleeve and the oil feed tube. This AD was prompted by fractures of the HP/IP turbine support internal oil feed tube. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the HP/IP turbine support internal oil feed tube, uncontained engine failure, and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; B-N Group Ltd. Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-05509
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-15
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an airworthiness directive (AD) 2007-06-06 for B-N Group Ltd. Models BN-2, BN-2A, BN-2A-2, BN-2A-3, BN-2A-6, BN- 2A-8, BN-2A-9, BN-2A-20, BN-2A-21, BN-2A-26, BN-2A-27, BN-2B-20, BN-2B- 21, BN-2B-26, BN-2B-27, BN2A MK. III, BN2A MK. III-2, BN2A MK. III-3 BN2A, BN2B, and BN2A MKIII (all models on TCDS A17EU and A29EU) 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 cracks in the inner shell of certain pitot/static pressure heads. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-05607
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-400 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by one in-service report of a cracked and corroded barrel nut found at the mid-spar location of the horizontal stabilizer to vertical stabilizer attachment joint. There have also been two other reports of corroded barrel nuts found at mid-spar locations. This proposed AD would require repetitive detailed inspections of each barrel nut and cradle, a check of the bolt torque of any preload indicating washer (PLI), and corrective action if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracked and corroded barrel nuts. This condition could compromise the structural integrity of the vertical stabilizer attachment joints, which could lead to loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-05606
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Model GV and GV-SP airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a new revision to the airworthiness limitations of the maintenance planning document based on fatigue and damage tolerance testing, and updated analysis. This proposed AD would require revising the maintenance or inspection program to update inspection requirements and life limits that address fatigue cracking of principal structural elements (PSEs). We are proposing this AD to ensure fatigue cracking of PSEs is detected and corrected; such fatigue cracking could result in reduced structural integrity of the PSEs and critical components.
Improving Flightcrew Awareness During Autopilot Operation
Document Number: 2016-05530
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces the cancellation of Policy Statement Number PS-ANM111-2001-99-01 (ANM-99- 01). The policy statement is cancelled because it was superseded by an advisory circular (AC) and is no longer necessary.
Airworthiness Directives; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Helicopters
Document Number: 2016-05517
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is withdrawing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM proposed a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Sikorsky Model S-92A helicopters. The proposed action would have required revising the Limitations section of the Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) to clarify that the Model S-92A helicopter was certificated as a transport category rotorcraft in both Categories A and B with different operating limitations for each category and must be operated accordingly. Since we issued the NPRM, we have determined that operating the helicopter in Category B with 10 or more passenger seats is not an unsafe condition but an inconsistency with 14 CFR 29.1(c). Accordingly, we withdraw the proposed rule.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-05515
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 737-300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking in the horizontal and vertical flanges of the rear spar upper chord of the horizontal stabilizer, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This AD was prompted by a report of cracking in the center section of the horizontal stabilizer. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking of the rear spar center section of the horizontal stabilizer that could lead to departure of the horizontal stabilizer from the airplane.
Revision of Airworthiness Standards for Normal, Utility, Acrobatic, and Commuter Category Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-05493
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-14
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA proposes to amend its airworthiness standards for normal, utility, acrobatic, and commuter category airplanes by removing current prescriptive design requirements and replacing them with performance-based airworthiness standards. The proposed standards would also replace the current weight and propulsion divisions in small airplane regulations with performance- and risk-based divisions for airplanes with a maximum seating capacity of 19 passengers or less and a maximum takeoff weight of 19,000 pounds or less. The proposed airworthiness standards are based on, and would maintain, the level of safety of the current small airplane regulations. Finally, the FAA proposes to adopt additional airworthiness standards to address certification for flight in icing conditions, enhanced stall characteristics, and minimum control speed to prevent departure from controlled flight for multiengine airplanes. This notice of proposed rulemaking addresses the Congressional mandate set forth in the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013.
Policy Regarding Use of H-11 Bolts in Primary Structure on Transport Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-05532
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces the cancellation of Policy Statement Number PS-ANM100-1986-00051. The policy statement is cancelled because it was superseded by an advisory circular (AC) and is no longer necessary.
FAR 25.723 Energy Absorption Tests
Document Number: 2016-05531
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces the cancellation of Policy Statement Number PS-ANM100-1982-00038. The policy statement is cancelled because it was superseded by an advisory circular (AC) and is no longer necessary.
Policy Statement on Guidance for Determination of System, Hardware, and Software Development Assurance Levels on Transport Category Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-05529
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces the cancellation of Policy Statement Number ANM-03-117-09. The policy statement is cancelled because it was superseded by an advisory circular (AC) and is no longer necessary.
Airworthiness Directives; Continental Motors, Inc. Reciprocating Engines
Document Number: 2016-05467
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Continental Motors, Inc. (CMI) TSIO-550-K, TSIOF-550-K, TSIO- 550-C, TSIOF-550-D, and TSIO-550-N reciprocating engines. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of an uncommanded in-flight shutdown (IFSD) resulting in injuries and significant airplane damage. This proposed AD would require replacing the oil cooler cross fitting assembly. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the oil cooler cross fitting and engine, IFSD and loss of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines
Document Number: 2016-05465
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Turbomeca S.A. MAKILA 2A and MAKILA 2A1 turboshaft engines. This proposed AD was prompted by two occurrences of crack initiation on a ferrule of the diffuser. This proposed AD would require repetitive diffuser inspections and replacement of those diffusers that fail inspection. We are proposing this AD to prevent rupture of the ferrule of the diffuser, which could result in engine fire and damage to the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2016-05463
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2006-18- 14 that applies to all Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (RRD) Tay 650-15 and Tay 651-54 turbofan engines. AD 2006-18-14 requires calculating and re-establishing the cyclic life of stage 1 high- pressure turbine (HPT) disks, part number (P/N) JR32013 and P/N JR33838, and stage 1 low-pressure turbine (LPT) disk, P/N JR32318A. This proposed AD would require re-calculating the cyclic life, and would impose a reduced cyclic life, of stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR32013. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of stage 1 HPT disks, P/N JR32013 and P/N JR33838, and stage 1 LPT disk, P/N JR32318A, which could result in an uncontained engine failure and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines
Document Number: 2016-05461
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2010-11- 10 that applies to all Turbomeca S.A., Astazou XIV B and XIV H turboshaft engines. AD 2010-11-10 requires inspection of certain third stage turbine wheels and removal of any damaged wheel. This AD was prompted by a report of a third stage turbine wheel crack detected during engine overhaul. This proposed AD would expand the population and frequency of repetitive inspections. We are proposing this AD to prevent uncontained failure of the third stage turbine wheel, which could result in damage to the engine and damage to the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Dowty Propellers Constant Speed Propellers
Document Number: 2016-05460
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dowty Propellers R352/6-123-F/1, R352/6-123-F/2, and R410/6-123-F/35 model propellers. This AD was prompted by reports of dowel hole cracks in the face of the rear hub half. This AD requires installing dowel hole liners as necessary. We are issuing this AD to prevent loss of structural integrity of the propeller hub, which could result in damage to the propeller and damage to the airplane.
Amendment of Class D and E Airspace; Enid Vance AFB, OK; Enid Woodring Municipal Airport, Enid, OK; and Enid, OK
Document Number: 2016-05395
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action changes the effective date of a final rule published in the Federal Register of February 19, 2016, amending Class E surface area airspace, Class E airspace designated as an extension, and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface, in the Enid, OK, area to allow additional time for charting. This correction adds the part-time Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) language inadvertently removed from the Class E surface area description for Vance AFB, and Woodring Municipal Airport, Enid, OK. Adjustment of the geographic coordinates are also made to the Vance VHF Omnidirectional Range Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) listed in the Class E airspace area designated as an extension to the Class D surface area.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters
Document Number: 2016-05369
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Helicopters Model AS 365 N3 helicopters. This proposed AD would require inspecting the cabin and cockpit for labels, placards, or markings that provide jettison procedure instructions for cabin doors, removing any labels, placards, or markings that are in an incorrect location, and installing placards where they are missing. This proposed AD is prompted by the determination that placards had not been installed according to specifications on newly manufactured helicopters. The proposed actions are intended to provide exit procedures during an emergency.
Airworthiness Directives; AgustaWestland S.p.A. (Agusta) Helicopters
Document Number: 2016-05368
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Agusta Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. This proposed AD would require performing operational checks of both hydraulic systems. This proposed AD is prompted by an assessment of the hydraulic systems of the helicopter following an accident. The proposed actions are intended to prevent loss of hydraulic power to the flight controls and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Document Number: 2016-05258
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-92A helicopters. This AD requires certain inspections of the main rotor and tail rotor control pushrods (pushrods). This AD is prompted by a Sikorsky investigation that indicated that some pushrods may have incorrectly installed locking mechanisms. These AD actions are intended to detect an incorrectly installed locking mechanism, which if not corrected, could result in a loose jam nut, failure of the pushrod, loss of main rotor or tail rotor flight control, and consequent loss of helicopter control.
Proposed Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace for the Following Oklahoma Towns; Antlers, OK; Oklahoma City, OK; Oklahoma City Wiley Post Airport, OK; and Shawnee, OK
Document Number: 2016-05177
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify Class D airspace, Class E airspace designated as surface areas, and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Antlers, OK; Oklahoma City, OK; Oklahoma City Wiley Post Airport, OK; and Shawnee, OK. The decommissioning of non-directional radio beacons (NDB) and/or cancellation of NDB approaches due to advances in Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities have made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the above locations. This action also would note the updated airport names of David Jay Perry Airport, Goldsby, OK; El Reno Regional Airport, Shawnee Regional Airport, and Chandler Regional Airport to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database. Additionally, this action would update the geographic coordinates for Tinker AFB, El Reno Regional Airport, Wiley Post Airport, Sundance Airpark, Seminole Municipal Airport, Prague Municipal Airport, Chandler Regional Airport, Tilghman NDB, Cushing Municipal Airport, Cushing NDB, and Cushing Regional Hospital Heliport to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Clovis, NM
Document Number: 2016-05173
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-11
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action proposes to modify Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Portales Municipal Airport, Clovis, NM. This action is necessary due to the decommissioning of the Portales non-directional radio beacon (NDB), cancellation of NDB approaches at Portales Municipal Airport, and implementation of area navigation (RNAV) procedures at the airport. This action will also update the geographic coordinates for Portales Municipal Airport to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database. This proposal would enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations in the Clovis, NM, airspace area.