Consensus Standards, Light-Sport Aircraft, Notice No. NOA-17-01
This notice announces the availability of one new and six revised consensus standards relating to the provisions of the Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft rule issued July 16, 2004, and effective September 1, 2004. ASTM International Committee F37 on Light Sport- Aircraft developed the new and revised standards with FAA participation. By this notice, the FAA finds the new and revised standards acceptable for certification of the specified aircraft under the provisions of the Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft rule.
Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace, for West Plains, MO
This action proposes to modify Class E airspace extending up to 700 feet above the surface at West Plains Regional Airport, West Plains, MO, to accommodate new standard instrument approach procedures for instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at the airport. This action is necessary due to the decommissioning of the Hutton (HUW) Very High Frequency Omnidirectional Range (VOR), and cancellation of VOR approach, and would enhance the safety and management of IFR operations at the airport. The airport's name also would be updated.
Receipt of Noise Compatibility Program and Request for Review Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport, Westfield, Massachusetts
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces that it is reviewing a proposed noise compatibility program that was submitted for Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport under the the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act (hereinafter referred to as ``the Act'') and federal regulations by the City of Westfield. This program was submitted subsequent to a determination by FAA that associated noise exposure maps submitted under 14 CFR part 150 for Westfield-Barnes Regional Airport were in compliance with applicable requirements, effective December 22, 2015. The proposed noise compatibility program will be approved or disapproved on or before September 9, 2017.
Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment on Surplus Property Release at the Huntsville Executive Airport Tom Sharp, Jr. Field, Huntsville, Alabama
The FAA is considering a request from the Madison County Executive Airport Authority to waive the requirement that 3.19 acres of airport property located at the Huntsville Executive Airport Tom Sharp, Jr. Field in Huntsville, Alabama, be used for aeronautical purposes.
Airworthiness Directives; MD Helicopters, Inc. Helicopters
We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2014-16- 01 for MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) Model MD900 helicopters. AD 2014-16- 01 requires an eddy current inspection of the main rotor upper hub assembly (upper hub) for a crack. Since we issued AD 2014-16-01, three additional upper hub cracks were reported. This proposed AD would require additional inspections and replacing the fillet seal. These proposed actions are intended to prevent an unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A300 series airplanes; and Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called Model A300-600 series airplanes). This AD was prompted by reports of cracks in main landing gear (MLG) leg components. This AD requires detailed visual inspections of these MLG leg components and replacement of the MLG leg if cracked components are found. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.