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Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee; Transport Airplane and Engine Issues-New Task

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of new task assignment for the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC).

SUMMARY:

The FAA assigned the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee a new task to review the acceptable design precautions for showing compliance with 25.903(d)(1), 23.903(b)(1), and 25.905 as described in AC 20-128A/ACJ25.903 and develop additional design precautions to mitigate shortfalls previously identified by ARAC.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mike Kaszycki, Federal Aviation Administration, Northwest Mountain Region Headquarters, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington, 98055, mike.kaszycki@faa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The FAA established the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee to provide advice and recommendations to the FAA Administrator on the FAA's rulemaking activities with respect to aviation-related issues. This includes obtaining advice and recommendations on the FAA's commitments to harmonize Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) with its partners in Europe and Canada.

The Task

  • Review the acceptable design precautions for showing compliance with 25.903(d)(1), 23.903(b)(1), and 25.905 as described in AC 20-128A/ACJ 25.903, and develop additional design precautions to mitigate shortfalls previously identified by ARAC.
  • Develop a report that recommends the requirements for minimizing the hazards from uncontained engine, auxiliary power unit (APU) and propeller debris. This report should describe how to develop methods to determine “practicability” of controversial design precautions, recommend the location of these requirements within the rule or interpretive materials, and provide cost estimates using a format to be prescribed by the FAA.
  • Recommend the necessary revisions to AC 20-128A and any further development of advisory materials necessary to address issues that may arise as a result of changes to the regulations.
  • If as a result of the recommendations, FAA publishes an NPRM and/or notice of availability of proposed advisory circular for public comment, FAA may ask ARAC to review all comments and provide the agency a recommendation for the disposition of those comments.

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ARAC Acceptance of Task

ARAC accepted the task and assigned the task to the Powerplant Installation Harmonization Working Group, Transport Airplane and Engine Issues. The working group serves as staff to ARAC and assists in the analysis of assigned tasks. ARAC must review and approve the working group's recommendations. If ARAC accepts the working group's recommendations, it will forward them to the FAA.

Working Group Activity

The Powerplant Installation Harmonization Working Group must comply with the procedures adopted by ARAC. As part of the procedures, the working group must:

1. Recommend a work plan for completion of the task, including the rational supporting such a plan for consideration at the next meeting of the ARAC on transport airplane and engine issues held following publication of this notice.

2. Give a detailed conceptual presentation of the proposed recommendations prior to proceeding with the work stated in item 3 below.

3. Draft the appropriate documents and required analyses and/or any other related materials or documents.

4. Provide a status report at each meeting of the ARAC held to consider transport airplane and engine issues.

Participation in the Working Group

The Powerplant Installation Harmonization Working Group is composed of technical experts having an interest in the assigned task. A working group member need not be a representative or a member of the full committee.

An individual who has expertise in the subject matter and wishes to become a member of the working group should write to the person listed under the caption FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT expressing that desire. The individual should describe his or her interest in the task, and state the expertise he or she would bring to the working group. We must receive all request by December 7, 2001. The requests will be reviewed by the assistant chair, the assistant executive director, and the working group co-chairs. Individuals will be advised whether or not their request can be accommodated.

Individuals chosen for membership on the working group must represent their aviation community segment and actively participate in the working group (e.g., attend all meetings, provide written comments when requested to do so, etc.). The must devote the resources necessary to support the working group in meeting any assigned deadlines. Members must keep their management chain and those they may represent advised of working group activities and decisions to ensure that the proposed technical solutions do not conflict with their sponsoring organization's position when the subject being negotiated is presented to ARAC for approval. Once the working group has begun deliberations, members will not be added or substituted without the approval of the assistant chair, the assistant executive director, and the working group co-chairs.

The Secretary of Transportation determined that the formation and use of the ARAC is necessary and in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the FAA by law.

Meetings of the ARAC will be open to the public. Meetings of the Powerplant Installation Harmonization Working Group will not be open to the public, except to the extent that individuals with an interest and expertise are selected to participate. The FAA will make no public announcement of working group meetings.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on November 2, 2001.

Anthony F. Fazio,

Executive Director, Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee.

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[FR Doc. 01-28120 Filed 11-8-01; 8:45 am]

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