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Removal of Expired Special Federal Aviation Regulations

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule; technical amendment.

SUMMARY:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is making minor technical changes to its regulations by removing Special Federal Aviation Regulations (SFARs) that have expired, as well as references to them, from the Code of Federal Regulations. None of these changes are substantive in nature since the regulations in question have expired and are not currently in effect. This technical amendment is necessary to update our regulations. The rule will not impose any additional burden or restriction on persons or organizations affected by these regulations.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Effective on March 1, 2002.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Bonnie Fritts, (202) 267-7037; Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; e-mail bonnie.fritts@faa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The FAA periodically issues temporary regulations called Special Federal Aviation Regulations (SFARs). These SFARs are typically expected to be necessary for a finite period of time, and therefore, usually specify an expiration date within the regulatory text of the SFAR. Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations currently contains several SFARs with expiration dates that have passed. To maintain an accurate body of regulations, we are removing those expired SFARs, as well as references to them, which are now obsolete. This document makes the appropriate technical changes to remove SFAR Nos. 26, 38-2, 41, 52, 53, 62, 63, 64, 66-2, and 67, and corresponding references to them from the Code of Federal Regulations. In one instance of corresponding reference, the entire section pertains to the expired SFAR. That section, § 119.2, is removed in its entirety. The following table of expired SFARs is presented for the reader's convenience.

Expired SFARs and Conforming Amendments

Part containing SFARSFAR to be removedExpiration dateConforming amendments
1111.201(b) OMB Table (SFAR 64 reference).
212612-01-1977
4109-13-1983
23Editorial note to SFAR 41.
36Editorial note to SFAR 41.
636312-31-1992
656312-31-1992
735301-15-1996
916212-30-1993
6412-31-1999
66-2Suspended indefinitely on 01-09-1996
6705-10-2000
119119.1(e)(2) (SFAR 38-2 reference). 119.2 entire section obsolete (SFAR 38-2 references).
12138-203-20-1997
Editorial note to SFAR 52.
125Editorial note to SFAR 38-2.
129Editorial note to SFAR 38-2.
135Editorial note to SFAR 38-2.
5212-01-1988

Under the Administrative Procedure Act, an agency doesn't have to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking when the agency for good cause finds that notice and public procedure are “impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.” See 5 U.S.C. 553(b). Because this technical amendment simply removes obsolete regulations and references, we find that publishing the changes for public notice and comment is necessary.

The Administrative Procedure Act also states that an agency must publish a substantive rule not less than 30 days before its effective date, except as otherwise provided by the agency for good cause. See 5 U.S.C. 553(b). We find that this technical amendment imposes no additional burden or requirement on the regulated industry, and is not substantive in nature. Moreover, We find that there is good cause to make the changes effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register. It is in the public interest to remove these obsolete references from regulations immediately.

This regulation is editorial in nature and imposes no additional burden on any person or organization. Therefore, we have determined the action: (1) Is not a significant rule under Executive Order 12866; and (2) is not a significant rule under Department of Transportation Regulatory Policies and Procedures. No impact is expected to result, and a full regulatory evaluation is not required. In addition, the FAA certifies that rule will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

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In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends parts 11, 21, 23, 36, 63, 65, 73, 91, 119, 121, 125, 129, and 135 of title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows:

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PART 11—GENERAL RULEMAKING PROCEDURES

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1. The authority citation for part 11 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40101, 40103, 40105, 40109, 40113, 44110, 44502, 44701-44702, 44711, and 46102.

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2. Amend § 11.201(b) by removing the penultimate entry for SFAR 64 from the table.

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PART 21—CERTIFICATION PROCEDURES FOR PRODUCTS AND PARTS

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3. The authority citation for part 21 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7572; 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40105, 40113, 44701-44702, 44707, 44709, 44711, 44713, 44715, 45303.

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Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 26 [Removed]

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4. Remove SFAR No. 26 from part 21.

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Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 41 [Removed]

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5. Remove SFAR No. 41 from part 21.

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PART 23—AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: NORMAL, UTILITY, ACROBATIC, AND COMMUTER CATEGORY AIRPLANES

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6. The authority citation for part 23 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701-44702, 44704.

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Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 41 [Removed]

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7. Remove SFAR No. 41 editorial note from part 23.

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PART 36—NOISE STANDARDS: AIRCRAFT TYPE AND AIRWORTHINESS CERTIFICATION

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8. The authority citation for part 36 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.; 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701-44702, 44704, 44715; sec. 305, Pub. L. 96-193, 94 Stat. 50, 57; E.O. 11514, 35 FR 4247, 3 CFR, 1966-1970 Comp., p. 902.

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Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 41 [Removed]

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9. Remove SFAR No. 41 editorial note from part 36.

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PART 63—CERTIFICATION: FLIGHT CREWMEMBERS OTHER THAN PILOTS

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10. The authority citation for part 63 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701-44703, 44707, 44709-44711, 45102-45103, 45301-45302.

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Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 63 [Removed]

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11. Remove SFAR No. 63 from part 63.

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PART 65—CERTIFICATION: AIRMEN OTHER THAN FLIGHT CREWMEMBERS

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12. The authority citation for part 65 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701-44703, 44707, 44709-44711, 45102-45103, 45301-45302.

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Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 65 [Removed]

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13. Remove SFAR No. 63 from part 65.

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PART 73—SPECIAL USE AIRSPACE

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14. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

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Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 53 [Removed]

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15. Remove SFAR No. 53 from part 73.

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PART 91—GENERAL OPERATING AND FLIGHT RULES

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16. The authority citation for part 91 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 1155, 40103, 40113, 40120, 44101, 44111, 44701, 44709, 44711, 44712, 44715, 44716, 44717, 44722, 46306, 46315, 46316, 46504, 46506-46507, 47122, 47508, 47528-47531, articles 12 and 29 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (61 stat. 1180).

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Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 62 [Removed]

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17. Remove SFAR No. 62 from part 91.

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Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 64 [Removed]

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18. Remove SFAR No. 64 from part 91.

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Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 66-2 [Removed]

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19. Remove SFAR No. 66-2 from part 91.

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Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 67 [Removed]

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20. Remove SFAR No. 67 from part 91.

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PART 119—CERTIFICATION: AIR CARRIERS AND COMMERCIAL OPERATORS

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21. The authority citation for part 119 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 1153, 40101, 40102, 40103, 40113, 44105, 44106, 44111, 44701-44717, 44722, 44901, 44903, 44904, 44906, 44912, 44914, 44936, 44938, 46103, 46105.

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22. Amend § 119.1(e)(2) by removing the words “and SFAR 38-2 of

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23. Remove § 119.2.

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PART 121—OPERATING REQUIREMENTS: DOMESTIC, FLAG, AND SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATIONS

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24. The authority citation for part 121 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 40119, 41706, 44101, 44710-44702, 44705, 44709-44711, 44713, 44716-44717, 44722, 44901, 44903-44904, 44912, 46105.

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Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 38-2 [Removed]

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25. Remove SFAR No. 38-2 from part 121.

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Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 52 [Removed]

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26. Remove SFAR No. 52 editorial note from part 121.

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PART 125—CERTIFICATION AND OPERATIONS: AIRPLANES HAVING A SEATING CAPACITY OF 20 OR MORE PASSENGERS OR A MAXIMUM PAYLOAD CAPACITY OF 6,000 POUNDS OR MORE; AND RULES GOVERNING PERSONS ON BOARD SUCH AIRCRAFT

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27. The authority citation for part 125 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701-44702, 44705, 44710-44711, 44713, 44716-44717, 44722.

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Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 38-2 [Removed]

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28. Remove SFAR No. 38-2 editorial note from part 125.

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PART 129—OPERATIONS: FOREIGN AIR CARRIERS AND FOREIGN OPERATORS OF U.S.-REGISTERED AIRCRAFT ENGAGED IN COMMON CARRIAGE

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29. The authority citation for part 129 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40104-40105, 40113, 40119, 41706, 44701-44702, 44712, 44716-44717, 44722, 44901-44904, 44906.

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Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 38-2 [Removed]

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30. Remove SFAR No. 38-2 editorial note from part 129.

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PART 135—OPERATING REQUIREMENTS: COMMUTER AND ON DEMAND OPERATIONS AND RULES GOVERNING PERSONS ON BOARD SUCH AIRCRAFT

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31. The authority citation for part 135 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 41706, 44113, 44701-44702, 44705, 44709, 44711-44713, 44715-44717, 44722.

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Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 38-2 [Removed]

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32. Remove SFAR No. 38-2 editorial note from part 135.

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Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 52 [Removed]

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33. Remove SFAR No. 52 from part 135.

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Issued in Washington, DC on February 22, 2002.

Donald P. Byrne,

Assistant Chief Counsel for Regulations.

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[FR Doc. 02-4846 Filed 2-28-02; 8:45 am]

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