Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.
Notice of availability and requests for public comment.
This notice announces the availability of and request comments on a revised Technical Standard Order (TSO)-C38e, VHF Radio Communications Receiving Equipment Operating within the Radio Frequency Range 117.975 to 137.000 Megahertz. The revised TSO tells manufacturers seeking TSO authorization or letter of design approval what minimum performance standards (MPS) their VHF radio communications receiving equipment must first meet for approval and identification with the applicable TSO markings.
Submit comments on or before June 19, 2003.
Send all comments on the proposed TSO revision to: Federal Aviation Administration, Aircraft Engineering Division, Aircraft Certification Service, Room 815, AIR-130, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591. ATTN: Mr. Moin Abulhosn, AIR-130. You may deliver comments to: Federal Aviation Administration, Room 815, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mr. Moin Abulhosn, AIR-130, Room 815, Federal Aviation Administration, Aircraft Engineering Division, Aircraft Certification Service, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591, Telephone (202) 385-4648, FAX: (202) 385-4651.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
You are invited to comment on the proposed revised TSO listed in this notice by submitting written data, views, or arguments to the address listed above. Your comments should identify “Comments to TSO-C38e” You can examine all comments on the proposed revised TSO before and after the comment closing date at the Federal Aviation Administration, Room 815, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591, weekdays except Federal holidays, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Director of the Aircraft Certification Service will considers all communications received on or before the closing date before issuing the final revised TSO.
This proposed revision to TSO-C38d includes the latest TSO boilerplate language. This language incorporates a Functionality definition used to specify the Function Hazard Classification. Furthermore, the data required with the TSO application has been slightly modified to include:
a. The minimum operational performance standards defined by RTCA/DO-186A, “Minimum Operational Performance Standards for Airborne Radio Communications, Equipment Operating Within the Radio Frequency Range 117.975-137.00 Mhz,” Section 2.0, dated October 20, 1995, including Change 1, dated September 29, 1998, and Change 2, dated March 5, 2002.
b. The minimum requirements of 8.33 kHz channel spacing receivers (Class E) as defined by RTCA/DO-186A, including Changes 1 and 2, while retaining requirements of 25 kHZ channel spacing receivers (Class C and D) of TSO-37d.
c. By reference to RTCA/DO 186A, including Changes 1 and 2, addresses electromagnetic compatibility with the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS0.
d. The environmental conditions and test procedures specified in RTCA/DO-160D, including Changes 1, 2, and 3.
The basic TSO provide minimum performance standards for VHF radio communications receiver equipment. Incorporated with this standard are equipment characteristics that should be useful to users, designers, manufacturers, and installations of VHF radio communications receiver equipment.Start Printed Page 27625
How To Obtain Copies
You may get a copy of the proposed revised TSO from the Internet at: http://av-info.faa.gov/tso/Tsopro/Proposed.htm. You may also request a copy from Moin Abulhosn. See the section entitled For Further Information Contact for the complete address.Start Signature
Dated: Issued in Washington, DC, on May 14, 2003.
David W. Hempe,
Manager, Aircraft Engineering Division, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 03-12640 Filed 5-19-03; 8:45 am]
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