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Extension of a Previously Approved Collection: Public Charters, 14 CFR Part 380

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AGENCY:

Office of the Secretary, Department of Transportation.

ACTION:

Notice and request for comments.

SUMMARY:

In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13, the Department of Transportation (DOT) invites the general public, industry and other governmental parties to comment on Public Charters, 14 CFR part 380. A Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following information collection was published on March 24, 2016 (81 FR 15787). No comments were received.

DATES:

Written comments should be submitted by July 28, 2016.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Reather Flemmings (202-366-1865) and Mr. Brett Kruger (202-366-8025), Office of the Secretary, Office of International Aviation, Special Authorities Division-X46, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE., Washington, DC 20590.

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ADDRESSES:

Send comments regarding the burden estimate, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Desk Officer for the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503. Comments may also be sent via email to OMB at the following address: oira_submissions@omb.eop.gov.

Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

OMB Control Number: 2106-0005.

Title: Public Charters, 14 CFR part 380.

Form Numbers: 4532, 4533, 4534, 4535.

Type of Review: Extension of a Previously Approved Collection: The current OMB inventory has not changed.

Abstract: 14 CFR part 380 establishes regulations embodying the Department's terms and conditions for Public Charter operators to conduct air transportation using direct air carriers. Public Charter operators arrange transportation for groups of people on chartered aircraft. This arrangement is often less expensive for the travelers than individually buying a ticket. Part 380 exempts charter operators from certain provisions of the U.S. code in order that they may provide this service. A primary goal of part 380 is to seek protection for the consumer. Accordingly, the rule stipulates that the charter operator must file evidence (a prospectus—consisting of OST Forms 4532, 4533, 4534, 4535, and supporting financial documents) with the Department for each charter program certifying that it has entered into a binding contract with a direct air carrier to provide air transportation and that it has also entered into agreements with Department-approved financial institutions for the protection of charter participants' funds. The prospectus must be approved by the Department prior to the operator's advertising, selling or operating the charter. If the prospectus information were not collected it would be extremely difficult to assure compliance with agency rules and to assure that public security and other consumer protection requirements were in place for the traveling public. The information collected is available for public inspection (unless the respondent specifically requests confidential treatment). Part 380 does not provide any assurances of confidentiality.

As an additional matter, the Department's Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings has the authority to pursue or not to pursue enforcement action against airlines or other sellers of air transportation with respect to air travel consumer protection. As a matter of enforcement policy, the Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings will not take action against Public Charter applicants (including public charter operators, direct air carriers and securers) that do not submit an original and two copies of a charter prospectus so long as (1) the Public Charter applicant submits fully completed and signed electronic copies of the original documents of OST Forms 4532, 4533, 4534, and, if applicable, 4535 (including signatures); and (2) the Public Charter applicant continues to submit original financial documents such as Letters of Credit, Surety Trust Agreements, and Surety Bonds.

Burden Statement: Completion of all forms in a prospectus can be accomplished in approximately two hours (30 minutes per form) for new filers and one hour for amendments (existing filings). The forms are simplified and request only basic information about the proposed programs and the private sector filer. The respondent can submit a filing to operate for up to one year and include as many flights as desired, in most cases. If an operator chooses to make changes to a previously approved charter operation, then the operator is required by the regulations to file revisions to its original prospectus.

Respondents: Private Sector: Air carriers; tour operators; the general public (including groups and individuals, corporations and Universities or Colleges, etc.).

Number of Respondents: 245.

Number of Responses: 1,782.

Total Annual Burden: 891 hours.

Frequency of Responses

245 (respondents) × 4 = 980.

401 (amendments from the same respondents) × 2 = 802.

Total estimated responses: 980 + 802 = 1,782.

The frequency of response is dependent upon whether the operator is requesting a new program or amending an existing prospectus. Variations occur due to the respondents' criteria. On average four responses (forms 4532, 4533, 4534 and/or 4535) are required for filing new prospectuses and two of the responses (forms) are required for amendments. The separate hour burden estimate is as follows:

Total Annual Burden: 891 hours.

Approximately 1,782 (responses) × 0.50 (per form) = 891.

Public Comments Invited: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Department's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, by the use of electronic means, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record.

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Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48.

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Issued in Washington, DC, on June 20, 2016.

Habib Azarsina,

OST Privacy & PRA Officer, Office of the Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 2016-15286 Filed 6-27-16; 8:45 am]

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