FAA: Part 135 Review, Committee selection and comments
[Federal Register: February 3, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 22)]
14 CFR Parts 125 and 135: Notice of Regulatory Review; Proposed Rule
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Parts 125 and 135
Notice of Regulatory Review
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: By this document, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
announces a comprehensive regulatory review of 14 CFR parts 135 and
125. This review will also encompass related portions of parts 91, 119,
121, and other regulations, as appropriate. The FAA will establish a
part 135/125 Aviation Rulemaking Committee to conduct this review and
provide advice and recommendations to:
a. Resolve current issues affecting this part of the industry.
b. Enable new aircraft types, size and design and new technologies
in air transportation operations.
c. Provide safety and applicability standards that reflect the
current industry, industry trends and emerging technologies and
d. Address international harmonization and ICAO standards.
e. Potentially, rescind part 125 from 14 Code of Federal
The FAA invites persons interested in serving on this committee or
work groups to request membership in accordance with this document. The
FAA will select members to provide a balance of viewpoints, interests,
and expertise. Membership on the committee may be limited to facilitate
discussions and to maintain a balance of interests.
In addition, the FAA invites interested persons to submit specific,
detailed written comments, or provide input on the affected regulatory
sections. These comments will be considered in the committee
discussions and will assist in determining future regulatory action.
DATES: Membership: Persons interested in participating on committees or
work groups should submit their request on or before March 5, 2003.
Selected members will be advised in writing of their participation and
meeting details. In addition meeting information will be posted on the
Office of Rulemaking's web site under the heading of 'Advisory
Comments: The FAA will consider all comments on this regulatory
review filed on or before June 3, 2003. We will consider comments filed
late if it is possible to do so without incurring expense or delay.
ADDRESSES: Membership: Persons requesting membership or participation
on the part 135/125 Aviation Rulemaking Committee and/or associated
work groups should make the request in writing to the person listed
below under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
Comments: Address your comments to the Docket Management System,
U.S. Department of Transportation, Room Plaza 401, 400 Seventh Street,
SW. Washington, DC 20590-0001. You must identify docket number FAA-
2002-13923 at the beginning of your comments, and you should submit two
copies of your comments. If you wish to receive confirmation that FAA
received your comments, include a self-addressed, stamped postcard on
which the docket number appears. We will stamp the date on the postcard
and mail it to you.
You may also submit comments through the Internet here.
You may review the public docket containing comments to
these proposed regulations in person in the Dockets Office between 9
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The
Dockets Office is on the plaza level of the NASSIF Building at the
Department of Transportation at the above address. Also, you may review
comments made to this public docket on the Internet here.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katherine Perfetti, AFS-200, 800
Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20591 (202) 267-3760, facsimile
at (202) 267-5229, or by email: Katherine.Perfetti@faa.gov
Industry dynamics, new technologies, new aircraft types and
configurations, and current operating issues and environment mandate a
comprehensive review and rewrite of parts 135 and 125. This review will
also include related portions of parts 91, 119, 121, and other
regulations. Issues under review include:
a. Design and manufacture of new aircraft that current regulations
do not address adequately (for example, large airships, powered lift
b. Certain large airplanes with modifications to payload capacity
and passenger seat configuration operating under part 91 or 135.
c. New equipment and technologies not adequately addressed in
d. International harmonization, ICAO commercial standards, and
increased international operations.
Public Participation in the Regulatory Review Process
Membership. The FAA invites members of the public to serve on the
part 135/125 Aviation Rulemaking Committee and/or work groups. The
committee will provide advice and recommendations to the FAA to assist
the agency in establishing a regulatory framework that will address
industry trends and dynamics and issues, and to enhance safety in this
segment of the industry. The committee acts solely in an advisory
capacity. The committee will discuss and present whatever input,
guidance, and recommendations considered relevant to the ultimate
disposition of issues.
Because of the diversity and complexities of the part 135/125
industry and issues, the committee will be structured with a steering
committee and specialized work groups. The steering committee will
consist of approximately 25 members selected by the FAA representing
aviation associations, industry representatives, employee groups, FAA
and other government entities, and other participants to provide a
balance of views, interests, and expertise. Membership on the steering
committee will be limited to facilitate discussions. Priority will be
given to those applicants representing an identified part of the
aviation community who are empowered to speak for those interests.
Additional participation is provided through the specialized work
groups. At this time, the FAA is considering the establishment of work
groups comprised of subject matter experts, in the following subject
--Part 119 Applicability and Definitions
--Equipment and New Technologies
--New aircraft (e.g., powered lift aircraft, airships)
--Other work groups may be established if required.
All non-government representatives serve without government
compensation and bear all costs related to their participation on the
steering committee or work groups. Members and participants should be
available to attend all scheduled committee or work group meetings for
the duration of the review.
It is anticipated that this committee will meet approximately 3-5
year, for 2-3 days for each meeting. Work groups will be scheduled as
determined by the steering committee and work group members to provide
information and meet schedule requirements.
Make your request to participate on the steering committee or
specialized work groups in writing on or before March 5, 2003. Your
request should provide the following information:
--Contact information (name, company and position, address, phone,
facsimile, and email)
--Segment(s) of the industry or organization/association you represent
--Experience, subject expertise or other background information
The FAA will notify all selected members and participants in
writing in advance of the first meeting. Additional information on the
committee, membership, dates, and other information may be obtained on
the Office of Rulemaking web site under the heading "Advisory
Comments. As noted above, persons wishing to comment on this review
may do so until June 3, 2003. In order to proceed with rulemaking, the
FAA requests that commenters be timely in their comments.
Commenters should be as specific as possible and provide as much
detail in comments as necessary to facilitate regulatory decision
making. Comments should address the specific section of the regulation
at issue, a detailed explanation of what needs to be changed and why,
and the proposed regulatory change. Information on costs and benefits
of the proposed change are particularly helpful.
Comments provided in response to this review will assist the FAA
and committee in their review and deliberation.
Issued in Washington, DC on January 27, 2003.
Louis C. Cusimano,
Acting Director, Flight Standards Service.
[FR Doc. 03-2416 Filed 1-31-03; 8:45 am]
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