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Federal Register Highlights – 1/28/16

January 28, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for January 28, 2016:

RULE: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 98–20–27 for all Airbus Model A300 B4–600, B4– 600R, and F4–600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4–605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called Model A300–600 series airplanes). AD 98–20– 27 required repetitive inspections to detect fatigue cracking of the wing top skin at the front spar joint; and a follow-on eddy current inspection and repair, if necessary. This new AD reduces the inspection compliance time and intervals, and expands the inspection area of the wing top skin at the front spar joint. This AD was prompted by reports of cracking of the wing top skin in an area not required for inspection by AD 98–20–27. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the wing top skin at the front spar joint; such fatigue cracking could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane. This AD becomes effective March 3, 2016.

RULE: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 96–18–06 for certain Airbus Model A320–211 and –231 airplanes. AD 96–18–06 required visual inspections to detect cracks of the pressurized floor fittings at frame 36, and renewal of the zone protective finish or replacement of fittings with new fittings if necessary. Since we issued AD 96–18–06, an extended service goal analysis by the manufacturer revealed that the compliance times and repetitive inspection intervals should be reduced to meet the design service goal. This AD retains the requirements of AD 96–18– 06, with reduced compliance times and repetitive inspection intervals. This AD also adds Model A320–212 airplanes to the applicability. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking in the pressurized floor fittings at frame 36, which could result in failure of a floor fitting and subsequent depressurization of the fuselage. This AD becomes effective March 3, 2016.

PROPOSED RULE: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is issuing a proposed regulation limiting to one the number of permanent appointments spouses of 100 percent disabled and spouses of deceased members of the Armed Forces may receive under these provisions. OPM is making this change based on a provision contained in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The intended effect of this change is to conform our regulation with the statute. Comments must be received on or before March 28, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 3206–AM76.)

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