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Federal Register Highlights – 3/15/16

March 15, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for March 15, 2016:

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for the establishment and operation of elected school boards for elementary, middle and high schools operated by the DoD Education Activity in the Continental United States and the Territories, Possessions and Commonwealths. Specific direction is given to facilitate compliance with 10 U.S.C. 2164(d), as implemented by DoD Instruction 1342.25, regarding the election of board members, composition, roles and responsibilities, operating procedures and resolution of conflicts. Comments must be received by May 16, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket ID: DOD–2014–OS–0006.)

RULE: We are superseding an airworthiness directive (AD) 2007–06– 06 for B–N Group Ltd. Models BN–2, BN–2A, BN–2A–2, BN–2A–3, BN–2A–6, BN–2A–8, BN–2A–9, BN–2A–20, BN– 2A–21, BN–2A–26, BN–2A–27, BN–2B– 20, BN–2B–21, BN–2B–26, BN–2B–27, BN2A MK. III, BN2A MK. III–2, BN2A MK. III–3 BN2A, BN2B, and BN2A MKIII (all models on TCDS A17EU and A29EU) airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as cracks in the inner shell of certain pitot/static pressure heads. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective April 19, 2016.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Engine Alliance (EA) GP7270 turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by reports of the installation of non- conforming honeycomb cartridges in the high-pressure compressor (HPC) adjacent to the HPC rotor stage 2 to 5 spool and stage 7 to 9 spool. This AD requires removal and replacement of the affected HPC rotor stage 2 to 5 and stage 7 to 9 spools and adjacent honeycomb cartridges. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the HPC rotor stage 2 to 5 and stage 7 to 9 spools, which could lead to uncontained engine failure and damage to the airplane. This AD is effective April 19, 2016.

RULE: We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2015–04– 03 that applies to certain Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211 Trent 768–60, 772–60, and 772B–60 turbofan engines. AD 2015–04–03 required inspection of the sealing sleeve on the high-pressure/ intermediate-pressure (HP/IP) turbine support internal oil feed tube and removal of those sealing sleeves affected by AD 2015–04–03. This AD requires removal of either the affected sealing sleeve only or both the affected sealing sleeve and the oil feed tube. This AD was prompted by fractures of the HP/IP turbine support internal oil feed tube. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the HP/IP turbine support internal oil feed tube, uncontained engine failure, and damage to the airplane. This AD is effective April 19, 2016.

RULE: FRA proposes regulations establishing minimum requirements for the size of train crew staffs depending on the type of operation. A minimum requirement of two crewmembers is proposed for all railroad operations, with exceptions proposed for those operations that FRA believes do not pose significant safety risks to railroad employees, the general public, and the environment by using fewer than two- person crews. This proposed rule would also establish minimum requirements for the roles and responsibilities of the second train crewmember on a moving train, and promote safe and effective teamwork. Additionally, FRA co-proposes two different options for situations where a railroad wants to continue an existing operation with a one-person train crew or start up an operation with less than two crewmembers. Under both co-proposal options, a railroad that wants to continue an existing operation or start a new operation with less than a two-person train crew would be required to describe the operation and provide safety-related information to FRA; however, proposed Option 1 includes an FRA review and approval period lasting up to 90 days while Option 2 proposes permitting such operations to initiate or continue without a mandatory FRA review and approval waiting period or while such review is taking place. For start-up freight operations with less than two crewmembers, proposed Option 2 also requires a statement signed by the railroad officer in charge of the operation certifying a safety hazard analysis of the operation has been completed and that the operation provides an appropriate level of safety. Written comments on the proposed rule must be received by May 16, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket No. FRA–2014–0033.)

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