[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 160 (Friday, August 17, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 49740-49741]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-20277]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Parts 43, 91, and 145

[Docket No. FAA-2006-26408; Notice No. 12-03]
RIN 2120-AJ61


Repair Stations; Extension of Comment Period

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); Extension of comment 
period.

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SUMMARY: This action extends the comment period for an NPRM that was 
published on May 21, 2012. In that document, the FAA proposed to update 
and revise the regulations for repair stations. This extension is a 
result of formal requests from repair stations and industry 
associations to extend the comment period to the proposal. This 
extension is necessary to afford all interested parties an opportunity 
to present their views on the proposed rulemaking.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 19, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments identified by Docket No. FAA-2006-
26408 using any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for sending your 
comments electronically.

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     Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M-30; U.S. 
Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room 
W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket 
Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202-493-2251.
    Privacy: We will post all comments we receive, without change, to 
http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information the 
commenter provides. Using the search function of the docket Web site, 
anyone can find and read the electronic form of all comments received 
into any FAA docket, including the name of the individual sending the 
comment (or signing the comment for an association, business, labor 
union, etc.). DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement can be found in the 
Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-19478), as 
well as at http://DocketsInfo.dot.gov.
    Docket: Background documents or comments received may be read at 
http://www.regulations.gov at any time. Follow the online instructions 
for accessing the docket or Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of the 
West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, 
DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James M. Crotty, ARM-205, Office of 
Rulemaking, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20591, telephone (202) 267-9456; email 
James.M.Crotty@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: See the ``Additional Information'' section 
in the NPRM (77 FR 30054) for further information on how to comment on 
the proposals in the NPRM and how the FAA will handle comments 
received. The ``Additional Information'' section also contains related 
information about the docket, privacy, and the handling of proprietary 
or confidential business information. In addition, there is information 
on obtaining copies of related rulemaking documents.

Background

    On May 21, 2012, the FAA issued Notice No. 12-03, entitled ``Repair 
Stations'' (77 FR 30054). Comments to that document were to be received 
on or before August 20, 2012.
    By letter dated August 3, 2012, nine associations representing a 
large cross-section of the aviation industry jointly requested that the 
FAA extend the comment period for 90 days (Aeronautical Repair Station 
Association, Aerospace Industries Association, Aircraft Electronics 
Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Airlines for 
America, Helicopter Association International, National Air Carrier 
Association, National Air Transportation Association, and Regional 
Airline Association). The petitioners stated that good cause and need 
for an extended comment period arises from the scope and extent of the 
proposed changes, coupled with the effects it will have between and 
among individual companies represented by the petitioners. Further, the 
petitioners noted that many repair stations are small businesses which 
do not have departments or personnel dedicated to reviewing regulatory 
changes. As such, they may not be aware of the proposals, and the 
petitioners need more time to reach these small businesses and gather 
their input. Finally, the petitioners stated that more time is needed 
to consolidate its members' comments and coordinate these comments 
among the group.
    The FAA agrees with the petitioners' request for an extension of 
the comment period. We recognize the NPRM's contents are significant 
and complex. Further, we understand that it is the intention of the 
petitioners to continue to canvass their members for comments, and to 
coordinate and consolidate the additional comments.
    Absent unusual circumstances, the FAA does not anticipate any 
further extension of the comment period for this rulemaking.

Extension of Comment Period

    In accordance with Sec.  11.47(c) of Title 14, Code of Federal 
Regulations, the FAA has reviewed the joint petition made by the nine 
associations for extension of the comment period to Notice No. 12-03. 
These petitioners have shown a substantive interest in the proposed 
rule and good cause for the extension. The FAA has determined that 
extension of the comment period is consistent with the public interest, 
and that good cause exists for taking this action.
    Accordingly, the comment period for Notice No. 12-03 is extended to 
November 19, 2012.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 13, 2012.
Brenda D. Courtney,
Acting Director, Office of Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2012-20277 Filed 8-16-12; 8:45 am]
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