[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 223 (Tuesday, November 19, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 69287-69288]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-27539]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Parts 117 and 121

[Docket No. FAA-2009-1093; Amdt. Nos. 117-1, 119-16, 121-357]
RIN 2120-AJ58


Flightcrew Member Duty and Rest Requirements; Technical 
Correction

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; technical correction.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is correcting the final flightcrew member duty and 
rest rule published on January 4, 2012. In that rule, the FAA amended 
its existing flight, duty and rest regulations applicable to 
certificate holders and their flightcrew members operating certain 
domestic, flag, and supplemental operations. This document corrects 
several issues requiring a technical correction in the codified text of 
the final flightcrew member duty and rest rule.

DATES: Effective January 4, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical questions concerning 
this action, contact Dale E. Roberts, AFS-200, Flight Standards 
Service, Air Transportation Division Federal Aviation Administration, 
800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267-
5749; email dale.e.roberts@faa.gov.
    For legal questions concerning this action, contact Alex Zektser or 
Bonnie Dragotto, AGC-220, Office of Chief Counsel, Regulations 
Division, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., 
Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267-3073; email: 
alex.zektser@faa.gov or bonnie.dragotto@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On January 4, 2012, the FAA published a final rule entitled 
``Flightcrew Member Duty and Rest Requirements'' (77 FR 330). In that 
rule, the FAA created a new part, part 117, which replaced the then-
existing flight, duty, and rest regulations for part 121 passenger 
operations. As part of this rulemaking, the FAA also applied the new 
part 117 to certain part 91 operations, and it permitted all-cargo 
operations operating under part 121 to voluntarily opt into the part 
117 flight, duty, and rest regulations.
    After the final rule was published, the FAA discovered several 
issues requiring a technical correction in the regulatory text of the 
rule. These issues, and the corresponding technical corrections, are as 
follows.

Technical Corrections

1. Certain Domestic All-Cargo Operations (Sec.  121.470(b))

    Under the existing rules, 14 CFR 121.470(b) states that 
``[c]ertificate holders conducting scheduled operations entirely within 
the States of Alaska or Hawaii with airplanes having a passenger seat 
configuration of more than 30 seats, excluding each crewmember seat, or 
a payload capacity of more than 7,500 pounds'' may elect to comply with 
the flag flight, duty, and rest rules of part 121.
    The final rule that created 14 CFR part 117 provides that all-cargo 
operations that do not choose to operate under part 117 will be able to 
operate under the same flight, duty, and rest rules that they operated 
under prior to the creation of part 117.\1\ However, the final rule 
inadvertently changed the regulatory text of Sec.  121.470(b) to apply 
to airplanes with a passenger seat configuration of ``30 seats or fewer 
. . . and a payload capacity of 7,500 pounds or less.'' \2\ Because 
this was not the intent of the final rule, Sec.  121.470(b) has been 
corrected so that all-cargo operations that previously operated 
pursuant to Sec.  121.470(b) can continue to do so after the final rule 
becomes effective.\3\
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    \1\ See Flightcrew Member Duty and Rest Requirements Final Rule, 
77 FR 330, 336-337 (Jan. 4, 2012).
    \2\ Id. at 403 (emphasis added).
    \3\ The FAA acknowledges that Sec.  121.470(b) governs scheduled 
operations and Sec.  110.2 defines a scheduled operation as a 
``passenger-carrying operation.'' Consequently, an all-cargo 
operation may not be able to operate under Sec.  121.470(b) as 
currently written. The FAA is examining this issue and may address 
it in a future regulatory action.
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2. Conflict Between the Definitions in Sec.  117.3 and Other 
Definitions

    The regulatory text in Sec.  117.3 has been corrected to clarify 
that if there is a conflict in definitions, the definitions in Sec.  
117.3 control only for purposes of the flight and duty limitations and 
rest requirements of part 117.

3. Reporting Requirements of Sec.  117.11(c)

    Section 117.11(b) permits a flightcrew member to exceed the flight-
time limits of Sec.  117.11(a) and Sec.  117.23(b) in certain 
circumstances. To ensure that the FAA is notified in all instances in 
which the Sec.  117.11(b) extension is utilized, Sec.  117.11(c) has 
been corrected to clarify that reporting is required if the extension 
in Sec.  117.11(b) is used to exceed either the limits of Sec.  117.11 
or Sec.  117.23(b).

4. Reporting Requirements of Sec.  117.19(b)(4)

    Similar to Sec.  117.11(b), Sec.  117.19(b) permits a flightcrew 
member to exceed the flight-duty-period limits specified in Tables B 
and C and in Sec.  117.23(c). To ensure that the FAA is notified in all 
instances in which the Sec.  117.19(b) extension is utilized, Sec.  
117.19(b)(4) has been corrected to clarify that reporting is required 
if the extension in Sec.  117.19(b) is used to exceed either the limits 
of Tables B/C or Sec.  117.23. We note that while reporting is not 
required if the limits of Table B or C are exceeded by 30 minutes or 
less, the corrected Sec.  117.19(b) requires certificate holder 
reporting if the limits of Sec.  117.23 are exceeded by any amount of 
time.

5. Cumulative Limitations in Sec.  117.23(b)

    The cumulative flight-time limitations in Sec.  117.23(c) have been 
corrected to clarify that a flightcrew member cannot accept an 
assignment that would cause that crewmember's total flight duty period 
to exceed either 60 hours in any

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168 consecutive hours or 190 hours in any 672 consecutive hours.

6. Reporting Requirements of Sec.  117.29(e)

    Similar to Sec.  117.11(b) and Sec.  117.19(b), Sec.  117.29 
permits a flightcrew member to exceed the cumulative limits specified 
in Tables A, B, and C, and in Sec.  117.23. To ensure that the FAA is 
notified in all instances in which the Sec.  117.29(b) extension is 
utilized, Sec.  117.29(e) has been corrected to clarify that reporting 
is required if the extension in Sec.  117.29(b) is used to exceed 
either the limits of Tables A/B/C or Sec.  117.23.
    Accordingly, in the final rule, FR Doc. 2011-33078, published on 
January 4, 2012 (77 FR 330), make the following corrections:


Sec.  117.3  [Corrected]

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1. On page 398, in the second column, in Sec.  117.3, the introductory 
text is corrected to read as follows:


Sec.  117.3  Definitions.

    In addition to the definitions in Sec. Sec.  1.1 and 110.2 of this 
chapter, the following definitions apply to this part. In the event 
there is a conflict in definitions, the definitions in this part 
control for purposes of the flight and duty limitations and rest 
requirements of this part.
* * * * *


Sec.  117.11  [Corrected]

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2. On pages 399 and 400, in the third column on page 399 and the first 
column of page 400, in Sec.  117.11, correct paragraph (c) to read as 
follows:


Sec.  117.11  Flight time limitation.

* * * * *
    (c) Each certificate holder must report to the Administrator within 
10 days any flight time that exceeded the maximum flight time limits 
permitted by this section or Sec.  117.23(b). The report must contain a 
description of the extended flight time limitation and the 
circumstances surrounding the need for the extension.
* * * * *


Sec.  117.19  [Corrected]

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3. On page 400, in the third column, in Sec.  117.19, correct paragraph 
(b)(4) to read as follows:


Sec.  117.19  Flight duty period extensions.

* * * * *
    (b) * * *
    (4) Each certificate holder must report to the Administrator within 
10 days any flight duty period that either exceeded the cumulative 
flight duty periods specified in Sec.  117.23(c), or exceeded the 
maximum flight duty period limits permitted by Tables B or C of this 
part by more than 30 minutes. The report must contain a description of 
the circumstances surrounding the affected flight duty period.


Sec.  117.23  [Corrected]

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4. On page 401, in the first column, in Sec.  117.23, paragraph (c)(1) 
is corrected to read as follows:


Sec.  117.23  Cumulative limitations

* * * * *
    (c) * * *
    (1) 60 flight duty period hours in any 168 consecutive hours or
* * * * *


Sec.  117.29  [Corrected]

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5. On page 401, in the third column, in Sec.  117.29, correct paragraph 
(e) to read as follows:


Sec.  117.29  Emergency and government sponsored operations.

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    (e) Each certificate holder must report within 10 days:
    (1) Any flight duty period that exceeded the maximum flight duty 
period permitted in Tables B or C of this part, as applicable, by more 
than 30 minutes;
    (2) Any flight time that exceeded the maximum flight time limits 
permitted in Table A of this part and Sec.  117.11, as applicable; and
    (3) Any flight duty period or flight time that exceeded the 
cumulative limits specified in Sec.  117.23.
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Sec.  121.470  [Corrected]

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6. On page 403, in the first column, in Sec.  121.470, correct 
paragraph (b) to read as follows:


Sec.  121.470  Applicability.

* * * * *
    (b) Certificate holders conducting scheduled operations entirely 
within the States of Alaska or Hawaii with airplanes having a passenger 
seat configuration of more than 30 seats, excluding each crewmember 
seat, or a payload capacity of more than 7,500 pounds, may comply with 
the requirements of this subpart or subpart R of this part for those 
operations.
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    Issued in Washington, DC, on November 12, 2013.
Mark W. Bury,
Assistant Chief Counsel for International Law, Legislation, and 
Regulations Division, AGC-200.
[FR Doc. 2013-27539 Filed 11-18-13; 8:45 am]
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