[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 39 (Thursday, February 27, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 11175-11177]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-04321]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration


Consensus Standards, Light-Sport Aircraft

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of two new and eight 
revised consensus standards relating to the provisions of the Sport 
Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft rule issued July 16, 2004, and effective 
September 1, 2004. ASTM International Committee F37 on Light Sport 
Aircraft developed the new and revised standards with Federal Aviation 
Administration (FAA) participation. By this notice, the FAA finds the 
new and revised standards acceptable for certification of the specified 
aircraft under the provisions of the Sport Pilot and Light-Sport 
Aircraft rule.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 28, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be mailed to: Federal Aviation Administration, 
Small Airplane Directorate, Programs and Procedures Branch, ACE-114, 
Attention: Terry Chasteen, Room 301,

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901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. Comments may also be emailed 
to: 9-ACE-AVR-LSA-Comments@faa.gov. All comments must be marked: 
Consensus Standards Comments, and must specify the standard being 
addressed by ASTM designation and title.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Terry Chasteen, Light-Sport Aircraft 
Program Manager, Programs and Procedures Branch (ACE-114), Small 
Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service, Federal Aviation 
Administration, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; 
telephone (816) 329-4147; email: terry.chasteen@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice announces the availability of 
two new and eight revised consensus standards to previously accepted 
consensus standards relating to the provisions of the Sport Pilot and 
Light-Sport Aircraft rule. ASTM International Committee F37 on Light 
Sport Aircraft developed the new and revised standards. The FAA expects 
a suitable consensus standard to be reviewed at least every two years. 
The two-year review cycle will result in a standard revision or 
reapproval. A standard is issued under a fixed designation (i.e., 
F2244); the number immediately following the designation indicates the 
year of original adoption or, in the case of revision, the year of last 
revision. A number in parentheses indicates the year of last 
reapproval. A reapproval indicates a two-year review cycle completed 
with no technical changes. A superscript epsilon ([egr]) indicates an 
editorial change since the last revision or reapproval. A notice of 
availability (NOA) will only be issued for new or revised standards. 
Reapproved standards issued with no technical changes or standards 
issued with editorial changes only (i.e., superscript epsilon ([egr])) 
are considered accepted by the FAA without need for a NOA.
    Comments Invited: Interested persons are invited to submit such 
written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Communications 
should identify the consensus standard number and be submitted to the 
address specified above. All communications received on or before the 
closing date for comments will be forwarded to ASTM International 
Committee F37 for consideration. The standard may be changed in light 
of the comments received. The FAA will address all comments received 
during the recurring review of the consensus standard and will 
participate in the consensus standard revision process.
    Background: Under the provisions of the Sport Pilot and Light-Sport 
Aircraft rule, and revised Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 
Circular A-119, ``Federal Participation in the Development and Use of 
Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment 
Activities'', dated February 10, 1998, industry and the FAA have been 
working with ASTM International to develop consensus standards for 
light-sport aircraft. These consensus standards satisfy the FAA's goal 
for airworthiness certification and a verifiable minimum safety level 
for light-sport aircraft. Instead of developing airworthiness standards 
through the rulemaking process, the FAA participates as a member of 
Committee F37 in developing these standards. The use of the consensus 
standard process assures government and industry discussion and 
agreement on appropriate standards for the required level of safety.

Comments on Previous Notices of Availability

    In the Notice of Availability (NOA) issued on May 31, 2013, and 
published in the Federal Register on June 11, 2013 the FAA asked for 
public comments on the new and revised consensus standards accepted by 
that NOA. The comment period closed on August 12, 2013. No public 
comments were received regarding the standards accepted by this NOA.

Consensus Standards in This Notice of Availability

    The FAA has reviewed the standards presented in this NOA for 
compliance with the regulatory requirements of the rule. Any light-
sport aircraft issued a special light-sport airworthiness certificate, 
which has been designed, manufactured, operated and maintained, in 
accordance with this and previously accepted ASTM consensus standards 
provides the public with the appropriate level of safety established 
under the regulations. Manufacturers who choose to produce these 
aircraft and certificate these aircraft under 14 CFR part 21, 
Sec. Sec.  21.190 or 21.191 are subject to the applicable consensus 
standard requirements. The FAA maintains a listing of all accepted 
standards on the FAA Web site.

The Revised Consensus Standard and Effective Period of Use

    The following previously accepted consensus standards have been 
revised, and this NOA is accepting the later revision. Either the 
previous revision or the later revision may be used for the initial 
certification of special light-sport aircraft until August 27, 2014. 
This overlapping period of time will allow aircraft that have started 
the initial certification process using the previous revision level to 
complete that process. After August 27, 2014, manufacturers must use 
the later revision and must identify the later revision in the 
Statement of Compliance for initial certification of special light-
sport aircraft unless the FAA publishes a specific notification 
otherwise. The following Consensus Standards may not be used after 
August 27, 2014:

ASTM Designation F2240-08, titled: Standard Specification for 
Manufacturer Quality Assurance Program for Powered Parachute Aircraft
ASTM Designation F2241-05a, titled: Standard Specification for 
Continued Airworthiness System for Powered Parachute Aircraft
ASTM Designation F2244-10, titled: Standard Specification for Design of 
Powered Parachute Aircraft
ASTM Designation F2245-12d, titled: Standard Specification for Design 
and Performance of a Light Sport Airplane
ASTM Designation F2279-06, titled: Standard Practice for Quality 
Assurance in the Manufacture of Fixed Wing Light Sport Aircraft
ASTM Designation F2353-05, titled: Standard Specification for 
Manufacturer Quality Assurance Program for Lighter-Than-Air Light Sport 
Aircraft
ASTM Designation F2355-12, titled: Standard Specification for Design 
and Performance Requirements for Lighter-Than-Air Light Sport Aircraft
ASTM Designation F2426-05a, titled: Standard Guide on Wing Interface 
Documentation for Powered Parachute Aircraft
ASTM Designation F2448-04, titled: Standard Practice for Manufacturer 
Quality Assurance System for Weight-Shift-Control Aircraft
ASTM Designation F2449-09, titled: Standard Specification for 
Manufacturer Quality Assurance Program for Light Sport Gyroplane 
Aircraft
ASTM Designation F2506-10,\1\, titled: Standard Specification for 
Design and Testing of Fixed-Pitch or Ground Adjustable Light Sport 
Aircraft Propellers
ASTM Designation F2564-11, titled: Standard Specification for Design 
and Performance of a Light Sport Glider
ASTM Designation F2930-12, titled: Standard Guide for Compliance with 
Light Sport Aircraft Standards

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The Consensus Standards

    The FAA finds the following new and revised consensus standards 
acceptable for certification of the specified aircraft under the 
provisions of the Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft rule. The 
following consensus standards become effective February 27, 2014 and 
may be used unless the FAA publishes a specific notification otherwise:

ASTM Designation F2241-13, titled: Standard Specification for Continued 
Airworthiness System for Powered Parachute Aircraft
ASTM Designation F2244-13, titled: Standard Specification for Design of 
Powered Parachute Aircraft
ASTM Designation F2245-13b, titled: Standard Specification for Design 
and Performance of a Light Sport Airplane
ASTM Designation F2355-13, titled: Standard Specification for Design 
and Performance Requirements for Lighter-Than-Air Light Sport Aircraft
ASTM Designation F2426-13, titled: Standard Guide on Wing Interface 
Documentation for Powered Parachute Aircraft
ASTM Designation F2506-13, titled: Standard Specification for Design 
and Testing of Light Sport Aircraft Propellers
ASTM Designation F2564-13, titled: Standard Specification for Design 
and Performance of a Light Sport Glider
ASTM Designation F2930-13, titled: Standard Guide for Compliance with 
Light Sport Aircraft Standards
ASTM Designation F2972-12, titled: Standard Specification for Light 
Sport Aircraft Manufacturer's Quality Assurance System
ASTM Designation F3035-13, titled: Standard Practice for Production 
Acceptance in the Manufacture of a Fixed Wing Light Sport Aircraft

Availability

    These consensus standards are copyrighted by ASTM International, 
100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959. 
Individual reprints of a standard (single or multiple copies, or 
special compilations and other related technical information) may be 
obtained by contacting ASTM at this address, or at (610) 832-9585 
(phone), (610) 832-9555 (fax), through service@astm.org (email), or 
through the ASTM Web site at www.astm.org. To inquire about standard 
content and/or membership or about ASTM International Offices abroad, 
contact Christine DeJong, Staff Manager for Committee F37 on Light 
Sport Aircraft: (610) 832-9736, cdejong@astm.org.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on February 21, 2014.
Earl Lawrence,
Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-04321 Filed 2-26-14; 8:45 am]
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