[Federal Register Volume 60, Number 72 (Friday, April 14, 1995)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 19007-19008]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 95-9387]



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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Parts 119, 121, 125, 127 and 135


Forum With the Administrator and Deputy Administrator; Public 
Meeting on Commuter Operations and General Certification and Operations

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting and forum with the Administrator and 
Deputy Administrator.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of an open 
forum with the Administrator and Deputy Administrator. Later on the 
same day the FAA will hold a public meeting on the notice of proposed 
rulemaking, Commuter Operations and General Certification and 
Operations, published in the Federal Register on March 29, 1995 [60 FR 
16230]. The purpose of these meetings is to provide an opportunity for 
the public to comment on regulatory aviation issues in general and 
specifically on the commuter rulemaking.

DATES: The meetings will be held on May 18, 1995, beginning at 9:30 
a.m. Meeting times are as follows:

9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.--Open forum with the Administrator and Deputy 
Administrator
1:00 p.m.--Public meeting on the commuter NPRM.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, at the 
Loussac Library, 3600 Denali Street, Assembly Chambers, Level 1.
    Persons unable to attend any of the meetings may mail their 
comments in triplicate to: Federal Aviation Administration, Office of 
the Chief Counsel, Rules Docket (AGC-200), Docket No. 28154, 800 
Independence Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20591.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Requests to present a statement at the public meeting on the commuter 
NPRM or questions regarding the logistics of the meeting should be 
directed to Linda Williams, Federal Aviation Administration, Office of 
Rulemaking (ARM-109), 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20591, telephone (202) 267-9685; fax (202) 267-5075, or Sandra Paxton, 
Federal Aviation Administration, Alaska Region Headquarters (AAL-1), 
222 West 7th Avenue, #14, Anchorage, AK 99533, telephone: (907) 271-
5645.
    Questions concerning the subject matter of the public meeting on 
the commuter NPRM should be directed to Katherine Hakala, Flight 
Standards Service (AFS-250), Federal Aviation Administration, 800 
Independence Avenue, Washington, DC 20591. Telephone: (202) 267-8137.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    President Clinton has set a goal of re-inventing the regulatory 
process and making major improvements in the way it serves the American 
people. The [[Page 19008]] Administrator has made a commitment to 
establish stronger partnerships with the individuals, businesses, and 
other entities that government regulations impact. To fulfill this 
commitment, the FAA has planned a series of forums throughout the 
United States in which the Administrator and Deputy Administrator will 
listen to the regulated community, the traveling public, and the people 
responsible for ensuring compliance so that they can work together to 
achieve compliance. As indicated in the planned agenda, the first 
portion of the May 18 meeting will be an open forum with the 
Administrator and Deputy Administrator. Interested persons may comment 
on a variety of issues important to them. The FAA would be particularly 
interested in hearing what actions in our mutual relationship work well 
and which ones do not.
    Following the forum with the Administrator and Deputy 
Administrator, the FAA will conduct a public meeting, beginning at 1:00 
p.m., on the recently published commuter proposed rule. Comments from 
the public on this meeting should be directed specifically to the 
proposed rule.
    The notice of proposed rulemaking was published in the Federal 
Register on March 29, 1995. If adopted, the proposed rule would require 
certain commuter operators that now conduct operations under part 135 
to conduct those operations under part 121. The commuter operators that 
would be affected are those part 135 operators conducting scheduled 
passenger-carrying operations in airplanes that have a passenger-
seating configuration of 10 to 30 seats and those conducting scheduled 
passenger-carrying operations in turbojets regardless of seating 
configuration. The proposed rule would revise the requirements 
concerning operating certificates and operations specifications. The 
rule would also propose certain management officials for all operators 
under parts 121 and 135.
    The closing date for comments on the proposal is June 27, 1995. To 
give the public an additional opportunity to comment on the proposed 
rule the FAA is planning this public meeting. Other meetings may be 
planned at various locations.
    Persons interested in obtaining a copy of the proposed commuter 
rule should contact Linda Williams at the address or telephone number 
provided in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

Participation at the Public Meeting on the Commuter NPRM

    Requests from persons who wish to present oral statements at the 
public meeting on the commuter NPRM should be received by the FAA no 
later than May 5, 1995. Such requests should be submitted to Linda 
Williams as listed in the section titled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT and should include a written summary of oral remarks to be 
presented and estimated time needed for the presentation. Requests 
received after the date specified above will be scheduled if time is 
available during the meeting; however, the name of those individuals 
may not appear on the written agenda. The FAA will prepare an agenda of 
speakers that will be available at the meeting. To accommodate as many 
speakers as possible, the amount of time allocated to each speaker may 
be less than the amount of time requested.

Public Meeting Procedures

    The following procedures are established to facilitate the public 
meeting on the commuter NPRM:
    1. There will be no admission fee or other charge to attend or to 
participate in the public meeting. The meeting will be open to all 
persons who have requested in advance to present statements or who 
register on the day of the meeting (between 12:30 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.) 
subject to availability of space in the meeting room.
    2. The public meeting may adjourn early if scheduled speakers 
complete their statements in less time than currently is scheduled for 
the meeting.
    3. The FAA will try to accommodate all speakers; therefore, it may 
be necessary to limit the time available for an individual or group.
    4. Participants should address their comments to the panel. No 
individual will be subject to cross-examination by any other 
participant.
    5. Sign and oral interpretation can be made available at the 
meeting, as well as an assistive listening device, if requested 10 
calendar days before the meeting.
    6. Representatives of the FAA will conduct the public meeting. A 
panel of FAA personnel involved in this issue will be present.
    7. The meeting will be recorded by a court reporter. A transcript 
of the meeting and any material accepted by the panel during the 
meeting will be included in the public docket (Docket No. 28154). Any 
person who is interested in purchasing a copy of the transcript should 
contact the court reporter directly. This information will be available 
at the meeting.
    8. The FAA will review and consider all material presented by 
participants at the public meeting. Position papers or material 
presenting views or information related to the proposed NPRM may be 
accepted at the discretion of the presiding officer and subsequently 
placed in the public docket. The FAA requests that persons 
participating in the meeting provide 10 copies of all materials to be 
presented for distribution to the panel members; other copies may be 
provided to the audience at the discretion of the participant.
    9. Statements made by members of the public meeting panel are 
intended to facilitate discussion of the issues or to clarify issues. 
Because the meeting concerning the commuter NPRM is being held during 
the comment period, final decisions concerning issues that the public 
may raise cannot be made at the meeting. FAA officials will, however, 
ask questions to clarify statements made by the public and to ensure a 
complete and accurate record. Comments made at this public meeting will 
be considered by the FAA when deliberations begin concerning whether to 
adopt any or all of the proposed rules.
    10. The meeting is designed to solicit public views and more 
complete information on the proposed rule. Therefore, the meeting will 
be conducted in an informal and nonadversarial manner.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on April 11, 1995.
Thomas C. Accardi,
Director, Flight Standards Service.
[FR Doc. 95-9387 Filed 4-12-95; 1:17 pm]
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