[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 88 (Tuesday, May 9, 2017)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 21471-21472]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-09316]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 91

[Docket No. FAA-2006-24981; Amdt. Nos. 61-138A, 91-344A, and 135-134A]
RIN 2120-AK63


MU-2B Series Airplane Training Requirements Update; Correction

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; correcting amendment.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is correcting a final rule published on September 7, 
2016. In that rule, the FAA amended its regulations to relocate and 
update the content of SFAR No. 108 to the newly created subpart N of 
part 91 in order to improve the safety of operating the Mitsubishi 
Heavy Industries (MHI) MU-2B series airplane. This document corrects 
two errors in the codified text of the final rule.

DATES: Effective May 9, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical questions concerning 
this action, contact Joseph Hemler, Commercial Operations Branch, 
Flight Standards Service, AFS-820, Federal Aviation Administration, 55 
M Street SE., 8th floor, Washington, DC 20003-3522; telephone (202) 
267-1100; email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On September 7, 2016, the FAA published a final rule entitled, 
``MU-2B Series Airplane Training Requirements Update'' (81 FR 61583). 
In that final rule, the FAA amended its regulations to relocate and 
update the content of SFAR No. 108 to the newly created subpart N of 
part 91 in order to improve the safety of operating the MHI MU-2B 
series airplane. The FAA relocated the training program from the SFAR 
No. 108 appendices to advisory material in order to allow the FAA to 
update policy while ensuring significant training adjustments still go 
through notice-and-comment rulemaking. The FAA also corrected and 
updated several inaccurate maneuver profiles to reflect

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current FAA training philosophy and added new FAA procedures not 
previously part of the MU-2B training under SFAR No. 108. The final 
rule required all MU-2B training programs to meet the requirements of 
subpart N of part 91 and to be approved by the FAA to ensure safety is 
maintained.
    After the final rule was published, the FAA discovered an error in 
the regulatory text of the rule. The FAA was also notified that the 
publisher of the MHI MU-2B Checklists, which were incorporated by 
reference in the final rule, changed on March 31, 2017. Because the 
publisher's contact information is codified in Sec.  91.1721(b), the 
regulatory text of paragraph (b) was incorrect as of March 31, 2017. 
These errors, and the corresponding corrections, are as follows:

Corrections

1. Takeoff and Landing Currency Requirements in Sec.  91.1715(a)

    Section 91.1715(a) currently reads, in part, ``takeoff landing 
currency requirements.'' The FAA is adding the word ``and'' to correct 
an inadvertent omission in the regulation.

2. Publisher's Contact Information in Sec.  91.1721(b)

    The MHI MU-2B Cockpit Checklists are incorporated by reference in 
Sec.  91.1721. Section 91.1721(b) contains the contact information of 
the company who publishes these checklists. When the final rule was 
published, Turbine Aircraft Services, Inc. (TAS) was contracted by 
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. (MHIA) to print and 
distribute the MU-2B Cockpit Checklists. Therefore, Sec.  91.1721(b) 
currently contains TAS's contact information. The FAA was notified, 
however, that beginning on March 31, 2017, MHIA will be responsible for 
printing and distributing the MU-2B Cockpit Checklists. This correction 
document updates the contact information in Sec.  91.1721(b) to reflect 
the new publisher.
    Because these amendments are technical in nature and result in no 
substantive changes, the FAA finds that the notice and public 
procedures under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are unnecessary. For the same reason, 
the FAA finds good cause exists under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) to make the 
amendments effective in less than 30 days.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 91

    Aircraft, Airmen, Airports, Aviation safety, Freight, Incorporation 
by reference, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

The Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation 
Administration corrects chapter I of title 14, Code of Federal 
Regulations as follows:

PART 91--GENERAL OPERATING AND FLIGHT RULES

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1. The authority citation for part 91 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g), 1155, 40101, 40103, 40105, 
40113, 40120, 44101, 44111, 44701, 44704, 44709, 44711, 44712, 
44715, 44716, 44717, 44722, 46306, 46315, 46316, 46504, 46506-46507, 
47122, 47508, 47528-47531, 47534, articles 12 and 29 of the 
Convention on International Civil Aviation (61 Stat. 1180), (126 
Stat. 11).


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2. Revise paragraph (a) of Sec.  91.1715 to read as follows:


Sec.  91.1715  Currency requirements and flight review.

    (a) The takeoff and landing currency requirements of Sec.  61.57 of 
this chapter must be maintained in the Mitsubishi MU-2B series 
airplane. Takeoff and landings in other multiengine airplanes do not 
meet the takeoff and landing currency requirements for the Mitsubishi 
MU-2B series plane. Takeoff and landings in either the short-body or 
long-body Mitsubishi MU-2B model airplane may be credited toward 
takeoff and landing currency for both Mitsubishi MU-2B model groups.
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3. In Sec.  91.1721, revise the introductory text of paragraph (b) to 
read as follows:


Sec.  91.1721  Incorporation by reference.

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    (b) Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc., 4951 Airport 
Parkway, Suite 530, Addison, TX 75001.
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    Issued under authority provided by (consult AGC) 49 U.S.C. 
106(f), 44701(a), and 44703 in Washington, DC, on May 2, 2017.
Lirio Liu,
Director, Office of Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2017-09316 Filed 5-8-17; 8:45 am]
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