CFR Final Rule

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 251 (Friday, December 30, 2016)]
[Pages 96572-96701]

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Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Parts 21, 23, 35, 43, 91, 121, and 135
[Docket No. FAA-2015-1621; Amendment Nos. 21-100, 23-64, 35-10, 43-49, 91-346, 121-378, and 135-136]
RIN 2120-AK65
Revision of Airworthiness Standards for Normal, Utility, Acrobatic, and Commuter Category Airplanes

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AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: The FAA amends its airworthiness standards for normal, utility, acrobatic, and commuter category airplanes by replacing current prescriptive design requirements with performance-based airworthiness standards. These standards also replace the current weight and propulsion divisions in small airplane regulations with performance- and risk-based divisions for airplanes with a maximum seating capacity of 19 passengers or less and a maximum takeoff weight of 19,000 pounds or less. These airworthiness standards are based on, and will maintain, the level of safety of the current small airplane regulations, except for areas addressing loss of control and icing, for which the safety level has been increased. The FAA adopts additional airworthiness standards to address certification for flight in icing conditions, enhanced stall characteristics, and minimum control speed to prevent departure from controlled flight for multiengine airplanes. This rulemaking is in response to the Congressional mandate set forth in the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013.

DATES: Effective August 30, 2017.

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Issued under authority provided by 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 44701(a), 44703 and Pub. L. 113-53 (127 Stat. 584; 49 U.S.C. 44704 note) in Washington, DC, on December 12, 2016.
Michael P. Huerta,
[FR Doc. 2016-30246 Filed 12-21-16; 4:15 pm]

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