[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 207 (Tuesday, October 27, 1998)]
[Pages 57351-57352]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-28757]

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Federal Aviation Administration

Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee; Transport Airplane and 
Engine Issues--New Tasks

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of new task assignments for the Aviation Rulemaking 
Advisory Committee (ARAC).


SUMMARY: Notice is given of new tasks assigned to and accepted by the 
Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee (ARAC). This notice informs the 
public of the activities of ARAC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stewart R. Miller, Transport Standards 
Staff (ANM-110), Federal Aviation Administration, 1601 Lind Avenue, 
SW., Renton, WA 98055-4056; phone (425) 227-1255; fax (425) 227-1320.



    The FAA has established an Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee 
to provide advice and recommendations to the FAA Administrator, through 
the Associate Administrator for Regulation and Certification, on the 
full range of the FAA's rulemaking activities with respect to aviation-
related issues. This includes obtaining advice and recommendations on 
the FAA's commitment to harmonize its Federal Aviation Regulations 
(FAR) and practices with its trading partners in Europe and Canada.
    One area ARAC deals with is Transport Airplane and Engine Issues. 
These issues involve the airworthiness standards for transport category 
airplanes and engines in 14 CFR parts 25, 33, and 35 and parallel 
provisions in 14 CFR parts 121 and 135.

The Tasks

    This notice is to inform the public that the FAA has asked ARAC to 
provide advice and recommendation on the following harmonization tasks:

Avionics Systems

Task 1: Takeoff Warning System
    JAR 25.703(a) is more specific in the requirements than the FAR. 
The JAR, requires parking brake input, while FAR is silent. Also, the 
JAR 25.703(b) references guidance material on manual warning 
deactivation and reset of the warning that needs to be examined, the 
FAA advisory material generated, and both advisories harmonized.
Task 2: Cockpit Instrument Systems
    The wording of 25.1333(b) is different between FAR and JAR, which 
may lead to interpretation differences. In addition, the existing JAR 
guidance material needs to be examined and harmonized. Currently, no 
FAA guidance material exists, therefore, advisory circular will be 
written. AC/AMJ 25.11 paragraph 4 to be revisited.
    The FAA expects ARAC to submit its recommendation(s) by March 31, 
    For each of the above tasks the working group is to review 
airworthiness, safety, cost, and other relevant factors related to the 
specified differences, including recent certification and fleet 
experience. Must reach consensus on harmonized Part 25/JAR 25 rule and 
guidance material.
    The FAA also has asked that ARAC prepare the necessary documents, 
including notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) and economic analysis, 
to justify and carry out its recommendations. If the resulting 
recommendation is one or more NPRM's published by the FAA, the FAA may 
ask ARAC to recommend disposition of any substantive comments the FAA 

ARAC Acceptance of Tasks

    ARAC has accepted the tasks and has chosen to establish a new 
Avionics Systems Harmonization Working Group. The working group will 
serve as staff to ARAC to assist ARAC in the analysis of the assigned 
task. Working group recommendations must be reviewed and approved by 
ARAC. If ARAC accepts the working group's recommendations, it forwards 
them to the FAA as ARAC recommendations.

Working Group Activity

    The Avionics Systems Harmonization Working Group is expected to 
comply with the procedures adopted by ARAC. As part of the procedures, 
the working group is expected to:
    1. Recommend a work plan for completion of the task, including the 
rationale supporting such a plan, for consideration at the meeting of 
ARAC to consider transport airplane and engine issues held following 
publication of this notice.
    2. Give a detailed conceptual presentation of the proposed 
recommendations, prior to proceeding with the work stated in item 3 
    3. Draft appropriate regulatory documents with supporting economic 
and other required analyses, and/or any other related guidance material 
or collateral documents the working group determines to be appropriate; 
or, if new or revised requirements or compliance methods are not 
recommended, a draft report stating the rationale for not making such 
recommendations. If the resulting recommendation is one or more notices 
of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) published by the FAA, the FAA may ask 
ARAC to recommend disposition of any substantive comments the FAA 
    4. Provide a status report at each meeting of ARAC held to consider 
transport airplane and engine issues.

Participation in the Working Group

    The Avionics Systems Harmonization Working Group will be composed 
of technical experts having an interest in the assigned task. A working 
group member need not be a representative of a member of the full 
    An individual who has expertise in the subject matter and wishes to 
become a member of the working group should write to the person listed 
under the caption FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT expressing that 
desire, describing his or her interest in the tasks, and stating the 
expertise he or she would bring to the working group. All requests to 
participate must be received no later than November 20, 1998. The 
requests will be reviewed by the assistant chair and the assistant 
executive director, and the individuals will be advised whether or not 
the request can be accommodated.
    Individuals chosen for membership on the working group will be 
expected to represent their aviation community segment and participate 
actively in the working group (e.g., attend all meetings, provide 
written comments when requested to do so, etc.). They also will be 
expected to devote the resources necessary to ensure the ability of the 
working group to meet any assigned deadline(s). Members are expected to 
keep their management chain advised of working group activities and 
decisions to ensure that the agreed technical solutions do not conflict 
with their sponsoring organization's position when the subject being 
negotiated is presented to ARAC for a vote.
    Once the working group has begun deliberations, members will not be 
added or substituted without the approval of the assistant chair, the 
assistant executive director, and the working group chair.
    The Secretary of Transportation has determined that the formation 
and use of ARAC are necessary and in the public interest in connection 
with the performance of duties imposed on the FAA by law.
    Meetings of ARAC will be open to the public. Meetings of the 
Avionics Systems Harmonization Working Group

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will not be open to the public, except to the extent that individuals 
with an interest and expertise are selected to participate. No public 
announcement of working group meetings will be made.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on October 21, 1998.
Joseph A. Hawkins,
Executive Director, Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee.
[FR Doc. 98-28757 Filed 10-26-98; 8:45 am]