[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 149 (Wednesday, August 5, 2009)]
[Pages 39135-39136]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-18646]



Federal Aviation Administration

Full Electronic Distribution of Airworthiness Directives

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of policy change; final disposition.


SUMMARY: This notice announces the FAA's schedule for transitioning to 
full electronic distribution of airworthiness directives (ADs). This 
transition will provide a timelier and more cost effective method for 
the FAA to provide safety information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Josh Peebles, Federal Aviation 
Administration, Aircraft Certification Service, Aircraft Engineering 
Division, Delegation and Airworthiness Programs Branch, AIR-140, 6500 
S. MacArthur Blvd., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73125. Telephone: (405) 
954-1345; fax: (405) 954-2209, or e-mail: [email protected].



    On August 24, 2006 we published a notice in the Federal Register 
(71 FR 50113) to announce changes in our AD and Special Airworthiness 
Information Bulletins (SAIB) printing and distribution policy. We also 
announced our intention to transition to full electronic distribution 
for ADs and notified the public that we would immediately stop mailing 
paper copies of SAIBs.
    On March 1, 2007 we published a notice in the Federal Register (72 
FR 9394) to announce our e-mail subscription service for ADs and SAIBs. 
The service, known as GovDelivery, was activated in May 2007 and is 
accessible from the Regulatory and Guidance Library (RGL) homepage at: 
http://rgl.faa.gov. The service is free of charge and allows any 
interested party to subscribe. Subscribers may choose to receive all 
published documents or only those pertaining to a specific product make 
and model. They also may choose to receive all published documents for

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general categories such as `small airplane' or `engine.' The 
subscription service sends ADs and SAIBs to the e-mail address of each 
subscriber within minutes after publication in the RGL.
    In September of 2007, the FAA stopped mailing paper copies of ADs 
and SAIBs to all owners and operators of transport airplanes and 
engines installed on transport airplanes.

Full Electronic Distribution

    a. We will stop mailing paper copies of the remaining products 
according to the following schedule:

                Product                               Date
Transport rotorcraft and rotorcraft     October 1, 2009.
All other rotorcraft and rotorcraft     January 1, 2010.
All aircraft, engines, and propellers.  March 1, 2010.

    b. Owners and operators should use the following resources to 
obtain AD and SAIB information electronically:
    (1) Regulatory and Guidance Library (RGL) Web site: http://rgl.faa.gov.
    (2) Federal Register Web site: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/
    (3) GovDelivery e-mail service--ADs are automatically e-mailed to 
subscribers who sign-up through the RGL homepage.
    c. For those people who might not have computer access or who still 
desire paper copies, the FAA will continue to provide the AD Biweekly, 
which is a paid subscription of all ADs issued in the Federal Register 
over the previous 2-week period. The AD Biweekly is printed and mailed 
by the Government Printing Office (GPO) and does not include SAIBs. 
Contact the GPO directly at phone: (202) 512-1806 to subscribe.
    d. We will continue to fax and or mail paper copies of Emergency 
ADs until further notice.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on July 30, 2009.
Susan J. M. Cabler,
Assistant Manager, Aircraft Engineering Division, Aircraft 
Certification Service.
[FR Doc. E9-18646 Filed 8-4-09; 8:45 am]