[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 194 (Thursday, October 6, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 61999]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-25883]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 21

[PS-AIR-21.50-01]


Policy Statement: Inappropriate Design Approval Holder (DAH) 
Restrictions on the Use and Availability of Instructions for Continued 
Airworthiness (ICA)

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Proposed policy statement; notice of availability and request 
for public comments.

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SUMMARY: This document announces the availability of and request for 
public comments on the proposed policy statement addressing the action 
taken by some Design Approval Holders (DAH) restricting the 
availability, distribution, and use of Instructions (ICA) through 
contractual agreements or restrictive language in the actual ICA.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 5, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Send all comments on the proposed Policy Statement: PS-AIR-
21.50-01, Inappropriate DAH Restrictions on the Use and Availability of 
ICA to: Federal Aviation Administration, Mike Monroney Aeronautical 
Center, 6500 S. MacArthur Blvd., ARB--Room 308, Oklahoma City, OK 
73169. ATTN: John Cerra, AIR-110. You may electronically submit 
comments to the following Internet address: [email protected]. Include 
in the subject line of your message the following: PS-AIR-21.50-01, 
Inappropriate DAH Restrictions on the Use and Availability of ICA.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Cerra, Aerospace Engineer, 
Federal Aviation Administration, Aircraft Certification Service, 
Aircraft Engineering Division, Airworthiness Procedures Branch, AIR-
113, 6500 S. MacArthur Blvd., ARB--Room 308, Oklahoma City, OK 73169. 
Telephone (405) 954-7075, FAX (405) 954-2209, or e-Mail at: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Comments Invited

    You are invited to comment on the proposed policy addressing the 
actions of DAHs restricting the availability, distribution, and use of 
ICAs, by submitting such written data, views, or arguments to the 
address or FAX number listed above. Your comments should specify 
``Policy Statement: PS-AIR-21.50-01, Inappropriate DAH Restrictions on 
the Use and Availability of ICA,'' in the subject line. The Director of 
the Aircraft Certification Service will consider all communications 
received on or before the closing date before issuing the final 
document.

Background

    Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) 21.50(b) 
requires the holder of a design approval to furnish at least one set of 
complete Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA) to the owner of 
each type aircraft, aircraft engine, or propeller upon its delivery, or 
upon issuance of the first standard airworthiness certificate. Recent 
questions have emerged regarding requirements for a design approval 
holder (DAH) to make ICA available to a maintenance provider/repair 
station. It is not acceptable for a DAH to limit the distribution of 
ICA by imposing contractual requirements or adding restrictive language 
that would control the use of ICA by an owner/operator with respect to 
the maintenance of its product.

How To Obtain Copies

    You may get an electronic copy of the policy statement PS-AIR-
21.50-01, Inappropriate DAH Restrictions on the Use and Availability of 
ICA, via the Internet at: http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/draft_docs, and 
then select Policy, or by contacting the person named in FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT.

Susan J.M. Cabler,
Assistant Manager, Aircraft Engineering Division, Aircraft 
Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-25883 Filed 10-5-11; 8:45 am]
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