[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 9 (Tuesday, January 14, 2020)]
[Pages 2230-2231]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-00402]



Office of the Secretary

[Docket No. DOT-OST-2016-0023]

Extension of a Previously Approved Collection: Public Charters, 
14 CFR Part 380

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.


SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the 
Department of Transportation (DOT) invites the general public, industry 
and other governmental parties to comment on Public Charters. A Federal 
Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the 
following information collection was published on October 11, 2019 (84 
FR 54945). No comments were received.

DATES: Written comments should be submitted by February 13, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Reather Flemmings (202-366-1865) 
and Mr. Brett Kruger (202-366-8025), Office of the Secretary, Office of 
International Aviation, U.S. Air Carrier Licensing/Special Authorities 
Division-X44, 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20590.

ADDRESSES: Send comments regarding the burden estimate, including 
suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Office of Management and 
Budget, Attention: Desk Officer for the Office of the Secretary of 
Transportation, 725 17th Street NW, Washington, DC 20503. Comments may 
also be sent via email to OMB at the following address: 
[email protected].

    OMB Control Number: 2106-0005.
    Title: Public Charters, 14 CFR part 380.
    Form Numbers: 4532, 4533, 4534, 4535.
    Type of Review: Extension of a Previously Approved Collection: The 
current OMB inventory has not changed.
    Abstract: 14 CFR part 380 establishes regulations embodying the 
Department's terms and conditions for Public Charter operators to 
conduct air transportation using direct air carriers. Public Charter 
operators arrange transportation for groups of people on chartered 
aircraft. This arrangement is often less expensive for the travelers 
than individually buying a ticket. Part 380 exempts charter operators 
from certain provisions of the U.S. code in order that they may provide 
this service. A primary goal of Part 380 is to seek protection for the 
consumer. Accordingly, the rule stipulates that the charter operator 
must file evidence (a prospectus--consisting of OST Forms 4532, 4533, 
4534, 4535, and supporting financial documents) with the Department for 
each charter program certifying that it has entered into a binding 
contract with a direct air carrier to provide air transportation and 
that it has also entered into agreements with Department-approved 
financial institutions for the protection of charter participants' 
funds. The prospectus must be approved by the Department prior to the 
operator's advertising, selling or operating the charter. If the 
prospectus information were not collected it would be extremely 
difficult to assure compliance with agency rules and to assure that 
public security and other consumer protection requirements were in 
place for the traveling public. The information collected is available 
for public inspection (unless the respondent specifically requests 
confidential treatment). Part 380 does not provide any assurances of 
    Burden Statement: Completion of all forms in a prospectus can be 
accomplished in approximately two hours (30 minutes per form) for new 
filers and one hour for amendments (existing filings). The forms are 
simplified and request only basic information about the proposed 
programs and the private sector filer. The respondent can submit a 
filing to operate for up to one year and include as many flights as 
desired, in most cases. If an operator chooses to make changes to a 
previously approved charter operation, then the operator is required by 
the regulations to file revisions to its original prospectus.
    Respondents: Private Sector: Air carriers; tour operators; the 
general public (including groups and individuals, corporations and 
Universities or Colleges, etc.).
    Number of Respondents: 245.
    Number of Responses: 1,782.
    Total Annual Burden: 891 hours.
    Frequency of Responses:
    245 (respondents) x 4 = 980.
    401 (amendments from the same respondents) x 2 = 802.
    Total estimated responses: 980 + 802 = 1,782.
    The frequency of response is dependent upon whether the operator is 
requesting a new program or amending an existing prospectus. Variations 
occur due to the respondents' criteria. On average four responses 
(forms 4532, 4533, 4534 and/or 4535) are required for filing new 
prospectuses and two of the responses (forms) are required for 
amendments. The separate hour burden estimate is as follows:
    Total Annual Burden: 891 hours.
    Approximately 1,782 (responses) x 0.50 (per form) = 891.

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    Public Comments Invited: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Department, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the Department's estimate of the burden of 
the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, 
utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, by 
the use of electronic means, including the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology. All responses to 
this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB 
approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record.

    Authority: The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; 44 U.S.C. 
Chapter 35, as amended; and 49 CFR 1.48.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on January 7, 2020.
Jeffrey B. Gaynes,
Assistant Director for Regulatory Affairs.
[FR Doc. 2020-00402 Filed 1-13-20; 8:45 am]