Consensus Standards, Light-Sport Aircraft, Notice No. NOA-21-01

CourtFederal Aviation Administration
Citation87 FR 10275
Record Number2022-03775
Published date23 February 2022
Federal Register, Volume 87 Issue 36 (Wednesday, February 23, 2022)
[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 36 (Wednesday, February 23, 2022)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 10275-10276]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2022-03775]
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                DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
                Federal Aviation Administration
                Consensus Standards, Light-Sport Aircraft, Notice No. NOA-21-01
                AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT
                ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.
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                SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of one new and two
                revised consensus standards relating to the provisions of the
                Certification of Aircraft and Airmen for the Operation of Light-Sport
                Aircraft rule. ASTM International (ASTM) Committee F37 on Light-Sport
                Aircraft developed the new and revised standards with FAA
                participation. The FAA finds the new and revised standards acceptable
                for certification under the provisions of the Certification of Aircraft
                and Airmen for the Operation of Light-Sport Aircraft rule.
                DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 25, 2022.
                ADDRESSES: Send comments identified by docket number FAA-2022-0225
                using any of the following methods:
                 [square] Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for sending your
                comments electronically.
                 [square] Email: Send comments to: [email protected].
                Specify the standard being addressed by ASTM designation and title.
                Mark all comments: Consensus Standards Comments.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Stoll, Light-Sport Aircraft
                Program Manager, Production and Airworthiness Systems, AIR-632, Systems
                Policy Branch, Aircraft Certification Service, Federal Aviation
                Administration, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106;
                telephone (816) 329-4178; email:[email protected].
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                Comments Invited
                 The FAA invites you to submit any written data, views, or arguments
                about this notice. Comments should identify the consensus standard
                number and be sent to an address listed under ADDRESSES. The FAA will
                forward all comments received on or before the closing date to ASTM
                Committee F37 for consideration, who may change the standard in light
                of the comments received. The FAA will address all comments received
                during its recurring review of the consensus standards and
                participation in the consensus standards revision process.
                Background
                 This notice announces the availability of one new and two revised
                consensus standards, developed by ASTM Committee F37 on Light-Sport
                Aircraft, which supersede previously accepted consensus standards.
                Under the provisions of the Certification of Aircraft and Airmen for
                the Operation of Light-Sport Aircraft rule (69 FR 44772; July 27, 2004)
                and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular No. A-119, ``Federal
                Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus
                Standards and in Conformity Assessment
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                Activities,'' issued February 10, 1998, and revised January 27, 2016,
                the FAA accepted consensus standards for the certification of light-
                sport aircraft.
                 Instead of developing airworthiness standards through the
                rulemaking process, the FAA participates as a member of Committee F37
                in developing and revising these standards. In the final rule, the FAA
                stated the agency would continue to participate in revising the
                consensus standards at an interval no longer than every two years (69
                FR 44787). Each review cycle results in a revision to or reapproval of
                the consensus standard. A revision changes the technical content of the
                consensus standard, while a reapproval indicates a review cycle has
                been completed with no technical changes.
                 Each consensus standard is issued under a fixed designation (e.g.,
                F2245). A number immediately following the designation indicates the
                year of original adoption or, in the case of revision, the year of last
                revision. A number in parentheses following the year of original
                adoption or revision indicates the year of last reapproval. For
                example, F2242-05(2013) designates a standard that was originally
                adopted (or revised) in 2005 and reapproved in 2013. A superscript
                epsilon ([egr]) after the reapproval year indicates an editorial change
                since the last revision or reapproval. The FAA only issues a notice of
                availability for new or revised standards. Reapproved standards issued
                with no technical changes or standards issued with editorial changes
                only (i.e., superscript epsilon [[egr]]) are accepted by the FAA
                without notice.
                Comments on Previous Notice of Availability
                 The FAA last published a notice of availability of new and revised
                consensus standards in the Federal Register on October 3, 2018 (83 FR
                49971; corrected October 22, 2018, 83 FR 53358). In the notice, the FAA
                requested public comments on two new and two revised consensus
                standards. The comment period closed on December 3, 2018. The FAA
                received no comments.
                Consensus Standards in This Notice of Availability
                 The FAA has participated in the development process for the
                consensus standards presented in this notice of availability and
                reviewed these standards for compliance with the regulatory
                requirements of the Certification of Aircraft and Airmen for the
                Operation of Light-Sport Aircraft rule. Any light-sport aircraft that
                has been designed, manufactured, and operated in accordance with these
                and previously accepted consensus standards provides the public with an
                appropriate level of safety.
                 Manufacturers who chose to produce and certificate these aircraft
                under 14 CFR 21.190 or 21.191 must state that the aircraft meets the
                provisions of the latest FAA-accepted consensus standards for light
                sport aircraft.
                 The FAA maintains a listing of the FAA-accepted consensus standards
                for light-sport aircraft on the following website: http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/gen_av/light_sport/.
                Effective Period of Use for Previous Consensus Standards
                 The following previously-accepted consensus standards have been
                revised. This notice announces the FAA's acceptance of the revisions.
                Either the previous revision or the current revision may be used for
                initial airworthiness certification of light-sport aircraft until
                February 23, 2023. This period will allow aircraft that have started
                the initial airworthiness certification process using the previous
                revision to complete that process. After February 23, 2023,
                manufacturers must use the current revision and must identify the
                current revision in the manufacturer's statement of compliance for
                initial airworthiness certification of light-sport aircraft unless the
                FAA publishes a notification otherwise.
                 The following consensus standards may not be used after February
                23, 2023:
                ASTM Designation F2245-16c, Standard Specification for Design and
                Performance of a Light Sport Airplane
                ASTM Designation F2339-17, Standard Practice for Design and Manufacture
                of Reciprocating Spark Ignition Engines for Light Sport Aircraft
                The Consensus Standards
                 The FAA finds the following new and revised consensus standards
                acceptable for certification under the provisions of the Certification
                of Aircraft and Airmen for the Operation of Light-Sport Aircraft rule.
                These consensus standards become effective February 23, 2022 and may be
                used unless the FAA publishes a notification otherwise:
                ASTM Designation F2245-20, Standard Specification for Design and
                Performance of a Light Sport Airplane
                ASTM Designation F2339-19a, Standard Practice for Design and
                Manufacture of Reciprocating Spark Ignition Engines for Light Sport
                Aircraft
                ASTM Designation F3409-19, Standard Practice for Simplified Aircraft
                Loads Determination
                Availability
                 ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, Post Office Box C700,
                West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959, copyrights these consensus standards.
                Individual reprints of a standard (single or multiple copies, or
                special compilations and other related technical information) may be
                obtained by contacting ASTM at this address, or at (610) 832-9585
                (phone), (610) 832-9555 (fax), through [email protected] (email), or via
                the ASTM website at www.astm.org. To inquire about standard content
                and/or membership or about ASTM International Offices abroad, contact
                Joe Koury, Staff Manager for Committee F37 on Light-Sport Aircraft:
                (610) 832-9804, [email protected].
                 Issued in Washington, DC on February 16, 2022.
                Brian E. Cable,
                Manager, Systems Policy Branch, Policy and Innovation Division,
                Aircraft Certification Service.
                [FR Doc. 2022-03775 Filed 2-22-22; 8:45 am]
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