Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Chapter 1

[Docket No. FAA-2000-7623]

Review of Existing Regulations

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Review of regulations; request for comments.


SUMMARY: This notice invites you, as a member of the public, to tell 
us, the FAA, which regulations now in effect you believe we should amend,
eliminate, or simplify. We are publishing this notice in response to 
Presidential Executive Order No. 12866, directing certain Federal agencies 
to periodically review their regulations. We need to ensure that they are
consistent with statutory authority and are in the public interest. Your
comments will assist us in conducting this review and in determining what
actions we should take, if any. 

DATES: Comments should be submitted on or before October 11, 2000.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be mailed or delivered in duplicate to: U.S.
Department of Transportation Dockets, Docket No. [FAA-2000-7623], 400
Seventh Street, SW., Room Plaza 401, Washington, DC 20590. Comments may
be filed and examined in Room Plaza 401 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
weekdays, except Federal holidays. Comments also may be sent electronically 
to the Dockets Management System (DMS) at the following Internet address: 
htpp://dms.dot.gov. Commenters who wish to file comments electronically 
should follow the instructions on the DMS web site.

Rulemaking, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Ave.
SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267-9678, facsimile (202) 267-

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In recent years, the FAA conducted several
regulatory reviews. In his 1992 State of the Union address, then-President
Bush called for a 90-day moratorium on and review of Federal regulations. We
responded by asking for public comments on our regulatory program as
part of that overall government review (57 FR 4744, Feb. 7, 1992). Based on
comments we received, we revised our regulatory agenda. 

In 1994, we did another public review (59 FR 1362, Jan. 10, 1994) responding 
to recommendations from the National Commission to Ensure a Strong 
Competitive Airline Industry. We were also responding to Vice President 
Gore’s National Performance Review and acting on Department of 
Transportation (DOT) and FAA regulatory initiatives. We initiated that 
review of our regulations to reduce any unjustified burdens and as a result 
of that review we also revised our regulatory agenda and our priorities. At 
the same time, we announced a Regulatory Review Program to seek public input 
every three years (60 FR 44142, Aug. 24, 1995). After each review, we 
published a disposition of the comments. 

The most recent review in the 3-year review cycle was announced in the 
Federal Register on May 15, 1997 (62 FR 26894, May 15, 1997). As a result of 
the Review of Existing Rules, the FAA identified several issues that it 
determined would be addressed in future rulemaking projects and concluded 
the review with a general disposition of comments on October 22, 1998 (63 FR 
56539, Oct. 22, 1998).

Three-Year Regulatory Review Program; Request for Comments

As part of this ongoing Regulatory Review Program, you may submit a total
of three regulations, in priority order, that you believe should be amended,
revised, or eliminated. Our agency’s goal is to identify regulations which
impose unjustified regulatory burdens or are no longer necessary. We also 
want to identify regulations that need to be clarified or simplified, or 
overlap, duplicate, or conflict with other regulations. Also, please 
identify any regulations that have a significant economic burden on a 
substantial number of small entities that you consider no longer justified.

To focus on areas of greatest interest, and to effectively manage FAA
resources, we ask that you limit your comments to the issues you consider
most urgent, and list them in priority order. We will review the issues
addressed by all the commenters in light of our current regulatory agenda 
(64 FR 64682, November 22, 1999). We will consider your comments and adjust 
our regulatory priorities consistent with our statutory responsibilities. 
When we are done reviewing all comments, we will publish a summary and an 
explanation of how we will act on them, telling you how we will adjust our 

Finally, please give us any specific suggestions where the regulations could
be redone to be performance-based rather than prescriptive and submit your
suggested language. 

Issued in Washington DC, on July 7, 2000.
Thomas E. McSweeney, 
Associate Administrator for Regulation and