AVIATION / Administrative Action (Request for Comments) – FAA asks comments from public on “restructuring the rotorcraft airworthiness standards of normal category rotorcraft and transport category rotorcraft” – especially as to maximum weight and number of passenger seats.

“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is requesting comments and information on the public’s interest in restructuring the rotorcraft airworthiness standards of normal category rotorcraft and transport category rotorcraft. Specifically, the agency is seeking comments on whether to change the existing applicability standards for maximum weight and number of passenger seats for either or both types of rotorcraft, or whether to consider other approaches for determining applicability. The FAA is soliciting public input because of some rotorcraft community interest in increasing the 7,000 pound maximum weight limit for the modern normal category rotorcraft and because there may be recommendations for new approaches to make the rotorcraft airworthiness standards more efficient and adaptable to future technology. This action is part of an effort to develop recommendations for possible FAA rulemaking action.”

February 22, 2013, Request for Comments.