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DOT/FAA RIN: 2120-AJ94 Publication ID: Spring 2013 
Title: Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) (RRR) 
Abstract: This rulemaking would permit operators to use an EFVS in lieu of natural vision to continue descending from 100 feet height above runway touchdown zone elevation to the runway and land on certain straight-in instrument approach procedures under instrument flight rules. This action would also permit certain operators using EFVS-equipped aircraft to dispatch, release, or takeoff under instrument flight rules (IFR), and to initiate and continue an approach, when the destination airport weather is below authorized visibility minimums for the runway of intended landing. Pilot training, recent flight experience, and proficiency would be required for operators who use EFVS in lieu of natural vision to descend below decision altitude, decision height, or minimum descent altitude. The FAA believes that an EFVS can provide operational and safety benefits during Category II and Category III approach operations. The rulemaking would enable expanded EFVS operations, which would increase access and efficiency in low visibility conditions, and potentially result in fewer missed approaches and delayed take-offs. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 14 CFR 1    14 CFR 121    14 CFR 125    14 CFR 135    14 CFR 61    14 CFR 91   
Legal Authority: 49 USC 106(g)    49 USC 1155    49 USC 40103    49 USC 40113    49 USC 40119    49 USC 40120    49 USC 41706    49 USC 44101    49 USC 44111    49 USC 44701 to 44703    49 USC 44704    49 USC 44705    49 USC 44707    49 USC 44709 to 44711    49 USC 44712    49 USC 44713    49 USC 44715    49 USC 44716    49 USC 44717    49 USC 44722    49 USC 45101 to 45105    49 USC 45102    49 USC 45103    49 USC 45301    49 USC 45302    49 USC 46105    49 USC 46306    49 USC 46315    49 USC 46316    49 USC 46504    49 USC 46506    49 USC 46507    49 USC 47122    49 USC 47508    49 USC 47528 to 47531   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/12/2013  78 FR 34935   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/09/2013 
Additional Information: SB: N IC: N SLT: N Anticipated costs/benefits: The FAA estimated the costs of the proposed rule over 10 years would be approximately $5.3 million nominal value or $4.5 million present value at a 7% discount rate. The annualized cost of this rulemaking in current dollar value is a half million dollars.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 2120-AH78 
Agency Contact:
Terry King
Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
470 L'Enfant Plaza, SW,
Washington, DC 20024

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