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DOT/FAA RIN: 2120-AK11 Publication ID: Fall 2013 
Title: Minimum Altitudes for Use of Autopilots (RRR) 
Abstract: This rulemaking will modify the way pilots operate an aircraft´s autopilot capabilities during flight. This action is necessary because evolving aircraft technologies have outpaced current FAA´s operational guidance for use of autopilots. The intended effect of this rulemaking is to allow movement of aircraft in safer and more efficient flight patterns, resulting in operator efficiency, while smoothly incorporating ever-increasing related technological changes. 
Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 14 CFR 121    14 CFR 125    14 CFR 135   
Legal Authority: 49 USC 106(g)    49 USC 40113    49 USC 40119    49 USC 41706    49 USC 44101    49 USC 44701    49 USC 44702    49 USC 44705    49 USC 44709    49 USC 44710    49 USC 44711    49 USC 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 46105   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/04/2012  77 FR 71735   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/04/2013 
Final Rule  11/00/2013 
Additional Information: SB: N, IC: N, SLT: N Anticipated costs/benefits: This rulemaking would allow operators the option to operate as they currently do or pursue the proposed lower minimum use heights based on their aircraft certification. Status: FAA drafting FR.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  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-AE15, Related to 2120-AF19 
Agency Contact:
Kel Christianson
Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
470 L'Enfant Plaza, SW,
Washington, DC 20024

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