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2282 Federal Register / Vol. 67, No.

11 / Wednesday, January 16, 2002 / Notices

certificated and commuter air carriers. Form No.: BTS Form 298–C. providing such service to an eligible
Small certificated air carriers (operate Type Of Review: Extension of a essential air service point. In making a
aircraft with 60 seats or less or with currently approved collection for the fitness determination, DOT reviews
18,000 pounds of payload capacity or financial data. The traffic data will be three areas of a carrier’s operation: (1)
less) currently must file the five included under OMB Approval number The qualifications of its management
quarterly schedules listed below: 2138–0040. team, (2) its disposition to comply with
A–1 Report of Flight and Traffic Respondents: Small certificated and laws and regulations, and (3) its
Statistics in Scheduled Passenger commuter air carriers. financial posture. DOT must determine
Operations, Number of Respondents: 90. whether or not a carrier has sufficient
E–1 Report of Nonscheduled Estimated Time per Response: 4 hours financial resources to conduct its
Passenger Enplanements by Small per commuter carrier; 12 hours per operations without imposing undue risk
Certificated Air Carriers, small certificated carrier. on the traveling public. Moreover, once
F–1 Report of Financial Data, Total Annual Burden: 2,880 hours. a carrier begins conducting flight
F–2 Report of Aircraft Operating Needs and Uses: Program uses for operations, DOT is required to monitor
Expenses and Related Statistics, and Form 298–C financial data are as its continuing fitness.
T–1 Report of Revenue Traffic by follows: Senior DOT officials must be kept
On-Line Origin and Destination. Mail Rates fully informed and advised of all
Commuter air carriers must file the current and developing economic issues
three quarterly schedules listed below: The Department of Transportation affecting the airline industry. In
A–1 Report of Flight and Traffic sets and updates the Intra-Alaska Bush preparing financial condition reports or
Statistics in Scheduled Passenger mail rates based on carrier aircraft status reports on a particular airline,
Operations, operating expense, traffic, and financial and traffic data are analyzed.
F–1 Report of Financial Data, operational data. Form 298–C cost data, Briefing papers prepared for senior DOT
T–1 Report of Revenue Traffic by especially fuel costs, terminal expenses, officials may use the same information.
On-Line Origin and Destination. and line haul expenses are used in
On August 28, 2001, BTS published arriving at rate levels. DOT revises the Air Transportation Safety and System
in the Federal Register (66 FR 45201) a established rates based on the Stabilization Act
notice of proposed rulemaking which percentage of unit cost changes in the DOT is using financial data reported
recommends that small certificated and carriers’ operations. These updating by small certificated and commuter air
commuter air carriers report their traffic procedures have resulted in the carriers carriers to establish benchmarks to
under the T–100 reporting system. If receiving rates of compensation that assess the reasonableness of air carrier
this proposal becomes a final rule, Form more closely parallel their costs of claims under the Stabilization Act.
298–C, Schedules A–1, E–1 and T–1 providing mail service and contribute to
would be eliminated. the carriers’ economic well-being. Donald W. Bright,
Commenters should address whether Assistant Director, Airline Information,
Essential Air Service Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
BTS accurately estimated the reporting
burden and if there are other ways to DOT often has to select a carrier to [FR Doc. 02–1157 Filed 1–15–02; 8:45 am]
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity provide a community’s essential air BILLING CODE 4910–FE–P
of the information collected. service. The selection criteria include
DATES: Written comments should be
historic presence in the community,
reliability of service, financial stability DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
submitted by March 18, 2002.
and cost structure of the air carrier.
ADDRESSES: Comments should be Bureau of Transportation Statistics
directed to: Office of Airline Carrier Fitness
Information, K–25, Room 4125, Bureau Fitness determinations are made for Agency Information Collection;
of Transportation Statistics, 400 Seventh both new entrants and established U.S. Activity Under OMB Review; Report of
Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590– domestic carriers proposing a Financial and Operating Statistics for
0001, fax No. 366–3383 or e-mail substantial change in operations. A Large Certificated Air Carriers
bernard.stankus@bts.gov. portion of these applications consists of AGENCY: Bureau of Transportation
Comments: Comments should identify an operating plan for the first year (14 Statistics (BTS), DOT.
the OMB # 2138–0009. Persons wishing CFR part 204) and an associated ACTION: Notice.
the Department to acknowledge receipt projection of revenues and expenses.
of their comments must submit with The carrier’s operating costs, included SUMMARY: In compliance with the
those comments a self-addressed in these projections, are compared Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995,
stamped postcard on which the against the cost data in Form 298–C for Public Law 104–13, the Bureau of
following statement is made: Comments a carrier or carriers with the same Transportation Statistics invites the
on OMB # 2138–0009. The postcard will aircraft type and similar operating general public, industry and other
be date/time stamped and returned. characteristics. Such a review validates governmental parties to comment on the
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: the reasonableness of the carrier’s continuing need for and usefulness of
Bernie Stankus, Office of Airline operating plan. the BTS Form 41. Comments are
Information, K–25, Room 4125, Bureau The quarterly financial submissions requested concerning whether (a) the
of Transportation Statistics, 400 Seventh by commuter and small certificated air continuation of Form 41 is necessary for
Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590– carriers are used in determining each DOT to carry out its mission of
0001, (202) 366–4387. carrier’s continuing fitness to operate. promoting air transportation; (b) BTS
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 41738 of Title 49 of the United accurately estimated the reporting
OMB Approval No.: 2138–0009. States Code requires DOT to find all burden; (c) there are other ways to
Title: Report of Financial and commuter and small certificated air enhance the quality, use and clarity of
Operating Statistics for Small Aircraft carriers fit, willing, and able to conduct the data collected; and (d) there are
Operators. passenger service as a prerequisite to ways to minimize reporting burden,

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including the use of automated International Civil Aviation and traffic data are analyzed. Briefing
collection techniques or other forms of Organization with financial and papers may use the same information.
information technology. statistical data on operations of U.S. air
War Air Service Program (Emergency
DATES: Written comments should be carriers. Over 99 percent of the data
Preparedness)
submitted by March 18, 2002. filed with ICAO is extracted from the
ADDRESSES: Comments should be carriers’ Form 41 reports. Under the War Air Service Program
directed to: Office of Airline (WASP), FAA develops an official
Standard Foreign Fare and Rate Levels airline guide to establish air carrier
Information, K–25, Room 4125, Bureau
of Transportation Statistics, 400 Seventh DOT uses Form 41 cost data to boarding priorities in the event of a
Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590– calculate the Standard Foreign Fare national emergency. The inventory of
0001, fax No. (202) 366–3383 or e-mail Level (SFFL) for passengers and the aircraft available for WASP equals the
bernard.stankus@bts.gov. Standard Foreign Rate Level (SFRL) for total aircraft fleet operated by
Comments: Comments should identify freight. Any international fare or rate set certificated air carriers less the number
the OMB # 2138–0013. Persons wishing below this fare level are automatically of the largest wide-body aircraft that are
the Department to acknowledge receipt approved. Separate passenger fare and allocated to the Civil Reserve Aircraft
of their comments must submit with rate levels are established for Canadian, Fleet Program. Data on air carrier
those comments a self-addressed Atlantic, Latin America, and Pacific aircraft inventories, plus interim
stamped postcard on which the areas. In markets where liberal bilateral updates of acquisitions and retirements
following statement is made: Comments or multilateral pricing agreements are used to assess the air transportation
on OMB # 2138–0013. The postcard will provide for more competitive open capabilities of the U.S. airline industry.
be date/time stamped and returned. market pricing, such agreements may This assessment is used in developing
take precedence over the SFFL and plans for emergency utilization of U.S.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
SFRL. airline industry aircraft and resources in
Bernie Stankus, Office of Airline the event of a national emergency and/
Information, K–25, Room 4125, Bureau Carrier Fitness or mobilization.
of Transportation Statistics, 400 Seventh
Fitness determinations are made for Air Transportation Safety and System
Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590–
both new entrants and established U.S. Stabilization Act
0001, (202) 366–4387.
domestic carriers proposing a
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: substantial change in operations. A DOT is using Form 41 financial data
OMB Approval No.: 2138–0013. portion of these applications consists of to establish benchmarks to assess the
Title: Report of Financial and an operating plan for the first year (14 reasonableness of air carrier claims
Operating Statistics for Large CFR part 204) and an associated under the Stabilization Act.
Certificated Air Carriers. projection of revenues and expenses.
Form No.: BTS Form 41. Donald W. Bright,
The carrier’s operating costs, included Assistant Director, Airline Information,
Type Of Review: Extension of a
in these projections, are compared Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
currently approved collection.
against the cost data in Form 41 for a [FR Doc. 02–1158 Filed 1–15–02; 8:45 am]
Respondents: Large certificated air
carrier or carriers with the same aircraft
carriers. BILLING CODE 4910–FE–P
type and similar operating
Number of Respondents: 75.
characteristics. Such a review validates
Estimated Time per Response: 4 hours
the reasonableness of the carrier’s
per schedule, an average carrier may DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
operating plan.
submit 90 schedules in one year.
Total Annual Burden: 27,000 hours. Form 41 reports, particularly balance Internal Revenue Service
Needs and Uses: Program uses for sheet reports and cash flow statements
Form 41 data are as follows: play a major role in the identification of Proposed Collection; Comment
vulnerable carriers. Data comparisons Request for Form 2553
Mail Rates are made between current and past
periods in order to assess the current AGENCY: Internal Revenue Service (IRS),
The Department of Transportation
financial position of the carrier. Treasury.
sets and updates the international and
mainline Alaska mail rates based on Financial trend lines are extended into ACTION: Notice and request for
carrier aircraft operating expense, traffic the future to analyze the continued comments.
and operational data. Form 41 cost data, viability of the carrier. DOT reviews
three areas of a carrier’s operation: (1) SUMMARY: The Department of the
especially fuel costs, terminal expenses,
The qualifications of its management Treasury, as part of its continuing effort
and line haul expenses are used in
team, (2) its disposition to comply with to reduce paperwork and respondent
arriving at rate levels. DOT revises the
laws and regulations, and (3) its burden, invites the general public and
established rates based on the
financial posture. DOT must determine other Federal agencies to take this
percentage of unit cost changes in the
whether or not a carrier has sufficient opportunity to comment on proposed
carriers’ operations. These updating
financial resources to conduct its and/or continuing information
procedures have resulted in the carriers
operations without imposing undue risk collections, as required by the
receiving rates of compensation that
on the traveling public. Moreover, once Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995,
more closely parallel their costs of
a carrier is operating, DOT is required Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C.
providing mail service and contribute to
to monitor its continuing fitness. 3506(c)(2)(A)). Currently, the IRS is
the carriers’ economic well-being.
Senior DOT officials must be kept soliciting comments concerning Form
Submission of U.S. Carrier Data to fully informed as to all current and 2553, Election by a Small Business
ICAO developing economic issues affecting Corporation.
As a party to the Convention on the airline industry. In preparing DATES: Written comments should be
International Civil Aviation, the United financial conditions reports or status received on or before March 18, 2002, to
States is obligated to provide the reports on a particular airline, financial be assured of consideration.

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