(a) An applicant or a certificate holder may petition the Administrator under 14 CFR part 11, General Rulemaking Procedures, of this chapter for an exemption from any requirement of this part.
(b) Under 49 U.S.C. 44706(c), the Administrator may exempt an applicant or a certificate holder that enplanes annually less than one-quarter of 1 percent of the total number of passengers enplaned at all air carrier airports from all, or part, of the aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment requirements of this part on the grounds that compliance with those requirements is, or would be, unreasonably costly, burdensome, or impractical.
(1) Each petition filed under this paragraph must—
(i) Be submitted in writing at least 120 days before the proposed effective date of the exemption;
(ii) Set forth the text of §§ 139.317 or 139.319 from which the exemption is sought;
(iii) Explain the interest of the certificate holder in the action requested, including the nature and extent of relief sought; and
(iv) Contain information, views, or arguments that demonstrate that the requirements of §§ 139.317 or 139.319 would be unreasonably costly, burdensome, or impractical.
(2) Information, views, or arguments provided under paragraph (b)(1) of this section shall include the following information pertaining to the airport for which the Airport Operating Certificate is held:
(i) An itemized cost to comply with the requirement from which the exemption is sought;
(ii) Current staffing levels;
(iii) The current annual financial report, such as a single audit report or FAA Form 5100-127, Operating and Financial Summary;
(iv) Annual passenger enplanement data for the previous 12 calendar months;
(v) The type and frequency of air carrier operations served;
(vi) A history of air carrier service;
(vii) Anticipated changes to air carrier service;
(c) Each petition filed under this section must be submitted in duplicate to the—
(1) Regional Airports Division Manager and
(2) Federal Docket Management System, as specified under 14 CFR part 11.
[Doc. No. FAA-2000-7479, 69 FR 6424, Feb. 10, 2004; 72 FR 68475, Dec. 5, 2007]