AGENCY: Bureau of Transportation Statistics, DOT.
SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Pub. L. 104-13, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) invites the general public, industry and other Federal Agencies to comment on the continuing need for and usefulness of the BTS Form 41. Comments are requested concerning whether (a) the continuation of Form 41 is necessary for DOT to carry out its mission of promoting air transportation; (b) BTS accurately estimated the reporting burden; (c) there are other ways to enhance the quality, use and clarity of the data collected; and (d) there are ways to minimize reporting burden, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
DATES: Written comments should be submitted by January 11, 1999.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bernie Stankus, Office of Airline Information, BTS, at (202) 366-4387.
OMB Approval No. 2138-0013.
Title: Report of Financial and Operating Statistics for Large Certificated Air Carriers.
Form No.: BTS Form 41.
Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.
Respondents: Large certificated air carriers.
Number of Respondents: 98.
Estimated Time Per Response: 4 hours.
Total Annual Burden: 35287 hours.
Needs and Uses: DOT uses Form 41 traffic data to help formulate the United States position in international negotiations, to select carriers for international routes and to conduct environmental impact analyses. DOT uses Form 41 cost data to calculate the Standard Fare Levels (Passenger and Cargo) and to set the Intra-Alaska and international mail rates. The Department of the Air Force, Military Airlift Command uses Form 41 data in ratemaking for the Civil Reserve Air Fleet Program, and for its Air Carrier Analysis Support System (ACAS). DOT uses aircraft inventory data in its administration of the War Air Service Program (Emergency Preparedness). DOT uses operational and financial data to review International Air Transport Association Agreements (IATA), to review initial air carrier fitness, to review air carrier continuing fitness, to review foreign air carrier applications and to monitor the status of the air transport industry. The Justice Department uses the data in its antitrust analyses. DOT meets its responsibility to the International Civil Aviation Organization, an arm of the United Nations, by the use of Form 41 data.
Traffic data, especially enplanement data, are used for the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, airport capacity analyses, the Airport Improvement Program, systems planning at airports, exemption requests to transport hazardous materials, and essential air service analyses. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board use Form 41 data in safety analyses (operational), air carrier certification, safety forecasting/regulatory analysis and air carrier safety surveillance and inspection.
The Department of Energy uses Form 41 fuel data in monitoring industry fuel consumption for emergency preparedness planning.
The Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, uses Form 41 data in its estimation of the Gross National Product, analyses of international trade accounts and to compile the Input-Output Tables of the United States.
The Department of Labor uses employment statistics in its Productivity Studies and Indices.
Timothy E. Carmody,
Director, Office of Airline Statistics, Bureau of Transportation Statistics.
[FR Doc. 98-30245 Filed 11-10-98; 8:45 am]
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