Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 747-200F and -400 Series Airplanes; Model 767-400ER Series Airplanes; and Model 777 Series Airplanes, 34646-34649 [05-11711]

Download as PDF 34646 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 114 / Wednesday, June 15, 2005 / Rules and Regulations Seventh Street SW., room PL–401, Nassif Building, Washington, DC. Issued in Renton, Washington, on May 27, 2005. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 05–11712 Filed 6–14–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2004–19082; Directorate Identifier 2004–NM–79–AD; Amendment 39– 14126; AD 2005–12–10] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 747–200F and –400 Series Airplanes; Model 767–400ER Series Airplanes; and Model 777 Series Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747–200F and –400 series airplanes; Model 767–400ER series airplanes; and Model 777 series airplanes. This AD requires replacing the frequency converter(s) used to supply electrical power for utility outlets (for the galley, medical equipment, or personal computers) with modified frequency converter(s). This AD also requires any specified action and related concurrent actions, as necessary. This AD is prompted by a report that a hard short condition between the frequency converter’s output and its downstream circuit breakers will produce a continuous current that could cause the undersized output wiring to overheat. We are issuing this AD to prevent the overheating of the frequency converter’s undersized output wiring, which could lead to the failure of a wire bundle, and consequent adverse effects on other systems sharing the affected wire bundle. This AD becomes effective July 20, 2005. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the AD is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of July 20, 2005. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing DATES: VerDate jul<14>2003 16:54 Jun 14, 2005 Jkt 205001 Commercial Airplanes, P.O. Box 3707, Seattle, Washington 98124–2207. Docket: The AD docket contains the proposed AD, comments, and any final disposition. You can examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// dms.dot.gov, or in person at the Docket Management Facility office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Management Facility office (telephone (800) 647–5227) is located on the plaza level of the Nassif Building at the U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street SW., room PL–401, Washington, DC. This docket number is FAA–2004–19082; the directorate identifier for this docket is 2004–NM– 79–AD. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Binh Tran, Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Equipment Branch, ANM–130S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98055–4056; telephone (425) 917–6485; fax (425) 917–6590. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA proposed to amend 14 CFR part 39 with an AD for certain Boeing Model 747– 200F and –400 series airplanes; Model 767–400ER series airplanes; and Model 777 series airplanes. That action, published in the Federal Register on September 13, 2004 (69 FR 55120), proposed to require replacing the frequency converter(s) used to supply power for utility outlets (for the galley, medical equipment, or personal computers) with modified frequency converter(s); and any other specified action and related concurrent actions, as necessary. Comments We provided the public the opportunity to participate in the development of this AD. We have considered the comments that have been submitted on the proposed AD. Request To Revise Applicability To List Frequency Converters One commenter asks ‘‘* * * why not write the AD against the part instead of the aircraft?’’ and suggests that listing the frequency converter by manufacturer and part number may allow detection of similar problems on other aircraft and possible parts manufacturer approved (PMA) alternative units. We disagree with revising the applicability. PMA parts frequently have a part numbering scheme different from that of the original manufacturer. For this reason, writing the AD against the part number may not accurately identify the PMA parts. Should we PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 become aware of PMA parts that have similar characteristics as those addressed in this AD, we would consider further rulemaking. The FAA’s practice regarding unsafe conditions that result from the installation of a particular part in specific makes and models of airplanes is to issue an AD that applies to the affected airplane models. In doing so, U.S. operators of those airplanes will be notified directly of the unsafe condition and the action required to correct it. While we assume that operators can identify the airplane models they operate, they may not be aware of specific items installed on those airplanes. Therefore, specifying the airplane models in the applicability as the subject of the AD prevents an operator’s ‘‘unknowing failure to comply’’ with the AD. We have not changed the final rule regarding this issue. Request To Add Airplane Models to the Applicability of the AD One commenter requests that certain Boeing Model 767–300 series airplanes be added to the applicability of this AD. Boeing has published Boeing Service Bulletin 767–25–0334, Revision 1, dated June 19, 2003, which addresses the same unsafe condition on some Model 767–300 series airplanes that were also delivered with affected frequency converters. We agree that the Model 767–300 series airplanes are affected by the unsafe condition. We inadvertently omitted the service bulletin in the proposed AD. However, we disagree with revising the applicability of this AD, because we are considering a separate rulemaking action for the Model 767–300 series airplanes. A notice of proposed rulemaking for the Model 767–300 series airplanes was published in the Federal Register on March 17, 2005 (70 FR 12986). If we revise the applicability of this AD to add Model 767–300 series airplanes, we would need to reissue this AD as a revised notice. In light of the time that would be needed to reissue the proposed AD, and in consideration of the amount of time that has already elapsed since we issued the original notice, we have determined that further delay of this AD is not appropriate. Request for Change of Terminology One commenter requests that the phrase ‘‘continuous circuit’’ in the Summary section of the proposed AD be changed to ‘‘continuous current.’’ The commenter provides no reason/ justification. E:\FR\FM\15JNR1.SGM 15JNR1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 114 / Wednesday, June 15, 2005 / Rules and Regulations We agree that the word should be changed, because the word ‘‘circuit’’ is incorrectly used in the phrase. We have revised the final rule to use the word ‘‘current.’’ Request To Revise the Description of the Unsafe Condition in the Discussion Section One commenter requests that we change ‘‘55 amps’’ to ‘‘180% rated current’’ in the Discussion section of the proposed AD. The commenter states that the value of 55 amps is accurate only for installations that use a specific output (a 3.5 KVA, 115VAC rated output). For the series of converters used on Boeing airplanes, a hard short circuit fault on the output of the converter will produce a fault current that is approximately 180% of the nominal rated output current. Since Boeing installations use multiple converter part numbers with different 34647 estimate that uses cost information for parts not under warranty. The cost of a replacement converter without a warranty is $1,800. We have revised the cost impact information in this final rule to include the revised part cost. rated outputs, the short circuit fault current will vary depending on the converter used. We partially agree with the commenter’s request. The hard short circuit fault condition will produce a continuous output current of approximately 170% to 200% of nominal current. However, since that section of the preamble does not reappear in the final rule, no change to the final rule is necessary regarding this issue. Conclusion Correction in Estimated Costs for Cost of Compliance We provided a cost estimate in the proposed AD that used the cost of replacing converters under warranty, not the cost of replacing parts without a warranty. The cost impact information provided in the proposed AD is correct for parts that are still under warranty. However, we strive to provide a cost We have carefully reviewed the available data, including the comments that have been submitted, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD with the changes described previously. We have determined that these changes will neither increase the economic burden on any operator nor increase the scope of the AD. Costs of Compliance This AD will affect about 147 airplanes worldwide. The following table provides the estimated costs for U.S. operators to comply with this AD. ESTIMATED COSTS Average labor rate per hour Boeing model Work hours hours 747–200F and –400 series airplanes. 5 per converter (1 converter on each airplane). 5 per converter (2 converters on each airplane). 2 per airplane ............................... 4 per airplane ............................... 1 per airplane ............................... 767–400ER series airplanes ......... 777 series airplanes ...................... Additional concurrent action for 777 series airplanes. Currently, there are no affected Model 747–200F or –400 series airplanes on the U.S. Register. However, an affected airplane that is imported and placed on the U.S. Register in the future would be subject to the costs specified above for those airplanes. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in subtitle VII, part A, subpart III, section 44701, ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority VerDate jul<14>2003 16:54 Jun 14, 2005 Jkt 205001 $2,125 0 $0 65 3,600 4,250 0 0 65 65 65 3,600 7,200 1,800 3,730 7,460 1,865 21 8 6 78,330 59,680 11,190 We have determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Fmt 4700 Fleet cost $1,800 Regulatory Findings Frm 00021 Number of U.S.–registered airplanes $65 because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. PO 00000 Cost per airplane Parts Sfmt 4700 We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this AD. See the ADDRESSES section for a location to examine the regulatory evaluation. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): I E:\FR\FM\15JNR1.SGM 15JNR1 34648 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 114 / Wednesday, June 15, 2005 / Rules and Regulations 2005–12–10 Boeing: Amendment 39–14126. Docket No. FAA–2004–19082; Directorate Identifier 2004–NM–79–AD. Effective Date (a) This AD becomes effective July 20, 2005. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to the airplanes listed in Table 1 of this AD, certificated in any category: TABLE 1.—APPLICABILITY Boeing model— As listed in Boeing service bulletin— 747–200F and –400 series airplanes ........................................................................... 767–400ER series airplanes ......................................................................................... 777 series airplanes ...................................................................................................... 747–25–3313, Revision 1, dated May 15, 2003. 767–25–0335, dated November 7, 2002. 777–25–0210, dated October 17, 2002. Unsafe Condition (d) This AD was prompted by a report that a hard short condition between the frequency converter’s output and its downstream circuit breakers will produce a continuous current, that could cause the undersized output wiring to overheat. We are issuing this AD to prevent the overheating of the frequency converter’s output wiring, which could lead to the failure of a wire bundle, and consequent adverse effects on other systems sharing the affected wire bundle. Compliance (e) You are responsible for having the actions required by this AD performed within the compliance times specified, unless the actions have already been done. Replacement (f) Within 18 months after the effective date of this AD, replace the frequency converter(s) used to supply electrical power to utility outlets (for the galley, medical equipment, or personal computers) with modified frequency converter(s); and do other applicable specified actions; by doing all of the actions in the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service bulletin listed in Table 2 of this AD. TABLE 2.—APPLICABILITY SERVICE BULLETINS For model— Use Boeing service bulletin— 747–200F and –400 series airplanes ........................................................................... 767–400ER series airplanes ......................................................................................... 777 series airplanes ...................................................................................................... 747–25–3313, Revision 1, dated May 15, 2003. 767–25–0335, dated November 7, 2002. 777–25–0210, dated October 17, 2002. Note 1: Boeing Service Bulletin 747–25– 3313, Revision 1, dated May 15, 2003, refers to JAMCO Service Bulletin CAW74–25–1697, dated June 7, 2002, as an additional source of information for procedures to remove and install certain galley frequency converters. Concurrent Service Bulletin (g) For airplanes listed as Group 3 in the Effectivity of Boeing Service Bulletin 777– 25–0210, dated October 17, 2002: Prior to or concurrently with the actions in Boeing Service Bulletin 777–25–0210, dated October 17, 2002, deactivate the galley frequency converter in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Monogram Systems Service Bulletin 872869–25–2098, dated May 1, 2002. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (h) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested in accordance with the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Material Incorporated by Reference (i) You must use the service information that is specified in Table 3 of this AD to perform the actions that are required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. The Director of the Federal Register approves the incorporation by reference of those documents in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. To get copies of the service information, go to Boeing Commercial Airplanes, P.O. Box 3707, Seattle, Washington 98124–2207. To view the AD docket, go to the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street SW., room PL–401, Nassif Building, Washington, DC. To review copies of the service information, go to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call (202) 741– 6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/ federal_register/code_of_federal_regulations/ ibr_locations.html. TABLE 3.—MATERIAL INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE Service bulletin Revision level Boeing Service Bulletin 747–25–3313 ......................................................................................................... Boeing Service Bulletin 767–25–0335 ......................................................................................................... Boeing Service Bulletin 777–25–0210 ......................................................................................................... Monogram Systems Service Bulletin 872869–25–2098 .............................................................................. 1 ................... Original ......... Original ......... Original ......... VerDate jul<14>2003 16:54 Jun 14, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\15JNR1.SGM 15JNR1 Date May 15, 2003. November 7, 2002. October 17, 2002. May 1, 2002. Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 114 / Wednesday, June 15, 2005 / Rules and Regulations Issued in Renton, Washington, on May 27, 2005. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 05–11711 Filed 6–14–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2005–20246; Airspace Docket No. 04–ASO–15] RIN 2120–AA66 Establishment of Area Navigation Instrument Flight Rules Terminal Transition Routes (RITTR); Charlotte, NC Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This action establishes four Area Navigation (RNAV) Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) Terminal Transition Routes (RITTR) in the Charlotte, NC, terminal area. RITTR’s are low altitude Air Traffic Service (ATS) routes, based on RNAV, for use by aircraft having IFRapproved Global Positioning System (GPS)/Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) equipment. The purpose of RITTR is to expedite the handling of IFR overflight traffic through busy terminal airspace areas. The FAA is taking this action to enhance safety and the efficient use of the navigable airspace in the Charlotte, NC, terminal area. DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, September 1, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Gallant, Airspace and Rules, Office of System Operations and Safety, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: History On March 3, 2005, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish four RITTR’s in the Charlotte, NC, terminal area (70 FR 10346). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on this proposal to the FAA. Two comments were received in response to the NPRM. With the exception of editorial changes, this VerDate jul<14>2003 16:54 Jun 14, 2005 Jkt 205001 amendment is the same as that proposed in the notice. Discussion of Comments One commenter wrote in support of the proposal and suggested that, as more routes are developed at additional terminal areas, there will be a need for pilot training on this subject. The FAA is preparing information for publication in the Aeronautical Information Manual to explain RITTRs and their use by pilots. A second commenter also wrote in support of the proposal but added that the FAA should publish guidance to allow aircraft operating under visual flight rules (VFR) to use these routes when transitioning through terminal airspace. The FAA does not agree and does not plan to formulate such guidance at this time. RITTRs were developed specifically to provide routing for GNSS-equipped aircraft, that are operating on an IFR flight plan, to transition through busy terminal areas. The fixes/waypoints used to define the routes do not have associated visual landmarks for reference by VFR pilots when navigating through the area. There are a number of programs already in place to assist VFR pilots in either avoiding or transitioning through Class B airspace or other airspace areas, where needed. These programs include: the Charted VFR Flyway Planning Chart Program, the Terminal Area VFR Route Program, and the VFR Waypoint Chart Program. These flyways, routes and waypoints, when designated, are depicted on the appropriate VFR Terminal Area Charts. VFR aircraft desiring to transit Class B airspace must obtain air traffic control (ATC) clearance to operate in Class B airspace. ATC may approve or deny requests from VFR aircraft to operate in or through Class B airspace based on controller workload, operational limitations and traffic conditions. In this respect, pilots of a suitably equipped VFR aircraft could request transit through the area along a RITTR track, but the request would be subject to ATC approval as described above. The Rule This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by establishing four RITTR’s, designated T– 200, T–201, T–202, and T–203, in the Charlotte, NC, terminal area. These routes will be depicted in blue on the appropriate IFR en route low altitude charts. RITTRs are low altitude RNAV routes designed to facilitate the expeditious movement of IFR overflight traffic around or through certain congested terminal airspace areas. The PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 34649 routes may be used by GNSS-equipped aircraft that are capable of filing flight plan equipment suffix ‘‘/G.’’ The FAA is taking this action to enhance safety and facilitate the more flexible and efficient use of the navigable airspace for en route IFR aircraft transitioning through the Charlotte Class B airspace area. Low altitude Area Navigation Routes are published in paragraph 6011 of FAA Order 7400.9M dated August 30, 2004 and effective September 16, 2004, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The routes listed in this document will be published subsequently in the order. The FAA has determined that this regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. Therefore, this regulation: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under Department of Transportation (DOT) Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, when promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Airspace, Incorporation by Reference, Navigation (air). The Adoption of the Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows: I PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959– 1963 Comp., p. 389. § 71.1 [Amended] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.9M, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 30, 2004, and effective September 16, 2004, is amended as follows: I Paragraph 6011 Area Navigation Routes. * * E:\FR\FM\15JNR1.SGM * 15JNR1 * *

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 114 (Wednesday, June 15, 2005)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 34646-34649]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-11711]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2004-19082; Directorate Identifier 2004-NM-79-AD; 
Amendment 39-14126; AD 2005-12-10]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 747-200F and -400 Series 
Airplanes; Model 767-400ER Series Airplanes; and Model 777 Series 
Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
certain Boeing Model 747-200F and -400 series airplanes; Model 767-
400ER series airplanes; and Model 777 series airplanes. This AD 
requires replacing the frequency converter(s) used to supply electrical 
power for utility outlets (for the galley, medical equipment, or 
personal computers) with modified frequency converter(s). This AD also 
requires any specified action and related concurrent actions, as 
necessary. This AD is prompted by a report that a hard short condition 
between the frequency converter's output and its downstream circuit 
breakers will produce a continuous current that could cause the 
undersized output wiring to overheat. We are issuing this AD to prevent 
the overheating of the frequency converter's undersized output wiring, 
which could lead to the failure of a wire bundle, and consequent 
adverse effects on other systems sharing the affected wire bundle.

DATES: This AD becomes effective July 20, 2005.
    The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in 
the AD is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of July 
20, 2005.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, P.O. Box 3707, Seattle, Washington 98124-
2207.
    Docket: The AD docket contains the proposed AD, comments, and any 
final disposition. You can examine the AD docket on the Internet at 
http://dms.dot.gov, or in person at the Docket Management Facility 
office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays. The Docket Management Facility office (telephone (800) 647-
5227) is located on the plaza level of the Nassif Building at the U.S. 
Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street SW., room PL-401, 
Washington, DC. This docket number is FAA-2004-19082; the directorate 
identifier for this docket is 2004-NM-79-AD.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Binh Tran, Aerospace Engineer, Systems 
and Equipment Branch, ANM-130S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification 
Office, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98055-4056; telephone 
(425) 917-6485; fax (425) 917-6590.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA proposed to amend 14 CFR part 39 
with an AD for certain Boeing Model 747-200F and -400 series airplanes; 
Model 767-400ER series airplanes; and Model 777 series airplanes. That 
action, published in the Federal Register on September 13, 2004 (69 FR 
55120), proposed to require replacing the frequency converter(s) used 
to supply power for utility outlets (for the galley, medical equipment, 
or personal computers) with modified frequency converter(s); and any 
other specified action and related concurrent actions, as necessary.

Comments

    We provided the public the opportunity to participate in the 
development of this AD. We have considered the comments that have been 
submitted on the proposed AD.

Request To Revise Applicability To List Frequency Converters

    One commenter asks ``* * * why not write the AD against the part 
instead of the aircraft?'' and suggests that listing the frequency 
converter by manufacturer and part number may allow detection of 
similar problems on other aircraft and possible parts manufacturer 
approved (PMA) alternative units.
    We disagree with revising the applicability. PMA parts frequently 
have a part numbering scheme different from that of the original 
manufacturer. For this reason, writing the AD against the part number 
may not accurately identify the PMA parts. Should we become aware of 
PMA parts that have similar characteristics as those addressed in this 
AD, we would consider further rulemaking.
    The FAA's practice regarding unsafe conditions that result from the 
installation of a particular part in specific makes and models of 
airplanes is to issue an AD that applies to the affected airplane 
models. In doing so, U.S. operators of those airplanes will be notified 
directly of the unsafe condition and the action required to correct it. 
While we assume that operators can identify the airplane models they 
operate, they may not be aware of specific items installed on those 
airplanes. Therefore, specifying the airplane models in the 
applicability as the subject of the AD prevents an operator's 
``unknowing failure to comply'' with the AD. We have not changed the 
final rule regarding this issue.

Request To Add Airplane Models to the Applicability of the AD

    One commenter requests that certain Boeing Model 767-300 series 
airplanes be added to the applicability of this AD. Boeing has 
published Boeing Service Bulletin 767-25-0334, Revision 1, dated June 
19, 2003, which addresses the same unsafe condition on some Model 767-
300 series airplanes that were also delivered with affected frequency 
converters.
    We agree that the Model 767-300 series airplanes are affected by 
the unsafe condition. We inadvertently omitted the service bulletin in 
the proposed AD. However, we disagree with revising the applicability 
of this AD, because we are considering a separate rulemaking action for 
the Model 767-300 series airplanes. A notice of proposed rulemaking for 
the Model 767-300 series airplanes was published in the Federal 
Register on March 17, 2005 (70 FR 12986). If we revise the 
applicability of this AD to add Model 767-300 series airplanes, we 
would need to reissue this AD as a revised notice. In light of the time 
that would be needed to reissue the proposed AD, and in consideration 
of the amount of time that has already elapsed since we issued the 
original notice, we have determined that further delay of this AD is 
not appropriate.

Request for Change of Terminology

    One commenter requests that the phrase ``continuous circuit'' in 
the Summary section of the proposed AD be changed to ``continuous 
current.'' The commenter provides no reason/justification.

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    We agree that the word should be changed, because the word 
``circuit'' is incorrectly used in the phrase. We have revised the 
final rule to use the word ``current.''

Request To Revise the Description of the Unsafe Condition in the 
Discussion Section

    One commenter requests that we change ``55 amps'' to ``180% rated 
current'' in the Discussion section of the proposed AD. The commenter 
states that the value of 55 amps is accurate only for installations 
that use a specific output (a 3.5 KVA, 115VAC rated output). For the 
series of converters used on Boeing airplanes, a hard short circuit 
fault on the output of the converter will produce a fault current that 
is approximately 180% of the nominal rated output current. Since Boeing 
installations use multiple converter part numbers with different rated 
outputs, the short circuit fault current will vary depending on the 
converter used.
    We partially agree with the commenter's request. The hard short 
circuit fault condition will produce a continuous output current of 
approximately 170% to 200% of nominal current. However, since that 
section of the preamble does not reappear in the final rule, no change 
to the final rule is necessary regarding this issue.

Correction in Estimated Costs for Cost of Compliance

    We provided a cost estimate in the proposed AD that used the cost 
of replacing converters under warranty, not the cost of replacing parts 
without a warranty. The cost impact information provided in the 
proposed AD is correct for parts that are still under warranty. 
However, we strive to provide a cost estimate that uses cost 
information for parts not under warranty. The cost of a replacement 
converter without a warranty is $1,800. We have revised the cost impact 
information in this final rule to include the revised part cost.

Conclusion

    We have carefully reviewed the available data, including the 
comments that have been submitted, and determined that air safety and 
the public interest require adopting the AD with the changes described 
previously. We have determined that these changes will neither increase 
the economic burden on any operator nor increase the scope of the AD.

Costs of Compliance

    This AD will affect about 147 airplanes worldwide. The following 
table provides the estimated costs for U.S. operators to comply with 
this AD.

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                 Boeing model                            Work hours hours             labor rate     Parts       Cost per      registered     Fleet cost
                                                                                       per hour                  airplane      airplanes
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747-200F and -400 series airplanes...........  5 per converter (1 converter on each          $65       $1,800       $2,125              0             $0
                                                airplane).
                                               5 per converter (2 converters on               65        3,600        4,250              0              0
                                                each airplane).
767-400ER series airplanes...................  2 per airplane......................           65        3,600        3,730             21         78,330
777 series airplanes.........................  4 per airplane......................           65        7,200        7,460              8         59,680
Additional concurrent action for 777 series    1 per airplane......................           65        1,800        1,865              6         11,190
 airplanes.
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    Currently, there are no affected Model 747-200F or -400 series 
airplanes on the U.S. Register. However, an affected airplane that is 
imported and placed on the U.S. Register in the future would be subject 
to the costs specified above for those airplanes.

Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the 
authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, 
describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.
    We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in 
subtitle VII, part A, subpart III, section 44701, ``General 
requirements.'' Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with 
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing 
regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator 
finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within 
the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition 
that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this 
rulemaking action.

Regulatory Findings

    We have determined that this AD will not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a 
substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between 
the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power 
and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:
    (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive 
Order 12866;
    (2) Is not a ``significant rule'' under DOT Regulatory Policies and 
Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and
    (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to 
comply with this AD. See the ADDRESSES section for a location to 
examine the regulatory evaluation.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by 
reference, Safety.

Adoption of the Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

0
1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):


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2005-12-10 Boeing: Amendment 39-14126. Docket No. FAA-2004-19082; 
Directorate Identifier 2004-NM-79-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This AD becomes effective July 20, 2005.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to the airplanes listed in Table 1 of this 
AD, certificated in any category:

                                             Table 1.--Applicability
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             Boeing model--                               As listed in Boeing service bulletin--
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747-200F and -400 series airplanes......  747-25-3313, Revision 1, dated May 15, 2003.
767-400ER series airplanes..............  767-25-0335, dated November 7, 2002.
777 series airplanes....................  777-25-0210, dated October 17, 2002.
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Unsafe Condition

    (d) This AD was prompted by a report that a hard short condition 
between the frequency converter's output and its downstream circuit 
breakers will produce a continuous current, that could cause the 
undersized output wiring to overheat. We are issuing this AD to 
prevent the overheating of the frequency converter's output wiring, 
which could lead to the failure of a wire bundle, and consequent 
adverse effects on other systems sharing the affected wire bundle.

Compliance

    (e) You are responsible for having the actions required by this 
AD performed within the compliance times specified, unless the 
actions have already been done.

Replacement

    (f) Within 18 months after the effective date of this AD, 
replace the frequency converter(s) used to supply electrical power 
to utility outlets (for the galley, medical equipment, or personal 
computers) with modified frequency converter(s); and do other 
applicable specified actions; by doing all of the actions in the 
Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service bulletin 
listed in Table 2 of this AD.

                                    Table 2.--Applicability Service Bulletins
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               For model--                                     Use Boeing service bulletin--
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747-200F and -400 series airplanes......  747-25-3313, Revision 1, dated May 15, 2003.
767-400ER series airplanes..............  767-25-0335, dated November 7, 2002.
777 series airplanes....................  777-25-0210, dated October 17, 2002.
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    Note 1: Boeing Service Bulletin 747-25-3313, Revision 1, dated 
May 15, 2003, refers to JAMCO Service Bulletin CAW74-25-1697, dated 
June 7, 2002, as an additional source of information for procedures 
to remove and install certain galley frequency converters.

Concurrent Service Bulletin

    (g) For airplanes listed as Group 3 in the Effectivity of Boeing 
Service Bulletin 777-25-0210, dated October 17, 2002: Prior to or 
concurrently with the actions in Boeing Service Bulletin 777-25-
0210, dated October 17, 2002, deactivate the galley frequency 
converter in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of 
Monogram Systems Service Bulletin 872869-25-2098, dated May 1, 2002.

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (h) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 
FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested in 
accordance with the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19.

Material Incorporated by Reference

    (i) You must use the service information that is specified in 
Table 3 of this AD to perform the actions that are required by this 
AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. The Director of the Federal 
Register approves the incorporation by reference of those documents 
in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. To get copies 
of the service information, go to Boeing Commercial Airplanes, P.O. 
Box 3707, Seattle, Washington 98124-2207. To view the AD docket, go 
to the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 400 Seventh Street SW., room PL-401, Nassif 
Building, Washington, DC. To review copies of the service 
information, go to the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/
federal_register/code_of_federal_regulations/ibr_
locations.html.

                                  Table 3.--Material Incorporated by Reference
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             Service bulletin                     Revision level                           Date
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Boeing Service Bulletin 747-25-3313......  1...........................  May 15, 2003.
Boeing Service Bulletin 767-25-0335......  Original....................  November 7, 2002.
Boeing Service Bulletin 777-25-0210......  Original....................  October 17, 2002.
Monogram Systems Service Bulletin 872869-  Original....................  May 1, 2002.
 25-2098.
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    Issued in Renton, Washington, on May 27, 2005.
Ali Bahrami,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 05-11711 Filed 6-14-05; 8:45 am]
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