Airworthiness Directives; Saab Model SAAB SF340A and SAAB 340B Series Airplanes, 32491-32492 [E6-8710]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 108 / Tuesday, June 6, 2006 / Proposed Rules The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): Boeing: Docket No. FAA–2006–24952; Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–107–AD. authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested in accordance with the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. (2) Before using any AMOC approved in accordance with § 39.19 on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify the appropriate principal inspector in the FAA Flight Standards Certificate Holding District Office. Issued in Renton, Washington, on May 26, 2006. Jeffrey E. Duven, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E6–8708 Filed 6–5–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Comments Due Date (a) The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by July 21, 2006. 14 CFR Part 39 Affected ADs (b) None. RIN 2120–AA64 [Docket No. 2001–NM–110–AD] Applicability (c) This AD applies to all Model 767–200, –300, –300F, and –400ER series airplanes, certificated in any category. Unsafe Condition (d) This AD results from a fire in the forward lower lobe cargo compartment found shortly after airplane arrival. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct damage to wires in the forward and aft lower lobe cargo compartments, which could result in a potential short circuit and consequent fire in the forward and aft lower lobe cargo compartments. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with PROPOSAL 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. Repetitive Inspections and Corrective Actions if Applicable (f) Within 36 months after the effective date of this AD, do detailed inspections for damage to the wire bundles, power drive unit wiring, and wire attaching hardware, supports, and sleeving located in the forward and aft lower lobe cargo compartments; and do all applicable corrective actions before further flight after the inspections; by accomplishing all of the actions specified in the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 767–25–0376 (for Model 767–200, –300, and –300F series airplanes) or Boeing Service Bulletin 767–25–0377 (for Model 767–400ER series airplanes), both dated November 17, 2005, as applicable. Repeat the inspections thereafter at intervals not to exceed 24,000 flight hours or 72 months, whichever occurs first. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (g)(1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA, has the VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:48 Jun 05, 2006 Jkt 208001 Airworthiness Directives; Saab Model SAAB SF340A and SAAB 340B Series Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration, DOT. ACTION: Proposed rule; withdrawal. AGENCY: This action withdraws a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that proposed a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to all Saab Model SAAB SF340A and SAAB 340B series airplanes. That action would have required modifying or replacing flight data recorders (FDR) of a certain model. Since the issuance of the NPRM, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has received new data that the identified unsafe condition has been corrected on all airplanes that would have been subject to the NPRM. Accordingly, the proposed rule is withdrawn. SUMMARY: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98055–4056; telephone (425) 227–2125; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A proposal to amend part 39 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 39) to add a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to all Saab Model SAAB SF340A and SAAB 340B series airplanes, was published in the Federal Register as a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on August 17, 2001 (66 FR 43128). The proposed rule would have required modifying or replacing FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 32491 flight data recorders (FDR) of a certain model. That action resulted from reports of a number of incidents in which flight data have been lost from the FDR. The proposed actions were intended to prevent loss of flight data from the FDR, which could hamper discovery of the cause of an accident, preventing the Federal Aviation Administration from developing and mandating actions to prevent additional accidents caused by the same unsafe condition. Actions That Occurred Since the NPRM Was Issued Since the issuance of that NPRM, the FDR manufacturer, L–3 Communications Corporation, notified the FAA that the only affected operator flying in the U.S. has accomplished the action proposed in the NPRM, and no unsafe condition exists or is likely to exist. In the event that a Saab Model SAAB-Fairchild SF340A (SAAB/ SF340A), or SAAB 340B airplane is imported into the U.S., the FAA issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (NM–06–40, April 14, 2006) to alert U.S. operators of the need to install the replacement FDR. Explanation of Change to Model Designation We have revised the model reference in the above paragraph to identify model designations as published in the most recent type certificate data sheet for the affected models. FAA’s Conclusions Upon further consideration, the FAA has determined that the actions that would have been required by the NPRM have already been done on all affected airplanes, and the identified unsafe condition has been corrected. Accordingly, the proposed rule is hereby withdrawn. Withdrawal of this NPRM constitutes only such action, and does not preclude the agency from issuing another action in the future, nor does it commit the agency to any course of action in the future. Regulatory Impact Since this action only withdraws a notice of proposed rulemaking, it is neither a proposed nor a final rule and therefore is not covered under Executive Order 12866, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, or DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979). List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Safety. E:\FR\FM\06JNP1.SGM 06JNP1 32492 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 108 / Tuesday, June 6, 2006 / Proposed Rules The Withdrawal Accordingly, the notice of proposed rulemaking, Docket 2001–NM–110–AD, published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2001 (66 FR 43128), is withdrawn. Issued in Renton, Washington, on May 26, 2006. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E6–8710 Filed 6–5–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Federal Aviation Administration Streamlined Issuance of AD 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2005–22420; Directorate Identifier 2005–CE–47–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; B–N Group Ltd. BN–2, BN–2A, BN–2B, BN–2T, and BN–2T–4R Series (All Individual Models Included in Type Certificate Data Sheet (TCDS) A17EU, Revision 16, Dated December 9, 2002) Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an airworthiness authority of another country. The proposed AD would require actions that are intended to address an unsafe condition described in the MCAI. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by June 21, 2006. ADDRESSES: Use one of the following addresses to comment on this proposed AD: • DOT Docket Web site: Go to http://dms.dot.gov and follow the instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Government-wide rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. • Hand delivery: Room PL–401 on the plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with PROPOSAL SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:48 Jun 05, 2006 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in the proposed AD, contact the B–N Group Ltd, Bembridge Airport, Isle of Wright, United Kingdom, PO35 5PR; telephone: 0870 881 5064; facsimile: 0870 881 5065; e-mail: structural@britten-norman.com. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Taylor Martin, Aerospace Safety Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4138; facsimile: (816) 329– 4090. Jkt 208001 The FAA is implementing a new process for streamlining the issuance of ADs related to MCAI. We are prototyping this process and specifically request your comments on its use. This streamlined process will allow us to adopt MCAI safety requirements in a more efficient manner and will reduce safety risks to the public. This process continues to follow all existing AD issuance processes to meet legal, economic, Administrative Procedure Act, and Federal Register requirements. We also continue to follow our technical decision-making processes in all aspects to meet our responsibilities to determine and correct unsafe conditions on U.S.-certificated products. This proposed AD references the MCAI and related service information that we considered in forming the engineering basis to correct the unsafe condition. The proposed AD contains text copied from the MCAI and for this reason might not follow our plain language principles. The comment period for this proposed AD is open for 15 days. The comment period is reduced because the airworthiness authority and manufacturer have already published the documents on which we based our decision, making a longer comment period unnecessary. Comments Invited We invite you to send any written data, views, or arguments regarding this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number, Docket No. FAA–2005–22420; Directorate Identifier 2005–CE–47–AD at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 the proposed AD. We are also inviting comments, views, or arguments on the new MCAI process. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend the proposed AD in light of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// dms.dot.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive concerning this proposed AD. Discussion The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which is the airworthiness authority for the United Kingdom, has issued British Airworthiness Directive No. G–2004– 0011, dated May 25, 2004 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states that that the aircraft manufacturer has identified several cases of corroded elevator final drive control rods. If not corrected corrosion of the interior surface could result in failure or collapse of the rod, resulting in loss of control or jamming of the elevator system. The MCAI requires an inspection of the internal surface of the elevator system final drive control rod and replacement if found corroded. You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the docket. Relevant Service Information BN-Group Ltd. has issued BrittenNorman Service Bulletin SB number 303, Issue 1, dated May 14, 2004. The actions described in this service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of the Proposed AD This product is manufactured outside the United States and is type certificated for operation in the United States under the provisions of section 21.29 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 21.29) and the applicable bilateral agreement. Pursuant to this bilateral airworthiness agreement, the State of Design’s airworthiness authority has notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We have examined the airworthiness authority’s findings, evaluated all pertinent information, and determined an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on all products of this type design. We are issuing this proposed AD to correct the unsafe condition. E:\FR\FM\06JNP1.SGM 06JNP1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 108 (Tuesday, June 6, 2006)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 32491-32492]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-8710]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. 2001-NM-110-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Saab Model SAAB SF340A and SAAB 340B 
Series Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Proposed rule; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: This action withdraws a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) 
that proposed a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to all 
Saab Model SAAB SF340A and SAAB 340B series airplanes. That action 
would have required modifying or replacing flight data recorders (FDR) 
of a certain model. Since the issuance of the NPRM, the Federal 
Aviation Administration (FAA) has received new data that the identified 
unsafe condition has been corrected on all airplanes that would have 
been subject to the NPRM. Accordingly, the proposed rule is withdrawn.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98055-4056; telephone (425) 
227-2125; fax (425) 227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A proposal to amend part 39 of the Federal 
Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 39) to add a new airworthiness 
directive (AD), applicable to all Saab Model SAAB SF340A and SAAB 340B 
series airplanes, was published in the Federal Register as a Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on August 17, 2001 (66 FR 43128). The 
proposed rule would have required modifying or replacing flight data 
recorders (FDR) of a certain model. That action resulted from reports 
of a number of incidents in which flight data have been lost from the 
FDR.
    The proposed actions were intended to prevent loss of flight data 
from the FDR, which could hamper discovery of the cause of an accident, 
preventing the Federal Aviation Administration from developing and 
mandating actions to prevent additional accidents caused by the same 
unsafe condition.

Actions That Occurred Since the NPRM Was Issued

    Since the issuance of that NPRM, the FDR manufacturer, L-3 
Communications Corporation, notified the FAA that the only affected 
operator flying in the U.S. has accomplished the action proposed in the 
NPRM, and no unsafe condition exists or is likely to exist. In the 
event that a Saab Model SAAB-Fairchild SF340A (SAAB/SF340A), or SAAB 
340B airplane is imported into the U.S., the FAA issued a Special 
Airworthiness Information Bulletin (NM-06-40, April 14, 2006) to alert 
U.S. operators of the need to install the replacement FDR.

Explanation of Change to Model Designation

    We have revised the model reference in the above paragraph to 
identify model designations as published in the most recent type 
certificate data sheet for the affected models.

FAA's Conclusions

    Upon further consideration, the FAA has determined that the actions 
that would have been required by the NPRM have already been done on all 
affected airplanes, and the identified unsafe condition has been 
corrected. Accordingly, the proposed rule is hereby withdrawn.
    Withdrawal of this NPRM constitutes only such action, and does not 
preclude the agency from issuing another action in the future, nor does 
it commit the agency to any course of action in the future.

Regulatory Impact

    Since this action only withdraws a notice of proposed rulemaking, 
it is neither a proposed nor a final rule and therefore is not covered 
under Executive Order 12866, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, or DOT 
Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979).

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Safety.

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The Withdrawal

    Accordingly, the notice of proposed rulemaking, Docket 2001-NM-110-
AD, published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2001 (66 FR 43128), 
is withdrawn.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on May 26, 2006.
Ali Bahrami,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
 [FR Doc. E6-8710 Filed 6-5-06; 8:45 am]
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