Airworthiness Directives; Gippsland Aeronautics Pty. Ltd. Model GA8 Airplanes, 54901-54902 [06-7928]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 182 / Wednesday, September 20, 2006 / Rules and Regulations 2142, 2183, 2203, 2208, 2209, 2243, 2244, 2252, 2278a–9, 2278b–6, 2279a–2279f–1, 2279aa–5(e)); secs. 411 and 412 of Pub. L. 100–233, 101 Stat. 1568, 1638; secs. 409 and 414 of Pub. L. 100–399, 102 Stat. 989, 1003, and 1004. Subpart G—Mergers, Consolidations, and Charter Amendments of Associations § 611.1124 [Amended] 11. Amend § 611.1124 by removing the reference, ‘‘§ 611.1090 of this part’’ and adding in its place, ‘‘section 5.17(a) of the Act’’ in paragraph (n). I Dated: September 14, 2006. Roland Smith, Secretary, Farm Credit Administration Board. [FR Doc. 06–7951 Filed 9–19–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6705–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2006–24955; Directorate Identifier 2006–CE–31–AD; Amendment 39– 14768; AD 2006–19–11] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Gippsland Aeronautics Pty. Ltd. Model GA8 Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES AGENCY: SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an airworthiness authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. We are issuing this AD to require actions to correct the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD becomes effective October 25, 2006. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of October 25, 2006. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https:// dms.dot.gov or in person at the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL–401, Washington, DC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:46 Sep 19, 2006 Jkt 208001 FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329– 4059; facsimile: (816) 329–4090. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to the specified products. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on June 19, 2006 (71 FR 35223). That NPRM proposed to require relocating the seat stop of the pilot and second occupant seat. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We have considered the comments received. Jack Buster with the Modification and Replacement Parts Association (MARPA) provides comments on the MCAI AD process pertaining to how the FAA addresses publishing manufacturer service information as part of a proposed AD action. The commenter states that the proposed rule attempts to require compliance with a public law by reference to a private writing (as referenced in paragraph (e) of the proposed AD). The commenter would like the FAA to incorporate by reference (IBR) the Gippsland service bulletin. We agree with Mr. Buster. However, we do not IBR any document in a proposed AD action, instead we IBR the document in the final rule. Since we are issuing the proposal as a final rule AD action, Gippsland Aeronautics Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–GA8– 2005–29, Issue 2, dated February 14, 2006, is incorporated by reference. Mr. Buster requests IBR documents be made available to the public by publication in the Federal Register or in the Docket Management System (DMS). We are currently reviewing issues surrounding the posting of service bulletins in the Department of Transportation’s DMS as part of the AD docket. Once we have thoroughly examined all aspects of this issue and have made a final determination, we will consider whether our current practice needs to be revised. Mr. Buster comments on the vagueness of paragraph (g)(2) of the proposed AD and states that the requirements may be unenforceable in a court of law. We partially agree with Mr. Buster. We are considering clarifying the text of paragraph (g)(2) in future ADs to more clearly remind operators they are required to assure a product is airworthy before it is returned to service. However, we consider the PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 54901 existing text to be legally enforceable since it requires performing FAAapproved corrective actions before returning the product to an airworthy condition. No change is required to this final rule in that regard. Conclusion We reviewed the available data, including the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed. Differences Between This AD and the MCAI or Service Information We have reviewed the MCAI and related service information and, in general, agree with their substance. But we might have found it necessary to use different words from those in the MCAI to ensure the AD is clear for U.S. operators and is enforceable in a U.S. court of law. In making these changes, we do not intend to differ substantively from the information provided in the MCAI and related service information. We might also have required different actions in this AD from those in the MCAI in order to follow our FAA policies. Any such differences are described in a separate paragraph of the AD. These requirements, if any, take precedence over the actions copied from the MCAI. Costs of Compliance Based on the service information, we estimate that this AD will affect about 22 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 2 workhours per product to do the action and that the average labor rate is $80 per work-hour. Required parts will cost about $20 per product. Where the service information lists required parts costs that are covered under warranty, we have assumed that there will be no charge for these costs. As we do not control warranty coverage for affected parties, some parties may incur costs higher than estimated here. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $7,920, or $360 per product ($180 per seat assembly). 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: E:\FR\FM\20SER1.SGM 20SER1 54902 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 182 / Wednesday, September 20, 2006 / Rules and Regulations 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 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 and placed it in the AD Docket. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https://dms.dot.gov; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains the NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone (800) 647– 5227) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. 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: rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with RULES I PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: I VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:46 Sep 19, 2006 Jkt 208001 Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: I 2006–19–11 Gippsland Aeronautics Pty. Ltd.: Amendment 39–14768 Docket No. FAA–2006–24955; Directorate Identifier 2006–CE–31–AD. Effective Date (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective October 25, 2006. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Model GA8 airplanes, all serial numbers through GA8– 05–088, that are certificated in any U.S. category. Reason (d) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the airworthiness authority for Australia states that the aircraft manufacturer has determined that the current location of the pilot and second occupant seat stops is such that, at either seat’s most forward position, aft movement of the control column can be restricted by the seat structure. If not corrected, this condition could lead to reduced controllability of the airplane in certain conditions. The MCAI requires relocating the seat stop to eliminate this condition. Actions and Compliance (e) Unless already done, do the following except as stated in paragraph (f) below: (1) At the next regularly scheduled maintenance inspection (e.g. 100 hour or annual) that occurs 30 days or more after October 25, 2006 (the effective date of this AD), modify the pilot and second occupant seat track rails to add a new stop location. (2) Do the modification following Gippsland Aeronautics Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–GA8–2005–29, Issue 2, dated February 14, 2006. FAA AD Differences (f) None. Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Related Information (h) This AD is related to MCAI Australian AD No. AD/GA8/4, effective April 13, 2006, which references Gippsland Aeronautics Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–GA8–2005– 29, Issue 2, dated February 14, 2006. Material Incorporated by Reference (i) You must use Gippsland Aeronautics Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–GA8–2005– 29, Issue 2, dated February 14, 2006, to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of this service information under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Gippsland Aeronautics, PO Box 881, Morwell, Victoria 3840, Australia; telephone: + 61 (0) 3 5172 1200; facsimile: + 61 (0) 3 5172 1201; e-mail: support@gippsaero.com. (3) You may review copies at the FAA, Central Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, 901 Locust, Room 506, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; or at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/ cfr/ibr-locations.html. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 12, 2006. Sandra J. Campbell, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 06–7928 Filed 9–19–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry and Security 15 CFR Part 700 [Docket No. 060831232–6232–01] RIN 0694–AD90 Other FAA AD Provisions (g) The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Staff, FAA, Attn: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4059; facsimile: (816) 329–4090, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. (2) Return to Airworthiness: When complying with this AD, perform FAAapproved corrective actions before returning the product to an airworthy condition. (3) Reporting Requirements: For any reporting requirement in this AD, under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) PO 00000 has approved the information collection requirements and has assigned OMB Control Number 2120–0056. Sfmt 4700 Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS): Assistance Programs With Canada and Other Nations Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is amending the Defense Priorities and Allocations System (DPAS) Regulation (15 CFR part 700) to provide additional guidance on how persons in Canada and other foreign nations may apply for priority rating authority and special priorities assistance to obtain items in the United States, and to provide information on E:\FR\FM\20SER1.SGM 20SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2006-24955; Directorate Identifier 2006-CE-31-AD; 
Amendment 39-14768; AD 2006-19-11]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Gippsland Aeronautics Pty. Ltd. Model 
GA8 Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the 
products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing 
airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an airworthiness authority 
of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an 
aviation product. We are issuing this AD to require actions to correct 
the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD becomes effective October 25, 2006.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of October 25, 
2006.

ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https://
dms.dot.gov or in person at the Docket Management Facility, U.S. 
Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, 
Room PL-401, Washington, DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, 
Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106; telephone: (816) 329-4059; facsimile: (816) 329-4090.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 to include an AD that would apply to the specified products. 
That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on June 19, 2006 (71 FR 
35223). That NPRM proposed to require relocating the seat stop of the 
pilot and second occupant seat.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. We have considered the comments received.
    Jack Buster with the Modification and Replacement Parts Association 
(MARPA) provides comments on the MCAI AD process pertaining to how the 
FAA addresses publishing manufacturer service information as part of a 
proposed AD action. The commenter states that the proposed rule 
attempts to require compliance with a public law by reference to a 
private writing (as referenced in paragraph (e) of the proposed AD). 
The commenter would like the FAA to incorporate by reference (IBR) the 
Gippsland service bulletin.
    We agree with Mr. Buster. However, we do not IBR any document in a 
proposed AD action, instead we IBR the document in the final rule. 
Since we are issuing the proposal as a final rule AD action, Gippsland 
Aeronautics Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA8-2005-29, Issue 2, dated 
February 14, 2006, is incorporated by reference.
    Mr. Buster requests IBR documents be made available to the public 
by publication in the Federal Register or in the Docket Management 
System (DMS).
    We are currently reviewing issues surrounding the posting of 
service bulletins in the Department of Transportation's DMS as part of 
the AD docket. Once we have thoroughly examined all aspects of this 
issue and have made a final determination, we will consider whether our 
current practice needs to be revised.
    Mr. Buster comments on the vagueness of paragraph (g)(2) of the 
proposed AD and states that the requirements may be unenforceable in a 
court of law.
    We partially agree with Mr. Buster. We are considering clarifying 
the text of paragraph (g)(2) in future ADs to more clearly remind 
operators they are required to assure a product is airworthy before it 
is returned to service. However, we consider the existing text to be 
legally enforceable since it requires performing FAA-approved 
corrective actions before returning the product to an airworthy 
condition. No change is required to this final rule in that regard.

Conclusion

    We reviewed the available data, including the comments received, 
and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting 
the AD as proposed.

Differences Between This AD and the MCAI or Service Information

    We have reviewed the MCAI and related service information and, in 
general, agree with their substance. But we might have found it 
necessary to use different words from those in the MCAI to ensure the 
AD is clear for U.S. operators and is enforceable in a U.S. court of 
law. In making these changes, we do not intend to differ substantively 
from the information provided in the MCAI and related service 
information.
    We might also have required different actions in this AD from those 
in the MCAI in order to follow our FAA policies. Any such differences 
are described in a separate paragraph of the AD. These requirements, if 
any, take precedence over the actions copied from the MCAI.

Costs of Compliance

    Based on the service information, we estimate that this AD will 
affect about 22 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it 
will take about 2 work-hours per product to do the action and that the 
average labor rate is $80 per work-hour. Required parts will cost about 
$20 per product. Where the service information lists required parts 
costs that are covered under warranty, we have assumed that there will 
be no charge for these costs. As we do not control warranty coverage 
for affected parties, some parties may incur costs higher than 
estimated here. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD 
on U.S. operators to be $7,920, or $360 per product ($180 per seat 
assembly).

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:

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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 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 and placed it in the AD Docket.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https://
dms.dot.gov; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD 
docket contains the NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments 
received, and other information. The street address for the Docket 
Office (telephone (800) 647-5227) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments 
will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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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]

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2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new AD:

2006-19-11 Gippsland Aeronautics Pty. Ltd.: Amendment 39-14768 
Docket No. FAA-2006-24955; Directorate Identifier 2006-CE-31-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective October 
25, 2006.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to Model GA8 airplanes, all serial numbers 
through GA8-05-088, that are certificated in any U.S. category.

Reason

    (d) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) 
issued by the airworthiness authority for Australia states that the 
aircraft manufacturer has determined that the current location of 
the pilot and second occupant seat stops is such that, at either 
seat's most forward position, aft movement of the control column can 
be restricted by the seat structure. If not corrected, this 
condition could lead to reduced controllability of the airplane in 
certain conditions. The MCAI requires relocating the seat stop to 
eliminate this condition.

Actions and Compliance

    (e) Unless already done, do the following except as stated in 
paragraph (f) below:
    (1) At the next regularly scheduled maintenance inspection (e.g. 
100 hour or annual) that occurs 30 days or more after October 25, 
2006 (the effective date of this AD), modify the pilot and second 
occupant seat track rails to add a new stop location.
    (2) Do the modification following Gippsland Aeronautics 
Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA8-2005-29, Issue 2, dated February 
14, 2006.

FAA AD Differences

    (f) None.

Other FAA AD Provisions

    (g) The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
Standards Staff, FAA, Attn: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, 
Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, 
Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4059; facsimile: (816) 329-
4090, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested 
using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19.
    (2) Return to Airworthiness: When complying with this AD, 
perform FAA-approved corrective actions before returning the product 
to an airworthy condition.
    (3) Reporting Requirements: For any reporting requirement in 
this AD, under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information 
collection requirements and has assigned OMB Control Number 2120-
0056.

Related Information

    (h) This AD is related to MCAI Australian AD No. AD/GA8/4, 
effective April 13, 2006, which references Gippsland Aeronautics 
Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA8-2005-29, Issue 2, dated February 
14, 2006.

Material Incorporated by Reference

    (i) You must use Gippsland Aeronautics Mandatory Service 
Bulletin SB-GA8-2005-29, Issue 2, dated February 14, 2006, to do the 
actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference of this service information under 5 
U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Gippsland Aeronautics, PO Box 881, Morwell, Victoria 3840, 
Australia; telephone: + 61 (0) 3 5172 1200; facsimile: + 61 (0) 3 
5172 1201; e-mail: support@gippsaero.com.
    (3) You may review copies at the FAA, Central Region, Office of 
the Regional Counsel, 901 Locust, Room 506, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106; or at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: https://www.archives.gov/federal-
register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 12, 2006.
Sandra J. Campbell,
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
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