Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A300 B4-605R Airplanes and Model A310-308, -324, and -325 Airplanes, 60089-60092 [E6-16882]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 197 / Thursday, October 12, 2006 / Proposed Rules 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 proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 the proposed regulation: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the 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 proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket. 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, Safety. 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. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with PROPOSAL § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13 by removing amendment 39–14170 (70 FR 36833, June 27, 2005) and adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2006–26045; Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–145–AD. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:04 Oct 11, 2006 Jkt 211001 Comments Due Date (a) The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by November 13, 2006. Affected ADs (b) This AD supersedes AD 2005–13–33. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Airbus A300 aircraft, all certified models and all serial numbers, certificated in any category, except for: (1) Airbus Model A300 B4–601, B4–603, B4–620, and B4–622 airplanes, A300 B4– 605R and B4–622R airplanes, A300 F4–605R and F4–622R airplanes, and A300 C4–605R Variant F airplanes. (2) Models A300B4–220, A300B4–203, and A300B2–203 in forward facing crew cockpit certified configuration. Unsafe Condition (d) This AD results from the determination that repetitive operational tests are necessary following incorporation of the wiring modification required by AD 2005–13–33. We are issuing this AD to prevent possible trim loss when the flightcrew tries to override the autopilot pitch control, which could result in uncontrolled flight of the airplane. 60089 (2) For airplanes modified in accordance with Airbus Service Bulletin A300–22–0117, Revision 01, dated April 20, 2005; or Revision 02, dated September 14, 2005: Do the initial test within 2,000 flight hours after the modification required by paragraph (f) of this AD, or within 2,000 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (h)(1) The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the 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. (3) AMOCs approved previously in accordance with AD 2005–13–33 are not approved as AMOCs with this AD. Related Information (i) French airworthiness directive F–2005– 107, dated July 6, 2005, also addresses the subject of this AD. 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. Restatement of Requirements of AD 2005– 13–33 Issued in Renton, Washington, on October 3, 2006. Kalene C. Yanamura, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E6–16880 Filed 10–11–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P Modification (f) Within 20 months after August 1, 2005 (the effective date of AD 2005–13–33), modify the wiring of the autopilot pitch torque limiter switch, by doing all of the applicable actions specified in the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A300–22–0117, dated September 7, 2004; Revision 01, dated April 20, 2005; or Revision 02, dated September 14, 2005. After the effective date of this AD, only Revision 02 may be used. New Requirements of This AD Repetitive Operational Tests (g) At the applicable time specified in paragraph (g)(1) or (g)(2) of this AD: Do an operational test of the autopilot disconnection upon pitch override, and do all applicable related investigative and corrective actions. Do the actions in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A300– 22–0118, excluding Appendix 01, dated May 18, 2005; except that this AD does not require a report of the inspection results. Do all applicable related investigative and corrective actions before further flight. Repeat the test thereafter at intervals not to exceed 2,000 flight hours. (1) For airplanes modified before the effective date of this AD in accordance with Airbus Service Bulletin A300–22–0117, dated September 7, 2004: Do the initial test within 2,000 flight hours after the effective date of this AD. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2006–26047; Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–146–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A300 B4–605R Airplanes and Model A310–308, –324, and –325 Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A300 B4–605R airplanes and Model A310–308, –324, and –325 airplanes. This proposed AD would require modifying the Bruce floor plan electrical emergency path marking system (FPEEPMS) and, for certain airplanes, modifying the automatic switching of the emergency lighting system. This proposed AD results from a report that in the case of vertical separation of the fuselage forward of E:\FR\FM\12OCP1.SGM 12OCP1 60090 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 197 / Thursday, October 12, 2006 / Proposed Rules rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with PROPOSAL door 1, the FPEEPMS and the exit signs do not turn on. We are proposing this AD to prevent inadequate lighting and marking of the escape path, which could delay or impede the flightcrew and passengers when exiting the airplane during an emergency landing. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 13, 2006. ADDRESSES: Use one of the following addresses to submit comments 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 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France, for service information identified in this proposed AD. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Stafford, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1622; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to submit any relevant written data, views, or arguments regarding this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed in the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number ‘‘FAA–2006–26047; Directorate identifier 2006–NM–146–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of the proposed AD. 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 with FAA personnel concerning this proposed AD. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:04 Oct 11, 2006 Jkt 211001 Using the search function of that Web site, anyone can find and read the comments in any of our dockets, including the name of the individual who sent the comment (or signed the comment on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review the DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477–78), or you may visit http:// dms.dot.gov. Examining the Docket You may 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 DOT street address stated in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after the Docket Management System receives them. Discussion The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the airworthiness authority for the European Union, notified us that an unsafe condition may exist on certain Airbus Model A300 B4– 605R airplanes and Model A310–308, –324, and –325 airplanes. The EASA advises that a report has shown that in the case of vertical separation of the fuselage forward of door 1, the Bruce floor plan electrical emergency path marking system (FPEEPMS) and the exit signs do not turn on. This condition, if not corrected, could result in inadequate lighting and marking of the escape path, which could delay or impede the flightcrew and passengers when exiting the airplane during an emergency landing. Relevant Service Information Airbus has issued Service Bulletin A300–33–6047, Revision 01, dated January 20, 2006 (for Model A300 B4– 605R airplanes); and Service Bulletin A310–33–2045, Revision 01, dated January 20, 2006 (for Model A310–308, –24, and –325 airplanes). The service bulletins describe procedures for modifying the Bruce FPEEPMS. The modification includes the following actions, depending on the configuration of the airplane: • Modifying equipment and wiring between air bleed panel 436VU and the avionics compartment. • Modifying terminal block 5700 VT and installing wiring. • Modifying terminal blocks 4701VT, 4903VT, 5503VT, and 5702VT. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 • Removing, installing, and modifying wiring in various locations, such as from the aft power supply unit through the cabin with connection to all other power supply units and the EMERG LIGHT switch 28WL. Airbus Service Bulletin A310–33– 2045, Revision 01, dated January 20, 2006, also specifies prior or concurrent accomplishment of Airbus Service Bulletin A310–33–2025, Revision 01, dated April 17, 2001, for modifying the automatic switching of the emergency lighting system. The modification of the automatic switching involves the following actions: • Modifying equipment and wiring in the relay box 104VU. • Modifying equipment and wiring in the relay box 107VU. • Modifying wiring in the alternating current power center 101VU. • Modifying equipment and wiring in the avionics compartment, zone 120. • Modifying wiring between the flight compartment, zone 210, and the avionics compartment, zone 120. • Doing the actions specified in A310–33–2025 concurrently or prior to the modification of the automatic switching. Accomplishing the actions specified in the service information is intended to adequately address the unsafe condition. The EASA mandated Airbus Service Bulletin A300–33–6047, Revision 01, and Service Bulletin A310– 33–2045, Revision 01, and issued airworthiness directive 2006–0077, dated April 3, 2006, to ensure the continued airworthiness of these airplanes in the European Union. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of the Proposed AD These airplane models are manufactured in France and are 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 airworthiness agreement. As described in FAA Order 8100.14A, ‘‘Interim Procedures for Working with the European Community on Airworthiness Certification and Continued Airworthiness,’’ dated August 12, 2005, the EASA has kept the FAA informed of the situation described above. We have examined the EASA’s findings, evaluated all pertinent information, and determined that we need to issue an AD for airplanes of this type design that are certificated for operation in the United States. Therefore, we are proposing this AD, which would require accomplishing the actions specified in the service information described previously. E:\FR\FM\12OCP1.SGM 12OCP1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 197 / Thursday, October 12, 2006 / Proposed Rules Difference Between the EASA Airworthiness Directive and This Proposed AD The applicability of EASA airworthiness directive 2006–0077 excludes airplanes on which Airbus Service Bulletin A310–33–2045, Revision 01, or A300–33–6047, Revision 01, have been accomplished in service. However, we have not excluded those airplanes in the applicability of this proposed AD; rather, this proposed AD includes a requirement to accomplish the actions specified in Revision 01 of those service bulletins, as applicable. 60091 This requirement would ensure that the actions specified in the applicable service bulletin and required by this proposed AD are accomplished on all affected airplanes. Operators must continue to operate the airplane in the configuration required by this proposed AD unless an alternative method of compliance is approved. Clarification of Concurrent Service Bulletin Revision 01, dated April 17, 2001, which is a concurrent service bulletin for Airbus Service Bulletin A310–33– 2045, Revision 01, dated January 20, 2006. This proposed AD specifies doing Airbus Service Bulletin A310–33–2025, Revision 01, dated April 17, 2001. We have coordinated with the EASA that this concurrent action is necessary to ensure continued safety. Costs of Compliance EASA airworthiness directive 2006– 0077 does not specify doing Airbus Service Bulletin A310–33–2025, The following table provides the estimated costs for U.S. operators to comply with this proposed AD. ESTIMATED COSTS Action Work hours Modification of FPEEPMS ... Modification of automatic switching. 44 to 47 ....... 14 ................ 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 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with PROPOSAL Average labor rate per hour We have determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 the proposed regulation: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:04 Oct 11, 2006 Jkt 211001 $80 80 Cost per airplane $2,570 to $2,690 ..... $534 to $727 ........... $6,090 to $6,450 ..... $1,654 to $1,847 ..... 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the 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 proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket. 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, Safety. 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 Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2006–26047; Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–146–AD. Frm 00012 Fmt 4702 $6,090 to $6,450. $1,654 to $1,847. Comments Due Date (a) The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by November 13, 2006. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Airbus Model A300 B4–605R airplanes and Model A310–308, –324, and –325 airplanes, certificated in any category; on which Airbus Modification 06810 or 06934 (Bruce floor proximity emergency escape path marking system (FPEEPMS)) has been installed in production; or on which Airbus Service Bulletin A300–33–6047 or A310–33–2045, both dated March 5, 2004, has been done. Unsafe Condition (d) This AD results from a report that in the case of vertical separation of the fuselage forward of door 1, the FPEEPMS and the exit signs do not turn on. We are issuing this AD to prevent inadequate lighting and marking of the escape path, which could delay or impede the flightcrew and passengers when exiting the airplane during an emergency landing. (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. Modification [Amended] 2. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): PO 00000 1 1 Fleet cost Compliance 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: § 39.13 Number of U.S.-registered airplanes Parts Sfmt 4702 (f) Within 16 months after the effective date of this AD, modify the Bruce FPEEPMS in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A300– 33–6047, Revision 01, dated January 20, 2006 (for Model A300 B4–605R airplanes); or Airbus Service Bulletin A310–33–2045, Revision 01, dated January 20, 2006 (for E:\FR\FM\12OCP1.SGM 12OCP1 60092 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 197 / Thursday, October 12, 2006 / Proposed Rules Model A310–308, –324, and –325 airplanes); as applicable. (g) For Model A310–308, –324, and –325 airplanes: Prior to or concurrently with the modification required in paragraph (f) of this AD, modify the automatic switching of the emergency lighting system in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A310–33–2025, Revision 01, dated April 17, 2001. Modifications Accomplished According to Previous Issue of Service Bulletin (h) Modifications accomplished before the effective date of this AD in accordance with Airbus Service Bulletin A310–33–2025, dated March 1, 1993, are considered acceptable for compliance with the corresponding action specified in paragraph (g) of this AD. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (i)(1) The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the 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. Related Information (j) European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) airworthiness directive 2006–0077, dated April 3, 2006, also addresses the subject of this AD. Issued in Renton, Washington, on October 3, 2006. Kalene C. Yanamura, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E6–16882 Filed 10–11–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary 32 CFR Part 143 [DOD–2006–OS–0057] RIN 0790–AH99 DoD Policy on Organizations That Seek To Represent or Organize Members of the Armed Forces in Negotiation or Collective Bargaining Department of Defense. Proposed rule. AGENCY: rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with PROPOSAL ACTION: SUMMARY: This part contains uniform Department of Defense policies for organizations that seek to represent or organize members of the Armed Forces in negotiation or collective bargaining. This updated rule contains editorial changes only as required for internal VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:04 Oct 11, 2006 Jkt 211001 Department of Defense mandated reconsideration every 5 years. DATES: Comments must be received by December 11, 2006. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and or RIN number and title, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Federal Docket Management System Office, 1160 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–1160. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number or Regulatory Information Number (RIN) for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http://regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lieutenant Colonel Mark Gingras, Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Program Integration, 4000 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301–4000. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Order 12866, ‘‘Regulatory Planning and Review’’ It has been determined that 32 CFR part 143 is not a significant regulatory action. The rule does not: (1) Have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely affect in a material way the economy; a section of the economy; productivity; competition; jobs; the environment; public health or safety; or State, local, or tribal governments or communities; (2) Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another Agency; (3) Materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs, or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or (4) Raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President’s priorities, or the principles set forth in this Executive Order. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (Section 202, Pub. L. 104–4) It has been certified that this rule does not contain a Federal mandate that may result in the expenditure by State, local and tribal governments, in aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100 million or more in any one year. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Public Law 96–354, ‘‘Regulatory Flexibility Act’’ (5 U.S.C. 601) It has been certified that this rule is not subject to the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601) because it would not, if promulgated, have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. By its terms, this rule applies to state and local governments. It has no impact on ‘‘small entities’’. Public Law 96–511, ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act’’ (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35)’’ It has been certified that this rule does impose reporting or recordkeeping requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The reporting and recordkeeping requirements have been submitted to OMB for review. Executive Order 13132, ‘‘Federalism’’ It has been certified that this rule does not have federalism implications, as set forth in Executive Order 13132. This rule does not have substantial direct effects on: (1) The States; (2) The relationship between the National Government and the States; or (3) The distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of Government. List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 143 Government employees, Labor management relations, Military personnel. Accordingly 32 CFR part 143 is proposed to be revised to read as follows: PART 143—DOD POLICY ON ORGANIZATIONS THAT SEEK TO REPRESENT OR ORGANIZE MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES IN NEGOTIATION OR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING Sec. 143.1 143.2 143.3 143.4 143.5 143.6 143.7 143.8 Purpose. Applicability. Definitions. Policy. Prohibited activity. Activity not covered by this part. Responsibilities. Guidelines. Authority: 10 U.S.C 801–940; and 10 U.S.C. 976. § 143.1 Purpose. This part provides DoD policies and procedures for organizations whose objective is to organize or represent members of the Armed Forces of the United States for purposes of negotiating or bargaining about terms or conditions of military service. The policies and procedures set forth herein E:\FR\FM\12OCP1.SGM 12OCP1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 197 (Thursday, October 12, 2006)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 60089-60092]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-16882]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2006-26047; Directorate Identifier 2006-NM-146-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A300 B4-605R Airplanes and 
Model A310-308, -324, and -325 Airplanes

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

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) 
for certain Airbus Model A300 B4-605R airplanes and Model A310-308, -
324, and -325 airplanes. This proposed AD would require modifying the 
Bruce floor plan electrical emergency path marking system (FPEEPMS) 
and, for certain airplanes, modifying the automatic switching of the 
emergency lighting system. This proposed AD results from a report that 
in the case of vertical separation of the fuselage forward of

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door 1, the FPEEPMS and the exit signs do not turn on. We are proposing 
this AD to prevent inadequate lighting and marking of the escape path, 
which could delay or impede the flightcrew and passengers when exiting 
the airplane during an emergency landing.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 13, 
2006.

ADDRESSES: Use one of the following addresses to submit comments 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 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9:00 
a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, 
France, for service information identified in this proposed AD.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Stafford, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 
1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 
227-1622; fax (425) 227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    We invite you to submit any relevant written data, views, or 
arguments regarding this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address 
listed in the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number ``FAA-2006-
26047; Directorate identifier 2006-NM-146-AD'' at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of the proposed AD. 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 with FAA 
personnel concerning this proposed AD. Using the search function of 
that Web site, anyone can find and read the comments in any of our 
dockets, including the name of the individual who sent the comment (or 
signed the comment on behalf of an association, business, labor union, 
etc.). You may review the DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the 
Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78), or you 
may visit http://dms.dot.gov.

Examining the Docket

    You may 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 DOT 
street address stated in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be 
available in the AD docket shortly after the Docket Management System 
receives them.

Discussion

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the 
airworthiness authority for the European Union, notified us that an 
unsafe condition may exist on certain Airbus Model A300 B4-605R 
airplanes and Model A310-308, -324, and -325 airplanes. The EASA 
advises that a report has shown that in the case of vertical separation 
of the fuselage forward of door 1, the Bruce floor plan electrical 
emergency path marking system (FPEEPMS) and the exit signs do not turn 
on. This condition, if not corrected, could result in inadequate 
lighting and marking of the escape path, which could delay or impede 
the flightcrew and passengers when exiting the airplane during an 
emergency landing.

Relevant Service Information

    Airbus has issued Service Bulletin A300-33-6047, Revision 01, dated 
January 20, 2006 (for Model A300 B4-605R airplanes); and Service 
Bulletin A310-33-2045, Revision 01, dated January 20, 2006 (for Model 
A310-308, -24, and -325 airplanes). The service bulletins describe 
procedures for modifying the Bruce FPEEPMS. The modification includes 
the following actions, depending on the configuration of the airplane:
     Modifying equipment and wiring between air bleed panel 
436VU and the avionics compartment.
     Modifying terminal block 5700 VT and installing wiring.
     Modifying terminal blocks 4701VT, 4903VT, 5503VT, and 
5702VT.
     Removing, installing, and modifying wiring in various 
locations, such as from the aft power supply unit through the cabin 
with connection to all other power supply units and the EMERG LIGHT 
switch 28WL.
    Airbus Service Bulletin A310-33-2045, Revision 01, dated January 
20, 2006, also specifies prior or concurrent accomplishment of Airbus 
Service Bulletin A310-33-2025, Revision 01, dated April 17, 2001, for 
modifying the automatic switching of the emergency lighting system. The 
modification of the automatic switching involves the following actions:
     Modifying equipment and wiring in the relay box 104VU.
     Modifying equipment and wiring in the relay box 107VU.
     Modifying wiring in the alternating current power center 
101VU.
     Modifying equipment and wiring in the avionics 
compartment, zone 120.
     Modifying wiring between the flight compartment, zone 210, 
and the avionics compartment, zone 120.
     Doing the actions specified in A310-33-2025 concurrently 
or prior to the modification of the automatic switching.
    Accomplishing the actions specified in the service information is 
intended to adequately address the unsafe condition. The EASA mandated 
Airbus Service Bulletin A300-33-6047, Revision 01, and Service Bulletin 
A310-33-2045, Revision 01, and issued airworthiness directive 2006-
0077, dated April 3, 2006, to ensure the continued airworthiness of 
these airplanes in the European Union.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of the Proposed AD

    These airplane models are manufactured in France and are 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 airworthiness agreement. As described in FAA 
Order 8100.14A, ``Interim Procedures for Working with the European 
Community on Airworthiness Certification and Continued Airworthiness,'' 
dated August 12, 2005, the EASA has kept the FAA informed of the 
situation described above. We have examined the EASA's findings, 
evaluated all pertinent information, and determined that we need to 
issue an AD for airplanes of this type design that are certificated for 
operation in the United States.
    Therefore, we are proposing this AD, which would require 
accomplishing the actions specified in the service information 
described previously.

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Difference Between the EASA Airworthiness Directive and This Proposed 
AD

    The applicability of EASA airworthiness directive 2006-0077 
excludes airplanes on which Airbus Service Bulletin A310-33-2045, 
Revision 01, or A300-33-6047, Revision 01, have been accomplished in 
service. However, we have not excluded those airplanes in the 
applicability of this proposed AD; rather, this proposed AD includes a 
requirement to accomplish the actions specified in Revision 01 of those 
service bulletins, as applicable. This requirement would ensure that 
the actions specified in the applicable service bulletin and required 
by this proposed AD are accomplished on all affected airplanes. 
Operators must continue to operate the airplane in the configuration 
required by this proposed AD unless an alternative method of compliance 
is approved.

Clarification of Concurrent Service Bulletin

    EASA airworthiness directive 2006-0077 does not specify doing 
Airbus Service Bulletin A310-33-2025, Revision 01, dated April 17, 
2001, which is a concurrent service bulletin for Airbus Service 
Bulletin A310-33-2045, Revision 01, dated January 20, 2006. This 
proposed AD specifies doing Airbus Service Bulletin A310-33-2025, 
Revision 01, dated April 17, 2001. We have coordinated with the EASA 
that this concurrent action is necessary to ensure continued safety.

Costs of Compliance

    The following table provides the estimated costs for U.S. operators 
to comply with this proposed AD.

                                                                                         Estimated Costs
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                                                                                                                                                    Number of
                                                                  Average                                                                             U.S.-
               Action                        Work hours          labor rate                Parts                        Cost per  airplane          registered             Fleet cost
                                                                  per hour                                                                          airplanes
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Modification of FPEEPMS.............  44 to 47................          $80  $2,570 to $2,690.................  $6,090 to $6,450.................            1  $6,090 to $6,450.
Modification of automatic switching.  14......................           80  $534 to $727.....................  $1,654 to $1,847.................            1  $1,654 to $1,847.
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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 proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 the proposed 
regulation:
    1. Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866;
    2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under the 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 proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket. 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, Safety.

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.


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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

Airbus: Docket No. FAA-2006-26047; Directorate Identifier 2006-NM-
146-AD.

Comments Due Date

    (a) The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by November 
13, 2006.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to Airbus Model A300 B4-605R airplanes and 
Model A310-308, -324, and -325 airplanes, certificated in any 
category; on which Airbus Modification 06810 or 06934 (Bruce floor 
proximity emergency escape path marking system (FPEEPMS)) has been 
installed in production; or on which Airbus Service Bulletin A300-
33-6047 or A310-33-2045, both dated March 5, 2004, has been done.

Unsafe Condition

    (d) This AD results from a report that in the case of vertical 
separation of the fuselage forward of door 1, the FPEEPMS and the 
exit signs do not turn on. We are issuing this AD to prevent 
inadequate lighting and marking of the escape path, which could 
delay or impede the flightcrew and passengers when exiting the 
airplane during an emergency landing.

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.

Modification

    (f) Within 16 months after the effective date of this AD, modify 
the Bruce FPEEPMS in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions 
of Airbus Service Bulletin A300-33-6047, Revision 01, dated January 
20, 2006 (for Model A300 B4-605R airplanes); or Airbus Service 
Bulletin A310-33-2045, Revision 01, dated January 20, 2006 (for

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Model A310-308, -324, and -325 airplanes); as applicable.
    (g) For Model A310-308, -324, and -325 airplanes: Prior to or 
concurrently with the modification required in paragraph (f) of this 
AD, modify the automatic switching of the emergency lighting system 
in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service 
Bulletin A310-33-2025, Revision 01, dated April 17, 2001.

Modifications Accomplished According to Previous Issue of Service 
Bulletin

    (h) Modifications accomplished before the effective date of this 
AD in accordance with Airbus Service Bulletin A310-33-2025, dated 
March 1, 1993, are considered acceptable for compliance with the 
corresponding action specified in paragraph (g) of this AD.

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (i)(1) The Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the 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 Sec.  
39.19 on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify the 
appropriate principal inspector in the FAA Flight Standards 
Certificate Holding District Office.

Related Information

    (j) European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) airworthiness 
directive 2006-0077, dated April 3, 2006, also addresses the subject 
of this AD.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on October 3, 2006.
Kalene C. Yanamura,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. E6-16882 Filed 10-11-06; 8:45 am]
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