Airworthiness Directives; EADS SOCATA Model TBM 700 Airplanes, 62902-62904 [E6-17930]

Download as PDF 62902 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 208 / Friday, October 27, 2006 / Rules and Regulations Alternative Methods of Compliance (r) The Manager, Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, has the authority to approve alternative methods of compliance for this AD if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Material Incorporated by Reference (s) You must use Hartzell Propeller Inc. SB No. HC–SB–61–275, dated June 2, 2005 to perform the actions required by this AD. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of this service bulletin in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Contact Hartzell Propeller Inc. Technical Publications Department, One Propeller Place, Piqua, OH 45356; telephone (937) 778–4200; fax (937) 778–4391, for a copy of this service information. You may review copies at the FAA, New England Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA; 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: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on October 20, 2006. Peter A. White, Acting Manager, Engine and Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E6–17925 Filed 10–26–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2006–25332; Directorate Identifier 2006–CE–40–AD; Amendment 39– 14808; AD 2006–22–11] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; EADS SOCATA Model TBM 700 Airplanes rmajette on PROD1PC67 with RULES1 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 aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as unsatisfactory initial elevator trim actuator greasing, which may lead to the icing of the elevator trim and generate an untrimmed nose-up attitude after an autopilot disconnection. We are issuing this AD 14:48 Oct 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 Streamlined Issuance of AD The FAA is implementing a new process for streamlining the issuance of ADs related to MCAI. The 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 FAA AD issuance processes to meet legal, economic, Administrative Procedure Act, and Federal Register requirements. We also continue to meet our technical decision-making responsibilities to identify and correct unsafe conditions on U.S.-certificated products. This AD references the MCAI and related service information that we considered in forming the engineering basis to correct the unsafe condition. The AD contains text copied from the MCAI and for this reason might not follow our plain language principles. Discussion Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 to require actions to correct the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD becomes effective December 1, 2006. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of December 1, 2006. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// 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: Gunnar Berg, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4141; facsimile: (816) 329–4090. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 you to lubricate the elevator trim tab actuator rods without removal. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We considered the comments received. The Modification and Replacement Parts Association (MARPA) provides comments to the MCAI AD process pertaining to how the FAA addresses publishing manufacturer service information as part of a proposed AD PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 action. The commenter states that the rule, as proposed, 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 EADS SOCATA service bulletin. We agree with the commenter. 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, EADS SOCATA TBM Aircraft Mandatory Service Bulletin SB70–124, Amendment 1, ATA No. 27, dated January 2005, is incorporated by reference. MARPA 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. Celine Rouge, an Airworthiness Engineer at EADS SOCATA, states the language used in paragraph (e)(2) of the proposed AD may be confusing. Paragraph (e)(2) specifies doing the action required in paragraph (e)(1) of the AD following EADS SOCATA TBM Aircraft Mandatory Service Bulletin SB70–124, Amendment 1, ATA No. 27, dated January 2005. Celine Rouge states that in France, using the word ‘‘following’’ may lead people to believe they have to lubricate the elevator trim tab actuator rods without removal, which is the action required in paragraph (e)(1) of this AD, once more after they do the actions required in the service bulletin. Celine Rouge requests we change the word ‘‘following’’ to ‘‘in accordance with.’’ We use the word ‘‘following’’ and the phrase ‘‘in accordance with’’ interchangeably. We will change the final rule AD action to incorporate this wording. Conclusion We reviewed the available data, including the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD with the changes described previously. We determined that these changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of the AD. E:\FR\FM\27OCR1.SGM 27OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 208 / Friday, October 27, 2006 / Rules and Regulations 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 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. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with RULES1 Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect 256 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 1 workhour per product to comply with this AD. The average labor rate is $80 per work-hour. Required parts will cost about $8 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 parts. 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 to the U.S. operators to be $22,528, or $88 per product. 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 determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:48 Oct 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 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 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 http://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: I 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 AD: I 2006–22–11 EADS SOCATA: Amendment 39–14808; Docket No. FAA–2006–25332; Directorate Identifier 2006–CE–40–AD. Effective Date (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective December 1, 2006. Affected ADs (b) None. PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 62903 Applicability (c) This AD applies to the following Model TBM 700 airplanes that are certificated in any U.S. category: Serial numbers 1 through 32, 34, 36 through 69, 71 through 76, 79, 81 through 92, 96 through 98, 101, 102, 107 through 109, 112 through 114, 116, 118 through 124, 126 through 130, 132 through 135, 137, 138, 140 through 145, 148 through 155, 157, 158, 161 through 268, and 270 through 304. Reason (d) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) states that the aircraft manufacturer has determined that unsatisfactory initial elevator trim actuator greasing may lead to the icing of the elevator trim and generate an untrimmed nose-up attitude after an autopilot disconnection. If not corrected, this condition could result in pitch-up, out-of-trim condition when the autopilot is disconnected. Actions and Compliance (e) Unless already done, do the following except as stated in paragraph (f) below. (1) Within the next 25 hours time-inservice after December 1, 2006 (the effective date of this AD), lubricate the elevator trim tab actuator rods without removal. (2) Do the action required in paragraph (e)(1) of the AD in accordance with EADS SOCATA TBM Aircraft Mandatory Service Bulletin SB70–124, Amendment 1, ATA No. 27, dated January 2005. 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, Small Airplane Directorate, ATTN: Gunnar Berg, Aerospace Engineer, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4141; fax: (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) has approved the information collection requirements and has assigned OMB Control Number 2120–0056. Related Information (h) This AD is related to French AD No. F– 2005–034, Issue date: February 16, 2005, which references EADS SOCATA TBM Aircraft Mandatory Service Bulletin SB70– 124, Amendment 1, ATA No. 27, dated January 2005. Material Incorporated by Reference (i) You must use EADS SOCATA TBM Aircraft Mandatory Service Bulletin SB70– 124, Amendment 1, ATA No. 27, dated E:\FR\FM\27OCR1.SGM 27OCR1 62904 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 208 / Friday, October 27, 2006 / Rules and Regulations January 2005, 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 EADS SOCATA, Direction des Services, 65921 Tarbes Cedex 9, France; telephone: 33 (0)5 62.41.73.00; fax: 33 (0)5 62.41.76.54; or SOCATA Aircraft, INC., North Perry Airport, 7501 Airport Road, Pembroke Pines, Florida 33023; telephone: (954) 893– 1400; fax: (954) 964–4141. (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: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/ cfr/ibr-locations.html. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 19, 2006. James E. Jackson, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E6–17930 Filed 10–26–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2006–24119; Directorate Identifier 2005–NM–100–AD; Amendment 39–14806; AD 2006–22–09] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 747 Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with RULES1 AGENCY: SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747 airplanes. This AD requires repetitive mid- and lowfrequency eddy current inspections for cracks in the overlapped skin panels in the fuselage skin lap joints in sections 41, 42, 44, and 46, and corrective actions if necessary. This AD results from a report indicating that an operator found multiple small cracks in the overlapped skin panels in the fuselage skin lap joints. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracks in the overlapped skin panels, which could join together and result in reduced structural capability in the skin and consequent rapid decompression of the airplane. DATES: This AD becomes effective December 1, 2006. VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:48 Oct 26, 2006 Jkt 211001 The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of December 1, 2006. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// 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. Contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, P.O. Box 3707, Seattle, Washington 98124–2207, for service information identified in this AD. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ivan Li, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 917–6437; fax (425) 917–6590. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Examining the Docket You may examine the airworthiness directive (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 street address stated in the ADDRESSES section. Discussion The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to certain Boeing Model 747 airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on March 14, 2006 (71 FR 13055). That NPRM proposed to require repetitive mid- and lowfrequency eddy current inspections for cracks in the overlapped skin panels in the fuselage skin lap joints in sections 41, 42, 44, and 46, and corrective actions if necessary. Comments We provided the public the opportunity to participate in the development of this AD. We have considered the comments received. Support for the NPRM Boeing supports the NPRM as proposed. Request To Delay Final Rule Pending New Service Information Japan Airlines (JAL) states that Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–53A2501, dated March 24, 2005, which was referenced as the appropriate source of service information for accomplishing PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 the actions proposed in the NPRM, contains various errors and omissions. For example, the alert service bulletin does not have inspection procedures for certain internal structural details that cover the lap, and there is no inspection procedure specific to the Boeing Model 747–400 converted freighter. JAL would like us to delay issuing the final rule until Boeing has revised the alert service bulletin. We partially agree with JAL. We agree that there are details and configurations that could be changed in future revisions of the alert service bulletin. The issues JAL mentions would require an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) to the inspection instructions as given in the original issue of the alert service bulletin. Operators may request an AMOC in accordance with the procedures in paragraph (j) of the final rule. We disagree that we should delay the final rule until Boeing revises the alert service bulletin. We have identified an unsafe condition, and delaying issuance of the final rule until Boeing revises its service information would result in an unwarranted delay of the inspections that are intended to address that unsafe condition. We have not changed the final rule in this regard. Request To Revise Inspection Threshold Air Transport Association (ATA), on behalf of its member Northwest Airlines (NWA), requests that we allow the initial inspection to occur within 3,000 flight cycles after the most recent Supplemental Structural Inspection Document (SSID) inspection for items F–25K, F–25L, and F–25M in Boeing SSID D6–35022. We disagree with the commenters. The SSID program is an exploratory inspection program. The inspection intervals in the SSID were derived from required damage tolerance ratings (DTRs) that were based on ‘‘fleet crack’’ criteria. This means that at the time the DTRs were developed, there was no known cracking in the area; therefore, the required DTRs could remain at a lower level until cracking was discovered. However, operators subsequently found cracking in certain lap joint lower skins, and Boeing issued Alert Service Bulletin 747–53A2501 to detect and correct this cracking. The required DTRs that drive the thresholds and intervals were developed using ‘‘first crack’’ criteria, which is higher than ‘‘fleet crack’’ criteria. ‘‘First crack’’ criteria must detect cracking that is known to have occurred on other airplanes and, therefore, cannot rely on a worldwide fleet of airplanes as a statistical sample group. E:\FR\FM\27OCR1.SGM 27OCR1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 208 (Friday, October 27, 2006)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2006-25332; Directorate Identifier 2006-CE-40-AD; 
Amendment 39-14808; AD 2006-22-11]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; EADS SOCATA Model TBM 700 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 aviation authority of 
another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an 
aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as 
unsatisfactory initial elevator trim actuator greasing, which may lead 
to the icing of the elevator trim and generate an untrimmed nose-up 
attitude after an autopilot disconnection. We are issuing this AD to 
require actions to correct the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD becomes effective December 1, 2006.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of December 1, 
2006.

ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://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: Gunnar Berg, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, 
Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106; telephone: (816) 329-4141; facsimile: (816) 329-4090.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Streamlined Issuance of AD

    The FAA is implementing a new process for streamlining the issuance 
of ADs related to MCAI. The 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 FAA AD 
issuance processes to meet legal, economic, Administrative Procedure 
Act, and Federal Register requirements. We also continue to meet our 
technical decision-making responsibilities to identify and correct 
unsafe conditions on U.S.-certificated products.
    This AD references the MCAI and related service information that we 
considered in forming the engineering basis to correct the unsafe 
condition. The AD contains text copied from the MCAI and for this 
reason might not follow our plain language principles.

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 you to lubricate the elevator 
trim tab actuator rods without removal.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. We considered the comments received.
    The Modification and Replacement Parts Association (MARPA) provides 
comments to 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 rule, as proposed, 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 EADS SOCATA 
service bulletin.
    We agree with the commenter. 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, EADS 
SOCATA TBM Aircraft Mandatory Service Bulletin SB70-124, Amendment 1, 
ATA No. 27, dated January 2005, is incorporated by reference.
    MARPA 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.
    Celine Rouge, an Airworthiness Engineer at EADS SOCATA, states the 
language used in paragraph (e)(2) of the proposed AD may be confusing. 
Paragraph (e)(2) specifies doing the action required in paragraph 
(e)(1) of the AD following EADS SOCATA TBM Aircraft Mandatory Service 
Bulletin SB70-124, Amendment 1, ATA No. 27, dated January 2005.
    Celine Rouge states that in France, using the word ``following'' 
may lead people to believe they have to lubricate the elevator trim tab 
actuator rods without removal, which is the action required in 
paragraph (e)(1) of this AD, once more after they do the actions 
required in the service bulletin.
    Celine Rouge requests we change the word ``following'' to ``in 
accordance with.''
    We use the word ``following'' and the phrase ``in accordance with'' 
interchangeably. We will change the final rule AD action to incorporate 
this wording.

Conclusion

    We reviewed the available data, including the comments received, 
and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting 
the AD with the changes described previously. We determined that these 
changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or 
increase the scope of the AD.

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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 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

    We estimate that this AD will affect 256 products of U.S. registry. 
We also estimate that it will take about 1 work-hour per product to 
comply with this AD. The average labor rate is $80 per work-hour. 
Required parts will cost about $8 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 parts. 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 to the U.S. operators to be $22,528, or 
$88 per product.

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 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 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 http://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:

2006-22-11 EADS SOCATA: Amendment 39-14808; Docket No. FAA-2006-
25332; Directorate Identifier 2006-CE-40-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective December 
1, 2006.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to the following Model TBM 700 airplanes 
that are certificated in any U.S. category: Serial numbers 1 through 
32, 34, 36 through 69, 71 through 76, 79, 81 through 92, 96 through 
98, 101, 102, 107 through 109, 112 through 114, 116, 118 through 
124, 126 through 130, 132 through 135, 137, 138, 140 through 145, 
148 through 155, 157, 158, 161 through 268, and 270 through 304.

Reason

    (d) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) 
states that the aircraft manufacturer has determined that 
unsatisfactory initial elevator trim actuator greasing may lead to 
the icing of the elevator trim and generate an untrimmed nose-up 
attitude after an autopilot disconnection. If not corrected, this 
condition could result in pitch-up, out-of-trim condition when the 
autopilot is disconnected.

Actions and Compliance

    (e) Unless already done, do the following except as stated in 
paragraph (f) below.
    (1) Within the next 25 hours time-in-service after December 1, 
2006 (the effective date of this AD), lubricate the elevator trim 
tab actuator rods without removal.
    (2) Do the action required in paragraph (e)(1) of the AD in 
accordance with EADS SOCATA TBM Aircraft Mandatory Service Bulletin 
SB70-124, Amendment 1, ATA No. 27, dated January 2005.

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, Small Airplane Directorate, ATTN: Gunnar Berg, 
Aerospace Engineer, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106; telephone: (816) 329-4141; fax: (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 French AD No. F-2005-034, Issue date: 
February 16, 2005, which references EADS SOCATA TBM Aircraft 
Mandatory Service Bulletin SB70-124, Amendment 1, ATA No. 27, dated 
January 2005.

Material Incorporated by Reference

    (i) You must use EADS SOCATA TBM Aircraft Mandatory Service 
Bulletin SB70-124, Amendment 1, ATA No. 27, dated

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January 2005, 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 EADS 
SOCATA, Direction des Services, 65921 Tarbes Cedex 9, France; 
telephone: 33 (0)5 62.41.73.00; fax: 33 (0)5 62.41.76.54; or SOCATA 
Aircraft, INC., North Perry Airport, 7501 Airport Road, Pembroke 
Pines, Florida 33023; telephone: (954) 893-1400; fax: (954) 964-
4141.
    (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: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 19, 2006.
James E. Jackson,
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. E6-17930 Filed 10-26-06; 8:45 am]
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