Airworthiness Directives; Mooney Airplane Company, Inc., (Mooney) Models M20M and M20R Airplanes, 65062-65064 [E6-18724]

Download as PDF 65062 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 71, No. 215 Tuesday, November 7, 2006 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2006–26071; Directorate Identifier 2006–CE–51–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Mooney Airplane Company, Inc., (Mooney) Models M20M and M20R Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). ycherry on PROD1PC64 with PROPOSALS AGENCY: SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Mooney Airplane Company, Inc. Models M20M and M20R airplanes. This proposed AD would require you to retorque the upper left and upper right engine mounting hardware as an interim action. This proposed AD would also require you to remove the upper left and upper right engine mount attaching hardware, cut out and remove the upholstery and insulation between the fuselage tubular frame and the firewall, and replace the upper left and upper right engine mount attaching hardware with the new parts kit. This proposed AD results from failure of the engine mount attaching hardware to maintain torque as a result of firewall insulation and upholstery being compressed between the fuselage tubular frame and the firewall at the upper left and upper right engine mount attach points. We are proposing this AD to prevent the upper right and upper left engine mounting hardware from losing torque, which could result in a reduction in engine mount load carrying capability and could lead to engine mount failure. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by December 7, 2006. ADDRESSES: Use one of the following addresses to comment on this proposed AD: VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:07 Nov 06, 2006 Jkt 211001 • DOT Docket Web site: Go to https://dms.dot.gov and follow the instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Government-wide rulemaking Web site: Go to https://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– 0001. • 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 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. For service information identified in this proposed AD contact Mooney Airplane Company, Inc., 165 Al Mooney Road North, Kerrville, TX 78028; telephone (830) 896–6000. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew McAnaul, Aerospace Engineer, ASW–150 (c/o MIDO–43), 10100 Reunion Place, Suite 650, San Antonio, Texas 78216; telephone: (210) 308– 3365; fax: (210) 308–3370. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments regarding this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number, ‘‘FAA–2006–26071; Directorate Identifier 2006–CE–51–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 https:// dms.dot.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive concerning this proposed AD. Discussion We received information from Mooney Airplane Company, Inc., that PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 during the manufacturing process of Models M20M Serial Numbers 27–0317 through 27–0355 and Models M20R Serial Numbers 29–0290 through 29– 0448, the firewall insulation and upholstery covering attached to the interior surface of the firewall, located behind the instrument panel, may be compressed between the fuselage tubular frame and the stainless steel firewall at the upper left and upper right engine mount points. This may prevent the engine mount attaching hardware from maintaining torque to engineering design. This condition, if not corrected, could result in failure to maintain proper fastener torque, leading to reduced engine mount load carrying capability and possible engine mount failure. Relevant Service Information We have reviewed Mooney Airplane Company, Inc. Service Bulletin M20– 292, dated September 22, 2006. The service information describes procedures for: • Retorquing the upper left and upper right engine mounting hardware; • Removing the upper left and upper right engine mount attaching hardware; • Cutting out and removing the upholstery and insulation between the fuselage tubular frame and the firewall; and • Replacing the upper left and upper right engine mount attaching hardware with the new parts kit. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of the Proposed AD We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. This proposed AD would require you to retorque the upper left and upper right engine mounting hardware as an interim action. This proposed AD would also require you to remove the upper left and upper right engine mount attaching hardware, cut out and remove the upholstery and insulation between the fuselage tubular frame and the firewall, and replace the upper left and upper right engine mount attaching hardware with the new parts kit. E:\FR\FM\07NOP1.SGM 07NOP1 65063 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 215 / Tuesday, November 7, 2006 / Proposed Rules Costs of Compliance We estimate the following costs for the proposed procedures: We estimate that this proposed AD would affect 198 airplanes in the U.S. registry. Total cost per airplane Total cost on U.S. operators Labor cost Parts cost Retorquing of the upper left and upper right engine mounting hardware: .5 work-hours × $80 per hour = $40. Removing insulation and upholstery material at the engine mount upper right and upper left attaching points, and installing engine mount attaching hardware with the new parts kit: 2 work-hours × $80 per hour = $160. Not Applicable .... $40 198 × $40 = $7,920. $20 ..................... 160 198 × $180 = $35,640. Note: Mooney will provide warranty credit for parts and labor as specified in the Mooney Airplane Company, Inc. Service Bulletin M20–292, dated September 22, 2006. 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. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket that contains the proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information 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 Docket Office (telephone (800) 647–5227) is located at the street address stated 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, 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. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: Mooney Airplane Company, Inc.: Docket No. FAA–2006–26071; Directorate Identifier 2006–CE–51–AD. Comments Due Date (a) We must receive comments on this airworthiness directive (AD) action by December 7, 2006. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Model M20M airplanes, serial numbers 27–0317 through 27–0355 and Model M20R airplanes, serial numbers 29–0290 through 29–0448, that are certificated in any category. Unsafe Condition (d) This AD results from failure of the engine mount attaching hardware to maintain torque as a result of firewall insulation and upholstery being compressed between the fuselage tubular frame and the firewall at the upper left and upper right engine mount attach points. We are issuing this AD to prevent the upper right and upper left engine mounting hardware from losing torque, which could lead to a reduction in engine mount load carrying capability and could result in engine mount failure. Compliance (e) To address this problem, you must do the following, unless already done: ycherry on PROD1PC64 with PROPOSALS Actions Compliance Procedures (1) Locate and retorque the upper left and upper right engine mount attaching hardware. Within the next 25 hours time-in-service (TIS) after the effective date of this AD. Follow Mooney Airplane Company, Inc. Service Bulletin M20–292 dated September 22, 2006. VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:07 Nov 06, 2006 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\07NOP1.SGM 07NOP1 65064 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 215 / Tuesday, November 7, 2006 / Proposed Rules Actions Compliance Procedures (2) Replace the old engine mount attaching hardware by doing the following: (i) Remove and discard the upper left and upper right engine mount attaching hardware; (ii) Cut out and remove the upholstery and insulation material to allow full metal-tometal contact of the fuselage tubular frame to the firewall; and (iii) Install the new upper left and upper right engine mount attaching hardware Parts Kit. (3) If you do the actions of paragraph (e)(2) of this AD before the compliance time specified for the action in paragraph (e)(1) of this AD, it terminates the requirement for the action in paragraph (e)(1) of this AD. Within the next 100 hours TIS after the effective date of this AD. Follow Mooney Airplane Company, Inc. Service Bulletin M20–292 dated September 22, 2006. As of the effective date of this AD ................... Follow Mooney Airplane Company, Inc. Service Bulletin M20–292 dated September 22, 2006. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (f) The Manager, Fort Worth Airplane Certification Office, FAA,ATTN: Andrew McAnaul, Aerospace Engineer, ASW–150 (c/o MIDO–43), 10100 Reunion Place, Suite 650, San Antonio, Texas 78216; telephone: (210) 308–3365; fax: (210) 308–3370, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Related Information (g) To get copies of the service information referenced in this AD, contact the Mooney Airplane Company, Inc., 165 Al Mooney Road North, Kerrville, TX 78028, telephone: 830–896–6000. To view the AD docket, go to the Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL–401, Washington, DC, or on the Internet at https:// dms.dot.gov. The docket number is Docket No. FAA– 2006–26071; Directorate Identifier 2006–CE– 51–AD. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 30, 2006. Kim Smith, Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E6–18724 Filed 11–6–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION 45 CFR Part 1621 Client Grievance Procedure Legal Services Corporation. Notice of proposed rulemaking—reopening of comment period. AGENCY: ycherry on PROD1PC64 with PROPOSALS ACTION: SUMMARY: On August 21, 2006, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to amend LSC’s regulation on client grievance procedures. The comment period closed on September VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:07 Nov 06, 2006 Jkt 211001 20, 2006. LSC is reopening the comment period to allow additional time for interested parties to comment on the proposed changes. DATES: Comments on the NPRM are due on December 22, 2006. ADDRESSES: Written comments may be submitted by mail, fax or e-mail to Mattie Cohan, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs, Legal Services Corporation, 3333 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20007; 202–295– 1624 (ph); 202–337–6519 (fax); mcohan@lsc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mattie Cohan, Senior Assistant General Counsel, 202–295–1624 (ph); mcohan@lsc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Legal Services Corporation’s (LSC) regulation on client grievance procedures, 45 CFR part 1621, adopted in 1977 and not amended since that time, requires that LSC grant recipients establish grievance procedures pursuant to which clients and applicants for service can pursue complaints with recipients related to the denial of legal assistance or dissatisfaction with the legal assistance provided. LSC initiated a rulemaking on October 29, 2005 to consider revisions to Part 1621 and published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing changes to the rule on August 21, 2006. 71 FR 48501. The comment period on the NPRM closed on September 20, 2006. LSC received five timely comments on the proposed changes. The Operations and Regulations Committee of the LSC Board of Directors was scheduled to consider a Draft Final Rule prepared by Management at its meeting of October 27, 2006. Prior to that meeting, the Chairman of the Operations and Regulations Committee received a PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 request from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) to file additional comments from NLADA’s client representative committee. In response to that request, LSC determined that deferring action on the draft final rule to allow additional time for the client representative community (and any other interested parties) to submit comments was appropriate. Accordingly, LSC is reopening the comment period on the NPRM for a period of 45 days. Parties desiring to comment may find the NPRM on the LSC Web site at:https://www.lsc.gov/ pdfs/1621FedRegNotice.pdf. Other pertinent docket materials in this rulemaking may be found at: https:// www.lsc.gov/laws/ open_rulemaking.php, under the heading ‘‘Revision of 45 CFR Part 1621.’’ Victor M. Fortuno, Vice President & General Counsel. [FR Doc. E6–18708 Filed 11–6–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7050–01–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 17 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Colorado River Cutthroat Trout as Threatened or Endangered Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice; opening of public comment period on status review, and announcement of informational workshop. AGENCY: SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the E:\FR\FM\07NOP1.SGM 07NOP1

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Federal Register / Vol. 71 , No. 215 / Tuesday, November 7, 2006 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2006-26071; Directorate Identifier 2006-CE-51-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Mooney Airplane Company, Inc., (Mooney) 
Models M20M and M20R Airplanes

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

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
certain Mooney Airplane Company, Inc. Models M20M and M20R airplanes. 
This proposed AD would require you to retorque the upper left and upper 
right engine mounting hardware as an interim action. This proposed AD 
would also require you to remove the upper left and upper right engine 
mount attaching hardware, cut out and remove the upholstery and 
insulation between the fuselage tubular frame and the firewall, and 
replace the upper left and upper right engine mount attaching hardware 
with the new parts kit. This proposed AD results from failure of the 
engine mount attaching hardware to maintain torque as a result of 
firewall insulation and upholstery being compressed between the 
fuselage tubular frame and the firewall at the upper left and upper 
right engine mount attach points. We are proposing this AD to prevent 
the upper right and upper left engine mounting hardware from losing 
torque, which could result in a reduction in engine mount load carrying 
capability and could lead to engine mount failure.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by December 7, 
2006.

ADDRESSES: Use one of the following addresses to comment on this 
proposed AD:
     DOT Docket Web site: Go to https://dms.dot.gov and follow 
the instructions for sending your comments electronically.
     Government-wide rulemaking Web site: Go to https://
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 20590-0001.
     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 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
    For service information identified in this proposed AD contact 
Mooney Airplane Company, Inc., 165 Al Mooney Road North, Kerrville, TX 
78028; telephone (830) 896-6000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew McAnaul, Aerospace Engineer, 
ASW-150 (c/o MIDO-43), 10100 Reunion Place, Suite 650, San Antonio, 
Texas 78216; telephone: (210) 308-3365; fax: (210) 308-3370.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments regarding this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address 
listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number, ``FAA-
2006-26071; Directorate Identifier 2006-CE-51-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 https://
dms.dot.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will 
also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive concerning this proposed AD.

Discussion

    We received information from Mooney Airplane Company, Inc., that 
during the manufacturing process of Models M20M Serial Numbers 27-0317 
through 27-0355 and Models M20R Serial Numbers 29-0290 through 29-0448, 
the firewall insulation and upholstery covering attached to the 
interior surface of the firewall, located behind the instrument panel, 
may be compressed between the fuselage tubular frame and the stainless 
steel firewall at the upper left and upper right engine mount points. 
This may prevent the engine mount attaching hardware from maintaining 
torque to engineering design.
    This condition, if not corrected, could result in failure to 
maintain proper fastener torque, leading to reduced engine mount load 
carrying capability and possible engine mount failure.

Relevant Service Information

    We have reviewed Mooney Airplane Company, Inc. Service Bulletin 
M20-292, dated September 22, 2006. The service information describes 
procedures for:
     Retorquing the upper left and upper right engine mounting 
hardware;
     Removing the upper left and upper right engine mount 
attaching hardware;
     Cutting out and removing the upholstery and insulation 
between the fuselage tubular frame and the firewall; and
     Replacing the upper left and upper right engine mount 
attaching hardware with the new parts kit.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of the Proposed AD

    We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all information and 
determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist 
or develop on other products of the same type design. This proposed AD 
would require you to retorque the upper left and upper right engine 
mounting hardware as an interim action. This proposed AD would also 
require you to remove the upper left and upper right engine mount 
attaching hardware, cut out and remove the upholstery and insulation 
between the fuselage tubular frame and the firewall, and replace the 
upper left and upper right engine mount attaching hardware with the new 
parts kit.

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Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD would affect 198 airplanes in the 
U.S. registry.
    We estimate the following costs for the proposed procedures:

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                                                                  Total cost
            Labor cost                       Parts cost              per         Total cost on  U.S. operators
                                                                   airplane
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Retorquing of the upper left and    Not Applicable.............          $40  198 x $40 = $7,920.
 upper right engine mounting
 hardware:
    .5 work-hours x $80 per hour =
     $40.
Removing insulation and upholstery  $20........................          160  198 x $180 = $35,640.
 material at the engine mount
 upper right and upper left
 attaching points, and installing
 engine mount attaching hardware
 with the new parts kit:
    2 work-hours x $80 per hour =
     $160.
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    Note: Mooney will provide warranty credit for parts and labor as 
specified in the Mooney Airplane Company, Inc. Service Bulletin M20-
292, dated September 22, 2006.

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.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket that contains the proposed AD, the 
regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information 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 Docket Office (telephone (800) 647-5227) 
is located at the street address stated 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, 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 FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new AD:

Mooney Airplane Company, Inc.: Docket No. FAA-2006-26071; 
Directorate Identifier 2006-CE-51-AD.

Comments Due Date

    (a) We must receive comments on this airworthiness directive 
(AD) action by December 7, 2006.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to Model M20M airplanes, serial numbers 27-
0317 through 27-0355 and Model M20R airplanes, serial numbers 29-
0290 through 29-0448, that are certificated in any category.

Unsafe Condition

    (d) This AD results from failure of the engine mount attaching 
hardware to maintain torque as a result of firewall insulation and 
upholstery being compressed between the fuselage tubular frame and 
the firewall at the upper left and upper right engine mount attach 
points. We are issuing this AD to prevent the upper right and upper 
left engine mounting hardware from losing torque, which could lead 
to a reduction in engine mount load carrying capability and could 
result in engine mount failure.

Compliance

    (e) To address this problem, you must do the following, unless 
already done:

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           Actions                 Compliance            Procedures
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(1) Locate and retorque the   Within the next 25    Follow Mooney
 upper left and upper right    hours time-in-        Airplane Company,
 engine mount attaching        service (TIS) after   Inc. Service
 hardware.                     the effective date    Bulletin M20-292
                               of this AD.           dated September 22,
                                                     2006.

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(2) Replace the old engine    Within the next 100   Follow Mooney
 mount attaching hardware by   hours TIS after the   Airplane Company,
 doing the following:          effective date of     Inc. Service
(i) Remove and discard the     this AD.              Bulletin M20-292
 upper left and upper right                          dated September 22,
 engine mount attaching                              2006.
 hardware;
    (ii) Cut out and remove
     the upholstery and
     insulation material to
     allow full metal-to-
     metal contact of the
     fuselage tubular frame
     to the firewall; and
    (iii) Install the new
     upper left and upper
     right engine mount
     attaching hardware
     Parts Kit.
(3) If you do the actions of  As of the effective   Follow Mooney
 paragraph (e)(2) of this AD   date of this AD.      Airplane Company,
 before the compliance time                          Inc. Service
 specified for the action in                         Bulletin M20-292
 paragraph (e)(1) of this                            dated September 22,
 AD, it terminates the                               2006.
 requirement for the action
 in paragraph (e)(1) of this
 AD.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (f) The Manager, Fort Worth Airplane Certification Office, 
FAA,ATTN: Andrew McAnaul, Aerospace Engineer, ASW-150 (c/o MIDO-43), 
10100 Reunion Place, Suite 650, San Antonio, Texas 78216; telephone: 
(210) 308-3365; fax: (210) 308-3370, has the authority to approve 
AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
39.19.

Related Information

    (g) To get copies of the service information referenced in this 
AD, contact the Mooney Airplane Company, Inc., 165 Al Mooney Road 
North, Kerrville, TX 78028, telephone: 830-896-6000. To view the AD 
docket, go to the Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL-
401, Washington, DC, or on the Internet at https://dms.dot.gov.
    The docket number is Docket No. FAA-2006-26071; Directorate 
Identifier 2006-CE-51-AD.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 30, 2006.
Kim Smith,
Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
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