Airworthiness Directives; McDonnell Douglas Model 717-200 Airplanes, 29237-29239 [E7-10024]

Download as PDF 29237 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 72, No. 101 Friday, May 25, 2007 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. Prices of new books are listed in the first FEDERAL REGISTER issue of each week. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2007–27338; Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–148–AD; Amendment 39–15070; AD 2007–11–13] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; McDonnell Douglas Model 717–200 Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all McDonnell Douglas Model 717–200 airplanes. That AD currently requires revising the Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to incorporate new removal limits for certain components of the flap system and to reduce the interval of inspections for fatigue cracking of certain principal structural elements (PSEs). This new AD requires revising the ALS of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to incorporate reduced initial inspection and repeat inspection intervals for certain PSEs. This AD results from a revised damage tolerance analysis. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of certain PSEs, which could adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane. DATES: This AD becomes effective June 29, 2007. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of June 29, 2007. On September 23, 2003 (68 FR 49686, August 19, 2003), the Director of the Federal Register approved the cprice-sewell on PROD1PC71 with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:34 May 24, 2007 Jkt 211001 incorporation by reference of Boeing Report No. MDC–96K9063, Revision 3, dated August 2002. 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, Long Beach Division, 3855 Lakewood Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90846, Attention: Data and Service Management, Dept. C1–L5A (D800–0024), for service information identified in this AD. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Rathfelder, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120L, FAA, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, California 90712–4137; telephone (562) 627–5229; fax (562) 627–5210. 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 supersedes AD 2003–17–01, amendment 39–13274 (68 FR 49686, August 19, 2003). The existing AD applies to all McDonnell Douglas Model 717–200 airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on February 26, 2007 (72 FR 8303). That NPRM proposed to continue to require revising the Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to incorporate new removal limits for certain components of the flap system and to reduce the interval of inspections for fatigue cracking of certain principal structural elements (PSEs). That NPRM also proposed to require revising the ALS of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to incorporate reduced PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 initial inspection and repeat inspection intervals for certain PSEs. Comments We provided the public the opportunity to participate in the development of this AD. We have considered the comment that has been received on the NPRM. The commenter, AirTran Airways, supports the NPRM. Clarification of Alternative Method of Compliance (AMOC) Paragraph We have revised this action to clarify the appropriate procedure for notifying the principal inspector before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies. Conclusion We have carefully reviewed the available data, including the comment received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD with the change described previously. We have determined that this change will neither increase the economic burden on any operator nor increase the scope of the AD. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that 108 airplanes of U.S. registry are affected by AD 2003– 17–01, that it takes approximately 1 work hour per airplane to accomplish the required actions, and that the average labor rate is $80 per work hour. Based on these figures, the cost impact on U.S. operators of the actions required by AD 2003–17–01 and retained in this AD is estimated to be $8,640, or $80 per airplane. There are about 155 airplanes of the affected design in the worldwide fleet. This AD affects about 121 airplanes of U.S. registry. The new required maintenance and inspection program revision takes about 1 work hour per airplane, at an average labor rate of $80 per work hour. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of the new AD to U.S. operators is $9,680, or $80 per airplane. 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. E:\FR\FM\25MYR1.SGM 25MYR1 29238 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 101 / Friday, May 25, 2007 / Rules and Regulations 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 AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket. 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, 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 cprice-sewell on PROD1PC71 with RULES Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13 by removing amendment 39–13274 (68 FR 49686, August 19, 2003) and by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): I VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:34 May 24, 2007 Jkt 211001 2007–11–13 McDonnell Douglas: Amendment 39–15070. Docket No. FAA–2007–27338; Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–148–AD. Effective Date (a) This AD becomes effective June 29, 2007. Affected ADs (b) This AD supersedes AD 2003–17–01. Applicability (c) This AD applies to all McDonnell Douglas Model 717–200 airplanes, certificated in any category. Note 1: This AD requires revisions to certain operator maintenance documents to incorporate new inspections for fatigue cracking of principal structural elements (PSEs). Compliance with these inspections is required by 14 CFR 91.403(c). For airplanes that have been previously modified, altered, or repaired in the areas addressed by these inspections, the operator may not be able to incorporate the inspections described in the revisions. In this situation, to comply with 14 CFR 91.403(c), the operator must request approval for an alternative method of compliance according to paragraph (j) of this AD. The request should include a description of changes to the required inspections that will ensure the continued damage tolerance of the affected structure. The FAA has provided guidance for this determination in Advisory Circular (AC) 25–1529–1. Unsafe Condition (d) This AD results from a revised damage tolerance analysis. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of certain PSEs, which could adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane. 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 2003– 17–01 Revising Airworthiness Limitations Section (f) Within 180 days after September 23, 2003 (the effective date of AD 2003–17–01), revise the Airworthiness Limitations Section of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness, Airworthiness Limitations Instructions (ALI), in accordance with Boeing Report No. MDC–96K9063, Revision 3, dated August 2002. (g) Except as provided by paragraph (j) of this AD: After the actions specified in paragraph (f) of this AD have been done, no alternative inspection intervals or replacement times may be approved for the PSEs and safe-life limited parts specified in Boeing Report No. MDC–96K9063, Revision 3, dated August 2002. New Requirements of This AD Revising Airworthiness Limitations Section Using Revision 5 (h) Within 180 days after the effective date of this AD: Revise the Airworthiness PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Limitations Section of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness, ALI, in accordance with Boeing 717–200 ALI, Report MDC– 96K9063, Revision 5, dated February 2006. (i) Except as provided by paragraph (j) of this AD: After the actions specified in paragraph (h) of this AD have been done, no alternative inspection intervals or replacement times may be approved for the PSEs and safe-life limited parts specified in Boeing 717–200 ALI, Report MDC–96K9063, Revision 5, dated February 2006. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (j)(1) The Manager, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested in accordance with the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. (2) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair required by this AD, if it is approved by an Authorized Representative for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Delegation Option Authorization Organization who has been authorized by the Manager, Los Angeles ACO, to make those findings. For a repair method to be approved, the repair must meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD. (3) To request a different method of compliance or a different compliance time for this AD, follow the procedures in 14 CFR 39.19. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO. Material Incorporated by Reference (k) You must use Boeing Report No. MDC– 96K9063, Revision 3, dated August 2002; and Boeing 717–200 Airworthiness Limitations Instructions, Report MDC–96K9063, Revision 5, dated February 2006; as applicable, to perform the actions that are required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (1) The Director of the Federal Register approves the incorporation by reference of Boeing 717–200 Airworthiness Limitations Instructions, Report MDC–96K9063, Revision 5, dated February 2006, in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) On September 23, 2003 (68 FR 49686, August 19, 2003), the Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of Boeing Report No. MDC– 96K9063, Revision 3, dated August 2002. (3) Contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Long Beach Division, 3855 Lakewood Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90846, Attention: Data and Service Management, Dept. C1–L5A (D800–0024), for a copy of this service information. You may review copies at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington; 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. E:\FR\FM\25MYR1.SGM 25MYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 101 / Friday, May 25, 2007 / Rules and Regulations Issued in Renton, Washington, on May 15, 2007. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E7–10024 Filed 5–24–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2007–27016; Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–176–AD; Amendment 39–15066; AD 2007–11–09] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier Model DHC–8–400 Series Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. cprice-sewell on PROD1PC71 with RULES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to certain Bombardier Model DHC–8–400 series airplanes. That AD currently requires inspecting the electrical connectors of the fire bottles for the forward and aft baggage compartments and for the auxiliary power unit (APU) and engine nacelles to determine if they are connected correctly, and doing related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This new AD adds a requirement to install/modify lanyards, mounts, and clamps to the forward and aft baggage compartment, APU, and engine nacelle fire extinguishing systems. This new AD also requires revising the aircraft maintenance manual to incorporate installation and removal procedures for certain fire bottles and fire extinguisher cartridges. This new AD also adds two airplanes to the applicability. This AD results from reports of the electrical connectors for the fire bottles in the forward and aft baggage compartments, APU, and engine nacelle being cross-connected. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cross-connection of the fire bottles and to prevent cross-connection, which could result in failure of the fire bottles to discharge and consequent inability to extinguish a fire in the affected areas. DATES: This AD becomes effective June 29, 2007. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the AD as of June 29, 2007. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:34 May 24, 2007 Jkt 211001 On July 5, 2005 (70 FR 35172, June 17, 2005), the Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of Bombardier Alert Service Bulletin A84–26–06, dated May 12, 2005. 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 Bombardier, Inc., Bombardier Regional Aircraft Division, 123 Garratt Boulevard, Downsview, Ontario M3K 1Y5, Canada, for service information identified in this AD. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ezra Sasson, Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Flight Test Branch, ANE–172, FAA, New York Aircraft Certification Office, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, New York 11590; telephone (516) 228–7320; fax (516) 794–5531. 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 supersedes AD 2005–12–17, amendment 39–14133 (70 FR 35172, June 17, 2005). The existing AD applies to certain Bombardier Model DHC–8–400 series airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on January 26, 2007 (72 FR 3756). That NPRM proposed to require inspecting the electrical connectors of the fire bottles for the forward and aft baggage compartments and for the auxiliary power unit (APU) and engine nacelles to determine if they are connected correctly; and doing related investigative and corrective actions, if necessary. That NPRM proposed to add a requirement to install/modify lanyards, mounts, and clamps to the forward and aft baggage compartment, APU, and engine nacelle fire extinguishing systems. That NPRM also proposed to require installation and removal procedures for certain fire bottles and fire extinguisher cartridges. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 29239 That NPRM also proposed to add two airplanes to the applicability. Comments We provided the public the opportunity to participate in the development of this AD. No comments have been received on the NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public. Change to Installation and Removal Requirement We have revised the requirement specified in paragraph (h) of the NPRM. Paragraph (h) of the NPRM specifies to do certain installations and removals of the fire bottles and cartridges in accordance with a method approved by the FAA or Transport Canada Civil Aviation (or its delegated agent). Paragraph (h) of the NPRM also specifies that Bombardier Dash 8 Series 400 Aircraft Maintenance Manual, Product Support Manual (PSM) 1–84–2, Revision 22, dated June 5, 2006, is one approved method. We have determined that operators need to only revise the FAA-approved maintenance program to incorporate the information for those installations and removals of the fire bottles and cartridges specified in Bombardier Dash 8 Series 400 Aircraft Maintenance Manual, Product Support Manual (PSM) 1–84–2, Revision 22, dated June 5, 2006. This will place less of a burden on operators because operators will not need to make a maintenance log entry to show compliance every time one of the installations or removals is done. We have revised paragraph (h) of this AD accordingly. Clarification of Alternative Method of Compliance (AMOC) Paragraph We have revised this action to clarify the appropriate procedure for notifying the principal inspector before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies. Conclusion We have carefully reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD with the changes described previously. We have determined that these changes will neither increase the economic burden on any operator nor increase the scope of the AD. Costs of Compliance The following table provides the estimated costs for U.S. operators to comply with this AD. E:\FR\FM\25MYR1.SGM 25MYR1

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Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 101 / Friday, May 25, 2007 / Rules 
and Regulations

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2007-27338; Directorate Identifier 2006-NM-148-AD; 
Amendment 39-15070; AD 2007-11-13]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; McDonnell Douglas Model 717-200 
Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive 
(AD), which applies to all McDonnell Douglas Model 717-200 airplanes. 
That AD currently requires revising the Airworthiness Limitations 
Section (ALS) of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to 
incorporate new removal limits for certain components of the flap 
system and to reduce the interval of inspections for fatigue cracking 
of certain principal structural elements (PSEs). This new AD requires 
revising the ALS of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to 
incorporate reduced initial inspection and repeat inspection intervals 
for certain PSEs. This AD results from a revised damage tolerance 
analysis. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking 
of certain PSEs, which could adversely affect the structural integrity 
of the airplane.

DATES: This AD becomes effective June 29, 2007.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of June 29, 
2007.
    On September 23, 2003 (68 FR 49686, August 19, 2003), the Director 
of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of 
Boeing Report No. MDC-96K9063, Revision 3, dated August 2002.

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, Long Beach Division, 3855 
Lakewood Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90846, Attention: Data and 
Service Management, Dept. C1-L5A (D800-0024), for service information 
identified in this AD.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Rathfelder, Aerospace Engineer, 
Airframe Branch, ANM-120L, FAA, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification 
Office, 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, California 90712-4137; 
telephone (562) 627-5229; fax (562) 627-5210.

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 supersedes AD 2003-17-01, amendment 
39-13274 (68 FR 49686, August 19, 2003). The existing AD applies to all 
McDonnell Douglas Model 717-200 airplanes. That NPRM was published in 
the Federal Register on February 26, 2007 (72 FR 8303). That NPRM 
proposed to continue to require revising the Airworthiness Limitations 
Section (ALS) of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to 
incorporate new removal limits for certain components of the flap 
system and to reduce the interval of inspections for fatigue cracking 
of certain principal structural elements (PSEs). That NPRM also 
proposed to require revising the ALS of the Instructions for Continued 
Airworthiness to incorporate reduced initial inspection and repeat 
inspection intervals for certain PSEs.

Comments

    We provided the public the opportunity to participate in the 
development of this AD. We have considered the comment that has been 
received on the NPRM. The commenter, AirTran Airways, supports the 
NPRM.

Clarification of Alternative Method of Compliance (AMOC) Paragraph

    We have revised this action to clarify the appropriate procedure 
for notifying the principal inspector before using any approved AMOC on 
any airplane to which the AMOC applies.

Conclusion

    We have carefully reviewed the available data, including the 
comment received, and determined that air safety and the public 
interest require adopting the AD with the change described previously. 
We have determined that this change will neither increase the economic 
burden on any operator nor increase the scope of the AD.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that 108 airplanes of U.S. registry are affected 
by AD 2003-17-01, that it takes approximately 1 work hour per airplane 
to accomplish the required actions, and that the average labor rate is 
$80 per work hour. Based on these figures, the cost impact on U.S. 
operators of the actions required by AD 2003-17-01 and retained in this 
AD is estimated to be $8,640, or $80 per airplane.
    There are about 155 airplanes of the affected design in the 
worldwide fleet. This AD affects about 121 airplanes of U.S. registry. 
The new required maintenance and inspection program revision takes 
about 1 work hour per airplane, at an average labor rate of $80 per 
work hour. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of the new AD to 
U.S. operators is $9,680, or $80 per airplane.

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.

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    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 AD will not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a 
substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between 
the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power 
and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:
    (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive 
Order 12866;
    (2) Is not a ``significant rule'' under DOT Regulatory Policies and 
Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and
    (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to 
comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket. 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, 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 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amends Sec.  39.13 by 
removing amendment 39-13274 (68 FR 49686, August 19, 2003) and by 
adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD):

2007-11-13 McDonnell Douglas: Amendment 39-15070. Docket No. FAA-
2007-27338; Directorate Identifier 2006-NM-148-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This AD becomes effective June 29, 2007.

Affected ADs

    (b) This AD supersedes AD 2003-17-01.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to all McDonnell Douglas Model 717-200 
airplanes, certificated in any category.

    Note 1: This AD requires revisions to certain operator 
maintenance documents to incorporate new inspections for fatigue 
cracking of principal structural elements (PSEs). Compliance with 
these inspections is required by 14 CFR 91.403(c). For airplanes 
that have been previously modified, altered, or repaired in the 
areas addressed by these inspections, the operator may not be able 
to incorporate the inspections described in the revisions. In this 
situation, to comply with 14 CFR 91.403(c), the operator must 
request approval for an alternative method of compliance according 
to paragraph (j) of this AD. The request should include a 
description of changes to the required inspections that will ensure 
the continued damage tolerance of the affected structure. The FAA 
has provided guidance for this determination in Advisory Circular 
(AC) 25-1529-1.

Unsafe Condition

    (d) This AD results from a revised damage tolerance analysis. We 
are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of 
certain PSEs, which could adversely affect the structural integrity 
of the airplane.

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 2003-17-01

Revising Airworthiness Limitations Section

    (f) Within 180 days after September 23, 2003 (the effective date 
of AD 2003-17-01), revise the Airworthiness Limitations Section of 
the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness, Airworthiness 
Limitations Instructions (ALI), in accordance with Boeing Report No. 
MDC-96K9063, Revision 3, dated August 2002.
    (g) Except as provided by paragraph (j) of this AD: After the 
actions specified in paragraph (f) of this AD have been done, no 
alternative inspection intervals or replacement times may be 
approved for the PSEs and safe-life limited parts specified in 
Boeing Report No. MDC-96K9063, Revision 3, dated August 2002.

New Requirements of This AD

Revising Airworthiness Limitations Section Using Revision 5

    (h) Within 180 days after the effective date of this AD: Revise 
the Airworthiness Limitations Section of the Instructions for 
Continued Airworthiness, ALI, in accordance with Boeing 717-200 ALI, 
Report MDC-96K9063, Revision 5, dated February 2006.
    (i) Except as provided by paragraph (j) of this AD: After the 
actions specified in paragraph (h) of this AD have been done, no 
alternative inspection intervals or replacement times may be 
approved for the PSEs and safe-life limited parts specified in 
Boeing 717-200 ALI, Report MDC-96K9063, Revision 5, dated February 
2006.

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (j)(1) The Manager, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, 
has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested in 
accordance with the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19.
    (2) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be 
used for any repair required by this AD, if it is approved by an 
Authorized Representative for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes 
Delegation Option Authorization Organization who has been authorized 
by the Manager, Los Angeles ACO, to make those findings. For a 
repair method to be approved, the repair must meet the certification 
basis of the airplane, and the approval must specifically refer to 
this AD.
    (3) To request a different method of compliance or a different 
compliance time for this AD, follow the procedures in 14 CFR 39.19. 
Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC 
applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA 
Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local 
FSDO.

Material Incorporated by Reference

    (k) You must use Boeing Report No. MDC-96K9063, Revision 3, 
dated August 2002; and Boeing 717-200 Airworthiness Limitations 
Instructions, Report MDC-96K9063, Revision 5, dated February 2006; 
as applicable, to perform the actions that are required by this AD, 
unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approves the 
incorporation by reference of Boeing 717-200 Airworthiness 
Limitations Instructions, Report MDC-96K9063, Revision 5, dated 
February 2006, in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) On September 23, 2003 (68 FR 49686, August 19, 2003), the 
Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of Boeing Report No. MDC-96K9063, Revision 3, dated August 
2002.
    (3) Contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Long Beach Division, 
3855 Lakewood Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90846, Attention: 
Data and Service Management, Dept. C1-L5A (D800-0024), for a copy of 
this service information. You may review copies at the FAA, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, 
Washington; 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.


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    Issued in Renton, Washington, on May 15, 2007.
Ali Bahrami,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. E7-10024 Filed 5-24-07; 8:45 am]
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