Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 Airplanes, 40222-40224 [E7-14044]

Download as PDF 40222 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 141 / Tuesday, July 24, 2007 / Rules and Regulations new, improved parts in accordance with paragraph (k) of this AD terminates the requirements of AD 2003–07–14. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) Terminating Action for Paragraph (a) of AD 2000–22–21 (p) Replacing all fuel pump housing electrical connectors, P/N 60–84355, with new, improved parts in accordance with paragraph (k) or (l) of this AD, as applicable, terminates the requirements of paragraph (a) of AD 2000–22–21. (q)(1) The Manager, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested in accordance with the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. (2) 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 (r) You must use the service information identified in Table 5 of this AD to perform the actions that are required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. TABLE 5.—MATERIAL INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE Service information Revision level Boeing Alert Service Bulletin DC10–28A259 .......................................... Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD11–28A138 ......................................... Boeing Flight Operations Bulletin DC–10–00–01A, MD–11–00–03A, and MD–10–00–02A. Original .......................................... 1 ..................................................... Original .......................................... (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin DC10–28A259, dated March 20, 2007; and Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD11–28A138, Revision 1, dated March 26, 2007; in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) On December 5, 2000 (65 FR 69658, November 20, 2000), the Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of Boeing Flight Operations Bulletin DC–10–00–01A, MD–11–00–03A, and MD–10–00–02A, dated September 20, 2000. (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. Issued in Renton, Washington, on July 13, 2007. Stephen P. Boyd, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E7–14043 Filed 7–23–07; 8:45 am] pwalker on PROD1PC71 with RULES BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:17 Jul 23, 2007 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2007–27268; Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–190–AD; Amendment 39–15135; AD 2007–15–06] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 airplanes. This AD requires revising the Airworthiness Limitations section of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to incorporate new limitations for fuel tank systems. This AD results from fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. We are issuing this AD to prevent the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane. This AD becomes effective August 28, 2007. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the AD as of August 28, 2007. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// dms.dot.gov or in person at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 DATES: Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Date March 20, 2007. March 26, 2007. September 20, 2000. New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC. Contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France, for service information identified in this AD. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Dulin, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–2141; fax (425) 227–1149. 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 Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647– 5527) is located on the ground floor of the West 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 all Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on February 22, 2007 (72 FR 7936). That NPRM proposed to require revising the Airworthiness Limitations section of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to incorporate new limitations for fuel tank systems. Comments We provided the public the opportunity to participate in the development of this AD. We have considered the single comment received. The commenter, Airbus, supports the NPRM. E:\FR\FM\24JYR1.SGM 24JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 141 / Tuesday, July 24, 2007 / Rules and Regulations Explanation of Change to Applicability We have removed the Model A318– 121 and A318–122 airplanes from the applicability because Models A318–121 and A318–122 have not yet been certificated by the FAA. When the Model A318–121 and A318–122 are certificated, the airworthiness limitations applicable to these models will include the limitations required by this AD in the FAA-approved type design for these models. Changes to Language for Repetitive Intervals In paragraph (f) of the NPRM, we stated that all tasks identified in Section 1 of Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, Document 95A.1931/05, Issue 1, dated December 19, 2005, ‘‘ * * * must be accomplished within the repetitive interval specified in Section 1 of Document 95A.1931/05. * * *’’ We have revised paragraph (f) of this AD to more clearly state that ‘‘* * * the repetitive inspections must be accomplished thereafter at the intervals specified in Section 1 of Document 95A.1931/05. * * *’’ Airbus issued Operator Information Telex (OIT) SE 999.0076/06, dated June 20, 2006, to identify the applicable sections of the Airbus A318/A319/ A320/A321 Airplane Maintenance Manual necessary for accomplishing the tasks specified in Section 1 of Document 95A.1931/05. We have added a note to paragraph (f) of this AD to refer to that OIT. 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 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. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with RULES Costs of Compliance This AD affects about 720 airplanes of U.S. registry. The required actions take about 2 work hours per airplane, at an average labor rate of $80 per work hour. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of this AD for U.S. operators is $115,200, or $160 per airplane. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:17 Jul 23, 2007 Jkt 211001 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 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 PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 40223 Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): I 2007–15–06 Airbus: Amendment 39– 15135. Docket No. FAA–2007–27268; Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–190–AD. Effective Date (a) This AD becomes effective August 28, 2007. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to all Airbus Model A318–111 and –112 airplanes; Model A319– 111, –112, –113, –114, –115, –131, –132, and –133 airplanes; Model A320–111, –211, –212, –214, –231, –232, and –233 airplanes; and Model A321–111, –112, –131, –211, –212, –213, –231, and –232 airplanes; certificated in any category. Note 1: This AD requires revisions to certain operator maintenance documents to include new inspections and critical design configuration control limitations (CDCCLs). Compliance with the operator maintenance documents 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 and CDCCLs, the operator may not be able to accomplish inspections and CDCCLs 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 (i) of this AD. The request should include a description of changes to the required inspections and CDCCLs that will preserve the critical ignition source prevention feature of the affected fuel system. Unsafe Condition (d) This AD results from fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. We are issuing this AD to prevent the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss 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. Revise Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) To Incorporate Fuel Maintenance and Inspection Tasks (f) Within 3 months after the effective date of this AD, revise the ALS of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to incorporate Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 ALS Part 5— Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, dated February 28, 2006, as defined in Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, Document 95A.1931/05, Issue 1, dated December 19, 2005 (approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on E:\FR\FM\24JYR1.SGM 24JYR1 40224 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 141 / Tuesday, July 24, 2007 / Rules and Regulations March 14, 2006), Section 1, ‘‘Maintenance/ Inspection Tasks.’’ For all tasks identified in Section 1 of Document 95A.1931/05, the initial compliance times start from the effective date of this AD and the repetitive inspections must be accomplished thereafter at the intervals specified in Section 1 of Document 95A.1931/05. Note 2: Airbus Operator Information Telex (OIT) SE 999.0076/06, dated June 20, 2006, identifies the applicable sections of the Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 Airplane Maintenance Manual necessary for accomplishing the tasks specified in Section 1 of Document 95A.1931/05. 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/ibrlocations.html. Revise ALS To Incorporate CDCCLs (g) Within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, revise the ALS of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to incorporate Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 ALS Part 5—Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, dated February 28, 2006, as defined in Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, Document 95A.1931/05, Issue 1, dated December 19, 2005 (approved by the EASA on March 14, 2006), Section 2, ‘‘Critical Design Configuration Control Limitations.’’ BILLING CODE 4910–13–P No Alternative Inspections, Inspection Intervals, or CDCCLs (h) Except as provided by paragraph (i) of this AD: After accomplishing the actions specified in paragraphs (f) and (g) of this AD, no alternative inspections, inspection intervals, or CDCCLs may be used. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (i)(1) The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested in accordance with the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. (2) 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. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with RULES Related Information (j) EASA airworthiness directive 2006– 0203, dated July 11, 2006, also addresses the subject of this AD. Material Incorporated by Reference (k) You must use Airbus A318/A319/A320/ A321 Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, Document 95A.1931/05, Issue 1, dated December 19, 2005; and Airbus A318/A319/ A320/A321 ALS Part 5—Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, dated February 28, 2006; to perform the actions that are required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. The Director of the Federal Register approves the incorporation by reference of these documents in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France, for a copy of this service information. You may review copies at the VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:17 Jul 23, 2007 Jkt 211001 Issued in Renton, Washington, on July 13, 2007. Stephen P. Boyd, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E7–14044 Filed 7–23–07; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2006–25779; Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–088–AD; Amendment 39–15131; AD 2007–15–02] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier Model CL–600–2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Bombardier Model CL–600–2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes. This AD requires revising the Certification Maintenance Requirements and the Maintenance Review Board Report sections of the Canadair Regional Jet Maintenance Requirements Manual to include changes and additions to checks of the aileron power control units (PCUs) and a change to the interval of the backlash check of the aileron control system. This AD results from a report that data collected from in-service airplanes show that approximately 19 percent of aileron backlash checks conducted at 4,000flight-hour intervals reveal that aileron backlash wear limits are being exceeded. We are issuing this AD to prevent exceeded backlashes in both aileron PCUs, which, if accompanied by the failure of the flutter damper, could result in aileron vibration/flutter and reduced controllability of the airplane. DATES: This AD becomes effective August 28, 2007. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the AD as of August 28, 2007. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// dms.dot.gov or in person at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–40, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC. Contact Bombardier, Inc., Canadair, Aerospace Group, P.O. Box 6087, Station Centreville, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3G9, Canada, for service information identified in this AD. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel Parrillo, 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) 228–7305; fax (516) 794–5531. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: 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 Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647– 5527) is located on the ground floor of the West 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 all Bombardier Model CL–600– 2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on September 11, 2006 (71 FR 53345). That NPRM proposed to require revising the Certification Maintenance Requirements and the Maintenance Review Board (MRB) Report sections of the Canadair Regional Jet Maintenance Requirements Manual (MRM) to include changes and additions to checks of the aileron power control units (PCUs) and a change to the interval of the backlash check of the aileron control system. Comments We provided the public the opportunity to participate in the development of this AD. We have considered the comments received. Request To Provide Additional Information on Selection of Check Interval The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) requests that we provide additional information in the final rule indicating how the repeat interval for the aileron backlash check was selected and why the interval will prevent flight E:\FR\FM\24JYR1.SGM 24JYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 141 (Tuesday, July 24, 2007)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 40222-40224]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-14044]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2007-27268; Directorate Identifier 2006-NM-190-AD; 
Amendment 39-15135; AD 2007-15-06]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 
Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 
Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 airplanes. This AD requires 
revising the Airworthiness Limitations section of the Instructions for 
Continued Airworthiness to incorporate new limitations for fuel tank 
systems. This AD results from fuel system reviews conducted by the 
manufacturer. We are issuing this AD to prevent the potential of 
ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with 
flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and 
consequent loss of the airplane.

DATES: This AD becomes effective August 28, 2007.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in the AD as of August 28, 
2007.

ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://
dms.dot.gov or in person at the U.S. Department of Transportation, 
Docket Operations, M-30, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC.
    Contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, 
France, for service information identified in this AD.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Dulin, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 
1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 
227-2141; fax (425) 227-1149.

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 Operations 
office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays. The Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647-5527) is 
located on the ground floor of the West 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 all Airbus Model A318, 
A319, A320, and A321 airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal 
Register on February 22, 2007 (72 FR 7936). That NPRM proposed to 
require revising the Airworthiness Limitations section of the 
Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to incorporate new limitations 
for fuel tank systems.

Comments

    We provided the public the opportunity to participate in the 
development of this AD. We have considered the single comment received. 
The commenter, Airbus, supports the NPRM.

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Explanation of Change to Applicability

    We have removed the Model A318-121 and A318-122 airplanes from the 
applicability because Models A318-121 and A318-122 have not yet been 
certificated by the FAA. When the Model A318-121 and A318-122 are 
certificated, the airworthiness limitations applicable to these models 
will include the limitations required by this AD in the FAA-approved 
type design for these models.

Changes to Language for Repetitive Intervals

    In paragraph (f) of the NPRM, we stated that all tasks identified 
in Section 1 of Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 Fuel Airworthiness 
Limitations, Document 95A.1931/05, Issue 1, dated December 19, 2005, `` 
* * * must be accomplished within the repetitive interval specified in 
Section 1 of Document 95A.1931/05. * * *'' We have revised paragraph 
(f) of this AD to more clearly state that ``* * * the repetitive 
inspections must be accomplished thereafter at the intervals specified 
in Section 1 of Document 95A.1931/05. * * *''
    Airbus issued Operator Information Telex (OIT) SE 999.0076/06, 
dated June 20, 2006, to identify the applicable sections of the Airbus 
A318/A319/A320/A321 Airplane Maintenance Manual necessary for 
accomplishing the tasks specified in Section 1 of Document 95A.1931/05. 
We have added a note to paragraph (f) of this AD to refer to that OIT.

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 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

    This AD affects about 720 airplanes of U.S. registry. The required 
actions take about 2 work hours per airplane, at an average labor rate 
of $80 per work hour. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of 
this AD for U.S. operators is $115,200, or $160 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.
    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

0
Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, 
the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

0
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]

0
2. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amends Sec.  39.13 by 
adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD):

    2007-15-06 Airbus: Amendment 39-15135. Docket No. FAA-2007-
27268; Directorate Identifier 2006-NM-190-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This AD becomes effective August 28, 2007.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to all Airbus Model A318-111 and -112 
airplanes; Model A319-111, -112, -113, -114, -115, -131, -132, and -
133 airplanes; Model A320-111, -211, -212, -214, -231, -232, and -
233 airplanes; and Model A321-111, -112, -131, -211, -212, -213, -
231, and -232 airplanes; certificated in any category.

    Note 1: This AD requires revisions to certain operator 
maintenance documents to include new inspections and critical design 
configuration control limitations (CDCCLs). Compliance with the 
operator maintenance documents 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 and CDCCLs, the operator 
may not be able to accomplish inspections and CDCCLs 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 (i) of this AD. The request should 
include a description of changes to the required inspections and 
CDCCLs that will preserve the critical ignition source prevention 
feature of the affected fuel system.

Unsafe Condition

    (d) This AD results from fuel system reviews conducted by the 
manufacturer. We are issuing this AD to prevent the potential of 
ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with 
flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and 
consequent loss 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.

Revise Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) To Incorporate Fuel 
Maintenance and Inspection Tasks

    (f) Within 3 months after the effective date of this AD, revise 
the ALS of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to 
incorporate Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 ALS Part 5--Fuel 
Airworthiness Limitations, dated February 28, 2006, as defined in 
Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, Document 
95A.1931/05, Issue 1, dated December 19, 2005 (approved by the 
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on

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March 14, 2006), Section 1, ``Maintenance/Inspection Tasks.'' For 
all tasks identified in Section 1 of Document 95A.1931/05, the 
initial compliance times start from the effective date of this AD 
and the repetitive inspections must be accomplished thereafter at 
the intervals specified in Section 1 of Document 95A.1931/05.

    Note 2: Airbus Operator Information Telex (OIT) SE 999.0076/06, 
dated June 20, 2006, identifies the applicable sections of the 
Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 Airplane Maintenance Manual necessary for 
accomplishing the tasks specified in Section 1 of Document 95A.1931/
05.

Revise ALS To Incorporate CDCCLs

    (g) Within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, revise 
the ALS of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to 
incorporate Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 ALS Part 5--Fuel 
Airworthiness Limitations, dated February 28, 2006, as defined in 
Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, Document 
95A.1931/05, Issue 1, dated December 19, 2005 (approved by the EASA 
on March 14, 2006), Section 2, ``Critical Design Configuration 
Control Limitations.''

No Alternative Inspections, Inspection Intervals, or CDCCLs

    (h) Except as provided by paragraph (i) of this AD: After 
accomplishing the actions specified in paragraphs (f) and (g) of 
this AD, no alternative inspections, inspection intervals, or CDCCLs 
may be used.

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (i)(1) The Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for 
this AD, if requested in accordance with the procedures found in 14 
CFR 39.19.
    (2) 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.

Related Information

    (j) EASA airworthiness directive 2006-0203, dated July 11, 2006, 
also addresses the subject of this AD.

Material Incorporated by Reference

    (k) You must use Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 Fuel Airworthiness 
Limitations, Document 95A.1931/05, Issue 1, dated December 19, 2005; 
and Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 ALS Part 5--Fuel Airworthiness 
Limitations, dated February 28, 2006; to perform the actions that 
are required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. The 
Director of the Federal Register approves the incorporation by 
reference of these documents in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 
1 CFR part 51. Contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 
Blagnac Cedex, France, 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.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on July 13, 2007.
Stephen P. Boyd,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
 [FR Doc. E7-14044 Filed 7-23-07; 8:45 am]
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