Airworthiness Directives; Goodrich Evacuation Systems Approved Under Technical Standard Order (TSO) TSO-C69b and Installed on Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 Series Airplanes, Model A340-200 and -300 Series Airplanes, and Model A340-541 and -642 Airplanes, 43576-43578 [E7-15222]

Download as PDF 43576 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 150 / Monday, August 6, 2007 / Proposed Rules issued under the FTC Act? If so, which examples or principles should OTS consider? Issue 13. What other acts or practices that may not currently be covered by OTS’s advertising regulation should OTS consider prohibiting as unfair or deceptive in the advertising or marketing of products or services offered by OTS supervised entities? Issue 14. What would be the impact on the industry and consumers of expanding OTS’s advertising regulation? mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with PROPOSALS V. Process for Resolving Questions Concerning Unfair Acts or Practices OTS recognizes that: (1) No set of principles or standards, no matter how effectively crafted, will lend themselves to an easy determination in every case as to whether a practice would violate a regulation on unfair or deceptive acts or practices; and (2) no established list of acts or practices deemed unfair or deceptive per se will ever be complete or current. OTS also recognizes that the overwhelming majority of institutions and the individuals employed by those institutions wish and seek to operate fairly with respect to the products and services they offer to their customers and other consumers. Furthermore, OTS is keenly aware of the subjectivity and burden involved in applying a set of principals or standards to a set of particular facts in any given case. For this reason, OTS has a longstanding practice whereby institutions (primarily through OTS regional offices) or consumers (primarily through OTS’s Consumer Affairs or External Affairs functions) confer with OTS about a particular practice or a program about which they have questions. We expect this process to continue with respect to unfair or deceptive acts and practices questions or concerns. Executive Order 12866 OTS does not know now whether it will propose changes to its regulations and, if so, whether these changes will constitute a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866. This ANPR neither establishes nor proposes any regulatory requirements. OTS has submitted a notice of planned regulatory action to OMB for review. Because this ANPR does not contain a specific proposal, information is not available with which to prepare a regulatory analysis. OTS will prepare a preliminary regulatory analysis if it proceeds with a proposed rule that constitutes a significant regulatory action. Accordingly, OTS solicits comment, information, and data on the potential VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:16 Aug 03, 2007 Jkt 211001 effects on the economy of changes to its regulations that commenters may recommend. OTS will carefully consider the costs and benefits associated with this rulemaking. Dated: July 31, 2007. By the Office of Thrift Supervision. John M. Reich, Director. [FR Doc. E7–15179 Filed 8–3–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6720–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2007–28882; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–035–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Goodrich Evacuation Systems Approved Under Technical Standard Order (TSO) TSO– C69b and Installed on Airbus Model A330–200 and –300 Series Airplanes, Model A340–200 and –300 Series Airplanes, and Model A340–541 and –642 Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to Goodrich evacuation systems approved under TSO–C69b and installed on certain Airbus Model A330–200 and –300 series airplanes, Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes, and Model A340–541 and –642 airplanes. The existing AD currently requires inspecting to determine the part number of the pressure relief valves on the affected Goodrich evacuation systems, and corrective action if necessary. For certain airplanes, this proposed AD would require an additional inspection to determine the part number of the pressure relief valves, and corrective action if necessary. This proposed AD results from a report indicating that, during maintenance testing, the pressure relief valves on the affected Goodrich evacuation systems did not seal when activated, which caused the pressure in the escape slide/raft to drop below the minimum allowable raft mode pressure. We are proposing this AD to prevent loss of pressure in the escape slides/rafts after an emergency evacuation, which could result in PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 inadequate buoyancy to support the raft’s passenger capacity during ditching, and increase the chance for injury to raft passengers. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by September 20, 2007. ADDRESSES: Use one of the following addresses to submit comments 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: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. • Hand Delivery: Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Contact Goodrich, Aircraft Interior Products, ATTN: Technical Publications, 3414 South Fifth Street, Phoenix, AZ 85040, for service information identified in this proposed AD. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tracy Ton, Aerospace Engineer, Cabin Safety/Mechanical and Environmental Systems Branch, ANM–150L, FAA, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, California 90712–4137; telephone (562) 627–5352; fax (562) 627–5210. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to submit any relevant written data, views, or arguments regarding this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed in the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2007–28882; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–035– 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 with FAA E:\FR\FM\06AUP1.SGM 06AUP1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 150 / Monday, August 6, 2007 / Proposed Rules personnel concerning this proposed AD. Using the search function of that Web site, anyone can find and read the comments in any of our dockets, including the name of the individual who sent the comment (or signed the comment on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review the DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477–78), or may can visit https:// dms.dot.gov. Examining the Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https://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 DOT street address stated in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after the Docket Management System receives them. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with PROPOSALS Discussion On May 31, 2006, we issued AD 2006–12–08, amendment 39–14633 (71 FR 33606, June 12, 2006), for Goodrich evacuation systems approved under TSO–C69b and installed on certain Airbus Model A330–200 and –300 series airplanes, Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes, and Model A340–541 and –642 airplanes. [A correction of that AD was published in the Federal Register on June 28, 2006 (71 FR 36674).] That AD requires inspecting to determine the part number of the pressure relief valves on the affected Goodrich evacuation systems, and corrective action if necessary. That AD resulted from a report indicating that, during maintenance testing, the pressure relief valves on the affected Goodrich evacuation systems did not seal when activated, which caused the pressure in the escape slide/raft to drop below the minimum allowable raft mode pressure. We issued that AD to prevent loss of pressure in the escape slides/rafts after an emergency evacuation, which could result in inadequate buoyancy to support the raft’s passenger capacity during ditching, and increase the chance for injury to raft passengers. Relevant Service Information We have reviewed Goodrich Service Bulletin 25–355, Revision 1, dated July 24, 2006 (Goodrich Service Bulletin 25– 355, dated July 25, 2005, was referred to as the appropriate source of service information for accomplishing the VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:16 Aug 03, 2007 Jkt 211001 required actions specified in AD 2006– 12–08). The procedures in Revision 1 of the service bulletin are essentially the same as the original except Revision 1 adds the following inspection for certain airplanes: For Model A340–500 airplanes having evacuation system part number (P/N) 4A3928–( ), inspect for pressure relief valve P/N 4A3791–6 and replace with P/N 4A3641–26 if necessary. Revision 1 of the service bulletin also corrects certain serial numbers and part numbers specified in the tables in paragraph 1.A. Effectivity of the service bulletin. Accomplishing the actions specified in the service information is intended to adequately address the unsafe condition. 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. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of the Proposed AD We have evaluated all pertinent information and identified an unsafe condition that is likely to develop on other airplanes of the same type design. For this reason, we are proposing this AD, which would supersede AD 2006– 12–08 and would retain the requirements of the existing AD. For certain airplanes, this proposed AD would also require an additional inspection to identify a different pressure relief valve and corrective action if necessary. Costs of Compliance There are about 689 airplanes of the affected design in the worldwide fleet. This proposed AD would affect about 27 airplanes of U.S. registry. The actions that are required by AD 2006–12–08 and retained in this proposed AD take 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 currently required actions is $2,160, or $80 per airplane. All airplanes affected by the new proposed action are currently operated by non-U.S. operators under foreign registry. If an affected airplane is imported and placed on the U.S. Register in the future, the new proposed actions would take 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 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 43577 actions specified in this proposed AD for U.S. operators is $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. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701, ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings We have determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that the proposed regulation: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and 3. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket. See the ADDRESSES section for a location to examine the regulatory evaluation. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Safety. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: E:\FR\FM\06AUP1.SGM 06AUP1 43578 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 150 / Monday, August 6, 2007 / Proposed Rules 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 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13 by removing amendment 39–14633 (71 FR 33606, June 12, 2006) corrected at 71 FR 36674, June 28, 2006, and adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): Comments Due Date (a) The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by September 20, 2007. Affected ADs (b) This AD supersedes AD 2006–12–08. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Goodrich Evacuation Systems Approved Under Technical Standard Order (TSO) TSO–C69b, as installed on Airbus Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, –243, –301, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes; Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, and –313 airplanes; and Model A340–541 and –642 airplanes; certificated in any category. Unsafe Condition (d) This AD results from a report indicating that, during maintenance testing, the pressure relief valves on the affected Goodrich evacuation systems did not seal when activated, which caused the pressure in the escape slide/raft to drop below the minimum allowable raft mode pressure. We are issuing this AD to prevent loss of pressure in the escape slides/rafts after an emergency evacuation, which could result in inadequate buoyancy to support the raft’s passenger capacity during ditching, and increase the chance for injury to raft passengers. 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. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with PROPOSALS Restatement of Requirements of AD 2006– 12–08 Inspection for Certain Part Number (P/N) (f) For all airplanes: Within 36 months after July 17, 2006 (the effective date of AD 2006– 12–08): Perform an inspection to determine the part number (P/N) of the pressure relief valve on the Goodrich evacuation systems in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Goodrich Service Bulletin 25– 355, dated July 25, 2005, or Goodrich Service Bulletin 25–355, Revision 1, dated July 24, 2006. After the effective date of this AD, only Goodrich Service Bulletin 25–355, Revision 1, dated July 24, 2006, may be used. 16:16 Aug 03, 2007 Jkt 211001 approved as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of this AD. Issued in Renton, Washington, on July 30, 2007. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E7–15222 Filed 8–3–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P Part Installation for Airplanes Identified in Original Issue of the Service Bulletin (g) As of July 17, 2006, no person may install a pressure relief valve having P/N 4A3791–3, on any airplane equipped with Goodrich evacuation systems identified in Goodrich Service Bulletin 25–355, dated July 25, 2005. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION New Requirements of This AD Goodrich (Formerly BF Goodrich): Docket No. FAA–2007–28882; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–035–AD. VerDate Aug<31>2005 (1) If any pressure relief valve having P/N 4A3791–3 is installed, before further flight, replace the valve with a new or serviceable valve having P/N 4A3641–1 and mark the girt adjacent to the placard, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the service bulletin. (2) If any pressure release valve having P/N 4A3641–1 is installed, before further flight, mark the girt adjacent to the placard in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the service bulletin. RIN 2120–AA64 Inspection for Certain Other P/N (h) For Model A340–541 airplanes: Within 36 months after the effective date of this AD, perform an inspection to determine the P/N of the pressure relief valve on the Goodrich evacuation systems in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Goodrich Service Bulletin 25–355, Revision 1, dated July 24, 2006. (1) If any pressure relief valve having P/N 4A3791–6 is installed, before further flight, replace the valve with a new or serviceable valve having P/N 4A3641–26 and mark the girt adjacent to the placard, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the service bulletin. (2) If any pressure release valve having P/N 4A3641–26 is installed, before further flight, mark the girt adjacent to the placard in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the service bulletin. Airworthiness Directives; McDonnell Douglas Model DC–9–10, DC–9–20, DC–9–30, DC–9–40, and DC–9–50 Series Airplanes, Equipped with a Tail Cone Evacuation Slide Container Installed in Accordance With Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) ST735SO Parts Installation for All Airplanes (i) As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install a pressure relief valve having P/N 4A3791–3, on any airplane equipped with Goodrich evacuation systems identified in Goodrich Service Bulletin 25– 355, Revision 1, dated July 24, 2006. (j) As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install a pressure relief valve having P/N 4A3791–6, on any airplane equipped with Goodrich evacuation systems identified in Goodrich Service Bulletin 25– 355, Revision 1, dated July 24, 2006. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (k)(1) The Manager, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 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. (3) AMOCs approved previously in accordance with AD 2006–12–08 are PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2007–28881; Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–263–AD] Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for McDonnell Douglas Model DC–9–10, DC–9–20, DC–9–30, DC–9–40, and DC– 9–50 series airplanes, equipped with tail cone evacuation slide containers as specified above. This proposed AD would require modifying the tail cone slide. This proposed AD also would require additional tail cone drops and slide deployments, and repair if necessary. This proposed AD results from several reports of inadvertent tail cone deployments in which the tail cone slide failed to deploy. We are proposing this AD to ensure that the tail cone evacuation slide deploys correctly; failure of the slide to deploy during an emergency evacuation could result in injury to flightcrew and passengers. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by September 20, 2007. ADDRESSES: Use one of the following addresses to submit comments 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 E:\FR\FM\06AUP1.SGM 06AUP1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 150 (Monday, August 6, 2007)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 43576-43578]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-15222]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2007-28882; Directorate Identifier 2007-NM-035-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Goodrich Evacuation Systems Approved 
Under Technical Standard Order (TSO) TSO-C69b and Installed on Airbus 
Model A330-200 and -300 Series Airplanes, Model A340-200 and -300 
Series Airplanes, and Model A340-541 and -642 Airplanes

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

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to supersede an existing airworthiness 
directive (AD) that applies to Goodrich evacuation systems approved 
under TSO-C69b and installed on certain Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 
series airplanes, Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes, and Model 
A340-541 and -642 airplanes. The existing AD currently requires 
inspecting to determine the part number of the pressure relief valves 
on the affected Goodrich evacuation systems, and corrective action if 
necessary. For certain airplanes, this proposed AD would require an 
additional inspection to determine the part number of the pressure 
relief valves, and corrective action if necessary. This proposed AD 
results from a report indicating that, during maintenance testing, the 
pressure relief valves on the affected Goodrich evacuation systems did 
not seal when activated, which caused the pressure in the escape slide/
raft to drop below the minimum allowable raft mode pressure. We are 
proposing this AD to prevent loss of pressure in the escape slides/
rafts after an emergency evacuation, which could result in inadequate 
buoyancy to support the raft's passenger capacity during ditching, and 
increase the chance for injury to raft passengers.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by September 20, 
2007.

ADDRESSES: Use one of the following addresses to submit comments 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: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Fax: (202) 493-2251.
     Hand Delivery: Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the 
West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Contact Goodrich, Aircraft Interior Products, ATTN: Technical 
Publications, 3414 South Fifth Street, Phoenix, AZ 85040, for service 
information identified in this proposed AD.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tracy Ton, Aerospace Engineer, Cabin 
Safety/Mechanical and Environmental Systems Branch, ANM-150L, FAA, Los 
Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, 3960 Paramount Boulevard, 
Lakewood, California 90712-4137; telephone (562) 627-5352; fax (562) 
627-5210.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    We invite you to submit any relevant written data, views, or 
arguments regarding this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address 
listed in the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number ``Docket No. 
FAA-2007-28882; Directorate Identifier 2007-NM-035-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 with FAA

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personnel concerning this proposed AD. Using the search function of 
that Web site, anyone can find and read the comments in any of our 
dockets, including the name of the individual who sent the comment (or 
signed the comment on behalf of an association, business, labor union, 
etc.). You may review the DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the 
Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78), or may 
can visit https://dms.dot.gov.

Examining the Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https://
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 DOT street address stated in 
the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket 
shortly after the Docket Management System receives them.

Discussion

    On May 31, 2006, we issued AD 2006-12-08, amendment 39-14633 (71 FR 
33606, June 12, 2006), for Goodrich evacuation systems approved under 
TSO-C69b and installed on certain Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 series 
airplanes, Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes, and Model A340-541 
and -642 airplanes. [A correction of that AD was published in the 
Federal Register on June 28, 2006 (71 FR 36674).] That AD requires 
inspecting to determine the part number of the pressure relief valves 
on the affected Goodrich evacuation systems, and corrective action if 
necessary. That AD resulted from a report indicating that, during 
maintenance testing, the pressure relief valves on the affected 
Goodrich evacuation systems did not seal when activated, which caused 
the pressure in the escape slide/raft to drop below the minimum 
allowable raft mode pressure. We issued that AD to prevent loss of 
pressure in the escape slides/rafts after an emergency evacuation, 
which could result in inadequate buoyancy to support the raft's 
passenger capacity during ditching, and increase the chance for injury 
to raft passengers.

Relevant Service Information

    We have reviewed Goodrich Service Bulletin 25-355, Revision 1, 
dated July 24, 2006 (Goodrich Service Bulletin 25-355, dated July 25, 
2005, was referred to as the appropriate source of service information 
for accomplishing the required actions specified in AD 2006-12-08). The 
procedures in Revision 1 of the service bulletin are essentially the 
same as the original except Revision 1 adds the following inspection 
for certain airplanes: For Model A340-500 airplanes having evacuation 
system part number (P/N) 4A3928-( ), inspect for pressure relief valve 
P/N 4A3791-6 and replace with P/N 4A3641-26 if necessary.
    Revision 1 of the service bulletin also corrects certain serial 
numbers and part numbers specified in the tables in paragraph 1.A. 
Effectivity of the service bulletin.
    Accomplishing the actions specified in the service information is 
intended to adequately address the unsafe condition.

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.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of the Proposed AD

    We have evaluated all pertinent information and identified an 
unsafe condition that is likely to develop on other airplanes of the 
same type design. For this reason, we are proposing this AD, which 
would supersede AD 2006-12-08 and would retain the requirements of the 
existing AD. For certain airplanes, this proposed AD would also require 
an additional inspection to identify a different pressure relief valve 
and corrective action if necessary.

Costs of Compliance

    There are about 689 airplanes of the affected design in the 
worldwide fleet. This proposed AD would affect about 27 airplanes of 
U.S. registry.
    The actions that are required by AD 2006-12-08 and retained in this 
proposed AD take 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 currently required actions is $2,160, or $80 per airplane.
    All airplanes affected by the new proposed action are currently 
operated by non-U.S. operators under foreign registry. If an affected 
airplane is imported and placed on the U.S. Register in the future, the 
new proposed actions would take 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 actions specified in this proposed AD for 
U.S. operators is $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.
    We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in 
Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701, ``General 
requirements.'' Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with 
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing 
regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator 
finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within 
the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition 
that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this 
rulemaking action.

Regulatory Findings

    We have determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not 
have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship 
between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution 
of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that the proposed 
regulation:
    1. Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866;
    2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and
    3. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to 
comply with this proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket. See the 
ADDRESSES section for a location to examine the regulatory evaluation.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Safety.

The Proposed Amendment

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

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PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

    1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

    2. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amends Sec.  39.13 by 
removing amendment 39-14633 (71 FR 33606, June 12, 2006) corrected at 
71 FR 36674, June 28, 2006, and adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):

Goodrich (Formerly BF Goodrich): Docket No. FAA-2007-28882; 
Directorate Identifier 2007-NM-035-AD.

Comments Due Date

    (a) The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by September 
20, 2007.

Affected ADs

    (b) This AD supersedes AD 2006-12-08.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to Goodrich Evacuation Systems Approved 
Under Technical Standard Order (TSO) TSO-C69b, as installed on 
Airbus Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, -243, -301, -321, -322, -
323, -341, -342, and -343 airplanes; Model A340-211, -212, -213, -
311, -312, and -313 airplanes; and Model A340-541 and -642 
airplanes; certificated in any category.

Unsafe Condition

    (d) This AD results from a report indicating that, during 
maintenance testing, the pressure relief valves on the affected 
Goodrich evacuation systems did not seal when activated, which 
caused the pressure in the escape slide/raft to drop below the 
minimum allowable raft mode pressure. We are issuing this AD to 
prevent loss of pressure in the escape slides/rafts after an 
emergency evacuation, which could result in inadequate buoyancy to 
support the raft's passenger capacity during ditching, and increase 
the chance for injury to raft passengers.

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 2006-12-08

Inspection for Certain Part Number (P/N)

    (f) For all airplanes: Within 36 months after July 17, 2006 (the 
effective date of AD 2006-12-08): Perform an inspection to determine 
the part number (P/N) of the pressure relief valve on the Goodrich 
evacuation systems in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Goodrich Service Bulletin 25-355, dated July 25, 
2005, or Goodrich Service Bulletin 25-355, Revision 1, dated July 
24, 2006. After the effective date of this AD, only Goodrich Service 
Bulletin 25-355, Revision 1, dated July 24, 2006, may be used.
    (1) If any pressure relief valve having P/N 4A3791-3 is 
installed, before further flight, replace the valve with a new or 
serviceable valve having P/N 4A3641-1 and mark the girt adjacent to 
the placard, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of 
the service bulletin.
    (2) If any pressure release valve having P/N 4A3641-1 is 
installed, before further flight, mark the girt adjacent to the 
placard in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the 
service bulletin.

Part Installation for Airplanes Identified in Original Issue of the 
Service Bulletin

    (g) As of July 17, 2006, no person may install a pressure relief 
valve having P/N 4A3791-3, on any airplane equipped with Goodrich 
evacuation systems identified in Goodrich Service Bulletin 25-355, 
dated July 25, 2005.

New Requirements of This AD

Inspection for Certain Other P/N

    (h) For Model A340-541 airplanes: Within 36 months after the 
effective date of this AD, perform an inspection to determine the P/
N of the pressure relief valve on the Goodrich evacuation systems in 
accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Goodrich Service 
Bulletin 25-355, Revision 1, dated July 24, 2006.
    (1) If any pressure relief valve having P/N 4A3791-6 is 
installed, before further flight, replace the valve with a new or 
serviceable valve having P/N 4A3641-26 and mark the girt adjacent to 
the placard, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of 
the service bulletin.
    (2) If any pressure release valve having P/N 4A3641-26 is 
installed, before further flight, mark the girt adjacent to the 
placard in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the 
service bulletin.

Parts Installation for All Airplanes

    (i) As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install a 
pressure relief valve having P/N 4A3791-3, on any airplane equipped 
with Goodrich evacuation systems identified in Goodrich Service 
Bulletin 25-355, Revision 1, dated July 24, 2006.
    (j) As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install a 
pressure relief valve having P/N 4A3791-6, on any airplane equipped 
with Goodrich evacuation systems identified in Goodrich Service 
Bulletin 25-355, Revision 1, dated July 24, 2006.

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (k)(1) The Manager, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office 
(ACO), 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.
    (3) AMOCs approved previously in accordance with AD 2006-12-08 
are approved as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of this AD.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on July 30, 2007.
Ali Bahrami,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. E7-15222 Filed 8-3-07; 8:45 am]
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