Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A310 Series Airplanes, 63506-63508 [E7-22002]

Download as PDF 63506 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Proposed Rules Related Information (h) Refer to MCAI EASA Airworthiness Directive 2007–0233, dated August 27, 2007, and the service information listed in Table 1 of this AD, for related information. TABLE 1.—SERVICE INFORMATION Airbus Service Bulletin Revision level A300–28–6064 ........................................................................................................................................ A300–28–6068 ........................................................................................................................................ A300–28–6077 ........................................................................................................................................ 01 ..................... Original ............. 01 ..................... Issued in Renton, Washington, on November 2, 2007. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E7–21997 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2007–0171; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–220–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A310 Series Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). sroberts on PROD1PC70 with PROPOSALS AGENCY: SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Airbus Model A310 series airplanes. The existing AD currently requires modification of certain wires in the right-hand (RH) wing. This proposed AD would require further modification by installing an additional protection sleeve and segregating route 2S in the RH pylon area. This proposed AD results from analysis of wire routing that revealed that route 2S of the fuel electrical circuit, located in the RH wing, does not provide adequate separation of fuel quantity indication wires from wires carrying 115-volt alternating current (AC). We are proposing this AD to ensure that fuel quantity indication wires are properly separated from wires carrying 115-volt AC. Improper separation of such wires, in the event of wire damage, could lead to a short circuit and a possible ignition source, which could result in a fire in the airplane. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by December 10, 2007. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:12 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • 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. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France. ADDRESSES: Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Stafford, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1622; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2007–0171; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–220–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Date April 3, 2007. July 20, 2005. October 26, 2006. comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. Discussion On July 19, 2004, we issued AD 2004– 15–16, amendment 39–13750 (69 FR 45578, July 30, 2004), for certain Airbus Model A310 series airplanes. That AD requires modification of certain wires in the right-hand (RH) wing. That AD resulted from analysis of wire routing that revealed that route 2S of the fuel electrical circuit, located in the RH wing, does not provide adequate separation of fuel quantity indication wires from wires carrying 115-volt alternating current (AC). We issued that AD to ensure that fuel quantity indication wires are properly separated from wires carrying 115-volt AC. Improper separation of such wires, in the event of wire damage, could lead to a short circuit and a possible ignition source, which could result in a fire in the airplane. Actions Since Existing AD Was Issued Since we issued AD 2004–15–16, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, informed us that additional work is necessary that was not included in the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A310–28–2148, dated January 23, 2002; and Revision 01, dated October 29, 2002. We referred to Airbus Service Bulletin A310–28– 2148, Revision 01, dated October 29, 2002, as the appropriate source of service information for doing the modification required by AD 2004–15– 16. E:\FR\FM\09NOP1.SGM 09NOP1 63507 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Proposed Rules Relevant Service Information Airbus has issued Service Bulletin A310–28–2148, Revision 02, dated March 9, 2007. Revision 02 of the service bulletin describes essentially the same procedures for doing the modification of certain wires in the RH wing, except that Revision 02 specifies doing further modification by installing additional protection sleeves in the outer wing area near the cadensicon sensor and segregating wire route 2S in the RH pylon area. Accomplishing the actions specified in the service information is intended to adequately address the unsafe condition. EASA mandated the service information and issued EASA airworthiness directive 2007–0230, dated August 15, 2007, to ensure the continued airworthiness of these airplanes in the European Union. EASA airworthiness directive 2007–0230 supersedes French airworthiness directive 2002–578(B), dated November 27, 2002, which was referenced in AD 2004–15–16 as the parallel French airworthiness directive. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of the Proposed AD These airplanes are manufactured in France and are type certificated for operation in the United States under the provisions of section 21.29 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 21.29) and the applicable bilateral airworthiness agreement. Pursuant to this bilateral airworthiness agreement, the EASA has kept the FAA informed of the situation described above. We have examined the EASA’s findings, evaluated all pertinent information, and determined that AD action is necessary for airplanes of this type design that are certificated for operation in the United States. This proposed AD would supersede AD 2004–15–16 and would retain the requirements of the existing AD. This proposed AD would also require accomplishing the actions specified in Revision 02 of the service bulletin described previously. format has been revised, and certain paragraphs have been rearranged. As a result, the corresponding paragraph identifiers have changed in this proposed AD, as listed in the following table: Change to Existing AD This proposed AD would retain all requirements of AD 2004–15–16. Since AD 2004–15–16 was issued, the AD Costs of Compliance REVISED PARAGRAPH IDENTIFIERS Requirement in AD 2004–15–16 Corresponding requirement in this proposed AD Paragraph (a) ...................... Paragraph (b) ...................... Paragraph (f). Paragraph (g). Explanation of Change to Applicability We have revised the applicability of the existing AD to identify affected airplanes in parallel with the applicability of EASA airworthiness directive 2007–0230. No additional airplanes have been added to the applicability of the existing AD. The following table provides the estimated costs for U.S. operators to comply with this proposed AD. ESTIMATED COSTS Action Work hours Modification (required by AD 2004–15– 16) ........................................................ Further Modification (new proposed action) ....................................................... Average labor rate per hour Parts $80 $4,459 $7,259 68 $493,612 22 80 1,870 3,630 68 246,840 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with PROPOSALS Regulatory Findings 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. 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 17:12 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 Fleet cost 35 Authority for This Rulemaking VerDate Aug<31>2005 Number of U.S.-registered airplanes Cost per airplane PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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: 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 39–13750 (69 FR 45578, July 30, 2004) and adding the E:\FR\FM\09NOP1.SGM 09NOP1 63508 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Proposed Rules following new airworthiness directive (AD): Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2007–0171; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–220–AD. Comments Due Date (a) The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by December 10, 2007. Affected ADs (b) This AD supersedes AD 2004–15–16. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Model A310 series airplanes, certificated in any category, all certified models, all serial numbers, except airplanes on which Airbus Service Bulletin A310–28–2148, Revision 02, dated March 9, 2007, has been done (Airbus Modifications 12427 and 12435). Unsafe Condition (d) This AD results from analysis of wire routing that revealed that route 2S of the fuel electrical circuit, located in the right-hand (RH) wing, does not provide adequate separation of fuel quantity indication wires from wires carrying 115-volt alternating current (AC). We are issuing this AD to ensure that fuel quantity indication wires are properly separated from wires carrying 115volt AC. Improper separation of such wires, in the event of wire damage, could lead to a short circuit and a possible ignition source, which could result in a fire in 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. Modification (f) Within 4,000 flight hours after September 3, 2004 (the effective date of AD 2004–15–16): Modify the routing of wires in the RH wing by installing cable sleeves, per the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A310–28–2148, Revision 01, dated October 29, 2002; or Revision 02, dated March 9, 2007. As of the effective date of this AD, Revision 02 must be used. Actions Accomplished Previously (g) Modification of the routing of wires accomplished before September 3, 2004, per Airbus Service Bulletin A310–28–2148, dated January 23, 2002, is acceptable for compliance with the corresponding requirements of paragraph (f) of this AD. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with PROPOSALS New Requirements of This AD Modification (Additional Work) (h) For airplanes on which the actions specified in Airbus Service Bulletin A310– 28–2148, dated January 23, 2002; or Airbus Service Bulletin A310–28–2148, Revision 01, dated October 29, 2002; have been done before the effective date of this AD: Within 6,000 flight hours or 30 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, perform further modification by installing additional protection sleeves in the 17:12 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 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) European Aviation Safety Agency airworthiness directive 2007–0230, dated August 15, 2007, also addresses the subject of this AD. Issued in Renton, Washington, on November 2, 2007. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E7–22002 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Restatement of Requirements of AD 2004– 15–16 VerDate Aug<31>2005 outer wing area near the cadensicon sensor and segregating wire route 2S in the RH pylon area, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A310–28–2148, Revision 02, dated March 9, 2007. 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2006–24825; Directorate Identifier 2006–NE–17–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (RRD) Dart 528, 529, 532, 535, 542, and 552 Series Turboprop Engines 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) for (RRD) Dart 528, 529, 532, 535, 542, and 552 Series turboprop engines. That AD currently requires a dimensional inspection of the intermediate pressure turbine (IPT) disk or an ultrasonic inspection of the seal arm contact between the high pressure turbine (HPT) and the IPT disk seal arm and reworking or replacing the IPT disk if worn beyond acceptable limits. This proposed AD would continue to require PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 those actions. This proposed AD results from us including an incorrect engine model and omitting an engine model from the applicability of the existing AD. We are proposing this AD to prevent HPT disk failure, which can result in an uncontained engine failure and damage to the airplane. DATES: We must receive any comments on this proposed AD by January 8, 2008. ADDRESSES: Use one of the following addresses to comment on this proposed AD. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. Contact Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG, Eschenweg 11, D–15827 Dahlewitz, Germany; telephone 49 (0) 33–7086–1768; fax 49 (0) 33–7086–3356 for the service information identified in this proposed AD. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Yang, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine and Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; telephone (781) 238–7747; fax (781) 238–7199. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments regarding this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under ADDRESSES. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA– 2006–24825; Directorate Identifier 2006–NE–17–AD’’ in the subject line 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 http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact with FAA personnel concerning this proposed AD. Using the search function of the Web site, anyone can find and read the comments in any of our dockets, E:\FR\FM\09NOP1.SGM 09NOP1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 217 (Friday, November 9, 2007)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 63506-63508]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-22002]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2007-0171; Directorate Identifier 2007-NM-220-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A310 Series 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 certain Airbus Model A310 series 
airplanes. The existing AD currently requires modification of certain 
wires in the right-hand (RH) wing. This proposed AD would require 
further modification by installing an additional protection sleeve and 
segregating route 2S in the RH pylon area. This proposed AD results 
from analysis of wire routing that revealed that route 2S of the fuel 
electrical circuit, located in the RH wing, does not provide adequate 
separation of fuel quantity indication wires from wires carrying 115-
volt alternating current (AC). We are proposing this AD to ensure that 
fuel quantity indication wires are properly separated from wires 
carrying 115-volt AC. Improper separation of such wires, in the event 
of wire damage, could lead to a short circuit and a possible ignition 
source, which could result in a fire in the airplane.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by December 10, 
2007.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://
www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     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.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus, 1 
Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://
www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Management Facility 
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory 
evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street 
address for the Docket Office (telephone 800-647-5527) is in the 
ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly 
after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Stafford, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 
227-1622; fax (425) 227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address 
listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2007-0171; 
Directorate Identifier 2007-NM-220-AD'' at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We 
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend 
this proposed AD because of those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://
www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this proposed AD.

Discussion

    On July 19, 2004, we issued AD 2004-15-16, amendment 39-13750 (69 
FR 45578, July 30, 2004), for certain Airbus Model A310 series 
airplanes. That AD requires modification of certain wires in the right-
hand (RH) wing. That AD resulted from analysis of wire routing that 
revealed that route 2S of the fuel electrical circuit, located in the 
RH wing, does not provide adequate separation of fuel quantity 
indication wires from wires carrying 115-volt alternating current (AC). 
We issued that AD to ensure that fuel quantity indication wires are 
properly separated from wires carrying 115-volt AC. Improper separation 
of such wires, in the event of wire damage, could lead to a short 
circuit and a possible ignition source, which could result in a fire in 
the airplane.

Actions Since Existing AD Was Issued

    Since we issued AD 2004-15-16, the European Aviation Safety Agency 
(EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the 
European Community, informed us that additional work is necessary that 
was not included in the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service 
Bulletin A310-28-2148, dated January 23, 2002; and Revision 01, dated 
October 29, 2002. We referred to Airbus Service Bulletin A310-28-2148, 
Revision 01, dated October 29, 2002, as the appropriate source of 
service information for doing the modification required by AD 2004-15-
16.

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Relevant Service Information

    Airbus has issued Service Bulletin A310-28-2148, Revision 02, dated 
March 9, 2007. Revision 02 of the service bulletin describes 
essentially the same procedures for doing the modification of certain 
wires in the RH wing, except that Revision 02 specifies doing further 
modification by installing additional protection sleeves in the outer 
wing area near the cadensicon sensor and segregating wire route 2S in 
the RH pylon area.
    Accomplishing the actions specified in the service information is 
intended to adequately address the unsafe condition. EASA mandated the 
service information and issued EASA airworthiness directive 2007-0230, 
dated August 15, 2007, to ensure the continued airworthiness of these 
airplanes in the European Union. EASA airworthiness directive 2007-0230 
supersedes French airworthiness directive 2002-578(B), dated November 
27, 2002, which was referenced in AD 2004-15-16 as the parallel French 
airworthiness directive.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of the Proposed AD

    These airplanes are manufactured in France and are type 
certificated for operation in the United States under the provisions of 
section 21.29 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 21.29) and 
the applicable bilateral airworthiness agreement. Pursuant to this 
bilateral airworthiness agreement, the EASA has kept the FAA informed 
of the situation described above. We have examined the EASA's findings, 
evaluated all pertinent information, and determined that AD action is 
necessary for airplanes of this type design that are certificated for 
operation in the United States.
    This proposed AD would supersede AD 2004-15-16 and would retain the 
requirements of the existing AD. This proposed AD would also require 
accomplishing the actions specified in Revision 02 of the service 
bulletin described previously.

Change to Existing AD

    This proposed AD would retain all requirements of AD 2004-15-16. 
Since AD 2004-15-16 was issued, the AD format has been revised, and 
certain paragraphs have been rearranged. As a result, the corresponding 
paragraph identifiers have changed in this proposed AD, as listed in 
the following table:

                      Revised Paragraph Identifiers
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                                           Corresponding  requirement in
      Requirement in  AD 2004-15-16              this proposed  AD
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Paragraph (a)...........................  Paragraph (f).
Paragraph (b)...........................  Paragraph (g).
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Explanation of Change to Applicability

    We have revised the applicability of the existing AD to identify 
affected airplanes in parallel with the applicability of EASA 
airworthiness directive 2007-0230. No additional airplanes have been 
added to the applicability of the existing AD.

Costs of Compliance

    The following table provides the estimated costs for U.S. operators 
to comply with this proposed AD.

                                                                     Estimated Costs
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                                                                                                                          Number of U.S.-
                         Action                             Work hours     Average labor       Parts         Cost per       registered      Fleet cost
                                                                           rate per hour                     airplane        airplanes
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Modification (required by AD 2004-15-16)................              35             $80          $4,459          $7,259              68        $493,612
Further Modification (new proposed action)..............              22              80           1,870           3,630              68         246,840
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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:

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 39-13750 (69 FR 45578, July 30, 2004) and adding the

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following new airworthiness directive (AD):

Airbus: Docket No. FAA-2007-0171; Directorate Identifier 2007-NM-
220-AD.

Comments Due Date

    (a) The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by December 
10, 2007.

Affected ADs

    (b) This AD supersedes AD 2004-15-16.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to Model A310 series airplanes, certificated 
in any category, all certified models, all serial numbers, except 
airplanes on which Airbus Service Bulletin A310-28-2148, Revision 
02, dated March 9, 2007, has been done (Airbus Modifications 12427 
and 12435).

Unsafe Condition

    (d) This AD results from analysis of wire routing that revealed 
that route 2S of the fuel electrical circuit, located in the right-
hand (RH) wing, does not provide adequate separation of fuel 
quantity indication wires from wires carrying 115-volt alternating 
current (AC). We are issuing this AD to ensure that fuel quantity 
indication wires are properly separated from wires carrying 115-volt 
AC. Improper separation of such wires, in the event of wire damage, 
could lead to a short circuit and a possible ignition source, which 
could result in a fire in 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 2004-15-16

Modification

    (f) Within 4,000 flight hours after September 3, 2004 (the 
effective date of AD 2004-15-16): Modify the routing of wires in the 
RH wing by installing cable sleeves, per the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A310-28-2148, Revision 01, 
dated October 29, 2002; or Revision 02, dated March 9, 2007. As of 
the effective date of this AD, Revision 02 must be used.

Actions Accomplished Previously

    (g) Modification of the routing of wires accomplished before 
September 3, 2004, per Airbus Service Bulletin A310-28-2148, dated 
January 23, 2002, is acceptable for compliance with the 
corresponding requirements of paragraph (f) of this AD.

New Requirements of This AD

Modification (Additional Work)

    (h) For airplanes on which the actions specified in Airbus 
Service Bulletin A310-28-2148, dated January 23, 2002; or Airbus 
Service Bulletin A310-28-2148, Revision 01, dated October 29, 2002; 
have been done before the effective date of this AD: Within 6,000 
flight hours or 30 months after the effective date of this AD, 
whichever occurs first, perform further modification by installing 
additional protection sleeves in the outer wing area near the 
cadensicon sensor and segregating wire route 2S in the RH pylon 
area, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus 
Service Bulletin A310-28-2148, Revision 02, dated March 9, 2007.

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) European Aviation Safety Agency airworthiness directive 
2007-0230, dated August 15, 2007, also addresses the subject of this 
AD.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on November 2, 2007.
Ali Bahrami,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
 [FR Doc. E7-22002 Filed 11-8-07; 8:45 am]
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