Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 757 Airplanes, 63512-63513 [E7-22009]

Download as PDF 63512 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Proposed Rules JT9D–7R4 engine manual, Section 72–51–22, Inspection/Check–01, paragraphs 1.D.(1), 1.D.(4), and 1.D.(6) contains instructions for the visual inspection. (2) Perform a fluorescent penetrant inspection (FPI) of the 2nd stage HPT air seal assembly for cracks. The JT9D–7R4 engine manual, Section 72–51–00, Inspection/ Check–03, contains instructions for the FPI. Definition (h) For the purpose of this AD, we define an HPT module exposure as removing the 1st stage HPT rotor or the 2nd stage HPT rotor from the HPT case. Alternative Methods of Compliance (i) The Manager, Engine Certification Office, has the authority to approve alternative methods of compliance for this AD if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Related Information (j) Pratt & Whitney Alert Service Bulletin JT9D–7R4–A72–596, dated September 15, 2005, contains information for modifying the reduced cooling flow 2nd stage HPT vane assemblies. (k) Contact Mark Riley, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine and Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; e-mail: mark.riley@faa.gov; telephone (781) 238–7758, fax (781) 238–7199, for more information about this AD. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on November 2, 2007. Peter A. White, Assistant Manager, Engine and Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E7–22005 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–2007–0175; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–184–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 757 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 adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 757 airplanes. This proposed AD would require changing the wiring of the fuel boost pump and doing other specified actions. This proposed AD results from reports of short circuits in an electrical connector at the wing-to-body electrical VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:12 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 disconnect panel. We are proposing this AD to prevent a short circuit of the electrical connector for the fuel boost pump, which could cause the instruments for fuel, flap, slat, and aileron systems to malfunction and create a potential ignition source inside the fuel tanks. A potential ignition source inside the fuel tank in combination with flammable fuel vapors could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by December 24, 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 Boeing Commercial Airplanes, P.O. Box 3707, Seattle, Washington 98124–2207. 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: Philip Sheridan, Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Equipment Branch, ANM– 130S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 917–6441; fax (425) 917–6590. 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. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 FAA–2007–0175; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–184–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 We have received reports indicating that short circuits occurred in an electrical connector at the wing-to-body electrical disconnect panel, on three Boeing Model 757 airplanes. The airplanes had accumulated between 27,040 and 50,735 total flight hours. On two of the airplanes, the short circuit damaged the fuel quantity indicating system (FQIS) wiring. Wires for some of the fuel boost pumps for the main tank use the same electrical connectors as wires for the FQIS and densitometer circuits. Contamination in these electrical circuits could cause a short circuit from the fuel boost pump wiring to the FQIS and densitometer wiring. A short circuit can put a high-energy electrical transient into the fuel tanks that can act as a potential ignition source. The high-energy electrical transients could also cause the instruments for the fuel, flap, slat, and aileron systems to malfunction. A potential ignition source inside the fuel tank in combination with flammable fuel vapors, if not corrected, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane. Relevant Service Information We have reviewed Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 757–28– 0095, dated June 18, 2007, for Model 757–200, –200PF, and –200CB series airplanes; and Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 757–28–0096, dated June 18, 2007, for Model 757–300 series airplanes. The service bulletins describe procedures for changing the wiring of the fuel boost pump and doing other specified actions. The other specified actions include doing functional tests of the affected airplane systems. Accomplishing the actions specified in the service information is intended to adequately address the unsafe condition. E:\FR\FM\09NOP1.SGM 09NOP1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 217 / Friday, November 9, 2007 / Proposed Rules FAA’s Determination and Requirements of the Proposed AD We have evaluated all pertinent information and identified an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on other airplanes of this same type design. For this reason, we are proposing this AD, which would require accomplishing the actions specified in the service information described previously. Costs of Compliance There are about 1,697 airplanes of the affected design in the worldwide fleet. This proposed AD would affect about 673 airplanes of U.S. registry. The proposed actions would take up to 12 work hours per airplane, at an average labor rate of $80 per work hour. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of the proposed AD for U.S. operators is $646,080, or $960 per airplane. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with PROPOSALS 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, VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:12 Nov 08, 2007 Jkt 214001 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. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2007–0175; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–184–AD. 63513 the compliance times specified, unless the actions have already been done. Fuel Boost Pump Wiring Change (f) Within 60 months after the effective date of this AD, change the wiring of the fuel boost pump and do all other specified actions as applicable, by accomplishing all of the applicable actions specified in the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 757–28– 0095, dated June 18, 2007 (for Model 757– 200, –200PF, and –200CB series airplanes); or Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 757–28–0096, dated June 18, 2007 (for Model 757–300 series airplanes); as applicable. The other specified actions must be done before further flight after changing the fuel boost pump wiring. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (g)(1) The Manager, Seattle 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. Comments Due Date (a) The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by December 24, 2007. Affected ADs (b) None. Issued in Renton, Washington, on November 2, 2007. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E7–22009 Filed 11–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P Applicability (c) This AD applies to the airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD, certificated in any category. (1) Boeing Model 757–200, –200PF, and –200CB series airplanes, as identified in Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 757–28–0095, dated June 18, 2007. (2) Boeing Model 757–300 series airplanes, as identified in Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 757–28–0096, dated June 18, 2007. Unsafe Condition (d) This AD results from reports of short circuits in an electrical connector at the wing-to-body electrical disconnect panel. We are issuing this AD to prevent a short circuit of the electrical connector for the fuel boost pump, which could cause the instruments for the fuel, flap, slat, and aileron systems to malfunction and create a potential ignition source inside the fuel tank. A potential ignition source inside the fuel tank 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 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 17 CFR Parts 232 and 270 [Release Nos. 33–8859; 34–56732; IC–28042 File No. S7–25–07] RIN 3235–AJ81 Rulemaking for EDGAR System; Mandatory Electronic Submission of Applications for Orders Under the Investment Company Act and Filings Made Pursuant to Regulation E Securities and Exchange Commission. ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: We propose several amendments to rules regarding our Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) system. Specifically, we propose to amend our rules to make mandatory the electronic submission on EDGAR of applications for orders under any section of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (‘‘Investment Company E:\FR\FM\09NOP1.SGM 09NOP1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 217 (Friday, November 9, 2007)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 63512-63513]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-22009]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2007-0175; Directorate Identifier 2007-NM-184-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 757 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 adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) 
for certain Boeing Model 757 airplanes. This proposed AD would require 
changing the wiring of the fuel boost pump and doing other specified 
actions. This proposed AD results from reports of short circuits in an 
electrical connector at the wing-to-body electrical disconnect panel. 
We are proposing this AD to prevent a short circuit of the electrical 
connector for the fuel boost pump, which could cause the instruments 
for fuel, flap, slat, and aileron systems to malfunction and create a 
potential ignition source inside the fuel tanks. A potential ignition 
source inside the fuel tank in combination with flammable fuel vapors 
could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the 
airplane.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by December 24, 
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 Boeing 
Commercial Airplanes, P.O. Box 3707, Seattle, Washington 98124-2207.

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: Philip Sheridan, Aerospace Engineer, 
Systems and Equipment Branch, ANM-130S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft 
Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057-
3356; telephone (425) 917-6441; fax (425) 917-6590.

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-2007-0175; 
Directorate Identifier 2007-NM-184-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

    We have received reports indicating that short circuits occurred in 
an electrical connector at the wing-to-body electrical disconnect 
panel, on three Boeing Model 757 airplanes. The airplanes had 
accumulated between 27,040 and 50,735 total flight hours. On two of the 
airplanes, the short circuit damaged the fuel quantity indicating 
system (FQIS) wiring. Wires for some of the fuel boost pumps for the 
main tank use the same electrical connectors as wires for the FQIS and 
densitometer circuits. Contamination in these electrical circuits could 
cause a short circuit from the fuel boost pump wiring to the FQIS and 
densitometer wiring. A short circuit can put a high-energy electrical 
transient into the fuel tanks that can act as a potential ignition 
source. The high-energy electrical transients could also cause the 
instruments for the fuel, flap, slat, and aileron systems to 
malfunction. A potential ignition source inside the fuel tank in 
combination with flammable fuel vapors, if not corrected, could result 
in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane.

Relevant Service Information

    We have reviewed Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 757-28-
0095, dated June 18, 2007, for Model 757-200, -200PF, and -200CB series 
airplanes; and Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 757-28-0096, 
dated June 18, 2007, for Model 757-300 series airplanes. The service 
bulletins describe procedures for changing the wiring of the fuel boost 
pump and doing other specified actions. The other specified actions 
include doing functional tests of the affected airplane systems. 
Accomplishing the actions specified in the service information is 
intended to adequately address the unsafe condition.

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FAA's Determination and Requirements of the Proposed AD

    We have evaluated all pertinent information and identified an 
unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on other airplanes 
of this same type design. For this reason, we are proposing this AD, 
which would require accomplishing the actions specified in the service 
information described previously.

Costs of Compliance

    There are about 1,697 airplanes of the affected design in the 
worldwide fleet. This proposed AD would affect about 673 airplanes of 
U.S. registry. The proposed actions would take up to 12 work hours per 
airplane, at an average labor rate of $80 per work hour. Based on these 
figures, the estimated cost of the proposed AD for U.S. operators is 
$646,080, or $960 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:

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 
adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD):

Airbus: Docket No. FAA-2007-0175; Directorate Identifier 2007-NM-
184-AD.

Comments Due Date

    (a) The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by December 
24, 2007.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to the airplanes identified in paragraphs 
(c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD, certificated in any category.
    (1) Boeing Model 757-200, -200PF, and -200CB series airplanes, 
as identified in Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 757-28-
0095, dated June 18, 2007.
    (2) Boeing Model 757-300 series airplanes, as identified in 
Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 757-28-0096, dated June 
18, 2007.

Unsafe Condition

    (d) This AD results from reports of short circuits in an 
electrical connector at the wing-to-body electrical disconnect 
panel. We are issuing this AD to prevent a short circuit of the 
electrical connector for the fuel boost pump, which could cause the 
instruments for the fuel, flap, slat, and aileron systems to 
malfunction and create a potential ignition source inside the fuel 
tank. A potential ignition source inside the fuel tank 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.

Fuel Boost Pump Wiring Change

    (f) Within 60 months after the effective date of this AD, change 
the wiring of the fuel boost pump and do all other specified actions 
as applicable, by accomplishing all of the applicable actions 
specified in the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Special 
Attention Service Bulletin 757-28-0095, dated June 18, 2007 (for 
Model 757-200, -200PF, and -200CB series airplanes); or Boeing 
Special Attention Service Bulletin 757-28-0096, dated June 18, 2007 
(for Model 757-300 series airplanes); as applicable. The other 
specified actions must be done before further flight after changing 
the fuel boost pump wiring.

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (g)(1) The Manager, Seattle 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.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on November 2, 2007.
Ali Bahrami,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
 [FR Doc. E7-22009 Filed 11-8-07; 8:45 am]
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