Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 707 Airplanes and Model 720 and 720B Series Airplanes, 67866-67868 [E7-23337]

Download as PDF 67866 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 231 / Monday, December 3, 2007 / Proposed Rules the inspections thereafter at the applicable interval specified in paragraph 1.E. of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–56A1022, dated July 18, 2007. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 Exception to Compliance Times (g) Where Tables 1, 2, and 3 of paragraph 1.E. of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737– 56A1022, dated July 18, 2007, specify counting the compliance time from ‘‘* * * the date on this service bulletin,’’ this AD requires counting the compliance time from the effective date of this AD. [Docket No. FAA–2007–0264; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–212–AD] Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) AGENCY: (h)(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. (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair required by this AD, if it is approved by an Authorized Representative for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Delegation Option Authorization Organization who has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO, to make those findings. For a repair method to be approved, the repair must meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD. (4) Installation of metallic window blanks at cockpit eyebrow windows No. 4 and No. 5 in accordance with Supplemental Type Certificate ST01630SE is approved as a means of compliance with the initial and repetitive inspections for the flight deck No. 4 and No. 5 windows required by paragraph (f) of this AD. All other applicable actions required by paragraph (f) of this AD must be fully complied with. Issued in Renton, Washington, on November 7, 2007. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E7–23335 Filed 11–30–07; 8:45 am] yshivers on PROD1PC62 with PROPOSALS BILLING CODE 4910–13–P RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 707 Airplanes and Model 720 and 720B Series Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Boeing Model 707 airplanes and Model 720 and 720B series airplanes. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections for any cracking of or damage to the left side and right side flight deck No. 2, No. 4, and No. 5 windows, as necessary, and corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD results from reports of in-flight departure and separation of the flight deck windows. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracking in the vinyl interlayer or damage to the structural inner glass panes of the flight deck No. 2, No. 4, and No. 5 windows, which could result in loss of a window and rapid loss of cabin pressure. Loss of cabin pressure could cause crew communication difficulties or crew incapacitation. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by January 17, 2008. 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:// VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:41 Nov 30, 2007 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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: Berhane Alazar, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 917–6577; 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–2007–0264; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–212–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 one report of inflight departure of the flight deck No. 3 window, on a Boeing Model 747 series airplane, which resulted in rapid loss of cabin pressure and an emergency landing. That airplane had accumulated 36,131 total flight hours and 5,607 total flight cycles. We have also received two reports of in-flight separation of the left side flight deck No. 5 window, on two Boeing Model 737 series airplanes. One of the Model 737 series airplanes experienced cabin pressure loss at 12,500 feet due to separation of the forward, aft, and upper edges of the left side flight deck No. 5 window. That airplane had accumulated 25,673 total flight hours and 15,669 total flight cycles. The other Model 737 series airplane experienced a pressure leak at 29,000 feet due to partial separation of the upper aft corner of the left side flight E:\FR\FM\03DEP1.SGM 03DEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 231 / Monday, December 3, 2007 / Proposed Rules deck No. 5 window. That airplane had accumulated 28,139 total flight hours and 16,566 total flight cycles. Vinyl interlayer cracking of the flight deck No. 2, No. 4, and No. 5 windows could decrease the load carrying capability of the affected windows during cabin pressurization if the structural glass pane of the window becomes broken. Vinyl interlayer cracking could also decrease the bird impact resistance capability of the flight deck No. 2 and No. 4 windows. Cracking in the vinyl interlayer or damage to the structural inner glass panes of the flight deck No. 2, No. 4, and No. 5 windows, if not corrected, could result in loss of a window and rapid loss of cabin pressure. Loss of cabin pressure could cause crew communication difficulties or crew incapacitation. The window construction and operating environment on the Model 737 airplanes and Model 747 airplanes are similar to those on the affected Boeing Model 707 airplanes and Model 720 and 720B series airplanes. Therefore, all of these models are also subject to the same unsafe condition. yshivers on PROD1PC62 with PROPOSALS Other Related Rulemaking On July 18, 2007, we issued AD 2007– 15–10, amendment 39–15139 (72 FR 41438, July 30, 2007), to address the unsafe condition on all Model 747 airplanes. A correction was issued on September 10, 2007 (72 FR 53923, September 21, 2007), to fix a typographical error in AD 2007–15–10. That AD requires an inspection of the No. 2 and No. 3 windows on the left and right sides of the airplane to determine their part numbers, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. On October 5, 2007, we issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an airworthiness directive (AD) that would apply to all Boeing Model 737–100, –200, –200C, –300, –400, and –500 series airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on October 17, 2007 (72 FR 58766). That NPRM proposed to require repetitive inspections for any cracking of or damage to the left side and right side flight deck No. 2, No. 4, and No. 5 windows and corrective actions if necessary. Relevant Service Information We have reviewed Boeing 707 Alert Service Bulletin A3526, dated June 4, 2007. The service bulletin describes procedures for doing repetitive internal and external detailed inspections for any cracking of or damage to the left side and right side flight deck No. 2, No. 4, and No. 5 windows, as applicable, VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:41 Nov 30, 2007 Jkt 214001 that exceeds the limits given in the Accomplishment Instructions of the service bulletin. The service bulletin specifies an initial compliance time ranging between 6 months and 24 months, depending on the window location and number of window flight hours. If a replacement window is not new or has an unknown number of flight hours, the service bulletin specifies accomplishing the initial inspections before installation. If a replacement window is new or has zero flight hours, the service bulletin specifies accomplishing the initial inspections at the following times: (1) 7,500 window flight hours or 36 months, whichever occurs first, for flight deck No. 2 windows, and (2) 6,000 window flight hours or 24 months, whichever occurs first, for flight deck No. 4 and No. 5 windows. The service bulletin also specifies a repetitive interval of (1) 7,500 window flight hours or 36 months, whichever occurs first, for flight deck No. 2 windows, and (2) 6,000 window flight hours or 24 months, whichever occurs first, for flight deck No. 4 and No. 5 windows. The service bulletin also describes procedures for accomplishing corrective actions if necessary. The corrective actions include replacing any cracked or damaged window with a new or serviceable window. The service bulletin specifies accomplishing the corrective actions before further flight. Accomplishing the actions specified in the service information is intended to adequately address the unsafe condition. 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 238 airplanes of the affected design in the worldwide fleet. This proposed AD would affect about 83 airplanes of U.S. registry. The proposed actions would take about 2 work hours per airplane, at an average labor rate of $80 per work hour. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of the proposed AD for U.S. operators is $13,280, or $160 per airplane, per inspection cycle. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 67867 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: E:\FR\FM\03DEP1.SGM 03DEP1 67868 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 231 / Monday, December 3, 2007 / Proposed Rules 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): Boeing: Docket No. FAA–2007–0264; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–212–AD. Comments Due Date (a) The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by January 17, 2008. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to all Boeing Model 707–100 long body, –200, –100B long body, and –100B short body series airplanes; Model 707–300, –300B, –300C, and –400 series airplanes; and Model 720 and 720B series airplanes, certificated in any category. Unsafe Condition (d) This AD results from reports of in-flight departure and separation of the flight deck windows. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking in the vinyl interlayer or damage to the structural inner glass panes of the flight deck No. 2, No. 4, and No. 5 windows, which could result in loss of a window and rapid loss of cabin pressure. Loss of cabin pressure could cause crew communication difficulties or crew incapacitation. 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. yshivers on PROD1PC62 with PROPOSALS Repetitive Inspections and Replacement (f) At the applicable times specified in Tables 1, 2, and 3 of paragraph 1.E. of Boeing 707 Alert Service Bulletin A3526, dated June 4, 2007, except as provided by paragraph (g) of this AD: Do the internal and external detailed inspections for any cracking of or damage to the left side and right side flight deck No. 2, No. 4, and No. 5 windows, as applicable, and do the applicable corrective actions before further flight, by accomplishing all of the applicable actions specified in the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing 707 Alert Service Bulletin A3526, dated June 4, 2007. Repeat the inspections thereafter at the applicable interval specified in paragraph 1.E. of Boeing 707 Alert Service Bulletin A3526, dated June 4, 2007. Exception to Compliance Times (g) Where Tables 1, 2, and 3 of paragraph 1.E. of Boeing 707 Alert Service Bulletin A3526, dated June 4, 2007, specify counting the compliance time from ‘‘* * * the date on this service bulletin,’’ this AD requires counting the compliance time from the effective date of this AD. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (h)(1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA, has the VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:41 Nov 30, 2007 Jkt 214001 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) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair required by this AD, if it is approved by an Authorized Representative for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Delegation Option Authorization Organization who has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO, to make those findings. For a repair method to be approved, the repair must meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD. Issued in Renton, Washington, on November 7, 2007. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E7–23337 Filed 11–30–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2007–0266; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–170–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330 Series Airplanes and Model A340–200 and –300 Series Airplanes 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 certain Airbus Model A330 series airplanes and Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes. This proposed AD would require revising the airplane flight manual (AFM) to prohibit the flightcrew from performing CAT 2 and CAT 3 automatic landings and roll-outs at certain airports. This AD also provides an optional terminating action for the AFM revision. This proposed AD results from data showing that the magnetic variation table installed in certain Honeywell and Northrop Grumman air data inertial reference units (ADIRUs) is obsolete at certain airports. We are proposing this AD to prevent the airplane from departing the PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 runway during a CAT 2 or CAT 3 automatic landing or roll-out, due to differences between actual magnetic variation and the values in the ADIRU magnetic variation tables. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by January 2, 2008. 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: Tim Backman, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–2797; 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–2007–0266; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–170–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 E:\FR\FM\03DEP1.SGM 03DEP1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 231 (Monday, December 3, 2007)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 67866-67868]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-23337]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2007-0264; Directorate Identifier 2007-NM-212-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 707 Airplanes and Model 
720 and 720B 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 adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) 
for all Boeing Model 707 airplanes and Model 720 and 720B series 
airplanes. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections for 
any cracking of or damage to the left side and right side flight deck 
No. 2, No. 4, and No. 5 windows, as necessary, and corrective actions 
if necessary. This proposed AD results from reports of in-flight 
departure and separation of the flight deck windows. We are proposing 
this AD to detect and correct cracking in the vinyl interlayer or 
damage to the structural inner glass panes of the flight deck No. 2, 
No. 4, and No. 5 windows, which could result in loss of a window and 
rapid loss of cabin pressure. Loss of cabin pressure could cause crew 
communication difficulties or crew incapacitation.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by January 17, 
2008.

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: Berhane Alazar, Aerospace Engineer, 
Airframe Branch, ANM-120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 
1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 
917-6577; 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-2007-0264; 
Directorate Identifier 2007-NM-212-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 one report of in-flight departure of the flight 
deck No. 3 window, on a Boeing Model 747 series airplane, which 
resulted in rapid loss of cabin pressure and an emergency landing. That 
airplane had accumulated 36,131 total flight hours and 5,607 total 
flight cycles. We have also received two reports of in-flight 
separation of the left side flight deck No. 5 window, on two Boeing 
Model 737 series airplanes. One of the Model 737 series airplanes 
experienced cabin pressure loss at 12,500 feet due to separation of the 
forward, aft, and upper edges of the left side flight deck No. 5 
window. That airplane had accumulated 25,673 total flight hours and 
15,669 total flight cycles. The other Model 737 series airplane 
experienced a pressure leak at 29,000 feet due to partial separation of 
the upper aft corner of the left side flight

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deck No. 5 window. That airplane had accumulated 28,139 total flight 
hours and 16,566 total flight cycles. Vinyl interlayer cracking of the 
flight deck No. 2, No. 4, and No. 5 windows could decrease the load 
carrying capability of the affected windows during cabin pressurization 
if the structural glass pane of the window becomes broken. Vinyl 
interlayer cracking could also decrease the bird impact resistance 
capability of the flight deck No. 2 and No. 4 windows. Cracking in the 
vinyl interlayer or damage to the structural inner glass panes of the 
flight deck No. 2, No. 4, and No. 5 windows, if not corrected, could 
result in loss of a window and rapid loss of cabin pressure. Loss of 
cabin pressure could cause crew communication difficulties or crew 
incapacitation.
    The window construction and operating environment on the Model 737 
airplanes and Model 747 airplanes are similar to those on the affected 
Boeing Model 707 airplanes and Model 720 and 720B series airplanes. 
Therefore, all of these models are also subject to the same unsafe 
condition.

Other Related Rulemaking

    On July 18, 2007, we issued AD 2007-15-10, amendment 39-15139 (72 
FR 41438, July 30, 2007), to address the unsafe condition on all Model 
747 airplanes. A correction was issued on September 10, 2007 (72 FR 
53923, September 21, 2007), to fix a typographical error in AD 2007-15-
10. That AD requires an inspection of the No. 2 and No. 3 windows on 
the left and right sides of the airplane to determine their part 
numbers, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. 
On October 5, 2007, we issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to 
amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an airworthiness directive (AD) that 
would apply to all Boeing Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -
500 series airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register 
on October 17, 2007 (72 FR 58766). That NPRM proposed to require 
repetitive inspections for any cracking of or damage to the left side 
and right side flight deck No. 2, No. 4, and No. 5 windows and 
corrective actions if necessary.

Relevant Service Information

    We have reviewed Boeing 707 Alert Service Bulletin A3526, dated 
June 4, 2007. The service bulletin describes procedures for doing 
repetitive internal and external detailed inspections for any cracking 
of or damage to the left side and right side flight deck No. 2, No. 4, 
and No. 5 windows, as applicable, that exceeds the limits given in the 
Accomplishment Instructions of the service bulletin. The service 
bulletin specifies an initial compliance time ranging between 6 months 
and 24 months, depending on the window location and number of window 
flight hours. If a replacement window is not new or has an unknown 
number of flight hours, the service bulletin specifies accomplishing 
the initial inspections before installation. If a replacement window is 
new or has zero flight hours, the service bulletin specifies 
accomplishing the initial inspections at the following times: (1) 7,500 
window flight hours or 36 months, whichever occurs first, for flight 
deck No. 2 windows, and (2) 6,000 window flight hours or 24 months, 
whichever occurs first, for flight deck No. 4 and No. 5 windows. The 
service bulletin also specifies a repetitive interval of (1) 7,500 
window flight hours or 36 months, whichever occurs first, for flight 
deck No. 2 windows, and (2) 6,000 window flight hours or 24 months, 
whichever occurs first, for flight deck No. 4 and No. 5 windows.
    The service bulletin also describes procedures for accomplishing 
corrective actions if necessary. The corrective actions include 
replacing any cracked or damaged window with a new or serviceable 
window. The service bulletin specifies accomplishing the corrective 
actions before further flight.
    Accomplishing the actions specified in the service information is 
intended to adequately address the unsafe condition.

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 238 airplanes of the affected design in the 
worldwide fleet. This proposed AD would affect about 83 airplanes of 
U.S. registry. The proposed actions would take about 2 work hours per 
airplane, at an average labor rate of $80 per work hour. Based on these 
figures, the estimated cost of the proposed AD for U.S. operators is 
$13,280, or $160 per airplane, per inspection cycle.

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:


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    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):

Boeing: Docket No. FAA-2007-0264; Directorate Identifier 2007-NM-
212-AD.

Comments Due Date

    (a) The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by January 
17, 2008.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to all Boeing Model 707-100 long body, -200, 
-100B long body, and -100B short body series airplanes; Model 707-
300, -300B, -300C, and -400 series airplanes; and Model 720 and 720B 
series airplanes, certificated in any category.

Unsafe Condition

    (d) This AD results from reports of in-flight departure and 
separation of the flight deck windows. We are issuing this AD to 
detect and correct cracking in the vinyl interlayer or damage to the 
structural inner glass panes of the flight deck No. 2, No. 4, and 
No. 5 windows, which could result in loss of a window and rapid loss 
of cabin pressure. Loss of cabin pressure could cause crew 
communication difficulties or crew incapacitation.

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.

Repetitive Inspections and Replacement

    (f) At the applicable times specified in Tables 1, 2, and 3 of 
paragraph 1.E. of Boeing 707 Alert Service Bulletin A3526, dated 
June 4, 2007, except as provided by paragraph (g) of this AD: Do the 
internal and external detailed inspections for any cracking of or 
damage to the left side and right side flight deck No. 2, No. 4, and 
No. 5 windows, as applicable, and do the applicable corrective 
actions before further flight, by accomplishing all of the 
applicable actions specified in the Accomplishment Instructions of 
Boeing 707 Alert Service Bulletin A3526, dated June 4, 2007. Repeat 
the inspections thereafter at the applicable interval specified in 
paragraph 1.E. of Boeing 707 Alert Service Bulletin A3526, dated 
June 4, 2007.

Exception to Compliance Times

    (g) Where Tables 1, 2, and 3 of paragraph 1.E. of Boeing 707 
Alert Service Bulletin A3526, dated June 4, 2007, specify counting 
the compliance time from ``* * * the date on this service 
bulletin,'' this AD requires counting the compliance time from the 
effective date of this AD.

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (h)(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.
    (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be 
used for any repair required by this AD, if it is approved by an 
Authorized Representative for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes 
Delegation Option Authorization Organization who has been authorized 
by the Manager, Seattle ACO, to make those findings. For a repair 
method to be approved, the repair must meet the certification basis 
of the airplane, and the approval must specifically refer to this 
AD.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on November 7, 2007.
Ali Bahrami,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. E7-23337 Filed 11-30-07; 8:45 am]
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