Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A300 Series Airplanes and Model A300-600 Series Airplanes, 69601-69604 [E7-23673]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 236 / Monday, December 10, 2007 / Rules and Regulations PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): I 2007–25–03 Boeing: Amendment 39–15284. Docket No. FAA–2007–29031; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–130–AD. Effective Date (a) This AD becomes effective January 14, 2008. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Boeing Model 737– 600, –700, –700C, –800, and –900 series airplanes, certificated in any category; as identified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1253, dated May 18, 2007. Unsafe Condition (d) This AD results from web oil can conditions found on the aft pressure bulkhead of several airplanes. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct oil can conditions, bulges, or previous repairs in the aft pressure bulkhead, which could lead to web cracks and consequently result in rapid decompression 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. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with RULES Repetitive Inspections (f) At the applicable times specified in paragraph 1.E. of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1253, dated May 18, 2007, except as provided by paragraph (g) of this AD: Do repetitive general visual inspections of either the aft side or forward side of the aft pressure bulkhead for oil can conditions or bulges and a one-time general visual inspection of the aft pressure bulkhead to identify any previously installed web repair, and do all applicable corrective actions, by accomplishing all of the applicable actions specified in the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1253, dated May 18, 2007, except as provided by paragraphs (h) and (i) of this AD. Exceptions to Compliance Times (g) Where Tables 1 and 2 of paragraph 1.E. of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737– 53A1253, dated May 18, 2007, specify a compliance time of ‘‘at or before 15,000 total flight cycles or within 1,200 flight cycles’’ for the general visual inspections, this AD requires accomplishing the applicable inspection at the later of those compliance times. Where Tables 1 and 2 of paragraph 1.E. of the service bulletin specify counting VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:20 Dec 07, 2007 Jkt 214001 the compliance time from the ‘‘release date of this service bulletin’’ or ‘‘after the date on this service bulletin,’’ this AD requires starting the compliance time from the effective date of this AD. Where Table 2 of paragraph 1.E. of the service bulletin specifies to determine the FAA-approved, follow-on inspection procedures, thresholds, and repeat intervals and to incorporate them into the airplane maintenance program within 12 months after accomplishing the inspection given in Section 53–80–08–2R of the Boeing 737–600/700/700C/800/900 Structural Repair Manuals (SRMs), this AD requires that those corrective actions, if applicable, be done within 12 months after accomplishing the one-time general visual inspection of the aft pressure bulkhead for any previously installed web repair as required by paragraph (f) of this AD. Exceptions to Corrective Actions (h) If any crack or bulge is found during any inspection required by paragraph (f) of this AD and Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1253, dated May 18, 2007, specifies to contact Boeing for repair instructions, before further flight, repair according to a method approved by the Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA, or according to data meeting the certification basis of the airplane approved by an Authorized Representative for the Boeing 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. If a previously installed aft pressure bulkhead web repair is found during any inspection required by paragraph (f) of this AD, and the FAAapproved supplemental inspection program cannot be determined from either the Boeing 737–600/700/700C/800/900 SRMs or the service bulletin, and the service bulletin specifies to contact Boeing for further instructions, within 12 months after accomplishing the inspection contact the Manager, SACO, or an Authorized Representative for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Delegation Option Authorization Organization to develop a supplemental inspection program. No Reporting Requirement (i) Although Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1253, dated May 18, 2007, specifies to submit certain information to the manufacturer, this AD does not require that action. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (j)(1) The Manager, Seattle ACO, 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 PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 69601 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 14 CFR 25.571, Amendment 45, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD. Material Incorporated by Reference (k) You must use Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1253, dated May 18, 2007, to perform the actions that are required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of this document in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, P.O. Box 3707, Seattle, Washington 98124–2207, for a copy of this service information. You may review copies at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington; or at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/ cfr/ibr-locations.html. Issued in Renton, Washington, on November 23, 2007. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E7–23458 Filed 12–7–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2007–27257; Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–131–AD; Amendment 39–15297; AD 2007–25–15] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A300 Series Airplanes and Model A300–600 Series Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A300 series airplanes; and all Airbus Model A300–600 series airplanes. This AD requires inspecting to determine the part number of the sliding rods of the main landing gear (MLG) retraction actuators. For MLG retraction actuators equipped with E:\FR\FM\10DER1.SGM 10DER1 69602 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 236 / Monday, December 10, 2007 / Rules and Regulations sliding rods having certain part numbers, the AD also requires inspecting for discrepancies, including but not limited to cracking, of the sliding rod; and performing corrective actions if necessary. This AD also requires returning affected sliding rods to the manufacturer. This AD results from a report of a failure of a sliding rod of the MLG retraction actuator before the actuator reached the life limit established by the manufacturer. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the sliding rod of the MLG retraction actuator, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the MLG. DATES: This AD becomes effective January 14, 2008. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the AD as of January 14, 2008. ADDRESSES: 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 AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (telephone 800–647–5527) is the Document Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Stafford, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1622; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The FAA issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to all Airbus Model A300–600 series airplanes. That supplemental NPRM was published in the Federal Register on September 19, 2007 (72 FR 53489). That supplemental NPRM proposed to require inspecting to determine the part number of the sliding rods of the main landing gear (MLG) retraction actuators. For MLG retraction actuators equipped with sliding rods having certain part numbers, the supplemental NPRM also proposed to require inspecting for discrepancies, including but not limited to cracking, of the sliding rod; and performing corrective actions if necessary. The supplemental NPRM also proposed to require returning affected sliding rods to the manufacturer. Comments We provided the public the opportunity to participate in the development of this AD. No comments have been received on the supplemental NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public. Conclusion We have carefully reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed in the supplemental NPRM. Costs of Compliance The following table provides the estimated costs for U.S. operators to comply with this AD, at an average labor rate of $80 per work hour, per inspection cycle. ESTIMATED COSTS Work hours Action Inspection to determine part number ........................................................................ Inspections for discrepancies ................................................................................... Parts 1 11 None None mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with RULES Authority for This Rulemaking 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 AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:20 Dec 07, 2007 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Cost per airplane Number of U.S.-registered airplanes $80 880 168 168 Fleet cost $13,440 147,840 See the ADDRESSES section for a location to examine the regulatory evaluation. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: I PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): I E:\FR\FM\10DER1.SGM 10DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 236 / Monday, December 10, 2007 / Rules and Regulations 2007–25–15 Airbus: Amendment 39–15297. Docket No. FAA–2007–27257; Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–131–AD. Effective Date (a) This AD becomes effective January 14, 2008. Affected ADs Inspection for Discrepancies of Sliding Rod and Corrective Actions (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to all Airbus Model A300 series airplanes; and all Airbus Model A300–600 series airplanes; certificated in any category. Unsafe Condition (d) This AD results from a report of a failure of a sliding rod of the main landing gear (MLG) retraction actuator before the actuator reached the life limit established by the manufacturer. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the sliding rod of the MLG retraction actuator, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the MLG. Compliance (e) You are responsible for having the actions required by this AD performed within the compliance times specified, unless the actions have already been done. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with RULES Service Bulletin Reference (f) The term ‘‘service bulletin,’’ as used in this AD, means the Accomplishment Instructions of the service bulletins identified in paragraphs (f)(1) and (f)(2) of this AD, as applicable. (1) For Model A300 series airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin A300–32–0450, Revision 01, excluding Appendix 01, dated May 10, 2006. (2) For Model A300–600 series airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin A300–32–6097, Revision 01, excluding Appendix 01, dated May 10, 2006. Note 1: The Airbus service bulletins refer to Messier-Dowty Special Inspection Service Bulletin 470–32–806, dated October 27, 2005, as an additional source of service information for performing detailed and high-frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspections to detect discrepancies of the sliding rod. Inspection To Determine Part Number (P/N) of Sliding Rod (g) At the applicable time specified in paragraph (g)(1) or (g)(2) of this AD, do a onetime inspection to determine the part number of the sliding rod of the MLG retraction actuator, in accordance with the applicable service bulletin. If no sliding rod having P/ N C69029–2 or C69029–3 is installed, no further action is required by this paragraph. A review of airplane maintenance records is acceptable in lieu of this inspection if the part number of the sliding rod of the MLG retraction actuator can be conclusively determined from that review. (1) For airplanes that have accumulated less than 27,000 total flight cycles on the MLG retraction actuator as of the effective date of this AD: After accumulating total 27,000 flight cycles on the MLG retraction actuator, do the inspection within the next VerDate Aug<31>2005 1,000 flight cycles or 12 months, whichever occurs first. (2) For airplanes that have accumulated 27,000 or more total flight cycles on the MLG retraction actuator as of the effective date of this AD: Do the inspection within 1,000 flight cycles or 12 months, whichever occurs first, after the effective date of this AD. 16:20 Dec 07, 2007 Jkt 214001 (h) For MLG retraction actuators equipped with sliding rods having P/N C69029–2 or C69029–3: At the applicable time specified in paragraph (h)(1) or (h)(2) of this AD, perform detailed and HFEC inspections of the sliding rod of the MLG retraction actuators on the left-hand and right-hand MLGs, in accordance with the applicable service bulletin. Then, before further flight, perform all applicable corrective actions, in accordance with the applicable service bulletin. (1) For airplanes that have accumulated less than 27,000 total flight cycles on the MLG retraction actuator as of the effective date of this AD: After accumulating 27,000 total flight cycles on the MLG retraction actuator, do the inspections within the next 1,000 flight cycles or 12 months, whichever occurs first. (2) For airplanes that have accumulated 27,000 or more total flight cycles on the MLG retraction actuator as of the effective date of this AD: Do the inspections within 1,000 flight cycles or 12 months, whichever occurs first, after the effective date of this AD. Note 2: For the purposes of this AD, a detailed inspection is: ‘‘An intensive examination of a specific item, installation, or assembly to detect damage, failure, or irregularity. Available lighting is normally supplemented with a direct source of good lighting at an intensity deemed appropriate. Inspection aids such as mirror, magnifying lenses, etc., may be necessary. Surface cleaning and elaborate procedures may be required.’’ Note 3: Operators should note that the MLG retraction actuator rod must be replaced with a new or serviceable actuator rod before the 32,000-flight-cycle life limit specified in the applicable airworthiness limitations document, regardless of the inspection findings. Return of MLG Retraction Actuator Sliding Rod (i) For airplanes having any retraction actuator sliding rods specified in paragraphs (i)(1) and (i)(2) of this AD: After the effective date of this AD, for the first replacement of the retraction actuator sliding rod, return the retraction actuator sliding rod to MessierDowty, SA Product Support Engineering, BP10—78142 Velizy Cedex, France, within 30 days after the retraction actuator sliding rod is removed from the airplane. (1) Any retraction actuator sliding rod that is found to have cracking during the actions specified in paragraph (h) of this AD. (2) Any retraction actuator sliding rod, P/ N C69029–2 or C69029–3, removed that has accumulated between 27,000 total flight cycles and 32,000 total flight cycles. PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 69603 Parts Installation for MLG Retraction Actuator Rod (j) As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install, on any airplane, an MLG retraction actuator that is equipped with a sliding rod having P/N C69029–2 or C69029– 3, and on which the retraction actuator rod has accumulated 27,000 total flight cycles or more, unless paragraph (h) of this AD is accomplished. (k) As of the effective date of this AD, any MLG retraction actuator that is equipped with a sliding rod having P/N C69029–2 or C69029–3, and on which the retraction actuator rod has accumulated less than 27,000 total flight cycles, may be installed, on any airplane, provided that the inspections specified in paragraph (h) of this AD are accomplished at the time specified in paragraph (h)(1) of this AD. Actions Accomplished According to a Previous Issue of the Service Bulletins (l) Inspections and corrective actions done before the effective date of this AD in accordance with the following service bulletins are acceptable for compliance with the corresponding requirements of this AD: (1) For Model A300 series airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin A300–32–0450, excluding Appendix 01, dated December 1, 2005. (2) For Model A300–600 series airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin A300–32–6097, excluding Appendix 01, dated December 1, 2005. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (m)(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 (n) European Aviation Safety Agency airworthiness directive 2006–0075R2, dated January 4, 2007, also addresses the subject of this AD. Material Incorporated by Reference (o) You must use Airbus Service Bulletin A300–32–0450, Revision 01, excluding Appendix 01, dated May 10, 2006; or Airbus Service Bulletin A300–32–6097, Revision 01, excluding Appendix 01, dated May 10, 2006; as applicable, to perform the actions that are required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of these documents in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France, for a copy of this service information. You may review copies at the FAA, Transport Airplane E:\FR\FM\10DER1.SGM 10DER1 69604 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 236 / Monday, December 10, 2007 / Rules and Regulations Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; or at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federalregister/cfr/ibr-locations.html. Issued in Renton, Washington, on November 29, 2007. Stephen P. Boyd, Assistant Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E7–23673 Filed 12–7–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2007–28448; Directorate Identifier 2006–SW–24–AD; Amendment 39– 15290; AD 2007–25–08] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Model SA–365 N1, AS–365 N2, AS–365 N3, SA–366G1, EC 155B, and EC155B1 Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration, DOT. ACTION: Final rule. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with RULES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Eurocopter France (ECF) model helicopters. That AD currently requires a onetime inspection for end play in the pitch control rod assembly double bearing (bearing) using the tail rotor (T/R) hub control plate, and before further flight, replacing the bearing if end play is present. This amendment requires checking the T/R gearbox (TGB) oil level before the first flight of the day and maintaining the oil at the maximum level for certain helicopters. Also, this action requires, during each required inspection or at certain specified intervals, ensuring the oil is at the maximum level for certain other model helicopters. This action also requires inspecting the magnetic plug for chips at specified intervals. Depending on the quantity of chips found, this action requires either replacing the TGB before further flight or further inspecting for axial play in the T/R hub pitch change control spider (spider). If axial play is found in the spider, before further flight, this AD requires replacing the bearing. This amendment is prompted by the finding that metal chips were not detected on the magnetic plug due to insufficient oil flow because the oil in the TGB was being maintained at the minimum level. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:20 Dec 07, 2007 Jkt 214001 The actions specified by this AD are intended to detect metal chips on the magnetic plug, to prevent damage to the bearing resulting in end play, loss of T/R pitch control, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. DATES: Effective January 14, 2008. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the regulations is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of January 14, 2008. ADDRESSES: You may get the service information identified in this AD from American Eurocopter Corporation, 2701 Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, Texas 75053–4005, telephone (972) 641–3460, fax (972) 641–3527. Examining the Docket: You may examine the docket that contains this AD, any comments, and other information on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov, or at the Docket Operations office, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Uday Garadi, Aviation Safety Engineer, FAA, Rotorcraft Directorate, Regulations and Guidance Group, Fort Worth, Texas 76193–0110, telephone (817) 222–5123, fax (817) 222–5961. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A proposal to amend 14 CFR part 39 by superseding AD 2006–09–10, Amendment 39–14581 (71 FR 25930), for the specified ECF model helicopters was published in the Federal Register on June 13, 2007 (72 FR 32565). The action proposed to require checking the T/R gearbox (TGB) oil level before the first flight of the day and maintaining the oil at the maximum level for certain helicopters. Also, the action proposed during each required inspection or at certain specified intervals, ensuring the oil is at the maximum level for certain other model helicopters. Also, proposed was inspecting the magnetic plug for chips at specified intervals. Depending on the quantity of chips found, either replacing the TGB before further flight or further inspecting for axial play in the T/R hub pitch change control spider (spider) was proposed. If axial play is found in the spider, before further flight, the action proposed replacing the bearing. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) notified the FAA that an unsafe condition may exist on the specified ECF helicopters. EASA advises of a loss of tail rotor pitch control on a helicopter during a landing phase due to significant damage to the bearing of the control rod in the tail gear box. EASA PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 advises that the loss of tail rotor pitch control can lead to the loss of yaw control of the helicopter. Since issuing AD 2006–09–10, ECF has issued Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) 05.00.54, dated August 25, 2006, for Model SA–365 N1, AS–365 N2, AS 365 N3, to replace ASB 05.00.52, dated February 15, 2006. ECF has also issued ASB 05.37 for Model SA 366G1, dated August 25, 2006, to replace ASB 05.36, dated February 15, 2006. Also, ECF has issued ASB 05A015 for Model EC155B and EC155B1, dated August 25, 2006, to replace ASB 05A013, dated February 15, 2005. ASBs 05.00.52, 05.36, and 05A013 introduced a periodic check for absence of end play in the bearing. These ASBs were revised following the loss of yaw control on an AS365 MB helicopter due to progressive deterioration of the bearing. The metal chips resulting from this deterioration remained trapped in the area around the bearing and were not detected by the magnetic plug of the TGB. Further investigation and analyses revealed that the nondetection of the chips resulting from this deterioration was due to insufficient oil flow. This occurs when the oil level in the TGB is continuously maintained at the ‘‘min’’ level. Therefore, the ASBs specify keeping the TGB oil level at maximum level to ensure that any chips resulting from possible deterioration of the bearing are detected by the magnetic plug. Also, the ASBs specify checking for absence of play in the bearing should chips be detected at the magnetic plug of the TGB. EASA classified these ASBs as mandatory and issued Emergency AD (EAD) No. 2006–0258 R1–E on August 29, 2006. This EAD replaced EAD No. 2006–0051–E, dated February 20, 2006, to ensure the continued airworthiness of these helicopters in France. These helicopter models are manufactured in France and are type certificated for operation in the United States under the provisions of 14 CFR 21.29 and the applicable bilateral agreement. Under this agreement, EASA has kept the FAA informed of the situation described above. We have examined EASA’s findings, evaluated all pertinent information, and determined that AD action is necessary for products of this type design that are certificated for operation in the United States. Interested persons have been afforded an opportunity to participate in the making of this amendment. No comments were received on the proposal or the FAA’s determination of the cost to the public. The FAA has determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the rule E:\FR\FM\10DER1.SGM 10DER1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2007-27257; Directorate Identifier 2006-NM-131-AD; 
Amendment 39-15297; AD 2007-25-15]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A300 Series Airplanes and 
Model A300-600 Series Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 
Airbus Model A300 series airplanes; and all Airbus Model A300-600 
series airplanes. This AD requires inspecting to determine the part 
number of the sliding rods of the main landing gear (MLG) retraction 
actuators. For MLG retraction actuators equipped with

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sliding rods having certain part numbers, the AD also requires 
inspecting for discrepancies, including but not limited to cracking, of 
the sliding rod; and performing corrective actions if necessary. This 
AD also requires returning affected sliding rods to the manufacturer. 
This AD results from a report of a failure of a sliding rod of the MLG 
retraction actuator before the actuator reached the life limit 
established by the manufacturer. We are issuing this AD to prevent 
failure of the sliding rod of the MLG retraction actuator, which could 
result in reduced structural integrity of the MLG.

DATES: This AD becomes effective January 14, 2008.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in the AD as of January 14, 
2008.

ADDRESSES: 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 AD, the regulatory evaluation, 
any comments received, and other information. The address for the 
Docket Office (telephone 800-647-5527) is the Document Management 
Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, 
West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., 
Washington, DC 20590.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    The FAA issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) 
to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to all Airbus 
Model A300-600 series airplanes. That supplemental NPRM was published 
in the Federal Register on September 19, 2007 (72 FR 53489). That 
supplemental NPRM proposed to require inspecting to determine the part 
number of the sliding rods of the main landing gear (MLG) retraction 
actuators. For MLG retraction actuators equipped with sliding rods 
having certain part numbers, the supplemental NPRM also proposed to 
require inspecting for discrepancies, including but not limited to 
cracking, of the sliding rod; and performing corrective actions if 
necessary. The supplemental NPRM also proposed to require returning 
affected sliding rods to the manufacturer.

Comments

    We provided the public the opportunity to participate in the 
development of this AD. No comments have been received on the 
supplemental NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public.

Conclusion

    We have carefully reviewed the available data and determined that 
air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed 
in the supplemental NPRM.

Costs of Compliance

    The following table provides the estimated costs for U.S. operators 
to comply with this AD, at an average labor rate of $80 per work hour, 
per inspection cycle.

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                  Action                    Work          Parts           Cost per     registered     Fleet cost
                                            hours                         airplane      airplanes
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Inspection to determine part number......       1  None...............          $80             168      $13,440
Inspections for discrepancies............      11  None...............          880             168      147,840
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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 AD will not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a 
substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between 
the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power 
and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:
    (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive 
Order 12866;
    (2) Is not a ``significant rule'' under DOT Regulatory Policies and 
Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and
    (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to 
comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket. See the ADDRESSES 
section for a location to examine the regulatory evaluation.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by 
reference, Safety.

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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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]

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


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2007-25-15 Airbus: Amendment 39-15297. Docket No. FAA-2007-27257; 
Directorate Identifier 2006-NM-131-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This AD becomes effective January 14, 2008.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to all Airbus Model A300 series airplanes; 
and all Airbus Model A300-600 series airplanes; certificated in any 
category.

Unsafe Condition

    (d) This AD results from a report of a failure of a sliding rod 
of the main landing gear (MLG) retraction actuator before the 
actuator reached the life limit established by the manufacturer. We 
are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the sliding rod of the MLG 
retraction actuator, which could result in reduced structural 
integrity of the MLG.

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.

Service Bulletin Reference

    (f) The term ``service bulletin,'' as used in this AD, means the 
Accomplishment Instructions of the service bulletins identified in 
paragraphs (f)(1) and (f)(2) of this AD, as applicable.
    (1) For Model A300 series airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin 
A300-32-0450, Revision 01, excluding Appendix 01, dated May 10, 
2006.
    (2) For Model A300-600 series airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin 
A300-32-6097, Revision 01, excluding Appendix 01, dated May 10, 
2006.

    Note 1: The Airbus service bulletins refer to Messier-Dowty 
Special Inspection Service Bulletin 470-32-806, dated October 27, 
2005, as an additional source of service information for performing 
detailed and high-frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspections to 
detect discrepancies of the sliding rod.

Inspection To Determine Part Number (P/N) of Sliding Rod

    (g) At the applicable time specified in paragraph (g)(1) or 
(g)(2) of this AD, do a one-time inspection to determine the part 
number of the sliding rod of the MLG retraction actuator, in 
accordance with the applicable service bulletin. If no sliding rod 
having P/N C69029-2 or C69029-3 is installed, no further action is 
required by this paragraph. A review of airplane maintenance records 
is acceptable in lieu of this inspection if the part number of the 
sliding rod of the MLG retraction actuator can be conclusively 
determined from that review.
    (1) For airplanes that have accumulated less than 27,000 total 
flight cycles on the MLG retraction actuator as of the effective 
date of this AD: After accumulating total 27,000 flight cycles on 
the MLG retraction actuator, do the inspection within the next 1,000 
flight cycles or 12 months, whichever occurs first.
    (2) For airplanes that have accumulated 27,000 or more total 
flight cycles on the MLG retraction actuator as of the effective 
date of this AD: Do the inspection within 1,000 flight cycles or 12 
months, whichever occurs first, after the effective date of this AD.

Inspection for Discrepancies of Sliding Rod and Corrective Actions

    (h) For MLG retraction actuators equipped with sliding rods 
having P/N C69029-2 or C69029-3: At the applicable time specified in 
paragraph (h)(1) or (h)(2) of this AD, perform detailed and HFEC 
inspections of the sliding rod of the MLG retraction actuators on 
the left-hand and right-hand MLGs, in accordance with the applicable 
service bulletin. Then, before further flight, perform all 
applicable corrective actions, in accordance with the applicable 
service bulletin.
    (1) For airplanes that have accumulated less than 27,000 total 
flight cycles on the MLG retraction actuator as of the effective 
date of this AD: After accumulating 27,000 total flight cycles on 
the MLG retraction actuator, do the inspections within the next 
1,000 flight cycles or 12 months, whichever occurs first.
    (2) For airplanes that have accumulated 27,000 or more total 
flight cycles on the MLG retraction actuator as of the effective 
date of this AD: Do the inspections within 1,000 flight cycles or 12 
months, whichever occurs first, after the effective date of this AD.

    Note 2: For the purposes of this AD, a detailed inspection is: 
``An intensive examination of a specific item, installation, or 
assembly to detect damage, failure, or irregularity. Available 
lighting is normally supplemented with a direct source of good 
lighting at an intensity deemed appropriate. Inspection aids such as 
mirror, magnifying lenses, etc., may be necessary. Surface cleaning 
and elaborate procedures may be required.''


    Note 3: Operators should note that the MLG retraction actuator 
rod must be replaced with a new or serviceable actuator rod before 
the 32,000-flight-cycle life limit specified in the applicable 
airworthiness limitations document, regardless of the inspection 
findings.

Return of MLG Retraction Actuator Sliding Rod

    (i) For airplanes having any retraction actuator sliding rods 
specified in paragraphs (i)(1) and (i)(2) of this AD: After the 
effective date of this AD, for the first replacement of the 
retraction actuator sliding rod, return the retraction actuator 
sliding rod to Messier-Dowty, SA Product Support Engineering, BP10--
78142 Velizy Cedex, France, within 30 days after the retraction 
actuator sliding rod is removed from the airplane.
    (1) Any retraction actuator sliding rod that is found to have 
cracking during the actions specified in paragraph (h) of this AD.
    (2) Any retraction actuator sliding rod, P/N C69029-2 or C69029-
3, removed that has accumulated between 27,000 total flight cycles 
and 32,000 total flight cycles.

Parts Installation for MLG Retraction Actuator Rod

    (j) As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install, 
on any airplane, an MLG retraction actuator that is equipped with a 
sliding rod having P/N C69029-2 or C69029-3, and on which the 
retraction actuator rod has accumulated 27,000 total flight cycles 
or more, unless paragraph (h) of this AD is accomplished.
    (k) As of the effective date of this AD, any MLG retraction 
actuator that is equipped with a sliding rod having P/N C69029-2 or 
C69029-3, and on which the retraction actuator rod has accumulated 
less than 27,000 total flight cycles, may be installed, on any 
airplane, provided that the inspections specified in paragraph (h) 
of this AD are accomplished at the time specified in paragraph 
(h)(1) of this AD.

Actions Accomplished According to a Previous Issue of the Service 
Bulletins

    (l) Inspections and corrective actions done before the effective 
date of this AD in accordance with the following service bulletins 
are acceptable for compliance with the corresponding requirements of 
this AD:
    (1) For Model A300 series airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin 
A300-32-0450, excluding Appendix 01, dated December 1, 2005.
    (2) For Model A300-600 series airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin 
A300-32-6097, excluding Appendix 01, dated December 1, 2005.

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (m)(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

    (n) European Aviation Safety Agency airworthiness directive 
2006-0075R2, dated January 4, 2007, also addresses the subject of 
this AD.

Material Incorporated by Reference

    (o) You must use Airbus Service Bulletin A300-32-0450, Revision 
01, excluding Appendix 01, dated May 10, 2006; or Airbus Service 
Bulletin A300-32-6097, Revision 01, excluding Appendix 01, dated May 
10, 2006; as applicable, to perform the actions that are required by 
this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. The Director of the 
Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of these 
documents in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. 
Contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, 
France, for a copy of this service information. You may review 
copies at the FAA, Transport Airplane

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Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; 
or at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For 
information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-
741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on November 29, 2007.
Stephen P. Boyd,
Assistant Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service.
[FR Doc. E7-23673 Filed 12-7-07; 8:45 am]
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