Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330 Airplanes and Model A340-200 and -300 Series Airplanes, 38895-38898 [E8-14468]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 8, 2008 / Rules and Regulations fire suppression system in the lower cargo compartment to determine whether a Kidde Aerospace filter/regulator having a part number identified in Table 1 of this AD is installed. A review of airplane maintenance records is acceptable in lieu of this 38895 inspection if the part number of the filter/ regulator can be conclusively determined from that review. TABLE 1.—APPLICABLE KIDDE AEROSPACE FILTERS/REGULATORS Model Filter/Regulator Part No. (1) 777–200 and –200LR series airplanes ............................................... (2) 777–300 and 777–300ER series airplanes ........................................ Revision of the Operations Specifications (g) Except as provided in paragraph (i) of this AD, if a Kidde Aerospace cargo compartment fire suppression filter/regulator identified in Table 1 of this AD is found installed during the inspection or records check required by paragraph (f) of this AD: Before further flight after doing the inspection or records check required by paragraph (f) of this AD, revise the ‘‘Maximum Diversion Time In Minutes,’’ specified in the FAA-approved Operations Specifications, Document D086, in accordance with the applicable instructions contained in Boeing Model 777 ETOPS Configuration, Maintenance, and Procedures, Document D044W054, Revision K, dated June 12, 2008. Optional Replacement of the Filter/Regulator for Certain Airplanes (h) For Model 777–200, –300, and –300ER series airplanes: Once the cargo compartment fire suppression filter/regulator has been replaced with a new or serviceable filter/ regulator in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 777–26– 0044, dated April 24, 2008; or Revision 1, dated June 19, 2008; the ‘‘Maximum Diversion Time In Minutes,’’ specified in the FAA-approved Operations Specifications, Document D086, may be revised in accordance with the applicable instructions contained in Boeing Model 777 ETOPS Configuration, Maintenance, and Procedures, Document D044W054, Revision K, dated June 12, 2008, to restore the airplane’s full ETOPS capability. ebenthall on PRODPC60 with RULES Exception to Operations Specifications Revision (i) The revision to the Operations Specifications specified in paragraph (g) of this AD is not required if, before further flight after a Kidde Aerospace cargo compartment fire suppression filter/regulator identified in Table 1 of this AD is found installed on any airplane, the filter/regulator replacement described in paragraph (h) of this AD is accomplished. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (j)(1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA, ATTN: Robert Hettman, Cabin Safety and Environmental Systems Branch, ANM–150S, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 917–6457; fax (425) 917–6590; has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:13 Jul 07, 2008 Jkt 214001 473494–1, –2, or –3; or 473995–1, –2, or –3. 473857–1, –2, or –3. (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. Material Incorporated by Reference (k) You must use Boeing Model 777 ETOPS Configuration, Maintenance, and Procedures, Document D044W054, Revision K, dated June 12, 2008, to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. If you accomplish the optional actions specified by this AD, you must use Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 777–26– 0044, dated April 24, 2008; or Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 777–26–0044, Revision 1, dated June 19, 2008; as applicable; to do those actions, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (The revision date of Boeing Model 777 ETOPS Configuration, Maintenance, and Procedures, Document D044W054, Revision K, is located on the last page of the document; no other page of this document contains the revision date.) (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of this service information under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, P.O. Box 3707, Seattle, Washington 98124–2207. (3) You may review copies of the service information incorporated by reference 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/ code_of_federal_regulations/ ibr_locations.html. Issued in Renton, Washington, on June 25, 2008. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E8–15371 Filed 7–7–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2007–0266; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–170–AD; Amendment 39–15576; AD 2008–13–13] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330 Airplanes and Model A340–200 and –300 Series Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330 airplanes and Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes. This AD requires revising the airplane flight manual (AFM) to prohibit the flightcrew from performing CAT 2 and CAT 3 automatic landings and rollouts at certain airports. This AD also provides an optional terminating action for the AFM revision. This 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 issuing this AD to prevent the airplane from departing the 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: This AD is effective August 12, 2008. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of August 12, 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 E:\FR\FM\08JYR1.SGM 08JYR1 38896 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 8, 2008 / Rules and Regulations 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: 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: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an airworthiness directive (AD) that would apply to certain Airbus Model A330 series airplanes and Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on December 3, 2007 (72 FR 67868). That NPRM proposed to require revising the airplane flight manual (AFM) to prohibit the flightcrew from performing CAT 2 and CAT 3 automatic landings and rollouts at certain airports. That NPRM also proposed to provide an optional terminating action for the AFM revision. ebenthall on PRODPC60 with RULES Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We considered the comment received from the commenter. Request To Refer to Additional Service Information Mr. Jean-Dominique Bouton states that the ‘‘Optional Terminating Action’’ paragraph does not include the latest air data inertial reference unit (ADIRU) standards, which can be installed in place of the older standards addressed by the NPRM. The commenter identifies the following service bulletins as optional terminating actions to the AFM revision: Airbus Service Bulletin A330– 34–3183, dated June 16, 2006; Airbus Service Bulletin A330–34–3191, dated March 16, 2007; Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34–4173, dated June 16, 2006; and Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34– 4180, dated March 16, 2007. As justification, the commenter states that these service bulletins include the latest ADIRU standards, which can be installed in place of the older standards addressed by this AD. We infer the commenter requests that we revise paragraph (i) of this AD by VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:13 Jul 07, 2008 Jkt 214001 including the service bulletins identified above. We agree to add Airbus Service Bulletin A330–34–3183 to paragraph (i)(2) of this AD, and Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34–4173 to paragraph (i)(4) of this AD. Airbus Service Bulletin A330–34–3183 incorporates a later ADIRU standard than the one specified in Airbus Service Bulletin A330–34–3159, dated February 10, 2005, which is identified as a terminating action in paragraph (i)(2) of this AD. Airbus Service Bulletin A340– 34–4173 also incorporates a later ADIRU standard than the one specified in Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34–4163, dated February 10, 2005, which is identified as a terminating action in paragraph (i)(4) of this AD. The later ADIRU standard builds on the earlier standard and introduces general improvements and a new magnetic variation table. The service bulletin for the later ADIRU standard has the earlier service bulletin as a concurrent requirement. However, we do not agree to add Airbus Service Bulletin A330–34–3191 and Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34– 4180 to paragraph (i) of this AD because those service bulletins do not have the service bulletin for the earlier standard as a concurrent requirement. We refer to European Aviation Safety Agency airworthiness directive 2006–0232, dated August 7, 2006, as related information in paragraph (k) of this AD. However, under the provisions of paragraph (j) of this AD, we will consider requests for approval of an alternative method of compliance if sufficient data are submitted to substantiate that the design change would provide an acceptable level of safety. We have not changed this AD in this regard. Conclusion We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comment received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD with the change described previously. We also determined that this change will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of the AD. Costs of Compliance This AD affects about 40 airplanes of U.S. registry. The required actions take about 1 work hour per airplane, at an average labor rate of $80 per work hour. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of the AD for U.S. operators is $3,200, or $80 per airplane. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 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. You can find our regulatory evaluation and the estimated costs of compliance in the AD Docket. 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. E:\FR\FM\08JYR1.SGM 08JYR1 38897 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 8, 2008 / Rules and Regulations § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: I 2008–13–13 Airbus: Amendment 39–15576. Docket No. FAA–2007–0266; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–170–AD. Effective Date (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective August 12, 2008. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Airbus Model A330– 200, A330–300, A340–200, and A340–300 series airplanes, certificated in any category; equipped with the air data inertial reference units (ADIRUs) identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD. (1) Honeywell ADIRUs having part numbers (P/Ns) HG2030AC0X (where X is any number between 0 and 9 inclusive) and P/Ns HG2030ADYY (where YY is any number between 00 and 10 inclusive). (2) Northrop Grumman (formerly Litton) ADIRUs having P/Ns 465020–030303ZZ (where ZZ is any number between 00 and 12 inclusive). Unsafe Condition (d) This AD results from data showing that the magnetic variation table installed in certain Honeywell and Northrop Grumman ADIRUs is obsolete at certain airports. We are issuing this AD to prevent the airplane from departing the 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. 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. Temporary Revision (TR) References (f) The term ‘‘Temporary Revision,’’ as used in this AD, means the following TRs, as applicable: (1) For Model A330–200 and A330–300 series airplanes equipped with any Honeywell ADIRU identified in paragraph (c)(1) of this AD: Airbus TR 2.05.00/67, Issue 2, dated September 19, 2007, to the Airbus A330 Airplane Flight Manual (AFM); (2) For Model A330–200 and A330–300 series airplanes equipped with any Northrop Grumman ADIRU identified in paragraph (c)(2) of this AD: Airbus TR 2.05.00/68, dated March 31, 2006, to the Airbus A330 AFM; (3) For Model A340–200 and A340–300 series airplanes equipped with any Honeywell ADIRU identified in paragraph (c)(1) of this AD: Airbus TR 2.05.00/87, Issue 2, dated September 19, 2007, to the Airbus A340 AFM; and (4) For Model A340–200 and A340–300 series airplanes equipped with any Northrop Grumman ADIRU identified in paragraph (c)(2) of this AD: Airbus TR 2.05.00/88, dated March 31, 2006, to the Airbus A340 AFM. (4) For Model A340–200 and A340–300 series airplanes equipped with any Northrop Grumman ADIRU identified in paragraph (c)(2) of this AD, doing the replacement in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A340– 34–4141, dated December 16, 2003, or Revision 01, dated August 18, 2004; Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34–4163, dated February 10, 2005; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34–4173, dated June 16, 2006. AFM Revision (g) Within 14 days after the effective date of this AD, revise the Limitations Section of the Airbus A330 or A340 AFM, as applicable, to prohibit the flightcrew from performing CAT 2 and CAT 3 automatic landings and roll-outs at certain airports by incorporating the applicable Temporary Revision into the AFM. Operate the airplane according to the limitations in the applicable TR. (h) When the information in the applicable TR has been incorporated into the general revisions of the Airbus A330 or A340 AFM, as applicable, the general revisions may be inserted into the AFM, and the TR may be removed from the AFM. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) Optional Terminating Action (i) Replacing the ADIRUs with new, improved ADIRUs as specified in paragraph (i)(1), (i)(2), (i)(3), or (i)(4) of this AD terminates the AFM revision required by paragraph (g) of this AD. (1) For Model A330–200 and A330–300 series airplanes equipped with any Honeywell ADIRU identified in paragraph (c)(1) of this AD, doing the replacement in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330– 34–3104, dated July 17, 2003; or Airbus Service Bulletin A330–34–3165, dated June 28, 2006. (2) For Model A330–200 and A330–300 series airplanes equipped with any Northrop Grumman ADIRU identified in paragraph (c)(2) of this AD, doing the replacement in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330– 34–3132, dated December 16, 2003, or Revision 01, dated August 18, 2004; Airbus Service Bulletin A330–34–3159, dated February 10, 2005; or Airbus Service Bulletin A330–34–3183, dated June 16, 2006. (3) For Model A340–200 and A340–300 series airplanes equipped with any Honeywell ADIRU identified in paragraph (c)(1) of this AD, doing the replacement in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A340– 34–4114, dated July 17, 2003; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34–4166, dated June 28, 2006. (j)(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 (k) European Aviation Safety Agency airworthiness directive 2006–0232, dated August 7, 2006, also addresses the subject of this AD. Material Incorporated by Reference (l) You must use the applicable service information contained in Table 1 of this AD to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. If you do the optional actions specified in this AD, you must use the applicable service information contained in Table 2 of this AD to do those actions, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of this service information under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France. (3) You may review copies of the service information incorporated by reference 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/ code_of_federal_regulations/ ibr_locations.html. TABLE 1.—MATERIAL INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE FOR REQUIRED ACTIONS ebenthall on PRODPC60 with RULES Service Information Airbus Airbus Airbus Airbus Temporary Temporary Temporary Temporary VerDate Aug<31>2005 Revision Revision Revision Revision 2.05.00/67 2.05.00/68 2.05.00/87 2.05.00/88 14:13 Jul 07, 2008 to to to to Jkt 214001 the the the the Airbus Airbus Airbus Airbus PO 00000 Issue A330 A330 A340 A340 Airplane Airplane Airplane Airplane Frm 00015 Flight Flight Flight Flight Fmt 4700 Date Manual Manual Manual Manual 2 ............................................ Original .................................. 2 ............................................ Original .................................. Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\08JYR1.SGM 08JYR1 September 19, 2007. March 31, 2006. September 19, 2007. March 31, 2006. 38898 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 131 / Tuesday, July 8, 2008 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 2.—MATERIAL INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE FOR OPTIONAL ACTIONS Service Information Airbus Airbus Airbus Airbus Airbus Airbus Airbus Airbus Airbus Airbus Airbus Airbus Service Service Service Service Service Service Service Service Service Service Service Service Bulletin Bulletin Bulletin Bulletin Bulletin Bulletin Bulletin Bulletin Bulletin Bulletin Bulletin Bulletin A330–34–3104 A330–34–3132 A330–34–3132 A330–34–3159 A330–34–3165 A330–34–3183 A340–34–4114 A340–34–4141 A340–34–4141 A340–34–4163 A340–34–4166 A340–34–4173 ................................................................... ................................................................... ................................................................... ................................................................... ................................................................... ................................................................... ................................................................... ................................................................... ................................................................... ................................................................... ................................................................... ................................................................... Issued in Renton, Washington, on June 13, 2008. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E8–14468 Filed 7–7–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2008–0299; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–254–AD; Amendment 39–15593; AD 2008–13–30] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Gulfstream Aerospace LP Model Astra SPX, 1125 Westwind Astra, and Gulfstream 100 Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as: ebenthall on PRODPC60 with RULES SUMMARY: Two of the fasteners used to attach the ‘‘scissors’’ to the horizontal and the vertical stabilizers were found broken during routine maintenance. The highest loads on the ‘‘scissors’’ occur when using high reverse thrust. Therefore, the reverse thrust must be limited to idle in order to keep the loads at a sufficiently low level to preclude any structural problem. * * * Failure of the attachment fasteners could result in possible in-flight loss of a horizontal or vertical stabilizer and consequent loss of control of the VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:13 Jul 07, 2008 Issue Jkt 214001 Original .................................. Original .................................. 01 .......................................... Original .................................. Original .................................. Original .................................. Original .................................. Original .................................. 01 .......................................... Original .................................. Original .................................. Original .................................. airplane. We are issuing this AD to require actions to correct the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD becomes effective August 12, 2008. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of August 12, 2008. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov or in person at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Borfitz, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–2677; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to the specified products. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on March 14, 2008 (73 FR 13800). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: Two of the fasteners used to attach the ‘‘scissors’’ to the horizontal and the vertical stabilizers were found broken during routine maintenance. The highest loads on the ‘‘scissors’’ occur when using high reverse thrust. Therefore, the reverse thrust must be limited to idle in order to keep the loads at a sufficiently low level to preclude any structural problem. It was established that on model 1125 Astra, alternate fasteners of inferior strength were sometimes installed. When the originally specified fasteners are installed, the limitations on reverse thrust used may be lifted. For models Astra SPX and G100, however, the limitation remains in effect till further revision of this AD. PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Date July 17, 2003. December 16, 2003. August 18, 2004. February 10, 2005. June 28, 2006. June 16, 2006. July 17, 2003. December 16, 2003. August 18, 2004. February 10, 2005. June 28, 2006. June 16, 2006. Failure of the attachment fasteners could result in possible in-flight loss of a horizontal or vertical stabilizer and consequent loss of control of the airplane. Corrective actions include revising the airplane flight manual (AFM); inspections for damage of the bolts and replacing the bolt, if necessary; and doing related investigative and other corrective actions (eddy current inspection for bolt hole diameter and damage, contact Gulfstream for repair and do repair). You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public. Conclusion We reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed. Differences Between This AD and the MCAI or Service Information We have reviewed the MCAI and related service information and, in general, agree with their substance. But we might have found it necessary to use different words from those in the MCAI to ensure the AD is clear for U.S. operators and is enforceable. In making these changes, we do not intend to differ substantively from the information provided in the MCAI and related service information. We might also have required different actions in this AD from those in the MCAI in order to follow our FAA policies. Any such differences are highlighted in a NOTE within the AD. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect about 129 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 10 E:\FR\FM\08JYR1.SGM 08JYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2007-0266; Directorate Identifier 2007-NM-170-AD; 
Amendment 39-15576; AD 2008-13-13]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330 Airplanes and Model 
A340-200 and -300 Series Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain 
Airbus Model A330 airplanes and Model A340-200 and -300 series 
airplanes. This AD requires 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 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 issuing this AD to 
prevent the airplane from departing the 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: This AD is effective August 12, 2008.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of August 12, 
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

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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: 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:

Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 to include an airworthiness directive (AD) that would apply to 
certain Airbus Model A330 series airplanes and Model A340-200 and -300 
series airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on 
December 3, 2007 (72 FR 67868). That NPRM proposed to 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. That NPRM also proposed to provide an optional terminating 
action for the AFM revision.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. We considered the comment received from the commenter.

Request To Refer to Additional Service Information

    Mr. Jean-Dominique Bouton states that the ``Optional Terminating 
Action'' paragraph does not include the latest air data inertial 
reference unit (ADIRU) standards, which can be installed in place of 
the older standards addressed by the NPRM. The commenter identifies the 
following service bulletins as optional terminating actions to the AFM 
revision: Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3183, dated June 16, 2006; 
Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3191, dated March 16, 2007; Airbus 
Service Bulletin A340-34-4173, dated June 16, 2006; and Airbus Service 
Bulletin A340-34-4180, dated March 16, 2007. As justification, the 
commenter states that these service bulletins include the latest ADIRU 
standards, which can be installed in place of the older standards 
addressed by this AD.
    We infer the commenter requests that we revise paragraph (i) of 
this AD by including the service bulletins identified above. We agree 
to add Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3183 to paragraph (i)(2) of this 
AD, and Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4173 to paragraph (i)(4) of 
this AD. Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3183 incorporates a later 
ADIRU standard than the one specified in Airbus Service Bulletin A330-
34-3159, dated February 10, 2005, which is identified as a terminating 
action in paragraph (i)(2) of this AD. Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-
4173 also incorporates a later ADIRU standard than the one specified in 
Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4163, dated February 10, 2005, which is 
identified as a terminating action in paragraph (i)(4) of this AD. The 
later ADIRU standard builds on the earlier standard and introduces 
general improvements and a new magnetic variation table. The service 
bulletin for the later ADIRU standard has the earlier service bulletin 
as a concurrent requirement.
    However, we do not agree to add Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-
3191 and Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4180 to paragraph (i) of this 
AD because those service bulletins do not have the service bulletin for 
the earlier standard as a concurrent requirement. We refer to European 
Aviation Safety Agency airworthiness directive 2006-0232, dated August 
7, 2006, as related information in paragraph (k) of this AD. However, 
under the provisions of paragraph (j) of this AD, we will consider 
requests for approval of an alternative method of compliance if 
sufficient data are submitted to substantiate that the design change 
would provide an acceptable level of safety. We have not changed this 
AD in this regard.

Conclusion

    We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comment received, and 
determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the 
AD with the change described previously. We also determined that this 
change will not increase the economic burden on any operator or 
increase the scope of the AD.

Costs of Compliance

    This AD affects about 40 airplanes of U.S. registry. The required 
actions take about 1 work hour per airplane, at an average labor rate 
of $80 per work hour. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of the 
AD for U.S. operators is $3,200, or $80 per airplane.

Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the 
authority of the FAA Administrator. ``Subtitle VII: Aviation 
Programs,'' describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's 
authority.
    We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in 
``Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General 
requirements.'' Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with 
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing 
regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator 
finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within 
the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition 
that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this 
rulemaking action.

Regulatory Findings

    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.
    You can find our regulatory evaluation and the estimated costs of 
compliance in the AD Docket.

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.

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Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new AD:

2008-13-13 Airbus: Amendment 39-15576. Docket No. FAA-2007-0266; 
Directorate Identifier 2007-NM-170-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective August 12, 
2008.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to Airbus Model A330-200, A330-300, A340-
200, and A340-300 series airplanes, certificated in any category; 
equipped with the air data inertial reference units (ADIRUs) 
identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD.
    (1) Honeywell ADIRUs having part numbers (P/Ns) HG2030AC0X 
(where X is any number between 0 and 9 inclusive) and P/Ns 
HG2030ADYY (where YY is any number between 00 and 10 inclusive).
    (2) Northrop Grumman (formerly Litton) ADIRUs having P/Ns 
465020-030303ZZ (where ZZ is any number between 00 and 12 
inclusive).

Unsafe Condition

    (d) This AD results from data showing that the magnetic 
variation table installed in certain Honeywell and Northrop Grumman 
ADIRUs is obsolete at certain airports. We are issuing this AD to 
prevent the airplane from departing the 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.

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.

Temporary Revision (TR) References

    (f) The term ``Temporary Revision,'' as used in this AD, means 
the following TRs, as applicable:
    (1) For Model A330-200 and A330-300 series airplanes equipped 
with any Honeywell ADIRU identified in paragraph (c)(1) of this AD: 
Airbus TR 2.05.00/67, Issue 2, dated September 19, 2007, to the 
Airbus A330 Airplane Flight Manual (AFM);
    (2) For Model A330-200 and A330-300 series airplanes equipped 
with any Northrop Grumman ADIRU identified in paragraph (c)(2) of 
this AD: Airbus TR 2.05.00/68, dated March 31, 2006, to the Airbus 
A330 AFM;
    (3) For Model A340-200 and A340-300 series airplanes equipped 
with any Honeywell ADIRU identified in paragraph (c)(1) of this AD: 
Airbus TR 2.05.00/87, Issue 2, dated September 19, 2007, to the 
Airbus A340 AFM; and
    (4) For Model A340-200 and A340-300 series airplanes equipped 
with any Northrop Grumman ADIRU identified in paragraph (c)(2) of 
this AD: Airbus TR 2.05.00/88, dated March 31, 2006, to the Airbus 
A340 AFM.

AFM Revision

    (g) Within 14 days after the effective date of this AD, revise 
the Limitations Section of the Airbus A330 or A340 AFM, as 
applicable, to prohibit the flightcrew from performing CAT 2 and CAT 
3 automatic landings and roll-outs at certain airports by 
incorporating the applicable Temporary Revision into the AFM. 
Operate the airplane according to the limitations in the applicable 
TR.
    (h) When the information in the applicable TR has been 
incorporated into the general revisions of the Airbus A330 or A340 
AFM, as applicable, the general revisions may be inserted into the 
AFM, and the TR may be removed from the AFM.

Optional Terminating Action

    (i) Replacing the ADIRUs with new, improved ADIRUs as specified 
in paragraph (i)(1), (i)(2), (i)(3), or (i)(4) of this AD terminates 
the AFM revision required by paragraph (g) of this AD.
    (1) For Model A330-200 and A330-300 series airplanes equipped 
with any Honeywell ADIRU identified in paragraph (c)(1) of this AD, 
doing the replacement in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3104, dated July 17, 
2003; or Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3165, dated June 28, 2006.
    (2) For Model A330-200 and A330-300 series airplanes equipped 
with any Northrop Grumman ADIRU identified in paragraph (c)(2) of 
this AD, doing the replacement in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3132, dated December 
16, 2003, or Revision 01, dated August 18, 2004; Airbus Service 
Bulletin A330-34-3159, dated February 10, 2005; or Airbus Service 
Bulletin A330-34-3183, dated June 16, 2006.
    (3) For Model A340-200 and A340-300 series airplanes equipped 
with any Honeywell ADIRU identified in paragraph (c)(1) of this AD, 
doing the replacement in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4114, dated July 17, 
2003; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4166, dated June 28, 2006.
    (4) For Model A340-200 and A340-300 series airplanes equipped 
with any Northrop Grumman ADIRU identified in paragraph (c)(2) of 
this AD, doing the replacement in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4141, dated December 
16, 2003, or Revision 01, dated August 18, 2004; Airbus Service 
Bulletin A340-34-4163, dated February 10, 2005; or Airbus Service 
Bulletin A340-34-4173, dated June 16, 2006.

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (j)(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

    (k) European Aviation Safety Agency airworthiness directive 
2006-0232, dated August 7, 2006, also addresses the subject of this 
AD.

Material Incorporated by Reference

    (l) You must use the applicable service information contained in 
Table 1 of this AD to do the actions required by this AD, unless the 
AD specifies otherwise. If you do the optional actions specified in 
this AD, you must use the applicable service information contained 
in Table 2 of this AD to do those actions, unless the AD specifies 
otherwise.
    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference of this service information under 5 
U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France.
    (3) You may review copies of the service information 
incorporated by reference 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/code_of_federal_
regulations/ibr_locations.html.

                        Table 1.--Material Incorporated by Reference for Required Actions
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                 Service Information                               Issue                         Date
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Airbus Temporary Revision 2.05.00/67 to the Airbus     2...........................  September 19, 2007.
 A330 Airplane Flight Manual.
Airbus Temporary Revision 2.05.00/68 to the Airbus     Original....................  March 31, 2006.
 A330 Airplane Flight Manual.
Airbus Temporary Revision 2.05.00/87 to the Airbus     2...........................  September 19, 2007.
 A340 Airplane Flight Manual.
Airbus Temporary Revision 2.05.00/88 to the Airbus     Original....................  March 31, 2006.
 A340 Airplane Flight Manual.
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                        Table 2.--Material Incorporated by Reference for Optional Actions
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                 Service Information                               Issue                         Date
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Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3104.................  Original....................  July 17, 2003.
Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3132.................  Original....................  December 16, 2003.
Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3132.................  01..........................  August 18, 2004.
Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3159.................  Original....................  February 10, 2005.
Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3165.................  Original....................  June 28, 2006.
Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3183.................  Original....................  June 16, 2006.
Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4114.................  Original....................  July 17, 2003.
Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4141.................  Original....................  December 16, 2003.
Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4141.................  01..........................  August 18, 2004.
Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4163.................  Original....................  February 10, 2005.
Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4166.................  Original....................  June 28, 2006.
Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4173.................  Original....................  June 16, 2006.
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    Issued in Renton, Washington, on June 13, 2008.
Ali Bahrami,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
 [FR Doc. E8-14468 Filed 7-7-08; 8:45 am]
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