Airworthiness Directives; Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems Model SAAB 2000 Airplanes, 64879-64881 [E8-25307]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 212 / Friday, October 31, 2008 / Rules and Regulations Note 1: Previous compliance with paragraphs (e)(1) through (e)(5) of this AD using Columbia Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–07–002A, dated August 29, 2007; Cessna Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–07–002B, dated December 10, 2007; or Cessna Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–07–002C, dated February 18, 2008, are acceptable methods of compliance. Note 2: Compliance with Cessna Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–07–018, dated May 29, 2008, is not considered terminating action for this AD. This AD takes precedence over Cessna Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–07–018, dated May 29, 2008. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (f) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA, ATTN: Jeff Morfitt, Aerospace Engineer, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone: (425) 917–6405; fax: (425) 917–6590, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found 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. (g) AMOCs approved for AD 2007–07–06 are approved for this AD. ebenthall on PROD1PC60 with RULES Material Incorporated by Reference (h) You must use Columbia Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–07–002, dated March 14, 2007, or Cessna Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–07–002D, dated May 29, 2008, and Cessna Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–07– 018, page 1 dated May 29, 2008, pages 2 through 20 dated May 30, 2008, to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of Cessna Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–07– 002D, dated May 29, 2008, and Cessna Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–07–018, page 1 dated May 29, 2008, pages 2 through 20 dated May 30, 2008, under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) On April 9, 2007 (72 FR 15822, April 3, 2007), the Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of Columbia Mandatory Service Bulletin SB– 07–002, dated March 14, 2007. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Cessna Aircraft Company, Product Support, P.O. Box 7706, Wichita, Kansas 67227. (4) You may review copies at the FAA, Central Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; 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. VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:44 Oct 30, 2008 Jkt 217001 64879 Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 21, 2008. John Colomy, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E8–25500 Filed 10–30–08; 8:45 am] Engineer, International Branch, ANM– 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1112; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BILLING CODE 4910–13–P 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 August 7, 2008 (73 FR 45888). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2008–0848; Directorate Identifier 2008–NM–082–AD; Amendment 39–15702; AD 2008–22–07] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems Model SAAB 2000 Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: 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: Subsequent to accidents involving Fuel Tank System explosions in flight * * * and on ground, * * * Special Federal Aviation Regulation 88 (SFAR88) * * * required * * * a design review against explosion risks. * * * * * The unsafe condition is the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane. We are issuing this AD to require actions to correct the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD becomes effective December 5, 2008. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of December 5, 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: Shahram Daneshmandi, Aerospace PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Subsequent to accidents involving Fuel Tank System explosions in flight * * * and on ground, the FAA has published Special Federal Aviation Regulation 88 (SFAR88) in June 2001. In their Letters referenced 04/00/ 02/07/01–L296 dated March 4th, 2002 and 04/00/02/07/03–L024, dated February 3rd, 2003, the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) recommended the application of a similar regulation to the National Aviation Authorities (NAA). Under current European Union regulation, all holders of type certificates for passenger transport aircraft with either a passenger capacity of 30 or more, or a payload capacity of 7,500 pounds (3,402 kg) or more, which have received their certification after January 1st, 1958, are required to conduct a design review against explosion risks. This Airworthiness Directive (AD), which is the result of one of these design reviews, requires a wiring modification of the FQIS (Fuel Quantity Indication System) Signal conditioner 28VDC (volts direct current) supply and replacement of the Fuel Pump harness inside the wing tanks (both LH and RH (left- and right-hand)). The unsafe condition is the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane. The corrective actions include functional and operational tests. 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. Explanation of Change to Applicability We have revised the applicability of the existing AD to identify the type certificate holder as published in the most recent type certificate data sheet for the affected model. Conclusion We reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and the E:\FR\FM\31OCR1.SGM 31OCR1 64880 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 212 / Friday, October 31, 2008 / Rules and Regulations public interest require adopting the AD with the change described previously. We determined that this change will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of the AD. 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. ebenthall on PROD1PC60 with RULES Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect about 6 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 80 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $80 per work-hour. Required parts will cost about $14,040 per product. Where the service information lists required parts costs that are covered under warranty, we have assumed that there will be no charge for these parts. As we do not control warranty coverage for affected parties, some parties may incur costs higher than estimated here. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD to the U.S. operators to be $122,640, or $20,440 per product. 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. VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:44 Oct 30, 2008 Jkt 217001 Regulatory Findings We 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 this AD: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and 3. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains the NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. 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: ■ PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: ■ 2008–22–07 Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems: Amendment 39–15702. Docket No. FAA–2008–0848; Directorate Identifier 2008–NM–082–AD. Effective Date (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective December 5, 2008. PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems Model SAAB 2000 airplanes, certificated in any category, all serial numbers. Subject (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 28: Fuel. Reason (e) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) states: Subsequent to accidents involving Fuel Tank System explosions in flight * * * and on ground, the FAA has published Special Federal Aviation Regulation 88 (SFAR88) in June 2001. In their Letters referenced 04/00/ 02/07/01–L296 dated March 4th, 2002 and 04/00/02/07/03–L024, dated February 3rd, 2003, the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) recommended the application of a similar regulation to the National Aviation Authorities (NAA). Under current European Union regulation, all holders of type certificates for passenger transport aircraft with either a passenger capacity of 30 or more, or a payload capacity of 7,500 pounds (3,402 kg) or more, which have received their certification after January 1st, 1958, are required to conduct a design review against explosion risks. This Airworthiness Directive (AD), which is the result of one of these design reviews, requires a wiring modification of the FQIS (Fuel Quantity Indication System) Signal conditioner 28VDC (volts direct current) supply and replacement of the Fuel Pump harness inside the wing tanks (both LH and RH (left- and right-hand)). The unsafe condition is the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane. The corrective actions include functional and operational tests. Actions and Compliance (f) Unless already done, do the following actions. (1) Within 72 months after the effective date of this AD, replace the fuel pump harness inside each (both left- and righthand) inboard wing fuel tank in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Saab 2000 Service Bulletin 2000–28–013, dated October 11, 2007 (Modification 6250), including a follow-up functional test and operational test. (2) Within 72 months after the effective date of this AD, modify the wiring of the 28 VDC supply to the signal conditioner and the 132VP (feed-through connector) in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Saab 2000 Service Bulletin 2000–28–014, Revision 02, dated January 23, 2008 (Modification 6251), including the follow-up operational test. (3) Actions done before the effective date of this AD in accordance with Saab 2000 Service Bulletin 2000–28–014, Revision 01, dated November 6, 2007, are acceptable for E:\FR\FM\31OCR1.SGM 31OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 212 / Friday, October 31, 2008 / Rules and Regulations compliance with the requirements of paragraph (f)(2) of this AD. FAA AD Differences Note: This AD differs from the MCAI and/ or service information as follows: No differences. Other FAA AD Provisions (g) The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Shahram Daneshmandi, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057– 3356; telephone (425) 227–1112; fax (425) 227–1149. 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. (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority (or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service. (3) Reporting Requirements: For any reporting requirement in this AD, under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information collection requirements and has assigned OMB Control Number 2120–0056. ebenthall on PROD1PC60 with RULES Related Information (h) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness Directive 2008– 0031, dated February 15, 2008; Saab 2000 Service Bulletin 2000–28–013, dated October 11, 2007; and Saab 2000 Service Bulletin 2000–28–014, Revision 02, dated January 23, 2008; for related information. Material Incorporated by Reference (i) You must use Saab 2000 Service Bulletin 2000–28–013, dated October 11, 2007; and Saab 2000 Service Bulletin 2000– 28–014, Revision 02, dated January 23, 2008; as applicable; to do the actions required by this AD, 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 Saab Aircraft AB, SAAB ¨ Aerosystems, SE–581.88, Linkoping, Sweden; telephone 011 46 13 18 5591; fax 011 46 13 18 4874; e-mail http:// www.saab2000.techsupport@saabgroup.com; Internet http://www.saabgroup.com. (3) You may review copies at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington; or at the VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:44 Oct 30, 2008 Jkt 217001 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 October 9, 2008. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E8–25307 Filed 10–30–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2007–28391; Airspace Docket No. 07–AAL–10] Modification to the Norton Sound Low, Woody Island Low, Control 1234L and Control 1487L Offshore Airspace Areas; AK Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This action amends the following four Offshore Airspace Areas in Alaska: Norton Sound Low, Woody Island Low, Control 1234L and Control 1487L. This action lowers the airspace floors to provide additional controlled airspace for aircraft instrument flight rule (IFR) operations at Alaska airports. DATES: Effective Date: 0901 UTC, January 15, 2009. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under 1 CFR part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ken McElroy, Airspace and Rules Group, Office of System Operations Airspace and AIM, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: History On Wednesday July 30, 2008, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to modify four Alaskan Offshore Airspace Areas: Norton Sound Low, Woody Island Low, Control 1234L and Control 1487L (73 FR 44201). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal. No comments were received. A review of PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 64881 the airspace description revealed that it contained two items that were unnecessary. The Norton Sound Low 1,200 foot description for Selawik, AK, is not required. Similarly, the 1,200 ft. description for Control 1234L had duplicate references to Eareckson Air Force Station. These two items are addressed in the airspace descriptions below. With the exception of editorial changes, this amendment is the same as that proposed in the NPRM. These airspace areas are published in paragraph 6007 of FAA Order 7400.9R, signed August 15, 2007, and effective September 15, 2007, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Offshore Airspace Areas listed in this document will be published subsequently in the order. The Rule This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 modifying the Norton Sound Low, Woody Island Low, Control 1234L, and Control 1487L Offshore Airspace Areas, AK. The Norton Sound Low Offshore Airspace Area is being modified by lowering the offshore airspace floor to 1,200 feet mean sea level (MSL) at the following airports: within 78 miles of Buckland; within 73 miles of Chevak; within 74 miles of Kotzebue; within 73 miles of Noatak; and within 73 miles of Port Heiden. In addition, the Norton Sound Low Offshore Airspace area is being lowered to 700 feet MSL at Port Heiden Airport. The Woody Island Low Offshore Airspace Area is being modified in the vicinity of the Kodiak, Middleton Island and Port Heiden Airports by lowering the offshore airspace floor to 1,200 feet MSL within 73 miles of Kodiak and Port Heiden Airports, and within 42 miles of Middleton Island Airport. Additionally, the Control 1234L Offshore Airspace area is being modified by lowering the offshore airspace floor to 700 feet above the surface within 6.3 miles, and 1,200 feet above the surface within 45 miles, of Nikolski Airport; and within 1,200 feet above the surface within 73 miles of Port Heiden Airport. Finally, this action modifies the Control 1487L Offshore Airspace Area by lowering the offshore airspace floor to 1,200 feet MSL within 73 miles of Kodiak Airport, and corrects an error in one coordinate adjoining the Woody Island Low Control Area. This correction will align the adjoining airspaces. The FAA has determined that this regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are E:\FR\FM\31OCR1.SGM 31OCR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2008-0848; Directorate Identifier 2008-NM-082-AD; 
Amendment 39-15702; AD 2008-22-07]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems Model SAAB 
2000 Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: 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:

    Subsequent to accidents involving Fuel Tank System explosions in 
flight * * * and on ground, * * * Special Federal Aviation 
Regulation 88 (SFAR88) * * * required * * * a design review against 
explosion risks.
* * * * *
    The unsafe condition is the potential of ignition sources inside 
fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could 
result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane. We 
are issuing this AD to require actions to correct the unsafe condition 
on these products.

DATES: This AD becomes effective December 5, 2008.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of December 5, 
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: Shahram Daneshmandi, Aerospace 
Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane 
Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; 
telephone (425) 227-1112; 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 August 7, 2008 (73 
FR 45888). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the 
specified products. The MCAI states:

    Subsequent to accidents involving Fuel Tank System explosions in 
flight * * * and on ground, the FAA has published Special Federal 
Aviation Regulation 88 (SFAR88) in June 2001. In their Letters 
referenced 04/00/02/07/01-L296 dated March 4th, 2002 and 04/00/02/
07/03-L024, dated February 3rd, 2003, the Joint Aviation Authorities 
(JAA) recommended the application of a similar regulation to the 
National Aviation Authorities (NAA).
    Under current European Union regulation, all holders of type 
certificates for passenger transport aircraft with either a 
passenger capacity of 30 or more, or a payload capacity of 7,500 
pounds (3,402 kg) or more, which have received their certification 
after January 1st, 1958, are required to conduct a design review 
against explosion risks.
    This Airworthiness Directive (AD), which is the result of one of 
these design reviews, requires a wiring modification of the FQIS 
(Fuel Quantity Indication System) Signal conditioner 28VDC (volts 
direct current) supply and replacement of the Fuel Pump harness 
inside the wing tanks (both LH and RH (left- and right-hand)).

    The unsafe condition is the potential of ignition sources inside 
fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could 
result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane. The 
corrective actions include functional and operational tests. 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.

Explanation of Change to Applicability

    We have revised the applicability of the existing AD to identify 
the type certificate holder as published in the most recent type 
certificate data sheet for the affected model.

Conclusion

    We reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and 
the

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public interest require adopting the AD with the change described 
previously. We determined that this change will not increase the 
economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of the AD.

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 6 products of U.S. 
registry. We also estimate that it will take about 80 work-hours per 
product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average 
labor rate is $80 per work-hour. Required parts will cost about $14,040 
per product. Where the service information lists required parts costs 
that are covered under warranty, we have assumed that there will be no 
charge for these parts. As we do not control warranty coverage for 
affected parties, some parties may incur costs higher than estimated 
here. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD to the 
U.S. operators to be $122,640, or $20,440 per product.

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 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 this AD:
    1. Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866;
    2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and
    3. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to 
comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket.

Examining the AD Docket

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

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

0
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 FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new AD:

2008-22-07 Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems: Amendment 39-15702. Docket No. 
FAA-2008-0848; Directorate Identifier 2008-NM-082-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective December 
5, 2008.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems Model SAAB 2000 
airplanes, certificated in any category, all serial numbers.

Subject

    (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 28: Fuel.

Reason

    (e) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) 
states:
    Subsequent to accidents involving Fuel Tank System explosions in 
flight * * * and on ground, the FAA has published Special Federal 
Aviation Regulation 88 (SFAR88) in June 2001. In their Letters 
referenced 04/00/02/07/01-L296 dated March 4th, 2002 and 04/00/02/
07/03-L024, dated February 3rd, 2003, the Joint Aviation Authorities 
(JAA) recommended the application of a similar regulation to the 
National Aviation Authorities (NAA).
    Under current European Union regulation, all holders of type 
certificates for passenger transport aircraft with either a 
passenger capacity of 30 or more, or a payload capacity of 7,500 
pounds (3,402 kg) or more, which have received their certification 
after January 1st, 1958, are required to conduct a design review 
against explosion risks.
    This Airworthiness Directive (AD), which is the result of one of 
these design reviews, requires a wiring modification of the FQIS 
(Fuel Quantity Indication System) Signal conditioner 28VDC (volts 
direct current) supply and replacement of the Fuel Pump harness 
inside the wing tanks (both LH and RH (left- and right-hand)).
    The unsafe condition is the potential of ignition sources inside 
fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could 
result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane. 
The corrective actions include functional and operational tests.

Actions and Compliance

    (f) Unless already done, do the following actions.
    (1) Within 72 months after the effective date of this AD, 
replace the fuel pump harness inside each (both left- and right-
hand) inboard wing fuel tank in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Saab 2000 Service Bulletin 2000-28-013, dated 
October 11, 2007 (Modification 6250), including a follow-up 
functional test and operational test.
    (2) Within 72 months after the effective date of this AD, modify 
the wiring of the 28 VDC supply to the signal conditioner and the 
132VP (feed-through connector) in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Saab 2000 Service Bulletin 2000-28-014, Revision 02, 
dated January 23, 2008 (Modification 6251), including the follow-up 
operational test.
    (3) Actions done before the effective date of this AD in 
accordance with Saab 2000 Service Bulletin 2000-28-014, Revision 01, 
dated November 6, 2007, are acceptable for

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compliance with the requirements of paragraph (f)(2) of this AD.

FAA AD Differences

    Note: This AD differs from the MCAI and/or service information 
as follows: No differences.

Other FAA AD Provisions

    (g) The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using 
the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: 
Shahram Daneshmandi, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-
116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., 
Renton, Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 227-1112; fax (425) 
227-1149. 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.
    (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain 
corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these 
actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered 
FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority 
(or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product 
is airworthy before it is returned to service.
    (3) Reporting Requirements: For any reporting requirement in 
this AD, under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information 
collection requirements and has assigned OMB Control Number 2120-
0056.

Related Information

    (h) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness 
Directive 2008-0031, dated February 15, 2008; Saab 2000 Service 
Bulletin 2000-28-013, dated October 11, 2007; and Saab 2000 Service 
Bulletin 2000-28-014, Revision 02, dated January 23, 2008; for 
related information.

Material Incorporated by Reference

    (i) You must use Saab 2000 Service Bulletin 2000-28-013, dated 
October 11, 2007; and Saab 2000 Service Bulletin 2000-28-014, 
Revision 02, dated January 23, 2008; as applicable; to do the 
actions required by this AD, 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 Saab 
Aircraft AB, SAAB Aerosystems, SE-581.88, Link[ouml]ping, Sweden; 
telephone 011 46 13 18 5591; fax 011 46 13 18 4874; e-mail http://
www.saab2000.techsupport@saabgroup.com">www.saab2000.techsupport@saabgroup.com; Internet http://
www.saabgroup.com.
    (3) 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/code_of_
federal_regulations/ibr_locations.html.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on October 9, 2008.
Ali Bahrami,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. E8-25307 Filed 10-30-08; 8:45 am]
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