Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330 Airplanes; and Model A340-200 and -300 Airplanes, 75307-75312 [E8-29076]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 239 / Thursday, December 11, 2008 / Rules and Regulations February 21, 2008, except as provided by paragraph (i) of this AD. Do all applicable corrective actions before further flight. Repeat the applicable inspection at the applicable time specified in paragraph 1.E. of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–57A2323, dated February 21, 2008. Modification of Fail Safe Links of Main Carriage (g) For Groups 1, 2, and 3 airplanes: Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, replace the fail-safe links, pins, and attachment hardware in accordance with Part 2 of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–57A2323, dated February 21, 2008. Exception to Compliance Times (h) Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–57A2323, dated February 21, 2008, specifies counting the compliance time from ‘‘* * * the date on this service bulletin,’’ this AD requires counting the compliance time from the effective date of this AD. Exception to Corrective Actions (i) If any fractured support fitting is found during any inspection required by this AD, and Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747– 57A2323, dated February 21, 2008, specifies to contact Boeing for appropriate action: Before further flight, repair using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (j) of this AD. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with RULES Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (j)(1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA, ATTN: Gary Oltman, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 917–6443; fax (425) 917–6590; has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. (2) To request a different method of compliance or a different compliance time for this AD, follow the procedures in 14 CFR 39.19. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO. (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair required by this AD, if it is approved by an Authorized Representative for the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Delegation Option Authorization Organization who has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO, to make those findings. For a repair method to be approved, the repair must meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD. Material Incorporated by Reference (k) You must use Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–57A2323, dated February 21, 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 this service information under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:21 Dec 10, 2008 Jkt 217001 (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H–65, Seattle, Washington 98124–2207; telephone 206–544–5000, extension 1, fax 206–766– 5680; e-mail me.boecom@boeing.com; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. (3) You may review copies of the service information that is incorporated by reference at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221 or 425–227–1152. (4) You may also review copies of the service information 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 November 28, 2008. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E8–29073 Filed 12–10–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2007–27739; Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–250–AD; Amendment 39–15760; AD 2008–25–02] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330 Airplanes; and Model A340–200 and –300 Airplanes AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. 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: * * * * * The aim of * * * [Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 88] is to require all holders of type certificates * * * to carry out a definition review against explosion hazards. The unsafe condition is the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 75307 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 January 15, 2009. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of January 15, 2009. 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: Tim Backman, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–2797; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to the specified products. That supplemental NPRM was published in the Federal Register on June 17, 2008 (73 FR 34228). That supplemental NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: [T]he FAA published SFAR 88 (Special Federal Aviation Regulation 88). By mail referenced 04/00/02/07/01–L296 of March 4th, 2002 and 04/00/02/07/03–L024 of February 3rd, 2003 the JAA (Joint Aviation Authorities) recommended to the National Aviation Authorities (NAA) the application of a similar regulation. The aim of this regulation is to require all holders of type certificates for passenger transport aircraft certified after January 1st, 1958 with a capacity of 30 passengers or more, or a payload of 3,402 kg or more, to carry out a definition review against explosion hazards. Consequently, the following measures [are] rendered mandatory * * *: • [inspection and] replacement [if necessary] of the white P-clips by blue Pclips which are more fuel resistant remove the risks of fuel quantity indicator (FQI) and fuel level sensor system (FLSS) harnesses chafing against the metallic part of the P-clip, • Modification of electrical bonding of equipment installed in fuel tanks in order to re-establish the conformity with the design definition by introducing additional bonding leads, electrical bonding points and electrical bonding of a support bracket for a diffuser assembly installed between Rib 1 and Rib 2 on the stringers of the Number 1 bottom skin panel, E:\FR\FM\11DER1.SGM 11DER1 75308 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 239 / Thursday, December 11, 2008 / Rules and Regulations • Modification of bonding points, installation of additional bonding leads and other modifications of the Additional Center Tank (ACT), • Modification to increase the distance between metallic parts on the THS Trim Tank, • Installation of a bonding lead between the bonding tags on the Jettison valve actuator and drive assembly. This new AD supersedes EASA AD 2006– 0322, taking over its requirements and: • Mandates SB [service bulletin] A330–28– 3082 Revision 04 which introduces an additional work for some bonding points which were omitted from the center tank at original issue (action n°2 [paragraph (f)(2) of this AD]); • Mandates SB A340–28–4097 Revision 03 which introduces an additional work by addition of electrical bondings omitted from previous revisions (action n°2); • Introduces an extension of the required compliance time to perform action n°4 for those aircraft already compliant with AIRBUS AOT 55–03 dated 22 August 1996 (‘‘solution A’’), mandated by DGAC ´ ´ [Direction Generale de l’Aviation Civile] AD F–1996–178–049(B) R1 and DGAC AD F– 1996–177–038(B) with a compliance time of November 15th, 1996; • Refers to the latest revision of certain AIRBUS SBs. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with RULES 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. You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket. Explanation of New Service Information Airbus has issued Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–28–3082, Revision 05, including Appendix 1, dated May 27, 2008. We referred to Revision 04 of that service bulletin, dated August 3, 2007, as the appropriate source of service information for accomplishing certain actions specified in the supplemental NPRM. Revision 05 of the service bulletin was issued to delete information relating to the bonding of a bracket at Stringer 14 between Rib 1 and Rib 2, which is not applicable to the Model A330 airplanes affected by that service bulletin. Revision 05 also includes additional kits and other minor editorial changes. No additional work is required for airplanes modified in accordance with Revision 04. We have changed Table 1 of this AD to include a reference to Revision 05, in addition to Revision 04, of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–28– 3082 for defining the applicability of certain paragraphs. We have also changed paragraphs (f)(2)(i) and (f)(2)(iii) of this AD to specify Revision 05 of the service bulletin as the VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:21 Dec 10, 2008 Jkt 217001 appropriate source of service information for doing the actions in those paragraphs, and we have changed Table 2 of this AD to list Revision 04 of the service bulletin as acceptable for accomplishment of the actions before the effective date of this AD. Finally, we have changed Table 3 of this AD to include Revision 05 of the service bulletin in the list of related service information. 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 with the changes described previously. We determined that these changes 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 28 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 670 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 $2,718 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 $1,576,904, or $56,318 per product. PO 00000 Frm 00004 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 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. E:\FR\FM\11DER1.SGM 11DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 239 / Thursday, December 11, 2008 / Rules and Regulations Subject 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: ■ 2008–25–02 Airbus: Amendment 39–15760. Docket No. FAA–2007–27739; Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–250–AD. Effective Date (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective January 15, 2009. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to all Airbus Model A330, A340–200, and A340–300 airplanes, all certified models, all serial numbers, certificated in any category. (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Codes 28: Fuel, and 55: Stabilizers. Reason (e) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) states: [T]he FAA published SFAR 88 (Special Federal Aviation Regulation 88). By mail referenced 04/00/02/07/01–L296 of March 4th, 2002 and 04/00/02/07/03–L024 of February 3rd, 2003, the JAA (Joint Aviation Authorities) recommended to the National Aviation Authorities (NAA) the application of a similar regulation. The aim of this regulation is to require all holders of type certificates for passenger transport aircraft certified after January 1st, 1958 with a capacity of 30 passengers or more, or a payload of 3,402 kg or more, to carry out a definition review against explosion hazards. Consequently, the following measures [are] rendered mandatory * * *: • [inspection and] replacement [if necessary] of the white P-clips by blue Pclips which are more fuel resistant remove the risks of fuel quantity indicator (FQI) and fuel level sensor system (FLSS) harnesses chafing against the metallic part of the P-clip, • Modification of electrical bonding of equipment installed in fuel tanks in order to re-establish the conformity with the design definition by introducing additional bonding leads, electrical bonding points and electrical bonding of a support bracket for a diffuser assembly installed between Rib 1 and Rib 2 on the stringers of the Number 1 bottom skin panel, • Modification of bonding points, installation of additional bonding leads and 75309 other modifications of the Additional Center Tank (ACT), • Modification to increase the distance between metallic parts on the THS (trimmable horizontal stabilizer) Trim Tank, • Installation of a bonding lead between the bonding tags on the Jettison valve actuator and drive assembly. This new AD supersedes EASA AD 2006– 0322, taking over its requirements and: • Mandates SB [service bulletin] A330–28– 3082 Revision 04 which introduces an additional work for some bonding points which were omitted from the center tank at original issue (action n°2 [paragraph (f)(2) of this AD]); • Mandates SB A340–28–4097 Revision 03 which introduces an additional work by addition of electrical bondings omitted from previous revisions (action n°2); • Introduces an extension of the required compliance time to perform action n°4 for those aircraft already compliant with AIRBUS AOT 55–03 dated 22 August 1996 (‘‘solution A’’), mandated by DGAC ´ ´ [Direction Generale de l’Aviation Civile] AD F–1996–178–049(B) R1 and DGAC AD F– 1996–177–038(B) with a compliance time of November 15th, 1996; • Refers to the latest revision of certain AIRBUS SBs. 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. Actions and Compliance (f) Unless already done, do the actions in paragraphs (f)(1), (f)(2), (f)(3), (f)(4), and (f)(5) of this AD for the applicable airplanes identified in Table 1 of this AD. TABLE 1—APPLICABLE PARAGRAPHS BY MODEL Except airplanes— Are affected by these paragraphs of this AD— Model A330, A340–200, and A340–330 airplanes. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with RULES These airplane models— On which Airbus Modification 47634 has been embodied in production. • On which both Airbus Modifications 49135 and 49630 have been embodied in production. • Both Airbus Modifications 51825 and 55118 have been embodied in production. • That have been modified in-service in accordance with both Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–28–3082, Revision 04, including Appendix 01, dated August 3, 2007, or Revision 05, including Appendix 1, dated May 27, 2008; and Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–28–3101, Revision 01, dated October 11, 2006. • That have been modified in-service in accordance with both Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–28–4097, Revision 03, including Appendix 01, dated July 3, 2007; and Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–28–4118, Revision 02, dated July 10, 2007. (f)(1). VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:38 Dec 10, 2008 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (f)(2)(i), except as provided by paragraphs (f)(2)(ii) and (f)(2)(iii) of this AD. E:\FR\FM\11DER1.SGM 11DER1 75310 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 239 / Thursday, December 11, 2008 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 1—APPLICABLE PARAGRAPHS BY MODEL—Continued These airplane models— Except airplanes— Are affected by these paragraphs of this AD— Model A330 airplanes on which the actions specified in Airbus Service Bulletin A330– 28–3082, dated June 14, 2004, have been accomplished before the effective date of this AD; and Model A340–200 and A340– 300 airplanes on which the actions specified in Airbus Service Bulletin A340–28–4097, dated June 14, 2004, Revision 01, dated March 3, 2005, or Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–28–4097, Revision 02, dated August 16, 2006, have been accomplished before the effective date of this AD. • On which both Airbus Modifications 49135 and 49630 have been embodied in production. • Both Airbus Modifications 51825 and 55118 have been embodied in production. • That have been modified in-service in accordance with both Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–28–3082, Revision 04, including Appendix 01, dated August 3, 2007, or Revision 05, including Appendix 1, dated May 27, 2008; and Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–28–3101, Revision 01, dated October 11, 2006. • That have been modified in-service in accordance with both Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–28–4097, Revision 03, including Appendix 01, dated July 3, 2007, and Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–28–4118, Revision 02, dated July 10, 2007. That have been modified in service by Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–28–4078, Revision 01, dated January 25, 2007. (f)(2)(ii) and (f)(2)(iii). • On which Airbus Modification 44252 has been embodied in production. • That have been modified in-service in accordance with Airbus Service Bulletin A340– 55–4017, dated August 20, 1996; Revision 1, dated February 12, 2007; or Revision 02, dated March 16, 2007. • On which Airbus Modification 44252 has been embodied in production. • That have been modified in-service in accordance with Airbus Service Bulletin A330– 55–3016, dated August 20, 1996; Revision 1 dated February 12, 1997; or Revision 02, dated March 16, 2007. On which the improvement of the THS lightning strike protection has already been performed before the effective date of this AD in accordance with Airbus A330/A340 All Operators Telex 55–03, dated August 22, 1996 (‘‘solution A’’), mandated by Direction ´ ´ Generale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC) Airworthiness Directive F–1996–178–049(B) R1, and DGAC Airworthiness Directive F– 1996–177–038(B), with a compliance time of November 15, 1996. • On which Airbus Modification 46142 has been embodied in production. • That have been modified in-service in accordance with Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–28–4073, Revision 02, dated March 8, 2007. (f)(4)(i), except as provided by paragraph (f)(4)(ii) of this AD. (i) For airplanes affected by this paragraph, as specified in Table 1 of this AD: Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, modify the electrical bonding of the equipment installed in fuel tanks, in accordance with both Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–28–3082, Revision 05, including Appendix 1, dated May 27, 2008, and Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–28–3101, Revision 01, dated October 11, 2006; or both Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–28–4097, Revision 03, including Appendix 01, dated July 3, 2007, and Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–28–4118, Revision 02, dated July 10, 2007; as applicable. (ii) For airplanes affected by this paragraph, as specified in Table 1 of this AD: Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, modify the electrical bonding of the equipment installed in fuel tanks, in accordance with Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–28–3101, Revision 01, dated October 11, 2006; or Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–28–4118, Revision 02, dated July 10, 2007; as applicable. (iii) For airplanes affected by this paragraph, as specified in Table 1 of this AD: Model A340–200 and A340–300 airplanes that have the ACT embodied in production or in service (Airbus Modification 42612, 44002, or 44005). Model A340–200 and A340–300 airplanes ....... Model A330–301, –321, –322, –341, –342 airplanes. Model A330–301, –321, –322, –341, –342 airplanes; and Model A340–200 and A340–300 airplanes. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with RULES Model A340–200 and A340–300 airplanes ....... (1) Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, do a detailed visual inspection of the P-clips in the wings and center fuel tanks, and apply the applicable corrective actions, in accordance with the applicable instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–28–3092, Revision 01, dated December 14, 2005; or Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–28–4107, Revision 01, dated December 14, 2005. (2) Do the requirements of paragraphs (f)(2)(i), (f)(2)(ii), and (f)(2)(iii) of this AD, as applicable, at the times specified in those paragraphs. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:21 Dec 10, 2008 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (f)(3). (f)(4)(i), except as provided by paragraph (f)(4)(ii) of this AD. (f)(4)(ii). (f)(5). E:\FR\FM\11DER1.SGM 11DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 239 / Thursday, December 11, 2008 / Rules and Regulations Within 48 months after the effective date of this AD, do the additional work specified in Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–28– 3082, Revision 05, including Appendix 1, dated May 27, 2008; or Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–28–4097, Revision 03, including Appendix 01, dated July 3, 2007; in accordance with the accomplishment instructions of those service bulletins, as applicable. (3) Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, modify the electrical bonding in the ACT in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–28–4078, Revision 01, dated January 25, 2007. (4) Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, do the requirements of paragraphs (f)(4)(i) and (f)(4)(ii), as applicable. (i) For airplanes affected by this paragraph, as specified in Table 1 of this AD: Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, increase the distance between metallic parts on the THS trim tank in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–55–3016, Revision 02, March 16, 2007; or Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–55–4017, Revision 02, dated March 16, 2007; as applicable. (ii) For airplanes affected by this paragraph, as specified in Table 1 of this AD: At the first THS removal from the aircraft done for any reason after the effective date of this AD (e.g., fuselage stress jacking, and repair) when the airplane is on a support tool (lifting and resting point fittings must be installed), or at the time of the first maintenance task that requires the use of THS lifting and resting point fittings, 75311 whichever occurs earlier, increase the distance between metallic parts on the THS trim tank in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–55–3016, Revision 02, March 16, 2007; or Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–55–4017, Revision 02, dated March 16, 2007; as applicable. (5) Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, install a bonding lead between the bonding tags on the jettison valve actuator and drive assembly in accordance with the instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–28–4073, Revision 02, dated March 8, 2007. (6) Actions done before the effective date of this AD in accordance with the service bulletins listed in Table 2 of this AD are acceptable for compliance with the corresponding requirements of this AD. TABLE 2—CREDIT SERVICE BULLETINS Airbus Service information Revision level Date Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–28–3082 ......... Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–28–3082 ......... Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–28–3082 ......... Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–28–3101 ......... Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–28–4118 ......... Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–28–4118 ......... Service Bulletin A330–28–3082 ........................... Service Bulletin A330–55–3016 ........................... Service Bulletin A330–55–3016 ........................... Service Bulletin A340–28–4073 ........................... Service Bulletin A340–28–4073 ........................... Service Bulletin A340–28–4078 ........................... Service Bulletin A340–55–4017 ........................... Service Bulletin A340–55–4017 ........................... 02 ..................... 03 ..................... 04 ..................... Original ............. Original ............. 01 ..................... 01 ..................... Original ............. 1 ....................... Original ............. 01 ..................... Original ............. Original ............. 1 ....................... August 11, 2006 ........... November 15, 2006 ..... August 3, 2007 ............. June 5, 2006 ................ June 5, 2006 ................ October 11, 2006 ......... March 2, 2005 .............. August 20, 1996 ........... February 12, 1997 ....... May 14, 1998 ............... October 9, 1998 ........... March 17, 2000 ............ August 20, 1996 ........... February 12, 1997 ....... FAA AD Differences Note 1: 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, ANM–116, International Branch, 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: Tim Backman, Aerospace Engineer, ANM–116, International Corresponding paragraphs (f)(2)(i) of this AD. (f)(2)(i) and (f)(2)(iii) of this AD. (f)(2)(i) and (f)(2)(iii) of this AD. (f)(2)(i) and (f)(2)(ii) of this AD. (f)(2)(i) and (f)(2)(ii) of this AD. (f)(2)(i) and (f)(2)(ii) of this AD. (f)(2)(i) of this AD. (f)(4)(i) and (f)(4)(ii) of this AD. (f)(4)(i) and (f)(4)(ii) of this AD. (f)(5) of this AD. (f)(5) of this AD. (f)(3) of this AD. (f)(4)(i) and (f)(4)(ii) of this AD. (f)(4)(i) and (f)(4)(ii) of this AD. Branch, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Ave. SW., Renton, Washington, 98057–3356, telephone (425) 227–2797; 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 FAAapproved 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 (EASA) Airworthiness Directive 2007–0278, dated November 5, 2007 [Corrected: November 8, 2007], and the service bulletins in Table 3 of this AD, for related information. TABLE 3—RELATED SERVICE BULLETINS jlentini on PROD1PC65 with RULES Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin Revision level A330–28–3082, including Appendix 1 ................................................................................................ A330–28–3092, excluding Appendix 01 ............................................................................................. A330–28–3101 .................................................................................................................................... A330–55–3016 .................................................................................................................................... A340–28–4073 .................................................................................................................................... A340–28–4078 .................................................................................................................................... A340–28–4097, including Appendix 01 .............................................................................................. A340–28–4107, excluding Appendix 01 ............................................................................................. A340–28–4118 .................................................................................................................................... A340–55–4017 .................................................................................................................................... VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:21 Dec 10, 2008 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\11DER1.SGM 05 01 01 02 02 01 03 01 02 02 11DER1 Date May 27, 2008. December 14, 2005. October 11, 2006. March 16, 2007. March 8, 2007. January 25, 2007. July 3, 2007. December 14, 2005. July 10, 2007. March 16, 2007. 75312 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 239 / Thursday, December 11, 2008 / Rules and Regulations Material Incorporated by Reference (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus SAS—Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; fax +33 5 61 93 45 80, e-mail airworthiness.A330A340@airbus.com; Internet http:// www.airbus.com. (3) You may review copies of the service information that is incorporated by reference at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, (i) You must use the service information specified in Table 4 of this AD 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. Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221 or 425–227–1152. (4) You may also review copies of the service information 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. TABLE 4—MATERIAL INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin Revision level A330–28–3082, including Appendix 1 ................................................................................................ A330–28–3092, excluding Appendix 01 ............................................................................................. A330–28–3101 .................................................................................................................................... A330–55–3016 .................................................................................................................................... A340–28–4073 .................................................................................................................................... A340–28–4078 .................................................................................................................................... A340–28–4097, including Appendix 01 .............................................................................................. A340–28–4107, excluding Appendix 01 ............................................................................................. A340–28–4118 .................................................................................................................................... A340–55–4017 .................................................................................................................................... 14 CFR Part 39 CL–600–2D24 aircraft fuel system against new fuel tank safety standards. * * * The assessment showed that due to the close proximity of intrinsically safe fuel system wiring with other wiring, a single failure from wire chafing at various locations of the fuselage could result in an ignition source inside the fuel tank. In addition, chafing of the temperature sensor wiring against the high power wiring in the avionics compartment could lead to overheating of the temperature sensor and hot surface ignition. The presence of an ignition source inside the fuel tank could result in a fuel tank explosion. [Docket No. FAA–2008–1007; Directorate Identifier 2008–NM–135–AD; Amendment 39–15761; AD 2008–25–03] We are issuing this AD to require actions to correct the unsafe condition on these products. Issued in Renton, Washington, on November 26, 2008. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E8–29076 Filed 12–10–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier Model CL–600–2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701 & 702) Airplanes and Model CL–600–2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with RULES 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: Bombardier Aerospace has completed a system safety review of the CL–600–2C10/ VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:21 Dec 10, 2008 Jkt 217001 DATES: This AD becomes effective January 15, 2009. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of January 15, 2009. 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. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rocco Viselli, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe and Propulsion Branch, ANE– 171, FAA, New York Aircraft Certification Office, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, New York 11590; telephone (516) 228–7331; fax (516) 794–5531. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 05 01 01 02 02 01 03 01 02 02 Date May 27, 2008. December 14, 2005. October 11, 2006. March 16, 2007. March 8, 2007. January 25, 2007. July 3, 2007. December 14, 2005. July 10, 2007. March 16, 2007. 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 September 23, 2008 (73 FR 54749). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: Bombardier Aerospace has completed a system safety review of the CL–600–2C10/ CL–600–2D24 aircraft fuel system against new fuel tank safety standards, introduced in Chapter 525 of the Airworthiness Manual through Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) 2002–043. The identified noncompliances were assessed using Transport Canada Policy Letter No. 525–001 to determine if mandatory corrective action was required. The assessment showed that due to the close proximity of intrinsically safe fuel system wiring with other wiring, a single failure from wire chafing at various locations of the fuselage could result in an ignition source inside the fuel tank. In addition, chafing of the temperature sensor wiring against the high power wiring in the avionics compartment could lead to overheating of the temperature sensor and hot surface ignition. The presence of an ignition source inside the fuel tank could result in a fuel tank explosion. To correct the unsafe condition, this directive mandates the installation of conduit and the addition of spacers to protect fuel tank wiring. 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 E:\FR\FM\11DER1.SGM 11DER1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 239 (Thursday, December 11, 2008)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 75307-75312]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-29076]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2007-27739; Directorate Identifier 2006-NM-250-AD; 
Amendment 39-15760; AD 2008-25-02]
RIN 2120-AA64


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

* * * * *
    The aim of * * * [Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 88] 
is to require all holders of type certificates * * * to carry out a 
definition review against explosion hazards.

    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 January 15, 2009.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of January 15, 
2009.

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: Tim Backman, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 
1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 
227-2797; fax (425) 227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    We issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to 
amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to the specified 
products. That supplemental NPRM was published in the Federal Register 
on June 17, 2008 (73 FR 34228). That supplemental NPRM proposed to 
correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI 
states:

    [T]he FAA published SFAR 88 (Special Federal Aviation Regulation 
88).
    By mail referenced 04/00/02/07/01-L296 of March 4th, 2002 and 
04/00/02/07/03-L024 of February 3rd, 2003 the JAA (Joint Aviation 
Authorities) recommended to the National Aviation Authorities (NAA) 
the application of a similar regulation.
    The aim of this regulation is to require all holders of type 
certificates for passenger transport aircraft certified after 
January 1st, 1958 with a capacity of 30 passengers or more, or a 
payload of 3,402 kg or more, to carry out a definition review 
against explosion hazards.
    Consequently, the following measures [are] rendered mandatory * 
* *:
     [inspection and] replacement [if necessary] of the 
white P-clips by blue P-clips which are more fuel resistant remove 
the risks of fuel quantity indicator (FQI) and fuel level sensor 
system (FLSS) harnesses chafing against the metallic part of the P-
clip,
     Modification of electrical bonding of equipment 
installed in fuel tanks in order to re-establish the conformity with 
the design definition by introducing additional bonding leads, 
electrical bonding points and electrical bonding of a support 
bracket for a diffuser assembly installed between Rib 1 and Rib 2 on 
the stringers of the Number 1 bottom skin panel,

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     Modification of bonding points, installation of 
additional bonding leads and other modifications of the Additional 
Center Tank (ACT),
     Modification to increase the distance between metallic 
parts on the THS Trim Tank,
     Installation of a bonding lead between the bonding tags 
on the Jettison valve actuator and drive assembly.
    This new AD supersedes EASA AD 2006-0322, taking over its 
requirements and:
     Mandates SB [service bulletin] A330-28-3082 Revision 04 
which introduces an additional work for some bonding points which 
were omitted from the center tank at original issue (action n[deg]2 
[paragraph (f)(2) of this AD]);
     Mandates SB A340-28-4097 Revision 03 which introduces 
an additional work by addition of electrical bondings omitted from 
previous revisions (action n[deg]2);
     Introduces an extension of the required compliance time 
to perform action n[deg]4 for those aircraft already compliant with 
AIRBUS AOT 55-03 dated 22 August 1996 (``solution A''), mandated by 
DGAC [Direction G[eacute]n[eacute]rale de l'Aviation Civile] AD F-
1996-178-049(B) R1 and DGAC AD F-1996-177-038(B) with a compliance 
time of November 15th, 1996;
     Refers to the latest revision of certain AIRBUS SBs.

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. You may 
obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket.

Explanation of New Service Information

    Airbus has issued Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-28-3082, Revision 
05, including Appendix 1, dated May 27, 2008. We referred to Revision 
04 of that service bulletin, dated August 3, 2007, as the appropriate 
source of service information for accomplishing certain actions 
specified in the supplemental NPRM. Revision 05 of the service bulletin 
was issued to delete information relating to the bonding of a bracket 
at Stringer 14 between Rib 1 and Rib 2, which is not applicable to the 
Model A330 airplanes affected by that service bulletin. Revision 05 
also includes additional kits and other minor editorial changes. No 
additional work is required for airplanes modified in accordance with 
Revision 04.
    We have changed Table 1 of this AD to include a reference to 
Revision 05, in addition to Revision 04, of Airbus Mandatory Service 
Bulletin A330-28-3082 for defining the applicability of certain 
paragraphs. We have also changed paragraphs (f)(2)(i) and (f)(2)(iii) 
of this AD to specify Revision 05 of the service bulletin as the 
appropriate source of service information for doing the actions in 
those paragraphs, and we have changed Table 2 of this AD to list 
Revision 04 of the service bulletin as acceptable for accomplishment of 
the actions before the effective date of this AD. Finally, we have 
changed Table 3 of this AD to include Revision 05 of the service 
bulletin in the list of related service information.

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 with the changes described 
previously. We determined that these changes 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 28 products of U.S. registry. 
We also estimate that it will take about 670 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 $2,718 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 $1,576,904, or $56,318 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.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

0
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]

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

2008-25-02 Airbus: Amendment 39-15760. Docket No. FAA-2007-27739; 
Directorate Identifier 2006-NM-250-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective January 
15, 2009.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to all Airbus Model A330, A340-200, and 
A340-300 airplanes, all certified models, all serial numbers, 
certificated in any category.

Subject

    (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Codes 28: Fuel, 
and 55: Stabilizers.

Reason

    (e) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) 
states:
    [T]he FAA published SFAR 88 (Special Federal Aviation Regulation 
88).
    By mail referenced 04/00/02/07/01-L296 of March 4th, 2002 and 
04/00/02/07/03-L024 of February 3rd, 2003, the JAA (Joint Aviation 
Authorities) recommended to the National Aviation Authorities (NAA) 
the application of a similar regulation.
    The aim of this regulation is to require all holders of type 
certificates for passenger transport aircraft certified after 
January 1st, 1958 with a capacity of 30 passengers or more, or a 
payload of 3,402 kg or more, to carry out a definition review 
against explosion hazards.
    Consequently, the following measures [are] rendered mandatory * 
* *:
     [inspection and] replacement [if necessary] of the 
white P-clips by blue P-clips which are more fuel resistant remove 
the risks of fuel quantity indicator (FQI) and fuel level sensor 
system (FLSS) harnesses chafing against the metallic part of the P-
clip,
     Modification of electrical bonding of equipment 
installed in fuel tanks in order to re-establish the conformity with 
the design definition by introducing additional bonding leads, 
electrical bonding points and electrical bonding of a support 
bracket for a diffuser assembly installed between Rib 1 and Rib 2 on 
the stringers of the Number 1 bottom skin panel,
     Modification of bonding points, installation of 
additional bonding leads and other modifications of the Additional 
Center Tank (ACT),
     Modification to increase the distance between metallic 
parts on the THS (trimmable horizontal stabilizer) Trim Tank,
     Installation of a bonding lead between the bonding tags 
on the Jettison valve actuator and drive assembly.
    This new AD supersedes EASA AD 2006-0322, taking over its 
requirements and:
     Mandates SB [service bulletin] A330-28-3082 Revision 04 
which introduces an additional work for some bonding points which 
were omitted from the center tank at original issue (action n[deg]2 
[paragraph (f)(2) of this AD]);
     Mandates SB A340-28-4097 Revision 03 which introduces 
an additional work by addition of electrical bondings omitted from 
previous revisions (action n[deg]2);
     Introduces an extension of the required compliance time 
to perform action n[deg]4 for those aircraft already compliant with 
AIRBUS AOT 55-03 dated 22 August 1996 (``solution A''), mandated by 
DGAC [Direction G[eacute]n[eacute]rale de l'Aviation Civile] AD F-
1996-178-049(B) R1 and DGAC AD F-1996-177-038(B) with a compliance 
time of November 15th, 1996;
     Refers to the latest revision of certain AIRBUS SBs.
    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.

Actions and Compliance

    (f) Unless already done, do the actions in paragraphs (f)(1), 
(f)(2), (f)(3), (f)(4), and (f)(5) of this AD for the applicable 
airplanes identified in Table 1 of this AD.

                 Table 1--Applicable Paragraphs by Model
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                                                        Are affected by
     These airplane models--      Except airplanes--   these paragraphs
                                                         of this AD--
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Model A330, A340-200, and A340-   On which Airbus     (f)(1).
 330 airplanes.                    Modification
                                   47634 has been
                                   embodied in
                                   production.
                                   On which   (f)(2)(i), except
                                   both Airbus         as provided by
                                   Modifications       paragraphs
                                   49135 and 49630     (f)(2)(ii) and
                                   have been           (f)(2)(iii) of
                                   embodied in         this AD.
                                   production.
                                   Both
                                   Airbus
                                   Modifications
                                   51825 and 55118
                                   have been
                                   embodied in
                                   production.
                                   That have
                                   been modified in-
                                   service in
                                   accordance with
                                   both Airbus
                                   Mandatory Service
                                   Bulletin A330-28-
                                   3082, Revision
                                   04, including
                                   Appendix 01,
                                   dated August 3,
                                   2007, or Revision
                                   05, including
                                   Appendix 1, dated
                                   May 27, 2008; and
                                   Airbus Mandatory
                                   Service Bulletin
                                   A330-28-3101,
                                   Revision 01,
                                   dated October 11,
                                   2006.
                                   That have
                                   been modified in-
                                   service in
                                   accordance with
                                   both Airbus
                                   Mandatory Service
                                   Bulletin A340-28-
                                   4097, Revision
                                   03, including
                                   Appendix 01,
                                   dated July 3,
                                   2007; and Airbus
                                   Mandatory Service
                                   Bulletin A340-28-
                                   4118, Revision
                                   02, dated July
                                   10, 2007.

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Model A330 airplanes on which      On which   (f)(2)(ii) and
 the actions specified in Airbus   both Airbus         (f)(2)(iii).
 Service Bulletin A330-28-3082,    Modifications
 dated June 14, 2004, have been    49135 and 49630
 accomplished before the           have been
 effective date of this AD; and    embodied in
 Model A340-200 and A340-300       production.
 airplanes on which the actions    Both
 specified in Airbus Service       Airbus
 Bulletin A340-28-4097, dated      Modifications
 June 14, 2004, Revision 01,       51825 and 55118
 dated March 3, 2005, or Airbus    have been
 Mandatory Service Bulletin A340-  embodied in
 28-4097, Revision 02, dated       production.
 August 16, 2006, have been        That have
 accomplished before the           been modified in-
 effective date of this AD.        service in
                                   accordance with
                                   both Airbus
                                   Mandatory Service
                                   Bulletin A330-28-
                                   3082, Revision
                                   04, including
                                   Appendix 01,
                                   dated August 3,
                                   2007, or Revision
                                   05, including
                                   Appendix 1, dated
                                   May 27, 2008; and
                                   Airbus Mandatory
                                   Service Bulletin
                                   A330-28-3101,
                                   Revision 01,
                                   dated October 11,
                                   2006.
                                   That have
                                   been modified in-
                                   service in
                                   accordance with
                                   both Airbus
                                   Mandatory Service
                                   Bulletin A340-28-
                                   4097, Revision
                                   03, including
                                   Appendix 01,
                                   dated July 3,
                                   2007, and Airbus
                                   Mandatory Service
                                   Bulletin A340-28-
                                   4118, Revision
                                   02, dated July
                                   10, 2007.
Model A340-200 and A340-300       That have been      (f)(3).
 airplanes that have the ACT       modified in
 embodied in production or in      service by Airbus
 service (Airbus Modification      Mandatory Service
 42612, 44002, or 44005).          Bulletin A340-28-
                                   4078, Revision
                                   01, dated January
                                   25, 2007.
Model A340-200 and A340-300        On which   (f)(4)(i), except
 airplanes.                        Airbus              as provided by
                                   Modification        paragraph
                                   44252 has been      (f)(4)(ii) of
                                   embodied in         this AD.
                                   production.
                                   That have
                                   been modified in-
                                   service in
                                   accordance with
                                   Airbus Service
                                   Bulletin A340-55-
                                   4017, dated
                                   August 20, 1996;
                                   Revision 1, dated
                                   February 12,
                                   2007; or Revision
                                   02, dated March
                                   16, 2007.
Model A330-301, -321, -322, -      On which   (f)(4)(i), except
 341, -342 airplanes.              Airbus              as provided by
                                   Modification        paragraph
                                   44252 has been      (f)(4)(ii) of
                                   embodied in         this AD.
                                   production.
                                   That have
                                   been modified in-
                                   service in
                                   accordance with
                                   Airbus Service
                                   Bulletin A330-55-
                                   3016, dated
                                   August 20, 1996;
                                   Revision 1 dated
                                   February 12,
                                   1997; or Revision
                                   02, dated March
                                   16, 2007.
Model A330-301, -321, -322, -     On which the        (f)(4)(ii).
 341, -342 airplanes; and Model    improvement of
 A340-200 and A340-300 airplanes.  the THS lightning
                                   strike protection
                                   has already been
                                   performed before
                                   the effective
                                   date of this AD
                                   in accordance
                                   with Airbus A330/
                                   A340 All
                                   Operators Telex
                                   55-03, dated
                                   August 22, 1996
                                   (``solution A''),
                                   mandated by
                                   Direction
                                   G[eacute]n[eacute
                                   ]rale de
                                   l'Aviation Civile
                                   (DGAC)
                                   Airworthiness
                                   Directive F-1996-
                                   178-049(B) R1,
                                   and DGAC
                                   Airworthiness
                                   Directive F-1996-
                                   177-038(B), with
                                   a compliance time
                                   of November 15,
                                   1996.
Model A340-200 and A340-300        On which   (f)(5).
 airplanes.                        Airbus
                                   Modification
                                   46142 has been
                                   embodied in
                                   production.
                                   That have
                                   been modified in-
                                   service in
                                   accordance with
                                   Airbus Mandatory
                                   Service Bulletin
                                   A340-28-4073,
                                   Revision 02,
                                   dated March 8,
                                   2007.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    (1) Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, do a 
detailed visual inspection of the P-clips in the wings and center 
fuel tanks, and apply the applicable corrective actions, in 
accordance with the applicable instructions of Airbus Mandatory 
Service Bulletin A330-28-3092, Revision 01, dated December 14, 2005; 
or Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340-28-4107, Revision 01, 
dated December 14, 2005.
    (2) Do the requirements of paragraphs (f)(2)(i), (f)(2)(ii), and 
(f)(2)(iii) of this AD, as applicable, at the times specified in 
those paragraphs.
    (i) For airplanes affected by this paragraph, as specified in 
Table 1 of this AD: Within 24 months after the effective date of 
this AD, modify the electrical bonding of the equipment installed in 
fuel tanks, in accordance with both Airbus Mandatory Service 
Bulletin A330-28-3082, Revision 05, including Appendix 1, dated May 
27, 2008, and Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-28-3101, 
Revision 01, dated October 11, 2006; or both Airbus Mandatory 
Service Bulletin A340-28-4097, Revision 03, including Appendix 01, 
dated July 3, 2007, and Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340-28-
4118, Revision 02, dated July 10, 2007; as applicable.
    (ii) For airplanes affected by this paragraph, as specified in 
Table 1 of this AD: Within 24 months after the effective date of 
this AD, modify the electrical bonding of the equipment installed in 
fuel tanks, in accordance with Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin 
A330-28-3101, Revision 01, dated October 11, 2006; or Airbus 
Mandatory Service Bulletin A340-28-4118, Revision 02, dated July 10, 
2007; as applicable.
    (iii) For airplanes affected by this paragraph, as specified in 
Table 1 of this AD:

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Within 48 months after the effective date of this AD, do the 
additional work specified in Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-
28-3082, Revision 05, including Appendix 1, dated May 27, 2008; or 
Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340-28-4097, Revision 03, 
including Appendix 01, dated July 3, 2007; in accordance with the 
accomplishment instructions of those service bulletins, as 
applicable.
    (3) Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, modify 
the electrical bonding in the ACT in accordance with the 
Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin 
A340-28-4078, Revision 01, dated January 25, 2007.
    (4) Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, do the 
requirements of paragraphs (f)(4)(i) and (f)(4)(ii), as applicable.
    (i) For airplanes affected by this paragraph, as specified in 
Table 1 of this AD: Within 24 months after the effective date of 
this AD, increase the distance between metallic parts on the THS 
trim tank in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of 
Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-55-3016, Revision 02, March 
16, 2007; or Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340-55-4017, 
Revision 02, dated March 16, 2007; as applicable.
    (ii) For airplanes affected by this paragraph, as specified in 
Table 1 of this AD: At the first THS removal from the aircraft done 
for any reason after the effective date of this AD (e.g., fuselage 
stress jacking, and repair) when the airplane is on a support tool 
(lifting and resting point fittings must be installed), or at the 
time of the first maintenance task that requires the use of THS 
lifting and resting point fittings, whichever occurs earlier, 
increase the distance between metallic parts on the THS trim tank in 
accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory 
Service Bulletin A330-55-3016, Revision 02, March 16, 2007; or 
Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340-55-4017, Revision 02, dated 
March 16, 2007; as applicable.
    (5) Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, 
install a bonding lead between the bonding tags on the jettison 
valve actuator and drive assembly in accordance with the 
instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340-28-4073, 
Revision 02, dated March 8, 2007.
    (6) Actions done before the effective date of this AD in 
accordance with the service bulletins listed in Table 2 of this AD 
are acceptable for compliance with the corresponding requirements of 
this AD.

                                        Table 2--Credit Service Bulletins
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    Airbus Service information            Revision level                 Date           Corresponding paragraphs
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Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-28- 02........................  August 11, 2006......  (f)(2)(i) of this AD.
 3082.
Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-28- 03........................  November 15, 2006....  (f)(2)(i) and (f)(2)(iii)
 3082.                                                                                  of this AD.
Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-28- 04........................  August 3, 2007.......  (f)(2)(i) and (f)(2)(iii)
 3082.                                                                                  of this AD.
Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-28- Original..................  June 5, 2006.........  (f)(2)(i) and (f)(2)(ii)
 3101.                                                                                  of this AD.
Mandatory Service Bulletin A340-28- Original..................  June 5, 2006.........  (f)(2)(i) and (f)(2)(ii)
 4118.                                                                                  of this AD.
Mandatory Service Bulletin A340-28- 01........................  October 11, 2006.....  (f)(2)(i) and (f)(2)(ii)
 4118.                                                                                  of this AD.
Service Bulletin A330-28-3082.....  01........................  March 2, 2005........  (f)(2)(i) of this AD.
Service Bulletin A330-55-3016.....  Original..................  August 20, 1996......  (f)(4)(i) and (f)(4)(ii)
                                                                                        of this AD.
Service Bulletin A330-55-3016.....  1.........................  February 12, 1997....  (f)(4)(i) and (f)(4)(ii)
                                                                                        of this AD.
Service Bulletin A340-28-4073.....  Original..................  May 14, 1998.........  (f)(5) of this AD.
Service Bulletin A340-28-4073.....  01........................  October 9, 1998......  (f)(5) of this AD.
Service Bulletin A340-28-4078.....  Original..................  March 17, 2000.......  (f)(3) of this AD.
Service Bulletin A340-55-4017.....  Original..................  August 20, 1996......  (f)(4)(i) and (f)(4)(ii)
                                                                                        of this AD.
Service Bulletin A340-55-4017.....  1.........................  February 12, 1997....  (f)(4)(i) and (f)(4)(ii)
                                                                                        of this AD.
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FAA AD Differences

    Note 1: 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, ANM-
116, International Branch, 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: Tim 
Backman, Aerospace Engineer, ANM-116, International Branch, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Ave. SW., Renton, 
Washington, 98057-3356, telephone (425) 227-2797; 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 (EASA) 
Airworthiness Directive 2007-0278, dated November 5, 2007 
[Corrected: November 8, 2007], and the service bulletins in Table 3 
of this AD, for related information.

                                       Table 3--Related Service Bulletins
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin        Revision level                         Date
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A330-28-3082, including Appendix 1...........              05  May 27, 2008.
A330-28-3092, excluding Appendix 01..........              01  December 14, 2005.
A330-28-3101.................................              01  October 11, 2006.
A330-55-3016.................................              02  March 16, 2007.
A340-28-4073.................................              02  March 8, 2007.
A340-28-4078.................................              01  January 25, 2007.
A340-28-4097, including Appendix 01..........              03  July 3, 2007.
A340-28-4107, excluding Appendix 01..........              01  December 14, 2005.
A340-28-4118.................................              02  July 10, 2007.
A340-55-4017.................................              02  March 16, 2007.
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Material Incorporated by Reference

    (i) You must use the service information specified in Table 4 of 
this AD 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 
Airbus SAS--Airworthiness Office--EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice 
Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; fax +33 5 61 93 45 80, e-mail 
airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com.
    (3) You may review copies of the service information that is 
incorporated by reference at the FAA, Transport Airplane 
Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington. For 
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
425-227-1221 or 425-227-1152.
    (4) You may also review copies of the service information 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.

                                   Table 4--Material Incorporated by Reference
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      Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin        Revision level                         Date
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A330-28-3082, including Appendix 1...........              05  May 27, 2008.
A330-28-3092, excluding Appendix 01..........              01  December 14, 2005.
A330-28-3101.................................              01  October 11, 2006.
A330-55-3016.................................              02  March 16, 2007.
A340-28-4073.................................              02  March 8, 2007.
A340-28-4078.................................              01  January 25, 2007.
A340-28-4097, including Appendix 01..........              03  July 3, 2007.
A340-28-4107, excluding Appendix 01..........              01  December 14, 2005.
A340-28-4118.................................              02  July 10, 2007.
A340-55-4017.................................              02  March 16, 2007.
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    Issued in Renton, Washington, on November 26, 2008.
Ali Bahrami,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
 [FR Doc. E8-29076 Filed 12-10-08; 8:45 am]
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