Airworthiness Directives; Construcciones Aeronauticas, S.A. (CASA), Model C-212-DF Airplanes, 7786-7789 [E9-3261]

Download as PDF 7786 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 33 / Friday, February 20, 2009 / Rules and Regulations region.’’ Because there is no substantive change on which to seek public input, the Board has determined that the § 553(b) notice and comment procedures are unnecessary. In addition, the underlying consolidation of Federal Reserve Bank check-processing offices involves a matter relating to agency management, which is exempt from notice and comment procedures. Appendix A to Part 229—Routing Number Guide to Next-Day Availability Checks and Local Checks DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION * 14 CFR Part 39 * Head Office * For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Board is amending 12 CFR part 229 to read as follows: PART 229—AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS AND COLLECTION OF CHECKS (REGULATION CC) 2110 2111 2112 2113 2114 2115 2116 2117 2118 2119 2210 2211 2212 2213 2214 2215 2216 2219 2260 2280 2310 2311 2312 2313 2319 2360 2510 2514 2520 2521 2522 2540 2550 2560 2570 0110 1 0111 0112 0113 0114 0115 0116 0117 0118 0119 0210 0211 0212 0213 0214 0215 0216 0219 0260 0280 0310 0311 0312 0313 0319 0360 0510 0514 0520 0521 0522 0540 0550 0560 0570 List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 229 ■ * [Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia] In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506; 5 CFR 1320 Appendix A.1), the Board has reviewed the final rule under authority delegated to the Board by the Office of Management and Budget. The technical amendment to appendix A of Regulation CC will delete the reference to the Baltimore branch office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and reassign the routing symbols listed under that office to the head office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The depository institutions that are located in the affected check-processing regions and that include the routing numbers in their disclosure statements would be required to notify customers of the resulting change in availability under § 229.18(e). However, all paperwork collection procedures associated with Regulation CC already are in place, and the Board accordingly anticipates that no additional burden will be imposed as a result of this rulemaking. Authority and Issuance * Third Federal Reserve District Paperwork Reduction Act Banks, Banking, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. * * * * * By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, February 13, 2009. Jennifer J. Johnson, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. E9–3547 Filed 2–19–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–P 1. The authority citation for part 229 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 12 U.S.C. 4001–4010, 12 U.S.C. 5001–5018. 2. The Third and Fifth Federal Reserve District routing symbol lists in appendix A are amended by removing the headings and listings for the Fifth Federal Reserve District and revising the listings for the Third Federal Reserve District to read as follows: ■ VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:40 Feb 19, 2009 Jkt 217001 1 The first two digits identify the bank’s Federal Reserve District. For example, 01 identifies the First Federal Reserve District (Boston), and 12 identifies the Twelfth District (San Francisco). Adding 2 to the first digit denotes a thrift institution. For example, 21 identifies a thrift in the First District, and 32 denotes a thrift in the Twelfth District. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Federal Aviation Administration [Docket No. FAA–2008–1360; Directorate Identifier 2008–NM–075–AD; Amendment 39–15791; AD 2009–02–01] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Construcciones Aeronauticas, S.A. (CASA), Model C–212–DF Airplanes AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain CASA Model C–212–DF airplanes. This AD requires a one-time conductivity inspection to determine the material used in manufacturing outer to center wing attachment fittings; and one-time inspections to detect cracks on affected fittings, and corrective action if necessary. This AD results from reports of cracks found in outer to center wing attachment fittings. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracks on the upper and lower fittings in both outer and center wings, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane. DATES: This AD becomes effective March 9, 2009. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the AD as of March 9, 2009. We must receive comments on this AD by March 23, 2009. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this AD, contact EADS–CASA, Military Transport Aircraft Division (MTAD), Integrated Customer Services (ICS), ´ Technical Services, Avenida de Aragon E:\FR\FM\20FER1.SGM 20FER1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 33 / Friday, February 20, 2009 / Rules and Regulations 404, 28022 Madrid, Spain; telephone +34 91 585 55 84; fax +34 91 585 55 05; e-mail MTA.TechnicalService@casa.eads.net; Internet http://www.eads.net. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone 800–647– 5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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 The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, notified us that an unsafe condition may exist on certain CASA Model C–212–DF airplanes. The EASA advises that cracks were discovered in outer to center wing attachment fittings during final assembly of a new production airplane and in some inspected airplanes already in service. The cracks were caused by a defective manufacturing process of the outer to center wing attachment fittings. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane. Relevant Service Information CASA has issued Communication Letter COM 212–303, dated March 16, 2006. This communication letter describes procedures to determine the material used in the manufacture of outer to center wing attachment fittings. CASA also has issued Communication Letter COM 212–301, Revision 1, dated March 4, 2006. This communication letter describes procedures for a high frequency eddy current inspection to detect cracks of the eight upper and lower fittings in both outer and center wings for both left-hand and right-hand sides of the airplane. In addition, CASA has issued Communication Letter COM 212–302, Revision 1, dated March 17, 2006. This communication letter describes procedures for a low frequency eddy current inspection to detect cracks of the eight upper and lower fittings in both outer and center wings for both left-hand and right-hand sides of the airplane. The EASA mandated the service information and issued emergency airworthiness directive (AD) 2006– 0359–E, dated November 29, 2006 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to ensure the continued airworthiness of these airplanes in the European Union. The service bulletins do not specify a method for repairing or replacing wing attachment fittings. This AD requires replacing cracked fittings using a method approved by the FAA or EASA (or its delegated agent). In light of the type of repair that would be required to address the unsafe condition, and consistent with existing bilateral airworthiness agreements, we have determined that, for this AD, a repair approved by the FAA or EASA (or its delegated agent) is acceptable for compliance with this AD. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This AD This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our 7787 bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. Therefore, we are issuing this AD to require determination of the material used in manufacturing outer to center wing attachment fittings; and one-time inspections to detect cracks on affected fittings, and corrective action if necessary. This AD requires accomplishing the actions specified in the service information described previously, except as discussed below. Difference Between This AD and the MCAI The compliance time specified in the EASA airworthiness directive is the effective date of the MCAI. We have determined that a compliance time of 10 flight hours is appropriate and will provide an acceptable level of safety. Costs of Compliance None of the airplanes affected by this action are on the U.S. Register. All airplanes affected by this AD are currently operated by non-U.S. operators under foreign registry; therefore, they are not directly affected by this AD action. However, we consider this AD necessary to ensure that the unsafe condition is addressed if any affected airplane is imported and placed on the U.S. Register in the future. The following table provides the estimated costs to comply with this AD for any affected airplane that might be imported and placed on the U.S. Register in the future. TABLE—ESTIMATED COSTS Action Work hours Average labor rate per hour Parts cost Cost per airplane Inspection ........................................................................................................... 20 $80 None ........... $1,600 FAA’s Determination of the Effective Date less than 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register. No airplane affected by this AD is currently on the U.S. Register. Therefore, providing notice and opportunity for public comment is unnecessary before this AD is issued, and this AD may be made effective in Comments Invited VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:40 Feb 19, 2009 Jkt 217001 This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not provide you with notice and an opportunity to provide your comments before it becomes effective. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 However, we invite you to send any written data, views, or arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA– 2008–1360; Directorate Identifier 2008NM–075–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, E:\FR\FM\20FER1.SGM 20FER1 7788 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 33 / Friday, February 20, 2009 / Rules and Regulations economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this AD because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this AD. Authority for This Rulemaking Regulatory Findings We have determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that the regulation: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and 3. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket. See the ADDRESSES section for a location to examine the regulatory evaluation. 16:40 Feb 19, 2009 Jkt 217001 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: ■ 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 Nov<24>2008 List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ 2009–02–01 Construcciones Aeronauticas, S.A. (CASA): Amendment 39–15791. Docket No. FAA–2008–1360; Directorate Identifier 2008–NM–075–AD. Effective Date (a) This AD becomes effective March 9, 2009. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to CASA Model C– 212–DF airplanes, certificated in any category, serial numbers 444 through 477, except for those airplanes on which CASA Alert All Operator Letter AOL 212–010, Revision 2, dated March 17, 2005, has been done on both upper and lower fittings in both outer and center wings for both left-hand and right-hand sides of the airplane. Unsafe Condition (d) This AD results from reports of cracks found in outer to center wing attachment fittings. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracks on the upper and lower fittings in both outer and center wings, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane. Compliance (e) You are responsible for having the actions required by this AD performed within the compliance times specified, unless the actions have already been done. Inspection (f) Within 10 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, do a high or low frequency eddy current inspection, as applicable, to determine the material used in the eight upper and lower fittings in both outer and center wings for both left-hand and righthand sides of the airplane, in accordance with CASA Communication LetterCOM 212– 303, dated March 16, 2006. (1) If all fittings are verified to be made of 2024–T42 (L–3140–T42) alloy, no further action is required by this AD. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (2) For any fitting verified to be made of 7050–T7451 (L–3767–T7451) alloy, before further flight, perform high or low frequency eddy current inspections, as applicable, for cracks on the eight upper and lower fittings in both outer and center wings for both lefthand and right-hand sides of the airplane, in accordance with CASA Communication Letter COM 212–301, Revision 1, dated March 4, 2006; and CASA Communication Letter COM 212–302, Revision 1, dated March 17, 2006. If any crack is detected, before further flight, replace the affected fitting using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (or its delegated agent). Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (g) The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, 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. Related Information (h) EASA airworthiness directive 2006– 0359–E, dated November 29, 2006, also addresses the subject of this AD. Material Incorporated by Reference (i) You must use the service information contained in Table 1 of this AD to do the actions required by this AD, as applicable, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of these documents in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact EADS–CASA, Military Transport Aircraft Division (MTAD), Integrated Customer Services (ICS), ´ Technical Services, Avenida de Aragon 404, 28022 Madrid, Spain; telephone +34 91 585 55 84; fax +34 91 585 55 05; e-mail MTA.TechnicalService@casa.eads.net; Internet http://www.eads.net. (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. E:\FR\FM\20FER1.SGM 20FER1 7789 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 33 / Friday, February 20, 2009 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 1—MATERIAL INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE Service information Revision level CASA Communication Letter COM 212–301 ........................................................................................... CASA Communication Letter COM 212–302 ........................................................................................... CASA Communication Letter COM 212–303 ........................................................................................... 1 ....................... 1 ....................... Original ............. Issued in Renton, Washington, on December 28, 2008. Linda Navarro, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E9–3261 Filed 2–19–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2009–0130; Directorate Identifier 2008–NM–225–AD; Amendment 39–15817; AD 2009–04–11] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier Model CL–600–2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) Airplanes AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. 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: SUMMARY: The heating capability of several Angle Of Attack (AOA) transducer heating elements removed from in-service aircraft have been found to be below the minimum requirement. Also, it was discovered that a large number of AOA transducers repaired in an approved maintenance facility were not calibrated accurately. Inaccurate calibration of the AOA transducer and/or degraded AOA transducer heating elements can result in early or late activation of the stall warning, stick shaker and stick pusher by the Stall Protection Computer (SPC). * * * * * The unsafe condition is reduced controllability of the airplane. This AD requires actions that are intended to address the unsafe condition described in the MCAI. DATES: This AD becomes effective March 9, 2009. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:40 Feb 19, 2009 Jkt 217001 The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of March 9, 2009. We must receive comments on this AD by March 23, 2009. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–40, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. 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 this AD, 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wing Chan, Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Flight Test Branch, ANE– 172, FAA, New York Aircraft Certification Office, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, New York 11590; telephone (516) 228–7311; fax (516) 794–5531. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), which is the aviation authority for Canada, has issued Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF–2008–35, dated December 22, 2008 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: The heating capability of several Angle Of Attack (AOA) transducer heating elements PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Date March 4, 2006. March 17, 2006. March 16, 2006. removed from in-service aircraft have been found to be below the minimum requirement. Also, it was discovered that a large number of AOA transducers repaired in an approved maintenance facility were not calibrated accurately. Inaccurate calibration of the AOA transducer and/or degraded AOA transducer heating elements can result in early or late activation of the stall warning, stick shaker and stick pusher by the Stall Protection Computer (SPC). This [Canadian] directive mandates a periodic inspection of the inrush current to verify the AOA heating capability and replacement of the inaccurately calibrated AOA transducers. The unsafe condition is reduced controllability of the airplane. You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket. Relevant Service Information Bombardier has issued Service Bulletin 601R–27–153, Revision A, dated December 16, 2008. The actions described in this service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This AD This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. Differences Between the 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 E:\FR\FM\20FER1.SGM 20FER1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 33 (Friday, February 20, 2009)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 7786-7789]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-3261]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2008-1360; Directorate Identifier 2008-NM-075-AD; 
Amendment 39-15791; AD 2009-02-01]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Construcciones Aeronauticas, S.A. 
(CASA), Model C-212-DF Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
certain CASA Model C-212-DF airplanes. This AD requires a one-time 
conductivity inspection to determine the material used in manufacturing 
outer to center wing attachment fittings; and one-time inspections to 
detect cracks on affected fittings, and corrective action if necessary. 
This AD results from reports of cracks found in outer to center wing 
attachment fittings. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct 
cracks on the upper and lower fittings in both outer and center wings, 
which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane.

DATES: This AD becomes effective March 9, 2009.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in the AD as of March 9, 2009.
    We must receive comments on this AD by March 23, 2009.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://
www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this AD, contact EADS-CASA, 
Military Transport Aircraft Division (MTAD), Integrated Customer 
Services (ICS), Technical Services, Avenida de Aragon

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404, 28022 Madrid, Spain; telephone +34 91 585 55 84; fax +34 91 585 55 
05; e-mail MTA.TechnicalService@casa.eads.net; Internet http://
www.eads.net.

Examining the AD Docket

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Community, notified us that 
an unsafe condition may exist on certain CASA Model C-212-DF airplanes. 
The EASA advises that cracks were discovered in outer to center wing 
attachment fittings during final assembly of a new production airplane 
and in some inspected airplanes already in service. The cracks were 
caused by a defective manufacturing process of the outer to center wing 
attachment fittings. This condition, if not detected and corrected, 
could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane.

Relevant Service Information

    CASA has issued Communication Letter COM 212-303, dated March 16, 
2006. This communication letter describes procedures to determine the 
material used in the manufacture of outer to center wing attachment 
fittings.
    CASA also has issued Communication Letter COM 212-301, Revision 1, 
dated March 4, 2006. This communication letter describes procedures for 
a high frequency eddy current inspection to detect cracks of the eight 
upper and lower fittings in both outer and center wings for both left-
hand and right-hand sides of the airplane.
    In addition, CASA has issued Communication Letter COM 212-302, 
Revision 1, dated March 17, 2006. This communication letter describes 
procedures for a low frequency eddy current inspection to detect cracks 
of the eight upper and lower fittings in both outer and center wings 
for both left-hand and right-hand sides of the airplane.
    The EASA mandated the service information and issued emergency 
airworthiness directive (AD) 2006-0359-E, dated November 29, 2006 
(referred to after this as ``the MCAI''), to ensure the continued 
airworthiness of these airplanes in the European Union.
    The service bulletins do not specify a method for repairing or 
replacing wing attachment fittings. This AD requires replacing cracked 
fittings using a method approved by the FAA or EASA (or its delegated 
agent). In light of the type of repair that would be required to 
address the unsafe condition, and consistent with existing bilateral 
airworthiness agreements, we have determined that, for this AD, a 
repair approved by the FAA or EASA (or its delegated agent) is 
acceptable for compliance with this AD.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This AD

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another 
country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant 
to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have 
been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service 
information referenced above. We are issuing this AD because we 
evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition 
exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same 
type design.
    Therefore, we are issuing this AD to require determination of the 
material used in manufacturing outer to center wing attachment 
fittings; and one-time inspections to detect cracks on affected 
fittings, and corrective action if necessary. This AD requires 
accomplishing the actions specified in the service information 
described previously, except as discussed below.

Difference Between This AD and the MCAI

    The compliance time specified in the EASA airworthiness directive 
is the effective date of the MCAI. We have determined that a compliance 
time of 10 flight hours is appropriate and will provide an acceptable 
level of safety.

Costs of Compliance

    None of the airplanes affected by this action are on the U.S. 
Register. All airplanes affected by this AD are currently operated by 
non-U.S. operators under foreign registry; therefore, they are not 
directly affected by this AD action. However, we consider this AD 
necessary to ensure that the unsafe condition is addressed if any 
affected airplane is imported and placed on the U.S. Register in the 
future.
    The following table provides the estimated costs to comply with 
this AD for any affected airplane that might be imported and placed on 
the U.S. Register in the future.

                                             Table--Estimated Costs
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                                                        Average labor                                Cost per
               Action                    Work hours     rate per hour          Parts cost            airplane
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Inspection..........................              20              $80   None...................          $1,600
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FAA's Determination of the Effective Date

    No airplane affected by this AD is currently on the U.S. Register. 
Therefore, providing notice and opportunity for public comment is 
unnecessary before this AD is issued, and this AD may be made effective 
in less than 30 days after it is published in the Federal Register.

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety, and we did not provide you with notice and an opportunity to 
provide your comments before it becomes effective. However, we invite 
you to send any written data, views, or arguments about this AD. Send 
your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include 
``Docket No. FAA-2008-1360; Directorate Identifier 2008-NM-075-AD'' at 
the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the 
overall regulatory,

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economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will 
consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this 
AD because of those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://
www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this AD.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

    We have determined that this AD will not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a 
substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between 
the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power 
and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that the regulation:
    1. Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866;
    2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and
    3. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to 
comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket. See the ADDRESSES 
section for a location to examine the regulatory evaluation.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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

2009-02-01 Construcciones Aeronauticas, S.A. (CASA): Amendment 39-
15791. Docket No. FAA-2008-1360; Directorate Identifier 2008-NM-075-
AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This AD becomes effective March 9, 2009.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to CASA Model C-212-DF airplanes, 
certificated in any category, serial numbers 444 through 477, except 
for those airplanes on which CASA Alert All Operator Letter AOL 212-
010, Revision 2, dated March 17, 2005, has been done on both upper 
and lower fittings in both outer and center wings for both left-hand 
and right-hand sides of the airplane.

Unsafe Condition

    (d) This AD results from reports of cracks found in outer to 
center wing attachment fittings. We are issuing this AD to detect 
and correct cracks on the upper and lower fittings in both outer and 
center wings, which could result in reduced structural integrity of 
the airplane.

Compliance

    (e) You are responsible for having the actions required by this 
AD performed within the compliance times specified, unless the 
actions have already been done.

Inspection

    (f) Within 10 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, 
do a high or low frequency eddy current inspection, as applicable, 
to determine the material used in the eight upper and lower fittings 
in both outer and center wings for both left-hand and right-hand 
sides of the airplane, in accordance with CASA Communication 
LetterCOM 212-303, dated March 16, 2006.
    (1) If all fittings are verified to be made of 2024-T42 (L-3140-
T42) alloy, no further action is required by this AD.
    (2) For any fitting verified to be made of 7050-T7451 (L-3767-
T7451) alloy, before further flight, perform high or low frequency 
eddy current inspections, as applicable, for cracks on the eight 
upper and lower fittings in both outer and center wings for both 
left-hand and right-hand sides of the airplane, in accordance with 
CASA Communication Letter COM 212-301, Revision 1, dated March 4, 
2006; and CASA Communication Letter COM 212-302, Revision 1, dated 
March 17, 2006. If any crack is detected, before further flight, 
replace the affected fitting using a method approved by the Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; 
or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (or its delegated 
agent).

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (g) The Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, 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.

Related Information

    (h) EASA airworthiness directive 2006-0359-E, dated November 29, 
2006, also addresses the subject of this AD.

Material Incorporated by Reference

    (i) You must use the service information contained in Table 1 of 
this AD to do the actions required by this AD, as applicable, unless 
the AD specifies otherwise.
    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference of these documents in accordance with 5 
U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact EADS-
CASA, Military Transport Aircraft Division (MTAD), Integrated 
Customer Services (ICS), Technical Services, Avenida de Aragon 404, 
28022 Madrid, Spain; telephone +34 91 585 55 84; fax +34 91 585 55 
05; e-mail MTA.TechnicalService@casa.eads.net; Internet http://
www.eads.net.
    (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.

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                                   Table 1--Material Incorporated by Reference
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           Service information                     Revision level                           Date
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CASA Communication Letter COM 212-301...  1..............................  March 4, 2006.
CASA Communication Letter COM 212-302...  1..............................  March 17, 2006.
CASA Communication Letter COM 212-303...  Original.......................  March 16, 2006.
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    Issued in Renton, Washington, on December 28, 2008.
Linda Navarro,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. E9-3261 Filed 2-19-09; 8:45 am]
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