Airworthiness Directives; Glaser-Dirks Flugzeugbau GmbH Model DG-100 Gliders, 50688-50690 [E9-23543]

Download as PDF 50688 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 189 / Thursday, October 1, 2009 / Rules and Regulations (PMI) or principal avionics inspector (PAI), as appropriate, or lacking a principal inspector, your local Flight Standards District Office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. Material Incorporated by Reference (i) You must use Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 747–27–2422, dated October 30, 2008, to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of this service information under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, 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 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 that is incorporated by reference 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 September 18, 2009. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E9–23555 Filed 9–30–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as: During a pre-flight inspection of a DG–100 sailplane, a rod end of the aileron control push-rod at the control column was found broken. The investigation revealed that the broken rod end was made of machining steel as initially used in the first years at GlaserDirks. This AD requires actions that are intended to address the unsafe condition described in the MCAI. DATES: This AD becomes effective October 21, 2009. On October 21, 2009, the Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD. We must receive comments on this AD by November 16, 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. Examining the AD Docket DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2009–0897; Directorate Identifier 2009–CE–048–AD; Amendment 39–16036; AD 2009–20–13] RIN 2120–AA64 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with RULES Airworthiness Directives; Glaser-Dirks Flugzeugbau GmbH Model DG–100 Gliders AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the aviation authority of VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:06 Sep 30, 2009 Jkt 217001 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: Greg Davison, Glider Program Manager, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4130; fax: (816) 329–4090. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Community, has issued EASA Emergency AD No.: 2009–0167–E, dated July 30, 2009 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: During a pre-flight inspection of a DG–100 sailplane, a rod end of the aileron control push-rod at the control column was found broken. The investigation revealed that the broken rod end was made of machining steel as initially used in the first years at GlaserDirks. This new Airworthiness Directive (AD) mandates inspection and as necessary replacement of the control column rod ends with high-strength steel rod ends. You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket. Relevant Service Information DG Flugzeugbau GmbH has issued Technical note No. 301/25, 323/16, Rev. 1, dated August 4, 2009. The actions described in this service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of the 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 this State of Design Authority, they have notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all information provided by the State of Design Authority and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. 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 have also required different actions in this AD from those in the MCAI in order to follow FAA policies. Any such differences are described in a separate paragraph of the AD. These requirements take precedence over those copied from the MCAI. E:\FR\FM\01OCR1.SGM 01OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 189 / Thursday, October 1, 2009 / Rules and Regulations FAA’s Determination of the Effective Date An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because a recent pre-flight inspection detected a broken rod end of the aileron control push rod in the control column. An investigation revealed that the broken rod end was made of machining steel that was used in the initial production years of GlaserDirks. The aileron control column push rod has been redesigned and is now made from high strength steel. Therefore, we determined that notice and opportunity for public comment before issuing this AD are impracticable and that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in fewer than 30 days. Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not precede it by notice and opportunity for public comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2009–0897; Directorate Identifier 2009–CE–048– AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 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. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with RULES 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 17:06 Sep 30, 2009 Jkt 217001 Regulatory Findings We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket. 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 Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: ■ 2009–20–13 Glaser-Dirks Flugzeugbau GmbH: Amendment 39–16036; Docket No. FAA–2009–0897; Directorate Identifier 2009–CE–048–AD. Effective Date (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective October 21, 2009. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Model DG–100 gliders, all serial numbers, certificated in any category. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Subject (d) Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 27: Flight Controls. Reason (e) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) states: ‘‘During a pre-flight inspection of a DG– 100 sailplane, a rod end of the aileron control push-rod at the control column was found broken. The investigation revealed that the broken rod end was made of machining steel as initially used in the first years at GlaserDirks. This new Airworthiness Directive (AD) mandates inspection and as necessary replacement of the control column rod ends with high-strength steel rod ends.’’ Actions and Compliance (f) Unless already done, do the following actions. (1) Before further flight after October 21, 2009 (the effective date of this AD), inspect the control column rod end following paragraph 1 of the Instructions section of DG Flugzeugbau Technical note No. 301/25, 323/ 16, Rev. 1, dated August 4, 2009. (2) If, during the inspection, an X is not found on the rod end, replace the rod end with a high-strength steel rod end (identified with an X on the rod end) following paragraph 2 of the Instructions section of DG Flugzeugbau Technical note No. 301/25, 323/ 16, Rev. 1, dated August 4, 2009, as follows: (i) Before further flight if any defects (cracks, corrosion pits, etc.) are found; or (ii) Within 3 months after October 21, 2009 (the effective date of this AD) if no defects are found. (3) As of the effective date of this AD, adhere to the following using the referenced service information: (i) If installing a rod end without an X, ensure it has passed the inspection in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD and replace it with one with an X no later than 3 months after October 21, 2009 (the effective date of this AD); and (ii) As of 3 months after October 21, 2009 (the effective date of this AD), only install a rod end with an X. FAA AD Differences 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ § 39.13 Authority for this Rulemaking VerDate Nov<24>2008 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. 50689 Note: This AD differs from the MCAI and/ or service information as follows: (1) DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 301/25, 323/16, Rev. 1, dated August 4, 2009, states that instruction 1 may be executed by the pilot/owner. By FAA regulations, this AD requires all affected gliders to have the required actions done by an appropriately-rated mechanic. (2) The MCAI states to do the actions following DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 301/25 or DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 323/16, both initial issue dated July 17, 2009. DG Flugzeugbau GmbH updated the technical note after the MCAI was issued. We are requiring you use the updated technical note (DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 301/25, 323/16, Rev. 1, dated August 4, 2009) to do the actions required. Other FAA AD Provisions (g) The following provisions also apply to this AD: E:\FR\FM\01OCR1.SGM 01OCR1 50690 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 189 / Thursday, October 1, 2009 / Rules and Regulations (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Office, 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: Greg Davison, Glider Program Manager, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4130; fax: (816) 329–4090. 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 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), 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) Emergency AD No.: 2009–0167–E, dated July 30, 2009, and DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 301/ 25, 323/16, Rev. 1, dated August 4, 2009, for related information. mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with RULES Material Incorporated by Reference (i) You must use DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 301/25, 323/16, Rev. 1, dated August 4, 2009, 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 DG Flugzeugbau GmbH, Otto-Lilienthal-Weg 2, 76646 Bruchsal, Federal Republic of Germany; telephone: + 49 (0) 7251 3020140; Fax: +49 (0) 7251 3020149; Internet: http://www.dgflugzeugbau.de/index-e.html; E-Mail: dirks@dg-flugzeugbau.de. (3) You may review copies of the service information incorporated by reference for this AD at the FAA, Central Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the Central Region, call (816) 329–3768. (4) You may also review copies of the service information incorporated by reference for this AD at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call (202) 741–6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/ code_of_federal_regulations/ibr_ locations.html. VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:06 Sep 30, 2009 Jkt 217001 Issued in Kansas City, Missouri on September 24, 2009. Scott A. Horn, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E9–23543 Filed 9–30–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2008–0646; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–359–AD; Amendment 39–16031; AD 2009–20–08] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 727 Airplanes AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 727 airplanes. This AD requires performing an operational test of the engine fuel suction feed of the fuel system, and other related testing and corrective actions if necessary. This AD results from a report of in-service occurrences of loss of fuel system suction feed capability, followed by total loss of pressure of the fuel feed system. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct failure of the engine fuel suction feed capability of the fuel system, which could result in multiengine flameout, inability to restart the engines, and consequent forced landing of the airplane. DATES: This AD becomes effective November 5, 2009. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of November 5, 2009. ADDRESSES: 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. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (telephone 800–647–5527) is the Document Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sue Lucier, Aerospace Engineer, Propulsion Branch, ANM–140S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 917–6438; fax (425) 917–6590. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The FAA issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to certain Boeing Model 727 airplanes. That supplemental NPRM was published in the Federal Register on December 10, 2008 (73 FR 75009). That supplemental NPRM proposed to require performing an operational test of the engine fuel suction feed of the fuel system, and other related testing and corrective actions if necessary. That supplemental NPRM also proposed to reduce the compliance time for low-utilization airplanes. Comments We provided the public the opportunity to participate in the development of this AD. We have considered the comments received on the supplemental NPRM. Support for the AD Boeing concurs with the content of the supplemental NPRM. Request for Credit for Certain Actions in AD 2007–11–08 FedEx Express states that the operational test of the engine fuel suction feed of the fuel system, provided in Boeing Service Bulletin 727–28–80, dated June 21,1985, and specified in paragraph (f) of the supplemental NPRM, seems to be equivalent to the operational test required by AD 2007–11–08, amendment 39–15065 (72 FR 28594, May 22, 2007). We referred to Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 727–28–A0132, dated February 22, 2007, as the appropriate source of service information for doing certain requirements (including an operational test) in AD 2007–11–08. FedEx Express believes that the supplemental NPRM E:\FR\FM\01OCR1.SGM 01OCR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2009-0897; Directorate Identifier 2009-CE-048-AD; 
Amendment 39-16036; AD 2009-20-13]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Glaser-Dirks Flugzeugbau GmbH Model DG-
100 Gliders

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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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) issued by the aviation authority of 
another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an 
aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:

    During a pre-flight inspection of a DG-100 sailplane, a rod end 
of the aileron control push-rod at the control column was found 
broken.
    The investigation revealed that the broken rod end was made of 
machining steel as initially used in the first years at Glaser-
Dirks.

    This AD requires actions that are intended to address the unsafe 
condition described in the MCAI.

DATES: This AD becomes effective October 21, 2009.
    On October 21, 2009, the Director of the Federal Register approved 
the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this 
AD.
    We must receive comments on this AD by November 16, 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.

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: Greg Davison, Glider Program Manager, 
FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, 
Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4130; fax: (816) 329-4090.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA 
Emergency AD No.: 2009-0167-E, dated July 30, 2009 (referred to after 
this as ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified 
products. The MCAI states:

    During a pre-flight inspection of a DG-100 sailplane, a rod end 
of the aileron control push-rod at the control column was found 
broken.
    The investigation revealed that the broken rod end was made of 
machining steel as initially used in the first years at Glaser-
Dirks.
    This new Airworthiness Directive (AD) mandates inspection and as 
necessary replacement of the control column rod ends with high-
strength steel rod ends.

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

Relevant Service Information

    DG Flugzeugbau GmbH has issued Technical note No. 301/25, 323/16, 
Rev. 1, dated August 4, 2009. The actions described in this service 
information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in 
the MCAI.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of the 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 this State of Design Authority, they 
have notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and 
service information referenced above. We are issuing this AD because we 
evaluated all information provided by the State of Design Authority and 
determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or 
develop on other products of the same type design.

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 have also required different actions in this AD from those 
in the MCAI in order to follow FAA policies. Any such differences are 
described in a separate paragraph of the AD. These requirements take 
precedence over those copied from the MCAI.

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FAA's Determination of the Effective Date

    An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of 
this AD. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies 
waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because a 
recent pre-flight inspection detected a broken rod end of the aileron 
control push rod in the control column. An investigation revealed that 
the broken rod end was made of machining steel that was used in the 
initial production years of Glaser-Dirks. The aileron control column 
push rod has been redesigned and is now made from high strength steel. 
Therefore, we determined that notice and opportunity for public comment 
before issuing this AD are impracticable and that good cause exists for 
making this amendment effective in fewer than 30 days.

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety, and we did not precede it by notice and opportunity for public 
comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under 
the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2009-0897; Directorate 
Identifier 2009-CE-048-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. We 
specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 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 determined that this AD will not have federalism implications 
under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct 
effect on the States, on the relationship between the national 
government and the States, or on the distribution of power and 
responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:
    (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive 
Order 12866;
    (2) Is not a ``significant rule'' under DOT Regulatory Policies and 
Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and
    (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to 
comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket.

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

2009-20-13 Glaser-Dirks Flugzeugbau GmbH: Amendment 39-16036; Docket 
No. FAA-2009-0897; Directorate Identifier 2009-CE-048-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective October 
21, 2009.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to Model DG-100 gliders, all serial numbers, 
certificated in any category.

Subject

    (d) Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 27: Flight 
Controls.

Reason

    (e) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) 
states:
    ``During a pre-flight inspection of a DG-100 sailplane, a rod 
end of the aileron control push-rod at the control column was found 
broken. The investigation revealed that the broken rod end was made 
of machining steel as initially used in the first years at Glaser-
Dirks. This new Airworthiness Directive (AD) mandates inspection and 
as necessary replacement of the control column rod ends with high-
strength steel rod ends.''

Actions and Compliance

    (f) Unless already done, do the following actions.
    (1) Before further flight after October 21, 2009 (the effective 
date of this AD), inspect the control column rod end following 
paragraph 1 of the Instructions section of DG Flugzeugbau Technical 
note No. 301/25, 323/16, Rev. 1, dated August 4, 2009.
    (2) If, during the inspection, an X is not found on the rod end, 
replace the rod end with a high-strength steel rod end (identified 
with an X on the rod end) following paragraph 2 of the Instructions 
section of DG Flugzeugbau Technical note No. 301/25, 323/16, Rev. 1, 
dated August 4, 2009, as follows:
    (i) Before further flight if any defects (cracks, corrosion 
pits, etc.) are found; or
    (ii) Within 3 months after October 21, 2009 (the effective date 
of this AD) if no defects are found.
    (3) As of the effective date of this AD, adhere to the following 
using the referenced service information:
    (i) If installing a rod end without an X, ensure it has passed 
the inspection in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD and replace it with 
one with an X no later than 3 months after October 21, 2009 (the 
effective date of this AD); and
    (ii) As of 3 months after October 21, 2009 (the effective date 
of this AD), only install a rod end with an X.

FAA AD Differences

    Note: This AD differs from the MCAI and/or service information 
as follows:
    (1) DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 301/25, 323/16, Rev. 
1, dated August 4, 2009, states that instruction 1 may be executed 
by the pilot/owner. By FAA regulations, this AD requires all 
affected gliders to have the required actions done by an 
appropriately-rated mechanic.
    (2) The MCAI states to do the actions following DG Flugzeugbau 
GmbH Technical Note No. 301/25 or DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note 
No. 323/16, both initial issue dated July 17, 2009. DG Flugzeugbau 
GmbH updated the technical note after the MCAI was issued. We are 
requiring you use the updated technical note (DG Flugzeugbau GmbH 
Technical Note No. 301/25, 323/16, Rev. 1, dated August 4, 2009) to 
do the actions required.

Other FAA AD Provisions

    (g) The following provisions also apply to this AD:

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    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
Standards Office, 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: Greg Davison, Glider Program Manager, FAA, 
Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, 
Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4130; fax: (816) 329-4090. 
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 (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), 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) 
Emergency AD No.: 2009-0167-E, dated July 30, 2009, and DG 
Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 301/25, 323/16, Rev. 1, dated 
August 4, 2009, for related information.

Material Incorporated by Reference

    (i) You must use DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 301/25, 
323/16, Rev. 1, dated August 4, 2009, 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 DG 
Flugzeugbau GmbH, Otto-Lilienthal-Weg 2, 76646 Bruchsal, Federal 
Republic of Germany; telephone: + 49 (0) 7251 3020140; Fax: +49 (0) 
7251 3020149; Internet: http://www.dg-flugzeugbau.de/index-e.html; 
E-Mail: dirks@dg-flugzeugbau.de.
    (3) You may review copies of the service information 
incorporated by reference for this AD at the FAA, Central Region, 
Office of the Regional Counsel, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106. For information on the availability of this material at the 
Central Region, call (816) 329-3768.
    (4) You may also review copies of the service information 
incorporated by reference for this AD 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 Kansas City, Missouri on September 24, 2009.
Scott A. Horn,
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. E9-23543 Filed 9-30-09; 8:45 am]
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