Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, and -300ER Series Airplanes, 62217-62219 [E9-28169]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 227 / Friday, November 27, 2009 / Rules and Regulations 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. (f) At the next engine shop visit after the effective date of this AD, but no later than June 30, 2010, rework the forward fan stator case and install the fan module secondary containment shield. (1) For engines on Airbus 300 series airplanes, use paragraph 3, Accomplishment Instructions, of GE Service Bulletin (SB) No. CF6–50 S/B 72–0985, Revision 3, dated August 22, 2007, to do the rework and installation. (2) Deleted. (g) The rework and installation specified in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD can also be done on-wing. Previous Credit (h) Previous credit is allowed for fan stator cases reworked and containment shields installed using GE SB No. CF6–50 S/B 72– 0985, dated December 2, 1991, Revision 1, dated September 15, 1998, or Revision 2, dated March 21, 2007, before the effective date of this AD. Credit is also allowed for fan stator cases reworked and containment shields installed using GE SB No. CF6–50 S/ B 72–0986, dated December 2, 1991, Revision 1, dated September 15, 1998, or Revision 2, dated march 21, 2007. Alternative Methods of Compliance (i) The Manager, Engine Certification Office, has the authority to approve alternative methods of compliance for this AD if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with RULES Related Information (j) Deleted. (k) Contact James Rosa, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine and Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; e-mail: james.rosa@faa.gov; telephone (781) 238–7152; fax (781) 238–7199, for more information about this AD. (l) Contact General Electric Company, GE– Aviation, Room 285, 1 Newmann Way, Cincinnati, OH 45215, telephone (513) 5523272; fax (513) 552–3329; e-mail: geae.aoc@ge.com, for a copy of the service information referenced in this AD. Material Incorporated by Reference (m) You must use GE Service Bulletin No. CF6–50 S/B 72–0985, Revision 3, dated August 22, 2007, to do the rework and installation required by this AD. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of this service bulletin in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Contact General Electric Company, GE–Aviation, Room 285, 1 Newmann Way, Cincinnati, OH 45215, telephone (513) 552- 3272; fax (513) 552– 3329; e-mail: geae.aoc@ge.com, for a copy of this service information. You may review copies at the FAA, New England Region, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA; or at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:26 Nov 25, 2009 Jkt 220001 the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on November 16, 2009. Peter A. White, Assistant Manager, Engine and Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E9–28167 Filed 11–25–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2009–0571; Directorate Identifier 2009–NM–004–AD; Amendment 39–16096; AD 2009–24–08] RIN 2120–AA64 AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 777–200, –200LR, –300, and –300ER series airplanes. This AD requires inspections for scribe lines in the skin along lap joints, butt joints, certain external doublers, and the large cargo door hinges; and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This AD results from reports of scribe lines found at lap joints and butt joints, around external doublers, and at locations where external decals had been removed. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct scribe lines, which can develop into fatigue cracks in the skin. Undetected fatigue cracks can grow and cause sudden decompression of the airplane. DATES: This AD is effective January 4, 2010. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of January 4, 2010. 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:// Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 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 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: Berhane Alazar, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 917–6577; fax (425) 917–6590. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 777–200, –200LR, –300, and –300ER Series Airplanes PO 00000 62217 Sfmt 4700 Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an airworthiness directive (AD) that would apply to all Boeing Model 777 series airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on June 25, 2009 (74 FR 30245). That NPRM proposed to require inspections for scribe lines in the skin along lap joints, butt joints, certain external doublers, and the large cargo door hinges; and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We considered the comment received from the one commenter. Request To Eliminate Reporting Requirement for Negative Findings Boeing requests that we revise paragraph (k) of the NPRM to eliminate the requirement to report negative findings. Boeing states that this requirement deviates from Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777–53A0054, dated August 7, 2008, in that the service bulletin specified that operators report findings of cracking. Boeing states that since the Model 777 fleet is young relative to the inspection thresholds, this reporting requirement may last for decades and it would involve hundreds of airplanes. Boeing states that after a period of time, the requirement would become redundant and is therefore an unnecessary burden. We agree with the commenter for the reasons provided. We revised paragraph (k) of the final rule to eliminate the requirement to report negative findings. E:\FR\FM\27NOR1.SGM 27NOR1 62218 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 227 / Friday, November 27, 2009 / Rules and Regulations Explanation of Change To Applicability We have revised the applicability of this AD to identify model designations as published in the type certificate data sheet for the affected models listed in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777– 53A0054, dated August 7, 2008. determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD with the changes described previously. We also determined that these changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of the AD. Conclusion We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comment received, and Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 129 airplanes of U.S. registry. The following table provides the estimated costs for U.S. operators to comply with this AD. A work-hour estimate is not available for the inspection for an external repair doubler since the inspection required can be different depending on the inservice repair history of the airplane. This inspection affects up to 129 U.S.registered airplanes. TABLE—ESTIMATED COSTS Average labor rate per hour Action Work hours Exploratory Inspection 9 to 34 ........................ Authority for This Rulemaking $80 Cost per product None ............ ■ Regulatory Findings ■ This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979), and (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:26 Nov 25, 2009 Jkt 220001 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: 2009–24–08 Boeing: Amendment 39–16096. Docket No. FAA–2009–0571; Directorate Identifier 2009–NM–004–AD. Effective Date (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective January 4, 2010. Affected ADs (b) None. Subject (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 53: Fuselage. Frm 00012 129 Fleet cost $92,880 to $350,880 Unsafe Condition (e) This AD results from reports of scribe lines found at lap joints and butt joints, around external doublers, and at locations where external decals had been cut. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct scribe lines, which can develop into fatigue cracks in the skin. Undetected fatigue cracks can grow and cause sudden decompression of the airplane. Compliance (f) 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 (g) At the applicable times specified in paragraph 1.E., ‘‘Compliance,’’ of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777–53A0054, dated August 7, 2008, except as provided in paragraphs (h) and (j) of this AD, do detailed exploratory inspections for scribe lines in the skin along lap joints, butt joints, certain external doublers, and the large cargo door hinges. Do all applicable related investigative and corrective actions at the times specified in the service bulletin, by accomplishing all actions specified in the Accomplishment Instructions of the service bulletin, except as provided by paragraph (i) of this AD. Note 1: The inspection exemptions described in NOTES 1.–5. in paragraph 1.E. of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777– 53A0054, dated August 7, 2008, apply to this AD. Exceptions to Service Bulletin Specifications Applicability (c) This AD applies to Boeing Model 777– 200, –200LR, –300, and –300ER series airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777–53A0054, dated August 7, 2008. PO 00000 Number of U.S.registered airplanes $720 to $2,720 ........... under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. You can find our regulatory evaluation and the estimated costs of compliance in the AD Docket. 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. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with RULES Parts Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (h) Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777–53A0054, dated August 7, 2008, specifies a compliance time after the date on the service bulletin, this AD requires compliance within the specified compliance time after the effective date of this AD. (i) Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777–53A0054, dated August 7, 2008, specifies to contact Boeing for appropriate action, accomplish applicable actions using a method approved in accordance with the E:\FR\FM\27NOR1.SGM 27NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 227 / Friday, November 27, 2009 / Rules and Regulations procedures specified in paragraph (l) of this AD. (j) Where paragraph 1.E. of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777–53A0054, dated August 7, 2008, specifies to ‘‘contact Boeing for inspection requirements for operation beyond 60,000 total flight-cycles after first repaint,’’ for those airplanes, this AD requires contacting the Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), for all inspection requirements of this AD and doing the requirements. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with RULES Report (k) At the applicable time specified in paragraph (k)(1) or (k)(2) of this AD: Submit a report of positive findings of cracks found during the inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD to the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, P.O. Box 3707, Seattle, Washington 98124–2207. Alternatively, operators may submit reports to their Boeing field service representatives. The report must contain, at a minimum, the inspection results, a description of any discrepancies found, the airplane serial number, and the number of flight cycles and flight hours on the airplane. 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 contained in this AD and has assigned OMB Control Number 2120–0056. (1) If the inspection was done on or after the effective date of this AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the inspection. (2) If the inspection was done before the effective date of this AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the effective date of this AD. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (l)(1) The Manager, Seattle ACO, 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: Berhane Alazar, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057– 3356; telephone (425) 917–6577; fax (425) 917–6590. Or, e-mail information to 9–ANM– Seattle-ACO–AMOC–Requests@faa.gov. (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 principal maintenance inspector (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. (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. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:26 Nov 25, 2009 Jkt 220001 Material Incorporated by Reference (m) You must use Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777–53A0054, dated August 7, 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 November 12, 2009. Stephen P. Boyd, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E9–28169 Filed 11–25–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2009–1073; Directorate Identifier 2009–NM–174–AD; Amendment 39–16097; AD 2007–15–06 R1] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A318–111 and –112 Series Airplanes, and Model A319, A320, and A321 Series Airplanes AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. SUMMARY: The FAA is revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD), which applies to all Airbus Model A318–111 and –112 series airplanes, and all Model A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. That AD currently requires revising the Airworthiness Limitations section of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 62219 incorporate new limitations for fuel tank systems. This AD clarifies the intended effect of the AD on spare and onairplane fuel tank system components. This AD results from fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. We are issuing this AD to prevent the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane. DATES: This AD is effective December 14, 2009. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of December 14, 2009. On August 28, 2007 (72 FR 40222, July 24, 2007), the Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain other publications listed in the AD. We must receive any comments on this AD by January 11, 2010. 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 Airbus, Airworthiness Office—EAS, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; e-mail: account.airwortheas@airbus.com; Internet http:// www.airbus.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 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: Tim Dulin, Aerospace Engineer, E:\FR\FM\27NOR1.SGM 27NOR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2009-0571; Directorate Identifier 2009-NM-004-AD; 
Amendment 39-16096; AD 2009-24-08]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, and 
-300ER Series Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain 
Boeing Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, and -300ER series airplanes. This 
AD requires inspections for scribe lines in the skin along lap joints, 
butt joints, certain external doublers, and the large cargo door 
hinges; and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. 
This AD results from reports of scribe lines found at lap joints and 
butt joints, around external doublers, and at locations where external 
decals had been removed. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct 
scribe lines, which can develop into fatigue cracks in the skin. 
Undetected fatigue cracks can grow and cause sudden decompression of 
the airplane.

DATES: This AD is effective January 4, 2010.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of January 4, 
2010.

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 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: Berhane Alazar, Aerospace Engineer, 
Airframe Branch, ANM-120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 
1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 
917-6577; fax (425) 917-6590.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 to include an airworthiness directive (AD) that would apply to 
all Boeing Model 777 series airplanes. That NPRM was published in the 
Federal Register on June 25, 2009 (74 FR 30245). That NPRM proposed to 
require inspections for scribe lines in the skin along lap joints, butt 
joints, certain external doublers, and the large cargo door hinges; and 
related investigative and corrective actions if necessary.

Comments

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

Request To Eliminate Reporting Requirement for Negative Findings

    Boeing requests that we revise paragraph (k) of the NPRM to 
eliminate the requirement to report negative findings. Boeing states 
that this requirement deviates from Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777-
53A0054, dated August 7, 2008, in that the service bulletin specified 
that operators report findings of cracking. Boeing states that since 
the Model 777 fleet is young relative to the inspection thresholds, 
this reporting requirement may last for decades and it would involve 
hundreds of airplanes. Boeing states that after a period of time, the 
requirement would become redundant and is therefore an unnecessary 
burden.
    We agree with the commenter for the reasons provided. We revised 
paragraph (k) of the final rule to eliminate the requirement to report 
negative findings.

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Explanation of Change To Applicability

    We have revised the applicability of this AD to identify model 
designations as published in the type certificate data sheet for the 
affected models listed in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777-53A0054, 
dated August 7, 2008.

Conclusion

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

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 129 airplanes of U.S. registry. 
The following table provides the estimated costs for U.S. operators to 
comply with this AD. A work-hour estimate is not available for the 
inspection for an external repair doubler since the inspection required 
can be different depending on the in-service repair history of the 
airplane. This inspection affects up to 129 U.S.-registered airplanes.

                                                                 Table--Estimated costs
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                                                             Average                                                     U.S.-
              Action                      Work hours        labor rate          Parts             Cost per product     registered        Fleet cost
                                                             per hour                                                  airplanes
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Exploratory Inspection............  9 to 34..............          $80  None.................  $720 to $2,720.......          129  $92,880 to
                                                                                                                                   $350,880
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Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

    This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 
13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, 
on the relationship between the national government and the States, or 
on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various 
levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:
    (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive 
Order 12866,
    (2) Is not a ``significant rule'' under DOT Regulatory Policies and 
Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979), and
    (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    You can find our regulatory evaluation and the estimated costs of 
compliance in the AD Docket.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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

2009-24-08 Boeing: Amendment 39-16096. Docket No. FAA-2009-0571; 
Directorate Identifier 2009-NM-004-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective January 4, 
2010.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to Boeing Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, and -
300ER series airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified 
in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777-53A0054, dated August 7, 2008.

Subject

    (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 53: 
Fuselage.

Unsafe Condition

    (e) This AD results from reports of scribe lines found at lap 
joints and butt joints, around external doublers, and at locations 
where external decals had been cut. We are issuing this AD to detect 
and correct scribe lines, which can develop into fatigue cracks in 
the skin. Undetected fatigue cracks can grow and cause sudden 
decompression of the airplane.

Compliance

    (f) 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

    (g) At the applicable times specified in paragraph 1.E., 
``Compliance,'' of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777-53A0054, dated 
August 7, 2008, except as provided in paragraphs (h) and (j) of this 
AD, do detailed exploratory inspections for scribe lines in the skin 
along lap joints, butt joints, certain external doublers, and the 
large cargo door hinges. Do all applicable related investigative and 
corrective actions at the times specified in the service bulletin, 
by accomplishing all actions specified in the Accomplishment 
Instructions of the service bulletin, except as provided by 
paragraph (i) of this AD.

    Note 1:  The inspection exemptions described in NOTES 1.-5. in 
paragraph 1.E. of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777-53A0054, dated 
August 7, 2008, apply to this AD.

Exceptions to Service Bulletin Specifications

    (h) Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777-53A0054, dated 
August 7, 2008, specifies a compliance time after the date on the 
service bulletin, this AD requires compliance within the specified 
compliance time after the effective date of this AD.
    (i) Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777-53A0054, dated 
August 7, 2008, specifies to contact Boeing for appropriate action, 
accomplish applicable actions using a method approved in accordance 
with the

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procedures specified in paragraph (l) of this AD.
    (j) Where paragraph 1.E. of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777-
53A0054, dated August 7, 2008, specifies to ``contact Boeing for 
inspection requirements for operation beyond 60,000 total flight-
cycles after first repaint,'' for those airplanes, this AD requires 
contacting the Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 
for all inspection requirements of this AD and doing the 
requirements.

Report

    (k) At the applicable time specified in paragraph (k)(1) or 
(k)(2) of this AD: Submit a report of positive findings of cracks 
found during the inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD to 
the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, P.O. Box 3707, Seattle, 
Washington 98124-2207. Alternatively, operators may submit reports 
to their Boeing field service representatives. The report must 
contain, at a minimum, the inspection results, a description of any 
discrepancies found, the airplane serial number, and the number of 
flight cycles and flight hours on the airplane. 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 contained in this AD and has assigned OMB 
Control Number 2120-0056.
    (1) If the inspection was done on or after the effective date of 
this AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the inspection.
    (2) If the inspection was done before the effective date of this 
AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the effective date of 
this AD.

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (l)(1) The Manager, Seattle ACO, 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: Berhane Alazar, Aerospace 
Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM-120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft 
Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 
98057-3356; telephone (425) 917-6577; fax (425) 917-6590. Or, e-mail 
information to 9-ANM-Seattle-ACO-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov.
    (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 principal maintenance inspector (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.
    (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

    (m) You must use Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 777-53A0054, 
dated August 7, 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 November 12, 2009.
Stephen P. Boyd,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. E9-28169 Filed 11-25-09; 8:45 am]
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