Airworthiness Directives; SOCATA Model TBM 700 Airplanes, 16660-16662 [2010-6788]

Download as PDF 16660 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 63 / Friday, April 2, 2010 / Rules and Regulations Related Information (h) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness Directive 2009– 0111, dated May 13, 2009; and Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A300–27–0201, dated March 9, 2009; for related information. Material Incorporated by Reference (i) You must use Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A300–27–0201, including Appendices 1, 2, and 3, dated March 9, 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 Airbus SAS—EAW (Airworthiness Office), 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. (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. (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 March 25, 2010. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2010–7371 Filed 4–1–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2009–1256 Directorate Identifier 2009–CE–064–AD; Amendment 39–16252; AD 2010–07–07] RIN 2120–AA64 wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with RULES_PART 1 Airworthiness Directives; SOCATA Model TBM 700 Airplanes AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) SUMMARY: VerDate Nov<24>2008 12:54 Apr 01, 2010 Jkt 220001 issued 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: It has been discovered that the foam inside the towing bar box is not conformed to the certification specification, and especially the flame resistance properties. In case of fire in the front baggage compartment, the non conformed foam could rapidly propagate the flames and/or emit toxic fumes in the cabin. We are issuing this AD to require actions to correct the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD becomes effective May 7, 2010. On May 7, 2010, the Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov or in person at 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: Albert Mercado, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329– 4119; fax: (816) 329–4090. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to the specified products. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on January 4, 2010 (75 FR 89). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: It has been discovered that the foam inside the towing bar box is not conformed to the certification specification, and especially the flame resistance properties. In case of fire in the front baggage compartment, the non conformed foam could rapidly propagate the flames and/or emit toxic fumes in the cabin. For the reason stated above the AD 2009– 0238–E, as a temporary measure, mandated the removal of the foam, pending a foam change. This AD revision is issued to reduce the original AD applicability and to introduce the optional installation of new foam pads in the tow bar stowage box. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We considered the comments received. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Comment Issue No. 1: Optional Final Solution DAHER–SOCATA comments that SOCATA Service Bulletin (SB) 70–179, Amendment 1, dated January 2010, was issued. That amendment contains a final solution. If the EASA AD issues before the comment end date of the NPRM for this AD action, the commenter requests that we include the required terminating action in our AD as specified in the amended service information. The FAA partially agrees with this comment. The FAA agrees that following the issuance of the NPRM, EASA issued a revision to the AD to allow the optional installation of new foam pads part number (P/N) T700C091000610100 in the tow bar storage box in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of SB No. 70–179, Amendment 1, dated January 2010. The FAA disagrees with making the installation of the new foam pads P/N T700C091000610100 a required action since the EASA AD made it an optional action. We are changing the final rule AD action to include this option. Comment Issue No. 2: Costs of Compliance DAHER–SOCATA comments that the costs in the Costs of Compliance section are not in accordance with those given in the service bulletin. It would take about 10 work-minutes per product instead of .5 work-hour to remove the wrong foam pad and to replace it with the new one. The cost should be only $13 for an average labor rate and consequently $2,132 for all U.S. operators. The FAA agrees that it would only take 10 work-minutes. However, in regards to cost, our practice is to apply .5 hour as the minimum estimated work-hour for labor. This minimum was used in determining the cost of compliance for the AD. We are not changing this final rule AD action based on this comment. Conclusion We reviewed the available data, including the comment received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD with the changes described previously. We determined that these changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of the AD. Differences Between This AD and the MCAI or Service Information We have reviewed the MCAI and related service information and, in general, agree with their substance. But E:\FR\FM\02APR1.SGM 02APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 63 / Friday, April 2, 2010 / Rules and Regulations we might have found it necessary to use different words from those in the MCAI to ensure the AD is clear for U.S. operators and is enforceable. In making these changes, we do not intend to differ substantively from the information provided in the MCAI and related service information. We might also have required different actions in this AD from those in the MCAI in order to follow FAA policies. Any such differences are highlighted in a Note within the 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. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect 164 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about .5 workhour per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD to the U.S. operators to be $6,970 or $42.50 per product. In addition, we estimate that the optional follow-on action would take about .5 work-hour and require parts costing $164, for a cost of $206.50 per product. We have no way of determining the number of products that may need these actions. 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 the NPRM, 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. wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with RULES_PART 1 Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,’’ describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in ‘‘Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify this AD: VerDate Nov<24>2008 12:54 Apr 01, 2010 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: ■ 2010–07–07 SOCATA: Amendment 39– 16252; Docket No. FAA–2009–1256; Directorate Identifier 2009–CE–064–AD. Effective Date (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective May 7, 2010. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Model TBM 700 airplanes, serial numbers (S/N) 331 through 530, 534, and 539, certificated in any category. Subject (d) Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 9: Towing and Taxiing. PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 16661 Reason (e) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) states: It has been discovered that the foam inside the towing bar box is not conformed to the certification specification, and especially the flame resistance properties. In case of fire in the front baggage compartment, the non conformed foam could rapidly propagate the flames and/or emit toxic fumes in the cabin. For the reason stated above the Airworthiness Directive (AD), as a temporary measure, mandates the removal of the foam, pending a foam change. Actions and Compliance (f) Unless already done, within the next 20 hours time-in-service after May 7, 2010 (the effective date of this AD) or within the next 30 days after May 7, 2010 (the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs first, remove the foam from the towing bar stowage box following either SOCATA Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 70–179, dated October 2009, or SOCATA Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 70– 179, Amendment 1, dated January 2010. (g) You may as an option, install new foam pads part number T700C091000610100 in the tow bar storage box following the Accomplishment Instructions of SOCATA Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 70–179, Amendment 1, dated January 2010. FAA AD Differences Note: This AD differs from the MCAI and/ or service information as follows: No differences. Other FAA AD Provisions (h) The following provisions also apply to this AD: (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: Albert Mercado, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4119; 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. E:\FR\FM\02APR1.SGM 02APR1 16662 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 63 / Friday, April 2, 2010 / Rules and Regulations Related Information (i) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No.: 2009–0238R1, dated February 11, 2010; SOCATA Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 70–179, dated October 2009, and SOCATA Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 70–179, Amendment 1, dated January 2010, for related information. Material Incorporated by Reference (j) You must use either SOCATA Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 70–179, dated October 2009; or SOCATA Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 70–179, Amendment 1, dated January 2010; 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 DAHER–SOCATA, Direction des Services, 65921—TARBES CEDEX 9, France; telephone: +33 (0)5 62.41.73.00; fax: 33 (0)5 62.41.76.54; Internet: http:// mysocata.com. (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 March 22, 2010. James E. Jackson, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2010–6788 Filed 4–1–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2009–1259; Directorate Identifier 2009–NE–41–AD; Amendment 39– 16253; AD 2010–07–08] wwoods2 on DSK1DXX6B1PROD with RULES_PART 1 RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems, LLC Rebuilt Turbochargers AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain VerDate Nov<24>2008 12:54 Apr 01, 2010 Jkt 220001 Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems, LLC (KAES) rebuilt turbochargers. This AD requires removal from service of certain part number (P/N) and serial number (S/ N) rebuilt turbochargers. This AD results from three reports of infant mortality turbine wheel failure in rebuilt turbochargers, since June of 2007. We are issuing this AD to prevent separation or seizure of the turbocharger turbine, which could result in full or partial engine power loss, loss of engine oil, and smoke in the airplane cabin. DATES: This AD becomes effective April 19, 2010. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the regulations as of April 19, 2010. We must receive any comments on this AD by June 1, 2010. ADDRESSES: Use one of the following addresses to comment on this AD: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Mail: U.S. Docket Management Facility, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. Contact Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems, LLC, 2900 Selma Highway, Montgomery, Alabama 36108; telephone (334) 386–5400; fax (334) 386–5450; or go to: http://www.kellyaerospace.com, for the service information identified in this AD. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Wechsler, Aerospace Engineer, Propulsion, Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, GA 30337; telephone (404) 474–5575; fax (404) 474–5606. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In October 2009, we were made aware by KAES that since June 2007, three turbochargers rebuilt by KAES have failed. Two had turbine wheel head separation and the third had a turbine shaft seizure. Investigation revealed that a steel wire brush was used to remove the accumulated coking that had built up on these turbine wheels being reclaimed for re-use in rebuilt turbochargers. This procedure created a rough surface finish on the turbine wheel shaft that exceeded allowable limits. The rough surface finish can disrupt the required formation of a hydrodynamic layer of oil between the shaft and mating bearings. This PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 condition, if not corrected, could result in separation or seizure of the turbocharger turbine, which could result in full or partial engine power loss, loss of engine oil, and smoke in the airplane cabin. Relevant Service Information We have reviewed and approved the technical contents of Kelly Aerospace Energy Systems, LLC Service Bulletin (SB) No. 039 A, dated February 10, 2010. That SB identifies the rebuilt turbochargers by P/N and S/N that are suspect of having a rough shaft surface finish exceeding allowable limits. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This AD The unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop on other KAES rebuilt turbochargers of the same type design. For that reason, we are issuing this AD to prevent separation or seizure of the turbocharger turbine, which could result in full or partial engine power loss, loss of engine oil, and smoke in the airplane cabin. This AD requires removal from service of certain P/N and S/N rebuilt turbochargers. You must use the service information described previously to determine what S/N rebuilt turbochargers are affected by this AD. FAA’s Determination of the Effective Date Since an unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD, we have found that notice and opportunity for public comment before issuing this AD are impracticable, and that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days. Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety and was not preceded by notice and an opportunity for public comment; however, we invite you to send us any written relevant data, views, or arguments regarding this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under ADDRESSES. Include ‘‘AD Docket No. FAA–2009–1259; Directorate Identifier 2009–NE–41–AD’’ in the subject line of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of the rule that might suggest a need to modify it. 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 with FAA E:\FR\FM\02APR1.SGM 02APR1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 63 (Friday, April 2, 2010)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 16660-16662]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-6788]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2009-1256 Directorate Identifier 2009-CE-064-AD; 
Amendment 39-16252; AD 2010-07-07]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; SOCATA Model TBM 700 Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the 
products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing 
airworthiness information (MCAI) issued 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:

    It has been discovered that the foam inside the towing bar box 
is not conformed to the certification specification, and especially 
the flame resistance properties.
    In case of fire in the front baggage compartment, the non 
conformed foam could rapidly propagate the flames and/or emit toxic 
fumes in the cabin.

    We are issuing this AD to require actions to correct the unsafe 
condition on these products.

DATES: This AD becomes effective May 7, 2010.
    On May 7, 2010, the Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD.

ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov or in person at 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: Albert Mercado, Aerospace Engineer, 
FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, 
Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4119; fax: (816) 329-4090.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 to include an AD that would apply to the specified products. 
That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on January 4, 2010 (75 
FR 89). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the 
specified products. The MCAI states:

    It has been discovered that the foam inside the towing bar box 
is not conformed to the certification specification, and especially 
the flame resistance properties.
    In case of fire in the front baggage compartment, the non 
conformed foam could rapidly propagate the flames and/or emit toxic 
fumes in the cabin.
    For the reason stated above the AD 2009-0238-E, as a temporary 
measure, mandated the removal of the foam, pending a foam change.
    This AD revision is issued to reduce the original AD 
applicability and to introduce the optional installation of new foam 
pads in the tow bar stowage box.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. We considered the comments received.

Comment Issue No. 1: Optional Final Solution

    DAHER-SOCATA comments that SOCATA Service Bulletin (SB) 70-179, 
Amendment 1, dated January 2010, was issued. That amendment contains a 
final solution. If the EASA AD issues before the comment end date of 
the NPRM for this AD action, the commenter requests that we include the 
required terminating action in our AD as specified in the amended 
service information.
    The FAA partially agrees with this comment. The FAA agrees that 
following the issuance of the NPRM, EASA issued a revision to the AD to 
allow the optional installation of new foam pads part number (P/N) 
T700C091000610100 in the tow bar storage box in accordance with the 
Accomplishment Instructions of SB No. 70-179, Amendment 1, dated 
January 2010. The FAA disagrees with making the installation of the new 
foam pads P/N T700C091000610100 a required action since the EASA AD 
made it an optional action.
    We are changing the final rule AD action to include this option.

Comment Issue No. 2: Costs of Compliance

    DAHER-SOCATA comments that the costs in the Costs of Compliance 
section are not in accordance with those given in the service bulletin. 
It would take about 10 work-minutes per product instead of .5 work-hour 
to remove the wrong foam pad and to replace it with the new one. The 
cost should be only $13 for an average labor rate and consequently 
$2,132 for all U.S. operators.
    The FAA agrees that it would only take 10 work-minutes. However, in 
regards to cost, our practice is to apply .5 hour as the minimum 
estimated work-hour for labor. This minimum was used in determining the 
cost of compliance for the AD.
    We are not changing this final rule AD action based on this 
comment.

Conclusion

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

Differences Between This AD and the MCAI or Service Information

    We have reviewed the MCAI and related service information and, in 
general, agree with their substance. But

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we might have found it necessary to use different words from those in 
the MCAI to ensure the AD is clear for U.S. operators and is 
enforceable. In making these changes, we do not intend to differ 
substantively from the information provided in the MCAI and related 
service information.
    We might also have required different actions in this AD from those 
in the MCAI in order to follow FAA policies. Any such differences are 
highlighted in a Note within the AD.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD will affect 164 products of U.S. registry. 
We also estimate that it will take about .5 work-hour per product to 
comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate 
is $85 per work-hour.
    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD to the U.S. 
operators to be $6,970 or $42.50 per product.
    In addition, we estimate that the optional follow-on action would 
take about .5 work-hour and require parts costing $164, for a cost of 
$206.50 per product. We have no way of determining the number of 
products that may need these actions.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

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

Examining the AD Docket

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

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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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:

2010-07-07 SOCATA: Amendment 39-16252; Docket No. FAA-2009-1256; 
Directorate Identifier 2009-CE-064-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective May 7, 
2010.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to Model TBM 700 airplanes, serial numbers 
(S/N) 331 through 530, 534, and 539, certificated in any category.

Subject

    (d) Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 9: Towing 
and Taxiing.

Reason

    (e) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) 
states:
    It has been discovered that the foam inside the towing bar box 
is not conformed to the certification specification, and especially 
the flame resistance properties.
    In case of fire in the front baggage compartment, the non 
conformed foam could rapidly propagate the flames and/or emit toxic 
fumes in the cabin.
    For the reason stated above the Airworthiness Directive (AD), as 
a temporary measure, mandates the removal of the foam, pending a 
foam change.

Actions and Compliance

    (f) Unless already done, within the next 20 hours time-in-
service after May 7, 2010 (the effective date of this AD) or within 
the next 30 days after May 7, 2010 (the effective date of this AD), 
whichever occurs first, remove the foam from the towing bar stowage 
box following either SOCATA Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 70-179, 
dated October 2009, or SOCATA Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 70-179, 
Amendment 1, dated January 2010.
    (g) You may as an option, install new foam pads part number 
T700C091000610100 in the tow bar storage box following the 
Accomplishment Instructions of SOCATA Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 
70-179, Amendment 1, dated January 2010.

FAA AD Differences

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

Other FAA AD Provisions

    (h) The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (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: Albert Mercado, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small 
Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106; telephone: (816) 329-4119; 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.

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Related Information

    (i) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No.: 
2009-0238R1, dated February 11, 2010; SOCATA Mandatory Service 
Bulletin SB 70-179, dated October 2009, and SOCATA Mandatory Service 
Bulletin SB 70-179, Amendment 1, dated January 2010, for related 
information.

Material Incorporated by Reference

    (j) You must use either SOCATA Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 70-
179, dated October 2009; or SOCATA Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 70-
179, Amendment 1, dated January 2010; 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 
DAHER-SOCATA, Direction des Services, 65921--TARBES CEDEX 9, France; 
telephone: +33 (0)5 62.41.73.00; fax: 33 (0)5 62.41.76.54; Internet: 
http://mysocata.com.
    (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 March 22, 2010.
James E. Jackson,
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-6788 Filed 4-1-10; 8:45 am]
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