Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 Series Airplanes and Model A340-200, -300, -500, and -600 Series Airplanes, 60010-60013 [2010-24238]

Download as PDF 60010 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 75, No. 188 Wednesday, September 29, 2010 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2010–0859; Directorate Identifier 2010–NM–113–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330–200 and –300 Series Airplanes and Model A340–200, –300, –500, and –600 Series Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as: * * * * * SUMMARY: * * * [T]here is a possible path for fluid ingress, resulting in connector internal arcing and hydraulic system malfunction. In addition, as the connectors are located in areas adjacent to fuel tanks, such arcing associated with the presence of a fuel leakage could lead to an uncontrolled fire. * * * * * The proposed AD would require actions that are intended to address the unsafe condition described in the MCAI. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 15, 2010. 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 erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with PROPOSALS-1 ADDRESSES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:13 Sep 28, 2010 Jkt 220001 W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–40, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Airbus SAS— Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; e-mail airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may review copies of the referenced 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. closing date and may amend this proposed AD based on 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 proposed AD. Discussion The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2010–0086R1, dated June 16, 2010 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1138; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2010–0859; Directorate Identifier 2010–NM–113–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the Several A330 and A340 operators have reported in service occurrences of hydraulic pump electrical motor connector internal arcing, resulting in: —Either false hydraulic system overheat Electronic Centralized Aircraft Monitoring (ECAM) warnings —And/or hydraulic pump electrical motor malfunction. Investigations have shown that, due to the manufacturing tolerances of the cables and the connectors rear grommet, there is a possible path for fluid ingress, resulting in connector internal arcing and hydraulic system malfunction. In addition, as the connectors are located in areas adjacent to fuel tanks, such arcing associated with the presence of a fuel leakage could lead to an uncontrolled fire. In order to protect the hydraulic pump electrical motor connectors against fluid ingress from the rear of the connector grommet and prevent false hydraulic system overheat ECAM warnings and/or hydraulic pump electrical motor malfunction, this AD requires modification of the three hydraulic pump electrical motor connectors associated to the Blue, Yellow and Green hydraulic systems. This Revision 1 is issued to delete Airbus modifications 55923S18878 and 55924S19452 from the applicability of this AD. The modification adds heat shrink sleeves to certain cable contacts and a sealing plug to the connector free cavity. You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Relevant Service Information Airbus has issued the service information specified in the table. E:\FR\FM\29SEP1.SGM 29SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 188 / Wednesday, September 29, 2010 / Proposed Rules 60011 TABLE—APPLICABLE SERVICE INFORMATION Airplane Model— Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin— A330 ............................................... A340 ............................................... A340 ............................................... A330–92–3088, including Appendix 01 ................................................. A340–92–4081, including Appendix 01 ................................................. A340–92–5053, including Appendix 01 ................................................. The actions described in this service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with PROPOSALS-1 Differences Between This AD and the MCAI or Service Information We have reviewed the MCAI and related service information and, in general, agree with their substance. But we might have found it necessary to use different words from those in the MCAI to ensure the AD is clear for U.S. operators and is enforceable. In making these changes, we do not intend to differ substantively from the information provided in the MCAI and related service information. We might also have proposed 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 proposed AD. Costs of Compliance Based on the service information, we estimate that this proposed AD would affect about 43 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 13 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $877 per product. Where the service information lists required parts costs that are covered under warranty, we have assumed that there will be no charge for these costs. As we do not control warranty coverage for affected parties, some parties may incur costs higher than estimated here. Based on these VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:13 Sep 28, 2010 Jkt 220001 Revision— figures, we estimate the cost of the proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $85,226, or $1,982 per product. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,’’ describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in ‘‘Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 proposed regulation: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and 3. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 01 01 01 Dated— February 22, 2010. February 22, 2010. February 22, 2010. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 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: Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2010–0859; Directorate Identifier 2010–NM–113–AD. Comments Due Date (a) We must receive comments by November 15, 2010. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to the airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD. (1) Airbus Model A330–201, A330–202, A330–203, A330–223, A330–243, A330–301, A330–302, A330–303, A330–321, A330–322, A330–323, A330–341, A330–342, and A330– 343 airplanes; certificated in any category; all serial numbers; except those on which Airbus modifications 58773 and 45968 have been embodied in production. (2) Airbus Model A340–211, A340–212, A340–213, A340–311, A340–312, A340–313, A340–541, and A340–642 airplanes; certificated in any category; all serial numbers; except those on which Airbus modifications 58773 and 45968 have been embodied in production. Subject (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 92. Reason (e) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) states: * * * * * * * * [T]here is a possible path for fluid ingress, resulting in connector internal arcing and hydraulic system malfunction. In addition, as the connectors are located in areas adjacent to fuel tanks, such arcing E:\FR\FM\29SEP1.SGM 29SEP1 60012 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 188 / Wednesday, September 29, 2010 / Proposed Rules associated with the presence of a fuel leakage could lead to an uncontrolled fire. the compliance times specified, unless the actions have already been done. * Actions * * * * Compliance (f) You are responsible for having the actions required by this AD performed within (g) Within 3,600 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, modify the hydraulic pump electrical motor connectors of the blue, yellow, and green electric pumps, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information specified in Table 1 of this AD. TABLE 1—APPLICABLE SERVICE INFORMATION Airplane Model— Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin— A330 ............................................... A340 ............................................... A340 ............................................... A330–92–3088 ....................................................................................... A340–92–4081 ....................................................................................... A340–92–5053 ....................................................................................... Credit for Actions Accomplished in Accordance With Previous Issue of Service Information (h) Modifications accomplished before the effective date of this AD in accordance with Revision— 01 01 01 Dated— February 22, 2010. February 22, 2010. February 22, 2010. the service information specified in Table 2 of this AD are considered acceptable for compliance with the requirements of paragraph (g) of this AD. TABLE 2—CREDIT SERVICE INFORMATION Airplane Model— Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin— Revision— Dated— A330 ...................................... A340 ...................................... A340 ...................................... A330–92–3088 ..................................................................... A340–92–4081 ..................................................................... A340–92–5053 ..................................................................... Original ................................. Original ................................. Original ................................. September 2, 2009. September 2, 2009. September 2, 2009. FAA AD Differences Note 1: This AD differs from the MCAI and/or service information as follows: No differences. Other FAA AD Provisions (i) The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057– 3356; telephone (425) 227–1138; fax (425) 227–1149. 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. (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 (j) Refer to MCAI EASA Airworthiness Directive 2010–0086R1, dated June 16, 2010, and the service information specified in Table 3 of this AD, as applicable, for related information. TABLE 3—RELATED SERVICE INFORMATION Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin— Revision— Dated— A330 ...................................... A340 ...................................... A340 ...................................... erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with PROPOSALS-1 Airplane Model— A330–92–3088 ..................................................................... A340–92–4081 ..................................................................... A340–92–5053 ..................................................................... 01 .......................................... 01 .......................................... 01 .......................................... February 22, 2010. February 22, 2010. February 22, 2010. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:13 Sep 28, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\29SEP1.SGM 29SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 188 / Wednesday, September 29, 2010 / Proposed Rules Issued in Renton, Washington, on September 21, 2010. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2010–24238 Filed 9–28–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA–R03–OAR–2010–0594; FRL–9208–3] Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Control of Volatile Organic Compounds Emissions From Industrial Solvent Cleaning Operations Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Proposed rule. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2010-0859; Directorate Identifier 2010-NM-113-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 Series 
Airplanes and Model A340-200, -300, -500, and -600 Series Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the 
products listed above. This proposed AD results from mandatory 
continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation 
authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe 
condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe 
condition as:
* * * * *
* * * [T]here is a possible path for fluid ingress, resulting in 
connector internal arcing and hydraulic system malfunction. In 
addition, as the connectors are located in areas adjacent to fuel 
tanks, such arcing associated with the presence of a fuel leakage 
could lead to an uncontrolled fire.
* * * * *
    The proposed AD would require actions that are intended to address 
the unsafe condition described in the MCAI.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 15, 
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 W12-40, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact 
Airbus SAS--Airworthiness Office--EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 
31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 
93 45 80; e-mail airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may review copies of the referenced 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.

Examining the AD Docket

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 
227-1138; fax (425) 227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address 
listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2010-0859; 
Directorate Identifier 2010-NM-113-AD'' at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We 
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend 
this proposed AD based on 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 proposed AD.

Discussion

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA 
Airworthiness Directive 2010-0086R1, dated June 16, 2010 (referred to 
after this as ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for the 
specified products. The MCAI states:

    Several A330 and A340 operators have reported in service 
occurrences of hydraulic pump electrical motor connector internal 
arcing, resulting in:

--Either false hydraulic system overheat Electronic Centralized 
Aircraft Monitoring (ECAM) warnings
--And/or hydraulic pump electrical motor malfunction.

    Investigations have shown that, due to the manufacturing 
tolerances of the cables and the connectors rear grommet, there is a 
possible path for fluid ingress, resulting in connector internal 
arcing and hydraulic system malfunction. In addition, as the 
connectors are located in areas adjacent to fuel tanks, such arcing 
associated with the presence of a fuel leakage could lead to an 
uncontrolled fire.
    In order to protect the hydraulic pump electrical motor 
connectors against fluid ingress from the rear of the connector 
grommet and prevent false hydraulic system overheat ECAM warnings 
and/or hydraulic pump electrical motor malfunction, this AD requires 
modification of the three hydraulic pump electrical motor connectors 
associated to the Blue, Yellow and Green hydraulic systems.
    This Revision 1 is issued to delete Airbus modifications 
55923S18878 and 55924S19452 from the applicability of this AD.

    The modification adds heat shrink sleeves to certain cable contacts 
and a sealing plug to the connector free cavity. You may obtain further 
information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket.

Relevant Service Information

    Airbus has issued the service information specified in the table.

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A330................................  A330-92-3088, including                01  February 22, 2010.
                                       Appendix 01.
A340................................  A340-92-4081, including                01  February 22, 2010.
                                       Appendix 01.
A340................................  A340-92-5053, including                01  February 22, 2010.
                                       Appendix 01.
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    The actions described in this service information are intended to 
correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another 
country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant 
to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have 
been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service 
information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we 
evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition 
exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same 
type design.

Differences Between This AD and the MCAI or Service Information

    We have reviewed the MCAI and related service information and, in 
general, agree with their substance. But we might have found it 
necessary to use different words from those in the MCAI to ensure the 
AD is clear for U.S. operators and is enforceable. In making these 
changes, we do not intend to differ substantively from the information 
provided in the MCAI and related service information.
    We might also have proposed 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 proposed AD.

Costs of Compliance

    Based on the service information, we estimate that this proposed AD 
would affect about 43 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that 
it would take about 13 work-hours per product to comply with the basic 
requirements of this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per 
work-hour. Required parts would cost about $877 per product. Where the 
service information lists required parts costs that are covered under 
warranty, we have assumed that there will be no charge for these costs. 
As we do not control warranty coverage for affected parties, some 
parties may incur costs higher than estimated here. Based on these 
figures, we estimate the cost of the proposed AD on U.S. operators to 
be $85,226, or $1,982 per product.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 proposed 
regulation:
    1. Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866;
    2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and
    3. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to 
comply with this proposed 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.

The Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 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.


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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

Airbus: Docket No. FAA-2010-0859; Directorate Identifier 2010-NM-
113-AD.

Comments Due Date

    (a) We must receive comments by November 15, 2010.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to the airplanes identified in paragraphs 
(c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD.
    (1) Airbus Model A330-201, A330-202, A330-203, A330-223, A330-
243, A330-301, A330-302, A330-303, A330-321, A330-322, A330-323, 
A330-341, A330-342, and A330-343 airplanes; certificated in any 
category; all serial numbers; except those on which Airbus 
modifications 58773 and 45968 have been embodied in production.
    (2) Airbus Model A340-211, A340-212, A340-213, A340-311, A340-
312, A340-313, A340-541, and A340-642 airplanes; certificated in any 
category; all serial numbers; except those on which Airbus 
modifications 58773 and 45968 have been embodied in production.

Subject

    (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 92.

Reason

    (e) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) 
states:
* * * * *
 * * * [T]here is a possible path for fluid ingress, resulting in 
connector internal arcing and hydraulic system malfunction. In 
addition, as the connectors are located in areas adjacent to fuel 
tanks, such arcing

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associated with the presence of a fuel leakage could lead to an 
uncontrolled fire.
* * * * *

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.

Actions

    (g) Within 3,600 flight hours after the effective date of this 
AD, modify the hydraulic pump electrical motor connectors of the 
blue, yellow, and green electric pumps, in accordance with the 
Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information 
specified in Table 1 of this AD.

                                     Table 1--Applicable Service Information
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                                        Airbus Mandatory Service
          Airplane Model--                     Bulletin--            Revision--              Dated--
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A330................................  A330-92-3088................           01  February 22, 2010.
A340................................  A340-92-4081................           01  February 22, 2010.
A340................................  A340-92-5053................           01  February 22, 2010.
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Credit for Actions Accomplished in Accordance With Previous Issue of 
Service Information

    (h) Modifications accomplished before the effective date of this 
AD in accordance with the service information specified in Table 2 
of this AD are considered acceptable for compliance with the 
requirements of paragraph (g) of this AD.

                                       Table 2--Credit Service Information
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                                    Airbus Mandatory Service
         Airplane Model--                  Bulletin--              Revision--                  Dated--
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A330.............................  A330-92-3088.............  Original............  September 2, 2009.
A340.............................  A340-92-4081.............  Original............  September 2, 2009.
A340.............................  A340-92-5053.............  Original............  September 2, 2009.
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FAA AD Differences

    Note 1: This AD differs from the MCAI and/or service information 
as follows: No differences.

Other FAA AD Provisions

    (i) The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
International Branch, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the 
authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the 
procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Vladimir 
Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, 
Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 227-1138; fax (425) 227-1149. 
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.
    (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

    (j) Refer to MCAI EASA Airworthiness Directive 2010-0086R1, 
dated June 16, 2010, and the service information specified in Table 
3 of this AD, as applicable, for related information.

                                      Table 3--Related Service Information
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                                    Airbus Mandatory Service
         Airplane Model--                  Bulletin--              Revision--                  Dated--
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A330.............................  A330-92-3088.............  01..................  February 22, 2010.
A340.............................  A340-92-4081.............  01..................  February 22, 2010.
A340.............................  A340-92-5053.............  01..................  February 22, 2010.
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    Issued in Renton, Washington, on September 21, 2010.
Ali Bahrami,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-24238 Filed 9-28-10; 8:45 am]
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