Airworthiness Directives; McDonnell Douglas Corporation Model DC-9-81 (MD-81), DC-9-82 (MD-82), DC-9-83 (MD-83), DC-9-87 (MD-87), and MD-88 Airplanes, 80744-80746 [2010-32209]

Download as PDF 80744 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 246 / Thursday, December 23, 2010 / Proposed Rules send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the ACO, send it to the attention of the person identified in the Related Information section of this AD. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your Principal Maintenance Inspector or Principal Avionics Inspector, as appropriate, or lacking a principal inspector, your local Flight Standards District Office. (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 the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Los Angeles 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. Related Information (i) For more information about this AD, contact Roger Durbin, Aerospace Engineer, Los Angeles ACO, Airframe Branch, ANM– 120L, FAA Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, 3960 Paramount Blvd, Lakewood, CA 90712–4137; telephone: (562) 627–5233; fax: (562) 627–5210; e-mail: roger.durbin@faa.gov. (j) For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, 3855 Lakewood Boulevard, MC D800–0019, Long Beach, California 90846–0001; telephone 206–544–5000, extension 2; fax 206–766– 5683; e-mail dse.boecom@boeing.com; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, the FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. Issued in Renton, Washington, on December 16, 2010. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2010–32207 Filed 12–22–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2010–1203; Directorate Identifier 2010–NM–168–AD] srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with PROPOSALS Airworthiness Directives; McDonnell Douglas Corporation Model DC–9–81 (MD–81), DC–9–82 (MD–82), DC–9–83 (MD–83), DC–9–87 (MD–87), and MD–88 Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:52 Dec 22, 2010 Jkt 223001 We must receive comments on this proposed AD by February 7, 2011. 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: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, 3855 Lakewood Boulevard, MC D800–0019, Long Beach, California 90846–0001; telephone 206–544–5000, extension 2; fax 206–766–5683; e-mail dse.boecom@boeing.com; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.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. DATES: Examining the AD Docket RIN 2120–AA64 AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Model DC–9–81 (MD–81), DC–9–82 (MD–82), DC–9–83 (MD–83), DC–9–87 (MD–87) and MD–88 airplanes. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections for cracking of the left and right upper center skin panels of the horizontal stabilizer, and corrective action if necessary. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of a crack found in the upper skin panel at the aft inboard corner of a right horizontal stabilizer. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracks in the horizontal stabilizer upper center skin panel. Uncorrected cracks might ultimately lead to the loss of overall structural integrity of the horizontal stabilizer. SUMMARY: 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 proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (phone: 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roger Durbin, Aerospace Engineer, Los Angeles ACO, Airframe Branch, ANM– 120L, FAA Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, 3960 Paramount Blvd, Lakewood, CA 90712–4137; telephone: (562) 627–5233; fax: (562) 627–5210; e-mail: roger.durbin@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA– 2010–1203; Directorate Identifier 2010– NM–168–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 because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. Discussion We have received a report of a crack to a Model MD–80 airplane upper center skin panel of the right horizontal stabilizer at the aft inboard corner during an inspection for cracks in the upper and lower aft skin panels of the horizontal stabilizer in accordance with AD 2007–10–04, Amendment 39–15045 (72 FR 25960, May 8, 2007). That airplane had accumulated 47,146 total flight hours and 26,490 total flight cycles when the crack was found. The cause of the cracking is suspected to be fatigue. A crack in the upper center skin panel may transfer the load to the upper aft skin panel. This may result in the upper aft skin panel cracking faster than the existing inspection intervals that are specified by Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD80–55A065. Uncorrected cracking could result in loss of the overall structural integrity of the horizontal stabilizer. Relevant Service Information We reviewed Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD80–55A068, dated July 16, 2010. This service bulletin describes procedures for repetitive eddy current inspections, either (Option 1) two High Frequency Eddy Current (ETHF) scans E:\FR\FM\23DEP1.SGM 23DEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 246 / Thursday, December 23, 2010 / Proposed Rules and one Low Frequency Eddy Current (ETLF) scan, or (Option 2) three ETHF scans, to detect cracking of the right and left upper center skin panels of the horizontal stabilizer. Corrective actions include replacing any cracked horizontal stabilizer upper center skin panel with a serviceable panel or contacting Boeing for possible temporary repair instructions. The repetitive interval is 5,200 flight cycles or 2,500 flight cycles depending on the type of eddy current inspection option selected. Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD80– 55A068, dated July 16, 2010, refers to an inspection done for Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD80–55A065, dated April 25, 2007, which we referred to as the appropriate source of service information for AD 2007–10–04. Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD80–55A065, dated April 25, 2007, addresses cracking issues for the horizontal stabilizer’s upper and lower aft skin panels and rear spar upper caps. FAA’s Determination We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design. Proposed AD Requirements This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified in 80745 the service information described previously, except as discussed under ‘‘Differences Between the Proposed AD and the Service Information.’’ Differences Between the Proposed AD and the Service Information Alert Service Bulletin MD80–55A068, dated July 16, 2010, provides an option to contact the manufacturer for instructions on how to repair cracking, but this proposed AD would require replacing the cracked skin panel. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD will affect 668 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Inspection .......... 4 work-hours × $85 per hour = $340 per inspection cycle. $0 $340 per inspection cycle .............. We estimate the following costs to do any necessary repairs that would be required based on the results of the proposed inspection. We have no way of Cost on U.S. operators $227,120 per inspection cycle. determining the number of aircraft that might need these repairs. ON-CONDITION COSTS Action Labor cost Group 1: Skin panel replacement ................................ Group 2: Skin panel replacement ................................ 648 work-hours × $85 per hour = $55,080 .................. 648 work-hours × $85 per hour = $55,080 .................. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with PROPOSALS 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. 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), (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (4) 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. Regulatory Findings List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:52 Dec 22, 2010 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Parts cost $36,405 54,071 Cost per product $91,485 109,151 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 airworthiness directive (AD): McDonnell Douglas Corporation: Docket No. FAA–2010–1203; Directorate Identifier 2010–NM–168–AD. Comments Due Date (a) We must receive comments by February 7, 2011. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to all McDonnell Douglas Corporation Model DC–9–81 (MD– 81), DC–9–82 (MD–82), DC–9–83 (MD–83), DC–9–87 (MD–87) and MD–88 airplanes, certificated in any category. E:\FR\FM\23DEP1.SGM 23DEP1 80746 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 246 / Thursday, December 23, 2010 / Proposed Rules Subject (d) Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 55: Stabilizers. Unsafe Condition (e) This AD was prompted by a report of a crack found in the upper center skin panel at the aft inboard corner of a right horizontal stabilizer. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracks in the horizontal stabilizer upper center skin panel. Uncorrected cracks might ultimately lead to the loss of overall structural integrity of the horizontal stabilizer. Compliance (f) Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with PROPOSALS Inspections (g) Before the accumulation of 20,000 total flight cycles, or within 4,379 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later, do eddy current inspections to detect cracking of the left and right upper center skin panels of the horizontal stabilizer, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD80–55A068, dated July 16, 2010. (1) If no crack is found during any inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD, repeat the applicable inspections thereafter at the applicable times specified in paragraph 1.E., ‘‘Compliance,’’ of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD80–55A068, dated July 16, 2010. (2) If any crack is found during any inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD, before further flight, replace the skin panel with a serviceable skin panel, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD80–55A068, dated July 16, 2010. Within 20,000 flight cycles after the replacement, do eddy current inspections as required by paragraph (g) of this AD. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (h)(1) The Manager, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the ACO, send it to the attention of the person identified in the Related Information section of this AD. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your Principal Maintenance Inspector or Principal Avionics Inspector, as appropriate, or lacking a principal inspector, your local Flight Standards District Office. (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 the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Los Angeles ACO, to make those findings. For a repair method to be approved, the repair must meet the certification basis of the airplane and 14 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:52 Dec 22, 2010 Jkt 223001 CFR 25.571, Amendment 45, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD. Related Information (i) For more information about this AD, contact Roger Durbin, Aerospace Engineer, Los Angeles ACO, Airframe Branch, ANM– 120L, FAA Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, 3960 Paramount Blvd, Lakewood, CA 90712–4137; telephone: (562) 627–5233; fax: (562) 627–5210; e-mail: roger.durbin@faa.gov. (j) For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, 3855 Lakewood Boulevard, MC D800–0019, Long Beach, California 90846–0001; telephone 206–544–5000, extension 2; fax 206–766– 5683; e-mail dse.boecom@boeing.com; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, the FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. Issued in Renton, Washington, on December 16, 2010. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2010–32209 Filed 12–22–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 135 [Docket No. FAA–2010–1259] Interpretation of Rest Requirements Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed interpretation. AGENCY: This action proposes to interpret the application of 14 CFR 135.263 and the rest requirements of § 135.267(d) to situations in which a flight crewmember’s flight time exceeds the permissible limits due to circumstances beyond his or her control. As discussed below, the FAA issued several interpretations addressing this issue in the 1990s. However, because the proposed interpretation relies heavily on a seminal FAA interpretation issued in 2000, the proposed interpretation would supersede any previous contrary interpretations of §§ 135.263 and 135.267(d). SUMMARY: Comments must be received on or before January 24, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may send comments identified by docket number FAA– DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 2010–1259 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Mail: Send Comments to Docket Operations, M–30; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590– 0001. • Hand Delivery: Take comments to Docket Operations in Room W12–140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alex Zektser, Attorney, Regulations Division, Office of Chief Counsel, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–3073; e-mail: Alex.Zektser@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited The FAA invites interested persons to submit written comments, data, or views concerning this proposal. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the proposal, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. To ensure the docket does not contain duplicate comments, please send only one copy of written comments, or if you are filing comments electronically, please submit your comments only one time. The FAA will file in the docket all comments received, as well as a report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerning this proposal. Before acting on this proposal, the FAA will consider all comments received on or before the closing date for comments and any latefiled comments if it is possible to do so without incurring expense or delay. The FAA may change this proposal in light of comments received. Availability of This Proposed Interpretation You can get an electronic copy using the Internet by— (1) Searching the Federal eRulemaking Portal (http://www.regulations.gov); (2) Visiting the FAA’s Regulations and Policies Web page at http://www.faa. gov/regulations_policies/; or (3) Accessing the Government Printing Office’s Web page at http:// www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html. E:\FR\FM\23DEP1.SGM 23DEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 246 (Thursday, December 23, 2010)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 80744-80746]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-32209]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2010-1203; Directorate Identifier 2010-NM-168-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; McDonnell Douglas Corporation Model DC-
9-81 (MD-81), DC-9-82 (MD-82), DC-9-83 (MD-83), DC-9-87 (MD-87), and 
MD-88 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 all 
Model DC-9-81 (MD-81), DC-9-82 (MD-82), DC-9-83 (MD-83), DC-9-87 (MD-
87) and MD-88 airplanes. This proposed AD would require repetitive 
inspections for cracking of the left and right upper center skin panels 
of the horizontal stabilizer, and corrective action if necessary. This 
proposed AD was prompted by a report of a crack found in the upper skin 
panel at the aft inboard corner of a right horizontal stabilizer. We 
are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracks in the horizontal 
stabilizer upper center skin panel. Uncorrected cracks might ultimately 
lead to the loss of overall structural integrity of the horizontal 
stabilizer.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by February 7, 
2011.

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: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact 
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, 
3855 Lakewood Boulevard, MC D800-0019, Long Beach, California 90846-
0001; telephone 206-544-5000, extension 2; fax 206-766-5683; e-mail 
dse.boecom@boeing.com; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.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 Management Facility 
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 Office (phone: 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES 
section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after 
receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Roger Durbin, Aerospace Engineer, Los 
Angeles ACO, Airframe Branch, ANM-120L, FAA Los Angeles Aircraft 
Certification Office, 3960 Paramount Blvd, Lakewood, CA 90712-4137; 
telephone: (562) 627-5233; fax: (562) 627-5210; e-mail: 
roger.durbin@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed 
under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2010-1203; 
Directorate Identifier 2010-NM-168-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 because of those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this proposed AD.

Discussion

    We have received a report of a crack to a Model MD-80 airplane 
upper center skin panel of the right horizontal stabilizer at the aft 
inboard corner during an inspection for cracks in the upper and lower 
aft skin panels of the horizontal stabilizer in accordance with AD 
2007-10-04, Amendment 39-15045 (72 FR 25960, May 8, 2007). That 
airplane had accumulated 47,146 total flight hours and 26,490 total 
flight cycles when the crack was found. The cause of the cracking is 
suspected to be fatigue.
    A crack in the upper center skin panel may transfer the load to the 
upper aft skin panel. This may result in the upper aft skin panel 
cracking faster than the existing inspection intervals that are 
specified by Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD80-55A065. Uncorrected 
cracking could result in loss of the overall structural integrity of 
the horizontal stabilizer.

Relevant Service Information

    We reviewed Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD80-55A068, dated July 
16, 2010. This service bulletin describes procedures for repetitive 
eddy current inspections, either (Option 1) two High Frequency Eddy 
Current (ETHF) scans

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and one Low Frequency Eddy Current (ETLF) scan, or (Option 2) three 
ETHF scans, to detect cracking of the right and left upper center skin 
panels of the horizontal stabilizer. Corrective actions include 
replacing any cracked horizontal stabilizer upper center skin panel 
with a serviceable panel or contacting Boeing for possible temporary 
repair instructions.
    The repetitive interval is 5,200 flight cycles or 2,500 flight 
cycles depending on the type of eddy current inspection option 
selected.
    Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD80-55A068, dated July 16, 2010, 
refers to an inspection done for Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD80-
55A065, dated April 25, 2007, which we referred to as the appropriate 
source of service information for AD 2007-10-04. Boeing Alert Service 
Bulletin MD80-55A065, dated April 25, 2007, addresses cracking issues 
for the horizontal stabilizer's upper and lower aft skin panels and 
rear spar upper caps.

FAA's Determination

    We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant 
information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is 
likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design.

Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified 
in the service information described previously, except as discussed 
under ``Differences Between the Proposed AD and the Service 
Information.''

Differences Between the Proposed AD and the Service Information

    Alert Service Bulletin MD80-55A068, dated July 16, 2010, provides 
an option to contact the manufacturer for instructions on how to repair 
cracking, but this proposed AD would require replacing the cracked skin 
panel.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD will affect 668 airplanes of U.S. 
registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD:

                                                                     Estimated Costs
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               Action                        Labor cost           Parts cost        Cost per product                  Cost on U.S. operators
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Inspection..........................  4 work-hours x $85 per               $0   $340 per inspection      $227,120 per inspection cycle.
                                       hour = $340 per                           cycle.
                                       inspection cycle.
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We estimate the following costs to do any necessary repairs that would 
be required based on the results of the proposed inspection. We have no 
way of determining the number of aircraft that might need these 
repairs.

                                               On-Condition Costs
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                                                                                                     Cost per
                    Action                                 Labor cost               Parts cost        product
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Group 1: Skin panel replacement...............  648 work-hours x $85 per hour =          $36,405         $91,485
                                                 $55,080.
Group 2: Skin panel replacement...............  648 work-hours x $85 per hour =           54,071         109,151
                                                 $55,080.
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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

    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),
    (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
    (4) 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.

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 
airworthiness directive (AD):

McDonnell Douglas Corporation: Docket No. FAA-2010-1203; Directorate 
Identifier 2010-NM-168-AD.

Comments Due Date

    (a) We must receive comments by February 7, 2011.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to all McDonnell Douglas Corporation Model 
DC-9-81 (MD-81), DC-9-82 (MD-82), DC-9-83 (MD-83), DC-9-87 (MD-87) 
and MD-88 airplanes, certificated in any category.

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Subject

    (d) Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/Air Transport 
Association (ATA) of America Code 55: Stabilizers.

Unsafe Condition

    (e) This AD was prompted by a report of a crack found in the 
upper center skin panel at the aft inboard corner of a right 
horizontal stabilizer. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct 
cracks in the horizontal stabilizer upper center skin panel. 
Uncorrected cracks might ultimately lead to the loss of overall 
structural integrity of the horizontal stabilizer.

Compliance

    (f) Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, 
unless already done.

Inspections

    (g) Before the accumulation of 20,000 total flight cycles, or 
within 4,379 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, 
whichever occurs later, do eddy current inspections to detect 
cracking of the left and right upper center skin panels of the 
horizontal stabilizer, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD80-55A068, dated 
July 16, 2010.
    (1) If no crack is found during any inspection required by 
paragraph (g) of this AD, repeat the applicable inspections 
thereafter at the applicable times specified in paragraph 1.E., 
``Compliance,'' of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD80-55A068, dated 
July 16, 2010.
    (2) If any crack is found during any inspection required by 
paragraph (g) of this AD, before further flight, replace the skin 
panel with a serviceable skin panel, in accordance with the 
Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD80-
55A068, dated July 16, 2010. Within 20,000 flight cycles after the 
replacement, do eddy current inspections as required by paragraph 
(g) of this AD.

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (h)(1) The Manager, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office 
(ACO), FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if 
requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance 
with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or 
local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending 
information directly to the manager of the ACO, send it to the 
attention of the person identified in the Related Information 
section of this AD.
    (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your Principal 
Maintenance Inspector or Principal Avionics Inspector, as 
appropriate, or lacking a principal inspector, your local Flight 
Standards District Office.
    (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 the 
Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization 
(ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Los Angeles ACO, to 
make those findings. For a repair method to be approved, the repair 
must meet the certification basis of the airplane and 14 CFR 25.571, 
Amendment 45, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD.

Related Information

    (i) For more information about this AD, contact Roger Durbin, 
Aerospace Engineer, Los Angeles ACO, Airframe Branch, ANM-120L, FAA 
Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, 3960 Paramount Blvd, 
Lakewood, CA 90712-4137; telephone: (562) 627-5233; fax: (562) 627-
5210; e-mail: roger.durbin@faa.gov.
    (j) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, 
3855 Lakewood Boulevard, MC D800-0019, Long Beach, California 90846-
0001; telephone 206-544-5000, extension 2; fax 206-766-5683; e-mail 
dse.boecom@boeing.com; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. You 
may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, the FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., 
Renton, Washington. For information on the availability of this 
material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on December 16, 2010.
Ali Bahrami,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-32209 Filed 12-22-10; 8:45 am]
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