Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A321-211, -212, -231, and -232 Airplanes, 81433-81436 [2010-31991]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 248 / Tuesday, December 28, 2010 / Rules and Regulations dated January 15, 2009, except as required by paragraph (t) of this AD. Optional Terminating Action (n) Modification of the aft corners of the nose wheel well by installing modification doublers and doing all applicable related investigative and corrective actions, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–53A2305, Revision 2, dated January 15, 2009, terminates the repetitive inspections required by paragraph (l) of this AD for the modified side only. Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–53A2305, Revision 2, dated January 15, 2009, specifies to contact Boeing for appropriate action, repair using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (u) of this AD. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with RULES Post-Modification Repetitive Inspections (o) For airplanes on which the modification specified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–53A2305, Revision 2, dated January 15, 2009, has been done: At the applicable time specified in paragraph (o)(1) or (o)(2) of this AD, do an external low frequency eddy current inspection for skin cracks around the fasteners at the periphery of the modification doublers, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–53A2305, Revision 2, dated January 15, 2009. (1) For airplanes on which the edge row fastener holes common to the external modification doublers have been zero-timed in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–53A2305, Revision 2, dated January 15, 2009: Within 15,000 flight cycles after accomplishing the modification, or within 1,500 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later. (2) For airplanes on which the edge row fastener holes common to the external modification doublers have not been zerotimed in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–53A2305, Revision 2, dated January 15, 2009: Prior to the accumulation of 15,000 total flight cycles, or within 1,500 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later. (p) If no cracking is found during the inspection required by paragraph (o) of this AD, repeat the inspection specified in paragraph (o) of this AD thereafter at intervals not to exceed 1,500 flight cycles. (q) If any cracking is found during any inspection required by paragraph (o) or (p) of this AD, before further flight, repair using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (u) of this AD. Body Station (BS) 400 Bulkhead Outer Chord Inspection (r) For all airplanes: At the latest of the times specified in paragraphs (r)(1), (r)(2), and (r)(3) of this AD, do a surface HFEC inspection for cracking in the BS 400 bulkhead outer chord, skin splice plate, and outer chord radius filler; and a detailed inspection for cracking of the bulkhead frame web and body skin; in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:14 Dec 27, 2010 Jkt 223001 Service Bulletin 747–53A2305, Revision 2, dated January 15, 2009. If no cracking is found during any inspection, repeat the inspection one time within 6,000 flight cycles, and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 3,000 flight cycles. (1) Before the accumulation of 20,000 total flight cycles. (2) Within 3,000 flight cycles after doing the HFEC inspection required by AD 2004– 07–22 R1, Amendment 39–15326, for structural significant item (SSI) F–4B of the Boeing Document No. D6–35022, ‘‘Supplemental Structural Inspection Document (SSID) for Model 747 Airplanes,’’ Revision G, dated December 2000. (3) Within 1,500 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD. (s) If any cracking is found during any inspection required by paragraph (r) of this AD, before further flight, repair in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–53A2305, Revision 2, dated January 15, 2009, except as required by paragraph (t) of this AD. Within 6,000 flight cycles after doing the repair, do the inspections specified in paragraph (r) of this AD, and repeat the inspections thereafter at intervals not to exceed 3,000 flight cycles. Service Bulletin Exception (t) If any cracking is found during any inspection required by this AD, and Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–53A2305, Revision 2, dated January 15, 2009, specifies to contact Boeing for appropriate action: Before further flight, repair the crack using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (u) of this AD. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (u)(1) The Manager, Seattle 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. Send information to Attn: Steven Fox, Senior Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 917–6425; fax (425) 917–6590. Information may be e-mailed to: 9–ANM– Seattle-ACO–AMOC–Requests@faa.gov. (2) To request a different method of compliance or a different compliance time for this AD, follow the procedures in 14 CFR 39.19. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your principal maintenance inspector (PMI) or principal avionics inspector (PAI), as appropriate, or lacking a principal inspector, your local Flight Standards District Office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair required by this AD if it is approved by the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO to make those findings. For a repair method to be approved, the repair must meet the certification basis of the airplane and the approval must specifically refer to this AD. PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 81433 Related Information (v) For more information about this AD, contact Steven Fox, Senior Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 917–6425; fax (425) 917–6590; e-mail: steven.fox@faa.gov. Material Incorporated by Reference (w) You must use Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–53A2305, Revision 2, dated January 15, 2009, to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. The optional actions, if accomplished, shall be done in accordance with Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747– 53A2305, Revision 2, dated January 15, 2009. (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of this service information under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H–65, Seattle, Washington 98124–2207; telephone 206–544–5000, extension 1; fax 206–766– 5680; e-mail me.boecom@boeing.com; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. (3) You may review copies of the service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. (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 an NARA facility, 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 December 13, 2010. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2010–31985 Filed 12–27–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2010–1201; Directorate Identifier 2010–NM–081–AD; Amendment 39–16551; AD 2010–26–12] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A321–211, –212, –231, and –232 Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\28DER1.SGM 28DER1 81434 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 248 / Tuesday, December 28, 2010 / Rules and Regulations Final rule; request for comments. ACTION: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This 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: A manufacturing quality non-conformity has been identified that resulted in the under-crimping of ring tags on a batch of Intank Fuel Harnesses. The affected ring tags are used to join individual electrical wires in the Wing Tank harness installations to in-tank equipment on QT [Tank Quantity] circuit. The failure of a one or more ring tag crimp connections may result in the disconnection of the electrical wire with a possibility that the loose wire ends can contact the tank structure. When combined with a loss of equipment surface protection this constitutes a potential source of ignition in a fuel tank and consequent danger of fire or explosion. * * * * This AD requires actions that are intended to address the unsafe condition described in the MCAI. DATES: This AD becomes effective January 12, 2011. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of January 12, 2011. We must receive comments on this AD by February 11, 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: 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. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with RULES * 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 AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:14 Dec 27, 2010 Jkt 223001 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: Tim Dulin, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–2141; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. There are no products of this type currently registered in the United States. However, this rule is necessary to ensure that the described unsafe condition is addressed if any of these products are placed on the U.S. Register in the future. 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 2010–0027, dated February 19, 2010 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: Differences Between the AD and the MCAI or Service Information A manufacturing quality non-conformity has been identified that resulted in the under-crimping of ring tags on a batch of Intank Fuel Harnesses. The affected ring tags are used to join individual electrical wires in the Wing Tank harness installations to in-tank equipment on QT [Tank Quantity] circuit. The failure of a one or more ring tag crimp connections may result in the disconnection of the electrical wire with a possibility that the loose wire ends can contact the tank structure. When combined with a loss of equipment surface protection this constitutes a potential source of ignition in a fuel tank and consequent danger of fire or explosion. This AD requires a one-time [special detailed] inspection to check the integrity of the ring tags and performance of corrective actions as necessary. The corrective actions include performing a manual pull test to confirm the integrity of the ring tag, and if necessary, replacing the ring tag with a new ring tag. You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket. Relevant Service Information Airbus has issued Service Bulletin A320–28A1173, dated October 21, 2008. 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 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 issuing this PO 00000 Frm 00064 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 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. FAA’s Determination of the Effective Date Since there are currently no domestic operators of these airplane models with these serial numbers, notice and opportunity for public comment before issuing this AD are unnecessary. Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not precede it by notice and opportunity for public comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2010–1201; Directorate Identifier 2010–NM–081– AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this AD because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this AD. E:\FR\FM\28DER1.SGM 28DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 248 / Tuesday, December 28, 2010 / Rules and Regulations 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 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 AD and placed it in the AD docket. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with RULES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. Jkt 223001 2010–26–12 Airbus: Amendment 39–16551. Docket No. FAA–2010–1201; Directorate Identifier 2010–NM–081–AD. Effective Date (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective January 12, 2011. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Airbus Model A321– 211, –212, –231, and –232 airplanes, certificated in any category, with manufacturer serial numbers 3051, 3067, 3070, 3075, 3081, 3098, 3106, 3112, 3120, 3126, and 3130. Subject (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 28: Fuel. Reason (e) The mandatory continued airworthiness information (MCAI) states: A manufacturing quality non-conformity has been identified that resulted in the under-crimping of ring tags on a batch of Intank Fuel Harnesses. The affected ring tags are used to join individual electrical wires in the Wing Tank harness installations to in-tank equipment on QT circuit. The failure of a one or more ring tag crimp connections may result in the disconnection of the electrical wire with a possibility that the loose wire ends can contact the tank structure. When combined with a loss of equipment surface protection this constitutes a potential source of ignition in a fuel tank and consequent danger of fire or explosion. * * * * * 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 600 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, inspect the ring tags of the wing tank harnesses (QT circuit) for integrity and do all applicable corrective actions, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320–28A1173, dated October 21, 2008. Note 1: This AD differs from the MCAI and/or service information as follows: No differences. PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 18:14 Dec 27, 2010 [Amended] FAA AD Differences Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: ■ VerDate Mar<15>2010 39.13 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: Other FAA AD Provisions (h) 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 PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 81435 AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to Attn: Tim Dulin, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–2141; 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: A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information displays a current valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number for this information collection is 2120–0056. Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 5 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, completing and reviewing the collection of information. All responses to this collection of information are mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden and suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the FAA at: 800 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20591, Attn: Information Collection Clearance Officer, AES–200. Related Information (i) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2010–0027, dated February 19, 2010; and Airbus Service Bulletin A320–28A1173, dated October 21, 2008; for related information. Material Incorporated by Reference (j) You must use Airbus Service Bulletin A320–28A1173, dated October 21, 2008, to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of this service information under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus, Airworthiness Office—EAS, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; e-mail: account.airworth-eas@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 E:\FR\FM\28DER1.SGM 28DER1 81436 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 248 / Tuesday, December 28, 2010 / Rules and Regulations 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 December 14, 2010. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. The Rule [FR Doc. 2010–31991 Filed 12–27–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2010–0771; Airspace Docket No. 10–AGL–12] Amendment of Class E Airspace; Mansfield, OH Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This action amends Class E airspace at Mansfield, OH, to accommodate new Area Navigation (RNAV) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAP) at Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport, Mansfield, OH. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) operations at the airport. SUMMARY: Effective date: 0901 UTC, March 10, 2011. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under 1 CFR part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Enander, Central Service Center, Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137; telephone (817) 321– 7716. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with RULES DATES: History On October 21, 2010, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend Class E airspace for Mansfield, OH, creating additional controlled airspace at Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport (75 FR 64965) Docket No. FAA–2010–0771. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:14 Dec 27, 2010 Jkt 223001 Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received. Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9U dated August 18, 2010, and effective September 15, 2010, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order. This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by amending Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface to accommodate SIAPs at Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport, Mansfield, OH. This action is necessary for the safety and management of IFR operations at the airport. The FAA has determined that this regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. Therefore, this regulation: (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) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, when promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The FAA’s authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the U.S. Code. Subtitle 1, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency’s authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in subtitle VII, part A, subpart I, section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it amends controlled airspace at Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport, Mansfield, OH. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (Air). PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Adoption of the Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends 14 CFR part 71 as follows: ■ PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 1. The authority citation for 14 CFR part 71 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E. O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959– 1963 Comp., p. 389. § 71.1 [Amended] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of the Federal Aviation Administration Order 7400.9U, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 18, 2010, and effective September 15, 2010, is amended as follows: ■ Paragraph 6005 Class E airspace areas extending upward from 700 feet or more above the surface * * * * * AGL OH E5 Mansfield, OH [Amended] Mansfield, Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport, OH (Lat. 40°49′17″ N., long. 82°31′00″ W.) Galion, Galion Municipal Airport, OH (Lat. 40°45′12″ N., long. 82°43′26″ W.) Shelby, Shelby Community Airport, OH (Lat. 40°52′22″ N., long. 82°41′51″ W) Willard, Willard Airport, OH (Lat. 41°02′20″ N., long. 82°43′28″ W.) Mansfield VORTAC (Lat. 40°52′07″ N., long. 82°35′28″ W.) That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.9-mile radius of Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport, and within a 6.3-mile radius of Galion Municipal Airport, and within a 6.3-mile radius of Shelby Community Airport, and within a 6.3-mile radius of Willard Airport, and within 4 miles each side of the 137° bearing from Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport extending from the 6.9-mile radius to 11.1 miles southeast of the airport, and within 4 miles each side of the 317° bearing from Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport extending from the 6.9-mile radius to 10.7 miles northwest of the airport, and within 4 miles each side of the 047° bearing from Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport extending from the 6.9-mile radius to 11.2 miles northeast of the airport, and within 4 miles each side of the 227° bearing from Mansfield Lahm Regional Airport extending from the 6.9-mile radius to 10.9 miles southwest of the airport, and within 6.1 miles each side of the Mansfield VORTAC 307° radial extending from the 6.9-mile radius to 13.3 miles northwest of the VORTAC, and within 4.4 miles each side of the Mansfield VORTAC 130° radial extending from the 6.9-mile radius to 13.8 miles southeast of the VORTAC. 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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 248 (Tuesday, December 28, 2010)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 81433-81436]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-31991]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2010-1201; Directorate Identifier 2010-NM-081-AD; 
Amendment 39-16551; AD 2010-26-12]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A321-211, -212, -231, and 
-232 Airplanes

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

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ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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

    A manufacturing quality non-conformity has been identified that 
resulted in the under-crimping of ring tags on a batch of In-tank 
Fuel Harnesses.
    The affected ring tags are used to join individual electrical 
wires in the Wing Tank harness installations to in-tank equipment on 
QT [Tank Quantity] circuit.
    The failure of a one or more ring tag crimp connections may 
result in the disconnection of the electrical wire with a 
possibility that the loose wire ends can contact the tank structure. 
When combined with a loss of equipment surface protection this 
constitutes a potential source of ignition in a fuel tank and 
consequent danger of fire or explosion.
* * * * *
    This AD requires actions that are intended to address the unsafe 
condition described in the MCAI.

DATES: This AD becomes effective January 12, 2011.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of January 12, 
2011.
    We must receive comments on this AD by February 11, 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: 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.

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 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: Tim Dulin, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 
227-2141; fax (425) 227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA 
Airworthiness Directive 2010-0027, dated February 19, 2010 (referred to 
after this as ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for the 
specified products. The MCAI states:

    A manufacturing quality non-conformity has been identified that 
resulted in the under-crimping of ring tags on a batch of In-tank 
Fuel Harnesses.
    The affected ring tags are used to join individual electrical 
wires in the Wing Tank harness installations to in-tank equipment on 
QT [Tank Quantity] circuit.
    The failure of a one or more ring tag crimp connections may 
result in the disconnection of the electrical wire with a 
possibility that the loose wire ends can contact the tank structure. 
When combined with a loss of equipment surface protection this 
constitutes a potential source of ignition in a fuel tank and 
consequent danger of fire or explosion.
    This AD requires a one-time [special detailed] inspection to 
check the integrity of the ring tags and performance of corrective 
actions as necessary.

    The corrective actions include performing a manual pull test to 
confirm the integrity of the ring tag, and if necessary, replacing the 
ring tag with a new ring tag. You may obtain further information by 
examining the MCAI in the AD docket.

Relevant Service Information

    Airbus has issued Service Bulletin A320-28A1173, dated October 21, 
2008. 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 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 issuing this AD because we 
evaluated all pertinent information and determined the unsafe condition 
exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same 
type design.
    There are no products of this type currently registered in the 
United States. However, this rule is necessary to ensure that the 
described unsafe condition is addressed if any of these products are 
placed on the U.S. Register in the future.

Differences Between the 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 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.

FAA's Determination of the Effective Date

    Since there are currently no domestic operators of these airplane 
models with these serial numbers, notice and opportunity for public 
comment before issuing this AD are unnecessary.

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety, and we did not precede it by notice and opportunity for public 
comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under 
the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2010-1201; Directorate 
Identifier 2010-NM-081-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. We 
specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, 
environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all 
comments received by the closing date and may amend this AD because of 
those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this AD.

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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 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 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 AD and placed it in the AD docket.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.   39.13 [Amended]

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

2010-26-12 Airbus: Amendment 39-16551. Docket No. FAA-2010-1201; 
Directorate Identifier 2010-NM-081-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective January 
12, 2011.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to Airbus Model A321-211, -212, -231, and -
232 airplanes, certificated in any category, with manufacturer 
serial numbers 3051, 3067, 3070, 3075, 3081, 3098, 3106, 3112, 3120, 
3126, and 3130.

Subject

    (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 28: Fuel.

Reason

    (e) The mandatory continued airworthiness information (MCAI) 
states:

    A manufacturing quality non-conformity has been identified that 
resulted in the under-crimping of ring tags on a batch of In-tank 
Fuel Harnesses.
    The affected ring tags are used to join individual electrical 
wires in the Wing Tank harness installations to in-tank equipment on 
QT circuit.
    The failure of a one or more ring tag crimp connections may 
result in the disconnection of the electrical wire with a 
possibility that the loose wire ends can contact the tank structure. 
When combined with a loss of equipment surface protection this 
constitutes a potential source of ignition in a fuel tank and 
consequent danger of fire or explosion.
* * * * *

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 600 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, 
inspect the ring tags of the wing tank harnesses (QT circuit) for 
integrity and do all applicable corrective actions, in accordance 
with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin 
A320-28A1173, dated October 21, 2008.

FAA AD Differences

    Note 1: 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, 
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: Tim 
Dulin, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 
98057-3356; telephone (425) 227-2141; 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: A federal agency may not conduct or 
sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a 
person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a 
collection of information subject to the requirements of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information 
displays a current valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number 
for this information collection is 2120-0056. Public reporting for 
this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 5 
minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, 
completing and reviewing the collection of information. All 
responses to this collection of information are mandatory. Comments 
concerning the accuracy of this burden and suggestions for reducing 
the burden should be directed to the FAA at: 800 Independence Ave. 
SW., Washington, DC 20591, Attn: Information Collection Clearance 
Officer, AES-200.

Related Information

    (i) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2010-0027, dated February 19, 
2010; and Airbus Service Bulletin A320-28A1173, dated October 21, 
2008; for related information.

Material Incorporated by Reference

    (j) You must use Airbus Service Bulletin A320-28A1173, dated 
October 21, 2008, to do the actions required by this AD, unless the 
AD specifies otherwise.
    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference of this service information under 5 
U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus, Airworthiness Office--EAS, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 
31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 
61 93 44 51; e-mail: account.airworth-eas@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

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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 December 14, 2010.
Ali Bahrami,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-31991 Filed 12-27-10; 8:45 am]
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