Airworthiness Directives; Learjet Inc. Model 45 Airplanes, 40291-40293 [2011-17265]

Download as PDF jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 131 / Friday, July 8, 2011 / Proposed Rules paragraph, before further flight, repair in accordance with a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (k) of this AD. (2) If any crack that is two inches or less is found in the rear spar upper cap, do the actions specified in paragraph (i)(2)(i) or (i)(2)(ii) of this AD. (i) Option 1: Do the actions specified in paragraphs (i)(2)(i)(A), (i)(2)(i)(B), and (i)(2)(i)(C) of this AD. (A) Before further flight, do a doubler repair of the rear spar upper cap and a splice repair of the rear spar lower cap, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD90–57A026, Revision 1, dated February 23, 2011. (B) Within 13,500 flight cycles after doing the doubler repair required by paragraph (i)(2)(i)(A) of this AD, do an ETHF inspection for any cracking in the repaired area of the rear spar upper cap, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD90–57A026, Revision 1, dated February 23, 2011. Repeat the inspection thereafter at intervals not to exceed 8,500 flight cycles. If any cracking is found during any inspection required by this paragraph, before further flight, repair in accordance with a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (k) of this AD. (C) Within 20,000 flight cycles after doing the splice repair required by paragraph (i)(2)(i)(A) of this AD, do an ETLF and a UT inspection for cracking in the repaired area of the rear spar lower cap, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD90–57A026, Revision 1, dated February 23, 2011. Repeat the inspections thereafter at intervals not to exceed 3,000 flight cycles. If any cracking is found during any inspection required by this paragraph, before further flight, repair in accordance with a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (k) of this AD. (ii) Option 2: Before further flight, do a splice repair of the rear spar upper and lower caps, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD90–57A026, Revision 1, dated February 23, 2011. Within 20,000 flight cycles after doing the splice repair, do an ETLF and a UT inspection for cracking in the repaired area of the rear spar lower cap, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD90–57A026, Revision 1, dated February 23, 2011. Repeat the inspections thereafter at intervals not to exceed 3,000 flight cycles. If any cracking is found during any inspection required by this paragraph, before further flight, repair in accordance with a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (k) of this AD. (3) If any crack that is greater than two inches is found in the rear spar upper cap, before further flight, do a splice repair of the rear spar upper and lower caps, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD90–57A026, Revision 1, dated February 23, 2011. Within 20,000 flight cycles after doing the splice repair, do an ETLF and a UT VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:31 Jul 07, 2011 Jkt 223001 40291 inspection for cracking in the repaired area of the rear spar lower cap, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD90–57A026, Revision 1, dated February 23, 2011. Repeat the inspections thereafter at intervals not to exceed 3,000 flight cycles. If any cracking is found during any inspection required by this paragraph, before further flight, repair in accordance with a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (k) of this AD. availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. Credit for Actions Accomplished in Accordance With Previous Service Information (j) Doing an ETHF inspection for cracks, and doing a doubler repair to the rear spar upper and lower caps in accordance with Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD90–57A026, dated February 11, 2010, before the effective date of this AD, are acceptable for compliance with the corresponding actions required by paragraphs (g), (h), and (i) of this AD. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (k)(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 appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding 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 (l) For more information about this AD, contact Roger Durbin, Airframe Branch, ANM–120L, FAA, Los Angeles ACO, 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, California 90712–4137; phone: (562) 627–5233; fax: (562) 627–5210; e-mail: roger.durbin@faa.gov. (m) 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, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Issued in Renton, Washington, on June 29, 2011. Jeffrey E. Duven, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2011–17267 Filed 7–7–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2011–0651; Directorate Identifier 2011–NM–041–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Learjet Inc. Model 45 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 would require revising the maintenance program to incorporate life limits for the main landing gear (MLG) actuator end cap. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of the potential for fatigue cracking of the end cap of the MLG prior to the published life limitation. We are proposing this AD to prevent fatigue cracking of the end cap of the MLG, which could result in the failure of the MLG actuator upon landing, and failure of the MLG to extend or retract during flight. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by August 22, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://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 Learjet, Inc., One Learjet Way, Wichita, Kansas 67209–2942; telephone 316–946–2000; fax 316–946–2220; e-mail ac.ict@aero.bombardier.com; Internet https://www.bombardier.com. You may SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08JYP1.SGM 08JYP1 40292 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 131 / Friday, July 8, 2011 / Proposed Rules 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 https:// 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: Paul Chapman, Aerospace Engineer, Aviation Safety, ACE–118W, FAA, Wichita Aircraft Certification Office, 1801 Airport Road, Room 100, Mid-Continent Airport, Wichita, KS 67209; phone: 316–946–4152; fax: 316–946–4107; e-mail: paul.chapman@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– 2011–0651; Directorate Identifier 2011– NM–041–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 https:// 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 received a report from Learjet that indicated the life limitation of the main landing gear actuator was determined using fatigue testing during the Model 45 certification; however, the supplier discovered they had not tested the actuator properly during subsequent testing for another application. Learjet identified the potential for fatigue cracking of the end cap of the main landing gear actuator prior to the published life limitation. This potential for fatigue cracking, if not corrected, could result in failure of the main landing gear actuator upon landing, and failure of the MLG to extend or retract during flight. Relevant Service Information We reviewed Learjet 40 Temporary Revision 4–23, dated January 24, 2011, to Learjet 40 Maintenance Manual MM– 105; and Learjet 45 Temporary Revision 4–34, dated January 24, 2011, to Learjet 45 Maintenance Manual MM–104. Among other things, the Airworthiness Limitations sections contained in Learjet 40 Temporary Revision 4–23 and Learjet 45 Temporary Revision 4–34 provide new life limits and replacement compliance times for the MLG actuator end cap. 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 these same type designs. Proposed AD Requirements This proposed AD would require revising the maintenance program to incorporate life limits for the MLG actuator end cap. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 351 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators Revise maintenance plan ......... jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Action 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 per revision. $0 $85 per revision ...................... $29,835 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:31 Jul 07, 2011 Jkt 223001 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), PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 (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: E:\FR\FM\08JYP1.SGM 08JYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 131 / Friday, July 8, 2011 / Proposed Rules 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): Learjet Inc.: Docket No. FAA–2011–0651; Directorate Identifier 2011–NM–041–AD. Comments Due Date (a) We must receive comments by August 22, 2011. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Learjet Inc. Model 45 airplanes, certificated in any category; all serial numbers. Note 1: This AD requires revisions to certain operator maintenance documents to include new actions (e.g. inspections). Compliance with these actions is required by 14 CFR 91.403(c). For airplanes that have been previously modified, altered, or repaired in the areas addressed by these actions, the operator may not be able to accomplish the actions described in the revisions. In this situation, to comply with 14 CFR 91.403(c), the operator must request approval for an alternative method of compliance according to paragraph (i) of this AD. The request should include a description of changes to the required actions that will ensure the continued operational safety of the airplane. Subject (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 32: Landing Gear. Unsafe Condition (e) This AD was prompted by a report of the potential for fatigue cracking of the end cap of the main landing gear (MLG) prior to the published life limitation. We are issuing this AD to prevent fatigue cracking of the end cap of the MLG, which could result in the failure of the MLG actuator upon landing, and failure of the MLG to extend or retract during flight. jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Compliance (f) Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. Maintenance Program Revision (g) Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, revise the maintenance program by incorporating IRN T3220105 (Main Landing Gear Actuator End Cap (P/N 200– 0303)) as specified in Learjet 40 Temporary Revision 4–23, dated January 24, 2011, to Learjet 40 Maintenance Manual MM–105; or Learjet 45 Temporary Revision 4–34, dated January 24, 2011, to Learjet 45 Maintenance Manual MM–104; as applicable. The initial compliance for the replacement specified in VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:31 Jul 07, 2011 Jkt 223001 40293 IRN T3220105 is prior to the accumulation of 2,387 total flight cycles on the end cap (P/ N 200–0303), or within 25 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION No Alternative Actions or Intervals [Docket No. FAA–2011–0425; Airspace Docket No. 11–ANM–9] (h) After accomplishing the revision required by paragraph (g) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., replacements) or intervals, may be used, unless the actions or intervals are approved as an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (i) of this AD. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (i)(1) The Manager, Wichita 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 appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. Related Information (j) For more information about this AD, contact Paul Chapman, Aerospace Engineer, Aviation Safety, ACE–118W, FAA, Wichita Aircraft Certification Office, 1801 Airport Road, Room 100, Mid-Continent Airport, Wichita, KS 67209; phone: 316–946–4152; fax: 316–946–4107; e-mail: paul.chapman@faa.gov. (k) For service information identified in this AD, contact Learjet, Inc., One Learjet Way, Wichita, Kansas 67209–2942; telephone 316–946–2000; fax 316–946–2220; e-mail ac.ict@aero.bombardier.com; Internet https:// www.bombardier.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. Issued in Renton, Washington, on June 29, 2011. Jeffrey E. Duven, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2011–17265 Filed 7–7–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 Proposed Amendment of Class D and Modification of Class E Airspace; Grand Junction, CO Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to modify Class E airspace at Grand Junction Regional Airport, Grand Junction, CO. Additional controlled airspace is necessary to facilitate vectoring of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) traffic from Grand Junction Regional Airport to en route. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of aircraft operations at Grand Junction Regional Airport. This action also would amend Class D and Class E airspace to update the airport name from Grand Junction, Walker Field. DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 22, 2011. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2011–0425; Airspace Docket No. 11–ANM–9, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at https:// www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eldon Taylor, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203–4537. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. E:\FR\FM\08JYP1.SGM 08JYP1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 131 (Friday, July 8, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 40291-40293]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-17265]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2011-0651; Directorate Identifier 2011-NM-041-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Learjet Inc. Model 45 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 would require revising the 
maintenance program to incorporate life limits for the main landing 
gear (MLG) actuator end cap. This proposed AD was prompted by a report 
of the potential for fatigue cracking of the end cap of the MLG prior 
to the published life limitation. We are proposing this AD to prevent 
fatigue cracking of the end cap of the MLG, which could result in the 
failure of the MLG actuator upon landing, and failure of the MLG to 
extend or retract during flight.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by August 22, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://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 
Learjet, Inc., One Learjet Way, Wichita, Kansas 67209-2942; telephone 
316-946-2000; fax 316-946-2220; e-mail ac.ict@aero.bombardier.com; 
Internet https://www.bombardier.com. You may

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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 https://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: Paul Chapman, Aerospace Engineer, 
Aviation Safety, ACE-118W, FAA, Wichita Aircraft Certification Office, 
1801 Airport Road, Room 100, Mid-Continent Airport, Wichita, KS 67209; 
phone: 316-946-4152; fax: 316-946-4107; e-mail: paul.chapman@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-2011-0651; 
Directorate Identifier 2011-NM-041-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 https://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 received a report from Learjet that indicated the life 
limitation of the main landing gear actuator was determined using 
fatigue testing during the Model 45 certification; however, the 
supplier discovered they had not tested the actuator properly during 
subsequent testing for another application. Learjet identified the 
potential for fatigue cracking of the end cap of the main landing gear 
actuator prior to the published life limitation. This potential for 
fatigue cracking, if not corrected, could result in failure of the main 
landing gear actuator upon landing, and failure of the MLG to extend or 
retract during flight.

Relevant Service Information

    We reviewed Learjet 40 Temporary Revision 4-23, dated January 24, 
2011, to Learjet 40 Maintenance Manual MM-105; and Learjet 45 Temporary 
Revision 4-34, dated January 24, 2011, to Learjet 45 Maintenance Manual 
MM-104. Among other things, the Airworthiness Limitations sections 
contained in Learjet 40 Temporary Revision 4-23 and Learjet 45 
Temporary Revision 4-34 provide new life limits and replacement 
compliance times for the MLG actuator end cap.

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 these same type 
designs.

Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would require revising the maintenance program to 
incorporate life limits for the MLG actuator end cap.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 351 airplanes of U.S. 
registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed 
AD:

                                                 Estimated costs
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                                                                                                   Cost on U.S.
               Action                      Labor cost        Parts cost      Cost per product       operators
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Revise maintenance plan............  1 work-hour x $85 per           $0   $85 per revision.....         $29,835
                                      hour = $85 per
                                      revision.
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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:

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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):

Learjet Inc.: Docket No. FAA-2011-0651; Directorate Identifier 2011-
NM-041-AD.

Comments Due Date

    (a) We must receive comments by August 22, 2011.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to Learjet Inc. Model 45 airplanes, 
certificated in any category; all serial numbers.

    Note 1:  This AD requires revisions to certain operator 
maintenance documents to include new actions (e.g. inspections). 
Compliance with these actions is required by 14 CFR 91.403(c). For 
airplanes that have been previously modified, altered, or repaired 
in the areas addressed by these actions, the operator may not be 
able to accomplish the actions described in the revisions. In this 
situation, to comply with 14 CFR 91.403(c), the operator must 
request approval for an alternative method of compliance according 
to paragraph (i) of this AD. The request should include a 
description of changes to the required actions that will ensure the 
continued operational safety of the airplane.

Subject

    (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 32: Landing 
Gear.

Unsafe Condition

    (e) This AD was prompted by a report of the potential for 
fatigue cracking of the end cap of the main landing gear (MLG) prior 
to the published life limitation. We are issuing this AD to prevent 
fatigue cracking of the end cap of the MLG, which could result in 
the failure of the MLG actuator upon landing, and failure of the MLG 
to extend or retract during flight.

Compliance

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

Maintenance Program Revision

    (g) Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, revise 
the maintenance program by incorporating IRN T3220105 (Main Landing 
Gear Actuator End Cap (P/N 200-0303)) as specified in Learjet 40 
Temporary Revision 4-23, dated January 24, 2011, to Learjet 40 
Maintenance Manual MM-105; or Learjet 45 Temporary Revision 4-34, 
dated January 24, 2011, to Learjet 45 Maintenance Manual MM-104; as 
applicable. The initial compliance for the replacement specified in 
IRN T3220105 is prior to the accumulation of 2,387 total flight 
cycles on the end cap (P/N 200-0303), or within 25 flight cycles 
after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later.

No Alternative Actions or Intervals

    (h) After accomplishing the revision required by paragraph (g) 
of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., replacements) or 
intervals, may be used, unless the actions or intervals are approved 
as an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the 
procedures specified in paragraph (i) of this AD.

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (i)(1) The Manager, Wichita 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 appropriate 
principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager 
of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding 
district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically 
reference this AD.

Related Information

    (j) For more information about this AD, contact Paul Chapman, 
Aerospace Engineer, Aviation Safety, ACE-118W, FAA, Wichita Aircraft 
Certification Office, 1801 Airport Road, Room 100, Mid-Continent 
Airport, Wichita, KS 67209; phone: 316-946-4152; fax: 316-946-4107; 
e-mail: paul.chapman@faa.gov.
    (k) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Learjet, Inc., One Learjet Way, Wichita, Kansas 67209-2942; 
telephone 316-946-2000; fax 316-946-2220; e-mail 
ac.ict@aero.bombardier.com; Internet https://www.bombardier.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.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on June 29, 2011.
Jeffrey E. Duven,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-17265 Filed 7-7-11; 8:45 am]
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