Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A300 B4-600, A300 B4-600R, and A300 F4-600R Series Airplanes, and Model A300 C4-605R Variant F Airplanes (Collectively Called Model A300-600 Series Airplanes); Model A310 Series Airplanes; Model A318 Series Airplanes; Model A319 Series Airplanes; Model A320-211, -212, -214, -231, -232, and -233 Airplanes; Model A321 Series Airplanes; Model A330-200 and A330-300 Series Airplanes; and Model A340-200, A340-300, A340-500, and A340-600 Series Airplanes, 47430-47435 [2011-19433]

Download as PDF 47430 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 151 / Friday, August 5, 2011 / Rules and Regulations Credit for Actions Accomplished in Accordance With Previous Service Information (h) Accomplishing the actions required in paragraph (g) of this AD before the effective date of this AD in accordance with Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–25A3588, dated July 19, 2010, is considered acceptable for compliance with the corresponding actions specified in this AD. Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) Related Information (j) For more information about this AD, contact Francis Smith, Aerospace Engineer, Cabin Safety & Environmental Systems Branch, ANM–150S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057– 3356; phone: 425–917–6596 ; fax: 425–917– 6590; e-mail: Francis.Smith@faa.gov. erowe on DSKG8SOYB1PROD with RULES Material Incorporated by Reference (k) You must use Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–25A3588, Revision 1, dated April 7, 2011, 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 Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H–65, Seattle, Washington 98124–2207; phone: 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 NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/ code_of_federal_regulations/ ibr_locations.html. 14:55 Aug 04, 2011 Jkt 223001 [FR Doc. 2011–19828 Filed 8–4–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration (i)(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. 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. Information may be e-mailed to: 9-ANMSeattle-ACO-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 Issued in Renton, Washington, on July 26, 2011. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2011–0388; Directorate Identifier 2010–NM–004–AD; Amendment 39–16761; AD 2011–16–03] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A300 B4–600, A300 B4–600R, and A300 F4–600R Series Airplanes, and Model A300 C4–605R Variant F Airplanes (Collectively Called Model A300–600 Series Airplanes); Model A310 Series Airplanes; Model A318 Series Airplanes; Model A319 Series Airplanes; Model A320–211, –212, –214, –231, –232, and –233 Airplanes; Model A321 Series Airplanes; Model A330–200 and A330–300 Series Airplanes; and Model A340–200, A340– 300, A340–500, and A340–600 Series Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: 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. For Model A310 and A300–600 series airplanes, the MCAI describes the unsafe condition as: SUMMARY: Hamilton Sundstrand (HS), the manufacturer of the RAT [ram air turbine], reported the failure during a wind tunnel test of a balance weight fastening screw on the RAT turbine cover. After investigation, it has been discovered that a batch of screws, which are used to attach the balance washers of the HS RAT Turbine Assembly, has not been subject to the correct heat treatment and are consequently exposed to potential fracture. This condition, if not corrected, might lead to the ejection of screw heads and consequently to the detachment of the associated balance washers. The loss of balance washers could increase RAT vibrations, which might lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts and consequent loss of RAT functionality. The loss of the PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 RAT, in combination with a total engine flame out, could result in loss of control of the aeroplane. * * * * * For Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes, the MCAI describes the unsafe condition as: Hamilton Sundstrand (HS) reported the failure of a balance weight fastening screw on the RAT turbine cover during a wind tunnel test. After investigation, it has been discovered that a batch of screws, used to attach the balance washers of the RAT Turbine assembly, has not received the correct heat treatment, making them more subject to a potential failure. This condition, if left uncorrected, could lead to the ejection of screw heads and detachment of the associated balance washers. The loss of balance washers would increase RAT vibrations, which could lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts and loss of RAT functionality. The loss of the RAT, in combination with a double engine failure, or a total loss of normal electrical power generation, could result in loss of control of the aeroplane. * * * * * For Model A330 and A340 series airplanes, the MCAI describes the unsafe condition as: Hamilton Sundstrand (HS), the manufacturer of the RAT, reported the failure of a balance weight fastening screw on the RAT cover during a wind tunnel test. After investigation, it has been discovered that a batch of screws, which are used to attach the balance washers of the HS RAT turbine lower gear box assembly, has not been subject to the correct heat treatment and the screws are consequently exposed to potential fracture. This condition, if not corrected, might lead to the ejection of screw heads and consequently to the detachment of the associated balance washers. The loss of balance washers could increase RAT vibrations, which might lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts, and thus to damage to the aeroplane and risk of injury to persons on the ground. * * * * * We are issuing this AD to require actions to correct the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD becomes effective September 9, 2011. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of September 9, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov or in person at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, E:\FR\FM\05AUR1.SGM 05AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 151 / Friday, August 5, 2011 / Rules and Regulations Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–2125; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to the specified products. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on May 4, 2011 (76 FR 25259). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI for Model A300–600 and A310 series airplanes states: Hamilton Sundstrand (HS), the manufacturer of the RAT [ram air turbine], reported the failure during a wind tunnel test of a balance weight fastening screw on the RAT turbine cover. After investigation, it has been discovered that a batch of screws, which are used to attach the balance washers of the HS RAT Turbine Assembly, has not been subject to the correct heat treatment and are consequently exposed to potential fracture. This condition, if not corrected, might lead to the ejection of screw heads and consequently to the detachment of the associated balance washers. The loss of balance washers could increase RAT vibrations, which might lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts and consequent loss of RAT functionality. The loss of the RAT, in combination with a total engine flame out, could result in loss of control of the aeroplane. For the reasons described above, this AD requires the identification of the affected RAT turbine assemblies and replacement of all balance weight screws or, in case balance washer detachment is found, replacement of the RAT turbine assembly. erowe on DSKG8SOYB1PROD with RULES The MCAI for Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes states: Hamilton Sundstrand (HS) reported the failure of a balance weight fastening screw on the RAT turbine cover during a wind tunnel test. After investigation, it has been discovered that a batch of screws, used to attach the balance washers of the RAT Turbine assembly, has not received the correct heat treatment, making them more subject to a potential failure. This condition, if left uncorrected, could lead to the ejection of screw heads and detachment of the associated balance washers. The loss of balance washers would increase RAT vibrations, which could lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts and loss of RAT functionality. The loss of the RAT, in combination with a double engine failure, or a total loss of normal electrical power generation, could result in loss of control of the aeroplane. For the reasons described above, EASA AD 2009–0259 was issued in December 2009 to require the replacement of all balance weight screws on the affected RAT turbine VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:55 Aug 04, 2011 Jkt 223001 assemblies, or replacement of the RAT, if any balancing washer was found missing. This AD retains some of the requirements of AD 2009–0259, which is superseded, and corrects its applicability by adding Airbus model A320–215 and A320–216 aeroplanes which were inadvertently omitted. Also, this AD requires the replacement of the set of balancing weights screws before the next operational or functional check of the RAT assembly. The MCAI for Model A330 and A340 series airplanes states: Hamilton Sundstrand (HS), the manufacturer of the RAT, reported the failure of a balance weight fastening screw on the RAT cover during a wind tunnel test. After investigation, it has been discovered that a batch of screws, which are used to attach the balance washers of the HS RAT turbine lower gear box assembly, has not been subject to the correct heat treatment and the screws are consequently exposed to potential fracture. This condition, if not corrected, might lead to the ejection of screw heads and consequently to the detachment of the associated balance washers. The loss of balance washers could increase RAT vibrations, which might lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts, and thus to damage to the aeroplane and risk of injury to persons on the ground. For the reasons described above, this AD requires the identification of the affected RAT turbine lower gear box assemblies and replacement of all balance screws or, in case balance washer detachment is found, replacement of the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly. * * * You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public. Conclusion We reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed. Differences Between This AD and the MCAI or Service Information We have reviewed the MCAI and related service information and, in general, agree with their substance. But we might have found it necessary to use different words from those in the MCAI to ensure the AD is clear for U.S. operators and is enforceable. In making these changes, we do not intend to differ substantively from the information provided in the MCAI and related service information. We might also have required different actions in this AD from those in the PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 47431 MCAI in order to follow our FAA policies. Any such differences are highlighted in a NOTE within the AD. Costs of Compliance Based on the service information, we estimate that this AD will affect about 1,004 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 2 workhours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts will cost about $100 per product. Where the service information lists required parts costs that are covered under warranty, we have assumed that there will be no charge for these costs. As we do not control warranty coverage for affected parties, some parties may incur costs higher than estimated here. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the AD on U.S. operators to be $271,080, or $270 per product. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,’’ describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in ‘‘Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings We determined that this 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, E:\FR\FM\05AUR1.SGM 05AUR1 47432 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 151 / Friday, August 5, 2011 / Rules and Regulations on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations .gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains the NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: ■ 2011–16–03 Airbus: Amendment 39–16761. Docket No. FAA–2011–0388; Directorate Identifier 2010–NM–004–AD. Effective Date (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective September 9, 2011. Subject (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 29: Hydraulic power. erowe on DSKG8SOYB1PROD with RULES Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes listed in paragraphs (c)(1), (c)(2), (c)(3), (c)(4), and (c)(5) of this AD, certificated in any category. (1) Airbus Model A300 B4–601, B4–603, B4–620, B4–622, B4–605R, B4–622R, F4– 605R, F4–622R, and C4–605R Variant F airplanes; and Model A310–203, –204, –221, –222, –304, –322, –324, and –325 airplanes; all certified models, all manufacturer serial numbers, if equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand ram air turbine (RAT) turbine assembly, as identified by part number (P/N) in Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 730816–29–15, dated August 4, 2009 (for Model A310 airplanes), and Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 732365–29–7, VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:55 Aug 04, 2011 Jkt 223001 dated August 4, 2009 (for Model A300–600 series airplanes); or equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand RAT turbine lower gear box assembly on which the part number cannot be determined. (2) Airbus Model A318–111, –112, –121, and –122 airplanes; Model A319–111, –112, –113, –114, –115, –131, –132, and –133 airplanes; Model A320–211, –212, –214, –231, –232, and –233 airplanes; and Model A321–111, –112, –131, –211, –212, –213, –231, and –232 airplanes; all manufacturer serial numbers, if equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand RAT turbine assembly Model ERPS08M, as identified by part number in Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin ERPS08M–29–8, dated June 17, 2009; or equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand RAT turbine lower gear box assembly on which the part number cannot be determined. (3) Airbus Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, –243, –301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes; all manufacturer serial numbers, if equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand RAT turbine lower gearbox assembly, as identified by part number in Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin ERPS06G–29–6, dated July 20, 2009; or equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand RAT turbine lower gear box assembly on which the part number cannot be determined. (4) Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, and –313 airplanes; all manufacturer serial numbers, if equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand RAT turbine lower gearbox assembly, as identified by part number in Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin ERPS06G–29–6, dated July 20, 2009; or equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand RAT turbine lower gear box assembly on which the part number cannot be determined. (5) Model A340–541 and –642 airplanes, all manufacturer serial numbers, if equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand RAT turbine lower gearbox assembly, as identified by part number in Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin ERPS33G–29–1, dated July 20, 2009; or equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand RAT turbine lower gear box assembly on which the part number cannot be determined. Reason (e) For Model A310 and A300–600 series airplanes, the MCAI describes the unsafe condition as: Hamilton Sundstrand (HS), the manufacturer of the RAT, reported the failure during a wind tunnel test of a balance weight fastening screw on the RAT turbine cover. After investigation, it has been discovered that a batch of screws, which are used to attach the balance washers of the HS RAT Turbine Assembly, has not been subject to the correct heat treatment and are consequently exposed to potential fracture. This condition, if not corrected, might lead to the ejection of screw heads and consequently to the detachment of the associated balance washers. The loss of balance washers could increase RAT PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 vibrations, which might lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts and consequent loss of RAT functionality. The loss of the RAT, in combination with a total engine flame out, could result in loss of control of the aeroplane. * * * * * For Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes, the MCAI describes the unsafe condition as: Hamilton Sundstrand (HS) reported the failure of a balance weight fastening screw on the RAT turbine cover during a wind tunnel test. After investigation, it has been discovered that a batch of screws, used to attach the balance washers of the RAT Turbine assembly, has not received the correct heat treatment, making them more subject to a potential failure. This condition, if left uncorrected, could lead to the ejection of screw heads and detachment of the associated balance washers. The loss of balance washers would increase RAT vibrations, which could lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts and loss of RAT functionality. The loss of the RAT, in combination with a double engine failure, or a total loss of normal electrical power generation, could result in loss of control of the aeroplane. * * * * * For Model A330 and A340 series airplanes, the MCAI describes the unsafe condition as: Hamilton Sundstrand (HS), the manufacturer of the RAT, reported the failure of a balance weight fastening screw on the RAT cover during a wind tunnel test. After investigation, it has been discovered that a batch of screws, which are used to attach the balance washers of the HS RAT turbine lower gear box assembly, has not been subject to the correct heat treatment and the screws are consequently exposed to potential fracture. This condition, if not corrected, might lead to the ejection of screw heads and consequently to the detachment of the associated balance washers. The loss of balance washers could increase RAT vibrations, which might lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts, and thus to damage to the aeroplane and risk of injury to persons on the ground. * * * * * 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) At the applicable time specified in paragraph (g)(1), (g)(2), or (g)(3) of this AD: Inspect to determine the part number and serial number of the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly, in accordance with the applicable Airbus all operator telex (AOT) identified in table 1 of this AD. If the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly has a part number and a serial number that are not listed in the applicable Hamilton Sundstrand service bulletin identified in table 2 of this AD, no further action is required by this AD, except as required by paragraph (k) of this AD. A review of airplane maintenance E:\FR\FM\05AUR1.SGM 05AUR1 47433 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 151 / Friday, August 5, 2011 / Rules and Regulations records is acceptable in lieu of this inspection if the part and serial numbers of the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly can be conclusively determined from that review. TABLE 1—AIRBUS AOTS Model Document Model A300–600 series airplanes ........................................................................ Model A310 series airplanes ................................................................................ Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319 series airplanes; Model A320–211, –212, –214, –231, –232, and –233 airplanes; Model A321 series airplanes. Model A330–200 and A330–300 series airplanes ............................................... Model A340–200 and A340n–300 series airplanes ............................................. Model A340–500 and A340–600 series airplanes ............................................... Airbus AOT A300–29A6062 ................. Airbus AOT A310–29A2098 ................. Airbus AOT A320–29A1150 ................. September 1, 2009. September 1, 2009. June 24, 2009. Airbus AOT A330–29A3110 ................. Airbus AOT A340–29A4085 ................. Airbus AOT A340–500/600–29A5015 .. September 1, 2009. September 1, 2009. September 1, 2009. (1) For airplanes identified in paragraph (c)(1) of this AD: Before the next RAT spin test, or within 1,500 flight hours or 9 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first. (2) For airplanes identified in paragraph (c)(2) of this AD: Before the next RAT spin test, or within 3,000 flight hours or 12 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first. (3) For airplanes identified in paragraph (c)(3), (c)(4), and (c)(5) of this AD: Before the next RAT spin test, or within 3,000 flight hours or 8 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first. (h) If, during the inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD, the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly has a part number and a serial number identified in the applicable Hamilton Sundstrand service bulletin specified in table 2 of this AD; or if the part number or serial number of the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly cannot be determined: Before further flight, inspect the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly to determine if the nameplate is identified with Date the applicable symbol specified in table 3 of this AD, in accordance with the applicable Airbus AOT specified in table 1 of this AD. If the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly nameplate has the applicable symbol that is identified in table 3 of this AD, no further action is required by this AD except as required by paragraph (k) of this AD. A review of airplane maintenance records is acceptable in lieu of this inspection if the symbol identified on the nameplate can be conclusively determined from that review. TABLE 2—APPLICABLE HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND SERVICE BULLETINS Model Document Model A300–600 series airplanes ........................................................................ Model A310 series airplanes ................................................................................ Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319 series airplanes; Model A320–211, –212, –214, –231, –232, and –233 airplanes; Model A321 series airplanes. Model A330–200 and A330–300 series airplanes and Model A340–200 and A340–300 series airplanes. Model A340–500 and A340–600 series airplanes ............................................... Hamilton Sundstrand 732365–29–7. Hamilton Sundstrand 730816–29–15. Hamilton Sundstrand ERPS08M–29–8. Hamilton Sundstrand ERPS06G–29–6. Hamilton Sundstrand ERPS33G–29–1. Date Service Bulletin August 4, 2009. Service Bulletin August 4, 2009. Service Bulletin June 17, 2009. Service Bulletin July 20, 2009. Service Bulletin July 20, 2009. TABLE 3—NAMEPLATE IDENTIFICATION Model Symbol erowe on DSKG8SOYB1PROD with RULES Model A300–600 series airplanes ................................................................................................................................................... Model A310 series airplanes ........................................................................................................................................................... Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319 series airplanes; Model A320–211, –212, –214, –231, –232, and –233 airplanes; Model A321 series airplanes ....................................................................................................................................................... Model A330–200 and A330–300 series airplanes .......................................................................................................................... Model A340–200 and A340–300 series airplanes .......................................................................................................................... Model A340–500 and A340–600 series airplanes .......................................................................................................................... (i) If, during the inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD, the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly does not have the applicable symbol specified in table 3 of this AD: Before further flight, do a general visual inspection for the missing and fractured balance screws and for missing washers in accordance with the applicable Airbus AOT specified in table 1 of this AD. (1) If all balance screws are fitted on the turbine and are not fractured or missing, at the applicable time specified in paragraph (i)(1)(i), (i)(1)(ii), or (i)(1)(iii) of this AD: Replace the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly with a new or serviceable RAT turbine lower gear box assembly, or replace VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:55 Aug 04, 2011 Jkt 223001 all balance screws on the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly with new or serviceable balance screws, in accordance with the applicable Airbus AOT specified in table 1 of this AD. (i) For airplanes identified in paragraph (c)(1) of this AD: Within 1,500 flight hours or 9 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first. (ii) For airplanes identified in paragraph (c)(2) of this AD: Within 3,000 flight hours or 12 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first. (iii) For airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(3), (c)(4), and (c)(5) of this AD: Within 3,000 flight hours or 8 months after the PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 29–7 29–15 29–8 29–6 29–6 29–1 effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first. (2) If one or more screws are fractured but the associated balance washers are still fitted on the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly, before further flight, do the actions specified in paragraph (i)(2)(i) or (i)(2)(ii) of this AD, in accordance with the applicable Airbus AOT specified in table 1 of this AD. (i) Replace the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly with a new or serviceable RAT turbine lower gear box assembly. (ii) Replace all balance screws on the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly with new or serviceable balance screws, including replacing any missing washers. E:\FR\FM\05AUR1.SGM 05AUR1 47434 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 151 / Friday, August 5, 2011 / Rules and Regulations (3) If one or more screws are fractured and any balance washer is missing, before further flight, replace the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly with new or serviceable RAT turbine lower gear box assembly, in accordance with the applicable Airbus AOT specified in table 1 of this AD. Reporting Requirement (j) At the applicable time specified in paragraph (j)(1) or (j)(2) of this AD, submit a report of the findings (both positive and negative) of the inspection required by paragraph (i) of this AD to Airbus, as specified in Paragraph 7 of the applicable AOT specified in table 1 of this AD. The report must include the inspection results, a description of any discrepancies found, the airplane serial number, and the number of landings and flight hours on the airplane. (1) If the inspection was done on or after the effective date of this AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the inspection. (2) If the inspection was done before the effective date of this AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the effective date of this AD. Parts Installation (k) As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install, on any airplane, a RAT turbine lower gear box assembly, as identified by part number in the applicable Hamilton Sundstrand service bulletin specified in table 2 of this AD, unless it has been inspected and all applicable corrective actions have been done, in accordance with the requirements of this AD. FAA AD Differences Note 1: This AD differs from the MCAI and/or service information as follows: No differences. Other FAA AD Provisions (l) The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, 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 International Branch, send it to Attn: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057– 3356; telephone (425) 227–2125; fax (425) 227–1149. 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. (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 (m) Refer to the applicable MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD specified in table 4 of this AD, the Airbus AOTs specified in table 1 of this AD, and the Hamilton Sundstrand service bulletins specified in table 2 of this AD, for related information. TABLE 4—EASA ADS For model— EASA AD— A300–600 and A310 series airplanes ...................................... A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes ........................ A330 and A340 series airplanes .............................................. Material Incorporated by Reference (n) You must use the service information contained in table 5 of this AD, as applicable, 2009–0258 2010–0120 2009–0260 Dated— December 10, 2009. June 21, 2010. December 10, 2009 (corrected December 14, 2009). to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. TABLE 5—MATERIAL INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE Document Date erowe on DSKG8SOYB1PROD with RULES Airbus All Operator Telex A300–29A6062 .............................................................................................................................. Airbus All Operator Telex A310–29A2098 .............................................................................................................................. Airbus All Operator Telex A320–29A1150 .............................................................................................................................. Airbus All Operator Telex A330–29A3110 .............................................................................................................................. Airbus All Operator Telex A340–29A4085 .............................................................................................................................. Airbus All Operator Telex A340–500/600–29A5015 ............................................................................................................... Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 732365–29–7 .............................................................................................................. Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 730816–29–15 ............................................................................................................ Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin ERPS08M–29–8 ......................................................................................................... Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin ERPS06G–29–6 ......................................................................................................... Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin ERPS33G–29–1 ......................................................................................................... (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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:55 Aug 04, 2011 Jkt 223001 (2) For Airbus service information identified in this AD, contact the appropriate office listed below. (i) For Model A300–600 and A310 series airplanes: Airbus SAS—EAW (Airworthiness Office), 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 September 1, 2009. September 1, 2009. June 24, 2009. September 1, 2009. September 1, 2009. September 1, 2009. August 4, 2009. August 4, 2009. June 17, 2009. July 20, 2009. July 20, 2009. 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. (ii) For Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes: Airbus, Airworthiness E:\FR\FM\05AUR1.SGM 05AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 151 / Friday, August 5, 2011 / Rules and Regulations 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. (iii) For Model A330 and A340 series airplanes: Airbus SAS—Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; e-mail airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. (3) For Hamilton Sundstrand service information identified in this AD, contact Hamilton Sundstrand, Technical Publications, Mail Stop 302–9, 4747 Harrison Avenue, P.O. Box 7002, Rockford, Illinois 61125–7002; telephone 860–654–3575; fax 860–998–4564; e-mail tech.solutions@hs.utc.com; Internet http:// www.hamiltonsundstrand.com. (4) 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. (5) 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 July 20, 2011. Kalene C. Yanamura, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2011–19433 Filed 8–4–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2011–0516; Airspace Docket No. 11–ANM–12] Modification of Class E Airspace; Forsyth, MT Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This action will modify Class E airspace at Forsyth, MT. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate aircraft using Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at Tillitt Field Airport. This action also corrects a typographical error in the regulatory text for the Class E airspace area. This action improves the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. erowe on DSKG8SOYB1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:55 Aug 04, 2011 Jkt 223001 Effective date, 0901 UTC, October 20, 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: Eldon Taylor, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203–4537. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: History On June 7, 2011, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking to modify controlled airspace at Forsyth, MT (76 FR 32879). 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 Part 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in that Order. The Rule This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 by modifying Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface, at Tillitt Field Airport, Forsyth, MT, to accommodate IFR aircraft executing RNAV (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures at the airport. This action also corrects a typographical error in the regulatory text of the Class E airspace area by correcting ‘lat. 46°05′00″ N., long. 106°210′3″ W.’ to ‘lat. 46°05′ 00″ N., long. 106°21′ 03″ W.’. This action is necessary for the safety and management of IFR operations. Except for administrative changes, and the changes listed above, this rule is the same as that proposed in the NPRM. The FAA has determined 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 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 47435 routine matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified 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 discusses 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 establishes additional controlled airspace at Tillitt Field Airport, Forsyth, MT. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). 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 Part 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 of the earth. * * * * * ANM MT E5 Forsyth, MT [Modified] Tillitt Field Airport, MT (Lat. 46°16′16″ N., long. 106°37′26″ W.) That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7-mile radius of Tillitt Field Airport, and within 2.5 miles north and 5.5 miles south of the 075° bearing of the airport extending from the 7-mile radius to 13 miles east of the airport; that airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet E:\FR\FM\05AUR1.SGM 05AUR1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 151 (Friday, August 5, 2011)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2011-0388; Directorate Identifier 2010-NM-004-AD; 
Amendment 39-16761; AD 2011-16-03]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A300 B4-600, A300 B4-600R, 
and A300 F4-600R Series Airplanes, and Model A300 C4-605R Variant F 
Airplanes (Collectively Called Model A300-600 Series Airplanes); Model 
A310 Series Airplanes; Model A318 Series Airplanes; Model A319 Series 
Airplanes; Model A320-211, -212, -214, -231, -232, and -233 Airplanes; 
Model A321 Series Airplanes; Model A330-200 and A330-300 Series 
Airplanes; and Model A340-200, A340-300, A340-500, and A340-600 Series 
Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the 
products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing 
airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of 
another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an 
aviation product. For Model A310 and A300-600 series airplanes, the 
MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:

    Hamilton Sundstrand (HS), the manufacturer of the RAT [ram air 
turbine], reported the failure during a wind tunnel test of a 
balance weight fastening screw on the RAT turbine cover. After 
investigation, it has been discovered that a batch of screws, which 
are used to attach the balance washers of the HS RAT Turbine 
Assembly, has not been subject to the correct heat treatment and are 
consequently exposed to potential fracture.
    This condition, if not corrected, might lead to the ejection of 
screw heads and consequently to the detachment of the associated 
balance washers. The loss of balance washers could increase RAT 
vibrations, which might lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts 
and consequent loss of RAT functionality. The loss of the RAT, in 
combination with a total engine flame out, could result in loss of 
control of the aeroplane.
* * * * *
    For Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes, the MCAI 
describes the unsafe condition as:

    Hamilton Sundstrand (HS) reported the failure of a balance 
weight fastening screw on the RAT turbine cover during a wind tunnel 
test. After investigation, it has been discovered that a batch of 
screws, used to attach the balance washers of the RAT Turbine 
assembly, has not received the correct heat treatment, making them 
more subject to a potential failure.
    This condition, if left uncorrected, could lead to the ejection 
of screw heads and detachment of the associated balance washers. The 
loss of balance washers would increase RAT vibrations, which could 
lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts and loss of RAT 
functionality. The loss of the RAT, in combination with a double 
engine failure, or a total loss of normal electrical power 
generation, could result in loss of control of the aeroplane.
* * * * *
    For Model A330 and A340 series airplanes, the MCAI describes the 
unsafe condition as:

    Hamilton Sundstrand (HS), the manufacturer of the RAT, reported 
the failure of a balance weight fastening screw on the RAT cover 
during a wind tunnel test. After investigation, it has been 
discovered that a batch of screws, which are used to attach the 
balance washers of the HS RAT turbine lower gear box assembly, has 
not been subject to the correct heat treatment and the screws are 
consequently exposed to potential fracture.
    This condition, if not corrected, might lead to the ejection of 
screw heads and consequently to the detachment of the associated 
balance washers. The loss of balance washers could increase RAT 
vibrations, which might lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts, 
and thus to damage to the aeroplane and risk of injury to persons on 
the ground.
* * * * *
    We are issuing this AD to require actions to correct the unsafe 
condition on these products.

DATES: This AD becomes effective September 9, 2011.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of September 9, 
2011.

ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov or in person at the U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116,

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Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, 
Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 227-2125; fax (425) 227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 to include an AD that would apply to the specified products. 
That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on May 4, 2011 (76 FR 
25259). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the 
specified products.
    The MCAI for Model A300-600 and A310 series airplanes states:

    Hamilton Sundstrand (HS), the manufacturer of the RAT [ram air 
turbine], reported the failure during a wind tunnel test of a 
balance weight fastening screw on the RAT turbine cover. After 
investigation, it has been discovered that a batch of screws, which 
are used to attach the balance washers of the HS RAT Turbine 
Assembly, has not been subject to the correct heat treatment and are 
consequently exposed to potential fracture.
    This condition, if not corrected, might lead to the ejection of 
screw heads and consequently to the detachment of the associated 
balance washers. The loss of balance washers could increase RAT 
vibrations, which might lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts 
and consequent loss of RAT functionality. The loss of the RAT, in 
combination with a total engine flame out, could result in loss of 
control of the aeroplane.
    For the reasons described above, this AD requires the 
identification of the affected RAT turbine assemblies and 
replacement of all balance weight screws or, in case balance washer 
detachment is found, replacement of the RAT turbine assembly.

    The MCAI for Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes 
states:

    Hamilton Sundstrand (HS) reported the failure of a balance 
weight fastening screw on the RAT turbine cover during a wind tunnel 
test. After investigation, it has been discovered that a batch of 
screws, used to attach the balance washers of the RAT Turbine 
assembly, has not received the correct heat treatment, making them 
more subject to a potential failure.
    This condition, if left uncorrected, could lead to the ejection 
of screw heads and detachment of the associated balance washers. The 
loss of balance washers would increase RAT vibrations, which could 
lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts and loss of RAT 
functionality. The loss of the RAT, in combination with a double 
engine failure, or a total loss of normal electrical power 
generation, could result in loss of control of the aeroplane.
    For the reasons described above, EASA AD 2009-0259 was issued in 
December 2009 to require the replacement of all balance weight 
screws on the affected RAT turbine assemblies, or replacement of the 
RAT, if any balancing washer was found missing.
    This AD retains some of the requirements of AD 2009-0259, which 
is superseded, and corrects its applicability by adding Airbus model 
A320-215 and A320-216 aeroplanes which were inadvertently omitted. 
Also, this AD requires the replacement of the set of balancing 
weights screws before the next operational or functional check of 
the RAT assembly.

    The MCAI for Model A330 and A340 series airplanes states:

    Hamilton Sundstrand (HS), the manufacturer of the RAT, reported 
the failure of a balance weight fastening screw on the RAT cover 
during a wind tunnel test. After investigation, it has been 
discovered that a batch of screws, which are used to attach the 
balance washers of the HS RAT turbine lower gear box assembly, has 
not been subject to the correct heat treatment and the screws are 
consequently exposed to potential fracture.
    This condition, if not corrected, might lead to the ejection of 
screw heads and consequently to the detachment of the associated 
balance washers. The loss of balance washers could increase RAT 
vibrations, which might lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts, 
and thus to damage to the aeroplane and risk of injury to persons on 
the ground.
    For the reasons described above, this AD requires the 
identification of the affected RAT turbine lower gear box assemblies 
and replacement of all balance screws or, in case balance washer 
detachment is found, replacement of the RAT turbine lower gear box 
assembly. * * *

    You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD 
docket.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of 
the cost to the public.

Conclusion

    We reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and 
the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed.

Differences Between This AD and the MCAI or Service Information

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

Costs of Compliance

    Based on the service information, we estimate that this AD will 
affect about 1,004 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it 
will take about 2 work-hours per product to comply with the basic 
requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. 
Required parts will cost about $100 per product. Where the service 
information lists required parts costs that are covered under warranty, 
we have assumed that there will be no charge for these costs. As we do 
not control warranty coverage for affected parties, some parties may 
incur costs higher than estimated here. Based on these figures, we 
estimate the cost of the AD on U.S. operators to be $271,080, or $270 
per product.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this 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,

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on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to 
comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket.

Examining the AD Docket

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

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

0
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:

2011-16-03 Airbus: Amendment 39-16761. Docket No. FAA-2011-0388; 
Directorate Identifier 2010-NM-004-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective 
September 9, 2011.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes listed in paragraphs 
(c)(1), (c)(2), (c)(3), (c)(4), and (c)(5) of this AD, certificated 
in any category.
    (1) Airbus Model A300 B4-601, B4-603, B4-620, B4-622, B4-605R, 
B4-622R, F4-605R, F4-622R, and C4-605R Variant F airplanes; and 
Model A310-203, -204, -221, -222, -304, -322, -324, and -325 
airplanes; all certified models, all manufacturer serial numbers, if 
equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand ram air turbine (RAT) turbine 
assembly, as identified by part number (P/N) in Hamilton Sundstrand 
Service Bulletin 730816-29-15, dated August 4, 2009 (for Model A310 
airplanes), and Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 732365-29-7, 
dated August 4, 2009 (for Model A300-600 series airplanes); or 
equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand RAT turbine lower gear box 
assembly on which the part number cannot be determined.
    (2) Airbus Model A318-111, -112, -121, and -122 airplanes; Model 
A319-111, -112, -113, -114, -115, -131, -132, and -133 airplanes; 
Model A320-211, -212, -214, -231, -232, and -233 airplanes; and 
Model A321-111, -112, -131, -211, -212, -213, -231, and -232 
airplanes; all manufacturer serial numbers, if equipped with a 
Hamilton Sundstrand RAT turbine assembly Model ERPS08M, as 
identified by part number in Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 
ERPS08M-29-8, dated June 17, 2009; or equipped with a Hamilton 
Sundstrand RAT turbine lower gear box assembly on which the part 
number cannot be determined.
    (3) Airbus Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, -243, -301, -302, -
303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -342, and -343 airplanes; all 
manufacturer serial numbers, if equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand 
RAT turbine lower gearbox assembly, as identified by part number in 
Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin ERPS06G-29-6, dated July 20, 
2009; or equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand RAT turbine lower gear 
box assembly on which the part number cannot be determined.
    (4) Model A340-211, -212, -213, -311, -312, and -313 airplanes; 
all manufacturer serial numbers, if equipped with a Hamilton 
Sundstrand RAT turbine lower gearbox assembly, as identified by part 
number in Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin ERPS06G-29-6, dated 
July 20, 2009; or equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand RAT turbine 
lower gear box assembly on which the part number cannot be 
determined.
    (5) Model A340-541 and -642 airplanes, all manufacturer serial 
numbers, if equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand RAT turbine lower 
gearbox assembly, as identified by part number in Hamilton 
Sundstrand Service Bulletin ERPS33G-29-1, dated July 20, 2009; or 
equipped with a Hamilton Sundstrand RAT turbine lower gear box 
assembly on which the part number cannot be determined.

Subject

    (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 29: 
Hydraulic power.

Reason

    (e) For Model A310 and A300-600 series airplanes, the MCAI 
describes the unsafe condition as:

    Hamilton Sundstrand (HS), the manufacturer of the RAT, reported 
the failure during a wind tunnel test of a balance weight fastening 
screw on the RAT turbine cover. After investigation, it has been 
discovered that a batch of screws, which are used to attach the 
balance washers of the HS RAT Turbine Assembly, has not been subject 
to the correct heat treatment and are consequently exposed to 
potential fracture.
    This condition, if not corrected, might lead to the ejection of 
screw heads and consequently to the detachment of the associated 
balance washers. The loss of balance washers could increase RAT 
vibrations, which might lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts 
and consequent loss of RAT functionality. The loss of the RAT, in 
combination with a total engine flame out, could result in loss of 
control of the aeroplane.
* * * * *
    For Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes, the MCAI 
describes the unsafe condition as:

    Hamilton Sundstrand (HS) reported the failure of a balance 
weight fastening screw on the RAT turbine cover during a wind tunnel 
test. After investigation, it has been discovered that a batch of 
screws, used to attach the balance washers of the RAT Turbine 
assembly, has not received the correct heat treatment, making them 
more subject to a potential failure.
    This condition, if left uncorrected, could lead to the ejection 
of screw heads and detachment of the associated balance washers. The 
loss of balance washers would increase RAT vibrations, which could 
lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts and loss of RAT 
functionality. The loss of the RAT, in combination with a double 
engine failure, or a total loss of normal electrical power 
generation, could result in loss of control of the aeroplane.
* * * * *
    For Model A330 and A340 series airplanes, the MCAI describes the 
unsafe condition as:

    Hamilton Sundstrand (HS), the manufacturer of the RAT, reported 
the failure of a balance weight fastening screw on the RAT cover 
during a wind tunnel test. After investigation, it has been 
discovered that a batch of screws, which are used to attach the 
balance washers of the HS RAT turbine lower gear box assembly, has 
not been subject to the correct heat treatment and the screws are 
consequently exposed to potential fracture.
    This condition, if not corrected, might lead to the ejection of 
screw heads and consequently to the detachment of the associated 
balance washers. The loss of balance washers could increase RAT 
vibrations, which might lead to a possible detachment of RAT parts, 
and thus to damage to the aeroplane and risk of injury to persons on 
the ground.
* * * * *

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) At the applicable time specified in paragraph (g)(1), 
(g)(2), or (g)(3) of this AD: Inspect to determine the part number 
and serial number of the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly, in 
accordance with the applicable Airbus all operator telex (AOT) 
identified in table 1 of this AD. If the RAT turbine lower gear box 
assembly has a part number and a serial number that are not listed 
in the applicable Hamilton Sundstrand service bulletin identified in 
table 2 of this AD, no further action is required by this AD, except 
as required by paragraph (k) of this AD. A review of airplane 
maintenance

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records is acceptable in lieu of this inspection if the part and 
serial numbers of the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly can be 
conclusively determined from that review.

                                              Table 1--Airbus AOTs
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                  Model                              Document                              Date
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Model A300-600 series airplanes..........  Airbus AOT A300-29A6062.....  September 1, 2009.
Model A310 series airplanes..............  Airbus AOT A310-29A2098.....  September 1, 2009.
Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319    Airbus AOT A320-29A1150.....  June 24, 2009.
 series airplanes; Model A320-211, -212, -
 214, -231, -232, and -233 airplanes;
 Model A321 series airplanes.
Model A330-200 and A330-300 series         Airbus AOT A330-29A3110.....  September 1, 2009.
 airplanes.
Model A340-200 and A340n-300 series        Airbus AOT A340-29A4085.....  September 1, 2009.
 airplanes.
Model A340-500 and A340-600 series         Airbus AOT A340-500/600-      September 1, 2009.
 airplanes.                                 29A5015.
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    (1) For airplanes identified in paragraph (c)(1) of this AD: 
Before the next RAT spin test, or within 1,500 flight hours or 9 
months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first.
    (2) For airplanes identified in paragraph (c)(2) of this AD: 
Before the next RAT spin test, or within 3,000 flight hours or 12 
months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first.
    (3) For airplanes identified in paragraph (c)(3), (c)(4), and 
(c)(5) of this AD: Before the next RAT spin test, or within 3,000 
flight hours or 8 months after the effective date of this AD, 
whichever occurs first.
    (h) If, during the inspection required by paragraph (g) of this 
AD, the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly has a part number and a 
serial number identified in the applicable Hamilton Sundstrand 
service bulletin specified in table 2 of this AD; or if the part 
number or serial number of the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly 
cannot be determined: Before further flight, inspect the RAT turbine 
lower gear box assembly to determine if the nameplate is identified 
with the applicable symbol specified in table 3 of this AD, in 
accordance with the applicable Airbus AOT specified in table 1 of 
this AD. If the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly nameplate has 
the applicable symbol that is identified in table 3 of this AD, no 
further action is required by this AD except as required by 
paragraph (k) of this AD. A review of airplane maintenance records 
is acceptable in lieu of this inspection if the symbol identified on 
the nameplate can be conclusively determined from that review.

                            Table 2--Applicable Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletins
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                  Model                              Document                              Date
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Model A300-600 series airplanes..........  Hamilton Sundstrand Service   August 4, 2009.
                                            Bulletin 732365-29-7.
Model A310 series airplanes..............  Hamilton Sundstrand Service   August 4, 2009.
                                            Bulletin 730816-29-15.
Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319    Hamilton Sundstrand Service   June 17, 2009.
 series airplanes; Model A320-211, -212, -  Bulletin ERPS08M-29-8.
 214, -231, -232, and -233 airplanes;
 Model A321 series airplanes.
Model A330-200 and A330-300 series         Hamilton Sundstrand Service   July 20, 2009.
 airplanes and Model A340-200 and A340-     Bulletin ERPS06G-29-6.
 300 series airplanes.
Model A340-500 and A340-600 series         Hamilton Sundstrand Service   July 20, 2009.
 airplanes.                                 Bulletin ERPS33G-29-1.
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                    Table 3--Nameplate Identification
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                         Model                               Symbol
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Model A300-600 series airplanes.......................              29-7
Model A310 series airplanes...........................             29-15
Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319 series                      29-8
 airplanes; Model A320-211, -212, -214, -231, -232,
 and -233 airplanes; Model A321 series airplanes......
Model A330-200 and A330-300 series airplanes..........              29-6
Model A340-200 and A340-300 series airplanes..........              29-6
Model A340-500 and A340-600 series airplanes..........              29-1
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    (i) If, during the inspection required by paragraph (h) of this 
AD, the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly does not have the 
applicable symbol specified in table 3 of this AD: Before further 
flight, do a general visual inspection for the missing and fractured 
balance screws and for missing washers in accordance with the 
applicable Airbus AOT specified in table 1 of this AD.
    (1) If all balance screws are fitted on the turbine and are not 
fractured or missing, at the applicable time specified in paragraph 
(i)(1)(i), (i)(1)(ii), or (i)(1)(iii) of this AD: Replace the RAT 
turbine lower gear box assembly with a new or serviceable RAT 
turbine lower gear box assembly, or replace all balance screws on 
the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly with new or serviceable 
balance screws, in accordance with the applicable Airbus AOT 
specified in table 1 of this AD.
    (i) For airplanes identified in paragraph (c)(1) of this AD: 
Within 1,500 flight hours or 9 months after the effective date of 
this AD, whichever occurs first.
    (ii) For airplanes identified in paragraph (c)(2) of this AD: 
Within 3,000 flight hours or 12 months after the effective date of 
this AD, whichever occurs first.
    (iii) For airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(3), (c)(4), and 
(c)(5) of this AD: Within 3,000 flight hours or 8 months after the 
effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first.
    (2) If one or more screws are fractured but the associated 
balance washers are still fitted on the RAT turbine lower gear box 
assembly, before further flight, do the actions specified in 
paragraph (i)(2)(i) or (i)(2)(ii) of this AD, in accordance with the 
applicable Airbus AOT specified in table 1 of this AD.
    (i) Replace the RAT turbine lower gear box assembly with a new 
or serviceable RAT turbine lower gear box assembly.
    (ii) Replace all balance screws on the RAT turbine lower gear 
box assembly with new or serviceable balance screws, including 
replacing any missing washers.

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    (3) If one or more screws are fractured and any balance washer 
is missing, before further flight, replace the RAT turbine lower 
gear box assembly with new or serviceable RAT turbine lower gear box 
assembly, in accordance with the applicable Airbus AOT specified in 
table 1 of this AD.

Reporting Requirement

    (j) At the applicable time specified in paragraph (j)(1) or 
(j)(2) of this AD, submit a report of the findings (both positive 
and negative) of the inspection required by paragraph (i) of this AD 
to Airbus, as specified in Paragraph 7 of the applicable AOT 
specified in table 1 of this AD. The report must include the 
inspection results, a description of any discrepancies found, the 
airplane serial number, and the number of landings and flight hours 
on the airplane.
    (1) If the inspection was done on or after the effective date of 
this AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the inspection.
    (2) If the inspection was done before the effective date of this 
AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the effective date of 
this AD.

Parts Installation

    (k) As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install, 
on any airplane, a RAT turbine lower gear box assembly, as 
identified by part number in the applicable Hamilton Sundstrand 
service bulletin specified in table 2 of this AD, unless it has been 
inspected and all applicable corrective actions have been done, in 
accordance with the requirements of this AD.

FAA AD Differences

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

Other FAA AD Provisions

    (l) The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, 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 International Branch, send it to Attn: Dan Rodina, 
Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 
98057-3356; telephone (425) 227-2125; fax (425) 227-1149. 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.
    (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

    (m) Refer to the applicable MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency 
(EASA) AD specified in table 4 of this AD, the Airbus AOTs specified 
in table 1 of this AD, and the Hamilton Sundstrand service bulletins 
specified in table 2 of this AD, for related information.

                            Table 4--EASA ADs
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          For model--               EASA AD--             Dated--
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A300-600 and A310 series               2009-0258  December 10, 2009.
 airplanes.
A318, A319, A320, and A321             2010-0120  June 21, 2010.
 series airplanes.
A330 and A340 series airplanes         2009-0260  December 10, 2009
                                                   (corrected December
                                                   14, 2009).
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Material Incorporated by Reference

    (n) You must use the service information contained in table 5 of 
this AD, as applicable, to do the actions required by this AD, 
unless the AD specifies otherwise.

               Table 5--Material Incorporated by Reference
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              Document                               Date
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Airbus All Operator Telex A300-       September 1, 2009.
 29A6062.
Airbus All Operator Telex A310-       September 1, 2009.
 29A2098.
Airbus All Operator Telex A320-       June 24, 2009.
 29A1150.
Airbus All Operator Telex A330-       September 1, 2009.
 29A3110.
Airbus All Operator Telex A340-       September 1, 2009.
 29A4085.
Airbus All Operator Telex A340-500/   September 1, 2009.
 600-29A5015.
Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin  August 4, 2009.
 732365-29-7.
Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin  August 4, 2009.
 730816-29-15.
Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin  June 17, 2009.
 ERPS08M-29-8.
Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin  July 20, 2009.
 ERPS06G-29-6.
Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin  July 20, 2009.
 ERPS33G-29-1.
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    (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 Airbus service information identified in this AD, 
contact the appropriate office listed below.
    (i) For Model A300-600 and A310 series airplanes: Airbus SAS--
EAW (Airworthiness Office), 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 
Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 
44 51; e-mail: account.airworth-eas@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com.
    (ii) For Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes: 
Airbus, Airworthiness

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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.
    (iii) For Model A330 and A340 series airplanes: Airbus SAS--
Airworthiness Office--EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 
Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 
45 80; e-mail airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com.
    (3) For Hamilton Sundstrand service information identified in 
this AD, contact Hamilton Sundstrand, Technical Publications, Mail 
Stop 302-9, 4747 Harrison Avenue, P.O. Box 7002, Rockford, Illinois 
61125-7002; telephone 860-654-3575; fax 860-998-4564; e-mail 
tech.solutions@hs.utc.com; Internet http://www.hamiltonsundstrand.com.
    (4) 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.
    (5) 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 July 20, 2011.
Kalene C. Yanamura,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-19433 Filed 8-4-11; 8:45 am]
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