Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, and -243 Airplanes, Model A330-300 Series Airplanes, Model A340-200 Series Airplanes, and Model A340-300 Series Airplanes, 56286-56290 [2011-22635]

Download as PDF 56286 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 177 / Tuesday, September 13, 2011 / Rules and Regulations Applicability FAA AD Differences (c) This AD applies to Airbus Model A330– 201, –202, –203, –223, –243, –301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes; and Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, and –313 airplanes, all manufacturer serial numbers; certificated in any category; except those airplanes embodied in production with the modifications identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD. (1) Modification 57349 and (2) Modification 58924 or 201642 or 57562. Note 1: This AD differs from the MCAI and/or service information as follows: No differences. Subject (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 92. Reason (e) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) states: It was noticed in production that the distance between the wire harnesses 5376VB/ 2M and 5377VB/1M which are above the lefthand (LH) and right-hand (RH) door 4, and the air conditioning duct could be too small. This could result in collision between the flexible air conditioning hose and wire harnesses. This condition, if not corrected, could lead to the short circuit of wires dedicated to oxygen, which, in case of emergency, could result in a large number of passenger oxygen masks not being supplied with oxygen, possibly causing personal injuries. * * * * * mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES Compliance (f) You are responsible for having the actions required by this AD performed within the compliance times specified, unless the actions have already been done. Actions (g) Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD: Modify the wire harness 5376VB/2M and 5377VB/1M attachments above the LH and RH door 4, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–92– 3077, Revision 01, dated March 29, 2010; or Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–92– 4078, Revision 01, dated April 9, 2010; as applicable. (h) For airplanes that have been modified before the effective date of this AD in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–92–3077 or A340–92–4078, both dated June 17, 2008: Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, perform the additional work identified in Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–92–3077, Revision 01, dated March 29, 2010, or A340– 92–4078, Revision 01, dated April 9, 2010; as applicable (including modifying the support assembly of the air outlet, or exchanging certain attachment screws of the air outlet box assembly on each door, as applicable), in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–92–3077, Revision 01, dated March 29, 2010; or Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–92–4078, Revision 01, dated April 9, 2010; as applicable. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:54 Sep 12, 2011 Jkt 223001 Other FAA AD Provisions (i) The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, 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: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057– 3356; telephone (425) 227–1138; fax (425) 227–1149. Information may be e-mailed to: 9–ANM–116–AMOC–REQUESTS@faa.gov. 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 FAAapproved 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. Related Information (j) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness Directive 2010– 0103R1, dated April 28, 2011; Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–92–3077, Revision 01, dated March 29, 2010; and Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–92– 4078, Revision 01, dated April 9, 2010; for related information. Material Incorporated by Reference (k) You must use Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–92–3077, Revision 01, dated March 29, 2010; or Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–92–4078, Revision 01, dated April 9, 2010; as applicable; to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of this service information under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus 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) You may review copies of the service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. (4) You may also review copies of the service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/ _code_of_federal_regulations/ibr_ locations.html. Issued in Renton, Washington, on August 25, 2011. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2011–22380 Filed 9–12–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2011–0387; Directorate Identifier 2010–NM–222–AD; Amendment 39–16804; AD 2011–18–22 ] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, and –243 Airplanes, Model A330–300 Series Airplanes, Model A340–200 Series Airplanes, and Model A340–300 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. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as: SUMMARY: Surface defects were visually detected on the rudder of * * * [an] in-service aeroplane during scheduled maintenance. Investigation has determined that the defects reported on both rudders corresponded to areas that had been reworked in production. The investigation confirmed that the surface defects were a result of de-bonding between the skin and honeycomb core. * * * * * An extended de-bonding, if not detected and corrected, may degrade the structural integrity of the rudder. The loss of the rudder leads to degradation of the handling qualities and reduces the controllability of the aeroplane. * E:\FR\FM\13SER1.SGM * * 13SER1 * * Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 177 / Tuesday, September 13, 2011 / Rules and Regulations We are issuing this AD to require actions to correct the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD becomes effective October 18, 2011. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of October 18, 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: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1138; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES 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 3, 2011 (76 FR 24832). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: Surface defects were visually detected on the rudder of one A319 and one A321 inservice aeroplane during scheduled maintenance. Investigation has determined that the defects reported on both rudders corresponded to areas that had been reworked in production. The investigation confirmed that the surface defects were a result of de-bonding between the skin and honeycomb core. Such reworks were also performed on some rudders fitted on A330 and A340–200/ –300 aeroplanes. An extended de-bonding, if not detected and corrected, may degrade the structural integrity of the rudder. The loss of the rudder leads to degradation of the handling qualities and reduces the controllability of the aeroplane. To address this unsafe condition, EASA issued AD 2010–0021, superseding EASA AD 2009–0156, to require inspections of specific areas and, depending on findings, the accomplishment of corrective actions for those rudders where production reworks have been identified. In addition, this [EASA] AD addresses the rudder population that has also been reworked in production but is not part of EASA AD 2010–0021 applicability. Required actions include vacuum loss and elasticity laminate checker inspections for damage including de- VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:54 Sep 12, 2011 Jkt 223001 bonding between the skin and honeycomb core of the rudder on certain areas of the rudder, and repair if necessary. 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 considered the comment received. The commenter supports the NPRM (76 FR 24832, May 3, 2011). Conclusion We reviewed the available data, including the comment received, 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 We estimate that this AD will affect 55 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 6 workhours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD to the U.S. operators to be $28,050, or $510 per product. We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide a cost estimate for the on-condition actions specified in this AD. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 56287 promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify this AD: 1. Is not a ’’significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and 3. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket. 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 May 3, 2011 (76 FR 24832), 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: ■ E:\FR\FM\13SER1.SGM 13SER1 56288 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 177 / Tuesday, September 13, 2011 / Rules and Regulations Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] TABLE 2—RUDDER P/N AND AFFECTED RUDDER S/N—Continued 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: ■ 2011–18–22 Airbus: Amendment 39–16804. Docket No. FAA–2011–0387; Directorate Identifier 2010–NM–222–AD. Effective Date (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective October 18, 2011. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Airbus Model A330– 201, –202, –203, –223, –243, –301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes, and Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, and –313 airplanes; certificated in any category; all manufacturer serial numbers, if equipped with rudders having part numbers and serial numbers as identified in table 1, table 2, or table 3 of this AD. TABLE 1—RUDDER PART NUMBER (P/ N) AND AFFECTED RUDDER SERIAL NUMBER (S/N) Rudder P/N Affected rudder S/N F554–70000–000–00 .................... F554–70000–000–00 .................... F554–71000–000–00–0000 .......... F554–71000–000–00–0000 .......... F554–71000–000–00–0000 .......... F554–71000–000–00–0000 .......... F554–71000–000–00–0000 .......... F554–71000–000–00–0000 .......... F554–71000–000–00–0000 .......... F554–71000–000–00–0000 .......... F554–71000–000–00–0000 .......... F554–71000–000–00–0000 .......... F554–71000–000–00–0000 .......... F554–71000–000–00–0000 .......... F554–71000–000–00–0000 .......... F554–70005–000–00–0000 .......... F554–71002–000–00–0002 .......... F554–71002–000–00–0002 .......... F554–71002–000–00–0002 .......... TS–2045 TS–2046 TS–3013 TS–3014 TS–3020 TS–3022 TS–3023 TS–3027 TS–3031 TS–3034 TS–3036 TS–3038 TS–3041 TS–3046 TS–3054 TS–3102 TS–4018 TS–4022 TS–4031 TABLE 2—RUDDER P/N AND AFFECTED RUDDER S/N mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES Rudder P/N A554–71500–024–00 ............... A554–71500–030–00 ............... F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:54 Sep 12, 2011 Affected rudder S/N TS–1014 TS–1042 TS–2004 TS–2005 TS–2008 TS–2009 TS–2010 TS–2022 TS–2023 TS–2028 TS–2029 TS–2030 Jkt 223001 Affected rudder S/N Rudder P/N F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–000–00 ................ F554–70000–002–00 ................ F554–70000–002–00 ................ F554–71000–000–00–0000 ...... F554–71000–000–00–0000 ...... F554–71000–000–00–0000 ...... F554–71000–000–00–0000 ...... F554–71000–000–00–0000 ...... F554–71000–000–00–0000 ...... F554–71000–000–00–0000 ...... F554–71000–000–00–0000 ...... F554–71000–000–00–0000 ...... F554–71000–000–00–0000 ...... F554–71000–000–00–0000 ...... F554–71000–000–00–0000 ...... 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PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 TABLE 2—RUDDER P/N AND AFFECTED RUDDER S/N—Continued Sfmt 4700 TS–2032 TS–2033 TS–2034 TS–2041 TS–2044 TS–2048 TS–2049 TS–2050 TS–2057 TS–2067 TS–2068 TS–2071 TS–3001 TS–3010 TS–3012 TS–3017 TS–3018 TS–3019 TS–3021 TS–3024 TS–3025 TS–3026 TS–3028 TS–3029 TS–3030 TS–3032 TS–3035 TS–3037 TS–3039 TS–3040 TS–3042 TS–3047 TS–3049 TS–3055 TS–3058 TS–3062 TS–3063 TS–3065 TS–3067 TS–3069 TS–3070 TS–3077 TS–3078 TS–3080 TS–3081 TS–3086 TS–3089 TS–3092 TS–3093 TS–3095 TS–3096 TS–3098 TS–3099 TS–3101 TS–3103 TS–3104 TS–3105 TS–3108 TS–3109 TS–3110 TS–3111 TS–3112 TS–3114 TS–3116 TS–3117 TS–3120 TS–3131 TS–3132 TS–3212 TS–3323 Affected rudder S/N Rudder P/N F554–70005–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0002 F554–71002–000–00–0003 ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... ...... TS–3330 TS–4009 TS–4010 TS–4012 TS–4013 TS–4014 TS–4015 TS–4016 TS–4017 TS–4020 TS–4023 TS–4025 TS–4026 TS–4027 TS–4029 TS–4030 TS–4038 TS–4047 TS–4049 TS–4066 TS–4083 TABLE 3—RUDDER P/N AND AFFECTED RUDDER S/N Rudder P/N Affected rudder S/N F554–71000–000–00–0000 F554–71000–000–00–0000 F554–70005–000–00–0000 F554–71002–000–00–0002 ...... ...... ...... ...... TS–3060 TS–3068 TS–3128 TS–4011 Subject (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 55: Stabilizers. Reason (e) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) states: Surface defects were visually detected on the rudder of * * * [an] in-service aeroplane during scheduled maintenance. Investigation has determined that the defects reported on both rudders corresponded to areas that had been reworked in production. The investigation confirmed that the surface defects were a result of de-bonding between the skin and honeycomb core. * * * * * An extended de-bonding, if not detected and corrected, may degrade the structural integrity of the rudder. The loss of the rudder leads to degradation of the handling qualities and reduces the controllability of the aeroplane. * * * * * 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. Inspections (g) For rudders identified in table 1 and table 2 of this AD: Within the compliance E:\FR\FM\13SER1.SGM 13SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 177 / Tuesday, September 13, 2011 / Rules and Regulations time in paragraph (g)(1) or (g)(2) of this AD as applicable, do a vacuum loss inspection on the rudder non-ventilated area (Area 1) for damage including de-bonding between the skin and honeycomb core of the rudder, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–55–3042 or A340–55–4038, both dated April 22, 2010, as applicable. (1) For rudders identified in table 1 of this AD: Within 1,800 flight hours after the effective date of this AD. (2) For rudders identified in table 2 of this AD: Within 21 months after the effective date of this AD. (h) For rudders identified in table 1 and table 2 of this AD: Within 21 months after the effective date of this AD, do an elasticity laminate checker inspection on the trailing edge area (Area 2) for damage including debonding between the skin and honeycomb core of the rudder, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–55–3042 or A340–55–4038, both dated April 22, 2010, as applicable. Thereafter, repeat the inspection two more times at intervals not to exceed 4,500 flight cycles but not less than 4,000 flight cycles from the most recent inspection. (i) For rudders identified in table 3 of this AD: Within 4,500 flight cycles but not less than 4,000 flight cycles from the date of the sampling inspection identified in table 4 of 56289 this AD, or within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later, do an elasticity laminate checker inspection on the trailing edge area for damage including de-bonding between the skin and honeycomb core of the rudder, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–55–3042 or A340–55–4038, both dated April 22, 2010, as applicable. Repeat the inspection once within 4,500 flight cycles after doing the inspection but not less than 4,000 flight cycles from the last inspection. TABLE 4—RUDDER P/N AND AFFECTED RUDDER S/N AND SAMPLING INSPECTION DATE Affected rudder S/N Rudder P/N F554–71000–000–00–0000 F554–71000–000–00–0000 F554–70005–000–00–0000 F554–71002–000–00–0002 ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... ..................................................................................................................... mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES Corrective Actions (j) If damage is found during any inspection required by paragraph (g), (h), (i), or (k)(1) of this AD, before further flight, repair the damage using a method approved by either the Manager, International Branch, ANM 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (or its delegated agent). Restoration (k) If no damage is found during any inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD, before further flight, restore the vacuum loss holes by doing a temporary restoration with self-adhesive disks or tapes, a temporary restoration with resin, or a permanent restoration with resin, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–55–3042 or A340–55–4038, both dated April 22, 2010, as applicable. Do the applicable actions specified in paragraph (k)(1) or (k)(2) of this AD. (1) For airplanes on which a temporary restoration with self-adhesive disks or tapes is done, within 900 flight hours after doing the restoration, do a detailed inspection for loose or missing self-adhesive disks or tapes and repeat the inspection thereafter at intervals not to exceed 900 flight hours until the permanent restoration is done, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–55–3042 or A340–55–4038, both dated April 22, 2010, as applicable. If any loose or missing self-adhesive disks or tapes are found during any inspection required by this AD, before further flight, close the holes, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–55–3042 or A340–55–4038, both dated April 22, 2010, as applicable. Do the permanent restoration within 21 months after doing the temporary restoration, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:54 Sep 12, 2011 Jkt 223001 Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–55–3042 or A340–55–4038, both dated April 22, 2010, as applicable. (2) For airplanes on which a temporary restoration with resin is done: Within 21 months after doing the temporary restoration, do the permanent restoration, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–55– 3042 or A340–55–4038, both dated April 22, 2010, as applicable. Reporting Requirements (l) Submit a report of the findings (positive and negative) of the first inspection required by paragraphs (g), (h), and (i) of this AD to Airbus, at the applicable time specified in paragraph (l)(1) or (l)(2) 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 (m) As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install any affected rudder listed in table 1, table, 2, or table 3 of this AD, on any airplane, unless the rudder is inspected as specified in paragraphs (g), (h), and (i) of this AD, as applicable, and all applicable corrective actions specified in paragraph (j) of this AD and applicable restoration specified in paragraph (k) of this AD are done. FAA AD Differences Note 1: This AD differs from the MCAI and/or service information as follows: No differences. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 TS–3060 TS–3068 TS–3128 TS–4011 Date of sampling inspection March 12, 2009. April 27, 2009. July 13, 2009. February 12, 2009. Other FAA AD Provisions (n) 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: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057– 3356; telephone (425) 227–1138; fax (425) 227–1149. Information may be e-mailed to: 9–ANM–116–AMOC–REQUESTS@faa.gov. 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 FAAapproved 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 E:\FR\FM\13SER1.SGM 13SER1 56290 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 177 / Tuesday, September 13, 2011 / Rules and Regulations 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 (o) Refer to MCAI EASA Airworthiness Directive 2010–0127, dated June 23, 2010; Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–55– 3042, dated April 22, 2010; and Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–55–4038, dated April 22, 2010; for related information. Material Incorporated by Reference (p) You must use Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–55–3042, dated April 22, 2010; or Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–55–4038, dated April 22, 2010; as applicable; to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of this service information under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus 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) 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. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES Issued in Renton, Washington, on August 25, 2011. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2011–22635 Filed 9–12–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:54 Sep 12, 2011 Jkt 223001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2011–0151; Directorate Identifier 2009–NM–205–AD; Amendment 39–16781; AD 2011–17–17] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC–8–400 Series Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as: SUMMARY: Two cases of main landing gear collapse had been reported. Main landing gear collapse may result in unsafe landing of the aircraft. * * * * * We are issuing this AD to require actions to correct the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD becomes effective October 18, 2011. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of October 18, 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: Craig Yates, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe and Mechanical Systems Branch, ANE–171, FAA, New York Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, New York 11590; telephone (516) 228– 7355; fax (516) 794–5531. 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 March 8, 2011 (76 FR PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 12629), and proposed to supersede AD 2007–22–09, Amendment 39–15245 (72 FR 61288, October 30, 2007). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: Two cases of main landing gear collapse had been reported. Main landing gear collapse may result in unsafe landing of the aircraft. Revision 1 of this directive amended the time compliance in paragraph C.2 (3 months in addition to 500 hours air time), to add new paragraph C.3 to cater for retract actuator which has accumulated less than 4,000 landings or 2 years since new and to add new paragraphs B.2 and C.4 to require that the respective inspections be repetitively performed until terminating action becomes available. Revision 2 of this directive amends the detailed visual inspection requirement in paragraph C.3 to include the main landing gear retract actuator, part number 46550–11, and to add new paragraph F to mandate the incorporation of main landing gear retract actuator part number, 46550–13 as the terminating action and to add new paragraph G for the maintenance requirement. 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 (76 FR 12629, March 8, 2011) or on the determination of the cost to the public. Change Made to This AD We have removed paragraph (v)(3)(i)(D) of the NPRM (76 FR 12629, March 8, 2011) from this AD, and reidentified subsequent paragraphs accordingly. Conclusion We reviewed the available data, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD with the change described previously. We determined that this change will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of the AD. 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 E:\FR\FM\13SER1.SGM 13SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2011-0387; Directorate Identifier 2010-NM-222-AD; 
Amendment 39-16804; AD 2011-18-22 ]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330-201, -202, -203, -
223, and -243 Airplanes, Model A330-300 Series Airplanes, Model A340-
200 Series Airplanes, and Model A340-300 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. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:

    Surface defects were visually detected on the rudder of * * * 
[an] in-service aeroplane during scheduled maintenance.
    Investigation has determined that the defects reported on both 
rudders corresponded to areas that had been reworked in production. 
The investigation confirmed that the surface defects were a result 
of de-bonding between the skin and honeycomb core.
* * * * *
    An extended de-bonding, if not detected and corrected, may 
degrade the structural integrity of the rudder. The loss of the 
rudder leads to degradation of the handling qualities and reduces 
the controllability of the aeroplane.
* * * * *

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We are issuing this AD to require actions to correct the unsafe 
condition on these products.

DATES: This AD becomes effective October 18, 2011.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of October 18, 
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: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 
227-1138; fax (425) 227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

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 3, 2011 (76 FR 
24832). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the 
specified products. The MCAI states:

    Surface defects were visually detected on the rudder of one A319 
and one A321 in-service aeroplane during scheduled maintenance.
    Investigation has determined that the defects reported on both 
rudders corresponded to areas that had been reworked in production. 
The investigation confirmed that the surface defects were a result 
of de-bonding between the skin and honeycomb core.
    Such reworks were also performed on some rudders fitted on A330 
and A340-200/-300 aeroplanes.
    An extended de-bonding, if not detected and corrected, may 
degrade the structural integrity of the rudder. The loss of the 
rudder leads to degradation of the handling qualities and reduces 
the controllability of the aeroplane.
    To address this unsafe condition, EASA issued AD 2010-0021, 
superseding EASA AD 2009-0156, to require inspections of specific 
areas and, depending on findings, the accomplishment of corrective 
actions for those rudders where production reworks have been 
identified.
    In addition, this [EASA] AD addresses the rudder population that 
has also been reworked in production but is not part of EASA AD 
2010-0021 applicability.

Required actions include vacuum loss and elasticity laminate checker 
inspections for damage including de-bonding between the skin and 
honeycomb core of the rudder on certain areas of the rudder, and repair 
if necessary. 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 considered the comment received. The commenter supports the 
NPRM (76 FR 24832, May 3, 2011).

Conclusion

    We reviewed the available data, including the comment received, 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

    We estimate that this AD will affect 55 products of U.S. registry. 
We also estimate that it will take about 6 work-hours per product to 
comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate 
is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of 
this AD to the U.S. operators to be $28,050, or $510 per product.
    We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide 
a cost estimate for the on-condition actions specified in this AD.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications 
under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct 
effect on the States, on the relationship between the national 
government and the States, or on the distribution of power and 
responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify this AD:
    1. Is not a ''significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866;
    2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and
    3. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to 
comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket.

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 May 3, 2011 (76 FR 24832), 
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:


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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new AD:

2011-18-22 Airbus: Amendment 39-16804. Docket No. FAA-2011-0387; 
Directorate Identifier 2010-NM-222-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective October 
18, 2011.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to Airbus Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, 
-243, -301, -302, -303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -342, and -343 
airplanes, and Model A340-211, -212, -213, -311, -312, and -313 
airplanes; certificated in any category; all manufacturer serial 
numbers, if equipped with rudders having part numbers and serial 
numbers as identified in table 1, table 2, or table 3 of this AD.

 Table 1--Rudder Part Number (P/N) and Affected Rudder Serial Number (S/
                                   N)
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                                                                Affected
                         Rudder  P/N                           rudder  S/
                                                                   N
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F554-70000-000-00............................................    TS-2045
F554-70000-000-00............................................    TS-2046
F554-71000-000-00-0000.......................................    TS-3013
F554-71000-000-00-0000.......................................    TS-3014
F554-71000-000-00-0000.......................................    TS-3020
F554-71000-000-00-0000.......................................    TS-3022
F554-71000-000-00-0000.......................................    TS-3023
F554-71000-000-00-0000.......................................    TS-3027
F554-71000-000-00-0000.......................................    TS-3031
F554-71000-000-00-0000.......................................    TS-3034
F554-71000-000-00-0000.......................................    TS-3036
F554-71000-000-00-0000.......................................    TS-3038
F554-71000-000-00-0000.......................................    TS-3041
F554-71000-000-00-0000.......................................    TS-3046
F554-71000-000-00-0000.......................................    TS-3054
F554-70005-000-00-0000.......................................    TS-3102
F554-71002-000-00-0002.......................................    TS-4018
F554-71002-000-00-0002.......................................    TS-4022
F554-71002-000-00-0002.......................................    TS-4031
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               Table 2--Rudder P/N and Affected Rudder S/N
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                                                               Affected
                         Rudder P/N                           rudder S/N
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A554-71500-024-00..........................................      TS-1014
A554-71500-030-00..........................................      TS-1042
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2004
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2005
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2008
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2009
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2010
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2022
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2023
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2028
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2029
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2030
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2032
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2033
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2034
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2041
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2044
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2048
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2049
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2050
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2057
F554-70000-000-00..........................................      TS-2067
F554-70000-002-00..........................................      TS-2068
F554-70000-002-00..........................................      TS-2071
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3001
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3010
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3012
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3017
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3018
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3019
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3021
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3024
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3025
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3026
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3028
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3029
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3030
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3032
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3035
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3037
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3039
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3040
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3042
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3047
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3049
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3055
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3058
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3062
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3063
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3065
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3067
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3069
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3070
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3077
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3078
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3080
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3081
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3086
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3089
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3092
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3093
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3095
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3096
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3098
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3099
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3101
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3103
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3104
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3105
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3108
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3109
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3110
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3111
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3112
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3114
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3116
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3117
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3120
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3131
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3132
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3212
F554-70005-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-3323
F554-70005-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-3330
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4009
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4010
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4012
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4013
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4014
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4015
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4016
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4017
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4020
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4023
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4025
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4026
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4027
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4029
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4030
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4038
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4047
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4049
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4066
F554-71002-000-00-0003.....................................      TS-4083
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               Table 3--Rudder P/N and Affected Rudder S/N
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                                                               Affected
                        Rudder  P/N                           rudder S/N
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F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3060
F554-71000-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3068
F554-70005-000-00-0000.....................................      TS-3128
F554-71002-000-00-0002.....................................      TS-4011
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Subject

    (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 55: 
Stabilizers.

Reason

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

    Surface defects were visually detected on the rudder of * * * 
[an] in-service aeroplane during scheduled maintenance.
    Investigation has determined that the defects reported on both 
rudders corresponded to areas that had been reworked in production. 
The investigation confirmed that the surface defects were a result 
of de-bonding between the skin and honeycomb core.
* * * * *
    An extended de-bonding, if not detected and corrected, may 
degrade the structural integrity of the rudder. The loss of the 
rudder leads to degradation of the handling qualities and reduces 
the controllability of the aeroplane.
* * * * *

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.

Inspections

    (g) For rudders identified in table 1 and table 2 of this AD: 
Within the compliance

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time in paragraph (g)(1) or (g)(2) of this AD as applicable, do a 
vacuum loss inspection on the rudder non-ventilated area (Area 1) 
for damage including de-bonding between the skin and honeycomb core 
of the rudder, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of 
Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-55-3042 or A340-55-4038, both 
dated April 22, 2010, as applicable.
    (1) For rudders identified in table 1 of this AD: Within 1,800 
flight hours after the effective date of this AD.
    (2) For rudders identified in table 2 of this AD: Within 21 
months after the effective date of this AD.
    (h) For rudders identified in table 1 and table 2 of this AD: 
Within 21 months after the effective date of this AD, do an 
elasticity laminate checker inspection on the trailing edge area 
(Area 2) for damage including de-bonding between the skin and 
honeycomb core of the rudder, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-55-3042 or 
A340-55-4038, both dated April 22, 2010, as applicable. Thereafter, 
repeat the inspection two more times at intervals not to exceed 
4,500 flight cycles but not less than 4,000 flight cycles from the 
most recent inspection.
    (i) For rudders identified in table 3 of this AD: Within 4,500 
flight cycles but not less than 4,000 flight cycles from the date of 
the sampling inspection identified in table 4 of this AD, or within 
30 days after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later, 
do an elasticity laminate checker inspection on the trailing edge 
area for damage including de-bonding between the skin and honeycomb 
core of the rudder, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-55-3042 or 
A340-55-4038, both dated April 22, 2010, as applicable. Repeat the 
inspection once within 4,500 flight cycles after doing the 
inspection but not less than 4,000 flight cycles from the last 
inspection.

                    Table 4--Rudder P/N and Affected Rudder S/N and Sampling Inspection Date
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                                                  Affected rudder
                   Rudder P/N                           S/N                 Date of sampling inspection
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F554-71000-000-00-0000.........................           TS-3060  March 12, 2009.
F554-71000-000-00-0000.........................           TS-3068  April 27, 2009.
F554-70005-000-00-0000.........................           TS-3128  July 13, 2009.
F554-71002-000-00-0002.........................           TS-4011  February 12, 2009.
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Corrective Actions

    (j) If damage is found during any inspection required by 
paragraph (g), (h), (i), or (k)(1) of this AD, before further 
flight, repair the damage using a method approved by either the 
Manager, International Branch, ANM 116, Transport Airplane 
Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (or 
its delegated agent).

Restoration

    (k) If no damage is found during any inspection required by 
paragraph (g) of this AD, before further flight, restore the vacuum 
loss holes by doing a temporary restoration with self-adhesive disks 
or tapes, a temporary restoration with resin, or a permanent 
restoration with resin, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-55-3042 or 
A340-55-4038, both dated April 22, 2010, as applicable. Do the 
applicable actions specified in paragraph (k)(1) or (k)(2) of this 
AD.
    (1) For airplanes on which a temporary restoration with self-
adhesive disks or tapes is done, within 900 flight hours after doing 
the restoration, do a detailed inspection for loose or missing self-
adhesive disks or tapes and repeat the inspection thereafter at 
intervals not to exceed 900 flight hours until the permanent 
restoration is done, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-55-3042 or 
A340-55-4038, both dated April 22, 2010, as applicable. If any loose 
or missing self-adhesive disks or tapes are found during any 
inspection required by this AD, before further flight, close the 
holes, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus 
Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-55-3042 or A340-55-4038, both dated 
April 22, 2010, as applicable. Do the permanent restoration within 
21 months after doing the temporary restoration, in accordance with 
the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin 
A330-55-3042 or A340-55-4038, both dated April 22, 2010, as 
applicable.
    (2) For airplanes on which a temporary restoration with resin is 
done: Within 21 months after doing the temporary restoration, do the 
permanent restoration, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-55-3042 or 
A340-55-4038, both dated April 22, 2010, as applicable.

Reporting Requirements

    (l) Submit a report of the findings (positive and negative) of 
the first inspection required by paragraphs (g), (h), and (i) of 
this AD to Airbus, at the applicable time specified in paragraph 
(l)(1) or (l)(2) 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

    (m) As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install 
any affected rudder listed in table 1, table, 2, or table 3 of this 
AD, on any airplane, unless the rudder is inspected as specified in 
paragraphs (g), (h), and (i) of this AD, as applicable, and all 
applicable corrective actions specified in paragraph (j) of this AD 
and applicable restoration specified in paragraph (k) of this AD are 
done.

FAA AD Differences

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

Other FAA AD Provisions

    (n) 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: Vladimir 
Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, 
Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 227-1138; fax (425) 227-1149. 
Information may be e-mailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. 
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

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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

    (o) Refer to MCAI EASA Airworthiness Directive 2010-0127, dated 
June 23, 2010; Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-55-3042, dated 
April 22, 2010; and Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340-55-4038, 
dated April 22, 2010; for related information.

Material Incorporated by Reference

    (p) You must use Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-55-3042, 
dated April 22, 2010; or Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340-55-
4038, dated April 22, 2010; as applicable; to do the actions 
required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference of this service information under 5 
U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus 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) 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.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on August 25, 2011.
Ali Bahrami,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-22635 Filed 9-12-11; 8:45 am]
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