Airworthiness Directives; DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Gliders, 19063-19065 [2012-7002]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 62 / Friday, March 30, 2012 / Rules and Regulations using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO. (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: For any reporting requirement in this AD, 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. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES (h) Related Information Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2011–0230, dated December 9, 2011, and Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. PC–6 Service Bulletin No. 55–001, Rev. No. 1, dated November 25, 2011, for related information. (i) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) You must use Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. PC– 6 Service Bulletin No. 55–001, Rev. No. 1, dated November 25, 2011, to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD., Customer Liaison Manager, CH–6371 STANS, Switzerland; telephone: +41 (0) 41 619 65 80; fax: +41 (0) 41 619 65 76; Internet: http://www.pilatus-aircraft.com. (3) You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. (4) You may also review copies of the service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at an NARA facility, call 202–741– 6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/ federal_register/code_of_federal_regulations/ ibr_locations.html. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:54 Mar 29, 2012 Jkt 226001 Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 19, 2012. Earl Lawrence, Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2012–6999 Filed 3–29–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2012–0017; Directorate Identifier 2011–CE–039–AD; Amendment 39–16994; AD 2012–06–13] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Gliders Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Models DG–500 Elan Orion, DG–500 Elan Trainer, DG– 500/20 Elan, DG–500/22 Elan, DG– 500M, and DG–500MB gliders. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued 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 damage to the bulkhead of the glider’s center of gravity (CG) tow hook that, if not detected and corrected, may lead to failure of the fiberglass structure during a winch launch. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. SUMMARY: This AD is effective May 4, 2012. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the AD as of May 4, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov or in person at Document Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. For service information identified in this AD, contact DG-Flugzeugbau GmbH, Otto-Lilienthal-Weg 2, 76646 Bruchsal, Federal Republic of Germany; telephone: +49 (0) 7251 3020140, fax: +49 (0) 7251 3020149; email: dirks@dgflugzeugbau.de; Internet: www.dgDATES: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 19063 flugzeugbau.de. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust St., Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Rutherford, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust St., Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4165; fax: (816) 329–4090; email: jim.rutherford@faa.gov. 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 January 17, 2012 (77 FR 2234). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: Occurrence of damage of the bulkhead of CG tow hook and its glued joints to fuselage shell was reported. Investigation concluded that this damage may occur after wheel up landing. Damage of bulkheads for CG tow hook of the sailplane or powered sailplane, if not detected and corrected, may lead to failure of glass fibre structure during a winch launch. DG-Flugzeugbau GmbH developed and published Technical Note (TN) No 500/04 with the associated Working Instruction No. 1 to detect and correct damaged CG tow hook bulkhead and its glued joints. For the above-mentioned reasons, this AD requires a one-time inspection of the CG tow hook and its reinforcement. 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 (77 FR 2234, January 17, 2012) or on the determination of the cost to the public. Conclusion We reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed except for minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes: • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM (77 FR 2234, January 17, 2012) for correcting the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM (77 FR 2234, January 17, 2012). E:\FR\FM\30MRR1.SGM 30MRR1 19064 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 62 / Friday, March 30, 2012 / Rules and Regulations The MCAI requires you to inspect the CG tow hook bulkhead for damage and reinforce the bulkhead. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect 16 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 5 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 $1,030 per product. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the AD on U.S. operators to be $23,280, or $1,455 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. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES 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), (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:54 Mar 29, 2012 Jkt 226001 Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains the NPRM (77 FR 2234, January 17, 2012), the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket 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: ■ 2012–06–13 DG Flugzeugbau GmbH: Amendment 39–16994; Docket No. FAA–2012–0017; Directorate Identifier 2011–CE–039–AD. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective May 4, 2012. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Models DG–500 Elan Orion, DG–500 Elan Trainer, DG–500/20 Elan, DG–500/22 Elan, DG–500M, and DG–500MB gliders, all serial numbers (S/N), certificated in any category. (d) Subject Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 53: Fuselage. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by damage to the bulkhead of the glider’s center of gravity (CG) tow hook that, if not detected and corrected, may lead to failure of the fiberglass structure during a winch launch. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. (f) Actions and Compliance Unless already done, do the following actions: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (1) For all gliders: Within 30 days after May 4, 2012 (the effective date of this AD), inspect the bulkhead of the CG tow hook and the bulkhead’s glued joints for damage following DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 500/04, dated August 30, 2011; and DG Flugzeugbau Working Instruction No. 1 for TN500/04, dated August 30, 2011. (2) For all gliders: If you find damage during the inspection required by paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, before further flight, reinforce the bulkhead of the CG tow hook following DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 500/04, dated August 30, 2011; and DG Flugzeugbau Working Instruction No. 1 for TN500/04, dated August 30, 2011. (3) For all gliders: Unless already done as required by paragraph (f)(2) of this AD, within 5 months after May 4, 2012 (the effective date of this AD), reinforce the bulkhead of the CG tow hook following DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 500/ 04, dated August 30, 2011; and DG Flugzeugbau Working Instruction No. 1 for TN500/04, dated August 30, 2011. (4) For gliders with S/N 5E1 through S/N 5E23: While doing the modification required by paragraph (f)(2) or (f)(3) of this AD, install a new adapted tow hook access cover following DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 500/04, dated August 30, 2011; and DG Flugzeugbau Working Instruction No. 1 for TN500/04, dated August 30, 2011. (5) For all gliders: Although the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) MCAI and DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 500/04, dated August 30, 2011, allow the inspection required by paragraph (f)(1) of this AD to be done by a pilot-owner, the U.S. regulatory system requires all actions of this AD to be done by a certified mechanic. (g) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Jim Rutherford, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4165; fax: (816) 329– 4090; email: jim.rutherford@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO. (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: For any reporting requirement in this AD, 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 E:\FR\FM\30MRR1.SGM 30MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 62 / Friday, March 30, 2012 / Rules and Regulations 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. (h) Related Information Refer to MCAI EASA AD No.: 2011–0209, dated October 26, 2011; DG Flugzeugbau GmbH TN No 500/4, dated August 30, 2011; and DG Flugzeugbau Working Instruction No. 1, dated August 30, 2011, for related information. (i) Material Incorporated by Reference sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES (1) You must use the following service information to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51 of the following service information: (i) DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 500/04, dated August 30, 2011; and (ii) DG Flugzeugbau Working Instruction No. 1 for TN500/04, dated August 30, 2011. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact DG-Flugzeugbau GmbH, Otto-Lilienthal-Weg 2, 76646 Bruchsal, Federal Republic of Germany; telephone: +49 (0) 7251 3020140, fax: +49 (0) 7251 3020149; email: dirks@dg-flugzeugbau.de; Internet: www.dg-flugzeugbau.de. (3) You may review copies of the service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. (4) You may also review copies of the service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at an NARA facility, call 202–741– 6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/ federal_register/code_of_federal_regulations/ ibr_locations.html. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 19, 2012. Earl Lawrence, Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2012–7002 Filed 3–29–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:54 Mar 29, 2012 Jkt 226001 19065 Federal Aviation Administration Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. 14 CFR Part 39 Examining the AD Docket [Docket No. FAA–2012–0295; Directorate Identifier 2011–NM–057–AD; Amendment 39–16993; AD 2012–06–12] You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A340–600 series airplanes. This AD requires a detailed inspection for abnormalities of the ball lock retainer on the off-wing ramp slides; for closure of the soft cover; for full engagement of the slide release pin; for broken, missing, and improper placement of the safety tie thread on the slide release pin; and for proper functioning of the vent valve; and replacement of the off-wing ramp slides if necessary. This AD was prompted by reports of in-flight loss of the blow-out panel and the slide unit from a righthand off-wing ramp-slide. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct abnormalities of the ball lock retainer, if the soft cover is open, if the slide pin release is not engaged or the safety tie thread is missing, broken, or improperly placed and the vent valve is not functioning properly, which could result in in-flight loss of the off-wing ramp slide. DATES: This AD becomes effective April 16, 2012. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of April 16, 2012. We must receive comments on this AD by May 14, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2011–0017, dated February 3, 2011 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: An A340–600 operator has reported an inflight loss of the blow-out panel and the slide unit from a Right Hand (RH) off-wing rampslide. Investigation has revealed that the two main contributor factors of a potential inflight loss of the slide are the packboard soft covers not fully closed and the vent valve not activated. In flight, the air contained in the inflatable assembly could increase in volume due to air pressure changes. Consequently, pack growth could occur and apply loads on the packboard soft covers and the blow-out panel attachment hardware. To prevent a pack growth, a vent valve is installed and when activated can balance pressure inside the inflatable assembly with the ambient air pressure. Analysis indicates that non activation of the vent valve, followed by soft cover opening, could cause the packboard blow-out panel to separate from the slide enclosure, resulting in in-flight loss of the off-wing ramp slide, which would constitute an unsafe condition. For the reasons described above, this AD requires a one-time inspection [check] of the soft cover condition and check of the vent valve function on each off-wing ramp slide, and accomplishment of the applicable corrective actions [replacement of the offwing ramp slide]. E:\FR\FM\30MRR1.SGM 30MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 62 (Friday, March 30, 2012)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0017; Directorate Identifier 2011-CE-039-AD; 
Amendment 39-16994; AD 2012-06-13]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Gliders

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 DG 
Flugzeugbau GmbH Models DG-500 Elan Orion, DG-500 Elan Trainer, DG-500/
20 Elan, DG-500/22 Elan, DG-500M, and DG-500MB gliders. This AD results 
from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued 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 damage to the bulkhead of the glider's center of gravity 
(CG) tow hook that, if not detected and corrected, may lead to failure 
of the fiberglass structure during a winch launch. We are issuing this 
AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these 
products.

DATES: This AD is effective May 4, 2012.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in the AD as of May 4, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov or in person at Document Management Facility, U.S. 
Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building 
Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 
20590.
    For service information identified in this AD, contact DG-
Flugzeugbau GmbH, Otto-Lilienthal-Weg 2, 76646 Bruchsal, Federal 
Republic of Germany; telephone: +49 (0) 7251 3020140, fax: +49 (0) 7251 
3020149; email: dirks@dg-flugzeugbau.de; Internet: www.dg-
flugzeugbau.de. You may review copies of the referenced service 
information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust St., 
Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of 
this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Rutherford, Aerospace Engineer, 
FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust St., Room 301, Kansas City, 
Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4165; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: 
jim.rutherford@faa.gov.

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 January 17, 2012 (77 
FR 2234). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the 
specified products. The MCAI states:

    Occurrence of damage of the bulkhead of CG tow hook and its 
glued joints to fuselage shell was reported.
    Investigation concluded that this damage may occur after wheel 
up landing.
    Damage of bulkheads for CG tow hook of the sailplane or powered 
sailplane, if not detected and corrected, may lead to failure of 
glass fibre structure during a winch launch.
    DG-Flugzeugbau GmbH developed and published Technical Note (TN) 
No 500/04 with the associated Working Instruction No. 1 to detect 
and correct damaged CG tow hook bulkhead and its glued joints.
    For the above-mentioned reasons, this AD requires a one-time 
inspection of the CG tow hook and its reinforcement.

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 (77 FR 2234, January 17, 
2012) or on the determination of the cost to the public.

Conclusion

    We reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and 
the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed except for 
minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes:
     Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the 
NPRM (77 FR 2234, January 17, 2012) for correcting the unsafe 
condition; and
     Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was 
already proposed in the NPRM (77 FR 2234, January 17, 2012).


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The MCAI requires you to inspect the CG tow hook bulkhead for damage 
and reinforce the bulkhead.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD will affect 16 products of U.S. registry. 
We also estimate that it will take about 5 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 $1,030 per 
product.
    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the AD on U.S. 
operators to be $23,280, or $1,455 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),
    (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
    (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Management Facility 
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays. The AD docket contains the NPRM (77 FR 2234, January 17, 
2012), the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other 
information. The street address for the Docket 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]

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

2012-06-13 DG Flugzeugbau GmbH: Amendment 39-16994; Docket No. FAA-
2012-0017; Directorate Identifier 2011-CE-039-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective May 4, 2012.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Models DG-500 Elan Orion, 
DG-500 Elan Trainer, DG-500/20 Elan, DG-500/22 Elan, DG-500M, and 
DG-500MB gliders, all serial numbers (S/N), certificated in any 
category.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 53: Fuselage.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by damage to the bulkhead of the glider's 
center of gravity (CG) tow hook that, if not detected and corrected, 
may lead to failure of the fiberglass structure during a winch 
launch. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the 
unsafe condition on these products.

(f) Actions and Compliance

    Unless already done, do the following actions:
    (1) For all gliders: Within 30 days after May 4, 2012 (the 
effective date of this AD), inspect the bulkhead of the CG tow hook 
and the bulkhead's glued joints for damage following DG Flugzeugbau 
GmbH Technical Note No. 500/04, dated August 30, 2011; and DG 
Flugzeugbau Working Instruction No. 1 for TN500/04, dated August 30, 
2011.
    (2) For all gliders: If you find damage during the inspection 
required by paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, before further flight, 
reinforce the bulkhead of the CG tow hook following DG Flugzeugbau 
GmbH Technical Note No. 500/04, dated August 30, 2011; and DG 
Flugzeugbau Working Instruction No. 1 for TN500/04, dated August 30, 
2011.
    (3) For all gliders: Unless already done as required by 
paragraph (f)(2) of this AD, within 5 months after May 4, 2012 (the 
effective date of this AD), reinforce the bulkhead of the CG tow 
hook following DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 500/04, dated 
August 30, 2011; and DG Flugzeugbau Working Instruction No. 1 for 
TN500/04, dated August 30, 2011.
    (4) For gliders with S/N 5E1 through S/N 5E23: While doing the 
modification required by paragraph (f)(2) or (f)(3) of this AD, 
install a new adapted tow hook access cover following DG Flugzeugbau 
GmbH Technical Note No. 500/04, dated August 30, 2011; and DG 
Flugzeugbau Working Instruction No. 1 for TN500/04, dated August 30, 
2011.
    (5) For all gliders: Although the European Aviation Safety 
Agency (EASA) MCAI and DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 500/
04, dated August 30, 2011, allow the inspection required by 
paragraph (f)(1) of this AD to be done by a pilot-owner, the U.S. 
regulatory system requires all actions of this AD to be done by a 
certified mechanic.

(g) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this 
AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send 
information to ATTN: Jim Rutherford, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small 
Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106; telephone: (816) 329-4165; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: 
jim.rutherford@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC on any 
airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate 
principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office 
(FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO.
    (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: For any reporting requirement in 
this AD, 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

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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.

(h) Related Information

    Refer to MCAI EASA AD No.: 2011-0209, dated October 26, 2011; DG 
Flugzeugbau GmbH TN No 500/4, dated August 30, 2011; and DG 
Flugzeugbau Working Instruction No. 1, dated August 30, 2011, for 
related information.

(i) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) You must use the following service information to do the 
actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. The 
Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference (IBR) under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51 of the 
following service information:
    (i) DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 500/04, dated August 
30, 2011; and
    (ii) DG Flugzeugbau Working Instruction No. 1 for TN500/04, 
dated August 30, 2011.
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact DG-
Flugzeugbau GmbH, Otto-Lilienthal-Weg 2, 76646 Bruchsal, Federal 
Republic of Germany; telephone: +49 (0) 7251 3020140, fax: +49 (0) 
7251 3020149; email: dirks@dg-flugzeugbau.de; Internet: www.dg-
flugzeugbau.de.
    (3) You may review copies of the service information at the FAA, 
Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. 
For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, 
call (816) 329-4148.
    (4) You may also review copies of the service information that 
is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records 
Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this 
material at an NARA facility, call 202-741-6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_of_federal_regulations/ibr_locations.html.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 19, 2012.
Earl Lawrence,
Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-7002 Filed 3-29-12; 8:45 am]
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