Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes, 42956-42958 [2012-16967]

Download as PDF 42956 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 141 / Monday, July 23, 2012 / Rules and Regulations We prepared an economic evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment 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 airworthiness directive (AD): ■ 2012–14–10 Boeing Vertol (Type Certificate Currently Held by Columbia Helicopters, Inc.) and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Limited Helicopters: Amendment 39–17124; Docket No. FAA–2012–0730; Directorate Identifier 2012–SW–048–AD. (a) Applicability This AD applies to Boeing Vertol (type certificate currently held by Columbia Helicopters, Inc. (CHI)) Model 107–II and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Limited Model KV107–II and KV107–IIA helicopters with an upper collective pitch control assembly, part number (P/N) 107CK003–2 or 107CK002–2, installed, certificated in any category. (f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Kathleen Arrigotti, Aviation Safety Engineer, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057; telephone (425) 917–6426; email 9ANM-Seattle-ACO-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating certificate or under 14 CFR part 91, subpart K, we suggest that you notify your principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office or certificate holding district office, before operating any aircraft complying with this EAD through an AMOC. (g) Additional Information CHI Service Bulletin No. 107–27–0005 (SB), Revision 0, dated April 26, 2012, which is not incorporated by reference, contains additional information about the subject of this AD. For service information identified in this AD, contact Columbia Helicopters, Inc.; 14452 Arndt Road NE., Aurora, OR 97002; telephone (503) 678–1222; email ContactEngineering@colheli.com; or at www.ColHeli.com. You may review the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, Texas 76137. (h) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6230 Main Rotor Mast/Swashplate. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 5, 2012. Kim Smith, Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2012–17278 Filed 7–20–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as failure of an upper collective pitch control yoke bolt (bolt). This condition could result in excessive vibration, migration of the shafts, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. (c) Effective Date This AD becomes effective August 7, 2012. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2012–0271; Directorate Identifier 2011–NM–196–AD; Amendment 39–17118; AD 2012–14–04] (d) Compliance RIN 2120–AA64 You are responsible for performing each action required by this AD within the specified compliance time unless it has already been accomplished prior to that time. Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES (e) Required Actions Before further flight, replace bolts, P/N 107C2733–1 and P/N 107C2733–2, with airworthy bolts, P/N C07C2700–1. Torque each nut to 450–500 in-lbs. Do not install a washer, P/N A02C3112–13 with a bolt, P/N C07C2700–1. Do not install bolts, P/N 107C2733–1 and P/N 107C2733–2, on any helicopter. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:44 Jul 20, 2012 Jkt 226001 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC–8–100, DHC–8–200, and DHC–8–300 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 reports of hydraulic accumulator screw cap or end cap failure. This AD requires replacing the affected parking brake accumulator. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the parking brake accumulator screw caps or end caps, which could result in loss of the number 2 hydraulic system and damage to airplane structures, and could potentially have an adverse effect on the controllability of the airplane. DATES: This AD becomes effective August 27, 2012. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of August 27, 2012. 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: Cesar Gomez, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe and Mechanical Systems Branch, ANE–171, FAA, New York Aircraft Certification Office, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, New York 11590; telephone (516) 228– 7318; 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 21, 2012 (77 FR 16488). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: Seven cases of on-ground hydraulic accumulator screw cap or end cap failure have been experienced on CL–600–2B19 (CRJ) aeroplanes, resulting in loss of the associated hydraulic system and high-energy impact damage to adjacent systems and structure. To date, the lowest number of flight cycles accumulated at the time of failure has been 6991. Although there have been no failures to date on any DHC–8 aeroplanes, similar accumulators to those installed on the CL– 600–2B19, Part Numbers (P/N)0860162001 and 0860162002 (Parking Brake Accumulator), are installed on the aeroplanes listed in the Applicability section of this [TCCA] directive. A detailed analysis of the systems and structure in the potential line of trajectory of a failed screw cap/end cap for the accumulator has been conducted. It has identified that the worst-case scenarios would be the loss of number 2 hydraulic system, and damage to aeroplane structures. E:\FR\FM\23JYR1.SGM 23JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 141 / Monday, July 23, 2012 / Rules and Regulations This [TCCA] directive gives instructions to determine the part number and serial number of the existing parking brake accumulator, and where applicable, replace the accumulator. Failure of the parking brake accumulator screw caps and/or end caps could result in loss of the number 2 hydraulic system, and damage to airplane structures, and could potentially have an adverse effect on the controllability of the airplane. 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 16488, March 21, 2012) or on the determination of the cost to the public. Conclusion We reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed—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 16488, March 21, 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 16488, March 21, 2012). Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect about 129 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 2 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD to the U.S. operators to be $21,930, or $170 per product. In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would take about 3 work-hours and require parts costing $1,625, for a cost of $1,880 per product. We have no way of determining the number of products that may need these actions. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:44 Jul 20, 2012 Jkt 226001 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 that 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. 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 (77 FR 16488, March 21, 2012), 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: PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 42957 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: ■ 2012–14–04 Bombardier, Inc.: Amendment 39–17118. Docket No. FAA–2012–0271; Directorate Identifier 2011–NM–196–AD. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective August 27, 2012. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC–8–101, –102, –103, –106, –201, –202, –301, –311, and –315 airplanes, certificated in any category, serial numbers 003 and subsequent. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 32: Landing gear. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports of hydraulic accumulator screw cap or end cap failure. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the parking brake accumulator screw caps or end caps, which could result in loss of the number 2 hydraulic system and damage to airplane structures, and could potentially have an adverse effect on the controllability of the airplane. (f) Compliance You are responsible for having the actions required by this AD performed within the compliance times specified, unless the actions have already been done. (g) Inspection and Replacement Within 2,000 flight hours or 12 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first: Inspect to determine the part number (P/N) and serial number of the parking brake hydraulic accumulator, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32–170, dated February 25, 2011. A review of airplane maintenance records is acceptable in lieu of this inspection if the part number and serial number of the parking brake hydraulic accumulator can be conclusively determined from that review. (1) For accumulators not having P/N 0860162001 or 0860162002: No further action is required by this paragraph. (2) For accumulators having P/N 0860162001 or 0860162002: Before further flight, do the applicable actions specified in paragraphs (g)(2)(i) and (g)(2)(ii) of this AD. (i) If the serial number is listed in the table in paragraph 3.B.(2) of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32–170, dated February 25, 2011: No further action is required by this paragraph. E:\FR\FM\23JYR1.SGM 23JYR1 42958 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 141 / Monday, July 23, 2012 / Rules and Regulations (ii) If the serial number is not listed in the table in paragraph 3.B.(2) of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32–170, dated February 25, 2011: Within 2,000 flight hours or 12 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, replace the accumulator with a new non-suspect accumulator, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32–172, dated March 15, 2011. (h) Parts Installation Prohibition As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install a parking brake accumulator, P/N 0860162001 or 0860162002 with a serial number that is not listed in the table in paragraph 3.B.(2) of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32–170, dated February 25, 2011, on any airplane. (i) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, New York Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), ANE–170, 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 ACO, send it to ATTN: Program Manager, Continuing Operational Safety, FAA, New York ACO, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, New York 11590; telephone 516–228–7300; fax 516– 794–5531. 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. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES (j) Related Information Refer to MCAI Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF–2011–29, dated August 2, 2011, and the service information identified in paragraphs (j)(1) and (j)(2) of this AD, for related information. (1) Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32–170, dated February 25, 2011. (2) Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32–172, dated March 15, 2011. (k) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the following service information under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use the following service information to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32–170, dated February 25, 2011. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:44 Jul 20, 2012 Jkt 226001 (ii) Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32–172, dated March 15, 2011. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Bombardier, Inc., Q-Series Technical Help Desk, 123 Garratt Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M3K 1Y5, Canada; telephone 416–375–4000; fax 416–375–4539; email thd.qseries@aero.bombardier.com; Internet http://www.bombardier.com. (4) You may review copies of the service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. (5) You may also review copies of the service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at an NARA facility, call 202–741– 6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/ federal_register/code_of_federal_regulations/ ibr_locations.html. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain documents August 7, 2012. We must receive comments on this AD by September 21, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Docket: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: Send comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to the ‘‘Mail’’ address between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Issued in Renton, Washington, on June 28, 2012. Kalene C. Yanamura, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. Examining the AD Docket [FR Doc. 2012–16967 Filed 7–20–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2012–0704; Directorate Identifier 2012–SW–040–AD; Amendment 39–17113; AD 2012–13–11] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (ECD) Model MBB–BK 117 (all versions) and BO–105LS A–3 helicopters. This AD requires inspecting the tail rotor pitch link spherical bearing for proper swaging. This AD is prompted by a report of a tail rotor pitch link with a spherical bearing that had migrated out of the bearing bore. The actions specified by this AD are intended to prevent failure of the tail rotor pitch link and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. DATES: This AD becomes effective August 7, 2012. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 economic evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations Office (telephone 800- 647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. For service information identified in this AD, contact Able Engineering and Support Services, 2920 East Chambers Street, Phoenix, AZ 85040; telephone (602) 304–1227; fax (602) 304–1277; email info@ableengineering.com. You may review a copy of the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, Texas 76137. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sharon Miles, Aviation Safety Engineer, Regulations and Policy Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137; telephone (817) 222–5110; email sharon.y.miles@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not provide you with notice and an opportunity to provide your comments prior to it becoming effective. However, we invite you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting written comments, data, or views. We also invite comments relating to the economic, environmental, energy, or E:\FR\FM\23JYR1.SGM 23JYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0271; Directorate Identifier 2011-NM-196-AD; 
Amendment 39-17118; AD 2012-14-04]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. 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 certain 
Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-100, DHC-8-200, and DHC-8-300 series 
airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of hydraulic accumulator 
screw cap or end cap failure. This AD requires replacing the affected 
parking brake accumulator. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of 
the parking brake accumulator screw caps or end caps, which could 
result in loss of the number 2 hydraulic system and damage to airplane 
structures, and could potentially have an adverse effect on the 
controllability of the airplane.

DATES: This AD becomes effective August 27, 2012.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of August 27, 
2012.

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: Cesar Gomez, Aerospace Engineer, 
Airframe and Mechanical Systems Branch, ANE-171, FAA, New York Aircraft 
Certification Office, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, New 
York 11590; telephone (516) 228-7318; 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 21, 2012 (77 
FR 16488). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the 
specified products. The MCAI states:

    Seven cases of on-ground hydraulic accumulator screw cap or end 
cap failure have been experienced on CL-600-2B19 (CRJ) aeroplanes, 
resulting in loss of the associated hydraulic system and high-energy 
impact damage to adjacent systems and structure. To date, the lowest 
number of flight cycles accumulated at the time of failure has been 
6991.
    Although there have been no failures to date on any DHC-8 
aeroplanes, similar accumulators to those installed on the CL-600-
2B19, Part Numbers (P/N)0860162001 and 0860162002 (Parking Brake 
Accumulator), are installed on the aeroplanes listed in the 
Applicability section of this [TCCA] directive.
    A detailed analysis of the systems and structure in the 
potential line of trajectory of a failed screw cap/end cap for the 
accumulator has been conducted. It has identified that the worst-
case scenarios would be the loss of number 2 hydraulic system, and 
damage to aeroplane structures.

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    This [TCCA] directive gives instructions to determine the part 
number and serial number of the existing parking brake accumulator, 
and where applicable, replace the accumulator.

Failure of the parking brake accumulator screw caps and/or end caps 
could result in loss of the number 2 hydraulic system, and damage to 
airplane structures, and could potentially have an adverse effect on 
the controllability of the airplane. 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 16488, March 21, 
2012) or on the determination of the cost to the public.

Conclusion

    We reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and 
the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed--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 16488, March 21, 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 16488, March 21, 2012).

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD will affect about 129 products of U.S. 
registry. We also estimate that it will take about 2 work-hours per 
product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average 
labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate 
the cost of this AD to the U.S. operators to be $21,930, or $170 per 
product.
    In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would 
take about 3 work-hours and require parts costing $1,625, for a cost of 
$1,880 per product. We have no way of determining the number of 
products that may need these actions.

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 that 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.
    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 (77 FR 16488, March 21, 
2012), the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other 
information. The street address for the Docket Operations office 
(telephone (800) 647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will 
be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

0
1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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

2012-14-04 Bombardier, Inc.: Amendment 39-17118. Docket No. FAA-
2012-0271; Directorate Identifier 2011-NM-196-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective August 27, 
2012.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-101, -102, -103, 
-106, -201, -202, -301, -311, and -315 airplanes, certificated in 
any category, serial numbers 003 and subsequent.

(d) Subject

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

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports of hydraulic accumulator screw 
cap or end cap failure. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of 
the parking brake accumulator screw caps or end caps, which could 
result in loss of the number 2 hydraulic system and damage to 
airplane structures, and could potentially have an adverse effect on 
the controllability of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

    You are responsible for having the actions required by this AD 
performed within the compliance times specified, unless the actions 
have already been done.

(g) Inspection and Replacement

    Within 2,000 flight hours or 12 months after the effective date 
of this AD, whichever occurs first: Inspect to determine the part 
number (P/N) and serial number of the parking brake hydraulic 
accumulator, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of 
Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-170, dated February 25, 2011. A 
review of airplane maintenance records is acceptable in lieu of this 
inspection if the part number and serial number of the parking brake 
hydraulic accumulator can be conclusively determined from that 
review.
    (1) For accumulators not having P/N 0860162001 or 0860162002: No 
further action is required by this paragraph.
    (2) For accumulators having P/N 0860162001 or 0860162002: Before 
further flight, do the applicable actions specified in paragraphs 
(g)(2)(i) and (g)(2)(ii) of this AD.
    (i) If the serial number is listed in the table in paragraph 
3.B.(2) of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-170, dated February 25, 
2011: No further action is required by this paragraph.

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    (ii) If the serial number is not listed in the table in 
paragraph 3.B.(2) of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-170, dated 
February 25, 2011: Within 2,000 flight hours or 12 months after the 
effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, replace the 
accumulator with a new non-suspect accumulator, in accordance with 
the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-
172, dated March 15, 2011.

(h) Parts Installation Prohibition

    As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install a 
parking brake accumulator, P/N 0860162001 or 0860162002 with a 
serial number that is not listed in the table in paragraph 3.B.(2) 
of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-170, dated February 25, 2011, on 
any airplane.

(i) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, New 
York Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), ANE-170, 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 ACO, send it to ATTN: Program Manager, Continuing 
Operational Safety, FAA, New York ACO, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 
410, Westbury, New York 11590; telephone 516-228-7300; fax 516-794-
5531. 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.

(j) Related Information

    Refer to MCAI Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF-2011-29, dated 
August 2, 2011, and the service information identified in paragraphs 
(j)(1) and (j)(2) of this AD, for related information.
    (1) Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-170, dated February 25, 
2011.
    (2) Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-172, dated March 15, 2011.

(k) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the following service 
information under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use the following service information to do the 
actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-170, dated February 25, 
2011.
    (ii) Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-172, dated March 15, 2011.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Bombardier, Inc., Q-Series Technical Help Desk, 123 Garratt 
Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M3K 1Y5, Canada; telephone 416-375-4000; 
fax 416-375-4539; email thd.qseries@aero.bombardier.com; Internet 
http://www.bombardier.com.
    (4) You may review copies of the service information at the FAA, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, 
Washington. For information on the availability of this material at 
the FAA, call 425-227-1221.
    (5) You may also review copies of the service information that 
is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records 
Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this 
material at an NARA facility, call 202-741-6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_of_federal_regulations/ibr_locations.html.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on June 28, 2012.
Kalene C. Yanamura,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-16967 Filed 7-20-12; 8:45 am]
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