Airworthiness Directives; Glasflugel Gliders, 55411-55413 [2012-22039]

Download as PDF 55411 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 77, No. 175 Monday, September 10, 2012 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. Prices of new books are listed in the first FEDERAL REGISTER issue of each week. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2012–0046; Directorate Identifier 2011–CE–040–AD; Amendment 39–17186; AD 2012–15–07 R1] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Glasflugel Gliders Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Glasflugel Models Standard Libelle201B, Club Libelle 205, Mosquito, and Kestrel gliders. That AD currently requires actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. This new AD includes clarification that the replacement control rod has an additional drain hole at the rod bottom between the forks and is the acceptable configuration for compliance. 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 corrosion damage to the elevator control rod that could lead to failure of the elevator control rod, possibly resulting in loss of control of the glider. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective September 25, 2012. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of September 11, 2012. wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:46 Sep 07, 2012 Jkt 226001 We must receive any comments on this AD by October 25, 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 Glasfaser Flugzeug¨ Service Hansjorg Streifeneder GmbH, D– 72582 Grabenstetten, Germany; phone: +49(0)73821032, fax: +49(0)73821629; email: info@streifly.de; Internet: www.streifly.de/. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: expressed confusion as to whether this drain hole would cause the new rod to not be in compliance since there was no clarification of ‘‘on the side.’’ Discussion On July 18, 2012, we issued AD 2012– 15–07, amendment 39–17136 (77 FR 46940, August 7, 2012) for Glasflugel Models Standard Libelle-201B, Club Libelle 205, Mosquito, and Kestrel gliders. That AD resulted 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. We issued that AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. FAA’s Justification and Determination of the Effective Date This action incorporates clarification that the additional drain hole at the rod bottom between the forks on the replacement control rods is the acceptable configuration for compliance and does not require any additional work for those airplanes. Therefore, we find that notice and opportunity for prior public comment are unnecessary and that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days. Actions Since AD Was Issued Since we issued AD 2012–15–07, amendment 39–17136 (77 FR 46940, August 7, 2012), compliance with the existing AD required operators to not install an elevator control rod with a control bore hole. An operator reported that the improved replacement rods, as expected, have no control bore hole on the side at the top of the rod where there had previously been a hole. However, the improved replacement rods do have a new drain hole at the bottom of the rod between the forks. The operator 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 before it becomes effective. However, we invite you to send any written data, views, or arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number FAA–2012–0046 and directorate identifier 2011–CE–040–AD at the beginning of your comments. We PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Relevant Service Information Glasfaser Flugzeug-Service GmbH has issued Technical Note TN 201–40, TN 205–27, TN 206–26, TN 303–25, TN 304–12, TN 401–30, TN 501–10, and TN 604–11, Revision 1, dated July 14, 2011 (EASA translation approval dated September 9, 2011). The actions described in this service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI. FAA’s Determination We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design. AD Requirements This AD retains the actions from AD 2012–15–07 but adds the language of ‘‘on the side’’ to assure that the replacement control rod, which has an additional drain hole at the rod bottom between the forks, is an acceptable configuration for compliance. E:\FR\FM\10SER1.SGM 10SER1 55412 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 175 / Monday, September 10, 2012 / Rules and Regulations specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this AD because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www. regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this AD. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect 54 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would 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. Required parts would cost about $333 per product. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the AD on U.S. operators to be $45,522, or $843 per product. wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD 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 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:46 Sep 07, 2012 Jkt 226001 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, 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: ■ 2012–15–07 R1 Glasflugel: Amendment 39– 17186; Docket No. FAA–2012–0046; Directorate Identifier 2011–CE–040–AD. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective September 25, 2012. (b) Affected ADs This AD revises AD 2012–15–07, amendment 39–17136 (77 FR 46940, August 7, 2012). (c) Applicability This AD applies to the following Glasflugel models and serial number (S/N) gliders, certificated in any category: (1) Club Libelle 205, all S/Ns. (2) Kestrel, all S/Ns, except S/N 85, 110, and 125. (3) Mosquito, all S/Ns. (4) Standard Libelle-201B, S/N 169. (d) Subject Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 27: Flight Controls. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (e) Reason This AD was prompted by 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 corrosion damage to the elevator control rod that could lead to failure of the elevator control rod, possibly resulting in loss of control of the glider. 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) Within 30 days after September 11, 2012 (the effective date of AD 2012–15–07), inspect the elevator control rod in the vertical fin following Glasfaser FlugzeugService GmbH Technical Note TN 201–40, TN 205–27, TN 206–26, TN 303–25, TN 304– 12, TN 401–30, TN 501–10, and TN 604–11, Revision 1, dated July 14, 2011 (EASA translation approval dated September 9, 2011), as applicable to glider model. (2) If you find any discrepancy in the inspection required by paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, before further flight, replace the elevator control rod with an elevator control rod that does not have a control bore hole on the side following Glasfaser Flugzeug-Service GmbH Technical Note TN 201–40, TN 205–27, TN 206–26, TN 303–25, TN 304–12, TN 401–30, TN 501–10, and TN 604–11, Revision 1, dated July 14, 2011 (EASA translation approval dated September 9, 2011), as applicable to glider model. (3) Within 9 months after September 11, 2012 (the effective date of AD 2012–15–07), unless already done as required by paragraph (f)(2) of this AD, replace the elevator control rod in the vertical fin with an elevator control rod that does not have a control bore hole on the side following Glasfaser Flugzeug-Service GmbH Technical Note TN 201–40, TN 205–27, TN 206–26, TN 303–25, TN 304–12, TN 401–30, TN 501–10, and TN 604–11, Revision 1, dated July 14, 2011 (EASA translation approval dated September 9, 2011), as applicable to glider model. (4) As of September 11, 2012 (the effective date of AD 2012–15–07), do not install an elevator control rod with a control bore hole on the side. Note to paragraphs (f)(2), (f)(3), and (f)(4) of this AD: The replacement control rod has an additional drain hole at the rod bottom between the forks and is an acceptable configuration for compliance. (5) The actions mandated by this AD may be accomplished by persons authorized to perform maintenance in accordance with 14 CFR 43.3 and by persons authorized to approve aircraft for return to service after maintenance in accordance with 14 CFR 43.7. (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 E:\FR\FM\10SER1.SGM 10SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 175 / Monday, September 10, 2012 / Rules and Regulations 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 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 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No.: 2011–0213R1, dated November 8, 2011; and Glasfaser FlugzeugService GmbH Technical Note TN 201–40, TN 205–27, TN 206–26, TN 303–25, TN 304– 12, TN 401–30, TN 501–10, and TN 604–11, Revision 1, dated July 14, 2011 (EASA translation approval dated September 9, 55413 2011), for related information. For service information related to this AD, contact ¨ Glasfaser Flugzeug-Service Hansjorg Streifeneder GmbH, D–72582 Grabenstetten, Germany; phone: +49(0)73821032, fax: +49(0)73821629; email: info@streifly.de; Internet: www.streifly.de/. 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. [FR Doc. 2012–22039 Filed 9–7–12; 8:45 am] (i) Material Incorporated by Reference Food and Drug Administration (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (3) The following information was approved for IBR on September 11, 2012. (i) Glasfaser Flugzeug Service GmbH Technical Note TN 201–40, TN 205–27, TN 206–26, TN 303–25, TN 304–12, TN 401–30, TN 501–10, and TN 604–11, Revision 1, dated July 14, 2011. (ii) Reserved. (4) For Glasflugel service information identified in this AD, contact Glasfaser ¨ Flugzeug-Service Hansjorg Streifeneder GmbH, D–72582 Grabenstetten, Germany; phone: +49(0)73821032, fax: +49(0)73821629; email: info@streifly.de; Internet: www.streifly. de/. (5) You may view this service information at 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. (6) You may view this 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/cfr/index.html. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 31, 2012. Earl Lawrence, Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 21 CFR Parts 510 and 522 [Docket No. FDA–2012–N–0902] New Animal Drugs; Chorionic Gonadotropin; Naloxone; Oxymorphone; Oxytocin AGENCY: Food and Drug Administration, HHS. ACTION: Final rule. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is amending the animal drug regulations to reflect the withdrawal of approval of four new animal drug applications (NADAs) at the sponsor’s request because the products are no longer manufactured or marketed. DATES: This rule is effective September 20, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Alterman, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV–212), Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855; 240–453–6843; email: david.alterman@fda.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The sponsors of the four approved NADAs listed in table 1 of this document have requested that FDA withdraw approval because the products are no longer manufactured or marketed: SUMMARY: TABLE 1—WITHDRAWAL OF APPROVAL REQUESTS NADA No. Trade name (drug) 030–525 ............ NUMORPHAN (oxymorphone hydrochloride) Injection. NARCAN (naloxone hydrochloride) Injection. VETOCIN (oxytocin) Injection ...... 035–825 ............ 046–822 ............ wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES 103–090 ............ CHORTROPIN (chorionic gonadotropin) Injection. Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, FDA gave notice that approval of NADAs 030–525, 035–825, 046–822, and 103–090, and all supplements and amendments thereto, is withdrawn, effective September 20, 2012. As VerDate Mar<15>2010 Applicant 13:46 Sep 07, 2012 Jkt 226001 Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., 100 Painters Dr., Chadds 19317. Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc., 100 Painters Dr., Chadds 19317. United Vaccines, A Harlan Sprague Dawley, Inc., Co., 4220, Madison, WI 53711. United Vaccines, A Harlan Sprague Dawley, Inc., Co., 4220, Madison, WI 53711. provided in the regulatory text of this document, the animal drug regulations are amended to reflect these voluntary withdrawals of approval. Following these withdrawals of approval, Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. PO 00000 Citation in 21 CFR Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Ford, PA 522.1642 Ford, PA 522.1462 P.O. Box 522.1680 P.O. Box 522.1081 and United Vaccines, A Harlan Sprague Dawley, Inc., Co., will no longer be the sponsor of an approved application. Accordingly, 21 CFR 510.600(c) is being amended to remove the entries for these firms. E:\FR\FM\10SER1.SGM 10SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0046; Directorate Identifier 2011-CE-040-AD; 
Amendment 39-17186; AD 2012-15-07 R1]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Glasflugel Gliders

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

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We are revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for 
Glasflugel Models Standard Libelle-201B, Club Libelle 205, Mosquito, 
and Kestrel gliders. That AD currently requires actions to address the 
unsafe condition on these products. This new AD includes clarification 
that the replacement control rod has an additional drain hole at the 
rod bottom between the forks and is the acceptable configuration for 
compliance. 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 corrosion damage to the elevator 
control rod that could lead to failure of the elevator control rod, 
possibly resulting in loss of control of the glider. We are issuing 
this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these 
products.

DATES: This AD is effective September 25, 2012.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of September 11, 
2012.
    We must receive any comments on this AD by October 25, 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 Glasfaser 
Flugzeug-Service Hansj[ouml]rg Streifeneder GmbH, D-72582 
Grabenstetten, Germany; phone: +49(0)73821032, fax: +49(0)73821629; 
email: info@streifly.de; Internet: www.streifly.de/. 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    On July 18, 2012, we issued AD 2012-15-07, amendment 39-17136 (77 
FR 46940, August 7, 2012) for Glasflugel Models Standard Libelle-201B, 
Club Libelle 205, Mosquito, and Kestrel gliders. That AD resulted 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. We issued that AD to require actions 
to address the unsafe condition on these products.

Actions Since AD Was Issued

    Since we issued AD 2012-15-07, amendment 39-17136 (77 FR 46940, 
August 7, 2012), compliance with the existing AD required operators to 
not install an elevator control rod with a control bore hole. An 
operator reported that the improved replacement rods, as expected, have 
no control bore hole on the side at the top of the rod where there had 
previously been a hole. However, the improved replacement rods do have 
a new drain hole at the bottom of the rod between the forks. The 
operator expressed confusion as to whether this drain hole would cause 
the new rod to not be in compliance since there was no clarification of 
``on the side.''

Relevant Service Information

    Glasfaser Flugzeug-Service GmbH has issued Technical Note TN 201-
40, TN 205-27, TN 206-26, TN 303-25, TN 304-12, TN 401-30, TN 501-10, 
and TN 604-11, Revision 1, dated July 14, 2011 (EASA translation 
approval dated September 9, 2011). The actions described in this 
service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition 
identified in the MCAI.

FAA's Determination

    We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant 
information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is 
likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design.

AD Requirements

    This AD retains the actions from AD 2012-15-07 but adds the 
language of ``on the side'' to assure that the replacement control rod, 
which has an additional drain hole at the rod bottom between the forks, 
is an acceptable configuration for compliance.

FAA's Justification and Determination of the Effective Date

    This action incorporates clarification that the additional drain 
hole at the rod bottom between the forks on the replacement control 
rods is the acceptable configuration for compliance and does not 
require any additional work for those airplanes. Therefore, we find 
that notice and opportunity for prior public comment are unnecessary 
and that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in less 
than 30 days.

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 before it becomes effective. However, we invite 
you to send any written data, views, or arguments about this AD. Send 
your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include 
the docket number FAA-2012-0046 and directorate identifier 2011-CE-040-
AD at the beginning of your comments. We

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specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, 
environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all 
comments received by the closing date and may amend this AD because of 
those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this AD.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD will affect 54 products of U.S. registry. 
We also estimate that it would 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. Required parts would cost about $333 per product.
    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the AD on U.S. 
operators to be $45,522, or $843 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, 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]

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

2012-15-07 R1 Glasflugel: Amendment 39-17186; Docket No. FAA-2012-
0046; Directorate Identifier 2011-CE-040-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective September 
25, 2012.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD revises AD 2012-15-07, amendment 39-17136 (77 FR 46940, 
August 7, 2012).

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the following Glasflugel models and serial 
number (S/N) gliders, certificated in any category:
    (1) Club Libelle 205, all S/Ns.
    (2) Kestrel, all S/Ns, except S/N 85, 110, and 125.
    (3) Mosquito, all S/Ns.
    (4) Standard Libelle-201B, S/N 169.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 27: Flight 
Controls.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by 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 corrosion damage 
to the elevator control rod that could lead to failure of the 
elevator control rod, possibly resulting in loss of control of the 
glider. 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) Within 30 days after September 11, 2012 (the effective date 
of AD 2012-15-07), inspect the elevator control rod in the vertical 
fin following Glasfaser Flugzeug-Service GmbH Technical Note TN 201-
40, TN 205-27, TN 206-26, TN 303-25, TN 304-12, TN 401-30, TN 501-
10, and TN 604-11, Revision 1, dated July 14, 2011 (EASA translation 
approval dated September 9, 2011), as applicable to glider model.
    (2) If you find any discrepancy in the inspection required by 
paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, before further flight, replace the 
elevator control rod with an elevator control rod that does not have 
a control bore hole on the side following Glasfaser Flugzeug-Service 
GmbH Technical Note TN 201-40, TN 205-27, TN 206-26, TN 303-25, TN 
304-12, TN 401-30, TN 501-10, and TN 604-11, Revision 1, dated July 
14, 2011 (EASA translation approval dated September 9, 2011), as 
applicable to glider model.
    (3) Within 9 months after September 11, 2012 (the effective date 
of AD 2012-15-07), unless already done as required by paragraph 
(f)(2) of this AD, replace the elevator control rod in the vertical 
fin with an elevator control rod that does not have a control bore 
hole on the side following Glasfaser Flugzeug-Service GmbH Technical 
Note TN 201-40, TN 205-27, TN 206-26, TN 303-25, TN 304-12, TN 401-
30, TN 501-10, and TN 604-11, Revision 1, dated July 14, 2011 (EASA 
translation approval dated September 9, 2011), as applicable to 
glider model.
    (4) As of September 11, 2012 (the effective date of AD 2012-15-
07), do not install an elevator control rod with a control bore hole 
on the side.

    Note to paragraphs (f)(2), (f)(3), and (f)(4) of this AD: The 
replacement control rod has an additional drain hole at the rod 
bottom between the forks and is an acceptable configuration for 
compliance.

    (5) The actions mandated by this AD may be accomplished by 
persons authorized to perform maintenance in accordance with 14 CFR 
43.3 and by persons authorized to approve aircraft for return to 
service after maintenance in accordance with 14 CFR 43.7.

(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

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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 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 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No.: 
2011-0213R1, dated November 8, 2011; and Glasfaser Flugzeug-Service 
GmbH Technical Note TN 201-40, TN 205-27, TN 206-26, TN 303-25, TN 
304-12, TN 401-30, TN 501-10, and TN 604-11, Revision 1, dated July 
14, 2011 (EASA translation approval dated September 9, 2011), for 
related information. For service information related to this AD, 
contact Glasfaser Flugzeug-Service Hansj[ouml]rg Streifeneder GmbH, 
D-72582 Grabenstetten, Germany; phone: +49(0)73821032, fax: 
+49(0)73821629; email: info@streifly.de; Internet: www.streifly.de/. 
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.

(i) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (3) The following information was approved for IBR on September 
11, 2012.
    (i) Glasfaser Flugzeug Service GmbH Technical Note TN 201-40, TN 
205-27, TN 206-26, TN 303-25, TN 304-12, TN 401-30, TN 501-10, and 
TN 604-11, Revision 1, dated July 14, 2011.
    (ii) Reserved.
    (4) For Glasflugel service information identified in this AD, 
contact Glasfaser Flugzeug-Service Hansj[ouml]rg Streifeneder GmbH, 
D-72582 Grabenstetten, Germany; phone: +49(0)73821032, fax: 
+49(0)73821629; email: info@streifly.de; Internet: www.streifly.de/.
    (5) You may view this service information at 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.
    (6) You may view this 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/cfr/index.html.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 31, 2012.
Earl Lawrence,
Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-22039 Filed 9-7-12; 8:45 am]
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