Airworthiness Directives; PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. Airplanes, 64442-64444 [2012-25901]

Download as PDF 64442 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 204 / Monday, October 22, 2012 / Proposed Rules DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2012–0732; Directorate Identifier 2012–CE–022–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); reopening of the comment period. AGENCY: We are revising an earlier NPRM for all PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. Models PC–12, PC–12/45, PC–12/47, and PC–12/47E airplanes. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as a need to incorporate new revisions into the Limitations section, Chapter 4, of the FAA-approved maintenance program (e.g., maintenance manual). We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by December 6, 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., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD., Customer Service Manager, CH–6371 STANS, Switzerland; telephone: +41 (0)41 619 62 08; fax: +41 (0)41 619 73 11; Internet: http://www.pilatus-aircraft.com or email: SupportPC12@pilatusaircraft.com. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:19 Oct 19, 2012 Jkt 229001 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329– 4148. 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 this proposed AD, 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329– 4059; fax: (816) 329–4090; email: doug.rudolph@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2012–0732; Directorate Identifier 2012–CE–022–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed 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 proposed AD. Discussion We proposed to amend 14 CFR part 39 with an earlier NPRM for the specified products, which was published in the Federal Register on July 18, 2012 (77 FR 42225). That earlier NPRM (77 FR 42225, July 18, 2012) proposed to require actions intended to address the unsafe condition for the products listed above. Since that NPRM (77 FR 42225, July 18, 2012), was issued, PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. has issued updated revisions to the Structural and Component Airworthiness Limitations documents. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Relevant Service Information Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. has issued Pilatus PC12 Aircraft Maintenance Manual Temporary Revision No. 04–03, dated October 12, 2012, which transmits Unclassified 12–A/AMP–04 Structural, Component and Miscellaneous— Airworthiness Limitations, document 12–A–04–00–00–00A–000A–A, dated October 15, 2012; and PC12/47E Aircraft Maintenance Manual Temporary Revision No. 04–01, dated October 15, 2012, which transmits Unclassified 12– B/AMP–04 Structural and Component Limitations—Airworthiness Limitations, document 12–B–04–00–00–00A–000A– A, dated October 15, 2012. The actions described in this service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI. Comments We have considered the following comment received on the earlier NPRM (77 FR 42225, July 18, 2012). Johan Kruger of PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. requested the FAA to incorporate new revisions of the Structural and Component Airworthiness Limitations documents into the proposed AD. These revisions incorporate a change to the fire extinguisher life limit, correct the flap control and warning unit (FCWU) part number, and change the description of the cockpit inner and outer window damage. We agree with the commenter. In order to ensure that the owners/ operators of the affected airplanes are using the correct limitations for their FAA-approved maintenance program, we are incorporating the new revisions to the Structural and Component Airworthiness Limitations documents into this proposed AD. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of the Proposed AD This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with this State of Design Authority, they have notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM because we evaluated all information and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. Certain changes described above expand the scope of the original NPRM (77 FR 42225, July 18, 2012). As a result, we have determined that it is necessary to reopen the comment period to provide additional opportunity for the public to comment on this supplemental NPRM. E:\FR\FM\22OCP1.SGM 22OCP1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 204 / Monday, October 22, 2012 / Proposed Rules Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD would affect 678 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 3.5 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $300 per product. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $405,105, or $597.50 per product. In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would take about 6 work-hours and require parts costing $4,000, for a cost of $4,510 per product. We have no way of determining the number of products that may need these actions. We also estimate that it would take about 12 work-hours per product to comply with the addition of the wing inspection requirements of this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the proposed wing inspection on U.S. operators to be $691,560, or $1,020 per product. In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would take about 7 work-hours and require parts costing approximately $5,000, for a cost of $5,595 per product. We have no way of determining the number of products that may need these actions. wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with 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 proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on 14:19 Oct 19, 2012 Jkt 229001 List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Safety. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 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 Authority for This Rulemaking VerDate Mar<15>2010 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 proposed regulation: (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. [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD.: Docket No. FAA–2012–0732; Directorate Identifier 2012–CE–022–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by December 6, 2012. (b) Affected ADs This AD supersedes AD 2009–14–13, Amendment 39–15963 (74 FR 34213, July 15, 2009). (c) Applicability This AD applies to PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. Models PC–12, PC–12/45, PC–12/47, and PC–12/47E airplanes, all manufacturer serial numbers (MSNs), certificated in any category. (d) Subject Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 05: Time Limits. (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 a need to incorporate new revisions into the PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 64443 Limitations section, Chapter 4, of the FAAapproved maintenance program (e.g., maintenance manual). The limitations were revised to include an inspection of the wing main spar fastener holes at rib 6 for cracks. These actions are required to ensure the continued operational safety of the affected airplanes. (f) Actions and Compliance Unless already done, do the following actions: (1) For Models PC–12 and PC–12/45 airplanes, MSNs 101 through 299: Within the next 100 hours time-in-service (TIS) after August 19, 2009 (the effective date retained from AD 2009–14–13, Amendment 39–15963 (74 FR 34213, July 15, 2009)) or 1 year after August 19, 2009 (the effective date retained from AD 2009–14–13), whichever occurs first, replace the torque tube part number (P/ N) 532.50.12.047 with torque tube P/N 532.50.12.064 following PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. Service Bulletin No: 32– 021, dated November 21, 2008. (2) For all airplanes: As of the effective date of this AD, do not install torque tube P/ N 532.50.12.047. (3) For all airplanes: Before further flight after the effective date of this AD, insert Pilatus PC12 Aircraft Maintenance Manual Temporary Revision No. 04–03, dated October 15, 2012, which transmits Unclassified 12–A/AMP–04 Structural, Component and Miscellaneous— Airworthiness Limitations, document 12–A– 04–00–00–00A–000A–A, dated October 15, 2012 (for Models PC–12, PC–12/45, PC–12/ 47), and PC12/47E Aircraft Maintenance Manual Temporary Revision No. 04–01, dated October 15, 2012, which transmits Unclassified 12–B/AMP–04 Structural and Component Limitations—Airworthiness Limitations, document 12–B–04–00–00– 00A–000A–A, dated October 15, 2012 (for Model PC–12/47E), into the Limitations section of the FAA-approved maintenance program (e.g., maintenance manual). The limitations section revision does the following: (i) Establishes an inspection of the wing main spar fastener holes at rib 6, (ii) Specifies replacement of components before or upon reaching the applicable life limit, and (iii) Specifies accomplishment of all applicable maintenance tasks within certain thresholds and intervals. (4) For all airplanes: If no compliance time is specified in the documents listed in paragraph (f)(3) of this AD when doing any corrective actions where discrepancies are found as required in paragraph (f)(3)(iii) of this AD, do these corrective actions before further flight after doing the applicable maintenance task. (5) For all airplanes: During the accomplishment of the actions required in paragraphs (f)(3)(i), (f)(3)(ii), and (f)(3)(iii) of this AD, if a discrepancy is found that is not identified in the documents listed in paragraph (f)(3) of this AD, before further flight after finding the discrepancy, contact Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. at the address specified in paragraph (h) of this AD for a repair scheme and incorporate that repair scheme. E:\FR\FM\22OCP1.SGM 22OCP1 64444 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 204 / Monday, October 22, 2012 / Proposed Rules Note 1 to paragraph (f)(3) of this AD: Pilatus PC12 Aircraft Maintenance Manual Temporary Revision No. 04–03, dated October 15, 2012, which transmits Unclassified 12–A/AMP–04 Structural, Component and Miscellaneous— Airworthiness Limitations, document 12–A– 04–00–00–00A–000A–A, dated October 15, 2012 (for Models PC–12, PC–12/45, PC–12/ 47) is part of Chapter 4 of the Airplane Maintenance Manual (AMM) report 02049, issue 25, dated January 25, 2012. wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with Note 2 to paragraph (f)(3) of this AD: PC12/47E Aircraft Maintenance Manual Temporary Revision No. 04–01, dated October 15, 2012, which transmits Unclassified 12–B/AMP–04 Structural and Component Limitations—Airworthiness Limitations, document 12–B–04–00–00– 00A–000A–A, dated October 15, 2012 (for Model PC–12/47E) is part of Chapter 4 of the AMM report 02300, issue 8, dated January 25, 2012. (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: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4059; fax: (816) 329– 4090; email: doug.rudolph@faa.gov. (i) 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. (ii) AMOCs approved for AD 2009–14–13, Amendment 39–15963 (74 FR 34213, July 15, 2009) are not approved as AMOCs for this AD. (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority (or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service. (3) Reporting Requirements: 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:19 Oct 19, 2012 Jkt 229001 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. 2012–0099, dated June 8, 2012; Pilatus PC12 Aircraft Maintenance Manual Temporary Revision No. 04–03, dated October 15, 2012, which transmits Unclassified 12–A/AMP–04 Structural, Component and Miscellaneous— Airworthiness Limitations, document 12–A– 04–00–00–00A–000A–A, dated October 15, 2012; PC12/47E Aircraft Maintenance Manual Temporary Revision No. 04–01, dated October 15, 2012, which transmits Unclassified 12–B/AMP–04 Structural and Component Limitations—Airworthiness Limitations, document 12–B–04–00–00– 00A–000A–A, dated October 15, 2012; and PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. Service Bulletin No: 32–021, dated November 21, 2008, for related information. For service information related to this AD, contact PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD., Customer Service Manager, CH–6371 STANS, Switzerland; telephone: +41 (0)41 619 62 08; fax: +41 (0)41 619 73 11; Internet: http://www.pilatus-aircraft.com or email: SupportPC12@pilatus-aircraft.com. 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. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 16, 2012. Pat Mullen, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2012–25901 Filed 10–19–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2012–1004; Airspace Docket No. 12–ANM–21] RIN 2120–AA66 VOR Federal Airway V–595; Oregon Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to modify VHF omnidirectional range (VOR) Federal airway V–595 in Oregon. The FAA is proposing this action to redescribe the route due to the scheduled decommissioning of the Portland, OR, VOR/DME facility which currently serves as an end point for the route. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Comments must be received on or before December 6, 2012. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001; telephone: (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2012–1004 and Airspace Docket No. 12–ANM–21 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Gallant, Airspace Policy and ATC Procedures Group, Office of Airspace Services, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: Comments Invited Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No. FAA– 2012–1004 and Airspace Docket No. 12– ANM–21) and be submitted in triplicate to the Docket Management Facility (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this action must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ‘‘Comments to FAA Docket No. FAA–2012–1004 and Airspace Docket No. 12–ANM–21.’’ The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. All communications received on or before the specified comment closing date will be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal contained in this action may be changed in light of comments received. All comments submitted will be available for examination in the public docket both before and after the comment closing date. A report summarizing each substantive public E:\FR\FM\22OCP1.SGM 22OCP1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0732; Directorate Identifier 2012-CE-022-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. Airplanes

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

ACTION: Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); reopening of 
the comment period.

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SUMMARY: We are revising an earlier NPRM for all PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. 
Models PC-12, PC-12/45, PC-12/47, and PC-12/47E airplanes. This 
proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information 
(MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to 
identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The 
MCAI describes the unsafe condition as a need to incorporate new 
revisions into the Limitations section, Chapter 4, of the FAA-approved 
maintenance program (e.g., maintenance manual). We are issuing this 
proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these 
products.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by December 6, 
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., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact 
PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD., Customer Service Manager, CH-6371 STANS, 
Switzerland; telephone: +41 (0)41 619 62 08; fax: +41 (0)41 619 73 11; 
Internet: http://www.pilatus-aircraft.com or email: 
aircraft.com">SupportPC12@pilatus-aircraft.com. 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.

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 this proposed AD, 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, 
Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106; telephone: (816) 329-4059; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: 
doug.rudolph@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address 
listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2012-0732; 
Directorate Identifier 2012-CE-022-AD'' at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We 
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend 
this proposed 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 proposed AD.

Discussion

    We proposed to amend 14 CFR part 39 with an earlier NPRM for the 
specified products, which was published in the Federal Register on July 
18, 2012 (77 FR 42225). That earlier NPRM (77 FR 42225, July 18, 2012) 
proposed to require actions intended to address the unsafe condition 
for the products listed above.
    Since that NPRM (77 FR 42225, July 18, 2012), was issued, PILATUS 
AIRCRAFT LTD. has issued updated revisions to the Structural and 
Component Airworthiness Limitations documents.

Relevant Service Information

    Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. has issued Pilatus PC12 Aircraft Maintenance 
Manual Temporary Revision No. 04-03, dated October 12, 2012, which 
transmits Unclassified 12-A/AMP-04 Structural, Component and 
Miscellaneous--Airworthiness Limitations, document 12-A-04-00-00-00A-
000A-A, dated October 15, 2012; and PC12/47E Aircraft Maintenance 
Manual Temporary Revision No. 04-01, dated October 15, 2012, which 
transmits Unclassified 12-B/AMP-04 Structural and Component 
Limitations--Airworthiness Limitations, document 12-B-04-00-00-00A-
000A-A, dated October 15, 2012. The actions described in this service 
information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in 
the MCAI.

Comments

    We have considered the following comment received on the earlier 
NPRM (77 FR 42225, July 18, 2012).
    Johan Kruger of PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. requested the FAA to 
incorporate new revisions of the Structural and Component Airworthiness 
Limitations documents into the proposed AD. These revisions incorporate 
a change to the fire extinguisher life limit, correct the flap control 
and warning unit (FCWU) part number, and change the description of the 
cockpit inner and outer window damage.
    We agree with the commenter. In order to ensure that the owners/
operators of the affected airplanes are using the correct limitations 
for their FAA-approved maintenance program, we are incorporating the 
new revisions to the Structural and Component Airworthiness Limitations 
documents into this proposed AD.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of the Proposed AD

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another 
country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant 
to our bilateral agreement with this State of Design Authority, they 
have notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and 
service information referenced above. We are proposing this 
supplemental NPRM because we evaluated all information and determined 
the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other 
products of the same type design. Certain changes described above 
expand the scope of the original NPRM (77 FR 42225, July 18, 2012). As 
a result, we have determined that it is necessary to reopen the comment 
period to provide additional opportunity for the public to comment on 
this supplemental NPRM.

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Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD would affect 678 products of U.S. 
registry. We also estimate that it would take about 3.5 work-hours per 
product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average 
labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $300 
per product. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this 
proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $405,105, or $597.50 per product.
    In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would 
take about 6 work-hours and require parts costing $4,000, for a cost of 
$4,510 per product. We have no way of determining the number of 
products that may need these actions.
    We also estimate that it would take about 12 work-hours per product 
to comply with the addition of the wing inspection requirements of this 
proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour.
    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the proposed wing 
inspection on U.S. operators to be $691,560, or $1,020 per product.
    In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would 
take about 7 work-hours and require parts costing approximately $5,000, 
for a cost of $5,595 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 proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 proposed 
regulation:
    (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.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Safety.

The Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 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.


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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

PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD.: Docket No. FAA-2012-0732; Directorate 
Identifier 2012-CE-022-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by December 6, 2012.

 (b) Affected ADs

    This AD supersedes AD 2009-14-13, Amendment 39-15963 (74 FR 
34213, July 15, 2009).

 (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. Models PC-12, PC-12/45, 
PC-12/47, and PC-12/47E airplanes, all manufacturer serial numbers 
(MSNs), certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 05: Time Limits.

(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 a need to 
incorporate new revisions into the Limitations section, Chapter 4, 
of the FAA-approved maintenance program (e.g., maintenance manual). 
The limitations were revised to include an inspection of the wing 
main spar fastener holes at rib 6 for cracks. These actions are 
required to ensure the continued operational safety of the affected 
airplanes.

(f) Actions and Compliance

    Unless already done, do the following actions:
    (1) For Models PC-12 and PC-12/45 airplanes, MSNs 101 through 
299: Within the next 100 hours time-in-service (TIS) after August 
19, 2009 (the effective date retained from AD 2009-14-13, Amendment 
39-15963 (74 FR 34213, July 15, 2009)) or 1 year after August 19, 
2009 (the effective date retained from AD 2009-14-13), whichever 
occurs first, replace the torque tube part number (P/N) 
532.50.12.047 with torque tube P/N 532.50.12.064 following PILATUS 
AIRCRAFT LTD. Service Bulletin No: 32-021, dated November 21, 2008.
    (2) For all airplanes: As of the effective date of this AD, do 
not install torque tube P/N 532.50.12.047.
    (3) For all airplanes: Before further flight after the effective 
date of this AD, insert Pilatus PC12 Aircraft Maintenance Manual 
Temporary Revision No. 04-03, dated October 15, 2012, which 
transmits Unclassified 12-A/AMP-04 Structural, Component and 
Miscellaneous--Airworthiness Limitations, document 12-A-04-00-00-
00A-000A-A, dated October 15, 2012 (for Models PC-12, PC-12/45, PC-
12/47), and PC12/47E Aircraft Maintenance Manual Temporary Revision 
No. 04-01, dated October 15, 2012, which transmits Unclassified 12-
B/AMP-04 Structural and Component Limitations--Airworthiness 
Limitations, document 12-B-04-00-00-00A-000A-A, dated October 15, 
2012 (for Model PC-12/47E), into the Limitations section of the FAA-
approved maintenance program (e.g., maintenance manual). The 
limitations section revision does the following:
    (i) Establishes an inspection of the wing main spar fastener 
holes at rib 6,
    (ii) Specifies replacement of components before or upon reaching 
the applicable life limit, and
    (iii) Specifies accomplishment of all applicable maintenance 
tasks within certain thresholds and intervals.
    (4) For all airplanes: If no compliance time is specified in the 
documents listed in paragraph (f)(3) of this AD when doing any 
corrective actions where discrepancies are found as required in 
paragraph (f)(3)(iii) of this AD, do these corrective actions before 
further flight after doing the applicable maintenance task.
    (5) For all airplanes: During the accomplishment of the actions 
required in paragraphs (f)(3)(i), (f)(3)(ii), and (f)(3)(iii) of 
this AD, if a discrepancy is found that is not identified in the 
documents listed in paragraph (f)(3) of this AD, before further 
flight after finding the discrepancy, contact Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. 
at the address specified in paragraph (h) of this AD for a repair 
scheme and incorporate that repair scheme.


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    Note 1 to paragraph (f)(3) of this AD: Pilatus PC12 Aircraft 
Maintenance Manual Temporary Revision No. 04-03, dated October 15, 
2012, which transmits Unclassified 12-A/AMP-04 Structural, Component 
and Miscellaneous--Airworthiness Limitations, document 12-A-04-00-
00-00A-000A-A, dated October 15, 2012 (for Models PC-12, PC-12/45, 
PC-12/47) is part of Chapter 4 of the Airplane Maintenance Manual 
(AMM) report 02049, issue 25, dated January 25, 2012.


    Note 2 to paragraph (f)(3) of this AD: PC12/47E Aircraft 
Maintenance Manual Temporary Revision No. 04-01, dated October 15, 
2012, which transmits Unclassified 12-B/AMP-04 Structural and 
Component Limitations--Airworthiness Limitations, document 12-B-04-
00-00-00A-000A-A, dated October 15, 2012 (for Model PC-12/47E) is 
part of Chapter 4 of the AMM report 02300, issue 8, dated January 
25, 2012.

(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: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small 
Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106; telephone: (816) 329-4059; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: 
doug.rudolph@faa.gov.
    (i) 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.
    (ii) AMOCs approved for AD 2009-14-13, Amendment 39-15963 (74 FR 
34213, July 15, 2009) are not approved as AMOCs for this AD.
    (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain 
corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these 
actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered 
FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority 
(or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product 
is airworthy before it is returned to service.
    (3) Reporting Requirements: 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. 
2012-0099, dated June 8, 2012; Pilatus PC12 Aircraft Maintenance 
Manual Temporary Revision No. 04-03, dated October 15, 2012, which 
transmits Unclassified 12-A/AMP-04 Structural, Component and 
Miscellaneous--Airworthiness Limitations, document 12-A-04-00-00-
00A-000A-A, dated October 15, 2012; PC12/47E Aircraft Maintenance 
Manual Temporary Revision No. 04-01, dated October 15, 2012, which 
transmits Unclassified 12-B/AMP-04 Structural and Component 
Limitations--Airworthiness Limitations, document 12-B-04-00-00-00A-
000A-A, dated October 15, 2012; and PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. Service 
Bulletin No: 32-021, dated November 21, 2008, for related 
information. For service information related to this AD, contact 
PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD., Customer Service Manager, CH-6371 STANS, 
Switzerland; telephone: +41 (0)41 619 62 08; fax: +41 (0)41 619 73 
11; Internet: http://www.pilatus-aircraft.com or email: 
aircraft.com">SupportPC12@pilatus-aircraft.com. 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.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 16, 2012.
Pat Mullen,
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-25901 Filed 10-19-12; 8:45 am]
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