Airworthiness Directives; Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Airplanes, 66409-66411 [2012-26971]

Download as PDF 66409 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 77, No. 214 Monday, November 5, 2012 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2012–1172; Directorate Identifier 2012–CE–040–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Model H–36, HK 36 R, HK 36 TS, and HK 36 TTS 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 installation of an unsuitable self-locking nut on the bell crank of the elevator push rod that can cause failure of the elevator, resulting in loss of control. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. SUMMARY: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by December 20, 2012. DATES: 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– WREIER-AVILES on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS ADDRESSES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:58 Nov 02, 2012 Jkt 229001 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 Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH, N.A. OttoStrabe 5, A–2700 Wiener Neustadt, Austria, telephone: +43 2622 26700; fax: +43 2622 26780; email: office@diamond -air.at; Internet: www.diamond-air.at/ hk36_super_dimona+M52087573 ab0.html. 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: Mike Kiesov, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4144; fax: (816) 329–4090; email: mike.kiesov@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–2012–1172; Directorate Identifier 2012–CE–040–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:// PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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 The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA AD No.: 2012–0173, dated September 3, 2012 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: A HK 36 R aeroplane recently experienced an in-flight elevator control failure after takeoff which resulted in an uncontrolled landing. The results of the subsequent investigation revealed that the elevator control rod had disconnected from the elevator bell crank in the tail section of the fuselage, as a result of installation of a nonsuitable self-locking nut. The subsequent design review of the affected elevator bell crank joint with elevator control rod identified that its current configuration has a failure potential when components such as thin self-securing nuts and bearings are aging and original clearance of the control system cannot be maintained in service. Both the designs of elevator bell crank and elevator control rod are installed in DV 20 aeroplanes. This condition, if not corrected, could lead to further cases of elevator control failure, likely resulting in reduced control of the aeroplane, consequent damage to the aeroplane and injury to the occupants. To address this concern, Diamond Aircraft Industries (DAI) published Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) 36–108 and MSB 20– 061/1 to improve the affected elevator control joint by embodiment of new design which prevents elevator bell crank and push rod disconnection. For reasons described above, this AD requires replacement of aeroplane elevator bell cranks with improved parts and prohibits installation of any previous design elevator bell crank. You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket. Relevant Service Information Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH has issued Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Mandatory Service Bulletin MSB 36–108, and Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Work Instruction WI– MSB 36–108, both dated February 28, 2012. The actions described in this service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI. E:\FR\FM\05NOP1.SGM 05NOP1 66410 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 214 / Monday, November 5, 2012 / Proposed Rules 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 AD 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. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD will affect 25 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 2 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $352 per product. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $13,050, or $522 per product. Authority for This Rulemaking 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, Incorporation by reference, 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 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: Regulatory Findings WREIER-AVILES on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 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. (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 installation of an unsuitable self-locking nut on the bell crank of the elevator push rod that can cause failure of the elevator, resulting in loss of control. We are issuing this AD to prevent disconnection of the elevator bell crank and push rod. 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:58 Nov 02, 2012 Jkt 229001 Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH: Docket No. FAA–2012–1172; Directorate Identifier 2012–CE–040–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by December 20, 2012. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to the following Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH models and serial number (S/N) airplanes, certificated in any category: H–36 and HK 36 R airplanes, S/Ns 36.300 through 36.414, HK 36 TS airplanes, S/Ns 36.415 and 36.416; and HK 36 TTS airplane, S/N 36.393. (d) Subject Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 27: Flight Controls. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 (f) Actions and Compliance Unless already done, do the following actions following Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Mandatory Service Bulletin MSB 36–108, and Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Work Instruction WI–MSB 36–108, both dated February 28, 2012: (1) Within the next 200 hours time-inservice (TIS) after the effective date of this AD, or within the next 12 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, replace each elevator bell crank assembly with part number (P/N) 820–2730– 12–00, and replace each elevator bell crank mount with P/N 820–2730–11–00. (2) After the effective date of this AD, only install on the airplane elevator bell crank assemblies with P/N 820–2730–12–00 and elevator bell crank mounts with P/N 820– 2730–11–00. (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: Mike Kiesov, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4144; fax: (816) 329– 4090; email: mike.kiesov@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.: 2012–0173, dated E:\FR\FM\05NOP1.SGM 05NOP1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 214 / Monday, November 5, 2012 / Proposed Rules September 3, 2012; Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Mandatory Service Bulletin MSB 36–108, dated February 28, 2012; and Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Work Instruction WI–MSB 36–108, dated February 28, 2012, for related information. For service information related to this AD, contact Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH, N.A. Otto-Stra+e 5, A–2700 Wiener Neustadt, Austria, telephone: +43 2622 26700; fax: +43 2622 26780; email: office@diamond-air.at; Internet: www.diamond-air.at/ hk36_super_dimona+M52087573ab0.html. 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 25, 2012. James E. Jackson, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2012–26971 Filed 11–2–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2012–1111; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–114–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (Type Certificate Previously Held by Raytheon Aircraft Company; Beech Aircraft Corporation) Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (Type Certificate previously held by Raytheon Aircraft Company; Beech Aircraft Corporation) Model 400A airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report that the wiring for the 5-volt direct current (DC) system is undersized and does not have adequate circuit protection for the smaller gauge wire. This proposed AD would require installing an in-line fuse in the 5-volt DC system for each of the five instrument lighting control power supplies. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the wiring, which could result in smoke in the cockpit, loss of cockpit lighting, and potential damage to surrounding wiring for other cockpit equipment such as the stick WREIER-AVILES on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:58 Nov 02, 2012 Jkt 229001 We must receive comments on this proposed AD by December 20, 2012. DATES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, 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: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, Department 62, P.O. Box 85, Wichita, KS 67201–0085; telephone 316–676–8238; fax 316–676– 6706; email tmdc@hawkerbeechcraft.com; Internet https://www.hawkerbeechcraft.com/ service_support/pubs. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. ADDRESSES: Examining the AD Docket AGENCY: SUMMARY: shaker function or angle-of-attack indicators. 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 (phone: 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Rejniak, Aerospace Engineer, Electrical Systems and Avionics Branch, ACE–119W, FAA, Wichita Aircraft Certification Office, 1801 Airport Road, Room 100, Mid-Continent Airport, Wichita, Kansas 67209; phone: (316) 946–4128; fax (316) 946–4107; email: richard.rejniak@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 66411 this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA– 2012–1111; Directorate Identifier 2012– NM–114–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 received a report that the wiring for the 5-volt DC system is undersized and does not have adequate circuit protection for the smaller gauge wire. The wire is adequate for normal electrical loads, but it cannot safely handle the power supply’s maximum current. This condition, if not corrected, could result in failure of the wiring, which could result in smoke in the cockpit, loss of cockpit lighting, and potential damage to surrounding wiring for other cockpit equipment such as the stick shaker function or angle-of-attack indicators. Relevant Service Information We reviewed Hawker Beechcraft Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 33–4002, dated October 2010. The service information describes procedures for installing an in-line fuse in the 5-volt DC system for each of the five instrument lighting control power supplies. FAA’s Determination We are proposing 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. Proposed AD Requirements This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified in the service information described previously. Clarification of Service Bulletin Note The Hawker Beechcraft Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 33–4002, dated October 2010, includes a note in the Accomplishment Instructions to inform operators to contact Hawker Beechcraft ‘‘should any difficulty be encountered’’ E:\FR\FM\05NOP1.SGM 05NOP1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2012-1172; Directorate Identifier 2012-CE-040-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH 
Airplanes

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

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Model H-36, HK 36 R, HK 36 TS, and HK 
36 TTS 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 
installation of an unsuitable self-locking nut on the bell crank of the 
elevator push rod that can cause failure of the elevator, resulting in 
loss of control. 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 20, 
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 
Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH, N.A. Otto-Stra[beta]e 5, A-2700 
Wiener Neustadt, Austria, telephone: +43 2622 26700; fax: +43 2622 
26780; email: office@diamond-air.at; Internet: www.diamond-air.at/
hk36--super--dimona+M52087573ab0.html. 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: Mike Kiesov, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, 
Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106; telephone: (816) 329-4144; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: 
mike.kiesov@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-2012-1172; 
Directorate Identifier 2012-CE-040-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://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

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA 
AD No.: 2012-0173, dated September 3, 2012 (referred to after this as 
``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified 
products. The MCAI states:

    A HK 36 R aeroplane recently experienced an in-flight elevator 
control failure after take-off which resulted in an uncontrolled 
landing. The results of the subsequent investigation revealed that 
the elevator control rod had disconnected from the elevator bell 
crank in the tail section of the fuselage, as a result of 
installation of a non-suitable self-locking nut.
    The subsequent design review of the affected elevator bell crank 
joint with elevator control rod identified that its current 
configuration has a failure potential when components such as thin 
self-securing nuts and bearings are aging and original clearance of 
the control system cannot be maintained in service. Both the designs 
of elevator bell crank and elevator control rod are installed in DV 
20 aeroplanes.
    This condition, if not corrected, could lead to further cases of 
elevator control failure, likely resulting in reduced control of the 
aeroplane, consequent damage to the aeroplane and injury to the 
occupants.
    To address this concern, Diamond Aircraft Industries (DAI) 
published Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) 36-108 and MSB 20-061/1 
to improve the affected elevator control joint by embodiment of new 
design which prevents elevator bell crank and push rod 
disconnection.
    For reasons described above, this AD requires replacement of 
aeroplane elevator bell cranks with improved parts and prohibits 
installation of any previous design elevator bell crank.

You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD 
docket.

Relevant Service Information

    Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH has issued Diamond Aircraft 
Industries GmbH Mandatory Service Bulletin MSB 36-108, and Diamond 
Aircraft Industries GmbH Work Instruction WI-MSB 36-108, both dated 
February 28, 2012. The actions described in this service information 
are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI.

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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 AD 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.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD will affect 25 products of U.S. 
registry. We also estimate that it would take about 2 work-hours per 
product to comply with the basic requirements of this proposed AD. The 
average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost 
about $352 per product.
    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the proposed AD on 
U.S. operators to be $13,050, or $522 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 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, Incorporation by 
reference, 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:

Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH: Docket No. FAA-2012-1172; 
Directorate Identifier 2012-CE-040-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by December 20, 2012.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the following Diamond Aircraft Industries 
GmbH models and serial number (S/N) airplanes, certificated in any 
category: H-36 and HK 36 R airplanes, S/Ns 36.300 through 36.414, HK 
36 TS airplanes, S/Ns 36.415 and 36.416; and HK 36 TTS airplane, S/N 
36.393.

(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 installation of 
an unsuitable self-locking nut on the bell crank of the elevator 
push rod that can cause failure of the elevator, resulting in loss 
of control. We are issuing this AD to prevent disconnection of the 
elevator bell crank and push rod.

 (f) Actions and Compliance

    Unless already done, do the following actions following Diamond 
Aircraft Industries GmbH Mandatory Service Bulletin MSB 36-108, and 
Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Work Instruction WI-MSB 36-108, 
both dated February 28, 2012:
    (1) Within the next 200 hours time-in-service (TIS) after the 
effective date of this AD, or within the next 12 months after the 
effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, replace each 
elevator bell crank assembly with part number (P/N) 820-2730-12-00, 
and replace each elevator bell crank mount with P/N 820-2730-11-00.
    (2) After the effective date of this AD, only install on the 
airplane elevator bell crank assemblies with P/N 820-2730-12-00 and 
elevator bell crank mounts with P/N 820-2730-11-00.

(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: Mike Kiesov, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small 
Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106; telephone: (816) 329-4144; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: 
mike.kiesov@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.: 
2012-0173, dated

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September 3, 2012; Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Mandatory 
Service Bulletin MSB 36-108, dated February 28, 2012; and Diamond 
Aircraft Industries GmbH Work Instruction WI-MSB 36-108, dated 
February 28, 2012, for related information. For service information 
related to this AD, contact Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH, N.A. 
Otto-Stra[szlig]e 5, A-2700 Wiener Neustadt, Austria, telephone: +43 
2622 26700; fax: +43 2622 26780; email: office@diamond-air.at; 
Internet: www.diamond-air.at/hk36--super--dimona+M52087573ab0.html. 
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 25, 2012.
James E. Jackson,
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-26971 Filed 11-2-12; 8:45 am]
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