Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 66760-66762 [2012-27142]

Download as PDF 66760 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 216 / Wednesday, November 7, 2012 / Proposed Rules using Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737– 53A1255, Revision 1, dated November 7, 2011, which is not incorporated by reference in this AD. (n) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) [FR Doc. 2012–27141 Filed 11–6–12; 8:45 am] (1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the ACO, send it to the attention of the person identified in the Related Information section of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9–ANMSeattle-ACO-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair required by this AD if it is approved by the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO, to make those findings. For a repair method to be approved, the repair must meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD. (4) AMOCs approved for paragraphs (a), (b), (c), (d), and (e) of AD 2002–07–08, Amendment 39–12702 (67 FR 17917, April 12, 2002) before the effective date of this AD, are approved for the corresponding requirements of paragraphs (g), (i), and (k) of this AD. (5) As of the effective date of this AD, any AMOCs approved for paragraphs (g) and (i) of this AD are approved as AMOCs for the corresponding requirements of paragraphs (a), (b), (c), (d), and (e) of AD 2002–07–08, Amendment 39–12702 (67 FR 17917, April 12, 2002). pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS-1 (o) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Wayne Lockett, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; phone: 425–917–6447; fax: 425–917–6590; email: wayne.lockett@faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H–65, Seattle, WA 98124–2207; telephone 206– 544–5000, extension 1; fax 206–766–5680; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com.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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:18 Nov 06, 2012 Jkt 229001 Issued in Renton, Washington, on October 31, 2012. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330–A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227– 1221. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// RIN 2120–AA64 www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. Airworthiness Directives; Airbus and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Airplanes except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the AGENCY: Federal Aviation regulatory evaluation, any comments Administration (FAA), DOT. received, and other information. The ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking street address for the Docket Operations (NPRM). office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new be available in the AD docket shortly airworthiness directive (AD) for all after receipt. Airbus Model A330–200 Freighter, A330–200, A330–300, A340–200, A340– FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, 300, A340–500, and A340–600 series International Branch, ANM–116, airplanes. This proposed AD was Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, prompted by several reports of a 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA burning smell and/or smoke in the 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1138; cockpit during cruise phase leading, in fax (425) 227–1149. some cases, to diversion to alternate SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: airports. This proposed AD would require an inspection to identify the Comments Invited installed windshields and replacement We invite you to send any written of any affected windshield. We are relevant data, views, or arguments about proposing this AD to prevent significantly increased workload for the this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the flightcrew, which could, under some ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. flight phases and/or circumstances, FAA–2012–1162; Directorate Identifier constitute an unsafe condition. 2012–NM–002–AD’’ at the beginning of DATES: We must receive comments on your comments. We specifically invite this proposed AD by December 24, comments on the overall regulatory, 2012. economic, environmental, and energy ADDRESSES: You may send comments by aspects of this proposed AD. We will any of the following methods: consider all comments received by the • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to closing date and may amend this http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the proposed AD based on those comments. instructions for submitting comments. We will post all comments we • Fax: (202) 493–2251. receive, without change, to http:// • Mail: U.S. Department of www.regulations.gov, including any Transportation, Docket Operations, M– personal information you provide. We 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room will also post a report summarizing each W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., substantive verbal contact we receive Washington, DC 20590. about this proposed AD. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Discussion Transportation, Docket Operations, M– The European Aviation Safety Agency 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 Community, has issued EASA p.m., Monday through Friday, except Airworthiness Directive 2011–0242, Federal holidays. dated December 19, 2011 (corrected For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Airbus SAS— February 15, 2012), (referred to after this [Docket No. FAA–2012–1162; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–002–AD] PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\07NOP1.SGM 07NOP1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 216 / Wednesday, November 7, 2012 / Proposed Rules as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: Several operators have reported cases of burning smell and/or smoke in the cockpit during cruise phase leading in some cases to diversion. Findings have shown that the cause of these events is the burning of the SaintGobain Sully (SGS) windshield connector terminal block. This condition, if not corrected, could significantly increase the flight crew workload which would, under some flight phases and/or circumstances, constitute an unsafe condition. For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD requires the identification of the installed windshields and replacement of the affected part. * * * * * You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket. Relevant Service Information Airbus has issued the following service bulletins. • Airbus Service Bulletin A330–56– 3009, Revision 01, including Appendices 01, 02, and 03, dated January 27, 2011 (for Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, –223F, –243, –243F, –301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes). • Airbus Service Bulletin A340–56– 4008, including Appendices 01, 02, and 03, dated May 4, 2010 (for Model A340– 211, –212, –213, –311, –312, and –313 airplanes). • Airbus Service Bulletin A340–56– 5002, including Appendices 01, 02, and 03, dated May 4, 2010 (for Model A340– 541 and –642 airplanes). The actions described in this service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS-1 FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This 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 the State of Design Authority, we have been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. Costs of Compliance Based on the service information, we estimate that this proposed AD would affect about 55 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:18 Nov 06, 2012 Jkt 229001 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. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $9,350, or $170 per product. In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would take about 10 work-hours and require parts costing $0, for a cost of $850 per product. Where the service information lists required parts costs that are covered under warranty, we have assumed that there will be no charge for these parts. As we do not control warranty coverage for affected parties, some parties may incur costs higher than estimated here. 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, PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 66761 on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. 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: Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2012–1162; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–002–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by December 24, 2012. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD, certificated in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers. (1) Airbus Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, –223F, –243, –243F, –301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes. (2) Airbus Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, –313, –541, and –642 airplanes. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 56, Windows. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by several reports of a burning smell and/or smoke in the cockpit during cruise phase leading, in some cases, to diversion to alternate airports. We are proposing this AD to prevent significantly increased workload for the flightcrew, which could, under some flight phases and/or circumstances, constitute an unsafe condition. (f) Compliance You are responsible for having the actions required by this AD performed within the compliance times specified, unless the actions have already been done. (g) Inspection Within 1,200 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, inspect to identify the E:\FR\FM\07NOP1.SGM 07NOP1 66762 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 216 / Wednesday, November 7, 2012 / Proposed Rules manufacturer, the part number, and the serial number of the left-hand (LH) and right-hand (RH) windshields installed on the airplane, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable Airbus service information identified in paragraph (g)(1), (g)(2), or (g)(3) of this AD. A review of airplane delivery or maintenance records is acceptable in lieu of this inspection if the manufacturer, part number, and serial number of the installed windshields can be conclusively determined from that review. (1) For Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, –223F, –243, –243F, –301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin A330–56–3009, Revision 01, including Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated January 27, 2011. (2) For Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, and –313 airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin A340–56–4008, including Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated May 4, 2010. (3) For Model A340–541 and –642 airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin A340–56– 5002, including Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated May 4, 2010. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS-1 (h) Replacement If it is found during the inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD that any installed LH or RH windshield was manufactured by Saint-Gobain Sully (SGS) and the part number and serial number are identified in the applicable Airbus service information identified in paragraph (g)(1), (g)(2), or (g)(3) of this AD: Within 9 months or 1,200 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, replace all affected LH and RH windshields, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable Airbus service information identified in paragraph (h)(1), (h)(2), or (h)(3) of this AD. (1) For Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, –223F, –243, –243F, –301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin A330–56–3009, Revision 01, including Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated January 27, 2011. (2) For Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, and –313 airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin A340–56–4008, including Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated May 4, 2010. (3) For Model A340–541 and –642 airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin A340–56– 5002, including Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated May 4, 2010. (i) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD for Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, –223F, –243, –243F, –301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Airbus Service Bulletin A330–56–3009, dated May 4, 2010, which is not incorporated by reference in this AD. (j) Parts Installation Limitation As of the effective date of this AD, do not install on an airplane any affected VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:18 Nov 06, 2012 Jkt 229001 windshield from SGS and having a part number and serial number as identified in the applicable service information identified in paragraphs (j)(1), (j)(2), and (j)(3) of this AD, unless a suffix ‘‘U’’ is present at the end of the S/N. (1) For Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, –223F, –243, –243F, –301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin A330–56–3009, Revision 01, including Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated January 27, 2011. (2) For Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, and –313 airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin A340–56–4008, including Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated May 4, 2010. (3) For Model A340–541 and –642 airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin A340–56– 5002, including Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated May 4, 2010. (k) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1138; fax (425) 227– 1149. Information may be emailed to: 9ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAAapproved 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. (l) Related Information (1) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness Directive 2011– 0242, dated December 19, 2011 (corrected February 15, 2012), and the service information identified in paragraphs (k)(1)(i) through (k)(1)(iii) of this AD, for related information. (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-56–3009, Revision 01, including Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated January 27, 2011. (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–56–4008, including Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated May 4, 2010. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–56– 5002, including Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated May 4, 2010. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus SAS—Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330–A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. Issued in Renton, Washington, on October 31, 2012. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2012–27142 Filed 11–6–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2012–1159; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–028–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A310–203, –204, –222, –304, –322, and –324 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a design review of the fuel tank access covers and analyses comparing compliance of the access covers to different tire burst models. ‘Type 21’ panels located within the debris zone revealed that they could not sustain the impact of the tire debris. This proposed AD would require modifying the wing manhole surrounds and replacing certain fuel access panels. We are proposing this AD to prevent a possibility of a fire due to tire debris impact on the fuel access panels. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by December 24, 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– SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\07NOP1.SGM 07NOP1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 216 (Wednesday, November 7, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 66760-66762]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27142]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2012-1162; Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-002-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 
Airbus Model A330-200 Freighter, A330-200, A330-300, A340-200, A340-
300, A340-500, and A340-600 series airplanes. This proposed AD was 
prompted by several reports of a burning smell and/or smoke in the 
cockpit during cruise phase leading, in some cases, to diversion to 
alternate airports. This proposed AD would require an inspection to 
identify the installed windshields and replacement of any affected 
windshield. We are proposing this AD to prevent significantly increased 
workload for the flightcrew, which could, under some flight phases and/
or circumstances, constitute an unsafe condition.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by December 24, 
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, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact 
Airbus SAS--Airworthiness Office--EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 
31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 
93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may review copies of the referenced service 
information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind 
Avenue SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the availability of 
this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office 
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory 
evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street 
address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647-5527) is 
in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket 
shortly after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone (425) 227-1138; 
fax (425) 227-1149.

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-2012-1162; 
Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-002-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 based on 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

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA 
Airworthiness Directive 2011-0242, dated December 19, 2011 (corrected 
February 15, 2012), (referred to after this

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as ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified 
products.
    The MCAI states:

    Several operators have reported cases of burning smell and/or 
smoke in the cockpit during cruise phase leading in some cases to 
diversion.
    Findings have shown that the cause of these events is the 
burning of the Saint-Gobain Sully (SGS) windshield connector 
terminal block.
    This condition, if not corrected, could significantly increase 
the flight crew workload which would, under some flight phases and/
or circumstances, constitute an unsafe condition.
    For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD requires the 
identification of the installed windshields and replacement of the 
affected part.
* * * * *
You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD 
docket.

Relevant Service Information

    Airbus has issued the following service bulletins.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A330-56-3009, Revision 01, 
including Appendices 01, 02, and 03, dated January 27, 2011 (for Model 
A330-201, -202, -203, -223, -223F, -243, -243F, -301, -302, -303, -321, 
-322, -323, -341, -342, and -343 airplanes).
     Airbus Service Bulletin A340-56-4008, including Appendices 
01, 02, and 03, dated May 4, 2010 (for Model A340-211, -212, -213, -
311, -312, and -313 airplanes).
     Airbus Service Bulletin A340-56-5002, including Appendices 
01, 02, and 03, dated May 4, 2010 (for Model A340-541 and -642 
airplanes).
    The actions described in this service information are intended to 
correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This 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 the State of Design Authority, we have 
been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service 
information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we 
evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition 
exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same 
type design.

Costs of Compliance

    Based on the service information, we estimate that this proposed AD 
would affect about 55 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. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the proposed 
AD on U.S. operators to be $9,350, or $170 per product.
    In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would 
take about 10 work-hours and require parts costing $0, for a cost of 
$850 per product. Where the service information lists required parts 
costs that are covered under warranty, we have assumed that there will 
be no charge for these parts. As we do not control warranty coverage 
for affected parties, some parties may incur costs higher than 
estimated here. 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.
    We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to 
comply with this proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

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:

Airbus: Docket No. FAA-2012-1162; Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-
002-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by December 24, 2012.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and 
(c)(2) of this AD, certificated in any category, all manufacturer 
serial numbers.
    (1) Airbus Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, -223F, -243, -243F, 
-301, -302, -303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -342, and -343 airplanes.
    (2) Airbus Model A340-211, -212, -213, -311, -312, -313, -541, 
and -642 airplanes.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 56, Windows.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by several reports of a burning smell and/
or smoke in the cockpit during cruise phase leading, in some cases, 
to diversion to alternate airports. We are proposing this AD to 
prevent significantly increased workload for the flightcrew, which 
could, under some flight phases and/or circumstances, constitute an 
unsafe condition.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Inspection

    Within 1,200 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, 
inspect to identify the

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manufacturer, the part number, and the serial number of the left-
hand (LH) and right-hand (RH) windshields installed on the airplane, 
in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable 
Airbus service information identified in paragraph (g)(1), (g)(2), 
or (g)(3) of this AD. A review of airplane delivery or maintenance 
records is acceptable in lieu of this inspection if the 
manufacturer, part number, and serial number of the installed 
windshields can be conclusively determined from that review.
    (1) For Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, -223F, -243, -243F, -
301, -302, -303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -342, and -343 airplanes: 
Airbus Service Bulletin A330-56-3009, Revision 01, including 
Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated January 27, 2011.
    (2) For Model A340-211, -212, -213, -311, -312, and -313 
airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin A340-56-4008, including Appendix 
01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated May 4, 2010.
    (3) For Model A340-541 and -642 airplanes: Airbus Service 
Bulletin A340-56-5002, including Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 
02 and 03, dated May 4, 2010.

(h) Replacement

    If it is found during the inspection required by paragraph (g) 
of this AD that any installed LH or RH windshield was manufactured 
by Saint-Gobain Sully (SGS) and the part number and serial number 
are identified in the applicable Airbus service information 
identified in paragraph (g)(1), (g)(2), or (g)(3) of this AD: Within 
9 months or 1,200 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, 
whichever occurs first, replace all affected LH and RH windshields, 
in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable 
Airbus service information identified in paragraph (h)(1), (h)(2), 
or (h)(3) of this AD.
    (1) For Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, -223F, -243, -243F, -
301, -302, -303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -342, and -343 airplanes: 
Airbus Service Bulletin A330-56-3009, Revision 01, including 
Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated January 27, 2011.
    (2) For Model A340-211, -212, -213, -311, -312, and -313 
airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin A340-56-4008, including Appendix 
01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated May 4, 2010.
    (3) For Model A340-541 and -642 airplanes: Airbus Service 
Bulletin A340-56-5002, including Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 
02 and 03, dated May 4, 2010.

(i) Credit for Previous Actions

    This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by 
paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD for Model A330-201, -202, -203, -
223, -223F, -243, -243F, -301, -302, -303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -
342, and -343 airplanes, if those actions were performed before the 
effective date of this AD using Airbus Service Bulletin A330-56-
3009, dated May 4, 2010, which is not incorporated by reference in 
this AD.

(j) Parts Installation Limitation

    As of the effective date of this AD, do not install on an 
airplane any affected windshield from SGS and having a part number 
and serial number as identified in the applicable service 
information identified in paragraphs (j)(1), (j)(2), and (j)(3) of 
this AD, unless a suffix ``U'' is present at the end of the S/N.
    (1) For Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, -223F, -243, -243F, -
301, -302, -303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -342, and -343 airplanes: 
Airbus Service Bulletin A330-56-3009, Revision 01, including 
Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated January 27, 2011.
    (2) For Model A340-211, -212, -213, -311, -312, and -313 
airplanes: Airbus Service Bulletin A340-56-4008, including Appendix 
01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated May 4, 2010.
    (3) For Model A340-541 and -642 airplanes: Airbus Service 
Bulletin A340-56-5002, including Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 
02 and 03, dated May 4, 2010.

(k) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using 
the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 
39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight 
Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information 
directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Vladimir 
Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, 
WA 98057-3356; telephone (425) 227-1138; fax (425) 227-1149. 
Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. 
Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal 
inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the 
local flight standards district office/certificate holding district 
office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this 
AD.
    (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain 
corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these 
actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered 
FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority 
(or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product 
is airworthy before it is returned to service.

(l) Related Information

    (1) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness 
Directive 2011-0242, dated December 19, 2011 (corrected February 15, 
2012), and the service information identified in paragraphs 
(k)(1)(i) through (k)(1)(iii) of this AD, for related information.
    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-56-3009, Revision 01, including 
Appendix 01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated January 27, 2011.
    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-56-4008, including Appendix 
01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated May 4, 2010.
    (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-56-5002, including Appendix 
01, excluding Appendices 02 and 03, dated May 4, 2010.
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus SAS--Airworthiness Office--EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice 
Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; 
fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; 
Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may review copies of the 
referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane 
Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington. For 
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
425-227-1221.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on October 31, 2012.
Ali Bahrami,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-27142 Filed 11-6-12; 8:45 am]
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