Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 70369-70372 [2012-28181]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 227 / Monday, November 26, 2012 / Rules and Regulations (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–71–3024, Revision 01, excluding Appendices 01 through 03, dated September 27, 2011. (ii) Rolls-Royce Non-Modification Service Bulletin RB.211–71–AG419, Revision 1, including Appendix 1, dated May 10, 2011. (3) For Airbus 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. For Rolls-Royce service information identified in this AD, contact RollsRoyce plc, P.O. Box 31, Derby, DE24 8BJ, England; telephone 011 44 1332 242424; fax 011 44 1332 249936; Internet https://www.aeromanager.com. (4) You may review copies of the 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. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/ federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html. Issued in Renton, Washington, on October 31, 2012. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2012–28422 Filed 11–23–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2012–0676; Directorate Identifier 2011–NM–182–AD; Amendment 39–17266; AD 2012–23–10] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:35 Nov 23, 2012 Jkt 229001 Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of the escape slide of the raft inflation system not deploying when activated due to the rotation of the cable guide in a direction which resulted in jamming of the inflation control cable. This AD requires modifying the affected slide rafts. We are issuing this AD to prevent nondeployment of the inflation system of the escape slide raft, which could result in delayed evacuation from the airplane during an emergency, and consequent injury to the passengers. DATES: This AD becomes effective December 31, 2012. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of December 31, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov or in person at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1405; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to the specified products. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on July 2, 2012 (77 FR 39186). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) states: Two occurrences on Airbus A320 aeroplanes have been reported where the escape slide raft inflation system did not deploy when activated, due to the rotation of the cable guide in a direction which resulted in jamming of the inflation control cable. Additionally, there has been one reported case where the system did not deploy properly due to a cracked inflation hose fitting. Investigation conducted by the slide raft manufacturer showed that the hose fitting could be subject to a bending moment if improperly packed. Subsequently, the hose fitting could separate from the reservoir and the inflation of the slide raft may be impaired. This condition, if not corrected, could delay the evacuation from the aeroplane in PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 70369 case of emergency, possibly resulting in injury to the occupants. For the reasons described above, this [European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)] AD requires modification of the affected slide rafts or [optional] replacement thereof with modified units. * * * * * The modification includes installing a cable guide adaptor, an anti-rotation bracket, and a new hose assembly. You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We considered the comments received. United Airlines (UAL) supports the compliance time of 36 months after the effective date of this AD. Request To Clarify Concurrent Requirements UAL requested we highlight that Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004– 25–85 has a concurrent requirement to accomplish Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004–25–56. UAL stated that it would like to receive a confirmation that Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004–25–56 must also be accomplished to comply with the proposed AD (77 FR 39186, July 2, 2012). We agree with UAL’s comment. For the optional replacement in paragraph (h) of this final rule, we have clarified that the concurrent requirement specified in paragraph 1.B. of Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B. A320 004–25–85, Revision 2, dated January 3, 2012, is necessary. We have revised paragraphs (h), (j)(1), and (j)(2) in this final rule accordingly. Request To Remove the Parts Installation Limitation in Paragraph (j)(1) of the Proposed AD (77 FR 39186, July 2, 2012) UAL requested that the parts installation limitation in paragraph (j)(1) of the proposed AD (77 FR 39186, July 2, 2012) be removed. UAL stated that the proposed requirement will remove the operator’s flexibility to replace a post-AD part number with a pre-AD part number prior to the AD limit. UAL stated that, after the proposed AD effective date, it agrees that any new slide-rafts released by the home shop should have the AD requirements incorporated to prevent unit on-wing installation beyond the AD limit, but not on the ones currently installed onwing. UAL stated that it believes the intent of the proposed AD is to eliminate pre-AD part numbers after 36 months of the effective date. E:\FR\FM\26NOR1.SGM 26NOR1 70370 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 227 / Monday, November 26, 2012 / Rules and Regulations We disagree with UAL’s request to remove paragraph (j)(1) of this final rule. Paragraph (j)(1) of this final rule only applies to those airplanes that have accomplished the modification or replacement. The intent of this AD is to prevent installation of the unsafe escape slide rafts after accomplishing the required modification or replacement. Operators have a compliance time of within 36 months after the effective date of this AD to do the modification required by paragraph (g) of this AD, or the alternative action specified in paragraph (h) of this AD. We have not changed the AD in this regard. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES Request To Incorporate New Service Information Airbus requested that we revise the proposed AD (77 FR 39186, July 2, 2012) to incorporate Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004–25–85, Revision 1, dated September 30, 2011, and Revision 2, dated January 3, 2012; and to refer to EASA AD 2011–0160R1, dated March 15, 2012; into the proposed AD. We agree with Airbus’ request to reference the latest service information. We have revised this AD to reference Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004–25–85, Revision 2, dated January 3, 2012, for the actions specified in paragraphs (h) and (j) of this AD. Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004– 25–85, Revision 2, dated January 3, 2012, clarifies certain actions and figures. We have also added new paragraph (k) of this AD to provide credit for actions done using Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004– 25–85, dated November 30, 2010; or Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004– 25–85, Revision 1, dated September 30, 2011; before the effective date of this AD. In addition, we have revised paragraph (m) of this AD to reference EASA AD 2011–0160R1, dated March 15, 2012, which clarifies the parts installation limitations specified in that EASA AD. Conclusion We reviewed the available data, including the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD with the changes described previously— except for minor editorial changes. We have determined that these changes: • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in NPRM (77 FR 39186, July 2, 2012) for correcting the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM (77 FR 39186, July 2, 2012). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:35 Nov 23, 2012 Jkt 229001 Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect 745 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 19 workhours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts will cost about $341 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. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD to the U.S. operators to be $1,457,220, or $1,956 per product. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,’’ describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in ‘‘Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and 4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains the NPRM (77 FR 39186, July 2, 2012), the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: ■ 2012–23–10 Airbus: Amendment 39–17266. Docket No. FAA–2012–0676; Directorate Identifier 2011–NM–182–AD. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective December 31, 2012. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to all Airbus Model A318– 111, –112, –121, and –122 airplanes; Model A319–111, –112, –113, –114, –115, –131, –132, and –133 airplanes; Model A320–111, –211, –212, –214, –231, –232, and –233 airplanes; and Model A321–111, –112, –131, –211, –212, –213, –231, and –232 airplanes; certificated in any category; all manufacturer serial numbers. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 25: Equipment/Furnishings. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports of the escape slide of the raft inflation system not deploying when activated due to the rotation of the cable guide in a direction which E:\FR\FM\26NOR1.SGM 26NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 227 / Monday, November 26, 2012 / Rules and Regulations resulted in jamming of the inflation control table. We are issuing this AD to prevent nondeployment of the inflation system of the escape slide raft, which could result in delayed evacuation from the airplane during an emergency, and consequent injury to the passengers. (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) Modification Except as provided by paragraph (i) of this AD, within 36 months after the effective date of this AD: Modify the escape slide rafts that have a part number (P/N) specified in table 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320–25–1723, dated December 17, 2010 (for Model A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes); or Airbus Service Bulletin A320–25–1724, dated December 17, 2010 (for Model A318 series airplanes). TABLE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (g) OF THIS AD—ESCAPE SLIDE RAFT Air Cruisers and Aerazur escape slide rafts part number if fitted with a reservoir and valve assembly P/N D18309–105 or P/N D18309– 205 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES D30664–105 D30664–107 D30664–109 D30664–305 D30664–307 D30664–309 D30664–311 D30665–105 D30665–107 D30665–109 D30665–305 D30665–307 D30665–309 D30665–311 (h) Replacement in Accordance With Air Cruisers Service Bulletin Replacement of all affected escape slide rafts on any affected airplane with slide rafts that have been modified in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004–25– 85, Revision 2, dated January 3, 2012, is acceptable for compliance with the requirements of paragraph (g) of this AD, provided that prior to or concurrently with accomplishing the modification, the installation of the cable guide assembly is done in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004–25–56, dated November 12, 1999. (i) Airplanes Not Affected by Paragraph (g) of This AD Airplanes on which Airbus modification 151459 or modification 151502 has been embodied in production, and on which no escape slide raft replacements have been made since first flight, are not affected by the VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:06 Nov 23, 2012 Jkt 229001 requirement specified in paragraph (g) of this AD. (j) Parts Installation Limitations (1) For airplanes other than those identified in paragraph (i) of this AD: After accomplishment of the modification required by paragraph (g) of this AD or after accomplishment of the alternative modification specified in paragraph (h) of this AD, no person may install, on any airplane, an escape slide raft specified in table 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD, unless it has been modified in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320–25–1723, dated December 17, 2010 (for Model A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes); Airbus Service Bulletin A320–25–1724, dated December 17, 2010 (for Model A318 series airplanes); or Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004– 25–85, Revision 2, dated January 3, 2012 (for Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes), including the installation of the cable guide assembly in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004–25–56, dated, November 12, 1999. (2) For airplanes identified in paragraph (i) of this AD: As the effective date of this AD, no person may install, on any airplane, an escape slide raft specified in table 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD, unless it has been modified in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320–25–1723, dated December 17, 2010 (for Model A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes); Airbus Service Bulletin A320–25–1724, dated December 17, 2010 (for Model A318 series airplanes); or Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004– 25–85, Revision 2, dated January 3, 2012 (for Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes), including the installation of the cable guide assembly in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004–25–56, dated, November 12, 1999. (k) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by paragraphs (h) and (j) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004–25– 85, dated November 30, 2010; or Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004–25–85, Revision 1, dated September 30, 2011; which are not incorporated by reference in this AD. (l) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, 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: Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057– PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 70371 3356; telephone (425) 227–1405; 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 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. (m) Related Information (1) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness Directive 2011– 0160R1, dated March 15, 2012, and the service information specified in paragraphs (m)(1)(i) through (m)(1)(iv) of this AD, for related information. (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–25–1723, dated December 17, 2010. (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–25–1724, dated December 17, 2010. (iii) Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004–25–85, Revision 2, dated January 3, 2012. (iv) Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004–25–56, dated, November 12, 1999. (2) For Air Cruisers service information identified in this AD, contact Zodiac Services Americas, Cage Code 567V9, 4900 St. Joe Boulevard, Building 200, Suite 400, College Park, Georgia 30337; telephone 678–228– 8153; fax 404–599–0041; email techpubs@zodiac.com; Internet http://www. zodiacaerospace.com. (n) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–25–1723, dated December 17, 2010. (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–25–1724, dated December 17, 2010. (iii) Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004–25–85, Revision 2, dated January 3, 2012. (iv) Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004–25–56, dated, November 12, 1999. (3) For Airbus service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus, Airworthiness Office—EAS, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email account.airworth-eas@ airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. For Air Cruisers service information identified in this AD, contact Zodiac Services Americas, Cage Code 567V9, 4900 St. Joe Boulevard, Building 200, Suite 400, College Park, Georgia 30337; telephone 678–228– 8153; fax 404–599–0041; email E:\FR\FM\26NOR1.SGM 26NOR1 70372 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 227 / Monday, November 26, 2012 / Rules and Regulations techpubs@zodiac.com; Internet http:// www.zodiacaerospace.com. (4) You may review copies of the 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. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http://www.archives. gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html. Issued in Renton, Washington, on November 13, 2012. John P. Piccola, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. Table of Acronyms CFR Code of Federal Regulations DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking § Section Symbol U.S.C. United States Code [FR Doc. 2012–28181 Filed 11–23–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2012–0930] RIN 1625–AA09 Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Shark River (South Channel), Avon Township, NJ Coast Guard, DHS. Final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is removing the existing drawbridge operation regulation that governs the opening of the S35 Bridge, mile 0.9, across Shark River (South Channel) at Avon Township, NJ. The existing regulation contains a drawbridge operation schedule for the S35 Bridge. However, the existing bridge was modified in 2006 from a movable bridge to a fixed bridge. Since the bridge is no longer a movable bridge, the regulation controlling the opening and closing of the bridge is no longer necessary. DATES: This rule is effective November 26, 2012. ADDRESSES: Documents indicated in this preamble as being available in the docket, are part of docket USCG–2012– 0930 and are available by going to http://www.regulations.gov, inserting USCG–2012–0930 in the ‘‘Keyword’’ box, and then clicking ‘‘Search.’’ This material is also available for inspection or copying at the Docket Management Facility (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:35 Nov 23, 2012 Jkt 229001 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email Jim Rousseau, Bridge Management Specialist, Fifth Coast Guard District; telephone 757–398– 6557, email James.L.Rousseau2@uscg. mil. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–366– 9826. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Regulatory History and Information The Coast Guard is issuing this final rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section 4(a) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those procedures are ‘‘impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.’’ Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule because the S35 bridge that once required draw operations as outlined in 33 CFR 117.751 was modified from a movable bridge to a fixed bridge. As such, the bridge no longer opens for the passage of vessels. Therefore, the regulation is no longer applicable and should be removed from publication. It is unnecessary to publish an NPRM because this regulatory action does not purport to place any restrictions on mariners but rather removes a restriction that has no further use or value. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(1), a rule that relieves a restriction is not required to provide the 30 day notice period before its effective date. Since the purpose of this rule is to remove the S35 Bridge operation requirements under 33 CFR 117.751, the Coast Guard is removing a regulatory restriction currently imposed on the public. As such, the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this rule effective in less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. The bridge has been a fixed bridge for 6 years and this rule merely requires an administrative change to the PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Federal Register, in order to omit a regulatory requirement that is no longer applicable or necessary. The modification has already taken place and the removal of the regulation will not affect mariners currently operating on this waterway. B. Basis and Purpose On June 25, 1999, a Coast Guard Bridge Permit (1–99–5) was issued to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to replace the existing bascule bridge, which carries S35 over Shark River (South Channel) at Avon Township NJ, with a new fixed bridge. NJDOT completed construction for a new fixed bridge in June 2006. The elimination of this drawbridge necessitates the removal of the drawbridge operation regulation, in 33 CFR 117.751 that contains an operating schedule pertaining to the former drawbridge. C. Discussion of the Final Rule The Coast Guard is changing the regulation in 33 CFR part 117 without publishing an NPRM. The change removes the regulation governing a movable bridge that was modified to a fixed bridge. Specifically, this rule will remove the section of 33 CFR 117.751 that refers to the S35 Bridge at mile 0.9, from the Code of Federal Regulations since it governs a bridge that is no longer able to be opened. D. Regulatory Planning and Review We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on a number of these statutes or executive orders. 1. Regulatory Analysis This rule is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, as supplemented by Executive Order 13653, and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of Order 12866 or under section 1 of Executive Order 13563. The Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed it under those Orders. We reached this conclusion based on the fact that a special operating regulation exists for movable bridges and as this bridge has been modified to a fixed bridge, the regulation is unnecessary. 2. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0676; Directorate Identifier 2011-NM-182-AD; 
Amendment 39-17266; AD 2012-23-10]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 
Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. This AD was 
prompted by reports of the escape slide of the raft inflation system 
not deploying when activated due to the rotation of the cable guide in 
a direction which resulted in jamming of the inflation control cable. 
This AD requires modifying the affected slide rafts. We are issuing 
this AD to prevent non-deployment of the inflation system of the escape 
slide raft, which could result in delayed evacuation from the airplane 
during an emergency, and consequent injury to the passengers.

DATES: This AD becomes effective December 31, 2012.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of December 31, 
2012.

ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov or in person at the U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 
227-1405; fax (425) 227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 to include an AD that would apply to the specified products. 
That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on July 2, 2012 (77 FR 
39186). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the 
specified products. The Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) states:

    Two occurrences on Airbus A320 aeroplanes have been reported 
where the escape slide raft inflation system did not deploy when 
activated, due to the rotation of the cable guide in a direction 
which resulted in jamming of the inflation control cable. 
Additionally, there has been one reported case where the system did 
not deploy properly due to a cracked inflation hose fitting.
    Investigation conducted by the slide raft manufacturer showed 
that the hose fitting could be subject to a bending moment if 
improperly packed. Subsequently, the hose fitting could separate 
from the reservoir and the inflation of the slide raft may be 
impaired.
    This condition, if not corrected, could delay the evacuation 
from the aeroplane in case of emergency, possibly resulting in 
injury to the occupants.
    For the reasons described above, this [European Aviation Safety 
Agency (EASA)] AD requires modification of the affected slide rafts 
or [optional] replacement thereof with modified units.

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The modification includes installing a cable guide adaptor, an anti-
rotation bracket, and a new hose assembly. You may obtain further 
information by examining the MCAI in the AD.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. We considered the comments received. United Airlines (UAL) 
supports the compliance time of 36 months after the effective date of 
this AD.

Request To Clarify Concurrent Requirements

    UAL requested we highlight that Air Cruisers Service Bulletin 
S.B.A320 004-25-85 has a concurrent requirement to accomplish Air 
Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004-25-56. UAL stated that it would 
like to receive a confirmation that Air Cruisers Service Bulletin 
S.B.A320 004-25-56 must also be accomplished to comply with the 
proposed AD (77 FR 39186, July 2, 2012).
    We agree with UAL's comment. For the optional replacement in 
paragraph (h) of this final rule, we have clarified that the concurrent 
requirement specified in paragraph 1.B. of Air Cruisers Service 
Bulletin S.B. A320 004-25-85, Revision 2, dated January 3, 2012, is 
necessary. We have revised paragraphs (h), (j)(1), and (j)(2) in this 
final rule accordingly.

Request To Remove the Parts Installation Limitation in Paragraph (j)(1) 
of the Proposed AD (77 FR 39186, July 2, 2012)

    UAL requested that the parts installation limitation in paragraph 
(j)(1) of the proposed AD (77 FR 39186, July 2, 2012) be removed. UAL 
stated that the proposed requirement will remove the operator's 
flexibility to replace a post-AD part number with a pre-AD part number 
prior to the AD limit. UAL stated that, after the proposed AD effective 
date, it agrees that any new slide-rafts released by the home shop 
should have the AD requirements incorporated to prevent unit on-wing 
installation beyond the AD limit, but not on the ones currently 
installed on-wing. UAL stated that it believes the intent of the 
proposed AD is to eliminate pre-AD part numbers after 36 months of the 
effective date.

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    We disagree with UAL's request to remove paragraph (j)(1) of this 
final rule. Paragraph (j)(1) of this final rule only applies to those 
airplanes that have accomplished the modification or replacement. The 
intent of this AD is to prevent installation of the unsafe escape slide 
rafts after accomplishing the required modification or replacement. 
Operators have a compliance time of within 36 months after the 
effective date of this AD to do the modification required by paragraph 
(g) of this AD, or the alternative action specified in paragraph (h) of 
this AD. We have not changed the AD in this regard.

Request To Incorporate New Service Information

    Airbus requested that we revise the proposed AD (77 FR 39186, July 
2, 2012) to incorporate Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004-25-
85, Revision 1, dated September 30, 2011, and Revision 2, dated January 
3, 2012; and to refer to EASA AD 2011-0160R1, dated March 15, 2012; 
into the proposed AD.
    We agree with Airbus' request to reference the latest service 
information. We have revised this AD to reference Air Cruisers Service 
Bulletin S.B.A320 004-25-85, Revision 2, dated January 3, 2012, for the 
actions specified in paragraphs (h) and (j) of this AD. Air Cruisers 
Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004-25-85, Revision 2, dated January 3, 2012, 
clarifies certain actions and figures. We have also added new paragraph 
(k) of this AD to provide credit for actions done using Air Cruisers 
Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004-25-85, dated November 30, 2010; or Air 
Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004-25-85, Revision 1, dated 
September 30, 2011; before the effective date of this AD. In addition, 
we have revised paragraph (m) of this AD to reference EASA AD 2011-
0160R1, dated March 15, 2012, which clarifies the parts installation 
limitations specified in that EASA AD.

Conclusion

    We reviewed the available data, including the comments received, 
and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting 
the AD with the changes described previously--except for minor 
editorial changes. We have determined that these changes:
     Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in NPRM 
(77 FR 39186, July 2, 2012) for correcting the unsafe condition; and
     Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was 
already proposed in the NPRM (77 FR 39186, July 2, 2012).

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD will affect 745 products of U.S. registry. 
We also estimate that it will take about 19 work-hours per product to 
comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate 
is $85 per work-hour. Required parts will cost about $341 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. Based 
on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD to the U.S. operators 
to be $1,457,220, or $1,956 per product.

Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the 
authority of the FAA Administrator. ``Subtitle VII: Aviation 
Programs,'' describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's 
authority.
    We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in 
``Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General 
requirements.'' Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with 
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing 
regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator 
finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within 
the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition 
that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this 
rulemaking action.

Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications 
under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct 
effect on the States, on the relationship between the national 
government and the States, or on the distribution of power and 
responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:
    1. Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866;
    2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979);
    3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and
    4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to 
comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office 
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays. The AD docket contains the NPRM (77 FR 39186, July 2, 2012), 
the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other 
information. The street address for the Docket Operations office 
(telephone (800) 647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will 
be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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

Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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

2012-23-10 Airbus: Amendment 39-17266. Docket No. FAA-2012-0676; 
Directorate Identifier 2011-NM-182-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective December 31, 
2012.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to all Airbus Model A318-111, -112, -121, and -
122 airplanes; Model A319-111, -112, -113, -114, -115, -131, -132, 
and -133 airplanes; Model A320-111, -211, -212, -214, -231, -232, 
and -233 airplanes; and Model A321-111, -112, -131, -211, -212, -
213, -231, and -232 airplanes; certificated in any category; all 
manufacturer serial numbers.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 25: Equipment/
Furnishings.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports of the escape slide of the raft 
inflation system not deploying when activated due to the rotation of 
the cable guide in a direction which

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resulted in jamming of the inflation control table. We are issuing 
this AD to prevent non-deployment of the inflation system of the 
escape slide raft, which could result in delayed evacuation from the 
airplane during an emergency, and consequent injury to the 
passengers.

(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) Modification

    Except as provided by paragraph (i) of this AD, within 36 months 
after the effective date of this AD: Modify the escape slide rafts 
that have a part number (P/N) specified in table 1 to paragraph (g) 
of this AD, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of 
Airbus Service Bulletin A320-25-1723, dated December 17, 2010 (for 
Model A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes); or Airbus Service 
Bulletin A320-25-1724, dated December 17, 2010 (for Model A318 
series airplanes).

         Table 1 to Paragraph (g) of This AD--Escape Slide Raft
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Air Cruisers and Aerazur escape slide rafts part number if fitted with a
      reservoir and valve assembly P/N D18309-105 or P/N D18309-205
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
                               D30664-105
                               D30664-107
                               D30664-109
                               D30664-305
                               D30664-307
                               D30664-309
                               D30664-311
                               D30665-105
                               D30665-107
                               D30665-109
                               D30665-305
                               D30665-307
                               D30665-309
                               D30665-311
------------------------------------------------------------------------

(h) Replacement in Accordance With Air Cruisers Service Bulletin

    Replacement of all affected escape slide rafts on any affected 
airplane with slide rafts that have been modified in accordance with 
the Accomplishment Instructions of Air Cruisers Service Bulletin 
S.B.A320 004-25-85, Revision 2, dated January 3, 2012, is acceptable 
for compliance with the requirements of paragraph (g) of this AD, 
provided that prior to or concurrently with accomplishing the 
modification, the installation of the cable guide assembly is done 
in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Air Cruisers 
Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004-25-56, dated November 12, 1999.

(i) Airplanes Not Affected by Paragraph (g) of This AD

    Airplanes on which Airbus modification 151459 or modification 
151502 has been embodied in production, and on which no escape slide 
raft replacements have been made since first flight, are not 
affected by the requirement specified in paragraph (g) of this AD.

(j) Parts Installation Limitations

    (1) For airplanes other than those identified in paragraph (i) 
of this AD: After accomplishment of the modification required by 
paragraph (g) of this AD or after accomplishment of the alternative 
modification specified in paragraph (h) of this AD, no person may 
install, on any airplane, an escape slide raft specified in table 1 
to paragraph (g) of this AD, unless it has been modified in 
accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service 
Bulletin A320-25-1723, dated December 17, 2010 (for Model A319, 
A320, and A321 series airplanes); Airbus Service Bulletin A320-25-
1724, dated December 17, 2010 (for Model A318 series airplanes); or 
Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004-25-85, Revision 2, dated 
January 3, 2012 (for Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series 
airplanes), including the installation of the cable guide assembly 
in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Air Cruisers 
Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004-25-56, dated, November 12, 1999.
    (2) For airplanes identified in paragraph (i) of this AD: As the 
effective date of this AD, no person may install, on any airplane, 
an escape slide raft specified in table 1 to paragraph (g) of this 
AD, unless it has been modified in accordance with the 
Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320-25-1723, 
dated December 17, 2010 (for Model A319, A320, and A321 series 
airplanes); Airbus Service Bulletin A320-25-1724, dated December 17, 
2010 (for Model A318 series airplanes); or Air Cruisers Service 
Bulletin S.B.A320 004-25-85, Revision 2, dated January 3, 2012 (for 
Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes), including the 
installation of the cable guide assembly in accordance with the 
Accomplishment Instructions of Air Cruisers Service Bulletin 
S.B.A320 004-25-56, dated, November 12, 1999.

(k) Credit for Previous Actions

    This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by 
paragraphs (h) and (j) of this AD, if those actions were performed 
before the effective date of this AD using Air Cruisers Service 
Bulletin S.B.A320 004-25-85, dated November 30, 2010; or Air 
Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004-25-85, Revision 1, dated 
September 30, 2011; which are not incorporated by reference in this 
AD.

 (l) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-116, 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: Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 
227-1405; 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.

(m) Related Information

    (1) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness 
Directive 2011-0160R1, dated March 15, 2012, and the service 
information specified in paragraphs (m)(1)(i) through (m)(1)(iv) of 
this AD, for related information.
    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A320-25-1723, dated December 17, 
2010.
    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A320-25-1724, dated December 17, 
2010.
    (iii) Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004-25-85, Revision 
2, dated January 3, 2012.
    (iv) Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004-25-56, dated, 
November 12, 1999.
    (2) For Air Cruisers service information identified in this AD, 
contact Zodiac Services Americas, Cage Code 567V9, 4900 St. Joe 
Boulevard, Building 200, Suite 400, College Park, Georgia 30337; 
telephone 678-228-8153; fax 404-599-0041; email techpubs@zodiac.com; 
Internet http://www.zodiacaerospace.com.

(n) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A320-25-1723, dated December 17, 
2010.
    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A320-25-1724, dated December 17, 
2010.
    (iii) Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004-25-85, Revision 
2, dated January 3, 2012.
    (iv) Air Cruisers Service Bulletin S.B.A320 004-25-56, dated, 
November 12, 1999.
    (3) For Airbus service information identified in this AD, 
contact Airbus, Airworthiness Office--EAS, 1 Rond Point Maurice 
Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; 
fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email account.airworth-eas@airbus.com; 
Internet http://www.airbus.com. For Air Cruisers service information 
identified in this AD, contact Zodiac Services Americas, Cage Code 
567V9, 4900 St. Joe Boulevard, Building 200, Suite 400, College 
Park, Georgia 30337; telephone 678-228-8153; fax 404-599-0041; email

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techpubs@zodiac.com; Internet http://www.zodiacaerospace.com.
    (4) You may review copies of the 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.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on November 13, 2012.
John P. Piccola,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-28181 Filed 11-23-12; 8:45 am]
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