Airworthiness Directives; GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd Airplanes, 71489-71491 [2012-28821]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 232 / Monday, December 3, 2012 / Rules and Regulations emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with RULES following Stemme F & D Installation Instruction A34–10–093–01, dated August 13, 2012; or Stemme F & D Installation Instruction A34–10–093–02, dated August 13, 2012, as applicable. (iii) There is maintenance records/logbook evidence, i.e. logbook entry, that the installed engine fuel, oil, and cooling systems rubber hoses are five years old or more than five years old, before further flight, replace the hoses with FAA-approved serviceable hoses following Stemme F & D Installation Instruction A34–10–093–01, dated August 13, 2012; or Stemme F & D Installation Instruction A34–10–093–02, dated August 13, 2012, as applicable. (3) As of January 7, 2013 (the effective date of this AD), only install FAA-approved serviceable engine fuel, oil, and cooling systems rubber hoses following Stemme F & D Installation Instruction A34–10–093–01, dated August 13, 2012; or Stemme F & D Installation Instruction A34–10–093– 02, dated August 13, 2012, as applicable, and that have a current documentation of hose conformity, i.e., DoC or EASA Form 1. (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: Jim Rutherford, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4165; fax: (816) 329– 4090; email: jim.rutherford@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC on any sailplane 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: VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:39 Nov 30, 2012 Jkt 229001 Information Collection Clearance Officer, AES–200. (h) Related Information Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2012–0154, dated August 17, 2012; Stemme F & D Installation Instruction A34–10–093–01, dated August 13, 2012; and Stemme F & D Installation Instruction A34–10–093–02, dated August 13, 2012, for related information. (i) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Stemme F & D Installation Instruction A34–10–093–01, dated August 13, 2012. (ii) Stemme F & D Installation Instruction A34–10–093–02, dated August 13, 2012. (3) For Stemme GmbH & Co. KG service information identified in this AD, contact STEMME AG, Flugplatzstrasse F2, Nr. 7 15344 Strausberg, Germany; telephone: +49 (0) 3341 3612–0, fax: +49 (0) 3341 3612–30; Internet: http://www.stemme.de/daten/e/ index.html. (4) You may view this service information at FAA, 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. (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/ index.html. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on November 20, 2012. John Colomy, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2012–28819 Filed 11–30–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 71489 Airvan (Pty) Ltd Models GA8 and GA8– TC320 Airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as burnt electrical connectors leading to the lefthand wingtip pitot heater, which may result in loss of airspeed indication. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective January 7, 2013. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of January 7, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov or in person at Document Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. For service information identified in this AD, contact Gippsland Aeronautics, Attn: Technical Services, P.O. Box 881, Morwell Victoria 3840, Australia; telephone: + 61 03 5172 1200; fax: + 61 03 5172 1201; Internet: http:// www.gippsaero.com/customer-support/ technical-publications.aspx. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329– 4059; fax: (816) 329–4090; email: doug.rudolph@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: 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 September 19, 2012 (77 FR 58052). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for GA 8 CASA has received a number of Service Difficulty Reports regarding the pitot probe heater connector. The loss of pitot heat in Instrument Meteorological Condition (IMC) may lead to the loss of airspeed indication. This may lead to the loss of control of the 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2012–1007; Directorate Identifier 2012–CE–031–AD; Amendment 39–17274; AD 2012–24–04] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\03DER1.SGM 03DER1 71490 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 232 / Monday, December 3, 2012 / Rules and Regulations aeroplane. Remedial action is to replace the connector with a terminal block. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public. Conclusion We reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed except for minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes: • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM (77 FR 58052, September 19, 2012) for correcting the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with RULES Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect 29 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 4 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $100 per product. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the AD on U.S. operators to be $12,760, or $440 per product. According to the manufacturer, all of the costs of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected individuals. As a result, we have included all costs in our cost estimate. 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:39 Nov 30, 2012 Jkt 229001 Regulatory Findings We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979), (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains the NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 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: ■ 2012–24–04 GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd: Amendment 39–17274; Docket No. FAA–2012–1007; Directorate Identifier 2012–CE–031–AD. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective January 7, 2013. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd Models GA8 and GA8–TC320 airplanes, all serial numbers, certificated in any category. (d) Subject Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 30, Ice and Rain Protection. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by burnt electrical connectors leading to the left-hand wingtip pitot heater, which may result in loss of airspeed indication. We are issuing this AD to modify the pitot heat wiring on the lefthand wingtip with a terminal block to prevent loss of heating to the pitot system, which could result in loss of airspeed indication. (f) Actions and Compliance Unless already done, within the next 100 hours time-in-service after January 7, 2013 (the effective date of this AD) or at the next annual inspection after January 7, 2013 (the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs later, modify the pitot heat wiring connector at the left wingtip, following GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–GA8–2012– 77, Issue 3, dated March 23, 2012. (g) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4059; fax: (816) 329– 4090; email: doug.rudolph@faa.gov. 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 E:\FR\FM\03DER1.SGM 03DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 232 / Monday, December 3, 2012 / Rules and Regulations 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 Civil Aviation Safety Authority AD/GA8/6, dated August 6, 2012; and GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–GA8–2012–77, Issue 3, dated March 23, 2012, for related information. For service information related to this AD, contact Gippsland Aeronautics, Attn: Technical Services, P.O. Box 881, Morwell Victoria 3840, Australia; telephone: +61 03 5172 1200; fax: +61 03 5172 1201; Internet: http://www.gippsaero.com/customersupport/technical-publications.aspx. 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. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with RULES (i) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–GA8–2012–77, Issue 3, dated March 23, 2012; (ii) Reserved. (3) For GippsAero service information identified in this AD, contact Gippsland Aeronautics, Attn: Technical Services, P.O. Box 881, Morwell Victoria 3840, Australia; telephone: +61 03 5172 1200; fax: +61 03 5172 1201; Internet: http:// www.gippsaero.com/customer-support/ technical-publications.aspx. (4) 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. (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/ index.html. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on November 21, 2012. Earl Lawrence, Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2012–28821 Filed 11–30–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:39 Nov 30, 2012 Jkt 229001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2008–0681; Directorate Identifier 2008–NE–13–AD; Amendment 39– 17268; AD 2012–23–12] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for all Turbomeca S.A. Arriel 1E2, 1S, and 1S1 turboshaft engines. That AD currently requires a one-time inspection and torque check of the 3-way union plug installed on all fuel control units (FCUs). This new AD requires the same actions. This AD also requires reduction of the applicability to certain FCUs and references an updated service bulletin containing additional detailed information to identify the noncompliant ‘‘red disk.’’ This AD also requires replacement of the plug before further flight if it is found to be noncompliant, and prohibits installation of FCUs that have not passed the 3-way union plug inspection and torque check. This AD was prompted by Turbomeca S.A. informing us that FCUs manufactured, repaired, or overhauled after March 31, 2008, do not require inspection. We are issuing this AD to prevent fuel leaks, which could result in a fire and damage to the helicopter. DATES: This AD is effective January 7, 2013. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of January 7, 2013. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this AD, contact Turbomeca S.A., 40220 Tarnos, France; phone: 33 (0)5 59 74 40 00; telex: 570 042; fax: 33 (0)5 59 74 45 15. You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7125. SUMMARY: 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 PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 71491 docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (phone: 800–647–5527) is Document Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rose Len, Aerospace Engineer, Engine & Propeller Directorate, FAA, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238–7772; fax: 781– 238–7199; email: rose.len@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2009–03–04, Amendment 39–15805 (74 FR 7796, February 20, 2009). That AD applies to the specified products. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2012 (77 FR 43552). That NPRM proposed to require a one-time inspection and torque check of the 3way union plug, replacement of the plug before further flight if it is found to be non-compliant, and would prohibit installation of FCUs that have not passed the 3-way union plug inspection and torque check. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM. Conclusion We reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed. Costs of Compliance Based on the updated service information, we estimate that this AD will affect about 179 engines installed on helicopters of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 0.5 hour per product to comply with this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per hour. Required parts will cost about $14 per product. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the AD on U.S. operators to be $10,114. Our cost estimate is exclusive of possible warranty coverage. 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 E:\FR\FM\03DER1.SGM 03DER1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2012-1007; Directorate Identifier 2012-CE-031-AD; 
Amendment 39-17274; AD 2012-24-04]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd 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 GA 8 
Airvan (Pty) Ltd Models GA8 and GA8-TC320 Airplanes. This AD results 
from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an 
aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe 
condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe 
condition as burnt electrical connectors leading to the left-hand 
wingtip pitot heater, which may result in loss of airspeed indication. 
We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe 
condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective January 7, 2013.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of January 7, 
2013.

ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov or in person at Document Management Facility, U.S. 
Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building 
Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 
20590.
    For service information identified in this AD, contact Gippsland 
Aeronautics, Attn: Technical Services, P.O. Box 881, Morwell Victoria 
3840, Australia; telephone: + 61 03 5172 1200; fax: + 61 03 5172 1201; 
Internet: http://www.gippsaero.com/customer-support/technical-publications.aspx. You may review copies of the referenced service 
information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas 
City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this 
material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

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 September 19, 2012 
(77 FR 58052). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for 
the specified products. The MCAI states:

    CASA has received a number of Service Difficulty Reports 
regarding the pitot probe heater connector. The loss of pitot heat 
in Instrument Meteorological Condition (IMC) may lead to the loss of 
airspeed indication. This may lead to the loss of control of the

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aeroplane. Remedial action is to replace the connector with a 
terminal block.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of 
the cost to the public.

Conclusion

    We reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and 
the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed except for 
minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes:
     Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the 
NPRM (77 FR 58052, September 19, 2012) for correcting the unsafe 
condition; and
     Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was 
already proposed in the NPRM.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD will affect 29 products of U.S. registry. 
We also estimate that it would take about 4 work-hours per product to 
comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate 
is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $100 per product.
    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the AD on U.S. 
operators to be $12,760, or $440 per product.
    According to the manufacturer, all of the costs of this AD may be 
covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected 
individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected 
individuals. As a result, we have included all costs in our cost 
estimate.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

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

Examining the AD Docket

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

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

0
 2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new AD:

2012-24-04 GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd: Amendment 39-17274; Docket No. 
FAA-2012-1007; Directorate Identifier 2012-CE-031-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective January 7, 
2013.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd Models GA8 and GA8-
TC320 airplanes, all serial numbers, certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 30, Ice and Rain 
Protection.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by burnt electrical connectors leading to 
the left-hand wingtip pitot heater, which may result in loss of 
airspeed indication. We are issuing this AD to modify the pitot heat 
wiring on the left-hand wingtip with a terminal block to prevent 
loss of heating to the pitot system, which could result in loss of 
airspeed indication.

 (f) Actions and Compliance

    Unless already done, within the next 100 hours time-in-service 
after January 7, 2013 (the effective date of this AD) or at the next 
annual inspection after January 7, 2013 (the effective date of this 
AD), whichever occurs later, modify the pitot heat wiring connector 
at the left wingtip, following GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin 
SB-GA8-2012-77, Issue 3, dated March 23, 2012.

(g) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this 
AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send 
information to ATTN: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small 
Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106; telephone: (816) 329-4059; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: 
doug.rudolph@faa.gov. 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

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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 Civil Aviation Safety Authority AD/GA8/6, dated 
August 6, 2012; and GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA8-
2012-77, Issue 3, dated March 23, 2012, for related information. For 
service information related to this AD, contact Gippsland 
Aeronautics, Attn: Technical Services, P.O. Box 881, Morwell 
Victoria 3840, Australia; telephone: +61 03 5172 1200; fax: +61 03 
5172 1201; Internet: http://www.gippsaero.com/customer-support/technical-publications.aspx. You may review copies of the referenced 
service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 
Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the 
availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.

(i) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA8-2012-77, Issue 
3, dated March 23, 2012;
    (ii) Reserved.
    (3) For GippsAero service information identified in this AD, 
contact Gippsland Aeronautics, Attn: Technical Services, P.O. Box 
881, Morwell Victoria 3840, Australia; telephone: +61 03 5172 1200; 
fax: +61 03 5172 1201; Internet: http://www.gippsaero.com/customer-support/technical-publications.aspx.
    (4) 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.
    (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/index.html.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on November 21, 2012.
Earl Lawrence,
Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-28821 Filed 11-30-12; 8:45 am]
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