Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes, 6251-6254 [2013-01972]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 20 / Wednesday, January 30, 2013 / Proposed Rules MPD Document, D622N001–9, Revision December 2008; Boeing TR 09–010, dated July 2010, to Section 9, ‘‘Airworthiness Limitations (AWLs) and Certification Maintenance Requirements (CMRs),’’ of Boeing 757 MPD Document, D622N001–9; or Boeing TR 09–011, dated November 2010, to Section 9, ‘‘Airworthiness Limitations (AWLs) and Certification Maintenance Requirements (CMRs),’’ of the Boeing 757 MPD Document, D622N001–9; is within 120 months since the date of issuance of the original standard airworthiness certificate or the date of issuance of the original export certificate of airworthiness, or within 24 months after August 27, 2012 (the effective date of AD 2012–12–15), whichever occurs later. Accomplishing the actions required by this paragraph terminates the requirements of paragraph (h)(1)(ii) of this AD. (m) Initial Inspection Compliance Times for AWL No. 28–AWL–25 This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (m) of AD 2012–12–15, Amendment 39–17095 (77 FR 42964, July 23, 2012). The initial inspection compliance time for AWL No. 28–AWL–25 of Section 9, ‘‘Airworthiness Limitations (AWLs) and Certification Maintenance Requirements (CMRs),’’ of the Boeing 757 MPD Document, D622N001–9, Revision December 2008; Boeing TR 09–010, dated July 2010, to Section 9, ‘‘Airworthiness Limitations (AWLs) and Certification Maintenance Requirements (CMRs),’’ of Boeing 757 MPD Document, D622N001–9; or Boeing TR 09– 011, dated November 2010, to Section 9, ‘‘Airworthiness Limitations (AWLs) and Certification Maintenance Requirements (CMRs),’’ of the Boeing 757 MPD Document, D622N001–9; is within 72 months after accomplishing the actions specified in Boeing Service Bulletin 757–28A0088 (which is not incorporated by reference in this AD). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with (n) Initial Inspection Compliance Times for AWL No. 28–AWL–26 This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (n) of AD 2012–12–15, Amendment 39–17095 (77 FR 42964, July 23, 2012). The initial inspection compliance time for AWL No. 28–AWL–26 of Section 9, ‘‘Airworthiness Limitations (AWLs) and Certification Maintenance Requirements (CMRs),’’ of the Boeing 757 MPD Document, D622N001–9, Revision December 2008; Boeing TR 09–010, dated July 2010, to Section 9, ‘‘Airworthiness Limitations (AWLs) and Certification Maintenance Requirements (CMRs),’’ of Boeing 757 MPD Document, D622N001–9; or Boeing TR 09– 011, dated November 2010, to Section 9, ‘‘Airworthiness Limitations (AWLs) and Certification Maintenance Requirements (CMRs),’’ of the Boeing 757 MPD Document, D622N001–9; is within 12 months after accomplishing the actions specified in Boeing Service Bulletin 757–28A0105 (which is not incorporated by reference in this AD). (o) No Alternative Inspections, Inspection Intervals, or CDCCLs After the Actions Required by Paragraph (k) of This AD Are Done This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (o) of AD 2012–12–15, VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:40 Jan 29, 2013 Jkt 229001 Amendment 39–17095 (77 FR 42964, July 23, 2012). After accomplishing the actions specified in paragraph (k) of this AD, no alternative inspections, inspection intervals, or CDCCLs may be used unless the inspections, intervals, or CDCCLs are approved as an AMOC in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (s) of this AD. (p) Terminating Action for AD 2008–11–07, Amendment 39–15529 (73 FR 30755, May 29, 2008) This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (p) of AD 2012–12–15, Amendment 39–17095 (77 FR 42964, July 23, 2012). Incorporating AWLs No. 28–AWL–20 and No. 28–AWL–26 into the maintenance program in accordance with paragraph (k)(3) of this AD terminates the actions required by paragraphs (j) and (m) of AD 2008–11–07, Amendment 39–15529 (73 FR 30755, May 29, 2008). (q) Terminating Action for AD 2009–06–20, Amendment 39–15857 (74 FR 12236, March 24, 2009) This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (q) of AD 2012–12–15, Amendment 39–17095 (77 FR 42964, July 23, 2012). Incorporating AWL No. 28–AWL–22 into the maintenance program in accordance with paragraph (k)(3) of this AD terminates the actions required by paragraph (h) of AD 2009–06–20, Amendment 39–15857 (74 FR 12236, March 24, 2009). (r) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph restates the credit given for previous actions specified in paragraph (r) of AD 2012–12–15, Amendment 39–17095 (77 FR 42964, July 23, 2012). (1) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD, if those actions were done before June 12, 2008 (the effective date of AD 2008– 10–11, Amendment 39–15517 (73 FR 25974, May 8, 2008)), using Section 9, ‘‘Airworthiness Limitations (AWLs) and Certification Maintenance Requirements (CMRs),’’ of the Boeing 757 MPD Document, D622N001–9, Revision March 2006; Revision October 2006; Revision January 2007; or Revision November 2007 (which are not incorporated by reference in this AD). (2) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraphs (m) and (n) of this AD, if those actions were done before August 27, 2012 (the effective date of AD 2012–12–15, Amendment 39–17095 (77 FR 42964, July 23, 2012)), using Boeing TR 09– 008, dated March 2008, to Section 9, ‘‘Airworthiness Limitations (AWLs) and Certification Maintenance Requirements (CMRs),’’ of the Boeing 757 MPD Document, D622N001–9 (which was incorporated by reference in AD 2008–10–11, Amendment 39–15517 (73 FR 25974, May 8, 2008)). (s) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (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 PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 6251 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) AMOCs approved previously for AD 2008–10–11, Amendment 39–15517 (73 FR 25974, May 8, 2008); or for 2012–12–15, Amendment 39–17095 (77 FR 42964, July 23, 2012); are approved as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of this AD. (t) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Kevin Nguyen, Aerospace Engineer, Propulsion Branch, ANM–140S, FAA, Seattle ACO, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; phone: 425–917– 6501; fax: 425–917–6590; email: kevin.nguyen@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. Issued in Renton, Washington, on January 17, 2013. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–01953 Filed 1–29–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2012–1320; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–095–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 767 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of cracks and heat damage on pivot joint components found during main landing gear (MLG) SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30JAP1.SGM 30JAP1 6252 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 20 / Wednesday, January 30, 2013 / Proposed Rules overhaul. For certain airplanes, this proposed AD would require repetitive inspections of the MLG pivots, truck beam bushings, and inner cylinder bushings. For all airplanes, this proposed AD would require a maintenance program revision, one-time inspections of the MLG truck beam, and related investigative and corrective actions (including configuration changes) if necessary; accomplishment of these actions would terminate the repetitive inspections. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct heat damage and cracks in the pivot pin, truck beam lugs, and inner cylinder lugs, which could result in fracture of the pivot joint components and consequent MLG collapse. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by March 18, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact 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, 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 Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (phone: 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Berhane Alazar, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; phone: 425– 917–6577; fax: 425–917–6590; email: berhane.alazar@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited Discussion During overhaul of the MLG, pivot joint components have been found with cracks or heat damage. There have been 11 such findings on Model 767–400ER series airplanes, and 42 findings on Model 767–200, –300, and –300F series airplanes. The damage was found on Model 767–400ER series airplanes as early as 8 years from delivery, and on Model 767–200, –300, and –300F series Maintenance program revision ......... Repetitive inspections ....................... mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with Labor cost 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 ... 59 work-hours × $85 per hour = $5,015 per inspection cycle. 147 work-hours × $85 per hour = $12,495. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:40 Jan 29, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00031 We reviewed Boeing Service Bulletin 767–32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 2012. For information on the procedures and compliance times, see this service information at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for Docket No. FAA–2012–1320. Sfmt 4702 We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design. Proposed AD Requirements This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified in the service information described previously. The phrase ‘‘related investigative actions’’ might be used in this proposed AD. ‘‘Related investigative actions’’ are follow-on actions that (1) are related to the primary actions, and (2) further investigate the nature of any condition found. Related investigative actions in an AD could include, for example, inspections. In addition, the phrase ‘‘corrective actions’’ might be used in this proposed AD. ‘‘Corrective actions’’ are actions that correct or address any condition found. Corrective actions in an AD could include, for example, repairs. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 420 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: Cost per product Parts cost Fmt 4702 Relevant Service Information FAA’s Determination We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA– 2012–1320; Directorate Identifier 2012– NM–095–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. Action One-time inspections ........................ airplanes as early as 7 years from delivery. Heat damage and cracks were found at the pivot joint location, caused by the truck pitching motion during normal airplane operations. High levels of heat in the pivot joint can result in damage and cracks in the pivot pin, truck beam lugs, and inner cylinder lugs. These conditions, if not corrected, could result in fracture of the pivot joint components and consequent MLG collapse. Number of affected U.S. airplanes Cost on U.S. operators $0 0 $85 5,015 420 38 $35,700 190,570 0 12,495 420 5,247,900 E:\FR\FM\30JAP1.SGM 30JAP1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 20 / Wednesday, January 30, 2013 / Proposed Rules We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide cost estimates for the on-condition actions (including related investigative actions, configuration changes, and corrective actions) specified in this proposed AD. ■ Authority for This Rulemaking § 39.13 Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. ■ Regulatory Findings We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed regulation: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979), (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with 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: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:40 Jan 29, 2013 Jkt 229001 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. [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): The Boeing Company: Docket No. FAA– 2012–1320; Directorate Identifier 2012– NM–095–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by March 18, 2013. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 767–200, –300, –300F, and –400ER series airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in Boeing Service Bulletin 767– 32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 2012. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/ Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 32, Landing Gear. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by reports of cracks and heat damage found on pivot joint components found during main landing gear (MLG) overhaul. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct heat damage and cracks in the pivot pin, truck beam lugs, and inner cylinder lugs, which could result in fracture of the pivot joint components and consequent MLG collapse. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Maintenance Program Revision At the applicable times specified in paragraph 1.E., ‘‘Compliance,’’ of Boeing Service Bulletin 767–32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 2012, except as provided by paragraph (j) of this AD, revise the maintenance program to incorporate the specified maintenance review board (MRB) item, in accordance with Part 1 of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 767–32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 2012. (h) Repetitive Pivot Pin and Bushing Inspections For airplanes identified as Group 1 in Boeing Service Bulletin 767–32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 2012: At the applicable times specified in paragraph 1.E., ‘‘Compliance,’’ of Boeing Service Bulletin 767–32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 2012, except as provided by paragraph (j) of this AD, do detailed and etch inspections to detect discrepancies (including bronze PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 6253 transfer, heat discoloration, darkened streaks, thermal spray coating distress, wear, cracking, smearing of material into the lubrication grooves, or grease not present in the bushing inner diameter) of the MLG pivots, truck beam bushings, and inner cylinder bushings, and do all applicable corrective actions, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 767–32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 2012. Do all applicable corrective actions before further flight. Repeat the inspections thereafter at the applicable times specified in paragraph 1.E., ‘‘Compliance,’’ of Boeing Service Bulletin 767–32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 2012. (i) MLG Truck Beam Inspections For all airplanes: At the applicable time specified in paragraph 1.E., ‘‘Compliance,’’ of Boeing Service Bulletin 767–32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 2012, except as provided by paragraph (j) of this AD, inspect the MLG truck beam, using a detailed inspection, etch inspection, and fluorescent penetrant inspection (FPI), as applicable, to detect discrepancies (including distress, corrosion, and cracking), and do all applicable related investigative and corrective actions (including configuration changes), in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 767–32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 2012. Do all applicable related investigative and corrective actions before further flight. Boeing Service Bulletin 767–32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 2012, provides options for accomplishing certain corrective actions. (j) Service Information Exception Where Boeing Service Bulletin 767– 32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 2012, specifies a compliance time ‘‘after the original issue date of this service bulletin,’’ this AD requires compliance within the specified compliance time after the effective date of this AD. (k) Terminating Action (1) Accomplishment of the actions required by paragraphs (g) and (i) of this AD terminates the requirements of paragraph (h) of this AD. (2) Overhaul of the MLG and installation of truck beam and inner cylinder bushings having applicable part numbers identified in Appendix ‘‘B’’ of Boeing Service Bulletin 767–32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 2012, terminate the requirements of paragraphs (h) and (i) of this AD, if the actions are done using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (n) of this AD. (l) No Alternative Actions or Intervals After accomplishing the revision required by paragraph (g) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections) or intervals may be used unless the actions or intervals are approved as an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (n) of this AD. E:\FR\FM\30JAP1.SGM 30JAP1 6254 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 20 / Wednesday, January 30, 2013 / Proposed Rules (m) Credit for Previous Actions DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION This paragraph provides credit for the actions specified in paragraphs (g), (h), (i), and (k) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 767– 32A0227, dated April 25, 2012, which is not incorporated by reference in this AD. (n) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (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. (o) Related Information mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with (1) For more information about this AD, contact Berhane Alazar, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057– 3356; phone: 425–917–6577; fax: 425–917– 6590; email: berhane.alazar@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, Washington 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, Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. Issued in Renton, Washington, on January 23, 2013. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–01972 Filed 1–29–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:40 Jan 29, 2013 Jkt 229001 Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2008–0614; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–351–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); reopening of comment period. AGENCY: We are revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 737– 300, –400, and –500 series airplanes. That NPRM proposed to require repetitive operational tests of the engine fuel suction feed of the fuel system, and other related testing if necessary. That NPRM was prompted by reports of two in-service occurrences on Model 737– 400 airplanes of total loss of boost pump pressure of the fuel feed system, followed by loss of fuel system suction feed capability on one engine, and inflight shutdown of the engine. This action revises that NPRM by proposing to require repetitive operational tests, and corrective actions if necessary. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM to detect and correct loss of the engine fuel suction feed capability of the fuel system, which, in the event of total loss of the fuel boost pumps, could result in dual engine flameout, inability to restart the engines, and consequent forced landing of the airplane. Since these actions impose an additional burden over that proposed in the previous NPRM, we are reopening the comment period to allow the public the chance to comment on these proposed changes. DATES: We must receive comments on this supplemental NPRM by March 18, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact 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, 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 Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (phone: 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sue Lucier, Aerospace Engineer, Propulsion Branch, ANM–140S, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; phone: 425–917–6438; fax: 425–917– 6590; email: suzanne.lucier@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2008–0614; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–351–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. Discussion We issued an NPRM to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would E:\FR\FM\30JAP1.SGM 30JAP1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 20 (Wednesday, January 30, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 6251-6254]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-01972]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2012-1320; Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-095-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company 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 
certain The Boeing Company Model 767 airplanes. This proposed AD was 
prompted by reports of cracks and heat damage on pivot joint components 
found during main landing gear (MLG)

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overhaul. For certain airplanes, this proposed AD would require 
repetitive inspections of the MLG pivots, truck beam bushings, and 
inner cylinder bushings. For all airplanes, this proposed AD would 
require a maintenance program revision, one-time inspections of the MLG 
truck beam, and related investigative and corrective actions (including 
configuration changes) if necessary; accomplishment of these actions 
would terminate the repetitive inspections. We are proposing this AD to 
detect and correct heat damage and cracks in the pivot pin, truck beam 
lugs, and inner cylinder lugs, which could result in fracture of the 
pivot joint components and consequent MLG collapse.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by March 18, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact 
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, 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 Management Facility 
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory 
evaluation, any comments received and other information. The street 
address for the Docket Office (phone: 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES 
section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after 
receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Berhane Alazar, Aerospace Engineer, 
Airframe Branch, ANM-120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office 
(ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; phone: 425-
917-6577; fax: 425-917-6590; email: berhane.alazar@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed 
under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2012-1320; 
Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-095-AD'' at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We 
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend 
this proposed AD because of those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this proposed AD.

Discussion

    During overhaul of the MLG, pivot joint components have been found 
with cracks or heat damage. There have been 11 such findings on Model 
767-400ER series airplanes, and 42 findings on Model 767-200, -300, and 
-300F series airplanes. The damage was found on Model 767-400ER series 
airplanes as early as 8 years from delivery, and on Model 767-200, -
300, and -300F series airplanes as early as 7 years from delivery. Heat 
damage and cracks were found at the pivot joint location, caused by the 
truck pitching motion during normal airplane operations. High levels of 
heat in the pivot joint can result in damage and cracks in the pivot 
pin, truck beam lugs, and inner cylinder lugs. These conditions, if not 
corrected, could result in fracture of the pivot joint components and 
consequent MLG collapse.

Relevant Service Information

    We reviewed Boeing Service Bulletin 767-32A0227, Revision 1, dated 
September 13, 2012. For information on the procedures and compliance 
times, see this service information at http://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for Docket No. FAA-2012-1320.

FAA's Determination

    We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant 
information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is 
likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design.

Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified 
in the service information described previously.
    The phrase ``related investigative actions'' might be used in this 
proposed AD. ``Related investigative actions'' are follow-on actions 
that (1) are related to the primary actions, and (2) further 
investigate the nature of any condition found. Related investigative 
actions in an AD could include, for example, inspections.
    In addition, the phrase ``corrective actions'' might be used in 
this proposed AD. ``Corrective actions'' are actions that correct or 
address any condition found. Corrective actions in an AD could include, 
for example, repairs.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 420 airplanes of U.S. 
registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed 
AD:

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                                                                                     Number of
            Action                 Labor cost       Parts cost       Cost per      affected U.S.   Cost on U.S.
                                                                      product        airplanes       operators
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Maintenance program revision..  1 work-hour x                 $0             $85             420         $35,700
                                 $85 per hour =
                                 $85.
Repetitive inspections........  59 work-hours x                0           5,015              38         190,570
                                 $85 per hour =
                                 $5,015 per
                                 inspection
                                 cycle.
One-time inspections..........  147 work-hours x               0          12,495             420       5,247,900
                                 $85 per hour =
                                 $12,495.
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    We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide 
cost estimates for the on-condition actions (including related 
investigative actions, configuration changes, and corrective actions) 
specified in this proposed AD.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

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

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

The Proposed Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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 airworthiness 
directive (AD):

The Boeing Company: Docket No. FAA-2012-1320; Directorate Identifier 
2012-NM-095-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by March 18, 2013.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 767-200, -300, -
300F, and -400ER series airplanes, certificated in any category, as 
identified in Boeing Service Bulletin 767-32A0227, Revision 1, dated 
September 13, 2012.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/Air Transport Association 
(ATA) of America Code 32, Landing Gear.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by reports of cracks and heat damage found 
on pivot joint components found during main landing gear (MLG) 
overhaul. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct heat damage 
and cracks in the pivot pin, truck beam lugs, and inner cylinder 
lugs, which could result in fracture of the pivot joint components 
and consequent MLG collapse.

(f) Compliance

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, 
unless already done.

(g) Maintenance Program Revision

    At the applicable times specified in paragraph 1.E., 
``Compliance,'' of Boeing Service Bulletin 767-32A0227, Revision 1, 
dated September 13, 2012, except as provided by paragraph (j) of 
this AD, revise the maintenance program to incorporate the specified 
maintenance review board (MRB) item, in accordance with Part 1 of 
the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 767-
32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 2012.

(h) Repetitive Pivot Pin and Bushing Inspections

    For airplanes identified as Group 1 in Boeing Service Bulletin 
767-32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 2012: At the applicable 
times specified in paragraph 1.E., ``Compliance,'' of Boeing Service 
Bulletin 767-32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 2012, except 
as provided by paragraph (j) of this AD, do detailed and etch 
inspections to detect discrepancies (including bronze transfer, heat 
discoloration, darkened streaks, thermal spray coating distress, 
wear, cracking, smearing of material into the lubrication grooves, 
or grease not present in the bushing inner diameter) of the MLG 
pivots, truck beam bushings, and inner cylinder bushings, and do all 
applicable corrective actions, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 767-32A0227, Revision 1, 
dated September 13, 2012. Do all applicable corrective actions 
before further flight. Repeat the inspections thereafter at the 
applicable times specified in paragraph 1.E., ``Compliance,'' of 
Boeing Service Bulletin 767-32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 
2012.

(i) MLG Truck Beam Inspections

    For all airplanes: At the applicable time specified in paragraph 
1.E., ``Compliance,'' of Boeing Service Bulletin 767-32A0227, 
Revision 1, dated September 13, 2012, except as provided by 
paragraph (j) of this AD, inspect the MLG truck beam, using a 
detailed inspection, etch inspection, and fluorescent penetrant 
inspection (FPI), as applicable, to detect discrepancies (including 
distress, corrosion, and cracking), and do all applicable related 
investigative and corrective actions (including configuration 
changes), in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of 
Boeing Service Bulletin 767-32A0227, Revision 1, dated September 13, 
2012. Do all applicable related investigative and corrective actions 
before further flight. Boeing Service Bulletin 767-32A0227, Revision 
1, dated September 13, 2012, provides options for accomplishing 
certain corrective actions.

(j) Service Information Exception

    Where Boeing Service Bulletin 767-32A0227, Revision 1, dated 
September 13, 2012, specifies a compliance time ``after the original 
issue date of this service bulletin,'' this AD requires compliance 
within the specified compliance time after the effective date of 
this AD.

(k) Terminating Action

    (1) Accomplishment of the actions required by paragraphs (g) and 
(i) of this AD terminates the requirements of paragraph (h) of this 
AD.
    (2) Overhaul of the MLG and installation of truck beam and inner 
cylinder bushings having applicable part numbers identified in 
Appendix ``B'' of Boeing Service Bulletin 767-32A0227, Revision 1, 
dated September 13, 2012, terminate the requirements of paragraphs 
(h) and (i) of this AD, if the actions are done using a method 
approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph 
(n) of this AD.

(l) No Alternative Actions or Intervals

    After accomplishing the revision required by paragraph (g) of 
this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections) or intervals may 
be used unless the actions or intervals are approved as an 
alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the 
procedures specified in paragraph (n) of this AD.

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(m) Credit for Previous Actions

    This paragraph provides credit for the actions specified in 
paragraphs (g), (h), (i), and (k) of this AD, if those actions were 
performed before the effective date of this AD using Boeing Alert 
Service Bulletin 767-32A0227, dated April 25, 2012, which is not 
incorporated by reference in this AD.

(n) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (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-ANM-Seattle-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.

(o) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Berhane Alazar, 
Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM-120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft 
Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 
98057-3356; phone: 425-917-6577; fax: 425-917-6590; email: 
berhane.alazar@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, Washington 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, Washington. For information on the 
availability of this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on January 23, 2013.
Ali Bahrami,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-01972 Filed 1-29-13; 8:45 am]
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