Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes, 45054-45055 [2013-18110]

Download as PDF 45054 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 144 / Friday, July 26, 2013 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0628; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–132–AD; Amendment 39–17523; AD 2013–15–07] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 787–8 airplanes. This AD requires either removal or inspection of the Honeywell fixed emergency locator transmitter (ELT), and corrective action if necessary. This AD was prompted by a report of a fire involving a Honeywell fixed ELT. We are issuing this AD to prevent a fire in the aft crown of the airplane, or to detect and correct discrepancies within the ELT that could cause such a fire. DATES: This AD is effective on July 26, 2013. We must receive comments on this AD by September 9, 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 https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. SUMMARY: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https:// www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:17 Jul 25, 2013 Jkt 229001 Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this 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: Kenneth Fairhurst, Senior Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Equipment Branch, ANM–130S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; phone: 425–917–6466; fax: 425–917–6590; email: Kenneth.Fairhurst@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We have received a report of a fire involving the Honeywell fixed emergency locator transmitter (ELT) on a Model 787–8 airplane. The investigation indicates that the ELT may have initiated the event. Discrepancies within the ELT, if not corrected, could cause a fire in the aft crown of the airplane. FAA’s Determination We are issuing 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. AD Requirements This AD requires either removing the Honeywell fixed ELT, or inspecting the ELT (for discrepancies associated with the ELT, ELT battery, and associated wiring), and doing corrective action if necessary, in accordance with a method approved by the FAA. The applicability of this AD is limited to in-service airplanes, which have been delivered with Honeywell fixed ELTs having part number 1152682–2. Future production airplanes will be addressed prior to delivery. We recognize that various civil aviation authorities (CAA) have different operational requirements regarding the use of ELTs. While the United States does not require a fixed ELT to be installed for operation, operation of an airplane without an ELT in a particular country’s airspace may require coordination with that country’s CAA. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Interim Action This AD is considered to be interim action. Because the fire occurred on a Model 787–8 airplane, required actions in this AD are focused on Honeywell fixed ELTs installed on that model. However, we acknowledge that ELTs are installed on various other aircraft; therefore, continued investigation is required. Once final action has been identified, we might consider further rulemaking. FAA’s Justification and Determination of the Effective Date An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because discrepancies within the Honeywell fixed ELT could cause a fire in the aft crown of the airplane. Therefore, we find that notice and opportunity for prior public comment are impracticable and that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days. Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety and was not preceded by notice and an opportunity for public comment. However, we invite you to send any written data, views, or arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number FAA–2013–0628 and Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–132–AD at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this AD because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this AD. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 6 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD: E:\FR\FM\26JYR1.SGM 26JYR1 45055 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 144 / Friday, July 26, 2013 / Rules and Regulations ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators Removal or inspection .................................... 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 ................. $0 $85 $510 We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide cost estimates for the on-condition actions specified in this 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. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Regulatory Findings 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 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:17 Jul 25, 2013 Jkt 229001 Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: (2) Inspect the Honeywell fixed ELT for discrepancies, and do all applicable corrective actions before further flight, using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (h) of this AD. PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES (h) 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. 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 airworthiness directive (AD): ■ 2013–15–07 the Boeing Company: Amendment 39–17523; Docket No. FAA–2013–0628; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–132–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective on July 26, 2013. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 787–8 airplanes, certificated in any category, line numbers 7 through 9 inclusive, 23, 24, 27, 29, 31, 33 through 35 inclusive, 37, 38, 40 through 42 inclusive, 44 through 72 inclusive, 74 through 78 inclusive, 80, 82 through 84 inclusive, 86, 87, 89, 92, 94 through 99 inclusive, 101, 102, 108, and 111. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/ Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 23, Communications. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by a report of a fire involving the Honeywell fixed emergency locator transmitter (ELT). We are issuing this AD to prevent a fire in the aft crown of the airplane, or to detect and correct discrepancies within the ELT that could cause such a fire. (i) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Kenneth Fairhurst, Senior Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Equipment Branch, ANM–130S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; phone: 425–917–6466; fax: 425–917–6590; email: Kenneth.Fairhurst@faa.gov. (j) Material Incorporated by Reference None. Issued in Renton, Washington, on July 23, 2013. Stephen P. Boyd, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–18110 Filed 7–25–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. 14 CFR Parts 61, 121, 135, 141, and 142 (g) Honeywell Fixed ELT Removal or Inspection Within 10 days after the effective date of this AD, do the actions specified in either paragraph (g)(1) or (g)(2) of this AD. (1) Remove the Honeywell fixed ELT using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (h) of this AD. RIN 2120–AJ67 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 [Docket No.: FAA–2010–0100; Amdt. Nos. 61–130; 121–365; 135–127; 141–1; 142–9] Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations Correction In rule document 2013–16849 beginning on page 42324 in the issue of E:\FR\FM\26JYR1.SGM 26JYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0628; Directorate Identifier 2013-NM-132-AD; 
Amendment 39-17523; AD 2013-15-07]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain 
The Boeing Company Model 787-8 airplanes. This AD requires either 
removal or inspection of the Honeywell fixed emergency locator 
transmitter (ELT), and corrective action if necessary. This AD was 
prompted by a report of a fire involving a Honeywell fixed ELT. We are 
issuing this AD to prevent a fire in the aft crown of the airplane, or 
to detect and correct discrepancies within the ELT that could cause 
such a fire.

DATES: This AD is effective on July 26, 2013.
    We must receive comments on this AD by September 9, 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 https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https://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 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: Kenneth Fairhurst, Senior Aerospace 
Engineer, Systems and Equipment Branch, ANM-130S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft 
Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 
98057-3356; phone: 425-917-6466; fax: 425-917-6590; email: 
Kenneth.Fairhurst@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    We have received a report of a fire involving the Honeywell fixed 
emergency locator transmitter (ELT) on a Model 787-8 airplane. The 
investigation indicates that the ELT may have initiated the event. 
Discrepancies within the ELT, if not corrected, could cause a fire in 
the aft crown of the airplane.

FAA's Determination

    We are issuing 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.

AD Requirements

    This AD requires either removing the Honeywell fixed ELT, or 
inspecting the ELT (for discrepancies associated with the ELT, ELT 
battery, and associated wiring), and doing corrective action if 
necessary, in accordance with a method approved by the FAA.
    The applicability of this AD is limited to in-service airplanes, 
which have been delivered with Honeywell fixed ELTs having part number 
1152682-2. Future production airplanes will be addressed prior to 
delivery.
    We recognize that various civil aviation authorities (CAA) have 
different operational requirements regarding the use of ELTs. While the 
United States does not require a fixed ELT to be installed for 
operation, operation of an airplane without an ELT in a particular 
country's airspace may require coordination with that country's CAA.

Interim Action

    This AD is considered to be interim action. Because the fire 
occurred on a Model 787-8 airplane, required actions in this AD are 
focused on Honeywell fixed ELTs installed on that model. However, we 
acknowledge that ELTs are installed on various other aircraft; 
therefore, continued investigation is required. Once final action has 
been identified, we might consider further rulemaking.

FAA's Justification and Determination of the Effective Date

    An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of 
this AD. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies 
waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because 
discrepancies within the Honeywell fixed ELT could cause a fire in the 
aft crown of the airplane. Therefore, we find that notice and 
opportunity for prior public comment are impracticable and that good 
cause exists for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days.

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety and was not preceded by notice and an opportunity for public 
comment. However, we invite you to send any written data, views, or 
arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under 
the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number FAA-2013-0628 and 
Directorate Identifier 2013-NM-132-AD at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will 
consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this 
AD because of those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this AD.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 6 airplanes of U.S. registry. We 
estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:

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                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                    Cost per       Cost on U.S.
             Action                       Labor cost              Parts cost        product         operators
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Removal or inspection..........  1 work-hour x $85 per hour =              $0              $85             $510
                                  $85.
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    We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide 
cost estimates for the on-condition actions specified in this 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

    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 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.

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 airworthiness 
directive (AD):

2013-15-07 the Boeing Company: Amendment 39-17523; Docket No. FAA-
2013-0628; Directorate Identifier 2013-NM-132-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective on July 26, 2013.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 787-8 airplanes, 
certificated in any category, line numbers 7 through 9 inclusive, 
23, 24, 27, 29, 31, 33 through 35 inclusive, 37, 38, 40 through 42 
inclusive, 44 through 72 inclusive, 74 through 78 inclusive, 80, 82 
through 84 inclusive, 86, 87, 89, 92, 94 through 99 inclusive, 101, 
102, 108, and 111.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/Air Transport Association 
(ATA) of America Code 23, Communications.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by a report of a fire involving the 
Honeywell fixed emergency locator transmitter (ELT). We are issuing 
this AD to prevent a fire in the aft crown of the airplane, or to 
detect and correct discrepancies within the ELT that could cause 
such a fire.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Honeywell Fixed ELT Removal or Inspection

    Within 10 days after the effective date of this AD, do the 
actions specified in either paragraph (g)(1) or (g)(2) of this AD.
    (1) Remove the Honeywell fixed ELT using a method approved in 
accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (h) of this 
AD.
    (2) Inspect the Honeywell fixed ELT for discrepancies, and do 
all applicable corrective actions before further flight, using a 
method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in 
paragraph (h) of this AD.

(h) 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.

(i) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact Kenneth Fairhurst, 
Senior Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Equipment Branch, ANM-130S, 
FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue 
SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; phone: 425-917-6466; fax: 425-
917-6590; email: Kenneth.Fairhurst@faa.gov.

(j) Material Incorporated by Reference

    None.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on July 23, 2013.
Stephen P. Boyd,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-18110 Filed 7-25-13; 8:45 am]
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