Airworthiness Directives; 328 Support Services GmbH (Type Certificate Previously Held by AvCraft Aerospace GmbH; Fairchild Dornier GmbH; Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH) Airplanes, 52872-52875 [2013-20845]

Download as PDF 52872 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 166 / Tuesday, August 27, 2013 / Proposed Rules 640000–26 hat section for cracks. Follow Procedure 9 under Vertical Stabilizer in the ‘‘I’’ Check Procedures of Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Model 1900/1900C Airliner Structural Inspection Manual, Part Number 98–30937G2, dated May 1, 2013. (4) For Model 1900D airplanes: Within 1,200 hours TIS after the initial inspection required in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD or within 2 years after the initial inspection required in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, whichever occurs first, and repetitively thereafter at intervals not to exceed 1,200 hours TIS or 2 years, whichever occurs first, inspect P/N 101–640011–3 and P/N 101– 640011–4 spar cap angles for cracks. Follow Procedure 6.b. under Vertical Stabilizer Canted Stabilizer Station (CSS 69.184 through VSS 91.10) in the ‘‘I’’ Check Procedures of Beechcraft Corporation Model 1900D Airliner Structural Inspection Manual, Part Number 129–590000–65E5, dated May 1, 2013. (5) For Model 1900D airplanes: Within 1,200 hours TIS after the initial inspection required in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD or within 2 years after the initial inspection required in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, whichever occurs first, and repetitively thereafter at intervals not to exceed 1,200 hours TIS or 2 years, whichever occurs first, inspect P/N 114–640000–25 and P/N 114– 640000–26 hat section for cracks. Follow Procedure 6.c. under Vertical Stabilizer Canted Stabilizer Station (CSS 69.184 through VSS 91.10) in the ‘‘I’’ Check Procedures of Beechcraft Corporation Model 1900D Airliner Structural Inspection Manual, Part Number 129–590000–65E5, dated May 1, 2013. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS-1 (h) Repair If any cracks are found during any of the inspections required in paragraph (g) of this AD, to include all subparagraphs, before further flight, you must contact Beechcraft Corporation to obtain repair instructions approved by the Wichita Aircraft Certification Office (ACO) specifically for compliance with this AD and incorporate those instructions. You can find contact information for Beechcraft Corporation in paragraph (k)(1) of this AD. (i) Special Flight Permit If cracks are found during any of the inspections required in paragraph (g) of this AD, to include all subparagraphs, the FAA may allow a one-time special flight permit to a repair facility depending on the cracking found. You must contact Beechcraft Corporation and provide them with crack detail information for them to determine residual strength of the airplane before applying to the FAA for a special flight permit. You can find contact information for Beechcraft Corporation in paragraph (k)(1) of this AD. (j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Wichita 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:35 Aug 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 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. (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. (k) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Paul Chapman, Aerospace Engineer, Wichita Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, 1801 Airport Road, Room 100, Wichita, Kansas 67209; phone: (316) 946–4152; fax: (316) 946–4107; email: paul.chapman@ faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Beechcraft Corporation at address: 10511 E. Central, Wichita, Kansas 67206; phone: (800) 429–5372 or (316) 676– 3140; Internet: http://www.beechcraft.com/ customer_support/contact_us/. 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. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 20, 2013. Earl Lawrence, Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–20853 Filed 8–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0702; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–181–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; 328 Support Services GmbH (Type Certificate Previously Held by AvCraft Aerospace GmbH; Fairchild Dornier GmbH; Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH) Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2008–14– 16 that applies to certain 328 Support Services GmbH (Type Certificate Previously Held by AvCraft Aerospace GmbH; Fairchild Dornier GmbH; Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH) Model 328– 100 and 328–300 airplanes. AD 2008– 14–16 currently requires installing warning placards on the inside of the passenger door and service doors and modifying the hinge supports and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 support struts of the passenger doors. Since we issued AD 2008–14–16, we received reports that certain fasteners, which were installed as part of the modification, are the wrong length. This proposed AD would require replacing the fasteners which were installed as part of the modification with new fasteners of the correct length, adds new airplanes, and removes one airplane. We are proposing this AD to prevent incidents of inadvertent opening and possible detachment of a passenger door in-flight, resulting in damage to airframe and systems and loss of control of the airplane. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by October 11, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact 328 Support Services GmbH, Global Support Center, P.O. Box 1252, D–82231 Wessling, Federal Republic of Germany; telephone +49 8153 88111 6666; fax +49 8153 88111 6565; email gsc.op@ 328support.de; Internet http:// www.328support.de. 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. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd Thompson, Aerospace Engineer, E:\FR\FM\27AUP1.SGM 27AUP1 52873 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 166 / Tuesday, August 27, 2013 / Proposed Rules International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1175; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2013–0702; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–181–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD based on those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. Discussion On July 17, 2008, we issued AD 2008– 14–16, Amendment 39–15611 (73 FR 40955, July 17, 2008). AD 2008–14–16 required actions intended to address an unsafe condition on 328 Support Services GmbH (Type Certificate Previously Held by AvCraft Aerospace GmbH; Fairchild Dornier GmbH; Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH) Model 328– 100 and Model 328–300 airplanes. Since we issued AD 2008–14–16, Amendment 39–15611 (73 FR 40955, July 17, 2008), we received reports that certain fasteners which were installed as part of the modification are the wrong length and need to be replaced. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the aviation authority for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2012–0183R1, dated September 28, 2012 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: At least one incident occurred where, immediately after take-off, the passenger door of a Dornier 328 aeroplane completely opened. The flight crew reportedly had no cockpit indication or audible chime prior to this event. The aeroplane returned to the departure airfield and made an uneventful emergency landing. Substantial damage to the door, handrails, door hinge arms and fuselage skin were found. The subsequent investigation could not find any deficiency in the design of the main cabin door locking mechanism. In addition, no technical failure could be determined that precipitated the event. The flight data recorder showed that the door was closed and locked before take-off and opened shortly afterwards. Although final proof could not be obtained, the most likely way in which the door opened was that the door handle was inadvertently operated during the take-off run. In response to the incident, AvCraft (the TC holder at the time) developed a placard set to warn the occupants against touching the door handle, as well as a structural modification of the passenger door hinge supports described in [Dornier 328 Support Services] Service Bulletin (SB) SB–328–52– 460 and SB–328J–52–213 to make certain that the door does not separate from the aeroplane when inadvertently opened during flight, allowing a safe descent and landing. EASA issued AD 2007–0199 to require the installation of warning placards and modification as detailed in these SB instructions. Since that AD [2007–0199] was issued, 328 Support Services GmbH (the current type certificate holder) have determined that certain fasteners, identified by Part Number (P/N) NAS6703U1 and P/N NAS6703U2, which were installed as part of the modification, have the wrong length and must be replaced. For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD retains the requirements of EASA AD 2007–0199, which is superseded, and requires replacement of the affected fasteners by the ones that have the correct length. This [EASA] AD has been revised to correct and clarify the actions required by paragraph (3). This AD also adds new airplanes and removes one airplane from the applicability of this AD. You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket. Relevant Service Information 328 Support Services GmbH has issued 328 Support Services Service Bulletin SB–328–52–460, Revision 2, dated March 1, 2012 (for Model 328–100 airplanes); and Dornier 328 Support Services Service Bulletin SB–328J–52– 213, Revision 1, dated August 17, 2011 (for Model 328–300 airplanes). The actions described in this service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 35 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Labor cost Modify passenger doors [retained actions from AD 2008–14–16, Amendment 39–15611 (73 FR 40955, July 17, 2008)]. Replace fasteners [new proposed action] .............. pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS-1 Action 38 work-hours × $85 per hour = $3230 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:35 Aug 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Cost on U.S. operators $11,961 $15,191 $531,685 0 2,125 74,375 25 work-hours × 85 per hour = 2,125 .... 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 PO 00000 Cost per product Parts cost 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 E:\FR\FM\27AUP1.SGM 27AUP1 52874 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 166 / Tuesday, August 27, 2013 / Proposed Rules that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed regulation: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and 4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing airworthiness directive (AD) 2008–14–16, Amendment 39–15611 (73 FR 40955, July 17, 2008), and adding the following new AD: pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS-1 ■ 328 Support Services GmbH (Type Certificate Previously Held by AvCraft Aerospace GmbH; Fairchild Dornier GmbH; Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH): Docket No. FAA–2013–0702; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–181–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by October 11, 2013. VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:35 Aug 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 (b) Affected ADs This AD supersedes AD 2008–14–16, Amendment 39–15611 (73 FR 40955, July 17, 2008). (c) Applicability This AD applies to 328 Support Services GmbH (Type Certificate previously held by AvCraft Aerospace GmbH; Fairchild Dornier GmbH; Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH) airplanes, certificated in any category, identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD. (1) Model 328–100 airplanes, serial numbers 3005 through 3101 inclusive, 3103, 3104, 3106, 3109, 3110, 3112, 3113, 3115, 3117, and 3119. (2) Model 328–300 airplanes, all serial numbers. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 11, Placards and Markings; and Code 52, Doors. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports that certain fasteners, which were installed as part of a modification, are the wrong length. We are issuing this AD to prevent incidents of inadvertent opening and possible detachment of a passenger door in-flight, resulting in damage to airframe and systems and loss of control of the airplane. (f) Compliance You are responsible for having the actions required by this AD performed within the compliance times specified, unless the actions have already been done. (g) Retained Installation and Modification for Airplanes Identified in AD 2008–14–16, Amendment 39–15611 (73 FR 40955, July 17, 2008) with Revised Service Information This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (f) of AD 2008–14–16, Amendment 39–15611 (73 FR 40955, July 17, 2008), with revised service information. (1) For Model 328–100 airplanes, serial numbers 3005 through 3098 inclusive, 3100, 3106, 3109, 3110, 3112, 3113, 3115, 3117, and 3119; and Model 328–300 airplanes, having serial numbers 3102, 3105, 3108, 3111, 3114, 3116, 3118, and 3120 through 3224 inclusive: Within 30 days after August 21, 2008, the effective date of AD 2008–14– 16, Amendment 39–15611 (73 FR 40955, July 17, 2008), install warning placards on the inside of the passenger door and service doors, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the service information specified in paragraph (g)(1)(i) or (g)(1)(ii) of this AD, as applicable. (i) Dornier [328 Support Services] Service Bulletin SB–328–11–454, dated May 3, 2004 (for Model 328–100 airplanes). (ii) Dornier [328 Support Services] Service Bulletin SB–328J–11–209, dated May 3, 2004 (for Model 328–300 airplanes). (2) For Model 328–100 airplanes, serial numbers 3005 through 3098 inclusive, 3100, 3106, 3109, 3110, 3112, 3113, 3115, 3117, and 3119; and Model 328–300 airplanes, having serial numbers 3102, 3105, 3108, 3111, 3114, 3116, 3118, and 3120 through 3224 inclusive: Within 12 months after the PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 effective date of August 21, 2008, the effective date of AD 2008–14–16, Amendment 39–15611 (73 FR 0955, July 17, 2008), modify the hinge supports and support struts of the passenger doors, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the service information specified in paragraphs (g)(2)(i) through (g)(2)(iv) of this AD, as applicable. As of the effective date of this AD only the service information specified in paragraphs (g)(2)(ii) or (g)(2)(iv) of this AD, as applicable, may be used. (i) Dornier [328 Support Services] Service Bulletin SB–328–52–460, dated February 4, 2005 (for Model 328–100 airplanes). (ii) Dornier 328 Support Services Service Bulletin SB–328–52–460, Revision 2, dated March 1, 2012 (for Model 328–100 airplanes). (iii) Dornier [328J Support Services] Service Bulletin SB–328J–52–213, dated February 4, 2005, (for Model 328–300 airplanes). (iv) Dornier 328J Support Services Service Bulletin SB–328J–52–213, Revision 1, dated August 17, 2011 (for Model 328–300 airplanes). (h) New Installation and Modification for Newly Added Airplanes For airplanes not identified in paragraph (g) of this AD, do the actions required by paragraphs (h)(1) and (h)(2) of this AD. (1) Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, install warning placards on the inside of the passenger door and service doors, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Dornier [328 Support Services] Service Bulletin SB–328– 11–454, dated May 3, 2004 (for Model 328– 100 airplanes); or Dornier [328 Support Services] Service Bulletin SB–328J–11–209, dated May 3, 2004 (for Model 328–300 airplanes); as applicable. (2) Within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, modify the hinge supports and support struts of the passenger doors, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Dornier 328 Support Services Service Bulletin SB–328–52–460, Revision 2, dated March 1, 2012 (for Model 328–100 airplanes); or Dornier 328 Support Services Service Bulletin SB–328J–52–213, Revision 1, dated August 17, 2011 (for Model 328–300 airplanes); as applicable. (i) New Replacement of Fasteners for all Airplanes For airplanes on which 26 part number NAS6703U1 fasteners were installed as specified in the service information in paragraphs (g)(2)(i) and (g)(2)(iii) of this AD: Within 6 months after the effective date of this AD, replace the 20 affected part number NAS6703U1 fasteners with new fasteners having part number NAS6703U2, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Dornier 328 Support Services Service Bulletin SB–328–52–460, Revision 2, dated March 1, 2012 (for Model 328–100 airplanes); or Dornier 328 Support Services Service Bulletin SB–328J–52–213, Revision 1, dated August 17, 2011 (for Model 328–300 airplanes); as applicable. Note 1 to paragraph (i) of this AD: Dornier 328 Support Services Service Bulletin SB– E:\FR\FM\27AUP1.SGM 27AUP1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 166 / Tuesday, August 27, 2013 / Proposed Rules 328–52–460, Revision 2, dated March 1, 2012 and Dornier 328 Support Services Service Bulletin SB–328J–52–213, Revision 1, dated August 17, 2011, identify 20 of 26 part number NAS6703U1 fasteners requiring to be replaced due to incorrect length. (j) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph provides credit for certain actions required by paragraph (g) and (h)(2) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using 328 Support Services Service Bulletin SB–328– 52–460, Revision 1, dated August 17, 2011. (k) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Todd Thompson, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1175; fax (425) 227– 1149. Information may be emailed to: 9ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority (or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service. (l) Related Information pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS-1 (1) Refer to European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Airworthiness Directive 2012–0183R1, dated September 28, 2012, for related information, which can be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. Issued in Renton, Washington, on August 16, 2013. Jeffrey E. Duven, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–20845 Filed 8–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:35 Aug 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0701; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–073–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 all the Boeing Company Model 727 airplanes. This proposed AD is intended to complete certain mandated programs intended to support the airplane reaching its limit of validity (LOV) of the engineering data that support the established structural maintenance program. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections for cracking of small repairs done on the vertical flange of the rib chord, repetitive inspections for cracking along the upper fillet radius of the rib chord, and a large repair or preventive modification if necessary. Accomplishment of a large repair or preventive modification would terminate the actions of the proposed AD. We are proposing this AD to prevent cracks in the rib upper chord, which could result in the inability of the wing structure to support the limit load condition, and consequent loss of structural integrity of the wing. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by October 11, 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; SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 52875 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: Galib Abumeri, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120L, FAA, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 3960 Paramount Blvd., Suite 100, Lakewood, CA 90712–4137; phone: 562–627–5324; fax: 562–672–5210; email: galib.abumeri@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– 2013–0701; Directorate Identifier 2013– NM–073–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 As described in FAA Advisory Circular 120–104 (http://www.faa.gov/ documentLibrary/media/Advisory_ Circular/120–104.pdf), several programs have been developed to support initiatives that will ensure the continued airworthiness of aging airplane structure. The last element of those initiatives is the requirement to establish a limit of validity (LOV) of the E:\FR\FM\27AUP1.SGM 27AUP1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 166 (Tuesday, August 27, 2013)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-20845]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0702; Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-181-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; 328 Support Services GmbH (Type 
Certificate Previously Held by AvCraft Aerospace GmbH; Fairchild 
Dornier GmbH; Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH) Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2008-14-
16 that applies to certain 328 Support Services GmbH (Type Certificate 
Previously Held by AvCraft Aerospace GmbH; Fairchild Dornier GmbH; 
Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH) Model 328-100 and 328-300 airplanes. AD 2008-
14-16 currently requires installing warning placards on the inside of 
the passenger door and service doors and modifying the hinge supports 
and support struts of the passenger doors. Since we issued AD 2008-14-
16, we received reports that certain fasteners, which were installed as 
part of the modification, are the wrong length. This proposed AD would 
require replacing the fasteners which were installed as part of the 
modification with new fasteners of the correct length, adds new 
airplanes, and removes one airplane. We are proposing this AD to 
prevent incidents of inadvertent opening and possible detachment of a 
passenger door in-flight, resulting in damage to airframe and systems 
and loss of control of the airplane.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by October 11, 
2013.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: (202) 493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact 328 
Support Services GmbH, Global Support Center, P.O. Box 1252, D-82231 
Wessling, Federal Republic of Germany; telephone +49 8153 88111 6666; 
fax +49 8153 88111 6565; email gsc.op@328support.de; Internet http://www.328support.de. 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.

Examining the AD Docket

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd Thompson, Aerospace Engineer,

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International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone (425) 227-1175; 
fax (425) 227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address 
listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2013-0702; 
Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-181-AD'' at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We 
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend 
this proposed AD based on those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this proposed AD.

Discussion

    On July 17, 2008, we issued AD 2008-14-16, Amendment 39-15611 (73 
FR 40955, July 17, 2008). AD 2008-14-16 required actions intended to 
address an unsafe condition on 328 Support Services GmbH (Type 
Certificate Previously Held by AvCraft Aerospace GmbH; Fairchild 
Dornier GmbH; Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH) Model 328-100 and Model 328-300 
airplanes.
    Since we issued AD 2008-14-16, Amendment 39-15611 (73 FR 40955, 
July 17, 2008), we received reports that certain fasteners which were 
installed as part of the modification are the wrong length and need to 
be replaced. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the 
aviation authority for the Member States of the European Community, has 
issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2012-0183R1, dated September 28, 
2012 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness 
Information, or ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for the 
specified products. The MCAI states:

At least one incident occurred where, immediately after take-off, 
the passenger door of a Dornier 328 aeroplane completely opened. The 
flight crew reportedly had no cockpit indication or audible chime 
prior to this event. The aeroplane returned to the departure 
airfield and made an uneventful emergency landing. Substantial 
damage to the door, handrails, door hinge arms and fuselage skin 
were found.

The subsequent investigation could not find any deficiency in the 
design of the main cabin door locking mechanism. In addition, no 
technical failure could be determined that precipitated the event. 
The flight data recorder showed that the door was closed and locked 
before take-off and opened shortly afterwards. Although final proof 
could not be obtained, the most likely way in which the door opened 
was that the door handle was inadvertently operated during the take-
off run.

In response to the incident, AvCraft (the TC holder at the time) 
developed a placard set to warn the occupants against touching the 
door handle, as well as a structural modification of the passenger 
door hinge supports described in [Dornier 328 Support Services] 
Service Bulletin (SB) SB-328-52-460 and SB-328J-52-213 to make 
certain that the door does not separate from the aeroplane when 
inadvertently opened during flight, allowing a safe descent and 
landing.

EASA issued AD 2007-0199 to require the installation of warning 
placards and modification as detailed in these SB instructions.

Since that AD [2007-0199] was issued, 328 Support Services GmbH (the 
current type certificate holder) have determined that certain 
fasteners, identified by Part Number (P/N) NAS6703U1 and P/N 
NAS6703U2, which were installed as part of the modification, have 
the wrong length and must be replaced.

For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD retains the 
requirements of EASA AD 2007-0199, which is superseded, and requires 
replacement of the affected fasteners by the ones that have the 
correct length.
This [EASA] AD has been revised to correct and clarify the actions 
required by paragraph (3).

This AD also adds new airplanes and removes one airplane from the 
applicability of this AD. You may obtain further information by 
examining the MCAI in the AD docket.

Relevant Service Information

    328 Support Services GmbH has issued 328 Support Services Service 
Bulletin SB-328-52-460, Revision 2, dated March 1, 2012 (for Model 328-
100 airplanes); and Dornier 328 Support Services Service Bulletin SB-
328J-52-213, Revision 1, dated August 17, 2011 (for Model 328-300 
airplanes). The actions described in this service information are 
intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another 
country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant 
to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have 
been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service 
information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we 
evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition 
exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same 
type design.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 35 airplanes of U.S. 
registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                     Cost per      Cost on U.S.
                Action                         Labor cost           Parts cost        product        operators
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Modify passenger doors [retained       38 work-hours x $85 per           $11,961         $15,191        $531,685
 actions from AD 2008-14-16,            hour = $3230.
 Amendment 39-15611 (73 FR 40955,
 July 17, 2008)].
Replace fasteners [new proposed        25 work-hours x 85 per                  0           2,125          74,375
 action].                               hour = 2,125.
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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

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that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this 
rulemaking action.

Regulatory Findings

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

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

The Proposed Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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 removing airworthiness directive (AD) 
2008-14-16, Amendment 39-15611 (73 FR 40955, July 17, 2008), and adding 
the following new AD:

328 Support Services GmbH (Type Certificate Previously Held by 
AvCraft Aerospace GmbH; Fairchild Dornier GmbH; Dornier Luftfahrt 
GmbH): Docket No. FAA-2013-0702; Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-181-
AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by October 11, 2013.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD supersedes AD 2008-14-16, Amendment 39-15611 (73 FR 
40955, July 17, 2008).

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to 328 Support Services GmbH (Type Certificate 
previously held by AvCraft Aerospace GmbH; Fairchild Dornier GmbH; 
Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH) airplanes, certificated in any category, 
identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD.
    (1) Model 328-100 airplanes, serial numbers 3005 through 3101 
inclusive, 3103, 3104, 3106, 3109, 3110, 3112, 3113, 3115, 3117, and 
3119.
    (2) Model 328-300 airplanes, all serial numbers.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 11, Placards and 
Markings; and Code 52, Doors.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports that certain fasteners, which 
were installed as part of a modification, are the wrong length. We 
are issuing this AD to prevent incidents of inadvertent opening and 
possible detachment of a passenger door in-flight, resulting in 
damage to airframe and systems and loss of control of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Retained Installation and Modification for Airplanes Identified in 
AD 2008-14-16, Amendment 39-15611 (73 FR 40955, July 17, 2008) with 
Revised Service Information

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (f) of AD 
2008-14-16, Amendment 39-15611 (73 FR 40955, July 17, 2008), with 
revised service information.
    (1) For Model 328-100 airplanes, serial numbers 3005 through 
3098 inclusive, 3100, 3106, 3109, 3110, 3112, 3113, 3115, 3117, and 
3119; and Model 328-300 airplanes, having serial numbers 3102, 3105, 
3108, 3111, 3114, 3116, 3118, and 3120 through 3224 inclusive: 
Within 30 days after August 21, 2008, the effective date of AD 2008-
14-16, Amendment 39-15611 (73 FR 40955, July 17, 2008), install 
warning placards on the inside of the passenger door and service 
doors, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the 
service information specified in paragraph (g)(1)(i) or (g)(1)(ii) 
of this AD, as applicable.
    (i) Dornier [328 Support Services] Service Bulletin SB-328-11-
454, dated May 3, 2004 (for Model 328-100 airplanes).
    (ii) Dornier [328 Support Services] Service Bulletin SB-328J-11-
209, dated May 3, 2004 (for Model 328-300 airplanes).
    (2) For Model 328-100 airplanes, serial numbers 3005 through 
3098 inclusive, 3100, 3106, 3109, 3110, 3112, 3113, 3115, 3117, and 
3119; and Model 328-300 airplanes, having serial numbers 3102, 3105, 
3108, 3111, 3114, 3116, 3118, and 3120 through 3224 inclusive: 
Within 12 months after the effective date of August 21, 2008, the 
effective date of AD 2008-14-16, Amendment 39-15611 (73 FR 0955, 
July 17, 2008), modify the hinge supports and support struts of the 
passenger doors, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions 
of the service information specified in paragraphs (g)(2)(i) through 
(g)(2)(iv) of this AD, as applicable. As of the effective date of 
this AD only the service information specified in paragraphs 
(g)(2)(ii) or (g)(2)(iv) of this AD, as applicable, may be used.
    (i) Dornier [328 Support Services] Service Bulletin SB-328-52-
460, dated February 4, 2005 (for Model 328-100 airplanes).
    (ii) Dornier 328 Support Services Service Bulletin SB-328-52-
460, Revision 2, dated March 1, 2012 (for Model 328-100 airplanes).
    (iii) Dornier [328J Support Services] Service Bulletin SB-328J-
52-213, dated February 4, 2005, (for Model 328-300 airplanes).
    (iv) Dornier 328J Support Services Service Bulletin SB-328J-52-
213, Revision 1, dated August 17, 2011 (for Model 328-300 
airplanes).

(h) New Installation and Modification for Newly Added Airplanes

    For airplanes not identified in paragraph (g) of this AD, do the 
actions required by paragraphs (h)(1) and (h)(2) of this AD.
    (1) Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, install 
warning placards on the inside of the passenger door and service 
doors, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Dornier 
[328 Support Services] Service Bulletin SB-328-11-454, dated May 3, 
2004 (for Model 328-100 airplanes); or Dornier [328 Support 
Services] Service Bulletin SB-328J-11-209, dated May 3, 2004 (for 
Model 328-300 airplanes); as applicable.
    (2) Within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, modify 
the hinge supports and support struts of the passenger doors, in 
accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Dornier 328 
Support Services Service Bulletin SB-328-52-460, Revision 2, dated 
March 1, 2012 (for Model 328-100 airplanes); or Dornier 328 Support 
Services Service Bulletin SB-328J-52-213, Revision 1, dated August 
17, 2011 (for Model 328-300 airplanes); as applicable.

(i) New Replacement of Fasteners for all Airplanes

    For airplanes on which 26 part number NAS6703U1 fasteners were 
installed as specified in the service information in paragraphs 
(g)(2)(i) and (g)(2)(iii) of this AD: Within 6 months after the 
effective date of this AD, replace the 20 affected part number 
NAS6703U1 fasteners with new fasteners having part number NAS6703U2, 
in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Dornier 328 
Support Services Service Bulletin SB-328-52-460, Revision 2, dated 
March 1, 2012 (for Model 328-100 airplanes); or Dornier 328 Support 
Services Service Bulletin SB-328J-52-213, Revision 1, dated August 
17, 2011 (for Model 328-300 airplanes); as applicable.

    Note 1 to paragraph (i) of this AD:  Dornier 328 Support 
Services Service Bulletin SB-

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328-52-460, Revision 2, dated March 1, 2012 and Dornier 328 Support 
Services Service Bulletin SB-328J-52-213, Revision 1, dated August 
17, 2011, identify 20 of 26 part number NAS6703U1 fasteners 
requiring to be replaced due to incorrect length.

(j) Credit for Previous Actions

    This paragraph provides credit for certain actions required by 
paragraph (g) and (h)(2) of this AD, if those actions were performed 
before the effective date of this AD using 328 Support Services 
Service Bulletin SB-328-52-460, Revision 1, dated August 17, 2011.

(k) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using 
the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 
39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight 
Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information 
directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Todd 
Thompson, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, 
WA 98057-3356; telephone (425) 227-1175; fax (425) 227-1149. 
Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. 
Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal 
inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the 
local flight standards district office/certificate holding district 
office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this 
AD.
    (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain 
corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these 
actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered 
FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority 
(or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product 
is airworthy before it is returned to service.

(l) Related Information

    (1) Refer to European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) 
Airworthiness Directive 2012-0183R1, dated September 28, 2012, for 
related information, which can be found in the AD docket on the 
Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.


    Issued in Renton, Washington, on August 16, 2013.
Jeffrey E. Duven,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-20845 Filed 8-26-13; 8:45 am]
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