Airworthiness Directives; GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd Airplanes, 58872-58874 [2013-22978]

Download as PDF 58872 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 186 / Wednesday, September 25, 2013 / Rules and Regulations www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on August 2, 2013. Lance T. Gant, Acting Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–23017 Filed 9–24–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0823; Directorate Identifier 2013–CE–027–AD; Amendment 39–17594; AD 2013–19–12] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd Models GA8 and GA8– TC320 airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as the fuel system integral sump tank does not meet FAA regulations. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective October 15, 2013. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of October 15, 2013. We must receive comments on this AD by November 12, 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 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:13 Sep 24, 2013 Jkt 229001 For service information identified in this AD, contact GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd, c/o GippsAero Pty Ltd, Attn: Technical Services, P.O. Box 881, Morwell Victoria 3840, Australia; telephone: + 61 03 5172 1200; fax: +61 03 5172 1201; Internet: http://www.gippsaero.com/ customer-support/technicalpublications.aspx. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. 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 AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone (800) 647– 5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329– 4059; fax: (816) 329–4090; email: doug.rudolph@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), which is the aviation authority for Australia, has issued AD No. AD/ GA8/7, dated September 2, 2013 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: The GippsAero GA8 and GA8–TC 320 aircraft Mk II fuel system features an integral sump tank located in the floor structure forward of the co-pilot seat. The current configuration of the compartments adjacent to the Mk II sump tank do not meet the requirements of regulation 23.967(b) of the Federal Aviation Regulations of the United States of America in that they are not suitably ventilated and drained to prevent the accumulation of flammable fluids or vapours. This AD requires modifying the fuel system for ventilation and drainage. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA–2013–0823. Relevant Service Information GippsAero has issued Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–GA8–2012–96, Issue 4, dated August 12, 2013. The PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 actions described in this service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This 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 this State of Design Authority, they have notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all information provided by the State of Design Authority and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. FAA’s 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 the integral sump tank in the fuel system is not suitably ventilated and drained to prevent the accumulation of flammable fluids or vapors, which could lead to a flammability issue. Therefore, we determined that notice and opportunity for public comment before issuing this AD are impracticable and that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in fewer than 30 days. Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not precede it by notice and opportunity for public comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2013–0823; Directorate Identifier 2013–CE–027– 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 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 AD. E:\FR\FM\25SER1.SGM 25SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 186 / Wednesday, September 25, 2013 / Rules and Regulations Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect 35 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 3 workhours per product to do the fuel system ventilation and drainage modification requirement of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $8,925, or $255 per product. In addition, we estimate that it will take about 4 work-hours per product to do the cargo pod modification. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $1,000 per product, for a cost of $1,340 per product. We have no way of determining the number of products that may need this action. According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected individuals. As a result, we have included all costs in our cost estimate. (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. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. 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. ■ TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Regulatory Findings We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:13 Sep 24, 2013 Jkt 229001 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: 2013–19–12 GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd: Amendment 39–17594; Docket No. FAA–2013–0823; Directorate Identifier 2013–CE–027–AD. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective October 15, 2013. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to the following GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd model and serial number airplane presented in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) that are certificated in any category: (1) Models GA8 airplanes, serial numbers GA8–02–012, GA8–TC 320–02–16, GA8–TC 320–03–25, and GA8–TC 320–09–120. (2) Models GA8 and GA8–TC320, serial numbers GA8–08–128 through GA8A/GA8– TC 320–13–205. The last three digits (third tier designation) of the serial numbers are sequential regardless of the model designation (first tier designation) or the year produced (second tier designation). (d) Subject Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 21: Fuel System. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as the fuel system integral sump tank does not meet PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 58873 FAA regulations. We are issuing this AD to prevent the accumulation of flammable fluids or vapors, which could lead to a flammability issue. (f) Actions and Compliance Unless already done, do the following actions in paragraphs (f)(1) and (f)(2) of this AD. (1) For all affected airplanes: Within the next 100 hours time-in-service (TIS) after October 15, 2013 (the effective date of this AD) or within 3 months after October 15, 2013 (the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs first, modify the airplane following Part 1 of GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–GA8–2012–96, Issue 4, dated August 12, 2013. (2) For affected airplanes equipped with a cargo pod part number GA8–255004–017 or GA8–255004–019: Before further flight after the modification required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, modify the cargo pod following Part 2 of GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–GA8–2012–96, Issue 4, dated August 12, 2013. (g) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4059; fax: (816) 329– 4090; email: doug.rudolph@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO. (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority (or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service. (h) Related Information Refer to MCAI Civil Aviation Safety Authority AD No. AD/GA8/7, dated September 2, 2013, for related information. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA–2013– 0823. (i) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise. (i) GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–GA8–2012–96, Issue 4, dated August 12, 2013. (ii) Reserved. E:\FR\FM\25SER1.SGM 25SER1 58874 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 186 / Wednesday, September 25, 2013 / Rules and Regulations (3) For GippsAero service information identified in this AD, contact GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd, c/o GippsAero Pty Ltd, Attn: Technical Services, P.O. Box 881, Morwell Victoria 3840, Australia; telephone: + 61 03 5172 1200; fax: +61 03 5172 1201; Internet: http://www.gippsaero.com/customersupport/technical-publications.aspx. (4) You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 16, 2013. Pat Mullen, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–22978 Filed 9–24–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0610; Directorate Identifier 2013–CE–017–AD; Amendment 39–17592; AD 2013–19–10] Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to the specified products. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on July 17, 2013 (78 FR 42723). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. Model PC– 12/47E airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as common grounding of both the pilot primary flight display (PFD) and the Electronic Standby Instrument System (ESIS). If the common ground fails both navigations systems could fail simultaneously, which could result in loss of control. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective October 30, 2013. TKELLEY on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:13 Sep 24, 2013 Jkt 229001 The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of October 30, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov or in person at Document Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. For service information identified in this AD, contact Pilatus Aircraft Ltd., Customer Service Manager, CH–6371 STANS, Switzerland; telephone: +41 (0) 41 619 65 01; fax: +41 (0) 41 619 65 76; Internet: http://www.pilatusaircraft.com/#32. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329– 4059; fax: (816) 329–4090; email: doug.rudolph@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: During a design review of the electrical supply of navigation equipment installed on certain PC 12/47E aeroplanes, common grounding of the pilot Primary Flight Display (PFD) and the Electronic Standby Instrument System (ESIS) was identified. This condition, if not corrected, could lead, in case of failure of PFD and ESIS common ground, to simultaneous loss of more than one pilot flight information display and inhibition of flight parameter presentation, possibly resulting in reduced ability to control the aeroplane. To address this potentially unsafe condition, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. introduced a modification in production to relocate the ESIS ground connection. This modification is available for affected in-service aeroplanes through Pilatus Aircraft Ltd Service Bulletin (SB) No 34–038. For the reasons described above, this AD requires relocation of the ESIS ground connection. The MCAI can be found in the AD docket on the Internet PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 at http://www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=FAA-2013-06100002. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM (78 FR 42723, July 17, 2013) or on the determination of the cost to the public. Conclusion We reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD as proposed except for minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes: • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM (78 FR 42723, July 17, 2013) for correcting the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM (78 FR 42723, July 17, 2013). Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect 230 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 5 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $40 per product. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $106,950, or $465 per product. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,’’ describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in ‘‘Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will E:\FR\FM\25SER1.SGM 25SER1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 186 (Wednesday, September 25, 2013)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-22978]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0823; Directorate Identifier 2013-CE-027-AD; 
Amendment 39-17594; AD 2013-19-12]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd 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 GA 8 
Airvan (Pty) Ltd Models GA8 and GA8-TC320 airplanes. This AD results 
from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by 
the aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an 
unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe 
condition as the fuel system integral sump tank does not meet FAA 
regulations. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the 
unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective October 15, 2013.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of October 15, 
2013.
    We must receive comments on this AD by November 12, 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 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this AD, contact GA 8 Airvan 
(Pty) Ltd, c/o GippsAero Pty Ltd, Attn: Technical Services, P.O. Box 
881, Morwell Victoria 3840, Australia; telephone: + 61 03 5172 1200; 
fax: +61 03 5172 1201; Internet: http://www.gippsaero.com/customer-support/technical-publications.aspx. You may review copies of the 
referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 
901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the 
availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.

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 AD, the regulatory evaluation, 
any comments received, and other information. The street address for 
the Docket Office (telephone (800) 647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES 
section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after 
receipt.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), which is the aviation 
authority for Australia, has issued AD No. AD/GA8/7, dated September 2, 
2013 (referred to after this as ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe 
condition for the specified products. The MCAI states:

    The GippsAero GA8 and GA8-TC 320 aircraft Mk II fuel system 
features an integral sump tank located in the floor structure 
forward of the co-pilot seat. The current configuration of the 
compartments adjacent to the Mk II sump tank do not meet the 
requirements of regulation 23.967(b) of the Federal Aviation 
Regulations of the United States of America in that they are not 
suitably ventilated and drained to prevent the accumulation of 
flammable fluids or vapours.

    This AD requires modifying the fuel system for ventilation and 
drainage. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA-
2013-0823.

Relevant Service Information

    GippsAero has issued Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA8-2012-96, 
Issue 4, dated August 12, 2013. 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 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 this State of Design Authority, they 
have notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and 
service information referenced above. We are issuing this AD because we 
evaluated all information provided by the State of Design Authority and 
determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or 
develop on other products of the same type design.

FAA's 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 the 
integral sump tank in the fuel system is not suitably ventilated and 
drained to prevent the accumulation of flammable fluids or vapors, 
which could lead to a flammability issue. Therefore, we determined that 
notice and opportunity for public comment before issuing this AD are 
impracticable and that good cause exists for making this amendment 
effective in fewer than 30 days.

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety, and we did not precede it by notice and opportunity for public 
comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under 
the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2013-0823; Directorate 
Identifier 2013-CE-027-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 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 AD.

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Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD will affect 35 products of U.S. registry. 
We also estimate that it will take about 3 work-hours per product to do 
the fuel system ventilation and drainage modification requirement of 
this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour.
    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. 
operators to be $8,925, or $255 per product.
    In addition, we estimate that it will take about 4 work-hours per 
product to do the cargo pod modification. The average labor rate is $85 
per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $1,000 per product, for 
a cost of $1,340 per product. We have no way of determining the number 
of products that may need this action.
    According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this AD may be 
covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected 
individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected 
individuals. As a result, we have included all costs in our cost 
estimate.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

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

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

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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

2013-19-12 GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd: Amendment 39-17594; Docket No. 
FAA-2013-0823; Directorate Identifier 2013-CE-027-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective October 15, 
2013.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the following GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd model and 
serial number airplane presented in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) 
that are certificated in any category:
    (1) Models GA8 airplanes, serial numbers GA8-02-012, GA8-TC 320-
02-16, GA8-TC 320-03-25, and GA8-TC 320-09-120.
    (2) Models GA8 and GA8-TC320, serial numbers GA8-08-128 through 
GA8A/GA8-TC 320-13-205. The last three digits (third tier 
designation) of the serial numbers are sequential regardless of the 
model designation (first tier designation) or the year produced 
(second tier designation).

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 21: Fuel System.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness 
information (MCAI) issued by the aviation authority of another 
country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation 
product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as the fuel system 
integral sump tank does not meet FAA regulations. We are issuing 
this AD to prevent the accumulation of flammable fluids or vapors, 
which could lead to a flammability issue.

(f) Actions and Compliance

    Unless already done, do the following actions in paragraphs 
(f)(1) and (f)(2) of this AD.
    (1) For all affected airplanes: Within the next 100 hours time-
in-service (TIS) after October 15, 2013 (the effective date of this 
AD) or within 3 months after October 15, 2013 (the effective date of 
this AD), whichever occurs first, modify the airplane following Part 
1 of GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA8-2012-96, Issue 4, 
dated August 12, 2013.
    (2) For affected airplanes equipped with a cargo pod part number 
GA8-255004-017 or GA8-255004-019: Before further flight after the 
modification required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, modify the 
cargo pod following Part 2 of GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin 
SB-GA8-2012-96, Issue 4, dated August 12, 2013.

(g) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this 
AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send 
information to ATTN: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small 
Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106; telephone: (816) 329-4059; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: 
doug.rudolph@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane 
to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal 
inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), 
or lacking a PI, your local FSDO.
    (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain 
corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these 
actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered 
FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority 
(or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product 
is airworthy before it is returned to service.

(h) Related Information

    Refer to MCAI Civil Aviation Safety Authority AD No. AD/GA8/7, 
dated September 2, 2013, for related information. You may examine 
the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching 
for and locating it in Docket No. FAA-2013-0823.

(i) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA8-2012-96, Issue 
4, dated August 12, 2013.
    (ii) Reserved.

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    (3) For GippsAero service information identified in this AD, 
contact GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd, c/o GippsAero Pty Ltd, Attn: 
Technical Services, P.O. Box 881, Morwell Victoria 3840, Australia; 
telephone: + 61 03 5172 1200; fax: +61 03 5172 1201; Internet: 
http://www.gippsaero.com/customer-support/technical-publications.aspx.
    (4) You may review copies of the referenced service information 
at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, 
Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material 
at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 16, 2013.
Pat Mullen,
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-22978 Filed 9-24-13; 8:45 am]
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