Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes, 60804-60807 [2013-24040]

Download as PDF 60804 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 191 / Wednesday, October 2, 2013 / Proposed Rules fuel quantity indicating system (FQIS) wiring harness is routed correctly and relocate if necessary, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–28–52, dated November 3, 2009. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (i) Wire Routing Segregation and Installation of Dual Spacers—Part III Within 18,000 flight hours or 108 months, whichever occurs first, after the effective date of this AD, do the modification specified in paragraphs (i)(1) and (i)(2) of this AD, as applicable. (1) For airplanes having S/Ns 003 through 672 inclusive, on which Modsum 8Q101513 has been incorporated or on which Modsum 8Q101652 has been incorporated in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–28–36, dated August 9, 2006; Revision A, dated November 17, 2006; Revision B, dated February 12, 2008; or Revision C, dated October 7, 2009; excluding airplanes on which a long-range fuel system has been installed as specified in CF828CH00044, CR828SO08061, SOO 8061, CR828CH00027, or CR828SO00006: Accomplish Bombardier Modsum 8Q101908, ‘‘Fuel System—Fuel Qty Ind., Wire Routing Segregation, Installation of Dual Spacers—SFAR88 (Standard A/C),’’ Revision B, including installing dual spacers inside certain center fuselage locations, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–28–55, dated July 23, 2012. (2) For airplanes having S/Ns 003 through 672 inclusive on which a long-range fuel system has been installed as specified in CF828CH00044, CR828SO08061, SOO 8061, CR828CH00027, or CR828SO00006, and on which Modsum 8Q902064 has been incorporated, or on which Modsum 8Q902064 has been incorporated in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–28–42, dated December 21, 2008; or Revision A, dated October 1, 2008: Accomplish Bombardier Modsum 8Q902383, ‘‘Fuel System—Fuel Qty Ind., Wire routing Segregation, Installation of Dual Spacers— SFAR88 (Long Range A/C),’’ Revision B, including installing dual spacers inside certain center fuselage locations, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–28–56, dated July 23, 2012. (j) Credit for Previous Actions (1) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (g)(2) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–28–39, Revision A, March 15, 2007. (2) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (g)(3) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–28–44, dated August 9, 2006; or Revision A, dated November 15, 2006. (3) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (g)(6) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:27 Oct 01, 2013 Jkt 232001 Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–28–41, Revision A, dated April 11, 2007. (4) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (g)(8) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–28–43, dated August 10, 2006. (5) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (g)(10) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–28–48, dated October 1, 2010. (6) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (g)(13) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–28–49, dated October 1, 2010. (7) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (h)(3) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–28–53, dated November 3, 2008. (k) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, ANE–170, 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 ACO, send it to ATTN: Program Manager, Continuing Operational Safety, FAA, New York ACO, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone 516–228–7300; fax 516–794–5531. 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 Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF–2013–07, dated March 1, 2013, for related information, which can be found in the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Bombardier, Inc., Q-Series Technical Help Desk, 123 Garratt Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M3K 1Y5, Canada; telephone 416–375–4000; fax 416–375–4539; email thd.qseries@aero.bombardier.com; Internet http://www.bombardier.com. You may review copies of this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. Issued in Renton, Washington, on September 19, 2013. Ross Landes, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–24077 Filed 10–1–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0836; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–126–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 supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2005–07– 12 that applies to certain The Boeing Company Model 737–100, –200, –200C, –300, –400, and –500 series airplanes. AD 2005–07–12 requires detailed and eddy current inspections to detect cracking of the frame web around the cutout for the doorstop intercostal strap at the aft side of the station (STA) 291.5 frame at stringer 16R, and corrective action if necessary. Since we issued AD 2005–07–12, we received reports of new findings of cracking at various locations of the STA 277 to STA 291.5 frames and intercostals, including webs, chords, clips, and shear ties, between stringers 7R and 17R. This proposed AD would add new inspections for cracking at the forward galley door cutout, and corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD would also reduce a certain inspection threshold required by AD 2005–07–12. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the aft frame and frame support structure of the forward galley door, which could result in a severed fuselage frame web, rapid decompression of the airplane, and possible loss of the forward galley door. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 18, 2013. SUMMARY: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\02OCP1.SGM 02OCP1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 191 / Wednesday, October 2, 2013 / Proposed Rules • 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 AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H–65, Seattle, WA 98124–2207; telephone 206–544–5000, extension 1; fax 206– 766–5680; Internet https:// www.myboeingfleet.com. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Ave. SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 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: Alan Pohl, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; phone: 425– 917–6450; fax: 425–917–6590; email: alan.pohl@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2013–0836; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–126–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:27 Oct 01, 2013 Jkt 232001 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 On March 25, 2005, we issued AD 2005–07–12, Amendment 39–14036 (70 FR 17596, April 7, 2005), for certain The Boeing Company Model 737–100, –200, –300, –400, and –500 series airplanes. AD 2005–07–12 requires repetitive detailed and eddy current inspections to detect cracking of the frame web around the cutout for the doorstop intercostal strap at the aft side of STA 291.5 frame at stringer 16R, and corrective actions if necessary. We issued AD 2005–07–12 to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the aft frame and frame support structure of the forward galley door. Actions Since AD 2005–07–12, Amendment 39–14036 (70 FR 17596, April 7, 2005) Was Issued Since we issued AD 2005–07–12, Amendment 39–14036 (70 FR 17596, April 7, 2005) Boeing has received 24 reports of cracking of the STA 291.5 frame web around the doorstop intercostal strap cutout at stringer 16R. There have been 23 reports of cracks propagating down from the lower radius of the cutout on airplanes that had accumulated between 35,597 and 68,133 total flight cycles. Boeing also received one report of a crack propagating outboard from the upper radius through two countersunk fastener locations on an airplane that had accumulated 31,611 total flight cycles. In addition, Boeing received reports of cracking in other areas of the forward galley door cutout that are determined to be safety related. Relevant Service Information We reviewed Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013. For information on the procedures and compliance times, see this service information at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for Docket No. FAA–2013–0836. PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 60805 FAA’s Determination We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design. Proposed AD Requirements Although this proposed AD does not explicitly restate the requirements of AD 2005–07–12, Amendment 39–14036 (70 FR 17596, April 7, 2005) this proposed AD would retain all of the requirements of AD 2005–07–12. Those requirements are referenced in the service information identified previously, which, in turn, is referenced in paragraph (h) of this proposed AD. For certain airplanes, this proposed AD would reduce the compliance threshold for a certain inspection. This proposed AD would also require accomplishing the actions identified in the service information identified previously, except as discussed under ‘‘Differences Between the Proposed AD and the Service Information.’’ The phrase ‘‘corrective actions’’ is used in this proposed AD. ‘‘Corrective actions’’ are actions that correct or address any condition found. Corrective actions in an AD could include, for example, repairs. Differences Between the Proposed AD and the Service Information Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737– 53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013, specifies to contact the manufacturer for instructions on how to repair certain conditions, but this proposed AD would require repairing those conditions in one of the following ways: • In accordance with a method that we approve; or • Using data that meet the certification basis of the airplane, and that have been approved by the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) whom we have authorized to make those findings. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 419 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: E:\FR\FM\02OCP1.SGM 02OCP1 60806 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 191 / Wednesday, October 2, 2013 / Proposed Rules ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators Inspections [retained from AD 2005–07– 12, Amendment 39-14036 (70 FR 17596)]. Inspections [new proposed action] ......... 2 work-hours × $85 per hour = $170 per inspection cycle. None ............ $170 per inspection cycle. $71,230 per inspection cycle. 40 work-hours × $85 per hour = $3,400 per inspection cycle. None ............ $3,400 per inspection cycle. $1,424,600 per inspection cycle. We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide a cost estimate for the on-condition actions specified in the service information. Authority for This Rulemaking mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Regulatory Findings We have 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 that the 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. 17:27 Oct 01, 2013 Jkt 232001 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. the airplane, and possible loss of the forward galley door. (f) Compliance The Proposed Amendment 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 proposed regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. VerDate Mar<15>2010 List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 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) 2005–07–12, Amendment 39–14036 (70 FR 17596, April 7, 2005), and adding the following new AD: ■ The Boeing Company: Docket No. FAA– 2013–0836; Directorate Identifier 2013– NM–126–AD. (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by November 18, 2013. (b) Affected ADs This AD supersedes AD 2005–07–12, Amendment 39–14036 (70 FR 17596, April 7, 2005). (c) Applicability This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 737–100, –200, –200C, –300, –400, and –500 series airplanes, as identified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/ Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 53, Fuselage. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by reports of new findings of cracking at various locations of the stations (STA) 277 to STA 291.5 frames and intercostals, including webs, chords, clips, and shear ties, between stringers 7R and 17R. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the aft frame and frame support structure of the forward galley door, which could result in a severed fuselage frame web, rapid decompression of PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Group 1 Airplanes: Inspections and Corrective Actions For airplanes identified as Group 1 in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013: Within 120 days after the effective date of this AD, do inspections for cracking from STA 277 to STA 328, stringer 7R to 17R of the forward galley door cutout, using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (l) of this AD. Do all applicable corrective actions before further flight using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (l) of this AD. (h) Group 2 and Group 3 Airplanes: Inspections and Corrective Actions (1) For airplanes identified as Group 2 and Group 3 in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013: Except as provided by paragraph (j)(2) of this AD, at the applicable times specified in tables 1 and 2 in paragraph 1.E, ‘‘Compliance,’’ of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013, do detailed and surface HFEC inspections, as applicable, for cracking in the forward galley door cutout, in accordance with Part 2 of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013. Repeat the detailed and surface HFEC inspections thereafter at the applicable intervals specified in tables 1 and 2 in paragraph 1.E, ‘‘Compliance,’’ of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013. If any crack is found, before further flight, do all applicable corrective actions in accordance with Part 2 of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013, except as required by paragraph (j)(1) of this AD. Doing the repair in accordance with Part 2 of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013, terminates the repetitive inspections required by this paragraph for the repaired area only. (2) Removal and replacement of a cracked part, in accordance with Part 2 of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013, does not terminate the E:\FR\FM\02OCP1.SGM 02OCP1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 191 / Wednesday, October 2, 2013 / Proposed Rules repetitive inspections required by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD. (i) Optional Terminating Action Accomplishment of the preventive modification on the STA 291.5 frame web, in accordance with Part 2 of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013, terminates the repetitive inspections required by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD for the area that is common to the preventive modification. (j) Exceptions to the Service Information (1) Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013, specifies to contact Boeing for a corrective action: Before further flight, do the applicable action using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (l) of this AD. (2) Where paragraph 1.E., ‘‘Compliance,’’ of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013, specifies a compliance time ‘‘after the date on Revision 1 of this service bulletin,’’ this AD requires compliance within the specified compliance time after the effective date of this AD. (m) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Alan Pohl, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057– 3356; phone: 425–917–6450; fax: 425–917– 6590; email: alan.pohl@faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H–65, Seattle, WA 98124–2207; telephone 206– 544–5000, extension 1; fax 206–766–5680; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Ave. SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. Issued in Renton, Washington on September 25, 2013. Jeffrey E. Duven, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–24040 Filed 10–1–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P (k) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph provides credit for the actions specified in paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1241, dated June 13, 2002, which is not incorporated by reference in this AD. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (l) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) 17:27 Oct 01, 2013 Jkt 232001 Federal Aviation Administration [Docket No. FAA–2013–0837; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–112–AD] Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737–200, –200C, –300, –400, and –500 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of cracking found in the skin at the lower aft corner of the forward entry doorway on airplanes that do not have an airstair door cutout. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections for cracking in the lower corners of the forward entry doorway on airplanes that do not have an airstair door cutout, and repair if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracking in the lower corners of the forward entry doorway, which could lead to crack progression and consequent rapid decompression of the airplane. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 18, 2013. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4702 You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P. O. Box 3707, MC 2H–65, Seattle, WA 98124–2207; telephone 206–544–5000, extension 1; fax 206–766–5680; Internet https:// www.myboeingfleet.com. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. ADDRESSES: Examining the AD Docket 14 CFR Part 39 RIN 2120–AA64 (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 paragraph (m) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-Seattle-ACO–AMOCRequests@faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair required by this AD if it is approved by the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO, to make those findings. For a repair method to be approved, the repair must meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD. (4) AMOCs approved for the actions specified in AD 2005–07–12, Amendment 39–14036 (70 FR 17596, April 7, 2005), are approved as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of this AD. VerDate Mar<15>2010 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 60807 Sfmt 4702 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: Alan Pohl, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; phone: (425) 917–6450; fax: (425) 917–6590; email: alan.pohl@ 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– 2013–0837; Directorate Identifier 2013– NM–112–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy E:\FR\FM\02OCP1.SGM 02OCP1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 191 (Wednesday, October 2, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 60804-60807]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-24040]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0836; Directorate Identifier 2013-NM-126-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2005-07-
12 that applies to certain The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -
200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. AD 2005-07-12 requires 
detailed and eddy current inspections to detect cracking of the frame 
web around the cutout for the doorstop intercostal strap at the aft 
side of the station (STA) 291.5 frame at stringer 16R, and corrective 
action if necessary. Since we issued AD 2005-07-12, we received reports 
of new findings of cracking at various locations of the STA 277 to STA 
291.5 frames and intercostals, including webs, chords, clips, and shear 
ties, between stringers 7R and 17R. This proposed AD would add new 
inspections for cracking at the forward galley door cutout, and 
corrective actions if necessary. This proposed AD would also reduce a 
certain inspection threshold required by AD 2005-07-12. We are 
proposing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the aft 
frame and frame support structure of the forward galley door, which 
could result in a severed fuselage frame web, rapid decompression of 
the airplane, and possible loss of the forward galley door.

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

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:

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     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 AD, contact Boeing 
Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 
3707, MC 2H-65, Seattle, WA 98124-2207; telephone 206-544-5000, 
extension 1; fax 206-766-5680; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. 
You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Ave. 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: Alan Pohl, Aerospace Engineer, 
Airframe Branch, ANM-120S, FAA Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 
1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; phone: 425-917-
6450; fax: 425-917-6590; email: alan.pohl@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address 
listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2013-0836; 
Directorate Identifier 2013-NM-126-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

    On March 25, 2005, we issued AD 2005-07-12, Amendment 39-14036 (70 
FR 17596, April 7, 2005), for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-100, 
-200, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. AD 2005-07-12 requires 
repetitive detailed and eddy current inspections to detect cracking of 
the frame web around the cutout for the doorstop intercostal strap at 
the aft side of STA 291.5 frame at stringer 16R, and corrective actions 
if necessary. We issued AD 2005-07-12 to detect and correct fatigue 
cracking of the aft frame and frame support structure of the forward 
galley door.

Actions Since AD 2005-07-12, Amendment 39-14036 (70 FR 17596, April 7, 
2005) Was Issued

    Since we issued AD 2005-07-12, Amendment 39-14036 (70 FR 17596, 
April 7, 2005) Boeing has received 24 reports of cracking of the STA 
291.5 frame web around the doorstop intercostal strap cutout at 
stringer 16R. There have been 23 reports of cracks propagating down 
from the lower radius of the cutout on airplanes that had accumulated 
between 35,597 and 68,133 total flight cycles. Boeing also received one 
report of a crack propagating outboard from the upper radius through 
two countersunk fastener locations on an airplane that had accumulated 
31,611 total flight cycles. In addition, Boeing received reports of 
cracking in other areas of the forward galley door cutout that are 
determined to be safety related.

Relevant Service Information

    We reviewed Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1241, Revision 1, 
dated June 11, 2013. For information on the procedures and compliance 
times, see this service information at http://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for Docket No. FAA-2013-0836.

FAA's Determination

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

Proposed AD Requirements

    Although this proposed AD does not explicitly restate the 
requirements of AD 2005-07-12, Amendment 39-14036 (70 FR 17596, April 
7, 2005) this proposed AD would retain all of the requirements of AD 
2005-07-12. Those requirements are referenced in the service 
information identified previously, which, in turn, is referenced in 
paragraph (h) of this proposed AD. For certain airplanes, this proposed 
AD would reduce the compliance threshold for a certain inspection. This 
proposed AD would also require accomplishing the actions identified in 
the service information identified previously, except as discussed 
under ``Differences Between the Proposed AD and the Service 
Information.''
    The phrase ``corrective actions'' is used in this proposed AD. 
``Corrective actions'' are actions that correct or address any 
condition found. Corrective actions in an AD could include, for 
example, repairs.

Differences Between the Proposed AD and the Service Information

    Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 
11, 2013, specifies to contact the manufacturer for instructions on how 
to repair certain conditions, but this proposed AD would require 
repairing those conditions in one of the following ways:
     In accordance with a method that we approve; or
     Using data that meet the certification basis of the 
airplane, and that have been approved by the Boeing Commercial 
Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) whom we have 
authorized to make those findings.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 419 airplanes of U.S. 
registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD:

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                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                                 Cost on U.S.
             Action                  Labor cost           Parts cost       Cost per product        operators
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Inspections [retained from AD    2 work-hours x $85  None...............  $170 per            $71,230 per
 2005-07-12, Amendment            per hour = $170                          inspection cycle.   inspection cycle.
 39[dash]14036 (70 FR 17596)].    per inspection
                                  cycle.
Inspections [new proposed        40 work-hours x     None...............  $3,400 per          $1,424,600 per
 action].                         $85 per hour =                           inspection cycle.   inspection cycle.
                                  $3,400 per
                                  inspection cycle.
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    We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide 
a cost estimate for the on-condition actions specified in the service 
information.

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 proposed 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 have 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 that the proposed 
regulation:
    (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive 
Order 12866,
    (2) Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979),
    (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
    (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

The Proposed Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by removing airworthiness directive (AD) 
2005-07-12, Amendment 39-14036 (70 FR 17596, April 7, 2005), and adding 
the following new AD:

The Boeing Company: Docket No. FAA-2013-0836; Directorate Identifier 
2013-NM-126-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by November 18, 
2013.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD supersedes AD 2005-07-12, Amendment 39-14036 (70 FR 
17596, April 7, 2005).

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -
200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes, as identified in Boeing 
Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/Air Transport Association 
(ATA) of America Code 53, Fuselage.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by reports of new findings of cracking at 
various locations of the stations (STA) 277 to STA 291.5 frames and 
intercostals, including webs, chords, clips, and shear ties, between 
stringers 7R and 17R. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct 
fatigue cracking of the aft frame and frame support structure of the 
forward galley door, which could result in a severed fuselage frame 
web, rapid decompression of the airplane, and possible loss of the 
forward galley door.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Group 1 Airplanes: Inspections and Corrective Actions

    For airplanes identified as Group 1 in Boeing Alert Service 
Bulletin 737-53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013: Within 120 
days after the effective date of this AD, do inspections for 
cracking from STA 277 to STA 328, stringer 7R to 17R of the forward 
galley door cutout, using a method approved in accordance with the 
procedures specified in paragraph (l) of this AD. Do all applicable 
corrective actions before further flight using a method approved in 
accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (l) of this 
AD.

(h) Group 2 and Group 3 Airplanes: Inspections and Corrective Actions

    (1) For airplanes identified as Group 2 and Group 3 in Boeing 
Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013: 
Except as provided by paragraph (j)(2) of this AD, at the applicable 
times specified in tables 1 and 2 in paragraph 1.E, ``Compliance,'' 
of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 
11, 2013, do detailed and surface HFEC inspections, as applicable, 
for cracking in the forward galley door cutout, in accordance with 
Part 2 of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service 
Bulletin 737-53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013. Repeat the 
detailed and surface HFEC inspections thereafter at the applicable 
intervals specified in tables 1 and 2 in paragraph 1.E, 
``Compliance,'' of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1241, 
Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013. If any crack is found, before 
further flight, do all applicable corrective actions in accordance 
with Part 2 of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert 
Service Bulletin 737-53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013, 
except as required by paragraph (j)(1) of this AD. Doing the repair 
in accordance with Part 2 of the Accomplishment Instructions of 
Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 
11, 2013, terminates the repetitive inspections required by this 
paragraph for the repaired area only.
    (2) Removal and replacement of a cracked part, in accordance 
with Part 2 of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert 
Service Bulletin 737-53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013, does 
not terminate the

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repetitive inspections required by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD.

(i) Optional Terminating Action

    Accomplishment of the preventive modification on the STA 291.5 
frame web, in accordance with Part 2 of the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1241, Revision 
1, dated June 11, 2013, terminates the repetitive inspections 
required by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD for the area that is common 
to the preventive modification.

(j) Exceptions to the Service Information

    (1) Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1241, Revision 1, 
dated June 11, 2013, specifies to contact Boeing for a corrective 
action: Before further flight, do the applicable action using a 
method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in 
paragraph (l) of this AD.
    (2) Where paragraph 1.E., ``Compliance,'' of Boeing Alert 
Service Bulletin 737-53A1241, Revision 1, dated June 11, 2013, 
specifies a compliance time ``after the date on Revision 1 of this 
service bulletin,'' this AD requires compliance within the specified 
compliance time after the effective date of this AD.

(k) Credit for Previous Actions

    This paragraph provides credit for the actions specified in 
paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, if those actions were performed before 
the effective date of this AD using Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 
737-53A1241, dated June 13, 2002, which is not incorporated by 
reference in this AD.

(l) 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 paragraph (m) of this AD. 
Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-Seattle-ACO-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov.
    (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate 
principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager 
of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding 
district office.
    (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be 
used for any repair required by this AD if it is approved by the 
Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization 
(ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO, to make 
those findings. For a repair method to be approved, the repair must 
meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must 
specifically refer to this AD.
    (4) AMOCs approved for the actions specified in AD 2005-07-12, 
Amendment 39-14036 (70 FR 17596, April 7, 2005), are approved as 
AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of this AD.

(m) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Alan Pohl, 
Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM-120S, FAA Seattle Aircraft 
Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 
98057-3356; phone: 425-917-6450; fax: 425-917-6590; email: 
alan.pohl@faa.gov.
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, 
P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H-65, Seattle, WA 98124-2207; telephone 206-544-
5000, extension 1; fax 206-766-5680; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. You may review copies of the referenced 
service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 
Lind Ave. SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the 
availability of this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221.

    Issued in Renton, Washington on September 25, 2013.
Jeffrey E. Duven,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-24040 Filed 10-1-13; 8:45 am]
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