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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 207 / Friday, October 25, 2013 / Rules and Regulations 3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska to the extent that it justifies making a regulatory distinction; 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 an economic evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this 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. 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. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ 2013–21–01 Eurocopter France: Amendment 39–17625; Docket No. FAA–2013–0878; Directorate Identifier 2013–SW–033–AD. (a) Applicability This AD applies to Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model AS350B, AS350BA, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350C, AS350D, AS350D1, AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, and AS355NP helicopters with tail rotor hub pitch horn (pitch horn) assembly, part number (P/N) 350A121368.01, 350A121368.02, 350A121368.03, or 350A121368.04, with a pitch horn, P/N 350A121368.XX, where XX stands for two digit dash number, installed, certificated in any category. The pitch horn may be marked with either the pitch horn assembly P/N or pitch horn P/N. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with RULES (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as a crack in the yoke of a pitch horn. This condition could result in failure of a pitch horn, loss of the anti-torque function, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. (c) Effective Date This AD becomes effective October 25, 2013. (d) Compliance You are responsible for performing each action required by this AD within the specified compliance time unless it has already been accomplished prior to that time. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:42 Oct 24, 2013 Jkt 232001 (e) Required Actions (1) For parts with 135 to 155 hours timein-service (TIS), before exceeding 165 hours TIS, or for parts with more than 155 hours TIS, within 10 hours TIS, visually inspect each pitch horn for a crack in the areas shown in Figure 1 of Eurocopter Emergency Alert Service Bulletin (EASB) No. 05.00.74 or No. 05.00.65, both Revision 1 and both dated June 25, 2013, as appropriate for your model helicopter. (2) If there is a crack, before further flight, replace the pitch horn with an airworthy pitch horn. (3) Do not install a pitch horn, P/N 350A121368 (any dash number), on any helicopter unless it has passed a dye penetrant inspection for a crack in the areas shown in Figure 1 of EASB No. 05.00.74 or No. 05.00.65. (f) Special Flight Permits Special flight permits are prohibited. (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Robert Grant, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Group, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222– 5110; email robert.grant@faa.gov. (2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating certificate or under 14 CFR part 91, subpart K, we suggest that you notify your principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office or certificate holding district office, before operating any aircraft complying with this AD through an AMOC. (h) Additional Information The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) No. AD 2013–0133, dated June 28, 2013. You may view the EASA AD on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2013–0878. (i) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6400 Tail Rotor. (j) 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 the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Eurocopter Emergency Alert Service Bulletin No. 05.00.74, Revision 1, dated June 25, 2013. (ii) Eurocopter Emergency Alert Service Bulletin No. 05.00.65, Revision 1, dated June 25, 2013. Note to paragraph (j)(2): Eurocopter Emergency Alert Service Bulletin No. 05.00.74 and No. 05.00.65, both Revision 1 and both dated June 25, 2013, are copublished as one document along with Eurocopter Emergency Alert Service Bulletin PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 63855 No. 05.00.49 and No. 05.00.44, both Revision 1 and both dated June 25, 2013, which are not incorporated by reference in this AD. (3) For Eurocopter service information identified in this AD, American Eurocopter Corporation, 2701 N. Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; telephone (972) 641–0000 or (800) 232–0323; fax (972) 641–3775; or at http://www.eurocopter.com/techpub. (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, Texas 76137. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (817) 222–5110. (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 Fort Worth, Texas, on October 7, 2013. Kim Smith, Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–24816 Filed 10–24–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0863; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–178–AD; Amendment 39–17627; AD 2013–21–03] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747–8F and 747–8 series airplanes. This AD requires a detailed inspection of the power control actuator (PCA) installation to determine if a bushing is installed, a general visual inspection between the horizontal stabilizer rear spar and the elevator front spar and between certain stabilizer stations for defects and damage, and corrective actions if necessary. This AD was prompted by a report of unusual noise coming from the left inboard elevator during a functional check of the ram air turbine system, and a determination that a bushing was not installed. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct non-installation of bushings. If the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\25OCR1.SGM 25OCR1 63856 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 207 / Friday, October 25, 2013 / Rules and Regulations bushings are not present, the stiffness of the load path will be decreased, which will cause wear of adjacent parts and increased freeplay of the elevator surfaces. Freeplay that exceeds acceptable limits could result in divergent flutter for certain maneuvers, which could lead to loss of controllability of the airplane. DATES: This AD is effective November 12, 2013. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of November 12, 2013. We must receive comments on this AD by December 9, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to 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 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. Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; phone: (425) 917–6513; fax: (425) 917–6590; email: narinder.luthra@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We received a report of unusual noise coming from the left inboard elevator during a functional check of the ram air turbine system. When investigating the cause of the noise, the operator found too much freeplay in the left inboard elevator, which was traced to a missing bushing in the PCA installation. Another investigation found that the left inboard PCA had been disconnected from this airplane to replace the left elevator, which had been damaged before delivery. When the PCA was reconnected, however, the bushing was not installed. The operator did inspections of the PCA installation and of the PCA attachment lug assembly, and found no other defects or damage. This condition (if the bushing is not present), if not detected and corrected, could result in decreased stiffness of the load path, which will cause wear of adjacent parts and increased freeplay of the elevator surfaces. Freeplay that exceeds acceptable limits could result in divergent flutter for certain maneuvers, which could lead to loss of controllability of the airplane. Relevant Service Information We reviewed Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–27A2515, dated August 23, 2013. For information on the procedures and compliance times, see this service information at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for Docket No. FAA–2013–0863. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with RULES Examining the AD Docket FAA’s Determination We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of these same type designs. 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 (phone: 800–647– 5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Narinder Luthra, Aerospace Engineer, AD Requirements This AD requires accomplishing the actions specified in the service information described previously, except as discussed under ‘‘Differences Between the AD and the Service Information.’’ The FAA worked in conjunction with industry, under the Airworthiness Directives Implementation Aviation Rulemaking Committee, to enhance the AD system. One enhancement was a new process for annotating which steps in the service information are required for compliance with an AD. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:42 Oct 24, 2013 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Differentiating these steps from other tasks in the service information is expected to improve an owner’s/ operator’s understanding of crucial AD requirements and help provide consistent judgment in AD compliance. The actions specified in the service information described previously include steps that are labeled as ‘‘RC’’ (required for compliance) because these steps have a direct effect on detecting, preventing, resolving, or eliminating an identified unsafe condition. As noted in the specified service information, steps labeled as ‘‘RC’’ must be done to comply with the AD. However, steps that are not labeled as ‘‘RC’’ are recommended. Those steps that are not labeled as ‘‘RC’’ may be deviated from, done as part of other actions, or done using accepted methods different from those identified in the service information without obtaining approval of an alternative method of compliance (AMOC), provided the steps labeled as ‘‘RC’’ can be done and the airplane can be put back in a serviceable condition. Any substitutions or changes to steps labeled as ‘‘RC’’ will require approval of an AMOC. In addition, the phrase ‘‘corrective actions’’ is used in this 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 AD and the Service Information Although Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–27A2515, dated August 23, 2013, specifies to contact the manufacturer for instructions on how to repair certain conditions, and indicates that this action is ‘‘RC,’’ this AD requires 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. FAA’s Justification and Determination of the Effective Date An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because risk analysis indicated that urgent action is required. Any airplane that is missing a bushing in the elevator PCA installation is operating at an unacceptable level of risk. If the bushing E:\FR\FM\25OCR1.SGM 25OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 207 / Friday, October 25, 2013 / Rules and Regulations is not present, the stiffness of the load path will be decreased, which will cause wear of adjacent parts and increased freeplay of the elevator surfaces. Freeplay that exceeds acceptable limits could result in divergent flutter for certain maneuvers, which could lead to loss of controllability of the airplane. Therefore, we find that notice and opportunity for prior public comment are impracticable and that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days. 63857 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. Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety and was not preceded by notice and an opportunity for public comment. However, we invite you to send any written data, views, or arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number FAA–2013–0863 and Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–178–AD at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 8 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators Inspection .................................................. 5 work-hours × $85 per hour = $425 ....... N/A $425 $3,400 We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide cost estimates for the on-condition actions specified in this AD. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. (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 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: ■ emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with RULES Regulatory Findings Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. This AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This 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 this AD: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:42 Oct 24, 2013 Jkt 232001 § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ 2013–21–03 the Boeing Company: Amendment 39–17627; Docket No. FAA–2013–0863; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–178–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective November 12, 2013. PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to the Boeing Company Model 747–8F and 747–8 series airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–27A2515, dated August 23, 2013. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/ Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 27, Flight Controls. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by a report of unusual noise coming from the left inboard elevator during a functional check of the ram air turbine system, and a determination that a bushing was not installed. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct non-installation of bushings. If the bushings are not present, the stiffness of the load path will be decreased, which will cause wear of adjacent parts and increased freeplay of the elevator surfaces. Freeplay that exceeds acceptable limits could result in divergent flutter for certain maneuvers, which could lead to loss of controllability of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Inspections and Corrective Actions Except as required by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, at the time specified in paragraph 1.E., ‘‘Compliance,’’ of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–27A2515, dated August 23, 2013: Do a detailed inspection of the inboard elevator left and right power control actuator (PCA) installations to determine if a bushing is installed; and do a general visual inspection between the left and right horizontal stabilizer rear spar and the elevator front spar, and between stabilizer E:\FR\FM\25OCR1.SGM 25OCR1 63858 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 207 / Friday, October 25, 2013 / Rules and Regulations station (STAB) (STA) 235 and 260 for defects and damage, and do all applicable corrective actions that are labeled as ‘‘RC’’ (Required for Compliance), in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–27A2515, dated August 23, 2013, except as required by paragraph (h)(2) of this AD. Doing the steps specified in Parts 1 and 2 of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–27A2515, dated August 23, 2013, are required for compliance. Do all applicable corrective actions that are labeled as ‘‘RC’’ before further flight. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with RULES (h) Exceptions to Service Information Specifications (1) Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–27A2515, dated August 23, 2013, specifies a compliance time ‘‘after the original issue date of this service bulletin,’’ this AD requires compliance within the specified compliance time after the effective date of this AD. (2) Although Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–27A2515, dated August 23, 2013, specifies to contact Boeing for repair instructions, and indicates that action is ‘‘RC’’ (Required for Compliance), this AD requires repairing before further flight using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (i) of this AD. (i) 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 (j) 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) Except as required by paragraph (h)(2) of this AD: If the service information contains steps that are labeled as ‘‘RC’’ (Required for Compliance), those steps must be done to comply with this AD; any steps that are not labeled as ‘‘RC’’ are recommended. Those steps that are not labeled as ‘‘RC’’ may be deviated from, done as part of other actions, or done using accepted methods different from those identified in the specified service information without obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided the steps labeled as ‘‘RC’’ VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:42 Oct 24, 2013 Jkt 232001 can be done and the airplane can be put back in a serviceable condition. Any substitutions or changes to steps labeled as ‘‘RC’’ require approval of an AMOC. (j) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Narinder Luthra, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; phone: (425) 917–6513; fax: (425) 917–6590; email: narinder.luthra@ faa.gov. (k) 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 the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747– 27A2515, dated August 23, 2013. (ii) Reserved. (3) For Boeing 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. (4) You may view this service information at 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. (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 Renton, Washington, on September 30, 2013. Jeffrey E. Duven, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–24812 Filed 10–24–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0500; Directorate Identifier 2012–SW–45–AD; Amendment 39– 17624; AD 2013–20–18] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (Bell) Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2009–05– 09 for Bell Model 412, 412CF, and 412EP helicopters. AD 2009–05–09 required reidentifying each affected part-numbered main rotor yoke (yoke) on its data plate, reducing the retirement life of the reidentified yoke, and revising the Airworthiness Limitations section of the maintenance manual or the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICAs) accordingly. This new AD retains the requirements of AD 2009–05–09 with the exception of the P/N marking location. This AD was prompted by fatigue analysis that shows the retirement life should be reduced on certain yokes. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these helicopters. DATES: This AD is effective November 29, 2013. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this AD, contact Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., P.O. Box 482, Fort Worth, TX 76101; telephone (817) 280–3391; fax (817) 280–6466; or at http://www.bellcustomer.com/files/. You may review a copy of the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth Texas 76137. 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 AD, the economic evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations Office (phone: 800–647–5527) is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations Office, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Kohner, ASW–170, Aviation Safety Engineer, Rotorcraft Directorate, Rotorcraft Certification Office, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137, telephone (817) 222–5170, fax (817) 222–5783, email 7-avs-asw-170@ faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2009–05–09, Amendment 39–15833 (74 FR 11001, March 16, 2009). AD 2009–05–09 applied to Bell Model 412, 412CF, and E:\FR\FM\25OCR1.SGM 25OCR1

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[FR Doc No: 2013-24812]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0863; Directorate Identifier 2013-NM-178-AD; 
Amendment 39-17627; AD 2013-21-03]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain 
The Boeing Company Model 747-8F and 747-8 series airplanes. This AD 
requires a detailed inspection of the power control actuator (PCA) 
installation to determine if a bushing is installed, a general visual 
inspection between the horizontal stabilizer rear spar and the elevator 
front spar and between certain stabilizer stations for defects and 
damage, and corrective actions if necessary. This AD was prompted by a 
report of unusual noise coming from the left inboard elevator during a 
functional check of the ram air turbine system, and a determination 
that a bushing was not installed. We are issuing this AD to detect and 
correct non-installation of bushings. If the

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bushings are not present, the stiffness of the load path will be 
decreased, which will cause wear of adjacent parts and increased 
freeplay of the elevator surfaces. Freeplay that exceeds acceptable 
limits could result in divergent flutter for certain maneuvers, which 
could lead to loss of controllability of the airplane.

DATES: This AD is effective November 12, 2013.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of November 12, 
2013.
    We must receive comments on this AD by December 9, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to 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 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.

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 (phone: 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. 
Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Narinder Luthra, Aerospace Engineer, 
Airframe Branch, ANM-120S, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, 
Washington 98057-3356; phone: (425) 917-6513; fax: (425) 917-6590; 
email: narinder.luthra@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    We received a report of unusual noise coming from the left inboard 
elevator during a functional check of the ram air turbine system. When 
investigating the cause of the noise, the operator found too much 
freeplay in the left inboard elevator, which was traced to a missing 
bushing in the PCA installation. Another investigation found that the 
left inboard PCA had been disconnected from this airplane to replace 
the left elevator, which had been damaged before delivery. When the PCA 
was reconnected, however, the bushing was not installed. The operator 
did inspections of the PCA installation and of the PCA attachment lug 
assembly, and found no other defects or damage. This condition (if the 
bushing is not present), if not detected and corrected, could result in 
decreased stiffness of the load path, which will cause wear of adjacent 
parts and increased freeplay of the elevator surfaces. Freeplay that 
exceeds acceptable limits could result in divergent flutter for certain 
maneuvers, which could lead to loss of controllability of the airplane.

Relevant Service Information

    We reviewed Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747-27A2515, dated August 
23, 2013. For information on the procedures and compliance times, see 
this service information at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for 
Docket No. FAA-2013-0863.

FAA's Determination

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

AD Requirements

    This AD requires accomplishing the actions specified in the service 
information described previously, except as discussed under 
``Differences Between the AD and the Service Information.''
    The FAA worked in conjunction with industry, under the 
Airworthiness Directives Implementation Aviation Rulemaking Committee, 
to enhance the AD system. One enhancement was a new process for 
annotating which steps in the service information are required for 
compliance with an AD. Differentiating these steps from other tasks in 
the service information is expected to improve an owner's/operator's 
understanding of crucial AD requirements and help provide consistent 
judgment in AD compliance. The actions specified in the service 
information described previously include steps that are labeled as 
``RC'' (required for compliance) because these steps have a direct 
effect on detecting, preventing, resolving, or eliminating an 
identified unsafe condition.
    As noted in the specified service information, steps labeled as 
``RC'' must be done to comply with the AD. However, steps that are not 
labeled as ``RC'' are recommended. Those steps that are not labeled as 
``RC'' may be deviated from, done as part of other actions, or done 
using accepted methods different from those identified in the service 
information without obtaining approval of an alternative method of 
compliance (AMOC), provided the steps labeled as ``RC'' can be done and 
the airplane can be put back in a serviceable condition. Any 
substitutions or changes to steps labeled as ``RC'' will require 
approval of an AMOC.
    In addition, the phrase ``corrective actions'' is used in this 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 AD and the Service Information

    Although Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747-27A2515, dated August 
23, 2013, specifies to contact the manufacturer for instructions on how 
to repair certain conditions, and indicates that this action is ``RC,'' 
this AD requires 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.

FAA's Justification and Determination of the Effective Date

    An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of 
this AD. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies 
waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because risk 
analysis indicated that urgent action is required. Any airplane that is 
missing a bushing in the elevator PCA installation is operating at an 
unacceptable level of risk. If the bushing

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is not present, the stiffness of the load path will be decreased, which 
will cause wear of adjacent parts and increased freeplay of the 
elevator surfaces. Freeplay that exceeds acceptable limits could result 
in divergent flutter for certain maneuvers, which could lead to loss of 
controllability of the airplane. Therefore, we find that notice and 
opportunity for prior public comment are impracticable and that good 
cause exists for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days.

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety and was not preceded by notice and an opportunity for public 
comment. However, we invite you to send any written data, views, or 
arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under 
the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number FAA-2013-0863 and 
Directorate Identifier 2013-NM-178-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.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 8 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                  Cost on U.S.
              Action                    Labor cost           Parts cost      Cost per product      operators
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Inspection.......................  5 work-hours x $85                 N/A               $425             $3,400
                                    per hour = $425.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide 
cost estimates for the on-condition actions specified in this AD.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

    This AD would not have federalism implications under Executive 
Order 13132. This 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 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 proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):

2013-21-03 the Boeing Company: Amendment 39-17627; Docket No. FAA-
2013-0863; Directorate Identifier 2013-NM-178-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective November 12, 2013.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the Boeing Company Model 747-8F and 747-8 
series airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in 
Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747-27A2515, dated August 23, 2013.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/Air Transport Association 
(ATA) of America Code 27, Flight Controls.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by a report of unusual noise coming from 
the left inboard elevator during a functional check of the ram air 
turbine system, and a determination that a bushing was not 
installed. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct non-
installation of bushings. If the bushings are not present, the 
stiffness of the load path will be decreased, which will cause wear 
of adjacent parts and increased freeplay of the elevator surfaces. 
Freeplay that exceeds acceptable limits could result in divergent 
flutter for certain maneuvers, which could lead to loss of 
controllability of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Inspections and Corrective Actions

    Except as required by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, at the time 
specified in paragraph 1.E., ``Compliance,'' of Boeing Alert Service 
Bulletin 747-27A2515, dated August 23, 2013: Do a detailed 
inspection of the inboard elevator left and right power control 
actuator (PCA) installations to determine if a bushing is installed; 
and do a general visual inspection between the left and right 
horizontal stabilizer rear spar and the elevator front spar, and 
between stabilizer

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station (STAB) (STA) 235 and 260 for defects and damage, and do all 
applicable corrective actions that are labeled as ``RC'' (Required 
for Compliance), in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions 
of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747-27A2515, dated August 23, 2013, 
except as required by paragraph (h)(2) of this AD. Doing the steps 
specified in Parts 1 and 2 of the Accomplishment Instructions of 
Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747-27A2515, dated August 23, 2013, 
are required for compliance. Do all applicable corrective actions 
that are labeled as ``RC'' before further flight.

(h) Exceptions to Service Information Specifications

    (1) Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747-27A2515, dated 
August 23, 2013, specifies a compliance time ``after the original 
issue date of this service bulletin,'' this AD requires compliance 
within the specified compliance time after the effective date of 
this AD.
    (2) Although Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747-27A2515, dated 
August 23, 2013, specifies to contact Boeing for repair 
instructions, and indicates that action is ``RC'' (Required for 
Compliance), this AD requires repairing before further flight using 
a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in 
paragraph (i) of this AD.

(i) 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 (j) 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) Except as required by paragraph (h)(2) of this AD: If the 
service information contains steps that are labeled as ``RC'' 
(Required for Compliance), those steps must be done to comply with 
this AD; any steps that are not labeled as ``RC'' are recommended. 
Those steps that are not labeled as ``RC'' may be deviated from, 
done as part of other actions, or done using accepted methods 
different from those identified in the specified service information 
without obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided the steps labeled as 
``RC'' can be done and the airplane can be put back in a serviceable 
condition. Any substitutions or changes to steps labeled as ``RC'' 
require approval of an AMOC.

(j) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact Narinder Luthra, 
Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM-120S, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue 
SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; phone: (425) 917-6513; fax: 
(425) 917-6590; email: narinder.luthra@faa.gov.

(k) 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 the AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747-27A2515, dated August 23, 
2013.
    (ii) Reserved.
    (3) For Boeing 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.
    (4) You may view this service information at 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.
    (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 Renton, Washington, on September 30, 2013.
Jeffrey E. Duven,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-24812 Filed 10-24-13; 8:45 am]
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