Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 79333-79338 [2013-31186]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 250 / Monday, December 30, 2013 / Proposed Rules tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (1) Bombardier Service Bulletin 601–0546, Revision 03, dated May 9, 2011, including Appendix 1, dated May 9, 2011, and Service Bulletin Information Sheet, dated July 6, 2010 (for Model CL–600–2A12 (CL–601) airplanes and Model CL–600–2B16 (CL–601– 3A and CL–601–3R Variants) airplanes). (2) Bombardier Service Bulletin 604–32– 014, Revision 02, dated May 9, 2011, including Appendix 1, dated May 9, 2011, and Service Bulletin Information Sheet, dated July 6, 2010 (for Model CL–600–2B16 (CL–604 Variant) airplanes). (3) Bombardier Service Bulletin 600–0710, Revision 03, dated May 9, 2011, including Appendix 1, dated May 9, 2011, and Service Bulletin Information Sheet, dated July 6, 2010 (for Model CL–600–1A11 (CL–600) airplanes). (q) Credit for Previous Actions (1) This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD, if those actions were performed before August 30, 2005 (the effective date of AD 2005–15–04, Amendment 39–14193 (70 FR 43032, July 26, 2005)), using the applicable service bulletin specified in paragraph (q)(1)(i), (q)(1)(ii), or (q)(1)(iii) of this AD, which are not incorporated by reference in this AD. (i) Bombardier Service Bulletin 601–0546, dated May 31, 2002 (for Model CL–600–2A12 (CL–601) airplanes and Model CL–600–2B16 (CL–601–3A and CL–601–3R Variants) airplanes). (ii) Bombardier Service Bulletin 600–0710, dated May 31, 2002 (for Model CL–600–1A11 (CL–600) airplanes). (iii) Bombardier Service Bulletin 604–32– 014, dated May 31, 2002 (for Model CL–600– 2B16 (CL–604 Variant) airplanes). (2) This paragraph provides credit for the addition of serial numbers and part numbers required by paragraph (l) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using the applicable service bulletin specified in paragraph (q)(2)(i), (q)(2)(ii), or (q)(2)(iii) of this AD, which are not incorporated by reference in this AD. (i) Bombardier Service Bulletin 604–32– 014, Revision 01, dated October 29, 2007 (for Bombardier Model CL–600–2B16 (CL–604 Variant) airplanes). (ii) Bombardier Service Bulletin 601–0546, Revision 02, dated October 29, 2007 (for Model CL–600–2A12 (CL–601) airplanes and Model CL–600–2B16 (CL–601–3A and CL– 601–3R Variants) airplanes). (iii) Bombardier Service Bulletin 600–0710, Revision 02, dated October 29, 2007 (for Bombardier Model CL–600–1A11 (CL–600) airplanes). (3) This paragraph provides credit for the establishment of the number of landings (CSN) required by paragraph (m) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using the applicable service bulletin information sheet specified in paragraph (q)(3)(i), (q)(3)(ii), or (q)(3)(iii) of this AD. (i) Service Bulletin Information Sheet, dated July 6, 2010, of Bombardier Service Bulletin 604–32–014 (for Bombardier Model CL–600–2B16 (CL–604 Variant) airplanes). (ii) Service Bulletin Information Sheet, dated July 6, 2010, of Bombardier Service VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:26 Dec 27, 2013 Jkt 232001 Bulletin 601–0546 (for Bombardier Model CL–600–2A12 (CL–601) and Model CL–600– 2B16 (CL–601–3A and CL–601–3R Variants) airplanes). (iii) Service Bulletin Information Sheet, dated July 6, 2010 of Bombardier Service Bulletin 600–0710 (for Bombardier Model CL–600–1A11 (CL–600) airplanes). (r) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, New York Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 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, New York 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. AMOCs approved previously in accordance with AD 2005–15–04, Amendment 39–14193 (70 FR 43032, July 26, 2005), are approved as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of 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. (s) Related Information (1) Refer to the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information Canadian Airworthiness Directives specified in paragraphs (s)(1)(i), (s)(1)(ii), and (s)(1)(iii) of this AD for related information. These MCAIs may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA–2013–1065. (i) Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF– 2003–18R2, dated September 28, 2011. (ii) Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF– 2003–20R1, dated September 28, 2011. (iii) Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF– 2003–21R2, dated September 28, 2011. (2) For Bombardier, Inc./Canadair service information identified in this proposed AD, ˆ contact Bombardier, Inc., 400 Cote-Vertu ´ Road West, Dorval, Quebec H4S 1Y9, Canada; telephone 514–855–5000; fax 514– 855–7401; email thd.crj@ aero.bombardier.com; Internet http:// www.bombardier.com. For Messier-Dowty service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Messier Services Americas, Customer Support Center, 45360 Severn Way, Sterling, VA 20166–8910. You may view this service information at the PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 79333 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. Issued in Renton, Washington, on December 19, 2013. Jeffrey E. Duven, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–31185 Filed 12–27–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–1066; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–021–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2000–12– 12, for certain Airbus Model A300, A300–600, and A310 series airplanes. AD 2000–12–12 currently requires inspecting to detect cracks in the lower spar axis of the nacelle pylon between ribs 9 and 10, and repair if necessary. AD 2000–12–12 also provides for optional modification of the pylon, which terminates the inspections for Model A300 series airplanes. Since we issued AD 2000–12–12, we have received reports of cracking of the lower pylon spar after accomplishing the existing modification and have determined that shorter initial and repetitive inspection compliance times are necessary to address the identified unsafe condition. This proposed AD would reduce the initial and repetitive inspection compliance times. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the lower spar of the nacelle pylon. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by February 13, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30DEP1.SGM 30DEP1 79334 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 250 / Monday, December 30, 2013 / Proposed Rules • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAW, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email account.airworth-eas@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–2125; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 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–2013–1066; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–021–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD based on those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:26 Dec 27, 2013 Jkt 232001 Discussion On June 9, 2000, we issued AD 2000– 12–12, Amendment 39–11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000). That AD required actions intended to address an unsafe condition on the products listed above. AD 2000–12–12 superseded AD 95–10– 03, Amendment 39–9220 (60 FR 25604, May 12, 1995). Since we issued AD 2000–12–12, Amendment 39–11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000), The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2013– 0016, dated September 17, 2013 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: MSN [manufacturer serial number] missing in the applicability chapter. For the reason described above, this [EASA] AD retains the requirements of EASA AD 2013–0014, which is superseded, and clarifies the Applicability section and adds one A300 model and one A300 MSN. Cracks were found between ribs 9 and 10 in the lower pylon spar of A310 aeroplanes equipped with Pratt & Whitney (PW) engines. For A310, A300 and A300–600 aeroplanes and, in order to prevent crack initiation, the implementation of a first inspection programme of this area was required by ´ ´ DGAC [Direction Generale de l’Aviation Civile] France AD 1992–049–130(B) [which corresponds to certain actions in FAA AD 2000–12–12, Amendment 39–11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000)], currently at Revision 4. General Electric (GE) and PW pylons on A300 aeroplanes are also affected, due to similar design. After that [DGAC] AD was issued, prompted by new findings, a specific inspection programme for A310 aeroplanes was introduced and required by DGAC France AD 1999–237–285(B) [which corresponds to certain actions in FAA AD 2000–12–12, Amendment 39–11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000)], which was subsequently superseded by EASA AD 2008– 0008 [http://ad.easa.europa.eu/blob/easa_ ad_2008_0008_superseded.pdf/AD_20080008_1], which introduced new thresholds and intervals in the frame of the A310 extended service goal exercise. Some cracks, which were discovered after the implementation of the preventive modification, prompted Airbus to perform a new Fatigue and Damage Tolerance analysis with a refined model of the area with and without repair or preventive reinforcement before crack appearance. Based on the results of this analysis, Airbus revised the related Service Bulletins to introduce more restrictive thresholds and intervals for curative and preventive repair configuration. EASA issued AD 2013–0014 [http:// ad.easa.europa.eu/blob/easa_ad_2013_ 0214.pdf/AD_2013-0014_1], which superseded DGAC France AD 1992–049– 130(B) and EASA AD 2008–0008, to mandate a new inspection programme [including related investigative and corrective actions]. After EASA AD 2013–0014 was issued, further analysis allowed to identify one A300 aeroplane model and one retrofitted A300 Relevant Service Information Airbus has issued the following service bulletins. The actions described in these service bulletins are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI. • Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A300–54–0071, Revision 04, dated April 11, 2013 (for Model A300 B2–203, B2K– 3C, B4–103, B4–203, and B4–2C airplanes). • Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A300–54–6011, Revision 03, dated June 23, 2011 (for Model A300 B4–620, B4– 622, and B4–622R airplanes). • Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A310–54–2016, Revision 06, dated January 16, 2013 (for Model A310–221, –222, –322, –324, and –325 airplanes). The initial inspection compliance times for pre-repair and premodification airplanes range between 3,300 total flight cycles or 6,600 total flight hours, whichever occurs first; and 9,000 total flight cycles; depending on airplane configuration. The repetitive inspection interval is 2,300 flight cycles or 4,700 flight hours, whichever occurs first; or 2,500 flight cycles, depending on airplane configuration. The inspection compliance times for post-modification airplanes range between 5,100 total flight cycles and 10,200 total flight hours, whichever occurs first after the modification; and between 12,300 and 15,700 total flight hours, whichever occurs later after the modification; depending on airplane configuration. The repetitive inspection interval ranges between 8,700 total flight cycles and 9,800 total flight hours, whichever occurs first; and between 12,200 total flight cycles and 23,400 total flight hours, whichever occurs first; depending on airplane configuration. PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 The unsafe condition is fatigue cracking, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the lower spar of the nacelle pylon. Related investigative actions include additional eddy current and liquid penetrant inspections for cracking. Corrective actions include repairing cracking. For certain cracking lengths, repairs are described as reinforcing the lower spar with a doubler. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA– 2013–1066. E:\FR\FM\30DEP1.SGM 30DEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 250 / Monday, December 30, 2013 / Proposed Rules tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS The inspection compliance times for post-repair airplanes range between 2,100 flight cycles and 6,900 flight hours, whichever occurs first after the repair; and between 7,600 flight cycles and 13,600 flight hours, whichever occurs later after the repair; depending on airplane configuration. The repetitive inspection interval ranges between 2,100 flight cycles and 2,700 flight hours, whichever occurs first; and between 4,300 flight cycles and 14,700 flight hours, whichever occurs first; depending on airplane configuration. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. In many FAA transport ADs, when the service information specifies to contact the manufacturer for further instructions if certain discrepancies are found, we typically include in the AD a requirement to accomplish the action using a method approved by either the FAA or the State of Design Authority (or its delegated agent). We have recently been notified that certain laws in other countries do not allow such delegation of authority, but some countries do recognize design approval organizations. In addition, we have become aware that some U.S. operators have used repair instructions that were previously approved by a State of Design Authority or a Design Approval Holder (DAH) as a method of compliance with this provision in FAA ADs. Frequently, in these cases, the previously approved repair instructions come from the airplane structural repair manual or the DAH repair approval statements that were not specifically developed to address the unsafe condition corrected by the AD. Using repair instructions that were not specifically approved for a particular AD creates the potential for doing repairs that were not developed to address the unsafe condition identified by the MCAI AD, the FAA AD, or the applicable service information, which could result in the unsafe condition not being fully corrected. To prevent the use of repairs that were not specifically developed to VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:26 Dec 27, 2013 Jkt 232001 correct the unsafe condition, this proposed AD would require that the repair approval specifically refer to the FAA AD. This change is intended to clarify the method of compliance and to provide operators with better visibility of repairs that are specifically developed and approved to correct the unsafe condition. In addition, we use the phrase ‘‘its delegated agent, or by the DAH with State of Design Authority design organization approval, as applicable’’ in this proposed AD to refer to an DAH authorized to approve required repairs for this proposed AD. Differences Between This Proposed AD and the MCAI or Service Information Although the MCAI and Airbus service information allow further flight after cracks are found during compliance with the required action, the new actions of this proposed AD would not permit further flight if cracks are detected in the lower nacelle pylon spar. We have determined that, because of the safety implications and consequences associated with that cracking, any cracked lower pylon spar must be repaired or modified before further flight. This difference has been coordinated with the EASA. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 91 airplanes of U.S. registry. The actions that are required by AD 2000–12–12, Amendment 39–11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000), and retained in this proposed AD take about 4 workhours per product, at an average labor rate of $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of the actions that were required by AD 2000– 12–12 is $340 per product. We also estimate that it would take about 12 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $92,820, or $1,020 per product. In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would take about 60 work-hours and require parts costing $1,680, for a cost of $6,780 per product. We have no way of determining the number of aircraft that might need these actions. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 79335 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 determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed regulation: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and 4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing airworthiness directive (AD) ■ E:\FR\FM\30DEP1.SGM 30DEP1 79336 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 250 / Monday, December 30, 2013 / Proposed Rules 2000–12–12, Amendment 39–11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000), and adding the following new AD: Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2013–1066; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–021–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by February 13, 2014. (b) Affected ADs This AD supersedes AD 2000–12–12, Amendment 39–11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000). (c) Applicability This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) through (c)(4) of this AD, certificated in any category. (1) Airbus Model A300 B2–203, B2K–3C, B4–103, B4–203, and B4–2C airplanes on which Airbus modification 2434 has been embodied in production. (2) Airbus Model A300 airplane having manufacturer serial number 125, on the left hand side pylon only. (3) Airbus Model A300 B4–620, B4–622R, and B4–622 airplanes, except for airplanes on which Airbus Modification 10149 has been embodied in production. (4) Airbus Model A310–221, –222, –322, –324, and –325 airplanes, except for airplanes on which Airbus Modification 10149 has been embodied in production. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 54, Nacelles/pylons. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports of cracking of the lower nacelle pylon spar after accomplishing an existing modification. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the lower spar of the nacelle pylon. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (f) Compliance You are responsible for having the actions required by this AD performed within the compliance times specified, unless the actions have already been done. (g) Retained Inspection and Corrective Action for Certain A300 Series Airplanes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (a) of AD 2000–12–12, Amendment 39–11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000), with revised repair instructions. For Model A300 B4–2C, B2K–3C, B2–203, B4–103, and B4–203 series airplanes: Prior to the accumulation of 9,000 total landings, or within 500 landings after June 12, 1995 (the effective date of AD 95–10–03, Amendment 39–9220 (60 FR 25604, May 12, 1995)), whichever occurs later, perform an internal eddy current inspection to detect cracks in the lower spar axis of the pylon between ribs 9 and 10, in accordance with Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin A300–54–071, dated November 12, 1991; or Revision 1, dated October 15, 1993. Accomplishment of an inspection required by paragraph (k), (l), or (m) of this AD terminates the inspection requirements of this paragraph. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:26 Dec 27, 2013 Jkt 232001 (1) If no crack is found, repeat the inspection thereafter at intervals not to exceed 2,500 landings. (2) If any crack is found that is less than or equal to 30 millimeters (mm): Perform subsequent inspections and repair in accordance with the methods and times specified in Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin A300–54–071, dated November 12, 1991; or Revision 1, dated October 15, 1993. (3) If any crack is found that is greater than 30 mm, but less than 100 mm: Before further flight, repair in accordance with a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (or its delegated agent, or the Design Approval Holder with EASA design organization approval, as applicable). For a repair method to be approved, the repair approval must specifically refer to this AD. (4) If any crack is found that is greater than or equal to 100 mm: Prior to further flight, repair in accordance with a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM– 116; or EASA (or its delegated agent, or the Design Approval Holder with EASA design organization approval, as applicable). For a repair method to be approved, the repair approval must specifically refer to this AD. (5) Accomplishment of the modification specified in Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin A300–54–0079, dated October 15, 1993, constitutes terminating action for the inspections required by paragraph (g) of this AD. (h) Retained Inspection and Corrective Action for Model A300–600 Series Airplanes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (b) of AD 2000–12–12, Amendment 39–11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000), with revised repair instructions. For Model A300–600 B4–620, C4–620, B4– 622R, and B4–622 series airplanes: Except as provided by paragraph (h)(5) of this AD, prior to the accumulation of 4,000 total landings, or within 500 landings after June 12, 1995 (the effective date of AD 95–10–03, Amendment 39–9220 (60 FR 25604, May 12, 1995)), whichever occurs later, perform an internal eddy current inspection to detect cracks in the lower spar axis of the pylon between ribs 9 and 10, in accordance with Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin A300–54– 6011, dated November 12, 1991, as amended by Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin Change Notice O.A., dated July 10, 1992; or Revision 1, dated October 15, 1993. Accomplishment of an inspection required by paragraph (k), (l), or (m) of this AD terminates the inspection requirements of this paragraph. (1) If no crack is found, repeat the inspection thereafter at intervals not to exceed 2,500 landings. (2) If any crack is found that is less than or equal to 30 mm: Perform subsequent inspections and repair in accordance with the methods and times specified in Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin A300–54–6011, dated November 12, 1991, as amended by Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin Change Notice O.A., dated July 10, 1992; or Revision 1, dated October 15, 1993. (3) If any crack is found that is greater than 30 mm, but less than 100 mm: Before further PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 flight, repair in accordance with a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (or its delegated agent, or the Design Approval Holder with EASA design organization approval, as applicable). For a repair method to be approved, the repair approval must specifically refer to this AD. (4) If any crack is found that is greater than or equal to 100 mm: Prior to further flight, repair in accordance with a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM– 116; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (or its delegated agent, or the Design Approval Holder with EASA design organization approval, as applicable). For a repair method to be approved, the repair approval must specifically refer to this AD. (5) Accomplishment of the modification specified in Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin A300–54–6019, dated October 15, 1993, increases the threshold and repetitive interval of the inspections required by paragraph (h) of this AD to the threshold and interval specified in paragraph 2.D. of the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin A300–54–6011, Revision 1, dated October 15, 1993. (i) Retained Inspection and Corrective Action for Model A310 Series Airplanes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (c) of AD 2000–12–12, Amendment 39–11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000), with revised repair instructions. For Model A310–221, –222, –322, –324, and –325 series airplanes: Perform an internal eddy current inspection to detect cracks in the lower spar axis of the pylon between ribs 9 and 10, in accordance with Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin A310–54–2016, dated November 12, 1991; or Revision 1, dated October 15, 1993; or Revision 02, dated June 11, 1999; at the time specified in paragraph (j) of this AD. Accomplishment of an inspection required by paragraph (k), (l), or (m) of this AD terminates the inspection requirements of this paragraph. (1) If no crack is found, repeat the inspection thereafter at intervals not to exceed 2,500 landings. (2) If any crack is found that is less than or equal to 30 mm: Perform subsequent inspections and repair in accordance with the methods and times specified in Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin A310–54–2016, dated November 12, 1991; or Revision 1, dated October 15, 1993; or Revision 02, dated June 11, 1999. (3) If any crack is found that is greater than 30 mm, but less than 100 mm: Before further flight, repair in accordance with a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (or its delegated agent, or the Design Approval Holder with EASA design organization approval, as applicable). For a repair method to be approved, the repair approval must specifically refer to this AD. (4) If any crack is found that is greater than or equal to 100 mm: Prior to further flight, repair in accordance with a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM– 116; or the European Aviation Safety Agency E:\FR\FM\30DEP1.SGM 30DEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 250 / Monday, December 30, 2013 / Proposed Rules (EASA) (or its delegated agent, or the Design Approval Holder with EASA design organization approval, as applicable). For a repair method to be approved, the repair approval must specifically refer to this AD. (5) Accomplishment of the modification specified in Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin A310–54–2022, dated October 15, 1993; or Revision 01, dated March 16, 1999; increases the threshold and repetitive interval of the inspections required by paragraph (i) of this AD to the threshold and interval specified in paragraph 2.D. of the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin A310–54–2016, Revision 02, dated June 11, 1999. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (j) Retained Compliance Time for Paragraph (i) of This AD This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (d) of AD 2000–12–12, Amendment 39–11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000), with no changes. Perform the initial inspection required by paragraph (i) of this AD at the earlier of the times specified by paragraphs (j)(1) and (j)(2) of this AD. (1) Prior to the accumulation of 25,000 total landings, or within 500 landings after June 12, 1995 (the effective date of AD 95– 10–03, Amendment 39–9220 (60 FR 25604, May 12, 1995), whichever occurs later. (2) At the applicable time specified by paragraph (j)(2)(i), (j)(2)(ii), or (j)(2)(iii) of this AD. (i) For airplanes that have accumulated fewer than 10,000 landings as of July 28, 2000 (the effective date of AD 2000–12–12, Amendment 39–11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000)): Perform the inspection prior to the accumulation of 3,800 total landings, or within 1,500 landings after July 28, 2000, whichever occurs later. (ii) For airplanes that have accumulated 10,000 total landings or more, but fewer than 20,000 total landings, as of July 28, 2000 (the effective date of AD 2000–12–12, Amendment 39–11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000)): Perform the inspection within 1,000 landings after July 28, 2000. (iii) For airplanes that have accumulated 20,000 total landings or more as of July 28, 2000 (the effective date of AD 2000–12–12, Amendment 39–11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000)): Perform the inspection within 500 landings after July 28, 2000. (k) New Repetitive Inspections for Cracking (1) For airplanes identified in paragraph (k)(2) of this AD: Except as provided by paragraphs (n)(1) and (n)(4) of this AD, at the applicable compliance time specified in paragraph 1.E.(2), ‘‘Compliance,’’ of the applicable service bulletin specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this AD or within 100 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later, do an eddy current inspection or liquid penetrant inspection for cracking of the lower spar of the pylon between ribs 9 and 10; and do all applicable related investigative and corrective actions; in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service bulletin specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this AD, except as required by paragraphs (n)(2) and (n)(3) of this AD. Do all applicable VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:26 Dec 27, 2013 Jkt 232001 related investigative and corrective actions before further flight. Repeat the inspection of the lower spar of the pylon between ribs 9 and 10 thereafter at intervals not to exceed the applicable interval specified in paragraph 1.E.(2), ‘‘Compliance,’’ of the applicable service bulletin specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this AD. Accomplishment of corrective actions required by this paragraph terminates the repetitive inspections required by this paragraph. Accomplishment of an inspection required by this paragraph terminates the inspection requirements of paragraphs (g), (h), and (i) of this AD. Accomplishment of the optional modification specified in the applicable service bulletin specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this AD terminates the repetitive inspections required by this paragraph. (i) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A300–54–0071, Revision 04, dated April 11, 2013 (for Model A300 B2–203, B2K–3C, B4– 103, B4–203, and B4–2C airplanes). (ii) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A310–54–2016, Revision 06, dated January 16, 2013 (for Model A310–221, –222, –322, –324, and –325 airplanes). (iii) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A300–54–6011, Revision 03, dated June 23, 2011 (for Model A300 B4–620, B4–622R, and B4–622 airplanes). (2) For airplanes that have not been modified or repaired with a doubler as specified in the applicable service bulletin specified in paragraph (k)(2)(i), (k)(2)(ii), or (k)(2)(iii) of this AD, do the inspections required by paragraph (k)(1) of this AD. (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A300–54–0079 (for Model A300 B2–203, B2K–3C, B4–103, B4–203, and B4–2C airplanes). (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A310–54–2022 (for Model A310–221, –222, –322, –324, and –325 airplanes). (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A300–54–6019 (for Model A300 B4–620, B4–622R, and B4– 622 airplanes). (l) New Repetitive Inspections for PostRepair Airplanes For airplanes that have been repaired with a doubler as specified in the applicable Airbus service bulletin specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this AD: At the applicable compliance time specified in paragraph 1.E.(2), ‘‘Compliance,’’ in the applicable service bulletin specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this AD, except as specified in paragraph (n)(1) and (n)(4) of this AD: Do an eddy current inspection or liquid penetrant inspection for cracking of the lower spar of the pylon between ribs 9 and 10, and do all applicable corrective actions, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service bulletin specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this AD, except as required by paragraph (n)(2) of this AD. Do all applicable corrective actions before further flight. Repeat the inspection of the lower spar of the pylon between ribs 9 and 10 thereafter at intervals not to exceed the applicable interval specified in paragraph 1.E.(2), ‘‘Compliance,’’ of the applicable service bulletin specified in in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 79337 this AD. Accomplishment of an inspection required by this paragraph terminates the inspection requirements of paragraphs (g), (h), and (i) of this AD. (m) New Repetitive Inspections for PostModification Airplanes For airplanes that have been modified as specified in the applicable Airbus service bulletin specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii): At the applicable compliance time specified in paragraph 1.E.(2), ‘‘Compliance,’’ in the applicable service bulletin specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this AD, except as specified in paragraph (n)(1) and (n)(4) of this AD: Do an eddy current inspection or liquid penetrant inspection for cracking of the lower spar of the pylon between ribs 9 and 10; and do all applicable corrective actions; in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service bulletin specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this AD, except as required by paragraph (n)(2) of this AD. Do all applicable corrective actions before further flight. Repeat the inspection of the lower spar of the pylon between ribs 9 and 10 thereafter at intervals not to exceed the applicable interval specified in paragraph 1.E.(2), ‘‘Compliance,’’ of the applicable service bulletin specified in in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this AD. Accomplishment of an inspection required by this paragraph terminates the inspection requirements of paragraphs (g), (h), and (i) of this AD. (n) New Service Bulletin Exceptions (1) Where the service bulletins specified in paragraphs (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), and (k)(1)(iii) of this AD specify a compliance time ‘‘from the publication date,’’ this AD requires compliance within the specified compliance time after the effective date of this AD. (2) If any crack is detected during any inspection required by paragraph (k), (l), or (m) of this AD, and the service bulletin specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this AD specifies to contact the manufacturer: Before further flight, repair the cracking using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (or its delegated agent, or by the Design Approval Holder (DAH) with the EASA design organization approval). For a repair method to be approved, the repair approval must specifically refer to this AD. (3) Where the service bulletins specified in paragraphs (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), and (k)(1)(iii) of this AD specify to contact the manufacturer for inspection requirements: inspect using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the EASA (or its delegated agent, or by the DAH with the EASA design organization approval). For an inspection method to be approved, the approval must specifically refer to this AD. (4) Where the ‘‘Threshold’’ column in the tables in paragraph 1.E., ‘‘Compliance,’’ of the service bulletins specified in paragraphs (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), and (k)(1)(iii) of this AD specifies a compliance time in flight cycles/ E:\FR\FM\30DEP1.SGM 30DEP1 79338 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 250 / Monday, December 30, 2013 / Proposed Rules flight hours, this AD requires compliance within the corresponding time in total flight cycles/total flight hours; except for tables for post-repair and post-modification airplanes, this AD requires compliance within the corresponding time after accomplishing the repair or modification. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (o) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (k) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using the applicable service bulletin specified in paragraphs (o)(1) through (o)(4) of this AD. (1) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A300–54–0071, Revision 02, dated August 25, 2000 (for Model A300 B2–203, B2K–3C, B4–103, B4–203, and B4–2C airplanes), which is not incorporated by reference in this AD. (2) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A300–54–0071, Revision 03, dated October 5, 2012 (for Model A300 B2–203, B2K–3C, B4– 103, B4–203, and B4–2C airplanes), which is not incorporated by reference in this AD. (3) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A310–54–2016, Revision 04, dated November 16, 2007; or Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A310–54–2016, Revision 05, dated October 5, 2012 (for Model A310–221, –222, –322, –324, and –325 airplanes), which are not incorporated by reference in this AD. (4) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A300–54–6011, Revision 02, dated August 25, 2000 (for Model A300 B4–620, B4–622R, and B4–622 airplanes), which is not incorporated by reference in this AD. (p) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–2125; fax (425) 227– 1149. Information may be emailed to: 9ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they were approved by the State of Design Authority (or its delegated agent, or by the Design Approval Holder with a State of Design Authority’s design organization approval). For a repair method to be approved, the VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:26 Dec 27, 2013 Jkt 232001 repair approval must specifically refer to this AD. You are required to ensure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service. (3) Previous AMOCs: AMOCs approved previously for AD 2000–12–12, Amendment 39–11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000), are approved as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of this AD. (q) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) European Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness Directive 2013–0216, dated September 17, 2013, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA– 2013–1066. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus SAS—EAW (Airworthiness Office), 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email account.airworth-eas@ airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this 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. Issued in Renton, Washington, on December 19, 2013. Jeffrey E. Duven, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–31186 Filed 12–27–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–1067; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–164–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC–8–400 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of missing clamps that are required to provide positive separation between the alternating current (AC) feeder cables and the hydraulic line of the landing gear alternate extension. This proposed AD would require inspecting for missing clamps, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 chafing of the AC feeder cable. A chafed and arcing AC feeder cable could puncture the adjacent hydraulic line, which, in combination with the use of the alternate extension system, could result in an in-flight fire. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by February 13, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact 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 view this 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 proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Assata Dessaline, Aerospace Engineer, Avionics and Service Branch, ANE–172, FAA, New York Aircraft Certification Office, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, New York 11590; telephone (516) 228–7301; fax (516) 794–5531. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments E:\FR\FM\30DEP1.SGM 30DEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 250 (Monday, December 30, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 79333-79338]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-31186]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2013-1066; Directorate Identifier 2013-NM-021-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus 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) 2000-12-
12, for certain Airbus Model A300, A300-600, and A310 series airplanes. 
AD 2000-12-12 currently requires inspecting to detect cracks in the 
lower spar axis of the nacelle pylon between ribs 9 and 10, and repair 
if necessary. AD 2000-12-12 also provides for optional modification of 
the pylon, which terminates the inspections for Model A300 series 
airplanes. Since we issued AD 2000-12-12, we have received reports of 
cracking of the lower pylon spar after accomplishing the existing 
modification and have determined that shorter initial and repetitive 
inspection compliance times are necessary to address the identified 
unsafe condition. This proposed AD would reduce the initial and 
repetitive inspection compliance times. We are proposing this AD to 
detect and correct fatigue cracking, which could result in reduced 
structural integrity of the lower spar of the nacelle pylon.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by February 13, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: (202) 493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

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     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact 
Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office--EAW, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 
31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 
93 44 51; email account.airworth-eas@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this referenced service information at the 
FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. 
For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
425-227-1221.

Examining the AD Docket

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone (425) 227-2125; 
fax (425) 227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address 
listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2013-1066; 
Directorate Identifier 2013-NM-021-AD'' at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We 
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend 
this proposed AD based on those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this proposed AD.

Discussion

    On June 9, 2000, we issued AD 2000-12-12, Amendment 39-11790 (65 FR 
39072, June 23, 2000). That AD required actions intended to address an 
unsafe condition on the products listed above. AD 2000-12-12 superseded 
AD 95-10-03, Amendment 39-9220 (60 FR 25604, May 12, 1995).
    Since we issued AD 2000-12-12, Amendment 39-11790 (65 FR 39072, 
June 23, 2000), The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is 
the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, 
has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2013-0016, dated September 17, 
2013 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness 
Information, or ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for the 
specified products. The MCAI states:

    Cracks were found between ribs 9 and 10 in the lower pylon spar 
of A310 aeroplanes equipped with Pratt & Whitney (PW) engines.
    For A310, A300 and A300-600 aeroplanes and, in order to prevent 
crack initiation, the implementation of a first inspection programme 
of this area was required by DGAC [Direction G[eacute]n[eacute]rale 
de l'Aviation Civile] France AD 1992-049-130(B) [which corresponds 
to certain actions in FAA AD 2000-12-12, Amendment 39-11790 (65 FR 
39072, June 23, 2000)], currently at Revision 4.
    General Electric (GE) and PW pylons on A300 aeroplanes are also 
affected, due to similar design.
    After that [DGAC] AD was issued, prompted by new findings, a 
specific inspection programme for A310 aeroplanes was introduced and 
required by DGAC France AD 1999-237-285(B) [which corresponds to 
certain actions in FAA AD 2000-12-12, Amendment 39-11790 (65 FR 
39072, June 23, 2000)], which was subsequently superseded by EASA AD 
2008-0008 [http://ad.easa.europa.eu/blob/easa_ad_2008_0008_superseded.pdf/AD_2008-0008_1], which introduced new thresholds 
and intervals in the frame of the A310 extended service goal 
exercise.
    Some cracks, which were discovered after the implementation of 
the preventive modification, prompted Airbus to perform a new 
Fatigue and Damage Tolerance analysis with a refined model of the 
area with and without repair or preventive reinforcement before 
crack appearance. Based on the results of this analysis, Airbus 
revised the related Service Bulletins to introduce more restrictive 
thresholds and intervals for curative and preventive repair 
configuration.
    EASA issued AD 2013-0014 [http://ad.easa.europa.eu/blob/easa_ad_2013_0214.pdf/AD_2013-0014_1], which superseded DGAC France 
AD 1992-049-130(B) and EASA AD 2008-0008, to mandate a new 
inspection programme [including related investigative and corrective 
actions].
    After EASA AD 2013-0014 was issued, further analysis allowed to 
identify one A300 aeroplane model and one retrofitted A300 MSN 
[manufacturer serial number] missing in the applicability chapter.
    For the reason described above, this [EASA] AD retains the 
requirements of EASA AD 2013-0014, which is superseded, and 
clarifies the Applicability section and adds one A300 model and one 
A300 MSN.

The unsafe condition is fatigue cracking, which could result in reduced 
structural integrity of the lower spar of the nacelle pylon. Related 
investigative actions include additional eddy current and liquid 
penetrant inspections for cracking. Corrective actions include 
repairing cracking. For certain cracking lengths, repairs are described 
as reinforcing the lower spar with a doubler. You may examine the MCAI 
in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA-2013-1066.

Relevant Service Information

    Airbus has issued the following service bulletins. The actions 
described in these service bulletins are intended to correct the unsafe 
condition identified in the MCAI.
     Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A300-54-0071, Revision 
04, dated April 11, 2013 (for Model A300 B2-203, B2K-3C, B4-103, B4-
203, and B4-2C airplanes).
     Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A300-54-6011, Revision 
03, dated June 23, 2011 (for Model A300 B4-620, B4-622, and B4-622R 
airplanes).
     Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A310-54-2016, Revision 
06, dated January 16, 2013 (for Model A310-221, -222, -322, -324, and -
325 airplanes).
    The initial inspection compliance times for pre-repair and pre-
modification airplanes range between 3,300 total flight cycles or 6,600 
total flight hours, whichever occurs first; and 9,000 total flight 
cycles; depending on airplane configuration. The repetitive inspection 
interval is 2,300 flight cycles or 4,700 flight hours, whichever occurs 
first; or 2,500 flight cycles, depending on airplane configuration.
    The inspection compliance times for post-modification airplanes 
range between 5,100 total flight cycles and 10,200 total flight hours, 
whichever occurs first after the modification; and between 12,300 and 
15,700 total flight hours, whichever occurs later after the 
modification; depending on airplane configuration. The repetitive 
inspection interval ranges between 8,700 total flight cycles and 9,800 
total flight hours, whichever occurs first; and between 12,200 total 
flight cycles and 23,400 total flight hours, whichever occurs first; 
depending on airplane configuration.

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    The inspection compliance times for post-repair airplanes range 
between 2,100 flight cycles and 6,900 flight hours, whichever occurs 
first after the repair; and between 7,600 flight cycles and 13,600 
flight hours, whichever occurs later after the repair; depending on 
airplane configuration. The repetitive inspection interval ranges 
between 2,100 flight cycles and 2,700 flight hours, whichever occurs 
first; and between 4,300 flight cycles and 14,700 flight hours, 
whichever occurs first; depending on airplane configuration.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another 
country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant 
to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have 
been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service 
information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we 
evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition 
exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same 
type design.
    In many FAA transport ADs, when the service information specifies 
to contact the manufacturer for further instructions if certain 
discrepancies are found, we typically include in the AD a requirement 
to accomplish the action using a method approved by either the FAA or 
the State of Design Authority (or its delegated agent).
    We have recently been notified that certain laws in other countries 
do not allow such delegation of authority, but some countries do 
recognize design approval organizations. In addition, we have become 
aware that some U.S. operators have used repair instructions that were 
previously approved by a State of Design Authority or a Design Approval 
Holder (DAH) as a method of compliance with this provision in FAA ADs. 
Frequently, in these cases, the previously approved repair instructions 
come from the airplane structural repair manual or the DAH repair 
approval statements that were not specifically developed to address the 
unsafe condition corrected by the AD. Using repair instructions that 
were not specifically approved for a particular AD creates the 
potential for doing repairs that were not developed to address the 
unsafe condition identified by the MCAI AD, the FAA AD, or the 
applicable service information, which could result in the unsafe 
condition not being fully corrected.
    To prevent the use of repairs that were not specifically developed 
to correct the unsafe condition, this proposed AD would require that 
the repair approval specifically refer to the FAA AD. This change is 
intended to clarify the method of compliance and to provide operators 
with better visibility of repairs that are specifically developed and 
approved to correct the unsafe condition. In addition, we use the 
phrase ``its delegated agent, or by the DAH with State of Design 
Authority design organization approval, as applicable'' in this 
proposed AD to refer to an DAH authorized to approve required repairs 
for this proposed AD.

Differences Between This Proposed AD and the MCAI or Service 
Information

    Although the MCAI and Airbus service information allow further 
flight after cracks are found during compliance with the required 
action, the new actions of this proposed AD would not permit further 
flight if cracks are detected in the lower nacelle pylon spar. We have 
determined that, because of the safety implications and consequences 
associated with that cracking, any cracked lower pylon spar must be 
repaired or modified before further flight. This difference has been 
coordinated with the EASA.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 91 airplanes of U.S. 
registry.
    The actions that are required by AD 2000-12-12, Amendment 39-11790 
(65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000), and retained in this proposed AD take 
about 4 work-hours per product, at an average labor rate of $85 per 
work-hour. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of the actions 
that were required by AD 2000-12-12 is $340 per product.
    We also estimate that it would take about 12 work-hours per product 
to comply with the basic requirements of this proposed AD. The average 
labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate 
the cost of this proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $92,820, or $1,020 
per product.
    In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would 
take about 60 work-hours and require parts costing $1,680, for a cost 
of $6,780 per product. We have no way of determining the number of 
aircraft that might need these actions.

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

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

The Proposed Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by removing airworthiness directive (AD)

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2000-12-12, Amendment 39-11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000), and adding 
the following new AD:

Airbus: Docket No. FAA-2013-1066; Directorate Identifier 2013-NM-
021-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by February 13, 2014.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD supersedes AD 2000-12-12, Amendment 39-11790 (65 FR 
39072, June 23, 2000).

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes identified in paragraphs 
(c)(1) through (c)(4) of this AD, certificated in any category.
    (1) Airbus Model A300 B2-203, B2K-3C, B4-103, B4-203, and B4-2C 
airplanes on which Airbus modification 2434 has been embodied in 
production.
    (2) Airbus Model A300 airplane having manufacturer serial number 
125, on the left hand side pylon only.
    (3) Airbus Model A300 B4-620, B4-622R, and B4-622 airplanes, 
except for airplanes on which Airbus Modification 10149 has been 
embodied in production.
    (4) Airbus Model A310-221, -222, -322, -324, and -325 airplanes, 
except for airplanes on which Airbus Modification 10149 has been 
embodied in production.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 54, Nacelles/
pylons.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports of cracking of the lower nacelle 
pylon spar after accomplishing an existing modification. We are 
issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking, which could 
result in reduced structural integrity of the lower spar of the 
nacelle pylon.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Retained Inspection and Corrective Action for Certain A300 Series 
Airplanes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (a) of AD 
2000-12-12, Amendment 39-11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000), with 
revised repair instructions. For Model A300 B4-2C, B2K-3C, B2-203, 
B4-103, and B4-203 series airplanes: Prior to the accumulation of 
9,000 total landings, or within 500 landings after June 12, 1995 
(the effective date of AD 95-10-03, Amendment 39-9220 (60 FR 25604, 
May 12, 1995)), whichever occurs later, perform an internal eddy 
current inspection to detect cracks in the lower spar axis of the 
pylon between ribs 9 and 10, in accordance with Airbus Industrie 
Service Bulletin A300-54-071, dated November 12, 1991; or Revision 
1, dated October 15, 1993. Accomplishment of an inspection required 
by paragraph (k), (l), or (m) of this AD terminates the inspection 
requirements of this paragraph.
    (1) If no crack is found, repeat the inspection thereafter at 
intervals not to exceed 2,500 landings.
    (2) If any crack is found that is less than or equal to 30 
millimeters (mm): Perform subsequent inspections and repair in 
accordance with the methods and times specified in Airbus Industrie 
Service Bulletin A300-54-071, dated November 12, 1991; or Revision 
1, dated October 15, 1993.
    (3) If any crack is found that is greater than 30 mm, but less 
than 100 mm: Before further flight, repair in accordance with a 
method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, FAA, 
Transport Airplane Directorate; or the European Aviation Safety 
Agency (EASA) (or its delegated agent, or the Design Approval Holder 
with EASA design organization approval, as applicable). For a repair 
method to be approved, the repair approval must specifically refer 
to this AD.
    (4) If any crack is found that is greater than or equal to 100 
mm: Prior to further flight, repair in accordance with a method 
approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM-116; or EASA (or 
its delegated agent, or the Design Approval Holder with EASA design 
organization approval, as applicable). For a repair method to be 
approved, the repair approval must specifically refer to this AD.
    (5) Accomplishment of the modification specified in Airbus 
Industrie Service Bulletin A300-54-0079, dated October 15, 1993, 
constitutes terminating action for the inspections required by 
paragraph (g) of this AD.

(h) Retained Inspection and Corrective Action for Model A300-600 Series 
Airplanes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (b) of AD 
2000-12-12, Amendment 39-11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000), with 
revised repair instructions. For Model A300-600 B4-620, C4-620, B4-
622R, and B4-622 series airplanes: Except as provided by paragraph 
(h)(5) of this AD, prior to the accumulation of 4,000 total 
landings, or within 500 landings after June 12, 1995 (the effective 
date of AD 95-10-03, Amendment 39-9220 (60 FR 25604, May 12, 1995)), 
whichever occurs later, perform an internal eddy current inspection 
to detect cracks in the lower spar axis of the pylon between ribs 9 
and 10, in accordance with Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin A300-
54-6011, dated November 12, 1991, as amended by Airbus Industrie 
Service Bulletin Change Notice O.A., dated July 10, 1992; or 
Revision 1, dated October 15, 1993. Accomplishment of an inspection 
required by paragraph (k), (l), or (m) of this AD terminates the 
inspection requirements of this paragraph.
    (1) If no crack is found, repeat the inspection thereafter at 
intervals not to exceed 2,500 landings.
    (2) If any crack is found that is less than or equal to 30 mm: 
Perform subsequent inspections and repair in accordance with the 
methods and times specified in Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin 
A300-54-6011, dated November 12, 1991, as amended by Airbus 
Industrie Service Bulletin Change Notice O.A., dated July 10, 1992; 
or Revision 1, dated October 15, 1993.
    (3) If any crack is found that is greater than 30 mm, but less 
than 100 mm: Before further flight, repair in accordance with a 
method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM-116; or 
the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (or its delegated agent, 
or the Design Approval Holder with EASA design organization 
approval, as applicable). For a repair method to be approved, the 
repair approval must specifically refer to this AD.
    (4) If any crack is found that is greater than or equal to 100 
mm: Prior to further flight, repair in accordance with a method 
approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM-116; or the 
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (or its delegated agent, or 
the Design Approval Holder with EASA design organization approval, 
as applicable). For a repair method to be approved, the repair 
approval must specifically refer to this AD.
    (5) Accomplishment of the modification specified in Airbus 
Industrie Service Bulletin A300-54-6019, dated October 15, 1993, 
increases the threshold and repetitive interval of the inspections 
required by paragraph (h) of this AD to the threshold and interval 
specified in paragraph 2.D. of the Accomplishment Instructions of 
Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin A300-54-6011, Revision 1, dated 
October 15, 1993.

(i) Retained Inspection and Corrective Action for Model A310 Series 
Airplanes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (c) of AD 
2000-12-12, Amendment 39-11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000), with 
revised repair instructions. For Model A310-221, -222, -322, -324, 
and -325 series airplanes: Perform an internal eddy current 
inspection to detect cracks in the lower spar axis of the pylon 
between ribs 9 and 10, in accordance with Airbus Industrie Service 
Bulletin A310-54-2016, dated November 12, 1991; or Revision 1, dated 
October 15, 1993; or Revision 02, dated June 11, 1999; at the time 
specified in paragraph (j) of this AD. Accomplishment of an 
inspection required by paragraph (k), (l), or (m) of this AD 
terminates the inspection requirements of this paragraph.
    (1) If no crack is found, repeat the inspection thereafter at 
intervals not to exceed 2,500 landings.
    (2) If any crack is found that is less than or equal to 30 mm: 
Perform subsequent inspections and repair in accordance with the 
methods and times specified in Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin 
A310-54-2016, dated November 12, 1991; or Revision 1, dated October 
15, 1993; or Revision 02, dated June 11, 1999.
    (3) If any crack is found that is greater than 30 mm, but less 
than 100 mm: Before further flight, repair in accordance with a 
method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM-116; or 
the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (or its delegated agent, 
or the Design Approval Holder with EASA design organization 
approval, as applicable). For a repair method to be approved, the 
repair approval must specifically refer to this AD.
    (4) If any crack is found that is greater than or equal to 100 
mm: Prior to further flight, repair in accordance with a method 
approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM-116; or the 
European Aviation Safety Agency

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(EASA) (or its delegated agent, or the Design Approval Holder with 
EASA design organization approval, as applicable). For a repair 
method to be approved, the repair approval must specifically refer 
to this AD.
    (5) Accomplishment of the modification specified in Airbus 
Industrie Service Bulletin A310-54-2022, dated October 15, 1993; or 
Revision 01, dated March 16, 1999; increases the threshold and 
repetitive interval of the inspections required by paragraph (i) of 
this AD to the threshold and interval specified in paragraph 2.D. of 
the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Industrie Service Bulletin 
A310-54-2016, Revision 02, dated June 11, 1999.

(j) Retained Compliance Time for Paragraph (i) of This AD

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (d) of AD 
2000-12-12, Amendment 39-11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000), with no 
changes. Perform the initial inspection required by paragraph (i) of 
this AD at the earlier of the times specified by paragraphs (j)(1) 
and (j)(2) of this AD.
    (1) Prior to the accumulation of 25,000 total landings, or 
within 500 landings after June 12, 1995 (the effective date of AD 
95-10-03, Amendment 39-9220 (60 FR 25604, May 12, 1995), whichever 
occurs later.
    (2) At the applicable time specified by paragraph (j)(2)(i), 
(j)(2)(ii), or (j)(2)(iii) of this AD.
    (i) For airplanes that have accumulated fewer than 10,000 
landings as of July 28, 2000 (the effective date of AD 2000-12-12, 
Amendment 39-11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000)): Perform the 
inspection prior to the accumulation of 3,800 total landings, or 
within 1,500 landings after July 28, 2000, whichever occurs later.
    (ii) For airplanes that have accumulated 10,000 total landings 
or more, but fewer than 20,000 total landings, as of July 28, 2000 
(the effective date of AD 2000-12-12, Amendment 39-11790 (65 FR 
39072, June 23, 2000)): Perform the inspection within 1,000 landings 
after July 28, 2000.
    (iii) For airplanes that have accumulated 20,000 total landings 
or more as of July 28, 2000 (the effective date of AD 2000-12-12, 
Amendment 39-11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000)): Perform the 
inspection within 500 landings after July 28, 2000.

(k) New Repetitive Inspections for Cracking

    (1) For airplanes identified in paragraph (k)(2) of this AD: 
Except as provided by paragraphs (n)(1) and (n)(4) of this AD, at 
the applicable compliance time specified in paragraph 1.E.(2), 
``Compliance,'' of the applicable service bulletin specified in 
paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this AD or within 
100 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, whichever 
occurs later, do an eddy current inspection or liquid penetrant 
inspection for cracking of the lower spar of the pylon between ribs 
9 and 10; and do all applicable related investigative and corrective 
actions; in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the 
applicable service bulletin specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), 
(k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this AD, except as required by 
paragraphs (n)(2) and (n)(3) of this AD. Do all applicable related 
investigative and corrective actions before further flight. Repeat 
the inspection of the lower spar of the pylon between ribs 9 and 10 
thereafter at intervals not to exceed the applicable interval 
specified in paragraph 1.E.(2), ``Compliance,'' of the applicable 
service bulletin specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or 
(k)(1)(iii) of this AD. Accomplishment of corrective actions 
required by this paragraph terminates the repetitive inspections 
required by this paragraph. Accomplishment of an inspection required 
by this paragraph terminates the inspection requirements of 
paragraphs (g), (h), and (i) of this AD. Accomplishment of the 
optional modification specified in the applicable service bulletin 
specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this 
AD terminates the repetitive inspections required by this paragraph.
    (i) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A300-54-0071, Revision 04, 
dated April 11, 2013 (for Model A300 B2-203, B2K-3C, B4-103, B4-203, 
and B4-2C airplanes).
    (ii) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A310-54-2016, Revision 
06, dated January 16, 2013 (for Model A310-221, -222, -322, -324, 
and -325 airplanes).
    (iii) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A300-54-6011, Revision 
03, dated June 23, 2011 (for Model A300 B4-620, B4-622R, and B4-622 
airplanes).
    (2) For airplanes that have not been modified or repaired with a 
doubler as specified in the applicable service bulletin specified in 
paragraph (k)(2)(i), (k)(2)(ii), or (k)(2)(iii) of this AD, do the 
inspections required by paragraph (k)(1) of this AD.
    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A300-54-0079 (for Model A300 B2-203, 
B2K-3C, B4-103, B4-203, and B4-2C airplanes).
    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A310-54-2022 (for Model A310-221, -
222, -322, -324, and -325 airplanes).
    (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A300-54-6019 (for Model A300 B4-
620, B4-622R, and B4-622 airplanes).

(l) New Repetitive Inspections for Post-Repair Airplanes

    For airplanes that have been repaired with a doubler as 
specified in the applicable Airbus service bulletin specified in 
paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this AD: At the 
applicable compliance time specified in paragraph 1.E.(2), 
``Compliance,'' in the applicable service bulletin specified in 
paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this AD, except 
as specified in paragraph (n)(1) and (n)(4) of this AD: Do an eddy 
current inspection or liquid penetrant inspection for cracking of 
the lower spar of the pylon between ribs 9 and 10, and do all 
applicable corrective actions, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of the applicable service bulletin specified in 
paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this AD, except 
as required by paragraph (n)(2) of this AD. Do all applicable 
corrective actions before further flight. Repeat the inspection of 
the lower spar of the pylon between ribs 9 and 10 thereafter at 
intervals not to exceed the applicable interval specified in 
paragraph 1.E.(2), ``Compliance,'' of the applicable service 
bulletin specified in in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or 
(k)(1)(iii) of this AD. Accomplishment of an inspection required by 
this paragraph terminates the inspection requirements of paragraphs 
(g), (h), and (i) of this AD.

(m) New Repetitive Inspections for Post-Modification Airplanes

    For airplanes that have been modified as specified in the 
applicable Airbus service bulletin specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), 
(k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii): At the applicable compliance time 
specified in paragraph 1.E.(2), ``Compliance,'' in the applicable 
service bulletin specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or 
(k)(1)(iii) of this AD, except as specified in paragraph (n)(1) and 
(n)(4) of this AD: Do an eddy current inspection or liquid penetrant 
inspection for cracking of the lower spar of the pylon between ribs 
9 and 10; and do all applicable corrective actions; in accordance 
with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service 
bulletin specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or 
(k)(1)(iii) of this AD, except as required by paragraph (n)(2) of 
this AD. Do all applicable corrective actions before further flight. 
Repeat the inspection of the lower spar of the pylon between ribs 9 
and 10 thereafter at intervals not to exceed the applicable interval 
specified in paragraph 1.E.(2), ``Compliance,'' of the applicable 
service bulletin specified in in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or 
(k)(1)(iii) of this AD. Accomplishment of an inspection required by 
this paragraph terminates the inspection requirements of paragraphs 
(g), (h), and (i) of this AD.

(n) New Service Bulletin Exceptions

    (1) Where the service bulletins specified in paragraphs 
(k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), and (k)(1)(iii) of this AD specify a 
compliance time ``from the publication date,'' this AD requires 
compliance within the specified compliance time after the effective 
date of this AD.
    (2) If any crack is detected during any inspection required by 
paragraph (k), (l), or (m) of this AD, and the service bulletin 
specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), or (k)(1)(iii) of this 
AD specifies to contact the manufacturer: Before further flight, 
repair the cracking using a method approved by the Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; 
or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (or its delegated 
agent, or by the Design Approval Holder (DAH) with the EASA design 
organization approval). For a repair method to be approved, the 
repair approval must specifically refer to this AD.
    (3) Where the service bulletins specified in paragraphs 
(k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), and (k)(1)(iii) of this AD specify to contact 
the manufacturer for inspection requirements: inspect using a method 
approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the EASA (or its delegated agent, or 
by the DAH with the EASA design organization approval). For an 
inspection method to be approved, the approval must specifically 
refer to this AD.
    (4) Where the ``Threshold'' column in the tables in paragraph 
1.E., ``Compliance,'' of the service bulletins specified in 
paragraphs (k)(1)(i), (k)(1)(ii), and (k)(1)(iii) of this AD 
specifies a compliance time in flight cycles/

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flight hours, this AD requires compliance within the corresponding 
time in total flight cycles/total flight hours; except for tables 
for post-repair and post-modification airplanes, this AD requires 
compliance within the corresponding time after accomplishing the 
repair or modification.

(o) Credit for Previous Actions

    This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph 
(k) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective 
date of this AD using the applicable service bulletin specified in 
paragraphs (o)(1) through (o)(4) of this AD.
    (1) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A300-54-0071, Revision 02, 
dated August 25, 2000 (for Model A300 B2-203, B2K-3C, B4-103, B4-
203, and B4-2C airplanes), which is not incorporated by reference in 
this AD.
    (2) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A300-54-0071, Revision 03, 
dated October 5, 2012 (for Model A300 B2-203, B2K-3C, B4-103, B4-
203, and B4-2C airplanes), which is not incorporated by reference in 
this AD.
    (3) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A310-54-2016, Revision 04, 
dated November 16, 2007; or Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A310-
54-2016, Revision 05, dated October 5, 2012 (for Model A310-221, -
222, -322, -324, and -325 airplanes), which are not incorporated by 
reference in this AD.
    (4) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A300-54-6011, Revision 02, 
dated August 25, 2000 (for Model A300 B4-620, B4-622R, and B4-622 
airplanes), which is not incorporated by reference in this AD.

(p) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
International Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for 
this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In 
accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal 
inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. 
If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it 
to ATTN: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-
116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., 
Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone (425) 227-2125; fax (425) 227-1149. 
Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. 
Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal 
inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the 
local flight standards district office/certificate holding district 
office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this 
AD.
    (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain 
corrective actions from a manufacturer, use these actions if they 
are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if 
they were approved by the State of Design Authority (or its 
delegated agent, or by the Design Approval Holder with a State of 
Design Authority's design organization approval). For a repair 
method to be approved, the repair approval must specifically refer 
to this AD. You are required to ensure the product is airworthy 
before it is returned to service.
    (3) Previous AMOCs: AMOCs approved previously for AD 2000-12-12, 
Amendment 39-11790 (65 FR 39072, June 23, 2000), are approved as 
AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of this AD.

(q) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) European Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness Directive 2013-
0216, dated September 17, 2013, for related information. This MCAI 
may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-
2013-1066.
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus SAS--EAW (Airworthiness Office), 1 Rond Point Maurice 
Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; 
fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email account.airworth-eas@airbus.com; 
Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this 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.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on December 19, 2013.
Jeffrey E. Duven,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
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