Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes, 13931-13934 [2014-05428]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 48 / Wednesday, March 12, 2014 / Proposed Rules (2) Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, and –313 airplanes, all manufacturer serial numbers, on which Airbus Modification 48825D42865 has been embodied in production; except for airplanes on which Airbus Modification 55606 or 40161 has been embodied. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 92. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by a report of contact between certain electrical harnesses and the hatrack rod that could cause chafing between the harnesses and surrounding structure. We are issuing this AD to prevent chafing and possible short circuit of two oxygen chemical generator containers in different wiring routes, which could result in malfunction of the electrical opening of all the containers connected to these routes. Such conditions, during a sudden depressurization event, could result in lack of oxygen and consequent injuries to airplane occupants. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (g) Modification Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD: Modify the routing of electrical harnesses 1523VB on the left-hand side and 1524VB on the right-hand side, at the level of the door 3 area between frames 53.6 and 53.8, and between stringers 14 and 15, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–92–3098 or A340–92–4084, both dated January 11, 2013, as applicable. (h) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1138; 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:07 Mar 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 considered FAA-approved if they were approved by the State of Design Authority (or its delegated agent, or by the DAH 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. (i) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Airworthiness Directive 2013–0196, dated August 28, 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 it in Docket No. FAA–2014–0140. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus, SAS Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330-A340@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 February 28, 2014. Jeffrey E. Duven, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2014–05424 Filed 3–11–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0141; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–024–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 727–100 series airplanes. This proposed AD is intended to complete certain mandated programs intended to support the airplane reaching its limit of validity (LOV) of the engineering data that support the established structural maintenance program. For certain airplanes, this proposed AD would require repetitive inspections for cracking in stringers or frames until SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 13931 modification, and repair if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracking in stringers or frames originating at or near stringer-to-frame attachment fastener holes, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane, and decompression of the cabin. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by April 28, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H–65, Seattle, WA 98124–2207; telephone 206–544–5000, extension 1; fax 206–766–5680; Internet https:// www.myboeingfleet.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 by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2014– 0141; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (phone: 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chandra Ramdoss, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120L, FAA, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712–4137; phone: (562) 627–5239; fax: (562) 627–5210; email: chandraduth.ramdoss@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\12MRP1.SGM 12MRP1 13932 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 48 / Wednesday, March 12, 2014 / Proposed Rules Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA– 2014–0141; Directorate Identifier 2013– NM–024–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. Discussion As described in FAA Advisory Circular 120–104 (http://www.faa.gov/ documentLibrary/media/Advisory_ Circular/120-104.pdf), several programs have been developed to support initiatives that will ensure the continued airworthiness of aging airplane structure. The last element of those initiatives is the requirement to establish a limit of validity (LOV) of the engineering data that support the structural maintenance program under 14 CFR 26.21. This proposed AD is the result of an assessment of the previously established programs by Boeing during the process of establishing the LOV for The Boeing Company Model 727 airplanes. The actions specified in this proposed AD are necessary to complete certain programs to ensure the continued airworthiness of aging airplane structure and to support an airplane reaching its LOV. Fatigue tests conducted by the manufacturer show that repeated pressurization cycles result in fatigue cracks at some of the stringer-to-frame connections along the crown of the fuselage. Undetected cracking at the stringer-to-frame connections along the crown of the fuselage, and the lack of stringer-to-body frame tie clips in the crown area of the fuselage, could result in damage to wire bundles and control cables for the flight control system, reduced structural integrity of the airplane, and decompression of the cabin. Related Rulemaking On January 16, 1990, we issued AD 90–06–09, Amendment 39–6488 (55 FR 8370, March 7, 1990), which applied to certain Boeing Model 727 series airplanes. AD 90–06–09 required structural modifications specified in Section 3 of Boeing Document D6– 54860, ‘‘Aging Airplane Service Bulletin Structural Modification and Inspection Program—Model 727,’’ Revision C, dated December 11, 1989. AD 90–06–09 was prompted by a report by the Model 727 Structures Working Group. The actions required by AD 90–06–09 were intended to prevent structural failure of the airplane. One of the requirements of AD 90–06–09 was to do the modification in accordance with Boeing Service Bulletin 727–53–0041, Revision 4 dated July 27, 1973, prior to the accumulation of 60,000 flights or 4 years whichever occurs later. On March 23, 1994, we issued AD 94– 07–08, Amendment 39–8866 (59 FR 14545, March 29, 1994), which applied to certain Boeing Model 727 series airplanes. AD 94–07–08 required structural inspections specified in section 4 and appendices A.4 and B.4 of Boeing Document Number D6–54860, ‘‘Aging Airplane Service Bulletin Structural Modification and Inspection Program—Model 727,’’ Revision G, dated March 5, 1993, and corrective actions if necessary. The corrective actions included doing small repairs and modifications. AD 94–07–08 was prompted by reports of incidents involving fatigue cracking and corrosion. The actions required by AD 94–07–08 included only postmodification visual inspections per Boeing Service Bulletin 727–53–0041, Revision 5, dated January 25, 1990. This proposed rule requires repetitive inspections on those airplanes that have not yet accomplished the modification that is required by AD 90–06–09. Relevant Service Information We reviewed Boeing Service Bulletin 727–53–0041, Revision 6, dated September 5, 1991. For information on the procedures and compliance times, see this service information at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for Docket No. FAA–2014–0141. FAA’s Determination We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design. Proposed AD Requirements This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified in the service information described previously. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 2 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Action Inspection and repetitive inspections. Labor cost 60 work-hours × $85 per hour = $5,100 per inspection cycle. We estimate the following costs to do any necessary modifications that would tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Parts cost Cost on U.S. operators Cost per product $0 $5,100 per inspection ............ be required based on the results of the proposed inspection. We have no way of $10,200 per inspection. determining the number of aircraft that might need these modifications: ON-CONDITION COSTS Action Labor cost Parts cost Modification .......................... 600 work-hours × $85 per hour = $51,000 per inspection cycle. Up to $11,481 .................... VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:07 Mar 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\12MRP1.SGM 12MRP1 Cost per product Up to $62,481 per modification. Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 48 / Wednesday, March 12, 2014 / Proposed Rules Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings We determined that this 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. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:07 Mar 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ The Boeing Company: Docket No. FAA– 2014–0141; Directorate Identifier 2013– NM–024–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by April 28, 2014. (c) Applicability This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 727–100 series airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in Boeing Service Bulletin 727–53–0041, Revision 6, dated September 5, 1991, unless previously modified in accordance with the service information specified in paragraphs (c)(1), (c)(2) or (c)(3) of this AD. (1) Boeing Service Bulletin 727–53–0041, Revision 4, dated July 27, 1973. (2) Boeing Service Bulletin 727–53–0041, Revision 5, dated January 25, 1990. (3) Boeing Service Bulletin 727–53–0041, Revision 6, dated September 5, 1991. Note 1 to paragraph (c) of this AD: Boeing Service Bulletin 727–53–0041, Revision 4, dated July 27, 1973 is specified in Boeing Document D6–54860 ‘‘Aging Airplane Service Bulletin Structural Modification Program—Model 727,’’ Revision C, dated December 11, 1989 as mandated by AD 90– 06–09, Amendment 39–6488 (55 FR 8370, March 7, 1990). (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 53, Fuselage. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD is intended to complete certain mandated programs intended to support the airplane reaching its limit of validity (LOV) of the engineering data that support the established structural maintenance program. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking in stringers or frames originating at or near stringer-to-frame attachment fastener holes, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane, and decompression of the cabin. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Inspections Before the accumulation of 16,000 total flight cycles, or within 3,000 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later, do a high frequency eddy current inspection and a general visual inspection for cracking in stringers and frames originating at or near stringer-to-frame attachment fastener holes, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 727–53–0041, Revision 6, dated September 5, 1991. Repeat the inspections thereafter at intervals not to Frm 00010 Fmt 4702 exceed 6,000 flight cycles until the modification specified by paragraph (h) of this AD is accomplished. If any crack is found during any inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD: Before further flight, repair or modify the affected stringer-toframe attachment locations, in accordance with Part V, ‘‘Repair Data’’ of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 727–53–0041, Revision 6, dated September 5, 1991. (h) Modification (b) Affected ADs None. PO 00000 13933 Sfmt 4702 Modifying the affected stringer-to-frame attachment locations, in accordance with Part IV, ‘‘Preventive Modification Data,’’ of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 727–53–0041, Revision 6, dated September 5, 1991, terminates the repetitive inspections required by paragraph (g) of this AD. (i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Los Angeles 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)(1) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-LAACO-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, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office (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. (j) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Chandra Ramdoss, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120L, FAA, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712–4137; phone: (562) 627–5239; fax: (562) 627–5210; email: chandraduth.ramdoss@faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H–65, Seattle, WA 98124–2207; telephone 206– 544–5000, extension 1; fax 206–766–5680; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. You may 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. E:\FR\FM\12MRP1.SGM 12MRP1 13934 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 48 / Wednesday, March 12, 2014 / Proposed Rules Issued in Renton, Washington, on March 5, 2014. Suzanne Masterson, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2014–05428 Filed 3–11–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2012–0863; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–108–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); reopening of comment period. AGENCY: We are revising an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737–300, –400, –500, –600, –700, –700C, –800, –900, and –900ER series airplanes. The NPRM proposed to require installing a new tail strobe light housing and a new disconnect bracket, and changing the wire bundles. The NPRM was prompted by a review of the tail strobe light installation, which revealed that the tail strobe light is not electrically bonded to primary structure of the airplane. This action revises the NPRM by adding, for certain airplanes, an inspection to determine if sealant is applied and corrective actions if necessary. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM (SNPRM) to prevent, in case of a direct lightning strike to the tail strobe light, damage to the operation of other critical airplane systems due to electromagnetic coupling and large transient voltages, and damage to the control mechanisms or surfaces due to a fire, which could result in loss of control of the airplane. Since these actions impose an additional burden over that proposed in the NPRM, we are reopening the comment period to allow the public the chance to comment on these proposed changes. DATES: We must receive comments on this SNPRM by April 28, 2014. 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. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:07 Mar 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 • 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 view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356. 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 by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2012– 0863; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (phone: 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marie Hogestad, Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Equipment Branch, FAA, ANM–130S, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; phone: (425) 917–6418; fax: (425) 917– 6590; email: marie.hogestad@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2012–0863; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–108–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 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 closing date and may amend this proposed AD because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. Discussion We issued an NPRM to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain The Boeing Company Model 737–300, –400, –500, –600, –700, –700C, –800, –900, and –900ER series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on September 6, 2012 (77 FR 54848). The NPRM proposed to require installing a new tail strobe light housing and a new disconnect bracket, and changing the wire bundles. Actions Since Previous NPRM (77 FR 54848, September 6, 2012) Was Issued Since we issued the NPRM (77 FR 54848, September 6, 2012), we have reviewed Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 737–33–1146, Revision 1, dated July 9, 2013. We referred to Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 737–33–1146, dated November 2, 2011, as the appropriate source of service information for accomplishing certain actions specified in the NPRM. Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 737–33–1146, Revision 1, dated July 9, 2013, adds procedures for airplanes on which the actions specified in Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 737–33–1146, dated November 2, 2011, have been done, for a general visual inspection to ensure there is fillet sealant between the disconnect bracket and the receptacle connector D44582J, and on the fasteners, and corrective actions if necessary. The corrective actions include applying sealant. Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 737– 33–1146, Revision 1, dated July 9, 2013, also does the following: • Incorporates the data given in Boeing Service Bulletin Information Notice 737–33–1146 IN 01, dated November 11, 2011, which changes Group 1, Configuration 1, to Group 1, and changes Group 1, Configuration 2, to Group 4. • Improves the tail strobe light installation work instructions (adds an alternate work instruction to remove electrical power, adds an optional work instruction to improve access, adds the process specification for the installation of a blind insert, adds a new work instruction step, and figure, to do the drilling tasks before parts are cleaned for bonding, removes the undefined E:\FR\FM\12MRP1.SGM 12MRP1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 48 (Wednesday, March 12, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 13931-13934]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-05428]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2014-0141; Directorate Identifier 2013-NM-024-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
certain The Boeing Company Model 727-100 series airplanes. This 
proposed AD is intended to complete certain mandated programs intended 
to support the airplane reaching its limit of validity (LOV) of the 
engineering data that support the established structural maintenance 
program. For certain airplanes, this proposed AD would require 
repetitive inspections for cracking in stringers or frames until 
modification, and repair if necessary. We are proposing this AD to 
detect and correct cracking in stringers or frames originating at or 
near stringer-to-frame attachment fastener holes, which could result in 
reduced structural integrity of the airplane, and decompression of the 
cabin.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by April 28, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact 
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, 
P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H-65, Seattle, WA 98124-2207; telephone 206-544-
5000, extension 1; fax 206-766-5680; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.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 by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2014-
0141; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket 
contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments 
received, and other information. The street address for the Docket 
Office (phone: 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will 
be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chandra Ramdoss, Aerospace Engineer, 
Airframe Branch, ANM-120L, FAA, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification 
Office (ACO), 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712-4137; phone: 
(562) 627-5239; fax: (562) 627-5210; email: 
chandraduth.ramdoss@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed 
under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2014-0141; 
Directorate Identifier 2013-NM-024-AD'' at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We 
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend 
this proposed AD because of those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this proposed AD.

Discussion

    As described in FAA Advisory Circular 120-104 (http://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/120-104.pdf), several programs 
have been developed to support initiatives that will ensure the 
continued airworthiness of aging airplane structure. The last element 
of those initiatives is the requirement to establish a limit of 
validity (LOV) of the engineering data that support the structural 
maintenance program under 14 CFR 26.21. This proposed AD is the result 
of an assessment of the previously established programs by Boeing 
during the process of establishing the LOV for The Boeing Company Model 
727 airplanes. The actions specified in this proposed AD are necessary 
to complete certain programs to ensure the continued airworthiness of 
aging airplane structure and to support an airplane reaching its LOV.
    Fatigue tests conducted by the manufacturer show that repeated 
pressurization cycles result in fatigue cracks at some of the stringer-
to-frame connections along the crown of the fuselage. Undetected 
cracking at the stringer-to-frame connections along the crown of the 
fuselage, and the lack of stringer-to-body frame tie clips in the crown 
area of the fuselage, could result in damage to wire bundles and 
control cables for the flight control system, reduced structural 
integrity of the airplane, and decompression of the cabin.

Related Rulemaking

    On January 16, 1990, we issued AD 90-06-09, Amendment 39-6488 (55 
FR 8370, March 7, 1990), which applied to certain Boeing Model 727 
series airplanes. AD 90-06-09 required structural modifications 
specified in Section 3 of Boeing Document D6-54860, ``Aging Airplane 
Service Bulletin Structural Modification and Inspection Program--Model 
727,'' Revision C, dated December 11, 1989. AD 90-06-09 was prompted by 
a report by the Model 727 Structures Working Group. The actions 
required by AD 90-06-09 were intended to prevent structural failure of 
the airplane. One of the requirements of AD 90-06-09 was to do the 
modification in accordance with Boeing Service Bulletin 727-53-0041, 
Revision 4 dated July 27, 1973, prior to the accumulation of 60,000 
flights or 4 years whichever occurs later.
    On March 23, 1994, we issued AD 94-07-08, Amendment 39-8866 (59 FR 
14545, March 29, 1994), which applied to certain Boeing Model 727 
series airplanes. AD 94-07-08 required structural inspections specified 
in section 4 and appendices A.4 and B.4 of Boeing Document Number D6-
54860, ``Aging Airplane Service Bulletin Structural Modification and 
Inspection Program--Model 727,'' Revision G, dated March 5, 1993, and 
corrective actions if necessary. The corrective actions included doing 
small repairs and modifications. AD 94-07-08 was prompted by reports of 
incidents involving fatigue cracking and corrosion. The actions 
required by AD 94-07-08 included only post-modification visual 
inspections per Boeing Service Bulletin 727-53-0041, Revision 5, dated 
January 25, 1990.
    This proposed rule requires repetitive inspections on those 
airplanes that have not yet accomplished the modification that is 
required by AD 90-06-09.

Relevant Service Information

    We reviewed Boeing Service Bulletin 727-53-0041, Revision 6, dated 
September 5, 1991. For information on the procedures and compliance 
times, see this service information at http://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for Docket No. FAA-2014-0141.

FAA's Determination

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

Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified 
in the service information described previously.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 2 airplanes of U.S. 
registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                                 Cost on U.S.
              Action                    Labor cost        Parts cost      Cost per product        operators
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Inspection and repetitive          60 work-hours x $85              $0  $5,100 per           $10,200 per
 inspections.                       per hour = $5,100                    inspection.          inspection.
                                    per inspection
                                    cycle.
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    We estimate the following costs to do any necessary modifications 
that would be required based on the results of the proposed inspection. 
We have no way of determining the number of aircraft that might need 
these modifications:

                                               On-Condition Costs
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               Action                         Labor cost                Parts cost           Cost per product
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Modification.......................  600 work-hours x $85 per     Up to $11,481.........  Up to $62,481 per
                                      hour = $51,000 per                                   modification.
                                      inspection cycle.
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Authority for This Rulemaking

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

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

The Proposed Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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

The Boeing Company: Docket No. FAA-2014-0141; Directorate Identifier 
2013-NM-024-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by April 28, 2014.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 727-100 series 
airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in Boeing 
Service Bulletin 727-53-0041, Revision 6, dated September 5, 1991, 
unless previously modified in accordance with the service 
information specified in paragraphs (c)(1), (c)(2) or (c)(3) of this 
AD.
    (1) Boeing Service Bulletin 727-53-0041, Revision 4, dated July 
27, 1973.
    (2) Boeing Service Bulletin 727-53-0041, Revision 5, dated 
January 25, 1990.
    (3) Boeing Service Bulletin 727-53-0041, Revision 6, dated 
September 5, 1991.


    Note 1 to paragraph (c) of this AD: Boeing Service Bulletin 727-
53-0041, Revision 4, dated July 27, 1973 is specified in Boeing 
Document D6-54860 ``Aging Airplane Service Bulletin Structural 
Modification Program--Model 727,'' Revision C, dated December 11, 
1989 as mandated by AD 90-06-09, Amendment 39-6488 (55 FR 8370, 
March 7, 1990).

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 53, Fuselage.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD is intended to complete certain mandated programs 
intended to support the airplane reaching its limit of validity 
(LOV) of the engineering data that support the established 
structural maintenance program. We are issuing this AD to detect and 
correct cracking in stringers or frames originating at or near 
stringer-to-frame attachment fastener holes, which could result in 
reduced structural integrity of the airplane, and decompression of 
the cabin.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Inspections

    Before the accumulation of 16,000 total flight cycles, or within 
3,000 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, whichever 
occurs later, do a high frequency eddy current inspection and a 
general visual inspection for cracking in stringers and frames 
originating at or near stringer-to-frame attachment fastener holes, 
in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service 
Bulletin 727-53-0041, Revision 6, dated September 5, 1991. Repeat 
the inspections thereafter at intervals not to exceed 6,000 flight 
cycles until the modification specified by paragraph (h) of this AD 
is accomplished. If any crack is found during any inspection 
required by paragraph (g) of this AD: Before further flight, repair 
or modify the affected stringer-to-frame attachment locations, in 
accordance with Part V, ``Repair Data'' of the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 727-53-0041, Revision 6, 
dated September 5, 1991.

(h) Modification

    Modifying the affected stringer-to-frame attachment locations, 
in accordance with Part IV, ``Preventive Modification Data,'' of the 
Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 727-53-0041, 
Revision 6, dated September 5, 1991, terminates the repetitive 
inspections required by paragraph (g) of this AD.

(i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Los Angeles 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)(1) of this AD. 
Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-LAACO-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, Los Angeles Aircraft 
Certification Office (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.

(j) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Chandra Ramdoss, 
Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM-120L, FAA, Los Angeles 
Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 3960 Paramount Boulevard, 
Lakewood, CA 90712-4137; phone: (562) 627-5239; fax: (562) 627-5210; 
email: chandraduth.ramdoss@faa.gov.
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, 
P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H-65, Seattle, WA 98124-2207; telephone 206-544-
5000, extension 1; fax 206-766-5680; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. You may 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.


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    Issued in Renton, Washington, on March 5, 2014.
Suzanne Masterson,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-05428 Filed 3-11-14; 8:45 am]
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