Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes, 17390-17393 [2014-06636]

Download as PDF 17390 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 60 / Friday, March 28, 2014 / Rules and Regulations for MILC as specified in the 2014 Farm Bill to begin receiving payments. During the period (referred to as the ‘‘relief period’’) beginning April 14, 2014, through the close of business on May 30, 2014, producers with existing MILC contracts may select a different production start month for FY 2014 by completing and submitting form CCC– 580M ‘‘Milk Income Loss Contract Extension (MILC) Modification’’ to FSA. For producers with new dairy operations that began operation before April 14, 2014, FSA will accept applications (form CCC–580 ‘‘Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC)’’) during the relief period. Regular start month selection provisions specified in 7 CFR 1430.205, ‘‘Selection of Starting Month,’’ will not apply during the relief period. After the relief period ends, beginning June 2, 2014, all production start month changes for new and existing MILC participants must be made according to regular start month selection provisions as specified in 7 CFR 1430.205. September 2013 was the last eligible month for MILC payments under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill, Pub. L. 110– 246) as extended by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112–240). The payment rate determined for October through December 2013 and January 2014, the first four months of FY 2014, is zero. Payments for subsequent months of FY 2014 will be determined as data becomes available. The payment rate for MILC is adjusted upward when the National Average Dairy Feed Ration Cost exceeds certain levels. Beginning February 1, 2014, and ending on the termination date for MILC, if the National Average Dairy Feed Ration Cost for a month is greater than $7.35 per hundredweight, the payment rate for that month will be increased by 45 percent of the percentage by which the National Average Dairy Feed Ration Cost exceeds $7.35 per hundredweight. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES DIPP The 2014 Farm Bill extended DIPP through September 30, 2018 with no changes. Through DIPP, FSA issues payments to dairy producers for losses incurred because they were required to remove their milk production from commercial markets due to the presence of certain chemical or toxic residues. Acreage Reporting As a condition of eligibility for all commodity program and marketing loan program benefits specified in Subtitle A and Subtitle B of Title I of the 2014 Farm Bill, producers on farms must VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:20 Mar 27, 2014 Jkt 232001 annually submit acreage reports of all cropland on the farm. The report of acreage must include the producer or producers’ shares and comply with the existing regulations specified in 7 CFR part 718. Payment Eligibility and Payment Limit Requirements The 2014 Farm Bill modifies the payment limit and adjusted gross income (AGI) eligibility provisions, which are currently specified in 7 CFR Part 1400. Beginning with the 2014 crop year, the total amount of payments received, directly and indirectly, by a person or legal entity (except joint ventures or general partnerships) for Price Loss Coverage, Agricultural Risk Coverage, marketing loan gains, and loan deficiency payments (other than for peanuts), is limited to no more than $125,000 annually. A person or legal entity that receives, directly or indirectly, payments for peanuts has a separate $125,000 payment limit for those payments. The NAP payment limit also increases to $125,000 per year. The combined payment limit for three of the four disaster programs (Livestock Indemnity Program, Livestock Forage Disaster Program, and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish) is also increased to $125,000; a separate $125,000 limit applies to the Tree Assistance Program. The 2014 Farm Bill simplifies and modifies the average AGI eligibility provisions. Producers whose total (farm plus nonfarm) average AGI for the 3 tax years preceding the most recent complete tax year exceeds $900,000 are not eligible to receive benefits from most programs administered by FSA and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Previous average AGI provisions specified in the 2008 Farm Bill had different eligibility limits for certain programs based on average farm AGI and, for some programs, on average nonfarm AGI. The AGI and payment limit eligibility restrictions from the 2014 Farm Bill apply to the 2014 crop, fiscal, or program year for payment limits which encompass the 2010, 2011, and 2012 tax years for purposes of calculating the average AGI, and will be implemented immediately. The regulations in 7 CFR part 1400 will be amended at a later date through rulemaking to reflect the changes required by the 2014 Farm Bill. Environmental Review FSA has determined that, in accordance with the 7 CFR 799.9(d), Environmental Quality and Related Environmental Concerns—Compliance PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 with the National Environmental Policy Act, implementing the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), continuation of these programs as mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill, will not significantly affect the quality of the human environment. Therefore, no environmental assessment or environmental impact statement will be prepared. Signed at Washington, DC, on March 25, 2014. Juan M. Garcia, Executive Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation and Administrator, Farm Service Agency. [FR Doc. 2014–06991 Filed 3–27–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0171; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–038–AD; Amendment 39–17812; AD 2014–06–08] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC–8 airplanes. This AD requires repetitive functional checks of the nose and main landing gear, and corrective actions if necessary. This AD also provides optional terminating action for the repetitive functional checks. This AD was prompted by a report that the emergency downlock indication system (EDIS) had given a false landing gear down-and-locked indication. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct a false down-and-locked landing gear indication, which, on landing, could result in possible collapse of the landing gear. DATES: This AD becomes effective April 14, 2014. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of April 14, 2014. We must receive comments on this AD by May 12, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28MRR1.SGM 28MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 60 / Friday, March 28, 2014 / Rules and Regulations 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this AD, contact Bombardier, Inc., QSeries 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. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES 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– 0171; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the 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: Cesar Gomez, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe and Mechanical Systems Branch, ANE–171, FAA, New York Aircraft Certification Office, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone (516) 228–7318; fax: (516) 794–5531. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), which is the aviation authority for Canada, issued Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF–2014–11, dated February 13, 2014 (the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:20 Mar 27, 2014 Jkt 232001 During an in-service event where the landing gear control panel indicated an unsafe nose landing gear, the flight crew observed that all three green lights were illuminated on the emergency downlock indication system. The nose landing gear was not down and locked, and collapsed during landing. Investigation found ambient light and wiring shorts can lead to incorrect illumination of the green lights on the emergency downlock indication system. This [TCCA] AD mandates the functional check of the nose and main landing gear alternate indication phototransistors and the modification of the emergency downlock indication system. The unsafe condition is a false downand-locked landing gear indication, which, on landing, could result in possible collapse of the landing gear. This AD provides the modification as optional terminating action for the repetitive functional checks of the alternate indication phototransistors of the nose and main landing gear. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2014–0171. Relevant Service Information Bombardier has issued the following service bulletins. • Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32– 173, Revision A, dated December 17, 2012. • Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32– 176, Revision A, dated February 22, 2013. • Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32– 177, dated October 9, 2013. • Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–33–56, Revision A, dated February 22, 2013. The actions described in this service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This AD This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. Difference Between This AD and the MCAI or Service Information Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF–2014–11, dated February 13, 2014, PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 17391 requires modification of the EDIS. We have determined that this EDIS modification would eliminate the need for the functional checks of the alternate indication phototransistors of the nose and main landing gear required by this AD. Therefore, this final rule provides for the modification as an optional terminating action for the functional checks. However, we are considering further rulemaking to require the modification on all affected airplanes. FAA’s Determination of the Effective Date An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because ambient light and wiring shorts can lead to incorrect illumination of the green lights on the EDIS. This condition could lead to the landing gear not being down and locked, and consequent landing gear collapse during landing. Therefore, we determined that notice and opportunity for public comment before issuing this AD are impracticable and that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in fewer than 30 days. Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not precede it by notice and opportunity for public comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2014–0171; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–038– AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this AD 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 AD. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 85 airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 3 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. E:\FR\FM\28MRR1.SGM 28MRR1 17392 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 60 / Friday, March 28, 2014 / Rules and Regulations operators to be $21,675, or $255 per product, per inspection cycle. We estimate that it would take up to 40 work-hours per product to do the optional terminating action provided in this AD. Parts would cost up to $19,436.00 per product. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be up to $1,941,060, or $22,836 per product. We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide cost estimates for the on-condition actions specified in this AD. According to the manufacturer, all of the costs of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected individuals. As a result, we have included all costs in our cost estimate. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with 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 AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and 4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:20 Mar 27, 2014 Jkt 232001 on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ 2014–06–08 Bombardier, Inc.: Amendment 39–17812. Docket No. FAA–2014–0171; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–038–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD becomes effective April 14, 2014. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC–8–101, –102, –103, –106, –201, –202, –301, –311, and –315 airplanes, certificated in any category, serial numbers 003 through 672 inclusive. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 32, Landing gear. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by a report that the emergency downlock indication system had given a false landing gear down-and-locked indication. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct a false down-and-locked landing gear indication, which, on landing, could result in possible collapse of the landing gear. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Functional Check Within 600 flight hours or 100 days, whichever occurs first after the effective date of this AD: Perform a functional check of the alternate indication phototransistors of the nose and main landing gear; and do all applicable corrective actions; in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32–173, Revision A, dated December 17, 2012. Do all applicable corrective actions before further flight. Repeat the functional check thereafter PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 at intervals not to exceed 600 flight hours or 100 days, whichever occurs first, until accomplishment of the applicable actions specified in paragraph (h) of this AD. (h) Optional Terminating Action Accomplishment of the applicable actions specified in paragraphs (h)(1) through (h)(3) of this AD terminates the requirements of paragraph (g) of this AD. (1) For airplanes configured as described in Modsum 8/1519: Incorporate Modsum 8Q101968, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–33–56, Revision A, dated February 22, 2013. (2) For airplanes configured as described in Modsum 8/0235, 8/0461, and 8/0534: Incorporate Modsum 8Q101955, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32–176, Revision A, dated February 22, 2013. (3) For airplanes not configured as described in Modsum 8/0534: Incorporate Modsum 8Q101969, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32–177, dated October 9, 2013. (i) Credit for Previous Actions (1) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32–173, dated October 28, 2011, which is not incorporated by reference in this AD. (2) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–33–56, dated February 11, 2013, which is not incorporated by reference in this AD. (3) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (h)(2) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32–176, dated February 11, 2013, which is not incorporated by reference in this AD. (j) 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, NY 11590; telephone: 516–228–7300; fax: 516–794– 5531. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. E:\FR\FM\28MRR1.SGM 28MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 60 / Friday, March 28, 2014 / Rules and Regulations (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 the DAH with a State of Design Authority’s design organization approval, as applicable). You are required to ensure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (k) Related Information Airworthiness Directives; SOCATA Airplanes (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF–2014–11, dated February 13, 2014, for related information. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2014–0171. (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference may be obtained at the addresses specified in paragraphs (l)(3) and (l)(4) of this AD. (l) Material Incorporated by Reference tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise. (i) Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32–173, Revision A, dated December 17, 2012. (ii) Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32–176, Revision A, dated February 22, 2013. (iii) Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–32–177, dated October 9, 2013. (iv) Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–33–56, Revision A, dated February 22, 2013. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Bombardier, Inc., Q-Series Technical Help Desk, 123 Garratt Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M3K 1Y5, Canada; telephone: 416–375–4000; fax: 416–375– 4539; email: thd.qseries@ aero.bombardier.com; Internet: http:// www.bombardier.com. (4) 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. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Renton, Washington, on March 19, 2014. Ross Landes, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2014–06636 Filed 3–27–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:20 Mar 27, 2014 Jkt 232001 Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–1019; Directorate Identifier 2013–CE–038–AD; Amendment 39–17810; AD 2014–06–06] RIN 2120–AA64 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for SOCATA Model TBM 700 airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as landing gear actuator rod and piston becoming unscrewed during operation and the landing gear actuator ball joint becoming uncrimped. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective May 2, 2014. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the AD as of May 2, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2013– 1019; or in person at Document Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. For service information identified in this AD, contact SOCATA—Direction des Services—65921 Tarbes Cedex 9— France; telephone +33 (0) 62 41 7300, fax +33 (0) 62 41 76 54, or for North America: SOCATA NORTH AMERICA, 7501 South Airport Road, North Perry Airport, Pembroke Pines, Florida 33023; telephone: (954) 893–1400; fax: (954) 964–4141; email: mysocata@ socata.daher.com; Internet: http:// mysocata.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329– 4148. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 17393 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Albert Mercado, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329– 4119; fax: (816) 329–4090; email: albert.mercado@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to add an AD that would apply to SOCATA Model TBM 700 airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on December 4, 2013 (78 FR 72834). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products and was based on mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country. The MCAI states: During maintenance check, possible unscrewing of rod and piston during operation was detected on a landing gear actuator. Investigation showed that this was likely caused by maintenance operation not conforming with the procedure described in the SOCATA maintenance manual. Moreover, following in-service landing gear collapse, uncrimping of a right hand main landing gear (MLG) actuator ball joint was detected. Investigation revealed a manufacturing non-conformity of some actuator rod end assemblies. These conditions, if not detected and corrected, could lead to MLG or nose landing gear (NLG) failure during landing or roll-out and consequent damage to the aeroplane and injury to occupants. To address this potential unsafe condition, SOCATA issued Service Bulletin (SB) 70– 197–32 to require a one-time inspection of the landing gear actuator piston/rod and SB 70–206–32 to require a one-time inspection of the landing gear actuator ball joint centering and, depending on findings, accomplishment of corrective actions. SOCATA also developed modification 70– 0334–32, embodied in production to secure rod/piston assembly through addition of a pin and to reduce retraction/extension indication failure through improvement of switch kinematics. These modified actuators have a new part number (P/N). For the reasons described above, this AD requires a one-time inspection of the landing gear actuators piston/rod and ball joint centering and, depending on findings, accomplishment of applicable corrective actions. The MCAI can be found in the AD docket on the Internet at: http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=FAA-2013-10190002. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. The following presents the comment E:\FR\FM\28MRR1.SGM 28MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 60 (Friday, March 28, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 17390-17393]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-06636]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2014-0171; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-038-AD; 
Amendment 39-17812; AD 2014-06-08]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain 
Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8 airplanes. This AD requires repetitive 
functional checks of the nose and main landing gear, and corrective 
actions if necessary. This AD also provides optional terminating action 
for the repetitive functional checks. This AD was prompted by a report 
that the emergency downlock indication system (EDIS) had given a false 
landing gear down-and-locked indication. We are issuing this AD to 
detect and correct a false down-and-locked landing gear indication, 
which, on landing, could result in possible collapse of the landing 
gear.

DATES: This AD becomes effective April 14, 2014.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of April 14, 
2014.
    We must receive comments on this AD by May 12, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR

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11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this AD, contact Bombardier, 
Inc., Q-Series Technical Help Desk, 123 Garratt Boulevard, Toronto, 
Ontario M3K 1Y5, Canada; telephone: 416-375-4000; fax: 416-375-4539; 
email thd.qseries@aero.bombardier.com; Internet http://www.bombardier.com.You may 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-
0171; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket 
contains this AD, the 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: Cesar Gomez, Aerospace Engineer, 
Airframe and Mechanical Systems Branch, ANE-171, FAA, New York Aircraft 
Certification Office, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 
11590; telephone (516) 228-7318; fax: (516) 794-5531.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), which is the aviation 
authority for Canada, issued Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF-2014-
11, dated February 13, 2014 (the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness 
Information, referred to after this as ``the MCAI''), to correct an 
unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states:

    During an in-service event where the landing gear control panel 
indicated an unsafe nose landing gear, the flight crew observed that 
all three green lights were illuminated on the emergency downlock 
indication system. The nose landing gear was not down and locked, 
and collapsed during landing.
    Investigation found ambient light and wiring shorts can lead to 
incorrect illumination of the green lights on the emergency downlock 
indication system.
    This [TCCA] AD mandates the functional check of the nose and 
main landing gear alternate indication phototransistors and the 
modification of the emergency downlock indication system.

    The unsafe condition is a false down-and-locked landing gear 
indication, which, on landing, could result in possible collapse of the 
landing gear. This AD provides the modification as optional terminating 
action for the repetitive functional checks of the alternate indication 
phototransistors of the nose and main landing gear. You may examine the 
MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and 
locating Docket No. FAA-2014-0171.

Relevant Service Information

    Bombardier has issued the following service bulletins.

 Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-173, Revision A, dated 
December 17, 2012.
 Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-176, Revision A, dated 
February 22, 2013.
 Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-177, dated October 9, 2013.
 Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-33-56, Revision A, dated 
February 22, 2013.

    The actions described in this service information are intended to 
correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This AD

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another 
country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant 
to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have 
been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service 
information referenced above. We are issuing this AD because we 
evaluated all pertinent information and determined the unsafe condition 
exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same 
type design.

Difference Between This AD and the MCAI or Service Information

    Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF-2014-11, dated February 13, 
2014, requires modification of the EDIS. We have determined that this 
EDIS modification would eliminate the need for the functional checks of 
the alternate indication phototransistors of the nose and main landing 
gear required by this AD. Therefore, this final rule provides for the 
modification as an optional terminating action for the functional 
checks. However, we are considering further rulemaking to require the 
modification on all affected airplanes.

FAA's Determination of the Effective Date

    An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of 
this AD. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies 
waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because 
ambient light and wiring shorts can lead to incorrect illumination of 
the green lights on the EDIS. This condition could lead to the landing 
gear not being down and locked, and consequent landing gear collapse 
during landing. Therefore, we determined that notice and opportunity 
for public comment before issuing this AD are impracticable and that 
good cause exists for making this amendment effective in fewer than 30 
days.

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety, and we did not precede it by notice and opportunity for public 
comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under 
the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2014-0171; Directorate 
Identifier 2014-NM-038-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. We 
specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, 
environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all 
comments received by the closing date and may amend this AD 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 AD.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 85 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    We also estimate that it will take about 3 work-hours per product 
to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor 
rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost 
of this AD on U.S.

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operators to be $21,675, or $255 per product, per inspection cycle.
    We estimate that it would take up to 40 work-hours per product to 
do the optional terminating action provided in this AD. Parts would 
cost up to $19,436.00 per product. Based on these figures, we estimate 
the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be up to $1,941,060, or 
$22,836 per product.
    We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide 
cost estimates for the on-condition actions specified in this AD.
    According to the manufacturer, all of the costs of this AD may be 
covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected 
individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected 
individuals. As a result, we have included all costs in our cost 
estimate.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

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

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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

2014-06-08 Bombardier, Inc.: Amendment 39-17812. Docket No. FAA-
2014-0171; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-038-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective April 14, 2014.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-101, -102, -103, 
-106, -201, -202, -301, -311, and -315 airplanes, certificated in 
any category, serial numbers 003 through 672 inclusive.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 32, Landing 
gear.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by a report that the emergency downlock 
indication system had given a false landing gear down-and-locked 
indication. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct a false 
down-and-locked landing gear indication, which, on landing, could 
result in possible collapse of the landing gear.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Functional Check

    Within 600 flight hours or 100 days, whichever occurs first 
after the effective date of this AD: Perform a functional check of 
the alternate indication phototransistors of the nose and main 
landing gear; and do all applicable corrective actions; in 
accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier 
Service Bulletin 8-32-173, Revision A, dated December 17, 2012. Do 
all applicable corrective actions before further flight. Repeat the 
functional check thereafter at intervals not to exceed 600 flight 
hours or 100 days, whichever occurs first, until accomplishment of 
the applicable actions specified in paragraph (h) of this AD.

(h) Optional Terminating Action

    Accomplishment of the applicable actions specified in paragraphs 
(h)(1) through (h)(3) of this AD terminates the requirements of 
paragraph (g) of this AD.
    (1) For airplanes configured as described in Modsum 8/1519: 
Incorporate Modsum 8Q101968, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-33-56, Revision A, 
dated February 22, 2013.
    (2) For airplanes configured as described in Modsum 8/0235, 8/
0461, and 8/0534: Incorporate Modsum 8Q101955, in accordance with 
the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-
176, Revision A, dated February 22, 2013.
    (3) For airplanes not configured as described in Modsum 8/0534: 
Incorporate Modsum 8Q101969, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-177, dated October 
9, 2013.

(i) Credit for Previous Actions

    (1) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by 
paragraph (g) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the 
effective date of this AD using Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-
173, dated October 28, 2011, which is not incorporated by reference 
in this AD.
    (2) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by 
paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, if those actions were performed before 
the effective date of this AD using Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-
33-56, dated February 11, 2013, which is not incorporated by 
reference in this AD.
    (3) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by 
paragraph (h)(2) of this AD, if those actions were performed before 
the effective date of this AD using Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-
32-176, dated February 11, 2013, which is not incorporated by 
reference in this AD.

(j) 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, NY 11590; telephone: 516-228-7300; fax: 516-794-5531. 
Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal 
inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the 
local flight standards district office/certificate holding district 
office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this 
AD.

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    (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 the DAH with a State of Design Authority's 
design organization approval, as applicable). You are required to 
ensure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service.

(k) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF-2014-11, dated February 
13, 2014, for related information. You may examine the MCAI on the 
Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating 
Docket No. FAA-2014-0171.
    (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not 
incorporated by reference may be obtained at the addresses specified 
in paragraphs (l)(3) and (l)(4) of this AD.

(l) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-173, Revision A, dated 
December 17, 2012.
    (ii) Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-176, Revision A, dated 
February 22, 2013.
    (iii) Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-32-177, dated October 9, 
2013.
    (iv) Bombardier Service Bulletin 8-33-56, Revision A, dated 
February 22, 2013.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Bombardier, Inc., Q-Series Technical Help Desk, 123 Garratt 
Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M3K 1Y5, Canada; telephone: 416-375-
4000; fax: 416-375-4539; email: thd.qseries@aero.bombardier.com; 
Internet: http://www.bombardier.com.
    (4) 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.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on March 19, 2014.
Ross Landes,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-06636 Filed 3-27-14; 8:45 am]
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