Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 23900-23903 [2014-09623]

Download as PDF 23900 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 82 / Tuesday, April 29, 2014 / Rules and Regulations the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. (i) Related Information Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No.: 2013–0208, dated September 10, 2013, for related information. The MCAI can be found in the AD docket on the Internet at: http://www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0020-0002. For availability information about APPH Ltd. Service Bulletin 32–40, at Initial Issue dated June 21, 1989, which is not incorporated by reference, use the contact information in paragraphs (j)(4) and (j)(5). sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES collection of information displays a current valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number for this information collection is 2120–0056. Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 5 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, completing and reviewing the collection of information. All responses to this collection of information are mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden and suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the FAA at: 800 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20591, Attn: Information Collection Clearance Officer, AES–200. Federal Aviation Administration (j) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) APPH Ltd. Service Bulletin No. 32–19, Revision 4, dated April 3, 2013. (ii) APPH Ltd. Service Bulletin No. 32–40, Revision 1, dated February 2003. (iii) British Aerospace Jetstream Series 3100 & 3200 Service Bulletin 32–A– JA851226, Revision 5, dated April 30, 2013. (iv) Jetstream Service Bulletin 32– JA880340, original issue, dated January 6, 1989. (3) For British Aerospace (Operations) Limited and Jetstream service information identified in this AD, contact BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd, Customer Information Department, Prestwick International Airport, Ayrshire, KA9 2RW, Scotland, United Kingdom; phone: +44 1292 675207, fax: +44 1292 675704; email: RApublications@ baesystems.com; Internet: http:// www.jetstreamcentral.com. (4) For APPH Ltd. service information identified in this AD, contact APPH Ltd. Engineering Division, Unit 1, Pembroke Court, Chancellor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 1TG, England; phone: +44 01928 532600; fax: +44 01928 579626; Internet: http://apph.com/contactus/customer-support/. (5) You may view this service information at 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. (6) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:55 Apr 28, 2014 Jkt 232001 Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 4, 2014. Earl Lawrence, Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2014–09540 Filed 4–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0233; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–053–AD; Amendment 39–17825; AD 2014–08–01] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014–03– 08 for all Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. AD 2014–03–08 required an inspection to determine the part number of the interconnecting struts installed on the wings, identifying the part number and the serial number of the associated target and proximity sensor if applicable, and replacing or reidentifying the flap interconnecting strut if applicable. This new AD corrects a typographical error that affects the definition of a serviceable interconnecting strut. This AD was prompted by a report that an investigation showed that when a certain combination of a target/ proximity sensor serial number is installed on a flap interconnecting strut, a ‘‘target FAR’’ signal cannot be detected when it reaches the mechanical end stop of the interconnecting strut. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct a latent failure of the flap down drive disconnection due to an already-failed interconnecting strut sensor, which could result in asymmetric flap panel movement and consequent loss of control of the airplane. DATES: This AD becomes effective May 14, 2014. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 as of March 26, 2014 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014). We must receive comments on this AD by June 13, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus, Airworthiness Office—EAS, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email account.airwortheas@airbus.com; Internet http:// www.airbus.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227– 1221. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2014– 0233; 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: Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1405; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion On January 22, 2014, we issued AD 2014–03–08, Amendment 39–17745 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014). AD 2014– 03–08 applied to all Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series E:\FR\FM\29APR1.SGM 29APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 82 / Tuesday, April 29, 2014 / Rules and Regulations airplanes. AD 2014–03–08 was prompted by a report that an investigation showed that when a certain combination of a target/ proximity sensor serial number is installed on a flap interconnecting strut, a ‘‘target FAR’’ signal cannot be detected when it reaches the mechanical end stop of the interconnecting strut. AD 2014–03–08 required an inspection to determine the part number of the interconnecting struts installed on the wings, identifying the part number and the serial number of the associated target and proximity sensor if applicable, and replacing or reidentifying the flap interconnecting strut if applicable. We issued AD 2014– 03–08 to detect and correct a latent failure of the flap down drive disconnection due to an already-failed interconnecting strut sensor, which could result in asymmetric flap panel movement and consequent loss of control of the airplane. Since we issued AD 2014–03–08, Amendment 39–17745 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014), we identified a typographical error that affects the definition of a serviceable interconnecting strut. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES 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. FAA’s Determination of the Effective Date This new AD merely corrects a typographical error that affects the definition of a serviceable interconnecting strut. The requirements of this AD are substantially similar to the requirements of superseded AD 2014–03–08, Amendment 39–17745, (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014). Therefore, we find that notice and opportunity for prior public comment are unnecessary and that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days. Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not precede it by notice and VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:55 Apr 28, 2014 Jkt 232001 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–2014–0233; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–053– AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this AD because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this AD. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 755 airplanes of U.S. registry. The actions that were required by AD 2014–03–08, Amendment 39–17745 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014), and are retained in this AD take about 8 workhours per product, at an average labor rate of $85 per work-hour. Required parts cost about $0 per product. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of the actions that were required by AD 2014–03–08 is $680 per product. In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would take about 10 work-hours and require parts costing $0, for a cost of $850 per product. We have no way of determining the number of aircraft that might need this action. The new requirements of this AD add no additional economic burden. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 23901 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 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing airworthiness directive (AD) 2014–03–08, Amendment 39–17745 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014), and adding the following new AD: ■ 2014–08–01 Airbus: Amendment 39–17825. Docket No. FAA–2014–0233; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–053–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD becomes effective May 14, 2014. (b) Affected ADs This AD supersedes AD 2014–03–08, Amendment 39–17745 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014). (c) Applicability This AD applies to all Airbus Model A318– 111, –112, –121, and –122 airplanes; Model A319–111, –112, –113, –114, –115, –131, –132, and –133 airplanes; Model A320–111, –211, –212, –214, –231, –232, and –233 airplanes; and Model A321–111, –112, –131, E:\FR\FM\29APR1.SGM 29APR1 23902 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 82 / Tuesday, April 29, 2014 / Rules and Regulations –211, –212, –213, –231, and –232 airplanes; certificated in any category; all manufacturer serial numbers. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 27, Flight controls. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by a report that an investigation showed that when a certain combination of a target/proximity sensor serial number is installed on a flap interconnecting strut, a ‘‘target FAR’’ signal cannot be detected when reaching the mechanical end stop of the interconnecting strut. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct a latent failure of the flap down drive disconnection due to an already-failed interconnecting strut sensor, which could result in asymmetric flap panel movement and consequent loss of control of the airplane. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Retained Inspection To Determine the Part Number of the Interconnecting Struts This paragraph restates the requirements of AD 2014–03–08, Amendment 39–17745 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014), with a corrected typographical error in paragraph (g)(2)(i) of this AD that affects the definition of a serviceable interconnecting strut. Within 8,000 flight hours after March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014 03–08), inspect to determine the part number of the interconnecting struts installed on both the left-hand (LH) and right-hand (RH) wings of the airplane, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320–27–1206, Revision 01, dated October 10, 2011. A review of the airplane maintenance records is acceptable for determining the part number of the installed interconnecting struts, in lieu of the inspection, if the part number of the installed interconnecting struts, and the part number and the serial number of the associated target and proximity sensor, can be conclusively determined from that review. (1) Airplanes on which Airbus Modification 27956 has been embodied in production, and on which no interconnecting strut has been replaced with a strut having a part number specified in figure 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD since the airplane’s first flight: No further work is required by paragraph (g) of this AD. (2) If, during the inspection required by the introductory text of paragraph (g) of this AD, any interconnecting strut is installed with a part number specified in figure 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD: Within 8,000 flight hours after March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014 03–08, Amendment 39–17745 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014)), determine the part number and the serial number of the associated target and proximity sensor. (i) For airplanes having conditions specified in paragraphs (g)(2)(i)(A), (g)(2)(i)(B), (g)(2)(i)(C), and (g)(2)(i)(D) of this AD: Before further flight, replace the interconnecting strut with a serviceable unit, VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:55 Apr 28, 2014 Jkt 232001 in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320– 27–1206, Revision 01, dated October 10, 2011. For the purposes of this AD, a serviceable interconnecting strut is a unit which has been determined to be in compliance with the requirements of this AD. (A) A target part number (P/N) ABS0121– 13 or P/N 8–536–01; and (B) A target serial number lower than 1600, or a target serial number that is unreadable; and (C) A proximity sensor having P/N ABS0121–31 or P/N 8–372–04; and (D) A proximity sensor having a serial number between C59198 and C59435, or a serial number (S/N) C500000 or higher. (ii) For a target having S/N 1600 or higher and target P/N ABS0121–13 or P/N 8–536– 01: Within 8,000 flight hours after March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014 03–08, Amendment 39–17745 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014), re-identify the interconnecting strut, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320–27–1206, Revision 01, dated October 10, 2011. FIGURE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (g) OF THIS AD—INTERCONNECTING STRUT PART NOS. Interconnecting strut part Nos. D5757030500000 D5757030500100 D5757030500200 D5757030500600 D5757030500800 D5757030501000 D5757030501200 D5757032200000 (h) Retained Parts Installation Prohibition This paragraph restates the requirements of AD 2014–03–08, Amendment 39–17745 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014). As of March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014 03–08), no person may install an interconnecting strut with a part number specified in figure 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD, on any airplane, except for parts identified in paragraph (g)(2)(ii) of this AD, provided that the actions in paragraph (g)(2)(ii) are done. (i) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD, if those actions were performed before March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014 03– 08, Amendment 39–17745 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014)), using Airbus Service Bulletin A320–27–1206, dated January 28, 2011, and if additional work has been accomplished using Airbus Service Bulletin A320–27–1206, Revision 01, dated October 10, 2011. Airbus Service Bulletin A320–27– 1206, dated January 28, 2011, 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, International PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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: Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1405; 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 or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority (or its delegated agent, or the DAH with a State of Design Authority’s design organization approval, as applicable). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service. (k) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) European Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness Directive 2012–0012, dated January 23, 2012, for related information. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2014–0233. (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference may be obtained at the addresses specified in paragraphs (l)(4) and (l)(5) 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. (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on March 26, 2014 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014). (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–27–1206, Revision 01, dated October 10, 2011. (ii) Reserved. (4) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus, Airworthiness Office—EAS, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email account.airworth-eas@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. (5) 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. E:\FR\FM\29APR1.SGM 29APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 82 / Tuesday, April 29, 2014 / Rules and Regulations (6) 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 April 7, 2014. John P. Piccola, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2014–09623 Filed 4–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0690; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–088–AD; Amendment 39–17835; AD 2014–08–11] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2009–24– 07 for certain the Boeing Company Model 737–600, –700, –700C, and –800 series airplanes. AD 2009–24–07 required repetitive lubrications of the right and left main landing gear (MLG) forward trunnion pins. AD 2009–24–07 also required an inspection for discrepancies of the transition radius of the MLG forward trunnion pins, and corrective actions if necessary. For certain airplanes, AD 2009–24–07 required repetitive detailed inspections for discrepancies (including finish damage, corrosion, pitting, and base metal scratches) of the transition radius of the left and right MLG trunnion pins, and corrective action if necessary. Replacing or overhauling the trunnion pins terminates the actions required by AD 2009–24–07. This new AD adds airplanes to the applicability of AD 2009–24–07. This AD was prompted by reports of corrosion protection damage to the forward trunnion pin on additional airplanes. We are issuing this AD to prevent stress corrosion cracking of the forward trunnion pins, which could result in fracture of the pins and consequent collapse of the MLG. DATES: This AD is effective June 3, 2014. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:55 Apr 28, 2014 Jkt 232001 of a certain publication listed in this AD as of June 3, 2014. ADDRESSES: 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. 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–2013– 0690; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (phone: 800–647–5527) is Docket 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 FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Marsh, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; phone: 425–917–6440; fax: 425–917–6590; email: nancy.marsh@ faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2009–24–07, Amendment 39–16095 (74 FR 62231, November 27, 2009). AD 2009–24–07 applied to certain The Boeing Company Model 737–600, –700, –700C, and –800 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on August 13, 2013 (78 FR 49229). The NPRM was prompted by reports of corrosion protection damage to the forward trunnion pin on additional airplanes. The NPRM proposed to continue to require repetitive lubrications of the right and left main landing gear (MLG) forward trunnion pins. The NPRM also proposed to continue to require an inspection for discrepancies of the transition radius of the MLG forward trunnion pins, and corrective actions if PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 23903 necessary. For certain airplanes, the NPRM proposed to continue to require repetitive detailed inspections for discrepancies (including finish damage, corrosion, pitting, and base metal scratches) of the transition radius of the left and right MLG trunnion pins, and corrective action if necessary. Replacing or overhauling the trunnion pins would terminate the actions required by AD 2009–24–07. The NPRM proposed to add airplanes to the applicability of AD 2009–24–07. We are issuing this AD to prevent stress corrosion cracking of the forward trunnion pins, which could result in fracture of the pins and consequent collapse of the MLG. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. The following presents the comments received on the proposal (78 FR 49229, August 13, 2013) and the FAA’s response to each comment. Concurrence With the NPRM (78 FR 49229, August 13, 2013) Boeing stated that it concurs with the content of the NPRM (78 FR 49229, August 13, 2013). Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) Winglet Comment Aviation Partners Boeing stated that the installation of winglets per STC ST00830SE (http://rgl.faa.gov/ Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/ rgstc.nsf/0/408E012E008616A786257 8880060456C?Open Document&Highlight=st00830se) does not affect the accomplishment of the manufacturer’s service instructions. We have redesignated paragraph (c) of the NPRM (78 FR 49229, August 13, 2013) as paragraph (c)(1) of this AD, and added paragraph (c)(2) to this AD to state that installation of STC ST00830SE (http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_ Guidance_Library/rgstc.nsf/0/ 408E012E008616A7862578880060456C? OpenDocument&Highlight=st00830se) does not affect the ability to accomplish the actions required by this AD. Therefore, for airplanes on which STC ST00830SE is installed, a ‘‘change in product’’ alternative method of compliance (AMOC) approval request is not necessary to comply with the requirements of 14 CFR 39.17. For all other AMOC requests, the operator must request approval of an AMOC in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (l) of this AD. Request for Clarification of Location of Trunnion Pins Delta asked for clarification of the term ‘‘trunnion pins’’ as specified in the E:\FR\FM\29APR1.SGM 29APR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2014-0233; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-053-AD; 
Amendment 39-17825; AD 2014-08-01]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014-03-08 for 
all Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. AD 2014-
03-08 required an inspection to determine the part number of the 
interconnecting struts installed on the wings, identifying the part 
number and the serial number of the associated target and proximity 
sensor if applicable, and replacing or re-identifying the flap 
interconnecting strut if applicable. This new AD corrects a 
typographical error that affects the definition of a serviceable 
interconnecting strut. This AD was prompted by a report that an 
investigation showed that when a certain combination of a target/
proximity sensor serial number is installed on a flap interconnecting 
strut, a ``target FAR'' signal cannot be detected when it reaches the 
mechanical end stop of the interconnecting strut. We are issuing this 
AD to detect and correct a latent failure of the flap down drive 
disconnection due to an already-failed interconnecting strut sensor, 
which could result in asymmetric flap panel movement and consequent 
loss of control of the airplane.

DATES: This AD becomes effective May 14, 2014.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of March 26, 
2014 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014).
    We must receive comments on this AD by June 13, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus, 
Airworthiness Office--EAS, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac 
Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; 
email account.airworth-eas@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. 
You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information 
on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2014-
0233; 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: Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone (425) 227-1405; 
fax (425) 227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    On January 22, 2014, we issued AD 2014-03-08, Amendment 39-17745 
(79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014). AD 2014-03-08 applied to all Airbus 
Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series

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airplanes. AD 2014-03-08 was prompted by a report that an investigation 
showed that when a certain combination of a target/proximity sensor 
serial number is installed on a flap interconnecting strut, a ``target 
FAR'' signal cannot be detected when it reaches the mechanical end stop 
of the interconnecting strut. AD 2014-03-08 required an inspection to 
determine the part number of the interconnecting struts installed on 
the wings, identifying the part number and the serial number of the 
associated target and proximity sensor if applicable, and replacing or 
re-identifying the flap interconnecting strut if applicable. We issued 
AD 2014-03-08 to detect and correct a latent failure of the flap down 
drive disconnection due to an already-failed interconnecting strut 
sensor, which could result in asymmetric flap panel movement and 
consequent loss of control of the airplane.
    Since we issued AD 2014-03-08, Amendment 39-17745 (79 FR 9398, 
February 19, 2014), we identified a typographical error that affects 
the definition of a serviceable interconnecting strut.

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.

FAA's Determination of the Effective Date

    This new AD merely corrects a typographical error that affects the 
definition of a serviceable interconnecting strut. The requirements of 
this AD are substantially similar to the requirements of superseded AD 
2014-03-08, Amendment 39-17745, (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014). 
Therefore, we find that notice and opportunity for prior public comment 
are unnecessary and that good cause exists for making this amendment 
effective in less than 30 days.

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety, and 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-2014-0233; Directorate 
Identifier 2014-NM-053-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. We 
specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, 
environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all 
comments received by the closing date and may amend this AD because of 
those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this AD.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 755 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    The actions that were required by AD 2014-03-08, Amendment 39-17745 
(79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014), and are retained in this AD take about 
8 work-hours per product, at an average labor rate of $85 per work-
hour. Required parts cost about $0 per product. Based on these figures, 
the estimated cost of the actions that were required by AD 2014-03-08 
is $680 per product.
    In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would 
take about 10 work-hours and require parts costing $0, for a cost of 
$850 per product. We have no way of determining the number of aircraft 
that might need this action.
    The new requirements of this AD add no additional economic burden.

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

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]

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2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by removing airworthiness directive (AD) 
2014-03-08, Amendment 39-17745 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014), and 
adding the following new AD:

2014-08-01 Airbus: Amendment 39-17825. Docket No. FAA-2014-0233; 
Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-053-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective May 14, 2014.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD supersedes AD 2014-03-08, Amendment 39-17745 (79 FR 
9398, February 19, 2014).

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to all Airbus Model A318-111, -112, -121, and -
122 airplanes; Model A319-111, -112, -113, -114, -115, -131, -132, 
and -133 airplanes; Model A320-111, -211, -212, -214, -231, -232, 
and -233 airplanes; and Model A321-111, -112, -131,

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-211, -212, -213, -231, and -232 airplanes; certificated in any 
category; all manufacturer serial numbers.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 27, Flight 
controls.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by a report that an investigation showed 
that when a certain combination of a target/proximity sensor serial 
number is installed on a flap interconnecting strut, a ``target 
FAR'' signal cannot be detected when reaching the mechanical end 
stop of the interconnecting strut. We are issuing this AD to detect 
and correct a latent failure of the flap down drive disconnection 
due to an already-failed interconnecting strut sensor, which could 
result in asymmetric flap panel movement and consequent loss of 
control of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Retained Inspection To Determine the Part Number of the 
Interconnecting Struts

    This paragraph restates the requirements of AD 2014-03-08, 
Amendment 39-17745 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014), with a corrected 
typographical error in paragraph (g)(2)(i) of this AD that affects 
the definition of a serviceable interconnecting strut. Within 8,000 
flight hours after March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014 03-
08), inspect to determine the part number of the interconnecting 
struts installed on both the left-hand (LH) and right-hand (RH) 
wings of the airplane, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320-27-1206, Revision 01, 
dated October 10, 2011. A review of the airplane maintenance records 
is acceptable for determining the part number of the installed 
interconnecting struts, in lieu of the inspection, if the part 
number of the installed interconnecting struts, and the part number 
and the serial number of the associated target and proximity sensor, 
can be conclusively determined from that review.
    (1) Airplanes on which Airbus Modification 27956 has been 
embodied in production, and on which no interconnecting strut has 
been replaced with a strut having a part number specified in figure 
1 to paragraph (g) of this AD since the airplane's first flight: No 
further work is required by paragraph (g) of this AD.
    (2) If, during the inspection required by the introductory text 
of paragraph (g) of this AD, any interconnecting strut is installed 
with a part number specified in figure 1 to paragraph (g) of this 
AD: Within 8,000 flight hours after March 26, 2014 (the effective 
date of AD 2014 03-08, Amendment 39-17745 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 
2014)), determine the part number and the serial number of the 
associated target and proximity sensor.
    (i) For airplanes having conditions specified in paragraphs 
(g)(2)(i)(A), (g)(2)(i)(B), (g)(2)(i)(C), and (g)(2)(i)(D) of this 
AD: Before further flight, replace the interconnecting strut with a 
serviceable unit, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions 
of Airbus Service Bulletin A320-27-1206, Revision 01, dated October 
10, 2011. For the purposes of this AD, a serviceable interconnecting 
strut is a unit which has been determined to be in compliance with 
the requirements of this AD.
    (A) A target part number (P/N) ABS0121-13 or P/N 8-536-01; and
    (B) A target serial number lower than 1600, or a target serial 
number that is unreadable; and
    (C) A proximity sensor having P/N ABS0121-31 or P/N 8-372-04; 
and
    (D) A proximity sensor having a serial number between C59198 and 
C59435, or a serial number (S/N) C500000 or higher.
    (ii) For a target having S/N 1600 or higher and target P/N 
ABS0121-13 or P/N 8-536-01: Within 8,000 flight hours after March 
26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014 03-08, Amendment 39-17745 
(79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014), re-identify the interconnecting 
strut, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus 
Service Bulletin A320-27-1206, Revision 01, dated October 10, 2011.

  Figure 1 to Paragraph (g) of This AD--Interconnecting Strut Part Nos.
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                     Interconnecting strut part Nos.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
                             D5757030500000
                             D5757030500100
                             D5757030500200
                             D5757030500600
                             D5757030500800
                             D5757030501000
                             D5757030501200
                             D5757032200000
------------------------------------------------------------------------

 (h) Retained Parts Installation Prohibition

    This paragraph restates the requirements of AD 2014-03-08, 
Amendment 39-17745 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014). As of March 26, 
2014 (the effective date of AD 2014 03-08), no person may install an 
interconnecting strut with a part number specified in figure 1 to 
paragraph (g) of this AD, on any airplane, except for parts 
identified in paragraph (g)(2)(ii) of this AD, provided that the 
actions in paragraph (g)(2)(ii) are done.

(i) Credit for Previous Actions

    This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by 
paragraph (g) of this AD, if those actions were performed before 
March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014 03-08, Amendment 39-
17745 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014)), using Airbus Service 
Bulletin A320-27-1206, dated January 28, 2011, and if additional 
work has been accomplished using Airbus Service Bulletin A320-27-
1206, Revision 01, dated October 10, 2011. Airbus Service Bulletin 
A320-27-1206, dated January 28, 2011, 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, 
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: Sanjay 
Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-
3356; telephone (425) 227-1405; fax (425) 227-1149. Information may 
be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any 
approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or 
lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight 
standards district office/certificate holding district office. The 
AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD.
    (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain 
corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these 
actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered 
FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority 
(or its delegated agent, or the DAH with a State of Design 
Authority's design organization approval, as applicable). You are 
required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to 
service.

(k) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) European Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness Directive 2012-
0012, dated January 23, 2012, for related information. You may 
examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2014-0233.
    (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not 
incorporated by reference may be obtained at the addresses specified 
in paragraphs (l)(4) and (l)(5) 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.
    (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on 
March 26, 2014 (79 FR 9398, February 19, 2014).
    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A320-27-1206, Revision 01, dated 
October 10, 2011.
    (ii) Reserved.
    (4) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus, Airworthiness Office--EAS, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 
31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 
61 93 44 51; email account.airworth-eas@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com.
    (5) 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.

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    (6) 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 April 7, 2014.
John P. Piccola,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-09623 Filed 4-28-14; 8:45 am]
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