Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 49449-49452 [2014-19363]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 162 / Thursday, August 21, 2014 / Rules and Regulations Aviation Safety Engineer, Regulations and Policy Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222–5110; email gary.b.roach@faa.gov. (2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating certificate or under 14 CFR part 91, subpart K, we suggest that you notify your principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office or certificate holding district office, before operating any aircraft complying with this AD through an AMOC. (3) Any AMOC approved previously in accordance with AD No. 2012–10–53, Amendment 39–17254 (77 FR 69558, November 20, 2012), is approved as an AMOC for the corresponding requirements in paragraph (f) of this AD. (h) Additional Information The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2012–0085R5, dated October 30, 2012. You may view the EASA AD on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2014–0034. (i) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6220, Main Rotor Head. (j) 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 the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin No. EC135–62A–029, Revision 7, dated October 22, 2012, excluding Figure 1. (ii) Reserved. (3) For Eurocopter service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus Helicopters, Inc., 2701 N. Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, Texas 75052; telephone (972) 641–0000 or (800) 232–0323; fax (972) 641– 3775; or at http://www.airbushelicopters .com/techpub. (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, Texas 76137. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (817) 222–5110. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call (202) 741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on August 8, 2014. Lance T. Gant, Acting Directorate Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2014–19525 Filed 8–20–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:53 Aug 20, 2014 Jkt 232001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0060; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–194–AD; Amendment 39–17943; AD 2014–16–19] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directives (AD) 2006–21– 08, AD 2007–14–01, AD 2008–25–02, AD 2010–04–09, AD 2011–01–02, and AD 2012–16–05, for certain Airbus Model A330 and A340 series airplanes. AD 2006–21–08, AD 2007–14–01, AD 2008–25–02, AD 2010–04–09, AD 2011– 01–02, and AD 2012–16–05 required revising the maintenance program or inspection program to incorporate certain maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations for fuel tank systems. This new AD requires a new maintenance or inspection program revision. This AD was prompted by a determination that more restrictive maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations are necessary. We are issuing this AD to prevent the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane. DATES: This AD becomes effective September 25, 2014. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of September 25, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www. regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA2014-0060; or in person at the 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. For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 49449 Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1138; fax 425–227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede the ADs listed below: • Airworthiness Directive AD 2006– 21–08, Amendment 39–14793 (71 FR 61639, October 19, 2006); • AD 2007–14–01, Amendment 39– 15123 (72 FR 38006, July 12, 2007); • AD 2008–25–02, Amendment 39– 15760 (73 FR 75307, December 11, 2008); • AD 2010–04–09, Amendment 39– 16202 (75 FR 7940, February 23, 2010; corrected March 3, 2010 (75 FR 9515)); • AD 2011–01–02, Amendment 39– 16555 (76 FR 432, January 5, 2011); and • AD 2012–16–05, Amendment 39– 17152 (77 FR 48425, August 14, 2012). Airworthiness Directives AD 2006– 21–08, AD 2007–14–01, AD 2008–25– 02, AD 2010–04–09, AD 2011–01–02, and AD 2012–16–05 applied to certain Airbus Model A330 and A340 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on February 27, 2014 (79 FR 11019). The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2012–0168, dated August 31, 2012 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition certain Airbus Model A330 and A340 series airplanes. The MCAI states: Prompted by an accident [involving a fuel tank system explosion in flight] * * * the FAA published Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 88 (66 FR 23086, May 7, 2001) and the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) published Interim Policy INT/POL/25/ 12. The design review conducted Airbus to develop Fuel Airworthiness Limitations (FAL) for Airbus on A330 and A340 aeroplanes in response to these regulations. The FAL* * * have been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)* * *ALS Part 5. Failure to comply with items as identified in Airbus A330 and A340 ALS Part 5 could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the aeroplane. To address this condition, EASA issued: E:\FR\FM\21AUR1.SGM 21AUR1 49450 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 162 / Thursday, August 21, 2014 / Rules and Regulations EASA AD 2007–0023, dated January 25, 2007 [http://ad.easa.europa.eu/ad/20070023], which corresponds to FAA AD 2007– 14–01, Amendment 39–15123 (72 FR 38006, July 12, 2007) to require compliance with FAL* * * (comprising maintenance/ inspection tasks and Critical Design Configuration Control Limitations (CDCCL)) for A330 aeroplanes, and EASA AD 2006–0205, dated July 11, 2006 [http://ad.easa.europa.eu/ad/2006-0205], which also corresponds to FAA AD 2007–14– 01, Amendment 39–15123 (72 FR 38006, July 12, 2007) to require compliance with FAL * * * (comprising maintenance/inspection tasks and Critical Design Configuration Control Limitations (CDCCL)) for Airbus A340 aeroplanes. All other EASA ADs * * * required accomplishment of aeroplane modifications related to Fuel Tank Safety items, the requirements and compliance times of which are now integrated into ALS Part 5. For the reasons described above this [EASA] AD * * * requires the implementation of the new or more restrictive maintenance requirements and/or airworthiness limitations as specified in the revision 00 of Airbus A340 ALS Part 5. The unsafe condition is the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks. Such ignition sources, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/# !documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-00600002. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM (79 FR 11019, February 27, 2014) or on the determination of the cost to the public. Explanation of Change Made to This AD We have revised paragraph (i) of this AD by removing a reference to a paragraph that was not needed. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES ‘‘Contacting the Manufacturer’’ Paragraph in This AD Since late 2006, we have included a standard paragraph titled ‘‘Airworthy Product’’ in all MCAI ADs in which the FAA develops an AD based on a foreign authority’s AD. We have become aware that some operators have misunderstood or misinterpreted the Airworthy Product paragraph to allow the owner/operator to use messages provided by the manufacturer as approval of deviations during the accomplishment of an ADmandated action. The Airworthy Product paragraph does not approve messages or other information provided by the manufacturer for deviations to VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:53 Aug 20, 2014 Jkt 232001 the requirements of the AD-mandated actions. The Airworthy Product paragraph only addresses the requirement to contact the manufacturer for corrective actions for the identified unsafe condition and does not cover deviations from other AD requirements. However, deviations to AD-required actions are addressed in 14 CFR 39.17, and anyone may request the approval for an alternative method of compliance to the AD-required actions using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. To address this misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the Airworthy Product paragraph, we have changed the paragraph and retitled it ‘‘Contacting the Manufacturer.’’ This paragraph now clarifies that for any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the actions must be accomplished using a method approved by the FAA, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), or Airbus’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). The Contacting the Manufacturer paragraph also clarifies that, if approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. The DOA signature indicates that the data and information contained in the document are EASA-approved, which is also FAAapproved. Messages and other information provided by the manufacturer that do not contain the DOA-authorized signature approval are not EASA-approved, unless EASA directly approves the manufacturer’s message or other information. This clarification does not remove flexibility previously afforded by the Airworthy Product paragraph. Consistent with long-standing FAA policy, such flexibility was never intended for required actions. This is also consistent with the recommendation of the Airworthiness Directive Implementation Aviation Rulemaking Committee to increase flexibility in complying with ADs by identifying those actions in manufacturers’ service instructions that are ‘‘Required for Compliance’’ with ADs. We continue to work with manufacturers to implement this recommendation. But once we determine that an action is required, any deviation from the requirement must be approved as an alternative method of compliance. We also have decided not to include a generic reference to either the ‘‘delegated agent’’ or ‘‘design approval holder (DAH) with State of Design Authority design organization approval,’’ but instead we have provided the specific delegation approval granted by the State of Design PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Authority for the DAH throughout this AD. Conclusion We reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD with the changes described previously and minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes: • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM (79 FR 11019, February 27, 2014) for correcting the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM (79 FR 11019, February 27, 2014). We also determined that these changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this AD. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 80 airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 1 work-hour per product to comply with the new basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts will cost $0 per product. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $6,800, or $85 per product. 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 E:\FR\FM\21AUR1.SGM 21AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 162 / Thursday, August 21, 2014 / Rules and Regulations 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. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations. gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2014-0060; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. 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: 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by: a. Removing Airworthiness Directives (AD) AD 2006–21–08, Amendment 39– 14793 (71 FR 61639, October 19, 2006); AD 2007–14–01, Amendment 39–15123 (72 FR 38006, July 12, 2007); AD 2008– 25–02, Amendment 39–15760 (73 FR 75307, December 11, 2008); AD 2010– 04–09, Amendment 39–16202 (75 FR 7940, February 23, 2010; corrected March 3, 2010 (75 FR 9515)); AD 2011– 01–02, Amendment 39–16555 (76 FR 432, January 5, 2011); AD 2012–16–05, and Amendment 39–17152 (77 FR 48425, August 14, 2012); and ■ b. Adding the following new AD: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES ■ ■ 2014–16–19 Airbus: Amendment 39–17943. Docket No. FAA–2014–0060; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–194–AD. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:53 Aug 20, 2014 Jkt 232001 This AD becomes effective September 25, 2014. (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces the ADs specified in paragraphs (b)(1) through (b)(6) of this AD. (1) AD 2006–21–08, Amendment 39–14793 (71 FR 61639, October 19, 2006). (2) AD 2007–14–01, Amendment 39–15123 (72 FR 38006, July 12, 2007). (3) AD 2008–25–02, Amendment 39–15760 (73 FR 75307, December 11, 2008). (4) AD 2010–04–09, Amendment 39–16202 (75 FR 7940, February 23, 2010; corrected March 3, 2010 (75 FR 9515)). (5) AD 2011–01–02, Amendment 39–16555 (76 FR 432, January 5, 2011). (6) AD 2012–16–05, Amendment 39–17152 (77 FR 48425, August 14, 2012). (c) Applicability This AD applies to Airbus Model A330– 201, –202, –203, –223, –243, –223F, –243F, –301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes, certificated in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 05, Time Limits/Maintenance Checks. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by a determination that more restrictive maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations are necessary. We are issuing this AD to prevent the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES § 39.13 (a) Effective Date (g) Maintenance Program Revision and Airworthiness Limitations Compliance (1) Within 3 months after the effective date of this AD, revise the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, by incorporating Airbus A330 Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) Part 5—Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, dated November 16, 2011. (2) Comply with all applicable instructions and airworthiness limitations included in Airbus A330 ALS Part 5—Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, dated November 16, 2011. The initial compliance times for the actions specified in Airbus A330 ALS Part 5—Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, dated November 16, 2011, are at the later of the times specified in paragraphs (g)(2)(i) and (g)(2)(ii) of this AD, except as required by paragraphs (h) and (i) of this AD. (i) Within the applicable compliance times specified in Airbus A330 ALS Part 5—Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, dated November 16, 2011. (ii) Within 3 months after accomplishing the actions required by paragraph (g)(1) of this AD. PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 49451 (h) Exceptions to Compliance Times for Design Changes (1) For type design changes specified in ‘‘Sub-part 5–2 Changes to Type Design,’’ of Airbus A330 ALS Part 5—Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, dated November 16, 2011, the compliance times are defined as ‘‘Embodiment Limits,’’ except as defined in paragraph (h)(2) of this AD. (2) Where Airbus A330 ALS Part 5—Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, dated November 16, 2011, specifies a compliance time based on a calendar date for modifying the control circuit for the fuel pump of the center fuel tank (installing ground fault interrupters to the center tank fuel pump control circuit), the compliance date is September 18, 2016 (48 months after the effective date of AD 2012–16–05, Amendment 39–17152 (77 FR 48425, August 14, 2012)). (i) No Alternative Actions, Intervals, or Critical Design Configuration Control Limitations (CDCCLs) After accomplishing the revision required by paragraph (g) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections), intervals, or CDCCLs may be used; except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD; or unless the actions, intervals, or CDCCLs are approved as an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (j)(1) of 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: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1138; fax 425–227–1149. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116AMOC-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) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM– 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Airbus’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (k) Related Information Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) European E:\FR\FM\21AUR1.SGM 21AUR1 49452 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 162 / Thursday, August 21, 2014 / Rules and Regulations Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness Directive 2012–0168, dated August 31, 2012; for related information. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!document Detail;D=FAA-2014-0060-0002. (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) Airbus A330 Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) Part 5—Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, dated November 16, 2011. The cover page of this document is undated and identified as Revision 00. (ii) Reserved. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. (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 August 4, 2014. Jeffrey E. Duven, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2014–19363 Filed 8–20–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION 36 CFR Part 1253 [FDMS No. NARA–14–0001; Agency No. NARA–2014–049] RIN 3095–AB82 Location of NARA Facilities and Hours of Use National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). ACTION: Direct final rule. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES AGENCY: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is changing its list of facilities to include the new George W. Bush Presidential Library and to update addresses and contact numbers for records centers and SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:53 Aug 20, 2014 Jkt 232001 archival research rooms outside of the Washington, DC area. DATES: This rule is effective September 22, 2014, without further action, unless NARA receives adverse comments by September 10, 2014. If NARA receives an adverse comment, it will publish a timely withdrawal of the rule in the Federal Register. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN 3095–AB82, by any of the following methods: D Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. D Email: regulation_comments @nara.gov. D Mail: (For paper, disk, or CD–ROM submissions) Regulations Comments Desk, Strategy Division (SP); Suite 4100; National and Archives Records Administration; 8601 Adelphi Road; College Park, MD 20740–6001. D Hand delivery or courier: Deliver comments to 8601 Adelphi Road; College Park, MD. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and Regulatory Information Number (RIN) for this rulemaking (RIN 3095–AB82). All comments received may be published without changes, including any personal information provided. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information or questions on this regulatory action, contact Carl Rauscher by telephone at 301–837–0320, by email at regulation_comments@nara.gov, or by mail to Carl Rauscher, Strategy Division (SP), Suite 4100; National Archives and Records Administration; 8601 Adelphi Road; College Park, MD 20740–6001. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NARA is updating addresses and contact information for Presidential libraries, records centers, and archival research facilities outside of the Washington, DC area to reflect a newly-opened Presidential library, an agency-wide reorganization, and facility changes. The proposed changes reflect current contact information and include Web site addresses for additional information. These changes will affect all customers who do business with NARA. This rule is effective upon publication for good cause as permitted by the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3)). NARA believes that a public comment period is unnecessary as this rule makes only minor changes to the list of current NARA’s facilities and their contact information. This rule also does not have any Federalism implications. This direct final rule is not a significant regulatory action for the purposes of E.O. 12866 and has been reviewed by the Office of Management PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 and Budget (OMB). The rule is also not a major rule as defined in 5 U.S.C. Chapter 8, Congressional Review of Agency Rulemaking. As required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act, we certify that this rule will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities because it makes updates only to the list of current NARA facilities and their contact information. List of Subjects in 36 CFR Part 1253 Archives and records, Federal buildings and facilities, Presidential records. For the reasons stated in the preamble, NARA amends Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 1253, as follows: PART 1253—LOCATION OF NARA FACILITIES AND HOURS OF USE 1. The authority citation for part 1253 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 44 U.S.C. 2104(a). § 1253.3 ■ [Amended] 2. Revise § 1253.3 to read as follows: § 1253.3 Presidential Libraries. Hours for the Presidential libraries’ research rooms are posted at http:// www.archives.gov. The Presidential library museums are open every day except Thanksgiving, December 25, and January 1. For more specific information about museum hours, please contact the libraries directly or visit the NARA Web site at http://www.archives.gov. Contact information for each library is as follows: (a) Herbert Hoover Library is located at 210 Parkside Drive, West Branch, IA 52358 (mailing address: P.O. 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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 162 (Thursday, August 21, 2014)]
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[FR Doc No: 2014-19363]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2014-0060; Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-194-AD; 
Amendment 39-17943; AD 2014-16-19]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directives (AD) 2006-21-08, 
AD 2007-14-01, AD 2008-25-02, AD 2010-04-09, AD 2011-01-02, and AD 
2012-16-05, for certain Airbus Model A330 and A340 series airplanes. AD 
2006-21-08, AD 2007-14-01, AD 2008-25-02, AD 2010-04-09, AD 2011-01-02, 
and AD 2012-16-05 required revising the maintenance program or 
inspection program to incorporate certain maintenance requirements and 
airworthiness limitations for fuel tank systems. This new AD requires a 
new maintenance or inspection program revision. This AD was prompted by 
a determination that more restrictive maintenance requirements and 
airworthiness limitations are necessary. We are issuing this AD to 
prevent the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in 
combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank 
explosions and consequent loss of the airplane.

DATES: This AD becomes effective September 25, 2014.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of September 
25, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2014-0060; or in person at the 
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.
    For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus SAS, 
Airworthiness Office--EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac 
Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; 
email airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-1138; 
fax 425-227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 to supersede the ADs listed below:
     Airworthiness Directive AD 2006-21-08, Amendment 39-14793 
(71 FR 61639, October 19, 2006);
     AD 2007-14-01, Amendment 39-15123 (72 FR 38006, July 12, 
2007);
     AD 2008-25-02, Amendment 39-15760 (73 FR 75307, December 
11, 2008);
     AD 2010-04-09, Amendment 39-16202 (75 FR 7940, February 
23, 2010; corrected March 3, 2010 (75 FR 9515));
     AD 2011-01-02, Amendment 39-16555 (76 FR 432, January 5, 
2011); and
     AD 2012-16-05, Amendment 39-17152 (77 FR 48425, August 14, 
2012).
    Airworthiness Directives AD 2006-21-08, AD 2007-14-01, AD 2008-25-
02, AD 2010-04-09, AD 2011-01-02, and AD 2012-16-05 applied to certain 
Airbus Model A330 and A340 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the 
Federal Register on February 27, 2014 (79 FR 11019).
    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA 
Airworthiness Directive 2012-0168, dated August 31, 2012 (referred to 
after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or 
``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition certain Airbus Model A330 
and A340 series airplanes. The MCAI states:

    Prompted by an accident [involving a fuel tank system explosion 
in flight] * * * the FAA published Special Federal Aviation 
Regulation (SFAR) 88 (66 FR 23086, May 7, 2001) and the Joint 
Aviation Authorities (JAA) published Interim Policy INT/POL/25/12. 
The design review conducted Airbus to develop Fuel Airworthiness 
Limitations (FAL) for Airbus on A330 and A340 aeroplanes in response 
to these regulations.
    The FAL* * * have been approved by the European Aviation Safety 
Agency (EASA)* * *ALS Part 5.
    Failure to comply with items as identified in Airbus A330 and 
A340 ALS Part 5 could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent 
loss of the aeroplane.
    To address this condition, EASA issued:

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    EASA AD 2007-0023, dated January 25, 2007 [http://ad.easa.europa.eu/ad/2007-0023], which corresponds to FAA AD 2007-
14-01, Amendment 39-15123 (72 FR 38006, July 12, 2007) to require 
compliance with FAL* * * (comprising maintenance/inspection tasks 
and Critical Design Configuration Control Limitations (CDCCL)) for 
A330 aeroplanes, and
    EASA AD 2006-0205, dated July 11, 2006 [http://ad.easa.europa.eu/ad/2006-0205], which also corresponds to FAA AD 
2007-14-01, Amendment 39-15123 (72 FR 38006, July 12, 2007) to 
require compliance with FAL * * * (comprising maintenance/inspection 
tasks and Critical Design Configuration Control Limitations (CDCCL)) 
for Airbus A340 aeroplanes.
    All other EASA ADs * * * required accomplishment of aeroplane 
modifications related to Fuel Tank Safety items, the requirements 
and compliance times of which are now integrated into ALS Part 5.
    For the reasons described above this [EASA] AD * * * requires 
the implementation of the new or more restrictive maintenance 
requirements and/or airworthiness limitations as specified in the 
revision 00 of Airbus A340 ALS Part 5.

The unsafe condition is the potential of ignition sources inside fuel 
tanks. Such ignition sources, in combination with flammable fuel 
vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the 
airplane. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at 
http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0060-0002.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM (79 FR 11019, February 27, 
2014) or on the determination of the cost to the public.

Explanation of Change Made to This AD

    We have revised paragraph (i) of this AD by removing a reference to 
a paragraph that was not needed.

``Contacting the Manufacturer'' Paragraph in This AD

    Since late 2006, we have included a standard paragraph titled 
``Airworthy Product'' in all MCAI ADs in which the FAA develops an AD 
based on a foreign authority's AD.
    We have become aware that some operators have misunderstood or 
misinterpreted the Airworthy Product paragraph to allow the owner/
operator to use messages provided by the manufacturer as approval of 
deviations during the accomplishment of an AD-mandated action. The 
Airworthy Product paragraph does not approve messages or other 
information provided by the manufacturer for deviations to the 
requirements of the AD-mandated actions. The Airworthy Product 
paragraph only addresses the requirement to contact the manufacturer 
for corrective actions for the identified unsafe condition and does not 
cover deviations from other AD requirements. However, deviations to AD-
required actions are addressed in 14 CFR 39.17, and anyone may request 
the approval for an alternative method of compliance to the AD-required 
actions using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19.
    To address this misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the 
Airworthy Product paragraph, we have changed the paragraph and retitled 
it ``Contacting the Manufacturer.'' This paragraph now clarifies that 
for any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a 
manufacturer, the actions must be accomplished using a method approved 
by the FAA, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), or Airbus's 
EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA).
    The Contacting the Manufacturer paragraph also clarifies that, if 
approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized 
signature. The DOA signature indicates that the data and information 
contained in the document are EASA-approved, which is also FAA-
approved. Messages and other information provided by the manufacturer 
that do not contain the DOA-authorized signature approval are not EASA-
approved, unless EASA directly approves the manufacturer's message or 
other information.
    This clarification does not remove flexibility previously afforded 
by the Airworthy Product paragraph. Consistent with long-standing FAA 
policy, such flexibility was never intended for required actions. This 
is also consistent with the recommendation of the Airworthiness 
Directive Implementation Aviation Rulemaking Committee to increase 
flexibility in complying with ADs by identifying those actions in 
manufacturers' service instructions that are ``Required for 
Compliance'' with ADs. We continue to work with manufacturers to 
implement this recommendation. But once we determine that an action is 
required, any deviation from the requirement must be approved as an 
alternative method of compliance.
    We also have decided not to include a generic reference to either 
the ``delegated agent'' or ``design approval holder (DAH) with State of 
Design Authority design organization approval,'' but instead we have 
provided the specific delegation approval granted by the State of 
Design Authority for the DAH throughout this AD.

Conclusion

    We reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and 
the public interest require adopting this AD with the changes described 
previously and minor editorial changes. We have determined that these 
minor changes:
     Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the 
NPRM (79 FR 11019, February 27, 2014) for correcting the unsafe 
condition; and
     Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was 
already proposed in the NPRM (79 FR 11019, February 27, 2014).
    We also determined that these changes will not increase the 
economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this AD.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 80 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    We also estimate that it will take about 1 work-hour per product to 
comply with the new basic requirements of this AD. The average labor 
rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts will cost $0 per product. 
Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. 
operators to be $6,800, or $85 per product.

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

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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.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2014-0060; or in person at the 
Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the 
regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. 
The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone 800-647-
5527) is in the ADDRESSES section.

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:
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a. Removing Airworthiness Directives (AD) AD 2006-21-08, Amendment 39-
14793 (71 FR 61639, October 19, 2006); AD 2007-14-01, Amendment 39-
15123 (72 FR 38006, July 12, 2007); AD 2008-25-02, Amendment 39-15760 
(73 FR 75307, December 11, 2008); AD 2010-04-09, Amendment 39-16202 (75 
FR 7940, February 23, 2010; corrected March 3, 2010 (75 FR 9515)); AD 
2011-01-02, Amendment 39-16555 (76 FR 432, January 5, 2011); AD 2012-
16-05, and Amendment 39-17152 (77 FR 48425, August 14, 2012); and
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b. Adding the following new AD:

2014-16-19 Airbus: Amendment 39-17943. Docket No. FAA-2014-0060; 
Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-194-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective September 25, 2014.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces the ADs specified in paragraphs (b)(1) through 
(b)(6) of this AD.
    (1) AD 2006-21-08, Amendment 39-14793 (71 FR 61639, October 19, 
2006).
    (2) AD 2007-14-01, Amendment 39-15123 (72 FR 38006, July 12, 
2007).
    (3) AD 2008-25-02, Amendment 39-15760 (73 FR 75307, December 11, 
2008).
    (4) AD 2010-04-09, Amendment 39-16202 (75 FR 7940, February 23, 
2010; corrected March 3, 2010 (75 FR 9515)).
    (5) AD 2011-01-02, Amendment 39-16555 (76 FR 432, January 5, 
2011).
    (6) AD 2012-16-05, Amendment 39-17152 (77 FR 48425, August 14, 
2012).

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Airbus Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, -
243, -223F, -243F, -301, -302, -303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -342, 
and -343 airplanes, certificated in any category, all manufacturer 
serial numbers.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 05, Time Limits/
Maintenance Checks.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by a determination that more restrictive 
maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations are 
necessary. We are issuing this AD to prevent the potential of 
ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with 
flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and 
consequent loss of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Maintenance Program Revision and Airworthiness Limitations 
Compliance

    (1) Within 3 months after the effective date of this AD, revise 
the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, by 
incorporating Airbus A330 Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) 
Part 5--Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, dated November 16, 2011.
    (2) Comply with all applicable instructions and airworthiness 
limitations included in Airbus A330 ALS Part 5--Fuel Airworthiness 
Limitations, dated November 16, 2011. The initial compliance times 
for the actions specified in Airbus A330 ALS Part 5--Fuel 
Airworthiness Limitations, dated November 16, 2011, are at the later 
of the times specified in paragraphs (g)(2)(i) and (g)(2)(ii) of 
this AD, except as required by paragraphs (h) and (i) of this AD.
    (i) Within the applicable compliance times specified in Airbus 
A330 ALS Part 5--Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, dated November 16, 
2011.
    (ii) Within 3 months after accomplishing the actions required by 
paragraph (g)(1) of this AD.

(h) Exceptions to Compliance Times for Design Changes

    (1) For type design changes specified in ``Sub-part 5-2 Changes 
to Type Design,'' of Airbus A330 ALS Part 5--Fuel Airworthiness 
Limitations, dated November 16, 2011, the compliance times are 
defined as ``Embodiment Limits,'' except as defined in paragraph 
(h)(2) of this AD.
    (2) Where Airbus A330 ALS Part 5--Fuel Airworthiness 
Limitations, dated November 16, 2011, specifies a compliance time 
based on a calendar date for modifying the control circuit for the 
fuel pump of the center fuel tank (installing ground fault 
interrupters to the center tank fuel pump control circuit), the 
compliance date is September 18, 2016 (48 months after the effective 
date of AD 2012-16-05, Amendment 39-17152 (77 FR 48425, August 14, 
2012)).

(i) No Alternative Actions, Intervals, or Critical Design Configuration 
Control Limitations (CDCCLs)

    After accomplishing the revision required by paragraph (g) of 
this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections), intervals, or 
CDCCLs may be used; except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD; 
or unless the actions, intervals, or CDCCLs are approved as an 
alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the 
procedures specified in paragraph (j)(1) of 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: Vladimir 
Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, 
WA 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-1138; fax 425-227-1149. Information 
may be emailed to: 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) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD 
to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be 
accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International 
Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the 
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Airbus's EASA Design 
Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval 
must include the DOA-authorized signature.

(k) Related Information

    Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) 
European

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Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness Directive 2012-0168, dated 
August 31, 2012; for related information. You may examine the MCAI 
in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0060-0002.

(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) Airbus A330 Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) Part 5--
Fuel Airworthiness Limitations, dated November 16, 2011. The cover 
page of this document is undated and identified as Revision 00.
    (ii) Reserved.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office--EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice 
Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; 
fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; 
Internet http://www.airbus.com.
    (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 August 4, 2014.
Jeffrey E. Duven,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-19363 Filed 8-20-14; 8:45 am]
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