Airworthiness Directives; APEX Aircraft Airplanes, 54577-54579 [2014-21270]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 177 / Friday, September 12, 2014 / Rules and Regulations establish a standard for resistance to potential tire debris impacts to the contiguous wing surfaces and require consideration of possible secondary effects of a tire impact, such as the induced pressure wave that was a factor in the Concorde accident. It takes into account that new construction methods and materials will not necessarily yield debris resistance that has historically been shown as adequate. The standard in these special conditions is based on the defined tire impact areas and tire fragment characteristics. In addition, despite practical design considerations, some uncommon debris larger than that defined in paragraph 2 may cause a fuel leak within the defined area, so paragraph 3 of these special conditions also takes into consideration possible leakage paths. Fuel tank surfaces of typical transport airplanes have thick aluminum construction in the tire debris impact areas that is tolerant to tire debris larger than that defined in paragraph 2 of these special conditions. Consideration of leaks caused by larger tire fragments is needed to ensure that an adequate level of safety is provided. Discussion of Comments Notice of proposed special conditions No. 25–14–03–SC for the Bombardier Aerospace CSeries airplanes was published in the Federal Register on June 3, 2014, (79 FR 31886). No comments were received, and the special conditions are adopted as proposed. Applicability As discussed above, these special conditions are applicable to the BD– 500–1A10 and BD–500–1A11 series airplanes. Should Bombardier Aerospace apply at a later date for a change to the type certificate to include another model on the same type certificate incorporating the same novel or unusual design feature, these special conditions would apply to that model as well. Conclusion mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES This action affects only certain novel or unusual design features on one model series of airplanes. It is not a rule of general applicability. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 25 The authority citation for these special conditions is as follows: Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701, 44702, 44704. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:18 Sep 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 The Special Conditions DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the following special conditions are issued as part of the type certification basis for Bombardier Aerospace Models BD–500–1A10 and BD–500–1A11 series airplanes. Federal Aviation Administration Tire Debris Impacts to Fuel Tanks 1. Impacts by tire debris to any fuel tank or fuel system component located within 30 degrees to either side of wheel rotational planes may not result in penetration or otherwise induce fuel tank deformation, rupture (for example, through propagation of pressure waves), or cracking sufficient to allow a hazardous fuel leak. A hazardous fuel leak results if debris impact to a fuel tank surface causes a— a. Running leak, b. Dripping leak, or c. Leak that, 15 minutes after wiping dry, results in a wetted airplane surface exceeding 6 inches in length or diameter. The leak must be evaluated under maximum fuel head pressure. 2. Compliance with paragraph 1 must be shown by analysis or tests assuming all of the following: a. The tire debris fragment size is 1 percent of the tire mass. b. The tire debris fragment is propelled at a tangential speed that could be attained by a tire tread at the airplane flight manual airplane rotational speed (VR at maximum gross weight). c. The tire debris fragment load is distributed over an area on the fuel tank surface equal to 11⁄2 percent of the total tire tread area. 3. Fuel leaks caused by impact from tire debris larger than that specified in paragraph 2, from any portion of a fuel tank or fuel system component located within the tire debris impact area defined in paragraph 1, may not result in hazardous quantities of fuel entering any of the following areas of the airplane: a. Engine inlet, b. Auxiliary power unit inlet, or c. Cabin air inlet. This must be shown by test or analysis, or a combination of both, for each approved engine forward thrust condition and each approved reverse thrust condition. RIN 2120–AA64 ■ Issued in Renton, Washington, on September 3, 2014. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. Aircraft, Aviation safety, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. 54577 [FR Doc. 2014–21786 Filed 9–11–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0647; Directorate Identifier 2014–CE–027–AD; Amendment 39–17967; AD 2014–18–03] Airworthiness Directives; APEX Aircraft Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for APEX Aircraft Model R 3000/160 airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as small pieces of paint from the engine air intake box blocking the engine carburetor. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. SUMMARY: This AD is effective October 17, 2014. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of October 17, 2014. We must receive comments on this AD by October 27, 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 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this AD, contact CEAPR, Bureau de ´ Navigabilite, 1 route de Troyes, 21121 DAROIS—France, telephone: (33) 380 35 25 22; fax: (33) 380 35 25 25; email: www.info@ceapr.com; internet: http:// ceapr.com/. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 DATES: E:\FR\FM\12SER1.SGM 12SER1 54578 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 177 / Friday, September 12, 2014 / Rules and Regulations Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329– 4148. 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– 0647; 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 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: Sarjapur Nagarajan, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329– 4145; fax: (816) 329–4090; email: sarjapur.nagarajan@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES Discussion The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued MCAI EASA AD No. 2014–0155, dated July 2, 2014 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: An accident occurred on a DR 400 aeroplane during take-off phase. Technical investigations showed paint adherence defects inside the engine air intake box, Part Number 56.15.01.000. It was determined that the engine carburettor had been blocked by small pieces of paint from the engine air intake box, so that the engine could not deliver its maximum power and the performance of the aeroplane, notably during take-off, had been significantly degraded. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to an engine failure, possibly resulting in loss of control of the aeroplane. To initially address this issue, DGAC France published AD 1999–053 (later revised) to require inspection of the engine air intake box. After that AD was issued, cohesion defects were found inside the laminated air ducting from engine filter to engine air intake box. Prompted by these findings, DGAC France issued AD 1999–470 to require inspection of the engine laminated air ducting. Since DGAC France AD 1999–053 R1 and AD 1999–470 were issued, several engine failures and malfunctions have occurred due to the same root causes. Consequently, CEAPR issued SB N° 161 Revision 3 to provide more detailed inspection and replacement instructions. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:18 Sep 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 For the reasons described above, this AD retains the requirements of DGAC France AD 1999–053 R1 and AD 1999–470, which are superseded, and requires repetitive inspections and, depending on findings, replacement of the engine air intake box and engine air ducting in accordance with the revised instructions. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2014–0647. Relevant Service Information CEAPR has issued Mandatory Service Bulletin Number 161R3, dated September 6, 2012. The actions described in this service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of the 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 this State of Design Authority, they have notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all information provided by the State of Design Authority 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 An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because there are no airplanes currently on the U.S. registry and thus, does not have any impact upon the public. Therefore, we find that notice and opportunity for prior public comment are unnecessary. 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–2014–0647; Directorate Identifier 2014–CE–027– 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 PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 will affect 0 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 1 work-hour per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the AD on U.S. operators to be $0, or $0 per product. In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would take about 1 work-hour and require parts costing $2,970, for a cost of $3,055 per product. We have no way of determining the number of products that may need these actions. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,’’ describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in ‘‘Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This 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, E:\FR\FM\12SER1.SGM 12SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 177 / Friday, September 12, 2014 / Rules and Regulations (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 adding the following new AD: ■ 2014–18–03 APEX Aircraft: Amendment 39–17967; Docket No. FAA–2014–0647; Directorate Identifier 2014–CE–027–AD. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective October 17, 2014. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to APEX Aircraft Models R 3000/160 airplanes, all serial numbers, certificated in any category. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES (d) Subject Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 73: Engine Fuel & Control. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as paint adherence defects inside the engine air intake box leading to small pieces of paint from the engine air intake box blocking the engine carburetor. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct paint adherence defects inside the engine air intake box leading to small pieces of paint from the engine air intake box blocking the engine carburetor. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to an engine failure, possibly resulting in loss of control. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:18 Sep 11, 2014 Jkt 232001 54579 (f) Actions and Compliance Unless already done, do the following actions, as specified in paragraphs (f)(1) through (f)(4) of this AD: (1) Within 110 hours time-in-service (TIS) after October 17, 2014 (the effective date of this AD) and repetitively thereafter at intervals not to exceed 110 hours TIS, accomplish a visual and tactile inspection of the engine air intake box (including the deflection flap) and the engine air ducting (including the area located downstream of the filter) following the Accomplishment Instructions section of CEAPR Mandatory Service Bulletin Number 161R3, dated September 6, 2012. (2) If any paint damage such as bubbling, blistering, peeled off areas or paint detachment is found during any inspection required by paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, before further flight, replace each damaged part with an airworthy part following the Accomplishment Instructions section of CEAPR Mandatory Service Bulletin Number 161R3, dated September 6, 2012. (3) Replacement of damaged parts on an airplane, as required by paragraph (f)(2) of this AD, does not constitute terminating action for the repetitive inspections required by paragraph (f)(1) of this AD for that airplane. (4) As of October 17, 2014 (the effective date of this AD), do not install on any airplane a painted engine air intake box or repaired engine air ducting. (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) CEAPR Mandatory Service Bulletin Number 161R3, dated September 6, 2012. Note 1 to paragraph (i)(2)(i) of this AD: The service bulletin contains French to English translation. EASA used the English translation in referencing the document from CEAPR. For enforceability purposes, we will cite references to the CEAPR service information as it appears on the document. (ii) Reserved. (3) For CEAPR service information identified in this AD, contact CEAPR, Bureau ´ de Navigabilite, 1 route de Troyes, 21121 DAROIS–France, telephone: (33) 380 35 25 22; fax: (33) 380 35 25 25; email: www.info@ ceapr.com; internet: http://ceapr.com/. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. (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. (g) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Sarjapur Nagarajan, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4145; fax: (816) 329–4090; email: sarjapur.nagarajan@ faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO. (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority (or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 29, 2014. Earl Lawrence, Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. (h) Related Information Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2014–0155, dated July 2, 2014, for related information. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2014–0647. (i) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 [FR Doc. 2014–21270 Filed 9–11–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0088; Directorate Identifier 2011–NM–233–AD; Amendment 39–17703; AD 2013–25–07] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2007–18– 09 for all Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. AD 2007–18–09 required repetitive inspections of the upper support of the nose landing gear (NLG), and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary; and also provided an optional terminating action for the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\12SER1.SGM 12SER1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 177 (Friday, September 12, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 54577-54579]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-21270]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2014-0647; Directorate Identifier 2014-CE-027-AD; 
Amendment 39-17967; AD 2014-18-03]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; APEX Aircraft Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for APEX 
Aircraft Model R 3000/160 airplanes. This AD results from mandatory 
continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the aviation 
authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe 
condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe 
condition as small pieces of paint from the engine air intake box 
blocking the engine carburetor. We are issuing this AD to require 
actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective October 17, 2014.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of October 17, 
2014.
    We must receive comments on this AD by October 27, 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 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this AD, contact CEAPR, 
Bureau de Navigabilit[eacute], 1 route de Troyes, 21121 DAROIS--France, 
telephone: (33) 380 35 25 22; fax: (33) 380 35 25 25; email: 
www.info@ceapr.com">www.info@ceapr.com; internet: http://ceapr.com/. You may review copies 
of the referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane 
Directorate, 901

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Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the 
availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.

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-
0647; 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 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: Sarjapur Nagarajan, Aerospace 
Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas 
City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4145; fax: (816) 329-4090; 
email: sarjapur.nagarajan@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued MCAI 
EASA AD No. 2014-0155, dated July 2, 2014 (referred to after this as 
``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified 
products. The MCAI states:

    An accident occurred on a DR 400 aeroplane during take-off 
phase. Technical investigations showed paint adherence defects 
inside the engine air intake box, Part Number 56.15.01.000. It was 
determined that the engine carburettor had been blocked by small 
pieces of paint from the engine air intake box, so that the engine 
could not deliver its maximum power and the performance of the 
aeroplane, notably during take-off, had been significantly degraded.
    This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to an 
engine failure, possibly resulting in loss of control of the 
aeroplane.
    To initially address this issue, DGAC France published AD 1999-
053 (later revised) to require inspection of the engine air intake 
box. After that AD was issued, cohesion defects were found inside 
the laminated air ducting from engine filter to engine air intake 
box. Prompted by these findings, DGAC France issued AD 1999-470 to 
require inspection of the engine laminated air ducting.
    Since DGAC France AD 1999-053 R1 and AD 1999-470 were issued, 
several engine failures and malfunctions have occurred due to the 
same root causes. Consequently, CEAPR issued SB N[deg] 161 Revision 
3 to provide more detailed inspection and replacement instructions.
    For the reasons described above, this AD retains the 
requirements of DGAC France AD 1999-053 R1 and AD 1999-470, which 
are superseded, and requires repetitive inspections and, depending 
on findings, replacement of the engine air intake box and engine air 
ducting in accordance with the revised instructions.

You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov 
by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2014-0647.

Relevant Service Information

    CEAPR has issued Mandatory Service Bulletin Number 161R3, dated 
September 6, 2012. The actions described in this service information 
are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of the 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 this State of Design Authority, they 
have notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and 
service information referenced above. We are issuing this AD because we 
evaluated all information provided by the State of Design Authority 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

    An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of 
this AD. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies 
waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because there 
are no airplanes currently on the U.S. registry and thus, does not have 
any impact upon the public. Therefore, we find that notice and 
opportunity for prior public comment are unnecessary.

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-2014-0647; Directorate 
Identifier 2014-CE-027-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 will affect 0 products of U.S. registry. 
We also estimate that it would take about 1 work-hour per product to 
comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate 
is $85 per work-hour.
    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the AD on U.S. 
operators to be $0, or $0 per product.
    In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would 
take about 1 work-hour and require parts costing $2,970, for a cost of 
$3,055 per product. We have no way of determining the number of 
products that may need these actions.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

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    (2) Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979),
    (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
    (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new AD:

2014-18-03 APEX Aircraft: Amendment 39-17967; Docket No. FAA-2014-
0647; Directorate Identifier 2014-CE-027-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective October 17, 
2014.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to APEX Aircraft Models R 3000/160 airplanes, 
all serial numbers, certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 73: Engine Fuel 
& Control.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness 
information (MCAI) issued by the aviation authority of another 
country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation 
product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as paint adherence 
defects inside the engine air intake box leading to small pieces of 
paint from the engine air intake box blocking the engine carburetor. 
We are issuing this AD to detect and correct paint adherence defects 
inside the engine air intake box leading to small pieces of paint 
from the engine air intake box blocking the engine carburetor. This 
condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to an engine 
failure, possibly resulting in loss of control.

(f) Actions and Compliance

    Unless already done, do the following actions, as specified in 
paragraphs (f)(1) through (f)(4) of this AD:
    (1) Within 110 hours time-in-service (TIS) after October 17, 
2014 (the effective date of this AD) and repetitively thereafter at 
intervals not to exceed 110 hours TIS, accomplish a visual and 
tactile inspection of the engine air intake box (including the 
deflection flap) and the engine air ducting (including the area 
located downstream of the filter) following the Accomplishment 
Instructions section of CEAPR Mandatory Service Bulletin Number 
161R3, dated September 6, 2012.
    (2) If any paint damage such as bubbling, blistering, peeled off 
areas or paint detachment is found during any inspection required by 
paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, before further flight, replace each 
damaged part with an airworthy part following the Accomplishment 
Instructions section of CEAPR Mandatory Service Bulletin Number 
161R3, dated September 6, 2012.
    (3) Replacement of damaged parts on an airplane, as required by 
paragraph (f)(2) of this AD, does not constitute terminating action 
for the repetitive inspections required by paragraph (f)(1) of this 
AD for that airplane.
    (4) As of October 17, 2014 (the effective date of this AD), do 
not install on any airplane a painted engine air intake box or 
repaired engine air ducting.

(g) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this 
AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send 
information to ATTN: Sarjapur Nagarajan, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, 
Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, 
Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4145; fax: (816) 329-4090; 
email: sarjapur.nagarajan@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC on 
any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate 
principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office 
(FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO.
    (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain 
corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these 
actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered 
FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority 
(or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product 
is airworthy before it is returned to service.

(h) Related Information

    Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 
2014-0155, dated July 2, 2014, for related information. You may 
examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2014-0647.

(i) 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) CEAPR Mandatory Service Bulletin Number 161R3, dated 
September 6, 2012.
    Note 1 to paragraph (i)(2)(i) of this AD: The service bulletin 
contains French to English translation. EASA used the English 
translation in referencing the document from CEAPR. For 
enforceability purposes, we will cite references to the CEAPR 
service information as it appears on the document.
    (ii) Reserved.
    (3) For CEAPR service information identified in this AD, contact 
CEAPR, Bureau de Navigabilit[eacute], 1 route de Troyes, 21121 
DAROIS-France, telephone: (33) 380 35 25 22; fax: (33) 380 35 25 25; 
email: www.info@ceapr.com">www.info@ceapr.com; internet: http://ceapr.com/.
    (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Small 
Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For 
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
(816) 329-4148.
    (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 Kansas City, Missouri, on August 29, 2014.
Earl Lawrence,
Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-21270 Filed 9-11-14; 8:45 am]
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