Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 5028-5032 [2015-01182]

Download as PDF 5028 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 20 / Friday, January 30, 2015 / Rules and Regulations ‘‘Procedure,’’ of the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 84–32–121, dated May 27, 2013. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC–8–400, –401 and –402 airplanes, certificated in any category, serial numbers 4001 through 4454 inclusive. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 32; Main Landing Gear. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports of two in-service incidents where one side of the main landing gear (MLG) did not achieve down-lock. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct insufficiently greased stabilizer brace lock linkage of the MLG and overtorqued lock linkage attachment bolts, which could lead to the failure to extend and downlock the MLG, and could affect the safe landing of the airplane. rljohnson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with RULES (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Inspection Within 1,000 flight hours or 6 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first: Do a detailed inspection of the apex joints of the stabilizer brace lock link in the main landing gear (MLG) for clearance, in accordance with paragraph 3.B., ‘‘Procedure,’’ of the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 84–32–121, dated May 27, 2013. (1) If the clearance gap is 0.001 inches (0.025 millimeters) or greater, do the action in paragraph (h) of this AD at the time specified in paragraph (h) of this AD. (2) If the clearance gap is less than 0.001 inches (0.025 millimeters), before further flight, rectify the clearance gap, in accordance with paragraph 3.B., ‘‘Procedure,’’ of the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 84–32–121, dated May 27, 2013; and do the action in paragraph (h) of this AD at the time specified in paragraph (h) of this AD. If the clearance gap cannot be rectified in accordance with Bombardier Service Bulletin 84–32–121, dated May 27, 2013: Before further flight, repair using a method approved by the Manager, New York Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), ANE–170, FAA; or Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA); or Bombardier, Inc.’s TCCA Design Approval Organization (DAO). After the repair is done, do the action in paragraph (h) of this AD at the time specified in paragraph (h) of this AD. Note 1 to paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD: Completion of the actions in this AD does not affect the actions specified in the existing maintenance review board (MRB) task number 320001–201. (h) Lubrication Within 1,000 flight hours or 6 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first: Lubricate the apex joints of the stabilizer brace lock link in the MLG, in accordance with paragraph 3.B., VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:34 Jan 29, 2015 Jkt 235001 (i) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, New York Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), ANE–170, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the ACO, send it to ATTN: Program Manager, Continuing Operational Safety, FAA, New York ACO, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone 516–228–7300; fax 516–794–5531. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. (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, New York ACO, ANE–170, FAA; or TCCA; or Bombardier, Inc.’s TCCA DAO. If approved by the DAO, the approval must include the DAO-authorized signature. (j) Related Information Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF–2013–19, dated July 31, 2013, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA–2014–0188. (k) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise. (i) Bombardier Service Bulletin 84–32–121, dated May 27, 2013. (ii) Reserved. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Bombardier, Inc., Q-Series Technical Help Desk, 123 Garratt Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M3K 1Y5, Canada; telephone 416–375–4000; fax 416–375–4539; email thd.qseries@aero.bombardier.com; Internet http://www.bombardier.com. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 January 14, 2015. John P. Piccola, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2015–01180 Filed 1–29–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0173; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–069–AD; Amendment 39–18083; AD 2015–02–16] 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) 2009–06– 06 for all Airbus Model A310 and A300–600 series airplanes. AD 2009– 06–06 required revising the Airworthiness Limitations Section of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to incorporate new limitations and maintenance tasks for aging systems maintenance. This new AD requires revising the maintenance or inspection program to incorporate new maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations. This AD was prompted by a determination that more restrictive maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations are necessary. We are issuing this AD to prevent reduced structural integrity and reduced control of these airplanes due to the failure of system components. DATES: This AD becomes effective March 6, 2015. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of March 6, 2015. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain other publications listed in this AD as of April 28, 2009 (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009). ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=FAA-2014-0173; or in person at the Docket Management SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30JAR1.SGM 30JAR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 20 / Friday, January 30, 2015 / Rules and Regulations 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—EAW, 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–2125; fax 425–227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: rljohnson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with RULES Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2009–06–06, Amendment 39–15842 (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009). AD 2009–06–06 applied to all Airbus Model A310 and Airbus Model A300 B4–600, B4–600R, and F4–600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4–605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called Model A300–600 series airplanes series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on March 28, 2014 (79 FR 17451). The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2013–0075, dated March 20, 2013 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for Airbus Model A310–203, –204, –221, –222, –304, –322, –324, and –325 airplanes; Model A300 B4–601, B4–603, B4–620, and B4– 622 airplanes; Model A300 B4–605R and B4–622R airplanes; Model A300 F4–605R and F4–622R airplanes; and Model A300 C4–605R Variant F airplanes. The MCAI states: The airworthiness limitations for Airbus aeroplanes are currently published in Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) documents. The mandatory instructions and airworthiness limitations applicable to the Aging Systems Maintenance (ASM) are specified in Airbus A310 or A300–600 ALS Part 4 documents, which are approved by the VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:34 Jan 29, 2015 Jkt 235001 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). EASA AD 2007–0092 [http:// ad.easa.europa.eu/blob/easa_ad_2007_ 0092.pdf/AD_2007-0092, which corresponds to FAA AD 2009–06–06, Amendment 39– 15842 (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009)] was issued to require compliance to the requirements as specified in these documents. The revision 02 of Airbus A310 and Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4 documents introduces more restrictive maintenance requirements and/or airworthiness limitations. Failure to comply with the instructions of ALS Part 4 could result in an unsafe condition. For the reasons described above, this new AD retains the requirements of EASA AD 2007–0092, which is superseded, and requires the implementation of the new or more restrictive maintenance requirements and/or airworthiness limitations as specified in Airbus A310 ALS Part 4, Revision 02, or Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4, Revision 02, as applicable to aeroplane type/model. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-01730002. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. The following presents the comment received on the NPRM (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009), and the FAA’s response to the comment. Request To Include Variation to Service Information FedEx asked that Airbus A300–600 Variation 0CVLG120001/C0S, dated August 24, 2012, to Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012, be included with the service information referenced for accomplishing the actions specified in the NPRM (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009). FedEx stated that this variation provides additional trimmable horizontal stabilizer actuator (THSA) part numbers and is approved by EASA. We agree with the commenter’s request. The referenced variation added some dash numbers that were not previously listed in the Airworthiness Limitation Items (ALI), but all airplanes affected by the NPRM (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009) have this basic part number. We have revised paragraph (j) of this AD to refer to Airbus A300–600 Variation 0CVLG120001/C0S, dated August 24, 2012, to Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012. PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 5029 ‘‘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 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 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 E:\FR\FM\30JAR1.SGM 30JAR1 5030 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 20 / Friday, January 30, 2015 / Rules and Regulations 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, considered the comment received, 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 17451, March 28, 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 17451, March 28, 2014). We also determined that these changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this AD. rljohnson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with RULES Related Service Information Airbus has issued A310 Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated November 30, 2012; and A300–600 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012. The service information describes procedures for revising the maintenance or inspection program to incorporate new maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations. You can find this information at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2014– 0173. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 156 airplanes of U.S. registry. The ALS revision required by AD 2009–06–06, Amendment 39–15842 (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009), and retained in this AD takes about 1 work-hour per product, at an average labor rate of $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:34 Jan 29, 2015 Jkt 235001 the estimated cost of the actions that were required by AD 2009–06–06 is $85 per product. We also estimate that it takes 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 this AD on U.S. operators to be $13,260, 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 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-2014-0173; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 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) 2009–06–06, Amendment 39–15842 (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009), and adding the following new AD: ■ 2015–02–16 Airbus: Amendment 39–18083. Docket No. FAA–2014–0173; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–069–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD becomes effective March 6, 2015. (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2009–06–06, Amendment 39–15842 (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009). (c) Applicability This AD applies to Airbus Model A310– 203, –204, –221, –222, –304, –322, –324, and –325 airplanes; Model A300 B4–601, B4–603, B4–620, and B4–622 airplanes; Model A300 B4–605R and B4–622R airplanes; Model A300 F4–605R and F4–622R airplanes, and Model A300 C4–605R Variant F airplanes; certificated in any category; all manufacturer serial numbers. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 27, Flight Controls; Code 32, Landing Gear. (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 reduced structural integrity and reduced control of these airplanes due to the failure of system components. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. E:\FR\FM\30JAR1.SGM 30JAR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 20 / Friday, January 30, 2015 / Rules and Regulations rljohnson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with RULES (g) Retained Revision of Airworthiness Limitation Section (ALS) To Incorporate Limitations and Maintenance Tasks for Aging Systems Maintenance This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (n) of AD 2009–06–06, Amendment 39–15842 (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009). Within 3 months after April 28, 2009 (the effective date of AD 2009–06–06), revise the ALS of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA) to incorporate Airbus A310 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006 (for Model A310 series airplanes); or Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4— Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006 (for Model A300– 600 series airplanes). For all tasks identified in Airbus A310 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006; and Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4— Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006; do the tasks at the later of the times specified in paragraphs (g)(1) and (g)(2) of this AD, as applicable, except as provided by paragraph (h) of this AD. The repetitive inspections must be accomplished thereafter at the interval specified in Airbus A310 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006; or Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006; as applicable. (1) At the initial compliance times (thresholds) specified in Airbus A310 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006; or Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006; as applicable; with the compliance times starting from the later of the times specified in paragraphs (g)(1)(i) and (g)(1)(ii) of this AD. (i) Since first flight of the airplane. (ii) Since the applicable part was new or refurbished if the part’s life (in flight hours, flight cycles, landings, or calendar time, as applicable) can be conclusively determined. (2) Within 3 months after doing the revision of the ALS of the ICA required by paragraph (h) of this AD. Note 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD: For additional guidance on the trimmable horizontal stabilizer actuators (THSA) life limits, refer to Airbus Operators Information Telex (OIT) SE 999.0074/05/BB, dated August 3, 2005. Note 2 to paragraph (g) of this AD: For additional guidance on the THSA life limits and calculation method for unknown history of parts, refer to Airbus OIT SE 999.0008/07/ LB, dated January 16, 2007; and Airbus Service Information Letter 05–008, Revision 01, dated February 21, 2007. (h) Retained Revision of ALS To Incorporate Certain Other Limitations and Maintenance Tasks for Aging Systems Maintenance This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (o) of AD 2009–06–06, Amendment 39–15842 (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009), with revised affected airplane language. For airplanes on which any life limitation/maintenance task has been complied with in accordance with the VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:34 Jan 29, 2015 Jkt 235001 requirements of paragraph (f), (g), (k), (l), or (m) of AD 2009–06–06: The last accomplishment of each limitation/task must be retained as a starting point for the accomplishment of each corresponding limitation/task interval now introduced Airbus A310 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006; and Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4— Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006; as applicable. (i) Retained No Alternative Inspections/ Limitations This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (p) of AD 2009–06–06, Amendment 39–15842 (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009). Except as provided by paragraph (l) of this AD: After accomplishing the actions specified in paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD, no alternative inspection, inspection intervals, or limitations may be used, except as required by paragraph (j) of this AD. (j) New Requirements of This AD: Maintenance/Inspection Program Revision Within 3 months after the effective date of this AD: Revise the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate Airbus A310 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated November 30, 2012 (for Model A310 series airplanes); or Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4— Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012, and Airbus A300–600 Variation 0CVLG120001/C0S, dated August 24, 2012, to Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4— Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012 (for Model A300–600 series airplanes). For all limitation/ replacement/inspection tasks identified in Airbus A310 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated November 30, 2012; or Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4— Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012, and Airbus A300–600 Variation 0CVLG120001/C0S, dated August 24, 2012, to Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4— Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012; the initial compliance times for the tasks are at the later of the times specified in paragraphs (j)(1) and (j)(2) of this AD, as applicable. Doing any limitation/ replacement/inspection task required by this paragraph terminates the corresponding task required by paragraph (g) of this AD. (1) At the initial compliance times (thresholds) specified in Airbus A310 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated November 30, 2012; or Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012, and Airbus A300–600 Variation 0CVLG120001/C0S, dated August 24, 2012, to Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4— Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012; as applicable; with the compliance times starting from the later of the times specified in paragraphs (j)(1)(i) and (j)(1)(ii) of this AD. (i) Since first flight of the airplane. (ii) Since the applicable part was new or refurbished if the part’s life (in flight hours, flight cycles, landings, or calendar time, as applicable) can be conclusively determined. (2) Within 3 months after the effective date of this AD. PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 5031 (k) New Limitation: No Alternative Actions or Intervals After accomplishment of the revision required by paragraph (j) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections) or intervals, may be used unless the actions or intervals are approved as an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (l)(1) of this AD. (l) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, 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: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–2125; 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: As of the effective date of this AD, 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. (m) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2013–0075, dated March 20, 2013, for related information. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0173-0002. (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference in this AD is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (n)(5) and (n)(6) of this AD. (n) 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 6, 2015. (i) Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012. E:\FR\FM\30JAR1.SGM 30JAR1 5032 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 20 / Friday, January 30, 2015 / Rules and Regulations (ii) Airbus A300–600 Variation 0CVLG120001/C0S, dated August 24, 2012, to Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012. (iii) Airbus A310 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated November 30, 2012. (4) The following service information was approved for IBR on April 28, 2009 (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009). (i) Airbus A300–600 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006. (ii) Airbus A310 ALS Part 4—Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006. (5) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAW, 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. (6) 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. (7) 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 January 13, 2015. John P. Piccola, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2015–01182 Filed 1–29–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0525; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–235–AD; Amendment 39–18078; AD 2015–02–11] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. rljohnson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with RULES AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330–300, A340–200, and A340–300 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of substantial inner skin disbonding damage found on a rudder. This AD requires performing an inspection for damage of certain SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:34 Jan 29, 2015 Jkt 235001 rudders, and repair if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct damage of the rudder, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the rudder. DATES: This AD becomes effective March 6, 2015. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of March 6, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail; D=FAA-2014-0525; 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 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Airbus Model A330– 300, A340–200, and A340–300 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on August 13, 2014 (79 FR 47387). The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2013–0270R1, dated November 27, 2013 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for Airbus Model A330–300, A340–200, and A340–300 series airplanes. The MCAI states: One A310 operator found substantial inner skin disbonding damage on a rudder. The results of the subsequent investigation PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 revealed that the most probable cause of this damage was a blunt impact with no visible damage from outside during the rudder handling. Such type of damage might grow with pressure variation during ground-airground cycles, and tests performed with other rudders showed a rapid propagation of damage during artificial pressure cycling. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could affect the structural integrity of the rudder. For the affected A310 and A300–600 aeroplanes, EASA issued AD 2013–0039 [http://ad.easa.europa.eu/blob/easa_ad_ 2013_0039.pdf/AD_2013-0039], to address and correct this potential unsafe condition. As potentially affected rudders can also be installed on A330 and A340 aeroplanes, Airbus issued Alert Operator Transmission (AOT) A55L001–12 [dated December 20, 2012], pending Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM) 27–21–41 PB401 revision, to provide operators with updated rudder handling procedures. EASA issued AD 2013–0270 [http:// ad.easa.europa.eu/blob/easa_ad_2013_ 0270.pdf/AD_2013-0270], to require identification of affected rudders P/N [part number] A55471500XXX (where XXX stands for any numerical value), a one-time ultrasonic test (UT) inspection of each affected rudder to detect signs of disbonding and, depending on findings, accomplishment of applicable corrective action(s). After [EASA] AD 2013–0270 was issued, operators commented that the batch of rudders to be inspected was not correctly defined. For the reason described above, [EASA] AD 2013–0270 is revised to clarify that no action is required for rudders previously inspected in accordance with Airbus Service Bulletin (ASB) A330–55–3038 or SB A340–55–4034 [which are required by FAA AD 2009–10–11, Amendment 39–15907 (74 FR 23622, May 20, 2009)], as applicable to aeroplane model, provided the rudder has never been removed and/or installed on an aeroplane since this inspection. Required actions include an elasticity of laminate checker inspection of the rudder side panel to detect external and internal disbonding, and a woodpecker or tap test inspection to detect external disbonding, and repair if necessary. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-05250002. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. The following presents the comment received on the NPRM (79 FR 47387, August 13, 2014) and the FAA’s response. Request To Correct Certain Document Numbers Lufthansa Technik (Lufthansa) asked that we correct certain document E:\FR\FM\30JAR1.SGM 30JAR1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 20 (Friday, January 30, 2015)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2014-0173; Directorate Identifier 2013-NM-069-AD; 
Amendment 39-18083; AD 2015-02-16]
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 Directive (AD) 2009-06-06 for 
all Airbus Model A310 and A300-600 series airplanes. AD 2009-06-06 
required revising the Airworthiness Limitations Section of the 
Instructions for Continued Airworthiness to incorporate new limitations 
and maintenance tasks for aging systems maintenance. This new AD 
requires revising the maintenance or inspection program to incorporate 
new maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations. This AD was 
prompted by a determination that more restrictive maintenance 
requirements and airworthiness limitations are necessary. We are 
issuing this AD to prevent reduced structural integrity and reduced 
control of these airplanes due to the failure of system components.

DATES: This AD becomes effective March 6, 2015.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of March 6, 
2015.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain other publications listed in this AD as of April 
28, 2009 (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009).

ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2014-0173; or in person at the 
Docket Management

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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--EAW, 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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-2125; 
fax 425-227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 to supersede AD 2009-06-06, Amendment 39-15842 (74 FR 12228, 
March 24, 2009). AD 2009-06-06 applied to all Airbus Model A310 and 
Airbus Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes, and 
Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called Model A300-
600 series airplanes series airplanes. The NPRM published in the 
Federal Register on March 28, 2014 (79 FR 17451).
    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA 
Airworthiness Directive 2013-0075, dated March 20, 2013 (referred to 
after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or 
``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for Airbus Model A310-
203, -204, -221, -222, -304, -322, -324, and -325 airplanes; Model A300 
B4-601, B4-603, B4-620, and B4-622 airplanes; Model A300 B4-605R and 
B4-622R airplanes; Model A300 F4-605R and F4-622R airplanes; and Model 
A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes. The MCAI states:

    The airworthiness limitations for Airbus aeroplanes are 
currently published in Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) 
documents.
    The mandatory instructions and airworthiness limitations 
applicable to the Aging Systems Maintenance (ASM) are specified in 
Airbus A310 or A300-600 ALS Part 4 documents, which are approved by 
the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). EASA AD 2007-0092 
[http://ad.easa.europa.eu/blob/easa_ad_2007_0092.pdf/AD_2007-0092, 
which corresponds to FAA AD 2009-06-06, Amendment 39-15842 (74 FR 
12228, March 24, 2009)] was issued to require compliance to the 
requirements as specified in these documents.
    The revision 02 of Airbus A310 and Airbus A300-600 ALS Part 4 
documents introduces more restrictive maintenance requirements and/
or airworthiness limitations. Failure to comply with the 
instructions of ALS Part 4 could result in an unsafe condition.
    For the reasons described above, this new AD retains the 
requirements of EASA AD 2007-0092, which is superseded, and requires 
the implementation of the new or more restrictive maintenance 
requirements and/or airworthiness limitations as specified in Airbus 
A310 ALS Part 4, Revision 02, or Airbus A300-600 ALS Part 4, 
Revision 02, as applicable to aeroplane type/model.

    You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0173-0002.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. The following presents the comment received on the NPRM (74 FR 
12228, March 24, 2009), and the FAA's response to the comment.

Request To Include Variation to Service Information

    FedEx asked that Airbus A300-600 Variation 0CVLG120001/C0S, dated 
August 24, 2012, to Airbus A300-600 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems 
Maintenance, Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012, be included with the 
service information referenced for accomplishing the actions specified 
in the NPRM (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009). FedEx stated that this 
variation provides additional trimmable horizontal stabilizer actuator 
(THSA) part numbers and is approved by EASA.
    We agree with the commenter's request. The referenced variation 
added some dash numbers that were not previously listed in the 
Airworthiness Limitation Items (ALI), but all airplanes affected by the 
NPRM (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009) have this basic part number. We have 
revised paragraph (j) of this AD to refer to Airbus A300-600 Variation 
0CVLG120001/C0S, dated August 24, 2012, to Airbus A300-600 ALS Part 4--
Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012.

``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 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

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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, considered the comment received, 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 17451, March 28, 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 17451, March 28, 2014).
    We also determined that these changes will not increase the 
economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this AD.

Related Service Information

    Airbus has issued A310 Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) Part 
4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated November 30, 2012; 
and A300-600 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated 
April 18, 2012. The service information describes procedures for 
revising the maintenance or inspection program to incorporate new 
maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations. You can find 
this information at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and 
locating Docket No. FAA-2014-0173.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 156 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    The ALS revision required by AD 2009-06-06, Amendment 39-15842 (74 
FR 12228, March 24, 2009), and retained in this AD takes about 1 work-
hour per product, at an average labor rate of $85 per work-hour. Based 
on these figures, the estimated cost of the actions that were required 
by AD 2009-06-06 is $85 per product.
    We also estimate that it takes 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 
this AD on U.S. operators to be $13,260, 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 
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-2014-0173; 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

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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 removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 
2009-06-06, Amendment 39-15842 (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009), and 
adding the following new AD:

2015-02-16 Airbus: Amendment 39-18083. Docket No. FAA-2014-0173; 
Directorate Identifier 2013-NM-069-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective March 6, 2015.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2009-06-06, Amendment 39-15842 (74 FR 12228, 
March 24, 2009).

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Airbus Model A310-203, -204, -221, -222, -
304, -322, -324, and -325 airplanes; Model A300 B4-601, B4-603, B4-
620, and B4-622 airplanes; Model A300 B4-605R and B4-622R airplanes; 
Model A300 F4-605R and F4-622R airplanes, and Model A300 C4-605R 
Variant F airplanes; certificated in any category; all manufacturer 
serial numbers.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 27, Flight 
Controls; Code 32, Landing Gear.

(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 reduced structural 
integrity and reduced control of these airplanes due to the failure 
of system components.

(f) Compliance

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

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(g) Retained Revision of Airworthiness Limitation Section (ALS) To 
Incorporate Limitations and Maintenance Tasks for Aging Systems 
Maintenance

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (n) of AD 
2009-06-06, Amendment 39-15842 (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009). Within 
3 months after April 28, 2009 (the effective date of AD 2009-06-06), 
revise the ALS of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA) 
to incorporate Airbus A310 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, 
Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006 (for Model A310 series 
airplanes); or Airbus A300-600 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems 
Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006 (for Model A300-
600 series airplanes). For all tasks identified in Airbus A310 ALS 
Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 21, 
2006; and Airbus A300-600 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, 
Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006; do the tasks at the later of 
the times specified in paragraphs (g)(1) and (g)(2) of this AD, as 
applicable, except as provided by paragraph (h) of this AD. The 
repetitive inspections must be accomplished thereafter at the 
interval specified in Airbus A310 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems 
Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006; or Airbus A300-
600 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 01, dated 
December 21, 2006; as applicable.
    (1) At the initial compliance times (thresholds) specified in 
Airbus A310 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 01, 
dated December 21, 2006; or Airbus A300-600 ALS Part 4--Ageing 
Systems Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006; as 
applicable; with the compliance times starting from the later of the 
times specified in paragraphs (g)(1)(i) and (g)(1)(ii) of this AD.
    (i) Since first flight of the airplane.
    (ii) Since the applicable part was new or refurbished if the 
part's life (in flight hours, flight cycles, landings, or calendar 
time, as applicable) can be conclusively determined.
    (2) Within 3 months after doing the revision of the ALS of the 
ICA required by paragraph (h) of this AD.
    Note 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD: For additional guidance on 
the trimmable horizontal stabilizer actuators (THSA) life limits, 
refer to Airbus Operators Information Telex (OIT) SE 999.0074/05/BB, 
dated August 3, 2005.
    Note 2 to paragraph (g) of this AD: For additional guidance on 
the THSA life limits and calculation method for unknown history of 
parts, refer to Airbus OIT SE 999.0008/07/LB, dated January 16, 
2007; and Airbus Service Information Letter 05-008, Revision 01, 
dated February 21, 2007.

(h) Retained Revision of ALS To Incorporate Certain Other Limitations 
and Maintenance Tasks for Aging Systems Maintenance

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (o) of AD 
2009-06-06, Amendment 39-15842 (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009), with 
revised affected airplane language. For airplanes on which any life 
limitation/maintenance task has been complied with in accordance 
with the requirements of paragraph (f), (g), (k), (l), or (m) of AD 
2009-06-06: The last accomplishment of each limitation/task must be 
retained as a starting point for the accomplishment of each 
corresponding limitation/task interval now introduced Airbus A310 
ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 
21, 2006; and Airbus A300-600 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems 
Maintenance, Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006; as applicable.

(i) Retained No Alternative Inspections/Limitations

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (p) of AD 
2009-06-06, Amendment 39-15842 (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009). Except 
as provided by paragraph (l) of this AD: After accomplishing the 
actions specified in paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD, no 
alternative inspection, inspection intervals, or limitations may be 
used, except as required by paragraph (j) of this AD.

(j) New Requirements of This AD: Maintenance/Inspection Program 
Revision

    Within 3 months after the effective date of this AD: Revise the 
maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate 
Airbus A310 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, 
dated November 30, 2012 (for Model A310 series airplanes); or Airbus 
A300-600 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated 
April 18, 2012, and Airbus A300-600 Variation 0CVLG120001/C0S, dated 
August 24, 2012, to Airbus A300-600 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems 
Maintenance, Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012 (for Model A300-600 
series airplanes). For all limitation/replacement/inspection tasks 
identified in Airbus A310 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, 
Revision 02, dated November 30, 2012; or Airbus A300-600 ALS Part 
4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012, 
and Airbus A300-600 Variation 0CVLG120001/C0S, dated August 24, 
2012, to Airbus A300-600 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, 
Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012; the initial compliance times for 
the tasks are at the later of the times specified in paragraphs 
(j)(1) and (j)(2) of this AD, as applicable. Doing any limitation/
replacement/inspection task required by this paragraph terminates 
the corresponding task required by paragraph (g) of this AD.
    (1) At the initial compliance times (thresholds) specified in 
Airbus A310 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, 
dated November 30, 2012; or Airbus A300-600 ALS Part 4--Ageing 
Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012, and Airbus 
A300-600 Variation 0CVLG120001/C0S, dated August 24, 2012, to Airbus 
A300-600 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, Revision 02, dated 
April 18, 2012; as applicable; with the compliance times starting 
from the later of the times specified in paragraphs (j)(1)(i) and 
(j)(1)(ii) of this AD.
    (i) Since first flight of the airplane.
    (ii) Since the applicable part was new or refurbished if the 
part's life (in flight hours, flight cycles, landings, or calendar 
time, as applicable) can be conclusively determined.
    (2) Within 3 months after the effective date of this AD.

(k) New Limitation: No Alternative Actions or Intervals

    After accomplishment of the revision required by paragraph (j) 
of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections) or intervals, 
may be used unless the actions or intervals are approved as an 
alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the 
procedures specified in paragraph (l)(1) of this AD.

(l) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
International Branch, 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: Dan Rodina, 
Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-
3356; telephone 425-227-2125; 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: As of the effective date of 
this AD, 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.

(m) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2013-0075, dated March 20, 2013, 
for related information. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket 
on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0173-0002.
    (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not 
incorporated by reference in this AD is available at the addresses 
specified in paragraphs (n)(5) and (n)(6) of this AD.

(n) 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 6, 2015.
    (i) Airbus A300-600 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, 
Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012.

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    (ii) Airbus A300-600 Variation 0CVLG120001/C0S, dated August 24, 
2012, to Airbus A300-600 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, 
Revision 02, dated April 18, 2012.
    (iii) Airbus A310 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, 
Revision 02, dated November 30, 2012.
    (4) The following service information was approved for IBR on 
April 28, 2009 (74 FR 12228, March 24, 2009).
    (i) Airbus A300-600 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, 
Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006.
    (ii) Airbus A310 ALS Part 4--Ageing Systems Maintenance, 
Revision 01, dated December 21, 2006.
    (5) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office--EAW, 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.
    (6) 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.
    (7) 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 January 13, 2015.
John P. Piccola,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-01182 Filed 1-29-15; 8:45 am]
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