Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 12360-12364 [2015-05031]

Download as PDF 12360 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 45 / Monday, March 9, 2015 / Proposed Rules and effective September 15, 2014, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designation listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order. The FAA has determined that this proposed regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. It, therefore, (1) is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a Regulatory Evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this proposed rule, when promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The FAA’s authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. 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. This proposed rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part, A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This proposed regulation is within the scope of that authority as it would amend Class E airspace at Weedon Field Airport, Eufaula, AL. This proposal would be subject to an environmental analysis in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1E, ‘‘Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures’’ prior to any FAA final regulatory action. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS The Proposed Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows: 17:26 Mar 06, 2015 Jkt 235001 1. The authority citation for Part 71 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959– 1963 Comp., p. 389. § 71.1 [Amended] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2014, and effective September 15, 2014, is amended as follows: ■ Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth. * * * * * ASO AL E5 Eufaula, AL [Amended] Weedon Field Airport, AL (Lat. 31°57′05″ N., long. 85°07′44″ W.) That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7.3-mile radius of Weedon Field Airport. Issued in College Park, Georgia, on February 25, 2015. Gerald E. Lynch, Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic Organization. [FR Doc. 2015–05113 Filed 3–6–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0834; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–045–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); reopening of comment period. AGENCY: We are revising an earlier proposed Airworthiness Directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330 series airplanes. The NPRM proposed to require revising the maintenance program or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate certain maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations. The NPRM was prompted by a determination that more restrictive maintenance requirements and airworthiness SUMMARY: Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). VerDate Sep<11>2014 PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 limitations are necessary. This action revises the NPRM by proposing to supersede AD 2007–05–12, AD 2009– 18–20, and AD 2010–15–02 in addition to those ADs already identified in the NPRM, as well as to require more restrictive limitations and to add Airbus Model A330–323 airplanes to the applicability. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM (SNPRM) to address the aging effects of aircraft systems. Such aging effects could change the characteristics of those systems, which, in isolation or in combination with one or more other specific failures or events, could result in failure of certain life limited parts, which could reduce the structural integrity of the airplane or reduce the controllability of the airplane. Since these actions impose an additional burden over those proposed in the NPRM, we are reopening the comment period to allow the public the chance to comment on these proposed changes. DATES: We must receive comments on this SNPRM by April 23, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed 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. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=FAA-2013-0834 or in person at the Docket Management E:\FR\FM\09MRP1.SGM 09MRP1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 45 / Monday, March 9, 2015 / Proposed Rules Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed 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. It is also available on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2013– 0834. 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: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2013–0834; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–045–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD based on those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Airbus issued A330 Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) Part 4—Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, and Airbus A330 ALS Part 4—Aging Systems Maintenance (ASM), Variation 4.1 and Variation 4.2, both dated July 23, 2014. This service information describes preventative maintenance requirements and associated airworthiness limitations applicable to aircraft systems susceptible to aging effects. The actions described in this service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI. This service information is reasonably available; see ADDRESSES for ways to access this service information. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Mar 06, 2015 Jkt 235001 Discussion On February 22, 2007, we issued AD 2007–05–12, Amendment 39–14973 (72 FR 10057, March 7, 2007), for certain Airbus Model A330, A340–200, and A340–300 series airplanes. AD 2007– 05–12 requires inspecting to determine the part number of certain spoiler servo controls (SSCs) and replacing any affected SSC with a new SSC. AD 2007– 05–12 resulted from a determination of a new load duty cycle defined by the manufacturer. We issued AD 2007–05– 12 to prevent fatigue cracking of certain SSCs, which could result in hydraulic leakage and consequent loss of SSC function and loss of the associated hydraulic system. These conditions could affect all three hydraulic systems, which could result in reduced controllability of the airplane. On August 26, 2009, we issued AD 2009–18–20, Amendment 39–16017 (74 FR 46313, September 9, 2009), for certain Airbus Model A330–300, A340– 200, and A340–300 series airplanes. AD 2009–18–20 requires identification and modification of certain SSCs. AD 2009– 18–20 resulted from a report of a failure of a SSC whose maintenance cover had ruptured due to pressure pulse fatigue. We issued AD 2009–18–20 to prevent the loss of a hydraulic system due to leakage; loss of three hydraulic systems could result in reduced controllability of the airplane. On June 30, 2010, we issued AD 2010–15–02, Amendment 39–16368 (75 FR 42589, July 22, 2010), for certain Airbus Model A330–200 and –300 series airplanes, and A340–200, –300, –500, and –600 series airplanes. AD 2010–15– 02 requires repetitive detailed visual inspections for corrosion and wear detection of the input gear boxes (IPGBs) and down drive shafts (DDSs) on the flap tracks on both wings, and corrective actions, as applicable. AD 2010–15–02 resulted from reports of corrosion and damage on the DDSs and IPGBs on the flap tracks. We issued AD 2010–15–02 to detect and correct corrosion and wear due to absence of grease in the spline interfaces which could cause DDS disconnection and result in a free movable flap surface, potentially leading to aircraft asymmetry or even flap detachment, and reduce the ability of the flightcrew to maintain the safe flight and landing of the airplane. We issued an NPRM to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Airbus Model A330 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on November 7, 2013 (78 FR 66861). PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 12361 The NPRM proposed to supersede AD 2003–14–11, Amendment 39–13230 (68 FR 41521, July 14, 2003); AD 2004–11– 08, Amendment 39–13654 (69 FR 31874, June 8, 2004); AD 2004–13–25, Amendment 39–13707 (69 FR 41394, July 9, 2004); AD 2004–18–14, Amendment 39–13793 (69 FR 55326, September 14, 2004); AD 2008–06–07, Amendment 39–15419 (73 FR 13103, March 12, 2008; corrected April 15, 2008 (73 FR 20367)); and AD 2012–04– 07, Amendment 39–16963 (77 FR 12989, March 5, 2012) to require actions intended to address the aging effects of aircraft systems. Such aging effects could change the characteristics of those systems, which, in isolation or in combination with one or more other specific failures or events, could result in failure of certain life limited parts, which could reduce the structural integrity of the airplane or reduce the controllability of the airplane. Actions Since the NPRM (78 FR 66861, November 7, 2013) Was Issued Since we issued the NPRM (78 FR 66861, November 7, 2013), we received Airbus A330 Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) Part 4—Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, and Airbus A330 ALS Part 4— Aging Systems Maintenance (ASM), Variation 4.1 and Variation 4.2, both dated July 23, 2014, which contain more restrictive maintenance requirements. We determined that more restrictive maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations are necessary and that Airbus Model A330–323 airplanes need to be added to the applicability of this AD in order to address the unsafe condition. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, also issued new EASA AD 2013– 0268, dated November 7, 2013 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition on certain Airbus Model A330 series airplanes. EASA AD 2013–0268 supersedes and retains the requirements of four EASA ADs and requires accomplishment of the actions specified in Airbus A330 Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) Part 4—Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013. The MCAI states: The airworthiness limitations for Airbus aeroplanes are currently published in Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) documents. The airworthiness limitations applicable to the Ageing Systems Maintenance (ASM) are E:\FR\FM\09MRP1.SGM 09MRP1 12362 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 45 / Monday, March 9, 2015 / Proposed Rules • AD 2012–04–07, Amendment 39– 16963 (77 FR 12989, March 5, 2012). The unsafe condition is the aging effects of aircraft systems. Such aging effects could change the characteristics of those systems, which, in isolation or in combination with one or more other specific failures or events, could result in failure of certain life limited parts, which could reduce the structural integrity of the airplane or reduce the controllability of the airplane. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA– 2013–0834. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS given in Airbus A330 ALS Part 4, which is approved by EASA. Revision 04 of Airbus A330 ALS Part 4 introduces more restrictive maintenance requirements and/or airworthiness limitations. Failure to comply with these instructions could result in an unsafe condition. For the reason described above, this [EASA] AD retains the requirements of EASA AD 2012–0020, which is superseded, and requires accomplishment of the actions specified in Airbus A330 ALS Part 4 at Revision 04. In addition, this [EASA] AD also supersedes EASA AD 2006–0159, EASA AD 2008–0026, and EASA AD 2008–0160 [which correspond to FAA ADs 2007–05–12, Amendment 39–14973 (72 FR 10057, March 7, 2007); 2010–15–02, Amendment 39–16368 (75 FR 42589, July 22, 2010); and 2009–18– 20, Amendment 39–16017 (74 FR 46313, September 9, 2009), respectively], whose requirements applicable to A330 aeroplanes have been transferred into Airbus A330 ALS Part 4. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This SNPRM Related Rulemaking We have issued AD 2014–23–17, Amendment 18033 (79 FR 71304, December 2, 2014) for Airbus Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, –313, –541, and –642 airplanes. AD 2014–23–17 terminates the requirements of the following ADs for Airbus Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, –313, –541, and –642 airplanes. • AD 2003–14–11, Amendment 39– 13230 (68 FR 41521, July 14, 2003); • AD 2004–11–08, Amendment 39– 13654 (69 FR 31874, June 8, 2004); • AD 2004–13–25, Amendment 39– 13707 (69 FR 41394, July 9, 2004); • AD 2004–18–14, Amendment 39– 13793 (69 FR 55326, September 14, 2004); • AD 2007–05–12, Amendment 39– 14973 (72 FR 10057, March 7, 2007); • AD 2008–06–07, Amendment 39– 15419 (73 FR 13103, March 12, 2008; corrected April 15, 2008 (73 FR 20367)); • AD 2009–18–20, Amendment 39– 16017 (74 FR 46313, September 9, 2009); • AD 2010–15–02, Amendment 39– 16368 (75 FR 42589, July 22, 2010); and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Mar 06, 2015 Jkt 235001 Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this proposed AD. We have considered the comment received on the NPRM (78 FR 66861, November 7, 2013) and the FAA’s response to each comment. Request To Add Airplane Model to the Applicability Delta Airlines (Delta) requested that we add Airbus Model A330–323 airplanes to paragraph (c), ‘‘Applicability,’’ of the NPRM (78 FR 66861, November 7, 2013). We agree. Airbus Model A330–323 airplanes were erroneously omitted from the applicability. We have revised the applicability of this proposed AD to add these airplanes. This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of these same type designs. This proposed AD would retain none of the requirements of the following ADs: • AD 2007–05–12, Amendment 39– 14973 (72 FR 10057, March 7, 2007); • AD 2009–18–20, Amendment 39– 16017 (74 FR 46313, September 9, 2009); and • AD 2010–15–02, Amendment 39– 16368 (75 FR 42589, July 22, 2010). This proposed AD would require implementation of certain maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations and adding Airbus Model A330–323 airplanes to the applicability. Certain changes described above expand the scope of the NPRM (78 FR 66861, November 7, 2013). As a result, we have determined that it is necessary to reopen the comment period to provide additional opportunity for the public to comment on this SNPRM. Differences Between This SNPRM and the Service Information This SNPRM proposes to incorporate Airbus A330 ALS Part 4—Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, including the PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 compliance times for the actions. However, the compliance times for certain initial actions are different from those specified in Airbus A330 ALS Part 4—Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, because the actions and associated compliance times are required by AD 2009–18–20, Amendment 39–16017 (74 FR 46313, September 9, 2009). Therefore, the initial compliance time for these actions is relative to the effective date of the applicable superseded AD, as specified in paragraphs (h)(5), (h)(6), and (h)(7) of this SNPRM. The MCAI specifies that if there are findings from the ALS inspection tasks, corrective actions must be accomplished in accordance with Airbus maintenance documentation. However, this AD does not include that requirement. Operators of U.S.-registered airplanes are required by general airworthiness and operational regulations to perform maintenance using methods that are acceptable to the FAA. We consider those methods to be adequate to address any corrective actions necessitated by the findings of ALS inspections required by this AD. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this SNPRM affects 79 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate that it would take about 2 work-hours per product to comply with the new basic requirements of this SNPRM. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost $0 per product. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this SNPRM on U.S. operators to be $13,430, or $170 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. E:\FR\FM\09MRP1.SGM 09MRP1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 45 / Monday, March 9, 2015 / Proposed Rules Regulatory Findings We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 this proposed regulation: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and 4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 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 a. Removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2003–14–11, Amendment 39– 13230 (68 FR 41521, July 14, 2003); AD 2004–11–08, Amendment 39–13654 (69 FR 31874, June 8, 2004); AD 2004–13– 25, Amendment 39–13707 (69 FR 41394, July 9, 2004); AD 2004–18–14, Amendment 39–13793 (69 FR 55326, September 14, 2004); AD 2007–05–12, Amendment 39–14973 (72 FR 10057, March 7, 2007); AD 2008–06–07, Amendment 39–15419 (73 FR 13103, March 12, 2008; corrected April 15, 2008 (73 FR 20367)); AD 2009–18–20, Amendment 39–16017 (74 FR 46313, September 9, 2009); AD 2010–15–02, Amendment 39–16368 (75 FR 42589, July 22, 2010); AD 2012–04–07, Amendment 39–16963 (77 FR 12989, March 5, 2012); and ■ b. Adding the following new AD: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS ■ ■ Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2013–0834; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–045–AD. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Mar 06, 2015 Jkt 235001 (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by April 23, 2015. (b) Affected ADs This AD supersedes the ADs specified in paragraphs (b)(1) through (b)(9) of this AD. (1) AD 2003–14–11, Amendment 39–13230 (68 FR 41521, July 14, 2003). (2) AD 2004–11–08, Amendment 39–13654 (69 FR 31874, June 8, 2004). (3) AD 2004–13–25, Amendment 39–13707 (69 FR 41394, July 9, 2004). (4) AD 2004–18–14, Amendment 39–13793 (69 FR 55326, September 14, 2004). (5) AD 2007–05–12, Amendment 39–14973 (72 FR 10057, March 7, 2007). (6) AD 2008–06–07, Amendment 39–15419 (73 FR 13103, March 12, 2008; corrected April 15, 2008 (73 FR 20367)). (7) AD 2009–18–20, Amendment 39–16017 (74 FR 46313, September 9, 2009). (8) AD 2010–15–02, Amendment 39–16368 (75 FR 42589, July 22, 2010). (9) AD 2012–04–07, Amendment 39–16963 (77 FR 12989, March 5, 2012). (c) Applicability This AD applies to Airbus Model A330– 201, –202, –203, –223, –243, –223F, –243F, –301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes; certificated in any category; all manufacturer serial numbers. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 05, Time Limits/Maintenance Checks. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by a determination that more restrictive maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations are necessary. We are issuing this AD to address the aging effects of aircraft systems. Such aging effects could change the characteristics of those systems, which, in isolation or in combination with one or more other specific failures or events, could result in failure of certain life limited parts, which could reduce the structural integrity of the airplane or reduce the controllability of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Maintenance Program Revision and Actions Within 6 months after the effective date of this AD, revise the maintenance program or inspection program, as applicable, by incorporating Airbus A330 Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) Part 4—Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, and Airbus A330 ALS Part 4—Aging Systems Maintenance (ASM), Variation 4.1 and Variation 4.2, both dated July 23, 2014. The initial compliance times for the actions are within the applicable compliance times specified in the Record of Revisions pages of Airbus A330 ALS Part 4— Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, Airbus A330 ALS Part 4—Aging Systems Maintenance (ASM), PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 12363 Variation 4.1 and Variation 4.2, both dated July 23, 2014, or within 6 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever is later, except as required by paragraph (h) of this AD. (h) Exceptions to Initial Compliance Times (1) Where Airbus A330 ALS Part 4—Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, defines a calendar compliance time for elevator servo-controls having part number (P/N) SC4800–2, SC4800–3, SC4800–4, SC4800–6, SC4800–7, or SC4800–8 as ‘‘August 31, 2004,’’ the calendar compliance time is June 13, 2007 (34 months after August 13, 2004 (the effective date of AD 2004–13–25, Amendment 39–13707 (69 FR 41394, July 9, 2004))). (2) Where Airbus A330 ALS Part 4—Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, defines a calendar compliance time for spoiler servo-controls (SSCs) having P/N 1386A0000–01, P/N 1386B0000–01, P/N 1387A0000–01 or P/N 1387B0000–01 as ‘‘December 31, 2003,’’ the calendar compliance time is November 19, 2005 (13 months after October 19, 2004 (the effective date of AD 2004–18–14, Amendment 39–13793 (69 FR 55326, September 14, 2004))). (3) Where Airbus A330 ALS Part 4—Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, defines a calendar compliance time for elevator servo-controls having P/N SC4800–73, SC4800–93, SC4800– 103 and SC4800–113 as ‘‘June 30, 2008,’’ the calendar compliance time is September 16, 2009 (17 months after April 16, 2008 (the effective date of AD 2008–06–07, Amendment 39–15419 (73 FR 13103, March 12, 2008; corrected April 15, 2008 (73 FR 20367)))). (4) The initial compliance time for replacement of the retraction brackets of the main landing gear (MLG) having a part number specified in paragraphs (h)(4)(i) through (h)(4)(xvi) of this AD is before the accumulation of 19,800 total landings on the affected retraction brackets of the MLG, or within 900 flight hours after April 9, 2012 (the effective date of AD 2012–04–07, Amendment 39–16963 (77 FR 12989, March 5, 2012), whichever occurs later. (i) 201478303 (ii) 201478304 (iii) 201478305 (iv) 201478306 (v) 201478307 (vi) 201478308 (vii) 201428380 (viii) 201428381 (ix) 201428382 (x) 201428383 (xi) 201428384 (xii) 201428385 (xiii) 201428378 (xiv) 201428379 (xv) 201428351 (xvi) 201428352 (5) Where Airbus A330 ALS Part 4—Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, defines a calendar compliance time for the modification of SSCs on three hydraulic circuits having part numbers MZ4339390–01X, MZ4306000–01X, E:\FR\FM\09MRP1.SGM 09MRP1 12364 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 45 / Monday, March 9, 2015 / Proposed Rules 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. (i) No Alternative Actions or Intervals After accomplishing the revision required by paragraph (g) 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 (j)(1) of this AD. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS MZ4339390–02X, MZ4306000–02X, MZ4339390–10X, or MZ4306000–10X as ‘‘March 5, 2010,’’ the calendar compliance time is April 14, 2011 (18 months after October 14, 2009 (the effective date of AD 2009–18–20, Amendment 39–16017 (74 FR 46313, September 9, 2009))). (6) Where Note (6) of ‘‘ATA 27–64– 00 Flight Control—Spoiler Hydraulic Actuation,’’ of Sub-part 4–2–1, ‘‘Life Limits,’’ of Sub-part 4–2, ‘‘Systems Life Limited Components,’’ of Airbus A330 ALS Part 4— Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, defines a calendar date of ‘‘September 5, 2008,’’ as a date for the determination of accumulated flight cycles since the aircraft initial entry into service, the date is October 14, 2009 (the effective date of AD 2009–18–20, Amendment 39–16017 (74 FR 46313, September 9, 2009)). (7) Where Note (6) of ‘‘ATA 27–64–00 Flight Control—Spoiler Hydraulic Actuation,’’ of Sub-part 4–2–1, ‘‘Life Limits,’’ of Sub-part 4–2, ‘‘Systems Life Limited Components,’’ of Airbus A330 ALS Part 4— Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, defines a calendar compliance time as ‘‘March 5, 2010,’’ for the modification of affected servo controls, the calendar compliance time is April 14, 2011 (18 months after October 14, 2009 (the effective date of AD 2009–18–20, Amendment 39–16017 (74 FR 46313, September 9, 2009))). [FR Doc. 2015–05031 Filed 3–6–15; 8:45 am] 15 CFR Part 702 AGENCY: (j) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1138; fax 425–227–1149. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116ACO-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved [RIN 0694–AG17] HHS. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Mar 06, 2015 Jkt 235001 (k) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2013– 0268, dated November 7, 2013, for related information. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=FAA-2013-0834-0003. (2) 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 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. Issued in Renton, Washington, on February 20, 2015. Victor Wicklund, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. Comments may be submitted: • Via the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Search for this rule using its regulations.gov docket number: BIS–2015–0010. • By email directly to publiccomments@bis.doc.gov. Include ‘‘RIN 0694–AG17’’ in the subject line. • By mail or delivery to Regulatory Policy Division, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 2099B, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. Refer to ‘‘RIN 0694–AG17.’’ ADDRESSES: Dated: March 3, 2015. Matthew S. Borman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Administration. [FR Doc. 2015–05324 Filed 3–6–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–33–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Parts 201, 606, and 610 [Docket No. FDA–2007–N–0363] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P RIN 0910–AG18 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry and Security U.S. Industrial Base Surveys Pursuant to the Defense Production Act of 1950; Correction Bureau of Industry and Security, Commerce. ACTION: Proposed rule; correction. AGENCY: This rule corrects the preamble to a proposed rule published in the Federal Register of March 3, 2015, regarding U.S. Industrial Base Surveys by adding the inadvertently omitted ADDRESSES Caption. DATES: March 9, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Arvin, Bureau of Industry and Security Regulatory Policy Division, 202–482–2440 or william.arvin@ bis.doc.gov. SUMMARY: Correction In proposed rule FR Doc. 2015–04299, on page 11350 in the issue of March 3, 2015, in the first column, immediately following the DATES section, add the following: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Electronic Distribution of Prescribing Information for Human Prescription Drugs, Including Biological Products; Extension of Comment Period Food and Drug Administration, Proposed rule; extension of comment period. ACTION: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending the comment period for the proposed rule that appeared in the Federal Register of December 18, 2014. In the proposed rule, FDA requested comments on its proposal to amend its labeling regulations for human prescription drugs and biological products to require that the prescribing information intended for health care professionals that is on or within the package from which the product is dispensed be distributed electronically and not in paper form, except as provided by the proposed rule. 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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 45 (Monday, March 9, 2015)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 12360-12364]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-05031]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0834; Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-045-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); reopening of 
comment period.

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SUMMARY: We are revising an earlier proposed Airworthiness Directive 
(AD) for certain Airbus Model A330 series airplanes. The NPRM proposed 
to require revising the maintenance program or inspection program, as 
applicable, to incorporate certain maintenance requirements and 
airworthiness limitations. The NPRM was prompted by a determination 
that more restrictive maintenance requirements and airworthiness 
limitations are necessary. This action revises the NPRM by proposing to 
supersede AD 2007-05-12, AD 2009-18-20, and AD 2010-15-02 in addition 
to those ADs already identified in the NPRM, as well as to require more 
restrictive limitations and to add Airbus Model A330-323 airplanes to 
the applicability. We are proposing this supplemental NPRM (SNPRM) to 
address the aging effects of aircraft systems. Such aging effects could 
change the characteristics of those systems, which, in isolation or in 
combination with one or more other specific failures or events, could 
result in failure of certain life limited parts, which could reduce the 
structural integrity of the airplane or reduce the controllability of 
the airplane. Since these actions impose an additional burden over 
those proposed in the NPRM, we are reopening the comment period to 
allow the public the chance to comment on these proposed changes.

DATES: We must receive comments on this SNPRM by April 23, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: (202) 493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this proposed 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.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FAA-2013-0834 or in person at the 
Docket Management

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Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except 
Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed 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. It is also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2013-
0834.

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:

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address 
listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2013-0834; 
Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-045-AD'' at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We 
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend 
this proposed AD based on those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this proposed AD.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Airbus issued A330 Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) Part 4--
Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, and 
Airbus A330 ALS Part 4--Aging Systems Maintenance (ASM), Variation 4.1 
and Variation 4.2, both dated July 23, 2014. This service information 
describes preventative maintenance requirements and associated 
airworthiness limitations applicable to aircraft systems susceptible to 
aging effects. The actions described in this service information are 
intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI. This 
service information is reasonably available; see ADDRESSES for ways to 
access this service information.

Discussion

    On February 22, 2007, we issued AD 2007-05-12, Amendment 39-14973 
(72 FR 10057, March 7, 2007), for certain Airbus Model A330, A340-200, 
and A340-300 series airplanes. AD 2007-05-12 requires inspecting to 
determine the part number of certain spoiler servo controls (SSCs) and 
replacing any affected SSC with a new SSC. AD 2007-05-12 resulted from 
a determination of a new load duty cycle defined by the manufacturer. 
We issued AD 2007-05-12 to prevent fatigue cracking of certain SSCs, 
which could result in hydraulic leakage and consequent loss of SSC 
function and loss of the associated hydraulic system. These conditions 
could affect all three hydraulic systems, which could result in reduced 
controllability of the airplane.
    On August 26, 2009, we issued AD 2009-18-20, Amendment 39-16017 (74 
FR 46313, September 9, 2009), for certain Airbus Model A330-300, A340-
200, and A340-300 series airplanes. AD 2009-18-20 requires 
identification and modification of certain SSCs. AD 2009-18-20 resulted 
from a report of a failure of a SSC whose maintenance cover had 
ruptured due to pressure pulse fatigue. We issued AD 2009-18-20 to 
prevent the loss of a hydraulic system due to leakage; loss of three 
hydraulic systems could result in reduced controllability of the 
airplane.
    On June 30, 2010, we issued AD 2010-15-02, Amendment 39-16368 (75 
FR 42589, July 22, 2010), for certain Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 
series airplanes, and A340-200, -300, -500, and -600 series airplanes. 
AD 2010-15-02 requires repetitive detailed visual inspections for 
corrosion and wear detection of the input gear boxes (IPGBs) and down 
drive shafts (DDSs) on the flap tracks on both wings, and corrective 
actions, as applicable. AD 2010-15-02 resulted from reports of 
corrosion and damage on the DDSs and IPGBs on the flap tracks. We 
issued AD 2010-15-02 to detect and correct corrosion and wear due to 
absence of grease in the spline interfaces which could cause DDS 
disconnection and result in a free movable flap surface, potentially 
leading to aircraft asymmetry or even flap detachment, and reduce the 
ability of the flightcrew to maintain the safe flight and landing of 
the airplane.
    We issued an NPRM to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that 
would apply to certain Airbus Model A330 series airplanes. The NPRM 
published in the Federal Register on November 7, 2013 (78 FR 66861).
    The NPRM proposed to supersede AD 2003-14-11, Amendment 39-13230 
(68 FR 41521, July 14, 2003); AD 2004-11-08, Amendment 39-13654 (69 FR 
31874, June 8, 2004); AD 2004-13-25, Amendment 39-13707 (69 FR 41394, 
July 9, 2004); AD 2004-18-14, Amendment 39-13793 (69 FR 55326, 
September 14, 2004); AD 2008-06-07, Amendment 39-15419 (73 FR 13103, 
March 12, 2008; corrected April 15, 2008 (73 FR 20367)); and AD 2012-
04-07, Amendment 39-16963 (77 FR 12989, March 5, 2012) to require 
actions intended to address the aging effects of aircraft systems. Such 
aging effects could change the characteristics of those systems, which, 
in isolation or in combination with one or more other specific failures 
or events, could result in failure of certain life limited parts, which 
could reduce the structural integrity of the airplane or reduce the 
controllability of the airplane.

Actions Since the NPRM (78 FR 66861, November 7, 2013) Was Issued

    Since we issued the NPRM (78 FR 66861, November 7, 2013), we 
received Airbus A330 Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) Part 4--
Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, and 
Airbus A330 ALS Part 4--Aging Systems Maintenance (ASM), Variation 4.1 
and Variation 4.2, both dated July 23, 2014, which contain more 
restrictive maintenance requirements. We determined that more 
restrictive maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations are 
necessary and that Airbus Model A330-323 airplanes need to be added to 
the applicability of this AD in order to address the unsafe condition.
    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, also issued new EASA 
AD 2013-0268, dated November 7, 2013 (referred to after this as the 
Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to 
correct an unsafe condition on certain Airbus Model A330 series 
airplanes. EASA AD 2013-0268 supersedes and retains the requirements of 
four EASA ADs and requires accomplishment of the actions specified in 
Airbus A330 Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) Part 4--Aging 
Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013. The MCAI 
states:

    The airworthiness limitations for Airbus aeroplanes are 
currently published in Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) 
documents.
    The airworthiness limitations applicable to the Ageing Systems 
Maintenance (ASM) are

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given in Airbus A330 ALS Part 4, which is approved by EASA.
    Revision 04 of Airbus A330 ALS Part 4 introduces more 
restrictive maintenance requirements and/or airworthiness 
limitations. Failure to comply with these instructions could result 
in an unsafe condition.
    For the reason described above, this [EASA] AD retains the 
requirements of EASA AD 2012-0020, which is superseded, and requires 
accomplishment of the actions specified in Airbus A330 ALS Part 4 at 
Revision 04.
    In addition, this [EASA] AD also supersedes EASA AD 2006-0159, 
EASA AD 2008-0026, and EASA AD 2008-0160 [which correspond to FAA 
ADs 2007-05-12, Amendment 39-14973 (72 FR 10057, March 7, 2007); 
2010-15-02, Amendment 39-16368 (75 FR 42589, July 22, 2010); and 
2009-18-20, Amendment 39-16017 (74 FR 46313, September 9, 2009), 
respectively], whose requirements applicable to A330 aeroplanes have 
been transferred into Airbus A330 ALS Part 4.

The unsafe condition is the aging effects of aircraft systems. Such 
aging effects could change the characteristics of those systems, which, 
in isolation or in combination with one or more other specific failures 
or events, could result in failure of certain life limited parts, which 
could reduce the structural integrity of the airplane or reduce the 
controllability of the airplane. You may examine the MCAI in the AD 
docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for 
and locating it in Docket No. FAA-2013-0834.

Related Rulemaking

    We have issued AD 2014-23-17, Amendment 18033 (79 FR 71304, 
December 2, 2014) for Airbus Model A340-211, -212, -213, -311, -312, -
313, -541, and -642 airplanes. AD 2014-23-17 terminates the 
requirements of the following ADs for Airbus Model A340-211, -212, -
213, -311, -312, -313, -541, and -642 airplanes.
     AD 2003-14-11, Amendment 39-13230 (68 FR 41521, July 14, 
2003);
     AD 2004-11-08, Amendment 39-13654 (69 FR 31874, June 8, 
2004);
     AD 2004-13-25, Amendment 39-13707 (69 FR 41394, July 9, 
2004);
     AD 2004-18-14, Amendment 39-13793 (69 FR 55326, September 
14, 2004);
     AD 2007-05-12, Amendment 39-14973 (72 FR 10057, March 7, 
2007);
     AD 2008-06-07, Amendment 39-15419 (73 FR 13103, March 12, 
2008; corrected April 15, 2008 (73 FR 20367));
     AD 2009-18-20, Amendment 39-16017 (74 FR 46313, September 
9, 2009);
     AD 2010-15-02, Amendment 39-16368 (75 FR 42589, July 22, 
2010); and
     AD 2012-04-07, Amendment 39-16963 (77 FR 12989, March 5, 
2012).

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this proposed AD. We have considered the comment received on the NPRM 
(78 FR 66861, November 7, 2013) and the FAA's response to each comment.

Request To Add Airplane Model to the Applicability

    Delta Airlines (Delta) requested that we add Airbus Model A330-323 
airplanes to paragraph (c), ``Applicability,'' of the NPRM (78 FR 
66861, November 7, 2013).
    We agree. Airbus Model A330-323 airplanes were erroneously omitted 
from the applicability. We have revised the applicability of this 
proposed AD to add these airplanes.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This SNPRM

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another 
country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant 
to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have 
been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service 
information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we 
evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition 
exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of these 
same type designs.
    This proposed AD would retain none of the requirements of the 
following ADs:
     AD 2007-05-12, Amendment 39-14973 (72 FR 10057, March 7, 
2007);
     AD 2009-18-20, Amendment 39-16017 (74 FR 46313, September 
9, 2009); and
     AD 2010-15-02, Amendment 39-16368 (75 FR 42589, July 22, 
2010).
    This proposed AD would require implementation of certain 
maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations and adding 
Airbus Model A330-323 airplanes to the applicability. Certain changes 
described above expand the scope of the NPRM (78 FR 66861, November 7, 
2013). As a result, we have determined that it is necessary to reopen 
the comment period to provide additional opportunity for the public to 
comment on this SNPRM.

Differences Between This SNPRM and the Service Information

    This SNPRM proposes to incorporate Airbus A330 ALS Part 4--Aging 
Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, including the 
compliance times for the actions. However, the compliance times for 
certain initial actions are different from those specified in Airbus 
A330 ALS Part 4--Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 
27, 2013, because the actions and associated compliance times are 
required by AD 2009-18-20, Amendment 39-16017 (74 FR 46313, September 
9, 2009). Therefore, the initial compliance time for these actions is 
relative to the effective date of the applicable superseded AD, as 
specified in paragraphs (h)(5), (h)(6), and (h)(7) of this SNPRM.
    The MCAI specifies that if there are findings from the ALS 
inspection tasks, corrective actions must be accomplished in accordance 
with Airbus maintenance documentation. However, this AD does not 
include that requirement. Operators of U.S.-registered airplanes are 
required by general airworthiness and operational regulations to 
perform maintenance using methods that are acceptable to the FAA. We 
consider those methods to be adequate to address any corrective actions 
necessitated by the findings of ALS inspections required by this AD.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this SNPRM affects 79 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    We estimate that it would take about 2 work-hours per product to 
comply with the new basic requirements of this SNPRM. The average labor 
rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost $0 per product. 
Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this SNPRM on U.S. 
operators to be $13,430, or $170 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.

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Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 this proposed 
regulation:
    1. Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866;
    2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979);
    3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and
    4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

The Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 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
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a. Removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2003-14-11, Amendment 39-13230 
(68 FR 41521, July 14, 2003); AD 2004-11-08, Amendment 39-13654 (69 FR 
31874, June 8, 2004); AD 2004-13-25, Amendment 39-13707 (69 FR 41394, 
July 9, 2004); AD 2004-18-14, Amendment 39-13793 (69 FR 55326, 
September 14, 2004); AD 2007-05-12, Amendment 39-14973 (72 FR 10057, 
March 7, 2007); AD 2008-06-07, Amendment 39-15419 (73 FR 13103, March 
12, 2008; corrected April 15, 2008 (73 FR 20367)); AD 2009-18-20, 
Amendment 39-16017 (74 FR 46313, September 9, 2009); AD 2010-15-02, 
Amendment 39-16368 (75 FR 42589, July 22, 2010); AD 2012-04-07, 
Amendment 39-16963 (77 FR 12989, March 5, 2012); and
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b. Adding the following new AD:

Airbus: Docket No. FAA-2013-0834; Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-
045-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by April 23, 2015.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD supersedes the ADs specified in paragraphs (b)(1) 
through (b)(9) of this AD.
    (1) AD 2003-14-11, Amendment 39-13230 (68 FR 41521, July 14, 
2003).
    (2) AD 2004-11-08, Amendment 39-13654 (69 FR 31874, June 8, 
2004).
    (3) AD 2004-13-25, Amendment 39-13707 (69 FR 41394, July 9, 
2004).
    (4) AD 2004-18-14, Amendment 39-13793 (69 FR 55326, September 
14, 2004).
    (5) AD 2007-05-12, Amendment 39-14973 (72 FR 10057, March 7, 
2007).
    (6) AD 2008-06-07, Amendment 39-15419 (73 FR 13103, March 12, 
2008; corrected April 15, 2008 (73 FR 20367)).
    (7) AD 2009-18-20, Amendment 39-16017 (74 FR 46313, September 9, 
2009).
    (8) AD 2010-15-02, Amendment 39-16368 (75 FR 42589, July 22, 
2010).
    (9) AD 2012-04-07, Amendment 39-16963 (77 FR 12989, March 5, 
2012).

(c) Applicability

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

(d) Subject

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

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by a determination that more restrictive 
maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations are 
necessary. We are issuing this AD to address the aging effects of 
aircraft systems. Such aging effects could change the 
characteristics of those systems, which, in isolation or in 
combination with one or more other specific failures or events, 
could result in failure of certain life limited parts, which could 
reduce the structural integrity of the airplane or reduce the 
controllability of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Maintenance Program Revision and Actions

    Within 6 months after the effective date of this AD, revise the 
maintenance program or inspection program, as applicable, by 
incorporating Airbus A330 Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) 
Part 4--Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 
2013, and Airbus A330 ALS Part 4--Aging Systems Maintenance (ASM), 
Variation 4.1 and Variation 4.2, both dated July 23, 2014. The 
initial compliance times for the actions are within the applicable 
compliance times specified in the Record of Revisions pages of 
Airbus A330 ALS Part 4--Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, 
dated August 27, 2013, Airbus A330 ALS Part 4--Aging Systems 
Maintenance (ASM), Variation 4.1 and Variation 4.2, both dated July 
23, 2014, or within 6 months after the effective date of this AD, 
whichever is later, except as required by paragraph (h) of this AD.

(h) Exceptions to Initial Compliance Times

    (1) Where Airbus A330 ALS Part 4--Aging Systems Maintenance, 
Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, defines a calendar compliance 
time for elevator servo-controls having part number (P/N) SC4800-2, 
SC4800-3, SC4800-4, SC4800-6, SC4800-7, or SC4800-8 as ``August 31, 
2004,'' the calendar compliance time is June 13, 2007 (34 months 
after August 13, 2004 (the effective date of AD 2004-13-25, 
Amendment 39-13707 (69 FR 41394, July 9, 2004))).
    (2) Where Airbus A330 ALS Part 4--Aging Systems Maintenance, 
Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, defines a calendar compliance 
time for spoiler servo-controls (SSCs) having P/N 1386A0000-01, P/N 
1386B0000-01, P/N 1387A0000-01 or P/N 1387B0000-01 as ``December 31, 
2003,'' the calendar compliance time is November 19, 2005 (13 months 
after October 19, 2004 (the effective date of AD 2004-18-14, 
Amendment 39-13793 (69 FR 55326, September 14, 2004))).
    (3) Where Airbus A330 ALS Part 4--Aging Systems Maintenance, 
Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, defines a calendar compliance 
time for elevator servo-controls having P/N SC4800-73, SC4800-93, 
SC4800-103 and SC4800-113 as ``June 30, 2008,'' the calendar 
compliance time is September 16, 2009 (17 months after April 16, 
2008 (the effective date of AD 2008-06-07, Amendment 39-15419 (73 FR 
13103, March 12, 2008; corrected April 15, 2008 (73 FR 20367)))).
    (4) The initial compliance time for replacement of the 
retraction brackets of the main landing gear (MLG) having a part 
number specified in paragraphs (h)(4)(i) through (h)(4)(xvi) of this 
AD is before the accumulation of 19,800 total landings on the 
affected retraction brackets of the MLG, or within 900 flight hours 
after April 9, 2012 (the effective date of AD 2012-04-07, Amendment 
39-16963 (77 FR 12989, March 5, 2012), whichever occurs later.

(i) 201478303
(ii) 201478304
(iii) 201478305
(iv) 201478306
(v) 201478307
(vi) 201478308
(vii) 201428380
(viii) 201428381
(ix) 201428382
(x) 201428383
(xi) 201428384
(xii) 201428385
(xiii) 201428378
(xiv) 201428379
(xv) 201428351
(xvi) 201428352

    (5) Where Airbus A330 ALS Part 4--Aging Systems Maintenance, 
Revision 04, dated August 27, 2013, defines a calendar compliance 
time for the modification of SSCs on three hydraulic circuits having 
part numbers MZ4339390-01X, MZ4306000-01X,

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MZ4339390-02X, MZ4306000-02X, MZ4339390-10X, or MZ4306000-10X as 
``March 5, 2010,'' the calendar compliance time is April 14, 2011 
(18 months after October 14, 2009 (the effective date of AD 2009-18-
20, Amendment 39-16017 (74 FR 46313, September 9, 2009))).
    (6) Where Note (6) of ``ATA 27-64-00 Flight Control--Spoiler 
Hydraulic Actuation,'' of Sub-part 4-2-1, ``Life Limits,'' of Sub-
part 4-2, ``Systems Life Limited Components,'' of Airbus A330 ALS 
Part 4--Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 
2013, defines a calendar date of ``September 5, 2008,'' as a date 
for the determination of accumulated flight cycles since the 
aircraft initial entry into service, the date is October 14, 2009 
(the effective date of AD 2009-18-20, Amendment 39-16017 (74 FR 
46313, September 9, 2009)).
    (7) Where Note (6) of ``ATA 27-64-00 Flight Control--Spoiler 
Hydraulic Actuation,'' of Sub-part 4-2-1, ``Life Limits,'' of Sub-
part 4-2, ``Systems Life Limited Components,'' of Airbus A330 ALS 
Part 4--Aging Systems Maintenance, Revision 04, dated August 27, 
2013, defines a calendar compliance time as ``March 5, 2010,'' for 
the modification of affected servo controls, the calendar compliance 
time is April 14, 2011 (18 months after October 14, 2009 (the 
effective date of AD 2009-18-20, Amendment 39-16017 (74 FR 46313, 
September 9, 2009))).

(i) No Alternative Actions or Intervals

    After accomplishing the revision required by paragraph (g) 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 (j)(1) of this AD.

(j) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using 
the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 
39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight 
Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information 
directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Vladimir 
Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, 
WA 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-1138; fax 425-227-1149. Information 
may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-ACO-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using 
any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or 
lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight 
standards district office/certificate holding district office. The 
AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD.
    (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD 
to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be 
accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International 
Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the 
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Airbus's EASA Design 
Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval 
must include the DOA-authorized signature.

(k) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2013-0268, dated 
November 7, 2013, for related information. You may examine the MCAI 
in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2013-0834-0003.
    (2) 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 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.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on February 20, 2015.
Victor Wicklund,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-05031 Filed 3-6-15; 8:45 am]
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