Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 59032-59035 [2015-24672]

Download as PDF 59032 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 190 / Thursday, October 1, 2015 / Rules and Regulations satisfies the requirements of the applicable regulations of subchapter C, Aircraft. The accountable manager must serve as the primary contact with the FAA. ■ 9. Revise § 21.605 to read as follows: § 21.605 PART 45—IDENTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION MARKING 10. The authority citation for part 45 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40103, 40113– 40114, 44101–44105, 44107–44111, 44504, 44701, 44708–44709, 44711–44713, 44725, 45302–45303, 46104, 46304, 46306, 47122. 11. Revise § 45.11(c) introductory text to read as follows: ■ Marking of products. * srobinson on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES [FR Doc. 2015–24950 Filed 9–30–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P Organization. (a) Each applicant for or holder of a TSO authorization must provide the FAA with a document— (1) Describing how its organization will ensure compliance with the provisions of this subpart; (2) Describing assigned responsibilities, delegated authorities, and the functional relationship of those responsible for quality to management and other organizational components; and (3) Identifying an accountable manager. (b) The accountable manager specified in paragraph (a) of this section must be responsible within the applicant’s or production approval holder’s organization for, and have authority over, all production operations conducted under this part. The accountable manager must confirm that the procedures described in the quality manual required by § 21.608 are in place and that the production approval holder satisfies the requirements of the applicable regulations of subchapter C, Aircraft. The accountable manager must serve as the primary contact with the FAA. § 45.11 Issued under authority provided by 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 44701(a), and 44703 in Washington, DC, on September 25, 2015. Michael P. Huerta, Administrator. * * * * (c) Propellers and propeller blades and hubs. Each person who produces a propeller, propeller blade, or propeller hub under a type certificate or production certificate must mark each product or part. Except for a fixed-pitch wooden propeller, the marking must be accomplished using an approved fireproof method. The marking must— * * * * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:54 Sep 30, 2015 Jkt 238001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2015–3981; Directorate Identifier 2015–NM–126–AD; Amendment 39–18280; AD 2015–20–02] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2013–02– 10 for all Airbus Model A330–200 Freighter series airplanes; Model A330– 200 and –300 series airplanes; and Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes. AD 2013–02–10 required an inspection of the rods to determine the manufacturer; and for affected parts, an inspection for any cracking of the rods, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This AD revises the affected airplanes of a certain paragraph of AD 2013–02–10 due to the discovery of an error. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking of the rods, which could result in rupture of rods that attach the belly fairing to the airframe, leading to separation of the belly fairing from the airframe, and consequent damage to airplane structure and airplane systems. DATES: This AD becomes effective October 16, 2015. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of March 8, 2013 (78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013). We must receive comments on this AD by November 16, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus 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. It is also available on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015– 3981. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015– 3981; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone: 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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 On January 16, 2013, we issued AD 2013–02–10, Amendment 39–17331 (78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013), which applied to all Airbus Model A330–200 Freighter series airplanes; Model A330– 200 and –300 series airplanes; and Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes. AD 2013–02–10 was prompted by a report of a manufacturing defect in certain rods installed in the belly fairing, which could lead to cracks at the crimped end of the rod. AD 2013– 02–10 required an inspection of the rods to determine the manufacturer; and for E:\FR\FM\01OCR1.SGM 01OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 190 / Thursday, October 1, 2015 / Rules and Regulations affected parts, an inspection for any cracking of the rods, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We issued AD 2013–02–10 to detect and correct cracking of the rods, which could result in rupture of rods that attach the belly fairing to the airframe, leading to separation of the belly fairing from the airframe, and consequent damage to airplane structure and airplane systems. Since we issued AD 2013–02–10, Amendment 39–17331 (78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013), we have discovered an inadvertent error in the identification of the affected airplane models in the inspection requirements of AD 2013– 02–10. Paragraph (g) of AD 2013–02–10 referred to Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, and –313 airplanes, but did not limit the affected airplanes to certain manufacturer serial numbers. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2012–0005, dated January 10, 2012 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for Airbus Model A330–200 Freighter series airplanes; Model A330–200 and –300 series airplanes; and Model A340– 200 and –300 series airplanes. The MCAI states: srobinson on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES A rod manufacturing process defect has been identified at the supplier, Technical Airborne Components Industries (TAC), which could lead to cracks at the crimped end of the rod. A design review of all affected rods has demonstrated that rupture of rods which attach the belly fairing can lead to separation of the belly fairing from the airframe, which would constitute an unsafe condition. For the reasons described above, this AD requires detailed visual inspections of the 21 affected rods installed in the belly fairing for manufacturer identification, and if TAC is identified as manufacturer, or if the manufacturer cannot be identified, to further inspect the rods to find any crack, using a high frequency eddy current (HFEC) method and, depending on findings, accomplishment of the applicable corrective actions, to ensure structural integrity of the belly fairing rods. This AD also prohibits installation of an affected TAC rod as replacement part in the belly fairing to all aeroplanes. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015–3981. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This AD This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:54 Sep 30, 2015 Jkt 238001 bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of these same type designs. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Airbus has issued Service Bulletins A330–53–3186 and A340–53–4185, both Revision 01, both dated April 7, 2011. The service information describes procedures for an inspection of the rods to determine the manufacturer; and for affected parts, an inspection for any cracking of the rods, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section of this AD. FAA’s Determination of the Effective Date We are superseding AD 2013–02–10, Amendment 39–17331 (78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013), to correct an error in the identification of the affected airplane models in the inspection requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 2013–02–10. We have made no other changes to the requirements published in AD 2013–02–10. Also, we have determined that this change is relieving to certain operators of the Airbus Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, and –313 airplanes and imposes no additional burden on any operator. Therefore, we determined that notice and opportunity for public comment before issuing this AD are unnecessary. Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not precede it by notice and opportunity for public comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2015–3981; Directorate Identifier 2015–NM–126– AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this AD because of those comments. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 59033 We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this AD. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 54 airplanes of U.S. registry. The actions required by AD 2013–02– 10, Amendment 39–17331 (78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013), and retained in this AD take about 13 work-hours 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 2013–02–10 is $59,670, or $1,105 per product. In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions will take about 28 work-hours and require parts costing $0, for a cost of $2,380 per product. Where the service information lists required parts costs that are covered under warranty, we have assumed that there will be no charge for these parts. As we do not control warranty coverage for affected parties, some parties may incur costs higher than estimated here. We have no way of determining the number of aircraft that might need these actions. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,’’ describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in ‘‘Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and E:\FR\FM\01OCR1.SGM 01OCR1 59034 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 190 / Thursday, October 1, 2015 / Rules and Regulations responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and 4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. 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) 2013–02–10, Amendment 39–17331 (78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013), and adding the following new AD: ■ 2015–20–02 Airbus: Amendment 39–18280. Docket No. FAA–2015–3981; Directorate Identifier 2015–NM–126–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD becomes effective October 16, 2015. srobinson on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2013–02–10, Amendment 39–17331 (78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013). (c) Applicability This AD applies to all airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD, certificated in any category. (1) Airbus Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, –223F, –243, –243F, –301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes. (2) Airbus Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, and –313 airplanes. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 53, Fuselage. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by a report of a manufacturing defect in certain rods installed VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:54 Sep 30, 2015 Jkt 238001 in the belly fairing, which could lead to cracks at the crimped end of the rod, and by the discovery of an error in the affected airplanes of a certain paragraph of AD 2013– 02–10. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking of the rods, which could result in rupture of rods that attach the belly fairing to the airframe, leading to separation of the belly fairing from the airframe, and consequent damage to airplane structure and airplane systems. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Retained Inspections and Applicable Related Investigative and Corrective Actions With Revised Affected Airplanes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 2013–02–10, Amendment 39–17331 (78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013), with revised affected airplanes. For Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, –223F, –243, –243F, –301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes; and Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, and –313 airplanes, having manufacturer serial numbers (MSN) 0002 to 1113 inclusive, except MSNs 0996, 1039, 1054, 1059, 1105, 1107, 1108, and 1112: Within 72 months after March 8, 2013 (the effective date of AD 2013– 02–10), accomplish the actions in paragraphs (g)(1) and (g)(2) of this AD, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330–53–3186, Revision 01, dated April 7, 2011 (for Model A330 airplanes); or A340–53–4185, Revision 01, dated April 7, 2011 (for Model A340 airplanes). (1) Do a detailed inspection of the 21 rods of the belly fairing identified in Airbus Service Bulletin A330–53–3186, Revision 01, dated April 7, 2011 (for Model A330 airplanes); or A340–53–4185, Revision 01, dated April 7, 2011 (for Model A340 airplanes); for rod manufacturer identification. A review of airplane maintenance records is acceptable in lieu of this inspection if the manufacturer of the rods can be conclusively determined from that review. (2) If the rod manufacturer is found to be Technical Airborne Components Industries (TAC), or if the manufacturer cannot be identified, do a high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspection for cracking of the crimped end of the rod body and, if any crack is found, before further flight, do all applicable related investigative and corrective actions. (h) Retained Parts Installation Limitations With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 2013–02–10, Amendment 39–17331 (78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013), with no changes. As of March 8, 2013 (the effective date of AD 2013–02–10), no person may install any affected TAC rod, as identified in Airbus Service Bulletin A330–53–3186, Revision 01, dated April 7, 2011; or A340–53–4185, Revision 01, dated April 7, 2011; as applicable; on any airplane unless the rod has passed (found to have no PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 cracking) the inspection as required by paragraph (g)(2) of this AD. (i) Retained Credit for Previous Actions With No Changes This paragraph restates the credit provided by paragraph (i) of AD 2013–02–10, Amendment 39–17331 (78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013), with no changes. This paragraph provides credit for the inspections and corrective actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD, if those actions were performed before March 8, 2013 (the effective date of AD 2013–02–10), using Airbus Service Bulletin A330–53–3186, dated January 17, 2011 (for Model A330 airplanes); or A340– 53–4185, dated January 17, 2011 (for Model A340 airplanes); which are not incorporated by reference in this AD. (j) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: 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: 9ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. 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. (k) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA AD 2012–0005, dated January 10, 2012, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015–3981. (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is E:\FR\FM\01OCR1.SGM 01OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 190 / Thursday, October 1, 2015 / Rules and Regulations available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (l)(4) and (l)(5) of this AD. (l) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise. (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on March 8, 2013 (78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013). (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–53–3186, Revision 01, dated April 7, 2011. (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–53–4185, Revision 01, dated April 7, 2011. (4) 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. (5) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. (6) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Renton, Washington, on September 17, 2015. John P. Piccola, Jr., Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2015–24672 Filed 9–30–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2015–1388; Airspace Docket No. 15–ASW–3] Establishment of Class E Airspace; Sheridan, AR Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This action establishes Class E airspace at Sheridan, AR. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) at Sheridan Municipal Airport. The FAA is taking this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport. srobinson on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:54 Sep 30, 2015 Jkt 238001 Effective 0901 UTC, December 10, 2015. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under title 1, Code of Federal Regulations, part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments. ADDRESSES: FAA Order 7400.9, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed on line at http://www.faa.gov/air_ traffic/publications. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy and ATC Regulations Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC, 29591; telephone: 202–267–8783. The order is also available for inspection 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/code_of_federalregulations/ibr_locations.html. FAA Order 7400.9, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points is published yearly and effective on September 15. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Shelby, Central Service Center, Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone: 817–868– 2914. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: Authority for This Rulemaking 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 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 regulation is within the scope of that authority as it establishes controlled airspace at Sheridan Municipal Airport, Sheridan, AR. History On June 22, 2015, the FAA published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to establish Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Sheridan Municipal Airport, PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 59035 Sheridan, AR (80 FR 35598). Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received. Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9Z, dated August 6, 2015, and effective September 15, 2015, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR part 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order. Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference This document amends FAA Order 7400.9Z, airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2015, and effective September 15, 2015. FAA Order 7400.9Z is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this final rule. FAA Order 7400.9Z lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points. The Rule This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 71 by establishing Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6 mile radius of Sheridan Municipal Airport, Sheridan, AR, to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at the airport. This action enhances the safety and management of IFR operations at the airport. Regulatory Notices and Analyses The FAA has determined that this regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. Therefore, this regulation: (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 only affects air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, when promulgated, does not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Environmental Review The FAA has determined that this action qualifies for categorical exclusion under the National Environmental E:\FR\FM\01OCR1.SGM 01OCR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2015-3981; Directorate Identifier 2015-NM-126-AD; 
Amendment 39-18280; AD 2015-20-02]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2013-02-10 for 
all Airbus Model A330-200 Freighter series airplanes; Model A330-200 
and -300 series airplanes; and Model A340-200 and -300 series 
airplanes. AD 2013-02-10 required an inspection of the rods to 
determine the manufacturer; and for affected parts, an inspection for 
any cracking of the rods, and related investigative and corrective 
actions if necessary. This AD revises the affected airplanes of a 
certain paragraph of AD 2013-02-10 due to the discovery of an error. We 
are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking of the rods, which 
could result in rupture of rods that attach the belly fairing to the 
airframe, leading to separation of the belly fairing from the airframe, 
and consequent damage to airplane structure and airplane systems.

DATES: This AD becomes effective October 16, 2015.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of March 8, 2013 
(78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013).
    We must receive comments on this AD by November 16, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus 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. It is also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-
3981.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-
3981; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket 
contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and 
other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office 
(telephone: 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be 
available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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

    On January 16, 2013, we issued AD 2013-02-10, Amendment 39-17331 
(78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013), which applied to all Airbus Model A330-
200 Freighter series airplanes; Model A330-200 and -300 series 
airplanes; and Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes. AD 2013-02-10 
was prompted by a report of a manufacturing defect in certain rods 
installed in the belly fairing, which could lead to cracks at the 
crimped end of the rod. AD 2013-02-10 required an inspection of the 
rods to determine the manufacturer; and for

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affected parts, an inspection for any cracking of the rods, and related 
investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We issued AD 2013-
02-10 to detect and correct cracking of the rods, which could result in 
rupture of rods that attach the belly fairing to the airframe, leading 
to separation of the belly fairing from the airframe, and consequent 
damage to airplane structure and airplane systems.
    Since we issued AD 2013-02-10, Amendment 39-17331 (78 FR 7257, 
February 1, 2013), we have discovered an inadvertent error in the 
identification of the affected airplane models in the inspection 
requirements of AD 2013-02-10. Paragraph (g) of AD 2013-02-10 referred 
to Model A340-211, -212, -213, -311, -312, and -313 airplanes, but did 
not limit the affected airplanes to certain manufacturer serial 
numbers.
    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 
2012-0005, dated January 10, 2012 (referred to after this as the 
Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to 
correct an unsafe condition for Airbus Model A330-200 Freighter series 
airplanes; Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes; and Model A340-200 
and -300 series airplanes. The MCAI states:

    A rod manufacturing process defect has been identified at the 
supplier, Technical Airborne Components Industries (TAC), which 
could lead to cracks at the crimped end of the rod.
    A design review of all affected rods has demonstrated that 
rupture of rods which attach the belly fairing can lead to 
separation of the belly fairing from the airframe, which would 
constitute an unsafe condition.
    For the reasons described above, this AD requires detailed 
visual inspections of the 21 affected rods installed in the belly 
fairing for manufacturer identification, and if TAC is identified as 
manufacturer, or if the manufacturer cannot be identified, to 
further inspect the rods to find any crack, using a high frequency 
eddy current (HFEC) method and, depending on findings, 
accomplishment of the applicable corrective actions, to ensure 
structural integrity of the belly fairing rods. This AD also 
prohibits installation of an affected TAC rod as replacement part in 
the belly fairing to all aeroplanes.

    You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-
3981.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This AD

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another 
country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant 
to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have 
been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service 
information referenced above. We are issuing this AD because we 
evaluated all pertinent information and determined the unsafe condition 
exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of these 
same type designs.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Airbus has issued Service Bulletins A330-53-3186 and A340-53-4185, 
both Revision 01, both dated April 7, 2011. The service information 
describes procedures for an inspection of the rods to determine the 
manufacturer; and for affected parts, an inspection for any cracking of 
the rods, and related investigative and corrective actions if 
necessary. This service information is reasonably available because the 
interested parties have access to it through their normal course of 
business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section of this 
AD.

FAA's Determination of the Effective Date

    We are superseding AD 2013-02-10, Amendment 39-17331 (78 FR 7257, 
February 1, 2013), to correct an error in the identification of the 
affected airplane models in the inspection requirements of paragraph 
(g) of AD 2013-02-10. We have made no other changes to the requirements 
published in AD 2013-02-10. Also, we have determined that this change 
is relieving to certain operators of the Airbus Model A340-211, -212, -
213, -311, -312, and -313 airplanes and imposes no additional burden on 
any operator. Therefore, we determined that notice and opportunity for 
public comment before issuing this AD are unnecessary.

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety, and we did not precede it by notice and opportunity for public 
comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under 
the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2015-3981; Directorate 
Identifier 2015-NM-126-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. We 
specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, 
environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all 
comments received by the closing date and may amend this AD because of 
those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this AD.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 54 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    The actions required by AD 2013-02-10, Amendment 39-17331 (78 FR 
7257, February 1, 2013), and retained in this AD take about 13 work-
hours 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 2013-02-10 is $59,670, or $1,105 per product.
    In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions will 
take about 28 work-hours and require parts costing $0, for a cost of 
$2,380 per product. Where the service information lists required parts 
costs that are covered under warranty, we have assumed that there will 
be no charge for these parts. As we do not control warranty coverage 
for affected parties, some parties may incur costs higher than 
estimated here. We have no way of determining the number of aircraft 
that might need these actions.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications 
under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct 
effect on the States, on the relationship between the national 
government and the States, or on the distribution of power and

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responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:
    1. Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866;
    2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979);
    3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and
    4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

0
1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

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

Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 
2013-02-10, Amendment 39-17331 (78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013), and 
adding the following new AD:

2015-20-02 Airbus: Amendment 39-18280. Docket No. FAA-2015-3981; 
Directorate Identifier 2015-NM-126-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective October 16, 2015.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2013-02-10, Amendment 39-17331 (78 FR 7257, 
February 1, 2013).

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to all airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) 
and (c)(2) of this AD, certificated in any category.
    (1) Airbus Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, -223F, -243, -243F, 
-301, -302, -303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -342, and -343 airplanes.
    (2) Airbus Model A340-211, -212, -213, -311, -312, and -313 
airplanes.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 53, Fuselage.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by a report of a manufacturing defect in 
certain rods installed in the belly fairing, which could lead to 
cracks at the crimped end of the rod, and by the discovery of an 
error in the affected airplanes of a certain paragraph of AD 2013-
02-10. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking of the 
rods, which could result in rupture of rods that attach the belly 
fairing to the airframe, leading to separation of the belly fairing 
from the airframe, and consequent damage to airplane structure and 
airplane systems.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Retained Inspections and Applicable Related Investigative and 
Corrective Actions With Revised Affected Airplanes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 
2013-02-10, Amendment 39-17331 (78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013), with 
revised affected airplanes. For Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, -
223F, -243, -243F, -301, -302, -303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -342, 
and -343 airplanes; and Model A340-211, -212, -213, -311, -312, and 
-313 airplanes, having manufacturer serial numbers (MSN) 0002 to 
1113 inclusive, except MSNs 0996, 1039, 1054, 1059, 1105, 1107, 
1108, and 1112: Within 72 months after March 8, 2013 (the effective 
date of AD 2013-02-10), accomplish the actions in paragraphs (g)(1) 
and (g)(2) of this AD, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330-53-3186, Revision 01, 
dated April 7, 2011 (for Model A330 airplanes); or A340-53-4185, 
Revision 01, dated April 7, 2011 (for Model A340 airplanes).
    (1) Do a detailed inspection of the 21 rods of the belly fairing 
identified in Airbus Service Bulletin A330-53-3186, Revision 01, 
dated April 7, 2011 (for Model A330 airplanes); or A340-53-4185, 
Revision 01, dated April 7, 2011 (for Model A340 airplanes); for rod 
manufacturer identification. A review of airplane maintenance 
records is acceptable in lieu of this inspection if the manufacturer 
of the rods can be conclusively determined from that review.
    (2) If the rod manufacturer is found to be Technical Airborne 
Components Industries (TAC), or if the manufacturer cannot be 
identified, do a high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspection for 
cracking of the crimped end of the rod body and, if any crack is 
found, before further flight, do all applicable related 
investigative and corrective actions.

(h) Retained Parts Installation Limitations With No Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 
2013-02-10, Amendment 39-17331 (78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013), with 
no changes. As of March 8, 2013 (the effective date of AD 2013-02-
10), no person may install any affected TAC rod, as identified in 
Airbus Service Bulletin A330-53-3186, Revision 01, dated April 7, 
2011; or A340-53-4185, Revision 01, dated April 7, 2011; as 
applicable; on any airplane unless the rod has passed (found to have 
no cracking) the inspection as required by paragraph (g)(2) of this 
AD.

(i) Retained Credit for Previous Actions With No Changes

    This paragraph restates the credit provided by paragraph (i) of 
AD 2013-02-10, Amendment 39-17331 (78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013), 
with no changes. This paragraph provides credit for the inspections 
and corrective actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD, if 
those actions were performed before March 8, 2013 (the effective 
date of AD 2013-02-10), using Airbus Service Bulletin A330-53-3186, 
dated January 17, 2011 (for Model A330 airplanes); or A340-53-4185, 
dated January 17, 2011 (for Model A340 airplanes); which are not 
incorporated by reference in this AD.

(j) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using 
the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 
39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight 
Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information 
directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Vladimir 
Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, 
WA 98057-3356; telephone: 425-227-1138; fax: 425-227-1149. 
Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. 
Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal 
inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the 
local flight standards district office/certificate holding district 
office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this 
AD. 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.

(k) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) EASA AD 2012-0005, dated January 10, 2012, for related 
information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet 
at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket 
No. FAA-2015-3981.
    (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not 
incorporated by reference is

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available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (l)(4) and (l)(5) 
of this AD.

(l) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise.
    (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on 
March 8, 2013 (78 FR 7257, February 1, 2013).
    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-53-3186, Revision 01, dated 
April 7, 2011.
    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-53-4185, Revision 01, dated 
April 7, 2011.
    (4) 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.
    (5) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For 
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
425-227-1221.
    (6) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on September 17, 2015.
John P. Piccola, Jr.,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-24672 Filed 9-30-15; 8:45 am]
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