Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 63080-63083 [2015-26603]

Download as PDF 63080 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 201 / Monday, October 19, 2015 / Rules and Regulations modified FOHE (incorporating enhanced anti-icing and de-icing performance) is required to be installed on all Trent 700 engines through EASA AD 2009–0257 [http://ad.easa.europa.eu/ad/2009-0257] [which corresponds to FAA AD 2010–07–01, Amendment 39–16244 (75 FR 15326, March 29, 2010)]. Previously, the operation of the WSS at Rib 3 was no longer considered as a main contributory factor on ice build-up and subsequent release of ice into the fuel system. Based on the latest information, the deactivation of the automatic Standby Fuel Pump Scavenge System is no longer required. For the reasons described above, this Notice cancels EASA AD 2010–0132R1. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-06560004. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM (79 FR 59468, October 2, 2014), or on the determination of the cost to the public. Conclusion We reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD as proposed except for minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes: • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM (79 FR 59468, October 2, 2014) for correcting the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM (79 FR 59468, October 2, 2014). asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with FRONTMATTER 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Oct 16, 2015 Jkt 238001 Regulatory Findings We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and 4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=FAA-2014-0656; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone: 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. 2015–21–03 Airbus: Amendment 39–18295. Docket No. FAA–2014–0656; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–224–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD becomes effective November 23, 2015. (b) Affected ADs This AD removes AD 2010–08–08, Amendment 39–16263 (75 FR 19196, April 14, 2010); and AD 2011–06–04, Amendment 39–16628 (76 FR 13075, March 10, 2011). (c) Applicability This AD applies to the airplanes specified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD. (1) Airbus Model A330–243, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes, certificated in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, on which Airbus Modification 56966MP16199 has been embodied in production or Airbus Service Bulletin A330– 28–3105 has been embodied in service. (2) Airbus Model A330–243F airplanes, certificated in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers on which Airbus Modification 56966H16199 has been embodied in production or Airbus Service Bulletin A330– 28–3105 has been embodied in service. Issued in Renton, Washington, on October 6, 2015. Jeffrey E. Duven, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2015–26219 Filed 10–16–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. [Docket No. FAA–2015–4203; Directorate Identifier 2015–NM–142–AD; Amendment 39–18299; AD 2015–21–07] 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: (a) Removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2010–08–08, Amendment 39– 16263 (75 FR 19196, April 14, 2010); and AD 2011–06–04, Amendment 39– 16628 (76 FR 13075, March 10, 2011), and ■ (b) Adding the following new AD: ■ ■ PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Model A330–200, A330–200 Freighter, A330–300, A340–200, A340– 300, A340–500, and A340–600 series airplanes. This AD requires a detailed inspection of the girt installation of each escape slide and slide raft, and corrective action if necessary. This AD was prompted by a report of incorrect installation of the girt panel on passenger doors and an incorrectly installed quick release (girt) bar into the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19OCR1.SGM 19OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 201 / Monday, October 19, 2015 / Rules and Regulations girt panel of the slide raft. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct incorrect girt installation of the escape slide and slide raft, which could prevent slide deployment during an emergency, and result in reduced evacuation capacity from the airplane and possible injury to occupants. DATES: This AD becomes effective November 3, 2015. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of November 3, 2015. We must receive comments on this AD by December 3, 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 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– 4203. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with FRONTMATTER 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– 4203; 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Oct 16, 2015 Jkt 238001 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 The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2015–0183R1, dated September 29, 2015 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Airbus Model A330–200, A330–200 Freighter, A330–300, A340– 200, A340–300, A340–500, and A340– 600 series airplanes. The MCAI states: During inspections of two different A330 aeroplanes before delivery, incorrect connection of the girt panel was noticed on one passenger (PAX) door 2 and one PAX door 4. Further investigation revealed that the quick release (girt) bar was incorrectly installed into the girt panel of the affected slide raft. This condition, if not detected and corrected, would cause the slide pack to remain attached to the door, preventing slide deployment during an emergency (door in ‘‘ARMED’’ mode), leading to reduced evacuation capacity from the aeroplane and possible injury to occupants. Further inspections at the Airbus final assembly line revealed a third case of incorrect installation of girt panel, on one emergency exit door. Prompted by these findings, Airbus issued Alert Operators Transmission (AOT) A25L004–15 to provide inspection instructions. For the reasons described above, EASA issued AD 2015–0183 to require a one-time inspection of the escape slide and slide/raft attachments and, depending on findings, accomplishment of applicable corrective action(s) [including reinstalling the slide or declaring the affected door inoperative]. Since that AD was issued, it was found that the Applicability could be reduced by excluding some aeroplanes and that there was a need to clarify the applicable Airbus MPD Tasks and MRBR MSI. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015–4203. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Airbus has issued Alert Operators Transmission (AOT) A25L004–15, Rev 00, dated August 24, 2015. The service PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 63081 information describes procedures for performing a visual inspection of the girt installations of each slide and slide raft, and corrective action. 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 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. FAA’s Determination of the Effective Date An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because incorrect girt installation of the of escape slide and slide raft could prevent slide deployment during an emergency and result in reduced evacuation capacity from the airplane and possible injury to occupants. Therefore, we determined that notice and opportunity for public comment before issuing this AD are impracticable and that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in fewer than 30 days. 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–2015–4203; Directorate Identifier 2015–NM–142– 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 based on those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any E:\FR\FM\19OCR1.SGM 19OCR1 63082 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 201 / Monday, October 19, 2015 / Rules and Regulations 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 30 airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 1 work-hour per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts will cost about $0 per product. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $2,550, or $85 per product. In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions will take about 18 work-hours, for a cost of $1,530 per escape slide/slide raft. We have no way of determining the number escape slides/slide rafts on the aircraft that might need this action. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with FRONTMATTER Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,’’ describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in ‘‘Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Oct 16, 2015 Jkt 238001 List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 (iv) Task 25–62–41–04–1 Cabin Escape Facilities, of the applicable Airbus Maintenance Planning Document. (v) Maintenance Schedule Item 25.62.00 section 01, 02, or 03, of the Cabin Escape Facilities, of the applicable Airbus Maintenance Review Board Report. Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 25, Equipment/furnishings. Adoption of the Amendment (e) Reason This AD was prompted by a report of incorrect installation of the girt panel on passenger doors and an incorrectly installed quick release (girt) bar into the girt panel of the slide raft. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct incorrect girt installation of the escape slide and slide raft, which could prevent slide deployment during an emergency, and result in reduced evacuation capacity from the airplane and possible injury to occupants. 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. Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ 2015–21–07 Airbus: Amendment 39–18299. Docket No. FAA–2015–4203; Directorate Identifier 2015–NM–142–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD becomes effective November 3, 2015. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes, certificated in any category, as specified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD. (1) This AD applies to the airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1)(i) through (c)(1)(vii) of this AD. (i) Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, and –243 airplanes. (ii) Model A330–223F and –243F airplanes. (iii) Model A330–301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes. (iv) Model A340–211, –212, and –213 airplanes. (v) Model A340–311, –312, and –313 airplanes. (vi) Model A340–541 airplanes. (vii) Model A340–642 airplanes. (2) This AD does not apply to airplanes on which the installations of all escape slides and slide rafts have passed an inspection as specified in any task/item identified in paragraphs (c)(2)(i) through (c)(2)(v) of this AD. (i) Task 25–62–41–01–1 Cabin Escape Facilities, of the applicable Airbus Maintenance Planning Document. (ii) Task 25–62–41–02–1 Cabin Escape Facilities, of the applicable Airbus Maintenance Planning Document. (iii) Task 25–62–41–03–1 Cabin Escape Facilities, of the applicable Airbus Maintenance Planning Document. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Inspection Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, inspect to identify the slide raft and escape slide part numbers installed on the airplane. A review of the airplane delivery or maintenance records may be used in lieu of the inspection if the slide raft and escape slide part numbers can be conclusively defined through such review. (h) Affected Slides and Slide Rafts (1) If the inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD reveals any slide raft having P/N 7A1508, 7A1510, 7A1539, or 4A3934 series, or any escape slide having P/N 7A1509 or 4A3928 series: Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, do a detailed inspection of the girt installation of the affected escape slide and slide raft, in accordance with paragraph 4.2 of Airbus AOT A25L004–15, Rev 00, dated August 24, 2015. (2) For any door position where an affected slide raft or escape slide has been removed and reinstalled, or replaced since the airplane’s entry into service, the inspection of the girt installation of the slide raft or escape slide at that position, as required by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, does not have to be done. (i) Corrective Action If, during the inspection required by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, the girt bar fitted into the girt of an escape slide, or the quick release bar fitted into the girt of a slide raft, is found to be incorrectly installed, before further flight, accomplish the applicable corrective action(s), in accordance with paragraph 4.3 of Airbus AOT A25L004–15, Rev 00, dated August 24, 2015. (j) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International E:\FR\FM\19OCR1.SGM 19OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 201 / Monday, October 19, 2015 / Rules and Regulations Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1138; fax 425–227–1149. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM– 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Airbus’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (k) Related Information Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2015–0183, dated August 31, 2015, for related information. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015–4203. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with FRONTMATTER (l) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise. (i) Airbus Alert Operators Transmission A25L004–15, Rev 00, dated August 24, 2015. (ii) Reserved. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Oct 16, 2015 Jkt 238001 Issued in Renton, Washington, on October 11, 2015. Jeffrey E. Duven, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2015–26603 Filed 10–16–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2015–0277; Directorate Identifier 2015–NE–05–AD; Amendment 39– 18262; AD 2015–18–04] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; CFM International S.A. Turbofan Engines Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; correction. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 chip detector (MCD) inspection of the affected gearshafts until removal. As published, four headings in the Compliance section are incorrect. No other part of the final rule has been changed. The effective date of AD 2015–18–04 remains October 20, 2015. Correction of Regulatory Text § 39.13 [Corrected] 2. The FAA republishes airworthiness directive (AD) 2015–18–04, Amendment 39–18262 (80 FR 55235, September 15, 2015) as follows: ■ 2015–18–04 CFM International S.A.: Amendment 39–18262; Docket No. FAA–2015–0277; Directorate Identifier 2015–NE–05–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective October 20, 2015. (b) Affected ADs None. The FAA is correcting an airworthiness directive (AD) that published in the Federal Register. That AD applies to certain CFM International S.A. (CFM) CFM56–7B and CFM56–3 turbofan engines. Four headings in the Compliance section are incorrect. This document corrects the errors. In all other respects, the original document remains the same. DATES: This final rule is effective on October 20, 2015. The effective date of AD 2015–18–04, Amendment 39–18262 (80 FR 55235, September 15, 2015) remains October 20, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (phone: 800–647–5527) is Document Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kyle Gustafson, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238–7183; fax: 781–238– 7199; email: kyle.gustafson@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AD 2015– 18–04, Amendment 39–18262 (80 FR 55235, September 15, 2015), requires AGB/transfer gearbox (TGB) magnetic SUMMARY: 63083 (c) Applicability This AD applies to CFM International S.A. (CFM) CFM56–7B and CFM56–3 engines with a 73-tooth or 41-tooth gearshaft installed in the accessory gearbox (AGB), that has a gearshaft serial number in Appendix A or Appendix B of CFM Service Bulletin (SB) No. CFM56–7B S/B 72–0964, Revision 1, dated December 15, 2014. (d) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by a report of an uncommanded in-flight shutdown on a CFM CFM56–7B engine following rupture of the 73-tooth gearshaft located in the engine AGB. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of certain AGB gearshafts, which could lead to failure of one or more engines, loss of thrust control, and damage to the airplane. (e) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (1) Initial AGB/Transfer Gearbox (TGB)/ Magnetic Chip Detector (MCD) Inspection and Analysis for CFM56–7B Engines (i) For affected 73-tooth gearshafts, perform an AGB/TGB MCD inspection within 250 flight hours (FHs) since last inspection, within 25 FHs from the effective date of this AD, or when the gearshaft accumulates 3,000 FHs since new, whichever comes later. (ii) For affected 41-tooth gearshafts, perform an AGB/TGB MCD inspection within 250 FHs since last inspection, within 25 FHs from the effective date of this AD, or when the gearshaft accumulates 6,000 FHs since new, whichever comes later. (iii) If any magnetic particles, including fuzz, are seen, determine with laboratory analysis if the particles are 73-tooth or 41tooth gearshaft material. (iv) If the particles are 73-tooth or 41-tooth gearshaft material, remove the affected gearshaft(s) within 75 FHs since the AGB/ TGB MCD inspection. E:\FR\FM\19OCR1.SGM 19OCR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2015-4203; Directorate Identifier 2015-NM-142-AD; 
Amendment 39-18299; AD 2015-21-07]
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 adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain 
Airbus Model A330-200, A330-200 Freighter, A330-300, A340-200, A340-
300, A340-500, and A340-600 series airplanes. This AD requires a 
detailed inspection of the girt installation of each escape slide and 
slide raft, and corrective action if necessary. This AD was prompted by 
a report of incorrect installation of the girt panel on passenger doors 
and an incorrectly installed quick release (girt) bar into the

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girt panel of the slide raft. We are issuing this AD to detect and 
correct incorrect girt installation of the escape slide and slide raft, 
which could prevent slide deployment during an emergency, and result in 
reduced evacuation capacity from the airplane and possible injury to 
occupants.

DATES: This AD becomes effective November 3, 2015.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of November 3, 
2015.
    We must receive comments on this AD by December 3, 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 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-
4203.

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-
4203; 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

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA 
Airworthiness Directive 2015-0183R1, dated September 29, 2015 (referred 
to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or 
``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Airbus Model 
A330-200, A330-200 Freighter, A330-300, A340-200, A340-300, A340-500, 
and A340-600 series airplanes. The MCAI states:

    During inspections of two different A330 aeroplanes before 
delivery, incorrect connection of the girt panel was noticed on one 
passenger (PAX) door 2 and one PAX door 4. Further investigation 
revealed that the quick release (girt) bar was incorrectly installed 
into the girt panel of the affected slide raft.
    This condition, if not detected and corrected, would cause the 
slide pack to remain attached to the door, preventing slide 
deployment during an emergency (door in ``ARMED'' mode), leading to 
reduced evacuation capacity from the aeroplane and possible injury 
to occupants.
    Further inspections at the Airbus final assembly line revealed a 
third case of incorrect installation of girt panel, on one emergency 
exit door.
    Prompted by these findings, Airbus issued Alert Operators 
Transmission (AOT) A25L004-15 to provide inspection instructions.
    For the reasons described above, EASA issued AD 2015-0183 to 
require a one-time inspection of the escape slide and slide/raft 
attachments and, depending on findings, accomplishment of applicable 
corrective action(s) [including reinstalling the slide or declaring 
the affected door inoperative].
    Since that AD was issued, it was found that the Applicability 
could be reduced by excluding some aeroplanes and that there was a 
need to clarify the applicable Airbus MPD Tasks and MRBR MSI.

    You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-
4203.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Airbus has issued Alert Operators Transmission (AOT) A25L004-15, 
Rev 00, dated August 24, 2015. The service information describes 
procedures for performing a visual inspection of the girt installations 
of each slide and slide raft, and corrective action. 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 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.

FAA's Determination of the Effective Date

    An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of 
this AD. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies 
waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because 
incorrect girt installation of the of escape slide and slide raft could 
prevent slide deployment during an emergency and result in reduced 
evacuation capacity from the airplane and possible injury to occupants. 
Therefore, we determined that notice and opportunity for public comment 
before issuing this AD are impracticable and that good cause exists for 
making this amendment effective in fewer than 30 days.

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-2015-4203; Directorate 
Identifier 2015-NM-142-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 based on 
those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any

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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 30 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    We also estimate that it will take about 1 work-hour per product to 
comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate 
is $85 per work-hour. Required parts will cost about $0 per product. 
Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. 
operators to be $2,550, or $85 per product.
    In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions will 
take about 18 work-hours, for a cost of $1,530 per escape slide/slide 
raft. We have no way of determining the number escape slides/slide 
rafts on the aircraft that might need this action.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications 
under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct 
effect on the States, on the relationship between the national 
government and the States, or on the distribution of power and 
responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:
    1. Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866;
    2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979);
    3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and
    4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):

2015-21-07 Airbus: Amendment 39-18299. Docket No. FAA-2015-4203; 
Directorate Identifier 2015-NM-142-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective November 3, 2015.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes, certificated in any 
category, as specified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD.
    (1) This AD applies to the airplanes identified in paragraphs 
(c)(1)(i) through (c)(1)(vii) of this AD.
    (i) Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, and -243 airplanes.
    (ii) Model A330-223F and -243F airplanes.
    (iii) Model A330-301, -302, -303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -342, 
and -343 airplanes.
    (iv) Model A340-211, -212, and -213 airplanes.
    (v) Model A340-311, -312, and -313 airplanes.
    (vi) Model A340-541 airplanes.
    (vii) Model A340-642 airplanes.
    (2) This AD does not apply to airplanes on which the 
installations of all escape slides and slide rafts have passed an 
inspection as specified in any task/item identified in paragraphs 
(c)(2)(i) through (c)(2)(v) of this AD.
    (i) Task 25-62-41-01-1 Cabin Escape Facilities, of the 
applicable Airbus Maintenance Planning Document.
    (ii) Task 25-62-41-02-1 Cabin Escape Facilities, of the 
applicable Airbus Maintenance Planning Document.
    (iii) Task 25-62-41-03-1 Cabin Escape Facilities, of the 
applicable Airbus Maintenance Planning Document.
    (iv) Task 25-62-41-04-1 Cabin Escape Facilities, of the 
applicable Airbus Maintenance Planning Document.
    (v) Maintenance Schedule Item 25.62.00 section 01, 02, or 03, of 
the Cabin Escape Facilities, of the applicable Airbus Maintenance 
Review Board Report.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 25, Equipment/
furnishings.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by a report of incorrect installation of 
the girt panel on passenger doors and an incorrectly installed quick 
release (girt) bar into the girt panel of the slide raft. We are 
issuing this AD to detect and correct incorrect girt installation of 
the escape slide and slide raft, which could prevent slide 
deployment during an emergency, and result in reduced evacuation 
capacity from the airplane and possible injury to occupants.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Inspection

    Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, inspect to 
identify the slide raft and escape slide part numbers installed on 
the airplane. A review of the airplane delivery or maintenance 
records may be used in lieu of the inspection if the slide raft and 
escape slide part numbers can be conclusively defined through such 
review.

 (h) Affected Slides and Slide Rafts

    (1) If the inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD 
reveals any slide raft having P/N 7A1508, 7A1510, 7A1539, or 4A3934 
series, or any escape slide having P/N 7A1509 or 4A3928 series: 
Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, do a detailed 
inspection of the girt installation of the affected escape slide and 
slide raft, in accordance with paragraph 4.2 of Airbus AOT A25L004-
15, Rev 00, dated August 24, 2015.
    (2) For any door position where an affected slide raft or escape 
slide has been removed and reinstalled, or replaced since the 
airplane's entry into service, the inspection of the girt 
installation of the slide raft or escape slide at that position, as 
required by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, does not have to be done.

(i) Corrective Action

    If, during the inspection required by paragraph (h)(1) of this 
AD, the girt bar fitted into the girt of an escape slide, or the 
quick release bar fitted into the girt of a slide raft, is found to 
be incorrectly installed, before further flight, accomplish the 
applicable corrective action(s), in accordance with paragraph 4.3 of 
Airbus AOT A25L004-15, Rev 00, dated August 24, 2015.

(j) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
International

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

(k) Related Information

    Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) 
EASA Airworthiness Directive 2015-0183, dated August 31, 2015, for 
related information. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at 
http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. 
FAA-2015-4203.

(l) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Airbus Alert Operators Transmission A25L004-15, Rev 00, 
dated August 24, 2015.
    (ii) Reserved.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office--EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice 
Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; 
fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; 
Internet http://www.airbus.com.
    (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton WA. For 
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
425-227-1221.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on October 11, 2015.
Jeffrey E. Duven,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-26603 Filed 10-16-15; 8:45 am]
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