Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 76875-76878 [2015-31210]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 238 / Friday, December 11, 2015 / Proposed Rules § 1205.12 Cotton. The term cotton means all Upland cotton harvested in the United States and all imports of Upland cotton, including the Upland cotton content of products derived thereof. ■ 3. In § 1205.510, revise paragraph (b)(3) introductory text and remove paragraphs (b)(3)(i) and (ii). The revision reads as follows: § 1205.510 Levy of assessments. * * * * * (b) * * * (3) The following table contains Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) classification numbers and corresponding conversion factors and assessments. The left column of the following table indicates the HTS classifications of imported cotton and cotton-containing products subject to assessment. The center column indicates the conversion factor for determining the raw fiber content for each kilogram of the HTS. HTS numbers for raw cotton have no conversion factor in the table. The right column indicates the total assessment per kilogram of the article assessed. In the event that any HTS number subject to assessment is changed and such change is merely a replacement of a previous number and has no impact on the physical properties, description, or cotton content of the product involved, assessments will continue to be collected based on the new number. * * * * * Dated: December 7, 2015. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator. [FR Doc. 2015–31116 Filed 12–10–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2015–6547; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–129–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Examining the AD Docket jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014–03– 14, for all Airbus Model A330–200 and –300 series airplanes, and Model A340– SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:54 Dec 10, 2015 Jkt 238001 200, –300, –500, and –600 series airplanes. AD 2014–03–14 currently requires removing bulb-type maintenance lights; installing a drain mast on certain airplanes; and installing muffs on connecting bleed elements on certain airplanes. Since we issued AD 2014–03–14, we have determined that additional actions are necessary to address the identified unsafe condition for certain airplanes on which muffs are installed. For certain Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes, this proposed AD would also require replacing certain insulation sleeves with new insulation sleeves. We are proposing this AD to prevent ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by January 25, 2016. 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 proposed AD, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330–A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015– 6547; 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 proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 76875 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: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2015–6547; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–129–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD based on those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. Discussion On January 31, 2014, we issued AD 2014–03–14, Amendment 39–17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014). AD 2014– 03–14 requires actions intended to address an unsafe condition on all Airbus Model A330–200 and –300 series airplanes, and Model A340–200, –300, –500, and –600 series airplanes. Since we issued AD 2014–03–14, Amendment 39–17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2014–0148, dated June 13, 2014 (referred to after this the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: [Subsequent to accidents involving Fuel Tank Systems in flight and on ground] * * *, the FAA published Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) 88, and the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) published Interim Policy INT/POL/25/12. In response to these regulations, a global design review conducted by Airbus on the A330 and A340 type design Section 19, which is a flammable fluid leakage zone and E:\FR\FM\11DEP1.SGM 11DEP1 76876 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 238 / Friday, December 11, 2015 / Proposed Rules a zone adjacent to a fuel tank, highlighted potential deviations. The specific identified cases were that in-flight fuel drainage is insufficient on A340–500/–600 aeroplanes, maintenance lights are not qualified explosion-proof, and hot surfaces may exist on bleed systems during normal/failure operations. This condition, if not corrected, in combination with a fuel leak generating flammable vapours in the area, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the aeroplane. To address this unsafe condition, Airbus developed various modifications of the aeroplane, to be embodied in service. Consequently, EASA issued AD 2013–0033 [http://ad.easa.europa.eu/blob/easa_ad_ 2013_0033_superseded.pdf/AD_2013-0033_ 1] [which corresponds to FAA AD 2014–03– 14, Amendment 39–17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014)] to require removal of bulb type maintenance lights for all aeroplanes, installation of a drain mast between Frame (FR) 80 and FR83 for A340– 500/–600 aeroplanes, and installation of muffs on connecting bleed elements to minimize hot surfaces on A330 and A340– 200/–300 aeroplanes. Since that [EASA] AD was issued, it was reported that, for A340–200/–300 aeroplanes, accomplishment instructions in the applicable Airbus Service Bulletins (SB) for aeroplanes in Configurations 002 and 005 were detailed in Configuration 003 and, conversely, accomplishment instructions for aeroplane[s] in Configuration 003 were detailed in Configurations 002 and 005. This can lead to incorrect installation of some insulation sleeves on the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) Air Bleed Ducts between Frame 83 and 84 for configurations 002, 003 and 005 as per Airbus SB A340–36–4035 at original issue. Prompted by this finding, Airbus revised the affected SB with additional work required for aeroplanes included in configurations 002, 003 and 005 that were modified using the original issue of the SB. For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD retains the requirements of EASA AD 2013–0033, which is superseded, incorporates reference to the corrected Airbus SB A340–36–4035 Revision 01 and requires the additional work as specified in Airbus SB A340–36–4035 Revision 01 for aeroplanes already modified per the original SB A340–36–4035. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS The additional work is replacing the insulation sleeves between frames 83 and 84 with new insulation sleeves. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015– 6547. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Airbus has issued the following service bulletins. • Airbus Service Bulletin A330–33– 3041, Revision 02, dated November 7, 2013, which describes procedures for removing bulb-type maintenance lights. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:54 Dec 10, 2015 Jkt 238001 • Airbus Service Bulletin A330–36– 3037, Revision 02, dated April 7, 2014, which describes procedures for bleed leak detection loop modification of the auxiliary power unit (APU). • Airbus Service Bulletin A340–33– 4026, Revision 02, dated November 7, 2013, which describes procedures for removing bulb-type maintenance lights. • Airbus Service Bulletin A340–36– 4033, Revision 02, dated May 19, 2014, which describes procedures for bleed leak detection loop modification of the APU. • Airbus Service Bulletin A340–36– 4035, Revision 01, dated September 24, 2013, which describes procedures for installing muffs on connecting bleed elements on certain airplanes. 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 NPRM. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This Proposed 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 proposing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. Explanation of New Service Information for Optional Actions In paragraph (i) of AD 2014–03–14, Amendment 39–17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014), an optional method of compliance is permitted using Airbus Service Bulletin A330–36–3037, Revision 01, dated January 24, 2013; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–36–4033, Revision 01, dated January 28, 2013; as applicable. In addition, credit is given in paragraph (k)(3) of AD 2014–03–14 for using Airbus Service Bulletin A340– 36–4033, dated September 23, 2011. However, the MCAI only allows the use of Airbus Service Bulletin A330– 36–3037, Revision 02, dated April 7, 2014; and Airbus Service Bulletin A340–36–4033, Revision 02, dated May 19, 2014; as applicable. Additional work is necessary for airplanes on which earlier revisions of this service information was done. Therefore, in paragraph (i) of this proposed AD, we refer to only Airbus Service Bulletin A330–36–3037, PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Revision 02, dated April 7, 2014; and Airbus Service Bulletin A340–36–4033, Revision 02, dated May 19, 2014; as applicable. Explanation of ‘‘RC’’ Procedures and Tests in Service Information The FAA worked in conjunction with industry, under the Airworthiness Directive Implementation Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), to enhance the AD system. One enhancement was a new process for annotating which procedures and tests in the service information are required for compliance with an AD. Differentiating these procedures and tests from other tasks in the service information is expected to improve an owner’s/operator’s understanding of crucial AD requirements and help provide consistent judgment in AD compliance. The procedures and tests identified as RC (required for compliance) in any service information have a direct effect on detecting, preventing, resolving, or eliminating an identified unsafe condition. As specified in a Note under the Accomplishment Instructions of certain specified service information, procedures and tests that are identified as RC in any service information must be done to comply with the proposed AD. However, procedures and tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the operator’s maintenance or inspection program without obtaining approval of an alternative method of compliance (AMOC), provided the procedures and tests identified as RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in a serviceable condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC will require approval of an AMOC. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 43 Model A330 series airplanes of U.S. registry. There are no Model A340 airplanes registered in the U.S. The actions that are required by AD 2014–03–14, Amendment 39–17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014), and retained in this proposed AD take about 21 work-hours per product, at an average labor rate of $85 per work-hour. Required parts cost about $5,219 per product. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of the actions that are required by AD 2014–03–14 is $7,004 per product. We also estimate that it would take about 6 work-hours per product to E:\FR\FM\11DEP1.SGM 11DEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 238 / Friday, December 11, 2015 / Proposed Rules comply with the basic requirements of this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $279 per product. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $33,927, or $789 per product. the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. 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 jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed regulation: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and 4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:54 Dec 10, 2015 Jkt 238001 § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014–03–14, Amendment 39–17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014), and adding the following new AD: ■ Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2015–6547; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–129–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by January 25, 2016. (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2014–03–14, Amendment 39–17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014). (c) Applicability This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes, certificated in any category, specified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD, all manufacturer serial numbers. (1) Airbus Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, –243, –301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes. (2) Airbus Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, –313, –541, and –642 airplanes. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 26, Fire protection; 33, Lights; 36, Pneumatic; 53, Fuselage. (e) Reason This AD results from fuel system reviews conducted by the airplane manufacturer. We are issuing this AD to prevent ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Retained Maintenance Light Removal, With New Service Information This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 2014–03–14, Amendment 39–17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014), with new service information. Except for airplanes on which Airbus Modification 56739 has been incorporated in production: Within 26 months after March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014–03– 14), remove the maintenance lights, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable Airbus service information specified in paragraphs (g)(1), (g)(2), and (g)(3) of this AD. (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–33–3041, Revision 01, dated July 10, 2012; or Airbus PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 76877 Service Bulletin A330–33–3041, Revision 02, dated November 7, 2013 (for Model A330 series airplanes). As of the effective date of this AD, use only Airbus Service Bulletin A330–33–3041, Revision 02, dated November 7, 2013, for the actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD (for Model A330 series airplanes). (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–33–4026, Revision 01, dated July 10, 2012; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–33–4026, Revision 02, dated November 7, 2013 (for Model A340– 200 and –300 series airplanes). As of the effective date of this AD, use only Airbus Service Bulletin A340–33–4026, Revision 02, dated November 7, 2013, for the actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD (for Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes). (3) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–33–5006, dated January 3, 2012 (for Model A340–500 and –600 series airplanes). Note 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD: For Model A340–500 and –600 series airplanes, Airbus has issued Airbus Service Bulletin A340–33–5007 to introduce halogen-type lights which are qualified as explosion proof and that can be installed (at operators’ discretion) after removal of the nonexplosion-proof lights required by paragraph (g) of this AD. For Model A330 series airplanes and Model A340–200/–300 series airplanes, Airbus has issued Airbus Service Bulletins A330–33–3042 and A340–33–4027 for the installation of similar lights. (h) Retained Insulation Muff Installation, With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 2014–03–14, Amendment 39–17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014), with no changes. For Model A330– 200 and –300 series airplanes, and Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes, except those airplanes on which Airbus Modification 52260 has been incorporated in production: Within 26 months after March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014–03– 14), install insulation muffs on the connecting auxiliary power unit (APU) bleed air duct, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable Airbus service information specified in paragraphs (h)(1), (h)(2), and (h)(3) of this AD. (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–36–3038, dated January 16, 2012, for Model A330 series airplanes on which Airbus Service Bulletin A330–36–3032 has been incorporated. (2) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–36–3040, Revision 01, dated November 26, 2012, for Model A330 series airplanes on which Airbus Service Bulletin A330–36– 3032 has not been incorporated. (3) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–36–4035, Revision 01, dated September 24, 2013, for Model A340 series airplanes. (i) Retained Alternative Action to Paragraph (h) of This AD This paragraph restates the alternative action specified in paragraph (i) of AD 2014– 03–14, Amendment 39–17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014), with new service information. For Model A330 series airplanes E:\FR\FM\11DEP1.SGM 11DEP1 76878 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 238 / Friday, December 11, 2015 / Proposed Rules on which the modification described in Airbus Service Bulletin A330–36–3032 has not been incorporated, and for Model A340 series airplanes: Doing the bleed leak detection loop modification of the APU, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable Airbus service bulletin specified in paragraphs (i)(1) and (i)(2) of this AD, is an acceptable alternative to the actions required by paragraph (h) of this AD, provided the modification is accomplished within 26 months after March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014–03– 14). (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–36–3037, Revision 02, dated April 7, 2014. (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–36–4033, Revision 02, dated May 19, 2014. (j) Retained Drain Mast Installation, With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (j) of AD 2014–03–14, Amendment 39–17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014), with no changes. For Model A340–500 and –600 series airplanes, except those on which Airbus Modification 54636 or 54637 has been incorporated in production: Within 26 months after March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014–03–14), install a drain mast between frame (FR) 80 and FR 83, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–53–5031, Revision 02, dated August 3, 2011. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (k) New Requirement of This AD: Replacement of Certain Insulation Sleeves For Model A340 series airplanes in configurations 002, 003, and 005, as described in Airbus Service Bulletin A340– 36–4035, dated September 18, 2012, that have been modified before the effective date of this AD in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A340–36–4035, dated September 18, 2012: Within 14 months after the effective date of this AD, replace the insulation sleeves between frames 83 and 84 with new insulation sleeves, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A340–36–4035, Revision 01, dated September 24, 2013. (l) Credit for Previous Actions (1) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD, if those actions were performed before March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014–03– 14, Amendment 39–17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014)), using Airbus Service Bulletin A330–33–3041, dated January 3, 2012; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–33– 4026, dated January 3, 2012; as applicable; which are not incorporated by reference in this AD. (2) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (h) of this AD, if those actions were performed before March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014–03– 14, Amendment 39–17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014)), using Airbus Service Bulletin A330–36–3040, dated September 18, 2012, which is not incorporated by reference in this AD. (3) For Model A340 series airplanes in configurations 001 and 004, as described in VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:54 Dec 10, 2015 Jkt 238001 Airbus Service Bulletin A340–36–4035, dated September 18, 2012: This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (h) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Airbus Service Bulletin A340– 36–4035, dated September 18, 2012, which is not incorporated by reference in this AD. (4) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (j) of this AD, if those actions were performed before March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014–03– 14, Amendment 39–17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014)), using Airbus Service Bulletin A340–53–5031, dated July 31, 2006; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–53–5031, Revision 01, dated January 10, 2008; as applicable; which are not incorporated by reference in this AD. (m) 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-116AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. (i) 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. (ii) AMOCs approved previously for paragraphs (g) and (h) of AD 2014–03–14, Amendment 39–17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014), are approved as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of paragraphs (g) and (h) of 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. (3) Required for Compliance (RC): If any service information contains procedures or tests that are identified as RC, those procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the operator’s maintenance or inspection program without PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC require approval of an AMOC. (n) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2014–0148, dated June 13, 2014, 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– 2015–6547. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330–A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. Issued in Renton, Washington, on December 4, 2015. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2015–31210 Filed 12–10–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2015–6548; Directorate Identifier 2015–NM–114–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 787–8 and 787–9 airplanes equipped with General Electric engines. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of cracking in barrel nuts on a forward engine mount of Model 747–8 airplanes, which shares a similar design to the forward engine mount of Model 787–8 and 787–9 airplanes. This proposed AD would require, for certain airplanes, replacement of the four barrel nuts of the forward engine mount on each engine. For certain other airplanes, this proposed AD would require an inspection to determine if any forward SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\11DEP1.SGM 11DEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 238 (Friday, December 11, 2015)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2015-6547; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-129-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014-03-
14, for all Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes, and Model 
A340-200, -300, -500, and -600 series airplanes. AD 2014-03-14 
currently requires removing bulb-type maintenance lights; installing a 
drain mast on certain airplanes; and installing muffs on connecting 
bleed elements on certain airplanes. Since we issued AD 2014-03-14, we 
have determined that additional actions are necessary to address the 
identified unsafe condition for certain airplanes on which muffs are 
installed. For certain Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes, this 
proposed AD would also require replacing certain insulation sleeves 
with new insulation sleeves. We are proposing this AD to prevent 
ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with 
flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and 
consequent loss of the airplane.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by January 25, 
2016.

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 proposed AD, contact 
Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office--EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 
31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 
93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this referenced service information at the 
FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. 
For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
425-227-1221.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-
6547; 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 proposed 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: 

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address 
listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2015-6547; 
Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-129-AD'' at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We 
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend 
this proposed AD based on those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this proposed AD.

Discussion

    On January 31, 2014, we issued AD 2014-03-14, Amendment 39-17752 
(79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014). AD 2014-03-14 requires actions 
intended to address an unsafe condition on all Airbus Model A330-200 
and -300 series airplanes, and Model A340-200, -300, -500, and -600 
series airplanes.
    Since we issued AD 2014-03-14, Amendment 39-17752 (79 FR 9382, 
February 19, 2014), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which 
is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has 
issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2014-0148, dated June 13, 2014 
(referred to after this the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness 
Information, or ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for the 
specified products. The MCAI states:

    [Subsequent to accidents involving Fuel Tank Systems in flight 
and on ground] * * *, the FAA published Special Federal Aviation 
Regulation (SFAR) 88, and the Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) 
published Interim Policy INT/POL/25/12.
    In response to these regulations, a global design review 
conducted by Airbus on the A330 and A340 type design Section 19, 
which is a flammable fluid leakage zone and

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a zone adjacent to a fuel tank, highlighted potential deviations. 
The specific identified cases were that in-flight fuel drainage is 
insufficient on A340-500/-600 aeroplanes, maintenance lights are not 
qualified explosion-proof, and hot surfaces may exist on bleed 
systems during normal/failure operations.
    This condition, if not corrected, in combination with a fuel 
leak generating flammable vapours in the area, could result in a 
fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the aeroplane.
    To address this unsafe condition, Airbus developed various 
modifications of the aeroplane, to be embodied in service.
    Consequently, EASA issued AD 2013-0033 [http://ad.easa.europa.eu/blob/easa_ad_2013_0033_superseded.pdf/AD_2013-0033_1] [which corresponds to FAA AD 2014-03-14, Amendment 39-17752 
(79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014)] to require removal of bulb type 
maintenance lights for all aeroplanes, installation of a drain mast 
between Frame (FR) 80 and FR83 for A340-500/-600 aeroplanes, and 
installation of muffs on connecting bleed elements to minimize hot 
surfaces on A330 and A340-200/-300 aeroplanes.
    Since that [EASA] AD was issued, it was reported that, for A340-
200/-300 aeroplanes, accomplishment instructions in the applicable 
Airbus Service Bulletins (SB) for aeroplanes in Configurations 002 
and 005 were detailed in Configuration 003 and, conversely, 
accomplishment instructions for aeroplane[s] in Configuration 003 
were detailed in Configurations 002 and 005. This can lead to 
incorrect installation of some insulation sleeves on the Auxiliary 
Power Unit (APU) Air Bleed Ducts between Frame 83 and 84 for 
configurations 002, 003 and 005 as per Airbus SB A340-36-4035 at 
original issue. Prompted by this finding, Airbus revised the 
affected SB with additional work required for aeroplanes included in 
configurations 002, 003 and 005 that were modified using the 
original issue of the SB.
    For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD retains the 
requirements of EASA AD 2013-0033, which is superseded, incorporates 
reference to the corrected Airbus SB A340-36-4035 Revision 01 and 
requires the additional work as specified in Airbus SB A340-36-4035 
Revision 01 for aeroplanes already modified per the original SB 
A340-36-4035.

    The additional work is replacing the insulation sleeves between 
frames 83 and 84 with new insulation sleeves. You may examine the MCAI 
in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-6547.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Airbus has issued the following service bulletins.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A330-33-3041, Revision 02, dated 
November 7, 2013, which describes procedures for removing bulb-type 
maintenance lights.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A330-36-3037, Revision 02, dated 
April 7, 2014, which describes procedures for bleed leak detection loop 
modification of the auxiliary power unit (APU).
     Airbus Service Bulletin A340-33-4026, Revision 02, dated 
November 7, 2013, which describes procedures for removing bulb-type 
maintenance lights.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A340-36-4033, Revision 02, dated 
May 19, 2014, which describes procedures for bleed leak detection loop 
modification of the APU.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A340-36-4035, Revision 01, dated 
September 24, 2013, which describes procedures for installing muffs on 
connecting bleed elements on certain airplanes.
    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 
NPRM.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This Proposed 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 proposing this AD because we 
evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition 
exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same 
type design.

Explanation of New Service Information for Optional Actions

    In paragraph (i) of AD 2014-03-14, Amendment 39-17752 (79 FR 9382, 
February 19, 2014), an optional method of compliance is permitted using 
Airbus Service Bulletin A330-36-3037, Revision 01, dated January 24, 
2013; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-36-4033, Revision 01, dated 
January 28, 2013; as applicable. In addition, credit is given in 
paragraph (k)(3) of AD 2014-03-14 for using Airbus Service Bulletin 
A340-36-4033, dated September 23, 2011.
    However, the MCAI only allows the use of Airbus Service Bulletin 
A330-36-3037, Revision 02, dated April 7, 2014; and Airbus Service 
Bulletin A340-36-4033, Revision 02, dated May 19, 2014; as applicable. 
Additional work is necessary for airplanes on which earlier revisions 
of this service information was done.
    Therefore, in paragraph (i) of this proposed AD, we refer to only 
Airbus Service Bulletin A330-36-3037, Revision 02, dated April 7, 2014; 
and Airbus Service Bulletin A340-36-4033, Revision 02, dated May 19, 
2014; as applicable.

Explanation of ``RC'' Procedures and Tests in Service Information

    The FAA worked in conjunction with industry, under the 
Airworthiness Directive Implementation Aviation Rulemaking Committee 
(ARC), to enhance the AD system. One enhancement was a new process for 
annotating which procedures and tests in the service information are 
required for compliance with an AD. Differentiating these procedures 
and tests from other tasks in the service information is expected to 
improve an owner's/operator's understanding of crucial AD requirements 
and help provide consistent judgment in AD compliance. The procedures 
and tests identified as RC (required for compliance) in any service 
information have a direct effect on detecting, preventing, resolving, 
or eliminating an identified unsafe condition.
    As specified in a Note under the Accomplishment Instructions of 
certain specified service information, procedures and tests that are 
identified as RC in any service information must be done to comply with 
the proposed AD. However, procedures and tests that are not identified 
as RC are recommended. Those procedures and tests that are not 
identified as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in 
accordance with the operator's maintenance or inspection program 
without obtaining approval of an alternative method of compliance 
(AMOC), provided the procedures and tests identified as RC can be done 
and the airplane can be put back in a serviceable condition. Any 
substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC will 
require approval of an AMOC.

 Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 43 Model A330 series 
airplanes of U.S. registry. There are no Model A340 airplanes 
registered in the U.S.
    The actions that are required by AD 2014-03-14, Amendment 39-17752 
(79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014), and retained in this proposed AD take 
about 21 work-hours per product, at an average labor rate of $85 per 
work-hour. Required parts cost about $5,219 per product. Based on these 
figures, the estimated cost of the actions that are required by AD 
2014-03-14 is $7,004 per product.
    We also estimate that it would take about 6 work-hours per product 
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comply with the basic requirements of this proposed AD. The average 
labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $279 
per product. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this 
proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $33,927, or $789 per product.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

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

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

The Proposed Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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) 
2014-03-14, Amendment 39-17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014), and 
adding the following new AD:

Airbus: Docket No. FAA-2015-6547; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-
129-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by January 25, 2016.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2014-03-14, Amendment 39-17752 (79 FR 9382, 
February 19, 2014).

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes, certificated in any 
category, specified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD, all 
manufacturer serial numbers.
    (1) Airbus Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, -243, -301, -302, -
303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -342, and -343 airplanes.
    (2) Airbus Model A340-211, -212, -213, -311, -312, -313, -541, 
and -642 airplanes.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 26, Fire 
protection; 33, Lights; 36, Pneumatic; 53, Fuselage.

(e) Reason

    This AD results from fuel system reviews conducted by the 
airplane manufacturer. We are issuing this AD to prevent ignition 
sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel 
vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of 
the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Retained Maintenance Light Removal, With New Service Information

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 
2014-03-14, Amendment 39-17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014), with 
new service information. Except for airplanes on which Airbus 
Modification 56739 has been incorporated in production: Within 26 
months after March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014-03-14), 
remove the maintenance lights, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of the applicable Airbus service information specified 
in paragraphs (g)(1), (g)(2), and (g)(3) of this AD.
    (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-33-3041, Revision 01, dated 
July 10, 2012; or Airbus Service Bulletin A330-33-3041, Revision 02, 
dated November 7, 2013 (for Model A330 series airplanes). As of the 
effective date of this AD, use only Airbus Service Bulletin A330-33-
3041, Revision 02, dated November 7, 2013, for the actions required 
by paragraph (g) of this AD (for Model A330 series airplanes).
    (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-33-4026, Revision 01, dated 
July 10, 2012; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-33-4026, Revision 02, 
dated November 7, 2013 (for Model A340-200 and -300 series 
airplanes). As of the effective date of this AD, use only Airbus 
Service Bulletin A340-33-4026, Revision 02, dated November 7, 2013, 
for the actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD (for Model 
A340-200 and -300 series airplanes).
    (3) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-33-5006, dated January 3, 2012 
(for Model A340-500 and -600 series airplanes).

    Note 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD:  For Model A340-500 and -600 
series airplanes, Airbus has issued Airbus Service Bulletin A340-33-
5007 to introduce halogen-type lights which are qualified as 
explosion proof and that can be installed (at operators' discretion) 
after removal of the non-explosion-proof lights required by 
paragraph (g) of this AD. For Model A330 series airplanes and Model 
A340-200/-300 series airplanes, Airbus has issued Airbus Service 
Bulletins A330-33-3042 and A340-33-4027 for the installation of 
similar lights.

(h) Retained Insulation Muff Installation, With No Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 
2014-03-14, Amendment 39-17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014), with 
no changes. For Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes, and Model 
A340-200 and -300 series airplanes, except those airplanes on which 
Airbus Modification 52260 has been incorporated in production: 
Within 26 months after March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 
2014-03-14), install insulation muffs on the connecting auxiliary 
power unit (APU) bleed air duct, in accordance with the 
Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable Airbus service 
information specified in paragraphs (h)(1), (h)(2), and (h)(3) of 
this AD.
    (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-36-3038, dated January 16, 
2012, for Model A330 series airplanes on which Airbus Service 
Bulletin A330-36-3032 has been incorporated.
    (2) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330-36-3040, Revision 01, 
dated November 26, 2012, for Model A330 series airplanes on which 
Airbus Service Bulletin A330-36-3032 has not been incorporated.
    (3) Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340-36-4035, Revision 01, 
dated September 24, 2013, for Model A340 series airplanes.

(i) Retained Alternative Action to Paragraph (h) of This AD

    This paragraph restates the alternative action specified in 
paragraph (i) of AD 2014-03-14, Amendment 39-17752 (79 FR 9382, 
February 19, 2014), with new service information. For Model A330 
series airplanes

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on which the modification described in Airbus Service Bulletin A330-
36-3032 has not been incorporated, and for Model A340 series 
airplanes: Doing the bleed leak detection loop modification of the 
APU, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the 
applicable Airbus service bulletin specified in paragraphs (i)(1) 
and (i)(2) of this AD, is an acceptable alternative to the actions 
required by paragraph (h) of this AD, provided the modification is 
accomplished within 26 months after March 26, 2014 (the effective 
date of AD 2014-03-14).
    (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-36-3037, Revision 02, dated 
April 7, 2014.
    (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-36-4033, Revision 02, dated May 
19, 2014.

(j) Retained Drain Mast Installation, With No Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (j) of AD 
2014-03-14, Amendment 39-17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014), with 
no changes. For Model A340-500 and -600 series airplanes, except 
those on which Airbus Modification 54636 or 54637 has been 
incorporated in production: Within 26 months after March 26, 2014 
(the effective date of AD 2014-03-14), install a drain mast between 
frame (FR) 80 and FR 83, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340-53-5031, 
Revision 02, dated August 3, 2011.

(k) New Requirement of This AD: Replacement of Certain Insulation 
Sleeves

    For Model A340 series airplanes in configurations 002, 003, and 
005, as described in Airbus Service Bulletin A340-36-4035, dated 
September 18, 2012, that have been modified before the effective 
date of this AD in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions 
of Airbus Service Bulletin A340-36-4035, dated September 18, 2012: 
Within 14 months after the effective date of this AD, replace the 
insulation sleeves between frames 83 and 84 with new insulation 
sleeves, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of 
Airbus Service Bulletin A340-36-4035, Revision 01, dated September 
24, 2013.

(l) Credit for Previous Actions

    (1) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by 
paragraph (g) of this AD, if those actions were performed before 
March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014-03-14, Amendment 39-
17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014)), using Airbus Service 
Bulletin A330-33-3041, dated January 3, 2012; or Airbus Service 
Bulletin A340-33-4026, dated January 3, 2012; as applicable; which 
are not incorporated by reference in this AD.
    (2) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by 
paragraph (h) of this AD, if those actions were performed before 
March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014-03-14, Amendment 39-
17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014)), using Airbus Service 
Bulletin A330-36-3040, dated September 18, 2012, which is not 
incorporated by reference in this AD.
    (3) For Model A340 series airplanes in configurations 001 and 
004, as described in Airbus Service Bulletin A340-36-4035, dated 
September 18, 2012: This paragraph provides credit for actions 
required by paragraph (h) of this AD, if those actions were 
performed before the effective date of this AD using Airbus Service 
Bulletin A340-36-4035, dated September 18, 2012, which is not 
incorporated by reference in this AD.
    (4) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by 
paragraph (j) of this AD, if those actions were performed before 
March 26, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014-03-14, Amendment 39-
17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014)), using Airbus Service 
Bulletin A340-53-5031, dated July 31, 2006; or Airbus Service 
Bulletin A340-53-5031, Revision 01, dated January 10, 2008; as 
applicable; which are not incorporated by reference in this AD.

(m) 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.
    (i) 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.
    (ii) AMOCs approved previously for paragraphs (g) and (h) of AD 
2014-03-14, Amendment 39-17752 (79 FR 9382, February 19, 2014), are 
approved as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of paragraphs (g) 
and (h) of 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.
    (3) Required for Compliance (RC): If any service information 
contains procedures or tests that are identified as RC, those 
procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any 
procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. 
Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be 
deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the 
operator's maintenance or inspection program without obtaining 
approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as 
RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy 
condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests 
identified as RC require approval of an AMOC.

(n) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2014-0148, dated June 13, 2014, 
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-2015-6547.
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office--EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice 
Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; 
fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; 
Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this service 
information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind 
Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this 
material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on December 4, 2015.
Michael Kaszycki,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-31210 Filed 12-10-15; 8:45 am]
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