Airworthiness Directives; Alpha Aviation Concept Limited Airplanes, 79256-79258 [2015-31716]

Download as PDF 79256 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 244 / Monday, December 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2015–3956; Directorate Identifier 2015–CE–032–AD; Amendment 39–18345; AD 2015–25–07] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Alpha Aviation Concept Limited Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2008–09– 01 for certain Alpha Aviation Concept Limited Model R2160 airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as a need to revise the maintenance program to include the revised airworthiness limitations for the internal wing structure and wing attachment inspections. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective January 25, 2016. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the AD as of January 25, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015– 3956; or in person at the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. For service information identified in this final rule, contact Alpha Aviation Holdings Limited, Steele Road, RD 2 Hamilton Airport, Hamilton 3282, New Zealand, telephone: +64 7 843 9877; fax: +64 7 929 2878; Internet: http:// www.alphaaviation.co.nz/. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. It is also available on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for Docket No. FAA–2015–3956. Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:24 Dec 18, 2015 Jkt 238001 Karl Schletzbaum, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4123; fax: (816) 329–4090; email: karl.schletzbaum@ faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Alpha Aviation Concept Limited Model R2160 airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on September 25, 2015 (80 FR 57753), and proposed to supersede AD 2008–09–01, Amendment 39–15481 (73 FR 21519, April 22, 2008). Since we issued AD 2008–09–01, Amendment 39–15481 (73 FR 21519, April 22, 2008), Alpha Aviation Concept Limited developed a longer life limit for the wing structure and wing attachments and transferred the life limit information from the related service information to the airplane maintenance manual. Subsequently, Alpha Aviation Concept Limited discovered that the analysis that allowed the life limit increase was incorrect and the previous life limit and inspection provisions of the related service bulletin should be retained. The NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products and was based on mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which is the aviation authority for New Zealand, has issued AD DCA/R2000/43, dated August 7, 2015 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states that: This AD introduces a change to the airworthiness limitations for the internal wing structure and wing attachment inspections. These inspection intervals were increased and added to Section 3.2— Airworthiness Limitations of the applicable Service Manual in January 2015. Section 3.2 of the respective Service Manuals has now been revised to revert to the original inspection intervals. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=FAA-2015-39560002. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM (80 FR 57753, September 25, 2015) or on the determination of the cost to the public. PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Conclusion We reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the 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 (80 FR 57753, September 25, 2015) for correcting the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM (80 FR 57753, September 25, 2015). Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Alpha Aviation Concept Limited has revised its Alpha Aviation APEX R2000 Service Manual, S/N 001 to 378, and Alpha Aviation R2000 Service Manual. The updated service manuals include a revision to Section 3: Airworthiness Limitations, Time Limits, & Maintenance Inspections, Issued August 2015, that adds periodic internal wing structure and wing attachment inspections. These revisions to the Airworthiness Limitations section of the applicable service manuals are reasonably available because the interested parties have access to them through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect 9 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 3 workhours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $2,295, or $255 per product. In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions will take about 12 work-hours and require parts costing $1,326, for a cost of $2,346 per product. We have no way of determining the number of products that may need these actions. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,’’ describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in ‘‘Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, section 44701: General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 244 / Monday, December 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations 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 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 by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015– 3956 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 the NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone (800) 647– 5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:24 Dec 18, 2015 Jkt 238001 Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing Amendment 39–15481 (73 FR 21519, April 22, 2008) and adding the following new AD: ■ 2015–25–07 Alpha Aviation Concept Limited: Amendment 39–18345; Docket No. FAA–2015–3956; Directorate Identifier 2015–CE–032–AD. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective January 25, 2016. (b) Affected ADs This AD supersedes AD 2008–09–01, Amendment 39–15481 (73 FR 21519, April 22, 2008) (‘‘AD 2008–09–01’’). (c) Applicability This AD applies to Alpha Aviation Concept Limited Model R2160 airplanes, serial numbers (S/Ns) 001 through 378, and 160A–06001 and subsequent, certificated in any category. (d) Subject Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 5: Time Limits. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as a need to revise the maintenance program to include the revised airworthiness limitations for the internal wing structure and wing attachment inspections. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the wing structure and fuselage attachment due to undetected fatigue and corrosion. (f) Actions and Compliance Unless already done, before further flight after January 25, 2016 (the effective date of this AD), insert the following into the Airworthiness Limitations section of the FAA-approved maintenance program (e.g., maintenance manual). These revisions to the Limitations sections incorporate the wing spar inspection upon the accumulation of 3,500 hours time-in-service (TIS) and require a repetitive inspection thereafter every 750 hours TIS (the requirements of AD 2008–09– 01): (1) For S/Ns 001 through 378: Insert paragraph 3.4.9, Wing 3500 hr Inspection, on pages 3–3 and 3–4, dated August 2015, of Section 3: Airworthiness Limitations, Time Limits, & Maintenance Inspections, dated August 2015, of the APEX R2000 Service Manual S/N 001 to 378, Alpha Aviation Ltd. (2) For S/Ns 160A–06001 and subsequent: Insert paragraph 3.4.9, Wing 3500 hr Inspection, on pages 3–3 and 3–4, dated August 2015, of Section 3: Airworthiness Limitations, Time Limits, & Maintenance Inspections, all dated August 2015, of the R2000 Service Manual, Alpha Aviation Ltd. PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 79257 (g) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Karl Schletzbaum, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4146; fax: (816) 329–4090; email: karl.schletzbaum@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO. (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority (or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service. (h) Related Information Refer to MCAI Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) AD DCA/R2000/43, dated August 7, 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–2015–3956– 0002. (i) 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 the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Paragraph 3.4.9, Wing 3500 hr Inspection, on pages 3–3 and 3–4, dated August 2015, of Section 3: Airworthiness Limitations, Time Limits, & Maintenance Inspections, dated August 2015, of the APEX R2000 Service Manual S/N 001 to 378, Alpha Aviation Ltd. (ii) Paragraph 3.4.9, Wing 3500 hr Inspection, on pages 3–3 and 3–4, dated August 2015, of Section 3: Airworthiness Limitations, Time Limits, & Maintenance Inspections, all dated August 2015, of the R2000 Service Manual, Alpha Aviation Ltd. (3) For Alpha Aviation Concept Limited service information identified in this AD, contact Alpha Aviation Holdings Limited, Steele Road, RD 2 Hamilton Airport, Hamilton 3282, New Zealand, telephone: +64 7 843 9877; fax: +64 7 929 2878; Internet: http://www.alphaaviation.co.nz/. (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 816–329–4148. In addition, you can access this service information on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015–3956. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the E:\FR\FM\21DER1.SGM 21DER1 79258 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 244 / Monday, December 21, 2015 / Rules and Regulations National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 11, 2015. Pat Mullen, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2015–31716 Filed 12–18–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs 25 CFR Part 169 [156A2100DD/AAKC001030/ A0A501010.999900 253G] RIN 1076–AF20 Rights-of-Way on Indian Land Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior. ACTION: Final rule; extension of effective date and compliance date. AGENCY: The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is announcing the extension of the effective date of the final rule published November 19, 2015 governing rights-ofway on Indian land, which was scheduled to take effect on December 21, 2015. Tribes and industry have requested additional time to prepare for implementation of the rule. The final rule will now take effect on March 21, 2016. The BIA is also announcing an extension of the compliance date by which documentation of past assignments must be submitted from the originally stated date of April 18, 2016 to July 17, 2016. The final rule comprehensively updates and streamlines the process for obtaining Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) grants of rights-of-way on Indian land and BIA land, while supporting tribal selfdetermination and self-governance. DATES: The effective date of the final rule published on November 19, 2015 (80 FR 72492) is extended until March 21, 2016. The compliance date for submission of documentation of past assignments is extended until July 17, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Elizabeth Appel, Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs & Collaborative Action, (202) 273–4680; elizabeth.appel@bia.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 19, 2015, BIA published a final rule addressing rights-of-way on Lhorne on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:24 Dec 18, 2015 Jkt 238001 Indian land and BIA land. See 80 FR 72492. Since publication, BIA has received comments from tribes and industry requesting an extension of the effective date of the rule in order to provide additional time to prepare for implementation to ensure compliance. This document extends the effective date of the final rule to March 21, 2016, and likewise extends the deadline for providing BIA with documentation of past assignments to July 17, 2016. The substance of the rule remains unchanged. The BIA has determined that the extension of the effective date and compliance date without prior public notice and comment is in the public interest because it would allow more time for the public to comply with the rule and for BIA to implement the rule. This is a rule of agency procedure or practice that is exempt from notice and comment rulemaking under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A). Correction In FR Rule Doc. No. 2015–28548, published November 19, 2015, at 80 FR 72492, make the following corrections: 1. On page 72357, in the center and right columns, in revised § 169.7, remove the date ‘‘December 21, 2015’’ wherever it appears and add in its place ‘‘March 21, 2016’’. 2. On page 72357, in the right column, in paragraph (d) of revised § 169.7, remove the date ‘‘April 18, 2016’’ and add in its place ‘‘July 17, 2016’’. Dated: December 14, 2015. Kevin K. Washburn, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs. [FR Doc. 2015–31892 Filed 12–18–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337–15–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [Docket ID: DoD–2014–OS–0024] 32 CFR Part 311 Privacy Act; Implementation Office of the Secretary, DoD. Final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) is amending its regulations to exempt portions of a system of records from certain provisions of the Privacy Act. Specifically, the Department proposes to exempt portions of DMDC 16 DoD, entitled ‘‘Identity Management Engine for Security and Analysis (IMESA)’’ from one or more provisions of the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Privacy Act because of criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement requirements. In 2008, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that obligated the Secretary of Defense to develop access standards for visitors applicable to all military installations in the U.S. The Department of Defense (DoD) developed a visitor system to manage multiple databases that are capable of identifying individuals seeking access to DoD installations who may be criminal and/ or security threats. The purpose of the vetting system is to screen individuals wishing to enter a DoD facility, to include those who have been previously given authority to access DoD installations, against the FBI National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Wanted Person File. The NCIC has a properly documented exemption rule and to the extent that portions of these exempt records may become part of IMESA, OSD hereby claims the same exemptions for the records as claimed at their source (JUSTICE/FBI–001, National Crime Information Center (NCIC)). DATES: Effective Date: This rule is effective January 20, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Cindy Allard, (571) 372–0461. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on February 27, 2014 (79 FR 11048–11050, Docket ID: DoD– 2014–OS–0024). One comment was received. The writer raised a number of personal concerns (issues with neighbor, banking, and family). The issues identified have no relevance to the proposed exemption of the Identity Management Engine for Security and Analysis (IMESA) from portions of the Privacy Act. Additionally, the title of the system has been changed from Interoperability Layer Service (IoLS) to Identity Management Engine for Security and Analysis (IMESA). This title change is reflected in the final rule. Executive Order 12866, ‘‘Regulatory Planning and Review’’ and Executive Order 13563, ‘‘Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review’’ It has been determined that this rule is not a significant rule. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2015-3956; Directorate Identifier 2015-CE-032-AD; 
Amendment 39-18345; AD 2015-25-07]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Alpha Aviation Concept Limited 
Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2008-09-01 for 
certain Alpha Aviation Concept Limited Model R2160 airplanes. This AD 
results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) 
issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and 
correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes 
the unsafe condition as a need to revise the maintenance program to 
include the revised airworthiness limitations for the internal wing 
structure and wing attachment inspections. We are issuing this AD to 
require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective January 25, 2016.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in the AD as of January 25, 
2016.

ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-
3956; or in person at the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department 
of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
    For service information identified in this final rule, contact 
Alpha Aviation Holdings Limited, Steele Road, RD 2 Hamilton Airport, 
Hamilton 3282, New Zealand, telephone: +64 7 843 9877; fax: +64 7 929 
2878; Internet: http://www.alphaaviation.co.nz/. You may view this 
referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 
901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the 
availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148. It is 
also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for Docket No. FAA-2015-3956.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karl Schletzbaum, Aerospace Engineer, 
FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, 
Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4123; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: 
karl.schletzbaum@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Alpha Aviation 
Concept Limited Model R2160 airplanes. That NPRM was published in the 
Federal Register on September 25, 2015 (80 FR 57753), and proposed to 
supersede AD 2008-09-01, Amendment 39-15481 (73 FR 21519, April 22, 
2008).
    Since we issued AD 2008-09-01, Amendment 39-15481 (73 FR 21519, 
April 22, 2008), Alpha Aviation Concept Limited developed a longer life 
limit for the wing structure and wing attachments and transferred the 
life limit information from the related service information to the 
airplane maintenance manual. Subsequently, Alpha Aviation Concept 
Limited discovered that the analysis that allowed the life limit 
increase was incorrect and the previous life limit and inspection 
provisions of the related service bulletin should be retained.
    The NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified 
products and was based on mandatory continuing airworthiness 
information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another 
country. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which is the aviation 
authority for New Zealand, has issued AD DCA/R2000/43, dated August 7, 
2015 (referred to after this as ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe 
condition for the specified products. The MCAI states that:

    This AD introduces a change to the airworthiness limitations for 
the internal wing structure and wing attachment inspections. These 
inspection intervals were increased and added to Section 3.2--
Airworthiness Limitations of the applicable Service Manual in 
January 2015. Section 3.2 of the respective Service Manuals has now 
been revised to revert to the original inspection intervals.

You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2015-3956-0002.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM (80 FR 57753, September 
25, 2015) or on the determination of the cost to the public.

Conclusion

    We reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and 
the public interest require adopting the 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 (80 FR 57753, September 25, 2015) for correcting the unsafe 
condition; and
     Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was 
already proposed in the NPRM (80 FR 57753, September 25, 2015).

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Alpha Aviation Concept Limited has revised its Alpha Aviation APEX 
R2000 Service Manual, S/N 001 to 378, and Alpha Aviation R2000 Service 
Manual. The updated service manuals include a revision to Section 3: 
Airworthiness Limitations, Time Limits, & Maintenance Inspections, 
Issued August 2015, that adds periodic internal wing structure and wing 
attachment inspections. These revisions to the Airworthiness 
Limitations section of the applicable service manuals are reasonably 
available because the interested parties have access to them through 
their normal course of business or by the means identified in the 
ADDRESSES section.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD will affect 9 products of U.S. registry. 
We also estimate that it will take about 3 work-hours per product to 
comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate 
is $85 per work-hour.
    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. 
operators to be $2,295, or $255 per product.
    In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions will 
take about 12 work-hours and require parts costing $1,326, for a cost 
of $2,346 per product. We have no way of determining the number of 
products that may need these actions.

Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the 
authority of the FAA Administrator. ``Subtitle VII: Aviation 
Programs,'' describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's 
authority.
    We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in 
``Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, section 44701: General 
requirements.'' Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with

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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 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 by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-
3956 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 the NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, 
and other information. The street address for the Docket Office 
(telephone (800) 647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will 
be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by removing Amendment 39-15481 (73 FR 
21519, April 22, 2008) and adding the following new AD:

2015-25-07 Alpha Aviation Concept Limited: Amendment 39-18345; 
Docket No. FAA-2015-3956; Directorate Identifier 2015-CE-032-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective January 25, 
2016.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD supersedes AD 2008-09-01, Amendment 39-15481 (73 FR 
21519, April 22, 2008) (``AD 2008-09-01'').

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Alpha Aviation Concept Limited Model R2160 
airplanes, serial numbers (S/Ns) 001 through 378, and 160A-06001 and 
subsequent, certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 5: Time Limits.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness 
information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another 
country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation 
product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as a need to revise 
the maintenance program to include the revised airworthiness 
limitations for the internal wing structure and wing attachment 
inspections. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the wing 
structure and fuselage attachment due to undetected fatigue and 
corrosion.

 (f) Actions and Compliance

    Unless already done, before further flight after January 25, 
2016 (the effective date of this AD), insert the following into the 
Airworthiness Limitations section of the FAA-approved maintenance 
program (e.g., maintenance manual). These revisions to the 
Limitations sections incorporate the wing spar inspection upon the 
accumulation of 3,500 hours time-in-service (TIS) and require a 
repetitive inspection thereafter every 750 hours TIS (the 
requirements of AD 2008-09-01):
    (1) For S/Ns 001 through 378: Insert paragraph 3.4.9, Wing 3500 
hr Inspection, on pages 3-3 and 3-4, dated August 2015, of Section 
3: Airworthiness Limitations, Time Limits, & Maintenance 
Inspections, dated August 2015, of the APEX R2000 Service Manual S/N 
001 to 378, Alpha Aviation Ltd.
    (2) For S/Ns 160A-06001 and subsequent: Insert paragraph 3.4.9, 
Wing 3500 hr Inspection, on pages 3-3 and 3-4, dated August 2015, of 
Section 3: Airworthiness Limitations, Time Limits, & Maintenance 
Inspections, all dated August 2015, of the R2000 Service Manual, 
Alpha Aviation Ltd.

(g) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this 
AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send 
information to ATTN: Karl Schletzbaum, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, 
Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, 
Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4146; fax: (816) 329-4090; 
email: karl.schletzbaum@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC on 
any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate 
principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office 
(FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO.
    (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain 
corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these 
actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered 
FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority 
(or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product 
is airworthy before it is returned to service.

(h) Related Information

    Refer to MCAI Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) AD DCA/R2000/43, 
dated August 7, 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-2015-3956-0002.

(i) 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 the AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Paragraph 3.4.9, Wing 3500 hr Inspection, on pages 3-3 and 
3-4, dated August 2015, of Section 3: Airworthiness Limitations, 
Time Limits, & Maintenance Inspections, dated August 2015, of the 
APEX R2000 Service Manual S/N 001 to 378, Alpha Aviation Ltd.
    (ii) Paragraph 3.4.9, Wing 3500 hr Inspection, on pages 3-3 and 
3-4, dated August 2015, of Section 3: Airworthiness Limitations, 
Time Limits, & Maintenance Inspections, all dated August 2015, of 
the R2000 Service Manual, Alpha Aviation Ltd.
    (3) For Alpha Aviation Concept Limited service information 
identified in this AD, contact Alpha Aviation Holdings Limited, 
Steele Road, RD 2 Hamilton Airport, Hamilton 3282, New Zealand, 
telephone: +64 7 843 9877; fax: +64 7 929 2878; Internet: http://www.alphaaviation.co.nz/.
    (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Small Airplane 
Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For 
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
816-329-4148. In addition, you can access this service information 
on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and 
locating Docket No. FAA-2015-3956.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the

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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 Kansas City, Missouri, on December 11, 2015.
Pat Mullen,
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-31716 Filed 12-18-15; 8:45 am]
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