Airworthiness Directives; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Airplanes, 4217-4220 [2016-01381]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 16 / Tuesday, January 26, 2016 / Proposed Rules 4217 TABLE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (C) OF THIS AD—APPLICABLE ENGINES AND FUEL PUMP HOSE ASSEMBLIES—Continued Engine Manufacturer’s hose name Manufacturer’s part No. (P/N) Hose description LTIO–540–J2BD (left wing) ........... Hose Assembly—Fuel .................. Piper 39995–034 .......................... Inlet fuel hose to engine fuel pump. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/ Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 73: Engine Fuel and Control. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by a report of an engine fire caused by a leak in the fuel pump inlet hose. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified in paragraphs (g)(1) through (j)(2) of this AD, unless already done. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (g) Ensure Proper Clearance Between the Fuel Hose Assembly and the Turbocharger Support Assembly (1) Within the next 60 hours time-inservice (TIS) after the effective date of this AD or within the next 6 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, inspect to determine the clearance between the inlet and exit fuel hose assemblies listed in table 1 to paragraph (c) of this AD, and each turbocharger support assembly, Lycoming P/N LW–18302. There should be a minimum 3⁄16-inch clearance. Do the inspection following the INSTRUCTIONS section of Piper Aircraft, Inc. Service Bulletin No. 1257A, dated August 4, 2015. (2) Before further flight after the inspection required in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, if the measured clearance is less than 3⁄16-inch, make all necessary adjustments to make the clearance a minimum of 3⁄16-inch between the inlet and exit fuel hose assemblies listed in table 1 to paragraph (c) of this AD and each turbocharger support assembly, Lycoming P/N LW–18302, following the INSTRUCTIONS section of Piper Aircraft, Inc. Service Bulletin No. 1257A, dated August 4, 2015. (h) Visually Inspect the Fuel Hose Assembly and Replace if Necessary (1) Within the next 60 hours TIS after the effective date of this AD or within the next 6 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, visually inspect the inlet and exit fuel hose assemblies listed in table 1 to paragraph (c) of this AD for evidence of leaking, cracking, chafing, and any other sign of damage. Do the inspection following the INSTRUCTIONS section of Piper Aircraft, Inc. Service Bulletin No. 1257A, dated August 4, 2015. (2) Before further flight after the inspection required in paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, if any evidence of leaking, cracking, chafing, or any other sign of damage is found in any inlet or exit fuel host assembly listed in table 1 to paragraph (c) of this AD, replace the fuel hose assembly with a serviceable part. Do the replacement following the INSTRUCTIONS VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Jan 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 section of Piper Aircraft, Inc. Service Bulletin No. 1257A, dated August 4, 2015. (i) Visually Inspect the Turbocharger Support Assembly and Replace if Necessary (1) Within the next 60 hours TIS after the effective date of this AD or within the next 6 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, visually inspect each turbocharger support assembly, Lycoming P/ N LW–18302, for evidence of chafing and any other signs of damage. Do the inspection following the INSTRUCTIONS section of Piper Aircraft, Inc. Service Bulletin No. 1257A, dated August 4, 2015. (2) Before further flight after the inspection required in paragraph (i)(1) of this AD, if any evidence of chafing or any other sign of damage is found on any turbocharger support assembly, replace Lycoming P/N LW–18302 with a serviceable part. Do the replacement following the INSTRUCTIONS section of Piper Aircraft, Inc. Service Bulletin No. 1257A, dated August 4, 2015. FAA, Atlanta ACO, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337; telephone: (404) 474–5575; fax: (404) 474–5606; email: gary.wechsler@faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Piper Aircraft, Inc., 926 Piper Drive, Vero Beach, Florida 32960; telephone: (772) 567–4361; fax: (772) 978– 6573; Internet: www.piper.com/home/pages/ Publications.cfm. You may review copies of the 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. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on January 16, 2016. Melvin Johnson, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–01380 Filed 1–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P (j) Engine Run-Up (1) If any fuel line component was adjusted or replaced during any actions required in paragraphs (g)(1) through (i)(2) of this AD, before further flight, perform an engine runup on the ground to check for leaks. Do the engine run-up following the INSTRUCTIONS section of Piper Aircraft, Inc. Service Bulletin No. 1257A, dated August 4, 2015. (2) If any leaks found during the engine run-up required in paragraph (j)(1) of this AD emanate from any fuel line component adjusted, repaired, or replaced during any actions required in paragraphs (g)(1) through (i)(2) of this AD, before further flight, take all necessary corrective actions following the INSTRUCTIONS section of Piper Aircraft, Inc. Service Bulletin No. 1257A, dated August 4, 2015. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (k) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 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 manager of the ACO, send it to the attention of the person identified in the Related Information section of this AD. (2) 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. SUMMARY: (l) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Gary Wechsler, Aerospace Engineer, PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2016–1363; Directorate Identifier 2015–CE–040–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Models MU–2B–30, MU–2B–35, MU– 2B–36, MU–2B–36A, and MU–2B–60 airplanes. This proposed AD results from 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 reports of cracks found in the attach fittings of the main landing gear oleo strut. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by March 11, 2016. E:\FR\FM\26JAP1.SGM 26JAP1 4218 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 16 / Tuesday, January 26, 2016 / Proposed Rules 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 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc., c/o Turbine Aircraft Services, Inc., 4550 Jimmy Doolittle Drive, Addison, Texas 75001; telephone: (972) 248–3108, ext. 209; fax: (972) 248–3321; Internet: http://mu-2aircraft.com. You may review 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. ADDRESSES: 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–2016– 1363; 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 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: Andrew McAnaul, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, ASW–143 (c/o San Antonio MIDO), 10100 Reunion Place, Suite 650, San Antonio, Texas 78216; phone: (210) 308–3365; fax: (210) 308–3370; email: andrew.mcanaul@faa.gov. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 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–2016–1363; Directorate Identifier 2015–CE–040–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Jan 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 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 because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// 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 The Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB), which is the aviation authority for Japan, has issued AD No. TCD– 8595–2015, dated July 1, 2015 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) Models MU–2B–30, MU–2B–35, and MU–2B–36 airplanes. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA– 2016–1363. We have received reports of seven failures of the main landing gear oleo strut attach fitting on certain MHI Models MU–2B–30, MU–2B–35, MU– 2B–36, MU–2B–36A, and MU–2B–60 airplanes. Investigation revealed that the failures resulted from improper lubrication and/or hard landings, which caused cracks to develop in the main landing gear oleo strut attach fitting. Japan is the State of Design for MHI Models MU–2B–30, MU–2B–35, and MU–2B–36, which the MCAI AD applies to, and the United States is the State of Design for MHI Models MU– 2B–36A and MU–2B–60 airplanes. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. has issued MU–2 Service Bulletin No. 243, dated June 30, 2015, and MU–2 Service Bulletin No. 105/32–017, dated September 29, 2015. These service bulletins describe procedures for visually inspecting the lugs of the oleo attach fittings on both sides for cracks, and if any visible cracks are found, replacing with a new fitting. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. has also issued MU–2 Service News JCAB T.C.: No. 171, FAA T.C.: No. 124/32–011, dated April 27, 2012, and MU–2 Service News JCAB T.C.: No. 176, FAA T.C.: No. 128/32– 013, dated July 18, 2013. This service information specifies doing repetitive ultrasound inspections of the main landing gear oleo upper attach fittings for cracks and ensuring proper lubrication of the main landing gear PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 oleo fitting. All the related 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 the 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 this State of Design Authority, they have notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all information and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. Differences Between This Proposed AD and the MCAI We have determined that the repetitive visual inspections specified in the MCAI are not adequate for detecting cracks in the main landing gear oleo strut attach fitting. Repetitive ultrasonic inspections of the main landing gear oleo strut attach fitting have been added into the maintenance requirement manual for these airplanes, which is not considered mandatory in the FAA’s airworthiness regulatory system. Therefore, we are proposing to incorporate that requirement through the rulemaking process. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD will affect 95 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 5 work-hours per product to comply with the visual inspection requirement of this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the visual inspection requirements of this proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $40,375, or $425 per product. We also estimate that it would take about 3 work-hours per product to comply with the ultrasound inspection requirements of this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the ultrasound inspection requirements of this proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $24,225, or $255 per product. Owner/operators have the option to do an ultrasound inspection in lieu of the required visual inspection. In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would take E:\FR\FM\26JAP1.SGM 26JAP1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 16 / Tuesday, January 26, 2016 / Proposed Rules about 24 work-hours and require parts costing $5,220, for a cost of $7,260 per product to replace the left-hand main landing gear oleo strut. We have no way of determining the number of products that may need this action. In addition, we also estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would take about 45 work-hours and require parts costing $5,220, for a cost of $9,045 per product to replace the right-hand main landing gear oleo strut. We have no way of determining the number of products that may need this action. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. 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. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Jan 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: ■ Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.: Docket No. FAA–2016–1363; Directorate Identifier 2015–CE–040–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by March 11, 2016. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Models MU–2B–30, MU–2B– 35, MU–2B–36 airplanes, serial numbers 502 through 696, except 652 and 661, and Models MU–2B–36A and MU–2B–60 airplanes, serial numbers 661SA, and 697SA through 1569SA, certificated in any category. (d) Subject Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 32: Landing Gear. (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 reports of cracks found in the fittings of the main landing gear oleo strut. We are issuing this proposed AD to prevent failure of the main landing gear oleo strut attach fitting, which could cause the landing gear to fail and result in loss of control. (f) Actions and Compliance Unless already done, do the following actions: (1) Within the next 100 hours time-inservice (TIS) after the effective date of this AD or within the next 6 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, do a visual inspection of the main landing gear oleo upper attach fittings for cracks. Do the inspection following the INSTRUCTIONS section in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MU–2 Service Bulletin No. 243, dated June 30, 2015, and the INSTRUCTIONS section in Mitsubishi Heavy PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 4219 Industries, Ltd. MU–2 Service Bulletin No. 105/32–017, dated September 29, 2015, as applicable. (2) Before further flight after the inspection required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, if no signs of cracks are found, lubricate the pin assembly attached to the main landing gear oleo attach fitting as specified in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MU–2 Service News JCAB T.C.: No. 171, FAA T.C.: No. 124/32– 011, dated April 27, 2012. (3) Within the next 100 hours TIS after doing the initial visual inspection required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD or within the next 12 months after doing the initial visual inspection required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, whichever occurs first, do an ultrasound inspection of the main landing gear oleo upper attach fittings for cracks as specified in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MU–2 Service News JCAB T.C.: No. 176, FAA T.C.: No. 128/32–013, dated July 18, 2013. This ultrasound inspection may also be done in place of the visual inspection required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD if done within the next 100 hours TIS after the effective date of this AD or within the next 6 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first. Repetitively thereafter inspect every 600 hours TIS or 36 months, whichever occurs first, and any time a hard landing or overweight landing occurs. (4) Before further flight after any inspection required in paragraph (f)(3) of this AD, if no signs of cracks are found, lubricate the pin assembly attached to the main landing gear oleo attach fitting as specified in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MU–2 Service News JCAB T.C.: No. 171, FAA T.C.: No. 124/32– 011, dated April 27, 2012, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MU–2 Service News JCAB T.C.: No. 176, FAA T.C.: No. 128/32– 013, dated July 18, 2013. (5) Before further flight after any inspection required in paragraph (f)(1) and (f)(3) of this AD where cracks are found, replace the main landing gear oleo upper attach fittings following the INSTRUCTIONS section in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MU–2 Service Bulletin No. 243, dated June 30, 2015, and the INSTRUCTIONS sections in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MU–2 Service Bulletin No. 105/32–017, dated September 29, 2015, as applicable. After replacement, continue with the repetitive ultrasound inspection requirements of paragraph (f)(3) of this AD. (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: Andrew McAnaul, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, ASW–143 (c/o San Antonio MIDO), 10100 Reunion Place, Suite 650, San Antonio, Texas 78216; phone: (210) 308– 3365; fax: (210) 308–3370; email: andrew.mcanaul@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. E:\FR\FM\26JAP1.SGM 26JAP1 4220 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 16 / Tuesday, January 26, 2016 / Proposed Rules (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 Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) AD No. TCD–8585–2015, dated July 1, 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–2016–1363. For service information related to this AD, contact Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc., c/o Turbine Aircraft Services, Inc., 4550 Jimmy Doolittle Drive, Addison, Texas 75001; telephone: (972) 248–3108, ext. 209; fax: (972) 248–3321; Internet: http://mu2aircraft.com. You may review 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. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on January 16, 2016. Melvin Johnson, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–01381 Filed 1–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: [Docket No. FAA–2015–4133; Airspace Docket No. 15–ANM–27] Steve Haga, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203–4563. Proposed Revocation of Class D Airspace; Vancouver, WA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to remove Class D airspace at Pearson Field, Vancouver, WA. FAA Joint Order 7400.2K states that non-towered airports requiring a surface area will be designated Class E. Class E surface area airspace was established on December 10, 2015. The FAA is proposing this action due to the lack of an operating air traffic control tower at Pearson Field Airport, Vancouver, WA. DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 11, 2016. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Jan 25, 2016 Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2015– 4133; Airspace Docket No. 15–ANM–27, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Office (telephone 1–800– 647–5527), is on the ground floor of the building at the above address. FAA Order 7400.9Z, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/ publications/. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 29591; telephone: 202–267–8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.9Z at NARA, call 202–741– 6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/ federal_register/code_of_federalregulations/ibr_locations.html. FAA Order 7400.9, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. Jkt 238001 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority for This Rulemaking The FAA’s authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency’s authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part, A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it would remove Class D airspace at Pearson Field Airport, Vancouver, WA. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Comments Invited Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this notice must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ‘‘Comments to Docket No. FAA–2015–4133; Airspace Docket No. 15–ANM–27.’’ The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. Availability of NPRMs An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA’s Web page at http://www.faa. gov/airports_airtraffic/air_traffic/ publications/airspace_amendments/. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see the ADDRESSES section for the address and phone number) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the Northwest Mountain Regional Office of the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Organization, Western Service Center, Operations Support Group, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057. Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRMs should contact the FAA’s Office of Rulemaking, (202) 267–9677, for a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11–2A, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Distribution System, which describes the application procedure. Availability and Summary of Documents Proposed for Incorporation by Reference This document would amend FAA Order 7400.9Z, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2015, and effective September 15, 2015. FAA Order 7400.9Z is publicly available E:\FR\FM\26JAP1.SGM 26JAP1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 16 (Tuesday, January 26, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2016-1363; Directorate Identifier 2015-CE-040-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. 
Airplanes

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

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
certain Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Models MU-2B-30, MU-2B-35, 
MU-2B-36, MU-2B-36A, and MU-2B-60 airplanes. This proposed AD results 
from 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 reports of cracks found in the attach fittings of the main 
landing gear oleo strut. We are issuing this proposed AD to require 
actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by March 11, 2016.

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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 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact 
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc., c/o Turbine Aircraft 
Services, Inc., 4550 Jimmy Doolittle Drive, Addison, Texas 75001; 
telephone: (972) 248-3108, ext. 209; fax: (972) 248-3321; Internet: 
http://mu-2aircraft.com. You may review 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.

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-2016-
1363; 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 
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:  Andrew McAnaul, Aerospace Engineer, 
FAA, ASW-143 (c/o San Antonio MIDO), 10100 Reunion Place, Suite 650, 
San Antonio, Texas 78216; phone: (210) 308-3365; fax: (210) 308-3370; 
email: andrew.mcanaul@faa.gov.

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-2016-1363; 
Directorate Identifier 2015-CE-040-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 because of those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://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

    The Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB), which is the aviation 
authority for Japan, has issued AD No. TCD-8595-2015, dated July 1, 
2015 (referred to after this as ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe 
condition for certain Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) Models 
MU-2B-30, MU-2B-35, and MU-2B-36 airplanes. You may examine the MCAI on 
the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and 
locating it in Docket No. FAA-2016-1363.
    We have received reports of seven failures of the main landing gear 
oleo strut attach fitting on certain MHI Models MU-2B-30, MU-2B-35, MU-
2B-36, MU-2B-36A, and MU-2B-60 airplanes. Investigation revealed that 
the failures resulted from improper lubrication and/or hard landings, 
which caused cracks to develop in the main landing gear oleo strut 
attach fitting.
    Japan is the State of Design for MHI Models MU-2B-30, MU-2B-35, and 
MU-2B-36, which the MCAI AD applies to, and the United States is the 
State of Design for MHI Models MU-2B-36A and MU-2B-60 airplanes.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. has issued MU-2 Service Bulletin 
No. 243, dated June 30, 2015, and MU-2 Service Bulletin No. 105/32-017, 
dated September 29, 2015. These service bulletins describe procedures 
for visually inspecting the lugs of the oleo attach fittings on both 
sides for cracks, and if any visible cracks are found, replacing with a 
new fitting. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. has also issued MU-2 
Service News JCAB T.C.: No. 171, FAA T.C.: No. 124/32-011, dated April 
27, 2012, and MU-2 Service News JCAB T.C.: No. 176, FAA T.C.: No. 128/
32-013, dated July 18, 2013. This service information specifies doing 
repetitive ultrasound inspections of the main landing gear oleo upper 
attach fittings for cracks and ensuring proper lubrication of the main 
landing gear oleo fitting. All the related 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 the 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 this State of Design Authority, they 
have notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and 
service information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because 
we evaluated all information and determined the unsafe condition exists 
and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type 
design.

Differences Between This Proposed AD and the MCAI

    We have determined that the repetitive visual inspections specified 
in the MCAI are not adequate for detecting cracks in the main landing 
gear oleo strut attach fitting. Repetitive ultrasonic inspections of 
the main landing gear oleo strut attach fitting have been added into 
the maintenance requirement manual for these airplanes, which is not 
considered mandatory in the FAA's airworthiness regulatory system. 
Therefore, we are proposing to incorporate that requirement through the 
rulemaking process.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD will affect 95 products of U.S. 
registry. We also estimate that it would take about 5 work-hours per 
product to comply with the visual inspection requirement of this 
proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour.
    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the visual 
inspection requirements of this proposed AD on U.S. operators to be 
$40,375, or $425 per product.
    We also estimate that it would take about 3 work-hours per product 
to comply with the ultrasound inspection requirements of this proposed 
AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour.
    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the ultrasound 
inspection requirements of this proposed AD on U.S. operators to be 
$24,225, or $255 per product.
    Owner/operators have the option to do an ultrasound inspection in 
lieu of the required visual inspection.
    In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would 
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about 24 work-hours and require parts costing $5,220, for a cost of 
$7,260 per product to replace the left-hand main landing gear oleo 
strut. We have no way of determining the number of products that may 
need this action.
    In addition, we also estimate that any necessary follow-on actions 
would take about 45 work-hours and require parts costing $5,220, for a 
cost of $9,045 per product to replace the right-hand main landing gear 
oleo strut. We have no way of determining the number of products that 
may need this action.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this 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 adding the following new AD:

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.: Docket No. FAA-2016-1363; 
Directorate Identifier 2015-CE-040-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by March 11, 2016.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Models MU-
2B-30, MU-2B-35, MU-2B-36 airplanes, serial numbers 502 through 696, 
except 652 and 661, and Models MU-2B-36A and MU-2B-60 airplanes, 
serial numbers 661SA, and 697SA through 1569SA, certificated in any 
category.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 32: Landing 
Gear.

(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 reports of 
cracks found in the fittings of the main landing gear oleo strut. We 
are issuing this proposed AD to prevent failure of the main landing 
gear oleo strut attach fitting, which could cause the landing gear 
to fail and result in loss of control.

(f) Actions and Compliance

    Unless already done, do the following actions:
    (1) Within the next 100 hours time-in-service (TIS) after the 
effective date of this AD or within the next 6 months after the 
effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, do a visual 
inspection of the main landing gear oleo upper attach fittings for 
cracks. Do the inspection following the INSTRUCTIONS section in 
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MU-2 Service Bulletin No. 243, 
dated June 30, 2015, and the INSTRUCTIONS section in Mitsubishi 
Heavy Industries, Ltd. MU-2 Service Bulletin No. 105/32-017, dated 
September 29, 2015, as applicable.
    (2) Before further flight after the inspection required in 
paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, if no signs of cracks are found, 
lubricate the pin assembly attached to the main landing gear oleo 
attach fitting as specified in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MU-
2 Service News JCAB T.C.: No. 171, FAA T.C.: No. 124/32-011, dated 
April 27, 2012.
    (3) Within the next 100 hours TIS after doing the initial visual 
inspection required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD or within the 
next 12 months after doing the initial visual inspection required in 
paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, whichever occurs first, do an 
ultrasound inspection of the main landing gear oleo upper attach 
fittings for cracks as specified in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, 
Ltd. MU-2 Service News JCAB T.C.: No. 176, FAA T.C.: No. 128/32-013, 
dated July 18, 2013. This ultrasound inspection may also be done in 
place of the visual inspection required in paragraph (f)(1) of this 
AD if done within the next 100 hours TIS after the effective date of 
this AD or within the next 6 months after the effective date of this 
AD, whichever occurs first. Repetitively thereafter inspect every 
600 hours TIS or 36 months, whichever occurs first, and any time a 
hard landing or overweight landing occurs.
    (4) Before further flight after any inspection required in 
paragraph (f)(3) of this AD, if no signs of cracks are found, 
lubricate the pin assembly attached to the main landing gear oleo 
attach fitting as specified in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MU-
2 Service News JCAB T.C.: No. 171, FAA T.C.: No. 124/32-011, dated 
April 27, 2012, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MU-2 Service 
News JCAB T.C.: No. 176, FAA T.C.: No. 128/32-013, dated July 18, 
2013.
    (5) Before further flight after any inspection required in 
paragraph (f)(1) and (f)(3) of this AD where cracks are found, 
replace the main landing gear oleo upper attach fittings following 
the INSTRUCTIONS section in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MU-2 
Service Bulletin No. 243, dated June 30, 2015, and the INSTRUCTIONS 
sections in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. MU-2 Service Bulletin 
No. 105/32-017, dated September 29, 2015, as applicable. After 
replacement, continue with the repetitive ultrasound inspection 
requirements of paragraph (f)(3) of this AD.

(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: Andrew McAnaul, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, ASW-
143 (c/o San Antonio MIDO), 10100 Reunion Place, Suite 650, San 
Antonio, Texas 78216; phone: (210) 308-3365; fax: (210) 308-3370; 
email: andrew.mcanaul@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.

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    (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 Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) AD No. TCD-
8585-2015, dated July 1, 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-2016-1363. For service 
information related to this AD, contact Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 
America, Inc., c/o Turbine Aircraft Services, Inc., 4550 Jimmy 
Doolittle Drive, Addison, Texas 75001; telephone: (972) 248-3108, 
ext. 209; fax: (972) 248-3321; Internet: http://mu-2aircraft.com. 
You may review 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.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on January 16, 2016.
Melvin Johnson,
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
 [FR Doc. 2016-01381 Filed 1-25-16; 8:45 am]
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