Airworthiness Directives; SOCATA Airplanes, 21711-21713 [2016-08262]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 71 / Wednesday, April 13, 2016 / Rules and Regulations Canada; telephone 514–855–5000; fax 514– 855–7401; email thd.crj@ aero.bombardier.com; Internet http:// www.bombardier.com. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Renton, Washington, on March 31, 2016. Victor Wicklund, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–08346 Filed 4–12–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2016–0068; Directorate Identifier 2015–CE–037–AD; Amendment 39–18484; AD 2016–08–08] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; SOCATA Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 92–06–10 for SOCATA Models MS 880B, MS 885, MS 892A–150, MS 892E–150, MS 893A, MS 893E, MS 894A, MS 894E, Rallye 100S, Rallye 150ST, Rallye 150T, Rallye 235E, and Rallye 235C 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 fatigue failure of the nose landing gear wheel axle. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective May 18, 2016. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of May 18, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:03 Apr 12, 2016 Jkt 238001 and locating Docket No. FAA–2016– 0068; 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 AD, contact SOCATA, Direction des services, 65921 Tarbes Cedex 9, France; phone: +33 (0) 5 62 41 73 00; fax: +33 (0) 5 62 41 76 54; email: info@ socata.daher.com; Internet: http:// www.tbm.aero/. For the United States, contact SOCATA NORTH AMERICA, North Perry Airport, 601 NE 10 Street, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060; phone: (954) 366–3331; Internet: http:// www.socatanorthamerica.com/ default.htm. 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–2016– 0068. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Albert Mercado, Aerospace Engineer, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329– 4119; fax: (816) 329–4090; email: albert.mercado@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 SOCATA Models MS 880B, MS 885, MS 894A, MS 893A, MS 892A–150, MS 892E–150, MS 893E, MS 894E, Rallye 100S, Rallye 150T, Rallye 150ST, Rallye 235E, and Rallye 235C airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2016 (81 FR 2134), and proposed to supersede AD 92–06–10, Amendment 39–8190 (57 FR 8063; March 6, 1992) (‘‘92–06–10’’). 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 MCAI states that: A nose landing gear (NLG) wheel axle rupture occurred in service. The results of the technical investigation revealed that this failure was due to premature wear. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to cracks in the axle and detachment of axle and wheel, possibly resulting in failure of the NLG with consequent damage to the aeroplane and injury to occupants. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 21711 To address this potential unsafe condition, DGAC France issued AD 91–163(A) (later revised twice) to require repetitive detailed inspections (DET) of the NLG wheel axle and replacement of the NLG wheel axle attachment screws in accordance with the instructions of SOCATA Service Bulletin (SB) 150–32. Since DGAC France AD 91–163(A)R2 was issued, new findings led to an adjustment of the inspection interval. Consequently, SOCATA issued SB 150–32, now at Revision 3. The MCAI can be found in the AD docket on the Internet at: http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=FAA-2016-00680002. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM (81 FR 2134, January 15, 2016) 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 (81 FR 2134, January 15, 2016) for correcting the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM (81 FR 2134, January 15, 2016). Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 We reviewed Daher-Socata Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 150–32, Revision 3, dated September 2015. The service bulletin describes procedures for inspection of the nose gear wheel axle. 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 the AD. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect 77 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 10 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $500 per product. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the AD on U.S. operators to be $103,950, or $1,350 per product. In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would take E:\FR\FM\13APR1.SGM 13APR1 21712 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 71 / Wednesday, April 13, 2016 / Rules and Regulations about 3 work-hours and require parts costing $1,450, for a cost of $1,705 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 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. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with RULES 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–2016– 0068; 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:03 Apr 12, 2016 Jkt 238001 (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 fatigue failure of the nose landing gear wheel axle. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct chafing and cracking of the nose gear wheel axle, which could lead to failure of the nose landing gear with consequent damage to the airplane and/or occupants. AD, then do the repetitive actions of these paragraphs at the specified times. (1) Do a detailed visual inspection of the intersection between the axle radius and the nose landing gear fork area for chafing at whichever occurs later in paragraph (f)(1)(i) or (f)(1)(ii) of this AD and repetitively thereafter at intervals not to exceed 200 hours time-in-service (TIS) following Daher-Socata Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 150–32, Revision 3, dated September 2015: (i) Upon accumulating 200 hours TIS since the airplane’s first flight or 200 hours TIS since the last inspection required by AD 92– 06–10; or (ii) Within the next 50 hours TIS after May 18, 2016 (the effective date of this AD) or within 500 hours TIS since the last inspection required by AD 92–06–10, whichever occurs first. (2) Do a dye penetrant inspection on the nose wheel axle for cracks, distortion, and nicks or wear at whichever occurs later in paragraph (f)(2)(i) or (f)(2)(ii) of this AD and repetitively thereafter at intervals not to exceed 200 hours time-in-service (TIS) following Daher-Socata Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 150–32, Revision 3, dated September 2015: (i) Upon accumulating 200 hours TIS since the airplane’s first flight or 200 hours TIS since the last inspection required by AD 92– 06–10; or (ii) Within the next 50 hours TIS after May 18, 2016 (the effective date of this AD) or within 500 hours TIS since the last inspection required by AD 92–06–10, whichever occurs first. (3) If any cracks or damage is found in any inspection required by paragraphs (f)(1) or (f)(2) in this AD, contact SOCATA for FAAapproved repair or replacement instructions approved specifically for this AD and, before further flight, implement those instructions. Use the contact information found in paragraph (j) of this AD to contact SOCATA. (4) Replace the nose landing gear wheel axle attachment screws with new screws at whichever occurs later in paragraph (f)(4)(i) or (f)(4)(ii) of this AD following Daher-Socata Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 150–32, Revision 3, dated September 2015: (i) Upon accumulating 2,000 hours TIS since airplane’s first flight or 2,000 hours TIS since last nose landing gear wheel attachment screw replacement with new screws; or (ii) Within 50 hours TIS since April 17, 1992 (the effective date retained from AD 92– 06–10). (5) After May 18, 2016 (the effective date of this AD), a used nose landing gear or a used nose landing gear wheel axle may be installed provided it has been inspected and found free of cracks and/or damage and the nose landing gear wheel axle attachment screws have been replaced with new screws as specified in paragraphs (f)(1), (f)(2), and (f)(4) of this AD. (f) Actions and Compliance Do the actions in paragraphs (f)(1) through (f)(5) of this AD, including all subparagraphs. If the initial actions of paragraphs (f)(1), (f)(2), (f)(3), and (f)(4) of this AD have already been done before the effective date of this (g) Credit for Actions Accomplished in Accordance With Previous Service Information This AD allows credit for the inspections required in paragraph (f)(1) and (f)(2) of this AD, if done before May 18, 2016 (the 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 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing Amendment 39–8190 (57 FR 8063; March 6, 1992) and adding the following new AD: ■ 2016–08–08 SOCATA: Amendment 39– 18484; Docket No. FAA–2016–0068; Directorate Identifier 2015–CE–037–AD. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective May 18, 2016. (b) Affected ADs This AD supersedes AD 92–06–10 Amendment 39–8190 (57 FR 8063; March 6, 1992) (‘‘AD 92–06–10’’). (c) Applicability This AD applies to SOCATA Models MS 880B, MS 885, MS 892A–150, MS 892E–150, MS 893A, MS 893E, MS 894A, MS 894E, Rallye 100S, Rallye 150ST, Rallye 150T, Rallye 235E, and Rallye 235C airplanes, all serial numbers, certificated in any category. (d) Subject Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 32: Landing Gear. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\13APR1.SGM 13APR1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 71 / Wednesday, April 13, 2016 / Rules and Regulations effective date of this AD), following DaherSocata Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 150– 32, Revision 2, dated January 1994. (h) 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: Albert Mercado, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4119; fax: (816) 329– 4090; email: albert.mercado@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 FAAapproved 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. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with RULES (i) Related Information Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2015–0203, dated October 7, 2015; and Daher-Socata Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 150–32, Revision 2, dated January 1994, for related information. The MCAI can be found in the AD docket on the Internet at: http:// www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail; D=FAA-2016-0068-0002. (j) 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) Daher-Socata Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 150–32, Revision 3, dated September 2015. (ii) Reserved. (3) For SOCATA service information identified in this AD, contact SOCATA, Direction des services, 65921 Tarbes Cedex 9, France; phone: +33 (0) 5 62 41 73 00; fax: +33 (0) 5 62 41 76 54; email: info@ socata.daher.com; Internet: http:// www.tbm.aero/. For the United States, contact SOCATA NORTH AMERICA, North Perry Airport, 601 NE 10 Street, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060; phone: (954) 366– 3331; Internet: http:// www.socatanorthamerica.com/default.htm. (4) You may view this 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. In addition, you can access this service information on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2016–0068. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:03 Apr 12, 2016 Jkt 238001 (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 4, 2016. Pat Mullen, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–08262 Filed 4–12–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2015–5914; Directorate Identifier 2014–SW–056–AD; Amendment 39–18472; AD 2016–07–27] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter France) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Helicopters Model SA341G and SA342J helicopters. This AD requires repetitive inspections of a certain part-numbered main rotor hub torsion bar (torsion bar). This AD was prompted by several cases of corrosion in the metal strands of the torsion bar. The actions of this AD are intended to detect corrosion and prevent failure of the torsion bar, loss of a main rotor blade, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. DATES: This AD is effective May 18, 2016. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain document listed in this AD as of May 18, 2016. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Airbus Helicopters, 2701 N. Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; telephone (972) 641–0000 or (800) 232– 0323; fax (972) 641–3775; or at http:// www.airbushelicopters.com/techpub. You may review the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. It is also on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015–5914. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 21713 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– 5914; or in person at the Docket Operations Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, any incorporated-by-reference service information, the economic evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations Office (phone: 800– 647–5527) is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations Office, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Grant, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Group, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Fort Worth, Texas 76177; telephone (817) 222–5110; email robert.grant@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion On November 19, 2015, at 80 FR 72390, the Federal Register published our notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), which proposed to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to Model SA341G and SA342J helicopters with a torsion bar part number 704A33633274 installed. The NPRM proposed to require removing and performing repetitive inspections of each torsion bar for a crack in the polyurethane (PU) coating, the dimension of the angle between the bushings, corrosion on the inside diameter of each bushing, the thickness of each bushing, the size of the inside diameter of each bushing, and missing varnish on the two faces of each bushing. The NPRM also proposed to require replacing the torsion bar before further flight if there is a crack in the PU coating of a torsion bar that matches or exceeds the damage criteria, if the angle of the torsion bar is 7 degrees or more, if any corrosion on a bushing cannot be removed by rubbing it with an abrasive pad, if the thickness of a bushing is less than 37.520 mm (1.477 in), or if the diameter of a bushing is larger than 21,040 mm (.828 in). If varnish is missing from more than 15 percent of the surface area from a face of a bushing, the NPRM proposed to require removing all varnish, finishing with an abrasive pad, and applying a coat of paint to the face of the bushing. The proposed requirements were intended to detect corrosion and prevent failure of the E:\FR\FM\13APR1.SGM 13APR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2016-0068; Directorate Identifier 2015-CE-037-AD; 
Amendment 39-18484; AD 2016-08-08]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; SOCATA Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 92-06-10 for 
SOCATA Models MS 880B, MS 885, MS 892A-150, MS 892E-150, MS 893A, MS 
893E, MS 894A, MS 894E, Rallye 100S, Rallye 150ST, Rallye 150T, Rallye 
235E, and Rallye 235C 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 fatigue failure of the nose landing gear wheel axle. We 
are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition 
on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective May 18, 2016.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of May 18, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2016-
0068; 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 AD, contact SOCATA, 
Direction des services, 65921 Tarbes Cedex 9, France; phone: +33 (0) 5 
62 41 73 00; fax: +33 (0) 5 62 41 76 54; email: info@socata.daher.com; 
Internet: http://www.tbm.aero/. For the United States, contact SOCATA 
NORTH AMERICA, North Perry Airport, 601 NE 10 Street, Pompano Beach, 
Florida 33060; phone: (954) 366-3331; Internet: http://www.socatanorthamerica.com/default.htm. 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-2016-0068.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Albert Mercado, Aerospace Engineer, 
901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 
329-4119; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: albert.mercado@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 SOCATA Models MS 880B, MS 
885, MS 894A, MS 893A, MS 892A-150, MS 892E-150, MS 893E, MS 894E, 
Rallye 100S, Rallye 150T, Rallye 150ST, Rallye 235E, and Rallye 235C 
airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on January 
15, 2016 (81 FR 2134), and proposed to supersede AD 92-06-10, Amendment 
39-8190 (57 FR 8063; March 6, 1992) (``92-06-10'').
    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 MCAI states that:

    A nose landing gear (NLG) wheel axle rupture occurred in 
service. The results of the technical investigation revealed that 
this failure was due to premature wear.
    This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to 
cracks in the axle and detachment of axle and wheel, possibly 
resulting in failure of the NLG with consequent damage to the 
aeroplane and injury to occupants.
    To address this potential unsafe condition, DGAC France issued 
AD 91-163(A) (later revised twice) to require repetitive detailed 
inspections (DET) of the NLG wheel axle and replacement of the NLG 
wheel axle attachment screws in accordance with the instructions of 
SOCATA Service Bulletin (SB) 150-32.
    Since DGAC France AD 91-163(A)R2 was issued, new findings led to 
an adjustment of the inspection interval. Consequently, SOCATA 
issued SB 150-32, now at Revision 3.

    The MCAI can be found in the AD docket on the Internet at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2016-0068-0002.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM (81 FR 2134, January 15, 
2016) 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 (81 FR 2134, January 15, 2016) for correcting the unsafe 
condition; and
     Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was 
already proposed in the NPRM (81 FR 2134, January 15, 2016).

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed Daher-Socata Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 150-32, 
Revision 3, dated September 2015. The service bulletin describes 
procedures for inspection of the nose gear wheel axle. 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 the AD.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD will affect 77 products of U.S. registry. 
We also estimate that it would take about 10 work-hours per product to 
comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate 
is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $500 per product.
    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the AD on U.S. 
operators to be $103,950, or $1,350 per product.
    In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would 
take

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about 3 work-hours and require parts costing $1,450, for a cost of 
$1,705 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 
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-2016-
0068; 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 39-8190 (57 FR 
8063; March 6, 1992) and adding the following new AD:

2016-08-08 SOCATA: Amendment 39-18484; Docket No. FAA-2016-0068; 
Directorate Identifier 2015-CE-037-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective May 18, 
2016.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD supersedes AD 92-06-10 Amendment 39-8190 (57 FR 8063; 
March 6, 1992) (``AD 92-06-10'').

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to SOCATA Models MS 880B, MS 885, MS 892A-150, 
MS 892E-150, MS 893A, MS 893E, MS 894A, MS 894E, Rallye 100S, Rallye 
150ST, Rallye 150T, Rallye 235E, and Rallye 235C airplanes, all 
serial numbers, 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 fatigue failure 
of the nose landing gear wheel axle. We are issuing this AD to 
detect and correct chafing and cracking of the nose gear wheel axle, 
which could lead to failure of the nose landing gear with consequent 
damage to the airplane and/or occupants.

(f) Actions and Compliance

    Do the actions in paragraphs (f)(1) through (f)(5) of this AD, 
including all subparagraphs. If the initial actions of paragraphs 
(f)(1), (f)(2), (f)(3), and (f)(4) of this AD have already been done 
before the effective date of this AD, then do the repetitive actions 
of these paragraphs at the specified times.
    (1) Do a detailed visual inspection of the intersection between 
the axle radius and the nose landing gear fork area for chafing at 
whichever occurs later in paragraph (f)(1)(i) or (f)(1)(ii) of this 
AD and repetitively thereafter at intervals not to exceed 200 hours 
time-in-service (TIS) following Daher-Socata Mandatory Service 
Bulletin SB 150-32, Revision 3, dated September 2015:
    (i) Upon accumulating 200 hours TIS since the airplane's first 
flight or 200 hours TIS since the last inspection required by AD 92-
06-10; or
    (ii) Within the next 50 hours TIS after May 18, 2016 (the 
effective date of this AD) or within 500 hours TIS since the last 
inspection required by AD 92-06-10, whichever occurs first.
    (2) Do a dye penetrant inspection on the nose wheel axle for 
cracks, distortion, and nicks or wear at whichever occurs later in 
paragraph (f)(2)(i) or (f)(2)(ii) of this AD and repetitively 
thereafter at intervals not to exceed 200 hours time-in-service 
(TIS) following Daher-Socata Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 150-32, 
Revision 3, dated September 2015:
    (i) Upon accumulating 200 hours TIS since the airplane's first 
flight or 200 hours TIS since the last inspection required by AD 92-
06-10; or
    (ii) Within the next 50 hours TIS after May 18, 2016 (the 
effective date of this AD) or within 500 hours TIS since the last 
inspection required by AD 92-06-10, whichever occurs first.
    (3) If any cracks or damage is found in any inspection required 
by paragraphs (f)(1) or (f)(2) in this AD, contact SOCATA for FAA-
approved repair or replacement instructions approved specifically 
for this AD and, before further flight, implement those 
instructions. Use the contact information found in paragraph (j) of 
this AD to contact SOCATA.
    (4) Replace the nose landing gear wheel axle attachment screws 
with new screws at whichever occurs later in paragraph (f)(4)(i) or 
(f)(4)(ii) of this AD following Daher-Socata Mandatory Service 
Bulletin SB 150-32, Revision 3, dated September 2015:
    (i) Upon accumulating 2,000 hours TIS since airplane's first 
flight or 2,000 hours TIS since last nose landing gear wheel 
attachment screw replacement with new screws; or
    (ii) Within 50 hours TIS since April 17, 1992 (the effective 
date retained from AD 92-06-10).
    (5) After May 18, 2016 (the effective date of this AD), a used 
nose landing gear or a used nose landing gear wheel axle may be 
installed provided it has been inspected and found free of cracks 
and/or damage and the nose landing gear wheel axle attachment screws 
have been replaced with new screws as specified in paragraphs 
(f)(1), (f)(2), and (f)(4) of this AD.

(g) Credit for Actions Accomplished in Accordance With Previous Service 
Information

    This AD allows credit for the inspections required in paragraph 
(f)(1) and (f)(2) of this AD, if done before May 18, 2016 (the

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effective date of this AD), following Daher-Socata Mandatory Service 
Bulletin SB 150-32, Revision 2, dated January 1994.

(h) 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: Albert Mercado, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small 
Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106; telephone: (816) 329-4119; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: 
albert.mercado@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.

(i) Related Information

    Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2015-
0203, dated October 7, 2015; and Daher-Socata Mandatory Service 
Bulletin SB 150-32, Revision 2, dated January 1994, for related 
information. The MCAI can be found in the AD docket on the Internet 
at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2016-0068-
0002.

(j) 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) Daher-Socata Mandatory Service Bulletin SB 150-32, Revision 
3, dated September 2015.
    (ii) Reserved.
    (3) For SOCATA service information identified in this AD, 
contact SOCATA, Direction des services, 65921 Tarbes Cedex 9, 
France; phone: +33 (0) 5 62 41 73 00; fax: +33 (0) 5 62 41 76 54; 
email: info@socata.daher.com; Internet: http://www.tbm.aero/. For 
the United States, contact SOCATA NORTH AMERICA, North Perry 
Airport, 601 NE 10 Street, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060; phone: 
(954) 366-3331; Internet: http://www.socatanorthamerica.com/default.htm.
    (4) You may view this 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. In addition, you can access this service information 
on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and 
locating Docket No. FAA-2016-0068.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 4, 2016.
Pat Mullen,
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-08262 Filed 4-12-16; 8:45 am]
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