Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 33359-33363 [2016-12156]

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[70 FR 36816, June 27, 2005] [FR Doc. 2016–12582 Filed 5–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1505–01–D DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2015–7528; Directorate Identifier 2015–NM–004–AD; Amendment 39–18524; AD 2016–10–13] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. sradovich on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with RULES AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A300 B4–600, B4–600R, and F4–600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4–605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called Model A300–600 series airplanes); and Model SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:45 May 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 A310 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of premature aging of certain passenger chemical oxygen generators that resulted in the generators failing to activate. This AD requires an inspection to determine if certain passenger chemical oxygen generators are installed and replacement of affected passenger chemical oxygen generators. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the passenger chemical oxygen generator to activate and consequently not deliver oxygen during an emergency, possibly resulting in injury to airplane occupants. DATES: This AD is effective June 30, 2016. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of June 30, 2016. ADDRESSES: For Airbus service information identified in this final rule, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAW, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone: +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax: +33 5 61 93 44 51; email: account.airwortheas@airbus.com; Internet http:// www.airbus.com. For B/E Aerospace service information identified in this final rule, contact B/E Aerospace Inc., 10800 Pflumm Road, Lenexa, KS 66215; telephone: 913–338–9800; fax: 913– 469–8419; Internet http:// beaerospace.com/home/globalsupport. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. It is also available on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015– 7528. 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– 7528; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone 800–647– 5527) is Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116 Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone: 425–227–2125; fax: 425–227–1149. 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 all Airbus Model A300 B4–600, B4–600R, and F4–600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4–605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called Model A300–600 series airplanes); and Model A310 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on December 23, 2015 (80 FR 79745) (‘‘the NPRM’’). The NPRM was prompted by reports of premature aging of certain passenger chemical oxygen generators that resulted in the generators failing to activate. The NPRM proposed to require an inspection to determine if certain passenger chemical oxygen generators are installed and replacement of affected passenger chemical oxygen generators. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the passenger chemical oxygen generator to activate and consequently not deliver oxygen during an emergency, possibly resulting in injury to airplane occupants. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2015–0118, dated June 24, 2015 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus Model A300 B4–600, B4– 600R, and F4–600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4–605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called Model A300–600 series airplanes); and Model A310 series airplanes. The MCAI states: Reports have been received indicating premature ageing of certain chemical oxygen generators, Part Number (P/N) 117042–XX (XX representing any numerical value), manufactured by B/E Aerospace. Some operators reported that when they tried to activate generators, some older units failed to activate. Given the number of failed units reported, all generators manufactured in E:\FR\FM\26MYR1.SGM 26MYR1 33360 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 102 / Thursday, May 26, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 1999, 2000, and 2001 were considered unreliable. This condition, if not corrected, could lead to failure of the generator to activate and consequently not deliver oxygen during an emergency, possibly resulting in injury to aeroplane occupants. To address this potential unsafe condition, Airbus issued Alert Operators Transmission (AOT) A35W008–14, making reference to B/E Aerospace Service Information Letter (SIL) D1019–01 (currently at Revision 1) and B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin (SB) 117042– 35–001. Consequently, EASA issued AD 2014–0280 [http://ad.easa.europa.eu/ad/ 2014-0280] to require identification and replacement of the affected oxygen generators. Since EASA AD 2014–0280 was issued, and following new investigation results, EASA [has] decided to introduce a life limitation concerning all P/N 117042–XX chemical oxygen generators, manufactured by B/E Aerospace. For the reason described above, this [EASA] AD retains the requirements of EASA AD 2014–0280, which is superseded, expands the scope of the [EASA] AD to include chemical oxygen generators manufactured after 2001, and requires their removal from service before exceeding 10 years since date of manufacture. • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM for correcting the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM. We also determined that these changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this AD. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015– 7528. Costs of Compliance Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public. Additional Change Made to This AD sradovich on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with RULES In paragraph (i) of the proposed AD, we inadvertently referred to Airbus Alert Operators Transmission (AOT) A35N006–14, including Appendix 01, dated December 10, 2014, as the appropriate source of service information for replacing 22 minute passenger chemical oxygen generators. We have corrected that error in paragraph (i) of this AD, which refers to Airbus AOT A35W008–14, dated December 18, 2014, including Appendix A, undated, as the appropriate source of service information for replacing 22 minute passenger chemical oxygen generators. Conclusion We reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD with the change described previously, and minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:45 May 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 We reviewed the following service information. • Airbus AOT A35W008–14, dated December 18, 2014, including Appendix A, undated. • B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042–35–001, dated December 10, 2014. This service information describes procedures to replace certain passenger chemical oxygen generators. 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. We estimate that this AD affects 166 airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 2 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD, and 1 work-hour per product for reporting. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts will cost about $390 per product. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $107,070, or $645 per product. Paperwork Reduction Act A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information displays a current valid OMB control number. The control number for the collection of information required by this AD is 2120–0056. The paperwork cost associated with this AD has been detailed in the Costs of Compliance section of this document and includes time for reviewing instructions, as well as completing and reviewing the collection of information. Therefore, all reporting associated with this AD is mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden and suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the FAA at 800 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DC 20591, ATTN: Information Collection Clearance Officer, AES–200. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,’’ describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in ‘‘Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and 4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ E:\FR\FM\26MYR1.SGM 26MYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 102 / Thursday, May 26, 2016 / Rules and Regulations Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ (3) Airbus Model A300 F4–605R and F4– 622R airplanes. (4) Airbus Model A300 C4–605R Variant F airplanes. (5) Airbus Model A310–203, –204, –221, –222, –304, –322, –324, and –325 airplanes. 2016–10–13 Airbus: Amendment 39–18524. Docket No. FAA–2015–7528; Directorate Identifier 2015–NM–004–AD. (d) Subject (a) Effective Date (e) Reason This AD is effective June 30, 2016. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD was prompted by reports of premature aging of certain passenger chemical oxygen generators that resulted in the generators failing to activate. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the passenger chemical oxygen generator to activate and consequently not deliver oxygen during an emergency, possibly resulting in injury to airplane occupants. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Part Number Inspection Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, do a one-time inspection of passenger chemical oxygen generators, part numbers (P/N) 117042–02 (15 minutes (min)—2 masks), 117042–03 (15 min—3 masks), 117042–04 (15 min—4 masks), 117042–22 (22 min—2 masks), 117042–23 (22 min—3 masks), or 117042–24 (22 min— 4 masks), to determine the date of manufacture, as specified in Airbus Alert Operators Transmission (AOT) A35W008–14, dated December 18, 2014, including Appendix A, undated. Refer to Figure 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD and Figure 2 to paragraph (g) of this AD for the location of the date. A review of airplane maintenance records is acceptable for the inspection required by this paragraph, provided the date of manufacture can be conclusively determined by that review. BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:45 May 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\26MYR1.SGM 26MYR1 ER26MY16.000</GPH> sradovich on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with RULES This AD applies to the airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1), (c)(2), (c)(3), (c)(4), and (c)(5) of this AD, certificated in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers. (1) Airbus Model A300 B4–601, B4–603, B4–620, and B4–622 airplanes. (2) Airbus Model A300 B4–605R and B4– 622R airplanes. Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 35, Oxygen. 33361 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 102 / Thursday, May 26, 2016 / Rules and Regulations BILLING CODE 4910–13–C sradovich on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with RULES (h) Replacement of Passenger Chemical Oxygen Generators Manufactured in 1999, 2000, and 2001 If, during any inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD, any passenger chemical oxygen generator having a date of manufacture in 1999, 2000, or 2001 is found: At the applicable time specified in paragraph (h)(1), (h)(2), or (h)(3) of this AD, remove and replace the affected passenger chemical oxygen generator with a serviceable unit, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042–35–001, dated December 10, 2014 (for 15 minute passenger chemical oxygen generators); or Airbus AOT A35W008–14, dated December 18, 2014, including Appendix A, undated (for 22 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:45 May 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 minute passenger chemical oxygen generators); as applicable. (1) For passenger chemical oxygen generators that have a date of manufacture in 1999: Remove and replace within 30 days after the effective date of this AD. (2) For passenger chemical oxygen generators that have a date of manufacture in 2000: Remove and replace within 6 months after the effective date of this AD. (3) For passenger chemical oxygen generators that have a date of manufacture in 2001: Remove and replace within 12 months after the effective date of this AD. (i) Replacement of Passenger Chemical Oxygen Generators Manufactured in 2002 and Later chemical oxygen generator having a date specified in Table 1 to paragraph (i) of this AD is found: At the applicable time specified in Table 1 to paragraph (i) of this AD, remove and replace the affected passenger chemical oxygen generator with a serviceable unit, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042–35–001, dated December 10, 2014 (for 15 minute passenger chemical oxygen generators); or Airbus AOT A35W008–14, dated December 18, 2014, including Appendix A, undated (for 22 minute passenger chemical oxygen generators); as applicable. If, during any inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD, any passenger PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\26MYR1.SGM 26MYR1 ER26MY16.001</GPH> 33362 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 102 / Thursday, May 26, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 33363 TABLE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (i) OF THIS AD—REPLACEMENT COMPLIANCE TIMES Year of manufacture 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Compliance time ......................................................... ......................................................... ......................................................... ......................................................... ......................................................... ......................................................... ......................................................... ......................................................... Within 12 months Within 16 months Within 20 months Within 24 months Within 28 months Within 32 months Within 36 months Before exceeding (j) Definition of Serviceable For the purpose of this AD, a serviceable unit is a passenger chemical oxygen generator having P/N 117042–XX (XX represents any numerical value) with a manufacturing date not older than 10 years, or any other approved part number, provided that the generator has not exceeded the life limit established for that generator by the manufacturer. (k) Reporting At the applicable time specified in paragraph (k)(1) or (k)(2) of this AD, submit a report of the findings (both positive and negative) of the inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD, in accordance with paragraph 7., ‘‘Reporting,’’ of Airbus AOT A35W008–14, dated December 18, 2014, including Appendix A, undated. The report must include the information specified in Appendix A, undated, of Airbus AOT A35W008–14, dated December 18, 2014. (1) If the inspection was done on or after the effective date of this AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the inspection. (2) If the inspection was done before the effective date of this AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the effective date of this AD. sradovich on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with RULES (l) Parts Installation Limitation As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install a passenger chemical oxygen generator, unless it is determined, prior to installation, that the oxygen generator is a serviceable unit (as defined in paragraph (j) of this AD). (m) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116 Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone: 425–227- 2125; fax: 425–227– 1149. Information may be emailed to: 9ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:45 May 25, 2016 Jkt 238001 after the effective date of this AD. after the effective date of this AD. after the effective date of this AD. after the effective date of this AD. after the effective date of this AD. after the effective date of this AD. after the effective date of this AD. 10 years since date of manufacture of the passenger chemical oxygen generator. your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM– 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Airbus’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (3) Reporting Requirements: A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information displays a current valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number for this information collection is 2120–0056. Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 5 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, completing and reviewing the collection of information. All responses to this collection of information are mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden and suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the FAA at: 800 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20591, Attn: Information Collection Clearance Officer, AES–200. (n) Related Information Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA AD 2015–0118, dated June 24, 2015, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015–7528. (o) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise. (i) Airbus Alert Operators Transmission (AOT) A35W008–14, dated December 18, 2014, including Appendix A, undated. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (ii) B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042–35–001, dated December 10, 2014. (3) For Airbus service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAW, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone: +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax: +33 5 61 93 44 51; email: account.airwortheas@airbus.com; Internet http:// www.airbus.com. (4) For B/E Aerospace service information identified in this AD, contact B/E Aerospace Inc., 10800 Pflumm Road, Lenexa, KS 66215; telephone: 913–338–9800; fax: 913–469– 8419; Internet http://beaerospace.com/home/ globalsupport. (5) 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. (6) 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 May 12, 2016. Suzanne Masterson, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–12156 Filed 5–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2015–2457; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–209–AD; Amendment 39–18525; AD 2016–10–14] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\26MYR1.SGM 26MYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2015-7528; Directorate Identifier 2015-NM-004-AD; 
Amendment 39-18524; AD 2016-10-13]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 
Airbus Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes, and 
Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called Model A300-
600 series airplanes); and Model A310 series airplanes. This AD was 
prompted by reports of premature aging of certain passenger chemical 
oxygen generators that resulted in the generators failing to activate. 
This AD requires an inspection to determine if certain passenger 
chemical oxygen generators are installed and replacement of affected 
passenger chemical oxygen generators. We are issuing this AD to prevent 
failure of the passenger chemical oxygen generator to activate and 
consequently not deliver oxygen during an emergency, possibly resulting 
in injury to airplane occupants.

DATES: This AD is effective June 30, 2016.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of June 30, 
2016.

ADDRESSES: For Airbus service information identified in this final 
rule, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office--EAW, 1 Rond Point 
Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone: +33 5 61 93 
36 96; fax: +33 5 61 93 44 51; email: account.airworth-eas@airbus.com; 
Internet http://www.airbus.com. For B/E Aerospace service information 
identified in this final rule, contact B/E Aerospace Inc., 10800 Pflumm 
Road, Lenexa, KS 66215; telephone: 913-338-9800; fax: 913-469-8419; 
Internet http://beaerospace.com/home/globalsupport. You may view this 
referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane 
Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the 
availability of this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221. It is also 
available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching 
for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-7528.

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-
7528; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket 
contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and 
other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone 
800-647-5527) is 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 FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116 Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 
Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone: 425-227-2125; fax: 
425-227-1149.

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 all Airbus Model A300 B4-
600, B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4-605R 
Variant F airplanes (collectively called Model A300-600 series 
airplanes); and Model A310 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the 
Federal Register on December 23, 2015 (80 FR 79745) (``the NPRM''). The 
NPRM was prompted by reports of premature aging of certain passenger 
chemical oxygen generators that resulted in the generators failing to 
activate. The NPRM proposed to require an inspection to determine if 
certain passenger chemical oxygen generators are installed and 
replacement of affected passenger chemical oxygen generators. We are 
issuing this AD to prevent failure of the passenger chemical oxygen 
generator to activate and consequently not deliver oxygen during an 
emergency, possibly resulting in injury to airplane occupants.
    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 
2015-0118, dated June 24, 2015 (referred to after this as the Mandatory 
Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to correct an 
unsafe condition for all Airbus Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R 
series airplanes, and Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes 
(collectively called Model A300-600 series airplanes); and Model A310 
series airplanes. The MCAI states:

    Reports have been received indicating premature ageing of 
certain chemical oxygen generators, Part Number (P/N) 117042-XX (XX 
representing any numerical value), manufactured by B/E Aerospace. 
Some operators reported that when they tried to activate generators, 
some older units failed to activate. Given the number of failed 
units reported, all generators manufactured in

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1999, 2000, and 2001 were considered unreliable.
    This condition, if not corrected, could lead to failure of the 
generator to activate and consequently not deliver oxygen during an 
emergency, possibly resulting in injury to aeroplane occupants.
    To address this potential unsafe condition, Airbus issued Alert 
Operators Transmission (AOT) A35W008-14, making reference to B/E 
Aerospace Service Information Letter (SIL) D1019-01 (currently at 
Revision 1) and B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin (SB) 117042-35-001. 
Consequently, EASA issued AD 2014-0280 [http://ad.easa.europa.eu/ad/2014-0280] to require identification and replacement of the affected 
oxygen generators.
    Since EASA AD 2014-0280 was issued, and following new 
investigation results, EASA [has] decided to introduce a life 
limitation concerning all P/N 117042-XX chemical oxygen generators, 
manufactured by B/E Aerospace.
    For the reason described above, this [EASA] AD retains the 
requirements of EASA AD 2014-0280, which is superseded, expands the 
scope of the [EASA] AD to include chemical oxygen generators 
manufactured after 2001, and requires their removal from service 
before exceeding 10 years since date of manufacture.

    You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-
7528.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of 
the cost to the public.

Additional Change Made to This AD

    In paragraph (i) of the proposed AD, we inadvertently referred to 
Airbus Alert Operators Transmission (AOT) A35N006-14, including 
Appendix 01, dated December 10, 2014, as the appropriate source of 
service information for replacing 22 minute passenger chemical oxygen 
generators. We have corrected that error in paragraph (i) of this AD, 
which refers to Airbus AOT A35W008-14, dated December 18, 2014, 
including Appendix A, undated, as the appropriate source of service 
information for replacing 22 minute passenger chemical oxygen 
generators.

Conclusion

    We reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and 
the public interest require adopting this AD with the change described 
previously, and minor editorial changes. We have determined that these 
minor changes:
     Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the 
NPRM for correcting the unsafe condition; and
     Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was 
already proposed in the NPRM.
    We also determined that these changes will not increase the 
economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this AD.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed the following service information.
     Airbus AOT A35W008-14, dated December 18, 2014, including 
Appendix A, undated.
     B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042-35-001, dated 
December 10, 2014.
    This service information describes procedures to replace certain 
passenger chemical oxygen generators. 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.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 166 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    We also estimate that it will take about 2 work-hours per product 
to comply with the basic requirements of this AD, and 1 work-hour per 
product for reporting. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. 
Required parts will cost about $390 per product. Based on these 
figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be 
$107,070, or $645 per product.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not 
required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to penalty for 
failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the 
requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of 
information displays a current valid OMB control number. The control 
number for the collection of information required by this AD is 2120-
0056. The paperwork cost associated with this AD has been detailed in 
the Costs of Compliance section of this document and includes time for 
reviewing instructions, as well as completing and reviewing the 
collection of information. Therefore, all reporting associated with 
this AD is mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden 
and suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the FAA 
at 800 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20591, ATTN: Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, AES-200.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

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

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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


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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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

2016-10-13 Airbus: Amendment 39-18524. Docket No. FAA-2015-7528; 
Directorate Identifier 2015-NM-004-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective June 30, 2016.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the airplanes identified in paragraphs 
(c)(1), (c)(2), (c)(3), (c)(4), and (c)(5) of this AD, certificated 
in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers.
    (1) Airbus Model A300 B4-601, B4-603, B4-620, and B4-622 
airplanes.
    (2) Airbus Model A300 B4-605R and B4-622R airplanes.
    (3) Airbus Model A300 F4-605R and F4-622R airplanes.
    (4) Airbus Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes.
    (5) Airbus Model A310-203, -204, -221, -222, -304, -322, -324, 
and -325 airplanes.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 35, Oxygen.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports of premature aging of certain 
passenger chemical oxygen generators that resulted in the generators 
failing to activate. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of 
the passenger chemical oxygen generator to activate and consequently 
not deliver oxygen during an emergency, possibly resulting in injury 
to airplane occupants.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Part Number Inspection

    Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, do a one-
time inspection of passenger chemical oxygen generators, part 
numbers (P/N) 117042-02 (15 minutes (min)--2 masks), 117042-03 (15 
min--3 masks), 117042-04 (15 min--4 masks), 117042-22 (22 min--2 
masks), 117042-23 (22 min--3 masks), or 117042-24 (22 min--4 masks), 
to determine the date of manufacture, as specified in Airbus Alert 
Operators Transmission (AOT) A35W008-14, dated December 18, 2014, 
including Appendix A, undated. Refer to Figure 1 to paragraph (g) of 
this AD and Figure 2 to paragraph (g) of this AD for the location of 
the date. A review of airplane maintenance records is acceptable for 
the inspection required by this paragraph, provided the date of 
manufacture can be conclusively determined by that review.
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(h) Replacement of Passenger Chemical Oxygen Generators Manufactured in 
1999, 2000, and 2001

    If, during any inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD, 
any passenger chemical oxygen generator having a date of manufacture 
in 1999, 2000, or 2001 is found: At the applicable time specified in 
paragraph (h)(1), (h)(2), or (h)(3) of this AD, remove and replace 
the affected passenger chemical oxygen generator with a serviceable 
unit, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of B/E 
Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042-35-001, dated December 10, 2014 
(for 15 minute passenger chemical oxygen generators); or Airbus AOT 
A35W008-14, dated December 18, 2014, including Appendix A, undated 
(for 22 minute passenger chemical oxygen generators); as applicable.
    (1) For passenger chemical oxygen generators that have a date of 
manufacture in 1999: Remove and replace within 30 days after the 
effective date of this AD.
    (2) For passenger chemical oxygen generators that have a date of 
manufacture in 2000: Remove and replace within 6 months after the 
effective date of this AD.
    (3) For passenger chemical oxygen generators that have a date of 
manufacture in 2001: Remove and replace within 12 months after the 
effective date of this AD.

(i) Replacement of Passenger Chemical Oxygen Generators Manufactured in 
2002 and Later

    If, during any inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD, 
any passenger chemical oxygen generator having a date specified in 
Table 1 to paragraph (i) of this AD is found: At the applicable time 
specified in Table 1 to paragraph (i) of this AD, remove and replace 
the affected passenger chemical oxygen generator with a serviceable 
unit, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of B/E 
Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042-35-001, dated December 10, 2014 
(for 15 minute passenger chemical oxygen generators); or Airbus AOT 
A35W008-14, dated December 18, 2014, including Appendix A, undated 
(for 22 minute passenger chemical oxygen generators); as applicable.

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    Table 1 to Paragraph (i) of This AD--Replacement Compliance Times
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         Year of manufacture                    Compliance time
------------------------------------------------------------------------
2002.................................  Within 12 months after the
                                        effective date of this AD.
2003.................................  Within 16 months after the
                                        effective date of this AD.
2004.................................  Within 20 months after the
                                        effective date of this AD.
2005.................................  Within 24 months after the
                                        effective date of this AD.
2006.................................  Within 28 months after the
                                        effective date of this AD.
2007.................................  Within 32 months after the
                                        effective date of this AD.
2008.................................  Within 36 months after the
                                        effective date of this AD.
2009.................................  Before exceeding 10 years since
                                        date of manufacture of the
                                        passenger chemical oxygen
                                        generator.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

(j) Definition of Serviceable

    For the purpose of this AD, a serviceable unit is a passenger 
chemical oxygen generator having P/N 117042-XX (XX represents any 
numerical value) with a manufacturing date not older than 10 years, 
or any other approved part number, provided that the generator has 
not exceeded the life limit established for that generator by the 
manufacturer.

(k) Reporting

    At the applicable time specified in paragraph (k)(1) or (k)(2) 
of this AD, submit a report of the findings (both positive and 
negative) of the inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD, in 
accordance with paragraph 7., ``Reporting,'' of Airbus AOT A35W008-
14, dated December 18, 2014, including Appendix A, undated. The 
report must include the information specified in Appendix A, 
undated, of Airbus AOT A35W008-14, dated December 18, 2014.
    (1) If the inspection was done on or after the effective date of 
this AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the inspection.
    (2) If the inspection was done before the effective date of this 
AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the effective date of 
this AD.

(l) Parts Installation Limitation

    As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install a 
passenger chemical oxygen generator, unless it is determined, prior 
to installation, that the oxygen generator is a serviceable unit (as 
defined in paragraph (j) of this AD).

(m) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using 
the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 
39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight 
Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information 
directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Dan Rodina, 
Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116 Transport Airplane 
Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; 
telephone: 425-227- 2125; fax: 425-227-1149. Information may be 
emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any 
approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or 
lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight 
standards district office/certificate holding district office. The 
AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD.
    (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD 
to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be 
accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International 
Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the 
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Airbus's EASA Design 
Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval 
must include the DOA-authorized signature.
    (3) Reporting Requirements: A federal agency may not conduct or 
sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a 
person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a 
collection of information subject to the requirements of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information 
displays a current valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number 
for this information collection is 2120-0056. Public reporting for 
this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 5 
minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, 
completing and reviewing the collection of information. All 
responses to this collection of information are mandatory. Comments 
concerning the accuracy of this burden and suggestions for reducing 
the burden should be directed to the FAA at: 800 Independence Ave. 
SW., Washington, DC 20591, Attn: Information Collection Clearance 
Officer, AES-200.

(n) Related Information

    Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) 
EASA AD 2015-0118, dated June 24, 2015, for related information. 
This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-
2015-7528.

(o) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Airbus Alert Operators Transmission (AOT) A35W008-14, dated 
December 18, 2014, including Appendix A, undated.
    (ii) B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042-35-001, dated 
December 10, 2014.
    (3) For Airbus service information identified in this AD, 
contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office--EAW, 1 Rond Point Maurice 
Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone: +33 5 61 93 36 96; 
fax: +33 5 61 93 44 51; email: account.airworth-eas@airbus.com; 
Internet http://www.airbus.com.
    (4) For B/E Aerospace service information identified in this AD, 
contact B/E Aerospace Inc., 10800 Pflumm Road, Lenexa, KS 66215; 
telephone: 913-338-9800; fax: 913-469-8419; Internet http://beaerospace.com/home/globalsupport.
    (5) 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.
    (6) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on May 12, 2016.
Suzanne Masterson,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
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