Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 40160-40164 [2016-14317]

Download as PDF 40160 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 119 / Tuesday, June 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238– 7772; fax: 781–238–7199; email: brian.kierstead@faa.gov. (2) Refer to MCAI EASA AD 2015–0211, dated October 15, 2015, for related information. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA–2010–0219. (i) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Turbomeca S.A. Mandatory Service Bulletin No. 283 72 0804, Version D, dated July 24, 2015. (ii) Turbomeca S.A. Service Bulletin No. 283 72 0805, Version B, dated December 15, 2010. (3) For Turbomeca S.A. service information identified in this AD, contact Turbomeca S.A., 40220 Tarnos, France; phone: (33) 05 59 74 40 00; fax: (33) 05 59 74 45 15. (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7125. (5) You may view this service information 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 Burlington, Massachusetts, on June 7, 2016. Colleen M. D’Alessandro, Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–14406 Filed 6–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2016–7263; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–072–AD; Amendment 39–18564; AD 2016–12–15] RIN 2120–AA64 rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2016–07– SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:40 Jun 20, 2016 Jkt 238001 30 for all Airbus Model A330–200, –200 Freighter, and –300 series airplanes, and all Airbus Model A340–200, –300, –500, and –600 series airplanes. For certain airplanes, AD 2016–07–30 required replacing certain Angle of Attack (AOA) sensors (probes) with certain new AOA sensors. For certain other airplanes, AD 2016–07–30 also required inspections and functional heat testing of certain AOA sensors for discrepancies, and replacement if necessary. This new AD requires the same actions as AD 2016– 07–30. This new AD was prompted by a report of a typographical error in the regulatory text of AD 2016–07–30. We are issuing this AD to prevent erroneous AOA information and Alpha Protection (Alpha Prot) activation due to blocked AOA probes, which could result in a continuous nose-down command and consequent loss of control of the airplane. This AD is effective July 6, 2016. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of May 18, 2016 (81 FR 21722, April 13, 2016). We must receive comments on this AD by August 5, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this final rule, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. It is also available on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 and locating Docket No. FAA–2016– 7263. 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– 7263; 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 Operations office (telephone 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1138; fax 425–227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion On March 26, 2016, we issued AD 2016–07–30, Amendment 39–18475 (81 FR 21722, April 13, 2016) (‘‘AD 2016– 07–30’’), for all Airbus Model A330– 200, –200 Freighter, and –300 series airplanes; and all Airbus Model A340– 200, –300, –500, and –600 series airplanes. AD 2016–07–30 was prompted by a report of blockage of AOA probes during climb, leading to activation of the Alpha Prot while the Mach number increased. This activation could cause a continuous nose-down pitch rate that cannot be stopped with backward sidestick input, even in the full backward position. For certain airplanes, AD 2016–07–30 required replacing certain AOA sensors (probes) with certain new AOA sensors. For certain other airplanes, AD 2016–07–30 also required inspections and functional heat testing of certain AOA sensors for discrepancies, and replacement if necessary. We issued AD 2016–07–30 to prevent erroneous AOA information and Alpha Prot activation due to blocked AOA probes, which could result in a continuous nose-down command and loss of control of the airplane. Since we issued AD 2016–07–30, we received a report of a typographical error in the regulatory text of AD 2016– 07–30. Paragraph (l) of AD 2016–07–30 inadvertently referred to paragraph (g) and should have referred to paragraph (j), ‘‘Repetitive Inspections/Tests of Certain Thales AOA Sensors.’’ The intent of paragraph (l) of AD 2016–07– 30 was to give credit for doing the E:\FR\FM\21JNR1.SGM 21JNR1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 119 / Tuesday, June 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations actions required by paragraph (j) of AD 2016–07–30 using earlier revisions of the service information specified in paragraph (j) of AD 2016–07–30. We have changed paragraph (l) of this AD to refer to paragraph (j) of this AD. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2015–0134, dated July 8, 2015 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus Model A330– 200, –200 Freighter, and –300 series airplanes; and all Model A340–200, –300, –500, and –600 series airplanes. The MCAI states: An occurrence was reported where an Airbus A321 aeroplane encountered a blockage of two Angle of Attack (AOA) probes during climb, leading to activation of the Alpha Protection (Alpha Prot) while the Mach number increased. The flight crew managed to regain full control and the flight landed uneventfully. It was determined that the affected AOA probes are also fitted on A330 and A340 aeroplanes. When Alpha Prot is activated due to blocked AOA probes, the flight control laws order a continuous nose down pitch rate that, in a worst case scenario, cannot be stopped with backward sidestick inputs, even in the full backward position. If the Mach number increases during a nose down order, the AOA value of the Alpha Prot will continue to decrease. As a result, the flight control laws will continue to order a nose down pitch rate, even if the speed is above minimum selectable speed, known as VLS. This condition, if not corrected, could result in loss of control of the aeroplane. Investigation results indicated that aeroplanes equipped with certain UTC Aerospace (UTAS, formerly known as Goodrich) AOA sensors, or equipped with certain SEXTANT/THOMSON AOA sensors, appear to have a greater susceptibility to adverse environmental conditions than aeroplanes equipped with the latest Thales AOA sensor, Part Number (P/N) C16291AB, which was designed to improve AOA indication behaviour in heavy rain conditions. Having determined that replacement of these AOA sensors is necessary to achieve and maintain the required safety level of the aeroplane, EASA issued [an AD * * *], to require modification of the aeroplanes by replacement of the affected P/N sensors, and, after modification, prohibits (re-) installation of those P/N AOA sensors. That [EASA] AD 40161 also required repetitive detailed visual inspections (DET) and functional heating tests of certain Thales AOA sensors and provided an optional terminating action for those inspections. Since EASA AD 2015–0089 was issued, based on further analysis results, Airbus issued Operators Information Transmission (OIT) Ref. 999.0017/15 Revision 1, instructing operators to speed up the removal from service of UTAS P/N 0861ED2 AOA sensors. For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD retains the requirements of EASA [AD * * *], which is superseded, but reduces the compliance times for aeroplanes with UTAS P/N 0861ED2 AOA sensors installed. country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of these same type designs. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2016–7263. We are superseding AD 2016–07–30 to correct a typographical error in the regulatory text. No other changes have been made to AD 2016–07–30. Therefore, we determined that notice and opportunity for public comment are unnecessary. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Airbus has issued the following service information: • Service Bulletin A330–34–3215, Revision 03, dated July 23, 2015. • Service Bulletin A330–34–3228, dated October 7, 2009. • Service Bulletin A330–34–3315, dated March 26, 2015. • Service Bulletin A340–34–4215, Revision 03, dated July 27, 2015. • Service Bulletin A340–34–4234, dated October 7, 2009. • Service Bulletin A340–34–4294, dated March 26, 2015. • Service Bulletin A340–34–5062, Revision 02, dated July 24, 2015. • Service Bulletin A340–34–5070, dated October 9, 2009. • Service Bulletin A340–34–5105, dated March 26, 2015. The service information describes procedures for replacing certain pitot probes with certain new pitot probes. The service information also describes procedures for inspections and functional heat testing of certain pitot probes, and replacement if necessary. 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. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This AD This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another FAA’s Justification and Determination of the Effective Date Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not precede it by notice and opportunity for public comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2016–7263; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–072– AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this AD because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this AD. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 55 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD: rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Replacement ................................... 5 work-hours × $85 per hour = $425. 3 work-hours × $85 per hour = $255. Inspection/test ................................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:40 Jun 20, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Parts cost Fmt 4700 Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators $0 $23,375 0 Sfmt 4700 $425 ............................................... $255 per inspection/test cycle ....... 14,025 E:\FR\FM\21JNR1.SGM 21JNR1 40162 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 119 / Tuesday, June 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations We have received no definitive data that will enable us to provide a cost estimate for the on-condition actions specified in this AD. Authority for This Rulemaking 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. rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:40 Jun 20, 2016 Jkt 238001 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. 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. Adoption of the Amendment PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing airworthiness directive AD 2016–07–30, Amendment 39–18475 (81 FR 21722, April 13, 2016), and adding the following new AD: ■ 2016–12–15 Airbus: Amendment 39–18564. Docket No. FAA–2016–7263; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–072–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective July 6, 2016. (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2016–07–30, Amendment 39–18475 (81 FR 21722, April 13, 2016) (‘‘AD 2016–07–30’’). (c) Applicability This AD applies to the airplanes, certificated in any category, identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD, all manufacturer serial numbers. (1) Airbus Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, –223F, –243, –243F, –301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes. (2) Airbus Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, –313, –541, and –642 airplanes. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 34, Navigation. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by a report of blockage of two Angle of Attack (AOA) probes during climb, leading to activation of the Alpha Protection (Alpha Prot) while the Mach number increased. This activation could cause a continuous nose-down pitch rate that cannot be stopped with backward sidestick input, even in the full backward position. We are issuing this AD to prevent erroneous AOA information and Alpha Prot activation due to blocked AOA probes, which could result in a continuous nose-down command and consequent loss of control of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Retained Replacement of Certain UTC Aerospace (UTAS) AOA Sensors With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 2016–07–30, with no changes. For airplanes on which any UTAS AOA sensor having part number (P/N) 0861ED or P/N 0861ED2 is installed: At the applicable time specified in paragraph (h) of this AD, replace all Captain and First Officer AOA sensors (probes) having P/N 0861ED or 0861ED2 with AOA sensors having Thales P/N C16291AB, in accordance with the PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information identified in paragraph (g)(1), (g)(2), or (g)(3) of this AD. (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–34–3315, dated March 26, 2015 (for Model A330 airplanes). (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34–4294, dated March 26, 2015 (for Model A340–200 and –300 airplanes). (3) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34–5105, dated March 26, 2015 (for Model A340–500 and –600 airplanes). (h) Retained Compliance Times for the Requirements of Paragraph (g) of This AD With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 2016–07–30, with no changes. Do the actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD at the applicable time specified in paragraph (h)(1) or (h)(2) of this AD. (1) For airplanes with AOA sensors having P/N 0861ED: Within 22 months after May 18, 2016 (the effective date of AD 2016–07–30). (2) For airplanes with AOA sensors having P/N 0861ED2: Within 7 months after May 18, 2016 (the effective date of AD 2016–07–30). (i) Retained Replacement of Certain SEXTANT/THOMSON AOA Sensors With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (i) of AD 2016–07–30, with no changes. For airplanes on which any SEXTANT/THOMSON AOA sensor having P/N 45150320 is installed: Within 22 months after May 18, 2016 (the effective date of AD 2016–07–30), replace all SEXTANT/ THOMSON AOA sensors (probes) having P/ N 45150320 with AOA sensors having Thales P/N C16291AB, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information identified in paragraph (i)(1) or (i)(2) of this AD. (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–34–3228, dated October 7, 2009 (for Model A330 airplanes). (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34–4234, dated October 7, 2009 (for Model A340–200 and –300 airplanes). (j) Retained Repetitive Inspections/Tests of Certain Thales AOA Sensors With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (j) of AD 2016–07–30, with no changes. For airplanes on which one or more Thales AOA sensor having P/N C16291AA is installed: Before the accumulation of 17,000 total flight hours on the AOA sensor since first installation on an airplane, or within 6 months after May 18, 2016 (the effective date of AD 2016–07–30), whichever occurs later; and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 3,800 flight hours; do a detailed inspection of the three AOA sensors at FINs 3FP1, 3FP2, and 3FP3 for discrepancies (e.g., the vane of the sensor does not deice properly), and a functional heating test of each AOA sensor having P/N C16291AA, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information identified in paragraph (j)(1), (j)(2), or (j)(3) of this AD. (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–34–3215, Revision 03, dated July 23, 2015 (for Model A330 airplanes). E:\FR\FM\21JNR1.SGM 21JNR1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 119 / Tuesday, June 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34–4215, Revision 03, dated July 27, 2015 (for Model A340–200 and –300 airplanes). (3) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34–5062, Revision 02, dated July 24, 2015 (for Model A340–500 and –600 airplanes). (k) Retained Corrective Actions With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (k) of AD 2016–07–30, with no changes. If any discrepancy is found during any inspection required by paragraph (j) of this AD, or if any test is failed during the heating test required by paragraph (j) of this AD: Before further flight, replace all affected AOA sensors with sensors identified in paragraph (k)(1) or (k)(2) of this AD, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information identified in paragraph (j)(1), (j)(2), or (j)(3) of this AD. (1) Replace with AOA sensors having Thales P/N C16291AA, on which the inspection and test required by paragraph (j) of this AD were passed. (2) Replace with AOA sensors having Thales P/N C16291AB. rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES (l) Retained Credit for Previous Actions With a Change to a Paragraph Reference This paragraph restates the credit provided in paragraph (l) of AD 2016–07–30, with a change to a paragraph reference. This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by paragraph (j) of this AD, if those actions were performed before May 18, 2016 (the effective date of AD 2016–07–30), using the applicable service information specified in paragraphs (l)(1), (l)(2), and (l)(3) of this AD, which are not incorporated by reference in this AD. (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–34–3215, Revision 02, dated March 29, 2010. (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34–4215, Revision 02, dated March 29, 2010. (3) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34–5062, Revision 01, dated March 29, 2010. (m) Retained Airplanes Excluded From Certain Requirements With No Changes This paragraph restates the exception specified in paragraph (m) of AD 2016–07– 30, with no changes. (1) The actions specified in paragraphs (g), (i), (j), and (k) of this AD are not required, provided that the conditions specified in paragraphs (m)(1)(i), (m)(1)(ii), and (m)(1)(iii) of this AD are met. (i) Airbus Modification 58555 (installation of Thales P/N C16291AB AOA sensors) has been embodied in production. (ii) Airbus Modification 46921 (installation of UTAS AOA sensors) has not been embodied in production. (iii) No AOA sensor having SEXTANT/ THOMSON P/N 45150320 or UTAS P/N 0861ED or P/N 0861ED2 has been installed on the airplane since date of issuance of the original airworthiness certificate or date of issuance of the original export certificate of airworthiness. (2) The actions specified in paragraphs (g) and (i) of this AD are not required, provided that all conditions specified in paragraphs (m)(2)(i), (m)(2)(ii), and (m)(2)(iii) of this AD are met. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:40 Jun 20, 2016 Jkt 238001 (i) Only AOA sensors with part numbers approved after the effective date of this AD have been installed. (ii) The AOA sensor part number is approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Airbus’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). (iii) The installation is accomplished in accordance with airplane modification instructions approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; the EASA; or Airbus’s EASA DOA. (n) Retained Optional Terminating Modification With No Changes This paragraph restates the optional action specified in paragraph (n) of AD 2016–07–30, with no changes. Replacement of all Thales AOA sensors having P/N C16291AA with Thales AOA sensors having P/N C16291AB, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information identified in paragraph (n)(1), (n)(2), or (n)(3) of this AD, terminates the repetitive inspections and functional heating tests required by paragraph (j) of this AD. (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–34–3228, dated October 7, 2009 (for Model A330 airplanes). (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34–4234, dated October 7, 2009 (for Model A340–200 and –300 airplanes). (3) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34–5070, dated October 9, 2009 (for Model A340–500 and –600 airplanes). (o) Retained Parts Installation Prohibitions With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (o) of AD 2016–07–30, with no changes. (1) For airplanes on which only Thales P/N C16291AB AOA sensors are installed as of May 18, 2016 (the effective date of AD 2016–07–30): No person may install, on any airplane, a Thales AOA sensor having P/N C16291AA as of May 18, 2016. (2) For airplanes on which the modification specified in paragraph (n) of this AD has been done: No person may install, on any airplane, a Thales AOA sensor having P/N C16291AA after accomplishing the specified modification. (3) For airplanes on which Thales P/N C16291AA or P/N C16291AB AOA sensors are installed as of May 18, 2016 (the effective date of AD 2016–07–30): No person may install, on any airplane, a UTAS AOA sensor having P/N 0861ED or P/N 0861ED2, or a SEXTANT/THOMSON AOA sensor having P/N 45150320, as of May 18, 2016. (4) For airplanes on which the replacement required by paragraph (i) of this AD has been done: No person may install, on any airplane, a UTAS AOA sensor having P/N 0861ED or P/N 0861ED2, or a SEXTANT/THOMSON AOA sensor having P/N 45150320, after accomplishing the replacement. (5) For airplanes on which the replacement required by paragraph (g) of this AD has been done: No person may install, on any airplane, a UTAS AOA sensor having P/N 0861ED or P/N 0861ED2, or a SEXTANT/THOMSON PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 40163 AOA sensor having P/N 45150320, after accomplishing the replacement, except that a UTAS AOA sensor having P/N 0861ED may be installed in the standby position of that airplane. (p) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1138; fax 425–227–1149. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. 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 EASA; or Airbus’s EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (3) Required for Compliance (RC): If any service information contains procedures or tests that are identified as RC, those procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the operator’s maintenance or inspection program without obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC require approval of an AMOC. (q) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2015–0134, dated July 8, 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– 2016–7263. (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (r)(4) and (r)(5) of this AD. (r) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this E:\FR\FM\21JNR1.SGM 21JNR1 40164 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 119 / Tuesday, June 21, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 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. (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on May 18, 2016 (81 FR 21722, April 13, 2016). (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–34–3215, Revision 03, dated July 23, 2015. (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–34–3228, dated October 7, 2009. (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–34– 3315, dated March 26, 2015. (iv) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34– 4215, Revision 03, dated July 27, 2015. (v) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34–4234, dated October 7, 2009. (vi) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34– 4294, dated March 26, 2015. (vii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34– 5062, Revision 02, dated July 24, 2015. (viii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34– 5070, dated October 9, 2009. (ix) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–34– 5105, dated March 26, 2015. (4) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. (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 June 9, 2016. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–14317 Filed 6–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P Airport, Gainesville, FL; and Orlando Executive Airport, Orlando, FL, by eliminating the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) part time status of the Class E airspace designated as an extension at each airport. This is an administrative change to coincide with the FAA’s aeronautical database. This action also updates the geographic coordinates of Orlando Executive Airport in existing Class D and E airspace. DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, September 15, 2016. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under title 1, Code of Federal Regulations, part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments. FAA Order 7400.9Z, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/ airtraffic/publications/. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Fornito, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. Box 20636, Atlanta, Georgia 30320; telephone (404) 305–6364. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Authority for This Rulemaking DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with RULES [Docket No. FAA–2016–0071; Airspace Docket No. 16–ASO–1] Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace Orlando, FL; and Amendment of Class E Airspace; Gainesville, FL Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This action amends Class E Airspace at Gainesville Regional SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:40 Jun 20, 2016 Jkt 238001 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 amends PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Class D and Class E airspace at the Florida airports listed in this final rule. History In a review of the airspace, the FAA found the airspace description for Gainesville Regional Airport, Gainesville, FL, and Orlando Executive Airport, Orlando, FL, as published in FAA Order 7400.9Z, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, does not match the FAA’s charting information. This is an administrative change to coincide with the FAA’s aeronautical database. Class D and Class E airspace designations are published in paragraphs 5000, 6002, and 6004, respectively, of FAA Order 7400.9Z dated August 6, 2015, and effective September 15, 2015, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR part 71.1. The Class D and E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order. Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference This document amends 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 as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.9Z lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points. The Rule This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 71 by eliminating the NOTAM information that reads ‘‘This Class E airspace area is effective during the specific dates and time established in advance by Notice to Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory’’ from the regulatory text of the Class E airspace designated as an extension to Class D, at Gainesville Regional Airport, Gainesville, FL; and Orlando Executive Airport, Orlando, FL. This is an administrative change amending the description for the above Florida airports, to be in concert with the FAA’s aeronautical database, and does not affect the boundaries, or operating requirements of the airspace, therefore, notice and public procedure under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are unnecessary. The geographic coordinates of Orlando Executive Airport are adjusted under Class D and Class E airspace, to coincide with the FAAs aeronautical database. E:\FR\FM\21JNR1.SGM 21JNR1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 119 (Tuesday, June 21, 2016)]
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[Pages 40160-40164]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2016-7263; Directorate Identifier 2016-NM-072-AD; 
Amendment 39-18564; AD 2016-12-15]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2016-07-30 for 
all Airbus Model A330-200, -200 Freighter, and -300 series airplanes, 
and all Airbus Model A340-200, -300, -500, and -600 series airplanes. 
For certain airplanes, AD 2016-07-30 required replacing certain Angle 
of Attack (AOA) sensors (probes) with certain new AOA sensors. For 
certain other airplanes, AD 2016-07-30 also required inspections and 
functional heat testing of certain AOA sensors for discrepancies, and 
replacement if necessary. This new AD requires the same actions as AD 
2016-07-30. This new AD was prompted by a report of a typographical 
error in the regulatory text of AD 2016-07-30. We are issuing this AD 
to prevent erroneous AOA information and Alpha Protection (Alpha Prot) 
activation due to blocked AOA probes, which could result in a 
continuous nose-down command and consequent loss of control of the 
airplane.

DATES: This AD is effective July 6, 2016.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of May 18, 2016 
(81 FR 21722, April 13, 2016).
    We must receive comments on this AD by August 5, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this final rule, contact 
Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office--EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 
31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 
93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this referenced service information at the 
FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. 
For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
425-227-1221. It is also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2016-
7263.

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-
7263; 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 Operations office 
(telephone 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be 
available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-1138; 
fax 425-227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    On March 26, 2016, we issued AD 2016-07-30, Amendment 39-18475 (81 
FR 21722, April 13, 2016) (``AD 2016-07-30''), for all Airbus Model 
A330-200, -200 Freighter, and -300 series airplanes; and all Airbus 
Model A340-200, -300, -500, and -600 series airplanes. AD 2016-07-30 
was prompted by a report of blockage of AOA probes during climb, 
leading to activation of the Alpha Prot while the Mach number 
increased. This activation could cause a continuous nose-down pitch 
rate that cannot be stopped with backward sidestick input, even in the 
full backward position. For certain airplanes, AD 2016-07-30 required 
replacing certain AOA sensors (probes) with certain new AOA sensors. 
For certain other airplanes, AD 2016-07-30 also required inspections 
and functional heat testing of certain AOA sensors for discrepancies, 
and replacement if necessary. We issued AD 2016-07-30 to prevent 
erroneous AOA information and Alpha Prot activation due to blocked AOA 
probes, which could result in a continuous nose-down command and loss 
of control of the airplane.
    Since we issued AD 2016-07-30, we received a report of a 
typographical error in the regulatory text of AD 2016-07-30. Paragraph 
(l) of AD 2016-07-30 inadvertently referred to paragraph (g) and should 
have referred to paragraph (j), ``Repetitive Inspections/Tests of 
Certain Thales AOA Sensors.'' The intent of paragraph (l) of AD 2016-
07-30 was to give credit for doing the

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actions required by paragraph (j) of AD 2016-07-30 using earlier 
revisions of the service information specified in paragraph (j) of AD 
2016-07-30. We have changed paragraph (l) of this AD to refer to 
paragraph (j) of this AD.
    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA 
Airworthiness Directive 2015-0134, dated July 8, 2015 (referred to 
after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or 
``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus Model 
A330-200, -200 Freighter, and -300 series airplanes; and all Model 
A340-200, -300, -500, and -600 series airplanes. The MCAI states:

    An occurrence was reported where an Airbus A321 aeroplane 
encountered a blockage of two Angle of Attack (AOA) probes during 
climb, leading to activation of the Alpha Protection (Alpha Prot) 
while the Mach number increased. The flight crew managed to regain 
full control and the flight landed uneventfully. It was determined 
that the affected AOA probes are also fitted on A330 and A340 
aeroplanes.
    When Alpha Prot is activated due to blocked AOA probes, the 
flight control laws order a continuous nose down pitch rate that, in 
a worst case scenario, cannot be stopped with backward sidestick 
inputs, even in the full backward position. If the Mach number 
increases during a nose down order, the AOA value of the Alpha Prot 
will continue to decrease. As a result, the flight control laws will 
continue to order a nose down pitch rate, even if the speed is above 
minimum selectable speed, known as VLS.
    This condition, if not corrected, could result in loss of 
control of the aeroplane.
    Investigation results indicated that aeroplanes equipped with 
certain UTC Aerospace (UTAS, formerly known as Goodrich) AOA 
sensors, or equipped with certain SEXTANT/THOMSON AOA sensors, 
appear to have a greater susceptibility to adverse environmental 
conditions than aeroplanes equipped with the latest Thales AOA 
sensor, Part Number (P/N) C16291AB, which was designed to improve 
AOA indication behaviour in heavy rain conditions.
    Having determined that replacement of these AOA sensors is 
necessary to achieve and maintain the required safety level of the 
aeroplane, EASA issued [an AD * * *], to require modification of the 
aeroplanes by replacement of the affected P/N sensors, and, after 
modification, prohibits (re-) installation of those P/N AOA sensors. 
That [EASA] AD also required repetitive detailed visual inspections 
(DET) and functional heating tests of certain Thales AOA sensors and 
provided an optional terminating action for those inspections.
    Since EASA AD 2015-0089 was issued, based on further analysis 
results, Airbus issued Operators Information Transmission (OIT) Ref. 
999.0017/15 Revision 1, instructing operators to speed up the 
removal from service of UTAS P/N 0861ED2 AOA sensors.
    For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD retains the 
requirements of EASA [AD * * *], which is superseded, but reduces 
the compliance times for aeroplanes with UTAS P/N 0861ED2 AOA 
sensors installed.

You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov 
by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2016-7263.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Airbus has issued the following service information:
     Service Bulletin A330-34-3215, Revision 03, dated July 23, 
2015.
     Service Bulletin A330-34-3228, dated October 7, 2009.
     Service Bulletin A330-34-3315, dated March 26, 2015.
     Service Bulletin A340-34-4215, Revision 03, dated July 27, 
2015.
     Service Bulletin A340-34-4234, dated October 7, 2009.
     Service Bulletin A340-34-4294, dated March 26, 2015.
     Service Bulletin A340-34-5062, Revision 02, dated July 24, 
2015.
     Service Bulletin A340-34-5070, dated October 9, 2009.
     Service Bulletin A340-34-5105, dated March 26, 2015.
    The service information describes procedures for replacing certain 
pitot probes with certain new pitot probes. The service information 
also describes procedures for inspections and functional heat testing 
of certain pitot probes, and replacement if necessary. 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.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This AD

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another 
country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant 
to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have 
been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service 
information referenced above. We are issuing this AD because we 
evaluated all pertinent information and determined the unsafe condition 
exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of these 
same type designs.

FAA's Justification and Determination of the Effective Date

    We are superseding AD 2016-07-30 to correct a typographical error 
in the regulatory text. No other changes have been made to AD 2016-07-
30. Therefore, we determined that notice and opportunity for public 
comment are unnecessary.

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety, and we did not precede it by notice and opportunity for public 
comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under 
the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2016-7263; Directorate 
Identifier 2016-NM-072-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. We 
specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, 
environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all 
comments received by the closing date and may amend this AD because of 
those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this AD.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 55 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                                   Cost on U.S.
              Action                      Labor cost         Parts cost       Cost per product       operators
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Replacement.......................  5 work-hours x $85                 $0  $425.................         $23,375
                                     per hour = $425.
Inspection/test...................  3 work-hours x $85                  0  $255 per inspection/           14,025
                                     per hour = $255.                       test cycle.
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    We have received no definitive data that will enable us to provide 
a cost estimate for the on-condition actions specified in this AD.

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

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]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by removing airworthiness directive AD 
2016-07-30, Amendment 39-18475 (81 FR 21722, April 13, 2016), and 
adding the following new AD:

2016-12-15 Airbus: Amendment 39-18564. Docket No. FAA-2016-7263; 
Directorate Identifier 2016-NM-072-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective July 6, 2016.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2016-07-30, Amendment 39-18475 (81 FR 21722, 
April 13, 2016) (``AD 2016-07-30'').

(c) Applicability

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

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 34, Navigation.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by a report of blockage of two Angle of 
Attack (AOA) probes during climb, leading to activation of the Alpha 
Protection (Alpha Prot) while the Mach number increased. This 
activation could cause a continuous nose-down pitch rate that cannot 
be stopped with backward sidestick input, even in the full backward 
position. We are issuing this AD to prevent erroneous AOA 
information and Alpha Prot activation due to blocked AOA probes, 
which could result in a continuous nose-down command and consequent 
loss of control of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Retained Replacement of Certain UTC Aerospace (UTAS) AOA Sensors 
With No Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 
2016-07-30, with no changes. For airplanes on which any UTAS AOA 
sensor having part number (P/N) 0861ED or P/N 0861ED2 is installed: 
At the applicable time specified in paragraph (h) of this AD, 
replace all Captain and First Officer AOA sensors (probes) having P/
N 0861ED or 0861ED2 with AOA sensors having Thales P/N C16291AB, in 
accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable 
service information identified in paragraph (g)(1), (g)(2), or 
(g)(3) of this AD.
    (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3315, dated March 26, 2015 
(for Model A330 airplanes).
    (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4294, dated March 26, 2015 
(for Model A340-200 and -300 airplanes).
    (3) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-5105, dated March 26, 2015 
(for Model A340-500 and -600 airplanes).

(h) Retained Compliance Times for the Requirements of Paragraph (g) of 
This AD With No Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 
2016-07-30, with no changes. Do the actions required by paragraph 
(g) of this AD at the applicable time specified in paragraph (h)(1) 
or (h)(2) of this AD.
    (1) For airplanes with AOA sensors having P/N 0861ED: Within 22 
months after May 18, 2016 (the effective date of AD 2016-07-30).
    (2) For airplanes with AOA sensors having P/N 0861ED2: Within 7 
months after May 18, 2016 (the effective date of AD 2016-07-30).

(i) Retained Replacement of Certain SEXTANT/THOMSON AOA Sensors With No 
Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (i) of AD 
2016-07-30, with no changes. For airplanes on which any SEXTANT/
THOMSON AOA sensor having P/N 45150320 is installed: Within 22 
months after May 18, 2016 (the effective date of AD 2016-07-30), 
replace all SEXTANT/THOMSON AOA sensors (probes) having P/N 45150320 
with AOA sensors having Thales P/N C16291AB, in accordance with the 
Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information 
identified in paragraph (i)(1) or (i)(2) of this AD.
    (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3228, dated October 7, 2009 
(for Model A330 airplanes).
    (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4234, dated October 7, 2009 
(for Model A340-200 and -300 airplanes).

(j) Retained Repetitive Inspections/Tests of Certain Thales AOA Sensors 
With No Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (j) of AD 
2016-07-30, with no changes. For airplanes on which one or more 
Thales AOA sensor having P/N C16291AA is installed: Before the 
accumulation of 17,000 total flight hours on the AOA sensor since 
first installation on an airplane, or within 6 months after May 18, 
2016 (the effective date of AD 2016-07-30), whichever occurs later; 
and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 3,800 flight hours; do a 
detailed inspection of the three AOA sensors at FINs 3FP1, 3FP2, and 
3FP3 for discrepancies (e.g., the vane of the sensor does not deice 
properly), and a functional heating test of each AOA sensor having 
P/N C16291AA, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of 
the applicable service information identified in paragraph (j)(1), 
(j)(2), or (j)(3) of this AD.
    (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3215, Revision 03, dated 
July 23, 2015 (for Model A330 airplanes).

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    (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4215, Revision 03, dated 
July 27, 2015 (for Model A340-200 and -300 airplanes).
    (3) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-5062, Revision 02, dated 
July 24, 2015 (for Model A340-500 and -600 airplanes).

(k) Retained Corrective Actions With No Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (k) of AD 
2016-07-30, with no changes. If any discrepancy is found during any 
inspection required by paragraph (j) of this AD, or if any test is 
failed during the heating test required by paragraph (j) of this AD: 
Before further flight, replace all affected AOA sensors with sensors 
identified in paragraph (k)(1) or (k)(2) of this AD, in accordance 
with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service 
information identified in paragraph (j)(1), (j)(2), or (j)(3) of 
this AD.
    (1) Replace with AOA sensors having Thales P/N C16291AA, on 
which the inspection and test required by paragraph (j) of this AD 
were passed.
    (2) Replace with AOA sensors having Thales P/N C16291AB.

(l) Retained Credit for Previous Actions With a Change to a Paragraph 
Reference

    This paragraph restates the credit provided in paragraph (l) of 
AD 2016-07-30, with a change to a paragraph reference. This 
paragraph provides credit for the actions required by paragraph (j) 
of this AD, if those actions were performed before May 18, 2016 (the 
effective date of AD 2016-07-30), using the applicable service 
information specified in paragraphs (l)(1), (l)(2), and (l)(3) of 
this AD, which are not incorporated by reference in this AD.
    (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3215, Revision 02, dated 
March 29, 2010. (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4215, Revision 
02, dated March 29, 2010.
    (3) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-5062, Revision 01, dated 
March 29, 2010.

(m) Retained Airplanes Excluded From Certain Requirements With No 
Changes

    This paragraph restates the exception specified in paragraph (m) 
of AD 2016-07-30, with no changes.
    (1) The actions specified in paragraphs (g), (i), (j), and (k) 
of this AD are not required, provided that the conditions specified 
in paragraphs (m)(1)(i), (m)(1)(ii), and (m)(1)(iii) of this AD are 
met.
    (i) Airbus Modification 58555 (installation of Thales P/N 
C16291AB AOA sensors) has been embodied in production.
    (ii) Airbus Modification 46921 (installation of UTAS AOA 
sensors) has not been embodied in production.
    (iii) No AOA sensor having SEXTANT/THOMSON P/N 45150320 or UTAS 
P/N 0861ED or P/N 0861ED2 has been installed on the airplane since 
date of issuance of the original airworthiness certificate or date 
of issuance of the original export certificate of airworthiness.
    (2) The actions specified in paragraphs (g) and (i) of this AD 
are not required, provided that all conditions specified in 
paragraphs (m)(2)(i), (m)(2)(ii), and (m)(2)(iii) of this AD are 
met.
    (i) Only AOA sensors with part numbers approved after the 
effective date of this AD have been installed.
    (ii) The AOA sensor part number is approved by the Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; 
the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Airbus's EASA Design 
Organization Approval (DOA).
    (iii) The installation is accomplished in accordance with 
airplane modification instructions approved by the Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; 
the EASA; or Airbus's EASA DOA.

(n) Retained Optional Terminating Modification With No Changes

    This paragraph restates the optional action specified in 
paragraph (n) of AD 2016-07-30, with no changes. Replacement of all 
Thales AOA sensors having P/N C16291AA with Thales AOA sensors 
having P/N C16291AB, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of the applicable service information identified in 
paragraph (n)(1), (n)(2), or (n)(3) of this AD, terminates the 
repetitive inspections and functional heating tests required by 
paragraph (j) of this AD.
    (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3228, dated October 7, 2009 
(for Model A330 airplanes).
    (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4234, dated October 7, 2009 
(for Model A340-200 and -300 airplanes).
    (3) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-5070, dated October 9, 2009 
(for Model A340-500 and -600 airplanes).

(o) Retained Parts Installation Prohibitions With No Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (o) of AD 
2016-07-30, with no changes.
    (1) For airplanes on which only Thales P/N C16291AB AOA sensors 
are installed as of May 18, 2016 (the effective date of AD 2016-07-
30): No person may install, on any airplane, a Thales AOA sensor 
having P/N C16291AA as of May 18, 2016.
    (2) For airplanes on which the modification specified in 
paragraph (n) of this AD has been done: No person may install, on 
any airplane, a Thales AOA sensor having P/N C16291AA after 
accomplishing the specified modification.
    (3) For airplanes on which Thales P/N C16291AA or P/N C16291AB 
AOA sensors are installed as of May 18, 2016 (the effective date of 
AD 2016-07-30): No person may install, on any airplane, a UTAS AOA 
sensor having P/N 0861ED or P/N 0861ED2, or a SEXTANT/THOMSON AOA 
sensor having P/N 45150320, as of May 18, 2016.
    (4) For airplanes on which the replacement required by paragraph 
(i) of this AD has been done: No person may install, on any 
airplane, a UTAS AOA sensor having P/N 0861ED or P/N 0861ED2, or a 
SEXTANT/THOMSON AOA sensor having P/N 45150320, after accomplishing 
the replacement.
    (5) For airplanes on which the replacement required by paragraph 
(g) of this AD has been done: No person may install, on any 
airplane, a UTAS AOA sensor having P/N 0861ED or P/N 0861ED2, or a 
SEXTANT/THOMSON AOA sensor having P/N 45150320, after accomplishing 
the replacement, except that a UTAS AOA sensor having P/N 0861ED may 
be installed in the standby position of that airplane.

(p) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using 
the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 
39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight 
Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information 
directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Vladimir 
Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, 
WA 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-1138; fax 425-227-1149. Information 
may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. 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 EASA; 
or Airbus's EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must 
include the DOA-authorized signature.
    (3) Required for Compliance (RC): If any service information 
contains procedures or tests that are identified as RC, those 
procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any 
procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. 
Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be 
deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the 
operator's maintenance or inspection program without obtaining 
approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as 
RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy 
condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests 
identified as RC require approval of an AMOC.

(q) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2015-0134, dated July 8, 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-2016-7263.
    (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not 
incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in 
paragraphs (r)(4) and (r)(5) of this AD.

(r) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this

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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.
    (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on 
May 18, 2016 (81 FR 21722, April 13, 2016).
    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3215, Revision 03, dated 
July 23, 2015.
    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3228, dated October 7, 
2009.
    (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-34-3315, dated March 26, 
2015.
    (iv) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4215, Revision 03, dated 
July 27, 2015.
    (v) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4234, dated October 7, 2009.
    (vi) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-4294, dated March 26, 2015.
    (vii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-5062, Revision 02, dated 
July 24, 2015.
    (viii) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-5070, dated October 9, 
2009.
    (ix) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-34-5105, dated March 26, 2015.
    (4) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office--EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice 
Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; 
fax +33 5 61 93 45 80; email airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; 
Internet http://www.airbus.com.
    (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 June 9, 2016.
Michael Kaszycki,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-14317 Filed 6-20-16; 8:45 am]
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