Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 53255-53261 [2016-18169]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 156 / Friday, August 12, 2016 / Rules and Regulations (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (p)(5) and (p)(6) of this AD. (n) 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: Todd Thompson, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1175; 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. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: As of the effective date of this AD, 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 BAE Systems (Operations) Limited’s EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized 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. ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES using BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.57–072, dated February 22, 2008; or BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.57–072, Revision 1, dated September 25, 2008. (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. (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on September 16, 2016. (i) BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.57–072, Revision 3, dated August 31, 2010. (ii) Reserved. (4) The following service information was approved for IBR on June 21, 2010 (75 FR 27419, May 17, 2010). (i) BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.57–072, Revision 1, dated September 25, 2008. (ii) Reserved. (5) For service information identified in this AD, contact BAE Systems (Operations) Limited, Customer Information Department, Prestwick International Airport, Ayrshire, KA9 2RW, Scotland, United Kingdom; telephone +44 1292 675207; fax +44 1292 675704; email RApublications@ baesystems.com; Internet http:// www.baesystems.com/Businesses/ RegionalAircraft/index.htm. (6) 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. (7) 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. (p) Material Incorporated by Reference Issued in Renton, Washington, on July 27, 2016. Victor Wicklund, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–18821 Filed 8–11–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P (o) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2014–004; corrected February 26, 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–2016–5465. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:21 Aug 11, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 53255 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2015–3989; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–250–AD; Amendment 39–18600; AD 2016–16–02] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 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 the airplane occupants. DATES: This AD is effective September 16, 2016. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of September 16, 2016. ADDRESSES: For Airbus service information identified in this final rule, contact Airbus, Airworthiness Office— EIAS, 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– 3989. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\12AUR1.SGM 12AUR1 53256 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 156 / Friday, August 12, 2016 / Rules and Regulations ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES 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– 3989; 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: Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone: 425–227–1405; 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 A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on October 19, 2015 (80 FR 63136) (‘‘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 the 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 2015–0117, dated June 24, 2015; corrected August 7, 2015 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’); to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:21 Aug 11, 2016 Jkt 238001 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 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) A35N006–14, 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 * * * (later revised) to require identification and replacement of the affected oxygen generators. Since EASA AD 2014–0275R1 was issued, and following new investigation results, EASA have 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 the EASA AD 2014–0275R1, 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. This [EASA] AD is re-published to correct a template error, removing the word ‘Proposed’ and replacing the acronym ‘PAD’ with ‘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– 3989. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM (80 FR 63136, October 19, 2015) and the FAA’s response to each comment. Requests To Extend Compliance Times United Airlines (UAL) and Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL) requested an extension of the 30-day compliance time for the part number inspection. UAL stated that the time required for the part number inspection and the size of UAL’s fleet is prohibitive to meeting the 30-day compliance time and requested that we extend the initial compliance time to 24 months. DAL stated that the time required for the part number inspection and the size of DAL’s fleet is prohibitive to meeting the 30-day compliance time and requested that we extend the initial compliance time for the part number inspection to 90 days. DAL pointed out that a 90-day compliance time would PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 allow ample time to route airplanes and schedule the required work on the first group of affected airplanes. We disagree with the requests to extend the 30-day compliance time for the part number inspection. The commenters did not provide any justification to substantiate how increasing the compliance time from 30 days to 90 days or 24 months would provide an acceptable level of safety. After considering all of the available information, we have determined that the compliance time, as proposed, represents an appropriate interval of time in which the required actions can be performed in a timely manner with the affected fleet, while still maintaining an adequate level of safety. In developing an appropriated compliance time, we considered the safety implications, parts availability, and normal maintenance schedules for timely accomplishment of the replacement, overall risk to the fleet, including the severity of the identified unsafe condition and the likelihood of the occurrence of the unsafe condition. However, under the provisions of paragraph (n)(1) of this AD, operators may apply for an extension of the compliance time by providing rationale explaining why a compliance time extension provides an acceptable level of safety. We have not changed this AD in this regard. Request To Revise Cost Estimates DAL requested that we revise the Costs of Compliance section provided in the NPRM. DAL pointed out that the cost estimate may not properly account for the number of products per airplane and that they believe the costs are significantly higher than the estimate included in the NPRM. DAL also provided revised cost estimates based on their fleet. We partially agree with the request to revise the Costs of Compliance section. We disagree that the cost estimate should be revised based on airplane configuration, findings, and associated costs based only on the DAL fleet. The configuration of each airplane and inspection findings may vary among U.S. operators. We agree that the Costs of Compliance section provided in the NPRM might not have accurately represented the actual cost. After considering the data presented by DAL, we also agree that the number of workhours required is higher than our previous estimate. The Costs of Compliance section of this final rule has been revised accordingly. E:\FR\FM\12AUR1.SGM 12AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 156 / Friday, August 12, 2016 / Rules and Regulations Request To Remove Reporting Requirement UAL requested that we remove the reporting requirement in the proposed AD. UAL pointed out that reporting could expose operators to compliance risk. UAL also pointed out that they do not find any value in the information being requested by the reporting requirement. UAL stated that they will provide any feedback as requested. We disagree with the request to remove the reporting requirement. We disagree that the information requested provides no value. Reporting is necessary for the airframe manufacturer to determine the extent of the unsafe condition and any necessary follow-up actions. We have not changed this AD in this regard. Request To Reference Revised Service Information Mr. Ricardo Erazo requested that we revise the AD to reference B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042–35– 001, Revision 004, dated October 13, 2015. Mr. Erazo did not provide rationale for this request. We agree with the request to revise this AD to reference B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042–35–001, Revision 004, dated October 13, 2015, and have revised this AD accordingly. B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042– 35–001, Revision 004, dated October 13, 2015, clarifies references to additional service information. As a result, we have also added paragraph (m) to this AD, to give credit for actions accomplished before the effective date of this AD using B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042–35–001, dated December 10, 2014; B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042–35–001, Revision 001, dated April 9, 2015; B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042–35– 001, Revision 002, dated May 29, 2015; or B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042–35–001, Revision 003, dated June 25, 2015. Change to Service Information References We have revised paragraphs (h) and (i) of this AD to refer to Airbus AOT A35N006–14, dated December 10, 2014, including Appendix 1, as an additional appropriate source of service information for the 15-minute passenger chemical oxygen generators. Conclusion We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD with the changes described previously and minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes: 53257 • 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 A35N006–14, dated December 10, 2014, including Appendix 1. • B/E Aerospace Inc. Service Bulletin 117042–35–001, Revision 004, dated October 13, 2015. 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 953 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Part number inspection ................................... Reporting ......................................................... 4 work-hours × $85 per hour = $340 ............. 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 ................. We estimate the following costs to do any necessary replacements that would Cost per product Parts cost be required based on the results of the required inspection. We have no way of $0 0 $340 85 Cost on U.S. operators $324,020 81,005 determining the number of airplanes that might need these replacements: ON-CONDITION COSTS Labor cost Replacement ................................................................. ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES Action Up to 25 work-hours × $85 per hour = $2,125 ............ 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:21 Aug 11, 2016 Jkt 238001 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. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Parts cost $390 Cost per product Up to $2,515. 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 E:\FR\FM\12AUR1.SGM 12AUR1 53258 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 156 / Friday, August 12, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 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. ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:21 Aug 11, 2016 Jkt 238001 Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ 2016–16–02 Airbus: Amendment 39–18600. Docket No. FAA–2015–3989; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–250–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective September 16, 2016. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to the airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1), (c)(2), (c)(3), and (c)(4) of this AD; certificated in any category; all manufacturer serial numbers, except those that have embodied Airbus modification 33125 (gaseous system for all oxygen containers) in production. (1) Airbus Model A318–111, –112, –121, and –122 airplanes. (2) Airbus Model A319–111, –112, –113, –114, –115, –131, –132, and –133 airplanes. (3) Airbus Model A320–211, –212, –214, –231, –232, and –233 airplanes. (4) Airbus Model A321–111, –112, –131, –211, –212, –213, –231, and –232 airplanes. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (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 the 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), and 117042–24 (22 min— 4 masks) to determine the date of manufacture as specified in Airbus Alert Operators Transmission (AOT) A35N006–14, dated December 10, 2014, including Appendix 1. Refer to figures 1 and 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. E:\FR\FM\12AUR1.SGM 12AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 156 / Friday, August 12, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 53259 Figure 1 to Paragraph (g) of this AD- Location of Date (MM-YY) BENERAlOR~-, PUtLPIN ~< VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:21 Aug 11, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\12AUR1.SGM 12AUR1 ER12AU16.004</GPH> ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES CLAMP 53260 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 156 / Friday, August 12, 2016 / Rules and Regulations (h) Replacement of Passenger Chemical Oxygen Generators Manufactured in 1999, 2000, or 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 Airbus AOT A35N006–14, dated December 10, 2014, including Appendix 1 (for 15-minute and 22-minute passenger chemical oxygen generators); or the Accomplishment Instructions of B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042–35–001, Revision 004, dated October 13, 2015 (for 15- minute passenger chemical oxygen generators). (1) For passenger chemical oxygen generators that have a date of manufacture in 1999: Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD. (2) For passenger chemical oxygen generators that have a date of manufacture in 2000: Within 6 months after the effective date of this AD. (3) For passenger chemical oxygen generators that have a date of manufacture in 2001: 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 Airbus AOT A35N006–14, dated December 10, 2014, including Appendix 01, undated (for 15-minute and 22minute passenger chemical oxygen generators); or the Accomplishment Instructions of B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042–35–001, Revision 004, dated October 13, 2015 (for 15-minute passenger chemical oxygen generators). Year of manufacture 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Compliance time .................. .................. .................. .................. .................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Within Within Within Within Within 12 16 20 24 28 months months months months months 14:21 Aug 11, 2016 after after after after after Jkt 238001 the the the the the effective effective effective effective effective PO 00000 date date date date date of of of of of Frm 00016 this this this this this AD. AD. AD. AD. AD. Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\12AUR1.SGM 12AUR1 ER12AU16.003</GPH> ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES TABLE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (i) OF THIS AD—REPLACEMENT COMPLIANCE TIMES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 156 / Friday, August 12, 2016 / Rules and Regulations 53261 TABLE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (i) OF THIS AD—REPLACEMENT COMPLIANCE TIMES—Continued Year of manufacture Compliance time 2007 .................. 2008 .................. 2009 .................. Within 32 months after the effective date of this AD. Within 36 months after the effective date of this AD. 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 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 A35N006–14, dated December 10, 2014, including Appendix 1. The report must include the information specified in Appendix 1 of Airbus AOT A35N006–14, dated December 10, 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 specified in paragraph (j) of this AD. ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with RULES (m) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraphs (h) and (i) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using the service information specified in paragraphs (m)(1), (m)(2), (m)(3), or (m)(4). (1) B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042–35–001, dated December 10, 2014. (2) B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042–35–001, Revision 001, dated April 9, 2015. (3) B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042–35–001, Revision 002, dated May 29, 2015. (4) B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042–35–001, Revision 003, dated June 25, 2015. (n) 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:21 Aug 11, 2016 Jkt 238001 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: Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone: 425–227–1405; fax: 425–227– 1149. Information may be emailed to: 9ANM-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. (o) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2015– 0117, dated June 24, 2015; corrected August 7, 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– 2015–3989. (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (p)(3) and (p)(4) of this AD. (p) 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 A35N006–14, dated December 10, 2014, including Appendix 01, undated. (ii) B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042–35–001, Revision 004, dated October 13, 2015. (3) For Airbus service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus, Airworthiness Office—EIAS, 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 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. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Renton, Washington, on July 21, 2016. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–18169 Filed 8–11–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P E:\FR\FM\12AUR1.SGM 12AUR1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 156 (Friday, August 12, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 53255-53261]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-18169]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2015-3989; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-250-AD; 
Amendment 39-18600; AD 2016-16-02]
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 A318, A319, A320, and A321 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 the airplane occupants.

DATES: This AD is effective September 16, 2016.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of September 16, 
2016.

ADDRESSES: For Airbus service information identified in this final 
rule, contact Airbus, Airworthiness Office--EIAS, 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-2015-3989.

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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-
3989; 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: Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone: 425-227-1405; 
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 A318, 
A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the 
Federal Register on October 19, 2015 (80 FR 63136) (``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 the 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 
2015-0117, dated June 24, 2015; corrected August 7, 2015 (referred to 
after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or 
``the MCAI''); to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus Model 
A318, A319, A320, and A321 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 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) A35N006-14, 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 * * * (later revised) to require 
identification and replacement of the affected oxygen generators.
    Since EASA AD 2014-0275R1 was issued, and following new 
investigation results, EASA have 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 the EASA AD 2014-0275R1, 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.
    This [EASA] AD is re-published to correct a template error, 
removing the word `Proposed' and replacing the acronym `PAD' with 
`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-
3989.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM (80 
FR 63136, October 19, 2015) and the FAA's response to each comment.

Requests To Extend Compliance Times

    United Airlines (UAL) and Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL) requested an 
extension of the 30-day compliance time for the part number inspection. 
UAL stated that the time required for the part number inspection and 
the size of UAL's fleet is prohibitive to meeting the 30-day compliance 
time and requested that we extend the initial compliance time to 24 
months. DAL stated that the time required for the part number 
inspection and the size of DAL's fleet is prohibitive to meeting the 
30-day compliance time and requested that we extend the initial 
compliance time for the part number inspection to 90 days. DAL pointed 
out that a 90-day compliance time would allow ample time to route 
airplanes and schedule the required work on the first group of affected 
airplanes.
    We disagree with the requests to extend the 30-day compliance time 
for the part number inspection. The commenters did not provide any 
justification to substantiate how increasing the compliance time from 
30 days to 90 days or 24 months would provide an acceptable level of 
safety. After considering all of the available information, we have 
determined that the compliance time, as proposed, represents an 
appropriate interval of time in which the required actions can be 
performed in a timely manner with the affected fleet, while still 
maintaining an adequate level of safety. In developing an appropriated 
compliance time, we considered the safety implications, parts 
availability, and normal maintenance schedules for timely 
accomplishment of the replacement, overall risk to the fleet, including 
the severity of the identified unsafe condition and the likelihood of 
the occurrence of the unsafe condition. However, under the provisions 
of paragraph (n)(1) of this AD, operators may apply for an extension of 
the compliance time by providing rationale explaining why a compliance 
time extension provides an acceptable level of safety. We have not 
changed this AD in this regard.

Request To Revise Cost Estimates

    DAL requested that we revise the Costs of Compliance section 
provided in the NPRM. DAL pointed out that the cost estimate may not 
properly account for the number of products per airplane and that they 
believe the costs are significantly higher than the estimate included 
in the NPRM. DAL also provided revised cost estimates based on their 
fleet.
    We partially agree with the request to revise the Costs of 
Compliance section. We disagree that the cost estimate should be 
revised based on airplane configuration, findings, and associated costs 
based only on the DAL fleet. The configuration of each airplane and 
inspection findings may vary among U.S. operators. We agree that the 
Costs of Compliance section provided in the NPRM might not have 
accurately represented the actual cost. After considering the data 
presented by DAL, we also agree that the number of work-hours required 
is higher than our previous estimate. The Costs of Compliance section 
of this final rule has been revised accordingly.

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Request To Remove Reporting Requirement

    UAL requested that we remove the reporting requirement in the 
proposed AD. UAL pointed out that reporting could expose operators to 
compliance risk. UAL also pointed out that they do not find any value 
in the information being requested by the reporting requirement. UAL 
stated that they will provide any feedback as requested.
    We disagree with the request to remove the reporting requirement. 
We disagree that the information requested provides no value. Reporting 
is necessary for the airframe manufacturer to determine the extent of 
the unsafe condition and any necessary follow-up actions. We have not 
changed this AD in this regard.

Request To Reference Revised Service Information

    Mr. Ricardo Erazo requested that we revise the AD to reference B/E 
Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042-35-001, Revision 004, dated October 
13, 2015. Mr. Erazo did not provide rationale for this request.
    We agree with the request to revise this AD to reference B/E 
Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042-35-001, Revision 004, dated October 
13, 2015, and have revised this AD accordingly. B/E Aerospace Service 
Bulletin 117042-35-001, Revision 004, dated October 13, 2015, clarifies 
references to additional service information. As a result, we have also 
added paragraph (m) to this AD, to give credit for actions accomplished 
before the effective date of this AD using B/E Aerospace Service 
Bulletin 117042-35-001, dated December 10, 2014; B/E Aerospace Service 
Bulletin 117042-35-001, Revision 001, dated April 9, 2015; B/E 
Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042-35-001, Revision 002, dated May 29, 
2015; or B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042-35-001, Revision 003, 
dated June 25, 2015.

Change to Service Information References

    We have revised paragraphs (h) and (i) of this AD to refer to 
Airbus AOT A35N006-14, dated December 10, 2014, including Appendix 1, 
as an additional appropriate source of service information for the 15-
minute passenger chemical oxygen generators.

Conclusion

    We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, 
and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting 
this AD with the changes 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 A35N006-14, dated December 10, 2014, including 
Appendix 1.
     B/E Aerospace Inc. Service Bulletin 117042-35-001, 
Revision 004, dated October 13, 2015.
    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 953 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                     Cost per      Cost on U.S.
               Action                         Labor cost            Parts cost        product        operators
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Part number inspection.............  4 work-hours x $85 per hour              $0            $340        $324,020
                                      = $340.
Reporting..........................  1 work-hour x $85 per hour                0              85          81,005
                                      = $85.
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    We estimate the following costs to do any necessary replacements 
that would be required based on the results of the required inspection. 
We have no way of determining the number of airplanes that might need 
these replacements:

                                               On-Condition Costs
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                 Action                          Labor cost           Parts cost          Cost per  product
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Replacement............................  Up to 25 work-hours x $85            $390  Up to $2,515.
                                          per hour = $2,125.
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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

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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]

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

2016-16-02 Airbus: Amendment 39-18600. Docket No. FAA-2015-3989; 
Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-250-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective September 16, 2016.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the airplanes identified in paragraphs 
(c)(1), (c)(2), (c)(3), and (c)(4) of this AD; certificated in any 
category; all manufacturer serial numbers, except those that have 
embodied Airbus modification 33125 (gaseous system for all oxygen 
containers) in production.
    (1) Airbus Model A318-111, -112, -121, and -122 airplanes.
    (2) Airbus Model A319-111, -112, -113, -114, -115, -131, -132, 
and -133 airplanes.
    (3) Airbus Model A320-211, -212, -214, -231, -232, and -233 
airplanes.
    (4) Airbus Model A321-111, -112, -131, -211, -212, -213, -231, 
and -232 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 the 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), and 117042-24 (22 min--4 masks) 
to determine the date of manufacture as specified in Airbus Alert 
Operators Transmission (AOT) A35N006-14, dated December 10, 2014, 
including Appendix 1. Refer to figures 1 and 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, or 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 Airbus AOT A35N006-14, dated December 10, 
2014, including Appendix 1 (for 15-minute and 22-minute passenger 
chemical oxygen generators); or the Accomplishment Instructions of 
B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042-35-001, Revision 004, dated 
October 13, 2015 (for 15-minute passenger chemical oxygen 
generators).
    (1) For passenger chemical oxygen generators that have a date of 
manufacture in 1999: Within 30 days after the effective date of this 
AD.
    (2) For passenger chemical oxygen generators that have a date of 
manufacture in 2000: Within 6 months after the effective date of 
this AD.
    (3) For passenger chemical oxygen generators that have a date of 
manufacture in 2001: 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 Airbus AOT A35N006-14, dated December 10, 
2014, including Appendix 01, undated (for 15-minute and 22-minute 
passenger chemical oxygen generators); or the Accomplishment 
Instructions of B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042-35-001, 
Revision 004, dated October 13, 2015 (for 15-minute passenger 
chemical oxygen generators).

    Table 1 to Paragraph (i) of This AD--Replacement Compliance Times
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        Year of manufacture                    Compliance time
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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.

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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.
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(j) Definition of Serviceable

    For the purpose of this AD, a serviceable unit is a passenger 
chemical oxygen generator having P/N 117042-XX 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 A35N006-
14, dated December 10, 2014, including Appendix 1. The report must 
include the information specified in Appendix 1 of Airbus AOT 
A35N006-14, dated December 10, 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 
specified in paragraph (j) of this AD.

(m) Credit for Previous Actions

    This paragraph provides credit for actions required by 
paragraphs (h) and (i) of this AD, if those actions were performed 
before the effective date of this AD using the service information 
specified in paragraphs (m)(1), (m)(2), (m)(3), or (m)(4).
    (1) B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042-35-001, dated December 
10, 2014.
    (2) B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042-35-001, Revision 001, 
dated April 9, 2015.
    (3) B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042-35-001, Revision 002, 
dated May 29, 2015.
    (4) B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042-35-001, Revision 003, 
dated June 25, 2015.

(n) 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: Sanjay 
Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-
3356; telephone: 425-227-1405; 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.

(o) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2015-0117, dated 
June 24, 2015; corrected August 7, 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-
2015-3989.
    (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not 
incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in 
paragraphs (p)(3) and (p)(4) of this AD.

(p) 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 A35N006-14, dated 
December 10, 2014, including Appendix 01, undated.
    (ii) B/E Aerospace Service Bulletin 117042-35-001, Revision 004, 
dated October 13, 2015.
    (3) For Airbus service information identified in this AD, 
contact Airbus, Airworthiness Office--EIAS, 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 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.
    (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For 
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
425-227-1221.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
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    Issued in Renton, Washington, on July 21, 2016.
Michael Kaszycki,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-18169 Filed 8-11-16; 8:45 am]
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