Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes, 59548-59549 [2016-20704]

Download as PDF 59548 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 168 / Tuesday, August 30, 2016 / Proposed Rules The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2016–9052; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–080–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by October 14, 2016. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Airbus airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) through (c)(6) of this AD, certificated in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers. (1) Model A300 B2–1A, B2–1C, B2K–3C, B2–203, B4–2C, B4–103, and B4–203 airplanes. (2) Model A300 B4–601, B4–603, B4–620, and B4–622 airplanes. (3) Model A300 B4–605R and B4–622R airplanes. (4) Model A300 F4–605R and F4–622R airplanes. (5) Model A300 C4–605R Variant F airplanes. (6) Model A310–203, –204, –221, –222, –304, –322, –324, and –325 airplanes. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 53, Fuselage. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports of failure of an aft hinge bolt assembly in the nose landing gear (NLG) aft doors. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of an aft hinge bolt assembly in an NLG aft door while the airplane is in flight, which could lead to an in-flight loss of an NLG aft door, and damage to the airplane. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with PROPOSALS (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Replace the Aft Hinge Bolt Assemblies Having Part Number (P/N) A53612600000 Before the accumulation of 10,000 total flight cycles since first flight of the airplane, or within 2,000 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later, replace each aft hinge bolt assembly having P/N A53612600000 on the left and right NLG aft doors, with a new hinge bolt assembly having P/N A53612713000, in VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Aug 29, 2016 Jkt 238001 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 A300–53–0396, dated November 25, 2015. (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A310–53–2142, dated November 17, 2015. (3) Airbus Service Bulletin A300–53–6182, dated November 17, 2015. (h) Replace the Aft Hinge Bolt Assemblies Having P/N A53612713000 Within 10,000 flight cycles after modification of an airplane as required by paragraph (g) of this AD, replace each aft hinge bolt assembly having P/N A53612713000 on the left and right aft NLG doors, with a new aft hinge bolt assembly having P/N A53612713000 on the left and right NLG aft doors, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information specified in paragraph (h)(1), (h)(2), or (h)(3) of this AD. Repeat the replacement thereafter at intervals not to exceed 10,000 flight cycles. (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A300–53–0397, dated January 18, 2016. (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A310–53–2144, dated January 18, 2016. (3) Airbus Service Bulletin A300–53–6186, dated January 18, 2016. (i) Parts Installation Prohibition (P/N A53612600000) After modification of an airplane NLG aft door as required by paragraph (g) of this AD, do not install an aft hinge bolt assembly having P/N A53612600000 on any NLG aft door of that airplane. (j) Parts Installation Limitation (P/N A53612713000) After removal of an aft hinge bolt assembly having P/N A53612713000 from an airplane aft NLG door, as required by paragraph (h) of this AD, do not install an aft hinge bolt assembly having that part number on any airplane unless it is a new aft hinge bolt assembly. (k) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–2125; fax 425–227–1149. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-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. PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 (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) 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. (l) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2016–0100 dated May 24, 2016, 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– 2016–9052. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAW, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email account.airworth-eas@ airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. 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. Issued in Renton, Washington, on August 19, 2016. Dorr M. Anderson, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–20699 Filed 8–29–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0923; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–176–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\30AUP1.SGM 30AUP1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 168 / Tuesday, August 30, 2016 / Proposed Rules ACTION: Proposed rule; withdrawal. The FAA withdraws a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that proposed a new airworthiness directive (AD), which would have applied to certain The Boeing Company Model 737–700, –800, and –900ER series airplanes. The NPRM would have required repetitive inspections to detect cracking in the crown skin panel assembly. The NPRM would also have provided optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections. Since the NPRM was issued, all affected airplanes worldwide have had applicable terminating actions accomplished, and one airplane was mistakenly included in the applicability. Accordingly, the NPRM is withdrawn. DATES: As of August 30, 2016, the proposed rule, which was published in the Federal Register on December 15, 2014 (79 FR 74032), is withdrawn. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2014– 0923; 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 action, the NPRM (79 FR 74032, December 15, 2014), the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (telephone: 800–647–5527) is the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gaetano Settineri, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; phone: 425–917–6577; fax: 425–917–6590; email: gaetano.settineri@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with PROPOSALS Discussion We proposed to amend part 39 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 39) with a NPRM for a new AD for certain The Boeing Company Model 737–700, –800, and –900ER series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on December 15, 2014 (79 FR 74032) (‘‘the NPRM’’). The NPRM would have required repetitive inspections to detect cracking in the crown skin panel assembly. The NPRM would also have provided optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections. The NPRM was prompted VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Aug 29, 2016 Jkt 238001 59549 by reports of troughs in the skin along the chem-mill pocket edges of certain fuselage crown skin panel assemblies. The proposed actions were intended to detect and correct cracking from troughs in the chem-mill pocket edges, which could lead to rapid decompression of the airplane. Issued in Renton, Washington, on August 18, 2016. Dorr M. Anderson, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. Actions Since NPRM Was Issued DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Since we issued the NPRM, we have determined that all affected airplanes worldwide have had applicable terminating actions accomplished, and one airplane had been included mistakenly in the applicability. The unsafe condition identified in the NPRM was created due to a production escapement and was limited to 11 airplanes. However, the affected airplanes have all been inspected for the unsafe condition and in instances where the unsafe condition was present, the discrepant parts were replaced with conforming parts. With the discrepant parts replaced, the unsafe condition no longer exists. Federal Aviation Administration Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in considering the NPRM. Two commenters, Boeing and Aviation Partners Boeing, requested certain changes to the NPRM that are considered moot by this withdrawal. FAA’s Conclusions Upon further consideration, we have determined that the unsafe condition described in the NPRM no longer exists. Accordingly, the NPRM is withdrawn. Withdrawal of the NPRM does not preclude the FAA from issuing another related action or commit the FAA to any course of action in the future. Regulatory Impact Since this action only withdraws an NPRM, it is neither a proposed nor a final rule and therefore is not covered under Executive Order 12866, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, or DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979). List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. The Withdrawal Accordingly, we withdraw the NPRM, Docket No. FAA–2014–0923, Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–176–AD, which was published in the Federal Register on December 15, 2014 (79 FR 74032). PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 [FR Doc. 2016–20704 Filed 8–29–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2016–8850; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–031–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 767–200 and –300 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of a fire in the bilge area of the cargo compartment that burned through the insulation blankets that were intended to prevent smoke from migrating behind the cargo compartment sidewall liners and upward into the main cabin. This proposed AD would require replacing the cargo compartment insulation blankets on the left and right sides with new insulation blankets that incorporate fire stops. We are proposing this AD to prevent a fire in the bilge area of the cargo compartment burning through the insulation blankets and consequently allowing smoke to migrate behind the cargo compartment sidewall liners and upward into the main cabin. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by October 14, 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: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this NPRM, contact Boeing Commercial SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30AUP1.SGM 30AUP1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 168 (Tuesday, August 30, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 59548-59549]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-20704]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2014-0923; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-176-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes

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

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ACTION: Proposed rule; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: The FAA withdraws a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that 
proposed a new airworthiness directive (AD), which would have applied 
to certain The Boeing Company Model 737-700, -800, and -900ER series 
airplanes. The NPRM would have required repetitive inspections to 
detect cracking in the crown skin panel assembly. The NPRM would also 
have provided optional terminating action for the repetitive 
inspections. Since the NPRM was issued, all affected airplanes 
worldwide have had applicable terminating actions accomplished, and one 
airplane was mistakenly included in the applicability. Accordingly, the 
NPRM is withdrawn.

DATES: As of August 30, 2016, the proposed rule, which was published in 
the Federal Register on December 15, 2014 (79 FR 74032), is withdrawn.

ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2014-
0923; 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 action, the NPRM (79 FR 74032, December 15, 2014), the 
regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. 
The address for the Docket Office (telephone: 800-647-5527) is the 
Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gaetano Settineri, Aerospace Engineer, 
Airframe Branch, ANM-120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office 
(ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; phone: 425-917-
6577; fax: 425-917-6590; email: gaetano.settineri@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    We proposed to amend part 39 of the Federal Aviation Regulations 
(14 CFR part 39) with a NPRM for a new AD for certain The Boeing 
Company Model 737-700, -800, and -900ER series airplanes. The NPRM 
published in the Federal Register on December 15, 2014 (79 FR 74032) 
(``the NPRM''). The NPRM would have required repetitive inspections to 
detect cracking in the crown skin panel assembly. The NPRM would also 
have provided optional terminating action for the repetitive 
inspections. The NPRM was prompted by reports of troughs in the skin 
along the chem-mill pocket edges of certain fuselage crown skin panel 
assemblies. The proposed actions were intended to detect and correct 
cracking from troughs in the chem-mill pocket edges, which could lead 
to rapid decompression of the airplane.

Actions Since NPRM Was Issued

    Since we issued the NPRM, we have determined that all affected 
airplanes worldwide have had applicable terminating actions 
accomplished, and one airplane had been included mistakenly in the 
applicability. The unsafe condition identified in the NPRM was created 
due to a production escapement and was limited to 11 airplanes. 
However, the affected airplanes have all been inspected for the unsafe 
condition and in instances where the unsafe condition was present, the 
discrepant parts were replaced with conforming parts. With the 
discrepant parts replaced, the unsafe condition no longer exists.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in considering 
the NPRM. Two commenters, Boeing and Aviation Partners Boeing, 
requested certain changes to the NPRM that are considered moot by this 
withdrawal.

FAA's Conclusions

    Upon further consideration, we have determined that the unsafe 
condition described in the NPRM no longer exists. Accordingly, the NPRM 
is withdrawn.
    Withdrawal of the NPRM does not preclude the FAA from issuing 
another related action or commit the FAA to any course of action in the 
future.

Regulatory Impact

    Since this action only withdraws an NPRM, it is neither a proposed 
nor a final rule and therefore is not covered under Executive Order 
12866, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, or DOT Regulatory Policies and 
Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979).

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

The Withdrawal

    Accordingly, we withdraw the NPRM, Docket No. FAA-2014-0923, 
Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-176-AD, which was published in the 
Federal Register on December 15, 2014 (79 FR 74032).

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on August 18, 2016.
Dorr M. Anderson,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-20704 Filed 8-29-16; 8:45 am]
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