Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 59922-59927 [2016-20696]

Download as PDF 59922 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 169 / Wednesday, August 31, 2016 / Proposed Rules ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (e) Reason This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as a need to incorporate new revisions into the Limitations section, Chapter 4, of the FAAapproved maintenance program (e.g., maintenance manual). The limitations were revised to include repetitive inspections of the main landing gear (MLG) attachment bolts. These actions are required to ensure the continued operational safety of the affected airplanes. (f) Actions and Compliance Unless already done, do the actions in paragraphs (f)(1) through (6) of this AD: (1) Before further flight after October 5, 2016 (the effective date of this AD), insert the following revisions into the Limitations section of the FAA-approved maintenance program (e.g., maintenance manual): (i) STRUCTURAL, COMPONENT AND MISCELLANEOUS—AIRWORTHINESS LIMITATIONS, Data module code 12–A–04– 00–00–00A–000A–A, dated July 12, 2016, of the Pilatus Model type—PC–12, PC–12/45, PC–12/47, Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM), Document No. 02049, 12–A–AM– 00–00–00–I, revision 32, dated July 18, 2016; and (ii) STRUCTURAL AND COMPONENT LIMITATIONS—AIRWORTHINESS LIMITATIONS, Data module code 12–B–04– 00–00–00A–000A–A, dated July 19, 2016, of the Pilatus Model type—PC–12/47E MSN– 1001–UP, Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM), Document No. 02300, 12–B–AM–00– 00–00–I, revision 15, dated July 30, 2016. (2) The new limitations section revisions listed in paragraphs (f)(1)(i) and (ii) of this AD specify the following: (i) Establish inspections of the MLG attachment bolts, (ii) Specify replacement of components before or upon reaching the applicable life limit, and (iii) Specify accomplishment of all applicable maintenance tasks within certain thresholds and intervals. (3) Only authorized Pilatus Service Centers can do the Supplemental Structural Inspection Document (SSID) as required by the documents in paragraphs (f)(1)(i) and (ii) of this AD because deviations from the type design in critical locations could make the airplane ineligible for this life extension. (4) If no compliance time is specified in the documents listed in paragraphs (f)(1)(i) and (ii) of this AD when doing any corrective actions where discrepancies are found as required in paragraph (f)(2)(iii) of this AD, do these corrective actions before further flight after doing the applicable maintenance task. (5) During the accomplishment of the actions required in paragraph (f)(2) of this AD, including all subparagraphs, if a discrepancy is found that is not identified in the documents listed in paragraphs (f)(1)(i) and (ii) of this AD, before further flight after finding the discrepancy, contact PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD. at the address specified in paragraph (h) of this AD for a repair scheme and incorporate that repair scheme. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:16 Aug 30, 2016 Jkt 238001 (6) Before or upon accumulating 6 years time-in-service (TIS) on the MLG attachment bolts or within the next 3 months TIS after October 5, 2016 (the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs later, inspect the MLB attachment bolts for cracks and corrosion and before further flight take all necessary corrective actions. The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4059; fax: (816) 329– 4090; email: doug.rudolph@faa.gov. (i) Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO. (ii) AMOCs approved for AD 2014–22–01, 39–18005 (79 FR 67343, November 13, 2014) are not approved as AMOCs for this AD. (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority (or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service. (h) Related Information Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2016–0083, dated April 28, 2016, for related information. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at https://www.regulations.gov/ document?D=FAA-2016-7003-0002. For service information related to this AD, contact PILATUS AIRCRAFT LTD., Customer Service Manager, CH–6371 STANS, Switzerland; telephone: +41 (0) 41 619 33 33; fax: +41 (0) 41 619 73 11; Internet: http:// www.pilatus-aircraft.com or email: SupportPC12@pilatus-aircraft.com. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 23, 2016. David R. Showers, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–20828 Filed 8–30–16; 8:45 am] PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2016–8851; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–070–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 (g) Other FAA AD Provisions BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A330–200 Freighter, –200, and –300 series airplanes; and Airbus Model A340–500, and –600 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports that nonconforming aluminum alloy was used to manufacture several structural parts on the inboard flap. This proposed AD would require identification of the potentially affected inboard flap parts, a one-time eddy current inspection to identify which material the parts are made of, and depending on findings, replacement with serviceable parts. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct structural parts of inboard flaps made of nonconforming aluminum alloy, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by October 17, 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 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\31AUP1.SGM 31AUP1 59923 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 169 / Wednesday, August 31, 2016 / Proposed Rules SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. 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– 8851; 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 proposed 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: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2016–8851; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–070–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD based on 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 proposed AD. Discussion The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2016–0082, dated April 27, 2016 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition all Airbus Model A330–200 Freighter, –200, and –300 series airplanes; and Airbus Model A340–500, and –600 series airplanes. The MCAI states: Following an Airbus quality control review on the final assembly line, it was discovered that non-conforming aluminium alloy was used to manufacture several structural parts on the inboard flap. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could reduce the structural integrity of the aeroplane. To address this potential unsafe condition, Airbus issued Service Bulletin (SB) A330– 57–3120 and SB A340–57–5036 to provide instructions to identify and inspect the potentially affected parts. For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD requires identification of the potentially affected inboard flap parts, a onetime Special Detailed Inspection (SDI) [eddy current measurement] to identify which material they are made of and, depending on findings, replacement with serviceable parts. 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–2016– 8851. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 We reviewed Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3120, dated September 18, 2015; and Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–5036, dated September 18, 2015. The service information describes procedures for inspecting inboard flaps using eddy current inspection methods. 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 Proposed 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 proposing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of these same type designs. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 31 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators Inspection ........................................................ 5 work-hours × $85 per hour = $425 ............. $0 $425 $13,175 We estimate the following costs to do any necessary replacements that would be required based on the results of the proposed inspection. We have no way of determining the number of airplanes that might need these replacements: ON-CONDITION COSTS Action ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Remove and Replace Flap ...................... 60 work-hours × $85 per hour = $5,100 According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this proposed AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected individuals. The VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:16 Aug 30, 2016 Parts cost Cost per product Unavailable .............................................. $5,100 Labor cost Jkt 238001 cost of purchasing a flap spare is not available. As a result, we have included only labor costs in our cost estimate. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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 E:\FR\FM\31AUP1.SGM 31AUP1 59924 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 169 / Wednesday, August 31, 2016 / Proposed Rules 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 proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed regulation: 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. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: manufacture several structural parts on the inboard flap. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct structural parts of inboard flaps made of nonconforming aluminum alloy, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES (g) Inboard Flap Serial Number Identification 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD: Inspect each left-hand (LH) and right-hand (RH) inboard flap, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3120, dated September 18, 2015; and Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–5036, dated September 18, 2015; as applicable; to identify the serial number. A review of airplane delivery and maintenance records is acceptable in lieu of inspecting the inboard flaps, provided those records can be relied upon for that purpose and the serial number of the affected parts can be conclusively identified from that review. The serial numbers of affected inboard flaps are identified in figure 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD. Note 1 to paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD: Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3120, dated September 18, 2015; and Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–5036, dated September 18, 2015; list the serial numbers of potentially affected LH and RH inboard flaps and the corresponding airplane serial number on which these parts were installed during production. The airplane serial number list is for information only, as it cannot be excluded that a potentially affected inboard flap has been removed from an airplane and later re-installed on another airplane. ■ 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–2016–8851; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–070–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by October 17, 2016. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Airbus Model A330– 223F and –243F airplanes; A330–201, –202, –203, –223, and –243 airplanes; A330–301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes; A340–541 airplanes; and A340–642 airplanes; certificated in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 57, Wings. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports that nonconforming aluminum alloy was used to FIGURE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (g) OF THIS AD—AFFECTED FLAP SERIAL NUMBERS (S/N) ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Date of first operation 29/09/10 21/07/09 17/08/09 21/05/10 09/08/10 10/07/09 06/08/10 29/07/09 19/08/09 23/12/09 14/09/09 17/09/10 23/09/09 11/09/09 12/05/10 01/10/09 01/10/09 08/09/09 07/09/09 18/09/09 ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:16 Aug 30, 2016 LH s/n 11004 11030 11034 11031 11071 11033 11036 11035 11057 11037 11038 11042 11040 11041 11046 11043 11044 11047 11049 1970 Jkt 238001 Date of first operation RH s/n 11004 11028 11002 11031 11071 11057 11098 11035 11036 11033 11038 11039 11040 11041 11042 11043 11044 11045 11046 11047 PO 00000 28/02/11 22/02/11 07/03/11 30/03/11 31/05/11 15/03/11 24/03/11 04/04/11 22/03/11 23/03/11 24/03/11 14/04/11 14/04/11 11/04/11 06/04/11 12/04/11 15/04/11 04/05/11 29/04/11 11/05/11 Frm 00018 Fmt 4702 LH s/n RH s/n 11202 11198 11203 11204 11205 11206 11208 11209 11210 11211 11212 11213 11229 11215 11216 11217 11218 11219 11220 11238 Sfmt 4702 Date of first operation 11201 11202 11203 11204 11229 11206 11208 11209 11210 11213 11212 11214 11215 11217 11216 11219 11218 11221 11220 11222 E:\FR\FM\31AUP1.SGM 19/12/12 17/12/12 15/11/12 30/10/12 22/10/12 31/10/12 30/10/12 26/11/12 30/11/12 16/11/12 30/11/12 12/12/12 26/11/12 09/11/12 30/11/12 23/11/12 07/12/12 06/12/12 19/12/12 11/12/12 31AUP1 LH s/n 11349 11352 11353 11354 11355 11383 11380 11359 11361 11358 11325 11399 11362 11363 11364 11365 11366 11367 11368 11369 RH s/n 11349 11352 11353 11354 11355 11357 11356 11393 11361 11358 11360 11365 11362 11363 11364 11368 11366 11367 11370 11369 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 169 / Wednesday, August 31, 2016 / Proposed Rules 59925 FIGURE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (g) OF THIS AD—AFFECTED FLAP SERIAL NUMBERS (S/N)—Continued ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Date of first operation 30/09/09 26/10/09 03/09/10 30/10/09 19/11/09 28/10/10 27/10/09 28/10/09 29/10/09 16/11/10 23/12/09 23/11/09 03/11/10 30/11/09 30/11/09 18/11/09 17/12/09 24/11/09 17/09/10 23/12/09 10/12/09 07/12/09 23/12/09 22/12/09 07/12/09 19/01/10 11/02/10 26/03/10 28/01/10 28/01/10 04/02/10 29/01/10 05/02/10 29/03/10 09/03/10 15/04/10 16/04/10 29/03/10 11/06/10 22/06/11 23/03/10 23/02/10 24/03/10 31/03/10 16/03/10 10/03/10 15/03/10 23/03/10 16/06/10 07/12/10 13/04/10 27/04/10 30/04/10 07/04/10 16/04/10 10/05/10 10/05/10 06/05/10 27/05/10 13/07/11 11/05/10 17/06/10 09/06/10 16/07/10 06/07/10 21/05/10 12/07/10 28/06/10 18/06/10 22/06/10 24/09/10 ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:16 Aug 30, 2016 LH s/n 11048 11055 11051 11054 11053 11008 11015 11059 11060 11063 11061 11066 11070 11065 11032 11067 11072 11074 11147 11095 11075 11076 11077 11069 11079 11078 11081 11080 11082 11084 11098 11085 11039 11086 11087 11088 11089 11090 11091 11230 11093 11094 11073 11096 11097 11101 11099 11100 11105 11102 11106 11104 11103 11108 11133 11114 11110 11116 11112 11241 11111 11118 11120 11122 11123 11124 11126 11127 11129 11130 11135 Jkt 238001 Date of first operation RH s/n 11048 11049 11051 11054 11053 11019 11055 11059 11060 11063 11061 11066 11070 11065 11032 11067 11072 11074 11147 11095 11075 11076 11077 11069 11079 11078 11081 11080 11082 11084 11030 11085 11037 11086 11087 11088 11089 11090 11091 11230 11093 11094 11073 11096 11097 11101 11099 11100 11105 11130 11106 11104 11103 11108 11133 11114 11110 11116 11112 11238 11034 11118 11120 11122 11123 11124 11126 11127 11129 11102 11135 PO 00000 13/05/11 06/05/11 19/05/11 19/05/11 29/06/11 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11436 11433 11437 11435 11316 11438 11441 11439 11440 59926 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 169 / Wednesday, August 31, 2016 / Proposed Rules FIGURE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (g) OF THIS AD—AFFECTED FLAP SERIAL NUMBERS (S/N)—Continued Date of first operation 25/06/10 26/07/10 23/07/10 14/09/11 15/07/10 23/07/10 23/08/10 27/08/10 13/08/10 13/09/10 27/09/10 14/11/11 17/09/10 28/09/10 27/09/10 25/10/10 29/09/10 08/10/10 13/10/10 15/10/10 13/10/10 22/10/10 22/10/10 25/01/12 22/11/10 10/11/10 02/12/10 15/11/10 30/11/10 10/11/10 30/11/10 26/11/10 14/12/10 15/06/12 19/11/10 23/12/10 11/04/12 16/12/10 15/12/10 15/12/10 14/01/11 25/01/11 21/01/11 12/01/11 25/01/11 07/02/11 07/02/11 18/02/11 24/02/11 25/02/11 25/02/11 21/02/11 14/02/11 ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... ........................... 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LH s/n 11132 E11006 11138 11251 11062 11141 11145 11117 11146 11149 11150 11148 11151 11107 11159 11153 11155 11156 11157 11168 11186 11161 11163 11256 11165 11167 1960 11169 11178 11171 11183 11173 11174 11175 11177 11172 11315 11181 11184 11187 11188 11189 11160 11190 11192 11191 11193 11195 11196 11199 11200 11201 11170 11132 11111 11138 11136 11062 11141 11145 11117 11146 11149 11150 11148 11151 11107 11159 11153 11155 11156 11157 11168 11160 11161 11163 11280 11165 11167 1960 11169 11170 11171 11172 11173 11174 11302 11177 11178 11304 11181 11183 11184 11188 11187 11189 11190 11186 11191 11192 11193 11195 11211 11198 11199 11200 ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (h) Eddy Current Conductivity Measurement For each affected inboard flap, within 6 years after the effective date of this AD, or within 12 years after the date of the flap first operation, whichever occurs first, accomplish an eddy current conductivity measurement, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330– 57–3120, dated September 18, 2015; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–5036, dated September 18, 2015; as applicable. Note 2 to paragraph (h) of this AD: The date of first operation is shown in figure 1 VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:16 Aug 30, 2016 Jkt 238001 Date of first operation RH s/n 29/03/12 16/03/12 29/03/12 18/04/12 12/04/12 26/04/12 20/04/12 24/04/12 27/04/12 25/04/12 26/04/12 14/05/12 10/05/12 11/05/12 09/05/12 25/05/12 29/05/12 31/05/12 28/06/12 15/06/12 15/06/12 31/05/12 18/06/12 22/06/12 19/07/12 29/06/12 11/07/12 26/06/12 09/07/12 03/07/12 12/07/12 16/07/12 24/08/12 13/07/12 23/07/12 29/08/12 10/08/12 23/07/12 30/08/12 30/07/12 31/08/12 18/09/12 30/11/12 12/09/12 15/10/12 17/09/12 28/09/12 09/10/12 24/09/12 15/10/12 21/09/12 19/10/12 17/10/12 LH s/n 11297 11299 11300 11281 11302 11301 11303 11304 11305 11306 11307 11308 11310 11312 11309 11311 11313 11314 11317 11316 11318 11319 11320 11321 11322 11323 11324 11348 11326 11327 11328 11329 11330 11331 11332 11333 11334 11335 11337 11336 11180 11340 11339 11341 11343 11346 11345 11342 11344 11347 11338 11350 11351 11297 11175 11300 11301 11180 11303 11306 11307 11305 11308 11196 11310 11312 11317 11299 11311 11313 11314 11315 11336 11318 11319 11320 11321 11322 11323 11324 11325 11326 11327 11328 11329 11330 11331 11332 11333 11334 11335 11337 11309 11339 11340 11341 11343 11345 11347 11344 11342 11346 9015 11348 11359 11351 to paragraph (g) of this AD as day, month, year (dd/mm/yy). (i) Replacement If a part manufactured from nonconforming material is detected during the eddy current inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD, within 30 days after doing the eddy current inspection, replace the affected part 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). PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Date of first operation RH s/n 09/08/13 27/08/13 19/08/13 04/09/13 03/09/13 25/09/13 13/09/13 29/10/13 26/09/13 02/12/13 25/09/13 25/09/13 27/09/13 28/10/13 22/10/13 11/10/13 25/10/13 20/11/13 17/10/13 21/10/13 23/10/13 05/11/13 04/11/13 13/11/13 04/11/13 22/11/13 27/11/13 11/12/13 18/11/13 02/12/13 02/12/13 30/12/13 16/12/13 16/12/13 06/12/13 03/12/13 09/12/13 09/12/13 09/12/13 17/12/13 09/01/14 21/01/14 27/02/14 27/01/14 17/01/14 31/01/14 14/01/14 29/01/14 30/01/14 24/01/14 27/02/14 16/06/14 14/02/14 LH s/n 11443 11446 11447 11444 11445 11449 11450 11448 11453 11454 11451 11472 11457 11458 11456 11455 11459 11460 11461 11462 11463 11465 11466 11452 11389 11468 11467 11470 11469 11474 11471 11503 11476 11477 11475 11479 11480 11478 11481 11482 11483 11484 11486 11487 11485 11489 11490 11488 11492 11493 11491 11495 11498 RH s/n 11391 11442 11443 11444 11445 11446 11447 11448 11449 11450 11451 11464 11453 11454 11455 11456 11459 11458 11461 11460 11463 11462 11466 11473 11465 11457 11467 11468 11469 11470 11471 11488 11474 11477 11475 11476 11480 11489 11481 11482 11483 11484 11486 11487 11485 11490 11491 11492 11493 11479 11494 11495 11498 (j) Parts Installation Limitation As of the effective date of this AD, an inboard flap may be installed on any airplane, provided the part is a serviceable part. A serviceable part is: (1) A part that is not listed by serial number in figure 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD; or (2) A part that has a serial number listed in figure 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD, but which has passed an eddy current conductivity measurement in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3120, dated September 18, 2015; or Airbus Service E:\FR\FM\31AUP1.SGM 31AUP1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 169 / Wednesday, August 31, 2016 / Proposed Rules Bulletin A340–57–5036, dated September 18, 2015; as applicable. ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (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: 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: 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) 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 2016–0082, dated April 27, 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– 2016–8851. (2) 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. You may view this service information at the FAA, VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:16 Aug 30, 2016 Jkt 238001 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 18, 2016. Dorr M. Anderson, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–20696 Filed 8–30–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 17 CFR Part 229 [Release No. 33–10198; 34–78687; File No. S7–18–16] Request for Comment on Subpart 400 of Regulation S–K Disclosure Requirements Relating to Management, Certain Security Holders and Corporate Governance Matters Securities and Exchange Commission. ACTION: Request for comment. AGENCY: The Commission is requesting public comment on certain disclosure requirements in Regulation S–K relating to management, certain security holders, and corporate governance matters contained in Subpart 400. This request is part of an initiative by the Division of Corporation Finance to review the disclosure requirements in Regulation S–K to consider ways to improve them for the benefit of investors and registrants. Comments received in response to this request for comment will also inform the Commission’s study on Regulation S–K, which is required by Section 72003 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (‘‘FAST Act’’). SUMMARY: Comments should be received on or before October 31, 2016. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: DATES: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/other.shtml); or • Send an email to rule-comments@ sec.gov. Please include File Number S7– 18–16 in the subject line; or • Use the Federal eRulemaking Portal (http://www.regulations.gov). Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Paper Comments • Send paper comments to Brent J. Fields, Secretary, Securities and PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 59927 Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number S7–18–16. This file number should be included in the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/ other.shtml). Comments also are available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. All comments received will be posted without change; we do not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eduardo A. Aleman, Special Counsel, Office of Rulemaking, Division of Corporation Finance, at (202) 551–3430, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background and Discussion Over the years, the Commission has evaluated its disclosure regime and engaged periodically in rulemakings designed to enhance its disclosure and registration requirements.1 Most recently, the Commission published a concept release to seek public comment on modernizing certain business and financial disclosure requirements in Regulation S–K.2 The purpose of the Regulation S–K Concept Release is to assess whether the business and financial disclosure requirements in Regulation S–K continue to provide the information that investors need to make informed investment and voting decisions. The Regulation S–K Concept Release focuses on the business and financial disclosures that registrants provide in their periodic reports, which are a subset of the disclosure requirements in Regulation S–K, because many of them have changed little since they were first adopted and are often the foundation of the disclosures investors look to when making investment decisions. These requirements have also been revisited by the Commission or the staff less 1 For a summary of the relevant history and background of Regulation S–K, see Business and Financial Disclosure Required by Regulation S–K, Release No. 33–10064 (Apr. 13, 2016) [81 FR 23916 (Apr. 22, 2016)] (‘‘Regulation S–K Concept Release’’). 2 See id. E:\FR\FM\31AUP1.SGM 31AUP1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 169 (Wednesday, August 31, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 59922-59927]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-20696]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2016-8851; Directorate Identifier 2016-NM-070-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 
Airbus Model A330-200 Freighter, -200, and -300 series airplanes; and 
Airbus Model A340-500, and -600 series airplanes. This proposed AD was 
prompted by reports that non-conforming aluminum alloy was used to 
manufacture several structural parts on the inboard flap. This proposed 
AD would require identification of the potentially affected inboard 
flap parts, a one-time eddy current inspection to identify which 
material the parts are made of, and depending on findings, replacement 
with serviceable parts. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct 
structural parts of inboard flaps made of nonconforming aluminum alloy, 
which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by October 17, 
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 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

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SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material 
at the FAA, call 425-227-1221.

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-
8851; 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 proposed 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: 

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address 
listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2016-8851; 
Directorate Identifier 2016-NM-070-AD'' at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We 
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend 
this proposed AD based on 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 proposed AD.

Discussion

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA 
Airworthiness Directive 2016-0082, dated April 27, 2016 (referred to 
after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or 
``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition all Airbus Model A330-200 
Freighter, -200, and -300 series airplanes; and Airbus Model A340-500, 
and -600 series airplanes. The MCAI states:

    Following an Airbus quality control review on the final assembly 
line, it was discovered that non-conforming aluminium alloy was used 
to manufacture several structural parts on the inboard flap.
    This condition, if not detected and corrected, could reduce the 
structural integrity of the aeroplane.
    To address this potential unsafe condition, Airbus issued 
Service Bulletin (SB) A330-57-3120 and SB A340-57-5036 to provide 
instructions to identify and inspect the potentially affected parts.
    For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD requires 
identification of the potentially affected inboard flap parts, a 
one-time Special Detailed Inspection (SDI) [eddy current 
measurement] to identify which material they are made of and, 
depending on findings, replacement with serviceable parts.

    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-2016-
8851.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3120, dated September 
18, 2015; and Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-5036, dated September 18, 
2015. The service information describes procedures for inspecting 
inboard flaps using eddy current inspection methods. 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 Proposed 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 proposing this AD because we 
evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition 
exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of these 
same type designs.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 31 airplanes of U.S. 
registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                    Cost per       Cost on U.S.
               Action                        Labor cost           Parts cost        product         operators
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Inspection..........................  5 work-hours x $85 per               $0             $425          $13,175
                                       hour = $425.
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    We estimate the following costs to do any necessary replacements 
that would be required based on the results of the proposed inspection. 
We have no way of determining the number of airplanes that might need 
these replacements:

                                               On-Condition Costs
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                                                                                                     Cost per
                 Action                          Labor cost                  Parts cost              product
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Remove and Replace Flap................  60 work-hours x $85 per     Unavailable...............          $5,100
                                          hour = $5,100.
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    According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this proposed 
AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on 
affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected 
individuals. The cost of purchasing a flap spare is not available. As a 
result, we have included only labor costs in our cost estimate.

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

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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 proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not 
have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship 
between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution 
of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed 
regulation:
    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.

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

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 adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):

Airbus: Docket No. FAA-2016-8851; Directorate Identifier 2016-NM-
070-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by October 17, 2016.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Airbus Model A330-223F and -243F airplanes; 
A330-201, -202, -203, -223, and -243 airplanes; A330-301, -302, -
303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -342, and -343 airplanes; A340-541 
airplanes; and A340-642 airplanes; certificated in any category, all 
manufacturer serial numbers.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 57, Wings.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports that nonconforming aluminum 
alloy was used to manufacture several structural parts on the 
inboard flap. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct 
structural parts of inboard flaps made of nonconforming aluminum 
alloy, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the 
airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Inboard Flap Serial Number Identification

    Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD: Inspect 
each left-hand (LH) and right-hand (RH) inboard flap, in accordance 
with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin 
A330-57-3120, dated September 18, 2015; and Airbus Service Bulletin 
A340-57-5036, dated September 18, 2015; as applicable; to identify 
the serial number. A review of airplane delivery and maintenance 
records is acceptable in lieu of inspecting the inboard flaps, 
provided those records can be relied upon for that purpose and the 
serial number of the affected parts can be conclusively identified 
from that review. The serial numbers of affected inboard flaps are 
identified in figure 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD.

    Note 1 to paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD:  Airbus Service 
Bulletin A330-57-3120, dated September 18, 2015; and Airbus Service 
Bulletin A340-57-5036, dated September 18, 2015; list the serial 
numbers of potentially affected LH and RH inboard flaps and the 
corresponding airplane serial number on which these parts were 
installed during production. The airplane serial number list is for 
information only, as it cannot be excluded that a potentially 
affected inboard flap has been removed from an airplane and later 
re-installed on another airplane.


                                        Figure 1 to Paragraph (g) of This AD--Affected Flap Serial Numbers (s/n)
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                                                                              Date of                                Date of
             Date of first operation                 LH s/n       RH s/n       first        LH s/n       RH s/n       first        LH s/n       RH s/n
                                                                             operation                              operation
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29/09/10........................................        11004        11004     28/02/11        11202        11201     19/12/12        11349        11349
21/07/09........................................        11030        11028     22/02/11        11198        11202     17/12/12        11352        11352
17/08/09........................................        11034        11002     07/03/11        11203        11203     15/11/12        11353        11353
21/05/10........................................        11031        11031     30/03/11        11204        11204     30/10/12        11354        11354
09/08/10........................................        11071        11071     31/05/11        11205        11229     22/10/12        11355        11355
10/07/09........................................        11033        11057     15/03/11        11206        11206     31/10/12        11383        11357
06/08/10........................................        11036        11098     24/03/11        11208        11208     30/10/12        11380        11356
29/07/09........................................        11035        11035     04/04/11        11209        11209     26/11/12        11359        11393
19/08/09........................................        11057        11036     22/03/11        11210        11210     30/11/12        11361        11361
23/12/09........................................        11037        11033     23/03/11        11211        11213     16/11/12        11358        11358
14/09/09........................................        11038        11038     24/03/11        11212        11212     30/11/12        11325        11360
17/09/10........................................        11042        11039     14/04/11        11213        11214     12/12/12        11399        11365
23/09/09........................................        11040        11040     14/04/11        11229        11215     26/11/12        11362        11362
11/09/09........................................        11041        11041     11/04/11        11215        11217     09/11/12        11363        11363
12/05/10........................................        11046        11042     06/04/11        11216        11216     30/11/12        11364        11364
01/10/09........................................        11043        11043     12/04/11        11217        11219     23/11/12        11365        11368
01/10/09........................................        11044        11044     15/04/11        11218        11218     07/12/12        11366        11366
08/09/09........................................        11047        11045     04/05/11        11219        11221     06/12/12        11367        11367
07/09/09........................................        11049        11046     29/04/11        11220        11220     19/12/12        11368        11370
18/09/09........................................         1970        11047     11/05/11        11238        11222     11/12/12        11369        11369

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30/09/09........................................        11048        11048     13/05/11        11222        11223     21/12/12        11370        11372
26/10/09........................................        11055        11049     06/05/11        11223        11224     13/12/12        11372        11375
03/09/10........................................        11051        11051     19/05/11        11224        11225     20/12/12        11373        11373
30/10/09........................................        11054        11054     19/05/11        11225        11205     21/12/12        11374        11374
19/11/09........................................        11053        11053     29/06/11        11226        11226     16/01/13        11375        11377
28/10/10........................................        11008        11019     25/05/11        11227        11227     11/01/13        11376        11376
27/10/09........................................        11015        11055     16/05/11        11228        11228     15/01/13        11377        11350
28/10/09........................................        11059        11059     10/06/11        11092        11092     05/02/13        11378        11381
29/10/09........................................        11060        11060     23/11/11        11231        11231     25/01/13        11379        11379
16/11/10........................................        11063        11063     08/07/11        11232        11232     18/01/13        11382        11380
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(h) Eddy Current Conductivity Measurement

    For each affected inboard flap, within 6 years after the 
effective date of this AD, or within 12 years after the date of the 
flap first operation, whichever occurs first, accomplish an eddy 
current conductivity measurement, in accordance with the 
Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3120, 
dated September 18, 2015; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-5036, 
dated September 18, 2015; as applicable.

    Note 2 to paragraph (h) of this AD:  The date of first operation 
is shown in figure 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD as day, month, year 
(dd/mm/yy).

(i) Replacement

    If a part manufactured from non-conforming material is detected 
during the eddy current inspection required by paragraph (h) of this 
AD, within 30 days after doing the eddy current inspection, replace 
the affected part 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).

(j) Parts Installation Limitation

    As of the effective date of this AD, an inboard flap may be 
installed on any airplane, provided the part is a serviceable part. 
A serviceable part is:
    (1) A part that is not listed by serial number in figure 1 to 
paragraph (g) of this AD; or
    (2) A part that has a serial number listed in figure 1 to 
paragraph (g) of this AD, but which has passed an eddy current 
conductivity measurement in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3120, dated 
September 18, 2015; or Airbus Service

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Bulletin A340-57-5036, dated September 18, 2015; as applicable.

(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: 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 
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 2016-0082, dated April 27, 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-2016-8851.
    (2) 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. 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 18, 2016.
Dorr M. Anderson,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-20696 Filed 8-30-16; 8:45 am]
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