Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 64083-64085 [2016-22435]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 181 / Monday, September 19, 2016 / Proposed Rules Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Shahram Daneshmandi, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone: 425–227–1112; 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. (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 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or EADS CASA’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (l) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2016– 0014, dated January 14, 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–2016–9109. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact EADS CASA (Airbus Defense and Space), Services/Engineering ´ Support, Avenida de Aragon 404, 28022 Madrid, Spain; telephone: +34 91 585 55 84; fax: +34 91 585 31 27; email: MTA.TechnicalService@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 September 12, 2016. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–22434 Filed 9–16–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2016–9110; Directorate Identifier 2015–NM–196–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:18 Sep 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 64083 9110; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new except Federal holidays. The AD docket airworthiness directive (AD) for certain contains this proposed AD, the Airbus Model A319–115, A319–132, regulatory evaluation, any comments A320–214, A320–232, A321–211, A321– received, and other information. The 213, and A321–231 airplanes. This street address for the Docket Operations proposed AD was prompted by a report office (telephone 800–647–5527) is in of certain tie rod assemblies installed on the ADDRESSES section. Comments will the hinged fairing assembly of the main be available in the AD docket shortly landing gear (MLG) with no cadmium after receipt. plating on the rod end threads. This FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: proposed AD would require a detailed Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, inspection of certain tie rod assemblies International Branch, ANM–116, installed on the hinged fairing assembly Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, of the MLG for the presence of cadmium 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA plating, and replacement of tie rod 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1405; assemblies without cadmium plating. fax 425–227–1149. We are proposing this AD to detect and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: correct the absence of cadmium plating Comments Invited on the rod end threads of the tie rod assemblies. The absence of cadmium We invite you to send any written plating could lead to galvanic corrosion relevant data, views, or arguments about of the tie rod end threads, resulting in this proposed AD. Send your comments rod end failure, loss of a MLG door, and to an address listed under the consequent damage to the airplane. ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. DATES: We must receive comments on FAA–2016–9110; Directorate Identifier this proposed AD by November 3, 2016. 2015–NM–196–AD’’ at the beginning of ADDRESSES: You may send comments, your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to consider all comments received by the http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the closing date and may amend this instructions for submitting comments. proposed AD based on those comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. We will post all comments we • Mail: U.S. Department of receive, without change, to http:// Transportation, Docket Operations, M– www.regulations.gov, including any 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room personal information you provide. We W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., will also post a report summarizing each Washington, DC 20590. substantive verbal contact we receive • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of about this proposed AD. Transportation, Docket Operations, M– Discussion 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room The European Aviation Safety Agency W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., (EASA), which is the Technical Agent Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 for the Member States of the European p.m., Monday through Friday, except Union, has issued EASA Airworthiness Federal holidays. Directive 2015–0234, dated December 8, For service information identified in 2015 (referred to after this as the this NPRM, contact Airbus, Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Airworthiness Office—EIAS, 1 Rond Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 an unsafe condition for certain Airbus Model A319–115, A319–132, A320–214, 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email A320–232, A321–211, A321–213, and account.airworth-eas@airbus.com; A321–231 airplanes. The MCAI states: Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this referenced service A production quality issue was identified information at the FAA, Transport concerning tie rod assemblies, having Part Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue Number (P/N) starting with D52840212000 or D52840212002, which are installed on the SW., Renton, WA. For information on main landing gear (MLG) hinged fairing the availability of this material at the assembly. This quality issue affects the FAA, call 425–227–1221. Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). ACTION: 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– PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 cadmium plating surface treatment which was inadvertently omitted from the rod end threads of the assembly. The absence of cadmium plating reduces the corrosion protection scheme. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to galvanic corrosion of E:\FR\FM\19SEP1.SGM 19SEP1 64084 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 181 / Monday, September 19, 2016 / Proposed Rules the tie rod end threads, possibly resulting in rod end failure, loss of a MLG door, and consequent injury to persons on ground. To address this unsafe condition, Airbus identified the affected [manufacturer serial number] MSN and issued [service bulletin] SB A320–52–1167 to provide inspection instructions. For the reason described above, this [EASA] AD requires a one-time inspection of the affected MLG hinged fairing tie rod assemblies [for the presence of cadmium plating], and, depending on findings, replacement of the affected tie rod assembly. 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– 9110. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Airbus has issued Service Bulletin A320–52–1167, dated August 6, 2015. The service information describes procedures for a detailed inspection for the presence of cadmium plating on tie rod assemblies having certain part numbers, and procedures for replacement of tie rod assemblies with no cadmium plating on the rod end threads. 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 20 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 .................................................................. 2 work-hours × $85 per hour = $170 ... $0 $170 $3,400 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 Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Replacement .......................................... 13 work-hours × $85 per hour = $1,105 ..... Not available ......................................... $1,105 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. As a result, we have included all available costs in our cost estimate. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,’’ describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in ‘‘Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:18 Sep 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 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 PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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 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): ■ E:\FR\FM\19SEP1.SGM 19SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 181 / Monday, September 19, 2016 / Proposed Rules Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2016–9110; Directorate Identifier 2015–NM–196–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by November 3, 2016. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Airbus Model A319– 115, A319–132, A320–214, A320–232, A321– 211, A321–213, and A321–231 airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in Airbus Service Bulletin A320–52–1167, dated August 6, 2015. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 52, Doors. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by a report of certain tie rod assemblies installed on the hinged fairing assembly of the main landing gear (MLG) with no cadmium plating on the rod end threads. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct the absence of cadmium plating on the rod end threads of the tie rod assemblies. The absence of cadmium plating could lead to galvanic corrosion of the tie rod end threads, resulting in rod end failure, loss of a MLG door, and consequent damage to the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (g) Inspection and Corrective Action Within 80 months after the airplane’s first flight, do a detailed inspection of each tie rod assembly having a part number (P/N) D52840212000 or D52840212002 at the MLG hinged fairing for the presence of cadmium plating (gold colored threads), in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320–52–1167, dated August 6, 2015. If during the inspection any tie rod assembly is found that does not have cadmium plating, before further flight, replace the tie rod assembly with a serviceable part having the same part number and cadmium plating, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320–52–1167, dated August 6, 2015. (h) 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Sep 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1405; fax 425–227–1149. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM– 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the 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. (i) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2015–0234, dated December 8, 2015, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2016–9110. (2) For 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. 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. Issued in Renton, Washington, on September 12, 2016. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–22435 Filed 9–16–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 64085 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 193 [Docket No. FAA–2006–24855] Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed order designating information as protected from disclosure. AGENCY: This notice describes a proposed order through which the Federal Aviation Administration plans to designate a certain category of information as protected from public disclosure pursuant to a Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program. The Federal Aviation Administration is required to protect the information from disclosure to the public, including disclosure required by statute, such as the Freedom of Information Act, following issuance of an order designating the information as protected. The instant designation is intended to encourage participation in the Voluntary Disclosure Reporting Program. SUMMARY: Comments must be received on or before October 19, 2016. ADDRESSES: Send comments identified by Docket Number FAA–2006–24855 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M–30; U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12–140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket Operations in Room W12–140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202–493–2251. Privacy: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL– 14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy. DATES: E:\FR\FM\19SEP1.SGM 19SEP1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 181 (Monday, September 19, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 64083-64085]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-22435]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2016-9110; Directorate Identifier 2015-NM-196-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
certain Airbus Model A319-115, A319-132, A320-214, A320-232, A321-211, 
A321-213, and A321-231 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a 
report of certain tie rod assemblies installed on the hinged fairing 
assembly of the main landing gear (MLG) with no cadmium plating on the 
rod end threads. This proposed AD would require a detailed inspection 
of certain tie rod assemblies installed on the hinged fairing assembly 
of the MLG for the presence of cadmium plating, and replacement of tie 
rod assemblies without cadmium plating. We are proposing this AD to 
detect and correct the absence of cadmium plating on the rod end 
threads of the tie rod assemblies. The absence of cadmium plating could 
lead to galvanic corrosion of the tie rod end threads, resulting in rod 
end failure, loss of a MLG door, and consequent damage to the airplane.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 3, 
2016.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this NPRM, 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. 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.

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-
9110; 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: 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:

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-2016-9110; 
Directorate Identifier 2015-NM-196-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 2015-0234, dated December 8, 2015 (referred to 
after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or 
``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Airbus Model 
A319-115, A319-132, A320-214, A320-232, A321-211, A321-213, and A321-
231 airplanes. The MCAI states:

    A production quality issue was identified concerning tie rod 
assemblies, having Part Number (P/N) starting with D52840212000 or 
D52840212002, which are installed on the main landing gear (MLG) 
hinged fairing assembly. This quality issue affects the cadmium 
plating surface treatment which was inadvertently omitted from the 
rod end threads of the assembly. The absence of cadmium plating 
reduces the corrosion protection scheme.
    This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to 
galvanic corrosion of

[[Page 64084]]

the tie rod end threads, possibly resulting in rod end failure, loss 
of a MLG door, and consequent injury to persons on ground.
    To address this unsafe condition, Airbus identified the affected 
[manufacturer serial number] MSN and issued [service bulletin] SB 
A320-52-1167 to provide inspection instructions.
    For the reason described above, this [EASA] AD requires a one-
time inspection of the affected MLG hinged fairing tie rod 
assemblies [for the presence of cadmium plating], and, depending on 
findings, replacement of the affected tie rod assembly.

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-
9110.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Airbus has issued Service Bulletin A320-52-1167, dated August 6, 
2015. The service information describes procedures for a detailed 
inspection for the presence of cadmium plating on tie rod assemblies 
having certain part numbers, and procedures for replacement of tie rod 
assemblies with no cadmium plating on the rod end threads. 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 20 airplanes of U.S. 
registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD:

                                                                     Estimated Costs
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                            Cost per       Cost on U.S.
                  Action                                           Labor cost                             Parts cost        product         operators
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Inspection...............................  2 work-hours x $85 per hour = $170........................              $0             $170           $3,400
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    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
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                                                             Cost per
                 Action                                              Labor cost                                      Parts cost              product
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Replacement.............................  13 work-hours x $85 per hour = $1,105...........................  Not available..............          $1,105
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    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. As a result, we have included all available 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 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):


[[Page 64085]]


Airbus: Docket No. FAA-2016-9110; Directorate Identifier 2015-NM-
196-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by November 3, 2016.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Airbus Model A319-115, A319-132, A320-214, 
A320-232, A321-211, A321-213, and A321-231 airplanes, certificated 
in any category, as identified in Airbus Service Bulletin A320-52-
1167, dated August 6, 2015.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 52, Doors.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by a report of certain tie rod assemblies 
installed on the hinged fairing assembly of the main landing gear 
(MLG) with no cadmium plating on the rod end threads. We are issuing 
this AD to detect and correct the absence of cadmium plating on the 
rod end threads of the tie rod assemblies. The absence of cadmium 
plating could lead to galvanic corrosion of the tie rod end threads, 
resulting in rod end failure, loss of a MLG door, and consequent 
damage to the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Inspection and Corrective Action

    Within 80 months after the airplane's first flight, do a 
detailed inspection of each tie rod assembly having a part number 
(P/N) D52840212000 or D52840212002 at the MLG hinged fairing for the 
presence of cadmium plating (gold colored threads), in accordance 
with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin 
A320-52-1167, dated August 6, 2015. If during the inspection any tie 
rod assembly is found that does not have cadmium plating, before 
further flight, replace the tie rod assembly with a serviceable part 
having the same part number and cadmium plating, in accordance with 
the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320-52-
1167, dated August 6, 2015.

(h) 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) 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.

(i) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2015-0234, dated December 8, 
2015, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD 
docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching 
for and locating Docket No. FAA-2016-9110.
    (2) For 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. 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.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on September 12, 2016.
Michael Kaszycki,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-22435 Filed 9-16-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-13-P