Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 65980-65983 [2016-21703]

Download as PDF 65980 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 81, No. 186 Monday, September 26, 2016 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2016–9074; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–097–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Examining the AD Docket 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 A318–111 and –112 airplanes, Model A319–111, –112, –113, –114, and –115 airplanes, Model A320– 211, –212, and –214 airplanes, and Model A321–111, –112, –211, –212, and –213 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of engine fan cowl door (FCD) losses on airplanes equipped with CFM56 engines due to operator failure to close the FCD during ground operations. This proposed AD would require modification and reidentification of certain FCDs or replacement of certain FCDs. This proposed AD would also require installation of a placard. We are proposing this AD to prevent in-flight loss of an engine FCD and possible consequent damage to the airplane. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 10, 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. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:07 Sep 23, 2016 Jkt 238001 • 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, 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. You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2016– 9074; 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–2016–9074; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–097–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:// PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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, 2016–0069, dated April 11, 2016 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus Model A318–111 and –112 airplanes, Model A319–111, –112, –113, –114, and –115 airplanes, Model A320–211, –212, and –214 airplanes, and Model A321– 111, –112, –211, –212, and –213 airplanes. The MCAI states: Fan Cowl Door (FCD) losses were reported on aeroplanes equipped with CFM56 engines. Investigations confirmed that in all cases the fan cowls were opened prior to the flight and were not correctly re-secured. During the pre-flight inspection, it was then not detected that the FCD were not properly latched. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to in-flight loss of a FCD, possibly resulting in damage to the aeroplane and/or injury to persons on the ground. Prompted by these events, new FCD front latch and keeper assembly were developed, having a specific key necessary to un-latch the FCD. This key cannot be removed unless the FCD front latch is safely closed. The key, after removal, must be stowed in the flight deck at a specific location, as instructed in the applicable Aircraft Maintenance Manual. Applicable Flight Crew Operating Manual has been amended accordingly. After modification, the FCD is identified with a different Part Number (P/N). For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD requires modification and reidentification of FCD [or replacement of the FCD]. 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– 9074. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 We reviewed Airbus Service Bulletin A320–71–1068, Revision 01, dated April 28, 2016. This service information describes procedures for modifying the left-hand and right-hand FCDs on engines 1 and 2; installing a placard; E:\FR\FM\26SEP1.SGM 26SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 186 / Monday, September 26, 2016 / Proposed Rules and re-identifying both the left-hand and right-hand FCDs with the new part number. 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. Differences Between This Proposed AD and the MCAI or Service Information The parts installation prohibition specified in paragraph (5) of the MCAI 65981 depends on the configuration of the airplane. However, paragraph (k) of this proposed AD prohibits installing certain parts for all airplanes as of the effective date of this proposed AD. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 400 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 Modification and re-identification of (or replacement of) FCD, and Installation of Placard. Up to 7 work-hours × $85 per hour = $595 ... $4,865 $5,460 $2,184,000 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD 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 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); VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:07 Sep 23, 2016 Jkt 238001 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 Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(h), 40113, 44701. [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2016–9074; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–097–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by November 10, 2016. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes, certificated in any category, identified in paragraphs (c)(1) through (c)(4) of this AD, all manufacturer serial numbers. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 71, Powerplant. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports of engine fan cowl door (FCD) losses on airplanes equipped with CFM56 engines due to operator failure to close the FCD during ground operations. We are issuing this AD to prevent in-flight loss of an engine FCD and possible consequent damage to the airplane. (f) Compliance 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ § 39.13 (1) Airbus Model A318–111 and –112 airplanes. (2) Airbus Model A319–111, –112, –113, –114, and –115 airplanes. (3) Airbus Model A320–211, –212, and –214 airplanes. (4) Airbus Model A321–111, –112, –211, –212, and –213 airplanes. Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Modification of Affected Fan Cowl Doors and Placard Installation Within 35 months after the effective date of this AD, accomplish concurrently the actions in paragraphs (g)(1), (g)(2) and (g)(3) of this AD, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320–71–1068, Revision 01, dated April 28, 2016. (1) Modify the left-hand and right-hand FCDs on engines 1 and 2. (2) Install a placard on the box located at the bottom of the 120 volt unit (120 VU) panel, or at the bottom of the coat stowage, as applicable to airplane configuration. (3) Re-identify both the left-hand and righthand FCDs with the new part number, as applicable, as specified in table 1 to paragraphs (g), (h), (i), and (k) of this AD. E:\FR\FM\26SEP1.SGM 26SEP1 65982 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 186 / Monday, September 26, 2016 / Proposed Rules TABLE 1 TO PARAGRAPHS (g), (h), (i), AND (k) OF THIS AD—FAN COWL DOOR PART NUMBER (P/N) CHANGE Door position Old P/N Left-hand Side—CFM56–5A ........................................................................................................................ Right-hand Side—CFM56–5A ..................................................................................................................... Left-hand Side—CFM56–5B ........................................................................................................................ Right-hand Side—CFM56–5B ..................................................................................................................... mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with PROPOSALS (h) Replacement of Affected Fan Cowl Door With New Door Design Replacing the FCDs, having a part number listed as ‘‘Old P/N’’ in table 1 to paragraphs (g), (h), (i), and (k) of this AD, with the FCDs having the corresponding part number listed as ‘‘New P/N’’ in table 1 to paragraphs (g), (h), (i), and (k) of this AD, is equal to compliance with paragraphs (g)(1) and (g)(3) of this AD. The replacement must be done in accordance with instructions approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM– 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), or approved under Airbus’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:07 Sep 23, 2016 Jkt 238001 (i) Compliance Information for Airplanes on Which Airbus Modification 157517 Is Embodied An airplane on which Airbus modification 157517 has been embodied in production, is compliant with the requirements of paragraphs (g)(1) and (g)(3) of this AD, provided it is determined that no FCD, having a part number identified as ‘‘Old P/ N’’ in table 1 to paragraphs (g), (h), (i), and (k) of this AD, are installed on that airplane at the effective date of the AD. (j) Compliance Information for Airplanes on Which Airbus Modification 157519 or Modification 157521 is Embodied An airplane on which Airbus modification 157519 or modification 157521 has been embodied in production is compliant with PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 238–0301–501 238–0301–503 238–0301–505 238–0301–507 238–0301–511 238–0301–513 238–0301–515 238–0301–517 238–0301–519 238–0301–521 238–0301–523 238–0301–525 238–0301–527 238–0301–529 238–0301–531 238–0302–501 238–0302–503 238–0302–505 238–0302–509 238–0302–511 238–0302–513 238–0302–515 238–0302–517 238–0302–519 238–0302–521 238–0302–523 238–0302–525 238–0302–527 238–0302–529 238–0302–531 238–0302–533 238–0302–535 238–0302–537 238–0302–539 238–0302–541 238–0302–543 238–0302–545 642–3001–503 642–3001–505 642–3001–507 642–3001–509 642–3002–503 642–3002–505 642–3002–507 642–3002–509 642–3002–511 642–3002–513 642–3002–515 642–3002–517 New P/N 238M0301–501 238M0301–503 238M0301–505 238M0301–507 238M0301–511 238M0301–513 238M0301–515 238M0301–517 238M0301–519 238M0301–521 238M0301–523 238M0301–525 238M0301–527 238–0301–533 238–0301–535 238M0302–501 238M0302–503 238M0302–505 238M0302–509 238M0302–511 238M0302–513 238M0302–515 238M0302–517 238M0302–519 238M0302–521 238M0302–523 238M0302–525 238M0302–527 238M0302–529 238M0302–531 238M0302–533 238M0302–535 238M0302–537 238–0302–547 238–0302–549 238–0302–551 238–0302–553 642M3001–503 642M3001–505 642–3001–511 642–3001–513 642M3002–503 642M3002–505 642M3002–507 642M3002–509 642–3002–519 642–3002–521 642–3002–523 642–3002–525 the requirements of paragraph (g)(2) of this AD. (k) Parts Installation Prohibition As of the effective date of this AD, do not install on any airplane an FCD part number identified as ‘‘Old P/N’’ in table 1 to paragraphs (g), (h), (i), and (k) of this AD. (l) Installation of Approved Parts Installation on an airplane of right-hand and left-hand FCD, having a part number approved after the effective date of this AD, is equal to compliance with the requirements of paragraphs (g)(1) and (g)(3) of this AD for that airplane only, provided the conditions specified in paragraphs (l)(1) and (l)(2) of this AD are met. (1) The part number must be approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM– E:\FR\FM\26SEP1.SGM 26SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 186 / Monday, September 26, 2016 / Proposed Rules 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or EASA, or approved under Airbus’s EASA DOA. (2) The FCD installation must be accomplished in accordance with airplane modification instructions approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or EASA; or approved under Airbus’s EASA DOA. (m) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Airbus Service Bulletin A320–71–1068, dated December 18, 2015, which is not incorporated by reference in this AD. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with PROPOSALS (n) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1405; fax 425–227–1149. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM– 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the EASA; or Airbus’s EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (o) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2016–0069, dated April 11, 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– 2016–9074. (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 service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:07 Sep 23, 2016 Jkt 238001 information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. Issued in Renton, Washington, on August 31, 2016. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–21703 Filed 9–23–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service 26 CFR Parts 1 and 301 [REG–131418–14] RIN 1545–BN27 Reporting for Qualified Tuition and Related Expenses; Education Tax Credits; Correction Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Correction to a notice of proposed rulemaking and notice of public hearing. AGENCY: This document contains corrections to a notice of proposed rulemaking and notice of public hearing (REG–131418–14) that was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 (81 FR 50657). The proposed regulations that revise the rules for reporting qualified tuition and related expenses under section 6050S on a Form 1098–T, ‘‘Tuition Statement,’’ and conforms the regulations to the changes made to section 6050S by the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015. DATES: Written or electronic comments and request for a public hearing for the notice of proposed rulemaking at 81 FR 50657, August 2, 2016, are still being accepted and must be received by October 31, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Concerning the proposed regulations, Gerald Semasek of the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration) for the proposed regulations under sections 6050S and 6724, (202) 317–6845, and Sheldon Iskow of the Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Income Tax and Accounting) for the proposed regulations under section 25A, (202) 317–4718; concerning the submission of comments and requests for a public hearing, Regina Johnson, (202) 317–6901 (not toll-free calls). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 65983 Background The notice of proposed rulemaking that is subject of this document is under section 6050S of the Internal Revenue Code. Need for Correction As published, the notice of proposed rulemaking and notice of public hearing (REG–131418–14) contains errors that may prove to be misleading and are in need of clarification. Correction of Publication Accordingly, the notice of proposed rulemaking and notice of public hearing (REG–131418–14) that are subject to FR Doc. 2016–18032 are corrected as follows: ■ 1. On page 50662, in the preamble, second column, the third line from the bottom of the first full paragraph, the language ‘‘requiring eligible educational institution’’ is corrected to read ‘‘requiring eligible educational institutions’’. § 1.25A–0 [Corrected] 2. On page 50664, second column, amendatory instruction 2, the language ‘‘9. Revising the entry for § 1.25A– 2(f)(6).’’ is corrected to read ‘‘9. Revising the entry for § 1.25A–5(f)(6).’’. ■ 3. On page 50664, third column, entry for (e)(3), the language ‘‘Effective/ applicability dates.’’ is corrected to read ‘‘Applicability dates.’’. ■ 4. On page 50664, third column, entry for (f)(4), the language ‘‘Effective/ applicability date.’’ is corrected to read ‘‘Applicability date.’’. ■ 5. On page 50664, third column, entry for (e), the language ‘‘Effective/ applicability date.’’ is corrected to read ‘‘Applicability date.’’. ■ 6. On page 50664, third column, entry for (g), the language ‘‘Effective/ applicability date.’’ is corrected to read ‘‘Applicability date.’’. ■ § 1.6050S–0 [Corrected] 7. On page 50667, second column, entry for (c)(1)(iii)(E), the language ‘‘consequences of refunds, reimbursements.’’ is corrected to read ‘‘consequences of refunds, reimbursements,’’. ■ § 1.6050S–1 [Corrected] 8. On page 50669, third column, in the second line of paragraph (b)(2)(vii), Example 5. (i), the language, ‘‘2016 fall semester’’ is corrected to read ‘‘Z as a full-time student for the 2016 fall semester’’; and in the tenth the language, ‘‘$11,000 for the 2017 spring semesters.’’ is corrected to read ’’ $11,000 for the 2017 spring semester.’’. ■ E:\FR\FM\26SEP1.SGM 26SEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 186 (Monday, September 26, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 65980-65983]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-21703]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2016-9074; Directorate Identifier 2016-NM-097-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 A318-111 and -112 airplanes, Model A319-111, -112, -113, -
114, and -115 airplanes, Model A320-211, -212, and -214 airplanes, and 
Model A321-111, -112, -211, -212, and -213 airplanes. This proposed AD 
was prompted by reports of engine fan cowl door (FCD) losses on 
airplanes equipped with CFM56 engines due to operator failure to close 
the FCD during ground operations. This proposed AD would require 
modification and re-identification of certain FCDs or replacement of 
certain FCDs. This proposed AD would also require installation of a 
placard. We are proposing this AD to prevent in-flight loss of an 
engine FCD and possible consequent damage to the airplane.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 10, 
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, 
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-
9074; 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-2016-9074; 
Directorate Identifier 2016-NM-097-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, 2016-0069, dated April 11, 2016 (referred to 
after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or 
``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus Model 
A318-111 and -112 airplanes, Model A319-111, -112, -113, -114, and -115 
airplanes, Model A320-211, -212, and -214 airplanes, and Model A321-
111, -112, -211, -212, and -213 airplanes. The MCAI states:

    Fan Cowl Door (FCD) losses were reported on aeroplanes equipped 
with CFM56 engines.
    Investigations confirmed that in all cases the fan cowls were 
opened prior to the flight and were not correctly re-secured. During 
the pre-flight inspection, it was then not detected that the FCD 
were not properly latched.
    This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to in-
flight loss of a FCD, possibly resulting in damage to the aeroplane 
and/or injury to persons on the ground.
    Prompted by these events, new FCD front latch and keeper 
assembly were developed, having a specific key necessary to un-latch 
the FCD. This key cannot be removed unless the FCD front latch is 
safely closed. The key, after removal, must be stowed in the flight 
deck at a specific location, as instructed in the applicable 
Aircraft Maintenance Manual. Applicable Flight Crew Operating Manual 
has been amended accordingly. After modification, the FCD is 
identified with a different Part Number (P/N).
    For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD requires 
modification and re-identification of FCD [or replacement of the 
FCD].

    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-
9074.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed Airbus Service Bulletin A320-71-1068, Revision 01, 
dated April 28, 2016. This service information describes procedures for 
modifying the left-hand and right-hand FCDs on engines 1 and 2; 
installing a placard;

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and re-identifying both the left-hand and right-hand FCDs with the new 
part number. 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.

Differences Between This Proposed AD and the MCAI or Service 
Information

    The parts installation prohibition specified in paragraph (5) of 
the MCAI depends on the configuration of the airplane. However, 
paragraph (k) of this proposed AD prohibits installing certain parts 
for all airplanes as of the effective date of this proposed AD.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 400 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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Modification and re-identification    Up to 7 work-hours x             $4,865           $5,460       $2,184,000
 of (or replacement of) FCD, and       $85 per hour = $595.
 Installation of Placard.
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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(h), 40113, 44701.


Sec.  39.13   [Amended]

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

Airbus: Docket No. FAA-2016-9074; Directorate Identifier 2016-NM-
097-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by November 10, 2016.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes, certificated in any 
category, identified in paragraphs (c)(1) through (c)(4) of this AD, 
all manufacturer serial numbers.
    (1) Airbus Model A318-111 and -112 airplanes.
    (2) Airbus Model A319-111, -112, -113, -114, and -115 airplanes.
    (3) Airbus Model A320-211, -212, and -214 airplanes.
    (4) Airbus Model A321-111, -112, -211, -212, and -213 airplanes.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 71, Powerplant.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports of engine fan cowl door (FCD) 
losses on airplanes equipped with CFM56 engines due to operator 
failure to close the FCD during ground operations. We are issuing 
this AD to prevent in-flight loss of an engine FCD and possible 
consequent damage to the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Modification of Affected Fan Cowl Doors and Placard Installation

    Within 35 months after the effective date of this AD, accomplish 
concurrently the actions in paragraphs (g)(1), (g)(2) and (g)(3) of 
this AD, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of 
Airbus Service Bulletin A320-71-1068, Revision 01, dated April 28, 
2016.
    (1) Modify the left-hand and right-hand FCDs on engines 1 and 2.
    (2) Install a placard on the box located at the bottom of the 
120 volt unit (120 VU) panel, or at the bottom of the coat stowage, 
as applicable to airplane configuration.
    (3) Re-identify both the left-hand and right-hand FCDs with the 
new part number, as applicable, as specified in table 1 to 
paragraphs (g), (h), (i), and (k) of this AD.

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 Table 1 to Paragraphs (g), (h), (i), and (k) of This AD--Fan Cowl Door
                        Part Number (P/N) Change
------------------------------------------------------------------------
           Door position                 Old P/N            New P/N
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Left-hand Side--CFM56-5A..........       238-0301-501       238M0301-501
                                         238-0301-503       238M0301-503
                                         238-0301-505       238M0301-505
                                         238-0301-507       238M0301-507
                                         238-0301-511       238M0301-511
                                         238-0301-513       238M0301-513
                                         238-0301-515       238M0301-515
                                         238-0301-517       238M0301-517
                                         238-0301-519       238M0301-519
                                         238-0301-521       238M0301-521
                                         238-0301-523       238M0301-523
                                         238-0301-525       238M0301-525
                                         238-0301-527       238M0301-527
                                         238-0301-529       238-0301-533
                                         238-0301-531       238-0301-535
Right-hand Side--CFM56-5A.........       238-0302-501       238M0302-501
                                         238-0302-503       238M0302-503
                                         238-0302-505       238M0302-505
                                         238-0302-509       238M0302-509
                                         238-0302-511       238M0302-511
                                         238-0302-513       238M0302-513
                                         238-0302-515       238M0302-515
                                         238-0302-517       238M0302-517
                                         238-0302-519       238M0302-519
                                         238-0302-521       238M0302-521
                                         238-0302-523       238M0302-523
                                         238-0302-525       238M0302-525
                                         238-0302-527       238M0302-527
                                         238-0302-529       238M0302-529
                                         238-0302-531       238M0302-531
                                         238-0302-533       238M0302-533
                                         238-0302-535       238M0302-535
                                         238-0302-537       238M0302-537
                                         238-0302-539       238-0302-547
                                         238-0302-541       238-0302-549
                                         238-0302-543       238-0302-551
                                         238-0302-545       238-0302-553
Left-hand Side--CFM56-5B..........       642-3001-503       642M3001-503
                                         642-3001-505       642M3001-505
                                         642-3001-507       642-3001-511
                                         642-3001-509       642-3001-513
Right-hand Side--CFM56-5B.........       642-3002-503       642M3002-503
                                         642-3002-505       642M3002-505
                                         642-3002-507       642M3002-507
                                         642-3002-509       642M3002-509
                                         642-3002-511       642-3002-519
                                         642-3002-513       642-3002-521
                                         642-3002-515       642-3002-523
                                         642-3002-517       642-3002-525
------------------------------------------------------------------------

(h) Replacement of Affected Fan Cowl Door With New Door Design

    Replacing the FCDs, having a part number listed as ``Old P/N'' 
in table 1 to paragraphs (g), (h), (i), and (k) of this AD, with the 
FCDs having the corresponding part number listed as ``New P/N'' in 
table 1 to paragraphs (g), (h), (i), and (k) of this AD, is equal to 
compliance with paragraphs (g)(1) and (g)(3) of this AD. The 
replacement must be done in accordance with instructions approved by 
the Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane 
Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), or 
approved under Airbus's EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA).

(i) Compliance Information for Airplanes on Which Airbus Modification 
157517 Is Embodied

    An airplane on which Airbus modification 157517 has been 
embodied in production, is compliant with the requirements of 
paragraphs (g)(1) and (g)(3) of this AD, provided it is determined 
that no FCD, having a part number identified as ``Old P/N'' in table 
1 to paragraphs (g), (h), (i), and (k) of this AD, are installed on 
that airplane at the effective date of the AD.

(j) Compliance Information for Airplanes on Which Airbus Modification 
157519 or Modification 157521 is Embodied

    An airplane on which Airbus modification 157519 or modification 
157521 has been embodied in production is compliant with the 
requirements of paragraph (g)(2) of this AD.

(k) Parts Installation Prohibition

    As of the effective date of this AD, do not install on any 
airplane an FCD part number identified as ``Old P/N'' in table 1 to 
paragraphs (g), (h), (i), and (k) of this AD.

(l) Installation of Approved Parts

    Installation on an airplane of right-hand and left-hand FCD, 
having a part number approved after the effective date of this AD, 
is equal to compliance with the requirements of paragraphs (g)(1) 
and (g)(3) of this AD for that airplane only, provided the 
conditions specified in paragraphs (l)(1) and (l)(2) of this AD are 
met.
    (1) The part number must be approved by the Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-

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116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or EASA, or approved under 
Airbus's EASA DOA.
    (2) The FCD installation must be accomplished in accordance with 
airplane modification instructions approved by the Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; 
or EASA; or approved under Airbus's EASA DOA.

(m) Credit for Previous Actions

    This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph 
(g) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective 
date of this AD using Airbus Service Bulletin A320-71-1068, dated 
December 18, 2015, which is not incorporated by reference in this 
AD.

(n) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using 
the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 
39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight 
Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information 
directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: 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 EASA; 
or Airbus's EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must 
include the DOA-authorized signature.

(o) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2016-0069, dated April 11, 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-2016-9074.
    (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 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 31, 2016.
Michael Kaszycki,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-21703 Filed 9-23-16; 8:45 am]
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