Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 91062-91066 [2016-28802]

Download as PDF 91062 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 242 / Friday, December 16, 2016 / Proposed Rules cabin floor beam junction at certain fuselage frame locations. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking in the cabin floor beam junction at certain fuselage frame locations, 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) Repetitive Inspections Before exceeding 36,900 total flight cycles since first flight of the airplane, or within 2,100 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later: Do a detailed inspection for cracking of the frame to cabin floor beam junction on the aft and forward sides at frame (FR) 35.1 and FR 35.2 on the left-hand and right-hand sides, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the Airbus service information specified in paragraphs (g)(1), (g)(2), (g)(3), and (g)(4) of this AD. Repeat the inspection of the frame to cabin floor beam junction on the aft and forward sides at FR 35.1 and FR 35.2 on the left-hand and right-hand sides thereafter at intervals not to exceed 15,300 flight cycles. (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–53–1317, dated December 15, 2015 (FR 35.1 right-hand side). (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–53–1318, dated October 9, 2015 (FR 35.1 left-hand side). (3) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–53–1319, dated October 9, 2015 (FR 35.2 right-hand side). (4) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–53–1320, dated October 9, 2015 (FR 35.2 left-hand side). asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (h) Repair If any crack is found during any inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD: Before further flight, repair 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). Although the service information specified in paragraph (g) of this AD specifies to contact Airbus for repair instructions, and specifies that action as ‘‘RC’’ (Required for Compliance), this AD requires repair as specified in this paragraph. Repair of an airplane as required by this paragraph does not constitute terminating action for the repetitive actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD, unless specified otherwise in the instructions provided by the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus’s EASA DOA. (i) 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:25 Dec 15, 2016 Jkt 241001 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. (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 EASA; or Airbus’s EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (3) Required for Compliance (RC): Except as required by paragraph (h) of this AD: 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. (j) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2016–0105, dated June 6, 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– 2016–9498. (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 December 2, 2016. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–29676 Filed 12–15–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2015–8428; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–032–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM); reopening of comment period. AGENCY: We are revising an earlier proposal to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2011–17–09 for all Airbus Model A330–200, –200 Freighter, and –300 series airplanes; and AD 2012–25–12 for all Airbus Model A330–200 and –300 series airplanes. The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposed to require revising the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or revised airworthiness limitation requirements. The NPRM was prompted by revisions to certain airworthiness limitations items (ALI) documents, which specify more restrictive instructions and/or airworthiness limitations. This action revises the NPRM by proposing to require revising the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate more restrictive, instructions and/or airworthiness limitations that the manufacturer has recently issued. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: We must receive comments on this SNPRM by January 30, 2017. 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 Airbus service information identified in this SNPRM, contact SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16DEP1.SGM 16DEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 242 / Friday, December 16, 2016 / Proposed Rules Airbus service information identified in this final rule, 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. For Messier-Bugatti-Dowty service information identified in this SNPRM, contact Messier-Bugatti USA, One Carbon Way, Walton, KY 41094; telephone 859–525–8583; fax 859–485 8827; email americascsc@ safranmbd.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–2015– 8428; 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 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: asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 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–2015–8428; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–032–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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:25 Dec 15, 2016 Jkt 241001 substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. Discussion We issued an NPRM to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2011–17–09, Amendment 39–16773 (76 FR 53305, August 26, 2011) (‘‘AD 2011–17–09’’); and AD 2012–25–12, Amendment 39– 17293 (77 FR 75825, December 26, 2012) (‘‘AD 2012–25–12’’). AD 2011– 17–09 applies to all Airbus Model A330–200 series airplanes, –200 Freighter, and –300 series airplanes. AD 2012–25–12 applies to all Airbus Model A330–200 and –300 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2016 (81 FR 1570) (‘‘the NPRM’’). The NPRM was prompted by revisions to certain airworthiness limitations items (ALI) documents, which specify more restrictive instructions and/or airworthiness limitations. The NPRM proposed to require revising the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or revised airworthiness limitation requirements. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive, 2014–0009, dated January 8, 2014 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus Model A330–200, –200 Freighter, and –300 series airplanes; and Model A340– 200, –300, –500, and –600 series airplanes. The MCAI states: The airworthiness limitations for Airbus aeroplanes are currently published in Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) documents. The instructions and airworthiness limitations applicable to the Safe Life Airworthiness Limitation Items (SL ALI) are given in Airbus A330 ALS Part 1 and A340 ALS Part 1, which are approved by EASA. The revision 07 of Airbus A330 and A340 ALS Part 1 introduces more restrictive instructions and/or airworthiness limitations. Failure to comply with this revision could result in an unsafe condition. For the reason described above, this [EASA] AD retains the requirements of EASA AD 2012–0179, which is superseded, and requires accomplishment of the actions specified in Airbus A330 or A340 ALS Part 1 revision 07. In addition, this [EASA] AD also supersedes EASA AD 2011–0122–E and EASA AD 2011–0212, whose requirements have been transferred into Airbus A330 and A340 ALS Part 1 revision 07. The unsafe condition is fatigue cracking, accidental damage, and corrosion in certain principal structural PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 91063 elements, and possible failure of certain life limited parts, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015– 8428. Actions Since the NPRM Was Issued Since we issued the NPRM, Airbus has issued Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, Safe Life Airworthiness Limitation Items (SL–ALI), Revision 08, dated April 11, 2016, which specifies more restrictive instructions and/or airworthiness limitations. Related Rulemaking We are considering similar rulemaking for Model A340–200, –300, –500, and –600 series airplanes that would revise the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate more restrictive instructions and/or airworthiness limitations. Currently, there are no U.S.-registered Model A340 series airplanes. Airworthiness Limitations Based on Type Design The FAA recently became aware of an issue related to the applicability of ADs that require incorporation of an ALS revision into an operator’s maintenance or inspection program. Typically, when these types of ADs are issued by civil aviation authorities of other countries, they apply to all airplanes covered under an identified type certificate (TC). The corresponding FAA AD typically retains applicability to all of those airplanes. In addition, U.S. operators must operate their airplanes in an airworthy condition, in accordance with 14 CFR 91.7(a). Included in this obligation is the requirement to perform any maintenance or inspections specified in the ALS, and in accordance with the ALS as specified in 14 CFR 43.16 and 91.403(c), unless an alternative has been approved by the FAA. When a TC is issued for a type design, the specific ALS, including revisions, is a part of that type design, as specified in 14 CFR 21.31(c). The sum effect of these operational and maintenance requirements is an obligation to comply with the ALS defined in the type design referenced in the manufacturer’s conformity statement. This obligation may introduce a conflict with an AD that requires a specific ALS revision if new airplanes are delivered with a later revision as part of their type design. E:\FR\FM\16DEP1.SGM 16DEP1 91064 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 242 / Friday, December 16, 2016 / Proposed Rules To address this conflict, the FAA has approved alternative methods of compliance (AMOCs) that allow operators to incorporate the most recent ALS revision into their maintenance/ inspection programs, in lieu of the ALS revision required by the AD. This eliminates the conflict and enables the operator to comply with both the AD and the type design. However, compliance with AMOCs is normally optional, and we recently became aware that some operators choose to retain the AD-mandated ALS revision in their fleet-wide maintenance/inspection programs, including those for new airplanes delivered with later ALS revisions, to help standardize the maintenance of the fleet. To ensure that operators comply with the applicable ALS revision for newly delivered airplanes containing a later revision than that specified in an AD, we plan to limit the applicability of ADs that mandate ALS revisions to those airplanes that are subject to an earlier revision of the ALS, either as part of the type design or as mandated by an earlier AD. This SNPRM therefore applies to Model A330–200, –200 Freighter, and –300 series airplanes with an original certificate of airworthiness or original export certificate of airworthiness that was issued on or before the date of approval of the ALS revision identified in this SNPRM. Operators of airplanes with an original certificate of airworthiness or original export certificate of airworthiness issued after that date must comply with the airworthiness limitations specified as part of the approved type design and referenced on the TC data sheet. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Airbus has issued Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, SL–ALI, Revision 08, dated April 11, 2016. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty has issued Service Letter A33–34 A20, Revision 7, including Appendices A through F, dated July 20, 2012. This service information describes Safe Life Airworthiness Limitation Items SL–ALI for the landing gear. This service information is distinct since it was issued by two different manufacturers for different purposes. 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. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this proposed VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:25 Dec 15, 2016 Jkt 241001 AD. We considered the comments received. Request To Specify New Service Information Air France requested that we revise paragraph (i) of the proposed AD to include Messier-Bugatti-Dowty Service Letter A33–34 A20, Revision 7, including Appendices A through F, dated July 20, 2012, as the required service information. We agree with the commenter’s request. The changes in Messier-BugattiDowty Service Letter A33–34 A20, Revision 7, including Appendices A through F, dated July 20, 2012, do not specify additional work. We have revised paragraph (i) of this proposed AD to specify using Messier-Dowty Service Letter A33–34 A20, Revision 5, including Appendices A through F, dated July 31, 2009; or Messier-BugattiDowty Service Letter A33–34 A20, Revision 7, including Appendices A through F, dated July 20, 2012. Requests To Specify Airbus A330 Variations Air France requested that we revise paragraph (k) of the proposed AD to list all of the Airbus A330 variations to Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, SL–ALS, Revision 07, dated September 23, 2013, applicable at the effective date of this AD. Air France submitted a list of the requested variations. American Airlines (AAL) requested that we add three Airbus A330 variations to paragraph (k) of the proposed AD. AAL stated that the NPRM does not include two variation documents that AAL currently utilizes as part of its approved maintenance program. We partially agree with the commenters’ requests. Airbus has issued A330 ALS Part 1, SL–ALI, Revision 08, dated April 11, 2016. Therefore, the variations for Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, SL–ALI, Revision 07, dated September 23, 2013, are no longer applicable to this SNPRM. We have changed paragraph (k) of this proposed AD to reference Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, SL–ALI, Revision 08, dated April 11, 2016. We have also changed paragraph (c) of this proposed AD to reference the date of April 11, 2016, for the certificate of airworthiness. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This SNPRM 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 PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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 the same type design. Certain changes described above expand the scope of the NPRM. As a result, we have determined that it is necessary to reopen the comment period to provide additional opportunity for the public to comment on this SNPRM. This SNPRM would require revisions to certain operator maintenance documents to include new actions (e.g., inspections). Compliance with these actions is required by 14 CFR 91.403(c). For airplanes that have been previously modified, altered, or repaired in the areas addressed by this SNPRM, the operator may not be able to accomplish the actions described in the revisions. In this situation, to comply with 14 CFR 91.403(c), the operator must request approval for an AMOC according to paragraph (m)(1) of this proposed AD. The request should include a description of changes to the required actions that will ensure the continued damage tolerance of the affected structure. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this SNPRM affects 82 airplanes of U.S. registry. The actions that are required by AD 2011–17–09, and retained in this SNPRM, take about 1 work-hour per product, at an average labor rate of $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of the actions that are required by AD 2011–17–09 is $85 per product. The actions that are required by AD 2012–25–12, and retained in this SNPRM, take about 16 work-hours per product (2 main landing gear (MLG) bogie beams per airplane), at an average labor rate of $85 per work-hour. Required parts cost about $255,000 per MLG bogie beam. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of the actions that are required by AD 2012–25–12 is up to $256,360 per MLG bogie beam. We also estimate that it would take about 1 work-hour per product to comply with the basic requirements of this SNPRM. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this SNPRM on U.S. operators to be $6,970, or $85 per product. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, E:\FR\FM\16DEP1.SGM 16DEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 242 / Friday, December 16, 2016 / Proposed Rules 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 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 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 removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2011–17–09, Amendment 39–16773 (76 ■ VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:25 Dec 15, 2016 Jkt 241001 FR 53305, August 26, 2011); and AD 2012–25–12, Amendment 39–17293 (77 FR 75825, December 26, 2012); and adding the following new AD: Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2015–8428; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–032–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by January 30, 2017. (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2011–17–09, Amendment 39–16773 (76 FR 53305, August 26, 2011) (‘‘AD 2011–17–09’’); and AD 2012– 25–12, Amendment 39–17293 (77 FR 75825, December 26, 2012) (‘‘AD 2012–25–12’’). (c) Applicability This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1), (c)(2), and (c)(3) of this AD, certificated in any category, with an original certificate of airworthiness or original export certificate of airworthiness issued on or before April 11, 2016. (1) Airbus Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, and –243 airplanes. (2) Airbus Model A330–223F and –243F airplanes. (3) Airbus Model A330–301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 05, Periodic inspections. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by revisions to certain airworthiness limitations items (ALI) documents, which specify more restrictive instructions and/or airworthiness limitations. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking, accidental damage, or corrosion in principal structural elements, and possible failure of certain life limited parts, 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) Retained Maintenance Program Revision, With New Terminating Action This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 2011–17–09, with new terminating action. Within 3 months after September 30, 2011 (the effective date of AD 2011–17–09): Revise the maintenance program by incorporating Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, ‘‘Safe Life Airworthiness Limitation Items (SL–ALI), Revision 05, dated July 29, 2010. Comply with all Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, SL–ALI, Revision 05, dated July 29, 2010, at the times specified therein. Accomplishing the actions specified in paragraph (k) of this AD terminates the requirements of this paragraph. (h) Retained Limitation of No Alternative Intervals or Limits, With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (i) of AD 2011–17–09, with no changes. Except as provided by paragraph PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 91065 (m) of this AD, after accomplishment of the actions specified in paragraph (g) of this AD, no alternatives to the maintenance tasks, intervals, or limitations specified in paragraph (g) of this AD may be used. (i) Retained Bogie Beam Replacement, With Specific Delegation Approval Language, New Terminating Action, and New Service Information This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 2012–25–12, with specific delegation approval language and terminating action and new service information. For airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(3) of this AD: At the later of the times specified in paragraphs (i)(1) and (i)(2) of this AD, replace all main landing gear (MLG) bogie beams having part number (P/N) 201485300, 201485301, 201272302, 201272304, 201272306, or 201272307, except those that have serial number (S/N) S2A, S2B, or S2C, as identified in Messier-Dowty Service Letter A33–34 A20, Revision 5, including Appendices A through F, dated July 31, 2009; or Messier-BugattiDowty Service Letter A33–34 A20, Revision 7, including Appendices A through F, dated July 20, 2012; with a new or serviceable part, using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (or its delegated agent). As of the effective date of this AD, the applicable MLG bogie beams specified in this paragraph must be replaced using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). Accomplishing the actions specified in paragraph (k) of this AD terminates the requirements of this paragraph. (1) At the applicable time specified in paragraphs (i)(1)(i), (i)(1)(ii), and (i)(1)(iii) of this AD. (i) For Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, –243 series airplanes, weight variant (WV)02x, WV05x (except WV058), and WV06x series: Before the accumulation of a life limit of 50,000 landings or 72,300 total flight hours, whichever occurs first from the first installation of a MLG bogie beam on the airplane. (ii) For Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, –243 WV058 series airplanes: Before the accumulation of a life limit of 50,000 landings or 57,900 total flight hours, whichever occurs first from the first installation of a MLG bogie beam on the airplane. (iii) For Model A330–301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, –343 series airplanes, WV00x, WV01x, WV02x, and WV05x series: Before the accumulation of a life limit of 46,000 landings or 75,000 total flight hours, whichever occurs first from the first installation of a MLG bogie beam on the airplane. (2) Within 6 months after January 30, 2013 (the effective date of AD 2012–25–12). (j) Retained Parts Installation Limitation, With New Terminating Action This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 2012–25–12, with new E:\FR\FM\16DEP1.SGM 16DEP1 91066 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 242 / Friday, December 16, 2016 / Proposed Rules terminating action. For airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(3) of this AD, as of January 30, 2013 (the effective date of AD 2012–25–12), a MLG bogie beam having any part number identified in paragraph (i) of this AD may be installed on an airplane, provided its life has not exceeded the life limit specified in paragraphs (i)(1)(i), (i)(1)(ii), and (i)(1)(iii) of this AD, and is replaced with a new or serviceable part before reaching the life limit specified in paragraphs (i)(1)(i), (i)(1)(ii), and (i)(1)(iii) of this AD. Accomplishing the actions specified in paragraph (k) of this AD terminates the requirements of this paragraph. (k) New Maintenance or Inspection Program Revision Within 3 months after the effective date of this AD: Revise the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, by incorporating the information in Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, SL–ALI, Revision 08, dated April 11, 2016. The initial compliance times for the actions specified in Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, SL–ALI, Revision 08, dated April 11, 2016, are at the times specified in Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, SL–ALI, Revision 08, dated April 11, 2016, or within 3 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later. Accomplishing the actions specified in this paragraph terminates the requirements specified in paragraphs (g) through (j) of this AD. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (l) New Limitation of No Alternative Actions or Intervals After the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, has been revised, as required by paragraph (k) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections) or intervals may be used unless the actions or intervals are approved as an AMOC in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (m)(1) of this AD. (m) 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-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: 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:25 Dec 15, 2016 Jkt 241001 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. this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. We must receive comments on this proposed AD by January 30, 2017. DATES: [Docket No. FAA–2016–9439; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–170–AD] You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this NPRM, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data Services (C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110–SK57, Seal Beach, CA 90740–5600; telephone: 562–797–1717; Internet: https:// www.myboeingfleet.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. It is also available on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2016– 9439. RIN 2120–AA64 Examining the AD Docket (n) Related Information (1) For Airbus 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. (2) For Messier-Bugatti-Dowty service information identified in this AD, contact Messier-Bugatti USA, One Carbon Way. Walton, KY 41094; telephone 859–525–8583; fax 859–485 8827; email americascsc@ safranmbd.com. (3) 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 November 22, 2016. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2016–28802 Filed 12–15–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 787–8 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report indicating that during an airplane inspection in production, the variable frequency starter generator (VFSG) power feeder cables were found to contain terminal lugs incorrectly installed common to terminal blocks located in the wing front spar. This proposed AD would require a general visual inspection of the wings, section 16, terminal lugs at the terminal power block of the VFSG power feeder cable for correct installation and if required, applicable corrective actions. We are proposing SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2016– 9439; 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 Office (phone: 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brendan Shanley, Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Equipment Branch, ANM– 130S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; phone: 425– 917–6492; fax: 425–917–6590; email: brendan.shanley@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\16DEP1.SGM 16DEP1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 242 (Friday, December 16, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 91062-91066]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-28802]


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

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2015-8428; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-032-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM); reopening 
of comment period.

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

SUMMARY: We are revising an earlier proposal to supersede Airworthiness 
Directive (AD) 2011-17-09 for all Airbus Model A330-200, -200 
Freighter, and -300 series airplanes; and AD 2012-25-12 for all Airbus 
Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes. The notice of proposed 
rulemaking (NPRM) proposed to require revising the maintenance or 
inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or revised 
airworthiness limitation requirements. The NPRM was prompted by 
revisions to certain airworthiness limitations items (ALI) documents, 
which specify more restrictive instructions and/or airworthiness 
limitations. This action revises the NPRM by proposing to require 
revising the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to 
incorporate more restrictive, instructions and/or airworthiness 
limitations that the manufacturer has recently issued. We are proposing 
this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: We must receive comments on this SNPRM by January 30, 2017.

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 Airbus service information identified in this SNPRM, contact

[[Page 91063]]

Airbus service information identified in this final rule, 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.
    For Messier-Bugatti-Dowty service information identified in this 
SNPRM, contact Messier-Bugatti USA, One Carbon Way, Walton, KY 41094; 
telephone 859-525-8583; fax 859-485 8827; email 
americascsc@safranmbd.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-2015-
8428; 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 
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-2015-8428; 
Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-032-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

    We issued an NPRM to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2011-17-
09, Amendment 39-16773 (76 FR 53305, August 26, 2011) (``AD 2011-17-
09''); and AD 2012-25-12, Amendment 39-17293 (77 FR 75825, December 26, 
2012) (``AD 2012-25-12''). AD 2011-17-09 applies to all Airbus Model 
A330-200 series airplanes, -200 Freighter, and -300 series airplanes. 
AD 2012-25-12 applies to all Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 series 
airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on January 13, 
2016 (81 FR 1570) (``the NPRM''). The NPRM was prompted by revisions to 
certain airworthiness limitations items (ALI) documents, which specify 
more restrictive instructions and/or airworthiness limitations. The 
NPRM proposed to require revising the maintenance or inspection 
program, as applicable, to incorporate new or revised airworthiness 
limitation requirements.
    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA 
Airworthiness Directive, 2014-0009, dated January 8, 2014 (referred to 
after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or 
``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus Model 
A330-200, -200 Freighter, and -300 series airplanes; and Model A340-
200, -300, -500, and -600 series airplanes. The MCAI states:

    The airworthiness limitations for Airbus aeroplanes are 
currently published in Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) 
documents.
    The instructions and airworthiness limitations applicable to the 
Safe Life Airworthiness Limitation Items (SL ALI) are given in 
Airbus A330 ALS Part 1 and A340 ALS Part 1, which are approved by 
EASA.
    The revision 07 of Airbus A330 and A340 ALS Part 1 introduces 
more restrictive instructions and/or airworthiness limitations. 
Failure to comply with this revision could result in an unsafe 
condition.
    For the reason described above, this [EASA] AD retains the 
requirements of EASA AD 2012-0179, which is superseded, and requires 
accomplishment of the actions specified in Airbus A330 or A340 ALS 
Part 1 revision 07.
    In addition, this [EASA] AD also supersedes EASA AD 2011-0122-E 
and EASA AD 2011-0212, whose requirements have been transferred into 
Airbus A330 and A340 ALS Part 1 revision 07.

    The unsafe condition is fatigue cracking, accidental damage, and 
corrosion in certain principal structural elements, and possible 
failure of certain life limited parts, which could result in reduced 
structural integrity of the airplane.
    You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-
8428.

Actions Since the NPRM Was Issued

    Since we issued the NPRM, Airbus has issued Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, 
Safe Life Airworthiness Limitation Items (SL-ALI), Revision 08, dated 
April 11, 2016, which specifies more restrictive instructions and/or 
airworthiness limitations.

Related Rulemaking

    We are considering similar rulemaking for Model A340-200, -300, -
500, and -600 series airplanes that would revise the maintenance or 
inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate more restrictive 
instructions and/or airworthiness limitations. Currently, there are no 
U.S.-registered Model A340 series airplanes.

Airworthiness Limitations Based on Type Design

    The FAA recently became aware of an issue related to the 
applicability of ADs that require incorporation of an ALS revision into 
an operator's maintenance or inspection program.
    Typically, when these types of ADs are issued by civil aviation 
authorities of other countries, they apply to all airplanes covered 
under an identified type certificate (TC). The corresponding FAA AD 
typically retains applicability to all of those airplanes.
    In addition, U.S. operators must operate their airplanes in an 
airworthy condition, in accordance with 14 CFR 91.7(a). Included in 
this obligation is the requirement to perform any maintenance or 
inspections specified in the ALS, and in accordance with the ALS as 
specified in 14 CFR 43.16 and 91.403(c), unless an alternative has been 
approved by the FAA.
    When a TC is issued for a type design, the specific ALS, including 
revisions, is a part of that type design, as specified in 14 CFR 
21.31(c).
    The sum effect of these operational and maintenance requirements is 
an obligation to comply with the ALS defined in the type design 
referenced in the manufacturer's conformity statement. This obligation 
may introduce a conflict with an AD that requires a specific ALS 
revision if new airplanes are delivered with a later revision as part 
of their type design.

[[Page 91064]]

    To address this conflict, the FAA has approved alternative methods 
of compliance (AMOCs) that allow operators to incorporate the most 
recent ALS revision into their maintenance/inspection programs, in lieu 
of the ALS revision required by the AD. This eliminates the conflict 
and enables the operator to comply with both the AD and the type 
design.
    However, compliance with AMOCs is normally optional, and we 
recently became aware that some operators choose to retain the AD-
mandated ALS revision in their fleet-wide maintenance/inspection 
programs, including those for new airplanes delivered with later ALS 
revisions, to help standardize the maintenance of the fleet. To ensure 
that operators comply with the applicable ALS revision for newly 
delivered airplanes containing a later revision than that specified in 
an AD, we plan to limit the applicability of ADs that mandate ALS 
revisions to those airplanes that are subject to an earlier revision of 
the ALS, either as part of the type design or as mandated by an earlier 
AD.
    This SNPRM therefore applies to Model A330-200, -200 Freighter, and 
-300 series airplanes with an original certificate of airworthiness or 
original export certificate of airworthiness that was issued on or 
before the date of approval of the ALS revision identified in this 
SNPRM. Operators of airplanes with an original certificate of 
airworthiness or original export certificate of airworthiness issued 
after that date must comply with the airworthiness limitations 
specified as part of the approved type design and referenced on the TC 
data sheet.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Airbus has issued Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, SL-ALI, Revision 08, 
dated April 11, 2016. Messier-Bugatti-Dowty has issued Service Letter 
A33-34 A20, Revision 7, including Appendices A through F, dated July 
20, 2012. This service information describes Safe Life Airworthiness 
Limitation Items SL-ALI for the landing gear. This service information 
is distinct since it was issued by two different manufacturers for 
different purposes.
    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.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this proposed AD. We considered the comments received.

Request To Specify New Service Information

    Air France requested that we revise paragraph (i) of the proposed 
AD to include Messier-Bugatti-Dowty Service Letter A33-34 A20, Revision 
7, including Appendices A through F, dated July 20, 2012, as the 
required service information.
    We agree with the commenter's request. The changes in Messier-
Bugatti-Dowty Service Letter A33-34 A20, Revision 7, including 
Appendices A through F, dated July 20, 2012, do not specify additional 
work. We have revised paragraph (i) of this proposed AD to specify 
using Messier-Dowty Service Letter A33-34 A20, Revision 5, including 
Appendices A through F, dated July 31, 2009; or Messier-Bugatti-Dowty 
Service Letter A33-34 A20, Revision 7, including Appendices A through 
F, dated July 20, 2012.

Requests To Specify Airbus A330 Variations

    Air France requested that we revise paragraph (k) of the proposed 
AD to list all of the Airbus A330 variations to Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, 
SL-ALS, Revision 07, dated September 23, 2013, applicable at the 
effective date of this AD. Air France submitted a list of the requested 
variations.
    American Airlines (AAL) requested that we add three Airbus A330 
variations to paragraph (k) of the proposed AD. AAL stated that the 
NPRM does not include two variation documents that AAL currently 
utilizes as part of its approved maintenance program.
    We partially agree with the commenters' requests. Airbus has issued 
A330 ALS Part 1, SL-ALI, Revision 08, dated April 11, 2016. Therefore, 
the variations for Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, SL-ALI, Revision 07, dated 
September 23, 2013, are no longer applicable to this SNPRM.
    We have changed paragraph (k) of this proposed AD to reference 
Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, SL-ALI, Revision 08, dated April 11, 2016. We 
have also changed paragraph (c) of this proposed AD to reference the 
date of April 11, 2016, for the certificate of airworthiness.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This SNPRM

    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 the same 
type design.
    Certain changes described above expand the scope of the NPRM. As a 
result, we have determined that it is necessary to reopen the comment 
period to provide additional opportunity for the public to comment on 
this SNPRM.
    This SNPRM would require revisions to certain operator maintenance 
documents to include new actions (e.g., inspections). Compliance with 
these actions is required by 14 CFR 91.403(c). For airplanes that have 
been previously modified, altered, or repaired in the areas addressed 
by this SNPRM, the operator may not be able to accomplish the actions 
described in the revisions. In this situation, to comply with 14 CFR 
91.403(c), the operator must request approval for an AMOC according to 
paragraph (m)(1) of this proposed AD. The request should include a 
description of changes to the required actions that will ensure the 
continued damage tolerance of the affected structure.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this SNPRM affects 82 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    The actions that are required by AD 2011-17-09, and retained in 
this SNPRM, take about 1 work-hour per product, at an average labor 
rate of $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, the estimated cost 
of the actions that are required by AD 2011-17-09 is $85 per product.
    The actions that are required by AD 2012-25-12, and retained in 
this SNPRM, take about 16 work-hours per product (2 main landing gear 
(MLG) bogie beams per airplane), at an average labor rate of $85 per 
work-hour. Required parts cost about $255,000 per MLG bogie beam. Based 
on these figures, the estimated cost of the actions that are required 
by AD 2012-25-12 is up to $256,360 per MLG bogie beam.
    We also estimate that it would take about 1 work-hour per product 
to comply with the basic requirements of this SNPRM. The average labor 
rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost 
of this SNPRM on U.S. operators to be $6,970, or $85 per product.

Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I,

[[Page 91065]]

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 removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 
2011-17-09, Amendment 39-16773 (76 FR 53305, August 26, 2011); and AD 
2012-25-12, Amendment 39-17293 (77 FR 75825, December 26, 2012); and 
adding the following new AD:

Airbus: Docket No. FAA-2015-8428; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-
032-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by January 30, 2017.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2011-17-09, Amendment 39-16773 (76 FR 53305, 
August 26, 2011) (``AD 2011-17-09''); and AD 2012-25-12, Amendment 
39-17293 (77 FR 75825, December 26, 2012) (``AD 2012-25-12'').

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes identified in paragraphs 
(c)(1), (c)(2), and (c)(3) of this AD, certificated in any category, 
with an original certificate of airworthiness or original export 
certificate of airworthiness issued on or before April 11, 2016.
    (1) Airbus Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, and -243 airplanes.
    (2) Airbus Model A330-223F and -243F airplanes.
    (3) Airbus Model A330-301, -302, -303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -
342, and -343 airplanes.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 05, Periodic 
inspections.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by revisions to certain airworthiness 
limitations items (ALI) documents, which specify more restrictive 
instructions and/or airworthiness limitations. We are issuing this 
AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking, accidental damage, or 
corrosion in principal structural elements, and possible failure of 
certain life limited parts, 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) Retained Maintenance Program Revision, With New Terminating Action

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 
2011-17-09, with new terminating action. Within 3 months after 
September 30, 2011 (the effective date of AD 2011-17-09): Revise the 
maintenance program by incorporating Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, ``Safe 
Life Airworthiness Limitation Items (SL-ALI), Revision 05, dated 
July 29, 2010. Comply with all Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, SL-ALI, 
Revision 05, dated July 29, 2010, at the times specified therein. 
Accomplishing the actions specified in paragraph (k) of this AD 
terminates the requirements of this paragraph.

(h) Retained Limitation of No Alternative Intervals or Limits, With No 
Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (i) of AD 
2011-17-09, with no changes. Except as provided by paragraph (m) of 
this AD, after accomplishment of the actions specified in paragraph 
(g) of this AD, no alternatives to the maintenance tasks, intervals, 
or limitations specified in paragraph (g) of this AD may be used.

(i) Retained Bogie Beam Replacement, With Specific Delegation Approval 
Language, New Terminating Action, and New Service Information

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 
2012-25-12, with specific delegation approval language and 
terminating action and new service information. For airplanes 
identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(3) of this AD: At the later 
of the times specified in paragraphs (i)(1) and (i)(2) of this AD, 
replace all main landing gear (MLG) bogie beams having part number 
(P/N) 201485300, 201485301, 201272302, 201272304, 201272306, or 
201272307, except those that have serial number (S/N) S2A, S2B, or 
S2C, as identified in Messier-Dowty Service Letter A33-34 A20, 
Revision 5, including Appendices A through F, dated July 31, 2009; 
or Messier-Bugatti-Dowty Service Letter A33-34 A20, Revision 7, 
including Appendices A through F, dated July 20, 2012; with a new or 
serviceable part, using a method approved by the Manager, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) (or its delegated 
agent). As of the effective date of this AD, the applicable MLG 
bogie beams specified in this paragraph must be replaced using a 
method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus's EASA 
Design Organization Approval (DOA). Accomplishing the actions 
specified in paragraph (k) of this AD terminates the requirements of 
this paragraph.
    (1) At the applicable time specified in paragraphs (i)(1)(i), 
(i)(1)(ii), and (i)(1)(iii) of this AD.
    (i) For Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, -243 series airplanes, 
weight variant (WV)02x, WV05x (except WV058), and WV06x series: 
Before the accumulation of a life limit of 50,000 landings or 72,300 
total flight hours, whichever occurs first from the first 
installation of a MLG bogie beam on the airplane.
    (ii) For Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, -243 WV058 series 
airplanes: Before the accumulation of a life limit of 50,000 
landings or 57,900 total flight hours, whichever occurs first from 
the first installation of a MLG bogie beam on the airplane.
    (iii) For Model A330-301, -302, -303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -
342, -343 series airplanes, WV00x, WV01x, WV02x, and WV05x series: 
Before the accumulation of a life limit of 46,000 landings or 75,000 
total flight hours, whichever occurs first from the first 
installation of a MLG bogie beam on the airplane.
    (2) Within 6 months after January 30, 2013 (the effective date 
of AD 2012-25-12).

(j) Retained Parts Installation Limitation, With New Terminating Action

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 
2012-25-12, with new

[[Page 91066]]

terminating action. For airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) 
and (c)(3) of this AD, as of January 30, 2013 (the effective date of 
AD 2012-25-12), a MLG bogie beam having any part number identified 
in paragraph (i) of this AD may be installed on an airplane, 
provided its life has not exceeded the life limit specified in 
paragraphs (i)(1)(i), (i)(1)(ii), and (i)(1)(iii) of this AD, and is 
replaced with a new or serviceable part before reaching the life 
limit specified in paragraphs (i)(1)(i), (i)(1)(ii), and (i)(1)(iii) 
of this AD. Accomplishing the actions specified in paragraph (k) of 
this AD terminates the requirements of this paragraph.

(k) New Maintenance or Inspection Program Revision

    Within 3 months after the effective date of this AD: Revise the 
maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, by incorporating 
the information in Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, SL-ALI, Revision 08, 
dated April 11, 2016. The initial compliance times for the actions 
specified in Airbus A330 ALS Part 1, SL-ALI, Revision 08, dated 
April 11, 2016, are at the times specified in Airbus A330 ALS Part 
1, SL-ALI, Revision 08, dated April 11, 2016, or within 3 months 
after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later. 
Accomplishing the actions specified in this paragraph terminates the 
requirements specified in paragraphs (g) through (j) of this AD.

(l) New Limitation of No Alternative Actions or Intervals

    After the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, has 
been revised, as required by paragraph (k) of this AD, no 
alternative actions (e.g., inspections) or intervals may be used 
unless the actions or intervals are approved as an AMOC in 
accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (m)(1) of this 
AD.

(m) 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: As of the effective date of 
this AD, for any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions 
from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method 
approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the EASA; or Airbus's EASA DOA. If 
approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized 
signature.

(n) Related Information

    (1) For Airbus 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.
    (2) For Messier-Bugatti-Dowty service information identified in 
this AD, contact Messier-Bugatti USA, One Carbon Way. Walton, KY 
41094; telephone 859-525-8583; fax 859-485 8827; email 
americascsc@safranmbd.com.
    (3) 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 November 22, 2016.
Michael Kaszycki,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-28802 Filed 12-15-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-13-P