Airworthiness Directives; BAE Systems (Operations) Limited, 11310-11314 [2017-03022]

Download as PDF 11310 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Rules and Regulations (i) Special Flight Permit Special flight permits, as described in Section 21.197 and Section 21.199 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 21.197 and 21.199), are not allowed. (j) Paperwork Reduction Act Burden Statement A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information displays a current valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number for this information collection is 2120–0056. Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 5 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, completing and reviewing the collection of information. All responses to this collection of information are mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden and suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the FAA at: 800 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20591, Attn: Information Collection Clearance Officer, AES–200. (k) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Wichita Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 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 manager of the ACO, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (l) of this AD. (2) 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. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES (l) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Craig Henrichsen, Aerospace Engineer, Electrical Systems and Avionics, ACE–119W, FAA, Wichita ACO, 1801 Airport Road, Room 100, Dwight D. Eisenhower Airport, Wichita, KS 67209; phone: 316–946–4110; fax: 316–946–4107; email: Wichita-COS@faa.gov. (m) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Textron Aviation Service Letter SL560XL–24–07, including Attachment, dated January 13, 2017. (ii) Reserved. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Textron Aviation Inc., P.O. Box 7706, Wichita, KS 67277; telephone 316– VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 517–6215; fax 316–517–5802; email citationpubs@txtav.com; Internet https:// support.cessna.com/custsupt/csupport/ newlogin.jsp. (4) 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. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Renton, Washington, on February 9, 2017. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03363 Filed 2–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2016–9186; Directorate Identifier 2015–NM–160–AD; Amendment 39–18799; AD 2017–04–04] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2012–16– 08 for certain BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 and Avro 146– RJ series airplanes. AD 2012–16–08 required repetitive inspections for bulging, surface anomalies, and cracking of the fuselage skin adjacent to the discharge valves, and repair and application of additional sealant in the affected area if necessary. This new AD retains the requirements of AD 2012– 16–08, expands the applicability, and requires an additional one-time inspection for the presence of water traps/air driers to determine which airplanes must be inspected. This AD was prompted by reports of cracking and surface anomalies of the fuselage skin at the water trap/air drier unit of the forward discharge valve due to corrosion, and the determination that airplanes on which a certain autopressurization modification was incorporated during production were excluded from the applicability of AD SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 2012–16–08, but are also affected by this condition. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective March 29, 2017. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of March 29, 2017. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain other publications listed in this AD as of September 18, 2012 (77 FR 48420, August 14, 2012). ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact BAE Systems (Operations) Limited, Customer Information Department, Prestwick International Airport, Ayrshire, KA9 2RW, Scotland, United Kingdom; telephone +44 1292 675207; fax +44 1292 675704; email RApublications@ baesystems.com; Internet http:// www.baesystems.com/Businesses/ RegionalAircraft/index.htm. 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– 9186. 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– 9186; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (telephone 800–647–5527) is Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theodore Thompson, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM– 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227– 1175; fax 425–227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Rules and Regulations sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES part 39 to supersede AD 2012–16–08, Amendment 39–17155 (77 FR 48420, August 14, 2012) (‘‘AD 2012–16–08’’). AD 2012–16–08 applied to certain BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 and Avro 146–RJ series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on October 20, 2016 (81 FR 72557). The NPRM was prompted by reports of cracking and surface anomalies of the fuselage skin at the water trap/air drier unit of the forward discharge valve due to corrosion, and the determination that airplanes on which auto-pressurization modification No. HCM50259A was incorporated during production were excluded from the applicability of AD 2012–16–08, but are also affected by this condition. The NPRM proposed to continue to require repetitive detailed inspections for bulging, surface anomalies, and cracking of the fuselage skin adjacent to the discharge valves, and repair and application of additional sealant in the affected area if necessary. The NPRM also proposed to expand the applicability, and require an additional one-time inspection for the presence of water traps/air driers to determine which airplanes must be inspected. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct bulging, surface anomalies, and cracking that could propagate towards the forward discharge valve outlet and result in the failure of the fuselage skin, leading to a possible sudden loss of cabin pressure and injury to occupants. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2015–0180, dated August 28, 2015 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 series airplanes and Model Avro 146–RJ series airplanes. The MCAI states: An operator reported finding cracking and surface anomalies (bulges and/or dents) of the fuselage skin at the water trap/air drier unit of the forward discharge valve, located between fuselage frame (FR) 22 and FR23 and between stringers 22 and 23. Further investigation established that these surface anomalies were due to corrosion beneath the water trap/air drier unit that has resulted in cracking of the fuselage skin This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to failure of the fuselage skin, possibly resulting in loss of cabin pressure and injury to occupants. To address this potential unsafe condition, EASA issued AD 2011–0099 [which corresponds to FAA AD 2012–16–08] to require repetitive detailed visual inspections (DVI) of the fuselage skin adjacent to the front and rear discharge valves to check for VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 11311 bulging, surface anomalies and cracking, and, depending on findings, accomplishment of applicable corrective action(s), and the application of additional sealant in the affected area. Since that [EASA] AD was issued, it was found that aeroplanes that have incorporated auto-pressurisation modification No. HCM50259A during production, which were excluded from the Applicability, were also affected by this condition. In addition, and in order to simplify instructions for applicability, BAE Systems (Operations) Limited issued Revision 4 of Inspection Service Bulletin (ISB) No. 21–162, introducing a one-time inspection to identify if water trap/air driers are installed. For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD retains the requirements of EASA AD 2011–0099, which is superseded, expands the Applicability and requires the additional one-time inspection as specified in the latest ISB revision. documents are distinct since they apply to different airplane models. • Subject 53–00–00, ‘‘Fuselage, General Description,’’ of Chapter 53, ‘‘Fuselage,’’ of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146–RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 100–200, Revision 68, dated October 15, 2014. • Subject 53–00–00, ‘‘Fuselage, General Description,’’ of Chapter 53, ‘‘Fuselage,’’ of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146–RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 300, Revision 46, dated October 15, 2014. 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. 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– 9186. Costs of Compliance Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public. Conclusion We reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD as proposed except for minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes: • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM for correcting the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 BAE Systems (Operations) Limited has issued BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.21–162, Revision 4, dated January 28, 2015. The service information describes procedures for a visual inspection of the internal fuselage at the location of the water trap/air driers to determine if water trap/air driers are installed; an external detailed visual inspection for bulging, surface anomalies, and cracking of the fuselage skin adjacent to the forward and rear discharge valve outlets; repair; and sealant application. BAE Systems (Operations) Limited has also issued the following service information, which describes procedures for structural repairs. These PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 We estimate that this AD affects 4 airplanes of U.S. registry. The actions required by AD 2012–16– 08 and retained in this AD take about 8 work-hours 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 2012–16–08 is $680 per product. We also estimate that it will take about 8 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $2,720, or $680 per product. We have received no definitive data that will enable us to provide cost estimates for the on-condition actions specified in this AD. 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. E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 11312 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Regulatory Findings We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will 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 that this AD: 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. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 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) 2012–16–08, Amendment 39–17155 (77 FR 48420, August 14, 2012), and adding the following new AD: ■ 2017–04–04 BAE Systems (Operations) Limited: Amendment 39–18799; Docket No. FAA–2016–9186; Directorate Identifier 2015–NM–160–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective March 29, 2017. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2012–16–08, Amendment 39–17155 (77 FR 48420, August 14, 2012) (‘‘AD 2012–16–08’’). (c) Applicability This AD applies to the airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD, certificated in any category, all serial numbers. (1) BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146–100A, –200A, and –300A airplanes. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 (2) BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model Avro 146–RJ70A, 146–RJ85A, and 146–RJ100A airplanes. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 21, Air Conditioning. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports of cracking and surface anomalies of the fuselage skin at the water trap/air drier unit of the forward discharge valve due to corrosion, and the determination that airplanes on which auto-pressurization modification No. HCM50259A was incorporated during production were excluded from the applicability of AD 2012– 16–08, but are also affected by this condition. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct bulging, surface anomalies, and cracking that could propagate towards the forward discharge valve outlet and result in the failure of the fuselage skin, leading to a possible sudden loss of cabin pressure and injury to occupants. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Retained Detailed Inspection of External Fuselage Skin, With Specific Delegation Approval Language This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 2012–16–08, with specific delegation approval language. For all airplanes except airplanes that have incorporated auto-pressurization modification HCM50259A during production: Within 12 months after September 18, 2012 (the effective date of AD 2012–16–08), do a detailed inspection to check for bulging, surface anomalies, and cracking of the fuselage skin adjacent to the discharge valve outlets (one frame fore and aft, one stringer above and below), in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.21– 162, Revision 1, dated September 16, 2010. Repeat the inspection thereafter at intervals not to exceed 24 months. (1) If any bulging, surface anomalies, or cracking of the fuselage skin is found to be within the criteria defined in Subject 53–00– 00, ‘‘Fuselage, General Description,’’ of Chapter 53, ‘‘Fuselage,’’ of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146–RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 100–200, Revision 66, dated October 15, 2011 (for Model 146–100A and –200A, and Avro 146–RJ70A and 146–RJ85A airplanes); or Subject 53–00–00, ‘‘Fuselage, General Description,’’ of Chapter 53, ‘‘Fuselage,’’ of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146–RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 300, Revision 44, dated October 15, 2011 (for Model 146–300A and Avro 146– RJ100A airplanes): Before further flight, repair the damage, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions specified in BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.21–162, Revision 1, dated September 16, 2010. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (2) If any bulging, surface anomalies, or cracking of the fuselage skin is found exceeding the criteria as specified by Subject 53–00–00, ‘‘Fuselage, General Description,’’ of Chapter 53, ‘‘Fuselage,’’ of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146–RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 100–200, Revision 66, dated October 15, 2011 (for Model 146–100A and –200A, and Avro 146–RJ70A and 146–RJ85A airplanes); or Subject 53–00–00, ‘‘Fuselage, General Description,’’ of Chapter 53, ‘‘Fuselage,’’ of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146/AVRO 146–RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 300, Revision 44, dated October 15, 2011 (for Model 146–300A and Avro 146–RJ100A airplanes): Before further flight, repair the condition according to a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM– 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or BAE Systems (Operations) Limited’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). (h) Retained Application of Sealant, With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 2012–16–08, with no changes. For all airplanes except airplanes on which auto-pressurization modification HCM50259A was incorporated during production: Within 24 months after September 18, 2012 (the effective date of AD 2012–16–08), unless a repair has already been accomplished in accordance with paragraph (g) of this AD, apply additional PR1422A–2 or PR1764B–2 edge sealant between the water trap/air drier and the fuselage skin, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.21–162, Revision 1, dated September 16, 2010. Application of additional sealant does not constitute terminating action for the repetitive detailed inspections required by paragraph (g) of this AD. Accomplishment of a repair as required by paragraph (g) of this AD terminates the repetitive inspection requirements of paragraph (g) of this AD. (i) New Requirement of This AD: Inspection for Water Traps/Air Driers Within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, inspect the airplane to determine whether water traps/air driers are installed, in accordance with paragraph 2.C of BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.21–162, Revision 4, dated January 28, 2015 (‘‘ISB.21–162 R4’’). If there are no water traps/air driers installed on an airplane, then no further inspections are required by this AD, except as required by paragraph (n) of this AD. (j) New Requirement of This AD: Repetitive Inspections For airplanes that have water traps/air driers installed, determined as required by paragraph (i) of this AD: Within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, accomplish a detailed visual inspection for bulging, surface anomalies, and cracking of the external fuselage skin adjacent to the discharge valve outlets (one frame bay fore and aft, one stringer above and below), in E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Rules and Regulations accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of paragraph 2.C. of ISB.21–162 R4. Repeat the inspection of the external fuselage skin adjacent to the discharge valve outlets thereafter at intervals not to exceed 24 months. Accomplishing an inspection required by this paragraph terminates the inspections required by paragraph (g) of this AD. (k) New Requirement of This AD: Corrective Actions If, during any detailed visual inspection required by paragraph (j) of this AD, any bulging, surface anomalies, or cracking is found, before further flight, accomplish the applicable corrective action as specified in paragraphs (k)(1) and (k)(2) this AD. (1) If any bulging, surface anomalies, or cracking is found to be within the criteria as specified in the applicable service information specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i) or (k)(1)(ii) of this AD, before further flight, repair in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of paragraph 2.G. of ISB.21–162 R4. (i) For Model BAe 146–100A and –200A airplanes, and Model Avro 146–RJ70A and 146–RJ85A airplanes: Subject 53–00–00, ‘‘Fuselage, General Description,’’ of Chapter 53, ‘‘Fuselage,’’ of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146–RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 100–200, Revision 68, dated October 15, 2014. (ii) For Model BAe 146–300A airplanes and Model Avro 146–RJ100A airplanes: Subject 53–00–00, ‘‘Fuselage, General Description,’’ of Chapter 53, ‘‘Fuselage,’’ of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146–RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 300, Revision 46, dated October 15, 2014. (2) If any bulging, surface anomalies, or cracking is found exceeding the criteria as specified in the applicable service information specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i) or (k)(1)(ii) of this AD, before further flight, repair using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or EASA; or BAE Systems (Operations) Limited’s EASA DOA. (m) New Terminating Action for Inspections Required by Paragraph (i) of This AD (o) Credit for Previous Actions (1) This paragraph provides credit for inspections and sealant applications required by paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD, if those actions were performed before September 18, 2012 (the effective date of AD 2012–16–08), using BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.21– 162, dated June 7, 2010. (2) This paragraph provides credit for using criteria defined in the following subject of the applicable structural repair manual, as required by paragraphs (g)(1) and (g)(2) of this AD, if those criteria were used before September 18, 2012 (the effective date of AD 2012–16–08), using Subject 53–00–00, ‘‘Fuselage, General—Description,’’ of Chapter 53, ‘‘Fuselage,’’ of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146–RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 100–200, Revision 65, dated September 15, 2010 (for Model 146–100A and –200A, and Avro 146–RJ70A and 146–RJ85A airplanes); or Subject 53–00– 00, ‘‘Fuselage, General—Description,’’ of Chapter 53, ‘‘Fuselage,’’ of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146–RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 300, Revision 43, dated September 15, 2010 (for Model 146–300A and Avro 146–RJ100A airplanes). (3) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraphs (i), (j), and (l) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using any of the service information specified in paragraphs (o)(3)(i) through (o)(3)(iv) of this AD. (i) BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.21–162, dated June 7, 2010. (ii) BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.21–162, Revision 1, dated September 16, 2010, which was incorporated by reference in AD 2012– 16–08. (iii) BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.21–162, Revision 2, dated December 12, 2012. (iv) BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.21–162, Revision 3, dated January 15, 2013. Accomplishment of a repair on the forward (FWD) or aft (AFT) position as required by paragraph (k) of this AD constitutes terminating action for the repetitive inspections required by paragraph (j) of this AD for that FWD or AFT position. (p) 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 (l) New Requirement of This AD: Application of Sealant Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, unless a repair has already been accomplished as required by paragraph (k) of this AD, apply additional sealant, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of paragraph 2.C.(3) of ISB.21– 162 R4. Application of additional sealant on an airplane does not constitute terminating action for the repetitive inspections required by paragraph (j) of this AD for that airplane. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES (n) New Requirement of This AD: Actions for Airplanes on Which Water Trap/Air Driers Are Installed After the Effective Date For airplanes that do not have water traps/ air driers installed, determined as required by paragraph (i) of this AD: If water traps/air driers are installed in service after the effective date of this AD, accomplish the actions required by paragraphs (j), (k), and (l) of this AD on that airplane within the applicable compliance times specified in paragraphs (j), (k), and (l) of this AD; except where paragraphs (j) and (l) of this AD refer to ‘‘the effective date of this AD,’’ this AD requires compliance within the specified compliance time after the installation of water traps/air driers. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 11313 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: Theodore Thompson, Aerospace Engineer, telephone 425–227–1175; 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. (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 EASA; or BAE Systems (Operations) Limited’s EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. (q) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2015–0180, dated August 28, 2015, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2016–9186. (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (r)(5) and (r)(6) of this AD. (r) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise. (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on March 29, 2017. (i) BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.21–162, Revision 4, dated January 28, 2015. (ii) Subject 53–00–00, ‘‘Fuselage, General Description,’’ of Chapter 53, ‘‘Fuselage,’’ of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146 RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 100–200, Revision 68, dated October 15, 2014. (iii) Subject 53–00–00, ‘‘Fuselage, General Description,’’ of Chapter 53, ‘‘Fuselage,’’ of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146–RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 300, Revision 46, dated October 15, 2014. (4) The following service information was approved for IBR on September 18, 2012. (i) BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.21– 162, Revision 1, dated September 16, 2010. (ii) Subject 53–00–00, ‘‘Fuselage, General Description,’’ of Chapter 53, ‘‘Fuselage,’’ of E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1 11314 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 34 / Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / Rules and Regulations the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146–RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 100–200, Revision 66, dated October 15, 2011. The revision level of this document is specified only in the Letter of Transmittal. (iii) Subject 53–00–00, ‘‘Fuselage, General Description,’’ of Chapter 53, ‘‘Fuselage,’’ of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146–RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 300, Revision 44, dated October 15, 2011. The revision level of this document is specified only in the Letter of Transmittal. (5) For service information identified in this AD, contact BAE Systems (Operations) Limited, Customer Information Department, Prestwick International Airport, Ayrshire, KA9 2RW, Scotland, United Kingdom; telephone +44 1292 675207; fax +44 1292 675704; email RApublications@ baesystems.com; Internet http:// www.baesystems.com/Businesses/ RegionalAircraft/index.htm. (6) 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. (7) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Renton, Washington, on January 23, 2017. Dionne Palermo, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03022 Filed 2–21–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2016–9049; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–039–AD; Amendment 39–18807; AD 2017–04–12] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (Embraer) Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (Embraer) Model EMB–135BJ, EMB– 135ER, EMB–135KE, EMB–135KL, EMB–135LR, EMB–145, EMB–145EP, EMB–145ER, EMB–145LR, EMB– 145MP, EMB–145MR, and EMB–145XR airplanes. This AD was prompted by sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:04 Feb 21, 2017 Jkt 241001 reports of main airspeed indication discrepancies during flight; these discrepancies resulted from ice blockages in certain pitot total pressure lines. This AD requires an inspection for tube misalignment of the pitot number 1 and pitot number 2 tube assembly lines, and corrective actions if necessary; installation or replacement (as applicable) of a tube ribbon heater on the pitot number 1 and pitot number 2 tube assembly lines; and revision of the airplane flight manual (AFM) to provide certain procedures and airspeed tables for the flightcrew. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective March 29, 2017. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of March 29, 2017. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (Embraer), Technical Publications Section (PC 060), Av. Brigadeiro Faria ˜ Lima, 2170–Putim–12227–901 Sao Jose dos Campos–SP–Brasil; telephone +55 12 3927–5852 or +55 12 3309–0732; fax +55 12 3927–7546; email distrib@ embraer.com.br; Internet http:// www.flyembraer.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– 9049. 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– 9049; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone 800–647– 5527) is Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd Thompson, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1175; fax 425–227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (Embraer) Model EMB–135BJ, –135ER, –135KE, –135KL, and –135LR airplanes; and Model EMB– 145, –145ER, –145MR, –145LR, –145XR, –145MP, and –145EP airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on August 30, 2016 (81 FR 59528) (‘‘the NPRM’’). The NPRM was prompted by reports of main airspeed indication discrepancies during flight; these discrepancies resulted from ice blockages in certain pitot total pressure lines. The NPRM proposed to require an inspection for tube misalignment of the pitot number 1 and pitot number 2 tube assembly lines, and corrective actions if necessary; installation or replacement (as applicable) of a tube ribbon heater on the pitot number 1 and pitot number 2 tube assembly lines; and revision of the AFM to provide certain procedures and airspeed tables for the flightcrew. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct water accumulating and freezing in the pitot number 1 and pitot number 2 total pressure lines, which could result in erroneous main airspeed indications and consequent reduced ability of the flightcrew to maintain safe flight and landing of the airplane. ˆ Agencia Nacional de Aviacao Civil ¸˜ (ANAC), which is the aviation authority for Brazil, has issued Brazilian Airworthiness Directive 2016–03–01, effective March 11, 2016 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (Embraer) Model EMB–135 airplanes, and Model EMB– 145, –145ER, –145MR, –145LR, –145XR, –145MP, and –145EP airplanes. The MCAI states: This [Brazilian] AD results from reports of main airspeed indication discrepancies during flight. The investigation has revealed that Pitot #1 and #2 total pressure line blockage may occur due to water accumulation and freezing during heavy rain conditions. We are issuing this [Brazilian] AD to prevent water accumulation and freezing in the Pitot #1 and Pitot #2 total pressure lines, which could result in erroneous main airspeed indications and reduce the ability of the flight crew to maintain the safe flight and landing of the airplane. Since this condition may occur in other airplanes of the same type and affects flight E:\FR\FM\22FER1.SGM 22FER1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 34 (Wednesday, February 22, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2016-9186; Directorate Identifier 2015-NM-160-AD; 
Amendment 39-18799; AD 2017-04-04]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; BAE Systems (Operations) Limited

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2012-16-08 for 
certain BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 and Avro 146-RJ 
series airplanes. AD 2012-16-08 required repetitive inspections for 
bulging, surface anomalies, and cracking of the fuselage skin adjacent 
to the discharge valves, and repair and application of additional 
sealant in the affected area if necessary. This new AD retains the 
requirements of AD 2012-16-08, expands the applicability, and requires 
an additional one-time inspection for the presence of water traps/air 
driers to determine which airplanes must be inspected. This AD was 
prompted by reports of cracking and surface anomalies of the fuselage 
skin at the water trap/air drier unit of the forward discharge valve 
due to corrosion, and the determination that airplanes on which a 
certain auto-pressurization modification was incorporated during 
production were excluded from the applicability of AD 2012-16-08, but 
are also affected by this condition. We are issuing this AD to address 
the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective March 29, 2017.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of March 29, 
2017.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain other publications listed in this AD as of 
September 18, 2012 (77 FR 48420, August 14, 2012).

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, 
contact BAE Systems (Operations) Limited, Customer Information 
Department, Prestwick International Airport, Ayrshire, KA9 2RW, 
Scotland, United Kingdom; telephone +44 1292 675207; fax +44 1292 
675704; email RApublications@baesystems.com; Internet http://www.baesystems.com/Businesses/RegionalAircraft/index.htm. 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-2016-9186.

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-
9186; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket 
contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and 
other information. The address for the Docket Office (telephone 800-
647-5527) is Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theodore Thompson, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-1175; 
fax 425-227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR

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part 39 to supersede AD 2012-16-08, Amendment 39-17155 (77 FR 48420, 
August 14, 2012) (``AD 2012-16-08''). AD 2012-16-08 applied to certain 
BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 and Avro 146-RJ series 
airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on October 20, 
2016 (81 FR 72557). The NPRM was prompted by reports of cracking and 
surface anomalies of the fuselage skin at the water trap/air drier unit 
of the forward discharge valve due to corrosion, and the determination 
that airplanes on which auto-pressurization modification No. HCM50259A 
was incorporated during production were excluded from the applicability 
of AD 2012-16-08, but are also affected by this condition. The NPRM 
proposed to continue to require repetitive detailed inspections for 
bulging, surface anomalies, and cracking of the fuselage skin adjacent 
to the discharge valves, and repair and application of additional 
sealant in the affected area if necessary. The NPRM also proposed to 
expand the applicability, and require an additional one-time inspection 
for the presence of water traps/air driers to determine which airplanes 
must be inspected. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct 
bulging, surface anomalies, and cracking that could propagate towards 
the forward discharge valve outlet and result in the failure of the 
fuselage skin, leading to a possible sudden loss of cabin pressure and 
injury to occupants.
    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA 
Airworthiness Directive 2015-0180, dated August 28, 2015 (referred to 
after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or 
``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for all BAE Systems 
(Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 series airplanes and Model Avro 146-
RJ series airplanes. The MCAI states:

    An operator reported finding cracking and surface anomalies 
(bulges and/or dents) of the fuselage skin at the water trap/air 
drier unit of the forward discharge valve, located between fuselage 
frame (FR) 22 and FR23 and between stringers 22 and 23. Further 
investigation established that these surface anomalies were due to 
corrosion beneath the water trap/air drier unit that has resulted in 
cracking of the fuselage skin
    This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to 
failure of the fuselage skin, possibly resulting in loss of cabin 
pressure and injury to occupants.
    To address this potential unsafe condition, EASA issued AD 2011-
0099 [which corresponds to FAA AD 2012-16-08] to require repetitive 
detailed visual inspections (DVI) of the fuselage skin adjacent to 
the front and rear discharge valves to check for bulging, surface 
anomalies and cracking, and, depending on findings, accomplishment 
of applicable corrective action(s), and the application of 
additional sealant in the affected area.
    Since that [EASA] AD was issued, it was found that aeroplanes 
that have incorporated auto-pressurisation modification No. 
HCM50259A during production, which were excluded from the 
Applicability, were also affected by this condition.
    In addition, and in order to simplify instructions for 
applicability, BAE Systems (Operations) Limited issued Revision 4 of 
Inspection Service Bulletin (ISB) No. 21-162, introducing a one-time 
inspection to identify if water trap/air driers are installed.
    For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD retains the 
requirements of EASA AD 2011-0099, which is superseded, expands the 
Applicability and requires the additional one-time inspection as 
specified in the latest ISB revision.

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-
9186.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of 
the cost to the public.

Conclusion

    We reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and 
the public interest require adopting this AD as proposed except for 
minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes:
     Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the 
NPRM for correcting the unsafe condition; and
     Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was 
already proposed in the NPRM.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    BAE Systems (Operations) Limited has issued BAE Systems 
(Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.21-162, Revision 
4, dated January 28, 2015. The service information describes procedures 
for a visual inspection of the internal fuselage at the location of the 
water trap/air driers to determine if water trap/air driers are 
installed; an external detailed visual inspection for bulging, surface 
anomalies, and cracking of the fuselage skin adjacent to the forward 
and rear discharge valve outlets; repair; and sealant application.
    BAE Systems (Operations) Limited has also issued the following 
service information, which describes procedures for structural repairs. 
These documents are distinct since they apply to different airplane 
models.
     Subject 53-00-00, ``Fuselage, General Description,'' of 
Chapter 53, ``Fuselage,'' of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146-RJ 
Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 100-200, Revision 68, dated 
October 15, 2014.
     Subject 53-00-00, ``Fuselage, General Description,'' of 
Chapter 53, ``Fuselage,'' of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146-RJ 
Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 300, Revision 46, dated 
October 15, 2014.
    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.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 4 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    The actions required by AD 2012-16-08 and retained in this AD take 
about 8 work-hours 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 2012-16-08 is $680 per product.
    We also estimate that it will take about 8 work-hours per product 
to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor 
rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost 
of this AD on U.S. operators to be $2,720, or $680 per product.
    We have received no definitive data that will enable us to provide 
cost estimates for the on-condition actions specified in this AD.

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.

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Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications 
under Executive Order 13132. This AD will 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 that this AD:
    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.

Adoption of the Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA amends 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) 
2012-16-08, Amendment 39-17155 (77 FR 48420, August 14, 2012), and 
adding the following new AD:

2017-04-04 BAE Systems (Operations) Limited: Amendment 39-18799; 
Docket No. FAA-2016-9186; Directorate Identifier 2015-NM-160-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective March 29, 2017.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2012-16-08, Amendment 39-17155 (77 FR 48420, 
August 14, 2012) (``AD 2012-16-08'').

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) 
and (c)(2) of this AD, certificated in any category, all serial 
numbers.
    (1) BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146-100A, -200A, 
and -300A airplanes.
    (2) BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model Avro 146-RJ70A, 146-
RJ85A, and 146-RJ100A airplanes.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 21, Air 
Conditioning.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports of cracking and surface 
anomalies of the fuselage skin at the water trap/air drier unit of 
the forward discharge valve due to corrosion, and the determination 
that airplanes on which auto-pressurization modification No. 
HCM50259A was incorporated during production were excluded from the 
applicability of AD 2012-16-08, but are also affected by this 
condition. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct bulging, 
surface anomalies, and cracking that could propagate towards the 
forward discharge valve outlet and result in the failure of the 
fuselage skin, leading to a possible sudden loss of cabin pressure 
and injury to occupants.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Retained Detailed Inspection of External Fuselage Skin, With 
Specific Delegation Approval Language

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 
2012-16-08, with specific delegation approval language. For all 
airplanes except airplanes that have incorporated auto-
pressurization modification HCM50259A during production: Within 12 
months after September 18, 2012 (the effective date of AD 2012-16-
08), do a detailed inspection to check for bulging, surface 
anomalies, and cracking of the fuselage skin adjacent to the 
discharge valve outlets (one frame fore and aft, one stringer above 
and below), in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of 
BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.21-
162, Revision 1, dated September 16, 2010. Repeat the inspection 
thereafter at intervals not to exceed 24 months.
    (1) If any bulging, surface anomalies, or cracking of the 
fuselage skin is found to be within the criteria defined in Subject 
53-00-00, ``Fuselage, General Description,'' of Chapter 53, 
``Fuselage,'' of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146-RJ Series 
Structural Repair Manual for Series 100-200, Revision 66, dated 
October 15, 2011 (for Model 146-100A and -200A, and Avro 146-RJ70A 
and 146-RJ85A airplanes); or Subject 53-00-00, ``Fuselage, General 
Description,'' of Chapter 53, ``Fuselage,'' of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 
146 Series/AVRO 146-RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 
300, Revision 44, dated October 15, 2011 (for Model 146-300A and 
Avro 146-RJ100A airplanes): Before further flight, repair the 
damage, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions specified 
in BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin 
ISB.21-162, Revision 1, dated September 16, 2010.
    (2) If any bulging, surface anomalies, or cracking of the 
fuselage skin is found exceeding the criteria as specified by 
Subject 53-00-00, ``Fuselage, General Description,'' of Chapter 53, 
``Fuselage,'' of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146-RJ Series 
Structural Repair Manual for Series 100-200, Revision 66, dated 
October 15, 2011 (for Model 146-100A and -200A, and Avro 146-RJ70A 
and 146-RJ85A airplanes); or Subject 53-00-00, ``Fuselage, General 
Description,'' of Chapter 53, ``Fuselage,'' of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 
146/AVRO 146-RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 300, 
Revision 44, dated October 15, 2011 (for Model 146-300A and Avro 
146-RJ100A airplanes): Before further flight, repair the condition 
according to a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, 
ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European 
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or BAE Systems (Operations) Limited's 
EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA).

(h) Retained Application of Sealant, With No Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 
2012-16-08, with no changes. For all airplanes except airplanes on 
which auto-pressurization modification HCM50259A was incorporated 
during production: Within 24 months after September 18, 2012 (the 
effective date of AD 2012-16-08), unless a repair has already been 
accomplished in accordance with paragraph (g) of this AD, apply 
additional PR1422A-2 or PR1764B-2 edge sealant between the water 
trap/air drier and the fuselage skin, in accordance with the 
Accomplishment Instructions of BAE Systems (Operations) Limited 
Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.21-162, Revision 1, dated September 
16, 2010. Application of additional sealant does not constitute 
terminating action for the repetitive detailed inspections required 
by paragraph (g) of this AD. Accomplishment of a repair as required 
by paragraph (g) of this AD terminates the repetitive inspection 
requirements of paragraph (g) of this AD.

(i) New Requirement of This AD: Inspection for Water Traps/Air Driers

    Within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, inspect 
the airplane to determine whether water traps/air driers are 
installed, in accordance with paragraph 2.C of BAE Systems 
(Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.21-162, 
Revision 4, dated January 28, 2015 (``ISB.21-162 R4''). If there are 
no water traps/air driers installed on an airplane, then no further 
inspections are required by this AD, except as required by paragraph 
(n) of this AD.

(j) New Requirement of This AD: Repetitive Inspections

    For airplanes that have water traps/air driers installed, 
determined as required by paragraph (i) of this AD: Within 12 months 
after the effective date of this AD, accomplish a detailed visual 
inspection for bulging, surface anomalies, and cracking of the 
external fuselage skin adjacent to the discharge valve outlets (one 
frame bay fore and aft, one stringer above and below), in

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accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of paragraph 2.C. of 
ISB.21-162 R4. Repeat the inspection of the external fuselage skin 
adjacent to the discharge valve outlets thereafter at intervals not 
to exceed 24 months. Accomplishing an inspection required by this 
paragraph terminates the inspections required by paragraph (g) of 
this AD.

(k) New Requirement of This AD: Corrective Actions

    If, during any detailed visual inspection required by paragraph 
(j) of this AD, any bulging, surface anomalies, or cracking is 
found, before further flight, accomplish the applicable corrective 
action as specified in paragraphs (k)(1) and (k)(2) this AD.
    (1) If any bulging, surface anomalies, or cracking is found to 
be within the criteria as specified in the applicable service 
information specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i) or (k)(1)(ii) of this 
AD, before further flight, repair in accordance with the 
Accomplishment Instructions of paragraph 2.G. of ISB.21-162 R4.
    (i) For Model BAe 146-100A and -200A airplanes, and Model Avro 
146-RJ70A and 146-RJ85A airplanes: Subject 53-00-00, ``Fuselage, 
General Description,'' of Chapter 53, ``Fuselage,'' of the BAE 
SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146-RJ Series Structural Repair Manual 
for Series 100-200, Revision 68, dated October 15, 2014.
    (ii) For Model BAe 146-300A airplanes and Model Avro 146-RJ100A 
airplanes: Subject 53-00-00, ``Fuselage, General Description,'' of 
Chapter 53, ``Fuselage,'' of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 
146-RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 300, Revision 46, 
dated October 15, 2014.
    (2) If any bulging, surface anomalies, or cracking is found 
exceeding the criteria as specified in the applicable service 
information specified in paragraph (k)(1)(i) or (k)(1)(ii) of this 
AD, before further flight, repair using a method approved by the 
Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane 
Directorate, FAA; or EASA; or BAE Systems (Operations) Limited's 
EASA DOA.

(l) New Requirement of This AD: Application of Sealant

    Within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, unless a 
repair has already been accomplished as required by paragraph (k) of 
this AD, apply additional sealant, in accordance with the 
Accomplishment Instructions of paragraph 2.C.(3) of ISB.21-162 R4. 
Application of additional sealant on an airplane does not constitute 
terminating action for the repetitive inspections required by 
paragraph (j) of this AD for that airplane.

(m) New Terminating Action for Inspections Required by Paragraph (i) of 
This AD

    Accomplishment of a repair on the forward (FWD) or aft (AFT) 
position as required by paragraph (k) of this AD constitutes 
terminating action for the repetitive inspections required by 
paragraph (j) of this AD for that FWD or AFT position.

(n) New Requirement of This AD: Actions for Airplanes on Which Water 
Trap/Air Driers Are Installed After the Effective Date

    For airplanes that do not have water traps/air driers installed, 
determined as required by paragraph (i) of this AD: If water traps/
air driers are installed in service after the effective date of this 
AD, accomplish the actions required by paragraphs (j), (k), and (l) 
of this AD on that airplane within the applicable compliance times 
specified in paragraphs (j), (k), and (l) of this AD; except where 
paragraphs (j) and (l) of this AD refer to ``the effective date of 
this AD,'' this AD requires compliance within the specified 
compliance time after the installation of water traps/air driers.

(o) Credit for Previous Actions

    (1) This paragraph provides credit for inspections and sealant 
applications required by paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD, if those 
actions were performed before September 18, 2012 (the effective date 
of AD 2012-16-08), using BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED Inspection 
Service Bulletin ISB.21-162, dated June 7, 2010.
    (2) This paragraph provides credit for using criteria defined in 
the following subject of the applicable structural repair manual, as 
required by paragraphs (g)(1) and (g)(2) of this AD, if those 
criteria were used before September 18, 2012 (the effective date of 
AD 2012-16-08), using Subject 53-00-00, ``Fuselage, General--
Description,'' of Chapter 53, ``Fuselage,'' of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 
146 Series/AVRO 146-RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 
100-200, Revision 65, dated September 15, 2010 (for Model 146-100A 
and -200A, and Avro 146-RJ70A and 146-RJ85A airplanes); or Subject 
53-00-00, ``Fuselage, General--Description,'' of Chapter 53, 
``Fuselage,'' of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146-RJ Series 
Structural Repair Manual for Series 300, Revision 43, dated 
September 15, 2010 (for Model 146-300A and Avro 146-RJ100A 
airplanes).
    (3) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by 
paragraphs (i), (j), and (l) of this AD, if those actions were 
performed before the effective date of this AD using any of the 
service information specified in paragraphs (o)(3)(i) through 
(o)(3)(iv) of this AD.
    (i) BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin 
ISB.21-162, dated June 7, 2010.
    (ii) BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service 
Bulletin ISB.21-162, Revision 1, dated September 16, 2010, which was 
incorporated by reference in AD 2012-16-08.
    (iii) BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service 
Bulletin ISB.21-162, Revision 2, dated December 12, 2012.
    (iv) BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service 
Bulletin ISB.21-162, Revision 3, dated January 15, 2013.

(p) 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: Theodore 
Thompson, Aerospace Engineer, telephone 425-227-1175; 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.
    (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 EASA; or BAE Systems (Operations) 
Limited's EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must 
include the DOA-authorized signature.

(q) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2015-0180, dated August 28, 
2015, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD 
docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching 
for and locating Docket No. FAA-2016-9186.
    (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not 
incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in 
paragraphs (r)(5) and (r)(6) of this AD.

(r) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise.
    (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on 
March 29, 2017.
    (i) BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin 
ISB.21-162, Revision 4, dated January 28, 2015.
    (ii) Subject 53-00-00, ``Fuselage, General Description,'' of 
Chapter 53, ``Fuselage,'' of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146 
RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 100-200, Revision 68, 
dated October 15, 2014.
    (iii) Subject 53-00-00, ``Fuselage, General Description,'' of 
Chapter 53, ``Fuselage,'' of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 
146-RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 300, Revision 46, 
dated October 15, 2014.
    (4) The following service information was approved for IBR on 
September 18, 2012.
    (i) BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED Inspection Service Bulletin 
ISB.21-162, Revision 1, dated September 16, 2010.
    (ii) Subject 53-00-00, ``Fuselage, General Description,'' of 
Chapter 53, ``Fuselage,'' of

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the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 146-RJ Series Structural Repair 
Manual for Series 100-200, Revision 66, dated October 15, 2011. The 
revision level of this document is specified only in the Letter of 
Transmittal.
    (iii) Subject 53-00-00, ``Fuselage, General Description,'' of 
Chapter 53, ``Fuselage,'' of the BAE SYSTEMS BAe 146 Series/AVRO 
146-RJ Series Structural Repair Manual for Series 300, Revision 44, 
dated October 15, 2011. The revision level of this document is 
specified only in the Letter of Transmittal.
    (5) For service information identified in this AD, contact BAE 
Systems (Operations) Limited, Customer Information Department, 
Prestwick International Airport, Ayrshire, KA9 2RW, Scotland, United 
Kingdom; telephone +44 1292 675207; fax +44 1292 675704; email 
RApublications@baesystems.com; Internet http://www.baesystems.com/Businesses/RegionalAircraft/index.htm.
    (6) 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.
    (7) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on January 23, 2017.
Dionne Palermo,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-03022 Filed 2-21-17; 8:45 am]
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