Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes, 15123-15126 [2017-05521]

Download as PDF pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 57 / Monday, March 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations (2) Within 25 hours TIS: (i) Remove the drive shaft to adapter bolt and inspect the drive shaft alignment. Engage and disengage the splines a minimum of 3 times by sliding the engine power output shaft in and out of the engine. Inspect the alignment at each 90° interval by rotating the lower pulley with the power shaft disengaged. Determine whether the adapter slides on and off the drive shaft splines without spline engagement interference or resistance along the entire length of movement. If there is any spline engagement interference or resistance, before further flight, replace both the engine side and pulley side drive shafts. (ii) Inspect each drive shaft for a crack, any corrosion or pitting, a nick, a dent, and a scratch. If there is a crack, any corrosion or pitting, a nick, a dent, or a scratch that exceeds allowable limits, before further flight, replace both the engine side and pulley side drive shafts. (iii) Remove the engine side drive shaft and pulley side drive shaft and perform the following: (A) Inspect each flex frame (frame) bolted joint (joint) for movement by hand. If there is any movement, before further flight, replace both the engine side and pulley side drive shafts. (B) Visually inspect each joint for fretting corrosion (which might be indicated by metallic particles) and each frame and mount bolt torque stripe for movement. If there is any fretting corrosion or torque stripe movement, before further flight, replace both the engine side and pulley side drive shafts. (C) Using a 10x or higher power magnifying glass, visually inspect each joint for fretting and for a crack around the bolt head and washer side, and around the nut and washer side. Also inspect both sides of each frame for a crack on the inside and outside corner radii and radii edge (four). If there is any fretting, a crack at any point over the full circumference (360°) of the bolt head and washer side or the nut and washer side, or a crack in any of the corner radii edges, before further flight, replace both the engine side and pulley side drive shafts. (iv) Using a belt drive alignment tool 269T3303–003, inspect the lower pulley to engine alignment by engaging the tool on the drive shaft and inserting in the lower pulley bore. Rotate the tool 360° around the drive shaft and inspect for interference. If there is any interference with the rotation of the tool, before further flight, adjust the engine elevation alignment to eliminate the interference. (3) Thereafter, at intervals not to exceed 25 hours TIS, repeat the actions specified in paragraph (e)(2)(iv) of this AD. (4) As an optional terminating action to the repetitive inspections in this AD, you may install KAflex engine side drive shaft P/N SKCP2738–9 and KAflex pulley side drive shaft P/N SKCP2738–101. (f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Boston Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Michael Schwetz, Aviation Safety Engineer, VerDate Sep<11>2014 12:21 Mar 24, 2017 Jkt 241001 Boston Aircraft Certification Office, Engine & Propeller Directorate, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803; telephone (781) 238–7761; email michael.schwetz@faa.gov. (2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating certificate or under 14 CFR part 91, subpart K, we suggest that you notify your principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office or certificate holding district office before operating any aircraft complying with this AD through an AMOC. (g) Additional Information Sikorsky 269D Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin DB–052, Basic Issue, dated January 16, 2014; Appendix B of Sikorsky S–330 Model 269D Helicopter Basic Handbook of Maintenance Instructions, No. CSP–D–2, dated February 1, 1993, and revised October 15, 2014; and Appendix B of Sikorsky S–330 Model 269D Config. ‘‘A’’ Helicopter Basic Handbook of Maintenance Instructions, No. CSP–D–9, dated July 20, 2001, and revised October 15, 2014; which are not incorporated by reference, contain additional information about the subject of this AD. For service information identified in this AD, contact Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Customer Service Engineering, 124 Quarry Road, Trumbull, CT 06611; telephone 1–800– Winged–S or 203–416–4299; email: wcs_ cust_service_eng.gr-sik@lmco.com. You may review this service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Room 6N– 321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. (h) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6310, Engine/Transmission Coupling. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 20, 2017. Scott A. Horn, Acting Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2017–05967 Filed 3–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2016–8844; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–026–AD; Amendment 39–18833; AD 2017–06–09] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 787–8 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 15123 report indicating that the fire block in the closets and video control stations, and fire blocking tape in the floor panel opening in the forward and aft main passenger cabin, might be missing on some airplanes. This AD requires installing a fire block in the closets and video control stations, as applicable, and installing fire blocking tape in the floor panel openings in the forward and aft main passenger cabin. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is effective May 1, 2017. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of May 1, 2017. DATES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data Services (C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110–SK57, Seal Beach, CA 90740; 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– 8844. ADDRESSES: 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– 8844; 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 (phone: 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: Susan L. Monroe, Aerospace Engineer, Cabin Safety and Environmental Systems Branch, ANM–150S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; phone: 425–917–6457; fax: 425–917–6590; email: susan.l.monroe@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\27MRR1.SGM 27MRR1 15124 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 57 / Monday, March 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain The Boeing Company Model 787–8 airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2016 (81 FR 54750) (‘‘the NPRM’’). The NPRM was prompted by a report indicating that the fire block in the closets and video control stations, and fire blocking tape in the floor panel opening in the forward and aft main passenger cabin, might be missing on some airplanes. The NPRM proposed to require installing a fire block in the closets and video control stations, as applicable, and installing fire blocking tape in the floor panel openings in the forward and aft main passenger cabin. We are issuing this AD to prevent propagation of a fire in the lower lobe cheek area outboard of a closet or video control station. Such propagation could result in an increased risk of smoke and/ or fire propagation into the passenger cabin. Service Bulletin B787–81205– SB530018–00, for accomplishing certain actions in the proposed AD. UA stated that it was informed by Boeing that Issue 002 is in work. UA noted that adding this later revision will minimize potential requests for alternative methods of compliance (AMOCs). We do not agree with the commenter’s request. We do not consider that delaying this final rule until after the release of the manufacturer’s planned service information (Issue 002 of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787–81205– SB530018–00) is warranted. We have identified an unsafe condition and the actions specified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787–81205–SB530018–00, Issue 001, dated June 7, 2013, address the unsafe condition for airplanes identified in paragraph (g)(3) of this AD. However, under the provisions of paragraph (h) of this AD, operators may request approval to use later revisions of the service information as an AMOC with this AD. We have not changed this AD in this regard. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM and the FAA’s response to each comment. Request To Issue Two ADs Instead of One UA asked that we split the NPRM into two ADs; one AD for Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787–81205– SB250028–00, Issue 001, dated August 1, 2013; and Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787–81205–SB250070–00, Issue 001, dated March 10, 2015; and one AD for Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787–81205–SB530018–00, Issue 001, dated June 7, 2013. UA stated that although all of this service information addresses fire blocking, different areas with different procedures are specified in each service bulletin. We do not agree with the commenter’s request. We do not consider that delaying this final rule, so that the required actions can be split into two ADs based on the location of the corrective actions, is warranted. In order to address the identified unsafe condition in a timely manner, we find that we must issue this AD by mandating the specified actions described in the referenced service information. We have not changed this AD in this regard. Support for NPRM The Air Line Pilots Association, International indicated its support for the intent of the NPRM. pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES Request To Clarify the Unsafe Condition Boeing asked that we clarify certain language related to the unsafe condition throughout the NPRM. Boeing stated that the location of the unsafe condition, referred to in the NPRM as ‘‘video control station and closets,’’ should be changed to ‘‘closets and video control stations.’’ Boeing stated that closets and video control stations are two separate monument designs, and the current wording implies that the requirement applies only to monuments with video controls. We agree with the commenter’s request for the reason provided. We have clarified this language in all applicable sections of this AD. Request To Include Later Revision of Service Information United Airlines (UA) asked that we include Issue 002 of Boeing Alert VerDate Sep<11>2014 12:21 Mar 24, 2017 Jkt 241001 Request To Clarify Certain Action in the Costs of Compliance Section Boeing asked that we change the phrase ‘‘video control closet’’ to ‘‘closet’’ in the Costs of Compliance section, for clarification. Boeing stated PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 that the referenced service information does not have a monument listing for a ‘‘video control closet’’ but lists this monument as a ‘‘closet.’’ We agree with the commenter’s request for the reason provided. We have changed this language in the Costs of Compliance section accordingly. Conclusion We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD with the changes described previously and 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. We also determined that these changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this AD. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 We reviewed the following service information: Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787– 81205–SB250028–00, Issue 001, dated August 1, 2013. The service information describes procedures for installing a fire block in the closets and video control stations. Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787– 81205–SB250070–00, Issue 001, dated March 10, 2015. The service information describes procedures for installing a fire block in the video control station. Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787– 81205–SB530018–00, Issue 001, dated June 7, 2013. The service information describes procedures for installing fire blocking tape in the floor panel openings in the forward and aft main passenger cabin. 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 6 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD: E:\FR\FM\27MRR1.SGM 27MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 57 / Monday, March 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations 15125 ESTIMATED COSTS Action Fire blocking tape installation in the floor panel openings. Fire block installation in the closet ......... Fire block installation in the video control station. According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected individuals. As a result, we have included all costs in our cost estimate. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES Regulatory Findings 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 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 12:21 Mar 24, 2017 Jkt 241001 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. [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ 2017–06–09 The Boeing Company: Amendment 39–18833; Docket No. FAA–2016–8844; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–026–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective May 1, 2017. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 787–8 airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in the service information specified in paragraphs (c)(1), (c)(2), and (c)(3) of this AD. (1) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787– 81205–SB250028–00, Issue 001, dated August 1, 2013. (2) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787– 81205–SB250070–00, Issue 001, dated March 10, 2015. (3) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787– 81205–SB530018–00, Issue 001, dated June 7, 2013. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 25, Equipment/furnishings; 53, Fuselage. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by a report indicating that the fire block in the closets Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 and video control stations, and fire blocking tape in the floor panel opening in the forward and aft main passenger cabin, might be missing on some airplanes. We are issuing this AD to prevent propagation of a fire in the lower lobe cheek area outboard of a closet or video control station. Such propagation could result in an increased risk of smoke and/or fire propagation into the passenger cabin. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Installation of Fire Block and Fire Blocking Tape, as Applicable ■ Frm 00013 $701 per installation Up to $11,730 per installation. $5,484 per installation. $4,206 per installation. $0 List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. PO 00000 Up to $1,955 per installation. $914 per installation Parts cost under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. § 39.13 Cost on U.S. operators 276 Up to 23 work-hours × $85 per hour = $1,955 per installation. 5 work-hours × $85 per hour = $425 per installation. 5 work-hours × $85 per hour = $425 per installation. Cost per product 489 Labor cost Within 72 months after the effective date of this AD, do the actions specified in paragraphs (g)(1), (g)(2), and (g)(3) of this AD, as applicable. (1) For airplanes specified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787–81205–SB250028–00, Issue 001, dated August 1, 2013: Install a fire block in the closets and video control stations, as applicable, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787–81205– SB250028–00, Issue 001, dated August 1, 2013. (2) For airplanes specified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787–81205–SB250070–00, Issue 001, dated March 10, 2015: Install a fire block in the video control station, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787–81205–SB250070–00, Issue 001, dated March 10, 2015. (3) For airplanes specified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787–81205–SB530018–00, Issue 001, dated June 7, 2013: Install fire blocking tape in the floor panel openings in the forward and aft main passenger cabin, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787–81205–SB530018–00, Issue 001, dated June 7, 2013. (h) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Seattle 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 (i) of this AD. Information may be E:\FR\FM\27MRR1.SGM 27MRR1 15126 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 57 / Monday, March 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations emailed to: 9-ANM-Seattle-ACO-AMOCRequests@faa.gov. (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. (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair, modification, or alteration required by this AD if it is approved by the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO, to make those findings. To be approved, the repair method, modification deviation, or alteration deviation must meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD. (4) For service information that contains steps that are labeled as Required for Compliance (RC), the provisions of paragraphs (h)(4)(i) and (h)(4)(ii) of this AD apply. (i) The steps labeled as RC, including substeps under an RC step and any figures identified in an RC step, must be done to comply with the AD. An AMOC is required for any deviations to RC steps, including substeps and identified figures. (ii) Steps not labeled 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 RC steps, including substeps and identified figures, can still be done as specified, and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy condition. pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES (i) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Susan L. Monroe, Aerospace Engineer, Cabin Safety and Environmental Systems Branch, ANM–150S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; phone: 425–917–6457; fax: 425–917–6590; email: susan.l.monroe@faa.gov. (j) 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) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787– 81205–SB250028–00, Issue 001, dated August 1, 2013. (ii) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787– 81205–SB250070–00, Issue 001, dated March 10, 2015. (iii) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787– 81205–SB530018–00, Issue 001, dated June 7, 2013. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data Services (C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110–SK57, Seal Beach, CA 90740; telephone 562–797–1717; Internet https:// www.myboeingfleet.com. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, VerDate Sep<11>2014 12:21 Mar 24, 2017 Jkt 241001 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. 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– 9300. Examining the AD Docket [Docket No. FAA–2016–9300; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–124–AD; Amendment 39–18829; AD 2017–06–05] You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2016– 9300; 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 (phone: 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. RIN 2120–AA64 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Issued in Renton, Washington, on March 14, 2017. Dionne Palermo, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2017–05521 Filed 3–24–17; 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: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model DC–6, DC–6A, C–118A, R6D–1, DC–6B, and R6D–1Z airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of a fuel leak in a Model C–118A airplane that resulted from a crack in the wing lower skin. This AD requires repetitive radiographic, electromagnetic testing high frequency (ETHF), and electromagnetic testing low frequency (ETLF) inspections for cracking of the wing lower skin, and repairs if necessary. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective May 1, 2017. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of May 1, 2017. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 George Garrido, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120L, FAA, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712–4137; phone: 562–627–5232; fax: 562–627–5210; email: george.garride@faa.gov. 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 all The Boeing Company Model DC–6, DC–6A, C–118A, R6D–1, DC–6B, and R6D–1Z airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on October 26, 2016 (81 FR 74352). The NPRM was prompted by a report of a fuel leak in a Model C–118A airplane that resulted from a crack in the wing lower skin. The NPRM proposed to require repetitive radiographic, ETHF, and ETLF inspections for cracking of the wing lower skin just inboard of the number 2 nacelle attach angle at wing station 175, and repairs if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking in the wing lower skin, which could adversely affect the structural integrity of the wing. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We have considered the comments received. The National Transportation Safety Board, Boeing, and Ms. Ana Maria expressed their support for the NPRM. E:\FR\FM\27MRR1.SGM 27MRR1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 57 (Monday, March 27, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2016-8844; Directorate Identifier 2016-NM-026-AD; 
Amendment 39-18833; AD 2017-06-09]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain 
The Boeing Company Model 787-8 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a 
report indicating that the fire block in the closets and video control 
stations, and fire blocking tape in the floor panel opening in the 
forward and aft main passenger cabin, might be missing on some 
airplanes. This AD requires installing a fire block in the closets and 
video control stations, as applicable, and installing fire blocking 
tape in the floor panel openings in the forward and aft main passenger 
cabin. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these 
products.

DATES: This AD is effective May 1, 2017.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of May 1, 2017.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, 
contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data 
Services (C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110-SK57, Seal Beach, CA 
90740; 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-2016-8844.

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-
8844; 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 (phone: 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: Susan L. Monroe, Aerospace Engineer, 
Cabin Safety and Environmental Systems Branch, ANM-150S, FAA, Seattle 
Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 
98057-3356; phone: 425-917-6457; fax: 425-917-6590; email: 
susan.l.monroe@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain The Boeing Company 
Model 787-8 airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on 
August 17, 2016 (81 FR 54750) (``the NPRM''). The NPRM was prompted by 
a report indicating that the fire block in the closets and video 
control stations, and fire blocking tape in the floor panel opening in 
the forward and aft main passenger cabin, might be missing on some 
airplanes. The NPRM proposed to require installing a fire block in the 
closets and video control stations, as applicable, and installing fire 
blocking tape in the floor panel openings in the forward and aft main 
passenger cabin. We are issuing this AD to prevent propagation of a 
fire in the lower lobe cheek area outboard of a closet or video control 
station. Such propagation could result in an increased risk of smoke 
and/or fire propagation into the passenger cabin.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM and 
the FAA's response to each comment.

Support for NPRM

    The Air Line Pilots Association, International indicated its 
support for the intent of the NPRM.

Request To Clarify the Unsafe Condition

    Boeing asked that we clarify certain language related to the unsafe 
condition throughout the NPRM. Boeing stated that the location of the 
unsafe condition, referred to in the NPRM as ``video control station 
and closets,'' should be changed to ``closets and video control 
stations.'' Boeing stated that closets and video control stations are 
two separate monument designs, and the current wording implies that the 
requirement applies only to monuments with video controls.
    We agree with the commenter's request for the reason provided. We 
have clarified this language in all applicable sections of this AD.

Request To Include Later Revision of Service Information

    United Airlines (UA) asked that we include Issue 002 of Boeing 
Alert Service Bulletin B787-81205-SB530018-00, for accomplishing 
certain actions in the proposed AD. UA stated that it was informed by 
Boeing that Issue 002 is in work. UA noted that adding this later 
revision will minimize potential requests for alternative methods of 
compliance (AMOCs).
    We do not agree with the commenter's request. We do not consider 
that delaying this final rule until after the release of the 
manufacturer's planned service information (Issue 002 of Boeing Alert 
Service Bulletin B787-81205-SB530018-00) is warranted. We have 
identified an unsafe condition and the actions specified in Boeing 
Alert Service Bulletin B787-81205-SB530018-00, Issue 001, dated June 7, 
2013, address the unsafe condition for airplanes identified in 
paragraph (g)(3) of this AD. However, under the provisions of paragraph 
(h) of this AD, operators may request approval to use later revisions 
of the service information as an AMOC with this AD. We have not changed 
this AD in this regard.

Request To Issue Two ADs Instead of One

    UA asked that we split the NPRM into two ADs; one AD for Boeing 
Alert Service Bulletin B787-81205-SB250028-00, Issue 001, dated August 
1, 2013; and Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787-81205-SB250070-00, 
Issue 001, dated March 10, 2015; and one AD for Boeing Alert Service 
Bulletin B787-81205-SB530018-00, Issue 001, dated June 7, 2013. UA 
stated that although all of this service information addresses fire 
blocking, different areas with different procedures are specified in 
each service bulletin.
    We do not agree with the commenter's request. We do not consider 
that delaying this final rule, so that the required actions can be 
split into two ADs based on the location of the corrective actions, is 
warranted. In order to address the identified unsafe condition in a 
timely manner, we find that we must issue this AD by mandating the 
specified actions described in the referenced service information. We 
have not changed this AD in this regard.

Request To Clarify Certain Action in the Costs of Compliance Section

    Boeing asked that we change the phrase ``video control closet'' to 
``closet'' in the Costs of Compliance section, for clarification. 
Boeing stated that the referenced service information does not have a 
monument listing for a ``video control closet'' but lists this monument 
as a ``closet.''
    We agree with the commenter's request for the reason provided. We 
have changed this language in the Costs of Compliance section 
accordingly.

Conclusion

    We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, 
and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting 
this AD with the changes described previously and 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.
    We also determined that these changes will not increase the 
economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this AD.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed the following service information:
    Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787-81205-SB250028-00, Issue 001, 
dated August 1, 2013. The service information describes procedures for 
installing a fire block in the closets and video control stations.
    Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787-81205-SB250070-00, Issue 001, 
dated March 10, 2015. The service information describes procedures for 
installing a fire block in the video control station.
    Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787-81205-SB530018-00, Issue 001, 
dated June 7, 2013. The service information describes procedures for 
installing fire blocking tape in the floor panel openings in the 
forward and aft main passenger cabin.
    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 6 airplanes of U.S. registry. We 
estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:

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                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                                Cost on  U.S.
              Action                    Labor cost        Parts cost      Cost per product        operators
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Fire blocking tape installation    Up to 23 work-hours              $0  Up to $1,955 per     Up to $11,730 per
 in the floor panel openings.       x $85 per hour =                     installation.        installation.
                                    $1,955 per
                                    installation.
Fire block installation in the     5 work-hours x $85              489  $914 per             $5,484 per
 closet.                            per hour = $425                      installation.        installation.
                                    per installation.
Fire block installation in the     5 work-hours x $85              276  $701 per             $4,206 per
 video control station.             per hour = $425                      installation.        installation.
                                    per installation.
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    According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this AD may be 
covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected 
individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected 
individuals. As a result, we have included all costs in our cost 
estimate.

Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the 
authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, 
describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.
    We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in 
Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: ``General 
requirements.'' Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with 
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing 
regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator 
finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within 
the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition 
that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this 
rulemaking action.

Regulatory Findings

    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 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 adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):

2017-06-09 The Boeing Company: Amendment 39-18833; Docket No. FAA-
2016-8844; Directorate Identifier 2016-NM-026-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective May 1, 2017.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 787-8 airplanes, 
certificated in any category, as identified in the service 
information specified in paragraphs (c)(1), (c)(2), and (c)(3) of 
this AD.
    (1) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787-81205-SB250028-00, Issue 
001, dated August 1, 2013.
    (2) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787-81205-SB250070-00, Issue 
001, dated March 10, 2015.
    (3) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787-81205-SB530018-00, Issue 
001, dated June 7, 2013.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 25, Equipment/
furnishings; 53, Fuselage.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by a report indicating that the fire block 
in the closets and video control stations, and fire blocking tape in 
the floor panel opening in the forward and aft main passenger cabin, 
might be missing on some airplanes. We are issuing this AD to 
prevent propagation of a fire in the lower lobe cheek area outboard 
of a closet or video control station. Such propagation could result 
in an increased risk of smoke and/or fire propagation into the 
passenger cabin.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Installation of Fire Block and Fire Blocking Tape, as Applicable

    Within 72 months after the effective date of this AD, do the 
actions specified in paragraphs (g)(1), (g)(2), and (g)(3) of this 
AD, as applicable.
    (1) For airplanes specified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 
B787-81205-SB250028-00, Issue 001, dated August 1, 2013: Install a 
fire block in the closets and video control stations, as applicable, 
in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert 
Service Bulletin B787-81205-SB250028-00, Issue 001, dated August 1, 
2013.
    (2) For airplanes specified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 
B787-81205-SB250070-00, Issue 001, dated March 10, 2015: Install a 
fire block in the video control station, in accordance with the 
Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787-
81205-SB250070-00, Issue 001, dated March 10, 2015.
    (3) For airplanes specified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 
B787-81205-SB530018-00, Issue 001, dated June 7, 2013: Install fire 
blocking tape in the floor panel openings in the forward and aft 
main passenger cabin, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787-81205-SB530018-
00, Issue 001, dated June 7, 2013.

(h) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Seattle 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 (i) of this AD. 
Information may be

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emailed to: 9-ANM-Seattle-ACO-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov.
    (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.
    (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be 
used for any repair, modification, or alteration required by this AD 
if it is approved by the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization 
Designation Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the 
Manager, Seattle ACO, to make those findings. To be approved, the 
repair method, modification deviation, or alteration deviation must 
meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must 
specifically refer to this AD.
    (4) For service information that contains steps that are labeled 
as Required for Compliance (RC), the provisions of paragraphs 
(h)(4)(i) and (h)(4)(ii) of this AD apply.
    (i) The steps labeled as RC, including substeps under an RC step 
and any figures identified in an RC step, must be done to comply 
with the AD. An AMOC is required for any deviations to RC steps, 
including substeps and identified figures.
    (ii) Steps not labeled 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 RC 
steps, including substeps and identified figures, can still be done 
as specified, and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy 
condition.

(i) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact Susan L. Monroe, 
Aerospace Engineer, Cabin Safety and Environmental Systems Branch, 
ANM-150S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1601 
Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; phone: 425-917-6457; fax: 
425-917-6590; email: susan.l.monroe@faa.gov.

(j) 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) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787-81205-SB250028-00, Issue 
001, dated August 1, 2013.
    (ii) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787-81205-SB250070-00, Issue 
001, dated March 10, 2015.
    (iii) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787-81205-SB530018-00, 
Issue 001, dated June 7, 2013.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data Services 
(C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110-SK57, Seal Beach, CA 90740; 
telephone 562-797-1717; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com.
    (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/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on March 14, 2017.
Dionne Palermo,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-05521 Filed 3-24-17; 8:45 am]
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