Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 22445-22448 [2017-09845]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 93 / Tuesday, May 16, 2017 / Proposed Rules Bulletin 767–53A0275, dated January 5, 2017. (h) Exceptions to the Service Information (1) Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 767–53A0275, dated January 5, 2017, specifies a compliance time ‘‘after the original issue date of this service bulletin,’’ this AD requires compliance within the specified compliance time after the effective date of this AD. (2) If any cracking is found and Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 767–53A0275, dated January 5, 2017, specifies to contact Boeing for appropriate action and specifies that action as ‘‘RC’’ (Required for Compliance): Before further flight repair using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (i) of this AD. pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS1 (i) 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 (j)(1) of this AD. Information may be 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) Except as required by paragraph (h)(2) of this AD: For service information that contains steps that are labeled as RC, the provisions of paragraphs (i)(4)(i) and (i)(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. If a step or substep is labeled ‘‘RC Exempt,’’ then the RC requirement is removed from that step or substep. 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:09 May 15, 2017 Jkt 241001 (j) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Wayne Lockett, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM 120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; phone: 425–917–6447; fax: 425–917–6590; email: wayne.lockett@faa.gov. (2) 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 90740–5600; telephone 562–797–1717; Internet https:// www.myboeingfleet.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. Issued in Renton, Washington, on May 8, 2017. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2017–09847 Filed 5–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2017–0339; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–078–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014–13– 17, for all Airbus Model A300 series airplanes; Airbus Model A300 B4–600, B4–600R, and F4–600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4–605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called Model A300–600 series airplanes); and Airbus Model A310 series airplanes. AD 2014– 13–17 currently requires repetitive functional tests of the circuit breakers for the fuel pump power supply, and replacement of certain circuit breakers. Since we issued AD 2014–13–17, we have determined that installation of a newly developed fuel pump standard will better address the unsafe condition. This proposed AD would require installation of fuel pumps having the new standard, which would terminate the repetitive functional tests. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. SUMMARY: Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 We must receive comments on this proposed AD by June 30, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this NPRM, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAW, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email account.airworth-eas@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. DATES: Examining the AD Docket Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes PO 00000 22445 Sfmt 4702 You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2017– 0339; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–2125; fax 425–227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES E:\FR\FM\16MYP1.SGM 16MYP1 22446 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 93 / Tuesday, May 16, 2017 / Proposed Rules section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA– 2017–0339; Directorate Identifier 2016– NM–078–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD based on those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS1 Discussion On June 25, 2014, we issued AD 2014–13–17, Amendment 39–17893 (79 FR 41098, July 15, 2014) (‘‘AD 2014–13– 17’’). AD 2014–13–17 requires actions intended to address an unsafe condition on all Airbus Model A300 series airplanes; Model A300–600 series airplanes; and Airbus Model A310 series airplanes. Since we issued AD 2014–13–17, a new fuel pump standard was developed that has improved thermal protection. This improved thermal protection prevents a fuel pump from overheating, and possibly resulting in a fuel tank explosion and loss of the airplane. We have determined that installation of the fuel pump standard will better address the unsafe condition than the currently required repetitive functional tests. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2016–0080, dated April 21, 2016 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus Model A300 series airplanes; Model A300–600 series airplanes; and Airbus Model A310 series airplanes. The MCAI states: Two successive failures have been reported of a Right Hand # 1 inner tank fuel pump, Part Number (P/N) 2052Cxx series (where ‘‘xx’’ represents any numerical combination). These occurrences were solved by replacement of the pump, associated circuit breaker (CB) and the alternating current (AC) bus load relay. Investigations determined that, in case of loss of one phase on the pump supply and the associated CB failing to trip, the fuel pump thermal fuses may not operate as quickly as expected. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to an overheat condition of the fuel pump in excess of 200°C, possibly resulting in a fuel tank explosion and loss of the aeroplane. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:09 May 15, 2017 Jkt 241001 To address this potential unsafe condition, Airbus issued Alert Operator Transmission (AOT) A28W002–13 providing instructions for functional tests of CBs. As a temporary measure, EASA issued AD 2013–0163 [which corresponds to FAA AD 2014–13–17] to require repetitive functional tests of the affected fuel pump power supply CBs, and, depending on findings, replacement. Since that [EASA] AD was issued, a new standard of fuel pump was developed, which improves the thermal protection, thereby preventing the potential unsafe condition and cancelling the need for repetitive functional tests of the affected CBs, as required by EASA AD 2013–0163. Airbus issued Service Bulletin (SB) A300–28–0093, SB A300–28–6111, SB A300–28–9025 and SB A310–28–2176 to provide instructions for this upgrade of the fuel pump for all positions on the aeroplane. For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD retains the requirements EASA AD 2013–0163, which is superseded, and requires installation of the new standard fuel pump, which constitutes terminating action for the repetitive functional tests. 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–2017– 0339. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Airbus has issued the following service information, which describes procedures for installing new standard fuel pumps with improved thermal protection. These documents are distinct since they apply to different airplane models in different configurations. • Service Bulletin A300–28–0093, dated December 15, 2015. • Service Bulletin A300–28–6111, Revision 01, dated February 29, 2016. • Service Bulletin A310–28–2176, dated December 15, 2015. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of these same type designs. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 128 airplanes of U.S. registry. The actions required by AD 2014–13– 17 and retained in this proposed AD take about 1 work-hour per product, at an average labor rate of $85 per workhour. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of the actions that are required by AD 2014–13–17 is $85 per product, per inspection cycle. We also estimate that it would take up to 21 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts cost per product is not available. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this proposed AD on U.S. operators to be up to $228,480, or up to $1,785 per product. According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this proposed AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected individuals. As a result, we have included all available costs in our cost estimate. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,’’ describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in ‘‘Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed regulation: E:\FR\FM\16MYP1.SGM 16MYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 93 / Tuesday, May 16, 2017 / Proposed Rules 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and 4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 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) 2014–13–17, Amendment 39–17893 (79 FR 41098, July 15, 2014), and adding the following new AD: ■ Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2017–0339; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–078–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by June 30, 2017. pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS1 (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2014–13–17, Amendment 39–17893 (79 FR 41098, July 15, 2014) (‘‘AD 2014–13–17’’). (c) Applicability This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes, certificated in any category, identified in paragraphs (c)(1) through (c)(6) of this AD, all manufacturer serial numbers. (1) Airbus Model A300 B2–1A, B2–1C, B2K–3C, B2–203, B4–2C, B4–103, and B4– 203 airplanes. (2) Airbus Model A300 B4–601, B4–603, B4–620, and B4–622 airplanes. (3) Airbus Model A300 B4–605R and B4– 622R airplanes. (4) Airbus Model A300 C4–605R Variant F airplanes. (5) Airbus Model A300 F4–605R and F4– 622R airplanes. (6) Airbus Model A310–203, –204, –221, –222, –304, –322, –324, and –325 airplanes. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 28, Fuel. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:09 May 15, 2017 Jkt 241001 (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports of failures of the right inner tank fuel pump. We are issuing this AD to prevent a fuel pump from overheating, which could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Retained: Repetitive Functional Tests of Circuit Breakers, With New Terminating Action This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 2014–13–17, with a new terminating action. (1) Within 6 months or 500 flight hours after August 19, 2014 (the effective date of AD 2014–13–17), whichever occurs first: Do a functional test of the circuit breakers for the fuel pump power supply, as identified in paragraphs (g)(1)(i), (g)(1)(ii), and (g)(1)(iii) of this AD, as applicable, in accordance with Airbus Alert Operators Transmission A28W002–13, dated July 23, 2013. Repeat the functional test thereafter at intervals not to exceed 6 months or 500 flight hours, whichever occurs first, until the fuel pump installation required by paragraph (h) of this AD is accomplished. (i) For Airbus Model A300 B2–1A, B2–1C, B2K–3C, and B2–203 airplanes: Inner and outer pump, No. 1 and No. 2, left-hand (LH) side and right-hand (RH) side. (ii) For Airbus Model A300 B4–2C, B4– 103, B4–203, B4–601, B4–603, B4–620, and B4–622 airplanes; and A310–203, –204, –221, and –222 airplanes: (A) Inner and outer pump, No. 1 and No. 2, LH and RH; and (B) Center pump, LH and RH. (iii) For Airbus Model A300 B4–605R, B4– 622R, F4–605R, F4–622R, and C4–605R Variant F airplanes; and Model A310–304, –322, –324, and –325 airplanes: (A) Inner and outer pump, No. 1 and No. 2, LH and RH; (B) Center pump, LH and RH; and (C) Trim tank pump No. 1 and No. 2. (2) If, during any functional test required by paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, any circuit breaker fails any functional test, or any circuit breaker is found to be stuck closed, before further flight, replace the affected circuit breaker with a serviceable part, in accordance with Airbus Alert Operators Transmission A28W002–13, dated July 23, 2013. (3) The replacement of one or more circuit breakers as required by paragraph (g)(2) of this AD does not terminate the repetitive functional tests required by paragraph (g)(1) of this AD. (h) New Requirement of This AD: Installation of Fuel Pumps Having a New Standard Within 72 months after the effective date of this AD: Install a fuel pump having a new standard at each applicable location on the airplane, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information specified in PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 22447 paragraph (h)(1), (h)(2), or (h)(3) of this AD. Accomplishment of the installation of fuel pumps having the new standard terminates the requirement for the repetitive functional tests required by paragraph (g)(1) of this AD. (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A300–28–0093, dated December 15, 2015. (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A300–28–6111, Revision 01, dated February 29, 2016. (3) Airbus Service Bulletin A310–28–2176, dated December 15, 2015. (i) Parts Installation Prohibition After the installation of any fuel pump having a new standard on an airplane, as required by paragraph (h) of this AD, no person may install any fuel pump having part number 2052Cxx (where ‘‘xx’’ represents any numerical combination) on that airplane. (j) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph provides credit for the installation required by paragraph (h) of this AD, if the installation was done before the effective date of this AD using Airbus Service Bulletin A300–28–6111, dated December 15, 2015. (k) 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 the attention of the person identified in paragraph (l)(2) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOCREQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: As of the effective date of this AD, for any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM– 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Airbus’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (3) Required for Compliance (RC): If any Airbus service information contains procedures or tests that are identified as RC, those procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the operator’s maintenance or inspection program without obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in an E:\FR\FM\16MYP1.SGM 16MYP1 22448 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 93 / Tuesday, May 16, 2017 / Proposed Rules airworthy condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC require approval of an AMOC. (l) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA AD 2016–0080, dated April 21, 2016, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2017–0339. (2) For more information about this AD, contact Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–2125; fax 425–227–1149. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAW, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email account.airworth-eas@ airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. Issued in Renton, Washington, on May 8, 2017. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2017–09845 Filed 5–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 110 [Docket Number USCG–2016–0916] RIN 1625–AA01 Anchorages; Captain of the Port Puget Sound Zone, WA Coast Guard, DHS. ACTION: Change in comment period on notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: The Coast Guard is adding an additional 90 days to the comment period on the notice of proposed rulemaking for ‘‘Anchorages; Captain of the Port Puget Sound Zone, WA’’ published in the Federal Register on February 10, 2017. We are changing the comment period to allow the public more time to comment on this proposed rule published in February. You now have through August 9, 2017, to submit comments. DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule published February 10, 2017 (82 FR 10313) has been changed. Comments and related material must be pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:09 May 15, 2017 Jkt 241001 received by the Coast Guard on or before August 9, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2016–0916 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov. See the ‘‘Public Participation and Request for Comments’’ portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for further instructions on submitting comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions about this proposed rulemaking, call or email Mr. Laird Hail, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound; telephone 206–217–6051, email SectorPugetSoundWWM@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Coast Guard is adding an additional 90 days to the comment period on the notice of proposed rulemaking for ‘‘Anchorages; Captain of the Port Puget Sound Zone, WA’’ that we published in the Federal Register on February 10, 2017 (82 FR 10313). We are changing the comment period to allow the public more time to comment on this subject. The comment period is now open through August 9, 2017. If you submit comments after the initial deadline of May 11, 2017, they will be accepted and considered so long as they are submitted on or before August 9, 2017. In the notice of proposed rulemaking, the Coast Guard proposes the creation of several new anchorages and holding areas as well as a non-anchorage area, the expansion of one existing general anchorage, and the establishment of new and clarification of existing regulations governing such anchorages and areas in the Puget Sound area. This action is necessary to provide enhanced safety for maritime traffic in the Puget Sound area. Public Participation and Request for Comments We view public participation as essential to effective rulemaking, and will consider all comments and material received during the comment period. Your comment can help shape the outcome of this rulemaking. If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this rulemaking, indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. We encourage you to submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov. If your material cannot be submitted using http:// www.regulations.gov, contact the person in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 CONTACT section of this document for alternate instructions. We accept anonymous comments. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you have provided. For more about privacy and the docket, visit http:// www.regulations.gov/privacyNotice. The NPRM we are seeking comments on, and documents mentioned in the NPRM as being available in the docket— including all public comments, will be in our online docket at http:// www.regulations.gov and can be viewed by following that Web site’s instructions. Additionally, if you go to the online docket and sign up for email alerts, you will be notified when comments are posted or a final rule is published. This document is issued under authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 553. Dated: May 8, 2017. B.C. McPherson, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Commander, Thirteenth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2017–09884 Filed 5–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG–2017–0159] RIN 1625–AA00 Safety Zone; Recurring Marine Events, Sector Key West, Florida. Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard proposes to establish moving safety zones for certain waters within the Sector Key West Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone for five annually recurring marine events. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of the participants, participant vessels, and the general public on the navigable waters of the United States during these events. When these safety zones are activated and subject to enforcement, this rule would prohibit persons and vessels, other than those participating in the event, from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the regulated area unless authorized by the COTP Key West or a designated representative. We invite your comments on this proposed rule. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16MYP1.SGM 16MYP1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 93 (Tuesday, May 16, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2017-0339; Directorate Identifier 2016-NM-078-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014-13-
17, for all Airbus Model A300 series airplanes; Airbus Model A300 B4-
600, B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4-605R 
Variant F airplanes (collectively called Model A300-600 series 
airplanes); and Airbus Model A310 series airplanes. AD 2014-13-17 
currently requires repetitive functional tests of the circuit breakers 
for the fuel pump power supply, and replacement of certain circuit 
breakers. Since we issued AD 2014-13-17, we have determined that 
installation of a newly developed fuel pump standard will better 
address the unsafe condition. This proposed AD would require 
installation of fuel pumps having the new standard, which would 
terminate the repetitive functional tests. We are proposing this AD to 
address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by June 30, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this NPRM, contact Airbus 
SAS, Airworthiness Office--EAW, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 
Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 
51; email account.airworth-eas@airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this referenced service information at the 
FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. 
For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
425-227-1221.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-
0339; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket 
contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments 
received, and other information. The street address for the Docket 
Operations office (telephone 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. 
Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-2125; 
fax 425-227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed 
under the ADDRESSES

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section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2017-0339; Directorate Identifier 
2016-NM-078-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. We specifically 
invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and 
energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments 
received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD based on 
those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this proposed AD.

Discussion

    On June 25, 2014, we issued AD 2014-13-17, Amendment 39-17893 (79 
FR 41098, July 15, 2014) (``AD 2014-13-17''). AD 2014-13-17 requires 
actions intended to address an unsafe condition on all Airbus Model 
A300 series airplanes; Model A300-600 series airplanes; and Airbus 
Model A310 series airplanes.
    Since we issued AD 2014-13-17, a new fuel pump standard was 
developed that has improved thermal protection. This improved thermal 
protection prevents a fuel pump from overheating, and possibly 
resulting in a fuel tank explosion and loss of the airplane. We have 
determined that installation of the fuel pump standard will better 
address the unsafe condition than the currently required repetitive 
functional tests.
    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA 
Airworthiness Directive 2016-0080, dated April 21, 2016 (referred to 
after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or 
``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus Model A300 
series airplanes; Model A300-600 series airplanes; and Airbus Model 
A310 series airplanes. The MCAI states:

    Two successive failures have been reported of a Right Hand # 1 
inner tank fuel pump, Part Number (P/N) 2052Cxx series (where ``xx'' 
represents any numerical combination). These occurrences were solved 
by replacement of the pump, associated circuit breaker (CB) and the 
alternating current (AC) bus load relay.
    Investigations determined that, in case of loss of one phase on 
the pump supply and the associated CB failing to trip, the fuel pump 
thermal fuses may not operate as quickly as expected.
    This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to an 
overheat condition of the fuel pump in excess of 200[deg]C, possibly 
resulting in a fuel tank explosion and loss of the aeroplane.
    To address this potential unsafe condition, Airbus issued Alert 
Operator Transmission (AOT) A28W002-13 providing instructions for 
functional tests of CBs.
    As a temporary measure, EASA issued AD 2013-0163 [which 
corresponds to FAA AD 2014-13-17] to require repetitive functional 
tests of the affected fuel pump power supply CBs, and, depending on 
findings, replacement.
    Since that [EASA] AD was issued, a new standard of fuel pump was 
developed, which improves the thermal protection, thereby preventing 
the potential unsafe condition and cancelling the need for 
repetitive functional tests of the affected CBs, as required by EASA 
AD 2013-0163. Airbus issued Service Bulletin (SB) A300-28-0093, SB 
A300-28-6111, SB A300-28-9025 and SB A310-28-2176 to provide 
instructions for this upgrade of the fuel pump for all positions on 
the aeroplane.
    For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD retains the 
requirements EASA AD 2013-0163, which is superseded, and requires 
installation of the new standard fuel pump, which constitutes 
terminating action for the repetitive functional tests.

    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-2017-
0339.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Airbus has issued the following service information, which 
describes procedures for installing new standard fuel pumps with 
improved thermal protection. These documents are distinct since they 
apply to different airplane models in different configurations.
     Service Bulletin A300-28-0093, dated December 15, 2015.
     Service Bulletin A300-28-6111, Revision 01, dated February 
29, 2016.
     Service Bulletin A310-28-2176, dated December 15, 2015.
    This service information is reasonably available because the 
interested parties have access to it through their normal course of 
business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another 
country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant 
to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have 
been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service 
information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we 
evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition 
exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of these 
same type designs.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 128 airplanes of U.S. 
registry.
    The actions required by AD 2014-13-17 and retained in this proposed 
AD take about 1 work-hour per product, at an average labor rate of $85 
per work-hour. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of the 
actions that are required by AD 2014-13-17 is $85 per product, per 
inspection cycle.
    We also estimate that it would take up to 21 work-hours per product 
to comply with the basic requirements of this proposed AD. The average 
labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts cost per product is not 
available. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this 
proposed AD on U.S. operators to be up to $228,480, or up to $1,785 per 
product.
    According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this proposed 
AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on 
affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected 
individuals. As a result, we have included all available costs in our 
cost estimate.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not 
have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship 
between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution 
of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed 
regulation:

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    1. Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866;
    2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979);
    3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and
    4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by 
reference, Safety.

The Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

0
1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.


Sec.  39.13   [Amended]

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2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 
2014-13-17, Amendment 39-17893 (79 FR 41098, July 15, 2014), and adding 
the following new AD:

Airbus: Docket No. FAA-2017-0339; Directorate Identifier 2016-NM-
078-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by June 30, 2017.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2014-13-17, Amendment 39-17893 (79 FR 41098, 
July 15, 2014) (``AD 2014-13-17'').

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes, certificated in any 
category, identified in paragraphs (c)(1) through (c)(6) of this AD, 
all manufacturer serial numbers.
    (1) Airbus Model A300 B2-1A, B2-1C, B2K-3C, B2-203, B4-2C, B4-
103, and B4-203 airplanes.
    (2) Airbus Model A300 B4-601, B4-603, B4-620, and B4-622 
airplanes.
    (3) Airbus Model A300 B4-605R and B4-622R airplanes.
    (4) Airbus Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes.
    (5) Airbus Model A300 F4-605R and F4-622R airplanes.
    (6) Airbus Model A310-203, -204, -221, -222, -304, -322, -324, 
and -325 airplanes.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 28, Fuel.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports of failures of the right inner 
tank fuel pump. We are issuing this AD to prevent a fuel pump from 
overheating, which could result in a fuel tank explosion and 
consequent loss of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Retained: Repetitive Functional Tests of Circuit Breakers, With New 
Terminating Action

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 
2014-13-17, with a new terminating action.
    (1) Within 6 months or 500 flight hours after August 19, 2014 
(the effective date of AD 2014-13-17), whichever occurs first: Do a 
functional test of the circuit breakers for the fuel pump power 
supply, as identified in paragraphs (g)(1)(i), (g)(1)(ii), and 
(g)(1)(iii) of this AD, as applicable, in accordance with Airbus 
Alert Operators Transmission A28W002-13, dated July 23, 2013. Repeat 
the functional test thereafter at intervals not to exceed 6 months 
or 500 flight hours, whichever occurs first, until the fuel pump 
installation required by paragraph (h) of this AD is accomplished.
    (i) For Airbus Model A300 B2-1A, B2-1C, B2K-3C, and B2-203 
airplanes: Inner and outer pump, No. 1 and No. 2, left-hand (LH) 
side and right-hand (RH) side.
    (ii) For Airbus Model A300 B4-2C, B4-103, B4-203, B4-601, B4-
603, B4-620, and B4-622 airplanes; and A310-203, -204, -221, and -
222 airplanes:
    (A) Inner and outer pump, No. 1 and No. 2, LH and RH; and
    (B) Center pump, LH and RH.
    (iii) For Airbus Model A300 B4-605R, B4-622R, F4-605R, F4-622R, 
and C4-605R Variant F airplanes; and Model A310-304, -322, -324, and 
-325 airplanes:
    (A) Inner and outer pump, No. 1 and No. 2, LH and RH;
    (B) Center pump, LH and RH; and
    (C) Trim tank pump No. 1 and No. 2.
    (2) If, during any functional test required by paragraph (g)(1) 
of this AD, any circuit breaker fails any functional test, or any 
circuit breaker is found to be stuck closed, before further flight, 
replace the affected circuit breaker with a serviceable part, in 
accordance with Airbus Alert Operators Transmission A28W002-13, 
dated July 23, 2013.
    (3) The replacement of one or more circuit breakers as required 
by paragraph (g)(2) of this AD does not terminate the repetitive 
functional tests required by paragraph (g)(1) of this AD.

(h) New Requirement of This AD: Installation of Fuel Pumps Having a New 
Standard

    Within 72 months after the effective date of this AD: Install a 
fuel pump having a new standard at each applicable location on the 
airplane, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the 
applicable service information specified in paragraph (h)(1), 
(h)(2), or (h)(3) of this AD. Accomplishment of the installation of 
fuel pumps having the new standard terminates the requirement for 
the repetitive functional tests required by paragraph (g)(1) of this 
AD.
    (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A300-28-0093, dated December 15, 
2015.
    (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A300-28-6111, Revision 01, dated 
February 29, 2016.
    (3) Airbus Service Bulletin A310-28-2176, dated December 15, 
2015.

(i) Parts Installation Prohibition

    After the installation of any fuel pump having a new standard on 
an airplane, as required by paragraph (h) of this AD, no person may 
install any fuel pump having part number 2052Cxx (where ``xx'' 
represents any numerical combination) on that airplane.

(j) Credit for Previous Actions

    This paragraph provides credit for the installation required by 
paragraph (h) of this AD, if the installation was done before the 
effective date of this AD using Airbus Service Bulletin A300-28-
6111, dated December 15, 2015.

(k) 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 the attention of 
the person identified in paragraph (l)(2) of this AD. 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 the European Aviation Safety Agency 
(EASA); or Airbus's EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If 
approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized 
signature.
    (3) Required for Compliance (RC): If any Airbus service 
information contains procedures or tests that are identified as RC, 
those procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any 
procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. 
Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be 
deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the 
operator's maintenance or inspection program without obtaining 
approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as 
RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in an

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airworthy condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or 
tests identified as RC require approval of an AMOC.

(l) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) EASA AD 2016-0080, dated April 21, 2016, for related 
information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet 
at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket 
No. FAA-2017-0339.
    (2) For more information about this AD, contact Dan Rodina, 
Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-
3356; telephone 425-227-2125; fax 425-227-1149.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office--EAW, 1 Rond Point Maurice 
Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; 
fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email account.airworth-eas@airbus.com; 
Internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this service 
information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind 
Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this 
material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on May 8, 2017.
Michael Kaszycki,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-09845 Filed 5-15-17; 8:45 am]
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