Airworthiness Directives; ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. Airplanes, 24472-24475 [2017-10406]

Download as PDF 24472 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 30, 2017 / Rules and Regulations by paragraph (h)(3) of this AD. Do all applicable related investigative and corrective actions before further flight. (k) Post-Repair Inspections Table 6 of paragraph 1.E., ‘‘Compliance,’’ of SASB 737–53–1168, Revision 4, specifies post-repair airworthiness limitation inspections in compliance with 14 CFR 25.571(a)(3) at the repaired locations, which support compliance with 14 CFR 121.1109(c)(2) or 129.109(b)(2). As airworthiness limitations, these inspections are required by maintenance and operational rules. It is therefore unnecessary to mandate them in this AD. Deviations from these inspections require FAA approval, but do not require an AMOC. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES (l) Skin Panel Replacement At the later of the times specified in paragraphs (l)(1), (1)(2), and (l)(3) of this AD: Replace the applicable skin panels, and do all applicable related investigative and corrective actions, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of SASB 737– 53–1168, Revision 4. Do all applicable related investigative and corrective actions before further flight. Doing the skin panel replacement required by this paragraph terminates the inspection requirements of paragraphs (g), (i), and (j) of this AD for that skin panel only, provided the skin panel replacement was done with a production skin panel after 53,000 total flight cycles. (1) Before 60,000 total flight cycles, but not before 53,000 total flight cycles. (2) Within 6,000 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, but not before 53,000 total flight cycles. (3) If the skin panel is replaced with a production skin panel, not before 53,000 total flight cycles. If the skin panel is replaced with a kit skin panel as specified in SASB 737–53–1168, Revision 4, the 53,000 total flight cycle limit does not apply. (m) Credit for Previous Actions (1) This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Boeing Service Bulletin 737–53–1168, Revision 3, dated November 28, 2006, except as required by paragraph (h)(4) of this AD. Boeing Service Bulletin 737–53–1168, Revision 3, dated November 28, 2006, was incorporated by reference in AD 2009–21–01. (2) This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by paragraph (l) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Boeing Service Bulletin 737–53–1168, Revision 3, dated November 28, 2006, except as required by paragraph (h)(4) of this AD. Boeing Service Bulletin 737–53–1168, Revision 3, dated November 28, 2006, was incorporated by reference in AD 2009–21–01. (3) This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by paragraph (l) of this AD, if those actions were performed before November 17, 2009 (the effective date of AD 2009–21–01), using any service information specified in paragraphs (m)(3)(i), (m)(3)(ii), and (m)(3)(iii) of this AD, provided the replacement is made with a kit skin panel, except as required by paragraph (h)(4) of this VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 May 26, 2017 Jkt 241001 AD. The service information specified in paragraphs (m)(3)(i), (m)(3)(ii), and (m)(3)(iii) of this AD was incorporated by reference in AD 2009–21–01. (i) Part 3 of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 737– 53–1168, dated March 16, 1995. (ii) Part 3 of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 737– 53–1168, Revision 1, dated August 17, 1995. (iii) Part 3 of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 737– 53–1168, Revision 2, dated November 27, 1996. (n) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Los Angeles 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 (o)(1) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-LAACO-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) AMOCs approved previously for repairs required by AD 2009–21–01 are approved as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of paragraph (g) of this AD. (5) AMOCs approved previously for modifications done as optional terminating action for AD 2009–21–01 are approved as AMOCs for the skin panel replacement required by paragraph (l) of this AD. (o) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Jennifer Tsakoumakis, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120L, FAA, Los Angeles ACO, 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712–4137; phone: 562–627–5264; fax: 562–627–5210; email: jennifer.tsakoumakis@faa.gov. (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (p)(3) and (p)(4) of this AD. (p) 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. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 737–53–1168, Revision 4, dated June 3, 2015. (ii) Reserved. (3) For Boeing 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. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Renton, Washington, on May 2, 2017. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2017–10288 Filed 5–26–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2017–0156; Directorate Identifier 2017–CE–003–AD; Amendment 39–18877; AD 2017–10–03] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2003–11– 12 for ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. Model Z– 242L airplanes (type certificate previously held by MORAVAN a.s.). This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as a need to incorporate new revisions into the Limitations section, Chapter 9, of the FAA-approved maintenance program (e.g., maintenance manual) to impose SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30MYR1.SGM 30MYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 30, 2017 / Rules and Regulations 24473 new or more restrictive life limits on critical components. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective July 5, 2017. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of July 5, 2017. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain other publication as of June 5, 2003 (68 FR 32629, June 2, 2003). ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2017– 0156; or in person at the 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 service information identified in this AD, contact ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s., ˇ ˇ Letiste 1887, 765 02 Otrokovice, Czech Republic, telephone: +420 725 266 711; fax: +420 226 013 830; email: info@zlinaircraft.eu, Internet: http:// www.zlinaircraft.eu. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329– 4148. It is also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for Docket No. FAA–2017– 0156. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued AD No.: 2017– 0005, dated January 10, 2017 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: annotating acrobatic and utility category operational time in the logbook. 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 of this AD. The airworthiness limitations for the Zlin Aircraft a.s. Z 242 L aeroplanes, which are approved by EASA, are defined and published in Chapter 9 of Zlin Aircraft a.s. Z 242 L Maintenance Manual (MM)—Volume I Document 003.021.1 (in Czech language) or in Chapter 9 of Z 242 L MM—Volume I Document 003.22.1 (in English language). These instructions have been identified as mandatory for continued airworthiness. Failure to accomplish these instructions could result in an unsafe condition. Zlin Aircraft a.s. recently published Revision 22 to Chapter 9, Volume I, of the Z 242 L MM, introducing new and/or more restrictive limitations. For the reason described above, this [EASA] AD requires accomplishment of the actions specified in the Zlin Aircraft a.s. Z 242 L MM Chapter 9, Volume I, at Revision 22. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect 30 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 1 workhour per product to comply with the requirement to incorporate the new revision into the Limitations section of the FAA-approved maintenance program (e.g., maintenance manual). The average labor rate is $85 per workhour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this portion of this AD on U.S. operators to be $2,550, or $85 per product. The above costs only account for the time to incorporate the document into the Limitations section of the FAAapproved maintenance program. These limitations will impose more restrictive life limits on some parts and provide new life limits for others. While the cost of these replacements could be expensive, they will only be required to operate the airplane past the established times. Ultimately, the estimated cost of replacing all life-limited parts could come close to the cost of the airplane. These life limits are necessary to continue to operate the airplane in an airworthy manner. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: We reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD as proposed except for minor editorial. 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. Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329– 4059; fax: (816) 329–4090; email: doug.rudolph@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. Model Z– 242L airplanes (type certificate previously held by MORAVAN a.s.). That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on March 2, 2017 (82 FR 12305), and proposed to supersede AD 2003–11–12, Amendment 39–13171 (68 FR 32629, June 2, 2003) (‘‘AD 2003– 11–12’’). Since we issued AD 2003–11–12, a revision to the airworthiness limitations chapter of the aircraft maintenance manual has been issued, and the State of Design airworthiness authority took AD action, as identified below. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 May 26, 2017 Jkt 241001 The MCAI can be found in the AD docket on the Internet at https:// www.regulations.gov/ document?D=FAA-2017-0156-0002. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public. Conclusion Related Service Information Under 1 CFR 51 We reviewed Chapter 9, Airworthiness Limitations, Revision No. 22, dated March 15, 2016, of ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. Z 242 L DOC. No. 003.22.1 Maintenance Manual-Vol. I., and Moravan-Aeroplanes a.s. Mandatory Service Bulletin Z 142C/17a, Z 242L/ 37a—Rev. 1, dated October 31, 2000. The revision to the Limitations sections introduces new and/or more restrictive safe life limits for the Model Z 242 airplane. The mandatory service bulletin describes procedures for PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 AD will not have federalism implications under E:\FR\FM\30MYR1.SGM 30MYR1 24474 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 30, 2017 / Rules and Regulations 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 this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979), (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. 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– 0156; 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 the NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone (800) 647– 5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing Amendment 39–13171 (68 FR 32629, June 2, 2003), and adding the following new AD: sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES ■ 2017–10–03 ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. (type certificate previously held by MORAVAN a.s.): Amendment 39–18877; Docket No. FAA–2017–0156; Directorate Identifier 2017–CE–003–AD. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 May 26, 2017 Jkt 241001 (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective July 5, 2017. (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2003–11–12, Amendment 39–13171 (68 FR 32629, June 2, 2003) (‘‘AD 2003–11–12’’). (c) Applicability This AD applies to ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. Model Z–242L airplanes, all serial numbers, certificated in any category. (d) Subject Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 5: Time Limits. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as a need to incorporate new revisions into the Limitations section, Chapter 9, of the FAAapproved maintenance program (e.g., maintenance manual). We are issuing this AD to prevent structural failure of the wing due to fatigue cracking. Such failure could result in a wing separating from the airplane with consequent loss of control. (f) Actions and Compliance Unless already done, do the following actions: (1) For all affected airplanes: As of March 21, 2003 (the effective date of AD 2003–03– 13 (68 FR 4905, January 21, 2003) (‘‘AD 2003–03–13’’)), annotate Acrobatic and Utility category operational time in the logbook. If the airplane is utilized in either of these categories at any time during a flight, annotate the total time for that flight in the Utility or Acrobatic category, as appropriate. Do the logbook annotation following the procedures in Moravan-Aeroplanes a.s. Mandatory Service Bulletin Z 142C/17a, Z 242L/37a—Rev. 1, dated October 31, 2000; and Moravan Mandatory Service Bulletin Z 242L/38a—Rev. 1, April 15, 2003. The owner/operator holding at least a private pilot certificate as authorized by section 43.7 may do this action. (2) For airplane serial numbers 0001 through 0656 that do not have strengthened wings installed (both left and right side) in accordance with Moravan Mandatory Service Bulletin Z 242L/27a—Rev. 1, dated October 31, 2000, or Rev. 2, dated April 15, 2003: (i) On or before 10 days after June 5, 2003 (the effective date of AD 2003–11–12), incorporate aerobatic frequency information into the Limitations section of the airplane flight manual (AFM) as specified in Moravan Mandatory Service Bulletin Z 242L/38a— Rev. 1, April 15, 2003. The owner/operator holding at least a private pilot certificate as authorized by section 43.7 may do this action. Make an entry into the aircraft records showing compliance with these portions of this AD in accordance with section 43.9 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 43.9). (ii) On or before reaching 190 hours timein-service in the Acrobatic category and/or PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Utility category or on or before 90 days after March 21, 2003 (the effective date of AD 2003–03–13), whichever occurs later, insert the following information into the Limitations section of the airplane flight manual (AFM): ‘‘Do not operate in the Acrobatic or Utility category. Operate in the Normal category only.’’ The owner/operator holding at least a private pilot certificate as authorized by section 43.7 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 43.7) may accomplish this AFM insertion of this AD. Make an entry into the aircraft records showing compliance with these portions of this AD in accordance with section 43.9 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 43.9). This operational restriction is referenced in Moravan-Aeroplanes a.s. Mandatory Service Bulletin Z 142C/17a, Z 242L/37a—Rev. 1, dated October 31, 2000. (3) For airplane serial numbers 0657 or higher or one in the range of 0001 through 0656 that has strengthened wings (both left and right side) installed in accordance with Moravan Mandatory Service Bulletin Z 242L/ 27a—Rev. 1, dated October 31, 2000, or Rev. 2, dated April 15, 2003: On or before 10 days after June 5, 2003 (the effective date of AD 2003–11–12), incorporate aerobatic frequency information into the Limitations section of the airplane flight manual (AFM) as specified in Moravan Mandatory Service Bulletin Z 242L/38a—Rev.1, April 15, 2003. The owner/ operator holding at least a private pilot certificate as authorized by section 43.7 may do this action. Make an entry into the aircraft records showing compliance with these portions of this AD in accordance with section 43.9 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 43.9). (4) For all affected airplanes: Within 10 days after July 5, 2017 (the effective date of this AD), insert Chapter 9, Airworthiness Limitations, Revision No. 22, dated March 15, 2016, of ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. Z 242 L, DOC. No. 003.22.1 Maintenance Manual-Vol. I into the Limitations section of the FAAapproved maintenance program (e.g., maintenance manual). The owner/operator holding at least a private pilot certificate as authorized by section 43.7 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 43.7) may accomplish this maintenance manual insertion requirement of this AD. Make an entry into the aircraft records showing compliance with these portions of this AD in accordance with section 43.9 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 43.9). If a discrepancy is found during the accomplishment of any of the actions required by the document listed in this paragraph, before further flight after finding such discrepancy, contact ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. at the address specified in paragraph (h) of this AD for an FAA-approved repair scheme and incorporate that repair scheme. (g) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, E:\FR\FM\30MYR1.SGM 30MYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 30, 2017 / Rules and Regulations FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4059; fax: (816) 329– 4090; email: doug.rudolph@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO. (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority (or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service. (h) Related Information Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No.: 2017–0005, dated January 10, 2017, for related information. The MCAI can be found in the AD docket on the Internet at https://www.regulations.gov/ document?D=FAA-2017-0156-0002. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES (i) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise. (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on July 5, 2017 (the effective date of this AD). (i) Chapter 9, Airworthiness Limitations, Revision No. 22, dated March 15, 2016, of ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. Z 242 L DOC. No. 003.22.1 Maintenance Manual—Vol. I. (ii) Moravan-Aeroplanes a.s. Mandatory Service Bulletin Z 142C/17a, Z 242L/37a— Rev. 1, dated October 31, 2000. (4) The following service information was approved for IBR on June 5, 2003 (68 FR 32629, June 2, 2003). (i) Moravan Mandatory Service Bulletin Z 242L/38a—Rev.1, April 15, 2003. (ii) Reserved. (5) For service information identified in ˇ ˇ this AD, contact ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s., Letiste 1887, 765 02 Otrokovice, Czech Republic, telephone: +420 725 266 711; fax: +420 226 013 830; email: info@zlinaircraft.eu, Internet: http://www.zlinaircraft.eu. (6) You may view this service information at FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 816–329–4148. In addition, you can access this service information on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2017–0156. (7) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:28 May 26, 2017 Jkt 241001 Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 15, 2017. Melvin Johnson, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2017–10406 Filed 5–26–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2016–6666; Directorate Identifier 2015–NM–124–AD; Amendment 39–18881; AD 2017–10–07] 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 737–400 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by an evaluation by the design approval holder (DAH), which indicates that the aft fuselage skin is subject to widespread fatigue damage (WFD), and reports of aft fuselage skin cracking. This AD requires repetitive inspections to detect cracking of the aft fuselage skin, inspections to detect missing or loose fasteners and any disbonding or cracking of bonded doublers, permanent repairs of time-limited repairs, related investigative and corrective actions if necessary, and skin panel replacement. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective July 5, 2017. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of July 5, 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 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– 6666. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 24475 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– 6666; 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: Jennifer Tsakoumakis, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120L, FAA, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712–4137; phone: 562–627–5264; fax: 562–627– 5210; email: jennifer.tsakoumakis@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 certain Boeing Model 737–400 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on May 13, 2016 (81 FR 29809) (‘‘the NPRM’’). The NPRM was prompted by an evaluation by the DAH, which indicates that the aft fuselage skin is subject to WFD, and reports of aft fuselage skin cracking. The NPRM proposed to require repetitive inspections to detect cracking of the aft fuselage skin, inspections to detect missing or loose fasteners and any disbonding or cracking of bonded doublers, permanent repairs of timelimited repairs, related investigative and corrective actions if necessary, and skin panel replacement. We are issuing this AD to prevent cracking in the aft fuselage skin along the longitudinal edges of the bonded skin doubler, which could result in possible rapid decompression and reduced structural integrity of the airplane. 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 Specify Repair Procedures Boeing requested that we revise the proposed AD to address repairs that are E:\FR\FM\30MYR1.SGM 30MYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 102 (Tuesday, May 30, 2017)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-10406]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2017-0156; Directorate Identifier 2017-CE-003-AD; 
Amendment 39-18877; AD 2017-10-03]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2003-11-12 for 
ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. Model Z-242L airplanes (type certificate previously 
held by MORAVAN a.s.). This AD results from mandatory continuing 
airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of 
another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an 
aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as a need to 
incorporate new revisions into the Limitations section, Chapter 9, of 
the FAA-approved maintenance program (e.g., maintenance manual) to 
impose

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new or more restrictive life limits on critical components. We are 
issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on 
these products.

DATES: This AD is effective July 5, 2017.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of July 5, 2017.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain other publication as of June 5, 2003 (68 FR 
32629, June 2, 2003).

ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-
0156; or in person at the 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 service information identified in this AD, contact ZLIN 
AIRCRAFT a.s., Leti[scaron]t[ecaron] 1887, 765 02 Otrokovice, Czech 
Republic, telephone: +420 725 266 711; fax: +420 226 013 830; email: 
info@zlinaircraft.eu, Internet: http://www.zlinaircraft.eu. You may 
view this referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane 
Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information 
on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148. 
It is also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for Docket No. FAA-2017-0156.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, 
Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106; telephone: (816) 329-4059; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: 
doug.rudolph@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 ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. Model Z-
242L airplanes (type certificate previously held by MORAVAN a.s.). That 
NPRM was published in the Federal Register on March 2, 2017 (82 FR 
12305), and proposed to supersede AD 2003-11-12, Amendment 39-13171 (68 
FR 32629, June 2, 2003) (``AD 2003-11-12'').
    Since we issued AD 2003-11-12, a revision to the airworthiness 
limitations chapter of the aircraft maintenance manual has been issued, 
and the State of Design airworthiness authority took AD action, as 
identified below.
    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued AD 
No.: 2017-0005, dated January 10, 2017 (referred to after this as ``the 
MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The 
MCAI states:

    The airworthiness limitations for the Zlin Aircraft a.s. Z 242 L 
aeroplanes, which are approved by EASA, are defined and published in 
Chapter 9 of Zlin Aircraft a.s. Z 242 L Maintenance Manual (MM)--
Volume I Document 003.021.1 (in Czech language) or in Chapter 9 of Z 
242 L MM--Volume I Document 003.22.1 (in English language). These 
instructions have been identified as mandatory for continued 
airworthiness.
    Failure to accomplish these instructions could result in an 
unsafe condition.
    Zlin Aircraft a.s. recently published Revision 22 to Chapter 9, 
Volume I, of the Z 242 L MM, introducing new and/or more restrictive 
limitations.
    For the reason described above, this [EASA] AD requires 
accomplishment of the actions specified in the Zlin Aircraft a.s. Z 
242 L MM Chapter 9, Volume I, at Revision 22.

The MCAI can be found in the AD docket on the Internet at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FAA-2017-0156-0002.

Comments

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

Conclusion

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

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR 51

    We reviewed Chapter 9, Airworthiness Limitations, Revision No. 22, 
dated March 15, 2016, of ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. Z 242 L DOC. No. 003.22.1 
Maintenance Manual-Vol. I., and Moravan-Aeroplanes a.s. Mandatory 
Service Bulletin Z 142C/17a, Z 242L/37a--Rev. 1, dated October 31, 
2000. The revision to the Limitations sections introduces new and/or 
more restrictive safe life limits for the Model Z 242 airplane. The 
mandatory service bulletin describes procedures for annotating 
acrobatic and utility category operational time in the logbook. 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 of this AD.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD will affect 30 products of U.S. registry. 
We also estimate that it will take about 1 work-hour per product to 
comply with the requirement to incorporate the new revision into the 
Limitations section of the FAA-approved maintenance program (e.g., 
maintenance manual). The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour.
    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this portion of 
this AD on U.S. operators to be $2,550, or $85 per product.
    The above costs only account for the time to incorporate the 
document into the Limitations section of the FAA-approved maintenance 
program. These limitations will impose more restrictive life limits on 
some parts and provide new life limits for others. While the cost of 
these replacements could be expensive, they will only be required to 
operate the airplane past the established times. Ultimately, the 
estimated cost of replacing all life-limited parts could come close to 
the cost of the airplane. These life limits are necessary to continue 
to operate the airplane in an airworthy manner.

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

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-
0156; 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 the NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, 
and other information. The street address for the Docket Office 
(telephone (800) 647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will 
be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by removing Amendment 39-13171 (68 FR 
32629, June 2, 2003), and adding the following new AD:

2017-10-03 ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. (type certificate previously held by 
MORAVAN a.s.): Amendment 39-18877; Docket No. FAA-2017-0156; 
Directorate Identifier 2017-CE-003-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective July 5, 
2017.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2003-11-12, Amendment 39-13171 (68 FR 32629, 
June 2, 2003) (``AD 2003-11-12'').

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. Model Z-242L airplanes, 
all serial numbers, certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 5: Time Limits.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness 
information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another 
country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation 
product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as a need to 
incorporate new revisions into the Limitations section, Chapter 9, 
of the FAA-approved maintenance program (e.g., maintenance manual). 
We are issuing this AD to prevent structural failure of the wing due 
to fatigue cracking. Such failure could result in a wing separating 
from the airplane with consequent loss of control.

(f) Actions and Compliance

    Unless already done, do the following actions:
    (1) For all affected airplanes: As of March 21, 2003 (the 
effective date of AD 2003-03-13 (68 FR 4905, January 21, 2003) (``AD 
2003-03-13'')), annotate Acrobatic and Utility category operational 
time in the logbook. If the airplane is utilized in either of these 
categories at any time during a flight, annotate the total time for 
that flight in the Utility or Acrobatic category, as appropriate. Do 
the logbook annotation following the procedures in Moravan-
Aeroplanes a.s. Mandatory Service Bulletin Z 142C/17a, Z 242L/37a--
Rev. 1, dated October 31, 2000; and Moravan Mandatory Service 
Bulletin Z 242L/38a--Rev. 1, April 15, 2003. The owner/operator 
holding at least a private pilot certificate as authorized by 
section 43.7 may do this action.
    (2) For airplane serial numbers 0001 through 0656 that do not 
have strengthened wings installed (both left and right side) in 
accordance with Moravan Mandatory Service Bulletin Z 242L/27a--Rev. 
1, dated October 31, 2000, or Rev. 2, dated April 15, 2003:
    (i) On or before 10 days after June 5, 2003 (the effective date 
of AD 2003-11-12), incorporate aerobatic frequency information into 
the Limitations section of the airplane flight manual (AFM) as 
specified in Moravan Mandatory Service Bulletin Z 242L/38a--Rev. 1, 
April 15, 2003. The owner/operator holding at least a private pilot 
certificate as authorized by section 43.7 may do this action. Make 
an entry into the aircraft records showing compliance with these 
portions of this AD in accordance with section 43.9 of the Federal 
Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 43.9).
    (ii) On or before reaching 190 hours time-in-service in the 
Acrobatic category and/or Utility category or on or before 90 days 
after March 21, 2003 (the effective date of AD 2003-03-13), 
whichever occurs later, insert the following information into the 
Limitations section of the airplane flight manual (AFM): ``Do not 
operate in the Acrobatic or Utility category. Operate in the Normal 
category only.'' The owner/operator holding at least a private pilot 
certificate as authorized by section 43.7 of the Federal Aviation 
Regulations (14 CFR 43.7) may accomplish this AFM insertion of this 
AD. Make an entry into the aircraft records showing compliance with 
these portions of this AD in accordance with section 43.9 of the 
Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 43.9). This operational 
restriction is referenced in Moravan-Aeroplanes a.s. Mandatory 
Service Bulletin Z 142C/17a, Z 242L/37a--Rev. 1, dated October 31, 
2000.
    (3) For airplane serial numbers 0657 or higher or one in the 
range of 0001 through 0656 that has strengthened wings (both left 
and right side) installed in accordance with Moravan Mandatory 
Service Bulletin Z 242L/27a--Rev. 1, dated October 31, 2000, or Rev. 
2, dated April 15, 2003: On or before 10 days after June 5, 2003 
(the effective date of AD 2003-11-12), incorporate aerobatic 
frequency information into the Limitations section of the airplane 
flight manual (AFM) as specified in Moravan Mandatory Service 
Bulletin Z 242L/38a--Rev.1, April 15, 2003. The owner/operator 
holding at least a private pilot certificate as authorized by 
section 43.7 may do this action. Make an entry into the aircraft 
records showing compliance with these portions of this AD in 
accordance with section 43.9 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 
CFR 43.9).
    (4) For all affected airplanes: Within 10 days after July 5, 
2017 (the effective date of this AD), insert Chapter 9, 
Airworthiness Limitations, Revision No. 22, dated March 15, 2016, of 
ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. Z 242 L, DOC. No. 003.22.1 Maintenance Manual-
Vol. I into the Limitations section of the FAA-approved maintenance 
program (e.g., maintenance manual). The owner/operator holding at 
least a private pilot certificate as authorized by section 43.7 of 
the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 43.7) may accomplish this 
maintenance manual insertion requirement of this AD. Make an entry 
into the aircraft records showing compliance with these portions of 
this AD in accordance with section 43.9 of the Federal Aviation 
Regulations (14 CFR 43.9). If a discrepancy is found during the 
accomplishment of any of the actions required by the document listed 
in this paragraph, before further flight after finding such 
discrepancy, contact ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. at the address specified in 
paragraph (h) of this AD for an FAA-approved repair scheme and 
incorporate that repair scheme.

(g) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this 
AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send 
information to ATTN: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer,

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FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, 
Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4059; fax: (816) 329-4090; 
email: doug.rudolph@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC on any 
airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate 
principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office 
(FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO.
    (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain 
corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these 
actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered 
FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority 
(or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product 
is airworthy before it is returned to service.

(h) Related Information

    Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No.: 
2017-0005, dated January 10, 2017, for related information. The MCAI 
can be found in the AD docket on the Internet at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FAA-2017-0156-0002.

(i) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise.
    (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on 
July 5, 2017 (the effective date of this AD).
    (i) Chapter 9, Airworthiness Limitations, Revision No. 22, dated 
March 15, 2016, of ZLIN AIRCRAFT a.s. Z 242 L DOC. No. 003.22.1 
Maintenance Manual--Vol. I.
    (ii) Moravan-Aeroplanes a.s. Mandatory Service Bulletin Z 142C/
17a, Z 242L/37a--Rev. 1, dated October 31, 2000.
    (4) The following service information was approved for IBR on 
June 5, 2003 (68 FR 32629, June 2, 2003).
    (i) Moravan Mandatory Service Bulletin Z 242L/38a--Rev.1, April 
15, 2003.
    (ii) Reserved.
    (5) For service information identified in this AD, contact ZLIN 
AIRCRAFT a.s., Leti[scaron]t[ecaron] 1887, 765 02 Otrokovice, Czech 
Republic, telephone: +420 725 266 711; fax: +420 226 013 830; email: 
info@zlinaircraft.eu, Internet: http://www.zlinaircraft.eu.
    (6) You may view this service information at FAA, Small Airplane 
Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For 
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
816-329-4148. In addition, you can access this service information 
on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and 
locating Docket No. FAA-2017-0156.
    (7) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 15, 2017.
Melvin Johnson,
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-10406 Filed 5-26-17; 8:45 am]
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