Airworthiness Directives; BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Airplanes, 27414-27416 [2017-12173]

Download as PDF 27414 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 114 / Thursday, June 15, 2017 / Rules and Regulations FIGURE 1 TO PARAGRAPH (g)—ENGINE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION S/NS—Continued Federal Aviation Administration 727251 727252 727253 727257 727269 728720 728725 728726 728729 728730 728826 728827 728840 728864 728870 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2016–4220; Directorate Identifier 2015–NM–076–AD; Amendment 39–18923; AD 2017–12–08] (h) Installation Prohibition RIN 2120–AA64 After the effective date of this AD, do not install any software standard earlier than SCN 5B/I into any EEC model number EEC104–40 or EEC104–60. Airworthiness Directives; BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Airplanes (i) Definition AGENCY: For the purpose of this AD, an ‘‘engine shop visit’’ is the induction of an engine into the shop for maintenance involving the separation of pairs of major mating engine flanges, except that the separation of engine flanges solely for the purposes of transportation without subsequent engine maintenance does not constitute an engine shop visit. (j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Engine Certification Office, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Use the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19 to make your request. You may email your request to: ANE-AD-AMOC@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. (k) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Kevin Clark, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238– 7088; fax: 781–238–7199; email: kevin.m.clark@faa.gov. (2) PW Alert Service Bulletin PW2000 A73–170, dated July 14, 2016, which is not incorporated by reference in this AD, can be obtained from PW, using the contact information in paragraph (k)(3) of this AD. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Pratt & Whitney Division, 400 Main St., East Hartford, CT 06118; phone: 800–565–0140; fax: 860–565–5442. (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7125. (l) Material Incorporated by Reference pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES None. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on June 2, 2017. Robert J. Ganley, Acting Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2017–12074 Filed 6–14–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:00 Jun 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2011–24– 06 for all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146–100A, –200A, and –300A airplanes; and Model Avro 146–RJ70A, 146–RJ85A, and 146– RJ100A airplanes. AD 2011–24–06 required revising the maintenance program to incorporate life limits for certain items, adding new and more restrictive inspections to detect fatigue cracking in certain structures, and adding fuel system critical design configuration control limitations (CDCCLs) to prevent ignition sources in the fuel tanks. AD 2011–24–06 also required modifying the main fittings of the main landing gear (MLG) and revising the maintenance program to incorporate new life limits on MLG uplocks and door up-locks and other MLG components. This new AD requires revising the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or revised structural inspection requirements. This AD was prompted by a determination that new or revised structural inspection requirements are necessary. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. SUMMARY: This AD is effective July 20, 2017. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of January 3, 2012 (76 FR 73477, November 29, 2011). ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact BAE Systems (Operations) Limited, Customer Information Department, Prestwick International Airport, Ayrshire, KA9 2RW, Scotland, United Kingdom; telephone +44 1292 675207; fax +44 1292 675704; email RApublications@ baesystems.com; Internet http:// www.baesystems.com/Businesses/ RegionalAircraft/index.htm. You may DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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– 4220. 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– 4220; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (telephone 800–647–5527) is Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Todd Thompson, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1175; fax 425–227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2011–24–06, Amendment 39–16870 (76 FR 73477, November 29, 2011) (‘‘AD 2011–24–06’’). AD 2011–24–06 applied to all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146–100A, –200A, and –300A airplanes; and Model Avro 146– RJ70A, 146–RJ85A, and 146–RJ100A airplanes. The SNPRM published in the Federal Register on December 13, 2016 (81 FR 89878) (‘‘the SNPRM’’). We preceded the SNPRM with a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that published in the Federal Register on March 8, 2016 (81 FR 12044) (‘‘the NPRM’’). The NPRM was prompted by a determination that new or revised structural inspection requirements are necessary. The NPRM proposed to require revising the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or revised structural inspection requirements. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of certain structural elements, E:\FR\FM\15JNR1.SGM 15JNR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 114 / Thursday, June 15, 2017 / Rules and Regulations which could adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2014–0071, dated March 19, 2014 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 series and Model Avro 146–RJ series airplanes. The MCAI states: pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES The BAe 146/AVRO 146–RJ Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM) includes the Chapters as listed in Appendix 1 of this [EASA] AD. Compliance with these chapters has been identified as a mandatory action for continued airworthiness and EASA AD 2012–0004 was issued to require operators to comply with those instructions. Since that [EASA] AD was issued, BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd revised the AMM (Revision 107), introducing a new defined life limit for the Fire Bottle Cartridge Firing Unit into Chapter 05–10–15. Subsequently, Revision 108 of the AMM introduced in Chapter 05–20–00 inspection tasks for repairs applied to fatigue critical structures and also introduced a new Chapter 05–20–07 to provide Structural Repair Manual (SRM) references for these tasks, applicable to repairs accomplished after the publication of AMM Revision 108. Finally, AMM Revision 111 introduced safe life limitations into Chapter 05–10–15 for rollers of main landing gear and door up-locks. Furthermore, Section 6 of the Maintenance Review Board Report (MRBR) Document MRB 146–01, Issue 2, Revision 18 was published (as referenced in Chapter 05–20– 01 of the AMM) to correct discrepancies in inspection tasks for a number of Structurally Important Items (SIIs). Grace periods for these revised inspection tasks are included in BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd Inspection Service Bulletin (ISB) ISB.53–237. Failure to comply with the new and more restrictive tasks and limitations referenced above could result in an unsafe condition. For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD retains the requirements of EASA AD 2012–0004, which is superseded, and requires implementation of the maintenance tasks and/or airworthiness limitations as specified in the defined parts of Chapter 05 of the AMM at Revision 112. The unsafe condition is fatigue cracking of certain structural elements, which could adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2016– 4220. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the SNPRM or VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:00 Jun 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 27415 We reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD as proposed except for minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes: • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the SNPRM for correcting the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the SNPRM. responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and 4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Costs of Compliance List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 We estimate that this AD affects 2 airplanes of U.S. registry. The actions required by AD 2011–24– 06 and retained in this AD take about 3 work-hours per product, at an average labor rate of $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of the actions that are required by AD 2011–24–06 is $255 per product. We also estimate that it would take about 1 work-hour per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $170, or $85 per product. Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. on the determination of the cost to the public. Conclusion 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 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 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2011–24–06, Amendment 39–16870 (76 FR 73477, November 29, 2011), and adding the following new AD: ■ 2017–12–08 BAE Systems (Operations) Limited: Amendment 39–18923; Docket No. FAA–2016–4220; Directorate Identifier 2015–NM–076–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective July 20, 2017. (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2011–24–06, Amendment 39–16870 (76 FR 73477, November 29, 2011) (‘‘AD 2011–24–06’’). (c) Applicability This AD applies to BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146–100A, –200A, and –300A airplanes; and Model Avro 146–RJ70A, 146–RJ85A, and 146– RJ100A airplanes; certificated in any category; all serial numbers. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 05, Periodic Inspections. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by a determination that new or revised structural inspection requirements are necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of certain structural elements, which could E:\FR\FM\15JNR1.SGM 15JNR1 27416 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 114 / Thursday, June 15, 2017 / Rules and Regulations adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Retained Airworthiness Limitations Revisions of the Shock Absorber Assemblies, With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (j) of AD 2011–24–06, with no changes. Within 90 days after January 3, 2012 (the effective date of AD 2011–24–06), revise the maintenance program, by incorporating Subject 05–10–15, ‘‘Aircraft Equipment Airworthiness Limitations’’ of Chapter 05, ‘‘Time Limits/Maintenance Checks,’’ of the BAE Systems (Operations) Limited BAe 146 Series/Avro 146–RJ Series Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM), Revision 104, dated April 15, 2011, to remove life limits on shock absorber assemblies, but not the individual shock absorber components, amend life limits on main landing gear (MLG) up-locks and door up-locks, and to introduce and amend life limits on MLG components. Accomplishing the actions required by paragraph (i) of this AD terminates the actions required by this paragraph. pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES (h) Retained No Alternative Actions, Intervals, and/or Critical Design Configuration Control Limitations (CDCCLs), With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (k) of AD 2011–24–06, with no changes. Except as specified in paragraph (i) of this AD: After accomplishing the revision required by paragraph (g) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections), intervals, and/or CDCCLs may be used, unless the actions, intervals, and/or CDCCLs are approved as an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (k)(1) of this AD. (i) New Revision to the Maintenance or Inspection Program Within 90 days after the effective date of this AD: Revise the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new and revised limitations, tasks, thresholds, and intervals using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA. Accomplishing the actions required by this paragraph terminates the actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD. Note 1 to paragraph (i) of this AD: An additional source of guidance for the actions specified in paragraph (i) of this AD can be found in BAe 146/AVRO 146–RJ Airplane Maintenance Manual, Revision 112, dated October 15, 2013. Note 2 to paragraph (i) of this AD: An additional source of guidance for the actions specified in paragraph (i) of this AD can be found in Corrosion Prevention Control Program (CPCP) Document No. CPCP–146– 01, Revision 4, dated September 15, 2010. Note 3 to paragraph (i) of this AD: An additional source of guidance for the actions VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:00 Jun 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 specified in paragraph (i) of this AD can be found in Supplemental Structural Inspections Document (SSID) Document No. SSID–146–01, Revision 2, dated August 15, 2012. Note 4 to paragraph (i) of this AD: An additional source of guidance for the actions specified in paragraph (i) of this AD can be found in Maintenance Review Board Report Document No. MRB 146–01, Issue 2, Revision 19, dated August 2012. Note 5 to paragraph (i) of this AD: An additional source of guidance for the actions specified in paragraph (i) of this AD can be found in BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service Bulletin ISB.53–237, Revision 1, dated April 2, 2013. (j) New No Alternative Actions, Intervals, and/or CDCCLs After accomplishment of the revision required by paragraph (i) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections), intervals, and/or CDCCLs may be used, unless the actions, intervals, and/or CDCCLs are approved as an AMOC in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (k)(1) of this AD. (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 BAE Systems (Operations) Limited’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. (l) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2014–0071, dated March 19, 2014, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA– 2016–4220. (2) For more information about this AD, contact Todd Thompson, Aerospace PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1175; fax 425–227–1149. (m) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise. (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on January 3, 2012 (76 FR 73477, November 29, 2011). (i) Subject 05–10–15, ‘‘Aircraft Equipment Airworthiness Limitations’’ of Chapter 05, ‘‘Time Limits/Maintenance Checks,’’ of the BAE Systems (Operations) Limited BAe 146 Series/Avro 146–RJ Series Aircraft Maintenance Manual, Revision 104, dated April 15, 2011. (ii) Reserved. (4) For service information identified in this AD, contact BAE Systems (Operations) Limited, Customer Information Department, Prestwick International Airport, Ayrshire, KA9 2RW, Scotland, United Kingdom; telephone +44 1292 675207; fax +44 1292 675704; email RApublications@ baesystems.com; Internet http:// www.baesystems.com/Businesses/ RegionalAircraft/index.htm. (5) 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. (6) 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 June 2, 2017. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2017–12173 Filed 6–14–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2016–9432; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–116–AD; Amendment 39–18922; AD 2017–12–07] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\15JNR1.SGM 15JNR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2016-4220; Directorate Identifier 2015-NM-076-AD; 
Amendment 39-18923; AD 2017-12-08]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; BAE Systems (Operations) Limited 
Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2011-24-06 for 
all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146-100A, -200A, and -
300A airplanes; and Model Avro 146-RJ70A, 146-RJ85A, and 146-RJ100A 
airplanes. AD 2011-24-06 required revising the maintenance program to 
incorporate life limits for certain items, adding new and more 
restrictive inspections to detect fatigue cracking in certain 
structures, and adding fuel system critical design configuration 
control limitations (CDCCLs) to prevent ignition sources in the fuel 
tanks. AD 2011-24-06 also required modifying the main fittings of the 
main landing gear (MLG) and revising the maintenance program to 
incorporate new life limits on MLG up-locks and door up-locks and other 
MLG components. This new AD requires revising the maintenance or 
inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or revised 
structural inspection requirements. This AD was prompted by a 
determination that new or revised structural inspection requirements 
are necessary. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition 
on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective July 20, 2017.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of January 3, 
2012 (76 FR 73477, November 29, 2011).

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, 
contact BAE Systems (Operations) Limited, Customer Information 
Department, Prestwick International Airport, Ayrshire, KA9 2RW, 
Scotland, United Kingdom; telephone +44 1292 675207; fax +44 1292 
675704; email RApublications@baesystems.com; Internet http://www.baesystems.com/Businesses/RegionalAircraft/index.htm. You may view 
this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane 
Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the 
availability of this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221. It is also 
available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching 
for and locating Docket No. FAA-2016-4220.

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-
4220; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket 
contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and 
other information. The address for the Docket Office (telephone 800-
647-5527) is Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    We issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to 
amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2011-24-06, Amendment 39-16870 (76 
FR 73477, November 29, 2011) (``AD 2011-24-06''). AD 2011-24-06 applied 
to all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146-100A, -200A, and 
-300A airplanes; and Model Avro 146-RJ70A, 146-RJ85A, and 146-RJ100A 
airplanes. The SNPRM published in the Federal Register on December 13, 
2016 (81 FR 89878) (``the SNPRM''). We preceded the SNPRM with a notice 
of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that published in the Federal Register on 
March 8, 2016 (81 FR 12044) (``the NPRM''). The NPRM was prompted by a 
determination that new or revised structural inspection requirements 
are necessary. The NPRM proposed to require revising the maintenance or 
inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or revised 
structural inspection requirements. We are issuing this AD to detect 
and correct fatigue cracking of certain structural elements,

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which could adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane.
    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA 
Airworthiness Directive 2014-0071, dated March 19, 2014 (referred to 
after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or 
``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for all BAE Systems 
(Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 series and Model Avro 146-RJ series 
airplanes. The MCAI states:

    The BAe 146/AVRO 146-RJ Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM) 
includes the Chapters as listed in Appendix 1 of this [EASA] AD. 
Compliance with these chapters has been identified as a mandatory 
action for continued airworthiness and EASA AD 2012-0004 was issued 
to require operators to comply with those instructions.
    Since that [EASA] AD was issued, BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd 
revised the AMM (Revision 107), introducing a new defined life limit 
for the Fire Bottle Cartridge Firing Unit into Chapter 05-10-15. 
Subsequently, Revision 108 of the AMM introduced in Chapter 05-20-00 
inspection tasks for repairs applied to fatigue critical structures 
and also introduced a new Chapter 05-20-07 to provide Structural 
Repair Manual (SRM) references for these tasks, applicable to 
repairs accomplished after the publication of AMM Revision 108. 
Finally, AMM Revision 111 introduced safe life limitations into 
Chapter 05-10-15 for rollers of main landing gear and door up-locks.
    Furthermore, Section 6 of the Maintenance Review Board Report 
(MRBR) Document MRB 146-01, Issue 2, Revision 18 was published (as 
referenced in Chapter 05-20-01 of the AMM) to correct discrepancies 
in inspection tasks for a number of Structurally Important Items 
(SIIs). Grace periods for these revised inspection tasks are 
included in BAE Systems (Operations) Ltd Inspection Service Bulletin 
(ISB) ISB.53-237.
    Failure to comply with the new and more restrictive tasks and 
limitations referenced above could result in an unsafe condition.
    For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD retains the 
requirements of EASA AD 2012-0004, which is superseded, and requires 
implementation of the maintenance tasks and/or airworthiness 
limitations as specified in the defined parts of Chapter 05 of the 
AMM at Revision 112.

    The unsafe condition is fatigue cracking of certain structural 
elements, which could adversely affect the structural integrity of the 
airplane. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at 
http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. 
FAA-2016-4220.

Comments

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

Conclusion

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

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 2 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    The actions required by AD 2011-24-06 and retained in this AD take 
about 3 work-hours per product, at an average labor rate of $85 per 
work-hour. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of the actions 
that are required by AD 2011-24-06 is $255 per product.
    We also estimate that it would take about 1 work-hour per product 
to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor 
rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost 
of this AD on U.S. operators to be $170, or $85 per product.

Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, 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 Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct 
effect on the States, on the relationship between the national 
government and the States, or on the distribution of power and 
responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:
    1. Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866;
    2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979);
    3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and
    4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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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) 
2011-24-06, Amendment 39-16870 (76 FR 73477, November 29, 2011), and 
adding the following new AD:

2017-12-08 BAE Systems (Operations) Limited: Amendment 39-18923; 
Docket No. FAA-2016-4220; Directorate Identifier 2015-NM-076-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective July 20, 2017.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2011-24-06, Amendment 39-16870 (76 FR 73477, 
November 29, 2011) (``AD 2011-24-06'').

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 
146-100A, -200A, and -300A airplanes; and Model Avro 146-RJ70A, 146-
RJ85A, and 146-RJ100A airplanes; certificated in any category; all 
serial numbers.

(d) Subject

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

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by a determination that new or revised 
structural inspection requirements are necessary. We are issuing 
this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of certain structural 
elements, which could

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adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Retained Airworthiness Limitations Revisions of the Shock Absorber 
Assemblies, With No Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (j) of AD 
2011-24-06, with no changes. Within 90 days after January 3, 2012 
(the effective date of AD 2011-24-06), revise the maintenance 
program, by incorporating Subject 05-10-15, ``Aircraft Equipment 
Airworthiness Limitations'' of Chapter 05, ``Time Limits/Maintenance 
Checks,'' of the BAE Systems (Operations) Limited BAe 146 Series/
Avro 146-RJ Series Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM), Revision 104, 
dated April 15, 2011, to remove life limits on shock absorber 
assemblies, but not the individual shock absorber components, amend 
life limits on main landing gear (MLG) up-locks and door up-locks, 
and to introduce and amend life limits on MLG components. 
Accomplishing the actions required by paragraph (i) of this AD 
terminates the actions required by this paragraph.

(h) Retained No Alternative Actions, Intervals, and/or Critical Design 
Configuration Control Limitations (CDCCLs), With No Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (k) of AD 
2011-24-06, with no changes. Except as specified in paragraph (i) of 
this AD: After accomplishing the revision required by paragraph (g) 
of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections), intervals, 
and/or CDCCLs may be used, unless the actions, intervals, and/or 
CDCCLs are approved as an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in 
accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (k)(1) of this 
AD.

(i) New Revision to the Maintenance or Inspection Program

    Within 90 days after the effective date of this AD: Revise the 
maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new 
and revised limitations, tasks, thresholds, and intervals using a 
method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, 
Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA. Accomplishing the actions 
required by this paragraph terminates the actions required by 
paragraph (g) of this AD.
    Note 1 to paragraph (i) of this AD: An additional source of 
guidance for the actions specified in paragraph (i) of this AD can 
be found in BAe 146/AVRO 146-RJ Airplane Maintenance Manual, 
Revision 112, dated October 15, 2013.
    Note 2 to paragraph (i) of this AD: An additional source of 
guidance for the actions specified in paragraph (i) of this AD can 
be found in Corrosion Prevention Control Program (CPCP) Document No. 
CPCP-146-01, Revision 4, dated September 15, 2010.
    Note 3 to paragraph (i) of this AD: An additional source of 
guidance for the actions specified in paragraph (i) of this AD can 
be found in Supplemental Structural Inspections Document (SSID) 
Document No. SSID-146-01, Revision 2, dated August 15, 2012.
    Note 4 to paragraph (i) of this AD: An additional source of 
guidance for the actions specified in paragraph (i) of this AD can 
be found in Maintenance Review Board Report Document No. MRB 146-01, 
Issue 2, Revision 19, dated August 2012.
    Note 5 to paragraph (i) of this AD: An additional source of 
guidance for the actions specified in paragraph (i) of this AD can 
be found in BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Inspection Service 
Bulletin ISB.53-237, Revision 1, dated April 2, 2013.

(j) New No Alternative Actions, Intervals, and/or CDCCLs

    After accomplishment of the revision required by paragraph (i) 
of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections), intervals, 
and/or CDCCLs may be used, unless the actions, intervals, and/or 
CDCCLs are approved as an AMOC in accordance with the procedures 
specified in paragraph (k)(1) of this AD.

(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 BAE Systems (Operations) Limited's EASA Design 
Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval 
must include the DOA-authorized signature.

(l) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2014-0071, dated March 19, 2014, 
for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on 
the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and 
locating Docket No. FAA-2016-4220.
    (2) For more information about this AD, contact Todd Thompson, 
Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-
3356; telephone 425-227-1175; fax 425-227-1149.

(m) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise.
    (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on 
January 3, 2012 (76 FR 73477, November 29, 2011).
    (i) Subject 05-10-15, ``Aircraft Equipment Airworthiness 
Limitations'' of Chapter 05, ``Time Limits/Maintenance Checks,'' of 
the BAE Systems (Operations) Limited BAe 146 Series/Avro 146-RJ 
Series Aircraft Maintenance Manual, Revision 104, dated April 15, 
2011.
    (ii) Reserved.
    (4) For service information identified in this AD, contact BAE 
Systems (Operations) Limited, Customer Information Department, 
Prestwick International Airport, Ayrshire, KA9 2RW, Scotland, United 
Kingdom; telephone +44 1292 675207; fax +44 1292 675704; email 
RApublications@baesystems.com; Internet http://www.baesystems.com/Businesses/RegionalAircraft/index.htm.
    (5) 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.
    (6) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on June 2, 2017.
Michael Kaszycki,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-12173 Filed 6-14-17; 8:45 am]
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