Airworthiness Directives; Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes, 33004-33007 [2017-14583]

Download as PDF 33004 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 19, 2017 / Rules and Regulations (g) Repetitive Inspections Before exceeding 36,900 total flight cycles since first flight of the airplane, or within 2,100 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later: Do a detailed inspection for cracking of the frame to cabin floor beam junction on the aft and forward sides at frame (FR) 35.1 and FR 35.2 on the left-hand and right-hand sides, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the Airbus service information specified in paragraphs (g)(1), (g)(2), (g)(3), and (g)(4) of this AD. Repeat the inspection of the frame to cabin floor beam junction on the aft and forward sides at FR 35.1 and FR 35.2 on the left-hand and right-hand sides thereafter at intervals not to exceed 15,300 flight cycles. (1) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–53–1317, dated December 15, 2015 (FR 35.1 right-hand side). (2) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–53–1318, dated October 9, 2015 (FR 35.1 left-hand side). (3) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–53–1319, dated October 9, 2015 (FR 35.2 right-hand side). (4) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–53–1320, dated October 9, 2015 (FR 35.2 left-hand side). mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES (h) Repair If any crack is found during any inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD: Before further flight, repair 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). Although the service information specified in paragraph (g) of this AD specifies to contact Airbus for repair instructions, and specifies that action as ‘‘RC’’ (Required for Compliance), this AD requires repair as specified in this paragraph. Repair of an airplane as required by this paragraph does not constitute terminating action for the repetitive actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD, unless otherwise specified in the instructions provided by the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus’s EASA DOA. (i) 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 (j)(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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:17 Jul 18, 2017 Jkt 241001 standards district office/certificate holding district office. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM– 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus’s EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (3) Required for Compliance (RC): Except as required by paragraph (h) of this AD: If any 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 airworthy condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC require approval of an AMOC. (j) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA AD 2016–0105, dated June 6, 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–2016–9498. (2) For more information about this AD, contact Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone: 425–227–1405; fax: 425–227– 1149. Information may be emailed to: 9ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. (3) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (k)(3) and (k)(4) of this AD. (k) 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. (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–53–1317, dated December 15, 2015. (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–53–1318, dated October 9, 2015. (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–53– 1319, dated October 9, 2015. (iv) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–53– 1320, dated October 9, 2015. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus, Airworthiness Office—EIAS, 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.airwortheas@airbus.com; Internet: http:// www.airbus.com. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 June 29, 2017. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2017–14588 Filed 7–18–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2016–9389; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–153–AD; Amendment 39–18953; AD 2017–14–09] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Fokker Services B.V. Model F28 Mark 0100 airplanes. This AD was prompted by an evaluation by the design approval holder (DAH) indicating that certain wing fuel tank access panels are subject to widespread fatigue damage (WFD). This AD requires replacement of affected access panels and modification of the coamings of the associated access holes. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective August 23, 2017. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of August 23, 2017. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Fokker Services B.V., Technical Services Dept., P.O. Box 1357, 2130 EL Hoofddorp, the Netherlands; telephone: +31 (0)88–6280–350; fax: +31 (0)88– 6280–111; email: technicalservices@ fokker.com; Internet: http:// www.myfokkerfleet.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19JYR1.SGM 19JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 19, 2017 / Rules and Regulations 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– 9389. 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– 9389; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone 800–647– 5527) is Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1137; fax 425–227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all Fokker Services B.V. Model F28 Mark 0100 airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on November 17, 2016 (81 FR 81018) (‘‘the NPRM’’). The NPRM was prompted by an evaluation by the DAH indicating that certain wing fuel tank access panels are subject to WFD. The NPRM proposed to require replacement of affected access panels and modification of the coamings of the associated access holes. We are issuing this AD to prevent fatigue cracking in the wing structure, which could result in reduced 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 AD 2014–0158, dated July 7, 2014 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for all Fokker Services B.V. Model F28 Mark 0100 series airplanes. The MCAI states: Based on findings on test articles, fatigueinduced cracks may develop in the coamings of certain wing fuel tank access panels Part Number (P/N) D12395–403 and P/N D12450– 403, installed on Fokker F28 Mark 0100 aeroplanes. To ensure the continued structural integrity with respect to fatigue, repetitive inspections were included in the Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness. Fokker Services also developed precautionary measures to reduce stress loads in the affected areas by replacement of the affected access panels with new panels, P/N D19701–401 and P/N D19701–403, having thinner skin, and a modification by introducing internal patches to the coamings of the affected access holes. These precautionary measures were introduced with Service Bulletins (SB) SBF100–57–027 and SBF100–57–028. As part of the Widespread Fatigue Damage reevaluation, it was concluded that repetitive inspections through the ALS do not provide a sufficient level of protection against the fatigue-induced cracks. This condition, if not corrected, would affect the structural integrity of the lower wing skins of both outer wings in the areas surrounding the affected fuel tank access panels. For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD requires replacement of the affected access panels and modification of the coamings of these access holes. Post-modification inspection requirements depend on the actual number of flight cycles accumulated at the moment of modification. Related detailed information is provided in SBF100–57–027 and SBF100–57–028, as well as in Fokker Services ALS Report SE–623 Issue 12. Fokker Services All Operators Message AOF100.178#05 provides additional information concerning the subject addressed by this [EASA] AD. 33005 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– 9389. In the NPRM, we incorrectly cited EASA AD 2016–0125, dated June 21, 2016. We do not address EASA AD 2016–0125 or its contents in this AD. 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 changes. We have determined that these minor changes: • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM for correcting the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Fokker Services B.V. has issued the following service information: • Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100– 57–027, Revision 2, dated December 11, 2013, which provides instructions to replace certain fuel tank access panels. • Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100– 57–028, Revision 2, dated December 11, 2013, which provides instructions to modify the coamings of certain fuel tank access holes. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 15 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Labor cost Replacement and modification ....................... mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES Action 510 work-hours × $85 per hour = $43,350 .... Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:17 Jul 18, 2017 Jkt 241001 Parts cost section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,’’ describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 $45,500 Cost per product $88,850 Cost on U.S. operators $1,332,750 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 E:\FR\FM\19JYR1.SGM 19JYR1 33006 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 19, 2017 / Rules and Regulations 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: (c) Applicability (i) Credit for Previous Actions This AD applies to Fokker Services B.V. Model F28 Mark 0100 airplanes, certificated in any category, all serial numbers. (1) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using the service information specified in paragraph (i)(1)(i) or (i)(1)(ii) of this AD. (i) Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100–57– 028, dated May 2, 1994. (ii) Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100–57– 028, Revision 1, dated November 1, 1994. (2) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraph (g)(2) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using the service information specified in paragraph (i)(2)(i) or (i)(2)(ii) of this AD. (i) Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100–57– 027, dated September 13, 1993. (ii) Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100–57– 027, Revision 1, dated May 2, 1994. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 57, Wings. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by an evaluation by the design approval holder indicating that certain wing fuel tank access panels are subject to widespread fatigue damage. We are issuing this AD to prevent fatigue cracking in the wing structure, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Modification and Replacement Within 63,000 flight cycles since first flight of the airplane, or within 90 days after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later, accomplish the actions specified in paragraphs (g)(1) and (g)(2) of this AD, as applicable. (1) For airplanes identified in Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100–57–028, Revision 2, dated December 11, 2013: Modify the coamings of the fuel tank access holes at the access panel locations identified in, and in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100–57–028, Revision 2, dated December 11, 2013. (2) For airplanes identified in Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100–57–027, Revision 2, dated December 11, 2013: Replace access panels having part number D12395–403 and D12450–403 with new panels having part number D19701–401 and D19701–403, at the access panel locations identified in, and in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100–57–027, Revision 2, dated December 11, 2013. (h) Parts Installation Prohibition 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 adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES ■ 2017–14–09 Fokker Services B.V.: Amendment 39–18953; Docket No. FAA–2016–9389; Directorate Identifier 2014–NM–153–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective August 23, 2017. (b) Affected ADs None. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:17 Jul 18, 2017 Jkt 241001 (1) For airplanes that, on the effective date of this AD, have an access panel with part number D12395–403 or D12450–403 installed at any of the affected locations: After accomplishing the actions required by paragraphs (g)(1) and (g)(2) of this AD, as applicable, no person may install, on any airplane, access panels having part number D12395–403 or D12450–403 at any access panel location as identified in Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100–57–027, Revision 2, dated December 11, 2013. (2) For airplanes that, on the effective date of this AD, do not have an access panel with part number D12395–403 or D12450–403 installed at any of the affected locations: As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install, on any airplane, access panels having part number D12395–403 or D12450– 403 at any access panel location as identified in Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100–57–027, Revision 2, dated December 11, 2013. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (j) 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 manager of the International Branch, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (k)(2) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116AMOC-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: 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 Fokker Services B.V.’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (k) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA AD 2014–0158, dated July 7, 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–2016–9389. (2) For more information about this AD, contact Tom Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1137; fax 425–227–1149. (3) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (l)(3) and (l)(4) of this AD. E:\FR\FM\19JYR1.SGM 19JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 19, 2017 / Rules and Regulations (l) 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. (i) Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100–57– 027, Revision 2, dated December 11, 2013. (ii) Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100–57– 028, Revision 2, dated December 11, 2013. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Fokker Services B.V., Technical Services Dept., P.O. Box 1357, 2130 EL Hoofddorp, the Netherlands; telephone: +31 (0)88–6280–350; fax: +31 (0)88–6280–111; email: technicalservices@ fokker.com; Internet: http:// www.myfokkerfleet.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 July 3, 2017. Dionne Palermo, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2017–14583 Filed 7–18–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2016–9506; Directorate Identifier 2016–NM–090–AD; Amendment 39–18957; AD 2017–14–13] 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 737–600, –700, –700C, –800, –900, and –900ER series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of an aborted takeoff because the rudder pedals were not operating correctly. Investigation revealed a protruding screw in the rudder pedal heel rest adjacent to the pedals. This AD requires a torque check of the screws in mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:17 Jul 18, 2017 Jkt 241001 33007 the cover assembly of the heel rest for both the Captain and the First Officer’s rudder pedals, and corrective action if necessary. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective August 23, 2017. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of August 23, 2017. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H–65, Seattle, WA 98124–2207; telephone 206–544–5000, extension 1; fax 206–766–5680; 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– 9506. Register on December 20, 2016 (81 FR 92753). The NPRM was prompted by a report of an aborted takeoff because the rudder pedals were not operating correctly. Investigation revealed a protruding screw in the rudder pedal heel rest adjacent to the pedals. It was determined that the screws in the cover assembly of the heel rest for both the Captain and the First Officer’s rudder pedals might not have been properly torqued. The NPRM proposed to require a torque check of the screws in the cover assembly of the heel rest for both the Captain and the First Officer’s rudder pedals, and corrective action if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct a protruding screw in the cover assembly of the heel rest of a rudder pedal. A protruding screw could restrict rudder pedal motion and reduce differential braking control during takeoff or landing, which could cause a high speed runway excursion. 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– 9506; 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: Kelly McGuckin, Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Equipment Branch, ANM– 130S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; phone: 425– 917–6490; fax: 425–917–6590; email: Kelly.McGuckin@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Support for the NPRM Boeing, Air Line Pilots Association, International, and Tyler Myers supported the intent of the NPRM. Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain The Boeing Company Model 737–600, –700, –700C, –800, –900, and –900ER series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 Allow Credit for Previously Accomplished Actions United Airlines noted that the NPRM did not address whether or not the final rule would allow operators to take credit for accomplishment of the actions in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737– 25A1732, Revision 1, dated August 15, 2016 (‘‘BASB 737–25A1732, Revision 1’’), if completed prior to the effective date of the final rule. We infer that the commenter is requesting that the final rule include a statement that accomplishment of the actions specified in BASB 737–25A1732, Revision 1, prior to the effective date of the final rule is acceptable for compliance with the requirements of the final rule. We agree with the commenter that operators should be able to take credit for accomplishment of the actions in BASB 737–25A1732, Revision 1, prior to the effective date of this AD. This allowance was provided in paragraph (f) of the proposed AD in the statement ‘‘Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified unless already done.’’ However, since the NPRM was issued, Boeing has published, and we have reviewed, Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737– 25A1732, Revision 2, dated April 13, E:\FR\FM\19JYR1.SGM 19JYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2016-9389; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-153-AD; 
Amendment 39-18953; AD 2017-14-09]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes

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

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 
Fokker Services B.V. Model F28 Mark 0100 airplanes. This AD was 
prompted by an evaluation by the design approval holder (DAH) 
indicating that certain wing fuel tank access panels are subject to 
widespread fatigue damage (WFD). This AD requires replacement of 
affected access panels and modification of the coamings of the 
associated access holes. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe 
condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective August 23, 2017.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of August 23, 
2017.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, 
contact Fokker Services B.V., Technical Services Dept., P.O. Box 1357, 
2130 EL Hoofddorp, the Netherlands; telephone: +31 (0)88-6280-350; fax: 
+31 (0)88-6280-111; email: technicalservices@fokker.com; Internet: 
http://www.myfokkerfleet.com. You may view this referenced service 
information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind 
Avenue SW.,

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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-
9389.

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-
9389; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket 
contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and 
other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone 
800-647-5527) is Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-1137; 
fax 425-227-1149.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all Fokker Services B.V. 
Model F28 Mark 0100 airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal 
Register on November 17, 2016 (81 FR 81018) (``the NPRM''). The NPRM 
was prompted by an evaluation by the DAH indicating that certain wing 
fuel tank access panels are subject to WFD. The NPRM proposed to 
require replacement of affected access panels and modification of the 
coamings of the associated access holes. We are issuing this AD to 
prevent fatigue cracking in the wing structure, which could result in 
reduced 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 AD 
2014-0158, dated July 7, 2014 (referred to after this as the Mandatory 
Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to correct an 
unsafe condition for all Fokker Services B.V. Model F28 Mark 0100 
series airplanes. The MCAI states:

    Based on findings on test articles, fatigue-induced cracks may 
develop in the coamings of certain wing fuel tank access panels Part 
Number (P/N) D12395-403 and P/N D12450-403, installed on Fokker F28 
Mark 0100 aeroplanes.
    To ensure the continued structural integrity with respect to 
fatigue, repetitive inspections were included in the Airworthiness 
Limitations Section (ALS) of the Instructions for Continued 
Airworthiness. Fokker Services also developed precautionary measures 
to reduce stress loads in the affected areas by replacement of the 
affected access panels with new panels, P/N D19701-401 and P/N 
D19701-403, having thinner skin, and a modification by introducing 
internal patches to the coamings of the affected access holes.
    These precautionary measures were introduced with Service 
Bulletins (SB) SBF100-57-027 and SBF100-57-028. As part of the 
Widespread Fatigue Damage re-evaluation, it was concluded that 
repetitive inspections through the ALS do not provide a sufficient 
level of protection against the fatigue-induced cracks.
    This condition, if not corrected, would affect the structural 
integrity of the lower wing skins of both outer wings in the areas 
surrounding the affected fuel tank access panels.
    For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD requires 
replacement of the affected access panels and modification of the 
coamings of these access holes.
    Post-modification inspection requirements depend on the actual 
number of flight cycles accumulated at the moment of modification. 
Related detailed information is provided in SBF100-57-027 and 
SBF100-57-028, as well as in Fokker Services ALS Report SE-623 Issue 
12.
    Fokker Services All Operators Message AOF100.178#05 provides 
additional information concerning the subject addressed by this 
[EASA] AD.

    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-
9389. In the NPRM, we incorrectly cited EASA AD 2016-0125, dated June 
21, 2016. We do not address EASA AD 2016-0125 or its contents in this 
AD.

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 changes. We have determined that these minor changes:
     Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the 
NPRM for correcting the unsafe condition; and
     Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was 
already proposed in the NPRM.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Fokker Services B.V. has issued the following service information:
     Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100-57-027, Revision 2, dated 
December 11, 2013, which provides instructions to replace certain fuel 
tank access panels.
     Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100-57-028, Revision 2, dated 
December 11, 2013, which provides instructions to modify the coamings 
of certain fuel tank access holes.
    This service information is reasonably available because the 
interested parties have access to it through their normal course of 
business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 15 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                     Cost per      Cost on U.S.
                Action                         Labor cost           Parts cost        product        operators
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Replacement and modification..........  510 work-hours x $85 per         $45,500         $88,850      $1,332,750
                                         hour = $43,350.
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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

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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

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

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


Sec.  39.13   [Amended]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):

2017-14-09 Fokker Services B.V.: Amendment 39-18953; Docket No. FAA-
2016-9389; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-153-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective August 23, 2017.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Fokker Services B.V. Model F28 Mark 0100 
airplanes, certificated in any category, all serial numbers.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 57, Wings.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by an evaluation by the design approval 
holder indicating that certain wing fuel tank access panels are 
subject to widespread fatigue damage. We are issuing this AD to 
prevent fatigue cracking in the wing structure, which could result 
in reduced structural integrity of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Modification and Replacement

    Within 63,000 flight cycles since first flight of the airplane, 
or within 90 days after the effective date of this AD, whichever 
occurs later, accomplish the actions specified in paragraphs (g)(1) 
and (g)(2) of this AD, as applicable.
    (1) For airplanes identified in Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100-
57-028, Revision 2, dated December 11, 2013: Modify the coamings of 
the fuel tank access holes at the access panel locations identified 
in, and in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Fokker 
Service Bulletin SBF100-57-028, Revision 2, dated December 11, 2013.
    (2) For airplanes identified in Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100-
57-027, Revision 2, dated December 11, 2013: Replace access panels 
having part number D12395-403 and D12450-403 with new panels having 
part number D19701-401 and D19701-403, at the access panel locations 
identified in, and in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100-57-027, Revision 2, 
dated December 11, 2013.

(h) Parts Installation Prohibition

    (1) For airplanes that, on the effective date of this AD, have 
an access panel with part number D12395-403 or D12450-403 installed 
at any of the affected locations: After accomplishing the actions 
required by paragraphs (g)(1) and (g)(2) of this AD, as applicable, 
no person may install, on any airplane, access panels having part 
number D12395-403 or D12450-403 at any access panel location as 
identified in Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100-57-027, Revision 2, 
dated December 11, 2013.
    (2) For airplanes that, on the effective date of this AD, do not 
have an access panel with part number D12395-403 or D12450-403 
installed at any of the affected locations: As of the effective date 
of this AD, no person may install, on any airplane, access panels 
having part number D12395-403 or D12450-403 at any access panel 
location as identified in Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100-57-027, 
Revision 2, dated December 11, 2013.

(i) Credit for Previous Actions

    (1) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by 
paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, if those actions were performed before 
the effective date of this AD using the service information 
specified in paragraph (i)(1)(i) or (i)(1)(ii) of this AD.
    (i) Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100-57-028, dated May 2, 1994.
    (ii) Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100-57-028, Revision 1, dated 
November 1, 1994.
    (2) This paragraph provides credit for actions required by 
paragraph (g)(2) of this AD, if those actions were performed before 
the effective date of this AD using the service information 
specified in paragraph (i)(2)(i) or (i)(2)(ii) of this AD.
    (i) Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100-57-027, dated September 13, 
1993.
    (ii) Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100-57-027, Revision 1, dated 
May 2, 1994.

(j) 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 manager of the International Branch, send it to the 
attention of the person identified in paragraph (k)(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: 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 Fokker Services B.V.'s 
EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the 
approval must include the DOA-authorized signature.

(k) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) EASA AD 2014-0158, dated July 7, 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-2016-9389.
    (2) For more information about this AD, contact Tom Rodriguez, 
Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-
3356; telephone 425-227-1137; fax 425-227-1149.
    (3) Service information identified in this AD that is not 
incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in 
paragraphs (l)(3) and (l)(4) of this AD.

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(l) 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.
    (i) Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100-57-027, Revision 2, dated 
December 11, 2013.
    (ii) Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100-57-028, Revision 2, dated 
December 11, 2013.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Fokker Services B.V., Technical Services Dept., P.O. Box 1357, 2130 
EL Hoofddorp, the Netherlands; telephone: +31 (0)88-6280-350; fax: 
+31 (0)88-6280-111; email: technicalservices@fokker.com; Internet: 
http://www.myfokkerfleet.com.
    (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport 
Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For 
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
425-227-1221.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on July 3, 2017.
Dionne Palermo,
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-14583 Filed 7-18-17; 8:45 am]
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