Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 8201-8207 [2018-03599]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 38 / Monday, February 26, 2018 / Proposed Rules of this service bulletin,’’ this AD requires using ‘‘the effective date of this AD.’’ (i) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph provides credit for the corresponding actions specified in paragraph (g) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 777–25–0621, dated December 10, 2014. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS (j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Seattle ACO Branch, 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 certification office, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (k)(1) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9ANM-Seattle-ACO-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair, modification, or alteration required by this AD if it is approved by the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO Branch, to make those findings. To be approved, the repair method, modification deviation, or alteration deviation must meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD. (4) For service information that contains steps that are labeled as RC, the provisions of paragraphs (j)(4)(i) and (j)(4)(ii) of this AD apply. (i) The steps labeled as RC, including substeps under an RC step and any figures identified in an RC step, must be done to comply with the AD. If a step or substep is labeled ‘‘RC Exempt,’’ then the RC requirement is removed from that step or substep. An AMOC is required for any deviations to RC steps, including substeps and identified figures. (ii) Steps not labeled as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the operator’s maintenance or inspection program without obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided the RC steps, including substeps and identified figures, can still be done as specified, and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy condition. (k) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Scott Craig, Aerospace Engineer, Cabin Safety and Environmental Systems Section, FAA, Seattle ACO Branch, 2200 South 216th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206–231–3566; email: Michael.S.Craig@faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data Services (C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Feb 23, 2018 Jkt 244001 MC 110–SK57, Seal Beach, CA 90740–5600; telephone 562–797–1717; internet https:// www.myboeingfleet.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. Issued in Renton, Washington, on February 15, 2018. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2018–03712 Filed 2–23–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2018–0113; Product Identifier 2017–NM–060–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2016–12– 09, for certain Airbus Model A330–200, –200 Freighter, and –300 series airplanes; and Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes. AD 2016–12–09 requires removing fasteners, doing a rototest inspection of fastener holes, installing new fasteners, oversizing the holes and doing rototest inspections for cracks if necessary, and repairing any cracking that was found. Since we issued AD 2016–12–09, an evaluation by the design approval holder (DAH) indicates that certain fastener holes are subject to widespread fatigue damage (WFD). This proposed AD would add airplanes to the effectivity, add repetitive inspections of the fastener holes at frame (FR) 40, and, for certain airplanes, require a modification, which terminates the inspections. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by April 12, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 8201 • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this NPRM, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone: +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax: +33 5 61 93 45 80; email: airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; internet: http://www.airbus.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. 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–2018– 0113; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone: 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax: 206–231–3229. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2018–0113; Product Identifier 2017–NM–060–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD based on those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We E:\FR\FM\26FEP1.SGM 26FEP1 8202 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 38 / Monday, February 26, 2018 / Proposed Rules daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. Discussion Fatigue damage can occur locally, in small areas or structural design details, or globally, in widespread areas. Multiple-site damage is widespread damage that occurs in a large structural element such as a single rivet line of a lap splice joining two large skin panels. Widespread damage can also occur in multiple elements such as adjacent frames or stringers. Multiple-site damage and multiple-element damage cracks are typically too small initially to be reliably detected with normal inspection methods. Without intervention, these cracks will grow, and eventually compromise the structural integrity of the airplane. This condition is known as WFD. It is associated with general degradation of large areas of structure with similar structural details and stress levels. As an airplane ages, WFD will likely occur, and will certainly occur if the airplane is operated long enough without any intervention. The FAA’s WFD final rule (75 FR 69746, November 15, 2010) became effective on January 14, 2011. The WFD rule requires certain actions to prevent structural failure due to WFD throughout the operational life of certain existing transport category airplanes and all of these airplanes that will be certificated in the future. For existing and future airplanes subject to the WFD rule, the rule requires that DAHs establish a limit of validity (LOV) of the engineering data that support the structural maintenance program. Operators affected by the WFD rule may not fly an airplane beyond its LOV, unless an extended LOV is approved. The WFD rule does not require identifying and developing maintenance actions if the DAHs can show that such actions are not necessary to prevent WFD before the airplane reaches the LOV. Many LOVs, however, do depend on accomplishment of future maintenance actions. As stated in the WFD rule, any maintenance actions necessary to reach the LOV will be mandated by airworthiness directives through separate rulemaking actions. In the context of WFD, this action is necessary to enable DAHs to propose LOVs that allow operators the longest operational lives for their airplanes, and still ensure that WFD will not occur. This approach allows for an implementation strategy that provides flexibility to DAHs in determining the timing of service information development (with FAA approval), VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Feb 23, 2018 Jkt 244001 while providing operators with certainty regarding the LOV applicable to their airplanes. We issued AD 2016–12–09, Amendment 39–18558 (81 FR 38573, June 14, 2016) (‘‘AD 2016–12–09’’), for certain Airbus Model A330–200, –200 Freighter, and –300 series airplanes, and Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes. AD 2016–12–09 was prompted by reports that cracks were found on an adjacent hole of certain frames of the center wing box (CWB). AD 2016–12–09 requires removing fasteners, doing a rototest inspection of fastener holes, installing new fasteners, oversizing the holes and doing rototest inspections for cracks if necessary, and repairing any cracking that was found. We issued AD 2016–12–09 to detect and correct cracking on certain holes of the CWB, which could affect the structural integrity of the airplane. Actions Since AD 2016–12–09 Was Issued Since we issued AD 2016–12–09, an evaluation by the DAH indicates that the fastener holes at FR40 of the inside and outside CWB (above and below bottom skin) are subject to WFD. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2017–0069, dated April 25, 2017 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Airbus Model A330–200, –200 Freighter, and –300 series airplanes, and Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes. The MCAI states: During accomplishment of A330 Airworthiness Limitation Item (ALI) task 57– 11–04 on the rear fitting of the Frame (FR) 40 between stringers (STR) 38 and STR39 on both LH [left-hand] and RH [right-hand] sides of the fuselage, cracks were found on an adjacent hole. After reaming at second oversize of the subject hole, the crack was still present. As a result of a sampling inspection program, additional crack findings were reported on this adjacent hole on other A330 and A340 aeroplanes. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could affect the structural integrity of the centre fuselage of the aeroplane. Prompted by these findings, EASA issued AD 2014–0149 [which corresponds to FAA AD 2016–12–09] to require removal of the fasteners and repetitive Special Detailed Inspection (SDI) of fastener holes at FR40 vertical web above or below Centre Wing Box (CWB) lower panel reference on both LH and RH sides of the fuselage, and, depending on findings, accomplishment of the applicable corrective actions. That [EASA] AD excluded certain aeroplanes from the Applicability, on which Airbus modification (mod) 55792 or mod 55306 had been embodied in production. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Since EASA AD 2014–0149 was issued, prompted by complementary fatigue analyses correlated with in-service findings, Airbus published Service Bulletin (SB) A330–57– 3115 Revision 01 and SB A340–57–4124 Revision 02, which introduced revised thresholds and intervals for the repetitive inspections of the inside CWB (above bottom skin), and an alleviation of the number of holes to be inspected, for post-mod 44360 and pre-mod 55306 configuration aeroplanes. In addition, for aeroplanes in post-mod 44360, post-mod 55306 and pre-mod 205225 configuration, Airbus developed mod 206051, introducing reinforcement of the structural integrity of the inside CWB (above bottom skin) area, and published associated Airbus SB A330–57–3129 and SB A340–57– 4136, as applicable, which avoids the need for required repetitive inspections for the inside of the CWB. Finally, Airbus published SB A330–57– 3116 Revision 01 and SB A330–57–4125 Revision 01, as applicable, to expand their Effectivity to include aeroplanes in post-mod 44360 and post-mod 49202 configuration for inspections of the outside CWB (below bottom skin), and introduced revised thresholds and intervals for the repetitive inspections of the outside CWB, and to provide an alleviation of the number of holes to be inspected. The repetitive inspection program for aeroplanes in pre-mod 44360 configuration remains unchanged. For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD partially retains the requirements of EASA AD 2014–0149, which is superseded, and requires new repetitive inspections of the fastener holes at FR40 of the inside and the outside CWB (above and below bottom skin), and the implementation of the modification of the inside CWB, as terminating action of the repetitive SDI. Required actions also include oversizing certain holes, installing new fasteners, and repairing any cracking that is found. The compliance times for the inspections range depending on airplane operation and utilization. The earliest initial flight-cycle compliance time is 13,500 flight cycles. The earliest initial flight-hour compliance time is 57,000 flight hours. The latest initial flight-cycle compliance time is 30,900 flight cycles. The latest initial flighthour compliance time is 162,000 flight hours. The earliest repetitive flight-cycle compliance time is 5,950 flight cycles. The earliest repetitive flight-hour compliance time is 24,300 flight hours. The latest repetitive flight-cycle compliance time is 7,400 flight cycles. The latest repetitive flight-hour compliance time is 40,400 flight hours. 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–2018– 0113. E:\FR\FM\26FEP1.SGM 26FEP1 8203 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 38 / Monday, February 26, 2018 / Proposed Rules Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Airbus has issued the following service information. This service information describes procedures for removing the fasteners and doing a repetitive rototest inspection of fastener holes at FR40 vertical web on both sides, checking for the existence of a repair done as specified by a repair design approval sheet (RDAS), installing new fasteners in transition fit, oversizing the holes, and repairing any crack found. This service information is distinct because it applies to different airplane models and configurations. • Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57– 3114, Revision 01, dated January 13, 2017. • Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57– 3115, Revision 01, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016. • Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57– 3116, Revision 01, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016. • Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57– 4123, Revision 01, dated January 13, 2017. • Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57– 4124, Revision 02, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016. • Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57– 4125, Revision 01, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016. Airbus has also issued the following service information. This service information describes procedures for modification of certain fastener holes. The modification includes a rotating probe inspection for cracking, related investigative actions (checks of the hole diameter), and corrective actions (repair). This service information is distinct because it applies to different airplane models and configurations. • Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57– 3129, dated October 5, 2016. • Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57– 3130, dated November 23, 2016. • Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57– 3131, dated November 23, 2016. • Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57– 3132, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016. • Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57– 4136, dated October 5, 2016. • Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57– 4137, dated November 23, 2016. • Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57– 4138, dated November 23, 2016. • Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57– 4139, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of these same type designs. Explanation of a Certain Compliance Time The compliance time for the replacement specified in this proposed AD for addressing WFD was established to ensure that discrepant structure is replaced before WFD develops in airplanes. Standard inspection techniques cannot be relied on to detect WFD before it becomes a hazard to flight. We will not grant any extensions of the compliance time to complete any AD-mandated service bulletin related to WFD without extensive new data that would substantiate and clearly warrant such an extension. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 99 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Parts cost Inspection (retained actions from AD 2016–12–09) (35 airplanes). Inspection (new proposed action) (99 airplanes). 78 work-hours × $85 per hour = $6,630 per inspection cycle. Up to 257 work-hours × $85 per hour = $21,845 per inspection cycle. Up to 136 work-hours × $85 per hour = $11,560. $0 ................... Modification (new proposed action) (Up to 99 airplanes). We estimate the following costs to do any necessary on-condition actions that $0 ................... Up to $1,070 .. Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators $6,630 per inspection cycle. Up to $21,845 per inspection cycle. $232,050 per inspection cycle. Up to $2,162,655 per inspection cycle. Up to $12,630 ................. Up to $1,250,370. would be required based on the results of the proposed inspection. We have no way of determining the number of aircraft that might need these actions: ON-CONDITION COSTS Labor cost Parts cost Oversize, installation, and inspection ...................... daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS Action Up to 105 work-hours × $85 per hour = $8,925 ..... Up to $21,560 .. We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide cost estimates for the on-condition repairs specified in this proposed AD. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Feb 23, 2018 Jkt 244001 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 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Cost per product Up to $30,485. 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 E:\FR\FM\26FEP1.SGM 26FEP1 8204 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 38 / Monday, February 26, 2018 / Proposed Rules 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. This proposed AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated by the Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, as authorized by FAA Order 8000.51C. In accordance with that order, issuance of ADs is normally a function of the Compliance and Airworthiness Division, but during this transition period, the Executive Director has delegated the authority to issue ADs applicable to transport category airplanes to the Director of the System Oversight Division. Regulatory Findings We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed regulation: 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. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Feb 23, 2018 Jkt 244001 § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2016–12–09, Amendment 39–18558 (81 FR 38573, June 14, 2016), and adding the following new AD: ■ Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2018–0113; Product Identifier 2017–NM–060–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by April 12, 2018. (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2016–12–09, Amendment 39–18558 (81 FR 38573, June 14, 2016) (‘‘AD 2016–12–09’’). (c) Applicability This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) through (c)(5) of this AD, certificated in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers, except those on which Airbus Repair Instructions R57115092 have been embodied in service on both righthand (RH) and left-hand (LH) sides. (1) Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, and –243 airplanes. (2) Model A330–223F and –243F airplanes. (3) Model A330–301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes. (4) Model A340–211, –212, and –213 airplanes. (5) Model A340–311, –312, and –313 airplanes. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 57, Wings. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports that cracks were found on an adjacent hole of certain frames of the center wing box (CWB). We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking of certain holes of certain frames of the CWB, which could affect the structural integrity of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Service Information (1) For the actions required by paragraphs (h), (i), and (j) of this AD, use the applicable service information specified in paragraphs (g)(1)(i) through (g)(1)(vi) of this AD. (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3114, Revision 01, dated January 13, 2017 (CWB inspection area: Below) (for Model A330–300 series airplanes in pre-modification 44360 configuration). (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3115, Revision 01, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016 (CWB inspection area: Above) (for Model A330–200 and –300 series airplanes in pre-modification 55306 and pre-modification 55792 configuration). (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57– 3116, Revision 01, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016 (CWB inspection area: Below) (for Model A330–200 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 and –300 series airplanes in postmodification 44360 configuration). (iv) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57– 4123, Revision 01, dated January 13, 2017 (CWB inspection area: Below) (for Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes in premodification 44360 configuration). (v) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–4124, Revision 02, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016 (CWB inspection area: Above) (for Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes in pre-modification 55306 and pre-modification 55792 configuration). (vi) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57– 4125, Revision 01, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016 (CWB inspection area: Below) (for Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes in postmodification 44360 configuration). (2) For the modification required by paragraph (o)(1) of this AD, use the applicable service information specified in paragraphs (g)(2)(i) through (g)(2)(vi) of this AD. (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3130, dated November 23, 2016 (for Model A330– 200 and –300 series airplanes in postmodification 44360, post-Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3131, and premodification 49202 configuration). (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3131, dated November 23, 2016 (for Model A330– 200 and –300 series airplanes in postmodification 44360 and pre-modification 55306 configuration). (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57– 3132, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016 (for Model A330–200 and –300 series airplanes in post-modification 44360 configuration). (iv) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57– 4137, dated November 23, 2016 (for Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes in postmodification 44360, post-Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–4138, and premodification 49202 configuration). (v) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–4138, dated November 23, 2016 (for Model A340– 200 and –300 series airplanes in postmodification 44360 and pre-modification 55306 configuration). (vi) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57– 4139, including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016 (for Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes in post-modification 44360 configuration). (h) Repetitive Inspections and Certain Repairs Except as specified in paragraphs (l)(2), (l)(3), (p) of this AD: Before exceeding the applicable threshold specified in paragraph 1.E., ‘‘Compliance’’ of the applicable service information specified in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, or within the compliance time specified in table 1 to paragraph (h) of this AD, whichever occurs later; remove the fasteners and accomplish a special detailed inspection (SDI) of the fastener holes at frame (FR) 40 vertical web, on both LH and RH sides, of the affected CWB lower panel area, and, as applicable, check for the existence of a repair done as specified by a repair design approval sheet (RDAS), in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the E:\FR\FM\26FEP1.SGM 26FEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 38 / Monday, February 26, 2018 / Proposed Rules 8205 applicable service information specified in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, and if any RDAS repair is found before further flight, repair using a method approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Airbus’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. Repeat the SDI thereafter at the applicable intervals specified in paragraph 1.E., ‘‘Compliance,’’ of the applicable service information identified in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD. (i) Follow-On Actions: No Cracking If no crack is found during any inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD: Before further flight, install new fasteners in the transition fit, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information specified in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD. Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus’s EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. (3) When it is determined that no RDAS is found to exist for the FR40 area it is acceptable to accomplish the first SDI before exceeding the applicable threshold, instead of ‘‘before next flight’’, as specified in the applicable service information specified in paragraph (g)(1)(ii), (g)(1)(iii), (g)(1)(v) and (g)(1)(vi) of this AD. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Feb 23, 2018 Jkt 244001 (l) Exceptions to Service Information (1) Where the applicable service information identified in paragraphs (g) and (m) of this AD specifies contacting Airbus for appropriate action: Before further flight, repair using a method approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus’s EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. (2) Where paragraph 1.E., ‘‘Compliance,’’ of the applicable service information specified in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD specifies a compliance time in terms of a ‘‘Threshold’’ and ‘‘Grace Period,’’ this AD requires compliance at the later of the applicable threshold and grace period. PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 (m) Modification for Airplanes in PostModification 55306 and Pre-Modification 205225 Configuration For airplanes in post-modification 55306 and pre-modification 205225 configuration: Before exceeding the applicable compliance time specified in table 2 to paragraph (m) of this AD, as applicable, or within 18 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later; modify the inside CWB (above bottom skin), including doing a rotating probe inspection for cracking and all applicable related investigative and corrective actions, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3129, dated October 5, 2016; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–4136, dated October 5, 2016; as applicable; except as required by paragraph (l)(1) of this AD. Do all applicable related investigative and corrective actions before further flight. E:\FR\FM\26FEP1.SGM 26FEP1 EP26FE18.000</GPH> daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS (j) Follow-On Actions: Cracking If any crack is found during any inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD: Before further flight, oversize the holes to the first oversize in comparison with the current hole diameter, and do an SDI for cracks, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information identified in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD. (1) If no cracking is found during the SDI required by the introductory text of paragraph (j) of this AD: Before further flight, install new fasteners in the transition fit, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service information identified in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD. (2) If any cracking is found during the SDI required by the introductory text of paragraph (j) of this AD: Before further flight, repair using a method approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport (k) No Reporting Required Although the applicable service information specified in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD specifies to submit certain information to the manufacturer, and specifies that action as ‘‘RC’’ (Required for Compliance), this AD does not include that requirement. Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 38 / Monday, February 26, 2018 / Proposed Rules (n) Terminating Action for Certain Airworthiness Limitation Item (ALI) Tasks (1) Accomplishment on an airplane of the initial and repetitive inspections required by paragraph (h) of this AD terminates the requirements of ALI task 57–11–02 and task 57–11–04 of the applicable Airbus Airworthiness Limitation Section (ALS) Part 2, Damage Tolerant (DT) ALI, for that airplane. (2) Modification of an airplane as required by paragraph (m) of this AD terminates the requirements of ALI task 57–11–02 of the applicable Airbus ALS Part 2, DT ALI, for that airplane. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS (o) Terminating Action for Repetitive SDI Inspections (1) Modification of a post-modification 44360 airplane by multiple cold working, including doing a rotating probe inspection for cracking and all applicable related investigative and corrective actions, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable Airbus service information specified in paragraph (g)(2) of this AD, except as required by paragraph (l)(1) of this AD, constitutes terminating action for the repetitive SDI required by paragraph (h) of this AD for that airplane, provided the modification is accomplished within the applicable compliance times specified in the applicable Airbus service information specified in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD. (2) If, during any inspection of a postmodification 44360 airplane, as required by paragraph (h) of this AD, a crack previously repaired by an Airbus RDAS is detected only on the LH or RH side, it is permitted to do the modification specified in paragraph (o)(1) of this AD on the non-repaired side. Doing the modification constitutes terminating action for the repetitive SDI required by paragraph (h) of this AD on the modified side only. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Feb 23, 2018 Jkt 244001 (p) Extension to Compliance Time for Certain Airplanes For post-modification 44360 airplanes and pre-modification 55306 airplanes that have been inspected before the effective date of this AD as required by AD 2016–12–09: It is permitted to defer the next due inspection to 18 months after the effective date of this AD, provided the previous inspection interval, as applicable, depending on airplane configuration and utilization, as specified in the service information used in the previous inspection is not exceeded. (q) Credit for Previous Actions (1) This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by paragraphs (h) through (j) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using the applicable service information specified in paragraphs (q)(1)(i) through (q)(1)(vi) of this AD. This service information was incorporated by reference in AD 2016–09–11, Amendment 39–18509 (81 FR 27986, May 9, 2016). (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3114, dated March 12, 2013. (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3115, April 4, 2013. (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57– 3116, dated March 12, 2013. (iv) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57– 4123, dated March 12, 2013. (v) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–4124, Revision 01, dated August 22, 2013. (vi) Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57– 4125, dated March 12, 2013. (2) This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by paragraphs (h) through (j) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–4124, dated April 4, 2013. This service information is not incorporated by reference in this AD. (3) This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by paragraphs (h) through (j) of this AD, if those actions were performed PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 before the effective date of this AD using the applicable service information specified in paragraphs (q)(3)(i) through (q)(3)(viii) of this AD. This service information is not incorporated by reference in this AD. (i) Airbus Technical Disposition LR57D11023270, Issue B, dated July 12, 2011. (ii) Airbus Technical Disposition LR57D11029170, Issue C, dated September 6, 2011. (iii) Airbus Technical Disposition LR57D11029171, Issue B, dated September 6, 2011. (iv) Airbus Technical Disposition LR57D11029172, Issue B, dated September 6, 2011. (v) Airbus Technical Disposition LR57D11029173, Issue B, dated September 6, 2011. (vi) Airbus Technical Disposition LR57D11023714, Issue B, dated July 12, 2011. (vii) Airbus Technical Disposition LR57D11030740, Issue C, dated September 22, 2011. (viii) Airbus Technical Disposition LR57D11030741, Issue B, dated September 22, 2011. (r) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, 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 Section, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (s)(2) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate E:\FR\FM\26FEP1.SGM 26FEP1 EP26FE18.001</GPH> 8206 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 38 / Monday, February 26, 2018 / Proposed Rules 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 Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus’s EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. (3) Required for Compliance (RC): Except as required by paragraphs (k) and (l)(1) 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. (s) Related Information daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA AD 2017–0069, dated April 25, 2017, 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–2018–0113. (2) For more information about this AD, contact, Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax: 206–231–3229. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone: +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax: +33 5 61 93 45 80; email: airworthiness.A330-A340@airbus.com; internet: http://www.airbus.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. Issued in Renton, Washington, on February 14, 2018. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2018–03599 Filed 2–23–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Feb 23, 2018 Jkt 244001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2017–1088; Airspace Docket No. 17–AWP–25] Proposed Revocation of Class E Airspace; Crows Landing, CA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to remove Class E airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface at Crows Landing Airport, Crows Landing, CA. This airspace is wholly contained within the Sacramento en route airspace area and duplication is not necessary. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 12, 2018. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: (800) 647–5527, or (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2017– 1088; Airspace Docket No. 17–AWP–25, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at http://www.regulations.gov. FAA Order 7400.11B, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/ publications/. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.11B at NARA, call (202) 741–6030, or go to https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ ibr-locations.html. FAA Order 7400.11, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Clark, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 Lind Avenue SW, Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203–4511. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 8207 Authority for This Rulemaking The FAA’s authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. 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. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it clarifies airspace designations by eliminating the redundancy. Comments Invited Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers (Docket No. FAA– 2017–1088; Airspace Docket No. 17– AWP–25) and be submitted in triplicate to DOT Docket Operations (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. Persons wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this notice must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ‘‘Comments to Docket No. FAA–2017–1088, Airspace Docket No. 17–AWP–25’’. The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. All communications received on or before the specified closing date for comments will be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal contained in this notice may be changed in light of the comments received. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket. Availability of NPRMs An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the E:\FR\FM\26FEP1.SGM 26FEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 38 (Monday, February 26, 2018)]
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[Pages 8201-8207]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-03599]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2018-0113; Product Identifier 2017-NM-060-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2016-12-
09, for certain Airbus Model A330-200, -200 Freighter, and -300 series 
airplanes; and Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes. AD 2016-12-09 
requires removing fasteners, doing a rototest inspection of fastener 
holes, installing new fasteners, oversizing the holes and doing 
rototest inspections for cracks if necessary, and repairing any 
cracking that was found. Since we issued AD 2016-12-09, an evaluation 
by the design approval holder (DAH) indicates that certain fastener 
holes are subject to widespread fatigue damage (WFD). This proposed AD 
would add airplanes to the effectivity, add repetitive inspections of 
the fastener holes at frame (FR) 40, and, for certain airplanes, 
require a modification, which terminates the inspections. We are 
proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by April 12, 2018.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this NPRM, contact Airbus 
SAS, Airworthiness Office--EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 
Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone: +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax: +33 5 61 93 
45 80; email: [email protected]; internet: http://www.airbus.com. You may view this referenced service information at the 
FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. 
For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
206-231-3195.

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-2018-
0113; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 
5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket 
contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments 
received, and other information. The street address for the Docket 
Operations office (telephone: 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES 
section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after 
receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 
216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax: 206-231-3229.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address 
listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2018-0113; 
Product Identifier 2017-NM-060-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. 
We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, 
environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider 
all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed 
AD based on those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We

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will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this proposed AD.

Discussion

    Fatigue damage can occur locally, in small areas or structural 
design details, or globally, in widespread areas. Multiple-site damage 
is widespread damage that occurs in a large structural element such as 
a single rivet line of a lap splice joining two large skin panels. 
Widespread damage can also occur in multiple elements such as adjacent 
frames or stringers. Multiple-site damage and multiple-element damage 
cracks are typically too small initially to be reliably detected with 
normal inspection methods. Without intervention, these cracks will 
grow, and eventually compromise the structural integrity of the 
airplane. This condition is known as WFD. It is associated with general 
degradation of large areas of structure with similar structural details 
and stress levels. As an airplane ages, WFD will likely occur, and will 
certainly occur if the airplane is operated long enough without any 
intervention.
    The FAA's WFD final rule (75 FR 69746, November 15, 2010) became 
effective on January 14, 2011. The WFD rule requires certain actions to 
prevent structural failure due to WFD throughout the operational life 
of certain existing transport category airplanes and all of these 
airplanes that will be certificated in the future. For existing and 
future airplanes subject to the WFD rule, the rule requires that DAHs 
establish a limit of validity (LOV) of the engineering data that 
support the structural maintenance program. Operators affected by the 
WFD rule may not fly an airplane beyond its LOV, unless an extended LOV 
is approved.
    The WFD rule does not require identifying and developing 
maintenance actions if the DAHs can show that such actions are not 
necessary to prevent WFD before the airplane reaches the LOV. Many 
LOVs, however, do depend on accomplishment of future maintenance 
actions. As stated in the WFD rule, any maintenance actions necessary 
to reach the LOV will be mandated by airworthiness directives through 
separate rulemaking actions.
    In the context of WFD, this action is necessary to enable DAHs to 
propose LOVs that allow operators the longest operational lives for 
their airplanes, and still ensure that WFD will not occur. This 
approach allows for an implementation strategy that provides 
flexibility to DAHs in determining the timing of service information 
development (with FAA approval), while providing operators with 
certainty regarding the LOV applicable to their airplanes.
    We issued AD 2016-12-09, Amendment 39-18558 (81 FR 38573, June 14, 
2016) (``AD 2016-12-09''), for certain Airbus Model A330-200, -200 
Freighter, and -300 series airplanes, and Model A340-200 and -300 
series airplanes. AD 2016-12-09 was prompted by reports that cracks 
were found on an adjacent hole of certain frames of the center wing box 
(CWB). AD 2016-12-09 requires removing fasteners, doing a rototest 
inspection of fastener holes, installing new fasteners, oversizing the 
holes and doing rototest inspections for cracks if necessary, and 
repairing any cracking that was found. We issued AD 2016-12-09 to 
detect and correct cracking on certain holes of the CWB, which could 
affect the structural integrity of the airplane.

Actions Since AD 2016-12-09 Was Issued

    Since we issued AD 2016-12-09, an evaluation by the DAH indicates 
that the fastener holes at FR40 of the inside and outside CWB (above 
and below bottom skin) are subject to WFD.
    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 
2017-0069, dated April 25, 2017 (referred to after this as the 
Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to 
correct an unsafe condition for certain Airbus Model A330-200, -200 
Freighter, and -300 series airplanes, and Model A340-200 and -300 
series airplanes. The MCAI states:

    During accomplishment of A330 Airworthiness Limitation Item 
(ALI) task 57-11-04 on the rear fitting of the Frame (FR) 40 between 
stringers (STR) 38 and STR39 on both LH [left-hand] and RH [right-
hand] sides of the fuselage, cracks were found on an adjacent hole. 
After reaming at second oversize of the subject hole, the crack was 
still present. As a result of a sampling inspection program, 
additional crack findings were reported on this adjacent hole on 
other A330 and A340 aeroplanes.
    This condition, if not detected and corrected, could affect the 
structural integrity of the centre fuselage of the aeroplane.
    Prompted by these findings, EASA issued AD 2014-0149 [which 
corresponds to FAA AD 2016-12-09] to require removal of the 
fasteners and repetitive Special Detailed Inspection (SDI) of 
fastener holes at FR40 vertical web above or below Centre Wing Box 
(CWB) lower panel reference on both LH and RH sides of the fuselage, 
and, depending on findings, accomplishment of the applicable 
corrective actions. That [EASA] AD excluded certain aeroplanes from 
the Applicability, on which Airbus modification (mod) 55792 or mod 
55306 had been embodied in production.
    Since EASA AD 2014-0149 was issued, prompted by complementary 
fatigue analyses correlated with in-service findings, Airbus 
published Service Bulletin (SB) A330-57-3115 Revision 01 and SB 
A340-57-4124 Revision 02, which introduced revised thresholds and 
intervals for the repetitive inspections of the inside CWB (above 
bottom skin), and an alleviation of the number of holes to be 
inspected, for post-mod 44360 and pre-mod 55306 configuration 
aeroplanes.
    In addition, for aeroplanes in post-mod 44360, post-mod 55306 
and pre-mod 205225 configuration, Airbus developed mod 206051, 
introducing reinforcement of the structural integrity of the inside 
CWB (above bottom skin) area, and published associated Airbus SB 
A330-57-3129 and SB A340-57-4136, as applicable, which avoids the 
need for required repetitive inspections for the inside of the CWB.
    Finally, Airbus published SB A330-57-3116 Revision 01 and SB 
A330-57-4125 Revision 01, as applicable, to expand their Effectivity 
to include aeroplanes in post-mod 44360 and post-mod 49202 
configuration for inspections of the outside CWB (below bottom 
skin), and introduced revised thresholds and intervals for the 
repetitive inspections of the outside CWB, and to provide an 
alleviation of the number of holes to be inspected. The repetitive 
inspection program for aeroplanes in pre-mod 44360 configuration 
remains unchanged.
    For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD partially 
retains the requirements of EASA AD 2014-0149, which is superseded, 
and requires new repetitive inspections of the fastener holes at 
FR40 of the inside and the outside CWB (above and below bottom 
skin), and the implementation of the modification of the inside CWB, 
as terminating action of the repetitive SDI.

    Required actions also include oversizing certain holes, installing 
new fasteners, and repairing any cracking that is found.
    The compliance times for the inspections range depending on 
airplane operation and utilization. The earliest initial flight-cycle 
compliance time is 13,500 flight cycles. The earliest initial flight-
hour compliance time is 57,000 flight hours. The latest initial flight-
cycle compliance time is 30,900 flight cycles. The latest initial 
flight-hour compliance time is 162,000 flight hours. The earliest 
repetitive flight-cycle compliance time is 5,950 flight cycles. The 
earliest repetitive flight-hour compliance time is 24,300 flight hours. 
The latest repetitive flight-cycle compliance time is 7,400 flight 
cycles. The latest repetitive flight-hour compliance time is 40,400 
flight hours. 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-2018-0113.

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Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Airbus has issued the following service information. This service 
information describes procedures for removing the fasteners and doing a 
repetitive rototest inspection of fastener holes at FR40 vertical web 
on both sides, checking for the existence of a repair done as specified 
by a repair design approval sheet (RDAS), installing new fasteners in 
transition fit, oversizing the holes, and repairing any crack found. 
This service information is distinct because it applies to different 
airplane models and configurations.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3114, Revision 01, dated 
January 13, 2017.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3115, Revision 01, 
including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3116, Revision 01, 
including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4123, Revision 01, dated 
January 13, 2017.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4124, Revision 02, 
including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4125, Revision 01, 
including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016.
    Airbus has also issued the following service information. This 
service information describes procedures for modification of certain 
fastener holes. The modification includes a rotating probe inspection 
for cracking, related investigative actions (checks of the hole 
diameter), and corrective actions (repair). This service information is 
distinct because it applies to different airplane models and 
configurations.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3129, dated October 5, 
2016.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3130, dated November 23, 
2016.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3131, dated November 23, 
2016.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3132, including Appendices 
01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4136, dated October 5, 
2016.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4137, dated November 23, 
2016.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4138, dated November 23, 
2016.
     Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4139, including Appendices 
01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016.
    This service information is reasonably available because the 
interested parties have access to it through their normal course of 
business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD

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

Explanation of a Certain Compliance Time

    The compliance time for the replacement specified in this proposed 
AD for addressing WFD was established to ensure that discrepant 
structure is replaced before WFD develops in airplanes. Standard 
inspection techniques cannot be relied on to detect WFD before it 
becomes a hazard to flight. We will not grant any extensions of the 
compliance time to complete any AD-mandated service bulletin related to 
WFD without extensive new data that would substantiate and clearly 
warrant such an extension.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 99 airplanes of U.S. 
registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                                  Cost on U.S.
            Action                    Labor cost             Parts cost       Cost per product      operators
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Inspection (retained actions    78 work-hours x $85     $0..................  $6,630 per        $232,050 per
 from AD 2016-12-09) (35         per hour = $6,630 per                         inspection        inspection
 airplanes).                     inspection cycle.                             cycle.            cycle.
Inspection (new proposed        Up to 257 work-hours x  $0..................  Up to $21,845     Up to $2,162,655
 action) (99 airplanes).         $85 per hour =                                per inspection    per inspection
                                 $21,845 per                                   cycle.            cycle.
                                 inspection cycle.
Modification (new proposed      Up to 136 work-hours x  Up to $1,070........  Up to $12,630...  Up to
 action) (Up to 99 airplanes).   $85 per hour =                                                  $1,250,370.
                                 $11,560.
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    We estimate the following costs to do any necessary on-condition 
actions that would be required based on the results of the proposed 
inspection. We have no way of determining the number of aircraft that 
might need these actions:

                                               On-Condition Costs
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              Action                     Labor cost               Parts cost              Cost per product
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Oversize, installation, and         Up to 105 work-hours  Up to $21,560............  Up to $30,485............
 inspection.                         x $85 per hour =
                                     $8,925.
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    We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide 
cost estimates for the on-condition repairs specified in this proposed 
AD.

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.
    This proposed AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated 
by the Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, as 
authorized by FAA Order 8000.51C. In accordance with that order, 
issuance of ADs is normally a function of the Compliance and 
Airworthiness Division, but during this transition period, the 
Executive Director has delegated the authority to issue ADs applicable 
to transport category airplanes to the Director of the System Oversight 
Division.

Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not 
have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship 
between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution 
of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed 
regulation:
    1. Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866;
    2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979);
    3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and
    4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

The Proposed Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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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) 
2016-12-09, Amendment 39-18558 (81 FR 38573, June 14, 2016), and adding 
the following new AD:

Airbus: Docket No. FAA-2018-0113; Product Identifier 2017-NM-060-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by April 12, 2018.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2016-12-09, Amendment 39-18558 (81 FR 38573, 
June 14, 2016) (``AD 2016-12-09'').

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the Airbus airplanes identified in paragraphs 
(c)(1) through (c)(5) of this AD, certificated in any category, all 
manufacturer serial numbers, except those on which Airbus Repair 
Instructions R57115092 have been embodied in service on both right-
hand (RH) and left-hand (LH) sides.
    (1) Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, and -243 airplanes.
    (2) Model A330-223F and -243F airplanes.
    (3) Model A330-301, -302, -303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -342, 
and -343 airplanes.
    (4) Model A340-211, -212, and -213 airplanes.
    (5) Model A340-311, -312, and -313 airplanes.

(d) Subject

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

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports that cracks were found on an 
adjacent hole of certain frames of the center wing box (CWB). We are 
issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking of certain holes of 
certain frames of the CWB, which could affect the structural 
integrity of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Service Information

    (1) For the actions required by paragraphs (h), (i), and (j) of 
this AD, use the applicable service information specified in 
paragraphs (g)(1)(i) through (g)(1)(vi) of this AD.
    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3114, Revision 01, dated 
January 13, 2017 (CWB inspection area: Below) (for Model A330-300 
series airplanes in pre-modification 44360 configuration).
    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3115, Revision 01, 
including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016 (CWB 
inspection area: Above) (for Model A330-200 and -300 series 
airplanes in pre-modification 55306 and pre-modification 55792 
configuration).
    (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3116, Revision 01, 
including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016 (CWB 
inspection area: Below) (for Model A330-200 and -300 series 
airplanes in post-modification 44360 configuration).
    (iv) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4123, Revision 01, dated 
January 13, 2017 (CWB inspection area: Below) (for Model A340-200 
and -300 series airplanes in pre-modification 44360 configuration).
    (v) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4124, Revision 02, including 
Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016 (CWB inspection area: 
Above) (for Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes in pre-
modification 55306 and pre-modification 55792 configuration).
    (vi) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4125, Revision 01, 
including Appendices 01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016 (CWB 
inspection area: Below) (for Model A340-200 and -300 series 
airplanes in post-modification 44360 configuration).
    (2) For the modification required by paragraph (o)(1) of this 
AD, use the applicable service information specified in paragraphs 
(g)(2)(i) through (g)(2)(vi) of this AD.
    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3130, dated November 23, 
2016 (for Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes in post-
modification 44360, post-Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3131, and 
pre-modification 49202 configuration).
    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3131, dated November 23, 
2016 (for Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes in post-
modification 44360 and pre-modification 55306 configuration).
    (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3132, including Appendices 
01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016 (for Model A330-200 and -300 
series airplanes in post-modification 44360 configuration).
    (iv) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4137, dated November 23, 
2016 (for Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes in post-
modification 44360, post-Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4138, and 
pre-modification 49202 configuration).
    (v) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4138, dated November 23, 
2016 (for Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes in post-
modification 44360 and pre-modification 55306 configuration).
    (vi) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4139, including Appendices 
01 and 02, dated November 23, 2016 (for Model A340-200 and -300 
series airplanes in post-modification 44360 configuration).

(h) Repetitive Inspections and Certain Repairs

    Except as specified in paragraphs (l)(2), (l)(3), (p) of this 
AD: Before exceeding the applicable threshold specified in paragraph 
1.E., ``Compliance'' of the applicable service information specified 
in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, or within the compliance time 
specified in table 1 to paragraph (h) of this AD, whichever occurs 
later; remove the fasteners and accomplish a special detailed 
inspection (SDI) of the fastener holes at frame (FR) 40 vertical 
web, on both LH and RH sides, of the affected CWB lower panel area, 
and, as applicable, check for the existence of a repair done as 
specified by a repair design approval sheet (RDAS), in accordance 
with the Accomplishment Instructions of the

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applicable service information specified in paragraph (g)(1) of this 
AD, and if any RDAS repair is found before further flight, repair 
using a method approved by the Manager, International Section, 
Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety 
Agency (EASA); or Airbus's EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). 
If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized 
signature. Repeat the SDI thereafter at the applicable intervals 
specified in paragraph 1.E., ``Compliance,'' of the applicable 
service information identified in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD.
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(i) Follow-On Actions: No Cracking

    If no crack is found during any inspection required by paragraph 
(h) of this AD: Before further flight, install new fasteners in the 
transition fit, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions 
of the applicable service information specified in paragraph (g)(1) 
of this AD.

(j) Follow-On Actions: Cracking

    If any crack is found during any inspection required by 
paragraph (h) of this AD: Before further flight, oversize the holes 
to the first oversize in comparison with the current hole diameter, 
and do an SDI for cracks, in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions of the applicable service information identified in 
paragraph (g)(1) of this AD.
    (1) If no cracking is found during the SDI required by the 
introductory text of paragraph (j) of this AD: Before further 
flight, install new fasteners in the transition fit, in accordance 
with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service 
information identified in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD.
    (2) If any cracking is found during the SDI required by the 
introductory text of paragraph (j) of this AD: Before further 
flight, repair using a method approved by the Manager, International 
Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus's EASA 
DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-
authorized signature.

(k) No Reporting Required

    Although the applicable service information specified in 
paragraph (g)(1) of this AD specifies to submit certain information 
to the manufacturer, and specifies that action as ``RC'' (Required 
for Compliance), this AD does not include that requirement.

(l) Exceptions to Service Information

    (1) Where the applicable service information identified in 
paragraphs (g) and (m) of this AD specifies contacting Airbus for 
appropriate action: Before further flight, repair using a method 
approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards 
Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus's EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, 
the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature.
    (2) Where paragraph 1.E., ``Compliance,'' of the applicable 
service information specified in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD 
specifies a compliance time in terms of a ``Threshold'' and ``Grace 
Period,'' this AD requires compliance at the later of the applicable 
threshold and grace period.
    (3) When it is determined that no RDAS is found to exist for the 
FR40 area it is acceptable to accomplish the first SDI before 
exceeding the applicable threshold, instead of ``before next 
flight'', as specified in the applicable service information 
specified in paragraph (g)(1)(ii), (g)(1)(iii), (g)(1)(v) and 
(g)(1)(vi) of this AD.

(m) Modification for Airplanes in Post-Modification 55306 and Pre-
Modification 205225 Configuration

    For airplanes in post-modification 55306 and pre-modification 
205225 configuration: Before exceeding the applicable compliance 
time specified in table 2 to paragraph (m) of this AD, as 
applicable, or within 18 months after the effective date of this AD, 
whichever occurs later; modify the inside CWB (above bottom skin), 
including doing a rotating probe inspection for cracking and all 
applicable related investigative and corrective actions, in 
accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service 
Bulletin A330-57-3129, dated October 5, 2016; or Airbus Service 
Bulletin A340-57-4136, dated October 5, 2016; as applicable; except 
as required by paragraph (l)(1) of this AD. Do all applicable 
related investigative and corrective actions before further flight.

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(n) Terminating Action for Certain Airworthiness Limitation Item (ALI) 
Tasks

    (1) Accomplishment on an airplane of the initial and repetitive 
inspections required by paragraph (h) of this AD terminates the 
requirements of ALI task 57-11-02 and task 57-11-04 of the 
applicable Airbus Airworthiness Limitation Section (ALS) Part 2, 
Damage Tolerant (DT) ALI, for that airplane.
    (2) Modification of an airplane as required by paragraph (m) of 
this AD terminates the requirements of ALI task 57-11-02 of the 
applicable Airbus ALS Part 2, DT ALI, for that airplane.

(o) Terminating Action for Repetitive SDI Inspections

    (1) Modification of a post-modification 44360 airplane by 
multiple cold working, including doing a rotating probe inspection 
for cracking and all applicable related investigative and corrective 
actions, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the 
applicable Airbus service information specified in paragraph (g)(2) 
of this AD, except as required by paragraph (l)(1) of this AD, 
constitutes terminating action for the repetitive SDI required by 
paragraph (h) of this AD for that airplane, provided the 
modification is accomplished within the applicable compliance times 
specified in the applicable Airbus service information specified in 
paragraph (g)(1) of this AD.
    (2) If, during any inspection of a post-modification 44360 
airplane, as required by paragraph (h) of this AD, a crack 
previously repaired by an Airbus RDAS is detected only on the LH or 
RH side, it is permitted to do the modification specified in 
paragraph (o)(1) of this AD on the non-repaired side. Doing the 
modification constitutes terminating action for the repetitive SDI 
required by paragraph (h) of this AD on the modified side only.

(p) Extension to Compliance Time for Certain Airplanes

    For post-modification 44360 airplanes and pre-modification 55306 
airplanes that have been inspected before the effective date of this 
AD as required by AD 2016-12-09: It is permitted to defer the next 
due inspection to 18 months after the effective date of this AD, 
provided the previous inspection interval, as applicable, depending 
on airplane configuration and utilization, as specified in the 
service information used in the previous inspection is not exceeded.

(q) Credit for Previous Actions

    (1) This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by 
paragraphs (h) through (j) of this AD, if those actions were 
performed before the effective date of this AD using the applicable 
service information specified in paragraphs (q)(1)(i) through 
(q)(1)(vi) of this AD. This service information was incorporated by 
reference in AD 2016-09-11, Amendment 39-18509 (81 FR 27986, May 9, 
2016).
    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3114, dated March 12, 2013.
    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3115, April 4, 2013.
    (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3116, dated March 12, 
2013.
    (iv) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4123, dated March 12, 2013.
    (v) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4124, Revision 01, dated 
August 22, 2013.
    (vi) Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4125, dated March 12, 2013.
    (2) This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by 
paragraphs (h) through (j) of this AD, if those actions were 
performed before the effective date of this AD using Airbus Service 
Bulletin A340-57-4124, dated April 4, 2013. This service information 
is not incorporated by reference in this AD.
    (3) This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by 
paragraphs (h) through (j) of this AD, if those actions were 
performed before the effective date of this AD using the applicable 
service information specified in paragraphs (q)(3)(i) through 
(q)(3)(viii) of this AD. This service information is not 
incorporated by reference in this AD.
    (i) Airbus Technical Disposition LR57D11023270, Issue B, dated 
July 12, 2011.
    (ii) Airbus Technical Disposition LR57D11029170, Issue C, dated 
September 6, 2011.
    (iii) Airbus Technical Disposition LR57D11029171, Issue B, dated 
September 6, 2011.
    (iv) Airbus Technical Disposition LR57D11029172, Issue B, dated 
September 6, 2011.
    (v) Airbus Technical Disposition LR57D11029173, Issue B, dated 
September 6, 2011.
    (vi) Airbus Technical Disposition LR57D11023714, Issue B, dated 
July 12, 2011.
    (vii) Airbus Technical Disposition LR57D11030740, Issue C, dated 
September 22, 2011.
    (viii) Airbus Technical Disposition LR57D11030741, Issue B, 
dated September 22, 2011.

(r) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
International Section, Transport Standards Branch, 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 Section, send it to the 
attention of the person identified in paragraph (s)(2) of this AD. 
Information may be emailed to: [email protected]. 
Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate

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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 Section, Transport Standards 
Branch, 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 
paragraphs (k) and (l)(1) 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.

(s) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) EASA AD 2017-0069, dated April 25, 2017, 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-2018-0113.
    (2) For more information about this AD, contact, Vladimir 
Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport 
Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; 
telephone and fax: 206-231-3229.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office--EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice 
Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone: +33 5 61 93 36 96; 
fax: +33 5 61 93 45 80; email: [email protected]; 
internet: http://www.airbus.com. You may view this service 
information at the FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th 
St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this 
material at the FAA, call 206-231-3195.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on February 14, 2018.
Michael Kaszycki,
Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-03599 Filed 2-23-18; 8:45 am]
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