Airworthiness Directives; Honda Aircraft Company LLC Airplanes, 24016-24019 [2018-11067]

Download as PDF 24016 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 101 / Thursday, May 24, 2018 / Rules and Regulations ´ Vertu Road West, Dorval, Quebec H4S 1Y9, Canada; telephone 514–855–5000; fax 514 855–7401; email thd.crj@ aero.bombardier.com; internet http:// www.bombardier.com. (6) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th Street, Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. (7) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on April 27, 2018. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2018–09863 Filed 5–23–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2018–0463; Product Identifier 2018–CE–021–AD; Amendment 39–19293; AD 2018–11–05] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Honda Aircraft Company LLC Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2018–06– 10 for certain Honda Aircraft Company LLC Model HA–420 airplanes. AD 2018–06–10 required incorporating a temporary revision into the airplane flight manual and replacing faulty power brake valves upon condition. This AD retains the actions required in AD 2018–06–10 and adds airplanes to the Applicability section. This AD was prompted by an inadvertent mistake in the serial number applicability (both in the service bulletin and in the AD). We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products by correcting the inadvertent serial number error. DATES: This AD is effective May 29, 2018. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of May 29, 2018. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:07 May 23, 2018 Jkt 244001 The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain other publications listed in this AD as of April 13, 2018 (83 FR 13401, March 29, 2018). We must receive any comments on this AD by July 9, 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: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this final rule, contact Honda Aircraft Company LLC, 6430 Ballinger Road, Greensboro, North Carolina 27410; telephone (336) 662–0246; internet: http://www.hondajet.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. It is also available on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018– 0463. 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– 0463; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this final rule, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations (phone: 800–647– 5527) is listed above. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Samuel Kovitch, Aerospace Engineer, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337; phone: (404) 474–5570; fax: (404) 474–5605; email: samuel.kovitch@ faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Discussion We issued AD 2018–06–10, Amendment 39–19230 (83 FR 13401, March 29, 2018), (‘‘AD 2018–06–10’’), for certain Honda Aircraft Company LLC Model HA–420 airplanes. AD 2018–06–10 required incorporating a temporary revision into the airplane flight manual and replacing faulty power brake valves upon condition. AD 2018–06–10 resulted from reports of unannunciated asymmetric braking during ground operations and landing deceleration. We issued AD 2018–06–10 to detect failure of the power brake valve. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in degraded braking performance and reduced directional control during ground operations and landing deceleration. Actions Since AD 2018–06–10 was Issued Since we issued AD 2018–06–10, we were notified by Honda Aircraft Company that Service Bulletin SB–420– 32–001, dated January 8, 2018, contains a typographical error in the serial number effectivity, which was also used as the basis for the Applicability section of AD 2018–06–10. The service bulletin incorrectly listed the applicable Model HA–420 airplane serial number effectivity as 42000011 through 4200089 instead of 42000011 through 42000089. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products by correcting the inadvertent serial number error. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 We reviewed Honda Aircraft Company Service Bulletin SB–420–32– 001, Revision B, dated April 16, 2018. The service information describes procedures for replacing a defective PBV with an improved design PBV. 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 We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design. AD Requirements This AD requires inserting a temporary revision into the AFM, which may be performed by the owner/ operator (pilot) holding at least a private pilot certificate and must be entered into the airplane records showing E:\FR\FM\24MYR1.SGM 24MYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 101 / Thursday, May 24, 2018 / Rules and Regulations compliance with this AD in accordance with 14 CFR 43.9 (a)(1)–(4) and 14 CFR 91.417(a)(2)(v). The record must be maintained as required by 14 CFR 91.417, 121.380, or 135.439. This AD also requires replacing the installed PBV, P/N HJ1–13243–101–005 or P/N HJ1–13243–101–007, with an improved PBV, P/N HJ1–13243–101–009, if a defective PBV is detected during the required pilot checks as specified in the temporary revision. In addition, this AD provides an optional terminating action for the temporary revision into the AFM by replacing the installed PBV with the improved PBV, P/N HJ1–13243–101– 009. Interim Action We consider this AD interim action. We are currently considering requiring replacement of the installed PBV, P/N HJ1–13243–101–005 or P/N HJ1–13243– 101–007, with an improved part, which will constitute terminating action for the temporary revision to the AFM. However, the planned compliance time for the replacement of the PBV would allow enough time to provide notice and 24017 comments before it becomes effective. However, we invite you to send any written data, views, or arguments about this final rule. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number FAA–2018–0463 and product identifier 2018–CE–021–AD at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this final rule. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this final rule because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this final rule. opportunity for prior comment on the merit of the replacement. FAA’s Justification and Determination of the Effective Date An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD without providing an opportunity for public comments prior to adoption. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because failure of the PBV could cause degraded braking performance and reduced directional control during ground operations and landing deceleration. Therefore, we find good cause that notice and opportunity for prior public comment are impracticable. In addition, for the reason stated above, we find that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days. Costs of Compliance Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not provide you with notice and an opportunity to provide your We estimate that this AD affects 72 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Insert temporary revision into the airplane flight manual .. We estimate the following costs to do any necessary replacements that would be required based on the results of the Cost per product Parts cost 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85. Not applicable ....... pilot check of the braking system during ground operations before every flight and before every landing. We have no Cost on U.S. operators $85 $6,120 way of determining the number of airplanes that might need these replacements: ON-CONDITION COSTS Action Labor cost Replace the power brake valve ................................................................. 20 work-hours × $85 per hour = $1,700. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES Since the addition of airplanes to the Applicability section is based on a typographical error in the manufacturer’s service information, all affected airplanes were previously accounted for in the cost estimate of AD 2018–06–10. There is no change to this Cost of Compliance section. 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:07 May 23, 2018 Jkt 244001 We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, section 44701, ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. This AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated by the Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Parts cost $21,878 Cost per product $23,578 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 small airplanes, gliders, balloons, airships, domestic business jet transport airplanes, and associated appliances to the Director of the Policy and Innovation Division. Regulatory Findings This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on E:\FR\FM\24MYR1.SGM 24MYR1 24018 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 101 / Thursday, May 24, 2018 / Rules and Regulations 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 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 part 39 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 39) as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2018–06–10, Amendment 39–19230 (83 FR 13401, March 29, 2018) and adding the following new AD: ■ 2018–11–05 Honda Aircraft Company LLC: Amendment 39–19293; Docket No. FAA–2018–0463; Product Identifier 2018–CE–021–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective May 29, 2018. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2018–06–10, Amendment 39–19230 (83 FR 13401, March 29, 2018), (‘‘AD 2018–06–10’’). (c) Applicability This AD applies to Honda Aircraft Company LLC Model HA–420 airplanes, serial numbers 42000011 through 42000089, that: (1) have power brake valve, part number (P/N) HJ1–13243–101–005 or HJ1–13243– 101–007, installed; and (2) are certificated in any category. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/ Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 32, Landing Gear. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:07 May 23, 2018 Jkt 244001 (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by reports of unannunciated asymmetric braking during ground operations and landing deceleration. We are issuing this AD to detect failure of the power brake valve and to correct the inadvertent serial number error in AD 2018– 06–10. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in degraded braking performance and reduced directional control during ground operations and landing deceleration. the temporary revision from the Honda HA– 420 AFM. (2) If you choose to follow the temporary revision required by paragraph (g) of this AD instead of the optional replacement in paragraph (j)(1) of this AD, the on-condition replacement required by paragraph (h) of this AD is still required before further flight. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (l) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (g) Insert Temporary Revision Into the Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) Before further flight after May 29, 2018 (the effective date of this AD) insert Honda Aircraft Company Temporary Revision TR 01.1, dated February 16, 2018, into the Honda Aircraft Company (Honda) HA–420 Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) (‘‘the temporary revision’’). This insertion and the steps therein may be performed by the owner/operator (pilot) holding at least a private pilot certificate and must be entered into the airplane records showing compliance with this AD in accordance with 14 CFR 43.9 (a)(1)–(4) and 14 CFR 91.417(a)(2)(v). The record must be maintained as required by 14 CFR 91.417, 121.380, or 135.439. (h) Replace the Power Brake Valve (PBV) As of and any time after May 29, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), if any of the procedures listed in the temporary revision referenced in paragraph (g) of this AD reveal a leaking PBV, before further flight, replace the PBV, P/N HJ1–13243–101–005 or P/N HJ1–13243–101–007, with the improved design PBV, P/N HJ1–13243–101–009. Do the replacement using the Accomplishment Instructions in either Honda Service Bulletin SB–420–32–001, dated January 8, 2018, or Revision B, dated April 16, 2018. Before further flight after installing P/N HJ1–13243– 101–009, remove the temporary revision from the Honda HA–420 AFM. (i) No Reporting Requirement Although Honda Service Bulletin SB–420– 32–001, dated January 8, 2018, and Revision B, dated April 16, 2018, specify submitting certain information to the manufacturer, this AD does not require that action. (j) Optional Terminating Action for Inserting the AFM Temporary Revision/Pilot Checks (1) Instead of inserting the temporary revision or at any time after inserting the temporary revision required by paragraph (g) of this AD, you may replace the installed PBV, P/N HJ1–13243–101–005 or P/N HJ1– 13243–101–007, with the improved design PBV, P/N HJ1–13243–101–009. The replacement must be done using the Accomplishment Instructions in either Honda Service Bulletin SB–420–32–001, dated January 8, 2018, or Revision B, dated April 16, 2018. Before further flight after installing P/N HJ1–13243–101–009, remove PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (k) Special Flight Permit Special flight permits for this AD are prohibited. (1) The Manager, Atlanta 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 (m) of this AD. (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) For service information that contains steps that are labeled as Required for Compliance (RC), the provisions of paragraphs (l)(3)(i) and (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 this AD. 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. (m) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Samuel Kovitch, Aerospace Engineer, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337; phone: (404) 474–5570; fax: (404) 474–5605; email: samuel.kovitch@faa.gov. (n) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise. (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on May 29, 2018. (i) Honda Aircraft Company Service Bulletin SB–420–32–001, Revision B, dated April 16, 2018. (ii) Reserved. (4) The following service information was approved for IBR on April 13, 2018 (83 FR 13401, March 29, 2018). E:\FR\FM\24MYR1.SGM 24MYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 101 / Thursday, May 24, 2018 / Rules and Regulations (i) Honda Aircraft Company Temporary Revision TR 01.1, dated February 16, 2018, to the Honda Aircraft Company HA–420 Airplane Flight Manual. (ii) Honda Service Bulletin SB–420–32– 001, dated January 8, 2018. (5) For Honda Aircraft Company LLC service information identified in this AD, contact Honda Aircraft Company LLC, 6430 Ballinger Road, Greensboro, North Carolina 27410; telephone (336) 662–0246; internet: http://www.hondajet.com. (6) You may view this service information at the FAA, Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. (7) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 17, 2018. Pat Mullen, Aircraft Certification Service, Acting Deputy Director, Policy and Innovation Division, AIR–601. [FR Doc. 2018–11067 Filed 5–23–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 100 [Docket Number USCG–2018–0084] RIN 1625–AA08 Special Local Regulation; Low Country Splash, Wando River, Cooper River, and Charleston Harbor; Charleston, SC Coast Guard, DHS. Temporary final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is establishing a special local regulation on the waters of the Wando River, Cooper River, and Charleston Harbor during the Low Country Splash Open Water Swim event. This action is necessary to ensure the safety of event participants and the general public on navigable waters of the United States during the event. This special local regulation prohibits nonparticipant persons and vessels from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within a moving regulated area unless authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) Charleston or a designated representative. DATES: This rule is effective from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. on May 26, 2018. ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:07 May 23, 2018 Jkt 244001 available in the docket, go to http:// www.regulations.gov, type USCG–2018– 0084 in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rule. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call or email Lieutenant Justin Heck, Sector Charleston Office of Waterways Management, Coast Guard; telephone (843) 740–3184, email Justin.C.Heck@ uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Table of Abbreviations CFR Code of Federal Regulations DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking § Section U.S.C. United States Code COTP Captain of the Port II. Background Information and Regulatory History The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section 4(a) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those procedures are ‘‘impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.’’ Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule because it is impracticable. We must establish this special local regulation on May 26, 2018 and lack sufficient time to publish an NPRM, provide a reasonable comment period and then consider those comments before issuing this rule. The NPRM process would delay the establishment of the regulated area until after the date of the swim event and compromise public safety. For the reason discussed above, under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority to establish special local regulations in 33 U.S.C. 1231. The Captain of the Port Charleston (COTP) has determined that potential hazards associated with the Low Country Splash Open Swim event presents a safety concern for anyone in the vicinity of the regulated area during the event. This rule is needed to protect participants, PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 24019 spectators, and the general public in the navigable waters within the regulated area during the Low Country Splash Open Swim event. IV. Discussion of the Rule This rule establishes a special local regulation that will encompass certain waters of the Wando River, Cooper River, and Charleston Harbor during the Low Country Splash Open Swim event. The special local regulation will be enforced from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. on May 26, 2018. This special local regulation will establish a moving regulated area beginning at Daniel Island Pier, south along the coast of Daniel Island, across the Wando River to Hobcaw Yacht Club, south along the coast of Mt. Pleasant, SC, to Charleston Harbor Resort Marina. Within the regulated area, non-participant persons and vessels are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the regulated area without obtaining permission from the COTP Charleston or a designated representative. Persons and vessels may request authorization to enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within the regulated areas by contacting the COTP Charleston by telephone at (843) 740– 7050, or a designated representative via VHF radio on channel 16. If authorization to enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within the regulated areas is granted by the COTP Charleston or a designated representative, all persons and vessels receiving such authorization must comply with the instructions of the COTP Charleston or a designated representative. The Coast Guard will provide notice of the regulated areas by Local Notice to Mariners, Broadcast Notice to Mariners, or by on-scene designated representatives. V. Regulatory Analyses We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and Executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on a number of these statutes and Executive orders, and we discuss First Amendment rights of protestors. A. Regulatory Planning and Review Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess the costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits. Executive Order 13771 directs agencies to control regulatory costs through a budgeting process. This NPRM has not been designated a ‘‘significant regulatory action,’’ under Executive E:\FR\FM\24MYR1.SGM 24MYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2018-0463; Product Identifier 2018-CE-021-AD; Amendment 
39-19293; AD 2018-11-05]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Honda Aircraft Company LLC Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2018-06-10 for 
certain Honda Aircraft Company LLC Model HA-420 airplanes. AD 2018-06-
10 required incorporating a temporary revision into the airplane flight 
manual and replacing faulty power brake valves upon condition. This AD 
retains the actions required in AD 2018-06-10 and adds airplanes to the 
Applicability section. This AD was prompted by an inadvertent mistake 
in the serial number applicability (both in the service bulletin and in 
the AD). We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on 
these products by correcting the inadvertent serial number error.

DATES: This AD is effective May 29, 2018.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of May 29, 
2018.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain other publications listed in this AD as of April 
13, 2018 (83 FR 13401, March 29, 2018).
    We must receive any comments on this AD by July 9, 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: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this final rule, contact 
Honda Aircraft Company LLC, 6430 Ballinger Road, Greensboro, North 
Carolina 27410; telephone (336) 662-0246; internet: http://www.hondajet.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, 
Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, 
call (816) 329-4148. It is also available on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2018-
0463.

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-
0463; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains 
this final rule, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and 
other information. The street address for Docket Operations (phone: 
800-647-5527) is listed above. Comments will be available in the AD 
docket shortly after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Samuel Kovitch, Aerospace Engineer, 
Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 
30337; phone: (404) 474-5570; fax: (404) 474-5605; email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    We issued AD 2018-06-10, Amendment 39-19230 (83 FR 13401, March 29, 
2018), (``AD 2018-06-10''), for certain Honda Aircraft Company LLC 
Model HA-420 airplanes. AD 2018-06-10 required incorporating a 
temporary revision into the airplane flight manual and replacing faulty 
power brake valves upon condition. AD 2018-06-10 resulted from reports 
of unannunciated asymmetric braking during ground operations and 
landing deceleration. We issued AD 2018-06-10 to detect failure of the 
power brake valve. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result 
in degraded braking performance and reduced directional control during 
ground operations and landing deceleration.

Actions Since AD 2018-06-10 was Issued

    Since we issued AD 2018-06-10, we were notified by Honda Aircraft 
Company that Service Bulletin SB-420-32-001, dated January 8, 2018, 
contains a typographical error in the serial number effectivity, which 
was also used as the basis for the Applicability section of AD 2018-06-
10. The service bulletin incorrectly listed the applicable Model HA-420 
airplane serial number effectivity as 42000011 through 4200089 instead 
of 42000011 through 42000089. We are issuing this AD to address the 
unsafe condition on these products by correcting the inadvertent serial 
number error.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed Honda Aircraft Company Service Bulletin SB-420-32-001, 
Revision B, dated April 16, 2018. The service information describes 
procedures for replacing a defective PBV with an improved design PBV. 
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

    We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant 
information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is 
likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design.

AD Requirements

    This AD requires inserting a temporary revision into the AFM, which 
may be performed by the owner/operator (pilot) holding at least a 
private pilot certificate and must be entered into the airplane records 
showing

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compliance with this AD in accordance with 14 CFR 43.9 (a)(1)-(4) and 
14 CFR 91.417(a)(2)(v). The record must be maintained as required by 14 
CFR 91.417, 121.380, or 135.439. This AD also requires replacing the 
installed PBV, P/N HJ1-13243-101-005 or P/N HJ1-13243-101-007, with an 
improved PBV, P/N HJ1-13243-101-009, if a defective PBV is detected 
during the required pilot checks as specified in the temporary 
revision. In addition, this AD provides an optional terminating action 
for the temporary revision into the AFM by replacing the installed PBV 
with the improved PBV, P/N HJ1-13243-101-009.

Interim Action

    We consider this AD interim action. We are currently considering 
requiring replacement of the installed PBV, P/N HJ1-13243-101-005 or P/
N HJ1-13243-101-007, with an improved part, which will constitute 
terminating action for the temporary revision to the AFM. However, the 
planned compliance time for the replacement of the PBV would allow 
enough time to provide notice and opportunity for prior comment on the 
merit of the replacement.

FAA's Justification and Determination of the Effective Date

    An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of 
this AD without providing an opportunity for public comments prior to 
adoption. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public 
justifies waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule 
because failure of the PBV could cause degraded braking performance and 
reduced directional control during ground operations and landing 
deceleration. Therefore, we find good cause that notice and opportunity 
for prior public comment are impracticable. In addition, for the reason 
stated above, we find that good cause exists for making this amendment 
effective in less than 30 days.

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety, and we did not provide you with notice and an opportunity to 
provide your comments before it becomes effective. However, we invite 
you to send any written data, views, or arguments about this final 
rule. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES 
section. Include the docket number FAA-2018-0463 and product identifier 
2018-CE-021-AD at the beginning of your comments. We specifically 
invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and 
energy aspects of this final rule. We will consider all comments 
received by the closing date and may amend this final rule because of 
those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this final rule.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 72 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
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Insert temporary revision into    1 work-hour x $85   Not applicable............             $85          $6,120
 the airplane flight manual.       per hour = $85.
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    We estimate the following costs to do any necessary replacements 
that would be required based on the results of the pilot check of the 
braking system during ground operations before every flight and before 
every landing. We have no way of determining the number of airplanes 
that might need these replacements:

                                               On-Condition Costs
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                                                                                                     Cost per
                    Action                                 Labor cost               Parts cost        product
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Replace the power brake valve.................  20 work-hours x $85 per hour =           $21,878         $23,578
                                                 $1,700.
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    Since the addition of airplanes to the Applicability section is 
based on a typographical error in the manufacturer's service 
information, all affected airplanes were previously accounted for in 
the cost estimate of AD 2018-06-10. There is no change to this Cost of 
Compliance section.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

    This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 
13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, 
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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 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 part 39 of the Federal Aviation 
Regulations (14 CFR part 39) as follows:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 
2018-06-10, Amendment 39-19230 (83 FR 13401, March 29, 2018) and adding 
the following new AD:

2018-11-05 Honda Aircraft Company LLC: Amendment 39-19293; Docket 
No. FAA-2018-0463; Product Identifier 2018-CE-021-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective May 29, 2018.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2018-06-10, Amendment 39-19230 (83 FR 13401, 
March 29, 2018), (``AD 2018-06-10'').

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Honda Aircraft Company LLC Model HA-420 
airplanes, serial numbers 42000011 through 42000089, that:
    (1) have power brake valve, part number (P/N) HJ1-13243-101-005 
or HJ1-13243-101-007, installed; and
    (2) are certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/Air Transport Association 
(ATA) of America Code 32, Landing Gear.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by reports of unannunciated asymmetric 
braking during ground operations and landing deceleration. We are 
issuing this AD to detect failure of the power brake valve and to 
correct the inadvertent serial number error in AD 2018-06-10. The 
unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in degraded braking 
performance and reduced directional control during ground operations 
and landing deceleration.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Insert Temporary Revision Into the Airplane Flight Manual (AFM)

    Before further flight after May 29, 2018 (the effective date of 
this AD) insert Honda Aircraft Company Temporary Revision TR 01.1, 
dated February 16, 2018, into the Honda Aircraft Company (Honda) HA-
420 Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) (``the temporary revision''). This 
insertion and the steps therein may be performed by the owner/
operator (pilot) holding at least a private pilot certificate and 
must be entered into the airplane records showing compliance with 
this AD in accordance with 14 CFR 43.9 (a)(1)-(4) and 14 CFR 
91.417(a)(2)(v). The record must be maintained as required by 14 CFR 
91.417, 121.380, or 135.439.

(h) Replace the Power Brake Valve (PBV)

    As of and any time after May 29, 2018 (the effective date of 
this AD), if any of the procedures listed in the temporary revision 
referenced in paragraph (g) of this AD reveal a leaking PBV, before 
further flight, replace the PBV, P/N HJ1-13243-101-005 or P/N HJ1-
13243-101-007, with the improved design PBV, P/N HJ1-13243-101-009. 
Do the replacement using the Accomplishment Instructions in either 
Honda Service Bulletin SB-420-32-001, dated January 8, 2018, or 
Revision B, dated April 16, 2018. Before further flight after 
installing P/N HJ1-13243-101-009, remove the temporary revision from 
the Honda HA-420 AFM.

(i) No Reporting Requirement

    Although Honda Service Bulletin SB-420-32-001, dated January 8, 
2018, and Revision B, dated April 16, 2018, specify submitting 
certain information to the manufacturer, this AD does not require 
that action.

(j) Optional Terminating Action for Inserting the AFM Temporary 
Revision/Pilot Checks

    (1) Instead of inserting the temporary revision or at any time 
after inserting the temporary revision required by paragraph (g) of 
this AD, you may replace the installed PBV, P/N HJ1-13243-101-005 or 
P/N HJ1-13243-101-007, with the improved design PBV, P/N HJ1-13243-
101-009. The replacement must be done using the Accomplishment 
Instructions in either Honda Service Bulletin SB-420-32-001, dated 
January 8, 2018, or Revision B, dated April 16, 2018. Before further 
flight after installing P/N HJ1-13243-101-009, remove the temporary 
revision from the Honda HA-420 AFM.
    (2) If you choose to follow the temporary revision required by 
paragraph (g) of this AD instead of the optional replacement in 
paragraph (j)(1) of this AD, the on-condition replacement required 
by paragraph (h) of this AD is still required before further flight.

(k) Special Flight Permit

    Special flight permits for this AD are prohibited.

(l) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Atlanta 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 (m) of this AD.
    (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) For service information that contains steps that are labeled 
as Required for Compliance (RC), the provisions of paragraphs 
(l)(3)(i) and (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 this AD. 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.

(m) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact Samuel Kovitch, 
Aerospace Engineer, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, 
College Park, Georgia 30337; phone: (404) 474-5570; fax: (404) 474-
5605; email: [email protected].

(n) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise.
    (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on 
May 29, 2018.
    (i) Honda Aircraft Company Service Bulletin SB-420-32-001, 
Revision B, dated April 16, 2018.
    (ii) Reserved.
    (4) The following service information was approved for IBR on 
April 13, 2018 (83 FR 13401, March 29, 2018).

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    (i) Honda Aircraft Company Temporary Revision TR 01.1, dated 
February 16, 2018, to the Honda Aircraft Company HA-420 Airplane 
Flight Manual.
    (ii) Honda Service Bulletin SB-420-32-001, dated January 8, 
2018.
    (5) For Honda Aircraft Company LLC service information 
identified in this AD, contact Honda Aircraft Company LLC, 6430 
Ballinger Road, Greensboro, North Carolina 27410; telephone (336) 
662-0246; internet: http://www.hondajet.com.
    (6) You may view this service information at the FAA, Policy and 
Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For 
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
(816) 329-4148.
    (7) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 17, 2018.
Pat Mullen,
Aircraft Certification Service, Acting Deputy Director, Policy and 
Innovation Division, AIR-601.
[FR Doc. 2018-11067 Filed 5-23-18; 8:45 am]
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