Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes, 24427-24433 [2018-11415]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / Proposed Rules 4. USCIS Form I–941 DHS is discontinuing the new USCIS Form I–941 (OMB Control Number 1615–0136). ■ List of Subjects * 8 CFR Part 103 Administrative practice and procedure, Authority delegations (Government agencies), Freedom of information, Immigration, Privacy, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. 8 CFR Part 212 Administrative practice and procedure, Aliens, Immigration, Passports and visas, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. 8 CFR Part 274a Administrative practice and procedure, Aliens, Employment, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Accordingly, DHS is proposing to amend chapter I of title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows: PART 103—IMMIGRATION BENEFITS; BIOMETRIC REQUIREMENTS; AVAILABILITY OF RECORDS 1. The authority citation for part 103 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301, 552, 552a; 8 U.S.C. 1101, 1103, 1304, 1356, 1365b; 31 U.S.C. 9701; Pub. L. 107–296, 116 Stat. 2135 (6 U.S.C. 1 et seq.); E.O. 12356, 47 FR 14874, 15557, 3 CFR, 1982 Comp., p.166; 8 CFR part 2; Pub. L. 112–54. § 103.7 [Amended] 2. Amend § 103.7 by removing paragraph (b)(1)(i)(KKK). ■ PART 212—DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS: NONIMMIGRANTS; WAIVERS; ADMISSION OF CERTAIN INADMISSIBLE ALIENS; PAROLE 3. The authority citation for part 212 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 6 U.S.C. 202(4) and 271, 8 U.S.C. 1101 and note, 1102, 1103, 1182 and note, 1184, 1187, 1223, 1225, 1226, 1227, 1255, 1359; 8 U.S.C. 1185 note (section 7209 of Pub. L. 108–458); 8 CFR part 2. § 212.19 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS ■ [Removed] 4. Remove § 212.19. PART 274a—CONTROL OF EMPLOYMENT OF ALIENS 5. The authority citation for part 274a continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101, 1103, 1324a; 48 U.S.C. 1806; 8 CFR part 2; Pub. L. 101–410, 104 Stat. 890, as amended by Pub. L. 114– 74, 129 Stat. 599. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 May 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 6. Revise § 274a.2(b)(1)(v)(A)(5) to read as follows: § 274a.2 Verification of identity and employment authorization. * * * * (b) * * * (1) * * * (v) * * * (A) * * * (5) In the case of an individual who is authorized to work for a specific employer incident to status, a foreign passport with an Arrival/Departure Record, Form I–94 (as defined in 8 CFR 1.4) or Form I–94A, bearing the same name as the passport and containing an endorsement of the alien’s nonimmigrant status, as long as the period of endorsement has not yet expired and the employment is not in conflict with the individual’s employment-authorized status and any restrictions or limitations identified on the Form; * * * * * ■ 7. Amend § 274a.12 by: ■ a. Revising paragraph (b) introductory text; ■ b. Removing paragraph (b)(37); ■ c. Revising paragraph (c)(11); and ■ d. Removing and reserving paragraph (c)(34). The revisions read as follows: § 274a.12 Classes of aliens authorized to accept employment. * * * * * (b) Aliens authorized for employment with a specific employer incident to status. The following classes of nonimmigrant aliens are authorized to be employed in the United States by the specific employer and subject to the restrictions described in the section(s) of this chapter indicated as a condition of their admission in, or subsequent change to, such classification. An alien in one of these classes is not issued an employment authorization document by DHS: * * * * * (c) * * * (11) An alien paroled into the United States temporarily for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit pursuant to section 212(d)(5) of the Act. * * * * * Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2018–0454; Product Identifier 2017–NM–056–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A330–200 Freighter series airplanes, Airbus Model A330–200 and –300 series airplanes, and Airbus Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of cracked slat tracks at the location of the front stop attachment to the track. This proposed AD would require a detailed inspection, repetitive special detailed inspections, and corrective actions if necessary. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by July 13, 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: 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. SUMMARY: Examining the AD Docket [FR Doc. 2018–11348 Filed 5–25–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–97–P 24427 You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http:// E:\FR\FM\29MYP1.SGM 29MYP1 24428 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / Proposed Rules www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018– 0454; 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 NPRM, 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 proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA– 2018–0454; Product Identifier 2017– NM–056–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this NPRM. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this NPRM 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 will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this NPRM. Discussion daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2017–0060, dated April 7, 2017 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus Model A330–200 Freighter series airplanes; Airbus Model A330–200 and –300 series airplanes; and Airbus Model A340–200 and –300 series airplanes. The MCAI states: Several cases of cracked slat tracks at the location of front stop attachment to track have been reported by operators. Analysis of the affected slat tracks (Airbus premodification (mod) 45967 design) revealed that induced torque loads during normal installation of the front stop, in combination with an incorrect shaft length of the attachment bolts and geometry of the front stop, are the root cause. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 May 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 This condition, if not detected and corrected, would affect the structural integrity of the slat surface, which could lead to detachment of an outer or inner slat surface, possibly resulting in reduced control of the aeroplane and/or injury to persons on the ground. To address this potential unsafe condition, Airbus issued Service Bulletin (SB) A330– 57–3123 and SB A340–57–4130, to provide inspection instructions. For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD requires a one-time detailed inspection (DET) of the front stop lateral and aft surfaces [for marks (dents or scratches),] and repetitive special detailed inspections (SDI) of the front stop attachment areas, of slat tracks number (No.) 5 to No. 16 inclusive, both left hand (LH) and right hand (RH) wings [for cracks], and, depending on findings, accomplishment of applicable corrective action(s) [corrective actions include rework, repair, and slat rigging]. This [EASA] AD also includes reference to an optional modification (Airbus mod 205378) of the affected slat tracks, for which the associated SBs (SB A330–57–3126 and SB A340–57–4133, as applicable) are expected to become available in July 2017, which constitutes terminating action for the repetitive inspections required by this [EASA] AD. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018– 0454. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Airbus has issued Service Bulletin A330–57–3123, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017; and Service Bulletin A340– 57–4130, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017. This service information describes procedures for a detailed inspection of the front stop lateral and aft surfaces for marks (dents or scratches), repetitive special detailed inspections of the front stop attachment areas, of slat track numbers 5 to 16 inclusive, both LH and RH wings for cracks, and corrective actions. These documents are distinct since they apply to different airplane models. Airbus has also issued Service Bulletin A330–57–3126, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated December 21, 2017; and Service Bulletin A340– 57–4133, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated December 21, 2017. This service information describes procedures for modification of all affected slat tracks on an airplane. These documents are distinct since they apply to different airplane models. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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. Differences Between This Proposed AD and the MCAI or Service Information Although the MCAI specifies to continue repetitive inspections if certain cracks that do not exceed specified damage limits are found, this proposed AD would require repairing before further flight in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3123, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017; Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–4130, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017; or obtaining corrective action instructions approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA), and accomplishing them within the compliance time specified therein. Although the MCAI specifies accomplishing the proposed actions in accordance with Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3123, dated June 14, 2016, or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–4130, dated June 14, 2016, this proposed AD would require using Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3123, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017, or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–4130, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017. For airplanes on which the actions specified in Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3123, dated June 14, 2016, or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–4130, dated June 14, 2016, have been done, this proposed AD provides credit for those actions provided that the additional work identified in Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3123, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017, or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–4130, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017, is done. The additional work E:\FR\FM\29MYP1.SGM 29MYP1 24429 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / Proposed Rules includes inspecting for certain part numbers and for those affected parts, doing a detailed inspection, and corrective actions if necessary. We have coordinated this difference with EASA. Costs of Compliance We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: We estimate that this proposed AD affects 101 airplanes of U.S. registry. ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Detailed Inspection .................... 25 work-hours × $85 per hour = $2,125 per inspection cycle. 25 work-hours × $85 per hour = $2,125 per inspection cycle. 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 per inspection cycle. 49 work-hour × $85 per hour = $4,165 .................. Special Detailed Inspection ....... Reporting .................................... Modification ................................ We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide cost estimates for the on-condition actions specified in this proposed AD. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS Paperwork Reduction Act A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information displays a current valid OMB control number. The control number for the collection of information required by this NPRM is 2120–0056. The paperwork cost associated with this NPRM has been detailed in the Costs of Compliance section of this document and includes time for reviewing instructions, as well as completing and reviewing the collection of information. Therefore, all reporting associated with this NPRM is mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden and suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the FAA at 800 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20591, ATTN: Information Collection Clearance Officer, AES–200. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 May 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators $0 $2,125 per inspection cycle ..... $214,625 per inspection cycle. 0 $2,125 per inspection cycle ..... $214,625 per inspection cycle. 0 $85 per inspection cycle .......... $8,585 per inspection cycle. 8,150 $12,315 .................................... $1,243,815. Parts cost 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. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2018–0454; Product Identifier 2017–NM–056–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by July 13, 2018. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to the airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1), (c)(2), (c)(3), (c)(4), and (c)(5) of this AD, certificated in any category, all certificated models, all manufacturer serial numbers. (1) Airbus Model A330–223F and –243F airplanes. (2) Airbus Model A330–201, –202, –203, –223, and –243 airplanes. (3) Airbus Model A330–301, –302, –303, –321, –322, –323, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes. (4) Airbus Model A340–211, –212, –213 airplanes. (5) Airbus 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 of cracked slat tracks at the location of the front stop attachment to the track. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracked slat tracks which could affect the structural E:\FR\FM\29MYP1.SGM 29MYP1 24430 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / Proposed Rules integrity of the slat surface, possibly leading to detachment of an outer or inner slat surface, and resulting in reduced control of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Definitions (1) For the purpose of this AD, ‘‘affected slat track’’ is defined as a pre-modification 45967 slat track, located at the wing positions as indicated in figure 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD, and having a part number specified in figure 2 to paragraph (g) of this AD. In case the part number identification (ID) plate is missing or cannot be read, the slat track can be identified by the ink marking. If the operator cannot determine the part number, then that airplane is in Group 1. (2) For the purpose of this AD: Group 1 airplanes are those that, on the effective date of this AD, have an affected slat track installed. Group 2 airplanes are those that, on the effective date of this AD, do not have any affected slat track installed. BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 May 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\29MYP1.SGM 29MYP1 EP29MY18.001</GPH> daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS Figure 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD -Positions ofAffected Slat Tracks Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / Proposed Rules 24431 Figure 2 to paragraph (g) of this AD -Affected Slats, Slat Track Positions, an Part Numbers (PINs) Track Assembly PIN Track Assembly and Linkage PIN (according to ID plate) (according to ink marking) Track 5 F574641 05-000 F574641 05-002 F574641 05-004 F57464005-000/001 F 5746400 5-002/003 F57464005-004/005 Track 6 F 574641 06-000 F 574641 06-002 F 574641 06-004 F57464006-000/00 1 F 57464006-002/003 F 57464006-004/00 5 Track 7 F57464107-000 F57464107-002 F 57464007-000/001 F 57464007-002/003 Track 8 F57464108-000 F57464108-002 F57464108-004 F57464008-000/001 F57464008-002/003 F57464008-004/005 Track 9 F 574641 09-000 F 574641 09-002 F57464009-000/00 1 F 57464009-002/003 Track 10 F57464110-000 F57464110-002 F57464127-000 F574640 10-000/001 F 5746401 0-002/003 F57464082-000/001 Track 11 F57464111-000 F57464111-002 F57464111-004 F57464011-000/001 F57464011-002/003 F57464011-004/005 Track 12 F57464112-000 F57464112-002 F57464012-000/001 F 57464012-002/003 Track 13 F57464113-000 F57464113-002 F57464113-004 F57464013-000/001 F 57464013-002/003 F57464013-004/005 Track 14 F57464114-000 F57464114-002 F57464114-004 F574640 14-000/001 F 57464014-002/003 F 57464014-004/00 5 Track 15 F57464115-000 F57464115-002 F57464115-004 F57464015-000/001 F 57464015-002/003 F574640 15-004/005 Track 16 Slat F57464116-000 F57464116-002 F574640 16-000/001 F 57464016-002/003 Slat Track Position No.2 No.3 No.4 No.5 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS No.7 (h) One-Time Detailed Inspection and Repetitive Special Detailed Inspections For Group 1 airplanes: At the applicable times specified in figure 3 to paragraph (h) of this AD, do a detailed inspection of the front stop lateral and aft surfaces, and do a VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 May 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 special detailed inspection of the front stop attachment areas of each affected slat track, both right hand (RH) and left hand (LH) wings, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3123, Revision 01, PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–4130, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017; as applicable. Thereafter, repeat the special detailed E:\FR\FM\29MYP1.SGM 29MYP1 EP29MY18.002</GPH> No.6 24432 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / Proposed Rules applicable compliance times specified in figure 4 to paragraph (h) of this AD. BILLING CODE 4910–13–C repetitive special detailed inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD. (3) If, during any inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD, marks (dents or scratches) are found on the front stop lateral or aft surfaces of an affected slat track, and any crack is detected at the front stop attachment area of that slat track: Before further flight, obtain corrective action instructions approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus’s EASA DOA, and accomplish them within the compliance time specified therein. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS (i) Corrective Actions (1) If, during any special detailed inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD, any crack is detected at the front stop attachment area of an affected slat track: Before further flight, obtain corrective action instructions 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), and accomplish them within the compliance time specified therein. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. (2) If, during any inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD, marks (dents or scratches) are found on the front stop lateral or aft surfaces of an affected slat track; provided that no crack is detected; before further flight, rework the affected lateral front stop surface of that slat track, and accomplish slat rigging, as applicable, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3123, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–4130, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017. Accomplishment of rework or slat rigging on an airplane, as required by this paragraph, does not constitute terminating action for the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 May 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 (j) Reporting At the applicable time specified in paragraph (j)(1) or (j)(2) of this AD: Report the results of the inspections required by paragraph (h) of this AD to Airbus Service Bulletin Reporting Online Application on Airbus World (https://w3.airbus.com/), or submit the results to Airbus in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3123, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017, or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–4130, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017. The report must include the inspection results (including no findings), a description of any discrepancies found, the airplane serial number, and the PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 number of landings and flight hours on the airplane. (1) If the inspection was done on or after the effective date of this AD: Submit the report within 60 days after each inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD. (2) If the inspection was done before the effective date of this AD: Submit the report within 60 days after the effective date of this AD. (k) Optional Terminating Actions (1) Replacement of an affected slat track at any position with a post-modification 45967 slat track, if accomplished as part of the corrective actions specified in paragraph (i)(1) or (i)(3) of this AD, terminates the repetitive inspections required by paragraph (h) of this AD, for that slat track position. (2) Modification of all affected slat tracks on an airplane in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3126, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated December 21, 2017; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57– 4133, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated December 21, 2017; as applicable, terminates the repetitive inspections required by paragraph (h) of this AD for that airplane, provided that, prior to modification, the affected slat tracks pass an inspection (crack free) in accordance with the instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3123, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–4130, Revision 01, E:\FR\FM\29MYP1.SGM 29MYP1 EP29MY18.003</GPH> inspection for the front stop attachment areas of each affected slat track, both RH and LH wings, at intervals not to exceed the Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2018 / Proposed Rules including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017; as applicable. (l) Parts Installation Limitations (1) Except as specified in paragraph (l)(2) of this AD: For Group 1 airplanes, after the effective date of this AD, an affected slat track may be installed, provided the installation is 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. (2) After modification of a Group 1 airplane as specified in paragraph (k)(2) of this AD, no person may install an affected slat track on that airplane. (3) For Group 2 airplanes: As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install an affected slat track on any Group 2 airplane. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS (m) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraphs (h), (i), and (j) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3123, dated June 14, 2016, or Airbus Service Bulletin A340– 57–4130, dated June 14, 2016, provided that within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, the additional work identified in Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3123, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017, or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–4130, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017, as applicable, has been completed in accordance with Airbus Service Bulletin A330–57–3123, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017, or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–57–4130, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017, as applicable. (n) 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 International Branch, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (o)(2) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOCREQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:08 May 25, 2018 Jkt 244001 DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. (3) Reporting Requirements: A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information displays a current valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number for this information collection is 2120–0056. Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, completing and reviewing the collection of information. All responses to this collection of information are mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden and suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the FAA at: 800 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20591, Attn: Information Collection Clearance Officer, AES–200. (4) Required for Compliance (RC): Except as required by paragraph (i) 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. (o) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA AD 2017–0060, dated April 7, 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–2018–0454. (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 Des Moines, Washington, on May 21, 2018. James Cashdollar, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2018–11415 Filed 5–25–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 24433 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2018–0452; Product Identifier 2017–NM–150–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 727C, 727–100, 727–100C, 727–200, and 727–200F series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by the results of a fleet survey, which revealed cracking in bulkhead frame webs at a certain body station. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections of the bulkhead frame web at a certain body station and applicable on-condition actions. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. SUMMARY: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by July 13, 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. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 103 (Tuesday, May 29, 2018)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2018-0454; Product Identifier 2017-NM-056-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 adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 
Airbus Model A330-200 Freighter series airplanes, Airbus Model A330-200 
and -300 series airplanes, and Airbus Model A340-200 and -300 series 
airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of cracked slat 
tracks at the location of the front stop attachment to the track. This 
proposed AD would require a detailed inspection, repetitive special 
detailed inspections, and corrective actions if necessary. We are 
proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by July 13, 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 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://

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www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2018-
0454; 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 NPRM, 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 proposal. Send your comments to an address listed 
under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2018-0454; 
Product Identifier 2017-NM-056-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. 
We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, 
environmental, and energy aspects of this NPRM. We will consider all 
comments received by the closing date and may amend this NPRM 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 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this NPRM.

Discussion

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 
2017-0060, dated April 7, 2017 (referred to after this as the Mandatory 
Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to correct an 
unsafe condition for all Airbus Model A330-200 Freighter series 
airplanes; Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes; and Airbus 
Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes. The MCAI states:

    Several cases of cracked slat tracks at the location of front 
stop attachment to track have been reported by operators. Analysis 
of the affected slat tracks (Airbus pre-modification (mod) 45967 
design) revealed that induced torque loads during normal 
installation of the front stop, in combination with an incorrect 
shaft length of the attachment bolts and geometry of the front stop, 
are the root cause.
    This condition, if not detected and corrected, would affect the 
structural integrity of the slat surface, which could lead to 
detachment of an outer or inner slat surface, possibly resulting in 
reduced control of the aeroplane and/or injury to persons on the 
ground.
    To address this potential unsafe condition, Airbus issued 
Service Bulletin (SB) A330-57-3123 and SB A340-57-4130, to provide 
inspection instructions.
    For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD requires a one-
time detailed inspection (DET) of the front stop lateral and aft 
surfaces [for marks (dents or scratches),] and repetitive special 
detailed inspections (SDI) of the front stop attachment areas, of 
slat tracks number (No.) 5 to No. 16 inclusive, both left hand (LH) 
and right hand (RH) wings [for cracks], and, depending on findings, 
accomplishment of applicable corrective action(s) [corrective 
actions include rework, repair, and slat rigging].
    This [EASA] AD also includes reference to an optional 
modification (Airbus mod 205378) of the affected slat tracks, for 
which the associated SBs (SB A330-57-3126 and SB A340-57-4133, as 
applicable) are expected to become available in July 2017, which 
constitutes terminating action for the repetitive inspections 
required by this [EASA] AD.

    You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2018-
0454.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Airbus has issued Service Bulletin A330-57-3123, Revision 01, 
including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017; and Service 
Bulletin A340-57-4130, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, 
dated September 27, 2017. This service information describes procedures 
for a detailed inspection of the front stop lateral and aft surfaces 
for marks (dents or scratches), repetitive special detailed inspections 
of the front stop attachment areas, of slat track numbers 5 to 16 
inclusive, both LH and RH wings for cracks, and corrective actions. 
These documents are distinct since they apply to different airplane 
models.
    Airbus has also issued Service Bulletin A330-57-3126, including 
Appendixes 02 and 03, dated December 21, 2017; and Service Bulletin 
A340-57-4133, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated December 21, 2017. 
This service information describes procedures for modification of all 
affected slat tracks on an airplane. These documents are distinct since 
they apply to different airplane models.
    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.

Differences Between This Proposed AD and the MCAI or Service 
Information

    Although the MCAI specifies to continue repetitive inspections if 
certain cracks that do not exceed specified damage limits are found, 
this proposed AD would require repairing before further flight in 
accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service 
Bulletin A330-57-3123, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, 
dated September 27, 2017; Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4130, 
Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017; 
or obtaining corrective action instructions approved by the Manager, 
International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or 
Airbus's EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA), and accomplishing 
them within the compliance time specified therein.
    Although the MCAI specifies accomplishing the proposed actions in 
accordance with Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3123, dated June 14, 
2016, or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4130, dated June 14, 2016, 
this proposed AD would require using Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-
3123, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 
2017, or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4130, Revision 01, including 
Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017. For airplanes on which 
the actions specified in Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3123, dated 
June 14, 2016, or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4130, dated June 14, 
2016, have been done, this proposed AD provides credit for those 
actions provided that the additional work identified in Airbus Service 
Bulletin A330-57-3123, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, 
dated September 27, 2017, or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4130, 
Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017, 
is done. The additional work

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includes inspecting for certain part numbers and for those affected 
parts, doing a detailed inspection, and corrective actions if 
necessary. We have coordinated this difference with EASA.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 101 airplanes of U.S. 
registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                             Parts                              Cost on U.S.
              Action                      Labor cost          cost      Cost per product          operators
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Detailed Inspection...............  25 work-hours x $85           $0  $2,125 per            $214,625 per
                                     per hour = $2,125                 inspection cycle.     inspection cycle.
                                     per inspection cycle.
Special Detailed Inspection.......  25 work-hours x $85            0  $2,125 per            $214,625 per
                                     per hour = $2,125                 inspection cycle.     inspection cycle.
                                     per inspection cycle.
Reporting.........................  1 work-hour x $85 per          0  $85 per inspection    $8,585 per
                                     hour = $85 per                    cycle.                inspection cycle.
                                     inspection cycle.
Modification......................  49 work-hour x $85         8,150  $12,315.............  $1,243,815.
                                     per hour = $4,165.
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    We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide 
cost estimates for the on-condition actions specified in this proposed 
AD.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not 
required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to penalty for 
failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the 
requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of 
information displays a current valid OMB control number. The control 
number for the collection of information required by this NPRM is 2120-
0056. The paperwork cost associated with this NPRM has been detailed in 
the Costs of Compliance section of this document and includes time for 
reviewing instructions, as well as completing and reviewing the 
collection of information. Therefore, all reporting associated with 
this NPRM is mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden 
and suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the FAA 
at 800 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20591, ATTN: Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, AES-200.

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 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

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 adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):

Airbus: Docket No. FAA-2018-0454; Product Identifier 2017-NM-056-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by July 13, 2018.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the airplanes identified in paragraphs 
(c)(1), (c)(2), (c)(3), (c)(4), and (c)(5) of this AD, certificated 
in any category, all certificated models, all manufacturer serial 
numbers.
    (1) Airbus Model A330-223F and -243F airplanes.
    (2) Airbus Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, and -243 airplanes.
    (3) Airbus Model A330-301, -302, -303, -321, -322, -323, -341, -
342, and -343 airplanes.
    (4) Airbus Model A340-211, -212, -213 airplanes.
    (5) Airbus 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 of cracked slat tracks at the 
location of the front stop attachment to the track. We are issuing 
this AD to detect and correct cracked slat tracks which could affect 
the structural

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integrity of the slat surface, possibly leading to detachment of an 
outer or inner slat surface, and resulting in reduced control of the 
airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Definitions

    (1) For the purpose of this AD, ``affected slat track'' is 
defined as a pre-modification 45967 slat track, located at the wing 
positions as indicated in figure 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD, and 
having a part number specified in figure 2 to paragraph (g) of this 
AD. In case the part number identification (ID) plate is missing or 
cannot be read, the slat track can be identified by the ink marking. 
If the operator cannot determine the part number, then that airplane 
is in Group 1.
    (2) For the purpose of this AD: Group 1 airplanes are those 
that, on the effective date of this AD, have an affected slat track 
installed. Group 2 airplanes are those that, on the effective date 
of this AD, do not have any affected slat track installed.
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(h) One-Time Detailed Inspection and Repetitive Special Detailed 
Inspections

    For Group 1 airplanes: At the applicable times specified in 
figure 3 to paragraph (h) of this AD, do a detailed inspection of 
the front stop lateral and aft surfaces, and do a special detailed 
inspection of the front stop attachment areas of each affected slat 
track, both right hand (RH) and left hand (LH) wings, in accordance 
with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin 
A330-57-3123, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated 
September 27, 2017; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4130, 
Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 
2017; as applicable. Thereafter, repeat the special detailed

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inspection for the front stop attachment areas of each affected slat 
track, both RH and LH wings, at intervals not to exceed the 
applicable compliance times specified in figure 4 to paragraph (h) 
of this AD.
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(i) Corrective Actions

    (1) If, during any special detailed inspection required by 
paragraph (h) of this AD, any crack is detected at the front stop 
attachment area of an affected slat track: Before further flight, 
obtain corrective action instructions 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), and accomplish them within the 
compliance time specified therein. If approved by the DOA, the 
approval must include the DOA-authorized signature.
    (2) If, during any inspection required by paragraph (h) of this 
AD, marks (dents or scratches) are found on the front stop lateral 
or aft surfaces of an affected slat track; provided that no crack is 
detected; before further flight, rework the affected lateral front 
stop surface of that slat track, and accomplish slat rigging, as 
applicable, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of 
Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3123, Revision 01, including 
Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017; or Airbus Service 
Bulletin A340-57-4130, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, 
dated September 27, 2017. Accomplishment of rework or slat rigging 
on an airplane, as required by this paragraph, does not constitute 
terminating action for the repetitive special detailed inspection 
required by paragraph (h) of this AD.
    (3) If, during any inspection required by paragraph (h) of this 
AD, marks (dents or scratches) are found on the front stop lateral 
or aft surfaces of an affected slat track, and any crack is detected 
at the front stop attachment area of that slat track: Before further 
flight, obtain corrective action instructions approved by the 
Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or 
EASA; or Airbus's EASA DOA, and accomplish them within the 
compliance time specified therein. If approved by the DOA, the 
approval must include the DOA-authorized signature.

(j) Reporting

    At the applicable time specified in paragraph (j)(1) or (j)(2) 
of this AD: Report the results of the inspections required by 
paragraph (h) of this AD to Airbus Service Bulletin Reporting Online 
Application on Airbus World (https://w3.airbus.com/), or submit the 
results to Airbus in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions 
of Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3123, Revision 01, including 
Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017, or Airbus Service 
Bulletin A340-57-4130, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, 
dated September 27, 2017. The report must include the inspection 
results (including no findings), a description of any discrepancies 
found, the airplane serial number, and the number of landings and 
flight hours on the airplane.
    (1) If the inspection was done on or after the effective date of 
this AD: Submit the report within 60 days after each inspection 
required by paragraph (h) of this AD.
    (2) If the inspection was done before the effective date of this 
AD: Submit the report within 60 days after the effective date of 
this AD.

(k) Optional Terminating Actions

    (1) Replacement of an affected slat track at any position with a 
post-modification 45967 slat track, if accomplished as part of the 
corrective actions specified in paragraph (i)(1) or (i)(3) of this 
AD, terminates the repetitive inspections required by paragraph (h) 
of this AD, for that slat track position.
    (2) Modification of all affected slat tracks on an airplane in 
accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service 
Bulletin A330-57-3126, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated 
December 21, 2017; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4133, 
including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated December 21, 2017; as 
applicable, terminates the repetitive inspections required by 
paragraph (h) of this AD for that airplane, provided that, prior to 
modification, the affected slat tracks pass an inspection (crack 
free) in accordance with the instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin 
A330-57-3123, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated 
September 27, 2017; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4130, 
Revision 01,

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including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017; as 
applicable.

(l) Parts Installation Limitations

    (1) Except as specified in paragraph (l)(2) of this AD: For 
Group 1 airplanes, after the effective date of this AD, an affected 
slat track may be installed, provided the installation is 
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.
    (2) After modification of a Group 1 airplane as specified in 
paragraph (k)(2) of this AD, no person may install an affected slat 
track on that airplane.
    (3) For Group 2 airplanes: As of the effective date of this AD, 
no person may install an affected slat track on any Group 2 
airplane.

(m) Credit for Previous Actions

    This paragraph provides credit for actions required by 
paragraphs (h), (i), and (j) of this AD, if those actions were 
performed before the effective date of this AD using Airbus Service 
Bulletin A330-57-3123, dated June 14, 2016, or Airbus Service 
Bulletin A340-57-4130, dated June 14, 2016, provided that within 12 
months after the effective date of this AD, the additional work 
identified in Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3123, Revision 01, 
including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017, or Airbus 
Service Bulletin A340-57-4130, Revision 01, including Appendixes 02 
and 03, dated September 27, 2017, as applicable, has been completed 
in accordance with Airbus Service Bulletin A330-57-3123, Revision 
01, including Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017, or 
Airbus Service Bulletin A340-57-4130, Revision 01, including 
Appendixes 02 and 03, dated September 27, 2017, as applicable.

(n) 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 International Branch, send it to the attention of 
the person identified in paragraph (o)(2) of this AD. Information 
may be emailed to: [email protected]. Before using any 
approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or 
lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight 
standards district office/certificate holding district office.
    (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD 
to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be 
accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International 
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) Reporting Requirements: A federal agency may not conduct or 
sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a 
person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a 
collection of information subject to the requirements of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information 
displays a current valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number 
for this information collection is 2120-0056. Public reporting for 
this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 1 
hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, 
completing and reviewing the collection of information. All 
responses to this collection of information are mandatory. Comments 
concerning the accuracy of this burden and suggestions for reducing 
the burden should be directed to the FAA at: 800 Independence Ave. 
SW, Washington, DC 20591, Attn: Information Collection Clearance 
Officer, AES-200.
    (4) Required for Compliance (RC): Except as required by 
paragraph (i) 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.

(o) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) EASA AD 2017-0060, dated April 7, 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-2018-0454.
    (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 Des Moines, Washington, on May 21, 2018.
James Cashdollar,
Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-11415 Filed 5-25-18; 8:45 am]
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