Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Defense and Space S.A. (Formerly Known as Construcciones Aeronauticas, S.A. (CASA)) Airplanes, 29476-29479 [2018-13342]

Download as PDF 29476 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 122 / Monday, June 25, 2018 / Proposed Rules 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 that the 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. R01, dated February 18, 2016, or in paragraph 4, Appendix A, of GE SB GE90– 100 SB 72–0714 R01, dated February 16, 2018. (2) A part number (P/N) 351–103–109–0, P/ N 351–103–110–0, P/N 351–103–147–0 or P/ N 351–103–152–0, with any serial number. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 (g) Required Actions (1) Remove from service HPC rotor stage 2– 5 spools with serial numbers listed in paragraph 4, Appendix A, of GE SB GE90– 100 SB 72–0659 R01, dated February 18, 2016, as follows, or before further flight, whichever occurs later: (i) For spools with fewer than 4,500 flight CSN as of April 21, 2017, remove before exceeding 5,000 CSN. (ii) For spools with 4,500 CSN or more but fewer than 5,200 CSN as of April 21, 2017, remove within 500 CIS but not to exceed 5,500 CSN. (iii) For spools with 5,200 CSN or more but fewer than 5,600 CSN as of April 21, 2017, remove within 300 CIS but not to exceed 5,800 CSN. (iv) For spools with 5,600 CSN or more but fewer than 5,800 CSN as of April 21, 2017, remove within 200 CIS but not to exceed 5,850 CSN. (v) For spools with 5,800 CSN or more but fewer than 6,000 CSN as of April 21, 2017, remove within 50 CIS but not to exceed 6,000 CSN. (vi) For spools with 6,000 CSN or more as of April 21, 2017, remove before the next flight. (2) Remove from service HPC rotor stage 2– 5 spools listed in paragraph (c)(2) of this AD and HPC rotor stage 2–5 spools with serial numbers listed in paragraph 4, Appendix A, of GE SB GE90–100 SB 72–0714 R01, dated February 16, 2018, before exceeding 8,200 CSN, or before further flight, whichever occurs later. 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 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) 2017–07–04, Amendment 39–18842 (82 FR 16728, April 6, 2017), and adding the following new AD: ■ General Electric Company: Docket No. FAA–2018–0406; Product Identifier 2013– NE–30–AD. (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by August 9, 2018. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS1 (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2017–07–04, Amendment 39–18842 (82 FR 16728, April 6, 2017) (‘‘AD 2017–07–04’’). (c) Applicability This AD applies to General Electric Company (GE) GE90–110B1 and GE90–115B turbofan engines with HPC rotor stage 2–5 spools, with: (1) A serial number listed in either, paragraph 4, Appendix A of GE Service Bulletin (SB) No. GE90–100 SB 72–0499 R01, dated February 5, 2014, in paragraph 4, Appendix A of GE SB GE90–100 SB 72–0659 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:25 Jun 22, 2018 Jkt 244001 (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 7230, Turbine Engine Compressor Section. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by reports of cracks in HPC rotor stage 2–5 spool aft spacer arms. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the HPC rotor stage 2–5 spools. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in uncontained spool release, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (h) Installation Prohibition (1) After the effective date of this AD, do not install or reinstall onto any engine, any HPC rotor stage 2–5 spool with a serial number listed in paragraph 4, Appendix A, of GE SB No. GE90–100 SB 72–0499 R01, dated February 5, 2014, or paragraph 4, Appendix A, of GE SB GE90–100 SB72–0659 R01, dated February 18, 2016, that exceeds 5,000 CSN. (2) After the effective date of this AD, do not install or reinstall onto any engine, any PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 HPC rotor stage 2–5 spool listed in paragraph (c)(2) of this AD, or HPC rotor stage 2–5 spool with a serial number listed in paragraph 4, Appendix A, of GE SB GE90–100 SB 72–0714 R01, dated February 16, 2018, that exceeds 8,200 CSN. (i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, ECO 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 (j)(1) of this AD. You may email your request to: ANE-AD-AMOC@ faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. (j) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact David Bethka, Aerospace Engineer, ECO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238– 7129; fax: 781–238–7199; email: david.bethka@faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact General Electric Company, One Neumann Way, Room 285, Cincinnati, OH; phone: 513–552–3272; email: geae.aoc@ ge.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7759. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on June 19, 2018. Robert J. Ganley, Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2018–13444 Filed 6–22–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2018–0552; Product Identifier 2018–NM–049–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Defense and Space S.A. (Formerly Known as Construcciones Aeronauticas, S.A. (CASA)) Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\25JNP1.SGM 25JNP1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 122 / Monday, June 25, 2018 / Proposed Rules We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus Defense and Space S.A. Model C–212–CB, C–212–CC, C–212–CD, C– 212–CE, and C–212–DF airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of failures of the rudder pedal control system support. This proposed AD would require repetitive detailed visual inspections of the rudder pedal control system support box and shaft and applicable corrective actions. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by August 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: 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 Defense and Space, Services/Engineering support, ´ Avenida de Aragon 404, 28022 Madrid, Spain; telephone: +34 91 585 55 84; fax: +34 91 585 31 27; email: MTA.TechnicalService@ military.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. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS1 SUMMARY: 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– 0552; 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: Shahram Daneshmandi, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3220. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:25 Jun 22, 2018 Jkt 244001 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– 2018–0552; Product Identifier 2018– NM–049–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 2018–0051, dated March 2, 2018 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Airbus Defense and Space S.A. Model C–212–CB, C–212–CC, C– 212–CD, C–212–CE, and C–212–DF airplanes. The MCAI states: Failures were reported of the rudder pedal control system support on CASA C–212 aeroplanes. Subsequent investigation revealed that the welding area of the affected support structure had broken. This condition, if not corrected, could lead to failure of the rudder [pedal] control system, possibly resulting in reduced control of the aeroplane. To address this potential unsafe condition, EADS–CASA issued the SB [EADS–CASA Service Bulletin SB–212–27–0057, dated May 21, 2014] to provide modification instructions and EASA issued AD 2017–0036 [which corresponds to FAA AD 2017–19–08, Amendment 39–19038 (82 FR 43835, September 20 2017) (‘‘AD 2017–19–08’’)] to require that modification [of the rudder pedal adjustment system]. During accomplishment of that modification, several operators reported difficulties or impossibility to follow the accomplishment instruction. Consequently, EASA and Airbus D&S [Defense and Space S.A.] reviewed the difficulty reports and decided that the modification instructions have to be improved. Pending the improvement of the instructions of the SB [EADS–CASA Service Bulletin SB–212–27–0057, dated May 21, 2014] and in order to reduce the risk of failure of the [rudder] pedal adjustment system to an acceptable level, Airbus D&S issued the inspection AOT [Airbus Alert PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 29477 Operators Transmission AOT–C212–27– 0002, dated February 28, 2018] to provide instructions to repetitively inspect the affected parts [rudder pedal support box Part Number (P/N) 212–46195.1 and shaft P/N 212–46120–20]. For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD cancels the requirements of EASA AD 2017–0036, which is superseded, and requires repetitive [detailed visual] inspections of the rudder pedal adjustment system [rudder pedal support box P/N 212– 46195.1 and shaft P/N 212–46120–20] and, depending on findings, accomplishment of applicable corrective action(s). This [EASA] AD is considered to be an interim action and further [EASA] AD action may follow. Corrective actions include obtaining corrective actions approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus Defense and Space S.A.’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA); and accomplishing the corrective actions within the compliance time specified therein. 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– 0552. Relationship Between Proposed AD and AD 2017–19–08 This NPRM does not propose to supersede AD 2017–19–08. Rather, we have determined that a stand-alone AD would be more appropriate to address the changes in the MCAI. This proposed AD would require repetitive detailed visual inspections of the rudder pedal control system support box and shaft and applicable corrective actions. Accomplishment of the proposed actions would then terminate all of the requirements of AD 2017–19–08. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Airbus Defense and Space S.A. has issued Airbus Alert Operators Transmission AOT–C212–27–0002, dated February 28, 2018. The service information describes procedures for repetitive detailed visual inspections of the rudder pedal control system support box and shaft. 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 E:\FR\FM\25JNP1.SGM 25JNP1 29478 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 122 / Monday, June 25, 2018 / Proposed Rules 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 the same type design. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 36 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: ESTIMATED COSTS FOR REQUIRED ACTIONS Labor cost Up to 8 work-hours × $85 per hour = Up to $680 .................................................... We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide cost estimates for the on-condition repair specified in this proposed AD. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with 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. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS1 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:25 Jun 22, 2018 Jkt 244001 Cost per product Parts cost $0 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 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 Defense and Space S.A. (Formerly Known as Construcciones Aeronauticas, S.A. (CASA)): Docket No. FAA–2018– 0552; Product Identifier 2018–NM–049– AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by August 9, 2018. (b) Affected ADs This AD affects AD 2017–19–08, Amendment 39–19038 (82 FR 43835, September 20 2017) (‘‘AD 2017–19–08’’). (c) Applicability This AD applies to Airbus Defense and Space S.A. Model C–212–CB, C–212–CC, C– 212–CD, C–212–CE, and C–212–DF airplanes; manufacturer serial numbers 009, 034, 039, PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Up to $680 .............. Cost on U.S. operators Up to $24,480. 089, 092, 119, 125, 133, 138, 149, 150, 154, 159, 161, 162, 164, 165, 167 through 169 inclusive, 171, 172, 174, 175, 178, 180, 181, 190, 192, 193, 195, 209 through 212 inclusive, 214 through 216 inclusive, 219 through 222 inclusive, 224 through 227 inclusive, 229, 235, 236, 238, 240, 242, 247 through 257 inclusive, 261 through 263 inclusive, 265, 272 through 282 inclusive, 286, 287, 289 through 292 inclusive, 294, 308, 311, 320, 322 through 324 inclusive, 328, 332, 336, 343, 347 through 349 inclusive, 356, 359, 363, 371, 379, 393, 397, 398, 405, 410, 411, 413, 465, 470, 472, 474, 475, 478, and 480 through 482 inclusive; certificated in any category; except airplanes modified in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of EADS– CASA Service Bulletin SB–212–27–0057, dated May 21, 2014. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 27, Flight controls. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports of failures of the rudder pedal control system support. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the rudder control system, which could result in reduced controllability of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Definitions (1) For the purposes of this AD, an affected part is defined as a rudder pedal support box having Part Number (P/N) 212–46195.1 and shaft P/N 212–46120–20. (2) For the purposes of this AD, a discrepancy or defect of the rudder pedal support box P/N 212–46195.1 is defined as any crack or deformation on any welded area. (3) For the purposes of this AD, a discrepancy or defect of the shaft P/N 212– 46120–20 is defined as any crack or deformation. (h) Repetitive Detailed Visual Inspections Within 3 months or during the next scheduled A-check maintenance, whichever occurs first after the effective date of this AD, and thereafter, at intervals not to exceed 150 flight hours, do a detailed visual inspection of each affected part in accordance with the instructions of Airbus Alert Operators Transmission AOT–C212–27–0002, dated February 28, 2018. E:\FR\FM\25JNP1.SGM 25JNP1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 122 / Monday, June 25, 2018 / Proposed Rules (i) Corrective Action for Any Discrepancy or Defect If any discrepancy or defect is detected during any inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD: Before further flight, obtain corrective actions approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Airbus Defense and Space S.A.’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA); and accomplish the corrective actions within the compliance time specified therein. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. Accomplishment of a repair, as required by this paragraph, does not constitute terminating action for the repetitive inspections required by paragraph (h) of this AD. (j) Parts Installation Limitation As of the effective date of this AD, an affected part may be installed on any airplane provided that it is a new part or that, before installation, the visual inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD has been accomplished on that part and the part passed the inspection (no discrepancy or defect detected), as required by paragraph (h) of this AD. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS1 (k) Terminating Action for AD 2017–19–08 Accomplishing the actions required by this AD terminates all of the requirements of AD 2017–19–08. (l) 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 Section, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (m)(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 Defense and Space S.A.’s EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (m) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA AD 2018–0051, dated March 2, 2018, 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–2018–0552. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:25 Jun 22, 2018 Jkt 244001 (2) For more information about this AD, contact Shahram Daneshmandi, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3220. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus Defense and Space, Services/Engineering support, Avenida de ´ Aragon 404, 28022 Madrid, Spain; telephone: +34 91 585 55 84; fax: +34 91 585 31 27; email: MTA.TechnicalService@ military.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 June 14, 2018. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2018–13342 Filed 6–22–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2018–0479; Product Identifier 2016–NE–23–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Honeywell International Inc. Turboprop and Turboshaft Engines Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2018–02– 14, which applies to certain Honeywell International Inc. (Honeywell) TPE331 turboprop and TSE331 turboshaft engines. AD 2018–02–14 requires inspection of the affected combustion chamber case assembly, replacement of those assemblies found cracked, and removal of affected assemblies on certain TPE331 and TSE331 engines. Since we issued AD 2018–02–14, we received comments to revise the applicability of that AD to include the TPE331–12B engine model, correct certain TPE engine model typographical errors, and to allow certain weld repair procedures. This proposed AD would expand the applicability of AD 2018– 02–14 to include the TPE331–12B engine model, correct certain engine model typographical errors, and allow certain weld repair procedures after approval. We are proposing this AD to SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 29479 address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by August 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: 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 Honeywell International Inc., 111 S 34th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034–2802; phone: 800– 601–3099; internet: https:// myaerospace.honeywell.com/wps/ portal. You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7759. 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– 0479; 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 NPRM, 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: Joseph Costa, Aerospace Engineer, Los Angeles ACO Branch, FAA, 3960 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712– 4137; phone: 562–627–5246; fax: 562– 627–5210; email: joseph.costa@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2018–0479; Product Identifier 2016–NE–23–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy E:\FR\FM\25JNP1.SGM 25JNP1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 122 (Monday, June 25, 2018)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 29476-29479]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-13342]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2018-0552; Product Identifier 2018-NM-049-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Defense and Space S.A. (Formerly 
Known as Construcciones Aeronauticas, S.A. (CASA)) Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

[[Page 29477]]

SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
certain Airbus Defense and Space S.A. Model C-212-CB, C-212-CC, C-212-
CD, C-212-CE, and C-212-DF airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by 
reports of failures of the rudder pedal control system support. This 
proposed AD would require repetitive detailed visual inspections of the 
rudder pedal control system support box and shaft and applicable 
corrective actions. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe 
condition on these products.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by August 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: 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 
Defense and Space, Services/Engineering support, Avenida de 
Arag[oacute]n 404, 28022 Madrid, Spain; telephone: +34 91 585 55 84; 
fax: +34 91 585 31 27; email: [email protected]. 
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://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2018-
0552; 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: Shahram Daneshmandi, Aerospace 
Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 
South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206-231-3220.

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-2018-0552; 
Product Identifier 2018-NM-049-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 
2018-0051, dated March 2, 2018 (referred to after this as the Mandatory 
Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to correct an 
unsafe condition for certain Airbus Defense and Space S.A. Model C-212-
CB, C-212-CC, C-212-CD, C-212-CE, and C-212-DF airplanes. The MCAI 
states:

    Failures were reported of the rudder pedal control system 
support on CASA C-212 aeroplanes. Subsequent investigation revealed 
that the welding area of the affected support structure had broken.
    This condition, if not corrected, could lead to failure of the 
rudder [pedal] control system, possibly resulting in reduced control 
of the aeroplane.
    To address this potential unsafe condition, EADS-CASA issued the 
SB [EADS-CASA Service Bulletin SB-212-27-0057, dated May 21, 2014] 
to provide modification instructions and EASA issued AD 2017-0036 
[which corresponds to FAA AD 2017-19-08, Amendment 39-19038 (82 FR 
43835, September 20 2017) (``AD 2017-19-08'')] to require that 
modification [of the rudder pedal adjustment system]. During 
accomplishment of that modification, several operators reported 
difficulties or impossibility to follow the accomplishment 
instruction. Consequently, EASA and Airbus D&S [Defense and Space 
S.A.] reviewed the difficulty reports and decided that the 
modification instructions have to be improved.
    Pending the improvement of the instructions of the SB [EADS-CASA 
Service Bulletin SB-212-27-0057, dated May 21, 2014] and in order to 
reduce the risk of failure of the [rudder] pedal adjustment system 
to an acceptable level, Airbus D&S issued the inspection AOT [Airbus 
Alert Operators Transmission AOT-C212-27-0002, dated February 28, 
2018] to provide instructions to repetitively inspect the affected 
parts [rudder pedal support box Part Number (P/N) 212-46195.1 and 
shaft P/N 212-46120-20].
    For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD cancels the 
requirements of EASA AD 2017-0036, which is superseded, and requires 
repetitive [detailed visual] inspections of the rudder pedal 
adjustment system [rudder pedal support box P/N 212-46195.1 and 
shaft P/N 212-46120-20] and, depending on findings, accomplishment 
of applicable corrective action(s).
    This [EASA] AD is considered to be an interim action and further 
[EASA] AD action may follow.

    Corrective actions include obtaining corrective actions approved by 
the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or 
EASA; or Airbus Defense and Space S.A.'s EASA Design Organization 
Approval (DOA); and accomplishing the corrective actions within the 
compliance time specified therein. 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-2018-0552.

Relationship Between Proposed AD and AD 2017-19-08

    This NPRM does not propose to supersede AD 2017-19-08. Rather, we 
have determined that a stand-alone AD would be more appropriate to 
address the changes in the MCAI. This proposed AD would require 
repetitive detailed visual inspections of the rudder pedal control 
system support box and shaft and applicable corrective actions. 
Accomplishment of the proposed actions would then terminate all of the 
requirements of AD 2017-19-08.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Airbus Defense and Space S.A. has issued Airbus Alert Operators 
Transmission AOT-C212-27-0002, dated February 28, 2018. The service 
information describes procedures for repetitive detailed visual 
inspections of the rudder pedal control system support box and shaft. 
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

[[Page 29478]]

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 the same 
type design.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 36 airplanes of U.S. 
registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed 
AD:

                                      Estimated Costs for Required Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Labor cost                   Parts cost         Cost per  product        Cost on U.S.  operators
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Up to 8 work[dash]hours x $85 per hour =              $0  Up to $680................  Up to $24,480.
 Up to $680.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide 
cost estimates for the on-condition repair specified in this proposed 
AD.

Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the 
authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, 
describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.
    We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in 
Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: ``General 
requirements.'' Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with 
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]

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

Airbus Defense and Space S.A. (Formerly Known as Construcciones 
Aeronauticas, S.A. (CASA)): Docket No. FAA-2018-0552; Product 
Identifier 2018-NM-049-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by August 9, 2018.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD affects AD 2017-19-08, Amendment 39-19038 (82 FR 43835, 
September 20 2017) (``AD 2017-19-08'').

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Airbus Defense and Space S.A. Model C-212-CB, 
C-212-CC, C-212-CD, C-212-CE, and C-212-DF airplanes; manufacturer 
serial numbers 009, 034, 039, 089, 092, 119, 125, 133, 138, 149, 
150, 154, 159, 161, 162, 164, 165, 167 through 169 inclusive, 171, 
172, 174, 175, 178, 180, 181, 190, 192, 193, 195, 209 through 212 
inclusive, 214 through 216 inclusive, 219 through 222 inclusive, 224 
through 227 inclusive, 229, 235, 236, 238, 240, 242, 247 through 257 
inclusive, 261 through 263 inclusive, 265, 272 through 282 
inclusive, 286, 287, 289 through 292 inclusive, 294, 308, 311, 320, 
322 through 324 inclusive, 328, 332, 336, 343, 347 through 349 
inclusive, 356, 359, 363, 371, 379, 393, 397, 398, 405, 410, 411, 
413, 465, 470, 472, 474, 475, 478, and 480 through 482 inclusive; 
certificated in any category; except airplanes modified in 
accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of EADS-CASA Service 
Bulletin SB-212-27-0057, dated May 21, 2014.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 27, Flight 
controls.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports of failures of the rudder pedal 
control system support. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of 
the rudder control system, which could result in reduced 
controllability of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Definitions

    (1) For the purposes of this AD, an affected part is defined as 
a rudder pedal support box having Part Number (P/N) 212-46195.1 and 
shaft P/N 212-46120-20.
    (2) For the purposes of this AD, a discrepancy or defect of the 
rudder pedal support box P/N 212-46195.1 is defined as any crack or 
deformation on any welded area.
    (3) For the purposes of this AD, a discrepancy or defect of the 
shaft P/N 212-46120-20 is defined as any crack or deformation.

(h) Repetitive Detailed Visual Inspections

    Within 3 months or during the next scheduled A-check 
maintenance, whichever occurs first after the effective date of this 
AD, and thereafter, at intervals not to exceed 150 flight hours, do 
a detailed visual inspection of each affected part in accordance 
with the instructions of Airbus Alert Operators Transmission AOT-
C212-27-0002, dated February 28, 2018.

[[Page 29479]]

(i) Corrective Action for Any Discrepancy or Defect

    If any discrepancy or defect is detected during any inspection 
required by paragraph (h) of this AD: Before further flight, obtain 
corrective actions approved by the Manager, International Section, 
Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety 
Agency (EASA); or Airbus Defense and Space S.A.'s EASA Design 
Organization Approval (DOA); and accomplish the corrective actions 
within the compliance time specified therein. If approved by the 
DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. 
Accomplishment of a repair, as required by this paragraph, does not 
constitute terminating action for the repetitive inspections 
required by paragraph (h) of this AD.

(j) Parts Installation Limitation

    As of the effective date of this AD, an affected part may be 
installed on any airplane provided that it is a new part or that, 
before installation, the visual inspection required by paragraph (h) 
of this AD has been accomplished on that part and the part passed 
the inspection (no discrepancy or defect detected), as required by 
paragraph (h) of this AD.

(k) Terminating Action for AD 2017-19-08

    Accomplishing the actions required by this AD terminates all of 
the requirements of AD 2017-19-08.

(l) 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 Section, send it to the attention of 
the person identified in paragraph (m)(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 Defense 
and Space S.A.'s EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must 
include the DOA-authorized signature.

(m) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) EASA AD 2018-0051, dated March 2, 2018, 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-2018-0552.
    (2) For more information about this AD, contact Shahram 
Daneshmandi, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport 
Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; 
telephone and fax 206-231-3220.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus Defense and Space, Services/Engineering support, Avenida de 
Arag[oacute]n 404, 28022 Madrid, Spain; telephone: +34 91 585 55 84; 
fax: +34 91 585 31 27; email: 
[email protected]. 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 June 14, 2018.

Michael Kaszycki,
Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-13342 Filed 6-22-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-13-P