Airworthiness Directives; Honda Aircraft Company LLC Airplanes, 38657-38660 [2018-15978]

Download as PDF 38657 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 83, No. 152 Tuesday, August 7, 2018 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2018–0688; Product Identifier 2018–CE–026–AD; Amendment 39–19338; AD 2018–15–06] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Honda Aircraft Company LLC Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Honda Aircraft Company LLC Model HA–420 airplanes. This AD requires incorporating new and revised airworthiness limitations into the airplane’s maintenance program. This AD was prompted by a report that several maintenance tasks were omitted from the airworthiness limitations section of the Honda Aircraft Company, Inc. Model HA–420 Airworthiness Limitation and Inspection Manual (ALIM). We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. SUMMARY: This AD is effective August 13, 2018. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of August 13, 2018. We must receive comments on this AD by September 21, 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– daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:33 Aug 06, 2018 Jkt 244001 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this final rule, contact Honda Aircraft Company LLC, 6430 Ballinger Road, Greensboro, North Carolina 27410; telephone (336) 662–0246; internet: http://www.hondajet.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. It is also available on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018– 0688. 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– 0688; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this final rule, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations (phone: 800–647– 5527) is listed above. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Samuel Kovitch, Aerospace Engineer, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337; phone: (404) 474–5570; fax: (404) 474–5605; email: samuel.kovitch@ faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion Honda Aircraft Company LLC has informed us that several required maintenance tasks driven by system safety assessment requirements were inadvertently omitted from or listed incorrectly in the airworthiness limitations section of the Honda Aircraft Company, Inc. Model HA–420 ALIM with a revision level prior to Revision PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 C1 and dated earlier than May 1, 2018. Additional airworthiness limitations, additional maintenance tasks for various systems, and reduced compliance times for existing maintenance tasks are necessary to maintain all airplanes in a condition for safe operation. In addition, we determined that some airplanes may have exceeded the new maintenance intervals once the ALIM was revised, including but not limited to: 1. Latent failure mode of the Wing Anti-Ice Crossflow Valve (WAIXV): This condition would prevent the opening of the WAIXV when commanded and could result in loss of control of the airplane if one bleed air source becomes unavailable while operating in icing conditions. An existing ice protection system check would identify this condition; however, the system check was not located in the airworthiness limitations section of the ALIM. The revised ALIM relocates the system check to the airworthiness limitations section and reduces the system check intervals from 600 hours time-in-service (TIS) to 300 hours TIS. 2. Latent failures in the brake and emergency accumulators: The hydraulic power system check for identifying and correcting potential latent failures in the brake and emergency accumulators contained incorrect procedures and was not located in the airworthiness limitations section of the ALIM. Honda corrected these procedures and superseded the current procedures (¥801) with the new procedures (¥802). The revised ALIM lists the correct procedures for the hydraulic power system check and relocates this check to the airworthiness limitations section. These conditions, if not addressed, could result in failures in various airplane systems, including but not limited to the hydraulic and ice protection systems, which could result in loss of control of the airplane. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 We reviewed Honda Aircraft Company HA–420 Airworthiness Limitation and Inspection Manual ‘‘Airworthiness Limitations— Inspection/Check’’ (Airworthiness Limitations section 05–60–00), dated May 1, 2018. The service information contains airworthiness limitations, additional maintenance tasks for various E:\FR\FM\07AUR1.SGM 07AUR1 38658 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 152 / Tuesday, August 7, 2018 / Rules and Regulations systems, and reduced compliance times for existing maintenance tasks, including but not limited to the hydraulic and ice protection systems. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section. FAA’s Determination We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design. AD Requirements This AD requires revising the airworthiness limitations section of the maintenance program by replacing Airworthiness Limitations section 05– 60–00 with an issue date earlier than May 1, 2018, with the revised Airworthiness Limitations section 05– 60–00, dated May 1, 2018. Incorporating these airworthiness limitations makes them mandatory (reference 14 CFR 43.16 and 14 CFR 91.403(c)). For airplanes that have exceeded the new maintenance intervals, compliance with replacement times or inspection intervals is required before further flight once the limitations are incorporated. Operators have the compliance time period of the AD to plan for any immediate maintenance action required by the new limitations. This includes, but is not limited to the following: • The 600-hour TIS ice protection system check, AMM Task Reference 30– 10–01–700–801, previously located in the Scheduled Inspections section 05– 20–00, has been relocated to the Airworthiness Limitations section 05– 60–00, and reduced to a 300-hour TIS interval. Airplanes that have exceeded 300 hours TIS since the ice protection system check was last performed must have the ice protection system check within the compliance time specified in paragraph (f) of the AD. This AD allows a credit for airplanes that had the system check at the previous 600-hour TIS interval but have not exceeded 300 hours TIS since the last check and the WAIXV passed the functionality check contained in the procedure. • The 600-hour TIS hydraulic power system check, AMM Task Reference 29– 00–01–700–801, previously located in the Scheduled Inspections section 05– 20–00, has been relocated to the Airworthiness Limitations section 05– 60–00, and revised to AMM Task Reference 29–00–01–700–802. Airplanes that had the system check per the previous incorrect version of the maintenance task (29–00–01–700–801) at 600 hours TIS must have the inspection done before further flight after incorporating the airworthiness limitations. FAA’s Justification and Determination of the Effective Date An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD without providing an opportunity for public comments prior to adoption. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because exceeding certain maintenance intervals and/or limitations could cause failures in various airplane systems, including but not limited to the hydraulic and ice protection systems, which could result in loss of control. Therefore, we find good cause that notice and opportunity for prior public comment are impracticable. In addition, for the reasons stated above, we find that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days. Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety and was not preceded by notice and an opportunity for public comment. However, we invite you to send any written data, views, or arguments about this final rule. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number FAA–2018–0688 and Product Identifier 2018–CE–026–AD at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this final rule. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this final rule because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this final rule. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 96 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Cost per product Action Labor cost Parts cost Incorporate the revised Airworthiness Limitations section 05–60–00 into the ALIM. 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 ........... Not applicable ......... daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:33 Aug 06, 2018 Jkt 244001 air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. This AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated by the Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, as authorized by FAA Order 8000.51C. In accordance with that order, issuance of ADs is normally a function of the PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 $85 Cost on U.S. operators $8,160 Compliance and Airworthiness Division, but during this transition period, the Executive Director has delegated the authority to issue ADs applicable to small airplanes, gliders, balloons, airships, domestic business jet transport airplanes, and associated appliances to the Director of the Policy and Innovation Division. Regulatory Findings This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on E:\FR\FM\07AUR1.SGM 07AUR1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 152 / Tuesday, August 7, 2018 / Rules and Regulations the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979), (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 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): ■ 2018–15–06 Honda Aircraft Company LLC: Amendment 39–19338; Docket No. FAA–2018–0688; Product Identifier 2018–CE–026–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective August 13, 2018. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Honda Aircraft Company LLC Model HA–420 airplanes with a serial number in the range of 42000011 through 42000112, certificated in any category. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/ Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 05, Time Limits. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by a report that several required maintenance tasks were omitted from ‘‘Airworthiness Limitations— Inspection/Check’’ (Airworthiness Limitations section 05–60–00), of the Honda Aircraft Company HA–420 Airworthiness VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:33 Aug 06, 2018 Jkt 244001 Limitation and Inspection Manual (ALIM), with a revision level prior to C1 and dated earlier than May 1, 2018. We are issuing this AD to prevent failures in various airplane systems, including but not limited to the hydraulic and ice protection systems, which could result in loss of control of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with the action of this AD within 30 days after August 13, 2018 (the effective date of this AD) or within 15 hours time-inservice (TIS) after August 13, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs first, unless already done. The airworthiness limitations section revision required in paragraph (g) of this AD contains new and reduced inspection intervals. Once you comply with paragraph (g) of this AD, if the hours TIS of your airplane exceed the threshold of any new limitation, you are required to comply with the replacement times or inspection intervals before further flight. This includes, but is not limited to, the following revised inspections: (1) The 600-hour TIS interval ice protection system check, AMM Task Reference 30–10–01–700–801, previously located in the Scheduled Inspections section 05–20–00, has been relocated to the Airworthiness Limitations section 05–60–00, and reduced to a 300-hour TIS interval. (2) The 600-hour TIS interval hydraulic power system check (AMM Task Reference 29–00–01–700–801), previously located in the Scheduled Inspections section 05–20–00, has been relocated to the Airworthiness Limitations section 05–60–00 and revised to AMM Task Reference 29–00–01–700–802. (g) Airworthiness Limitations Revision Revise the airworthiness limitations section of the maintenance program by replacing Airworthiness Limitations section 05–60–00 with an issue date earlier than May 1, 2018, with Airworthiness Limitations section 05–60–00, ‘‘Airworthiness Limitation—Inspection/Check,’’ dated May 1, 2018. Incorporating these airworthiness limitations makes them mandatory (reference 14 CFR 43.16 and 14 CFR 91.403(c)). Note 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD: Airworthiness Limitations section 05–60–00 is contained in the Honda Aircraft Company, Inc. Model HA–420 ALIM. (h) No Alternative Actions or Intervals After revising the airworthiness limitations section as required by paragraph (g) of this AD, no alternative replacement times or inspection intervals may be approved unless the actions and/or intervals are approved as an alternative method of compliance in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (k)(1) of this AD. (i) Credit for Previous Actions Actions accomplished before the effective date of this AD in accordance with the 600hour TIS ice protection system check, AMM Task Reference 30–10–01–700–801 located in the Scheduled Inspections section 05–20–00, is considered acceptable for compliance with the 300-hour TIS interval ice protection system check, AMM Task Reference 30–10– 01–700–801 located in the Airworthiness PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 38659 Limitations section 05–60–00, dated May 1, 2018, if: (1) The wing anti-ice crossflow valve (WAIXV) passed the functionality check contained in the procedure; and (2) The airplane has not exceeded 300 hours TIS since the ice protection check was last performed. (j) Special Flight Permit Special flight permits are prohibited. (k) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the certification office, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (l) of this AD. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. (l) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Samuel Kovitch, Aerospace Engineer, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337; phone: (404) 474–5570; fax: (404) 474–5605; email: samuel.kovitch@faa.gov. (m) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Honda Aircraft Company, Inc. Model HA–420 Airworthiness Limitation and Inspection Manual ‘‘Airworthiness Limitations—Inspection/Check,’’ (Airworthiness Limitations section (05–60– 00)), dated May 1, 2018. (ii) Reserved. (3) For Honda Aircraft Company LLC service information identified in this AD, contact Honda Aircraft Company LLC, 6430 Ballinger Road, Greensboro, North Carolina 27410; telephone (336) 662–0246; internet: http://www.hondajet.com. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. (5) You may view the service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. E:\FR\FM\07AUR1.SGM 07AUR1 38660 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 152 / Tuesday, August 7, 2018 / Rules and Regulations Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 19, 2018. Pat Mullen, Aircraft Certification Service, Acting Deputy Director, Policy and Innovation Division, AIR–601. [FR Doc. 2018–15978 Filed 8–6–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2018–0745] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW), Wrightsville Beach, NC and Northeast Cape Fear River, Wilmington, NC Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of deviation from drawbridge regulation. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedules that govern the S.R. 74 (Wrightsville Beach) Bridge across the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW), mile 283.1, at Wrightsville Beach, NC, and the Isabel S. Holmes Bridge across the Northeast Cape Fear River, mile 1.0, at Wilmington, NC. The deviation is necessary to accommodate the free movement of pedestrians and vehicles during the 2018 PPD IRONMAN North Carolina ‘‘Beach2Battleship’’ Triathlon. This deviation allow these bridges to remain in their closed-to-navigation position. DATES: The deviation is effective from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 13, 2018. ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, [USCG–2018–0745], is available at http://www.regulations.gov. Type the docket number in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH’’. Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this deviation. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this temporary deviation, call or email Mr. Mickey Sanders, Bridge Administration Branch Fifth District, Coast Guard; telephone 757–398–6587, email Mickey.D.Sanders2@uscg.mil. SUPPLMENTARY INFORMATION: The event director, PPD Ironman North Carolina, with approval from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, who owns and operates the S.R. 74 (Wrightsville Beach) and the Isabel S. Holmes Bridges has requested a temporary deviation from the current operating regulations to accommodate daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:33 Aug 06, 2018 Jkt 244001 the free movement of pedestrians and vehicles during the 2018 PPD IRONMAN North Carolina ‘‘Beach2Battleship’’ Triathlon. The bridges are double bascule bridges and have vertical clearances in the closed position of 20 feet and 40 feet, respectively, above mean high water. The current operating schedule is set out in 33 CFR 117.821(a)(4) and 33 CFR 117.829(a), respectively. Under this temporary deviation, the S.R. 74 (Wrightsville Beach) Bridge will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on October 13, 2018, and the Isabel S. Holmes Bridge will be maintained in the closed-to-navigation position from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 13, 2018. The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is used by a variety of vessels including, small commercial fishing vessels and recreational vessels. The Northeast Cape Fear River is used by a variety of vessels including, small commercial fishing vessels, recreational vessels, and tug and barge traffic. The Coast Guard has carefully considered the nature and volume of vessel traffic on the waterway in publishing this temporary deviation. Vessels able to pass through these bridges in their closed positions may do so at anytime. These bridges will be able to open for emergencies and there are no immediate alternative routes for vessels unable to pass through the bridges in their closed positions. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterways through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the change in operating schedules for these bridges so that vessel operators can arrange their transits to minimize any impact caused by the temporary deviation. In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), these drawbridges must return to their regular operating schedules immediately at the end of the effective periods of this temporary deviation. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35. Dated: August 2, 2018. Hal R. Pitts, Bridge Program Manager, Fifth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2018–16847 Filed 8–6–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG–2018–0702] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Lake Washington Ship Canal, Seattle, WA Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of deviation from drawbridge regulation. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Montlake Bridge across the Lake Washington Ship Canal, mile 5.2, at Seattle, WA. The deviation is necessary to accommodate vehicular traffic attending football games at Husky Stadium at the University of Washington. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position. DATES: This deviation is effective from 11:30 a.m. on September 8, 2018 through 11 p.m. on November 17, 2018. ADDRESSES: The docket for this deviation, USCG–2018–0702 is available at http://www.regulations.gov. Type the docket number in the ‘‘SEARCH’’ box and click ‘‘SEARCH.’’ Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this deviation. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this temporary deviation, call or email Mr. Steven Fischer, Bridge Administrator, Thirteenth Coast Guard District; telephone 206–220–7282, email d13-pfd13bridges@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Washington Department of Transportation (bridge owner), has requested a temporary deviation from the operating schedule for the Montlake Bridge across the Lake Washington Ship Canal, at mile 5.2, at Seattle, WA. The deviation is necessary to manage heavy vehicular traffic expected for University of Washington football games. While all dates have been released, exact game times for five of the six events scheduled for Husky Stadium have not yet been determined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The times for TBA (Time to Be Announced) closures on September 22, 2018, September 29, 2018, October 20, 2018, November 3, 2018 and November 17, 2018 will be announced in the Local Notice to Mariners as they become available. The Montlake Bridge in the closed-to-navigation position provides 30 feet of vertical clearance throughout SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\07AUR1.SGM 07AUR1

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Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 152 / Tuesday, August 7, 2018 / Rules 
and Regulations

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2018-0688; Product Identifier 2018-CE-026-AD; Amendment 
39-19338; AD 2018-15-06]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Honda Aircraft Company LLC Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain 
Honda Aircraft Company LLC Model HA-420 airplanes. This AD requires 
incorporating new and revised airworthiness limitations into the 
airplane's maintenance program. This AD was prompted by a report that 
several maintenance tasks were omitted from the airworthiness 
limitations section of the Honda Aircraft Company, Inc. Model HA-420 
Airworthiness Limitation and Inspection Manual (ALIM). We are issuing 
this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective August 13, 2018.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of August 13, 
2018.
    We must receive comments on this AD by September 21, 2018.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this final rule, contact 
Honda Aircraft Company LLC, 6430 Ballinger Road, Greensboro, North 
Carolina 27410; telephone (336) 662-0246; internet: http://www.hondajet.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, 
Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, 
call (816) 329-4148. It is also available on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2018-
0688.

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-
0688; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains 
this final rule, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and 
other information. The street address for the Docket Operations (phone: 
800-647-5527) is listed above. Comments will be available in the AD 
docket shortly after receipt.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    Honda Aircraft Company LLC has informed us that several required 
maintenance tasks driven by system safety assessment requirements were 
inadvertently omitted from or listed incorrectly in the airworthiness 
limitations section of the Honda Aircraft Company, Inc. Model HA-420 
ALIM with a revision level prior to Revision C1 and dated earlier than 
May 1, 2018. Additional airworthiness limitations, additional 
maintenance tasks for various systems, and reduced compliance times for 
existing maintenance tasks are necessary to maintain all airplanes in a 
condition for safe operation.
    In addition, we determined that some airplanes may have exceeded 
the new maintenance intervals once the ALIM was revised, including but 
not limited to:
    1. Latent failure mode of the Wing Anti-Ice Crossflow Valve 
(WAIXV): This condition would prevent the opening of the WAIXV when 
commanded and could result in loss of control of the airplane if one 
bleed air source becomes unavailable while operating in icing 
conditions. An existing ice protection system check would identify this 
condition; however, the system check was not located in the 
airworthiness limitations section of the ALIM. The revised ALIM 
relocates the system check to the airworthiness limitations section and 
reduces the system check intervals from 600 hours time-in-service (TIS) 
to 300 hours TIS.
    2. Latent failures in the brake and emergency accumulators: The 
hydraulic power system check for identifying and correcting potential 
latent failures in the brake and emergency accumulators contained 
incorrect procedures and was not located in the airworthiness 
limitations section of the ALIM. Honda corrected these procedures and 
superseded the current procedures (-801) with the new procedures (-
802). The revised ALIM lists the correct procedures for the hydraulic 
power system check and relocates this check to the airworthiness 
limitations section.
    These conditions, if not addressed, could result in failures in 
various airplane systems, including but not limited to the hydraulic 
and ice protection systems, which could result in loss of control of 
the airplane.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed Honda Aircraft Company HA-420 Airworthiness Limitation 
and Inspection Manual ``Airworthiness Limitations--Inspection/Check'' 
(Airworthiness Limitations section 05-60-00), dated May 1, 2018. The 
service information contains airworthiness limitations, additional 
maintenance tasks for various

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systems, and reduced compliance times for existing maintenance tasks, 
including but not limited to the hydraulic and ice protection systems. 
This service information is reasonably available because the interested 
parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by 
the means identified in the ADDRESSES section.

FAA's Determination

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

AD Requirements

    This AD requires revising the airworthiness limitations section of 
the maintenance program by replacing Airworthiness Limitations section 
05-60-00 with an issue date earlier than May 1, 2018, with the revised 
Airworthiness Limitations section 05-60-00, dated May 1, 2018. 
Incorporating these airworthiness limitations makes them mandatory 
(reference 14 CFR 43.16 and 14 CFR 91.403(c)). For airplanes that have 
exceeded the new maintenance intervals, compliance with replacement 
times or inspection intervals is required before further flight once 
the limitations are incorporated. Operators have the compliance time 
period of the AD to plan for any immediate maintenance action required 
by the new limitations. This includes, but is not limited to the 
following:
     The 600-hour TIS ice protection system check, AMM Task 
Reference 30-10-01-700-801, previously located in the Scheduled 
Inspections section 05-20-00, has been relocated to the Airworthiness 
Limitations section 05-60-00, and reduced to a 300-hour TIS interval. 
Airplanes that have exceeded 300 hours TIS since the ice protection 
system check was last performed must have the ice protection system 
check within the compliance time specified in paragraph (f) of the AD. 
This AD allows a credit for airplanes that had the system check at the 
previous 600-hour TIS interval but have not exceeded 300 hours TIS 
since the last check and the WAIXV passed the functionality check 
contained in the procedure.
     The 600-hour TIS hydraulic power system check, AMM Task 
Reference 29-00-01-700-801, previously located in the Scheduled 
Inspections section 05-20-00, has been relocated to the Airworthiness 
Limitations section 05-60-00, and revised to AMM Task Reference 29-00-
01-700-802. Airplanes that had the system check per the previous 
incorrect version of the maintenance task (29-00-01-700-801) at 600 
hours TIS must have the inspection done before further flight after 
incorporating the airworthiness limitations.

FAA's Justification and Determination of the Effective Date

    An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of 
this AD without providing an opportunity for public comments prior to 
adoption. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public 
justifies waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule 
because exceeding certain maintenance intervals and/or limitations 
could cause failures in various airplane systems, including but not 
limited to the hydraulic and ice protection systems, which could result 
in loss of control. Therefore, we find good cause that notice and 
opportunity for prior public comment are impracticable. In addition, 
for the reasons stated above, we find that good cause exists for making 
this amendment effective in less than 30 days.

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety and was not preceded by notice and an opportunity for public 
comment. However, we invite you to send any written data, views, or 
arguments about this final rule. Send your comments to an address 
listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number FAA-2018-
0688 and Product Identifier 2018-CE-026-AD at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this final rule. We will 
consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this 
final rule because of those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this final rule.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 96 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                     Cost per      Cost on U.S.
              Action                      Labor cost              Parts cost          product        operators
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Incorporate the revised            1 work-hour x $85 per     Not applicable.....             $85          $8,160
 Airworthiness Limitations          hour = $85.
 section 05-60-00 into the ALIM.
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Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the 
authority of the FAA Administrator. ``Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs'' 
describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.
    We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in 
Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, section 44701: ``General 
requirements.'' Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with 
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing 
regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator 
finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within 
the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition 
that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this 
rulemaking action.
    This AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated by the 
Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, as authorized by 
FAA Order 8000.51C. In accordance with that order, issuance of ADs is 
normally a function of the Compliance and Airworthiness Division, but 
during this transition period, the Executive Director has delegated the 
authority to issue ADs applicable to small airplanes, gliders, 
balloons, airships, domestic business jet transport airplanes, and 
associated appliances to the Director of the Policy and Innovation 
Division.

Regulatory Findings

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

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA amends 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):

2018-15-06 Honda Aircraft Company LLC: Amendment 39-19338; Docket 
No. FAA-2018-0688; Product Identifier 2018-CE-026-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective August 13, 2018.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Honda Aircraft Company LLC Model HA-420 
airplanes with a serial number in the range of 42000011 through 
42000112, certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/Air Transport Association 
(ATA) of America Code 05, Time Limits.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by a report that several required 
maintenance tasks were omitted from ``Airworthiness Limitations--
Inspection/Check'' (Airworthiness Limitations section 05-60-00), of 
the Honda Aircraft Company HA-420 Airworthiness Limitation and 
Inspection Manual (ALIM), with a revision level prior to C1 and 
dated earlier than May 1, 2018. We are issuing this AD to prevent 
failures in various airplane systems, including but not limited to 
the hydraulic and ice protection systems, which could result in loss 
of control of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

    Comply with the action of this AD within 30 days after August 
13, 2018 (the effective date of this AD) or within 15 hours time-in-
service (TIS) after August 13, 2018 (the effective date of this AD), 
whichever occurs first, unless already done. The airworthiness 
limitations section revision required in paragraph (g) of this AD 
contains new and reduced inspection intervals. Once you comply with 
paragraph (g) of this AD, if the hours TIS of your airplane exceed 
the threshold of any new limitation, you are required to comply with 
the replacement times or inspection intervals before further flight. 
This includes, but is not limited to, the following revised 
inspections:
    (1) The 600-hour TIS interval ice protection system check, AMM 
Task Reference 30-10-01-700-801, previously located in the Scheduled 
Inspections section 05-20-00, has been relocated to the 
Airworthiness Limitations section 05-60-00, and reduced to a 300-
hour TIS interval.
    (2) The 600-hour TIS interval hydraulic power system check (AMM 
Task Reference 29-00-01-700-801), previously located in the 
Scheduled Inspections section 05-20-00, has been relocated to the 
Airworthiness Limitations section 05-60-00 and revised to AMM Task 
Reference 29-00-01-700-802.

(g) Airworthiness Limitations Revision

    Revise the airworthiness limitations section of the maintenance 
program by replacing Airworthiness Limitations section 05-60-00 with 
an issue date earlier than May 1, 2018, with Airworthiness 
Limitations section 05-60-00, ``Airworthiness Limitation--
Inspection/Check,'' dated May 1, 2018. Incorporating these 
airworthiness limitations makes them mandatory (reference 14 CFR 
43.16 and 14 CFR 91.403(c)).

    Note 1 to paragraph (g) of this AD: Airworthiness Limitations 
section 05-60-00 is contained in the Honda Aircraft Company, Inc. 
Model HA-420 ALIM.

(h) No Alternative Actions or Intervals

    After revising the airworthiness limitations section as required 
by paragraph (g) of this AD, no alternative replacement times or 
inspection intervals may be approved unless the actions and/or 
intervals are approved as an alternative method of compliance in 
accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (k)(1) of this 
AD.

(i) Credit for Previous Actions

    Actions accomplished before the effective date of this AD in 
accordance with the 600-hour TIS ice protection system check, AMM 
Task Reference 30-10-01-700-801 located in the Scheduled Inspections 
section 05-20-00, is considered acceptable for compliance with the 
300-hour TIS interval ice protection system check, AMM Task 
Reference 30-10-01-700-801 located in the Airworthiness Limitations 
section 05-60-00, dated May 1, 2018, if:
    (1) The wing anti-ice crossflow valve (WAIXV) passed the 
functionality check contained in the procedure; and
    (2) The airplane has not exceeded 300 hours TIS since the ice 
protection check was last performed.

(j) Special Flight Permit

    Special flight permits are prohibited.

(k) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, has the authority to 
approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found 
in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request 
to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District 
Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the 
manager of the certification office, send it to the attention of the 
person identified in paragraph (l) of this AD.
    (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate 
principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager 
of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding 
district office.

(l) Related Information

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

(m) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Honda Aircraft Company, Inc. Model HA-420 Airworthiness 
Limitation and Inspection Manual ``Airworthiness Limitations--
Inspection/Check,'' (Airworthiness Limitations section (05-60-00)), 
dated May 1, 2018.
    (ii) Reserved.
    (3) For Honda Aircraft Company LLC service information 
identified in this AD, contact Honda Aircraft Company LLC, 6430 
Ballinger Road, Greensboro, North Carolina 27410; telephone (336) 
662-0246; internet: http://www.hondajet.com.
    (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Policy and 
Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For 
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
(816) 329-4148.
    (5) You may view the service information that is incorporated by 
reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.


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    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 19, 2018.
Pat Mullen,
Aircraft Certification Service, Acting Deputy Director, Policy and 
Innovation Division, AIR-601.
[FR Doc. 2018-15978 Filed 8-6-18; 8:45 am]
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