Airworthiness Directives; Zodiac Seats France, Cabin Attendant Seats, 46679-46681 [2018-19797]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 179 / Friday, September 14, 2018 / Proposed Rules (i) 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 (j)(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 instructions from a manufacturer, the instructions must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus SAS’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. (3) Required for Compliance (RC): Any RC procedures and tests identified in the service information referenced in EASA AD 2018– 0045 must be done to comply with this AD; any procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the operator’s maintenance or inspection program without obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC require approval of an AMOC. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS (j) Related Information (1) For information about EASA AD 2018– 0045, contact EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 89990 6017; email ADs@easa.europa.eu; Internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this EASA AD on the EASA website at https://ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this EASA AD 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. EASA AD 2018–0045 may be found in the AD docket on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018–0791. (2) For more information about this AD, contact Kathleen Arrigotti, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3218. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Sep 13, 2018 Jkt 244001 Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on August 16, 2018. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2018–19767 Filed 9–13–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2017–0839; Product Identifier 2017–NE–31–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Zodiac Seats France, Cabin Attendant Seats Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Zodiac Seats France 536-Series Cabin Attendant Seats. This proposed AD was prompted by potential risk of premature corrosion on the seat structure and clamps. This proposed AD would require inspection and modification of all Zodiac Seats France 536-Series Cabin Attendant Seats. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by October 29, 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 Zodiac Service Europe, 61, rue Pierre Curie, 78 373 Plaisir, France; phone: +33 (0)1 61 34 19 58; email: zs.aog@zodiacaerospace.com; website: https://www.zodiacaerospace. com/en/zodiac-aerospace-services/ contacts.You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 46679 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–2017– 0839; 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 mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI), 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: Dorie Resnik, Aerospace Engineer, Boston ACO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238–7693; fax: 781–238–7199; email: dorie.resnik@faa.gov. 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– 2017–0839; Product Identifier 2017– NE–31–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 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 NPRM. Discussion The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA AD 2016– 0167, dated August 17, 2016 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to address the unsafe condition on these products. The MCAI states: Cases of corrosion and cracks were found on Zodiac Seats France CAS 536 rear cabin attendant seats installed on some ATR 42 and ATR 72 aeroplanes. The detected damage was located on the lower parts of the attendant seat, at the level of the seat-to-floor interface. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to failure of the seat E:\FR\FM\14SEP1.SGM 14SEP1 46680 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 179 / Friday, September 14, 2018 / Proposed Rules occupied by the cabin attendant, possibly resulting in injury to the seat occupant. To address this potential unsafe condition, Zodiac Seats France issued Service Bulletin (SB) No. 536–25–002 to provide inspection instructions. For the reason described above, this [EASA] AD requires repetitive inspections of the affected attendant seats, and, depending on findings, accomplishment of the temporary corrective action(s). This [EASA] AD is considered as interim action and further [EASA] AD action may follow. Zodiac Seats France is developing a solution preventing this kind of damage. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 We reviewed Zodiac Seats France Service Bulletin (SB) No. 536–25–002, Revision 3, dated September 30, 2016. The SB describes procedures for inspection, repair, or replacement of the seat structure and clamps known to be installed on the main structure. 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. MCAI and service information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information provided by EASA and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design. You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2017– 0839. FAA’s Determination This product has been approved by EASA, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the European Community, EASA has notified us of the unsafe condition described in the Costs of Compliance Proposed AD Requirements This proposed AD would require inspection and modification of all Zodiac Seats France 536-Series Cabin Attendant Seats. We estimate that this proposed AD affects 55 seat structures installed on, but not limited to, ATR 42 and ATR 72 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Seat inspection, visual (on-wing) .................... Seat inspection, (shop visit) ............................ Part replacement/repair .................................. 0.2 work-hours × $85 per hour = $17 ............ 0.5 work-hours × $85 per hour = $42.50 ....... 2.0 work-hours × $85 per hour = $170 .......... According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this proposed AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected individuals. As a result, we have included all costs in our cost estimate. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS 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, VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Sep 13, 2018 Jkt 244001 Parts cost 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 engines, propellers, and associated appliances to the Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, Policy and Innovation 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 PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Cost per product $0 0 2,000 Cost on U.S. operators $17 42.50 2,170 $935 2,337.50 119,350 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): ■ Zodiac Seats France (formerly SICMA Aero Seat): Docket No. FAA–2017–0839; Product Identifier 2017–NE–31–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by October 29, 2018. (b) Affected ADs None. E:\FR\FM\14SEP1.SGM 14SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 179 / Friday, September 14, 2018 / Proposed Rules (c) Applicability This AD applies to all Zodiac Seats France, 536-Series Cabin Attendant Seats, part number (P/N) 53600, all dash numbers, all serial numbers. These appliances are installed on, but not limited to, Avions de transport regional (ATR) 42 and ATR 72 airplanes of U.S. registry. months since first installation on any aircraft, provided that before installation, it has passed an inspection in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, Paragraph 2.B., of Zodiac Seats France SB No. 536–25– 002, Revision 3, dated September 30, 2016. NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD (i) Credit for Previous Actions (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 2500, Cabin Equipment/Furnishings. You may take credit for actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD if you performed these actions before the effective date of this AD using Zodiac Seats France SB No. 536– 25–002, Revision 2, dated August 29, 2016. The Standard for Determining JointEmployer Status (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by corrosion found on the seat structure or on clamps of the Zodiac Seats France 536-Series Cabin Attendant Seats. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of these seats. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in failure of the seat occupied by the cabin attendant, and possible injury to the seat occupant. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS 46681 (g) Required Actions (1) Within 14 months after the first installation of the seat on an aircraft, or within three months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later, remove the seat from the aircraft and perform a detailed visual inspection in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, Paragraph 2.B., of Zodiac Seats France Service Bulletin (SB) No. 536–25–002, Revision 3, dated September 30, 2016. If the date of the first installation of a seat on an airplane is unknown, use the date of manufacture of the seat (which can be found on the ID placard of the seat) to determine when the inspection must be accomplished. (2) Within three months after the inspection required by paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, and, thereafter, at intervals not to exceed three months, perform a detailed visual inspection in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, Paragraphs 2.A. and 2.B., of Zodiac Seats France SB No. 536–25–002, Revision 3, dated September 30, 2016. (3) If corrosion or other damage is found, before further flight or before reinstallation of the seat on an aircraft, as applicable, repair the seat in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, Paragraphs 2.B. and 2.C., of Zodiac Seats France SB No. 536–25–002, Revision 3, dated September 30, 2016. (4) Temporarily stowing and securing a damaged attendant seat in a retracted position to prevent occupancy, in accordance with the provisions and limitations applicable Master Minimum Equipment List item, is an acceptable alternative method to defer compliance with the requirements of paragraph (g)(3) of this AD. (h) Installation Prohibition After the effective date of this AD, do not install an affected Zodiac Seats France 536Series Cabin Attendant Seat on any aircraft, unless having accumulated more than 14 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Sep 13, 2018 Jkt 244001 (j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Boston 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 ACO Branch, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (k)(1) 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. (k) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Dorie Resnik, Aerospace Engineer, Boston ACO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA, 01803; phone: 781– 238–7693; fax: 781–238–7199; email: dorie.resnik@faa.gov. (2) Refer to European Aviation Safety Agency AD 2016–0167, dated August 17, 2016, for more information. You may examine the EASA AD in the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA–2017–0839. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Zodiac Service Europe, 61, rue Pierre Curie, 78 373 Plaisir, France; phone: +33 (0)1 61 34 19 58; email: zs.aog@ zodiacaerospace.com; website: https:// www.zodiacaerospace.com/en/zodiacaerospace-services/contacts. 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 September 5, 2018. Robert J. Ganley, Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2018–19797 Filed 9–13–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 29 CFR Chapter I RIN 3142–AA13 AGENCY: National Labor Relations Board. Notice of proposed rulemaking; request for comments. ACTION: In order to more effectively enforce the National Labor Relations Act (the Act or the NLRA) and to further the purposes of the Act, the National Labor Relations Board (the Board) proposes a regulation establishing the standard for determining whether two employers, as defined in Section 2(2) of the Act, are a joint employer of a group of employees under the NLRA. The Board believes that this rulemaking will foster predictability and consistency regarding determinations of joint-employer status in a variety of business relationships, thereby promoting labor-management stability, one of the principal purposes of the Act. Under the proposed regulation, an employer may be considered a joint employer of a separate employer’s employees only if the two employers share or codetermine the employees’ essential terms and conditions of employment, such as hiring, firing, discipline, supervision, and direction. More specifically, to be deemed a joint employer under the proposed regulation, an employer must possess and actually exercise substantial direct and immediate control over the essential terms and conditions of employment of another employer’s employees in a manner that is not limited and routine. DATES: Comments regarding this proposed rule must be received by the Board on or before November 13, 2018. Comments replying to comments submitted during the initial comment period must be received by the Board on or before November 20, 2018. Reply comments should be limited to replying to comments previously filed by other parties. No late comments will be accepted. SUMMARY: ADDRESSES: Internet—Federal eRulemaking Portal. Electronic comments may be submitted through http://www.regulations.gov. Delivery—Comments should be sent by mail or hand delivery to: Roxanne Rothschild, Associate Executive Secretary, National Labor Relations Board, 1015 Half Street SE, Washington, DC 20570–0001. Because of security E:\FR\FM\14SEP1.SGM 14SEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 179 (Friday, September 14, 2018)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 46679-46681]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-19797]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2017-0839; Product Identifier 2017-NE-31-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Zodiac Seats France, Cabin Attendant 
Seats

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 
Zodiac Seats France 536-Series Cabin Attendant Seats. This proposed AD 
was prompted by potential risk of premature corrosion on the seat 
structure and clamps. This proposed AD would require inspection and 
modification of all Zodiac Seats France 536-Series Cabin Attendant 
Seats. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on 
these products.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by October 29, 
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 Zodiac 
Service Europe, 61, rue Pierre Curie, 78 373 Plaisir, France; phone: 
+33 (0)1 61 34 19 58; email: [email protected]; website: 
https://www.zodiacaerospace.com/en/zodiac-aerospace-services/contacts.You may view this 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.

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-2017-
0839; 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 mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI), 
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: Dorie Resnik, Aerospace Engineer, 
Boston ACO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; 
phone: 781-238-7693; fax: 781-238-7199; email: [email protected].

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-2017-0839; 
Product Identifier 2017-NE-31-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 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 NPRM.

Discussion

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA 
AD 2016-0167, dated August 17, 2016 (referred to after this as ``the 
MCAI''), to address the unsafe condition on these products. The MCAI 
states:

    Cases of corrosion and cracks were found on Zodiac Seats France 
CAS 536 rear cabin attendant seats installed on some ATR 42 and ATR 
72 aeroplanes. The detected damage was located on the lower parts of 
the attendant seat, at the level of the seat-to-floor interface. 
This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to failure 
of the seat

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occupied by the cabin attendant, possibly resulting in injury to the 
seat occupant. To address this potential unsafe condition, Zodiac 
Seats France issued Service Bulletin (SB) No. 536-25-002 to provide 
inspection instructions.
    For the reason described above, this [EASA] AD requires 
repetitive inspections of the affected attendant seats, and, 
depending on findings, accomplishment of the temporary corrective 
action(s). This [EASA] AD is considered as interim action and 
further [EASA] AD action may follow. Zodiac Seats France is 
developing a solution preventing this kind of damage.

    You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD 
docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for 
and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-0839.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed Zodiac Seats France Service Bulletin (SB) No. 536-25-
002, Revision 3, dated September 30, 2016. The SB describes procedures 
for inspection, repair, or replacement of the seat structure and clamps 
known to be installed on the main structure. 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

    This product has been approved by EASA, and is approved for 
operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement 
with the European Community, EASA has notified us of the unsafe 
condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced 
above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant 
information provided by EASA and determined the unsafe condition 
described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of 
the same type design.

Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would require inspection and modification of all 
Zodiac Seats France 536-Series Cabin Attendant Seats.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 55 seat structures 
installed on, but not limited to, ATR 42 and ATR 72 airplanes of U.S. 
registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD:

                                                 Estimated costs
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                                                                                     Cost per      Cost on U.S.
                Action                         Labor cost           Parts cost        product        operators
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Seat inspection, visual (on-wing).....  0.2 work-hours x $85 per              $0             $17            $935
                                         hour = $17.
Seat inspection, (shop visit).........  0.5 work-hours x $85 per               0           42.50        2,337.50
                                         hour = $42.50.
Part replacement/repair...............  2.0 work-hours x $85 per           2,000           2,170         119,350
                                         hour = $170.
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    According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this proposed 
AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on 
affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected 
individuals. As a result, we have included all costs in our cost 
estimate.

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 engines, propellers, and 
associated appliances to the Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards 
Branch, Policy and Innovation Division.

Regulatory Findings

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

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

The Proposed Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13   [Amended]

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

Zodiac Seats France (formerly SICMA Aero Seat): Docket No. FAA-2017-
0839; Product Identifier 2017-NE-31-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by October 29, 2018.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

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(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to all Zodiac Seats France, 536-Series Cabin 
Attendant Seats, part number (P/N) 53600, all dash numbers, all 
serial numbers. These appliances are installed on, but not limited 
to, Avions de transport regional (ATR) 42 and ATR 72 airplanes of 
U.S. registry.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 2500, Cabin 
Equipment/Furnishings.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by corrosion found on the seat structure or 
on clamps of the Zodiac Seats France 536-Series Cabin Attendant 
Seats. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of these seats. The 
unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in failure of the 
seat occupied by the cabin attendant, and possible injury to the 
seat occupant.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Required Actions

    (1) Within 14 months after the first installation of the seat on 
an aircraft, or within three months after the effective date of this 
AD, whichever occurs later, remove the seat from the aircraft and 
perform a detailed visual inspection in accordance with the 
Accomplishment Instructions, Paragraph 2.B., of Zodiac Seats France 
Service Bulletin (SB) No. 536-25-002, Revision 3, dated September 
30, 2016. If the date of the first installation of a seat on an 
airplane is unknown, use the date of manufacture of the seat (which 
can be found on the ID placard of the seat) to determine when the 
inspection must be accomplished.
    (2) Within three months after the inspection required by 
paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, and, thereafter, at intervals not to 
exceed three months, perform a detailed visual inspection in 
accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, Paragraphs 2.A. and 
2.B., of Zodiac Seats France SB No. 536-25-002, Revision 3, dated 
September 30, 2016.
    (3) If corrosion or other damage is found, before further flight 
or before reinstallation of the seat on an aircraft, as applicable, 
repair the seat in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, 
Paragraphs 2.B. and 2.C., of Zodiac Seats France SB No. 536-25-002, 
Revision 3, dated September 30, 2016.
    (4) Temporarily stowing and securing a damaged attendant seat in 
a retracted position to prevent occupancy, in accordance with the 
provisions and limitations applicable Master Minimum Equipment List 
item, is an acceptable alternative method to defer compliance with 
the requirements of paragraph (g)(3) of this AD.

(h) Installation Prohibition

    After the effective date of this AD, do not install an affected 
Zodiac Seats France 536-Series Cabin Attendant Seat on any aircraft, 
unless having accumulated more than 14 months since first 
installation on any aircraft, provided that before installation, it 
has passed an inspection in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions, Paragraph 2.B., of Zodiac Seats France SB No. 536-25-
002, Revision 3, dated September 30, 2016.

(i) Credit for Previous Actions

    You may take credit for actions required by paragraph (g) of 
this AD if you performed these actions before the effective date of 
this AD using Zodiac Seats France SB No. 536-25-002, Revision 2, 
dated August 29, 2016.

(j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Boston 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 ACO Branch, send it to the attention of the person 
identified in paragraph (k)(1) 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.

(k) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Dorie Resnik, 
Aerospace Engineer, Boston ACO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, 
Burlington, MA, 01803; phone: 781-238-7693; fax: 781-238-7199; 
email: [email protected].
    (2) Refer to European Aviation Safety Agency AD 2016-0167, dated 
August 17, 2016, for more information. You may examine the EASA AD 
in the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA-2017-0839.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Zodiac Service Europe, 61, rue Pierre Curie, 78 373 Plaisir, France; 
phone: +33 (0)1 61 34 19 58; email: [email protected]; 
website: https://www.zodiacaerospace.com/en/zodiac-aerospace-services/contacts. 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 September 5, 2018.
Robert J. Ganley,
Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-19797 Filed 9-13-18; 8:45 am]
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