Airworthiness Directives; Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics (Formerly Known as Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems) Airplanes, 47321-47324 [2018-20106]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 182 / Wednesday, September 19, 2018 / Proposed Rules (i) Corrective Action If, during any inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD, any cracked U-joint is found, before further flight: Replace the cracked U-joint with a serviceable part, as defined in paragraph (g)(2) of this AD, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the applicable service bulletin specified in paragraph (g)(1)(i), (g)(1)(ii), or (g)(1)(iii) of this AD. (j) Terminating Action Replacement of all affected U-joints on an airplane, as identified in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, with serviceable parts, as defined in paragraph (g)(2) of this AD, constitutes terminating action for the repetitive inspections required by paragraph (h) of this AD for that airplane. (k) Parts Installation Limitation As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install, on any airplane, an affected U-joint, as identified in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, unless it is a serviceable part, as defined in paragraph (g)(2) of this AD. (l) No Reporting Requirement Although the Accomplishment Instructions of the service bulletins identified in paragraphs (g)(1)(i), (g)(1)(ii), and (g)(1)(iii) of this AD specify to submit certain information to the manufacturer, this AD does not include that requirement. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS1 (m) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph provides credit for actions required by paragraphs (h) and (i) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using the service bulletins specified in paragraphs (m)(1), (m)(2), or (m)(3) of this AD, provided that affected U-joints not identified in the service bulletins specified in paragraphs (m)(1), (m)(2), or (m)(3) of this AD comply with the requirements of paragraphs (h) and (i) of this AD. (1) Safran Landing Systems Service Bulletin 631–32–249, Revision 1, dated June 26, 2017. (2) Safran Landing Systems Service Bulletin 631–32–250, Revision 1, dated June 26, 2017. (3) Safran Landing Systems Service Bulletin 631–32–251, Revision 1, dated June 26, 2017. (n) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Section, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (o)(2) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOCREQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:48 Sep 18, 2018 Jkt 244001 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 the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or ATR–GIE Avions de Transport Re´gional’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (o) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA AD 2018–0080, dated April 11, 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–2018–0167. (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 Safran Landing Systems, Inovel Parc Sud—7, rue Ge´ne´ral Vale´rie Andre´, 78140 VELIZY–VILLACOUBLAY— FRANCE; phone: +33 (0) 1 46 29 81 00; internet: www.safran-landing-systems.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 September 10, 2018. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2018–20099 Filed 9–18–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2018–0797; Product Identifier 2018–NM–096–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2018–11– 07, which applies to all Saab AB, Saab SUMMARY: Frm 00012 Fmt 4702 Aeronautics Model SAAB 2000 airplanes. AD 2018–11–07 requires a one-time inspection of an affected lug attaching the aileron bellcrank support bracket to the rear spar of the wing and the adjacent area of the installed support brackets, a thickness measurement of the affected lug, repetitive inspections of the affected aileron bellcrank support brackets, and corrective actions if necessary. AD 2018–11–07 also provided an optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections. Since we issued AD 2018– 11–07, we have determined that it is necessary to require the terminating action. This proposed AD would retain the actions of AD 2018–11–07 and require the terminating action for the repetitive inspections. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 5, 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 Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics, SE–581 88, Linko¨ping, Sweden; telephone +46 13 18 5591; fax +46 13 18 4874; email saab2000.techsupport@saabgroup.com; internet http://www.saabgroup.com. You may view this referenced 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 Airworthiness Directives; Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics (Formerly Known as Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems) Airplanes PO 00000 47321 Sfmt 4702 You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018– 0797; 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 in the E:\FR\FM\19SEP1.SGM 19SEP1 47322 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 182 / Wednesday, September 19, 2018 / Proposed Rules 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– 2018–0797; Product Identifier 2018– NM–096–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD 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 proposed AD. Discussion We issued AD 2018–11–07, Amendment 39–19295 (83 FR 24399, May 29, 2018) (‘‘AD 2018–11–07’’), for all Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics Model SAAB 2000 airplanes. AD 2018–11–07 requires a one-time inspection of the affected lug attaching the aileron bellcrank support bracket to the rear spar of the wing and the adjacent area of the installed aileron bellcrank support brackets, a thickness measurement of the affected lug attaching the support bracket to the rear spar of the wing, repetitive inspections of the affected aileron bellcrank support brackets, and corrective actions if necessary. AD 2018–11–07 also provides an optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections. AD 2018– 11–07 resulted from the identification of a manufacturing defect on certain aileron bellcrank support brackets that resulted in the material thickness of the affected lug attaching the support bracket to the rear spar of the wing to be insufficient. We issued AD 2018–11– 07 to detect and correct the defect of the aileron bellcrank support bracket, which, in the event of an aileron jam, could lead to failure of the support bracket and result in reduced controllability of the airplane. Actions Since AD 2018–11–07 Was Issued In the preamble of AD 2018–11–07, we stated that we were considering further rulemaking to require the replacement of all affected support brackets. The planned compliance time for the support bracket replacements allowed adequate time for notice and opportunity for public comment on the merits of the replacement. Therefore, the requirement for the replacement was not included in AD 2018–11–07. We have now determined that further rulemaking is necessary to include this requirement. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics has issued Saab Service Bulletin 2000–27–056, dated April 18, 2018. This service information describes procedures for a detailed visual inspection for cracks, corrosion, and damage (including missing paint) of the affected lug and the adjacent area of the installed aileron bellcrank support brackets on the lefthand and right-hand wings; a thickness measurement of the affected lug attaching the support bracket to the rear spar of the wing; and replacement of aileron bellcrank support brackets. 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 the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. Proposed Requirements of This NPRM This proposed AD would retain the requirements of AD 2018–11–07, and change the optional terminating action into a requirement. This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified in the service information described previously. This proposed AD would remove the requirement to send the inspection results to the manufacturer. Differences Between This Proposed AD and the MCAI or Service Information Where the MCAI specifies to submit an inspection report, this proposed AD would not require reporting. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 8 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS1 ESTIMATED COSTS Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Up to 19 work-hours × $85 per hour = $1,615 ............... Up to $18,074 .................... Up to $19,689 .................... We have received no definitive data for the on-condition costs 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:48 Sep 18, 2018 Jkt 244001 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 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Cost on U.S. operators Up to $157,512. 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 E:\FR\FM\19SEP1.SGM 19SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 182 / Wednesday, September 19, 2018 / Proposed Rules 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 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2018–11–07, Amendment 39–19295 (83 FR 24399, May 29, 2018), and adding the following new AD: amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS1 ■ Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics (Formerly Known as Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems): Docket No. FAA–2018–0797; Product Identifier 2018–NM–096–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by November 5, 2018. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:48 Sep 18, 2018 Jkt 244001 (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2018–11–07, Amendment 39–19295 (83 FR 24399, May 29, 2018) (‘‘AD 2018–11–07’’). (c) Applicability This AD applies to Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics (formerly known as Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems) Model SAAB 2000 airplanes, certificated in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 27, Flight controls. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by the identification of a manufacturing defect on certain aileron bellcrank support brackets that resulted in insufficient material thickness of the affected lug attaching the support bracket to the rear spar of the wing. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct a defect of the aileron bellcrank support bracket, which, in the event of an aileron jam, could lead to failure of the support bracket and result in reduced controllability of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Retained Definitions, With No Changes (1) This paragraph restates the definition specified in paragraph (g)(1) of AD 2018–11– 07, with no changes. For the purposes of this AD, affected support brackets are aileron bellcrank support brackets, part number (P/ N) 7327993–813 and P/N 7327993–814, for which it has been determined that the affected lug attaching the support bracket to the rear spar of the wing has a thickness of less than 2.75 mm (0.108 in.), as specified in Saab Service Bulletin 2000–27–056, dated April 18, 2018. (2) This paragraph restates the definition specified in paragraph (g)(2) of AD 2018–11– 07, with no changes. For the purposes of this AD, serviceable support brackets are aileron bellcrank support brackets, P/N 7327993–813 and P/N 7327993–814, for which it has been determined that the affected lug attaching the support bracket to the rear spar of the wing has a thickness of 2.75 mm (0.108 in.) or more, as specified in Saab Service Bulletin 2000–27–056, dated April 18, 2018. (h) Retained One-Time Inspection, With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 2018–11–07, with no changes. Within 100 flight cycles or 30 days, whichever occurs first after June 13, 2018 (the effective date of AD 2018–11–07), accomplish a detailed visual inspection for cracks, corrosion, and damage (including missing paint) of the affected lug and the adjacent area of the aileron bellcrank support brackets installed on the left-hand (LH) and right-hand (RH) wings, and measure the thickness of the affected lug attaching the aileron bellcrank support bracket to the rear spar of the wing, in accordance with the PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 47323 Accomplishment Instructions of Saab Service Bulletin 2000–27–056, dated April 18, 2018. (i) Retained Repetitive Inspections, With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (i) of AD 2018–11–07, with no changes. If, during the measurement required by paragraph (h) of this AD, it is determined that the affected lug attaching the aileron bellcrank support bracket to the rear spar of the wing has a thickness of less than 2.75 mm (0.108 in.), at intervals not to exceed 100 flight cycles, accomplish a detailed visual inspection for cracks, corrosion, and damage (including missing paint) of that affected support bracket in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Saab Service Bulletin 2000–27–056, dated April 18, 2018. Accomplishing the replacement specified in paragraph (l) of this AD terminates the repetitive inspections required by this paragraph for that bracket. (j) Retained Corrective Actions, With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (j) of AD 2018–11–07, with no changes. If, during any inspection required by paragraph (h) or (i) of this AD, any crack, corrosion, or damage (including missing paint) is found, before further flight, obtain corrective actions instructions approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics’ EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. Accomplish the corrective actions within the compliance time specified therein. If no compliance time is specified in the corrective actions instructions, accomplish the corrective action before further flight. (k) Retained Parts Installation Limitation, With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (m) of AD 2018–11–07, with no changes. As of June 13, 2018 (the effective date of AD 2018–11–07), it is allowed to install on any airplane an aileron bellcrank support bracket P/N 7327993–813 or P/N 7327993–814, provided it is a serviceable support bracket. (l) New Requirement of This AD: Replacement Within 6 months after the effective date of this AD, replace each affected support bracket with a serviceable support bracket, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Saab Service Bulletin 2000– 27–056, dated April 18, 2018. Replacing each affected support bracket terminates the inspections required by paragraph (i) of this AD for that airplane. (m) Other FAA AD Provisions (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 E:\FR\FM\19SEP1.SGM 19SEP1 47324 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 182 / Wednesday, September 19, 2018 / Proposed Rules 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 (n)(2) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOCREQUESTS@faa.gov. (i) 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. (ii) AMOCs approved previously for AD 2018–11–07, are approved as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of this AD. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: As of the effective date of this AD, 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 the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics’ EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. (n) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2018–0103, dated April 30, 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– 2018–0797. (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 Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics, SE–581 88, Linko¨ping, Sweden; telephone +46 13 18 5591; fax +46 13 18 4874; email saab2000.techsupport@saabgroup.com; internet http://www.saabgroup.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 September 10, 2018. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with PROPOSALS1 [FR Doc. 2018–20106 Filed 9–18–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:48 Sep 18, 2018 Jkt 244001 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Parts 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, and 147 [Docket Number USCG–1998–3868] RIN 1625–AA18 Outer Continental Shelf Activities Coast Guard, DHS. Proposed rule; withdrawal. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is withdrawing the proposed rule entitled ‘‘Outer Continental Shelf Activities’’ that we published on December 7, 1999. The Coast Guard is withdrawing this proposed rule due to the passage of time, advances in technology, and changes in industry practices that have rendered the proposed rule obsolete. DATES: The proposed rule published December 7, 1999 (64 FR 68416) is withdrawn as of September 19, 2018. ADDRESSES: To view documents mentioned in this withdrawal, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type ‘‘USCG–1998–3868’’ in the search box and click ‘‘Search’’ then click on ‘‘Open Docket Folder.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about this document, call or email Mr. Charles Rawson, Commandant (CG–ENG), U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 202–372–1390, email Charles.E.Rawson@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: improvements in order to help make the OCS a safer work environment. The Coast Guard received comments from the public regarding the proposed rulemaking. These comments are available in the docket. III. Withdrawal In the nearly 20 years since the Coast Guard published the NPRM and the comment period closed, the offshore industry has continued to grow and evolve. Due to the passage of time, advances in technology, and changes in industry practice, we found that much of what we proposed in the NPRM is now obsolete and no longer applicable to the modern OCS work environment. Consequently, the NPRM is no longer suitable as a basis for further rulemaking action. Accordingly, the Coast Guard is withdrawing the ‘‘Outer Continental Shelf Activities’’ proposed rule announced in an NPRM published December 7, 1999 (64 FR 68416). This document is issued under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a), and 43 U.S.C. 1333(d) and 1348(c). Dated: September 14, 2018. J.P. Nadeau, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy. [FR Doc. 2018–20378 Filed 9–18–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard I. Table of Abbreviations 33 CFR Part 165 FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking OCS Outer continental shelf [Docket No. USCG–2018–0845] II. Background The Coast Guard published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register on December 7, 1999, (64 FR 68416), entitled ‘‘Outer Continental Shelf Activities.’’ In our NPRM, we proposed revisions of our Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) regulations that pertain to workplace safety and health on vessels and facilities engaged in the exploration for, or development or production of, minerals on the OCS. The Coast Guard initiated this rulemaking in response to the various advances that had changed the nature of the offshore industry since the last major revision of our OCS regulations in 1982. As detailed in the proposed regulatory text, this rulemaking would have reassessed all of our current OCS regulations in light of past experiences and new PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Safety Zones; Spaceport Camden, Woodbine, GA Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of public meeting; request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: The U.S. Coast Guard announces a public meeting to receive comments on a Notice of Inquiry (NOI) involving a proposal to establish safety zones on the navigable waterways in the vicinity of the proposed Spaceport Camden, near Woodbine, Georgia, during rocket tests, launches, and landing operations. The NOI was published in the Federal Register on September 11, 2018. The purpose of this public meeting is to receive comments regarding the proposed safety zones. DATES: A public meeting will be held on September 27, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to provide an opportunity for oral comments. Written comments and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19SEP1.SGM 19SEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 182 (Wednesday, September 19, 2018)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2018-0797; Product Identifier 2018-NM-096-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics (Formerly 
Known as Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems) Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2018-11-
07, which applies to all Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics Model SAAB 2000 
airplanes. AD 2018-11-07 requires a one-time inspection of an affected 
lug attaching the aileron bellcrank support bracket to the rear spar of 
the wing and the adjacent area of the installed support brackets, a 
thickness measurement of the affected lug, repetitive inspections of 
the affected aileron bellcrank support brackets, and corrective actions 
if necessary. AD 2018-11-07 also provided an optional terminating 
action for the repetitive inspections. Since we issued AD 2018-11-07, 
we have determined that it is necessary to require the terminating 
action. This proposed AD would retain the actions of AD 2018-11-07 and 
require the terminating action for the repetitive inspections. We are 
proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 5, 
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 Saab AB, 
Saab Aeronautics, SE-581 88, Link[ouml]ping, Sweden; telephone +46 13 
18 5591; fax +46 13 18 4874; email [email protected]; 
internet http://www.saabgroup.com. You may view this referenced 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-
0797; 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 in the

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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-2018-0797; 
Product Identifier 2018-NM-096-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. 
We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, 
environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider 
all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed 
AD 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 proposed AD.

Discussion

    We issued AD 2018-11-07, Amendment 39-19295 (83 FR 24399, May 29, 
2018) (``AD 2018-11-07''), for all Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics Model SAAB 
2000 airplanes. AD 2018-11-07 requires a one-time inspection of the 
affected lug attaching the aileron bellcrank support bracket to the 
rear spar of the wing and the adjacent area of the installed aileron 
bellcrank support brackets, a thickness measurement of the affected lug 
attaching the support bracket to the rear spar of the wing, repetitive 
inspections of the affected aileron bellcrank support brackets, and 
corrective actions if necessary. AD 2018-11-07 also provides an 
optional terminating action for the repetitive inspections. AD 2018-11-
07 resulted from the identification of a manufacturing defect on 
certain aileron bellcrank support brackets that resulted in the 
material thickness of the affected lug attaching the support bracket to 
the rear spar of the wing to be insufficient. We issued AD 2018-11-07 
to detect and correct the defect of the aileron bellcrank support 
bracket, which, in the event of an aileron jam, could lead to failure 
of the support bracket and result in reduced controllability of the 
airplane.

Actions Since AD 2018-11-07 Was Issued

    In the preamble of AD 2018-11-07, we stated that we were 
considering further rulemaking to require the replacement of all 
affected support brackets. The planned compliance time for the support 
bracket replacements allowed adequate time for notice and opportunity 
for public comment on the merits of the replacement. Therefore, the 
requirement for the replacement was not included in AD 2018-11-07. We 
have now determined that further rulemaking is necessary to include 
this requirement.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics has issued Saab Service Bulletin 2000-27-
056, dated April 18, 2018. This service information describes 
procedures for a detailed visual inspection for cracks, corrosion, and 
damage (including missing paint) of the affected lug and the adjacent 
area of the installed aileron bellcrank support brackets on the left-
hand and right-hand wings; a thickness measurement of the affected lug 
attaching the support bracket to the rear spar of the wing; and 
replacement of aileron bellcrank support brackets. 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 the aviation authority of another 
country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant 
to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have 
been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service 
information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we 
evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe 
condition described previously is likely to exist or develop on other 
products of the same type design.

Proposed Requirements of This NPRM

    This proposed AD would retain the requirements of AD 2018-11-07, 
and change the optional terminating action into a requirement. This 
proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified in the 
service information described previously. This proposed AD would remove 
the requirement to send the inspection results to the manufacturer.

Differences Between This Proposed AD and the MCAI or Service 
Information

    Where the MCAI specifies to submit an inspection report, this 
proposed AD would not require reporting.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 8 airplanes of U.S. 
registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed 
AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
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              Labor cost                      Parts cost            Cost per product     Cost on U.S.  operators
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Up to 19 work-hours x $85 per hour =   Up to $18,074..........  Up to $19,689..........  Up to $157,512.
 $1,615.
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    We have received no definitive data for the on-condition costs 
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

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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

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 
2018-11-07, Amendment 39-19295 (83 FR 24399, May 29, 2018), and adding 
the following new AD:

Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics (Formerly Known as Saab AB, Saab 
Aerosystems): Docket No. FAA-2018-0797; Product Identifier 2018-NM-
096-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by November 5, 2018.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2018-11-07, Amendment 39-19295 (83 FR 24399, 
May 29, 2018) (``AD 2018-11-07'').

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Saab AB, Saab Aeronautics (formerly known as 
Saab AB, Saab Aerosystems) Model SAAB 2000 airplanes, certificated 
in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers.

(d) Subject

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

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by the identification of a manufacturing 
defect on certain aileron bellcrank support brackets that resulted 
in insufficient material thickness of the affected lug attaching the 
support bracket to the rear spar of the wing. We are issuing this AD 
to detect and correct a defect of the aileron bellcrank support 
bracket, which, in the event of an aileron jam, could lead to 
failure of the support bracket and result in reduced controllability 
of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Retained Definitions, With No Changes

    (1) This paragraph restates the definition specified in 
paragraph (g)(1) of AD 2018-11-07, with no changes. For the purposes 
of this AD, affected support brackets are aileron bellcrank support 
brackets, part number (P/N) 7327993-813 and P/N 7327993-814, for 
which it has been determined that the affected lug attaching the 
support bracket to the rear spar of the wing has a thickness of less 
than 2.75 mm (0.108 in.), as specified in Saab Service Bulletin 
2000-27-056, dated April 18, 2018.
    (2) This paragraph restates the definition specified in 
paragraph (g)(2) of AD 2018-11-07, with no changes. For the purposes 
of this AD, serviceable support brackets are aileron bellcrank 
support brackets, P/N 7327993-813 and P/N 7327993-814, for which it 
has been determined that the affected lug attaching the support 
bracket to the rear spar of the wing has a thickness of 2.75 mm 
(0.108 in.) or more, as specified in Saab Service Bulletin 2000-27-
056, dated April 18, 2018.

(h) Retained One-Time Inspection, With No Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 
2018-11-07, with no changes. Within 100 flight cycles or 30 days, 
whichever occurs first after June 13, 2018 (the effective date of AD 
2018-11-07), accomplish a detailed visual inspection for cracks, 
corrosion, and damage (including missing paint) of the affected lug 
and the adjacent area of the aileron bellcrank support brackets 
installed on the left-hand (LH) and right-hand (RH) wings, and 
measure the thickness of the affected lug attaching the aileron 
bellcrank support bracket to the rear spar of the wing, in 
accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Saab Service 
Bulletin 2000-27-056, dated April 18, 2018.

(i) Retained Repetitive Inspections, With No Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (i) of AD 
2018-11-07, with no changes. If, during the measurement required by 
paragraph (h) of this AD, it is determined that the affected lug 
attaching the aileron bellcrank support bracket to the rear spar of 
the wing has a thickness of less than 2.75 mm (0.108 in.), at 
intervals not to exceed 100 flight cycles, accomplish a detailed 
visual inspection for cracks, corrosion, and damage (including 
missing paint) of that affected support bracket in accordance with 
the Accomplishment Instructions of Saab Service Bulletin 2000-27-
056, dated April 18, 2018. Accomplishing the replacement specified 
in paragraph (l) of this AD terminates the repetitive inspections 
required by this paragraph for that bracket.

(j) Retained Corrective Actions, With No Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (j) of AD 
2018-11-07, with no changes. If, during any inspection required by 
paragraph (h) or (i) of this AD, any crack, corrosion, or damage 
(including missing paint) is found, before further flight, obtain 
corrective actions instructions approved by the Manager, 
International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or the 
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Saab AB, Saab 
Aeronautics' EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by 
the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. 
Accomplish the corrective actions within the compliance time 
specified therein. If no compliance time is specified in the 
corrective actions instructions, accomplish the corrective action 
before further flight.

(k) Retained Parts Installation Limitation, With No Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (m) of AD 
2018-11-07, with no changes. As of June 13, 2018 (the effective date 
of AD 2018-11-07), it is allowed to install on any airplane an 
aileron bellcrank support bracket P/N 7327993-813 or P/N 7327993-
814, provided it is a serviceable support bracket.

(l) New Requirement of This AD: Replacement

    Within 6 months after the effective date of this AD, replace 
each affected support bracket with a serviceable support bracket, in 
accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Saab Service 
Bulletin 2000-27-056, dated April 18, 2018. Replacing each affected 
support bracket terminates the inspections required by paragraph (i) 
of this AD for that airplane.

(m) Other FAA AD Provisions

    (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

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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 (n)(2) of 
this AD. Information may be emailed to: [email protected].
    (i) 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.
    (ii) AMOCs approved previously for AD 2018-11-07, are approved 
as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of this AD.
    (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: As of the effective date of 
this AD, 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 the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Saab 
AB, Saab Aeronautics' EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If 
approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized 
signature.

(n) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2018-0103, dated April 30, 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-2018-0797.
    (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 Saab 
AB, Saab Aeronautics, SE-581 88, Link[ouml]ping, Sweden; telephone 
+46 13 18 5591; fax +46 13 18 4874; email 
[email protected]; internet http://www.saabgroup.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 September 10, 2018.
Michael Kaszycki,
Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-20106 Filed 9-18-18; 8:45 am]
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