Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes, 49793-49799 [2018-20348]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 192 / Wednesday, October 3, 2018 / Rules and Regulations (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as failure of an overhead panel shock mount assembly (shock mount). This condition could result in detachment of the overhead panel and injury to occupants during an emergency landing. (c) Effective Date This AD becomes effective November 7, 2018. (d) Compliance You are responsible for performing each action required by this AD within the specified compliance time unless it has already been accomplished prior to that time. (e) Required Actions (1) Within 300 hours time-in-service: (i) Install a retaining plate on each shock mount by following the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs 3.B.2.1. through 3.B.2.4, of Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) MBB–BK117 C–2–24A–015, Revision 0, dated September 14, 2016 (ASB MBB–BK117 C–2–24A–015), or ASB MBB– BK117 D–2–24A–004, Revision 0, dated September 14, 2016 (ASB MBB–BK117 D–2– 24A–004), as applicable to your model helicopter. (ii) Re-identify shock mount P/N B246M2035102 as P/N B246M2035966 and shock mount P/N B246M2036101 as P/N B246M2036966 using permanent ink. When the ink is dry, apply varnish over the P/N. (iii) Re-install each shock mount. (2) After the effective date of this AD, do not install a shock mount P/N B246M2035102 or P/N B246M2036101 on any helicopter. (f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) BILLING CODE 4910–13–P daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES (g) Additional Information The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2017–0026, dated February 14, 2017. You may view the EASA AD on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2018–0517. (h) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 2400, Electrical Power System. 16:40 Oct 02, 2018 Jkt 247001 Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on September 24, 2018. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2018–21342 Filed 10–2–18; 8:45 am] (1) The Manager, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Matt Fuller, Senior Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222–5110; email 9-ASWFTW-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating certificate or under 14 CFR part 91, subpart K, we suggest that you notify your principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office or certificate holding district office, before operating any aircraft complying with this AD through an AMOC. VerDate Sep<11>2014 (i) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference 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) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) MBB–BK117 C–2–24A–015, Revision 0, dated September 14, 2016. (ii) Airbus Helicopters ASB MBB–BK117 D–2–24A–004, Revision 0, dated September 14, 2016. (3) For Airbus Helicopters service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus Helicopters, 2701 N Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; telephone (972) 641–0000 or (800) 232–0323; fax (972) 641– 3775; or at http:// www.helicopters.airbus.com/website/en/ref/ Technical-Support_73.html. (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (817) 222–5110. (5) You may view this 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. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2018–0497; Product Identifier 2017–NM–140–AD; Amendment 39–19418; AD 2018–19–18] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus SAS Model A300 B4–603, B4– 620, and B4–622 airplanes; Model A300 B4–600R series airplanes; Model A300 C4–605R Variant F airplanes; and Model A300 F4–605R airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of cracking on a SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 49793 certain frame (FR) angle fitting. This AD requires, depending on airplane configuration, a modification of certain angle fitting attachment holes; repetitive inspections for cracking of certain holes of the internal lower angle fitting web, certain holes of the internal lower angle fitting horizontal splicing, the aft bottom panel, and a certain junction area; and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective November 7, 2018. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of November 7, 2018. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain other publication listed in this AD as of December 19, 2005 (70 FR 69056, November 14, 2005). ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office— EAW, Rond-Point Emile Dewoitine No: 2, 31700 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email account.airwortheas@airbus.com; internet http:// www.airbus.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. It is also available on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018– 0497. 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– 0497; 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 address for Docket Operations (phone: 800–647–5527) is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3225. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\03OCR1.SGM 03OCR1 49794 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 192 / Wednesday, October 3, 2018 / Rules and Regulations daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Airbus SAS Model A300 B4–603, B4–620, and B4–622 airplanes; Model A300 B4–600R series airplanes; Model A300 C4–605R Variant F airplanes; and Model A300 F4–605R airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on June 4, 2018 (83 FR 25590). The NPRM was prompted by reports of cracking on the FR47 angle fitting. The NPRM proposed to require, depending on airplane configuration, a modification of certain angle fitting attachment holes; repetitive inspections for cracking of certain holes of the internal lower angle fitting web, certain holes of the internal lower angle fitting horizontal splicing, the aft bottom panel, and the FR47/Rib 1 junction area; and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to address cracking of the FR47 angle fitting, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2017–0210, dated October 24, 2017 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Airbus SAS Model A300 B4– 603, B4–620, and B4–622 airplanes; Model A300 B4–600R series airplanes; Model A300 C4–605R Variant F airplanes; and Model A300 F4–605R airplanes. The MCAI states: Prompted by cracks found on the Frame (FR) 47 angle fitting, Airbus issued SB [Service Bulletin] A300–57–6049, SB A300– 57–6050, and SB A300–57–6086. These cracks, if not detected and corrected, could affect the structural integrity of the centre wing box (CWB) of the aeroplane. Consequently, DGAC [Direction Ge´ne´rale de l’Aviation Civile] France published AD 94–241–170, AD 1999–147–279, AD 2000– 533–328 and AD F–2004–159 (EASA approval 2004–9779), each AD superseding the previous one, to require repetitive high frequency eddy current (HFEC) rotating probe inspections of the FR47 internal lower angle fitting. After DGAC France AD F–2004–159 was issued, cracks were reportedly found on the horizontal flange of FR47 internal corner angle fitting during accomplishment of routine maintenance structural inspection and modification in accordance with the instructions of Airbus SB A300–57–6050. Prompted by these findings, Airbus reviewed and amended the inspection programme for the internal lower angle fitting flange (horizontal face). Consequently, EASA issued AD 2012–0092 [which corresponds to FAA AD 2014–20–18, VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Oct 02, 2018 Jkt 247001 Amendment 39–17991 (79 FR 65879, November 6, 2014) (‘‘AD 2014–20–18’’)], retaining the requirements of DGAC France AD F–2004–159, which was superseded, and requiring additional repetitive inspections of the CWB lower panel through the ultrasonic method and, depending on findings, reinstallation of removed fasteners in transition fit instead of interface. In addition, DGAC France had previously issued AD F–2005–124 (EASA approval 2005–6071) to require the same inspections for A300 F4–608ST aeroplanes, in accordance with Airbus SB A300–57–9001 and SB A300–57–9002. Following the discovery of numerous cracks during the accomplishment of SB A300–57–6049 and SB A300–57–6089 inspections, Airbus developed in a first step a new (recommended) modification (Airbus SB A300–57–6113) and defined, for post-mod aeroplanes, new inspections, and published SB A300–57–6119, which included new inspection methods (ultrasonic/radiographic) with new inspection thresholds and intervals. Consequently, EASA issued AD 2016– 0198, retaining the requirements of EASA AD 2012–0092, which was superseded, to require repetitive inspections for post-SB A300–57– 6113 aeroplanes. Since EASA AD 2016–0198 was issued, Airbus revised in a second step the inspection programme for A300–600 pre-SB 57–6113 and A300–600ST aeroplanes, reducing inspection thresholds and intervals. At this opportunity, the existing ultrasonic inspection for A300–600 aeroplanes has been added for A300–600ST aeroplanes. For the reasons described above, this new [EASA] AD retains the requirements of EASA AD 2016–0198 for A300–600 aeroplanes and of DGAC France AD F–2005–124 for A300– 600ST aeroplanes, which are both superseded, and requires [modification through cold expansion of certain angle fitting attachment holes and] repetitive inspections [for cracking of certain holes of the internal lower angle fitting web, certain holes of the internal lower angle fitting horizontal splicing, the aft bottom panel, and the FR47/Rib 1 junction area, and applicable related investigative and corrective actions] with new compliance times and intervals. This [EASA] AD is applicable to both A300– 600 and A300–600ST aeroplanes * * *. Related investigative actions include a rotating probe inspection for cracking. Corrective actions include replacing damaged fasteners, reaming and drilling holes, installing the next nominal fastener for oversized bore holes, and repairing cracks. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018–0497. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this final rule. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM and the FAA’s response to each comment. PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Request To Refer to New Service Information FedEx Express requested that we revise paragraphs (j), (k), and (m)(2) of the proposed AD to refer to Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6086, Revision 7, dated March 26, 2018, rather than Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57– 6086, Revision 6, dated July 4, 2017. FedEx Express noted that the service information had been updated since the NPRM was released. We agree with the request. Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6086, Revision 7, dated March 26, 2018, removes one airplane from the effectivity and adds clarification on reporting related to ultrasonic inspections. All actions remain unchanged. We have revised paragraphs (j), (k), and (m)(2) of this AD to refer to Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6086, Revision 7, dated March 26, 2018. We have also revised paragraph (p) of this AD to provide credit for certain actions performed in accordance with Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6086, Revision 6, dated July 4, 2017. Request To Allow Previously Approved Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) FedEx Express requested that we revise the proposed AD to allow AMOCs previously approved for AD 2014–20–18 as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of this AD. We agree with the commenter’s request. We have revised paragraph (q)(1) of this AD to note that AMOCs previously approved for AD 2014–20–18 are approved as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of this AD. Request To Allow Reporting Through Alternative Method FedEx Express requested that paragraph (n) of the proposed AD be revised to allow operators to determine the method or form they use for reporting inspection results. FexEx Express noted that they believe reporting is needed, but do not currently have the capability to use the Airbus online reporting system. We acknowledge the commenter’s request, but disagree that we need to change this AD regarding this issue. Paragraph (n) of this AD allows reporting in accordance with the instructions of the applicable service information. This allows operators to use alternative methods of reporting, including mail, fax, and email. Therefore, a change to this AD is unnecessary. E:\FR\FM\03OCR1.SGM 03OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 192 / Wednesday, October 3, 2018 / Rules and Regulations Conclusion We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this final rule with the changes described previously and minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes: • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM for addressing the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM. We also determined that these changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this final rule. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Airbus SAS has issued the following service information. • Service Bulletin A300–57–6049, Revision 8, dated July 4, 2017. This service information describes procedures for HFEC rotating probe inspections for cracking of certain holes of the internal lower angle fitting web. • Service Bulletin A300–57–6086, Revision 7, dated March 26, 2018. This service information describes procedures for HFEC rotating probe inspections for cracking of certain holes in the internal lower angle fitting horizontal splicing (left-hand and righthand sides) and for ultrasonic 49795 inspections for cracking of the aft bottom panel. • Service Bulletin A300–57–6119, Revision 00, dated April 25, 2016. This service information describes procedures for ultrasonic and radiographic inspections for cracking of the FR47/Rib 1 junction area. 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. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 65 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD: ESTIMATED COSTS FOR REQUIRED ACTIONS Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Up to 727 work-hours × $85 per hour = Up to $61,795. Up to $3,370 .............. Up to $65,165 ............ We estimate that it would take about 1 work-hour per product to comply with the reporting requirement in this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of reporting the inspection results on U.S. operators to be $5,525, or $85 per product. We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide cost estimates for the on-condition actions specified in this AD. Authority for This Rulemaking Regulatory Findings 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 transport category airplanes and associated appliances to the Director of the System Oversight Division. This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: (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. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES Paperwork Reduction Act A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information displays a current valid OMB control number. The control number for the collection of information required by this AD is 2120–0056. The paperwork cost associated with this AD has been detailed in the Costs of Compliance section of this document and includes time for reviewing instructions, as well as completing and reviewing the collection of information. Therefore, all reporting associated with this AD is mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden and suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the FAA at 800 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20591, ATTN: Information Collection Clearance Officer, AES–200. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Oct 02, 2018 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Cost on U.S. operators Up to $4,235,725 per inspection cycle. 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: E:\FR\FM\03OCR1.SGM 03OCR1 49796 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 192 / Wednesday, October 3, 2018 / Rules and Regulations 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 57, Wings. (g) Definitions For the purposes of this AD, the definitions in paragraphs (g)(1) through (g)(6) apply. (1) Group 1 airplanes are those airplanes on which Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57– 6113, Revision 00, dated April 25, 2016, has not been incorporated as of the effective date of this AD. (2) Group 2 airplanes are those airplanes on which Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57– 6113, Revision 00, dated April 25, 2016, has been incorporated as of the effective date of this AD. (3) The average flight time (AFT) for the inspection threshold is defined as the flight hours (FH) divided by the flight cycles (FC), counted from the first flight of the airplane. (4) The AFT for the inspection interval is defined as the FH divided by the FC, counted from the date of the last inspection required by paragraph (i), (j), (k), or (l) of this AD, as applicable. (5) For airplanes on which Airbus modification 10155 has been embodied, the thresholds for the inspections required by paragraphs (i), (j), and (k) of this AD are counted from the first flight of the airplane. (6) For airplanes on which Airbus modification 10155 has not been embodied, the thresholds for the inspections required by paragraphs (i), (j), and (k) of this AD are counted since the date on which Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6050 was embodied on the airplane. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports of cracking on the frame (FR) 47 angle fitting. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking of the FR47 angle fitting, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane. (h) Modification For all airplanes on which Airbus modification 10155 has not been embodied: Before exceeding 15,100 FC or 38,900 FH, whichever occurs first after first flight of the airplane; or within the ‘‘grace periods’’ defined in paragraph 1.B.(4), For Group 1 airplanes: Before exceeding the applicable threshold specified in figure 1 to paragraph (i) of this AD, or within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later, do a high frequency eddy current (HFEC) rotating probe inspection for cracking of holes H, I, K, L M, N, U, V, W, X, and Y of the internal lower angle fitting web (left-hand and right-hand sides), in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6049, Revision 8, dated July 4, 2017. Repeat the inspection thereafter at intervals not to exceed those specified in figure 1 to paragraph (i) of this AD. (j) Internal Lower Angle Fitting (Horizontal Face) Inspections For Group 1 airplanes: Before exceeding the applicable threshold specified in figure 2 to paragraph (j) of this AD, or within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later, do an HFEC rotating probe inspection for cracking of holes A, B, C, D, E, F, G, P, Q, S, and T (adjacent to hole G) of the internal lower angle fitting horizontal splicing (left-hand and right-hand sides), in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6086, Revision 7, dated March 26, 2018. Repeat the inspection thereafter at intervals not to exceed those specified in figure 2 to paragraph (j) of this AD. 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): ■ 2018–19–18 Airbus SAS: Amendment 39– 19418; Docket No. FAA–2018–0497; Product Identifier 2017–NM–140–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective November 7, 2018. (b) Affected ADs This AD affects AD 2014–20–18, Amendment 39–17991 (79 FR 65879, November 6, 2014) (‘‘AD 2014–20–18’’). (c) Applicability This AD applies to Airbus SAS Model A300 B4–603, A300 B4–620, A300 B4–622, A300 B4–605R, A300 B4–622R, A300 C4– 605R Variant F, and A300 F4–605R airplanes, certificated in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers, except airplanes on which Airbus Modification 12171 or 12249 has been embodied in production, or on which Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6069 has been embodied in service. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES ‘‘Accomplishment Timescale,’’ of Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6050, Revision 3, dated May 31, 2001; whichever occurs later, modify the angle fitting attachment holes of the wing center box by cold expansion, including doing a rotating probe inspection for cracking, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6050, Revision 3, dated May 31, 2001. Where paragraph 1.B.(4), ‘‘Accomplishment Timescale,’’ of Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6050, Revision 3, dated May 31, 2001, specifies ‘‘grace periods’’ relative to the receipt of the service bulletin, count the ‘‘grace periods’’ from December 19, 2005 (the effective date of AD 2005–23–08 (70 FR 69056, November 14, 2005)). If any crack is found during any inspection: Before further flight, repair using a method approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Airbus SAS’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Oct 02, 2018 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (i) Internal Lower Angle Fitting (Vertical Face) Web Inspections E:\FR\FM\03OCR1.SGM 03OCR1 ER03OC18.000</GPH> (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 192 / Wednesday, October 3, 2018 / Rules and Regulations (k) Aft Bottom Panel Inspections For Group 1 airplanes: Before exceeding the applicable thresholds specified in figure 3 to paragraph (k) of this AD, or within 12 (l) FR47/Rib 1 junction area inspections Service Bulletin A300–57–6086, Revision 7, dated March 26, 2018. Repeat the inspection thereafter at intervals not to exceed those specified in figure 3 to paragraph (k) of this AD. the FR47/Rib 1 junction area, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6119, Revision 00, dated April 25, 2016. Repeat the inspections thereafter at intervals not to exceed those specified in figure 4 to paragraph (l) of this AD. Count the threshold compliance times from the date on which Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6113, Revision 00, dated April 25, 2016, was embodied on the airplane. ER03OC18.002</GPH> ER03OC18.003</GPH> months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later, do an ultrasonic inspection for cracking of the aft bottom panel, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Oct 02, 2018 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4725 E:\FR\FM\03OCR1.SGM 03OCR1 ER03OC18.001</GPH> daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES For Group 2 airplanes: Before exceeding the applicable thresholds specified in figure 4 to paragraph (l) of this AD, do ultrasonic and radiographic inspections for cracking of 49797 49798 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 192 / Wednesday, October 3, 2018 / Rules and Regulations (m) Related Investigative and Corrective Actions If, during any inspection required by paragraph (i), (j), (k), or (l) of this AD, any crack is found: Before further flight, accomplish all applicable related investigative and corrective actions in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the service information specified in paragraphs (m)(1) through (m)(3) of this AD, as applicable. Where the service information specified in paragraphs (m)(1) through (m)(3) of this AD specifies to contact Airbus for instructions, before further flight, obtain instructions approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus SAS’s EASA DOA and accomplish those instructions accordingly. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. (1) If the inspection was done as specified in paragraph (i) of this AD: Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6049, Revision 8, dated July 4, 2017. (2) If the inspection was done as specified in paragraph (j) or (k) of this AD: Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6086, Revision 7, dated March 26, 2018. (3) If the inspection was done as specified in paragraph (l) of this AD: Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6119, Revision 00, dated April 25, 2016. (n) Reporting At the applicable time specified in paragraph (n)(1) or (n)(2) of this AD: Report the results of the inspections required by paragraphs (i), (j), (k), and (l) of this AD to Airbus Service Bulletin Reporting Online Application on Airbus World (https:// w3.airbus.com/), or submit the results to Airbus in accordance with the instructions of the applicable service information specified in paragraphs (i), (j), (k), or (l) of this AD. The report must include the inspection results, a description of any discrepancies found, the airplane serial number, and the number of flight cycles and flight hours on the airplane. (1) If the inspection was done on or after the effective date of this AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the inspection. (2) If the inspection was done before the effective date of this AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the effective date of this AD. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES (o) Terminating Action for AD 2014–20–18 Accomplishment of the action required by paragraph (h) of this AD and the initial inspections required by paragraphs (i) and (j), and (k) of this AD terminates all requirements of AD 2014–20–18. (p) Credit for Previous Actions (1) This paragraph provides credit for actions specified in paragraph (h) of this AD, if those actions were performed before December 19, 2005 (the effective date of AD 2005–23–08 (70 FR 69056, November 14, 2005)), using Airbus Service Bulletin A300– 57–6050, Revision 02, dated February 10, 2000. (2) This paragraph provides credit for actions specified in paragraphs (j), (k), and (m)(2) of this AD, if those actions were VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Oct 02, 2018 Jkt 247001 performed before the effective date of this AD using Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6086, Revision 6, dated July 4, 2017. (q) 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 (r)(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 previously approved for AD 2014–20–18 are approved as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of this AD. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus SAS’s EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (3) Paperwork Reduction Act Burden Statement: A federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information displays a current valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number for this information collection is 2120–0056. Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 1 work-hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, completing and reviewing the collection of information. All responses to this collection of information are mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden and suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the FAA at: 800 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20591, Attn: Information Collection Clearance Officer, AES–200. (4) Required for Compliance (RC): Except as required by paragraph (m) of this AD: If any service information contains procedures or tests that are identified as RC, those procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the operator’s maintenance or inspection program without obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy condition. Any substitutions or PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 changes to procedures or tests identified as RC require approval of an AMOC. (r) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA AD 2017–0210, dated October 24, 2017, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018–0497. (2) For more information about this AD, contact Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206– 231–3225. (3) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (s)(5) and (s)(6) of this AD. (s) 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 this AD specifies otherwise. (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on November 7, 2018. (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6049, Revision 8, dated July 4, 2017. (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6086, Revision 7, dated March 26, 2018. (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57– 6119, Revision 00, dated April 25, 2016. (4) The following service information was approved for IBR on December 19, 2005 (70 FR 69056, November 14, 2005). (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A300–57–6050, Revision 03, dated May 31, 2001. This document contains the effective pages specified in paragraphs (s)(4)(i)(A), (s)(4)(i)(B), (s)(4)(i)(C), and (s)(4)(i)(D) of this AD. (A) Pages 1, 4, 10A through 11, 75, and 76 are identified as Revision 03, dated May 31, 2001. (B) Pages 2, 8, 9, 17 through 32, 41, 42, 57, 58, 61 through 63, and 77 are identified as Revision 02, dated February 10, 2000. (C) Pages 3, 5 through 7, 10, 12, 33, 34, 37, 38, 47, 59, and 60 are identified as Revision 01, dated May 31, 1999. (D) Pages 13 through 16, 35, 36, 39, 40, 43 through 46, 48 through 56, and 64 through 74 are identified as original, dated September 9, 1994. (ii) Reserved. (5) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EAW, Rond-Point Emile Dewoitine No: 2, 31700 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email account.airworth-eas@ airbus.com; internet http://www.airbus.com. (6) 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. (7) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the E:\FR\FM\03OCR1.SGM 03OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 192 / Wednesday, October 3, 2018 / Rules and Regulations 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. Purpose of the Regulatory Action 29 CFR Parts 4001, 4022, 4043, and 4044 This final rule is necessary to conform the regulations of PBGC to current law and practice. PBGC is incorporating statutory changes affecting guaranteed benefits and asset allocation when a plan has one or more participants with certain ownership interests in the plan sponsor. PBGC’s legal authority for this action comes from sections 4002(b)(3), 4022, and 4044 of ERISA. Section 4002(b)(3) authorizes PBGC to issue regulations to carry out the purposes of title IV of ERISA. Sections 4022 and 4044 authorize PBGC to prescribe regulations regarding the determination of guaranteed benefits and the allocation of assets within priority categories, respectively. RIN 1212–AB24 Major Provisions Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on September 10, 2018. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2018–20348 Filed 10–2–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION Owner-Participant Changes to Guaranteed Benefits and Asset Allocation Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is amending its regulations on guaranteed benefits and asset allocation. These amendments incorporate statutory changes to the rules for participants with certain ownership interests in a plan sponsor. DATES: Effective Date: This rule is effective November 2, 2018. Applicability: Like the provisions of the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA 2006) that this rule incorporates, the amendments in this final rule are applicable to plan terminations— (A) under section 4041(c) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) with respect to which notices of intent to terminate are provided under section 4041(a)(2) of ERISA after December 31, 2005, and (B) under section 4042 of ERISA with respect to which notices of determination are provided under that section after December 31, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Samantha M. Lowen (lowen.samantha@ pbgc.gov), Attorney, Regulatory Affairs Division, Office of the General Counsel, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, 1200 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005–4026; 202–326–4400, extension 3786. (TTY users may call the Federal relay service toll-free at 800–877–8339 and ask to be connected to 202–326– 4400, extension 3786.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with RULES Executive Summary VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Oct 02, 2018 Jkt 247001 This final rule amends PBGC’s benefit payment regulation by replacing the guarantee limitations applicable to substantial owners with a new limitation applicable to majority owners.1 Additionally, this final rule amends PBGC’s asset allocation regulation by prioritizing funding of all other benefits in priority category 4 ahead of those benefits that would be guaranteed but for the new limitation. The rulemaking also clarifies that plan administrators may continue to use the simplified calculation in the existing rule to estimate benefits funded by plan assets. Finally, it provides new examples to aid in implementation. Background PBGC administers the pension insurance program under title IV of ERISA. ERISA sections 4022 and 4044 cover PBGC’s guarantee of plan benefits and allocation of plan assets, respectively, under terminated singleemployer plans. Special provisions within these sections apply to ‘‘ownerparticipants,’’ who have certain ownership interests in their plan sponsors. PPA 2006 made changes to these provisions. PBGC has been operating in accordance with the amended provisions since they became effective, but had not yet updated its regulations nor issued guidance on implementation. With this rulemaking, PBGC is increasing transparency into its operations and is clarifying for plan administrators the impact of the statutory changes. Before PPA 2006, the ownerparticipant provisions applied to any 1 In this preamble, substantial owners and majority owners are referred to interchangeably as ‘‘owner-participants.’’ PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 49799 participant who was a ‘‘substantial owner’’ at any time within the 60 months preceding the date on which the determination was made. Section 4021(d) of ERISA defines a substantial owner as an individual who owns the entire interest in an unincorporated trade or business, or a partner or shareholder who owns more than 10 percent of the partnership or corporation. PPA 2006 revised the owner-participant provisions, in large part, by making them applicable to ‘‘majority owners’’ instead of substantial owners. Section 4022(b)(5)(A) of ERISA defines a majority owner as an individual who owns the entire interest in an unincorporated trade or business, or a partner or shareholder who owns 50 percent or more of the entity. On March 7, 2018 (at 83 FR 9716), PBGC published a proposed rule to amend parts 4001, 4022, 4041, 4043, and 4044 to incorporate statutory changes to the rules for participants with certain ownership interests in a plan sponsor. PBGC received no comments on the proposed rule. The final regulation is the same as the proposed regulation with two exceptions discussed below: PBGC is adding clarifying language to § 4022.26 of the benefit payment regulation, concerning PPA 2006 bankruptcy terminations; and PBGC is not making the proposed amendment to its regulation on Termination of SingleEmployer Plans (29 CFR part 4041). Guaranteed Benefits Before and After PPA 2006 ERISA section 4022 imposes several limitations on PBGC’s guarantee of plan benefits, including the ‘‘phase-in limitation.’’ As the name of this limitation suggests, PBGC’s guarantee of a plan’s benefits is phased in over a specified time period. Before PPA 2006, this time period was drastically different for owner-participants and for all other participants; the benefits of owner-participants were phased in over 30 years, whereas the benefits of nonowner-participants were phased in over five years. In addition, the extent to which an owner-participant’s benefit was phased in was unique to each owner-participant and based on the number of years he or she was an active participant in the plan; whereas the extent to which all other participants’ benefits were phased in was based on the number of years a plan provision— specifically, one that increased benefits—was in effect before the plan terminated. PPA 2006 greatly simplified the method for determining PBGC’s guarantee of owner-participants’ E:\FR\FM\03OCR1.SGM 03OCR1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 192 (Wednesday, October 3, 2018)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 49793-49799]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-20348]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2018-0497; Product Identifier 2017-NM-140-AD; Amendment 
39-19418; AD 2018-19-18]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain 
Airbus SAS Model A300 B4-603, B4-620, and B4-622 airplanes; Model A300 
B4-600R series airplanes; Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes; and 
Model A300 F4-605R airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of 
cracking on a certain frame (FR) angle fitting. This AD requires, 
depending on airplane configuration, a modification of certain angle 
fitting attachment holes; repetitive inspections for cracking of 
certain holes of the internal lower angle fitting web, certain holes of 
the internal lower angle fitting horizontal splicing, the aft bottom 
panel, and a certain junction area; and related investigative and 
corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to address the 
unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective November 7, 2018.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of November 7, 
2018.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain other publication listed in this AD as of 
December 19, 2005 (70 FR 69056, November 14, 2005).

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, 
contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office--EAW, Rond-Point Emile 
Dewoitine No: 2, 31700 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 
96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email [email protected]; 
internet http://www.airbus.com. You may view this service information 
at the FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des 
Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the 
FAA, call 206-231-3195. It is also available on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2018-
0497.

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-
0497; 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 address for Docket Operations (phone: 800-647-
5527) is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, 
West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 
Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, 
International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 
216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206-231-3225.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

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Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Airbus SAS Model 
A300 B4-603, B4-620, and B4-622 airplanes; Model A300 B4-600R series 
airplanes; Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes; and Model A300 F4-
605R airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on June 4, 
2018 (83 FR 25590). The NPRM was prompted by reports of cracking on the 
FR47 angle fitting. The NPRM proposed to require, depending on airplane 
configuration, a modification of certain angle fitting attachment 
holes; repetitive inspections for cracking of certain holes of the 
internal lower angle fitting web, certain holes of the internal lower 
angle fitting horizontal splicing, the aft bottom panel, and the FR47/
Rib 1 junction area; and related investigative and corrective actions 
if necessary.
    We are issuing this AD to address cracking of the FR47 angle 
fitting, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the 
airplane.
    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 
2017-0210, dated October 24, 2017 (referred to after this as the 
Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to 
correct an unsafe condition for certain Airbus SAS Model A300 B4-603, 
B4-620, and B4-622 airplanes; Model A300 B4-600R series airplanes; 
Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes; and Model A300 F4-605R 
airplanes. The MCAI states:

    Prompted by cracks found on the Frame (FR) 47 angle fitting, 
Airbus issued SB [Service Bulletin] A300-57-6049, SB A300-57-6050, 
and SB A300-57-6086.
    These cracks, if not detected and corrected, could affect the 
structural integrity of the centre wing box (CWB) of the aeroplane.
    Consequently, DGAC [Direction G[eacute]n[eacute]rale de 
l'Aviation Civile] France published AD 94-241-170, AD 1999-147-279, 
AD 2000-533-328 and AD F-2004-159 (EASA approval 2004-9779), each AD 
superseding the previous one, to require repetitive high frequency 
eddy current (HFEC) rotating probe inspections of the FR47 internal 
lower angle fitting.
    After DGAC France AD F-2004-159 was issued, cracks were 
reportedly found on the horizontal flange of FR47 internal corner 
angle fitting during accomplishment of routine maintenance 
structural inspection and modification in accordance with the 
instructions of Airbus SB A300-57-6050. Prompted by these findings, 
Airbus reviewed and amended the inspection programme for the 
internal lower angle fitting flange (horizontal face).
    Consequently, EASA issued AD 2012-0092 [which corresponds to FAA 
AD 2014-20-18, Amendment 39-17991 (79 FR 65879, November 6, 2014) 
(``AD 2014-20-18'')], retaining the requirements of DGAC France AD 
F-2004-159, which was superseded, and requiring additional 
repetitive inspections of the CWB lower panel through the ultrasonic 
method and, depending on findings, re-installation of removed 
fasteners in transition fit instead of interface.
    In addition, DGAC France had previously issued AD F-2005-124 
(EASA approval 2005-6071) to require the same inspections for A300 
F4-608ST aeroplanes, in accordance with Airbus SB A300-57-9001 and 
SB A300-57-9002.
    Following the discovery of numerous cracks during the 
accomplishment of SB A300-57-6049 and SB A300-57-6089 inspections, 
Airbus developed in a first step a new (recommended) modification 
(Airbus SB A300-57-6113) and defined, for post-mod aeroplanes, new 
inspections, and published SB A300-57-6119, which included new 
inspection methods (ultrasonic/radiographic) with new inspection 
thresholds and intervals.
    Consequently, EASA issued AD 2016-0198, retaining the 
requirements of EASA AD 2012-0092, which was superseded, to require 
repetitive inspections for post-SB A300-57-6113 aeroplanes.
    Since EASA AD 2016-0198 was issued, Airbus revised in a second 
step the inspection programme for A300-600 pre-SB 57-6113 and A300-
600ST aeroplanes, reducing inspection thresholds and intervals. At 
this opportunity, the existing ultrasonic inspection for A300-600 
aeroplanes has been added for A300-600ST aeroplanes.
    For the reasons described above, this new [EASA] AD retains the 
requirements of EASA AD 2016-0198 for A300-600 aeroplanes and of 
DGAC France AD F-2005-124 for A300-600ST aeroplanes, which are both 
superseded, and requires [modification through cold expansion of 
certain angle fitting attachment holes and] repetitive inspections 
[for cracking of certain holes of the internal lower angle fitting 
web, certain holes of the internal lower angle fitting horizontal 
splicing, the aft bottom panel, and the FR47/Rib 1 junction area, 
and applicable related investigative and corrective actions] with 
new compliance times and intervals. This [EASA] AD is applicable to 
both A300-600 and A300-600ST aeroplanes * * *.

    Related investigative actions include a rotating probe inspection 
for cracking. Corrective actions include replacing damaged fasteners, 
reaming and drilling holes, installing the next nominal fastener for 
oversized bore holes, and repairing cracks. You may examine the MCAI in 
the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2018-0497.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this final rule. The following presents the comments received on the 
NPRM and the FAA's response to each comment.

Request To Refer to New Service Information

    FedEx Express requested that we revise paragraphs (j), (k), and 
(m)(2) of the proposed AD to refer to Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-
6086, Revision 7, dated March 26, 2018, rather than Airbus Service 
Bulletin A300-57-6086, Revision 6, dated July 4, 2017. FedEx Express 
noted that the service information had been updated since the NPRM was 
released.
    We agree with the request. Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-6086, 
Revision 7, dated March 26, 2018, removes one airplane from the 
effectivity and adds clarification on reporting related to ultrasonic 
inspections. All actions remain unchanged. We have revised paragraphs 
(j), (k), and (m)(2) of this AD to refer to Airbus Service Bulletin 
A300-57-6086, Revision 7, dated March 26, 2018. We have also revised 
paragraph (p) of this AD to provide credit for certain actions 
performed in accordance with Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-6086, 
Revision 6, dated July 4, 2017.

Request To Allow Previously Approved Alternative Methods of Compliance 
(AMOCs)

    FedEx Express requested that we revise the proposed AD to allow 
AMOCs previously approved for AD 2014-20-18 as AMOCs for the 
corresponding provisions of this AD.
    We agree with the commenter's request. We have revised paragraph 
(q)(1) of this AD to note that AMOCs previously approved for AD 2014-
20-18 are approved as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of this 
AD.

Request To Allow Reporting Through Alternative Method

    FedEx Express requested that paragraph (n) of the proposed AD be 
revised to allow operators to determine the method or form they use for 
reporting inspection results. FexEx Express noted that they believe 
reporting is needed, but do not currently have the capability to use 
the Airbus online reporting system.
    We acknowledge the commenter's request, but disagree that we need 
to change this AD regarding this issue. Paragraph (n) of this AD allows 
reporting in accordance with the instructions of the applicable service 
information. This allows operators to use alternative methods of 
reporting, including mail, fax, and email. Therefore, a change to this 
AD is unnecessary.

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Conclusion

    We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, 
and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting 
this final rule with the changes described previously and minor 
editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes:
     Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the 
NPRM for addressing the unsafe condition; and
     Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was 
already proposed in the NPRM.
    We also determined that these changes will not increase the 
economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this final 
rule.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Airbus SAS has issued the following service information.
     Service Bulletin A300-57-6049, Revision 8, dated July 4, 
2017. This service information describes procedures for HFEC rotating 
probe inspections for cracking of certain holes of the internal lower 
angle fitting web.
     Service Bulletin A300-57-6086, Revision 7, dated March 26, 
2018. This service information describes procedures for HFEC rotating 
probe inspections for cracking of certain holes in the internal lower 
angle fitting horizontal splicing (left-hand and right-hand sides) and 
for ultrasonic inspections for cracking of the aft bottom panel.
     Service Bulletin A300-57-6119, Revision 00, dated April 
25, 2016. This service information describes procedures for ultrasonic 
and radiographic inspections for cracking of the FR47/Rib 1 junction 
area.
    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.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 65 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:

                                      Estimated Costs for Required Actions
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             Labor cost                    Parts cost           Cost per product        Cost on U.S. operators
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Up to 727 work-hours x $85 per hour  Up to $3,370..........  Up to $65,165.........  Up to $4,235,725 per
 = Up to $61,795.                                                                     inspection cycle.
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    We estimate that it would take about 1 work-hour per product to 
comply with the reporting requirement in this AD. The average labor 
rate is $85 per hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of 
reporting the inspection results on U.S. operators to be $5,525, or $85 
per product.
    We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide 
cost estimates for the on-condition actions specified in this AD.

Paperwork Reduction Act

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

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

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PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13   [Amended]

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

2018-19-18 Airbus SAS: Amendment 39-19418; Docket No. FAA-2018-0497; 
Product Identifier 2017-NM-140-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective November 7, 2018.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD affects AD 2014-20-18, Amendment 39-17991 (79 FR 65879, 
November 6, 2014) (``AD 2014-20-18'').

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Airbus SAS Model A300 B4-603, A300 B4-620, 
A300 B4-622, A300 B4-605R, A300 B4-622R, A300 C4-605R Variant F, and 
A300 F4-605R airplanes, certificated in any category, all 
manufacturer serial numbers, except airplanes on which Airbus 
Modification 12171 or 12249 has been embodied in production, or on 
which Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-6069 has been embodied in 
service.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 57, Wings.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports of cracking on the frame (FR) 47 
angle fitting. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracking 
of the FR47 angle fitting, which could result in reduced structural 
integrity of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Definitions

    For the purposes of this AD, the definitions in paragraphs 
(g)(1) through (g)(6) apply.
    (1) Group 1 airplanes are those airplanes on which Airbus 
Service Bulletin A300-57-6113, Revision 00, dated April 25, 2016, 
has not been incorporated as of the effective date of this AD.
    (2) Group 2 airplanes are those airplanes on which Airbus 
Service Bulletin A300-57-6113, Revision 00, dated April 25, 2016, 
has been incorporated as of the effective date of this AD.
    (3) The average flight time (AFT) for the inspection threshold 
is defined as the flight hours (FH) divided by the flight cycles 
(FC), counted from the first flight of the airplane.
    (4) The AFT for the inspection interval is defined as the FH 
divided by the FC, counted from the date of the last inspection 
required by paragraph (i), (j), (k), or (l) of this AD, as 
applicable.
    (5) For airplanes on which Airbus modification 10155 has been 
embodied, the thresholds for the inspections required by paragraphs 
(i), (j), and (k) of this AD are counted from the first flight of 
the airplane.
    (6) For airplanes on which Airbus modification 10155 has not 
been embodied, the thresholds for the inspections required by 
paragraphs (i), (j), and (k) of this AD are counted since the date 
on which Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-6050 was embodied on the 
airplane.

(h) Modification

    For all airplanes on which Airbus modification 10155 has not 
been embodied: Before exceeding 15,100 FC or 38,900 FH, whichever 
occurs first after first flight of the airplane; or within the 
``grace periods'' defined in paragraph 1.B.(4), ``Accomplishment 
Timescale,'' of Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-6050, Revision 3, 
dated May 31, 2001; whichever occurs later, modify the angle fitting 
attachment holes of the wing center box by cold expansion, including 
doing a rotating probe inspection for cracking, in accordance with 
the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-
6050, Revision 3, dated May 31, 2001. Where paragraph 1.B.(4), 
``Accomplishment Timescale,'' of Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-
6050, Revision 3, dated May 31, 2001, specifies ``grace periods'' 
relative to the receipt of the service bulletin, count the ``grace 
periods'' from December 19, 2005 (the effective date of AD 2005-23-
08 (70 FR 69056, November 14, 2005)). If any crack is found during 
any inspection: Before further flight, repair using a method 
approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards 
Branch, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or 
Airbus SAS's EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by 
the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature.

(i) Internal Lower Angle Fitting (Vertical Face) Web Inspections

    For Group 1 airplanes: Before exceeding the applicable threshold 
specified in figure 1 to paragraph (i) of this AD, or within 12 
months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later, 
do a high frequency eddy current (HFEC) rotating probe inspection 
for cracking of holes H, I, K, L M, N, U, V, W, X, and Y of the 
internal lower angle fitting web (left-hand and right-hand sides), 
in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service 
Bulletin A300-57-6049, Revision 8, dated July 4, 2017. Repeat the 
inspection thereafter at intervals not to exceed those specified in 
figure 1 to paragraph (i) of this AD.
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(j) Internal Lower Angle Fitting (Horizontal Face) Inspections

    For Group 1 airplanes: Before exceeding the applicable threshold 
specified in figure 2 to paragraph (j) of this AD, or within 12 
months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later, 
do an HFEC rotating probe inspection for cracking of holes A, B, C, 
D, E, F, G, P, Q, S, and T (adjacent to hole G) of the internal 
lower angle fitting horizontal splicing (left-hand and right-hand 
sides), in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus 
Service Bulletin A300-57-6086, Revision 7, dated March 26, 2018. 
Repeat the inspection thereafter at intervals not to exceed those 
specified in figure 2 to paragraph (j) of this AD.

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(k) Aft Bottom Panel Inspections

    For Group 1 airplanes: Before exceeding the applicable 
thresholds specified in figure 3 to paragraph (k) of this AD, or 
within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever 
occurs later, do an ultrasonic inspection for cracking of the aft 
bottom panel, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of 
Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-6086, Revision 7, dated March 26, 
2018. Repeat the inspection thereafter at intervals not to exceed 
those specified in figure 3 to paragraph (k) of this AD.
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(l) FR47/Rib 1 junction area inspections

    For Group 2 airplanes: Before exceeding the applicable 
thresholds specified in figure 4 to paragraph (l) of this AD, do 
ultrasonic and radiographic inspections for cracking of the FR47/Rib 
1 junction area, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions 
of Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-6119, Revision 00, dated April 
25, 2016. Repeat the inspections thereafter at intervals not to 
exceed those specified in figure 4 to paragraph (l) of this AD. 
Count the threshold compliance times from the date on which Airbus 
Service Bulletin A300-57-6113, Revision 00, dated April 25, 2016, 
was embodied on the airplane.
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(m) Related Investigative and Corrective Actions

    If, during any inspection required by paragraph (i), (j), (k), 
or (l) of this AD, any crack is found: Before further flight, 
accomplish all applicable related investigative and corrective 
actions in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of the 
service information specified in paragraphs (m)(1) through (m)(3) of 
this AD, as applicable. Where the service information specified in 
paragraphs (m)(1) through (m)(3) of this AD specifies to contact 
Airbus for instructions, before further flight, obtain instructions 
approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards 
Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus SAS's EASA DOA and accomplish those 
instructions accordingly. If approved by the DOA, the approval must 
include the DOA-authorized signature.
    (1) If the inspection was done as specified in paragraph (i) of 
this AD: Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-6049, Revision 8, dated 
July 4, 2017.
    (2) If the inspection was done as specified in paragraph (j) or 
(k) of this AD: Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-6086, Revision 7, 
dated March 26, 2018.
    (3) If the inspection was done as specified in paragraph (l) of 
this AD: Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-6119, Revision 00, dated 
April 25, 2016.

(n) Reporting

    At the applicable time specified in paragraph (n)(1) or (n)(2) 
of this AD: Report the results of the inspections required by 
paragraphs (i), (j), (k), and (l) of this AD to Airbus Service 
Bulletin Reporting Online Application on Airbus World (https://w3.airbus.com/), or submit the results to Airbus in accordance with 
the instructions of the applicable service information specified in 
paragraphs (i), (j), (k), or (l) of this AD. The report must include 
the inspection results, a description of any discrepancies found, 
the airplane serial number, and the number of flight cycles and 
flight hours on the airplane.
    (1) If the inspection was done on or after the effective date of 
this AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the inspection.
    (2) If the inspection was done before the effective date of this 
AD: Submit the report within 30 days after the effective date of 
this AD.

(o) Terminating Action for AD 2014-20-18

    Accomplishment of the action required by paragraph (h) of this 
AD and the initial inspections required by paragraphs (i) and (j), 
and (k) of this AD terminates all requirements of AD 2014-20-18.

(p) Credit for Previous Actions

    (1) This paragraph provides credit for actions specified in 
paragraph (h) of this AD, if those actions were performed before 
December 19, 2005 (the effective date of AD 2005-23-08 (70 FR 69056, 
November 14, 2005)), using Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-6050, 
Revision 02, dated February 10, 2000.
    (2) This paragraph provides credit for actions specified in 
paragraphs (j), (k), and (m)(2) of this AD, if those actions were 
performed before the effective date of this AD using Airbus Service 
Bulletin A300-57-6086, Revision 6, dated July 4, 2017.

(q) 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 (r)(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 previously approved for AD 2014-20-18 are approved as 
AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of this AD.
    (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD 
to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be 
accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International 
Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus SAS's 
EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-
authorized signature.
    (3) Paperwork Reduction Act Burden Statement: A federal agency 
may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond 
to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply 
with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information 
displays a current valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number 
for this information collection is 2120-0056. Public reporting for 
this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 1 
work-hour per response, including the time for reviewing 
instructions, completing and reviewing the collection of 
information. All responses to this collection of information are 
mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden and 
suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the FAA 
at: 800 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20591, Attn: 
Information Collection Clearance Officer, AES-200.
    (4) Required for Compliance (RC): Except as required by 
paragraph (m) of this AD: If any service information contains 
procedures or tests that are identified as RC, those procedures and 
tests must be done to comply with this AD; any procedures or tests 
that are not identified as RC are recommended. Those procedures and 
tests that are not identified as RC may be deviated from using 
accepted methods in accordance with the operator's maintenance or 
inspection program without obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided 
the procedures and tests identified as RC can be done and the 
airplane can be put back in an airworthy condition. Any 
substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC 
require approval of an AMOC.

(r) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information 
(MCAI) EASA AD 2017-0210, dated October 24, 2017, for related 
information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the internet 
at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket 
No. FAA-2018-0497.
    (2) For more information about this AD, contact Dan Rodina, 
Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards 
Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone 
and fax 206-231-3225.
    (3) Service information identified in this AD that is not 
incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in 
paragraphs (s)(5) and (s)(6) of this AD.

(s) 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 this AD specifies otherwise.
    (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on 
November 7, 2018.
    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-6049, Revision 8, dated July 
4, 2017.
    (ii) Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-6086, Revision 7, dated 
March 26, 2018.
    (iii) Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-6119, Revision 00, dated 
April 25, 2016.
    (4) The following service information was approved for IBR on 
December 19, 2005 (70 FR 69056, November 14, 2005).
    (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A300-57-6050, Revision 03, dated May 
31, 2001. This document contains the effective pages specified in 
paragraphs (s)(4)(i)(A), (s)(4)(i)(B), (s)(4)(i)(C), and 
(s)(4)(i)(D) of this AD.
    (A) Pages 1, 4, 10A through 11, 75, and 76 are identified as 
Revision 03, dated May 31, 2001.
    (B) Pages 2, 8, 9, 17 through 32, 41, 42, 57, 58, 61 through 63, 
and 77 are identified as Revision 02, dated February 10, 2000.
    (C) Pages 3, 5 through 7, 10, 12, 33, 34, 37, 38, 47, 59, and 60 
are identified as Revision 01, dated May 31, 1999.
    (D) Pages 13 through 16, 35, 36, 39, 40, 43 through 46, 48 
through 56, and 64 through 74 are identified as original, dated 
September 9, 1994.
    (ii) Reserved.
    (5) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office--EAW, Rond-Point Emile Dewoitine 
No: 2, 31700 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax 
+33 5 61 93 44 51; email [email protected]; internet 
http://www.airbus.com.
    (6) 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.
    (7) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the

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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.

    Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on September 10, 2018.
Michael Kaszycki,
Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-20348 Filed 10-2-18; 8:45 am]
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