Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes, 67677-67680 [2018-28418]

Download as PDF 67677 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 83, No. 249 Monday, December 31, 2018 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2018–1064; Product Identifier 2018–NM–155–AD; Amendment 39–19538; AD 2018–26–07] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: Examining the AD Docket We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus SAS Model A350–941 and –1041 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of thrust reverser actuators (TRAs) jamming. This AD requires repetitive greasing of the TRAs, dispatch restrictions and maintenance procedure revisions. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. SUMMARY: This AD becomes effective January 15, 2019. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of January 15, 2019. We must receive comments on this AD by February 14, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:57 Dec 28, 2018 Jkt 247001 M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For the incorporation by reference (IBR) material described in the ‘‘Related IBR material under 1 CFR part 51’’ section in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, contact European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 89990 1000; email ADs@ easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this IBR material on the EASA website at https://ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this IBR material 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 in the AD docket on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018– 1064; 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 AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations (telephone 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Arrigotti, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3218. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2018–0234R1, dated November 13, 2018 (‘‘EASA AD 2018–0234R1’’) (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus SAS Model A350–941 and –1041 airplanes. The MCAI states: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Operators of A350 aeroplanes have reported some occurrences of TRA jamming. Further investigation results indicated that the ball bearings inside the TRA are suffering from corrosion due to lack of grease and are degrading with time. This condition, if not corrected, could lead to an inadvertent thrust reverser sleeve deployment, possibly resulting in reduced control or performance of the aeroplane. To address this potential unsafe condition, Airbus issued the AOT [Alert Operators Transmission A78P001–18 Revision 01] to provide instructions for repetitive TRA greasing to prevent actuator ball bearings degradation, and the MER [Major Event Revision] that incorporates temporary restrictions of the MMEL [Master Minimum Equipment List] items related to thrust reverser actuation system. The AOT also provides instructions to replace certain affected TRA, depending on condition and previously applied greasing. For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD requires implementation of certain dispatch restrictions. This [EASA] AD also requires repetitive greasing of each affected TRA and a one-time replacement of certain affected TRA, depending on condition. * * * * * This [EASA] AD is still considered to be an interim action and further AD action may follow. Related IBR Material Under 1 CFR Part 51 EASA AD 2018–0234R1 describes procedures for repetitive greasing of the TRAs, dispatch restrictions, and maintenance procedure revisions, among other actions. This material 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 and it is publicly available through the EASA website. 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 referenced above. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. E:\FR\FM\31DER1.SGM 31DER1 67678 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 249 / Monday, December 31, 2018 / Rules and Regulations Requirements of This AD This AD requires accomplishing the actions specified in EASA AD 2018– 0234R1 described previously, except as discussed under ‘‘Differences Between this AD and the MCAI.’’ for prior public comment on the merits of the replacement. The MCAI specifies to revise the EASA/Airbus MMEL to change certain MMEL items. This AD refers to the operator’s minimum equipment list (MEL) instead of the FAA MMEL. It is unnecessary to reference the MMEL, as operators are required in 14 CFR part 91 to have an MEL to operate with inoperable equipment and provisions for relief cannot be in an MEL without first being part of the MMEL. The intent of the provision has not changed. In addition, there are differences between the EASA/Airbus MMEL and the FAA MMEL. The FAA MMEL is more restrictive because relief is only provided for one engine reverser, whereas the EASA/Airbus MMEL provides relief for both. Therefore, this AD requires incorporating the information specified in Figure 1 to paragraph (h)(3) of this AD into the operator’s MEL. Explanation of Required Compliance Information In the FAA’s ongoing efforts to improve the efficiency of the AD process, the FAA worked with Airbus and EASA to develop a process to use certain EASA ADs as the primary source of information for compliance with requirements for corresponding FAA ADs. As a result, EASA AD 2018– 0234R1 will be incorporated by reference in the FAA final rule. This AD would, therefore, require compliance with the provisions specified in EASA AD 2018–0234R1, except for any differences identified as exceptions in the regulatory text of this AD. Service information specified in EASA AD 2018–0234R1 that is required for compliance with EASA AD 2018– 0234R1 will be available at http:// www.regulations.gov under Docket No. FAA–2018–1064 after the FAA final rule is published. Differences Between This AD and the MCAI The MCAI specifies a one-time replacement of certain TRAs. We are considering requiring this replacement. However, the planned compliance time for the replacement would allow enough time to provide notice and opportunity FAA’s Justification and Determination of the Effective Date An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD without providing an opportunity for public comments prior to adoption. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because jamming of the TRAs could lead to an inadvertent thrust reverser sleeve deployment, possibly resulting in reduced control or performance of the airplane. Therefore, we find good cause that notice and opportunity for prior public comment are impracticable. In addition, for the reason stated above, we find that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days. Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not precede it by notice and opportunity for public comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2018–1064; Product Identifier 2018–NM–155–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this 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 AD. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 11 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD: khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES ESTIMATED COSTS FOR REQUIRED ACTIONS Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators 10 work-hours × $85 per hour = $850 ........................................................................................ $0 $850 $9,350 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:57 Dec 28, 2018 Jkt 247001 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. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Regulatory Findings We determined that 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 E:\FR\FM\31DER1.SGM 31DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 249 / Monday, December 31, 2018 / Rules and Regulations 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: 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES ■ (4) The replacement specified in paragraph (4) of EASA AD 2018–0234R1 is not required by this AD. (5) The ‘‘Remarks’’ section of EASA AD 2018–0234R1 does not apply. (6) Where EASA AD 2018–0234R1 refers to the ‘‘the MER,’’ that document is not required by this AD, and it is not applicable to U.S. operators. (i) No Reporting Requirement Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2018–0234R1, specifies to submit certain information to the manufacturer, this AD does not include that requirement. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:57 Dec 28, 2018 Jkt 247001 (a) Effective Date This AD becomes effective January 15, 2019. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to all Airbus SAS Model A350–941 and -1041 airplanes, certificated in any category. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 78, Engine Exhaust. PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES § 39.13 2018–26–07 Airbus SAS: Amendment 39– 19538; Docket No. FAA–2018–1064; Product Identifier 2018–NM–155–AD. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports of thrust reverser actuators (TRAs) jamming. We are issuing this AD to address jamming of the TRAs, which could lead to an inadvertent thrust reverser sleeve deployment, possibly resulting in reduced control or performance of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (j) 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 (k) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@ PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (g) Requirements Except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD: Comply with all required actions and compliance times specified in, and in accordance with, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2018–0234R1, dated November 13, 2018 (‘‘EASA AD 2018– 0234R1’’). (h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2018–0234R1 (1) For purposes of determining compliance with the requirements of this AD: Where EASA AD 2018–0234R1 refers to its effective date, this AD requires using the effective date of this AD. (2) Where EASA AD 2018–0234R1 refers to the master minimum equipment list (MMEL), this AD refers to the operator’s minimum equipment list (MEL). (3) Where EASA AD 2018–0234R1 refers to the flight operations transmission (FOT) for certain changes, for this AD, do not incorporate the information specified in EASA MMEL item 78–09–01B, ‘‘ENG 1(2) REVERSER MINOR FAULT message— Associated reverser considered inoperative,’’ and instead, incorporate the information specified in Figure 1 to paragraph (h)(3) of this AD into the operator’s MEL. faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain instructions from a manufacturer, the instructions must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus SAS’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. (3) Required for Compliance (RC): For any service information referenced in EASA AD E:\FR\FM\31DER1.SGM 31DER1 ER31DE18.025</GPH> 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. 67679 67680 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 249 / Monday, December 31, 2018 / Rules and Regulations 2018–0234R1 that contain RC procedures and tests: Except as required by paragraph (j)(2) of this AD, RC 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. (k) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Kathleen Arrigotti, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3218. khammond on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES (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. (i) European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2018–0234R1, dated November 13, 2018. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For information about EASA AD 2018– 0234R1, contact EASA, Konrad-AdenauerUfer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 89990 6017; email ADs@ easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this EASA AD on the EASA website at https:// ad.easa.europa.eu. (4) You may view this EASA AD at the FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. EASA AD 2018–0234R1 may be found in the AD docket on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018–1064. (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. Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on December 21, 2018. Jeffrey E. Duven, Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:57 Dec 28, 2018 Jkt 247001 Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2018–1065; Product Identifier 2018–NM–170–AD; Amendment 39–19539; AD 2018–26–08] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Airbus SAS Model A320–214, A320– 232, A320–233, A321–211 and A321– 231 airplanes. This AD was prompted by an investigation that revealed that the outer cylinder of a certain ram air turbine (RAT) actuator was not properly deburred in accordance with manufacturing specifications. This AD requires a replacement of affected RAT actuators. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. SUMMARY: (l) Material Incorporated by Reference [FR Doc. 2018–28418 Filed 12–28–18; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION This AD becomes effective January 15, 2019. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of January 15, 2019. We must receive comments on this AD by February 14, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For the incorporation by reference (IBR) material described in the ‘‘Related IBR Material Under 1 CFR part 51’’ section in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, contact European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 89990 1000; email ADs@ DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this IBR material on the EASA website at https://ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this IBR material 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 in the AD docket on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. 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– 1065; 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 AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations (telephone 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3223. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2018–0256, dated November 28, 2018 (‘‘EASA AD 2018–0256’’) (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for certain Airbus SAS Model A320– 214, A320–232, A320–233, A321–211 and A321–231 airplanes. The MCAI states: During acceptance test of a RAT actuator P/N [part number] 764711C at the manufacturer’s facility, it failed to extend. Investigation results revealed that the actuator outer cylinder had not been properly de-burred in accordance with the manufacturing specifications. This caused blockage of the hydraulic circuit by metallic parts, preventing the RAT from extending. This condition, if not corrected, could lead to failure of RAT deployment when required, possibly resulting in reduced control of the aeroplane. To address this potential unsafe condition, Airbus issued the SB [Airbus Service Bulletin A320–29–1175, Revision 01, dated February 16, 2018], identifying the affected parts and providing instructions for replacement, and Hamilton Sundstrand, manufacturer of the RAT actuator, issued the repair SB [UTC E:\FR\FM\31DER1.SGM 31DER1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 249 (Monday, December 31, 2018)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-28418]



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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents 
having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed 
to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published 
under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510.

The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. 

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Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 249 / Monday, December 31, 2018 / 
Rules and Regulations

[[Page 67677]]



DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2018-1064; Product Identifier 2018-NM-155-AD; Amendment 
39-19538; AD 2018-26-07]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 
Airbus SAS Model A350-941 and -1041 airplanes. This AD was prompted by 
reports of thrust reverser actuators (TRAs) jamming. This AD requires 
repetitive greasing of the TRAs, dispatch restrictions and maintenance 
procedure revisions. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe 
condition on these products.

DATES: This AD becomes effective January 15, 2019.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of January 15, 
2019.
    We must receive comments on this AD by February 14, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For the incorporation by reference (IBR) material described in the 
``Related IBR material under 1 CFR part 51'' section in SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION, contact European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), Konrad-
Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 89990 1000; 
email ADs@easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find 
this IBR material on the EASA website at https://ad.easa.europa.eu. You 
may view this IBR material 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 in 
the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov.

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-
1064; 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 AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other 
information. The street address for Docket Operations (telephone 800-
647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in 
the AD docket shortly after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Arrigotti, Aerospace 
Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 
South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206-231-3218.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the 
European Union, has issued EASA AD 2018-0234R1, dated November 13, 2018 
(``EASA AD 2018-0234R1'') (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing 
Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe 
condition for all Airbus SAS Model A350-941 and -1041 airplanes. The 
MCAI states:

    Operators of A350 aeroplanes have reported some occurrences of 
TRA jamming. Further investigation results indicated that the ball 
bearings inside the TRA are suffering from corrosion due to lack of 
grease and are degrading with time.
    This condition, if not corrected, could lead to an inadvertent 
thrust reverser sleeve deployment, possibly resulting in reduced 
control or performance of the aeroplane.
    To address this potential unsafe condition, Airbus issued the 
AOT [Alert Operators Transmission A78P001-18 Revision 01] to provide 
instructions for repetitive TRA greasing to prevent actuator ball 
bearings degradation, and the MER [Major Event Revision] that 
incorporates temporary restrictions of the MMEL [Master Minimum 
Equipment List] items related to thrust reverser actuation system. 
The AOT also provides instructions to replace certain affected TRA, 
depending on condition and previously applied greasing.
    For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD requires 
implementation of certain dispatch restrictions. This [EASA] AD also 
requires repetitive greasing of each affected TRA and a one-time 
replacement of certain affected TRA, depending on condition.
* * * * *
    This [EASA] AD is still considered to be an interim action and 
further AD action may follow.

Related IBR Material Under 1 CFR Part 51

    EASA AD 2018-0234R1 describes procedures for repetitive greasing of 
the TRAs, dispatch restrictions, and maintenance procedure revisions, 
among other actions. This material 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 and it is 
publicly available through the EASA website.

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 referenced 
above. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent 
information and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to 
exist or develop on other products of the same type design.

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Requirements of This AD

    This AD requires accomplishing the actions specified in EASA AD 
2018-0234R1 described previously, except as discussed under 
``Differences Between this AD and the MCAI.''

Explanation of Required Compliance Information

    In the FAA's ongoing efforts to improve the efficiency of the AD 
process, the FAA worked with Airbus and EASA to develop a process to 
use certain EASA ADs as the primary source of information for 
compliance with requirements for corresponding FAA ADs. As a result, 
EASA AD 2018-0234R1 will be incorporated by reference in the FAA final 
rule. This AD would, therefore, require compliance with the provisions 
specified in EASA AD 2018-0234R1, except for any differences identified 
as exceptions in the regulatory text of this AD. Service information 
specified in EASA AD 2018-0234R1 that is required for compliance with 
EASA AD 2018-0234R1 will be available at http://www.regulations.gov 
under Docket No. FAA-2018-1064 after the FAA final rule is published.

Differences Between This AD and the MCAI

    The MCAI specifies a one-time replacement of certain TRAs. We are 
considering requiring this replacement. However, the planned compliance 
time for the replacement would allow enough time to provide notice and 
opportunity for prior public comment on the merits of the replacement.
    The MCAI specifies to revise the EASA/Airbus MMEL to change certain 
MMEL items. This AD refers to the operator's minimum equipment list 
(MEL) instead of the FAA MMEL. It is unnecessary to reference the MMEL, 
as operators are required in 14 CFR part 91 to have an MEL to operate 
with inoperable equipment and provisions for relief cannot be in an MEL 
without first being part of the MMEL. The intent of the provision has 
not changed.
    In addition, there are differences between the EASA/Airbus MMEL and 
the FAA MMEL. The FAA MMEL is more restrictive because relief is only 
provided for one engine reverser, whereas the EASA/Airbus MMEL provides 
relief for both. Therefore, this AD requires incorporating the 
information specified in Figure 1 to paragraph (h)(3) of this AD into 
the operator's MEL.

FAA's Justification and Determination of the Effective Date

    An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of 
this AD without providing an opportunity for public comments prior to 
adoption. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public 
justifies waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule 
because jamming of the TRAs could lead to an inadvertent thrust 
reverser sleeve deployment, possibly resulting in reduced control or 
performance of the airplane. Therefore, we find good cause that notice 
and opportunity for prior public comment are impracticable. In 
addition, for the reason stated above, we find that good cause exists 
for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days.

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety, and we did not precede it by notice and opportunity for public 
comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under 
the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2018-1064; Product 
Identifier 2018-NM-155-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. We 
specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, 
environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all 
comments received by the closing date and may amend this 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 AD.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 11 airplanes of U.S. registry. We 
estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:

                                      Estimated Costs for Required Actions
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                                                                                    Cost per       Cost on U.S.
                          Labor cost                              Parts cost        product         operators
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10 work-hours x $85 per hour = $850..........................              $0             $850           $9,350
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Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

    We determined that 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

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    4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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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 adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):

2018-26-07 Airbus SAS: Amendment 39-19538; Docket No. FAA-2018-1064; 
Product Identifier 2018-NM-155-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective January 15, 2019.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to all Airbus SAS Model A350-941 and -1041 
airplanes, certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 78, Engine 
Exhaust.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports of thrust reverser actuators 
(TRAs) jamming. We are issuing this AD to address jamming of the 
TRAs, which could lead to an inadvertent thrust reverser sleeve 
deployment, possibly resulting in reduced control or performance of 
the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Requirements

    Except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD: Comply with all 
required actions and compliance times specified in, and in 
accordance with, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2018-
0234R1, dated November 13, 2018 (``EASA AD 2018-0234R1'').

(h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2018-0234R1

    (1) For purposes of determining compliance with the requirements 
of this AD: Where EASA AD 2018-0234R1 refers to its effective date, 
this AD requires using the effective date of this AD.
    (2) Where EASA AD 2018-0234R1 refers to the master minimum 
equipment list (MMEL), this AD refers to the operator's minimum 
equipment list (MEL).
    (3) Where EASA AD 2018-0234R1 refers to the flight operations 
transmission (FOT) for certain changes, for this AD, do not 
incorporate the information specified in EASA MMEL item 78-09-01B, 
``ENG 1(2) REVERSER MINOR FAULT message--Associated reverser 
considered inoperative,'' and instead, incorporate the information 
specified in Figure 1 to paragraph (h)(3) of this AD into the 
operator's MEL.
[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TR31DE18.025

    (4) The replacement specified in paragraph (4) of EASA AD 2018-
0234R1 is not required by this AD.
    (5) The ``Remarks'' section of EASA AD 2018-0234R1 does not 
apply.
    (6) Where EASA AD 2018-0234R1 refers to the ``the MER,'' that 
document is not required by this AD, and it is not applicable to 
U.S. operators.

(i) No Reporting Requirement

    Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2018-
0234R1, specifies to submit certain information to the manufacturer, 
this AD does not include that requirement.

(j) 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 (k) of this AD. Information may 
be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any 
approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or 
lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight 
standards district office/certificate holding district office.
    (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD 
to obtain instructions from a manufacturer, the instructions must be 
accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International 
Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus SAS's 
EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the 
approval must include the DOA-authorized signature.
    (3) Required for Compliance (RC): For any service information 
referenced in EASA AD

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2018-0234R1 that contain RC procedures and tests: Except as required 
by paragraph (j)(2) of this AD, RC 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.

(k) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact Kathleen Arrigotti, 
Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards 
Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone 
and fax 206-231-3218.

(l) 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.
    (i) European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2018-0234R1, dated 
November 13, 2018.
    (ii) [Reserved]
    (3) For information about EASA AD 2018-0234R1, contact EASA, 
Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 
89990 6017; email ADs@easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. 
You may find this EASA AD on the EASA website at https://ad.easa.europa.eu.
    (4) You may view this EASA AD at the FAA, Transport Standards 
Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the 
availability of this material at the FAA, call 206-231-3195. EASA AD 
2018-0234R1 may be found in the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-
2018-1064.
    (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/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on December 21, 2018.
Jeffrey E. Duven,
Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-28418 Filed 12-28-18; 8:45 am]
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