Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes, 20772-20774 [2019-09747]

Download as PDF 20772 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 92 / Monday, May 13, 2019 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2018–0901; Product Identifier 2018–NM–114–AD; Amendment 39–19624; AD 2019–08–03] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737–100, –200, –200C, –300, –400, and –500 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports that frame web and frame integral inboard chord cracking is occurring on multiple airplanes in multiple locations below the passenger floor. This AD requires repetitive detailed, general visual, and high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspections of the section 43 lower lobe frames at certain stations; an inspection to determine if certain repairs are installed; and applicable on-condition actions. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. SUMMARY: This AD is effective June 17, 2019. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of June 17, 2019. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data Services (C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110–SK57, Seal Beach, CA 90740–5600; telephone 562–797–1717; internet https://www.myboeingfleet.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 https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018– 0901. DATES: jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with RULES Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018– 0901; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:01 May 10, 2019 Jkt 247001 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: George Garrido, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Section, FAA, Los Angeles ACO Branch, 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712–4137; phone: 562–627–5232; fax: 562–627– 5210; email: george.garrido@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain The Boeing Company Model 737–100, –200, –200C, –300, –400, and –500 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on October 16, 2018 (83 FR 52171). The NPRM was prompted by reports that frame web and frame integral inboard chord cracking is occurring on multiple airplanes in multiple locations below the passenger floor. The NPRM proposed to require repetitive detailed, general visual, and HFEC inspections of the section 43 lower lobe frames from station (STA) 380 to STA 520; an inspection to determine if certain repairs are installed; and applicable on-condition actions. We are issuing this AD to address frame cracking, which could result in the failure of multiple frames or the combination of a severed frame and cracks in fuselage chem-milled pockets in this area, which could lead to uncontrolled decompression of the airplane. 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. Effect of Winglets on Accomplishment of the Proposed Actions Aviation Partners Boeing stated that accomplishing the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) ST01219SE does not affect the actions specified in the NPRM. We concur with the commenter. We have redesignated paragraph (c) of the proposed AD as paragraph (c)(1) of this AD and added paragraph (c)(2) to this AD to state that installation of STC PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 ST01219SE does not affect the ability to accomplish the actions required by this AD. Therefore, for airplanes on which STC ST01219SE is installed, a ‘‘change in product’’ alternative method of compliance (AMOC) approval request is not necessary to comply with the requirements of 14 CFR 39.17. Request for Clarification About Frame Replacement Commenter Mark Bowen observed that if a crack or ‘‘non SRM/Boeing repair’’ is found as part of inspections accomplished under Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1361, the only action given in the proposed AD is to contact Boeing for repair or alternative inspections. He asked whether frame replacement could be considered an alternative option to contacting Boeing for a repair or alternative inspections. We partially agree with the commenter’s request. Frame replacement that removes the cracked or repaired structure may be an option to repair or alternative inspections, provided the replacement can be shown to adequately address the unsafe condition. However, we note that the commenter did not provide sufficient documentation to show that, in regard to the unsafe condition identified in this AD, a frame replacement would adequately address the unsafe condition. In addition, the commenter did not provide details on a proposed method of compliance for accomplishing the proposed frame replacement or post-replacement inspections, nor any evidence of support for the proposal from the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization (ODA). Operators may apply for an alternative method of compliance in accordance with paragraph (i) of this AD, provided they can show that frame replacement adequately addresses the unsafe condition. We have not changed this AD in this regard. Request To Change Exception Language Boeing requested that we change paragraph (i)(4) of the proposed AD to refer to paragraph (h) of the proposed AD instead of (h)(2). We contacted Boeing to clarify the intent of their comment and they stated that they wanted to allow using the phrase ‘‘the original issue date of this service bulletin’’ (rather than ‘‘the effective date of this AD’’) for determining compliance with this AD only when used in flag notes and notes. Boeing clarified that Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737– 53A1361, dated July 17, 2018, uses the phrase ‘‘the original issue date of this service bulletin’’ in several notes and E:\FR\FM\13MYR1.SGM 13MYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 92 / Monday, May 13, 2019 / Rules and Regulations refer to ‘‘applicable on-condition actions’’ instead of ‘‘applicable corrective actions.’’ The commenter suggested that ‘‘on-condition actions’’ would be consistent with current standards. We agree because this language would be consistent with the preamble of this AD, as well as current terminology standards. We have made the requested change in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD. flag notes. Boeing added that those notes, which are required for compliance (‘‘RC’’), specify conditions under which certain airplanes do not have to do certain actions following approved repairs. Boeing noted that if those notes are not excepted in paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, then operators would have to request an AMOC if the applicable repairs were approved after the original issue date of the service bulletin and before the effective date of this AD. We agree with the commenter’s request to allow using the phrase ‘‘the original issue date of this service bulletin’’ for determining compliance with this AD only when used in flag notes and notes. We have revised paragraph (h)(1) of this AD to provide an exception to the phrase ‘‘the original issue date of this service bulletin,’’ in a note or flag note. We have determined it is not necessary to change paragraph (i)(4) of this AD in this regard. 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 Request To Correct Wording for Consistency Boeing requested that we change paragraph (g)(1) of the proposed AD to 20773 burden on any operator or increase the scope of this final rule. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 We reviewed Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1361, dated July 17, 2018. This service information describes procedures for repetitive detailed, general visual, and HFEC inspections of the section 43 lower lobe frames from STA 380 to STA 520; a general visual inspection to determine if certain repairs are installed; and applicable oncondition actions. 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 262 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD: ESTIMATED COSTS FOR REQUIRED ACTIONS Action Labor cost Inspections ......... Up to 84 work-hours × $85 per hour = $7,140 per inspection cycle. We have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide cost estimates for the on-condition actions specified in this AD. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with RULES Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:01 May 10, 2019 Jkt 247001 Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators Up to $7,140 per inspection cycle Up to $1,870,680 per inspection cycle. Parts cost $0 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. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979), (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: E:\FR\FM\13MYR1.SGM 13MYR1 20774 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 92 / Monday, May 13, 2019 / Rules and Regulations PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ 2019–08–03 The Boeing Company: Amendment 39–19624; Docket No. FAA–2018–0901; Product Identifier 2018–NM–114–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective June 17, 2019. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability (1) This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 737–100, –200, –200C, –300, –400, and –500 series airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1361, dated July 17, 2018. (2) Installation of Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) ST01219SE does not affect the ability to accomplish the actions required by this AD. Therefore, for airplanes on which STC ST01219SE is installed, a ‘‘change in product’’ alternative method of compliance (AMOC) approval request is not necessary to comply with the requirements of 14 CFR 39.17. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 53, Fuselage. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by reports that frame web and frame integral inboard chord cracking is occurring on multiple airplanes in multiple locations below the passenger floor. We are issuing this AD to address frame cracking, which could result in the failure of multiple frames or the combination of a severed frame and cracks in fuselage chemmilled pockets in this area, which could lead to uncontrolled decompression of the airplane. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with RULES (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Required Actions (1) For airplanes identified as Group 1 in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1361, dated July 17, 2018: Within 120 days after the effective date of this AD, inspect the airplane and do all applicable on-condition actions using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (i) of this AD. (2) For airplanes identified as Groups 2 through 6 in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1361, dated July 17, 2018: Except as required by paragraph (h) of this AD, at the applicable times specified in paragraph 1.E., VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:01 May 10, 2019 Jkt 247001 ‘‘Compliance,’’ of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1361, dated July 17, 2018, do all applicable actions identified as ‘‘RC’’ (required for compliance) in, and in accordance with, the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1361, dated July 17, 2018. (h) Exceptions to Service Information Specifications (1) For purposes of determining compliance with the requirements of this AD: Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737– 53A1361, dated July 17, 2018, uses the phrase ‘‘the original issue date of this service bulletin,’’ this AD requires using ‘‘the effective date of this AD,’’ except where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1361, dated July 17, 2018, uses the phrase ‘‘the original issue date of this service bulletin’’ in a note or flag note. (2) Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–53A1361, dated July 17, 2018, specifies contacting Boeing for repair instructions or contacting Boeing for alternative inspections: This AD requires doing the repair, or the alternative inspections and applicable oncondition actions, using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (i) of this AD. (i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Los Angeles ACO Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the certification office, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (j) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANMLAACO-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair, modification, or alteration required by this AD if it is approved by the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Los Angeles ACO Branch, FAA, to make those findings. To be approved, the repair method, modification deviation, or alteration deviation must meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD. (4) Except as required by paragraph (h)(2) of this AD: For service information that contains steps that are labeled as RC, the provisions of paragraphs (i)(4)(i) and (i)(4)(ii) of this AD apply. (i) The steps labeled as RC, including substeps under an RC step and any figures identified in an RC step, must be done to comply with the AD. If a step or substep is labeled ‘‘RC Exempt,’’ then the RC requirement is removed from that step or substep. An AMOC is required for any deviations to RC steps, including substeps and identified figures. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (ii) Steps not labeled 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 RC steps, including substeps and identified figures, can still be done as specified, and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy condition. (j) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact George Garrido, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Section, FAA, Los Angeles ACO Branch, 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712–4137; phone: 562–627– 5232; fax: 562–627–5210; email: george.garrido@faa.gov. (k) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737– 53A1361, dated July 17, 2018. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data Services (C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110–SK57, Seal Beach, CA 90740–5600; telephone 562–797–1717; internet https:// www.myboeingfleet.com. (4) 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. (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: https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on May 1, 2019. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2019–09747 Filed 5–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2019–0041; Airspace Docket No. 19–AGL–6] RIN 2120–AA66 Amendment of Class E Airspace; Mount Vernon, IL Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\13MYR1.SGM 13MYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2018-0901; Product Identifier 2018-NM-114-AD; Amendment 
39-19624; AD 2019-08-03]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain 
The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 
series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports that frame web and 
frame integral inboard chord cracking is occurring on multiple 
airplanes in multiple locations below the passenger floor. This AD 
requires repetitive detailed, general visual, and high frequency eddy 
current (HFEC) inspections of the section 43 lower lobe frames at 
certain stations; an inspection to determine if certain repairs are 
installed; and applicable on-condition actions. We are issuing this AD 
to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective June 17, 2019.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of June 17, 
2019.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, 
contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data 
Services (C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110-SK57, Seal Beach, CA 
90740-5600; telephone 562-797-1717; internet https://www.myboeingfleet.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 https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2018-
0901.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2018-
0901; 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: George Garrido, Aerospace Engineer, 
Airframe Section, FAA, Los Angeles ACO Branch, 3960 Paramount 
Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712-4137; phone: 562-627-5232; fax: 562-627-
5210; email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain The Boeing Company 
Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. The 
NPRM published in the Federal Register on October 16, 2018 (83 FR 
52171). The NPRM was prompted by reports that frame web and frame 
integral inboard chord cracking is occurring on multiple airplanes in 
multiple locations below the passenger floor. The NPRM proposed to 
require repetitive detailed, general visual, and HFEC inspections of 
the section 43 lower lobe frames from station (STA) 380 to STA 520; an 
inspection to determine if certain repairs are installed; and 
applicable on-condition actions.
    We are issuing this AD to address frame cracking, which could 
result in the failure of multiple frames or the combination of a 
severed frame and cracks in fuselage chem-milled pockets in this area, 
which could lead to uncontrolled decompression of the airplane.

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.

Effect of Winglets on Accomplishment of the Proposed Actions

    Aviation Partners Boeing stated that accomplishing the Supplemental 
Type Certificate (STC) ST01219SE does not affect the actions specified 
in the NPRM.
    We concur with the commenter. We have redesignated paragraph (c) of 
the proposed AD as paragraph (c)(1) of this AD and added paragraph 
(c)(2) to this AD to state that installation of STC ST01219SE does not 
affect the ability to accomplish the actions required by this AD. 
Therefore, for airplanes on which STC ST01219SE is installed, a 
``change in product'' alternative method of compliance (AMOC) approval 
request is not necessary to comply with the requirements of 14 CFR 
39.17.

Request for Clarification About Frame Replacement

    Commenter Mark Bowen observed that if a crack or ``non SRM/Boeing 
repair'' is found as part of inspections accomplished under Boeing 
Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1361, the only action given in the 
proposed AD is to contact Boeing for repair or alternative inspections. 
He asked whether frame replacement could be considered an alternative 
option to contacting Boeing for a repair or alternative inspections.
    We partially agree with the commenter's request. Frame replacement 
that removes the cracked or repaired structure may be an option to 
repair or alternative inspections, provided the replacement can be 
shown to adequately address the unsafe condition. However, we note that 
the commenter did not provide sufficient documentation to show that, in 
regard to the unsafe condition identified in this AD, a frame 
replacement would adequately address the unsafe condition. In addition, 
the commenter did not provide details on a proposed method of 
compliance for accomplishing the proposed frame replacement or post-
replacement inspections, nor any evidence of support for the proposal 
from the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation 
Authorization (ODA). Operators may apply for an alternative method of 
compliance in accordance with paragraph (i) of this AD, provided they 
can show that frame replacement adequately addresses the unsafe 
condition. We have not changed this AD in this regard.

Request To Change Exception Language

    Boeing requested that we change paragraph (i)(4) of the proposed AD 
to refer to paragraph (h) of the proposed AD instead of (h)(2). We 
contacted Boeing to clarify the intent of their comment and they stated 
that they wanted to allow using the phrase ``the original issue date of 
this service bulletin'' (rather than ``the effective date of this AD'') 
for determining compliance with this AD only when used in flag notes 
and notes. Boeing clarified that Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-
53A1361, dated July 17, 2018, uses the phrase ``the original issue date 
of this service bulletin'' in several notes and

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flag notes. Boeing added that those notes, which are required for 
compliance (``RC''), specify conditions under which certain airplanes 
do not have to do certain actions following approved repairs. Boeing 
noted that if those notes are not excepted in paragraph (h)(1) of this 
AD, then operators would have to request an AMOC if the applicable 
repairs were approved after the original issue date of the service 
bulletin and before the effective date of this AD.
    We agree with the commenter's request to allow using the phrase 
``the original issue date of this service bulletin'' for determining 
compliance with this AD only when used in flag notes and notes. We have 
revised paragraph (h)(1) of this AD to provide an exception to the 
phrase ``the original issue date of this service bulletin,'' in a note 
or flag note. We have determined it is not necessary to change 
paragraph (i)(4) of this AD in this regard.

Request To Correct Wording for Consistency

    Boeing requested that we change paragraph (g)(1) of the proposed AD 
to refer to ``applicable on-condition actions'' instead of ``applicable 
corrective actions.'' The commenter suggested that ``on-condition 
actions'' would be consistent with current standards.
    We agree because this language would be consistent with the 
preamble of this AD, as well as current terminology standards. We have 
made the requested change in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD.

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

    We reviewed Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1361, dated July 
17, 2018. This service information describes procedures for repetitive 
detailed, general visual, and HFEC inspections of the section 43 lower 
lobe frames from STA 380 to STA 520; a general visual inspection to 
determine if certain repairs are installed; and applicable on-condition 
actions. 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 262 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 on U.S.
              Action                    Labor cost        Parts cost      Cost per product        operators
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Inspections......................  Up to 84 work-hours              $0  Up to $7,140 per     Up to $1,870,680
                                    x $85 per hour =                     inspection cycle.    per inspection
                                    $7,140 per                                                cycle.
                                    inspection cycle.
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    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

    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 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

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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):

2019-08-03 The Boeing Company: Amendment 39-19624; Docket No. FAA-
2018-0901; Product Identifier 2018-NM-114-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective June 17, 2019.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    (1) This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -
200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes, certificated in any 
category, as identified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-
53A1361, dated July 17, 2018.
    (2) Installation of Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) 
ST01219SE does not affect the ability to accomplish the actions 
required by this AD. Therefore, for airplanes on which STC ST01219SE 
is installed, a ``change in product'' alternative method of 
compliance (AMOC) approval request is not necessary to comply with 
the requirements of 14 CFR 39.17.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 53, Fuselage.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by reports that frame web and frame 
integral inboard chord cracking is occurring on multiple airplanes 
in multiple locations below the passenger floor. We are issuing this 
AD to address frame cracking, which could result in the failure of 
multiple frames or the combination of a severed frame and cracks in 
fuselage chem-milled pockets in this area, which could lead to 
uncontrolled decompression of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Required Actions

    (1) For airplanes identified as Group 1 in Boeing Alert Service 
Bulletin 737-53A1361, dated July 17, 2018: Within 120 days after the 
effective date of this AD, inspect the airplane and do all 
applicable on-condition actions using a method approved in 
accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (i) of this 
AD.
    (2) For airplanes identified as Groups 2 through 6 in Boeing 
Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1361, dated July 17, 2018: Except as 
required by paragraph (h) of this AD, at the applicable times 
specified in paragraph 1.E., ``Compliance,'' of Boeing Alert Service 
Bulletin 737-53A1361, dated July 17, 2018, do all applicable actions 
identified as ``RC'' (required for compliance) in, and in accordance 
with, the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service 
Bulletin 737-53A1361, dated July 17, 2018.

(h) Exceptions to Service Information Specifications

    (1) For purposes of determining compliance with the requirements 
of this AD: Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1361, dated 
July 17, 2018, uses the phrase ``the original issue date of this 
service bulletin,'' this AD requires using ``the effective date of 
this AD,'' except where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1361, 
dated July 17, 2018, uses the phrase ``the original issue date of 
this service bulletin'' in a note or flag note.
    (2) Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1361, dated July 
17, 2018, specifies contacting Boeing for repair instructions or 
contacting Boeing for alternative inspections: This AD requires 
doing the repair, or the alternative inspections and applicable on-
condition actions, using a method approved in accordance with the 
procedures specified in paragraph (i) of this AD.

(i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Los Angeles ACO Branch, FAA, has the authority 
to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures 
found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your 
request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards 
District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to 
the manager of the certification office, send it to the attention of 
the person identified in paragraph (j) of this AD. Information may 
be emailed to: [email protected].
    (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate 
principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager 
of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding 
district office.
    (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be 
used for any repair, modification, or alteration required by this AD 
if it is approved by the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization 
Designation Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the 
Manager, Los Angeles ACO Branch, FAA, to make those findings. To be 
approved, the repair method, modification deviation, or alteration 
deviation must meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the 
approval must specifically refer to this AD.
    (4) Except as required by paragraph (h)(2) of this AD: For 
service information that contains steps that are labeled as RC, the 
provisions of paragraphs (i)(4)(i) and (i)(4)(ii) of this AD apply.
    (i) The steps labeled as RC, including substeps under an RC step 
and any figures identified in an RC step, must be done to comply 
with the AD. If a step or substep is labeled ``RC Exempt,'' then the 
RC requirement is removed from that step or substep. An AMOC is 
required for any deviations to RC steps, including substeps and 
identified figures.
    (ii) Steps not labeled 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 RC 
steps, including substeps and identified figures, can still be done 
as specified, and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy 
condition.

(j) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact George Garrido, 
Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Section, FAA, Los Angeles ACO Branch, 
3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712-4137; phone: 562-627-
5232; fax: 562-627-5210; email: [email protected].

(k) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737-53A1361, dated July 17, 
2018.
    (ii) [Reserved]
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data Services 
(C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110-SK57, Seal Beach, CA 90740-
5600; telephone 562-797-1717; internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com.
    (4) 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.
    (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: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on May 1, 2019.
Michael Kaszycki,
Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-09747 Filed 5-10-19; 8:45 am]
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