Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc., 30590-30593 [2019-13603]

Download as PDF 30590 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 124 / Thursday, June 27, 2019 / Rules and Regulations (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 05, Time Limits/Maintenance Checks. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by a determination that new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. The FAA is issuing this AD to address reduced structural integrity of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Maintenance or Inspection Program Revision Within 90 days after the effective date of this AD, revise the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate the information specified in Fokker Engineering Report SE–623, Fokker 70/100 Airworthiness Limitations Section, Part 2—(Structure ALI’s and Safe Life Items), Issue 18, dated June 14, 2018. (1) The initial compliance time for doing the tasks is at the time specified in Fokker Engineering Report SE–623, Fokker 70/100 Airworthiness Limitations Section, Part 2— (Structure ALI’s and Safe Life Items), Issue 18, dated June 14, 2018, or within 90 days after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later. (2) If any discrepancy is found, 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 Fokker B.V. Service’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (h) No Alternative Actions or Intervals After the maintenance or inspection program has been revised as required by paragraph (g) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections) or intervals may be used unless the actions or intervals are approved as an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (j)(1) of this AD. jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES (i) Terminating Action for Affected ADs (1) Accomplishing the actions required by this AD terminates all requirements of AD 2017–06–06. (2) Accomplishing the actions required by this AD terminates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 2012–12–07. (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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Jun 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (k)(2) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOCREQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or the EASA; or Fokker Services B.V.’s EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (k) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA AD 2018–0159, dated July 25, 2018, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018–1071. (2) For more information about this AD, contact Tom Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206– 231–3226. (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) Fokker Engineering Report SE–623, Fokker 70/100 Airworthiness Limitations Section, Part 2—(Structure ALI’s and Safe Life Items), Issue 18, dated June 14, 2018. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Fokker Services B.V., Technical Services Dept., P.O. Box 1357, 2130 EL Hoofddorp, the Netherlands; telephone +31 (0)88–6280–350; fax +31 (0)88–6280–111; email technicalservices@ fokker.com; internet http:// www.myfokkerfleet.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: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on June 17, 2019. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2019–13532 Filed 6–26–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2019–0447; Product Identifier 2018–CE–055–AD; Amendment 39–19667; AD 2019–12–12] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. (Piper) Model PA– 46–600TP (M600) airplanes. This AD requires inserting a ground operations limitation into the Limitations section of the airplane flight manual (AFM) and installing a placard limiting ground operations. This AD also includes optional actions to terminate the ground operating limitations. This AD was prompted by a report of understrength rivets installed during manufacture of the bulkhead assembly. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective July 12, 2019. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of July 12, 2019. The FAA must receive comments on this AD by August 12, 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 service information identified in this final rule, contact Piper Aircraft, Inc., 2926 Piper Drive, Vero Beach, Florida 32960; telephone: (772) 567– 4361; internet: www.piper.com. You may view this service information at the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27JNR1.SGM 27JNR1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 124 / Thursday, June 27, 2019 / Rules and Regulations FAA, Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. It is also available on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018– 0447. 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–2019– 0447; 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 street address for Docket Operations is listed above. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan McCully, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Atlanta ACO Branch, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337; telephone: (404) 474–5548; fax: (404) 474–5606; email: william.mccully@ faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The FAA received a report from Piper that incorrect rivets were installed in the bulkhead assembly at fuselage station (FS) 79.00 during the manufacture of certain serial-numbered Model PA–46–600TP (M600) airplanes. The rivets were not in accordance with the type design drawing, nor did they meet the strength requirements of the aircraft design. This condition, if not corrected, could result in failure of the rivets, which could lead to structural failure of the bulkhead assembly and loss of control of the airplane. The FAA is issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 The FAA reviewed Piper Service Bulletin No. 1332A, dated January 29, 2019. The service bulletin contains procedures for inserting the temporary ground operating limitation into the pilot’s operating handbook (POH) and installing a placard with the temporary ground operating limitation, either a fabricated placard or placard part number 46G110013–702, in the airplane cockpit. The service bulletin also contains procedures for inspecting the FS 79.00 bulkhead assembly for cracks, wrinkling, or missing rivets and for replacing the understrength rivets with new rivets. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section. FAA’s Determination The FAA is issuing this AD because the FAA evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design. AD Requirements This AD requires inserting a ground operating limitation into the Limitations section of the AFM and installing a placard in the airplane cockpit that limits ground operations. This AD also includes an optional action to terminate the ground operating limitation by replacing the rivets to reinforce the bulkhead assembly. Although Piper’s service information specifies inserting the operating limitation into the POH, Piper’s POH for the Model PA–46– 600TP constitutes its FAA-approved AFM. Interim Action The FAA considers this AD interim action. The FAA may require replacement of the rivets to reinforce the bulkhead assembly. However, the planned compliance time for the replacement of the rivets would allow enough time to provide notice and opportunity for prior comment on the merit of the replacement. FAA’s Justification and Determination of the Effective Date An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this 30591 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 the required corrective actions must be accomplished before further flight. Providing prior notice and comment would delay implementing these safety actions needed to correct this known unsafe condition, which could result in structural failure of the FS 79.00 bulkhead, resulting in loss of control of the airplane. Therefore, the FAA finds good cause that notice and opportunity for prior public comment are impracticable. In addition, for the reason stated above, the FAA finds 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 was not preceded by notice and an opportunity for public comment. However, the FAA invites you to send any written data, views, or arguments about this final rule. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number FAA–2019–0447 and Product Identifier 2018–CE–055–AD at the beginning of your comments. The FAA specifically invites comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this final rule. The FAA will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this final rule because of those comments. The FAA will post all comments the FAA receives, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. The FAA will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact the FAA receives about this final rule. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD affects 69 airplanes, of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD: jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Insert the ground operating limitation into the AFM and install placard limiting ground operations. 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 ................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Jun 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Parts cost E:\FR\FM\27JNR1.SGM $6.00 27JNR1 Cost per product $91 Cost on U.S. operators $6,279 30592 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 124 / Thursday, June 27, 2019 / Rules and Regulations OPTIONAL TERMINATING ACTION Action Labor cost Optional terminating action to replace rivets .. 100 work-hours × $85 per hour = $8,500 ...... According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected individuals. The FAA does not control warranty coverage for affected individuals. As a result, the FAA has included all costs in their cost estimate. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs’’ describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. The FAA is 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 small airplanes, gliders, balloons, airships, domestic business jet transport airplanes, and associated appliances to the Director of the Policy and Innovation Division. jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES Regulatory Flexibility Act The requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) do not apply when an agency finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 to adopt a rule without prior notice and comment. Because FAA has determined that it has good cause to adopt this rule without notice and comment, RFA analysis is not required. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Jun 26, 2019 Jkt 247001 Parts cost 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, and (2) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska. 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 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): ■ $200 Cost per product $8,700 Cost on U.S. operators $600,300 (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by a report of understrength rivets installed on the bulkhead assembly during manufacture. The FAA is issuing this AD to prevent failure of the understrength rivets, which could lead to structural failure of the fuselage station (FS) 79 bulkhead with consequent loss of control of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Ground Operating Limitation (1) Before further flight after July 12, 2019 (the effective date of this AD), insert the ground operations limitation into the Limitations section of the airplane flight manual (AFM) and install on the airplane cockpit instrument panel a placard limiting ground operations by following the Instructions, Part I Temporary Ground Operating Limitation, of Piper Aircraft, Inc., Service Bulletin No. 1332A, dated January 29, 2019 (Piper SB No. 1332A). Note 1 to paragraph (g)(1) and (h)(2) of this AD: The Piper Aircraft, Inc. pilot’s operating handbook for the Model PA–46–600TP (M600) airplane constitutes its FAAapproved AFM. (2) The actions required by paragraph (g)(1) of this AD may be performed by the owner/ operator (pilot) holding at least a private pilot certificate and must be entered into the aircraft records showing compliance with this AD in accordance with 14 CFR 43.9 (a)(1) through (4) and 14 CFR 91.417(a)(2)(v). The record must be maintained as required by 14 CFR 91.417, 121.380, or 135.439. (b) Affected ADs None. (h) Optional Action To Terminate the Ground Operating Limitation (1) After July 12, 2019 (the effective date of this AD), you may replace the FS 79.00 bulkhead rivets in accordance with the Instructions, Part II Rework, of Piper SB No. 1332A. (2) If the FS 79.00 bulkhead rivets have been replaced as specified in paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, you may remove the AFM revision and placard required by paragraph (g) of this AD. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Piper Aircraft, Inc., Model PA–46–600TP (M600) airplanes, serial numbers 4698001, 4698004 through 4698010, 4698012 through 4698016, and 4698018 through 4698076, certificated in any category. (i) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph provides credit for the actions in paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD, if those actions were performed before July 12, 2019 (the effective date of this AD) using Piper Aircraft, Inc. SB No. 1332, dated October 16, 2018. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/ Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 5312, bulkhead. (j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs 2019–12–12 Piper Aircraft, Inc.: Amendment 39–19667; Docket No. FAA–2019–0447; Product Identifier 2018–CE–055–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective July 12, 2019. PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\27JNR1.SGM 27JNR1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 124 / Thursday, June 27, 2019 / Rules and Regulations 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 (k) of this AD. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. (k) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Dan McCully, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Atlanta ACO Branch, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337; telephone: (404) 474–5548; fax: (404) 474– 5606; email: william.mccully@faa.gov. (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 the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Piper Aircraft, Inc. Service Bulletin No. 1332A, dated January 29, 2019. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For Piper Aircraft, Inc. service information identified in this AD, contact Piper Aircraft, Inc., 2926 Piper Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32960; telephone: (772) 567–4361; internet: www.piper.com/technicalpublications-documents/. (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. (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 Kansas City, Missouri, on June 17, 2019. Melvin J. Johnson, Aircraft Certification Service, Deputy Director, Policy and Innovation Division, AIR–601. [FR Doc. 2019–13603 Filed 6–26–19; 8:45 am] jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with RULES BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2019–0038; Airspace Docket No. 19–ACE–3] Amendment of Class E Airspace; Sibley, IA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule, correction. BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry and Security 15 CFR Part 744 [Docket No. 190605486–9486–01] This action corrects a final rule published in the Federal Register of May 17, 2019, that modifies Class E airspace at Sibley Municipal Airport, Sibley, IA. The geographic coordinates of the airport will be amended to be in concert with the FAA’s aeronautical database. DATES: Effective date 0901 UTC, August 15, 2019. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under Title 1 Code of Federal Regulations part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.11 and publication of conforming amendments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Shelby, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Central Service Center, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222–5857. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: History The FAA published a final rule in the Federal Register for Docket No. FAA– 2019–0038 (84 FR 22366, May 17, 2019), amending Class E airspace at the Sibley Municipal Airport, Sibley, IA. Subsequent to publication, the FAA identified an error that the geographic coordinates of the airport need to be amended to be in concert with the FAA’s aeronautical database. This correction changes the coordinates from ‘‘(long. 094°45′35″ W)’’ to read ‘‘(long. 095°45′35″ W)’’ Correction to Final Rule Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, in the Federal Register of May 17, 2019 (84 FR 22366) FR Doc. 2019–0038, Amendment of Class E Airspace; Sibley, IA, is corrected as follows: [Amended] Sibley, IA [Corrected] On page 22367, column 2, line 17; remove ‘‘(long 094°45′35″ W)’’ and add in its place ‘‘(long 095°45′35″ W)’’. ■ Jkt 247001 [FR Doc. 2019–13642 Filed 6–26–19; 8:45 am] AGENCY: ACE IA E5 17:21 Jun 26, 2019 Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 19, 2019. John Witucki, Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Central Service Center. RIN 2120–AA66 § 71.1 VerDate Sep<11>2014 30593 PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 RIN 0694–AH79 Revisions to the Unverified List (UVL) Bureau of Industry and Security, Commerce. ACTION: Final rule. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2019-0447; Product Identifier 2018-CE-055-AD; Amendment 
39-19667; AD 2019-12-12]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc.

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. (Piper) Model PA-46-600TP (M600) 
airplanes. This AD requires inserting a ground operations limitation 
into the Limitations section of the airplane flight manual (AFM) and 
installing a placard limiting ground operations. This AD also includes 
optional actions to terminate the ground operating limitations. This AD 
was prompted by a report of understrength rivets installed during 
manufacture of the bulkhead assembly. The FAA is issuing this AD to 
address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective July 12, 2019.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of July 12, 
2019.
    The FAA must receive comments on this AD by August 12, 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 service information identified in this final rule, contact 
Piper Aircraft, Inc., 2926 Piper Drive, Vero Beach, Florida 32960; 
telephone: (772) 567-4361; internet: www.piper.com. You may view this 
service information at the

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FAA, Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, 
call (816) 329-4148. It is also available on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2018-
0447.

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-2019-
0447; 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 street address for Docket Operations is listed 
above. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after 
receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan McCully, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, 
Atlanta ACO Branch, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337; 
telephone: (404) 474-5548; fax: (404) 474-5606; email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    The FAA received a report from Piper that incorrect rivets were 
installed in the bulkhead assembly at fuselage station (FS) 79.00 
during the manufacture of certain serial-numbered Model PA-46-600TP 
(M600) airplanes. The rivets were not in accordance with the type 
design drawing, nor did they meet the strength requirements of the 
aircraft design. This condition, if not corrected, could result in 
failure of the rivets, which could lead to structural failure of the 
bulkhead assembly and loss of control of the airplane. The FAA is 
issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    The FAA reviewed Piper Service Bulletin No. 1332A, dated January 
29, 2019. The service bulletin contains procedures for inserting the 
temporary ground operating limitation into the pilot's operating 
handbook (POH) and installing a placard with the temporary ground 
operating limitation, either a fabricated placard or placard part 
number 46G110013-702, in the airplane cockpit. The service bulletin 
also contains procedures for inspecting the FS 79.00 bulkhead assembly 
for cracks, wrinkling, or missing rivets and for replacing the 
understrength rivets with new rivets. This service information is 
reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it 
through their normal course of business or by the means identified in 
the ADDRESSES section.

FAA's Determination

    The FAA is issuing this AD because the FAA evaluated all the 
relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described 
previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same 
type design.

AD Requirements

    This AD requires inserting a ground operating limitation into the 
Limitations section of the AFM and installing a placard in the airplane 
cockpit that limits ground operations. This AD also includes an 
optional action to terminate the ground operating limitation by 
replacing the rivets to reinforce the bulkhead assembly. Although 
Piper's service information specifies inserting the operating 
limitation into the POH, Piper's POH for the Model PA-46-600TP 
constitutes its FAA-approved AFM.

Interim Action

    The FAA considers this AD interim action. The FAA may require 
replacement of the rivets to reinforce the bulkhead assembly. However, 
the planned compliance time for the replacement of the rivets would 
allow enough time to provide notice and opportunity for prior comment 
on the merit of the replacement.

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 the required corrective actions must be accomplished before 
further flight. Providing prior notice and comment would delay 
implementing these safety actions needed to correct this known unsafe 
condition, which could result in structural failure of the FS 79.00 
bulkhead, resulting in loss of control of the airplane. Therefore, the 
FAA finds good cause that notice and opportunity for prior public 
comment are impracticable. In addition, for the reason stated above, 
the FAA finds 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 was not preceded by notice and an opportunity for public 
comment. However, the FAA invites you to send any written data, views, 
or arguments about this final rule. Send your comments to an address 
listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number FAA-2019-
0447 and Product Identifier 2018-CE-055-AD at the beginning of your 
comments. The FAA specifically invites comments on the overall 
regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this final 
rule. The FAA will consider all comments received by the closing date 
and may amend this final rule because of those comments.
    The FAA will post all comments the FAA receives, without change, to 
http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you 
provide. The FAA will also post a report summarizing each substantive 
verbal contact the FAA receives about this final rule.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects 69 airplanes, of U.S. 
registry.
    The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                     Cost per      Cost on U.S.
                Action                         Labor cost           Parts cost        product        operators
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Insert the ground operating limitation  1 work-hour x $85 per              $6.00             $91          $6,279
 into the AFM and install placard        hour = $85.
 limiting ground operations.
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                                           Optional Terminating Action
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                                                                                     Cost per      Cost on U.S.
                Action                         Labor cost           Parts cost        product        operators
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Optional terminating action to replace  100 work-hours x $85 per            $200          $8,700        $600,300
 rivets.                                 hour = $8,500.
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    According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this AD may be 
covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected 
individuals. The FAA does not control warranty coverage for affected 
individuals. As a result, the FAA has included all costs in their cost 
estimate.

Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the 
authority of the FAA Administrator. ``Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs'' 
describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.
    The FAA is 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 small airplanes, gliders, 
balloons, airships, domestic business jet transport airplanes, and 
associated appliances to the Director of the Policy and Innovation 
Division.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) do not 
apply when an agency finds good cause pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 to adopt 
a rule without prior notice and comment. Because FAA has determined 
that it has good cause to adopt this rule without notice and comment, 
RFA analysis is not required.

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, and
    (2) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska.

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

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

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


Sec.  39.13   [Amended]

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

2019-12-12 Piper Aircraft, Inc.: Amendment 39-19667; Docket No. FAA-
2019-0447; Product Identifier 2018-CE-055-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective July 12, 2019.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Piper Aircraft, Inc., Model PA-46-600TP 
(M600) airplanes, serial numbers 4698001, 4698004 through 4698010, 
4698012 through 4698016, and 4698018 through 4698076, certificated 
in any category.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/Air Transport Association 
(ATA) of America Code 5312, bulkhead.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by a report of understrength rivets 
installed on the bulkhead assembly during manufacture. The FAA is 
issuing this AD to prevent failure of the understrength rivets, 
which could lead to structural failure of the fuselage station (FS) 
79 bulkhead with consequent loss of control of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Ground Operating Limitation

    (1) Before further flight after July 12, 2019 (the effective 
date of this AD), insert the ground operations limitation into the 
Limitations section of the airplane flight manual (AFM) and install 
on the airplane cockpit instrument panel a placard limiting ground 
operations by following the Instructions, Part I Temporary Ground 
Operating Limitation, of Piper Aircraft, Inc., Service Bulletin No. 
1332A, dated January 29, 2019 (Piper SB No. 1332A).

    Note 1 to paragraph (g)(1) and (h)(2) of this AD:  The Piper 
Aircraft, Inc. pilot's operating handbook for the Model PA-46-600TP 
(M600) airplane constitutes its FAA-approved AFM.

    (2) The actions required by paragraph (g)(1) of this AD may be 
performed by the owner/operator (pilot) holding at least a private 
pilot certificate and must be entered into the aircraft records 
showing compliance with this AD in accordance with 14 CFR 43.9 
(a)(1) through (4) and 14 CFR 91.417(a)(2)(v). The record must be 
maintained as required by 14 CFR 91.417, 121.380, or 135.439.

(h) Optional Action To Terminate the Ground Operating Limitation

    (1) After July 12, 2019 (the effective date of this AD), you may 
replace the FS 79.00 bulkhead rivets in accordance with the 
Instructions, Part II Rework, of Piper SB No. 1332A.
    (2) If the FS 79.00 bulkhead rivets have been replaced as 
specified in paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, you may remove the AFM 
revision and placard required by paragraph (g) of this AD.

(i) Credit for Previous Actions

    This paragraph provides credit for the actions in paragraphs (g) 
and (h) of this AD, if those actions were performed before July 12, 
2019 (the effective date of this AD) using Piper Aircraft, Inc. SB 
No. 1332, dated October 16, 2018.

(j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, has the authority to 
approve AMOCs

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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 (k) of this AD.
    (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate 
principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager 
of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding 
district office.

(k) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact Dan McCully, 
Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Atlanta ACO Branch, 1701 Columbia Avenue, 
College Park, Georgia 30337; telephone: (404) 474-5548; fax: (404) 
474-5606; email: [email protected].

(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 the AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Piper Aircraft, Inc. Service Bulletin No. 1332A, dated 
January 29, 2019.
    (ii) [Reserved]
    (3) For Piper Aircraft, Inc. service information identified in 
this AD, contact Piper Aircraft, Inc., 2926 Piper Drive, Vero Beach, 
FL 32960; telephone: (772) 567-4361; internet: www.piper.com/technical-publications-documents/.
    (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Policy and 
Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For 
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
(816) 329-4148.
    (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 Kansas City, Missouri, on June 17, 2019.
Melvin J. Johnson,
Aircraft Certification Service, Deputy Director, Policy and Innovation 
Division, AIR-601.
[FR Doc. 2019-13603 Filed 6-26-19; 8:45 am]
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