Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes, 56678-56680 [2019-23074]

Download as PDF 56678 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 205 / Wednesday, October 23, 2019 / Rules and Regulations transferred certain regulations under the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to reflect changes in the organizational structure and delegated authorities within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The final rule also made corresponding revisions to the regulations to reflect the organizational changes. DATES: Effective October 23, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dawana J. Clark, Legislative and Regulatory Review Staff, Office of the Administrator, AMS, USDA; Telephone: (202) 720–7540, Fax: (202) 690–3767, or Email: Dawana.Clark@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In FR Doc. 2019–18201 appearing on page 45644 in the Federal Register of Friday, August 30, 2019, portions of amendatory instructions to sections in 9 CFR parts 201, 202, and 203 were either incorrect or incomplete. In an instruction amending § 201.108– 1, the section number read in error (§ 201.180–1). When amending paragraph (b) in § 202.2, we neglected to replace ‘‘GIPSA’’ with ‘‘AMS.’’ In amending § 203.7, we cited incorrect language to be changed. And finally, in the amendment to § 203.14, we incorrectly cited § 203.114. This correcting amendment rule amends 9 CFR 201.108–1, 202.2, 203.7, and 203.14 as intended in the final rule published August 30, 2019, at 84 FR 45644. § 201.108–1 [Amended] DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 2. Amend § 201.108–1, in the introductory text, by removing both instances of the words ‘‘Packers and Stockyards Programs’’ and adding in their place ‘‘Packers and Stockyards Division’’. Federal Aviation Administration PART 202—RULES OF PRACTICE GOVERNING PROCEEDINGS AND UNDER THE PACKERS AND STOCKYARDS ACT RIN 2120–AA64 ■ Authority: 7 U.S.C. 181–229c. § 202.2 4. In § 202.2, amend paragraph (b) by removing the term ‘‘GIPSA’’ and adding in its place ‘‘AMS’’. ■ PART 203—STATEMENTS OF GENERAL POLICY UNDER THE PACKERS AND STOCKYARDS ACT 5. The authority citation for part 203 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 7 U.S.C. 2.22 and 2.81. § 203.7 [Amended] 9 CFR Part 201 § 203.14 Confidential business information, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Stockyards, Surety bonds, Trade practices. ■ 9 CFR Part 203 Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Stockyards. Accordingly, 9 CFR parts 201, 202, and 203 are amended by making the following correcting amendments: ■ ■ [Amended] 7. Amend § 203.14 in the note following paragraph 1 by removing the words ‘‘Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (Packers and Stockyards Programs)’’ and adding in their place ‘‘PSD’’. Dated: October 18, 2019. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2019–23103 Filed 10–22–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P PART 201—REGULATIONS UNDER THE PACKERS AND STOCKYARDS ACT 1. The authority citation for part 201 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 7 U.S.C. 181–229c. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:04 Oct 22, 2019 Jkt 250001 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 747–400 and 747–400F series airplanes. This AD was prompted by an evaluation that determined fatigue cracks could develop in the underwing longerons. This AD requires repetitive inspections of the underwing longerons and certain fuselage skins for any crack, and applicable on-condition actions. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective November 27, 2019. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of November 27, 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; phone: 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 http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2019– 0524. SUMMARY: [Amended] List of Subjects Administrative practice and procedure, Stockyards. [Docket No. FAA–2019–0524; Product Identifier 2019–NM–081–AD; Amendment 39–19738; AD 2019–19–02] AGENCY: 3. The authority citation for part 202 continues to read as follows: ■ 6. Amend § 203.7: a. In the third sentence of paragraph (b)(2)(iii), by removing the word ‘‘area’’ and adding in its place ‘‘regional’’. ■ b. In the fourth sentence of paragraph (b)(2)(iii), by removing the words ‘‘the Administration’’ and adding in their place the term ‘‘PSD’’. 9 CFR Part 202 14 CFR Part 39 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– 0524; 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 is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– E:\FR\FM\23OCR1.SGM 23OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 205 / Wednesday, October 23, 2019 / Rules and Regulations 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric Lin, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Section, FAA, Seattle ACO Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206–231–3523; email: eric.lin@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The FAA 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 747–400 and 747–400F series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on July 12, 2019 (84 FR 33189). The NPRM was prompted by an evaluation that determined fatigue cracks could develop in the underwing longerons. The NPRM proposed to require repetitive inspections of the underwing longerons and certain fuselage skins for any crack, and applicable on-condition actions. The FAA is issuing this AD to address cracks in the underwing longerons, which could result in fuel leakage into the pressurized fuselage and increase the risk of a fire, and to address cracks in the adjacent fuselage skin, which could result in rapid decompression. Either condition could adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane. Comments The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this final rule. The FAA has considered the comments received. Boeing and United Airlines indicated concurrence with the NPRM. Conclusion The FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this final rule as proposed, except for minor editorial changes. The FAA has 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. 56679 Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 The FAA reviewed Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin 747–53A2900 RB, dated April 11, 2019. This service information describes procedures for repetitive detailed inspections and ultrasonic inspections of the underwing longerons and the adjacent fuselage skin, and ultrasonic and surface high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspections of certain fuselage skins, on the left and right sides of the airplane, for any crack, and applicable oncondition actions. On-condition actions include repair. 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 The FAA estimates that this AD affects 20 airplanes of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD: ESTIMATED COSTS FOR REQUIRED ACTIONS Action Labor cost Detailed inspections of the underwing longerons. Ultrasonic and HFEC inspections of the adjacent fuselage skin. Ultrasonic inspections of the underwing longerons. 2 work-hours × $85 per hour = $170 per inspection cycle. 9 work-hours × $85 per hour = $765 per inspection cycle. $0 $170 per inspection cycle ...... $3,400 per inspection cycle. 0 $765 per inspection cycle ...... $15,300 per inspection cycle. 2 work-hours × $85 per hour = $170 per inspection cycle. 0 $170 per inspection cycle ...... $3,400 per inspection cycle. The FAA has 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. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:04 Oct 22, 2019 Jkt 250001 Parts cost Cost per product 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 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Cost on U.S. operators 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) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (3) 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\23OCR1.SGM 23OCR1 56680 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 205 / Wednesday, October 23, 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): ■ 2019–19–02 The Boeing Company: Amendment 39–19738; Docket No. FAA– 2019–0524; Product Identifier 2019–NM– 081–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective November 27, 2019. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 747–400 and 747–400F series airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin 747–53A2900 RB, dated April 11, 2019. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 53, Fuselage. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by an evaluation that determined fatigue cracks could develop in the underwing longerons. The FAA is issuing this AD to address cracks in the underwing longerons, which could result in fuel leakage into the pressurized fuselage and increase the risk of a fire, and to address cracks in the adjacent fuselage skin, which could result in rapid decompression. Either condition could adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Required Actions Except as specified by paragraph (h) of this AD: At the applicable times specified in the ‘‘Compliance’’ paragraph of Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin 747–53A2900 RB, dated April 11, 2019, do all applicable actions identified in, and in accordance with, the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin 747–53A2900 RB, dated April 11, 2019. Note 1 to paragraph (g): Guidance for accomplishing the actions required by this AD can be found in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–53A2900, dated April 11, 2019, which is referred to in Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin 747–53A2900 RB, dated April 11, 2019. (h) Exceptions to Service Information Specifications (1) For purposes of determining compliance with the requirements of this AD: Where Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:04 Oct 22, 2019 Jkt 250001 747–53A2900 RB, dated April 11, 2019, uses the phrase ‘‘the original issue date of Requirements Bulletin 747–53A2900 RB,’’ this AD requires using ‘‘the effective date of this AD.’’ (2) Where Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin 747–53A2900 RB, dated April 11, 2019, specifies contacting Boeing for repair instructions: This AD requires doing the repair 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, Seattle 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-ANMSeattle-ACO-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 Company Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle 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. (j) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Eric Lin, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Section, FAA, Seattle ACO Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206–231–3523; email: eric.lin@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 Requirements Bulletin 747–53A2900 RB, dated April 11, 2019. (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; phone: 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. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (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, email fedreg.legal@nara.gov, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on September 19, 2019. Suzanne Masterson, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2019–23074 Filed 10–22–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2019–0493; Product Identifier 2019–NM–043–AD; Amendment 39–19762; AD 2019–20–09] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (Type Certificate Previously Held by Bombardier, Inc.) Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2011–18– 15, which applied to certain De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited Model DHC–8–400 series airplanes. AD 2011–18–15 required initial and repetitive torque checks of the bolt preload; detailed inspection of the barrel nuts and cradle for cracking, pitting, and corrosion if the bolt preload is correct; and replacement of certain hardware if necessary. This AD continues to require those actions. This AD also requires new inspections and replacement of certain hardware, which would terminate the repetitive torque checks and inspections; and removes airplanes from the applicability. This AD was prompted by in-service reports of cracked barrel nuts found at the front spar locations of the wing-to-fuselage attachment joints, and a loose washer in the barrel nut assembly. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective November 27, 2019. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of November 27, 2019. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23OCR1.SGM 23OCR1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 205 (Wednesday, October 23, 2019)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2019-0524; Product Identifier 2019-NM-081-AD; Amendment 
39-19738; AD 2019-19-02]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
certain The Boeing Company Model 747-400 and 747-400F series airplanes. 
This AD was prompted by an evaluation that determined fatigue cracks 
could develop in the underwing longerons. This AD requires repetitive 
inspections of the underwing longerons and certain fuselage skins for 
any crack, and applicable on-condition actions. The FAA is issuing this 
AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective November 27, 2019.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of November 27, 
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; phone: 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 http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2019-
0524.

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-
0524; 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 is U.S. Department 
of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-

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30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE, Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric Lin, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe 
Section, FAA, Seattle ACO Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 
98198; phone and fax: 206-231-3523; email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    The FAA 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 747-400 and 747-400F series airplanes. The NPRM published 
in the Federal Register on July 12, 2019 (84 FR 33189). The NPRM was 
prompted by an evaluation that determined fatigue cracks could develop 
in the underwing longerons. The NPRM proposed to require repetitive 
inspections of the underwing longerons and certain fuselage skins for 
any crack, and applicable on-condition actions.
    The FAA is issuing this AD to address cracks in the underwing 
longerons, which could result in fuel leakage into the pressurized 
fuselage and increase the risk of a fire, and to address cracks in the 
adjacent fuselage skin, which could result in rapid decompression. 
Either condition could adversely affect the structural integrity of the 
airplane.

Comments

    The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in 
developing this final rule. The FAA has considered the comments 
received. Boeing and United Airlines indicated concurrence with the 
NPRM.

Conclusion

    The FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments 
received, and determined that air safety and the public interest 
require adopting this final rule as proposed, except for minor 
editorial changes. The FAA has 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.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    The FAA reviewed Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin 747-53A2900 RB, 
dated April 11, 2019. This service information describes procedures for 
repetitive detailed inspections and ultrasonic inspections of the 
underwing longerons and the adjacent fuselage skin, and ultrasonic and 
surface high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspections of certain 
fuselage skins, on the left and right sides of the airplane, for any 
crack, and applicable on-condition actions. On-condition actions 
include repair.
    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

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects 20 airplanes of U.S. 
registry. The FAA estimates 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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Detailed inspections of the        2 work-hours x $85               $0  $170 per inspection  $3,400 per
 underwing longerons.               per hour = $170                      cycle.               inspection cycle.
                                    per inspection
                                    cycle.
Ultrasonic and HFEC inspections    9 work-hours x $85                0  $765 per inspection  $15,300 per
 of the adjacent fuselage skin.     per hour = $765                      cycle.               inspection cycle.
                                    per inspection
                                    cycle.
Ultrasonic inspections of the      2 work-hours x $85                0  $170 per inspection  $3,400 per
 underwing longerons.               per hour = $170                      cycle.               inspection cycle.
                                    per inspection
                                    cycle.
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    The FAA has 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.
    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 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) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
    (3) 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):

2019-19-02 The Boeing Company: Amendment 39-19738; Docket No. FAA-
2019-0524; Product Identifier 2019-NM-081-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective November 27, 2019.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 747-400 and 747-400F 
series airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in 
Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin 747-53A2900 RB, dated April 11, 
2019.

(d) Subject

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

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by an evaluation that determined fatigue 
cracks could develop in the underwing longerons. The FAA is issuing 
this AD to address cracks in the underwing longerons, which could 
result in fuel leakage into the pressurized fuselage and increase 
the risk of a fire, and to address cracks in the adjacent fuselage 
skin, which could result in rapid decompression. Either condition 
could adversely affect the structural integrity of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Required Actions

    Except as specified by paragraph (h) of this AD: At the 
applicable times specified in the ``Compliance'' paragraph of Boeing 
Alert Requirements Bulletin 747-53A2900 RB, dated April 11, 2019, do 
all applicable actions identified in, and in accordance with, the 
Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin 
747-53A2900 RB, dated April 11, 2019.

    Note 1 to paragraph (g):  Guidance for accomplishing the actions 
required by this AD can be found in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 
747-53A2900, dated April 11, 2019, which is referred to in Boeing 
Alert Requirements Bulletin 747-53A2900 RB, dated April 11, 2019.

(h) Exceptions to Service Information Specifications

    (1) For purposes of determining compliance with the requirements 
of this AD: Where Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin 747-53A2900 RB, 
dated April 11, 2019, uses the phrase ``the original issue date of 
Requirements Bulletin 747-53A2900 RB,'' this AD requires using ``the 
effective date of this AD.''
    (2) Where Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin 747-53A2900 RB, 
dated April 11, 2019, specifies contacting Boeing for repair 
instructions: This AD requires doing the repair 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, Seattle 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 Company Organization Designation 
Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle 
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.

(j) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact Eric Lin, Aerospace 
Engineer, Airframe Section, FAA, Seattle ACO Branch, 2200 South 
216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206-231-3523; 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 Requirements Bulletin 747-53A2900 RB, dated 
April 11, 2019.
    (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; phone: 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 
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    Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on September 19, 2019.
Suzanne Masterson,
Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-23074 Filed 10-22-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-13-P