Airworthiness Directives; Aerostar Aircraft Corporation Airplanes, 38338-38340 [2020-13662]

Download as PDF 38338 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 124 Friday, June 26, 2020 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 Examining the AD Docket [Docket No. FAA–2020–0574; Product Identifier 2019–CE–015–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Aerostar Aircraft Corporation Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Aerostar Aircraft Corporation Model PA–60–601P (Aerostar 601P), PA–60– 602P (Aerostar 602P), and PA–60–700P (Aerostar 700P) airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of corrosion on the elevator and aileron balance tubes. This proposed AD would require repetitively inspecting the elevator and aileron balance tubes for corrosion and rust and replacing the tube. The FAA is issuing this proposed AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: The FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by August 10, 2020. 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 https://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: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this NPRM, contact Aerostar Aircraft jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Jun 25, 2020 Jkt 250001 Corporation, 2265 West Aerostar Way, Hayden Lake, ID 83835; telephone: (208) 762–0338; fax: (208) 762–8349; internet: https://aerostaraircraft.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, You may review this referenced service information at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329– 4148. You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020– 0574; 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 NPRM, 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: David Herron, Aerospace Engineer, Seattle ACO Branch, FAA, 2200 S 216th St, Des Moines, WA 98198; phone: (206) 231–3544; email: david.herron@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited The FAA invites you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2020–0574; Product Identifier 2019–CE–015–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. The FAA specifically invites comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this NPRM. The FAA will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this NPRM because of those comments. The FAA will post all comments received, without change, to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. The FAA will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact received about this NPRM. Discussion The FAA received reports of corrosion on the elevator and aileron balance PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 tubes. Aerostar Aircraft Corporation (Aerostar) reported that, during repair of a Model PA–60–601P airplane, corrosion was found on the balance tubes used in the elevator and aileron systems. Corrosion on balance tubes in the elevator and aileron system may be hidden by rubber boots. These balance tubes counteract the effects of cabin pressurization. The majority of the Aerostar PA–60 airplane fleet have pressurized cabins. After the finding on the first airplane, Aerostar inspected four additional airplanes in the PA–60 fleet. Aerostar reported four out of these five airplanes had corrosion on both the aileron and elevator balance tubes. This condition, if not addressed, could result in failure of the aileron and elevator balance tubes. This failure could cause the aileron and/or elevator balance tubes to jam and result in loss of control of the airplane. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 The FAA reviewed Aerostar Service Bulletin SB600–138, dated August 30, 2018. The service bulletin contains procedures for repetitively inspecting the elevator and aileron balance tubes for corrosion and rust and replacing the tubes at a specified time and repetitively if necessary. 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 proposing this AD because it evaluated all relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design. Proposed AD Requirements This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified in the service information described previously. Differences Between This Proposed AD and the Service Information This proposed AD would not require completing the reply card and returning it to Aerostar as specified in Step 13 of Part II of the service information. E:\FR\FM\26JNP1.SGM 26JNP1 38339 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 124 / Friday, June 26, 2020 / Proposed Rules Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this proposed AD affects 404 airplanes of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Cost on U.S. operators Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Inspect elevator and aileron balance tubes. Replace elevator and aileron balance tubes. 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 per inspection cycle. 8 work-hours × $85 per hour = $680 .. Not Applicable ...... $85 per inspection cycle. $1,867 ................... The FAA estimates the following costs to do any necessary replacements that would be required based on the $1,187 ................... results of the proposed repetitive inspections, assuming separate replacement intervals. The FAA has no $34,340 per inspection cycle. $754,268. way of determining the number of airplanes that might need these replacements: ON-CONDITION COSTS Action Labor cost Replace elevator balance tube ..................................... Replace aileron balance tube ....................................... 8 work-hours × $85 per hour = $680 ........................... 8 work-hours × $85 per hour = $680 ........................... 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. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Jun 25, 2020 $594 594 (c) Applicability List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 27; Flight Controls. Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. (e) Unsafe Condition The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ Aerostar Aircraft Corporation: Docket No. FAA–2020–0574; Product Identifier 2019–CE–015–AD. (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments by August 10, 2020. (b) Affected ADs None. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 $1,274 1,274 This AD applies to Aerostar Aircraft Corporation Model PA–60–601P (Aerostar 601P), PA–60–602P (Aerostar 602P), and PA– 60–700P (Aerostar 700P) airplanes, all serial numbers, certificated in any category. (d) Subject This AD was prompted by reports of corrosion on the elevator and aileron balance tubes. The FAA is issuing this AD to detect corrosion on the elevator and aileron balance tubes. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in failure of the aileron and elevator balance tubes, jamming of the aileron and/or elevator balance tubes, and loss of control of the airplane. (f) Compliance Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. Jkt 250001 Cost per product (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. Regulatory Findings The FAA determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 this proposed regulation: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, Parts cost Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Repetitive Inspections Within 10 hours time-in-service after the effective date of this AD, inspect the elevator and aileron balance tubes for corrosion (pitting and flaking) and rust (discoloration) by following steps 1. through 3. of Part I (Inspection) of the Instructions in Aerostar Aircraft Corporation Service Bulletin SB600– 138, dated August 30, 2018 (Aerostar SB600– 138). For each tube replaced as required by paragraph (h) of this AD, using a borescope, repeat the inspection within 10 years after replacing the tube and thereafter as follows: (1) At intervals not to exceed 10 years as long as no rust is found. (2) At intervals not to exceed 2 years if only rust is found (without any signs of corrosion). E:\FR\FM\26JNP1.SGM 26JNP1 38340 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 124 / Friday, June 26, 2020 / Proposed Rules (h) Replacements DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION At the following compliance times, replace each elevator and aileron balance tube by following Part II (Replacement) of the Instructions in Aerostar SB600–138, except you are not required to report information to the manufacturer: (1) Before further flight if corrosion or rust is found (inside or outside the tubes) during the initial inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD. (2) At the next 100-hour inspection or at the next annual inspection, whichever occurs first, if no corrosion and no rust is found (inside or outside the tubes) during the initial inspection required by paragraph (g) of this AD. (3) Before further flight if corrosion is found (inside or outside the tubes) during any repetitive inspection required by paragraph (g) 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)(1) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9ANM-Seattle-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. (j) Related Information jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS (1) For more information about this AD, contact David Herron, Aerospace Engineer, Seattle ACO Branch, FAA, 2200 S 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone: (206) 231– 3544; email: david.herron@faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Aerostar Aircraft Corporation, 2265 West Aerostar Way, Hayden Lake, ID 83835; telephone: (208) 762–0338; fax: (208) 762–8349; internet: https://aerostaraircraft.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, You may review this referenced service information at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. Issued on June 17, 2020. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2020–13662 Filed 6–25–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Jun 25, 2020 Jkt 250001 Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0505; Airspace Docket No. 20–ASW–1] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Amendment of V–63 in the Vicinity of Texoma, OK Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to amend VHF Omnidirectional Range (VOR) Federal airway V–63 due to the planned decommissioning of the VOR portion of the Texoma, OK, VOR/ Distance Measuring Equipment (VOR/ DME) navigation aid (NAVAID). The Texoma VOR provides navigation guidance for a portion of V–63 and is being decommissioned as part of the FAA’s VOR Minimum Operational Network (MON) program. DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 10, 2020. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: 1(800) 647–5527, or (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA–2020–0505; Airspace Docket No. 20–ASW–1 at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. FAA Order 7400.11D, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at https://www.faa.gov/air_ traffic/publications/. For further information, you can contact the Rules and Regulations Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.11D at NARA, email: fedreg.legal@nara.gov or go to https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ ibr-locations.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colby Abbott, Rules and Regulations Group, Office of Policy, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority for This Rulemaking The FAA’s authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. 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. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of the airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it would modify the National Airspace System as necessary to preserve the safe and efficient flow of air traffic. Comments Invited Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No. FAA– 2020–0505; Airspace Docket No. 20– ASW–1) and be submitted in triplicate to the Docket Management Facility (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this action must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: ‘‘Comments to FAA Docket No. FAA–2020–0505; Airspace Docket No. 20–ASW–1.’’ The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter. All communications received on or before the specified comment closing date will be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal contained in this action may be changed in light of comments received. All comments submitted will be available for examination in the public docket both before and after the comment closing date. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned E:\FR\FM\26JNP1.SGM 26JNP1

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Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 124 / Friday, June 26, 2020 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0574; Product Identifier 2019-CE-015-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Aerostar Aircraft Corporation Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) 
for all Aerostar Aircraft Corporation Model PA-60-601P (Aerostar 601P), 
PA-60-602P (Aerostar 602P), and PA-60-700P (Aerostar 700P) airplanes. 
This proposed AD was prompted by reports of corrosion on the elevator 
and aileron balance tubes. This proposed AD would require repetitively 
inspecting the elevator and aileron balance tubes for corrosion and 
rust and replacing the tube. The FAA is issuing this proposed AD to 
address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: The FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by August 10, 
2020.

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 https://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: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this NPRM, contact Aerostar 
Aircraft Corporation, 2265 West Aerostar Way, Hayden Lake, ID 83835; 
telephone: (208) 762-0338; fax: (208) 762-8349; internet: https://aerostaraircraft.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, 
You may review this referenced service information at the FAA, 
Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 901 Locust, 
Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of 
this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.

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-2020-
0574; 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 NPRM, 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: David Herron, Aerospace Engineer, 
Seattle ACO Branch, FAA, 2200 S 216th St, Des Moines, WA 98198; phone: 
(206) 231-3544; email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    The FAA invites you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed 
under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2020-0574; 
Product Identifier 2019-CE-015-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. 
The FAA specifically invites comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this NPRM. The FAA will 
consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this 
NPRM because of those comments.
    The FAA will post all comments received, without change, to https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. 
The FAA will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal 
contact received about this NPRM.

Discussion

    The FAA received reports of corrosion on the elevator and aileron 
balance tubes. Aerostar Aircraft Corporation (Aerostar) reported that, 
during repair of a Model PA-60-601P airplane, corrosion was found on 
the balance tubes used in the elevator and aileron systems. Corrosion 
on balance tubes in the elevator and aileron system may be hidden by 
rubber boots. These balance tubes counteract the effects of cabin 
pressurization. The majority of the Aerostar PA-60 airplane fleet have 
pressurized cabins. After the finding on the first airplane, Aerostar 
inspected four additional airplanes in the PA-60 fleet. Aerostar 
reported four out of these five airplanes had corrosion on both the 
aileron and elevator balance tubes. This condition, if not addressed, 
could result in failure of the aileron and elevator balance tubes. This 
failure could cause the aileron and/or elevator balance tubes to jam 
and result in loss of control of the airplane.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    The FAA reviewed Aerostar Service Bulletin SB600-138, dated August 
30, 2018. The service bulletin contains procedures for repetitively 
inspecting the elevator and aileron balance tubes for corrosion and 
rust and replacing the tubes at a specified time and repetitively if 
necessary. 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 proposing this AD because it evaluated all relevant 
information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is 
likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design.

Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified 
in the service information described previously.

Differences Between This Proposed AD and the Service Information

    This proposed AD would not require completing the reply card and 
returning it to Aerostar as specified in Step 13 of Part II of the 
service information.

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Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this proposed AD affects 404 airplanes of 
U.S. registry.
    The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this proposed 
AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                                 Cost on U.S.
             Action                   Labor cost          Parts cost       Cost per product        operators
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Inspect elevator and aileron      1 work-hour x $85   Not Applicable....  $85 per inspection  $34,340 per
 balance tubes.                    per hour = $85                          cycle.              inspection cycle.
                                   per inspection
                                   cycle.
Replace elevator and aileron      8 work-hours x $85  $1,187............  $1,867............  $754,268.
 balance tubes.                    per hour = $680.
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    The FAA estimates the following costs to do any necessary 
replacements that would be required based on the results of the 
proposed repetitive inspections, assuming separate replacement 
intervals. The FAA has no way of determining the number of airplanes 
that might need these replacements:

                                               On-Condition Costs
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                                                                                                     Cost per
                    Action                                 Labor cost               Parts cost        product
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Replace elevator balance tube.................  8 work-hours x $85 per hour =               $594          $1,274
                                                 $680.
Replace aileron balance tube..................  8 work-hours x $85 per hour =                594           1,274
                                                 $680.
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Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the 
authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, 
describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.
    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.

Regulatory Findings

    The FAA determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 this proposed 
regulation:
    (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.

The Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 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]

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

Aerostar Aircraft Corporation: Docket No. FAA-2020-0574; Product 
Identifier 2019-CE-015-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    The FAA must receive comments by August 10, 2020.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Aerostar Aircraft Corporation Model PA-60-
601P (Aerostar 601P), PA-60-602P (Aerostar 602P), and PA-60-700P 
(Aerostar 700P) airplanes, all serial numbers, certificated in any 
category.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 27; Flight 
Controls.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by reports of corrosion on the elevator and 
aileron balance tubes. The FAA is issuing this AD to detect 
corrosion on the elevator and aileron balance tubes. The unsafe 
condition, if not addressed, could result in failure of the aileron 
and elevator balance tubes, jamming of the aileron and/or elevator 
balance tubes, and loss of control of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Repetitive Inspections

    Within 10 hours time-in-service after the effective date of this 
AD, inspect the elevator and aileron balance tubes for corrosion 
(pitting and flaking) and rust (discoloration) by following steps 1. 
through 3. of Part I (Inspection) of the Instructions in Aerostar 
Aircraft Corporation Service Bulletin SB600-138, dated August 30, 
2018 (Aerostar SB600-138). For each tube replaced as required by 
paragraph (h) of this AD, using a borescope, repeat the inspection 
within 10 years after replacing the tube and thereafter as follows:
    (1) At intervals not to exceed 10 years as long as no rust is 
found.
    (2) At intervals not to exceed 2 years if only rust is found 
(without any signs of corrosion).

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(h) Replacements

    At the following compliance times, replace each elevator and 
aileron balance tube by following Part II (Replacement) of the 
Instructions in Aerostar SB600-138, except you are not required to 
report information to the manufacturer:
    (1) Before further flight if corrosion or rust is found (inside 
or outside the tubes) during the initial inspection required by 
paragraph (g) of this AD.
    (2) At the next 100-hour inspection or at the next annual 
inspection, whichever occurs first, if no corrosion and no rust is 
found (inside or outside the tubes) during the initial inspection 
required by paragraph (g) of this AD.
    (3) Before further flight if corrosion is found (inside or 
outside the tubes) during any repetitive inspection required by 
paragraph (g) 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)(1) 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.

(j) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact David Herron, 
Aerospace Engineer, Seattle ACO Branch, FAA, 2200 S 216th St., Des 
Moines, WA 98198; phone: (206) 231-3544; email: 
[email protected].
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Aerostar Aircraft Corporation, 2265 West Aerostar Way, Hayden Lake, 
ID 83835; telephone: (208) 762-0338; fax: (208) 762-8349; internet: 
https://aerostaraircraft.com. You may view this service information 
at the FAA, You may review this referenced service information at 
the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 
901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the 
availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.

    Issued on June 17, 2020.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-13662 Filed 6-25-20; 8:45 am]
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