Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes, 61884-61886 [2020-21628]

Download as PDF 61884 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 191 / Thursday, October 1, 2020 / Proposed Rules DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0900; Product Identifier 2020–NM–080–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS AGENCY: find this IBR material on the EASA website at https://ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this IBR material at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. It is also available in the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020– 0900. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all and locating Docket No. FAA–2020– 0900; or in person at Docket Operations Airbus SAS Model A318 series between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday airplanes; Model A319–111, A319–112, A319–113, A319–114, A319–115, A319– through Friday, except Federal holidays. 131, A319–132, A319–133, A319–151N, The AD docket contains this NPRM, any comments received, and other and A319–153N airplanes; Model A320 series airplanes; and Model A321 series information. The street address for Docket Operations is listed above. airplanes. This proposed AD was Comments will be available in the AD prompted by the results of laboratory docket shortly after receipt. tests on non-rechargeable lithium batteries installed in emergency locator FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: transmitters (ELT), which highlighted a Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, lack of protection against certain Large Aircraft Section, International currents that could lead to thermal Validation Branch, FAA, 2200 South runaway and a battery fire. This 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; proposed AD would require modifying telephone and fax 206–231–3223; email a certain ELT by installing a diode in Sanjay.Ralhan@faa.gov. the airplane circuit connecting the ELT SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: battery, as specified in a European Comments Invited Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which will be incorporated by The FAA invites you to participate in reference. The FAA is proposing this this rulemaking by submitting written AD to address the unsafe condition on comments, data, or views about this these products. proposal. The most helpful comments DATES: The FAA must receive comments reference a specific portion of the on this proposed AD by November 16, proposal, explain the reason for any 2020. recommended change, and include supporting data. To ensure the docket ADDRESSES: You may send comments, does not contain duplicate comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following commenters should submit only one copy of the comments. Send your methods: comments to an address listed under the • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2020–0900; Product Identifier instructions for submitting comments. 2020–NM–080–AD’’ at the beginning of • Fax: 202–493–2251. your comments. • Mail: U.S. Department of Except for Confidential Business Transportation, Docket Operations, Information (CBI) as described in the M–30, West Building Ground Floor, following paragraph, and other Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey information as described in 14 CFR Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. 11.35, the FAA will post all comments • Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail received, without change, as well as a address above between 9 a.m. and 5 report summarizing each substantive p.m., Monday through Friday, except public contact with FAA personnel Federal holidays. For material incorporated by reference concerning this proposed rulemaking. Before acting on this proposal, the FAA (IBR) in this AD, contact the EASA, will consider all comments received by Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 the closing date for comments. The FAA Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 will consider comments filed after the 8999 000; email ADs@easa.europa.eu; comment period has closed if it is internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:45 Sep 30, 2020 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 possible to do so without incurring expense or delay. The FAA may change this NPRM because of those comments. Confidential Business Information CBI is commercial or financial information that is both customarily and actually treated as private by its owner. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552), CBI is exempt from public disclosure. If your comments responsive to this NPRM contain commercial or financial information that is customarily treated as private, that you actually treat as private, and that is relevant or responsive to this NPRM, it is important that you clearly designate the submitted comments as CBI. Please mark each page of your submission containing CBI as ‘‘PROPIN.’’ The FAA will treat such marked submissions as confidential under the FOIA, and they will not be placed in the public docket of this NPRM. Submissions containing CBI should be sent to the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Any commentary that the FAA receives which is not specifically designated as CBI will be placed in the public docket for this rulemaking. Discussion The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2020–0103, dated May 7, 2020; corrected May 8, 2020 (‘‘EASA AD 2020–0103’’) (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus SAS Model A318–111, A318–112, A318–121, A318–122 airplanes; Model A319–111, A319–112, A319–113, A319–114, A319– 115, A319–131, A319–132, A319–133, A319–151N, and A319–153N airplanes; Model A320–211, A320–212, A320–214, A320–215, A320–216, A320–231, A320– 232, A320–233, A320–251N, A320– 252N, A320–253N, A320–271N, A320– 272N, and A320–273N airplanes; and Model A321–111, A321–112, A321–131, A321–211, A321–212, A321–213, A321– 231, A321–232, A321–251N, A321– 252N, A321–253N, A321–271N, A321– 272N, A321–251NX, A321–252NX, A321–253NX, A321–271NX, and A321– 272NX airplanes. Model A320–215 airplanes are not certificated by the FAA and are not included on the U.S. type certificate data sheet; this AD therefore does not include those airplanes in the applicability. This proposed AD was prompted by the results of laboratory tests on nonrechargeable lithium batteries installed in ELTs, which highlighted a E:\FR\FM\01OCP1.SGM 01OCP1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 191 / Thursday, October 1, 2020 / Proposed Rules Proposed AD Requirements lack of protection against currents of 28 volts DC or 115 volts AC that could lead to thermal runaway and a battery fire. The FAA is proposing this AD to address this unsafe condition, which could result in local (temporary) fires and could result in damage to the airplane and injury to occupants. See the MCAI for additional background information. This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified in EASA AD 2020–0103 described previously, as incorporated by reference, except for any differences identified as exceptions in the regulatory text of this AD. Explanation of Required Compliance Information Related IBR Material Under 1 CFR Part 51 EASA AD 2020–0103 describes procedures for modifying a certain ELT by installing a diode in the airplane circuit connecting the ELT battery. This material is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, the FAA has been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI referenced above. The FAA is proposing 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. In the FAA’s ongoing efforts to improve the efficiency of the AD process, the FAA initially worked with Airbus and EASA to develop a process to use certain EASA ADs as the primary source of information for compliance with requirements for corresponding FAA ADs. The FAA has since coordinated with other manufacturers and civil aviation authorities (CAAs) to use this process. As a result, EASA AD 2020–0103 will be incorporated by reference in the FAA final rule. This proposed AD would, therefore, require compliance with EASA AD 2020–0103 in its entirety, through that incorporation, except for any differences identified as exceptions in the regulatory text of this proposed AD. Using common terms that are the same as the heading of a particular section in the EASA AD does not mean that operators need comply only with that section. For example, where the AD requirement refers to ‘‘all required actions and compliance times,’’ compliance with this AD requirement is not limited to the section titled 61885 ‘‘Required Action(s) and Compliance Time(s)’’ in the EASA AD. Service information specified in EASA AD 2020–0103 that is required for compliance with EASA AD 2020–0103 will be available on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020–0900 after the FAA final rule is published. Clarification of Maintenance Activities With an Affected Part EASA AD 2020–0103 defines an affected part as an ELT having part number (P/N) 01N65900. When the modification (installation of a diode) is completed, the part number of the ELT does not change. The intent of paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2020–0103 is to require, for airplanes that have an affected ELT installed, operators to do the modification within 24 months. For these airplanes, operators can remove an ELT having P/N 01N65900 and reinstall that same part during maintenance activities within the 24-month compliance for doing the modification. After the modification is done, operators can install an ELT having P/N 01N65900 as long as the modification is not removed. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this proposed AD affects 1,100 airplanes of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: ESTIMATED COSTS FOR REQUIRED ACTIONS Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators 3 work-hours × $85 per hour = $255 .......................................................................................... $450 $705 $775,500 According to the manufacturer, some or all of the costs of this proposed 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 known costs in our cost estimate. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:45 Sep 30, 2020 Jkt 253001 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 PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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. E:\FR\FM\01OCP1.SGM 01OCP1 61886 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 191 / Thursday, October 1, 2020 / Proposed Rules 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 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): ■ Airbus SAS: Docket No. FAA–2020–0900; Product Identifier 2020–NM–080–AD. (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments by November 16, 2020. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to the Airbus SAS airplanes specified in paragraphs (c)(1) through (4) of this AD, certificated in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers. (1) Model A318–111, A318–112, A318– 121, and A318–122 airplanes. (2) Model A319–111, A319–112, A319– 113, A319–114, A319–115, A319–131, A319– 132, A319–133, A319–151N, and A319–153N airplanes. (3) Model A320–211, A320–212, A320– 214, A320–216, A320–231, A320–232, A320– 233, A320–251N, A320–252N, A320–253N, A320–271N, A320–272N, and A320–273N airplanes. (4) Model A321–111, A321–112, A321– 131, A321–211, A321–212, A321–213, A321– 231, A321–232, A321–251N, A321–252N, A321–253N, A321–271N, A321–272N, A321– 251NX, A321–252NX, A321–253NX, A321– 271NX, and A321–272NX airplanes. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 25, Equipment/Furnishings. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS (e) Reason This AD was prompted by the results of laboratory tests on non-rechargeable lithium batteries installed in emergency locator transmitters (ELT), which highlighted a lack of protection against currents of 28 volts DC or 115 volts AC that could lead to thermal runaway and a battery fire. The FAA is issuing this AD to address this unsafe condition, which could result in local (temporary) fires, and could result in damage to the airplane and injury to occupants. VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:45 Sep 30, 2020 Jkt 253001 (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Requirements Except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD: Comply with all required actions and compliance times specified in, and in accordance with, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020–0103, dated May 7, 2020; corrected May 8, 2020 (‘‘EASA AD 2020–0103’’). (h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2020–0103 (1) Where EASA AD 2020–0103 refers to its effective date, this AD requires using the effective date of this AD. (2) The ‘‘Remarks’’ section of EASA AD 2020–0103 does not apply to this AD. (3) Where paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2020– 0103 specifies the parts installation limitation, for this AD, comply with paragraph (i) of this AD. (i) Parts Installation Limitation (1) For airplanes that do not have an ELT having part number (P/N) 01N65900 installed as of the effective date of this AD: As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install an ELT having P/N 01N65900 on any airplane unless the airplane has been modified as required by paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2020–0103. (2) For airplanes that have an ELT having P/N 01N65900 installed as of the effective date of this AD: After modification of the airplane as required by paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2020–0103, no person may install an ELT having P/N 01N65900 on that airplane if the modification is removed. (j) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation 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 Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (k)(2) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-AVS-AIR730-AMOC@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain instructions from a manufacturer, the instructions must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus SAS’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (3) Required for Compliance (RC): For any service information referenced in EASA AD PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 2020–0103 that contains RC procedures and tests: Except as required by paragraph (j)(2) of this AD, RC procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the operator’s maintenance or inspection program without obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC require approval of an AMOC. (k) Related Information (1) For information about EASA AD 2020– 0103, contact the EASA, Konrad-AdenauerUfer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 8999 000; email ADs@ easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this EASA AD on the EASA website at https:// ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this material at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. This material may be found in the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020–0900. (2) For more information about this AD, contact Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3223; email Sanjay.Ralhan@ faa.gov. Issued on September 25, 2020. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2020–21628 Filed 9–30–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0901; Project Identifier AD–2020–00705–E] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Division Turbofan Engines Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Pratt & Whitney Division (PW) PW4164, PW4164–1D, PW4168, PW4168–1D, PW4168A, PW4168A–1D, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\01OCP1.SGM 01OCP1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 191 (Thursday, October 1, 2020)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 61884-61886]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-21628]



[[Page 61884]]

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0900; Product Identifier 2020-NM-080-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) 
for all Airbus SAS Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319-111, A319-
112, A319-113, A319-114, A319-115, A319-131, A319-132, A319-133, A319-
151N, and A319-153N airplanes; Model A320 series airplanes; and Model 
A321 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by the results of 
laboratory tests on non-rechargeable lithium batteries installed in 
emergency locator transmitters (ELT), which highlighted a lack of 
protection against certain currents that could lead to thermal runaway 
and a battery fire. This proposed AD would require modifying a certain 
ELT by installing a diode in the airplane circuit connecting the ELT 
battery, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) 
AD, which will be incorporated by reference. The FAA is proposing this 
AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: The FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 
16, 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 material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this AD, contact 
the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 
221 8999 000; email [email protected]; internet www.easa.europa.eu. 
You may find this IBR material on the EASA website at https://ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this IBR material at the FAA, 
Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 2200 South 
216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this 
material at the FAA, call 206-231-3195. It is also available in the AD 
docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for 
and locating Docket No. FAA-2020-0900.

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-
0900; 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: Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, 
Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, 2200 
South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206-231-3223; 
email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    The FAA invites you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting 
written comments, data, or views about this proposal. The most helpful 
comments reference a specific portion of the proposal, explain the 
reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. To 
ensure the docket does not contain duplicate comments, commenters 
should submit only one copy of the comments. Send your comments to an 
address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-
2020-0900; Product Identifier 2020-NM-080-AD'' at the beginning of your 
comments.
    Except for Confidential Business Information (CBI) as described in 
the following paragraph, and other information as described in 14 CFR 
11.35, the FAA will post all comments received, without change, as well 
as a report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA 
personnel concerning this proposed rulemaking. Before acting on this 
proposal, the FAA will consider all comments received by the closing 
date for comments. The FAA will consider comments filed after the 
comment period has closed if it is possible to do so without incurring 
expense or delay. The FAA may change this NPRM because of those 
comments.

Confidential Business Information

    CBI is commercial or financial information that is both customarily 
and actually treated as private by its owner. Under the Freedom of 
Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552), CBI is exempt from public 
disclosure. If your comments responsive to this NPRM contain commercial 
or financial information that is customarily treated as private, that 
you actually treat as private, and that is relevant or responsive to 
this NPRM, it is important that you clearly designate the submitted 
comments as CBI. Please mark each page of your submission containing 
CBI as ``PROPIN.'' The FAA will treat such marked submissions as 
confidential under the FOIA, and they will not be placed in the public 
docket of this NPRM. Submissions containing CBI should be sent to the 
person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Any 
commentary that the FAA receives which is not specifically designated 
as CBI will be placed in the public docket for this rulemaking.

Discussion

    The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the 
European Union, has issued EASA AD 2020-0103, dated May 7, 2020; 
corrected May 8, 2020 (``EASA AD 2020-0103'') (also referred to as the 
Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to 
correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus SAS Model A318-111, A318-
112, A318-121, A318-122 airplanes; Model A319-111, A319-112, A319-113, 
A319-114, A319-115, A319-131, A319-132, A319-133, A319-151N, and A319-
153N airplanes; Model A320-211, A320-212, A320-214, A320-215, A320-216, 
A320-231, A320-232, A320-233, A320-251N, A320-252N, A320-253N, A320-
271N, A320-272N, and A320-273N airplanes; and Model A321-111, A321-112, 
A321-131, A321-211, A321-212, A321-213, A321-231, A321-232, A321-251N, 
A321-252N, A321-253N, A321-271N, A321-272N, A321-251NX, A321-252NX, 
A321-253NX, A321-271NX, and A321-272NX airplanes. Model A320-215 
airplanes are not certificated by the FAA and are not included on the 
U.S. type certificate data sheet; this AD therefore does not include 
those airplanes in the applicability.
    This proposed AD was prompted by the results of laboratory tests on 
nonrechargeable lithium batteries installed in ELTs, which highlighted 
a

[[Page 61885]]

lack of protection against currents of 28 volts DC or 115 volts AC that 
could lead to thermal runaway and a battery fire. The FAA is proposing 
this AD to address this unsafe condition, which could result in local 
(temporary) fires and could result in damage to the airplane and injury 
to occupants. See the MCAI for additional background information.

Related IBR Material Under 1 CFR Part 51

    EASA AD 2020-0103 describes procedures for modifying a certain ELT 
by installing a diode in the airplane circuit connecting the ELT 
battery.
    This material is reasonably available because the interested 
parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by 
the means identified in the ADDRESSES section.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another 
country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant 
to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, the FAA 
has been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI 
referenced above. The FAA is proposing 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.

Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified 
in EASA AD 2020-0103 described previously, as incorporated by 
reference, except for any differences identified as exceptions in the 
regulatory text of this AD.

Explanation of Required Compliance Information

    In the FAA's ongoing efforts to improve the efficiency of the AD 
process, the FAA initially worked with Airbus and EASA to develop a 
process to use certain EASA ADs as the primary source of information 
for compliance with requirements for corresponding FAA ADs. The FAA has 
since coordinated with other manufacturers and civil aviation 
authorities (CAAs) to use this process. As a result, EASA AD 2020-0103 
will be incorporated by reference in the FAA final rule. This proposed 
AD would, therefore, require compliance with EASA AD 2020-0103 in its 
entirety, through that incorporation, except for any differences 
identified as exceptions in the regulatory text of this proposed AD. 
Using common terms that are the same as the heading of a particular 
section in the EASA AD does not mean that operators need comply only 
with that section. For example, where the AD requirement refers to 
``all required actions and compliance times,'' compliance with this AD 
requirement is not limited to the section titled ``Required Action(s) 
and Compliance Time(s)'' in the EASA AD. Service information specified 
in EASA AD 2020-0103 that is required for compliance with EASA AD 2020-
0103 will be available on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov 
by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2020-0900 after the FAA 
final rule is published.

Clarification of Maintenance Activities With an Affected Part

    EASA AD 2020-0103 defines an affected part as an ELT having part 
number (P/N) 01N65900. When the modification (installation of a diode) 
is completed, the part number of the ELT does not change. The intent of 
paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2020-0103 is to require, for airplanes that 
have an affected ELT installed, operators to do the modification within 
24 months. For these airplanes, operators can remove an ELT having P/N 
01N65900 and reinstall that same part during maintenance activities 
within the 24-month compliance for doing the modification. After the 
modification is done, operators can install an ELT having P/N 01N65900 
as long as the modification is not removed.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this proposed AD affects 1,100 airplanes of 
U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with 
this proposed AD:

                                      Estimated Costs for Required Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                    Cost per       Cost on U.S.
                          Labor cost                              Parts cost        product         operators
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
3 work-hours x $85 per hour = $255...........................            $450             $705         $775,500
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    According to the manufacturer, some or all of the costs of this 
proposed 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 known costs in our 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.

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.

[[Page 61886]]

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):

Airbus SAS: Docket No. FAA-2020-0900; Product Identifier 2020-NM-
080-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    The FAA must receive comments by November 16, 2020.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the Airbus SAS airplanes specified in 
paragraphs (c)(1) through (4) of this AD, certificated in any 
category, all manufacturer serial numbers.
    (1) Model A318-111, A318-112, A318-121, and A318-122 airplanes.
    (2) Model A319-111, A319-112, A319-113, A319-114, A319-115, 
A319-131, A319-132, A319-133, A319-151N, and A319-153N airplanes.
    (3) Model A320-211, A320-212, A320-214, A320-216, A320-231, 
A320-232, A320-233, A320-251N, A320-252N, A320-253N, A320-271N, 
A320-272N, and A320-273N airplanes.
    (4) Model A321-111, A321-112, A321-131, A321-211, A321-212, 
A321-213, A321-231, A321-232, A321-251N, A321-252N, A321-253N, A321-
271N, A321-272N, A321-251NX, A321-252NX, A321-253NX, A321-271NX, and 
A321-272NX airplanes.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 25, Equipment/
Furnishings.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by the results of laboratory tests on non-
rechargeable lithium batteries installed in emergency locator 
transmitters (ELT), which highlighted a lack of protection against 
currents of 28 volts DC or 115 volts AC that could lead to thermal 
runaway and a battery fire. The FAA is issuing this AD to address 
this unsafe condition, which could result in local (temporary) 
fires, and could result in damage to the airplane and injury to 
occupants.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Requirements

    Except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD: Comply with all 
required actions and compliance times specified in, and in 
accordance with, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 
2020-0103, dated May 7, 2020; corrected May 8, 2020 (``EASA AD 2020-
0103'').

(h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2020-0103

    (1) Where EASA AD 2020-0103 refers to its effective date, this 
AD requires using the effective date of this AD.
    (2) The ``Remarks'' section of EASA AD 2020-0103 does not apply 
to this AD.
    (3) Where paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2020-0103 specifies the parts 
installation limitation, for this AD, comply with paragraph (i) of 
this AD.

(i) Parts Installation Limitation

    (1) For airplanes that do not have an ELT having part number (P/
N) 01N65900 installed as of the effective date of this AD: As of the 
effective date of this AD, no person may install an ELT having P/N 
01N65900 on any airplane unless the airplane has been modified as 
required by paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2020-0103.
    (2) For airplanes that have an ELT having P/N 01N65900 installed 
as of the effective date of this AD: After modification of the 
airplane as required by paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2020-0103, no 
person may install an ELT having P/N 01N65900 on that airplane if 
the modification is removed.

(j) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
Large Aircraft Section, International Validation 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 Large Aircraft Section, International Validation 
Branch, send it to the attention of the person identified in 
paragraph (k)(2) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: [email protected]. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your 
appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, 
the manager of the local flight standards district office/
certificate holding district office.
    (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD 
to obtain instructions from a manufacturer, the instructions must be 
accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, Large Aircraft 
Section, International Validation Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus 
SAS's EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the 
DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature.
    (3) Required for Compliance (RC): For any service information 
referenced in EASA AD 2020-0103 that contains RC procedures and 
tests: Except as required by paragraph (j)(2) of this AD, RC 
procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any 
procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. 
Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be 
deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the 
operator's maintenance or inspection program without obtaining 
approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as 
RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy 
condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests 
identified as RC require approval of an AMOC.

(k) Related Information

    (1) For information about EASA AD 2020-0103, contact the EASA, 
Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 
8999 000; email [email protected]; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You 
may find this EASA AD on the EASA website at https://ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this material at the FAA, 
Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 2200 
South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability 
of this material at the FAA, call 206-231-3195. This material may be 
found in the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-
2020-0900.
    (2) For more information about this AD, contact Sanjay Ralhan, 
Aerospace Engineer, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation 
Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone 
and fax 206-231-3223; email [email protected].

    Issued on September 25, 2020.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.

[FR Doc. 2020-21628 Filed 9-30-20; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-13-P