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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 199 / Wednesday, October 14, 2020 / Rules and Regulations the final rule will continue to allow credit unions to better focus on supporting lending to creditworthy individuals and businesses in light of recent strains on the U.S. economy as a result of the COVID event, while reaffirming the safety and soundness principle that valuation of collateral is an essential part of the lending decision. Finally, the Board believes that implementing the final rule as soon as possible is consistent with its intent to grant expedited relief. Therefore, the final rule will become effective October 14, 2020, through December 31, 2020. B. Congressional Review Act The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104–121) (SBREFA) generally provides for congressional review of agency rules.27 A reporting requirement is triggered in instances where the NCUA issues a final rule as defined by Section 551 of the APA.28 As required by SBREFA, the NCUA submitted the April 2020 interim final rule to OMB for it to determine if it was a ‘‘major rule’’ for purposes of SBREFA. OMB determined the interim final rule was not a major rule. The NCUA also filed the appropriate reports with Congress and the Government Accountability Office so this rule may be reviewed. This final rule makes no changes to the interim final rule. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES C. Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) applies to rulemakings in which an agency by rule creates a new paperwork burden on regulated entities or modifies an existing burden.29 For purposes of the PRA, a paperwork burden may take the form of a reporting, recordkeeping, or a third-party disclosure requirement, referred to as an information collection. The NCUA may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The information collection requirements of this part are approved under OMB control number 3133–0125, which requires that a federally insured credit union retain a record of either the appraisal or estimate, which ever applies. The deferral to obtain an appraisal or estimate will not result in a change in burden; therefore, no submission will be made to OMB for review. D. Regulatory Flexibility Act The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) 30 generally requires an agency to consider whether the rule it proposes will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. For purposes of the RFA, the Board considers credit unions with assets less than $100 million to be small entities.31 The RFA applies only to rules for which an agency publishes a general notice of proposed rulemaking pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b).32 Since the NCUA was not required to issue a general notice of proposed rulemaking associated with the interim final rule or this final rule, no RFA is required. Accordingly, the Board has concluded that the RFA’s requirements relating to a final regulatory flexibility analysis do not apply. Executive Order 13132 encourages independent regulatory agencies to consider the impact of their actions on state and local interests. The NCUA, an independent regulatory agency as defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(5), voluntarily complies with the executive order to adhere to fundamental federalism principles. This final rule does not have substantial direct effects 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. The Board has therefore determined that this rule does not constitute a policy that has federalism implications for purposes of the executive order. F. Assessment of Federal Regulations and Policies on Families The NCUA has determined that this rule will not affect family well-being within the meaning of § 654 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act, 1999, Pub. L. 105– 277, 112 Stat. 2681 (1998). List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 722 Appraisal, Appraiser, Credit unions, Mortgages, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Truth in lending. U.S.C. 601 et seq. Interpretive Ruling and Policy Statement 15–1. 80 FR 57512 (Sept. 24, 2015). 32 5 U.S.C. 604(a). 31 NCUA U.S.C. 801–804. 28 5 U.S.C. 551. 29 44 U.S.C. 3507(d). VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:58 Oct 13, 2020 Jkt 253001 By the National Credit Union Administration Board on September 17, 2020. Gerard Poliquin, Secretary of the Board. For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Board adopts the interim rule amending 12 CFR part 722, which was published at 85 FR 22014 on April 21, 2020, as final without change. ■ [FR Doc. 2020–20928 Filed 10–13–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7535–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0336; Product Identifier 2020–NM–032–AD; Amendment 39–21280; AD 2020–21–07] RIN 2120–AA64 E. Executive Order 13132 30 5 27 5 64949 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus SAS Model A350–941 and –1041 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report that sticking effects have been observed affecting the breathing bag on certain passenger oxygen masks. This AD requires replacement of affected passenger oxygen masks, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective November 18, 2020. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of November 18, 2020. ADDRESSES: For material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this AD, contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; phone: +49 221 8999 000; email: ADs@ easa.europa.eu; 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. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14OCR1.SGM 14OCR1 64950 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 199 / Wednesday, October 14, 2020 / Rules and Regulations 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– 0336; 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, any comments received, and other information. The address for Docket Operations is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Arrigotti, Aerospace Engineer, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206–231–3218; email: kathleen.arrigotti@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2020–0031, dated February 18, 2020 (‘‘EASA AD 2020–0031’’) (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus SAS Model A350–941 and –1041 airplanes. The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all Airbus SAS Model A350– 941 and –1041 airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on April 27, 2020 (85 FR 23257). The NPRM was prompted by a report that sticking effects have been observed affecting the breathing bag on certain passenger oxygen masks. The NPRM proposed to require replacement of affected passenger oxygen masks, as specified in an EASA AD. The FAA is issuing this AD to address sticking of the breathing bag on certain passenger oxygen masks, which could prevent the breathing bag from fully inflating, and possibly injure cabin occupants following a depressurization event. See the MCAI for additional background information. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Comments The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this final rule. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM and the FAA’s response to each comment. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:58 Oct 13, 2020 Jkt 253001 Request To Allow Records Review or Visual Inspection Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL) requested that the FAA include a provision in the NPRM to allow a records review or visual inspection in lieu of a detailed inspection of the affected parts. DAL pointed out that the Airbus service information associated with EASA AD 2020–0031 specifies doing a detailed inspection of the affected parts for the affected serial numbers. DAL mentioned that previous Airbus service information for similar unsafe conditions have allowed alternative means to determine whether parts were affected by the unsafe condition. The FAA agrees that clarification is necessary. The FAA has determined that a review of airplane maintenance records or visual inspection is acceptable in lieu of a detailed inspection if the part number, amendment number, and serial number of the passenger oxygen mask can be conclusively determined from that review. EASA AD 2020–0031, does not specify any inspection, but instead specifies replacement of affected parts with affected serial numbers. Because EASA AD 2020–0031 does not specify doing an inspection, it is not necessary to specify alternative inspection methods in this AD. However, to be clear, paragraph (h) of this AD has been revised to include an exception to EASA AD 2020–0031, stating that this AD only requires the replacement and does not require the inspection for the part number and serial number. Request for Exception To Limit Service Information DAL requested that the FAA add an exception in paragraph (h) of the proposed AD to specify doing the assembly/installation and reidentification of parts using paragraphs 3.C. and 3.D. of the Accomplishment Instructions of the B/E Aerospace Systems service information where paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2020–0031 specifies doing the actions ‘‘. . . in accordance with the instructions of the SB.’’ DAL pointed out that the Airbus service information specified by EASA AD 2020–0031 refers to B/E Aerospace Systems service information, which specifies non-explicit instructions for removal/disassembly and appears to conflict with the Airbus service information that specifies ‘‘modification.’’ DAL expressed its opinion that the modification specified in the Airbus service information should actually be the replacement of the E75000–00 series mask assemblies in affected container assemblies with re- PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 identification of the container assemblies. The FAA disagrees with the commenter’s request. The FAA has considered the potential for conflicts introduced from other referenced service information. However, this AD requires using EASA AD 2020–0031 as the appropriate source of service information, which overrides any conflicting information specified in other referenced service information. Further, while the terminology in the Airbus service information differs from that in the B/E Aerospace Systems service information, it is clear that the Airbus service information specifies accomplishing the B/E Aerospace Systems service information, so restating that information in this AD is unnecessary. This AD has not been revised in this regard. Request To Add an Exception To Clarify That Checking for Date of Manufacture Is Not Required DAL requested that the FAA add an exception in paragraph (h) of the proposed AD to clarify that checking for the date of manufacture is not required. DAL mentioned that the Accomplishment Instructions of the B/ E Aerospace Systems service information include an additional inspection for the date of manufacture of the affected part that neither EASA AD 2020–0031 nor the Airbus service information specify. DAL expressed concern that inspection for the date of manufacture was not considered as part of the NPRM. Delta contended that the date of manufacture inspection specified in the Accomplishment Instructions of the B/E Aerospace Systems service information is not required by EASA AD 2020–0031. The FAA infers that the commenter requests an exception in the proposed AD to specify that the date of manufacture inspection specified in the Accomplishment Instructions of the B/ E Aerospace Systems service information is not required. The FAA agrees for the reasons provided and has added an exception in paragraph (h)(4) of this AD to specify that the date of manufacture inspection specified in the Accomplishment Instructions of the B/ E Aerospace Systems service information is not required. 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 with the changes described previously and minor editorial changes. E:\FR\FM\14OCR1.SGM 14OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 199 / Wednesday, October 14, 2020 / Rules and Regulations 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. The FAA also determined that these changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this final rule. Related IBR Material Under 1 CFR Part 51 EASA AD 2020–0031 describes procedures for replacement of affected passenger oxygen masks. This material is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it 64951 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 13 airplanes of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD: ESTIMATED COSTS FOR REQUIRED ACTIONS Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators 6 work-hours × $85 per hour = $510 .......................................................................................... $0 * $510 $6,630 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES * The FAA has received no definitive data that would enable the FAA to provide cost estimates of the parts cost for the replacement specified in this AD. According to the manufacturer, some or all of the costs of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected individuals. The FAA does not control warranty coverage for affected individuals. As a result, the FAA has included all known costs in our cost estimate. (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. 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. Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. 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, VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:58 Oct 13, 2020 Jkt 253001 List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ 2020–21–07 Airbus SAS: Amendment 39– 21280; Docket No. FAA–2020–0336; Product Identifier 2020–NM–032–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective November 18, 2020. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to all Airbus SAS Model A350–941 and –1041 airplanes, certificated in any category. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 35, Oxygen. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (e) Reason This AD was prompted by a report that sticking effects have been observed affecting the breathing bag on certain passenger oxygen masks. The FAA is issuing this AD to address sticking of the breathing bag on certain passenger oxygen masks, which could prevent the breathing bag from fully inflating, and possibly injure cabin occupants following a depressurization event. (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 2020–0031, dated February 18, 2020 (‘‘EASA AD 2020–0031’’). (h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2020–0031 (1) Where EASA AD 2020–0031 refers to its effective date, this AD requires using the effective date of this AD. (2) The ‘‘Remarks’’ section of EASA AD 2020–0031 does not apply to this AD. (3) Where EASA AD 2020–0031 specifies to do the replacement specified in Airbus Service Bulletin A350–35–P013, Revision 00, dated July 2, 2019, which specifies to inspect for the part number and serial number and then do a replacement; this AD only requires the replacement. (4) Where paragraphs 3.B. and 3.C. of the Accomplishment Instructions of B/E Aerospace Systems Service Bulletin E75000– 35–001, Revision 00, dated November 25, 2016, state to do an inspection for the date of manufacture of the affected part, this AD does not require that inspection. (i) 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 E:\FR\FM\14OCR1.SGM 14OCR1 64952 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 199 / Wednesday, October 14, 2020 / Rules and Regulations 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 (j) 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 2020–0031 that contains RC procedures and tests: Except as required by paragraph (i)(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. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES (j) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Kathleen Arrigotti, Aerospace Engineer, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206–231–3218; email: kathleen.arrigotti@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 this AD specifies otherwise. (i) European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020–0031, dated February 18, 2020. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For EASA AD 2020–0031, contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; phone: +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. (4) 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:58 Oct 13, 2020 Jkt 253001 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–2020–0336. (5) You may view this material 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: https://www.archives.gov/ federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html. Issued on October 1, 2020. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2020–22628 Filed 10–13–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0339; Product Identifier 2020–NM–046–AD; Amendment 39–21281; AD 2020–21–08] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus SAS Model A350–941 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports that the latches for the forward and aft pressure relief doors could be opened during exposure to fire, leading to a breach in the engine core firewall. This AD requires modification and reidentification of the affected thrust reversers (TRs) and latch access doors (LADs), as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective November 18, 2020. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of November 18, 2020. ADDRESSES: 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 ADs@ easa.europa.eu; 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, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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– 0339. 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– 0339; 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, any comments received, and other information. The address for Docket Operations is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Arrigotti, Aerospace Engineer, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3218; email kathleen.arrigotti@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2020–0060, dated March 16, 2020 (‘‘EASA AD 2020–0060’’) (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus SAS Model A350–941 airplanes. The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all Airbus SAS Model A350– 941 airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on April 27, 2020 (85 FR 23252). The NPRM was prompted by reports that the latches for the forward and aft pressure relief doors could be opened during exposure to fire, leading to a breach in the engine core firewall. The NPRM proposed to require modification and re-identification of the affected thrust TRs and LADs, as specified in EASA AD 2020–0060. The FAA is issuing this AD to address a possible breach in the engine core firewall. This condition, if not corrected, could lead to an uncontained engine fire, possibly resulting in reduced control of the airplane. See the E:\FR\FM\14OCR1.SGM 14OCR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0336; Product Identifier 2020-NM-032-AD; Amendment 
39-21280; AD 2020-21-07]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 
Airbus SAS Model A350-941 and -1041 airplanes. This AD was prompted by 
a report that sticking effects have been observed affecting the 
breathing bag on certain passenger oxygen masks. This AD requires 
replacement of affected passenger oxygen masks, as specified in a 
European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated 
by reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe 
condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective November 18, 2020.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of November 18, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: For material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this AD, 
contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; 
phone: +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.

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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-
0336; 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, any comments received, and other information. The 
address for Docket Operations is U.S. Department of Transportation, 
Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Arrigotti, Aerospace 
Engineer, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, 
2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206-231-
3218; email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the 
European Union, has issued EASA AD 2020-0031, dated February 18, 2020 
(``EASA AD 2020-0031'') (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing 
Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe 
condition for all Airbus SAS Model A350-941 and -1041 airplanes.
    The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 
CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all Airbus SAS Model 
A350-941 and -1041 airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal 
Register on April 27, 2020 (85 FR 23257). The NPRM was prompted by a 
report that sticking effects have been observed affecting the breathing 
bag on certain passenger oxygen masks. The NPRM proposed to require 
replacement of affected passenger oxygen masks, as specified in an EASA 
AD.
    The FAA is issuing this AD to address sticking of the breathing bag 
on certain passenger oxygen masks, which could prevent the breathing 
bag from fully inflating, and possibly injure cabin occupants following 
a depressurization event. See the MCAI for additional background 
information.

Comments

    The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in 
developing this final rule. The following presents the comments 
received on the NPRM and the FAA's response to each comment.

Request To Allow Records Review or Visual Inspection

    Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL) requested that the FAA include a 
provision in the NPRM to allow a records review or visual inspection in 
lieu of a detailed inspection of the affected parts. DAL pointed out 
that the Airbus service information associated with EASA AD 2020-0031 
specifies doing a detailed inspection of the affected parts for the 
affected serial numbers. DAL mentioned that previous Airbus service 
information for similar unsafe conditions have allowed alternative 
means to determine whether parts were affected by the unsafe condition.
    The FAA agrees that clarification is necessary. The FAA has 
determined that a review of airplane maintenance records or visual 
inspection is acceptable in lieu of a detailed inspection if the part 
number, amendment number, and serial number of the passenger oxygen 
mask can be conclusively determined from that review. EASA AD 2020-
0031, does not specify any inspection, but instead specifies 
replacement of affected parts with affected serial numbers. Because 
EASA AD 2020-0031 does not specify doing an inspection, it is not 
necessary to specify alternative inspection methods in this AD. 
However, to be clear, paragraph (h) of this AD has been revised to 
include an exception to EASA AD 2020-0031, stating that this AD only 
requires the replacement and does not require the inspection for the 
part number and serial number.

Request for Exception To Limit Service Information

    DAL requested that the FAA add an exception in paragraph (h) of the 
proposed AD to specify doing the assembly/installation and re-
identification of parts using paragraphs 3.C. and 3.D. of the 
Accomplishment Instructions of the B/E Aerospace Systems service 
information where paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2020-0031 specifies doing 
the actions ``. . . in accordance with the instructions of the SB.'' 
DAL pointed out that the Airbus service information specified by EASA 
AD 2020-0031 refers to B/E Aerospace Systems service information, which 
specifies non-explicit instructions for removal/disassembly and appears 
to conflict with the Airbus service information that specifies 
``modification.'' DAL expressed its opinion that the modification 
specified in the Airbus service information should actually be the 
replacement of the E75000-00 series mask assemblies in affected 
container assemblies with re-identification of the container 
assemblies.
    The FAA disagrees with the commenter's request. The FAA has 
considered the potential for conflicts introduced from other referenced 
service information. However, this AD requires using EASA AD 2020-0031 
as the appropriate source of service information, which overrides any 
conflicting information specified in other referenced service 
information. Further, while the terminology in the Airbus service 
information differs from that in the B/E Aerospace Systems service 
information, it is clear that the Airbus service information specifies 
accomplishing the B/E Aerospace Systems service information, so 
restating that information in this AD is unnecessary. This AD has not 
been revised in this regard.

Request To Add an Exception To Clarify That Checking for Date of 
Manufacture Is Not Required

    DAL requested that the FAA add an exception in paragraph (h) of the 
proposed AD to clarify that checking for the date of manufacture is not 
required. DAL mentioned that the Accomplishment Instructions of the B/E 
Aerospace Systems service information include an additional inspection 
for the date of manufacture of the affected part that neither EASA AD 
2020-0031 nor the Airbus service information specify. DAL expressed 
concern that inspection for the date of manufacture was not considered 
as part of the NPRM. Delta contended that the date of manufacture 
inspection specified in the Accomplishment Instructions of the B/E 
Aerospace Systems service information is not required by EASA AD 2020-
0031.
    The FAA infers that the commenter requests an exception in the 
proposed AD to specify that the date of manufacture inspection 
specified in the Accomplishment Instructions of the B/E Aerospace 
Systems service information is not required. The FAA agrees for the 
reasons provided and has added an exception in paragraph (h)(4) of this 
AD to specify that the date of manufacture inspection specified in the 
Accomplishment Instructions of the B/E Aerospace Systems service 
information is not required.

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 with the changes described previously 
and minor editorial changes.

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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.
    The FAA also determined that these changes will not increase the 
economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this final 
rule.

Related IBR Material Under 1 CFR Part 51

    EASA AD 2020-0031 describes procedures for replacement of affected 
passenger oxygen masks. 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.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects 13 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 per       Cost on U.S.
                          Labor cost                              Parts cost        product         operators
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6 work-hours x $85 per hour = $510...........................            $0 *             $510           $6,630
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* The FAA has received no definitive data that would enable the FAA to provide cost estimates of the parts cost
  for the replacement specified in this AD.

    According to the manufacturer, some or all of the costs of this AD 
may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on 
affected individuals. The FAA does not control warranty coverage for 
affected individuals. As a result, the FAA has included all 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

    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:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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

2020-21-07 Airbus SAS: Amendment 39-21280; Docket No. FAA-2020-0336; 
Product Identifier 2020-NM-032-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective November 18, 2020.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to all Airbus SAS Model A350-941 and -1041 
airplanes, certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 35, Oxygen.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by a report that sticking effects have been 
observed affecting the breathing bag on certain passenger oxygen 
masks. The FAA is issuing this AD to address sticking of the 
breathing bag on certain passenger oxygen masks, which could prevent 
the breathing bag from fully inflating, and possibly injure cabin 
occupants following a depressurization event.

(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 
2020-0031, dated February 18, 2020 (``EASA AD 2020-0031'').

(h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2020-0031

    (1) Where EASA AD 2020-0031 refers to its effective date, this 
AD requires using the effective date of this AD.
    (2) The ``Remarks'' section of EASA AD 2020-0031 does not apply 
to this AD.
    (3) Where EASA AD 2020-0031 specifies to do the replacement 
specified in Airbus Service Bulletin A350-35-P013, Revision 00, 
dated July 2, 2019, which specifies to inspect for the part number 
and serial number and then do a replacement; this AD only requires 
the replacement.
    (4) Where paragraphs 3.B. and 3.C. of the Accomplishment 
Instructions of B/E Aerospace Systems Service Bulletin E75000-35-
001, Revision 00, dated November 25, 2016, state to do an inspection 
for the date of manufacture of the affected part, this AD does not 
require that inspection.

(i) 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

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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 (j) 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 2020-0031 that contains RC procedures and 
tests: Except as required by paragraph (i)(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.

(j) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact Kathleen Arrigotti, 
Aerospace Engineer, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation 
Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and 
fax: 206-231-3218; 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 this AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020-0031, 
dated February 18, 2020.
    (ii) [Reserved]
    (3) For EASA AD 2020-0031, contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-
Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; phone: +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.
    (4) 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-2020-0336.
    (5) You may view this material that is incorporated by reference 
at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For 
information on the availability of this material at NARA, email 
[email protected], or go to: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued on October 1, 2020.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-22628 Filed 10-13-20; 8:45 am]
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