Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes, 65674-65677 [2020-22793]

Download as PDF 65674 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 201 / Friday, October 16, 2020 / Rules and Regulations South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3220; email Shahram.Daneshmandi@faa.gov. (l) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise. (i) European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020–0101, dated May 5, 2020. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For EASA AD 2020–0101, 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 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–2020–0676. (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 6, 2020. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2020–22792 Filed 10–15–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0581; Product Identifier 2020–NM–057–AD; Amendment 39–21284; AD 2020–21–11] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2015–22– 08, which applied to all Airbus SAS Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319–111, –112, –113, –114, –115, –131, –132, and –133 airplanes; and Model A320–211, –212, –214, –231, jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Oct 15, 2020 Jkt 253001 –232, and –233 airplanes. The FAA is also superseding AD 2018–17–19, which applied to certain Airbus SAS Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319–111, –112, –113, –114, –115, –131, –132, and –133 airplanes; Model A320–211, –212, –214, –216, –231, –232, –233, –251N, and –271N airplanes; and Model A321–111, –112, –131, –211, –212, –213, –231, –232, –251N, –253N, and –271N airplanes. The FAA is also superseding AD 2019– 19–15, which applied to certain Airbus SAS Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319–111, –112, –113, –114, –115, –131, –132, and –133 airplanes; Model A320–211, –212, –214, –216, –231, –232, –233, –251N, and –271N airplanes; and Model A321 series airplanes. AD 2019–19–15 required revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations. This AD requires revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations, as specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. This AD was prompted by a determination that new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective November 20, 2020. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of November 20, 2020. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain other publication listed in this AD as of November 14, 2019 (84 FR 54480, October 10, 2019). ADDRESSES: For EASA material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this AD, contact the EASA, KonradAdenauer-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. For the Airbus material identified in this AD that continues to be IBR, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office—EIAS, Rond-Point Emile Dewoitine No: 2, 31700 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email account.airworth-eas@ airbus.com; internet https:// www.airbus.com. You may view this IBR material at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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– 0581. 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– 0581; 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: 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD 2020–0080, dated April 1, 2020 (‘‘EASA AD 2020–0080’’) (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for all Model A318– 111, –112, –121, and –122 airplanes; Model A319–111, –112, –113, –114, –115, –131, –132, –133, –151N, and –153N airplanes; Model A320–211, –212, –214, –215, –216, –231, –232, –233, –251N, –252N, –253N, –271N, –272N, and –273N airplanes; and Model A321–111, –112, –131, –211, –212, –213, –231, –232, –251N, –252N, –253N, –271N, –272N, –251NX, –252NX, –253NX, –271NX, and –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. The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2015–22–08, Amendment 39–18313 (80 FR 68434, November 5, 2015) (‘‘AD 2015–22–08’’). AD 2015–22–08 applied to all Airbus SAS Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319–111, –112, –113, –114, –115, –131, –132, and –133 airplanes; E:\FR\FM\16OCR1.SGM 16OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 201 / Friday, October 16, 2020 / Rules and Regulations Model A320–211, –212, –214, –231, –232, and –233 airplanes. The FAA also proposed to supersede AD 2018–17–19, Amendment 39–19373 (83 FR 44460, August 31, 2018) (‘‘AD 2018–17–19’’). AD 2018–17–19 applied to certain Airbus SAS Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319–111, –112, –113, –114, –115, –131, –132, and –133 airplanes; Model A320–211, –212, –214, –216, –231, –232, –233, –251N, and –271N airplanes; and Model A321–111, –112, –131, –211, –212, –213, –231, –232, –251N, –253N, and –271N airplanes. The FAA also proposed to supersede AD 2019–19–15, Amendment 39–19751 (84 FR 54480, October 10, 2019) (‘‘AD 2019–19–15’’). AD 2019–19–15 applied to certain Airbus SAS Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319–111, –112, –113, –114, –115, –131, –132, and –133 airplanes; Model A320–211, –212, –214, –216, –231, –232, –233, –251N, and –271N airplanes; and Model A321 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on July 17, 2020 (85 FR 43499). The NPRM was prompted by a determination that new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. The NPRM proposed to require revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations, as specified in an EASA AD. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the failure of certain life-limited parts, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane. See the MCAI for additional background information. Comments The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this final rule. The FAA received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES Conclusion The FAA reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this final rule as proposed, except for minor editorial changes. The FAA has determined that these minor changes: • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM for addressing the unsafe condition; and • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM. Related IBR Material Under 1 CFR Part 51 EASA AD 2020–0080 describes new or more restrictive airworthiness VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Oct 15, 2020 Jkt 253001 limitations for airplane structures and safe life limits. This AD also requires Airbus A318/ A319/A320/A321 Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) Part 1 Safe Life Airworthiness Limitations (SL– ALI), Revision 06, Issue 02, dated November 30, 2018, which the Director of the Federal Register approved for incorporation by reference as of November 14, 2019 (84 FR 54480, October 10, 2019). 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 1,553 airplanes of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD: The FAA estimates the total cost per operator for the retained actions from AD 2019–03–17 to be $7,650 (90 workhours × $85 per work-hour). The FAA has determined that revising the existing maintenance or inspection program takes an average of 90 workhours per operator, although the agency recognizes that this number may vary from operator to operator. Since operators incorporate maintenance or inspection program changes for their affected fleet(s), the FAA has determined that a per-operator estimate is more accurate than a per-airplane estimate. The FAA estimates the total cost per operator for the new actions to be $7,650 (90 work-hours × $85 per workhour). 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. PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 65675 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 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: a. Removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2015–22–08, Amendment 39– 18313 (80 FR 68434, November 5, 2015); AD 2018–17–19, Amendment 39–19373 (83 FR 44460, August 31, 2018); and AD 2019–19–15, Amendment 39–19751 (84 FR 54480, October 10, 2019); and ■ b. Adding the following new AD: ■ ■ 2020–21–11 Airbus SAS: Amendment 39– 21284; Docket No. FAA–2020–0581; Product Identifier 2020–NM–057–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective November 20, 2020. (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2015–22–08, Amendment 39–18313 (80 FR 68434, November 5, 2015) (‘‘AD 2015–22–08’’); AD 2018–17–19, Amendment 39–19373 (83 FR 44460, August 31, 2018) (‘‘AD 2018–17–19’’); and AD 2019–19–15, Amendment 39–19751 (84 FR 54480, October 10, 2019) (‘‘AD 2019– 19–15’’). (c) Applicability This AD applies to the Airbus SAS airplanes specified in paragraphs (c)(1) through (4) of this AD, certificated in any E:\FR\FM\16OCR1.SGM 16OCR1 65676 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 201 / Friday, October 16, 2020 / Rules and Regulations category, with an original airworthiness certificate or original export certificate of airworthiness issued on or before November 13, 2019. (1) Model A318–111, –112, –121, and –122 airplanes. (2) Model A319–111, –112, –113, –114, –115, –131, –132, –133, –151N, and –153N airplanes. (3) Model A320–211, –212, –214, –216, –231, –232, –233, –251N, –252N, –253N, –271N, –272N, and –273N airplanes. (4) Model A321–111, –112, –131, –211, –212, –213, –231, –232, –251N, –252N, –253N, –271N, –272N, –251NX, –252NX, –253NX, –271NX, and –272NX airplanes. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 05, Time Limits/Maintenance Checks. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by a determination that new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the failure of certain lifelimited parts, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES (g) Retained Maintenance or Inspection Program Revision, With No Changes This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 2019–19–15, with no changes. For airplanes with an original airworthiness certificate or original export certificate of airworthiness issued on or before November 30, 2018: Within 90 days after November 14, 2019 (the effective date of AD 2019–19–15), revise the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate Airbus SAS A318/ A319/A320/A321 Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) Part 1 Safe Life Airworthiness Limitations (SL–ALI), Revision 06, Issue 02, dated November 30, 2018. The initial compliance time for doing the revised actions is at the applicable time specified in Airbus SAS A318/A319/A320/A321 ALS Part 1 Safe Life Airworthiness Limitations (SL–ALI), Revision 06, Issue 02, dated November 30, 2018, or within 90 days after November 14, 2019, whichever occurs later. Accomplishing the maintenance or inspection program revision required by paragraph (i) of this AD terminates the requirements of this paragraph. (h) Retained Restrictions on Alternative Actions and Intervals With a New Exception This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 2019–19–15, with a new exception. Except as required by paragraph (i) of this AD, after the maintenance or inspection program has been revised as required by paragraph (g) of this AD, no alternative life limits may be used unless approved as an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (l)(1) of this AD. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Oct 15, 2020 Jkt 253001 (i) New Maintenance or Inspection Program Revision Except as specified in paragraph (j) of this AD: Comply with all required actions and compliance times specified in, and in accordance with, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020–0080, dated April 1, 2020 (‘‘EASA AD 2020–0080’’). Accomplishing the maintenance or inspection program revision required by this paragraph terminates the requirements of paragraph (g) of this AD. (j) Exceptions to EASA AD 2020–0080 (1) The requirements specified in paragraph (1), (3), and (4) of EASA AD 2020– 0080 do not apply to this AD. (2) Paragraph (2) of EASA AD 2020–0080 specifies revising ‘‘the AMP’’ within 12 months after its effective date, but this AD requires revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate the ‘‘limitations’’ specified in paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2020–0080 within 90 days after the effective date of this AD. (3) The initial compliance time for doing the tasks specified in paragraph (2) of EASA AD 2020–0080 is at the applicable compliance times specified in paragraph (2) of EASA AD 2020–0080, or within 90 days after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later. (4) The ‘‘Remarks’’ section of EASA AD 2020–0080 does not apply to this AD. (k) New Provisions for Alternative Actions and Intervals After the maintenance or inspection program has been revised as required by paragraph (i) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections) or intervals are allowed except as specified in the provisions of the ‘‘Ref. Publications’’ section of EASA AD 2020–0080. (l) 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 (m) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-AVS-AIR730-AMOC@faa.gov. (i) 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. (ii) AMOCs approved previously for AD 2019–19–15 are approved as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of EASA AD 2020– 0080 that are required by paragraph (g) of this AD. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain instructions from a manufacturer, the instructions must PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 2020–0080 that contains RC procedures and tests: Except as required by paragraph (l)(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. (m) Related Information 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. (n) 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. (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on November 20, 2020. (i) European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020–0080, dated April 1, 2020. (ii) [Reserved] (4) The following service information was approved for IBR on November 14, 2019 (84 FR 54480, October 10, 2019). (i) Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) Part 1 Safe Life Airworthiness Limitations (SL– ALI), Revision 06, Issue 02, dated November 30, 2018. (ii) [Reserved] (5) For EASA AD 2020–0080, 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 EASA AD on the EASA website at https:// ad.easa.europa.eu. (6) For Airbus material, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness Office-EIAS, Rond-Point Emile Dewoitine No: 2, 31700 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email account.airworth-eas@ airbus.com; internet https://www.airbus.com. (7) 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 E:\FR\FM\16OCR1.SGM 16OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 201 / Friday, October 16, 2020 / Rules and Regulations 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–2020–0581. (8) 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 5, 2020. Gaetano A. Sciortino, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2020–22793 Filed 10–15–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P 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 7400.11E at NARA, email fedreg.legal@nara.gov or go to https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ ibr-locations.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Roberts, Federal Aviation Administration, Western Service Center, Operations Support Group, 2200 S. 216th Street, Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone (206) 231–2245. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority for This Rulemaking DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0552; Airspace Docket No. 18–ANM–11] RIN 2120–AA66 Amendment and Establishment of Class E Airspace; Coeur D’Alene, ID Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This action modifies the Class E surface area airspace and establishes Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Coeur D’Alene-Pappy Boyington Field, Coeur D’Alene, ID, to support the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations under standard instrument approach and departure procedures at the airport, for the safety and management of aircraft within the National Airspace System. Additionally, an editorial change is being made to the legal description replacing ‘‘Airport/Facility Directory’’ with the term ‘‘Chart Supplement’’ and updating the name of the airport to match the FAA aeronautical database. DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, December 31, 2020. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under Title 1 Code of Federal Regulations part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.11 and publication of conforming amendments. ADDRESSES: FAA Order 7400.11E, 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 Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:47 Oct 15, 2020 Jkt 253001 The FAA’s authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code (U.S.C.). 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 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 amends the Class E surface airspace and establishes Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet AGL at Coeur D’Alene-Pappy Boyington Field, Coeur D’Alene, ID, to support the Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations under standard instrument approach and departure procedures at the airport, for the safety and management of aircraft within the National Airspace System. Additionally, an editorial change is being made to the legal description replacing ‘‘Airport/ Facility Directory’’ with the term ‘‘Chart Supplement’’ and updating the name of the airport to match the FAA aeronautical database. History The FAA published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register (85 FR 47718; August 6, 2020) for Docket No. FAA–2020–0552 to amend the Class E surface airspace, and establish the Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the earth at Coeur D’Alene-Pappy Boyington Field, Coeur D’Alene, ID in support of IFR operations. Interested parties were invited to participate in this rulemaking effort by submitting written comments on the proposal to the FAA. No comments were received. PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 65677 Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6002 and 6005 of FAA Order 7400.11E, dated July 21, 2020 and effective September 15, 2020, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class D and Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order. Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference This document amends FAA Order 7400.11E, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated July 21, 2020, and effective September 15, 2020. FAA Order 7400.11E is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.11E lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points. The Rule The FAA is amending 14 CFR part 71 by amending the description of the Class E surface area and establishing Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Coeur D’Alene-Pappy Boyington Field, Coeur D’Alene, ID. The Class E surface airspace 3.5 miles each side of the VOR/DME 251° radial west of the airport is being removed. The lateral boundary for the area south of the airport is reduced from 1.8 miles each side of the 183° bearing to 1.3 miles and extend 6 miles from the airport instead of 8 miles. The additional airspace, in these two areas, is no longer required to support instrument operations. An area 1.8 miles each side of the 023° bearing is being added and extends 5 miles from the airport. This enables instrument departures to reach 700 feet AGL before exiting the surface area. Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface is being established to within 4.4 miles of the airport with three areas extending beyond the 4.4-mile radius. One area, 4.4 miles each side of the 250° bearing, extends from the airport 14.4 miles west. This section accommodates the ILS and RNAV approaches. Another area is being established, 1.3 miles each side of the 183° bearing and extending from the airport 10 miles south, to support the VOR approach. The third area extends 1.8 miles each side of the 023° bearing 8 miles northeast from the airport. This section protects aircraft using the Obstacle Departure Procedure. This airspace is necessary to support IFR approach and departure procedures at the airport. E:\FR\FM\16OCR1.SGM 16OCR1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 201 (Friday, October 16, 2020)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 65674-65677]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-22793]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0581; Product Identifier 2020-NM-057-AD; Amendment 
39-21284; AD 2020-21-11]
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 superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2015-22-
08, which applied to all Airbus SAS Model A318 series airplanes; Model 
A319-111, -112, -113, -114, -115, -131, -132, and -133 airplanes; and 
Model A320-211, -212, -214, -231, -232, and -233 airplanes. The FAA is 
also superseding AD 2018-17-19, which applied to certain Airbus SAS 
Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319-111, -112, -113, -114, -115, -
131, -132, and -133 airplanes; Model A320-211, -212, -214, -216, -231, 
-232, -233, -251N, and -271N airplanes; and Model A321-111, -112, -131, 
-211, -212, -213, -231, -232, -251N, -253N, and -271N airplanes. The 
FAA is also superseding AD 2019-19-15, which applied to certain Airbus 
SAS Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319-111, -112, -113, -114, -
115, -131, -132, and -133 airplanes; Model A320-211, -212, -214, -216, 
-231, -232, -233, -251N, and -271N airplanes; and Model A321 series 
airplanes. AD 2019-19-15 required revising the existing maintenance or 
inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate new or more 
restrictive airworthiness limitations. This AD requires revising the 
existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to 
incorporate new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations, as 
specified in a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which 
is incorporated by reference. This AD was prompted by a determination 
that new or more restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. 
The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these 
products.

DATES: This AD is effective November 20, 2020.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of November 20, 
2020.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain other publication listed in this AD as of 
November 14, 2019 (84 FR 54480, October 10, 2019).

ADDRESSES: For EASA 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. For the Airbus material identified in 
this AD that continues to be IBR, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness 
Office--EIAS, Rond-Point Emile Dewoitine No: 2, 31700 Blagnac Cedex, 
France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email 
[email protected]; internet https://www.airbus.com. 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-2020-0581.

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-
0581; 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: 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:

Discussion

    The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the 
European Union, has issued EASA AD 2020-0080, dated April 1, 2020 
(``EASA AD 2020-0080'') (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing 
Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe 
condition for all Model A318-111, -112, -121, and -122 airplanes; Model 
A319-111, -112, -113, -114, -115, -131, -132, -133, -151N, and -153N 
airplanes; Model A320-211, -212, -214, -215, -216, -231, -232, -233, -
251N, -252N, -253N, -271N, -272N, and -273N airplanes; and Model A321-
111, -112, -131, -211, -212, -213, -231, -232, -251N, -252N, -253N, -
271N, -272N, -251NX, -252NX, -253NX, -271NX, and -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.
    The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 
CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2015-22-08, Amendment 39-18313 (80 FR 
68434, November 5, 2015) (``AD 2015-22-08''). AD 2015-22-08 applied to 
all Airbus SAS Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319-111, -112, -113, 
-114, -115, -131, -132, and -133 airplanes;

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Model A320-211, -212, -214, -231, -232, and -233 airplanes.
    The FAA also proposed to supersede AD 2018-17-19, Amendment 39-
19373 (83 FR 44460, August 31, 2018) (``AD 2018-17-19''). AD 2018-17-19 
applied to certain Airbus SAS Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319-
111, -112, -113, -114, -115, -131, -132, and -133 airplanes; Model 
A320-211, -212, -214, -216, -231, -232, -233, -251N, and -271N 
airplanes; and Model A321-111, -112, -131, -211, -212, -213, -231, -
232, -251N, -253N, and -271N airplanes.
    The FAA also proposed to supersede AD 2019-19-15, Amendment 39-
19751 (84 FR 54480, October 10, 2019) (``AD 2019-19-15''). AD 2019-19-
15 applied to certain Airbus SAS Model A318 series airplanes; Model 
A319-111, -112, -113, -114, -115, -131, -132, and -133 airplanes; Model 
A320-211, -212, -214, -216, -231, -232, -233, -251N, and -271N 
airplanes; and Model A321 series airplanes.
    The NPRM published in the Federal Register on July 17, 2020 (85 FR 
43499). The NPRM was prompted by a determination that new or more 
restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. The NPRM proposed 
to require revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as 
applicable, to incorporate new or more restrictive airworthiness 
limitations, as specified in an EASA AD.
    The FAA is issuing this AD to address the failure of certain life-
limited parts, which could result in reduced structural integrity of 
the airplane. See the MCAI for additional background information.

Comments

    The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in 
developing this final rule. The FAA received no comments on the NPRM or 
on the determination of the cost to the public.

Conclusion

    The FAA reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety 
and the public interest require adopting this final rule as proposed, 
except for minor editorial changes. The FAA has determined that these 
minor changes:
     Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the 
NPRM for addressing the unsafe condition; and
     Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was 
already proposed in the NPRM.

Related IBR Material Under 1 CFR Part 51

    EASA AD 2020-0080 describes new or more restrictive airworthiness 
limitations for airplane structures and safe life limits.
    This AD also requires Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 Airworthiness 
Limitations Section (ALS) Part 1 Safe Life Airworthiness Limitations 
(SL-ALI), Revision 06, Issue 02, dated November 30, 2018, which the 
Director of the Federal Register approved for incorporation by 
reference as of November 14, 2019 (84 FR 54480, October 10, 2019).
    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 1,553 airplanes of U.S. 
registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:
    The FAA estimates the total cost per operator for the retained 
actions from AD 2019-03-17 to be $7,650 (90 work-hours x $85 per work-
hour).
    The FAA has determined that revising the existing maintenance or 
inspection program takes an average of 90 work-hours per operator, 
although the agency recognizes that this number may vary from operator 
to operator. Since operators incorporate maintenance or inspection 
program changes for their affected fleet(s), the FAA has determined 
that a per-operator estimate is more accurate than a per-airplane 
estimate.
    The FAA estimates the total cost per operator for the new actions 
to be $7,650 (90 work-hours x $85 per work-hour).

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]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by:
0
a. Removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2015-22-08, Amendment 39-18313 
(80 FR 68434, November 5, 2015); AD 2018-17-19, Amendment 39-19373 (83 
FR 44460, August 31, 2018); and AD 2019-19-15, Amendment 39-19751 (84 
FR 54480, October 10, 2019); and
0
b. Adding the following new AD:

2020-21-11 Airbus SAS: Amendment 39-21284; Docket No. FAA-2020-0581; 
Product Identifier 2020-NM-057-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective November 20, 2020.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2015-22-08, Amendment 39-18313 (80 FR 68434, 
November 5, 2015) (``AD 2015-22-08''); AD 2018-17-19, Amendment 39-
19373 (83 FR 44460, August 31, 2018) (``AD 2018-17-19''); and AD 
2019-19-15, Amendment 39-19751 (84 FR 54480, October 10, 2019) (``AD 
2019-19-15'').

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the Airbus SAS airplanes specified in 
paragraphs (c)(1) through (4) of this AD, certificated in any

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category, with an original airworthiness certificate or original 
export certificate of airworthiness issued on or before November 13, 
2019.
    (1) Model A318-111, -112, -121, and -122 airplanes.
    (2) Model A319-111, -112, -113, -114, -115, -131, -132, -133, -
151N, and -153N airplanes.
    (3) Model A320-211, -212, -214, -216, -231, -232, -233, -251N, -
252N, -253N, -271N, -272N, and -273N airplanes.
    (4) Model A321-111, -112, -131, -211, -212, -213, -231, -232, -
251N, -252N, -253N, -271N, -272N, -251NX, -252NX, -253NX, -271NX, 
and -272NX airplanes.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 05, Time Limits/
Maintenance Checks.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by a determination that new or more 
restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. The FAA is 
issuing this AD to address the failure of certain life-limited 
parts, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the 
airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Retained Maintenance or Inspection Program Revision, With No 
Changes

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 
2019-19-15, with no changes. For airplanes with an original 
airworthiness certificate or original export certificate of 
airworthiness issued on or before November 30, 2018: Within 90 days 
after November 14, 2019 (the effective date of AD 2019-19-15), 
revise the existing maintenance or inspection program, as 
applicable, to incorporate Airbus SAS A318/A319/A320/A321 
Airworthiness Limitations Section (ALS) Part 1 Safe Life 
Airworthiness Limitations (SL-ALI), Revision 06, Issue 02, dated 
November 30, 2018. The initial compliance time for doing the revised 
actions is at the applicable time specified in Airbus SAS A318/A319/
A320/A321 ALS Part 1 Safe Life Airworthiness Limitations (SL-ALI), 
Revision 06, Issue 02, dated November 30, 2018, or within 90 days 
after November 14, 2019, whichever occurs later. Accomplishing the 
maintenance or inspection program revision required by paragraph (i) 
of this AD terminates the requirements of this paragraph.

(h) Retained Restrictions on Alternative Actions and Intervals With a 
New Exception

    This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 
2019-19-15, with a new exception. Except as required by paragraph 
(i) of this AD, after the maintenance or inspection program has been 
revised as required by paragraph (g) of this AD, no alternative life 
limits may be used unless approved as an alternative method of 
compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the procedures specified in 
paragraph (l)(1) of this AD.

(i) New Maintenance or Inspection Program Revision

    Except as specified in paragraph (j) of this AD: Comply with all 
required actions and compliance times specified in, and in 
accordance with, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 
2020-0080, dated April 1, 2020 (``EASA AD 2020-0080''). 
Accomplishing the maintenance or inspection program revision 
required by this paragraph terminates the requirements of paragraph 
(g) of this AD.

(j) Exceptions to EASA AD 2020-0080

    (1) The requirements specified in paragraph (1), (3), and (4) of 
EASA AD 2020-0080 do not apply to this AD.
    (2) Paragraph (2) of EASA AD 2020-0080 specifies revising ``the 
AMP'' within 12 months after its effective date, but this AD 
requires revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as 
applicable, to incorporate the ``limitations'' specified in 
paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2020-0080 within 90 days after the 
effective date of this AD.
    (3) The initial compliance time for doing the tasks specified in 
paragraph (2) of EASA AD 2020-0080 is at the applicable compliance 
times specified in paragraph (2) of EASA AD 2020-0080, or within 90 
days after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later.
    (4) The ``Remarks'' section of EASA AD 2020-0080 does not apply 
to this AD.

(k) New Provisions for Alternative Actions and Intervals

    After the maintenance or inspection program has been revised as 
required by paragraph (i) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., 
inspections) or intervals are allowed except as specified in the 
provisions of the ``Ref. Publications'' section of EASA AD 2020-
0080.

(l) 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 (m) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: [email protected].
    (i) 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.
    (ii) AMOCs approved previously for AD 2019-19-15 are approved as 
AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of EASA AD 2020-0080 that are 
required by paragraph (g) of this AD.
    (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 2020-0080 that contains RC procedures and 
tests: Except as required by paragraph (l)(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.

(m) Related Information

    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].

(n) 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.
    (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on 
November 20, 2020.
    (i) European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020-0080, 
dated April 1, 2020.
    (ii) [Reserved]
    (4) The following service information was approved for IBR on 
November 14, 2019 (84 FR 54480, October 10, 2019).
    (i) Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 Airworthiness Limitations Section 
(ALS) Part 1 Safe Life Airworthiness Limitations (SL-ALI), Revision 
06, Issue 02, dated November 30, 2018.
    (ii) [Reserved]
    (5) For EASA AD 2020-0080, 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.
    (6) For Airbus material, contact Airbus SAS, Airworthiness 
Office-EIAS, Rond-Point Emile Dewoitine No: 2, 31700 Blagnac Cedex, 
France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email 
[email protected]; internet https://www.airbus.com.
    (7) 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

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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-2020-0581.
    (8) 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 5, 2020.
Gaetano A. Sciortino,
Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Compliance & Airworthiness 
Division, Aircraft Certification Service.
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