Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS Airplanes, 10733-10736 [2021-03569]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 34 / Tuesday, February 23, 2021 / Rules and Regulations all other government acquisitions which require self-certification. The legislation also provided that in certain circumstances a firm can qualify as VO or SDVO when there is a surviving spouse or an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). In response to the NDAA 2017 changes, SBA amended the definitions in § 125.11 by incorporating language from VA’s regulations and also from SBA’s 8(a) Business Development (BD) program regulations. 13 CFR part 124, subpart A. In making these amendments, SBA inadvertently removed the definition of ‘‘interested party.’’ This rule adds back the definition. List of Subjects in 13 CFR Part 125 Government contracts, Government procurement, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Small businesses, Technical assistance. Accordingly, 13 CFR part 125 is corrected by making the following correcting amendment: PART 125—GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING PROGRAMS 1. 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[FR Doc. 2021–03007 Filed 2–22–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8026–03–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:28 Feb 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0900; Product Identifier 2020–NM–080–AD; Amendment 39–21400; AD 2021–02–17] 10733 Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. It is also available in the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020– 0900. Examining the AD Docket RIN 2120–AA64 You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https:// Airworthiness Directives; Airbus SAS www.regulations.gov by searching for Airplanes and locating Docket No. FAA–2020– 0900; or in person at Docket Operations AGENCY: Federal Aviation between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday Administration (FAA), Department of through Friday, except Federal holidays. Transportation (DOT). The AD docket contains this final rule, ACTION: Final rule. any comments received, and other SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new information. The address for Docket airworthiness directive (AD) for all Operations is U.S. Department of Airbus SAS Model A318 series Transportation, Docket Operations, M– airplanes; Model A319–111, A319–112, 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room A319–113, A319–114, A319–115, A319– W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 131, A319–132, A319–133, A319–151N, Washington, DC 20590. and A319–153N airplanes; Model A320 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: series airplanes; and Model A321 series Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, airplanes. This AD was prompted by the Large Aircraft Section, International results of laboratory tests on nonValidation Branch, FAA, 2200 South rechargeable lithium batteries installed 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; in emergency locator transmitters (ELT), telephone and fax 206–231–3223; email which highlighted a lack of protection Sanjay.Ralhan@faa.gov. against certain currents that could lead SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: to thermal runaway and a battery fire. Discussion This AD requires modifying a certain ELT by installing a diode in the airplane The EASA, which is the Technical circuit connecting the ELT battery, as Agent for the Member States of the specified in a European Union Aviation European Union, has issued EASA AD Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is 2020–0103, dated May 7, 2020; incorporated by reference. The FAA is corrected May 8, 2020 (EASA AD 2020– issuing this AD to address the unsafe 0103) (also referred to as the Mandatory condition on these products. Continuing Airworthiness Information, DATES: This AD is effective March 30, or the MCAI), to correct an unsafe 2021. condition for all Airbus SAS Model The Director of the Federal Register A318–111, A318–112, A318–121, A318– approved the incorporation by reference 122 airplanes; Model A319–111, A319– of certain publications listed in this AD 112, A319–113, A319–114, A319–115, as of March 30, 2021. A319–131, A319–132, A319–133, A319– 151N, and A319–153N airplanes; Model ADDRESSES: For EASA material A320–211, A320–212, A320–214, A320– incorporated by reference (IBR) in this 215, A320–216, A320–231, A320–232, AD, contact the EASA, KonradA320–233, A320–251N, A320–252N, Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, A320–253N, A320–271N, A320–272N, Germany; telephone +49 221 8999 000; and A320–273N airplanes; and Model email ADs@easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this A321–111, A321–112, A321–131, A321– 211, A321–212, A321–213, A321–231, IBR material on the EASA website at A321–232, A321–251N, A321–252N, https://ad.easa.europa.eu. For Airbus A321–253N, A321–271N, A321–272N, SAS service information incorporated A321–251NX, A321–252NX, A321– by reference in this AD, contact Airbus 253NX, A321–271NX, and A321–272NX SAS, Airworthiness Office—EIAS, airplanes. Model A320–215 airplanes Rond-Point Emile Dewoitine No: 2, 31700 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone are not certificated by the FAA and are not included on the U.S. type certificate +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 data sheet; this AD therefore does not 51; email account.airworth-eas@ include those airplanes in the airbus.com; internet https:// applicability. www.airbus.com. You may view this The FAA issued a notice of proposed IBR material at the FAA, Airworthiness rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR Products Section, Operational Safety part 39 by adding an AD that would Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\23FER1.SGM 23FER1 10734 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 34 / Tuesday, February 23, 2021 / Rules and Regulations maintenance manual (AMM) tasks referred to in Airbus SAS Service Bulletin A320–25–1BQN, dated December 5, 2019; and Service Bulletin A320–25–1BQP, dated December 5, 2019; are incorrect. The commenter stated that it contacted Airbus SAS regarding this issue and Airbus SAS’ response was that there is no planned revision to these service bulletins to correct the references to the incorrect AMM tasks. The FAA agrees with the commenter’s request for the reason provided. The FAA has added paragraph (h)(4) to this AD to allow use of the correct TAs. tasks for doing the BITE [built-in test equipment] test of the ELT specified in the related Airbus SAS service bulletins. These TAs are distinct since they apply to different service bulletins specified in EASA AD 2020–0103. • Airbus SAS TA 80724343/009/ 2020, Issue 1, dated May 20, 2020. • Airbus SAS TA 80832689/007/ 2020, Issue 2, dated October 29, 2020. 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. Clarification of Maintenance Activities With an Affected Part Request To Allow the Use of Additional Service Information Conclusion The FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered the comment received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this final rule with the change described previously and 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. The FAA also determined that these changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this final rule. American Airlines (AA) requested that operators be allowed to use the following Airbus SAS technical adaptations (TAs) during accomplishment of the related Airbus SAS service bulletins that are specified in EASA AD 2020–0103. The commenter noted that certain airplane Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 EASA AD 2020–0103 describes procedures for modifying a certain ELT by installing a diode in the airplane circuit connecting the ELT battery. Airbus SAS has issued the following TAs, which specify the correct AMM apply to all Airbus SAS Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319–111, A319–112, A319–113, A319–114, A319– 115, A319–131, A319–132, A319–133, A319–151N, and A319–153N airplanes; Model A320 series airplanes; and Model A321 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on October 1, 2020 (85 FR 61884). The NPRM was prompted by the results of laboratory tests on non-rechargeable lithium batteries installed in ELTs, which highlighted a lack of protection against certain currents that could lead to thermal runaway and a battery fire. The NPRM proposed to require modifying a certain ELT by installing a diode in the airplane circuit connecting the ELT battery, as specified in an EASA AD. The FAA is issuing this AD to address this unsafe condition, which could result in local (temporary) fires and could result in damage to the airplane and injury to occupants. 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 comment received on the NPRM and the FAA’s response. EASA AD 2020–0103 defines an affected part as an ELT having part number (P/N) 01N65900. When the modification (installation of a diode) is completed, the part number of the ELT does not change. The intent of paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2020–0103 is to require, for airplanes that have an affected ELT installed, operators to do the modification within 24 months. For these airplanes, operators can remove an ELT having P/N 01N65900 and reinstall that same part during maintenance activities within the 24 month compliance for doing the modification. After the modification is done, operators can install an ELT having P/N 01N65900 as long as the modification is not removed. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD affects 1,100 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 3 work-hours × $85 per hour = $255 .......................................................................................... $450 $705 $775,500 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: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:28 Feb 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 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 PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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: E:\FR\FM\23FER1.SGM 23FER1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 34 / Tuesday, February 23, 2021 / Rules and Regulations (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 adding the following new airworthiness directive: ■ 2021–02–17 Airbus SAS: Amendment 39– 21400; Docket No. FAA–2020–0900; Product Identifier 2020–NM–080–AD. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective March 30, 2021. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to the Airbus SAS airplanes specified in paragraphs (c)(1) through (4) of this AD, certificated in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers. (1) Model A318–111, A318–112, A318– 121, and A318–122 airplanes. (2) Model A319–111, A319–112, A319– 113, A319–114, A319–115, A319–131, A319– 132, A319–133, A319–151N, and A319–153N airplanes. (3) Model A320–211, A320–212, A320– 214, A320–216, A320–231, A320–232, A320– 233, A320–251N, A320–252N, A320–253N, A320–271N, A320–272N, and A320–273N airplanes. (4) Model A321–111, A321–112, A321– 131, A321–211, A321–212, A321–213, A321– 231, A321–232, A321–251N, A321–252N, A321–253N, A321–271N, A321–272N, A321– 251NX, A321–252NX, A321–253NX, A321– 271NX, and A321–272NX airplanes. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 25, Equipment/Furnishings. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by the results of laboratory tests on non-rechargeable lithium VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:28 Feb 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 batteries installed in emergency locator transmitters (ELT), which highlighted a lack of protection against currents of 28 volts DC or 115 volts AC that could lead to thermal runaway and a battery fire. The FAA is issuing this AD to address this unsafe condition, which could result in local (temporary) fires, and could result in damage to the airplane and injury to occupants. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Requirements Except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD: Comply with all required actions and compliance times specified in, and in accordance with, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020–0103, dated May 7, 2020; corrected May 8, 2020 (EASA AD 2020–0103). (h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2020–0103 (1) Where EASA AD 2020–0103 refers to its effective date, this AD requires using the effective date of this AD. (2) The ‘‘Remarks’’ section of EASA AD 2020–0103 does not apply to this AD. (3) Where paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2020– 0103 specifies the parts installation limitation, for this AD, comply with paragraph (i) of this AD. (4) This AD allows the use of the airplane maintenance manual (AMM) tasks for the BITE [built-in test equipment] test of the ELT specified in the Airbus SAS technical adaptations (TAs) identified in paragraphs (h)(4)(i) and (ii) of this AD, in lieu of the AMM tasks specified in the applicable Airbus SAS service bulletins specified in EASA AD 2020–0103. (i) Airbus SAS TA 80724343/009/2020, Issue 1, dated May 20, 2020. (ii) Airbus SAS TA 80832689/007/2020, Issue 2, dated October 29, 2020. (i) Parts Installation Limitation (1) For airplanes that do not have an ELT having part number (P/N) 01N65900 installed as of the effective date of this AD: As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install an ELT having P/N 01N65900 on any airplane unless the airplane has been modified as required by paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2020–0103. (2) For airplanes that have an ELT having P/N 01N65900 installed as of the effective date of this AD: After modification of the airplane as required by paragraph (1) of EASA AD 2020–0103, no person may install an ELT having P/N 01N65900 on that airplane if the modification is removed. (j) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or responsible Flight Standards Office, as appropriate. If sending PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 10735 information directly to the Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (k) 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 responsible Flight Standards 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): Except as required by paragraphs (h)(4) and (j)(2) of this AD, if any service information contains procedures or tests that are identified as RC, those procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the operator’s maintenance or inspection program without obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC require approval of an AMOC. (k) Related Information 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. (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 2020–0103, dated May 7, 2020; corrected May 8, 2020. (ii) Airbus SAS Technical Adaptation 80724343/009/2020, Issue 1, dated May 20, 2020. Note 1 to paragraphs (l)(2)(ii) and (iii): The issue date of the document is identified only on the last page of the document. (iii) Airbus SAS Technical Adaptation 80832689/007/2020, Issue 2, dated October 29, 2020. (3) For EASA AD 2020–0103, 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. E:\FR\FM\23FER1.SGM 23FER1 10736 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 34 / Tuesday, February 23, 2021 / Rules and Regulations (4) For Airbus SAS service information, 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. (5) You may view this material at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. This material may be found in the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020–0900. (6) 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 January 14, 2021. Ross Landes, Deputy Director for Regulatory Operations, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–03569 Filed 2–22–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0885; Project Identifier MCAI–2020–00997–A; Amendment 39–21424; AD 2021–04–03] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. (Pilatus) Model PC– 24 airplanes. This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI identifies the unsafe condition as improperly manufactured cockpit and cabin evaporator filters installed during production on some PC–24 airplanes. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective March 30, 2021. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of March 30, 2021. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:28 Feb 22, 2021 Jkt 253001 For service information identified in this final rule, contact Pilatus Aircraft Ltd., CH–6371 Stans, Switzerland; phone: +41 848 24 7 365; email: techsupport.ch@pilatusaircraft.com; website: https:// www.pilatus-aircraft.com/. You may view this service information at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329– 4148. It is also available at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020– 0885. ADDRESSES: Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020–0885; 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: Doug Rudolph, Aviation Safety Engineer, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; phone: (816) 329–4059; fax: (816) 329–4090; email: doug.rudolph@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to Pilatus Model PC–24 airplanes with certain part-numbered evaporator filter assemblies installed. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on November 23, 2020 (85 FR 74627). The NPRM was prompted by MCAI originated by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union. EASA has issued EASA AD No. 2020–0160, dated July 16, 2020 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to address the unsafe condition on Pilatus Model PC–24 airplanes. The MCAI states: An occurrence was reported where, during production, cockpit and cabin evaporator filters were installed on some PC–24 aeroplanes, which were not the proper parts for the affected configuration. This condition, if not corrected, could degrade the fire retardant properties of the PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 filters, possibly resulting in an increase in smoke in the cockpit/cabin in case of electrical heater over-temperature. To address this potential unsafe condition, Pilatus issued the [service bulletin] SB to provide replacement instructions. For the reason described above, this AD requires replacement of affected parts with serviceable parts, as defined in this [EASA] AD, and prohibits (re) installation of affected parts. Due to a quality escape, the fire retardant used in the original filters installed in production is not sufficient for the conditions in this configuration, which is close to the heater and blowers. The MCAI can be found in the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020–0885. Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive Comments The FAA received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of the costs. Conclusion The FAA reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety requires adopting this AD as proposed. Accordingly, the FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. This AD is adopted as proposed in the NPRM. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 The FAA reviewed Pilatus PC–24 Service Bulletin No. 21–006, dated April 3, 2020. This service information specifies procedures replace the cockpit and cabin evaporator filters with new filters contained in a modification kit. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in ADDRESSES. Differences Between This AD and the MCAI This AD applies to airplanes with a defective filter installed, whereas the EASA AD applies to airplanes that do not have the modification kit, which was installed in production. This AD identifies the individual part numbers (P/Ns) of the defective filters to address any airplanes that may have had a modification kit filter replaced with a defective filter in the field before this AD becomes effective. This AD also applies to airplanes with a filter where the P/N is unknown. Pilatus advises that the defective filters can only be identified by their packing documents, E:\FR\FM\23FER1.SGM 23FER1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 34 (Tuesday, February 23, 2021)]
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[Pages 10733-10736]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-03569]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0900; Product Identifier 2020-NM-080-AD; Amendment 
39-21400; AD 2021-02-17]
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 A318 series airplanes; Model A319-111, A319-112, A319-
113, A319-114, A319-115, A319-131, A319-132, A319-133, A319-151N, and 
A319-153N airplanes; Model A320 series airplanes; and Model A321 series 
airplanes. This AD was prompted by the results of laboratory tests on 
non-rechargeable lithium batteries installed in emergency locator 
transmitters (ELT), which highlighted a lack of protection against 
certain currents that could lead to thermal runaway and a battery fire. 
This AD requires modifying a certain ELT by installing a diode in the 
airplane circuit connecting the ELT battery, as specified in a European 
Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by 
reference. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition 
on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective March 30, 2021.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of March 30, 
2021.

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 Airbus SAS service information 
incorporated by reference in this AD, 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-2020-0900.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2020-
0900; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains 
this 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 2020-0103, dated May 7, 2020; 
corrected May 8, 2020 (EASA AD 2020-0103) (also referred to as the 
Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or the MCAI), to 
correct an unsafe condition for all Airbus SAS Model A318-111, A318-
112, A318-121, A318-122 airplanes; Model A319-111, A319-112, A319-113, 
A319-114, A319-115, A319-131, A319-132, A319-133, A319-151N, and A319-
153N airplanes; Model A320-211, A320-212, A320-214, A320-215, A320-216, 
A320-231, A320-232, A320-233, A320-251N, A320-252N, A320-253N, A320-
271N, A320-272N, and A320-273N airplanes; and Model A321-111, A321-112, 
A321-131, A321-211, A321-212, A321-213, A321-231, A321-232, A321-251N, 
A321-252N, A321-253N, A321-271N, A321-272N, A321-251NX, A321-252NX, 
A321-253NX, A321-271NX, and A321-272NX airplanes. Model A320-215 
airplanes are not certificated by the FAA and are not included on the 
U.S. type certificate data sheet; this AD therefore does not include 
those airplanes in the applicability.
    The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 
CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would

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apply to all Airbus SAS Model A318 series airplanes; Model A319-111, 
A319-112, A319-113, A319-114, A319-115, A319-131, A319-132, A319-133, 
A319-151N, and A319-153N airplanes; Model A320 series airplanes; and 
Model A321 series airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register 
on October 1, 2020 (85 FR 61884). The NPRM was prompted by the results 
of laboratory tests on non-rechargeable lithium batteries installed in 
ELTs, which highlighted a lack of protection against certain currents 
that could lead to thermal runaway and a battery fire. The NPRM 
proposed to require modifying a certain ELT by installing a diode in 
the airplane circuit connecting the ELT battery, as specified in an 
EASA AD.
    The FAA is issuing this AD to address this unsafe condition, which 
could result in local (temporary) fires and could result in damage to 
the airplane and injury to occupants. 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 comment received 
on the NPRM and the FAA's response.

Request To Allow the Use of Additional Service Information

    American Airlines (AA) requested that operators be allowed to use 
the following Airbus SAS technical adaptations (TAs) during 
accomplishment of the related Airbus SAS service bulletins that are 
specified in EASA AD 2020-0103. The commenter noted that certain 
airplane maintenance manual (AMM) tasks referred to in Airbus SAS 
Service Bulletin A320-25-1BQN, dated December 5, 2019; and Service 
Bulletin A320-25-1BQP, dated December 5, 2019; are incorrect. The 
commenter stated that it contacted Airbus SAS regarding this issue and 
Airbus SAS' response was that there is no planned revision to these 
service bulletins to correct the references to the incorrect AMM tasks.
    The FAA agrees with the commenter's request for the reason 
provided. The FAA has added paragraph (h)(4) to this AD to allow use of 
the correct TAs.

Conclusion

    The FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered the comment 
received, and determined that air safety and the public interest 
require adopting this final rule with the change described previously 
and 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.
    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 Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    EASA AD 2020-0103 describes procedures for modifying a certain ELT 
by installing a diode in the airplane circuit connecting the ELT 
battery.
    Airbus SAS has issued the following TAs, which specify the correct 
AMM tasks for doing the BITE [built-in test equipment] test of the ELT 
specified in the related Airbus SAS service bulletins. These TAs are 
distinct since they apply to different service bulletins specified in 
EASA AD 2020-0103.
     Airbus SAS TA 80724343/009/2020, Issue 1, dated May 20, 
2020.
     Airbus SAS TA 80832689/007/2020, Issue 2, dated October 
29, 2020.
    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.

Clarification of Maintenance Activities With an Affected Part

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

Costs of Compliance

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

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

    According to the manufacturer, some or all of the costs of this 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:

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    (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 adding the following new airworthiness 
directive:

2021-02-17 Airbus SAS: Amendment 39-21400; Docket No. FAA-2020-0900; 
Product Identifier 2020-NM-080-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective March 30, 2021.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

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

(d) Subject

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

(e) Reason

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

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Requirements

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

(h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2020-0103

    (1) Where EASA AD 2020-0103 refers to its effective date, this 
AD requires using the effective date of this AD.
    (2) The ``Remarks'' section of EASA AD 2020-0103 does not apply 
to this AD.
    (3) Where paragraph (3) of EASA AD 2020-0103 specifies the parts 
installation limitation, for this AD, comply with paragraph (i) of 
this AD.
    (4) This AD allows the use of the airplane maintenance manual 
(AMM) tasks for the BITE [built-in test equipment] test of the ELT 
specified in the Airbus SAS technical adaptations (TAs) identified 
in paragraphs (h)(4)(i) and (ii) of this AD, in lieu of the AMM 
tasks specified in the applicable Airbus SAS service bulletins 
specified in EASA AD 2020-0103.
    (i) Airbus SAS TA 80724343/009/2020, Issue 1, dated May 20, 
2020.
    (ii) Airbus SAS TA 80832689/007/2020, Issue 2, dated October 29, 
2020.

(i) Parts Installation Limitation

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

(j) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:
    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, 
Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, has 
the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the 
procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, 
send your request to your principal inspector or responsible Flight 
Standards Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to 
the Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, send it 
to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (k) 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 
responsible Flight Standards 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): Except as required by 
paragraphs (h)(4) and (j)(2) of this AD, if any service information 
contains procedures or tests that are identified as RC, those 
procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any 
procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. 
Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be 
deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the 
operator's maintenance or inspection program without obtaining 
approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as 
RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy 
condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests 
identified as RC require approval of an AMOC.

(k) Related Information

    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].

(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 2020-0103, 
dated May 7, 2020; corrected May 8, 2020.
    (ii) Airbus SAS Technical Adaptation 80724343/009/2020, Issue 1, 
dated May 20, 2020.

    Note 1 to paragraphs (l)(2)(ii) and (iii): The issue date of the 
document is identified only on the last page of the document.

    (iii) Airbus SAS Technical Adaptation 80832689/007/2020, Issue 
2, dated October 29, 2020.
    (3) For EASA AD 2020-0103, contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-
Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 8999 000; email 
[email protected]; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this 
EASA AD on the EASA website at https://ad.easa.europa.eu.

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    (4) For Airbus SAS service information, 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.
    (5) You may view this material at the FAA, Airworthiness 
Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 2200 South 216th St., 
Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material 
at the FAA, call 206-231-3195. This material may be found in the AD 
docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching 
for and locating Docket No. FAA-2020-0900.
    (6) 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 January 14, 2021.
Ross Landes,
Deputy Director for Regulatory Operations, Compliance & Airworthiness 
Division, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-03569 Filed 2-22-21; 8:45 am]
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