Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes, 68910-68912 [2021-26392]

Download as PDF 68910 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 231 / Monday, December 6, 2021 / Rules and Regulations Issued on October 28, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–26334 Filed 12–3–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0338; Project Identifier AD–2020–01423–T; Amendment 39–21820; AD 2021–23–21] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 787–8 and 787–9 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports that shimming requirements were not met during the assembly of certain structural joints, which can result in reduced fatigue thresholds and cracking of the affected structural joints. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking of certain areas of the aft wheel well bulkhead (AWWB) body chord and AWWB side fitting and failsafe straps, and repair of any cracking found. The FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective January 10, 2022. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of January 10, 2022. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data Services (C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110–SK57, Seal Beach, CA 90740–5600; telephone 562–797–1717; internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. You may view this service information 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 at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021– 0338. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:44 Dec 03, 2021 Jkt 256001 Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021–0338; 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: Greg Rutar, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Section, FAA, Seattle ACO Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206–231–3529; email: Greg.Rutar@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 certain The Boeing Company Model 787–8 and 787–9 airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on May 10, 2021 (86 FR 24778). The NPRM was prompted by reports that shimming requirements were not met during the assembly of certain structural joints, which can result in reduced fatigue thresholds and cracking of the affected structural joints. In the NPRM, the FAA proposed to require repetitive inspections for cracking of certain areas of the AWWB body chord and AWWB side fitting and failsafe straps, and repair of any cracking found. The FAA is issuing this AD to address undetected fatigue cracking, which could weaken primary structure so it cannot sustain limit load, and could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane. Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive Comments The FAA received a comment from United Airlines who supported the NPRM without change. The FAA received additional comments from two commenters, including Avianca Airlines (AVA) and Boeing. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM and the FAA’s response to each comment. Request To Use Alternative Repair Method AVA asked that the FAA change the following language used in paragraph (h)(3) of the proposed AD ‘‘This AD requires doing the repair using a method PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (i) of this AD.’’ AVA stated that this means submitting a request for an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) is required in accordance with paragraph (i)(3) of the proposed AD. AVA added that the proposed repair is based on the time delay required to obtain an AMOC letter, which affects the operational return to service of the affected aircraft, and noted that a Form 8100–9 is already an approved document that certifies compliance with the airworthiness standard. AVA proposed that only an 8100–9 approval form be required for doing a repair after contacting Boeing. The FAA does not agree with the commenter’s request. An FAA Form 8100–9, which is both a repair data approval and AMOC approval, may be issued by the Boeing Company Organization Designation Authorization (ODA), provided it has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO Branch, FAA, as required by paragraph (i)(3) of this AD. Therefore, the FAA has not changed this AD in this regard. Request To Use Later Revision of the Service Information AVA asked that the FAA include a paragraph in the proposed AD that approves any further revision or issue of Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletins B787–81205–SB530077–00 RB and B787–81205–SB530078–00 RB, both Issue 001, both dated September 8, 2020, for compliance with the proposed AD. The FAA does not agree with the commenter’s request. The FAA may not in an AD refer to any document that does not yet exist. In general terms, the FAA is required by Office of the Federal Register (OFR) regulations for approval of materials incorporated by reference, as specified in 1 CFR 51.1(f), to either publish the service document contents as part of the actual AD language; or submit the service document to the OFR for approval as referenced material, in which case the FAA may only refer to such material in the text of an AD. The AD may refer to the service document only if the OFR approved it for incorporation by reference. See 1 CFR part 51. To allow operators to use later revisions of the referenced document (issued after publication of the AD), either the FAA must revise the AD to reference specific later revisions, or operators must request approval to use later revisions as an alternative method of compliance with this AD under the provisions of paragraph (i) of this AD. E:\FR\FM\06DER1.SGM 06DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 231 / Monday, December 6, 2021 / Rules and Regulations Request To Clarify Applicability Boeing asked that the applicability specified in paragraph (c) of the proposed AD be clarified, as follows: ‘‘This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 787–8 and 787–9 airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletins B787–81205– SB530077–00 RB and B787–81205– SB530078–00 RB, both Issue 001, both dated September 8, 2020.’’ Boeing stated that, although the applicability is the same in each bulletin, identifying both will avoid confusion for operators. The FAA agrees with the commenter for the reason provided. Paragraph (c) of this AD only identifies Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787–81205– SB530077–00 RB, Issue 001, dated September 8, 2020; therefore, the FAA has changed paragraph (c) of this AD to identify both bulletins, as requested by the commenter. Conclusion The FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered any comments received, and determined that air safety requires adopting this AD as proposed. Except for minor editorial changes, and any other changes described previously, this AD is adopted as proposed in the NPRM. None of the changes will increase the economic burden on any operator. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 The FAA reviewed Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787–81205– SB530077–00 RB, Issue 001, dated September 8, 2020. The service information describes procedures for repetitive high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspections for cracking of the forward edge of the AWWB side fitting and failsafe strap at station (STA) 1209 on the left and right side, and the AWWB side fitting outer chord surface 68911 and failsafe strap, and repair of any cracking found. The FAA reviewed Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787–81205– SB530078–00 RB, Issue 001, dated September 8, 2020. The service information describes procedures for repetitive HFEC inspections for cracking of the forward edge of the horizontal flange of the AWWB body chord and around all the fastener heads and vertical beam clips common to the AWWB body chord horizontal flange. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD affects 79 airplanes of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD: ESTIMATED COSTS FOR REQUIRED ACTIONS Action Labor cost Repetitive inspections ... 16 work-hours × $85 per hour = $1,360 per inspection cycle. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES The FAA has received no definitive data on which to base the cost estimates for the on-condition repairs specified in this AD. 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:44 Dec 03, 2021 Jkt 256001 Parts cost Cost per product $0 $1,360 per inspection cycle. 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. 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. PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 § 39.13 Cost on U.S. operators $107,440 per inspection cycle. [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive: ■ 2021–23–21 The Boeing Company: Amendment 39–21820; Docket No. FAA–2021–0338; Project Identifier AD– 2020–01423–T. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective January 10, 2022. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 787–8 and 787–9 airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletins B787– 81205–SB530077–00 RB and B787–81205– SB530078–00 RB, both Issue 001, both dated September 8, 2020. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 53, Fuselage. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by reports that shimming requirements were not met during the assembly of certain aft wheel well bulkhead (AWWB) structural joints, which can result in reduced fatigue thresholds and cracking of the affected structural joints. The FAA is issuing this AD to address undetected fatigue cracking, which could weaken E:\FR\FM\06DER1.SGM 06DER1 68912 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 231 / Monday, December 6, 2021 / Rules and Regulations primary structure so it cannot sustain limit load, and could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Required Actions Except as specified by paragraph (h) of this AD: At the applicable times specified in the ‘‘Compliance’’ paragraph of Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletins B787–81205– SB530077–00 RB and B787–81205– SB530078–00 RB, both Issue 001, both dated September 8, 2020, do all applicable actions identified in, and in accordance with, the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletins B787–81205– SB530077–00 RB and B787–81205– SB530078–00 RB, both Issue 001, both dated September 8, 2020. Note 1 to paragraph (g): Guidance for accomplishing the actions required by this AD can be found in Boeing Alert Service Bulletins B787–81205–SB530077–00 and B787–81205–SB530078–00, both Issue 001, both dated September 8, 2020, which are referred to in Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletins B787–81205–SB530077–00 RB and B787–81205–SB530078–00 RB, both Issue 001, both dated September 8, 2020. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with RULES (h) Exceptions to Service Information Specifications (1) Where Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787–81205–SB530077–00 RB, Issue 001, dated September 8, 2020, uses the phrase ‘‘the issue 001 date of the Requirements Bulletin B787–81205– SB530077–00 RB,’’ this AD requires using ‘‘the effective date of this AD.’’ (2) Where Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787–81205–SB530078–00 RB, Issue 001, dated September 8, 2020, uses the phrase ‘‘the issue 001 date of the Requirements Bulletin B787–81205– SB530078–00 RB,’’ this AD requires using ‘‘the effective date of this AD.’’ (3) Where Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletins B787–81205–SB530077–00 RB and B787–81205–SB530078–00 RB, both Issue 001, both dated September 8, 2020, specify contacting Boeing for repair instructions: This AD requires doing the repair using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (i) of this AD. (i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Seattle ACO Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or responsible Flight Standards Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the certification office, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (j) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANMSeattle-ACO-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:44 Dec 03, 2021 Jkt 256001 or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the responsible Flight Standards Office. (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair, modification, or alteration required by this AD if it is approved by The Boeing Company Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO Branch, FAA, to make those findings. To be approved, the repair method, modification deviation, or alteration deviation must meet the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must specifically refer to this AD. (j) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Greg Rutar, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Section, FAA, Seattle ACO Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206–231–3529; email: Greg.Rutar@faa.gov. (k) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787–81205–SB530077–00 RB, Issue 001, dated September 8, 2020. (ii) Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787–81205–SB530078–00 RB, Issue 001, dated September 8, 2020. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data Services (C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110–SK57, Seal Beach, CA 90740–5600; telephone 562–797–1717; internet https:// www.myboeingfleet.com. (4) You may view this service information 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. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, fr.inspection@nara.gov, or go to: https:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued on November 5, 2021. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2021–26392 Filed 12–3–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0732; Airspace Docket No. 21–AGL–29] RIN 2120–AA66 Amendment of Class E Airspace; Galesburg, IL Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: This action amends the Class E airspace at Monmouth Municipal Airport, Monmouth, IL, contained within the Galesburg, IL, airspace legal description. This action is the result of an airspace review caused by the decommissioning of the Galesburg very high frequency (VHF) omnidirectional range (VOR) as part of the VOR Minimal Operational Network (MON) Program. DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, March 24, 2022. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under 1 CFR part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order JO 7400.11 and publication of conforming amendments. ADDRESSES: FAA Order JO 7400.11F, 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 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone: (202) 267–8783. FAA Order JO 7400.11 is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order JO 7400.11F at NARA, email: fr.inspection@nara.gov or go to https://www.archives.gov/federalregister/cfr/ibr-locations.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Claypool, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Central Service Center, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222–5711. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Authority for This Rulemaking The FAA’s authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency’s authority. This rulemaking is E:\FR\FM\06DER1.SGM 06DER1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 231 (Monday, December 6, 2021)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0338; Project Identifier AD-2020-01423-T; 
Amendment 39-21820; AD 2021-23-21]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
certain The Boeing Company Model 787-8 and 787-9 airplanes. This AD was 
prompted by reports that shimming requirements were not met during the 
assembly of certain structural joints, which can result in reduced 
fatigue thresholds and cracking of the affected structural joints. This 
AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking of certain areas of the 
aft wheel well bulkhead (AWWB) body chord and AWWB side fitting and 
failsafe straps, and repair of any cracking found. The FAA is issuing 
this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective January 10, 2022.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of January 10, 
2022.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, 
contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data 
Services (C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110-SK57, Seal Beach, CA 
90740-5600; telephone 562-797-1717; internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. You may view this service information 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 at 
https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. 
FAA-2021-0338.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0338; 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: Greg Rutar, Aerospace Engineer, 
Airframe Section, FAA, Seattle ACO Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des 
Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206-231-3529; email: 
[email protected].

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 certain The Boeing 
Company Model 787-8 and 787-9 airplanes. The NPRM published in the 
Federal Register on May 10, 2021 (86 FR 24778). The NPRM was prompted 
by reports that shimming requirements were not met during the assembly 
of certain structural joints, which can result in reduced fatigue 
thresholds and cracking of the affected structural joints. In the NPRM, 
the FAA proposed to require repetitive inspections for cracking of 
certain areas of the AWWB body chord and AWWB side fitting and failsafe 
straps, and repair of any cracking found. The FAA is issuing this AD to 
address undetected fatigue cracking, which could weaken primary 
structure so it cannot sustain limit load, and could result in reduced 
structural integrity of the airplane.

Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive

Comments

    The FAA received a comment from United Airlines who supported the 
NPRM without change.
    The FAA received additional comments from two commenters, including 
Avianca Airlines (AVA) and Boeing. The following presents the comments 
received on the NPRM and the FAA's response to each comment.

Request To Use Alternative Repair Method

    AVA asked that the FAA change the following language used in 
paragraph (h)(3) of the proposed AD ``This AD requires doing the repair 
using a method approved in accordance with the procedures specified in 
paragraph (i) of this AD.'' AVA stated that this means submitting a 
request for an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) is required in 
accordance with paragraph (i)(3) of the proposed AD. AVA added that the 
proposed repair is based on the time delay required to obtain an AMOC 
letter, which affects the operational return to service of the affected 
aircraft, and noted that a Form 8100-9 is already an approved document 
that certifies compliance with the airworthiness standard. AVA proposed 
that only an 8100-9 approval form be required for doing a repair after 
contacting Boeing.
    The FAA does not agree with the commenter's request. An FAA Form 
8100-9, which is both a repair data approval and AMOC approval, may be 
issued by the Boeing Company Organization Designation Authorization 
(ODA), provided it has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO 
Branch, FAA, as required by paragraph (i)(3) of this AD. Therefore, the 
FAA has not changed this AD in this regard.

Request To Use Later Revision of the Service Information

    AVA asked that the FAA include a paragraph in the proposed AD that 
approves any further revision or issue of Boeing Alert Requirements 
Bulletins B787-81205-SB530077-00 RB and B787-81205-SB530078-00 RB, both 
Issue 001, both dated September 8, 2020, for compliance with the 
proposed AD.
    The FAA does not agree with the commenter's request. The FAA may 
not in an AD refer to any document that does not yet exist. In general 
terms, the FAA is required by Office of the Federal Register (OFR) 
regulations for approval of materials incorporated by reference, as 
specified in 1 CFR 51.1(f), to either publish the service document 
contents as part of the actual AD language; or submit the service 
document to the OFR for approval as referenced material, in which case 
the FAA may only refer to such material in the text of an AD. The AD 
may refer to the service document only if the OFR approved it for 
incorporation by reference. See 1 CFR part 51.
    To allow operators to use later revisions of the referenced 
document (issued after publication of the AD), either the FAA must 
revise the AD to reference specific later revisions, or operators must 
request approval to use later revisions as an alternative method of 
compliance with this AD under the provisions of paragraph (i) of this 
AD.

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Request To Clarify Applicability

    Boeing asked that the applicability specified in paragraph (c) of 
the proposed AD be clarified, as follows: ``This AD applies to The 
Boeing Company Model 787-8 and 787-9 airplanes, certificated in any 
category, as identified in Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletins B787-
81205-SB530077-00 RB and B787-81205-SB530078-00 RB, both Issue 001, 
both dated September 8, 2020.'' Boeing stated that, although the 
applicability is the same in each bulletin, identifying both will avoid 
confusion for operators.
    The FAA agrees with the commenter for the reason provided. 
Paragraph (c) of this AD only identifies Boeing Alert Requirements 
Bulletin B787-81205-SB530077-00 RB, Issue 001, dated September 8, 2020; 
therefore, the FAA has changed paragraph (c) of this AD to identify 
both bulletins, as requested by the commenter.

Conclusion

    The FAA reviewed the relevant data, considered any comments 
received, and determined that air safety requires adopting this AD as 
proposed. Except for minor editorial changes, and any other changes 
described previously, this AD is adopted as proposed in the NPRM. None 
of the changes will increase the economic burden on any operator.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    The FAA reviewed Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787-81205-
SB530077-00 RB, Issue 001, dated September 8, 2020. The service 
information describes procedures for repetitive high frequency eddy 
current (HFEC) inspections for cracking of the forward edge of the AWWB 
side fitting and failsafe strap at station (STA) 1209 on the left and 
right side, and the AWWB side fitting outer chord surface and failsafe 
strap, and repair of any cracking found.
    The FAA reviewed Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787-81205-
SB530078-00 RB, Issue 001, dated September 8, 2020. The service 
information describes procedures for repetitive HFEC inspections for 
cracking of the forward edge of the horizontal flange of the AWWB body 
chord and around all the fastener heads and vertical beam clips common 
to the AWWB body chord horizontal flange.
    This service information is reasonably available because the 
interested parties have access to it through their normal course of 
business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD affects 79 airplanes of U.S. 
registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:

                                      Estimated Costs for Required Actions
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                                                                                                 Cost on U.S.
             Action                     Labor cost          Parts cost     Cost per product        operators
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Repetitive inspections.........  16 work-hours x $85 per              $0  $1,360 per          $107,440 per
                                  hour = $1,360 per                        inspection cycle.   inspection cycle.
                                  inspection cycle.
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    The FAA has received no definitive data on which to base the cost 
estimates for the on-condition repairs specified in this AD.

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.

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

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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

2021-23-21 The Boeing Company: Amendment 39-21820; Docket No. FAA-
2021-0338; Project Identifier AD-2020-01423-T.

(a) Effective Date

    This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective January 10, 2022.

 (b) Affected ADs

    None.

 (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 787-8 and 787-9 
airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in Boeing 
Alert Requirements Bulletins B787-81205-SB530077-00 RB and B787-
81205-SB530078-00 RB, both Issue 001, both dated September 8, 2020.

 (d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 53, Fuselage.

 (e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by reports that shimming requirements were 
not met during the assembly of certain aft wheel well bulkhead 
(AWWB) structural joints, which can result in reduced fatigue 
thresholds and cracking of the affected structural joints. The FAA 
is issuing this AD to address undetected fatigue cracking, which 
could weaken

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primary structure so it cannot sustain limit load, and could result 
in reduced structural integrity of the airplane.

 (f) Compliance

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

(g) Required Actions

    Except as specified by paragraph (h) of this AD: At the 
applicable times specified in the ``Compliance'' paragraph of Boeing 
Alert Requirements Bulletins B787-81205-SB530077-00 RB and B787-
81205-SB530078-00 RB, both Issue 001, both dated September 8, 2020, 
do all applicable actions identified in, and in accordance with, the 
Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletins 
B787-81205-SB530077-00 RB and B787-81205-SB530078-00 RB, both Issue 
001, both dated September 8, 2020.
    Note 1 to paragraph (g): Guidance for accomplishing the actions 
required by this AD can be found in Boeing Alert Service Bulletins 
B787-81205-SB530077-00 and B787-81205-SB530078-00, both Issue 001, 
both dated September 8, 2020, which are referred to in Boeing Alert 
Requirements Bulletins B787-81205-SB530077-00 RB and B787-81205-
SB530078-00 RB, both Issue 001, both dated September 8, 2020.

 (h) Exceptions to Service Information Specifications

    (1) Where Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787-81205-
SB530077-00 RB, Issue 001, dated September 8, 2020, uses the phrase 
``the issue 001 date of the Requirements Bulletin B787-81205-
SB530077-00 RB,'' this AD requires using ``the effective date of 
this AD.''
    (2) Where Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787-81205-
SB530078-00 RB, Issue 001, dated September 8, 2020, uses the phrase 
``the issue 001 date of the Requirements Bulletin B787-81205-
SB530078-00 RB,'' this AD requires using ``the effective date of 
this AD.''
    (3) Where Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletins B787-81205-
SB530077-00 RB and B787-81205-SB530078-00 RB, both Issue 001, both 
dated September 8, 2020, specify contacting Boeing for repair 
instructions: This AD requires doing the repair using a method 
approved in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph 
(i) of this AD.

 (i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Seattle ACO Branch, FAA, has the authority to 
approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found 
in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request 
to your principal inspector or responsible Flight Standards Office, 
as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of 
the certification office, send it to the attention of the person 
identified in paragraph (j) of this AD. Information may be emailed 
to: [email protected].
    (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate 
principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager 
of the responsible Flight Standards Office.
    (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be 
used for any repair, modification, or alteration required by this AD 
if it is approved by The Boeing Company Organization Designation 
Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle 
ACO Branch, FAA, to make those findings. To be approved, the repair 
method, modification deviation, or alteration deviation must meet 
the certification basis of the airplane, and the approval must 
specifically refer to this AD.

 (j) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact Greg Rutar, 
Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Section, FAA, Seattle ACO Branch, 2200 
South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; phone and fax: 206-231-3529; 
email: [email protected].

 (k) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787-81205-SB530077-00 
RB, Issue 001, dated September 8, 2020.
    (ii) Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787-81205-SB530078-00 
RB, Issue 001, dated September 8, 2020.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Contractual & Data Services 
(C&DS), 2600 Westminster Blvd., MC 110-SK57, Seal Beach, CA 90740-
5600; telephone 562-797-1717; internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com.
    (4) You may view this service information 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.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, [email protected], or go to: https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued on November 5, 2021.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-26392 Filed 12-3-21; 8:45 am]
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