Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc., Airplanes, 5428-5430 [2022-01955]

Download as PDF 5428 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 21 / Tuesday, February 1, 2022 / Proposed Rules Livestock, Organically produced products, Plants, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Seals and insignia, Soil conservation. For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Agricultural Marketing Service proposes to amend 7 CFR part 205 as follows: PART 205—NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM 1. The authority citation for part 205 continues to read as follows: ■ 2. Amend § 205.2 by adding, in alphabetical order, the definition for ‘‘Paper-based crop planting aid’’. ■ BILLING CODE 3410–02–P Terms Defined. * * * * Paper-based crop planting aid. A material that is comprised of at least 60% cellulose-based fiber by weight, including, but not limited to, pots, seed tape, and collars that are placed in or on the soil and later incorporated into the soil, excluding biodegradable mulch film. Up to 40% of the ingredients can be nonsynthetic, other permitted synthetic ingredients at § 205.601(j), or synthetic strengthening fibers, adhesives, or resins. Contains no less than 80% biobased content as verified by a qualified third-party assessment (e.g., laboratory test using ASTM D6866 or composition review by qualified personnel). Added nutrients must comply with §§ 205.105, 205.203, and 205.206. * * * * * ■ 3. Amend § 205.601 by revising paragraph (o) to read as follows: § 205.601 Synthetic substances allowed for use in organic crop production. tkelley on DSK125TN23PROD with PROPS1 * * * * (o) Production aids: (1) Microcrystalline cheesewax (CAS #’s 64742–42–3, 8009–03–08, and 8002– 74–2)—for use in log grown mushroom production. Must be made without either ethylene-propylene co-polymer or synthetic colors. (2) Paper-based crop planting aids as defined in § 205.2. Virgin or recycled paper without glossy paper or colored inks. * * * * * ■ 4. Amend § 205.605 by: ■ a. In paragraph (a), revising the entry for ‘‘Waxes’’. ■ b. In paragraph (b), adding, in alphabetical order, an entry for ‘‘Lowacyl gellan gum.’’. The addition and revision to read as follows: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:17 Jan 31, 2022 Jkt 256001 * * * * (a) * * * Waxes—nonsynthetic (Wood rosin). * * * * * (b) * * * Low-acyl gellan gum. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2022–01915 Filed 1–31–22; 8:45 am] * * * Erin Morris, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 6501–6524. § 205.2 § 205.605 Nonagricultural (nonorganic) substances allowed as ingredients in or on processed products labeled as ‘‘organic’’ or ‘‘made with organic (specified ingredients or food group(s)).’’ DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2022–0021; Project Identifier AD–2020–01283–A] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc., Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc., (Piper) Model PA–46–600TP airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by testing that showed that the wing splice assembly could fail before the assembly reaches its established life limit. This proposed AD would require revising the Airworthiness Limitations section of the existing maintenance manual (MM) or instructions for continued airworthiness to reduce the life limit of the wing splice assembly. The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: The FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by March 18, 2022. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 • Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this NPRM, contact Piper Aircraft, Inc., 2926 Piper Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32960; phone: (772) 299–2141; website: https:// www.piper.com. You may view the service information at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 901 Locust, Kansas City, MO 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (817) 222–5110. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2022–0021; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this NPRM, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations is listed above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Marshall, Aviation Safety Engineer, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, GA 30337; phone: (404) 474–5524; email: john.r.marshall@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited The FAA invites you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under ADDRESSES. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2022–0021; Project Identifier AD– 2020–01283–A’’ at the beginning of your comments. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the proposal, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. The FAA will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposal because of those comments. Except for Confidential Business Information (CBI) as described in the following paragraph, and other information as described in 14 CFR 11.35, the FAA will post all comments received, without change, to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. The agency will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact received about this NPRM. Confidential Business Information CBI is commercial or financial information that is both customarily and actually treated as private by its owner. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552), CBI is exempt E:\FR\FM\01FEP1.SGM 01FEP1 5429 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 21 / Tuesday, February 1, 2022 / Proposed Rules from public disclosure. If your comments responsive to this NPRM contain commercial or financial information that is customarily treated as private, that you actually treat as private, and that is relevant or responsive to this NPRM, it is important that you clearly designate the submitted comments as CBI. Please mark each page of your submission containing CBI as ‘‘PROPIN.’’ The FAA will treat such marked submissions as confidential under the FOIA, and they will not be placed in the public docket of this NPRM. Submissions containing CBI should be sent to John Marshall, Aviation Safety Engineer, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, GA 30337. Any commentary that the FAA receives which is not specifically designated as CBI will be placed in the public docket for this rulemaking. Background The FAA was notified by Piper of testing that showed that the wing splice assembly, part number (P/N) 46W57A100–001, could fail before reaching its established life limit on Model PA–46–600–TP airplanes. The wing splice assembly was certificated with a life limit of 5,132 hours time-inservice (TIS); however, the failures of the test assembly occurred before reaching that established life limit. The stress levels used in the life limit analysis were not adequate. After a new fatigue test article analysis, Piper reduced the life limit of the wing splice assembly P/N 46W57A100–001 from 5,132 hours TIS to 3,767 hours TIS and revised the Airworthiness Limitations section in the MM accordingly. Failure of the wing splice assembly, if not addressed, could result in loss of airplane control. Airplanes having serial numbers 4698186 and larger (in production airplanes) will be delivered with an Airworthiness Limitations section with the reduced life limit incorporated. develop on other products of the same type design. FAA’s Determination The FAA estimates that this AD, if adopted as proposed, would affect 127 airplanes of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: The FAA is issuing this NPRM after determining that the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or Related Service Information The FAA reviewed Piper Aircraft, Inc., PA–46–600TP, M600 Maintenance Manual, Airworthiness Limitations, Section 4–00–00, dated August 31, 2021. This service information specifies the life limits of structural parts for the Model PA–46–600TP airplane, and reduced the life limit for the wing splice assembly. Proposed AD Requirements in This NPRM This proposed AD would require revising the Airworthiness Limitations section of the existing MM or instructions for continued airworthiness to reduce the life limit of the wing splice assembly. Costs of Compliance ESTIMATED COSTS Action Revise the Airworthiness Limitations section tkelley on DSK125TN23PROD with PROPS1 Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. The FAA is issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements. Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings The FAA determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:17 Jan 31, 2022 Jkt 256001 Labor cost Parts cost 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 ................. Not Applicable States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed regulation: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) Would not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (3) Would 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 Cost per airplane Cost on U.S. operators $85 $10,795 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: ■ Piper Aircraft, Inc.: Docket No. FAA–2022– 0021; Project Identifier AD–2020–01283– A. (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments on this airworthiness directive (AD) by March 18, 2022. Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. (b) Affected ADs The Proposed Amendment This AD applies to Piper Aircraft, Inc., Model PA–46–600TP airplanes, serial numbers 4698001 and 4698004 through 4698185, certificated in any category. Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 None. (c) Applicability (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 5711, Wing Spar. E:\FR\FM\01FEP1.SGM 01FEP1 5430 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 21 / Tuesday, February 1, 2022 / Proposed Rules (e) Unsafe Condition This AD results from testing that showed that the wing splice assembly could fail before the assembly reaches its established life limit. The FAA is issuing this AD to prevent failure of the wing splice assembly before the current established life limit. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in loss of airplane control. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 100 [Docket Number USCG–2021–0774] RIN 1625–AA08 Special Local Regulation; Montlake Cut, Union Bay Reach, Seattle, Washington Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: (g) Action Within 90 days after the effective date of this AD, revise the Airworthiness Limitations section in the existing maintenance manual or instructions for continued airworthiness by reducing the life limit of the wing splice assembly part number 46W57A100–001 to 3,767 hours time-in-service. Note 1 to paragraph (g): Section 4–00–00 of Piper Aircraft, Inc., PA–46–600TP, M600 Maintenance Manual, Airworthiness Limitations, Page 1, dated August 31, 2021, contains the life limit in paragraph (g) of this AD. (h) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Atlanta 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 local Flight Standards District 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 (i)(1) of this AD. (2) 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. (i) Related Information tkelley on DSK125TN23PROD with PROPS1 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY ACTION: The Coast Guard is proposing to establish a special local regulation for a recurring marine event on Lake Washington the first Satruday of May each year. This action is necessary to provide for the safety of life on the navigable waters during the marine event. This proposed rulemaking would restrict vessel traffic in the designated area during the event unless authorized by the Captain of the Port Sector Puget Sound or a designated representative. We invite your comments on this proposed rulemaking. DATES: Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before March 3, 2022. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG– 2021–0774 using the Federal Decision Making Portal at https:// www.regulations.gov. See the ‘‘Public Participation and Request for Comments’’ portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for further instructions on submitting comments. SUMMARY: If you have questions about this proposed rulemaking, call or email Chief Warrant Officer William Martinez, Sector Puget Sound Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone 206–217–6051, email SectorPugetSoundWWM@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: (1) For more information about this AD, contact John Marshall, Aviation Safety Engineer, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, GA 30337; phone: (404) 474–5524; email: john.r.marshall@faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Piper Aircraft, Inc., 2926 Piper Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32960; phone: (772) 299–2141; website: https:// www.piper.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 901 Locust, Kansas City, MO 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (817) 222–5110. I. Table of Abbreviations Issued on January 26, 2022. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. II. Background, Purpose, and Legal Basis [FR Doc. 2022–01955 Filed 1–31–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:17 Jan 31, 2022 Jkt 256001 CFR Code of Federal Regulations COTP Captain of the Port Sector Puget Sound DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking § Section U.S.C. United States Code The Coast Guard proposes to establish a special local regulation for the Windermere Cup marine event held PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 annually on the first Saturday of May each year from 8 a.m. to noon. This event is held on the navigable waters of the Montlake Cut and Union Bay Reach between Portage Bay and Webster Point on Lake Washington in Seattle, WA. Under 46 U.S.C. 70041, Coast Guard Thirteenth District Commander has authority to promulgate certain special local regulations deemed necessary to ensure the safety of life on the navigable waters immediately before, during, and immediately after an approved marine event. The District Commander has determined that potential hazards associated with the marine event would pose a safety concern for anyone within the race area. In order to protect the safety of all waterway users, including event participants and spectators, this proposed rule would establish a special local regulation for the time and location of the marine event. Participant means all persons and vessels registered with the event sponsor as a participants in the race. Spectator means any vessel in the vicinity of the marine event with the primary purpose of witnessing the marine event. Spectator vessels can observe the marine event from one of the designated spectator areas. One area is located north of Union Bay Reach in Union Bay. The other is located in the area between the state route 520 bridge and south of Union Bay Reach. Vessels would not be permitted to enter the regulated areas unless authorized by the COTP or a designated representative. III. Discussion of Proposed Rule The Coast Guard proposes to add a new annually recurring special local regulation on the first Saturday of May each year from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The regulated area would cover the all navigable waters from Montlake Cut and Union Bay Reach between Portage Bay and Webster Point on Lake Washington in Seattle, from the southern corner of University of Washington Oceanography pier at 47°38′57″ N, 122°18′45″ W thence south to 47°38′46″ N, 122°18′45″ W, thence eastward to Webster Point Light 21 at 47°38′51″ N, 122°16′33″ W, thence south to the SR520 bridge at 47°38′37″ N, 122°16′34″ W. These coodinates are based on Nort American Datum 83 (NAD 83). The duration of the regulated area is intended to ensure the safety of the public and participants during the rowing race. Non-participant vessels are not permitted to enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within the regulated area without obtaining permission from the COTP or a designated representative. A designated representative means a Coast Guard E:\FR\FM\01FEP1.SGM 01FEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 21 (Tuesday, February 1, 2022)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2022-0021; Project Identifier AD-2020-01283-A]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc., Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) 
for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc., (Piper) Model PA-46-600TP airplanes. 
This proposed AD was prompted by testing that showed that the wing 
splice assembly could fail before the assembly reaches its established 
life limit. This proposed AD would require revising the Airworthiness 
Limitations section of the existing maintenance manual (MM) or 
instructions for continued airworthiness to reduce the life limit of 
the wing splice assembly. The FAA is proposing this AD to address the 
unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: The FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by March 18, 
2022.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: (202) 493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this NPRM, contact Piper 
Aircraft, Inc., 2926 Piper Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32960; phone: (772) 
299-2141; website: https://www.piper.com. You may view the service 
information at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational 
Safety Branch, 901 Locust, Kansas City, MO 64106. For information on 
the availability of this material at the FAA, call (817) 222-5110.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2022-0021; or in person at 
Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this NPRM, any comments 
received, and other information. The street address for Docket 
Operations is listed above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Marshall, Aviation Safety 
Engineer, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, 
GA 30337; phone: (404) 474-5524; email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    The FAA invites you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed 
under ADDRESSES. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2022-0021; Project Identifier 
AD-2020-01283-A'' at the beginning of your comments. The most helpful 
comments reference a specific portion of the proposal, explain the 
reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. The FAA 
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend 
this proposal because of those comments.
    Except for Confidential Business Information (CBI) as described in 
the following paragraph, and other information as described in 14 CFR 
11.35, the FAA will post all comments received, without change, to 
https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you 
provide. The agency will also post a report summarizing each 
substantive verbal contact received about this NPRM.

Confidential Business Information

    CBI is commercial or financial information that is both customarily 
and actually treated as private by its owner. Under the Freedom of 
Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552), CBI is exempt

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from public disclosure. If your comments responsive to this NPRM 
contain commercial or financial information that is customarily treated 
as private, that you actually treat as private, and that is relevant or 
responsive to this NPRM, it is important that you clearly designate the 
submitted comments as CBI. Please mark each page of your submission 
containing CBI as ``PROPIN.'' The FAA will treat such marked 
submissions as confidential under the FOIA, and they will not be placed 
in the public docket of this NPRM. Submissions containing CBI should be 
sent to John Marshall, Aviation Safety Engineer, Atlanta ACO Branch, 
FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, GA 30337. Any commentary that 
the FAA receives which is not specifically designated as CBI will be 
placed in the public docket for this rulemaking.

Background

    The FAA was notified by Piper of testing that showed that the wing 
splice assembly, part number (P/N) 46W57A100-001, could fail before 
reaching its established life limit on Model PA-46-600-TP airplanes. 
The wing splice assembly was certificated with a life limit of 5,132 
hours time-in-service (TIS); however, the failures of the test assembly 
occurred before reaching that established life limit. The stress levels 
used in the life limit analysis were not adequate. After a new fatigue 
test article analysis, Piper reduced the life limit of the wing splice 
assembly P/N 46W57A100-001 from 5,132 hours TIS to 3,767 hours TIS and 
revised the Airworthiness Limitations section in the MM accordingly.
    Failure of the wing splice assembly, if not addressed, could result 
in loss of airplane control. Airplanes having serial numbers 4698186 
and larger (in production airplanes) will be delivered with an 
Airworthiness Limitations section with the reduced life limit 
incorporated.

FAA's Determination

    The FAA is issuing this NPRM after determining that the unsafe 
condition described previously is likely to exist or develop on other 
products of the same type design.

Related Service Information

    The FAA reviewed Piper Aircraft, Inc., PA-46-600TP, M600 
Maintenance Manual, Airworthiness Limitations, Section 4-00-00, dated 
August 31, 2021. This service information specifies the life limits of 
structural parts for the Model PA-46-600TP airplane, and reduced the 
life limit for the wing splice assembly.

Proposed AD Requirements in This NPRM

    This proposed AD would require revising the Airworthiness 
Limitations section of the existing MM or instructions for continued 
airworthiness to reduce the life limit of the wing splice assembly.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD, if adopted as proposed, would 
affect 127 airplanes of U.S. registry.
    The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this proposed 
AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                     Cost per      Cost on U.S.
              Action                    Labor cost              Parts cost           airplane        operators
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Revise the Airworthiness           1 work-hour x $85     Not Applicable.........             $85         $10,795
 Limitations section.               per hour = $85.
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Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the 
authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, 
describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.
    The FAA is issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in 
Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements. 
Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight 
of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for 
practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary 
for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that 
authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to 
exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action.

Regulatory Findings

    The FAA determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not 
have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship 
between the national government and the States, or on the distribution 
of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed 
regulation:
    (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive 
Order 12866,
    (2) Would not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
    (3) Would 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 Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13   [Amended]

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

Piper Aircraft, Inc.: Docket No. FAA-2022-0021; Project Identifier 
AD-2020-01283-A.

(a) Comments Due Date

    The FAA must receive comments on this airworthiness directive 
(AD) by March 18, 2022.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Piper Aircraft, Inc., Model PA-46-600TP 
airplanes, serial numbers 4698001 and 4698004 through 4698185, 
certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 5711, Wing Spar.

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(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD results from testing that showed that the wing splice 
assembly could fail before the assembly reaches its established life 
limit. The FAA is issuing this AD to prevent failure of the wing 
splice assembly before the current established life limit. The 
unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in loss of airplane 
control.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Action

    Within 90 days after the effective date of this AD, revise the 
Airworthiness Limitations section in the existing maintenance manual 
or instructions for continued airworthiness by reducing the life 
limit of the wing splice assembly part number 46W57A100-001 to 3,767 
hours time-in-service.
    Note 1 to paragraph (g): Section 4-00-00 of Piper Aircraft, 
Inc., PA-46-600TP, M600 Maintenance Manual, Airworthiness 
Limitations, Page 1, dated August 31, 2021, contains the life limit 
in paragraph (g) of this AD.

(h) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Atlanta 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 local Flight Standards District 
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 (i)(1) of this AD.
    (2) 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.

(i) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact John Marshall, 
Aviation Safety Engineer, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia 
Avenue, College Park, GA 30337; phone: (404) 474-5524; email: 
[email protected].
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Piper 
Aircraft, Inc., 2926 Piper Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32960; phone: (772) 
299-2141; website: https://www.piper.com. You may view this 
referenced service information at the FAA, Airworthiness Products 
Section, Operational Safety Branch, 901 Locust, Kansas City, MO 
64106. For information on the availability of this material at the 
FAA, call (817) 222-5110.

    Issued on January 26, 2022.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2022-01955 Filed 1-31-22; 8:45 am]
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