Airworthiness Directives; Viking Air Limited (Type Certificate Previously Held by Bombardier Inc. and de Havilland, Inc.) Airplanes, 6802-6804 [2022-02413]

Download as PDF 6802 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 25 / Monday, February 7, 2022 / Proposed Rules DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2021–0217; Project Identifier MCAI–2020–01486–A] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Viking Air Limited (Type Certificate Previously Held by Bombardier Inc. and de Havilland, 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 Viking Air Limited (type certificate previously held by Bombardier Inc. and de Havilland, Inc.) Model DHC–6–1, DHC–6–100, DHC–6– 200, DHC–6–300, and DHC–6–400 airplanes. This proposed AD results from 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 loose quadrants on the rudder pedal torque tube and signs of loose rivets or rivet joint wear due to inadequate manufacturing tolerances. This proposed AD would require inspecting the rudder pedal torque tube quadrant for looseness and taking corrective action as necessary. 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 24, 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 Viking Air Ltd., 1959 de Havilland Way, Sidney British Columbia, Canada V8L 5V5; phone: (800) 663–8444; email: continuing.airworthiness@ jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with PROPOSALS1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:58 Feb 04, 2022 Jkt 256001 vikingair.com; website: https:// www.vikingair.com. You may view this 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–2021–0217; 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, the MCAI, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations is listed above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deep Gaurav, Aviation Safety Engineer, New York ACO Branch, FAA, 1515 Stewart Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590; phone: (516) 228–7300; email: deep.gaurav@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–2021–0217; Project Identifier MCAI–2020–01486–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 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 PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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 Deep Gaurav, Aviation Safety Engineer, New York ACO Branch, FAA, 1515 Stewart Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590. Any commentary that the FAA receives which is not specifically designated as CBI will be placed in the public docket for this rulemaking. Background Transport Canada, which is the aviation authority for Canada, has issued Transport Canada AD CF–2020– 45R1, dated April 16, 2021 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for Viking Air Limited Model DHC–6 series 1, DHC–6 series 100, DHC–6 series 110, DHC–6 series 200, DHC–6 series 210, DHC–6 series 300, DHC–6 series 310, DHC–6 series 320 and DHC–6 series 400 airplanes, serial numbers 001 through 987. The MCAI states: There have been in-service reports of loose quadrants on the rudder pedal torque tube and signs of loose rivets or rivet joint wear, such as dark areas or streaks around the rivet heads and quadrant to torque tube interface. Viking Air Ltd. has determined that inadequate manufacturing tolerances may result in this condition. This defect, if not detected and corrected, could result in the affected parts deteriorating until the rivets fail, leading to loss of control of the rudder and possible loss of control of the aeroplane. To detect and correct this condition, [Transport Canada] AD CF–2020–45 mandated a one-time detailed inspection of the rudder pedal torque tube quadrant assembly, and rectification, as required, of the affected parts. Viking Air Ltd. had published Service Bulletin (SB) V6/0067, Revision NC, dated 16 July 2020, providing Accomplishment Instructions for the one-time detailed inspection for looseness of the affected parts. Since [Transport Canada] AD CF–2020–45 was issued, Viking Air Ltd. has introduced a new rudder pedal torque tube assembly in production that is not subject to the unsafe condition of this [Transport Canada] AD. As a result, Viking Air Ltd. has revised the SB V6/0067 at Revision A, dated 26 January 2021 (referred to as ‘‘the SB’’ in this [Transport Canada] AD) to update the aeroplane serial number applicability. This [Transport Canada] AD revision, CF– 2020–45R1, is issued to modify the aeroplane serial number applicability in accordance with the SB. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for E:\FR\FM\07FEP1.SGM 07FEP1 6803 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 25 / Monday, February 7, 2022 / Proposed Rules and locating Docket No. FAA–2021– 0217. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 The FAA reviewed Viking DHC–6 Twin Otter Service Bulletin V6/0067, Revision A, dated January 26, 2021. This service information specifies procedures for inspecting the rudder pedal torque tube quadrant for looseness and performing a detailed visual inspection of the rudder torque tube assembly for signs of loose rivets or rivet joint wear. 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. Other Related Service Information The FAA also reviewed Viking DHC– 6 Twin Otter Service Bulletin V6/0067, Revision NC, dated July 16, 2020. This service information specifies procedures for inspecting the rudder pedal torque tube quadrant for looseness and visually inspecting for signs of loose or smoking rivets. FAA’s Determination This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to the FAA’s bilateral agreement with this State of Design Authority, it has notified the FAA of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. The FAA is issuing this NPRM after determining the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. Proposed AD Requirements in This NPRM This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified in the service information already described, except as discussed under ‘‘Differences Between This NPRM and the MCAI.’’ Differences Between This NPRM and the MCAI The MCAI applies to Viking Air Limited Model DHC–6 series 110, DHC– 6 series 210, DHC–6 series 310, and DHC–6 series 320, and this proposed AD would not because these models do not have an FAA type certificate. Transport Canada Models DHC–6 series 1, DHC–6 series 100, DHC–6 series 200, DHC–6 series 300, and DHC–6 series 400 airplanes correspond to FAA Model DHC–6–1, DHC–6–100, DHC–6–200, DHC–6–300, and DHC–6–400 airplanes, respectively. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD, if adopted as proposed, would affect 33 airplanes of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Cost per airplane Action Labor cost Parts cost Inspection ............................... 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 ................. Not Applicable ........................ The FAA estimates the following costs to replace the rudder pedal torque tube quadrant assembly based on the results of the proposed inspection. The agency has no way of determining the Cost on U.S. operators $85 $2,805 number of airplanes that might need this replacement: ON-CONDITION COSTS Action Labor cost Rudder pedal torque tube quadrant assembly replacement. 10 work-hours × $85 per hour = $850 ......................... jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with PROPOSALS1 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:58 Feb 04, 2022 Jkt 256001 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 PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Parts cost $9,256 Cost per airplane $10,106 (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 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ E:\FR\FM\07FEP1.SGM 07FEP1 6804 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 25 / Monday, February 7, 2022 / Proposed Rules 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: ■ Viking Air Limited (Type Certificate Previously Held by Bombardier Inc. and de Havilland, Inc.): Docket No. FAA– 2021–0217; Project Identifier MCAI– 2020–01486–A. (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments on this airworthiness directive (AD) by March 24, 2022. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Viking Air Limited (type certificate previously held by Bombardier Inc. and de Havilland, Inc.) Model DHC–6–1, DHC–6–100, DHC–6–200, DHC–6–300, and DHC–6–400 airplanes, serial numbers 001 through 987, certificated in any category. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 2700, Flight Control System. (e) Unsafe Condition 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 loose quadrants on the rudder pedal torque tube and signs of loose rivets or rivet joint wear due to inadequate manufacturing tolerances. The FAA is issuing this AD to detect and correct loose rivets or rivet joint wear and signs of loose or smoking rivets. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in the rudder pedal torque tube quadrant assembly deteriorating until the rivets fail, leading to loss of rudder control with consequent loss of airplane control. jspears on DSK121TN23PROD with PROPOSALS1 (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Action Within 3 months after the effective date of this AD, inspect the rudder pedal torque tube quadrant assembly for looseness and, if there is any looseness of the rudder pedal torque tube quadrant assembly, a loose rivet, any rivet joint wear, or a smoking rivet, before further flight, repair or replace the rudder pedal torque tube or quadrant assembly. Do these actions by following the Accomplishment Instructions, steps A.1. through A.9., in Viking DHC–6 Twin Otter Service Bulletin No. V6/0067, Revision A, dated January 26, 2021, except for any requirement to obtain repair instructions from Viking Customer Support, the repair must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, New York ACO Branch, FAA; Transport Canada; or Viking VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:58 Feb 04, 2022 Jkt 256001 Air Limited’s Transport Canada Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. You may take credit for the actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD if you performed those actions before the effective date of this AD using Viking DHC–6 Twin Otter Service Bulletin V6/0067, Revision NC, dated July 16, 2020. (i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, New York 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 address identified in paragraph (j)(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. (j) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Deep Gaurav, Aviation Safety Engineer, New York ACO Branch, FAA, 1515 Stewart Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590; phone: (516) 228–7300; email: deep.gaurav@ faa.gov. (2) Refer to Transport Canada AD CF– 2020–45R1, dated April 16, 2021, for more information. You may examine the Transport Canada AD in the AD docket at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2021–0217. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Viking Air Ltd., 1959 de Havilland Way, Sidney British Columbia, Canada V8L 5V5; phone: (800) 663–8444; email: continuing.airworthiness@ vikingair.com; website: https:// www.vikingair.com. You may review 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 28, 2022. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2022–02413 Filed 2–4–22; 8:45 am] PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 (h) Credit for Previous Actions BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION [Docket No. FAA–2022–0030; Airspace Docket No. 21–AAL–54] RIN 2120–AA66 Proposed Modification of Class E Airspace; Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport, AK Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: This action proposes to modify the Class E airspace, designated as a surface area. The Class E2 airspace to the northwest of the airport requires modification to properly contain instrument flight rules (IFR) aircraft descending below 1,000 feet above the surface of the earth. Additionally, this action proposes to remove Class E airspace, designated as an extension to a Class D or Class E2 surface area. Lastly, this action proposes to modify Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface of the earth at Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport, AK. This action would ensure the safety and management of IFR operations at the airport. SUMMARY: Comments must be received on or before March 24, 2022. ADDRESSES: Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590; telephone: 1– 800–647–5527, or (202) 366–9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA– 2022–0030; Airspace Docket No. 21– AAL–54, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the internet at https://www.regulations.gov. 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 7400.11F 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:// DATES: E:\FR\FM\07FEP1.SGM 07FEP1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2021-0217; Project Identifier MCAI-2020-01486-A]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Viking Air Limited (Type Certificate 
Previously Held by Bombardier Inc. and de Havilland, 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 Viking Air Limited (type certificate previously held by 
Bombardier Inc. and de Havilland, Inc.) Model DHC-6-1, DHC-6-100, DHC-
6-200, DHC-6-300, and DHC-6-400 airplanes. This proposed AD results 
from 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 loose quadrants on the rudder pedal torque tube and signs 
of loose rivets or rivet joint wear due to inadequate manufacturing 
tolerances. This proposed AD would require inspecting the rudder pedal 
torque tube quadrant for looseness and taking corrective action as 
necessary. 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 24, 
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 Viking Air 
Ltd., 1959 de Havilland Way, Sidney British Columbia, Canada V8L 5V5; 
phone: (800) 663-8444; email: [email protected]; 
website: https://www.vikingair.com. You may view this 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-2021-0217; 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, the MCAI, 
any comments received, and other information. The street address for 
Docket Operations is listed above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deep Gaurav, Aviation Safety Engineer, 
New York ACO Branch, FAA, 1515 Stewart Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590; 
phone: (516) 228-7300; 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-2021-0217; Project Identifier 
MCAI-2020-01486-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 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 Deep 
Gaurav, Aviation Safety Engineer, New York ACO Branch, FAA, 1515 
Stewart Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590. Any commentary that the FAA 
receives which is not specifically designated as CBI will be placed in 
the public docket for this rulemaking.

Background

    Transport Canada, which is the aviation authority for Canada, has 
issued Transport Canada AD CF-2020-45R1, dated April 16, 2021 (referred 
to after this as ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for 
Viking Air Limited Model DHC-6 series 1, DHC-6 series 100, DHC-6 series 
110, DHC-6 series 200, DHC-6 series 210, DHC-6 series 300, DHC-6 series 
310, DHC-6 series 320 and DHC-6 series 400 airplanes, serial numbers 
001 through 987. The MCAI states:

    There have been in-service reports of loose quadrants on the 
rudder pedal torque tube and signs of loose rivets or rivet joint 
wear, such as dark areas or streaks around the rivet heads and 
quadrant to torque tube interface. Viking Air Ltd. has determined 
that inadequate manufacturing tolerances may result in this 
condition. This defect, if not detected and corrected, could result 
in the affected parts deteriorating until the rivets fail, leading 
to loss of control of the rudder and possible loss of control of the 
aeroplane.
    To detect and correct this condition, [Transport Canada] AD CF-
2020-45 mandated a one-time detailed inspection of the rudder pedal 
torque tube quadrant assembly, and rectification, as required, of 
the affected parts.
    Viking Air Ltd. had published Service Bulletin (SB) V6/0067, 
Revision NC, dated 16 July 2020, providing Accomplishment 
Instructions for the one-time detailed inspection for looseness of 
the affected parts. Since [Transport Canada] AD CF-2020-45 was 
issued, Viking Air Ltd. has introduced a new rudder pedal torque 
tube assembly in production that is not subject to the unsafe 
condition of this [Transport Canada] AD. As a result, Viking Air 
Ltd. has revised the SB V6/0067 at Revision A, dated 26 January 2021 
(referred to as ``the SB'' in this [Transport Canada] AD) to update 
the aeroplane serial number applicability.
    This [Transport Canada] AD revision, CF-2020-45R1, is issued to 
modify the aeroplane serial number applicability in accordance with 
the SB.

    You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for

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and locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0217.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    The FAA reviewed Viking DHC-6 Twin Otter Service Bulletin V6/0067, 
Revision A, dated January 26, 2021. This service information specifies 
procedures for inspecting the rudder pedal torque tube quadrant for 
looseness and performing a detailed visual inspection of the rudder 
torque tube assembly for signs of loose rivets or rivet joint wear. 
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.

Other Related Service Information

    The FAA also reviewed Viking DHC-6 Twin Otter Service Bulletin V6/
0067, Revision NC, dated July 16, 2020. This service information 
specifies procedures for inspecting the rudder pedal torque tube 
quadrant for looseness and visually inspecting for signs of loose or 
smoking rivets.

FAA's Determination

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another 
country and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to 
the FAA's bilateral agreement with this State of Design Authority, it 
has notified the FAA of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and 
service information referenced above. The FAA is issuing this NPRM 
after determining the unsafe condition described previously is likely 
to exist or develop on other products of the same type design.

Proposed AD Requirements in This NPRM

    This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified 
in the service information already described, except as discussed under 
``Differences Between This NPRM and the MCAI.''

Differences Between This NPRM and the MCAI

    The MCAI applies to Viking Air Limited Model DHC-6 series 110, DHC-
6 series 210, DHC-6 series 310, and DHC-6 series 320, and this proposed 
AD would not because these models do not have an FAA type certificate. 
Transport Canada Models DHC-6 series 1, DHC-6 series 100, DHC-6 series 
200, DHC-6 series 300, and DHC-6 series 400 airplanes correspond to FAA 
Model DHC-6-1, DHC-6-100, DHC-6-200, DHC-6-300, and DHC-6-400 
airplanes, respectively.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD, if adopted as proposed, would 
affect 33 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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Inspection........................  1 work-hour x $85 per  Not Applicable.......             $85          $2,805
                                     hour = $85.
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    The FAA estimates the following costs to replace the rudder pedal 
torque tube quadrant assembly based on the results of the proposed 
inspection. The agency has no way of determining the number of 
airplanes that might need this replacement:

                                               On-Condition Costs
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                                                                                                     Cost per
                    Action                                 Labor cost               Parts cost       airplane
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Rudder pedal torque tube quadrant assembly      10 work-hours x $85 per hour =            $9,256         $10,106
 replacement.                                    $850.
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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

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


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    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:

Viking Air Limited (Type Certificate Previously Held by Bombardier 
Inc. and de Havilland, Inc.): Docket No. FAA-2021-0217; Project 
Identifier MCAI-2020-01486-A.

(a) Comments Due Date

    The FAA must receive comments on this airworthiness directive 
(AD) by March 24, 2022.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Viking Air Limited (type certificate 
previously held by Bombardier Inc. and de Havilland, Inc.) Model 
DHC-6-1, DHC-6-100, DHC-6-200, DHC-6-300, and DHC-6-400 airplanes, 
serial numbers 001 through 987, certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 2700, Flight Control 
System.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    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 loose quadrants 
on the rudder pedal torque tube and signs of loose rivets or rivet 
joint wear due to inadequate manufacturing tolerances. The FAA is 
issuing this AD to detect and correct loose rivets or rivet joint 
wear and signs of loose or smoking rivets. The unsafe condition, if 
not addressed, could result in the rudder pedal torque tube quadrant 
assembly deteriorating until the rivets fail, leading to loss of 
rudder control with consequent loss of airplane control.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Action

    Within 3 months after the effective date of this AD, inspect the 
rudder pedal torque tube quadrant assembly for looseness and, if 
there is any looseness of the rudder pedal torque tube quadrant 
assembly, a loose rivet, any rivet joint wear, or a smoking rivet, 
before further flight, repair or replace the rudder pedal torque 
tube or quadrant assembly. Do these actions by following the 
Accomplishment Instructions, steps A.1. through A.9., in Viking DHC-
6 Twin Otter Service Bulletin No. V6/0067, Revision A, dated January 
26, 2021, except for any requirement to obtain repair instructions 
from Viking Customer Support, the repair must be accomplished using 
a method approved by the Manager, New York ACO Branch, FAA; 
Transport Canada; or Viking Air Limited's Transport Canada Design 
Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval 
must include the DOA-authorized signature.

(h) Credit for Previous Actions

    You may take credit for the actions required by paragraph (g) of 
this AD if you performed those actions before the effective date of 
this AD using Viking DHC-6 Twin Otter Service Bulletin V6/0067, 
Revision NC, dated July 16, 2020.

(i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, New York 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 
address identified in paragraph (j)(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.

(j) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Deep Gaurav, 
Aviation Safety Engineer, New York ACO Branch, FAA, 1515 Stewart 
Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590; phone: (516) 228-7300; email: 
[email protected].
    (2) Refer to Transport Canada AD CF-2020-45R1, dated April 16, 
2021, for more information. You may examine the Transport Canada AD 
in the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and 
locating Docket No. FAA-2021-0217.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Viking Air Ltd., 1959 de Havilland Way, Sidney British Columbia, 
Canada V8L 5V5; phone: (800) 663-8444; email: 
[email protected]; website: https://www.vikingair.com. You may review 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 28, 2022.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2022-02413 Filed 2-4-22; 8:45 am]
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