Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes, 8436-8438 [2022-03133]

Download as PDF 8436 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 31 / Tuesday, February 15, 2022 / Proposed Rules disks, low pressure turbine (LPT) stage 2 disks, and LPT stage 3 disks. The FAA is issuing this AD to prevent the failure of the high pressure compressor, HPT rotor, and LPT rotor. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in release of uncontained debris, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (f) Compliance RIN 2120–AA64 Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes (g) Required Actions AGENCY: Within 60 days after the effective date of this AD, revise the airworthiness limitations section of the applicable CFM LEAP–1B Engine Shop Manual and the operator’s existing approved continuous airworthiness maintenance program by incorporating the following service information: (1) CFM High Pressure Compressor Rotor Life Limits LEAP–1B–05–11–02–01A–0B1B– C, Issue 009–00, dated July 26, 2021; and (2) CFM High Pressure Turbine Rotor Life Limits LEAP–1B–05–11–03–01A–0B1B–C, Issue 006–00, dated July 26, 2021; and (3) CFM Low Pressure Turbine Rotor Life Limits LEAP–1B–05–11–04–01A–0B1B–C, Issue 006–00, dated June 1, 2021. (h) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, ECO 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 and email to: ANE-AD-AMOC@faa.gov. (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. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with PROPOSALS1 (i) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Mehdi Lamnyi, Aviation Safety Engineer, ECO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: (781) 238–7743; email: Mehdi.Lamnyi@faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact CFM International, S.A., Aviation Operations Center, 1 Neumann Way, M/D Room 285, Cincinnati, OH 45125; phone: (877) 432–3272; email: fleetsupport@ ge.com. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (817) 222–5110. Issued on February 3, 2022. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2022–03041 Filed 2–14–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Feb 14, 2022 Jkt 256001 Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2022–0010; Project Identifier AD–2021–00850–T] Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 787–8, 787–9, and 787–10 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report that during a C-check, corrosion was found in the vertical fin tension bolt hole located in the aluminum crown frames at Section 48. This proposed AD would require inspecting certain vertical fin tension bolt holes; reviewing the bolt sealant application installation procedure in the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable; checking maintenance records to determine the replacement status of vertical fin tension bolts; and doing applicable on-condition actions. The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. SUMMARY: The FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by April 1, 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 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 referenced service information at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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–2022– 0010. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2022–0010; 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: 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: 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–2022–0010; Project Identifier AD– 2021–00850–T’’ 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 E:\FR\FM\15FEP1.SGM 15FEP1 8437 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 31 / Tuesday, February 15, 2022 / Proposed Rules 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 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. 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 has received a report indicating that during a C-check, corrosion was found in the vertical fin tension bolt hole located in the aluminum crown frames at Section 48. Upon further investigation, it was found that the corrosion was caused by insufficient sealant application during the vertical fin tension bolt installation. This condition, if not addressed, could result in undetected corrosion. Undetected corrosion in this location could lead to the structure falling below residual strength requirements and the loss of the vertical fin, which could result in loss of control of the airplane. 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 Under 1 CFR Part 51 The FAA reviewed Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787–81205– SB550010–00 RB, Issue 001, dated May 24, 2021. This service information specifies, depending on airplane configuration, procedures for a detailed inspection of the vertical fin tension bolt holes (16 locations) in the aluminum crown frames, composite deck, and root fittings for corrosion and finish degradation; a review of the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, related to the vertical fin tension bolt installation procedure to determine if the sealant application is correct; a review of the maintenance records to determine if a vertical fin tension bolt has been replaced and to determine the sealant application procedure that was used; and applicable on-condition actions. On-condition actions include applying sealant and installing new vertical fin tension bolts and barrel nuts; revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to include the minimum requirement for the correct vertical fin tension bolt sealant application procedure; a detailed inspection for corrosion and finish degradation of only the affected vertical fin tension bolt holes in the aluminum crown frame, composite deck, and root fittings; and repair. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in ADDRESSES. Proposed AD Requirements in This NPRM This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified in the service information already described. For information on the procedures and compliance times, see this service information at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2022– 0010. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this AD, if adopted as proposed, would affect 116 airplanes of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Cost per product Labor cost Inspection (16 locations), sealant application, and bolt/nut installation. Review the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable. Records review ............................................... 5.2 work-hours × $85 per hour = $442 .......... $20,580 $21,022 $2,438,552 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 ................. 0 85 9,860 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 ................. 0 85 9,860 The FAA estimates the following costs to do any necessary detailed inspection of the affected holes that Parts cost Cost on U.S. operators Action would be required based on the results of the proposed actions. The agency has no way of determining the number of aircraft that might need these oncondition actions: ON-CONDITION COSTS * Action Labor cost Inspection ..................................................................... 5 work-hours × $85 per hour = $425 ........................... Cost per product Parts cost $0 $425 lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with PROPOSALS1 * Does not include cost of revising the maintenance program. The FAA has determined that revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, if required, takes an average of 90 work-hours per operator, although the agency recognizes that this number may vary from operator to operator. Since operators incorporate maintenance or inspection program changes for their affected fleet(s), the VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Feb 14, 2022 Jkt 256001 FAA has determined that a per-operator estimate is more accurate than a perairplane estimate. Therefore, the FAA estimates the average total cost per operator to be $7,650 (90 work-hours × $85 per work-hour). The FAA has received no definitive data on which to base the cost estimates PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 for the repair specified in this proposed AD. The FAA has included all known costs in its cost estimate. According to the manufacturer, however, some or all of the costs of this proposed AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected operators. E:\FR\FM\15FEP1.SGM 15FEP1 8438 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 31 / Tuesday, February 15, 2022 / Proposed Rules § 39.13 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. lotter on DSK11XQN23PROD with PROPOSALS1 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: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Feb 14, 2022 Jkt 256001 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive: ■ The Boeing Company: Docket No. FAA– 2022–0010; Project Identifier AD–2021– 00850–T. (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments on this airworthiness directive (AD) by April 1, 2022. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 787–8, 787–9, and 787–10 airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787– 81205–SB550010–00 RB, Issue 001, dated May 24, 2021. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 55, Stabilizers. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by a report that during a C-check, corrosion was found in the vertical fin tension bolt hole located in the aluminum crown frames at Section 48. The FAA is issuing this AD to address undetected corrosion, which could lead to the structure falling below residual strength requirements and the loss of the vertical fin, and result in loss of control 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 Bulletin B787–81205– SB550010–00 RB, Issue 001, dated May 24, 2021, do all applicable actions identified in, and in accordance with, the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787–81205–SB550010–00 RB, Issue 001, dated May 24, 2021. Note 1 to paragraph (g): Guidance for accomplishing the actions required by this AD can be found in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin B787–81205–SB550010–00, Issue 001, dated May 24, 2021, which is referred to in Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787–81205–SB550010–00 RB, Issue 001, dated May 24, 2021. (h) Exceptions to Service Information Specifications (1) Where the Compliance Time columns of the tables in the ‘‘Compliance’’ paragraph of Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787– 81205–SB550010–00 RB, Issue 001, dated May 24, 2021, uses the phrase ‘‘the Issue 1 date of Requirements Bulletin B787–81205– SB550010–00 RB,’’ this AD requires using ‘‘the effective date of this AD.’’ (2) Where Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787–81205–SB550010–00 RB, Issue PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 9990 001, dated May 24, 2021, specifies 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, 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 (1) 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. (2) 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. You may view this referenced 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. Issued on January 14, 2022. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2022–03133 Filed 2–14–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P E:\FR\FM\15FEP1.SGM 15FEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 31 (Tuesday, February 15, 2022)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 8436-8438]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-03133]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2022-0010; Project Identifier AD-2021-00850-T]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company 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 The Boeing Company Model 787-8, 787-9, and 787-10 
airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report that during a C-
check, corrosion was found in the vertical fin tension bolt hole 
located in the aluminum crown frames at Section 48. This proposed AD 
would require inspecting certain vertical fin tension bolt holes; 
reviewing the bolt sealant application installation procedure in the 
existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable; checking 
maintenance records to determine the replacement status of vertical fin 
tension bolts; and doing applicable on-condition actions. 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 April 1, 
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 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 referenced 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-2022-
0010.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2022-0010; 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: 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:

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-2022-0010; Project Identifier 
AD-2021-00850-T'' 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

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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 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]. 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 has received a report indicating that during a C-check, 
corrosion was found in the vertical fin tension bolt hole located in 
the aluminum crown frames at Section 48. Upon further investigation, it 
was found that the corrosion was caused by insufficient sealant 
application during the vertical fin tension bolt installation. This 
condition, if not addressed, could result in undetected corrosion. 
Undetected corrosion in this location could lead to the structure 
falling below residual strength requirements and the loss of the 
vertical fin, which could result in loss of control of the airplane.

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 Under 1 CFR Part 51

    The FAA reviewed Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787-81205-
SB550010-00 RB, Issue 001, dated May 24, 2021. This service information 
specifies, depending on airplane configuration, procedures for a 
detailed inspection of the vertical fin tension bolt holes (16 
locations) in the aluminum crown frames, composite deck, and root 
fittings for corrosion and finish degradation; a review of the existing 
maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, related to the 
vertical fin tension bolt installation procedure to determine if the 
sealant application is correct; a review of the maintenance records to 
determine if a vertical fin tension bolt has been replaced and to 
determine the sealant application procedure that was used; and 
applicable on-condition actions. On-condition actions include applying 
sealant and installing new vertical fin tension bolts and barrel nuts; 
revising the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, 
to include the minimum requirement for the correct vertical fin tension 
bolt sealant application procedure; a detailed inspection for corrosion 
and finish degradation of only the affected vertical fin tension bolt 
holes in the aluminum crown frame, composite deck, and root fittings; 
and repair. This service information is reasonably available because 
the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of 
business or by the means identified in ADDRESSES.

Proposed AD Requirements in This NPRM

    This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified 
in the service information already described. For information on the 
procedures and compliance times, see this service information at 
https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. 
FAA-2022-0010.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this AD, if adopted as proposed, would 
affect 116 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        product        operators
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Inspection (16 locations), sealant      5.2 work-hours x $85 per         $20,580         $21,022      $2,438,552
 application, and bolt/nut               hour = $442.
 installation.
Review the existing maintenance or      1 work-hour x $85 per                  0              85           9,860
 inspection program, as applicable.      hour = $85.
Records review........................  1 work-hour x $85 per                  0              85           9,860
                                         hour = $85.
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    The FAA estimates the following costs to do any necessary detailed 
inspection of the affected holes that would be required based on the 
results of the proposed actions. The agency has no way of determining 
the number of aircraft that might need these on-condition actions:

                                              On-Condition Costs *
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                                                                                                     Cost per
                    Action                                 Labor cost               Parts cost        product
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Inspection....................................  5 work-hours x $85 per hour =                 $0            $425
                                                 $425.
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* Does not include cost of revising the maintenance program.

    The FAA has determined that revising the existing maintenance or 
inspection program, if required, takes an average of 90 work-hours per 
operator, although the agency recognizes that this number may vary from 
operator to operator. Since operators incorporate maintenance or 
inspection program changes for their affected fleet(s), the FAA has 
determined that a per-operator estimate is more accurate than a per-
airplane estimate. Therefore, the FAA estimates the average total cost 
per operator to be $7,650 (90 work-hours x $85 per work-hour).
    The FAA has received no definitive data on which to base the cost 
estimates for the repair specified in this proposed AD.
    The FAA has included all known costs in its cost estimate. 
According to the manufacturer, however, some or all of the costs of 
this proposed AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the 
cost impact on affected operators.

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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]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness 
directive:

The Boeing Company: Docket No. FAA-2022-0010; Project Identifier AD-
2021-00850-T.

(a) Comments Due Date

    The FAA must receive comments on this airworthiness directive 
(AD) by April 1, 2022.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 787-8, 787-9, and 
787-10 airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in 
Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787-81205-SB550010-00 RB, Issue 
001, dated May 24, 2021.

(d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 55, Stabilizers.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by a report that during a C-check, 
corrosion was found in the vertical fin tension bolt hole located in 
the aluminum crown frames at Section 48. The FAA is issuing this AD 
to address undetected corrosion, which could lead to the structure 
falling below residual strength requirements and the loss of the 
vertical fin, and result in loss of control 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 Bulletin B787-81205-SB550010-00 RB, Issue 001, 
dated May 24, 2021, do all applicable actions identified in, and in 
accordance with, the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert 
Requirements Bulletin B787-81205-SB550010-00 RB, Issue 001, dated 
May 24, 2021.
    Note 1 to paragraph (g): Guidance for accomplishing the actions 
required by this AD can be found in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 
B787-81205-SB550010-00, Issue 001, dated May 24, 2021, which is 
referred to in Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787-81205-
SB550010-00 RB, Issue 001, dated May 24, 2021.

(h) Exceptions to Service Information Specifications

    (1) Where the Compliance Time columns of the tables in the 
``Compliance'' paragraph of Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787-
81205-SB550010-00 RB, Issue 001, dated May 24, 2021, uses the phrase 
``the Issue 1 date of Requirements Bulletin B787-81205-SB550010-00 
RB,'' this AD requires using ``the effective date of this AD.''
    (2) Where Boeing Alert Requirements Bulletin B787-81205-
SB550010-00 RB, Issue 001, dated May 24, 2021, specifies 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

    (1) 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].
    (2) 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. You may view this referenced 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.

    Issued on January 14, 2022.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2022-03133 Filed 2-14-22; 8:45 am]
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