Federal Aviation Administration November 12, 2014 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Disposition of Life Limited Aircraft Parts; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2014-26626
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
The FAA is correcting a final rule published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2002 (67 FR 2110). In that rule, the FAA amended its regulations to require that all persons who remove any life-limited aircraft part safely control that part, to deter the installation of that part after it has reached its life limit. The rule reduced the risk of life-limited parts being used beyond their life limits. The rule also required that type certificate and design approval holders of life-limited parts provide instructions on how to mark a part indicating its current status, when requested by persons removing such a part. This document corrects error in the codified text of that document.
Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-26536
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2012-13-08 for certain the Boeing Company Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-400F, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes, without a stretched upper deck or stretched upper deck modification. AD 2012-13- 08 required inspections of tension ties and surrounding structure for cracking, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary; modification of tension tie structure or tension tie and frame structure at specified stations; and post-modification inspections of some modified and unmodified areas, and repair if necessary. This new AD adds inspections in unmodified center section tension ties, and repair if necessary; post-modification inspections of modified and unmodified areas, and repair if necessary; a new modification of tension tie and frame structures; and inspections of tension ties and surrounding structure, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This new AD reduces an inspection interval. This AD was prompted by widespread fatigue damage analysis that resulted in a determination that more inspections are necessary. We are issuing this AD to prevent tension ties from becoming severed or disconnected from the frames, which could lead to reduced structural integrity and sudden decompression of the airplane in flight.
Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-26440
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all the Boeing Company Model 767 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of a rotary actuator for the trailing edge (TE) flap that had slipped relative to its mating reaction ring, which is attached to the flap support rib. This AD requires repetitive inspections for corrosion of the fixed ring gear and reaction ring splines of the rotary actuator assembly for each support position, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct flap rotary actuator gear disengagement from its mating reaction ring. This disengagement with flaps extended could cause an uncommanded roll due to flap blowback, overload, or flap departure from the airplane, which could compromise safe flight and landing of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-26436
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by a determination that more restrictive airworthiness limitations are necessary. This AD requires revising the maintenance or inspection program as applicable. We are issuing this AD to prevent a safety-significant latent failure (which is not annunciated) which, in combination with one or more other specific failures or events, would result in a hazardous or catastrophic failure condition.
Airworthiness Directives; the Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2014-26434
Type: Rule
Date: 2014-11-12
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2005-07-12, which applies to certain the Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. AD 2005-07-12 required detailed and eddy current inspections to detect cracking of the frame web around the cutout for the doorstop intercostal strap at the aft side of the station (STA) 291.5 frame at stringer 16R, and corrective action if necessary. Since we issued AD 2005-07-12, we received reports of new findings of cracking at various locations of the STA 277 to STA 291.5 frames and intercostals, including webs, chords, clips, and shear ties, between stringers 7R and 17R. This new AD requires inspections for cracking at the forward galley door cutout, and corrective actions if necessary. This new AD also reduces a certain inspection threshold required by AD 2005-07-12. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the aft frame and frame support structure of the forward galley door, which could result in a severed fuselage frame web, rapid decompression of the airplane, and possible loss of the forward galley door.