Federal Aviation Administration September 24, 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
Document Number: 2012-23457
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (Bell), Model 412 and 412EP helicopters. This proposed AD is prompted by reports of cracking in the swashplate outer ring assemblies (outer ring). This AD would establish a lower life limit on certain outer rings, requiring a revision of the retirement life on the components' history card or equivalent record, and a revision of the maintenance manual or Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA). This proposal also would prohibit installing these outer rings on any helicopter. The proposed actions are intended to prevent failure of an outer ring because of cracking, which could lead to the loss of main rotor (M/R) blade pitch control and subsequent loss of helicopter control.
Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines
Document Number: 2012-23442
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for all Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-Trent 875-17, RB211-Trent 877-17, RB211-Trent 884-17, RB211-Trent 884B-17, RB211-Trent 892-17, RB211- Trent 892B-17, and RB211-Trent 895-17 turbofan engines. That AD currently requires initial and repetitive ultrasonic inspections (UIs) of certain low-pressure (LP) compressor blades identified by serial number (S/N). This new AD requires the same actions but expands the population of blades. This AD was prompted by the need to add the inspections of the LP compressor blades listed by S/N in Appendices 3H through 3L of RR plc Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. RB.211-72-AG244, Revision 4, dated December 22, 2011. We are issuing this AD to prevent multiple LP compressor blades from failing due to blade root cracks, which could lead to uncontained engine failure and damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23434
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a new revision to the airworthiness limitations of the maintenance planning data document. This proposed AD would require revising the maintenance program to update inspection requirements to detect fatigue cracking of principal structural elements (PSEs). We are proposing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of various PSEs, which could adversely affect the structural integrity of these airplanes.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23433
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A330-200 Freighter series airplanes, Model A330-200 series airplanes, Model A330-300 series airplanes, Model A340-200 series airplanes, and Model A340-300 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of an in-flight turn back after the nose landing gear (NLG) did not retract after take-off. This proposed AD would require repetitive overhaul of the NLG retraction actuator. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the retraction actuator, which could cause collapse of the NLG after touchdown and possible injury to flightcrew and passengers.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23432
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702) airplanes, Model CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705) airplanes, and Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes. The existing AD currently requires repetitive inspections of the rudder travel limiter (RTL) return springs and primary actuator, and corrective actions if necessary. Since we issued that AD, terminating action has been developed which eliminates the need for the repetitive inspections. This proposed AD would require replacing certain RTL return springs, including doing related investigative and corrective actions, if necessary; and would also revise the applicability. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the RTL, which would permit an increase of rudder authority beyond normal structural limits and consequently affect the controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23431
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A300 B4-601, B4-603, B4-620, B4-605R, and B4-622R airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report that the door frame shells of passenger doors 2 and 4 may not have sufficient structural strength to enable the airplane to operate safely. This proposed AD would require reinforcing of the door frame shells of passenger doors 2 and 4 on both sides of the fuselage. We are proposing this AD to prevent structural failure of the door frame shells, which could result in in-flight decompression of the airplane and consequent injury to passengers.
Airworthiness Directives; Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23277
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) all Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model EMB-135 airplanes, and Model EMB-145, -145ER, -145MR, -145LR, -145MP, and -145EP airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of a lightning strike hitting an airplane tail boom causing certain rear bulkhead parts to jam an elevator control rod. This AD requires installing or reworking, as applicable, metallic diverters and aluminum sheets; modifying the light assembly on the tail boom rear movable fairing; and replacing the hood assembly with a new hood assembly and rerouting its electrical harness. We are issuing this AD to prevent lightning strikes from causing certain parts to contact the airplane pitch control system, which could reduce airplane controllability.
Airworthiness Directives; Fokker Services B.V. Airplanes
Document Number: 2012-23055
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-09-24
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Fokker Services B.V. Model F.28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of burned contacts in a certain production break plug and its corresponding receptacle. This AD requires modifying galley power supply wiring by disconnecting it from the affected plug/ receptacle and reconnecting the power supply wiring through splices. We are issuing this AD to prevent a high electrical load, which might lead to overheating of the galley power supply wiring and/or the electrical connector and consequent smoke or fire in the galley area, which could result in damage to the airplane and injury to occupants.