Federal Aviation Administration May 2, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-10117
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Airbus Model A318-111 and -112 airplanes; Model A319-111, -112, -113, - 114, and -115 airplanes; Model A320-211, -212, and -214 airplanes; and Model A321-111, -112, -211, -212, and -213 airplanes. This AD was prompted by the results of an evaluation by the design approval holder (DAH). During a residual fatigue test, the forward engine mount failed prior to reaching the threshold/interval for the detailed inspections of the forward engine mounts specified in the airworthiness limitations. This AD requires repetitive detailed inspections of the right and left forward engine mounts, and corrective action if necessary. These inspections are required by AD 2015-05-02. This AD reduces the compliance times for those inspections. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking in the forward engine mounts. Such cracking could result in reduced structural integrity of the airplane and could lead to in-flight loss of an engine, possibly resulting in reduced controllability of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-10116
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a malfunctioning No. 2 engine intake heater with corrosion on the thermostats and the fuselage skin where the thermostats made contact with the aircraft fuselage skin. This proposed AD would require a general visual inspection for corrosion of the thermostats' mounting surfaces and fuselage skin surface, corrective actions if necessary, and relocating the existing thermostats. We are proposing this AD to prevent corrosion within the thermostats that may cause the switch mechanism to seize in the open position and prevent the activation of the associated engine air intake heater. An inactive engine air intake heater could lead to an engine failure.
Proposed Amendment of Class D Airspace and Revocation of Class E Airspace; Columbus, Ohio State University Airport, OH, and Amendment of Class E Airspace; Columbus, OH
Document Number: 2016-10011
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
This action withdraws the NPRM published in the Federal Register on June 24, 2015, proposing to amend Class D and Class E airspace and remove Class E airspace in the Columbus, OH, area. The FAA has determined that withdrawal of that NPRM is warranted as a second NPRM for the same airspace action was issued in July 2015.
Airworthiness Directives; Dassault Aviation Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-09800
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 2000, FALCON 2000EX, MYSTERE-FALCON 900, and FALCON 900EX airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of a co- pilot sliding aft on his seat during take-off at rotation. This AD requires replacement of certain springs installed on the pilot and co- pilot seats. We are issuing this AD to prevent fatigue wear, which, if not corrected, could cause the seat to slide and the pilot or co-pilot to lose contact with the controls, leading to an inadvertent input on the flight control commands during take-off or climb, possibly resulting in loss of control of the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-09791
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes. This AD was prompted by the discovery of a number of incorrectly calibrated angle of attack (AOA) transducers installed in the stall protection system. This AD requires replacement of incorrectly calibrated AOA transducers. We are issuing this AD to detect and replace incorrectly calibrated AOA transducers; incorrect calibration of the transducers could result in late activation of the stick pusher.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-09650
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 777-200 and -300 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of fatigue cracking of a certain chord of the pivot bulkhead. This AD requires repetitive inspections for cracking of the left side and right side forward outer chords of the pivot bulkhead, and related investigative and corrective actions if necessary. This AD also provides a modification of the pivot bulkhead, which would terminate the repetitive inspections. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of the outer flanges of the left and right side forward outer chords of the pivot bulkhead, which could result in a severed forward outer chord and consequent loss of horizontal stabilizer control.
Airworthiness Directives; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-09239
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. Models MU-2B-30, MU-2B-35, MU-2B-36, MU-2B-36A, and MU-2B-60 airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as reports of cracks found in the attach fittings of the main landing gear oleo strut. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-09238
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. Model PA-31-350 airplanes. This AD was prompted by a report of an engine fire caused by a leak in the fuel pump inlet hose. This AD requires inspecting the fuel hose assembly and the turbocharger support assembly for proper clearance between them, inspecting each assembly for any sign of damage, and making any necessary repairs or replacements. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters (Previously Eurocopter France)
Document Number: 2016-09235
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 2014-12-51 for Airbus Helicopters (previously Eurocopter France) Model EC130B4 and EC130T2 helicopters. AD 2014-12-51 required repetitively inspecting the tailboom to Fenestron junction frame (junction frame) for a crack. This new AD retains the requirements of AD 2014-12-51, changes the applicability from helicopters with certain hours time-in-service (TIS) to junction frames with certain hours TIS, and adds a compliance time for sling cycles to the junction frame inspection interval. The actions of this AD are intended to detect a crack and to prevent failure of the junction frame, which could result in loss of the Fenestron and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-09119
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
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 reports of in-flight loss of fixed and hinged main landing gear (MLG) fairings, and reports of post-modification MLG fixed fairing assemblies that have wear and corrosion. This AD requires, for certain airplanes, repetitive replacements of the fixed fairing upper and lower attachment studs of both left-hand (LH) and the right-hand (RH) MLG; and repetitive inspections for corrosion, wear, fatigue cracking, and loose studs of each forward stud assembly of the fixed fairing door upper and lower forward attachment of both LH and RH MLG; and replacement if necessary. This AD also provides an optional terminating modification for the repetitive replacements of the fixed fairing upper and lower attachment studs. We are issuing this AD to prevent in-flight detachment of an MLG fixed fairing and consequent damage to the airplane.
Airworthiness Directives; DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Gliders
Document Number: 2016-08961
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are revising Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2015-09-04 for DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Model DG-1000T gliders equipped with a Solo Kleinmotoren Model 2350 C engine. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as engine shaft failure and consequent propeller detachment. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
Document Number: 2016-08959
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-05-02
Agency: Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014-17-51 for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 airplanes. AD 2014-17-51 required inspecting the inboard flap fasteners of the hinge-box forward fitting at Wing Station (WS) 76.50 and WS 127.25 to determine the orientation and condition of the fasteners, as applicable, and replacement or repetitive inspections of the fasteners if necessary. AD 2014-17-51 also provided for optional terminating action for the requirements of that AD. This new AD requires accomplishment of the previously optional terminating action. This AD was prompted by a determination that that additional action is necessary. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct incorrectly oriented or fractured fasteners, that could result in premature failure of the fasteners attaching the inboard flap hinge-box forward fitting; failure of the fasteners could lead to the detachment of the flap hinge box and the flap surface, and consequent loss of control of the airplane.