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Applicability flight cycles after accomplishing the 737–53A1266, dated August 30, 2007,
(c) This AD applies to all Boeing Model inspection, or within 90 days after November specifies to contact Boeing for appropriate
737–300, –400, and –500 series airplanes, 12, 2004, whichever is later. action: Before further flight, repair the
certificated in any category. (4) For airplanes with line numbers 1001 fuselage skin using a method approved in
through 2828 inclusive that have been accordance with the procedures specified in
Unsafe Condition inspected and repaired or modified as of the paragraph (l) of this AD.
(d) This AD results from a report of an 18- effective date of this AD, in accordance with
Boeing Service Bulletin 737–55–1057, dated Alternative Methods of Compliance
inch crack found in the fuselage skin area (AMOCs)
under the blade seals of the nose cap of the December 12, 1996; or Revision 1, dated July
dorsal fin due to previous wear damage, and 22, 1999: Inspect within 18,000 flight cycles (l)(1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft
additional reports of fuselage skin wear. We after accomplishing the repair or Certification Office, Transport Airplane
are issuing this AD to prevent discrepancies modification, or within 90 days after Directorate, FAA, has the authority to
of the fuselage skin, which could result in November 12, 2004, whichever is later; and approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested in
fatigue cracking due to cabin pressurization if a repair doubler is installed, before further accordance with the procedures found in 14
and consequent rapid in-flight flight, inspect the repair doubler for CFR 39.19.
decompression of the airplane fuselage. discrepancies (wear or cracking). (2) To request a different method of
Note 2: Boeing Message Number 1–QXO35, compliance or a different compliance time
Compliance dated October 13, 2004, references Part I of for this AD, follow the procedures in 14 CFR
(e) You are responsible for having the Boeing Service Bulletin 737–55–1057, 39.19. Before using any approved AMOC on
actions required by this AD performed within Revision 1, dated July 22, 1999, as an any airplane to which the AMOC applies,
the compliance times specified, unless the additional source of service information for notify your appropriate principal inspector
actions have already been done. accomplishing the actions required by (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District
paragraph (f) of this AD. Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local
Restatement of Requirements of AD 2004– FSDO.
22–05 Repair (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable
Repetitive Detailed Inspections (g) If any discrepancy (wear or cracking) is level of safety may be used for any repair
found during any inspection required by required by this AD, if it is approved by an
(f) For airplanes specified in either
paragraph (f) of this AD, before further flight, Authorized Representative for the Boeing
paragraph (f)(1), (f)(2), (f)(3), or (f)(4) of this
repair in accordance with a method approved Commercial Airplanes Delegation Option
AD: Accomplish a detailed inspection for
by the Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Authorization Organization who has been
discrepancies (wear or cracking) of the
Office (ACO), FAA; or using a method authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO, to
fuselage skin under the dorsal fin assembly
approved in accordance with the procedures make those findings. For a repair method to
by doing all the actions specified in Boeing
specified in paragraph (1) of this AD. be approved, the repair must meet the
Message Number 1–QXO35, dated October
certification basis of the airplane, and the
13, 2004. Repeat the inspection thereafter at Reporting Not Required approval must specifically refer to this AD.
intervals not to exceed 9,000 flight cycles.
(h) Although Boeing Message Number 1– (4) AMOCs approved previously in
Accomplishing all of the applicable actions
QXO35, dated October 13, 2004, specifies to accordance with AD 2004–22–05 are
specified in paragraph (i) of this AD
report any fuselage skin cracking found approved as AMOCs for the corresponding
terminates the repetitive inspections required
during the detailed inspections, this AD does provisions of paragraphs (f) and (g) of this
by this paragraph.
not include that requirement. AD.
Note 1: For the purposes of this AD, a
detailed inspection is: ‘‘An intensive New Requirements of This AD Issued in Renton, Washington, on April 15,
examination of a specific item, installation, 2008.
New Inspections and Other Specified and
or assembly to detect damage, failure, or Corrective Actions Ali Bahrami,
irregularity. Available lighting is normally Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate,
supplemented with a direct source of good (i) At the applicable compliance times
specified in paragraph 1.E. of Boeing Alert Aircraft Certification Service.
lighting at an intensity deemed appropriate. [FR Doc. E8–8913 Filed 4–23–08; 8:45 am]
Inspection aids such as mirror, magnifying Service Bulletin 737–53A1266, dated August
lenses, etc., may be necessary. Surface 30, 2007, except as provided by paragraph (j) BILLING CODE 4910–13–P

cleaning and elaborate procedures may be of this AD: Do a detailed inspection for any
required.’’ chafing or crack in the fuselage skin of the
dorsal fin landing and abrasion resistant DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
(1) For airplanes with line numbers 1001 coating, do a detailed inspection for damage
through 2828 inclusive that have not been to dorsal fin seals, attach clip, and seal
inspected as of November 12, 2004 (the Federal Aviation Administration
retainer, and do all the applicable other
effective date of AD 2004–22–05), in specified and corrective actions, by
accordance with Boeing Service Bulletin 14 CFR Part 39
accomplishing all of the applicable actions
737–55–1057, dated December 12, 1996; or specified in the Accomplishment [Docket No. FAA–2008–0413; Directorate
Revision 1, dated July 22, 1999: Inspect Instructions of the service bulletin, except as Identifier 2008–NM–003–AD]
before the accumulation of 18,000 total flight provided by paragraph (k) of this AD.
cycles, or within 90 days after November 12, Accomplishing all of the applicable actions RIN 2120–AA64
2004, whichever is later. specified in this paragraph terminates the
(2) For airplanes with line numbers 2829 repetitive inspections required by paragraph Airworthiness Directives; Boeing
through 3132 inclusive that are not included (f) of this AD. Model 737–600, –700, –700C, –800,
in the effectivity of Boeing Service Bulletin –900, and 900ER Series Airplanes
737–55–1057, dated December 12, 1996; or Exception to Compliance Times
Revision 1, dated July 22, 1999: Inspect (j) Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin AGENCY: Federal Aviation
before the accumulation of 18,000 total flight 737–53A1266, dated August 30, 2007, Administration (FAA), DOT.
cycles, or within 90 days after November 12, specifies counting the compliance time from ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking
2004, whichever is later.
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‘‘* * * the date on the service bulletin,’’ this


(3) For airplanes with line numbers 1001 AD requires counting the compliance time
(NPRM).
through 2828 inclusive that have been from the effective date of this AD. SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new
inspected, but not repaired or modified as of
the effective date of this AD, in accordance Exception to Corrective Actions airworthiness directive (AD) for certain
with Boeing Service Bulletin 737–55–1057, (k) If any damage is found aft of body Boeing Model 737–600, –700, –700C,
dated December 12, 1996; or Revision 1, station 908 during any inspection required by –800, –900, and 900ER series airplanes.
dated July 22, 1999: Inspect within 9,000 this AD, and Boeing Alert Service Bulletin This proposed AD would require

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replacing the pushrods for the left and Comments Invited Relevant Service Information
right elevator tab control mechanisms We have reviewed Boeing Special
with new, improved pushrods. This We invite you to send any written
relevant data, views, or arguments about Attention Service Bulletin 737–27–
proposed AD results from a report of a 1284, dated November 28, 2007. The
rod end fracture on a rudder Power this proposed AD. Send your comments
service bulletin describes procedures for
Control Unit (PCU) control rod, which to an address listed under the
replacing the pushrods for the left and
is similar to the ones used for the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No.
right elevator tab control mechanism
elevator tab pushrods. Analysis revealed FAA–2008–0413; Directorate Identifier with new, improved pushrods. The
that the fractured rod end had an 2008–NM–003–AD’’ at the beginning of service bulletin specifies doing the
incorrect hardness, which had probably your comments. We specifically invite replacement within 4 years after the
occurred during the manufacture of the comments on the overall regulatory, date on the service bulletin.
control rod. We are proposing this AD economic, environmental, and energy
to prevent fracture of the elevator tab aspects of this proposed AD. We will Other Related Rulemaking
pushrod ends, which could result in consider all comments received by the On January 29, 2003, the FAA issued
excessive in-flight vibrations of the closing date and may amend this AD 2003–03–22, amendment 39–13047
elevator tab, possible loss of the elevator proposed AD because of those (68 FR 5819, February 5, 2003), which
tab, and consequent loss of comments. applies to certain Boeing Model 737–
controllability of the airplane. We will post all comments we 600, –700, –700C, –800, and –900 series
DATES: We must receive comments on receive, without change, to http:// airplanes. AD 2003–03–22 requires
this proposed AD by June 9, 2008. www.regulations.gov, including any accomplishing the modification in
personal information you provide. We accordance with Boeing Alert Service
ADDRESSES: You may send comments by Bulletin 737–55A1080, dated September
any of the following methods: will also post a report summarizing each
19, 2002, and Service Bulletin 737–27–
• Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to substantive verbal contact we receive
1284 specifies prior or concurrent
http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the about this proposed AD.
accomplishment of Service Bulletin
instructions for submitting comments. Discussion 737–55A1080. AD 2003–03–22 requires
• Fax: 202–493–2251. installing speedbrake limitation
• Mail: U.S. Department of We have received a report of a rod placards in the flight compartment, and
Transportation, Docket Operations, M– end fracture on a rudder Power Control revising the Limitations Section of the
30, West Building Ground Floor, Room Unit (PCU) control rod, which is similar Airplane Flight Manual to ensure the
W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., to the ones used for the elevator tab flightcrew is advised not to extend the
Washington, DC 20590. pushrods. An operator found a broken speedbrake lever beyond the flight
rudder PCU control rod during heavy detent. For Model 737–600, –700,
• Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of
maintenance of a Model 737–800 –700C, –800 series airplanes having line
Transportation, Docket Operations, M–
airplane. Analysis revealed that the numbers 1 through 1174 inclusive, AD
30, West Building Ground Floor, Room
fractured rod end had an incorrect 2003–03–22 requires modifying the
W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.,
hardness, which had probably occurred elevator and elevator tab assembly
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m.
during the manufacture of the control before the accumulation of 18,000 total
and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday,
rod. During the manufacturing process, flight cycles, or within 2 years after
except Federal holidays.
specific areas of the control rods are to March 12, 2003, whichever occurs first.
For service information identified in
be masked off to prevent the application FAA’s Determination and Requirements
this AD, contact Boeing Commercial
of the heat treatment/carburization of This Proposed AD
Airplanes, P.O. Box 3707, Seattle,
process in those areas. But at different
Washington 98124–2207. We are proposing this AD because we
site locations of the supplier, the heat
Examining the AD Docket treatment/carburization process was evaluated all relevant information and
done differently, which resulted in the determined the unsafe condition
You may examine the AD docket on described previously is likely to exist or
application of the heat treatment/
the Internet at http:// develop in other products of the same
carburization process of some control
www.regulations.gov; or in person at the type design. This proposed AD would
rods in incorrect areas. This caused an
Docket Management Facility between 9 require accomplishing the actions
incorrect hardness of the hollow shanks
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through specified in the service information
of the rod ends, and resulted in the
Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD described previously.
occurrence of cracks at the time of
docket contains this proposed AD, the
manufacture. Further analysis revealed Costs of Compliance
regulatory evaluation, any comments
received, and other information. The that all control rods made by the We estimate that this proposed AD
street address for the Docket Office supplier were also affected by the would affect 715 airplanes of U.S.
(telephone 800–647–5527) is in the incorrect manufacturing procedure. registry. We also estimate that it would
ADDRESSES section. Comments will be
Subsequently, an improved design of take about 4 work-hours per product to
available in the AD docket shortly after the control rod was developed to change comply with this proposed AD. The
receipt. from hollow shank rod ends to solid average labor rate is $80 per work-hour.
shank rod ends, which would prevent Required parts would cost about $8,036
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: the problems with the heat treatment/ per product. Based on these figures, we
Tamara Anderson, Aerospace Engineer,
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carburization process during estimate the cost of this proposed AD to


Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, manufacture. Fracture of the elevator tab the U.S. operators to be $5,974,540, or
Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, pushrod ends could result in excessive $8,356 per product.
1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, in-flight vibrations of the elevator tab,
Washington 98057–3356; telephone possible loss of the elevator tab, and Authority for This Rulemaking
(425) 917–6421; fax (425) 917–6590. consequent loss of controllability of the Title 49 of the United States Code
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: airplane. specifies the FAA’s authority to issue

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rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, Boeing: Docket No. FAA–2008–0413; Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local
section 106, describes the authority of Directorate Identifier 2008–NM–003–AD. FSDO.
the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII: (3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable
Comments Due Date
Aviation Programs,’’ describes in more level of safety may be used for any repair
(a) We must receive comments by June 9, required by this AD, if it is approved by an
detail the scope of the Agency’s 2008. Authorized Representative for the Boeing
authority. Commercial Airplanes Delegation Option
We are issuing this rulemaking under Affected ADs
Authorization Organization who has been
the authority described in ‘‘Subtitle VII, (b) None. authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO, to
Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: Applicability make those findings. For a repair method to
General requirements.’’ Under that be approved, the repair must meet the
(c) This AD applies to Boeing Model 737– certification basis of the airplane.
section, Congress charges the FAA with 600, –700, –700C, –800, –900, and 900ER
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in series airplanes, certificated in any category; Issued in Renton, Washington, on April 15,
air commerce by prescribing regulations line numbers 1 through 2196 inclusive. 2008.
for practices, methods, and procedures Ali Bahrami,
Unsafe Condition
the Administrator finds necessary for Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate,
safety in air commerce. This regulation (d) This AD results from a report of a rod
Aircraft Certification Service.
end fracture on rudder Power Control Unit
is within the scope of that authority [FR Doc. E8–8911 Filed 4–23–08; 8:45 am]
(PCU) control rod, which is similar to the
because it addresses an unsafe condition ones used for the elevator tab pushrods. BILLING CODE 4910–13–P
that is likely to exist or develop on Analysis revealed that the fractured rod end
products identified in this rulemaking had an incorrect hardness, which had
action. probably occurred during the manufacture of
the control rod. We are issuing this AD to DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Regulatory Findings prevent fracture of the elevator tab pushrod
ends, which could result in excessive in- Federal Highway Administration
We determined that this proposed AD
would not have federalism implications flight vibrations of the elevator tab, possible
loss of the elevator tab, and consequent loss 23 CFR Part 924
under Executive Order 13132. This
of controllability of the airplane.
proposed AD would not have a [FHWA Docket No. FHWA–2008–0009]
substantial direct effect on the States, on Compliance
RIN 2125–AF25
the relationship between the national (e) Comply with this AD within the
Government and the States, or on the compliance times specified, unless already
done.
Highway Safety Improvement Program
distribution of power and
responsibilities among the various Pushrod Replacement AGENCY: Federal Highway
levels of government. (f) At the time specified in paragraph 1.E.,
Administration (FHWA), DOT.
For the reasons discussed above, I ‘‘Compliance,’’ of Boeing Special Attention ACTION: Notice of proposed rule making
certify this proposed regulation: Service Bulletin 737–27–1284, dated (NPRM); request for comments.
1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory November 28, 2007; except, where the
action’’ under Executive Order 12866, service bulletin specifies a compliance time SUMMARY: The purpose of this notice of
2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the after the date on the service bulletin, this AD proposed amendments is to revise Part
DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures requires compliance within the specified 924 to incorporate changes to the
(44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979), and compliance time after the effective date of Highway Safety Improvement Program
3. Will not have a significant this AD: Replace the pushrods for the left and (HSIP) that resulted from the Safe,
right elevator tab control mechanisms with Accountable, Flexible, Efficient
economic impact, positive or negative, new, improved pushrods by doing all the
on a substantial number of small entities actions in accordance with the
Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for
under the criteria of the Regulatory Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Users (SAFETEA–LU), as well as to
Flexibility Act. Special Attention Service Bulletin 737–27– reflect changes in the overall program
You can find our regulatory 1284, dated November 28, 2007. that have evolved since 23 CFR part 924
evaluation and the estimated costs of was originally written.
Parts Installation
compliance in the AD Docket. DATES: Comments must be received on
(g) As of the effective date of this AD, no
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 person may install a pushrod assembly, part
or before June 23, 2008.
number 65–45166–24, on any airplane. ADDRESSES: Mail or hand deliver
Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation comments to the U.S. Department of
safety, Safety. Alternative Methods of Compliance
(AMOCs)
Transportation, Dockets Management
The Proposed Amendment Facility, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.,
(h)(1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Washington, DC 20590, or submit
Accordingly, under the authority Certification Office (ACO), FAA, ATTN:
Tamara Anderson, Aerospace Engineer,
electronically at http://
delegated to me by the Administrator,
Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, Seattle www.regulations.gov or fax comments to
the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part
ACO, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, (202) 493–2251. All comments should
39 as follows:
Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) include the docket number that appears
PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS 917–6421; fax (425) 917–6590; has the in the heading of this document. All
DIRECTIVES authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if comments received will be available for
requested using the procedures found in 14 examination and copying at the above
CFR 39.19.
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1. The authority citation for part 39 address from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., e.t.,
continues to read as follows: (2) To request a different method of Monday through Friday, except Federal
compliance or a different compliance time
Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. for this AD, follow the procedures in 14 CFR
holidays. Those desiring notification of
39.19. Before using any approved AMOC on receipt of comments must include a self-
§ 39.13 [Amended] addressed, stamped postcard or may
any airplane to which the AMOC applies,
2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding notify your appropriate principal inspector print the acknowledgment page that
the following new AD: (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District appears after submitting comments

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