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Alternative Methods of Compliance While they were gaining access to the THS point fittings damage as well as any fuel leak.
(AMOCs) (trimmable horizontal stabilizer) fuel tank for Compliance with the requirements of this AD
(h)(1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft maintenance check, several operators have will also eliminate potential contributing
Certification Office (ACO), FAA, has the found one or several of the 8 THS hoist point factor[s] to ignition risks.
authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if fitting bases cracked or broken-off. The
The corrective action is an inspection of
requested in accordance with the procedures breakage resulted in metallic debris being
released within the Trim Tank. The origin of the internal base of the THS hoist point
found in 14 CFR 39.19.
(2) To request a different method of the damage is most probably due to fittings for signs of score, cracks,
compliance or a different compliance time interference with the THS hoisting lugs that perforation or other damage; and an
for this AD, follow the procedures in 14 CFR are stowed in the hoist point fittings in the inspection of the hoist point fittings
39.19. Before using any approved AMOC on reverse position, being screwed too deep base inside the fuel tank for structural
any airplane to which the AMOC applies, inside the THS hoist fittings. Damaged hoist damage, as applicable, and applicable
notify your appropriate principal inspector point fittings could cause the release of corrective actions (repair damaged
(PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District metallic debris within the THS fuel system. fittings and install new plastic plugs).
Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local * * * Compliance with the requirements
You may obtain further information by
FSDO. of this AD will also eliminate potential
(3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable contributing factor[s] to ignition risks. examining the MCAI in the AD docket.
level of safety may be used for any repair Comments
We are issuing this AD to require
required by this AD, if it is approved by an
Authorized Representative for the Boeing actions to correct the unsafe condition We gave the public the opportunity to
Commercial Airplanes Delegation Option on these products. participate in developing this AD. We
Authorization Organization who has been DATES: This AD becomes effective received no comments on the NPRM or
authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO, to October 26, 2007. on the determination of the cost to the
make those findings. For a repair method to The Director of the Federal Register public.
be approved, the repair must meet the approved the incorporation by reference
certification basis of the airplane, and the Clarification of Compliance
approval must specifically refer to this AD.
of certain publications listed in this AD
as of October 26, 2007. We have revised paragraphs (f)(3),
(4) AMOCs approved previously in
accordance with AD 2007–18–51 are ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD (f)(4), (f)(5), and (f)(6) of this final rule
approved as AMOCs for the corresponding docket on the Internet at http:// to clarify that those actions are required
provisions of this AD. dms.dot.gov or in person at the U.S. before further flight following the
Department of Transportation, Docket inspection required by paragraph (f)(2)
Material Incorporated by Reference
Operations, M–30, West Building of the AD. Additionally, we have
(i) None. removed the references to doing
Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200
Issued in Renton, Washington, on New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, corrective actions ‘‘before return to
September 10, 2007.
DC. revenue service’’ throughout the AD.
Ali Bahrami,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Conclusion
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate,
Aircraft Certification Service. Stafford, Aerospace Engineer, We reviewed the available data and
[FR Doc. E7–18436 Filed 9–20–07; 8:45 am] International Branch, ANM–116, FAA, determined that air safety and the
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Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 public interest require adopting the AD
Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington with the changes described previously.
98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1622; We determined that these changes will
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION fax (425) 227–1149. not increase the economic burden on
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: any operator or increase the scope of the
Federal Aviation Administration AD.
Discussion
Differences Between This AD and the
14 CFR Part 39 We issued a notice of proposed
MCAI or Service Information
[Docket No. FAA–2007–28374; Directorate
rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR
Identifier 2007–NM–067–AD; Amendment part 39 to include an AD that would We have reviewed the MCAI and
39–15199; AD 2007–19–08] apply to the specified products. That related service information and, in
NPRM was published in the Federal general, agree with their substance. But
RIN 2120–AA64 Register on June 18, 2007 (72 FR 33409). we might have found it necessary to use
That NPRM proposed to correct an different words from those in the MCAI
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model
unsafe condition for the specified to ensure the AD is clear for U.S.
A300–600R Series Airplanes; and
products. The MCAI states: operators and is enforceable. In making
Model A310–300 Series Airplanes
While they were gaining access to the THS
these changes, we do not intend to differ
AGENCY: Federal Aviation (trimmable horizontal stabilizer) fuel tank for substantively from the information
Administration (FAA), Department of maintenance check, several operators have provided in the MCAI and related
Transportation (DOT). found one or several of the 8 THS hoist point service information.
ACTION: Final rule. fitting bases cracked or broken-off. The We might also have required different
breakage resulted in metallic debris being actions in this AD from those in the
SUMMARY: We are adopting a new released within the Trim Tank. The origin of MCAI in order to follow our FAA
airworthiness directive (AD) for the the damage is most probably due to policies. Any such differences are
products listed above. This AD results interference with the THS hoisting lugs that highlighted in a NOTE within the AD.
from mandatory continuing are stowed in the hoist point fittings in the
airworthiness information (MCAI) reverse position, being screwed too deep Costs of Compliance
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inside the THS hoist fittings. Damaged hoist


originated by an aviation authority of point fittings could cause the release of
Based on the service information, we
another country to identify and correct metallic debris within the THS fuel system. estimate that this AD affects about 137
an unsafe condition on an aviation This Airworthiness Directive (AD) requires products of U.S. registry. We also
product. The MCAI describes the unsafe the repair of any damaged THS hoist point estimate that it takes about 10 work-
condition as: fittings to prevent any risk of further hoist hours per product to comply with the

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basic requirements of this AD. The person at the Docket Operations office the damage is most probably due to
average labor rate is $80 per work-hour. between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday interference with the THS hoisting lugs that
Required parts cost about $332 per through Friday, except Federal holidays. are stowed in the hoist point fittings in the
product. Where the service information The AD docket contains the NPRM, the reverse position, being screwed too deep
inside the THS hoist fittings. Damaged hoist
lists required parts costs that are regulatory evaluation, any comments
point fittings could cause the release of
covered under warranty, we have received, and other information. The metallic debris within the THS fuel system.
assumed that there will be no charge for street address for the Docket Operations This Airworthiness Directive (AD) requires
these costs. As we do not control office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is in the repair of any damaged THS hoist point
warranty coverage for affected parties, the ADDRESSES section. Comments will fittings to prevent any risk of further hoist
some parties may incur costs higher be available in the AD docket shortly point fittings damage as well as any fuel leak.
than estimated here. Based on these after receipt. Compliance with the requirements of this AD
figures, we estimate the cost of this AD will also eliminate potential contributing
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 factor[s] to ignition risks.
on U.S. operators to be $155,084, or
$1,132 per product. Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation The corrective action is an inspection of
safety, Incorporation by reference, the internal base of the THS hoist point
Authority for This Rulemaking Safety. fittings for signs of score, cracks, perforation
Title 49 of the United States Code Adoption of the Amendment
or other damage; and an inspection of the
specifies the FAA’s authority to issue hoist point fittings base inside the fuel tank
rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, ■ Accordingly, under the authority for structural damage, as applicable, and
section 106, describes the authority of delegated to me by the Administrator, applicable corrective actions (repair damaged
the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as fittings and install new plastic plugs).
the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII:
Aviation Programs,’’ describes in more follows: Actions and Compliance
detail the scope of the Agency’s (f) Unless already done, within 60 months
authority. PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS after the effective date of this AD, do the
We are issuing this rulemaking under DIRECTIVES actions specified in paragraphs (f)(1) through
the authority described in ‘‘Subtitle VII, ■ 1. The authority citation for part 39 (f)(6) of this AD in accordance with the
Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: instructions given in Airbus Service Bulletin
continues to read as follows: A300–55–6041 or A310–55–2042, both dated
General requirements.’’ Under that
section, Congress charges the FAA with Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. September 13, 2006, as applicable.
(1) Remove the 8 THS metallic hoisting
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in § 39.13 [Amended] lugs.
air commerce by prescribing regulations (2) Do a detailed visual inspection of the
■ 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding
for practices, methods, and procedures internal base of the 8 THS hoist point fittings
the following new AD:
the Administrator finds necessary for in order to detect visible signs of score,
safety in air commerce. This regulation 2007–19–08 Airbus: Amendment 39–15199. cracks, perforation or other damage.
is within the scope of that authority Docket No. FAA–2007–28374; (3) In case of no finding, before further
Directorate Identifier 2007–NM–067–AD. flight install the new plastic plugs.
because it addresses an unsafe condition
that is likely to exist or develop on Effective Date (4) In case of any finding, before further
products identified in this rulemaking flight, entry into the fuel trim tank is required
(a) This airworthiness directive (AD)
to do a detailed visual inspection for
action. becomes effective October 26, 2007.
structural damage of the hoist point fittings
Regulatory Findings Affected ADs base inside the fuel tank.
(b) None. (5) If structural damage is not confirmed,
We determined that this AD will not before further flight blend-out/protect the
have federalism implications under Applicability scoring area of the fitting internal base and
Executive Order 13132. This AD will (c) This AD applies to Airbus Model A310– install the new plastic plugs.
not have a substantial direct effect on 300 and A300–600R series airplanes; (6) If structural damage is confirmed,
the States, on the relationship between certificated in any category; all serial before further flight repair the damaged
the national government and the States, numbers fitted with a THS (trimmable fittings and install the new plastic plugs.
or on the distribution of power and horizontal stabilizer) containing fuel on FAA AD Differences
responsibilities among the various which, during production Airbus
Modifications 04801 and 04802 have been Note: This AD differs from the MCAI and/
levels of government.
embodied, and Airbus Modification 06549 or service information as follows: No
For the reasons discussed above, I differences.
has not been embodied; except aircraft on
certify this AD: which Airbus Modification 13191 has been
1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory embodied in production, or Airbus Service Other FAA AD Provisions
action’’ under Executive Order 12866; Bulletin A310–55–2042 or A300–55–6041 (g) The following provisions also apply to
2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the has been incorporated in service. this AD:
DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance
Subject
(44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and (AMOCs): The Manager, International
3. Will not have a significant (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane
economic impact, positive or negative, America Code 55: Stabilizers. Directorate, FAA, has the authority to
on a substantial number of small entities Reason approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested
under the criteria of the Regulatory using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19.
(e) The mandatory continuing Send information to ATTN: Tom Stafford,
Flexibility Act. airworthiness information (MCAI) states: Aerospace Engineer, International Branch,
We prepared a regulatory evaluation
While they were gaining access to the THS ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate,
of the estimated costs to comply with
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(trimmable horizontal stabilizer) fuel tank for 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington
this AD and placed it in the AD docket. maintenance check, several operators have 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1622; fax
Examining the AD Docket found one or several of the 8 THS hoist point (425) 227–1149. Before using any approved
fitting bases cracked or broken-off. The AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC
You may examine the AD docket on breakage resulted in metallic debris being applies, notify your appropriate principal
the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov; or in released within the Trim Tank. The origin of inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards

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District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your requirements and has assigned OMB Control (1) The Director of the Federal Register
local FSDO. Number 2120–0056. approved the incorporation by reference of
(2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement this service information under 5 U.S.C.
Related Information 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
in this AD to obtain corrective actions from
a manufacturer or other source, use these (h) Refer to MCAI European Aviation (2) For service information identified in
actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective Safety Agency Airworthiness Directive 2007– this AD, contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point
actions are considered FAA-approved if they 0024, dated January 25, 2007; and Airbus Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex,
Service Bulletins A300–55–6041 and A310– France.
are approved by the State of Design Authority
(3) You may review copies at the FAA,
(or their delegated agent). You are required 55–2042, both dated September 13, 2006; for
Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind
to assure the product is airworthy before it related information. Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington; or at the
is returned to service. National Archives and Records
Material Incorporated by Reference
(3) Reporting Requirements: For any Administration (NARA). For information on
reporting requirement in this AD, under the (i) You must use the service information the availability of this material at NARA, call
provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, specified in Table 1 of this AD to do the (202) 741–6030, or go to: http://
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) actions required by this AD, unless the AD www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-
has approved the information collection specifies otherwise. locations.html.

TABLE 1.—MATERIAL INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE


Airbus service bulletin Revision Date

A300–55–6041 ..................................................................................................................................... Original ............. September 13, 2006.


A310–55–2042 ..................................................................................................................................... Original ............. September 13, 2006.

Issued in Renton, Washington, on of engine power. In some recent occurrences, received, and other information. The
September 10, 2007. cracking has appeared near the weld of the street address for the Docket Operations
Ali Bahrami, Turbine Inlet Temperature (TIT) probe office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is the
support. This eventually led to an open hole
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, same as the Mail address provided in
Aircraft Certification Service. in the exhaust collector assembly. The
resulting loss of engine power was not the ADDRESSES section. Comments will
[FR Doc. E7–18435 Filed 9–20–07; 8:45 am] compatible with the continuation of the flight be available in the AD docket shortly
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We are issuing this AD to prevent FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION failure of the engine primary exhaust, Christopher Spinney, Aerospace
which could result in loss of engine Engineer, Engine Certification Office,
Federal Aviation Administration power and inability to maintain safe FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12
flight. New England Executive Park,
14 CFR Part 39 DATES: This AD becomes effective Burlington, MA 01803; e-mail:
October 9, 2007. christopher.spinney@faa.gov; telephone
[Docket No. FAA–2007–28365; Directorate
Identifier 2007–NE–26–AD; Amendment We must receive comments on this (781) 238–7175; fax (781) 238–7199.
39–15185; AD 2007–18–05] AD by October 22, 2007. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
ADDRESSES: You may send comments by
RIN 2120–AA64 Discussion
any of the following methods:
Airworthiness Directives; Societe de • DOT Docket Web Site: Go to
http://dms.dot.gov and follow the The European Aviation Safety Agency
Motorisations Aeronautiques (SMA) (EASA), which is the Technical Agent
SR305–230 and SR305–230–1 instructions for sending your comments
electronically. for the Member States of the European
Reciprocating Engines Community, has issued EASA
• Mail: U.S. Department of
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Transportation, Docket Operations, M– Airworthiness Directive 2007–0127,
Administration (FAA), Department of 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room dated May 7, 2007, to correct an unsafe
Transportation (DOT). W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., condition for the specified products.
ACTION: Final rule; request for Washington, DC 20590. The EASA AD states:
comments. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail Several occurrences of cracks on the
address above between 9 a.m. and 5 exhaust collector assembly have been
SUMMARY: We are adopting a new p.m., Monday through Friday, except reported in service. Failure of the engine
airworthiness directive (AD) for the Federal holidays. primary exhaust can lead to a loss of engine
products listed above. This AD results • Fax: (202) 493–2251. manifold pressure and may result in a loss
from Mandatory Continuing • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// of engine power. In some recent occurrences,
Airworthiness Information (MCAI) www.regulations.gov. Follow the cracking has appeared near the weld of the
provided by the aviation authority of instructions for submitting comments. Turbine Inlet Temperature (TIT) probe
France to identify and correct an unsafe support. This eventually led to an open hole
condition on SMA SR305–230 and Examining the AD Docket
in the exhaust collector assembly. The
SR305–230–1 reciprocating engines. You may examine the AD docket on resulting loss of engine power was not
The MCAI states the following: the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov; or in compatible with the continuation of the flight
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Several occurrences of cracks on the


person at the Docket Operations office and an immediate landing was necessary.
exhaust collector assembly have been between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday
reported in service. Failure of the engine through Friday, except Federal holidays. You may obtain further information
primary exhaust can lead to a loss of engine The AD docket contains this AD, the by examining the EASA AD in the AD
manifold pressure and may result in a loss regulatory evaluation, any comments docket.

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