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Actions Compliance Procedures

(1) Do the following: Install the access holes and do the initial inspection upon accumu- Follow Snow Engineering Co.
(i) Install access holes for visual in- lating 2,000 hours time-in-service (TIS) or within the next 60 days Service Letter #235, dated Au-
spection of the part number (P/N) after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later. Repet- gust 25, 2004, revised October
30012–7 horizontal stabilizer itively inspect thereafter at intervals not to exceed 100 hours TIS. 23, 2006.
brace tube assembly. Replacement of the P/N 30012–7 horizontal stabilizer brace tube
(ii) Conduct a detailed visual in- assembly with a new design P/N 30766–1 horizontal stabilizer
spection for cracks in the P/N brace tube assembly following paragraph (e)(2) of this AD is termi-
30012–7 horizontal stabilizer nating action for the repetitive inspection requirement of this AD.
brace tube assembly.
(2) Replace the P/N 30012–7 hori- Before further flight after any inspection required by paragraph (e)(1) Follow Snow Engineering Co.
zontal stabilizer brace tube as- of this AD where cracks are found. The installation of a new design Service Letter #129A, dated Au-
sembly with a new design P/N P/N 30766–1 horizontal stabilizer brace tube assembly is termi- gust 7, 2004, revised November
30766–1 horizontal stabilizer nating action for the repetitive inspection requirement of this AD. 15, 2005; Snow Engineering Co.
brace tube assembly. Service Letter #235, dated Au-
gust 25, 2004, revised October
23, 2006; and Snow Engineer-
ing Co. Drill Template—602,
Drawing Number SL129–602,
dated August 2, 2004.
(3) Do not install any P/N 30012–7 As of the effective date of this AD ........................................................ Not Applicable.
horizontal stabilizer brace tube

Alternative Methods of Compliance DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION systems, fire detection systems, fuel
(AMOCs) systems, or other critical systems.
(f) The Manager, Fort Worth Airplane Federal Aviation Administration DATES: We must receive comments on
Certification Office, FAA, ATTN: Andrew this proposed AD by March 8, 2007.
McAnaul, Aerospace Engineer, ASW–150 (c/ 14 CFR Part 39 ADDRESSES: Use one of the following
o MIDO–43), 10100 Reunion Place, Suite 650, addresses to submit comments on this
San Antonio, Texas 78216; telephone: (210) [Docket No. FAA–2007–27154; Directorate proposed AD.
Identifier 2006–NM–139–AD]
308–3365; fax: (210) 308–3370, has the • DOT Docket Web site: Go to
authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if and follow the
requested using the procedures found in 14 RIN 2120–AA64
instructions for sending your comments
CFR 39.19. electronically.
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model
Related Information A310 Airplanes and Model A300 B4– • Government-wide rulemaking Web
600, B4–600R, and F4–600R Series site: Go to
(g) To get copies of the service information
Airplanes, and Model C4–605R Variant and follow the instructions for sending
referenced in this AD, contact Air Tractor
F airplanes (Collectively Called A300– your comments electronically.
Inc., P.O. Box 485, Olney, Texas 76374;
• Mail: Docket Management Facility,
telephone: (940) 564–5616; fax: (940) 564– 600 Series Airplanes)
U.S. Department of Transportation, 400
5612. To view the AD docket, go to the
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building,
Docket Management Facility; U.S.
Administration (FAA), Department of room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590.
Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh
Transportation (DOT). • Fax: (202) 493–2251.
Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL–401, • Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on
Washington, DC, or on the Internet at http:// ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking
(NPRM). the plaza level of the Nassif Building, The docket number is Docket
400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington,
No. FAA–2006–26775; Directorate Identifier
SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday
new airworthiness directive (AD) for all through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on January Airbus Model A310 airplanes and Contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice
31, 2007. Model A300–600 series airplanes. This Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France,
Margaret Kline, proposed AD would require revising the for service information identified in this
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Airworthiness Limitations section of the proposed AD.
Aircraft Certification Service. Instructions for Continued FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom
[FR Doc. E7–1874 Filed 2–5–07; 8:45 am] Airworthiness by incorporating new and Stafford, Aerospace Engineer,
revised certification maintenance International Branch, ANM–116, FAA,
requirements. This proposed AD results Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601
from the manufacturer determining that Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington
additional and revised certification 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1622;
maintenance requirements are necessary fax (425) 227–1149.
in order to ensure continued operational SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
safety of the affected airplanes. We are
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proposing this AD to prevent safety- Comments Invited

significant latent failures that would, in We invite you to submit any relevant
combination with one or more other written data, views, or arguments
specific failures or events, result in a regarding this proposed AD. Send your
hazardous or catastrophic failure comments to an address listed in the
condition of avionics, hydraulic ADDRESSES section. Include the docket

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number ‘‘FAA–2007–27154; Directorate (ALS) for Airbus Model A310 airplanes described above. We have examined the
Identifier 2006-NM–139–AD’’ at the and Airbus Model A300–600 series DGAC’s findings, evaluated all pertinent
beginning of your comments. We airplanes has been updated. The new information, and determined that we
specifically invite comments on the CMRs, among other things, introduce need to issue an AD for airplanes of this
overall regulatory, economic, new inspections. CMRs are intended to type design that are certificated for
environmental, and energy aspects of detect safety-significant latent failures operation in the United States.
the proposed AD. We will consider all that would, in combination with one or Therefore, we are proposing this AD,
comments received by the closing date more other specific failures or events, which would require revising the
and may amend the proposed AD in result in a hazardous or catastrophic Airworthiness Limitations section of the
light of those comments. failure condition of avionics, hydraulic Instructions for Continued
We will post all comments we systems, fire detection systems, fuel Airworthiness by incorporating new and
receive, without change, to http:// systems, or other critical systems. revised CMRs., including any personal
information you provide. We will also Relevant Service Information Clarification of Compliance Time
post a report summarizing each Airbus has issued A310 Certification Between the Proposed AD and the
substantive verbal contact with FAA Maintenance Requirements AI/ST5/849/ French Airworthiness Directive
personnel concerning this proposed AD. 85, Issue 12, dated February 2005, to The French airworthiness directive
Using the search function of that Web Part 3 of the ALS for Model A310. specifies to conform to the CMRs within
site, anyone can find and read the Airbus has also issued A300–600 two months with the exception of one
comments in any of our dockets, Certification Maintenance Requirements CMR, MSI 78.30.99 (thrust reverser
including the name of the individual AI/ST5/829/85, Issue 12, dated February actuation and cowling tasks for
who sent the comment (or signed the 2005, to Part 3 of the ALS for Model airplanes that have installed a third line
comment on behalf of an association, A300–600. Issue 12 of the documents: of defense). The French airworthiness
business, labor union, etc.). You may • Adds two new Two Star CMR tasks
directive specifies to conform to MSI
review the DOT’s complete Privacy Act for the thrust reverser actuation and
78.30.99 within three months or before
Statement in the Federal Register cowling;
the accumulation of 7,000 flight hours
published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR • Corrects existing CMRs; and
• For Model A300–600: Extends the since installation of a third line of
19477–78), or you may visit http:// defense, whichever occurs later. applicability of a CMR and corrects the
effectivity paragraph of the CMR. However, this proposed AD would
Examining the Docket Accomplishing the actions specified require revising the Airworthiness
You may examine the AD docket on in the service information is intended to Limitations section of the Instructions
the Internet at, or in adequately address the unsafe for Continued Airworthiness by
person at the Docket Management condition. The DGAC mandated the incorporating new and revised
Facility office between 9 a.m. and 5 service information and issued French certification maintenance requirements
p.m., Monday through Friday, except airworthiness directive F–2005–123, within three months after the effective
Federal holidays. The Docket dated July 20, 2005, to ensure the date of the proposed AD. In developing
Management Facility office (telephone continued airworthiness of these an appropriate compliance time for this
(800) 647–5227) is located on the plaza airplanes in France. action, we considered the urgency
level of the Nassif Building at the DOT associated with the subject unsafe
FAA’s Determination and Requirements condition, the availability of required
street address stated in the ADDRESSES of the Proposed AD
section. Comments will be available in parts, and the practical aspect of
the AD docket shortly after the Docket These airplane models are affected operators accomplishing the
Management System receives them. manufactured in France and are type operational and functional tests of
certificated for operation in the United critical systems and power plants and
Discussion States under the provisions of section inspections for damage of certain parts
The Direction Générale de l’Aviation 21.29 of the Federal Aviation that are specified in the CMRs.
Civile (DGAC), which is the Regulations (14 CFR 21.29) and the Costs of Compliance
airworthiness authority for France, applicable bilateral airworthiness
notified us that Part 3, ‘‘Certification agreement. Pursuant to this bilateral The following table provides the
Maintenance Requirements (CMR)’’ of airworthiness agreement, the DGAC has estimated costs for U.S. operators to
the Airworthiness Limitations section kept the FAA informed of the situation comply with this proposed AD.

Average labor Cost per Number of U.S.-
Action Work hours Fleet cost
rate per hour airplane registered airplanes

Revision of maintenance program ................................... 1 $80 $80 203 $16,240

Authority for This Rulemaking detail the scope of the Agency’s air commerce by prescribing regulations
authority. for practices, methods, and procedures
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Title 49 of the United States Code the Administrator finds necessary for
We are issuing this rulemaking under
specifies the FAA’s authority to issue safety in air commerce. This regulation
the authority described in subtitle VII,
rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, part A, subpart III, section 44701, is within the scope of that authority
section 106, describes the authority of ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that because it addresses an unsafe condition
the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, section, Congress charges the FAA with that is likely to exist or develop on
Aviation Programs, describes in more promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in

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products identified in this rulemaking airplanes, and Model A300 C4–605R Variant Flight Standards Certificate Holding District
action. F airplanes, certificated in any category. Office.
Note 1: This AD requires revisions to Related Information
Regulatory Findings certain operator maintenance documents to
include new inspections. Compliance with (h) French airworthiness directive F–2005–
We have determined that this 123, dated July 20, 2005, also addresses the
proposed AD would not have federalism these actions is required by 14 CFR 91.403(c).
For airplanes that have been previously subject of this AD.
implications under Executive Order
modified, altered, or repaired in the areas Issued in Renton, Washington, on January
13132. This proposed AD would not addressed by these inspections, the operator 29, 2007.
have a substantial direct effect on the may not be able to accomplish the Ali Bahrami,
States, on the relationship between the inspections described in the revisions. In this
national Government and the States, or situation, to comply with 14 CFR 91.403(c), Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate,
the operator must request approval for an Aircraft Certification Service.
on the distribution of power and
responsibilities among the various alternative method of compliance according [FR Doc. E7–1872 Filed 2–5–07; 8:45 am]
levels of government. to paragraph (g) of this AD. The request BILLING CODE 4910–13–P

For the reasons discussed above, I should include a description of changes to

the required inspections that will ensure the
certify that the proposed regulation: continued damage tolerance of the affected
1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
structure. The FAA has provided guidance
action’’ under Executive Order 12866; for this determination in Advisory Circular Federal Aviation Administration
2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the (AC) 25.1529–1.
DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures 14 CFR Part 39
(44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and Unsafe Condition
3. Will not have a significant (d) This AD results from the manufacturer [Docket No. FAA–2006–26494; Directorate
economic impact, positive or negative, determining that additional and revised Identifier 2006–CE–79–AD]
on a substantial number of small entities certification maintenance requirements are
RIN 2120–AA64
under the criteria of the Regulatory necessary in order to ensure continued
operational safety of the affected airplanes.
Flexibility Act. Airworthiness Directives; Alpha
We are issuing this AD to prevent safety-
We prepared a regulatory evaluation significant latent failures that would, in Aviation Design Limited (Type
of the estimated costs to comply with combination with one or more other specific Certificate No. A48EU previously held
this proposed AD and placed it in the failures or events, result in a hazardous or by APEX Aircraft and AVIONS PIERRE
AD docket. See the ADDRESSES section catastrophic failure condition of avionics, ROBIN) Model R2160 Airplanes
for a location to examine the regulatory hydraulic systems, fire detection systems,
evaluation. fuel systems, or other critical systems. AGENCY: Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA), Department of
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Compliance Transportation (DOT).
Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation (e) You are responsible for having the ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking
actions required by this AD performed within (NPRM).
safety, Safety. the compliance times specified, unless the
The Proposed Amendment actions have already been done. SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new
Accordingly, under the authority Revise the Airworthiness Limitations airworthiness directive (AD) for the
delegated to me by the Administrator, Section of the Instructions for Continued products listed above. This proposed
the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part Airworthiness AD results from mandatory continuing
39 as follows: (f) Within three months after the effective airworthiness information (MCAI)
date of this AD, revise the Airworthiness issued by an aviation authority of
PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS Limitations section of the Instructions for another country to identify and correct
DIRECTIVES Continued Airworthiness by incorporating an unsafe condition on an aviation
Airbus A300–600 Certification Maintenance product. The MCAI describes the unsafe
1. The authority citation for part 39 Requirements (CMRs) AI/ST5/829/85, Issue condition as:
continues to read as follows: 12, dated February 2005 (for Model A310
airplanes); or Airbus A310 CMR AI/ST5/849/ * * * unchecked corrosion developing on
Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. 85, Issue 12, dated February 2005 (for Model the wing spars due to access for inspections
A300 B4–601, B4–603, B4–620, and B4–622 being difficult under normal maintenance
§ 39.13 [Amended] practices, which could lead to an unsafe
airplanes, Model A300 B4–605R and B4–
2. The Federal Aviation 622R airplanes, Model A300 F4–605R and condition and possibly a failure of the wing.
Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13 F4–622R airplanes, and Model A300 C4– The proposed AD would require
by adding the following new 605R Variant F airplanes); as applicable. actions that are intended to address the
airworthiness directive (AD): Accomplish the actions specified in the unsafe condition described in the MCAI.
Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2007–27154; applicable CMRs at the times specified in the
DATES: We must receive comments on
Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–139–AD. applicable CMRs. The actions must be
accomplished in accordance with the this proposed AD by March 8, 2007.
Comments Due Date applicable CMRs. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by
(a) The FAA must receive comments on any of the following methods:
Alternative Methods of Compliance
this AD action by March 8, 2007. (AMOCs)
• DOT Docket Web site: Go to
Affected ADs and follow the
(g)(1) The Manager, International Branch, instructions for sending your comments
(b) None. ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate,
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FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs

Applicability for this AD, if requested in accordance with
• Fax: (202) 493–2251.
(c) This AD applies to all Airbus Model the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19.
• Mail: Docket Management Facility,
A310 airplanes, Model A300 B4–601, B4– (2) Before using any AMOC approved in U.S. Department of Transportation, 400
603, B4–620, and B4–622 airplanes, Model accordance with § 39.19 on any airplane to Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building,
A300 B4–605R and B4–622R airplanes, which the AMOC applies, notify the Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590–
Model A300 F4–605R and F4–622R appropriate principal inspector in the FAA 0001.

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