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Effective Date Issued in Renton, Washington, on for sending your comments


(a) This AD becomes effective October 6, September 9, 2005. electronically.
2005. Kalene C. Yanamura, • Government-wide rulemaking Web
Affected ADs
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov
Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. and follow the instructions for sending
(b) None. [FR Doc. 05–18521 Filed 9–20–05; 8:45 am] your comments electronically.
Applicability BILLING CODE 4910–13–P • Mail: Docket Management Facility;
(c) This AD applies to all BAE Systems U.S. Department of Transportation, 400
(Operations) Limited Model HS 748 series 2A Seventh Street SW., Nassif Building,
and series 2B airplanes, certificated in any DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590.
category. • Fax: (202) 493–2251.
Federal Aviation Administration • Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on
Unsafe Condition
the plaza level of the Nassif Building,
(d) This AD results from a report that 14 CFR Part 39 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington,
pintle pins could be installed in an incorrect
[Docket No. FAA–2005–22452; Directorate DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday
manner during maintenance without
maintenance personnel being aware (or Identifier 2001–NM–336–AD; Amendment through Friday, except Federal holidays.
having feedback) that the pin was installed 39–14277; AD 2005–19–12] Contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice
incorrectly. The FAA is issuing this AD to Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France,
RIN 2120–AA64
prevent jamming or collapse of the nose for service information identified in this
landing gear (NLG), which could result in Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model AD.
damage to the airplane structure or injury to A330–301, –321, –322, –341, and –342 You may examine the contents of the
passengers or crew. AD docket on the Internet at http://
Airplanes; and Model A340–200 and
Compliance A340–300 Series Airplanes dms.dot.gov, or in person at the Docket
Management Facility, U.S. Department
(e) You are responsible for having the AGENCY: Federal Aviation
actions required by this AD performed within of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street
Administration (FAA), Department of SW., Room PL–401, Washington, DC.
the compliance times specified, unless the
actions have already been done. Transportation (DOT). This docket number is FAA–2005–
ACTION: Final rule; request for 22452; the directorate identifier for this
Modifying the Undercarriage of the Nose comments. docket is 2001–NM–336–AD.
Landing Gear
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim
(f) Within 64 months after the effective SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new
Backman, Aerospace Engineer, ANM–
date of this AD, modify the undercarriage of airworthiness directive (AD) for certain
the NLG in accordance with the 116, International Branch, FAA,
Airbus Model A330–301, –321, –322,
Accomplishment Instructions of BAE Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601
–341, and –342 airplanes; and Model
Systems (Operations) Limited Service Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington
A340–200 and A340–300 series
Bulletin HS748–32–104, dated April 9, 2002. 98055–4056; telephone (425) 227–2797;
airplanes. This AD requires repetitive
fax (425) 227–1149.
Alternative Methods of Compliance inspections for cracks of the inboard
(AMOCs) lower flange and radius of the left- and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
(g) The Manager, International Branch, right-hand outboard floor beams at Comments Invited
ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, frame (FR) 48, and related investigative
FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs and corrective actions if necessary. This Although this is a final rule that was
for this AD, if requested in accordance with AD also provides an optional not preceded by notice and an
the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. terminating action for the repetitive opportunity for public comment, we
inspections. This AD results from invite you to submit any relevant
Related Information
reports that cracks were found during written data, views, or arguments
(h) British airworthiness directive 003–04– regarding this AD. Include ‘‘Docket No.
2002 also addresses the subject of this AD. fatigue tests at the attachment between
the canted lower flange of the floor FAA–2005–22452; Directorate Identifier
Material Incorporated by Reference beam and the pressure diaphragm in 2001–NM–336–AD’’ at the beginning of
(i) You must use BAE Systems (Operations) front of FR48 on both left- and right- your comments. We specifically invite
Limited Service Bulletin HS748–32–104, hand floor beams; and that an additional comments on the overall regulatory,
dated April 9, 2002, to perform the actions crack was found in the flange radius of economic, environmental, and energy
that are required by this AD, unless the AD aspects of the AD. We will consider all
specifies otherwise. The Director of the
the floor beam. We are issuing this AD
to detect and correct such cracking, comments received by the closing date
Federal Register approved the incorporation and may amend the AD in light of those
by reference of this document in accordance which could propagate and result in
reduced structural integrity of the comments.
with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
Contact British Aerospace Regional Aircraft fuselage. We will post all comments we
American Support, 13850 Mclearen Road, receive, without change, to http://
Herndon, Virginia 20171, for a copy of this
DATES: Effective October 6, 2005. dms.dot.gov, including any personal
service information. You may review copies The Director of the Federal Register information you provide. We will also
at the Docket Management Facility, U.S. approved the incorporation by reference post a report summarizing each
Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh of certain publications listed in the AD substantive verbal contact with FAA
Street SW., room PL–401, Nassif Building, as of October 6, 2005. personnel concerning this AD. Using the
Washington, DC; on the Internet at http:// We must receive comments on this search function of that Web site, anyone
dms.dot.gov; or at the National Archives and AD by November 21, 2005. can find and read the comments in any
Records Administration (NARA). For ADDRESSES: Use one of the following
information on the availability of this
of our dockets, including the name of
addresses to submit comments on this the individual who sent the comment
material at the NARA, call (202) 741–6030,
or go to http://www.archives.gov/ AD. (or signed the comment on behalf of an
federal_register/code_of_federal_regulations/ • DOT Docket Web site: Go to http:// association, business, labor union, etc.).
ibr_locations.html. dms.dot.gov and follow the instructions You may review the DOT’s complete

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Privacy Act Statement in the Federal inspection, the service bulletins give type design that are certificated for
Register published on April 11, 2000 procedures for related investigative and operation in the United States.
(65 FR 19477–78), or you may visit corrective actions as follows: Therefore, we are issuing this AD to
http://dms.dot.gov. • For cracks at the radius, the service detect and correct cracks between the
bulletins specify that operators should canted lower flange of the floor beam
Examining the Docket contact Airbus for repair instructions and the pressure diaphragm in front of
You may examine the AD docket on before further flight. FR48 on both left- and right-hand floor
the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov, or in • For cracks at the flange, the service beams; and cracks in the flange radius
person at the Docket Management bulletins specify that operators should of the floor beam; which could
Facility office between 9 a.m. and 5 measure the total length of the crack. If propagate and result in reduced
p.m., Monday through Friday, except the crack is within certain limits, the structural integrity of the fuselage. This
Federal holidays. The Docket service bulletins give procedures for AD requires accomplishing the actions
Management Facility office (telephone stop-drilling the crack before further specified in the service information
(800) 647–5227) is located on the plaza flight, and for repairing the crack within described previously, except as
level of the Nassif Building at the DOT 500 flight cycles after the stop-drilling discussed under ‘‘Differences Among
street address stated in the ADDRESSES by installing stainless steel doublers the AD, the French Airworthiness
section. Comments will be available in under the floor beams. If the crack is Directives, and the Service Bulletins.’’
the AD docket shortly after the Docket outside certain limits, the service Operators should note that, in
Management System receives them. bulletins specify that operators should consonance with the findings of the
contact Airbus for repair instructions DGAC, this proposed AD allows
Discussion
before further flight. operators to continue the repetitive
The Direction Générale de l’Aviation Accomplishing the actions specified inspections instead of doing the
Civile (DGAC), which is the in the service information is intended to terminating action. Additionally, in
airworthiness authority for France, adequately address the unsafe certain cases, operators that detect
notified us that an unsafe condition may condition. The DGAC mandated the cracking may defer the repair for a
exist on certain Airbus Model A330– service information and issued French specified period of time. In making
301, –321, –322, –341, and –342 airworthiness directives 2001–506(B), these determinations, we consider that,
airplanes; and Model A340–200 and dated October 17, 2001, and 2001– in the case of this AD, long-term
A340–300 series airplanes. The DGAC 507(B), dated October 17, 2001, to continued operational safety is
advises that cracks were found during ensure the continued airworthiness of adequately assured by doing the
fatigue tests at the attachment between these airplanes in France. repetitive inspections to detect cracking
the canted lower flange of the floor Airbus has also issued Service before it represents a hazard to the
beam and the pressure diaphragm in Bulletins A330–53–3013, Revision 03 airplane, and by doing repairs within
front of frame (FR) 48 on both left- and dated December 23, 1999 (for Model the specified time limits.
right-hand floor beams. The cracks A330–301, –321, –322, –341, and –342
extended between two fasteners close to airplanes); and Service Bulletin A340– Differences Among the AD, the French
FR48 on the canted lower flange of the 53–4021, Revision 05, dated January 27, Airworthiness Directives, and the
floor beam. In addition, another crack 2003 (for Model A340–200 and A340– Service Bulletins
was found in the flange radius of the 300 series airplanes). These service The applicability of the French
floor beam. Further investigation bulletins provide an optional airworthiness directives excludes
revealed that the cracks resulted from terminating action for the repetitive airplanes on which Airbus Service
excessive bending of the canted lower inspections of the inboard lower flange. Bulletin A330–53–3013 or A340–53–
flange of the floor beam. Fatigue cracks The terminating action is installing new 4021 was accomplished in service.
could propagate from one fastener to stainless steel doublers under the floor However, we have not excluded those
another. This condition, if not corrected, beam to limit the bending movement of airplanes in the applicability of this AD;
could result in reduced structural the canted lower flange. The installation rather, this AD includes a requirement
integrity of the fuselage. involves removing certain fasteners and to accomplish the actions specified in
doing a rotating probe inspection for those service bulletins. This
Relevant Service Information requirement will ensure that the actions
cracks of the fastener holes. If any crack
Airbus has issued Service Bulletin is found, the service bulletins specify specified in the applicable service
A330–53–3014, Revision 05, dated June contacting Airbus for repair bulletin and required by this AD are
20, 2003 (for Model A330–301, –321, instructions. accomplished on all affected airplanes.
–322, –341, and –342 airplanes); and Operators must continue to operate the
Service Bulletin A340–53–4022, FAA’s Determination and Requirements airplane in the configuration required
Revision 05, dated June 16, 2003 (for of This AD by this AD unless an alternative method
Model A340–200 and A340–300 series These airplane models are of compliance is approved. This
airplanes). The service bulletins manufactured in France and are type difference has been coordinated with
describe procedures for doing repetitive certificated for operation in the United the DGAC.
high-frequency eddy current (HFEC) States under the provisions of section The French airworthiness directives
inspections for cracks of the inboard 21.29 of the Federal Aviation specify a compliance time based on the
lower flange and radius of the left- and Regulations (14 CFR 21.29) and the time ‘‘since new.’’ However, this AD
right-hand outboard floor beams at applicable bilateral airworthiness specifies a compliance time after the
FR48. The service bulletins also agreement. Pursuant to this bilateral date of issuance of the original standard
describe procedures for reporting airworthiness agreement, the DGAC has airworthiness certificate or the date of
inspection findings to Airbus. If no kept the FAA informed of the situation issuance of the original export
cracks are found during an HFEC described above. We have examined the certificate of airworthiness. This
inspection, the service bulletins specify DGAC’s findings, evaluated all pertinent decision is based on our determination
that operators repeat the inspection. If information, and determined that we that ‘‘since new’’ may be interpreted
any crack is found during any HFEC need to issue an AD for products of this differently by different operators. We

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find that our proposed terminology is A330–53–3014, Revision 05, and A340– Costs of Compliance
generally understood within the 53–4022, Revision 05, provide
industry and records will always exist procedures for reporting certain None of the airplanes affected by this
that establish these dates with certainty. information to the manufacturer, this action are on the U.S. Register. All
The service bulletins specify that you AD would not require those actions. airplanes affected by this AD are
may contact the manufacturer for currently operated by non-U.S.
instructions on how to repair certain Clarification of Optional Terminating operators under foreign registry;
conditions, but this AD would require Action
therefore, they are not directly affected
you to repair those conditions using a The service bulletins describe by this AD action. However, we
method that we or the DGAC (or its procedures for installing a stainless steel consider this AD necessary to ensure
delegated agent) approve. In light of the doubler, which is an optional that the unsafe condition is addressed if
type of repair that would be required to terminating action for the repetitive any affected airplane is imported and
address the unsafe condition, and inspections of both the inboard lower placed on the U.S. Register in the future.
consistent with existing bilateral flange and the radius. The manufacturer
airworthiness agreements, we have has determined that the crack in the The following table provides the
determined that, for this AD, a repair radius is a direct consequence of the estimated costs to comply with this AD
we, or the DGAC, approve would be load re-distribution following cracking for any affected airplane that might be
acceptable for compliance with this AD. of the fastener holes. The stainless steel imported and placed on the U.S.
Although the Accomplishment doubler reinforces the area of the Register in the future.
Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletins fastener holes.

ESTIMATED COSTS
Work Average labor Parts Cost per
Action hours rate per hour cost airplane

HFEC inspection, per inspection cycle ........................... 2 $65 None ................. $130, per inspection cycle.
Optional terminating action ............................................. 18 65 $1,930 .............. $3,100.

FAA’s Determination of the Effective Executive Order 13132. This AD will PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS
Date not have a substantial direct effect on DIRECTIVES
No airplane affected by this AD is the States, on the relationship between
the National Government and the States, ■ 1. The authority citation for part 39
currently on the U.S. Register. continues to read as follows:
Therefore, providing notice and or on the distribution of power and
opportunity for public comment is responsibilities among the various Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.
unnecessary before this AD is issued, levels of government. § 39.13 [Amended]
and this AD may be made effective in For the reasons discussed above, I
less than 30 days after it is published in ■ 2. The Federal Aviation
certify that the regulation: Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13
the Federal Register.
1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory by adding the following new
Authority for This Rulemaking action’’ under Executive Order 12866; airworthiness directive (AD):
Title 49 of the United States Code 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the 2005–19–12 Airbus: Amendment 39–14277.
specifies the FAA’s authority to issue DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures Docket No. FAA–2005–22452;
rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and Directorate Identifier 2001–NM–336–AD.
Section 106, describes the authority of Effective Date
3. Will not have a significant
the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII,
economic impact, positive or negative, (a) This AD becomes effective October 6,
Aviation Programs, describes in more 2005.
on a substantial number of small entities
detail the scope of the Agency’s
authority. under the criteria of the Regulatory Affected ADs
We are issuing this rulemaking under Flexibility Act. (b) None.
the authority described in subtitle VII, We prepared a regulatory evaluation
Applicability
part A, subpart III, section 44701, of the estimated costs to comply with
‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that this AD and placed it in the AD docket. (c) This AD applies to Airbus Model A330–
301, –321, –322, –341, and –342 airplanes;
section, Congress charges the FAA with See the ADDRESSES section for a location and Model A340–211, –212, –213, –311,
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in to examine the regulatory evaluation. –312, and –313 airplanes; certificated in any
air commerce by prescribing regulations category; on which Airbus Modification
for practices, methods, and procedures List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 42418 has not been accomplished in
the Administrator finds necessary for Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation production.
safety in air commerce. This regulation
safety, Incorporation by reference, Unsafe Condition
is within the scope of that authority
Safety. (d) This AD results from reports that cracks
because it addresses an unsafe condition
were found during fatigue tests at the
that is likely to exist or develop on Adoption of the Amendment attachment between the canted lower flange
products identified in this rulemaking of the floor beam and the pressure diaphragm
action. ■ Accordingly, under the authority in front of frame (FR) 48 on both left- and
Regulatory Findings delegated to me by the Administrator, right-hand floor beams; and that an
the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as additional crack was found in the flange
We have determined that this AD will follows: radius of the floor beam. The FAA is issuing
not have federalism implications under this AD to detect and correct such cracking,

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which could propagate and result in reduced FR48. Do all inspections in accordance with inspection thereafter at intervals not to
structural integrity of the fuselage. the Accomplishment Instructions of the exceed 3,860 total flight cycles or 15,050
applicable service bulletin in Table 1 of this flight hours, whichever occurs earlier.
Compliance AD. Doing the action in paragraph (h) of this (2) For Airbus Model A340–211, –212,
(e) You are responsible for having the AD terminates the repetitive inspection –213, –311, –312, and –313 airplanes: Do the
actions required by this AD performed within requirements of this paragraph. first inspection before the accumulation of
the compliance times specified, unless the (1) For Airbus Model A330–301, –321, the earlier of 9,200 flight cycles or 70,000
actions have already been done. –322, –341, and –342 airplanes: Do the first flight hours since the date of issuance of the
inspection before the accumulation of 8,400 original standard airworthiness certificate or
Repetitive Inspections flight cycles since the date of issuance of the the date of issuance of the original export
(f) At the applicable times in paragraph original standard airworthiness certificate or certificate of airworthiness, or within 6
(f)(1) or (f)(2) of this AD: Do high-frequency the date of issuance of the original export months after the effective date of this AD,
eddy current inspection for cracks of the certificate of airworthiness, or within 6 whichever occurs later; and repeat the
inboard lower flange and radius of the left- months after the effective date of this AD, inspection thereafter at intervals not to
hand and right-hand outboard floor beams at whichever occurs later; and repeat the exceed 3,070 flight cycles.

TABLE 1.—SERVICE BULLETINS


For airbus model— Airbus service bulletin—

A330–301, –321, –322, –341, and –342 airplanes ........................................................... A330–53–3014, Revision 05, dated June 20, 2003.
A340–211, –212, –213, –311, –312, and –313 airplanes ................................................. A340–53–4022, Revision 05, dated June 16, 2003.

Related Investigative and Corrective Actions Alternative Methods of Compliance Issued in Renton, Washington, on
(g) If any crack is found during any (AMOCs) September 9, 2005.
inspection required by paragraph (f) of this (j) The Manager, International Branch, Ali Bahrami,
AD: Do the applicable actions in paragraph ANM–116, has the authority to approve Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate,
(g)(1) and (g)(2) of this AD. AMOCs for this AD, if requested in Aircraft Certification Service.
(1) For cracks at the radius: Before further accordance with the procedures found in 14 [FR Doc. 05–18522 Filed 9–20–05; 8:45 am]
flight, repair the crack according to a method CFR 39.19. BILLING CODE 4910–13–P
approved by either the Manager,
International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Related Information
Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the Direction
(k) French airworthiness directives 2001– DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Geáneárale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC) (or
its delegated agent). 506(B) and 2001–507(B), both dated October
(2) For cracks at the flange: Before further 17, 2001, also address the subject of this AD. Federal Aviation Administration
flight, measure the total length of the crack Material Incorporated by Reference
and do the applicable action in paragraph 14 CFR Part 39
(g)(2)(i) and (g)(2)(ii) of this AD. (l) You must use the service information
(i) If the crack is less than 12 mm (0.472 identified in Table 2 of this AD to perform [Docket No. FAA–2005–20347; Directorate
inch) in length: Before further flight, stop- the actions that are required by this AD, Identifier 2004–NM–226–AD; Amendment
drill the crack and, within 500 flight cycles unless the AD specifies otherwise. The 39–14284; AD 2005–19–19]
after stop-drilling the crack, do the action in Director of the Federal Register approved the RIN 2120–AA64
paragraph (h) of this AD. incorporation by reference of these
(ii) If the crack is greater than or equal to documents in accordance with 5 U.S.C. Airworthiness Directives; Boeing
12 mm (0.472 inch) in length: Before further 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Contact Airbus, 1 Model 737–300, –400, –500, –600, –700,
flight, repair the crack according to a method Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac
approved by either the Manager, –700C, –800 and –900 Series Airplanes
Cedex, France, for a copy of this service
International Branch, ANM–116; or the AGENCY: Federal Aviation
information. You may review copies at the
Direction Geáneárale de l’Aviation Civile
Docket Management Facility, U.S. Administration (FAA), Department of
(DGAC) (or its delegated agent).
Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Transportation (DOT).
Optional Terminating Action Street SW., Room PL–401, Nassif Building, ACTION: Final rule.
(h) Installing a stainless steel doubler in Washington, DC; on the Internet at http://
accordance with Airbus Service Bulletin dms.dot.gov; or at the National Archives and SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new
A330–53–3013, Revision 03, December 23, Records Administration (NARA). For airworthiness directive (AD) for certain
1999; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340–53– information on the availability of this Boeing Model 737–300, –400, –500,
4021, Revision 05, dated January 27, 2003; as material at the NARA, call (202) 741–6030, –600, –700, –700C, –800 and –900 series
applicable; terminates the repetitive or go to http://www.archives.gov/federal- airplanes. This AD requires installing an
inspection requirements of paragraph (f) of register/cfr/ibr-locations.html. updated version of the operational
this AD. If any crack is found during this
installation while doing the rotating probe
program software (OPS) and certain
inspection of the fastener holes: Before TABLE 2.—MATERIAL INCORPORATED other software in the flight management
further flight, repair the crack according to a BY REFERENCE computers (FMCs); and doing
method approved by either the Manager, configuration checks to ensure that
International Branch, ANM–116; or the Service Revision certain software is properly installed
Date
DGAC (or its delegated agent). Bulletin level and doing other specified actions. This
No Reporting Required AD also requires reinstalling software, if
A330–53–3013 03 December 23, necessary. This AD results from one
(i) Although the Accomplishment 1999.
Instructions of the service bulletins identified
operator reporting FMC map shifts on
A330–53–3014 05 June 20, 2003. several Model 737–400 series airplanes
in Table 1 of this AD describe procedures for A340–53–4021 05 January 27,
reporting certain information to the with dual FMCs, using OPS version
2003.
manufacturer, this AD would not require A340–53–4022 05 June 16, 2003.
U10.4A. We are issuing this AD to
those actions. prevent the FMC from displaying the

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