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162 / Tuesday, August 23, 2005 / Rules and Regulations

We prepared a regulatory evaluation Optional Interim Terminating Action Issued in Renton, Washington, on August
of the estimated costs to comply with (g) Replacing the polyamide control rod of 11, 2005.
this AD and placed it in the AD docket. any mechanism with an aluminum control Kalene C. Yanamura,
See the ADDRESSES section for a location rod prior to accomplishing paragraph (h) of Acting Manager, Transport Airplane
to examine the regulatory evaluation. this AD, as specified in AOT A320–52A1120, Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
Revision 02, dated July 10, 2003, terminates [FR Doc. 05–16458 Filed 8–22–05; 8:45 am]
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 the repetitive measurement required by
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Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation paragraph (f) of this AD for that mechanism.
safety, Incorporation by reference, Final Terminating Action
Safety. (h) Within 18 months after the effective DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Adoption of the Amendment date of this AD, replace the polyamide or
interim aluminum control rods of the release Federal Aviation Administration
■ Accordingly, under the authority mechanisms with new, improved, water-
delegated to me by the Administrator, resistant control rods in accordance with the 14 CFR Part 39
the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus
Service Bulletin A320–52–1121, dated [Docket No. FAA–2005–22142; Directorate
follows: Identifier 2005–NM–153–AD; Amendment
December 12, 2003. This replacement
terminates the repetitive measurement 39–14228; AD 2005–17–07]
PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS
DIRECTIVES required by paragraph (f) of this AD. RIN 2120–AA64
Actions Accomplished per Previous Issue of
■ 1. The authority citation for part 39 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model
Service Bulletin
continues to read as follows: A320–111 Airplanes and Model A320–
(i) Actions accomplished before the
Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. effective date of this AD in accordance with
200 Series Airplanes
§ 39.13 [Amended] Airbus AOT A320–52A1120, dated June 5, AGENCY: Federal Aviation
2003; or Revision 01, dated June 19, 2003; are Administration (FAA), Department of
■ 2. The Federal Aviation considered acceptable for compliance with
Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13 by the corresponding actions specified in this Transportation (DOT).
adding the following new airworthiness AD. ACTION: Final rule; request for
directive (AD): comments.
No Reporting Requirement
2005–17–08 Airbus: Amendment 39–14229. (j) Although the service information SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new
Docket No. FAA–2005–21342; specifies procedures for reporting airworthiness directive (AD) for certain
Directorate Identifier 2004–NM–15–AD. measurement results and control rod Airbus Model A320–111 airplanes and
Effective Date replacement to the manufacturer, this AD Model A320–200 series airplanes. This
does not require these reports. AD requires doing a one-time general
(a) This AD becomes effective September
27, 2005. Alternative Methods of Compliance visual inspection of the axle nut on each
(AMOCs) main landing gear (MLG) wheel for the
Affected ADs
(k) The Manager, International Branch, presence of locking bolts and associated
(b) None. ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, hardware; doing any related
Applicability FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs investigative and corrective actions as
(c) This AD applies to Airbus Model A321 for this AD, if requested in accordance with applicable; and submitting an
series airplanes, certificated in any category; the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. inspection report to the manufacturer.
except for those airplanes that have received Related Information This AD results from a report that an
Airbus Modification 33426 in production. axle nut had separated from an axle on
(l) French airworthiness directive F–2004–
Unsafe Condition 040, dated March 31, 2004, also addresses the a main landing gear (MLG) wheel, due
(d) This AD was prompted by a report that subject of this AD. to missing locking bolts. We are issuing
an operator found it impossible to lock this AD to detect and correct missing
Material Incorporated by Reference
emergency doors 2 and 3 in the open locking bolts on the axle nuts of the
(m) You must use Airbus Service Bulletin MLG wheels. Absence of the locking
position. We are issuing this AD to prevent
A320–52–1121, dated December 12, 2003; bolts could result in separation of a
failure of the emergency doors to lock in the
open position, which could interfere with and Airbus All Operators Telex A320–
52A1120, Revision 02, dated July 10, 2003;
wheel(s) from the axle and consequent
passenger evacuation during an emergency. reduced controllability of the airplane
as applicable, to perform the actions that are
Compliance required by this AD, unless the AD specifies during takeoff and landing, and possible
(e) You are responsible for having the otherwise. The Director of the Federal injury to people on the ground.
actions required by this AD performed within Register approved the incorporation by DATES: This AD becomes effective
the compliance times specified, unless the reference of these documents in accordance September 7, 2005.
actions have already been done. with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. The Director of the Federal Register
Contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice
Inspection of Emergency Exit Doors Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France, for a
approved the incorporation by reference
(f) Within 600 flight hours after the copy of this service information. You may of a certain publication listed in the AD
effective date of this AD and thereafter at review copies at the Docket Management as of September 7, 2005.
intervals not to exceed 600 flight hours, Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, We must receive comments on this
perform a measurement for correct gap of the 400 Seventh Street SW., Room PL–401, AD by October 24, 2005.
control rod of the hold-open mechanism of Nassif Building, Washington, DC; on the ADDRESSES: Use one of the following
all emergency doors, in accordance with Internet at http://dms.dot.gov; or at the addresses to submit comments on this
Airbus All Operators Telex (AOT) A320– National Archives and Records
52A1120, Revision 02, dated July 10, 2003. Administration (NARA). For information on
AD.
If the gap of any control rod is not correct, the availability of this material at the NARA, • DOT Docket Web site: Go to
prior to further flight, apply all necessary call (202) 741–6030, or go to http:// http://dms.dot.gov and follow the
corrective actions in accordance with the www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr- instructions for sending your comments
AOT. locations.html. electronically.

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Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 162 / Tuesday, August 23, 2005 / Rules and Regulations 49171

• Government-wide rulemaking Web presence of locking bolts and associated manufacturer to obtain better insight
site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov hardware (nuts, washers, and pins); into the extent of the missing locking
and follow the instructions for sending doing related investigative and bolts and associated hardware in the
your comments electronically. corrective actions as applicable; and fleet to develop final action to address
• Mail: Docket Management Facility; reporting inspection results. The related the unsafe condition. Once final action
U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 investigative and corrective actions are: has been identified, the FAA may
Seventh Street SW., Nassif Building, • Doing a visual inspection of the consider further rulemaking.
Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590. debris guard, fan impeller or hubcap,
FAA’s Determination of the Effective
• Fax: (202) 493–2251. tachometer mounting sleeve, and other
Date
• Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on related components for any damage;
the plaza level of the Nassif Building, • Ensuring the correct torque for the An unsafe condition exists that
400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, axle nut; requires the immediate adoption of this
DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday • Doing a general visual inspection of AD; therefore, providing notice and
through Friday, except Federal holidays. the axle sleeve, retaining ring, and opportunity for public comment before
Contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice wheel for any damage if the axle nut has the AD is issued is impracticable, and
Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France, not been torqued properly; good cause exists to make this AD
for service information identified in this • Replacing any damaged effective in less than 30 days.
AD. components; and
• Installing locking bolts and Comments Invited
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim
associated hardware. This AD is a final rule that involves
Dulin, Aerospace Engineer,
The DGAC mandated the service requirements that affect flight safety and
International Branch, ANM–116, FAA,
information and issued French was not preceded by notice and an
Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601
emergency airworthiness directive UF– opportunity for public comment;
Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington
2005–128, dated July 13, 2005, to ensure however, we invite you to submit any
98055–4056; telephone (425) 227–2141;
the continued airworthiness of these relevant written data, views, or
fax (425) 227–1149.
airplanes in France. arguments regarding this AD. Send your
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
FAA’s Determination and Requirements comments to an address listed in the
Discussion of this AD ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No.
The Direction Générale de l’Aviation FAA–2005–22142; Directorate Identifier
These airplane models are
Civile (DGAC), which is the 2005–NM–153–AD’’ at the beginning of
manufactured in France and are type
airworthiness authority for France, your comments. We specifically invite
certificated for operation in the United
notified us that an unsafe condition may comments on the overall regulatory,
States under the provisions of section
exist on certain Airbus Model A320–111 economic, environmental, and energy
21.29 of the Federal Aviation
airplanes and Model A320–200 series aspects of the AD that might suggest a
Regulations (14 CFR 21.29) and the
airplanes. The DGAC advises that it need to modify it.
applicable bilateral airworthiness
received a report that, during taxi-out, agreement. Pursuant to this bilateral We will post all comments we
the flightcrew of a Model A320 airplane airworthiness agreement, the DGAC has receive, without change, to http://
felt the brake at wheel position 3 of the kept the FAA informed of the situation dms.dot.gov, including any personal
main landing gear (MLG) dragging, and described above. We have examined the information you provide. We will also
saw a rise in brake temperature. An DGAC’s findings, evaluated all pertinent post a report summarizing each
inspection of wheel position 3 revealed information, and determined that we substantive verbal contact with FAA
that the axle nut had separated from the need to issue an AD for products of this personnel concerning this AD. Using the
axle, the axle sleeve had started to move type design that are certificated for search function of that web site, anyone
out, and that the wheel assembly, operation in the United States. can find and read the comments in any
including the outer bearing, had been Therefore, we are issuing this AD to of our dockets, including the name of
severely damaged. An inspection of the detect and correct missing locking bolts the individual who sent the comment
other three wheel positions on that on the MLG wheels. Absence of the (or signed the comment on behalf of an
airplane revealed that the axle nuts on locking bolts could result in separation association, business, labor union, etc.).
those wheels were not secured with of a wheel(s) from the axle and You may review the DOT’s complete
locking bolts and had started to move consequent reduced controllability of Privacy Act Statement in the Federal
out. An investigation revealed that the the airplane during takeoff and landing, Register published on April 11, 2000
locking bolts that were intended to and possible injury to people on the (65 FR 19477–78), or you may visit
secure the axle nut to the axle were ground. This AD requires accomplishing http://dms.dot.gov.
most likely not installed during the actions specified in the service Examining the Docket
production. Absence of the locking information described previously.
bolts, if not detected and corrected, You may examine the AD docket on
could result in separation of a wheel(s) Clarification of Inspection Terminology the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov, or in
from the axle and consequent reduced In this AD, the ‘‘visual inspection’’ person at the Docket Management
controllability of the airplane during specified in the Airbus service Facility office between 9 a.m. and 5
takeoff and landing, and possible injury information is referred to as a ‘‘general p.m., Monday through Friday, except
to people on the ground. visual inspection.’’ We have included Federal holidays. The Docket
the definition for a general visual Management Facility office (telephone
Relevant Service Information (800) 647–5227) is located on the plaza
inspection in a note in the AD.
Airbus has issued All Operators Telex level of the Nassif Building at the DOT
(AOT) A320–32A1303, dated July 4, Interim Action street address stated in the ADDRESSES
2005. The AOT describes procedures for This is considered to be interim section. Comments will be available in
doing a one-time visual inspection of action. The inspection reports that are the AD docket shortly after the Docket
the axle nut on each MLG wheel for the required by this AD will enable the Management System receives them.

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Authority for This Rulemaking Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. opening of access panels or doors. Stands,
ladders, or platforms may be required to gain
Title 49 of the United States Code § 39.13 [Amended] proximity to the area being checked.’’
specifies the FAA’s authority to issue
■ 2. The Federal Aviation
rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, Inspection Report
Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13 by
Section 106, describes the authority of (g) Submit a report of the findings (both
adding the following new airworthiness
the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, positive and negative) of the inspection(s)
directive (AD):
Aviation Programs, describes in more required by paragraph (f) of this AD to the
detail the scope of the Agency’s 2005–17–07 Airbus: Amendment 39–14228. manufacturer, in accordance with the
authority. Docket No. FAA–2005–22142; Reporting/Acknowledgement section of
Directorate Identifier 2005–NM–153–AD. Airbus AOT A320–32A1303, dated July 4,
We are issuing this rulemaking under
the authority described in subtitle VII, Effective Date 2005, at the applicable time specified in
part A, subpart III, section 44701, paragraph (g)(1) or (g)(2) of this AD. The
(a) This AD becomes effective September 7,
report must include the inspection results, a
‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that 2005.
description of any discrepancies found, the
section, Congress charges the FAA with Affected ADs airplane serial number, and the number of
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in landings and flight hours on the airplane.
(b) None.
air commerce by prescribing regulations Under the provisions of the Paperwork
for practices, methods, and procedures Applicability Reduction Act of 1980 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et
the Administrator finds necessary for (c) This AD applies to Airbus Model A320– seq.), the Office of Management and Budget
safety in air commerce. This regulation 111 airplanes, and Model A320–211, –212, (OMB) has approved the information
is within the scope of that authority –214, –231, –232, and –233 airplanes; collection requirements contained in this AD
because it addresses an unsafe condition certificated in any category; with serial and has assigned OMB Control Number
that is likely to exist or develop on numbers 2275 through 2440 inclusive, 2442 2120–0056.
through 2446 inclusive, 2448, 2450, 2452, (1) If the inspection was done after the
products identified in this rulemaking effective date of this AD: Submit the report
2454, 2456 through 2458 inclusive, 2460
action. through 2474 inclusive, 2476 through 2478 within 30 days after the inspection.
Regulatory Findings inclusive, 2480 through 2483 inclusive, 2485, (2) If the inspection was accomplished
and 2486. prior to the effective date of this AD: Submit
We have determined that this AD will the report within 30 days after the effective
not have federalism implications under Unsafe Condition
date of this AD.
Executive Order 13132. This AD will (d) This AD results from a report that an
axle nut had separated from an axle on a Alternative Methods of Compliance
not have a substantial direct effect on
main landing gear (MLG) wheel, due to (AMOCs)
the States, on the relationship between
missing locking bolts. The FAA is issuing (h) The Manager, International Branch,
the national government and the States, this AD to detect and correct missing locking ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate,
or on the distribution of power and bolts on the axle nuts of the MLG wheels. FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs
responsibilities among the various Absence of the locking bolts could result in for this AD, if requested in accordance with
levels of government. separation of a wheel(s) from the axle and the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19.
For the reasons discussed above, I consequent reduced controllability of the
certify that the regulation: airplane during takeoff and landing, and Related Information
1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory possible injury to people on the ground. (i) French emergency airworthiness
action’’ under Executive Order 12866; Compliance directive UF–2005–128, dated July 13, 2005,
2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the also addresses the subject of this AD.
(e) You are responsible for having the
DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures actions required by this AD performed within Material Incorporated by Reference
(44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and the compliance times specified, unless the (j) You must use Airbus All Operators
3. Will not have a significant actions have already been done. Telex A320–32A1303, dated July 4, 2005, to
economic impact, positive or negative, perform the actions that are required by this
Inspection and Related Investigative and
on a substantial number of small entities AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. The
Corrective Actions
under the criteria of the Regulatory Director of the Federal Register approved the
Flexibility Act. (f) Within 500 flight hours after the
incorporation by reference of this document
We prepared a regulatory evaluation effective date of this AD, do a one-time
in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR
general visual inspection of the axle nut of
of the estimated costs to comply with each MLG wheel for the presence of locking
part 51. Contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point
this AD and placed it in the AD docket. Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex,
bolts and associated hardware (nuts, washers,
See the ADDRESSES section for a location and pins), and any applicable related France, for a copy of this service information.
to examine the regulatory evaluation. investigative and corrective actions, in You may review copies at the Docket
accordance with the Description section of Management Facility, U.S. Department of
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Airbus All Operators Telex (AOT) A320– Transportation, 400 Seventh Street SW.,
32A1303, dated July 4, 2005. Do any related room PL–401, Nassif Building, Washington,
Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation
investigative or corrective action before DC; on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov; or
safety, Incorporation by reference, at the National Archives and Records
Safety. further flight.
Administration (NARA). For information on
Note 1: For the purposes of this AD, a
Adoption of the Amendment the availability of this material at the NARA,
general visual inspection is: ‘‘A visual
call (202) 741–6030, or go to http://
examination of an interior or exterior area,
■ Accordingly, under the authority installation, or assembly to detect obvious www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-
delegated to me by the Administrator, damage, failure, or irregularity. This level of locations.html.
the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as inspection is made from within touching Issued in Renton, Washington, on August
follows: distance unless otherwise specified. A mirror 11, 2005.
may be necessary to ensure visual access to Kalene C. Yanamura,
PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS all surfaces in the inspection area. This level
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane
DIRECTIVES of inspection is made under normally
Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
available lighting conditions such as
■ 1. The authority citation for part 39 daylight, hangar lighting, flashlight, or [FR Doc. 05–16457 Filed 8–22–05; 8:45 am]
continues to read as follows: droplight and may require removal or BILLING CODE 4910–13–P

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