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Issued in Renton, Washington, on call (202) 741–6030, or go to: http:// the proposed AD would add an
December 29, 2004. www.archives.gov/federal_register/ allowable time for the optional
Kevin M. Mullin, code_of_federal_regulations/ terminating action (provided by the
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane ibr_locations.html. existing AD). However, in paragraph (h)
Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. Docket: The AD docket contains the of the proposed AD we did not include
[FR Doc. 05–284 Filed 1–5–05; 8:45 am] proposed AD, comments, and any final that ‘‘allowable time’’ for accomplishing
BILLING CODE 4910–13–P disposition. You can examine the AD the optional terminating action. This
docket on the Internet at http:// decision was based on the fact that the
dms.dot.gov, or in person at the Docket French airworthiness directive
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Management Facility office between 9 referenced in the proposed AD did not
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through specify an allowable time for the
Federal Aviation Administration Friday, except Federal holidays. The optional terminating action, so it was
Docket Management Facility office not necessary to state that time in the
14 CFR Part 39 (telephone (800) 647–5227) is located on proposed AD. In light of the above, we
[Docket No. FAA–2004–18771; Directorate the plaza level of the Nassif Building at have removed the wording ‘‘* * *
Identifier 2002–NM–313–AD; Amendment the U.S. Department of Transportation, would add an allowable time for the
39–13890; AD 2004–25–03] 400 Seventh Street SW., room PL–401, optional terminating action * * *’’ from
Washington, DC. This docket number is the new actions in the Summary
RIN 2120–AA64
FAA–2004–18771; the directorate section. The Relevant Service
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model identifier for this docket is 2002–NM– Information and FAA’s Determination
A320 Series Airplanes 313–AD. and Requirements of the proposed AD
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: sections are not restated in the final
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Technical information: Dan Rodina, rule.
Administration (FAA), Department of Aerospace Engineer, International In addition, certain other wording in
Transportation (DOT). Branch, ANM–116, FAA, Transport the preamble specifies that the new AD
ACTION: Final rule. Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue reduces the compliance threshold, but it
SW, Renton, Washington 98055–4056; also extends the compliance threshold
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an for certain airplanes. Therefore, we have
telephone (425) 227–2125; fax (425)
existing airworthiness directive (AD), 227–1149. changed the wording to specify that the
which applies to certain Airbus Model Plain language information: Marcia new AD revises the compliance
A320 series airplanes. That AD Walters, marcia.walters@faa.gov. threshold.
currently requires repetitive inspections
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA Clarification of Paragraph (f)(2) of
to detect fatigue cracking in certain
areas of the fuselage, and corrective proposed to amend part 39 of the Proposed AD
action if necessary. That AD also Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR For clarification, we are explaining an
provides for an optional terminating Part 39) with an AD to supersede AD inadvertent error in paragraph (f)(2) of
action for the repetitive inspections. 99–01–17, amendment 39–10985 (64 FR the proposed AD. Paragraph (f)(2) of the
This new AD revises the compliance 1118, January 8, 1999). The existing AD proposed AD specified doing the
threshold and repetitive intervals for the applies to certain Airbus Model A320 inspection at the later of the times
inspections required by the existing AD. series airplanes. The proposed AD was specified in paragraph (f)(1)(i) and
This AD is prompted by a full-scale published in the Federal Register on (f)(1)(ii) of the AD; the correct citation
fatigue survey on the Model A320 fleet. August 5, 2004 (69 FR 47393), to require is paragraphs (f)(2)(i) and (f)(2)(ii) of the
We are issuing this AD to detect and reducing the compliance threshold and AD.
correct fatigue cracking of the fuselage, repetitive intervals for the inspections
required by the existing AD. The Conclusion
which could result in reduced structural
integrity of the airplane. proposed AD also provides for an We have carefully reviewed the
optional terminating action for the available data, including the comment
DATES: This AD becomes effective
repetitive inspections. that has been submitted, and
February 10, 2005.
Comments determined that air safety and the
The incorporation by reference of
public interest require adopting the AD
Airbus Service Bulletin A320–53–1034, We provided the public the with the changes described previously.
Revision 02, dated December 4, 2001, as opportunity to participate in the We have determined that these changes
listed in the AD, is approved by the development of this AD. We have will neither increase the economic
Director of the Federal Register as of considered the comment submitted on burden on any operator nor increase the
February 10, 2005. the proposed AD. The commenter scope of the AD.
On February 12, 1999 (64 FR 1118, supports the proposed AD.
January 8, 1999), the Director of the Costs of Compliance
Federal Register approved the Clarification of Certain Wording in
Preamble of Proposed AD This AD will affect about 269
incorporation by reference of Airbus airplanes of U.S. registry.
Service Bulletin A320–53–1034, dated For clarification, we are explaining an The ultrasonic inspection that is
March 30, 1992. inadvertent error in certain wording in required by AD 99–01–17 and retained
ADDRESSES: For service information the preamble of the proposed AD, which in this AD takes about 6 work hours per
identified in this AD, contact Airbus, 1 differed from the AD requirements for airplane, at an average labor rate of $65
Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 the optional terminating action per work hour. Based on these figures,
Blagnac Cedex, France. You can specified in paragraph (h) of the the estimated cost of the currently
examine this information at the National proposed AD. In the Summary, Relevant required ultrasonic inspection is $390
Archives and Records Administration Service Information, and FAA’s per airplane, per inspection cycle.
(NARA). For information on the Determination and Requirements of the The optional terminating action
availability of this material at NARA, proposed AD sections, we specify that specified in Airbus Service Bulletin

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A320–53–1033, if done, takes about 5 the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as inspection at the later of the times specified
work hours to do, at an average labor follows: in paragraphs (f)(2)(i) and (f)(2)(ii) of this AD.
rate of $65 per work hour. The cost of (i) Before the accumulation of 24,200 total
PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS flight cycles or 48,400 total flight hours,
required parts is about $75 per airplane.
DIRECTIVES whichever is first.
Based on these figures, the cost impact (ii) Before the accumulation of 30,000 total
of the optional terminating action is ■ 1. The authority citation for part 39 flight cycles, or within 3,500 flight cycles
$400 per airplane. continues to read as follows: after the effective date of this AD, whichever
is first.
Authority for This Rulemaking Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.
Corrective Action
The FAA’s authority to issue rules § 39.13 [Amended]
regarding aviation safety is found in title (g) If any crack is found during any
49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, ■ 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding inspection required by paragraph (f) of this
the following new airworthiness AD, before further flight, repair using Airbus
section 106 describes the authority of Service Bulletin A320–53–1034, dated March
the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, directive:
30, 1992; or Revision 02, dated December 4,
Aviation Programs, describes in more 2004–25–03 Airbus: Amendment 39–13890. 2001. Accomplishment of a repair using the
detail the scope of the agency’s Docket No. FAA–2004–18771; service bulletin ends the repetitive
authority. Directorate Identifier 2002–NM–313–AD. inspection requirements for the area repaired.
This rulemaking is promulgated Effective Date If any crack is found during any inspection
under the authority described in subtitle required by this AD, and the service bulletin
(a) This airworthiness directive (AD) specifies to contact Airbus for appropriate
VII, part A, subpart III, section 44701, becomes effective February 10, 2005. action: Before further flight, repair using a
‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that method approved by the Manager,
Affected ADs
section, the FAA is charged with International Branch, ANM–116, FAA,
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in (b) This AD supersedes AD 99–01–17, Transport Airplane Directorate.
air commerce by prescribing regulations amendment 39–10985.
Optional Terminating Action
for practices, methods, and procedures Applicability
the Administrator finds necessary for (h) Accomplishment of Airbus
(c) This AD applies to Airbus Model A320– Modification 21202 using Airbus Service
safety in air commerce. This regulation 111, –211, –212, and –231 series airplanes on Bulletin A320–53–1033, Revision 03, dated
is within the scope of that authority which Airbus Modification 21202 has not July 4, 1994; or Revision 04, dated December
because it addresses an unsafe condition been done, certificated in any category. 4, 2001; constitutes terminating action for the
that is likely to exist or develop on Unsafe Condition repetitive inspection requirements of this
products identified in this AD. AD.
(d) This AD was prompted by a full-scale (i) Accomplishment of the optional
Regulatory Findings fatigue survey on the Model A320 fleet. We terminating action specified in AD 99–01–17
are issuing this AD to detect and correct before the effective date of this AD, using
We have determined that this AD will fatigue cracking of the fuselage, which could
not have federalism implications under Airbus Service Bulletin A320–53–1033,
result in reduced structural integrity of the Revision 03, dated July 4, 1994; or Revision
Executive Order 13132. This AD will airplane. 04, dated December 4, 2001; is considered
not have a substantial direct effect on acceptable for compliance with paragraph (h)
Compliance
the States, on the relationship between of this AD.
the national government and the States, (e) You are responsible for having the
actions required by this AD performed within Alternative Methods of Compliance
or on the distribution of power and
the compliance times specified, unless the (AMOCs)
responsibilities among the various actions have already been done.
levels of government. (j) The Manager, International Branch,
Repetitive Inspections ANM–116, has the authority to approve
For the reasons discussed above, I AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the
certify that this AD: (f) At the applicable time specified in procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19.
(1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory paragraph (f)(1) or (f)(2) of this AD: Do an
action’’ under Executive Order 12866; ultrasonic inspection to detect cracking in Related Information
the bottom panels of the keel beam (both left (k) French airworthiness directive 2002–
(2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under
and right), in the area of the frame 46 and 260(B), dated May 15, 2002, also addresses
DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures stringer 37 intersection at the pressure the subject of this AD.
(44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and bulkhead, using Airbus Service Bulletin
(3) Will not have a significant A320–53–1034, Revision 02, dated December Material Incorporated by Reference
economic impact, positive or negative, 4, 2001. Thereafter, repeat the ultrasonic (l) You must use Airbus Service Bulletin
on a substantial number of small entities inspection at intervals not to exceed 5,200 A320–53–1034, dated March 30, 1992; or
under the criteria of the Regulatory flight cycles or 10,400 flight hours, Airbus Service Bulletin A320–53–1034,
Flexibility Act. whichever is first. Accomplishment of the Revision 02, dated December 4, 2001; to
inspection required by this paragraph ends perform the actions that are required by this
We prepared a regulatory evaluation
the requirements of AD 99–01–17. AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
of the estimated costs to comply with (1) For airplanes on which the inspection (1) The Director of the Federal Register
this AD. See the ADDRESSES section for specified in Airbus Service Bulletin A320– approved the incorporation by reference of
a location to examine the regulatory 53–1034, dated March 30, 1992; or Revision Airbus Service Bulletin A320–53–1034,
evaluation. 02, dated December 4, 2001; has been done Revision 02, dated December 4, 2001, in
as of the effective date of this AD: Do the next accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 inspection within 5,200 flight cycles after part 51.
Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation accomplishment of the last inspection, or (2) On February 12, 1999 (64 FR 1118,
safety, Incorporation by reference, within 800 flight cycles after the effective January 8, 1999), the Director of the Federal
Safety. date of this AD, whichever is later. Register approved the incorporation by
(2) For airplanes on which no inspection reference of Airbus Service Bulletin A320–
Adoption of the Amendment specified in Airbus Service Bulletin A320– 53–1034, dated March 30, 1992.
53–1034, dated March 30, 1992; or Revision (3) For copies of the service information,
■ Accordingly, under the authority 02, dated December 4, 2001; has been done contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice
delegated to me by the Administrator, as of the effective date of this AD: Do the Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France. For

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information on the availability of this ADDRESSES: For service information the preamble of the proposed AD, which
material at the National Archives and identified in this AD, contact Airbus, 1 differed from the AD requirements for
Records Administration (NARA), call (202) Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 the optional terminating action
741–6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/
Blagnac Cedex, France. You can specified in paragraph (i) of the
federal_register/code_of_federal_regulations/
ibr_locations.html. You may view the AD examine this information at the National proposed AD. In the Summary, Relevant
docket at the Docket Management Facility, Archives and Records Administration Service Information, and FAA’s
U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 (NARA). For information on the Determination and Requirements of the
Seventh Street SW., room PL–401, Nassif availability of this material at NARA, proposed AD sections, we specify that
Building, Washington, DC. call (202) 741–6030, or go to: http:// the proposed AD would reduce the
Issued in Renton, Washington, on www.archives.gov/federal_register/ allowable time for the optional
December 29, 2004. code_of_federal_regulations/ terminating action (provided by the
Kevin M. Mullin, ibr_locations.html. existing AD). However, in paragraph (i)
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Docket: The AD docket contains the of the proposed AD we did not include
Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. proposed AD, comments, and any final that ‘‘allowable time’’ for accomplishing
[FR Doc. 05–283 Filed 1–5–05; 8:45 am] disposition. You can examine the AD the optional terminating action. This
BILLING CODE 4910–13–P docket on the Internet at http:// decision was based on the fact that the
dms.dot.gov, or in person at the Docket French airworthiness directive
Management Facility office between 9 referenced in the proposed AD did not
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through specify an allowable time for the
Friday, except Federal holidays. The optional terminating action, and
Federal Aviation Administration Docket Management Facility office although the existing AD did contain an
(telephone (800) 647–5227) is located on allowable time, it was not necessary to
14 CFR Part 39 the plaza level of the Nassif Building at restate that time in the proposed AD. In
[Docket No. FAA–2004–18773; Directorate the U.S. Department of Transportation, light of the above, we have removed the
Identifier 2002–NM–312–AD; Amendment 400 Seventh Street SW., room PL–401, wording ‘‘* * * would reduce the
39–13889; AD 2004–25–02] Washington, DC. This docket number is allowable time for the optional
FAA–2004–18773; the directorate terminating action * * *’’ from the new
RIN 2120–AA64
identifier for this docket is 2002–NM– actions in the Summary section. The
Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model 312–AD. Relevant Service Information and FAA’s
A320 Series Airplanes FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Determination and Requirements of the
Technical information: Dan Rodina, proposed AD sections are not restated in
AGENCY: Federal Aviation the final rule.
Aerospace Engineer, International
Administration (FAA), Department of
Branch, ANM–116, FAA, Transport Clarification of Paragraph (f)(2) of
Transportation (DOT).
Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue Proposed AD
ACTION: Final rule.
SW, Renton, Washington 98055–4056;
telephone (425) 227–2125; fax (425) For clarification, we are explaining an
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an inadvertent error in paragraph (f)(2) of
existing airworthiness directive (AD), 227–1149.
Plain language information: Marcia the proposed AD. Paragraph (f)(2) of the
which applies to certain Airbus Model proposed AD specified doing the
A320 series airplanes. That AD Walters, marcia.walters@faa.gov.
inspection at the earlier of the times
currently requires repetitive inspections SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA specified in paragraphs (f)(1)(i) and
to detect fatigue cracking in certain proposed to amend part 39 of the (f)(1)(ii) of the AD; the correct citation
areas of the fuselage, and corrective Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR is paragraphs (f)(2)(i) and (f)(2)(ii) of the
action if necessary. That AD also Part 39) with an AD to supersede AD AD.
provides for an optional terminating 99–01–19, amendment 39–10987 (64 FR
action for the repetitive inspections. 1114, January 8, 1999). The existing AD Conclusion
This new AD reduces the compliance applies to certain Airbus Model A320 We have carefully reviewed the
threshold and repetitive intervals for the series airplanes. The proposed AD was available data, including the comment
inspections required by the existing AD. published in the Federal Register on that has been submitted, and
This AD is prompted by a full-scale August 5, 2004 (69 FR 47391), to require determined that air safety and the
fatigue survey on the Model A320 fleet. reducing the compliance threshold and public interest require adopting the AD
We are issuing this AD to detect and repetitive intervals for the inspections with the changes described previously.
correct fatigue cracking of the fuselage, required by the existing AD. The We have determined that these changes
which could result in reduced structural proposed AD would also continue to will neither increase the economic
integrity of the airplane. provide for an optional terminating burden on any operator nor increase the
DATES: This AD becomes effective action for the repetitive inspections. scope of the AD.
February 10, 2005.
The incorporation by reference of Comments Costs of Compliance
Airbus Service Bulletin A320–53–1032, We provided the public the This AD affects about 269 airplanes of
Revision 02, dated December 5, 2001, as opportunity to participate in the U.S. registry.
listed in the AD, is approved by the development of this AD. We have The inspection that is required by AD
Director of the Federal Register as of considered the comment submitted on 99–01–19 and retained in this AD takes
February 10, 2005. the proposed AD. The commenter about 19 work hours per airplane, at an
On February 12, 1999 (64 FR 1114, supports the proposed AD. average labor rate of $65 per work hour.
January 8, 1999), the Director of the Based on these figures, the estimated
Federal Register approved the Clarification of Certain Wording in
cost of the currently required inspection
incorporation by reference of Airbus Preamble of Proposed AD
is $1,235 per airplane.
Service Bulletin A320–53–1032, For clarification, we are explaining an The optional terminating action
Revision 01, dated January 15, 1998. inadvertent error in certain wording in specified in Airbus Service Bulletin

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