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Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) Airplanes

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Final Rule; Request For Comments.

Summary

This amendment revises an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet series 100 440) airplanes, that currently requires revising the airworthiness limitations section of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness by incorporating new structural inspection intervals for the pressure floor skin of the center fuselage at fuselage stations 460 and 513; repair if necessary; and submission of inspection findings to the airplane manufacturer. This amendment terminates the reporting requirement and includes a provision to allow removal of the referenced service information when the information specified in it is included in the general revisions of the maintenance manual. The actions specified in this AD are intended to detect and correct in a timely manner fatigue cracks of the pressure floor skin of the center fuselage at fuselage stations 460 and 513, which could result in failure of the pressure floor skin and consequent rapid decompression of the airplane during flight. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe condition.

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Airworthiness Directives

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Table of Contents Back to Top

DATES: Back to Top

Effective October 7, 2003.

The incorporation by reference of a certain publication, as listed in the regulations, was approved previously by the Director of the Federal Register as of May 14, 2003 (68 FR 22587, April 29, 2003).

Comments for inclusion in the Rules Docket must be received on or before October 22, 2003.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Submit comments in triplicate to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transport Airplane Directorate, ANM-114, Attention: Rules Docket No. 2003-NM-179-AD, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98055-4056. Comments may be inspected at this location between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Comments may be submitted via fax to (425) 227-1232. Comments may also be sent via the Internet using the following address: 9-anm-iarcomment@faa.gov. Comments sent via fax or the Internet must contain “Docket No. 2003-NM-179-AD” in the subject line and need not be submitted in triplicate. Comments sent via the Internet as attached electronic files must be formatted in Microsoft Word 97 for Windows or ASCII text.

The service information referenced in this AD may be obtained from Bombardier, Inc., Canadair, Aerospace Group, P.O. Box 6087, Station Centre-ville, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3G9, Canada. This information may be examined at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington; or at the FAA, New York Aircraft Certification Office, 10 Fifth Street, Third Floor, Valley Stream, New York; or at the Office of the Federal Register, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., suite 700, Washington, DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Dan Parrillo, Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Flight Test Branch, ANE-172, FAA, New York Aircraft Certification Office, 10 Fifth Street, Third Floor, Valley Stream, New York 11581; telephone (516) 256-7505; fax (516) 568-2716.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

On April 21, 2003, the FAA issued AD 2003-09-04, amendment 39-13133 (68 FR 22587, April 29, 2003), applicable to certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet series 100 440) airplanes, to require revising the airworthiness limitations (AWL) section of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness by incorporating new structural inspection intervals for the pressure floor skin of the center fuselage at fuselage stations 460 and 513; repair if necessary; and submission of inspection findings to the airplane manufacturer. That action was prompted by a report of fatigue cracks on the pressure floor skin of the center fuselage at fuselage stations 460 and 513. The actions required by that AD are intended to detect and correct in a timely manner fatigue cracks of the pressure floor skin of the center fuselage at fuselage stations 460 and 513, which could result in failure of the pressure floor skin and consequent rapid decompression of the airplane during flight.

Comments Back to Top

Interested persons were afforded an opportunity to submit comments in response to AD 2003-09-04. Due consideration has been given to the comments received.

Request To Specify the Provisions of Referenced Temporary Revision (TR) Back to Top

One commenter requests that AD 2003-09-04 be revised to specify the provisions of Canadair TR 2B-1230, Canadair Regional Jet Maintenance Requirements Manual, Part 2, Appendix B, “Airworthiness Limitations,” approved on July 26, 2002, by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) as a method of compliance, rather than specifying insertion of the TR into the AWL section as the only means of compliance. The commenter states that there is no provision to maintain compliance when revising the maintenance manual with a formal revision that incorporates the TR text.

We agree. We have added a new paragraph (b) (subsequent paragraphs have been redesignated) stating, “When the information in Canadair TR 2B-1230, Canadair Regional Jet Maintenance Requirements Manual, Part 2, Appendix B, ‘Airworthiness Limitations,’ approved on July 26, 2002, by TCCA, is included in the general revisions of the maintenance manual, this TR may be removed.”

Request To Eventually Terminate Reporting Requirement Back to Top

The same commenter requests that the reporting requirement specified in paragraph (c) of AD 2003-09-04 be terminated after a reasonable period of time. The commenter states that, although data gathering is important, particularly when evaluating the need for continued compliance with the type of required inspection, continued compliance with the type of required inspection is a burden to operators.

We agree. The purpose of the reporting requirement is for the airplane manufacturer and TCCA to further analyze the need for follow-on action. After consulting with the airplane manufacturer and TCCA, we have determined that reporting inspection findings after four years would be burdensome to the operators and is unnecessary for gathering any salient information. Therefore, we have revised paragraph (d) of this AD by adding the following statement: “This requirement ends 4 years after the effective date of this AD.”

FAA's Findings Back to Top

This airplane model is manufactured in Canada and is type certificated for operation in the United States under the provisions of section 21.29 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 21.29) and the applicable bilateral airworthiness agreement. Pursuant to this bilateral airworthiness agreement, TCCA has kept the FAA informed of the situation described above. The FAA has examined the findings of TCCA, reviewed all available information, and determined that AD action is necessary for products of this type design that are certificated for operation in the United States.

Explanation of Requirements of Rule Back to Top

Since an unsafe condition has been identified that is likely to exist or develop on other airplanes of the same type design registered in the United States, this AD revises AD 2003-09-04 to continue to require revising the AWL section of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness by incorporating new structural inspection intervals for the pressure floor skin of the center fuselage at fuselage stations 460 and 513; repair if necessary; and submission of inspection findings to the airplane manufacturer. This AD revises the existing AD by terminating the reporting requirement four years after the effective date of this AD. This AD also revises the existing AD by including a provision to allow removal of the referenced TR when the information specified in it is included in the general revisions of the maintenance manual.

Changes to 14 CFR Part 39/Effect on the Proposed AD Back to Top

On July 10, 2002, the FAA issued a new version of 14 CFR part 39 (67 FR 47997, July 22, 2002), which governs the FAA's airworthiness directives system. The regulation now includes material that relates to altered products, special flight permits, and alternative methods of compliance (AMOCs). However, for clarity and consistency in this AD, we have retained the language of AD 2003-09-04 regarding that material.

Determination of Rule's Effective Date Back to Top

Since a situation exists that requires the immediate adoption of this regulation, it is found that notice and opportunity for prior public comment hereon are impracticable, and that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days.

Comments Invited Back to Top

Although this action is in the form of a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety and, thus, was not preceded by notice and an opportunity for public comment, comments are invited on this rule. Interested persons are invited to comment on this rule by submitting such written data, views, or arguments as they may desire. Communications shall identify the Rules Docket number and be submitted in triplicate to the address specified under the caption ADDRESSES. All communications received on or before the closing date for comments will be considered, and this rule may be amended in light of the comments received. Factual information that supports the commenter's ideas and suggestions is extremely helpful in evaluating the effectiveness of the AD action and determining whether additional rulemaking action would be needed.

Submit comments using the following format:

  • Organize comments issue-by-issue. For example, discuss a request to change the compliance time and a request to change the service bulletin reference as two separate issues.
  • For each issue, state what specific change to the AD is being requested.
  • Include justification (e.g., reasons or data) for each request.

Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of the rule that might suggest a need to modify the rule. All comments submitted will be available, both before and after the closing date for comments, in the Rules Docket for examination by interested persons. A report that summarizes each FAA-public contact concerned with the substance of this AD will be filed in the Rules Docket.

Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments submitted in response to this rule must submit a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Docket Number 2003-NM-179-AD.” The postcard will be date stamped and returned to the commenter.

Regulatory Impact Back to Top

The regulations adopted herein will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Therefore, it is determined that this final rule does not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132.

The FAA has determined that this regulation is an emergency regulation that must be issued immediately to correct an unsafe condition in aircraft, and that it is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866. It has been determined further that this action involves an emergency regulation under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979). If it is determined that this emergency regulation otherwise would be significant under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures, a final regulatory evaluation will be prepared and placed in the Rules Docket. A copy of it, if filed, may be obtained from the Rules Docket at the location provided under the caption ADDRESSES.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Back to Top

Adoption of the Amendment Back to Top

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Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the Federal Aviation Administration amends part 39 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 39) as follows:

PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES Back to Top

1.The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

Authority:

49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.

§ 39.13 [Amended]

2.Section 39.13 is amended by removing amendment 39-13133 (68 FR 22587, April 29, 2003), and by adding a new airworthiness directive (AD), amendment 39-13305, to read as follows:

2003-09-04 R1Bombardier, Inc. (Formerly Canadair): Amendment 39-13305. Docket 2003-NM-179-AD. Revises AD 2003-09-04, Amendment 39-13133.

Applicability: Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet series 100 440) airplanes, serial numbers 7003 through 7999 inclusive; certificated in any category.

Note 1:

This AD requires revisions to certain operator maintenance documents to include new inspections. Compliance with these inspections is required by 14 CFR Part 91.403(c). For airplanes that have been previously modified, altered, or repaired in the areas addressed by these inspections, the operator may not be able to accomplish the inspections described in the revisions. In this situation, to comply with 14 CFR part 91.403(c), the operator must request approval for an alternative method of compliance in accordance with paragraph (e) of this AD. The request should include a description of changes to the required inspections that will ensure the continued damage tolerance of the affected structure. The FAA has provided guidance for this determination in Advisory Circular (AC) 25-1529.

Compliance: Required as indicated, unless accomplished previously.

To detect and correct in a timely manner fatigue cracks of the pressure floor skin of the center fuselage at fuselage stations 460 and 513, which could result in failure of the pressure floor skin and consequent rapid decompression of the airplane during flight, accomplish the following:

Revise Airworthiness Limitations (AWL) Section Back to Top

(a) Within 14 days after May 14, 2003 (the effective date AD 2003-09-04, amendment 39-13133), revise the AWL section of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness by inserting a copy of Canadair Temporary Revision (TR) 2B-1230, Canadair Regional Jet Maintenance Requirements Manual, Part 2, Appendix B, “Airworthiness Limitations,” approved on July 26, 2002, by Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), into the AWL section. Thereafter, except as provided in paragraph (e) of this AD, no alternative structural inspection intervals may be approved for the pressure floor skin of the center fuselage at fuselage stations 460 and 513.

(b) When the information in Canadair TR 2B-1230, Canadair Regional Jet Maintenance Requirements Manual, Part 2, Appendix B, “Airworthiness Limitations,” approved on July 26, 2002, by TCCA, is included in the general revisions of the maintenance manual, this TR may be removed.

Repair and Revise AWL Section Back to Top

(c) If any crack is found during any inspection required by paragraph (a) of this AD, before further flight, do the actions specified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD.

(1) Repair per a method approved by either the Manager, New York Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA; or TCCA (or its delegated agent).

(2) Revise the AWL section of the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness by inserting a copy of the new airworthiness limitation and inspection requirements associated with the FAA-or TCCA-approved repair referred to in paragraph (c)(1) of this AD into the Canadair Regional Jet Maintenance Requirements Manual, Part 2, Appendix B, “Airworthiness Limitations” section. Thereafter, except as provided in paragraph (e) of this AD, no alternative structural inspection intervals specified in the FAA-or TCCA-approved repair may be approved for the pressure floor skin of the center fuselage at fuselage stations 460 and 513.

Reporting Back to Top

(d) Within 30 days after each inspection required by this AD, submit a report of the inspection results (both positive and negative findings) to Bombardier, Inc., Canadair, Aerospace Group, P.O. Box 6087, Station Centre-ville, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3G9, Canada; telephone (514) 855-5001, extension 58500; fax (514) 855-8501. Information collection requirements contained in this AD have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) and have been assigned OMB Control Number 2120-0056. This requirement ends 4 years after the effective date of this AD.

Alternative Methods of Compliance Back to Top

(e) An alternative method of compliance or adjustment of the compliance time that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used if approved by the Manager, New York ACO, FAA. Operators shall submit their requests through an appropriate FAA Principal Maintenance Inspector, who may add comments and then send it to the Manager, New York ACO.

Note 2:

Information concerning the existence of approved alternative methods of compliance with this AD, if any, may be obtained from the New York ACO.

Special Flight Permits Back to Top

(f) Special flight permits may be issued in accordance with sections 21.197 and 21.199 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 21.197 and 21.199) to operate the airplane to a location where the requirements of this AD can be accomplished.

Incorporation by Reference Back to Top

(g) Unless otherwise specified in this AD, the AWL revision shall be done in accordance with Canadair Temporary Revision 2B-1230, Canadair Regional Jet Maintenance Requirements Manual, Part 2, Appendix B, “Airworthiness Limitations,” approved on July 26, 2002, by TCCA. (The approval date of this document is indicated only on page 2 of 2.) The incorporation by reference of that document was approved previously by the Director of the Federal Register as of May 14, 2003 (68 FR 22587, April 29, 2003). Copies may be obtained from Bombardier, Inc., Canadair, Aerospace Group, P.O. Box 6087, Station Centre-ville, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3G9, Canada. Copies may be inspected at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington; or the FAA, New York Aircraft Certification Office, 10 Fifth Street, Third Floor, Valley Stream, New York; or at the Office of the Federal Register, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., suite 700, Washington, DC.

Note 3:

The subject of this AD is addressed in Canadian airworthiness directive CF-2002-39, effective date October 25, 2002.

Effective Date Back to Top

(h) This amendment becomes effective on October 7, 2003.

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Issued in Renton, Washington on September 10, 2003.

Vi L. Lipski,

Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.

[FR Doc. 03-23933 Filed 9-18-03; 12:01 pm]

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