Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.
This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain Airbus Model A330 and A340 series airplanes, that requires installation of a retainer device on the attachment pin of the brake torque rod of the main landing gear (MLG). The actions specified by this AD are intended to prevent the attachment pin from fully migrating from the brake torque rod and to prevent the collar from detaching from the MLG; these conditions could result in loss of braking on two wheels and the inability to extend the MLG. This action is intended to address the identified unsafe condition.
Effective September 5, 2001.
The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the regulations is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of September 5, 2001.
The service information referenced in this AD may be obtained from Airbus Industrie, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France. This information may be examined at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transport Airplane Directorate, Rules Docket, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington; or at the Office of the Federal Register, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., suite 700, Washington, DC.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Dan Rodina, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98055-4056; telephone (425) 227-2125; fax (425) 227-1149.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
A proposal to amend part 39 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 39) to include an airworthiness directive (AD) that is applicable to certain Airbus Model A330 and A340 series airplanes was published in the Federal Register on April 30, 2001 (66 FR 21294). That action proposed to require installation of a retainer device on the attachment pin of the brake torque rod of the main landing gear (MLG).
Interested persons have been afforded an opportunity to participate in the making of this amendment. No comments were submitted in response to the proposal or the FAA's determination of the cost to the public.
The FAA has determined that air safety and the public interest require the adoption of the rule as proposed.
The FAA estimates that 7 Airbus Model A330 series airplanes of U.S. registry will be affected by this AD (there are no Airbus Model A340 series airplanes currently registered in the U.S.), that it will take approximately 4 work hours per airplane to accomplish the required retainer installation, and that the average labor rate is $60 per work hour. There will be no charge for required parts. Based on these figures, the cost impact of the retainer installation required by this AD on U.S. operators is estimated to be $1,680, or $240 per airplane.
The cost impact figure discussed above is based on assumptions that no operator has yet accomplished any of the requirements of this AD action, and that no operator would accomplish those actions in the future if this AD were not adopted. The cost impact figures discussed in AD rulemaking actions represent only the time necessary to perform the specific actions actually required by the AD. These figures typically do not include incidental costs, such as the time required to gain access and close up, planning time, or time necessitated by other administrative actions.
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.
For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this action (1) is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a “significant rule” under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and (3) will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. A final evaluation has been prepared for this action and it is contained in the Rules Docket. A copy of it may be obtained from the Rules Docket at the location provided under the caption ADDRESSES.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39End List of Subjects
Adoption of the AmendmentStart Amendment Part
Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the Federal Aviation Administration amends part 39 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVESEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:End Amendment Part
2. Section 39.13 is amended by adding the following new airworthiness directive:End Amendment Part
2001-15-14 Airbus Industrie: Amendment 39-12348. Docket 2000 NM-230 AD.
Applicability: Model A330 and A340 series airplanes, certificated in any category; except those on which Airbus Modification 47917 (Airbus Service Bulletin A330-32-3119 or A340-32-4157) has been incorporated in production.
This AD applies to each airplane identified in the preceding applicability provision, regardless of whether it has been otherwise modified, altered, or repaired in the area subject to the requirements of this AD. For airplanes that have been modified, altered, or repaired so that the performance of the requirements of this AD is affected, the owner/operator must request approval for an alternative method of compliance in accordance with paragraph (c) of this AD. The request should include an assessment of the effect of the modification, alteration, or repair on the unsafe condition addressed by Start Printed Page 39633this AD; and, if the unsafe condition has not been eliminated, the request should include specific proposed actions to address it.
Compliance: Required as indicated, unless accomplished previously.
To prevent the attachment pin from fully migrating from the brake torque rod and the collar from detaching from the main landing gear (MLG), which could result in loss of braking on two wheels and the inability to extend the MLG, accomplish the following:
Installation of Retainer Device
(a) Within 5 months after the effective date of this AD, install a retainer device on the attachment pin of the brake torque rods of the MLG, in accordance with Airbus Service Bulletin A330-32-3119 (for Model A330 series airplanes) or A340-32-4157 (for Model A340 series airplanes), both dated July 13, 2000.
The Airbus service bulletins refer to Messier-Dowty Service Bulletins A33/34-32-163 and A33/34-32-164, both dated March 1, 2000, as additional sources of service information for accomplishment of the installation required by this AD.
(b) As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install an MLG on any airplane unless it has been modified in accordance with the requirements of this AD.
Alternative Methods of Compliance
(c) 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, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA. Operators shall submit their requests through an appropriate FAA Principal Maintenance Inspector, who may add comments and then send it to the Manager, International Branch, ANM-116.
Information concerning the existence of approved alternative methods of compliance with this AD, if any, may be obtained from the International Branch, ANM-116.
Special Flight Permits
(d) 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
(e) The installation shall be done in accordance with Airbus Service Bulletin A330-32-3119, dated July 13, 2000; or Airbus Service Bulletin A340-32-4157, dated July 13, 2000; as applicable. This incorporation by reference was approved by the Director of the Federal Register in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Copies may be obtained from Airbus Industrie, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France. Copies may be inspected at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington; or at the Office of the Federal Register, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., suite 700, Washington, DC.
The subject of this AD is addressed in French airworthiness directives 2000-478-130(B) and 2000-479-157(B), both dated November 29, 2000.
(f) This amendment becomes effective on September 5, 2001.Start Signature
Issued in Renton, Washington, on July 19, 2001.
Vi L. Lipski,
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 01-18468 Filed 7-31-01; 8:45 am]
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