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Airworthiness Directives; McDonnell Douglas Model DC-10-10, -15, -30, and -30F (KC-10A Military) Series Airplanes, and Model MD-10-10F and -30F Series Airplanes

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This amendment supersedes an existing airworthiness directive (AD), applicable to certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-10-10, -15, -30, and -30F (KC-10A military) series airplanes, and Model MD-10-10F and -30F series airplanes, that currently requires repetitive inspections to determine the condition of the lockwires on the forward engine mount bolts and correction of any discrepancies found. That AD also provides for optional terminating actions for the repetitive inspections. This amendment requires accomplishment of the previously optional terminating actions. This amendment is prompted by a report of discrepant forward engine mount bolts at the number 3 engine. The actions specified by this AD are intended to Start Printed Page 43771prevent broken lockwires, which could result in loosening of the engine mount bolts, and consequent separation of the engine from the airplane.

DATES:

Effective September 25, 2001.

The incorporation by reference of McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Service Bulletin 71-133, Revision 6, dated June 30, 1992; McDonnell Douglas Service Bulletin DC10-71-159, dated September 6, 1995; and McDonnell Douglas Service Bulletin DC10-71-159, Revision 01, dated July 28, 1997; as listed in the regulations, is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of September 25, 2001.

The incorporation by reference of McDonnell Douglas Alert Service Bulletin DC10-71A159, Revision 1, dated January 31, 1995; as listed in the regulations, was approved previously by the Director of the Federal Register as of November 10, 1999 (64 FR 54202, October 6, 1999).

ADDRESSES:

The service information referenced in this AD may be obtained from Boeing Commercial Aircraft Group, Long Beach Division, 3855 Lakewood Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90846, Attention: Data and Service Management, Dept. C1-L5A (D800-0024). 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 FAA, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, California; or at the Office of the Federal Register, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., suite 700, Washington, DC.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ron Atmur, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM-120L, FAA, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, California 90712-4137; telephone (562) 627-5224; fax (562) 627-5210.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A proposal to amend part 39 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 39) by superseding AD 95-04-07 R2, amendment 39-11354 (64 FR 54202, October 6, 1999), which is applicable to certain McDonnell Douglas Model DC-10-10, -15, -30, and -30F (KC-10A military) series airplanes, and Model MD-10-10F and -30F series airplanes, was published in the Federal Register on March 21, 2001 (66 FR 15817). The action proposed to continue to require repetitive inspections to determine the condition of the lockwires on the forward engine mount bolts and correction of any discrepancies found. The action also proposed to require accomplishment of the previously optional terminating actions.

Comments Received

Interested persons have been afforded an opportunity to participate in the making of this amendment. Due consideration has been given to the comments received.

Support for the Proposed Rule

Two commenters express support for the proposed rule.

Request To Revise Applicability and Clarify Terminating Actions

One commenter requests that the “Applicability” of the proposed rule be revised to specify that it would not apply to certain airplanes on which, not only McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Service Bulletin 71-133, Revision 6, dated June 30, 1992, has been accomplished (as specified in the applicability of the proposed rule); but also would not apply to certain airplanes on which McDonnell Douglas Service Bulletin DC10-71-159, dated September 6, 1995, or Revision 01, dated July 28, 1997, has been accomplished. The commenter also requests that paragraph (b) of the proposed rule be clarified to specify that, for certain models, the terminating action may be accomplished in accordance with either McDonnell Douglas Service Bulletin 71-133, or McDonnell Douglas Service Bulletin DC10-71-159. The commenter states that the proposed rule, as written, implies that both service bulletins must be accomplished for the terminating action.

The FAA agrees with the commenter, and has determined that clarification is needed. It is the intent of the FAA to permit terminating action to be completed in accordance with either of the referenced service bulletins. We have revised the “Applicability” and paragraph (b) of the final rule to specify that, for certain models, compliance with the terminating action may be accomplished by either of the service bulletins noted above. Since the terminating actions for Model DC-10-30 and -30F (KC-10A military) series airplanes are now completely addressed in paragraph (b) of the final rule, we have revised paragraph (c) of the final rule to remove reference to those models and specify that the applicability of paragraph (c) of the final rule applies only to McDonnell Douglas Model DC-10-10 and -15 series airplanes, and Model MD-10-10F series airplanes.

Conclusion

After careful review of the available data, including the comments noted above, the FAA has determined that air safety and the public interest require the adoption of the rule with the changes previously described. The FAA has determined that these changes will neither increase the economic burden on any operator nor increase the scope of the AD.

Cost Impact

There are approximately 389 Model DC-10-10, -15, -30, and -30F (KC-10A military) series airplanes, and Model MD-10-10F and -30F series airplanes, of the affected design in the worldwide fleet. The FAA estimates that 229 airplanes of U.S. registry will be affected by this AD.

The actions that are currently required by AD 95-04-07 R2, and retained in this AD, take approximately 2 work hours per airplane to accomplish, at an average labor rate of $60 per work hour. Based on these figures, the cost impact of the currently required actions on U.S. operators is estimated to be $27,480, or $120 per airplane, per inspection cycle.

Should an operator be required to accomplish the terminating installation specified in McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Service Bulletin 71-133, it will take approximately 4 work hours per airplane to accomplish, at an average labor rate of $60 per hour. Required parts will cost between $2,744 and $2,822 per airplane. Based on these figures, the cost impact of the terminating installation required by this AD on U.S. operators is estimated to be between $2,984 and $3,062 per airplane.

Should an operator be required to accomplish the terminating modification specified in McDonnell Douglas Service Bulletin DC10-71-159, it will take approximately 16 work hours per airplane to accomplish, at an average labor rate of $60 per work hour. Required parts will cost between $2,744 and $2,822 per airplane. Based on these figures, the cost impact of the terminating modification required by this AD on U.S. operators is estimated to be between $3,704 and $3,782 per airplane.

The cost impact figures discussed above are 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, Start Printed Page 43772planning time, or time necessitated by other administrative actions.

Regulatory Impact

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.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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Adoption of the Amendment

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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 (

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PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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

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2. Section 39.13 is amended by removing amendment 39-11354 (

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2001-16-12 McDonnell Douglas: Amendment 39-12381. Docket 2000-NM-410-AD. Supersedes AD 95-04-07 R2, Amendment 39-11354.

Applicability: The following airplanes, certificated in any category:

ModelExcluding airplanes
1. DC-10-30 and -30F (KC-10A military) series airplanes, and MD-10-30F series airplanesOn which bolt retainers have been installed on the engine mount per McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Service Bulletin 71-133, Revision 6, dated June 30, 1992, or on which the modification specified in McDonnell Douglas Service Bulletin DC10-71-159, dated September 6, 1995, or Revision 01, dated July 28, 1997, has been performed.
2. DC-10-10 and -15 series airplanes, and Model MD-10-10F series airplanesOn which the modification specified in McDonnell Douglas Service Bulletin DC10-71-159, dated September 6, 1995, or Revision 01, dated July 28, 1997, has been done.

Note 1:

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 (d)(1) of this AD. The request should include an assessment of the effect of the modification, alteration, or repair on the unsafe condition addressed by this 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 broken lockwires, which could result in loosening of the engine mount bolts, and consequent separation of the engine from the airplane, accomplish the following:

Restatement of Requirements of AD 95-04-07 R2, Amendment 39-11354

(a) Within 120 days after March 17, 1995 (the effective date of AD 95-04-07 R1, amendment 39-9317), unless accomplished previously within the last 750 flight hours prior to March 17, 1995, perform a visual inspection to detect broken lockwires on the forward engine mount bolts on engines 1, 2, and 3, in accordance with McDonnell Douglas Alert Service Bulletin DC10-71A159, Revision 1, dated January 31, 1995.

(1) If no lockwire is found broken, repeat the inspection thereafter at intervals not to exceed 750 flight hours.

(2) If any lockwire is found broken, prior to further flight: Check the torque of the bolt, install a new lockwire, and install a torque stripe on the bolt, in accordance with the alert service bulletin. Thereafter at intervals not to exceed 750 flight hours, perform a visual inspection to detect misalignment of the torque stripes, and repeat the inspection to detect broken lockwires, in accordance with the alert service bulletin.

Terminating Actions

(b) For Model DC-10-30 and -30F (KC-10A military) series airplanes, and Model MD-10-30F series airplanes: Within 18 months after the effective date of this AD, install retainers on the engine mount bolts of engine 1, 2, or 3 per the procedures depicted in Figure 6 of Revision 6 of McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Service Bulletin 71-133, dated June 30, 1992; or modify the forward engine mount bolts for engine 1, 2, or 3, per McDonnell Douglas Service Bullletin DC10-71-159, dated September 6, 1995, or Revision 01, dated July 28, 1997. Accomplishment of the installation constitutes terminating action for the requirements of this AD for that engine.

(c) For Model DC-10-10 and -15 series airplanes, and Model MD-10-10F series airplanes: Within 18 months after the effective date of this AD, modify the forward engine mount bolts for engine 1, 2, or 3, per McDonnell Douglas Service Bulletin DC10-71-159, dated September 6, 1995; or Revision 01, dated July 28, 1997. Accomplishment of the modification constitutes terminating action for the requirements of this AD for that engine.

Alternative Methods of Compliance

(d)(1) 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, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office (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, Los Angeles ACO.

Note 2:

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

(2) Alternative methods of compliance, approved previously in accordance with AD 95-04-07 R2, amendment 39-11354, are approved as alternative methods of compliance with this AD.

Special Flight Permits

(e) 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

(f) The actions shall be done in accordance with McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Service Bulletin 71-133, Revision 6, dated June 30, 1992; McDonnell Douglas Service Bulletin DC10-71-159, dated September 6, 1995, or McDonnell Douglas Service Bulletin DC10-71-159 RO1, Revision 01, dated July 28, 1997; and McDonnell Douglas Alert Service Bulletin DC10-71A159, Revision 1, dated January 31, 1995; as applicable.

(1) The incorporation by reference of McDonnell Douglas DC-10 Service Bulletin 71-133, Revision 6, dated June 30, 1992; McDonnell Douglas Service Bulletin DC10-71-159, dated September 6, 1995; and McDonnell Douglas Service Bulletin DC10-71-159 R01, Revision 01, dated July 28, 1997; Start Printed Page 43773is approved by the Director of the Federal Register in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.

(2) The incorporation by reference of McDonnell Douglas Alert Service Bulletin DC10-71A159, Revision 1, dated January 31, 1995, was approved previously by the Director of the Federal Register as of November 10, 1999 (64 FR 54202, October 6, 1999).

(3) Copies may be obtained from Boeing Commercial Aircraft Group, Long Beach Division, 3855 Lakewood Boulevard, Long Beach, California 90846, Attention: Data and Service Management, Dept. C1-L5A (D800-0024). Copies may be inspected at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington; or at the FAA, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, California; or at the Office of the Federal Register, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., suite 700, Washington, DC.

Effective Date

(g) This amendment becomes effective on September 25, 2001.

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Issued in Renton, Washington, on August 13, 2001.

Vi L. Lipski,

Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.

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[FR Doc. 01-20804 Filed 8-20-01; 8:45 am]

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