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Airworthiness Directives; HPH s. r. o. Models Glasflügel 304CZ, 304CZ-17, and 304C Sailplanes

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The FAA adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain HPH s. r. o. (HPH) Models Glasflügel 304CZ, 304CZ-17, and 304C sailplanes. This AD requires you to inspect to determine the airbrake handle attachment rivet material. This AD also Start Printed Page 23100requires you to replace any non-steel rivet with a steel rivet. This AD is the result of mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the airworthiness authority for the Czech Republic. We are issuing this AD to prevent the airbrake handle from becoming loose, which could result in failure of the airbrake control. This failure could lead to loss of control of the sailplane.

DATES:

This AD becomes effective on June 11, 2004.

As of June 11, 2004, the Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the regulation.

ADDRESSES:

You may get the service information identified in this AD from HPH spol.s r.o., Cáslavská 126, P.O. Box 112, CZ284 01 Kutná Hora, Czech Republic; telephone: 011-42-327 513441; e-mail: hph@hph.cz.

You may view the AD docket at FAA, Central Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, Attention: Rules Docket No. 2003-CE-63-AD, 901 Locust, Room 506, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Greg Davison, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4130; facsimile: (816) 329-4090.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

What events have caused this AD? The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which is the airworthiness authority for the Czech Republic, recently notified FAA that an unsafe condition may exist on certain HPH Models Glasflügel 304CZ, 304CZ-17, and 304C sailplanes. The CAA reports that excessive free play in the airbrake handle was found during a pre-flight check on a Glasflügel 304CZ sailplane.

A non-steel (duralumin) rivet connecting the airbrake handle to the pushrod had become loose.

What is the potential impact if FAA took no action? If not corrected, a loose airbrake handle could result in failure of airbrake control. This failure could lead to loss of control of the sailplane.

Has FAA taken any action to this point? We issued a proposal to amend part 39 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 39) to include an AD that would apply to certain HPH Models Glasflügel 304CZ, 304CZ-17, and 304C sailplanes. This proposal was published in the Federal Register as a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on February 4, 2004 (69 FR 5302). The NPRM proposed to require you to inspect to determine the airbrake handle attachment rivet material and replace any non-steel rivet with a steel rivet.

Comments

Was the public invited to comment? We provided the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the proposal or on the determination of the cost to the public.

Conclusion

What is FAA's final determination on this issue? We have carefully reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed except for minor editorial corrections. We have determined that these minor corrections:

—Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM for correcting the unsafe condition; and

—Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM.

Changes to 14 CFR Part 39—Effect on the AD

How does the revision to 14 CFR part 39 affect this AD? On July 10, 2002, the FAA published a new version of 14 CFR part 39 (67 FR 47997, July 22, 2002), which governs the FAA's AD system. This regulation now includes material that relates to altered products, special flight permits, and alternative methods of compliance. This material previously was included in each individual AD. Since this material is included in 14 CFR part 39, we will not include it in future AD actions.

Costs of Compliance

How many sailplanes does this AD impact? We estimate that this AD affects 12 sailplanes in the U.S. registry.

What is the cost impact of this AD on owners/operators of the affected sailplanes? We estimate the following costs to accomplish the inspection:

Labor CostParts CostTotal Cost Per SailplaneTotal Cost on U.S. Operators
1 workhour × $65 per hour = $65Not applicable$65$65 × 12 = $780.

We estimate the following costs to accomplish any necessary replacements that will be required based on the results of this inspection. We have no way of determining the number of sailplanes that may need this replacement:

Labor CostParts CostTotal Cost Per Sailplane Airbrake Handle
1 workhour × $65 per hour = $65$10 for each rivet. 3 rivets on each airbrake handle$65 + $30 (to replace all 3 rivets) = $95.

Regulatory Findings

Will this AD impact various entities? We have determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD 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.

Will this AD involve a significant rule or regulatory action? For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:

1. Is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866;

2. Is not a “significant rule” under the 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.

We prepared a summary of the costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD Docket. You may get a copy of this summary by sending a request to us at the address listed under ADDRESSES. Include “AD Docket No. 2003-CE-63-AD” in your request.

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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, under 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. FAA amends § 39.13 by adding a new AD to read as follows:

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2004-09-03 HPH s. r. o.: Amendment 39-13592; Docket No. 2003-CE-63-AD.

When Does This AD Become Effective?

(a) This AD becomes effective on June 11, 2004.

What Other ADs Are Affected by This Action?

(b) None.

What Sailplanes Are Affected by This AD?

(c) This AD affects Models Glasflügel 304CZ, 304CZ-17, and 304C sailplanes, serial numbers 1 through 60-17, that are certificated in any category.

What Is the Unsafe Condition Presented in This AD?

(d) This AD is the result of mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the airworthiness authority for the Czech Republic. The actions specified in this AD are intended to prevent the airbrake handle from becoming loose, which could result in failure of the airbrake control. This failure could lead to loss of control of the sailplane.

What Must I do To Address This Problem?

(e) To address this problem, you must do the following:

ActionsComplianceProcedures
(1) Inspect to determine the airbrake handle attachment rivet materialWithin the next 25 hours time-in-service (TIS) after June 11, 2004 (the effective date of this AD)Follow HPH spol.s r.o. Mandatory Bulletin No.: G304CZ-05 a) G304CZ17-05 a), dated March 26, 2003.
(2) Replace any non-steel attachment rivet with a steel rivetBefore further flight after the inspection required in paragraph (e)(1) of this ADFollow HPH spol.s r.o. Mandatory Bulletin No.: G304CZ-05 a) G304CZ17-05 a), dated March 26, 2003.

May I Request an Alternative Method of Compliance?

(f) You may request a different method of compliance or a different compliance time for this AD by following the procedures in 14 CFR 39.19. Unless FAA authorizes otherwise, send your request to your principal inspector. The principal inspector may add comments and will send your request to the Manager, Standards Office, Small Airplane Directorate, FAA. For information on any already approved alternative methods of compliance, contact Greg Davison, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4130; facsimile: (816) 329-4090.

Does This AD Incorporate Any Material by Reference?

(g) You must do the actions required by this AD following the instructions in HPH spol.s r.o. Mandatory Bulletin No.: G304CZ-05 a) G304CZ17-05 a), dated March 26, 2003. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of this service bulletin in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. You may get a copy from HPH spol.s r.o., Cáslavská 126, P.O. Box 112, CZ284 01 Kutná Hora, Czech Republic; telephone: 011-42-327 513441; e-mail: hph@hph.cz. You may review copies at FAA, Central Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, 901 Locust, Room 506, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; or at the Office of the Federal Register, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., suite 700, Washington, DC.

Is There Other Information That Relates to This Subject?

(h) Czech Republic AD Number CAA-AD-040/2003, dated May 6, 2003, also addresses the subject of this AD.

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Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 19, 2004.

Dorenda D. Baker,

Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.

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[FR Doc. 04-9377 Filed 4-27-04; 8:45 am]

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