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Airworthiness Directives; DG Flugzeugbau GmbH, Model DG-500MB Sailplanes

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

SUMMARY:

The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain DG Flugzeugbau GmbH, Model DG-500MB sailplanes. This proposed AD would require you to replace the engine pylon extension/retraction Warner LA10 spindle drive with an improved designed Stross BSA 10 spindle drive and to modify the electrical system following applicable service information. This proposed AD is the result of mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the airworthiness authority for Germany. We are issuing this proposed AD to prevent failure of the Warner LA10 spindle drive, which could result in the engine pylon not rising or lowering. This condition could cause an unstable engine pylon assembly during flight with loss of control of the sailplane.

DATES:

We must receive any comments on this proposed AD by July 9, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

Use one of the following to submit comments on this proposed AD:

  • By mail: FAA, Central Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, Attention: Rules Docket No. 2004-CE-06-AD, 901 Locust, Room 506, Kansas City, Missouri 64106.
  • By fax: (816) 329-3771.
  • By e-mail: 9-ACE-7-Docket@faa.gov. Comments sent electronically must contain “Docket No. 2004-CE-06-AD” in the subject line. If you send comments electronically as attached electronic files, the files must be formatted in Microsoft Word 97 for Windows or ASCII.

You may get the service information identified in this proposed AD from DG Flugzeugbau, Postbox 41 20, 76625 Bruchsal, Germany; telephone, 49 7257 890; fax, 49 7257 8922.

You may view the AD docket at FAA, Central Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, Attention: Rules Docket No. 2004-CE-06-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:

Gregory Davison, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, ACE-112, Room 301, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: 816-329-4130; facsimile: 816-329-4090.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

How Do I Comment on This Proposed AD?

We invite you to submit any written relevant data, views, or arguments regarding this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under ADDRESSES. Include “AD Docket No. 2004-CE-06-AD” in the subject line of your comments. If you want us to acknowledge receipt of your mailed comments, send us a self-addressed, stamped postcard with the docket number written on it. We will date-stamp your postcard and mail it back to you.

Are There Any Specific Portions of This Proposed AD I Should Pay Attention to?

We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. If you contact us through a nonwritten communication and that contact relates to a substantive part of this proposed AD, we will summarize the contact and place the summary in the docket. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD in light of those comments and contacts.

Discussion

What Events Have Caused This Proposed AD?

The Luftfahrt-Bundesamt (LBA), which is the airworthiness authority for Germany, recently notified FAA that an unsafe condition may exist on DG Flugzeugbau GmbH, Model DG-500MB sailplanes, all serial numbers up to and including 5E220B15. The LBA reports two separate fatigue failures of the Warner LA10 spindle drive.

What Are the Consequences if the Condition Is Not Corrected?

Failure of the Warner LA10 spindle drive could result in the engine pylon not rising or lowering, which could cause an unstable engine pylon assembly during flight. Failure of the engine pylon assembly during flight could result in loss of control of the sailplane.

Is There Service Information That Applies to This Subject?

DG Flugzeugbau GmbH has issued Technical Note No. 843/18, issue 2, dated June 25, 2003.

What Are the Provisions of This Service Information?

The technical note includes procedures for installing the Stross BSA 10 spindle drive and modifying the electrical system.

What Action Did the LBA Take?

The LBA classified this service bulletin as mandatory and issued Germany AD Number 2003-409, dated December 9, 2003, to ensure the continued airworthiness of these sailplanes in Germany.

Did the LBA Inform the United States Under the Bilateral Airworthiness Agreement?

The DG Flugzeubau Model DG-500MB is manufactured in Germany 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.

Under this bilateral airworthiness agreement, the LBA has kept us informed of the situation described above.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of this Proposed AD

What Has FAA Decided?

We have examined the LBA's findings, reviewed all available information, and determined that AD action is necessary for products of this Start Printed Page 29107type design that are certificated for operation in the United States.

Since the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop on other DG Flugzeubau Model DG-500MB sailplanes of the same type design that are registered in the United States, we are proposing AD action to prevent failure of the spindle drive, which could result in the engine pylon not rising or lowering and cause an unstable engine pylon assembly during flight.

What Would This Proposed AD Require?

This proposed AD would require you to replace the Warner LA10 spindle drive with the Stross BSA 10 spindle drive and to modify the electrical system following Technical Note No. 843/18, issue 2, dated June 25, 2003.

How Does the Revision to 14 CFR Part 39 Affect This Proposed AD?

On July 10, 2002, we published a new version of 14 CFR part 39 (67 FR 47997, July 22, 2002), which governs 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 Would This Proposed AD Impact?

We estimate that this proposed AD affects 4 sailplanes in the U.S. registry.

What Would be the Cost Impact of This Proposed AD on Owners/Operators of the Affected Sailplanes?

We estimate the following costs to accomplish the proposed replacement and modification that would be required.

Labor costParts costTotal cost per sailplaneTotal cost on U.S. operators
12 work hours est. $65 per hour = $780$2,662$3.442$13,768

Regulatory Findings

Would This Proposed AD Impact Various Entities?

We have determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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.

Would This Proposed AD Involve a Significant Rule or Regulatory Action?

For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this proposed 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 proposed 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. 2004-CE-06-AD” in your request.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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The Proposed Amendment

Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

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PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD):

DG Flugzeugbau GmbH: Docket No. 2004-CE-06-AD.

When Is the Last Date I Can Submit Comments on This Proposed AD?

(a) We must receive comments on this proposed airworthiness directive (AD) by July 9, 2004.

What Other ADs Are Affected by This Action?

(b) None.

What Sailplanes Are Affected by This AD?

(c) This AD affects the following sailplane models and serial numbers that are certificated in any category: DG Flugzeugbau Model DG-500MB, all serial numbers up to and including 5E220B15.

What Is the Unsafe Condition Presented in This AD?

(d) This AD is the result of Warner LA10 spindle drive failure. The actions specified in this AD are intended to prevent failure of the Warner LA10 spindle drive, which could result in the engine pylon not rising or lowering. This condition could cause an unstable engine pylon assembly during flight with consequent 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
Replace the Warner LA10 spindle drive with the Stross BSA 10 spindle drive and make any necessary electrical modifications including installation of the voltage converter for the brake of the spindle driveReplace and modify within 25 hours time in service (TIS) after the effective date of this ADFollow the instructions in Technical Note No. 843/18 issue 2, dated June 25, 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 Gregory Davison, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, ACE-112, Room 301, 901 Locust, Start Printed Page 29108Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: 816-329-4130; facsimile: 816-329-4090.

May I Get Copies of the Documents Referenced in This AD?

(g) You may get copies of the documents referenced in this AD from DG Flugzeugbau, Postbox 41 20, 76625 Bruchsal, Germany. You may view these documents at FAA, Central Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, 901 Locust, Room 506, Kansas City, Missouri 64106.

Is There Other Information That Relates to This Subject?

(h) LBA airworthiness directive 2003-409, dated December 9, 2003, and Technical Note No. 843/18, issue 2, dated June 25, 2003, also address the subject of this AD.

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Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 12, 2004.

James E. Jackson,

Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.

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[FR Doc. 04-11371 Filed 5-19-04; 8:45 am]

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