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Airworthiness Directives; Shadin ADC-2000 Air Data Computers

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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 Shadin ADC-2000 air data computers (ADC) installed on airplanes. This proposed AD would require you to replace affected ADC-2000 units with a modified unit. This proposed AD results from reports that certain ADC-2000 units display incorrect altitude information on the Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS) to the pilot. We are issuing this proposed AD to prevent ADC-2000 units, part numbers (P/Ns) 962830A-1-S-8, 962830A-2-S-8, and 962830A-3-S-8, configurations B, C, and D, from displaying incorrect altitude information. This could cause the flight crew to react to this incorrect flight information and possibly result in an unsafe operating condition.

DATES:

We must receive any comments on this proposed AD by October 11, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

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

  • DOT Docket Web Site: Go to http://dms.dot.gov and follow the instructions Start Printed Page 48334for sending your comments electronically.
  • Government-wide Rulemaking Web Site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for sending your comments electronically.
  • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL-401, Washington, DC 20590-001.
  • Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
  • Hand Delivery: Room PL-401 on the plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

To get the service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Shadin, 6831 Oxford Street, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426-4412; telephone: (800) 388-2849 or (952) 927-6500; facsimile: (952) 924-1111; e-mail: www.shadin.com.

To view the comments to this proposed AD, go to http://dms.dot.gov. The docket number is FAA-2005-21787; Directorate Identifier 2005-CE-34-AD.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jeffrey Kuen, Aerospace Engineer, Chicago Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA, 2300 East Devon Avenue, Room 107, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018; telephone: (847) 294-7125; facsimile: (847) 294-7834; e-mail address: jeffrey.kuen@faa.gov.

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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 the docket number, “FAA-2005-21787; Directorate Identifier 2005-CE-34-AD” at the beginning of your comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://dms.dot.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact with FAA personnel concerning this proposed rulemaking. Using the search function of our docket Web site, anyone can find and read the comments received into any of our dockets, including the name of the individual who sent the comment (or signed the comment on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). This is docket number FAA-2005-21787; Directorate Identifier 2005-CE-34-AD. You may review the DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78) or you may visit http://dms.dot.gov.

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.

Docket Information

Where can I go to view the docket information? You may view the AD docket that contains the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person at the DMS Docket Offices between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (eastern standard time), Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Office (telephone 1-800-647-5227) is located on the plaza level of the Department of Transportation NASSIF Building at the street address stated in ADDRESSES. You may also view the AD docket on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov. The comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after the DMS receives them.

Discussion

What events have caused this proposed AD? We have received reports that the pressure altitude output of certain Shadin ADC-2000 air data computers (ADC) drift outside Technical Standard Order (TSO) tolerance.

Shadin ADC-2000 units, part numbers (P/Ns) 962830A-1-S-8, 962830A-2-S-8, and 962830A-3-S-8, configurations B, C, and D (labeled with TSO-C106 and TSO-C44a), provide altitude information that is displayed on the Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS) to the pilot. The ADC/EFIS combination is used to display primary altitude information to the pilot.

The maximum altitude error allowed by TSO-C106 and TSO-C44a is 25 feet at ground level. Shadin ADC-2000 units, P/Ns 962830A-1-S-8, 962830A-2-S-8, and 962830A-3-S-8, configurations B, C, and D, have shown errors from 100 to 8,000 feet from the correct altitude.

The errors are caused by the ADC-2000 altitude measurement system. A pressure transducer in the ADC measures the altitude from the airplane static pressure system. The pressure transducer converts static pressure to an electrical signal.

We have determined that the electrical output from the pressure transducer in the affected ADCs changes over time resulting in the display of misleading altitude information to the pilot.

What is the potential impact if FAA took no action? If this situation occurs while the flight crew is making critical flight decisions, the display of incorrect altitude information could cause the flight crew to react to this incorrect flight information and possibly result in an unsafe operating condition.

Is there service information that applies to this subject? Shadin has issued Service Bulletin SB28-05-002, Rev C, dated June 29, 2005.

What are the provisions of this service information? The service bulletin includes procedures for doing preflight checks to ensure ADC/EFIS altimetry accuracy and specifies having ADC-2000, P/Ns 962830A-1-S-8, 962830A-2-S-8, and 962830A-3-S-8, configurations B, C, and D, upgraded to new P/Ns 962831A-1-S-8, 962831A-2-S-8, and 962831A-3-S-8.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of this Proposed AD

What has FAA decided? We have evaluated all pertinent information and identified an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on these ADCs that are installed on type design airplanes.

What would this proposed AD require? This proposed AD would require you to incorporate the actions in the previously-referenced service bulletin.

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 airplanes would this proposed AD impact? We estimate that this proposed AD affects 457 units installed on airplanes in the U.S. registry.

What would be the cost impact of this proposed AD on owners/operators of the affected airplanes? We estimate the following costs to do this proposed modification:Start Printed Page 48335

Labor costParts costTotal cost per unit
2 work hours × $65 per hour = $130Not applicable$130.

Shadin will reimburse the owner/operators for labor to remove and replace the ADC and shipping costs to Shadin Repair Facility to the extent specified in the service bulletin.

Authority for This Rulemaking

What authority does FAA have for issuing this rulemaking action? Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106 describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency's authority.

We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in subtitle VII, part A, subpart III, section 44701, “General requirements.” Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this AD.

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 other information as included in the Regulatory Evaluation) 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 FAA-2005-21787; Directorate Identifier 2005-CE-34-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):

Shadin: Docket No. FAA-2005-21787; Directorate Identifier 2005-CE-34-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 October 11, 2005.

What Other ADs Are Affected by This Action?

(b) None.

What Airplanes Are Affected by This AD?

(c) This AD affects Shadin ADC-2000 air data computers (ADC), part numbers (P/N) 962830A-1-S-8, 962830A-2-S-8, 962830A-3-S-8, configurations B, C, and D, that are installed in, but not limited to, the following aircraft (all serial numbers), and are certificated in any category:

ManufacturerModel
Alliance Aircraft Group, LLCH-250.
B-N Group LtdBN2A.
Bombardier IncDHC-3, DHC-6.
Cessna Aircraft Company172, 180, 180E, 185, 206, 206E, 206F, 206G 208, 210L, 310.
deHavilland IncDHC-2.
The New Piper Aircraft, IncPA-28-180, PA-28-181, PA-31-350, PA-32-300, PA-32-301, PA-32R-300, PA-34-200T.

What Is the Unsafe Condition Presented in This AD?

(d) This AD is the result of reports that certain ADC-2000 units display incorrect altitude information on the Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS) to the pilot. The actions specified in this AD are to prevent ADC-2000 units, P/Ns 962830A-1-S-8, 962830A-2-S-8, and 962830A-3-S-8, configurations B, C, and D, from displaying incorrect altitude information. This could cause the flight crew to react to this incorrect flight information and possibly result in an unsafe operating condition.

What Must I do to Address This Problem?

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ActionsComplianceProcedures
(1) To ensure the air data computer (ADC) and the Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS) altimetry accuracy, do the normal preflight check. If the altitudes, altimeter, and elevation differ by more than 75 foot, do not fly the airplane in IMC/IFRWithin the next 25 hours time-in-service (TIS) after the effective date of this AD and thereafter before each flight until the ADC is upgraded as specified in paragraph (e)(2) of this ADFollow the Interim Procedures contained in Shadin Service Bulletin SB28-05-002, Rev C, dated June 29, 2005. The owner/operator holding at least a private pilot certificate as authorized by section 43.7 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 43.7) may do the check specified in paragraph (e)(1) of this AD. Make an entry into the aircraft records showing compliance with this portion of the AD following section 43.9 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 43.9).
(2) Return all Shadin ADC-2000s, part numbers 962830A-1-S-8, 962830A-2-S-8, 962830A-3-S-8, Configurations B, C, and D, to the Shadin Repair Facility for upgrade. Contact the Shadin Technical Support department for a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. Until the ADC-2000 is modified, returned, and reinstalled, only fly the airplane if equipment requirements for that airplane are still metWithin the next 15 months after the effective of this ADFollow Shadin Service Bulletin SB28-05-002, Rev C, dated June 29, 2005.
(3) Do not install any Shadin ADC-2000, part number 962830A-1-S-8, 962830A-2-S-8, or 962830A-3-S-8, Configurations B, C, and D, unless it has been upgraded as specified in paragraph (e)(2) of this ADAs of the effective date of this ADNot applicable.

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, Chicago Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA. For information on any already approved alternative methods of compliance, contact Jeffrey Kuen, Aerospace Engineer, Chicago ACO, FAA, 2300 East Devon Avenue, Room 107, Des Plaines, Illinois 60018; telephone: (847) 294-7125; facsimile: (847) 294-7834; e-mail address: jeffrey.kuen@faa.gov.

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

(g) To get copies of the documents referenced in this AD, contact Shadin, 6831 Oxford Street, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426-4412; telephone: (800) 388-2849 or (952) 927-6500; facsimile: (952) 924-1111; email: www.shadin.com. To view the AD docket, go to the Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL-401, Washington, DC, or on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov. The docket number is Docket No. FAA-2005-21787; Directorate Identifier 2005-CE-34-AD.

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Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 10, 2005.

Kim Smith,

Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.

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[FR Doc. 05-16267 Filed 8-16-05; 8:45 am]

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