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Airworthiness Directives; Fokker Model F.28 Mark 0070 and 0100 Airplanes

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Fokker Model F.28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes. This AD requires modifying the passenger door and installing new placards. This AD results from reports of the airstairs-type passenger door opening during flight. We are issuing this AD to prevent rapid decompression of the airplane, or ejection of a passenger or crew member out the door during flight.

DATES:

This AD becomes effective March 15, 2006.

The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of March 15, 2006.

ADDRESSES:

You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov or in person at the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street SW., Nassif Building, room PL-401, Washington, DC.

Contact Fokker Services B.V., P.O. Box 231, 2150 AE Nieuw-Vennep, the Netherlands, for service information identified in this AD.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Tom Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98055-4056; telephone (425) 227-1137; fax (425) 227-1149.

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Examining the Docket

You may examine the airworthiness directive (AD) docket on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov or in person at the Docket Management Facility office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Management Facility office (telephone (800) 647-5227) is located on the plaza level of the Nassif Building at the street address stated in the ADDRESSES section.

Discussion

The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to certain Fokker Model F.28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on October 21, 2005 (70 FR 61239). That NPRM proposed to require modifying the passenger door and installing new placards.

Comments

We provided the public the opportunity to participate in the development of this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM or on the determination of the cost to the public.

Conclusion

We have carefully reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed.

Costs of Compliance

The following table provides the estimated costs for U.S. operators to comply with this AD.

Estimated Costs

ActionWork hoursAverage labor rate per hourPartsCost per airplaneNumber of U.S.- registered airplanesFleet cost
Modify door and install placards17-18$65$2,645$3,750-3,8152$7,500-7,630

Authority for This Rulemaking

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 rulemaking action.

Regulatory Findings

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.

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 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 regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket. See the ADDRESSES section for a location to examine the regulatory evaluation.

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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 FAA amends

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

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2006-03-07 Fokker Services B.V.: Amendment 39-14471. Docket No. FAA-2005-22748; Directorate Identifier 2005-NM-127-AD.

Effective Date

(a) This AD becomes effective March 15, 2006.

Affected ADs

(b) None.

Applicability

(c) This AD applies to Fokker Model F.28 Mark 0070 and 0100 airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100-52-069, Revision 3, dated December 18, 2002.

Unsafe Condition

(d) This AD results from reports of the airstairs-type passenger door opening during flight. We are issuing this AD to prevent rapid decompression of the airplane, or ejection of a passenger or crew member out the door during flight.

Compliance

(e) You are responsible for having the actions required by this AD performed within the compliance times specified, unless the actions have already been done.

Installation

(f) Within 30 months after the effective date of this AD, modify the passenger door and install new placards, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100-52-069, Revision 3, dated December 18, 2002; including Fokker Manual Change Notification—Operational Documentation MCNO-F100-031, dated December 3, 2001; and Fokker Manual Change Notification—Maintenance Documentation MCNM-F100-064, Revision 2, dated December 18, 2002; and including the drawings listed in Table 1 of this AD. (To conform to certain Office of the Federal Register requirements for incorporating these materials by reference, the table identifies the date of the service bulletin for undated drawings.) Start Printed Page 6345

Table 1.—Drawings Included in Service Bulletin SBF100-52-069

Fokker drawingSheetIssueDate
W41074065DBDecember 18, 2002.
W41418003LDecember 18, 2002.
W41418005EDecember 18, 2002.
W41418006EDecember 18, 2002.
W41418007EDecember 18, 2002.
W41418008MDecember 18, 2002.
W42310001DAugust 14, 2000.
W42310002BAugust 14, 2000.
W42310003FJune 11, 2001.
W59243024AUJune 12, 2001.
W59261017WAugust 9, 2002.
W59261025SJuly 3, 2001.

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

(g)(1) The Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested in accordance with the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19.

(2) Before using any AMOC approved in accordance with 14 CFR 39.19 on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify the appropriate principal inspector in the FAA Flight Standards Certificate Holding District Office.

Related Information

(h) Dutch airworthiness directive 2002-057, dated April 29, 2002, also addresses the subject of this AD.

Material Incorporated by Reference

(i) You must use Fokker Service Bulletin SBF100-52-069, Revision 3, dated December 18, 2002; including Fokker Manual Change Notification—Operational Documentation MCNO-F100-031, dated December 3, 2001; and including Fokker Manual Change Notification—Maintenance Documentation MCNM-F100-064, Revision 2, dated December 18, 2002; and including the drawings listed in Table 2 of this AD, to do the actions that are required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of this document in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Contact Fokker Services B.V., P.O. Box 231, 2150 AE Nieuw-Vennep, the Netherlands, for a copy of this service information. You may review copies at the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street SW., room PL-401, Nassif Building, Washington, DC; on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov; or at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at the NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/​federal_​register/​code_​of_​federal_​regulations/​ibr_​locations.html.

Table 2.—Drawings Included in Service Bulletin SBF100-52-069

Fokker drawingSheetIssueDate
W41074065DBDecember 18, 2002.
W41418003LDecember 18, 2002.
W41418005EDecember 18, 2002.
W41418006EDecember 18, 2002.
W41418007EDecember 18, 2002.
W41418008MDecember 18, 2002.
W42310001DAugust 14, 2000.
W42310002BAugust 14, 2000.
W42310003FJune 11, 2001.
W59243024AUJune 12, 2001.
W59261017WAugust 9, 2002.
W59261025SJuly 3, 2001.
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Issued in Renton, Washington, on January 26, 2006.

Ali Bahrami,

Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.

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