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Airworthiness Directives; Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Model DA 42 Airplanes

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as:

The original designed bellcrank for the aileron control system in the wing needed to be installed with slightly bent rod ends during production of the aircraft to avoid friction and possible chafing. In addition to being a nonpreferable production practice, this creates the risk of replacement parts being installed during subsequent in-service maintenance without being bent or not being bent correctly. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to chafing damage of the aileron control system and consequent loss of control of the aircraft.

We are issuing this AD to require actions to correct the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES:

This AD becomes effective September 17, 2008.

On September 17, 2008, the Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD.

ADDRESSES:

You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov or in person at Document Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Sarjapur Nagarajan, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4145; fax: (816) 329-4090.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to the specified products. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on June 23, 2008 (73 FR 35361). That NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states:

The original designed bellcrank for the aileron control system in the wing needed to be installed with slightly bent rod ends during production of the aircraft to avoid friction and possible chafing. In addition to being a nonpreferable production practice, this creates the risk of replacement parts being installed during subsequent in-service maintenance without being bent or not being bent correctly. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to chafing damage of the aileron control system and consequent loss of control of the aircraft.

Comments

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

Conclusion

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

Differences Between This AD and the MCAI or Service Information

We have reviewed the MCAI and related service information and, in general, agree with their substance. But we might have found it necessary to use different words from those in the MCAI to ensure the AD is clear for U.S. operators and is enforceable. In making these changes, we do not intend to differ substantively from the information provided in the MCAI and related service information.

We might also have required different actions in this AD from those in the MCAI in order to follow FAA policies. Any such differences are highlighted in a NOTE within the AD.

Costs of Compliance

Based on the service information, we estimate that this AD will affect 156 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 3 work-hours per product to comply with basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $80 per work-hour. Required parts will cost about $0 per product (warranty credit given by manufacturer) per product. Where the service information lists required parts costs that are covered under warranty, we have assumed that there will be no Start Printed Page 47042charge for these costs. As we do not control warranty coverage for affected parties, some parties may incur costs higher than estimated here.

Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the AD on U.S. operators to be $0, or $0 per product.

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 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 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.

Examining the AD Docket

You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains the NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone (800) 647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

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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 FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD:

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2008-16-20 Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH: Amendment 39-15638; Docket No. FAA-2008-0685; Directorate Identifier 2008-CE-037-AD.

Effective Date

(a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective September 17, 2008.

Affected ADs

(b) None.

Applicability

(c) This AD applies to Model DA 42 airplanes, all serial numbers, with aileron bellcranks part number (P/N) DA4-2717-50-00 installed, certificated in any category.

Subject

(d) Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 27: Flight Controls.

Reason

(e) The mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) states:

The original designed bellcrank for the aileron control system in the wing needed to be installed with slightly bent rod ends during production of the aircraft to avoid friction and possible chafing. In addition to being a nonpreferable production practice, this creates the risk of replacement parts being installed during subsequent in-service maintenance without being bent or not being bent correctly. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to chafing damage of the aileron control system and consequent loss of control of the aircraft. Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH has now developed a new aileron bellcrank that allows for additional angular movement of the push rod, thereby eliminating the chafing risk without using bent rod ends.

For the reasons described above, this EASA Airworthiness Directive (AD) requires the replacement of the aileron bellcrank with an improved part and the replacement of any bent rod ends P/N DAI-9027-00-01. In addition, this AD prohibits the reinstallation of P/N DA4-2717-50-00 aileron bellcranks and bent rod ends P/N DAI-9027-00-01 as replacement in the future.

Actions and Compliance

(f) Unless already done, do the following actions:

(1) Within the next 200 hours time-in-service (TIS) after September 17, 2008 (the effective date of this AD), replace the aileron bellcrank, P/N DA4-2717-50-00, with the improved design aileron bellcrank, P/N DA4-2717-50-00-01, and replace any bent rod ends, P/N DAI-9027-00-01, with straight rod ends, following Mandatory Service Bulletin No. MSB-42-043/1, dated April 3, 2008; Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Work Instruction WI-MSB-42-043, dated February 4, 2008; and Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Drawing Number D60-2717-00-00, dated January 24, 2008.

(2) As of September 17, 2008 (the effective date of this AD), do not install any aileron bellcrank, P/N DA4-2717-50-00, or bent rod ends, P/N DAI-9027-00-01.

FAA AD Differences

Note:

This AD differs from the MCAI and/or service information as follows: No differences.

Other FAA AD Provisions

(g) The following provisions also apply to this AD:

(1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Sarjapur Nagarajan, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4145; fax: (816) 329-4090. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO.

(2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority (or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service.

(3) Reporting Requirements: For any reporting requirement in this AD, under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information collection requirements and has assigned OMB Control Number 2120-0056.

Related Information

(h) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2008-0086, dated May 13, 2008; Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Mandatory Service Bulletin No. MSB-42-043/1, dated April 3, 2008; Start Printed Page 47043Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Work Instruction WI-MSB-42-043, dated February 4, 2008; and Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Drawing Number D60-2717-00-00, dated January 24, 2008, for related information.

Material Incorporated by Reference

(i) You must use Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Mandatory Service Bulletin No. MSB-42-043/1, dated April 3, 2008; Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Work Instruction WI-MSB-42-043, dated February 4, 2008; and Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Drawing Number D60-2717-00-00, dated January 24, 2008, to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.

(1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of this service information under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.

(2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH, N.A. Otto-Straße 5, A-2700 Wiener Neustadt; telephone: +43 2622 26700; fax: +43 2622 26780; e-mail: office@diamond-air.at.

(3) You may review copies at the FAA, Central Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, 901 Locust, Room 506, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; or at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/​federal-register/​cfr/​ibr-locations.html.

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Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 1, 2008.

James E. Jackson,

Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.

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[FR Doc. E8-18205 Filed 8-12-08; 8:45 am]

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