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Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Model 747-200C and 747-200F Series Airplanes

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Boeing Model 747-200C and 747-200F series airplanes. This AD requires installing larger moisture shrouds and additional drain lines in the electrical/electronic equipment center. This AD results from reports of water contamination in the electrical/electronic units in the main equipment center. We are issuing this AD to prevent water contamination in the electrical/electronic units in the main equipment center, which could result in an electrical short and potential loss of several functions essential for safe flight.

DATES:

This AD is effective December 8, 2009.

The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of December 8, 2009.

ADDRESSES:

For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H-65, Seattle, Washington 98124-2207; telephone 206-544-5000, extension 1, fax 206-766-5680; e-mail me.boecom@boeing.com; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com.

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 this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (telephone 800-647-5527) is the 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:

Marcia Smith, Aerospace Engineer, Cabin Safety and Environmental Systems Branch, ANM-150S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 917-6484; fax (425) 917-6590.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an airworthiness directive (AD) that would apply to certain Boeing Model 747-200C and 747-200F series airplanes. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on January 12, 2009 (74 FR 1158). That NPRM proposed to require installing larger moisture shrouds and additional drain lines in the electrical/electronic equipment center.

Actions Since NPRM Was Issued

Paragraph (g) of the NPRM cited Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747-25A3430, dated February 15, 2007, as the appropriate source of service information for the prior or concurrent action for the proposed installation; Boeing has revised this service bulletin. Boeing Service Bulletin 747-25A3430, Revision 1, dated October 9, 2008, moves certain airplanes to new groups 5 and 6, and adds respective weight and balance tables, materials, parts, and work instructions and figures, but does not add any new procedures. We have revised paragraph (g) of the final rule to refer to Boeing Service Bulletin 747-25A3430, Revision 1, dated October 9, 2008, and added new paragraph (h) to this AD to give credit for accomplishing the original service bulletin before the effective date of this AD. We have re-identified subsequent paragraphs accordingly. We have also revised Note 1 of this AD to refer to Revision 1.

Comments

We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We considered the comments received from the two commenters.

Request for Terminology Clarification

Boeing requests that we change the phrase “reworking the base line (BL) 11 intercostals” found in the Relevant Service Information section to “reworking the butt line (BL) 11 intercostals.” Boeing recommends using standard aerospace terminology for geometric dimensioning.

We partially agree. The language Boeing proposes is the correct terminology, but the Relevant Service Information section in the NPRM is not repeated in the final rule. We have not changed the AD in this regard.

Request To Change Affected Airplanes

Boeing requests that we revise the Costs of Compliance section of the NPRM to change the number of affected U.S. airplanes from 25 to 31. Current analysis of the Boeing Airplane Configuration Tracking System airplane database indicates 31 airplanes are affected.

We agree, for the reason explained by the commenter. We have revised this final rule accordingly.

Request for No Requirement of Re-Installation of Curtains

Northwest Airlines (Northwest) requests that we consider not requiring re-installation of curtains after accomplishing shroud installation per the instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747-25A3431, dated March 6, 2008. Northwest explains that since 2001, it has operated two 747 freighters with the extended overhead moisture shrouds (similar to those installed per Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747-25A3431, dated March 6, 2008) that had been installed during a passenger-to-freighter conversion but did not have the curtains installed. Northwest explains that service experience on the Start Printed Page 56718two airplanes showed that there were no moisture ingress problems.

We disagree with the request. While Northwest may not have experienced moisture ingress problems on its two airplanes that have been operating without curtains, we cannot mandate fleet-wide action on data from two airplanes. The AD is intended to prevent water contamination in the electrical/electronic main equipment center of the fleet. However, under the provisions of paragraph (i) of this AD, Northwest may request an alternative method of compliance if it can provide data that substantiate the request. We have not changed this AD in this regard.

Conclusion

We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD with the changes described previously. We also determined that the changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of the AD.

Costs of Compliance

We estimate that this proposed AD would affect 31 airplanes of U.S. registry. The following table provides the estimated costs for U.S. operators to comply with this proposed AD.

Estimated Costs

ActionWork hoursAverage labor rate per hourPartsCost per productNumber of U.S.-registered airplanesFleet cost
InstallationsUp to 75$80Up to $28,405Up to $34,40531Up to $1,066,555.

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

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.

You can find our regulatory evaluation and the estimated costs of compliance in the AD Docket.

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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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2009-22-14 Boeing: Amendment 39-16067. Docket No. FAA-2008-1362; Directorate Identifier 2008-NM-150-AD.

Effective Date

(a) This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective December 8, 2009.

Affected ADs

(b) None.

Applicability

(c) This AD applies to Boeing Model 747-200C and 747-200F series airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747-25A3431, dated March 6, 2008.

Unsafe Condition

(d) This AD results from reports of water contamination in the electrical/electronic units in the main equipment center. We are issuing this AD to prevent water contamination in the electrical/electronic units in the main equipment center, which could result in an electrical short and potential loss of several functions essential for safe flight.

Compliance

(e) Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done.

Installation of Shrouds and Drain Lines

(f) Within 72 months after the effective date of this AD, install larger moisture shrouds and additional drain lines, by doing all the applicable actions specified in the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747-25A3431, dated March 6, 2008.

Installation of Moisture Curtains

(g) Prior to or concurrently with accomplishing the actions required by paragraph (f) of this AD: Install protective moisture curtains in the main equipment center in accordance with Boeing Service Bulletin 747-25A3430, Revision 1, dated October 9, 2008.

Note 1:

The installation required by paragraph (g) of this AD is the same installation required by paragraph (f) of AD 2007-26-03, amendment 39-15305, for Boeing Model 747-200C and -200F series airplanes (AD 2007-26-03 specifies that the actions be done in accordance with Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747-25A3430, dated February 15, 2007). Boeing Service Bulletin 747-25A3430, Revision 1, dated October 9, 2008, which affects Boeing Model 747-200F airplanes, variable numbers RR566 and RR551 through RR556 inclusive, is an alternative method of compliance for the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 2007-26-03. Airplanes identified as Group 1, Group 3, and Group 6 airplanes in Boeing Service Bulletin 747-25A3430, Revision 1, dated October 9, 2008, must comply with paragraph (g) of AD 2007-26-03.

Installations Accomplished According to Previous Issue of Service Bulletin

(h) Installations accomplished before the effective date of this AD in accordance with Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747-25A3430, dated February 15, 2007, are considered Start Printed Page 56719acceptable for compliance with the corresponding action, paragraph (g) of this AD.

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

(i)(1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 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: Marcia Smith, Aerospace Engineer, Cabin Safety and Environmental Systems Branch, ANM-150S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; telephone (425) 917-6484; fax (425) 917-6590. Or, e-mail information to 9-ANM-Seattle-ACO-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov.

(2) To request a different method of compliance or a different compliance time for this AD, follow the procedures in 14 CFR 39.19. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your principal maintenance inspector (PMI) or principal avionics inspector (PAI), as appropriate, or lacking a principal inspector, your local Flight Standards District Office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD.

Material Incorporated by Reference

(j) You must use Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747-25A3431, dated March 6, 2008; and Boeing Service Bulletin 747-25A3430, Revision 1, dated October 9, 2008; as applicable; 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 Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H-65, Seattle, Washington 98124-2207; telephone 206-544-5000, extension 1, fax 206-766-5680; e-mail me.boecom@boeing.com; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com.

(3) You may review copies of the service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221 or 425-227-1152.

(4) You may also review copies of the service information that is incorporated by reference 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/​code_​of_​federal_​regulations/​ibr_​locations.html.

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Issued in Renton, Washington, on October 19, 2009.

Ali Bahrami,

Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.

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[FR Doc. E9-25918 Filed 11-2-09; 8:45 am]

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