Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all BAE SYSTEMS (Operations) Limited Model 4101 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports that the fire extinguisher in the toilet vanity unit needs to be mounted vertically rather than horizontally. This proposed AD would require inspecting to determine if a certain fire extinguisher bottle is installed, and repositioning the affected fire extinguisher bottle to the vertical position. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct the orientation of the fire extinguisher bottle in the toilet vanity unit to the vertical position, which if not corrected, could result in a toilet waste bin fire spreading, and consequent damage to the airplane and injury to its occupants.
We must receive comments on this proposed AD by July 5, 2012.
You may send comments by any of the following methods:
Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Fax: (202) 493-2251.
Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.
Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact BAE SYSTEMS (Operations) Limited, Customer Information Department, Prestwick International Airport, Ayrshire, KA9 2RW, Scotland, United Kingdom; telephone +44 1292 675207; fax +44 1292 675704; email RApublications@baesystems.com; Internet http://www.baesystems.com/Businesses/RegionalAircraft/index.htm. You may review copies of the referenced 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.
Examining the AD Docket
You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Todd Thompson, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; phone 425-227-1175; fax 425-227-1149.
We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include “Docket No. FAA-2012-0489; Directorate Identifier 2011-NM-229-AD” at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD based on those comments.
We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2011-0194, dated October 6, 2011 (referred to after this as “the MCAI”), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states:
The Jetstream 4100 is equipped with a fire extinguisher that, if a fire is detected, discharges into the waste bin located within the toilet vanity unit.
On the majority of aeroplanes, the furnishing vendor's original design installs the fire extinguisher bottle part number (P/N) BA20509AM-4 in a horizontal position within the vanity unit. BAE Systems have subsequently been informed by the fire extinguisher manufacturer that the fire extinguisher bottle should be mounted vertically, as its operation cannot be guaranteed when mounted horizontally. In the event of a fire in the waste bin the extinguishant may not fully discharge from the fire extinguisher bottle.
This condition, if not corrected, could result in a toilet waste bin fire propagation and consequent damage to the aeroplane and/or injury to its occupants.
For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD requires [an inspection to determine if a certain fire extinguisher is installed and] the repositioning of the fire extinguisher bottle from a horizontal orientation to a vertical orientation.
You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket.
Relevant Service Information
BAE SYSTEMS (Operations) Limited has issued Service Bulletin J41-26-008, Revision 2, dated September 20, 2011. The actions described in this service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI.
FAA's Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD
This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design.
Costs of Compliance
Based on the service information, we estimate that this proposed AD would affect about 4 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 8 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $170 per product. Where the service information lists required parts costs that are covered under warranty, we have assumed that there will be no charge for these parts. 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 proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $3,400, or $850 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.
We 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.
For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed regulation:
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);
3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and
4. 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 proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket.
The Proposed Amendment
Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows:
PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES
1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:
2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD:
BAE SYSTEMS (Operations) Limited: Docket No. FAA-2012-0489; Directorate Identifier 2011-NM-229-AD.
(a) Comments Due Date
We must receive comments by July 5, 2012.
(b) Affected ADs
This AD applies to BAE SYSTEMS (Operations) Limited Model 4101 airplanes, certificated in any category, all serial numbers.
Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 26, Fire Protection.
This AD was prompted by reports that the fire extinguisher of the toilet vanity unit needs to be mounted vertically, rather than horizontally. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct the orientation of the fire extinguisher bottle in the toilet vanity unit to the vertical position, which if not corrected, could result in a toilet waste bin fire spreading, and consequent damage to the airplane and injury to its occupants.
You are responsible for having the actions required by this AD performed within the compliance times specified, unless the actions have already been done.
Within 2 months after the effective date of this AD, determine from the table specified in paragraph 2.A.(1) of BAE SYSTEMS (Operations) Limited Service Bulletin J41-26-008, Revision 2, dated September 20, 2011, if fire extinguisher bottle part number (P/N) BA20509AM-4 is fitted to the airplane. If a fire extinguisher bottle P/N BA20509AM-4 is fitted, before further flight, reposition the fire extinguisher bottle, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of BAE SYSTEMS (Operations) Limited Service Bulletin J41-26-008, Revision 2, dated September 20, 2011.
(h) Credit for Previous Actions
This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using BAE SYSTEMS (Operations) Limited Service Bulletin J41-26-008, dated October 5, 2010; or BAE SYSTEMS (Operations) Limited Service Bulletin J41-26-008, Revision 1, dated April 12, 2011.
(i) Other FAA AD Provisions
The following provisions also apply to this AD:
(1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Todd Thompson, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057-3356; phone 425-227-1175; fax 425-227-1149. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD.
(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.
(j) Related Information
Refer to MCAI EASA Airworthiness Directive 2011-0194, dated October 6, 2011; and BAE SYSTEMS (Operations) Limited Service Bulletin J41-26-008, Revision 2, dated September 20, 2011; for related information.
Issued in Renton, Washington, on May 11, 2012.
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
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