Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT).
Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain GROB-WERKE Models G115EG and G120A airplanes. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated 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 cracks in the left hand elevator flange. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.
We must receive comments on this proposed AD by April 7, 2014.
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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 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Grob Aircraft AG, Customer Service, Lettenbachstrasse 9, 86874 Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany, telephone: + 49 (0) 8268-998-105; fax; + 49 (0) 8268-998-200; email: email@example.com; Internet: grob-aircraft.com. You may review this referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.
Examining the AD Docket
You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2014-0092; 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 proposed AD, 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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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Karl Schletzbaum, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4123; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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-2014-0092; Directorate Identifier 2014-CE-002-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 because of those comments.
We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://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 AD No. 2014-0004, dated January 7, 2014 (referred to after this as “the MCAI”), to correct an unsafe condition for certain GROB-WERKE Models G115EG and G120A airplanes. The MCAI states:
An operator of a G 115E aeroplane reported finding a crack during scheduled maintenance on the left hand (LH) elevator flange, part number (P/N) 115E-3761.06. The design of the right hand (RH) elevator flange, P/N 115E-3762.07, is identical. A similar design is used for the elevator flanges installed on G 120A and G-120A-I aeroplanes, P/N 120A-3561.20(A) and P/N 120A-3562.20(A). Therefore, the reported deficiency may also exist on G 120 aeroplanes.
This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to elevator failure, resulting in reduced control of the aeroplane.
To address this potential unsafe condition, GROB Aircraft AG issued Service Bulletins (SB) MSB1078-194 and SB MSB1121-140 to provide instruction for inspection and corrective action.
For the reasons described above, this AD requires repetitive inspections of both elevator flanges on an aeroplane to detect any crack, and, depending on findings, replacement of the affected part.
You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2014-0092.
Relevant Service Information
GROB Aircraft has issued Service Bulletin No. MSB1078-194/1 and Service Bulletin No. MSB1121-140, both dated December 3, 2013. The actions described in this service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI.
FAA's Determination and Requirements of the 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 this State of Design Authority, they have notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all information and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design.
Costs of Compliance
We estimate that this proposed AD will affect 6 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 1 work-hour per product to comply with the basic requirements of this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour.
Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $510, or $85 per product.
In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would take about 8 work-hours and require parts costing approximately $306 for the left hand (LH) elevator flange and $365 for the right hand (RH) elevator flange. We estimate a cost of $986 to replace the LH elevator flange per product and $1,045 to replace the RH elevator flange per product. We have no way of determining the number of products that may need these actions.
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 Start Printed Page 9663responsibilities 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.
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- Air transportation
- Aviation safety
- Incorporation by reference
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
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1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: End Amendment Part
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2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: End Amendment Part
GROB-WERKE: Docket No. FAA-2014-0092; Directorate Identifier 2014-CE-002-AD.
(a) Comments Due Date
We must receive comments byApril 7, 2014.
(b) Affected ADs
This AD applies to GROB-WERKE Model G115E airplanes, all serial numbers, and Model G120A airplanes, serial numbers 85001 through 85007, 85026 through 85056, and 85058, certificated in any category.
Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 55: Stabilizers.
This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated 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 cracks in the left hand elevator flange. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct cracks in the left hand and right hand elevator flanges, which could cause the elevator to fail and could result in reduced control.
(f) Actions and Compliance
Unless already done, do the actions in paragraphs (f)(1) through (f)(3) of this AD:
(1) Within the next 30 days after the effective date of this AD and repetitively thereafter at intervals not to exceed 100 hours time-in-service (TIS), inspect the left hand (LH) and the right hand (RH) elevator flanges, part number (P/N) 115E-3761.06 and P/N 115E-3762.07, or P/N 120A-3561.20(A) and P/N 120A-3562.20(A), as applicable, for cracks. Do the inspections following GROB Aircraft Service Bulletin No. MSB1078-194/1, dated December 3, 2013, or GROB Aircraft Service Bulletin No. MSB1121-140, dated December 3, 2013, as applicable.
(2) If any crack is found during any inspection required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, before further flight, replace the affected elevator flange with a serviceable part. Do the replacement following GROB Aircraft Service Bulletin No. MSB1078-194/1, dated December 3, 2013, or GROB Aircraft Service Bulletin No. MSB1121-140, dated December 3, 2013, as applicable.
(3) As of the effective date of this AD, only install an elevator flange P/N 115E-3761.06, P/N 115E-3762.07, P/N 120A-3561.20(A), or P/N 120A-3562.20(A), if it has been inspected following GROB Aircraft Service Bulletin No. MSB1078-194/1, dated December 3, 2013, or GROB Aircraft Service Bulletin No. MSB1121-140, dated December 3, 2013, as applicable, and is free of any cracks.
(g) Credit for Actions Accomplished in Accordance With Previous Service Information for Model G115E Airplanes
This paragraph provides credit for the initial inspection required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD and any replacement required in paragraph (f)(2) based on the result of the initial inspection if already done before the effective date of this AD following GROB Aircraft Service Bulletin No. MSB1078-194, dated November 26, 2013.
(h) Other FAA AD Provisions
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: Karl Schletzbaum, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4123; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: email@example.com. 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, a federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information displays a current valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number for this information collection is 2120-0056. Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 5 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, completing and reviewing the collection of information. All responses to this collection of information are mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden and suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the FAA at: 800 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20591, Attn: Information Collection Clearance Officer, AES-200.
(i) Related Information
Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2014-0004, dated January 7, 2014; and GROB Aircraft Service Bulletin No. MSB1078-194, dated November 26, 2013, for related information. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2014-0092. For service information related to this AD, contact Grob Aircraft AG, Customer Service, Lettenbachstrasse 9, 86874 Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany, telephone: + 49 (0) 8268-998-105; fax; + 49 (0) 8268-998-200; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Internet: grob-aircraft.com. You may review this referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.
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Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on February 11, 2014.
Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
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