Federal Register Proposed Rules, Rules and Notices for September 26,2013

September 26,2013

NOTICES

International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel; Notice of Public Meeting [FR DOC# 2013-23521] SUMMARY: In preparation for the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel’s (DGP’s) meeting to be held October 28-November 8, 2013, in Montreal, Canada, the FAA’s Office of Hazardous Materials Safety and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Office of Hazardous Materials Safety announce a public meeting.

 

PROPOSED RULES

Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co. KG Turbofan Engines [FR DOC# 2013- 23454] SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co. KG (RRD) Tay 620-15, 650-15, and 651- 54 turbofan engines. This proposed AD was prompted by the discovery that the low-pressure compressor (LPC) fan blades leading edges erode in service and create an unacceptable blade flutter margin. This proposed AD would require replacement of LPC fan blades. We are proposing this AD to prevent LPC fan blade failure, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane.

Airworthiness Directives; Continental Motors, Inc. Reciprocating Engines [FR DOC# 2013-23431] SUMMARY: We are extending the comment period to our proposed airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Continental Motors, Inc., engines with Airmotive Engineering Corporation parts manufacturer approval replacement cylinder assemblies installed. The replacement cylinder assemblies are marketed by Engine Components International Division.

Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes [FR DOC# 2013-23456] SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 777 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of cracking in the fuselage skin underneath the satellite communication (SATCOM) antenna adapter. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections of the visible fuselage skin and doubler if installed, for cracking, corrosion, and any indication of contact of a certain fastener to a bonding jumper, and repair if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracking and corrosion in the fuselage skin, which could lead to rapid decompression and loss of structural integrity of the airplane.

Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes [FR DOC# 2013-23443] SUMMARY: We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2010-23- 12, which applies to certain Airbus Model A330-201, -202, -203, -223, – 223F, -243, and -243F Airplanes, Model A330-300 series airplanes, and Model A340-200, A340-300, A340 -500, and A340-600 series airplanes. AD 2010-23-12 requires inspecting to determine the part number for
Thales Avionics Angle of Attack (AoA) probes, and replacing any affected probe with a serviceable probe. Since we issued AD 2010-23-12 we received reports that the AoA sensors on certain airplanes were modified and re- identified without performing the inspection to determine the part number; therefore, the affected probes were not replaced with serviceable probes. This proposed AD would add airplanes to the applicability and, for certain airplanes, require those affected probes be replaced. We are proposing this
AD to prevent erroneous AoA information and consequent delayed activation or non-activation of the AoA protection systems, which, in combination with flight at a high angle of attack, could result in reduced controllability of the airplane.

Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters [FR DOC# 2013-23434] SUMMARY: We propose to revise airworthiness directive (AD) 2011-22-05 for Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model AS350B, B1, B2, B3, BA, C, D, D1, AS355E, F, F1, F2, N, and NP helicopters with certain tail rotor pitch control rods installed. AD 2011-22-05 currently requires, before the first flight of each day, checking the tail rotor (T/R)
pitch control rod (control rod) outboard spherical bearing (bearing) for play. If play exists, AD 2011-22-05 requires measuring the bearing’s radial and axial play. Since we issued AD 2011-22-05, we have determined that we can safely extend the compliance time to perform the initial and recurring checks for bearing play. The proposed actions are intended to prevent failure of a control rod, loss of T/R control, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes [FR DOC# 2013-23444] SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of chaffing, arcing, and burning damage to the control cabin overhead wiring and ducting with smoke and fire caused by metal clamps installed on certain hoses. This proposed AD would require inspecting for the presence of
metal clamps, replacing metal clamps installed on the hoses to the air conditioning temperature sensor, gasper air outlet, and diffuser on the left side of the control cabin with plastic tie straps, and inspecting for and repairing damaged wire bundles. We are proposing this AD to prevent damage to wire bundles, which could cause electrical arcing that could result in a fire or smoke in the control cabin of the airplane.

Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters [FR DOC# 2013-23437] SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model AS332C, AS332L, AS332L1, AS332L2, and SA330J helicopters. This proposed AD would prohibit use of the hydraulic hoist in helicopters equipped with certain parts and configurations until a hoist beam lower fitting protector is
installed. This proposed AD is prompted by a report that the hoist cable jammed during a rescue at sea. The proposed actions are intended to prevent the hoist cable from jamming and subsequent cable failure, which could result in injury and damage to the helicopter.

 

RULES

Clarification of Implementation of Regulations and Exemption Policy With Regard to Early Implementation and Transition [FR DOC# 2013-23516] SUMMARY: The FAA has issued a final flight, duty, and rest rule that will go into effect on January 4, 2014. This document provides an interpretation clarifying that the new flight, duty, and rest rule will apply to a flight duty period that begins on or after January 4, 2014. This document also clarifies FAA policy with regard to: exemption petitions asking for an early implementation date for the requirements of part 117; and exemption petitions asking for an early transition to the
requirements of part 117.

Airworthiness Directives; Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Airplanes [FR DOC# 2013-22979] SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Models DA 42, DA 42 NG, and DA 42 M-NG airplanes. 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 insufficient clearance
between the rod end safety washer and the nose landing gear attachment lever causes the rod end to bend at each gear retraction sequence. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.

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