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Actions Compliance Procedures

(7) As a terminating action for the repetitive in- At any time after the effective date of this AD Not applicable.
spections required by this AD, all vented lift
struts (P/Ns A–A815, A–A854, and FAA-ap-
proved equivalent P/Ns) may be replaced
with sealed lift struts (P/Ns MA–A815, UA–
A815 (for Models BC12–D/D1 and BCS12–
D/D1 only), MA–A854, UA–854 (for Models
BC12–D/D1 and BCS12–D/D1 only), or FAA-
approved equivalent P/Ns).

Alternative Methods of Compliance products listed above. This proposed the ADDRESSES section. Comments will
(AMOCs) AD results from mandatory continuing be available in the AD docket shortly
(f) The Manager, Fort Worth Airplane airworthiness information (MCAI) after receipt.
Certification Office, FAA, has the authority to originated by an aviation authority of FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested another country to identify and correct
using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Shahram Daneshmandi, Aerospace
an unsafe condition on an aviation Engineer, International Branch, ANM–
Send information to ATTN: Andrew
McAnaul, Aerospace Engineer, ASW–150
product. The MCAI describes the unsafe 116, Transport Airplane Directorate,
(c/o MIDO–43), 10100 Reunion Place, Suite condition as: FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton,
650, San Antonio, Texas 78216; telephone: Subsequent to accidents involving Fuel Washington 98057–3356; telephone
(210) 308–3365; fax: (210) 308–3370. Before Tank System explosions in flight * * * and (425) 227–1112; fax (425) 227–1149.
using any approved AMOC on any airplane on ground, the FAA has published Special
to which the AMOC applies, notify your SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Federal Aviation Regulation 88 (SFAR88)
appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the * * * [which] required * * * [conducting] a Comments Invited
FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), design review against explosion risks.
or lacking a PI, your local FSDO. We invite you to send any written
(g) AMOCs approved for AD 2007–16–14 The unsafe condition is the potential of relevant data, views, or arguments about
are approved for this AD. ignition sources inside fuel tanks, this proposed AD. Send your comments
which, in combination with flammable to an address listed under the
Related Information fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No.
(h) To get copies of the service information explosions and consequent loss of the
referenced in this AD, contact Taylorcraft FAA–2007–0298; Directorate Identifier
airplane. The proposed AD would 2007–NM–238–AD’’ at the beginning of
Aviation, LLC, 2124 North Central Avenue, require actions that are intended to
Brownsville, Texas 78521; telephone: 956– your comments. We specifically invite
986–0700. To view the AD docket, go to U.S. address the unsafe condition described comments on the overall regulatory,
Department of Transportation, Docket in the MCAI. economic, environmental, and energy
Operations, M–30, West Building Ground DATES: We must receive comments on aspects of this proposed AD. We will
Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey this proposed AD by January 9, 2008. consider all comments received by the
Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, or on ADDRESSES: You may send comments by
the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.
closing date and may amend this
any of the following methods: proposed AD based on those comments.
Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to We will post all comments we
December 3, 2007. http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the receive, without change, to http://
John R. Colomy, instructions for submitting comments. www.regulations.gov, including any
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, • Fax: (202) 493–2251. personal information you provide. We
Aircraft Certification Service. • Mail: U.S. Department of
will also post a report summarizing each
[FR Doc. E7–23860 Filed 12–7–07; 8:45 am] Transportation, Docket Operations, M–
substantive verbal contact we receive
30, West Building Ground Floor, Room
BILLING CODE 4910–13–P about this proposed AD.
W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.,
Washington, DC 20590. Discussion
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of
The European Aviation Safety Agency
Transportation, Docket Operations, M–
(EASA), which is the Technical Agent
Federal Aviation Administration 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room
for the Member States of the European
W12–40, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE.,
Community, has issued EASA
14 CFR Part 39 Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5
Airworthiness Directive 2007–0168,
[Docket No. FAA–2007–0298; Directorate
p.m., Monday through Friday, except
dated June 15, 2007 (referred to after
Identifier 2007–NM–238–AD] Federal holidays.
this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe
RIN 2120–AA64 Examining the AD Docket condition for the specified products.
You may examine the AD docket on The MCAI states:
Airworthiness Directives; Saab Model the Internet at http:// Subsequent to accidents involving Fuel
SAAB SF340A and Model SAAB 340B www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Tank System explosions in flight * * * and
Airplanes Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. on ground, the FAA has published Special
and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Federal Aviation Regulation 88 (SFAR88) in
AGENCY: Federal Aviation
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except Federal holidays. The AD docket June 2001.


Administration (FAA), DOT. In their Letters referenced 04/00/02/07/01–
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking contains this proposed AD, the L296 dated March 4, 2002 and 04/00/02/07/
(NPRM). regulatory evaluation, any comments 03–L024, dated February 3, 2003, the JAA
received, and other information. The recommended the application of a similar
SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new street address for the Docket Operations regulation to the National Aviation
airworthiness directive (AD) for the office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is in Authorities (NAA).

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Under this regulation, all holders of type holders for large turbine-powered Design Authority, we have been notified
certificates for passenger transport aircraft transport airplanes and for subsequent of the unsafe condition described in the
with either a passenger capacity of 30 or modifications to those airplanes. It MCAI and service information
more, or a payload capacity of 7,500 pounds requires them to perform design reviews referenced above. We are proposing this
(3402 kg) or more, which have received their
certification since January 1, 1958, are
and to develop design changes and AD because we evaluated all pertinent
required to conduct a design review against maintenance procedures if their designs information and determined an unsafe
explosion risks. do not meet the new fuel tank safety condition exists and is likely to exist or
This Airworthiness Directive (AD), which standards. As explained in the preamble develop on other products of the same
renders mandatory the modification [2762] of to the rule, we intended to adopt type design.
improving the sealing of Fuel Access Doors, airworthiness directives to mandate any
is a consequence of the design review. Differences Between This AD and the
changes found necessary to address
MCAI or Service Information
The unsafe condition is the potential of unsafe conditions identified as a result
ignition sources inside fuel tanks, of these reviews. We have reviewed the MCAI and
which, in combination with flammable In evaluating these design reviews, we related service information and, in
fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank have established four criteria intended general, agree with their substance. But
explosions and consequent loss of the to define the unsafe conditions we might have found it necessary to use
airplane. Modification 2762 includes associated with fuel tank systems that different words from those in the MCAI
removing the fuel tank access doors and require corrective actions. The to ensure the AD is clear for U.S.
the old type of clamp rings and gaskets, percentage of operating time during operators and is enforceable. In making
installing new, improved clamp rings which fuel tanks are exposed to these changes, we do not intend to differ
and re-installing the fuel tank access flammable conditions is one of these substantively from the information
doors, and doing related investigative criteria. The other three criteria address provided in the MCAI and related
and applicable corrective actions. the failure types under evaluation: service information.
single failures, single failures in We might also have proposed
Related investigative and applicable
combination with a latent condition(s), different actions in this AD from those
corrective actions include inspecting for
and in-service failure experience. For all in the MCAI in order to follow FAA
corrosion of the wing skin panel, access
four criteria, the evaluations included policies. Any such differences are
door areas, and access doors; removing
consideration of previous actions taken highlighted in a NOTE within the
any corrosion found during the
that may mitigate the need for further proposed AD.
inspection; and replacing the access
door protection plate with a new action. Costs of Compliance
The Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA)
protection plate. Corrosion removal also Based on the service information, we
has issued a regulation that is similar to
includes inspecting the doubler flange estimate that this proposed AD would
SFAR 88. (The JAA is an associated
and contacting Saab and doing repairs if affect about 168 products of U.S.
body of the European Civil Aviation
the doubler flange thickness does not registry. We also estimate that it would
Conference (ECAC) representing the
meet minimum specifications. take about 20 work-hours per product to
civil aviation regulatory authorities of a
Additional corrective actions include comply with the basic requirements of
number of European States who have
replacing conductive foil on the access this proposed AD. The average labor
agreed to co-operate in developing and
door with an aluminum panel. You may rate is $80 per work-hour. Required
implementing common safety regulatory
obtain further information by examining parts would cost about $417 per
standards and procedures.) Under this
the MCAI in the AD docket. product. Where the service information
regulation, the JAA stated that all
The FAA has examined the lists required parts costs that are
members of the ECAC that hold type
underlying safety issues involved in fuel covered under warranty, we have
certificates for transport category
tank explosions on several large assumed that there will be no charge for
airplanes are required to conduct a
transport airplanes, including the these costs. As we do not control
design review against explosion risks.
adequacy of existing regulations, the We have determined that the actions warranty coverage for affected parties,
service history of airplanes subject to identified in this AD are necessary to some parties may incur costs higher
those regulations, and existing reduce the potential of ignition sources than estimated here. Based on these
maintenance practices for fuel tank inside fuel tanks, which, in combination figures, we estimate the cost of the
systems. As a result of those findings, with flammable fuel vapors, could result proposed AD on U.S. operators to be
we issued a regulation titled ‘‘Transport in fuel tank explosions and consequent about $338,856, or about $2,017 per
Airplane Fuel Tank System Design loss of the airplane. product.
Review, Flammability Reduction and
Maintenance and Inspection Relevant Service Information Authority for This Rulemaking
Requirements’’ (66 FR 23086, May 7, Saab has issued Service Bulletin 340– Title 49 of the United States Code
2001). In addition to new airworthiness 57–031, Revision 02, dated September specifies the FAA’s authority to issue
standards for transport airplanes and 28, 2005; and Service Bulletin 340–57– rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I,
new maintenance requirements, this 010, dated March 28, 1989. The actions section 106, describes the authority of
rule included Special Federal Aviation described in this service information are the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII:
Regulation No. 88 (‘‘SFAR 88,’’ intended to correct the unsafe condition Aviation Programs,’’ describes in more
Amendment 21–78, and subsequent identified in the MCAI. detail the scope of the Agency’s
Amendments 21–82 and 21–83). authority.
Among other actions, SFAR 88 FAA’s Determination and Requirements We are issuing this rulemaking under
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requires certain type design (i.e., type of This Proposed AD the authority described in ‘‘Subtitle VII,
certificate (TC) and supplemental type This product has been approved by Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701:
certificate (STC)) holders to substantiate the aviation authority of another General requirements.’’ Under that
that their fuel tank systems can prevent country, and is approved for operation section, Congress charges the FAA with
ignition sources in the fuel tanks. This in the United States. Pursuant to our promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in
requirement applies to type design bilateral agreement with the State of air commerce by prescribing regulations

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for practices, methods, and procedures certificated in any category, serial numbers considered acceptable for compliance with
the Administrator finds necessary for 004 through 401. the requirements of this paragraph.
safety in air commerce. This regulation (2) For airplanes identified in Saab Service
Subject Bulletin 340–57–010, dated March 28, 1989,
is within the scope of that authority (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of do the additional corrective actions described
because it addresses an unsafe condition America Code 57: Wings. in and in accordance with the
that is likely to exist or develop on Accomplishment Instructions of that service
products identified in this rulemaking Reason
bulletin.
action. (e) The mandatory continuing
airworthiness information (MCAI) states: FAA AD Differences
Regulatory Findings Subsequent to accidents involving Fuel Note 1: This AD differs from the MCAI
We determined that this proposed AD Tank System explosions in flight * * * and and/or service information as follows: The
on ground, the FAA has published Special MCAI does not require doing the actions of
would not have federalism implications
Federal Aviation Regulation 88 (SFAR88) in Saab Service Bulletin 340–57–010, which is
under Executive Order 13132. This June 2001.
proposed AD would not have a specified in Saab Service Bulletin 340–57–
In their Letters referenced 04/00/02/07/01– 031, Revision 02, as the appropriate source
substantial direct effect on the States, on L296 dated March 4, 2002 and 04/00/02/07/ of service information for doing additional
the relationship between the national 03–L024, dated February 3, 2003, the JAA corrective actions for certain airplanes to
Government and the States, or on the recommended the application of a similar completely address the unsafe condition.
distribution of power and regulation to the National Aviation This AD requires accomplishing the
responsibilities among the various Authorities (NAA). additional corrective actions described in
levels of government. Under this regulation, all holders of type Service Bulletin 340–57–010 for certain
For the reasons discussed above, I certificates for passenger transport aircraft airplanes.
with either a passenger capacity of 30 or
certify this proposed regulation: more, or a payload capacity of 7,500 pounds Other FAA AD Provisions
1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory (3402 kg) or more, which have received their
action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (g) The following provisions also apply to
certification since January 1, 1958, are this AD:
2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the required to conduct a design review against (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance
DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures explosion risks. (AMOCs): The Manager, International
(44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and This Airworthiness Directive (AD), which Branch, ANM–116, FAA, has the authority to
3. Will not have a significant renders mandatory the modification [2762] of approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested
economic impact, positive or negative, improving the sealing of Fuel Access Doors, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19.
on a substantial number of small entities is a consequence of the design review. Send information to ATTN: Shahram
under the criteria of the Regulatory The unsafe condition is the potential of Daneshmandi, Aerospace Engineer,
Flexibility Act. ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in International Branch, ANM–116, Transport
We prepared a regulatory evaluation combination with flammable fuel vapors, Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind
of the estimated costs to comply with could result in fuel tank explosions and Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–
consequent loss of the airplane. Modification 3356; telephone (425) 227–1112; fax (425)
this proposed AD and placed it in the
2762 includes removing the fuel tank access 227–1149. Before using any approved AMOC
AD docket. doors and the old type of clamp rings and on any airplane to which the AMOC applies,
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 gaskets, installing new, improved clamp notify your appropriate principal inspector
rings and re-installing the fuel tank access (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District
Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation doors, and doing related investigative and Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local
safety, Safety. applicable corrective actions. Related FSDO.
investigative and applicable corrective (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement
The Proposed Amendment in this AD to obtain corrective actions from
actions include inspecting for corrosion of
Accordingly, under the authority the wing skin panel, access door areas, and a manufacturer or other source, use these
delegated to me by the Administrator, access doors; removing any corrosion found actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective
the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part during the inspection; and replacing the actions are considered FAA-approved if they
access door protection plate with a new are approved by the State of Design Authority
39 as follows:
protection plate. Corrosion removal also (or their delegated agent). You are required
includes inspecting the doubler flange and to assure the product is airworthy before it
PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS
contacting Saab and doing repairs if the is returned to service.
DIRECTIVES (3) Reporting Requirements: For any
doubler flange thickness does not meet
1. The authority citation for part 39 minimum specifications. Additional reporting requirement in this AD, under the
continues to read as follows: corrective actions include replacing provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act,
conductive foil on the access door with an the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. aluminum panel. has approved the information collection
requirements and has assigned OMB Control
§ 39.13 [Amended] Actions and Compliance Number 2120–0056.
2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding (f) Within 72 months after the effective Related Information
the following new AD: date of this AD, unless already done, do the
actions described in paragraphs (f)(1) and (h) Refer to MCAI EASA Airworthiness
Saab Aircraft AB: Docket No. FAA–2007– Directive 2007–0168, dated June 15, 2007;
0298; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM– (f)(2) of this AD.
(1) Do modification 2762 and all related Saab Service Bulletin 340–57–031, Revision
238–AD. 02, dated September 28, 2005; and Saab
investigative actions and applicable
Comments Due Date corrective actions, in accordance with the Service Bulletin 340–57–010, dated March
Accomplishment Instructions of Saab Service 28, 1989; for related information.
(a) We must receive comments by January
9, 2008. Bulletin 340–57–031, Revision 02, dated Issued in Renton, Washington, on
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September 28, 2005. Do all applicable related November 30, 2007.


Affected ADs investigative and corrective actions before Stephen P. Boyd,
(b) None. further flight. Actions done before the
Assistant Manager, Transport Airplane
effective date of this AD in accordance with
Applicability Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
the Accomplishment Instructions of Service
(c) This AD applies to Saab Model SAAB Bulletin 340–57–031, dated September 4, [FR Doc. E7–23870 Filed 12–7–07; 8:45 am]
SF340A and Model SAAB 340B airplanes, 1996; or Revision 01, dated June 28, 1999; are BILLING CODE 4910–13–P

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