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TABLE 3.—MATERIAL INCORPORATED The Director of the Federal Register Request To Extend Certain Compliance
BY REFERENCE—Continued approved the incorporation by reference Times
of a certain publication listed in the AD KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM),
Revi- as of February 8, 2007. and the Air Transport Association
EMBRAER serv- sion Date
ice bulletin level ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD (ATA), on behalf of United Airlines
docket on the Internet at http:// (UAL) and US Airways, ask that the
190–21–0004 .... Original December 2, dms.dot.gov or in person at the Docket compliance time for the inspection be
2005. Management Facility, U.S. Department changed to coincide with scheduled
of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, maintenance checks.
Issued in Renton, Washington, on SW., Nassif Building, Room PL–401, UAL notes that the 6,000–flight-cycle
December 21, 2006. Washington, DC. interval for the post-modification/repair
Ali Bahrami, inspection (between 18,000 and 24,000
Contact Boeing Commercial
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, flight cycles) does not fall into a
Airplanes, P.O. Box 3707, Seattle,
Aircraft Certification Service. compatible maintenance opportunity.
Washington 98124–2207, for the service
[FR Doc. E6–22464 Filed 1–3–07; 8:45 am] UAL states that, when given the
information identified in this AD.
BILLING CODE 4910–13–P
opportunity by Boeing to review the
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: preliminary service bulletin, the
Wayne Lockett, Aerospace Engineer, requirement for this inspection was
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, ‘‘within 30,000 flight cycles.’’ UAL asks
Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, if there is an alternative inspection
Federal Aviation Administration 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, method, such as an open hole eddy
Washington 98057–3356; telephone current inspection, which would extend
14 CFR Part 39 (425) 917–6447; fax (425) 917–6590. the 6,000–flight-cycle repetitive
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
inspection interval to 9,000 flight cycles
[Docket No. FAA–2005–22629; Directorate
Identifier 2005–NM–089–AD; Amendment to align with a heavy maintenance
39–14867; AD 2006–26–09] Examining the Docket check.
US Airways adds that the repeat
RIN 2120–AA64 You may examine the airworthiness inspection interval will have an adverse
directive (AD) docket on the Internet at impact on operations. US Airways also
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing http://dms.dot.gov or in person at the adds that the repeat inspection interval
Model 737–200, –300, –400, and –500 Docket Management Facility office seems to be arbitrary and unreasonable,
Series Airplanes between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday and it imposes undue costs to the
AGENCY: Federal Aviation through Friday, except Federal holidays. airline. US Airways has been addressing
Administration (FAA), Department of The Docket Management Facility office this issue since 1999, and notes that the
Transportation (DOT). (telephone (800) 647–5227) is located on existing maintenance program currently
the plaza level of the Nassif Building at has a repeat inspection interval of
ACTION: Final rule.
the street address stated in the 12,500 flight hours or approximately
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new ADDRESSES section.
9,375 flight cycles for the inspection for
airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Discussion frame cracks in this location. US
Boeing Model 737–200, –300, –400, and Airways adds that the inspection
–500 series airplanes. This AD requires The FAA issued a notice of proposed program has proven adequate to find
a one-time inspection of the frames rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR and repair these cracks before they have
between station 360 and station 907 to part 39 to include an AD that would an adverse impact on the structural
determine if a subject support bracket apply to certain Boeing Model 737–200, integrity of the airplane. US Airways
for the air conditioning outlet extrusion –300, –400, and –500 series airplanes. concludes that the increased inspection
is installed, and related repetitive That NPRM was published in the interval mentioned previously also
investigative actions and repair if Federal Register on October 6, 2005 (70 minimizes impact to fleet operations,
necessary. This AD also provides an FR 58358). That NPRM proposed to while still maintaining a sufficient level
optional preventive modification that require a one-time inspection of frames of safety. US Airways requests that the
ends the repetitive investigative actions. between station 360 and station 907 to repeat inspection interval be increased
This AD also requires a one-time post- determine if a subject support bracket to align with the existing scheduled
modification/repair inspection for for the air conditioning outlet extrusion heavy maintenance visits.
cracking of each repaired/modified is installed, and related repetitive KLM states that page 3 of the NPRM,
frame. This AD results from numerous investigative actions and repair if under ‘‘Relevant Service Information,’’
reports indicating that frame cracks necessary. That NPRM also proposed to specifies a compliance time of 5,000
have been found at the attachment holes provide an optional preventive flight cycles after the date of the service
for support brackets for the air modification that would end the bulletin for the initial inspection, and
conditioning outlet extrusion. We are repetitive investigative actions. That an interval of 6,000 flight cycles for the
issuing this AD to detect and correct NPRM also proposed to require a one- repetitive inspections. KLM adds that
such cracking, which, if the cracking time post-modification/repair the inspection is applicable to all
were to continue to grow, could result inspection for cracking of each repaired/ frames, which amounts to 35 frames on
in a severed frame. A severed frame, modified frame. the left- and right-hand sides, for a total
combined with existing multi-site of 70 inspection areas on a Boeing
Comments
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damage at the stringer 10 lap splice, Model 737–300 airplane. Due to the
could result in rapid decompression of We provided the public the extent of this work, the inspection in the
the airplane. opportunity to participate in the NPRM must be accomplished during a
DATES: This AD becomes effective development of this AD. We have planned maintenance check, preferably
February 8, 2007. considered the comments received. a D-check when the support brackets are

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accessible. Based on the current are located behind the overhead bins. bulletin is the two fastener attachments.
inspection interval, the inspection must SWA adds that the majority of operators There are some air conditioning
be accomplished during a C-check, do not have convenient scheduled brackets (not having P/N 65C7021–( ))
which necessitates additional work. maintenance visits that result in access attached to the frame with three or more
KLM asks if we have considered to the interior area behind the overhead fasteners, but there is no known
possible cycle interval changes in order bins within a span of 5,000 or 6,000 cracking at these locations.
to relieve the economic burden of this flight cycles. SWA suggests revising the We agree with the commenter’s
inspection. repetitive inspection requirements request for the reasons provided by the
We agree with the commenters’ (every 6,000 flight cycles) to longer commenter. We have changed paragraph
request to extend the inspection thresholds (every 10,000 flight cycles) (f) of this AD accordingly.
interval. We have worked with Boeing for airplanes over 30,000 flight cycles, Request To Clarify Which Frames
to expand the standard analysis provided that the external inspections Require Inspection
methodology to better model service are being accomplished. SWA proposes
experience. The new analysis an alternative inspection option for ATA, on behalf of Alaska Airlines,
methodology allows for longer those airplanes that are not susceptible requests clarification of inspection
compliance times and longer grace to multi-site damage, as follows: requirements. Alaska states that the
periods for airplanes that did not have • Airplanes with less than 40,000 NPRM is not clear on the inspection
lower row lap splice cracking concerns. total flight cycles. requirements for the subject frames, and
The new compliance times are • Airplanes on which Boeing Service asks that clarification be provided in the
identified in paragraph 1.E., Bulletin 737–53A1177, Revision 6, has final rule. Alaska also asks if access/
‘‘Compliance,’’ of Revision 1 of Boeing been done for lap joint repairs, identification of the brackets at the
Special Attention Service Bulletin 737– including window belt replacements. frame locations specified in the
53–1216, dated June 8, 2006. The new • Airplanes having line numbers referenced service bulletin is required.
compliance times for the initial general 2553 and above, on which the lower In addition, Alaska asks for
visual, medium frequency eddy current row of fasteners of the stringer 10 lap clarification of the requirements for the
(MFEC) and high frequency eddy joint is not susceptible to cracking. optional preventive modification
current (HFEC) inspections, as SWA provided an example of an specified in paragraph (i) of the NPRM.
applicable, are prior to the alternative compliance/inspection table, Alaska states that the frames that do not
accumulation of 40,000 total flight which could be used for airplanes require inspection may have two rivet
cycles, or within 5,000 or 9,000 flight having over 30,000 flight cycles. attachments.
cycles (depending on the airplane We agree partially with the We agree that clarification is needed
configuration) after issuance of the commenter’s request. As stated for the reason provided by the
service bulletin, whichever occurs later. previously under ‘‘Request to Extend commenter. The frames between
The service bulletin specifies a Certain Compliance Times,’’ we have stations 360 and 907 that have a support
repetitive interval (for all subject changed the compliance time in the AD bracket with a two-rivet configuration
frames) of 9,000 flight cycles. We have to allow for better maintenance attached need to be identified and
reviewed the procedures in Revision 1 scheduling for operators. However, in inspected. The specific bracket does not
and have determined that they are order for operators to accomplish an need to be identified by part number.
essentially the same as those in the inspection that is not specified in the Inspection of the frames at stations 540,
original issue of the service bulletin AD, they must request and receive 663.75, 685, and 727 is not necessary. In
(which was referenced in the NPRM). approval of an alternative method of addition, inspection of the frames at
The effectivity section in Revision 01 compliance (AMOC) in accordance with stations 616 and 601 on Model 737–200/
shows changes of airplane operators; paragraph (m) of this AD. This is –300/–400/–500 airplanes and the
however, Revision 01 does not necessary so that we can make a specific frames at stations 578 and 601 on Model
necessitate additional work. Therefore, determination that an alternative 737–400 airplanes is not necessary.
we have revised this AD to refer to inspection does or does not address the These frames are not susceptible to
Revision 1 of the service bulletin as the identified unsafe condition. If, after cracking at the bracket attachment. The
appropriate source of service reviewing the changes included in this optional preventive modification is not
information for accomplishing the AD, SWA still wants to pursue the necessary for frames not susceptible to
required actions at the new extended alternative inspection proposal, it can cracking. We have revised paragraph (f)
compliance times. We have also added request an AMOC. of this AD to clarify the frames that do
a statement to paragraph (l) of this AD require an inspection. The change for
Request To Change Paragraph (f) of
that gives credit for actions paragraph (f) of this AD also clarifies the
This AD
accomplished before the effective date provision for the optional preventive
of this AD in accordance with the Boeing asks that the second sentence modification as specified in paragraph
original issue of the service bulletin. in paragraph (f) of the NPRM be (i) of this AD.
changed to eliminate the reference to
Request To Adopt an Alternative ‘‘part number (P/N) 65C7021.’’ Boeing Request To Include Previously
Compliance/Inspection Schedule reiterated the wording in that sentence Repaired Frames
Southwest Airlines (SWA) requests and suggested it be changed to read, United Airlines (UAL) states that
that we consider an alternative ‘‘Subject support brackets are attached neither the referenced service bulletin
inspection method—an external to the frame with two rivets.’’ Boeing nor the NPRM addresses the disposition
detailed visual inspection—that would states that this change is required of a frame that has been repaired
extend the grace period from 5,000 because the P/N may not be visible or previously per the structural repair
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flight cycles to a total of 10,000 flight even exist on the bracket, but the manual (SRM). UAL adds that
cycles, particularly for airplanes that are brackets can be easily identified by the inspection requirements are included in
not susceptible to multi-site damage. number of fasteners attaching them to the service bulletin, but the corrective
SWA notes that the areas of inspection the frame. The structural detail of action necessary for cracking found
are not easily accessible as those areas concern in the referenced service during an inspection of a frame repaired

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previously per the SRM is not included. procedures specified in the referenced overhead stowage bins, and sidewall
In addition, an option to install a new service bulletin. Therefore, we have lining need to be removed. KLM
repair on a frame that was repaired added a new paragraph (j) to the AD, requests that a more realistic number of
previously per the SRM in order to end and re-identified subsequent work hours be specified in the Costs of
the repetitive inspection requirement is paragraphs, to give credit for actions Compliance section.
not included. accomplished before the effective date We do not agree with the commenters’
We agree partially with the of this AD per the Boeing requests. The cost information below
commenter. We infer that the communication. The Boeing describes only the direct costs of the
commenter wants further instruction on communication does not specify any specific actions required by this AD.
corrective action for discrepancies post repair or modification inspection, Based on the best data available, the
found in previously repaired frames and therefore, operators are still required to manufacturer provided the number of
an option to install a new repair on accomplish those actions required by work hours (2 work hours per frame)
those frames. We understand that paragraph (k) of this AD. necessary to do the required actions.
installation of the generic frame repairs This number represents the time
described in the SRM may vary Request To Increase Work Hours
necessary to perform only the actions
extensively, depending on the original KLM, and ATA, on behalf of UAL and actually required by this AD. We
damage being repaired; however, U.S. Airways, ask that the work hours recognize that, in doing the actions
guidelines do not exist to allow included in the Costs of Compliance required by an AD, operators may incur
evaluation of these frame repairs for section of the NPRM be increased. incidental costs in addition to the direct
appropriate follow-on action. We agree UAL states that there is an enormous
costs. The cost analysis in AD
that guidelines could be created that amount of open-up required to do the
rulemaking actions, however, typically
would allow the operator to evaluate the inspection that is not taken into account
in the Costs of Compliance section of does not include incidental costs such
frame repair that is installed currently as the time required to gain access and
for appropriate follow-on actions. Such the NPRM.
US Airways states that the cost close up, time necessary for planning, or
guidelines could be evaluated for time necessitated by other
issuance of an AMOC. Operators may section does not accurately reflect the
actual cost of the NPRM to the airline administrative actions. Those incidental
request approval of an AMOC for repairs costs, which may vary significantly
that are not identified in this AD under industry. U.S. Airways notes that the
frames between station 360 and station among operators, are almost impossible
the provisions of paragraph (m)(1) of to calculate. We have not changed the
this AD. We have made no change to the 907 are affected by the subject
inspection and encompass essentially AD in this regard.
AD in this regard.
all of section 43 and section 46 of the We do not agree that the on-condition
Request for Credit for Previously airplane. Passenger seats, passenger costs specified in the NPRM for time
Accomplished Actions service units, overhead bins, and required to perform repairs if any cracks
ATA, on behalf of Delta Airlines sidewall liners must be removed to are found is inaccurate. As we noted
(DAL), states that on August 20, 2002, accommodate the inspection. This above, the information provided by the
Boeing issued All Operator Message M– excessive teardown of the interior manufacturer is the latest information
7200–02–01292. The message specifies passenger cabin will add considerable we have, and that information has been
accomplishing medium frequency eddy downtime to this inspection. These used as the time required to perform
current inspections of affected brackets interior passenger cabin items are not repairs. We have not changed the AD in
for airplanes with less than 30,000 total routinely removed at the intervals this regard.
flight cycles, or within 5,000 flight required by the initial inspection, nor Conclusion
cycles after issuance of the message, the repeat inspection intervals (6,000
whichever occurred later. The flight cycles), identified by the NPRM. We have carefully reviewed the
inspections are to be repeated every Additionally, the Costs of Compliance available data, including the comments
6,000 flight cycles (except where repairs section does not reflect an accurate time received, and determined that air safety
or modifications were installed). The required to perform repairs should any and the public interest require adopting
message also describes typical repairs cracks be found. U.S. Airways requests the AD with the changes described
and a terminating modification. DAL that the Costs of Compliance section be previously. These changes will neither
adds that neither the NPRM or the revised to accurately reflect the impact increase the economic burden on any
referenced service bulletin refer to the this NPRM would have on the industry operator nor increase the scope of the
message or to the inspections and by including factors for interior tear AD.
repairs accomplished per the message. down and assembly for the initial and Costs of Compliance
DAL notes that this is a serious repeat inspections, plus a more accurate
omission, as operators have been downtime cost incurred to accomplish There are about 2,131 airplanes of the
accomplishing inspections and repairs repairs. affected design in the worldwide fleet.
per the message during the twenty-eight KLM states that the work hours This AD affects about 938 airplanes of
months between issuance of the specified for the preventive U.S. registry. The inspection to identify
message and issuance of the referenced modification and repair specified in the subject support brackets, and
service bulletin. DAL states that credit Costs of Compliance section are subsequent MFEC and HFEC
for inspection/repairs and modifications conservative. The estimated costs are inspections take about 2 work hours per
accomplished in accordance with the based upon the inspection itself, while frame, with approximately 32 to 45
message should be given in the AD. all activities to gain access to the frames to be inspected per airplane, at
We agree with the commenter’s support brackets are not taken into an average labor rate of $65 per work
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request for the reasons provided. We account. KLM adds that the work hours hour. Based on these figures, the
have reviewed Boeing Communication required to gain access in accordance estimated cost of the AD for U.S.
M–7200–02–01292, dated August 20, with the referenced service bulletin are operators is between $3,902,080 and
2002, and find that the procedures conservative when taking into account $5,487,300, or between $4,160 and
therein are essentially the same as the that passenger seats, service units, $5,850 per airplane.

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The following table provides the modification, and the repair specified in not per airplane, as it is unknown how
estimated costs for U.S. operators to this AD, at an average labor rate of $65 many frames on each airplane will have
comply with the inspections of each per work hour. Note that the estimated a subject bracket installed.
frame for cracking, the preventive cost specified in the table is per frame,

ESTIMATED ON-CONDITION COSTS


Cost per
Action Work hours Parts frame

Preventive modification ..................................................... 4 Operator-provided ............................................................ $260


Repair ................................................................................ 6 $608 ................................................................................. 998

Authority for This Rulemaking List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Inspection to Determine Subject Support
Brackets
Title 49 of the United States Code Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation
safety, Incorporation by reference, (f) Perform a one-time general visual
specifies the FAA’s authority to issue inspection of the frames between station 360
rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, Safety.
and station 907 to identify the support
Section 106, describes the authority of Adoption of the Amendment brackets for the air conditioning outlet
the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, extrusion attached with a two-rivet
Aviation Programs, describes in more ■ Accordingly, under the authority configuration, in accordance with Part I of
detail the scope of the Agency’s delegated to me by the Administrator, the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing
the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as Special Attention Service Bulletin 737–53–
authority. 1216, Revision 1, dated June 8, 2006. Do this
follows:
We are issuing this rulemaking under inspection at the applicable time specified in
the authority described in Subtitle VII, PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS paragraph 1.E., ‘‘Compliance,’’ of the service
Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701, DIRECTIVES bulletin, except, where the service bulletin
‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that specifies a compliance time after the issuance
section, Congress charges the FAA with ■ 1. The authority citation for part 39 of the service bulletin, this AD requires
continues to read as follows: compliance within the specified compliance
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in time after the effective date of this AD.
air commerce by prescribing regulations Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.
for practices, methods, and procedures Repetitive Inspections for Cracking
§ 39.13 [Amended]
the Administrator finds necessary for (g) For each frame with a subject support
safety in air commerce. This regulation ■ 2. The Federal Aviation bracket identified during the inspection in
is within the scope of that authority Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13 accordance with paragraph (f) of this AD:
by adding the following new Perform a medium-frequency eddy current
because it addresses an unsafe condition
airworthiness directive (AD): inspection for cracking of the frame around
that is likely to exist or develop on the attachment rivets of the support bracket,
products identified in this rulemaking 2006–26–09 Boeing: Amendment 39–14867. and a high-frequency eddy current inspection
action. Docket No. FAA–2005–22629; for cracking of the frame adjacent to the
Directorate Identifier 2005–NM–089–AD. inboard fastener hole, by doing all the actions
Regulatory Findings
Effective Date specified in and in accordance with Part I of
We have determined that this AD will the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing
(a) This AD becomes effective February 8, Special Attention Service Bulletin 737–53–
not have federalism implications under 2007. 1216, Revision 1, dated June 8, 2006, except
Executive Order 13132. This AD will for paragraph 3.B.2. of Part I (which was
Affected ADs
not have a substantial direct effect on already done in accordance with paragraph
the States, on the relationship between (b) None.
(f) of this AD). Do the initial inspections at
the national government and the States, Applicability the applicable time specified in paragraph
or on the distribution of power and (c) This AD applies to Boeing Model 737– 1.E., ‘‘Compliance,’’ of the service bulletin,
responsibilities among the various 200, –300, –400, and –500 series airplanes; except, where the service bulletin specifies a
levels of government. certificated in any category; as identified in compliance time after the issuance of the
Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin service bulletin, this AD requires compliance
For the reasons discussed above, I within the specified compliance time after
737–53–1216, Revision 1, dated June 8, 2006.
certify that this AD: the effective date of this AD. If no cracking
Unsafe Condition is found, repeat the inspections thereafter at
(1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory
action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (d) This AD results from numerous reports intervals not to exceed the repeat interval
indicating that frame cracks have been found specified in paragraph 1.E., ‘‘Compliance,’’ of
(2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under at the attachment holes for support brackets the service bulletin, until paragraph (h) or (i)
DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures for the air conditioning outlet extrusion. We of this AD is done.
(44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and are issuing this AD to detect and correct such Repair
(3) Will not have a significant cracking, which, if the cracking were to
continue to grow, could result in a severed (h) For any frame in which cracking is
economic impact, positive or negative, frame. A severed frame, combined with found during any inspection required by
on a substantial number of small entities existing multi-site damage at the stringer 10 paragraph (g) of this AD: Before further flight,
under the criteria of the Regulatory lap splice, could result in rapid repair the cracking by doing all applicable
Flexibility Act. decompression of the airplane. actions in accordance with Part III of the
Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing
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We prepared a regulatory evaluation Compliance Special Attention Service Bulletin 737–53–


of the estimated costs to comply with (e) You are responsible for having the 1216, Revision 1, dated June 8, 2006. Then,
this AD and placed it in the AD docket. actions required by this AD performed within do paragraph (k) of this AD, at the time
See the ADDRESSES section for a location the compliance times specified, unless the specified in that paragraph. Doing this repair
to examine the regulatory evaluation. actions have already been done. ends the repetitive inspections required by

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paragraph (g) of this AD for each modified (3) Before using any AMOC approved in requires replacement of the existing
frame. accordance with 14 CFR 39.19 on any bracket with a titanium-reinforced
airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify bracket, which ends the repetitive
Optional Preventive Modification the appropriate principal inspector in the
(i) For any frame on which a support
inspections in the existing AD. This AD
FAA Flight Standards Certificate Holding
bracket for the air conditioning outlet District Office.
also requires related investigative and
extrusion attached with a two-rivet corrective actions while accomplishing
configuration is installed: Doing all actions Material Incorporated by Reference the replacement, and reduces the
associated with the preventive modification (n) You must use Boeing Special Attention applicability in the existing AD. This
in accordance with Part II of the Service Bulletin 737–53–1216, Revision 1, AD results from a report of cracking
Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing dated June 8, 2006, to perform the actions damage found on certain brackets that
Special Attention Service Bulletin 737–53– that are required by this AD, unless the AD were replaced per the requirements in
1216, Revision 1, dated June 8, 2006, ends specifies otherwise. The Director of the the existing AD. We are issuing this AD
the repetitive inspections required by Federal Register approved the incorporation
by reference of this document in accordance
to prevent a cracked bracket. Failure of
paragraph (g) of this AD for each modified
frame. Do the requirements of paragraph (k) with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. this bracket, combined with failure of
of this AD on each modified frame at the time Contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, P.O. the horizontal beam, could result in
specified in that paragraph. Box 3707, Seattle, Washington 98124–2207, collapse of the left part of the flight deck
for a copy of this service information. You instrument panel, and consequent
Actions Accomplished According to Related may review copies at the Docket Management reduced controllability of the airplane.
Service Information Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation,
(j) Actions accomplished before the 400 Seventh Street SW., Room PL–401, DATES: This AD becomes effective
effective date of this AD according to Boeing Nassif Building, Washington, DC; on the February 8, 2007.
Communication M–7200–02–01292, dated Internet at http://dms.dot.gov; or at the The Director of the Federal Register
August 20, 2002; are considered acceptable National Archives and Records
approved the incorporation by reference
for compliance with the corresponding Administration (NARA). For information on
the availability of this material at the NARA, of certain publications listed in the AD
actions specified in paragraphs (f), (g), (h),
and (i) of this AD, as applicable. call (202) 741–6030, or go to http:// as of February 8, 2007.
www.archives.gov/federal_register/ On April 25, 2005 (70 FR 13345,
Post-Modification/Repair Inspections code_of_federal_regulations/ March 21, 2005), the Director of the
(k) For each frame repaired or modified in ibr_locations.html. Federal Register approved the
accordance with paragraph (h), (i), or (j) of Issued in Renton, Washington, on incorporation by reference of Airbus
this AD, as applicable: Within 24,000 flight December 21, 2006.
cycles after doing the modification/repair,
Service Bulletin A330–25–3227,
but after a minimum of 18,000 flight cycles Ali Bahrami, including Appendix 01, dated June 17,
after doing the modification/repair, do one- Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, 2004; and Airbus Service Bulletin
time detailed inspections for cracking of the Aircraft Certification Service. A340–25–4230, including Appendix 01,
repaired/modified frame, air conditioning [FR Doc. E6–22462 Filed 1–3–07; 8:45 am] dated June 17, 2004.
attach brackets, and stringer clips, by doing BILLING CODE 4910–13–P
all actions in accordance with Part IV of the ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD
Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing docket on the Internet at http://
Special Attention Service Bulletin 737–53– dms.dot.gov or in person at the Docket
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
1216, Revision 1, dated June 8, 2006. If any Management Facility, U.S. Department
cracking is found during the post- Federal Aviation Administration of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street
modification/repair inspections, before SW., Nassif Building, Room PL–401,
further flight, repair the cracking using a Washington, DC.
method approved in accordance with 14 CFR Part 39
paragraph (m) of this AD. Contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice
[Docket No. FAA–2006–25389; Directorate
Identifier 2006–NM–059–AD; Amendment
Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France,
Actions Accomplished Previously for service information identified in this
39–14870; AD 2006–26–12]
(l) Inspections/modifications/repairs done AD.
before the effective date of this AD in RIN 2120–AA64
accordance with Boeing Special Attention FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim
Service Bulletin 737–53–1216, dated January Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model Backman, Aerospace Engineer,
27, 2005, are acceptable for compliance with A330, A340–200, and A340–300 Series International Branch, ANM–116,
the corresponding actions required by this Airplanes Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA,
AD. 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton,
Alternative Methods of Compliance AGENCY: Federal Aviation Washington 98057–3356; telephone
(AMOCs) Administration (FAA), Department of (425) 227–2797; fax (425) 227–1149.
(m)(1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft
Transportation (DOT).
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Certification Office (ACO), has the authority ACTION: Final rule.
to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested Examining the Docket
in accordance with the procedures found in SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an
14 CFR 39.19. existing airworthiness directive (AD), You may examine the airworthiness
(2) An AMOC that provides an acceptable which applies to all Airbus Model directive (AD) docket on the Internet at
level of safety may be used for any repair A330, A340–200, and A340–300 series http://dms.dot.gov or in person at the
required by this AD, if it is approved by an airplanes. That AD currently requires Docket Management Facility office
Authorized Representative for the Boeing repetitive inspections of a certain between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday
Commercial Airplanes Delegation Option bracket that attaches the flight deck through Friday, except Federal holidays.
Authorization Organization who has been
pwalker on PROD1PC65 with RULES

authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO, to


instrument panel to the airplane The Docket Management Facility office
make those findings. For a repair method to structure; replacement of the bracket (telephone (800) 647–5227) is located on
be approved, the repair must meet the with a new, improved bracket; and the plaza level of the Nassif Building at
certification basis of the airplane, and the related investigative and corrective the street address stated in the
approval must specifically refer to this AD. actions if necessary. This new AD ADDRESSES section.

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