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Unsafe Condition Issued in Renton, Washington, on DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday
(d) This AD results from loss of a number November 20, 2006. through Friday, except Federal holidays.
(No.) 3 window in-flight. We are issuing this Ali Bahrami, Contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice
AD to detect and correct cracking in the fail- Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France,
safe interlayer of certain No. 2 and No. 3 Aircraft Certification Service. for service information identified in this
glass windows, which could result in loss of [FR Doc. E6–20863 Filed 12–7–06; 8:45 am] proposed AD.
the window and consequent rapid loss of BILLING CODE 4910–13–P FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim
cabin pressure. Loss of the window could Dulin, Aerospace Engineer,
also result in crew communication International Branch, ANM–116, FAA,
difficulties or incapacitation of the crew. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601
Compliance Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, WA 98057–
Federal Aviation Administration 3356; telephone (425) 227–2141; fax
(e) You are responsible for having the
actions required by this AD performed within (425) 227–1149.
14 CFR Part 39 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
the compliance times specified, unless the
actions have already been done. [Docket No. FAA–2006–26272; Directorate Comments Invited
Identifier 2006–NM–153–AD]
Inspection, Related Investigative Actions, We invite you to submit any relevant
and Corrective Action RIN 2120–AA64 written data, views, or arguments
(f) Inspect the No. 2 and No. 3 windows regarding this proposed AD. Send your
on the left and right sides of the airplane to Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model
comments to an address listed in the
determine their part numbers (P/Ns), and do A318, A319, A320, and A321 Airplanes
ADDRESSES section. Include the docket
all the applicable related investigative and AGENCY: Federal Aviation number ‘‘FAA–2006–26272; Directorate
corrective actions, by accomplishing all of Administration (FAA), Department of Identifier 2006–NM–153–AD’’ at the
the actions specified in Accomplishment beginning of your comments. We
Transportation (DOT).
Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin specifically invite comments on the
747–56A2012, dated August 24, 2006, as ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking
(NPRM). overall regulatory, economic,
applicable. Do all of these actions at the
compliance times specified in Tables 1, 2,
environmental, and energy aspects of
SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a the proposed AD. We will consider all
and 3 of paragraph 1.E. of the service
bulletin, as applicable, except as provided by new airworthiness directive (AD) for all comments received by the closing date
paragraph (g) of this AD. A review of airplane Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and and may amend the proposed AD in
maintenance records is acceptable in lieu of A321 airplanes. This proposed AD light of those comments.
the inspection if the part numbers of the would require repetitive inspections of We will post all comments we
windows can be conclusively determined the operation of the main landing gear receive, without change, to http://
from that review. Repeat the related (MLG) door opening sequence to dms.dot.gov, including any personal
investigative and corrective actions thereafter determine if a defective actuator is information you provide. We will also
at the interval specified in Table 2 or 3 of the installed, and replacing any defective post a report summarizing each
service bulletin, as applicable. actuator with a new actuator. This substantive verbal contact with FAA
Exception to Compliance Times proposed AD results from reports of personnel concerning this proposed AD.
slow operation of the MLG door Using the search function of that Web
(g) Where Tables 1, 2, and 3 of paragraph site, anyone can find and read the
opening/closing sequence due to a
1.E. of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747– comments in any of our dockets,
56A2012, dated August 24, 2006, specify
defective actuator. We are proposing
this AD to detect and correct defective including the name of the individual
counting the compliance time from ‘‘* * *
after the date on this service bulletin,’’ this actuators of the MLG door, which could who sent the comment (or signed the
AD requires counting the compliance time result in slow operation of the MLG comment on behalf of an association,
from the effective date of this AD. door and consequent non-extension of business, labor union, etc.). You may
the MLG during an emergency freefall review the DOT’s complete Privacy Act
Alternative Methods of Compliance operation. Statement in the Federal Register
(AMOCs) published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR
(h)(1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft DATES: We must receive comments on
19477–78), or you may visit http://
Certification Office (ACO), FAA, has the this proposed AD by January 8, 2007.
dms.dot.gov.
authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if ADDRESSES: Use one of the following
requested in accordance with the procedures addresses to submit comments on this Examining the Docket
found in 14 CFR 39.19. proposed AD. You may examine the AD docket on
(2) Before using any AMOC approved in • DOT Docket Web site: Go to the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov, or in
accordance with § 39.19 on any airplane to http://dms.dot.gov and follow the person at the Docket Management
which the AMOC applies, notify the instructions for sending your comments Facility office between 9 a.m. and 5
appropriate principal inspector in the FAA electronically. p.m., Monday through Friday, except
Flight Standards Certificate Holding District • Government-wide rulemaking Web Federal holidays. The Docket
Office. site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov
(3) An AMOC that provides an acceptable
Management Facility office (telephone
and follow the instructions for sending (800) 647–5227) is located on the plaza
level of safety may be used for any repair
your comments electronically. level of the Nassif Building at the DOT
required by this AD, if it is approved by an
Authorized Representative for the Boeing
• Mail: Docket Management Facility, street address stated in the ADDRESSES
Commercial Airplanes Delegation Option U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 section. Comments will be available in
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Authorization Organization who has been Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, the AD docket shortly after the Docket
authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO, to room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590. Management System receives them.
make those findings. For a repair method to • Fax: (202) 493–2251.
• Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on Discussion
be approved, the repair must meet the
certification basis of the airplane, and the the plaza level of the Nassif Building, The European Aviation Safety Agency
approval must specifically refer to this AD. 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, (EASA), which is the airworthiness

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authority for the European Union, type design that are certificated for products identified in this rulemaking
notified us that an unsafe condition may operation in the United States. action.
exist on all Airbus Model A318, A319, Therefore, we are proposing this AD, Regulatory Findings
A320, and A321 airplanes. The EASA which would require accomplishing the
advises that there have been several actions specified in the service We have determined that this
reports of slow operation of the MLG information described previously, proposed AD would not have federalism
door opening/closing sequence due to a except as discussed under ‘‘Difference implications under Executive Order
defective actuator. This could lead to Between Proposed AD and the Service 13132. This proposed AD would not
the generation of electronic centralized Information.’’ have a substantial direct effect on the
aircraft monitor warnings during the States, on the relationship between the
landing gear retraction or extension Difference Between Proposed AD and national Government and the States, or
sequence. Investigation revealed that the the Service Information on the distribution of power and
affected MLG doors were difficult to Although the Accomplishment responsibilities among the various
open manually (unusually high pressure Instructions of the service bulletin levels of government.
was required to extend the actuator to describe procedures for submitting For the reasons discussed above, I
open the door) due to a problem with certain information to the manufacturer certify that the proposed regulation:
the door actuator. The damping ring and and sending defective actuators back to 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory
associated retaining ring were found the component manufacturer for action’’ under Executive Order 12866;
broken, with subsequent damage to the investigation, this AD does not include 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the
damping housing from resulting debris. those requirements. DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures
The resulting high friction delays the (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and
MLG extension/retraction sequence. Interim Action
3. Will not have a significant
This condition, if not corrected, could We consider this proposed AD economic impact, positive or negative,
result in slow operation of the MLG interim action. If final action is later on a substantial number of small entities
door and consequent non-extension of identified, we may consider further under the criteria of the Regulatory
the MLG during an emergency freefall rulemaking then. Flexibility Act.
operation.
Clarification of Inspection Terminology We prepared a regulatory evaluation
Relevant Service Information of the estimated costs to comply with
In this proposed AD, the ‘‘inspection’’
Airbus has issued Service Bulletin specified in the service bulletin is this proposed AD and placed it in the
A320–32–1309, dated March 7, 2006. referred to as a ‘‘general visual AD docket. See the ADDRESSES section
The service bulletin describes inspection.’’ We have included the for a location to examine the regulatory
procedures for repetitive inspections of definition for a general visual inspection evaluation.
the operation of the main landing gear in a note in the proposed AD. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39
door (MLG) opening sequence to
Costs of Compliance Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation
determine if a defective actuator is
installed, and replacing any defective This proposed AD would affect about safety, Safety.
actuator with a new actuator. 700 airplanes of U.S. registry. The The Proposed Amendment
Accomplishing the actions specified in proposed inspection would take about 1
the service information is intended to work hour per airplane, at an average Accordingly, under the authority
adequately address the unsafe labor rate of $80 per work hour. Based delegated to me by the Administrator,
condition. The EASA mandated the on these figures, the estimated cost of the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part
service information and issued the proposed AD for U.S. operators is 39 as follows:
airworthiness directive 2006–0112, $56,000, or $80 per airplane, per PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS
dated May 15, 2006, to ensure the inspection cycle. DIRECTIVES
continued airworthiness of these
Authority for This Rulemaking
airplanes in France. 1. The authority citation for part 39
Title 49 of the United States Code continues to read as follows:
FAA’s Determination and Requirements
specifies the FAA’s authority to issue
of the Proposed AD Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.
rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I,
These airplane models are section 106, describes the authority of § 39.13 [Amended]
manufactured in France and are type the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, 2. The Federal Aviation
certificated for operation in the United Aviation Programs, describes in more Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13
States under the provisions of section detail the scope of the Agency’s by adding the following new
21.29 of the Federal Aviation authority. airworthiness directive (AD):
Regulations (14 CFR 21.29) and the We are issuing this rulemaking under
applicable bilateral airworthiness the authority described in subtitle VII, Airbus: Docket No. FAA–2006–26272;
Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–153–AD.
agreement. As described in FAA Order part A, subpart III, section 44701,
8100.14A, ‘‘Interim Procedures for ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that Comments Due Date
Working with the European Community section, Congress charges the FAA with (a) The FAA must receive comments on
on Airworthiness Certification and promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in this AD action by January 8, 2007.
Continued Airworthiness,’’ dated air commerce by prescribing regulations Affected ADs
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August 12, 2005, the EASA has kept the for practices, methods, and procedures
FAA informed of the situation described the Administrator finds necessary for (b) None.
above. We have examined the EASA’s safety in air commerce. This regulation Applicability
findings, evaluated all pertinent is within the scope of that authority (c) This AD applies to all Airbus Model
information, and determined that we because it addresses an unsafe condition A318, A319, A320, and A321 airplanes,
need to issue an AD for airplanes of this that is likely to exist or develop on certificated in any category.

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Unsafe Condition appropriate principal inspector in the FAA ADDRESSES: Use one of the following
(d) This AD results from reports of slow Flight Standards Certificate Holding District addresses to submit comments on this
operation of the main landing gear (MLG) Office. proposed AD.
door opening/closing sequence due to a Related Information • DOT Docket Web site: Go to
defective actuator. We are issuing this AD to http://dms.dot.gov and follow the
detect and correct defective actuators of the (i) EASA airworthiness directive 2006–
0112, dated May 15, 2006, also addresses the instructions for sending your comments
MLG door, which could result in slow electronically.
operation of the MLG door and consequent subject of this AD.
• Government-wide rulemaking Web
non-extension of the MLG during an Issued in Renton, Washington, on
emergency freefall operation.
site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov
November 21, 2006.
and follow the instructions for sending
Compliance Ali Bahrami, your comments electronically.
(e) You are responsible for having the Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, • Mail: Docket Management Facility;
actions required by this AD performed within Aircraft Certification Service. U.S. Department of Transportation, 400
the compliance times specified, unless the [FR Doc. E6–20852 Filed 12–7–06; 8:45 am] Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building,
actions have already been done. BILLING CODE 4910–13–P Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590.
Repetitive Inspections/Replacement • Fax: (202) 493–2251.
• Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on
(f) At the time specified in paragraph (f)(1) DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION the plaza level of the Nassif Building,
or (f)(2) of this AD, as applicable: Do a
general visual inspection of the operation of 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington,
Federal Aviation Administration DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday
the MLG door opening sequence to determine
if a defective actuator is installed by doing through Friday, except Federal holidays.
all the applicable actions, including 14 CFR Part 39 Contact Airbus, 1 Rond Point Maurice
replacing the door actuator, as applicable, Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France,
specified in the Accomplishment [Docket No. FAA–2006–26516; Directorate for service information identified in this
Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320– Identifier 2006–NM–173–AD]
proposed AD.
32–1309, dated March 7, 2006. Do all
RIN 2120–AA64 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim
applicable replacements before further flight.
Repeat the inspection thereafter at intervals Dulin, Aerospace Engineer,
not to exceed 900 flight cycles. Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model International Branch, ANM–116, FAA,
(1) For airplanes on which a record of the A318, A319, A320, and A321 Airplanes Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601
total number of flight cycles on the MLG door Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington
actuator is available: Before the accumulation AGENCY: Federal Aviation 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–2141;
of 3,000 total flight cycles on the MLG door Administration (FAA), Department of fax (425) 227–1149.
actuator, or within 800 flight cycles after the Transportation (DOT).
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
effective date of this AD, whichever is later. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking
(2) For airplanes on which a record of the (NPRM). Comments Invited
total number of flight cycles on the MLG door
actuator is not available: With 800 flight
We invite you to submit any relevant
SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to written data, views, or arguments
cycles after the effective date of this AD. supersede an existing airworthiness
Note 1: For the purposes of this AD, a
regarding this proposed AD. Send your
directive (AD) that applies to all Airbus comments to an address listed in the
general visual inspection is: ‘‘A visual Model A318–100 and A319–100 series
examination of an interior or exterior area, ADDRESSES section. Include the docket
installation, or assembly to detect obvious airplanes, Model A320–111 airplanes, number ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2006–26516;
damage, failure, or irregularity. This level of and Model A320–200, A321–100, and Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–173–
inspection is made from within touching A321–200 series airplanes. The existing AD’’ at the beginning of your comments.
distance unless otherwise specified. A mirror AD currently requires repetitive We specifically invite comments on the
may be necessary to enhance visual access to inspections of the upper and lower overall regulatory, economic,
all exposed surfaces in the inspection area. attachments of the trimmable horizontal
This level of inspection is made under
environmental, and energy aspects of
stabilizer actuator (THSA) to measure the proposed AD. We will consider all
normally available lighting conditions such for proper clearance and to detect
as daylight, hangar lighting, flashlight, or comments received by the closing date
droplight and may require removal or cracks, damage, and metallic particles. and may amend the proposed AD in
opening of access panels or doors. Stands, The existing AD also requires corrective light of those comments.
ladders, or platforms may be required to gain actions, if necessary, and reports of We will post all comments we
proximity to the area being checked.’’ inspection findings. This proposed AD receive, without change, to http://
(g) Although the Accomplishment would shorten the repetitive interval for dms.dot.gov, including any personal
Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320– inspecting the upper THSA attachment. information you provide. We will also
32–1309, dated March 7, 2006, specifies This proposed AD results from new test post a report summarizing each
submitting certain information to the results on the secondary load path, substantive verbal contact with FAA
manufacturer and sending defective actuators which indicated the need to shorten the
back to the component manufacturer for
personnel concerning this proposed AD.
repetitive interval for inspecting the Using the search function of that web
investigation; this AD does not include those
requirements.
upper THSA attachment. We are site, anyone can find and read the
proposing this AD to detect and correct comments in any of our dockets,
Alternative Methods of Compliance failure of the THSA’s primary load path, including the name of the individual
(AMOCs) which could result in latent who sent the comment (or signed the
(h)(1) The Manager, International Branch, (undetected) loading and eventual comment on behalf of an association,
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ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, failure of the THSA’s secondary load business, labor union, etc.). You may
FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs path and consequent uncontrolled
for this AD, if requested in accordance with
review the DOT’s complete Privacy Act
movement of the horizontal stabilizer Statement in the Federal Register
the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19.
(2) Before using any AMOC approved in
and loss of control of the airplane. published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR
accordance with § 39.19 on any airplane to DATES: We must receive comments on 19477–78), or you may visit http://
which the AMOC applies, notify the this proposed AD by January 8, 2007. dms.dot.gov.

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