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Regulatory Findings Comments Due Date has approved the information collection
(a) We must receive comments on this requirements and has assigned OMB Control
We have determined that this proposed airworthiness directive (AD) by Number 2120–0056.
proposed AD would not have federalism September 8, 2006. Related Information
implications under Executive Order
13132. This proposed AD would not Affected ADs (h) This AD is related to Japan Civil
have a substantial direct effect on the (b) None. Aviation Bureau AD TCD–6832–2006, Date of
Issue: April 10, 2006, which references Fuji
States, on the relationship between the Applicability Heavy Industries Ltd Service Bulletin No.
national Government and the States, or (c) This AD applies to all FA–200 series 200–015, dated February 28, 2006.
on the distribution of power and airplanes, certificated in any U.S. category.
responsibilities among the various Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on August
Reason 3, 2006.
levels of government.
(d) The mandatory continuing John R. Colomy,
For the reasons discussed above, I
certify that the proposed regulation: airworthiness information (MCAI) states that Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate,
the aircraft manufacturer has identified field Aircraft Certification Service.
1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory reports indicating corrosion of the flanges of [FR Doc. E6–12953 Filed 8–8–06; 8:45 am]
action’’ under Executive Order 12866; the main wing spars. If not corrected, the
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2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the corrosion could cause deterioration of wing
DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures strength. The MCAI requires creation of
(44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and inspection holes, corrosion inspection of the
flange of wing spar, repair of corrosion if DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
3. Will not have a significant necessary and removal of the sealing
economic impact, positive or negative, compound. You may obtain further Federal Aviation Administration
on a substantial number of small entities information by examining the MCAI in the
under the criteria of the Regulatory docket. 14 CFR Part 39
Flexibility Act. Actions and Compliance [Docket No. FAA–2006–25260; Directorate
We prepared a regulatory evaluation (e) Unless already done, do the following Identifier 2006–CE–37–AD]
of the estimated costs to comply with except as stated in paragraph (f) below.
this proposed AD and placed it in the RIN 2120–AA64
(1) Within 1 year after the effective date of
AD docket. this AD, carry out creation of inspection Airworthiness Directives; Air Tractor,
holes, corrosion inspection of the flange of
Examining the AD Docket wing spar, repair of corrosion if necessary
Inc. Models AT–502, AT–502A, AT–
and removal of the sealing compound in 502B, AT–602, AT–802, and AT–802A
You may examine the AD docket that Airplanes
contains the proposed AD, the accordance with Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd.
(FHI) Service Bulletin No. 200–015, dated
regulatory evaluation, any comments February 28, 2006 (SB). AGENCY: Federal Aviation
received, and other information on the (2) Within intervals not to exceed 5 years Administration (FAA), Department of
Internet at http://dms.dot.gov; or in from the previous inspection of paragraph Transportation (DOT).
person at the Docket Management (e)(1) of this AD, carry out repetitive ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking
Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., corrosion inspection of the flange of wing (NPRM).
Monday through Friday, except Federal spar and repair of corrosion if necessary in
holidays. The Docket Office (telephone accordance with the SB. SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new
(800) 647–5227) is located at the street FAA AD Differences airworthiness directive (AD) for certain
address stated in the ADDRESSES section. (f) The SB calls out contacting Fuji Heavy Air Tractor, Inc. (Air Tractor) Models
Comments will be available in the AD Industries Ltd. for a structural integrity AT–502, AT–502A, AT–502B, AT–602,
docket shortly after receipt. evaluation if measured thickness exceeds AT–802, and AT–802A airplanes. This
minimum allowable limits or if corrosion is proposed AD would require you to
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 found on main spar flange in areas other than repetitively visually inspect the rudder
Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation fuel tank bay. Per paragraph (g)(2) of this AD, and vertical fin hinge attaching
safety, Safety. any corrective action in this aspect or any structure for loose fasteners, any cracks
other aspect per this AD must be FAA- in the rudder or vertical fin skins, spars,
The Proposed Amendment approved before returning the airplane to
service.
hinges or brackets, or corrosion. The AD
Accordingly, under the authority would also require you to replace any
delegated to me by the Administrator, Other FAA AD Provisions damaged parts found as a result of the
the Federal Aviation Administration (g) The following provisions also apply to inspection and install an external
proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as this AD: doubler at the upper rudder hinge.
follows: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance Installation of the external doubler at
(AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Staff, the upper rudder hinge is terminating
PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS FAA, ATTN: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace
Engineer, Small Airplane Directorate, FAA,
action for the repetitive inspection
DIRECTIVES 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri requirements. This proposed AD results
64106; telephone: (816) 329–4059; facsimile: from two reports (one Model AT–602
1. The authority citation for part 39 (816) 329–4090, has the authority to approve airplane and one Model AT–802A
continues to read as follows: AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the airplane) of in-flight rudder separation
Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. from the vertical fin at the upper attach
(2) Return to Airworthiness: When hinge area, and other reports of Models
§ 39.13 [Amended] complying with this AD, perform FAA- AT–502B, AT–602, and AT–802/802A
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2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding approved corrective actions before returning
the product to an airworthy condition.
airplanes with loose hinges, skin cracks,
the following new AD: (3) Reporting Requirements: For any or signs of repairs to the affected area.
Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd.: FAA–2006– reporting requirement in this AD, under the We are proposing this AD to detect and
25259; Directorate Identifier 2006–CE– provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, correct loose fasteners; any cracks in the
36–AD. the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) rudder or vertical fin skins, spars,

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hinges or brackets, or corrosion of the Comments Invited Snow Engineering Co. Process
rudder and vertical fin hinge attaching We invite you to send any written Specification Number 145, dated
structure. Hinge failure adversely affects relevant data, views, or arguments December 6, 1991. The service
ability to control yaw and has led to the regarding this proposed AD. Send your information describes procedures for:
rudder folding over in flight. This comments to an address listed under the • Inspecting (visually) the rudder and
condition could allow the rudder to ADDRESSES section. Include the docket fin hinge attaching structure for loose
contact the elevator and affect ability to number, ‘‘FAA–2006–25260; Directorate fasteners, any cracks in the rudder or
control pitch with consequent loss of Identifier 2006–CE–37–AD’’ at the vertical fin skins, spars, hinges or
control of the airplane. beginning of your comments. We brackets, or corrosion;
DATES: We must receive comments on specifically invite comments on the • Replacing any damaged parts found
this proposed AD by October 10, 2006. overall regulatory, economic, as a result of the inspection;
ADDRESSES: Use one of the following environmental, and energy aspects of
addresses to comment on this proposed • Installing an external doubler at the
the proposed AD. We will consider all
AD: upper rudder hinge; and
comments received by the closing date
• DOT Docket Web site: Go to and may amend the proposed AD in • Balancing of the rudder.
http://dms.dot.gov and follow the light of those comments.
instructions for sending your comments FAA’s Determination and Requirements
We will post all comments we of the Proposed AD
electronically. receive, without change, to http://
• Government-wide rulemaking Web dms.dot.gov, including any personal We are proposing this AD because we
site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov information you provide. We will also evaluated all information and
and follow the instructions for sending post a report summarizing each determined the unsafe condition
your comments electronically. substantive verbal contact we receive described previously is likely to exist or
• Mail: Docket Management Facility; concerning this proposed AD. develop on other products of the same
U.S. Department of Transportation, 400
Discussion type design. This proposed AD would
Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building,
require you to repetitively visually
Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590– We have received two reports (one Air inspect the rudder and vertical fin hinge
0001. Tractor Model AT–602 airplane and one
• Fax: (202) 493–2251. attaching structure for loose fasteners,
Model AT–802A airplane) of in-flight any cracks in the rudder or vertical fin
• Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on rudder separation at the upper attach
the plaza level of the Nassif Building, skins, spars, hinges or brackets, or
hinge area and other reports of Models corrosion. This AD would also require
400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, AT–502B, AT–602, and AT–802/802A
DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday you to replace any damaged parts found
airplanes with loose hinges, skin cracks, as a result of the inspection and install
through Friday, except Federal holidays. or signs of repairs to the affected area.
For service information identified in an external doubler at the upper rudder
Hinge failure adversely affects ability hinge. Installation of the external
this proposed AD, contact Air Tractor, to control yaw and has led to the rudder
Inc., P.O. Box 485, Olney, Texas 76374; doubler at the upper rudder hinge is
folding over in flight. This condition terminating action for the repetitive
telephone: (940) 564–5616; facsimile: could allow the rudder to contact the
(940) 564–5612. inspection requirements.
elevator and affect ability to control
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: pitch with consequent loss of control of Costs of Compliance
Andrew McAnaul, Aerospace Engineer, the airplane.
ASW–150 (c/o MIDO–43), 10100 We estimate that this proposed AD
Reunion Place, Suite 650, San Antonio, Relevant Service Information would affect 945 airplanes in the U.S.
Texas 78216; telephone: (210) 308– We have reviewed Snow Engineering registry.
3365; facsimile: (210) 308–3370. Co. Service Letter #247, dated August We estimate the following costs to do
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 14, 2005, revised May 17, 2006, and the proposed inspection:

Total cost per Total cost on


Labor cost Parts cost airplane U.S. operators

1 work-hour × $80 per hour = $80 ............................... Not Applicable .............................................................. $80 $75,600

We have no way of determining the based on the results of the proposed We estimate the following costs to do
number of airplanes that may need any inspection. the installation of the external doubler
replacements that would be required at the upper rudder hinge:

Total cost per Total cost on


Labor cost Parts cost airplane U.S. operators

5 work-hours × $80 per hour = $400 ........................... $217 .............................................................................. $617 $583,065

Authority for This Rulemaking Aviation Programs, describes in more section, Congress charges the FAA with
detail the scope of the Agency’s promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in
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Title 49 of the United States Code authority. air commerce by prescribing regulations
specifies the FAA’s authority to issue We are issuing this rulemaking under for practices, methods, and procedures
rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, the authority described in subtitle VII, the Administrator finds necessary for
section 106, describes the authority of part A, subpart III, section 44701, safety in air commerce. This regulation
the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that is within the scope of that authority

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because it addresses an unsafe condition We prepared a regulatory evaluation the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part
that is likely to exist or develop on of the estimated costs to comply with 39 as follows:
products identified in this rulemaking this proposed AD and placed it in the
action. AD docket. PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS
DIRECTIVES
Regulatory Findings Examining the AD Docket
We have determined that this 1. The authority citation for part 39
proposed AD would not have federalism You may examine the AD docket that continues to read as follows:
implications under Executive Order contains the proposed AD, the
Authority : 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.
13132. This proposed AD would not regulatory evaluation, any comments
have a substantial direct effect on the received, and other information on the § 39.13 [Amended]
States, on the relationship between the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov; or in
2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding
national Government and the States, or person at the Docket Management
the following new AD:
on the distribution of power and Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, except Federal Air Tractor, Inc.: Docket No. FAA–2006–
responsibilities among the various 25260; Directorate Identifier 2006–CE–
levels of government. holidays. The Docket Office (telephone
37–AD.
For the reasons discussed above, I (800) 647–5227) is located at the street
certify that the proposed regulation: address stated in the ADDRESSES section. Comments Due Date
1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory Comments will be available in the AD (a) We must receive comments on this
action’’ under Executive Order 12866; docket shortly after receipt. airworthiness directive (AD) action by
2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the October 10, 2006.
DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air
transportation, Aircraft, Aviation Affected ADs
(44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and
3. Will not have a significant safety, Safety. (b) None.
economic impact, positive or negative, The Proposed Amendment Applicability
on a substantial number of small entities (c) This AD affects the following airplane
under the criteria of the Regulatory Accordingly, under the authority models and serial numbers that are
Flexibility Act. delegated to me by the Administrator, certificated in any category:

Model Serial Nos.

(1) AT–502 and AT–502B ........................................................................ 502/502B–0003 through 502/502B–2600.


(2) AT–502A ............................................................................................. 502A–0003 through 502A–2582.
(3) AT–602 ................................................................................................ 602–0337 through 602–1138.
(4) AT–802 and AT–802A ........................................................................ 802/802A–0001 through 802/802A–0215.

Unsafe Condition skin cracks, or signs of repairs to the affected flight. This condition could allow the rudder
(d) This AD results from two reports (one area. We are issuing this AD to detect and to contact the elevator and affect ability to
correct loose fasteners; any cracks in the control pitch with consequent loss of control
Model AT–602 airplane and one Model AT–
rudder or vertical fin skins, spars, hinges or of the airplane.
802A airplane) of in-flight rudder separations brackets, or corrosion of the rudder and
at the upper attach hinge area and other vertical fin hinge attaching structure. Hinge Compliance
reports of Models AT–502B, AT–602, and failure adversely affects ability to control yaw (e) To address this problem, you must do
AT–802/802A airplanes with loose hinges, and has led to the rudder folding over in the following:

Actions Compliance Procedures

(1) Inspect visually the rudder and vertical Initially inspect upon reaching 3,500 hours Follow Snow Engineering Co. Service Letter
hinge attachment for loose fasteners; any time-in-service (TIS), or within the next 100 #247, dated August 14, 2005, revised May
cracks in the rudder or vertical fin skins, hours TIS after the effective date of this AD, 17, 2006.
spars, hinges or brackets, or corrosion. whichever occurs later, unless already
done. Thereafter, repetitively inspect every
100 hours TIS. Installation of the external
doubler at the upper rudder hinge required
by paragraph (e)(2)(ii) or (e)(3) of this AD is
terminating action for the repetitive inspec-
tions required by this AD.
(2) If you find any damage as a result of any Before further flight after any inspection re- Follow Snow Engineering Co. Service Letter
inspection required by paragraph (e)(1) of quired by paragraph (e)(1) of this AD where #247, dated August 14, 2005, revised May
this AD, you must: you find any damaged parts. The installation 17, 2006, and Snow Engineering Co. Proc-
(i) Replace any damaged parts with new parts; of the external doubler at the upper rudder ess Specification Number 145, dated De-
and hinge required by paragraph (e)(2)(ii) or cember 6, 1991.
(ii) Do the installation of the external doubler at (e)(3) of this AD is the terminating action for
the upper rudder hinge. the repetitive inspections required by this
AD.
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Actions Compliance Procedures

(3) Do the installation of the external doubler at Upon accumulating 5,000 hours TIS or within Follow Snow Engineering Co. Service Letter
the upper rudder hinge. the next 100 hours TIS after the effective #247, dated August 14, 2005, revised May
date of this AD, whichever occurs later, un- 17, 2006, and Snow Engineering Co. Proc-
less already done. The installation of the ex- ess Specification Number 145, dated De-
ternal doubler at the upper rudder hinge re- cember 6, 1991.
quired by paragraph (e)(2)(ii) or (e)(3) of
this AD is the terminating action for the re-
petitive inspections required by this AD.
(4) Do not install any rudder without the exter- As of the effective date of this AD ................... Not Applicable.
nal doubler at the upper rudder hinge re-
quired by paragraph (e)(3) of this AD.

Alternative Methods of Compliance Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday
(AMOCs) Models 172R, 172S, 182S, 182T, T182T, through Friday, except Federal holidays.
(f) The Manager, Fort Worth Aircraft 206H, and T206H airplanes. This For service information identified in
Certification Office, FAA, ATTN: Andrew proposed AD would require you to this proposed AD, contact Cessna
McAnaul, Aerospace Engineer, ASW–150 install Modification Kit MN172–25–10B Aircraft Company, Product Support,
(c/o MIDO–43), 10100 Reunion Place, Suite or a steel lock rod/bar on both crew seat P.O. Box 7706, Wichita, KS 67277;
650, San Antonio, Texas 78216; telephone: back cylinder lock assemblies. If a steel telephone: (316) 517–5800; fax: (316)
(210) 308–3365; facsimile: (210) 308–3370,
has the authority to approve AMOCs for this
lock rod/bar has already been installed 942–9006.
AD, if requested using the procedures found on the crew seat back cylinder lock FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary
in 14 CFR 39.19. assembly, no further action is required. Park, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Wichita
If Modification Kit MK172–25–10A has Aircraft Certification Office, 1801
Related Information previously been installed, this proposed Airport Road, Mid-Continent Airport,
(g) To get copies of the service information AD would require you to do an Wichita, Kansas 67209; telephone: (316)
referenced in this AD, contact Air Tractor, installation inspection and correct any 946–4123; facsimile: (316) 946–4107.
Inc., P.O. Box 485, Olney, Texas 76374; discrepancies found. This proposed AD
telephone: (940) 564–5616; facsimile: (940) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
564–5612. To view the AD docket, go to the
results from reports of the crew seat
back cylinder lock assembly failing at Comments Invited
Docket Management Facility; U.S.
Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh the aft end and other cylinder lock We invite you to send any written
Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL–401, assemblies found cracked. We are relevant data, views, or arguments
Washington, DC, or on the Internet at http proposing this AD to prevent the crew regarding this proposed AD. Send your
://dms.dot.gov. The docket number is Docket seat cylinder lock assembly from comments to an address listed under the
No. FAA–2006–25260; Directorate Identifier bending, cracking, or failing. This ADDRESSES section. Include the docket
2006–CE–37–AD. failure could cause uncontrolled number, ‘‘FAA–2006–25261; Directorate
Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on August movement of the seat back, resulting in Identifier 2006–CE–38–AD’’ at the
3, 2006. possible backward collapse during beginning of your comments. We
John R. Colomy, flight. Backward collapse of either crew specifically invite comments on the
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, seat back could result in an abrupt overall regulatory, economic,
Aircraft Certification Service. pitch-up if the affected crew member environmental, and energy aspects of
[FR Doc. E6–12940 Filed 8–8–06; 8:45 am] continues to hold on to the control yoke the proposed AD. We will consider all
BILLING CODE 4910–13–P during this failure and could cause comments received by the closing date
difficulty in exiting the airplane from an and may amend the proposed AD in
aft passenger seat after landing. light of those comments.
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION DATES: We must receive comments on We will post all comments we
this proposed AD by October 10, 2006. receive, without change, to http://
Federal Aviation Administration ADDRESSES: Use one of the following dms.dot.gov, including any personal
addresses to comment on this proposed information you provide. We will also
14 CFR Part 39 AD: post a report summarizing each
[Docket No. FAA–2006–25261; Directorate • DOT Docket Web site: Go to substantive verbal contact we receive
Identifier 2006–CE–38–AD] http://dms.dot.gov and follow the concerning this proposed AD.
RIN 2120–AA64
instructions for sending your comments Discussion
electronically.
Airworthiness Directives; Cessna • Government-wide rulemaking Web We have received reports of the crew
Aircraft Company Models 172R, 172S, site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov seat back cylinder lock bending at the
182S, 182T, T182T, 206H, and T206H and follow the instructions for sending aft end and failing. We have also
Airplanes your comments electronically. received reports of cracks found in the
• Mail: Docket Management Facility; cylinder lock assembly.
AGENCY: Federal Aviation U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 This condition, if not corrected, could
Administration (FAA), Department of Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, result in failure of the crew seat back
cylinder lock assembly. This failure
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Transportation (DOT). Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590–


ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking 0001. could cause uncontrolled movement of
(NPRM). • Fax: (202) 493–2251. the seat back, resulting in possible
• Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on backward collapse during flight.
SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new the plaza level of the Nassif Building, Backward collapse of either crew seat
airworthiness directive (AD) for certain 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, back could result in an abrupt pitch-up

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