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Proposed Rules Federal Register


Vol. 70, No. 70

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER • Mail: Docket Management Facility; (65 FR 19477–78) or you may visit
contains notices to the public of the proposed U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 http://dms.dot.gov.
issuance of rules and regulations. The Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Are there any specific portions of this
purpose of these notices is to give interested Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590– proposed AD I should pay attention to?
persons an opportunity to participate in the 0001. We specifically invite comments on the
rule making prior to the adoption of the final overall regulatory, economic,
rules. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251.
• Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on environmental, and energy aspects of
the plaza level of the Nassif Building, this proposed AD. If you contact us
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, through a nonwritten communication
DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday and that contact relates to a substantive
Federal Aviation Administration through Friday, except Federal holidays. part of this proposed AD, we will
summarize the contact and place the
To get the service information
14 CFR Part 39 summary in the docket. We will
identified in this proposed AD, contact
consider all comments received by the
[Docket No. FAA–2005–20589; Directorate GROB Luft-und Raumfahrt,
closing date and may amend this
Identifier 2005–CE–12–AD] Lettenbachstrasse 9, D–86874
proposed AD in light of those comments
Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Federal
and contacts.
RIN 2120–AA64 Republic of Germany; telephone: 011 49
8268 998139; facsimile: 011 49 8268 Docket Information
Airworthiness Directives; GROB- 998200. Where can I go to view the docket
WERKE Model G120A Airplanes To view the comments to this information? You may view the AD
AGENCY: Federal Aviation proposed AD, go to http://dms.dot.gov. docket that contains the proposal, any
Administration (FAA), DOT. This is docket number FAA–2005– comments received, and any final
20589; Directorate Identifier 2005–CE– disposition in person at the DMS Docket
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking
12–AD. Offices between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
(NPRM).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karl (eastern standard time), Monday
SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a Schletzbaum, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, through Friday, except Federal holidays.
new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, The Docket Office (telephone 1–800–
GROB-WERKE (GROB) Model G120A Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; 647–5227) is located on the plaza level
airplanes. This proposed AD would telephone: (816) 329–4146; facsimile: of the Department of Transportation
require you to repetitively inspect the (816) 329–4090. NASSIF Building at the street address
nose landing gear (NLG) assembly, stated in ADDRESSES. You may also view
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
paying special attention to the NLG the AD docket on the Internet at
swivel tube and the engine truss in the Comments Invited http://dms.dot.gov. The comments will
area of the NLG attachment, for cracks be available in the AD docket shortly
How do I comment on this proposed after the DMS receives them.
and damaged (defective) welding seams. AD? We invite you to submit any
If you find cracks or defects during any written relevant data, views, or Discussion
inspection, this proposed AD would arguments regarding this proposal. Send
require you to replace the cracked or What events have caused this
your comments to an address listed proposed AD? The Luftfahrt-Bundesamt
defective part. This proposed AD results under ADDRESSES. Include the docket
from mandatory continuing (LBA), which is the airworthiness
number, ‘‘FAA–2005–20589; Directorate authority for Germany, recently notified
airworthiness information (MCAI) Identifier 2005–CE–12–AD’’ at the
issued by the airworthiness authority for FAA that an unsafe condition may exist
beginning of your comments. We will on all GROB Model G120A airplanes.
Germany. We are issuing this proposed post all comments we receive, without
AD to detect and correct cracks and The LBA reports cracks found on the
change, to http://dms.dot.gov, including nose landing gear (NLG) swivel tube on
defects in the NLG assembly, which any personal information you provide.
could result in failure of the NLG. This one of the affected airplanes during
We will also post a report summarizing routine maintenance.
failure could lead to a hard landing and/ each substantive verbal contact with
or loss of control of the airplane during What is the potential impact if FAA
FAA personnel concerning this took no action? If not detected and
landing operations. proposed rulemaking. Using the search corrected, cracks and defects in the nose
DATES: We must receive any comments function of our docket Web site, anyone landing gear assembly could cause the
on this proposed AD by May 13, 2005. can find and read the comments nose landing gear to fail. This failure
ADDRESSES: Use one of the following to received into any of our dockets, could lead to a hard landing and/or loss
submit comments on this proposed AD: including the name of the individual of control of the airplane during landing
• DOT Docket Web site: Go to who sent the comment (or signed the operations.
http://dms.dot.gov and follow the comment on behalf of an association, Is there service information that
instructions for sending your comments business, labor union, etc.). This is applies to this subject? GROB has issued
electronically. docket number FAA–2005–20589; Service Bulletin No. MSB1121–055,
• Government-wide rulemaking Web Directorate Identifier 2005–CE–12–AD. dated November 26, 2004.
site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov You may review the DOT’s complete What are the provisions of this service
and follow the instructions for sending Privacy Act Statement in the Federal information? The service bulletin
your comments electronically. Register published on April 11, 2000 includes procedures for:

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—Inspecting the nose landing gear FAA’s Determination and Requirements changes that remove the source of the
(NLG) assembly, paying special of This Proposed AD problem rather than by repetitive
attention to the NLG swivel tube and What has FAA decided? We have inspections or other special procedures.
the engine truss in the area of the NLG examined the LBA’s findings, reviewed With this in mind, FAA will continue
attachment, for cracks and damaged all available information, and to work with GROB to collect
(defective) welding seams; and determined that AD action is necessary information and perform fatigue
for products of this type design that are analysis in determining whether a
—Replacing any cracked or defective
certificated for operation in the United future design change is feasible.
part.
States. How does the revision to 14 CFR part
What action did the LBA take? The Since the unsafe condition described 39 affect this proposed AD? On July 10,
LBA classified this service bulletin as previously is likely to exist or develop 2002, we published a new version of 14
mandatory and issued German AD on other GROB Model G120A airplanes CFR part 39 (67 FR 47997, July 22,
Number D–2004–514, effective date: of the same type design that are 2002), which governs FAA’s AD system.
December 9, 2004, to ensure the registered in the United States, we are This regulation now includes material
continued airworthiness of these proposing AD action to detect and that relates to altered products, special
airplanes in Germany. correct cracks and defects in the nose flight permits, and alternative methods
landing gear assembly, which could of compliance. This material previously
Did the LBA inform the United States was included in each individual AD.
result in failure of the nose landing gear.
under the bilateral airworthiness This failure could lead to a hard landing Since this material is included in 14
agreement? These GROB Model G120A and/or loss of control of the airplane CFR part 39, we will not include it in
airplanes are manufactured in Germany during landing operations. future AD actions.
and are type-certificated for operation in What would this proposed AD
the United States under the provisions Costs of Compliance
require? This proposed AD would
of section 21.29 of the Federal Aviation require you to incorporate the actions in How many airplanes would this
Regulations (14 CFR 21.29) and the the previously-referenced service proposed AD impact? We estimate that
applicable bilateral airworthiness bulletin. this proposed AD affects 6 airplanes in
agreement. Is there a modification I can the U.S. registry.
Under this bilateral airworthiness incorporate instead of repetitively What would be the cost impact of this
agreement, the LBA has kept us inspecting the nose landing gear proposed AD on owners/operators of the
informed of the situation described assembly? The FAA has determined that affected airplanes? We estimate the
long-term continued operational safety following costs to do the proposed
above.
would be better assured by design inspections:

Total cost
Total cost per
Labor cost Parts cost on U.S.
airplane operators

1 work hour × $65 = $65 ............................................. Not applicable ............................................................. $65 $65 × 6 = $390

The cost for replacing any cracked or Regulatory Findings Regulatory Evaluation) and placed it in
defective part based on the results of the Would this proposed AD impact the AD Docket. You may get a copy of
proposed inspections will be covered various entities? We have determined this summary by sending a request to us
under warranty by the manufacturer. that this proposed AD would not have at the address listed under ADDRESSES.
Authority for This Rulemaking federalism implications under Executive Include ‘‘AD Docket FAA–2005–20589;
Order 13132. This proposed AD would Directorate Identifier 2005–CE–12–AD’’
What authority does FAA have for in your request.
not have a substantial direct effect on
issuing this rulemaking action? Title 49
the States, on the relationship between
of the United States Code specifies the the National Government and the States, List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39
FAA’s authority to issue rules on or on the distribution of power and
aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation
responsibilities among the various safety, Safety.
describes the authority of the FAA levels of government.
Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Would this proposed AD involve a The Proposed Amendment
Programs, describes in more detail the significant rule or regulatory action? For
scope of the agency’s authority. the reasons discussed above, I certify Accordingly, under the authority
We are issuing this rulemaking under that this proposed AD: delegated to me by the Administrator,
the authority described in subtitle VII, 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory the Federal Aviation Administration
part A, subpart III, section 44701, action’’ under Executive Order 12866; proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as
‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the follows:
section, Congress charges the FAA with DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS
air commerce by prescribing regulations 3. Will not have a significant DIRECTIVES
for practices, methods, and procedures economic impact, positive or negative,
the Administrator finds necessary for on a substantial number of small entities 1. The authority citation for part 39
safety in air commerce. This regulation under the criteria of the Regulatory continues to read as follows:
is within the scope of that authority Flexibility Act.
Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.
because it addresses an unsafe condition We prepared a summary of the costs
that is likely to exist or develop on to comply with this proposed AD (and
products identified in this AD. other information as included in the

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§ 39.13 [Amended] What Other ADs Are Affected by This issued by the airworthiness authority for
2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding Action? Germany. We are issuing this AD to detect
the following new airworthiness (b) None. and correct cracks and damage in the nose
directive (AD): landing gear (NLG) assembly, which could
What Airplanes Are Affected by This AD? result in failure of the NLG. This failure
GROB-WERKE: Docket No. FAA–2005–
20589; Directorate Identifier 2005–CE– (c) This AD affects Model G120A airplanes, could lead to a hard landing and/or loss of
12–AD. all serial numbers, that are certificated in any control of the airplane during landing
category. operations.
When Is the Last Date I Can Submit
Comments on This Proposed AD? What Is the Unsafe Condition Presented in What Must I Do To Address This Problem?
This AD?
(a) We must receive comments on this (e) To address this problem, you must do
proposed airworthiness directive (AD) by (d) This AD is the result of mandatory the following:
May 13, 2005. continuing airworthiness information (MCAI)

Actions Compliance Procedures

(1) Inspect the nose landing gear (NLG) as- Initially inspect within the next 50 hours time- Follow GRUB Service Bulletin No. MSB1121–
sembly for cracks or damaged (defective) in-service (TIS) after the effective date of 055 dated November 26, 2004.
welding seams. Pay special attention to the this AD, unless already done. Repetitively
NLG swivel tube and the engine truss in the inspect thereafter at intervals not to exceed
area of the NLG attachment. 50 hours TIS.
(2) If you find cracks or defects during any in- Replace before further flight after the inspec- Follow GROB Service Bulletin No. MSB1121–
spection required in paragraph (e)(1) of this tion in which cracks and/or defects are 055 dated November 26, 2004.
AD, replace the cracked or defective part. found. After you replace the cracked or de-
fective part, continue with the repetitive in-
spections required paragraph (e)(1) of this
AD at the 50 hours TIS intervals.

Note: The compliance time in this AD is Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on April actuator terminates the need for the
different than the compliance time in GROB 6, 2005. temporary revision in the POH. This
Service Bulletin No. MSB1121–055 dated David R. Showers, proposed AD results from mandatory
November 26, 2004. The compliance time in
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, continuing airworthiness information
this AD takes precedence over the
Aircraft Certification Service. (MCAI) issued by the airworthiness
compliance time in the service information.
[FR Doc. 05–7384 Filed 4–12–05; 8:45 am] authority for Switzerland. We are
May I Request an Alternative Method of BILLING CODE 4910–13–P issuing this proposed AD to prevent an
Compliance? out-of-trim condition from occurring
(f) You may request a different method of when the flaps are at a 40-degree flight
compliance or a different compliance time DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION phase and the pilot disconnects the
for this AD by following the procedures in 14 autopilot. This condition could lead to
CFR 39.19. Unless FAA authorizes otherwise, Federal Aviation Administration reduced ability to control the airplane.
send your request to your principal
inspector. The principal inspector may add DATES: We must receive any comments
14 CFR Part 39 on this proposed AD by May 13, 2005.
comments and will send your request to the
Manager, Standards Office, Small Airplane [Docket No. FAA–2005–20720; Directorate ADDRESSES: Use one of the following to
Directorate, FAA. For information on any Identifier 2005–CE–17–AD] submit comments on this proposed AD:
already approved alternative methods of
RIN 2120–AA64
• DOT Docket Web Site: Go to http:/
compliance, contact Karl Schletzbaum, /dms.dot.gov and follow the instructions
Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane
Airworthiness Directives; Pilatus for sending your comments
Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas
City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329– Aircraft Ltd. Models PC–12 and PC–12/ electronically.
4146; facsimile: (816) 329–4090. 45 Airplanes • Government-wide Rulemaking Web
Site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov
Is There Other Information That Relates to AGENCY: Federal Aviation and follow the instructions for sending
This Subject? Administration (FAA), DOT. your comments electronically.
(g) German AD Number D–2004–514, ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking • Mail: Docket Management Facility;
effective date: December 9, 2004, also (NPRM). U.S. Department of Transportation, 400
addresses the subject of this AD. Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building,
May I Get Copies of the Documents SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590–
Referenced in This AD? new airworthiness directive (AD) for 001.
(h) To get copies of the documents certain Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. (Pilatus) • Fax: 1–202–493–2251.
referenced in this AD, contact GROB Luft- Models PC–12 and PC–12/45 airplanes. • Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on
und Raumfahrt, Lettenbachstrasse 9, D– This proposed AD would require you to the plaza level of the Nassif Building,
86874 Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Federal insert a temporary revision into the 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington,
Republic of Germany; telephone: 011 49 8268 Limitations Section of the Pilot DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday
998139; facsimile: 011 49 8268 998200. To Operating Handbook (POH). This through Friday, except Federal holidays.
view the AD docket, go to the Docket proposed AD would also require you to To get the service information
Management Facility; U.S. Department of
Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW.,
replace the pitch actuator with an identified in this proposed AD, contact
Nassif Building, Room PL–401, Washington, improved design pitch actuator and Pilatus Aircraft Ltd., Customer Liaison
DC, or on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov. make the necessary wiring and circuit Manager, CH–6371 Stans, Switzerland;
This is docket number FAA–2005–20589; breaker changes, as applicable. telephone: +41 41 619 6208; facsimile:
Directorate Identifier 2005–CE–12–AD. Installing the improved design pitch +41 41 619 7311; e-mail:

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