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Proposed Rules Federal Register


Vol. 72, No. 101

Friday, May 25, 2007

This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER • Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on Facility office between 9 a.m. and 5
contains notices to the public of the proposed the plaza level of the Nassif Building, p.m., Monday through Friday, except
issuance of rules and regulations. The 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, Federal holidays. The Docket
purpose of these notices is to give interested DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday Management Facility office (telephone
persons an opportunity to participate in the through Friday, except Federal holidays. (800) 647–5227) is located on the plaza
rule making prior to the adoption of the final
rules.
Contact Boeing Commercial level of the Nassif Building at the DOT
Airplanes, Long Beach Division, 3855 street address stated in the ADDRESSES
Lakewood Boulevard, Long Beach, section. Comments will be available in
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION California 90846, Attention: Data and the AD docket shortly after the Docket
Service Management, Dept. C1–L5A Management System receives them.
Federal Aviation Administration (D800–0024), for the service information
Discussion
identified in this proposed AD.
14 CFR Part 39 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The FAA has examined the
Samuel S. Lee, Aerospace Engineer, underlying safety issues involved in fuel
[Docket No. FAA–2007–28282; Directorate tank explosions on several large
Propulsion Branch, ANM–140L, FAA,
Identifier 2007–NM–068–AD] transport airplanes, including the
Los Angeles Aircraft Certification
RIN 2120–AA64 Office, 3960 Paramount Boulevard, adequacy of existing regulations, the
Lakewood, California 90712–4137; service history of airplanes subject to
Airworthiness Directives; McDonnell telephone (562) 627–5262; fax (562) those regulations, and existing
Douglas Model 717–200 Airplanes 627–5210. maintenance practices for fuel tank
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: systems. As a result of those findings,
AGENCY: Federal Aviation we issued a regulation titled ‘‘Transport
Administration (FAA), Department of Comments Invited Airplane Fuel Tank System Design
Transportation (DOT). Review, Flammability Reduction and
We invite you to submit any relevant
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking written data, views, or arguments Maintenance and Inspection
(NPRM). regarding this proposed AD. Send your Requirements’’ (66 FR 23086, May 7,
comments to an address listed in the 2001). In addition to new airworthiness
SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a standards for transport airplanes and
ADDRESSES section. Include the docket
new airworthiness directive (AD) for new maintenance requirements, this
certain McDonnell Douglas Model 717– number ‘‘FAA–2007–28282; Directorate
Identifier 2007–NM–068–AD’’ at the rule included Special Federal Aviation
200 airplanes. This proposed AD would Regulation No. 88 (‘‘SFAR 88,’’
require installing in-line fuel float beginning of your comments. We
specifically invite comments on the Amendment 21–78, and subsequent
switch fuses and wire protection at the Amendments 21–82 and 21–83).
left, right, and center forward spars. overall regulatory, economic,
environmental, and energy aspects of Among other actions, SFAR 88
This proposed AD results from a design requires certain type design (i.e., type
review of the fuel tank systems. We are the proposed AD. We will consider all
comments received by the closing date certificate (TC) and supplemental type
proposing this AD to prevent the certificate (STC)) holders to substantiate
potential for ignition sources inside fuel and may amend the proposed AD in
light of those comments. that their fuel tank systems can prevent
tanks caused by latent failures, ignition sources in the fuel tanks. This
We will post all comments we
alterations, repairs, or maintenance requirement applies to type design
receive, without change, to http://
actions, which, in combination with holders for large turbine-powered
dms.dot.gov, including any personal
flammable fuel vapors, could result in transport airplanes and for subsequent
information you provide. We will also
fuel tank explosions and consequent modifications to those airplanes. It
post a report summarizing each
loss of the airplane. requires them to perform design reviews
substantive verbal contact with FAA
DATES: We must receive comments on personnel concerning this proposed AD. and to develop design changes and
this proposed AD by July 9, 2007. Using the search function of that Web maintenance procedures if their designs
ADDRESSES: Use one of the following site, anyone can find and read the do not meet the new fuel tank safety
addresses to submit comments on this comments in any of our dockets, standards. As explained in the preamble
proposed AD. including the name of the individual to the rule, we intended to adopt
• DOT Docket Web site: Go to who sent the comment (or signed the airworthiness directives to mandate any
http://dms.dot.gov and follow the comment on behalf of an association, changes found necessary to address
instructions for sending your comments business, labor union, etc.). You may unsafe conditions identified as a result
electronically. review DOT’s complete Privacy Act of these reviews.
• Government-wide rulemaking Web Statement in the Federal Register In evaluating these design reviews, we
site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR have established four criteria intended
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and follow the instructions for sending 19477–78), or you may visit http:// to define the unsafe conditions
your comments electronically. dms.dot.gov. associated with fuel tank systems that
• Mail: Docket Management Facility, require corrective actions. The
U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Examining the Docket percentage of operating time during
Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, You may examine the AD docket on which fuel tanks are exposed to
Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590. the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov, or in flammable conditions is one of these
• Fax: (202) 493–2251. person at the Docket Management criteria. The other three criteria address

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the failure types under evaluation: Relevant Service Information condition that is likely to exist or
single failures, single failures in We have reviewed Boeing Service develop on other airplanes of this same
combination with another latent Bulletin 717–28–0014, dated March 20, type design. For this reason, we are
condition(s), and in-service failure 2007. The service bulletin describes proposing this AD, which would require
experience. For all four criteria, the procedures for installing in-line fuel accomplishing the actions specified in
evaluations included consideration of level float switch fuses and wire the service information described
previous actions taken that may mitigate protection at the left, right, and center previously.
the need for further action. forward spars. Accomplishing the
We have determined that the actions actions specified in the service Costs of Compliance
identified in this proposed AD are information is intended to adequately There are about 149 airplanes of the
necessary to reduce the potential of address the unsafe condition.
ignition sources inside fuel tanks, affected design in the worldwide fleet.
which, in combination with flammable FAA’s Determination and Requirements The following table provides the
fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank of the Proposed AD estimated costs for U.S. operators to
explosions and consequent loss of the We have evaluated all pertinent comply with this proposed AD.
airplane. information and identified an unsafe

ESTIMATED COSTS
Number of
Average labor Cost per
Work hours Parts U.S.-registered Fleet cost
rate per hour airplane airplanes

5 ........................................................................................... $80 $509 $909 117 $106,353

Authority for This Rulemaking 3. Will not have a significant Applicability


Title 49 of the United States Code economic impact, positive or negative, (c) This AD applies to McDonnell Douglas
specifies the FAA’s authority to issue on a substantial number of small entities Model 717–200 airplanes, certificated in any
under the criteria of the Regulatory category, as identified in Boeing Service
rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, Bulletin 717–28–0014, dated March 20, 2007.
section 106, describes the authority of Flexibility Act.
the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, We prepared a regulatory evaluation Unsafe Condition
Aviation Programs, describes in more of the estimated costs to comply with (d) This AD results from a design review
detail the scope of the Agency’s this proposed AD and placed it in the of the fuel tank systems. We are issuing this
authority. AD docket. See the ADDRESSES section AD to prevent the potential for ignition
We are issuing this rulemaking under for a location to examine the regulatory sources inside fuel tanks caused by latent
the authority described in subtitle VII, evaluation. failures, alterations, repairs, or maintenance
actions, which, in combination with
part A, subpart III, section 44701, List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel
‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that tank explosions and consequent loss of the
section, Congress charges the FAA with Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation airplane.
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in safety, Safety.
air commerce by prescribing regulations Compliance
The Proposed Amendment
for practices, methods, and procedures (e) You are responsible for having the
the Administrator finds necessary for Accordingly, under the authority actions required by this AD performed within
delegated to me by the Administrator, the compliance times specified, unless the
safety in air commerce. This regulation
the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part actions have already been done.
is within the scope of that authority
because it addresses an unsafe condition 39 as follows: Fuse Installation
that is likely to exist or develop on (f) Within 60 months after the effective
products identified in this rulemaking PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS date of this AD, install in-line fuel level float
action. DIRECTIVES switch fuses and wire protection at the left,
right, and center forward spars, in
Regulatory Findings 1. The authority citation for part 39 accordance with the Accomplishment
continues to read as follows: Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin 717–
We have determined that this
Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. 28–0014, dated March 20, 2007.
proposed AD would not have federalism
implications under Executive Order § 39.13 [Amended] Alternative Methods of Compliance
13132. This proposed AD would not (AMOCs)
have a substantial direct effect on the 2. The Federal Aviation
(g)(1) The Manager, Los Angeles Aircraft
States, on the relationship between the Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13 Certification Office (ACO), FAA, has the
national Government and the States, or by adding the following new authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if
on the distribution of power and airworthiness directive (AD): requested in accordance with the procedures
responsibilities among the various McDonnell Douglas: Docket No. FAA–2007– found in 14 CFR 39.19.
28282; Directorate Identifier 2007–NM– (2) To request a different method of
levels of government.
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068–AD. compliance or a different compliance time


For the reasons discussed above, I
for this AD, follow the procedures in 14 CFR
certify that the proposed regulation: Comments Due Date 39.19. Before using any approved AMOC on
1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory (a) The FAA must receive comments on any airplane to which the AMOC applies,
action’’ under Executive Order 12866; this AD action by July 9, 2007. notify your appropriate principal inspector
2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District
DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures Affected ADs Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local
(44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and (b) None. FSDO.

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Issued in Renton, Washington, on May 17, and follow the instructions for sending Federal holidays. The Docket
2007. your comments electronically. Management Facility office (telephone
Ali Bahrami, • Mail: Docket Management Facility, (800) 647–5227) is located on the plaza
Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 level of the Nassif Building at the DOT
Aircraft Certification Service. Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, street address stated in the ADDRESSES
[FR Doc. E7–10138 Filed 5–24–07; 8:45 am] Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590. section. Comments will be available in
BILLING CODE 4910–13–P • Fax: (202) 493–2251. the AD docket shortly after the Docket
• Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on Management System receives them.
the plaza level of the Nassif Building, Discussion
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington,
DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday We have received numerous reports of
Federal Aviation Administration through Friday, except Federal holidays. multiple cracks in the frame around the
Contact Boeing Commercial attachment holes of certain support
14 CFR Part 39 Airplanes, P.O. Box 3707, Seattle, brackets of the air conditioning (A/C)
Washington 98124–2207, for the service outlet extrusions on Model 737–200,
[Docket No. FAA–2007–28283; Directorate
Identifier 2006–NM–254–AD] information identified in this proposed –300, –400, and –500 series airplanes.
AD. Investigation has revealed that the frame
RIN 2120–AA64 cracks occur due to fatigue caused by a
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
combination of forward and aft loads
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing Wayne Lockett, Aerospace Engineer, from fuselage expansion, and down
Model 737–600, –700, –700C, –800 and Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, loads from fuselage deflection on the
–900 Series Airplanes Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, attached structure. The subject frame
1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, cracks radiate from one side of the
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Washington 98057–3356; telephone
Administration (FAA), Department of attachment hole, nearest the frame
(425) 917–6447; fax (425) 917–6590. flanges; further, frame cracks up to 0.6
Transportation (DOT).
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: inch long have also been found on the
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking
Comments Invited inboard flange of the body station (BS)
(NPRM).
907 frame adjacent to the support
We invite you to submit any relevant bracket. With continued fatigue cycling,
SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a
written data, views, or arguments frame cracking, if not corrected, could
new airworthiness directive (AD) for
regarding this proposed AD. Send your lead to a severed frame that, combined
certain Boeing Model 737–600, –700,
comments to an address listed in the with cracking of the skin lap splice
–700C, –800 and –900 series airplanes.
ADDRESSES section. Include the docket above stringer 10, could result in rapid
This proposed AD would require a one-
number ‘‘FAA–2007–28283; Directorate decompression of the airplane.
time general visual inspection of frames
Identifier 2006–NM–254–AD’’ at the The subject area on Model 737–600,
between body station (BS) 360 and BS
beginning of your comments. We –700, –700C, –800 and –900 series
907 to determine if certain support
specifically invite comments on the airplanes is almost identical to that on
brackets of the air conditioning (A/C)
overall regulatory, economic, the affected Model 737–200, –300, –400,
outlet extrusions are installed; medium-
environmental, and energy aspects of and –500 series airplanes. Therefore,
and high-frequency eddy current
the proposed AD. We will consider all certain Model 737–600, –700, –700C,
inspections for cracking of the frames
comments received by the closing date –800 and –900 series airplanes are
around the attachment holes of the
and may amend the proposed AD in subject to the unsafe condition revealed
subject brackets; and repair if necessary.
light of those comments. on the Model 737–200, –300, –400, and
This proposed AD would also require
We will post all comments we –500 series airplanes.
installing new, improved fittings for all
receive, without change, to http:// The inspection threshold specified for
support brackets of the A/C outlet
dms.dot.gov, including any personal the Model 737–600, –700, –700C, –900,
extrusions between BS 360 and BS 907.
information you provide. We will also and –900 series airplanes is later than
This proposed AD results from
post a report summarizing each the total flight cycles accumulated by
numerous reports of multiple cracks in
substantive verbal contact with FAA some Model 737–200, –300, –400, and
the frames around the attachment holes
personnel concerning this proposed AD. –500 series airplanes with reported
of certain support brackets of the A/C
Using the search function of that Web cracks. We have determined that this is
outlet extrusions. We are proposing this
site, anyone can find and read the acceptable based on growth rate and
AD to detect and correct frame cracking,
comments in any of our dockets, cracking pattern of the cracks.
which, if not corrected, could lead to a
including the name of the individual
severed frame that, combined with Relevant Service Information
who sent the comment (or signed the
cracking of the skin lap splice above We have reviewed Boeing Special
comment on behalf of an association,
stringer 10, could result in rapid Attention Service Bulletin 737–25–
business, labor union, etc.). You may
decompression of the airplane. 1544, dated October 4, 2006. The service
review DOT’s complete Privacy Act
DATES: We must receive comments on Statement in the Federal Register bulletin describes procedures for doing
this proposed AD by July 9, 2007. published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR a general visual inspection (GVI) of the
ADDRESSES: Use one of the following 19477–78), or you may visit http:// frames between BS 360 and BS 907 to
addresses to submit comments on this dms.dot.gov. identify support brackets of the A/C
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proposed AD. outlet extrusions that have a two-rivet


• DOT Docket Web site: Go to Examining the Docket attachment fitting. The service bulletin
http://dms.dot.gov and follow the You may examine the AD docket on also describes procedures for doing
instructions for sending your comments the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov, or in medium- and high-frequency eddy
electronically. person at the Docket Management current (MFEC and HFEC) inspections
• Government-wide rulemaking Web Facility office between 9 a.m. and 5 for cracking of the frames around the
site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov p.m., Monday through Friday, except attachment holes of the identified

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