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Actions Compliance Procedures

(4) You may replace the horizontal stabilizer at- As of the effective date of this AD ................... Follow B–N Group Ltd. Modification Leaflet for
tachment bolts and anchor nuts with the new, Mod NB–M–1787, Issue 1, dated August 1,
modified horizontal stabilizer attachment bolts 2005.
at any time, but no later than the applicable
times specified in paragraphs (e)(2) and
(e)(3) of this AD. After installing the new,
modified horizontal stabilizer attachment
bolts, no further action is required.

Alternative Methods of Compliance current, non-destructive inspections of Locust, Room 301, Kansas City,
(AMOCs) the nose skin and adjacent structure Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–
(f) The Manager, Standards Staff, FAA, above the left and right main landing 4059; facsimile: (816) 329–4090.
ATTN: Albert J. Mercado, Aerospace gear bay and repetitive visual SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Engineer, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 inspections of the forward support
Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri structure of the floor panel for crack Comments Invited
64106; telephone: (816) 329–4119; facsimile: damage. If you find any crack damage, We invite you to send any written
(816) 329–4090, has the authority to approve
AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the
this proposed AD would require you to relevant data, views, or arguments
procedures found in CFR 39.19. contact Pilatus to obtain a repair regarding this proposed AD. Send your
solution and incorporate the repair. This comments to an address listed under the
Related Information proposed AD results from mandatory ADDRESSES section. Include the docket
(g) MCAI British AD No. G–2004–0014 R1, continuing airworthiness information number, ‘‘FAA–2006–25582; Directorate
Effective Date: July 29, 2005, also addresses (MCAI) issued by the airworthiness Identifier 2006–CE–42–AD’’ at the
the subject of this AD. To get copies of the authority for Switzerland. We are beginning of your comments. We
service information referenced in this AD, proposing this AD to detect and correct specifically invite comments on the
contact B–N Group Ltd., Bembridge Airport,
Isle of Wight, PO35 5PR, United Kingdom;
cracks in the nose skin and adjacent overall regulatory, economic,
telephone: +44 (0) 1983 872511; fax: +44 (0) structure above the left and right main environmental, and energy aspects of
1983 873246. To view the AD docket, go to landing gear bay and in the forward the proposed AD. We will consider all
the Docket Management Facility; U.S. support structure of the floor panel. comments received by the closing date
Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Crack propagation in certain areas could and may amend the proposed AD in
Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL–401, lead to failure of the main wing torsion light of those comments.
Washington, DC, or on the Internet at box, which could result in loss of We will post all comments we
http://dms.dot.gov. The docket number is control. receive, without change, to http://
Docket No. FAA–2006–25688; Directorate dms.dot.gov, including any personal
Identifier 2006–CE–44–AD. DATES: We must receive comments on
this proposed AD by October 16, 2006. information you provide. We will also
Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on post a report summarizing each
September 11, 2006. ADDRESSES: Use one of the following
substantive verbal contact we receive
John R. Colomy, addresses to comment on this proposed concerning this proposed AD.
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, AD:
Aircraft Certification Service. • DOT Docket Web site: Go to Discussion
[FR Doc. 06–7706 Filed 9–14–06; 8:45 am] http://dms.dot.gov and follow the The Federal Office for Civil Aviation
instructions for sending your comments (FOCA), which is the airworthiness
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electronically. authority for Switzerland, notified FAA
• Government-wide rulemaking Web that an unsafe condition may exist on
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov certain Pilatus PC–7 airplanes. The
and follow the instructions for sending FOCA reports crack damage in some
Federal Aviation Administration your comments electronically. radii at the rear edge of the nose skin,
• Mail: Docket Management Facility; part number (P/N) 111.34.07.434. The
14 CFR Part 39 U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 radii are adjacent to the left and right
Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, corners at the forward edge of the floor
[Docket No. FAA–2006–25582; Directorate
Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590– panel, P/N 111.34.07.530. Crack damage
Identifier 2006–CE–42–AD]
0001. can also occur in the forward support
RIN 2120–AA64 • Fax: (202) 493–2251. structure of the floor panel adjacent to
• Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on the skin panel.
Airworthiness Directives; Pilatus the plaza level of the Nassif Building,
Aircraft Ltd. Model PC–7 Airplanes This condition, if not detected and
400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, corrected, could result in crack
AGENCY: Federal Aviation DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday propagation in certain areas, which may
Administration (FAA), Department of through Friday, except Federal holidays. lead to failure of the main wing torsion
Transportation (DOT). For service information identified in box. This failure could result in loss of
this proposed AD, contact Pilatus control.
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking
Aircraft Ltd., Customer Liaison
(NPRM).
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Manager, CH–6371 Stans, Switzerland; Relevant Service Information


SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new telephone: +41 41 619 63 19; fax: +41 41 We have reviewed Pilatus PC–7
airworthiness directive (AD) for certain 619 6224. Service Bulletin No. 57–009, dated
Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. (Pilatus) Model PC– FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: January 29, 2004. The service
7 airplanes. This proposed AD would Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, information describes procedures for
require you to do repetitive eddy- FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 visually inspecting the forward support

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structure of the floor panel and eddy- FAA’s Determination and Requirements The applicable service bulletin specifies
current, non-destructive inspecting the of the Proposed AD repair of the nose skin only if cracks are
nose skin and adjacent structure above We are proposing this AD because we found exceeding limits illustrated in
the left and right main landing gear bay have examined the FOCA’s findings, Pilatus PC–7 Service Bulletin No. 57–
for crack damage. evaluated all information and 009, dated January 29, 2004, as does
determined the unsafe condition FOCA AD HB–2006–374, effective date
Foreign Airworthiness Authority August 2, 2006. This proposed AD, if
described previously is likely to exist or
Information adopted, does not allow continued flight
develop on other products of the same
type design that are certificated for if any crack is found. FAA policy is to
The FOCA classified this service
operation in the United States. disallow airplane operation when
bulletin as mandatory and issued Swiss
This proposed AD would require you known cracks exist in primary structure,
AD HB 2006–374, effective date August unless the ability to sustain ultimate
to do repetitive eddy-current, non-
2, 2006, to ensure the continued load with these cracks is proven. The
destructive inspections of the nose skin
airworthiness of these airplanes in nose skin is considered primary
and adjacent structure above the left and
Switzerland. right main landing gear bay and structure, and the FAA has not received
These Pilatus PC–7 airplanes are repetitive visual inspections of the any analysis to prove that ultimate load
manufactured in Switzerland and are forward support structure of the floor can be sustained with cracks in this
type-certificated for operation in the panel for crack damage. If you find any area.
United States under the provisions of crack damage, this proposed AD would The requirements of this proposed
section 21.29 of the Federal Aviation require you to contact Pilatus to obtain AD, if adopted as a final rule, would
Regulations (14 CFR 21.29) and the a repair solution and incorporate the take precedence over the provisions in
applicable bilateral airworthiness repair. the service information.
agreement. Differences Between the FOCA AD, the Costs of Compliance
Under this bilateral airworthiness Service Information, and This Proposed
agreement, the FOCA has kept us AD We estimate that this proposed AD
informed of the situation described FOCA AD HB–2006–374, effective would affect 10 airplanes in the U.S.
above. date August 2, 2006, allows continued registry.
flight if cracks are found in the nose We estimate the following costs to do
skin that do not exceed certain limits. the proposed inspection:

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

3 work-hours × $80 per hour = $240 ........................ No parts required ...................................................... $240 $2,400

Any required ‘‘upon-condition’’ products identified in this rulemaking Examining the AD Docket
repairs would vary depending upon the action. You may examine the AD docket that
damage found. Based on this, we have contains the proposed AD, the
Regulatory Findings
no way of determining the potential regulatory evaluation, any comments
repair costs for each airplane or the We have determined that this received, and other information on the
number of airplanes that would need proposed AD would not have federalism Internet at http://dms.dot.gov; or in
the repairs based on the result of the implications under Executive Order person at the Docket Management
proposed inspections. 13132. This proposed AD would not Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.,
Authority for This Rulemaking have a substantial direct effect on the Monday through Friday, except Federal
States, on the relationship between the holidays. The Docket Office (telephone
Title 49 of the United States Code National Government and the States, or (800) 647–5227) is located at the street
specifies the FAA’s authority to issue on the distribution of power and address stated in the ADDRESSES section.
rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, responsibilities among the various Comments will be available in the AD
section 106, describes the authority of levels of government. docket shortly after receipt.
the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, For the reasons discussed above, I
Aviation Programs, describes in more certify that the proposed regulation: List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39
detail the scope of the Agency’s Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation
1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory
authority. safety, Safety.
action’’ under Executive Order 12866;
We are issuing this rulemaking under
the authority described in subtitle VII, 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the The Proposed Amendment
part A, subpart III, section 44701, DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures
(44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and Accordingly, under the authority
‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that delegated to me by the Administrator,
section, Congress charges the FAA with 3. Will not have a significant
the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in economic impact, positive or negative,
39 as follows:
air commerce by prescribing regulations on a substantial number of small entities
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for practices, methods, and procedures under the criteria of the Regulatory PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS
the Administrator finds necessary for Flexibility Act. DIRECTIVES
safety in air commerce. This regulation We prepared a regulatory evaluation
is within the scope of that authority of the estimated costs to comply with 1. The authority citation for part 39
because it addresses an unsafe condition this proposed AD and placed it in the continues to read as follows:
that is likely to exist or develop on AD docket. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.

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§ 39.13 [Amended] Affected ADs Switzerland. We are issuing this AD to detect


(b) None. and correct cracks in the nose skin and
2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding adjacent structure above the left and right
the following new AD: Applicability main landing gear bay and in the forward
Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.: Docket No. FAA–2006– (c) This AD applies to Model PC–7 support structure of the floor panel. Crack
25582; Directorate Identifier 2006–CE– airplanes, manufacturer serial numbers 101 propagation in certain areas could lead to
42–AD. through 618 inclusive, that are certificated in failure of the main wing torsion box. This
any category.
failure could result in loss of control.
Comments Due Date
Unsafe Condition
(a) We must receive comments on this Compliance
(d) This AD results from mandatory
airworthiness directive (AD) action by continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) (e) To address this problem, you must do
October 16, 2006. issued by the airworthiness authority for the following:

Actions Compliance Procedures

(1) Inspect: Initially inspect within the next 150 hours time- Do the initial inspection following Pilatus PC–
(i) The forward area of the floor panel and in-service or 6 calendar months, whichever 7 Service Bulletin No. 57–009, dated Janu-
the related structure for cracks using occurs first, after the effective date of this ary 29, 2004. Do the repetitive inspections
magnified, visual methods. AD, unless already done. Repetitively in- following the procedures in AMM 57–10–03,
(ii) The nose skin and adjacent structure spect thereafter at intervals specified in dated March 4, 2005, and AMM 05–30–05,
above the left and right main landing paragraph 2. B. of Pilatus PC–7 Aircraft dated February 28, 2006.
gear bay for cracks using eddy-current, Maintenance Manual (AMM) 05–10–00,
non-destructive methods. dated March 4, 2005.
(2) If crack damage is found during any inspec- Before further flight after any inspection in Obtain an FAA-approved repair solution from
tion required by paragraph (e)(1) of this AD, which crack damage is found. Further flight the manufacturer through the FAA at the
obtain an FAA-approved repair solution from with crack damage is not permitted. After address specified in paragraph (f) of this
the manufacturer through the FAA at the ad- incorporating the repair, repetitively inspect AD and incorporate the repair.
dress specified in paragraph (f) of this AD as specified in paragraph (e)(1) of this AD.
and incorporate the repair.

Alternative Methods of Compliance DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AD would require a repetitive


(AMOCs) inspection, which requires a visual and
(f) The Manager, Standards Staff, FAA, Federal Aviation Administration dimensional inspection of the IFWU
ATTN: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, assembly at specified intervals. This AD
FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, 14 CFR Part 39 would also require recording certain
Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; [Docket No. FAA–2006–25824; Directorate information and replacing each part that
telephone: (816) 329–4059; facsimile: (816) Identifier 2004–SW–23–AD] is beyond the wear limits or that
329–4090, has the authority to approve exhibits visual surface distress with an
AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the RIN 2120–AA64 airworthy part. In addition, this AD
procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. would require permanently marking the
Airworthiness Directives; Sikorsky REL IFWU camshafts and gear housings
Related Information Aircraft Corporation Model S–61L, N, with the letters ‘‘REL’’ on the surface of
(g) The Federal Office for Civil Aviation R, and NM Helicopters these parts. This proposal is prompted
Swiss AD HB–2006–374, effective date AGENCY: Federal Aviation by an accident in which the left and
August 2, 2006, also addresses the subject of Administration, DOT. right IFWU assembly on a helicopter
this AD. To get copies of the service slipped or disengaged resulting in both
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking
information referenced in this AD, contact engines overspeeding, engine
Pilatus Aircraft Ltd., Customer Liaison
(NPRM).
shutdowns, and loss of engine power to
Manager, CH–6371 Stans, Switzerland; SUMMARY: This document proposes the transmissions. The actions specified
telephone: +41 41 619 63 19; fax: +41 41 619 adopting a new airworthiness directive by the proposed AD are intended to
6224. To view the AD docket, go to the (AD) for the specified Sikorsky Aircraft prevent slipping in the IFWU assembly,
Docket Management Facility; U.S. Corporation (Sikorsky) model loss of engine power to the
Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh helicopters. The AD would require, transmissions, and subsequent loss of
Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL–401, within a specified time, creating a control of the helicopter.
Washington, DC, or on the Internet at
component history card or equivalent DATES: Comments must be received on
http://dms.dot.gov. The docket number is
record. The AD would also require or before November 14, 2006.
Docket No. FAA–2006–25582; Directorate
recording the hours time-in-service ADDRESSES: Use one of the following
Identifier 2006–CE–42–AD.
(TIS) and the external lift cycles (lift addresses to submit comments on this
Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on cycles) for each main gearbox input left proposed AD:
September 11, 2006. and right freewheel unit (IFWU) • DOT Docket Web site: Go to
John R. Colomy, assembly. Also, the AD would require http://dms.dot.gov and follow the
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, calculating a moving average of lift instructions for sending your comments
Aircraft Certification Service. cycles per hour TIS at specified electronically;
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[FR Doc. E6–15342 Filed 9–14–06; 8:45 am] intervals on each IFWU assembly. The • Government-wide rulemaking Web
moving average would be used to site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov
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determine if an IFWU assembly is used and follow the instructions for sending
in repetitive external lift (REL) or non- your comments electronically;
REL helicopter operations. If an IFWU • Mail: Docket Management Facility;
assembly is used in REL operations, this U.S. Department of Transportation, 400

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