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Issued in Renton, Washington, on of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street proposed AD is addressed by the
December 27, 2004. SW., room PL–401, on the plaza level of repetitive inspections.
Kevin M. Mullin, the Nassif Building, Washington, DC. We agree with the commenter. The
Acting Manager, Transport Airplane FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: repetitive inspections for cracking
Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. Technical information: Ivan Li, required by AD 2001–16–02 are more
[FR Doc. 05–161 Filed 1–6–05; 8:45 am] Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, extensive than the one-time inspection
BILLING CODE 4910–13–P ANM–120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft required by this AD, and must be
Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue, repeated at intervals not to exceed 3,000
SW., Renton, Washington 98055–4056; flight cycles. Initiating those inspections
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION telephone (425) 917–6437; fax (425) will find cracking before it reaches
917–6590. critical length; therefore, the one-time
Federal Aviation Administration Plain language information: Marcia inspection required by this AD is not
Walters, marcia.walters@faa.gov. necessary if the repetitive inspections
14 CFR Part 39 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA are currently being done. For airplanes
[Docket No. FAA–2004–18601; Directorate proposed to amend 14 CFR Part 39 with that are at or near the 10,000-flight-cycle
Identifier 2004–NM–34–AD; Amendment 39– an AD for certain Boeing Model 747 threshold, and have not been inspected
13933; AD 2005–01–09] series airplanes. That action, published per AD 2001–16–02, the purpose of this
in the Federal Register on July 15, 2004 AD is to close the gap between the
RIN 2120–AA64
(69 FR 42365), proposed to require a compliance time for the initial
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing one-time inspection for discrepancies of inspection required by AD 2001–16–02
Model 747–100, –200B, –200F, –200C, the frame web and inner chords on the (before the accumulation of 16,000 total
–100B, –300, –100B SUD, –400, –400D, forward edge frame of the number 5 flight cycles) and the one-time
–400F, and 747SR Series Airplanes main entry door cutout, and related inspection required by this AD. The AD
corrective action. requires that operators inspect the
AGENCY: Federal Aviation airplane at or before 10,000 total flight
Examining the Docket
Administration (FAA), DOT. cycles, or within the specified grace
ACTION: Final rule.
The AD docket contains the proposed period. Therefore, paragraph (g) of this
AD, comments, and any final AD has been changed to specify that
SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new disposition. You can examine the AD operators currently accomplishing the
airworthiness directive (AD) for certain docket on the Internet at http:// repetitive inspections required by AD
Boeing Model 747 series airplanes. This dms.dot.gov, or in person at the Docket 2001–16–02 are not required to
AD requires a one-time inspection for Management Facility office between 9 accomplish the one-time inspection
discrepancies of the frame web and a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through required by this AD.
inner chords on the forward edge frame Friday, except Federal holidays. The
of the number 5 main entry door cutout, Docket Management Facility office Conclusion
and related corrective action. This AD is (telephone (800) 647–5227) is located on We have carefully reviewed the
prompted by a report of cracking of the the plaza level of the Nassif Building at available data, including the comment
frame web and inner chords on the the DOT street address stated in the that has been submitted, and
forward edge frame of the number 5 ADDRESSES section. determined that air safety and the
main entry door. We are issuing this AD Comment public interest require adopting the AD
to find and fix discrepancies of the with the change described previously.
frame web and inner chords, which We provided the public the We have determined that this change
could result in cracking, subsequent opportunity to participate in the will neither increase the economic
severing of the frame, and consequent development of this AD. We have burden on any operator nor increase the
rapid depressurization of the airplane. considered the single comment that has scope of the AD.
been submitted on the proposed AD.
DATES: This AD becomes effective Costs of Compliance
February 11, 2005. Request To Change Paragraph (g)
There are about 1,055 airplanes
The incorporation by reference of The commenter (the manufacturer) worldwide of the affected design, this
certain publications listed in the AD is asks that paragraph (g) of the proposed AD affects about 220 airplanes of U.S.
approved by the Director of the Federal AD be changed to read ‘‘For those registry. The inspection takes about 2
Register as of February 11, 2005. airplanes on which the repetitive work hours per airplane, at an average
ADDRESSES: For service information inspections required by AD 2001–16– labor rate of $65 per work hour. Based
identified in this AD, contact Boeing 02, amendment 39–12370, have been on these figures, the estimated cost of
Commercial Airplanes, PO Box 3707, done as of the effective date of this AD, the inspection required by this AD for
Seattle, Washington 98124–2207. You no further action is required.’’ The U.S. operators is $28,600, or $130 per
can examine this information at the commenter states that the inspection airplane.
National Archives and Records required by AD 2001–16–02 (referenced
Administration (NARA). For as a related AD in the proposed AD) is Authority for This Rulemaking
information on the availability of this a surface eddy current inspection and is The FAA’s authority to issue rules
material at NARA, call (202) 741–6030, more intensive than the detailed regarding aviation safety is found in
or go to: http://www.archives.gov/ inspection specified in the proposed Title 49 of the United States Code.
federal_register/ AD. The commenter notes that the Subtitle I, Section 106, describes the
code_of_federal_regulations/ repetitive inspections in AD 2001–16– authority of the FAA Administrator.
ibr_locations.html. 02 adequately detect any cracking prior Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs,
You can examine the contents of this to loss of residual strength of the chord. describes in more detail the scope of the
AD docket on the Internet at http:// The commenter adds that a nick or agency’s authority.
dms.dot.gov, or at the Docket gouge does not affect the crack growth This rulemaking is promulgated
Management Facility, U.S. Department rate, so the safety concern in the under the authority described in

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Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section Effective Date AD: Before further flight, do all the related
44701, ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under (a) This AD becomes effective February 11, corrective actions specified in the
that section, Congress charges the FAA 2005. Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert
with promoting safe flight of civil Service Bulletin 747–53A2494, dated
Affected ADs
aircraft in air commerce by prescribing September 18, 2003. Where the service
(b) Accomplishing this AD will not bulletin specifies contacting the
regulations for practices, methods, and
terminate the repetitive inspections required manufacturer for disposition of certain repair
procedures the Administrator finds by AD 2001–16–02, amendment 39–12370.
necessary for safety in air commerce. conditions, repair before further flight per a
This regulation is within the scope of Applicability method approved by the Manager, Seattle
that authority because it addresses an (c) This AD applies to Boeing Model 747– Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA; or
unsafe condition that is likely to exist or 100, –200B, –200F, –200C, –100B, –300, per data meeting the type certification basis
develop on products identified in this –100B SUD, –400, –400D, –400F, and 747SR of the airplane approved by a Boeing
series airplanes; line numbers 1 through 1333 Company Designated Engineering
AD.
inclusive; certificated in any category. Representative who has been authorized by
Regulatory Findings Unsafe Condition the Manager, Seattle ACO, to make such
findings. For a repair method to be approved,
We have determined that this AD will (d) This AD was prompted by a report of
cracking of the frame web and inner cords on the approval must specifically refer to this
not have federalism implications under
the forward edge frame of the number 5 main AD.
Executive Order 13132. This AD will
not have a substantial direct effect on entry door. We are issuing this AD to find Alternative Methods of Compliance
and fix discrepancies of the frame web and
the States, on the relationship between (AMOCs)
inner cords, which could result in cracking,
the national government and the States, subsequent severing of the frame, and (i)(1) The Manager, Seattle ACO, has the
or on the distribution of power and consequent rapid depressurization of the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if
responsibilities among the various airplane. requested in accordance with the procedures
levels of government. found in 14 CFR 39.19.
Compliance
For the reasons discussed above, I (2) An AMOC that provides an acceptable
(e) You are responsible for having the
certify that this AD: level of safety may be used for any repair
actions required by this AD performed within
(1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory required by this AD, if it is approved by a
the compliance times specified, unless the
action’’ under Executive Order 12866; actions have already been done. Boeing Company Designated Engineering
(2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under Representative who has been authorized by
One-Time Inspection the Manager, Seattle ACO, to make those
DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures
(f) For airplanes on which the repetitive findings. For a repair method to be approved,
(44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and inspections required by AD 2001–16–02 have the approval must specifically refer to this
(3) Will not have a significant not been accomplished as of the effective AD.
economic impact, positive or negative, date of this AD: Do a one-time detailed
on a substantial number of small entities inspection for discrepancies (nicks, Material Incorporated by Reference
under the criteria of the Regulatory scratches, and/or gouges) of the frame web (j) You must use Boeing Alert Service
Flexibility Act. and inner cords (forward and aft) of the Bulletin 747–53A2494, dated September 18,
forward edge frame of the number 5 main
We prepared a regulatory evaluation entry door cutout, by doing all the applicable
2003, to perform the actions that are required
of the estimated costs to comply with actions specified in the Accomplishment by this AD, unless the AD specifies
this AD. See the ADDRESSES section for Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin otherwise. The Director of the Federal
a location to examine the regulatory 747–53A2494, dated September 18, 2003. Do Register approves the incorporation by
evaluation. the inspection at the latest of the times reference of this document in accordance
specified in paragraphs (f)(1), (f)(2), and (f)(3) with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. For
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 of this AD. copies of the service information, contact
Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation (1) Before the accumulation of 10,000 total Boeing Commercial Airplanes, PO Box 3707,
flight cycles. Seattle, Washington 98124–2207. For
safety, Incorporation by reference,
(2) Within 1,500 flight cycles after the information on the availability of this
Safety. effective date of this AD. material at the National Archives and
Adoption of the Amendment (3) Within 24 months after the effective
Records Administration (NARA), call (202)
date of this AD.
741–6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/
■ Accordingly, under the authority (g) For airplanes on which the repetitive
inspections required by AD 2001–16–02 have federal_register/code_of_federal_regulations/
delegated to me by the Administrator, ibr_locations.html. You may view the AD
the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as been accomplished as of the effective date of
this AD: No further action is required by this docket at the Docket Management Facility,
follows: AD. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh
Note 1: For the purposes of this AD, a Street SW., room PL–401, Nassif Building,
PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS
detailed inspection is: ‘‘An intensive visual Washington, DC.
DIRECTIVES
examination of a specific structural area, Issued in Renton, Washington, on
■ 1. The authority citation for part 39 system, installation, or assembly to detect
December 27, 2004.
damage, failure, or irregularity. Available
continues to read as follows: Kevin M. Mullin,
lighting is normally supplemented with a
Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. direct source of good lighting at intensity Acting Manager, Transport Airplane
deemed appropriate by the inspector. Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
§ 39.13 [Amended] Inspection aids such as mirror, magnifying [FR Doc. 05–160 Filed 1–6–05; 8:45 am]
lenses, etc., may be used. Surface cleaning
■ 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding BILLING CODE 4910–13–P
and elaborate access procedures may be
the following new airworthiness required.’’
directive (AD):
2005–01–09 Boeing: Amendment 39–13933. Related Corrective Action
Docket No. FAA–2004–18601; (h) If any discrepancy is found during the
Directorate Identifier 2004–NM–34–AD. inspection required by paragraph (f) of this

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