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14 CFR Parts 121 and 129

[Docket No. FAA-2006-24281; Amendment Nos. 121-360A, 129-51A]

RIN 2120-AI05

Aging Airplane Program: Widespread Fatigue Damage; Correction

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.
ACTION: Final rule; technical amendment; correction.
SUMMARY: The FAA is correcting a technical amendment published May 24, 2012 to a final rule published November 15, 2010. The final rule required design approval holders of certain existing airplanes and all applicants for type certificates of future transport category airplanes to establish a limit of validity of the engineering data that supports the structural maintenance program (hereinafter referred to as LOV). It also required that operators of any affected airplane incorporate the LOV into the maintenance program for that airplane. The technical amendment to the final rule was issued to correct errors, but within its publication, it contained inadvertent errors due to pagination in two tables. This document corrects the errors in those tables.
DATES: This corrective action becomes effective September 7, 2012.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical questions concerning this action, contact Walter Sippel, ANM-115, Airframe/Cabin Safety Branch, Federal Aviation Administration, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone (425) 227-2774; facsimile (425) 227-1232; emailwalter.sippel@faa.gov.

For legal questions concerning this action, contact Doug Anderson, Office of Regional Counsel, Federal Aviation Administration, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone (425) 227-2166; facsimile (425) 227-1007; emaildouglas.anderson@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On May 24, 2012, the FAA published a technical amendment to a final rule. The technical amendment is entitled “Aging Airplane Program: Widespread Fatigue Damage” (77 FR 30877), which corrected a final rule published November 15, 2010 (75 FR 69746).

In that technical amendment, the FAA intended to correct compliance dates of §§ 26.21, 121.1115, and 129.115 for Airbus A310 and A300-600 series airplanes. Upon publication, however, the technical amendment contained inadvertent errors due to pagination in two of the tables.

Accordingly, FAA amends 14 CFR parts 121 and 129 by making the following technical amendments:

PART 121—OPERATING REQUIREMENTS: DOMESTIC, FLAG, AND SUPPLEMENTAL OPERATIONS 1. The authority citation for part 121 continues to read as follows: Authority:

49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 40119, 41706, 44101, 44701-44702, 44705, 44709-44711, 44713, 44716-44717, 44722, 46105.

2. In § 121.1115, revise the table entitled “Table 1—Airplane Subject to § 26.21” to read as follows:
§ 121.1115 Limit of validity. Table 1—Airplanes Subject to § 26.21 Airplane model Compliance date—months after January 14, 2011 Default LOV
  • [flight cycles (FC)
  • or flight hours (FH)]
  • Airbus—Existing1Models Only: A300 B2-1A, B2-1C, B2K-3C, B2-203 30 48,000 FC A300 B4-2C, B4-103 30 40,000 FC A300 B4-203 30 34,000 FC A300-600 Series 60 30,000 FC/67,500 FH A310-200 Series 60 40,000 FC/60,000 FH A310-300 Series 60 35,000 FC/60,000 FH A318 Series 60 48,000 FC/60,000 FH A319 Series 60 48,000 FC/60,000 FH A320-100 Series 60 48,000 FC/48,000 FH A320-200 Series 60 48,000 FC/60,000 FH A321 Series 60 48,000 FC/60,000 FH A330-200, -300 Series (except WV050 family) (non enhanced) 60 40,000 FC/60,000 FH A330-200, -300 Series WV050 family (enhanced) 60 33,000 FC/100,000 FH A330-200 Freighter Series 60 See NOTE. A340-200, -300 Series (except WV 027 and WV050 family) (non enhanced) 60 20,000 FC/80,000 FH A340-200, -300 Series WV 027 (non enhanced) 60 30,000 FC/60,000 FH A340-300 Series WV050 family (enhanced) 60 20,000 FC/100,000 FH A340-500, -600 Series 60 16,600 FC/100,000 FH A380-800 Series 72 See NOTE. Boeing—Existing1Models Only: 717 60 60,000 FC/60,000 FH 727 (all series) 30 60,000 FC 737 (Classics): 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, -500 30 75,000 FC 737 (NG): 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, -900ER 60 75,000 FC 747 (Classics): 747-100, -100B, -100B SUD, -200B, -200C, -200F, -300, 747SP, 747SR 30 20,000 FC 747-400: 747-400, -400D, -400F 60 20,000 FC 757 60 50,000 FC 767 60 50,000 FC 777-200, -300 60 40,000 FC 777-200LR, 777-300ER 72 40,000 FC 777F 72 11,000 FC Bombardier—Existing1Models Only: CL-600: 2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705), 2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) 72 60,000 FC Embraer—Existing1Models Only: ERJ 170 72 See NOTE. ERJ 190 72 See NOTE. Fokker—Existing1Models Only: F.28 Mark 0070, Mark 0100 30 90,000 FC Lockheed—Existing1Models Only: L-1011 30 36,000 FC 188 30 26,600 FC 382 (all series) 30 20,000 FC/50,000 FH McDonnell Douglas—Existing1Models Only: DC-8, -8F 30 50,000 FC/50,000 FH DC-9 (except for MD-80 models) 30 100,000 FC/100,000 FH MD-80 (DC-9-81, -82, -83, -87, MD-88) 30 50,000 FC/50,000 FH MD-90 60 60,000 FC/90,000 FH DC-10-10, -15 30 42,000 FC/60,000 FH DC-10-30, -40, -10F, -30F, -40F 30 30,000 FC/60,000 FH MD-10-10F 60 42,000 FC/60,000 FH MD-10-30F 60 30,000 FC/60,000 FH MD-11, MD-11F 60 20,000 FC/60,000 FH Maximum Takeoff Gross Weight Changes: All airplanes whose maximum takeoff gross weight has been decreased to 75,000 pounds or below after January 14, 2011, or increased to greater than 75,000 pounds at any time by an amended type certificate or supplemental type certificate 30, or within 12 months after the LOV is approved, or before operating the airplane, whichever occurs latest Not applicable. All Other Airplane Models (TCs and amended TCs) not Listed in Table 2 72, or within 12 months after the LOV is approved, or before operating the airplane, whichever occurs latest Not applicable. 1Type certificated as of January 14, 2011. Note:Airplane operation limitation is stated in the Airworthiness Limitation section.
    PART 129—OPERATIONS: FOREIGN AIR CARRIERS AND FOREIGN OPERATORS OF U.S.-REGISTERED AIRCRAFT ENGAGED IN COMMON CARRIAGE 3. The authority citation for part 129 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    49 U.S.C. 1372, 40113, 40119, 44101, 44701-44702, 44705, 44709-44711, 44713, 44716-44717, 44722, 44901-44904, 44906, 44912, 46105, Pub. L. 107-71 sec. 104.

    4. In § 129.115, revise the table entitled “Table 1—Airplane Subject to 26.21” to read as follows:
    § 129.115 Limit of validity. Table 1—Airplanes Subject to § 26.21 Airplane model Compliance Date—months after January 14, 2011 Default LOV
  • [flight cycles (FC)
  • or flight hours (FH)]
  • Airbus—Existing1Models Only: A300 B2-1A, B2-1C, B2K-3C, B2-203 30 48,000 FC A300 B4-2C, B4-103 30 40,000 FC A300 B4-203 30 34,000 FC A300-600 Series 60 30,000 FC/67,500 FH A310-200 Series 60 40,000 FC/60,000 FH A310-300 Series 60 35,000 FC/60,000 FH A318 Series 60 48,000 FC/60,000 FH A319 Series 60 48,000 FC/60,000 FH A320-100 Series 60 48,000 FC/48,000 FH A320-200 Series 60 48,000 FC/60,000 FH A321 Series 60 48,000 FC/60,000 FH A330-200, -300 Series (except WV050 family) (non enhanced) 60 40,000 FC/60,000 FH A330-200, -300 Series WV050 family (enhanced) 60 33,000 FC/100,000 FH A330-200 Freighter Series 60 See NOTE. A340-200, -300 Series (except WV 027 and WV050 family) (non enhanced) 60 20,000 FC/80,000 FH A340-200, -300 Series WV 027 (non enhanced) 60 30,000 FC/60,000 FH A340-300 Series WV050 family (enhanced) 60 20,000 FC/100,000 FH A340-500, -600 Series 60 16,600 FC/100,000 FH A380-800 Series 72 See NOTE. Boeing—Existing1Models Only: 717 60 60,000 FC/60,000 FH 727 (all series) 30 60,000 FC 737 (Classics): 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, -500 30 75,000 FC 737 (NG): 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, -900ER 60 75,000 FC 747 (Classics): 747-100, -100B, -100B SUD, -200B, -200C, -200F, -300, 747SP, 747SR 30 20,000 FC 747-400: 747-400, -400D, -400F 60 20,000 FC 757 60 50,000 FC 767 60 50,000 FC 777-200, -300 60 40,000 FC 777-200LR, 777-300ER 72 40,000 FC 777F 72 11,000 FC Bombardier—Existing1Models Only: CL-600: 2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705), 2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) 72 60,000 FC Embraer—Existing1Models Only: ERJ 170 72 See NOTE. ERJ 190 72 See NOTE. Fokker—Existing1Models Only: F.28 Mark 0070, Mark 0100 30 90,000 FC Lockheed—Existing1Models Only: L-1011 30 36,000 FC 188 30 26,600 FC 382 (all series) 30 20,000 FC/50,000 FH McDonnell Douglas—Existing1Models Only: DC-8, -8F 30 50,000 FC/50,000 FH DC-9 (except for MD-80 models) 30 100,000 FC/100,000 FH MD-80 (DC-9-81, -82, -83, -87, MD-88) 30 50,000 FC/50,000 FH MD-90 60 60,000 FC/90,000 FH DC-10-10, -15 30 42,000 FC/60,000 FH DC-10-30, -40, -10F, -30F, -40F 30 30,000 FC/60,000 FH MD-10-10F 60 42,000 FC/60,000 FH MD-10-30F 60 30,000 FC/60,000 FH MD-11, MD-11F 60 20,000 FC/60,000 FH Maximum Takeoff Gross Weight Changes: All airplanes whose maximum takeoff gross weight has been decreased to 75,000 pounds or below after January 14, 2011, or increased to greater than 75,000 pounds at any time by an amended type certificate or supplemental type certificate 30, or within 12 months after the LOV is approved, or before operating the airplane, whichever occurs latest Not applicable. All Other Airplane Models (TCs and amended TCs) not Listed in Table 2 72, or within 12 months after the LOV is approved, or before operating the airplane, whichever occurs latest Not applicable. 1Type certificated as of January 14, 2011. Note:Airplane operation limitation is stated in the Airworthiness Limitation section.
    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 24, 2012. Lirio Liu, Acting Director, Office of Rulemaking.