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For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Reims Aviation Industries, Aerodrome de Reims Prunay, 51360 Prunay, France; telephone + 33 3 26 48 46 65; fax + 33 3 26 49 18 57; email:
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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA AD No.: 2012-0202, dated October 1, 2012 (referred to after this as “the MCAI”), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states:
During the manufacturing process, RAI found that some of the nose landing gear (NLG) attachment brackets, Part Number (P/N) 6013119-1, were made of aluminum alloy, instead of steel. The results of the investigations showed that some of these aluminum alloy brackets are likely to be installed on aeroplanes currently in service.
This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to failure of the NLG attachment bracket and jamming of the NLG extension/retraction mechanism, possibly resulting in a runway excursion and consequent damage to the aeroplane and injury to the occupants.
For the reasons described above, this AD requires inspection of the NLG attachment bracket P/N 6013119-1 and, depending on findings, replacement with a serviceable bracket made of steel.
In addition, as some aluminum alloy P/N 6013119-1 NLG attachment brackets may have been supplied as spares, this AD also requires determination that the part is made of steel, prior to installation.
Reims Aviation S.A. has issued Service Bulletin No. F406-74, dated September 26, 2012. The actions described in this service information are intended to correct the unsafe condition identified in the MCAI.
This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with this State of Design Authority, they have notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all information and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design.
We estimate that this proposed AD will affect 7 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about .5 work-hour per product to comply with the basic requirements of this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour.
Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $42.50, or $297.50 per product.
In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions would take about 3 work-hours and require parts costing $500, for a cost of $755 per product. We have no way of determining the number of products that may need these actions.
Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. “Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,” describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.
We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in “Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.” Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action.
We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
(1) Is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866,
(2) Is not a “significant rule” under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979),
(3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
(4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety.
Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows:
1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:
49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.
2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD:
We must receive comments by January 22, 2013.
This AD applies to Reims Aviation S.A. F406 airplanes, all serial numbers, certificated in any category.
Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 32: Landing Gear.
This AD was prompted by reports of improper material used in nose landing gear (NLG) attachment brackets which could lead to failure of the NLG bracket with consequent damage to the airplane while landing. We are issuing this proposed AD to ensure the proper NLG attachment bracket is installed.
Unless already done, do the following actions following the instructions in Reims Aviation S.A. Service Bulletin No. F406-74, dated September 26, 2012:
(1) Within the next 25 hours time-in-service (TIS) after the effective date of this AD or within the next 30 days after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, inspect the nose landing gear (NLG) attachment brackets, part number (P/N) 6013119-1, to verify if they are made of steel and not aluminum alloy.
(2) If during the inspection required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, you find that a NLG attachment bracket made of aluminum alloy is installed, before further flight, replace with an airworthy steel NLG attachment bracket, P/N 6013119-1.
(3) As of the effective date of this AD, do not install any NLG attachment bracket P/N 6013119-1 that has not been confirmed to be made of steel.
The following provisions also apply to this AD:
Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2012-0202, dated October 1, 2012; and Reims Aviation S.A. Service Bulletin No. F406-74, dated September 26, 2012, for related information. For service information related to this AD, contact Reims Aviation Industries, Aérodrome de Reims Prunay, 51360 Prunay, France; telephone + 33 3 26 48 46 65; fax + 33 3 26 49 18 57; email: