[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 248 (Wednesday, December 24, 2008)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 78939-78944]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-30465]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2008-1328; Directorate Identifier 2008-CE-066-AD; 
Amendment 39-15776; AD 2008-26-10]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Cessna Aircraft Company 172, 175, 177, 
180, 182, 185, 188, 206, 207, 208, 210, 303, 336, and 337 Series 
Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) 172, 175, 177, 180, 182, 185, 
188, 206, 207, 208, 210, 303, 336, and 337 series airplanes. This AD 
requires you to inspect the alternate static air source selector valve 
to assure that the part number identification placard does not obstruct 
the alternate static air source selector valve port. If the part number 
identification placard obstructs the port, this AD also requires you to 
remove the placard, assure that the port is unobstructed, and report to 
the FAA if obstruction is found. This AD results from reports of 
airplanes found with alternate static air source selector valve port 
obstruction caused by improper installation of the part number 
identification placard. The actions specified by this AD are intended 
to prevent erroneous indications from the altimeter, airspeed, and 
vertical speed indicators, which could cause the pilot to react to 
incorrect flight information and possibly result in loss of control.

DATES: This AD becomes effective on January 5, 2009.
    On January 5, 2009, the Director of the Federal Register approved 
the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this 
AD.
    We must receive any comments on this AD by February 23, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Use one of the following addresses to comment on this AD.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://
www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: (202) 493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    To get the service information identified in this AD, contact 
Cessna Aircraft Company, P.O. Box 7704, Wichita, Kansas 67277; 
telephone: (800) 423-7762 or (316) 517-6056; Internet: http://
www.cessna.com.
    To view the comments to this AD, go to http://www.regulations.gov. 
The docket number is FAA-2008-1328; Directorate Identifier 2008-CE-066-
AD.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ann Johnson, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, 
Wichita Aircraft Certification Office, 1801 Airport Road, Room 100, 
Wichita, Kansas 67209; telephone: 316-946-4105; fax: 316-946-4107; e-
mail address: ann.johnson@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    Reports of improper installation of the part number (P/N) 
identification placard on P/N 2013142-18 alternate static air source 
selector valves prompted us to issue AD 98-01-01, Amendment 39-10286 
(63 FR 3455, January 23, 1998), which applies to certain Cessna 
Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 172R and 182S airplanes, and AD 2008-
10-02, Amendment 39-155508 (73 FR 24168, May 2, 2008), which applies to 
certain Cessna 172, 175, 180, 182, 185, 206, 207, 208, 210, and 303 
series airplanes.
    These ADs require inspecting the alternate static air source 
selector valve to determine if the P/N identification placard obstructs 
the alternate static air source selector valve port and removing

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the placard if obstruction is found. These ADs also require reporting 
to the FAA if obstruction is found.
    These assemblies are required for flight into instrument flight 
rules (IFR) conditions as defined in Sec. 91.411 of the Federal 
Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 91.411). Use of these assemblies is 
optional in visual flight rules (VFR) conditions.
    After issuing AD 98-01-01 and AD 2008-10-02, we received reports of 
15 airplanes not previously affected by either AD with a P/N 2013142-18 
installed and the alternate static air source selector valve port was 
found obstructed by the P/N identification placard.
    We have been informed that all P/N 2013142-18 alternate static air 
source selector valves shipped from Cessna Parts Distribution between 
January 1, 1993, and March 31, 2008, may have port obstruction caused 
by the P/N identification placard.
    This condition, if not corrected, could result in the altimeter, 
airspeed, and vertical speed indicators displaying erroneous 
indications. This could cause the pilot to react to incorrect flight 
information and possibly result in loss of control.

Relevant Service Information

    We reviewed Cessna Single Engine Service Bulletin, SB08-34-02, 
Revision 1, and Cessna Caravan Service Bulletin CAB08-4, Revision 1, 
both dated October 6, 2008; Cessna Single Engine Service Bulletin 
SEB08-5 and Cessna Multi-engine Service Bulletin MEB08-6, both dated 
October 13, 2008.
    The service information describes procedures for inspecting the 
alternate static air source selector valve to assure that the P/N 
identification placard does not obstruct the alternate static air 
source selector valve port.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This AD

    We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all the information and 
determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist 
or develop on other products of the same type design. This AD requires 
inspecting the alternate static air source selector valve to assure 
that the P/N identification placard does not obstruct the alternate 
static air source selector valve port. If the P/N identification 
placard obstructs the port, this AD requires you to remove the placard, 
assure that the port is unobstructed, and report to the FAA if 
obstruction is found.

FAA's Determination of the Effective Date

    Since an unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate 
adoption of this AD, we determined that notice and opportunity for 
public comment before issuing this AD are impracticable, and that good 
cause exists for making this amendment effective in fewer than 30 days.

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety, and we did not precede it by notice and an opportunity for 
public comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, 
or arguments regarding this AD. Send your comments to an address listed 
under the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number ``FAA-2008-1328; 
Directorate Identifier 2008-CE-066-AD'' at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of the AD. We will consider 
all comments received by the closing date and may amend the AD in light 
of those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://
www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive concerning this AD.

Authority for This Rulemaking

    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.

Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications 
under Executive Order 13132. This AD will 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.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:
    (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive 
Order 12866;
    (2) Is not a ``significant rule'' under DOT Regulatory Policies and 
Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and
    (3) 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.
    We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to 
comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket that contains the AD, the regulatory 
evaluation, any comments received, and other information on the 
Internet at http://www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket 
Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays. The Docket Office (telephone (800) 647-5527) 
is located at the street address stated in the ADDRESSES section. 
Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by 
reference, Safety.

Adoption of the Amendment

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Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, 
the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding a new AD to read as follows:

2008-26-10 Cessna Aircraft Company: Amendment 39-15776; Docket No. 
FAA-2008-1328; Directorate Identifier 2008-CE-066-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This AD becomes effective on January 5, 2009.

Affected ADs

    (b) This AD relates to AD 98-01-01, Amendment 39-10287 and AD 
2008-10-02, Amendment 39-15508. These ADs can be found on the 
Internet at the following Web site: http://rgl.faa.gov/.

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Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to all serial numbers (S/Ns) of the 
airplanes listed in Table 1 of this AD, certificated in any 
category, that:
    (1) Were initially delivered from the manufacturer between 
January 1, 1993, and March 31, 2008, unless the modification/rework 
required in AD 2008-10-02 has been done and you remain in compliance 
with that AD; or
    (2) Have a part number (P/N) 2013142-18 installed as a 
replacement part anytime after January 1, 1993, unless the 
modification/rework required in AD 2008-10-02 has been done and you 
remain in compliance with that AD.

    Note 1: The affected part was shipped from Cessna Parts 
Distribution (CPD) between January 1, 1993, and March 31, 2008.


    Note 2: P/N 2013142-18 replaced P/Ns 2013142-9, -13, and -17.


                                       Table 1--Applicable Airplane Models
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                                                     Models
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172                                   F172K                                 177
172A                                  F172L                                 177A
172B                                  F172M                                 177B
172C                                  F172N                                 177RG
172D                                  F172P                                 F177RG
172E                                  FR172E                                180
172F (USAF T-41A)                     FR172F                                180A
172G                                  FR172G                                180B
172H (USAF T-41A)                     FR172H                                180C
172I                                  FR172J                                180D
172K                                  FR172K                                180E
172L                                  P172D                                 180F
172M                                  R172E (USAF T-41B), (USAF T-41C and   180G
                                       D)
172N                                  R172F (USAF T-41)                     180H
172P                                  R172G (USAF T-41C or D)               180J
172Q                                  R172H (USAF T-41D)                    180K
172R                                  R172J                                 182
172S                                  R172K                                 182A
F172D                                 172RG                                 182B
F172E                                 175                                   182C
F172F                                 175A                                  182D
F172G                                 175B                                  182E
F172H                                 175C                                  182F
182G                                  A185F                                 U206D
182H                                  206                                   U206E
182J                                  206H                                  U206F
182K                                  P206                                  U206G
182L                                  P206A                                 207
182M                                  P206B                                 207A
182N                                  P206C                                 T207
182P                                  P206D                                 T207A
182Q                                  P206E                                 208
182R                                  T206H                                 208B
182S                                  TP206A                                210
182T                                  TP206B                                210A
F182P                                 TP206C                                210B
F182Q                                 TP206D                                210C
FR182                                 TP206E                                210D
R182                                  TU206A                                210E
T182                                  TU206B                                210F
T182T                                 TU206C                                210G
TR182                                 TU206D                                210H
185                                   TU206E                                210J
185A                                  TU206F                                210K
185B                                  TU206G                                210L
185C                                  U206                                  210M
185D                                  U206A                                 210N
185E                                  U206B                                 210R
A185E                                 U206C                                 210-5 (205)
210-5A (205A)                         FT337F
T210F                                 M337B (USAF 02A)
T210G                                 T337B
T210H                                 T337C
T210J                                 T337D
T210K                                 T337E
T210L                                 T337F
T210M                                 T337H
T210N                                 T337H-SP
T210R
T303
336
337
337A (USAF 02B)

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337B
337C
337D
337E
337F
337G
337H
F337E
F337F
F337G
F337H
FT337E
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Unsafe Condition

    (e) This AD is the result of reports of improper installation of 
the part number identification placard on the alternate static air 
source selector valve. We are issuing this AD to prevent erroneous 
indications from the altimeter, airspeed, and vertical speed 
indicators, which could cause the pilot to react to incorrect flight 
information and possibly result in loss of control.

Compliance

    (e) To address this problem, you must do the following, unless 
already done. A person authorized to perform maintenance as 
specified in 14 CFR section 43.3 of the Federal Aviation 
Administration Regulations (14 CFR 43.3) is required to do all the 
actions required in this AD.

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           Actions                 Compliance            Procedures
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(1) For all affected          Within the next 100   Following the
 airplanes that are not        hours time-in-        procedures in
 equipped for flight under     service (TIS) after   Cessna Single
 instrument flight rules       January 5, 2009       Engine Service
 (IFR): Inspect the            (the effective date   Bulletin SB08-34-
 alternate static air source   of this AD) or        02, Revision 1,
 selector valve to assure      within the next 4     dated October 6,
 that the part number          months after          2008; Cessna
 identification placard is     January 5, 2009       Caravan Service
 not obstructing the port.     (the effective date   Bulletin CAB08-4,
                               of this AD),          Revision 1, dated
                               whichever occurs      October 6, 2008;
                               first.                Cessna Single
                                                     Engine Service
                                                     Bulletin SEB08-5,
                                                     dated October 13,
                                                     2008; or Cessna
                                                     Multi-engine
                                                     Service Bulletin
                                                     MEB08-6, dated
                                                     October 13, 2008,
                                                     as applicable.
(2) For all affected          (A) Inspect within    Following the
 airplanes that are equipped   the next 10 days      procedures in
 for flight under instrument   after January 5,      Cessna Single
 flight rules (IFR):           2009 (the effective   Engine Service
                               date of this AD);     Bulletin SB08-34-
                               or                    02, Revision 1,
                              (B) Install placards   dated October 6,
                               before further        2008; Cessna
                               flight after          Caravan Service
                               January 5, 2009       Bulletin CAB08-4,
                               (the effective date   Revision 1, dated
                               of this AD).          October 6, 2008;
                                                     Cessna Single
                                                     Engine Service
                                                     Bulletin SEB08-5,
                                                     dated October 13,
                                                     2008; or Cessna
                                                     Multi-engine
                                                     Service Bulletin
                                                     MEB08-6, dated
                                                     October 13, 2008,
                                                     as applicable.
    (i) Inspect the
     alternate static air
     source selector valve
     to assure that the part
     number identification
     placard is not
     obstructing the port;
     or
    (ii) Fabricate a placard
     that incorporates the
     following words (using
     at least \1/8\-inch
     letters) and install
     this placard on the
     instrument panel within
     the pilot's clear view:
     ``IFR OPERATION IS
     PROHIBITED'' and ``USE
     OF THE ALTERNATE STATIC
     AIR SOURCE IS
     PROHIBITED.''
(3) For all affected          Within the next 100   Following the
 airplanes that are equipped   hours TIS after       procedures in
 for flight under instrument   January 5, 2009       Cessna Single
 flight rules (IFR): If        (the effective date   Engine Service
 placards were installed in    of this AD) or        Bulletin SB08-34-
 accordance with paragraph     within the next 4     02, Revision 1,
 (e)(2)(ii) of this AD,        months after          dated October 6,
 inspect the alternate         January 5, 2009       2008; Cessna
 static air source selector    (the effective date   Caravan Service
 valve to assure that the      of this AD),          Bulletin CAB08-4,
 part number identification    whichever occurs      Revision 1, dated
 placard is not obstructing    first. After doing    October 6, 2008;
 the port.                     the inspection,       Cessna Single
                               remove the placards   Engine Service
                               installed in          Bulletin SEB08-5,
                               accordance with       dated October 13,
                               paragraph             2008; or Cessna
                               (e)(2)(ii) of this    Multi-engine
                               AD before further     Service Bulletin
                               flight.               MEB08-6, dated
                                                     October 13, 2008,
                                                     as applicable.
(4) For all affected          Before further        Following the
 airplanes: If the alternate   flight after the      procedures in
 static air source selector    inspection required   Cessna Single
 valve port is found           in paragraphs         Engine Service
 obstructed by the part        (e)(1), (e)(2)(i),    Bulletin SB08-34-
 number identification         and (e)(3) of this    02, Revision 1,
 placard during the            AD.                   dated October 6,
 inspection required in                              2008; Cessna
 paragraphs (e)(1),                                  Caravan Service
 (e)(2)(i), and (e)(3) of                            Bulletin CAB08-04,
 this AD, remove the placard                         Revision 1, dated
 from the valve body,                                October 6, 2008;
 discard the placard, and                            Cessna Single
 assure that the port is                             Engine Service
 open and unobstructed.                              Bulletin SEB08-5,
                                                     dated October 13,
                                                     2008; or Cessna
                                                     Multi-engine
                                                     Service Bulletin
                                                     MEB08-6, dated
                                                     October 13, 2008,
                                                     as applicable.

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(5) For all affected          As of 10 days after   A person authorized
 airplanes: When a             January 5, 2009       to perform
 replacement valve is          (the effective date   maintenance as
 needed, only install a P/N    of this AD).          specified in 14 CFR
 2013142-18 alternate static                         section 43.3 of the
 air source selector valve                           Federal Aviation
 that has been inspected and                         Administration
 the port is found free from                         Regulations (14 CFR
 obstruction.                                        43.3) is required
                                                     to do the
                                                     inspection.
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    (f) Report to the FAA the results of the inspection required by 
this AD where an obstruction was found.
    (1) Submit this report within 10 days after the inspection or 10 
days after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later.
    (2) Use the form in Figure 1 of this AD and submit it to FAA, 
Manufacturing Inspection District Office, Mid-Continent Airport, 
1804 Airport Road, Room 101, Wichita, Kansas 67209; or fax to (316) 
946-4189.
    (3) The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the 
information collection requirements contained in this regulation 
under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 (44 
U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) and assigned OMB Control Number 2120-0056.
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Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (g) The Manager, Wichita Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 
FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested 
using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to 
ATTN: Ann Johnson, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Wichita ACO, 1801 
Airport Road, Room 100, Wichita, Kansas 67209; telephone: 316-946-
4105; fax: 316-946-4107; e-mail address: ann.johnson@faa.gov. Before 
using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, 
notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight 
Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO.
    (h) AMOCs approved for AD 2008-10-02 are approved for this AD.

Material Incorporated by Reference

    (i) You must use Cessna Single Engine Service Bulletin, SB08-34-
02, Revision 1, dated October 6, 2008; Cessna Caravan Service 
Bulletin CAB08-4, Revision 1, dated October 6, 2008; Cessna Single 
Engine Service Bulletin SEB08-5, dated October 13, 2008; and Cessna 
Multi-engine Service Bulletin MEB08-6, dated October 13, 2008, to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference of this service information under 5 
U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Cessna Aircraft Company, P.O. Box 7704, Wichita, Kansas 67277; 
telephone: (800) 423-7762 or (316) 517-6056; Internet: http://
www.cessna.com.
    (3) You may review copies at the FAA, Central Region, Office of 
the Regional Counsel, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; or at 
the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For 
information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-
741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_
of_federal_regulations/ibr_locations.html.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 15, 2008.
Kim Smith,
Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
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