[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 232 (Friday, December 4, 2009)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 63581-63583]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-28565]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2009-0797; Directorate Identifier 2009-CE-032-AD; 
Amendment 39-16118; AD 2009-25-01]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Models 
58, 58A, 58P, 58PA, 58TC, 58TCA, 95-B55, 95-B55A, A36, A36TC, B36TC, 
E55, E55A, F33A, and V35B Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to 
supersede AD 91-18-19, which applies to certain Hawker Beechcraft 
Corporation (Hawker) (Type Certificate Numbers 3A15, 3A16, and A23CE 
formerly held by Raytheon Aircraft Company; formerly held by Beech 
Aircraft Corporation) Models 58, 58A, 58P, 58PA, 58TC, 58TCA, 95-B55, 
95-B55A, A36, A36TC, B36TC, E55, E55A, F33A, and V35B airplanes. AD 91-
18-19 currently requires you to do a one-time inspection of the pilot 
and copilot shoulder harnesses for an incorrect washer and replace any 
incorrect washer with the correct washer. Since we issued AD 91-18-19, 
we have found that the applicability of AD 91-18-19 was incorrectly 
stated when the Model A36TC airplane was omitted from the Applicability 
section. Consequently, this AD would retain the actions and the serial 
number (SN) applicability of AD 91-18-19 and realign the SN 
applicability for Models A36TC and B36TC airplanes. We are issuing this 
AD to detect and correct an incorrect washer installed in the pilot and 
copilot shoulder harnesses. This incorrect part could result in a 
malfunctioning shoulder harness. Such a malfunction could lead to 
occupant injury.

DATES: This AD becomes effective on January 8, 2010.
    As of October 21, 1991 (56 FR 42224, August 27, 1991), the Director 
of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of 
Beechcraft Mandatory Service Bulletin No. 2394, dated December 1990, 
listed in this AD.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, P.O. Box 85, Wichita, Kansas 67201-0085; 
telephone: (800) 429-5372 or (316) 676-3140; Internet: http://pubs.hawkerbeechcraft.com.
    To view the AD docket, go to U.S. Department of Transportation, 
Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, or on the Internet at 
http://www.regulations.gov. The docket number is FAA-2009-0797; 
Directorate Identifier 2009-CE-032-AD.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Potter, Aerospace Engineer, 1801 
Airport Road, Room 100, Wichita, Kansas 67209; telephone: (316) 946-
4124; fax: (316) 946-4107.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    On August 20, 2009, we issued a proposal to amend part 39 of the 
Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 39) to include an AD that 
would apply to certain Hawker (Type Certificate Numbers 3A15, 3A16, and 
A23CE formerly held by Raytheon Aircraft Company; formerly held by 
Beech Aircraft Corporation) Models 58, 58A, 58P, 58PA, 58TC, 58TCA, 95-
B55, 95-B55A, A36, A36TC, B36TC, E55, E55A, F33A, and V35B airplanes. 
This proposal was published in the Federal Register as a notice of 
proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on August 28, 2009 (74 FR 44311). The NPRM 
proposed to supersede AD 91-18-19 (56 FR 42224, August 27, 1991) with a 
new AD that would retain the actions and the SN applicability of AD 91-
18-19 and realign the SN applicability for Models A36TC and B36TC 
airplanes.

Comments

    We provided the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. We received no comments on the proposal or on the 
determination of the cost to the public.

Conclusion

    We have carefully reviewed the available data and determined that 
air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed 
except for minor editorial corrections. We have determined that these 
minor corrections:
     Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the 
NPRM for correcting the unsafe condition; and
     Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was 
already proposed in the NPRM.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 4,792 airplanes in the U.S. 
registry.
    We estimate the following costs to do the inspection:

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                                                                                                     Total cost
                   Labor cost                                 Parts cost               Total cost      on U.S.
                                                                                      per airplane    operators
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1 work-hour x $80 per hour = $80................  Not applicable....................          $80      $383,360
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     We estimate the following costs to do any necessary replacements 
that would be required based on the results of the inspection. We have 
no way of determining the number of airplanes that may need this 
replacement:

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                                                             Total cost
                 Labor cost                    Parts cost   per airplane
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1 work-hour x $80 per hour = $80............           $5           $85
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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 AD.

Regulatory Findings

    We have 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 the 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 summary of the costs to comply with this AD (and 
other information as included in the Regulatory Evaluation) and placed 
it in the AD Docket. You may get a copy of this summary by sending a 
request to us at the address listed under ADDRESSES. Include ``Docket 
No. FAA-2009-0797; Directorate Identifier 2009-CE-032-AD'' in your 
request.

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 Federal Aviation Administration amends part 39 of the Federal 
Aviation Regulations (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 removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 
91-18-19, Amendment 39-8022 (56 FR 42224, August 27, 1991), and adding 
the following new AD:

2009-25-01 Hawker Beechcraft Corporation: Amendment 39-16118; Docket 
No. FAA-2009-0797; Directorate Identifier 2009-CE-032-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This AD becomes effective on January 8, 2010.

Affected ADs

    (b) This AD supersedes AD 91-18-19, Amendment 39-8022.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to the following airplane models and serial 
numbers that are certificated in any category:
    (1) Group 1 Airplanes (retains the actions and applicability 
from AD 91-18-19):

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                   Model                          Serial Nos. (SNs)
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58, 58A...................................  TH-733 through TH-1609.
58P, 58PA.................................  TJ-3 through TJ-497.
58TC, 58TCA...............................  TK-1 through TK-151.
95-B55, 95-B55A...........................  TC-1947 through TC-2456.
A36.......................................  E-825 through E-2578.
B36TC.....................................  EA-242 and EA-273 through EA-
                                             509.
E55, E55A.................................  TE-1078 through TE-1201.
F33A......................................  CE-634 through CE-1536.
V35B......................................  D-9862 through D-10403.
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     (2) Group 2 Airplanes (aligns certain SNs applicability to 
Models A36TC airplanes):

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              Model                                 SNs
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A36TC............................  EA-1 through EA-241 and EA-243
                                    through EA-272.
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Unsafe Condition

    (d) This AD results from reports of incorrect washers installed 
in the pilot and copilot shoulder harnesses on certain Beech 33, 35, 
36, 55, 58, and 95 series airplanes. We are issuing this AD to 
detect and correct an incorrect washer installed in the pilot and 
copilot shoulder harnesses. This incorrect part could result in a 
malfunctioning shoulder harness. Such a malfunction could lead to 
occupant injury.

Compliance

    (e) To address this problem, you must do the following, unless 
already done:

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           Actions                 Compliance            Procedures
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(1) Inspect the washers on    (i) For Group 1       Follow Beechcraft
 the ``D'' ring of the pilot   Airplanes: Within     Mandatory Service
 and copilot shoulder          the next 100 hours    Bulletin No. 2394,
 harnesses for correct         time-in-service       dated December
 metal, inner and outer        (TIS) after October   1990.
 diameter, and thickness.      21, 1991 (the
                               effective date of
                               AD 91-18-19).
                              (ii) For Group 2
                               Airplanes: Within
                               the next 100 hours
                               TIS after January
                               8, 2010 (the
                               effective date of
                               this AD).

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(2) If you find, as a result  Before further        Follow Beechcraft
 of the inspection required    flight, after the     Mandatory Service
 by paragraph (e)(1) of this   inspection required   Bulletin No. 2394,
 AD, any washer does not       by paragraph (e)(1)   dated December
 meet the criteria for         of this AD.           1990.
 correct metal, inner and
 outer diameter, and
 thickness, replace the
 incorrect washer with part
 number 100951X060YA washer.
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Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (f) 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: Steve Potter, Aerospace Engineer, ACE-118W, Wichita Aircraft 
Certification Office (ACO), 1801 Airport Road, Room 100, Wichita, 
Kansas 67209; telephone: (316) 946-4124; fax: (316) 946-4107. 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.
    (g) In reviewing the docket and project files, we found no AMOCs 
submitted for AD 91-18-19. Since there are no AMOCs approved for AD 
91-18-19 to approve for this AD, transfer of AMOCs to this AD does 
not apply.

Material Incorporated by Reference

    (h) You must use Beechcraft Mandatory Service Bulletin No. 2394, 
dated December 1990, to do the actions required by this AD, unless 
the AD specifies otherwise. AD 91-18-19 (56 FR 42224; August 27, 
1991), which is superseded by this airworthiness directive, 
incorporated this service information by reference as Beech Service 
Bulletin No. 2394, dated December 1990.
    (1) On October 21, 1991 (56 FR 42224, August 27, 1991), the 
Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of Beechcraft Mandatory Service Bulletin No. 2394, dated 
December 1990, under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, P.O. Box 85, Wichita, Kansas 67201-
0085; telephone: (800) 429-5372 or (316) 676-3140; Internet: http://pubs.hawkerbeechcraft.com.
    (3) You may review copies of the service information 
incorporated by reference for this AD at the FAA, Central Region, 
Office of the Regional Counsel, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 
64106. For information on the availability of this material at the 
Central Region, call (816) 329-3768.
    (4) You may also review copies of the service information 
incorporated by reference for this AD 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 November 20, 2009.
Margaret Kline,
Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. E9-28565 Filed 12-3-09; 8:45 am]
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