[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 139 (Thursday, July 19, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 42454-42455]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-17582]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0755; Directorate Identifier 99-CE-65-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A.

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); rescission.

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SUMMARY: We propose to rescind Airworthiness Directive (AD) 200-07-11 
for all Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A Model P-180 airplanes. That AD 
was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) 
issued by the airworthiness authority for Italy. We issued that AD to 
prevent the brake hydraulic fluid from leaking because of the brake 
assembly rods contacting the brake valve tubing, which could result in 
the inability to adequately stop the airplane during ground operations. 
Since we issued that AD, we have determined this is no longer an unsafe 
condition and that regularly scheduled annual inspections address this 
subject.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by September 4, 
2012.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
     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: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Examining the AD Docket

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

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mike Kiesov, Aerospace Safety 
Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, 
Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4144; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: 
mike.kiesov@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed 
under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2012-0755; 
Directorate Identifier 99-CE-65-AD'' at the beginning of your

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comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We 
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend 
this proposed AD because 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 about this proposed AD.

Discussion

    On March 29, 2000, we issued AD 2000-07-11, Amendment 39-11665 (65 
FR 19305, April 11, 2000). That AD required actions intended to address 
an unsafe condition on the products listed above.
    Since we issued AD 2000-07-11 (65 FR 19305, April 11, 2000), we 
determined the unsafe condition no longer exists. Review of the Piaggio 
Model P-180 service history and maintenance requirements shows that 
regularly scheduled annual inspections address this issue. Therefore, 
the need to continue to address this subject as an unsafe condition 
through an AD is not necessary.
    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued 2012-
0095-CN, dated May 31, 2012 (referred to after this as ``the MCAI''). 
The MCAI states:

    After a 1999 training session during which conflicting inputs 
were given to the brake pads between pilot and copilot, a brake 
system rod was found deflected. The rod, in this bent condition, 
could possibly wear and damage the tubings connected to the brake 
valves, with consequent fluid leakage.
    Prompted by these findings, PAI issued Service Bulletin (SB) 80-
0107, providing instructions for repetitive inspections of the 
affected rods and tubings. As this was considered to be a 
potentially unsafe condition, Registro Aeronautico Italiano (RAI), 
the predecessor of ENAC (Ente Nazionale per l'Aviazione Civile), 
issued Prescrizione di Aeronavigabilit[agrave] (PA) No. 1999-219, 
which required the repetitive inspections as detailed in PAI SB 80-
0107 and, depending on findings, replacement of rod or tubing.
    Since that AD was issued, the repetitive inspections of SB 80-
0107 have been included as regular tasks into the maintenance 
schedule of both Avanti and Avanti II aeroplanes. In addition, no 
other cases of brake system bent rods have been reported, nor have 
any rods been replaced for damage in the P.180 fleet since that 
occurrence. Based on the available information, this is no longer 
considered to be an unsafe condition. Prompted by this 
determination, PAI issued Revision ZZ of SB 80-0107, which cancels 
the original SB 80-0107.
    For the reasons described above, this Notice is issued to cancel 
ENAC PA no. 1999-219 dated 03 May 1999.

    You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD 
docket.

FAA's Determination

    We propose this AD because we evaluated all available information 
and determined the existing AD is no longer necessary.

Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would rescind AD 2000-07-11 (65 FR 19305, April 
11, 2000).

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 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.
    For the reasons discussed, I certify this proposed regulation:
    (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 to the extent 
that it justifies making a regulatory distinction, 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.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

The Proposed Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

    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]

    2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by removing Amendment 39-11665 (65 FR 
19305, April 11, 2000), and adding the following new AD:

Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A.: Docket No. FAA-2012-0755; 
Directorate Identifier 99-CE-65-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by September 4, 2012.

(b) Applicability

    This AD applies to Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A. Model P-180 
airplanes, all serial numbers, certificated in any category.

(c) Affected ADs

    This AD rescinds AD 2000-07-11 (65 FR 19305, April 11, 2000).

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/Air Transport Association 
(ATA) of America Code 32; Landing Gear.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 13, 2012.
Earl Lawrence,
Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-17582 Filed 7-18-12; 8:45 am]
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