[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 174 (Friday, September 7, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 55105-55108]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-22090]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

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.

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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; 
email walter.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; email douglas.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 Sec. Sec.  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

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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.


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2. In Sec.  121.1115, revise the table entitled ``Table 1--Airplane 
Subject to Sec.  26.21'' to read as follows:


Sec.  121.1115  Limit of validity.

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                                   Table 1--Airplanes Subject to Sec.   26.21
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                                           Compliance date--months    Default LOV [flight cycles (FC) or flight
             Airplane model                after January 14, 2011                    hours (FH)]
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Airbus--Existing \1\ Models 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  60........................  40,000 FC/60,000 FH
     family) (non enhanced).
    A330-200, -300 Series WV050 family   60........................  33,000 FC/100,000 FH
     (enhanced).
    A330-200 Freighter Series..........  60........................  See NOTE.
    A340-200, -300 Series (except WV     60........................  20,000 FC/80,000 FH
     027 and WV050 family) (non
     enhanced).
    A340-200, -300 Series WV 027 (non    60........................  30,000 FC/60,000 FH
     enhanced).
    A340-300 Series WV050 family         60........................  20,000 FC/100,000 FH
     (enhanced).
    A340-500, -600 Series..............  60........................  16,600 FC/100,000 FH
    A380-800 Series....................  72........................  See NOTE.
Boeing--Existing \1\ Models Only:
    717................................  60........................  60,000 FC/60,000 FH
    727 (all series)...................  30........................  60,000 FC
    737 (Classics): 737-100, -200, -     30........................  75,000 FC
     200C, -300, -400, -500.
    737 (NG): 737-600, -700, -700C, -    60........................  75,000 FC
     800, -900, [dash]900ER.
    747 (Classics): 747-100, -100B, -    30........................  20,000 FC
     100B SUD, [dash]200B, -200C, -
     200F, -300, 747SP, 747SR.
    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--Existing \1\ Models Only:
    CL-600: 2D15 (Regional Jet Series    72........................  60,000 FC
     705), 2D24 (Regional Jet Series
     900).
Embraer--Existing \1\ Models Only:
    ERJ 170............................  72........................  See NOTE.
    ERJ 190............................  72........................  See NOTE.
Fokker--Existing \1\ Models Only:
    F.28 Mark 0070, Mark 0100..........  30........................  90,000 FC
Lockheed--Existing \1\ Models Only:
    L-1011.............................  30........................  36,000 FC
    188................................  30........................  26,600 FC
    382 (all series)...................  30........................  20,000 FC/50,000 FH
McDonnell Douglas--Existing \1\ Models
 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-   30........................  50,000 FC/50,000 FH
     88).
    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  30, or within 12 months     Not applicable.
     gross weight has been decreased to   after the LOV is
     75,000 pounds or below after         approved, or before
     January 14, 2011, or increased to    operating the airplane,
     greater than 75,000 pounds at any    whichever occurs latest.
     time by an amended type
     certificate or supplemental type
     certificate.
All Other Airplane Models (TCs and       72, or within 12 months     Not applicable.
 amended TCs) not Listed in Table 2.      after the LOV is
                                          approved, or before
                                          operating the airplane,
                                          whichever occurs latest.
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\1\ Type certificated as of January 14, 2011.
Note: Airplane operation limitation is stated in the Airworthiness Limitation section.


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PART 129--OPERATIONS: FOREIGN AIR CARRIERS AND FOREIGN OPERATORS OF 
U.S.-REGISTERED AIRCRAFT ENGAGED IN COMMON CARRIAGE

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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.


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4. In Sec.  129.115, revise the table entitled ``Table 1--Airplane 
Subject to 26.21'' to read as follows:


Sec.  129.115  Limit of validity.

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                                   Table 1--Airplanes Subject to Sec.   26.21
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                                           Compliance Date--months    Default LOV [flight cycles (FC) or flight
             Airplane model                after January 14, 2011                    hours (FH)]
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Airbus--Existing \1\ Models 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  60........................  40,000 FC/60,000 FH
     family) (non enhanced).
    A330-200, -300 Series WV050 family   60........................  33,000 FC/100,000 FH
     (enhanced).
    A330-200 Freighter Series..........  60........................  See NOTE.
    A340-200, -300 Series (except WV     60........................  20,000 FC/80,000 FH
     027 and WV050 family) (non
     enhanced).
    A340-200, -300 Series WV 027 (non    60........................  30,000 FC/60,000 FH
     enhanced).
    A340-300 Series WV050 family         60........................  20,000 FC/100,000 FH
     (enhanced).
    A340-500, -600 Series..............  60........................  16,600 FC/100,000 FH
    A380-800 Series....................  72........................  See NOTE.
Boeing--Existing \1\ Models Only:
    717................................  60........................  60,000 FC/60,000 FH
    727 (all series)...................  30........................  60,000 FC
    737 (Classics): 737-100, -200, -     30........................  75,000 FC
     200C, -300, -400, -500.
    737 (NG): 737-600, -700, -700C, -    60........................  75,000 FC
     800, -900, -900ER.
    747 (Classics): 747-100, -100B, -    30........................  20,000 FC
     100B SUD, [dash]200B, -200C, -
     200F, -300, 747SP, 747SR.
    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--Existing \1\ Models Only:
    CL-600: 2D15 (Regional Jet Series    72........................  60,000 FC
     705), 2D24 (Regional Jet Series
     900).
Embraer--Existing \1\ Models Only:
    ERJ 170............................  72........................  See NOTE.
    ERJ 190............................  72........................  See NOTE.
Fokker--Existing \1\ Models Only:
    F.28 Mark 0070, Mark 0100..........  30........................  90,000 FC
Lockheed--Existing \1\ Models Only:
    L-1011.............................  30........................  36,000 FC
    188................................  30........................  26,600 FC
    382 (all series)...................  30........................  20,000 FC/50,000 FH
McDonnell Douglas--Existing \1\ Models
 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-   30........................  50,000 FC/50,000 FH
     88).
    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  30, or within 12 months     Not applicable.
     gross weight has been decreased to   after the LOV is
     75,000 pounds or below after         approved, or before
     January 14, 2011, or increased to    operating the airplane,
     greater than 75,000 pounds at any    whichever occurs latest.
     time by an amended type
     certificate or supplemental type
     certificate.

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    All Other Airplane Models (TCs and   72, or within 12 months     Not applicable.
     amended TCs) not Listed in Table 2.  after the LOV is
                                          approved, or before
                                          operating the airplane,
                                          whichever occurs latest.
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\1\ Type certificated as of January 14, 2011.
Note: Airplane operation limitation is stated in the Airworthiness Limitation section.

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    Issued in Washington, DC, on August 24, 2012.
Lirio Liu,
Acting Director, Office of Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2012-22090 Filed 9-6-12; 8:45 am]
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