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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Streamlined Issuance of AD information you provide. We will also


The FAA is implementing a new post a report summarizing each
Federal Aviation Administration substantive verbal contact we receive
process for streamlining the issuance of
ADs related to MCAI. We are concerning this proposed AD.
14 CFR Part 39
prototyping this process and specifically Discussion
[Docket No. FAA–2006–24955; Directorate request your comments on its use. You The Civil Aviation Safety Authority
Identifier 2006–CE–31–AD] can find more information in FAA draft (CASA), which is the airworthiness
RIN 2120–AA64 Order 8040.2, ‘‘Airworthiness Directive authority for Australia, has issued
Process for Mandatory Continuing Australian AD No. AD/GA8/4, effective
Airworthiness Directives; Gippsland Airworthiness Information’’ which is April 13, 2006, (referred to after this as
Aeronautics Pty. Ltd. Model GA8 currently open for comments at http:// ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe
Airplanes www.faa.gov/aircraft/draft_docs. This condition for the specified products.
streamlined process will allow us to The MCAI states that the aircraft
AGENCY: Federal Aviation adopt MCAI safety requirements in a
Administration (FAA), Department of manufacturer has identified the current
more efficient manner and will reduce location of the pilot and second
Transportation (DOT). safety risks to the public.
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking occupant seat stops is such that, at
This process continues to follow all either seat’s most forward position, aft
(NPRM). existing AD issuance processes to meet movement of the control column can be
SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new
legal, economic, Administrative restricted by the seat structure. If not
airworthiness directive (AD) for the Procedure Act, and Federal Register corrected, this condition could lead to
products listed above. This proposed requirements. We also continue to reduced controllability of the airplane
AD results from mandatory continuing follow our technical decision-making in certain conditions. The MCAI
airworthiness information (MCAI) processes in all aspects to meet our requires relocating the seat stop to
issued by an airworthiness authority of responsibilities to determine and correct eliminate this condition. You may
another country to identify and correct unsafe conditions on U.S.-certificated obtain further information by examining
an unsafe condition on an aviation products. the MCAI in the docket.
This proposed AD references the
product. The proposed AD would
MCAI and related service information Relevant Service Information
require actions that are intended to
that we considered in forming the Gippsland Aeronautics has issued
address an unsafe condition described
engineering basis to correct the unsafe Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–GA8–
in the MCAI.
condition. The proposed AD contains 2005–29, Issue 2, dated February 14,
DATES: We must receive comments on
text copied from the MCAI and for this 2006. The actions described in this
this proposed AD by July 19, 2006. reason might not follow our plain service information are intended to
ADDRESSES: Use one of the following language principles. correct the unsafe condition identified
addresses to comment on this proposed The comment period for this in the MCAI.
AD: proposed AD is open for 30 days to
• DOT Docket Web site: Go to allow time for comment on both the FAA’s Determination and Requirements
http://dms.dot.gov and follow the process and the AD content. In the of This Proposed AD
instructions for sending your comments future, ADs using this process will have This product is manufactured outside
electronically. a 15-day comment period. The comment the United States and is type certificated
• Government-wide rulemaking Web period is reduced because the for operation in the United States under
site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov airworthiness authority and the provisions of section 21.29 of the
and follow the instructions for sending manufacturer have already published Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR
your comments electronically. the documents on which we based our 21.29) and the applicable bilateral
• Mail: Docket Management Facility; decision, making a longer comment agreement. Pursuant to this bilateral
U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 period unnecessary. airworthiness agreement, the State of
Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building,
Comments Invited Design’s airworthiness authority has
Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590.
• Fax: (202) 493–2251. notified us of the unsafe condition
We invite you to send any written described in the MCAI and service
• Hand delivery: Room PL–401 on the data, views, or arguments regarding this
plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 information referenced above. We have
proposed AD. Send your comments to examined the airworthiness authority’s
Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, an address listed under the ADDRESSES
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday findings, evaluated all pertinent
section. Include the docket number, information, and determined an unsafe
through Friday, except Federal holidays. ‘‘FAA–2006–24955; Directorate
For service information identified in condition exists and is likely to exist or
Identifier 2006–CE–31–AD’’ at the develop on all products of this type
this proposed AD, contact Gippsland
beginning of your comments. We design. We are issuing this proposed AD
Aeronautics, PO Box 881, Morwell,
specifically invite comments on the to correct the unsafe condition.
Victoria 3840, Australia; telephone: +61
overall regulatory, economic,
(0) 3 5172 1200; facsimile: +61 (0) 3 Differences Between This Proposed AD
environmental, and energy aspects of
5172 1201; e-mail: and the MCAI or Service Information
this proposed AD. We are also inviting
support@gippsaero.com.
comments, views, or arguments on the We have reviewed the MCAI and
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: new MCAI process. We will consider all related service information and, in
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Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, comments received by the closing date general, agree with their substance. But
FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 and may amend this proposed AD in we might have found it necessary to use
Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, light of those comments. different words from those in the MCAI
Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329– We will post all comments we to ensure the AD is clear for U.S.
4059; facsimile: (816) 329–4090. receive, without change, to http:// operators and is enforceable in a U.S.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: dms.dot.gov, including any personal court of law. In making these changes,

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we do not intend to differ substantively For the reasons discussed above, I Reason
from the information provided in the certify that the proposed regulation: (d) The mandatory continuing
MCAI and related service information. 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by
We might also have proposed action’’ under Executive Order 12866; the airworthiness authority for Australia
different actions in this proposed AD 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the states that the aircraft manufacturer has
from those in the MCAI in order to DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures determined that the current location of the
follow FAA policies. Any such (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and pilot and second occupant seat stops is such
differences are described in a separate 3. Will not have a significant that, at either seat’s most forward position,
paragraph of this proposed AD. These economic impact, positive or negative, aft movement of the control column can be
proposed requirements, if ultimately on a substantial number of small entities restricted by the seat structure. If not
adopted, will take precedence over the under the criteria of the Regulatory corrected, this condition could lead to
actions copied from the MCAI. Flexibility Act. reduced controllability of the airplane in
certain conditions. The MCAI requires
Costs of Compliance We prepared a regulatory evaluation
relocating the seat stop to eliminate this
Based on the service information, we of the estimated costs to comply with
condition.
estimate that this proposed AD would this proposed AD and placed it in the
affect about 22 products of U.S. registry. AD docket. Actions and Compliance
We also estimate that it would take Examining the AD Docket (e) Unless already done, do the following
about 2 work-hours per product to do except as stated in paragraph (f) below:
the action and that the average labor rate You may examine the AD docket that (1) At the next regularly scheduled
is $80 per work-hour. Required parts contains the proposed AD, the maintenance inspection (e.g. 100 hour or
would cost about $20 per product. regulatory evaluation, any comments annual) that occurs 30 days after the effective
Where the service information lists received, and other information on the date of this AD, modify the pilot and second
required parts costs that are covered Internet at http://dms.dot.gov; or in occupant seat track rails to add a new stop
under warranty, we have assumed that person at the Docket Management location.
there will be no charge for these costs. Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., (2) Do the modification following
As we do not control warranty coverage Monday through Friday, except Federal Gippsland Aeronautics Mandatory Service
for affected parties, some parties may holidays. The Docket Office (telephone Bulletin SB–GA8–2005–29, Issue 2, dated
incur costs higher than estimated here. (800) 647–5227) is located at the street February 14, 2006.
Based on these figures, we estimate the address stated in the ADDRESSES section. FAA AD Differences
cost of this proposed AD on U.S. Comments will be available in the AD
docket shortly after receipt. (f) None.
operators to be $7,920, or $360 per
product ($180 per seat assembly). List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Other FAA AD Provisions
(g) The following provisions also apply to
Authority for This Rulemaking Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation this AD:
Title 49 of the United States Code safety, Safety. (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance
specifies FAA’s authority to issue rules The Proposed Amendment (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Staff,
on aviation safety. Subtitle I, Section FAA, ATTN: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace
106, describes the authority of the FAA Accordingly, under the authority Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate,
Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation delegated to me by the Administrator, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri
Programs, describes in more detail the the Federal Aviation Administration 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4059; facsimile:
scope of the Agency’s authority. proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as (816) 329–4090, has the authority to approve
We are issuing this rulemaking under follows: AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the
the authority described in Subtitle VII, procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19.
Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701, PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS (2) Return to Airworthiness: When
‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that DIRECTIVES complying with this AD, perform FAA-
section, Congress charges FAA with approved corrective actions before returning
1. The authority citation for part 39
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in the product to an airworthy condition.
continues to read as follows: (3) Reporting Requirements: For any
air commerce by prescribing regulations
Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. reporting requirement in this AD, under the
for practices, methods, and procedures
the Administrator finds necessary for provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act,
§ 39.13 [Amended]
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
safety in air commerce. This regulation 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding has approved the information collection
is within the scope of that authority the following new AD: requirements and has assigned OMB Control
because it addresses an unsafe condition Number 2120–0056.
that is likely to exist or develop on Gippsland Aeronautics Pty. Ltd.: FAA–
products identified in this rulemaking 2006–24955; Directorate Identifier 2006– Related Information
CE–31–AD
action. (h) This AD is related to MCAI Australian
Comments Due Date AD No. AD/GA8/4, effective April 13, 2006,
Regulatory Findings
(a) We must receive comments on this which references Gippsland Aeronautics
We have determined that this proposed airworthiness directive (AD) by Mandatory Service Bulletin SB–GA8–2005–
proposed AD would not have federalism July 19, 2006. 29, Issue 2, dated February 14, 2006.
implications under Executive Order
Affected ADs Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on June
13132. This proposed AD would not
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(b) None. 12, 2006.


have a substantial direct effect on the
States, on the relationship between the James E. Jackson,
Applicability
national Government and the States, or Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate,
(c) This AD applies to Model GA8
on the distribution of power and Aircraft Certification Service.
airplanes, all serial numbers through GA8–
responsibilities among the various 05–088, that are certificated in any U.S. [FR Doc. E6–9560 Filed 6–16–06; 8:45 am]
levels of government. category. BILLING CODE 4910–13–P

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