DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Part 39
[Docket No. FAA-2017-0811; Product Identifier 2017-NM-068-AD; Amendment
39-19184; AD 2018-03-11]
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for
Bombardier, Inc., Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, &
702) airplanes; Model CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705) airplanes;
Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes; and Model CL-
600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes. This AD was prompted by
a report of rudder yoke components that had not been properly inspected
at the supplier. This AD requires replacement of the left and right
rudder yoke assemblies. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe
condition on these products.
DATES: This AD is effective March 19, 2018.
The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of March 19,
ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule,
contact Bombardier, Inc., 400 Cote Vertu Road West, Dorval,
Quebec H4S 1Y9, Canada; Widebody Customer Response Center North
America toll-free telephone: 1-866-538-1247 or direct-dial telephone:
1-514-855-2999; fax: 514-855-7401; email: email@example.com;
internet: http://www.bombardier.com. You may view this referenced
service information at the FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 1601 Lind
Avenue SW, Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this
material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221. It is also available on the
internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating
Docket No. FAA-2017-0811.
Examining the AD Docket
You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.
gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-
0811; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and
5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket
contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and
other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone:
800-647-5527) is Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of
Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor,
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aziz Ahmed, Airframe and Mechanical
Systems Section, FAA, New York ACO Branch, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite
410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone: 516-228-7329; fax: 516-794-5531.
We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR
part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain Bombardier, Inc.,
Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701, & 702) airplanes;
Model CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705) airplanes; Model CL-600-
2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) airplanes; and Model CL-600-2E25
(Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal
Register on September 13, 2017 (82 FR 42955) (``the NPRM''). The NPRM
was prompted by a report of rudder yoke components that had not been
properly inspected at the supplier. The NPRM proposed to require
replacement of the left and right rudder yoke assemblies. We are
issuing this AD to prevent a cracked rudder yoke, which may affect
rudder function on the affected side and could result in difficulties
in maneuvering the airplane.
Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), which is the aviation
authority for Canada, has issued Canadian AD CF-2017-10, dated February
27, 2017 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing
Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe
condition for certain Bombardier, Inc., Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet
Series 700, 701, & 702) airplanes; Model CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet
Series 705) airplanes; Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900)
airplanes; and Model CL-600-2E25 (Regional Jet Series 1000) airplanes.
The MCAI states:
Bombardier Aerospace has informed Transport Canada that a number
of rudder yoke components were received which had not been properly
inspected at the supplier. The rudder yoke supplier discovered that
the crack detection inspection was omitted following the
manufacturing of some components. A cracked rudder yoke may affect
rudder function on the affected side and could result in
difficulties in maneuvering the aeroplane.
This [Canadian] AD was issued to mandate the replacement of the
left and right rudder yoke assemblies.
You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the internet at http://
www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-
We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing
this final rule. We considered the comment received. The Air Line
Pilots Association, International supported the NPRM.
We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comment received, and
determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting
this AD as proposed except for minor editorial changes. We have
determined that these minor changes:
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.
Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51
Bombardier, Inc., has issued Service Bulletin 670BA-27-073, dated
November 23, 2016. This service information describes procedures for
replacement of the left and right rudder yoke assemblies. This service
information is reasonably available because the interested parties have
access to it through their normal course of business or by the means
identified in the ADDRESSES section.
Costs of Compliance
We estimate that this AD affects 48 airplanes of U.S. registry.
We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:
||Cost per product
||Cost on U.S. operators
|Replacement of rudder yoke assemblies
||51 work-hours x $85 per
hour = $4,335
According to the manufacturer, some
of the costs of this AD may be
covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected
individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected
individuals. As a result, we have included all available costs in our
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
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.
This AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated by the
Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, as authorized by
FAA Order 8000.51C. In accordance with that order, issuance of ADs is
normally a function of the Compliance and Airworthiness Division, but
during this transition period, the Executive Director has delegated the
authority to issue ADs applicable to transport category airplanes to
the Director of the System Oversight Division.
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
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, 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
Adoption of the Amendment
Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the
Administrator, the FAA amends 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 adding the following new airworthiness