DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Part 39
[Docket No. FAA-2019-0186; Product Identifier 2018-NM-153-AD]
Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc., Airplanes
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).
SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD)
Bombardier, Inc., Model CL-600-2B16 (601-3A, 601-3R, and 604 Variants)
airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report that main landing
gear (MLG) side stay actuators have been assembled using nonconforming
split ball bearings. This proposed AD would require verification of the
serial numbers of the installed MLG side stay actuator assemblies, and
replacement of the affected parts. We are proposing this AD to address
the unsafe condition on these products.
DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by June 28,
ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in
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.
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.
For service information identified in this NPRM, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; internet http://www.
bombardier.com. You may view this service information at the FAA,
Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206-
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-2019-0186;
or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.,
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains
this NPRM, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other
information. The street address for Docket Operations (phone: 800-647-
5527) is listed above. Comments will be available in the AD docket
shortly after receipt.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Darren Gassetto, Aerospace Engineer,
Mechanical Systems and Administrative Services Section, FAA, New York
ACO Branch, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590;
telephone 516-228-7323; fax 516-794-5531; email email@example.com.
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-2019-0186;
Product Identifier 2018-NM-153-AD" at the beginning of your comments.
We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic,
environmental, and energy aspects of this NPRM. We will consider all
comments received by the closing date and may amend this NPRM 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 NPRM.
Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA), which is the aviation
authority for Canada, has issued Canadian AD CF-2018-26, dated October
5, 2018 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing
Airworthiness Information, or "the MCAI"), to correct an unsafe
condition for certain Bombardier, Inc., Model CL-600-2B16 (601-3A, 601-
3R, and 604 Variants) airplanes. The MCAI states:
The landing gear supplier has informed Bombardier Inc. about a
quality escape involving Main Landing Gear (MLG) side stay actuators
that have been assembled using non-conforming split ball bearings.
The affected bearings are manufactured from material that does not
meet the required material properties. If not corrected, this
condition can result in potentially asymmetric MLG gear extension or
retraction and subsequent gear collapse during landing.
This [Canadian] AD mandates verification of the installed MLG
side stay actuator assemblies and replacement of the affected parts.
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-2019-0186.
Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51
Bombardier has issued the following service information.
Bombardier Service Bulletin 604-32-029, Revision 02, dated
May 10, 2018.
Bombardier Service Bulletin 605-32-006, Revision 02, dated
May 10, 2018.
Bombardier Service Bulletin 650-32-002, Revision 02, dated
May 10, 2018.
The service information describes procedures to verify the serial
numbers of the installed MLG side stay actuator assemblies and to
replace the affected parts. These documents are distinct since they
apply to the airplane model in different configurations.
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.
This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another
country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant
to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have
been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service
information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we
evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe
condition described previously is likely to exist or develop on other
products of the same type design.
Proposed Requirements of This NPRM
This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified
in the service information described previously.
Differences Between This Proposed AD and the MCAI or Service
The applicability of the MCAI is limited to Bombardier, Inc., Model
CL-600-2B16 (601-3A, 601-3R, and 604 Variants) airplanes, serial
numbers 5301 through 5665 inclusive, 5701 through 5988
inclusive, and 6050 through 6091 inclusive, equipped with MLG side
stay actuator assembly containing split ball bearing part number
104467672. However, the applicability of this proposed AD includes all
Bombardier, Inc., Model CL-600-2B16 (601-3A, 601-3R, and 604 Variants)
airplanes and prohibits the installation of any MLG side stay actuator
with a serial number identified in the service information. Because the
affected part is a rotable part, we have determined that this part
could later be installed on airplanes that were initially delivered
with the acceptable part, thereby subjecting those airplanes to the
unsafe condition. We have coordinated this difference with TCCA.
Costs of Compliance
We estimate that this proposed AD affects 384 airplanes of U.S.
registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed
Estimated Costs for Required Actions
|1 work-hour x $85 per hour =
We estimate the following costs to
do any necessary on-condition
action that would be required based on the results of any required
actions. We have no way of determining the number of aircraft that
might need this on-condition action:
Estimated Costs of On-Condition Actions
|Up to 7 work-hours x $85 per
hour = $595
Up to $1,820
Up to $2,415
According to the manufacturer, some
or all of the costs of this
proposed 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 known costs in
our cost estimate.
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
This proposed 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 and associated appliances to the
Director of the System Oversight Division.
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 above, I certify this proposed
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
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 adding the following new airworthiness