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2020-03-18 AIRBUS DEFENSE AND SPACE S.A. (FORMERLY KNOWN AS CONSTRUCCIONES AERONAUTICAS, S.A.): Amendment 39-19842; Docket No. FAA-2019-0869; Product Identifier 2019-NM-162-AD.
(a) EFFECTIVE DATE

    This AD is effective April 2, 2020.

(b) AFFECTED ADS

    This  AD  replaces  AD 2017-19-08,  Amendment  3919038  (82 FR 43835,
    September 20, 2017),  and  AD 2018-19-02,  Amendment  39-19402  (83 FR
    46857, September 17, 2018).

(c) APPLICABILITY

    This AD applies to Airbus Defense and Space S.A. Model C-212-CB, C-212
    -CC, C-212-CD, C-212-CE, and C-212-DF airplanes,  certificated  in any
    category,  as  identified  in  European Union  Aviation  Safety Agency
    (EASA) AD 2019-0221, dated September 5, 2019 ("EASA AD 2019-0221").

(d) SUBJECT

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 27, Flight Controls.

(e) REASON

    This AD was prompted  by reports of failures  of the rudder pedal con-
    trol system support structure. The  FAA is issuing this AD  to address
    failure of the  rudder pedal control  system support structure,  which
    could result in reduced controllability of the airplane.

(f) COMPLIANCE

    Comply  with this  AD within  the compliance  times specified,  unless
    already done.

(g) REQUIREMENTS

    Except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD:  Comply with  all re-
    quired actions and  compliance times specified  in,  and in accordance
    with, EASA AD 2019-0221.

(h) EXCEPTIONS TO EASA AD 2019-0221

    For purposes  of determining compliance  with the requirements of this
    AD:

(1) Where EASA AD 2019-0221 refers to its effective date, this AD requires
    using the effective date of this AD.

(2) The "Remarks" section of EASA AD 2019-0221 does not apply to this AD.

(i) OTHER FAA AD PROVISIONS

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:

(1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs):  The Manager, International
    Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve
    AMOCs for this AD, if requested  using the procedures found in 14  CFR
    39.19. In  accordance with  14 CFR  39.19, send  your request  to your
    principal  inspector  or  local Flight  Standards District  Office, as
    appropriate.  If  sending information  directly  to the  International
    Section,  send  it  to  the  attention  of  the  person  identified in
    paragraph (j)  of this  AD. Information  may be  emailed to: 9-ANM-116
    -AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before  using any  approved AMOC,  notify your
    appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the
    manager  of  the local  flight  standards district  office/certificate
    holding district office.

(2) Contacting the Manufacturer:  For any requirement in this AD to obtain
    instructions   from   a  manufacturer,   the   instructions  must   be
    accomplished using  a method  approved by  the Manager,  International
    Section, Transport Standards Branch,  FAA; or EASA; or  Airbus Defense
    and Space S.A.s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If  approved
    by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature.

(j) RELATED INFORMATION

    For more information about this AD, contact Shahram Daneshmandi, Aero-
    space Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA
    2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198;  telephone and fax 206 231
    3220; email shahram.daneshmandi@faa.gov.

(k) MATERIAL INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

(1) The Director of the Federal Register  approved  the  incorporation  by
    reference (IBR) of  the service information  listed in this  paragraph
    under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.

(2) You must use  this service information as applicable to do the actions
    required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise.

(3) The following service information was approved  for  IBR  on  April 2,
    2020.

(i) European  Union  Aviation  Safety  Agency  (EASA) AD 2019-0221,  dated
    September 5, 2019.

(ii) [Reserved]

(4) For information  about EASA AD 2019-0221,  contact  the  EASA,  Konrad
    Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 89990 6017;
    email  ADs@easa.europa.eu;  Internet  www.easa.europa.eu. You may find
    this EASA AD on the EASA website at https://ad.easa.europa.eu.

(5) You may view this material  at  the  FAA,  Transport Standards Branch,
    2200 South 216th St.,  Des Moines, WA.  For information on the availa-
    bility of this material at the FAA,  call 206-231-3195.  This material
    may  be  found  in  the AD  docket  on  the  Internet at  https://www.
    regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2019-0869

(6) You may view this material that is incorporated  by reference  at  the
    National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).  For  information
    on the availability of this material at NARA, email fedreg.legal@nara.
    gov,  or  go  to:   https://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-
    locations.html.

Issued on February 12, 2020.  Lance T. Gant,  Director,  Compliance & Air-
worthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shahram Daneshmandi,  Aerospace Engineer,
International Section, Transport Standards Branch,  FAA,  2200 South 216th
St., Des Moines, WA 98198;  telephone and fax 206-231-3220; email shahram.
daneshmandi@faa.gov.
PREAMBLE 

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2019-0869; Product Identifier 2019-NM-162-AD; Amendment
39-19842; AD 2020-03-18]
RIN 2120-AA64

Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Defense and Space S.A. (Formerly
Known as Construcciones Aeronauticas, S.A.) Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2017-19-08
and AD 2018-19-02, which applied to Airbus Defense and Space S.A. Model
C-212-CB, C-212-CC, C-212-CD, C-212-CE, and C-212-DF airplanes. AD
2018-19-02 required repetitive inspections of the rudder pedal control
system support box and shaft and applicable corrective actions;
accomplishing those actions terminated the requirements of AD 2017-19-
08. This AD continues to require repetitive inspections and applicable
corrective actions; and also requires a modification of the rudder
pedal adjustment system; as specified in a European Union Aviation
Safety Agency (EASA) AD, which is incorporated by reference. This AD
was prompted by a determination that a modification must be done in
order to address the unsafe condition. The FAA is issuing this AD to
address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective April 2, 2020.
The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of April 2,
2020.

ADDRESSES: For the material incorporated by reference (IBR) in this AD,
contact the EASA, Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany;
telephone +49 221 89990 1000; email ADs@easa.europa.eu; internet
www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this IBR material on the EASA website
at https://ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this IBR material 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
206-231-3195. It is also available in the AD docket on the internet at
https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No.
FAA-2019-0869.

Examining the AD Docket

You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations
.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2019-
0869; 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 final rule, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and
other information. The address for Docket Operations is 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: Shahram Daneshmandi, Aerospace
Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200
South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206-231-3220;
email shahram.daneshmandi@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

The EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the
European Union, has issued EASA AD 2019-0221, dated September 5, 2019
(``EASA AD 2019-0221'') (also referred to as the Mandatory Continuing
Airworthiness Information, or ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe
condition for certain Airbus Defense and Space S.A. Model C-212-CB, C-
212-CC, C-212-CD, C-212-CE, C-212-DD, C-212-DF, and C-212-EE airplanes.
Model C-212-DD and C-212-EE airplanes are not certified by the FAA and
are not included on the U.S. type certificate data sheet; this AD
therefore does not include those airplanes in the applicability. EASA
AD 2019-0221 supersedes EASA AD 2018-0051, dated March 2, 2018 (which
corresponds to FAA AD 2018-19-02, Amendment 39-19402 (83 FR 46857,
September 17, 2018) (``AD 2018-19-02'')).
The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14
CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2017-19-08, Amendment 39-19038 (82 FR
43835, September 20, 2017) (``AD 2017-19-08'') and AD 2018-19-02. AD
2018-19-02 applied to certain Airbus Defense and Space S.A. Model C-
212-CB, C-212-CC, C-212-CD, C-212-CE, and C-212-DF airplanes.
Accomplishing the actions required by AD 2018-19-02 terminated all of
the requirements of AD 2017-19-08. The NPRM published in the Federal
Register on November 18, 2019 (84 FR 63580). The NPRM was prompted by a
determination that a modification must be done in order to address the
unsafe condition. The NPRM proposed to continue to require repetitive
inspections and applicable corrective actions. The NPRM also proposed
to require a modification of the rudder pedal adjustment system.
The FAA is issuing this AD to address failure of the rudder pedal
control system support structure, which could result in reduced
controllability of the airplane. See the MCAI for additional background
information.

Comments

The FAA gave the public the opportunity to participate in
developing this final rule. The FAA received no comments on the NPRM or
on the determination of the cost to the public.

Conclusion

The FAA reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety
and the public interest require adopting this final rule as proposed,
except for minor editorial changes. The FAA has determined that these
minor changes:
Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the
NPRM for addressing the unsafe condition; and
Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was
already proposed in the NPRM.

Related IBR Material Under 1 CFR Part 51


EASA AD 2019-0221 describes procedures for repetitive inspections
of the rudder pedal control system support box and shaft, and a
modification of the rudder pedal adjustment system. The modification is
terminating action for the repetitive inspections. This material 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

The FAA estimates that this AD affects 37 airplanes of U.S.
registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:

Estimated Costs for Required Actions

Action
Labor cost
Parts cost
Cost per product
Cost on U.S. operators
Retained actions from AD 2018-19-02 8 work-hours x $85 per hour = $680
$0
$680
$25,160
New actions 9 work-hours x $85 per hour = $765
20,000
20,765
768,305

The FAA estimates the following costs to do any necessary on-
condition actions that would be required based on the results of any
required actions. The FAA has no way of determining the number of
aircraft that might need this on-condition action:

Estimated Costs of On-Condition Action

Labor cost
Parts cost
Cost per product
9 work-hours x $85 per hour = $765
$20,000
$20,765

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.
The FAA is 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

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 12866,
(2) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
(3) 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.

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 removing Airworthiness Directive (AD)
2017-19-08, Amendment 39-19038 (82 FR 43835, September 20, 2017), and
AD 2018-19-02, Amendment 39-19402 (83 FR 46857, September 17, 2018),
and adding the following new AD: