DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Aviation Administration
14 CFR Part 39
[Docket No. FAA-2018-0422; Product Identifier 2018-CE-015-AD]
Airworthiness Directives; Pacific Aerospace Limited Airplanes
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.
ACTION: Proposed rule; withdrawal.
SUMMARY: The FAA is withdrawing a notice of proposed rulemaking
that proposed to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) AD 2015-23-03
for Pacific Aerospace Limited Model 750XL airplanes. The NPRM was
prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI)
issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and
correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes
the unsafe condition as fatigue cracks on the fin forward pickup
plates. Since issuance of the NPRM, the FAA has determined that the
actions required by AD 2015-23-03 address the unsafe condition.
Accordingly, the NPRM is withdrawn.
DATES: As of June 28, 2021, the proposed rule, which published
Federal Register on June 18, 2018 (83 FR 28171), is withdrawn.
Examining the AD Docket
You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2018-0422; 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 AD action, any
comments received, and other information. The street 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: Mike Kiesov, Aviation Safety Engineer,
FAA, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Section, International Validation
Branch, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, MO 64106; phone: (816) 329-
4144; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The FAA issued an NPRM that proposed to amend 14 CFR part 39 by
adding an AD that would apply to certain Pacific Aerospace Limited
Model 750XL airplanes. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register
on June 18, 2018 (83 FR 28171), and proposed to supersede AD 2015-23-
03, Amendment 39-18319 (80 FR 69569, November 10, 2015) (AD 2015-23-
03). AD 2015-23-03 requires reducing the torque setting for the fin
forward pickup bolt, inspecting the fin forward pickup plates for
cracks, and replacing the fin forward pickup plates. The NPRM was based
on MCAI originated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of New
Zealand. The MCAI states:
This [CAA] AD revised to introduce Pacific Aerospace Limited
Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) PACSB/XL/068 issue 6, dated 8
January 2018. The changes to the SB are limited to minor editorial
changes, and the addition of alternate P/N [part number] hi-lok
fasteners due to limited availability of the original P/N. There are
no changes to the AD applicability or the requirements.
Actions Since the NPRM Was Issued
After issuance of the NPRM, the FAA has determined that the actions
required by AD 2015-23-03 address the unsafe condition. The new service
information is unchanged except for editorial changes and the addition
of alternate hi-lok fasteners. AD 2015-23-03 only requires the
procedures in the service information that was incorporated by
reference and not the materials. Thus, operators may use the new hi-lok
fasteners to comply with AD 2015-23-03 without an alternative method of
compliance. Based on the above information, the FAA has determined that
AD action is not warranted and the proposal should be withdrawn.
Withdrawal of the NPRM constitutes only such action and does not
preclude the FAA from further rulemaking on this issue, nor does it
commit the FAA to any course of action in the future.
Since this action only withdraws an NPRM, it is neither a proposed
AD nor a final rule. This action, therefore, is not covered under
Executive Order 12866 or the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39
Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by