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2022-12-06 COSTRUZIONI AERONAUTICHE TECNAM S.P.A.: Amendment 39-22078; Docket No. FAA-2022-0151; Project Identifier MCAI-2021-00521-A.
(a) EFFECTIVE DATE

    This airworthiness directive (AD) is effective July 19, 2022.

(b) AFFECTED ADS

    None.

(c) APPLICABILITY

    This AD applies to Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam S.P.A.  Model P2012
    Traveller airplanes, serial numbers 002 through 030 inclusive, certif-
    icated in any category.

(d) SUBJECT

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 2731: Elevator Tab Control
    System.

(e) UNSAFE CONDITION

    This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information
    (MCAI)  originated  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 free  play in  the trim  tab
    actuator and trim tab  surface. The FAA is  issuing this AD to  detect
    and correct free play in the trim tab connection, which could lead  to
    reduced airplane control.

(f) COMPLIANCE

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified,  unless al-
    ready done.

(g) TRIM TAB SURFACE FREE PLAY INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE

    Within 100 hours time-in-service  (TIS)  after  the  effective date of
    this AD and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 100 hours TIS, meas-
    ure the trim tab surface for free play  in accordance with Appendix A,
    Accomplishment Instructions,  section 2  (Step 1-Trim Tab surface free
    play measurement)  on pages 3 and 4 of Tecnam Service Bulletin 398-CS-
    Edition 2, Rev. 1,  dated August 17, 2020 (Tecnam SB 398-CS-Edition 2,
    Rev. 1).  If there is free play  that exceeds the allowable tolerance,
    before further flight, measure the trim tab actuator for free play and
    take any corrective actions in accordance with Appendix A, Accomplish-
    ment Instructions,  section 3 (Step 2-Trim Actuator free play measure-
    ment) on page 5 of Tecnam SB 398-CS-Edition 2, Rev 1.

(h) CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS ACTIONS

    You may take credit  for the initial inspection  required by paragraph
    (g) of this AD if you performed that action  before the effective date
    of this AD  using  Tecnam Service Bulletin  398-CS-Edition 2,  Rev. 0,
    dated August 5, 2020.

(i) ALTERNATIVE METHODS OF COMPLIANCE (AMOCS)

(1) The Manager, International Validation 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 manager  of the
    International  Validation  Branch, send  it  to the  attention  of the
    person identified in paragraph (j)(1) of this AD  and email to: 9-AVS-
    AIR-730-AMOC@faa.gov.

(2) Before using any approved AMOC,  notify your appropriate principal in-
    spector,  or  lacking a principal inspector,  the manager of the local
    flight standards district office/certificate holding district office.

(j) RELATED INFORMATION

(1) For more information about this AD,  contact Jim Rutherford,  Aviation
    Safety Engineer, FAA,  General Aviation & Rotorcraft Section, Interna-
    tional Validation Branch, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, MO 64106;
    phone: (816) 329-4165; email: jim.rutherford@faa.gov.

(2) Refer to European Union Aviation Safety Agency  (EASA)  AD  2021-0119,
    dated April 30, 2021,  for more information.  You may examine the EASA
    AD in the AD docket  at  https://www.regulations.gov  by searching for
    and locating Docket No. FAA-2022-0151.

(k) MATERIAL INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

(1) The Director of the Federal Register  approved  the  incorporation  by
    reference 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 the AD specifies otherwise.

(i) Tecnam Service Bulletin 398-CS-Edition 2 Rev. 1, dated August 17, 2020

(ii) [Reserved]

(3) For service information identified  in  this  AD,  contact Costruzioni
    Aeronautiche Tecnam S.P.A., Airworthiness Office, Via S. D'acquisto 62
    Boscotrecase, 80042, Italy;  phone: +39 0823 997538; email: traveller.
    support@Tecnam.com; website: https://www.Tecnam.com.

(4) You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Airworth-
    iness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch,  901 Locust, Kansas
    City, MO 64106.  For information on the availability  of this material
    at the FAA, call (817) 222-5110.

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

Issued on June 4, 2022. Gaetano A Sciortino, Deputy Director for Strategic
Initiatives,  Compliance & Airworthiness Division,  Aircraft Certification
Service.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jim Rutherford, Aviation Safety Engineer,
FAA,  General  Aviation  &  Rotorcraft  Section,  International Validation
Branch, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, MO 64106; phone: (816) 329-4165
email: jim.rutherford@faa.gov.
PREAMBLE 

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2022-0151; Project Identifier MCAI-2021-00521-A;
Amendment 39-22078; AD 2022-12-06]
RIN 2120-AA64

Airworthiness Directives; Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam S.P.A.
Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for
certain Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam S.P.A. Model P2012 Traveller
airplanes. This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness
information (MCAI) originated 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 free play in the
trim tab actuator and trim tab surface. This AD requires repetitively
inspecting the trim tab trailing edge to determine if free play exists
and taking corrective actions as needed. The FAA is issuing this AD to
address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective July 19, 2022.
The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of July 19,
2022.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule,
contact Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam S.P.A., Airworthiness Office
Via S. D'acquisto 62, Boscotrecase, 80042, Italy; phone: +39 0823
997538; email: traveller.support@Tecnam.com; website: https://www.
Tecnam.com. You may view this service information at the FAA,
Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 901 Locust,
Kansas City, MO 64106. For information on the availability of this
material at the FAA, call (817) 222-5110. It is also available at
https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No.
FAA-2022-0151.

Examining the AD Docket

You may examine the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov by
searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2022-0151; 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
MCAI, 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: Jim Rutherford, Aviation Safety
Engineer, FAA, General Aviation & Rotorcraft Section, International
Validation Branch, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, MO 64106; phone:
(816) 329-4165; email: jim.rutherford@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14
CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain serial-numbered
Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam S.P.A. Model P2012 Traveller airplanes.
The NPRM published in the Federal Register on March 7, 2022 (87 FR
12627). The NPRM was prompted by MCAI originated by the European Union
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the
Member States of the European Union. EASA issued AD 2021-0119, dated
April 30, 2021 (referred to after this as ``the MCAI''), to address the
unsafe condition on Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam S.P.A. Model P2012
Traveller airplanes with serial numbers (S/Ns) 002 through 030
inclusive. The MCAI states:

Occurrences have been reported of vibration in the horizontal
stabiliser control yoke and pedals, both sides. The subsequent
investigation identified free play in the trim tab actuator and trim
tab surface.
This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to a
significant free play on the trim tab connection, with consequent
increase in dynamic loads and vibrations, possibly resulting in
reduced control of the aeroplane.
To address this potential unsafe condition, TECNAM issued the
[Service Bulletin] SB to provide inspection instructions.
For the reasons described above, this [EASA] AD requires
repetitive inspections of the trim tab trailing edge and, depending
on findings, accomplishment of applicable corrective action(s).

You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket at https://www.regulations.gov
by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2022-0151.
In the NPRM, the FAA proposed to require repetitively inspecting
the trim tab trailing edge to determine if free play exists and taking
corrective actions as needed. The FAA is issuing this AD to prevent
reduced airplane control.

Discussion of Final Airworthiness Directive


Comments

The FAA received comments from Hyannis Air Service, Inc. (Hyannis).
The following presents the comments received on the NPRM and the FAA's
response to each comment.

Request To Withdraw the NPRM

Hyannis stated that the unsafe condition has been addressed by the
manufacturer's revision to the Airworthiness Limitations section (ALS)
of the aircraft maintenance manual (AMM) to include the repetitive
inspections and criteria to determine continued serviceability of the
elevator trim tab control system as described in paragraphs (f) and (g)
of the proposed AD. Hyannis further stated that 14 CFR 43.16 and 14 CFR
91.403(c) require compliance with the ALS of a manufacturer's AMM. The
FAA infers that Hyannis is requesting that the FAA withdraw the NPRM.
The FAA disagrees. Although the regulations cited by the commenter
do require maintenance be performed in accordance with a manufacturer's
ALS, an operator is only required to use the version of the ALS that
was delivered with its airplane. The NPRM applied to Costruzioni
Aeronautiche Tecnam S.P.A. Model P2012 Traveller airplanes with S/Ns
002 through 030, inclusive, which were delivered with a version of the
ALS that pre-dated the inspection and criteria required by paragraphs
(f) and (g) of this AD. Later manufacturer revisions to the ALS are not
mandatory for all operators, absent an AD or other rule that would
require the new ALS provisions to be used. Therefore, this AD is
necessary to ensure that the identified unsafe condition is addressed
on these airplanes.

Request To Change the Service Information


Hyannis requested that the FAA revise the proposed inspection and
maintenance actions to require using Section 55 of the AMM instead of
Tecnam Service Bulletin 398-CS-Edition 2, Rev. 1, dated August 17, 2020
(Tecnam SB 398-CS-Edition 2, Rev. 1). Hyannis stated that Tecnam SB
398-CS-Edition 2, Rev. 1, is not current. Specifically, Hyannis
explained that the manufacturer improved the design of the elevator
trim actuator (modification 2012/157), which is installed on new
airplanes beginning with S/N 025, and that the servicing instructions
for this actuator are not included in Tecnam SB 398-CS-Edition 2, Rev.
1. However, Hyannis stated that the servicing instructions for both the
older elevator trim actuator and the improved elevator trim actuator
were included in Edition 5, dated January 14, 2022, of Section 55 of
the AMM.
The FAA disagrees that requiring compliance with Section 55 of the
AMM is necessary to correct the unsafe condition. Tecnam SB 398-CS-
Edition 2, Rev. 1, refers to Tecnam Job Card 1249, which includes
servicing instructions for both the older and the modification 2012/157
actuators. If an operator prefers to use the latest AMM revision for
accomplishing the inspection and servicing tasks, the operator may
request to do so through the alternative method of compliance (AMOC)
process following paragraph (i) of this AD. The FAA has not changed the
AD in this regard.

Request To Expand the Applicability

Hyannis requested the FAA revise the applicability of the proposed
AD to include all Model P2012 Traveller airplanes, regardless of S/N.
Hyannis stated that there are airplanes on the U.S. Registry with S/Ns
greater than S/N 030 with the same elevator tab control system design.
The FAA disagrees. The ALS in Edition 4, Revision 0, dated March
19, 2021, of the AMM includes the repetitive inspections and criteria
to determine continued serviceability of the elevator trim tab control
system required by paragraphs (f) and (g) of this AD. Model P2012
airplanes having S/Ns 031 and later were delivered with the updated ALS
found in AMM, Edition 4, Revision 0, or a later version. 14 CFR 43.16
and 14 CFR 91.403(c) require inspection and maintenance specified in an
ALS of a manufacturer's AMM to be completed in accordance with that
section. Therefore, Model P2012 airplanes with S/Ns 031 and larger are
not subject to the unsafe condition. The FAA has not changed this final
rule regarding this comment.

Conclusion

This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another
country and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to
the FAA's bilateral agreement with this State of Design Authority, it
has notified the FAA of the unsafe condition described
in the MCAI and service information referenced above. The FAA reviewed
the relevant data, considered the comments received, and determined
that air safety requires adopting this AD as proposed. Accordingly, the
FAA is issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on this product.
This AD is adopted as proposed in the NPRM.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

The FAA reviewed Tecnam Service Bulletin 398-CS-Edition 2, Rev. 1,
dated August 17, 2020. The service information specifies procedures for
inspecting the trim tab trailing edge to determine if free play exists
and taking corrective actions as needed.
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.

Other Related Service Information

The FAA also reviewed Tecnam Service Bulletin 398-CS-Edition 2,
Rev. 0, dated August 5, 2020. The service information specifies
procedures for inspecting the trim tab trailing edge to determine if
free play exists and taking corrective actions as needed.
In addition, the FAA reviewed Tecnam Job Card No. 1249 Ed.1, Rev.1,
dated May 5, 2021. The service information specifies procedures for
servicing free play of the mechanical trim actuator.

Costs of Compliance

The FAA estimates that this AD affects 21 airplanes of U.S.
registry.
The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this AD:

Estimated Costs

Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per airplane Cost on U.S. operators
Trim tab surface free play inspection 1 work-hour x $85 per hour = $85 Not applicable $85 per inspection cycle $1,785 per inspection cycle

The FAA estimates the following costs to do any necessary actions
that would be required based on the results of the mandated inspection.
The FAA has no way of determining the number of airplanes that might
need these actions.

On-Condition Costs

Action
Labor cost
Parts cost
Cost per airplane
Trim actuator free play inspection 2 work-hours x $85 per hour = $170
Not applicable
$170
Trim actuator servicing 2 work-hours x $85 per hour = $170
$100
270
Trim actuator replacement 1 work-hour x $85 per hour = $85
1,000
1,085

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 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.

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
directive: