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Federal Register Highlights – 12/2/14

December 2, 2014

Unpublished, time-sensitive, and proposed rules for December 2, 2014:

RULE: We are superseding airworthiness directive (A.D.) 2013-20-06 for all Airbus Model A340-211, -212, -213, -311, -312, -313, -541, and -642 airplanes. A.D. 2013-20-06 required revising the maintenance program to incorporate certain maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations. This new A.D. requires revising the maintenance or inspection program to incorporate certain other maintenance requirements and airworthiness limitations. This A.D. was prompted by a determination that existing maintenance requirements are not adequate to address the aging effects of aircraft systems. We are issuing this A.D. to address the aging effects of aircraft systems. Such aging effects could change the characteristics of systems’ life-limited components leading to an increased potential for failure, which, in isolation or in combination with one or more other specific failures or events, could result in failure of certain life limited parts, which could reduce the structural integrity or the controllability of the airplane. This A.D. becomes effective December 17, 2014.

RULE: We are revising airworthiness directive (A.D.) 2010-17-11R1, which applies to all Dowty Propellers R408/6-123-F/17 model propellers. A.D. 2010-17-11R1 required initial application of sealant between the bus bar assembly and the backplate assembly of certain line-replaceable units (LRUs) and repetitive reapplications of sealant on all R408/6-123-F/17 model propellers. A.D. 2010-17-11R1 also provided an optional terminating action to the repetitive reapplication of sealant. This A.D. increases the interval allowed between the required reapplication of sealant, and specifies an additional acceptable sealant. This A.D. was prompted by failure of the propeller deice bus bar due to friction or contact between the bus bar and the backplate assembly, consequent intermittent short circuit, and possible double generator failure. We are issuing this A.D. to prevent an in-flight double generator failure, which could result in reduced control of the airplane. This A.D. is effective January 6, 2015.

RULE: We are superseding airworthiness directive (A.D.) 98-07-07 for all Rolls-Royce PLC (RR) RB211-535E4 and RB211-535E4-B turbofan engines. A.D. 98-07-07 required removing certain part number (P/N) low-pressure (LP) fuel filter-to-high-pressure (HP) fuel pump tube assemblies and installing flexible LP fuel filter-to-HP fuel pump tube assemblies. This A.D. expands the applicability of A.D. 98-07-07 to include the RB211-535E4-C-37 turbofan engine and requires removal from service of additional P/N LP fuel filter-to-high-pressure HP fuel pump tube assemblies. This A.D. was prompted by reports of fuel leaks that have resulted in a number of engine in-flight shutdowns. We are issuing this A.D. to prevent loss of fuel supply to the engine, which could lead to an in-flight shutdown of one or more engines, loss of thrust control, and damage to the airplane. This A.D. is effective January 6, 2015.

RULE: We are superseding airworthiness directive (A.D.) 2008-17-03 for certain The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes. A.D. 2008-17-03 required repetitive inspections to detect fuselage frame cracking, and corrective action if necessary. A.D. 2008-17-03 also provided for optional terminating action (repair/preventative change) for the repetitive inspections. This new A.D. adds airplanes to the applicability, but does not provide terminating action for the newly added airplanes. This A.D. was prompted by reports of cracks found at the cutout in the web of body station frame 303.9 inboard of stringer 16L, as well as a new report of cracking found on an airplane not identified in the applicability of A.D. 2008-17-03. We are issuing this A.D. to detect and correct fuselage frame cracking, which could prevent the left forward entry door from sealing correctly, and could cause in-flight decompression of the airplane. This A.D. is effective January 6, 2015.

RULE: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (A.D.) for all Harry E. Williams deHavilland Model DH 82A airplanes, all Cliff Robertson deHavilland DH 82A and all deHavilland Model DH 83 airplanes. This A.D. was prompted by reports of structural failure of the attachment of the wing to the fuselage the resulted from failed lateral fuselage tie rods. This A.D. requires inspecting the aircraft maintenance records to determine the date of installation or the date of last replacement of the lateral fuselage tie rods. This A.D. also requires repetitively replacing all lateral fuselage tie rods and attaching nuts at a specified life limit interval. We are issuing this A.D. to correct the unsafe condition on these products. This A.D. is effective January 6, 2015.

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS announces that the twenty fourteen summer flounder commercial quota allocated to the State of New Jersey has been harvested. Vessels issued a commercial Federal fisheries permit for the summer flounder fishery may not land summer flounder in New Jersey for the remainder of calendar year twenty fourteen, unless additional quota becomes available through a transfer from another State. Regulations governing the summer flounder fishery require publication of this notification to advise New Jersey that the quota has been harvested, and to advise Federal vessel and dealer permit holders that no Federal commercial quota is available for landing summer flounder in New Jersey. Effective 0001 hours, November 29, 2014, through December 31, 2014.

PROPOSED RULE: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its adjudication regulations to clarify that a veteran will not receive the dependent rate of disability compensation for a child who is adopted out of the veteran’s family. This action is necessary because applicable VA adjudication regulations are currently construed as permitting a veteran, whose former child was adopted out of the veteran’s family, to receive the dependent rate of disability compensation for the adopted-out child, which constitutes an unwarranted award of benefits not supported by the applicable statute and legislative history. Comments must be received on or before February 2, 2015. (To submit comments, visit http://www.regulations.gov. Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

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