Airworthiness Directives: Cessna Aircraft Company 172, 175, 177, 180, 182, 185, 188, 206, 207, 208, 210, 303, 336, and 337 Series Airplanes

 
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Federal Register: December 24, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 248)

Rules and Regulations

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From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39

Docket No. FAA-2008-1328; Directorate Identifier 2008-CE-066-AD;

Amendment 39-15776; AD 2008-26-10

RIN 2120-AA64

Airworthiness Directives; Cessna Aircraft Company 172, 175, 177, 180, 182, 185, 188, 206, 207, 208, 210, 303, 336, and 337 Series

Airplanes

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) 172, 175, 177, 180, 182, 185, 188, 206, 207, 208, 210, 303, 336, and 337 series airplanes. This AD requires you to inspect the alternate static air source selector valve to assure that the part number identification placard does not obstruct the alternate static air source selector valve port. If the part number identification placard obstructs the port, this AD also requires you to remove the placard, assure that the port is unobstructed, and report to the FAA if obstruction is found. This AD results from reports of airplanes found with alternate static air source selector valve port obstruction caused by improper installation of the part number identification placard. The actions specified by this AD are intended to prevent erroneous indications from the altimeter, airspeed, and vertical speed indicators, which could cause the pilot to react to incorrect flight information and possibly result in loss of control.

DATES: This AD becomes effective on January 5, 2009.

On January 5, 2009, the Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this

AD.

We must receive any comments on this AD by February 23, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Use one of the following addresses to comment on this AD.

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

Fax: (202) 493-2251.

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: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket

Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New

Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.,

Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

To get the service information identified in this AD, contact

Cessna Aircraft Company, P.O. Box 7704, Wichita, Kansas 67277; telephone: (800) 423-7762 or (316) 517-6056; Internet: http:// www.cessna.com.

To view the comments to this AD, go to http://www.regulations.gov.

The docket number is FAA-2008-1328; Directorate Identifier 2008-CE-066-

AD.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ann Johnson, Aerospace Engineer, FAA,

Wichita Aircraft Certification Office, 1801 Airport Road, Room 100,

Wichita, Kansas 67209; telephone: 316-946-4105; fax: 316-946-4107; e- mail address: ann.johnson@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

Reports of improper installation of the part number (P/N) identification placard on P/N 2013142-18 alternate static air source selector valves prompted us to issue AD 98-01-01, Amendment 39-10286

(63 FR 3455, January 23, 1998), which applies to certain Cessna

Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 172R and 182S airplanes, and AD 2008- 10-02, Amendment 39-155508 (73 FR 24168, May 2, 2008), which applies to certain Cessna 172, 175, 180, 182, 185, 206, 207, 208, 210, and 303 series airplanes.

These ADs require inspecting the alternate static air source selector valve to determine if the P/N identification placard obstructs the alternate static air source selector valve port and removing

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the placard if obstruction is found. These ADs also require reporting to the FAA if obstruction is found.

These assemblies are required for flight into instrument flight rules (IFR) conditions as defined in Sec. 91.411 of the Federal

Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 91.411). Use of these assemblies is optional in visual flight rules (VFR) conditions.

After issuing AD 98-01-01 and AD 2008-10-02, we received reports of 15 airplanes not previously affected by either AD with a P/N 2013142-18 installed and the alternate static air source selector valve port was found obstructed by the P/N identification placard.

We have been informed that all P/N 2013142-18 alternate static air source selector valves shipped from Cessna Parts Distribution between

January 1, 1993, and March 31, 2008, may have port obstruction caused by the P/N identification placard.

This condition, if not corrected, could result in the altimeter, airspeed, and vertical speed indicators displaying erroneous indications. This could cause the pilot to react to incorrect flight information and possibly result in loss of control.

Relevant Service Information

We reviewed Cessna Single Engine Service Bulletin, SB08-34-02,

Revision 1, and Cessna Caravan Service Bulletin CAB08-4, Revision 1, both dated October 6, 2008; Cessna Single Engine Service Bulletin

SEB08-5 and Cessna Multi-engine Service Bulletin MEB08-6, both dated

October 13, 2008.

The service information describes procedures for inspecting the alternate static air source selector valve to assure that the P/N identification placard does not obstruct the alternate static air source selector valve port.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This AD

We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all the information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. This AD requires inspecting the alternate static air source selector valve to assure that the P/N identification placard does not obstruct the alternate static air source selector valve port. If the P/N identification placard obstructs the port, this AD requires you to remove the placard, assure that the port is unobstructed, and report to the FAA if obstruction is found.

FAA's Determination of the Effective Date

Since an unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD, we determined that notice and opportunity for public comment before issuing this AD are impracticable, and that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in fewer than 30 days.

Comments Invited

This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not precede it by notice and an opportunity for public comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments regarding this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include the docket number ``FAA-2008-1328;

Directorate Identifier 2008-CE-066-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of the AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend the AD in light 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 concerning this AD.

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 rulemaking action.

Regulatory Findings

We determined that 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) Is not a ``significant rule'' under DOT Regulatory Policies and

Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 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.

We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket.

Examining the AD Docket

You may examine the AD docket that contains the AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information on the

Internet at http://www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket

Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Office (telephone (800) 647-5527) is located at the street address stated in the ADDRESSES section.

Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety.

Adoption of the Amendment 0

Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 0 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] 0 2. The FAA amends Sec. 39.13 by adding a new AD to read as follows: 2008-26-10 Cessna Aircraft Company: Amendment 39-15776; Docket No.

FAA-2008-1328; Directorate Identifier 2008-CE-066-AD.

Effective Date

(a) This AD becomes effective on January 5, 2009.

Affected ADs

(b) This AD relates to AD 98-01-01, Amendment 39-10287 and AD 2008-10-02, Amendment 39-15508. These ADs can be found on the

Internet at the following Web site: http://rgl.faa.gov/.

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Applicability

(c) This AD applies to all serial numbers (S/Ns) of the airplanes listed in Table 1 of this AD, certificated in any category, that:

(1) Were initially delivered from the manufacturer between

January 1, 1993, and March 31, 2008, unless the modification/rework required in AD 2008-10-02 has been done and you remain in compliance with that AD; or

(2) Have a part number (P/N) 2013142-18 installed as a replacement part anytime after January 1, 1993, unless the modification/rework required in AD 2008-10-02 has been done and you remain in compliance with that AD.

Note 1: The affected part was shipped from Cessna Parts

Distribution (CPD) between January 1, 1993, and March 31, 2008.

Note 2: P/N 2013142-18 replaced P/Ns 2013142-9, -13, and -17.

Table 1--Applicable Airplane Models

Models

172

F172K

177 172A

F172L

177A 172B

F172M

177B 172C

F172N

177RG 172D

F172P

F177RG 172E

FR172E

180 172F (USAF T-41A)

FR172F

180A 172G

FR172G

180B 172H (USAF T-41A)

FR172H

180C 172I

FR172J

180D 172K

FR172K

180E 172L

P172D

180F 172M

R172E (USAF T-41B), (USAF T-41C and 180G

D) 172N

R172F (USAF T-41)

180H 172P

R172G (USAF T-41C or D)

180J 172Q

R172H (USAF T-41D)

180K 172R

R172J

182 172S

R172K

182A

F172D

172RG

182B

F172E

175

182C

F172F

175A

182D

F172G

175B

182E

F172H

175C

182F 182G

A185F

U206D 182H

206

U206E 182J

206H

U206F 182K

P206

U206G 182L

P206A

207 182M

P206B

207A 182N

P206C

T207 182P

P206D

T207A 182Q

P206E

208 182R

T206H

208B 182S

TP206A

210 182T

TP206B

210A

F182P

TP206C

210B

F182Q

TP206D

210C

FR182

TP206E

210D

R182

TU206A

210E

T182

TU206B

210F

T182T

TU206C

210G

TR182

TU206D

210H 185

TU206E

210J 185A

TU206F

210K 185B

TU206G

210L 185C

U206

210M 185D

U206A

210N 185E

U206B

210R

A185E

U206C

210-5 (205) 210-5A (205A)

FT337F

T210F

M337B (USAF 02A)

T210G

T337B

T210H

T337C

T210J

T337D

T210K

T337E

T210L

T337F

T210M

T337H

T210N

T337H-SP

T210R

T303 336 337 337A (USAF 02B)

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337B 337C 337D 337E 337F 337G 337H

F337E

F337F

F337G

F337H

FT337E

Unsafe Condition

(e) This AD is the result of reports of improper installation of the part number identification placard on the alternate static air source selector valve. We are issuing this AD to prevent erroneous indications from the altimeter, airspeed, and vertical speed indicators, which could cause the pilot to react to incorrect flight information and possibly result in loss of control.

Compliance

(e) To address this problem, you must do the following, unless already done. A person authorized to perform maintenance as specified in 14 CFR section 43.3 of the Federal Aviation

Administration Regulations (14 CFR 43.3) is required to do all the actions required in this AD.

Actions

Compliance

Procedures

(1) For all affected

Within the next 100 Following the airplanes that are not

hours time-in-

procedures in equipped for flight under

service (TIS) after Cessna Single instrument flight rules

January 5, 2009

Engine Service

(IFR): Inspect the

(the effective date Bulletin SB08-34- alternate static air source of this AD) or

02, Revision 1, selector valve to assure

within the next 4

dated October 6, that the part number

months after

2008; Cessna identification placard is

January 5, 2009

Caravan Service not obstructing the port.

(the effective date Bulletin CAB08-4, of this AD),

Revision 1, dated whichever occurs

October 6, 2008; first.

Cessna Single

Engine Service

Bulletin SEB08-5, dated October 13, 2008; or Cessna

Multi-engine

Service Bulletin

MEB08-6, dated

October 13, 2008, as applicable.

(2) For all affected

(A) Inspect within

Following the airplanes that are equipped the next 10 days

procedures in for flight under instrument after January 5,

Cessna Single flight rules (IFR):

2009 (the effective Engine Service date of this AD);

Bulletin SB08-34- or

02, Revision 1,

(B) Install placards dated October 6, before further

2008; Cessna flight after

Caravan Service

January 5, 2009

Bulletin CAB08-4,

(the effective date Revision 1, dated of this AD).

October 6, 2008;

Cessna Single

Engine Service

Bulletin SEB08-5, dated October 13, 2008; or Cessna

Multi-engine

Service Bulletin

MEB08-6, dated

October 13, 2008, as applicable.

(i) Inspect the alternate static air source selector valve to assure that the part number identification placard is not obstructing the port; or

(ii) Fabricate a placard that incorporates the following words (using at least \1/8\-inch letters) and install this placard on the instrument panel within the pilot's clear view:

``IFR OPERATION IS

PROHIBITED'' and ``USE

OF THE ALTERNATE STATIC

AIR SOURCE IS

PROHIBITED.''

(3) For all affected

Within the next 100 Following the airplanes that are equipped hours TIS after

procedures in for flight under instrument January 5, 2009

Cessna Single flight rules (IFR): If

(the effective date Engine Service placards were installed in of this AD) or

Bulletin SB08-34- accordance with paragraph

within the next 4

02, Revision 1,

(e)(2)(ii) of this AD,

months after

dated October 6, inspect the alternate

January 5, 2009

2008; Cessna static air source selector

(the effective date Caravan Service valve to assure that the

of this AD),

Bulletin CAB08-4, part number identification whichever occurs

Revision 1, dated placard is not obstructing first. After doing

October 6, 2008; the port.

the inspection,

Cessna Single remove the placards Engine Service installed in

Bulletin SEB08-5, accordance with

dated October 13, paragraph

2008; or Cessna

(e)(2)(ii) of this

Multi-engine

AD before further

Service Bulletin flight.

MEB08-6, dated

October 13, 2008, as applicable.

(4) For all affected

Before further

Following the airplanes: If the alternate flight after the

procedures in static air source selector inspection required Cessna Single valve port is found

in paragraphs

Engine Service obstructed by the part

(e)(1), (e)(2)(i),

Bulletin SB08-34- number identification

and (e)(3) of this 02, Revision 1, placard during the

AD.

dated October 6, inspection required in

2008; Cessna paragraphs (e)(1),

Caravan Service

(e)(2)(i), and (e)(3) of

Bulletin CAB08-04, this AD, remove the placard

Revision 1, dated from the valve body,

October 6, 2008; discard the placard, and

Cessna Single assure that the port is

Engine Service open and unobstructed.

Bulletin SEB08-5, dated October 13, 2008; or Cessna

Multi-engine

Service Bulletin

MEB08-6, dated

October 13, 2008, as applicable.

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(5) For all affected

As of 10 days after A person authorized airplanes: When a

January 5, 2009

to perform replacement valve is

(the effective date maintenance as needed, only install a P/N of this AD).

specified in 14 CFR 2013142-18 alternate static

section 43.3 of the air source selector valve

Federal Aviation that has been inspected and

Administration the port is found free from

Regulations (14 CFR obstruction.

43.3) is required to do the inspection.

(f) Report to the FAA the results of the inspection required by this AD where an obstruction was found.

(1) Submit this report within 10 days after the inspection or 10 days after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later.

(2) Use the form in Figure 1 of this AD and submit it to FAA,

Manufacturing Inspection District Office, Mid-Continent Airport, 1804 Airport Road, Room 101, Wichita, Kansas 67209; or fax to (316) 946-4189.

(3) The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the information collection requirements contained in this regulation under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 (44

U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) and assigned OMB Control Number 2120-0056.

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Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

(g) The Manager, Wichita Aircraft Certification Office (ACO),

FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to

ATTN: Ann Johnson, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Wichita ACO, 1801

Airport Road, Room 100, Wichita, Kansas 67209; telephone: 316-946- 4105; fax: 316-946-4107; e-mail address: ann.johnson@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight

Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO.

(h) AMOCs approved for AD 2008-10-02 are approved for this AD.

Material Incorporated by Reference

(i) You must use Cessna Single Engine Service Bulletin, SB08-34- 02, Revision 1, dated October 6, 2008; Cessna Caravan Service

Bulletin CAB08-4, Revision 1, dated October 6, 2008; Cessna Single

Engine Service Bulletin SEB08-5, dated October 13, 2008; and Cessna

Multi-engine Service Bulletin MEB08-6, dated October 13, 2008, to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.

(1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of this service information under 5

U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.

(2) For service information identified in this AD, contact

Cessna Aircraft Company, P.O. Box 7704, Wichita, Kansas 67277; telephone: (800) 423-7762 or (316) 517-6056; Internet: http:// www.cessna.com.

(3) You may review copies at the FAA, Central Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; or at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202- 741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_ of_federal_regulations/ibr_locations.html.

Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 15, 2008.

Kim Smith,

Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.

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