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activities that have direct and and follow the instructions for sending Federal holidays. The Docket
significant transboundary implications. your comments electronically. Management Facility office (telephone
An Agreement State should adopt • Mail: Docket Management Facility, (800) 647–5227) is located on the plaza
program elements essentially identical U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 level of the Nassif Building at the DOT
to those of NRC. Agreement State and Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, street address stated in the ADDRESSES
NRC licensees would report their Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590. section. Comments will be available in
transactions to the National Source • Fax: (202) 493–2251. the AD docket shortly after the Docket
Tracking System. The database would • Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on Management System receives them.
be maintained by NRC. the plaza level of the Nassif Building,
Discussion
Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 7th day 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington,
of June, 2006. DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday We have received a report indicating
For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. through Friday, except Federal holidays. that Boeing found that on a Model 737
Annette L. Vietti-Cook, Contact Boeing Commercial airplane, the upper three inches of the
Secretary of the Commission. Airplanes, P.O. Box 3707, Seattle, aero/fire seal of the blocker doors on the
[FR Doc. E6–9179 Filed 6–12–06; 8:45 am]
Washington 98124–2207, for the service thrust reverser torque box extended past
information identified in this proposed the metal v-blade/groove designed to
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AD. serve as a firewall for the seal. The seal
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: itself serves as a firewall between a fire
Doug Pegors, Aerospace Engineer, zone and a flammable leakage zone in
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Propulsion Branch, ANM–140S, FAA, the upper region of the thrust reverser
Federal Aviation Administration Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, torque box. The seal is not fireproof
1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, (unable to withstand 2,000 degrees
14 CFR Part 39 Washington 98055–4056; telephone Fahrenheit for 15 minutes) and could
(425) 917–6504; fax (425) 917–6590. allow a fire in the fan compartment,
[Docket No. FAA–2006–25001; Directorate which is a fire zone, to migrate to a
Identifier 2006–NM–079–AD] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
flammable fluid in the thrust reverser
RIN 2120–AA64 Comments Invited actuator compartment, which is a
We invite you to submit any relevant flammable leakage zone. This condition,
Airworthiness Directives; Boeing written data, views, or arguments if not corrected, could result in an
Model 737–600, –700, –700C, –800 and regarding this proposed AD. Send your uncontrolled fire.
–900 Series Airplanes
comments to an address listed in the Relevant Service Information
AGENCY: Federal Aviation ADDRESSES section. Include the docket
Administration (FAA), Department of number ‘‘FAA–2006–25001; Directorate We have reviewed Boeing Special
Transportation (DOT). Identifier 2006–NM–079–AD’’ at the Attention Service Bulletin 737–78–
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking beginning of your comments. We 1074, Revision 1, dated September 15,
(NPRM). specifically invite comments on the 2005. The service bulletin describes
overall regulatory, economic, procedures for replacing the aero/fire
SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a environmental, and energy aspects of seals of the blocker doors on the thrust
new airworthiness directive (AD) for the proposed AD. We will consider all reverser torque boxes on the engines
certain Boeing Model 737–600, –700, comments received by the closing date with new, improved aero/fire seals.
–700C, –800 and –900 series airplanes. and may amend the proposed AD in Accomplishing the actions specified in
This proposed AD would require light of those comments. the service information is intended to
replacing the aero/fire seals of the We will post all comments we adequately address the unsafe
blocker doors on the thrust reverser receive, without change, to http:// condition.
torque boxes on the engines with new, dms.dot.gov, including any personal FAA’s Determination and Requirements
improved aero/fire seals. This proposed information you provide. We will also of the Proposed AD
AD results from a report that the top post a report summarizing each
three inches of the aero/fire seals of the substantive verbal contact with FAA We have evaluated all pertinent
blocker doors on the thrust reverser personnel concerning this proposed AD. information and identified an unsafe
torque boxes are not fireproof. We are Using the search function of that web condition that is likely to exist or
proposing this AD to prevent a fire in site, anyone can find and read the develop on other airplanes of this same
the fan compartment (a fire zone) from comments in any of our dockets, type design. For this reason, we are
migrating through the seal to a including the name of the individual proposing this AD, which would require
flammable fluid in the thrust reverser who sent the comment (or signed the accomplishing the actions specified in
actuator compartment (a flammable comment on behalf of an association, the service information described
leakage zone), which could result in an business, labor union, etc.). You may previously.
uncontrolled fire. review DOT’s complete Privacy Act Costs of Compliance
DATES: We must receive comments on Statement in the Federal Register
this proposed AD by July 28, 2006. published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR There are about 1,595 airplanes of the
ADDRESSES: Use one of the following 19477–78), or you may visit http:// affected design in the worldwide fleet.
addresses to submit comments on this dms.dot.gov. This proposed AD would affect about
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proposed AD. 616 airplanes of U.S. registry. The


Examining the Docket
• DOT Docket Web site: Go to proposed actions would take about 4
http://dms.dot.gov and follow the You may examine the AD docket on work hours per airplane, at an average
instructions for sending your comments the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov, or in labor rate of $80 per work hour.
electronically. person at the Docket Management Required parts would cost about $3,910
• Government-wide rulemaking Web Facility office between 9 a.m. and 5 per airplane. Based on these figures, the
site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov p.m., Monday through Friday, except estimated cost of the proposed AD for

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U.S. operators is $2,605,680, or $4,230 PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS (2) Before using any AMOC approved in
per airplane. DIRECTIVES accordance with § 39.19 on any airplane to
which the AMOC applies, notify the
Authority for This Rulemaking 1. The authority citation for part 39 appropriate principal inspector in the FAA
continues to read as follows: Flight Standards Certificate Holding District
Title 49 of the United States Code Office.
specifies the FAA’s authority to issue Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.
rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, Issued in Renton, Washington, on June 5,
§ 39.13 [Amended] 2006.
Section 106, describes the authority of
the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, 2. The Federal Aviation Kalene C. Yanamura,
Aviation Programs, describes in more Administration (FAA) amends § 39.13 Acting Manager, Transport Airplane
detail the scope of the Agency’s by adding the following new Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
authority. airworthiness directive (AD): [FR Doc. E6–9163 Filed 6–12–06; 8:45 am]
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We are issuing this rulemaking under Boeing: Docket No. FAA–2006–25001;
the authority described in Subtitle VII, Directorate Identifier 2006–NM–079–AD.
Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701, Comments Due Date DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that
(a) The FAA must receive comments on
section, Congress charges the FAA with this AD action by July 28, 2006. Federal Aviation Administration
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in
air commerce by prescribing regulations Affected ADs
14 CFR Part 39
for practices, methods, and procedures (b) None.
the Administrator finds necessary for [Docket No. FAA–2006–25000; Directorate
Applicability Identifier 2006–NM–096–AD]
safety in air commerce. This regulation
(c) This AD applies to Boeing Model 737–
is within the scope of that authority RIN 2120–AA64
600, –700, –700C, –800 and –900 series
because it addresses an unsafe condition airplanes, certificated in any category; as
that is likely to exist or develop on identified in Boeing Special Attention Airworthiness Directives; Boeing
products identified in this rulemaking Service Bulletin 737–78–1074, Revision 1, Model 737–600, –700, –700C, and –800
action. dated September 15, 2005. Series Airplanes
Regulatory Findings Unsafe Condition AGENCY: Federal Aviation
We have determined that this (d) This AD results from a report that the Administration (FAA), Department of
proposed AD would not have federalism
top three inches of the aero/fire seals of the Transportation (DOT).
blocker doors on the thrust reverser torque ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking
implications under Executive Order boxes are not fireproof. We are issuing this
13132. This proposed AD would not AD to prevent a fire in the fan compartment
(NPRM).
have a substantial direct effect on the (a fire zone) from migrating through the seal SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to revise
States, on the relationship between the to a flammable fluid in the thrust reverser
actuator compartment (a flammable leakage
an existing airworthiness directive (AD)
national Government and the States, or
zone), which could result in an uncontrolled that applies to certain Boeing Model
on the distribution of power and
fire. 737–600, –700, –700C, and –800 series
responsibilities among the various
airplanes. The existing AD currently
levels of government. Compliance requires inspecting/measuring the
For the reasons discussed above, I (e) You are responsible for having the length of the attachment fasteners
certify that the proposed regulation: actions required by this AD performed within between the nacelle support fittings and
1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory the compliance times specified, unless the the lower wing skin panels, and related
action’’ under Executive Order 12866; actions have already been done.
investigative/corrective actions if
2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the Replace the Aero/Fire Seal necessary. This proposed AD would
DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (f) Within 60 months or 8,200 flight cycles correct errors found in the existing AD.
(44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and after the effective date of this AD, whichever This proposed AD results from
3. Will not have a significant occurs first, replace the aero/fire seals of the detection of those inadvertent errors.
economic impact, positive or negative, blocker doors on the thrust reverser torque We are proposing this AD to prevent
boxes on the engines with new, improved inadequate fastener clamp-up, which
on a substantial number of small entities
aero/fire seals in accordance with the could result in cracking of the fastener
under the criteria of the Regulatory Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing
Flexibility Act. Special Attention Service Bulletin 737–78–
holes, cracking along the lower wing
We prepared a regulatory evaluation 1074, Revision 1, dated September 15, 2005. skin panels, fuel leaking from the wing
of the estimated costs to comply with fuel tanks onto the engines, and possible
Previously Accomplished Actions fire.
this proposed AD and placed it in the
AD docket. See the ADDRESSES section (g) Replacements done before the effective DATES: We must receive comments on
date of this AD in accordance with the this proposed AD by July 28, 2006.
for a location to examine the regulatory Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing
evaluation. Special Attention Service Bulletin 737–78– ADDRESSES: Use one of the following
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 1074, dated April 7, 2005, are acceptable for addresses to submit comments on this
compliance with the requirements of proposed AD.
Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation paragraph (f) of this AD. • DOT Docket Web site: Go to
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safety, Safety. Alternative Methods of Compliance http://dms.dot.gov and follow the


The Proposed Amendment (AMOCs) instructions for sending your comments
(h)(1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft
electronically.
Accordingly, under the authority Certification Office (ACO), FAA, has the • Government-wide rulemaking Web
delegated to me by the Administrator, authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov
the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part requested in accordance with the procedures and follow the instructions for sending
39 as follows: found in 14 CFR 39.19. your comments electronically.

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