Tue, May 22, 2012
AD NUMBER: 2012-09-12
PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A319-111, -112, -113, -114, -115, -131, -132, and -133 airplanes; Model A320-111, -211, -212, -214, -231, -232, and -233 airplanes; and Model A321-111, -112, and -131 airplanes; equipped with an additional center tank (ACT)
SUBJECT: Airworthiness Directive 2012-09-12
ACTION: Final Rule
SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for the product listed above. That AD currently requires identifying the part number of the ACT and, for certain ACTs, replacing the outer ACT manhole cover and seal.
This new AD requires modifying certain ACTs by replacing the manhole seal with a new seal; adding certain ACT equipped airplanes to the applicability; and removing Model A320-111 airplanes from the applicability.
This AD was prompted by reports that the modification required by the current AD was not fully effective. The FAA is issuing this AD to prevent fuel and/or vapor leakage, which could result in a combustible fuel vapor/air mixture in the cargo compartment, and consequent fire risk.
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