Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce Corporation AE 3007A1E and AE 1107C Turbofan/Turboshaft Engines, 7309-7310 [E9-3027]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 30 / Tuesday, February 17, 2009 / Rules and Regulations 7309 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Examining the AD Docket Regulatory Findings Federal Aviation Administration You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http: // www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is provided in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. We have 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 summary of the costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD Docket. You may get a copy of this summary at the address listed under ADDRESSES. 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2008–0230; Directorate Identifier 2007–NE–24–AD; Amendment 39– 15809; AD 2009–04–03] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce Corporation AE 3007A1E and AE 1107C Turbofan/Turboshaft Engines AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. Comments The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for RollsRoyce Corporation (RRC) AE 3007A1E and AE 1107C turbofan/turboshaft engines. This AD requires removal from service of certain 2nd stage, 3rd stage, and 4th stage compressor wheels, compressor cone shaft assemblies, and 1st to 2nd-stage turbine spacers at new, reduced, published life limits. This AD results from RRC applying an updated lifing methodology to the affected parts. We are issuing this AD to prevent lowcycle-fatigue failure of the parts listed in Table 1 of this AD, which could result in an uncontained engine failure and damage to the aircraft. DATES: This AD becomes effective March 24, 2009. ADDRESSES: The Docket Operations office is located at Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Downs, Aerospace Engineer, Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, Small Airplane Directorate, FAA, 2300 E. Devon Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60018; telephone (847) 294–7870; fax (847) 294–7834. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA proposed to amend 14 CFR part 39 with a proposed AD. The proposed AD applies to RRC AE 3007A1E and AE 1107C turbofan/turboshaft engines. We published the proposed AD in the Federal Register on June 11, 2008 (73 FR 33025). That action proposed to require removal from service of certain 2nd stage, 3rd stage, and 4th stage compressor wheels, compressor cone shaft assemblies, and 1st to 2nd-stage turbine spacers, at new, reduced, published life limits. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:58 Feb 13, 2009 Jkt 217001 We provided the public the opportunity to participate in the development of this AD. We received no comments on the proposal or on the determination of the cost to the public. Conclusion We have carefully reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect 220 AE 3007A1E turbofan engines installed on aircraft of U.S. registry. The action does not impose any additional labor costs since it will be performed at engine overhaul. Required parts will cost about $100,000 per engine. Based on these figures, we estimate the total cost of the AD to U.S. operators to be $22,000,000. 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. PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the Federal Aviation Administration 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. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive: ■ 2009–04–03 Rolls-Royce Corporation (Formerly Allison Engine Company, Inc.): Amendment 39–15809. Docket No. FAA–2008–0230; Directorate Identifier 2007–NE–24–AD. Effective Date (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective March 24, 2009. Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Rolls-Royce Corporation (RRC) AE 3007A1E and AE 1107C turbofan/turboshaft engines, with the following parts in Table 1 installed, as applicable: E:\FR\FM\17FER1.SGM 17FER1 7310 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 30 / Tuesday, February 17, 2009 / Rules and Regulations TABLE 1—AFFECTED PARTS AND REDUCED LIFE LIMITS Engine Part name AE 3007A1E ................. 2nd Stage Compressor Wheel ..................................................................... 3rd Stage Compressor Wheel ...................................................................... 2nd Stage Compressor Wheel ..................................................................... 2nd Stage Compressor Wheel ..................................................................... 3rd Stage Compressor Wheel ...................................................................... 3rd Stage Compressor Wheel (serial numbers L72422, L72475, L72505, L130704, L130829, L130830, L138218, L138226, L138621, L206084, L206163). 3rd Stage Compressor Wheel ...................................................................... 4th Stage Compressor Wheel ...................................................................... 4th Stage Compressor Wheel ...................................................................... 4th Stage Compressor Wheel ...................................................................... Compressor Cone Shaft Assembly .............................................................. Compressor Cone Shaft Assembly .............................................................. 1st to 2nd-Stage Turbine Spacer ................................................................. AE 1107C ..................... Part No. AE 3007A1E turbofan engines are installed on, but not limited to, EMBRAER EMB–135BJ and EMB–145XR airplanes. AE 1107C turboshaft engines are U.S. type-certificated and are installed on, but not limited to, certain U.S. military aircraft. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on February 5, 2009. Peter A. White, Assistant Manager, Engine and Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E9–3027 Filed 2–13–09; 8:45 am] Unsafe Condition BILLING CODE 4910–13–P (d) This AD results from RRC applying an updated lifing methodology to the affected parts. We are issuing this AD to prevent lowcycle-fatigue failure of the parts listed in Table 1 of this AD, which could result in an uncontained engine failure and damage to the aircraft. Compliance (e) You are responsible for having the actions required by this AD performed within 5 days after the effective date of this AD, unless the actions have already been done. (f) Remove from service the parts listed in Table 1 of this AD, at the new, reduced, published life limits specified in Table 1 of this AD. Alternative Methods of Compliance (g) The Manager, Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, has the authority to approve alternative methods of compliance for this AD if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with RULES Related Information (h) RRC Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. AE 3007A–A–72–346, dated May 1, 2007; Service Bulletin No. AE 1107C–A–72–086, Revision 2, dated January 28, 2008; and ASB No. AE 1107C–A–72–089, dated January 28, 2008, also pertain to the subject of this AD. Contact Rolls-Royce Corporation, P.O. Box 420, Indianapolis, IN 46206–0420; telephone (317) 230–6400; fax (317) 230–4243, for a copy of this service information. (i) Contact Michael Downs, Aerospace Engineer, Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, Small Airplane Directorate, FAA, 2300 E. Devon Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60018; telephone (847) 294–7870; fax (847) 294– 7834, for more information about this AD. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:58 Feb 13, 2009 Jkt 217001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2006–25730; Directorate Identifier 2006–NE–31–AD; Amendment 39– 15798; AD 2009–02–08] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Turbomeca Turmo IV A and IV C Series Turboshaft Engines AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. SUMMARY: The FAA is superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for Turbomeca Turmo IV A and IV C series turboshaft engines. That AD is applicable to engines with oil-tank-tooil-cooler flexible lubrication pipes, part number (P/N) 0 249 92 813 0 or P/N 0 249 92 916 0, installed. That AD currently requires identifying, inspecting, and replacing affected flexible lubrication pipes manufactured after April 1, 2003. That AD also requires initial and repetitive borescope inspections of affected pipes, visual inspections for oil leakage, and visual inspections of the oil filter. That AD also requires that if both engines on the same helicopter each have an affected PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 New reduced published life limit, in flight cycles 23050752 23065303 23050752 23084157 23065303 23065303 15,200 13,300 11,400 11,400 6,200 5,000 23084158 23050754 23071259 23084159 23050728 23070729 23065300 6,200 14,900 14,900 14,900 2,900 2,900 9,500 pipe, replacing one of the affected pipes before further flight. This AD does not contain that requirement. This AD requires the same inspections as the superseded AD and adds inspection of oil-pump-to-intermediate-bearing flexible lubricating pipe, P/N 0 249 92 808 0. This AD also requires all remaining affected flexible lubrication pipes, P/N 0 249 92 813 0, P/N 0 249 92 916 0, and P/N 0 249 92 808 to be replaced as terminating action to the repetitive inspections for those affected pipes. This AD results from additional shutdowns caused by pipes, P/N 0 249 92 808 0, and the introduction of Turbomeca Modifications TU 231 and TU 233 that replace pipes, P/N 0 249 92 813 0, P/N 0 249 92 916 0, and P/N 0 249 92 808. We are issuing this AD to prevent helicopter engine in-flight shutdown of one or both engines resulting in an emergency auto-rotation landing or accident. DATES: Effective March 4, 2009. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the regulations as of March 4, 2009. We must receive any comments on this AD by April 20, 2009. ADDRESSES: Use one of the following addresses to comment on this AD. • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. E:\FR\FM\17FER1.SGM 17FER1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 30 (Tuesday, February 17, 2009)]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2008-0230; Directorate Identifier 2007-NE-24-AD; 
Amendment 39-15809; AD 2009-04-03]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce Corporation AE 3007A1E and 
AE 1107C Turbofan/Turboshaft Engines

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
Rolls-Royce Corporation (RRC) AE 3007A1E and AE 1107C turbofan/
turboshaft engines. This AD requires removal from service of certain 
2nd stage, 3rd stage, and 4th stage compressor wheels, compressor cone 
shaft assemblies, and 1st to 2nd-stage turbine spacers at new, reduced, 
published life limits. This AD results from RRC applying an updated 
lifing methodology to the affected parts. We are issuing this AD to 
prevent low-cycle-fatigue failure of the parts listed in Table 1 of 
this AD, which could result in an uncontained engine failure and damage 
to the aircraft.

DATES: This AD becomes effective March 24, 2009.

ADDRESSES: The Docket Operations office is located at Docket Management 
Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, 
SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-
0001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Downs, Aerospace Engineer, 
Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, Small Airplane Directorate, FAA, 
2300 E. Devon Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60018; telephone (847) 294-7870; 
fax (847) 294-7834.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA proposed to amend 14 CFR part 39 
with a proposed AD. The proposed AD applies to RRC AE 3007A1E and AE 
1107C turbofan/turboshaft engines. We published the proposed AD in the 
Federal Register on June 11, 2008 (73 FR 33025). That action proposed 
to require removal from service of certain 2nd stage, 3rd stage, and 
4th stage compressor wheels, compressor cone shaft assemblies, and 1st 
to 2nd-stage turbine spacers, at new, reduced, published life limits.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http: //
www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office 
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, 
any comments received, and other information. The street address for 
the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647-5527) is provided in 
the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket 
shortly after receipt.

Comments

    We provided the public the opportunity to participate in the 
development of this AD. We received no comments on the proposal or on 
the determination of the cost to the public.

Conclusion

    We have carefully reviewed the available data and determined that 
air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD will affect 220 AE 3007A1E turbofan 
engines installed on aircraft of U.S. registry. The action does not 
impose any additional labor costs since it will be performed at engine 
overhaul. Required parts will cost about $100,000 per engine. Based on 
these figures, we estimate the total cost of the AD to U.S. operators 
to be $22,000,000.

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 have 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 summary of the costs to comply with this AD and 
placed it in the AD Docket. You may get a copy of this summary at the 
address listed under ADDRESSES.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Safety.

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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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]

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2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness 
directive:

2009-04-03 Rolls-Royce Corporation (Formerly Allison Engine Company, 
Inc.): Amendment 39-15809. Docket No. FAA-2008-0230; Directorate 
Identifier 2007-NE-24-AD.

Effective Date

    (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective March 
24, 2009.

Affected ADs

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to Rolls-Royce Corporation (RRC) AE 3007A1E 
and AE 1107C turbofan/turboshaft engines, with the following parts 
in Table 1 installed, as applicable:

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                                 Table 1--Affected Parts and Reduced Life Limits
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                                                                                                  New reduced
                                                                                                published life
                Engine                             Part name                   Part No.        limit, in flight
                                                                                                    cycles
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AE 3007A1E...........................  2nd Stage Compressor Wheel.......            23050752              15,200
                                       3rd Stage Compressor Wheel.......            23065303              13,300
AE 1107C.............................  2nd Stage Compressor Wheel.......            23050752              11,400
                                       2nd Stage Compressor Wheel.......            23084157              11,400
                                       3rd Stage Compressor Wheel.......            23065303               6,200
                                       3rd Stage Compressor Wheel                   23065303               5,000
                                        (serial numbers L72422, L72475,
                                        L72505, L130704, L130829,
                                        L130830, L138218, L138226,
                                        L138621, L206084, L206163).
                                       3rd Stage Compressor Wheel.......            23084158               6,200
                                       4th Stage Compressor Wheel.......            23050754              14,900
                                       4th Stage Compressor Wheel.......            23071259              14,900
                                       4th Stage Compressor Wheel.......            23084159              14,900
                                       Compressor Cone Shaft Assembly...            23050728               2,900
                                       Compressor Cone Shaft Assembly...            23070729               2,900
                                       1st to 2nd-Stage Turbine Spacer..            23065300               9,500
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AE 3007A1E turbofan engines are installed on, but not limited to, 
EMBRAER EMB-135BJ and EMB-145XR airplanes. AE 1107C turboshaft 
engines are U.S. type-certificated and are installed on, but not 
limited to, certain U.S. military aircraft.

Unsafe Condition

    (d) This AD results from RRC applying an updated lifing 
methodology to the affected parts. We are issuing this AD to prevent 
low-cycle-fatigue failure of the parts listed in Table 1 of this AD, 
which could result in an uncontained engine failure and damage to 
the aircraft.

Compliance

    (e) You are responsible for having the actions required by this 
AD performed within 5 days after the effective date of this AD, 
unless the actions have already been done.
    (f) Remove from service the parts listed in Table 1 of this AD, 
at the new, reduced, published life limits specified in Table 1 of 
this AD.

Alternative Methods of Compliance

    (g) The Manager, Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, has the 
authority to approve alternative methods of compliance for this AD 
if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19.

Related Information

    (h) RRC Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. AE 3007A-A-72-346, 
dated May 1, 2007; Service Bulletin No. AE 1107C-A-72-086, Revision 
2, dated January 28, 2008; and ASB No. AE 1107C-A-72-089, dated 
January 28, 2008, also pertain to the subject of this AD. Contact 
Rolls-Royce Corporation, P.O. Box 420, Indianapolis, IN 46206-0420; 
telephone (317) 230-6400; fax (317) 230-4243, for a copy of this 
service information.
    (i) Contact Michael Downs, Aerospace Engineer, Chicago Aircraft 
Certification Office, Small Airplane Directorate, FAA, 2300 E. Devon 
Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60018; telephone (847) 294-7870; fax (847) 
294-7834, for more information about this AD.

    Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on February 5, 2009.
Peter A. White,
Assistant Manager, Engine and Propeller Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service.
 [FR Doc. E9-3027 Filed 2-13-09; 8:45 am]
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