Airworthiness Directives; Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE) Models TAE 125-02-99 and TAE 125-01 Reciprocating Engines, 53438-53440 [E9-25035]

Download as PDF 53438 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 200 / Monday, October 19, 2009 / Proposed Rules Affected ADs (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Boeing Model 757– 200, –200PF, –200CB, and –300 series airplanes, certificated in any category; as identified in the applicable service bulletin in paragraphs (c)(1) or (c)(2) of this AD. (1) For Model 757–200, –200PF, and –200CB series airplanes: Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 757–28A0078, dated July 16, 2008. (2) For Model 757–300 series airplanes: Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 757–28A0079, dated July 16, 2008. Issued in Renton, Washington, on September 30, 2009. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E9–24987 Filed 10–16–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 Subject (d) Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 28: Fuel. [Docket No. FAA–2009–0948; Directorate Identifier 2009–NE–30–AD] Unsafe Condition (e) This AD results from fuel system reviews conducted by the manufacturer. The Federal Aviation Administration is issuing this AD to prevent damage to the fuel pumps caused by electrical arcing that could introduce an ignition source in the fuel tank, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in a fuel tank explosion and consequent loss of the airplane. Airworthiness Directives; Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE) Models TAE 125–02–99 and TAE 125–01 Reciprocating Engines RIN 2120–AA64 Compliance (f) You are responsible for having the actions required by this AD performed within the compliance times specified, unless the actions have already been done. cprice-sewell on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with PROPOSALS Replacement (g) Within 60 months after the effective date of this AD: Replace the power control relays for the fuel boost pumps and override pumps with new relays having a ground fault interrupt (GFI) feature, and do an operational test, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 757–28A0078, dated July 16, 2008 (for Model 757–200, –200CB, and –200PF airplanes); or Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 757–28A0079, dated July 16, 2008 (for Model 757–300 airplanes). Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (h)(1) The Manager, Seattle 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: Georgios Roussos, Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Equipment Branch, ANM–130S, FAA, Seattle ACO, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 917–6482; fax (425) 917–6590. Or, email information to 9-ANM-Seattle-ACOAMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) To request a different method of compliance or a different compliance time for this AD, follow the procedures in 14 CFR 39.19. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your principal maintenance inspector (PMI) or principal avionics inspector (PAI), as appropriate, or lacking a principal inspector, your local Flight Standards District Office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. VerDate Nov<24>2008 13:53 Oct 16, 2009 Jkt 220001 AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAIs) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAIs describe the unsafe condition as: As a consequence of occurrences and service experience, Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH has introduced a new rail pressure control valve part number (P/N) 05–7320– E000702 and P/N 02–7320–04100R3 and has amended the Airworthiness Limitation Section (ALS) of the Operation & Maintenance Manual OM–02–02 to include a replacement of the rail pressure control valve. Failure of this part could result in inflight shutdowns of the engine(s). We are proposing this AD to prevent engine in-flight shutdown, possibly resulting in reduced control of the aircraft. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 18, 2009. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://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 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. Contact Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH, Platanenstrasse 14 D–09350, Lichtenstein, Germany, telephone: +49– 37204–696–0; fax: +49–37204–696–55; e-mail: info@centurion-engines.com, for the service information identified in this proposed AD. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https:// 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 proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is the same as the Mail address provided in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Yang, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine and Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; e-mail: jason.yang@faa.gov; telephone (781) 238–7747; fax (781) 238–7199. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2009–0948; Directorate Identifier 2009–NE–30–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD based on those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact with FAA personnel concerning this proposed AD. Using the search function of the Web site, anyone can find and read the comments in any of our dockets, including, if provided, the name of the individual who sent the comment (or signed the comment on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review the DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477–78). E:\FR\FM\19OCP1.SGM 19OCP1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 200 / Monday, October 19, 2009 / Proposed Rules Discussion EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued AD 2008–0128, dated July 9, 2008, and AD 2008–0215, dated December 5, 2008 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAIs’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. These MCAIs state: As a consequence of occurrences and service experience, Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH has introduced a new rail pressure control valve P/N 05–7320–E000702 and 02– 7320–04100R3 and has amended the ALS of the Operation & Maintenance Manual OM– 02–02 to include a replacement of the rail pressure control valve. Failure of this part could result in in-flight shutdowns of the engine(s). You may obtain further information by examining the MCAIs in the AD docket. cprice-sewell on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with PROPOSALS FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD This product has been approved by the aviation authority of Germany and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with Germany, EASA has notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all information provided by EASA and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. This proposed AD would require initial and repetitive replacements of the rail pressure control valve. Differences Between This AD and the MCAIs or Service Information We have reviewed the MCAIs and related service information and, in general, agree with their substance. But we have found it necessary to reduce the initial compliance time for TAE 125–02–99 engines from within 110 flight hours to within 100 flight hours, and for TAE 125–01 engines from within the next 3 months to within 100 flight hours. We also have found it necessary to reference a specific repetitive replacement compliance time for the rail pressure control valve of within every 600 flight hours. The MCAIs instruct the operators to follow Thielert Maintenance Manual, Chapter 5, Airworthiness Limitations, for the repetitive compliance time. We have also found it necessary to exclude the repetitive inspections of the alternator on TAE 125–01 engines, as we consider these inspections as maintenance actions. We made these changes to ensure the AD is clear for U.S. operators and is enforceable. In making these changes, we do not intend to differ substantively from the information VerDate Nov<24>2008 13:53 Oct 16, 2009 Jkt 220001 53439 provided in the MCAI and related service information. this proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket. Costs of Compliance Based on the service information, we estimate that this proposed AD would affect about 370 TAE 125–01 and TAE 125–02–99 reciprocating engines installed on products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 1.5 work-hours per engine to comply with this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $80 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $500 per engine. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the proposed AD for initial replacement, on U.S. operators to be $229,400. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 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 proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 this proposed regulation: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the 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 PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Safety. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 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 AD: Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH: Docket No. FAA–2009–0948; Directorate Identifier 2009– NE–30–AD. Comments Due Date (a) We must receive comments by November 18, 2009. Affected Airworthiness Directives (ADs) (b) None. Applicability (c) This AD applies to Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE) models TAE 125–01 and TAE 125–02–99 reciprocating engines installed in, but not limited to, Cessna 172 and Reims-built) F172 series (EASA STC No. EASA.A.S.01527); Piper PA–28 series (EASA STC No. EASA.A.S. 01632); APEX (Robin) DR 400 series (EASA STC No. A.S.01380); and Diamond Aircraft Industries Models DA40 and DA42 airplanes. Reason (d) As a consequence of occurrences and service experience, Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH has introduced a new rail pressure control valve part number (P/N) 05–7320– E000702 and P/N 02–7320–04100R3 and has amended the Airworthiness Limitation Section (ALS) of the Operation & Maintenance Manual OM–02–02 to include a replacement of the rail pressure control valve. Failure of this part could result in inflight shutdowns of the engine(s). This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAIs) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. We are issuing this AD to prevent engine in-flight shutdown, possibly resulting in reduced control of the aircraft. Actions and Compliance (e) Unless already done, do the following actions. TAE 125–02–99 Reciprocating Engines (1) For TAE 125–02–99 reciprocating engines, within 100 flight hours after the E:\FR\FM\19OCP1.SGM 19OCP1 53440 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 200 / Monday, October 19, 2009 / Proposed Rules effective date of this AD, replace the existing rail pressure control valve with a rail pressure control valve part number (P/N) 05– 7320–E000702, and modify the Vrail plug to make it compatible with the replacement rail pressure control valve. (2) Guidance on the valve replacement and rail modification specified in paragraph (e)(1) of this AD can be found in Thielert Repair Manual RM–02–02, Chapter 73–10.08, and Chapter 39–40.08, respectively. TAE 125–01 Reciprocating Engines (3) For TAE 125–01 reciprocating engines, within 100 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, replace the existing rail pressure control valve with a rail pressure control valve, P/N 02–7320–04100R3. (4) Guidance on the valve replacement specified in paragraph (e)(3) of this AD can be found in Thielert Repair Manual RM–02– 01, Chapter 29.0. TAE 125–02–99 and TAE 125–01 Engines, Repetitive Replacements of Rail Pressure Control Valves (5) Thereafter, for affected TAE 125–02–99 and TAE 125–01 engines, replace the rail pressure control valve with the same P/N valve within every 600 flight hours. FAA AD Differences (f) This AD differs from the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) and/or service information as follows: (1) We reduced the initial compliance time for TAE 125–02–99 reciprocating engines from within 110 flight hours to within 100 flight hours, and for TAE 125–01 reciprocating engines from within the next 3 months to within 100 flight hours. (2) We require a repetitive replacement compliance time for the rail pressure control valve of within every 600 flight hours. The MCAIs instruct the operators to follow Thielert Maintenance Manual, Chapter 5, Airworthiness Limitations, for the repetitive compliance time. (3) We exclude the repetitive inspections of the alternator on TAE 125–01 engines, as we consider these inspections as maintenance actions. cprice-sewell on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with PROPOSALS Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (g) The Manager, Engine Certification Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Related Information (h) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2008–0128, dated July 9, 2008, EASA AD 2008–0215, dated December 5, 2008, Thielert Service Bulletin No. TAE 125–1008 P1, Revision 1, dated September 29, 2008, and Thielert Repair Manual RM–02–02, for related information. Contact Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH, Platanenstrasse 14 D–09350, Lichtenstein, Germany, telephone: +49–37204–696–0; fax: +49–37204–696–55; e-mail: info@centurionengines.com, for a copy of this service information. (i) Contact Jason Yang, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, VerDate Nov<24>2008 13:53 Oct 16, 2009 Jkt 220001 Engine and Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; e-mail: jason.yang@faa.gov; telephone (781) 238–7747; fax (781) 238–7199, for more information about this AD. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on October 13, 2009. Carlos Pestana, Acting Assistant Manager, Engine and Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E9–25035 Filed 10–16–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2009–0914; Directorate Identifier 2009–NM–122–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Model A330–200 and –300, and Model A340– 300 Series Airplanes AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the products listed above. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as: In the door 2 area, the hat-racks are supplied with a basic wire harness which includes ‘‘Oxygen Masks’’ activation. In case of a monument installation, the respective non-used hat-rack connections between monument and outer skin are put on stow. It was noticed in production, that the distance between the stowed wire harness and the monument could be too small. This condition, if not corrected, could lead to the short circuit of wires dedicated to oxygen, which, in case of emergency, could result in a large number of passenger oxygen masks not being supplied with oxygen, possibly causing personal injuries. * * * * * The proposed AD would require actions that are intended to address the unsafe condition described in the MCAI. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by December 3, 2009. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 • 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 W12–40, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Airbus SAS— Airworthiness Office—EAL, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; fax +33 5 61 93 45 80, e-mail airworthiness.A330A340@airbus.com; Internet https:// www.airbus.com. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221 or 425–227–1152. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https:// 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 proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1138; fax (425) 227–1149. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2009–0914; Directorate Identifier 2009–NM–122–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD based on those comments. E:\FR\FM\19OCP1.SGM 19OCP1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 200 (Monday, October 19, 2009)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 53438-53440]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-25035]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2009-0948; Directorate Identifier 2009-NE-30-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE) 
Models TAE 125-02-99 and TAE 125-01 Reciprocating Engines

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the 
products listed above. This proposed AD results from mandatory 
continuing airworthiness information (MCAIs) issued by an aviation 
authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe 
condition on an aviation product. The MCAIs describe the unsafe 
condition as:

    As a consequence of occurrences and service experience, Thielert 
Aircraft Engines GmbH has introduced a new rail pressure control 
valve part number (P/N) 05-7320-E000702 and P/N 02-7320-04100R3 and 
has amended the Airworthiness Limitation Section (ALS) of the 
Operation & Maintenance Manual OM-02-02 to include a replacement of 
the rail pressure control valve. Failure of this part could result 
in in-flight shutdowns of the engine(s).

We are proposing this AD to prevent engine in-flight shutdown, possibly 
resulting in reduced control of the aircraft.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 18, 
2009.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://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.
    Contact Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH, Platanenstrasse 14 D-09350, 
Lichtenstein, Germany, telephone: +49-37204-696-0; fax: +49-37204-696-
55; e-mail: engines.com">info@centurion-engines.com, for the service information 
identified in this proposed AD.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https://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 proposed AD, the regulatory 
evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street 
address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647-5527) is 
the same as the Mail address provided in the ADDRESSES section. 
Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Yang, Aerospace Engineer, Engine 
Certification Office, FAA, Engine and Propeller Directorate, 12 New 
England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; e-mail: 
jason.yang@faa.gov; telephone (781) 238-7747; fax (781) 238-7199.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address 
listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2009-0948; 
Directorate Identifier 2009-NE-30-AD'' at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We 
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend 
this proposed AD based on those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact 
with FAA personnel concerning this proposed AD. Using the search 
function of the Web site, anyone can find and read the comments in any 
of our dockets, including, if provided, the name of the individual who 
sent the comment (or signed the comment on behalf of an association, 
business, labor union, etc.). You may review the DOT's complete Privacy 
Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 
FR 19477-78).

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Discussion

    EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the 
European Community, has issued AD 2008-0128, dated July 9, 2008, and AD 
2008-0215, dated December 5, 2008 (referred to after this as ``the 
MCAIs''), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. 
These MCAIs state:

    As a consequence of occurrences and service experience, Thielert 
Aircraft Engines GmbH has introduced a new rail pressure control 
valve P/N 05-7320-E000702 and 02-7320-04100R3 and has amended the 
ALS of the Operation & Maintenance Manual OM-02-02 to include a 
replacement of the rail pressure control valve. Failure of this part 
could result in in-flight shutdowns of the engine(s).

You may obtain further information by examining the MCAIs in the AD 
docket.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of Germany 
and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our 
bilateral agreement with Germany, EASA has notified us of the unsafe 
condition described in the MCAI. We are proposing this AD because we 
evaluated all information provided by EASA and determined the unsafe 
condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of 
the same type design. This proposed AD would require initial and 
repetitive replacements of the rail pressure control valve.

Differences Between This AD and the MCAIs or Service Information

    We have reviewed the MCAIs and related service information and, in 
general, agree with their substance. But we have found it necessary to 
reduce the initial compliance time for TAE 125-02-99 engines from 
within 110 flight hours to within 100 flight hours, and for TAE 125-01 
engines from within the next 3 months to within 100 flight hours. We 
also have found it necessary to reference a specific repetitive 
replacement compliance time for the rail pressure control valve of 
within every 600 flight hours. The MCAIs instruct the operators to 
follow Thielert Maintenance Manual, Chapter 5, Airworthiness 
Limitations, for the repetitive compliance time. We have also found it 
necessary to exclude the repetitive inspections of the alternator on 
TAE 125-01 engines, as we consider these inspections as maintenance 
actions. We made these changes to ensure the AD is clear for U.S. 
operators and is enforceable. In making these changes, we do not intend 
to differ substantively from the information provided in the MCAI and 
related service information.

Costs of Compliance

    Based on the service information, we estimate that this proposed AD 
would affect about 370 TAE 125-01 and TAE 125-02-99 reciprocating 
engines installed on products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that 
it would take about 1.5 work-hours per engine to comply with this 
proposed AD. The average labor rate is $80 per work-hour. Required 
parts would cost about $500 per engine. Based on these figures, we 
estimate the cost of the proposed AD for initial replacement, on U.S. 
operators to be $229,400.

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 proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would 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 this proposed 
regulation:
    1. Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866;
    2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under the 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 proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Safety.

The Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 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.


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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

Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH: Docket No. FAA-2009-0948; 
Directorate Identifier 2009-NE-30-AD.

Comments Due Date

    (a) We must receive comments by November 18, 2009.

Affected Airworthiness Directives (ADs)

    (b) None.

Applicability

    (c) This AD applies to Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE) 
models TAE 125-01 and TAE 125-02-99 reciprocating engines installed 
in, but not limited to, Cessna 172 and Reims-built) F172 series 
(EASA STC No. EASA.A.S.01527); Piper PA-28 series (EASA STC No. 
EASA.A.S. 01632); APEX (Robin) DR 400 series (EASA STC No. 
A.S.01380); and Diamond Aircraft Industries Models DA40 and DA42 
airplanes.

Reason

    (d) As a consequence of occurrences and service experience, 
Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH has introduced a new rail pressure 
control valve part number (P/N) 05-7320-E000702 and P/N 02-7320-
04100R3 and has amended the Airworthiness Limitation Section (ALS) 
of the Operation & Maintenance Manual OM-02-02 to include a 
replacement of the rail pressure control valve. Failure of this part 
could result in in-flight shutdowns of the engine(s).

This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information 
(MCAIs) issued by an aviation authority of another country to 
identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. We 
are issuing this AD to prevent engine in-flight shutdown, possibly 
resulting in reduced control of the aircraft.

Actions and Compliance

    (e) Unless already done, do the following actions.

TAE 125-02-99 Reciprocating Engines

    (1) For TAE 125-02-99 reciprocating engines, within 100 flight 
hours after the

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effective date of this AD, replace the existing rail pressure 
control valve with a rail pressure control valve part number (P/N) 
05-7320-E000702, and modify the Vrail plug to make it compatible 
with the replacement rail pressure control valve.
    (2) Guidance on the valve replacement and rail modification 
specified in paragraph (e)(1) of this AD can be found in Thielert 
Repair Manual RM-02-02, Chapter 73-10.08, and Chapter 39-40.08, 
respectively.

TAE 125-01 Reciprocating Engines

    (3) For TAE 125-01 reciprocating engines, within 100 flight 
hours after the effective date of this AD, replace the existing rail 
pressure control valve with a rail pressure control valve, P/N 02-
7320-04100R3.
    (4) Guidance on the valve replacement specified in paragraph 
(e)(3) of this AD can be found in Thielert Repair Manual RM-02-01, 
Chapter 29.0.

TAE 125-02-99 and TAE 125-01 Engines, Repetitive Replacements of Rail 
Pressure Control Valves

    (5) Thereafter, for affected TAE 125-02-99 and TAE 125-01 
engines, replace the rail pressure control valve with the same P/N 
valve within every 600 flight hours.

FAA AD Differences

    (f) This AD differs from the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness 
Information (MCAI) and/or service information as follows:
    (1) We reduced the initial compliance time for TAE 125-02-99 
reciprocating engines from within 110 flight hours to within 100 
flight hours, and for TAE 125-01 reciprocating engines from within 
the next 3 months to within 100 flight hours.
    (2) We require a repetitive replacement compliance time for the 
rail pressure control valve of within every 600 flight hours. The 
MCAIs instruct the operators to follow Thielert Maintenance Manual, 
Chapter 5, Airworthiness Limitations, for the repetitive compliance 
time.
    (3) We exclude the repetitive inspections of the alternator on 
TAE 125-01 engines, as we consider these inspections as maintenance 
actions.

Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (g) The Manager, Engine Certification Office, FAA, has the 
authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the 
procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19.

Related Information

    (h) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 
2008-0128, dated July 9, 2008, EASA AD 2008-0215, dated December 5, 
2008, Thielert Service Bulletin No. TAE 125-1008 P1, Revision 1, 
dated September 29, 2008, and Thielert Repair Manual RM-02-02, for 
related information. Contact Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH, 
Platanenstrasse 14 D-09350, Lichtenstein, Germany, telephone: +49-
37204-696-0; fax: +49-37204-696-55; e-mail: engines.com">info@centurion-engines.com, for a copy of this service information.
    (i) Contact Jason Yang, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification 
Office, FAA, Engine and Propeller Directorate, 12 New England 
Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; e-mail: jason.yang@faa.gov; 
telephone (781) 238-7747; fax (781) 238-7199, for more information 
about this AD.


    Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on October 13, 2009.
Carlos Pestana,
Acting Assistant Manager, Engine and Propeller Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service.
[FR Doc. E9-25035 Filed 10-16-09; 8:45 am]
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