Airworthiness Directives; Hartzell Propeller, Inc. Propellers, 45052-45053 [2013-17664]

Download as PDF 45052 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 144 / Friday, July 26, 2013 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 35 List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 35 [Docket No. FAA–2010–0940–0001; Amdt. No. 35–9A] RIN 2120–AJ88 Critical Parts for Airplane Propellers; Correction Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Correcting amendment. AGENCY: The FAA is correcting a final rule published on January 18, 2013 (78 FR 4038). In that rule, the FAA established airworthiness standards for airplane propellers. That action required a safety analysis to identify a propeller critical part. Manufacturers would identify propeller critical parts, and establish engineering, manufacturing, and maintenance processes for propeller critical parts. An unintentional error was introduced in § 35.15 when we revised paragraph (d). We did not intend to revise paragraph (d). This correction will add paragraph (d) to the end of paragraph (c), and restore the former paragraph (d). DATES: Effective July 26, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical questions concerning this action, contact Jay Turnberg, Engine and Propeller Directorate Standards Staff, ANE–111, Federal Aviation Administration, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, Massachusetts, 01803–5299; telephone (781) 238–7116; facsimile (781) 238– 7199, email: jay.turnberg@faa.gov. For legal questions concerning this action, contact Vincent Bennett, FAA Office of the Regional Counsel, ANE–7, Federal Aviation Administration, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, Massachusetts, 01803–5299; telephone (781) 238–7044; facsimile (781) 238– 7055, email: vincent.bennett@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Background On January 18, 2013, the FAA published a final rule titled, ‘‘Critical Parts for Airplane Propellers’’ (78 FR 4038). In that final rule the FAA revised the regulation to require a safety analysis to identify a propeller critical part and require that critical parts meet the prescribed integrity specifications of § 35.16, Propeller critical parts. However, in amending § 35.15 we inadvertently revised paragraph (d), when we added the new requirements. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:17 Jul 25, 2013 This was not our intention. This correction will add paragraph (d) to the end of paragraph (c), and restore the former paragraph (d). Jkt 229001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Safety. [Docket No. FAA–2013–0130; Directorate Identifier 2013–NE–07–AD; Amendment 39– 17520; AD 2013–15–04] The Correcting Amendment RIN 2120–AA64 In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration amends chapter I of title 14, Code of Federal Regulations as follows: Airworthiness Directives; Hartzell Propeller, Inc. Propellers PART 35—AIRWORTHINESS STANDARDS: PROPELLERS 1. The authority citation for part 35 continues to read as follows: Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701– 44702, 44704. 2. Amend § 35.15 by revising paragraphs (c) and (d) to read as follows: ■ Safety analysis. * * * * * (c) The primary failures of certain single propeller elements (for example, blades) cannot be sensibly estimated in numerical terms. If the failure of such elements is likely to result in hazardous propeller effects, those elements must be identified as propeller critical parts. For propeller critical parts, applicants must meet the prescribed integrity specifications of § 35.16. These instances must be stated in the safety analysis. (d) If reliance is placed on a safety system to prevent a failure progressing to hazardous propeller effects, the possibility of a safety system failure in combination with a basic propeller failure must be included in the analysis. Such a safety system may include safety devices, instrumentation, early warning devices, maintenance checks, and other similar equipment or procedures. If items of the safety system are outside the control of the propeller manufacturer, the assumptions of the safety analysis with respect to the reliability of these parts must be clearly stated in the analysis and identified in the propeller installation and operation instructions required under § 35.3. * * * * * Issued under authority provided by 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 44701(a), and 44703 in Washington, DC, on July 19, 2013. Lirio Liu, Director, Office of Rulemaking. [FR Doc. 2013–17931 Filed 7–25–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Hartzell Propeller, Inc. propeller models HC–(1,D)2(X,V,MV)20–7, HC– (1,D)2(X,V,MV)20–8, and HC– (1,D)3(X,V,MV)20–8. This AD was prompted by failures of the propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm and resulting engine oil leak. This AD requires replacement of the propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm. We are issuing this AD to prevent propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm rupture, loss of engine oil, damage to the engine, and loss of the airplane. DATES: This AD is effective August 30, 2013. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this AD, contact Hartzell Propeller, Inc., 1 Propeller Place, Piqua, OH 45356; phone: 937–778–4397; fax: 937–778–4391; email: techsupport@ hartzellprop.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781– 238–7125. The Docket Operations office is located at Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. SUMMARY: ■ § 35.15 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https:// 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 AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (phone: 800–647–5527) provided in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Grace, Aerospace Engineer, E:\FR\FM\26JYR1.SGM 26JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 144 / Friday, July 26, 2013 / Rules and Regulations Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, Propulsion Branch, 2300 E. Devon Avenue, Des Planes, IL 60018; phone: 847–294–7377; fax: 847–294–7834; email: mark.grace@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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. Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to the specified products. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on March 26, 2013 (78 FR 18255). The NPRM proposed to require replacement of the propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm with a redesigned bladder diaphragm that includes a tab, visible after installation, which contains the bladder diaphragm batch/lot number. Regulatory Findings Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We have considered the comment received. Hartzell Propeller, Inc. supports the NPRM (78 FR 18255, dated March 26, 2013). Conclusion We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD as proposed. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect about 400 propellers installed on airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 4 hours per propeller to replace the bladder diaphragm. The average labor rate is $85 per hour. We estimate parts costs at $53 per engine. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $157,200. Our cost estimate is exclusive of possible warranty coverage. 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:17 Jul 25, 2013 Jkt 229001 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), (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska to the extent that it justifies making a regulatory distinction, and (4) 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. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA 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 (AD): ■ 2013–15–04 Hartzell Propeller, Inc.: Amendment 39–17520; Docket No. FAA–2013–0130; Directorate Identifier 2013–NE–07–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective August 30, 2013. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Hartzell Propeller, Inc. propeller models HC–(1,D)2(X,V,MV)20–7, HC–(1,D)2(X,V,MV)20–8, and HC– PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 45053 (1,D)3(X,V,MV)20–8 with a propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm, part number (P/N) B–119–2, without tab, installed. (d) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by failures of the propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm and resulting engine oil leak. We are issuing this AD to prevent propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm rupture, loss of engine oil, damage to the engine, and loss of the airplane. (e) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (f) Bladder Diaphragm Replacement (1) Within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, remove from service the propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm, P/N B–119–2, without tab. (2) Install a redesigned propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm, P/N B–119–2, with tab. The bladder diaphragm, eligible for installation, is identified by a tab with a batch/lot number. The tab is visible after installation and confirms the installation of the proper redesigned propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm, P/N B–119–2, with tab, in the Hartzell propeller assembly. (g) Installation Prohibition After the effective date of this AD, do not install into any engine any hydraulic bladder diaphragm, P/N B–119–2, that is without tab. (h) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) The Manager, Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Use the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19 to make your request. (i) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Mark Grace, Aerospace Engineer, Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, Propulsion Branch, 2300 E. Devon Avenue, Des Planes, IL 60018; phone: 847–294–7377; fax: 847–294–7834; email: mark.grace@faa.gov. (2) Refer to Hartzell Alert Service Bulletin No. HC–ASB–61–338 for related information. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Hartzell Propeller Inc., 1 Propeller Place, Piqua, OH 45356–2634; phone: 937–778–4379; fax: 937–778–4391; email: techsupport@hartzellprop.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7125. (j) Material Incorporated by Reference None. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on July 16, 2013. Colleen M. D’Alessandro, Assistant Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. 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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0130; Directorate Identifier 2013-NE-07-AD; 
Amendment 39-17520; AD 2013-15-04]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Hartzell Propeller, Inc. Propellers

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain 
Hartzell Propeller, Inc. propeller models HC-(1,D)2(X,V,MV)20-7, HC-
(1,D)2(X,V,MV)20-8, and HC-(1,D)3(X,V,MV)20-8. This AD was prompted by 
failures of the propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm and resulting 
engine oil leak. This AD requires replacement of the propeller 
hydraulic bladder diaphragm. We are issuing this AD to prevent 
propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm rupture, loss of engine oil, 
damage to the engine, and loss of the airplane.

DATES: This AD is effective August 30, 2013.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Hartzell Propeller, Inc., 1 Propeller Place, Piqua, OH 45356; phone: 
937-778-4397; fax: 937-778-4391; email: techsupport@hartzellprop.com. 
You may view this service information at the FAA, 12 New England 
Executive Park, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of 
this material at the FAA, call 781-238-7125.
    The Docket Operations office is located at Docket Management 
Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, 
West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https://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 AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, 
any comments received, and other information. The address for the 
Docket Office (phone: 800-647-5527) provided in the ADDRESSES section. 
Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Grace, Aerospace Engineer,

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Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, Propulsion Branch, 2300 E. 
Devon Avenue, Des Planes, IL 60018; phone: 847-294-7377; fax: 847-294-
7834; email: mark.grace@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 to include an AD that would apply to the specified products. 
The NPRM published in the Federal Register on March 26, 2013 (78 FR 
18255). The NPRM proposed to require replacement of the propeller 
hydraulic bladder diaphragm with a redesigned bladder diaphragm that 
includes a tab, visible after installation, which contains the bladder 
diaphragm batch/lot number.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. We have considered the comment received. Hartzell Propeller, 
Inc. supports the NPRM (78 FR 18255, dated March 26, 2013).

Conclusion

    We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, 
and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting 
this AD as proposed.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD will affect about 400 propellers installed 
on airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 
4 hours per propeller to replace the bladder diaphragm. The average 
labor rate is $85 per hour. We estimate parts costs at $53 per engine. 
Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. 
operators to be $157,200. Our cost estimate is exclusive of possible 
warranty coverage.

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

    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),
    (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska to the extent 
that it justifies making a regulatory distinction, and
    (4) 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.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA 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 (AD):

2013-15-04 Hartzell Propeller, Inc.: Amendment 39-17520; Docket No. 
FAA-2013-0130; Directorate Identifier 2013-NE-07-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective August 30, 2013.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Hartzell Propeller, Inc. propeller models HC-
(1,D)2(X,V,MV)20-7, HC-(1,D)2(X,V,MV)20-8, and HC-(1,D)3(X,V,MV)20-8 
with a propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm, part number (P/N) B-
119-2, without tab, installed.

(d) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by failures of the propeller hydraulic 
bladder diaphragm and resulting engine oil leak. We are issuing this 
AD to prevent propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm rupture, loss of 
engine oil, damage to the engine, and loss of the airplane.

(e) Compliance

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, 
unless already done.

(f) Bladder Diaphragm Replacement

    (1) Within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, remove 
from service the propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm, P/N B-119-2, 
without tab.
    (2) Install a redesigned propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm, 
P/N B-119-2, with tab. The bladder diaphragm, eligible for 
installation, is identified by a tab with a batch/lot number. The 
tab is visible after installation and confirms the installation of 
the proper redesigned propeller hydraulic bladder diaphragm, P/N B-
119-2, with tab, in the Hartzell propeller assembly.

(g) Installation Prohibition

    After the effective date of this AD, do not install into any 
engine any hydraulic bladder diaphragm, P/N B-119-2, that is without 
tab.

(h) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    The Manager, Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, may 
approve AMOCs for this AD. Use the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19 
to make your request.

(i) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Mark Grace, 
Aerospace Engineer, Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, 
Propulsion Branch, 2300 E. Devon Avenue, Des Planes, IL 60018; 
phone: 847-294-7377; fax: 847-294-7834; email: mark.grace@faa.gov.
    (2) Refer to Hartzell Alert Service Bulletin No. HC-ASB-61-338 
for related information.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Hartzell Propeller Inc., 1 Propeller Place, Piqua, OH 45356-2634; 
phone: 937-778-4379; fax: 937-778-4391; email: 
techsupport@hartzellprop.com. You may view this service information 
at the FAA, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA. For 
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
781-238-7125.

(j) Material Incorporated by Reference

    None.

    Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on July 16, 2013.
Colleen M. D'Alessandro,
Assistant Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service.
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