Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce Corporation Turboprop and Turboshaft Engines, 59463-59465 [2014-23553]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 191 / Thursday, October 2, 2014 / Proposed Rules No. AE 3007A–A–72–407, Revision 1, dated August 29, 2014, except those S/Ns excluded by Table 1, Table 2, Table 4, and Table 5 of RRC ASB No. AE 3007A–A–72–407, Revision 1, dated August 29, 2014. (3) With an installed HPT stage 2 wheel, P/N 23084520 or 23088818, all S/Ns listed in Table 1 and Table 2 of RRC ASB No. AE 3007C–A–72–316, dated December 6, 2013, except those S/Ns excluded by Table 1 of RRC ASB No. AE 3007C–A–72–316, dated December 6, 2013. (4) With an installed 4th stage turbine wheel, P/N 23083536, all S/Ns listed in Table 2 of RRC ASB No. AE 2100P–A–72–019, dated July 25, 2013. (d) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by reports of pitting in the wheel bores and subsequent RRC analysis that concluded that lower life limits are needed for the affected turbine wheels. We are issuing this AD to prevent uncontained failure of the turbine wheels, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane. (e) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (1) For all RRC AE 3007A1, A1/1, A1/3, A1E, A1P, and A3 series engines with an HPT stage 2 wheel P/N and S/N identified in RRC ASB No. AE 3007A–A–72–408, Revision 1, dated August 29, 2014, at each shop visit after the effective date of this AD, eddy current inspect the bore of the affected HPT stage 2 wheels. Use RRC ASB AE 3007A–A– 72–408, Revision 1, August 29, 2014, to do the inspection. Do not return to service any wheel that fails the inspection required by this AD. (2) Thirty days after the effective date of this AD, do not return to service any engine that has a turbine wheel with a P/N and an S/N listed in any of the following RR ASBs whose wheel life exceeds the new life limits identified in the RR ASBs: RRC ASB No. AE 2100D2–A–72–085, dated July 25, 2013; RRC ASB No. AE 2100D3–A–72–277, dated July 25, 2013; RRC ASB No. AE 2100P–A–72–019, dated July 25, 2013; RRC ASB No. AE 3007A–A–72–407, Revision 1, dated August 29, 2014; or RRC ASB No. AE 3007C–A–72–316, dated December 6, 2013. (f) Installation Prohibition Thirty days after the effective date of this AD, do not install an affected wheel, as identified in paragraph (c) of this AD, into any RRC AE 3007C2 engine. rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES (g) Definition For the purpose of this AD, an ‘‘engine shop visit’’ is the induction of an engine into the shop for maintenance involving the separation of pairs of major mating engine flanges, except that the separation of engine flanges solely for the purposes of transportation without subsequent engine maintenance is not an engine shop visit. VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:00 Oct 01, 2014 Jkt 235001 (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 Kyri Zaroyiannis, Aerospace Engineer, Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, Small Airplane Directorate, FAA, 2300 E. Devon Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60018; phone: 847–294–7836; fax: 847–294–7834; email: kyri.zaroyiannis@faa.gov. (2) RRC ASB No. AE 2100D2–A–72–085, dated July 25, 2013; RRC ASB No. AE 2100D3–A–72–277, dated July 25, 2013; RRC ASB No. AE 2100P–A–72–019, dated July 25, 2013; RRC ASB No. AE 3007A–A–72–407, Revision 1, dated August 29, 2014; RRC ASB No. AE 3007A–A–72–408, Revision 1, dated August 29, 2014; and RRC ASB No. AE 3007C–A–72–316, dated December 6, 2013, which are not incorporated by reference in this AD, can be obtained from RRC using the contact information in paragraph (i)(3) of this AD. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Rolls-Royce Corporation, 450 South Meridian Street, Mail Code NB– 01–06, Indianapolis, IN 46225, phone: 317– 230–1667; email: CMSEindyOSD@rollsroyce.com; Internet: www.rolls-royce.com. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7125. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on September 25, 2014. Colleen M. D’Alessandro, Assistant Directorate Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2014–23561 Filed 10–1–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2011–0961; Directorate Identifier 2011–NE–22–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce Corporation Turboprop and Turboshaft Engines Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2012–14– 06, which applies to certain Rolls-Royce Corporation (RRC) 250–C20, –C20B, and –C20R/2 turboshaft engines. AD 2012– SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 59463 14–06 currently requires a one-time visual inspection and fluorescentpenetrant inspection (FPI) on certain 3rd-stage and 4th-stage turbine wheels for cracks in the turbine blades. Since we issued AD 2012–14–06, we determined that the one-time inspection required by AD 2012–14–06 should be changed to repetitive inspections and that we should add an inspection after any engine hot start. We also identified additional engine models subject to the unsafe condition. This proposed AD would replace the one-time visual inspection and FPI with repetitive visual inspections and FPIs, and would also require inspection and FPI after any engine hot start. This proposed AD would also add certain engine models to the applicability. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of 3rd-stage and 4th-stage turbine wheel blades, which could cause engine failure and damage to the aircraft. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by December 1, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • 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: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Rolls-Royce Corporation, 450 South Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225–1103; phone: 888–255–4766 or 317–230–2720; email: helicoptercustsupp@rolls-royce.com; Internet: www.rolls-royce.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7125. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2011– 0961; 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 proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments E:\FR\FM\02OCP1.SGM 02OCP1 59464 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 191 / Thursday, October 2, 2014 / Proposed Rules received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (phone: 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Tallarovic, Aerospace Engineer, Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, 2300 E. Devon Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60018; phone: 847–294–8180; fax: 847–294– 7834; email: john.m.tallarovic@faa.gov. 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–2011–0961; Directorate Identifier 2011–NE–22–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 because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES Discussion On June 25, 2012, we issued AD 2012–14–06, Amendment 39–17120 (77 FR 40479, July 10, 2012), for certain RRC 250–C20, –C20B, and –C20R/2 turboshaft engines with 3rd-stage turbine wheel, part number (P/N) 23065818, and 4th-stage turbine wheel, P/N 23055944, installed. AD 2012–14– 06 requires a one-time visual inspection and FPI on certain 3rd-stage and 4thstage turbine wheels for cracks in the turbine blades. AD 2012–14–06 resulted from seven cases of released turbine blades and shrouds, which led to loss of power and engine in-flight shutdowns. We issued AD 2012–14–06 to prevent failure of 3rd-stage and 4th-stage turbine wheel blades, which could cause engine failure and damage to the aircraft. Actions Since AD 2012–14–06 Was Issued Since we issued AD 2012–14–06, Amendment 39–17120 (77 FR 40479, July 10, 2012), investigations of 3rdstage and 4th-stage turbine wheel blade failures found that the one-time inspection required by that AD was not identifying all failures. We determined that repetitive inspections, triggered by VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:00 Oct 01, 2014 Jkt 235001 hours since last inspection (HSLI) or any hot start event, are required to address the unsafe condition. We also identified additional engine models that are subject to the unsafe condition, and have added those engine models to the applicability of this AD. Relevant Service Information We reviewed RRC Alert Commercial Engine Bulletin (CEB) No. CEB–A–1407, Revision 3, dated May 19, 2014, and CEB No. CEB–A–72–4098, Revision 3, dated May 19, 2014 (combined into one document). The service information describes procedures for inspecting the 3rd-stage and 4th-stage turbine wheels. FAA’s Determination We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design. Proposed AD Requirements This proposed AD would retain the initial inspection requirements of AD 2012–14–06, Amendment 39–17120 (77 FR 40479, July 10, 2012). This proposed AD would require repetitive visual inspections and FPIs of the 3rd-stage and 4th-stage turbine wheels based on HSLI. This proposed AD would also require visual inspection and FPI of the 3rd-stage and 4th-stage turbine wheels whenever an engine hot start occurs. We have added the requirement for opportunity inspections when the turbine is already disassembled because of the repetitive nature of this inspection. This proposed AD would also expand the applicability of this AD to include additional engine models. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 3,769 engines installed on aircraft of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 1 hour per engine to comply with the recurring inspection requirement of this AD. We estimate that about 19 engines will require an inspection following a hot start, and that it would take about 27 hours per engine to perform that inspection. The average labor rate is $85 per hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $363,970. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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 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 that the 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), (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. 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. Amend § 39.13 by removing airworthiness directive (AD) 2012–14– 06, Amendment 39–17120 (77 FR 40479, July 10, 2012), and adding the following new AD: ■ E:\FR\FM\02OCP1.SGM 02OCP1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 191 / Thursday, October 2, 2014 / Proposed Rules Rolls-Royce Corporation (Type Certificate Previously Held by Allison Engine Company and Allison Gas Turbine Division of General Motors): Docket No. FAA–2011–0961; Directorate Identifier 2011–NE–22–AD. (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by December 1, 2014. (b) Affected ADs This AD supersedes AD 2012–14–06, Amendment 39–17120 (77 FR 40479, July 10, 2012). (c) Applicability This AD applies to Rolls-Royce Corporation (RRC) 250–B17, –B17B, –B17C, –B17D, –B17E, –B17F, –B17F/1, –B17F/2 turboprop engines; and RRC 250–C20, –C20B, –C20F, –C20J, –C20R, –C20R/1,– C20R/2, –C20R/4, –C20S and –C20W turboshaft engines with 3rd-stage turbine wheel, part number (P/N) 23065818, and 4thstage turbine wheel, P/N 23055944, installed. (d) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by investigations that revealed that not all 3rd-stage and 4thstage turbine wheel blade failures were identified by the one-time inspections required by AD 2012–14–06, Amendment 39–17120 (77 FR 40479, July 10, 2012). We determined that to address the unsafe condition, repetitive inspections are required, triggered by hours since last inspection (HSLI) or any hot start event. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of 3rdstage and 4th-stage turbine wheel blades, which could cause engine failure and damage to the aircraft. rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES (e) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. After the effective date of this AD: (1) Within 1,750 HSLI, remove the affected turbine wheels and perform a visual inspection and a fluorescent-penetrant inspection (FPI) on the removed turbine wheels for cracks at the trailing edge of the turbine blades near the fillet at the rim. (2) Any time there is a hot start, immediately perform a visual inspection and an FPI on the affected turbine wheels for cracks at the trailing edge of the turbine blades, near the fillet at the rim. (3) Any time the power turbine is disassembled, perform a visual inspection and an FPI on the affected turbine wheels for cracks at the trailing edge of the turbine blades, near the fillet at the rim. (4) Thereafter, re-inspect every 1,750 HSLI. (5) Do not return to service any turbine wheels that have cracks detected. (f) Definition For the purpose of this AD, an engine hot start is any time the turbine temperature exceeds 1,490 °F for 10 seconds or more, or exceeds 1,700 °F for any duration. (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) The Manager, Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, may approve AMOCs for VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:00 Oct 01, 2014 Jkt 235001 this AD. Use the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19 to make your request. (h) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact John Tallarovic, Aerospace Engineer, Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, 2300 E. Devon Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60018; phone: 847–294–8180; fax: 847–294–7834; email: john.m.tallarovic@faa.gov. (2) RRC Alert Commercial Engine Bulletin (CEB) No. CEB–A–1407, Revision 3, dated May 19, 2014, and CEB No. CEB–A–72–4098, Revision 3, dated May 19, 2014 (combined into one document), which are not incorporated by reference in this AD, can be obtained from RRC, using the contact information in paragraph (h)(3) of this AD. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Rolls-Royce Corporation Customer Support, 450 South Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225–1103; phone: 888–255–4766 or 317–230–2720; email: helicoptercustsupp@rolls-royce.com; Internet: www.rolls-royce.com. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7125. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on September 23, 2014. Colleen M. D’Alessandro, Assistant Directorate Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2014–23553 Filed 10–1–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0759; Directorate Identifier 2014–CE–028–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Alpha Aviation Concept Limited Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Alpha Aviation Concept Limited Model R2160 airplanes. 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 paint adherence defects inside the engine air intake box and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 59465 cohesion defects inside the laminated ducting from the filter to the air intake box. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 17, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • 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 W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Alpha Aviation, 59 Hautapu Road, RD 1, Cambridge 3493, New Zealand; telephone: +64 7 827 0528; fax: +64 7 929 2878; Internet: www.alphaaviation.co.nz. You may review this referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2014– 0759; 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 proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket 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: Karl Schletzbaum, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; phone: (816) 329–4123; fax: (816) 329– 4090; email: karl.schletzbaum@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about E:\FR\FM\02OCP1.SGM 02OCP1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2011-0961; Directorate Identifier 2011-NE-22-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce Corporation Turboprop and 
Turboshaft Engines

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2012-14-
06, which applies to certain Rolls-Royce Corporation (RRC) 250-C20, -
C20B, and -C20R/2 turboshaft engines. AD 2012-14-06 currently requires 
a one-time visual inspection and fluorescent-penetrant inspection (FPI) 
on certain 3rd-stage and 4th-stage turbine wheels for cracks in the 
turbine blades. Since we issued AD 2012-14-06, we determined that the 
one-time inspection required by AD 2012-14-06 should be changed to 
repetitive inspections and that we should add an inspection after any 
engine hot start. We also identified additional engine models subject 
to the unsafe condition. This proposed AD would replace the one-time 
visual inspection and FPI with repetitive visual inspections and FPIs, 
and would also require inspection and FPI after any engine hot start. 
This proposed AD would also add certain engine models to the 
applicability. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of 3rd-stage 
and 4th-stage turbine wheel blades, which could cause engine failure 
and damage to the aircraft.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by December 1, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 
11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     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: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact 
Rolls-Royce Corporation, 450 South Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 
46225-1103; phone: 888-255-4766 or 317-230-2720; email: 
royce.com">helicoptercustsupp@rolls-royce.com; Internet: www.rolls-royce.com. You 
may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller 
Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA. For 
information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781-
238-7125.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2011-
0961; 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 proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments

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received, and other information. The street address for the Docket 
Office (phone: 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will 
be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Tallarovic, Aerospace Engineer, 
Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, 2300 E. Devon Ave., Des 
Plaines, IL 60018; phone: 847-294-8180; fax: 847-294-7834; email: 
john.m.tallarovic@faa.gov.

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-2011-0961; 
Directorate Identifier 2011-NE-22-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 because of those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this proposed AD.

Discussion

    On June 25, 2012, we issued AD 2012-14-06, Amendment 39-17120 (77 
FR 40479, July 10, 2012), for certain RRC 250-C20, -C20B, and -C20R/2 
turboshaft engines with 3rd-stage turbine wheel, part number (P/N) 
23065818, and 4th-stage turbine wheel, P/N 23055944, installed. AD 
2012-14-06 requires a one-time visual inspection and FPI on certain 
3rd-stage and 4th-stage turbine wheels for cracks in the turbine 
blades. AD 2012-14-06 resulted from seven cases of released turbine 
blades and shrouds, which led to loss of power and engine in-flight 
shutdowns. We issued AD 2012-14-06 to prevent failure of 3rd-stage and 
4th-stage turbine wheel blades, which could cause engine failure and 
damage to the aircraft.

Actions Since AD 2012-14-06 Was Issued

    Since we issued AD 2012-14-06, Amendment 39-17120 (77 FR 40479, 
July 10, 2012), investigations of 3rd-stage and 4th-stage turbine wheel 
blade failures found that the one-time inspection required by that AD 
was not identifying all failures. We determined that repetitive 
inspections, triggered by hours since last inspection (HSLI) or any hot 
start event, are required to address the unsafe condition. We also 
identified additional engine models that are subject to the unsafe 
condition, and have added those engine models to the applicability of 
this AD.

Relevant Service Information

    We reviewed RRC Alert Commercial Engine Bulletin (CEB) No. CEB-A-
1407, Revision 3, dated May 19, 2014, and CEB No. CEB-A-72-4098, 
Revision 3, dated May 19, 2014 (combined into one document). The 
service information describes procedures for inspecting the 3rd-stage 
and 4th-stage turbine wheels.

FAA's Determination

    We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant 
information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is 
likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design.

Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would retain the initial inspection requirements 
of AD 2012-14-06, Amendment 39-17120 (77 FR 40479, July 10, 2012). This 
proposed AD would require repetitive visual inspections and FPIs of the 
3rd-stage and 4th-stage turbine wheels based on HSLI. This proposed AD 
would also require visual inspection and FPI of the 3rd-stage and 4th-
stage turbine wheels whenever an engine hot start occurs. We have added 
the requirement for opportunity inspections when the turbine is already 
disassembled because of the repetitive nature of this inspection. This 
proposed AD would also expand the applicability of this AD to include 
additional engine models.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 3,769 engines installed 
on aircraft of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 
1 hour per engine to comply with the recurring inspection requirement 
of this AD. We estimate that about 19 engines will require an 
inspection following a hot start, and that it would take about 27 hours 
per engine to perform that inspection. The average labor rate is $85 
per hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this proposed 
AD on U.S. operators to be $363,970.

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 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 that the 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),
    (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.

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

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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. Amend Sec.  39.13 by removing airworthiness directive (AD) 2012-14-
06, Amendment 39-17120 (77 FR 40479, July 10, 2012), and adding the 
following new AD:


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Rolls-Royce Corporation (Type Certificate Previously Held by Allison 
Engine Company and Allison Gas Turbine Division of General Motors): 
Docket No. FAA-2011-0961; Directorate Identifier 2011-NE-22-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by December 1, 
2014.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD supersedes AD 2012-14-06, Amendment 39-17120 (77 FR 
40479, July 10, 2012).

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Rolls-Royce Corporation (RRC) 250-B17, -B17B, 
-B17C, -B17D, -B17E, -B17F, -B17F/1, -B17F/2 turboprop engines; and 
RRC 250-C20, -C20B, -C20F, -C20J, -C20R, -C20R/1,-C20R/2, -C20R/4, -
C20S and -C20W turboshaft engines with 3rd-stage turbine wheel, part 
number (P/N) 23065818, and 4th-stage turbine wheel, P/N 23055944, 
installed.

(d) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by investigations that revealed that not 
all 3rd-stage and 4th-stage turbine wheel blade failures were 
identified by the one-time inspections required by AD 2012-14-06, 
Amendment 39-17120 (77 FR 40479, July 10, 2012). We determined that 
to address the unsafe condition, repetitive inspections are 
required, triggered by hours since last inspection (HSLI) or any hot 
start event. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of 3rd-stage 
and 4th-stage turbine wheel blades, which could cause engine failure 
and damage to the aircraft.

(e) Compliance

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, 
unless already done. After the effective date of this AD:
    (1) Within 1,750 HSLI, remove the affected turbine wheels and 
perform a visual inspection and a fluorescent-penetrant inspection 
(FPI) on the removed turbine wheels for cracks at the trailing edge 
of the turbine blades near the fillet at the rim.
    (2) Any time there is a hot start, immediately perform a visual 
inspection and an FPI on the affected turbine wheels for cracks at 
the trailing edge of the turbine blades, near the fillet at the rim.
    (3) Any time the power turbine is disassembled, perform a visual 
inspection and an FPI on the affected turbine wheels for cracks at 
the trailing edge of the turbine blades, near the fillet at the rim.
    (4) Thereafter, re-inspect every 1,750 HSLI.
    (5) Do not return to service any turbine wheels that have cracks 
detected.

(f) Definition

    For the purpose of this AD, an engine hot start is any time the 
turbine temperature exceeds 1,490 [deg]F for 10 seconds or more, or 
exceeds 1,700 [deg]F for any duration.

(g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

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

(h) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact John Tallarovic, 
Aerospace Engineer, Chicago Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, 2300 
E. Devon Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60018; phone: 847-294-8180; fax: 847-
294-7834; email: john.m.tallarovic@faa.gov.
    (2) RRC Alert Commercial Engine Bulletin (CEB) No. CEB-A-1407, 
Revision 3, dated May 19, 2014, and CEB No. CEB-A-72-4098, Revision 
3, dated May 19, 2014 (combined into one document), which are not 
incorporated by reference in this AD, can be obtained from RRC, 
using the contact information in paragraph (h)(3) of this AD.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Rolls-Royce Corporation Customer Support, 450 South Meridian Street, 
Indianapolis, IN 46225-1103; phone: 888-255-4766 or 317-230-2720; 
email: royce.com">helicoptercustsupp@rolls-royce.com; Internet: www.rolls-
royce.com.
    (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & 
Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 
01803. For information on the availability of this material at the 
FAA, call 781-238-7125.

    Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on September 23, 2014.
Colleen M. D'Alessandro,
Assistant Directorate Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-23553 Filed 10-1-14; 8:45 am]
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