Airworthiness Directives; CFM International S.A. Turbofan Engines, 59467-59468 [2014-23563]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 191 / Thursday, October 2, 2014 / Proposed Rules intake ducting (including the area downstream of the filter) for paint adherence defects such as peeling, blistering, or bubbling following Alpha Aviation Service Bulletin (SB) No. AA–SB–71–007, Revision 0, dated August 2014. (2) If any defects are found during the inspection required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, before further flight, replace the affected parts with airworthy parts following Alpha Aviation Service Bulletin No. AA–SB–71– 007, Revision 0, dated August 2014. (3) As of the effective date of this AD, only install new unpainted steel assembly air intake boxes. (4) The replacement of defective parts is not a terminating action to the repetitive inspection of painted engine intake components required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD. (g) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Office, 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: 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. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO. (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority (or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service. (h) Related Information rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES Refer to MCAI Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) AD DCA/R2000/25A, dated August 28, 2014, for related information. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2014–0759. For service information related to this 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. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 26, 2014. Kelly A. Broadway, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2014–23554 Filed 10–1–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:00 Oct 01, 2014 Jkt 235001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0521; Directorate Identifier 2014–NE–11–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; CFM International S.A. Turbofan Engines Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all CFM International (CFM) S.A. CFM56–7B series turbofan engines. This proposed AD was prompted by a dual engine thrust instability event that resulted in the overspeed and in-flight shutdown (IFSD) of one engine. This proposed AD would require modification of the engine by removing full authority digital engine control (FADEC) software, version 7BV4 or earlier, installed in the electronic engine controls (EECs) on CFM56–7B engines. We are proposing this AD to prevent a thrust instability event, which could lead to overspeed and IFSD of one or more engines, loss of thrust control, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane. 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 AD, contact CFM International Inc., Aviation Operations Center, 1 Neumann Way, M/D Room 285, Cincinnati, OH 45125; phone: 877–432–3272; fax: 877– 432–3329; email: geae.aoc@ge.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. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 59467 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– 0521; 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 (phone: 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara Caufield, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238–7146; fax: 781–238– 7199; email: barbara.caufield@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA– 2014–0521; Directorate Identifier 2014– NE–11–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 We have received reports of dual engine thrust instability events on CFM56–7B turbofan engines that resulted in overspeed and IFSD of one engine. These resulted from water-borne fuel contamination of the fuel supply causing a lag in the response of the control valve in the fuel metering unit (FMU). CFM has improved its FADEC software to help prevent the lag in the response of the FMU control valve, thereby mitigating these thrust instability events. This condition, if not corrected, could lead to overspeed and IFSD of one or more engines, loss of thrust control, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane. E:\FR\FM\02OCP1.SGM 02OCP1 59468 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 191 / Thursday, October 2, 2014 / Proposed Rules Relevant Service Information We reviewed CFM Service Bulletin (SB) No. CFM56–7B S/B 73–0203, dated June 9, 2014, and CFM SB No. CFM56– 7B S/B 73–0204, dated June 9, 2014. The SBs describe procedures for the introduction of new FADEC software for the EECs. 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 require modification of the engine by removing FADEC software, version 7BV4 or earlier, installed in the EECs on CFM56– 7B engines. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD would affect about 2,921 engines installed on airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 1 hour per product to comply with this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $248,285. rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:00 Oct 01, 2014 Jkt 235001 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), (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. (2) Within 6 months after the effective date of this AD, modify the engine by removing full authority digital engine control (FADEC) software, version 7BV4 or earlier, installed in the electronic engine controls. (f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) The Manager, Engine Certification Office, FAA, may approve AMOCs to this AD. Use the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19 to make your request. (g) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Barbara Caufield, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238–7751; fax: 781–238– 7199; email: barbara.caufield@faa.gov. (2) CFM Service Bulletin (SB) No. CFM56– 7B S/B 73–0203, dated June 9, 2014, and CFM No. SB CFM56–7B S/B 73–0204, dated June 9, 2014, which are not incorporated by reference in this proposed AD, can be obtained from CFM using the contact information in paragraph (g)(3) of this proposed AD. (3) For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact CFM International Inc., Aviation Operations Center, 1 Neumann Way, M/D Room 285, Cincinnati, OH 45125; phone: 877–432–3272; fax: 877–432–3329; email: geae.aoc@ge.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. ■ CFM International S.A.: Docket No. FAA– 2014–0521; Directorate Identifier 2014– NE–11–AD. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on September 25, 2014. Ann C. Mollica, Acting Directorate Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2014–23563 Filed 10–1–14; 8:45 am] § 39.13 [Amended] 2. Amend § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by December 1, 2014. 14 CFR Part 39 (c) Applicability This AD applies to all CFM International (CFM) S.A. CFM56–7B series turbofan engines. (d) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by a dual engine thrust instability event that resulted in the overspeed and in-flight shutdown (IFSD) of one engine. We are issuing this AD to prevent a thrust instability event, which could lead to overspeed and IFSD of one or more engines, loss of thrust control, damage to the engine, and damage to the airplane. (e) Compliance (1) Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. Frm 00010 Fmt 4702 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration (b) Affected ADs None. PO 00000 BILLING CODE 4910–13–P Sfmt 4702 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0656; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–224–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Proposed rule; rescission. AGENCY: We propose to rescind Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2010–08– 08, which applies to certain Airbus Model A330–243, –341, –342, and –343 airplanes. AD 2010–08–08 requires deactivating the water scavenge SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02OCP1.SGM 02OCP1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 191 (Thursday, October 2, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 59467-59468]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-23563]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2014-0521; Directorate Identifier 2014-NE-11-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; CFM International S.A. Turbofan 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 all 
CFM International (CFM) S.A. CFM56-7B series turbofan engines. This 
proposed AD was prompted by a dual engine thrust instability event that 
resulted in the overspeed and in-flight shutdown (IFSD) of one engine. 
This proposed AD would require modification of the engine by removing 
full authority digital engine control (FADEC) software, version 7BV4 or 
earlier, installed in the electronic engine controls (EECs) on CFM56-7B 
engines. We are proposing this AD to prevent a thrust instability 
event, which could lead to overspeed and IFSD of one or more engines, 
loss of thrust control, damage to the engine, and damage to the 
airplane.

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 AD, contact CFM 
International Inc., Aviation Operations Center, 1 Neumann Way, M/D Room 
285, Cincinnati, OH 45125; phone: 877-432-3272; fax: 877-432-3329; 
email: geae.aoc@ge.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-2014-
0521; 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 (phone: 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will 
be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara Caufield, Aerospace Engineer, 
Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 
New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781-238-7146; 
fax: 781-238-7199; email: barbara.caufield@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed 
under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2014-0521; 
Directorate Identifier 2014-NE-11-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

    We have received reports of dual engine thrust instability events 
on CFM56-7B turbofan engines that resulted in overspeed and IFSD of one 
engine. These resulted from water-borne fuel contamination of the fuel 
supply causing a lag in the response of the control valve in the fuel 
metering unit (FMU). CFM has improved its FADEC software to help 
prevent the lag in the response of the FMU control valve, thereby 
mitigating these thrust instability events. This condition, if not 
corrected, could lead to overspeed and IFSD of one or more engines, 
loss of thrust control, damage to the engine, and damage to the 
airplane.

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Relevant Service Information

    We reviewed CFM Service Bulletin (SB) No. CFM56-7B S/B 73-0203, 
dated June 9, 2014, and CFM SB No. CFM56-7B S/B 73-0204, dated June 9, 
2014. The SBs describe procedures for the introduction of new FADEC 
software for the EECs.

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 require modification of the engine by 
removing FADEC software, version 7BV4 or earlier, installed in the EECs 
on CFM56-7B engines.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD would affect about 2,921 engines 
installed on airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would 
take about 1 hour per product to comply with this proposed AD. The 
average labor rate is $85 per hour. Based on these figures, we estimate 
the cost of the proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $248,285.

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),
    (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

0
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]

0
2. Amend Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):

CFM International S.A.: Docket No. FAA-2014-0521; Directorate 
Identifier 2014-NE-11-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by December 1, 2014.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to all CFM International (CFM) S.A. CFM56-7B 
series turbofan engines.

(d) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by a dual engine thrust instability event 
that resulted in the overspeed and in-flight shutdown (IFSD) of one 
engine. We are issuing this AD to prevent a thrust instability 
event, which could lead to overspeed and IFSD of one or more 
engines, loss of thrust control, damage to the engine, and damage to 
the airplane.

(e) Compliance

    (1) Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, 
unless already done.
    (2) Within 6 months after the effective date of this AD, modify 
the engine by removing full authority digital engine control (FADEC) 
software, version 7BV4 or earlier, installed in the electronic 
engine controls.

(f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

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

(g) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Barbara 
Caufield, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, 
Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, 
Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781-238-7751; fax: 781-238-7199; email: 
barbara.caufield@faa.gov.
    (2) CFM Service Bulletin (SB) No. CFM56-7B S/B 73-0203, dated 
June 9, 2014, and CFM No. SB CFM56-7B S/B 73-0204, dated June 9, 
2014, which are not incorporated by reference in this proposed AD, 
can be obtained from CFM using the contact information in paragraph 
(g)(3) of this proposed AD.
    (3) For service information identified in this proposed AD, 
contact CFM International Inc., Aviation Operations Center, 1 
Neumann Way, M/D Room 285, Cincinnati, OH 45125; phone: 877-432-
3272; fax: 877-432-3329; email: geae.aoc@ge.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.
Ann C. Mollica,
Acting Directorate Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-23563 Filed 10-1-14; 8:45 am]
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