Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines, 71308-71309 [2014-28189]

Download as PDF 71308 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 231 / Tuesday, December 2, 2014 / Rules and Regulations 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. of this material at the FAA, call 781– 238–7125. Issued in Renton, Washington, on November 13, 2014. Jeffrey E. Duven, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2014–27632 Filed 12–1–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0433; Directorate Identifier 94–ANE–39–AD; Amendment 39– 18041; AD 2014–24–08] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 98–07–07 for all Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211– 535E4 and RB211–535E4–B turbofan engines. AD 98–07–07 required removing certain part number (P/N) low-pressure (LP) fuel filter-to-highpressure (HP) fuel pump tube assemblies and installing flexible LP fuel filter-to-HP fuel pump tube assemblies. This AD expands the applicability of AD 98–07–07 to include the RB211–535E4–C–37 turbofan engine and requires removal from service of additional P/N LP fuel filter-to-highpressure HP fuel pump tube assemblies. This AD was prompted by reports of fuel leaks that have resulted in a number of engine in-flight shutdowns. We are issuing this AD to prevent loss of fuel supply to the engine, which could lead to an in-flight shutdown of one or more engines, loss of thrust control, and damage to the airplane. DATES: This AD is effective January 6, 2015. SUMMARY: For service information identified in this AD, contact RollsRoyce plc, Corporate Communications, P.O. Box 31, Derby, England, DE24 8BJ; phone: 011–44–1332–242424; fax: 011– 44–1332–249936; email: http:// www.rolls-royce.com/contact/civil_ team.jsp; Internet: https:// www.aeromanager.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 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:18 Dec 01, 2014 Jkt 235001 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– 0433; 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 mandatory continuing airworthiness information, regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (phone: 800–647–5527) is Document 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenneth Steeves, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238–7765; fax: 781–238– 7199; email: kenneth.steeves@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede AD 98–07–07, Amendment 39–10426 (63 FR 18119, April 14, 1998), (‘‘AD 98–07–07’’). AD 98–07–07 applied to the specified products. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on July 24, 2014 (79 FR 42989). The NPRM proposed to expand the applicability of AD 98–07–07 to include the RB211–535E4–C–37 turbofan engine and added two additional P/Ns identified for removal. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We considered the comments received. Support for the NPRM as Proposed United Airlines supports issuing the NPRM (79 FR 42989, July 24, 2014) as proposed. Request To Change the Compliance FedEx Express requested that the proposed AD require removal of only fuel tube assemblies, P/Ns 163521538 and 163521545. These are the only fuel tube assemblies that are required to be removed by RR Service Bulletin No. RB.211–73–H131 and European Aviation Safety Agency AD 2014–0123. We do not agree. This AD will supersede AD 98–07–07. AD 98–07–07 required the removal of fuel tube PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 assemblies, P/Ns UL16692 and AE709623–1. Continuing to include these P/Ns would ensure, in the unlikely event that there is an engine containing fuel tube assemblies, P/Ns UL16692 and AE709623–1, that these fuel tube assemblies would still be removed. We did not change this AD. Change to the Compliance We changed paragraph (e)(2) of this AD to mandate installation of LP fuel filter-to-HP fuel pump tube assemblies eligible for installation. Paragraph (e)(2) was changed to support the Costs of Compliance as proposed in the NPRM (79 FR 42989, July 24, 2014). Conclusion We reviewed the available data, including the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD with the changes described previously. We determined that these changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this AD. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 500 engines installed on airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 7.33 hours per engine to comply with this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per hour. Required parts cost about $10,000 per engine. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $5,311,525. 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 E:\FR\FM\02DER1.SGM 02DER1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 231 / Tuesday, December 2, 2014 / Rules and Regulations 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 part 39 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (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 removing airworthiness directive (AD) 98–07–07, Amendment 39–10426 (63 FR 18119, April 14, 1998), and adding the following new AD: ■ 2014–24–08 Rolls-Royce plc: Amendment 39–18041; Docket No. FAA–2014–0433; Directorate Identifier 94–ANE–39–AD. engine in-flight shutdowns. We are issuing this AD to prevent loss of fuel supply to the engine, which could lead to an in-flight shutdown of one or more engines, loss of thrust control, and damage to the airplane. (e) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (1) After the effective date of this AD, remove from service all LP fuel filter-to-HP fuel pump tube assemblies, P/Ns UL16692, AE709623–1, 163521538, and 163521545, at the next part removal or during the next engine shop visit, whichever occurs first. (2) Install LP fuel filter-to-HP fuel pump tube assemblies eligible for installation. (f) Definition For the purpose of this AD, an ‘‘engine shop visit’’ is the induction of an engine into the shop for maintenance. (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) The Manager, Engine Certification Office, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Use the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19 to make your request. You may email your request to: ANE–AD–AMOC@faa.gov. (h) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Kenneth Steeves, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238–7765; fax: 781–238– 7199; email: kenneth.steeves@faa.gov. (2) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency AD 2014–0123, dated May 15, 2014, for more information. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0433-0005. (i) Material Incorporated by Reference None. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on November 20, 2014. Colleen M. D’Alessandro, Assistant Directorate Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2014–28189 Filed 12–1–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P (b) Affected ADs This AD supersedes AD 98–07–07, Amendment 39–10426 (63 FR 18119, April 14, 1998). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES (a) Effective Date This AD is effective January 6, 2015. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (c) Applicability This AD applies to all Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211–535E4–37, RB211–535E4–B–37, and RB211–535E4–C–37 turbofan engines with low-pressure (LP) fuel filter-to-high-pressure (HP) fuel pump tube assembly, part number (P/N) UL16692, AE709623–1, 163521538, or 163521545, installed. 14 CFR Part 71 (d) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by reports of fuel leaks that have resulted in a number of VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:18 Dec 01, 2014 Jkt 235001 Federal Aviation Administration [Docket No. FAA–2014–0541; Airspace Docket No. 14–ASO–8] Amendment of Class D Airspace; MacDill AFB, FL Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; technical amendment. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 71309 This action amends Class D Airspace at MacDill AFB, FL, by adding the words ‘‘to but not including 1,200 feet MSL,’’ further clarifying the ceiling in the descriptor of the Class D airspace. This action does not change the boundaries or operating requirements of the airspace. DATES: Effective 0901 UTC, March 5, 2015. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under title 1, Code of Federal Regulations, part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments. ADDRESSES: FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/ airtraffic/publications/. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/ federal_register/code_of_federalregulations/ibr_locations.html. FAA Order 7400.9, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy and Regulations Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: 202–267–8783. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Fornito, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. Box 20636, Atlanta, Georgia 30320; telephone (404) 305–6364. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: The Rule This action amends Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 71 by clarifying in the airspace description the ceiling of the Class D airspace area at MacDill AFB, FL, adding the words ‘‘to but not including 1,200 feet MSL’’. This avoids any confusion with the floor of the overlying Tampa International Airport Class B airspace area, which is 1,200 feet MSL. This is an administrative change and does not affect the boundaries, or operating requirements of the airspace, therefore, notice and public procedure under 5 U.S.C. 553(b) are unnecessary. The FAA has determined that this regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. Therefore, this regulation: (1) Is E:\FR\FM\02DER1.SGM 02DER1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2014-0433; Directorate Identifier 94-ANE-39-AD; 
Amendment 39-18041; AD 2014-24-08]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are superseding airworthiness directive (AD) 98-07-07 for 
all Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-535E4 and RB211-535E4-B turbofan 
engines. AD 98-07-07 required removing certain part number (P/N) low-
pressure (LP) fuel filter-to-high-pressure (HP) fuel pump tube 
assemblies and installing flexible LP fuel filter-to-HP fuel pump tube 
assemblies. This AD expands the applicability of AD 98-07-07 to include 
the RB211-535E4-C-37 turbofan engine and requires removal from service 
of additional P/N LP fuel filter-to-high-pressure HP fuel pump tube 
assemblies. This AD was prompted by reports of fuel leaks that have 
resulted in a number of engine in-flight shutdowns. We are issuing this 
AD to prevent loss of fuel supply to the engine, which could lead to an 
in-flight shutdown of one or more engines, loss of thrust control, and 
damage to the airplane.

DATES: This AD is effective January 6, 2015.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Rolls-Royce plc, Corporate Communications, P.O. Box 31, Derby, England, 
DE24 8BJ; phone: 011-44-1332-242424; fax: 011-44-1332-249936; email: 
http://www.rolls-royce.com/contact/civil_team.jsp; Internet: https://www.aeromanager.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-
0433; 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 mandatory continuing airworthiness information, 
regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. 
The address for the Docket Office (phone: 800-647-5527) is Document 
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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenneth Steeves, Aerospace Engineer, 
Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 
New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781-238-7765; 
fax: 781-238-7199; email: kenneth.steeves@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 to supersede AD 98-07-07, Amendment 39-10426 (63 FR 18119, 
April 14, 1998), (``AD 98-07-07''). AD 98-07-07 applied to the 
specified products. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on July 
24, 2014 (79 FR 42989). The NPRM proposed to expand the applicability 
of AD 98-07-07 to include the RB211-535E4-C-37 turbofan engine and 
added two additional P/Ns identified for removal.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. We considered the comments received.

Support for the NPRM as Proposed

    United Airlines supports issuing the NPRM (79 FR 42989, July 24, 
2014) as proposed.

Request To Change the Compliance

    FedEx Express requested that the proposed AD require removal of 
only fuel tube assemblies, P/Ns 163521538 and 163521545. These are the 
only fuel tube assemblies that are required to be removed by RR Service 
Bulletin No. RB.211-73-H131 and European Aviation Safety Agency AD 
2014-0123.
    We do not agree. This AD will supersede AD 98-07-07. AD 98-07-07 
required the removal of fuel tube assemblies, P/Ns UL16692 and 
AE709623-1. Continuing to include these P/Ns would ensure, in the 
unlikely event that there is an engine containing fuel tube assemblies, 
P/Ns UL16692 and AE709623-1, that these fuel tube assemblies would 
still be removed. We did not change this AD.

Change to the Compliance

    We changed paragraph (e)(2) of this AD to mandate installation of 
LP fuel filter-to-HP fuel pump tube assemblies eligible for 
installation. Paragraph (e)(2) was changed to support the Costs of 
Compliance as proposed in the NPRM (79 FR 42989, July 24, 2014).

Conclusion

    We reviewed the available data, including the comments received, 
and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting 
this AD with the changes described previously. We determined that these 
changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or 
increase the scope of this AD.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 500 engines installed on airplanes 
of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 7.33 hours 
per engine to comply with this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per 
hour. Required parts cost about $10,000 per engine. Based on these 
figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be 
$5,311,525.

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

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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 part 39 of the Federal Aviation 
Regulations (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. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by removing airworthiness directive (AD) 
98-07-07, Amendment 39-10426 (63 FR 18119, April 14, 1998), and adding 
the following new AD:

2014-24-08 Rolls-Royce plc: Amendment 39-18041; Docket No. FAA-2014-
0433; Directorate Identifier 94-ANE-39-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective January 6, 2015.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD supersedes AD 98-07-07, Amendment 39-10426 (63 FR 18119, 
April 14, 1998).

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to all Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-535E4-37, 
RB211-535E4-B-37, and RB211-535E4-C-37 turbofan engines with low-
pressure (LP) fuel filter-to-high-pressure (HP) fuel pump tube 
assembly, part number (P/N) UL16692, AE709623-1, 163521538, or 
163521545, installed.

(d) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by reports of fuel leaks that have resulted 
in a number of engine in-flight shutdowns. We are issuing this AD to 
prevent loss of fuel supply to the engine, which could lead to an 
in-flight shutdown of one or more engines, loss of thrust control, 
and damage to the airplane.

(e) Compliance

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, 
unless already done.
    (1) After the effective date of this AD, remove from service all 
LP fuel filter-to-HP fuel pump tube assemblies, P/Ns UL16692, 
AE709623-1, 163521538, and 163521545, at the next part removal or 
during the next engine shop visit, whichever occurs first.
    (2) Install LP fuel filter-to-HP fuel pump tube assemblies 
eligible for installation.

(f) Definition

    For the purpose of this AD, an ``engine shop visit'' is the 
induction of an engine into the shop for maintenance.

(g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    The Manager, Engine Certification Office, may approve AMOCs for 
this AD. Use the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19 to make your 
request. You may email your request to: ANE-AD-AMOC@faa.gov.

(h) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Kenneth Steeves, 
Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & 
Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 
01803; phone: 781-238-7765; fax: 781-238-7199; email: 
kenneth.steeves@faa.gov.
    (2) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency AD 2014-0123, 
dated May 15, 2014, for more information. You may examine the MCAI 
in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0433-0005.

(i) Material Incorporated by Reference

    None.

    Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on November 20, 2014.
Colleen M. D'Alessandro,
Assistant Directorate Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-28189 Filed 12-1-14; 8:45 am]
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