Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines, 55232-55234 [2015-21458]

Download as PDF 55232 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 178 / Tuesday, September 15, 2015 / Rules and Regulations accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320– 57–1013, Revision 1, dated September 29, 1992. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES (i) New Requirement of This AD: Repetitive Inspections Within the applicable compliance times specified in paragraphs (i)(1) and (i)(2) of this AD, do a high frequency eddy current (HFEC) inspection for cracking of the radius of the rib flanges and vertical stiffener at frame 36, and do a rototest inspection for cracking of the fastener holes of the rib flanges and vertical stiffener, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320–57–1175, Revision 01, including Appendix 01, dated May 28, 2014. During each inspection, remove the shims and fasteners on the rib flange on the front spar side and do an HFEC inspection for cracking of the radius of the rib flanges and a rototest inspection for cracking of the fastener holes. If no cracking is found, oversize the holes of the rib flange and the holes of the shims, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Airbus Service Bulletin A320–57–1175, Revision 01, including Appendix 01, dated May 28, 2014. Repeat the inspections thereafter at intervals not to exceed 32,500 flight cycles or 65,000 flight hours, whichever occurs first. (1) For airplanes having Airbus Modification 20976 embodied: At the later of the times specified in paragraphs (i)(1)(i) or (i)(1)(ii) of this AD. (i) Before exceeding 47,800 flight cycles or 95,600 flight hours, whichever occurs first, since the airplane’s first flight. (ii) Within 850 flight cycles or 1,700 flight hours, whichever occurs first, after the effective date of this AD. (2) For airplanes on which the modification of the front spar of the wing center section was accomplished using Airbus Service Bulletin A320–57–1013, Revision 1, dated September 29, 1992: At the later of the times specified in paragraphs (i)(2)(i) or (i)(2)(ii) of this AD. (i) Before exceeding 10,700 flight cycles or 21,500 flight hours, whichever occurs first, after the modification of the rib flange on the front spar of the wing center section was done using Airbus Service Bulletin A320– 57–1013, Revision 1, dated September 29, 1992. (ii) Within 850 flight cycles or 1,700 flight hours, whichever occurs first, after the effective date of this AD. (j) Repair If, during any inspection required by paragraph (i) of this AD, any cracking is found, before further flight, repair using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Airbus’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). (k) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph restates the requirements of Note 2 of paragraph (g) of AD 97–07–14, Amendment 39–9988 (62 FR 16473, April 7, 1997): This paragraph provides credit for the modification of the rib flange required by paragraph (g) of this AD, if those actions were VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:08 Sep 14, 2015 Jkt 235001 performed before May 12, 1997 (the effective date of AD 97–07–14), using Airbus Service Bulletin A320–57–1013, dated April 12, 1989, which is not incorporated by reference in this AD. (l) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; telephone 425–227–1405; fax 425–227–1149. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116AMOC-REQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: As of the effective date of this AD, for any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM– 116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus’s EASA DOA. If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (3) Required for Compliance (RC): Except as required by paragraph (j) of this AD, if the service information contains procedures or tests that are identified as RC, those procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any procedures and tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the operator’s maintenance or inspection program without obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in a serviceable condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC require approval of an AMOC. (n) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise. (3) The following service information was approved for IBR on October 20, 2015. (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–57–1175, Revision 01, including Appendix 01, dated May 28, 2014. (ii) Reserved. (4) The following service information was approved for IBR on May 12, 1997 (62 FR 16473, April 7, 1997). (i) Airbus Service Bulletin A320–57–1013, Revision 1, dated September 29, 1992. Note 1 to paragraph (n)(4)(i): Airbus Service Bulletin A320–57–1013, Revision 1, dated September 29, 1992, contains the following list of effective pages: Pages 1 through 3 show revision level 1, dated September 29, 1992; pages 4 through 11 are from the original issue, dated April 12, 1989. (ii) Reserved. (5) For service information identified in this AD, contact Airbus, Airworthiness Office—EIAS, 1 Rond Point Maurice Bellonte, 31707 Blagnac Cedex, France; telephone +33 5 61 93 36 96; fax +33 5 61 93 44 51; email account.airworth-eas@ airbus.com; Internet http://www.airbus.com. (6) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. (7) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference 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/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Renton, Washington, on September 2, 2015. Jeffrey E. Duven, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2015–22924 Filed 9–14–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration (m) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2014–0053, dated March 7, 2014, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA– 2015–0926. (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (n)(5) and (n)(6) of this AD. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0363; Directorate Identifier 2014–NE–08–AD; Amendment 39– 18252; AD 2015–17–19] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\15SER1.SGM 15SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 178 / Tuesday, September 15, 2015 / Rules and Regulations ACTION: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Final rule. We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211 Trent 768– 60, 772–60, and 772B–60 turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by fuel leaks caused by damage to the fan case low-pressure (LP) fuel tube. This AD requires inspection of the fan case LP fuel tubes and associated clips and the fuel oil heat exchanger (FOHE) mounts and associated hardware. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the fan case LP fuel tube, which could lead to an inflight engine shutdown, loss of thrust control, and damage to the airplane. DATES: This AD is effective October 20, 2015. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of October 20, 2015. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this AD, contact RollsRoyce plc, Corporate Communications, P.O. Box 31, Derby, England, DE248BJ; phone: 011–44–1332–242424; fax: 011– 44–1332–249936; email: http:// www.rolls-royce.com/contact/civil_ team.jsp; Web site: 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. It is also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2014–0363. SUMMARY: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES 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– 0363; 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) 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: Wego Wang, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238–7134; fax: 781–238– 7199; email: wego.wang@faa.gov. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:08 Sep 14, 2015 55233 Jkt 235001 Authority for This Rulemaking Discussion We issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all RR RB211 Trent 768–60, 772–60, and 772B–60 turbofan engines. The SNPRM published in the Federal Register on April 21, 2015 (80 FR 22137). We preceded the SNPRM with a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that published in the Federal Register on July 3, 2014 (79 FR 37965). The NPRM proposed to require inspection of the fan case LP fuel tubes and associated clips and the FOHE mounts and associated hardware. The NPRM was prompted by fuel leaks caused by damage to the fan case LP fuel tube. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the fan case LP fuel tube, which could lead to an in-flight engine shutdown, loss of thrust control, and damage to the airplane. 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. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 We reviewed RR Alert NonModification Service Bulletin (NMSB) No. RB.211–73–AH522, Revision 2, dated July 18, 2014; and RR Alert NMSB No. RB.211–73–AH837, dated September 9, 2014. This service information describes procedures for inspecting, and replacing if required, the fan case LP fuel tube and clips and the FOHE mounts and hardware. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or see ADDRESSES for other ways to access this service information. Regulatory Findings Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the SNPRM (80 FR 22137, April 21, 2015). Conclusion We reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD as proposed. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects about 50 engines installed on airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 6 hours per engine to comply with this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per hour. We also estimate that 25 of the engines will fail the inspection required by this AD. Required parts cost about $4,031 per engine. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $126,275. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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. E:\FR\FM\15SER1.SGM 15SER1 55234 § 39.13 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 178 / Tuesday, September 15, 2015 / Rules and Regulations [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ 2015–17–19 Rolls-Royce plc: Amendment 39–18252; Docket No. FAA–2014–0363; Directorate Identifier 2014–NE–08–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective October 20, 2015. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to all Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211 Trent 768–60, 772–60, and 772B–60 turbofan engines, if fitted with fuel tube, part number (P/N) FW53576, which was incorporated through RR production modification 73–F343 or which were modified in service in accordance with RR Service Bulletin (SB) No. RB.211–73–F343, Revision 4, dated May 26, 2011. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES (d) Reason This AD was prompted by fuel leaks caused by damage to the fan case lowpressure (LP) fuel tube. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the fan case LP fuel tube, which could lead to an in-flight engine shutdown, loss of thrust control, and damage to the airplane. (e) Actions and Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (1) Within 800 flight hours (FH) after the effective date of this AD, and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 800 FH, inspect the clip at the uppermost fan case LP fuel tube clip position, CP4881, and support bracket, P/N FW26692. Use Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 3.A, of RR Alert NonModification Service Bulletin (NMSB) No. RB.211–73–AH837, dated September 9, 2014, or paragraph 3.A. or 3.B. of RR Alert NMSB No. RB.211–73–AH522, Revision 2, dated July 18, 2014, to do the inspection. (i) If the clip at the uppermost clip position, CP4881, fails inspection, replace the clip with a part eligible for installation and, before further flight, inspect the fan case LP fuel tube, P/N FW53576, for fretting, and clips for cracks or failure, according to Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 3.A. of RR Alert NMSB No. RB.211–73–AH837, dated September 9, 2014, or paragraph 3.A. or 3.B. of RR Alert NMSB No. RB.211–73– AH522, Revision 2, dated July 18, 2014. (ii) If the support bracket, P/N FW26692, fails inspection, replace the bracket before further flight with a part eligible for installation and inspect the fan case LP fuel tube, P/N FW53576, and clips for cracks or failure. (2) Within 4,000 FH since new or 800 FH, whichever occurs later, after the effective date of this AD, and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 4,000 FH, inspect the fan case LP fuel tube, P/N FW53576, and clips, and the fuel oil heat exchanger (FOHE) mounts and hardware, for damage, wear, or fretting. Use paragraph 3.A. or 3.B., Accomplishment Instructions, of RR Alert NMSB No. RB.211– VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:08 Sep 14, 2015 Jkt 235001 73–AH522, Revision 2, dated July 18, 2014, to do the inspection. (i) If the fan case LP fuel tube, P/N FW53576, fails inspection, before further flight, replace the fuel tube and clips with parts eligible for installation. (ii) If any FOHE mount or hardware shows signs of damage, wear, or fretting, replace the damaged part before further flight with a part eligible for installation. (3) At each shop visit after the effective date of this AD, inspect the fan case LP fuel tubes, P/Ns FW26589, FW36335, FW26587, FW53577, and FW53576, and clips, and the FOHE mounts and hardware, for damage, wear, or fretting. Use paragraphs 3.B.(1) and 3.B.(2) of RR Alert NMSB No. RB.211–73– AH522, Revision 2, dated July 18, 2014, to do the inspection. (i) If any fan case LP fuel tube fails inspection, replace the fuel tube and clips before further flight with parts eligible for installation. (ii) If any FOHE mount or hardware shows signs of damage, wear, or fretting, replace the damaged part before further flight with a part eligible for installation. (4) If you replace any fan case LP fuel tube, clip, or FOHE mount or hardware as a result of the inspections in paragraphs (e)(1), (e)(2), or (e)(3) of this AD, you must still continue to perform the repetitive inspections in paragraphs (e)(1), (e)(2), and (e)(3) of this AD. (5) Any reports requested in the Alert NMSB accomplishment instructions referenced in paragraphs (e)(1), (e)(2), and (e)(3) of this AD are not required by this AD. (f) Credit for Previous Actions If, before the effective date of this AD, you performed the inspections and corrective actions required by paragraph (e) of this AD using RR NMSB No. RB.211–73–G848, Revision 3, dated June 12, 2014; or RR Alert NMSB No. RB.211–73–AH837, dated September 9, 2014; or paragraph 3.A. or 3.B. of RR Alert NMSB No. RB.211–73–AH522, Revision 2, dated July 18, 2014; or earlier versions, you met the inspection requirements in paragraph (e) of this AD. (g) Definitions For the purposes of this AD: (1) 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. (2) The fan case LP fuel tubes and clips, and the FOHE mounts and hardware, are eligible for installation if they have passed the inspection requirements of paragraphs (e)(1), (e)(2), and (e)(3) of this AD. (h) 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. You may email your request to: ANE–AD–AMOC@faa.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 (i) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Wego Wang, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238–7134; fax: 781–238–7199; email: wego.wang@faa.gov. (2) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency AD 2014–0243R1, dated December 10, 2014 for more information. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0363-0004. (3) RR NMSB No. RB.211–73–G848, Revision 3, dated June 12, 2014; RR Alert NMSB No. RB.211–73–AH837, dated September 9, 2014; and RR Alert NMSB No. RB.211–73–AH522, Revision 2, dated July 18, 2014, or earlier versions, which are not incorporated by reference in this AD, can be obtained from RR, using the contact information in paragraph (j)(3) of this AD. (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. (j) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Rolls-Royce plc (RR) Alert NonModification Service Bulletin (NMSB) No. RB.211–73–AH522, Revision 2, dated July 18, 2014. (ii) RR NMSB No. RB.211–73–AH837, dated September 9, 2014. (3) For RR 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. (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. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference 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/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on August 20, 2015. Colleen M. D’Alessandro, Directorate Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2015–21458 Filed 9–14–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P E:\FR\FM\15SER1.SGM 15SER1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2014-0363; Directorate Identifier 2014-NE-08-AD; 
Amendment 39-18252; AD 2015-17-19]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

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ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 
Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211 Trent 768-60, 772-60, and 772B-60 turbofan 
engines. This AD was prompted by fuel leaks caused by damage to the fan 
case low-pressure (LP) fuel tube. This AD requires inspection of the 
fan case LP fuel tubes and associated clips and the fuel oil heat 
exchanger (FOHE) mounts and associated hardware. We are issuing this AD 
to prevent failure of the fan case LP fuel tube, which could lead to an 
in-flight engine shutdown, loss of thrust control, and damage to the 
airplane.

DATES: This AD is effective October 20, 2015.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of October 20, 
2015.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Rolls-Royce plc, Corporate Communications, P.O. Box 31, Derby, England, 
DE248BJ; phone: 011-44-1332-242424; fax: 011-44-1332-249936; email: 
http://www.rolls-royce.com/contact/civil_team.jsp; Web site: 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. It is also available on the Internet at 
http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. 
FAA-2014-0363.

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-
0363; 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) 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: Wego Wang, Aerospace Engineer, Engine 
Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New 
England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781-238-7134; fax: 
781-238-7199; email: wego.wang@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    We issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to 
amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all RR RB211 
Trent 768-60, 772-60, and 772B-60 turbofan engines. The SNPRM published 
in the Federal Register on April 21, 2015 (80 FR 22137). We preceded 
the SNPRM with a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that published in 
the Federal Register on July 3, 2014 (79 FR 37965). The NPRM proposed 
to require inspection of the fan case LP fuel tubes and associated 
clips and the FOHE mounts and associated hardware. The NPRM was 
prompted by fuel leaks caused by damage to the fan case LP fuel tube. 
We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the fan case LP fuel tube, 
which could lead to an in-flight engine shutdown, loss of thrust 
control, and damage to the airplane.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed RR Alert Non-Modification Service Bulletin (NMSB) No. 
RB.211-73-AH522, Revision 2, dated July 18, 2014; and RR Alert NMSB No. 
RB.211-73-AH837, dated September 9, 2014. This service information 
describes procedures for inspecting, and replacing if required, the fan 
case LP fuel tube and clips and the FOHE mounts and hardware. This 
service information is reasonably available because the interested 
parties have access to it through their normal course of business or 
see ADDRESSES for other ways to access this service information.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD. We received no comments on the SNPRM (80 FR 22137, April 21, 
2015).

Conclusion

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

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects about 50 engines installed on 
airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 6 
hours per engine to comply with this AD. The average labor rate is $85 
per hour. We also estimate that 25 of the engines will fail the 
inspection required by this AD. Required parts cost about $4,031 per 
engine. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. 
operators to be $126,275.

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.

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Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):

2015-17-19 Rolls-Royce plc: Amendment 39-18252; Docket No. FAA-2014-
0363; Directorate Identifier 2014-NE-08-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective October 20, 2015.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to all Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211 Trent 768-60, 
772-60, and 772B-60 turbofan engines, if fitted with fuel tube, part 
number (P/N) FW53576, which was incorporated through RR production 
modification 73-F343 or which were modified in service in accordance 
with RR Service Bulletin (SB) No. RB.211-73-F343, Revision 4, dated 
May 26, 2011.

(d) Reason

    This AD was prompted by fuel leaks caused by damage to the fan 
case low-pressure (LP) fuel tube. We are issuing this AD to prevent 
failure of the fan case LP fuel tube, which could lead to an in-
flight engine shutdown, loss of thrust control, and damage to the 
airplane.

(e) Actions and Compliance

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, 
unless already done.
    (1) Within 800 flight hours (FH) after the effective date of 
this AD, and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 800 FH, inspect 
the clip at the uppermost fan case LP fuel tube clip position, 
CP4881, and support bracket, P/N FW26692. Use Accomplishment 
Instructions, paragraph 3.A, of RR Alert Non-Modification Service 
Bulletin (NMSB) No. RB.211-73-AH837, dated September 9, 2014, or 
paragraph 3.A. or 3.B. of RR Alert NMSB No. RB.211-73-AH522, 
Revision 2, dated July 18, 2014, to do the inspection.
    (i) If the clip at the uppermost clip position, CP4881, fails 
inspection, replace the clip with a part eligible for installation 
and, before further flight, inspect the fan case LP fuel tube, P/N 
FW53576, for fretting, and clips for cracks or failure, according to 
Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 3.A. of RR Alert NMSB No. 
RB.211-73-AH837, dated September 9, 2014, or paragraph 3.A. or 3.B. 
of RR Alert NMSB No. RB.211-73-AH522, Revision 2, dated July 18, 
2014.
    (ii) If the support bracket, P/N FW26692, fails inspection, 
replace the bracket before further flight with a part eligible for 
installation and inspect the fan case LP fuel tube, P/N FW53576, and 
clips for cracks or failure.
    (2) Within 4,000 FH since new or 800 FH, whichever occurs later, 
after the effective date of this AD, and thereafter at intervals not 
to exceed 4,000 FH, inspect the fan case LP fuel tube, P/N FW53576, 
and clips, and the fuel oil heat exchanger (FOHE) mounts and 
hardware, for damage, wear, or fretting. Use paragraph 3.A. or 3.B., 
Accomplishment Instructions, of RR Alert NMSB No. RB.211-73-AH522, 
Revision 2, dated July 18, 2014, to do the inspection.
    (i) If the fan case LP fuel tube, P/N FW53576, fails inspection, 
before further flight, replace the fuel tube and clips with parts 
eligible for installation.
    (ii) If any FOHE mount or hardware shows signs of damage, wear, 
or fretting, replace the damaged part before further flight with a 
part eligible for installation.
    (3) At each shop visit after the effective date of this AD, 
inspect the fan case LP fuel tubes, P/Ns FW26589, FW36335, FW26587, 
FW53577, and FW53576, and clips, and the FOHE mounts and hardware, 
for damage, wear, or fretting. Use paragraphs 3.B.(1) and 3.B.(2) of 
RR Alert NMSB No. RB.211-73-AH522, Revision 2, dated July 18, 2014, 
to do the inspection.
    (i) If any fan case LP fuel tube fails inspection, replace the 
fuel tube and clips before further flight with parts eligible for 
installation.
    (ii) If any FOHE mount or hardware shows signs of damage, wear, 
or fretting, replace the damaged part before further flight with a 
part eligible for installation.
    (4) If you replace any fan case LP fuel tube, clip, or FOHE 
mount or hardware as a result of the inspections in paragraphs 
(e)(1), (e)(2), or (e)(3) of this AD, you must still continue to 
perform the repetitive inspections in paragraphs (e)(1), (e)(2), and 
(e)(3) of this AD.
    (5) Any reports requested in the Alert NMSB accomplishment 
instructions referenced in paragraphs (e)(1), (e)(2), and (e)(3) of 
this AD are not required by this AD.

(f) Credit for Previous Actions

    If, before the effective date of this AD, you performed the 
inspections and corrective actions required by paragraph (e) of this 
AD using RR NMSB No. RB.211-73-G848, Revision 3, dated June 12, 
2014; or RR Alert NMSB No. RB.211-73-AH837, dated September 9, 2014; 
or paragraph 3.A. or 3.B. of RR Alert NMSB No. RB.211-73-AH522, 
Revision 2, dated July 18, 2014; or earlier versions, you met the 
inspection requirements in paragraph (e) of this AD.

(g) Definitions

    For the purposes of this AD:
    (1) 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.
    (2) The fan case LP fuel tubes and clips, and the FOHE mounts 
and hardware, are eligible for installation if they have passed the 
inspection requirements of paragraphs (e)(1), (e)(2), and (e)(3) of 
this AD.

(h) 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. You may email your request to: ANE-AD-AMOC@faa.gov.

(i) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Wego Wang, 
Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & 
Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 
01803; phone: 781-238-7134; fax: 781-238-7199; email: 
wego.wang@faa.gov.
    (2) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency AD 2014-
0243R1, dated December 10, 2014 for more information. You may 
examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FAA-2014-0363-0004.
    (3) RR NMSB No. RB.211-73-G848, Revision 3, dated June 12, 2014; 
RR Alert NMSB No. RB.211-73-AH837, dated September 9, 2014; and RR 
Alert NMSB No. RB.211-73-AH522, Revision 2, dated July 18, 2014, or 
earlier versions, which are not incorporated by reference in this 
AD, can be obtained from RR, using the contact information in 
paragraph (j)(3) of this AD.
    (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.

(j) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Rolls-Royce plc (RR) Alert Non-Modification Service Bulletin 
(NMSB) No. RB.211-73-AH522, Revision 2, dated July 18, 2014.
    (ii) RR NMSB No. RB.211-73-AH837, dated September 9, 2014.
    (3) For RR 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.
    (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.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference 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/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on August 20, 2015.
Colleen M. D'Alessandro,
Directorate Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-21458 Filed 9-14-15; 8:45 am]
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