Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. Turboprop Engines, 69623-69625 [2015-28534]

Download as PDF 69623 Proposed Rules Federal Register Vol. 80, No. 217 Tuesday, November 10, 2015 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules. OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT 5 CFR Part 870 RIN 3206–AN04 Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Program: Providing Option C Coverage for Children of Same-Sex Domestic Partners; Withdrawal U.S. Office of Personnel Management. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; withdrawal. 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The proposed regulation would have allowed children of same-sex domestic partners living in states that do not allow same-sex couples to marry to be covered as family members under an eligible individual’s FEGLI Option C enrollment. On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State. As a result, all states are required to allow same-sex couples to marry, meaning no additional children would be eligible for coverage based on the proposed rule. For this reason, the Office of Personnel Management withdraws the proposed rule to amend the FEGLI regulation to allow children of same-sex domestic partners living in states that do not allow same-sex couples to marry to be covered as family members under an eligible individual’s FEGLI Option C enrollment. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 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. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Fax: 202–493–2251. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp., 1000 MarieVictorin, Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, J4G 1A1; phone: 800–268–8000; fax: 450–647–2888; Web site: www.pwc.ca. 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. Federal Aviation Administration Examining the AD Docket U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Beth F. Cobert, Acting Director. [FR Doc. 2015–28569 Filed 11–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6325–63–P rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:28 Nov 09, 2015 Jkt 238001 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2015–3732; Directorate Identifier 2015–NE–25–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. Turboprop Engines Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (PWC) PT6A–60AG, –65AG, –67AF, and –67AG turboprop engines. This proposed AD was prompted by incidents of corrosion and perforation of the two-ply Cu-Be bellows in Woodward fuel control units (FCUs). This proposed AD would require removing the Woodward FCU and installing an FCU that is eligible for installation. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the Woodward FCU, which could lead to failure of the engine, in-flight shutdown, and loss of control of the airplane. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by January 11, 2016. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015– 3732; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI), the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The 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: Besian Luga, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238–7750; fax: 781–238– 7199; email: besian.luga@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–2015–3732; Directorate Identifier E:\FR\FM\10NOP1.SGM 10NOP1 69624 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 217 / Tuesday, November 10, 2015 / Proposed Rules 2015–NE–25–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this NPRM. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this NPRM based on 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 with FAA personnel concerning this NPRM. Discussion The Transport Canada Civil Aviation, which is the aviation authority for Canada, has issued Canada AD CF– 2015–23, dated July 23, 2015 (referred to hereinafter as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: There have been in-service incidents involving corrosion and perforation of the two-ply Cu-Be bellows in Woodward Fuel Control Units (FCU) fitted to PT6A–60, –65 and –67 series engines. In certain instances, associated bellows leakage has resulted in loss of engine power, in-flight shutdowns (IFSD) and even accidents. Engines installed on the aeroplanes that are used for crop dusting, due to the operational environment, are more susceptible to corrosion damage to the subject bellows. Loss of engine power or shut down in flight by itself usually is not considered a catastrophic event. However, on an aeroplane with single engine installation, an engine power loss or IFSD at a critical phase of flight could adversely affect the safe operation of the aeroplane. This AD affects the PT6A–60AG, PT6A–65AG, PT6A–67AF, and PT6A– 67AG engine models because they have the affected Woodward FCUs installed. You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2015– 3732. rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 PWC has issued Service Bulletin (SB) No. PT6A–72–14389, Revision 3, dated January 27, 2011 and SB No. PT6A–72– 13473, Revision 1, dated May 26, 2015. The service information describes procedures for replacing Woodward FCUs. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section of this NPRM. VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:28 Nov 09, 2015 Jkt 238001 FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD This product has been approved by the aviation authority of Canada, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with Canada, they have notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all information provided by Transport Canada Civil Aviation and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. This NPRM would require replacing the Woodward FCU. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 341 engines installed on airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 1.5 hours per engine to comply with this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per hour. Required parts cost about $1,000 per engine. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $384,478. 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 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. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (Type Certificate previously held by Pratt & Whitney Canada, Inc., Pratt & Whitney Aircraft of Canada, Ltd., and United Aircraft of Canada, Ltd.): Docket No. FAA–2015–3732; Directorate Identifier 2015–NE–25–AD. (a) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by January 11, 2016. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (PWC) PT6A–60AG, BS919 and BS1048 with pre-SB No. PT6A–72–13402, dated August 12, 2005 configuration; PT6A– 65AG, BS708, BS903, BS1101, and BS1102 with pre-SB PT6A–72–13408, dated July 3, 2006 configuration; PT6A–67AF; and PT6A– 67AG turboprop engines with Woodward fuel control units (FCUs) installed. (d) Reason This AD was prompted by incidents of corrosion and perforation of the two-ply CuBe bellows in Woodward FCUs. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the Woodward FCU, which could lead to failure of the engine, in-flight shutdown, and loss of control of the airplane. E:\FR\FM\10NOP1.SGM 10NOP1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 217 / Tuesday, November 10, 2015 / Proposed Rules (e) Actions and Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (1) For PWC PT6A–67AF and PT6A–67AG engines, within 500 flight hours (FHs) or one year after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, replace the Woodward FCU. Use paragraphs 3.A. and 3.C. of PWC Service Bulletin (SB) No. PT6A– 72–14389, Revision 3, dated January 27, 2011 to replace the FCU. (2) For PWC PT6A–60AG BS919 and BS1048 engines with pre-SB No. PT6A–72– 13402 configuration, within 36 months after the effective date of this AD, replace the Woodward FCU. Use paragraph 3.C.(1) and 3.C.(3) of PWC SB No. PT6A–72–13473, Revision 1, dated May 26, 2015 to replace the FCU. (3) For PWC PT6A–65AG BS708, BS903, BS1101, and BS1102 engines with pre-SB PT6A–72–13408 configuration, within 36 months after the effective date of this AD, replace the Woodward FCU. Use paragraphs 3.A.(1) and 3.A.(3) of PWC SB No. PT6A–72– 13473, Revision 1, dated May 26, 2015 to replace the FCU. (f) Credit for Previous Actions You may take credit for the actions required by paragraph (e) of this AD if you performed the actions before the effective date of this AD in accordance with PWC SB No. PT6A–72–14389, Revision 2, dated April 23, 2009; or SB No. PT6A–72–13473, dated March 12, 2015; or SB No. PT6A–72–13408, Revision 1, dated March 12, 2015; or earlier versions. rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) The Manager, Engine Certification Office, FAA, 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 Besian Luga, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238–7750; fax: 781–238–7199; email: besian.luga@faa.gov. (2) Refer to MCAI Transport Canada AD CF–2015–23, dated July 23, 2015, for more information. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA–2015–3732. (3) PWC SB No. PT6A–72–14389, Revision 3, dated January 27, 2011 and SB No. 13473, Revision 1, dated May 26, 2015, can be obtained from PWC, using the contact information in paragraph (h)(4) of this proposed AD. (4) For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Pratt & Whitney Corp., 1000 Marie-Victorin, Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, J4G 1A1; phone: 800–268– 8000; fax: 450–647–2888; Web site: www.pwc.ca. (5) You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, VerDate Sep<11>2014 13:28 Nov 09, 2015 Jkt 238001 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 November 4, 2015. Colleen M. D’Alessandro, Directorate Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2015–28534 Filed 11–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0561; Directorate Identifier 2014–NE–12–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2015–04– 03 that applies to certain Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211 Trent 768–60, 772–60, and 772B–60 turbofan engines. AD 2015–04–03 requires inspection of the sealing sleeve on the high-pressure/ intermediate-pressure (HP/IP) turbine support internal oil feed tube and removal of those sealing sleeves affected by AD 2015–04–03. This proposed AD would require removal of either the affected sealing sleeve only or both the affected sealing sleeve and the oil feed tube. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the HP/IP turbine support internal oil feed tube, which could lead to uncontained engine failure and damage to the airplane. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by January 11, 2016. 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 69625 plc, Corporate Communications, P.O. Box 31, Derby, DE24 8BJ, United Kingdom; phone: 011–44–1332–242424; fax: 011–44–1332–249936; email: http:// www.rolls-royce.com/contact/civil_ team.jsp; Internet: https:// customers.rolls-royce.com/public/ rollsroycecare. 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– 0561; 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 mandatory continuing airworthiness information, regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The 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: Philip Haberlen, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238–7770; fax: 781–238– 7199; email: philip.haberlen@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–2014–0561; Directorate Identifier 2014–NE–12–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 February 11, 2015, we issued AD 2015–04–03, Amendment 39–18105 (80 E:\FR\FM\10NOP1.SGM 10NOP1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 217 (Tuesday, November 10, 2015)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 69623-69625]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-28534]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2015-3732; Directorate Identifier 2015-NE-25-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. Turboprop 
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 
certain Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (PWC) PT6A-60AG, -65AG, -67AF, and 
-67AG turboprop engines. This proposed AD was prompted by incidents of 
corrosion and perforation of the two-ply Cu-Be bellows in Woodward fuel 
control units (FCUs). This proposed AD would require removing the 
Woodward FCU and installing an FCU that is eligible for installation. 
We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the Woodward FCU, which 
could lead to failure of the engine, in-flight shutdown, and loss of 
control of the airplane.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by January 11, 
2016.

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.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
    For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact 
Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp., 1000 Marie-Victorin, Longueuil, Quebec, 
Canada, J4G 1A1; phone: 800-268-8000; fax: 450-647-2888; Web site: 
www.pwc.ca. 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-2015-
3732; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket 
contains this proposed AD, the mandatory continuing airworthiness 
information (MCAI), the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, 
and other information. The 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: Besian Luga, Aerospace Engineer, 
Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 
New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781-238-7750; 
fax: 781-238-7199; email: besian.luga@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-2015-3732; 
Directorate Identifier

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2015-NE-25-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. We specifically 
invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and 
energy aspects of this NPRM. We will consider all comments received by 
the closing date and may amend this NPRM based on 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 
with FAA personnel concerning this NPRM.

Discussion

    The Transport Canada Civil Aviation, which is the aviation 
authority for Canada, has issued Canada AD CF-2015-23, dated July 23, 
2015 (referred to hereinafter as ``the MCAI''), to correct an unsafe 
condition for the specified products. The MCAI states:

    There have been in-service incidents involving corrosion and 
perforation of the two-ply Cu-Be bellows in Woodward Fuel Control 
Units (FCU) fitted to PT6A-60, -65 and -67 series engines. In 
certain instances, associated bellows leakage has resulted in loss 
of engine power, in-flight shutdowns (IFSD) and even accidents. 
Engines installed on the aeroplanes that are used for crop dusting, 
due to the operational environment, are more susceptible to 
corrosion damage to the subject bellows.
    Loss of engine power or shut down in flight by itself usually is 
not considered a catastrophic event. However, on an aeroplane with 
single engine installation, an engine power loss or IFSD at a 
critical phase of flight could adversely affect the safe operation 
of the aeroplane.

    This AD affects the PT6A-60AG, PT6A-65AG, PT6A-67AF, and PT6A-67AG 
engine models because they have the affected Woodward FCUs installed.
    You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD 
docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for 
and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-3732.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    PWC has issued Service Bulletin (SB) No. PT6A-72-14389, Revision 3, 
dated January 27, 2011 and SB No. PT6A-72-13473, Revision 1, dated May 
26, 2015. The service information describes procedures for replacing 
Woodward FCUs. This service information is reasonably available because 
the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of 
business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section of this 
NPRM.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of Canada, 
and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our 
bilateral agreement with Canada, they have notified us of the unsafe 
condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced 
above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all information 
provided by Transport Canada Civil Aviation and determined the unsafe 
condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of 
the same type design. This NPRM would require replacing the Woodward 
FCU.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 341 engines installed on 
airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 
1.5 hours per engine to comply with this proposed AD. The average labor 
rate is $85 per hour. Required parts cost about $1,000 per engine. 
Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this proposed AD on 
U.S. operators to be $384,478.

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

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1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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

Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (Type Certificate previously held by 
Pratt & Whitney Canada, Inc., Pratt & Whitney Aircraft of Canada, 
Ltd., and United Aircraft of Canada, Ltd.): Docket No. FAA-2015-
3732; Directorate Identifier 2015-NE-25-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by January 11, 2016.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (PWC) PT6A-60AG, 
BS919 and BS1048 with pre-SB No. PT6A-72-13402, dated August 12, 
2005 configuration; PT6A-65AG, BS708, BS903, BS1101, and BS1102 with 
pre-SB PT6A-72-13408, dated July 3, 2006 configuration; PT6A-67AF; 
and PT6A-67AG turboprop engines with Woodward fuel control units 
(FCUs) installed.

(d) Reason

    This AD was prompted by incidents of corrosion and perforation 
of the two-ply Cu-Be bellows in Woodward FCUs. We are issuing this 
AD to prevent failure of the Woodward FCU, which could lead to 
failure of the engine, in-flight shutdown, and loss of control of 
the airplane.

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(e) Actions and Compliance

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, 
unless already done.
    (1) For PWC PT6A-67AF and PT6A-67AG engines, within 500 flight 
hours (FHs) or one year after the effective date of this AD, 
whichever occurs first, replace the Woodward FCU. Use paragraphs 
3.A. and 3.C. of PWC Service Bulletin (SB) No. PT6A-72-14389, 
Revision 3, dated January 27, 2011 to replace the FCU.
    (2) For PWC PT6A-60AG BS919 and BS1048 engines with pre-SB No. 
PT6A-72-13402 configuration, within 36 months after the effective 
date of this AD, replace the Woodward FCU. Use paragraph 3.C.(1) and 
3.C.(3) of PWC SB No. PT6A-72-13473, Revision 1, dated May 26, 2015 
to replace the FCU.
    (3) For PWC PT6A-65AG BS708, BS903, BS1101, and BS1102 engines 
with pre-SB PT6A-72-13408 configuration, within 36 months after the 
effective date of this AD, replace the Woodward FCU. Use paragraphs 
3.A.(1) and 3.A.(3) of PWC SB No. PT6A-72-13473, Revision 1, dated 
May 26, 2015 to replace the FCU.

(f) Credit for Previous Actions

    You may take credit for the actions required by paragraph (e) of 
this AD if you performed the actions before the effective date of 
this AD in accordance with PWC SB No. PT6A-72-14389, Revision 2, 
dated April 23, 2009; or SB No. PT6A-72-13473, dated March 12, 2015; 
or SB No. PT6A-72-13408, Revision 1, dated March 12, 2015; or 
earlier versions.

(g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    The Manager, Engine Certification Office, FAA, 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 Besian Luga, 
Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & 
Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 
01803; phone: 781-238-7750; fax: 781-238-7199; email: 
besian.luga@faa.gov.
    (2) Refer to MCAI Transport Canada AD CF-2015-23, dated July 23, 
2015, for more information. You may examine the MCAI in the AD 
docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching 
for and locating it in Docket No. FAA-2015-3732.
    (3) PWC SB No. PT6A-72-14389, Revision 3, dated January 27, 2011 
and SB No. 13473, Revision 1, dated May 26, 2015, can be obtained 
from PWC, using the contact information in paragraph (h)(4) of this 
proposed AD.
    (4) For service information identified in this proposed AD, 
contact Pratt & Whitney Corp., 1000 Marie-Victorin, Longueuil, 
Quebec, Canada, J4G 1A1; phone: 800-268-8000; fax: 450-647-2888; Web 
site: www.pwc.ca.
    (5) 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 November 4, 2015.
Colleen M. D'Alessandro,
Directorate Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-28534 Filed 11-9-15; 8:45 am]
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