Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines, 51550-51552 [2017-24156]

Download as PDF 51550 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 214 / Tuesday, November 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Examining the AD Docket 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2017–0816; Product Identifier 2017–NE–29–AD; Amendment 39– 19093; AD 2017–22–13] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211–Trent 970– 84 and RB211–Trent 972–84 turbofan engines. This AD requires an inspection of the drains mast. This AD was prompted by cracks found in the transition duct area of the drains mast. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD becomes effective November 22, 2017. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of November 22, 2017. We must receive comments on this AD by December 22, 2017. 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: 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 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.rollsroyce.com/contact/civil_team.jsp; Internet: https://customers.rollsroyce.com/public/rollsroycecare. You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. 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 nshattuck on DSK9F9SC42PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:04 Nov 06, 2017 Jkt 244001 and locating Docket No. FAA–2017– 0816. You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2017– 0816; 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 AD, the mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI), 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: Eugene Triozzi, Aerospace Engineer, ECO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238–7148; fax: 781–238–7199; email: Eugene.triozzi@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not precede it by notice and opportunity for public comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2017–0816; Product Identifier 2017–NE–29–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this 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 with FAA personnel concerning this AD. Discussion The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA AD 2017– 0075R1, dated May 5, 2017 (referred to hereinafter as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: RB211 Trent 900 engines have been found in service with cracks in the transition duct area of the drains mast, which is part of the PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 fire wall in Zone 1. Cracks were found on both pre-Mod 72–H499 drains masts, Part Number (P/N) FW29847, and post-Mod 72– H499 drains masts, P/N KH31996. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could, in combination with a fire in the surrounding area, lead to a breach of the fire wall, possibly resulting in an uncontrolled fire and consequent reduced control of the aeroplane. To address this potential unsafe condition, RR published Alert NonModification Service Bulletin (NMSB) RB.211–71–AJ576 to provide inspection instructions for engines with drains mast P/ N KH31996 and post-Mod 80–H632 vent ejector installed, which have been determined as more susceptible to cracking. 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–2017– 0816. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 RR has issued Alert Non-Modification Service Bulletin No. RB.211–71–AJ576, Initial Issue, dated March 17, 2017. The Alert NMSB describes procedures for inspection, repair, and replacement of the drains mast. 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. FAA’s Determination and Requirements of This AD This product has been approved by the aviation authority of the United Kingdom, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the European Community, EASA has notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all information provided by EASA and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. This AD requires inspection and if necessary, replacement of the drains mast. FAA’s Determination of the Effective Date No domestic operators use this product. Therefore, we find that notice and opportunity for prior public comment are unnecessary and that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects no engines installed on airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD: E:\FR\FM\07NOR1.SGM 07NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 214 / Tuesday, November 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations 51551 ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Inspection ................................ 2 work-hours × $85 per hour = $170 ..................................... 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. This AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated by the Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, as authorized by FAA Order 8000.51C. In accordance with that order, issuance of ADs is normally a function of the Compliance and Airworthiness Division, but during this transition period, the Executive Director has delegated the authority to issue ADs applicable to engines, propellers, and associated appliances to the Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, Policy and Innovation Division. nshattuck on DSK9F9SC42PROD with RULES Regulatory Findings We determined that 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 this AD: (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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:04 Nov 06, 2017 Jkt 244001 Parts cost (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. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ 2017–22–13 Rolls-Royce plc: Amendment 39–19093; Docket No. FAA–2017–0816; Product Identifier 2017–NE–29–AD. (a) Effective Date This AD is effective November 22, 2017. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211–Trent 970–84 and RB211–Trent 972– 84 turbofan engines with a drains mast, part number (P/N) KH31996, installed. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) 7170, Powerplant/Engine Drains. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by cracks found in the transition duct area of the drains mast. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the drains mast, engine fire, and damage to the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Required Actions Within 12 months time since new (TSN) or within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later, visually inspect the external areas of the transition PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 $10,000 Cost per product Cost on U.S. operators $10,170 $0 duct area of the drains mast for a crack, as depicted in Figure 1 of RR Alert NonModification Service Bulletin (NMSB) RB.211–71–AJ576, Initial Issue, dated March 17, 2017. If there is a crack: (1) Before further flight, replace the drains mast with a part eligible for installation, or (2) Before further flight, seal the crack using the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 3.B. of RR Alert NMSB RB.211– 71–AJ576, Initial Issue, dated March 17, 2017, and within 100 flight cycles, remove and replace the drains mast with a part eligible for installation. (h) Definition (1) For the purposes of this AD, a part eligible for installation is a part not listed in this AD, or a part that has passed the inspection required by this AD. (2) For the purposes of this AD, a flight cycle is a take-off and landing. (i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, ECO Branch, 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 manager of the certification office, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (j)(1) of this AD. You may email your request to: ANE-AD-AMOC@ faa.gov. (2) 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. (j) Related Information (1) For more information about this AD, contact Eugene Triozzi, Aerospace Engineer, ECO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238– 7148; fax: 781–238–7199; email: eugene.triozzi@faa.gov. (2) Refer to MCAI EASA AD 2017–0075R1, dated May 5, 2017, 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–2017–0816. (k) 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. E:\FR\FM\07NOR1.SGM 07NOR1 51552 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 214 / Tuesday, November 7, 2017 / Rules and Regulations (i) Rolls-Royce plc (RR) Alert NonModification Service Bulletin RB.211–71– AJ576, Initial Issue, dated March 17, 2017. (ii) Reserved. (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://customers.rollsroyce.com/public/rollsroycecare. (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7125. (5) You may view this service information 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 November 1, 2017. Karen M. Grant, Acting Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2017–24156 Filed 11–6–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2017–0490; Product Identifier 2017–NE–13–AD; Amendment 39– 19082; AD 2017–22–02] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; IPECO Pilot and Co-Pilot Seats Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Ipeco Holdings Ltd. (Ipeco) pilot and copilot seats. This AD requires modification and reidentification of the affected seats. This AD was prompted by reports of unexpected movement of pilot and co-pilot seats on takeoff and landing. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. nshattuck on DSK9F9SC42PROD with RULES SUMMARY: This AD becomes effective December 12, 2017. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of December 12, 2017. DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:04 Nov 06, 2017 Jkt 244001 For service information identified in this final rule, contact Ipeco Holdings Ltd., Aviation Way, Southend on Sea, SS2 6UN, United Kingdom; phone: 44 1702 549371; fax: 44 1702 540782; email: sales@ Ipeco.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, 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–2017– 0490. ADDRESSES: 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–2017– 0490; 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 (MCAI), 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: Neil Doh, Aerospace Engineer, Boston ACO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781– 238–7757; fax: 781–238–7199; email: neil.doh@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to the specified products. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on June 16, 2017 (82 FR 27629). The NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: Occurrences have been reported of pilot/ co-pilot unexpected rearward movement during take-off and landing. Investigations determined that horizontal guide block wear, presence of burrs on horizontal centre track, and horizontal track lock system weakness (spring tension too low) were various causes which contributed to the seat not being correctly locked. This condition, if not corrected, could lead to further cases of unwanted flight crew seat movement, possibly resulting in reduced control of the aeroplane. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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–2017– 0490. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this final rule. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM and the FAA’s response to each comment. Request To Shorten Compliance Time The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) requested that the FAA work with EASA to reevaluate the compliance time for this AD. ALPA indicated that the requirements of this AD could be accomplished in a shorter timeframe that would enhance safety. ALPA did not provide data or a detailed explanation with respect to its request for a shorter time frame. Consequently, upon further review of the risk analysis with EASA, we determined the proposed time frame for accomplishment of this AD is appropriate. Miscellaneous Comments We received miscellaneous comments not relevant to this AD. No further response is required. Conclusion We reviewed the available data, including the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD as proposed. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 Ipeco has issued Service Bulletin (SB) Number 063–25–08, Revision 00; SB Number 063–25–09, Revision 00; and SB Number 063–25–10, Revision 00; all dated May 31, 2016. These SBs provide instructions, differentiated by the part numbers of the affected pilot and copilot seats, for the modification and reidentification of these seats. 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. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects an unknown number of pilot and co-pilot seats installed on 55 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD: E:\FR\FM\07NOR1.SGM 07NOR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2017-0816; Product Identifier 2017-NE-29-AD; Amendment 
39-19093; AD 2017-22-13]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all 
Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-Trent 970-84 and RB211-Trent 972-84 turbofan 
engines. This AD requires an inspection of the drains mast. This AD was 
prompted by cracks found in the transition duct area of the drains 
mast. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these 
products.

DATES: This AD becomes effective November 22, 2017.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of November 22, 
2017.
    We must receive comments on this AD by December 22, 2017.

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: 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 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://customers.rolls-royce.com/public/rollsroycecare. You may view this 
service information at the FAA, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, 
1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. 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-2017-0816.

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-2017-
0816; 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 AD, the mandatory continuing airworthiness information 
(MCAI), 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: Eugene Triozzi, Aerospace Engineer, 
ECO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 
781-238-7148; fax: 781-238-7199; email: Eugene.triozzi@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety, and we did not precede it by notice and opportunity for public 
comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under 
the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2017-0816; Product 
Identifier 2017-NE-29-AD'' at the beginning of your comments. We 
specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, 
environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all 
comments received by the closing date and may amend this 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 
with FAA personnel concerning this AD.

Discussion

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA 
AD 2017-0075R1, dated May 5, 2017 (referred to hereinafter as ``the 
MCAI''), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The 
MCAI states:

    RB211 Trent 900 engines have been found in service with cracks 
in the transition duct area of the drains mast, which is part of the 
fire wall in Zone 1. Cracks were found on both pre-Mod 72-H499 
drains masts, Part Number (P/N) FW29847, and post-Mod 72-H499 drains 
masts, P/N KH31996. This condition, if not detected and corrected, 
could, in combination with a fire in the surrounding area, lead to a 
breach of the fire wall, possibly resulting in an uncontrolled fire 
and consequent reduced control of the aeroplane. To address this 
potential unsafe condition, RR published Alert Non-Modification 
Service Bulletin (NMSB) RB.211-71-AJ576 to provide inspection 
instructions for engines with drains mast P/N KH31996 and post-Mod 
80-H632 vent ejector installed, which have been determined as more 
susceptible to cracking.

    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-2017-0816.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    RR has issued Alert Non-Modification Service Bulletin No. RB.211-
71-AJ576, Initial Issue, dated March 17, 2017. The Alert NMSB describes 
procedures for inspection, repair, and replacement of the drains mast. 
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.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of This AD

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of the 
United Kingdom, and is approved for operation in the United States. 
Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the European Community, EASA 
has notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI. We are 
issuing this AD because we evaluated all information provided by EASA 
and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or 
develop on other products of the same type design. This AD requires 
inspection and if necessary, replacement of the drains mast.

FAA's Determination of the Effective Date

    No domestic operators use this product. Therefore, we find that 
notice and opportunity for prior public comment are unnecessary and 
that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in less than 
30 days.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects no engines installed on airplanes 
of U.S. registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:

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               Action                         Labor cost            Parts cost        product        operators
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Inspection.........................  2 work-hours x $85 per hour         $10,000         $10,170              $0
                                      = $170.
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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.
    This AD is issued in accordance with authority delegated by the 
Executive Director, Aircraft Certification Service, as authorized by 
FAA Order 8000.51C. In accordance with that order, issuance of ADs is 
normally a function of the Compliance and Airworthiness Division, but 
during this transition period, the Executive Director has delegated the 
authority to issue ADs applicable to engines, propellers, and 
associated appliances to the Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards 
Branch, Policy and Innovation Division.

Regulatory Findings

    We determined that 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 this AD:
    (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.

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.


Sec.  39.13   [Amended]


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

2017-22-13 Rolls-Royce plc: Amendment 39-19093; Docket No. FAA-2017-
0816; Product Identifier 2017-NE-29-AD.

(a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective November 22, 2017.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-Trent 970-84 and 
RB211-Trent 972-84 turbofan engines with a drains mast, part number 
(P/N) KH31996, installed.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) 7170, Powerplant/Engine 
Drains.

(e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by cracks found in the transition duct area 
of the drains mast. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the 
drains mast, engine fire, and damage to the airplane.

(f) Compliance

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, 
unless already done.

(g) Required Actions

    Within 12 months time since new (TSN) or within 12 months after 
the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later, visually 
inspect the external areas of the transition duct area of the drains 
mast for a crack, as depicted in Figure 1 of RR Alert Non-
Modification Service Bulletin (NMSB) RB.211-71-AJ576, Initial Issue, 
dated March 17, 2017. If there is a crack:
    (1) Before further flight, replace the drains mast with a part 
eligible for installation, or
    (2) Before further flight, seal the crack using the 
Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 3.B. of RR Alert NMSB RB.211-
71-AJ576, Initial Issue, dated March 17, 2017, and within 100 flight 
cycles, remove and replace the drains mast with a part eligible for 
installation.

(h) Definition

    (1) For the purposes of this AD, a part eligible for 
installation is a part not listed in this AD, or a part that has 
passed the inspection required by this AD.
    (2) For the purposes of this AD, a flight cycle is a take-off 
and landing.

(i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, ECO Branch, 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 manager of the 
certification office, send it to the attention of the person 
identified in paragraph (j)(1) of this AD. You may email your 
request to: ANE-AD-AMOC@faa.gov.
    (2) 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.

(j) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Eugene Triozzi, 
Aerospace Engineer, ECO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, 
Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781-238-7148; fax: 781-238-7199; email: 
eugene.triozzi@faa.gov.
    (2) Refer to MCAI EASA AD 2017-0075R1, dated May 5, 2017, 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-2017-0816.

(k) 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.

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    (i) Rolls-Royce plc (RR) Alert Non-Modification Service Bulletin 
RB.211-71-AJ576, Initial Issue, dated March 17, 2017.
    (ii) Reserved.
    (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://customers.rolls-royce.com/public/rollsroycecare.
    (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Engine and 
Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 
01803. For information on the availability of this material at the 
FAA, call 781-238-7125.
    (5) You may view this service information 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 November 1, 2017.
Karen M. Grant,
Acting Manager, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, Aircraft 
Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-24156 Filed 11-6-17; 8:45 am]
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