Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. Turboshaft Engines, 46898-46900 [2018-19862]

Download as PDF 46898 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 180 / Monday, September 17, 2018 / Proposed Rules Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone 516–228–7323; fax 516– 794–5531; email 9-avs-nyaco-cos@faa.gov. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Bombardier, Inc., 400 CoˆteVertu Road West, Dorval, Que´bec H4S 1Y9, Canada; telephone 514–855–5000; fax 514– 855–7401; email thd.crj@ aero.bombardier.com; internet http:// www.bombardier.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. Issued in Des Moines, Washington, on August 30, 2018. Jeffrey E. Duven, Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2018–19841 Filed 9–14–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2018–0739; Product Identifier 2015–NE–07–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. Turboshaft Engines Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2015–20– 04, which applies to certain Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) PT6B– 37A turboshaft engines. AD 2015–20–04 requires initial and repetitive inspections until replacement of the No. 10 bearing, and eventual replacement of the No. 9 bearing, both located in the engine reduction gearbox (RGB) assembly. Since we issued AD 2015–20– 04, P&WC has determined that the repetitive inspection of the bearings has an associated risk of gearbox damage or contamination and that the bearing installation required by AD 2015–20–04 does not adequately address the issue of bearing axial movement. This proposed AD would require removal from service and replacement of the No. 9 and No. 10 position bearings. We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 1, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Sep 14, 2018 Jkt 244001 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 NPRM, contact Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp., 1000 Marie-Victorin, Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, J4G 1A1; phone: 800–268–8000; fax: 450–647– 2888; website: http://www.pwc.ca. You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7759. 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. Examining the AD Docket Actions Since AD 2015–20–04 Was Issued You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018– 0739; or in person at the Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this NPRM, the mandatory continuing airworthiness information, regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations (phone: 800–647– 5527) is listed above. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara Caufield, Aerospace Engineer, ECO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781–238–7146; fax: 781–238–7199; email: barbara.caufield@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2018–0739; Product Identifier 2015–NE–07–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 because of those comments. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Discussion We issued AD 2015–20–04, Amendment 39–18282 (80 FR 61717, October 14, 2015), (‘‘AD 2015–20–04’’), for certain P&WC PT6B–37A turboshaft engines. AD 2015–20–04 requires initial and repetitive inspections until replacement of the No. 10 bearing, and eventual replacement of the No. 9 bearing, both located in the engine RGB assembly. AD 2015–20–04 resulted from reports of incorrect engine torque for PT6B–37A engines. We issued AD 2015–20–04 to prevent axial movement at the No. 10 bearing position in the engine RGB assembly, which could result in engine overtorque, failure of the engine, in-flight shutdown, and loss of the helicopter. Since we issued AD 2015–20–04, P&WC has determined that the repetitive inspection of the bearings in P&WC Service Bulletin (SB) PT6B–72– 39095, Revision No. 3, dated December 29, 2014, has an associated risk of gearbox damage or contamination. P&WC also determined that the bearing installation in P&WC SB No. PT6B–72– 39092, Revision No. 4, dated December 29, 2014, as required by AD 2015–20– 04, does not adequately address the issue of bearing axial movement. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 We reviewed P&WC SB No. PT6B–72– 39108, dated September 30, 2016. The SB describes procedures for replacing affected bearings. 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. Other Related Service Information We reviewed P&WC SB No. PT6B–72– 39092, Revision No. 4, dated December 29, 2014. The service information describes procedures for removing affected bearings. FAA’s Determination We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or E:\FR\FM\17SEP1.SGM 17SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 180 / Monday, September 17, 2018 / Proposed Rules develop in other products of the same type design. Proposed AD Requirements This proposed AD would retain none of the requirements of AD 2015–20–04. This proposed AD would introduce a new bearing configuration that addresses the axial movement at the No. 9 and No. 10 bearing positions and remove the repetitive inspection requirements of AD 2015–20–04. This proposed AD would also remove the previously mandated bearing configuration in P&WC SB No. PT6B– 72–39092, Revision No. 4, dated December 29, 2014. 46899 Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 119 engines installed on helicopters of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Remove and replace No. 9 and No. 10 bearings. 65 work-hours × $85 per hour = $5,525 ........ daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS 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 have 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Sep 14, 2018 Jkt 244001 Parts cost For the reasons discussed above, I certify that the 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, and (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing airworthiness directive (AD) 2015–20–04, Amendment 39–18282 (80 FR 61717, October 14, 2015), (‘‘AD 2015–20–04’’), and adding the following new AD: ■ Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.: Docket No. FAA–2018–0739; Product Identifier 2015–NE–07–AD. (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by November 1, 2018. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 $37,874 Cost per product $43,399 Cost on U.S. operators $5,164,481 (b) Affected ADs This AD replaces AD 2015–20–04, Amendment 39–18282 (80 FR 61717, October 14, 2015). (c) Applicability This AD applies to Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) PT6B–37A turboshaft engines with serial number (S/N) PCE–PU0275 or earlier or with engine S/N PCE–PU0278. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 7210, Turbine Engine Reduction Gear. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by reports of incorrect engine torque for PT6B–37A turboshaft engines. We are issuing this AD to prevent axial movement at the No. 10 bearing position in the engine reduction gearbox (RGB) assembly. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in engine overtorque, failure of the engine, in-flight shutdown, and loss of the helicopter. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Required Actions (1) For affected engines that did not have the bearings replaced in accordance with P&WC Service Bulletin (SB) No. PT6B–72– 39092, Revision No. 4, dated December 29, 2014, or earlier revision: (i) Remove from service and replace the No. 9 and No. 10 position bearings at the next engine shop visit after the effective date of this AD, but no later than December 31, 2020, whichever occurs first, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs 3.A. and B., of P&WC SB PT6B–72–39108, dated September 30, 2016. (ii) Reserved. (2) For affected engines that had the bearings replaced in accordance with P&WC SB No. PT6B–72–39092, Revision No. 4, dated December 29, 2014, or earlier revision: (i) Remove from service and replace the No. 9 and No. 10 position bearings before December 31, 2020, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs 3.A. and B., of P&WC SB PT6B–72–39108, dated September 30, 2016. E:\FR\FM\17SEP1.SGM 17SEP1 46900 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 180 / Monday, September 17, 2018 / Proposed Rules (ii) Reserved. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (h) Definition For the purpose of this AD, 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, or any removal of the RGB assembly. (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 Barbara Caufield, Aerospace Engineer, ECO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781– 238–7146; fax: 781–238–7199; email: barbara.caufield@faa.gov. (2) Refer to Transport Canada AD CF– 2015–01R1, dated November 18, 2016, for more information. You may examine the Transport Canada AD in the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA–2018–0739. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp., 1000 Marie-Victorin, Longueuil, Quebec, Canada J4G 1A1; phone: 800–268– 8000; fax: 450–647–2888; website: http:// www.pwc.ca. You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7759. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS [FR Doc. 2018–19862 Filed 9–14–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Sep 14, 2018 Jkt 244001 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2018–0771; Product Identifier 2018–CE–029–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 (i) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on September 7, 2018. Robert J. Ganley, Manager, Engine & Propeller Standards Branch, Aircraft Certification Service. Federal Aviation Administration Airworthiness Directives; GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd Models GA8 and GA8– TC320 airplanes. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as certain wing strut fittings manufactured with incorrect grain orientation, which has an unknown effect on fatigue related concerns. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 1, 2018. 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. • 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: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact GA 8 Airvan (Pty) Ltd, c/o GippsAero Pty Ltd, Attn: Technical Services, P.O. Box 881, Morwell Victoria 3840, Australia; telephone: +61 03 5172 1200; fax: +61 03 5172 1201; email: aircraft.techpubs@ mahindraaerospace.com. You may review this referenced service information at the FAA, Policy and Innovation Division, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329–4148. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 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–2018– 0771; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations (telephone (800) 647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Standards Branch, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329– 4059; fax: (816) 329–4090; email: doug.rudolph@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–2018–0771; Product Identifier 2018–CE–029–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:// 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 The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), which is the aviation authority for Australia, has issued AD No. AD/ GA8/9, Amendment 1, dated May 29, 2018 (referred to after this as ‘‘the MCAI’’), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states: Amendment 1 of this [CASA] AD is issued to amend the replacement times as Service Bulletin GA8–2017–174 Issue 2 changed the mandatory replacement times for part number GA8–570026–035 strut from 6000 hours time in service or 3 calendar years to 9000 hours time in service or 5 calendar years, whichever occurs first. A manufacturing quality escape has resulted in wing strut fittings in the effective serial number range to be manufactured with E:\FR\FM\17SEP1.SGM 17SEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 180 (Monday, September 17, 2018)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 46898-46900]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-19862]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2018-0739; Product Identifier 2015-NE-07-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. Turboshaft 
Engines

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2015-20-
04, which applies to certain Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) PT6B-
37A turboshaft engines. AD 2015-20-04 requires initial and repetitive 
inspections until replacement of the No. 10 bearing, and eventual 
replacement of the No. 9 bearing, both located in the engine reduction 
gearbox (RGB) assembly. Since we issued AD 2015-20-04, P&WC has 
determined that the repetitive inspection of the bearings has an 
associated risk of gearbox damage or contamination and that the bearing 
installation required by AD 2015-20-04 does not adequately address the 
issue of bearing axial movement. This proposed AD would require removal 
from service and replacement of the No. 9 and No. 10 position bearings. 
We are proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these 
products.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by November 1, 
2018.

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 NPRM, contact Pratt & 
Whitney Canada Corp., 1000 Marie-Victorin, Longueuil, Quebec, Canada, 
J4G 1A1; phone: 800-268-8000; fax: 450-647-2888; website: http://www.pwc.ca. You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & 
Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. 
For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 
781-238-7759.

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-2018-
0739; or in person at the Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains 
this NPRM, the mandatory continuing airworthiness information, 
regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. 
The street address for Docket Operations (phone: 800-647-5527) is 
listed above. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after 
receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara Caufield, Aerospace Engineer, 
ECO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 
781-238-7146; fax: 781-238-7199; email: [email protected].

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-2018-0739; 
Product Identifier 2015-NE-07-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 because 
of those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we 
receive about this proposed AD.

Discussion

    We issued AD 2015-20-04, Amendment 39-18282 (80 FR 61717, October 
14, 2015), (``AD 2015-20-04''), for certain P&WC PT6B-37A turboshaft 
engines. AD 2015-20-04 requires initial and repetitive inspections 
until replacement of the No. 10 bearing, and eventual replacement of 
the No. 9 bearing, both located in the engine RGB assembly. AD 2015-20-
04 resulted from reports of incorrect engine torque for PT6B-37A 
engines. We issued AD 2015-20-04 to prevent axial movement at the No. 
10 bearing position in the engine RGB assembly, which could result in 
engine overtorque, failure of the engine, in-flight shutdown, and loss 
of the helicopter.

Actions Since AD 2015-20-04 Was Issued

    Since we issued AD 2015-20-04, P&WC has determined that the 
repetitive inspection of the bearings in P&WC Service Bulletin (SB) 
PT6B-72-39095, Revision No. 3, dated December 29, 2014, has an 
associated risk of gearbox damage or contamination. P&WC also 
determined that the bearing installation in P&WC SB No. PT6B-72-39092, 
Revision No. 4, dated December 29, 2014, as required by AD 2015-20-04, 
does not adequately address the issue of bearing axial movement.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed P&WC SB No. PT6B-72-39108, dated September 30, 2016. 
The SB describes procedures for replacing affected bearings. 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.

Other Related Service Information

    We reviewed P&WC SB No. PT6B-72-39092, Revision No. 4, dated 
December 29, 2014. The service information describes procedures for 
removing affected bearings.

FAA's Determination

    We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant 
information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is 
likely to exist or

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develop in other products of the same type design.

Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would retain none of the requirements of AD 2015-
20-04. This proposed AD would introduce a new bearing configuration 
that addresses the axial movement at the No. 9 and No. 10 bearing 
positions and remove the repetitive inspection requirements of AD 2015-
20-04. This proposed AD would also remove the previously mandated 
bearing configuration in P&WC SB No. PT6B-72-39092, Revision No. 4, 
dated December 29, 2014.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 119 engines installed on 
helicopters of U.S. registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD:

                                                 Estimated Costs
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                                                                                     Cost per      Cost on U.S.
                Action                         Labor cost           Parts cost        product        operators
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Remove and replace No. 9 and No. 10     65 work-hours x $85 per          $37,874         $43,399      $5,164,481
 bearings.                               hour = $5,525.
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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 have 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 that the 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, and
    (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by 
reference, Safety.

The Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

0
1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

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


Sec.  39.13   [Amended]

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2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by removing airworthiness directive (AD) 
2015-20-04, Amendment 39-18282 (80 FR 61717, October 14, 2015), (``AD 
2015-20-04''), and adding the following new AD:

Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp.: Docket No. FAA-2018-0739; Product 
Identifier 2015-NE-07-AD.

(a) Comments Due Date

    The FAA must receive comments on this AD action by November 1, 
2018.

(b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces AD 2015-20-04, Amendment 39-18282 (80 FR 61717, 
October 14, 2015).

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) PT6B-37A 
turboshaft engines with serial number (S/N) PCE-PU0275 or earlier or 
with engine S/N PCE-PU0278.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 7210, Turbine Engine 
Reduction Gear.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by reports of incorrect engine torque for 
PT6B-37A turboshaft engines. We are issuing this AD to prevent axial 
movement at the No. 10 bearing position in the engine reduction 
gearbox (RGB) assembly. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, 
could result in engine overtorque, failure of the engine, in-flight 
shutdown, and loss of the helicopter.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Required Actions

    (1) For affected engines that did not have the bearings replaced 
in accordance with P&WC Service Bulletin (SB) No. PT6B-72-39092, 
Revision No. 4, dated December 29, 2014, or earlier revision:
    (i) Remove from service and replace the No. 9 and No. 10 
position bearings at the next engine shop visit after the effective 
date of this AD, but no later than December 31, 2020, whichever 
occurs first, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, 
paragraphs 3.A. and B., of P&WC SB PT6B-72-39108, dated September 
30, 2016.
    (ii) Reserved.
    (2) For affected engines that had the bearings replaced in 
accordance with P&WC SB No. PT6B-72-39092, Revision No. 4, dated 
December 29, 2014, or earlier revision:
    (i) Remove from service and replace the No. 9 and No. 10 
position bearings before December 31, 2020, in accordance with the 
Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs 3.A. and B., of P&WC SB 
PT6B-72-39108, dated September 30, 2016.

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    (ii) Reserved.

(h) Definition

    For the purpose of this AD, 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, or any removal 
of the RGB assembly.

(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: [email protected].
    (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 Barbara 
Caufield, Aerospace Engineer, ECO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, 
Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781-238-7146; fax: 781-238-7199; email: 
[email protected].
    (2) Refer to Transport Canada AD CF-2015-01R1, dated November 
18, 2016, for more information. You may examine the Transport Canada 
AD in the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by 
searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA-2018-0739.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Pratt 
& Whitney Canada Corp., 1000 Marie-Victorin, Longueuil, Quebec, 
Canada J4G 1A1; phone: 800-268-8000; fax: 450-647-2888; website: 
http://www.pwc.ca. You may view this service information at the FAA, 
Engine & Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, 
Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this 
material at the FAA, call 781-238-7759.


    Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on September 7, 2018.
Robert J. Ganley,
Manager, Engine & Propeller Standards Branch, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-19862 Filed 9-14-18; 8:45 am]
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