Airworthiness Directives; Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (Type Certificate Previously Held by Continental Motors, Inc.) Reciprocating Engines, 21336-21339 [2020-08118]

Download as PDF 21336 § 39.13 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 75 / Friday, April 17, 2020 / Proposed Rules [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ Airbus SAS: Docket No. FAA–2020–0332; Product Identifier 2020–NM–037–AD. (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments by June 1, 2020. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Airbus SAS Model airplanes specified in paragraphs (c)(1) through (4) of this AD, certificated in any category, as identified in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020– 0037, dated February 27, 2020; corrected February 28, 2020 (‘‘EASA AD 2020–0037’’). (1) Model A318–111, –112, –121, and –122 airplanes. (2) Model A319–111, –112, –113, –114, –115, –131, –132, and –133 airplanes. (3) Model A320–211, –212, –214, –216, –231, –232, and –233 airplanes. (4) Model A321–111, –112, –131, –211, –212, –213, –231, and –232 airplanes. (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 53, Fuselage. (e) Reason This proposed AD was prompted by a report that cracks were detected on the leftand right-hand sides of the first rivet hole of the frame (FR) 43 foot coupling during scheduled maintenance. The FAA is proposing this AD to address cracking in the foot coupling, which could affect the structural integrity of the airplane. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Requirements Except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD: Comply with all required actions and compliance times specified in, and in accordance with, EASA AD 2020–0037. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS (h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2020–0037 (1) Where EASA AD 2020–0037 refers to its effective date, this AD requires using the effective date of this AD. (2) The ‘‘Remarks’’ section of EASA AD 2020–0037 does not apply to this AD. (i) No Reporting Requirement Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2020–0037 specifies to submit certain information to the manufacturer, this AD does not include that requirement. (j) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:32 Apr 16, 2020 Jkt 250001 has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Section, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (k)(2) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOCREQUESTS@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain instructions from a manufacturer, the instructions must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus SAS’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOAauthorized signature. (3) Required for Compliance (RC): For any service information referenced in EASA AD 2020–0037 that contains RC procedures and tests: Except as required by paragraph (j)(2) of this AD, RC procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the operator’s maintenance or inspection program without obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC require approval of an AMOC. (k) Related Information (1) For information about EASA AD 2020– 0037, contact the EASA, Konrad-AdenauerUfer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone +49 221 89990 6017; email ADs@ easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this EASA AD on the EASA website at https:// ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this material 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. This material may be found in the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020–0332. (2) For more information about this AD, contact Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206– 231–3223; email Sanjay.Ralhan@faa.gov. Issued on April 10, 2020. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2020–08074 Filed 4–16–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2020–0222; Project Identifier AD–2019–00116–E] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (Type Certificate Previously Held by Continental Motors, Inc.) Reciprocating Engines Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc. model GTSIO–520–C, GTSIO–520– D, GTSIO–520–H, GTSIO–520–K, GTSIO–520–L, GTSIO–520–M, GTSIO– 520–N, IO–550–G, IO–550–N, IO–550– P, IO–550–R, IOF–550–N, IOF–550–P, IOF–550–R, TSIO–520–BE, TSIO–550– A, TSIO–550–B, TSIO–550–C, TSIO– 550–E, TSIO–550–G, TSIO–550–K, TSIO–550–N, TSIOF–550–D, TSIOF– 550–J, TSIOF–550–K, and TSIOF–550–P reciprocating aviation gasoline (AvGas) engines with a certain cross-flow cylinder assembly installed. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of in-flight engine failures due to fractured cross-flow cylinder assemblies. This proposed AD would require visual inspection and, depending on the results of the inspection, modification or replacement of the cross-flow cylinder assembly. The FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: The FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by June 1, 2020. 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 https://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 Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc., 2039 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17APP1.SGM 17APP1 21337 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 75 / Friday, April 17, 2020 / Proposed Rules South Broad Street, Mobile, Alabama 36615, United States; phone: 251–436– 8299; website: http:// www.continentalmotors.aero. 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 781–238–7759. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020– 0222; 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 NPRM, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations is listed above. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Boyce Jones, Aerospace Engineer, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337; phone: 404–474–5535; fax: 404– 474–5606; email: boyce.jones@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited The FAA invites you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2020–0222; Project Identifier AD–2019–00116–E’’ at the beginning of your comments. The FAA specifically invites comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this NPRM. The FAA will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this NPRM because of those comments. Except for Confidential Business Information as described in the following paragraph, and other information as described in 14 CFR 11.35, the FAA will post all comments received, without change, to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. The FAA will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact received about this NPRM. Confidential Business Information Confidential Business Information (CBI) is commercial or financial information that is both customarily and actually treated as private by its owner. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552), CBI is exempt from public disclosure. If your comments responsive to this NPRM contain commercial or financial information that is customarily treated as private, that you actually treat as private, and that is relevant or responsive to this NPRM, it is important that you clearly designate the submitted comments as CBI. Please mark each page of your submission containing CBI as ‘‘PROPIN.’’ The FAA will treat such marked submissions as confidential under the FOIA, and they will not be placed in the public docket of this NPRM. Submissions containing CBI should be sent to Boyce Jones, Aerospace Engineer, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337. Any commentary that the FAA receives which is not specifically designated as CBI will be placed in the public docket for this rulemaking. Discussion The FAA received reports of six inflight engine failures due to fractured cross-flow cylinder assemblies, all of which resulted in the loss of oil pressure, loss of engine power, and forced landings. Analysis by the manufacturer identified that the casting vendor incorporated a new production tooling that created casting material build-up on the radius edge of the crossflow cylinder assemblies. Fracture initiation began at the radius edge of cross-flow cylinder assembly. This condition, if not addressed, could result in failure of the engine, in-flight shutdown, and forced landing. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51 The FAA reviewed Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc. Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) 18– 08, Revision B, dated January 13, 2020. The MSB describes procedures for inspection, modification, or replacement of the cross-flow cylinder assembly. 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 The FAA is proposing this AD because it evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design. Proposed AD Requirements This proposed AD would require visual inspection of the cross-flow cylinder assembly and, depending on the results of the visual inspection, modification or replacement of the cross-flow cylinder assembly. Costs of Compliance The FAA estimates that this proposed AD affects 4,000 engines installed on airplanes of U.S. registry. The FAA estimates the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS ESTIMATED COSTS Action Labor cost Visual inspection of the cross-flow cylinder assembly. 2 work-hours × $85 per hour = $170 ............. The FAA estimates the following costs to do any necessary modification or replacement of the cross-flow cylinder assembly that would be VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:32 Apr 16, 2020 Jkt 250001 required based on the results of the proposed visual inspection. The FAA has no way of determining the number of cross-flow cylinder assemblies that PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Cost per product Parts cost $0 Cost on U.S. operators $170 might need this modification or replacement. E:\FR\FM\17APP1.SGM 17APP1 $680,000 21338 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 75 / Friday, April 17, 2020 / Proposed Rules ON-CONDITION COSTS Action Labor cost Modify the cross-flow cylinder assembly ...................... Replace the cross-flow cylinder assembly ................... 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 ............................... 11.5 work-hours × $85 per hour = $977.50 ................. According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this proposed AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected individuals. The FAA does not control warranty coverage for affected individuals. As a result, the FAA has included all costs in our cost estimate. 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. The FAA is 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. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS Regulatory Findings The FAA 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) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (3) 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:32 Apr 16, 2020 Jkt 250001 Parts cost $0 1,933.28 Cost per product $85 2,910.78 List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. flow cylinder assemblies. The FAA is issuing this AD to prevent failure of the engine. The unsafe condition, if not addressed, could result in failure of the engine, in-flight shutdown, and forced landing. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. 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): ■ Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (Type Certificate previously held by Continental Motors, Inc.): Docket No. FAA–2020–0222; Project Identifier AD– 2019–00116–E. (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments by June 1, 2020. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (Type Certificate previously held by Continental Motors, Inc.) model GTSIO–520–C, GTSIO–520–D, GTSIO–520–H, GTSIO–520–K, GTSIO–520– L, GTSIO–520–M, GTSIO–520–N, IO–550–G, IO–550–N, IO–550–P, IO–550–R, IOF–550–N, IOF–550–P, IOF–550–R, TSIO–520–BE, TSIO–550–A, TSIO–550–B, TSIO–550–C, TSIO–550–E, TSIO–550–G, TSIO–550–K, TSIO–550–N, TSIOF–550–D, TSIOF–550–J, TSIOF–550–K, and TSIOF–550–P reciprocating aviation gasoline (AvGas) engines, originally manufactured, rebuilt, or modified with a cross-flow cylinder assembly replacement, on or after November 1, 2014, and with a cross-flow cylinder assembly, part number (P/N) 658538, 658540, 658542, 658591, 658595, 658613, 658624, 658539, 658541, 658590, 658594, 658603, 658623, or 658630, installed. (d) Subject Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 8530, Reciprocating Cylinder Section. (e) Unsafe Condition This AD was prompted by reports of inflight engine failures due to fractured cross- PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 (g) Required Actions (1) If the engine has fewer than 500 engine operating hours on the effective date of this AD, no later than the next scheduled 100hour/annual inspection after the effective date of this AD, perform a visual inspection of the cross-flow cylinder assembly in accordance with paragraphs III.1 through III.3, Action Required, of Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc. Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) 18–08, Revision B, dated January 13, 2020 (‘‘Continental Aerospace Technologies MSB18–08B’’). (i) If the radius corner angle of the crossflow cylinder assembly shows casting flash build-up or a sharp radius edge, modify the cross-flow cylinder assembly in accordance with paragraphs III.4 through III.8, Action Required, of Continental Aerospace Technologies MSB 18–08B; or (ii) If a fissure, crack or physical damage is identified, remove the cross-flow cylinder assembly and replace with a part eligible for installation. (2) If the engine has 500 engine operating hours or greater on the effective date of this AD, at the next maintenance event after the effective date of this AD, not to exceed 50 engine operating hours after the effective date of this AD, perform a visual inspection of the cross-flow cylinder assembly in accordance with paragraphs III.1 through III.3, Action Required, of Continental Aerospace Technologies MSB18–08B. (i) If the radius corner angle of the crossflow cylinder assembly shows casting flash build-up or a sharp radius edge, modify the cross-flow cylinder assembly in accordance with paragraphs III.4 through III.8, Action Required, of Continental Aerospace Technologies MSB 18–08B; or (ii) If a fissure, crack or physical damage is identified, remove the cross-flow cylinder assembly and replace with a part eligible for installation. (h) Installation Prohibition After the effective date of this AD, do not install any cross-flow cylinder assembly having a P/N identified in paragraph (c) of this AD on any affected engine unless the cross-flow cylinder assembly has been visually inspected and modified in accordance with paragraph III, Action Required, of Continental Aerospace Technologies MSB18–08B. E:\FR\FM\17APP1.SGM 17APP1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 75 / Friday, April 17, 2020 / Proposed Rules (i) No Reporting Requirement The reporting requirement in paragraph III, Action Required, of Continental Aerospace Technologies MSB18–08B is not required by this AD. COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION 17 CFR Parts 23, 43, 45, and 49 RIN 3038–AE32 (j) Definition (1) For the purpose of this AD, ‘‘the next maintenance event’’ is the next scheduled 100-hour/annual inspection, overhaul, or the next time the airplane enters maintenance for a non-engine issue, whichever occurs first. (2) For the purpose of this AD, ‘‘modify the cross-flow cylinder assembly’’ is the removal of the casting material build-up by blending the cross-flow cylinder assembly radius corner. (k) Credit for Previous Actions You may take credit for the visual inspection and modification that is required by paragraph (g) of this AD, if the inspection or modification was performed before the effective date of this AD using Continental Motors Aircraft Engine Service Bulletin 18– 08, Revision A, dated January 11, 2019. (l) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Atlanta ACO 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 (m)(1) of this AD. (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. (m) Related Information jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS (1) For more information about this AD, contact Boyce Jones, Aerospace Engineer, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337; phone: 404–474–5535; fax: 404–474–5606; email: boyce.jones@faa.gov. (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc., 2039 South Broad Street, Mobile, Alabama, 36615, United States; phone: 251–436–8299; website: http:// www.continentalmotors.aero. You may view this referenced 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 781–238–7759. Issued on April 14, 2020. Gaetano A. Sciortino, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives,Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2020–08118 Filed 4–16–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:32 Apr 16, 2020 Jkt 250001 Certain Swap Data Repository and Data Reporting Requirements Commodity Futures Trading Commission. ACTION: Reopening of comment period. AGENCY: On May 13, 2019, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (Commission) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) titled Certain Swap Data Repository and Data Reporting Requirements. The comment period for the NPRM was originally scheduled to close on July 29, 2019. The Commission subsequently extended the comment period for 90 days to October 28, 2019. On October 24, 2019, the Commission extended the comment period for another 90 days to January 27, 2020. The Commission is now reopening the comment period for this NPRM for an additional 90 days to allow market participants to comment on this NPRM in conjunction with the two swap data-related NPRMs approved on February 20, 2020. DATES: The comment period for the proposed rule titled, Certain Swap Data Repository and Data Reporting Requirements, published on May 13, 2019 (84 FR 21044), is reopened. Comments must be received on or before May 20, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by ‘‘Certain Swap Data Repository and Data Reporting Requirements’’ and RIN number 3038– AE32, by any of the following methods: • CFTC Comments Portal: https:// comments.cftc.gov. Select the ‘‘Submit Comments’’ link for this rulemaking and follow the instructions on the Public Comment Form. • Mail: Send to Christopher Kirkpatrick, Secretary of the Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Follow the same instructions as for mail, above. Please submit your comments using only one of these methods. To avoid possible delays with mail or in-person deliveries, submissions through the CFTC Comments Portal are encouraged. All comments must be submitted in English, or if not, accompanied by an English translation. Comments will be posted as received to https:// SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 21339 comments.cftc.gov. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. If you wish the Commission to consider information that you believe is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a petition for confidential treatment of the exempt information may be submitted according to the procedures established in § 145.9 of the Commission’s regulations.1 The Commission reserves the right, but shall have no obligation, to review, pre-screen, filter, redact, refuse or remove any or all of your submission from https://comments.cftc.gov that it may deem to be inappropriate for publication, such as obscene language. All submissions that have been redacted or removed that contain comments on the merits of the rulemaking will be retained in the public comment file and will be considered as required under the Administrative Procedure Act and other applicable laws, and may be accessible under the FOIA. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Benjamin DeMaria, Special Counsel, 202–418–5988, bdemaria@cftc.gov or Meghan Tente, Acting Associate Director, 202–418–5785, mtente@ cftc.gov; Division of Market Oversight, Data and Reporting Branch, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 13, 2019, the Commission published in the Federal Register an NPRM proposing amendments to certain regulations applicable to swap data repositories (SDRs), reporting counterparties, and other market participants.2 The proposed amendments would, among other things, update requirements for SDRs to verify swap data with reporting counterparties, update requirements to correct swap data errors and omissions, and update and clarify certain SDR operational and governance requirements. The comment period for the NPRM was set to close on July 29, 2019. Market participants 3 requested the opportunity to review additional planned rulemakings under the Commission’s Roadmap to Achieve High Quality 1 17 CFR 145.9. Swap Data Repository and Data Reporting Requirements, 84 FR 21044 (May 13, 2019). 3 See Letter from International Swaps and Derivatives Association and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (October 8, 2019), available at https://comments.cftc.gov/Public Comments/ViewComment.aspx? id=62212&SearchText=. 2 Certain E:\FR\FM\17APP1.SGM 17APP1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 75 (Friday, April 17, 2020)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 21336-21339]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-08118]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2020-0222; Project Identifier AD-2019-00116-E]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Continental Aerospace Technologies, 
Inc. (Type Certificate Previously Held by Continental Motors, Inc.) 
Reciprocating Engines

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) 
for all Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc. model GTSIO-520-C, 
GTSIO-520-D, GTSIO-520-H, GTSIO-520-K, GTSIO-520-L, GTSIO-520-M, GTSIO-
520-N, IO-550-G, IO-550-N, IO-550-P, IO-550-R, IOF-550-N, IOF-550-P, 
IOF-550-R, TSIO-520-BE, TSIO-550-A, TSIO-550-B, TSIO-550-C, TSIO-550-E, 
TSIO-550-G, TSIO-550-K, TSIO-550-N, TSIOF-550-D, TSIOF-550-J, TSIOF-
550-K, and TSIOF-550-P reciprocating aviation gasoline (AvGas) engines 
with a certain cross-flow cylinder assembly installed. This proposed AD 
was prompted by reports of in-flight engine failures due to fractured 
cross-flow cylinder assemblies. This proposed AD would require visual 
inspection and, depending on the results of the inspection, 
modification or replacement of the cross-flow cylinder assembly. The 
FAA is proposing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these 
products.

DATES: The FAA must receive comments on this proposed AD by June 1, 
2020.

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 https://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 
Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc., 2039

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South Broad Street, Mobile, Alabama 36615, United States; phone: 251-
436-8299; website: http://www.continentalmotors.aero. 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 781-238-7759.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2020-
0222; 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 NPRM, any comments received, and other information. The street 
address for Docket Operations is listed above. Comments will be 
available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Boyce Jones, Aerospace Engineer, 
Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 
30337; phone: 404-474-5535; fax: 404-474-5606; email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    The FAA invites you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed 
under the ADDRESSES section. Include ``Docket No. FAA-2020-0222; 
Project Identifier AD-2019-00116-E'' at the beginning of your comments. 
The FAA specifically invites comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this NPRM. The FAA will 
consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this 
NPRM because of those comments.
    Except for Confidential Business Information as described in the 
following paragraph, and other information as described in 14 CFR 
11.35, the FAA will post all comments received, without change, to 
https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you 
provide. The FAA will also post a report summarizing each substantive 
verbal contact received about this NPRM.

Confidential Business Information

    Confidential Business Information (CBI) is commercial or financial 
information that is both customarily and actually treated as private by 
its owner. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552), 
CBI is exempt from public disclosure. If your comments responsive to 
this NPRM contain commercial or financial information that is 
customarily treated as private, that you actually treat as private, and 
that is relevant or responsive to this NPRM, it is important that you 
clearly designate the submitted comments as CBI. Please mark each page 
of your submission containing CBI as ``PROPIN.'' The FAA will treat 
such marked submissions as confidential under the FOIA, and they will 
not be placed in the public docket of this NPRM. Submissions containing 
CBI should be sent to Boyce Jones, Aerospace Engineer, Atlanta ACO 
Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337. Any 
commentary that the FAA receives which is not specifically designated 
as CBI will be placed in the public docket for this rulemaking.

Discussion

    The FAA received reports of six in-flight engine failures due to 
fractured cross-flow cylinder assemblies, all of which resulted in the 
loss of oil pressure, loss of engine power, and forced landings. 
Analysis by the manufacturer identified that the casting vendor 
incorporated a new production tooling that created casting material 
build-up on the radius edge of the cross-flow cylinder assemblies. 
Fracture initiation began at the radius edge of cross-flow cylinder 
assembly. This condition, if not addressed, could result in failure of 
the engine, in-flight shutdown, and forced landing.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    The FAA reviewed Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc. Mandatory 
Service Bulletin (MSB) 18-08, Revision B, dated January 13, 2020. The 
MSB describes procedures for inspection, modification, or replacement 
of the cross-flow cylinder assembly. 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

    The FAA is proposing this AD because it evaluated all the relevant 
information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is 
likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design.

Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would require visual inspection of the cross-flow 
cylinder assembly and, depending on the results of the visual 
inspection, modification or replacement of the cross-flow cylinder 
assembly.

Costs of Compliance

    The FAA estimates that this proposed AD affects 4,000 engines 
installed on airplanes of U.S. registry.
    The FAA estimates 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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Visual inspection of the cross-flow     2 work-hours x $85 per                $0            $170        $680,000
 cylinder assembly.                      hour = $170.
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    The FAA estimates the following costs to do any necessary 
modification or replacement of the cross-flow cylinder assembly that 
would be required based on the results of the proposed visual 
inspection. The FAA has no way of determining the number of cross-flow 
cylinder assemblies that might need this modification or replacement.

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                                               On-Condition Costs
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                                                                                                     Cost per
                    Action                                 Labor cost               Parts cost        product
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Modify the cross-flow cylinder assembly.......  1 work-hour x $85 per hour = $85              $0             $85
Replace the cross-flow cylinder assembly......  11.5 work-hours x $85 per hour =        1,933.28        2,910.78
                                                 $977.50.
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    According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this proposed 
AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on 
affected individuals. The FAA does not control warranty coverage for 
affected individuals. As a result, the FAA has included all costs in 
our cost estimate.

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.
    The FAA is 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

    The FAA 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) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and
    (3) 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]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):

Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (Type Certificate 
previously held by Continental Motors, Inc.): Docket No. FAA-2020-
0222; Project Identifier AD-2019-00116-E.

(a) Comments Due Date

    The FAA must receive comments by June 1, 2020.

(b) Affected ADs

    None.

(c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc. 
(Type Certificate previously held by Continental Motors, Inc.) model 
GTSIO-520-C, GTSIO-520-D, GTSIO-520-H, GTSIO-520-K, GTSIO-520-L, 
GTSIO-520-M, GTSIO-520-N, IO-550-G, IO-550-N, IO-550-P, IO-550-R, 
IOF-550-N, IOF-550-P, IOF-550-R, TSIO-520-BE, TSIO-550-A, TSIO-550-
B, TSIO-550-C, TSIO-550-E, TSIO-550-G, TSIO-550-K, TSIO-550-N, 
TSIOF-550-D, TSIOF-550-J, TSIOF-550-K, and TSIOF-550-P reciprocating 
aviation gasoline (AvGas) engines, originally manufactured, rebuilt, 
or modified with a cross-flow cylinder assembly replacement, on or 
after November 1, 2014, and with a cross-flow cylinder assembly, 
part number (P/N) 658538, 658540, 658542, 658591, 658595, 658613, 
658624, 658539, 658541, 658590, 658594, 658603, 658623, or 658630, 
installed.

(d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC) Code 8530, Reciprocating 
Cylinder Section.

(e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by reports of in-flight engine failures due 
to fractured cross-flow cylinder assemblies. The FAA is issuing this 
AD to prevent failure of the engine. The unsafe condition, if not 
addressed, could result in failure of the engine, in-flight 
shutdown, and forced landing.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Required Actions

    (1) If the engine has fewer than 500 engine operating hours on 
the effective date of this AD, no later than the next scheduled 100-
hour/annual inspection after the effective date of this AD, perform 
a visual inspection of the cross-flow cylinder assembly in 
accordance with paragraphs III.1 through III.3, Action Required, of 
Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc. Mandatory Service Bulletin 
(MSB) 18-08, Revision B, dated January 13, 2020 (``Continental 
Aerospace Technologies MSB18-08B'').
    (i) If the radius corner angle of the cross-flow cylinder 
assembly shows casting flash build-up or a sharp radius edge, modify 
the cross-flow cylinder assembly in accordance with paragraphs III.4 
through III.8, Action Required, of Continental Aerospace 
Technologies MSB 18-08B; or
    (ii) If a fissure, crack or physical damage is identified, 
remove the cross-flow cylinder assembly and replace with a part 
eligible for installation.
    (2) If the engine has 500 engine operating hours or greater on 
the effective date of this AD, at the next maintenance event after 
the effective date of this AD, not to exceed 50 engine operating 
hours after the effective date of this AD, perform a visual 
inspection of the cross-flow cylinder assembly in accordance with 
paragraphs III.1 through III.3, Action Required, of Continental 
Aerospace Technologies MSB18-08B.
    (i) If the radius corner angle of the cross-flow cylinder 
assembly shows casting flash build-up or a sharp radius edge, modify 
the cross-flow cylinder assembly in accordance with paragraphs III.4 
through III.8, Action Required, of Continental Aerospace 
Technologies MSB 18-08B; or
    (ii) If a fissure, crack or physical damage is identified, 
remove the cross-flow cylinder assembly and replace with a part 
eligible for installation.

(h) Installation Prohibition

    After the effective date of this AD, do not install any cross-
flow cylinder assembly having a P/N identified in paragraph (c) of 
this AD on any affected engine unless the cross-flow cylinder 
assembly has been visually inspected and modified in accordance with 
paragraph III, Action Required, of Continental Aerospace 
Technologies MSB18-08B.

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(i) No Reporting Requirement

    The reporting requirement in paragraph III, Action Required, of 
Continental Aerospace Technologies MSB18-08B is not required by this 
AD.

(j) Definition

    (1) For the purpose of this AD, ``the next maintenance event'' 
is the next scheduled 100-hour/annual inspection, overhaul, or the 
next time the airplane enters maintenance for a non-engine issue, 
whichever occurs first.
    (2) For the purpose of this AD, ``modify the cross-flow cylinder 
assembly'' is the removal of the casting material build-up by 
blending the cross-flow cylinder assembly radius corner.

(k) Credit for Previous Actions

    You may take credit for the visual inspection and modification 
that is required by paragraph (g) of this AD, if the inspection or 
modification was performed before the effective date of this AD 
using Continental Motors Aircraft Engine Service Bulletin 18-08, 
Revision A, dated January 11, 2019.

(l) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Atlanta ACO 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 (m)(1) of this AD.
    (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.

(m) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Boyce Jones, 
Aerospace Engineer, Atlanta ACO Branch, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, 
College Park, Georgia 30337; phone: 404-474-5535; fax: 404-474-5606; 
email: [email protected].
    (2) For service information identified in this AD, contact 
Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc., 2039 South Broad Street, 
Mobile, Alabama, 36615, United States; phone: 251-436-8299; website: 
http://www.continentalmotors.aero. You may view this referenced 
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 781-238-7759.

    Issued on April 14, 2020.
Gaetano A. Sciortino,
Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives,Compliance & Airworthiness 
Division, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-08118 Filed 4-16-20; 8:45 am]
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