Airworthiness Directives; General Electric Company Turbofan Engines
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain General Electric Company (GE) GE90-76B, -85B, -90B, -94B, - 110B1, and -115B turbofan engines. This proposed AD was prompted by multiple reports of failure of certain stage 1 high-pressure turbine (HPT) stator shrouds due to accelerated corrosion and oxidation. This proposed AD would require initial and repetitive on-wing borescope inspections (BSIs) for corrosion and oxidation, of the affected stage 1 HPT stator shrouds, and removal from service before further flight, if the parts fail the inspection. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the stage 1 HPT stator shrouds, resulting in in-flight shutdown of one or more engines, loss of thrust control, and damage to the airplane.
Interpretation of the Rest Requirements of Nonstop International Supplemental Operations
This action provides interested persons with the opportunity to comment on the FAA's draft interpretation regarding nonstop international supplemental operations scheduled for longer than 12 hours. Additionally, this draft interpretation discusses the appropriate international flight time limitations that would apply to the operation. As discussed in the draft interpretation, the FAA finds that the operation of such flights would be precluded under the flight time limitations of the ``U.S. mainland rules'' found in the supplemental flight and duty rules. However, the operation could be conducted under the ``international rules'' provisions of our regulations.