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Airworthiness Directives; General Electric Company CT58 Series and T58 Series Turboshaft Engines

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Final Rule; Request For Comments.

Summary

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain General Electric Company (GE) CT58-100-2, CT58-140-1, -140-2, and T58-GE-1, -3, -5, -8E, -8F, -10, -100, and -402 turboshaft engines. This AD requires the removal from service of certain fuel flow divider assemblies. This AD results from a report that a certain population of flow divider end caps could crack and cause large volumes of fuel leakage. We are issuing this AD to prevent fuel leakage from the fuel flow divider assembly, which could cause an engine fire, leading to an in-flight engine shutdown and forced landing.

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Table of Contents Back to Top

DATES: Back to Top

This AD becomes effective March 9, 2004. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the regulations as of March 9, 2004.

We must receive any comments on this AD by April 23, 2004.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Use one of the following addresses to submit comments on this AD:

  • By mail: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), New England Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, Attention: Rules Docket No. 2003-NE-66-AD, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803-5299.
  • By fax: (781) 238-7055.
  • By e-mail: 9-ane-adcomment@faa.gov.

You can get the service information referenced in this AD from GE Aircraft Engines Customer Support Center, M/D 285, 1 Neumann Way, Evendale, OH 45215, telephone (513) 552-3272; fax (513) 552-3329, e-mail GEAE.csc@ae.ge.com.

You may examine the AD docket, by appointment, at the FAA, New England Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA. You may examine the service information, by appointment, at the FAA, New England Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA; or at the Office of the Federal Register, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., suite 700, Washington, DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Mark Bouyer, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine and Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park; telephone (781) 238-7755; fax (781) 238-7199.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

On July 25, 2003, we were made aware that 182 temperature control valve assemblies, located on the fuel flow divider assembly, are susceptible to cracking and leaking of fuel. GE has identified the affected temperature control valve assemblies by serial number (SN). An investigation by GE revealed that the end caps for the temperature control valve assemblies may be susceptible to intergranular corrosion, which can result in cracking. Even though there have been no reports of these end caps cracking, the FAA has determined that this condition represents an unsafe condition. Since the affected engines could accumulate as many as 120 hours time-in-service every two weeks, we have determined that notice and opportunity for prior public comment is impracticable, and that this AD must be issued as a final rule; request for comments. This condition, if not corrected, could cause an engine fire, leading to an in-flight engine shutdown and forced landing.

Relevant Service Information Back to Top

We have reviewed and approved the technical contents of GE Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) CT58 S/B 73-A0081, Revision 2, dated August 7, 2003, that lists the affected SNs of temperature control assemblies, part numbers (P/Ns) 5040T77G02 or 5040T87G02.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of this AD Back to Top

The unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop on other GE CT58 series turboshaft engines of the same type design. We are issuing this AD to prevent fuel leakage from the fuel flow divider assembly, which could cause an engine fire, leading to an in-flight engine shutdown and forced landing. This AD requires within 120 hours time-in-service:

  • Locating suspect fuel flow divider assemblies, P/Ns 4050T82G02 and 4067T04G02, and
  • Locating affected temperature control assemblies, P/N 5040T77G02 and 5040T87G02, by SN, and
  • Removing affected fuel flow divider assemblies from service.

You must use the service information described previously by this AD to identify the affected temperature control assemblies by SN.

FAA's Determination of the Effective Date Back to Top

Since an unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD, we have found that notice and opportunity for public comment before issuing this AD are impracticable, and that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days.

Changes to 14 CFR Part 39—Effect on the AD Back to Top

On July 10, 2002, we issued a new version of 14 CFR part 39 (67 FR 47998, July 22, 2002), which governs our AD system. This regulation now includes material that relates to special flight permits, alternative methods of compliance, and altered products. This material previously was included in each individual AD. Since this material is included in 14 CFR part 39, we will not include it in future AD actions.

Comments Invited Back to Top

This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety and was not preceded by notice and an opportunity for public comment; however, we invite you to submit any written relevant data, views, or arguments regarding this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under ADDRESSES. Include “AD Docket No. 2003-NE-66-AD” in the subject line of your comments. If you want us to acknowledge receipt of your mailed comments, send us a self-addressed, stamped postcard with the docket number written on it; we will date-stamp your postcard and mail it back to you. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of the rule that might suggest a need to modify it. If a person contacts us verbally, and that contact relates to a substantive part of this AD, we will summarize the contact and place the summary in the docket. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend the AD in light of those comments.

We are reviewing the writing style we currently use in regulatory documents. We are interested in your comments on whether the style of this document is clear, and your suggestions to improve the clarity of our communications with you. You can get more information about plain language at http://www.faa.gov/language and http://www.plainlanguage.gov.

Examining the AD Docket Back to Top

You may examine the AD Docket (including any comments and service information), by appointment, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. See ADDRESSES for the location.

Regulatory Findings Back to Top

We have 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 that the 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); 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.

We prepared a summary of the costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD Docket. You may get a copy of this summary by sending a request to us at the address listed under ADDRESSES. Include “AD Docket No. 2003-NE-66-AD” in your request.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Back to Top

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Adoption of the Amendment Back to Top

Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the Federal Aviation Administration amends part 39 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 39) as follows:

PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES Back to Top

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:

2004-04-06General Electric Company: Amendment 39-13487. Docket No. 2003-NE-66-AD.

Effective Date Back to Top

(a) This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective March 9, 2004.

Affected ADs Back to Top

(b) None.

Applicability Back to Top

(c) This AD applies to General Electric Company (GE) CT58-100-2, CT58-140-1, -140-2, and T58-GE-1, -3, -5, -8E, -8F, -10, -100, and -402 turboshaft engines, with fuel flow divider assemblies part number (P/N) 4050T82G02 or 4067T04G02, having temperature control assemblies, P/N 5040T77G02 or 5040T87G02, with serial numbers (SNs) listed in 1.A.(3) of GE Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. CT58 S/B 73-A0081, Revision 2, dated August 7, 2003, installed. These engines are installed on, but not limited to, Agusta S.p.A. AS-61N, AS-61N1, Boeing Vertol 107-II, and Sikorsky S-61L, S-61N, S-61R, S-61NM, S-62A helicopters, and the following surplus military helicopters that have been certified in accordance with § 21.25 or 21.27 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 21.25 or 21.27): CA Department of Forestry UH-1F, Carson S-61L, Firefly UH-1F, Garlick Helicopters UH-1F, UH-1P, and TH-1F, Glacier CH-3E, Robinson Air Crane CH-3C, CH-3E, HH-3C, HH-3E, UH-1F, UH-1P, and TH-1F, Sikorsky S-61A, S-61D, and S-61V, Tamarack UH-1F, and Siller Helicopters CH-3A, and SH-3A helicopters.

Unsafe Condition Back to Top

(d) This AD results from a report that a certain population of flow divider end caps could crack and cause large volumes of fuel leakage. We are issuing this AD to prevent fuel leakage from the fuel flow divider assembly, which could cause an engine fire, leading to an in-flight engine shutdown and forced landing.

Compliance Back to Top

(e) You are responsible for having the actions required by this AD performed within 120 hours time-in-service after the effective date of this AD:

Required Actions Back to Top

(f) Locate the temperature control assembly, which is mounted on the fuel flow divider assembly and do the following:

(1) Read the SN of the temperature control assembly. The SN is located on the end cap of the temperature control assembly. The end cap has a one-inch hex flange and is threaded into the fuel flow divider body.

(2) If the SN is listed in 1.A.(3) of GE ASB No. CT58 S/B 73-A0081, Revision 2, dated August 7, 2003, or if the SN cannot be determined, remove the fuel flow divider assembly from service.

(g) After the effective date of this AD, do not install any fuel flow divider assembly P/N 4050T82G02 or 4067T04G02, that has a temperature control assembly with a SN listed in 1.A.(3) of GE ASB No. CT58 S/B 73-A0081, Revision 2, dated August 7, 2003.

Alternative Methods of Compliance Back to Top

(h) The Manager, Engine Certification Office, has the authority to approve alternative methods of compliance for this AD if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19.

Material Incorporated by Reference Back to Top

(i) You must use GE ASB No. CT58 S/B 73-A0081, Revision 2, dated August 7, 2003 to identify by SN the affected temperature control assemblies. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of this service bulletin in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. You can get a copy from GE Aircraft Engines Customer Support Center, M/D 285, 1 Neumann Way, Evendale, OH 45215, telephone (513) 552-3272; fax (513) 552-3329, e-mail GEAE.csc@ae.ge.com. You may review copies at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), New England Region, Office of the Regional Counsel, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803-5299, or at the Office of the Federal Register, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., suite 700, Washington, DC.

Related Information Back to Top

(j) None.

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Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on February 13, 2004.

Peter A. White,

Acting Manager, Engine and Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.

[FR Doc. 04-3680 Filed 2-20-04; 8:45 am]

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