Skip to Content
Proposed Rule

Airworthiness Directives; Honeywell International Inc. TFE731 Series Turbofan Engines

Action

Supplemental Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking (Nprm); Reopening Of Comment Period.

Summary

This supplemental NPRM revises an earlier proposed airworthiness directive (AD), for Honeywell International Inc. TFE731 series turbofan engines with certain second stage low-pressure compressor rotor (LPCR) discs and/or certain third stage LPCR discs installed. That proposed AD would have required removing from service certain second stage LPCR discs and/or certain third stage LPCR discs. That proposed AD resulted from a report of cracks found during a fluorescent penetrant inspection (FPI) of the disc bore. This supplemental NPRM revises the proposed AD to correct a P/N error, to clarify the applicability, and to clarify the instructions in the compliance section. This supplemental proposed AD results from a report of cracks found during an FPI of the disc bore. We are proposing this supplemental proposed AD to prevent an uncontained failure of a second stage LPCR disc and or a third stage LPCR disc due to cracks in the bore, which could result in damage to the airplane.

Unified Agenda

Airworthiness Directives

1 action from November 2013

  • November 2013
    • Actions Will Continue Through
 

Table of Contents Back to Top

Tables Back to Top

DATES: Back to Top

We must receive any comments on this proposed AD by January 25, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Use one of the following addresses to comment on this proposed AD.

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for sending your comments electronically.
  • Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
  • Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
  • Fax: (202) 493-2251.

You can get the service information identified in this proposed AD from Honeywell Engines and Systems Technical Publications and Distribution, M/S 2101-201, P.O. Box 52170, Phoenix, AZ 85072-2170, telephone: Global Customer Care toll free (800) 601-3099; International callers (602) 365-3099.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Joseph Costa, Aerospace Engineer, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 3960 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712-4137; e-mail: joseph.costa@faa.gov; telephone: (562) 627-5246; fax: (562) 627-5210.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

Comments Invited Back to Top

We invite you to send us any written relevant data, views, or arguments regarding this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under ADDRESSES. Include “Docket No. FAA-2009-0331; Directorate Identifier 2008-NE-40-AD” in the subject line of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of the proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend the proposed AD in light of those comments.

We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact with FAA personnel concerning this proposed AD. Using the search function of the Web site, anyone can find and read the comments in any of our dockets, including, if provided, the name of the individual who sent the comment (or signed the comment on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review the DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78).

Examining the AD Docket Back to Top

You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647-5527) is the same as the Mail address provided in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

Discussion Back to Top

On April 6, 2009, we issued a proposal to amend part 39 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR part 39) to add an AD, for Honeywell International Inc. TFE731 series turbofan engines with certain second stage LPCR discs and/or certain third stage LPCR discs installed. The proposed AD published as an NPRM in the Federal Register on April 13, 2009 (74 FR 16807). That NPRM proposed to require removing from service, certain second and third stage LPCR discs, P/Ns 3072396-1, 3072397-1, 3075109-1, or 2075192-1.

Since we issued that NPRM, we became aware that LPCR disc P/N 2075192-1 is incorrect. We changed the AD to the correct disc P/N of 3075192-1.

We also became aware that the NPRM compliance is unclear in that it describes the affected parts as “second and third stage LPCR disc”. To clarify, we changed the description to “a second stage LPCR disc and/or a third stage LPCR disc.” We also changed the applicability statement from “* * * turbofan engines with certain low-pressure compressor rotor (LPCR) discs, part numbers (P/Ns) 3072396-1, 3072397-1, 3075190-1, or 2075192-1, installed” to “turbofan engines with certain second stage low-pressure compressor rotor (LPCR) discs, part number (P/N) 3072396-1 or 3075190-1, and/or certain third stage LPCR discs, P/N 3072397-1 or 3075192-1, installed.” Because we are making these corrections, this supplemental NPRM reopens the comment period.

As we stated in the original proposed AD, we received a report of cracks found during an FPI of the disc bore. This condition, if not corrected, could result in an uncontained failure of a second stage LPCR disc and/or third stage LPCR disc due to cracks in the bore, which could result in damage to the airplane.

FAA's Determination and Requirements of the Proposed AD Back to Top

We have evaluated all pertinent information and identified an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on other products of this same type design. We are proposing this AD, which would require removing from service engines with second stage LPCR discs and/or third stage LPCR discs that have a S/N:

  • In Table 5 of ASBs TFE731-72-A3748, dated August 21, 2008, or TFE731-72-A3749, dated August 21, 2008, within 100 cycles-in-service (CIS) after the effective date of this proposed AD, and
  • In Table 6 of ASBs TFE731-72-A3748, dated August 21, 2008, or TFE731-72-A3749, dated August 21, 2008, within 2,000 CIS or the next access after the effective date of this proposed AD, whichever occurs first.

The proposed AD would require you to use the service information described previously to perform these actions.

Costs of Compliance Back to Top

We estimate that this supplemental proposed AD would affect 27 engines installed on airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 4 work-hours per engine to perform the proposed actions during scheduled maintenance and 140 work-hours per engine for the proposed actions during unscheduled maintenance. The average labor rate is $80 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $31,000 per engine. Based on these figures, we estimate the total cost of the proposed AD to U.S. operators to be $900,000.

Authority for This Rulemaking Back to Top

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.

Regulatory Findings Back to Top

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); and

3. Would 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 regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this proposed AD. See the ADDRESSES section for a location to examine the regulatory evaluation.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Back to Top

The Proposed Amendment Back to Top

Under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

begin regulatory text

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:

Honeywell International Inc. (Formerly AlliedSignal Inc., formerly Garrett Turbine Engine Company): Docket No. FAA-2009-0331; Directorate Identifier 2008-NE-40-AD.

Comments Due Date Back to Top

(a) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) must receive comments on this airworthiness directive (AD) action by February 9, 2010.

Affected ADs Back to Top

(b) None.

Applicability Back to Top

(c) This AD applies to Honeywell International Inc. TFE731-2, TFE731-2A, TFE731-2C, TFE731-3, TFE731-3A, TFE731-3AR, TFE731-3B, TFE731-3BR, TFE731-3C, TFE731-3CR, TFE731-3D, TFE731-3DR, TFE731-3R, TFE731-4, TFE731-4R, TFE731-5, TFE731-5AR, TFE731-5BR, and TFE731-5R series turbofan engines with certain second stage low-pressure compressor rotor (LPCR) discs, part number (P/N) 3072396-1 or 3075190-1, and/or certain third stage LPCR discs, P/N 3072397-1 or 3075192-1, installed. These engines are installed on, but not limited to, the airplanes listed in Table 1 of this AD.

Table 1—Installed on Airplanes by Manufacturer Back to Top
Manufacturer Model
Dassault-Aviation or Dassault Aviation Falcon 10 (Falcon 100) and Mystere-Falcon 20, 50, 900 and MF900 series.
Cessna Aircraft Company Model 650, Citation III, VI, and VII.
Gulfstream Aerospace LP 1125 Westwind Astra.
Israel Aircraft Industries 1124 and 1124A (Westwind).
Learjet Inc 31, 31A, 35, 35A, 36, 36A, 55, 55B, 55C, and M31.
Lockheed Martin Corporation (formerly Lockheed-Georgia) 1329-23A, 1329-23D, 1329-23E, and 1329-25.
Raytheon Corporate Jets (formerly British Aerospace and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation) DH.125 Series 1A, 3A, and 3A/RA, HS.125 Series F3B and F3B/RA, BH.125 and DH.125 Series 400A, HS.125 Series 403B, F400B, and F403B, HS.125 Series 600A, BH.125 Series 600A, HS.125 Series F600B, 700A, and 700B, BAe.125 Series 800 and 1000, and Hawker 800 and 850XP series.

Unsafe Condition Back to Top

(d) This AD results from a report of cracks found during a fluorescent penetrant inspection (FPI) of the disc bore. We are issuing this AD to prevent an uncontained failure of a second stage LPCR disc and/or a third stage LPCR disc due to cracks in the bore, which could result in damage to the airplane.

Compliance Back to Top

(e) You are responsible for having the actions required by this AD performed within the compliance times specified unless the actions have already been done.

Removing LPCR Discs From Service Back to Top

(f) For engines with any of the serial number (S/N) LPCR discs listed in Table 5 of Honeywell International Inc. Alert Service Bulletins (ASBs) TFE731-72-A3748, dated August 21, 2008, and/or Table 5 of TFE731-72-A3749, dated August 21, 2008, remove those LPCR discs from service within 100 cycles-in-service (CIS) after the effective date of this AD.

(g) For engines with any of the S/N LPCR discs listed in Table 6 of Honeywell International Inc. ASBs TFE731-72-A3748, dated August 21, 2008, and or Table 6 of TFE731-72-A3749, dated August 21, 2008, do the earlier of the following:

(1) Remove the LPCR disc from service within 2,000 CIS after the effective date of this AD, or

(2) Remove the LPCR disc from service the next time the intermediate case is removed from the low-pressure compressor case.

Installation Prohibition Back to Top

(h) After the effective date of this AD, do not install any of the S/Ns of LPCR discs listed in Table 5 of Honeywell International Inc. ASBs TFE731-72-A3748, dated August 21, 2008, and the discs listed in Table 5 of TFE731-72-A3749, dated August 21, 2008, into any engine. Also, do not install any of the S/Ns of LPCR discs listed in Table 6 of Honeywell International Inc. ASBs TFE731-72-A3748, dated August 21, 2008, and the discs listed in Table 6 of TFE731-72-A3749, dated August 21, 2008, into any engine.

Alternative Methods of Compliance Back to Top

(i) The Manager, Los Angeles Aircraft 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.

Related Information Back to Top

(j) Contact Joseph Costa, Aerospace Engineer, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 3960 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712-4137; e-mail: joseph.costa@faa.gov; telephone: (562) 627-5246; fax: (562) 627-5210, for more information about this AD.

Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on December 4, 2009.

Peter A. White,

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

end regulatory text

[FR Doc. E9-29482 Filed 12-10-09; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 4910-13-P

Site Feedback