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Airworthiness Directives; General Electric Company CF34-3A1, -3B, and -3B1 Turbofan Engines

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AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This amendment revises an existing airworthiness directive (AD), that applies to General Electric Company (GE) CF34-3A1, -3B, and -3B1 turbofan engines with scavenge screens part numbers (P/Ns) 4047T95P01 and 5054T86G02 installed in the B-sump oil scavenge system. That AD currently requires initial and repetitive visual inspections and cleaning of the B-sump scavenge screens until a screenless fitting is installed. This amendment requires the same initial and repetitive visual inspections and cleaning of the B-sump scavenge screens until a screenless fitting is installed. This amendment also corrects a typographical error, and introduces a less restrictive terminating action schedule. This amendment is prompted by the need to correct a typographical error and by the need to introduce a less restrictive terminating action schedule. We are issuing this AD to prevent B-sump scavenge screen blockage due to coking which could result in ignition of B-sump oil in the secondary air system, fan drive shaft separation, and uncontained engine failure.

DATES:

Effective November 18, 2003. The incorporation by reference of certain publications, listed in the regulations, was approved previously by the Director of the Federal Register as of April 2, 2003 (68 FR 12806; March 18, 2003).

ADDRESSES:

The service information referenced in this AD may be obtained from GE Aircraft Engines, 1000 Western Start Printed Page 59105Avenue, Lynn, MA 01910; Attention: CF34 Product Support Engineering, Mail Zone: 34017; telephone (781) 594-6323; fax (781) 594-0600. This information may be examined, by appointment, at the Federal Aviation Administration (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.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Barbara Caufield, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine and Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803-5299; telephone (781) 238-7146; fax (781) 238-7199.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A proposal to amend part 39 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 39) by revising AD 2003-05-10, Amendment 39-13086 (68 FR 12806, March 18, 2003), which applies to GE CF34-3A1, -3B, and -3B1 turbofan engines with scavenge screens P/Ns 4047T95P01 and 5054T86G02 installed in the B-sump oil scavenge system was published in the Federal Register on July 8, 2003 (68 FR 40573). That action proposed to require the same initial and repetitive visual inspections and cleaning of the B-sump scavenge screens until a screenless fitting is installed as in AD 2003-05-10. That action also proposed to correct a typographical error, and introduces a less restrictive terminating action schedule in accordance with GE Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) CF34-AL S/B 79-A0014, Revision 3, dated January 31, 2003; ASB CF34-BJ S/B 79-A0015, Revision 3, dated January 31, 2003; GE ASB CF34-AL S/B 79-A0016 and ASB CF34-BJ S/B 79-A0017, both dated June 17, 2002.

Comments

Interested persons have been afforded an opportunity to participate in the making of this amendment. No comments were received on the proposal or the FAA's determination of the cost to the public. The FAA has determined that air safety and the public interest require the adoption of the rule as proposed.

Regulatory Analysis

This final rule does not have federalism implications, as defined in Executive Order 13132, because it 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. Accordingly, the FAA has not consulted with state authorities prior to publication of this final rule.

For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this action (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. A final evaluation has been prepared for this action and it is contained in the Rules Docket. A copy of it may be obtained by contacting the Rules Docket at the location provided under the caption ADDRESSES.

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List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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Adoption of the Amendment

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Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the Federal Aviation Administration amends part 39 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (

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PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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

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2. Section 39.13 is amended by removing Amendment 39-13086 (

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2003-05-10R1 General Electric Company: Amendment 39-13337. Docket No. 2001-NE-21-AD. Revises AD 2003-05-10, Amendment 39-13086.

Applicability

This airworthiness directive (AD) applies to General Electric Company (GE) CF34-3A1, -3B, and -3B1 turbofan engines with scavenge screens part numbers (P/Ns) 4047T95P01 and 5054T86G02 installed in the B-sump oil scavenge system. These engines are installed on, but not limited to, Bombardier Inc. (Canadair) Model CL-600-2A12, CL-600-2B16, and CL-600-2B19 airplanes.

Note 1:

This AD applies to each engine identified in the preceding applicability provision, regardless of whether it has been modified, altered, or repaired in the area subject to the requirements of this AD. For engines that have been modified, altered, or repaired so that the performance of the requirements of this AD is affected, the owner/operator must request approval for an alternative method of compliance in accordance with paragraph (d) of this AD. The request should include an assessment of the effect of the modification, alteration, or repair on the unsafe condition addressed by this AD; and, if the unsafe condition has not been eliminated, the request should include specific proposed actions to address it.

Compliance

Compliance with this AD is required as indicated, unless already done.

To prevent B-sump scavenge screen blockage due to coking, which could result in ignition of B-sump oil in the secondary air system, fan drive shaft separation, and uncontained engine failure, do the following:

Initial Inspection and Cleaning of B-Sump Screens

(a) Perform an initial visual inspection and cleaning of scavenge screens, P/Ns 4047T95P01 and 5054T86G02, installed in the B-sump oil scavenge system, in accordance with Paragraphs 3A through 3B of the Accomplishment Instructions of GE Aircraft Engines (GE) Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) CF34-AL S/B 79-A0014, Revision 3, dated January 31, 2003; or ASB CF34-BJ S/B 79-A0015, Revision 3, dated January 31, 2003; and the following table:

Initial Inspection and Cleaning Schedule

Engine hours time-since-new (TSN) or time-since-last-shop-visit (TSLSV)Inspect and clean
(1) Fewer than 4,000 hours TSN or fewer than 4,000 hours TSLSV if it can be confirmed that both the B-sump scavenge screens were cleaned and the B-sump and combustor frame (strut tubes) were removed from the engine and cleaned at that prior shop visitBefore 4,000 hours TSN or TSLSV.
(2) Fewer than 1,000 hours TSLSV if it can NOT be confirmed that both the B-sump scavenge screens were cleaned and the B-sump and combustor frame (strut tubes) were removed from the engine and cleaned at that prior shop visitBefore 1,000 hours TSLSV.
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(3) 4,000 hours or greater TSN or 4,000 hours or greater TSLSV if it can be confirmed that both the B-sump scavenge screens were cleaned and the B-sump and combustor frame (strut tubes) were removed from the engine and cleaned at that prior shop visit, or 1,000 hours or greater TSLSV if it can NOT be confirmed that both the B-sump and combustor frame (strut tubes) were removed from the engine and cleaned at that prior shop visitWithin 500 hours time-in-service (TIS) after the effective date of this AD.

Repetitive Inspections and Cleaning

(b) Perform repetitive visual inspections and cleaning of scavenge screens, P/Ns 4047T95P01 and 5054T86G02, installed in the B-sump oil scavenge system, in accordance with Paragraphs 3A through 3B of the Accomplishment Instructions of GE ASB CF34-AL S/B 79-A0014, Revision 3, dated January 31, 2003; and ASB CF34-BJ S/B 79-A0015, Revision 3, dated January 31, 2003; and the following:

(1) At intervals not to exceed 200 hours time-since-last-inspection (TSLI), if no coke is found in screens during initial or any prior inspections, or

(2) At intervals not to exceed 100 hours TSLI, if coke is found in screens during initial or any prior inspections.

Terminating Actions

(c) Install new screenless fittings or fittings that have been reworked to remove the screens, in the B-sump oil scavenge system, in accordance with GE ASB CF34-AL S/B 79-A0016, dated June 17, 2002; or ASB CF34-BJ S/B 79-A0017, dated June 17, 2002, and the following schedule:

(1) For engines with more than 4,000 hours TSN, within 500 hours TIS after the effective date of this AD, or within 1,000 hours TSLSV, whichever occurs first.

(2) For engines with less than or equal to 4,000 hours TSN, prior to 4,500 hours TSN.

This constitutes terminating action to the inspections required in paragraph (b) of this AD.

Alternative Methods of Compliance

(d) An alternative method of compliance or adjustment of the compliance time that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used if approved by the Manager, Engine Certification Office (ECO). Operators must submit their request through an appropriate FAA Principal Maintenance Inspector, who may add comments and then send it to the Manager, ECO.

Note 2:

Information concerning the existence of approved alternative methods of compliance with this airworthiness directive, if any, may be obtained from the ECO.

Special Flight Permits

(e) Special flight permits may be issued in accordance with §§ 21.197 and 21.199 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 21.197 and 21.199) to operate the airplane to a location where the requirements of this AD can be done.

Documents That Have Been Incorporated by Reference

(f) The actions must be done in accordance with the following General Electric Company Alert Service Bulletins (ASB):

Document No.PagesRevisionDate
ASB CF34-AL S/B 79-A0014 Total Pages: 10All3January 31, 2003.
ASB CF34-BJ S/B 79-A0015 Total Pages: 9All3January 31, 2003.
ASB CF34-AL S/B 79-A0016 Total Pages: 12AllOriginalJune 17, 2002.
ASB CF34-BJ S/B 79-A0017 Total Pages: 11AllOriginalJune 17, 2002.

This incorporation by reference of General Electric Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) CF34-AL S/B 79-A0014, Revision 3, dated January 31, 2003; ASB CF34-BJ S/B 79-A0015, Revision 3, dated January 31, 2003; GE ASB CF34-AL S/B 79-A0016 and ASB CF34-BJ S/B 79-A0017, both dated June 17, 2002, was approved by the Director of the Federal Register on April 2, 2003, (68 FR 12086; March 18, 2003) in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Copies may be obtained from GE Aircraft Engines, 1000 Western Avenue, Lynn, MA 01910; Attention: CF34 Product Support Engineering, Mail Zone: 34017; telephone (781) 594-6323; fax (781) 594-0600. Copies may be inspected 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.

Effective Date

(g) This amendment becomes effective on November 18, 2003.

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Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on October 6, 2003.

Francis A. Favara,

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

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[FR Doc. 03-25864 Filed 10-10-03; 8:45 am]

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