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Proposed Rules Federal Register

Vol. 73, No. 66

Friday, April 4, 2008

This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER • Mail: Docket Management Facility, Register published on April 11, 2000
contains notices to the public of the proposed U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 (65 FR 19477–78).
issuance of rules and regulations. The New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building
purpose of these notices is to give interested Examining the AD Docket
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persons an opportunity to participate in the Washington, DC 20590–0001. You may examine the AD docket on
rule making prior to the adoption of the final
• Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail the Internet at http://
rules.; or in person at the
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• Fax: (202) 493–2251. except Federal holidays. The AD docket
Federal Aviation Administration You can get the service information contains this proposed AD, the
identified in this proposed AD from regulatory evaluation, any comments
14 CFR Part 39 Honeywell Engines and Systems received, and other information. The
Technical Publications and Distribution, street address for the Docket Operations
[Docket No. FAA–2008–0264; Directorate office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is the
M/S 2101–201, P.O. Box 52170,
Identifier 2008–NE–07–AD] same as the Mail address provided in
Phoenix, AZ 85072–2170, telephone:
RIN 2120–AA64 (602) 365–2493 (General Aviation), the ADDRESSES section. Comments will
(602) 365–5535 (Commercial Aviation), be available in the AD docket shortly
Airworthiness Directives; Honeywell fax: (602) 365–5577 (General Aviation after receipt.
International Inc. TFE731–4, –4R, –5, and Commercial Aviation).
–5AR, –5BR, and –5R Series Turbofan Discussion
Engines In July 2006, we started receiving
Joseph Costa, Aerospace Engineer, Los reports of LPT blade separations, which
AGENCY: Federal Aviation Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, resulted in circumferential failure of the
Administration (FAA), Department of FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, LPT2 or LPT3 nozzle assembly. To date,
Transportation (DOT). 3960 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA we have received reports of 49 LPT
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking 90712–4137; e-mail: blade separations of which 6 of those
(NPRM).; telephone: (562) events caused spinning of the LPT2 or
627–5246; fax: (562) 627–5210. LPT3 nozzle assembly. The spinning
new airworthiness directive (AD) for can lead to deformation of the ITT duct
Honeywell International Inc. TFE731–4, Comments Invited and uncontainment of the turbine
–4R, –5, –5AR, –5BR, and –5R series blades and fragments of the LPT nozzle
We invite you to send us any written assembly. This condition, if not
turbofan engines, with interstage turbine relevant data, views, or arguments
transition (ITT) duct, part number (P/N) corrected, could result in
regarding this proposal. Send your uncontainment of turbine blades and
3075292–1; 3075292–3; 3074766–1; comments to an address listed under
3077063–1; 3075655–1; 3075655–2; fragments of the LPT nozzle assembly,
ADDRESSES. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA– leading to damage to the airplane.
30756599–1; or 30756599–3, installed. 2008–0264; Directorate Identifier 2008–
This proposed AD would require NE–07–AD’’ in the subject line of your FAA’s Determination and Requirements
replacing the affected ITT duct with a comments. We specifically invite of the Proposed AD
serviceable and redesigned ITT duct. comments on the overall regulatory, We have evaluated all pertinent
This proposed AD results from reports economic, environmental, and energy information and identified an unsafe
of 49 low pressure turbine (LPT) blade aspects of the proposed AD. We will condition that is likely to exist or
separations. Six of those events resulted consider all comments received by the develop on other products of this same
in circumferential failure of the LPT2 or closing date and may amend the type design. We are proposing this AD,
LPT3 nozzle assembly, leading to proposed AD in light of those which would require replacing the
deformation of the ITT duct and comments. affected ITT duct with a serviceable and
uncontainment of the turbine blades We will post all comments we redesigned ITT duct at the next Major
and fragments of the LPT nozzle receive, without change, to http:// Periodic Inspection of the engine or at
assembly. We are proposing this AD to, including any next access of the ITT duct, whichever
prevent uncontainment of turbine personal information you provide. We occurs first, but not to exceed 2,600
blades and fragments of the LPT nozzle will also post a report summarizing each hours time-in-service after the effective
assembly, which could result in damage substantive verbal contact with FAA date of the proposed AD. The
to the airplane. personnel concerning this proposed AD. serviceable and redesigned ITT duct
DATES: We must receive any comments Using the search function of the Web will minimize the potential for
on this proposed AD by June 3, 2008. site, anyone can find and read the uncontained events.
ADDRESSES: Use one of the following comments in any of our dockets,
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addresses to comment on this proposed including, if provided, the name of the Costs of Compliance
AD. individual who sent the comment (or We estimate that this proposed AD
• Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to signed the comment on behalf of an would affect 1,500 engines installed on and follow association, business, labor union, etc.). airplanes of U.S. registry. We also
the instructions for sending your You may review the DOT’s complete estimate that it would take about 4
comments electronically. Privacy Act Statement in the Federal work-hours per engine to perform the

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proposed actions, and that the average The Proposed Amendment Definitions
labor rate is $80 per work-hour. Under the authority delegated to me (g) For the purpose of this AD, a
Reworked ITT ducts to the redesign by the Administrator, the Federal serviceable and redesigned ITT duct is one
would cost about $25,000 per engine. not having a part number listed in this AD.
Aviation Administration proposes to
New ITT ducts that are redesigned (h) For the purpose of this AD, next access
amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: of the ITT duct is when the ITT duct is
would cost about $127,000. We estimate
that 30 engines would require new ITT removed from the engine.
ducts. Based on these figures, we DIRECTIVES Alternative Methods of Compliance
estimate the total cost of the proposed (i) The Manager, Los Angeles Aircraft
AD to U.S. operators to be $41,040,000. 1. The authority citation for part 39
Certification Office, has the authority to
continues to read as follows: approve alternative methods of compliance
Authority for This Rulemaking Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. for this AD if requested using the procedures
Title 49 of the United States Code found in 14 CFR 39.19.
§ 39.13 [Amended]
specifies the FAA’s authority to issue Related Information
rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding
the following new airworthiness (j) Honeywell International Inc. Service
Section 106, describes the authority of Bulletin (SB) No. TFE731–72–3727, dated
the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, directive:
September 12, 2007, and SB No. TFE731–72–
Aviation Programs, describes in more Honeywell International Inc. (formerly 3728, dated September 12, 2007, pertain to
detail the scope of the Agency’s AlliedSignal Inc., formerly Garret the subject of this AD.
authority. Turbine Engine Company): Docket No. (k) Contact Joseph Costa, Aerospace
FAA–2008–0264; Directorate Identifier Engineer, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification
We are issuing this rulemaking under
2008–NE–07–AD. Office, FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate,
the authority described in Subtitle VII,
Comments Due Date 3960 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA
Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701,
90712–4137; e-mail:;
‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that (a) The Federal Aviation Administration telephone: (562) 627–5246; fax: (562) 627–
section, Congress charges the FAA with (FAA) must receive comments on this 5210, for more information about this AD.
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in airworthiness directive (AD) action by June 3,
2008. Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on
air commerce by prescribing regulations
March 31, 2008.
for practices, methods, and procedures Affected ADs
Peter A. White,
the Administrator finds necessary for (b) None.
safety in air commerce. This regulation Assistant Manager, Engine and Propeller
Applicability Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
is within the scope of that authority
because it addresses an unsafe condition (c) This AD applies to Honeywell [FR Doc. E8–6993 Filed 4–3–08; 8:45 am]
that is likely to exist or develop on International Inc. TFE731–4, –4R, –5, –5AR, BILLING CODE 4910–13–P

products identified in this rulemaking –5BR, and –5R series turbofan engines, with
interstage turbine transition (ITT) duct, part
action. number (P/N) 3075292–1; 3075292–3;
3074766–1; 3077063–1; 3075655–1;
Regulatory Findings ADMINISTRATION
3075655–2; 30756599–1; or 30756599–3,
We have determined that this installed. These engines are installed on, but
proposed AD would not have federalism not limited to, Avions Marcel Dassault 36 CFR Part 1280
implications under Executive Order Mystere-Falcon 50 series, Dassault-Aviation RIN 3095–AB33
13132. This proposed AD would not 20, 50, 900, MF900 series, Cessna Model 650,
Cessna Citation VII, and Raytheon Corporate [DOCKET NARA–08–0002]
have a substantial direct effect on the
Jets (formerly British Aerospace) Hawker 800
States, on the relationship between the Use of Meeting Rooms and Public
and 850XP series airplanes.
national Government and the States, or Space
on the distribution of power and Unsafe Condition
responsibilities among the various (d) This AD results from reports of 49 low AGENCY: National Archives and Records
levels of government. pressure turbine (LPT) blade separations. Six Administration (NARA).
For the reasons discussed above, I of those events resulted in circumferential ACTION: Proposed rule.
certify that the proposed AD: failure of the LPT2 or LPT3 nozzle assembly,
leading to deformation of the ITT duct and SUMMARY: NARA proposes to amend its
1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory uncontainment of the turbine blades and
action’’ under Executive Order 12866; regulations on public use of the
fragments of the LPT nozzle assembly. We National Archives Building in
2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the are issuing this AD to prevent uncontainment
DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures of turbine blades and fragments of the LPT
Washington, DC, for meetings or special
(44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and nozzle assembly, which could result in events. This proposal incorporates
damage to the airplane. changes in available space as a result of
3. Would not have a significant
the renovation of the National Archives
economic impact, positive or negative, Compliance Building by identifying the kinds of
on a substantial number of small entities (e) You are responsible for having the space available and procedures for
under the criteria of the Regulatory actions required by this AD performed at the requesting use. NARA also proposes to
Flexibility Act. next Major Periodic Inspection of the engine
charge fees for the use of public areas in
We prepared a regulatory evaluation or at next access of the ITT duct, whichever
occurs first, but not to exceed 2,600 hours the National Archives Building in
of the estimated costs to comply with
time-in-service after the effective date of this accordance with 44 U.S.C. 2903(b). The
this proposed AD. You may get a copy
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AD, unless the actions have already been proposed rule affects the public.
of this summary at the address listed
done. DATES: Comments are due by June 3,
Replacement of the ITT Duct 2008.
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 ADDRESSES: NARA invites interested
(f) Replace the affected ITT ducts listed by
Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation part number in paragraph (c) of this AD, with persons to submit comments on this
safety, Safety. a serviceable and redesigned ITT duct. proposed rule. Comments may be

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