Issue No.

02 – January 2007

It has relevant information to be shared with the technical departments. Recipients are encouraged to distribute this newsletter to EMBRAER Customers. unless specifically 02 From the Editor E-JETS NEWS is a publication that presents EMBRAER 170/190 aircraft technical items. Page 1 . This newsletter. compiled by the EMBRAER Fleet Technical Center (EFTC).br PROPRIETARY NOTICE The articles published in E-JETS NEWS are for information only and are an EMBRAER S/A property. This newsletter must not be reproduced or distributed in whole or in part to a third party without EMBRAER’s written consent. Also. E-JETS NEWS addresses the Operator’s concerns with maintenance support and dispatchability of EMBRAER 170/190 It also provides troubleshooting tips to optimize aircraft utilization and efficiency in daily operation. no article published should be considered authority-approved data. brings the latest developments and shares in-service knowledge and best maintenance practices.January 2007 Issue No. please contact the local EMBRAER Field Service Representative. such as Engineering and Maintenance. If any additional information regarding the in-service items covered in the E-JETS NEWS is needed. General questions or comments about the E-JETS NEWS publication can be address to: E-JETS NEWS Tel: Fax: +55 12 3927 5762 +55 12 3927 5996 E-mail: ejets.

such as the hydraulic reservoir servicing unit and the nitrogen servicing regulator/cylinder. The shock strut oil replenishment trolley allows setting the correct quantity of fluid to enable the filling process to be carried out with the screw pump handle on the trolley. If the aircraft is on jacks. or whenever GSE 384 is not available. AMM references: • 12-12-07-600-801-B . It is important to note that this alternate task uses about the same man-power as the original procedure. the message is automatically removed from the CAS as soon as the pack air flow returns to normal. 02 Alternative procedure for Main Landing Gear Shock Strut servicing Effectivity: EMBRAER 190 The EMBRAER 190/195 Main Landing Gear shock strut servicing can be accomplished when the aircraft is with its weight on wheels (“on ground”) or when it is on jacks.Main-Landing Gear Shock Strut with the Aircraft on the Ground with GSE. . can be used. EMBRAER AMS engineering. This transfer is only possible with the shock strut oil replenishment trolley (GSE 384) which is connected to the shock strut through the filling connection.January 2007 Issue No. However. Nevertheless. Because of its superior durability and smooth appearance. there is no special tool requirement and the standard equipment. polycarbonate sheets (Lexan®) were considered a good option to replace Aermat carpets. it is necessary to transfer a certain quantity of hydraulic fluid to the oil chamber of the shock strut. • ENG REF ECS DISAG Messages Effectivity: EMBRAER 170 / 190 EMBRAER has received reports concerning the display of ENG REF ECS DISAG messages on the CAS after both engines have started. 12-12-07-600-802-A Main-Landing Gear Shock Strut with the Aircraft on Jacks. This may occur because of the delay in the opening of the flow control valves (FCV) after the APU-to-Engine transition. For EMBRAER 170 aircraft. Aermat carpets can be replaced with polycarbonate sheets (Lexan®) by accomplishing SB190-50-0005 upon request. if the aircraft is on the ground. So far. but does not replace it. this event has required no maintenance actions. are investigating the occurrences to determine the root causes and corrective solutions. AMM reference: • 12-12-07-600-803-A Main-LandingGear Shock Strut with the Aircraft on the Ground without GSE. together with Hamilton Sundstrand. Page 2 An alternate task has been recently created which can be performed with the aircraft on the ground. New Baggage Floor Lining Compartment Effectivity: EMBRAER 170 / 190 Embraer is about to deliver its first aircraft using polycarbonate sheets as lining material on the floors of the forward and aft baggage compartments. which can take a few seconds. The main benefit brought by this alternate task is that it can be accomplished in outstations where resources are limited. contact your local EMBRAER representative. without the need of GSE 384.

A FOL 170-2007-006 was issued to inform about this scenario. Low Stage Bleed Check Valve Update Effectivity: EMBRAER 190 As an immediate action. a sampling program shall be undertaken in order to collect samples from EMBRAER 190 fleet to evaluate the in-services actuators as well as to substantiate further improvements in the actuator design. pilots have noticed that the Cabin Altitude indication on the CAS is displayed on an amber background (inverse video).100ft. if required. • . The solution is software-based and will be implemented in a future version of MAU Software EPIC Load. The FLAP FAIL message was shown on the CAS in some of the events. This premature wear allowed moisture ingress in the actuator. EMBRAER 190 fleet had experienced four events of flap jamming during the approach flight phase. within the next 100 FH. The SB with the new check valve PN 1001447-4 is scheduled for May 2007. causing corrosion on the output bearing. an improved greasing procedure for the actuators has been incorporated in the Microtecnica production process to ensure proper greasing of seals and bearings during assembly of the actuators. on all EMBRAER 190 / 195 aircraft that had logged more than 1500 FH. EMBRAER published an article about the low-stage bleed check valve used on the EMBRAER 190 aircraft. In November 2006. EMBRAER will revise the SB 190-360004 as soon as the AD revision is released. 02 Extended temperature range Rubber material qualified and in service on Boeing application EMBRAER 190 Flap Jamming Update Effectivity: EMBRAER 190 As informed in the last edition of E-JETS NEWS (December 2006). which led to flap actuator jamming. EMBRAER and Hamilton Sundstrand issued SB19027-0010 requesting the re-greasing of all flap actuators In parallel. The AD is being revised by ANAC in order to include the recommendations for the left-hand low-stage check valve. SB 190-36-0004 was revised to comply with the AD text. The results of the tests performed to duplicate the reported events have revealed that inadequate greasing of the actuator dynamic seals results in the premature wear of the seals. when the aircraft is on the ground at airports that have an altitude (AIRFIELD_ALT) above 8. The Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) issued an AD mandating the replacement of the right-hand low check valve. This occurs because of the system’s logic.January 2007 Issue No. • • Cabin Altitude in amber on ground at high altitudes airports Effectivity: EMBRAER 170 / 190 While operating at airports located at high altitudes. A new flap actuator shall be designed with improved seal design: • Garter spring and reinforcing shoulder made of stainless steel Additional lip on the external side Page 3 In the first edition of E-JETS NEWS.

02 possibility of breakage.January 2007 Issue No. but it may be a combination of causes such as friction. 2. The basic changes were: the specification of lower assembly torque values for the backshells to reduce the Page 4 . 2-) Electronic Starter Controller (ESC): The ESC "B" build improves the ESC performance by the introduction of load distribution plates for the relay stud terminals and by the change of the internal circuitry to prevent damage caused by a shoot-through.0053 and on. 2007): . GE CF34-10E SB 78-0005 (NACELLE (78-30-01) . CF34-10E Thrust Reverser (T/R) No Stow – Update Effectivity: EMBRAER 190 As previously informed in the last edition of E-JETS NEWS (December 2006). 3-) APU harness: A new part number was created to reinforce the APU harness mechanical characteristics.0046 and on. . the introduction of a wider backshell for connector P304.SB 4505000-49-7 (igniter cable) th available (August 16 . rigging and temperature effects on the track liner/slider. where tests were performed to investigate the root cause.0152 and on / aircraft 190. One T/R involved in these events was removed from the engine and sent to Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS).APU Harness (PN4505113B) on the production line . APU Ignition System/ ESC/ Harness Updates Effectivity: EMBRAER 170 The main purpose of this article is to provide an update of APU issues. As a mitigating action.aircraft 170. . The root cause has not yet been identified.300 units of the new igniter PN 4952846 will be made available in March/07 to start the retrofit campaign and to support the production line.aircraft 170. Update (January. 2007): . Additional tests are scheduled for February 2007.ESC Mod B (PN 4505005B) is available in the field since mid-November/06. The ESC "C" build is expected to be released in the 1Q of 2008 and shall focus on the APU troubleshooting characteristics.ESC Mod B (PN 4505005B) on the production line . Update (January. and the use of new insulation tape for the backshell´s internal wires. EMBRAER and GE/Goodrich have respectively released: 1. and to improve the troubleshooting procedures for the T/R No Stow events until the root cause is determined. EMBRAER 190 fleet have experienced some T/R no stow events. . Goodrich AOL EMB/190/195 CF34-1002. . 2006) on the production line and field.0142 and on / aircraft 190. EMBRAER 190 FIM Temporary Revision 73-21-00-810-992-A (DCU fault in Deployed State).APU Harness PN M4505113 and PN M4505113A are repaired units and equivalent to PN 4505113B (ref: see HSPS SB-RSI-094).SB 4505000-49-5 (igniter) expected to be available in March/07. All Operators Letter (AOL). Update (January. 1-) APU ignition system (igniters and ignition cables): New igniter and ignition cables will be released in order to minimize the premature wear of the igniter and eliminate the contact failure in the ignition cable connector.Fan Reverser Track Liner Lubrication) 3. 2007): .

and additional information regarding the affected technical publications. Page 5 . a lacing cord is used to tie the wires. SB170-29-0013 and SB190-29-0008 were issued in December 2006 to verify accomplishing a simple operational test of the FWSOV (refer to the AMM TASK 29-11-11-710801-A/500 . From FWSOV SN 0389 and on. It will be introduced by another SB.Thereafter repeatedly every 600 Flight Hours. allowing bare metal to come in contact with the actuator housing causing a short circuit. As regards compliance. The periodic inspection may be discontinued provided that a new PN is installed. It also contains the workaround procedure to recover the Red Beacon normal operation. refer to SB 170-270022 and 190-27-0004.Enhancement of sensor fault isolation for the skew sensors.January 2007 Issue No.Operational Test) and replace it with another valve bearing the same PN. The main improvements of SF-ACE R-13 software include: .Reduction of unnecessary SFACE removals by 50% thanks to the enhancement of fault isolation messages. As an interim action. Investigation of other returned units revealed vibration wear on the insulation of the wires inside the FWSOV actuator. which is presently under analysis. ANAC is considering the following: .Implementation of automatic motion recovery followed by momentary power interruptions. These SBs are likely to be covered by an AD in February 2007.Manual Operation . recommendations to prevent other occurrences.Firewall Hydraulic Shutoff Valve . Improvement is currently under analysis. . Firewall Hydraulic Shutoff Valve (FWSOV) inspection Effectivity: EMBRAER 170 / 190 FWSOV removals were recorded during the 3000 FH periodic operational check. Prior to final assembly.Improvement in the robustness of the SF-ACE to reduce spurious fault indications from the sensors.Accomplishment of the SB initially within the next 200 Flight Hours. if necessary. the manufacture processes were improved and personnel were trained to properly route the wires to prevent a wire pinching occurrence. 02 . . For further details. Shop findings revealed a pinched wire inside the FWSOV actuator. . allowing bare metal of the wiring to come in contact with the actuator housing causing a short circuit. as the valve did not actuate open / closed. SF-ACE R. Possibility of Red Beacon Lights misfires due to cold soak Effectivity: EMBRAER 170 /190 EMBRAER has released new SNL 17033-0012 and SNL190-33-0018 about the possibility of red beacon light misfire being cause by exposure of the aircraft to extreme cold temperatures on the ground (cold soak). 13 Software Improvements Effectivity: EMBRAER 170/190 EMBRAER would like to inform operators about the new SF-ACE software R-13 already available for upgrading.

"Thrust Reverser Thermal Blanket Damage" and SB170-29-0012 "Engine-Driven Pump Clamp Repositioning". After this date. GE/MHD will continue to honor the Thermal Blanket warranty claims received before March 2nd.Flight Control Slat Lubrication for aircraft with less than 2400 FH. it was observed that the V-Clamp bolt may be installed with a minimal clearance from the Thrust Reverser’s Thermal Blanket. The clamp’s correct position can be observed on the following drawings: From a commercial standpoint. In addition. 2007. . Slat Lubrication Effectivity: EMBRAER 170 / 190 EMBRAER has received in-service reports concerning slat lubrication tasks which are not regularly accomplished. This may cause slat jamming occasionally. Exceptions will be analyzed by GE/MHD on a case-by-case basis. To prevent this.SB 170-27-0020 (SB190-270002) . EMBRAER emphasizes the importance of the accomplishment of the following tasks: . Page 6 . Thermal Blanket warranty coverage will not be provided to cover removed parts due to contact with the V-clamp since the above recommendation is intended to avoid the described scenario. Compliance with the above-mentioned publications ensures fire protection integrity of the core cowls.January 2007 Issue No.Interval of 2400 FH. 02 Thrust Reverser Blanket Warranties Effectivity: EMBRAER 170 Thermal During Engine-Driven Pump installation.MRB task 27-81-11-001 Lubrication of Slat Rack and Pinion Mechanism Needle Rollers . AMM task 2911-01-400-801-A was revised to show the correct positioning of the clamp. The shifting of thermal insulation from its correct position causes its ballooning and a wear can occur to it due to the chafing with the V-Clamp bolt. EMBRAER has issued SNL 170-71-0004 .

Page 7 .January 2007 Issue No. 02 Acronyms AD = Airworthiness Directive AMM = Aircraft Maintenance Manual AMS = Air Management System ANAC = Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (Brazilian Civil Aviation Authority) APU = Auxiliary Power Unit CAS = Crew Alerting System DCU = Direction Control Unit ECS = Environmental Control System ESC = Electronic Starter Controller FC = Flight Cycles FCV = Flow Control Valve FH = Flight Hours FIM = Fault Isolation Manual FOL = Flight Operations Letter FWSOV = Firewall Shut-off Valve GSE = Ground Support Equipment LP = Low Pressure MRB = Maintenance Review Board PN = Part Number SB = Service Bulletin SF-ACE = Slat-Flap Actuator Control Electronic SN = Serial Number SNL = Service NewsLetter T/R = Thrust Reverser Note: All abbreviations used by EMBRAER Maintenance Manuals can be found in the Introduction of AMM Part II.

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