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Actions Compliance Procedures

(2) If cracks are found during the For all affected airplanes: Before further flight after the inspection re- Follow Part II of EXTRA Service
inspection required in paragraph quired in paragraph (e)(1) of this AD in which cracks are found, un- Bulletin No. 300–2–95, Issue: F,
(e)(1) of this AD in areas A, B, less already done. Dated: July 10, 2006.
and C (as shown in Figure 1 of
EXTRA Service Bulletin No. 300–
2–95, Issue: F, Dated: July 10,
2006), weld the crack and modify
the upper longeron at the hori-
zontal stabilizer attachment by in-
stalling the applicable modifica-
tion kit (or FAA-approved equiva-
lent parts).
(3) If no cracks are found during For all affected airplanes: Within the next 100 hours TIS after Feb- Follow Part II of EXTRA Service
the inspection required in para- ruary 28, 2007 (the effective date of this AD), unless already done. Bulletin No. 300–2–95, Issue: F,
graph (e)(1) of this AD, modify Dated: July 10, 2006.
the upper longeron at the hori-
zontal stabilizer attachment by in-
stalling the applicable modifica-
tion kit (or FAA-approved equiva-
lent parts).
(4) For Models EA–300S and EA– (i) For Model EA–300S: Within the next 200 hours TIS after Decem- Follow Part III of EXTRA Service
300L airplanes only: Reinforce ber 17, 2002 (the effective date of AD 2002–21–11) or within the Bulletin No. 300–2–95, Issue: F,
the fuselage frame underneath next 100 hours TIS after February 28, 2007 (the effective date of Dated: July 10, 2006.
the horizontal stabilizer main spar this AD), whichever occurs first, unless already done. (ii) For Model
attachment bracket by installing EA–300L: Within the next 100 hours TIS after February 28, 2007
the applicable modification kit (or (the effective date of this AD), unless already done.
FAA-approved equivalent parts).

Alternative Methods of Compliance Issued in Kansas City, Missouri on January manufacture. We are issuing this AD to
(AMOCs) 12, 2007. prevent 8th stage HPC drum rotor disk
(f) The Manager, Standards Office, Small Kim Smith, assembly failure that could result in an
Airplane Directorate, FAA, ATTN: Karl Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft uncontained engine failure and damage
Schletzbaum, Aerospace Engineer, 901 Certification Service. to the airplane.
Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri [FR Doc. E7–775 Filed 1–23–07; 8:45 am] DATES: This AD becomes effective
64106; telephone: (816) 329–4146; fax: (816) BILLING CODE 4910–13–P February 28, 2007. The Director of the
329–4090, has the authority to approve
AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the Federal Register approved the
procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. incorporation by reference of certain
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION publications listed in the regulations as
(g) AMOCs approved for AD 2002–21–11
are approved for this AD. of February 28, 2007.
Federal Aviation Administration
ADDRESSES: You can get the service
Related Information
14 CFR Part 39 information identified in this AD from
(h) The European Aviation Safety Agency Pratt & Whitney, 400 Main St., East
(EASA) AD No. 2006–0281, dated September [Docket No. FAA–2006–24452; Directorate Hartford, CT 06108; telephone (860)
14, 2006, also addresses the subject of this Identifier 2006–NE–11–AD; Amendment
AD.
565–8770; fax (860) 565–4503.
39–14893; AD 2007–02–06] You may examine the AD docket on
Material Incorporated by Reference RIN 2120–AA64 the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov or in
(i) You must use EXTRA Service Bulletin Room PL–401 on the plaza level of the
No. 300–2–95, Issue: F, Dated: July 10, 2006 Airworthiness Directives; Pratt & Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street,
to do the actions required by this AD, unless Whitney PW2000 Series Turbofan SW., Washington, DC.
the AD specifies otherwise. Engines FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
(1) The Director of the Federal Register Mark Riley, Aerospace Engineer, Engine
approved the incorporation by reference of AGENCY: Federal Aviation
this service information under 5 U.S.C. Administration (FAA), Department of Certification Office, FAA, Engine and
552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Transportation (DOT). Propeller Directorate, 12 New England
(2) For service information identified in Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803;
ACTION: Final rule.
this AD, contact EXTRA telephone (781) 238–7758; fax (781)
Flugzeugproduktions- und Vertriebs- GmbH, SUMMARY: The FAA is adopting a new 238–7199.
Schwarze Heide 21, D–46569 Huenxe, airworthiness directive (AD) for Pratt & SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FAA
Germany; fax: (+49)–2858–9137–42. Whitney PW2000 series turbofan proposed to amend 14 CFR part 39 with
(3) You may review copies at the FAA, engines. This AD requires a onetime a proposed AD. The proposed AD
Central Region, Office of the Regional focused visual and fluorescent penetrant applies to Pratt & Whitney PW2000
Counsel, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri
inspection (FPI) of 21 suspect PW2000 series turbofan engines. We published
64106; or at the National Archives and
Records Administration (NARA). For
8th stage high pressure compressor the proposed AD in the Federal Register
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information on the availability of this (HPC) drum rotor disk assemblies. This on August 3, 2006 (71 FR 43997). That
material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go AD results from a PW2037 8th stage action proposed to require a onetime
to: http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/ HPC drum rotor disk assembly failure focused visual and FPI of 21 suspect
code_of_federal_regulations/ event caused by tooling damage that PW2000 8th stage HPC drum rotor disk
ibr_locations.html. occurred during disk assembly assemblies.

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Examining the AD Docket paragraph (f), into subparagraphs. We We agree. Paragraph (i) of this AD
You may examine the docket that also clarified the AD by specifying to incorporates by reference the necessary
contains the AD, any comments use paragraphs 3., 3.A., and 3.B., of the service information. The proposed AD
received, and any final disposition in Accomplishment Instructions of Pratt & did not contain the incorporation by
person at the Docket Management Whitney ASB No. PW2000 A72–706, reference paragraph (i), because it is
Facility Docket Office between 9 a.m. dated February 17, 2006, to use NDIP only a notice of proposed rulemaking.
and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 1096, dated January 19, 2006, and to use
Service Documents Should Be
except Federal holidays. The Docket NDIP 1095, dated January 12, 2006.
Published in the Docket Management
Office (telephone (800) 647–5227) is Claim That AD Is Not Required System (DMS)
located on the plaza level of the
Northwest Airlines states that the AD MARPA states that the Pratt &
Department of Transportation Nassif
is not required, since all affected parts Whitney service information to be
Building at the street address stated in
will be scrapped at exposure. The incorporated by reference in the AD,
ADDRESSES. Comments will be available
in the AD docket shortly after the DMS commenter states that since most of the should be published in the DMS, as it
receives them. affected parts in the field are likely to is part of the AD.
have very few cycles remaining, the We partially agree. We are currently
Comments parts will be retired upon their next reviewing issues surrounding the
We provided the public the disassembly. posting of service information on the
opportunity to participate in the We do not agree. The estimated DMS as part of an AD Docket. Once we
development of this AD. We have number of cycles on the affected 8th thoroughly examine all aspects of this
considered the comments received. stage disks currently in service ranges issue and make a final determination,
from about 13,500 cycles to 19,000 we will consider if our current practice
Claim That AD Action Is Redundant cycles. The current life limit of the 8th needs revising.
Northwest Airlines and Air Transport stage disk is 20,000 cycles. Therefore,
some of the affected 8th stage disks Conclusion
Association claim that the proposed AD
is redundant to existing requirements in probably will be returned to service We have carefully reviewed the
the engine manual, and would only put after a shop visit. Affected parts with available data, including the comments
an additional administrative burden on very few cycles remaining and received, and determined that air safety
the operators. They further state that voluntarily removed from service, will and the public interest require adopting
existing AD 2005–18–03 (enhanced not require inspection or incur any the AD with the changes described
inspection of critical rotating parts) inspection cost. previously. We have determined that
already requires a focused FPI of the these changes will neither increase the
Recommend Compliance Time Be economic burden on any operator nor
drum rotor disk and includes the area of
Reduced increase the scope of the AD.
question on the 8th stage disk. The
commenters point out that the visual The National Transportation Safety
Board (NTSB) supports the need for a Costs of Compliance
inspection referenced in Pratt &
Whitney Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) onetime focused visual and FPI We estimate that this AD will affect
No. PW2000 A72–706, dated February inspection of the HPC 8th stage disk. 15 engines installed on airplanes of U.S.
17, 2006 requires that any disk damage However, the NTSB recommends that registry. We also estimate that it will
be within the limits in the engine the compliance time be reduced due to take about 70 work-hours per engine to
manual visual inspection. unknown factors from the disk failure perform the actions, and that the
We do not agree. The intent of this AD investigation (failure location striation average labor rate is $80 per work-hour.
is to require inspection of the HPC 8th count) and the disk’s demonstrated lack We do not expect that parts will be
stage disk when the HPC rotor assembly of damage tolerance. required. Based on these figures, we
is exposed but with compressor blades We do not agree. The finite element estimate the total cost of the AD to U.S.
installed. The requirements in this AD structural analysis performed by Pratt & operators to be $84,000 for the
are more restrictive than the Whitney for the 8th stage disk failure inspection.
requirements of AD 2005–18–03, which (PW2037 engine uncontained 8th stage
Authority for This Rulemaking
only requires inspection when the HPC HPC drum rotor disk assembly failure
rotor is removed from the HPC module event, March 10, 2005,) correlate well Title 49 of the United States Code
and disassembled to the piece-part level with results from the Materials & specifies the FAA’s authority to issue
with compressor blades removed. Processes Engineering Lab rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I,
For clarification, we revised the AD measurements. The Lab measurements section 106, describes the authority of
compliance section to state that the 8th were of the fatigue striation counts from the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII,
stage HPC drum rotor disk assembly is the failed disk. Based on the failure Aviation Programs, describes in more
a rotor with compressor blades analysis and the manufacturing records detail the scope of the Agency’s
installed. review of the 8th stage disk, a risk authority.
analysis determined that an acceptable We are issuing this rulemaking under
Proposed AD Not Clear if the level of safety will be maintained for the the authority described in subtitle VII,
Nondestructive Inspection Procedures compliance described in the AD. part A, subpart III, section 44701,
(NDIPs) Are Mandatory ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that
Northwest Airlines and Air Transport Service Documents Should Be section, Congress charges the FAA with
Association state that the proposed AD Incorporated by Reference promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in
is not clear if the NDIPs referenced in Modification and Replacement Parts air commerce by prescribing regulations
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the Pratt & Whitney ASB No. PW2000 Association (MARPA) states that the for practices, methods, and procedures
A72–706, dated February 17, 2006, are Pratt & Whitney service information the Administrator finds necessary for
mandatory. referenced in the proposed AD should safety in air commerce. This regulation
We agree. We clarified the AD by be incorporated by reference for the AD is within the scope of that authority
splitting up the information needed in to be considered legal. because it addresses an unsafe condition

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that is likely to exist or develop on Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. (1) Do a onetime focused visual and
products identified in this rulemaking fluorescent penetrant inspection (FPI) of
§ 39.13 [Amended] suspect 8th stage HPC drum rotor disk
action.
■ 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding assemblies that may have been damaged
Regulatory Findings during manufacture.
the following new airworthiness
(2) Use paragraphs 3., 3.A., and 3.B. of the
We have determined that this AD will directive:
Accomplishment Instructions of Pratt &
not have federalism implications under 2007–02–06 Pratt & Whitney: Amendment Whitney Alert Service Bulletin No. PW2000
Executive Order 13132. This AD will 39–14893. Docket No. FAA–2006–24452; A72–706, dated February 17, 2006,
not have a substantial direct effect on Directorate Identifier 2006–NE–11–AD. Nondestructive Inspection Procedure (NDIP)
the States, on the relationship between 1096, dated January 19, 2006, and NDIP
Effective Date
the national government and the States, 1095, dated January 12, 2006, to do the
or on the distribution of power and (a) This airworthiness directive (AD) inspections.
responsibilities among the various becomes effective February 28, 2007. (3) Any 8th stage disk damage that exceeds
levels of government. Affected ADs the serviceable limits specified in Pratt &
For the reasons discussed above, I Whitney PW2000 Engine Manual, Part
(b) None.
certify that this AD: Number 1A6231, Chapter/Section 72–35–03,
Applicability Inspection/Check–01/–04, can not be
(1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory
(c) This AD applies to Pratt & Whitney returned to service.
action’’ under Executive Order 12866;
PW2037, PW2040, and PW2037M turbofan (g) After the effective date of this AD, do
(2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under not install any uninspected 8th stage drum
engines. These engines are installed on, but
DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures rotor disk assemblies listed in Table 1 of the
not limited to Boeing 757 airplanes.
(44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); and Accomplishment Instructions of Pratt &
(3) Will not have a significant Unsafe Condition Whitney Alert Service Bulletin No. PW2000
economic impact, positive or negative, (d) This AD results from a Pratt & Whitney A72–706, dated February 17, 2006, in any
on a substantial number of small entities PW2037 8th stage high-pressure compressor engine.
under the criteria of the Regulatory (HPC) drum rotor disk assembly failure event
Alternative Methods of Compliance
Flexibility Act. caused by tooling damage that occurred
during disk assembly manufacture. We are (h) The Manager, Engine Certification
We prepared a summary of the costs
issuing this AD to prevent 8th stage HPC Office, has the authority to approve
to comply with this AD and placed it in alternative methods of compliance for this
drum rotor disk assembly failure that could
the AD Docket. You may get a copy of AD if requested using the procedures found
result in an uncontained engine failure and
this summary at the address listed damage to the airplane. in 14 CFR 39.19.
under ADDRESSES.
Compliance Material Incorporated by Reference
List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 (i) You must use the Pratt & Whitney
(e) You are responsible for having the
Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation actions required by this AD performed at the service information specified in Table 1 to
safety, Incorporation by reference, next shop visit, not to exceed an additional perform the actions required by this AD. The
Safety. 6,000 engine cycles, after the effective date of Director of the Federal Register approved the
this AD, when the 8th stage HPC drum rotor incorporation by reference of the documents
Adoption of the Amendment disk assembly (compressor blades installed) listed in Table 1 of this AD in accordance
is exposed and removed from the HPC with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
■ Accordingly, under the authority module, unless the actions have already been Contact Pratt & Whitney, 400 Main St., East
delegated to me by the Administrator, done. Hartford, CT 06108; telephone (860) 565–
the Federal Aviation Administration 8770; fax (860) 565–4503, for a copy of this
amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: Inspect the 8th Stage Drum Rotor Disk service information. You may review copies
(f) Inspect the 8th stage drum rotor disks at the National Archives and Records
PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS listed by part numbers and serial numbers in Administration (NARA). For information on
DIRECTIVES Table 1 of the Accomplishment Instructions the availability of this material at NARA, call
of Pratt & Whitney Alert Service Bulletin No. 202–741–6030, or go to: http://
■ 1. The authority citation for part 39 PW2000 A72–706, dated February 17, 2006, www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-
continues to read as follows: as follows: locations.html.

TABLE 1.—INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE


Pratt & Whitney service information Page Revision Date

Alert Service Bulletin No. PW2000 A72–706 .......................................................................... All ............ Original .... February 17, 2006.
Total Pages: 11
Nondestructive Inspection Procedure 1095 ............................................................................ All ............ Original .... January 12, 2006.
Total Pages: 18
Nondestructive Inspection Procedure 1096 ............................................................................ All ............ Original .... January 19, 2006.
Total Pages: 18
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Relate Information 2. The FAA Regional Office of the on charts printed by publishers of
(j) Contact Mark Riley, Aerospace Engineer, region in which the affected airport is aeronautical materials. Thus, the
Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine and located; advantages of incorporation by reference
Propeller Directorate, 12 New England 3. The National Flight Procedures are realized and publication of the
Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; Office, 6500 South MacArthur Blvd., complete description of each SIAP and/
telephone (781) 238–7758; fax (781) 238– Oklahoma City, OK 73169 or, or Weather Takeoff Minimums
7199, e-mail: mark.riley@faa.gov for more 4. The National Archives and Records contained in FAA form documents is
information about this AD.
Administration (NARA). For unnecessary. The provisions of this
Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on information on the availability of this amendment state the affected CFR
January 12, 2007. material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, sections, with the types and effective
Francis A. Favara, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/ dates of the SIAPs and/or Weather
Manager, Engine and Propeller Directorate, federal_register/ Takeoff Minimums. This amendment
Aircraft Certification Service. code_of_federal_regulations/ also identifies the airport, its location,
[FR Doc. E7–686 Filed 1–23–07; 8:45 am] ibr_locations.html. the procedure identification and the
BILLING CODE 4910–13–P For Purchase—Individual SIAP and amendment number.
Weather Takeoff Minimums copies may The Rule
be obtained from:
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION 1. FAA Public Inquiry Center (APA– This amendment to 14 CFR part 97 is
200), FAA Headquarters Building, 800 effective upon publication of each
Federal Aviation Administration Independence Avenue, SW., separate SIAP and/or Weather Takeoff
Washington, DC 20591; or Minimums as contained in the
14 CFR Part 97 2. The FAA Regional Office of the transmittal. Some SIAP and/or Weather
[Docket No. 30532 Amdt. No. 3202] region in which the affected airport is Takeoff Minimums amendments may
located. have been previously issued by the FAA
Standard Instrument Approach By Subscription—Copies of all SIAPs in a Flight Data Center (FDC) Notice to
Procedures, Weather Takeoff and Weather Takeoff Minimums mailed Airmen (NOTAM) as an emergency
Minimums; Miscellaneous once every 2 weeks, are for sale by the action of immediate flight safety relating
Amendments Superintendent of Documents, U.S. directly to published aeronautical
Government Printing Office, charts. The circumstances which
AGENCY: Federal Aviation created the need for some SIAP, and/or
Administration (FAA), DOT. Washington, DC 20402.
Weather Takeoff Minimums
ACTION: Final rule. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
amendments may require making them
Donald P. Pate, Flight Procedure
effective in less than 30 days. For the
SUMMARY: This amendment establishes, Standards Branch (AFS–420), Flight
remaining SIAPs and/or Weather
amends, suspends, or revokes Standard Technologies and Programs Division, Takeoff Minimums, an effective date at
Instrument Approach Procedures Flight Standards Service, Federal least 30 days after publication is
(SIAPs) and/or Weather Takeoff Aviation Administration, Mike provided.
Minimums for operations at certain Monroney Aeronautical Center, 6500 Further, the SIAPs and/or Weather
airports. These regulatory actions are South MacArthur Blvd., Oklahoma City, Takeoff Minimums contained in this
needed because of the adoption of new OK 73169 (Mail Address: P.O. Box amendment are based on the criteria
or revised criteria, or because of changes 25082 Oklahoma City, OK 73125) contained in the U.S. Standard for
occurring in the National Airspace telephone: (405) 954–4164. Terminal Instrument Procedures
System, such as the commissioning of SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This (TERPS). In developing these SIAPs
new navigational facilities, addition of amendment to Title 14 of the Code of and/or Weather Takeoff Minimums, the
new obstacles, or changes in air traffic Federal Regulations, Part 97 (14 CFR TERPS criteria were applied to the
requirements. These changes are part 97), establishes, amends, suspends, conditions existing or anticipated at the
designed to provide safe and efficient or revokes SIAPs and/or Weather affected airports. Because of the close
use of the navigable airspace and to Takeoff Minimums. The complete and immediate relationship between
promote safe flight operations under regulatory description of each SIAP these SIAPs and/or Weather Takeoff
instrument flight rules at the affected and/or Weather Takeoff Minimums is Minimums and safety in air commerce,
airports. contained in official FAA form I find that notice and public procedure
DATES: This rule is effective January 24, documents which are incorporated by before adopting these SIAPs and/or
2007. The compliance date for each reference in this amendment under 5 Weather Takeoff Minimums are
SIAP and/or Weather Takeoff U.S.C. 552(a), 1 CFR part 51, and 14 impracticable and contrary to the public
Minimums is specified in the CFR part 97.20. The applicable FAA interest and, where applicable, that
amendatory provisions. Forms are identified as FAA Forms good cause exists for making some
The incorporation by reference of 8260–3, 8260–4, 8260–5 and 8260–15A. SIAPs and/or Weather Takeoff
certain publications listed in the Materials incorporated by reference are Minimums effective in less than 30
regulations is approved by the Director available for examination or purchase as days.
of the Federal Register as of January 24, stated above.
2007. The large number of SIAPs and/or Conclusion
ADDRESSES: Availability of matters Weather Takeoff Minimums, their The FAA has determined that this
incorporated by reference in the complex nature, and the need for a regulation only involves an established
amendment is as follows: special format make their verbatim body of technical regulations for which
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For Examination— publication in the Federal Register frequent and routine amendments are
1. FAA Rules Docket, FAA expensive and impractical. Further, necessary to keep them operationally
Headquarters Building, 800 airmen do not use the regulatory text of current. It, therefore—(1) is not a
Independence Avenue, SW., the SIAPs and/or Weather Takeoff ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under
Washington, DC 20591; Minimums but refer to their depiction Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a

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