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We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to the specified products. That NPRM was published in the
Several LP compressor booster rotors have been found non-compliant to original design.
The technical investigations carried out by Rolls-Royce Deutschland revealed that this discrepancy is due to a manufacturing defect and that only some specific LP compressor booster rotor serial numbers are affected.
This condition, if not corrected, could lead to an uncontained engine failure, potentially damaging the aeroplane and injuring its occupants, and/or injuring persons on the ground.
To address this condition, RRD has developed an inspection program and a rework for the affected LP compressor booster rotors.
For the reason described above, depending on engine type of operations, this AD requires repetitive fluorescent penetrant inspections of the LP compressor booster rotor and if any crack is found, replacement with a serviceable part. This AD also requires rework of all affected LP compressor booster rotors.
We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM.
We reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed.
Based on the service information, we estimate that this AD affects about 96 engines installed on airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 5 work-hours per engine to perform one inspection and about 8 work-hours per engine to perform the rework. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, if all engines are reworked, we estimate the cost of the AD on U.S. operators to perform one inspection and to perform the rework to be $106,080.
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.
We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will 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.
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.
We prepared a regulatory evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket.
You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at
Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety.
Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows:
49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.
This AD becomes effective October 19, 2012.
This AD applies to Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (RRD) BR700-
This AD was prompted by the discovery of a manufacturing defect on certain P/N and S/N LP compressor booster rotors. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the LP compressor booster rotor, uncontained engine failure, and damage to the airplane.
Unless already done, do the following actions.
(1) At the applicable compliance time in Table 1 to paragraph (e) of this AD, perform an initial fluorescent penetrant inspection (FPI) of the LP compressor booster rotor, in accordance with paragraphs 3.D. through 3.H.(1) (except paragraphs 3.G.(1) and 3.G.(2)) of Accomplishment Instructions of RRD Alert Non-Modification Service Bulletin No. ALERT SB-BR700-72-A900503, Revision 4, dated June 16, 2011.
(2) Thereafter, at intervals not to exceed the applicable compliance time in Table 1 of this AD, perform repetitive FPIs of the LP compressor booster rotor, in accordance with paragraphs 3.D. through 3.H.(1) (except paragraphs 3.G.(1) and 3.G.(2)) of Accomplishment Instructions of RRD Alert Non-Modification Service Bulletin No. ALERT SB-BR700-72-A900503, Revision 4, dated June 16, 2011.
(3) Remove cracked LP compressor booster rotors before further flight.
(4) At the next piece part exposure of the LP compressor booster rotor during shop visit, remove the LP compressor booster rotor and either:
(i) Rework the LP compressor booster rotor in accordance with paragraph 3.D. of Accomplishment Instructions of RRD Service Bulletin (SB) No. SB-BR700-72-101683, dated September 20, 2010; or
(ii) Replace the LP compressor booster rotor with one that is eligible for installation.
(1) For the purpose of this AD, an LP compressor booster rotor that is eligible for installation is one that is not listed in applicability paragraph (c) of this AD.
(2) The Hawaiian Flight Mission referenced in Table 1 to paragraph (e) is shown in Figure 1 to paragraph (f)(2):
The Manager, Engine Certification Office, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Use the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19 to make your request.
(1) For more information about this AD, contact Mark Riley, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781-238-7758; fax: 781-238-7199; email:
(2) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency Airworthiness Directive 2011-0232, dated December 13, 2011, for related information.
(1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the following service information under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
(2) You must use the following service information to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise:
(i) Rolls-Royce Deutschland (RRD) Ltd & Co KG Alert Non-Modification Service Bulletin No. ALERT SB-BR700-72-A900503, Revision 4, dated June 16, 2011.
(ii) RRD Ltd & Co KG Service Bulletin No. SB-BR700-72-101683, dated September 20, 2010.
(3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG, Eschenweg 11, Dahlewitz, 15827 Blankenfelde-Mahlow, Germany, telephone: +49 (0) 33-7086-1883, fax: +49 (0) 33-7086-3276.
(4) You may review this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781-238-7125.
(5) You may also review the service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: