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FAA orders urgent fix to GEnx-1B PiP2 engines

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posted on Apr, 23 2016 @ 11:39 PM
The FAA has issued an airworthiness directive to train pilots on how to handle icing conditions, as well as make emergency repairs to 787 GEnx-1B PiP2 engines. If the repairs aren't made, the airlines have to replace one of the two engines with an older PiP engine. They have until October 1st to comply with the directive. The directive is a result of a January 29th incident, where a 787 flying at below 30,000 feet suffered significant damage due to icing conditions to the PiP2 upgraded engine, resulting in it shutting down and the crew being unable to restart it. The other engine was an older engine and only suffered minor damage.

The engine suffered icing on the fan blades prior to the incident. The ice broke loose and went caused a fan blade imbalance, that led to excessive rubbing on the casing by the blades. This caused the shut down, and prevented restart. GE has already altered the manufacturing process to include increased fan clearance at the tips. The AD calls for shaving a layer of metal off the casing around the tips of the fan blades to increase clearance. The repairs can be done in about 16 hours, while the engines are still on the wings. Approximately 40 aircraft have already been completed.

On aircraft that haven't been upgraded, if icing above 12,500 feet is suspected or an indicator light confirms icing, pilots are ordered to put the engine power to 85% every five minutes to prevent the ice from building up. The PiP2 upgrade was designed to prevent icing in the core of the engine to prevent power rollbacks during flight.

Icing issues on certain models of the General Electric engines on Boeing 787 Dreamliners led to FAA to issue directive to “urgently modify” those engines.
According to a directive issued Friday by the Federal Aviation Agency directive, the engines on Boeing 787 Dreamliners must be “urgently modified.” The General Electric engine model GEnx-1B PIP2 is in question. Planes that are equipped with both engines of that model could potentially experience a catastrophic loss of both engines in flight.

The FAA directive says in part of its directive:

“The urgency of this issue stems from the safety concern over continued safe flight and landing for airplanes that are powered by two GEnx-1B PIP2 engines operating in a similar environment to the event airplane. In this case both GEnx-1B PIP2 engines may be similarly damaged and unable to be restarted in flight. The potential for common cause failure of both engines in flight is an urgent safety issue.”$FILE/2016-08-12.pdf

posted on Apr, 24 2016 @ 12:17 AM
the thing about icing is ya want to fly out of it....not through it trying to climb above it. 85% power now and then gets rid of the ice in the turbine's bad icing if the inertial separator is there.....maybe 787's don't have them

the label on the inertial separator should read in bold yellow....." engine ice helper "
edit on 24-4-2016 by GBP/JPY because: our new King.....He comes right after a nicely done fake one

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