Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Model 222, 222B, 222U, 230 and 430 Helicopters, 39569-39570 [E8-14718]

Download as PDF 39569 Rules and Regulations Federal Register Vol. 73, No. 133 Thursday, July 10, 2008 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains regulatory documents having general applicability and legal effect, most of which are keyed to and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is published under 50 titles pursuant to 44 U.S.C. 1510. The Code of Federal Regulations is sold by the Superintendent of Documents. Prices of new books are listed in the first FEDERAL REGISTER issue of each week. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2008–0039; Directorate Identifier 2006–SW–13–AD; Amendment 39– 15596; AD 2008–14–01] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Model 222, 222B, 222U, 230 and 430 Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration, DOT. ACTION: Final rule. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with RULES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) Model 222, 222B, 222U, 230 and 430 helicopters that requires rewiring and testing the fuel valve switch on each engine and testing the ignitor system. This amendment is prompted by an inflight incident in which a fuel valve switch failed, causing the fuel valve to inadvertently close. The actions specified by this AD are intended to prevent interruption of the fuel supply caused by failure of the fuel switch, which could result in loss of engine power and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. DATES: Effective August 14, 2008. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the regulations is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of August 14, 2008. ADDRESSES: You may get the service information identified in this AD from Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, 12,800 Rue de l’Avenir, Mirabel, Quebec J7J1R4, telephone (450) 437–2862 or (800) 363–8023, fax (450) 433–0272. Examining the Docket: You may examine the docket that contains this AD, any comments, and other VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:54 Jul 09, 2008 Jkt 214001 information on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov, or at the Docket Operations office, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: George Schwab, Aviation Safety Engineer, FAA, Rotorcraft Directorate, Safety Management Group, Fort Worth, Texas 76193–0110, telephone (817) 222–5114, fax (817) 222–5961. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A proposal to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD for the specified model helicopters was published in the Federal Register on January 23, 2008 (73 FR 3889). That action proposed to require, within 50 hours time-in-service (TIS), rewiring the switches that control the operation of the No. 1 and No. 2 engines’ fuel valves, and testing the switches and the ignitor system. Transport Canada, the airworthiness authority for Canada, notified the FAA that an unsafe condition may exist on BHTC Model 222, 222B, 222U, 230 and 430 helicopters. Transport Canada advises of an investigation into an incident involving a BHTC Model 222 helicopter, in which the fuel shut-off switch, part number (P/N) 10648BH1–1, failed during flight causing the fuel valve to close and the engine to shut down. Review of the Service Difficulty Report database identified two other incidents of switch failure. Bell Helicopter Textron has issued the following technical bulletins, all dated June 11, 2003, which specify rewiring the fuel valve switch: Technical bulletin Helicopter models affected No. 222–03–171 ........ Model 222 and 222B helicopters. Model 222U helicopters. Model 230 helicopters. Model 430 helicopters. No. 222U–03–96 ....... No. 230–03–35 .......... No. 430–03–33 .......... Transport Canada classified these technical bulletins as mandatory and issued AD No. CF–2006–03, dated February 28, 2006, to ensure the continued airworthiness of these helicopters in Canada. That AD requires compliance no later than May 3, 2006. This AD requires compliance within 50 hours TIS. PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 These helicopter models are manufactured in Canada and are type certificated for operation in the United States under the provisions of 14 CFR 21.29 and the applicable bilateral agreement. Pursuant to the applicable bilateral agreement, Transport Canada has kept the FAA informed of the situation described above. The FAA has examined the findings of Transport Canada, reviewed all available information, and determined that AD action is necessary for products of this type design that are certificated for operation in the United States. Interested persons have been afforded an opportunity to participate in the making of this amendment. No comments were received on the proposal or the FAA’s determination of the cost to the public. The FAA has determined that air safety and the public interest require the adoption of the rule as proposed. The FAA estimates that this AD will affect 165 helicopters of U.S. registry, and the required actions will take approximately four work hours per helicopter to rewire the 2 fuel valve switches, and test those switches and the ignitor system, at an average labor rate of $80 per work hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the total cost impact of the AD on U.S. operators to be $52,800 ($320 per helicopter). Regulatory Findings We have 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. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that the regulation: 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 an economic evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this AD. See the AD docket to examine the economic evaluation. E:\FR\FM\10JYR1.SGM 10JYR1 39570 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 133 / Thursday, July 10, 2008 / Rules and Regulations Authority for This Rulemaking 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. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the Federal Aviation Administration amends part 39 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 39) as follows: I PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: I Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. Section 39.13 is amended by adding a new airworthiness directive to read as follows: I 2008–14–01 Bell Helicopter Textron Canada: Amendment 39–15596. Docket No. FAA–2008–0039; Directorate Identifier 2006–SW–13–AD. Applicability: The following model helicopters, certificated in any category: Model No. Serial Nos. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with RULES 222 ..................... 222B ................... 222U ................... 230 ..................... 430 ..................... 47006 47131 47501 23001 49001 through through through through through 47089. 47156. 47574. 23038. 49101. Compliance: Required within 50 hours time-in-service, unless accomplished previously. To prevent interruption of the fuel supply caused by failure of the fuel switch, which could result in loss of engine power and VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:54 Jul 09, 2008 Jkt 214001 subsequent loss of control of the helicopter, accomplish the following: (a) Rewire the No. 1 and No. 2 engines’ fuel valve switch, part number 10648BH1–1, and test the fuel valve switches and the ignitor system, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions in Bell Helicopter Textron Technical Bulletin (TB) No. 222–03–171, Part 1, applicable to Model 222 helicopters, serial number (S/N) 47006– 47038, and Part 2, applicable to Model 222 helicopters, S/N 47039–47089, and Model 222B helicopters, S/N 47131–47156; TB No. 222U–03–96, applicable to Model 222U helicopters; TB No. 230–03–35, applicable to Model 230 helicopters; and TB No. 430–03– 33, applicable to Model 430 helicopters. All of the technical bulletins are dated June 11, 2003. (b) To request a different method of compliance or a different compliance time for this AD, follow the procedures in 14 CFR 39.19. Contact the Manager, Safety Management Group, ATTN: George Schwab, Aviation Safety Engineer, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, Fort Worth, Texas 76193– 0110, telephone (817) 222–5114, fax (817) 222–5961, for information about previously approved alternative methods of compliance. (c) The rewiring and testing shall be done in accordance with the specified portions of Bell Helicopter Textron Technical Bulletin No. 222–03–171, No. 222U–03–96, No. 230– 03–35, and No. 430–03–33, all dated June 11, 2003. The Director of the Federal Register approved this incorporation by reference in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Copies may be obtained from Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, 12,800 Rue de l’Avenir, Mirabel, Quebec J7J1R4, telephone (450) 437–2862 or (800) 363–8023, fax (450) 433–0272. Copies may be inspected at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, Texas or 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: http:// www.archives.gov/federal_register/ code_of_federal_regulations/ ibr_locations.html. (d) This amendment becomes effective on August 14, 2008. Note: The subject of this AD is addressed in Transport Canada (Canada) AD CF–2006– 03, dated February 28, 2006. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 12, 2008. Lance T. Gant, Acting Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E8–14718 Filed 7–9–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2008–0258; Directorate Identifier 2007–SW–22–AD; Amendment 39– 15601; AD 2008–14–06] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Model 206L, L–1, L–3, L–4, and 407 Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) helicopters. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The Aviation Authority of Canada with whom we have a bilateral agreement states in the MCAI: ‘‘Horizontal stabilizers part numbers 206–023–119–167 and 407– 023–801–109 may have manufacturing flaws on the inside surface of the upper and/or lower skin at the tailboom attachment inserts. These flaws may result in cracking of the skin and failure of the horizontal stabilizer.’’ The manufacturer’s service information states that in addition to cracks, the horizontal stabilizer may have deformation or debonding around and between the inserts. We are issuing this AD to require actions to correct the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD becomes effective on August 14, 2008. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of August 14, 2008. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// regulations.gov or in person at the Docket Operations office, U.S. Department of Transportation, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. You may get the service information identified in this AD from Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, 12,800 Rue de l’Avenir, Mirabel, Quebec J7J1R4, telephone (450) 437–2862 or (800) 363– 8023, fax (450) 433–0272. E:\FR\FM\10JYR1.SGM 10JYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2008-0039; Directorate Identifier 2006-SW-13-AD; 
Amendment 39-15596; AD 2008-14-01]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Model 
222, 222B, 222U, 230 and 430 Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This amendment adopts a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) Model 222, 222B, 222U, 230 and 
430 helicopters that requires rewiring and testing the fuel valve 
switch on each engine and testing the ignitor system. This amendment is 
prompted by an in-flight incident in which a fuel valve switch failed, 
causing the fuel valve to inadvertently close. The actions specified by 
this AD are intended to prevent interruption of the fuel supply caused 
by failure of the fuel switch, which could result in loss of engine 
power and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

DATES: Effective August 14, 2008.
    The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in 
the regulations is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as 
of August 14, 2008.

ADDRESSES: You may get the service information identified in this AD 
from Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, 12,800 Rue de l'Avenir, Mirabel, 
Quebec J7J1R4, telephone (450) 437-2862 or (800) 363-8023, fax (450) 
433-0272.
    Examining the Docket: You may examine the docket that contains this 
AD, any comments, and other information on the Internet at http://
www.regulations.gov, or at the Docket Operations office, West Building 
Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, 
DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: George Schwab, Aviation Safety 
Engineer, FAA, Rotorcraft Directorate, Safety Management Group, Fort 
Worth, Texas 76193-0110, telephone (817) 222-5114, fax (817) 222-5961.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A proposal to amend 14 CFR part 39 to 
include an AD for the specified model helicopters was published in the 
Federal Register on January 23, 2008 (73 FR 3889). That action proposed 
to require, within 50 hours time-in-service (TIS), rewiring the 
switches that control the operation of the No. 1 and No. 2 engines' 
fuel valves, and testing the switches and the ignitor system.
    Transport Canada, the airworthiness authority for Canada, notified 
the FAA that an unsafe condition may exist on BHTC Model 222, 222B, 
222U, 230 and 430 helicopters. Transport Canada advises of an 
investigation into an incident involving a BHTC Model 222 helicopter, 
in which the fuel shut-off switch, part number (P/N) 10648BH1-1, failed 
during flight causing the fuel valve to close and the engine to shut 
down. Review of the Service Difficulty Report database identified two 
other incidents of switch failure.
    Bell Helicopter Textron has issued the following technical 
bulletins, all dated June 11, 2003, which specify rewiring the fuel 
valve switch:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
            Technical bulletin               Helicopter models affected
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No. 222-03-171............................  Model 222 and 222B
                                             helicopters.
No. 222U-03-96............................  Model 222U helicopters.
No. 230-03-35.............................  Model 230 helicopters.
No. 430-03-33.............................  Model 430 helicopters.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Transport Canada classified these technical bulletins as mandatory 
and issued AD No. CF-2006-03, dated February 28, 2006, to ensure the 
continued airworthiness of these helicopters in Canada. That AD 
requires compliance no later than May 3, 2006. This AD requires 
compliance within 50 hours TIS.
    These helicopter models are manufactured in Canada and are type 
certificated for operation in the United States under the provisions of 
14 CFR 21.29 and the applicable bilateral agreement. Pursuant to the 
applicable bilateral agreement, Transport Canada has kept the FAA 
informed of the situation described above. The FAA has examined the 
findings of Transport Canada, reviewed all available information, and 
determined that AD action is necessary for products of this type design 
that are certificated for operation in the United States.
    Interested persons have been afforded an opportunity to participate 
in the making of this amendment. No comments were received on the 
proposal or the FAA's determination of the cost to the public. The FAA 
has determined that air safety and the public interest require the 
adoption of the rule as proposed.
    The FAA estimates that this AD will affect 165 helicopters of U.S. 
registry, and the required actions will take approximately four work 
hours per helicopter to rewire the 2 fuel valve switches, and test 
those switches and the ignitor system, at an average labor rate of $80 
per work hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the total cost 
impact of the AD on U.S. operators to be $52,800 ($320 per helicopter).

Regulatory Findings

    We have 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.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that the regulation:
    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 an economic evaluation of the estimated costs to comply 
with this AD. See the AD docket to examine the economic evaluation.

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Authority for This Rulemaking

    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.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by 
reference, Safety.

Adoption of the Amendment

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Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the Federal Aviation Administration amends part 39 of 
the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR part 39) as follows:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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2. Section 39.13 is amended by adding a new airworthiness directive to 
read as follows:

2008-14-01 Bell Helicopter Textron Canada: Amendment 39-15596. 
Docket No. FAA-2008-0039; Directorate Identifier 2006-SW-13-AD.

    Applicability: The following model helicopters, certificated in 
any category:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                 Model No.                           Serial Nos.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
222.......................................  47006 through 47089.
222B......................................  47131 through 47156.
222U......................................  47501 through 47574.
230.......................................  23001 through 23038.
430.......................................  49001 through 49101.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Compliance: Required within 50 hours time-in-service, unless 
accomplished previously.
    To prevent interruption of the fuel supply caused by failure of 
the fuel switch, which could result in loss of engine power and 
subsequent loss of control of the helicopter, accomplish the 
following:
    (a) Rewire the No. 1 and No. 2 engines' fuel valve switch, part 
number 10648BH1-1, and test the fuel valve switches and the ignitor 
system, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions in Bell 
Helicopter Textron Technical Bulletin (TB) No. 222-03-171, Part 1, 
applicable to Model 222 helicopters, serial number (S/N) 47006-
47038, and Part 2, applicable to Model 222 helicopters, S/N 47039-
47089, and Model 222B helicopters, S/N 47131-47156; TB No. 222U-03-
96, applicable to Model 222U helicopters; TB No. 230-03-35, 
applicable to Model 230 helicopters; and TB No. 430-03-33, 
applicable to Model 430 helicopters. All of the technical bulletins 
are dated June 11, 2003.
    (b) To request a different method of compliance or a different 
compliance time for this AD, follow the procedures in 14 CFR 39.19. 
Contact the Manager, Safety Management Group, ATTN: George Schwab, 
Aviation Safety Engineer, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, Fort Worth, 
Texas 76193-0110, telephone (817) 222-5114, fax (817) 222-5961, for 
information about previously approved alternative methods of 
compliance.
    (c) The rewiring and testing shall be done in accordance with 
the specified portions of Bell Helicopter Textron Technical Bulletin 
No. 222-03-171, No. 222U-03-96, No. 230-03-35, and No. 430-03-33, 
all dated June 11, 2003. The Director of the Federal Register 
approved this incorporation by reference in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 
552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Copies may be obtained from Bell 
Helicopter Textron Canada, 12,800 Rue de l'Avenir, Mirabel, Quebec 
J7J1R4, telephone (450) 437-2862 or (800) 363-8023, fax (450) 433-
0272. Copies may be inspected at the FAA, Office of the Regional 
Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, 
Texas or 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: http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/
code_of_federal_regulations/ibr_locations.html.
    (d) This amendment becomes effective on August 14, 2008.

    Note: The subject of this AD is addressed in Transport Canada 
(Canada) AD CF-2006-03, dated February 28, 2006.


    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 12, 2008.
Lance T. Gant,
Acting Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
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