Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) Model 206A, 206B, and 206B3 Helicopters, 27958-27959 [2011-11753]

Download as PDF 27958 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 93 / Friday, May 13, 2011 / Proposed Rules Issued in Fort Worth, Texas on April 28, 2011. Scott A. Horn, Acting Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2011–11882 Filed 5–12–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2011–0449; Directorate Identifier 2010–SW–021–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) Model 206A, 206B, and 206B3 Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the specified Bell model helicopters. This proposed AD would require revising the Operating Limitations, Section 1, of the Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) to add an operating limitation when a litter kit is installed. This proposed AD is prompted by the need for corresponding operating limitations prohibiting flight, including hover, with the litter doorpost removed when certain litter kits are installed. The actions specified by this proposed AD are intended to add an operating limitation when a litter kit is installed to prohibit flight with the doorpost removed to prevent loss of structural integrity of the fuselage. DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 12, 2011. ADDRESSES: Use one of the following addresses to submit comments on this proposed AD: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. You may get the service information identified in this proposed AD from Bell WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:16 May 12, 2011 Jkt 223001 Helicopter Textron Canada Limited, 12,800 Rue de l’Avenir, Mirabel, Quebec J7J1R4, telephone (450) 437–2862 or (800) 363–8023, fax (450) 433–0272, or at https://www.bellcustomer.com/files/. You may examine the comments to this proposed AD in the AD docket on the Internet at https:// www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Wiley, Aviation Safety Engineer, FAA, Rotorcraft Directorate, Regulations and Guidance Group, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137, telephone (817) 222–5134, fax (817) 222–5961. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the caption ADDRESSES. Include the Docket No. ‘‘FAA–2011–0449, Directorate Identifier 2010–SW–021–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact with FAA personnel concerning this proposed rulemaking. Using the search function of the docket Web site, you can find and read the comments to any of our dockets, including the name of the individual who sent or signed the comment. You may review the DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477–78). Examining the Docket You may examine the docket that contains the proposed AD, any comments, and other information in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is located in Room W12–140 on the ground floor of the West Building at the street address stated in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. Discussion Bell reissued RFM Supplement (RFMS) BHT–206A–FMS–8 for the PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Model 206A, BHT–206B–FMS–8 for the Model 206B, and BHT–206B3–FMS–2 for the Model 206B3 helicopters, all dated December 30, 2009, approved by Transport Canada and the FAA. The revisions to the RFMS were reformatted to match the RFM and to add a ‘‘Type of Operation’’ paragraph to Section 1 of the ‘‘Operating Limitations,’’ which states: ‘‘Flight, including hover, with litter doorpost removed is not approved. Litter doorpost may be removed and reinstalled with rotor turning at flat pitch.’’ FAA’s Evaluation and Unsafe Condition Determination These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of Canada and are approved for operation in the United States. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all information provided by Transport Canada and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other helicopters of these same type designs. This proposed AD would require revising the RFM by inserting into the Operating Limitations, Section 1, of the RFM the following statement: ‘‘Flight, including hover, with litter doorpost removed is prohibited.’’ This revision may be made by pen and ink changes, inserting a copy of this AD into the RFM, or inserting a copy of the RFMS dealing with Litter Kits into the RFM as follows: For Model 206A helicopters— inserting RFMS BHT–206A–FMS–8, dated December 30, 2009, into RFM BHT–206A–FM–1, dated July 2, 2009; for Model 206B helicopters—inserting RFMS BHT–206B–FMS–8, dated December 30, 2009, into RFM BHT– 206B–FM–1, dated July 2, 2009; and for Model 206B3 helicopters—inserting RFMS BHT–206B3–FMS–2, dated December 30, 2009, into RFM BHT– 206B3–FM–1, dated March 24, 2010. This limitation is required to prevent loss of structural integrity of the helicopter fuselage. Costs of Compliance We estimate this proposed AD would affect 1,463 helicopters of U.S. registry. The cost to revise the operating limitations section of the RFM for each helicopter would be negligible, and there are no required parts. Regulatory Findings We have determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. Additionally, this proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of E:\FR\FM\13MYP1.SGM 13MYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 93 / Friday, May 13, 2011 / Proposed Rules power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that the proposed 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 proposed AD. See the AD docket to examine the economic evaluation. 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, Safety. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with PROPOSALS BILLING CODE 4910–13–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION RIN 3235–AK71 Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. [Amended] Investment Adviser Performance Compensation Securities and Exchange Commission. ACTION: Proposed rule; notice of intent to issue order. AGENCY: 2. Section 39.13 is amended by adding a new airworthiness directive (AD) to read as follows: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada: Docket No. FAA–2011–0449; Directorate Identifier 2010–SW–021–AD. Applicability: Model 206A, 206B, and 206B3 helicopters, with Litter Kit, part 15:16 May 12, 2011 [FR Doc. 2011–11753 Filed 5–12–11; 8:45 am] [Release No. IA–3198; File No. S7–17–11] 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: VerDate Mar<15>2010 Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on January 31, 2011. Kim Smith, Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. 17 CFR Part 275 PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES § 39.13 number 206–706–122 or 206–706–324, installed, certificated in any category. Compliance: Within 6 months, unless accomplished previously. To add an operating limitation when a litter kit is installed to prohibit flight, including hover, with the litter doorpost removed to prevent loss of structural integrity of the fuselage, do the following: (a) Revise the Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) by inserting into the Operating Limitations, Section 1, of the RFM the following statement: ‘‘Flight, including hover, with the litter doorpost removed is prohibited.’’ This revision may be made by pen and ink changes, inserting a copy of this AD into the RFM, or inserting a copy of the RFM Supplement (RFMS) dealing with Litter Kits as follows: For Model 206A helicopters—inserting RFMS BHT–206A– FMS–8, dated December 30, 2009, into RFM BHT–206A–FM–1, dated July 2, 2009; for Model 206B helicopters—inserting RFMS BHT–206B–FMS–8, dated December 30, 2009, into RFM BHT–206B–FM–1, dated July 2, 2009; and for Model 206B3 helicopters— inserting RFMS BHT–206B3–FMS–2, dated December 30, 2009, into RFM BHT–206B3– FM–1, dated March 24, 2010. (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: Mark Wiley, Aviation Safety Engineer, FAA, Rotorcraft Directorate, Regulations and Guidance Group, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137, telephone (817) 222–5134, fax (817) 222–5961, for information about previously approved alternative methods of compliance. (c) The Joint Aircraft System/Component (JASC) Code is 5300: Fuselage structure (general). Jkt 223001 The Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’ or ‘‘SEC’’) intends to issue an order that would adjust two dollar amount tests in the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 27959 rule under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 that permits investment advisers to charge performance based compensation to ‘‘qualified clients.’’ The adjustments would revise the dollar amount tests to account for the effects of inflation. The Commission is also proposing to amend the rule to: provide that the Commission will issue an order every five years adjusting for inflation the dollar amount tests; exclude the value of a person’s primary residence from the test of whether a person has sufficient net worth to be considered a ‘‘qualified client;’’ and add certain transition provisions to the rule. DATES: Comments on the proposed rule should be received on or before July 11, 2011. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (https://www.sec.gov/ rules/proposed.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number S7–17–11 on the subject line; or • Use the Federal eRulemaking Portal (https://www.regulations.gov). Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number S7–17–11. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help us process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (https://www.sec.gov/rules/ proposed.shtml). Comments are also available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. All comments received will be posted without change; we do not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. Hearing Request: An order adjusting the dollar amount tests specified in the definition of ‘‘qualified client’’ will be issued unless the Commission orders a hearing. Interested persons may request a hearing by writing to the E:\FR\FM\13MYP1.SGM 13MYP1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 93 (Friday, May 13, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 27958-27959]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-11753]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2011-0449; Directorate Identifier 2010-SW-021-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) 
Model 206A, 206B, and 206B3 Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) DOT.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

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SUMMARY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the 
specified Bell model helicopters. This proposed AD would require 
revising the Operating Limitations, Section 1, of the Rotorcraft Flight 
Manual (RFM) to add an operating limitation when a litter kit is 
installed. This proposed AD is prompted by the need for corresponding 
operating limitations prohibiting flight, including hover, with the 
litter doorpost removed when certain litter kits are installed. The 
actions specified by this proposed AD are intended to add an operating 
limitation when a litter kit is installed to prohibit flight with the 
doorpost removed to prevent loss of structural integrity of the 
fuselage.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 12, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Use one of the following addresses to submit comments on 
this proposed AD:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: 202-493-2251.
     Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590.
     Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    You may get the service information identified in this proposed AD 
from Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited, 12,800 Rue de l'Avenir, 
Mirabel, Quebec J7J1R4, telephone (450) 437-2862 or (800) 363-8023, fax 
(450) 433-0272, or at https://www.bellcustomer.com/files/.
    You may examine the comments to this proposed AD in the AD docket 
on the Internet at https://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Wiley, Aviation Safety Engineer, 
FAA, Rotorcraft Directorate, Regulations and Guidance Group, 2601 
Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137, telephone (817) 222-5134, fax 
(817) 222-5961.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or 
arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address 
listed under the caption ADDRESSES. Include the Docket No. ``FAA-2011-
0449, Directorate Identifier 2010-SW-021-AD'' at the beginning of your 
comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, 
economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We 
will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend 
this proposed AD because of those comments.
    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to https://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We 
will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact 
with FAA personnel concerning this proposed rulemaking. Using the 
search function of the docket Web site, you can find and read the 
comments to any of our dockets, including the name of the individual 
who sent or signed the comment. You may review the DOT's complete 
Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 
2000 (65 FR 19477-78).

Examining the Docket

    You may examine the docket that contains the proposed AD, any 
comments, and other information in person at the Docket Operations 
office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays. The Docket Operations office (telephone (800) 647-5527) is 
located in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the West Building at the 
street address stated in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be 
available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

Discussion

    Bell reissued RFM Supplement (RFMS) BHT-206A-FMS-8 for the Model 
206A, BHT-206B-FMS-8 for the Model 206B, and BHT-206B3-FMS-2 for the 
Model 206B3 helicopters, all dated December 30, 2009, approved by 
Transport Canada and the FAA. The revisions to the RFMS were 
reformatted to match the RFM and to add a ``Type of Operation'' 
paragraph to Section 1 of the ``Operating Limitations,'' which states: 
``Flight, including hover, with litter doorpost removed is not 
approved. Litter doorpost may be removed and re-installed with rotor 
turning at flat pitch.''

FAA's Evaluation and Unsafe Condition Determination

    These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of 
Canada and are approved for operation in the United States. We are 
proposing this AD because we evaluated all information provided by 
Transport Canada and determined the unsafe condition exists and is 
likely to exist or develop on other helicopters of these same type 
designs. This proposed AD would require revising the RFM by inserting 
into the Operating Limitations, Section 1, of the RFM the following 
statement: ``Flight, including hover, with litter doorpost removed is 
prohibited.'' This revision may be made by pen and ink changes, 
inserting a copy of this AD into the RFM, or inserting a copy of the 
RFMS dealing with Litter Kits into the RFM as follows: For Model 206A 
helicopters--inserting RFMS BHT-206A-FMS-8, dated December 30, 2009, 
into RFM BHT-206A-FM-1, dated July 2, 2009; for Model 206B 
helicopters--inserting RFMS BHT-206B-FMS-8, dated December 30, 2009, 
into RFM BHT-206B-FM-1, dated July 2, 2009; and for Model 206B3 
helicopters--inserting RFMS BHT-206B3-FMS-2, dated December 30, 2009, 
into RFM BHT-206B3-FM-1, dated March 24, 2010. This limitation is 
required to prevent loss of structural integrity of the helicopter 
fuselage.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate this proposed AD would affect 1,463 helicopters of U.S. 
registry. The cost to revise the operating limitations section of the 
RFM for each helicopter would be negligible, and there are no required 
parts.

Regulatory Findings

    We have determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. Additionally, this proposed 
AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the 
relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the 
distribution of

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power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that the proposed 
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 proposed AD. See the AD docket to examine the economic 
evaluation.

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, Safety.

The Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the 
Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

    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]

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

Bell Helicopter Textron Canada: Docket No. FAA-2011-0449; 
Directorate Identifier 2010-SW-021-AD.

    Applicability: Model 206A, 206B, and 206B3 helicopters, with 
Litter Kit, part number 206-706-122 or 206-706-324, installed, 
certificated in any category.
    Compliance: Within 6 months, unless accomplished previously.
    To add an operating limitation when a litter kit is installed to 
prohibit flight, including hover, with the litter doorpost removed 
to prevent loss of structural integrity of the fuselage, do the 
following:
    (a) Revise the Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) by inserting into 
the Operating Limitations, Section 1, of the RFM the following 
statement: ``Flight, including hover, with the litter doorpost 
removed is prohibited.'' This revision may be made by pen and ink 
changes, inserting a copy of this AD into the RFM, or inserting a 
copy of the RFM Supplement (RFMS) dealing with Litter Kits as 
follows: For Model 206A helicopters--inserting RFMS BHT-206A-FMS-8, 
dated December 30, 2009, into RFM BHT-206A-FM-1, dated July 2, 2009; 
for Model 206B helicopters--inserting RFMS BHT-206B-FMS-8, dated 
December 30, 2009, into RFM BHT-206B-FM-1, dated July 2, 2009; and 
for Model 206B3 helicopters--inserting RFMS BHT-206B3-FMS-2, dated 
December 30, 2009, into RFM BHT-206B3-FM-1, dated March 24, 2010.
    (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: Mark Wiley, 
Aviation Safety Engineer, FAA, Rotorcraft Directorate, Regulations 
and Guidance Group, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137, 
telephone (817) 222-5134, fax (817) 222-5961, for information about 
previously approved alternative methods of compliance.
    (c) The Joint Aircraft System/Component (JASC) Code is 5300: 
Fuselage structure (general).

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on January 31, 2011.
Kim Smith,
Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-11753 Filed 5-12-11; 8:45 am]
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