Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Helicopters, 81430-81432 [2011-33248]

Download as PDF 81430 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 249 / Wednesday, December 28, 2011 / Proposed Rules SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 13 CFR Part 107 Small Business Investment Companies—Early Stage SBICs; Public Webinars U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Notice of public Webinars. AGENCY: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announces that it is holding a series of public Webinars regarding its proposed Early Stage Small Business Investment Companies (Early Stage SBIC) rule. The proposed Early Stage SBIC rule defines a new subcategory of small business investment companies (SBICs) that will focus on making equity investments in early stage small businesses. The Webinars will provide a basic overview of and respond to questions regarding the proposed rule. The Webinars will be transcribed or summarized and become part of the administrative record. SUMMARY: Webinars are scheduled for January 11, 13, and 19, 2012, as outlined in Section II. ADDRESSES: The phone number and corresponding web address for each Webinar will be provided to participants upon registration. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Investment and Innovation at startupamerica@sba.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: I. Background Information On December 9, 2011, SBA published a proposed Early Stage SBIC rule to define a new sub-category of SBICs that will focus on making equity investments in early stage small businesses. This initiative is part of President Obama’s ‘‘Start-Up America Initiative’’ to encourage American innovation and job creation by promoting high-growth entrepreneurship across the country to help encourage private sector investment in job-creating startups and small firms, accelerate research, and address barriers to success for entrepreneurs and small businesses. In order to familiarize the public with the content of the proposed Early Stage SBIC rule, SBA will host several Webinars on the proposed rule. Interested parties may choose any Webinar listed in Section II to attend, although one Webinar will be directed towards participants already familiar with the SBIC program and the other Webinars will be directed to those not familiar with the SBIC program. Webinars will be transcribed or summarized and become part of the administrative record. Since the purpose of the Webinars is to familiarize participants with the proposed rule, comments on specific aspects of the rule will not be solicited during the Webinars. Comments regarding the proposed rule must be submitted at www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=SBA-2011-00230001. II. Webinar Schedule Webinar participant focus Webinar date and time Participants Already Familiar with the SBIC Program. Participants Not Familiar with the SBIC Program. Participants Not Familiar with the SBIC Program. January 11, 2012, 1 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). January 13, 2012, 1 pm EST ........................... January 10, 2012, 11:59 pm EST. January 19, 2012, 2 pm EST ........................... January 13, 2012, 11:59 pm EST. Each session is expected to last no more than 1 hour. exceeds capacity for all three sessions, SBA may consider holding more Webinars. SBA will announce any additional Webinars through a Federal Register notice and on its Web site, www.sba.gov/inv/earlystage. SBA will confirm the registration via email along with instructions for participating. SBA will post any presentation materials associated with the Webinars on the day of the Webinar at www.sba.gov/inv/earlystage. Participants are responsible for ensuring their systems are compatible with the Webinar software. If there are specific questions you would like SBA to address during the Webinars, please send your question(s) to SBA no later than January 4, 2012. If there is time at the end of each Webinar, the Webinar will open for questions from participants. Since the Early Stage SBIC rule is in the proposed rulemaking stage, SBA will not be able to answer questions that are outside the scope of the proposed rule. All participants are encouraged to submit comments regarding the proposed rule at www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=SBA-2011-00230001. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS III. Registration If you are interested in attending any Webinar, you must pre-register by the registration closing date by sending an email to startupamerica@sba.gov. You must include in the SUBJECT line the date of the Webinar for which you wish to participate, and in the body of the email, please provide the following: Participant’s Name, Title, Organization Affiliation, Address, Telephone Number, Email Address, and Fax Number. Please also note if you need accommodation because of a disability. SBA will accommodate all reasonable requests made at least one week in advance of the requested Webinar. You must submit your email by the applicable registration closing date listed in Section II of this notice. Due to technological limitations, participation is limited to 110 registrants per session. If the requested session is unavailable, SBA will try to schedule you for a different session and notify you via email. Because of the limited number of registrants, please only register for one Webinar. If demand VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Dec 27, 2011 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Registration closing date January 6, 2012, 11:59 pm EST. Sean Greene, Associate Administrator for Investment and Special Advisor for Innovation. [FR Doc. 2011–33044 Filed 12–27–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2011–1408; Directorate Identifier 2008–SW–10–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the Eurocopter Model SA330F, G, J and AS332C, L, L1, and L2 helicopters. This SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28DEP1.SGM 28DEP1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 249 / Wednesday, December 28, 2011 / Proposed Rules proposed AD is prompted by two reports of jamming of one of the fuel shut-off control levers, which originated from solidified grease in the tangential gearbox (gearbox). Corrosion was also found in a gearbox. The proposed actions are intended to prevent jamming of a fuel shut-off control lever preventing the shut off of engine fuel and preventing the parallel-mounted electrical micro switches, normally activated by shutting off both of the fuel shut-off control levers, from switching off the electrical power system during an emergency shut down. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by February 27, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Docket: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Fax: (202) 493–2251. • Mail: Send comments to the 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: Deliver to the ‘‘Mail’’ address between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Examining the Docket: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov or in person at the Docket Operations Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the economic evaluation, any comments received and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations Office (telephone (800) 647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact American Eurocopter Corporation, 2701 Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, Texas 75053–4005; telephone (972) 641–3460; fax (972) 641–3527; or at http:// www.eurocopter.com/techpub. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, Texas 76137. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric Haight, Aviation Safety Engineer, Regulations and Policy Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222–5110; email eric.haight@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Dec 27, 2011 Jkt 226001 81431 Comments Invited Related Service Information We invite you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting written comments, data, or views. We also invite comments relating to the economic, environmental, energy, or federalism impacts that might result from adopting the proposals in this document. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the proposal, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. To ensure the docket does not contain duplicate comments, commenters should send only one copy of written comments, or if comments are filed electronically, commenters should submit only one time. We will file in the docket all comments that we receive, as well as a report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerning this proposed rulemaking. Before acting on this proposal, we will consider all comments we receive on or before the closing date for comments. We will consider comments filed after the comment period has closed if it is possible to do so without incurring expense or delay. We may change this proposal in light of the comments we receive. Eurocopter has issued an Alert Service Bulletin (ASB), Revision 1, dated March 22, 2007, with 3 different numbers (Nos. 76.00.04, 76.00.03, and 76.03). No. 76.03 applies to the United States type-certificated Model SA330F, G, and J and also applies to the nontype-certificated, military Model 330 helicopters. No. 76.00.04 applies to the United States type certificated Model AS332C, C1, L, L1, and L2 helicopters and also applies to the non typecertificated AS332C1 and military Model 332 helicopters. No. 76.00.03 applies to the non type-certificated military Model 532 helicopters. EASA classified this service information as mandatory and issued Emergency AD No. 2007–0082–E, dated March 27, 2007, to correct the same unsafe condition as identified in the service information. Discussion The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued Emergency AD No. 2007–0082–E, dated March 27, 2007, to correct an unsafe condition for the Eurocopter Model SA330F, G, J and AS332C, C1, L, L1, and L2 helicopters. EASA advises that the emergency AD was issued following two reports of jamming of one of the fuel shut-off control levers discovered during maintenance. In both cases, this jamming originates from solidified grease in the gearboxes. They also found corrosion in a gearbox. Jamming of a fuel shut-off control lever constitutes an unsafe condition because it prevents the shut off of engine fuel and prevents the parallel-mounted electrical micro switches, normally activated by shutting off both of the fuel shut-off control levers, from switching off the electrical power system during an emergency shut down. FAA’s Determination We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all known relevant information and determined that the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other helicopters of these same type designs. PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Proposed AD Requirements The proposed AD would require within 50 hours time-in-service (TIS), unless already done, cleaning, inspecting and lubricating each gearbox, and adjusting, as necessary, the fuel shut-off control travel by following the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 2.B.2. (reference Figures 3 through 7), of Eurocopter ASB No. 76.03, Revision 1, dated March 22, 2007, for the Model SA330F, G, and J, or ASB No. 76.00.04, Revision 1, dated March 22, 2007, for the Model AS332C, L, L1, and L2 helicopters. Differences Between This Proposed AD and the EASA AD • We use the word ‘‘inspect’’ to describe the actions required by a mechanic versus the word ‘‘check.’’ • We refer to the compliance time as ‘‘hours TIS’’ rather than ‘‘flying hours.’’ • We use a different compliance time for inspecting and lubricating the gearboxes. • We are not including the military model helicopters or the Model AS332C1 in the applicability because they are not type certificated in the U.S. • We are not requiring measuring the operating loads of the fuel shut-off controls per paragraph 1.1 of the MCAI AD (paragraph 2.B.1 of the ASB). Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD would affect about 29 helicopters of U.S. registry. We also estimate that operators may incur the following costs to comply with this AD: $7,395 for the fleet assuming 3 work-hours to lubricate each gearbox at an average labor rate of $85 per work-hour. E:\FR\FM\28DEP1.SGM 28DEP1 81432 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 249 / Wednesday, December 28, 2011 / Proposed Rules 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. Regulatory Findings We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. 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 power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed, I certify this 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); 3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska to the extent that it justifies making a regulatory distinction; and 4. 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 and placed it in the AD docket. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by Reference, 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: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Dec 27, 2011 Jkt 226001 PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES (g) Subject Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 7600, Engine Control. 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on December 16, 2011. Jorge Castillo, Acting Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: Eurocopter France: Docket No. FAA–2011– 1408; Directorate Identifier 2008–SW– 10–AD. (a) Applicability This AD applies to Model SA330F, G, J and AS332C, L, L1, and L2 helicopters, certificated in any category. [FR Doc. 2011–33248 Filed 12–27–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE United States Patent and Trademark Office 37 CFR Part 1 (b) Unsafe Condition [Docket No. PTO–P–2011–0058] This AD defines the unsafe condition as jamming of one of the fuel shut-off control levers due to solidified grease in a tangential gearbox (gearbox). This condition could prevent the shut off of engine fuel and prevent the parallel-mounted electrical micro switches, normally activated by shutting off both of the fuel shut-off control levers, from switching off the electrical power system during an emergency shut down. RIN 0651–AC63 You are responsible for performing each action required by this AD within the specified compliance time unless it has already been accomplished prior to that time. (d) Actions Within 50 hours time-in-service, clean, inspect, and lubricate each gearbox and adjust, as necessary, the fuel shut-off control travel by following the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 2.B.2. (reference Figures 3 through 7), of Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. 76.03, Revision 1, dated March 22, 2007, for the Model SA330F, G, and J, or ASB No. 76.00.04, Revision 1, dated March 22, 2007, for the Model AS332C, L, L1, and L2 helicopters. (e) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOC) (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Eric Haight, Aviation Safety Engineer, Regulations and Policy Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222–5110; email eric.haight@faa.gov. (2) For operations conducted under a Part 119 operating certificate or under Part 91, Subpart K, we suggest that you notify your principal inspector or, lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office or certificate holding district office before operating any aircraft complying with this AD through an AMOC. (f) Additional Information The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2007–0082–E, dated March 27, 2007. Frm 00032 Fmt 4702 United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of proposed rule making. AGENCY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (Office) is proposing to revise the patent term adjustment provisions of the rules of practice in patent cases. The patent term adjustment provisions of the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 (AIPA) provide for patent term adjustment if, inter alia, the issuance of the patent was delayed due to appellate review by the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) or by a Federal court and the patent was issued under a decision in the review reversing an adverse determination of patentability. The Office is proposing to change the rules of practice to indicate that the period of appellate review under the patent term adjustment provisions of the AIPA begins when jurisdiction over the application passes to the BPAI rather than the date on which a notice of appeal to the BPAI is filed. The Office recently published the final rule (eff. date Jan 23, 2012) concerning practice before the BPAI in ex parte appeals and defined that jurisdiction of the appeal passes to the BPAI at the earlier of the filing of the reply brief or upon the expiration of the time in which to file a reply brief. See Rules Of Practice Before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in Ex Parte Appeals 76 FR 72270, 72273 (November 22, 2011). Accordingly, for purposes of calculating patent term adjustment based upon appellate review, the impact of the rule change would be to reduce the amount of patent term adjustment awarded for SUMMARY: (c) Compliance PO 00000 Revision of Patent Term Adjustment Provisions Relating to Appellate Review Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\28DEP1.SGM 28DEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 249 (Wednesday, December 28, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 81430-81432]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-33248]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2011-1408; Directorate Identifier 2008-SW-10-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) 
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 
Eurocopter Model SA330F, G, J and AS332C, L, L1, and L2 helicopters. 
This

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proposed AD is prompted by two reports of jamming of one of the fuel 
shut-off control levers, which originated from solidified grease in the 
tangential gearbox (gearbox). Corrosion was also found in a gearbox. 
The proposed actions are intended to prevent jamming of a fuel shut-off 
control lever preventing the shut off of engine fuel and preventing the 
parallel-mounted electrical micro switches, normally activated by 
shutting off both of the fuel shut-off control levers, from switching 
off the electrical power system during an emergency shut down.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by February 27, 
2012.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Docket: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for sending your 
comments electronically.
     Fax: (202) 493-2251.
     Mail: Send comments to the 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: Deliver to the ``Mail'' address between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Examining the Docket: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet 
at http://www.regulations.gov or in person at the Docket Operations 
Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the economic 
evaluation, any comments received and other information. The street 
address for the Docket Operations Office (telephone (800) 647-5527) is 
in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket 
shortly after receipt.
    For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact 
American Eurocopter Corporation, 2701 Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, Texas 
75053-4005; telephone (972) 641-3460; fax (972) 641-3527; or at http://www.eurocopter.com/techpub. You may review copies of the referenced 
service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, 
Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, Texas 
76137.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric Haight, Aviation Safety Engineer, 
Regulations and Policy Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham 
Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222-5110; email 
eric.haight@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    We invite you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting 
written comments, data, or views. We also invite comments relating to 
the economic, environmental, energy, or federalism impacts that might 
result from adopting the proposals in this document. The most helpful 
comments reference a specific portion of the proposal, explain the 
reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. To 
ensure the docket does not contain duplicate comments, commenters 
should send only one copy of written comments, or if comments are filed 
electronically, commenters should submit only one time.
    We will file in the docket all comments that we receive, as well as 
a report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel 
concerning this proposed rulemaking. Before acting on this proposal, we 
will consider all comments we receive on or before the closing date for 
comments. We will consider comments filed after the comment period has 
closed if it is possible to do so without incurring expense or delay. 
We may change this proposal in light of the comments we receive.

Discussion

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued Emergency 
AD No. 2007-0082-E, dated March 27, 2007, to correct an unsafe 
condition for the Eurocopter Model SA330F, G, J and AS332C, C1, L, L1, 
and L2 helicopters. EASA advises that the emergency AD was issued 
following two reports of jamming of one of the fuel shut-off control 
levers discovered during maintenance. In both cases, this jamming 
originates from solidified grease in the gearboxes. They also found 
corrosion in a gearbox. Jamming of a fuel shut-off control lever 
constitutes an unsafe condition because it prevents the shut off of 
engine fuel and prevents the parallel-mounted electrical micro 
switches, normally activated by shutting off both of the fuel shut-off 
control levers, from switching off the electrical power system during 
an emergency shut down.

FAA's Determination

    We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all known relevant 
information and determined that the unsafe condition exists and is 
likely to exist or develop on other helicopters of these same type 
designs.

Related Service Information

    Eurocopter has issued an Alert Service Bulletin (ASB), Revision 1, 
dated March 22, 2007, with 3 different numbers (Nos. 76.00.04, 
76.00.03, and 76.03). No. 76.03 applies to the United States type-
certificated Model SA330F, G, and J and also applies to the non-type-
certificated, military Model 330 helicopters. No. 76.00.04 applies to 
the United States type certificated Model AS332C, C1, L, L1, and L2 
helicopters and also applies to the non type-certificated AS332C1 and 
military Model 332 helicopters. No. 76.00.03 applies to the non type-
certificated military Model 532 helicopters. EASA classified this 
service information as mandatory and issued Emergency AD No. 2007-0082-
E, dated March 27, 2007, to correct the same unsafe condition as 
identified in the service information.

Proposed AD Requirements

    The proposed AD would require within 50 hours time-in-service 
(TIS), unless already done, cleaning, inspecting and lubricating each 
gearbox, and adjusting, as necessary, the fuel shut-off control travel 
by following the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 2.B.2. 
(reference Figures 3 through 7), of Eurocopter ASB No. 76.03, Revision 
1, dated March 22, 2007, for the Model SA330F, G, and J, or ASB No. 
76.00.04, Revision 1, dated March 22, 2007, for the Model AS332C, L, 
L1, and L2 helicopters.

Differences Between This Proposed AD and the EASA AD

     We use the word ``inspect'' to describe the actions 
required by a mechanic versus the word ``check.''
     We refer to the compliance time as ``hours TIS'' rather 
than ``flying hours.''
     We use a different compliance time for inspecting and 
lubricating the gearboxes.
     We are not including the military model helicopters or the 
Model AS332C1 in the applicability because they are not type 
certificated in the U.S.
     We are not requiring measuring the operating loads of the 
fuel shut-off controls per paragraph 1.1 of the MCAI AD (paragraph 
2.B.1 of the ASB).

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD would affect about 29 helicopters 
of U.S. registry. We also estimate that operators may incur the 
following costs to comply with this AD: $7,395 for the fleet assuming 3 
work-hours to lubricate each gearbox at an average labor rate of $85 
per work-hour.

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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.

Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. 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 power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed, I certify this 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);
    3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska to the extent that 
it justifies making a regulatory distinction; and
    4. 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 and placed it in the AD docket.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by 
Reference, 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. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new AD:

Eurocopter France: Docket No. FAA-2011-1408; Directorate Identifier 
2008-SW-10-AD.

(a) Applicability

    This AD applies to Model SA330F, G, J and AS332C, L, L1, and L2 
helicopters, certificated in any category.

(b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as jamming of one of the 
fuel shut-off control levers due to solidified grease in a 
tangential gearbox (gearbox). This condition could prevent the shut 
off of engine fuel and prevent the parallel-mounted electrical micro 
switches, normally activated by shutting off both of the fuel shut-
off control levers, from switching off the electrical power system 
during an emergency shut down.

(c) Compliance

    You are responsible for performing each action required by this 
AD within the specified compliance time unless it has already been 
accomplished prior to that time.

(d) Actions

    Within 50 hours time-in-service, clean, inspect, and lubricate 
each gearbox and adjust, as necessary, the fuel shut-off control 
travel by following the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 
2.B.2. (reference Figures 3 through 7), of Eurocopter Alert Service 
Bulletin (ASB) No. 76.03, Revision 1, dated March 22, 2007, for the 
Model SA330F, G, and J, or ASB No. 76.00.04, Revision 1, dated March 
22, 2007, for the Model AS332C, L, L1, and L2 helicopters.

(e) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOC)

    (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft 
Directorate, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal 
to: Eric Haight, Aviation Safety Engineer, Regulations and Policy 
Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, 
Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222-5110; email eric.haight@faa.gov.
    (2) For operations conducted under a Part 119 operating 
certificate or under Part 91, Subpart K, we suggest that you notify 
your principal inspector or, lacking a principal inspector, the 
manager of the local flight standards district office or certificate 
holding district office before operating any aircraft complying with 
this AD through an AMOC.

(f) Additional Information

    The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation Safety 
Agency (EASA) AD No. 2007-0082-E, dated March 27, 2007.

(g) Subject

    Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 7600, Engine 
Control.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on December 16, 2011.
Jorge Castillo,
Acting Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-33248 Filed 12-27-11; 8:45 am]
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