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Download as PDF 5418 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 23 / Friday, February 3, 2012 / Proposed Rules appropriate for FCUs to use in managing IRR. Question 4: Should FCUs be limited to using interest rate swaps and interest rate caps to offset and manage IRR? Should interest rate swaps be limited to pay-fixed/ receive-floating instruments? What other limits should be established to ensure that an FCU does not transact interest rate derivatives in an amount greater than the level of its IRR exposure? There are numerous risks inherent in any derivatives activity, including market risk and counterparty risk. The constant fluctuation of the mark-tomarket value of a derivatives position represents the most significant market risk. Mark-to-market valuation requires the value of a derivatives instrument to be set at discrete points in time as prescribed by generally accepting accounting principles. This valuation represents the then-current market sales price for that instrument, which reflects any unrealized gain or loss for the FCU in the derivatives transaction. The Board is considering whether to establish exposure limits as a way to guard against such volatility in the value of a derivatives portfolio. For example, if an FCU experiences markto-market losses in excess of a specified threshold, NCUA could limit the FCU’s authority to transact derivatives. These limits may be based on the notional amount of a derivatives instrument or on its mark-to-market valuation. The Board notes that the third-party pilot program includes exposure limits that are based on the notional amount of the derivatives portfolio, expressed as a percentage of the credit union’s net worth. Some commenters to ANPR I, however, have suggested that exposure limits should be based on mark-tomarket valuation. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Question 5: Should NCUA establish exposure limits for FCUs or should it require an FCU’s board of directors to establish exposure limits? Should there be limits on the aggregate amount of each type of derivatives instrument in the portfolio or on the aggregate amount of derivatives transacted with any counterparty? Should limits be based on the notional amount of a derivatives instrument, its mark-to-market valuation, or both? Another significant risk in derivatives activity is counterparty risk, also known as ‘‘default risk’’ or ‘‘credit risk.’’ Counterparty risk is the risk that losses will occur due to a counterparty’s failure to fulfill its obligations under the derivatives contract. The Board believes that, to manage counterparty risk, an FCU should, on an ongoing basis, monitor counterparties and their creditworthiness, as well as the credit risk mitigation features inherent in the VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:47 Feb 02, 2012 Jkt 226001 derivatives transaction (e.g., margin requirements, daily valuations of collateral, and performance of third parties). Consistent with the need to carefully monitor credit features, the Board believes that counterparty risk can be substantially mitigated through effective collateral management. In derivatives transactions, parties may be required to post collateral to secure their obligations under the derivatives contract. Posting collateral protects either party in a derivatives transaction from the risk of loss, which may occur for a number of reasons including counterparty default. The Board, therefore, believes it is appropriate for an FCU to include the following collateral management standards in the related derivatives contract: • Bilateral collateral, in which both parties to a derivatives contract agree to post collateral to cover mark-to-market gains and losses. • Tri-party custody, in which posted collateral is delivered to a third party acting as custodian. • Zero thresholds, in which parties are required to post collateral at any level of loss over a minimum amount specified in the derivatives contract. • Restricting the type of assets used as posted collateral to instruments permitted for investment by an FCU. Question 6: Are there ways to mitigate counterparty risk besides posting collateral? Are there additional or alternate collateralization conditions that NCUA should require beyond those described in this ANPR? By the National Credit Union Administration Board on January 26, 2012. Mary F. Rupp, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 2012–2092 Filed 2–2–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2012–0085; Directorate Identifier 2011–SW–004–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S–61A, D, E, L, N, NM, R, and V helicopters to require replacing each forward and aft fuel system 40 micron fuel filter element with a 10 micron fuel filter element. This proposed AD is prompted by a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) review of inservice events where engine performance degradation occurred and the review determined that some of these events were caused by contaminants larger than 10 microns present in the engine fuel control units (FCUs). The proposed actions are intended to prevent particulate contamination in the FCU, which could lead to malfunction of an internal valve(s), power loss at a critical phase of flight, and loss of control of the helicopter. We must receive comments on this proposed AD by April 3, 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 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to the ‘‘Mail’’ address between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. DATES: Examining the AD 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 Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Attn: Manager, Commercial Technical Support, mailstop s581a, 6900 Main St., Stratford, CT; telephone (203) 383–4866; email tsslibrary@sikorsky.com, or at http://www.sikorsky.com. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, E:\FR\FM\03FEP1.SGM 03FEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 23 / Friday, February 3, 2012 / Proposed Rules 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, Texas 76137. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kirk Gustafson, Aerospace Engineer, Boston Aircraft Certification Office, Engine and Propeller Directorate, FAA, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; telephone (781) 238–7190; email kirk.gustafson@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. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Discussion We propose to adopt a new AD for the Sikorsky Model S–61A, D, E, L, N, NM, R, and V helicopters with a fuel system 40 micron fuel filter element, part number (P/N) 52–0505–2 or 52–01064– 1. This proposed AD would require replacing each forward and aft fuel system 40 micron fuel filter element with a 10 micron fuel filter element. This proposed AD was prompted by an NTSB review of in-service events involving Sikorsky S–61 model helicopters where engine performance degradation occurred. The review determined that contaminants larger than 10 microns entering the engine FCU can migrate to the internal servo valves and the pressuring regulating valve, causing them to malfunction. Malfunction of these valves can result in abnormal engine operation and loss of power. The NTSB conducted this review as a part of its investigation of an VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:47 Feb 02, 2012 Jkt 226001 accident involving a Sikorsky S–61 model helicopter. During disassembly and examination of the FCUs in the accident helicopter, the NTSB found trace levels of contamination in each FCU, indicating the filters in the fuel supply system did not completely filter contaminants from the fuel. The NTSB stated that no evidence exists that contamination contributed to the accident, but concluded that using fuel system 10 micron fuel filters could reduce the risk of engine performance degradation occurring due to fuel contamination. This condition of particulate contamination in the FCU, if not corrected, could lead to malfunction of an internal valve, power loss at a critical phase of flight, and loss of control of the helicopter. FAA’s Determination We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all known relevant information and determined that an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of these same type designs. Related Service Information We reviewed Sikorsky Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. 61B30–16, dated February 2, 2010 (ASB No. 61B30–16), which supersedes ASB No. 61B28–1, dated January 15, 2010 (ASB No. 61B28–1). ASB No. 61B28–1 specified replacing the forward and aft fuel system 40 micron fuel filter elements with 10 micron fuel filter elements at the next scheduled inspection or within 150 flight hours from the issuance of the ASB. ASB 61B30–16 retains the same instructions as ASB 61B28–1, but deletes the compliance time ‘‘at the next scheduled preventative maintenance inspection.’’ Also, ASB No. 61B30–16 was issued because ASB No. 61B28–1 was incorrectly numbered. Proposed AD Requirements This proposed AD would require, within 150 hours time-in-service (TIS), replacing each forward and aft fuel system 40 micron fuel filter element with a 10 micron fuel filter element. Thereafter, operators would only be permitted to install a fuel system 10 micron fuel filter element when replacing the forward or aft fuel system fuel filter element. This proposed AD would also require re-identifying the fuel filter and the fuel control assembly. Differences Between This Proposed AD and the Service Information ASB 61B30–16 specifies complying with the instructions within 150 flight hours from the issuance of the ASB, but this proposed AD requires complying PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 5419 with the instructions within 150 hours TIS from the effective date of the proposed AD. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD would affect 78 helicopters of U.S. Registry. We estimate that operators may incur the following costs in order to comply with this AD. It would take approximately 4 work-hours to replace the fuel system fuel filters and reidentify the fuel tank fuel filter and fuel control assembly bracket. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour and required parts will cost about $370 per helicopter. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the proposed AD on U.S. operators would be $710 per helicopter and the total cost of this AD on U.S. operators would be $55,380. 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 E:\FR\FM\03FEP1.SGM 03FEP1 5420 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 23 / Friday, February 3, 2012 / Proposed Rules 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. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new Airworthiness Directive (AD): Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation: Docket No. FAA–2012–0085; Directorate Identifier 2011–SW–004–AD. (a) Applicability This AD applies to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S–61A, D, E, L, N, NM, R, and V helicopters with a fuel system 40 micron fuel filter element, part number (P/N) 52–0505–2 or 52–01064–1, certificated in any category. (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as contaminants present in the engine fuel control units (FCUs). This AD was prompted by a National Transportation Safety Board review of in-service events where engine performance degradation occurred. This condition could result in particulate contamination in the FCU, which could lead to malfunction of an internal valve, power loss at a critical phase of flight, and loss of control of the helicopter. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (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) Required Actions (1) Within 150 hours time-in-service, do the following: (i) Replace each forward and aft fuel system 40 micron fuel filter element with a 10 micron fuel filter element, P/N AM52– 01064–1. (ii) Re-identify the fuel filter, P/N 52– 2145–009, and fuel control assembly bracket as follows: VerDate Mar<15>2010 20:47 Feb 02, 2012 Jkt 226001 (A) On the fuel filter identification plate, cross out the last two digits (‘‘09’’) of the existing fuel filter P/N 52–2145–009, and replace those last two digits with ‘‘14’’ to reidentify the fuel filter as P/N 52–2145–014. (B) Change the existing fuel control assembly part number on the fuel control assembly bracket to re-identify it as follows: (1) Change fuel control assembly P/N S6130–63209–001 to P/N S6130–63209–041. (2) Change fuel control assembly P/N S6130–63209–002 to P/N S6130–63209–042. (3) Change fuel control assembly P/N S6130–63209–003 to P/N S6130–63209–043. (4) Change fuel control assembly P/N S6130–63209–004 to P/N S6130–63209–044. (e) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOC) (1) The Manager, Boston Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Kirk Gustafson, Aerospace Engineer, Boston Aircraft Certification Office, Engine and Propeller Directorate, FAA,12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; telephone (781) 238–7190; email kirk.gustafson@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. Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Alert Service Bulletin No. 61B30–16, dated February 2, 1010, which is not incorporated by reference, contains additional information about the subject of this AD. For this service information, contact Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Attn: Manager, Commercial Technical Support, mailstop s581a, 6900 Main St., Stratford, CT; telephone (203) 383– 4866; email tsslibrary@sikorsky.com, or at http://www.sikorsky.com. You may review copies of this information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, Texas 76137. (g) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 2800, Fuel system. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on January 23, 2012. Kim Smith, Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2012–2421 Filed 2–2–12; 8:45 am] PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2012–0083; Directorate Identifier 2010–SW–022–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Aeronautical Accessories Inc. High Landing Gear Aft Crosstube Assembly Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for the Aeronautical Accessories Inc. (AAI) High Landing Gear Aft Crosstube Assembly (aft crosstube) installed on certain Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (Bell) and Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) model helicopters as an approved Bell part installed during production or based on a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). This proposed AD is prompted by three reports of failed crosstubes because of cracks. The proposed actions are intended to prevent failure of a crosstube, collapse of the landing gear, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. SUMMARY: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by April 3, 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 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to the ‘‘Mail’’ address between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. DATES: (f) Additional Information BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Examining the AD 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 E:\FR\FM\03FEP1.SGM 03FEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 23 (Friday, February 3, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0085; Directorate Identifier 2011-SW-004-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation 
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 
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-61A, D, E, L, N, NM, 
R, and V helicopters to require replacing each forward and aft fuel 
system 40 micron fuel filter element with a 10 micron fuel filter 
element. This proposed AD is prompted by a National Transportation 
Safety Board (NTSB) review of in-service events where engine 
performance degradation occurred and the review determined that some of 
these events were caused by contaminants larger than 10 microns present 
in the engine fuel control units (FCUs). The proposed actions are 
intended to prevent particulate contamination in the FCU, which could 
lead to malfunction of an internal valve(s), power loss at a critical 
phase of flight, and loss of control of the helicopter.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by April 3, 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 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery: Deliver to the ``Mail'' address between 9 
a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Examining the AD 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 
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Attn: Manager, Commercial Technical 
Support, mailstop s581a, 6900 Main St., Stratford, CT; telephone (203) 
383-4866; email tsslibrary@sikorsky.com, or at http://www.sikorsky.com. 
You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, 
Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region,

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2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, Texas 76137.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kirk Gustafson, Aerospace Engineer, 
Boston Aircraft Certification Office, Engine and Propeller Directorate, 
FAA, 12 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803; telephone 
(781) 238-7190; email kirk.gustafson@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

    We propose to adopt a new AD for the Sikorsky Model S-61A, D, E, L, 
N, NM, R, and V helicopters with a fuel system 40 micron fuel filter 
element, part number (P/N) 52-0505-2 or 52-01064-1. This proposed AD 
would require replacing each forward and aft fuel system 40 micron fuel 
filter element with a 10 micron fuel filter element. This proposed AD 
was prompted by an NTSB review of in-service events involving Sikorsky 
S-61 model helicopters where engine performance degradation occurred. 
The review determined that contaminants larger than 10 microns entering 
the engine FCU can migrate to the internal servo valves and the 
pressuring regulating valve, causing them to malfunction. Malfunction 
of these valves can result in abnormal engine operation and loss of 
power. The NTSB conducted this review as a part of its investigation of 
an accident involving a Sikorsky S-61 model helicopter. During 
disassembly and examination of the FCUs in the accident helicopter, the 
NTSB found trace levels of contamination in each FCU, indicating the 
filters in the fuel supply system did not completely filter 
contaminants from the fuel. The NTSB stated that no evidence exists 
that contamination contributed to the accident, but concluded that 
using fuel system 10 micron fuel filters could reduce the risk of 
engine performance degradation occurring due to fuel contamination. 
This condition of particulate contamination in the FCU, if not 
corrected, could lead to malfunction of an internal valve, power loss 
at a critical phase of flight, and loss of control of the helicopter.

FAA's Determination

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

Related Service Information

    We reviewed Sikorsky Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. 61B30-16, 
dated February 2, 2010 (ASB No. 61B30-16), which supersedes ASB No. 
61B28-1, dated January 15, 2010 (ASB No. 61B28-1). ASB No. 61B28-1 
specified replacing the forward and aft fuel system 40 micron fuel 
filter elements with 10 micron fuel filter elements at the next 
scheduled inspection or within 150 flight hours from the issuance of 
the ASB. ASB 61B30-16 retains the same instructions as ASB 61B28-1, but 
deletes the compliance time ``at the next scheduled preventative 
maintenance inspection.'' Also, ASB No. 61B30-16 was issued because ASB 
No. 61B28-1 was incorrectly numbered.

Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would require, within 150 hours time-in-service 
(TIS), replacing each forward and aft fuel system 40 micron fuel filter 
element with a 10 micron fuel filter element. Thereafter, operators 
would only be permitted to install a fuel system 10 micron fuel filter 
element when replacing the forward or aft fuel system fuel filter 
element. This proposed AD would also require re-identifying the fuel 
filter and the fuel control assembly.

Differences Between This Proposed AD and the Service Information

    ASB 61B30-16 specifies complying with the instructions within 150 
flight hours from the issuance of the ASB, but this proposed AD 
requires complying with the instructions within 150 hours TIS from the 
effective date of the proposed AD.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD would affect 78 helicopters of 
U.S. Registry. We estimate that operators may incur the following costs 
in order to comply with this AD. It would take approximately 4 work-
hours to replace the fuel system fuel filters and re-identify the fuel 
tank fuel filter and fuel control assembly bracket. The average labor 
rate is $85 per work-hour and required parts will cost about $370 per 
helicopter. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the 
proposed AD on U.S. operators would be $710 per helicopter and the 
total cost of this AD on U.S. operators would be $55,380.

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

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    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 
Airworthiness Directive (AD):

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation: Docket No. FAA-2012-0085; Directorate 
Identifier 2011-SW-004-AD.

 (a) Applicability

    This AD applies to Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) 
Model S-61A, D, E, L, N, NM, R, and V helicopters with a fuel system 
40 micron fuel filter element, part number (P/N) 52-0505-2 or 52-
01064-1, certificated in any category.

(b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as contaminants present in 
the engine fuel control units (FCUs). This AD was prompted by a 
National Transportation Safety Board review of in-service events 
where engine performance degradation occurred. This condition could 
result in particulate contamination in the FCU, which could lead to 
malfunction of an internal valve, power loss at a critical phase of 
flight, and loss of control of the helicopter.

(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) Required Actions

    (1) Within 150 hours time-in-service, do the following:
    (i) Replace each forward and aft fuel system 40 micron fuel 
filter element with a 10 micron fuel filter element, P/N AM52-01064-
1.
    (ii) Re-identify the fuel filter, P/N 52-2145-009, and fuel 
control assembly bracket as follows:
    (A) On the fuel filter identification plate, cross out the last 
two digits (``09'') of the existing fuel filter P/N 52-2145-009, and 
replace those last two digits with ``14'' to re-identify the fuel 
filter as P/N 52-2145-014.
    (B) Change the existing fuel control assembly part number on the 
fuel control assembly bracket to re-identify it as follows:
    (1) Change fuel control assembly P/N S6130-63209-001 to P/N 
S6130-63209-041.
    (2) Change fuel control assembly P/N S6130-63209-002 to P/N 
S6130-63209-042.
    (3) Change fuel control assembly P/N S6130-63209-003 to P/N 
S6130-63209-043.
    (4) Change fuel control assembly P/N S6130-63209-004 to P/N 
S6130-63209-044.

(e) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOC)

    (1) The Manager, Boston Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, may 
approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Kirk Gustafson, 
Aerospace Engineer, Boston Aircraft Certification Office, Engine and 
Propeller Directorate, FAA,12 New England Executive Park, 
Burlington, MA 01803; telephone (781) 238-7190; email 
kirk.gustafson@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

    Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation Alert Service Bulletin No. 61B30-
16, dated February 2, 1010, which is not incorporated by reference, 
contains additional information about the subject of this AD. For 
this service information, contact Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, 
Attn: Manager, Commercial Technical Support, mailstop s581a, 6900 
Main St., Stratford, CT; telephone (203) 383-4866; email 
tsslibrary@sikorsky.com, or at http://www.sikorsky.com. You may 
review copies of this information at the FAA, Office of the Regional 
Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, 
Texas 76137.

(g) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 2800, Fuel system.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on January 23, 2012.
Kim Smith,
Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-2421 Filed 2-2-12; 8:45 am]
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