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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 205 / Tuesday, October 23, 2012 / Rules and Regulations any helicopter unless it has been inspected as required by this AD. (f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Rao Edupuganti, Aviation Safety Engineer, Regulations and Policy Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222–5110; email rao. edupuganti@faa.gov. (2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating certificate or under 14 CFR 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. (g) Additional Information (1) Eurocopter Emergency Alert Service Bulletin No. 63A011, Revision 0, dated August 1, 2012, which is not incorporated by reference, contains additional information about the subject of this AD. For service information identified in this AD, contact American Eurocopter Corporation, 2701 N. Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; telephone (972) 641–0000 or (800) 232–0323; fax (972) 641–3775; or at http://www. eurocopter.com/techpub. You may review a copy of the service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth Texas 76137. (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation Safety Agency AD No. 2012–0144–E, dated August 1, 2012. (h) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6320: Main Rotor Gearbox. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 15, 2012. Lance T. Gant, Acting Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2012–25894 Filed 10–22–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2012–0342; Directorate Identifier 2011–SW–028–AD; Amendment 39–17216; AD 2012–21–01] tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; MD Helicopters, Inc. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:04 Oct 22, 2012 Jkt 229001 We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to supersede an existing airworthiness directive for MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), Model MD900 helicopters. The existing AD requires a visual inspection, and if necessary, an eddy current inspection of the main rotor lower hub assembly (lower hub) for a crack. If a crack exists, the AD requires replacing the lower hub with an airworthy lower hub before further flight. Because that AD was immediately effective, we declined to require certain long-term actions prior to public comment. This superseding AD will require the same inspections as the existing AD but will also require long-term recurring inspections and replacing the lower hub with an airworthy lower hub. We are issuing this AD to detect a crack in the lower hub and prevent failure of the lower hub and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. DATES: This AD is effective November 27, 2012. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain documents listed in this AD as of November 27, 2012. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this AD, contact MD Helicopters Inc., Attn: Customer Support Division, 4555 E. McDowell Rd., Mail Stop M615, Mesa, AZ 85215– 9734, telephone 1–800–388–3378, fax 480–346–6813, or at http:// www.mdhelicopters.com. You may review a copy of the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth Texas 76137. 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 AD, any incorporated-by-reference service information, the economic evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations Office (phone: 800– 647–5527) is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations Office, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric Schrieber, Aviation Safety Engineer, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 3960 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712; telephone (562) 627–5348; email eric.schrieber@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 64709 Discussion On March 29, 2012, at 77 FR 18963, the Federal Register published our notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), which proposed to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to MDHI Model MD900 helicopters. That NPRM proposed to supersede an existing AD to require the same inspections as the existing AD but also require recurring inspections and replacing the lower hub with an airworthy lower hub. The proposed requirements were intended to detect a crack in the lower hub and prevent failure of the lower hub and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD, but we received no comments on the NPRM. FAA’s Determination We have reviewed the relevant information and determined that an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of these same type designs and that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD requirements as proposed. Related Service Information We reviewed MDHI Service Bulletin SB900–117, dated January 14, 2011 (SB). The SB specifies an initial 100hour and recurring 300-hour visual and eddy current inspections of the lower hub for a crack and, if a crack exists, replacement of the lower hub with an airworthy lower hub. The SB requires the inspections at the stated intervals or during the next annual inspection, whichever occurs first. The SB also specifies replacing the lower hub within three years. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect 12 helicopters of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD: • Visually inspecting the hub. We estimate that will take one work-hour at $85 an hour, for a total cost per helicopter of $85 and a total cost of $1,020 for the fleet. • Eddy current inspecting the lower hub. We estimate that will take one work-hour at $85 an hour, for a total cost per helicopter of $85 and a total cost of $1,020 for the fleet. • Replacing the lower hub. We estimate that will take 11 work-hours at $85 an hour for a total labor cost of $935, and that parts will cost $12,480 per hub, for a total cost of $13,415 per E:\FR\FM\23OCR1.SGM 23OCR1 64710 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 205 / Tuesday, October 23, 2012 / Rules and Regulations helicopter and a total cost of $160,980 for the fleet. • The costs for U.S. operators will total $163,020, assuming that the lower hubs for the entire fleet get replaced. 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. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Regulatory Findings This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under 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 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. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:04 Oct 22, 2012 Jkt 229001 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 removing airworthiness directive (AD) 2011–14–05, Amendment 39–16740 (76 FR 41662, July 15, 2011), and adding the following new AD: ■ 2012–21–01 MD HELICOPTERS, Inc. (MDHI): Amendment 39–17216; Docket No. FAA–2012–0342; Directorate Identifier 2011–SW–028–AD. (a) Applicability This AD applies to MDHI Model MD900 helicopters with main rotor lower hub assembly (lower hub) part number 900R2101008–107, with serial numbers beginning with 5009, certificated in any category. (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as a crack in the main rotor lower hub assembly (lower hub). This condition could result in failure of the lower hub and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. (c) Other Affected ADs This AD supersedes AD 2011–14–05, amendment 39–16740 (76 FR 41662, July 15, 2011). (d) Effective Date This AD becomes effective November 27, 2012. (e) 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. (f) Required Actions (1) Within 100 hours time-in-service (TIS) or during the next annual inspection, whichever occurs first, unless done within the last 200 hours TIS, and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 300 hours TIS or during the next annual inspection, whichever occurs first: (i) Visually inspect the sides and bottom of the area between the arms for the centering bearing and the areas adjacent to the bushings of the lower hub assembly for a crack. If there is a crack, before further flight, replace the lower hub with an airworthy lower hub. (ii) If the lower hub is not replaced as a result of the visual inspection required by paragraph (f)(1)(i) of this AD, eddy current inspect the lower hub for a crack by following the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs 2.A(2) through 2.A.(10)., of MD Helicopters Inc. Service Bulletin SB900–117, dated January 14, 2011. If there is a crack, before further flight, replace the lower hub with an airworthy hub. (2) The eddy current inspection required by paragraph (f)(1)(ii) of this AD must be PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 done by a Level II technician with ASNT– TC–1A, CEN EN 4179, MIL–STD–410, NAS410, or equivalent certification in eddy current inspections. The technician must have done an eddy current inspection in the last 12 months. (3) Within 3 years, replace the lower hub with an airworthy lower hub not included in the Applicability section of this AD. This replacement is terminating action for the requirements of this AD. (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office (LAACO), FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Eric Schrieber, Aviation Safety Engineer, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 3960 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712; telephone (562) 627–5348; email eric.schrieber@faa.gov. (2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating certificate or under 14 CFR 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. (h) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 2597, Equipment/furnishing system wiring. (i) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) MD Helicopters Inc. Service Bulletin SB900–117, dated January 14, 2011. (ii) Reserved. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact MD Helicopters Inc., Attn: Customer Support Division, 4555 E. McDowell Rd., Mail Stop M615, Mesa, AZ 85215–9734, telephone 1–800–388–3378, fax 480–346–6813, or at http:// www.mdhelicopters.com. (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, Texas 76137. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (817) 222–5110. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call (202) 741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. E:\FR\FM\23OCR1.SGM 23OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 205 / Tuesday, October 23, 2012 / Rules and Regulations Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 5, 2012. Kim Smith, Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2012–25387 Filed 10–22–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2010–0856; Directorate Identifier 2010–NM–117–AD; Amendment 39–17224; AD 2012–21–08] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are superseding an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 737–600, –700, –700C, –800, and –900 series airplanes. That AD currently requires installing and testing an updated version of the operational program software (OPS) of the flight control computers (FCCs). This new AD requires an inspection for part numbers of the operational program software of the flight control computers, and corrective actions if necessary. This AD was prompted by reports of undetected erroneous output from a single radio altimeter channel, which resulted in premature autothrottle retard during approach. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct an unsafe condition associated with erroneous output from a radio altimeter channel, which could result in premature autothrottle landing flare retard and the loss of automatic speed control, and consequent loss of control of the airplane. DATES: This AD is effective November 27, 2012. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the AD as of November 27, 2012. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain other publication listed in this AD as of May 12, 2005 (70 FR 17603, April 7, 2005). ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H–65, Seattle, WA 98124–2207; telephone 206–544–5000, extension 1; tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:04 Oct 22, 2012 Jkt 229001 fax 206–766–5680; Internet https:// www.myboeingfleet.com. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (phone: 800–647–5527) is Document Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gregg Nesemeier, Senior Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Equipment Branch, ANM–130S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; phone: (425) 917–6479; fax: (425) 917–6590; email: gregg.nesemeier@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2005–07– 20, Amendment 39–14045 (70 FR 17603, April 7, 2005). That AD applied to the specified products. That SNPRM published in the Federal Register on May 30, 2012 (77 FR 31758). The original NPRM (75 FR 57885, September 23, 2010) proposed to require inspecting for part numbers of the OPS of the FCCs, and doing corrective actions if necessary. The SNPRM contained the same requirements as the original NPRM, but also proposed to supersede an existing AD to require new software. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. The following presents the comments received on the SNPRM (77 FR 31758, May 30, 2012) and the FAA’s response to each comment. Support for the SNPRM (77 FR 31758, May 30, 2012) Boeing supports the SNPRM (77 FR 31758, May 30, 2012). PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 64711 Requests To Use Alternative Service Information Europe Airpost and Southwest Airlines requested that we revise the SNPRM (77 FR 31758, May 30, 2012) to include Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–22A1224, dated May 18, 2012, as an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in the SNPRM. Europe Airpost explained that Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–22A1224, dated May 18, 2012, takes into account the latest version (and later versions) of the OPS part number (P/N) 2274–COL– AC1–07 (P6.0 version number) and OPS software of the FCC. Southwest Airlines explained that Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737– 22A1224, dated May 18, 2012, requires installation of FCC software P/N 2274– COL–AC1–07, and that its latest Model 737–800 deliveries have FCC software P/N 2274–COL–AC1–07 installed. Southwest Airlines stated that it has begun installing this version of the FCC software into all its airplanes, using Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737– 22A1224, dated May 18, 2012. Southwest Airlines also reasoned that Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737– 22A1224, dated May 18, 2012, has already been approved as an AMOC for AD 2005–07–20, Amendment 39–14045 (70 FR 17603, April 7, 2005). We agree with the commenters’ requests. We agree to allow use of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737– 22A1224, dated May 18, 2012, for the installation actions specified in paragraphs (h)(1)(ii) and (h)(2) of this AD, although the compliance time for this final rule remains the same as proposed: Within 3 months after the effective date of this AD. We have reformatted and revised paragraphs (h)(1) and (h)(2) of this final rule accordingly. Request To Remove the Phrase ‘‘Fully Interchangeable’’ Paragraph (h)(1) of the SNPRM (77 FR 31758, May 30, 2012) specified installation of certain software that is ‘‘fully interchangeable’’ with the software specified in table 2 of the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 737–22A1211, dated April 13, 2010. Southwest Airlines requested that we revise the SNPRM by removing the phrase ‘‘fully interchangeable’’ from paragraph (h)(1) of the SNPRM and allowing, as acceptable in paragraphs (h)(1) and (h)(2) of the SNPRM, ‘‘subsequent software versions that have been approved by the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) after April 13, E:\FR\FM\23OCR1.SGM 23OCR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2012-0342; Directorate Identifier 2011-SW-028-AD; 
Amendment 39-17216; AD 2012-21-01]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; MD Helicopters, Inc.

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) to 
supersede an existing airworthiness directive for MD Helicopters, Inc. 
(MDHI), Model MD900 helicopters. The existing AD requires a visual 
inspection, and if necessary, an eddy current inspection of the main 
rotor lower hub assembly (lower hub) for a crack. If a crack exists, 
the AD requires replacing the lower hub with an airworthy lower hub 
before further flight. Because that AD was immediately effective, we 
declined to require certain long-term actions prior to public comment. 
This superseding AD will require the same inspections as the existing 
AD but will also require long-term recurring inspections and replacing 
the lower hub with an airworthy lower hub. We are issuing this AD to 
detect a crack in the lower hub and prevent failure of the lower hub 
and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

DATES: This AD is effective November 27, 2012.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain documents listed in this AD as of November 27, 
2012.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this AD, contact MD 
Helicopters Inc., Attn: Customer Support Division, 4555 E. McDowell 
Rd., Mail Stop M615, Mesa, AZ 85215-9734, telephone 1-800-388-3378, fax 
480-346-6813, or at http://www.mdhelicopters.com. You may review a copy 
of the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the 
Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort 
Worth Texas 76137.
    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 AD, any 
incorporated-by-reference service information, the economic evaluation, 
any comments received, and other information. The street address for 
the Docket Operations Office (phone: 800-647-5527) is U.S. Department 
of Transportation, Docket Operations Office, M-30, West Building Ground 
Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric Schrieber, Aviation Safety 
Engineer, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, Transport Airplane 
Directorate, FAA, 3960 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712; telephone 
(562) 627-5348; email eric.schrieber@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    On March 29, 2012, at 77 FR 18963, the Federal Register published 
our notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), which proposed to amend 14 
CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to MDHI Model MD900 
helicopters. That NPRM proposed to supersede an existing AD to require 
the same inspections as the existing AD but also require recurring 
inspections and replacing the lower hub with an airworthy lower hub. 
The proposed requirements were intended to detect a crack in the lower 
hub and prevent failure of the lower hub and subsequent loss of control 
of the helicopter.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD, but we received no comments on the NPRM.

FAA's Determination

    We have reviewed the relevant information and determined that an 
unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other 
products of these same type designs and that air safety and the public 
interest require adopting the AD requirements as proposed.

Related Service Information

    We reviewed MDHI Service Bulletin SB900-117, dated January 14, 2011 
(SB). The SB specifies an initial 100-hour and recurring 300-hour 
visual and eddy current inspections of the lower hub for a crack and, 
if a crack exists, replacement of the lower hub with an airworthy lower 
hub. The SB requires the inspections at the stated intervals or during 
the next annual inspection, whichever occurs first. The SB also 
specifies replacing the lower hub within three years.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD will affect 12 helicopters of U.S. 
registry.
    We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:
     Visually inspecting the hub. We estimate that will take 
one work-hour at $85 an hour, for a total cost per helicopter of $85 
and a total cost of $1,020 for the fleet.
     Eddy current inspecting the lower hub. We estimate that 
will take one work-hour at $85 an hour, for a total cost per helicopter 
of $85 and a total cost of $1,020 for the fleet.
     Replacing the lower hub. We estimate that will take 11 
work-hours at $85 an hour for a total labor cost of $935, and that 
parts will cost $12,480 per hub, for a total cost of $13,415 per

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helicopter and a total cost of $160,980 for the fleet.
     The costs for U.S. operators will total $163,020, assuming 
that the lower hubs for the entire fleet get replaced.

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

    This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 
13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, 
on the relationship between the national government and the States, or 
on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various 
levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:
    (1) Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive 
Order 12866;
    (2) Is not a ``significant rule'' under 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 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.

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

0
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]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by removing airworthiness directive (AD) 
2011-14-05, Amendment 39-16740 (76 FR 41662, July 15, 2011), and adding 
the following new AD:

2012-21-01 MD HELICOPTERS, Inc. (MDHI): Amendment 39-17216; Docket 
No. FAA-2012-0342; Directorate Identifier 2011-SW-028-AD.

(a) Applicability

    This AD applies to MDHI Model MD900 helicopters with main rotor 
lower hub assembly (lower hub) part number 900R2101008-107, with 
serial numbers beginning with 5009, certificated in any category.

(b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as a crack in the main 
rotor lower hub assembly (lower hub). This condition could result in 
failure of the lower hub and subsequent loss of control of the 
helicopter.

(c) Other Affected ADs

    This AD supersedes AD 2011-14-05, amendment 39-16740 (76 FR 
41662, July 15, 2011).

(d) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective November 27, 2012.

(e) 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.

(f) Required Actions

    (1) Within 100 hours time-in-service (TIS) or during the next 
annual inspection, whichever occurs first, unless done within the 
last 200 hours TIS, and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 300 
hours TIS or during the next annual inspection, whichever occurs 
first:
    (i) Visually inspect the sides and bottom of the area between 
the arms for the centering bearing and the areas adjacent to the 
bushings of the lower hub assembly for a crack. If there is a crack, 
before further flight, replace the lower hub with an airworthy lower 
hub.
    (ii) If the lower hub is not replaced as a result of the visual 
inspection required by paragraph (f)(1)(i) of this AD, eddy current 
inspect the lower hub for a crack by following the Accomplishment 
Instructions, paragraphs 2.A(2) through 2.A.(10)., of MD Helicopters 
Inc. Service Bulletin SB900-117, dated January 14, 2011. If there is 
a crack, before further flight, replace the lower hub with an 
airworthy hub.
    (2) The eddy current inspection required by paragraph (f)(1)(ii) 
of this AD must be done by a Level II technician with ASNT-TC-1A, 
CEN EN 4179, MIL-STD-410, NAS410, or equivalent certification in 
eddy current inspections. The technician must have done an eddy 
current inspection in the last 12 months.
    (3) Within 3 years, replace the lower hub with an airworthy 
lower hub not included in the Applicability section of this AD. This 
replacement is terminating action for the requirements of this AD.

(g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office 
(LAACO), FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: 
Eric Schrieber, Aviation Safety Engineer, Los Angeles Aircraft 
Certification Office, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 3960 
Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712; telephone (562) 627-5348; email 
eric.schrieber@faa.gov.
    (2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating 
certificate or under 14 CFR 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.

(h) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 2597, Equipment/
furnishing system wiring.

(i) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) MD Helicopters Inc. Service Bulletin SB900-117, dated 
January 14, 2011.
    (ii) Reserved.
    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact MD 
Helicopters Inc., Attn: Customer Support Division, 4555 E. McDowell 
Rd., Mail Stop M615, Mesa, AZ 85215-9734, telephone 1-800-388-3378, 
fax 480-346-6813, or at http://www.mdhelicopters.com.
    (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Office of the 
Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, 
Fort Worth, Texas 76137. For information on the availability of this 
material at the FAA, call (817) 222-5110.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.


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    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 5, 2012.
Kim Smith,
Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-25387 Filed 10-22-12; 8:45 am]
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