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Download as PDF 64706 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 205 / Tuesday, October 23, 2012 / Rules and Regulations feed of the fuel system, and all applicable corrective actions, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747–28A2331, dated April 2, 2012. Do all applicable corrective actions before further flight. Repeat the operational test thereafter at intervals not to exceed 30,000 flight hours. Thereafter, except as provided in paragraph (h) of this AD, no alternative procedure or repetitive test intervals will be allowed. Issued in Renton, Washington, on October 5, 2012. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. (h) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) Federal Aviation Administration (1) The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the manager of the ACO, send it to the attention of the person identified in the Related Information section of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANMSeattle-ACO-AMOC-Requests@faa.gov. (2) Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. 14 CFR Part 39 (i) Related Information For more information about this AD, contact Sue Lucier, Aerospace Engineer, Propulsion Branch, ANM–140S, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, Washington 98057– 3356; phone: 425–917–6438; fax: 425–917– 6590; email: suzanne.lucier@faa.gov. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES (j) 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) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 747– 28A2331, dated April 2, 2012. (ii) Reserved. (3) 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; fax 206–766–5680; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. (4) 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. (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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:04 Oct 22, 2012 Jkt 229001 [FR Doc. 2012–25674 Filed 10–22–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION [Docket No. FAA–2012–1128; Directorate Identifier 2012–SW–064–AD; Amendment 39–17225; AD 2012–21–09] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model EC225 helicopters with certain epicyclic modules installed. This AD requires inspecting the epicyclic module for the presence of a through-hole upstream of the magnetic plug. This AD is prompted by a report of a missing through-hole between the integrated collector and the magnetic plug, which would prevent the flow of chips from the integrated collector to the magnetic plug. This could result in the chip-detector system failing to detect deterioration of the main rotor mast lift bearing (lift bearing). These actions are intended to detect a missing through-hole and prevent lift bearing failure and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. SUMMARY: This AD becomes effective November 7, 2012. We must receive comments on this AD by December 24, 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 DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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 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 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 the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, Texas 76137. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not provide you with notice and an opportunity to provide your comments prior to it becoming effective. However, 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 resulted from adopting this AD. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the AD, 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 them 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 rulemaking during the comment period. We will consider all the comments we receive and may conduct additional rulemaking based on those comments. E:\FR\FM\23OCR1.SGM 23OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 205 / Tuesday, October 23, 2012 / Rules and Regulations Discussion The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA Emergency AD No. 2012–0144–E, dated August 1, 2012 (EAD 2012–0144–E), to correct an unsafe condition for Eurocopter Model EC225 LP helicopters, delivered before August 1, 2012, with an epicyclic module part number (P/N) 332A32– 5021–00 or P/N 332A32–5021–01 installed. EASA advises that the main rotor transmission incorporates a metal chip detection system to detect possible metal deterioration inside the assembly. EASA states the tapered housing of the epicyclic module is fitted with a magnetic plug, located downstream of the integrated collector, designed to detect possible deterioration of the lift bearing by attracting any metallic particles or chips suspended in the oil flow. According to EASA, it was reported that the hole joining the integrated collector and the magnetic plug was not a through hole, which prevented oil flow to the magnetic plug. This condition resulted in a functional loss of the magnetic plug to detect any particles or chips which may have been shed by the lift bearing. Because the root cause of the missing through-hole has not been identified, and is still under investigation, it cannot be determined if this unsafe condition is limited to one helicopter. This condition, if not corrected, could result in failure of the main rotor transmission and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. To address this condition, EAD 2012– 0144–E requires inspecting for the presence of a through hole between the integrated collector and the magnetic plug in the epicyclic module. If the through hole is missing, EAD 2012– 0144–E requires repetitive inspections of the two rotor revolution (NR) sensors for the presence of any particles. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES FAA’s Determination These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of France and are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with France, EASA, its technical representative, has notified us of the unsafe condition described in the EASA AD. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all information provided by EASA and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other helicopters of the same type design. Related Service Information Eurocopter has published Emergency Alert Service Bulletin (EASB) No. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:04 Oct 22, 2012 Jkt 229001 63A011, Revision 0, dated August 1, 2012, for Model EC225 helicopters. The EASB describes procedures to inspect the epicyclic module chip detection system for the presence of a throughhole in the tapered housing. The EASB also describes procedures for a repetitive inspection for any chips on the two NR sensors if the through-hole is not present. EASA classified this ASB as mandatory and issued EAD 2012–0144– E to ensure the continued airworthiness of these helicopters. AD Requirements This AD requires, within 10 hours time-in-service (TIS), inspecting the epicyclic module for a through-hole above the magnetic plug. If the hole is not a through-hole, this AD requires replacing the epicyclic module before further flight. Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD If there is not a through-hole in the epicyclic module, the EASA AD requires a repetitive inspection for any chips on the two NR sensors, while this AD requires replacing the epicyclic module. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD will affect 3 helicopters of U.S. Registry. We estimate that operators may incur the following costs in order to comply with this AD. Inspecting the epicyclic module will require .5 work-hour, at an average labor rate of $85 per hour, for a cost of $43 per helicopter, and a total cost to U.S. operators of $129. If required, replacing the epicyclic module will require 10 work-hours, at an average labor rate of $85 per hour, and required parts will cost $554,204, for a total cost per helicopter of $555,054. FAA’s Justification and Determination of the Effective Date Providing an opportunity for public comments prior to adopting these AD requirements would delay implementing the safety actions needed to correct this known unsafe condition. Therefore, we find that the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment prior to the adoption of this rule because the required corrective actions must be accomplished within 10 hours TIS. Since an unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD, we determined that notice and opportunity for public comment before issuing this AD are impracticable and that good cause exists for making this PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 64707 amendment effective in less than 30 days. 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 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, 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: E:\FR\FM\23OCR1.SGM 23OCR1 64708 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 205 / Tuesday, October 23, 2012 / Rules and Regulations (a) Applicability This AD applies to Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model EC225 LP helicopters, with an epicyclic module, part number (P/N) 332A32–5021–00 or 332A32–5021–01, installed, certificated in any category. 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): ■ tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES 2012–21–09 Eurocopter France: Amendment 39–17225; Docket No. FAA–2012–1128; Directorate Identifier 2012–SW–064–AD. (2) If the hole above the magnetic plug is not a through-hole, before further flight, VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:04 Oct 22, 2012 Jkt 229001 (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as a missing through-hole, joining the integrated collector to the magnetic plug. This condition could result in failure of the chip-detector system to detect deterioration of the main rotor mast lift bearing, failure of the lift bearing, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. (e) Required Actions (c) Effective Date This AD becomes effective November 7, 2012. replace the epicyclic module with an airworthy epicyclic module. PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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. (1) Within 10 hours time-in-service (TIS), inspect the tapered housing of the epicyclic module to determine if there is a throughhole upstream of the magnetic plug. (i) Remove the magnetic plug and support from the housing. (ii) Determine if the hole above the magnetic plug is a through-hole as shown in figures 1 and 2 to paragraph (e)(1)(ii) of this AD. (3) Do not install an epicyclic module, P/ N 332A32–5021–00 or 332A32–5021–01, on E:\FR\FM\23OCR1.SGM 23OCR1 ER23OC12.001</GPH> 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ (d) Compliance. ER23OC12.000</GPH> PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 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

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2012-1128; Directorate Identifier 2012-SW-064-AD; 
Amendment 39-17225; AD 2012-21-09]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of 
Transportation (DOT).

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model EC225 helicopters with certain 
epicyclic modules installed. This AD requires inspecting the epicyclic 
module for the presence of a through-hole upstream of the magnetic 
plug. This AD is prompted by a report of a missing through-hole between 
the integrated collector and the magnetic plug, which would prevent the 
flow of chips from the integrated collector to the magnetic plug. This 
could result in the chip-detector system failing to detect 
deterioration of the main rotor mast lift bearing (lift bearing). These 
actions are intended to detect a missing through-hole and prevent lift 
bearing failure and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

DATES: This AD becomes effective November 7, 2012.
    We must receive comments on this AD by December 24, 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 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 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 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: 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.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety, and we did not provide you with notice and an opportunity to 
provide your comments prior to it becoming effective. However, 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 resulted 
from adopting this AD. The most helpful comments reference a specific 
portion of the AD, 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 them 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 rulemaking during the 
comment period. We will consider all the comments we receive and may 
conduct additional rulemaking based on those comments.

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Discussion

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA 
Emergency AD No. 2012-0144-E, dated August 1, 2012 (EAD 2012-0144-E), 
to correct an unsafe condition for Eurocopter Model EC225 LP 
helicopters, delivered before August 1, 2012, with an epicyclic module 
part number (P/N) 332A32-5021-00 or P/N 332A32-5021-01 installed. EASA 
advises that the main rotor transmission incorporates a metal chip 
detection system to detect possible metal deterioration inside the 
assembly. EASA states the tapered housing of the epicyclic module is 
fitted with a magnetic plug, located downstream of the integrated 
collector, designed to detect possible deterioration of the lift 
bearing by attracting any metallic particles or chips suspended in the 
oil flow. According to EASA, it was reported that the hole joining the 
integrated collector and the magnetic plug was not a through hole, 
which prevented oil flow to the magnetic plug. This condition resulted 
in a functional loss of the magnetic plug to detect any particles or 
chips which may have been shed by the lift bearing. Because the root 
cause of the missing through-hole has not been identified, and is still 
under investigation, it cannot be determined if this unsafe condition 
is limited to one helicopter. This condition, if not corrected, could 
result in failure of the main rotor transmission and subsequent loss of 
control of the helicopter. To address this condition, EAD 2012-0144-E 
requires inspecting for the presence of a through hole between the 
integrated collector and the magnetic plug in the epicyclic module. If 
the through hole is missing, EAD 2012-0144-E requires repetitive 
inspections of the two rotor revolution (NR) sensors for the presence 
of any particles.

FAA's Determination

    These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of 
France and are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to 
our bilateral agreement with France, EASA, its technical 
representative, has notified us of the unsafe condition described in 
the EASA AD. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all 
information provided by EASA and determined the unsafe condition exists 
and is likely to exist or develop on other helicopters of the same type 
design.

Related Service Information

    Eurocopter has published Emergency Alert Service Bulletin (EASB) 
No. 63A011, Revision 0, dated August 1, 2012, for Model EC225 
helicopters. The EASB describes procedures to inspect the epicyclic 
module chip detection system for the presence of a through-hole in the 
tapered housing. The EASB also describes procedures for a repetitive 
inspection for any chips on the two NR sensors if the through-hole is 
not present.
    EASA classified this ASB as mandatory and issued EAD 2012-0144-E to 
ensure the continued airworthiness of these helicopters.

AD Requirements

    This AD requires, within 10 hours time-in-service (TIS), inspecting 
the epicyclic module for a through-hole above the magnetic plug. If the 
hole is not a through-hole, this AD requires replacing the epicyclic 
module before further flight.

Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD

    If there is not a through-hole in the epicyclic module, the EASA AD 
requires a repetitive inspection for any chips on the two NR sensors, 
while this AD requires replacing the epicyclic module.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD will affect 3 helicopters of U.S. 
Registry. We estimate that operators may incur the following costs in 
order to comply with this AD. Inspecting the epicyclic module will 
require .5 work-hour, at an average labor rate of $85 per hour, for a 
cost of $43 per helicopter, and a total cost to U.S. operators of $129. 
If required, replacing the epicyclic module will require 10 work-hours, 
at an average labor rate of $85 per hour, and required parts will cost 
$554,204, for a total cost per helicopter of $555,054.

FAA's Justification and Determination of the Effective Date

    Providing an opportunity for public comments prior to adopting 
these AD requirements would delay implementing the safety actions 
needed to correct this known unsafe condition. Therefore, we find that 
the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment 
prior to the adoption of this rule because the required corrective 
actions must be accomplished within 10 hours TIS.
    Since an unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate 
adoption of this AD, we determined that notice and opportunity for 
public comment before issuing this AD are impracticable and that good 
cause exists for making this amendment effective in less than 30 days.

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 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, 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:

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PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):

2012-21-09 Eurocopter France: Amendment 39-17225; Docket No. FAA-
2012-1128; Directorate Identifier 2012-SW-064-AD.

(a) Applicability

    This AD applies to Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model EC225 LP 
helicopters, with an epicyclic module, part number (P/N) 332A32-
5021-00 or 332A32-5021-01, installed, certificated in any category.

(b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as a missing through-hole, 
joining the integrated collector to the magnetic plug. This 
condition could result in failure of the chip-detector system to 
detect deterioration of the main rotor mast lift bearing, failure of 
the lift bearing, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

(c) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective November 7, 2012.

(d) 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.

(e) Required Actions

    (1) Within 10 hours time-in-service (TIS), inspect the tapered 
housing of the epicyclic module to determine if there is a through-
hole upstream of the magnetic plug.
    (i) Remove the magnetic plug and support from the housing.
    (ii) Determine if the hole above the magnetic plug is a through-
hole as shown in figures 1 and 2 to paragraph (e)(1)(ii) of this AD.
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    (2) If the hole above the magnetic plug is not a through-hole, 
before further flight, replace the epicyclic module with an 
airworthy epicyclic module.
    (3) Do not install an epicyclic module, P/N 332A32-5021-00 or 
332A32-5021-01, on

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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.
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