Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters, 23692-23694 [2013-09417]

Download as PDF 23692 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 77 / Monday, April 22, 2013 / Proposed Rules eliminates the need for the actions proposed in the NPRM. FAA’s Conclusions Upon further consideration, we have determined that the unsafe condition still exists, however, we intend to address it with new AD rulemaking. Accordingly, the NPRM (76 FR 5503, February 1, 2011) is withdrawn. Withdrawal of the NPRM (76 FR 5503, February 1, 2011) does not preclude the FAA from issuing another related action or commit the FAA to any course of action in the future. Regulatory Impact Since this action only withdraws an NPRM (76 FR 5503, February 1, 2011), it is neither a proposed nor a final rule and therefore is not covered under Executive Order 12866, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, or DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979). List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. The Withdrawal Accordingly, we withdraw the NPRM, Docket No. FAA–2011–0033, Directorate Identifier 2010–NM–019–AD, which published in the Federal Register on February 1, 2011 (76 FR 5503). Issued in Renton, Washington, on February 1, 2013. Ali Bahrami, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–09429 Filed 4–19–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0351; Directorate Identifier 2009–SW–049–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model AS350B, BA, B1, B2, B3, and D, and Model AS355E, F, F1, F2, and N helicopters with certain tail rotor (T/R) SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:36 Apr 19, 2013 Jkt 229001 blades. This proposed AD would require installing additional rivets to secure each T/R blade trailing edge tab (tab), and inspecting for evidence of debonding of the tab after the rivets are installed. This proposed AD is prompted by reports of T/R blade tab debonding. The actions specified by this proposed AD are intended to prevent loss of a T/R blade tab, which could result in excessive vibration and loss of control of the helicopter. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by June 21, 2013. 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 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: Gary Roach, Aviation Safety Engineer, Regulations and Policy Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222–5110; email gary.b.roach@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Comments Invited We invite you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting written comments, data, or views. We also invite comments relating to the economic, environmental, energy, or federalism impacts that might result from adopting the proposals in this document. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the proposal, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. To ensure the docket does not contain duplicate comments, commenters should send only one copy of written comments, or if comments are filed electronically, commenters should submit only one time. We will file in the docket all comments that we receive, as well as a report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerning this proposed rulemaking. Before acting on this proposal, we will consider all comments we receive on or before the closing date for comments. We will consider comments filed after the comment period has closed if it is possible to do so without incurring expense or delay. We may change this proposal in light of the comments we receive. Discussion The Direction Generale de l’Aviation Civile (DGAC), which is the aviation authority for France, has issued DGAC AD No. F–2004–178, dated November 10, 2004, for the Eurocopter AS 350B, BA, BB, B1, B2, B3, and D helicopters, fitted with certain T/R blades. DGAC has also issued AD No. F–2004–176, dated November 10, 2004, for the Eurocopter Model AS 355E, F, F1, F2, and N helicopters with certain T/R blades. DGAC advises of reports of T/R blade tab debonding, and that the loss of the tab leads to a significant increase in the aircraft’s vibration level. As a result, the ADs mandate compliance with the manufacturer’s service information to install additional rivets on the tabs. 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, the European Aviation Safety Agency, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has notified us of the unsafe condition described in the DGAC AD. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all known relevant information and determined that an unsafe condition is likely to E:\FR\FM\22APP1.SGM 22APP1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 77 / Monday, April 22, 2013 / Proposed Rules exist or develop on other products of the same type design. Related Service Information We reviewed Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. 64.00.05, Revision 2, dated February 15, 2007, for Model AS350B, BA, BB, B1, B2, B3, and D helicopters, and ASB No. 64.00.04, Revision 2, dated February 15, 2007, for Model AS355E, F, F1, F2, and N helicopters. These ASBs specify, within 100 flying hours without exceeding three months, installing additional rivets on T/R blade tabs and inspecting each tab for debonding after the rivets have been installed. DGAC classified these ASBs as mandatory and issued AD No. F– 2004–176 and AD No. F2004–178 to ensure the continued airworthiness of these helicopters. Proposed AD Requirements This proposed AD would require installing additional rivets on each T/R blade tab and inspecting the tab for debonding. If there is debonding of the tab, this proposed AD would require replacing the tab with an airworthy tab before further flight. Differences Between This Proposed AD and the DGAC AD This proposed AD does not include the Model AS350 BB because it does not have an FAA-issued type certificate. This proposed AD requires compliance within 100 hours TIS. The DGAC ADs require compliance within 100 flying hours ‘‘without exceeding 3 months.’’ Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 654 helicopters of U.S. registry and that labor costs average $85 a workhour. Based on these estimates, we expect the following costs: • Installing rivets and inspecting for tab debonding would take one hour for a labor cost of $85. Parts would cost $100 for a total cost of $185 per helicopter. The cost for the U.S. fleet would total $120,990. • Replacing the tab with an airworthy tab, if needed, would take four hours for a total labor cost of $340. Parts would cost $100, for a total cost of $440 per helicopter. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:36 Apr 19, 2013 Jkt 229001 23693 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. Europcopter France (Eurocopter): Docket No. FAA–2013–0351; Directorate Identifier 2009–SW–049–AD. Regulatory Findings (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as T/ R blade trailing edge tab (tab) debonding. This condition could result in excessive vibration of the helicopter and loss of control of the helicopter. We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed, I certify this proposed regulation: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska to the extent that it justifies making a regulatory distinction; and 4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We prepared an economic evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 (a) Applicability This AD applies to Eurocopter Model AS350B, BA, B1, B2, B3, D, and AS355E, F, F1, F2, and N helicopters with a tail rotor (T/ R) blade, part number (P/N) 355A12–0040– 00, 355A–12–0040–01, 355A12–0040–02, 355A12–0040–03, 355A–12–0040–04, 355A12–0040–05, 355A–12–0040–07, 355A– 12.0040–08, or 355A12–0040–14, all serial numbers (S/N); or P/N 355A12–0050–04, 355A12–0050–10, or 355A12–0050–12, with a S/N 8400 through 9224, certificated in any category. (c) Comments Due Date Comments are due June 21, 2013. (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 Within 100 hours time-in-service, install additional rivets on the trailing edge tab of each T/R blade, according to the following procedures, referencing Figure 1 of Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. 64.00.05, Revision 2, dated February 15, 2007, or ASB No. 64.00.04, Revision 2, dated February 15, 2007, whichever is applicable to your model helicopter: (1) Lightly sand the area to be drilled, using No. 80 then No. 220 sandpaper. (2) Locate and drill eight 2.5 mm-diameter holes (T): 4 holes (T) 12 mm from the existing rivets (E) and on the centerline of the existing rivets (E), then 4 holes (T) 24 mm from the existing rivets (E) and on the centerline of the existing rivets (E). (3) Deburr and clean the area around the drilled holes. (4) Install 8 rivets (1) on tab (L). Any installation direction of the rivets is permissible (pressure face or suction face of the T/R blade). (5) Inspect the tab for debonding. (i) If there is no debonding, paint the area. (ii) If there is debonding, replace the tab. (f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Gary Roach, Aviation Safety Engineer, Regulations and Policy Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222–5110; email gary.b.roach@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 E:\FR\FM\22APP1.SGM 22APP1 23694 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 77 / Monday, April 22, 2013 / Proposed Rules DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION • Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M– 30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. For service information identified in this proposed 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. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Ave SW., Renton, WA 98057. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. Federal Aviation Administration Examining the AD Docket 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 The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation Safety Agency AD No. F– 2004–176 and AD No. F–2004–178, both dated November 10, 2004. (h) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6410, Tail rotor blades. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 11, 2013. Lance T. Gant, Acting Directorate Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–09417 Filed 4–19–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0334; Directorate Identifier 2013–NM–027–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 757 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of a broken forward support fitting at the inboard track of the inboard flap. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections of the forward support fitting assemblies of the inboard track of the left and right inboard flaps for cracking, and corrective actions if necessary. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct cracking of the forward support fitting assembly, which could result in loss of inboard flap control and subsequent loss of airplane control. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by June 6, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:05 Apr 19, 2013 Jkt 229001 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 proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (phone: 800–647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Marsh, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057–3356; phone: (425) 917–6440; fax: (425) 917–6590; email: nancy.marsh@faa.gov. www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD. Discussion We received a report of a broken forward support fitting assembly at the inboard track of the inboard flap. During a post-flight taxi, pilots noticed a FLAP TE DISAGREE message on the engine indication and crew alerting system (EICAS). Maintenance personnel found that both components of the forward support fitting assembly had broken, causing the inboard track and transmission to drop 8 inches into the wheel well. The airplane had accumulated 22,328 total flight cycles. Metallurgical analysis found that cracks had initiated at a compound radius in each component flange common to the main landing gear (MLG) beam. Each crack was propagated by fatigue and was followed by final ductile rupture. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could result in loss of inboard flap control and subsequent loss of airplane control. Relevant Service Information We reviewed Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 757–57– 0071, dated September 12, 2012. For information on the procedures and compliance times, see this service information at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for Docket No. FAA–2013–0334. FAA’s Determination SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design. Comments Invited Proposed AD Requirements We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA– 2013–0334; Directorate Identifier 2013– NM–027–AD’’ at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD because of those comments. We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http:// This proposed AD would require accomplishing the actions specified in the service information described previously. In addition, the phrase ‘‘corrective actions’’ might be used in this proposed AD. ‘‘Corrective actions’’ are actions that correct or address any condition found. Corrective actions in an AD could include, for example, repairs. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD affects 690 airplanes of U.S. registry. We estimate the following costs to comply with this proposed AD: E:\FR\FM\22APP1.SGM 22APP1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 77 (Monday, April 22, 2013)]
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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-2013-0351; Directorate Identifier 2009-SW-049-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France 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 
Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model AS350B, BA, B1, B2, B3, and D, and 
Model AS355E, F, F1, F2, and N helicopters with certain tail rotor (T/
R) blades. This proposed AD would require installing additional rivets 
to secure each T/R blade trailing edge tab (tab), and inspecting for 
evidence of debonding of the tab after the rivets are installed. This 
proposed AD is prompted by reports of T/R blade tab debonding. The 
actions specified by this proposed AD are intended to prevent loss of a 
T/R blade tab, which could result in excessive vibration and loss of 
control of the helicopter.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by June 21, 2013.

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 
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: Gary Roach, Aviation Safety Engineer, 
Regulations and Policy Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham 
Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222-5110; email 
gary.b.roach@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Comments Invited

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

Discussion

    The Direction Generale de l'Aviation Civile (DGAC), which is the 
aviation authority for France, has issued DGAC AD No. F-2004-178, dated 
November 10, 2004, for the Eurocopter AS 350B, BA, BB, B1, B2, B3, and 
D helicopters, fitted with certain T/R blades. DGAC has also issued AD 
No. F-2004-176, dated November 10, 2004, for the Eurocopter Model AS 
355E, F, F1, F2, and N helicopters with certain T/R blades. DGAC 
advises of reports of T/R blade tab debonding, and that the loss of the 
tab leads to a significant increase in the aircraft's vibration level. 
As a result, the ADs mandate compliance with the manufacturer's service 
information to install additional rivets on the tabs.

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, the European Aviation Safety 
Agency, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the 
European Union, has notified us of the unsafe condition described in 
the DGAC AD. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all known 
relevant information and determined that an unsafe condition is likely 
to

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exist or develop on other products of the same type design.

Related Service Information

    We reviewed Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. 64.00.05, 
Revision 2, dated February 15, 2007, for Model AS350B, BA, BB, B1, B2, 
B3, and D helicopters, and ASB No. 64.00.04, Revision 2, dated February 
15, 2007, for Model AS355E, F, F1, F2, and N helicopters.
    These ASBs specify, within 100 flying hours without exceeding three 
months, installing additional rivets on T/R blade tabs and inspecting 
each tab for debonding after the rivets have been installed. DGAC 
classified these ASBs as mandatory and issued AD No. F-2004-176 and AD 
No. F2004-178 to ensure the continued airworthiness of these 
helicopters.

Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would require installing additional rivets on each 
T/R blade tab and inspecting the tab for debonding. If there is 
debonding of the tab, this proposed AD would require replacing the tab 
with an airworthy tab before further flight.

Differences Between This Proposed AD and the DGAC AD

    This proposed AD does not include the Model AS350 BB because it 
does not have an FAA-issued type certificate. This proposed AD requires 
compliance within 100 hours TIS. The DGAC ADs require compliance within 
100 flying hours ``without exceeding 3 months.''

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 654 helicopters of U.S. 
registry and that labor costs average $85 a work-hour. Based on these 
estimates, we expect the following costs:
     Installing rivets and inspecting for tab debonding would 
take one hour for a labor cost of $85. Parts would cost $100 for a 
total cost of $185 per helicopter. The cost for the U.S. fleet would 
total $120,990.
     Replacing the tab with an airworthy tab, if needed, would 
take four hours for a total labor cost of $340. Parts would cost $100, 
for a total cost of $440 per helicopter.

Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to 
issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the 
authority of the FAA Administrator. ``Subtitle VII: Aviation 
Programs,'' describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's 
authority.
    We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in 
``Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General 
requirements.'' Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with 
promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing 
regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator 
finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within 
the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition 
that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this 
rulemaking action.

Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism 
implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not 
have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship 
between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution 
of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    For the reasons discussed, I certify this proposed regulation:
    1. Is not a ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866;
    2. Is not a ``significant rule'' under the DOT Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979);
    3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska to the extent that 
it justifies making a regulatory distinction; and
    4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or 
negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    We prepared an economic evaluation of the estimated costs to comply 
with this proposed AD and placed it in the AD docket.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by 
reference, Safety.

The Proposed Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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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):

Europcopter France (Eurocopter): Docket No. FAA-2013-0351; 
Directorate Identifier 2009-SW-049-AD.

(a) Applicability

    This AD applies to Eurocopter Model AS350B, BA, B1, B2, B3, D, 
and AS355E, F, F1, F2, and N helicopters with a tail rotor (T/R) 
blade, part number (P/N) 355A12-0040-00, 355A-12-0040-01, 355A12-
0040-02, 355A12-0040-03, 355A-12-0040-04, 355A12-0040-05, 355A-12-
0040-07, 355A-12.0040-08, or 355A12-0040-14, all serial numbers (S/
N); or P/N 355A12-0050-04, 355A12-0050-10, or 355A12-0050-12, with a 
S/N 8400 through 9224, certificated in any category.

(b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as T/R blade trailing edge 
tab (tab) debonding. This condition could result in excessive 
vibration of the helicopter and loss of control of the helicopter.

(c) Comments Due Date

    Comments are due June 21, 2013.

(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

    Within 100 hours time-in-service, install additional rivets on 
the trailing edge tab of each T/R blade, according to the following 
procedures, referencing Figure 1 of Eurocopter Alert Service 
Bulletin (ASB) No. 64.00.05, Revision 2, dated February 15, 2007, or 
ASB No. 64.00.04, Revision 2, dated February 15, 2007, whichever is 
applicable to your model helicopter:
    (1) Lightly sand the area to be drilled, using No. 80 then No. 
220 sandpaper.
    (2) Locate and drill eight 2.5 mm-diameter holes (T): 4 holes 
(T) 12 mm from the existing rivets (E) and on the centerline of the 
existing rivets (E), then 4 holes (T) 24 mm from the existing rivets 
(E) and on the centerline of the existing rivets (E).
    (3) Deburr and clean the area around the drilled holes.
    (4) Install 8 rivets (1) on tab (L). Any installation direction 
of the rivets is permissible (pressure face or suction face of the 
T/R blade).
    (5) Inspect the tab for debonding.
    (i) If there is no debonding, paint the area.
    (ii) If there is debonding, replace the tab.

(f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft 
Directorate, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal 
to: Gary Roach, Aviation Safety Engineer, Regulations and Policy 
Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, 
Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222-5110; email gary.b.roach@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

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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

    The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation Safety 
Agency AD No. F-2004-176 and AD No. F-2004-178, both dated November 
10, 2004.

 (h) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6410, Tail rotor 
blades.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 11, 2013.
Lance T. Gant,
Acting Directorate Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-09417 Filed 4-19-13; 8:45 am]
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