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Download as PDF tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 125 / Friday, June 28, 2013 / Rules and Regulations (2) Submission of a bid, proposal, application or offer for a Federal grant, contract, subcontract, cooperative agreement or cooperative research and development agreement which in any way encourages a Federal agency to classify the bid or proposal, if awarded, as an award to a EDWOSB or WOSB. (3) Registration on any Federal electronic database for the purpose of being considered for award of a Federal grant, contract, subcontract, cooperative agreement, or cooperative research and development agreement, as an EDWOSB or WOSB. (c) Signature Requirement. Each offer, proposal, bid, or application for a Federal contract, subcontract, or grant shall contain a certification concerning the EDWOSB or WOSB status of a business concern seeking the Federal contract, subcontract or grant. 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The SBA suspension and debarment official or the agency suspension and debarment official may suspend or debar a person or concern for misrepresenting a firm’s status as an EDWOSB or WOSB pursuant to the VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:54 Jun 27, 2013 Jkt 229001 procedures set forth in 48 CFR subpart 9.4. (2) Civil Penalties. Persons or concerns are subject to severe penalties under the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. 3729–3733, and under the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act, 331 U.S.C. 3801–3812, and any other applicable laws. (3) Criminal Penalties. Persons or concerns are subject to severe criminal penalties for knowingly misrepresenting the EDWOSB or WOSB status of a concern in connection with procurement programs pursuant to section 16(d) of the Small Business Act, 15 U.S.C. 645(d), as amended, 18 U.S.C. 1001, 18 U.S.C. 287, and any other applicable laws. Persons or concerns are subject to criminal penalties for knowingly making false statements or misrepresentations to SBA for the purpose of influencing any actions of SBA pursuant to section 16(a) of the Small Business Act, 15 U.S.C. 645(a), as amended, including failure to correct ‘‘continuing representations’’ that are no longer true. 18. Add new § 127.701 to read as follows: ■ § 127.701 What must a concern do in order to be identified as an EDWOSB or WOSB in any Federal procurement databases? (a) In order to be identified as an EDWOSB or WOSB in the System for Award Management (SAM) database (or any successor thereto), a concern must certify its EDWOSB or WOSB status in connection with specific eligibility requirements at least annually. (b) If a firm identified as an EDWOSB or WOSB in SAM fails to certify its status within one year of a status certification, the firm will not be listed as an EDWOSB or WOSB in SAM, unless and until the firm recertifies its EDWOSB or WOSB status. Karen G. Mills, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2013–15418 Filed 6–27–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 38821 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2012–1214; Directorate Identifier 2011–SW–071–AD; Amendment 39–17482; AD 2013–12–04] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France Model EC 155B, EC155B1, SA–366G1, SA–365N, SA– 365N1, AS–365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters, which requires modifying the fuel tank draining system. This AD is prompted by a closed fuel tank drain that, in the event of a fuel leak, could result in fuel accumulating in an area containing electrical equipment. The actions are intended to prevent accumulation of fuel in an area with electrical equipment or another ignition source, which may lead to a fire. DATES: This AD is effective August 2, 2013. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain documents listed in this AD as of August 2, 2013. ADDRESSES: 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. SUMMARY: 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. E:\FR\FM\28JNR1.SGM 28JNR1 38822 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 125 / Friday, June 28, 2013 / Rules and Regulations FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chinh Vuong, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222–5110; email chinh.vuong@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We partially agree. We are not requiring that the repairs be accomplished immediately. We evaluated the safety data and determined that allowing helicopter owners and operators time to plan and obtain parts to make the repairs would not adversely affect safety. Discussion FAA’s Determination On November 26, 2012, at 77 FR 70382, 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 Eurocopter France Model EC 155B, EC155B1, SA–366G1, SA–365N, SA–365N1, AS–365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters. The NPRM proposed to require modifying the fuel tank draining system. The proposed requirements were intended to prevent accumulation of fuel in an area with electrical equipment or other ignition source, which may lead to a fire. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, issued EASA AD No. 2011–0190, dated September 30, 2011 (AD No. 2011–0190), to correct an unsafe condition for the Eurocopter France EC 155, SA 366, SA 365, and AS 365 model helicopters, except those with certain modifications. EASA reports that the fuel tank drains were closed with plugs during production to maintain buoyancy during emergency landings in water. EASA states that this closing of the fuel tank drains with plugs ‘‘disregards compliance with an airworthiness certification requirement’’ and, in the event of a fuel leak in flight, creates ‘‘the risk of fuel accumulation and/or migration’’ to an adjacent area that may contain electrical equipment ‘‘susceptible of constituting a source of ignition.’’ EASA states that this condition, if not corrected, could result in ignition of fuel vapors, ‘‘resulting in a fire and consequent damage to the helicopter, or injury to its occupants.’’ As a result, EASA required modification of the fuel tank compartments’ draining system. 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 its AD. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all information provided by EASA, reviewed the relevant information, considered the comments received, and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other helicopters of these same type designs and that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD requirements as proposed. Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD We require within six months modifying the fuel tank drain system for helicopters with an emergency buoyancy system. EASA requires compliance within 24 months. Related Service Information After our NPRM (77 FR 70382, November 26, 2012) was published, we received comments from one commenter. Eurocopter issued Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. EC155–53A031 for its B and B1 model helicopters, ASB No. AS366–53.11 for its G1 model helicopters, and ASB No. AS365– 53.00.50 for its N, N1, N2 and N3 model helicopters. The ASBs were all dated May 3, 2011, and were all followed with Revision 1 dated September 21, 2011. For helicopters not equipped with emergency buoyancy fixed parts, the ASBs describe procedures to modify the fuel tank draining system by removing drain plugs in the fuel tanks, to make draining possible. For helicopters equipped with emergency buoyancy fixed parts, the ASBs contain additional procedures to seal one drain plug per fuel tank compartment and to install new drain points and self-sealing drain valves in specified fuel tanks. EASA AD No. 2011–0190 classifies these ASBs as mandatory to ensure the airworthiness of these helicopters. Request Costs of Compliance The commenter called this ‘‘a health and safety issue’’ and stated that the repairs should be done immediately, as the costs of the repair are relatively minor. We estimate that this AD affects 46 helicopters of U.S. Registry and that labor costs average $85 per work-hour. Based on these estimates, we expect the following costs: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES Comments VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:54 Jun 27, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Sealing drain plugs, and installing new drain points and self-sealing drain valves at other locations on helicopters equipped with emergency buoyancy fixed parts require 16 work-hours. Parts cost $11,154 for a total cost of $12,514 per helicopter. For helicopters equipped with emergency buoyancy fixed parts and a sixth fuel tank, this work instead requires 17 work-hours for a total cost of $12,599 per helicopter. Removing drain plugs on helicopters not equipped with emergency buoyancy fixed parts requires one work-hour and no parts for a total cost of $85 per helicopter. For helicopters not equipped with emergency buoyancy fixed parts but equipped with a sixth fuel tank, this work instead requires two work-hours for a total cost of $170 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 helicopters 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 E:\FR\FM\28JNR1.SGM 28JNR1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 125 / Friday, June 28, 2013 / Rules and Regulations 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 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): ■ 2013–12–04 Eurocopter France Helicopters: Amendment 39–17482; Docket No. FAA–2012–1214; Directorate Identifier 2011–SW–071–AD. (a) Applicability This AD applies to Eurocopter France Model EC 155B, EC155B1, and SA–366G1 helicopters, except those with modification 365A084485.00, or modifications 0753C98 and 0745C96; and Model SA–365N, SA– 365N1, AS–365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters, except those with modifications 0753C98, 0745C96, and (if a sixth fuel tank is installed) 365A081003.00, or modification 365A081003.00 and (if a sixth fuel tank is installed) 365A084485.00. (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as a closed fuel tank drain that, in the event of a fuel leak, could result in fuel accumulating in an area containing electrical equipment or other ignition source. This condition could result in a fire in the helicopter. (c) Effective Date This AD becomes effective August 2, 2013. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with RULES (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 110 hours time-in-service (TIS): (i) For helicopters without an emergency buoyancy system, remove the fuel tank drain plugs listed in the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 3.B.2.b., of Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. EC155–53A031, Revision 1, dated September 21, 2011 (ASB 155); ASB No. AS365– 53.00.50, Revision 1, dated September 21, 2011 (ASB 365), or ASB No. AS366–53.11, VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:54 Jun 27, 2013 Jkt 229001 Revision 1, dated September 21, 2011 (ASB 366), as appropriate for your model helicopter. (ii) For the Model SA–365N, SA–365N1, AS–365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters, if there is an optional sixth fuel tank installed, install a self-sealing drain valve in accordance with paragraph 3.B.2.c. of ASB 365. (2) Within six months: (i) For helicopters with an emergency buoyancy system, modify the fuel tank drain system in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs 3.B.2.a.1. through 3.B.2.a.3, of the ASB appropriate for your model helicopter. (ii) For the Model SA–365N, SA–365N1, AS–365N2, AS 365 N3 helicopters, if there is an optional sixth fuel tank installed, install a self-sealing drain valve in accordance with paragraph 3.B.2.c. of ASB 365. (f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Chinh Vuong, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222–5110; email chinh.vuong@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 The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2011–0190, dated September 30, 2011. You may view the EASA AD at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA–2012–1214. (h) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 2810, fuel storage. (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) Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin No. EC155–53A031, Revision 1, dated September 21, 2011. (ii) Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin No. AS365–53.00.50, Revision 1, dated September 21, 2011. (iii) Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin No. AS366–53.11, Revision 1, dated September 21, 2011. (3) For Eurocopter 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) PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 38823 641–3775; or at http://www.eurocopter.com/ techpub. (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. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 13, 2013. Kim Smith, Directorate Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–14826 Filed 6–27–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2012–1155; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–115–AD; Amendment 39–17445; AD 2013–09–04] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final Rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC–8–400 series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports of chafing found on the main landing gear (MLG) yoke. The chafing was attributed to contact between the nacelle fire detection wires and the MLG yoke. This AD requires inspections of the nacelle fire detection wires and the MLG yoke for damage; replacing nacelle fire detection wires, if necessary; repairing the MLG yoke, if necessary; and installing brackets and associated hardware to secure the fire detection wires. We are issuing this AD to prevent chafing between the nacelle fire detection wires and the MLG yoke. Chafing could lead to cracking and subsequent failure of the MLG yoke, which could adversely affect the safe landing of the airplane. In addition, chafing of the nacelle fire detection wires could cause them to fail and prevent the detection of a fire in the nacelle assembly. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28JNR1.SGM 28JNR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2012-1214; Directorate Identifier 2011-SW-071-AD; 
Amendment 39-17482; AD 2013-12-04]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
Eurocopter France Model EC 155B, EC155B1, SA-366G1, SA-365N, SA-365N1, 
AS-365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters, which requires modifying the fuel 
tank draining system. This AD is prompted by a closed fuel tank drain 
that, in the event of a fuel leak, could result in fuel accumulating in 
an area containing electrical equipment. The actions are intended to 
prevent accumulation of fuel in an area with electrical equipment or 
another ignition source, which may lead to a fire.

DATES: This AD is effective August 2, 2013.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain documents listed in this AD as of August 2, 2013.

ADDRESSES: 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.

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.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chinh Vuong, Aviation Safety Engineer, 
Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham 
Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222-5110; email 
chinh.vuong@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    On November 26, 2012, at 77 FR 70382, 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 Eurocopter 
France Model EC 155B, EC155B1, SA-366G1, SA-365N, SA-365N1, AS-365N2, 
and AS 365 N3 helicopters. The NPRM proposed to require modifying the 
fuel tank draining system. The proposed requirements were intended to 
prevent accumulation of fuel in an area with electrical equipment or 
other ignition source, which may lead to a fire.
    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, issued EASA AD No. 
2011-0190, dated September 30, 2011 (AD No. 2011-0190), to correct an 
unsafe condition for the Eurocopter France EC 155, SA 366, SA 365, and 
AS 365 model helicopters, except those with certain modifications. EASA 
reports that the fuel tank drains were closed with plugs during 
production to maintain buoyancy during emergency landings in water. 
EASA states that this closing of the fuel tank drains with plugs 
``disregards compliance with an airworthiness certification 
requirement'' and, in the event of a fuel leak in flight, creates ``the 
risk of fuel accumulation and/or migration'' to an adjacent area that 
may contain electrical equipment ``susceptible of constituting a source 
of ignition.'' EASA states that this condition, if not corrected, could 
result in ignition of fuel vapors, ``resulting in a fire and consequent 
damage to the helicopter, or injury to its occupants.'' As a result, 
EASA required modification of the fuel tank compartments' draining 
system.

Comments

    After our NPRM (77 FR 70382, November 26, 2012) was published, we 
received comments from one commenter.

Request

    The commenter called this ``a health and safety issue'' and stated 
that the repairs should be done immediately, as the costs of the repair 
are relatively minor.
    We partially agree. We are not requiring that the repairs be 
accomplished immediately. We evaluated the safety data and determined 
that allowing helicopter owners and operators time to plan and obtain 
parts to make the repairs would not adversely affect safety.

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 
its AD. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all information 
provided by EASA, reviewed the relevant information, considered the 
comments received, and determined the unsafe condition exists and is 
likely to exist or develop on other helicopters of these same type 
designs and that air safety and the public interest require adopting 
the AD requirements as proposed.

Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD

    We require within six months modifying the fuel tank drain system 
for helicopters with an emergency buoyancy system. EASA requires 
compliance within 24 months.

Related Service Information

    Eurocopter issued Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. EC155-53A031 for 
its B and B1 model helicopters, ASB No. AS366-53.11 for its G1 model 
helicopters, and ASB No. AS365-53.00.50 for its N, N1, N2 and N3 model 
helicopters. The ASBs were all dated May 3, 2011, and were all followed 
with Revision 1 dated September 21, 2011.
    For helicopters not equipped with emergency buoyancy fixed parts, 
the ASBs describe procedures to modify the fuel tank draining system by 
removing drain plugs in the fuel tanks, to make draining possible. For 
helicopters equipped with emergency buoyancy fixed parts, the ASBs 
contain additional procedures to seal one drain plug per fuel tank 
compartment and to install new drain points and self-sealing drain 
valves in specified fuel tanks. EASA AD No. 2011-0190 classifies these 
ASBs as mandatory to ensure the airworthiness of these helicopters.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 46 helicopters of U.S. Registry 
and that labor costs average $85 per work-hour. Based on these 
estimates, we expect the following costs:
    Sealing drain plugs, and installing new drain points and self-
sealing drain valves at other locations on helicopters equipped with 
emergency buoyancy fixed parts require 16 work-hours. Parts cost 
$11,154 for a total cost of $12,514 per helicopter. For helicopters 
equipped with emergency buoyancy fixed parts and a sixth fuel tank, 
this work instead requires 17 work-hours for a total cost of $12,599 
per helicopter.
    Removing drain plugs on helicopters not equipped with emergency 
buoyancy fixed parts requires one work-hour and no parts for a total 
cost of $85 per helicopter. For helicopters not equipped with emergency 
buoyancy fixed parts but equipped with a sixth fuel tank, this work 
instead requires two work-hours for a total cost of $170 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 helicopters 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

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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

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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):

2013-12-04 Eurocopter France Helicopters: Amendment 39-17482; Docket 
No. FAA-2012-1214; Directorate Identifier 2011-SW-071-AD.

(a) Applicability

    This AD applies to Eurocopter France Model EC 155B, EC155B1, and 
SA-366G1 helicopters, except those with modification 365A084485.00, 
or modifications 0753C98 and 0745C96; and Model SA-365N, SA-365N1, 
AS-365N2, and AS 365 N3 helicopters, except those with modifications 
0753C98, 0745C96, and (if a sixth fuel tank is installed) 
365A081003.00, or modification 365A081003.00 and (if a sixth fuel 
tank is installed) 365A084485.00.

(b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as a closed fuel tank drain 
that, in the event of a fuel leak, could result in fuel accumulating 
in an area containing electrical equipment or other ignition source. 
This condition could result in a fire in the helicopter.

(c) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective August 2, 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

    (1) Within 110 hours time-in-service (TIS):
    (i) For helicopters without an emergency buoyancy system, remove 
the fuel tank drain plugs listed in the Accomplishment Instructions, 
paragraph 3.B.2.b., of Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. 
EC155-53A031, Revision 1, dated September 21, 2011 (ASB 155); ASB 
No. AS365-53.00.50, Revision 1, dated September 21, 2011 (ASB 365), 
or ASB No. AS366-53.11, Revision 1, dated September 21, 2011 (ASB 
366), as appropriate for your model helicopter.
    (ii) For the Model SA-365N, SA-365N1, AS-365N2, and AS 365 N3 
helicopters, if there is an optional sixth fuel tank installed, 
install a self-sealing drain valve in accordance with paragraph 
3.B.2.c. of ASB 365.
    (2) Within six months:
    (i) For helicopters with an emergency buoyancy system, modify 
the fuel tank drain system in accordance with the Accomplishment 
Instructions, paragraphs 3.B.2.a.1. through 3.B.2.a.3, of the ASB 
appropriate for your model helicopter.
    (ii) For the Model SA-365N, SA-365N1, AS-365N2, AS 365 N3 
helicopters, if there is an optional sixth fuel tank installed, 
install a self-sealing drain valve in accordance with paragraph 
3.B.2.c. of ASB 365.

(f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, FAA, may approve AMOCs 
for this AD. Send your proposal to: Chinh Vuong, Aviation Safety 
Engineer, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 
Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222-5110; 
email chinh.vuong@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

    The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation Safety 
Agency (EASA) AD No. 2011-0190, dated September 30, 2011. You may 
view the EASA AD at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and 
locating it in Docket No. FAA-2012-1214.

(h) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 2810, fuel 
storage.

(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) Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin No. EC155-53A031, Revision 
1, dated September 21, 2011.
    (ii) Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin No. AS365-53.00.50, 
Revision 1, dated September 21, 2011.
    (iii) Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin No. AS366-53.11, 
Revision 1, dated September 21, 2011.
    (3) For Eurocopter 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.
    (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.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 13, 2013.
Kim Smith,
Directorate Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-14826 Filed 6-27-13; 8:45 am]
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