Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH Helicopters, 40047-40050 [2013-15956]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 128 / Wednesday, July 3, 2013 / Proposed Rules § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing airworthiness directive (AD) 2010–21–01 (75 FR 63050, October 14, 2010), and adding the following new AD: ■ Eurocopter France: Docket No. FAA–2013– 0354; Directorate Identifier 2011–SW– 072–AD. (a) Applicability This AD applies to Eurocopter France Model AS350B, BA, B1, B2, B3, D, AS355E, F, F1, F2, and N helicopters with collectiveto-yaw control coupling, part number 350A27–2178–04, 350A27–2178–06, or 350A27–2178–0601, certificated in any category. (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as reduced yaw control travel, which could result in loss of control of the helicopter. (c) Affected ADs This AD supersedes AD 2010–21–01, Amendment 39–16461 (75 FR 63050, October 14, 2010). (d) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by September 3, 2013. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (e) Compliance You are responsible for performing each action required by this AD within the specified compliance time unless it has already been accomplished prior to that time. (f) Required Actions (1) Within 10 hours time-in-service (TIS) or within one month, whichever occurs first, determine whether the cross-member (numbered ‘‘1’’) at station X 2165 and the two doublers (numbered ‘‘2’’ and ‘‘3’’) at stations X 2325 and Y 269 are installed as shown in Figure 1 of Eurocopter Emergency Alert Service Bulletin (EASB) No. 53.00.37, Revision 0, dated April 11, 2007 (EASB 53.00.37), for Model AS350 helicopters and EASB No. 53.00.23, Revision 0, dated April 11, 2007 (EASB 53.00.23), for Model AS355 helicopters. (2) If the cross-member (numbered ‘‘1’’) and doublers (numbered ‘‘2’’ and ‘‘3’’) are not installed, before further flight, inspect for a crack in the center cross-member (numbered ‘‘4’’) in the area around the attachment point of the tail rotor directional ball-type control as shown in Figure 1 of EASB 53.00.37 for Model AS350 helicopters or EASB 53.00.23 for Model AS355 helicopters. (i) If a crack exists, before further flight, replace the unairworthy center cross-member (Numbered ‘‘4’’) with an airworthy center cross-member as described in paragraph (f)(3) of this AD. (ii) If a crack does not exist, before further flight, inspect the tail rotor control rigging to determine whether it meets conformity limits. (A) If all items of the tail rotor control rigging are found within conformity limits, install the cross-member and doublers as described in paragraph (f)(3) of this AD. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:18 Jul 02, 2013 Jkt 229001 (B) For any items of the tail rotor control rigging found outside of conformity limits, perform appropriate corrective action in accordance with FAA-accepted procedures, and install the cross-member and doublers as described in paragraph (f)(3) of this AD. (3) Within 55 hours TIS, if the cross member (Numbered ‘‘1’’) is not installed, install the cross-member at station X 2165 and the 2 doublers (Numbered ‘‘2’’ and ‘‘3’’) at stations X 2325 and Y 269 by following the Appendix, the referenced figures 2 and 3 of EASB 53.00.37 for Model AS350 helicopters or EASB 53.00.23 for Model AS355 helicopters. (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, 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, TX 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 the local flight standards district office or certificate holding district office before operating any aircraft complying with this AD through an AMOC. (h) Additional Information The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Emergency AD No. 2007–0139–E, dated May 15, 2007 (corrected May 23, 2007). You may view the EASA AD at https:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA–2013–0354. (i) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 5320, Fuselage Miscellaneous Structure. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 11, 2013. Lance T. Gant, Acting Directorate Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–15961 Filed 7–2–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0555; Directorate Identifier 2010–SW–047–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 40047 Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). ACTION: We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (ECD) Model EC135 and MBB–BK 117 C–2 helicopters. This proposed AD is prompted by the discovery during a routine inspection of loose flight control bearings because of incorrect installation. This proposed AD would require inspecting the flight-control bearings repetitively, replacing any loose bearing with an airworthy flightcontrol bearing, and installing bushings and washers. The proposed actions are intended to prevent the affected control lever from shifting, contacting the helicopter structure, and reducing control of the helicopter. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by September 3, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Docket: Go to https://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. SUMMARY: Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https:// 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 https:// 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, TX 76137. E:\FR\FM\03JYP1.SGM 03JYP1 40048 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 128 / Wednesday, July 3, 2013 / Proposed Rules Matt Fuller, Senior Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137; telephone (817) 222–5110; email matthew.fuller@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 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 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued AD No. 2010–0058, dated March 30, 2010, (AD 2010–0058), to correct an unsafe condition for the ECD Model MBB–BK 117 C–2, EC 135 and EC 635 helicopters. EASA advises that during an inspection of an MBB–BK 117 C–2, ‘‘bearings were detected which had not been correctly fixed.’’ As some bearings on the EC 135 and MBB–BK 117 C–2 type designs are installed with the same procedure, they are equally affected by the possibility of the unsafe condition. EASA states that this condition, if not corrected, could result in the affected control lever shifting in the axial direction, contacting the helicopter structure, and subsequently reducing control of the helicopter. FAA’s Determination These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of the Federal Republic of Germany and are approved VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:18 Jul 02, 2013 Jkt 229001 for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with Germany, EASA, its technical representative, has notified us of the unsafe condition described in its AD. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all known relevant information and determined that an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of these same type designs. Related Service Information Eurocopter has issued Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) MBB BK117 C–2–67A– 010, Revision 3, dated February 8, 2010, and ASB EC135–67A–019, Revision 3, dated December 16, 2009. These ASBs specify: • Within the next 50 flight hours (FHs), inspecting the affected bearings and, if necessary, rebonding any affected bearings or replacing the lever assembly. • Within 12 months, retrofitting bushings on the levers to prevent movement of the bearings. • After the retrofit, repeating the inspection every 800 FHs or 36 months for the Model EC 135 helicopters, whichever comes first, and 600 FHs or 24 months, whichever comes first, for the Model MBB–BK 117 C–2 helicopters. EASA classified these ASBs as mandatory and issued AD 2010–0058 to ensure the continued airworthiness of these helicopters. Proposed AD Requirements For EC135 helicopters, this proposed AD would require, within 100 hours time-in-service (TIS) or at the next annual inspection, whichever occurs first, modifying the left-hand (LH) and right-hand (RH) guidance units and the cyclic shaft by installing bushings and washers to prevent shifting in the axial direction. This proposed AD would require at intervals not to exceed 800 hours TIS or 36 months, whichever occurs first, inspecting the bearings in the LH guidance unit, the RH guidance unit, cyclic control, upper guidance unit, and linear voltage differential transducer plate for play. If any bearing is loose, the proposed AD would require replacing the affected bearing with an airworthy bearing. For MBB–BK 117 C–2 helicopters, this proposed AD would require, within 100 hours TIS or at the next annual inspection, whichever occurs first, modifying the LH and RH guidance units and the lateral control lever by installing bushings and washers to prevent shifting of the bearings in the axial direction. This proposed AD also would require at intervals not to exceed PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 600 hours TIS or 24 months, whichever occurs first, inspecting the bearings in the RH guidance unit, LH guidance unit, and lateral control guidance unit for play. If any bearing is loose, the proposed AD would require replacing the affected bearing with an airworthy bearing. Differences between this Proposed AD and the EASA AD Differences between this proposed AD and the EASA AD are: • The EASA AD is applicable to the EC 635 helicopter, whereas this proposed AD is not because the EC 635 helicopter is not type certificated in the U.S. • The EASA AD requires an initial inspection within 50 flight hours or one month, whichever occurs first after May 31, 2008, and a modification within the next 12 months. This proposed AD would require the modification within 100 hours TIS or at the next annual inspection, whichever occurs first, and no inspection until after the modification has been accomplished. • The EASA AD provides requirements for certain spare parts, whereas this proposed AD does not. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this proposed AD would affect 175 Model EC135 and 112 Model MBB–BK 117 C–2 helicopters of U.S. Registry and that labor costs average $85 per work-hour. Based on these estimates, we would expect the following costs: • For EC135 helicopters, it would take about 32 work-hours to perform the modification. Parts would cost about $312. The total cost for the modification would be about $3,032 per helicopter and $530,600 for the U.S. operator fleet. The repetitive inspections would require 6.5 work-hours for a cost of about $553 per helicopter and about $96,775 for the fleet per inspection cycle. • For MBB–BK 117 C–2 helicopters, it would take about 32 work-hours to perform the modification. Parts would cost about $396. The total cost for the modification would be $3,116 per helicopter and $348,992 for the U.S. operator fleet. The cost for the repetitive inspections thereafter would be about $85 per helicopter and $9,520 for the fleet per inspection cycle. 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 E:\FR\FM\03JYP1.SGM 03JYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 128 / Wednesday, July 3, 2013 / Proposed Rules 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. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 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. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:18 Jul 02, 2013 Jkt 229001 § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH: Docket No. FAA–2013–0555; Directorate Identifier 2010–SW–047–AD. (a) Applicability This AD applies to the following helicopters, certificated in any category: (1) Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (ECD) Model EC135 P1, P2, P2+, T1, T2, and T2+ helicopters, serial number (S/N) 0005 through 00829, with a tail rotor control lever, part number (P/N) L672M2802205 or L672M1012212; cyclic control lever, P/N L671M1005250; collective control lever assembly, P/N L671M2020108; or collective control plate, P/N L671M5040207; installed; and (2) Model MBB–BK 117 C–2 helicopters, S/ N 9004 through 9310, with a tail rotor control lever assembly, P/N B672M1007101 or B672M1807101; tail rotor control lever, P/N B672M1002202 or L672M2802205; or lateral control lever assembly, P/N B670M1008101, installed. (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as incorrectly installed flight control bearings. This condition could cause the affected control lever to shift and contact the helicopter structure, resulting in reduced control of the helicopter. (c) Comments Due Date We must receive comments by September 3, 2013. (d) Compliance You are responsible for performing each action required by this AD within the specified compliance time. (e) Required Actions (1) For Model EC135 P1, P2, P2+, T1, T2, and T2+ helicopters: (i) Within the next 100 hours time-inservice (TIS) or at the next annual inspection, whichever occurs, modify the left-hand (LH) and right-hand (RH) guidance units and the cyclic shaft by installing bushings and washers to prevent shifting of the bearings in the axial direction as follows: (A) Remove and disassemble the LH guidance unit and install a bushing, P/N L672M1012260, between the bearing block and the lever of the LH guidance unit as depicted in Detail A of Figure 5 of Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin EC135–67A–019, Revision 3, dated December 16, 2009 (EC135 ASB). (B) For helicopters without a yaw brake, remove and disassemble the RH guidance unit and install a bushing, P/N L672M1012260, between the bearing block and the lever as depicted in Detail B of Figure 5 of EC135 ASB. (C) Remove and disassemble the cyclic shaft and install a washer, P/N L671M1005260, between the bearing block and the lever as depicted in Detail C of Figure 6 of EC135 ASB. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 40049 (D) Remove the collective control rod from the bellcrank and install a washer, P/N L221M1042208, on each side of the collective control rod and bellcrank as depicted in Detail D of Figure 6 of EC135 ASB. (E) At intervals not to exceed 800 hours TIS or 36 months, whichever occurs first, inspect the bearings in the LH guidance unit, RH guidance unit, cyclic control, upper guidance unit, and linear voltage differential transducer plate for play. If any bearing is loose, replace the affected bearing with an airworthy bearing. (2) For Model MBB–BK 117 C–2 helicopters: (i) Within the next 100 hours TIS or at the next annual inspection, whichever occurs first, modify the LH and RH guidance units and the lateral control lever by installing bushings and washers to prevent shifting of the bearings in the axial direction as follows: (A) Remove and disassemble the RH guidance unit and install a bushing, P/N L672M1012260, between the lever and the bracket as depicted in Detail B of Figure 4 of Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin MBB BK117 C–2–67A–010, Revision 3, dated February 8, 2010 (BK117 ASB). Remove and disassemble the LH guidance unit and install a bushing, P/N L672M1012260, between the lever and the bracket as depicted in Detail C of Figure 4 of BK117 ASB. (B) Remove the lateral control lever and install new bushings in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs 3.C(9)(a) through 3.C(9)(g), of BK 117 ASB. (C) Identify the modified lever assembly by writing ‘‘MBB BK117 C–2–67A–010’’ on the lever with permanent marking pen and protect with a single layer of lacquer (CM 421 or equivalent). (D) Apply corrosion preventive paste (CM 518 or equivalent) on the shank of the screws and install airworthy parts as depicted in Figure 5 of BK117 ASB. (E) At intervals not to exceed 600 hours TIS or 24 months, whichever occurs first, inspect the bearings in the RH guidance unit, LH guidance unit, and lateral control guidance unit for play. If any bearing is loose, replace the affected bearing with an airworthy bearing. (f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOC) (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Matt Fuller, Senior Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137; telephone (817) 222–5110; email matthew.fuller@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 E:\FR\FM\03JYP1.SGM 03JYP1 40050 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 128 / Wednesday, July 3, 2013 / Proposed Rules No. 2010–0058, dated March 30, 2010. You may view the EASA AD at https:// www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA– 2013–0555. (h) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6710, Main Rotor Control. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 18, 2013. Kim Smith, Directorate Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–15956 Filed 7–2–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0540; Directorate Identifier 2012–NM–185–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 supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to certain The Boeing Company Model 747–100, 747–100B, 747–100B SUD, 747–200B, 747–200C, 747–200F, 747–300, 747–400, 747– 400D, 747–400F, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes. The existing AD currently requires repetitive inspections for wear damage and cracks of the fuselage skin in the interface area of the vertical stabilizer seal and fuselage skin, a detailed inspection for wear damage and cracks of the surface of any skin repair doubler in the area, and corrective actions if necessary. For airplanes on which the fuselage skin has been blended to remove wear damage, the existing AD also requires repetitive external detailed inspections or high frequency eddy current inspections for cracks of the blended area of the fuselage skin, and corrective actions if necessary. Since we issued that AD, we have received a report of wear through the fuselage skin that occurred sooner than the repetitive inspection interval specified in the existing AD. This proposed AD would reduce the repetitive inspection interval and change certain corrective actions. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct wear damage and cracks of the fuselage skin in the interface area of the vertical stabilizer seal and fuselage skin tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:18 Jul 02, 2013 Jkt 229001 in sections 46 and 48, which could cause in-flight depressurization of the airplane. DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by August 19, 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 https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 202–493–2251. • 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 AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P. O. Box 3707, MC 2H– 65, Seattle, WA 98124–2207; phone: 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 Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425–227–1221. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at https:// 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: Bill Ashforth, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe Branch, ANM–120S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057– 3356; phone: 425–917–6432; fax: 425– 917–6590; email: Bill.Ashforth@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include ‘‘Docket No. FAA–2013–0540; Directorate Identifier PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 2012–NM–185–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 https:// 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 On June 19, 2009, we issued AD 2009–14–02, Amendment 39–15951 (74 FR 30919, June 29, 2009), on the products listed above, which superseded AD 2002–26–15, Amendment 39–13003 (68 FR 476, January 6, 2003). AD 2009–14–02 requires repetitive inspections for wear damage and cracks of the fuselage skin in the interface area of the vertical stabilizer seal and fuselage skin, a detailed inspection for wear damage and cracks of the surface of any skin repair doubler in the area, and corrective actions if necessary. For airplanes on which the fuselage skin has been blended to remove wear damage, AD 2009–14–02 also requires repetitive external detailed inspections or high frequency eddy current inspections for cracks of the blended area of the fuselage skin, and corrective actions if necessary. AD 2009–14–02 resulted from reports of skin wear damage on airplanes with fewer than 8,000 total flight cycles. Additionally, there were three reports of skin wear damage on airplanes on which Boeing Material Specifications (BMS) 10–86 Teflonfilled coating was applied (terminating action per AD 2002–26–15). We issued AD 2009–14–02 to detect and correct wear damage and cracks of the fuselage skin in the interface area of the vertical stabilizer seal and fuselage skin in sections 46 and 48, which could cause in-flight depressurization of the airplane. Actions Since Existing AD 2009–14–02, Amendment 39–15951 (74 FR 30919, June 29, 2009) Was Issued Since we issued AD 2009–14–02, Amendment 39–15951 (74 FR 30919, June 29, 2009), we have received a report of wear through the fuselage skin between body station (STA) 2598 and STA 2638, stringers S–2L to S–3L. The wear developed in less than 3,657 flight hours since the previous inspection, which was less than the repetitive E:\FR\FM\03JYP1.SGM 03JYP1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 128 (Wednesday, July 3, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 40047-40050]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-15956]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0555; Directorate Identifier 2010-SW-047-AD]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH 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 Deutschland GmbH (ECD) Model EC135 and MBB-BK 117 C-2 
helicopters. This proposed AD is prompted by the discovery during a 
routine inspection of loose flight control bearings because of 
incorrect installation. This proposed AD would require inspecting the 
flight-control bearings repetitively, replacing any loose bearing with 
an airworthy flight-control bearing, and installing bushings and 
washers. The proposed actions are intended to prevent the affected 
control lever from shifting, contacting the helicopter structure, and 
reducing control of the helicopter.

DATES: We must receive comments on this proposed AD by September 3, 
2013.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Docket: Go to https://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 https://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 https://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, TX 76137.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matt Fuller, Senior Aviation Safety 
Engineer, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 
Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137; telephone (817) 222-5110; email 
matthew.fuller@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 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical 
Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued AD No. 
2010-0058, dated March 30, 2010, (AD 2010-0058), to correct an unsafe 
condition for the ECD Model MBB-BK 117 C-2, EC 135 and EC 635 
helicopters. EASA advises that during an inspection of an MBB-BK 117 C-
2, ``bearings were detected which had not been correctly fixed.'' As 
some bearings on the EC 135 and MBB-BK 117 C-2 type designs are 
installed with the same procedure, they are equally affected by the 
possibility of the unsafe condition. EASA states that this condition, 
if not corrected, could result in the affected control lever shifting 
in the axial direction, contacting the helicopter structure, and 
subsequently reducing control of the helicopter.

FAA's Determination

    These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of 
the Federal Republic of Germany and are approved for operation in the 
United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with Germany, EASA, 
its technical representative, has notified us of the unsafe condition 
described in its AD. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all 
known relevant information and determined that an unsafe condition 
exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of these 
same type designs.

Related Service Information

    Eurocopter has issued Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) MBB BK117 C-2-
67A-010, Revision 3, dated February 8, 2010, and ASB EC135-67A-019, 
Revision 3, dated December 16, 2009. These ASBs specify:
     Within the next 50 flight hours (FHs), inspecting the 
affected bearings and, if necessary, rebonding any affected bearings or 
replacing the lever assembly.
     Within 12 months, retrofitting bushings on the levers to 
prevent movement of the bearings.
     After the retrofit, repeating the inspection every 800 FHs 
or 36 months for the Model EC 135 helicopters, whichever comes first, 
and 600 FHs or 24 months, whichever comes first, for the Model MBB-BK 
117 C-2 helicopters.
    EASA classified these ASBs as mandatory and issued AD 2010-0058 to 
ensure the continued airworthiness of these helicopters.

Proposed AD Requirements

    For EC135 helicopters, this proposed AD would require, within 100 
hours time-in-service (TIS) or at the next annual inspection, whichever 
occurs first, modifying the left-hand (LH) and right-hand (RH) guidance 
units and the cyclic shaft by installing bushings and washers to 
prevent shifting in the axial direction. This proposed AD would require 
at intervals not to exceed 800 hours TIS or 36 months, whichever occurs 
first, inspecting the bearings in the LH guidance unit, the RH guidance 
unit, cyclic control, upper guidance unit, and linear voltage 
differential transducer plate for play. If any bearing is loose, the 
proposed AD would require replacing the affected bearing with an 
airworthy bearing.
    For MBB-BK 117 C-2 helicopters, this proposed AD would require, 
within 100 hours TIS or at the next annual inspection, whichever occurs 
first, modifying the LH and RH guidance units and the lateral control 
lever by installing bushings and washers to prevent shifting of the 
bearings in the axial direction. This proposed AD also would require at 
intervals not to exceed 600 hours TIS or 24 months, whichever occurs 
first, inspecting the bearings in the RH guidance unit, LH guidance 
unit, and lateral control guidance unit for play. If any bearing is 
loose, the proposed AD would require replacing the affected bearing 
with an airworthy bearing.

Differences between this Proposed AD and the EASA AD

    Differences between this proposed AD and the EASA AD are:
     The EASA AD is applicable to the EC 635 helicopter, 
whereas this proposed AD is not because the EC 635 helicopter is not 
type certificated in the U.S.
     The EASA AD requires an initial inspection within 50 
flight hours or one month, whichever occurs first after May 31, 2008, 
and a modification within the next 12 months. This proposed AD would 
require the modification within 100 hours TIS or at the next annual 
inspection, whichever occurs first, and no inspection until after the 
modification has been accomplished.
     The EASA AD provides requirements for certain spare parts, 
whereas this proposed AD does not.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD would affect 175 Model EC135 and 
112 Model MBB-BK 117 C-2 helicopters of U.S. Registry and that labor 
costs average $85 per work-hour. Based on these estimates, we would 
expect the following costs:
     For EC135 helicopters, it would take about 32 work-hours 
to perform the modification. Parts would cost about $312. The total 
cost for the modification would be about $3,032 per helicopter and 
$530,600 for the U.S. operator fleet. The repetitive inspections would 
require 6.5 work-hours for a cost of about $553 per helicopter and 
about $96,775 for the fleet per inspection cycle.
     For MBB-BK 117 C-2 helicopters, it would take about 32 
work-hours to perform the modification. Parts would cost about $396. 
The total cost for the modification would be $3,116 per helicopter and 
$348,992 for the U.S. operator fleet. The cost for the repetitive 
inspections thereafter would be about $85 per helicopter and $9,520 for 
the fleet per inspection cycle.

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

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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):

Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH: Docket No. FAA-2013-0555; Directorate 
Identifier 2010-SW-047-AD.

(a) Applicability

    This AD applies to the following helicopters, certificated in 
any category:
    (1) Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (ECD) Model EC135 P1, P2, P2+, 
T1, T2, and T2+ helicopters, serial number (S/N) 0005 through 00829, 
with a tail rotor control lever, part number (P/N) L672M2802205 or 
L672M1012212; cyclic control lever, P/N L671M1005250; collective 
control lever assembly, P/N L671M2020108; or collective control 
plate, P/N L671M5040207; installed; and
    (2) Model MBB-BK 117 C-2 helicopters, S/N 9004 through 9310, 
with a tail rotor control lever assembly, P/N B672M1007101 or 
B672M1807101; tail rotor control lever, P/N B672M1002202 or 
L672M2802205; or lateral control lever assembly, P/N B670M1008101, 
installed.

(b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as incorrectly installed 
flight control bearings. This condition could cause the affected 
control lever to shift and contact the helicopter structure, 
resulting in reduced control of the helicopter.

(c) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by September 3, 2013.

(d) Compliance

    You are responsible for performing each action required by this 
AD within the specified compliance time.

(e) Required Actions

    (1) For Model EC135 P1, P2, P2+, T1, T2, and T2+ helicopters:
    (i) Within the next 100 hours time-in-service (TIS) or at the 
next annual inspection, whichever occurs, modify the left-hand (LH) 
and right-hand (RH) guidance units and the cyclic shaft by 
installing bushings and washers to prevent shifting of the bearings 
in the axial direction as follows:
    (A) Remove and disassemble the LH guidance unit and install a 
bushing, P/N L672M1012260, between the bearing block and the lever 
of the LH guidance unit as depicted in Detail A of Figure 5 of 
Eurocopter Alert Service Bulletin EC135-67A-019, Revision 3, dated 
December 16, 2009 (EC135 ASB).
    (B) For helicopters without a yaw brake, remove and disassemble 
the RH guidance unit and install a bushing, P/N L672M1012260, 
between the bearing block and the lever as depicted in Detail B of 
Figure 5 of EC135 ASB.
    (C) Remove and disassemble the cyclic shaft and install a 
washer, P/N L671M1005260, between the bearing block and the lever as 
depicted in Detail C of Figure 6 of EC135 ASB.
    (D) Remove the collective control rod from the bellcrank and 
install a washer, P/N L221M1042208, on each side of the collective 
control rod and bellcrank as depicted in Detail D of Figure 6 of 
EC135 ASB.
    (E) At intervals not to exceed 800 hours TIS or 36 months, 
whichever occurs first, inspect the bearings in the LH guidance 
unit, RH guidance unit, cyclic control, upper guidance unit, and 
linear voltage differential transducer plate for play. If any 
bearing is loose, replace the affected bearing with an airworthy 
bearing.
    (2) For Model MBB-BK 117 C-2 helicopters:
    (i) Within the next 100 hours TIS or at the next annual 
inspection, whichever occurs first, modify the LH and RH guidance 
units and the lateral control lever by installing bushings and 
washers to prevent shifting of the bearings in the axial direction 
as follows:
    (A) Remove and disassemble the RH guidance unit and install a 
bushing, P/N L672M1012260, between the lever and the bracket as 
depicted in Detail B of Figure 4 of Eurocopter Alert Service 
Bulletin MBB BK117 C-2-67A-010, Revision 3, dated February 8, 2010 
(BK117 ASB). Remove and disassemble the LH guidance unit and install 
a bushing, P/N L672M1012260, between the lever and the bracket as 
depicted in Detail C of Figure 4 of BK117 ASB.
    (B) Remove the lateral control lever and install new bushings in 
accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs 
3.C(9)(a) through 3.C(9)(g), of BK 117 ASB.
    (C) Identify the modified lever assembly by writing ``MBB BK117 
C-2-67A-010'' on the lever with permanent marking pen and protect 
with a single layer of lacquer (CM 421 or equivalent).
    (D) Apply corrosion preventive paste (CM 518 or equivalent) on 
the shank of the screws and install airworthy parts as depicted in 
Figure 5 of BK117 ASB.
    (E) At intervals not to exceed 600 hours TIS or 24 months, 
whichever occurs first, inspect the bearings in the RH guidance 
unit, LH guidance unit, and lateral control guidance unit for play. 
If any bearing is loose, replace the affected bearing with an 
airworthy bearing.

(f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOC)

    (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, FAA, may approve AMOCs 
for this AD. Send your proposal to: Matt Fuller, Senior Aviation 
Safety Engineer, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, 
FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137; telephone (817) 222-
5110; email matthew.fuller@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

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No. 2010-0058, dated March 30, 2010. You may view the EASA AD at 
https://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA-2013-0555.

 (h) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6710, Main Rotor 
Control.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 18, 2013.
Kim Smith,
Directorate Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
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