Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters, 42406-42409 [2013-16682]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES 42406 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 16, 2013 / Rules and Regulations of the subcontract for goods and services provided for the contract and for which the Federal agency has paid the prime contractor, and considering that information when rating the contractor for past performance purposes. (6) Evaluating whether the prime contractor has a history of unjustified untimely or reduced payments to subcontractors, and if so, recording the identity of the prime contractor in the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS), or any successor database. (7) In his or her discretion, requiring the prime contractor (other than a prime contractor with a commercial plan) to update its subcontracting plan when an option is exercised. (8) Requiring the prime contractor (other than a contractor with a commercial plan) to submit a subcontracting plan if the value of a modification causes the value of the contract to exceed the subcontracting plan threshold and to the extent that subcontracting opportunities exist. (9) In his or her discretion, requiring a subcontracting plan if a prime contractor’s size status changes from small to other than small as a result of a size recertification. (10) Where a subcontracting plan is amended in connection with an option, or added as a result of a recertification or modification, the changes to any existing plan are for prospective subcontracting opportunities and do not apply retroactively. However, since achievements must be reported on the ISR (or the SF–294, if applicable) on a cumulative basis from the inception of the contract, the contractor’s achievements prior to the modification or option will be factored into its overall achievement on the contract from inception. (e) * * * (3) Instructing large prime contractors on identifying small business concerns by means of SAM (or any successor system), SUB-Net, Business Matchmaking events, and other resources and tools; * * * * * (f) Compliance reviews. (1) A prime contractor’s performance under its subcontracting plan is evaluated by means of on-site compliance reviews and follow-up reviews. A compliance review is a surveillance review that determines a contractor’s achievements in meeting the goals and other elements in its subcontracting plan for both open contracts and contracts completed during the previous twelve months. A follow-up review is done after a compliance review, generally within six VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:29 Jul 15, 2013 Jkt 229001 to eight months, to determine if the contractor has implemented SBA’s recommendations. (2) All compliance reviews begin with a validation of the prime contractor’s most recent ISR (or SF–294, if applicable) or SSR. A compliance review includes: (i) An evaluation of whether the prime contractor assigned the proper NAICS code and corresponding size standard to a subcontract, and a review of whether small business subcontractors qualify for the size or socioeconomic status claimed; (ii) Validation of the prime contractor’s methodology for completing its subcontracting reports; and (iii) Consideration of whether the prime contractor is monitoring its other than small subcontractors with regard to their subcontracting plans, determining achievement of their proposed subcontracting goals, and reviewing their subcontractors’ ISRs (or SF–294s, if applicable). * * * * * (g) Subcontracting consideration in source selection. (1) A contracting officer may include an evaluation factor in a solicitation which evaluates: (i) An offeror’s proposed approach to small business subcontracting participation in the subject procurement; (ii) The extent to which the offeror has met its small business subcontracting plan goals on previous covered contracts; and/or (iii) The extent to which the offeror timely paid its small business subcontractors under covered contracts. (2) A contracting officer may include an evaluation factor in a solicitation which evaluates an offeror’s commitment to pay small business subcontractors within a specific number of days after receipt of payment from the Government for goods and services previously rendered by the small business subcontractor. (i) The contracting officer will comparatively evaluate the proposed timelines. (ii) Such a commitment shall become a material part of the contract. (iii) The contracting officer must consider the contractor’s compliance with the commitment in evaluating performance, including for purposes of contract continuation (such as exercising options). (3) A small business concern submitting an offer shall receive the maximum score, credit or rating under an evaluation factor described in paragraph (g) of this section without having to submit any information in connection with this factor. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (4) A contracting officer shall include a significant evaluation factor for the criteria described in paragraphs (g)(2)(i) and (g)(2)(ii) of this section in a bundled contract or order as defined in § 125.2. (5) Paragraph (g) of this section may apply to solicitations for orders against multiple award contracts, (including a Federal Supply Schedule or Multiple Award Schedule contract, a Government-wide acquisition contract (GWAC), or a multi-agency contract (MAC)), blanket purchase agreements or basic ordering agreements. (h) Multiple award contracts. (1) Except where a prime contractor has a commercial plan, the contracting officer shall require a subcontracting plan for each multiple award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract (including Multiple Award Schedule), where the estimated value of the contract exceeds the subcontracting plan thresholds in paragraph (a) of this section and the contract has subcontracting opportunities. (2) Contractors shall submit small business subcontracting reports for individual orders to the contracting agency on an annual basis. (3) The agency funding the order shall receive credit towards its small business subcontracting goals. More than one agency may not receive credit towards its subcontracting goals for a particular subcontract. (4) The agency funding the order may in its discretion establish small business subcontracting goals for individual orders, blanket purchase agreements or basic ordering agreements. Dated: June 25, 2013. Karen G. Mills, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2013–16967 Filed 7–15–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8025–01–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0522; Directorate Identifier 2013–SW–018–AD; Amendment 39–17487; AD 2013–10–51] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT). ACTION: Final rule; request for comments. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\16JYR1.SGM 16JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 16, 2013 / Rules and Regulations We are publishing a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter France Model AS350B, AS350BA, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350C, AS350D, AS350D1, AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, and AS355NP helicopters. This AD requires, before further flight, determining whether a single hydraulic main or tail rotor servo-control is installed on your helicopter. If a certain servo-control is installed, before the further flight, this AD requires replacing that servo-control. This AD was prompted by the discovery of excessive axial play detected on bearings installed on certain single hydraulic main and tail rotor servo-controls (servo-control). The excessive play could cause the distributor slide valve to jam in its sleeve. This condition could result in jamming the hydraulic flight controls, necessitating that the pilot cut off hydraulic power. This action would increase the pilot’s workload, resulting in possible loss of helicopter control. DATES: This AD becomes effective to all persons July 31, 2013, except those persons to whom it was made immediately effective by Emergency AD No. 2013–10–51, issued on May 9, 2013, which contains the requirements of this AD. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain documents listed in this AD as of July 31, 2013. We must receive comments on this AD by September 16, 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: street address for the Docket Operations Office (telephone 800- 647–5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt. For service information identified in this AD, contact American Eurocopter Corporation, 2701 N. Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; telephone (972) 641–0000 or (800) 232–0323; fax (972) 641–3775; or at 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, Texas 76137. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Hemann, Transportaton Safety Analyst, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222–5110; email michael.hemann@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not provide you with notice and an opportunity to provide your comments prior to it becoming effective. However, we invite you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting written comments, data, or views. We also invite comments relating to the economic, environmental, energy, or federalism impacts that resulted from adopting this AD. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the AD, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. To ensure the docket does not contain duplicate comments, commenters should send only one copy of written comments, or if comments are filed electronically, commenters should submit them only one time. We will file in the docket all comments that we receive, as well as a report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerning this rulemaking during the comment period. We will consider all the comments we receive and may conduct additional rulemaking based on those comments. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES Examining the AD Docket Discussion 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 AD, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, the economic evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The On May 9, 2013, we issued Emergency AD 2013–10–51 (Emergency AD), which requires, before further flight, determining whether a certain servo-control is installed on your helicopter. If a certain servo-control is installed, before the further flight, the Emergency AD requires replacing that servo-control with an airworthy servocontrol. The Emergency AD was VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:29 Jul 15, 2013 Jkt 229001 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 42407 prompted by AD No. 2013–0095–E, dated April 16, 2013, issued by EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, to correct an unsafe condition for the helicopters listed in the first paragraph of this section. EASA advises that for helicopters with single hydraulic main and tail servo-controls, this condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to a friction point in the flight controls and increase the pilot workload. The pilot would consequently need to cut off the hydraulic power and follow the procedures specified in the applicable Section 3 of the Rotorcraft Flight Manual. Many of the non-compliant servocontrols were installed by the manufacturer under certain part and serial numbers. Others were repaired or overhauled from September 27, 2012, through January 30, 2013, by UTC Aerospace Systems in Monroe, North Carolina. Since we issued the Emergency AD, we have discovered that the servo-control’s component history card or equivalent record may list ‘‘Goodrich Corporation’’ as the repair and overhaul facility, instead of ‘‘UTC Aerospace Systems,’’ as United Technologies Corporation formed UTC Aerospace Systems in 2012 after acquiring Goodrich Corporation. We have added this information to the Required Actions section of this AD. Also, the language in the Alternative Methods of Compliance section of the Emergency AD did not include the proper introductory sentence, so we have added that sentence in this AD. These changes do not change the scope or increase the burden from those in the Emergency AD. FAA’s Determination These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of France and are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with France, EASA, its technical representative, has notified us of the unsafe condition described in the EASA AD. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all information provided by EASA and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other helicopters of these same type designs. Related Service Information Eurocopter has issued one Emergency Alert Service Bulletin (EASB) with four numbers, all dated April 15, 2013. EASB No. 67.00.60 is for Eurocopter Models AS350B, AS350BA, AS350BB, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350D, and military helicopter Model AS350L1; EASB 67.00.36 is for military helicopter E:\FR\FM\16JYR1.SGM 16JYR1 42408 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 16, 2013 / Rules and Regulations mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with RULES Models AS550A2, AS550C2, AS550C3, and AS550U2; EASB 67.00.41 is for Models AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, and AS355NP; and EASB 67.00.27 is for military helicopter Models AS555AF, AS555AN, AS555SN, AS555UF, and AS555UN. Models AS350C and AS350D1 are also type certificated in the United States but were not listed in the EASB. Model AS350BB is not type certificated in the United States. The EASB states that during acceptance tests of a servocontrol, the supplier noticed that the servo-control input lever bearing’s play value exceeded the specified value. This condition leads to excessive misalignment between the lever and the distributor slide, the EASB reports. This condition could create a ‘‘friction point’’ on the flight controls. To eliminate the risk of this friction point appearing on the flight controls, Eurocopter specifies that all servo-controls with a noncompliant input lever bearing be replaced and returned to the manufacturer. AD Requirements This AD requires, before further flight, inspecting the servo-control’s component history card or equivalent record to determine if it has a certain part number (P/N) and serial number (S/ N) or if the servo-control was repaired or overhauled from September 27, 2012, through January 30, 2013, by UTC Aerospace Systems or Goodrich Corporation in Monroe, North Carolina. If either condition exists, this AD requires inspecting the servo-control’s identification plate to determine if it has the letter ‘‘B.’’ If it has the letter ‘‘B,’’ no further action is required. If the identification plate has no letter ‘‘B,’’ this AD requires inspecting all sides of the external race of the servocontrol’s bearing to determine if it has any visible marking. If there is a marking, before further flight, this AD requires replacing the servo-control with an airworthy servo-control. If there is no marking, this AD requires inspecting the bearing’s sealing flange to determine if it is marked with ‘‘RWG Germany 60–5593.’’ If it is marked with ‘‘RWG Germany 60–5593,’’ no further action is required. If the sealing flange has not been marked with ‘‘RWG Germany 60–5593,’’ before further flight, this AD requires replacing the servo-control with an airworthy servo-control. Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD We require, before further flight, inspecting the servo-control’s component history card or equivalent VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:29 Jul 15, 2013 Jkt 229001 record to determine if it has a certain P/ N and S/N; or if it was repaired or overhauled from September 27, 2012, through January 30, 2013, by UTC Aerospace Systems or Goodrich Corporation in Monroe, North Carolina. EASA requires within 10 flight hours or 10 days, whichever occurs first, verifying whether a certain bearing is fitted in the servo-control. We require, before further flight, replacing a non-airworthy servo-control with an airworthy servo-control. EASA requires replacing a non-airworthy servo-control with an airworthy servocontrol within 50 flight hours or 120 days, whichever comes first, after checking the servo-control for ‘‘freetravel.’’ If a ‘‘friction point’’ is detected, EASA requires replacing the servocontrol with an airworthy servo-control before further flight. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 937 helicopters of U.S. Registry and that labor costs average $85 a work-hour. Based on these estimates, we expect the following costs: Inspecting the single hydraulic main and tail servo-control’s component history card or equivalent record requires minimal labor costs and no parts. The per-helicopter and fleet costs are minimal. Determining whether the identification plate is marked with a ‘‘B’’ requires 1 work-hour and no parts. Labor costs total $85 per helicopter. Inspecting the servo-control’s bearing to determine if it is non-conforming requires 3 work-hours and no parts. Labor costs total $255 per helicopter. Replacing the servo-control with an airworthy servo-control requires 3 or 5 work hours, depending on what servocontrol is being replaced. Parts cost $10,461 or $10,561, also depending on the servo-control being replaced. Labor costs are $255 or $425 for total perhelicopter cost of $10,716 or $10,986. FAA’s Justification and Determination of the Effective Date Providing an opportunity for public comments prior to adopting these AD requirements would delay implementing the safety actions needed to correct this known unsafe condition. Therefore, we find that the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment prior to the adoption of this rule because the previously described unsafe condition can adversely affect the controllability of the helicopter and the required corrective actions must be accomplished before further flight. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Since it was found that immediate corrective action was required, notice and opportunity for prior public comment before issuing this AD were impracticable and contrary to the public interest and good cause existed for making Emergency AD 2013–10–51 effective immediately on May 9, 2013 to all known U.S. owners and operators of the specified Eurocopter France model helicopters. These conditions still exist and the Emergency AD is hereby published, with minor changes, in the Federal Register as an amendment to section 39.13 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 39.13) to make it effective to all persons. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. ‘‘Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,’’ describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in ‘‘Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed, I certify that this AD: 1. Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; 2. Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); 3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska to the extent that it justifies making a regulatory distinction; and 4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. E:\FR\FM\16JYR1.SGM 16JYR1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 136 / Tuesday, July 16, 2013 / Rules and Regulations 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): ■ 2013–10–51 Eurocopter France: Amendment 39–17487; Docket No. FAA–2013–0522; Directorate Identifier 2013–SW–018–AD. (a) Applicability This AD applies to Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model AS350B, AS350BA, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350C, AS350D, AS350D1, AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, and AS355NP helicopters, certificated in any category. (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as excessive play that could cause the distributor slide valve to jam in its sleeve. This condition could result in jamming of the hydraulic flight controls, necessitating that the pilot cut off hydraulic power. This action would increase the pilot’s workload, resulting in possible loss of helicopter control. (c) Effective Date This AD becomes effective July 31, 2013 to all persons except those persons to whom it was made immediately effective by Emergency AD No. 2013–10–51, issued on May 9, 2013, which contains the requirements of this AD. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD 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) Before further flight, inspect the single hydraulic main and tail servo-control’s (servo-control) component history card or equivalent record to determine if it has a part number (P/N) and serial number (S/N) listed in the Appendix, paragraph 4.A, of Eurocopter Emergency Alert Service Bulletin No. 67.00.60 (EASB No. 67.00.60) or No. 67.00.41 (EASB No. 67.00.41), both dated VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:29 Jul 15, 2013 Jkt 229001 April 15, 2013, as appropriate for your model helicopter; or was repaired or overhauled from September 27, 2012, through January 30, 2013, by UTC Aerospace Systems or Goodrich Corporation in Monroe, North Carolina. (2) If the servo-control does have a P/N and S/N listed in paragraph 4.A of EASB No. 67.00.60 or EASB No. 67.00.41, as appropriate for your model helicopter, or if the servo-control was repaired or installed from September 27, 2012, through January 30, 2013, by UTC Aerospace Systems or Goodrich Corporation in Monroe, North Carolina, inspect the servo-control to determine whether the identification plate is marked with a ‘‘B’’ as shown in the Appendix, paragraph 4.B, of EASB No. 67.00.60 or EASB No. 67.00.41, as appropriate for your model helicopter. If it is marked with a ‘‘B,’’ no further action is required. (3) If the identification plate is not marked with a ‘‘B,’’ inspect all sides of the external race of the servo-control’s bearing to determine if it has any marking shown as (b) in Detail A of Figure 1 of EASB No. 67.00.60 or EASB No. 67.00.41, as appropriate for your model helicopter. If there is any marking, before further flight, replace the servo-control with an airworthy servo-control. (4) If there is no marking on the sides of the external race, inspect each bearing sealing flange to determine if it is marked with ‘‘RWG Germany 60–5593’’ as shown as (d) in Detail C of Figure 2 of EASB No. 67.00.60 or EASB No. 67.00.41, as appropriate for your model helicopter. If there is ‘‘RWG Germany 60–5593’’ marking at least partially visible on a flange of the bearing, no further action is required. (5) If there is no ‘‘RWG Germany 60–5593’’ marking at least partially visible on a flange of the bearing, before further flight, replace the servo-control with an airworthy servocontrol. (f) Special Flight Permits Special flight permits may be permitted only for taking a helicopter to a repair station to meet the requirements of this AD. (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Michael Hemann, Transportation Safety Analyst, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222–5110; email michael.hemann@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 the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2013–0095–E, dated April 16, 2013. You may view the EASA AD at https:// PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 42409 www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA–2013–0522. (i) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6730, Rotorcraft Servo System. (j) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference 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 EASB No. 67.00.60, dated April 15, 2013. (ii) Eurocopter EASB No. 67.00.41, dated April 15, 2013. Note 1 to paragraph (j)(2): Eurocopter EASB No. 67.00.60, dated April 15, 2013, and Eurocopter EASB No. 67.00.41, dated April 15, 2013, are co-published as one document along with Eurocopter EASB No. 67.00.36, dated April 15, 2013, and Eurocopter EASB No. 67.00.27, dated April 15, 2013, which are not incorporated by reference in this AD. (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 https://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: https:// 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. 2013–16682 Filed 7–15–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0018; Directorate Identifier 2010–SW–060–AD; Amendment 39–17483; AD 2013–12–05] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\16JYR1.SGM 16JYR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0522; Directorate Identifier 2013-SW-018-AD; 
Amendment 39-17487; AD 2013-10-51]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Eurocopter France Helicopters

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

ACTION: Final rule; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We are publishing a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
Eurocopter France Model AS350B, AS350BA, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, 
AS350C, AS350D, AS350D1, AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, and 
AS355NP helicopters. This AD requires, before further flight, 
determining whether a single hydraulic main or tail rotor servo-control 
is installed on your helicopter. If a certain servo-control is 
installed, before the further flight, this AD requires replacing that 
servo-control. This AD was prompted by the discovery of excessive axial 
play detected on bearings installed on certain single hydraulic main 
and tail rotor servo-controls (servo-control). The excessive play could 
cause the distributor slide valve to jam in its sleeve. This condition 
could result in jamming the hydraulic flight controls, necessitating 
that the pilot cut off hydraulic power. This action would increase the 
pilot's workload, resulting in possible loss of helicopter control.

DATES: This AD becomes effective to all persons July 31, 2013, except 
those persons to whom it was made immediately effective by Emergency AD 
No. 2013-10-51, issued on May 9, 2013, which contains the requirements 
of this AD.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain documents listed in this AD as of July 31, 2013.
    We must receive comments on this AD by September 16, 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 AD, the European Aviation Safety 
Agency (EASA) AD, the economic evaluation, any comments received, and 
other information. The street address for the Docket Operations Office 
(telephone 800- 647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be 
available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.
    For service information identified in this AD, contact American 
Eurocopter Corporation, 2701 N. Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; 
telephone (972) 641-0000 or (800) 232-0323; fax (972) 641-3775; or at 
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, Texas 
76137.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Hemann, Transportaton Safety 
Analyst, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 
Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222-5110; email 
michael.hemann@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight 
safety, and we did not provide you with notice and an opportunity to 
provide your comments prior to it becoming effective. However, we 
invite you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting written 
comments, data, or views. We also invite comments relating to the 
economic, environmental, energy, or federalism impacts that resulted 
from adopting this AD. The most helpful comments reference a specific 
portion of the AD, explain the reason for any recommended change, and 
include supporting data. To ensure the docket does not contain 
duplicate comments, commenters should send only one copy of written 
comments, or if comments are filed electronically, commenters should 
submit them only one time. We will file in the docket all comments that 
we receive, as well as a report summarizing each substantive public 
contact with FAA personnel concerning this rulemaking during the 
comment period. We will consider all the comments we receive and may 
conduct additional rulemaking based on those comments.

Discussion

    On May 9, 2013, we issued Emergency AD 2013-10-51 (Emergency AD), 
which requires, before further flight, determining whether a certain 
servo-control is installed on your helicopter. If a certain servo-
control is installed, before the further flight, the Emergency AD 
requires replacing that servo-control with an airworthy servo-control. 
The Emergency AD was prompted by AD No. 2013-0095-E, dated April 16, 
2013, issued by EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member 
States of the European Union, to correct an unsafe condition for the 
helicopters listed in the first paragraph of this section. EASA advises 
that for helicopters with single hydraulic main and tail servo-
controls, this condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to 
a friction point in the flight controls and increase the pilot 
workload. The pilot would consequently need to cut off the hydraulic 
power and follow the procedures specified in the applicable Section 3 
of the Rotorcraft Flight Manual.
    Many of the non-compliant servo-controls were installed by the 
manufacturer under certain part and serial numbers. Others were 
repaired or overhauled from September 27, 2012, through January 30, 
2013, by UTC Aerospace Systems in Monroe, North Carolina. Since we 
issued the Emergency AD, we have discovered that the servo-control's 
component history card or equivalent record may list ``Goodrich 
Corporation'' as the repair and overhaul facility, instead of ``UTC 
Aerospace Systems,'' as United Technologies Corporation formed UTC 
Aerospace Systems in 2012 after acquiring Goodrich Corporation. We have 
added this information to the Required Actions section of this AD. 
Also, the language in the Alternative Methods of Compliance section of 
the Emergency AD did not include the proper introductory sentence, so 
we have added that sentence in this AD. These changes do not change the 
scope or increase the burden from those in the Emergency AD.

FAA's Determination

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

Related Service Information

    Eurocopter has issued one Emergency Alert Service Bulletin (EASB) 
with four numbers, all dated April 15, 2013. EASB No. 67.00.60 is for 
Eurocopter Models AS350B, AS350BA, AS350BB, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, 
AS350D, and military helicopter Model AS350L1; EASB 67.00.36 is for 
military helicopter

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Models AS550A2, AS550C2, AS550C3, and AS550U2; EASB 67.00.41 is for 
Models AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, and AS355NP; and EASB 
67.00.27 is for military helicopter Models AS555AF, AS555AN, AS555SN, 
AS555UF, and AS555UN. Models AS350C and AS350D1 are also type 
certificated in the United States but were not listed in the EASB. 
Model AS350BB is not type certificated in the United States. The EASB 
states that during acceptance tests of a servo-control, the supplier 
noticed that the servo-control input lever bearing's play value 
exceeded the specified value. This condition leads to excessive 
misalignment between the lever and the distributor slide, the EASB 
reports. This condition could create a ``friction point'' on the flight 
controls. To eliminate the risk of this friction point appearing on the 
flight controls, Eurocopter specifies that all servo-controls with a 
non-compliant input lever bearing be replaced and returned to the 
manufacturer.

AD Requirements

    This AD requires, before further flight, inspecting the servo-
control's component history card or equivalent record to determine if 
it has a certain part number (P/N) and serial number (S/N) or if the 
servo-control was repaired or overhauled from September 27, 2012, 
through January 30, 2013, by UTC Aerospace Systems or Goodrich 
Corporation in Monroe, North Carolina.
    If either condition exists, this AD requires inspecting the servo-
control's identification plate to determine if it has the letter ``B.'' 
If it has the letter ``B,'' no further action is required.
    If the identification plate has no letter ``B,'' this AD requires 
inspecting all sides of the external race of the servo-control's 
bearing to determine if it has any visible marking. If there is a 
marking, before further flight, this AD requires replacing the servo-
control with an airworthy servo-control.
    If there is no marking, this AD requires inspecting the bearing's 
sealing flange to determine if it is marked with ``RWG Germany 60-
5593.'' If it is marked with ``RWG Germany 60-5593,'' no further action 
is required.
    If the sealing flange has not been marked with ``RWG Germany 60-
5593,'' before further flight, this AD requires replacing the servo-
control with an airworthy servo-control.

Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD

    We require, before further flight, inspecting the servo-control's 
component history card or equivalent record to determine if it has a 
certain P/N and S/N; or if it was repaired or overhauled from September 
27, 2012, through January 30, 2013, by UTC Aerospace Systems or 
Goodrich Corporation in Monroe, North Carolina. EASA requires within 10 
flight hours or 10 days, whichever occurs first, verifying whether a 
certain bearing is fitted in the servo-control.
    We require, before further flight, replacing a non-airworthy servo-
control with an airworthy servo-control. EASA requires replacing a non-
airworthy servo-control with an airworthy servo-control within 50 
flight hours or 120 days, whichever comes first, after checking the 
servo-control for ``free-travel.'' If a ``friction point'' is detected, 
EASA requires replacing the servo-control with an airworthy servo-
control before further flight.

 Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 937 helicopters of U.S. Registry 
and that labor costs average $85 a work-hour. Based on these estimates, 
we expect the following costs:
    Inspecting the single hydraulic main and tail servo-control's 
component history card or equivalent record requires minimal labor 
costs and no parts. The per-helicopter and fleet costs are minimal.
    Determining whether the identification plate is marked with a ``B'' 
requires 1 work-hour and no parts. Labor costs total $85 per 
helicopter.
    Inspecting the servo-control's bearing to determine if it is non-
conforming requires 3 work-hours and no parts. Labor costs total $255 
per helicopter.
    Replacing the servo-control with an airworthy servo-control 
requires 3 or 5 work hours, depending on what servo-control is being 
replaced. Parts cost $10,461 or $10,561, also depending on the servo-
control being replaced. Labor costs are $255 or $425 for total per-
helicopter cost of $10,716 or $10,986.

FAA's Justification and Determination of the Effective Date

    Providing an opportunity for public comments prior to adopting 
these AD requirements would delay implementing the safety actions 
needed to correct this known unsafe condition. Therefore, we find that 
the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment 
prior to the adoption of this rule because the previously described 
unsafe condition can adversely affect the controllability of the 
helicopter and the required corrective actions must be accomplished 
before further flight.
    Since it was found that immediate corrective action was required, 
notice and opportunity for prior public comment before issuing this AD 
were impracticable and contrary to the public interest and good cause 
existed for making Emergency AD 2013-10-51 effective immediately on May 
9, 2013 to all known U.S. owners and operators of the specified 
Eurocopter France model helicopters. These conditions still exist and 
the Emergency AD is hereby published, with minor changes, in the 
Federal Register as an amendment to section 39.13 of the Federal 
Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 39.13) to make it effective to all 
persons.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

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

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    We prepared an economic evaluation of the estimated costs to comply 
with this AD and placed it in the AD docket.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

0
1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

0
2. The FAA amends Sec.  39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness 
directive (AD):

2013-10-51 Eurocopter France: Amendment 39-17487; Docket No. FAA-
2013-0522; Directorate Identifier 2013-SW-018-AD.

(a) Applicability

    This AD applies to Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model AS350B, 
AS350BA, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350C, AS350D, AS350D1, AS355E, 
AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, and AS355NP helicopters, 
certificated in any category.

(b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as excessive play that 
could cause the distributor slide valve to jam in its sleeve. This 
condition could result in jamming of the hydraulic flight controls, 
necessitating that the pilot cut off hydraulic power. This action 
would increase the pilot's workload, resulting in possible loss of 
helicopter control.

(c) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective July 31, 2013 to all persons except 
those persons to whom it was made immediately effective by Emergency 
AD No. 2013-10-51, issued on May 9, 2013, which contains the 
requirements of this AD.

(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) Before further flight, inspect the single hydraulic main and 
tail servo-control's (servo-control) component history card or 
equivalent record to determine if it has a part number (P/N) and 
serial number (S/N) listed in the Appendix, paragraph 4.A, of 
Eurocopter Emergency Alert Service Bulletin No. 67.00.60 (EASB No. 
67.00.60) or No. 67.00.41 (EASB No. 67.00.41), both dated April 15, 
2013, as appropriate for your model helicopter; or was repaired or 
overhauled from September 27, 2012, through January 30, 2013, by UTC 
Aerospace Systems or Goodrich Corporation in Monroe, North Carolina.
    (2) If the servo-control does have a P/N and S/N listed in 
paragraph 4.A of EASB No. 67.00.60 or EASB No. 67.00.41, as 
appropriate for your model helicopter, or if the servo-control was 
repaired or installed from September 27, 2012, through January 30, 
2013, by UTC Aerospace Systems or Goodrich Corporation in Monroe, 
North Carolina, inspect the servo-control to determine whether the 
identification plate is marked with a ``B'' as shown in the 
Appendix, paragraph 4.B, of EASB No. 67.00.60 or EASB No. 67.00.41, 
as appropriate for your model helicopter. If it is marked with a 
``B,'' no further action is required.
    (3) If the identification plate is not marked with a ``B,'' 
inspect all sides of the external race of the servo-control's 
bearing to determine if it has any marking shown as (b) in Detail A 
of Figure 1 of EASB No. 67.00.60 or EASB No. 67.00.41, as 
appropriate for your model helicopter. If there is any marking, 
before further flight, replace the servo-control with an airworthy 
servo-control.
    (4) If there is no marking on the sides of the external race, 
inspect each bearing sealing flange to determine if it is marked 
with ``RWG Germany 60-5593'' as shown as (d) in Detail C of Figure 2 
of EASB No. 67.00.60 or EASB No. 67.00.41, as appropriate for your 
model helicopter. If there is ``RWG Germany 60-5593'' marking at 
least partially visible on a flange of the bearing, no further 
action is required.
    (5) If there is no ``RWG Germany 60-5593'' marking at least 
partially visible on a flange of the bearing, before further flight, 
replace the servo-control with an airworthy servo-control.

(f) Special Flight Permits

    Special flight permits may be permitted only for taking a 
helicopter to a repair station to meet the requirements of this AD.

(g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, FAA, may approve AMOCs 
for this AD. Send your proposal to: Michael Hemann, Transportation 
Safety Analyst, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, 
FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 
222-5110; email michael.hemann@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 the European Aviation 
Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2013-0095-E, dated April 16, 2013. You 
may view the EASA AD at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for 
and locating it in Docket No. FAA-2013-0522.

(i) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6730, Rotorcraft 
Servo System.

(j) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference 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 EASB No. 67.00.60, dated April 15, 2013.
    (ii) Eurocopter EASB No. 67.00.41, dated April 15, 2013.

    Note 1 to paragraph (j)(2): Eurocopter EASB No. 67.00.60, dated 
April 15, 2013, and Eurocopter EASB No. 67.00.41, dated April 15, 
2013, are co-published as one document along with Eurocopter EASB 
No. 67.00.36, dated April 15, 2013, and Eurocopter EASB No. 
67.00.27, dated April 15, 2013, which are not incorporated by 
reference in this AD.

    (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 https://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: https://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. 2013-16682 Filed 7-15-13; 8:45 am]
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