Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) Helicopters, 65178-65180 [2013-25310]

Download as PDF 65178 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 211 / Thursday, October 31, 2013 / Rules and Regulations wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES (1) If no cracking is found, and the edgeto-edge length of all clevis holes is less than or equal to 0.218 inch: Within 6,000 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, but not to exceed 15,600 total flight hours, rework the bellcrank, or replace the bellcrank with a new bellcrank or with a serviceable bellcrank with bushings having part number 82710297–101 installed, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 84–27–55, Revision A, dated February 22, 2012. (2) If no cracking is found, and any clevis hole edge-to-edge length is greater than 0.218 inch, but is less than or equal to 0.248 inch: Within 6,000 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, replace the bellcrank with a new bellcrank, or with a serviceable bellcrank with bushings having part number 82710297–101 installed, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 84–27–55, Revision A, dated February 22, 2012. (3) If no cracking is found, and any clevis hole edge-to-edge length is greater than 0.248 inch, but is less than or equal to 0.278 inch: Within 1,200 flight hours after doing the measurement/inspection required by paragraph (h) of this AD, replace the bellcrank with a new bellcrank, or with a serviceable bellcrank with bushings having part number 82710297–101 installed, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 84–27–55, Revision A, dated February 22, 2012. (4) If any cracking is found, or if any clevis hole edge-to-edge length exceeds 0.278 inch: Before further flight, replace the bellcrank with a new bellcrank, or with a serviceable bellcrank with bushings having part number 82710297–101 installed, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 84–27–55, Revision A, dated February 22, 2012. (i) Actions for Certain Other Model DHC–8– 400 Series Airplanes For Model DHC–8–400, –401, and –402 airplanes that have accumulated more than 15,000 total flight hours as of the effective date of this AD: Within 600 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, measure the edge-to-edge length of the clevis holes of each bellcrank, and inspect each bellcrank for cracking using liquid penetrant or eddy current inspection method; in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 84–27–55, Revision A, dated February 22, 2012. (1) If no cracking is found, and the edgeto-edge length of all clevis holes is less than or equal to 0.218 inch: Within 1,200 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, rework the bellcrank, or replace the bellcrank with a new bellcrank or with a serviceable bellcrank with bushings having part number 82710297–101 installed, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 84–27–55, Revision A, dated February 22, 2012. (2) If no cracking is found, and any clevis hole edge-to-edge length is greater than 0.218, inch but is less than or equal to 0.248 inch: Within 6,000 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, replace the VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:19 Oct 30, 2013 Jkt 232001 bellcrank with a new bellcrank, or with a serviceable bellcrank with bushings having part number 82710297–101 installed, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 84–27–55, Revision A, dated February 22, 2012. (3) If no cracking is found, and any clevis hole edge-to-edge length is greater than 0.248 inch, but is less than or equal to 0.278 inch: Within 1,200 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, replace the bellcrank with a new bellcrank, or with a serviceable bellcrank with bushings having part number 82710297–101 installed, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 84–27–55, Revision A, dated February 22, 2012. (4) If any cracking is found, or any clevis hole edge-to-edge length exceeds 0.278 inch: Before further flight, replace the bellcrank with a new bellcrank, or with a serviceable bellcrank with bushings having part number 82710297–101 installed, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 84–27–55, Revision A, dated February 22, 2012. (j) Credit for Previous Actions This paragraph provides credit for the actions specified in paragraphs (h) and (i) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 84–27–55, dated June 15, 2011. (k) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, New York Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), ANE–170, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the ACO, send it to ATTN: Program Manager, Continuing Operational Safety, FAA, New York ACO, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, New York 11590; telephone (516) 228–7300; fax (516) 794–5531. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/ certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority (or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service. (l) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF–2011–32, dated August 15, 2011, for related information. The MCAI can be found in the AD docket on the PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 Internet at http://www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=FAA-2012-1311-0002. (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference may be obtained at the addresses specified in paragraphs (m)(3) and (m)(4) of this AD. (m) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Bombardier Service Bulletin 8–27–111, dated June 15, 2011. (ii) Bombardier Service Bulletin 84–27–55, Revision A, dated February 22, 2012. (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Bombardier, Inc., Q-Series Technical Help Desk, 123 Garratt Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M3K 1Y5, Canada; telephone 416–375–4000; fax 416–375–4539; email thd.qseries@aero.bombardier.com; Internet http://www.bombardier.com. (4) You may review copies of the 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. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202–741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Renton, Washington, on September 30, 2013. Jeffrey E. Duven, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–25305 Filed 10–30–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0526; Directorate Identifier 2008–SW–14–AD; Amendment 39–17633; AD 2013–22–01] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Model 206L–4 and 407 helicopters. This AD requires replacing or reworking certain aft bearing caps. This AD was SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\31OCR1.SGM 31OCR1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 211 / Thursday, October 31, 2013 / Rules and Regulations prompted by the manufacture of certain freewheel aft bearing caps without a lubrication channel to allow oil flow into the aft bearing support assembly. The actions of this AD are intended to prevent failure of the freewheel unit and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. DATES: This AD is effective December 5, 2013. The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain documents listed in this AD as of December 5, 2013. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this AD, contact Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., P.O. Box 482, Fort Worth, Texas 76101, telephone (817) 280–3391, fax (817) 280–6466. 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. wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov or in person at the Docket Operations Office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) AD, any incorporated-by-reference service information, the economic evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations Office (phone: 800– 647–5527) is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations Office, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric Haight, Aviation Safety Engineer, FAA, Rotorcraft Directorate, Regulations and Policy Group, Fort Worth, Texas 76137, telephone (817) 222–5110, email: eric.haight@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion On June 20, 2013, at 78 FR 37158, the Federal Register published our notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), which proposed to amend 14 CFR part 39 to add an AD that would apply to Bell Model 206L–4 and 407 helicopters. The NPRM proposed to require, within 50 hours time-in-service (TIS), removing and disassembling the freewheel assembly, replacing the sprag, retainer, and the aft seal, and visually inspecting the remaining freewheel part details for a missing channel. Also, the NPRM proposed to require, if the channel is missing, before further flight, replacing VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:19 Oct 30, 2013 Jkt 232001 the cap assembly with an airworthy cap or reworking and reidentifying the existing cap by using a vibrating stylus to add the letter ‘‘R’’ to the serial number of the reworked cap. The proposed actions were prompted by the manufacture of certain freewheel aft bearing caps without a lubrication channel to allow oil flow into the aft bearing support assembly. The proposed requirements were intended to prevent failure of the freewheel unit and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. The NPRM was prompted by AD No. CF–2004–17R1, dated February 11, 2005 (AD No. CF–2004–17R1), issued by TCAA, which is the aviation authority for Canada. AD No. CF–2004–17R1 requires replacing or reworking freewheel assemblies on the Bell Model 206L–4 and 407 helicopters. TCAA advises of a manufacturing oversight where a lubrication channel was not machined into the aft bearing cap of some freewheel units to allow oil flow into the aft bearing support assembly. TCAA states that lack of lubrication may adversely affect the durability and potentially the function of the freewheel unit. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD, but we did not receive any comments on the NPRM (78 FR 37158, June 20, 2013). FAA’s Determination These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of Canada and are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with Canada, TCAA, its technical representative, has notified us of the unsafe condition described in its AD. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all information provided by TCAA and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other helicopters of these same type designs and that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD requirements as proposed. Differences Between This AD and the TCAA AD This AD differs from the TCAA AD as follows: • We do not use a calendar time, which has already passed. • We require all affected helicopters to comply within 50 hours TIS; the TCAA AD has different compliance times as stipulated by the calculated average engine start cycle count identified in the applicable alert service bulletin (ASB), and a 300-hour TIS PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 65179 terminating action for modifying all affected helicopters. • We do not require referencing compliance with the ASBs as does the TCAA AD, and we do not require you to provide an affected cap for rework to Bell Tennessee nor require the original cap to be reworked by Bell Tennessee. • We do not require any action on ‘‘spare’’ parts not installed on a helicopter but would require, before installing any replacement bearing support assembly, ensuring that the rework has been done. Related Service Information Bell has issued ASB No. 206L–04–129 for the Model 206L–4 and ASB No. 407– 04–66 for the Model 407, both Revision A, and both dated December 1, 2004, which specify identifying the affected freewheel aft bearing caps. The ASBs provide separate procedures, depending on whether helicopters are ‘‘not exclusively used for training’’ or ‘‘exclusively used for training,’’ for replacing or reworking the freewheel cap assembly and replacing the output shaft, part number (P/N) 406–040–517– 101, and sprag and retainer, P/N 406– 040–580–103. TCCA classified these ASBs as mandatory and issued AD No. CF–2004–17R to ensure the continued airworthiness of these helicopters. Costs of Compliance We estimate there are 212 Model 206L–4 helicopters and 540 Model 407 helicopters of U.S. registry; however, we estimate that only 80 helicopters are affected by this AD. We estimate that operators may incur the following costs in order to comply with this AD: It will take about 16 work hours to replace the freewheel unit for all the affected parts at an average labor rate of $85 per work hour. Required parts will cost about $21,600 per helicopter. Based on these figures, we estimate the total cost per helicopter will be $22,900, and the total cost of the AD on U.S. operators will be $1,836,800. 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 E:\FR\FM\31OCR1.SGM 31OCR1 65180 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 211 / Thursday, October 31, 2013 / Rules and Regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on helicopters identified in this rulemaking action. Regulatory Findings This AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (2) Is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979); (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska to the extent that it justifies making a regulatory distinction; and (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We prepared an economic evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. Adoption of the Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with RULES ■ 2013–22–01 Bell Helicopter Textron Canada: Amendment 39–17633; Docket No. FAA–2013–0526; Directorate Identifier 2008–SW–14–AD. (a) Applicability This AD applies to Model 206L–4 and 407 helicopters, with a freewheel aft bearing cap (cap), part number (P/N) 406–040–509–101, with a serial number with a prefix of ‘‘A-’’ VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:19 Oct 30, 2013 Jkt 232001 and Nos. 1833 through 1912, installed, certificated in any category. (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as certain caps being manufactured without a lubrication channel to allow oil flow into the aft bearing support assembly, which could result in failure of the freewheel unit and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. (c) Effective Date This AD becomes effective December 5, 2013. (d) Compliance You are responsible for performing each action required by this AD within the specified compliance time unless it has already been accomplished prior to that time. (e) Required Actions Within 50 hours time-in-service (TIS): (1) Remove and disassemble each freewheel assembly. (2) Replace the sprag and retainer (item 7), the output shaft (item 10), and the aft seal (item 3), as depicted in Figure 2 of Bell Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. 206L–04–129 for the Model 206L–4 and ASB No. 407–04–66 for the Model 407, both Revision A, and both dated December 1, 2004. (3) Visually inspect the remaining freewheel part details for a missing channel. (4) If the channel is missing, replace or rework the cap assembly by following the instructions depicted in Figure 3 of ASB 206L–04–129 or ASB 407 04–66, as applicable for your model helicopter. Using a vibrating stylus, mark the letter ‘‘R’’ at the end of the serial number on the cap assembly. (f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Eric Haight, Aviation Safety Engineer, FAA, Rotorcraft Directorate, Regulations and Policy Group, Fort Worth, Texas 76137, telephone (817) 222–5110, email: eric.haight@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 Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) AD No. CF–2004–17R1, dated February 11, 2005. You may view the TCCA AD at http:// www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA– 2013–0526. (h) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6300: Main Rotor Drive System. (i) Material Incorporated by Reference (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise. (i) Bell Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. 206L–04–129, Revision A, dated December 1, 2004. (ii) Bell ASB No. 407–04–66, Revision A, dated December 1, 2004. (3) For Bell service information identified in this AD, contact Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., P.O. Box 482, Fort Worth, Texas 76101, telephone (817) 280–3391, fax (817) 280– 6466. (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, Texas 76137. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (817) 222–5110. (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call (202) 741–6030, or go to: http:// www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibrlocations.html. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 1, 2013. Kim Smith, Directorate Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2013–25310 Filed 10–30–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2013–0401; Directorate Identifier 2012–SW–047–AD; Amendment 39–17606; AD 2013–19–24] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; MD Helicopters, Inc., Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2003–08– 51 for MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), Model 369A, 369D, 369E, 369H, 369HE, 369HM, 369HS, 369F and 369FF helicopters with certain MDHI or Helicopter Technology Company (HTC) tail rotor blades installed. AD 2003–08– 51 required reducing the retirement life of each tail rotor blade (blade), performing a one-time visual inspection of each blade’s pitch horn (pitch horn) for a crack or corrosion, and replacing any cracked blade or any blade that has exceeded its retirement life with an SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\31OCR1.SGM 31OCR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2013-0526; Directorate Identifier 2008-SW-14-AD; 
Amendment 39-17633; AD 2013-22-01]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) 
Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell 
Model 206L-4 and 407 helicopters. This AD requires replacing or 
reworking certain aft bearing caps. This AD was

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prompted by the manufacture of certain freewheel aft bearing caps 
without a lubrication channel to allow oil flow into the aft bearing 
support assembly. The actions of this AD are intended to prevent 
failure of the freewheel unit and subsequent loss of control of the 
helicopter.

DATES: This AD is effective December 5, 2013.
    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by 
reference of certain documents listed in this AD as of December 5, 
2013.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this AD, contact Bell 
Helicopter Textron, Inc., P.O. Box 482, Fort Worth, Texas 76101, 
telephone (817) 280-3391, fax (817) 280-6466. You may review the 
referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional 
Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, 
Texas 76137.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov or in person at the Docket Operations Office 
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal 
holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the Transport Canada Civil 
Aviation (TCCA) AD, any incorporated-by-reference service information, 
the economic evaluation, any comments received, and other information. 
The street address for the Docket Operations Office (phone: 800-647-
5527) is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations Office, 
M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE., Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eric Haight, Aviation Safety Engineer, 
FAA, Rotorcraft Directorate, Regulations and Policy Group, Fort Worth, 
Texas 76137, telephone (817) 222-5110, email: eric.haight@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    On June 20, 2013, at 78 FR 37158, the Federal Register published 
our notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), which proposed to amend 14 
CFR part 39 to add an AD that would apply to Bell Model 206L-4 and 407 
helicopters. The NPRM proposed to require, within 50 hours time-in-
service (TIS), removing and disassembling the freewheel assembly, 
replacing the sprag, retainer, and the aft seal, and visually 
inspecting the remaining freewheel part details for a missing channel. 
Also, the NPRM proposed to require, if the channel is missing, before 
further flight, replacing the cap assembly with an airworthy cap or 
reworking and reidentifying the existing cap by using a vibrating 
stylus to add the letter ``R'' to the serial number of the reworked 
cap. The proposed actions were prompted by the manufacture of certain 
freewheel aft bearing caps without a lubrication channel to allow oil 
flow into the aft bearing support assembly. The proposed requirements 
were intended to prevent failure of the freewheel unit and subsequent 
loss of control of the helicopter.
    The NPRM was prompted by AD No. CF-2004-17R1, dated February 11, 
2005 (AD No. CF-2004-17R1), issued by TCAA, which is the aviation 
authority for Canada. AD No. CF-2004-17R1 requires replacing or 
reworking freewheel assemblies on the Bell Model 206L-4 and 407 
helicopters. TCAA advises of a manufacturing oversight where a 
lubrication channel was not machined into the aft bearing cap of some 
freewheel units to allow oil flow into the aft bearing support 
assembly. TCAA states that lack of lubrication may adversely affect the 
durability and potentially the function of the freewheel unit.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD, but we did not receive any comments on the NPRM (78 FR 37158, 
June 20, 2013).

FAA's Determination

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

Differences Between This AD and the TCAA AD

    This AD differs from the TCAA AD as follows:
     We do not use a calendar time, which has already passed.
     We require all affected helicopters to comply within 50 
hours TIS; the TCAA AD has different compliance times as stipulated by 
the calculated average engine start cycle count identified in the 
applicable alert service bulletin (ASB), and a 300-hour TIS terminating 
action for modifying all affected helicopters.
     We do not require referencing compliance with the ASBs as 
does the TCAA AD, and we do not require you to provide an affected cap 
for rework to Bell Tennessee nor require the original cap to be 
reworked by Bell Tennessee.
     We do not require any action on ``spare'' parts not 
installed on a helicopter but would require, before installing any 
replacement bearing support assembly, ensuring that the rework has been 
done.

Related Service Information

    Bell has issued ASB No. 206L-04-129 for the Model 206L-4 and ASB 
No. 407-04-66 for the Model 407, both Revision A, and both dated 
December 1, 2004, which specify identifying the affected freewheel aft 
bearing caps. The ASBs provide separate procedures, depending on 
whether helicopters are ``not exclusively used for training'' or 
``exclusively used for training,'' for replacing or reworking the 
freewheel cap assembly and replacing the output shaft, part number (P/
N) 406-040-517-101, and sprag and retainer, P/N 406-040-580-103. TCCA 
classified these ASBs as mandatory and issued AD No. CF-2004-17R to 
ensure the continued airworthiness of these helicopters.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate there are 212 Model 206L-4 helicopters and 540 Model 
407 helicopters of U.S. registry; however, we estimate that only 80 
helicopters are affected by this AD. We estimate that operators may 
incur the following costs in order to comply with this AD: It will take 
about 16 work hours to replace the freewheel unit for all the affected 
parts at an average labor rate of $85 per work hour. Required parts 
will cost about $21,600 per helicopter. Based on these figures, we 
estimate the total cost per helicopter will be $22,900, and the total 
cost of the AD on U.S. operators will be $1,836,800.

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

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for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds 
necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the 
scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that 
is likely to exist or develop on helicopters identified in this 
rulemaking action.

Regulatory Findings

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

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

Adoption of the Amendment

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

PART 39--AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

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

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


Sec.  39.13  [Amended]

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

2013-22-01 Bell Helicopter Textron Canada: Amendment 39-17633; 
Docket No. FAA-2013-0526; Directorate Identifier 2008-SW-14-AD.

(a) Applicability

    This AD applies to Model 206L-4 and 407 helicopters, with a 
freewheel aft bearing cap (cap), part number (P/N) 406-040-509-101, 
with a serial number with a prefix of ``A-'' and Nos. 1833 through 
1912, installed, certificated in any category.

(b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as certain caps being 
manufactured without a lubrication channel to allow oil flow into 
the aft bearing support assembly, which could result in failure of 
the freewheel unit and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

(c) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective December 5, 2013.

(d) Compliance

    You are responsible for performing each action required by this 
AD within the specified compliance time unless it has already been 
accomplished prior to that time.

(e) Required Actions

    Within 50 hours time-in-service (TIS):
    (1) Remove and disassemble each freewheel assembly.
    (2) Replace the sprag and retainer (item 7), the output shaft 
(item 10), and the aft seal (item 3), as depicted in Figure 2 of 
Bell Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. 206L-04-129 for the Model 
206L-4 and ASB No. 407-04-66 for the Model 407, both Revision A, and 
both dated December 1, 2004.
    (3) Visually inspect the remaining freewheel part details for a 
missing channel.
    (4) If the channel is missing, replace or rework the cap 
assembly by following the instructions depicted in Figure 3 of ASB 
206L-04-129 or ASB 407 04-66, as applicable for your model 
helicopter. Using a vibrating stylus, mark the letter ``R'' at the 
end of the serial number on the cap assembly.

(f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, FAA, may approve AMOCs 
for this AD. Send your proposal to: Eric Haight, Aviation Safety 
Engineer, FAA, Rotorcraft Directorate, Regulations and Policy Group, 
Fort Worth, Texas 76137, telephone (817) 222-5110, email: 
eric.haight@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 Transport Canada Civil 
Aviation (TCCA) AD No. CF-2004-17R1, dated February 11, 2005. You 
may view the TCCA AD at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. 
FAA-2013-0526.

(h) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6300: Main Rotor 
Drive System.

(i) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the 
incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed 
in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.
    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do 
the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.
    (i) Bell Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. 206L-04-129, Revision 
A, dated December 1, 2004.
    (ii) Bell ASB No. 407-04-66, Revision A, dated December 1, 2004.
    (3) For Bell service information identified in this AD, contact 
Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc., P.O. Box 482, Fort Worth, Texas 
76101, telephone (817) 280-3391, fax (817) 280-6466.
    (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Office of the 
Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, 
Fort Worth, Texas 76137. For information on the availability of this 
material at the FAA, call (817) 222-5110.
    (5) You may view this service information that is incorporated 
by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration 
(NARA). For information on the availability of this material at 
NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on October 1, 2013.
Kim Smith,
Directorate Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-25310 Filed 10-30-13; 8:45 am]
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