Airworthiness Directives; Agusta S.p.A. Helicopters, 14297-14299 [2015-05715]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 53 / Thursday, March 19, 2015 / Rules and Regulations 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 above, I certify that this AD: (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, 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. 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 AD: Rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES ■ 2015–06–03 Stemme AG: Amendment 39– 18121; Docket No. FAA–2015–0633; Directorate Identifier 2015–CE–005–AD. (a) Effective Date This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective March 24, 2015. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:06 Mar 18, 2015 Jkt 235001 (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Stemme AG TSA–M Models S6 and S6–RT gliders, all serial numbers, certificated in any category. (d) Subject Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 27: Flight Controls. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as a bending defect of the fork head installed in the aileron, speed brake, and flap control systems. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct the bending defect of the fork head that could result in failure of the flight control system, possibly resulting in loss of control. (f) Actions and Compliance Unless already done, before further flight, after March 24, 2015 (the effective date of this AD), modify the affected flight control systems, or take other actions, following a method approved specifically for this AD by the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate. Contact Stemme AG to obtain FAA-approved repair instructions approved specifically for compliance with this AD and incorporate those instructions. You can find contact information for Stemme AG in paragraph (i)(2) of this AD. Note 1 to paragraph (f) of this AD: At the time of issuance of this AD, no design solution is available to restore the airworthiness of the respective type designs to a level corresponding to their approved type design specifications. (g) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Jim Rutherford, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4165; fax: (816) 329– 4090; email: jim.rutherford@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO. (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. (h) Special Flight Permit Special flight permits are prohibited. PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 14297 (i) Related Information (1) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No.: 2015–0034– E, dated February 27, 2015, for related information. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA– 2015–0633. (2) For information concerning this action, contact Stemme AG, Flugplatzstra+e F2, Nr. 6–7, D–15344 Strausberg, Germany; phone: +49 (0) 3341/3612 0; fax: none; email: info@ stemme.de; internet: www.stemme.info. Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 12, 2015. Robert Busto, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2015–06296 Filed 3–18–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2014–0579; Directorate Identifier 2014–SW–020–AD; Amendment 39–18115; AD 2015–05–05] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Agusta S.p.A. Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014–04– 14 for Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A109S, AW109SP, A119, and AW119 MKII helicopters. AD 2014–04–14 required removing certain rod end assemblies from service because of reports of fractures. This new AD retains the requirements of AD 2014–04–14 but expands the scope of applicable rod end assemblies. This AD was prompted by reports of additional fractured rod end assemblies. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of a rod end assembly, which could result in damage to the main rotor assembly and loss of control of the helicopter. DATES: This AD is effective April 23, 2015. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this AD, contact AgustaWestland, Product Support Engineering, Via del Gregge, 100, 21015 Lonate Pozzolo (VA) Italy, ATTN: Maurizio D’Angelo; telephone 39–0331– 664757; fax 39–0331–664680; or at http://www.agustawestland.com/ technical-bulletins. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19MRR1.SGM 19MRR1 14298 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 53 / Thursday, March 19, 2015 / Rules and Regulations 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 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, 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: Robert Grant, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Group, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222–5110; email robert.grant@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to remove AD 2014–04–14, Amendment 39–17773 (79 FR 11699, March 3, 2014) for Agusta Model A109S, AW109SP, A119, and AW119 MKII helicopters with a main rotor lag damper assembly (lag damper), part number (P/N) 109–0112–39–103, 109– 0112–39–105, 109–0112–05–105, or 109–0112–05–107, installed with a rod end assembly, P/N M004–01H007–041 or P/N M004–01H007–045, with a serial number from 84 through 132 or from 4964 through 5011, and add a new AD. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on August 18, 2014 (79 FR 48698). AD 2014–04–14 required removing the rod end assemblies from service. AD 2014–04–14 was prompted by AD No. 2012–0208, dated October 5, 2012, issued by EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, to correct an unsafe condition for Agusta Model A109LUH, A109S, AW109SP, A119, and AW119 MKII helicopters. EASA advises of cases of in-flight fractures of rod end assembly, P/N M004–01H007– 045, installed on main rotor lag dampers on Model A109LUH and AW109SP helicopters. An investigation revealed that two batches of rod end assemblies, P/N M004–01H007–041 and M004– 01H007–045, could have cracks, according to EASA. EASA states that this condition, if not corrected, could VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:06 Mar 18, 2015 Jkt 235001 lead to main rotor damage, possibly resulting in loss of control of the helicopter. The actions of AD 2014–04– 14 were intended to prevent such damage and loss of control of the helicopter. Actions Since AD 2014–04–14 Was Issued Between the time we published the NPRM for AD 2014–04–14 (78 FR 44042, July 23, 2013) and the Final Rule for AD 2014–04–14 (79 FR 11699, March 3, 2014), EASA issued AD No. 2013–0290, dated December 9, 2013. EASA advises in AD No. 2013–0290 that a new case of a fractured rod end assembly has been reported and that additional batches of rod end assembly, P/N M004–01H007–041 and P/N M004– 01H007–045, as well as batches of P/N 109–0112–11–101 and P/N 109–0112– 22–105 could also have cracks. EASA expanded the applicability of its AD to include the additional rod end assemblies. We consequently issued the NPRM (79 FR 48698, August 18, 2014) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to remove AD 2014–04–14 and add a new AD. The NPRM proposed to retain the requirements of AD 2014–04–14 but expand the scope of applicable rod end assemblies. The NPRM also proposed to add a provision requiring compliance with the AD if the rod end assembly is removed during maintenance before 25 hours time-in-service (TIS). Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD, but we received no comments on the NPRM (79 FR 48698, August 18, 2014). FAA’s Determination These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of Italy and are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with Italy, 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 and that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD requirements as proposed, except we have correctly stated the design holder’s name as Agusta S.p.A. instead of AgustaWestland S.p.A. as specified by the current FAA type certificate. This change is consistent with the intent of the proposals in the NPRM (79 FR 48698, August 18, 2014) and will not PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 increase the economic burden on any operator nor increase the scope of the AD. Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD The EASA AD calls for replacing certain rod end assemblies with airworthy rod end assemblies within 25 hours TIS, 2 months, or the next time maintenance of the applicable helicopters involves removing the rod end assembly. This AD does not have a calendar time requirement. The EASA AD applies to Agusta Model A109LUH helicopters. This AD does not apply to Model A109LUH helicopters because that model does not have a U.S. type certificate. Related Service Information We reviewed AgustaWestland Bollettino Tecnico (BT) No. 109S–49 for Model A109S helicopters, BT No. 109SP–052 for Model AW109SP helicopters, and BT No. 119–50 for Model A119 and AW119 MKII helicopters. All of the BTs are revision A, and dated December 3, 2013. The BTs specify a one-time inspection of each rod end assembly to determine its serial number. The BTs then require removal from service of certain serialnumbered rod end assemblies because fractures had been reported on rod ends in these batches. According to the BTs, no one was injured in the helicopters, and no helicopters were damaged because of these fractures. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 91 helicopters of U.S. Registry and that labor costs average $85 a work-hour. Based on these estimates, we expect the following costs: • Replacing a rod end assembly requires 1.5 work-hours for a labor cost of $128. Parts cost $3,918 for a total cost of $4,046 per helicopter, $368,186 for the U.S. fleet. According to the manufacturer’s service information, costs of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage by manufacturers. Accordingly, we have included all costs in our cost estimate. 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. E:\FR\FM\19MRR1.SGM 19MRR1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 53 / Thursday, March 19, 2015 / Rules and Regulations 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 have 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 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, 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. (a) Applicability This AD applies to the following helicopters, certificated in any category: (1) Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A109S and AW109SP helicopters, with a main rotor lag damper assembly (lag damper), part number (P/N) 109–0112–39–103 or 109– 0112–39–105, installed on rod end assembly, P/N M004–01H007–041 with a serial number (S/N) 1 through 202; or rod end assembly, P/ N M004–01H007–045 with a S/N 1RW through 202RW or 4964 through 5011. (2) Agusta Model A119 and AW119 MKII helicopters, with a lag damper, P/N 109– 0112–05–105 or 109–0112–05–107, installed on rod end assembly, P/N 109–0112–11–101 with a S/N 1 through 78; or rod end assembly, P/N 109–0112–11–105 with a S/N 1RW through 78RW; or rod end assembly, P/ N M004–01H007–045 with a S/N 1RW through 202RW or 4964 through 5011. (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as a crack in a rod end assembly, which could result in fracture of the rod end assembly, damage to the main rotor, and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. (c) Affected ADs This AD supersedes AD 2014–04–14, amendment 39–17773 (79 FR 11699, March 3, 2014). (d) Effective Date This AD becomes effective April 23, 2015. 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 PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) Adoption of the Amendment 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 removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014–04–14, Amendment 39–17773 (79 FR 11699, March 3, 2014), and adding the following new AD: Rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with RULES ■ 2015–05–05 Agusta S.p.A.: Amendment 39– 18115; Docket No. FAA–2014–0579; Directorate Identifier 2014–SW–020–AD. VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:52 Mar 18, 2015 Jkt 235001 (i) Subject Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6200, Main Rotor System. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 4, 2015. Bruce E. Cain, Acting Directorate Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2015–05715 Filed 3–18–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Robert Grant, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Group, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222– 5110; email robert.grant@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. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4700 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows: Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. (h) Additional Information (1) AgustaWestland S.p.A. Bollettino Tecnico (BT) No. 109S–49, BT No. 109SP– 052, and BT No. 119–50, all Revision A, and all dated December 3, 2013, which are not incorporated by reference, contain additional information about the subject of this AD. For service information identified in this AD, contact AgustaWestland, Product Support Engineering, Via del Gregge, 100, 21015 Lonate Pozzolo (VA) Italy, ATTN: Maurizio D’Angelo; telephone 39–0331–664757; fax 39–0331–664680; or at http:// www.agustawestland.com/technicalbulletins. You may review a copy of the service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, Texas 76137. (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2013–0290, dated December 9, 2013. You may view the EASA AD on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2014–0579. (e) Compliance (1) Within 25 hours time-in-service or the next time maintenance of the helicopter involves removing the rod end assembly, whichever occurs first, remove the rod end assembly from service. (2) Do not install a rod end assembly, P/ N M004–01H007–041 with a S/N 1 through 202; P/N M004–01H007–045 with a S/N 1RW through 202RW or 4964 through 5011; P/N 109–0112–11–101 with a S/N 1 through 78; or P/N 109–0112–11–105 with a S/N 1RW through 78RW, on any helicopter. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 14299 Sfmt 4700 [Docket No. FAA–2014–1001; Directorate Identifier 2014–CE–034–AD; Amendment 39–18103; AD 2015–04–01] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Short Brothers & Harland Ltd. Airplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule; correction. AGENCY: The FAA is correcting an airworthiness directive (AD) that published in the Federal Register. That AD applies to all Short Brothers & Harland Ltd. Model SC–7 Series 3 airplanes. The amendment number in the Agency Identification Numbers in the preamble section of the AD is incorrect. Although no other part of the preamble or regulatory information has been corrected, we are publishing the entire rule in the Federal Register. DATES: This final rule is effective March 30, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http:// SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19MRR1.SGM 19MRR1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2014-0579; Directorate Identifier 2014-SW-020-AD; 
Amendment 39-18115; AD 2015-05-05]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Agusta S.p.A. Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2014-04-14 for 
Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A109S, AW109SP, A119, and AW119 MKII 
helicopters. AD 2014-04-14 required removing certain rod end assemblies 
from service because of reports of fractures. This new AD retains the 
requirements of AD 2014-04-14 but expands the scope of applicable rod 
end assemblies. This AD was prompted by reports of additional fractured 
rod end assemblies. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of a rod 
end assembly, which could result in damage to the main rotor assembly 
and loss of control of the helicopter.

DATES: This AD is effective April 23, 2015.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this AD, contact 
AgustaWestland, Product Support Engineering, Via del Gregge, 100, 21015 
Lonate Pozzolo (VA) Italy, ATTN: Maurizio D'Angelo; telephone 39-0331-
664757; fax 39-0331-664680; or at http://www.agustawestland.com/technical-bulletins. You may view this referenced service information 
at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel,

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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 European Aviation Safety 
Agency (EASA) AD, 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: Robert Grant, Aviation Safety 
Engineer, Safety Management Group, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, 
Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222-5110; email robert.grant@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 to remove AD 2014-04-14, Amendment 39-17773 (79 FR 11699, March 
3, 2014) for Agusta Model A109S, AW109SP, A119, and AW119 MKII 
helicopters with a main rotor lag damper assembly (lag damper), part 
number (P/N) 109-0112-39-103, 109-0112-39-105, 109-0112-05-105, or 109-
0112-05-107, installed with a rod end assembly, P/N M004-01H007-041 or 
P/N M004-01H007-045, with a serial number from 84 through 132 or from 
4964 through 5011, and add a new AD. The NPRM published in the Federal 
Register on August 18, 2014 (79 FR 48698). AD 2014-04-14 required 
removing the rod end assemblies from service. AD 2014-04-14 was 
prompted by AD No. 2012-0208, dated October 5, 2012, issued by EASA, 
which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European 
Union, to correct an unsafe condition for Agusta Model A109LUH, A109S, 
AW109SP, A119, and AW119 MKII helicopters. EASA advises of cases of in-
flight fractures of rod end assembly, P/N M004-01H007-045, installed on 
main rotor lag dampers on Model A109LUH and AW109SP helicopters. An 
investigation revealed that two batches of rod end assemblies, P/N 
M004-01H007-041 and M004-01H007-045, could have cracks, according to 
EASA. EASA states that this condition, if not corrected, could lead to 
main rotor damage, possibly resulting in loss of control of the 
helicopter. The actions of AD 2014-04-14 were intended to prevent such 
damage and loss of control of the helicopter.

Actions Since AD 2014-04-14 Was Issued

    Between the time we published the NPRM for AD 2014-04-14 (78 FR 
44042, July 23, 2013) and the Final Rule for AD 2014-04-14 (79 FR 
11699, March 3, 2014), EASA issued AD No. 2013-0290, dated December 9, 
2013. EASA advises in AD No. 2013-0290 that a new case of a fractured 
rod end assembly has been reported and that additional batches of rod 
end assembly, P/N M004-01H007-041 and P/N M004-01H007-045, as well as 
batches of P/N 109-0112-11-101 and P/N 109-0112-22-105 could also have 
cracks. EASA expanded the applicability of its AD to include the 
additional rod end assemblies.
    We consequently issued the NPRM (79 FR 48698, August 18, 2014) to 
amend 14 CFR part 39 to remove AD 2014-04-14 and add a new AD. The NPRM 
proposed to retain the requirements of AD 2014-04-14 but expand the 
scope of applicable rod end assemblies. The NPRM also proposed to add a 
provision requiring compliance with the AD if the rod end assembly is 
removed during maintenance before 25 hours time-in-service (TIS).

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD, but we received no comments on the NPRM (79 FR 48698, August 
18, 2014).

FAA's Determination

    These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of 
Italy and are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to 
our bilateral agreement with Italy, 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 and that air 
safety and the public interest require adopting the AD requirements as 
proposed, except we have correctly stated the design holder's name as 
Agusta S.p.A. instead of AgustaWestland S.p.A. as specified by the 
current FAA type certificate. This change is consistent with the intent 
of the proposals in the NPRM (79 FR 48698, August 18, 2014) and will 
not increase the economic burden on any operator nor increase the scope 
of the AD.

Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD

    The EASA AD calls for replacing certain rod end assemblies with 
airworthy rod end assemblies within 25 hours TIS, 2 months, or the next 
time maintenance of the applicable helicopters involves removing the 
rod end assembly. This AD does not have a calendar time requirement. 
The EASA AD applies to Agusta Model A109LUH helicopters. This AD does 
not apply to Model A109LUH helicopters because that model does not have 
a U.S. type certificate.

Related Service Information

    We reviewed AgustaWestland Bollettino Tecnico (BT) No. 109S-49 for 
Model A109S helicopters, BT No. 109SP-052 for Model AW109SP 
helicopters, and BT No. 119-50 for Model A119 and AW119 MKII 
helicopters. All of the BTs are revision A, and dated December 3, 2013. 
The BTs specify a one-time inspection of each rod end assembly to 
determine its serial number. The BTs then require removal from service 
of certain serial-numbered rod end assemblies because fractures had 
been reported on rod ends in these batches. According to the BTs, no 
one was injured in the helicopters, and no helicopters were damaged 
because of these fractures.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 91 helicopters of U.S. Registry 
and that labor costs average $85 a work-hour. Based on these estimates, 
we expect the following costs:
     Replacing a rod end assembly requires 1.5 work-hours for a 
labor cost of $128. Parts cost $3,918 for a total cost of $4,046 per 
helicopter, $368,186 for the U.S. fleet.
    According to the manufacturer's service information, costs of this 
AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on 
affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage by 
manufacturers. Accordingly, we have included all costs in our cost 
estimate.

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.

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    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 have 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 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, 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.

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 removing Airworthiness Directive (AD) 
2014-04-14, Amendment 39-17773 (79 FR 11699, March 3, 2014), and adding 
the following new AD:

2015-05-05 Agusta S.p.A.: Amendment 39-18115; Docket No. FAA-2014-
0579; Directorate Identifier 2014-SW-020-AD.

(a) Applicability

    This AD applies to the following helicopters, certificated in 
any category:
    (1) Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A109S and AW109SP helicopters, 
with a main rotor lag damper assembly (lag damper), part number (P/
N) 109-0112-39-103 or 109-0112-39-105, installed on rod end 
assembly, P/N M004-01H007-041 with a serial number (S/N) 1 through 
202; or rod end assembly, P/N M004-01H007-045 with a S/N 1RW through 
202RW or 4964 through 5011.
    (2) Agusta Model A119 and AW119 MKII helicopters, with a lag 
damper, P/N 109-0112-05-105 or 109-0112-05-107, installed on rod end 
assembly, P/N 109-0112-11-101 with a S/N 1 through 78; or rod end 
assembly, P/N 109-0112-11-105 with a S/N 1RW through 78RW; or rod 
end assembly, P/N M004-01H007-045 with a S/N 1RW through 202RW or 
4964 through 5011.

(b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as a crack in a rod end 
assembly, which could result in fracture of the rod end assembly, 
damage to the main rotor, and subsequent loss of control of the 
helicopter.

(c) Affected ADs

    This AD supersedes AD 2014-04-14, amendment 39-17773 (79 FR 
11699, March 3, 2014).

(d) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective April 23, 2015.

(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 25 hours time-in-service or the next time maintenance 
of the helicopter involves removing the rod end assembly, whichever 
occurs first, remove the rod end assembly from service.
    (2) Do not install a rod end assembly, P/N M004-01H007-041 with 
a S/N 1 through 202; P/N M004-01H007-045 with a S/N 1RW through 
202RW or 4964 through 5011; P/N 109-0112-11-101 with a S/N 1 through 
78; or P/N 109-0112-11-105 with a S/N 1RW through 78RW, on any 
helicopter.

(g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, FAA, may approve AMOCs 
for this AD. Send your proposal to: Robert Grant, Aviation Safety 
Engineer, Safety Management Group, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort 
Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222-5110; email 
robert.grant@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

    (1) AgustaWestland S.p.A. Bollettino Tecnico (BT) No. 109S-49, 
BT No. 109SP-052, and BT No. 119-50, all Revision A, and all dated 
December 3, 2013, which are not incorporated by reference, contain 
additional information about the subject of this AD. For service 
information identified in this AD, contact AgustaWestland, Product 
Support Engineering, Via del Gregge, 100, 21015 Lonate Pozzolo (VA) 
Italy, ATTN: Maurizio D'Angelo; telephone 39-0331-664757; fax 39-
0331-664680; or at http://www.agustawestland.com/technical-bulletins. You may review a copy of the service information at the 
FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham 
Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, Texas 76137.
    (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in the European Aviation 
Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2013-0290, dated December 9, 2013. You 
may view the EASA AD on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov 
in Docket No. FAA-2014-0579.

 (i) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6200, Main Rotor 
System.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 4, 2015.
Bruce E. Cain,
Acting Directorate Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft 
Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-05715 Filed 3-18-15; 8:45 am]
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