Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.A. (Type Certificate Previously Held by Finmeccanica S.p.A. and AgustaWestland S.p.A.) Helicopters, 61525-61527 [2018-26071]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 231 / Friday, November 30, 2018 / Rules and Regulations Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206– 231–3226. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (g) Maintenance or Inspection Program Revision Within 90 days after the effective date of this AD, revise the existing maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate Section 5–40–00, Airworthiness Limitations, Revision 13, dated July 2017, of the Dassault Falcon 10 Maintenance Manual (‘‘Section 5–40–00’’). The initial compliance time for accomplishing the actions is at the applicable time specified in Section 5–40–00; or within 90 days after the effective date of this AD; whichever occurs later. (h) No Alternative Actions or Intervals After the maintenance or inspection program has been revised as required by paragraph (g) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections) or intervals may be used unless the actions or intervals are approved as an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (i)(1) of this AD. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES (i) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, 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 International Section, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (j)(2) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-AMOCREQUESTS@faa.gov. 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. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Section, Transport Standards Branch, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or Dassault Aviation’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (j) Related Information (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2018–0078, dated April 9, 2018, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA– 2018–0642. (2) For more information about this AD, contact Tom Rodriguez, Aerospace Engineer, International Section, Transport Standards VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:03 Nov 29, 2018 Jkt 247001 (k) 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 this AD specifies otherwise. (i) Section 5–40–00, Airworthiness Limitations, Revision 13, dated July 2017, of the Dassault Falcon 10 Maintenance Manual. (ii) [Reserved] (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation, Teterboro Airport, P.O. Box 2000, South Hackensack, NJ 07606; telephone 201–440–6700; internet http:// www.dassaultfalcon.com. (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Standards Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. (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 Des Moines, Washington, on November 8, 2018. Chris Spangenberg, Acting Director, System Oversight Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2018–25658 Filed 11–29–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2017–1081; Product Identifier 2017–SW–090–AD; Amendment 39–19510; AD 2018–24–06] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.A. (Type Certificate Previously Held by Finmeccanica S.p.A. and AgustaWestland S.p.A.) Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Leonardo S.p.A. (Leonardo) Model AW189 helicopters. This AD requires replacing the tail plane lower fitting with an improved tail plane lower fitting. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks on the tail plane SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 61525 fittings of Model AW189 helicopters. The actions of this AD are intended to correct an unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective January 4, 2019. ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, contact Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Matteo Ragazzi, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39– 0331–711756; fax +39–0331–229046; or at http://www.leonardocompany.com/-/ bulletins. You may review the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2017– 1081; or in person at Docket Operations 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, any incorporated-byreference service information, the economic evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for Docket Operations (phone: 800–647–5527) is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristi Bradley, Aerospace Engineer, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone 817–222–5110; email kristin.bradley@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion On May 23, 2018, at 83 FR 23827, the Federal Register published our notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), which proposed to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to AgustaWestland S.p.A. (now Leonardo) Model AW189 helicopters with a tail plane lower fitting part number (P/N) 8G5350A07051 installed. The NPRM proposed to require replacing the tail plane lower fitting with an improved tail plane lower fitting. The proposed requirements were intended to prevent a crack on a tail plane fitting, which could result in failure of the tail plane fitting and loss of helicopter control. E:\FR\FM\30NOR1.SGM 30NOR1 61526 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 231 / Friday, November 30, 2018 / Rules and Regulations The NPRM was prompted by AD No. 2016–0161, dated August 8, 2016 (EASA AD 2016–0161), issued by EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, to correct an unsafe condition for Leonardo Model AW189 helicopters. EASA advises that some cracks have been reported inservice on the tail plane fitting of AW189 helicopters following an onset of abnormal play. According to EASA, this condition, if not detected and corrected, could jeopardize structural integrity of the helicopter. EASA further advises that Leonardo developed a tail plane lower fitting with an improved design (P/N 8G0000P00511). Accordingly, EASA AD 2016–0161 requires repetitive inspections of the tail plane lower fitting assembly until the improved tail plane lower fitting is installed. When the NPRM was issued, the FAA was in the process of updating AgustaWestland’s name changes to Finmeccanica S.p.A. and then to Leonardo Helicopters on its FAA type certificate; therefore the NPRM specified AgustaWestland as the type certificate holder. Because this name change is now effective, this AD applies to Leonardo helicopters. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD, but we received no comments on the NPRM. amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES 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 Italy 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 for the name change from AgustaWestland to Leonardo. We have also updated the estimated costs to reflect that this AD affects 4 helicopters of U.S. Registry rather than 2 helicopters. These changes are consistent with the intent of the proposals in the NPRM (83 FR 23827, May 23, 2018) and will not increase the economic burden on any operator nor increase the scope of this AD. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:03 Nov 29, 2018 Jkt 247001 Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD The EASA AD requires inspecting the tail plane lower fitting for play within 50 flight hours and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 25 flight hours. If a crack or other damage exists, the EASA AD requires the improved tail plane lower fitting be installed within 10 flight hours. If no crack exists, the EASA AD requires that the improved tail plane lower fitting be installed within 200 flight hours or 2 months, whichever occurs first. This AD does not require inspections and requires installing the improved tail plane lower fitting within 50 hours time-in-service. Related Service Information We reviewed Leonardo Helicopters Bollettino Tecnico (BT) No. 189–038, Revision B, dated October 13, 2016, which specifies repetitively inspecting the tail plane assembly for a crack. We also reviewed BT No. 189–070, Revision A, dated October 13, 2016, which provides instructions for replacing the tail plane lower fitting with the improved tail plane lower fitting retromodification P/N 8G0000P00511. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects 4 helicopters of U.S. Registry and that labor costs average $85 a work-hour. Based on these estimates, we expect that replacing the tail plane lower fitting with an improved tail plane lower fitting requires 64 work-hours and parts cost $15,424 for a total cost of $20,864 per helicopter and $83,456 for the U.S. fleet. Authority for This Rulemaking Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA’s authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency’s authority. We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: ‘‘General requirements.’’ Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on helicopters identified in this rulemaking action. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 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): ■ 2018–24–06 Leonardo S.p.A. (Type Certificate previously held by Finmeccanica S.p.A. and AgustaWestland S.p.A.): Amendment 39–19510; Docket No. FAA–2017–1081; Product Identifier 2017–SW–090–AD. (a) Applicability This AD applies to Leonardo S.p.A. (Type Certificate previously held by Finmeccanica S.p.A. and AgustaWestland S.p.A.) Model AW189 helicopters, certificated in any category, with a tail plane lower fitting part number (P/N) 8G5350A07051 installed. (b) Unsafe Condition This AD defines the unsafe condition as a crack on a tail plane fitting, which could result in failure of the tail plane fitting and loss of helicopter control. E:\FR\FM\30NOR1.SGM 30NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 231 / Friday, November 30, 2018 / Rules and Regulations (c) Effective Date DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION This AD becomes effective January 4, 2019. (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, install tail plane retromodification kit P/N 8G0000P00511. (f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs) (g) Additional Information (1) Leonardo Helicopters Bollettino Tecnico (BT) No. 189–038, Revision B, and BT No. 189–070, Revision A, both dated October 13, 2016, which are not incorporated by reference, contain additional information about the subject of this AD. For service information identified in this AD, contact Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Matteo Ragazzi, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39–0331–711756; fax +39–0331– 229046; or at http:// www.leonardocompany.com/-/bulletins. You may review the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Room 6N–321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2016–0161, dated August 8, 2016. You may view the EASA AD on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA–2017–1081. (h) Subject amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 5510, Horizontal Stabilizer Structure. Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 21, 2018. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. BILLING CODE 4910–13–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:03 Nov 29, 2018 Jkt 247001 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2018–0633; Product Identifier 2018–NE–22–AD; Amendment 39– 19470; AD 2018–21–12] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; General Electric Company Turbofan Engines Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: (1) The Manager, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Kristi Bradley, Aerospace Engineer, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone 817–222–5110; email 9–ASW– FTW–AMOC-Requests@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. [FR Doc. 2018–26071 Filed 11–29–18; 8:45 am] Federal Aviation Administration We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain General Electric Company (GE) GEnx– 2B67, –2B67B, and –2B67/P turbofan engines. This AD was prompted by lowcycle fatigue (LCF) cracking of the fuel manifold leading to an engine fire. This AD requires removal from service of certain fuel manifolds at the next engine shop visit and their replacement with parts eligible for installation. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. DATES: This AD is effective January 4, 2019. SUMMARY: For service information identified in this final rule, contact General Electric Company, GE Aviation, Room 285, 1 Neumann Way, Cincinnati, OH 45215; phone: 513–552–3272; email: aviation.fleetsupport@ge.com. You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine and Propeller Standards Branch, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781–238–7759. It is also available on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018– 0633. ADDRESSES: Examining the AD Docket You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2018– 0633; or in person at Docket Operations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this final rule, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for Docket Operations (phone: 800–647–5527) is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M–30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 61527 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Herman Mak, Aerospace Engineer, ECO Branch, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781– 238–7147; fax: 781–238–7199; email: herman.mak@faa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to certain GE GEnx–2B67, –2B67B, and –2B67/P turbofan engines. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on August 3, 2018 (83 FR 38086). The NPRM was prompted by LCF cracking of the fuel manifold leading to an engine fire. The NPRM proposed to require removal from service of certain fuel manifolds at the next engine shop visit and their replacement with parts eligible for installation. We are issuing this AD to address the unsafe condition on these products. Revision to Related Service Information GE published GEnx–2B Service Bulletin (SB) 73–0038 R03, dated August 17, 2018, to provide operators with instructions for replacing the lower fuel manifold system when in the intermixed configuration. This SB eliminates the need to replace the top main and lower fuel manifolds in the shop. Comments We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this final rule. We have considered the comment received. The Boeing Company supported the NPRM. Conclusion We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comment received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this final rule as proposed. Related Service Information We reviewed GE GEnx–2B SB 73– 0038 R02, dated November 19, 2015, and GEnx–2B SB 73–0038 R03, dated August 17, 2018. GE GEnx–2B SB 73– 0038 R02, dated November 19, 2015 describes procedures for removing and replacing the fuel manifold system with parts eligible for installation. GE GEnx– 2B SB 73–0038 R03, dated August 17, 2018 describes procedures for replacing the fuel manifold system when in the intermixed configuration. Costs of Compliance We estimate that this AD affects two engines installed on airplanes of U.S. E:\FR\FM\30NOR1.SGM 30NOR1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 231 (Friday, November 30, 2018)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 61525-61527]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 39

[Docket No. FAA-2017-1081; Product Identifier 2017-SW-090-AD; Amendment 
39-19510; AD 2018-24-06]
RIN 2120-AA64


Airworthiness Directives; Leonardo S.p.A. (Type Certificate 
Previously Held by Finmeccanica S.p.A. and AgustaWestland S.p.A.) 
Helicopters

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for 
Leonardo S.p.A. (Leonardo) Model AW189 helicopters. This AD requires 
replacing the tail plane lower fitting with an improved tail plane 
lower fitting. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks on the tail 
plane fittings of Model AW189 helicopters. The actions of this AD are 
intended to correct an unsafe condition on these products.

DATES: This AD is effective January 4, 2019.

ADDRESSES: For service information identified in this final rule, 
contact Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Matteo Ragazzi, Head of 
Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di Samarate (Va) 
Italy; telephone +39-0331-711756; fax +39-0331-229046; or at http://www.leonardocompany.com/-/bulletins. You may review the referenced 
service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, 
Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 
76177.

Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2017-
1081; or in person at Docket Operations 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, any 
incorporated-by-reference service information, the economic evaluation, 
any comments received, and other information. The street address for 
Docket Operations (phone: 800-647-5527) is U.S. Department of 
Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristi Bradley, Aerospace Engineer, 
Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, 10101 
Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone 817-222-5110; email 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Discussion

    On May 23, 2018, at 83 FR 23827, the Federal Register published our 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), which proposed to amend 14 CFR 
part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to AgustaWestland S.p.A. (now 
Leonardo) Model AW189 helicopters with a tail plane lower fitting part 
number (P/N) 8G5350A07051 installed. The NPRM proposed to require 
replacing the tail plane lower fitting with an improved tail plane 
lower fitting. The proposed requirements were intended to prevent a 
crack on a tail plane fitting, which could result in failure of the 
tail plane fitting and loss of helicopter control.

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    The NPRM was prompted by AD No. 2016-0161, dated August 8, 2016 
(EASA AD 2016-0161), issued by EASA, which is the Technical Agent for 
the Member States of the European Union, to correct an unsafe condition 
for Leonardo Model AW189 helicopters. EASA advises that some cracks 
have been reported in-service on the tail plane fitting of AW189 
helicopters following an onset of abnormal play. According to EASA, 
this condition, if not detected and corrected, could jeopardize 
structural integrity of the helicopter. EASA further advises that 
Leonardo developed a tail plane lower fitting with an improved design 
(P/N 8G0000P00511). Accordingly, EASA AD 2016-0161 requires repetitive 
inspections of the tail plane lower fitting assembly until the improved 
tail plane lower fitting is installed.
    When the NPRM was issued, the FAA was in the process of updating 
AgustaWestland's name changes to Finmeccanica S.p.A. and then to 
Leonardo Helicopters on its FAA type certificate; therefore the NPRM 
specified AgustaWestland as the type certificate holder. Because this 
name change is now effective, this AD applies to Leonardo helicopters.

Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing 
this AD, but we received no comments on the NPRM.

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 
Italy 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 for the name change from AgustaWestland to Leonardo. We 
have also updated the estimated costs to reflect that this AD affects 4 
helicopters of U.S. Registry rather than 2 helicopters. These changes 
are consistent with the intent of the proposals in the NPRM (83 FR 
23827, May 23, 2018) and will not increase the economic burden on any 
operator nor increase the scope of this AD.

Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD

    The EASA AD requires inspecting the tail plane lower fitting for 
play within 50 flight hours and thereafter at intervals not to exceed 
25 flight hours. If a crack or other damage exists, the EASA AD 
requires the improved tail plane lower fitting be installed within 10 
flight hours. If no crack exists, the EASA AD requires that the 
improved tail plane lower fitting be installed within 200 flight hours 
or 2 months, whichever occurs first. This AD does not require 
inspections and requires installing the improved tail plane lower 
fitting within 50 hours time-in-service.

Related Service Information

    We reviewed Leonardo Helicopters Bollettino Tecnico (BT) No. 189-
038, Revision B, dated October 13, 2016, which specifies repetitively 
inspecting the tail plane assembly for a crack.
    We also reviewed BT No. 189-070, Revision A, dated October 13, 
2016, which provides instructions for replacing the tail plane lower 
fitting with the improved tail plane lower fitting retromodification P/
N 8G0000P00511.

Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 4 helicopters of U.S. Registry and 
that labor costs average $85 a work-hour. Based on these estimates, we 
expect that replacing the tail plane lower fitting with an improved 
tail plane lower fitting requires 64 work-hours and parts cost $15,424 
for a total cost of $20,864 per helicopter and $83,456 for the U.S. 
fleet.

Authority for This Rulemaking

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

Regulatory Findings

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

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):

2018-24-06 Leonardo S.p.A. (Type Certificate previously held by 
Finmeccanica S.p.A. and AgustaWestland S.p.A.): Amendment 39-19510; 
Docket No. FAA-2017-1081; Product Identifier 2017-SW-090-AD.

(a) Applicability

    This AD applies to Leonardo S.p.A. (Type Certificate previously 
held by Finmeccanica S.p.A. and AgustaWestland S.p.A.) Model AW189 
helicopters, certificated in any category, with a tail plane lower 
fitting part number (P/N) 8G5350A07051 installed.

(b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as a crack on a tail plane 
fitting, which could result in failure of the tail plane fitting and 
loss of helicopter control.

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(c) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective January 4, 2019.

(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, install tail plane 
retromodification kit P/N 8G0000P00511.

(f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Safety Management Section, Rotorcraft Standards 
Branch, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: 
Kristi Bradley, Aerospace Engineer, Safety Management Section, 
Rotorcraft Standards Branch, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, 
TX 76177; telephone 817-222-5110; email [email protected].
    (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

    (1) Leonardo Helicopters Bollettino Tecnico (BT) No. 189-038, 
Revision B, and BT No. 189-070, Revision A, both dated October 13, 
2016, which are not incorporated by reference, contain additional 
information about the subject of this AD. For service information 
identified in this AD, contact Leonardo S.p.A. Helicopters, Matteo 
Ragazzi, Head of Airworthiness, Viale G.Agusta 520, 21017 C.Costa di 
Samarate (Va) Italy; telephone +39-0331-711756; fax +39-0331-229046; 
or at http://www.leonardocompany.com/-/bulletins. You may review the 
referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional 
Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Room 6N-321, Fort 
Worth, TX 76177.
    (2) The subject of this AD is addressed in European Aviation 
Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2016-0161, dated August 8, 2016. You may 
view the EASA AD on the internet at http://www.regulations.gov in 
Docket No. FAA-2017-1081.

(h) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 5510, Horizontal 
Stabilizer Structure.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on November 21, 2018.
Lance T. Gant,
Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-26071 Filed 11-29-18; 8:45 am]
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